I Went Shopping with a Personal Stylist and It Was the Best Decision Ever post image

I was once the queen of the classic closet-full-of-clothes-and-nothing-to-wear predicament that every girl knows all too well. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember. I spent all of my preteen and teen years organizing and reorganizing my overstuffed closet and dresser. I had so many clothes that I couldn’t seem to find space to fit them all, yet it always felt like I had absolutely nothing to wear. This followed me into adulthood, and the solution always seemed to be shopping. So I would go out, buy a few new things, and have a few new outfits for a while, but then the cycle would begin again—I would get bored of everything and never seemed to have anything to wear!

Lately this problem hit an all-time high, I think in part because I lost a significant amount of weight over the last year. That, combined with the fact that I entered my 30s this year and am getting married very soon, has caused my style to change, and the items I used to love aren’t appealing to me anymore.

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A Worthy Investment: Asymmetrical Hem Skirt post image

If you’re looking to update your date night wardrobe, there’s only one piece you need this season to get your guy’s head turning – the asymmetrical hem skirt.  The modern mini, and even some midi, has gotten a sexy update it’s a look you don’t want to pass up.

This style skirt comes in a multitude of lengths and styles so there’s one out there for everyone. If you’ve been looking for a way to amp up your skirt collection then take a look at these amazing options of one of the season’s hottest trends.

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Trend to Try: The Short Suit post image

Spring is officially upon us, which means warmer weather and, inevitably, shorter bottoms!  And what do you know – one of spring’s hottest trends embraces those short bottoms and turns it into a chic staples.  Yes, ladies, the short suit is here and everywhere!  Bold prints, bright colors, chic neutrals – so many styles and options to get your hands on to embrace one of the season’s biggest looks.

Here are 5 fantastic options to get you started:

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Shade to Crave: Pretty Pastels post image

Shade to Crave: Pretty Pastels


Pretty pastels are showing they have some serious staying power this spring, popping up just about everywhere you turn.  I was a huge fan of this look last year, and still am, so I’m excited to see these pretty hues back in full force. This year’s looks are just as feminine as last, but look out for some edgier twists on this girly look, too.

Here are 10 awesome pieces to get you looking like a pastel pro:

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ANM Must-Have: Resort Pieces For Now And Later post image

Right around this time of the season is when vacations are on the agenda, last minute warm weather getaways are booked, and thoughts of basking in the sun takes your mind far away from the bitter cold you’re living in now.  And nothing is more fun than shopping for new items to wear on this vaca because that means putting away those bulky winter layers and trading up for flowy, lightweight pieces in fun, bold prints and colors.

One downfall – buying these pieces and not being able to wear them until the weather changes.  But don’t fret – you can totally rock these looks when you step back into reality and work them well into your current cold weather wardrobe.

Here are 10 resort pieces to buy now, wear on the beach, and back at home: [continue reading…]

Featured Links from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

Wearing a Low-Cut Top Can Ruin Your Career, Study Says– StyleList

Fashion Inspiration: Celebrity Street Style– iVillage

Holiday Dresses Under $100– The Frisky

Best Places to Shop for Fashion Online– Fashionista

Festive Holiday Hair Accessories– Daily Candy

The BEST Black Friday Deals for 2010 post image

Aeropostale – Black Friday Aeropostale 50-70% Off + Free Shipping on $75 + Free Bear With $100

Allsaints US – 25% off all items from Thursday, November 25th to Sunday, December 6th!

Anne Klein – Free Shipping on Everything for A Limited Time Only! Ends 12/22/2010. This offer runs from November 25, 12:00 am – December 22, 11:59 pm ET.

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ANM Video: How to Shop What You’ve Already Got post image

The whole ‘closet full of clothes and nothing to wear’ dilemma is one I’m intimately familiar with. As of late, my solution has been to go out and buy more clothes to fill the supposed void. However, that doesn’t solve anything and day after day I find myself staring into the depths of my overstuffed closet and bemoaning my lack of choices. Another problem I have is that I have some seriously stellar vintage pieces that I couldn’t pass up even though I have no freakin’ clue how to wear them.

To solve wardrobe issues,  I solicited the help of my good friend and go-t0 vintage guru, Sammy Davis. Sammy’s sense of style and ability to take the most retro pieces and make them modern and impossibly hip is a skill seldom seen- this girl is without a doubt the most stylish person I know. In the video above, Sammy and I go rifling through my closet to find new ways to wear some tricky pieces.

For more of Sammy’s amazing style advice and inspirational words of wisdom, visit her website- sammydvintage.com and check out her YouTube Channel.

