Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It's The Glam List 2011 Re-Re-Re Mixxx

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Very Merry Holiday

I love the holidays. Our family together, who come from all over the world, and as close as down the block. The food (mostly the cookies). Averting the naughty list and receiving the beautiful gifts on my nice list. Santa brought me a fab new laptop of which I am writing this post on. Maj bought me a stunning amethyst stone, for physical protection and mental clarity, hanging from a perfect 13" gold chain. I am so grateful and in a humble position to give. So, I give thanks And compassion. And the universal reflection that as life changes quickly around us, let us be kind to one another, and pliable to bend to the Earth's evolution. Here's to an undoubtedly adventurous 2012.

Friday, December 23, 2011

On the 3rd Day of Christmas

I love starting the new year off right with a few choice outfits that define my style for the year. Lordy knows I'm maturing when St. John is the store I'd most love a thing or two from. Their ad campaigns which first included Angelina Jolie and now the impeccable Kate Winslet, make an effortless knit and offer a streamlined style worthy of any Kate Middleton appearance. If St. John ain't yo' thang, ask Santa for a gift card to your favorite store, so you too can seasonally shop 'til you drop.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

On the 3rd Day of Christmas

Every Christmas Eve, my thirty-something cousin Bobby dresses up like Santa Claus and brings our big, Italian family, a perfectly wrapped gift of pajamas. All twenty-something of us, who are now all over thirty years old, change into the PJs and head to bed to wait for Santa's morning bounty. I'm hoping this year, to get these luxe VS Afterhours Satin Pajama from Victoria's Secret. I love the Beverly Hills Hotel inspired stripes and the silky fabric perfect for opening gifts in.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On the 4th Day of Christmas

I heart these sweaters. Launching February 1st on Net-a-Porter by UK designers Chinti and Parker , wear them for Valentine's Day or all year round for ultimate loveliness.

On the 5th Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me, fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive gold House of Harlow rings.

Monday, December 19, 2011

On the 6th Day of Christmas

Trust me. Your hipster cousin or younger sister definitely wants a pair of colored denim this season. You'll be their hero if you buy these cropped Blank NYC for less than $50.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

On the 7th Day of Christmas

If you're traveling this holiday season, a chic carry-on bag for laptop, book, and essentials is a must have. Buy for yourself or gift a visiting family member with this effortless prep tote. Extra points if you monogram for that someone special.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

On the 8th Day of Christmas

Last week I hosted a lovely Vintage Chic tour with Cheap Chic Shopping Tours, and one of our style clients, Rachel Tipograph is a big wig with the Gap. We stopped in for a hello, and I fell in love with these very chic Stamped Leather Boots. They're discounted for the holidays so get walkin'.

Friday, December 16, 2011

On the 9th Day of Christmas

I ask for these Jonathan Adler Jet Set candles on every special occassion. The packaging is so stylish that I use it, by the front door, to collect our coins. And the musky, dense dew-y Big Sur sent, lit on my desk whilst working, is divine.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Glam List Holiday Gift Guide

On the 10th Day of Christmas

Rockabilly fashion is hitting the runway hard this Spring. Get a jump on the new year ahead's trend and stuff those stockings with these amazing purr-fect Crazy Cat Eye Sunglasses from Betsey Johnson. Meow, little lady.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

On the 11th Day of Christmas

Perfectly paired with denim, leggings and dark work pants, these Cheap Chic ballet flats from Mossimo, which retail at $25 at Target are a little bit Audrey and a lot cute!

Monday, December 12, 2011

On the 12th Day of Christmas

Gift giving is a lovely way to say you care, not only to family and friends, but perhaps something special for yourself to kick the new year off right. I'll be listing my daily style picks leading up to December 25 in my 12 Day of Christmas. Starting off with a customized stocking that you can stuff with all type of fun goodies, with proceeds going to charity.

This holiday season you can design your own 1154 LILL Studio Christmas stocking! 15 new “Christmas” fabrics and trims will be available in addition to their original designs, and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

We're Today's Amazon Daily Deal!

