LADY IN RED

Cut 25 Dress

Nothing is more stunning than a lipstick red dress.

Israeli designer, Yigal Azrouel (known for his draping, tailoring and simplicity) created this show-stopper!

This dress’ effortlessness makes it amazing.  It’s also sexy while keeping you covered up. No easy feat.

If you haven’t jumped on the dolman sleeve/70′s free-flowing fashion band wagon yet… hop on!!  This style is incredibly comfortable, forgiving (no panicking after huge spaghetti dinner) and elegant.

Sophistication, sex-appeal and room for big meals… What more could a girl want??

Intermix, Cut 25 – $365 (free shipping right now online)

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EASY FALL LOOK

Easy Fall Look

Finally, it’s starting to get cooler here in San Antonio!

That means, it’s time to start transitioning our wardrobe from summery dresses and sandals, to more fall-ish looks.  Let’s not kid ourselves, we still have a solid month of 80+ temps ahead, but now you need to find clothes that will be warm enough in the cooler mornings, and cool enough for the warmer afternoons.  Did you follow that??

The look I’m wearing (left) is great for this time of year.  The jeans and light sweater give you warmth and coverage, but you can always take the sweater off as temperature rises.

For jeans, I would recommend the slightly flared leg (most flattering and on trend).  J Brand’s Love Story in a dark blue wash. You can find these at Nordstrom, Neiman’s, Sak’s or Bloomies.  OR I love Joe’s Jeans in Honey fit bootcut.

The light gray shell under the sweater is just a sleeveless, tiered blouse that I bought at Off Fifth.  Here’s a really feminine and interesting option (click)from Bluefly. Here’s a simpler and less expensive option from Gap. ($34.50)

The sweater is a black, light knit by Calvin Klein that I found at the outlet store.  Option 1 is also a Calvin Klein cropped cardigan with a subtle zebra print. ($48)Option 2 is a fun cropped cardy with  great shoulder detail (Not recommended for wide shoulders or swimmers - $90 Bluefly.com)

Oh, and the necklace is from Wal-Mart!! It’s the one I used in my TV segment — http://busbeestyle.com/blog/?p=704 (3rd look)

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SKIRT… THE ISSUE

Michael Kors Cashmere Maxi

There are sooo many different hemlines to choose from… mini’s…knee-length…below the knee (50′s) and now the maxi!

It can be very confusing.  Which length is most flattering on which body type? How short is too short?

So, I’m going to break it down.

1) Mini Skirts:

Forget that whole you can’t wear minis after 35 rule.  Listen, I know you saw this rule on “What Not To Wear” and it applies in many cases, but as long as you have great legs, go for it!  BUT, make sure the skirt is no shorter than your middle finger when you hang your arm to your side.  Any shorter than that and you are entering the hooker zone.   I wouldn’t recommend a mini to anyone who is overweight.  If you want to wear a mini, but are worried about flaws on your legs you can either try a sunless tanner (St. Tropez sunless tanning mousse) or wear tights.

NOTE: If you’re going for the short skirt and showing off your gams, I would wear something more conservative on top i.e. a long sleeved blouse or a turtle-neck sweater.  I have a 1 naked body part rule.

2) Knee-length:

The most universally flattering length.  This is your go-to skirt length.  It flatters every height and every body type.  It is also always the most office appropriate!  With this length, give or take an inch.  If it’s a inch above, fine.  This is actually preferred if you’re on the petite side.  Inch below is also fine.  You can wear so much with the knee length skirt:  A blouse, shell and blazer, sweater, etc.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2010

3) Below the Knee:

1950′s Style!  This skirt is really on trend for fall.  It’s flirty and fun!  It’s a wonderful length and shape for curvy ladies.  Not to mention it’s incredibly ladylike and sophisticated.  I wouldn’t recommend this length if you’re trying to snare a man (see Minis).  But, it’s great for work and a demure night out! Pair with a cardigan and shell, an off the shoulder knit or just a really soft and pretty cashmere, short-sleeved sweater.  Don’t forget the skinny waist belt, structured handbag and pointed toe shoes!

4) Maxi Skirt:

These floor skimming, Muslim friendly skirts are tough to pull off, especially for shorter women.  I think it’s meant for tall, slim, bohemian type women and that’s about it.  One wrong move and you can go from sporting a fresh, fall trend to looking like you’ve busted out a burka.  Exercise caution with this length.  (Not recommended for work or attracting the male population.)

Basically, don’t hesitate to hem it up (or down) this fall.

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NEIMAN MARCUS FASHION SHOW

Erin Busbee Neiman's Fashion Show

Neiman Marcus hosted an exciting, fall fashion show last night!

I was lucky enough to be there among San Antonio’s Glitterati (aka:  best shoppers) who got glammed up to check out the latest looks.

Halston Heritage

My fave by far… this LBD (right) by Halston Heritage.

I think it’s going to start showing up everywhere.

Perhaps the queen of Halston Heritage, SJP, will wear it at some point?

Also, if you look closely you’ll see a handbag to die for…a sparkly, stunning Chanel!

Sarah Jessica Parker in Halston

Focus.  If you don’t have a perfect little black dress, this is it! Run and go by it.

The dress is even affordable at $245.  It’s elegant and simple, but with an edgy, chic twist.

It does run big. (Yeah for vanity sizing!) So… if you’re normally a size 6, order or buy a size 4.  Trust me.

Now, what are you waiting for?? Go get it!

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