Monday, December 17, 2007

Are You Madewell? Enter our Madewell Giveaway Contest!

Are you Madewell? You’ve read about “casualcool” new clothing line Madewell…now enter to get some of their swag for free!

Enter our Madewell Giveaway Contest HERE before midnight on Dec. 30 to receive an amazing 10 FREE t-shirts from Madewell to 10 lucky winners!


But don’t delay…10 winners will receive this awesome Madewell package, so enter now! This is a great way to start off your 2008 wardrobe with a bang, and best of all, it’s absolutely free. Already subscribe to Couture in the City? Then you are automatically entered! Good luck!

Q & A with Madewell Designer Lisa Shulner


Madewell Designer Lisa Shulner

We asked, they answered…the designers of super cute and comfy line “Madewell” were good enough to let us in on some of their style secrets and design ideas. We chatted with Lisa Shulner to get the scoop on this up and coming line:

What designers do you draw inspiration from?

    There are so many! I love the easy styling of Alexander Wang, the dressed-down pretty of Philip Lim, the kooky color combinations of Marni, the humble spirit of 45RPM, the arty celebration of Miu Miu…I could go on and on.

    What are your favorite fabrics to work with?

    We love anything with texture.

    If you could have one dream celebrity spokesmodel for your line, who would it be?

    Just a cool, real, girl-about-town with an innate sense of style.

What’s one word that describes the feeling of your line?


What Madewell piece is your absolute favorite from the winter 2007 line?

    Love love love the Lola dress.

You can read more about Lisa and all of the other Madewell designers and stylists HERE and don’t forget to check out their awesome Holiday 2007 line. They’ve just opened up a new boutique on Broadway in SOHO, NYC, so if you are in the area, be sure to check it out. If NY isn’t in your neck of the woods, then you can always peruse their website for great holiday gift ideas:



Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Don’t forget…TIGI Bedhead Giveaway!


Time is ticking for our TIGI Bedhead giveaway! Sign up for our mailing list any time between now and December 11, 2007 for your chance to win a new TIGI “Light Me Up” tourmaline curling iron and flat iron. Already signed up? Then you are already entered! These salon-quality iron’s are the perfect addition to your holiday beauty routine and best of all…they’re FREE! So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and let Santa come early…courtesty of TIGI and Couture in the City!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hot Giveaway…TIGI Bedhead “Light Me Up!” Curling Iron and Straigtener


Makin’ waves like Rita Hayworth (source)

The holidays are here…that means lots of shopping and getting ready for holiday parties, right? No holiday look is complete without sexy winter hair to accompany it, and TIGI is here to help. Santa came early for me this year when I got my new TIGI “Light Me Up” curling iron in the mail and let me tell you…my hair hasn’t been straight since. I’ve been practicing a vampy holiday look reminiscent of the 1940’s waves, and with my new TIGI curling iron, I won’t need to visit a salon.

Easy and fun to use, this 1 1/2 inch barrel curling iron is loaded with fab bells and whistles and gives you salon quality results. TIGI’s new “Light Me Up” collection has a unique Fiber Optic finish combined with the latest Tourmaline, Nano-Ceramic and Ionic technology.


Want Santa to come a little early? Then enter our TIGI “Light Me Up!” giveaway for your chance to win a curling iron and straigtener! Sign up for our newsletter now through December 11 for a chance to win. Already get our newsletter? Then you are automatically entered! Some restrictions apply, only open to residents in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Enter now for sexy holiday hair courtesy of TIGI and Couture in the City!


Monday, November 26, 2007

How To Wear Fall Fashion's Top Trends

Michael Macko, men's fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue, is rarely shocked by what comes down the runway during fashion shows.

"Menswear," he explains, "is so slow to change. [It's] very conservative."

Not so this fall.

"Designers are doing something different," he says. "I was taken by the extremes this season--and how designers dared to be theatrical."
In Pictures: How To Wear Fall's Top Trends

New looks, though, pose risks: What won applause on the runway can get you hooted off the stage of real life. Says David Wolfe, creative director of The Doneger Group, a fashion-forecasting firm in New York City, "For the designers, it's an exciting time; but for consumers, figuring out how to wear these trends without looking foolish can be problematic."

Tips For Top Looks
Sweaters with big snowflakes on the sleeves, geometric patterns on jackets, shirts and pants in shockingly bold colors--these and other trends this fall in men's and women's fashion aren't the easiest to wear. Before you put your social or professional reputation at risk by adopting them wholesale, consider if the more reasonable approach isn't to integrate a few gradually, bit by bit, into your wardrobe.

