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The Girlfriend Experience

Hello Glam & Sassy loves.  Did you know it is only 55 more days till Spring?  That is the good news. The bad news is we have to first survive the most painful day of the year between now and then. It comes in February and no it is not Groundhog Day as I would surely endure six more weeks of winter a lot easier than I can this bullshit holiday called Valentine’s Day. If there were any way to eliminate it from our lives, I would be all for it. Now you may think I have such a strong dislike for the day which is February 14th because I am single. Or am I?  Single or not, I refuse to put pressure on myself or my partner to make a fuss over each other just because the stores are pushing retail sales in the form of a red heart. I deserve to have a fuss made over me everyday and I absolutely do the same in return.  Besides, haven’t we all noticed by now that the service and food on this night are hurried and mediocre at best, and all that candy makes me have to work out even harder to be beach ready. So what would I rather be doing on this day besides putting on a red dress and getting overpriced flowers?  I am not sure yet, but I can tell you it won’t be sitting across from someone looking at his phone while I am looking at mine and wishing we were somewhere else. I want attention but I want it organically. The kind that pours out of one person and into the other because you can’t seem to give it or receive it enough. Did I get your attention yet? Good. Welcome to my world of being Glam & Sassy.

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Take a Bite

Hello Glam & Sassy loves! Anyone who has been to New York knows the endless amount of fun and excitement that it offers.  It is also the fashion capital of the world so that alone makes it one of my favorite cities.  I worked many years in fashion in the Big Apple so I look forward to getting back as much as possible now that I live on the opposite coast. I actually  just returned from a fabulous trip there to preview the W by Worth fall collection and I had no idea I could get so excited over a cool weather season in the middle of summer! As soon as I saw the versatile styles and felt the luxe fabrics, I was ready to come back to the 80 degree heat and start styling my clients for the months ahead.  Since I am all about instant glamification, I thought it best to start with the buy-now-wear-now styles we can rock in July and straight into fall.  Here are the styles you need not wait until September to enjoy.

Tastefully Bare:

During this sizzling season, we want to wear the least amount of clothing as possible…at least in public:)   I found some sexy sleeveless tops that I am having fun with now and also later in the year as layering pieces.  I am all about showing some skin but doing it with class.  A cute little cami or a beautiful drapey cowl neck tank are both perfect picks. The fabrics are as soft as our summer skin and the styles are year round appropriate. I am putting my clients, and myself, in these right away to ensure maximum enjoyment and plenty of room to go back for seconds and thirds!

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Yummy Colors:

Summer is the season of color.  The palettes may change every year, but it is always lip smacking and refreshing after a long winter.  If you choose your colors right, you won’t be limited to wearing them just when the sun is out and the temps are high. Looking ahead to fall, we are seeing splashes of bold colors such as Chili and Royal Blue.  I am loving dresses in these color pops because they are easy to style now with a beige heel and later with a black boot. Which one do you crave?FullSizeRender(9)

Unwrap and Enjoy:

For all the ladies who hustle in their careers and social lives like me, I found something I have been looking for for a long time.  Check out this blouse that is professional for work, yet flirty enough for date night.  It is a faux wrap so it stays perfectly in place with just the slightest hint of a peek.  This unique combination of sophistication and sexiness is what makes this top, and all of us ladies, Glam & Sassy !

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Dancing in the Desert

Hello Glam & Sassy loves!  If you are a music lover like I am, you probably know it is that crazy time of year when amazing bands, international DJ’s, A list celebrities and wanna be flower children head to the California desert to dance and party for three days straight.  Then do it all again the following weekend. Yes, I am talking about Coachella and in addition to the fun and festivities, there is also another F word going on there, and that is of course, fashion. After experiencing this phenomenon, I wanted to impart my survival tips to you so that you skip the learning curve and do it right the first time.  What you wear is as important as what you don’t and what you bring can make all the difference in whether you can make it though this marathon of music.

