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CFDA Awards

The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards were held Monday night honoring the best of the best in fashion. Here’s a run down of this year’s winners:

Womenswear Designer of the Year-Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row
Menswear Designer of the Year-Billy Reid
Accessory Designer of the Year-Reed Krakoff
Swarovski Award Womenswear-Joseph Altuzarra
Swarovski Award Menswear-Phillip Lim
Swarovski Award Accessory-Tabitha Simmons
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award-Tommy Hilfiger
International Award-Rei Kawakubo, Commes des Garcons
Media Award-Scott Schuman, Garance Dore
Founders Award-Andrew Rosen
Fashion Icon Award-Johnny Depp

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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen receive their award (yay!)

Celebrities were out in full force and dressed in their finest. Everyone looked fabulous and it was really hard to narrow down my choices for best dressed, but here they are-

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Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung

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Busy Phillips in a stellar jumpsuit

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Ally Hilfiger was her father’s date

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Julianne Hough in Kaufman Franco

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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in their own designs for The Row

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Zosia Mamet in Cynthia Rowley

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CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg

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Kate Bosworth in Altuzarra

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Anna Wintour in Marc Jacobs Resort 2013

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Rachel Zoe in her own design

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Heather Graham in Nicole Miller

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Sophia Bush in David Master

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Padma Lakshmi in Naeem Khan

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Erin Heatherton goes grecian

Congratulations to all the winners. I am very excited to see what new design magic you perform for 2013!

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Caftan Crazy

Through the magic of Pinterest, I discovered this fabulous brand that makes amazing dresses, tunics, and caftans. Two New York is a small collection of chic and effortless pieces. They are made from hand-loomed cotton saris and textiles, and are hand-made in their Brooklyn studio. And the designer, Monica Patel-Cohn has a very impressive resume. She has worked with Simon Doonan (the wizard behind all beauty at Barney’s New York) and in Milan at Prada. She so understands that women want to be chic and comfy whether they are at the beach or trying to beat the heat.

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Seema Sari Tunic $270
I love the color and the length.

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Camilla Tunic $260
This is perfect for the beach or a night on the town.

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Saira Caftan $310
Gauzy and gorgeous-love it!

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Isha Dress $286
Oh my goodness, I would live in this dress all summer long.

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Kerala Dress $260
This would be my go-to event dress during the summer months. Simple but oh-so-chic.

For more offerings and information, please visit Two New York

I am going crazy for caftans right now, but it’s really hard to find ones that don’t look like pajamas and aren’t super expensive. I’ve also found some vintage offerings on Etsy and Ebay, and even some original patterns from the 70’s (too bad I can’t sew).

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Rachel Pally “Gwyneth” Caftan Maxi $295
Still expensive but a true caftan.
Available at Neiman Marcus

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Michael Stars “Eve” Caftan $117.30
This is a modern caftan and would rock at the clubs.
Available at Bloomingdale’s

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Victoria’s Secret Caftan Dress $59.50
Same dress, different colors. This is my favorite and it’s affordable. Great for lounging, errands, or lunch with the girls.
Available at Victoria’s Secret

And here are some inspiring pictures that I “pinned” and have me dreaming of lazing my summer in a caftan.

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FABULOUS!!

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Style Inspiration-Mad Men’s Megan Draper

If you ask me, there was one person that stole the show when Mad Men’s 5th season debuted on AMC. Megan Draper (portrayed by the beautiful Jessica Pare) and her rendition of the 60’s french song “Zou Bisou Bisou” had everyone talking. The song, which was made popular by Sophia Loren, was so trending that it is offered on iTunes. Megan Draper is sexy and gorgeous and is the epitome of sixties fashion. Costume designer Janie Bryant has done it again! From the clothing to the hair and makeup (which takes up to an hour and a half to do), Megan is the one to watch this season.

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Megan does her rendition of “Zou Bisou Bisou”. Everything here is flawless-the dress, the hair, the makeup-stunning!

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Costume designer Janie Bryant with the dress. The vintage find needed some repair, especially to the sleeves.

