What To Wear For Your Holiday Parties

December is here, and soon the holiday parties will be to! Whether you're keeping it low key at a friend's shindig or attending a client party downtown, you need to find an outfit that reflects who you are and how you want to be seen.

Each occasion will be festive, fun and full of energy. So should your getup.

With all of the tasks to tackle during the holiday season like gifts, decorating and holiday cards, it's important to look at creating your outfit not as another chore, but rather an exciting way to get into the mood of the season. This mindset will make you more enthused to attend parties and celebrate your style this season.

You don't have to spend a ton of money adding a bunch of different pieces to your wardrobe. Adding 1-3 fresh pieces will instantly bring your closet basics up a notch. 

Every single outfit you wear should make you feel fabulous, and your 2016 holiday look is no exception. 
 


Get festive


Option #1
Swap your classic cardigan for a more festive outer layer.


What goes underneath: A Little Black Dress or A Silk Blouse + Dark Denim

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Option #2
Swap your dainty jewelry for statement pieces.
 


When adding bolder jewelry to your outfit, choose a statement necklace and stud earrings or statement earrings and a single strand necklace. Don't overcrowd your headspace. It's can easily become distracting, rather than enhancing. 

If you want to add more jewelry, bring in a cocktail ring and an arm full or bangles. 
 


 

Option #3
Swap your classic flats for statement heels.


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Option #4
wap your neutral makeup for a bold accent look.


Add a cat eye look with liquid liner.

Add a bold red lip for a dramatic and festive touch.
If you want a trendier (rather than classic) look, try plum. 

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Option #5
Swap your LBD FOR A PARTY DRESS.


Need more help styling or shopping for your holiday look? Contact Raquel to book a session before your next party.

Plump. Pout. Kiss. Repeat.

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, but probably not for the reason you'd expect.  I'm admittedly not the girliest of girls, but I can’t skip an opportunity to mix as many shades of red and pink together as possible. I love the vibrancy, the enthusiasm, and the passion of Valentine's Day. I like to get festive with my colors.

Last week a friend asked how my husband and I plan celebrate.  Does any other question come with more expectation behind it than that?! Always quick to divert, I spouted off how I plan to use the greeting card holiday as an opportunity to devour loads of chocolate. And as a feminist, I said I planned to purchase the chocolates myself, simply out of principle.

I cannot lie. I'm one of those types. I act like my only interest in Valentine's Day is the sweet treats, but when the day arrives, I'm a total sap. I'm going to want to get dolled up and have a night out. What actually came to mind when she asked my plans was my clothes and all the colors. 

Naturally, the shade of lipstick was top of mind along with a dress, heels, and lingerie. There's no better time than Valentine's to rock a killer red lip and feel like your most fabulous self (in the shade that most flatters you). Even if a date night is not your activity of choice this Sunday, you deserve to feel sexy. Red lips will do the trick. 

Let’s talk undertones. Like all beauty, its what's underneath the surface that counts. In case you don't know what undertones you have, lets do a quick assessment. Turn your palm face up. Look at the tips of your fingers. What colors do you see?

Do you see more purple, blue and deeper reds? If so, you might lean more toward cool undertones.

Do you see more orange, yellow or coral? If so, you might lean more toward warm undertones.

And if it's strictly red, you might have more neutral undertones.  Let's go from there!

for cool undertones:

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how raspberry hues and merlot hues will complement those with cool undertones.

for warm undertones:

Raquel Greer Gordian explains how warm undertones are complemented well by oranges, rubies, and reds.

A neutral choice:

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how neutral tones are complemented by bright rosy shades, as well as a classic cherry or brick red shade.

Cool undertones, I'm looking at you. Think: raspberry hues that will add pinks to milky complexions, and merlot for a striking contrast.

Warm undertones, you're next. Don't be scared to add a touch of orange to your palette! Or, is a matte ruby red more your style? And don’t rule out the warmth of the perfect plum.

To all the neutral tones: If you lean more in the direction of pretty in pink, find a bright rosy shade.  If red is more your style, go with a classic cherry or brick red.

Your style is a direct reflection of what makes you unique and what inspires you. This Valentine's Day, go bold with a shade that makes you feel romantic and perfectly suits your color palette.

Want more info on what your best colors are? Contact us to find out exactly what your true color palette is.  

 

Now I would love to know! Which color palette best suits your undertones? Do you have a go-to lipstick shade? Make sure to leave a comment below and tell me all about it!

Systematize. Stylize. Strategize.

Your favorite outfit in your closet should feel like your favorite food: a no brainer. When I see crab cakes on a menu, that's it. I'm ordering them. If I don't, it just feels wrong, because no matter how they come out of the kitchen, I'm going to love them. 

This is how your favorite piece of clothing should feel. It is the physical manifestation of love and it's glorious. When you're wearing it, nothing can touch you. 

