July 24, 2014

How To Dress For Your Body Type




The best thing that you can do for yourself is to dress for your body type. Here is the quickest and best fashion advice you'll ever get!

 Inverted Triangle Body Type 

Large bust, waist is not well defined, body shape narrows through the hips and legs.

TIP: The key to dressing for this shape is to define the waist and add volume to the bottom half to add proportion. Look for halter, strapless or sleeveless on top and a-line or full skirts for the bottom. Legs are probably your best asset so show them off!

Pear Shape Body Type

Hips are larger than the bust. Extra weight is usually carried in the thigh area. The waist slopes out to the hips.

TIP:  Add volume to your shoulders and bust to create balance. Ruffles or embellishments on neckline or straps will raw the attention upward. Look for tops that give a waistline - it's probably your best asset.

Oval Shape Body Type 

A large bust, thick waistline and large hips.

TIP: Look for tops that create a waistline and bottoms with a little volume to help proportion the mid section. Empire waist dresses are a good option. It draws attention to the upper body and flows down on the lower half. Look for V-neck and a-line skirts. Your legs are probably your best assets, but don't go too short on length. 

Hourglass Body Type

Curves of this shape is defined by it's smaller waist.  Full hips and thighs and a medium to large bust.

TIP: If you are in this category you want to follow your proportion and maintain balance. Accent your waist by adding a belt. A wrap dress emphasizes your narrow mid section and your curves without making you look vampy. Feel free to play with skirt lengths. Your wast and your legs are probably your best asset. 

Straight Body Type

Bust and hips are basically the same size. The waist is slightly smaller. 

TIP: The key is to create definition. Prints, design details i.e ruching, wide collars, fabrics with a sheen, and embellishments will all add the illusion of volume. Look for form fitting clothing. Belts are your friends!

Feel free to contact me with any questions at stylingsession@gmail.com or leave a comment below! 

July 7, 2014

Party Planning With David Tutera





 I have been a fan of David Tutera since the year 2000 when I was lucky enough to attend an all out New Years Eve party at a beautiful home in Bedford, N.Y. I really didn't know what to expect but I knew that it would be amazing from the information provided on the invitation! It was spectacular, a perfect balance of decadence decor (literally a transformation), 80's entertainment (flown in from Vegas), and off the charts food! Once you top it off with the chic friends, dancing and great New Years vibes the evening was nothing short of orchestrated perfection! A few years ago, I included David  in a Weddings Magazine article and was curious to see what he was up to now...
What's your newest venture? 
I am so, so excited for the premiere of my newest show, "David Tutera's CELEBrations," which will take viewers behind the scenes with my team and I planning over-the-top events for my Hollywood clients--Make sure you tune in on Friday, August 1 at 9pm|8pm C on WeTV.

For an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming season, check out WeTV.com <http://WeTV.com>  or



What's the newest trends in Weddings? 

One of the biggest trends we've seen recently is this focus on nature and organic elements. I love the look of mixing natural elements with more elegant settings, or vice versa. For example, a stunning and formal ballroom is softened by incorporating centerpieces made up mostly of wildflowers accented with lots of greenery and branches. This trend is also making its way into fashion, with softer more feminine fabrics, and food, with locally sourced farm-to-table menus. Pale lavender, soft peach, and mint green will be the next colors incorporated into these organic feeling weddings, rather than the grassy green and ivory we've been seeing.


What is your favorite type of party to plan? 

I love planning all types of parties, but I think I'd have to say that my favorite is a wedding! It's the most important day in the couple's life and there are so many special moments and elements to focus on getting just right. I also love incorporating the bride's and groom's personalities into every aspect to truly make it an individualized and unique experience. 



What kind of parties do you throw when you entertain in your home? 

This greatly depends on the occasion! If it's something big, like my daughter's 1st Birthday, I like for the environment of the party to reflect the importance of the occasion. We went all out for her 'Cielo in One-derland' bash, with themed characters, custom chair backs, and an overabundance of huge balloons and beach balls creating a whimsical feeling! If I'm planning a small dinner party with friends, it's all about the little details. I'll focus just on beautiful place cards, a unique and thoughtful menu that coordinates with the event, and special favors for each of my guests.


What advice would you give someone to save money on decor for throwing a
party? 

If you're looking to save money on your event, DIY'ing some of your decor elements is the best way to go about it. My Down the Aisle in Style craft collections have some great tools and products to help you do this! By creating a custom banner, hanging paper lanterns from the ceiling, and embellishing simple candle holders and frames with rhinestones or pearls,

you can quickly, easily, and inexpensively make a big impact. Fortunately for the bride on a budget, DIY is really "in" right now! 


What is the most important hostess rules for throwing a party?  

The most important thing to remember when hosting a party is to make sure that the focus stays on the comfort and happiness of your guests. You should be cognizant of this when considering when and where your party will take place, planning your menu, and choosing decor and seating. This may mean remembering to provide shawls or blankets for an outdoor event that will run into the evening or offering a vegetarian meal option no matter how big or small the menu. The success of an event is always measured by how much your guests enjoyed themselves!

