Dry or Wet, What Do You Get?

"To clean or not to clean, that is the question."

 I am pretty sure Shakespeare was talking about laundry methods

I am pretty sure Shakespeare was talking about laundry methods

Many people have asked me the difference between dry cleaning and laundering, and which method should be used for which clothes.  Although I'm far from being an expert, I have made enough mistakes with both to be qualified as an authority!!!!  

Dry cleaning is not dry.  It just doesn't use water.  It uses a room temperature solvent in which the clothes are immersed and from then on, the process becomes very similar to laundering; the clothes are put into the solvent in a washing machine-like appliance, agitated and then spun to remove the solvent.  Then they're dried by warm air and deodorized.  

Dry cleaning is generally considered to be easier on clothes than laundering, because there's no heat used in dry cleaning.  I always follow the instructions on the cleaning tag in the garment (I'm such a rules follower!) but I alternate the type of cleaning once in a while; for example, once every four times I launder a piece, I'll have it dry cleaned instead, to save wear and tear and to get out any water-resistant stains.  This is particularly true of jeans and cotton shirts-they need a break once in a while!  Also, the solvent used in dry cleaning can yellow a white garment, so every so often I'll (very carefully!!!) hand launder a white piece on cold and delicate and let it line dry and then press it-our Las Vegas sun is a natural whitener.  (If you don't live in Las Vegas, I'd skip that last step or you might end up with a white slab of ice!).  Also, a quick note on jeans-most people over wash their jeans.  Unless they're stained, jeans should only be washed every four or five times you wear them because the fabric will start to break down and once it does, it goes from crisp dark wash to limp distressed look rapidly!  Jeans, however, like most types of clothing, greatly benefit from that occasional dry cleaning and pressing to return them to that "like new" look and feel.

I take the majority of my clothes to the dry cleaner.  Shirts and most tops get laundered, while sweaters, dressy tops and pants get dry cleaned because water and heat can be bad for them.  Suede and leather go to a different dry cleaner that specializes in those fabrics (if you're in Las Vegas and you want their name, email, phone or text me!). Those pieces, along with velvets, sequined pieces or any really dressy items get dry cleaned only once every five or six times they're worn, to save on wear and tear and because they're generally worn for such a short time that they don't get dirty.  I steam out any wrinkles at home with my trusty Rowenta steamer.

Laundering and dry cleaning are subjects on which entire books have been written, so if you have questions on this delicate (ha-ha!!!) topic, please don't hesitate to email, text or call me.  I will be happy to do whatever research is necessary to answer your question correctly.  The end goal, of course, is that you have clothes that are clean, perfectly maintained and stylishly worn, so that, as always, you show that "trend is today but style is forever!"

Girl Crush - Kate Middleton Edition

Ok, I can't help it.  I have another girl crush.  Yes, you guessed right-it's Kate Middleton.  Aka the Duchess of Cambridge?  You know, the perfect one!  

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I am irresistibly drawn to women who wear clothes the way Kate does.  I know she's got all the money in the world.  I know she's got an amazing body that, apparently, she works very hard to keep.  But she wears the clothes, they don't wear her.  She carries herself the same, whether she's wearing her favorite jeans and striped T or an Emilia Wickstead white dress with pockets on the chest or an evening gown with perfectly chosen accessories.  Effortless.  Her makeup is never harsh or obvious.  Her nails are simple and short.  Her hair.......well, we've all obsessed about her hair.  It's as timeless as the rest of her look.  Kate Middleton truly knows that "trend is today, but style is forever!

 Effortless - Striped Tee and Jeans

Effortless - Striped Tee and Jeans

 Classic - Emilia Wickstead Dress

Classic - Emilia Wickstead Dress

Evening Gown Gallery (I couldn't choose just one!)

