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Style Solutions 2 Year Blogiversary

In On Sydney, Video on June 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM

It’s unbelievable that today marks Style Solutions 2 year Blogiversary. What started out as a class assignment turned into a 7 days a week business that features everything that I love. I so appreciate my daily readers, the newcomers that join the Style Solutions community everyday, and the opportunities that have been presented to me. Your comments, emails, Tweets, and overall support have made blogging such a pleasure.

I also want to recognize the [65] designers, stylists, celebrities and authors who I have featured in interviews and coverage of personal appearances. They have all been such great support to Style Solutions, and to celebrate them is a video slideshow above.

Also, below I share some of my favorite moments on the blog this year.

attending NYFW

seeing Christian Louboutin in LA

being a Brand Ambassador for Theodora & Callum and Sam Edelman

holiday shopping at Gaga’s Workshop

getting styled at Curve Miami

with style,


The Hilfigers Holiday Par-tay

In Holiday, Video on December 1, 2011 at 3:48 PM

You know it’s the holiday season when the Hilfigers are back!  Every year, brands and designers come out with holiday campaigns that truly blow me away.  However, nothing beats the Hilfigers; the eclectic and fictional American family who debuted in last year’s Fall and Holiday campaigns, which featured commercials all over TV, including New York City taxi cabs.  The campaign also made Vampire Weekend’s song Holiday even more of a hit.

In this Holiday 2011 sequel, the Hilfigers celebrate the season at home with a “part-tay”, which only they know how to do ever so fashionably, and humorously.  The commercial starts with us outside the family’s home with music of a fun party coming from indoors.

The door is opened by gorgeous star model, Noah Mills, and he welcomes us into the holiday part-tay with the rest of the family.  Don’t you remember his signature line from last year’s campaign? “Don’t you just love the holidays?”

Of course the family already opened their presents, and are all fashioning their gifts at once.  This means total holiday cheer and festivities.  The fun continues until the electricity goes out due to the Hilfiger dog; however, Mills does come back and ends the commercial with his new signature line: “From our house to yours”.  

The Holiday Part-tay cast includes the entire Hilfiger family that we know and love: Noah Mills with Jacquelyn Jablonski, Emily Baker, Andre Douglas, Bernard Fouquet, Chloe Blackshire, Eric Fry Halperin, Gracie Carvalho, Julia Hafstrom, Lea Sorensen, Luis Borges, Marcel Castenmiller, Max Rogers, and Sam Way.

Just watch the clip, and you’ll get my excitement.

Do you like Hilfiger’s 2011 Holiday commercial? Vote!

with style,


Straight From The Runway: Sydney Attends Milly By Michelle Smith SS12

In Fashion Week, Interview/Personal Appearance, Video on September 20, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Milly by Michelle Smith‘s SS12 collection is all about color, and geometry.  Attending Milly’s show was extremely exciting because I’ve been a fan of the line for years as the clothes are always colorful regardless of the season.  I don’t know if this is good or bad, but the clothes kind of reminded me of Tetris, a game I find myself absolutely addicted to as it is relaxing, colorful, and sometimes complex.  Certain patterned clothes reminded me of this game more than others, especially the dress below.

I would not use the word “sexy” to describe this collection.  Milly’s clothes always come off as a bit preppy, which is not a term I’d use to describe my style, but there are those days when getting all colorful, bright, and girly feels good.  Milly’s clothes, overall, have continued to evolve each season.

And what else has improved?  Milly’s accessories, which include platform shoes, new handbag designs (rectangular clutches and satchels in bright colors that will have you addicted in the spring- pink, bright citron, and aqua), and some patterned hats.

I especially loved how the models were styled: cute side ponytails, bold sunglasses, fun totes, and bright pink lipstick.  So spring!  Sitting front-row at Milly’s show was Tinsley Mortimer (who looked city chic, as always), and singer Corinne Bailey Rae, who is just super cool (from head-to-toe).

On another note, my Missoni for Target packages just arrived, and I am thrilled by the way the clothes look, and fit.  Everything looks so stylish and chic, and I can’t wait to fashion my new pieces; some for fall/winter, and others for cruise.  Can you say le ciel?  I can, darlings.

photo credit- NY Times

Straight From The Runway (VIDEO): Sydney Attends Tibi SS12

In Fashion Week, Interview/Personal Appearance, Video on September 19, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Each season, I always look forward to Tibi‘s collection because color is consistent throughout.  After months of black jackets and boots, spring is the time to bring out those pops of color with fun and feminine pieces.  I was happy to see some in Tibi’s SS12 runway show.

Tibi is known for being feminine with its play on cuts and style, perfect for the working woman who still likes to be a little sexy and flirty at night.  I love Tibi’s SS12 collection because each runway look was effortlessly chic, which is something I think every woman looks for when going shopping.

A-line pleated dresses, silk wide legged trousers, fitted button downs, crisp blazers, and bright mini shorts were some of my favorite pieces in the collection.  A big color on Tibi’s runway?  Mustard yellow.  Not everyone can pull of this couleur moutarde, but with the right accessories and the touch of the right lipstick, a perfectly girly and spring look can be achieved.  Overall, this collection consists of a minimalistic vibe, and Tibi did so fashionably, and perfectly.

Not only were the clothes great, but the front row was too.  Young celebs Olivia Palermo (in a fabulously chic pair of cheetah pumps), Sophia Bush (looking stunning in a tight red leather dress), and Emma Roberts (always elegant and classic) enjoyed each other’s company.  I haven’t seen Bush in a while (I kind of forgot about her after her One Tree Hill days), but it was nice to see her front row; it was almost like seeing a fresh face.

