I Woke Up Like This..(really)

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Greetings Style Stars…

Whew… I know it’s been a while.  I’ve been swamped with so many commitments. But apparently I’m not the only one who has been busy. It seems you all are so busy you don’t have the time to put on a face. What! Yes “beating” your face was a girl’s morning ritual. You wake up, glam up,  jump into something fabulous and go. Now it appears make up – is one and done..done..done. .  We  keep it on– from permanent lashes to now semi permanent eyebrows.

It’s all the rage: Eyebrow MicroBlading. What? Well it’s tattooing using tiny needles to replicate eyebrow hairs.

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It is different than the permanent make up we’ve heard about, because micro blading  is placed in short strokes to mimic hair.

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Also micro blading is not permanent.  Reports are it lasts about a year, year and half- some say three years.  It does require touch ups of course.  Ok- so I know you are thinking if it’s painful. Feedback is- it  feels someone is scratching your eyebrows.. so doesn’t hurt. Numbing cream is applied to squash that. The brows are thicker and darker at the start so don’t freak- they fade.

Celebrities love it.. seems they may be the only ones who can afford it. MicroBlading  ain’t cheap. Get ready to shell out- on average  $700 for the initial application and one month follow up. But pow- the results are  gorgeous! Check out the pics .

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This goes without saying- please find someone who knows what in the heck they are doing. Eyebrows are vital to your face.. and remember  it is semi-PERMANENT.

We pluck them, thread them, tweeze them, shave them,  pencil them in– now we can  “tat em in” one by one.

Ok you got the brows.. now get the lips. Seriously this is peal off lip color.-stays on your lips. Downside though, some are reporting it makes lips a lil dry.  Who needs that in the dead of winter.

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Now  Style Stars when you open your eyes- you are half way there. Yeah baby, I woke up like this for real.

Ciao

Vanessa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s In My Bag?

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Ok style star sisters,  I must admit I love a large gorgeous bag. But, it’s not the size of the bag that’s important, it’s the contents that I cannot live without. A pair of flip flops for that emergency pedicure, several lipsticks colors because you may want a deep red lip by the end of the day or your  favorite scent is right at your fingertips.  Um, doesn’t that sound familiar ladies. So , I thought it was high time I shared with my fellow style stars, what’s in my bag.

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100% Tea Tree Oil is my liquid doctor fix. This oil is my go to for pimples, razor bumps, and any skin imperfections. So, my style star gents can find this useful too. It has helped clear my dark marks and it soothes mosquitoes bites too. Just add a few drops on a cotton pad along  some warm water daily and you’ll see the difference. A bottle ranges from $6.00 to $9.99.

Now, after your skin is clear and blemish free, make sure you use the best mascara ever. The L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Superstar mascara is the next best thing to false lashes. All my style stars need this duo mascara that includes a white thickening gel that adds volume to your lashes. I love the fullness of my lashes without looking too done up. For about $10.99, it is worth running to your nearest CVS.

Now that your eyes are gorgeous, your lips need to pop to complete your look. I must admit I buy MAC lipsticks, but I find the mattes are very drying. Well, no more cracked dry lips. MILANI lipsticks are an affordable line found in many major drug chains.  I am most impressed with the matte colors. The colors are bold, beautiful and moisturizering. My favorite color is Matte Confident. It’s a perfect red for  darker skin tones. Also, the regular lipsticks are extra moisturizering and luscious. My favorite is Tuscan Toast. This is a perfect combination of brown and brick red. You’ll definitely buy several colors at a time.

For those of us who have large pores and oily skin, I have found a great product. I have used  Dr. BRANDT’S Pores No More for over a year now. Within  seconds my skin looks smooth and my pores are minimal. Dr. BRANDT’s products range in price. But, for a little over  $40,  your skin will look flawless. Go to Sephora for the DR.BRANDT’s line.