Head to Toe:

You are going to be outside. In the hot sun. For hours. You are going to be doing a lot of walking and a lot of dancing.  Did I mention the amount of walking haha? Then before you can say “it’s dark out and I haven’t eaten yet today”, it will be night time and the party is still going strong. This past weekend, the biggest headliners of the event didn’t come on until 10:30pm, so dress prepared for a very long but very fun day.  Depending on your age and your style, your outfit can range from hardly any clothing to something more, let’s say, Glam & Sassy. What worked best for me was my fave Hudson denim shorts paired with a flowy tank top by Ella Moss, and booties.  Another variation of this look is to rock floral Converse kicks. Whatever footwear you choose, be sure it is not only cute, but comfortable. Nothing spoils a good time like feet that hurt after the first few miles of walking or hours of dancing.  Sandals are an option too, but wear them at your own risk which means you can’t get mad at every clueless chick that steps on your perfectly pedicured toes.  If your hair is long, channel your inner hippie and pop in a few braids.  When the sun goes down, the wind can kick up. Tie a pretty bandana around your neck to protect from all the desert dust. This is a popular item at Coachella, and if you forget yours, you can pick one up at the General Store on the grounds. They even come in pink. Guess which color I got?

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Grab a cute bandana to protect from the desert dust.

 

Back it Up:

Almost as important as bringing your bootie shaking dance moves to Coachella, which you will definitely need at the DJ Mustard, Jack U, and Calvin Harris stages, you should  bring a few other essentials I considered to be my survival kit. Although you can’t bring water or any liquids through security, you can buy once inside.  My advice is to buy as many as you can carry as you will realize in the dry desert air you will end up needing it faster than you can arrange to get it.  Not to mention the other dehydrating activities you may engage in.  Bring a lightweight back pack you can use to stock up on water bottles and you will always have your own oasis at your fingertips.  Also, throw in a sweatshirt or button down in case the temperature drops at night.  For the record, I did not camp, I mean come on, have you met me, and even if you haven’t, I think you can guess that anyone writing a blog called Glam & Sassy is not the “roughing it” type.  That said, the bathroom situation is less than desirable, although they were definitely better in the VIP section.  Either way, hand sanitizer is a must as well as properly timed trips to the restroom.  You don’t want to have to run to the ladies room as soon as the beats drops and miss out on the energy and excitement! After all, that’s what you came to experience at Coachella, and there is nothing quite like it!

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Back packs and braids. Coachella must haves!

 

Make your Rounds:

There is so much happening simultaneously at these festivals, and there is no way you will be able to see and do all of it.  Download the Coachella app and decide who you must see and walk around in between and check out the other performances.  Between the loud music, the flashing lights, the rowdy crowds and the extreme weather,  you may find yourself in sensory overload.  Take some time the next day to regroup, recharge and recover…and then go and do it all again! It is the Glam & Sassy way!

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Booties and sneakers are essential Coachella footwear.

 

 

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Coachella by day.

 

 

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And by night.

Worth It

Hello Glam & Sassy loves!  Are you counting down the days till spring like I am? Soon we will be able to start shedding heavy layers of clothing and wear shoes that don’t require socks!  Whoo hoo! While seeking clothing lines to style my clients (and myself) this year, I was very excited to find W by Worth.  W is a luxury, on-trend fashion brand with a design philosophy to empower women through style. Amazing and I instantly fell crazy in love! That doesn’t happen often in life so when it does, you’ve got to jump all in. So I did by playing dress up in all of the cute dresses and flirty tops.   Check out these city chic looks from W by Worth that I had so much fun putting together for spring.

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You want to look hot even in the cold.  I love this cozy 3/4 sleeve sweater to layer over a tank top styled with dark denim jeans and accessorized with a printed scarf.  You can swap the open toe heels for wedge booties if you still have snow on the ground where you are, and if you do, I am so sorry to hear that. No snow here in San Diego!