Featured Links from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

Gorgeous Vintage Dresses for FREE– Sammy Davis Vintage

Fun Tights for Fall– StyleList

Shop What You’ve Got: How to Make the Most of What’s Already in your Closet
– The Frisky

Top 5 Celebrity Hairstyle Trends to Try–  College Fashion

100 Fall Fashion Finds Under $100– Vogue

Look We Love: Schoolgirl-Chic post image

Look We Love: Schoolgirl-Chic


School is back in session. Whether you’ve been hitting the books this fall or not, you can still incorporate a little schoolgirl chic into your look. Classic schoolgirl staples (pleated skirts, button down cardigans, knee-socks, blazers, etc) make excellent additions to any fall wardrobe and add a bit of sophistication with a playful spirit, depending on how you style the look (you definitely do NOT want to look like you’re channeling Britney Spears circa …Baby One More Time).

If you’re dubious about the concept of borrowing from the schoolgirls, just look at Alexander Wang’s Fall 2010 collection which demonstrated that smart staples like pinstriped separates, thigh-highs and backpacks can be sexy, avant-garde and grown-up.  And then there’s fashion muse extraordinary Alexa Chung who is renowned for her preppy style that blends school-girl sweetness with and edgy street-chic sensibility.

Yes, school-girl staples can be both sophisticated, sexy and sharp, so why not invest in a few this fall?

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Featured Links from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

10 Things He’s Thinking About Your Clothes– Glamour

How to Mix and Match Fall Jewelry– StyleList

The 10 best Dresses of the Decade-InStyle

4 Fashion Experiments We Can Get Behind– Refinery29

10 crazy Paris Fashion Week Looks– The Frisky

Featured Articles from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

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Fashion’s Night Out: The Show Stages Runway Spectacular in NYC– StyleList

Fall Trends Guys Just Don’t Understand– Daily Candy

10 Ways to Achieve Fall’s Military Trend– FabSugar

How to Wear Clogs– College Fashion

10 Fall 2010 Trends We Loved At New York Fashion Week– refinery29

Featured Articles From the Fashion Blogosphere post image

Bedbugs on Clothing: How to Spot ‘Em and What to Do– StyleList

100 Reasons to Get Excited for Fall– The Cut

Rebecca Minkoff Adds More Cool to Her Collection With Footwear– Fabsugar

Fall’s 7 Best Denim Trends– Refinery29

Fashion Favorite: Cross Body Bags
– College Fashion

30 Summer Fashion Finds Under $30 post image

It’s hard to believe we’re in the summer home stretch with only one month of summer left and maybe an additional month of warm weather if we’re lucky. At this stage in the game, you may be getting sick of your summer wardrobe and craving a few new pieces to carry you through. Or you may have some special events lined up for August- music festivals, trips, parties, etc. Now is the time to squeeze in every last bit of fun in the sun.

Splurging on summer clothing would be silly at this stage in the game. And fortunately, there are plenty of cute summer pieces out there at amazing prices which will help anchor your wardrobe.

Read on for 30 amazing fashion finds under $30!

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Featured Articles from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

How to Dress Like A Hipster (and Ditch a One-Night Stand Like One)– Lemondrop

How to Rock Your Boyfriend’s Shirt– Refinery29

Fab Exclusive: Erin Wasson Says Ditch Trends, Stick to your Signature Style– FabSugar

Outfits Under $100: 3 Looks for a Summer Music Festival– College Fashion

Camouflage Mid-Summer Weight Gain: 9 Shirts To Hide Your Tummy– SheFinds

Celeb Style Inspiration: Kate Bosworth post image

It can be difficult to look put-together during the sweltering summer months. If I had to pick one summer style muse, it would be Kate Bosworth. Kate’s style is effortless, airy, and laid-back. Rather than selecting statement-making pieces, she prefers to mix and match simple summer basics for a signature style that is always on point but still accessible.

Kate’s summer wardrobe is made up of lots of neutrals, soft prints, ethereal dresses, boho tops, and relaxed-fitting cargos and cut-offs, all of which are highly versatile pieces that can be used to create endless summer ensembles.

Rather than recreating her exact outfits, like we often do in our celeb style inspiration posts, I decided to round up a selection of pieces that could easily fit right into Kate’s wardrobe, if they don’t already.

Read on for our Kate-inspired finds! [continue reading…]

Exposed Lingerie: Sexy or Skanky? post image

In this sweltering heat, going out wearing a bra as a top can be quite tempting. And you wouldn’t be totally nuts for doing so- exposed lingerie is quite the trend right now. There have been several occasions where I almost left the house wearing nothing but a bra under some of my sheer tops but i always chicken out when my hand hits the door-knob, run back to my room, and layer a cami under said top. I mean I loved the way the exposed-lingerie trend looked on the Spring/Summer 2010 runways and think that style mavens like Leighton Meester, Chloe Sevigny, and Zoe Saldana all rocked the look in classy ways, but I still have my hesitations.