Take color: Bright hues have traditionally been used sparingly in men's wear, mainly in accessories that accent a wardrobe: ties, say, or pocket squares. But this season, "tonal dressing" is all the rage.

Designers have created outfits--shirts, jackets, ties and other accessories--all in the same hue. The idea is that you, once gussied up, would look like the Sherman Williams color wheel: a single dominant color expressed in several different shades.

"If you walk through any major store, you will see retailers displaying light green shirts with darker green jackets while mixing a tie from the same color family," says New York celebrity stylist Robert Verdi. "It may seem like an easy way to buy your clothes, but it can get tricky. [Always have] one dominant hue in the family and then incorporate other lighter hues around it. For example, you could wear a light purple shirt and combine a deep purple tie and have the outfit look completely polished."

If you intend ever to visit the M&M Bar in Butte, Mont., we'd say go easy on this trend. And maybe start with a different color.

Yellow--blindingly bright yellow--was the color most au courant on this fall's runways. There were yellow jackets, yellow sweaters, yellow pants. But to wear all-yellow in real life is to risk being mistaken for a crossing guard or perhaps the Gorton's Fisherman of Gloucester. Instead try wearing one bright piece; a scarf, a pair of gloves or a dark jacket with yellow piping. Combine it with a pair of jeans or a casual pair of dark twill pants, and you'll look natty (not batty).

For women, color will be more restrained and muted, with grays predominating. There's no women's trend comparable to the "one tone with variations" one for men. Just as well, since gray-on-ash-on-silver makes anyone look drab and boring.

Joanne Stoner, chief executive of online retailer, suggests women incorporate a gray dress or jacket into their fall wardrobe, pairing it with dark pants or dark leggings.

For men, an "après ski" look promises to be big this fall. Example: the ski suit seen at Prada runway presentation in Milan earlier this summer, which displayed leggings and a huge fur lined jacket. But wearing this to the office will only temp co-workers to make mean cracks ("Hey, Ed, how about schussing over here with those reports?") Less is more with après-ski: Let one piece suffice--a fair isles sweater, say, or a puffy jacket.

Likewise, geometric patterns are a big trend in both men's and women's wear. You run the risk of looking a fool, though, if you wear too loud a print in too conservative an office. And to wear more than one patterned item at a time is definitely a no-no: You'll look like a test-pattern.

If you're the kind of person whose thoughts turn, with the advent of autumn leaves, more to cocoa than to kindling, how hard should you strain to stay abreast of fall's fashion trends?

Not too.

"If a trend makes you look older, heavier or unattractive, that's when you have to draw the line," says Verdi. "Clothes are supposed to enhance your look and make you feel better. If it detracts from your main mission, don't wear it!"

by Hitha Prabhakar


Friday, November 16, 2007

Weekly Fashion Round Up at Couture in the City

What is hot over at our sister fashion blog Couture in the City this week:

‘Tis the Season…For Haute Holiday Dresses

Christina Ricci (source)

The Perfect Holiday Gifts for Mom!

Elle’s Holiday Gift Guide, Personality Shopping!

Great Holiday Gifts; New Fragrances from Diesel

Fab Fashion Blogs Friday

Visit Couture in the City for the latest in fashion and how-to wear style.

Hot Shots: Olsen Twins

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Be and D Sample Sale - November 27-29

Greta Clutche - Image: BlueBee

Start your holiday shopping and pick up a lil sumtin' for yourself at Be & D's Holiday Sample Sale!

Who: Be & D

When: November 27, 28, 29
11/27 - 9am-7pm
11/28 and 11/29 - 10am-6pm

Where: 35 West 36th Street, 10th Floor (between 5th and 6th Avenue)
B,D,F,N,R,V,W at 34th Street and 6th Ave.

What: Deanna Patent Leather Hobo Bags - were $1,200; now start at $350
Garbo Satchels - were $1000; now start at $300
Greta Clutches (as seen on November 8 The Oprah Winfrey Show) - were $600; now start at $150
Braided belts (as seen on Alicia Keys) and leather accessories - were $500; now start at $50

Cash and Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Film Forum

Image courtesy of Film Forum

While your local AMC is serving stale popcorn and crowd-pleasing "hits" (um, Vince Vaughn as Santa's big bro), Film Forum—the premier destination in Manhattan (and the country) for noteworthy independent and foreign films—plays to a more discerning audience. Instead, they show films like Lagerfeld Confidential, a documentary about House of Chanel's mad designer, and enough silver-screen classics to satisfy even the stuffiest cinema snobs (Divorce Italian Style, Last Year at Marienbad). Find out the address to e-mail to receive a Run of Engagement pass, good for two tickets to any show (seating not guaranteed), go to the Privileges section of

Film Forum: 209 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10014

Friday, November 09, 2007

Fashion Designer: Roberto Cavalli at H&M

Weekly Fashion Round Up at Couture in the City

What is hot over at our sister fashion blog Couture in the City this week:

Hot Trend to Try: Cocktail Rings

How To Steal Jennifer Garners Red Carpet Style

How to Wear Scarf Trends Like a Celeb

Cocktails by Jenn Invites You to the Ultimate Bachelorette Party!