Bloguration - Fashion Edition

Forget politics.  It’s time to discuss the only truly important thing about the weekend of January 20th - the clothes!  Whatever your political stance, you have to admit that the Trump women looked pretty dang good that weekend!  Now, it’s not that I’m envious or anything, but Melania and Ivanka both wore dresses that I would cheerfully exchange body parts for.   Both of them obviously know their style and their bodies perfectly and choose clothes that flatter and fit flawlessly (how’s that for alliteration!)  and are chic, timeless and classic.  The next time I’m invited to a ball, or an inauguration (I know, I couldn’t believe I wasn’t invited either!)  I’ll be sitting with Melania and Ivanka because they’ll make me look good!!!!!

The Inaugural Balls were THE place for the First Lady and the First Daughter to shine. 

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Melania wore an ivory column gown by Herve Pierre, who used to design for Carolina Herrera and in this instance, was co-designing with Mrs. Trump herself.  I guess former supermodels learn more than how to walk and wear designer!  Anyway, that ivory gown was to die for!  Of course it was perfectly fitted, of course it was a perfect color.  It was also simple, elegant and cooly feminine.  (Am I gushing?  Sorry, can’t help myself!) 

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Ivanka, on the other hand, looked like every little girl’s image of a princess in a champagne and crystal ball gown by Carolina Herrera.  They were both the perfect foils to the menfolk who wore classic black tuxedos. 

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In contrast, the inauguration itself saw a different spin on fashion, when both Trump ladies wore monochrome outfits - Melania in a perfect ice blue Ralph Lauren dress, bolero jacket, gloves and pumps and Ivanka in a white Oscar de la Renta pantsuit. 

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That may have been the only fashion miss of the weekend - I didn’t like Ivanka’s long coat.  It buttoned under the bust and, I thought, pulled when she moved.  Anybody else think so?   But, as far as Melania’s“Jackie Kennedy-esque”  outfit, this is the quintessential argument of style over trend.   Jackie Kennedy wore monochromatic coat/dress combos 50 YEARS AGO!!!!  And we’re still talking about them!!!!!  Obviously Mrs. Trump is not jumping on a trend here! 

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And speaking of style over trend, could anything have been more stylish than Mrs. Trump’s Reem Acra gown from the Candlelight Dinner?  Will a perfectly cut, form-fitting dress in a neutral metallic fabric ever NOT be in style?  Put a perfect body in it and you’ve got a look that transcends trend and yet never goes out of fashion.

So, did I have a point to all this raving?  Yup.  It’s simple.  “Trend” is today but “style” is forever!

Valentine's Day Style Packages

Sad that all that holiday bling is put away?  Is the fact that the neighbors still have their Christmas lights up more painful than amusing?  Well,s the good news is there is another holiday on the schedule and Style Savvy has put together specially priced packages to celebrate it.  What better way to say “I love you” for Valentine’s Day then to give the gift that makes your loved one feel beautiful.  A special package from Style Savvy is the best way to say; “Here, be the most fabulous “YOU” you can be!”  

Cashmere - An Addiction You Need

The most cozy, comfortable feeling I can imagine is to be swathed in head-to-toe cashmere.  Heaven!!!  Thankfully, cashmere is now available at all price points and in most stores, so I can feed my addiction without robbing a bank.  If you share my fetish, read on and I'll tell you how to wrap yourself in this most luxurious, cuddly comfort for less than you'd imagine.

Cashmere is more expensive than wool because it is made from the underbelly hair of goats that live at high altitude.  (And no, they don't have to harm the cute little goats-they're shaved and turned loose to regrow their miraculously soft, sinfully delicate hair). 

 Quinn - A Cashmere Goat - Living the Dream!

Quinn - A Cashmere Goat - Living the Dream!

