My Wish List: Designer Shoes For Up To 70% Off

YOOX SHOES
1. MARC JACOBS metallic closed-toe slip-ons $160 – yoox
2. BALENCIAGA two-tone sandals with sculpted heel $315 – yoox
3. EMPORIO ARMANI techno fabric ankle boots $149 – yoox
4. DSQUARED2 wooden heel kidskin sandals $135 – yoox
5. COSTUME NATIONAL red closed-toe slip-ons w/ narrow toe line. $175 – yoox
6. JIL SANDER leather closed-toe slip-ons $195 – yoox
7. MARC JACOBS ankle boots $165 – yoox
8. ALEXANDER WANG ankle boots $149 – yoox
9. EMPORIO ARMANI sandals $139 – yoox

Note: Yoox has an extremely limited quantity of the above products. Sometimes the clearance items get sold out very quickly.  Also, note, that those are European sizes; therefore, they tend to run a half size to one full size smaller than U.S. sizes.

Happy Shopping and enjoy your weekend!

Diving into Summer with the Right Swim Suit for your Body

Let’s face it.

Not all of us have a Victoria Secret Angel body.  You may have a plus-size body. Or, you may be thin, and athletic, and lack a perfect hourglass shape. You might want to hide scars. Maybe you want to shift the gaze from very small breasts.

I know the story well. You walk into the swimwear section and feel frustrated. You feel less than enthusiastic about the beach.  You come up with excuses, and deny  yourself a good time.

My body is slightly imperfect. I have narrow teenage-like hips, and long, somewhat skinny legs. I have strong shoulders that are a bit larger than my hips, and an above-average breast size.  A strong mix of masculine and feminine.  For swimwear, I love pastel or white shorts to visually make my hips larger, and add a bit of  femininity to my body.  The trick is simple.  Lighter shades visually enlarge, while darker colors slim the body.  Also, pay attention to prints. Horizontal prints widen, while diagonal, and vertical lines make the body look slimmer.

A great tan also flatters. If you are against indoor tanning sessions, or generally avoid extensive sun exposure, use bronzer. I love protective tanning lotions with a bronzer and shimmer.  If you use indoor tanning, don’t forget to drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration, and  combine tanning sessions with red light therapy to rejuvenate, and tone your skin.

I also love shopping online for Victoria Secret’s swimming suits by using their Beach Sexy Bikini Mixer tool. It allows mixing and matching tops and bottoms to custom perfect suit. Great news is that  their swim collection is available both through iPad and iPhone apps; which is awesome, considering the fact that lately I prefer iPad and iPhone to the desktop.

VS SWIM TOURRecently I had the opportunity to attend Victoria’s Secret U.S. of Angels Summer Tour in Milwaukee and interview Erin Heatherton.  For more information about the event, click here.  For insights, including the interview with Erin, click here.

Here are few more tips on how to choose the right swim suit:

  • Large thighs and hips? Don’t despair. Celebrate your feminine look by using glamorous sarongs or skirted bottoms.
  • Not every one-piece swimming suit will make you look slimmer in the waist area, unless it has an optical illusion print, vertical lines, or skirt attached.  Instead, go for monokinis.
  • If you have strong shoulders, show them off! Go for thin straps or a totally strapless look. Strong shoulders are sexy.  Embrace them.
  • If you breasts are small, instead of padding, you might want to try a top with ruffles, one of the hottest trends of this season.
  • Petite women will look super chic in retro-inspired high-waisted bottoms.
  • If you have a plus-size body, choose a one-piece swimming suit with a deep V-cut.  Use a chic cover-up for your sunny getaway. There are so many options available online and at local retail stores.
  • Above all, embrace your body and be confident! You are unique. There is no one like you. You are beautiful!

VS SWIM TOUR

Haute Hippie: An Effortlessly Chic Sundress

A sundress is a must-have staple of every woman.

I love this Hache light maxi sundress of soft color of lime.  Featuring the essence of earth tones, natural raw fabric, and genuine leather, it allows the skin to breath.  It flows around the body, capturing the beauty of every movement.  Loosen your hair or make a bit messy braid. Pair your sundress with a fringe tribal bag and over-sized sunglasses for an effortlessly chic look.

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What’s in your Closet?

Is there any particular brand you can’t imagine your wardrobe without? A brand that you wear all the time, no matter what the trends are?

Personally, I love Alexander Wang. His T by Alexander Wang collection serves me well for leisure wear. His major line is appropriate for office wear with its minimalistic, slightly androgynous style. His footwear is always edgy and chic. Alexander Wang rarely uses prints. His focus is high-quality fabric and fantastic tailoring. His characteristic minimalism, peppered with an urban and futuristic flair, creates a new, fresh perspective on modern luxury.

Tell me about the brands you’ve closeted.

Alexander Wang