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Who’s ready for color? That is a rhetorical question because by mid February, I am pretty sure we all are! This China Blue looks so good on everyone! It is my favorite go-to when a client needs to incorporate a pop of color to an almost all black wardrobe.  I am craving this faux wrap top right now to dress up or down. Shine is on trend this season so wear it and dazzle day and night!

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Nothing says I am fun and fabulous like a drawstring bubble dress with pockets so you can be as sassy as you wanna be! To avoid looking like an actual bubble, add a wide belt to show off your waistline.  This piece is also cute worn open and styled like a jacket with jeans.

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Are you already getting Save The Dates to spring wedding and events?  Me too. Don’t people know that I want to spend my Memorial Day weekend at the beach and not with 250 of their friends, family, and co-workers doing the Cupid Shuffle??? Don’t let the panic of what to wear as you RSVP  take up any of your mind space. You’ll need that focus when you are checking all of the gift registries.  For occasions that require a dress that are not of the dancing- all- night- and -bottles- of- Grey -Goose- with- sparklers variety, I am a fan of this elegant style with a beautiful scallop neckline.  I feel very sophisticated in this dress, but you will still find me line dancing with the rest of the party goers.

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So what do you think? Which outfits are your fave?  Feel free to leave it in the comments. Click here for information on where to shop these looks. Please check out my Instagram @glamandsassy for more pics and outfit inspirations! W by Worth has everything I am looking for this spring. Fabulous fabrics,  beautiful color palettes and  body skimming silhouettes that make any woman feel Glam & Sassy, of course!

Fur Sure

Hello Glam & Sassy loves and Happy February! Is anyone besides me ready for spring yet?  We have had some nasty weather coming through California…muchas gracias El Nino! I suppose if I had to find ONE thing I like when it is chilly out, it is wearing beautiful winter fashions.  There is an element of fun to layering clothing like jackets and cardigans over shirts, and the wonderful feel of cozy fabrics on your skin.  I was very excited when I found this fabulous faux Furry Weather Cardigan  from an LA based online boutique, Spring & Fifth.   I found them on Instagram @springandfifth (and while you are on there, please follow me @glamandsassy). Since we are both based in southern California, and we both love and work in fashion, it was a match made in social media heaven!

 What I love about this cardigan is the coffee- to- cocktails vibe I get from it and how I can style it for day or night.  During the day I paired it with my fave denim and wedge booties for a cozy casual look.

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Keeping warm on a chilly San Diego day.

 

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So soft you will want to touch it.

 

For evening, I added it as a layering piece to a monochromatic black outfit: black coated ankle jeans that have a leather like feel and sheen with a black top and black patent Louboutins, for which I have a love/ hate relationship.  I love to look at them, but hate to wear them! Ladies, I know you KNOW what I am talking about (ouch!) So I save them for nights out where I will not be dancing, walking or even standing ! Sitting is fine. I can sit with these on so this is the perfect look for dinner at a trendy restaurant or a glass of champagne with the girls to celebrate, well, anything! We never need a reason to drink champagne, right ladies!

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These shoes were NOT made for walking!

Ok so here is some exciting news!  I can offer you, my amazing followers and readers, a discount on anything at SpringandFifth.com ! They have a lot of cute stuff! Check it out and if you find something you can’t live without, use the promo code “glamandsassy” (of course) and save 15%.  You might decide to get your very own Furry Cardigan and if you do, please share in the comments where you wear yours and how much you like being Glam & Sassy!

Disclaimer: This cardigan was a gift from Spring & Fifth, but I do not receive any form of payment from Spring & Fifth from your purchases and my opinion of this item is not biased in any way.