Now, I have saved one of the best product lines for last. Nerium International has the best age defying formulas on the market. I used the night cream for several months and I noticed a change with my skin texture. My pores minimised and I looked refreshed. Now, you can order Nerium on line. There is a 30 day money back guarantee. So, style stars, you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying it out.

There you have it Style Stars. All my hidden beauty finds are now yours.

Your style star sister,

Natasha

 

Spring into Summer

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So style stars, the warm days and balmy nights are upon us. Time to show those bright painted toes and sexy shoulders. I’m excited about some of this seasons trends. Sleek one strap sandals, bare shoulder dresses, wide-legged pants and fringes are everywhere. My inner Tina Turner is going to come out.

The one strap sandal is a great must have for the season. Pair them with a fitted body con dress or jeans for a chic look. I found a few sandals that are worth snatching up. Steven Weitzman has pair for as low as $398. But, I like the more affordable options by Carlos Santana and Steve Madden. Both designers have the same look for as low as $50.

Here’so another look from Stuart Weitzman and Steve Madden that are a very good match too.

My other new shoe addiction are the sexy fringe sandals. Yes, all you modern day Tina Turners can step and shimmy in style. I found a pricey designer version from Aquazzura for a little under  $700. Steve Madden has almost the exact shoe for less than $150. My affordable pick is a brand I was not familiar with Chase and Chloe.  It was less than  $40. Take a good look.

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Chase and Chloe fringe

 

The block shoe is back. I find them a bit clumsy but I found some of the new styles are worth checking out. These two styles combine the single strap and fringe trend. Let’s take a look. Both I found on line for less than $150.

 Now, if you want to add a fringe hand bag, I saw a few great pieces that would bring out the bohemian goddess in all of us. My splurge item is from Farrah for $598. Gorgeous leather in a great camel color.

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Farrah fringe bag

So, now let’s bring the attention to our shoulders. I love all the shoulder baring sexy dresses this season. There are all price ranges available so style stars will not have to break the bank.

 

The wide-legged pants or palazzo look is also a great look that can be casual or dressed up. Paired with an off the shoulder top for a cool sophisticated vibe is a good day time option.

Celebrity Victoria Beckham has a high end fashion line which sells tailored wide-legged pants. Below, Victoria gives us a pulled together sophisticated look you can wear for business.

 

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My style stars have a lot to look forward to this season. Remember: bold, sexy, and flirty looks can be yours too without going broke.

Your Stylestarsister

Natasha

2016 MET GALA

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It’s that time of year everyone when the Who’s Who of Hollywood gather in New York for the Met gala. As for myself and every other fashionista, I look  forward to viewing the extravagant gowns and innovative designs that grace the carpeted steps. And, this years theme, Manus X Machina : Fashion in the Age of Technology, did not disappoint.

The theme Manus X Machina comes from the notion of couture designs being superior and more desired than the ready to wear or mass produced fashions. Yes, some couture gowns can take thousands of hours to make. Therefore, designers can slap hefty price tags for their coveted wears. Now, Manus X Machina debunks the man versus machine myth. This years gala theme explored the blurred lines in fashion to achieve something exciting and new for the future.

Whew! Now let’s talk about who actually did this successfully.  I went through numerous pics of gowns that were innovative, sexy and wearable. How ever, I noticed some gowns resembled what one would see at the Golden globes. Pretty and boring. Ugh! I promise I will just talk about those who I felt were  truly fashion forward.

WHO STOLE THE SHOW?

I must say actress Claire Danes looked like a modern day Cinderella in her Zac Posen designed ball gown. What made it even more special were the Led lights through out the entire dress. Magnificent!

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Claire Danes Zac Posen gown

Another beautiful gown was designed by Marchesa for Karolina Kurkova. It included over 150 led lights. Stunning!

Ok, the lights were impressive. But, I will now just show who I believed to be the best dressed ladies. Sexy, alluring, mysterious and just down right magical. And, they added something fresh to the evening.