Cashmere is softer, silkier and more cloudlike than any wool could ever be.  When I said that I wanted to be wrapped in it like a blanket, I meant completely surrounded, in a tracksuit, socks, gloves, beanie, shawl, coat and scarf, all of which are, thank God, available at less than Kardashian prices.  Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft sell lovely sweaters in clear, melting colors.  Topshop offers hats and gloves in prices that only have two digits on the tag!  Macy's and Bloomingdale's have always sold sweaters in multiple styles and diverse colors in the $100-200 range.  J. Crew, Banana Republic, Anthropologie and Nordstrom all sell beautiful cashmere pieces at affordable prices.  So now you can surround yourself with this most luxe of all wools without surrounding yourself in high credit card bills!  What a happy coincidence in the dog days after the holidays!!  And what a wonderful way to celebrate the fact that "trend" is today, but "style" is forever!!!

 Nordstrom - Cashmere Boatneck Sweater

Nordstrom - Cashmere Boatneck Sweater

 Anthropologie - Cashmere Top and Shorts

Anthropologie - Cashmere Top and Shorts

 Macy's - Turtleneck 

Macy's - Turtleneck 

 Topshop - Cashmere Scarf

Topshop - Cashmere Scarf

Stevie Nicks, Mama Cass and Me

My wonderful husband surprised me with three days in Ojai, California!  Just a little getaway, but a lovely treat!  For those of you, like me, who have never been to Ojai, it's a beautiful, quaint, picturesque town with its own style.  The vibe here is very bohemian-think Stevie Nicks crossed with Mama Cass.( and anybody who has to say "Who's Mama Cass"  is off my Christmas card list!).

I'm really enjoying wearing my jeans and sweaters here.  It's a great place for hand knit sweaters in bright colors and long scarves that can cover your ears on chilly nights.  I wore a black velvet bomber over a burgundy sweater last night and felt right , but the previous night I wore a maxi dress with boots and felt equally comfortable.  Then, at night I sat in front of the fire in our room, wearing a cashmere track suit and bright lilac Uggs slippers and felt comfy/cozy.  Comfort is more important than appearance but the style of the place is undeniable, proving yet again that "trend is today, but style is forever"!

 Free People Burgundy Sweater - Nordstrom

Free People Burgundy Sweater - Nordstrom

 Sanctuary Velvet Bomber Jacket - Macy's

Sanctuary Velvet Bomber Jacket - Macy's

 Cashmere Tracksuit - Neiman Marcus

Cashmere Tracksuit - Neiman Marcus

Leggings - They Never Went Away - Yay!

Well, favorite readers, Thanksgiving is over and even my leftovers are finished!  Hope yours are too, because Christmas cookies are about to make an appearance and the fudge, prime rib, goose and cakes are right behind!  So how do we get through the Christmas party season stylishly but with some degree of comfort?  The answer is one hyper-trendy but totally stylish word-LEGGINGS!

 Free People Chenille Leggings

Free People Chenille Leggings

Yes, I know.  You thought leggings were gone, never to return.  But I gotta tell ya, leggings are very much "in" now and they are everywhere!  The difference between then and now?  The old style had you wearing black leggings with a patterned sweater.  On trend now?  Patterned leggings with a solid sweater or tunic.  And these patterns are IDEAL for holiday parties, because they are being shown in metallics, animal prints and bold color combos sure to make you feel, and look, festive!  

 Free People Byzantine Sweater Leggings

Free People Byzantine Sweater Leggings

Leggings go perfectly with today's ankle boots but for fun, try them with your over-the-knee boots!  Keep the sweater simple and go for the gusto of big hoops or statement earrings.  Looking fab AND wearing an elasticized waist?  It doesn't get any more comfortable or fun!  So wow your party pals with your great outfit, all the while knowing that you have "room" to indulge!  And remember......"trend is today, but style is forever"!!!!

 Spanx Faux Leather Leggings at Nordstrom

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings at Nordstrom

 Metallic Print Leggings

Metallic Print Leggings

 Chictopia Suede Leggings

Chictopia Suede Leggings

 Zara Metallic Leggings

Zara Metallic Leggings

Brag or Brog Post - You Choose . . .

Bras.  Undergarments.  Shape wear.  Underwear.  Delicates.  There are as many terms for bras as there are types of bras.  T-shirts.  Underwire.  Bralette.  Demi-cup.  Push-up.  What it basically boils down to picking the "thing" that goes under your top and makes you, and the top, look as good as it can.

