Soft hairstyles for fall

Fall this year is all about soft hairstyles. As seen at New York Fashion Week, where models had hair swept back with a headband, pulled into a messy ponytail or falling casually in waves, these are simple, beautiful styles that look just as good at the end of the day as at the beginning. This is the season for quick, easy hair that still shines.

So live it up! Go for soft waves that can be worn alone or under a hat or scarf. Or try a reverse side braid.

If you want to try something new, here are a few styles I think could get you looking fabulous in minutes!

Fairytale Braid


Tutorial from Green Wedding Shoes

I love the simple, asymmetrical look of this braid amid a sea of waves. For more detailed instructions, go here. Though this is put forward as a wedding hairstyle, the sheer simplicity of the look would make it ideal for an outdoor wedding or a dinner out with friends.

Soft Knotted Bun


Tutorial from Yum Pins

If you’re looking for something that may take a little more time and look polished while still soft, try this knotted bun updo.

Quick Twist


Tutorial from The Gloss

If you want to get in on the soft updo action but have short- to medium-length hair, there are styles for you as well! This one is a quick, easy way to pin up shorter hair. The added bonus is that if any hairs are too short to stay in the updo, it just adds to the overall “soft” effect of the style.

However you wear it this fall, just remember what all these styles have in common: A soft style that looks fabulous in no time!

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Hot this fall: The skinny scarf

Skinny scarves are hot for fall.

There is something a little more versatile and a little more dressy about the skinny scarf, which almost stands in for a necklace or can make a jacket pop without the bulkiness of some other scarf styles. The skinny scarf is perfect for fall, when you may not need as much added warmth as a winter scarf, but still want to have a bit of fun with style.

Here are some scarves and different ways to wear them.


Skinny scarves for fall



Here are the scarves in the image above:

1) Yigal Azrouel Army Scarf, $350 at Blue and Cream

2) Burberry Exploded Check Mulberry Silk Scarf, $150 at Nordstrom

3) Chan Luu Sali Skinny Printed Tassel Scarf, $65 at Calypso St. Barth

4) L.K. Bennett Celine Silk Double Faced Scarf, $150 at L.K. Bennett

5) Azzali – Otto Silk Scarf, $64 at Wolf and Badger

6) Saint Laurent Lace Scarf, $375 at Net-A-Porter

7) Oasis Skinny Leopard Scarf, $14.50 at Asos

8) Lauren Ralph Lauren Skinny Silk Scarf, $45 at Lord and Taylor

9) Ted Baker Technicolor Bloom Skinny Scarf, $65 at Ted Baker

10) Saint Laurent Leopard Print Cashmere and Silk Scarf, $445 at Net-A-Porter

These scarves come in black and white and jewel tones perfect for fall and can be worn in a variety of ways. There are short and long skinny scarves, which can be worn hanging straight down, wrapped once around the neck, tied into a knot, held with a brooch or in a variety of styles. And don’t be surprised to see some skinny scarves being tied as headbands or belts, either.

For some ideas on different ways to tie scarves, check out my previous posts on fall scarves here and spring scarves here.




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Fun, feminine fall jewelry

This fall, jewelry is turning back to romanticism.

While chunky, geometric pieces were the thing to wear, this fall sees the return of flirty, feminine jewelry.

Givenchy certainly turned heads with the jewelry models wore at New York Fashion Week.
Givenchy certainly turned heads with the jewelry models wore at New York Fashion Week.

Think flowers, gemstones and pearls, sparkle and filigree. The good news, though, if you still want that statement piece: there are plenty of those as well. Some of the jewels adorning facial piercings at New York Fashion Week drew as much attention as the clothing.

So you can go for more sparkle and detail in pieces both large or delicate, depending on your own personal style.

Whether pendants on slim chains, big earrings with clusters of gemstones or intricate nose rings, there is a wealth from which to choose.

Just remember the first rule of jewelry — don’t feel like you should wear everything at once. Let one or two items stand out rather than drowning in too much jewelry.

And, if you need a refresher on what works best with certain necklines, go back to this post for a handy chart.