Best Dressed Ladies

I absolutely loved Ciara’s fitted silver gown by H&M. Fabulous!

Kylie Jenner was stunning in Balmain at her first Met gala. Model sister Kendall Jenner was not letting Kylie steal the show in her Atelier gown.

My other stand out ladies were Alessandro Ambrosio, Beyonce in a latex design, Rita O’ra, Naomi Campbell, and Zendaya in Michael Kors. This would have been my choice for the evening. I wore something similar to to the Harlem awards. It was soo cheap I could not believe it.

Stylestarsisters Natasha Lowery and Vanessa Tyler at the First Annual Harlem awards.

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Best dressed men of the evening

I must say there is nothing more sexy than a man who looks great in a suit. And, these men came out correct for the evening. My top pick was….wait for it..Idris Elba. Damn. Effortless style and he looked handsome as ever. A few other men stood out as well. Michael B. Jordan, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Tyga who wore a sparkling silver jacket. Confidence never looked better on the red carpet.

Best dressed couples at the Met

I was impressed by a few couples at the Met gala. They seemed to compliment each other not out shine one another. Just one nice package. Two for one. Don’t  you just love those deals.😃 My favorites were Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Derek Jeter and Sports Illustrated model, Hannah Davis, Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger and Zain Malik wearing a metal armed jacket by Versace . Very innovative.

Yes, there are soo many looks worth mentioning. But, you can scan pictures of Madonna’s naked butt another time. Stay tuned next week for my Spring favorite items.

Your Stylestarsister

Natasha

 

My Skintastic Finds

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It’s been a long time since I’ve shared some of the products or fashion finds that I’m excited about. Well, today, I’m taking a slight detour from fashion to focus on skin products. I feel the maintenance of your skin is more important than any outfit. Now, these products I just didn’t glance at on a store shelf or in a magazine. I actually used all these items for several months. I must say I am quite pleased with the results. My skin looks brighter, softer and less fatigued. And to top it off, all these products are extremely affordable and located right at a CVS near you or online. So, here’s my Skintastic Finds list.

1. Hansderma SkinCool Ice Roller-This product is kept in your freezer. I use it for facial puffiness, tired muscles, and after waxing treatments. It’s perfect for after my biweekly lip wax. Very soothing and helps to revive a tired face in the am. This item is about $30.00 and found online.

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2. Salma Hayek Nuance products-Cucumber and Rosewater Dual Phase Makeup Remover. Great! . This gently removes makeup while moisturizing your face. I use a cotton pad and swipe away all the day’s makeup and dirt. This is a Must! And, for less than $10.00. I loved the remover so much I tried another product from the same line.

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3.  Salma Hayek’s Moisturizing Day Cream- This day cream I use every morning after I tone my skin. My skin looks good even without makeup. I love it because it’s gentle, not oily and has SPF 30 too. So, you have a daily moisturizer and SPF protection for under $20.00. All of Salma Hayek’s products are found at CVS.

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And, my last favorite find.

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4. MUA Retractable lip brush- Ok, I have to confess. I’m that woman that hates to give up a great lipstick color even when the stick gets low in the tube. I hate to waste anything. And, we know cosmetics can add up. So, instead of digging in my tube with whatever,  I found a good solution. Mua’s retractable lip brush is good for defining lips and using the last drop of your favorite lip color. You have to get this. Also, available at CVS  for less than $10.00. So, there you have it. I hope you try all or at least one of the products.

Your Style Star Sister,

Natasha

I’ve GOT NOTHING to Wear!!!

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Greetings StyleStars!

Does the phrase ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ sound familiar? Often we are saying it with our hands up in the air staring at this– our full closets.
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I have a confession to make. Come closer- don’t tell anyone- but that is MY closet. One of them. Usually it is not that messy, but I was looking for something to wear!