 Soma Embraceable Bra - Nude

Soma Embraceable Bra - Nude

1 in 3 women are wearing the wrong size bra.  A good bra fitting ( NOT Victoria's Secret) is free ( yea, free!!!!), takes two minutes and lasts until you gain/lose weight or go through a life change, like pregnancy or menopause.  You should have one once a year.  The back strap should be snug enough to wear on the 1st hook, because the back strap provides 70% OF THE SUPPORT OF THE BRA.  The shoulder straps are what everyone THINKS are providing the support but all they do is smooth the fitting over the cup.  You should only wash your bras on delicate and every four times you wear them, unless you perspire a lot.  However, never wear your bra two days in a row.  Give the elastic a chance to relax back into shape.
 

 Calvin Klein - at Nordstrom

Calvin Klein - at Nordstrom

White bras show through almost any color shirt.  Nude is a much better bet and doesn't show through, nor does it look dingy and yellow.  Other than the pretty, lacy bras we all love, nude and black are the essentials and should comprise 80% of your bra wardrobe.  T-shirt or seamless bras should comprise 50% of your stash, since clothes are being done in more cottons, jerseys and lace.  It's a question of "trend", i.e. bright colored, lacy bras, versus "style", i.e. what makes you and your clothes look best.  Just remember......"trend" is today, "style" is forever!!!!

La Dolce Vita - Armani Style

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The reason I haven't blogged sooner on today's subject is that I'm still getting over myself.  On Friday, I got to meet, and have a client fitted by Andrea Perulli.  For those of you who don't know the name, Mr. Perulli (or Signore Perulli, as I tried to call him) is Giorgio Armani's lead stylist and number two man in Mr. Armani 's company.  This is my version of an audience with the Pope!!!!

I got the invitation from my friend Billie, who is THE person to see at Giorgio Armani in the Bellagio.  The invite was for me and my client Dannie, who is a perfect build and height for Armani and has bought many items there.  After I lifted my jaw off the floor and redeveloped the power of speech, I spent the next week figuring out what to wear, how to say "it's an honor" in Italian and texting Billie with nonstop questions about Signore Perulli's schedule to set up dates and times.  ( After all, the last time Signore Perulli was in the States it was to fit Leonardo DiCaprio for his Oscar tux!)  I couldn't stop jabbering about it, telling everyone ( those people in the elevator at Nordstrom couldn't WAIT to get off!) and dreaming of the beautiful pieces we were going to see.

Mr. Perulli turned out to be the sweetest, most gentlemanly and down-to-earth celebrity I've ever met.  Within five minutes it was "I'm Andrea" ( which I COULDNT bring myself to say!) and he had my client in a shirt, jacket, scarf combo that looked as if it had been made with him in mind.  Then he replaced the shirt with a T that changed the entire look to urban casual and suited Dannie just as well.  OMG, I could go on and on-except that later he brought out a jacket and scarf for ME!  I thought "that's not my color" until he placed it on me and I thought I'd died and gone to closet heaven!!!  What an eye-my hair and eyes popped, my body instantly looked a size smaller and I fell in love-with an Armani jacket and Signore Perulli!

I've never had the experience of being fitted by a designer's personal stylist and neither had Dannie.  Needless to say, I was doing some very quick math!  Dannie bought his favorite of the pieces and that jacket and scarf WILL be mine!  I learned an enormous amount from Signore Perulli but the most important thing?  Realizing once again that "'trend' is today but 'style' is forever!

Girl Crush!

OK, I admit it. I have a girl crush. On Amal Clooney. In my next life I want to live in her closet. The woman has the perfect body for clothes, perfect taste (she NEVER looks over or under dressed) and her own style which helps her carry off a variety of looks from Giambattista Valli to Chanel without looking like she’s copying anybody. Her choices are classic but on trend and her accessories are perfect complements. Who wouldn’t have a style crush?

