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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How to Shop Your Mom’s Closet post image

Many of today’s trends are throwbacks to the times when our mothers were growing up so why not go shopping in the most unlikely of places … your mother’s closet!

Fortunately for me, and perhaps my wallet as well, my mother used to be a fashion designer.  She is also, pardon the pun, a “closet” hoarder… while she hasn’t been buried alive yet, if she keeps up it, ohhh boy, we are going to have problems in my house.  Over the years, my mother has stowed away an insane amount of her favorite pieces/random things from her wardrobe (a trait she picked up from my grandmother who is also a secret hoarder and the next stop on my closet shopping tour). I, being the nosy, loving, daughter, have a favorite past time of looking through her clothes from yesteryear (items which are distributed throughout not only my house, but my grandmother’s as well) and appropriating to myself her old things which, now are amazing vintage pieces.

When I was younger, my mom used to show me all of her favorite possessions, which included items with crazy prints, weird shapes, matching sets, and, yikes, SHOULDER PADS (one trend I will never understand or like). Not the savvy vintage shopper when I was young, I shunned these pieces, questioning my mother’s fashion sense for having ever worn these items in the first place. Now. however,  I see her closet as fertile buying opportunity, a place where I can add to my collection items that offer a unique take on today’s trends. The best part is that they are available to me alone (and perhaps the few people who kept them from years ago). What I realized was that today, in order to create looks which are wearable and trendy, you need to look past what is on the hanger and update your looks through tailoring, customizing, and styling.

I know not everyone has a mother who likes to hoard her most favorite designs and clothing purchases, even those that she wore years ago. Still, why not take a shot at shopping in your mother’s closet?  While you may come up zeroes, there is a chance you will be able to match today’s trends without putting a serious crimp on your bank account!!

Check below for some tips on how to shop in your mom’s closet and also check out my Spring/Summer 2011 finds in Gracielas’s (my mom’s) closet! [continue reading…]

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

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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ANM Event Calendar: Sammy Davis Vintage Style + Purpose Sale post image

WHO: Sammy Davis Vintage and Pink Brick House Media Agency

WHAT The Sammy Davis Vintage summer collection sale featuring the most flattering and contemporary styles in summer vintage fashion trends and accessories.

WHERE: 156 2nd Avenue Apt 6B (entrance on 10th Street)

WHEN: Saturday June 19th, 2pm-7pm

WHY: There will be wine, cupcakes, amazing women, and incredible fashion.

ANM Event Calendar: The John Frieda Style On Site Tour post image

WHO: John Frieda and BCBG.

WHAT: The John Frieda Style On Site Tour. The team is hitting the road (literally) making style accessible to real women everywhere with their mobile salon via a 10-city tour. Led by celebrity stylist Harry Josh (who works with some of the biggest names in the industry: Blake Lively, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gisele Bundchen, Amanda Seyfried, Ellen Pompeo), the John Frieda expert team will be providing complimentary 15-minute consultations and styling lessons to address every hair issue with targeted John Frieda solutions.

Following the hair session, visitors can complement their new style at the BCBG mini boutique where BCBG must-haves will be on display and fashionistas can log on to BCBG shopping kiosks and order style essentials for the season online with an exclusive John Frieda discount.

New York- April 27-29
Philadelphia – May 2-3
Atlanta – May 7-8
Miami – May 13-15
Houston – May 21-22
Los Angeles – May 28-30
San Francisco – June 3-4
Minneapolis – June 11-13
Chicago – June 17-19

*Consumers who can’t make it to the Style On Site Tour can still benefit from Harry Josh’s expert knowledge at home: while on tour, Josh will be giving women virtual transformations via Skype video sessions, allowing women nationwide to log on and experience his expertise from home. Select Skype sessions will also be posted on the John Frieda site, giving women everywhere access to Josh’s step-by-step tutorials.

For more info, visit johnfrieda.com/salontour2010

Featured Links from the Fashion Blogosphere post image

Elle’s Joe Zee, Kate Lanphear, and Anne Slowey Sound Off on Bloggers
– Fashionologie

Inspired by…Clueless– College Fashion

How-To: Shop and Wear Vintage
– FabSugar

Happy Anniversary: Dr. Martens Turns 50
– JC Report

Spring 2010 Trend: Socks and Stilettos
– Second City Style

ANM Event Calendar: Brooklyn Indie Market post image

Who: Emerging designers such as Kimmchi (silk screened women’s clothing and lingerie); Rebecca Shepherd (romantic adornments and floral design); Elements For Inspired Living (handcrafted decorative items for the home); Off The Matt (sensual yoga inspired bath and beauty products), and more.

What: The grand reopening of the Brooklyn Indie Market (BIM), a weekly weekend market showcasing some of the freshest names in jewelry, clothing, handbags, kidswear, bath, silk screened men’s t-shirts and product design.