But what if I gave you a whole new wardrobe. Well technically it is a whole new outlook on your old wardrobe in a brand new way. It is a Closet Rejuvenation. Fascinating! The term coined by my new friend Diane Pollack- who says we StyleStars are missing fashion opportunities staring us right in the face.

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Diane says Closet Rejuvenation is a closet overhaul or closet audit. So naturally I’m thinking a closet organizer-believe it or not California Closet has been here.

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The art of Closet Rejuvention is much more than adding shelves and extra hanging space. But Diane breaks it down- by going through your closet and working magic right before your eyes. This is how she does it:

“I come to my clients home and recreate a wardrobe out of what they do have. The first thing we do is get rid of old, outdated, ill fitting, or damaged clothes. These items are just creating clutter. Then I create outfits out of what they do have; outfits that they had not thought to wear together. The finishing touches on an outfit, taking it from fine to fabulous are the accessories. The right shoes are key. I also help accessorize a finishing piece of jewelry, bag or scarf etc.
Then we take pictures. This makes it a no brainier when a women is rushed in the morning, she does not a have to think about her outfit and knows which pieces really work well together.
Finally, I suggest missing pieces. Often, the outfit is not working well because the woman does not own the right components.”

Diane Pollack/ Closet Rejuvenation.

Wow! Imagaine that. Months ago I wrote a post for you StyleStars about shopping in your closet. Somethng I have done before when I “discovered” a dress that I haven’t worn in forever. But this is different. Even on a budget (which as you know is the number one rule of a StyleStar)- you can update with accessories.

I asked Diane what if I find something in my closet I haven’t worn in two years. (I hate when people say throw it out- No! I may wear it again even if it is years later.) Diane says “This generally still holds true. If nothing else, the item should certainly be re-assessed with a keen eye.There are a few exceptions. Perhaps the item hasn’t been worn because the woman doesn’t have the proper item to make a great outfit. In that case, she should keep it and I advise what would look best with it. I also allow women to keep an item or two of sentimental value”.

Now wrap your head around this StyleStars- Diane believes you actually create a larger wardrobe by following her tips.
AND speaking of tips- you know the best way to fit more clothes neatly in a small closet- Diane suggests getting thin hangers and hang all your clothes on the same type of hangers. You can fit in more clothes.. yes I know- great idea.

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Oh do separate your seasons. Why have the sundress next to the sweater dress.

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And hang like items together. If Diane had a dime for every time she says she saw pants hanging next to a jacket- well those dimes would add up for enough to buy a new wardrobe. But again who needs it– when you can rejuvenate the one you already have.

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Want more of Diane Pollack’s expert advice:
Her company is Stylempower http://www.stylempower.com.
She can be emailed at diane@stylempower.com and contacted at 646 831 2584.
Also sign up for her newsletter on her website and follow her
on Facebook, Instagaram, twitter or Pinterest, all under Stylempower.

‎au revoir
Vanessa

MY GOOD GIRLFRIEND’S BIG NIGERIAN JAMAICAN WEDDING

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Hi Style Stars.. Have you attended any weddings this season? The wedding guest dressing season is still upon us.. So let’s talk about my good girlfriend’s June Wedding. In a word- Fabulous. Hey Suzette (her Jamaican roots),Hey Evans (his Nigerian roots), Hey Lil Diva (their adorable daughter Campbell mixed roots)–

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So leave it to my girl Suzette to serve glasses of Champagne before the ceremony even began. Love her. And the bar was open ALL NIGHT LONG. The Ceremony was nice and short and held in the same beautiful space as the reception. Also the food was plentiful and delicious. Shout out to the Stone House- Elegant.   

  So let’s get to the fashions.
  Here is what I wore.

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Being the true StyleStar diva on an extreme budget- yes this cheap little find was under $30 at Joyce Leslie. You would never know it.