Fab Fashion Blogs Friday

Visit Couture in the City for the latest in fashion and how-to wear style.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Anya Hindmarch Launches New Website

Anya Hindmarch has just gone live with a new look and enhanced features for her loyal customers in time for the holiday season! The site features a full range of our products which includes luggage, shoes, beachwear, and outerwear in addition to handbags and small leather goods. Highlighted on the site is this season's Lautner bag, our best seller, which has recently been worn by Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, Molly Simms, among others.

In addition, a unique division of the site entitled Gift Assistance, actively directs customers to shop for the right gift based on personal criteria and explores each bespoke item available for personalization on the site. In this section you may also view a clever video which demonstrates how your purchase will be gift wrapped!

View the Fall/Winter collection by visiting Anya Hindmarch today!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Beauty: Cosmetics we Love: Benefit

10 Palette

This powder duo bronzes & highlights in one sexy sweep to give you sleek, sculpted cheekbones. We've chosen two seductive shades for lips & complimentary shades for your eyes. We like to call it "sexy to the max." Limited edition.

Get your very own 10 Palette at Benefit Cosmetics

Monday, November 05, 2007

Safe Harbour by Danielle Steel

A powerful and life-affirming romantic drama about love, grief and deception, Safe Harbour premiered on DVD from New Line Home Entertainment on October 30, 2007. Based on Danielle Steel’s bestselling novel, the film stars Melissa Gilbert (TV’s Little House on the Prairie, TV’s Nip/Tuck) as a grief- stricken mother and widow struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered world following a life-altering family tragedy. When an unexpected romance finds its way into her heart, she slowly begins to embrace her passion for life, motherhood and friendship again – only to learn that an unimaginable betrayal threatens to reopen the wounds she has worked so hard to heal.

With more than half a billion books sold, Danielle Steel is America’s most prolific romance novelist. Author of 102 novels, including The Wedding, Sisters and Second Chance, Steel currently holds the title in The Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one novel on The New York Times bestseller list for 390 consecutive weeks, including Safe Harbour, which topped the list for 11 weeks. A gripping story of love, loss and the powerful bonds that can heal upended families, Safe Harbour is based on Danielle Steel’s bestselling novel about the entwined fates of a grieving young widow (Gilbert) and a devastated artist (Brad Johnson). Both feel as though they have lost everything until they find a thread of hope in one another on a remote, fog-shrouded California beach. In the tentative but exhilarating beginnings of a new romance unfolds a tale of how, even in the darkest of times, new sparks can be lit and hearts can be changed by singular acts of courage and human kindness.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Weekly Fashion Round Up at Couture in the City

What is hot over at our sister fashion blog Couture in the City this week:

How to Hide a Baby Bump Like a Celeb

n Hollywood, it’s hard to keep a big secret like having a little one on the way! Especially in our society where every inch of a celeb’s waistline is constantly scrutinized. Read entire story here

Great Boots for Fall

Knee high boots with dresses or jeans tucked in are still hot this fall! This is good news for us fashionista’s that are a little heavy in the calves and can’t quite pull off the ankle boot look. Read entire story here

Fashion Blog Love of the Day: Chic Intuition

Everyday I learn to love Target a little more. Why? Because famed shoe designer brand Hollywould has designed a more moderately priced line for them! Read entire post here

How to Look Hollywood Casual Cool

It’s not all red carpets and flashing lights for some of our favorite Hollywood A-listers…they have to go grocery shopping and pick up the dry cleaning like the rest of us! However, unlike the rest of us, they are usually able to run their errands in style. Read entire post here

Fashion Blog Love of the Day: Chic Diaries

Shoes! Spring 2008! New collection! Paris Fashion Week 2008 said “Good Buy!” to us and we have to wait only for another spring and another summer. Read entire post here

Visit Couture in the City for the latest in fashion and how-to wear style.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Bluefly hosts Lucky Shop AfterSale

Bluefly, the ultimate hook-up for the fashion obsessed, has teamed up with Lucky, the magazine about shopping and style, to launch Lucky Shops @, a chic on-line designer boutique as part of the fourth annual Lucky Shops event.