When: April 3rd and 4th, Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 11-6

Where: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (under the red and white striped tent on Smith and Union Street)

For more info on the market, directions, and offerings visit brooklynindiemarket.com or call 718-753-2180

ANM Obsession: IM-HM.com, Our New Favorite Online Shopping Destination post image

Major shopping sites can be majorly overwhelming. Sure there are tons of amazing pieces, but it can take forever to click through page after page of merchandise in order to find what you want, I mean, who has that kind of time?

This is one reason I favor small e-boutiques when I need something fabulous. My newest go to is IM-HM.com (I Am High Maintenance), a small online boutique with a well-edited selection of pieces from premium designers such as Twenty8Twelve, Sass & Bide, Crispin & Basilio, Richard Nicoll, Joe’s Jeans and more.

While the selection is small, it’s still diverse and features everything from basic staples to avant-garde wow-inducers and I honestly love, and would wear, each and every item. Having a targeted selection also makes for a much more enjoyable, much less overwhelming and time-consuming shopping experience.

I could go on and on, but the proof is really in the pudding, or rather, the merchandise.

Read on for my top 10 favorite pieces and for an exclusive discount code for ANM readers. [continue reading…]

Holiday Mini Market Event- Two Days Only! post image

If you’re in New York City this weekend, head over to Williamsburg to check out the Holiday Mini Market brought to you by our favorite closet raiders: In Your Closet NYC & Sammy Davis Vintage, also featuring handmade funky jewelry by Kim Last Designs and delicious soy candles by Stephanie Sendaula of Bakeaholic.

You are guaranteed to find perfect holiday gifts for all your loved ones and – because of this pop-up market’s affordable prices – for yourself as well!

What’s a pop-up market, exactly? It’s a way for local, burgeoning artists and clothing curators to gather under one space to present you with a mini celebration and sale of art, fashion, and affordable prices.

Check out the Holiday Mini Market to experience the popularity of a pop-up sale for yourself.

WHEN: Saturday, December 12th & Sunday, December 13th (12pm-7pm)

WHERE: 103 Havemeyer Street (between Grand & Hope)

Weekend Links: This Week’s Top Fashion Stories post image

Alexander Wang: The Wang Factor– Vogue.co.uk
Alexander Wang talks muses, Marc Jacobs and making it in the fashion industry.

Yohji Yamamoto Files for Bankruptcy Protection
– wsj.com
Japanese fashion design firm Yohji Yamamoto Inc. said it had filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, marking the latest setback for high-end brands in Japan.

Celebrating a Lifetime of Tutus, Betsey Johnson Receives Medal of Honor– fashionwiredaily.com
Betsey Johnson receives the Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement by the National Arts Club.

Sportswear Carries Urgency of the Moment on Fashion Runways– nytimes.com
Designers return to sportswear in response to last year’s economic turmoil.

Think Pink– fashionweekdaily.com
Steve Sadove and Evelyn Lauder kick off the Key to the Cure shopping weekend at Saks

Get More Wear For Your Bucks: Tips to Be a Smarter Shopper post image

I recently did a major closet purged which made me realize that once upon a time, I was not a very smart shopper at all. Through the years I have acquired tons and tons of stuff but sadly, a huge portion of it remains untouched with the tags fully intact.

Some items don’t fit right, others just don’t fit me and my personal style. Other items fit right and speak to me, but just don’t look good with anything (not anything that I would actually wear anyway).

Being a smart shopper is such an essential tool and no matter what your budget, it will provide you with limitless wardrobe options.

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Shop the Looks at Style.com: From the Runway to your Closet post image

Style.com is without a doubt the ultimate online go-to guide for all things fashion related. They are known for their up-to-the-minute Fashion Week coverage and with their new Shop The Looks e-commerce initiative, you will not only have the chance to discover the current and upcoming trends, you can shop for them as well!

Each runway slide is tagged to correspond with one of the trends available in the Shop The Looks section (metallic, boho, goth, floral, etc. etc) . So let’s say you’re browsing through runway images and fall in love with a particular style, print, silhouette, theme, and so on (which happens to me quite often), well just click on the “Shop the Look” link and you will be taken to a page where you can browse through dozens of available styles that fit that particular trend.

Style.com has always been the first stop for fashionable consumers when planning their purchases. Shop the Looks now gives them immediate shopping gratification,” said Rachel Wintner, Associate Publisher of Style.com. “The editors of Style.com have vetted all looks, which provides a customized, well- edited shopping experience for the user. It also creates a unique opportunity for advertisers to reach that user.”

Shop The Looks can be accessed through any runway image on Style.com or from the Trends + Shopping section of the site: style.com/shop.

Use this new feature to shop for current trends or to get ahead of the curve by shopping for next seasons key styles. Either way, a more fabulous and fashionable you awaits!

Celebrate In Style With InStyle’s 15 For Fall post image

In honor of their 15th birthday, InStyle Magazine is giving everyone the chance to celebrate in style with their 15 For Fall promotion, offering amazing finds and exclusive deals.

The event features 27 fabulous fall collections for all budgets with an array of brands from Chloe to Express. And to help you put your most fashionable face forward this fall, InStyle editors handpicked their 15 favorite items from each.