And my girl Suzette also paid pennies for her dress, (can you say off the rack) She then had her ‘handy with a needle friend’ bling it out with rhinestone trim. It gave it life! The dress looked like it cost $3,500 seriously- no lie.
Check her out.

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All my other girlfriends were fabulous as usual.

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Special nod to my girl Sandra who always looks like a freaking super model. And Pat is always sassy.

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But it is my other girlfriend Abena that ding ding ding gets the award. First of all she came in theme, which always gets extra credit points. Then she made this little number herself. She put in the last stitch just moments before leaving for the ceremoney. Whew! Talent and Beauty.

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She also had an accessory- which we won’t mention here, but she knows what I mean- which got her extra extra points.

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So the bottom line, is always “turn up” at weddings. My advice for dressing this wedding guest season is exteme sexy- you never know who has been invited. Even if there is no flirting or love connection, there still could be a business contact. StyleStars always have time to talk business in between tiny tiny tastes of wedding cake.

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Oh and congrats again to Suzette, and Evans (he is an attorney). May God bless your family forever.
Love is always in Style.

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Vanessa

 

 

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Are You Ready for Spring?

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Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2014..Fringes

Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2014..Fringes

Ok. Freaky, snowy, dreary, wintry weather be gone! Although, my local meteorologist has warned us of a possible snowy wintry mix this coming week, I still feel like it’s time to start buying some of this season’s crayon colored eclectic prints, backless mules, and floral prints that line the racks in most stores. They’re everywhere taunting us ladies as we trudged by store windows in our snow boots and heavy winter coats. Green shoes, yellow spring coats, orange dresses, really? Yes, style star sisters, it’s time to put our Spring thinking caps on and get our wardrobes together. So, I’ve decided to showcase a few items that I’ve noticed featured in many magazines for the Spring season. Some I like and some well, you be the judge.

So, orange is the color de jour. I’m excited by this trend because personally I’m not a red wearer so to see orange appear in so many of this season’s looks is a nice fresh twist. Orange lipstick and dresses were seen on the New York and Paris runways.

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sexy day time orange dress

sexy day time orange dress

Now when I think of fringe, the image of Tina Turner performing on stage “Rolling down the River” while Ike watches her with a cautious eye. Okay, I loved it on Tina with her gorgeous frame and well toned legs, but not too certain about it some forty years later. Well, many of the designers for Spring 2014 thought it was time to revisit the fringe. Dolce-and-gabbana-spring-summer-2014-women-fashion-show-15 I do love the fringed coat. Sheer tops had a big presence too.

Now, the shoe trends for Spring 2014 are a nice mixed bag. Some include odd architecturally designed shoes like these.

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. While other designers brought back the mule. Love it!
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Wearing white after Labor day is fine now, especially if you rock a pair of white wide

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legged pants. Bye Bye skinny pants! Hello wide free flowing trousers.

So, style stars, you have a lot to choose from or not. I for one love wide leg pants and the color orange so I may just combine both looks.

Orange wide leg pants

Orange wide leg pants

Yes, Spring is here. It’s just the beginning so put on your bright colors, celebrate and be “Happy” like the singer Pharrell says and know you deserve to smile, laugh, play and dance because winter is over!

Your Style Star Sister,
Natasha

Death of a Destined Designer

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49 Year old L’Wren Scott found dead of apparent suicide in her Manhattan Apartment

  Sad news StyleStars when genius dies. Ok L’Wrenn Scott  designs were primarily window shopping for me. Super expensive. Averaging $2,500, but you could get a few pieces for maybe a little more than a grand on sale.

 Her amazing lady like dresses tailor made for the stars. Red Carpet ready.  Perfect bodies, perfect dresses.. but perfect lives???
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  Apparently not. Since reports are the hot designer destined for even more greatness (She even dressed our elegent first lady Michelle Obama) was not happy in the end.

