Monday, November 30, 2015


"Your eye makeup says so much about you and your style" - Laura Mercier. One strong makeup statement that women have made prominent for decades is the use of the cat eye look. Now, keep in mind, this is not a how-to post on how to apply liquid liner or what type of technique to use to achieve the cat eye. That we leave to the beauty experts that you can find over at YouTube or anywhere else on the internet. 
Today we are exploring the sensation that is the cat eye makeup style through different eras. Hello, unless you have been living under a rock, then by now you should know that record-breaking singer Adele has made the cat eye her trademark look. Sure she has the most beautiful face which has graced covers like Vogue, Elle, Rolling Stones and People but her bold eyes steal the show. Her makeup artist Michael Ashton who is the mastermind behind Adele's look for the 'Hello' video says he starts the process by using a gel liner, then completes this famous winged cat eye with liquid liner for a very polished look. Mission accomplished! Lately, the conversation about Adele goes from her extraordinary heartfelt songs to the beauty of her makeup. However, this catty look did not start with her. We must give special mention to the Egyptians and Mesopotamians that created it which was not only used for the aesthetics purposes, but also as protection from the sun and against the 'evil eye'. Keep reading...

Some of the most famous women in fashion history like french beauty and sex symbol Brigitte Bardot (as seen below) was photographed often in this winged look.
Italian movie siren, Sophia Loren also used the cat eye look many times to enhance her bold and alluring eyes.
One musician who was never shy about making her cat eye look big and bold was the late and incredibly talented Amy Winehouse. 

Today some of the biggest pop music singers and performers use some version of the cat eye look to compliment their style. They know that this retro effect is not only timeless but with the right makeup tricks can be very modern and edgy. 




Monday, November 23, 2015


The 2015 American Music Awards celebrated the best of music as voted by the fans and public last night. This award show first began back in 1973 and since has seen many historic performances throughout the years. Of course, besides the music it's the fashion on the red carpet that has everyone talking. However, this year the red carpet seemed pretty underwhelming. It seemed as if the most dominant trend was to play it safe and boring or go to the extreme of trying too hard sexiness which translated into cheap and slutty. Then on the other extreme there were some that brought dramatic gowns with trains, again not a fit for this type of show. Not sure what happened to a lot of the stylists to the stars last night. Did they leave their understudies in charge? There were so many celebrities just not dressing 'the part' for this event. It's a night to celebrate music and although taking a risk is encouraged, it just fell pretty flat in general. I think we are all over the capes, top knot hair style and honestly, sheer nude gowns needs to really take a vacation very soon.

Jennifer Lopez played host for the first time and she is usually the one every human on the planet tunes in to watch. Well, she did not disappoint! Lucky for us she did not open the show with a scripted set of yawn worthy jokes or commentary, she played her strengths by performing a high energy, very entertaining dance medley of this year's top hits. For the remainder of the night, she continued to showcase at least ten incredible looks. Like her or not, the woman loves fashion and it certainly showed all night. Here is our small but noteworthy roundup of what we appreciated from the red carpet. What were some of your favorites last night at the AMAs. 


Monday, November 16, 2015


Decade after decade Parisian fashion has provided women with a sense of style aspiration and without a doubt inspiration.The elegance of french women is something that always commands attention worldwide. With that said, french fashion has made some headlines in the past few weeks, but for different reasons. There has been much upheaval and discussion with regards to some of the major changes in the grand houses including Dior, Lanvin and Balenciaga. To start things off, Alexander Wang parted ways with Balenciaga and is moving on to work on his brand and other projects. Shortly after came the shocking news that Raf Simons had resigned as creative director of Dior and lastly Alber Elbaz announced recently that he was parting ways as Lanvin's artistic director after fourteen years. Times have certainly changed in the business of fashion. It is no secret that one of the greatest challenges designers face is balancing the demand of so many shows in a year while maintaining their creativity intact. Today the world of fashion moves as fast as lightning especially now that the internet is a key factor. It will be interesting to see the direction that these fashion houses will take in the next few months. As they say, the show must go on. 