Here are a few pieces that caught my eye from this fall’s collections:


These lavender jade, ruby and diamond earrings set in 18-carat white gold from William Noble Rare Jewels bring together precious gems and a floral motif.


Lavender jade, ruby and diamond earrings from William Noble


This Marquis cluster necklace with clear Swarovski crystals from Vita Fede creates a delicate focal point at the end of a thin chain.




Marquis cluster necklace, $415 at Vita Fede


This open leaf and branch ring from Cathy Waterman adorns platinum branches and rings with tiny diamonds.


Open leaf and branch ring, $4,200 at Ylang 23


Brooches are showing up everywhere from jackets to skirts to hair.

This orchid brooch from Cartier, done in platinum, diamonds and pink and yellow diamonds could adorn anything from a headband to a scarf.


Caresse d’Orchidees par Cartier brooch


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Beauty trends from NYFW you can do now

Did you see some of the looks from New York Fashion Week?

I thought this week I would share with you some of my favorite beauty trends from the show.

While New York Fashion Week was focused on style for the coming spring and summer, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these looks showing up this fall and winter. After all, you can play up popping lips or sparkly lids any season!

Glowing skin and lips that pop

One trend on a lot of models was the absence of makeup on eyes and cheeks, with just the lips accentuated. While some went with pinks — some in very bright shades — others sported classic, powerful red, such as the models at DKNY. Pairing those red lips with little or no makeup really let those lips stand out without overpowering the look. If this is a look you like, go for it! Of course, the same look with a softer shade of lipstick may make less of a statement but better fit the look you want. Take this trend and make it your own.


A DKNY model with red lips, photo courtesy of DKNY

Sparkling eyes

Metallics are still in style, but not so in-your-face as before. Some makeup artists swept just a bit of glitter in the center part of models’ eyelids, while others made silvery smokey eyes or muted golden sweeps. Over at Derek Lam, the models’ upper lids were bare, but a swipe of golden shadow adorned their lower lids.


A Derek Lam model with gold swept under her eyes, photo courtesy of NYFW


From heavy black liner on mostly bare faces to sharp streaks of blue, eyeliner stood out at this year’s NYFW. Looks like the cat eye and lined lid are here to stay!

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Models sport bold eyeliner backstage, photos courtesy of NYFW

Softer hair

Hair was soft and casual across the runway this year, with messy knots, windswept tresses, soft ponytails and a few braids and twists to keep it interesting. I love the look of a soft hairstyle where it looks like you took the time to do something, but not too much time. It’s the look of a hairstyle that may have started with every hair in place, but then softened and fell out of place as the day wore on. It’s the perfect look for spring and summer, but also can work for fall styles.


An Erin Fetherston model wears hair swept into a messy updo, photo courtesy of NYFW

I’d love to hear what you thought of the looks on the runway this year. What beauty trends are you trying this fall?

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Supporting esteem through fashion

IMG_2100This past weekend I had the opportunity and pleasure of participating in Esteem: A Fashion Show to support The Elisa Project. It was a delightful event, and I’m so glad I could be a part of supporting such a worthy cause.

For the show, I wore a fabulous Rachel Zoe dress from her fall collection. I paired the dress with Valentino shoes, and my girls, who walked with me, wore Luli & Me gold-and-cream leopard dresses with flats that matched my shoes.

I was asked to be part of the show to help raise awareness of The Elisa Project, which tackles the problem of eating disorders through education.

The organization asked that my girls be a part of the show as well, and what better than to teach our children about positive body image?

This great organization helps more than 30,000 people a year — men and women, teens and children — who need support in building a healthy relationship with food. About half of the project’s clients live in the North Texas area, about one-fourth in Texas and one-fourth throughout the nation. More than 70 percent of clients have monthly incomes of less than $1,000.

The Elisa Project was started by the parents of Elisa McCall, a 20-year-old student who had struggled with bulimia and depression. After Elisa took her own life, her parents wanted to help others who were struggling with eating disorders.

The organization offers curriculum for body image workshops and wellness programs for better nutrition, exercise and developing a healthy relationship with food. The Elisa Project works to build awareness and offer support.

