December 18, 2014

Neckline Cheat Sheet

Sometimes the hardest part about accessorizing is finding a necklace that looks good with your shirts neckline. We are all guilty of trying out at least 3 or 4 necklaces before we actually figure out which one to wear (somehow it always ends up being that first one you tried on). Above is a little cheat sheet for you when you don't know which kind of necklace to wear!

1. Wear long necklaces or pendants for a turtleneck sweater to draw the eye up and down.

2. Crew necks are perfectly suited for people with longer necks. Bib or collar necklaces are great for this neckline.

3. For halter tops wear a long dainty pendant. This is a suitable style for people with broader shoulders.

4. Boatneck shirts bring definition to the shoulder line. Longer necklaces help lengthen the neckline.

5. For scoop neck lines pair a statement necklace with it. This works really well for people with shorter necks.

6. Pair a bold collar necklace with a strapless top for some added edge. This is perfect for people with smaller chests.

7. To lengthen your top half pair a v neck top with a triangular pendant necklace to match the neckline.

8.Wear a dainty pendant with a button up top to add some flare but not overpower the shirt. 

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December 1, 2014

Holiday Helper - As Seen In The Press

Need a killer party outfit? Sandy Hapoienu helps you shop in your closet. Or, she'll hit the stores to find that perfect little black dress, instead. The Waccabuc stylist, who runs Styling Session, has worked with Bloomingdales, Ann Klein, Vogue and Vanity Fair. -Cathy Pinsky
What they do: Worried about what to wear - or what not to wear - to all those festive get-togethers? Waccabuc's Sandy Hapoienu, a longtime stylist who's worked with Bloomingdales, Anne Klein, Vogue and Vanity Fair, can help you look fabulous from head to toe. 
She'll come over to edit your closet, offering suggestions now hat items to keep, toss or have altered. "People emotionally shop for things, or buy things that are not for their body type and don't fit them well," says Hapoienu. For special events like a holiday bash, she can pull together an outfit form your own wardrobe - hey, I never knew what to pair with those tuxedo pants! - or go shopping to pick out a dress that's perfectly flattering.

Benefits over doing it yourself: What woman hasn't looked at a closet full of clothes and felt like she has nothing to put on? With Hapoienu's help, she promises that you'll look more polished - and everyone at those parties will notice. "I guarantee they'll feel better about themselves and get compliments galore," she says. 

Details: Hapoienu describes her business, Styling Session, as a "one-stop resource" for any style needs, from personal shopping, wardrobe building and makeovers to fashion shows, photo shoots and corporate professional presence training. Contact her for your free consultation or to buy a gift certificate at

As seen in The Journal News written by Heather Salerno

November 24, 2014

Dream A Little Dream

As an educator and a former editor, now fashion blogger and stylist; I research and I dream and then I react.

When you have a vision and are building your empire, business will come. Well a girls gotta dream right? As an entrepreneur, it is all about when to take the next step and questioning what exactly that step should be. I can literally and pretty much do already live a life, gathering information through tweet chats, webinars, summits and online conferences. But I need to get out of my bunny slippers and pjs and away from my computer and start setting these power meetings up. If I want to make it big I need to start with a fabulous work space.

I started thinking about who I would want to have on my dream team and I have come up with quite an impressive list. First, I would have my advisory board which would include..

Mario Testino

A fashion photographer, who's work has been shown in Vogue and Vanity Fair. Princess Diana chose him to work on her 1997 Vanity Fair photoshoot.

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Who wouldn't want Mario on their advisory board? He has taken the most beautiful photographs of the most influential fashion icons. Not only would I love to style for him, but if I'm going to fantasize I would also love to call him to shoot my Christmas card photo. 

Olivia Palermo

Olivia is an American Socialite and fashion blogger with an incredible eye for style. 

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Olivia would be on my team solely for the fact that I would want to see what she's wearing every single day. She always looks so fabulous. Maybe her cute hubby will come by once in a while to pick her up and I could take a selfie with him.

Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabby is a motivational speaker, author and mentor. She founded and is considered to be the guru of this generation.

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I love Gabby's spirituality and would enjoy starting my day with a yoga class every morning. All my fellow entrepreneurs out there can fully understand how important it is to stay centered and focused.

Anna Wintour

Anna has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988. She has an eye for fashion trends and is supportive of young designers.

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To rub elbows with Anna Wintour would be an honor. She was one of the first to come to mind, especially as my creative director. 

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah is an actress, producer and shoe designer. She is well known for her part in Sex and the City. 

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Sarah is so cool and I would love to get some inspiration from her. Maybe I could even channel Carrie Bradshaw to write some blog posts.

Natalie MacNeil 

Natalie is an EMMY Award winning media entrepreneur who conquers the world.

 I would love to have Natalie by my side. She would be an excellent life coach and I would appreciate having her marketing expertise for my business. I recently enjoyed a 9 week conquer summit and I have gotten so much information out of it. I can’t even imagine if I had total access to this wealth of information.

If I was to pick my favorite designers to collaborate with for a clothing line here is who I would pick..

Hats: I would go to Maison Michel and hire Laetitia Crahay to produce my hat line.
Jewelry: I would pick Eddie Borgo because he is, as far as I'm concerned, one of the hottest new jewelry designers out there.


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I would combine the designers from the following companies for the following reasons..

Bruno Cuccinolli - simple and luxurious
DVF - prints
 Missoni - knits
Chanel - classic Chanel 
The Kooples - edgy and fresh


Stuart Weitzman
Christian Louboutin
Rene Caovilla


Alexander Wang 

If only I could make this dream team a reality, we could build the biggest fashion empire anyone has ever seen!

Who would your dream team consist of?

If you want to see my reality check out my services here

November 20, 2014

Neiman Marcus Fall/Winter Trends

Recently, I was privileged to attend the Fall/Winter fashion show at the White Plains, NY Neiman Marcus; highlighting one of my fashion favorites - accessories! I was accompanied by my intern Caroline Rogers and we went to work snapping photos and taking notes. The show was hosted by Ana Maria Pimental NM Accessories Fashion Director and Abigale Levinson Fashion stylist. Here are the big take-a-ways (literally)(I want it all).
First, there were running themes throughout the show, color themes such as grey, reds, greens and blues; emphasis on the clutch, bucket bag, booties, statement necklace, and anything with shimmer, global influence and fringe.

Gray Matters

Saint Laurent Bag

Nancy Gonzalez Bag


 Burberry Poncho

Valentino Bag

Gucci Bag

Oscar de la Renta Earrings
Prada Bag

Global Chic

Valentino Sneakers

Shimmer Time

Alice + Olivia Jacket

Edie Parker Clutch

Chanel Bag

Bucket Bags

Nancy Gonzalez Bag 

Saint Laurent Bag

Prada Bag


A few new accessory pieces in your wardrobe each season can update your look. A couple of things that stood out to me is fringe on everything from skirts to shoes to bags. The clutch has become very important and it is definitely a day staple that brings you right into the evening. How cute is the Alexander Wang bag with the mirror, great to have before a selfie and also wonderful for a girl on the go. Another great tip is to mix it up, put your florals with studs, gowns with boots, and sparkly jackets with menswear. I added the Louboutin display because we can't forget that nail polish is now considered a fashion accessory, so go crazy, mix it up and pick a pop of color! 

 Alexander McQueen Clutch

Alexander Wang Bag

Rene Caovilla Combat Boots