After watching the video, do you see yourself fashioning this collection in the spring?  I’m definitely feeling some of those tailored numbers.

photo credit: NY Times

Baby Lips

In Beauty, Fashion Week, Video on September 18, 2011 at 6:12 PM

If you think charity event goodie bags are good, wait until you see a Fashion Week goodie bag.  At some shows during New York Fashion Week, designers will give out goodie bags placed at each seat for attending their show.  For instance, Charlotte Ronson had a great goodie bag filled with makeup from her new line at Sephora and a free 3 day membership to Equinox sports club.  The goodie bag that’s my favorite, though, is the one from the Teen Vogue Declare Your Denim fashion show.

Let me just say, there was quite some variety.  A crunch candy bar, a Boy Meets Girl 10% off card, an Aldo gift card, Paul Frank underwear, Marc Jacobs perfume samples, Jessica Simpson bedazzled earphones, a Bebe keychain, the newest Teen Vogue issue, a Bebe catalogue, and my favorite, the new Maybeline Baby Lips chapstick.

I am absolutely obsessed with Maybeline’s Baby Lips.  Coming in four colors, this chap stick should be on your must-have list for fall, and actually every season.  I’m a total M.A.C lipstick girl, but I’m also now a huge fan of Baby Lips due to the colors, smoothness, and packaging.  I got two colors in my goodie bag: pink and clear.  The pink is oh-so-bright and fun, giving all of my dark outfits a great pop of color.  Although it looks like a spring color, it looks great with an all black outfit.

I’ve been wearing the pink shade almost everyday, but I particuarly loved how it looked when I fashioned my new Fashions Night Out t-shirt (paired with black leggings, black Tory Burch flats, a black cardigan with a ruffled shoulder, a Marc Jacobs tote, and black sunglasses) for a casual day around the city.  I love a good bold lip, and for those who look rather silly in red (like me), this pink is a fab substitute.  The clear is great for when you’re just hanging around the house or going to the gym because it still gives your lip some shine while still looking natural.


P.S-below is a clip of the Teen Vogue Declare Your Denim Fashion Show.

Straight From The Runway (VIDEO): Sydney Attends Diane Von Furstenberg SS12

In Fashion Week, Interview/Personal Appearance, Video on September 17, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Attending DVF’s SS12 runway show was the most surreal experience for me at Fashion Week.  I’ve never had such a rush of excitement, and I took in every ounce of amazingness during my time at tent Studio.

First off, lets talk attendees.  Out of all the shows I’ve been to, DVF had the most exclusive front row with names that literally made my palms sweat, yet I made sure to hold off until after the show.  First was Oscar de la Renta, next came Valentino, then Anna Wintour, Elle’s Joe Zee and Robbie Myers, Fern Mallis, and so many other notables.  I think I nearly fainted (mentally) when I talked to Oscar, had eye contact with Anna, and shook hands with Valentino.  I’ve looked up to these people for so long, and it felt amazing to be in one room with them.

Now let’s talk fashion.  The clothes were in one word, fabulous.  The colors, the patterns, the sequins, the fit, the accessories, the glasses, the everything.  Each piece on its own is delightedly beautiful, but the way all of the pieces were styled into making chic outfits was also fantastic.  I also loved the sleek and elegant hairdos and sophisticated lips.

The most magical moment of the show was when DVF walked down the runway at the end of the show.  Most designers just stick their heads out for a second or two, but DVF always makes a grand entrance.  DVF handed out American Flags to recognize the 10th anniversary of 9/11 (as her shown was held on that day).  It was extremely sentimental, and she handed them out to those sitting in the front row like Joe Zee. What was even more amazing, and extremely heartwarming, was when DVF and Valentino hugged on the runway (which I got on video); it was adorable.

The show was absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to fashion pieces of her SS12 collection after a long and cold winter.  Diane is one of my idols, and is truly an inspiration.  It was such an honor to be at her show.

Straight From The Runway (VIDEO): Sydney Attends Cynthia Rowley SS12

In Fashion Week, Interview/Personal Appearance, Video on September 11, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I’m very excited to unfold a new feature on my blog: videos.  I’m all about living in the moment, and videos capture them. I thought Fashion Week would be the perfect time to debut this feature because there is a huge difference between reading about a show and actually watching a show.  From the hundreds of fashionistas, editors, celebrities, bloggers, and stylists sitting closely on benches to one another (upscale benches, not like Central Park ones) to the upbeat music and stunning runway looks, there is nothing like being at Fashion Week.

The first show I attended this season was Cynthia Rowley.  I’ve always had a love for Rowley’s line, but I grew even more so to love it ever since I met her at a design conference last year.  I wanted to wear an outfit that was fall-looking, but was light since it was so hot outside.  I wore a Zara forest green and white poke-a-dot blouse with black tuxedo shorts, Calvin Klein black platform pumps, a vintage red, orange, and green stone necklace, a green cocktail ring with brown stones, and a black Balenciaga purse.

Cynthia’s front-row consisted of Ms. Jay Alexander and Nigel Barker from America’s Next Top Model, Alexa Chung, Chris Bosh, and of course the “scene” of the hour, Lindsay Lohan (who everyone initially thought was Gaga, which was quite funny).

Cynthia’s collection had lots of adorable floral dresses and jackets, leggings with multicolored stitching, black and gold frocks (red carpet anyone?), swim-looking shirts with matching mini shorts, and stunning accessories like metallic gold sandals and multicolored/metallic purses (and so much more).

As I’ve been writing this post, I’ve been watching the 9/11 memorial at the same time.  It is so heartbreaking to watch, but it is most important to remember.  My heart goes out to everyone who has lost on this tragic day.