Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I love you too Oprah, and by the way you looked FABOO!!

Oprah finale episode
Dear Oprah,

Since I am first a fashionista, let’s talk about how fabulous you looked on your final episode.  I love you in color, and you were pretty in pink.  That L'Wren Scott dress was spectacular on you, but the BRACELET by Lorianne Schwartz was to die for!

Now that I have gotten that out of my system I have to tell you, I feel a bit lost without you.  Since I was 16 years old I have watched you.  You were on right after my favorite soap, General Hospital, and you were the perfect way to procrastinate getting to my homework.  I continued to watch you through college, career, and through nursing my kids.  Even now, my children have spent many a day watching your show with me.

Oprah, from you I have learned so much. You told me what books I would love and to trust the whisper in my head.   You taught me (with cutie pie Nate) that my home should rise up to greet me. You and Dr. Oz taught me what healthy poop should be and with David Green, how to eat well.  You taught me with Suzie not to live beyond my means.  You showed me by example how to be charitable and true to myself, and how to be a loyal BFF as you are to Gayle.  You even taught me what jeans to wear, what my favorite things would be, (love my coach bag!!)  and how to make sure the “girls” look their best.  I ugly cried with you and looked for “aha moments” in my life.  And yes, found my calling, helping women look good and feel great, one wardrobe at a time.  Oprah, you taught me how to be the best woman I could be.

Regrets, you say you have none.  I have one (or two).  First, I never made it to a taping of your show. Second, I was never at you Favorite Things episode (those lucky ladies). 

I will miss seeing you each day, but I know we will be in touch each morning when I get my message from Oprah.com.  I promise to smile and say “Good Morning, Gorgeous”. 


Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Duchess of Style!

photograph by Toby Melville

 Who is the first lady here?  Well, the first lady of style is definitely Kate!  The newlyweds visited the Obama's this week and Kate stole the show in her Reiss Shola Bandage dress for $340.00!  Showing once again, that you don't have to spend a bundle to look your best.  Michelle Obama looks like a wallflower literally.  Is she wearing wallpaper?  A+ again Kate! To get the look, shop www.reissonline.com.  But wait to get yours, they are sold out.  Rumor has it the website is currently down due to all the hoopla over Kate!

Monday, May 23, 2011

If April Showers bring May flowers what does May bring? Sales!!!

If you are like me and love to shop but also enjoy a good sale more than sex or chocolate, then you are going to love what's happening at all the retailers you love right now!  And it’s not just spring and summer that they are putting on sale.  You can also get great deals on fall during preseason sales.  Better yet, for some of the best deals you don't even need to leave the house. There are so many exciting ways to save money I'm not sure where to begin, so let's start at the top.  

ROSEYstyle tip (shhhhh our little secret)…..
Get a jump on your friends by contacting your favorite Sales Associate or Personal Shopper in store before the sales start.  They know what’s going on sale and will work with you to preselect your items.  This way you will make sure you don’t miss out!

Niemans - Yes you can afford luxury!  Even better, if you shop online you can get even more savings.  Just this week Neiman’s had their First Call sale.  Fall has hit the stores (yes already).  That’s not all….now the  Last Call sale is starting and if you go on line now you can get an extra 30% off already marked down styles.  Shop now at www.neimanmarcus.com.

Saks – Shop their Going, Going Gone sale and save on spring and beyond.  You can save 40% on a great pair of wedges for summer and grab your favorite designer jeans while you are at it.  Jbrand and 7 for all Mankind are on sale (unheard of)! Hop on line at www.saksfifthavenue.com and click on Saks sale.

Bloomies - The Big Brown Bag sale starts May 26th and runs through May 30th.  Also, if you are lucky like me and are on their mailing list, you may receive an extra savings pass in the mail.  This means you can get an extra 20% savings on line and in stores on almost all purchases. Look for the big brown paper bag catalog, don’t throw it in your circular file.  Shop at stores and on line at www.bloomingdales.com

Nordstrom’s – Ahhhh The Half Yearly Sale!  Shop in stores and on line starting May 25th through May 30th .  For year round savings hit your local Nordstrom's Rack.  They are a great source for your favorite designers.  After shopping there I will never pay full retail for my designer denim again http://shop.nordstrom.com.
Calypso St. Barth for Target – I have always coveted Calypso’s carefree styling. I used to love to shop and drool in their chic Soho store during my NYC days.  This season they have a breezy collection for Target.  Stop in and get yourself some easy summer dresses for less then half the price of their regular line.   While you’re at it, pick up one for your daughter.  She’ll love you for it! Mine did.  Shop at your local target store or on line at www.target.com.

Happy May Sale Day’s !!!

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dress to Impress!

Dress to Impress!
What’s more perfect than a dress to usher in sunshine and warm weather?

Anything goes length wise.  You can be sophisticated and chic in a  long flowing maxi dress one day, and show of your newly tanned legs the next in a short sassy style.

Choose from bohemian down town chic to uptown, flirty and feminine. Whatever your mood you can find a dress to fit it.

Dress to Impress! by jamierose69 featuring a blue cotton dress

Friday, May 13, 2011

Air out your toes!

Air out your Toes!

After Months of wearing boots, it's time to show off your toes!

Step one -  buy yourself a great new pair of sandals.  Wedges or gladitors are the perfect update.

