Her catwalk is the sidewalk.
Her catwalk is the sidewalk.

Posts from — November 2009

Cyber Monday: The New Black (Friday)

Black Friday is just so…three days ago. I was greeted this morning with a handful of emails announcing special deals for Cyber Monday – and I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised! Retailers are doing their best to make it worth your while to shop online today so be sure to check out the fashion, beauty, and travel offerings out there. Shop from the comfort of your office or home office – not to mention there’s no crowds and no lines (or chance of picking that dreaded “slow line”).

Black Friday

Cyber Monday

Most sites are offering 20, 30, and even 40% off of regular and sale-priced items, as well as additional perks such as free shipping or other gifts if you purchase online today. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there so far this morning:

Ann Taylor Loft – 30% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping when you spend $100. Visit their Gifts under $50 section and start checking holiday gifts off your list.

Aveda – complimentary shipping for orders over $25 and choose 4 free samples.

Banana Republic, Gap, Piperlime, Old Navy & Athleta – today only, all 5 brands: 20% off everything, plus free shipping on any order. I just ordered some over-the knee warm lace-up boots from Old Navy.

Bath & Body Works – 25% off your entire order. Check out their $15 and under stocking stuffers.

Bloomingdales – you need to spend at least $250 to get $50 off today online.

Clinique – complimentary shipping with any $50 purchase and choose 2 free samples.

Forever 21 – free shipping – not too shabby when the clothes are a steal to begin with!

Lilly Pulitzer – free  shipping all day. Check the site for some supercute agendas that are “full of intricate die cuts and monthly surprises”.  I’ve already snatched one up in the pink monkey “Trouble” pattern

Papyrus – 25% off of everything and 20% off of custom printing today only. As if I need another excuse to buy some more pretty stationery!

South Moon Under – 20% off of everything and free shipping on orders over $50. Pretty sweet deal, considering everything in the store is so cute.

The Limited – 40% off of everything, free shipping, and to further sweeten the deal, receive an adorable ruffle scarf FREE when you make a minimum $50 purchase (while supplies last).

Starwood Hotels and Resort – all dressed up with nowhere to go? Starwood has a Cyber Monday sale, with discounts of up to 45 percent at dozens of hotels worldwide including the Westin St. John Resort and Villas (starting at $289) and the W Fort Lauderdale (starting at $229).

Other online stores such as Nordstrom, Anthropologie and J. Crew may not have a specific Cyber Monday deal but are still offering some type of free shipping or other discount during the holidays. For year-round discounts on quality merchandise, some favorite sites I recommend are Bluefly, invitation-only shopping boutique Rue La La, and Gilt Groupe.

Ok, you have until midnight, ladies! Happy Cyber Monday!

November 30, 2009   No Comments

How Do I Love Kate Spade? Let Me Count The Ways…

The whimsy! The creativity! The holiday sass! Kate’s got it in spades, so I’m raising a glass…

‘Twas the night before last, when all through the house
The only thing stirring was the click of my mouse.
Unable to sleep and needing something to do,
I started checking my email and scrolling through…

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a message from Kate Spade full of holiday cheer.
I clicked to her page and was tickled to see
The cutest holiday list in front of me!

<em/>20 reasons to love Kate Spade.

“Delight in the holiday spirit” the snappy site says,
Offering “20 ways to merry-make” in the festive days ahead:
From decking your heels and swinging from chandeliers,
To meeting your crush under the mistletoe this year.

Click on each picture to find a treat,
Like some pretty jeweled pumps to adorn those feet.
Channel your inner rockette with fab colorful tights,
And buy a pair of bright yellow mittens to help hail a taxi tonight!

The purpose of this list seems pretty clear-
(It’s no secret they’d like to sell you their cute festive gear).
They’re providing stylish tips for your merry-making, too-
So whether you just visit or buy is all up to you…

Black Friday sales are less than a week away – so get that gift list ready and check out KateSpade.com today!

This early holiday post was inspired by: the chic and classic creativity of Kate Spade designs; Channel 433 Seasonal Music television and 97.1 radio stations (now playing holiday music 24/7); my lucky lineage which includes festive forebear Clement C. Moore; and my love of both fashion and Christmas.

November 22, 2009   No Comments


This musing was inspired by my two lovely and fashionable friends, Mercedeh & Mojdeh. These girls put the Prrrrr in Persian!

If I had to choose one word to describe their style? Chic. They’ve also got that cool “je ne sais quoi” thing going on that only a select few fashionistas possess, like the iconic Kate Moss. Whether it’s a fabulous blazer, dress, blouse or scarf, a pair of killer heels or boots, or perfectly fitted jeans – it’s just so easy for these girls to look comfortably chic….or is it??

Je ne sais Kate

One of my favorite sayings is a Farsi phrase that Mercedeh taught me: Bokosho Khoshgelam Kon.  Translation: “It’s killing me, but I look beautiful”. I love this expression! It even sounds chic.  The first time it rolled off my tongue was at our friend Lara’s pool party a couple summers ago. I was so proud!