Money can’t buy style. At Cheap Chic Shopping Tours, we believe you can buy it cheap and make it chic. And the kind folks at Amazon Local couldn’t agree more. So, they’re hosting a 48 hour flash sale! Our tour promises that after 3 1/2 hours with me and the Cheap Chic Stylist team, you get a completely new wardrobe for one hundred bucks. Yup. One hundred bucks for new tops, tanks, dresses, shoes, accessories, denim and more. If you ever wanted a personal shopper or stylist to outfit you in top trends and flattering fits, giving your closet a fashion face-lift at a fraction of what a celeb pays for shoes, here’s your golden opportunity at half the price! You haven’t even signed on yet and you’re already saving money… Click the link to purchase and schedule your tour:

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Scented Style

As a kid in the 80's, I owned more than one non-food product that was scented to smell like my favorite things. I had a collection of Strawberry Shortcake figures that were scented like their names such as Blueberry Muffin and Lemon Meringue. A book of scratch n' sniff stickers. And of course, the scented Swatch watch, my most treasured accessory. With a big style shoot happening tomorrow, I stopped into my local salon for mani / pedi and picked a bubble gum pink, that when applied, smells of actual pink bubble gum?!?! I'm smelling my fingers right now and sure enough - bubble gum! I can't believe it. It brought me right back to my time as a kid. And when I posted it on FB, and Julie said there were scented flip flops on the market, well, this product of the 80's couldn't resist. Yes, there are scented flip flops available. And sheets. And shirts. Who nose what else is out there? Ha.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

I'm in love with my Boyfriend!

The bag du jour, the chicest treat to hit the trendy set, is the Chanel Boyfriend bag. Structured, classic, leather craftsmanship with a signature Chanel chain link strap and in a variety of colors and styles. Le sigh. I am in love. It goes perfectly with my Boyfriend Shirt from Sew, my J Crew boyfriend jeans and of course, with my actual boyfriend *wink*

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Shop My Closet on Sole Society

There is still time to sign up and shop my closet on Sole Society. I love love love the trendy, afforable styles of Marco Santi and can't get enough of their adorable new clutches. Click this link for 30% off your order.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Black Friday Bonanza

Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day when most major retailers open extremely early, often at 4 a.m., or earlier, and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season. If you're not keyed in on all of the latest and greatest crazy low prices, let me make it easy for you. Join the Cheap Chic Shopping Tour Facebook page here and all week we'll be listing the best in stylish steals and Black Friday deals. To kick off the week right, here's your sneak peek at Old Navy's Gobblepalooza. Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fashion Internship with Cheap Chic Shopping Tours

I am seeking two or more fashion lovers, fashion business majors, stylists-in-training or shopping ninjas to assist me in guiding tours. The internship requires most Saturdays and a great personality. This will develop into a job. Apply with a note and a rez here

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dana to the Maxx

For a Stylist, or Editor, or any trendsetting Blogger, these past few weeks have been filled with fashion previews. Which in lay terms, is a showing of a brand's collection for the following season. Target looks great for Spring / Summer 2012 with a Jason Wu for Target collection and lot of juicy colored shiny rain slickers. Remember your yellow raincoat of yesteryear? Well, its coming back in purple, red and turquoise! is doing amazing things with accessories that include crystal bowtie shoe clips. And then of course, there is the up and coming designer, that you stumble upon, in a fashion preview haze that makes fashion look a whole lot more clear. For me, that is designer Dana-Maxx. A very cool girl with fiery red hair and lips taking the technicals of fashion and mixing it with her love of style to create a perfect dress for all of us. Already seen on All on the Line with Joe Zee and as a Glamour ambassador, the S / S 2012 Dana-Maxx collection is filled with coral, vintage-inspired reds and both structured like the Chrsyler building and flowy in fabric. Genius. Like her on FB, here, to keep in the loop on the latest and greatest hidden gem dresses Ms. Dana-Maxx is making.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Gets Glam

1. Lay down newspaper outside

2. Saturate pumpkin with spray adhesive

3. Add a sh*t ton of your favorite glitter

4. Repeat

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

JZ hearts RZ

I watched four hours of The Rachel Zoe Project yesterday and even that wasn't enough. They are everything! While it's certainly fun to watch the fabulousness of their lives in fashion and stress, I love watching it for the design inspiration. I am a HUGE fan of Hollywood Glam home goods and anybody who's been to any of my New York and Hollywood homes, knows I love a misplaced crystal chandelier,D.I.Y. stripes in my bathroom, and a faux fur throw on anything. In my third hour of the RZ marathon, style assistant Jeremiah hooked up the new Zoe house with the freshest home looks. I'm glad they're leasing, as I've got that dream home in my sights.

