Monthly Archives: May 2011

Jennifer Lopez: top looks from American Idol

The tenth season of American Idol has come to an end and we learned two very important things:

1) Fans of the show cannot get enough of sweet country singers. Congrats to Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina!

2) Jennifer Lopez is one unstoppable force in show business.

With the love-to-hate-him Simon Cowell gone, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have come to give the show a new voice and some much needed flavor. The last show was one of the most entertaining finales in Idol history, boasting knockout performances from Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and AI alumni Carrie Underwood.

J-LO stole the spotlight this year in head-turning ensembles by some of today’s most respected designers. Finding out what she was going to wear was nearly as exciting as watching your favorite contestant belt out Motown classics. She was all about sparkles, sequins, color, and sky-high Louboutins.

Here are my top 4 looks of the season:

1) Looking like a golden goddess in Gucci, Ms. Lopez showcased her stunning tan and curvaceous physique.

2) This spicy one-shoulder Badgley Mischka dress looked extra gorgeous with sleek and straight hair.

3) Rodarte cream skirt and Dries Van Noten sparkly top. This was a look you either loved or hated: the Barbie-esque makeup and glamorous hairstyle completed the effect.

4) The green Lanvin dress was probably the most memorable and talked-about. The superstar dazzled in this electrifying number.

The days of scandalous Versace gowns and Bennifer might be behind us, but Jenny from the Block proves that age is nothing but a number. At 41, she has more style and flair than most of young Hollywood.

To steal her style, be sure to check out BLQ.MKT’s assortment of sequined tops, Town & Country’s collection of bling-bling rings, and designer dresses. Events happening May 28-30.

What to wear to the office: the dos and don’ts

Presumably you were hired for your skills and not your awesome fashion sense. That being said, never underestimate the importance of how you present yourself: people inevitably attribute certain qualities to certain styles, so might as well put some thought into your outfits before heading off to work, right?

Here are some office wear dos and don’ts to help you put your most fashionable foot forward.

DO take note of your environment and dress accordingly. If most people at your office are casual, you can give the three piece suit a rest. Likewise, if your coworkers look very professional, maybe your Ed Hardy collection is best saved for the weekend. After all, you do want to represent your company appropriately.

DO put your own stamp on your style. If work calls for more conservative clothing, wear those bright earrings or wild stilettos you love so much. The importance of branding yourself in life as well as at work has been proven to be extremely effective. What’s your fashion trademark?

DO dress for your age and shape. You probably don’t want to be known as the woman who raids her daughter’s closet for clothing. With all the choices available today, you can definitely still be sexy while covering up. It’s all about finding pieces that highlight your best features and leave something to the imagination.

DON’T show too much skin. Unless your job involves mixing margaritas, there’s no real reason for excessive cleavage and skin-tight dresses. Another bad sign? If you have to keep yanking down on your skirt. Keep it classy to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions.

DON’T be a slave to trends. While Vogue might suggest lime wedges and fur-trimmed mini-skirts, don’t go overboard with too many trends at once. Fashion risks can be taken outside. A crisp white shirt, a pencil skirt, and black trousers at work are always a safe bet.

You spend most of your time at work, so make the fashion choices that allow you to feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful.

For office-perfect looks, shop the Nine West, Jones New York, and Evan Picone event now.

2011 summer trend: bold, bright, beautiful colors

Summer 2011: bold & beautiful

With winter safely behind us and summer just around the corner, I declare it official: grey is so passé. So STEP AWAY from that charcoal-toned cardigan you’ve worn day in and day out for the past six months, and embrace the season’s kaleidoscope of colors that are bound to breathe life back into your wardrobe.

Tulips in bloom, burgeoning leaves, blue skies, and sunny days: all reminders that Mother Nature is there to inspire us all—and that, she does. Summer’s key color trends are a celebration of the world around us. Hues entitled “daffodil”, “iris”, and “poppy” are as eye-catching as they are uplifting. And more than just popular, they are omnipresent.

Summer 2011: bold & beautiful runway

Top designer labels like Tory Burch, Michael Kors, BCBG Max Azria, and Peter Som have tastefully shown their true colors with bold and beautiful hues. From solid, monochromatic designs to color-blocking combinations, it’s a no-holds-barred approach to injecting candy-like shades of turquoise, coral, yellow, and fuchsia into your ready-to-wear staples.

And while flashbacks of mismatched color combos from the ‘80s might still cause you to wake up in a sweat, fear not, dear fashionistas: the 2011 version of the trend is far from being an eyesore.

So hop onto the rainbow-colored bandwagon and shop for everything from vivid tops to show-stopping footwear: Beyond the Rack is as bright, bold, and beautiful as it gets!


Invite friends. Win $1000 for two. Take Mom shopping.

Invite Friends - Win $1000

Already found the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Consider this icing on the cake.

You and your mom could each win a $500 shopping spree* at Beyond the Rack to build the wardrobe of your dreams. All you need to do is:

  1. Invite friends to join Beyond the Rack. Upon each friend’s first purchase, you get a $10 credit.
  2. Tell us why you and your mom deserve to win. Post your reasons at in the comments of this post. (Remember to include your real email address: it’s the only way for us to contact you if you win!)

It’s the perfect plan to enjoy some quality time with Mom online—and a surefire way to earn some serious brownie points.



*You have until May 8, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM (ET). Winner will be contacted via email and announced on the BTR blog.

Tie Up The Cure: fashion with heart

Some stories are heartbreaking. Some are inspiring.

On April 14, 2010, Fred Ziano lost his fiancée, 29-year-old Candice Rahal, to lung cancer after a 2-month battle with the disease. As a way of honoring her, Ziano turned tragedy into triumph by launching Tie Up The Cure—a clothing and accessories business—in her memory.

In all its glorious simplicity, Tie Up The Cure boasts an online catalog of 100% silk standard neckties, skinny ties, handkerchiefs, plus coordinating cuff links, all cleverly packaged in decorative cylindrical metal tubes. The merchandise color palates feature pink (synonymous with breast cancer awareness) as well as red and rainbow designs, representative of HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ support.

What makes them so special? One quarter (25% gross) of all Tie Up The Cure sales goes directly to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA) and the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). Tie Up The Cure is the only company that donates such a large percentage of revenues to these particular non-profits in tandem.

“I feel like Candice is guiding my efforts,” says Ziano about his work. “This is the direction she would want our business to take…all the right people and circumstances came together to make it happen.”

Help raise awareness and pick up the tie that does more than jazz up your office attire: show your true colors and give hope to those in need.

Shop Tie Up The Cure today.