Everything else in your wardrobe is a bit different. Other things should be something you love, yes, but you need a few more rules to make sure it's serving you in the way you need it to each and every time you wear it. 

Outfits get stale. And the outfit you've worn 15,30,40 times, is stale. The life has been sucked out of it, and when you put it on, you probably feel this too in the form of exhaustion, anxiety or a lack of excitement. 

So it's time you threw all those feelings away and started anew by looking at each component of each outfit. By looking at each component separately, you can create new looks that feels fresh, exciting and fashion-forward. 

There are 3 things you need to do to breathe life back into your wardrobe. 

1. Systematize. 

Creating a system of how to build an outfit is incredibly helpful, because it removes the stress, but leaves the creativity.

For instance, I NEVER choose my jewelry before I choose my clothing. I NEVER choose shoes before I choose my clothing. I NEVER choose a jacket before I choose my basics. I build around 1 of 3 things: a dress, a skirt, jeans. 

In other words, create a ritual. This will give you guidance and a route when creating an outfit. And then you get to play...

2. Stylize. 

One Dress, Four Ways

Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit that pairs the long sleeve gray dress with a red blazer, black booties, statement jewelry, a black belt, and a black handbag.
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that pairs the long sleeve gray dress with an army green cardigan, studded booties, gold jewelry, and a green handbag. 
Raquel Greer Gordian styles the same dress with a fur vest, neutral booties, coral accents, and a gray handbag.
Raquel Greer Gordian styles the same gray dress with a striped turtleneck pullover, burgundy heels, black tassel earrings, and statement handbag. 

Disregard what you paired your skirt with last time. Forget about what you put with it before. Get creative with you choice this time. Pull a shirt or sweater you've never put with it. 

And don't be scared. Most of us think there's some giant book of rules we need to follow. There isn't. The two things that you need to consider in your style arsenal are: 1) your intuition 2) your creativity 

Use both these elements to get excited about getting dressed again. 

3. Strategize. 

Each outfit must have a purpose. This goes for both your personal and professional life. And I'm not just talking about it being appropriate for a certain situation. Whether you want to be powerful, playful, dynamic...your intention must be clear. 

Ask yourself the tough questions to make sure there is a strategy behind each outfit: 

Exactly why are you wearing what you are wearing?

What do you want it to say about you?

How does it say what you want it to say about you? 

 

Now I would love to hear from you! Was this guide helpful for reviving that stale outfit we all have? Let me know in the comments below and tell me about the outfits you brought back to life!

Recreate Red Carpet Looks in Everyday Style

I have to say that I'm kind of glad award season is over. I always feel stressed about be attentive for every second of each show, and on top of that, I've tried to squeeze an exorbitant number of trips to the movies in over the last couple months. Of course, the movies aren't the important part. It's all about the fashion. 

That's why I'm exploring exactly how to translate red carpet looks and trends into everyday style this week. Although these are just a drop in the bucket of red carpet fashion, they're some of my favorite trends from this awards season. 

OSCARS // DAKOTA JOHNSON // SCARLET TREND

   Raquel Greer Gordian displays the scarlet trend of this year's award season. 
Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits looks that incorporated the scarlet trend at the Golden Globe Awards.

SAG AWARDS // EMMA STONE // MENSWEAR TREND

Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an alternative look for Emma Stone's menswear look.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays red carpet looks that incorporated the menswear trend.

GRAMMYS // TAYLOR SWIFT // BRIGHT IN BLUES TREND

Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an alternative look for Taylor Swift's blue Grammy Awards look.
Raquel Greer Gordian shows looks from the Golden Globe Awards that embraced the bright in blues trend. 

OSCARS // ANNA KENDRICK // PRETTY IN PINK TREND

Raquel Greer Gordian provides an alternative, everyday outfit for Anna Kendrick's pink look at the Oscars. 
Raquel Greer Gordian displays red carpet looks that embodied the pretty in pink trend.

Now I would love to know! Which red carpet trend do you think you'll incorporate into your everyday style? Leave a comment below to tell me how it turns out!

Your Perfect Shade of Red

Valentine's Day is almost here, and I am so excited! It's one more excuse to throw on a dress in my favorite color, coral. Red may not be your favorite, but know that you can wear it. Red is energetic, sexy, powerful. It can be used for so many different purposes, but for V-Day, it'll be the perfect piece to seduction your honey. 

The key to wearing red is finding your ideal hue.  

So to help you find your perfect red this holiday, I've put together a little roadmap to lead you from discovering your coloring to picking your perfect outfit...