And if you want to turn a hot RZ fashion look into something luxuriously lounge-y, her pre-push, sequence Halston dress, can be purchased here, for a Cheap Chic approved $20, as a pillow.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Handbag Designer 101 Workshop

For those interested in the entreprenurial 411 on anything fashion, accessory and marketplace related, I'll be moderating an incredible hour, next Monday 10/24 at 4pm at F.I.T. in NYC between Jessica Kleiman, V.P. of Publicity for Hearst Publications, Jacqui Stafford, Editor in Chief and Style Expert Extrodinaire and Melissa Lum, Accessories Editor of Lucky Magazine on the topic of today's PR & Editorial Landscape. It will be insightful and stylishly amazing. Buy your tickets by clicking here, now.

8:00 am


9:00 am


9:15 - 9:45 am


Teri Agins, Freelance Fashion Journalist &
Wall Street Journal Columnist & Author of The End of Fashion

9:45 - 11:00 am



•Carlos Falchi, 2007 Lifetime Achievement Recipient
for the Independent Handbag Designer Awards

•Uri Minkoff, CEO of Rebecca Minkoff

Monica Botkier, Founder of Botkier

11:00 - 11:45 am



Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, Founder & Creative Director of (Moderator)

•Michele Ateyeh, Jewelry & Accessory Design Consultant

•Steven Alan, Founder of Steven Alan

•Nancy Behrendt, VP Merchandising of &

11:45 - 12:30 pm



Jessica Dickler, CNN Money (Moderator)

•Melissa Motola, Founder of Global Lux Visionaires

•Shira Sue Carmi, Founder of The Launch Collective

•Orit, President of the O Group

•Rod Kurtz, Executive Editor of The Huffington Post Small Business

12:30 - 1:00 am


1:00 - 1:45 pm


Mercedes Gonzalez, Founder of Global Purchasing Companies (Moderator)

•Lincoln Moore, VP DMM of Fashion and Accessories of Saks Fifth Avenue

•Steven Ginsberg, Owner of Verve Boutique

•Dale Lindholm, Owner of Pure Accessories Showroom

1:45 - 2:30 pm



Lauren Stephenson, Freelance Fashion & Accessories Industry Writer & Consultant (Moderator)

•Sara Zucker, Founder of and Community Manager for Glamour Magazine

•John Jannuzzi, Founder of Textbook Blog and Style Editor of Lucky Magazine

•Macala Wright Lee, Founder of FashionablyMarketing.Me, CEO of WHY THIS WAY.
and Social Media Director for WWDMAGIC

2:30 - 3:15 pm


Emma Grady, Founder of Past, Fashion, Future (Moderator)

•Pete Lankford, Creative Director for Timberland Earthkeepers & Timberland Boot Company

•Benita Singh, Co-Founder of Source4Style

•Summer Rayne, Co-Founder of Source4Style

•Anthony Lilore, Design Solutionist & Founder of Restore Clothing

3:15 - 4:00 pm



Colleen DeBaise, Special Projects Director of Entrepreneur Magazine (Moderator)

•Martin Okner, President of S.H. Martin & Company

•Richard Kestenbaum, Founder of Triangle Capital LLC

•Gary Wassner, Co-CEO of Hilldun Corporation

Peter Fields, Esq., Head of fashion law practice at
Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields

4:00 - 4:45 pm


Jess Zaino, Celebrity Style Expert & Member of's Young & Posh Blogger Network (Moderator)