What do you all think about exposed underpinnings: Is it sexy or skanky?

Trend to Rediscover: Tie Dye post image

Trend to Rediscover: Tie Dye


Nothing captures the spirit of summer quite like tie-dye. It’s fun, carefree, playful, and fortunately, no longer embarassingly retro. That’s right, tie-dye is back in all its boho glory summoning that familiar hippie peace and love spirit with a modern twist.

From dresses to shorts to skirts to tanks, a touch of tie-dye makes any piece just a bit cooler. Read on for my top tie-dye finds! [continue reading…]

Featured Articles from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

All American Thrift: How to Mix 8 Goodwill Finds for 8 Distinct 4th of July Looks– Sammy Davis Vintage

Sneak Peek! Topshop’s Cozy, Sexy, Cool Autumn/Winter ’10– FabSugar

Testing the Over-the-Top Hat Trend in New York City– StyleList

Style Tips for Hotter-Than-Hell Days
– Refinery29

Take a Peek at Madonna and Lola’s New Line– Coutorture

Featured Articles from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

Patricia Field Dishes on Sex and the City 2 Wardrobe– FabSugar

15 Summer Sun Hats For Snagging Some Shade– Refinery29

Margherita Missoni’s Fashionable Friends Inspire Her First Handbag Collection– Coutorture

Musical Muses: Fashion Inspired by Coldplay– College Fashion

Steve Madden Recruits MTV to Find New Hire– Second City Style

ANM Lust-Haves and Must-Haves post image

ANM Lust-Haves and Must-Haves


My life is heavily saturated with beauty and fashion. From spending hours on end perusing the merchandise on e-shopping sites, attending previews and beauty launches, being flooded with press releases, there is a lot out there to sift through.

Through my efforts, I often come across items that fill me with lust and items that are so amazing and useful that they have been deemed musts. I can’t always include these items in specific stories I’m working on so I’ve devised a new way to share my amazing finds: a regular lust-haves and must-haves post!

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Trend to Try: Peek-A-Boo Flesh post image

Trend to Try: Peek-A-Boo Flesh


Everyones favorite childhood game has grown up and been reinterpreted into one majorly sexy fashion trend: Peek-a-boo flesh. Flashes of skin was a recurring theme on the Spring 2010 runways- cut-outs, lace and mesh insets, slits, shredding, holes- designers pulled out all the stops this season to give a little peak at what’s underneath. This style can be a little intimidating, so only expose as much as you’re comfortable with. My rule of thumb: enough to entice, not enough to appall.

A bit of peek-a-boo can update anything from a basic LBD to a simple tank and infuses a fun, unexpected, fashion-forward edge. Of course, make sure to offset the sexiness of extra exposure by lowering the volume on the rest of your ensemble. Think simple shoes, less flashy accessories, minimal makeup. Removing the excess glitz will keep your look classy, but still sexy, a winning combo if there ever was one!

Read on for my top peek-a-boo picks! [continue reading…]

Wardrobe Must: A Sexy LRD (Little Red Dress) post image

Bill Blass once said: “When in doubt, wear red,” a sentiment which I fully stand behind! Red definitely has a leg up on black, everyone’s favorite go-to, when it comes to the standout sex appeal and the va va voom factor. I really believe that it’s impossible for anyone not to look, and feel, sexy in red. It’s definitely one of those shades guaranteed to get heads turning but it can also be a little intimidating to wear.

Since red is such an inherently sexy shade, it’s important to look for styles that are slightly more on the conservative side. Anything too short or low-cut and you run the risk of looking cheap, definitely something to avoid at all costs! A perfect example is Emmy Rossum, pictured above wearing Donna Karan. The slouchy silhouette of the dress offset the striking-ness of the color for a style that was sexy, but still fuss-free and relaxed. Diane Kruger’s sheer red Calvin Klein dress was definitely a head-turner, but the knee-length cut of the dress kept it from being too vampy (not that she could look anything less than perfect!). The point is, this color is one that should be embraced and not feared because it looks spectacular when done right.
Every gal needs at least one LRD in her closet and I’ve rounded up 10 fabulous ones to choose from! [continue reading…]

Coachella Recap: Top Styles and Tunes post image

As I mentioned last week, I was given the incredible opportunity to attend Coachella thanks to Amex- (I’m one of the bloggers on their advisory board for the new Zync card and they had a booth set up in the vip area to introduce people to the card). Coachella is famous not only for their consistently incredible lineup, but for attracting some of the most stylish people from near and far. Being surrounded by my two greatest loves- music and fashion- for three days strait was my nirvana. And then getting VIP access and an air conditioned Amex booth with musicians coming and going for interviews all day just orbited the experience to a whole new level.