The fashion show was a way to celebrate positive body image and embrace healthy, balanced lifestyles and self-acceptance. It was a great way to encourage all of us to love ourselves and strive to be healthy.

And, really, what could be more fabulous than that?


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Fringe fun with fall boots

leather bag detailYou’ve probably seen it everywhere this year: Fringe.

Fringe on purses; fringe on tops; fringe on jackets.

And now that we’re into boot season, fringe is making an appearance on many fall boots — and it looks great!

If you need a refresher on boots, check out my post about picking out the best style of boot to fit you.

Fringed boots come in a variety of styles this fall, from cute ankle boots to over-the-knee.

Whether you prefer a little flirt of fringe or a waterfall of fringe, there’s a boot for you!

Look at these cute boots with their many different ways of wearing fringe.

Just a bit

These Giuseppe Zanotti suede booties add a single layer of subtle fringe around the top, using the fringe as an accent, rather than the focal point.



Giuseppe Zanotti’s Nero boots, $995 from

Make it sparkle

The studded fringe of these suede ankle boots from Saint Laurent draws the eye and attention, making the fringe stand out with a bit of sparkle.



Saint Laurent’s Paris fringed ankle boots, $684 at

Go all out

If you love layers of fringe, you might want to try Minnetonka Moccasin’s 5-layer fringe boot.



5-Layer fringe boots, $99.95 at Minnetonka

I hope you are enjoying the fall season and having fun with a bit of fringe in your closet!

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For vests this fall, go long

What do you think of the long vest trend this fall?

Several celebrities have been sporting the look, with long vests resembling sweaters and jackets minus the sleeves. Materials range from leather to cashmere to linen, and the look can be dressed up or down for the right effect.

Check out this leather vest by Vince.



Vince long leather vest, $318 to $795 at Saks Fifth Avenue

While going without sleeves may not work come winter, it can be the perfect layer as we step into fall and you need just a bit more warmth, but not too much. Of course, I think the long vest is mostly about style and just a little bit about layering for warmth, don’t you?

A long vest can add a splash of pizzazz to an outfit, whether in a fun plaid or a two-tone style like this one from Alice + Olivia.



Emelda long vest, $440 from Alice + Olivia

It can also act as a nice contrast piece, such as adding a layer of dove gray over a black blouse or a streak of black over a white top.

While the key factor in a long vest is that it is long, there are so many styles to choose from, depending on your tastes and what flatters best.

You can go for something long and flowy or more structured, like a belted trenchcoat without sleeves.

This vest from Neiman Marcus drapes softly.



Long cashmere vest, $325 at Neiman Marcus

This double-breasted wool blend vest from rag & bone gives you the bold lines of a men’s vest but with a more feminine cut.



rag & bone’s Faye long vest, $575 at Nordstrom

I think long vests work best with leggings, skinny jeans and the like. You have to be careful a skirt or dress doesn’t add a distracting variation in hem length or create an odd effect if the skirt and vest both stop at the exact same point. But, that said, there are ways to wear a long vest with a dress or skirt as long as the lengths don’t compete. A shorter dress can work with a longer vest or a long skirt with a shorter long vest, for example. That’s something that may just require some experimentation.

And, after all, isn’t trying something new half the fun of adding a new piece like this?

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Fabulous hair for summer to fall

Last week I mentioned some ways you can extend a little bit of summer into fall or bring fall pieces into your warm-weather wardrobe during these weeks of transition from late summer into fall.

This week I thought I would add a few ideas for some summer hairstyles that work beautifully into your fall plans. These fun updos work just as well (and are just as easy!) when there’s a touch of crispness in the air.

The upswept ponytail

You’ve probably seen this trick before, but it bears mentioning: You can add some nice volume to your hair by building a single ponytail with a few steps.

First, pin the top layer of your hair out of the way. Then, gather the bottom layer of hair into a high ponytail. Backcomb the top to give it some volume and then bring it together with the ponytail already in place. The look is a fuller ponytail with some nice height on the crown of the head.


This tutorial from Norwegian blog Gil Makeup gives you step-by-step instructions.