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The hair, heavy eye makeup, and a mega watt smile encompasses the sixties vibe.

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I’m a big fan of up-do’s. The higher the better!

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The sixties were all about print and this dress has it in spades.

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The many looks of Megan Draper

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Office and home

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The hair and makeup are a huge part of the character.

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The coat is the statement piece, but it’s the accessories that bring the whole ensemble together. Check out those tights!

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Another example of print and a heavy eye-perfection.

Mad Men airs Sundays at 10est/9cst on AMC

If you’re a fan of the sixties fashion, look no further than Megan Draper. Mad Men really does bring the era to life with their superb costumes.

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Parisian Chic At Ann Taylor

I have to tell you, I am dying over Ann Taylor’s fall 2012 collection. When I saw the photos I was absolutely gobsmacked! Where did this come from? Have I been missing out on fabulous pieces? I admit, I have not been in Ann Taylor for years. It’s always felt very business lady to me, but not anymore. Inspired by head designer Lisa Axelson’s trip to Paris, this collection screams parisian cool girl. Featuring animal prints, pencil skirts, boxy gamine peacoats,cropped fur jackets and capes, and amazing accessories, there really isn’t one piece I don’t want. And don’t even get me started on the black and white wedding collection. I just hope someone gets married so I have a reason to buy one of the glamorous party dresses. Here is a sneak peak, featuring my favorite items.

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Love this dress. The silhouette is perfection!

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Tweeds with lace is so sexy!

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The details, like the back bow, are really what makes each piece special.

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The flare on the bottom of the skirt turns it from corporate to playful.

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The cut and color of this coat is amazing.

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Swing coats are always a very good thing.

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A longer sleeved shift dress-perfect for fall and winter events.

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Hello Paris!

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With heels or boots, this dress is a must-have for me.

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Super cool girl, not working girl. Ann has got some edge!

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Where do I even start? This is a Megan outfit personified.

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Each look is styled so well. The accessories are stunning.

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The satin cuffs, the bracelets, the color…

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I love that they’ve done a thicker heel.

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One of the many shoe tables. One of everything please!

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A winter wedding, a fabulous dress.

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There are no words…

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And just the right accessories…

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A stunning little black dress that works all year long.

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For work or special occasion (I adore the bow)

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A view of the wedding collection.

All pieces will be available Fall 2012 at Ann Taylor

For more photos and information, please visit Fab Sugar

So, are you as blown away as I am? I cannot wait for fall. Ann Taylor has truly become a fashion force to be reckoned with.

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Bright Nails For Spring

I’ve only been wearing polish on my nails for about a month and I prefer a very dark polish. I’m not sure why-maybe because it doesn’t draw as much attention. But while shopping for some new polish, I couldn’t help but notice bright is THE way to go for spring. Yellows, greens, magenta and bright pinks, blues…it’s popsicle colors x 1000! I decided to take a risk and bought a bright reddish coral by Essie called “Ole Caliente”.

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Essie “Ole Caliente” $8.00 available at Target

At first glance, I wasn’t a fan. I’m just so used to blackish red on my nails and this was just so bright.

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But after a couple of days I got used to it and actually started to really like it. Now, I’m ready to explore more pops of color and cannot wait for the new collaboration between hot designer Thakoon and Nars to appear in stores. Inspired by his spring 2012 collection, these 6 shades are super vibrant and were inspired by the hues of Indian spice markets.

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Thakoon for Nars nail polish $18 available for pre-order at Nordstrom

I really love the light blue shade, Kutki. It will be so pretty with tan digits. I’ve used Nars polish in the past and it does wear really well. I’m not sure when the launch date is, but I am very sure they will sell out quickly. If there’s one you can’t live without, you’d better pre-order now!

And if $18 is a little too much to spend on polish, try the spring collection from Essie. The colors are very fun, especially the light green.

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Essie spring polish $8 available at Ulta and most major drugstores.

The good news is that everyone is doing bright shades for spring (check out Loreal’s Colour Riche) so there is definitely one to fit your budget!

