Can We All Have Little White Dresses?

In celebration of the warmer weather I did a little shoot with this amazing sun dress from Asos. It has lots of little details including little ties on the sleeves and lace around the collar. I’m loving fresh, crisp colors for spring with lots of room to breathe. If it’s a cooler day, pair your little dress with booties for a warmer look. I also added this silver choker to add a bit of structure and a bit of shine. Play around with layering accessories like necklaces or bracelets. Throw on a pair of chunky earrings to give your look a Dolce and Gabbana vibe.


Mock Necks and Fancy Treads

Spring is around the corner, believe it or not! The foul weather we’ve had up here in the northern hemisphere absolutely won’t dampen the enthusiasm I have for warm weather. Instead I’ve been drooling over pictures depicting perfect summer days on Pinterest and getting myself excited for my summer wardrobe.

In the meantime we’ll focus on how to transition from the gross winter weather and ease gracefully into spring without looking ridiculous. Yes, comfy sweaters are still a must, though you won’t need your thigh high boots much longer and can probably switch them out for flats or pumps. If, on the other hand, you do find yourself needing those thigh high boots, try wearing them with a short dress, or denim cut-off’s a la Olivia Palermo and an oversized sweater. There’s countless ways to make your winter (and last fall and summers’) wardrobe work for you this spring.

Grab that turtle neck sweater (loving this Victoria Beckham baby, but any will do) and wear it with light blue denim. Nothing spells fresh spring air than white and vintage pale blue denim. Grab those flats and a coat because it is, still, after all, winter. I love the juxtaposition of streamlined shoes and a more boho bag. Creating different textures in the same color story always makes for an amazing outfit.

Lastly, break out your salt-spray and give yourself some beachy waves in preparation for the endless summer.


Have fun and enjoy experimenting with different styles!



Fabulous Fashion Fly for Fall

By Lisa Ross

I found myself recently in Redding, California which is a 9 hour road trip from where I live in Los Angeles.  It was the second time I’d been and it is the type of place where one goes to mend a broken heart and get some clarity on the madness of this thing we call life.  It was spectacular.  Redding is a beautiful part of the state, chock full of loving warm souls and rich in spirituality.  It is God’s country for sure.
With what seemed like a B12 shot to my self esteem and the tattered seams of my heart sewn up, I began the journey back to Los Angeles with my friend Jason, who was on his own soul searching mission and looks like he just walked off the pages of L’Uomo Vogue.  We had one last stop.  A visit to the set of our friend Trevor’s photo shoot for The Luxurie.  It was hot beyond hot, like desert hot, as we pulled into the parking lot of the apartment building. I got out of the car and pulled myself together.  I put my hair on top of my head in a bun and I thought about my days in fashion when I launched the tents at Bryant Park in NYC.  Every season there was  a new crop of male models and every season I think I fell in love.
On this one particular occasion I was working at Tommy Hilfiger’s first show on  39th and 11th.  He wasn’t famous yet.  There was this one model from Israel and I told him he looked like Prince Charming.

“Who’s that?” he asked.