The reverse side braid

Here’s a favorite of mine for when you want something sophisticated yet casual (yes, it can be and is both things!). The looseness of the braid creates a soft look while pulling your hair away from your face. If you’d like, you can dress this up with a silk scarf or simply wear it with a single rubber band at the end.

Reverse side braid

For the instructions, check out my post here.

A messy bun

This is another tried-and-true updo that can be dressed up for fall with the addition of a headband or fancy barrette. Because it’s meant to be a bit unkempt, it’s a quick fix for an early fall morning, while still looking like you spent some time on your hair.

JH Hair Tutorial

This tutorial from the Three Sweet Peas blog shows how quick it is to put this ‘do together.

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End-of-summer style

While kids are heading back to school, we all need a little advice on how to transition from summer to fall — including with our wardrobes!

This in-between time is the perfect time for layers, but also for having a little fun with stretching summer pieces into the fall and sneaking in fall pieces before those first leaves turn on the trees.

Here are a few tips to make your summer-to-fall transition both easy and fun.


* A quick and easy way to stretch a little more time out of that summer dress is to put on opaque tights and carry along a light cardigan or blazer.

* Layer, but be careful of layering the short-sleeve top, long-sleeve shirt, scarf, sweater and jacket. Too many layers can look sloppy.

woman legs in high heel golden sandals sit on stairs, outdoor shot

* Keep wearing your sandals, if you can. There’s no reason to put sandals away at the end of summer if it’s not cold and rainy yet. Sandals will add a bit of whimsy to the slacks and more structured skirts of fall. If it gets cold and rainy quickly where you are, count yourself lucky — it’s time to don those boots! Cute ankle boots are perfect for moving into fall.

Detail of a woman posing in the city streets

* Pair your fun summer prints and flirty shirts with jackets and slacks in more subdued hues or pair a colorful dress with more autumn-toned accessories to add a splash of summer color as you transition into fall.

beautiful blond business woman in summer coral dress

* Wear scarves that will help you warm up a summer top or dress just enough to keep wearing it a few more months.

Beautiful red-haired girl at grass

* Moving into fall is also a nice time to move from the more minimalist summer style to adding a few more accessories. So try layering a couple necklaces or stacking some bracelets. Just remember to not overdo it!

What are your favorite end-of-summer style tricks? I’d love to hear them!

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Make a marvelous match

Selena Gomez in matching makeup, Courtesy of Harpers Bazaar
Selena Gomez in matching makeup, Courtesy of Harpers Bazaar

I keep seeing various celebrities noticed for the way they matched their lips to their dresses or their eyes to their shoes.

This picture from Harper’s Bazaar of Selena Gomez’ deep burgundy lips with her dress is just one example of how stunning it can be when the match is done right.

This isn’t necessarily a new trend, but it is one you can take advantage of if you keep a few things in mind.

To play it safe, choose one feature to make the match, whether your lips, eyes or cheeks. Keep the rest of your makeup on the neutral side. Occasionally, you can get away with matching lips, eyes and shoes or nails, dress and lips, but that runs the risk of too much matching, so be sure to look at it all with a critical eye.

One main rule of thumb is you don’t have to go for an exact match. Often, you shouldn’t.

If the accessory or clothing you’re matching is more subtle in shade, you can go with a slightly richer or darker hue to really draw out the color. If you’re wearing something with several colors, pick one or two to highlight.

How you apply your makeup can also make a difference in how successfully you manage the look.

Fashion portrait of elegant woman with magnificent hair

You don’t have to match a green dress with a heavy green eye, but a touch of green liner or a sweep of green-gold shadow in the corner might be just enough to pick out the color while keeping the look sophisticated.

At the same time, a red dress paired with bold lips in a slightly deeper red can make a statement.

Remember, too, it doesn’t have to be your clothing that you match. You could match a clutch, your shoes or the tones of earrings or a necklace. Metallics are a fun way to highlight eyes and accessories when you’re matching.

While it takes a light hand to get this look just right, it’s worth it to have a bit of fun and try matching your makeup every so often.

Here are some other pictures of celebrities who got it right at Harper’s Bazaar.

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