Color Palette: Deep, Cool

Your Red: WINE, CRIMSON

COLOR PALETTE: DEEP, WARM

Your Red: MAROON, CARDINAL

COLOR PALETTE: LIGHT, COOL

YOUR RED: BLUSH, Ballet pink

COLOR PALETTE: LIGHT, WARM

YOUR RED: SCARLET, CORAL

Now, I would love to hear from you! Which shade of red is perfect for you? Make sure to comment below and tell me how you'll rock a red outfit this Valentine's Day!

The Fabric of Society: Fashion and Style Throughout the Twentieth Century

Fashion evolves. The work of every generation is broken apart by newcomers, who discard what they dislike and use the remaining rubble to build the next generation’s styles and trends. One thing I’ve always loved about fashion is that it is an expression of everything that's going on around us. Social, political, and religious movements are reflected in what each generation wears.

When I think about MLK Day, my first reaction is to consider the developments in fashion that stem from the remarkable, unprecedented change that occurred in that decade. Then I feel guilty. How shallow can I be, considering fashion in the context of the greatest social movement in history? But putting my self-consciousness aside, truth be told, it is astounding. How quickly the conservative, traditionalism of the 1950’s shifted into the forward-thinking 1960s, only to be radically transformed into the free-loving 1970s.

Fashion of course can never fully honor the work, or the pain and suffering, of those who fought during the civil rights movement. But it is fascinating to study the broad-reaching impact generational change has. To honor that, I’ve pulled together a few looks that pay homage to each generation and the change they saw.

1950's

1960'S

1970's

1980's

1990's

Now I would love to hear from you! What are some trends that you remember from the twentieth century? Leave a comment below and tell me how you might pull some outfit inspirations from past decades! 

Dress to Impress at the Holiday Party

The key to being stylish is being unpredictable, whether you’re at the office party or a friend’s holiday shindig. Being unpredictable doesn’t mean dressing like someone else. It means you avoid the drab, campy, overworked holiday costume of years past. This year, you should stand out… in the right ways.

I’ve put together a few ideas that will bring a little whimsy to your next holiday function.

Skip the red and green. Stick to black and white.  

Flip a Classic.

Whether it's your mother's pearls or a vintage brooch, it can be incorporated into your outfit in a fun, exciting way. 

Bring the Bling.

This is the only time of the year when tacky can turn chic. Embrace it. Costume jewelry is the perfect touch for any party look that A. won't burn a hole in your pocket and B. gets you in the mood to celebrate. 

Dress Up Your Denim. 

Denim can be worn to many semi-formal occasions as long as you follow one rule: The denim cannot be the star. A subtle dark blue or black denim paired with vibrant heels or a sequin sweater allows you to be comfortable and edgy while chatting around the punch bowl.

Now, I would love to hear from you! Comment below to tell me how you plan to stand out at your next holiday function!

SLIPPERY WHEN WET: A Guide to the Best Moisturizing Lipsticks This Season

It's almost impossible to escape the one big side effect of cold weather: dryness. Layering with sweaters, scarves, and beanies will help protect your body and hair, but guarding your face from the winter winds is another story. The moment you leave the house, it often feels like your best attempts to keep your lips radiant and soft have fallen by the wayside. Not only do you experience discomfort due to irritation from the cold, but the cold can leave you looking less than attractive when you arrive at your destination. Dry, cracked lips can be an unsightly little detail, but thanks to lipsticks that protect and perfect your pout, winter can be a little more pleasant and pretty.

Click the pics to find your perfect shade of the best moisturizing lipsticks this season. 

5. Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick 

This all natural lipstick provides moisture to plump your lips even in the coldest winter.

My favorite Hourglass color : Nocturnal

 

4. Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick:

Also all-natural, this lipstick is long-lasting, so there's no re-application necessary during your 9 to 5. It also comes in a wide spectrum of colors, so whether you love a classic red, an understated nude, or an eye-catching purple, Bite Beauty has the perfect one for you. 

My favorite BB color: Tannin

3. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

I've loved Urban Decay for so many years because their make-up is so playful and eclectic. The Revolution Lipstick exceeds those expectations. This lipstick is narrow for easy application when you're on the go. From matte to shiny and peach to plum, this lipstick will provide the party girl with her perfect look. 

My favorite Urban Decay color: Shame

 

2. Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick 

Classic, elegant, and subtle, this lipstick provides all day coverage from the morning meeting to the dinner date. Vitamin E and olive oil provide constant moisture and antioxidants to protect and heel your lips on the driest days. 

My favorite Laura Mercier color: Sienna

 

1. Nars Audacious Lipstick

Nars is my #1 pick for this season's best moisturizing lipstick because it gives necessary moisture without the worry of smudging onto skin or teeth. One swipe of color across your lips is enough to keep you looking fabulous for 6 to 8 hours. Nars also has the perfect variety of colors for all seasons like coral for spring or bright pink for summer. Stick to this stick and you'll be set for whatever your day brings. 