OMG, how could he not know who Prince Charming is?
“He’s the prince in Cinderella.”
The next day when we had a run through for the show, he told me that he went to the library and looked up Prince Charming.  I was shocked.  I couldn’t believe it.  He asked me out, we kissed on a street corner and he gave me a rose from a deli.  It was magical and I never saw him again. Sigh.
Anyway, back to the shoot in the desert.
We made our way to the second floor and Trevor greeted us.  He was rakishly handsome and carried himself in such a way that I knew he could hold his own if I plucked him from obscurity into Testino’s studio on a whim.  He had cleared out the living room and put down a white sheet against a plain white wall.  I think he rolled his eyes at the shag carpeting but of course he made it work, he keeps it moving.  He’s a genius in the making and turned this second story flat into a den of fabulousness.  Cat who runs The Luxurie, looked like a fashion model herself, a natural beauty with red hair and a smattering of freckles; she has a killer South African accent and worked the room like a pro.  I loved her.  Winnie helped style, a mini Rachel Zoe in the making and Mariah knew her way around a pencil, she could do a smoky eye and nude lip like no other.
Caleb and Meeks were the other models and they were gorge as well.  We also threw some girl who came to visit into an oversized sweater and placed her next to Jason (Trevor put him in the shoot too, well because you know, he’s everything a model should look like).  Snap, snap, snap.  She was a natural and I think all of us were impressed with our find.  I was bursting with ideas but didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes.
“Caleb tilt your hat and scrunch your forehead.”
“Wear the suspenders with just a tank”
“Yes, a nude lip on her.”
And three hours later, that is how our day went.  It was Ffffab….I always hesitate when I say the word fabulous.  I think it goes back to my boutique days in Boston.  There were these two sisters that lived on Beacon Hill and summered in Nantucket.  They were twins and would pop into Armani every season and leave with rolling racks of the entire collection.  Fabulous, fabulous..air kiss, air kiss.  I remember swearing that I would never say fabulous because I thought it was extremely overused.  But then it started to shift.  I worked  an event for Chanel when I was in PR and I met Linda Wells from Allure and she said my hair was fabulous. Smile.  And when I met Anna Wintour from Vogue, I spontaneously uttered “fabulous.”
“Excuse me”, she sang from under her bangs as she handed me her fur to hang in the closet.
“I..I think your shoes are fabulous.”
 She broke her death stare with a grin then turned on that white patent leather heel, leaving me in a waft of No. 5.  (It was winter and she was wearing white shoes which is probably why I thought SHE was fabulous, she broke the rules).
So with all that being said, I have been exposed to the top of the top in the fashion game.  Fabulous and not so fabulous.  I am miles and years away from that time in NYC but I found the same essence in this second floor walk up with the shag carpeting.  Trevor, Cat and their crew were so creative and had “fabulous” down to an art form.  Fabulous meaning that palpable feeling in the air where it is all working and you look fierce while doing it.  I was happy to be a fly on the wall.
I taught, and most importantly I learned, and in the end it made me more fabulous just being there.
   (Picture below – Lisa and Cat)
Lisa and Cat

Tourist/Home-Body Mini-Cation “How-To”

You’re touristing around a new and foreign town – this is how to not look like those guys you see with the flood pants, awkward hats and hawaiian shirts. Instead you’ll look like a foreigner checking out the lay of the land and you won’t look like a creep or a dork. Being comfortable in your skin no matter where you are is probably the most attractive thing in the world and in no time you’ll be a local.

You’ve just woken up early and you’re about to throw on your favorite sweats and tee.. instead of going for the sweats that neither fit you in waist or leg, reach out for something a little more pleasing to the eye. Remember, you’re in a foreign town. This is the part where you get to look super good, look like a visitor and be mysterious about it. Saunter down to the coffee shop around the corner, get an espresso. Remember your sunnies. Grab a newspaper and get familiar with the locals.

From here you’ll probably take a walk about town. Let the inner explorer in you come out with full force, find the local spots for food and drink. The local spots are usually the best and usually the most hidden. Here is where you’ll get the culture of the town, hear the best stories, find out the true history and leave with a few more friends, all over a mug of the best local beer. Wear something that breathes and is massively comfortable. Cotton is your best bet, stick to your basic white v-neck tee and a pair of shorts, roll up the cuffs to add something extra and wear your fav boat shoes or leather sandals.

In the afternoon hit the closest body of water you can find whether its beach, pool or lake and make use of rays chock full of vitamin D, it gets your endorphins going and ensures your mini-cation will leave you feeling rested as well as having a killer tan.  Siesta with a book or two and educate yourself, or alternatively sleep off the previous nights endeavors. In choosing your bathing suit try something different, other than your baggy board shorts from six Summers ago. Remember fitted and lean is good. Don’t be nervous to show some leg. Leg is good.

As soon as the sun starts heading in a direction that looks like down, gather your stuff and head back to your B&B room. At this point you’ll want to shower, aloe , answer some emails and get ready for dinner. Smooth and svelt are the key words you’ll want to keep in mind. Think Bond. Definitely dress according to your level of ritz. If you’ve decided to revisit that local pub and grab whatever food they have there, then stick to the oxfords, chino and tee with a watch to accessorize. If the local five star restaurant with chef infamous for fabulous food is more your jam, then lean more towards a light grey, slim-fit linen suit and white fitted dress shirt that’ll make the ladies swoon. Keep it relaxed and leave the tie behind but don’t forget your watch. Keep the shoes classy and if the weather is balmy, feel free to leave the jacket and roll up the sleeves of your shirt.

After dinner, grab a night-cap at the hotel bar, meet more interesting visitors and settle your evening with a relaxed game of poker with your new friends.

Mini-cation complete. You’re now rested, tan, and a handful of people richer.