Hey Georgeous loves your Valentine’s day curves

Hey Gorgeous, as you know Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and for many women, digging up date-night looks that they’ll feel great in and their partner will LOVE can be a challenge. When you are a woman with “curves” that sometimes can pose another ‘challenge’. I mean, I love my curves and want my man to love them too, but not every designer shows me love.

That said, for the nearly 7 out of 10 women in the U.S. who are size 12 and above, finding fashion-forward options that fit well is an even bigger style struggle. Thankfully, Hey Gorgeous! promises an easy, fashion-conscious experience for women to shop the trends they love – all available in your size. With a cherry-picked selection of haute date-night-approved dresses and stylish, yet sexy separates available on the boutique now, women can get dressed for V-day in ensembles they not only like but fall head over heels for.geor

Styles from designers like ABS Allen Schwartz, BB Dakota, Carmakoma, Harlow, Anna Scholz and many more you’ll find on their site. Hey, even if you are “with yourself” (I hate hearing women saying they are “alone”) on Valentine’s day, grab one of these dresses, doll yourself up and party like the Queen you are!!

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July 4th Fashion Under $60 – Simply Vera Vera Wang & Princess Vera Wang

July 4th is quickly approaching us and that means it’s time for a fun, new outfit to wear to all of your holiday celebrations. Whether your plans consist of a casual day of grilling on the beach or enjoying a rooftop party with friends, Princess Vera Wang and Simply Vera Vera Wang have the perfect pieces to spruce up your July 4th outfit, – all under $60. Below are some of our top picks from both collections, including on trend summer accessories from SVVW and flirty dresses and tops from PVW.

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NYFW: Jenny Packham Fall 2013 Couture Collection

Jenny Packham’s eveningwear collection was full of opulence and romance. Then again, what would you expect from one of the favorite designers to celebrities and the Duchess, Kate Middleton? Inspired by seventeenth-century Paris salons—”where strong-minded women met to discuss arts and culture”, Jenny Packham created a collection that showcased a line of relaxed gowns and new to her collection – separates.

What makes Jenny Packham notable is she has earned the reputation for simply stunning couture evening-wear, as well as gaining a following in her bridal collections. The reason why could be that her collections are wearable and exude modest sensuality. Some have asked Jenny Packham when she would create day clothes – you know traditional mass-market suits, pants and tops. Her reply was “We’ve found the more the niche you are, the better off you are” and she has cornered the market on British Glam. Nothing stuffy or stiff about this collection.

Highlighted yet not on full display were the Jenny Packham accessories collection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches with sculptural cut crystals, layered bracelets. Filled with strong angles and shining rose gold metal; angular alabaster mint and white cut stones added to a sculptural modern feel. These bold and three dimensional accessories were inspired from the influential women that gathered in the great intellectual salons of the 17th century where away from the stifling protocols of the court, these women alone set the rules. Brides have been wearing some of these pieces for years and now, the mass-market has had their first really good look at them.

If you are looking to start your ‘statement’ collection’, start here.  If you’re looking for a beautiful dress coat that will take you from season to season, start here.  If you are looking for something that will take their breath away, look no farther than Jenny Packham, the “Queen of Bling”.

Colors for 2013 Collection: White, ivory, bisque, opal, metallic blush salmon, peach, burnt orange, cinnamon, scarlet red, gold, steal blue, midnight blue, grey and black.

Fabrics for 2013 Collection: Silk, silk charmeuse, chiffon, tulle, knit, wool, metallic beading and crystals – lots of crystals

 

NYFW: Monique Lhuillier 2013 Couture collection

Monique Lhuillier continues to be a fashion powerhouse. After a well received Spring Collection, Bridal Market, the opening of her New York flagship store, shoe collection and launching a fine jewelry line, Monique has once again created a sexy and stunning 2013 couture collection. There simply is no stopping her.

Fall 2013 is inspired by opulence and drama.  This season plays off the movement of undulating lines, art deco motifs and intensely rich jewel tones such as deep malachite green, oxblood and amethyst.

For day, soft snow-like whites begin the story in three dimensional cable knits and move to abstract prints in burnished golden brocades.  Silhouettes range from sleekly tailored dresses and slim-cut trousers to ample color-blocked furs. Night is all about the dramatic.  Lace cigarette pants are shown with structured tulle overlay or a beaded duster and gowns have been shortened for a modern interpretation of evening.