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Babydoll Dreams

If I was a fashion designer, my signature piece would be the babydoll dress. I have always been drawn to this silhouette. I think it started because while appearing to be thin, my weight is all carried around the middle, and the babydoll allowed me to hide the tummy while turning the focus to my legs. But what it really comes down to is that the babydoll is just so darn cute. And, it can be really sexy if styled correctly. I’ve worn this silhouette for play, work, and even to events such as weddings. And while the “doll” never goes out of style, it does have certain moments and this spring is one of them. There are a ton of adorable variations out there and today I’m going to share some of my favorites with you.

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Long Sleeve Navy Babydoll Dress by Argenti $52
This truly captures the hippy element for me and I’ve actually owned similar dresses. The navy is a nice alternative to black, especially going into spring.
available at eDressMe

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Vero Moda Babydoll $63 (was originally $116)
Love the color, love the ruffled bust line. This little dress is the one you need for all your summer events.
available at Asos

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Darling Chiffon Lace Babydoll $64 (was $116)
The name says it all-this is darling! I love how it’s styled with the thigh high socks. It gives a very playful vibe. This dress would also look amazing with a great pair of heels.
available at Asos

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Solid Babydoll Ruffle Woven Dress $118
Sexy, sexy, sexy. I’m a sucker for off-the-shoulder and the color is summer personified. A wonderful dress for date night or a daytime excursion.
available at Free People

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Babydoll Bra Top Dress $40
A classic dress with a built-in bra. This will take you everywhere and work for everything.
available at Victoria’s Secret

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Pearl Embellished Swing Dress with Crochet Detailing $50 (was $134)
Pretty white dress with wonderful detailing, this dress will take you to the beach with flip flops or to music in the park with sandals.
available at Asos

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Gloria Dress $29 (was $98)
This dress will take you to every summer wedding and then some. I love that the straps are the detail and you can’t go wrong with the price.
available at Quicksilver

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Bar III Dress $64
Every girl needs a pretty floral dress in her wardrobe and this one has it all. The soft color palette and simple floral pattern makes this the quintessential summer dress.
available at Macy’s

In my opinion, if you’re looking for a versatile summer dress, look no further than the babydoll. It has everything you could want in a dress, it will hide the pooch, and you’ll look amazing.

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Sephora+Pantone Color Of The Year Collection

I have to admit I was very happy with Pantone’s “Color of the Year” selection. “Tangerine Tango” (or Pantone 17-1463) is the perfect shade of reddish orange and is a color that really is flattering on everyone. Pantone is the authority on color and is the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer. In other words, the color trends each season begin with Pantone.

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Color of the year- Tangerine Tango

I guess it only makes sense that Sephora and Pantone would collaborate on a collection. Sephora+Pantone’s color trend-forecasting is a collection of the season’s top shades in easy-to-wear variations and finishes. The collection is made up of everything from makeup to accessories and the colors are simply fabulous. Here’s a look at my top picks. Everything is very limited edition, available only at Sephora, and I’m sure will sell out quickly.

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Color of the Year Blush Duo $26
Two complimentary shades in a micro-fine pressed powder. This formula is light, yet creamy to the touch.

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Color of the Year Chrome Blush in Apricot Brandy $16
This is a luxurious velvety blush that has the best elements of baked, powder, and cream blush formulas. The color goes on like a second skin and the apricot color is wonderful on all skin tones.

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Color of the Year Creme Lipstick in Tangerine Tango $18
This is an amazing lipstick that smoothes, hydrates, and protects lips. This is the shade to have this year and it is stunning.

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Color of the Year Lip Gloss Set $20 ($60 value)
Four high-intense colors based on the color of the year. This gloss is hydrating and long-wearing, all while imparting crystal refelctions.

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Color of the Year Nail Enamel Set $24 ($40 value)
Four tangerine-inspired shades in long-wearing enamel formula. Your tootsies will draw major attention with this varnish!

These tangerine shades scream summer and make me want to break out the flip flops and beach towels. Some items are coming soon and some are available now. Please visit Sephora for more products and information.

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