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walk it off: the best winter footwear

tartelettes, just a few years ago, I wouldn’t have been caught dead in anything even resembling practical winter footwear. My cold-weather strategy was to sport the same ballet flats and heels I wore the rest of the year, in which I would step gingerly down my front walk before dashing into the warmth of my car.

Then, I moved to New York. Bye-bye, car. Hello, hikes across town, capricious weather, and snowboots.

But, because this is the Big Apple — the nation’s capital of the stylish yet practical shoe — a city girl’s winter gear has to protect her from the elements while still looking fabulous. You never know who might be just around the corner, even in a snowstorm.

Over the past few years, I’ve discovered a few cold-weather footwear options that are equal parts cute and practical.

 

Faux leather boots are possibly the easiest way to maintain a chic aesthetic while staying comfy and warm. You can’t go wrong with  classic black or brown. Or, if you want to mix things up a little, opt for a pair of rock-and-roll-esque motorcycle boots. Brands like Diesel and Harley-Davidson  offer non-leather boots that’ll add a bit of sass to any look. Find them at a vintage store, and they’ll be all broken in for you. Regardless of the style, layer up with thick socks (bonus points if you try a pair of patterned knee-highs that peek out over the top).

 

 

 

Throw old-school fashion rules out the window by keeping heels high and hemlines short this winter — there’s no need to keep those gorgeous gams covered up. Go for a high-heeled version of your daytime boot. Or stay warm with stockings and some fun, leg-defining booties.  If it’s not wet out, sport your favorite peep-toe pumps with black tights. Even Rachel Zoe approves

 

On those rainy, cold days, rain boots with thick socks are the way to go. These aren’t the clunky rubber monstrosities of your youth; in recent years, shoe designers have begun churning out weather-proofed styles that are adorable and, above all, discreet. The best are those that look like boots you would wear anyways, rain or shine. My favorites are by Hunter, which have a slim shape and are super-durable. Classic black is a chic choice — but red and yellow are fun childhood throwbacks. Just try to resist stomping in puddles in these.

 

 

 

Of course, when it’s sleeting out, there are few other options than those dreaded snowboots. Never fear! Even these can be chic. I’m obsessed with this adorable style by Sorel — made with waxed canvas and detailed with faux fur — which I’d be hard-pressed not to wear, even on a clear day.

 

 

 

Downton Abbey inspired style

Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey

With Downton Abbey having just returned for season two and picked up a handful of awards at the Globes, we thought we’d check it out and see what the hype was all about — and we’re glad we did! The show is not only jam-packed with torrid love affairs, quick British wit, and dashing uniformed gentlemen –  there’s also the clothes. Oh, the clothes.

Set in an era where everyone dresses for dinner, the assortment of outfits in every episode is to die for: painstakingly tailored marvels that look simultaneously refined and glamorous. From beaded evening gowns to fitted ankle-length riding coats, we never knew that conservative twenties Britain could be so sexy.

We’ve found a few current pieces that flawlessly capture the essence of DA style, with just enough contemporary flare. Throw any of these on to instantly amp up your wardrobe’s vintage romance factor.

This mini-dress radiates retro-chic through elegant jewel tones, delicate lace, and structured shoulders.

What’s prettier than sheer black lace? The unique draping and scalloped neckline makes this Tadashi Shoji dress both romantic and modern.

Nothing says “twenties” like a beaded flapper frock. This pleated Sue Wong version is a less obvious, more modern iteration on the classic style.

Top any outfit off with a lovely tweed coat (the heart of a true British wardrobe) for an instant injection of ladylike chic.

But remember tartelettes, as with any costume-inspired look, the key to avoiding looking like an extra is toning down the period-piece drama with some modern twists. Balance these outfits with sky-high peep-toes, loose hair, and a fresh face (try our Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation and a bright LipSurgence™ lip tint) and you’ll be good to go!

 

best dressed at the People’s Choice Awards 2012

The red carpet was sizzling last night at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards. Celebs were dressed to the nines and wow factors were at an all time high - sheerness, outrageous cuts, and risky styles were abundant! It was hard to narrow it down, but here are a few of our favs!

The sheerness, the length, the neckline – we’re obsessed  with everything about Vanessa Hudgen’s Jenny Packham gown.

We love the short and sweet style in which award winner Nina Dobrev opted to go green!

Miley Cyrus looked stunning in this sophisticated, yet edgy dress – sheer, deep necklines were the trend of the night!