As we keep an eye on the evolution of the fashion in Paris, we also want to send our prayers and thoughts to this great city and all those that were affected by the inhumane and horrific terrorist attacks that occurred over the weekend. The strength of this great city has been tested but not broken. They will rise as tall as the Eiffel tower and shine brighter than ever before. In honor and support of the city of lights, we want to share some great fashion moments that remind us all why Parisians are unique, timeless and will always have that je ne sais quoi we love so much! 
Via Pinterest -The model Patricia Donald Smith is wearing Jacques Fath. Photo by Walde Huth, 1955

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Hat designer, Patricia Underwood once said, "You can change your persona a bit with a hat". One of the many great things about fall/winter fashion is the many ways to layer and accessorize your looks. As the temperatures begin slowly decline what better way to dress up a look or save yourself from a bad hair day than by wearing a hat. Ralph Lauren's fall 2015 collection featured many chic hats on the runway that accentuated the elegance of the clothes. His take had a very western feel with some nods to the ongoing seventies trend. If you're wondering what's trending for this seasons women's hats, well opt for panama hats, fedoras and every fashionista's favorite, the floppy hat. Still not sure which option to get then try on different sizes and shapes. Just like sunglasses, headwear is about finding what works best for your shape, facial features and what you feel most comfortable with. Not sure which direction to go? Take on some inspiration with some of our picks for best styles this season. 



Monday, November 2, 2015


New York City this past Wednesday had periods of heavy downpours throughout the day. While the trees outside were drenched and the orange and red leaves blew everywhere, stepping into the Ann Taylor headquarters in the heart of Times Square told a different story. The press preview event was surrounded by bright and blooming hydrangeas, peonies and tulips juxtaposed with spring and summer dresses, jumpsuits, seperates, handbags, footwear and jewelry. A fun and favorite piece was a yellow skirt with a black and white pineapple print paired with a sleeveless striped top. Ann Taylor knows how to cater to so many women, especially the busy working woman who needs comfort, style and versatility. Some of the pieces included cullottes, safari oriented classics and lots of emphasis on the waist. This was a total success for Creative Director, Austyn Zung as this was her first collection with the brand. We can't wait to go shopping next spring for so many of these great pieces. 

One Style at a Time readers, we leave you with images from the collection and the event from last week. Make sure you are following us on Instagram  where you can also view additional photos from the event and much more. 

Monday, October 19, 2015


When adapting seasonal trends to your style you will definitely find that there are some ongoing battles. Take for example the long lived debate, skinny pants vs flared. This particular discussion has recently taken a 'new leg' in the fashion war (pun intended). Why? Well with the famous revival of the seventies fashion trend, that bell bottom option is back on the table and going strong. In the end what you want to consider is fit, proportion and personal preference. The upside to the skinny vs flared pant argument is that women have options and that is always a bonus. However, many have been adamant that the flared jean is best worn with a heeled shoe and how many ladies want to be restricted with a single type of shoe ratio to pants right? Also, if you are curvy and petite the flared jean may not be as flattering since it may not elongate your frame as much. Skinny jeans have for some time been a favorite since you can wear them with pretty much any top. Versatility is always a plus and skinnies can be worn with heels or flats and can be found at any price point these days. So fashionistas, we leave it up to you to tell us what is your personal preference. Do you like the strong revival of the flared jean or will  you be sticking to your skinny jeans for fall?


Monday, September 21, 2015


With so many great shows on television, it's no surprise that the Emmys had a lot of anticipation this year. Apparently, the temperatures in Los Angeles Sunday night were steaming and peaking at almost 100 degrees. Yet, that did not distract or affect some of the TV's best actresses on the red carpet. Some of the biggest stars like Taraji P. Henson of the mega hit show 'Empire' arrived early dressed in an edgy black, chain should strap Alexander Wang dress. One after another the stars kept arriving. Then it happened... Sarah Hyland of the show 'Modern Family' arrived and then came the first gasp of wow! This young lady is by far a fashionista favorite and has already quite a spectacular archive of winning looks to her favor. She was styled by celebrity stylist Brad Goreski in a plum, over the shoulder Zac Posen gown. Age appropriate and flawless. Speaking of another show-stopping moment, well did you see Lady Gaga? She had everyone going gaga indeed as she elegantly posed in a black Brandon Maxwell gown. Old Hollywood Glamour suits her well. There were some fashion risk takers including Kerry Washington with a very heavy, intricate, metallic gown by Marc Jacobs. If you are runway expert than you know that this dress was just shown last week at the tail end of New York Fashion Week. Talk about hot off the runway! Latin bombshell Sofia Vergara brought her curves in a perfectly fitted St. John gown and her hot fiance Joe Manganiello. The show 'Orange is the new Black' brought out their lovely ladies to the carpet, but the one who stunned in a regal, red Christian Siriano was Laura Prepon. Just perfection head to toe. 

