Category Archives: Fashion

“How Can I Wear It?”: Polka Dots

Polka dots have been fascinating fashionistas for decades. The print is whimsical, charming and more versatile than you may think. Polka dots also have a throw back vintage feel, which gives us a sense of nostalgia whenever we wear them. Designers like Kate Spade and J.Crew have used the signature print for years and continue to make it current each season.

One of my favorite ways to sport polka dots is with a tough texture like leather. Throw on a buttery leather jacket with a vintage polka dot blouse and you’re ready to go. Polka dot accessories also add a sense of style to any look, weather you are sporting a colorful scarf or a printed a bold clutch.

Try vintage or thrift stores for some unique polka dot prints that you can mix and match. Don’t be afraid to have fun when putting together your polka dot look! Let your inner Mini Mouse play for the day and make this print a part of your wardrobe today.


4 Ways to Update Your Look on the 4th

It’s the time of year where we BBQ by the pool and drink ice cold lemonade while we celebrate our independence. It’s also a great time to update your look and learn some new ways to feel great while you beat the heat.

Happy 4th Style Setters!

1. Great Framed. You would be surprised at how a new pair of sunglasses can instantly make you feel and look more chic. Shop for shades that fit your face and your style. I love the classic aviator shape to channel your inner Cate Blanchett in The Aviator. Or opt for the trendy cat eye style to satisfy your inner fashion rebel.

2. Wedge it. Wedges have been making a statement in the shoe world for years, but have never had the presence they have today. These stacked heels combine height and comfort. A good pair of wedges can usually be worn for 8 hours or more! There are many versions of the wedge to choose from, but some of my favorites this season are by Joie and Dolce Vita.

3. To the Maxi. Most people associate maxi dresses with the beach, but this summer, designers have taken the maxi style to the streets. From stripes to solids, the maxi has most defiantly had a makeover. If your on the petite side, it’s best to look for styles that are tea length or right above the ankle. This is an incredibly popular cut and works with most heights.

4. To Dye For. During the hot summer months, most of us let our hair “do it’s thing”, but the sun can do a number on our color. Instead of booking a pricey salon appointment, run over to your neighborhood CVS and pick up some foam hair color. This is the newest advancement in at-home hair color and gives you salon quality results without the mess.

Photo Credit: Fashion Gone Rogue

“How Can I Wear It?” Tribal Style

Tribal style was are a huge inspiration for designers this season. We’ve seen it on every runway from Etro to Balenciaga.  The trend looks great in editorials when the models have a spray tan and palm leaves as skirts, but how can we embrace the tribal trend in real life? Look for pieces that convey an exotic feel without being too literal. You don’t want to look like you’ve just stepped off the show Survivor.

Going TribalStart by adding more earth tones into your wardrobe.  Deep hues like dark olive, rust and khaki make for a great base when adding more ethnic jewelry or bold prints. Look for modern pieces that have a tribal twist like maxi dresses, safari shorts, animal print scarves and shirt-dresses. Next, choose a key item to serve as your statement piece. Printed pants are making a major comeback and look especially fresh with a silk top and wedges. Or you can play with a colorful embroidered blouse and pair it with some cotton shorts and over-sized shades.

If you don’t feel like going too crazy with this trend, but love the look, try hunting for chunky wooden or brass jewelery at your local vintage store. They often have some great finds that give simple jeans and a t-shirt combo some interest. Flea markets are another great place to find fridge handbags and printed caftans that embody the tribal trend perfectly.

Photo Credit: VOGUE China

What’s In: Color Blocking

Color blocking is no new trend. It was huge in the 1960’s mod scene and came back to make a brief appearance in the 1980’s. Today, it makes another comeback. We saw it in Gucci’s wildly successful spring 2011 collection. Silk and satin separates in electric blue, deep purple and jade green danced down the runway. The statement was color blocking in the most modern of ways.

Color Block

Embracing color in your own wardrobe is not as difficult as you may think. Color is unexpected and pushes you out of your comfort zone. You can go as subtle or as crazy as you want. Introduce more color into your life by replacing your classics, like your favorite black handbag for a lime green version. Or perhaps you may want to try colored denim instead of your default blue jeans. This summer is the perfect time to experiment with your favorite neon brights in everything from nail polish to maxi dresses.

Photo Credits: Fashion Gone Rogue

Red Carpet Watch: The Met Ball

Every year, stars and style mavens alike gather to celebrate fashion and the arts at the Metropolitan Ball in New York City. This year, they paid special homage to the late Alexander McQueen and the exhibit featuring his greatest designs. Sarah Jessica Parker and  Salma Hayek were both dressed in McQueen designs, while others supported their other favorite designers.

In contrast to the bright hues we saw at the Oscars just a few months ago, the Met’s red carpet was filled with nude, yellow and beige tones. These natural colors have been huge trend in the last few seasons and will continue to be a fashion statement this year. I have included some of my favorite “nude” looks below.

