Guest Post: A Stylist’s Guide to Choosing the Right Little Black Dress

The little black dress first appeared in American Vogue in 1926. However, it was Audrey Hepburn who made it iconic when she wore an LBD in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. I guess we can thank Holly Golightly for turning the simple and sophisticated little black dress into a timeless classic.

Audrey Hepburn Little Black Dress

In the never ending battle between quantity and quality, fast fashion syndrome predominates our fashion experience. We are constantly bombarded by new trends of low priced clothes made of low quality materials. Because of the poor quality, consumers are bound to regularly buy new clothes. However, if you want to have a timeless LBD in your wardrobe, you need it to be timeless in the literal sense too. Opt for a high quality dress that you can wear for years to come.

If you’re about to spend money on the perfect LBD, here’s how to choose the right dress.

Body Type

The first thing you should take into consideration is your body shape. If you have a pear or apple shaped body, empire waist and A-line LBDs are ideal for you. Any kind of a belted dress or a dress that accentuates your waist is the right LBD for a rectangular figure. I think strapless LBDs are what women with an inverted triangle body shape need. Finally, you’re a lucky girl if you have an hourglass body shape as any kind of dress that accentuates your curves will suit you perfectly.

Fabric

The best fabrics for dresses are cotton voile, cotton lawn, rayon challis, double gauze, knit, silk, satin or wool. You have plenty of choices, but the trick is to find a fabric that suits both the season and the occasion. If you plan to wear a LBD during summer or spring, chiffon, satin or cotton are a good choices. On the other hand, choose wool, polyester or velvet during the colder months. For a formal occasion choose silk or satin which can be matched with various embellishments. For a semi-formal occasion, I think the best fabric is rayon challis or cotton. Choose cotton, wool, double gauze or knit for casual looks.

Occasion

Make sure that the shape of the dress suits the occasion. You could go for an elegant and sophisticated LBD for formal occasions and a more casual version for other events. However, I think that the best possible option is choosing a little black dress that can transition from formal to informal and back again. Simply change your make-up, accessories and shoes to best suit the occasion.

This guest post is by Peter Minkoff. Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer located in Brisbane, Australia. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Creative Design and has worked as a wardrobe assistant for many local fashion events. He plans to start a freelance styling business. Follow Peter on Twitter for more fab styling tips.

Vacation Every Day with Palm Breeze


Palm Breeze

I dream of leading a relaxed tropical life filled with sand, sun and beachside bliss. Everyday would be a vacation day and a colorful beach cabana would be my permanent address. If an everlasting island retreat is also a dream of yours, Palm Breeze sparkling alcohol spritz is the perfect beverage for you and your entourage of friends. It’s light and sweet taste combined with the perfect amount of fizz makes it ideal for a summer get together, beach party, pool party, girls’ night or tropical themed cocktail party.

With the help of Palm Breeze, I turned my friend’s patio and later my NYC roof deck into my very own tropical destinations. Even without palm trees, clear water and white sand, the fun, refreshing sparkle of Palm Breeze made a simple Saturday feel like an afternoon in paradise.

Summer Cocktails

Palm Breeze sparkling alcohol spritz

Palm Breeze‘s delicious flavors, Ruby Red Citrus and Pineapple Mandarin Orange, can be served in the can, on ice, in a decorative glass or mixed with vodka. You could even serve it in a coconut if you want to be extra tropical. After all, nothing makes you feel more like you’re at a resort than drinking from a coconut. As for food, I love pairing Palm Breeze with Mexican favorites such as chips and guacamole, tacos and quesadillas. Not only do they go well with the tropical elements of the beverage, they are also party classics your guests will love. So why not soak up the sun this summer with a cool glass of Palm Breeze?

This summer Palm Breeze and Blo Blow Dry Bar are hosting fun girls’ nights across the country featuring tropical beach blowouts, tasty hors d’oeuvres and Palm Breeze drinks. Gather your girlfriends and RSVP here to their events in San Diego, DCAustin and Dallas. Cheers!

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Saturday Socialite Link Up: Bridal Edition

Bride Emoji Cookies

With love in the air and June weddings just around the corner, I wanted to feature some of my favorite bridal links. Enjoy!

