This past weekend I attended a launch party for a fascinating new company. The company is Naughty Girl Greetings and let me tell you, these cards are NAUGHTY!! I had to buy a few for the hubby (for those special occasions). The company was founded by Regina Byrd just this year and has already become wildly successful with consultants all over the country and over 4000 cards sold. I must say I love the concept of these cards. You have plenty of funny cards but no cards that push the sexual envelope like these do. The launch party was a lively affair with a dj and cocktails at one of my favorite places, Happy Feet Boutique in Brookhaven.
If you’re looking to turn up the heat in the bedroom with your honey, these cards will definitely light a spark! Check out the site for more info: naughtygirlgreetings.com
I was wearing……
Top & bottom: American Apparel. Shoes: Vince Camuto Signature (via Nordstrom). Handbag: Tory Burch.Earrings: Macy’s. Bracelet: Express (old). Watch: Michele.
I have been sort of a jock my whole life. I just have to keep my body moving in order to feel alive and energetic. When I was younger I was a gymnast and dancer mainly, but also participated in field hockey and lacrosse in school. I danced all through college and during med school and residency I blew of steam with kickboxing, yoga, and bellydancing. When I moved to Atlanta, I became heavily involved with pilates and tennis. Now I have narrowed down my activities to Bar Method and tennis. I try to do something active everyday which means I practically live in athletic gear.
Since I spend so much of my time in athletic clothing I love to shop for cute, versatile pieces that can go from the gym to Whole Foods without looking like a slob.
It’s so interesting to see some of the same trends in athletic wear as you do in fashion. Remember when workout clothes were mainly black, white, and grey? Now there are bright colors everywhere like in my neon yellow and mint ensemble.
I’m a huge fan of New Balance shoes and Lululemon clothes. What are your favorite brands to burn calories in?
I was wearing…..
Shirt, tank, pants: Lululemon. Shoes: New Balance (via Nordstrom).
Expect the unexpected. I love that phrase and it is so applicable to fashion. When you think of the color navy, a nautical theme is what pops into most people’s mind. Navy is often paired with white, red, and sometimes yellow. What about pink? Just a few shades away from red gives a navy look a whole new perspective. Try pairing this deep blue with fuschia or even a neon pink. Which ever you choose, it will bring a refreshing new light on a classic color.
Last week I discovered another hidden treasure in Buckhead (Atlanta) thanks to my dear friend, Valerie. It was a quaint consignment store called B Chic Designer Consignment with a super sweet store owner, Nancy Scalera. This store was jammed packed with goodies such as entire racks dedicated to Tory Burch, Lily Pulitzer, Chanel and St. John. And the shoes! Oh, the shoes! The fashion gods must have been smiling on me that day because there were an abundance of gorgeous shoes in my size. I walked away with a pair of barely worn rag & bone booties. They were just too adorable and well priced to leave behind. It didn’t hurt that they were actually quite comfortable as well. The neutral color makes them multi-seasonal and they look great with pants, dresses, and even shorts!
It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘look for less’ or ‘get the look’ post and some of my readers have been wanting one….so, I decided to do a post with both. I feel it’s always a savvy move for a woman to wear a nice tailored suit or a tuxedo to a formal event in lieu of a dress. Black and white are classic go to looks, but Rosie Huntington-Whiteley took it to the next level wearing a red Burberry tailored suit to the LFW ’13 Burberry Porsum show. She may have not been on the runway, but all eyes were definitely on her in her bright, fitted suit. Utilize this for your own inspiration. Instead of wearing your usual dress try a fitted suit to your next occasion. Bonus if you rock a fun color or pattern
This past summer I was back home in Pittsburgh for the Abby Lee Dance Company original members reunion. It was so great to see Abby, Big ‘M’, and my old friends again. Aside from all the frenzy from the filming of “Dance Moms” while we were there, it was a magical night. We reminisced about our escapades with Abby until the wee hours of the night. When I went back to my mother’s home, I was feeling nostalgic and dug out my old ALDC shirts and jackets. Luckily, a few of them still fit so I decided to show my ALDC pride.
Abby Lee with the ALDC members
I started dancing at the young age of 2 years old. I instantly fell in love with the loud clacking noise of my tap shoes and the bright lights on the stage. I was enthralled with every part of dance from the different types of music we danced to, the thrill of playing dress up with all the costume changes and make up, and all of the travel meeting other dance lovers on the competition circuit. I started at the Maryen Lorraine Dance Studio in Penn Hills, PA at age three. I performed my first solo at age 6. A tap routine to “New York New York” complete with a gold sequin top hat. At age 7 I joined the now notorious Abby Lee Dance Company as one of the youngest members. We had our first big competition in New York in 1984 and we won!!
We travelled all over to various competitions, appearances, commercials, fashion shows, parades, etc. It was a blast! I have some of my best memories from those days and feel so blessed to have been granted that experience. Here’s another old school pic.
The first thing people always ask me when they find out I danced for Abby is “Is she really like that?!?!” The answer is yes! But not in a bad way. Growing up in the ALDC I remember having respect for Abby, but never really fearing her. We just knew to do what Abby said, and if you didn’t….well prepare to endure the consequences. I learned how to take criticism and use it as a catalyst to make myself better at whatever it was that I was trying to do. I remember in residency (which was 5 years of total hell) my colleague would ask me how I was able to cope with the constant abuse we received during our training. I simply stated to her “I had Abby yelling at me for over 10 years! Nothing bothers me now”. Abby taught me to be respectful, disciplined, confident, and never settle for mediocrity. These are principles that have carried me through adulthood and I’ll always be grateful to her for instilling that in me.
I have been on the hunt for the perfect pastel tweed jacket. I really would love to find a Chanel or St. John timeless beauty but alas, my budget will not accommodate it. I have been scouring the luxury consignment shops in Atlanta and have seen a few options but none in my size. I guess that’s a sign for me to come back to reality and find a more sensible choice. No matter the price, there is something about a pastel, tweed, blazer that brings an instant classic sophistication to an outfit whether it be jeans or a dress. This is a great look to try this spring and many of these blazers are multi-seasonal!
So last week I discussed a pair of nude pumps, this time I’m reviewing the other classic shoe…..the classic black pump. This is another wardrobe staple. I already had a pair of round-toe, platform, Christian Louboutin heels I had purchased a while back, but of course when I saw the sexy pointy-toe d’orsay style black pumps from Zara I just had to have them. I love pairing them with dresses but even more so with my boyfriend jeans. I will admit they are not the most comfortable shoes (I have to wear my cushions inside) but they look so sexy on the foot. So in this case, fashion trumped function (as almost all the time)