I would be remiss if I didn’t share my first Coachella experience, so read on for my show highlights and roundup of he key festival trends.
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Crop Tops: Love Or Loathe?


The crop-top seemed destined to be filed under the “what was I thinking” category along with many other other impossible to understand or explain styles of the 90’s. However, much to the chagrin or many, crop tops made a valiant return for Spring 2010 as seen on the influential runways of labels such as Twenty8Twelve, Alexander Wang, Erin Wasson x RVCA, Thakoon, and more.

And this trend got even stronger for Fall 2010, appearing on the runways of fashion heavyweights such as Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, and Missoni. So has the crop-top been given an unjustly harsh rep? Is there something fabulous about it that we’ve all been missing? On the one hand, this trend will definitely motivate you to stay in shape. On the other, would anyone, save for the cast of the Jersey Shore, really go out in public with your midriff showing?

Vote now and let us know what you think!

Top 5 Springtime Must-Haves post image

Top 5 Springtime Must-Haves


Spring is in full swing. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and angry cold-weather induced scowls have softened into smiles for all. The only thing missing? Some new pieces to go with this new season.

I like to invest in a few key pieces when the seasons change. The emphasis here is on the word key and it’s important to chose items that you will get the most mileage out of it. Ones that will work with that you’ve already got and enhance your wardrobe.

Read on for my top 5 springtime must-haves! [continue reading…]

Featured Links from the Fashion Blogoshere post image

10 New Online Stores To Shop Now– Refinery29

The Complete Zac Posen for Target Collection With Prices– The Cut

Bonnie & Clyde, And The Films That Inspire Our Real Life Wardrobes– Fashionista

Before & After: Stylists Rescued These Fashion Icons From A Lifetime Of Bad Outfits -SheFinds

$50 & Under: Pretty Tough Jewelry– Slaves To Fashion

Shade to Crave: Yellow post image

Shade to Crave: Yellow


Spring releases a fun and exuberant vibe into the air and no shade will get you in the swing or spring like yellow. I’ll admit that I only recently became a yellow-proponent; it really coincided with my new-found sense of color adventurousness. There is something unexpected about yellow for some reason.  It’s definitely not a shade you will run into all that often while walking down the street, but that’s what makes it fun, so why not go for it!

Yellow can be anything from classy to whimsical, feminine to funky, and everything in between. Just look at the celebrities pictured above- all of whom are sporting shades of yellow interpreted differently for styles that range from ultra-femme like Lauren Conrad wearing a Plastic Island coat, to boho like Molly Sims in Calvin Klein, to sexy, like Leighton Meester, who teamed a yellow ruffled Nina Ricci dress with killer lace up booties by Derek Lam.

So what are the do’s and don’ts of wearing yellow? Well first I would advise against pairing yellow, especially bright yellow, with black, that’s just way too bumble bee. There are some exceptions, but overall this is a rule.Yellow will always work with jeans- any wash, really. Yellow, especially neon, also looks amazing when set against nude and neutral shades.

Read on for some yellow pieces guaranteed to spruce up your wardrobe! [continue reading…]

Born in the 80s, Made in the 90s: Your Favorite 90’s Styles as Inspired by Your Favorite TV Shows & Movies post image

When we rang in 2010 three months ago, the first thing on my mind – besides my looming New Year’s resolutions – was the fact that with the dawn of a new decade arrived the dawn of a new vintage one, too: the 1990s.

Many of us were toddlers of the 80’s, meaning our formative years were spent playing Skip It and sipping Hi-C boxes in the last decade of the millennium. Some of our most personal childhood memories are marked by this decade – not to mention the television shows we grew up watching that influenced the style and slang of our generation.

I admit it: vintage of the 90s is hard to love. The most memorable styles haven’t made a return to mainstream trends, at least by today’s standards. 90s style was varied: Girls rocked anything from baggy Mickey Mouse shirts and stonewash denim (think TLC) to full-body cat suits and fanny packs (think House Party or Boyz in the Hood) to schoolgirl skirts, knee highs and Mary Janes (think Clueless).

But like any era, the few standout pieces are gems, and definitely deserving of a place in your 2010 wardrobe. Here are a few of my favorite 90s TV show or movie-inspired vintage pieces that I promise you’ll learn to love (or laugh at!) all over again. [continue reading…]

How to Look Good in Photographs– StyleList

Gutter Lane Style: How to Look Feminine While Bowling– Sammy Davis Vintage

Lauren Ralph Lauren Virtually brings the Runway to the Web– Second City Style

Gisele Shares her Post-Baby Body and Son Benjamin with Vogue– Pop Sugar

Paris Fashion Week Top Ten– Fashionista

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