Many of the participating sponsors are also offering exclusive deals and discounts. You can enjoy free shipping from Jimmy Choo and YSL, gift cards from Aveda and Ann Taylor, a complimentary facial from Shiseido, a free foundation from Smashbox, and much more!

No celebration is complete without a fabulous party or two which is why InStyle is also hosting several events around the country and everyone is invited! Check out the events page to RSVP.

And if all that wasn’t enough, you can also enter to win a $1000 shopping spree- there will be four very lucky winners!

Got an Iphone? Well then download the 15 for Fall app to browse this season’s most shop-worthy items wherever, whenever.

Happy shopping!

Get In On Gilt Group post image

Get In On Gilt Group

I absolutely love sample sales- designer items at massively slashed prices, well you’d be a fool NOT to love them! Sample sales do have there drawbacks, however- rearranging your schedule to try and get their first for first dibs, elbowing your way through throngs of people to find what you’re looking for, trying to navigate with piles of clothing on your arm. It can all get pretty hectic to say the least, which is why I have done away with the madness of going to these meccas on foot in favor of shopping from the comfort of my own home with sample sale sites like Gilt Group.

At Gilt Group, you gain access to exclusive designer items, from the super high-end stuff, think Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen, and Chloe to contemporary labels like Diane von Furstenberg, Vena Cava, Catherine Malandrino, etc., at massively reduced prices (I have a friend who snagged an Hervé Léger dress for $498 rather than the retail price of $1,250!) all from the comfort of your very own home. Gilt hosts new sales on accessories, clothing, and even beauty products daily featuring items which last as long as the items do, which isn’t very long considering how incredible the deals are!

If you haven’t already signed up, I think it’s safe to say that it’s time to get on that, like now! The site is invite only and we’re inviting you, so click here to join now!

And please report back to us on what items you snag, since we can’t afford to buy everything like we wish we could, we’ll have to settle for living vicariously through you!

Weekend Links: This Week’s Top Fashion Stories post image

Calling All Customers– wwd.com
A far-reaching consumer initiative to take place this fall is expected to be released sometime next week with NYC Mayor Bloomberg, Vogue’s Anna Wintour, designers, and retail executives providing a united front in an attempt to jump-start business.

A Menkes Honour Vogue.co.uk
IHT fashion reporter Suzy Menkes received an honorary doctorate given in recognition of her outstanding contribution to fashion journalism

Saks already selling Spring 2009 merchandise at 40% off; Barneys to follow suit next week
– fashionweekdaily.com
The concept of “breaking”–meaning the widespread discounting of merchandise on a seasonal timetable–is more critical than ever to the success of department-store retailers, which often compete to score spending dollars by marking down before its competitors.

Sites Let You Swap Till You Drop– wsj.com
A look at websites where you post pictures of items you no longer want, in hopes of trading them for stuff you do want.

Young women are embracing curves
– timesonline.co.uk
Young women, with role models like Peaches Geldof and Lily Allen, equate the half-starved look with their middle-aged mothers

Designer Finds at Discount Prices post image

Sales are very gal’s best friend and are a great way to get ahold of items from your favorite designers at much more wallet-friendly prices. As out Friday treat, we’re bringing you our favorite sale finds of the week. Happy shopping!

See all of this week’s finds after the jump!

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Exclusive Access to the StyleCaster Revolution! post image

StyleCaster has been getting tons of buzz for months now and I recently got the chance to get all the details first hand by meeting with the editors and playing around on this revolutionary new site- suffice to say I was instantly hooked!

StyleCaster is a new kind of interactive online fashion community where you can network with top editors, stylists and fellow fashion devotees, find out all the latest fashion and beauty news with premium original content and features pulled in from other sites, browse through amazing fashion picks, receive personalized styling tips, and gain inside access to the fashion world with exclusive video footage.

My favorite part is that the site provides daily weather forecasts and customized outfit suggestions to keep you chic and fabulous come rain or sun. The technology is designed to base recommendations on your personal taste so it’s kind of like having a personal shopper on call 24 hours a day!

StyleCaster is still in beta and not yet open to the public but a new mode readers can get in on the fun right now by clicking on this private VIP link. So join now and become a part of an exclusive community that all the cool kids are talking about.

I recently did some guest-styling so after signing up, check out my profile to see the fabulous looks I put together!

Top 5 Seasonal Splurges post image

Top 5 Seasonal Splurges

I, like many, am definitely feeling the economic pinch and have been forced to reassess the value of my purchases and discover the hidden virtues behind the concept of downsizing.

Now as an avid fashion fanatic who is constantly surrounded by amazing items and some of the best-dressed people ever, abstaining from the stores is downright TORTUROUS!

Every season I like to make a few key purchases, my anchor items if you will. In season’s past I was guilty of going beyond my rigid wishlist, but this time around I WILL show restraint by sticking to the items I know I need and forgoing the rest, because in truth, I have plenty of fabulous pieces to get me by and I know you do too. So after careful consideration, the following items are those I deemed worthy of the investment during this very woeful season.

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