Step 2 - head to your favorite spot and get a great pedicure.  Pick a pale neutral like Essie's St Tropez or a rich metallic like Mac's Very Important Platinum.

Step 3 - Strut your stuff!

Air out your Toes! by jamierose69 featuring suede wedges

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Get a Bright Idea!

Get a Bright idea

After wearing my rubber rain boots, black leggings, and a raincoat for months on end, I am excited to add a splash of color into my life!
If you are like me and prefer neutrals as the base of your wardrobe, you can add the latest spring bright trend by grabbing an accessory!

Get a Bright idea by jamierose69 featuring beaded jewelry

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spring has Sprung!!!

spring style

It's the moment we've all been waiting for.  The warm weather has hit San Francisco! Grab some Vit D while you can. But before you do, your closet might need some spring cleaning.  Get in there and find your favorite dresses that have been hiding out, and get them on before the fog rolls in!

Check back to see the best ways to update your wardrobe this season!  Hint (Grab something Bright!!!)

spring style by jamierose69 featuring a bandeau dress

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Confessions of a Recessionista....

shopping  by spin sugar.
shopping , a photo by spin sugar. on Flickr.

I really never knew what I was, until October 2008 when I received an email from my friend.  It read, “Have you seen today’s style section?  It’s you, you are the original recessionista”.  And as I read Natasha Singer’s article “A Label for a Pleather Economy,” I had my first aha moment (you know the ones Oprah is always going on about).   And all these years I thought I was just cheap.  

I’ve always loved to look good, but was never a slave to designer labels (although I know and covet them all).  In Style magazine and Lucky have always been my personal Torah.  But, I did not fit the “fashionista” mold.  The difference was I had Neiman’s taste and a Ross budget.

Today, as the stock market dips and savings accounts dwindle it has become chic to “dress for less”.  We can still look like a million without spending a bundle. It is my time to come out of the closet, embrace my inner recssionista and teach you to find yours.  I confess…

I shop in my own Closet.  Each season I begin by doing a clean out.  Come on ladies, I bet you don’t even know what you have in there. And what you find may be a pleasant surprise.  Be honest. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit you well, or things you will never wear again (or have never worn).  Bring items that are in good shape to a consignment shop and earn cash for your trash.  Add this cash to you shopping budget and you are ahead of the game!  Likewise, bring forward forgotten treasures, and enjoy the “everything old is new again“ feeling you get from wearing them.

I love a good sale more than sex (or chocolate).  I love to scour the racks for bargains at discounters like Marshals, Ross and Nordstrom’s Rack.  Make this your hobby.  Find out what days new merchandise goes out on the floor and be there.  Likewise sign up for your favorite retailers websites and mailing lists.  You will get valuable coupons and be notified of special sales.   Finding a good bargain is the best shopping high.

I wear skimpy Tee’s.  Why spend a lot of money for a piece of cotton.  Yes the quality and styling of a Michael Stars, James Perse or Splendid Tee, may be marginally better.   Stick a tank top under one from Old Navy or Target, so they don’t look so thin and pair them with you designer jeans and you look equally fabulous.

I show off my ASSets and you should too! No buts about it, this is where you should invest.   But the good news is taking care of your bottoms will make them last, and jean styles don’t change so much year to year.  You can wear what flatters you best be it, boyfriend, boot cut, wide leg, high waist, low cut, or skinny.  So take care of those $200.00 jeans you bought during the bull market so you won’t be caught bare.

When I can’t shop I swap.  It’s super fun to shop with you favorite gal pals.  It is equally as fun to shop in their closets.   Start an open closet policy with a friend, or simply swap things that you no longer use.  Each of you will end up with something “new to you”.  It’s all the fun of shopping without spending a penny.

When I need to economize I accessorize.  When shopping for new clothes each season is simply out of the question, turn to accessories to inject fashion into your wardrobe.   By finding great scarves, jewelry, belts, and even sunglasses, you can make your old styles look new and fresh again.   Again, scour the racks at your local discounters and look for sales.

It’s in the Bag! Nothing says what you are all about more than your bag.   A high-end bag can make your Isaac Mizrahi (for target) dress; look like a great Neimans find.  It can and does, change the feel and look of any outfit.   Nothing else in you wardrobe has this power.  You can and should invest here.  Value is in the cost per wear.  You wear your bag every day; therefore a $600.00 bag translates to approximately $1.64 a day.  Come on you spend more then that on latte’s.   Great designer bags can be found discounted on-line, at the large retailers during end of season sales and on Ebay.  Fill in around your one great bag with fun throwaways, again from your fav discounters.  You’ll fool people into thinking you’ve spent a lot on those too.

IF clothes make the man, shoes make the woman.    Would you wear high heels on a hike or sneakers to the spring gala?  A gal can never have too many shoes.  Although, I’d love to have a pair of Jimmy Choo’s or Manolo’s, I’m loath to admit I don’t.  My shoe collection is diverse and decidedly fun.   I prefer quantity to quality in the shoe department.  I would rather have 10 pairs of fun ballet flats and flip flops then one pair of Manolo’s.   And don’t forget if you have invested in some great shoes that have been well worn, take them to the shoemaker to be reborn.  He (and his elves) can resole, reheel, and revive just about any pair.

So share my motto for the new economy; Look chic with a bit of fashion savvy!