However, there is some debate that my perfect pronunciation was actually due to my consumption of some potent home-made margaritas. The popular theory is that these margaritas were SO powerful they literally had me speaking Farsi. But that is another story…

What girl hasn’t sacrificed comfort & safety for beauty & fashion at some point? Sure, we’ve come a long way from the corsets, foot binding, and rib removal (ick!) of the past, but we still remain a pretty dedicated bunch when it comes to suffering to look good.


Christian Louboutin was recently in town to autograph the crimson-soled stilettos of his DC fans. Even he admits that comfort is not his sole goal, saying “I would hate for someone to look at my shoe and say, ‘Oh my God! That looks so comfortable!’ That’s not what I want to project.”

If you can grin & bear the pain in the name of vain, more power to you! The key is to smile, bat those eyelashes, and never convey to the world that you (a) can’t breathe or (b) can no longer feel your feet. After all, not all of us can be as inherently chic as those fab Farsi-nistas.

November 20, 2009   No Comments

Christian Siriano: His Most Fabulous Self

As the youngest winner of Project Runway in its 4th season, Christian Siriano had me at “fierce”. My ferosh friend Dee and I had the privilege of meeting this incredibly talented designer and all-around amazing individual at the Corcoran Gallery of Art last night for an open discussion and book signing. I cannot wait to immerse myself in his new book Fierce Style: How To Be Your Most Fabulous Self. As if this isn’t enough of a draw, fashion rockstar Tim Gunn penned the Foreword.


Since the show, Christian and his Ferocia Coutura have kept busy showing at Fashion Week in New York City and designing lines for Puma, Payless, Bluefly and Victoria’s Secret Beauty. In his first book, he shares how to be “fierce” in fashion every day, avoid the tickety-tack, and create your own personal style and self-confident image.

I expected a bit of a diva, but was so pleasantly surprised to find that along with that feisty demeanor was an extremely genuine and down to earth person who was hilarious and charming. He spoke openly about his challenges as a designer on Project Runway – although what I remember most from that 4th season is the quality and craftsmanship of his flawless and gorg designs.

He took question after question from his sold-out audience and honestly and thoughtfully answered each one. He jokingly name-dropped about appearing on Oprah, gavotting with GaGa, hanging with Heidi, and texting with Tim (who is apparently miffed that Christian seated him next to a particularly chatty celeb who sabotaged his viewing of a recent fashion show).  Love-love-love that Tim Gunn! He also had piles of praise for the exceptionally on point Nina Garcia, Project Runway judge and fashion director of Marie Claire.

He diplomatically skirted a question about his thoughts on DC style, focusing more on the beauty and culture of the city rather than how stylish and fashionable the inhabitants are, then had us in stitches as he described how he was accosted by a sea of conservative power suits after getting off the train at Union Station. Conservative is the last word someone would use to describe Christian, who dressed up as The Little Mermaid for Halloween this year.

Designer Christian Siriano attends the Heroes vs. Villains party at the Gramercy Park Hotel on October 31, 2009 in New York City.<br /><br />Heroes Vs. Villains Party<br /><br />Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel<br /><br />New York, NY United States<br /><br />October 31, 2009<br /><br />Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images North America</p><br /><p>To license this image (58794248), contact WireImage.com

After the Q & A, a fan frenzy ensued and he could not have been more gracious in the midst of all the chaos, even taking charge himself to efficiently organize the book signing. At the end I told him he was very kind with his diplomatic response to the DC style question – and ever the charmer, he said in that fabulous voice of his, “La-dy, of course that doesn’t include you!” Love him.


For those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of making Mr. Siriano’s acquaintance – don’t just sit there looking like a hot mess! Go get Your Most Fabulous Self a copy of The Most Fabulous Book by The Most Fabulous Designer.

November 5, 2009   2 Comments

Oprah Puts Her Foot Down!

Wide feet, long toes, cankles, bags that add pounds, and just plain bad taste…

What do these have in common? All of these challenges are addressed head-on by Oprah in her first “Shoe and Handbag Intervention”. To help women see the error of their Accessories Gone Wild ways, she teamed up with a trio of style mavens: Mary Alice Stephenson, celeb stylist and Harper’s Bazaar contributor; Joe Zee, creative director of Elle mag; and Adam Glassman, creative director of O, The Oprah Magazine.

What a difference an Oprah-intervention makes. What a difference an Oprah-Intervention makes!

Riding on the success of her eye-opening 2005 Bra Intervention  (that reportedly increased Nordstrom sales by almost 200%), Oprah uses the same approach with our most tried and true daily accessories. Whether you’re simply looking for a better fit, or want a little more style in your step or slung over your shoulder, you’ll leave this segment feeling more informed  – or in my case, also slightly horrified. Sidebar: why not also have an intervention for some of those socks we saw paired with the shoes?

Other fun highlights from Oprah’s intervention include 6 Essential Shoes, Hottest Boots of the Season,  5 Must-Have Handbags, and a Day-to-Night Accessory Guide.

Last but not least, check out a Catwalk Confidence Class at Stiletto School.  I know I can always use a refresher course. Yeah on the catwalk, yeah, on the catwalk, I shake my little tush on the catwalk… (now get out of my  head, Right Said Fred!

November 3, 2009   No Comments