 Amal - Flawless as Usual

Amal - Flawless as Usual

Of course it never hurts to have the money to buy designer originals.  (That’s something else I’m counting on in my next life.)  But her STYLE is what attracts people.  She keeps her hair and makeup simple but polished and never uses accessories to overwhelm an  outfit.  In fact, if you look closely, there’s only ever ONE focal point of her look - either the outfit or the shoes or the bag provide a pop of color and trend but she NEVER goes head-to-toe trendy and she never uses color to detract from her outfit - only add to it.

 

  Although this is hard to imagine doing on a limited budget, take a page from Amal’s (see, we’re on a first name basis already) playbook and choose an outfit that fits perfectly (that’s what tailors are for!!!) and flatters your best features.  Next, make sure the color is flattering to your face.  Then choose accessories that accent the look without calling attention away from it, such as a neutral bag and shoes or one which picks up the colors in the outfit.  Then choose jewelry the same way - colorful if your outfit is neutral, neutral and understated if your outfit is full of detail.  You’ll find that it’s easier than you think - and more fun.  Take my advice.  Channel your inner Amal.

A Great Four Letter Word

My dear readers, I have to confess that I have a favorite four letter word......and it's SALE. Whether it's preceded by the word SHOE, or HANDBAG, or almost anything else (except for stuff like TIRE.....), SALE spells POSSIBILITIES, which are always exciting!

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We all know about the big sales, like holidays and 1/2 yearly, etc.  but many of you may not know about the online sales that allow us to shop in our pjs with no makeup on and no dealing with overworked, over-attituded salespeople.  So, wow, do I have a tip for you all today!

Go to fashionista.com.  They have a list of 31, yes, 31 online sales in effect this weekend.  Some of my favorite sites are doing percentages off, free shipping and new stuff.  But they're only going on today and for the weekend, so get to your computers!  You may pick up great classics, superb basics or accessories to make an outfit really pop but whatever you find that you can't live without, remember the rule......."'trend' is today, but 'style' is forever"!!!!

Trend Alert - Cropped Flared Jeans. Do We Dare Flare?

There was a new trend coming down the runways this spring-cropped flared jeans and pants.  You've seen the look.....regular flared jeans that stop about four inches above the ankle.  Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, your stylist has two words for this trend-DON'T BOTHER!

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Lou Cropped Flare Jeans

To use a highly technical term, this trend is just dorky.  Even on supermodels this one looks WRONG.  The pants start to flare around the middle of the calf and no shoe can make them look like anything but high-waters.  Most women just look like they're wearing their daughter's ( their 5 inches shorter daughter's) jeans.  At best they look awkward; at worst, dumpy and ridiculous.  They violate every fashion mantra I've ever HEARD, much less used.......they make you look short, clumsy and poorly fitted, and oddly like a little Vietnamese refugee.  ( Are ya getting the idea?  I don't like them !)
 

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Hopefully this is a trend that will come and go sooner than a Dairy Queen milkshake, but it perfectly illustrates my point when I paraphrase Mlle. Coco Chanel, saying "'Trend' is today, but 'style' is forever"!!!!

Be like . . .

You know that meme that's running wild on Facebook encouraging you to "Be like ......."?  Well, mine would be......

This is Charissa.

Charissa was looking for a wardrobe update.

Charissa found Lindsay and began dressing to flatter her figure.

Charissa looks like a million bucks.

Be like Charissa.

In what I HOPE will be the first of a series, I did before and after shots of Charissa.  Before she looked like an average young woman, unconcerned or not sure of how to dress her body to maximize her assets.  BUT THEN.  I put her in a close fitting black cotton shirt which emphasized her waist, a pair of heels which elongated her legs and some accessories which flattered her and finished the look.  The ensemble is classic, easy to wear and can be dressed up or down by the accessories, as you can see.  

The earrings are by Dannijo, the bag is a Stella McCartney and the chain is from JewelMint.  

Charissa is smart and called Lindsay.

Be like Charissa.