Gain inspiration for these stunning real weddings (theknot.com)

Ask a wedding expert – who pays for what? (junebugweddings.com)

Best honeymoon destinations by month (brides.com)

19 flower crowns to top off your wedding style (marthastewartweddings.com)

Marchesa shares 6 tips every bride should know before getting married (townandcountrymag.com)

Deliciously gorgeous wedding cakes (weddingwire.com)

Wedding belles engagement ring coin purse (katespade.com)

Free People launches bohemian bridal line (huffingtonpost.com)

How to make a DIY wedding planning kit (stylemepretty.com)

Beautiful beach wedding dresses (destinationweddingmag.com)

20 makeup tips every bride should know (cosmopolitan.com)

Black and white wedding inspiration (100layercake.com)

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Celebrate Caribbean Week New York at the Rum and Rhythm Benefit & Auction

St. Thomas Travel Vacation CaribbeanSt. Thomas (Photo by: Mary Ann Schwab)

One of the best parts of living in New York City is leaving it for a beautiful exotic location. While it’s always nice to come back to the excitement of the five boroughs, sometimes New Yorkers just need a break. When life calls for some time away, I like to trade in the island of Manhattan for the islands of the Caribbean. Every time I visit the Caribbean, I fall in love all over again with its beauty, beaches, warmth and culture.

Having a Venezuelan mother, I’ve been exposed to Caribbean culture, food and of course vacations since before I can remember. As for the food, I absolutely love arepas, empanadas and cachapas. As a child I used to spend summers swimming in the Caribbean Sea and taking in the Caribbean sun at a beachside club known as Puerto Azul. I’ve also visited beaches, local markets and the breathtaking Virgen del Valle on the Venezuelan island of Margarita. In the next few years, I hope to take a much-needed Caribbean cruise and visit the islands of St. Thomas and St Barths. When trading an island for an island, I’d trade in Manhattan any day for an afternoon on a Caribbean beach with white sand, relaxing waves and clear blue water.

St. MaartenSt. Maarten (Photo by: Mary Ann Schwab)

From June 1st through June 5th, the Caribbean Tourism Organization is bringing the flavor of the Caribbean to New York City with Caribbean Week New York 2015. The goal of Caribbean Week New York is to celebrate the unique travel experiences, business offerings and more that the Caribbean offers. The main event – the Rum and Rhythm Benefit & Auction taking place on the evening of June 5th at the exclusive Tribeca 360 at 10 Desbrosses St. in Manhattan. This event will feature samples of the region’s award-winning rums, cocktails by popular mixologists, authentic Caribbean culinary cuisine, musical entertainment and a fund-raising silent auction benefiting the CTO Foundation for Caribbean nationals pursuing studies in tourism and hospitality. To savor the taste, spirit and sounds of the Caribbean at the Rum and Rhythm Benefit & Auction, reserve your tickets here.

Caribbean Week New York offers a number of events catering to the media, travel agents and people interested in unforgettable Caribbean experiences. On the evening of June 3rd, couples interested in a destination wedding and/or honeymoon can visit the Caribbean Romance Pavilion at EZ Studios. Take a look at the events calendar to see what else Caribbean Week New York has to offer. Mark your calendars for Caribbean Week and celebrate the culture, diversity and of course the cuisine of this amazing region at the Rum and Rhythm Benefit & Auction.

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Mother’s Day Weekend Recap

Mother's Day

I’m originally from Wilmington, Delaware and went home for Mother’s Day weekend. Since my sister now lives in Baltimore, Saturday we spent the day with her in the Inner Harbor. While you may have seen lots of riots and chaos in the news lately, there’s a side of Baltimore that you didn’t see. I absolutely love strolling around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and seeing all of the beautiful boats go by. It’s totally worth a visit, especially for the aquarium. Here I am (above and to the left) with my mom and sister in the Inner Harbor.

Baltimore Maryland

See what I mean?

Baltimore Maryland Inner Harbor

How about now?

brunch cocktails mimosas

The next day, we treated Mom to a classic Mother’s Day brunch.

how to make a pie

And celebrated my cousin’s 21st birthday with a pie.

I hope your Mother’s Day was as wonderful as mine!

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