What are some great hostess gifts? 

I always like to give hostess gifts that are really unique to the person or event. Instead of just bringing a bottle of wine to dinner, I'll also include a wedge of cheese that is a perfect pairing and a beautiful cheese board and knife. If I'm going to be an overnight guest, I love to bring a basket full of bagels and a variety of specialty cream cheese and butter for the next morning. One of my other favorite hostess gifts to bring is designer dish soap, fancy rubber gloves, and a unique pair of dish towels. A hostess gift should be all about making your hostess' job easier, whether during or after the party!


Is it still fashionable to do old traditions (throwing the garter, the
bouquet) ? 

I don't believe in things being "fashionable" or not. Incorporating traditions like the bouquet or garter toss into your wedding reception can be a fun addition, but if it doesn't feel like "you" then don't think twice about skipping it! 


You're in a party planning business, how do you feel about going to parties.
Do you like attending them? 

I like going to parties and seeing what other people have come up with. It's also nice to be able to step out of my normal role of planner and be a guest sometimes. I got into this industry because I love a good celebration, whether or not I planned it!


What is your favorite venue to throw a party in NYC? 

There are so many venues in NYC, it's hard to pick just one! I recently did a stunning wedding at the iconic Plaza Hotel, and it's definitely high on my list. The classic ambiance lends itself perfectly to an over-the-top and romantic event that your guests will never forget. Depending on your wedding day style, the type of event, and your budget, there are many different ways you could go. 

June 26, 2014

Dressed To Perfection With Carmen Marc Valvo


Carmen Marc Valvo's designs conjure thoughts of timeless glamor, elegance and sophistication. I have always admired the way his collection fits a woman's body and how it makes her feel. As a stylist, the Port Chester native is one of my go-to designers for a special-occasion dress.

So I felt privileged to get a behind-the-scenes peek at his fall couture collection during New York's Fashion Week. The lavish presentation highlighted the extraordinary craftsmanship and painstaking handiwork that place Carmen Marc Valvo Couture in a league of its own. 

But Carmen is not only a master of his craft. He's a humanitarian dedicated to the awareness of colon cancer through his support for the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance. The launch of his new book, "Dressed to Perfection: The Art of Dressing For Your Red Carpet Moments" (Rizzoli), followed the fashion show, and I got the chance to speak to him on an informal basis. All I can say is I don't know what is more beautiful, the clothes or the man. Carmen's charming personality made me feel like I was the only person in the room:

How do you get ready for Fashion Week?

"Even though I exercise regularly about a month before Fashion Week, I go on a serious exercise regime, often biking 40 miles a day. This helps me stay focused."

What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?

"The best advice for aspiring fashion designers is to also have a sound understanding of math. Also, very important is to really concentrate in areas regarding art history and architecture as well. These are the building blocks to create fabulous designs."

Where did you get your inspiration for the fall collection?

"My inspiration for fall 2011 came from the legendary ballerina (Anna) Pavlova. I wanted the collection to be light and airy with lots of movement."

What are your major trends for fall?

"Transparency, lace, chiffon, and fabulous furs."

You grew up in Westchester. What are your fondest memories of living in the county?

"I lived there until I was 19 and moved down to New York City. We lives in Port Chester and Rye. I loved the Westchester Country Club and Beach Club. My fondest memories were the times I spent at the Westchester Country Club. I sang a solo when I was 8 years old in the Big Little Show. Now in my spare time, I love to garden, meditate and do The New York Times crossword puzzles."

You have a new book called "Dressed to Perfection." What inspired you to write it?

"Over the course of my career, I spent many occasions meeting with my customers across the country. I was always very surprised to see how intimidating preparing for a special occasion could be for many. I wanted to write a book to empower women and to assist them in making better choices for their red-carpet moments, whether it's a wedding, bar mitzvah or a divorce party."


June 18, 2014

Getting Waisted


I think getting waisted is having a moment - that is with belts haha. I can see why, it's a great way to create an hourglass shape or jazz up an outfit. You can't go wrong with a chain, cutout, or embellished accessory! It is like adding jewelry to your outfit. Each belt has a different personality, you can add a cool edgy or classic look to your wardrobe. Whichever belt you pick, you will be instantly transformed from basic to fierce. Spice up a simple dress, a skirt or a pair of jeans to complete the look!

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June 11, 2014

Summer Travel Must Haves


With Summer here, these are some products that are a must have for every fashionista. Protect your skin, while looking great! Start with getting yourself a fabulous hat. It will protect you from the sun and make a bad hair day into a rad hair day! Next, is a must have tote. So many to chose from maybe my next blog post will be about totes. Oh so necessary for the rest of your skin protection and of course don't forget a book for the beach.


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May 13, 2014

Going Nude: Beauty


Going nude with your beauty choices doesn't always mean no makeup. You can look polished and put together with neutral colors for eye shadow, powder, highlight, blush, bronzer, and lipstick.

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May 5, 2014

Going Nude: Nail Polishes



It's not what you think, going nude with your fashion and beauty choices are completely on trend. Nude nails are chic and are appropriate for any occasion.

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