Stay Warm, Look Sleek

It’s officially November – time to bid adieu to warm weather days and start dressing for the chilly New York City winter. And you know what that means: it’s time to shop. I sat down with Nilou Ghodsi, style maven and owner of high-end women’s boutique Heist in Venice, California (don’t worry New Yorkers, her entire boutique can also be shopped online at ShopHeist.com) to learn a thing or two about layering clothes when the temp drops.

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Jeanette Zinno: How can we stay stylish this winter without looking too bundled up?

Nilou Ghodsi (pictured above): Layering is essential to transitioning into winter as the temperature can vary quite a bit, from morning to mid-day to nighttime.

JZ: What are your go-to tips for mastering the art of layering?

NG: I always love to incorporate a jacket or coat with a pop of color, which allows me to keep the rest of my attire simple and versatile (ie: black, white, denim) without being boring. This is especially important while traveling, since I can’t have access to my entire closet and need to have a few “uniforms” that will sustain me for the duration of my trip.

JZ: What are some of your favorite pieces from your boutique for layering?

NG: Perfect examples are the Harris Wharf London coats, and their $500-$600 price point makes them even more accessible.

Thanks, Nilou! Now, here are some of my favorite styles for the season. X Jeanette | @jeanettezinno

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Harris Wharf London Purple Oversized Coat

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Rebecca Minkoff Ford Coat

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Nicholas Felted Wool Full Length Coat

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Adrienne Landau Leopard-Print Rabbit Fur Coat

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Herno Blush Jacket

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PER UNA Speziale Faux Fur Overcoat

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Your Winter Getaway Packing Guide

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 9.29.36 PMAutumn is officially upon us and while I do cherish the crisp fall nights and the beautiful dance of falling leaves, I’m sure my cabin fever will set in soon enough. And as most New Yorkers do, I’m already creating my escape plan to a beach or somewhere slightly more tropic than below freezing. So here’s an essential guide to your winter getaway packing list, why not get started now? Ticket not included.

1. Deux Lux Varick Weekender in Charcoal, $205: the perfect carry-on that will fit all of your travel necessities and it’s woven material will last through any travel mishap (spilled coffee, etc). The best part is that it is vegan leather, so no animals were harmed in making this bag.

2. Barraca Chic Hera Bathing Suit, $520: you can’t go wrong with a sexy swim suit by Barraca Chic, my go-to swimwear line.

3. MALIN + GOETZ Essential Kit, $30: all of your favorite products in mini sizes!

4. Tejo Fringed Drops, $228: wear these statement earrings day to-night.

5. Dolce & Gabbana Dress, $1,625: the colorful print and breezy style of this dress are made for trips to an island.

6. Ramoncinas Espadrilles, $33: authentic espadrilles from Spain.

7. Whiting & Davis Passport Cover, $65: a passport cover with a silver metal mesh shell? Yes, please.

8. Art of Henri Body Chain, $234: pair this body chain with your bathing suit or under a crop top or loose blouse, either way it will make a statement.

9. Fendi Crystal Sunglasses, $530: two of my favorite things together at last, a cat eye and crystals.

10. Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit, $16: an all-inclusive kit designed to help survive any beauty, fashion, or personal care predicament. Never leave home without it.

11. Josie Maran Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick, $22: use this multi-purpose balm for moisturizing, fixing fly aways, soothing sunburn and the list goes on: an absolute must-have for your next getaway.

Jeanette | @jeanettezinno

Black & White: A Swimsuit Trend To Try Now

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Marilyn Monroe poolside in Palm Springs, circa 1949

This may sound rude but….

While the East Coast is experiencing what seems like a never ending array of snow storms, southern California is quite the opposite. We haven’t really had a winter and with it already being March, it doesn’t seem like it’s ever going to come. At least not this year.

My annual trip to Palm Springs is coming up and has me thinking about updating my swimsuit attire. I tend to wear a lot of black and white, so naturally, I want my bathing suits to match up. Like Marilyn and balmy Palm Springs, black and white swimsuits  never go out of style. Here are some of my favorites from SwimsuitsDirect.com.

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Sporty & Sexy: Vanish Point Convertible Strap Top and Swim Short by Becca, $58 and $54

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Feminine & Classic: Lingerie Maillot One Piece by Anne Cole, $78

Screen shot 2014-03-04 at 4.53.45 PMFringey & Flirty: Shimmer Spaghetti Slide Tri and Tie Side Hipster by Seafolly,  $70 each

Screen shot 2014-03-04 at 4.02.32 PMFerocious & Fun: Beating Hearts Kara Fringe and Made you Look Lowrider by Radio Fiji, $50 each

x Allie

Valentine’s Day Must Haves

vdayValentine’s Day is about feeling loved, special and beautiful. Here is a round up of some of my Valentine’s Day Must Haves…

From left going clockwise:

1. Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Grace, $22 Vamp up your look with a classic red lip. I love this one since it has a hint of orange so the red doesn’t over power.

2. Stella McCartney Clara Whispering stretch-silk satin and lace triangle bra, $58  I’m a sucker for beautiful, lacy bras and the color on this one is just perfect.

3. Juliette Has A Gun Marilyn Scented Candle, $58 This candle features notes of iris and violet for a feminine, sophisticated fragrance.

4. Karla Spetic Silk Liquid A Line Skirt, $365 The color, shape and style of this skirt ooze Valentine’s Day glamour.

5. Eve Lom Moisture Mask, $90 Apply this INCREDIBLE mask before a date or night out and everyone will ask you why you’re glowing.

6. Rosamosario Amore Senza Confini silk-lace and embroidered-tulle long chemise, $1340 No description necessary. The color, delicate lace and feminine shape of this chemise is DIVINE.

7. Isabella’s Cookie Company Romeo Cookie Gift Box, $19 What can I say? I love a good cookie and what better day to indulge than the big V-Day. This gift set contains 3 Valentine’s Message Sugar Cookies and one bag of Shortcake Cookies – yumo!

xo Allie

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