Ooh la la! Juliana Hough fearlessly sauntered down the red carpet in this incredible, backless number.

 

Ginnifer Goodwin paired a retro fingerwave ‘do and with a thoroughly modern structured, hot pink dress .

 

The boldly peachy color and slight Grecian influence of Demi Lovato’s gown is genius. Oh, yeah, we’d also like to add, va va va-vooom!

 

Flirty and feminine, Ashley Benson hits a fashion home run with this black and white cocktail dress.

 

 

Honorable mention: Lucy Hale certainly took quite a risk with this gown . We applaud her fashion guts and think she pulled it off.

 

What were your favorite looks of the night?

celeb winter style

2011 may be little more than a memory now, but the brutal reality of a cold, hard winter is very much with us. While comfort and warmth are musts, you don’t have to forgo style to get them.

Here, Hollywood’s most elegant and trendy school you on how to rock the winter months.

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winter travel by way of style & comfort

 

 

The holidays are over but winter has barely kicked in. If you’re braving the skies — or highways or train tracks — over the next couple months, make sure you pack for comfort. It’s no fun spending 6 hours crammed in the backseat of a two-door with nothing to do, and let’s face it, there are very few things worse than suffering through wet socks on a red-eye flight.

While comfort is important, you should never sacrifice style — so we’ve rounded up the perfect travel checklist for the cold weather jet setter.

Clockwise from the top left: Serious baggage: Flight 001 luggage tags, $18. Snuggle up: Minnie Rose cashmere shawl, $395. The best-seller: The Help, $11. Sweet escape: a new playlist and Zumreed striped blue headphones, $55. Small luxuries: Hunter ‘Fleece Welly’ socks, $30. Anywhere comfort: In-flight sleep masks and neck pillow, $22 and $18.  Quick refreshers: Ole Hendrickson Truth To Go wipes, $6. Pretty quencher:  LipSurgence lip tints, $24.  A hold-everything bag: Duex Lux Felix medium duffle, $102.

 

 

 

holiday trend alert: sequins

 

This holiday season is all about glitz and glam, and sequins are back — in a big way.  We’re not talking ‘80’s- style prom dress sequins, but a subtle and elegant dash of glitter that gives just the right amount of edge to any outfit. In fact, adding some sparkle to your look is not only one of 2011′s hottest trends — it’s also one of the easiest.  If you don’t already have your go -to sequin accessory, you need to get one before the holiday party circuit starts. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the glittery, most versatile pieces on the market. Get your shine on!

Clockwise from the top left: beret, $25 at Topshop; grey skinny scarf, $19 at myscarfshop.com, blazer, $158 at Victoria’s Secret, Kate Spade New York  Agatha bag, $295 at Neiman Marcus; three tiered sequin mini skirt, $79 at Express; Stripes glitter pump, $49 at Urban Outfitters.

Have you been rocking the sequin this year? Share a pic with us on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

Jen’s Pick: Organic Denim

 

As a lover of all things chemical-free, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite organic denim brands — and the celebs who wear them. These blue jeans are earth-friendly, natural and have serious style.

 

Style Envy: Emily Blunt’s Modern Chic

We love our Brits: the attitude, the accents, the style! Take Emily Blunt for instance, she not only has amazing cheekbones but a fantastic fashion sense as well. Emily always looks put together and her classic, yet modern wardrobe makes her this week’s style star. Perhaps she picked up a few style tips while on the set of The Devil Wears Prada — but I have a hunch she was just born chic!

Absolutely adorable, fashionably fearless, we tip our trendy caps to you Emily.

Cheerio tartelettes!

Celebs Who Support Ethical Fashion

Aside from beauty, I have two other obsessions: celebs and their style. Imagine how thrilled I am to find more and more celebrities incorporating ethical fashion into their everyday wardrobe. An increasing number of Hollywood’s elite have been associated with sustainable style, including: Jennifer Aniston, Sheryl Crow, Rachel Bilson, Alicia Silverstone, Adrian Grenier, Cameron Diaz, Natalie Portman.

So spill, tweet or post on Facebook the eco-friendly brands hanging out in your close.

Xo,

Jen

Fall Fashion Must-Have: The Perfect Boot

Autumn is right around the corner, and we’re busy making room in our closets for our favorite fall fashions – including the undisputed staple of the season: the perfect pair of boots. Here are a few of my favorites styles for fall, styles that will be sure to have others following in your footsteps!

How are you keeping your feet warm and stylish this season?