As the exclusive on-line partner for Lucky Shops, Bluefly is proud to offer passionate shoppers across the country unable to attend the three-day shopping extravaganza, fabulous designer merchandise from many of the 70 vendors who participated in the event.

Lucky Shops @ will not only sell designer goods from the sale, but the site will carry exclusive pieces that weren't available at the event - all discounted up to 70% off retail. Proceeds from select sales will benefit Baby Buggy(R), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing New York City's families in need with essential equipment, clothing and product for their infants and young children.

Visit Lucky Shops @ today!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Beauty Discovery: Prescriptives Lash Finder

Prescriptives, the cosmetics brand that embraces all women, all skins, and all ages has created a fantastic tool to help find your PERFECT mascara. Prescriptives presents Lash Finder, the interactive site that will help you create the look you want with the mascara that's best for you.

Four “how-to” videos featuring Prescriptives’ Director of Artistry and QVC® spokesperson, Jillian Veran will help you choose the right lash look:

24-Hour Lashes (featuring Here To Stay 24-Hour Longear Mascara)

Long Luxe Lashes (featuring Lash Envy Volumizing Mascara)

Curled, Conditioned Lashes (featuring False Eyelashes Plush Mascara)

Beyond Long Lashes (featuring Beyond long Maximum Length Mascara)

Below you will see Prescriptives Lash Finder bloopers video!

Visit Prescriptives Lash Finder today!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Fashion News: Details Holiday Issue: Follow the Rules: Dries Van Noten

In the upcoming holiday issue of Details magazine the cerebral Belgian designer on barbecue, black tie, and how to dress your kids.

Gay men and straight men dress nearly the same now. Young people pick up styles of clothing without saying “This is too gay” or “This is too straight.”

I have as much respect for somebody who knows how to cook perfectly on a barbecue as I do for a three-star chef. I don’t have respect for people who say “I’m not interested in food and wine,” because those are some of the joys of life.

Everybody dresses the way they want to dress. David Beckham—he’s trying very hard. I’m not so fond of his look, but I think a lot of people consider it extremely stylish. So who am I to say it’s unstylish? I’m not a dictator.

Kids should be dressed as kids, not as little grown-ups.

Listen to what other people are saying about the way you dress, because in the end, fashion is a way of communicating. When you get your message wrong, it’s good that the people around you let you know.

Smell is important. I love perfume, but the moment that you can smell it from far away, I don’t like it anymore. It has to be discreet.

I don’t like it when men purposely dress incorrectly at a formal event. When it’s black tie, I dress black tie. But I give it my own personal twist.

I like to wander around a city and pop into stores when I’m traveling. I try not to go back to the places I’ve found. I prefer to keep the memory of the magical moment I first walked in.

I wear my hair short. I always go to the same hairdresser, who cuts it in 10 minutes. I love that. I’ve been going to him for 25 or 30 years now.

You shouldn’t have a completely vintage look. Fashion has to move forward. We can’t live in the past.


Sunday, June 10, 2007

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Friday, June 08, 2007

Fab Fashion Blogs Friday

Fab Finding Follow Up: Comfy on the Big Day [FabSugar]

Omiru Poll Result: Black and White is IN! [Omiru]

Capital E for Excited 4 Levis ~ [The It Lists]

Recipe: Dijon Sauce for Meats [Moms Buzz]

Retail Trends- Wet Seal [Style Crazy! (A Fashion Diary)]

Linday’s Tragic Life [Style Critics]

Margarita Saplala - Sahara Dress [I HEART LUXE]

Guinot Is For Me! [Lipstick Powder 'n Paint]

Fashionista Must-Have ($ Required) [Shopaholics Anonymous]

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

What's New This Week at Life & Style? Couture in the City Fashion Blog

So what's new this week at Life & Style magazine? Check out their front page for all the greatest gossip on baby news (is Nicole pregs or not? I'm skeptical...). Anywho, the hottest trend this week amongst celebs has to be light and airy sun dresses. Whether they are short and sweet or superlong, this is THE staple for the season. I don't know about Gwen Stefani's school girl ensemble's a little too dark and covered up for summer, don'tcha think?

Leave it to SJP to turn a simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt into a chic summer ensemble! The former Carrie Bradshaw just added a pair of yellow heels and a bright pink tote to her casual look and VOILA!...instant style. I'm so jealous. Life & Style shows you how you can add some effortless color to your summer look with these bright combos. Best of all, these trends won't break your bank (that yellow tunic from H&M only costs $25!!!)