•Jessica Kleiman, Vice-President Public Relations of Hearst Magazines &

Co-Author of Best Your Own Be Publicist

•Jacqui Stafford, Fashion Editor & TV Style Expert

Melissa Lum, Accessories Editor of Lucky Magazine

4:45 - 5:00 pm


5:30 - 7:00 pm


Hilton New York Fashion District Rooftop

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cindy Sherman for MAC

Creepy or totally rad? Cindy Sherman, one of the most famous artists of the last century, has posed for photos promoting MAC's Fall Color Collection. The photographer and filmmaker (known for transforming herself through wigs, prosthetics and makeup) is seen wearing three distinct "faces" for the collection. Each represents a group of lipsticks, eyeliners, eyeshadows and other beauty essentials that can be used to create a look that's avant garde, classic or somewhere in between. Though Sherman is not involved with the creation of the collection, her likeness has definitely garnered tons of attention for it. The new collection is available now to creep you out where all MAC products are sold.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Let's Make You Shine! Tonight LIVE at 8PM EST

Have you ever wanted your own personal style insider to help you with revving up our wardrobe on a budget for a more powerful personal brand – so you’ll get the attention we deserve, and get noticed wherever we go! I'll be talking with the Let’s Make You Shine community TONIGHT at 8PM EST about fashion sense and style (how to update classics with a twist), with ideas for men and women to look your best – no matter their age, shape or size.

I'll also teach you how to look updated using clothes from our closets, and how to look at the wardrobe we have with a different eye – plus, not to be afraid of giving away clothes that don’t work anymore. Sign up on the site, here: - share it with your friends and let's get this fashion party started!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Sale Fanatics - NOW CASTING!!


Who says shopping isn’t a sport?

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Do you always look like you’ve just stepped off the pages of fashion magazines? Are you a fashionista who knows the latest trends, killer labels, and what looks fierce!

Do you buy clothes you don’t need or can’t afford just because they’re on sale? You have impeccable taste, live to shop and always give in to the temptation of a good deal.

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Mod in America

Want my super groovy style advice on dressing Mod? Click the eHow link here.

Monday, October 03, 2011

A Pop of Color in a Slate World

I'm thinking of becoming a Buddhist Monk just for the outfit -- I caught this group of spiritual tourists in front of the Museum of Modern Art in a delicious, draped pop of vibrant orange with yellow knit beanies. My kind of Fall fashion ; )

Become a Fashion Stylist

Hey Teens & Tweens! I'm totes excited to be juding the Suddenly Darling contest sponsored by Fashion Bootcamp 101 and Upload your fashion look online and enter to win your own glam squad with a professional photographer, models and a hair and makeup team, to create looks and run your own photo shoot! PLUS... a $500 Shopping Spree to!

Friday, September 30, 2011


Check out my latest Style Expert stint on the history of Betsey Johnson on Bography Channel's Fashion Groundbreakers.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Got Polo?

I met these fine folks at Sulon on Flatbush in Brooklyn on an MTV Style shoot with Maluca. They've got the lock on hood glam. Nails did. Hair did. Purple leopard print skinny jeans over spiked Loubie-inspired high high heels. Mz. Diva Jonez is taking you to school.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cheap Chic: Vintage Chic by Jess Zaino for The Epoch Times

Vintage and thrift shopping has never been more accessible and chic as it is now. Across the globe, girls and guys who love to scour for that special designer find, get lucky in the most obscure places. The definition of vintage is ‘representing the high quality of a past time’, so much like a fine wine, an outfit that was considered du jour a decade ago, is now worth its weight in style. I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and on my block alone, are six different thrift, consignment and vintage shops. I highly suggest a stop on the UES for any avid shopper that visits our city. The shops in my neighborhood, known for its more mature, affluent demographic, are stocked with the best vintage has to offer, as far as cheap chic finds are concerned. If you love a signature Chanel suit, you can expect to purchase one off the rack for a minimum of $5000. A leisurely stroll to sift through the merch of a consignment shop, especially on the UES of Manhattan will, on any given day, offer a pre-owned, perfectly preserved Chanel, for 5% of that price. There is nothing more chic than savings like that. And if conservative isn’t your thing, vintage includes rock n’ roll t-shirts from past decades at places like Electiques in Soho , where you will find a stand-out assortment of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage, from suitcases to steamer trunks, amongst an original 1976 Black Sabbath concert tour tee. My personal favorite is Designer Resale by Myrna Skoller on East 81st Street where, upon entering the huge, underground store, you can find an early 1980’s Betsey Johnson, hanging next to a Zac Posen piece from his debut collection, next to a Lela Rose suit set from last year, all retailing for less than $500. A true, appreciated Cheap Chic vintage.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stella and Dot Style How-To

