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February brings to mind love and relationships and all forms of its expression.  Here is what’s inspiring me now.

 

 

Just Kids, Patti Smith’s memoir and winner of the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction is not to be missed for anyone who lived in the late 60’s and 1970’s or wants to understand more about that period and its’ impact on this artist and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.  To read an excerpt visit http://www.spinner.com/2010/11/17/patti-smith-book/.http://www.spinner.com/2010/11/17/patti-smith-book/.

Love Letter Necklace by Yayoihttp://www.uncommongoods.com/product/love-letter-necklace

L.A.M.B. Haughton Kiss Me clutch available at

http://www.beso.com/lamb/shoulder-bags/lamb-haughton-clutch-kiss-me/2366222787/detail

Love stamps to put on your love notes sent the old fashioned way-by mail.  See more at http://www.zazzle.com/us+love+stamps

A classic, beautiful vase that is always in style is architect Alvar Aalto‘s Savoy (Finnish for “wave”) vase suggestive of the profile of a Finnish lake.  Go to http://www.finnstyle.com/laraalvas.html and tightly pack it with a single hue of your favorite flower trimmed to a uniform height for a modern look.

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Last night three stars shone brighter than the others for me.  Top rank goes to Hilary Swank who, in her nude bejweled Versace gown, bedazzled.  The fit was beautiful and her loose tresses were a perfect complement.Sofia Vergara was red hot in her cool jewel tone gown by Roberto Cavalli.  Who does sexy better than Roberto or Sofia?  Put them together and the combination is a knock-out.

Mila Kunis looked just the right amount of edgy, young and lovely in this  belted painterly red chiffon gown by Alexander McQueen.

I can hardly wait for the Academy Awards show to complete my fashion trifecta!

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Do you do Zumba? POP Physique? Bikram Yoga? Or simply walk or run around your local park or city streets?  Why not look better while you get or keep in shape?  There’s nothing like some new exercise togs to propel you towards that much needed sweat, however you make it happen. Here are some fresh choices to motivate you.

Lululemon aptly named Groove pant will get you in it.

Asymmetrical Pocket Sweatshirt by Hard Tail is not your typical sweatshirt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run Performance Tee designed by Stella McCartney for Adidas makes you look sexy while you sweat.

Ditto on Stella’s Performance Tank.

 

 

 

 

 

This Cover Up Sweat Hoodie, also by Stella, is essential and cute.

 

While you are looking great, make sure you take care of your feet during your workout.  Check out the links below to learn more.

Zumba Workout Shoes- 3 Top Tactics When Scouting For Your Dancing …

Best Workout Shoes – Workout Shoes for Women 2010 at WomansDay.com

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How to be sexy, sweet and ladylike all at the same time?  Take a cue from Gossip Girl‘s Blair Waldorf in her bowtie blouse by Milly. Wear your bow blouse over a pencil skirt, wide leg jeans, trousers, or satin shorts.  Change it up by pairing it with a fitted vest or layering it under a sleeveless dress or tunic.

While Blair’s blouse may be hard to find to locate now, here are three pieces that are available.

Milly Gwenie Bow Blouse is a silky, sexy, sheer look that is perfect for night.

Alice + Olivia makes this graphic dalmation print blouse Buy at neimanmarcus.com

Bird by Juicy Couture is a great wear anytime way to express this style statement.

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How to make the most of your rock-n-roll wardrobe?  Check out this list of the best current offerings to amp up your style vibe.

Best Vintage T’s are from Archive 1887.  Why?  You’re not only gaining a vintage T, you’re also gaining a music history lesson. When you purchase one of the brand’s $55 t-shirts you have a code that you can enter on the site for access to the artist’s music playlist and a description of the image’s provenance and photographer.

Best Rocker Belts. Hands down it’s Streets Ahead with their edgy designs including materials like chain, rough cut and polished semi-precious stones, smooth and distressed leathers this brand is essential for the style savvy rock chick.

Best Jewelry. LUIS MORAIS is a Brazilian born engineer who began designing jewelry in 2000 when he couldn’t find a piece that he wanted and designed it himself.  His style is particularly fitting for rocker chic stylistas.

Best Rock & Roll Jacket. California born and bred Rick Owens Blister Leather Biker Jacket for incredible style, materials and design.

Best Dress. Vince leather shift dress is so smooth and yet so street savvy at the same time.

Best Denim.  Joe’s Jeans makes the perfect cigarette jean for a lean and leggy look.

Citizens of Humanity Angie super flare jeans at $288-the perfect retro silhouette to channel 70’s rock and roll

Are you tired of carrying the same shoulder strap bag or tote for daytime?  Does your nightime mini audere seem too austere?  Then check out these clutches that are not your mother’s (or grandmother’s) because they have been re-sized and re-vamped to accommodate not just a lady’s lipstick and mirror but your cell phone and other essentials of the modern age.   Here are my top picks:

ASOS Portfolio Envelope Clutch at $34.88

Black leather envelope clutch 14″ for $367.50, by Alexander Wang Available to buy at Net-A-Porter

Balenciaga charcoal lambskin ‘Giant Envelope’ clutch at Bluefly

BCBGeneration Charlie at $58 is a crisp and clean must have.

Leather stud clutch bag, Buy at topshop.com

 

 

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Maybe it was Sandra Bullock‘s bangs at the Golden Globes or my friend’s recently acquired fringe trimmed sofa but I am seeing fringe aplenty these days.  This led me to consider my favorite fringe-tinged items currently on the market.

William Rast for Target® Fringed Leather Jacket in Black : Target is buttery soft and for $199 you can rock this trend.

This long fringe fishtail skirt provides maximum impact in a minimal silhouette.  Buy at openingceremony.us

Susan Farber light plum suede fringe crossbody bag – Polyvore for $297.00 is both luxe and on the fringe.

Play up your fringe with your make-up by using M.A.C False Lashes masacara which retails for $18 at maccosmetics.com and nordstrom.com.

 

Or add these natural looking and nicely detailed fringy false lashes by Urban lash eye lashes Come Hither – False eyelashes – Make up …

 

 

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