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Spoiled Pretty Interview with Style Expert Jess Zaino

 Spoiled Pretty Interview with Style Expert Jess ZainoCelebrity stylist and television personality Jess Zaino is the girl you want by your side on a fashion-finding mission. With her unique brand of New York sass mixed with Los Angeles insider style, Jess has become one of the most recognizable faces on the style scene.

I’ve been following Jess’ career since her stint as co-host of the Style Network’s Modern Girls Guide to Life. Since then, Jess has entertained and enlightened fashion-challenged gals as the on-air stylist for Style Network shows How Do I Look?, Style Court, and The Look for Less. Her expertise has also been featured on E!, TV Guide Channel, and USA. Most recently, Jess competed on VH1’s Glam God with Vivica A. Fox.

Despite her busy sched, Jess found time to talk fashion trends and share some of her style secrets. Enjoy!

SP: When did you first fall in love with fashion?
JZ:
There was a show on when I was a kid called Webster with Emanuel Lewis. In the opening sequence, he wore a pair of green striped Adidas. I loved those shoes!! I made my mom get them for me and wore them everyday for years. It was then that I realized I could really get into my own sense of fashion.

SP: What was your first big break as stylist?
JZ:
Making deconstructed tee-shirts that I wore as a co-host on a music show. It caught the attention of Kelly Osbourne and a stylist was born.

SP: What does it take to succeed as a fashion stylist?
JZ:
To have an eye for style, detail, art and trends and to apply it perfectly to a look, whether it be on a celeb, a personal client or in a magazine.

SP: What is your style philosophy?
JZ:
Follow your own fashion trends always!

SP: If you could spend the day with one fashion icon (living or deceased), who would it be and what would you do?
JZ:
Oooh, this is a toughie. I have so many. A young Elizabeth Taylor, Diane Vreeland, Coco Chanel, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Kate Moss. We would have morning tea and biscuits at the Chateau Marmont and inspire each other with our thoughts on the ways of the world.

SP: What makes a woman stylish?
JZ:
When she is confident in her look.

SP: Who are some of your favorite designers of all time?
JZ:
Valentino, Chanel, Oscar De La Renta, Calvin Klein, Moschino, Shoshanna, Charlotte Ronson, and Jennifer Meyer.

SP: Which trends will be big this spring and summer?
JZ:
Bright and BIG floral prints on mini dresses. Global chic floor-length dresses. Graphic tees and DIY denim shorts. Ornamented bangle bracelets. Strappy wedge heels.

SP: Which trend(s) do you wish would die?
JZ:
Those thin headbands worn at the forehead. Ugg, as in ick. And also, yes, Uggs.

SP: Chicest color combinations for spring/summer?
JZ:
Any bright, pop-y colors with black.

SP: Current handbag obsession?
JZ: My own clutch at StreetChicbyJessZaino.com.

SP: Which celebrities are you dying to style and why?
JZ:
I had a dream that I styled Britney Spears the other day. That was fun.

SP: Where are your favorite places to shop?
JZ:
The new TopShop on Broadway in NYC and GiltGroupe.com.

SP: What tips do you have for women who want star style on a budget?
JZ:
Take a look thru the mags and see what your favorite stars are wearing. Take those pix to a Forever 21, H&M or Target and sho’ nuff, they’ll be selling the look for less.

SP: Can you share some figure-slimming fashion tips?
JZ:
Draw attention to your best asset. Single color-schemes work. Don’t wear clingy or shiny coz that will pick up all the bumps and lumps. Wear pants that are slightly below your waist. And high heels will always elongate a look, lift the bum and make you look drop dead sexy.

SP: What are three accessories every woman should own?
JZ:
Fab sunglasses. Fab earrings. Big, fat, fab cocktail rings – Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow line rocks around the clock.

SP: What products are staples in your makeup bag?
JZ:
Clinique full coverage foundation, NARS The Multiple for cheeks, Chanel cream eye shadow, Cover Girl mascara, MAC Russian Red lipstick and travel-sized spritzer of Stella McCartney’s Stella.