So that wraps up our choices for the Emmys 2015 best dressed. Tell us which were your favorites One Style at a Time readers. 



Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Fashion week continues to bloom in New York City and on the runway it seems so as well. There has been no shortage of garden parties and floral inspiration. 

Take for example Diane von Furstenberg's DVF show. It was an array of  young and very famous models dolled up in 70's designs from the Studio 54 era that Diane was very much a part of at one time. The makeup and bouncy curls were all part of the story as Diane recalls that is what her hair style was back in those days and now took life on the runway. No one does modern, sexy like DVF, don you agree? Now if you need a little sunshine in your life head on over to the Lela Rose show for next spring. Lela knows how to play with bright colors, sheer, floral appliques and how to present feminine beauty with a touch of whimsical. 
Another classic favorite every NYFW is of course iconic designer Carolina Herrera. This time she was in a very "rose period" as she herself said, more minimalism than past seasons. Her collection's backdrop, the Frick Museum which for the first time in history allowed a staged presentation in their venue. Anything for Carolina! Zac Posen is always a crowd favorite and fashionistas as well as celebrities always anticipate his stellar gowns. Although this time there weren't any Sophia Vergara-like mermaid dresses, he still provided well tailored, pretty cocktail and day dresses in black and navy. Tell us which spring collections have caught your style eye, we want to hear more from you One Style at a Time readers!

Sunday, September 13, 2015


New York Fashion Week is in full swing and we are excited to show you what is definitely noteworthy on the runway. One show that had a special meaning this past Friday was Riccardo Tisci's of Givenchy who took his presentation and honored the 14th anniversary of 9/11. On a beautiful night with the backdrop of the city, his dual celebration included the grand opening of the Givenchy store now at Madison Avenue and his 10th year with the french fashion house. Other designers we've loved and seen so far, Monique Lhuillier with vibrant colors and florals and dresses that surely will be considered for the up and coming Emmy awards red carpet. There is definitely a feel for comfort coming through many collections for Spring with florals and bright colors included. One standout repeat trend in beauty being seen on the models, minimal makeup. It seems the nude and sheer face is going to be big in 2016. Check out our continued NYFW roundup and make sure you tell us which looks are your favorites. 

Also, this past Friday I had the pleasure of being invited back as a guest to join the fashion conversation at HuffPostLive with celebrity stylist and Fashion Police co-host, Brad Goreski. If you haven't seen the segment click here to re-watch the show. 


Thursday, September 10, 2015


Happy New York Fashion Week! That's right, it's that time of year again fashonistas. New York City is officially the home of all the hottest collections for Spring/Summer 2016. Not only are there new designs but also new venues where the shows are happening. In case you didn't know Lincoln Center is no longer the home base for fashion week in the city that never sleeps. It's basically everywhere around town from the Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Square in Soho and beyond. On September 10th the runway shows and presentations started bright and early and have been going throughout the muggy, overcast city day. Our top pick of the day was Tadashi Shoji, who is not only a recurring favorite but never disappoints. Season after season he presents his vision with a creative tenacity that women just love. On this occasion, his show was elegantly inspired by the Japanese gardens. There were perfectly designed frocks with floral embroideries, sheer, tulle and a feeling of soft femininity. On the other extreme, there was the collection by Nicholas K. This collection was inspired by parachutes, free fall and was called, 'Terminal Velocity'. There were many monochromatic tones that included oversized tent dresses, ponchos, parachute cords and uneven patchwork panels. A strong utilitarian approach for women next spring.

Looking to see when designers are showing their collections in the coming days? You can visit the official site NYFW  or visit There you can also watch the live streams or repeats of past live shows. More fashion runway details coming to One Style at a Time, so make sure you are following on Twitter and Instagram for all the live coverage. Also, sign up for emails alerts right on the home page of the blog. You don't want to miss our roundup coverage of #NYFW. You miss a minute, you miss a lot!


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