I can't believe my eyes...flip flops are in style! Well, this isn't such a surprise really with the summer months upon us, but it's nice to see this casual look get many trendy makeovers. Whether you want a luxe pair to wear with a breezy sun dress or just a casual pair for the beach, Life & Style tells you where to get the best selling pairs this summer.

Who wears it best? Life & Style poses the question to you...and it's not an easy task. These four looks are super trendy and Life & Style readers choose their favorites, so now you can too! While I think that all of these celebs pulled these looks off way better than I ever could, some did it better than others...I simply love the BCBG dress worn by Shaun Robinson and Sophia cute! Keep checking in with Life & Style magazine for all the latest and greatest information about your favorite celebs, fashion and more!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Designing Women, Couture in the City Fashion Blog

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (source)

Call it a monopoly on the fashion industry...Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are now appealing to almost everyone in the fashion world. Best known for their popular line of clothes for young girls and pre-teens at Wal-Mart (and of course for their long run on TGIF and for producing a gazillion movies and television shows for younger viewers), now their older big sisters' can get a little taste of Olsen style too.

Recently MK and Ash debuted a new line called Elizabeth and James, named after their younger siblings. This line is said to be "more affordable" than Ashley's other women's line, The Row, which offers truly upscale ready to wear items. Elizabeth and James will be launched this fall at stores like Neiman Marcus, Intermix and Bergdorf Goodman, with t-shirts starting at around $40.

While sometimes MK and Ash have questionable fashion taste for their own personal style (bag lady couture, goth vamp and trashy college student are only a few appropriate adjectives to describe their look), I think that Elizabeth and James will be fabulous. When the Olsen twins first started to become more visible around 2003, they were fresh-faced and totally cute, so I know that deep down, they have good style, and maybe they are just trying to find themselves through fashion.

So what do you think...will the Olsen's foray into "affordable upscale fashion" be a success?

The Seaton Flagship Store is Now Open, Couture in the City Fashion Blog

Have you ever fallen in love with a small shop or boutique while vacationing somewhere beautiful by the sea? The type of store you enter and immediately wish you could take home with you? Seaton is that store. But, for once, it’s in your own backyard.


Introducing the Seaton Flagship store, a unique new concept in retail about to make its debut on Melrose and Almont. Owned by the husband and wife team of Mark Freeman and Jill Roberts (who also own the Jill Roberts boutiques), the concept for this new store is rooted in the duo’s fashion label, also named Seaton, a line known for its beachy, casual chic vibe. Unlike the couple’s other stores, Seaton will not be a fashion boutique, but rather a destination for a modern, inspirational and relaxed lifestyle – one that celebrates the state of mind that comes from listening to an ocean crash or watching a beachside sunset.

This mindset and aesthetic is carried through the entire Seaton boutique – from the warm and inviting 1500 square foot retail space (reminiscent of a shop in a sophisticated resort town) to all of the lifestyle product categories the store will stock, including clothing, accessories, linens, pillows, books, glass wear and gifts. This unique charm is what allows Seaton to carve its own niche in the crowded marketplace, offering consumers a fresh new shopping experience.

The Seaton Flagship location, which is located at 8920 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood (across from Maxfield’s), is the first of many Seaton locations that will open over the next few years.

Store Hours:
Monday through Saturday
10 am to 6 pm

Store Phone Number:

Monday, June 04, 2007

It's Electric, Couture in the City Fashion Blog

Cameron Diaz

Kelly Ripa

Chloe Sevigny

Katharine McPhee

Kate Hudson (source)

Somewhere between robin's egg and turquoise is electric blue, and celebs are flocking to this hue in a big way. An unusual color for summer, electric blue has become a staple with the Hollywood elite on the red carpet and on the streets. Whether it's a daring halter dress like on Chloe Sevigny or a casual tunic like seen on Kate Hudson, there seems to be no limits to where this color can go.

For me, there is something about this color that hearkens back to the late 1980's and early 1990''s almost neon in nature. This used to be one of my favorite colors to wear in scrunchie and sock form, and I am pleased to see its' return. This is actually a fabulous color for a variety of skin tones, and is especially great for showing of a summer glow.

Think that an electric blue frock may be hard to find anywhere past Rodeo Drive? Think again...LeFashionista has you covered, and at a price tag way below what the celebs might pay. If you are eager to try out this trend, then check out Misile's "Addressed to You" sun dress, now on sale. Cute a la carte, or with a pair of jeans, this is the perfect way to dip your toes in the electric blue water.


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