This season, Lhuillier found inspiration in a piece of malachite. The gemstone’s deep green striations appeared at the end of the runway as the show opened with a series of winter white looks. Lhuillier said, “It’s kind of like stepping into heaven a little bit.”

A new length for Lhuillier, are gowns ending just above the ankle, a hemline the designer said “feels newer” (it’s also an ideal way to showcase her shoe collection).

The shoe collection (which is in it’s second season) features sleek geometric cut outs in suede leather crushed velvet and satin.  Signature lace is worked into a reinterpretation of the bootie. With many available in white, there will be well-heeled brides walking down the aisle in these.

Fabrics for Fall 2013: Knit, Crepe, fur, silk georgette, ostrich feathers, Sequin, tweed, deco-embroidered tulle and lace

Colors for Fall 2013: Bone, White, Malachite, Black, Copper, Gold, Red, Emerald, Garnet, Amarath, Pewter and Red

H and M conscious glamour for eco-friendly consumers

For fashion lovers and brides alike the red carpet has become as exciting as the catwalk, with celebrity gowns now creating their very own trends. As part of its Conscious initiative, H&M has created an exclusive collection of red-carpet looks; all made from more sustainable materials such as organic cotton and hemp as well as recycled polyester. The collection showcases what is now possible in greener fashion, with outfits in different styles reflecting the variety of today’s red carpet fashion.

The collection has already been seen on the red carpet. Amanda Seyfried wore the blue tuxedo blazer and shorts at a London première, while Oscar nominee Viola Davis has been seen in the hot-pink sleeveless top and skirt. Kristin Davis wore the apple green embroidered dress to a Vanity Fair event, and Michelle Williams wore an H&M custom-made gold-draped organic cotton bodice with a satin-backed crepe trumpet skirt at this year’s BAFTAs in London. A top and skirt inspired by Michelle’s exclusive gown will be available in selected H&M stores when the Exclusive Conscious collection launches. Ok, so brides think about it…some of these separates will be GREAT for your bridal party.

Hint: Brides bring your bridal party with you the day of the sale and let them get their size immediately, because like all their collections…they will sell out quickly! Make it a day of it then go have a great lunch to celebrate!

Some of the collection will include:

Pleated Mini Dress: Green is the perfect shade for today’s red carpet, especially in an organic cotton blend mini-dress with a cut-out back and flirty pleated skirt.

Photo Print Dress: Kaleidoscope colors decorate this photo print dress and matching jacket in a recycled polyester blend.

Beaded Maxi: This lemon yellow chiffon maxi gown in recycled polyester has a beaded bodice, combining elegant decoration with classic design.

Ultimate Red Carpet: This glamorous evening dress features creamy white organic cotton and silk bouclé at the top, with an organza plissé meringue skirt – available in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, each individually numbered. I can absolutely see this on a bride this season. 

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The Exclusive Conscious collection, which will be available from April 12 in around 100 stores H&M worldwide, as well as selected looks on-line.

 

Barr + Barr Handbags 2011 fall collection

Every once in a while a designer comes along whose product I absolutely love and must have. Manolo, Marc Jacobs and now Barr + Barr Handbags.  This designer creates beautiful quality, stunning design handbags…I’m a fan for life.

The hand-woven details, elegant touches, amazing ‘love-letter lining’ and the hardware are just the beginnings of these handbags superb work and craftsmanship.  Ms. Barr wants to, “ Make bags that are beautiful, function and looks great when you enter or exit a room.”  She has captured the essence of what a woman truly needs and helps her look good at the same time.

“Women need real value for what they are buying.  That’s why I have a hand in every aspect of the creation of my bags.  I want every woman who uses my bags or wear a pair of shoes I design to know that, they have the best quality and craftsmanship available.”

Barr + Barr bags are all 100% leather and even the big bag proportions have a slim profile.  That simply means there is no bulky ‘under-arm’ bag feel.  Each bag is made one at a time and the love letter lining adds a feminine touch.  Going for versatility most of her bags have detachable straps that will take the bag from cross body to underarm to clutch in a snap.  There are also beautiful wallets that come in an array of colors and styles also with the ‘love-letter lining’.  Beautiful styles and even some great clutches.

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What words describe Barr + Barr:  American, classic-styles and inspired for women everywhere.

From InStyle, Town & Country to HSN you’ll find Barr + Barr on the arms of the best dress from the White house, to the red carpet and now you.

Disclosure: While Helen and I share the same last name, we don’t know if we are actually related even though it would be pretty cool if we were.  She’s a great lady and her bags are HOT, HOT, HAUTE!!