My favorite Nars color: Jeanne  

Now, I would love to hear from you! Make sure to tell me how you manage to perfect your pout with a moisturizing lipstick!

Prep for the Last Bash of the Season: What to Wear to a Wedding

I was so excited to celebrate my fellow image consultant, Glenda Jean Soriano’s wedding this summer at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. She was an exceptionally beautiful bride, and put together one hell of a wedding. It was sophisticated, playful and, of course, so romantic. Even the food was incredible (sometimes hard to come by at a wedding)! In honor of this very special occasion and the last weddings of summer, here's my:

 

TOP 5 TO DO’s for the BIG BASH:

 

Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how wearing the right heels can help spruce up your outfit while maintaining comfort and versatility.

1. Actually wear comfortable heels. I feel like this is something I always say to myself, but often times I pick something that I think will “wow.” I ultimately suffer. Spare yourself the agony and find something in between. For Saturday night, I picked a gold bootie from Steven by Steve Madden. It was won-der-ful!!! I was able to dance and keep my heels on, which is always convenient, when you have a 6’1” boyfriend to measure up to and pull around the floor.

 

My issue with heels tends to be that they are too narrow, not too high. If you prefer a shorter heel, go with a kitten heel with a pointed toe. A pointed toe will extend the leg, therefore, making you look taller and slimmer.

 

If you can stand high heels, I love Pour La Victoire. Their heels are wider than most, and they have an incredible variety of go-to pumps and closet classics that can go with anything from jeans to wedding cocktail attire to a business suit. 

 

2. Don’t forget your hankie! I’m a big crier at weddings, so I never leave home without one. My mother has a collection of vintage handkerchiefs, so she always taught me that it’s not only an essential part of your big bag of tricks aka your purse, but it’s a fun way to express your style. Like all parts of our wardrobe, they are a small detail that adds to a much bigger picture and makes a sophisticated, elegant, romantic statement. Ooh, the possibilities… https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllVintageHankies

 

3. Dress to the season that the wedding is taking place in. The bride and groom chose this time of the year for a reason, so it’s important to embrace their vision by embracing the season. Although it’s no longer necessary to do this in fashion (white is okay after labor day!), there is a good chance that a Fall wedding will include autumnal colors and a spring wedding will include spring brights or pastels.  When I think about dressing for a wedding, I think about the personality of the bride and being part of her larger vision. We all know we have an ideal color palette for ourselves, so it’s not necessary to step completely out of your comfort zone, but tailor a detail or two (cocktail ring, shoes, scarf…) to the particular wedding you’re attending. If you’re not sure what to expect, the invitation is a good indication what’s to come.

 

4. Prepare your entire look the night before the occasion. How many times have you said you’re going to do this, then 45 minutes before the wedding you’re steaming your dress? Well do it this time! A wedding is an occasion to celebrate, relax and, of course, party. When you’re ill-prepared and poorly put together, you don’t have as much fun as you would or feel as confident about your personal image. Personal image is representative of how we feel about ourselves and it’s important to always remember that. Taking care of each detail means you care. To take care of each detail, advanced preparation is necessary.

 

If you want to wear your hair down, think about if your usual product will work for the weather at the wedding. Will it be humid? If so, it’s best to take the time to blow dry sections of your hair rather than the whole mop. This way, it’s less likely to frizz.

 

If you want to wear your hair up, blow-drying is still incredibly important to create the perfect texture. Don’t use just any old rubber band or clip, either camouflage or accentuate a beautiful hair accessory.

 

For makeup, choose to accentuate lips or eyes, not both. Unless your make-up is subtle and classic all over, accentuating both eye and lip color will distract people and take away positive attention.  If you choose to do a dramatic eye or lip, make sure both the accentuated and subtle part of the look are meticulously executed.

 

5. Wear something that works for you, looks great, but isn’t your statement dress — or as Beyonce would call it, your ‘Freakum Dress’. It looks tacky to try to bring too much attention to yourself when it’s the bride’s day.

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To avoid doing this, use primarily simpler patterns and one or two colors, or form-flattering (not fitting) clothing. There are many different messages that colors can send, but when you choose just one or two colors, people don’t feel ambushed by it. Rather, it appears pleasant and gracious at a wedding. You can wear red (along with every other color except white of course) to weddings, but if you choose red along with every other color, the dress cannot be body-conscious. It’s important to always dress to your body type, but there’s a clear difference between flattering your body type and wearing your clothes as a second skin. If you have to suck in, to zip it up, don’t wear it. If you have to routinely check if any body part is popping out, don’t wear it. And remember! Weddings are for eating, drinking, and being merry, so if it’s not comfortable before those crab cakes, it’s certainly not going to be comfortable after.

 

Now, I would love to hear from you! Comment below to tell me how you like to spruce up your look for a wedding!