One of my favorite looks of the evening, Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

Love this gorgeous silhouette! Rene Zellweger in Carolina Herrera

Taking a cue from Swan Lake perhaps? Liv Tyler in Stella McCartney

Showing off her baby pump in style, Kate Hudson in Stella McCartney

Loving the long sleeves! Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney

Photo-Op: Boutiquing and Dior Beauty

One of my favorite parts of my job is getting the opportunity to work with strong women entrepreneurs. Erin Hall and April Madigan are the dynamic duo behind the successful website Their site highlights boutiques from around the country while showcasing trends and latest arrivals you must just can’t miss. They are also good friends of mine, so I was thrilled when they asked me to be apart of this unique photo-shoot.

The challenge was to use a new Dior makeup eyeshadow palette on six very different complexions.  Lucky for us, we had a super talented makeup artist and my favorite photog, Tricia Meteer of Equinox Photo to make all of the ladies uniquely fabulous. The result was a classic photos with a modern twist!

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Photos by Tricia Meteer of Equinox Photo, Makeup by Steve Kassajikian, Styling by Sophie Mae Style with clothing provided by Intermix, Photos taken at the Hidden Jewel Boutique.

“How Can I Wear It?”: Wide-Leg Jeans

The days of the skinny jean may be numbered. It’s arch enemy, the wide-legger, is taking center stage in a major way this spring/summer. The wide-leg jean is not only a fashion statement, but is also much more forgiving than it’s skin-tight counterpart. They have an effortless 1970’s feel, which look so fresh and new in the 21st century. Wide-leggers are also available in many different washes and cuts to satisfy any fashion plate’s appetite.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a size 0 and 6’1 to enjoy the look of a wide-leg jean. Like most denim, wide-leg jeans often come pretty long to maintain a certain look. It is essential to find a jean that fits great in the waist and the leg, as you can always hem the length. Wide-leggers go beyond the flair for a more dramatic statement, so if you’re on the petite side you’ll want to find a fits that sit low on the waist as to not overwhelm your frame. If you’re a bit more tall, you can venture to pull off the high-waisted wide-leg jean. This is a dramatic statement and looks perfect with a white tee tucked in.

Proportion is also an important element here. You always want to balance a voluminous bottom with a fitted top. January Jones loves to pair her wide-leg denim with a fitted leather jacket and 0ver-sized shades. Katie Holms prefers a more casual vibe with a simple simple tee shirt and belt. Complete your wide-legger look with chunky wedges and a floppy hat for an ideal “haute hippie”style.

Some of my favorite fits:

1. The Madewell Widelegger in the “Explorer” Wash

2. J Brand “Bette in Wonderama” Wide Leg Jean

3. GAP High Rise Flare Jeans

4. 7 For All Mankind Bell Bottom “Super Flare” in Clean White

5. Goldsign “Sisi” Platform Flare Jeans

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Eco Chic

In honor of Earth Day, I thought I might post these stunning pics from H&M’s Conscious Collection. The entire line is comprised of recycled and environmentally friendly fabrics. This collection is ideal for those of us that can’t afford Stella McCartney, but still love the idea of going green with our wardrobes. I mean seriously, how chic is this white-on-white color palette?

Photo Credits: H&M

Ask Sophie Mae: How can I feel comfortable shopping for bathing suits?

Most women liken the process of bathing suit shopping to getting a root canal – long and painful. However, unless you plan on hiding under a rock all summer, this dreaded shopping experience  is a necessary evil. It seems that no matter how we really look, we always play the comparison game in our heads and insist on finding a swimsuit that makes us look like Heidi Klum on a the cover of Sports Illustrated. This mindset must be banished if we are ever to find an option that actually looks great on us.

Lucky for us, it’s 2011 and just as there has been many advancements in technology, the bathing suit industry has also stepped up their game. There are now push-up bra bikinis and high-waited bottoms for a flattering fit on any body type.  As with any article of clothing, it’s all about shopping for your unique shape. Here is a rundown on what type of suits to look for this summer.

Bathing Suits

Athletic: This is a similar body type to Cameron Diaz (you lucky girl!), but the challenge lies in looking feminine in a bathing suit. Look for girly details like floral prints or ruffle accents. I also love a plunging neckline for a feminine feel.

Curvy: I believe that curves should be celebrated, not hidden! Think about all of those beautiful pictures of Marilyn Monroe posing in her bathing suit on the beach. She was never afraid to show her womanly bod and neither should you! Your best bathing suit will mostly likely be a sexy one-piece in a bright color and 1950’s silhouette.

Petite: Show off your sassy personality in a classic triangle bikini. The simpler the better for my petite flowers out there. Show off your midriff to elongate the body. Avoid loud prints and stick with solid colors as to not overwhelm your small frame.

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Lookbook: Zara

Spring is in session at the Spanish retailer Zara. I can’t get enough of their skinny green pants, jewel tone prints and easy jersey dresses.

Photo Credits: Zara Spring Lookbook