In The Stars..

In The Stars..

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In the world of retail, certain truths are written in the stars: diamonds are a girl’s best friend, gold prices continue to climb (currently peaking at $1600/0z), and Brooke Gregson jewelry never goes on sale… Until now.

In honor of the re-launch of my website, Chelsea is generously offering an unprecedented 15% off and free shipping for Mile High Style clients on all Brooke Gregson merchandise.

There is so much that can be said about Brooke’s pieces (Zodiac, Planetary and Custom Collections), but perhaps the most compelling is this: they are as special and spectacular (meriting the splurge) as they are versatile and timeless (guaranteeing their novelty will not wear off).

This offer is good throughout the month of August. Buy online with code MHS15BG at checkout or in-store by mentioning this promotion.

 

 

2012 Fall Field Notes; Part II

2012 Fall Field Notes; Part II

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Since I know you’ve all read Part I and are well on your way to organizing and planning your closet (and your budget) for the ’12 Fall fashion bounty, it’s time to have some fun deciding what to buy. Among the many looks and trends representing this new season, there are always a few that have style power beyond the next few months; these are always the ones I endorse.

RED- Fall is always about a return to deep rich colors, and the color of the moment is Burgundy. Lucky for all of us, this is an absolutely gorgeous color and it looks good on everyone. Choose from sweaters, cords, accessories, and shoes, and the pièce de résistance.

BLACK & WHITE- This is one of my favorite looks of the season because it’s so easily attained. Almost all my clients own a white blazer that, paired over a black dress, epitomizes this trend.

BLACK & BLUE- I’ve only been saying this since forever.

BOOTIES- I saved the best for last, as this is as far as I can tell, the hottest item of the season. Celebrities have been rocking the Isabel Marant version all Summer and the style is available at just about every price point: Highest, Mid-Range, and Affordable.

 

Colorado Cocktail

Colorado Cocktail

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If you live in Colorado, chances are you’ve already attended a farm wedding. With the way things are trending in the industry, even those from out of state can expect to someday celebrate in this most special venue. Which begs the question, what the hell do I wear to a farm wedding?

I’ll be soon attending my second of the year, and knowing how confused many were regarding dress code for the first, I thought it would be helpful to clear up any questions accompanying this unique fashion experience.

THE COCKTAIL PART– A wedding at a farm, on the beach, in the mountains, or in someone’s backyard is still a wedding; it’s still a party where people dress up. If the word ‘cocktail’ appears on the invitation, it requests (at a minimum) cocktail dresses for women and a jacket for men. In my profession, I often hear client’s complaints that they have ‘nowhere to wear’ anything fabulous. This is somewhere to wear the dress with the tags still on and the jewelry sitting unworn in the safe. It’s also that somewhere to justify getting a manicure, and wearing the bold lipstick color that you keep trying on and promptly wiping off.

THE COLORADO PART– Attending an outdoor wedding in Colorado boils down to environmental logistics. High heels, though they may be perfect with your dress, are probably not a good idea on the grass. Wedges work, flats are fantastic, and cowboy or short engineer boots are a theme-y twist on tradition and a fun contrast with a cocktail dress. Additionally, be mindful of slight temperature drops in the evening and bring a wrap or a jacket. If you’re wearing a black dress, pairing it with a white blazer will keep you warm and on trend.

 

 

 

2012 Fall Field Notes; Part I

2012 Fall Field Notes; Part I

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While Labor Day tends to signify the end of the Summer season, the retail world has been preparing for Fall since Summer began. And while you may be a few months away from incorporating wool and cashmere into your daily wardrobe, now is the time to start thinking about how to transition your closet and your style into the new Fall season.

TAKE STOCK– By far, the most important part of this transition is to have an accurate picture of what you already own: in the closet, the attic, the garage, your friend’s closet… You would be amazed at how much is forgotten after only 6 short months and how many pieces are still sitting in dry cleaner bags, hidden at the back of your closet, and on loan. To determine what you need, you must know everything you have. To illustrate: the cost of replacing two sweaters you think are missing (and will probably uncover mid-way through the season) is equal to a fabulous pair of Fall’s hottest booties (also available at MAX). Or an incredible cocktail ring. Or that final and irresistible sale item of the Summer.

EDUCATE– Once you know what you have, it’s time to have some fun by deciding what you want. With stores showcasing all new merchandise, it’s difficult to pace yourself, but spending your allowance too quickly is a mistake. Before committing to a particular piece, pieces, or an entire collection, you must have a complete picture of what’s fully available for the season. The September Issue of all fashion magazines (on stands right now) is the biggest of the year and features all the looks, trends, and available merchandise of the next 3 months. But, like everything else, not all fashion magazines are created equal. I recommend limiting your reading to Elle, Bazaar, Lucky, and In Style (yes VOGUE , the mother of all fashion magazines, offers little in the way of realistic fashion and style inspiration. Like Playboy, its merits lie more in the editorial content).

LOVE THE LOCAL– Remember to support local businesses. Here’s my guide to the best. Stay tuned to Part II where I break down the new trends and everything you need to know.