So Haute Hippy Chick

Do the 70s ever go out of style? I think not, and if you made the NYFW rounds to the collections, you know they’re hotter than ever.  Everywhere you looked you saw the groovy fashion influence of the bygone era. Bell sleeves are red hot, bell bottoms are even hotter, and hottest of all were chunky platform sandals. Beaded details, embroidered tops, and fringe galore. Los Angeles design house Land of Distinction made their debut with a fall collection featuring flares cropped at the ankle, bright pink and red hues, and corduroy.  Yep, you heard right- corduroy, but with a modern flair. Alexander Wang’s leather jackets and mini dresses had a Studio 54 flavor, and over at Tom Ford there were brightly colored cropped animal print pants. The key to incorporating seventies style into your wardrobe is to pick one element you love and incorporate it into your modern pieces to keep it from looking costume. Flares with a fitted jacket, an embroidered beadwork top with crisp, fitted jeans, or a corduroy jacket over a sleek leather skirt. I paired this disco era dress with modern wedge sandals and a tailored bag and the result is fresh.

The Fabulously Unique Refined Design of Jord Watches

 

Gearing up for beautiful days lounging in the sun, warmer temperatures mean fresh new wardrobe looks and dynamic accessories! One of spring’s most exciting accent pieces this season is the refined design of beautiful Jord Watches. A timepiece like no other, Jord features state of the art watches made of raw, natural wood combined with metallic gold tones, silver tones and pewter accents. Whether lounging in a cabana in Cabo or starboard on a yacht off the coast of Catalina, these watches are the perfect accent to all of your warm weather looks. Perfect for resort collections and a great addition to many of New York Fashion Week’s looks, I fell in love the zebrawood Frankie watch I’m wearing. I recently modeled this watch with an orange and hot pink Lilly Pulitzer Resort starburst dress in New York and everyone on set wanted to know all about it. Later, when we were doing my official shoot, several people working behind the scenes were fascinated by the uniqueness of the Frankie. Sure to get you tons of compliments and lots of double takes, check them out now before spring arrives, they’re this season’s red hot must have accessory!

Link to their men’s shop : https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/men/#shaunecom
Link to our women’s shop : https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/women/#shaunecom
Link to my watch: https://www.jordwatches.com/series/frankie-35/zebrawood-and-champagne/#shaunecom
Link to their Homepage: http://www.woodwatches.com/#shaunecom

Jord Watches: Light, Airy, and Beautiful!

This week will be my official shoot for Jord Watches, I am so excited to announce that I am partnering with them for a new advertising campaign! The watches are absolutely fabulous, with silver and gold metallic accents on feather light wooden bands. What’s more perfect for spring than a luxurious wood grain watch on tanned skin with a white linen dress?!? I could not be more thrilled to be a representative of this company! Pictures soon to be posted to my Instagram fashion modeling account: @realshaune

https://www.woodwatches.com/shop/women

And When You Smile For the Camera

Everyone can be photogenic, all people are beautiful and anyone can photograph like a model. It just takes a little work. Everywhere I go, people ask me questions about how they can look their best in photos so I decided to write about it in today’s blog. The art of taking great pictures is just that– an art that takes work to be perfected. The subject must know their best angles, their best colors and what type lighting is most complimentary. For example, I learned very early in my modeling career that side lighting is horribly unflattering. Similarly, outdoor mid-day bright sun is equally unforgiving. In the movie business, they call this “monster lighting” because the monsters look scarier when lit brightly from above. The best light and also the most flattering is light that hits your face straight on, either early morning or in the evening. I call it, “sweet light”. If you find yourself with a group who wants to get a photo during the noon hour, convince them to move under an awning or porch and into shade.
Posing is another acquired skill. Start by standing with one foot in front of the other and turn your hips slightly to the side. If you can point your front foot toward the picture taker, even better. You’ll look taller. If you’re a fashion blogger, don’t crop your feet out of the image as this shortens you. More tips:  If you’re wearing short sleeves or no sleeves, put your hands on your waist, this will slim your arms. Arms flat at your sides spread out. Always angle your face slightly, most people don’t photograph well straight on. If someone is shooting a profile photo of you, swallow right before they click the picture. This will give your jawline a nice curve and gets rid of a slight double chin. If you have a long face, tilt your chin up to round your face. For people with gaps between their teeth, push your tongue against your teeth when you smile and the gaps disappear in photos.
When shooting selfies, hold the camera higher than your head and turn your face slightly to the right or left. Finally, bright, warm colors tend to look better in pictures than cool pastels, as the warm brights make your skin glow.
Those are a few of my pointers, I could write all day on this topic. Remember to experiment in a full length mirror with your cell phone to find your best angles. Soon, you’ll be taking your photos with complete confidence!

 

Perfect Accessories

Accessories are a sometimes underestimated but always key element to stylish dressing. A perfect choker, pearl bracelet or bangle stack can really complete a look. My mom used to always say,  “Don’t junk up your look with too much jewelry, look in the mirror and take off what you see first.” Mom really knew what she was talking about, her words have endured the test of time. For example, when wearing a simple column dress, a bold link necklace in silver or gold is a flawless accent. My rule is, when wearing a statement necklace, pair it with small earrings and a bracelet. When wearing no necklace, choose large earrings and a bracelet. When wearing no necklace and stud earrings, do a big bangle stack. This brings me to my bangle stack that I get so many inquiries on. I just adore David Yurman. The pieces are so collectible. I mix a few 5mm bangles with a couple 10mm pieces, but you can do whatever suits your personality. I have a friend who wears a stack of fifteen 5mm bracelets and it suits her personality perfectly. I am linking to a few of my current Yurman bracelets. Like everything else in fashion, have fun with your pieces and find out what suits you best.

Yurman bracelets I love:

The green and blue on this one is crazy cool;

https://m.saks.com/pd.jsp?productCode=0400088813428&R=883932686258&P_name=David+Yurman&Ntt=yurman+5+mm+bracelet&N=0&bmUID=m5m74Yx

Love the barbed wire feel of this:

https://m.saks.com/pd.jsp?productCode=0400092874585&R=883932878622&P_name=David+Yurman&Ntt=yurman+5+mm+bracelet&N=0&bmUID=m5m74YH

Here’s a nautical piece that will be great for spring:

https://m.saks.com/pd.jsp?productCode=0400090022961&R=883932822410&P_name=David+Yurman&Ntt=Yurman+5+mm+bracelet&N=0&bmUID=m5m7KTA

 

Mix and Match for Spring

With spring rapidly approaching, we’re all eager to break out some bright colors and new textures. It’s easy to mix in some wearable off the rack pieces with your designer finery. The floral pant I’m wearing here is from old navy, I’ve paired it with an INC ruffled cotton blouse, my Valentino bag and Jimmy Choo pumps. You wouldn’t ordinarily mix suedes with patent leather, but you can get away with it now as we are transitioning out of winter. Don’t be afraid to experiment by mixing bold brights in new ways and combining contrasting textures.

Staying Warm with Fabulous Coats

At least there’s a silver lining to all of the ice and snow we’ve been experiencing this winter. One of the wonderful advantages to this season are the amazing coats we get to add to our cold weather wardrobe. This week, I had an amazing opportunity to collaborate with one of the oldest and most established furriers in the country, Sakowitz Furs. Featured in the photo is a dyed chinchilla bolero paired with a Badgeley Mischka couture evening gown. Also featured in this week’s collaboration are mink, sable, and fox coats and capes. The wonderful part about Sakowitz Furs are the fabulous pieces in every price range. Some of the beautiful fox vests are only 300.00. For more information, visit their site at SakowitzFurs.net