That’s a Wrap

Hello Glam & Sassy loves and Happy New Year! Is it really 2016 already and did this holiday season fly by for you as it did for me?  I had such a wonderful December….an amazing wedding in Hawaii (not mine), a lovely Christmas with family and an epic NYE with friends.  I wanted to share some of my looks with you and also what I am looking forward to this month in fashion.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

This is going back a few years but do you remember this movie?  It took place at a beautiful beach resort, Turtle Bay, and this is where my friend’s wedding was.  I am pretty sure we stayed in the same beachfront cottage as the fictional character, Sarah Marshall.  It was so fantastic to look out at the ocean every day! Even though the wedding was in Hawaii, it was definitely not a casual affair.  Everything from the flowers, the food, and the entertainment, including a live performance by the hip hop artist, Future, was over the top! For this occasion, I wore an embellished black cocktail dress with patent leather black heels that I can dance in all night.  After working in fashion for so long, this is rule number one that I tell my clients:  Look fabulous. Feel fabulous.  What is the point of looking good if you aren’t comfortable enough to enjoy it?

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Background by Mother Nature. Dress by Nordstrom.

 

Christmas with the Cousins

I am Italian. There are two things we have a lot of at holiday celebrations: food and cousins! My family is all over the country, so it is really special when we are together in one place.  A great way to commemorate such an occurrence, is matching hoodies for all!  It started as more of a joke, but once we were all together and decided to put them on, I saw the perfect photo opp!  Very red and festive! The perfect sweatshirt for Christmas!

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Sometimes you have to be Glam & Silly !

Twice the Sparkle

So by now, you may have figured out that I like to sparkle! Anything that has sequins, crystals or beads seduces me into needing it in my life.  The desire to shine  is what makes us all Glam & Sassy.  It doesn’t have to be head to toe…..unless it is New Year’s Eve (or Vegas!) NYE is my “Fashion Week” of nights out and time to totally bring on the bling! There is no such thing as too much, so I wore a mesh dress completely covered in silver sequins. That still wasn’t enough to satisfy my craving so I stacked bracelet upon crystal bracelet and wore three tiered crystal earrings. We were ringing in the New Year at Avalon Hollywood and my outfit inspiration was the disco ball! What do you think? Mission accomplished?

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Stacked arm candy is yummy!
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My outfit inspiration for the evening.
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Stand out in the crowd with sequins.

Now that is January, I am so excited for what lies ahead!  I will be working as a stylist with a luxurious  clothing line out of New York.   More on that company and it’s gorgeous Spring 2016 pieces  in my next post so stayed tuned!  I will continue to personal shop for my clients and build relationships in this amazing blog community (love you all!)  The other great thing about January is the terrific sales! Hitting the sale racks really is the best way to beat the post holiday blues!  So let’s go!  Have a Glam & Sassy 2016, everyone!

Short Cut

My hair is long.  I like it long.  It took years to grow it to this length, so I do not foresee myself cutting it any time soon.  The only time I don’t love it, is when I am in hurry and have to wash, dry, and style it. That takes FOREVER  and every minute in the morning is precious (since I am not a morning person as mentioned in a previous post One More Night).  Thankfully, it’s not necessary to wash your hair everyday and truth be told, it always seems to look better on day 2!   Is that true for any of you lovely ladies out there too?  On shampoo days, I will do my makeup, drink my coffee, even walk my dog with wet hair so that it will begin to air dry and not take so long to blow out. My arms get tired wrestling with the hair dryer and brush so saving some time here is the goal.   That works fairly well except now it’s too chilly in the mornings to be walking around town with a wet head  (it may be in the 50s, but it’s all relative and FEELS cold).  I have found a better short cut to my drying time that I wanted to share .  It is a soft and lightweight microfiber Go2Towel.  I saw it online and was sent one to try.  Once out of the shower, I gently squeezed the excess water from my hair and wrapped it up in this.  I left it on while I moisturized face and body and it absorbed most of the moisture very quickly. The other reason I really like this towel is the very Glam & Sassy pink color!  You can check it out on their website. It has several other uses like for the beach and yoga and is great for travel. I was also thinking this would be a great gift idea…not for me, since I already have one, but I can give you my Christmas list if you were going to send me something haha!  Thanks for reading and have a Glam & Sassy day!

Not me! Photo from Go2Products.com

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