SP: What other passions do you have besides fashion?
JZ:
Traveling, reading, yoga, long walks, spa-ing, family-ing.

SP: What music are you listening to right now?
JZ:
This very second? Spank Rock on my iPod.

SP: What’s next for Jess Zaino?
JZ:
I am a launching an ultra-sexy and chic, menswear-inspired button-down for women entitled The Boyfriend Shirt for SEW (a men’s bespoke shop in NYC). Help me make it iconic! Stay in touch at TheBoyfriendShirt.com – I’ve also got a couple of television and online tricks up my sleeve. Be a friend at MySpace.com/Superdeluxestyle.

Brace Yourself For This Week’s Sales at Ideeli.com

treesje+handbag Brace Yourself For This Weeks Sales at Ideeli.com

I was very tempted to keep the following information to myself…

Ideeli is having some off-the-chain sales this week…and some of my favorite handbag designers are all up in the mix. I’ve been craving a new bag lately, so I think I might just break down and adopt a new one. Just don’t tell Mr. Spoiled Pretty – he seems to think that when you acquire a new purse, you have to throw an old one out. I know, I know…but he’s a man and, therefore, knows no better.

Anyway, when it comes to handbags, I’m a little cutthroat. I considered keeping these amazing Ideeli sales a secret, lest I risk a lot of competition come buying time. But I’ve never been one to hold out on y’all, so I’m going to share the deets. And hopefully, my good deed will be rewarded with the extra yummy handbag I’ve been jonesing for.

helena+de+natalio+clutch Brace Yourself For This Weeks Sales at Ideeli.com

Ideeli Red Handbag Sale: Begins Tuesday, March 24
Ideeli Red Sale events offer select merchandise from a variety of brands at extra special prices.
Nothing pulls your look together better than the perfect handbag, and perhaps no handbag embodies perfection better than these gems. For times that call for laid-back luxe, LA-based Treesje is the ideal label. When you need to show off your “joie de vivre” spirit, reach for a charming Abaco creation. Celine pieces infuse your look with just the right dose of classic French chic and Magnes Sisters handbags bring a bold, geometric flair to any ensemble. And when the occasion calls for some unbridled glamour, Clara Kasavina delivers. Prices for this event start at $95.

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Sondra Roberts Sale: Begins Tuesday, March 24
Prices for this event start at $114

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Gustto Sale: Begins Tuesday, March 24
Prices for this event start at $135.

carla+mancini+clutch Brace Yourself For This Weeks Sales at Ideeli.com

Carla Mancini Sale: Begins Wednesday, March 26
Prices for this event start at $222.

christian+audigier+hoodie Brace Yourself For This Weeks Sales at Ideeli.com

Christian Audigier Sale: Begins Thursday, March 26
Prices for this event start at $46.

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Ed Hardy Sale: Begins Thursday, March 26
Prices for this event start at $34.

michael+kors+sunglasses Brace Yourself For This Weeks Sales at Ideeli.com

Michael Kors Sale: Begins Friday, March 27
Prices for this event start at $69.

To shop Ideeli, you must be a member. Membership is free and super easy. Just visit ideeli.com and enter spoiledpretty as your invite code.

House of Style: Back In Style

cindy+crawford+mtv+hos House of Style: Back In StyleIt’s hard to believe, but it was 20 years ago that MTV debuted a little show called House of Style, hosted by an up-and-coming catwalker by the name of Cindy Crawford.

The show focused on fashion, beauty, the modeling industry, and ‘controversial’ topics such as eating disorders and breast impants. During its 11 year run, House of Style launched the careers of Crawford, Daisy Fuentes and Rebecca Romijn. In middle and high school, House of Style was must-see TV…and I never missed a Todd Time segment.

For those of you too young to remember House of Style, you’re in luck…because the show has been resurrected and will soon take up residence on MTV’s schedule. Bar Refaeli and Chanel Iman will co-emcee.