If you've ever wanted to play stylist, accessory brand Stella and Dot is the answer. A company inspired by and created for strong women who are designing irresistible jewelry. Their vision is of a world where STRONG WOMEN LIVE BOLD and joyful lives. They know what they want and they work for it. They inspire each other with exclusive in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists. Passion and joy are their best accessories. Stella and Dot amazing pieces are designed in New York and San Francisco by award winning trend-setters who also create jewelry sold in Neiman Marcus and Fred Segal, their boutique style jewelry has been featured in top fashion mags, not to mention the cheap chic affordability, as much of the line is under $50.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Eye See You

Of late, I've been working with MTV and the spectacularly talented, Miss Heather Holliday. Not only is she an expert sword swallower, fire eater and knife thrower, but she's got a mean sense of her own brand of NY Hard Core meets Betty Page style. I'm inspired! While I won't be donning any show costumes any time soon, I am on the lookout for a sexy pair of vintage cat eye sunglasses. And as luck would have it, Miss Holliday pointed me in the purr-fect direction. Fabulous Fanny's on 9th Street in the East Village has an incredible catalogue of vintage pieces. I'm thinking about getting proper spectacles and replacing the lens with darkened sunglass lenses. If you're not in the area, or spending a pretty penny on accessories for your peepers is not your thing, you can buy them online here for $14.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


After cleft lip surgery, Brazilian girl sees new face for the first time.

Monday, September 19, 2011

My Big Pink Crush

My favorite part of NYFW is the pomp and circumstance at the tents, around the tents, and even beneath the tents of Lincoln Center. It's the underground where the true style lies. Last week, I caught this AMAHZING hot pink, hard leather briefcase from The Cambridge Satchel Company on a cutie waiting for the subway post-show. I loved it so much, I seemed to stalk it, seeing it rocked as a proper briefcase, a clutch (as you see here) and even a backpack. Crushin' proper, I went online to investigate and what I discovered about the newest apple of my style eye is that it has a name, The Fluro, comes in four deliciously neon colors with the option for monogrammed personalization, and is a classic satchel with a contemporary twist. Le Sigh. I'm in love.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

fashion for compassion

we are thick in NYFW spring 2012. most of the shows take place in the current headquarters of Lincoln Center and a few off-site collections show at sites like milk studios and other new york artsy landmarks. the fashionati are in full force as editors, buyers, and fabulous people watch the future of fashion walk the runway. what's so great about this week, is that the main shows actually spawn a slew of alternative shows, giving way to an indie voice. more specifically in this case, an Indian voice. last night at the ritz carlton in battery park, SAYWE held a fashion event entitled fashion for compassion. I was invited by my adorable friend, one life to live cast member and bollywood star, shenaz treasury, who walked the "ramp" (as she called it), closing the pria kataari puri show. of course, I cheered for my friend loudly, but I was also cheering as loud for the amazing clothing. long, flowing turquoise ombre pieces embellished with intricate beading by hand. rich fabrics! stunning colors! the clothes took my breath away. and after seeing some not so hot shows at the NYFW tents, the fashion for compassion show was a breathe of fresh, fashion air.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

My 9-11

”Peace in my heart brings peace to my family. Peace in my family brings peace to my community. Peace in my community brings peace to my nation. Peace in my nation brings peace to my world. Let there be peace on earth, And let it begin with me.” As a native New Yorker, I am proud of my city, thankful for my country and compassionate for our world.

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