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  She was a towering figure. The former model was more than 6 feet tall-  Dwarfing her famous long time boyfriend Mick Jagger. But as we all know pain is pain, no matter how well dressed it is.  And my StyleSister Natasha and I, just wanted to mourn a life and show you the incredible dresses that came from the imagination of a mind  and a spirit who didn’t believe things would get better if she would just hold on one more day.

   Below are the dresses she created… just Fabulous.

Vanessa

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L’Wrenn Scott – Floral Print – Stretch silk $2,900

 

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L’Wren Scott Bento Box Lacquer $2,147

 

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L’Wren Scott Dress in Sapphire $2,250

L'WREN SCOTT Lace/Leather Dress in Black

L’Wren Scott Leather/Lace  Dress $3,399

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L’Wren Scott Bead- Embellished Crepe Dress $2,395

 

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L’Wren Scott Snake Jacquard Sleeveless Dress $1,592

Obessed with the DRESS!

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Hi StyleStars!
I have lost my mind. I’m so obsessed with dresses.
Textured purple Dress $178 Cachet
Textured Purple Dress $178 Cache’

This is brand new for me. Ok here is the backstory. I was strictly a suit girl. If not a suit then definitely a blazer. I never left home without one. Back in the day it was required anchor wear. Check out the throwback photos.
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So now that those days are over. I had to move fast and re outfit my closet with dresses. And I love them. In all flavors. There are the leather accented ones.
Black Faux Leather Ponte Dress $158 Cachet
Mall favorite Cache’ has the cutest dresses -like ever! So I know by now you have something with faux leather on it. This leather trim number is $158 dollars.
I’m all about the Sheath Dress. Check out these dresses. There are The Cutouts, The Zip Fronts, The Asymmetrical ..love it! love it! love it!
Cobalt Cut Out Jacquard Sheath Dress $79 Cachet
Here is the Cutout. I recently bought a teal cutout dress. The particular one is from Cache’ on sale at $79.
Blue Zip Front Dress $188 Cachet
This pretty robin’s egg blue zip front is just waiting to bloom on a pretty spring day. It is $188 at Cache’.
Red Asymmetrical Neck Dress reg $158 on sale for $79 Cachet
And the Asymmetrical is sexy classy at $79 again on sale at Cache’.
I’m especially obsessed with unique takes on the dress. Color Block dresses were all the rage. Here is another twist using color. We all know about ombre hair, match it with the Ombre dress.
French Connection Ombre Jersey Dress $148
This flaming hot Ombre dress is by French Connection $148.
And 40 never looked so good. Diane Von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress turns 40 this year.
Diane von Furstenberg Tallulah Long Sleeve Woven Print Wrap Dress$445 Neimans
This is Furstenberg’s Tallulah. $445 Neiman’s. It is so chic and covers all flaws. No one wraps better! But Michael Kors is giving the wrap innovator a run with this number below.
Michael Kors Jersey Faux-Wrap Dress in Paprika was $1,295 now $453 Neimans
Michael Kors Faux wrap in Paprika. Even sounds delicious.

Cobalt animal Print Wrap Dress $158 Cachet
And this wrap dress has a twist. It’s got it all: metal accents, animal print, and a of course a body-hugging wrap. It is also more affordable StyleStars at Cache’ for $158. Funny I haven’t shopped in Cache’ in a while. Now my rare mall visits won’t be complete without checking in- and heading straight to the sale rack. Oh and one more thing about my dress obsession, it is mistake proof fashion. You slip on a cute dress and you are done. Flawless Fashion all in one. You grab, zip, and go. It’s polished, neat, and with the right fit extremely sexy. Oh yes I’m dress obsessed and can’t wait to step into spring dressed in a dress.
Thakoon Sleeveless Plunging Open Front $490 Neimans
This Thakoon plunging number for $490 at Neiman Marcus was a New York Fashion Week favorite.

The countdown is on– less than 3 weeks till the end of this winter from hell. In the meantime StyleStars get those dresses ready.
Ciao
Vanessa