Star-Crossed Lovers: Me and This Beautiful People Handbag

beautiful+people+grown+up+yone Star Crossed Lovers: Me and This Beautiful People Handbag
Backstage at Baby Phat, I was in stylish company. And I don’t mean Kimora Lee Simmons. I’m referring to my Grown Up Yone handbag by Beautiful People. The crisp apple green patent (Umantao) does double duty; this chic shade is neutral enough to accessorize any ensemble, yet provides a pop of color when you’re sporting the New York uniform – basic black.

 Star Crossed Lovers: Me and This Beautiful People HandbagThe spacious bag – complete with two cavernous side pockets – stealthily held and hid my Fashion Week arsenal (Blackberry, camera, dictaphone, flip cam, notepad, pens, wallet and a pair of ballet flats) without being cumbersome or appearing bulky. It’s perfect for the fast-paced fashionista who lives out of her handbag. Trust me when I tell you that there’s room for your entire life in the interior of the Grown Up Yone, with space to spare.

The Grown Up Yone is so sophisticated and timeless, that it should come as no surprise that Beautiful People’s newest collection was inspired by the greatest love story of all time. Featuring “austere feminine substance with a hint of Shakespearean roses and soft organic contours,“ the Spring 2009 Capulet Collection also includes Juliet, Lady Capulet and Tybalt.

mary+anne Star Crossed Lovers: Me and This Beautiful People Handbag“We are a family business and our goal is to create a legacy of our own to share with women of the world. These trendy fashion accessories have been customized to attract women of panache. Our bags are simply, beautifully, different,” says designer Johanna Boccardo.

The collection’s Little Rose handbag mimics the organic curvature of a rose, and is perfect day or night accessory. The Flat Rose, with its sleek design and lustrous sheen, is the ideal evening clutch. Rosaline, a clean, classic tote, was designed for minimalists who desire a fashionable, yet functional carry-all.

At the end of the night when it came time to remove Grown Up Yone from my arm, I though to myself…

I should kill thee with much cherishing.
Good night, good night!
Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

Want to fall in love? Visit Beautiful People at beautifulpeopledesign.com.

*Click on the photo of me next to the Baby Phat red carpet…is that William Hung behind me?!?

5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009

At 51 runway shows during New York’s Fall 2009 Fashion Week, CND’s star nail pros manicured the hottest models and created five new recession-friendly ways to have the latest looks at your fingertips.

carolina+herrera 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
Tickle the Ivories – Glimmering ivory and buttercup blond manicures debuted on the runways of Carolina Herrera and iconic American designers Jason Wu and Tommy Hilfiger. The look is opaque, not sheer, with hit of golden shimmer.

dkny 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
Dark is Classic – Ebonized jewel tones in sapphire and amethyst punctuated the seriously sexy styling at BCBG, Herve Leger and DKNY, while Milly and Luca Luca showed classic dark raisin manicures to complement their feminine collections. At Miss Sixty, pure black Voodoo polish was reserved for pedicures. At Diesel, Amanda Fontanarrosa mixed a custom shade of dark chocolate enamel to match the clothes.

thakoon 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
40s Moon Manicure – The glamour and hope of post WWII returned to fashion in the form of bold beauty elements including matte red lips, pin curled hair, lined eyes and half moon manicures. Ruffian, inspired by a vintage Vogue cover, updated the moon manicure from Vogue’s coral to a deep blood red. At Thakoon, CND’s Wanda Ruiz took the look a step further with a French moon mani in beige and black. At FORM, the urban black uniforms were contrasted with 40s hair and makeup and black and white moon manicures. At ThreeAsFour, CND’s Roxanne Valinoti abstracted the manicure with black triangular moons on nude nails.

matthew+williamson 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
Greige & Dirty Pastels – The non-color of choice for fall is grey. At Kai Kuhne, Roxanne Valinoti designed a gradated manicure effect with greys shade evolving from pinky to thumb. CND’s Kristina Baune mixed custom shades of grey and mushroom for Karen Walker, Costello Tagliopietra, Matthew Williamson, Yigal Azrouel, and Malandrino.

baby+phat 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
Vintage Metallics – Nails are jewels not tools, treat them like the fashion accessory they are. At Marchesa, the look was a metallic charcoal veil to pick up on the delicate embroidery. Baby Phat manis were a universally flattering warm antique gold while Binetti showed distressed gold and silver on a black base.

GoIndulge.com is offering a free mixing bottle with the purchase of CND shades for custom blending. Use the coupon code FWRecipe.

New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009For the Thuy Fall 2009 show, Anthony Barrow for Avon created disheveled rocker updos.

“What we’re going for is to create a dry, airy texture and Thuy wanted the hair to go up…to be a little bit rockabilly. We combed through some Avon Advance Techniques Volumizing Mousse, on dry hair, and sprayed on Avon Advance Techniques Hair Spray. All of that is dried into the hair, using a hair dryer and paddle brush – which gives it a little bit of finish, but keeps it separated because we don’t want the texture to be too perfect.”

“The front half of the head is backcombed and the first few side sections are backcombed. Then the back is twisted asymmetrically across the back of the head. So it’s a bit like a French pleat, but it runs behind the ear. The front is dressed back up and twisted and the ends are left out, so there’s texture in the front. The reason for twisting the hair right to left is because the designer has created several looks with hats. So the hats go from left to right, so we’re balancing that out. What’s important is it’s not too pretty. It’s got a bit of gritiness to it. This is perfect hair, actually, because it’s a little bit damaged.”

thuy+hair New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009

When I asked about the inspiration, Anthony explained, “Thuy wanted something that was strong and ‘not too girly,’ in her words…and edgier and raw. But she wanted it to be clean and she wanted it to be flat. The emphasis needed to be on the front, with the texture. We went through many variations before we decided on this one.”

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009Romero Jennings (for MAC) created the futuristic makeup look. “Thuy was talking about optimism and the future and clean lines. So I felt that the makeup should be organic, like a lot of her shapes are. But because she’s doing some color, I decided to go black and white. I was able to use texture – so there’s shine and matte. There’s definitely a liner, and it’s done with Blacktrack Fluidline, mixed with some new products. We have a new Black Collection for fall that is amazing.”

“On the lid, I mixed Frozen White Pigment with Gold Pigment and a little bit of Reflects Gold. On the cheek, we’re applying Mineralized Blush. But even though there’s a hint of color, you’re really not going to see it. On the runway, it’s going to look like black and white and the skin is just going to glow.”

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009


 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009“The lipstick is a mixture of Flesh Pot (from the limited-edition Heatherette Collection) and Myth. The look is kind of nude and fresh. On a darker girl, I’m going to use Chelsea (discontinued lipstick), which is nude and brownie. It’s pretty. It’s makeup that someone can actually do at home by themselves, with or without all of the extra things that I use. You can actually do this really great strong liner, highlight around it, do a neutral mouth and little bit of blush and you’ll get the same effect.”

When I asked Romero about emerging trends, Romero said, “For fall, I’m seeing that it’s dark. There’s a definite liner, but it’s not pointy. It’s not glam-y or vampy. It’s almost more futuristic and modern. That’s what I love about it. And the skin looks healthy.”

Give Me Fever: Scrunch Collar Cardigan

fever+sweater+coral Give Me Fever: Scrunch Collar CardiganSpoiled Pretty readers, meet my new favorite sweater – the Scrunch Collar Cardigan by Fever.

I bought mine last weekend at Macy’s…the petite version was on sale for $19.99. I picked one up in gray and I am very tempted to go back and buy another (or a couple more) in different colors.

I’ve worn the cardigan twice this week and received a ton of compliments.

Fever’s Scrunch Collar Cardigan is also sold at Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s.

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