Thursday, December 26, 2013

Fashionistas Holiday Vibes

With happy customers and readers off to their merry Christmas celebrations, my fellow blogger and stylist girlfriends crossed the final items off their shopping list to reward themselves.  No fancy wraps and glittery bows to untie, as glasses are raised, must-have heels, and irresistible fragrances and baubles are put to use today.  Check out these fashionistas’ holiday vibes and finds:

Seeking style inspiration on the streets of Phoenix, Couture in the Suburbs blogger and editor, Lindsay Viker favors practicality and essentials this season. “This year, I got myself some wine glasses since it is my first year in my new apartment, and I love having a glass of red wine after a long day. Now, all I need is for Santa to leave a bottle of cabernet sauvignon underneath the Christmas tree,” relates Lindsay.  Definitely a critical household accessory, functional for the holidays and any season of the year! Cheers!

Lindsay Viker

When it comes to styling, Channel 3 TV personality and top stylist, Rochelle York Tondreau, is all about empowerment and versatility, always bringing that confident feeling to her clients.   This year while shopping for my loved ones and clients I came across something that I just had to have ……a new pair of black boots! I feel that black boots are something that can be carried throughout seasons (fall into winter) and work great as a transitioning piece. These Gianni Bini boots are simple black leather boots that can go with just about anything.  They can be worn for both day and night wear which makes it easy when you are trying to travel light. Most of my Gianni Bini finds are from Dillard's at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall,” says Rochelle.

Rochelle York Tondreau

Rochelle is one of the few experts I keep in mind when having a fashion dilemma as in WWRD I ask myself,  "What Would Rochelle Do?"  

Rochelle York Tondreau and Sheila Vidamo-Vertuno

Likewise, Phoenix wardrobe stylist, Vanessa Renee Gonzales, loves to help her clients feel good about what they wear.  The nice thing about being a stylist is that it almost always involves shopping.  Vanessa shares not one, not two but three recent finds! “My first purchase was this gorgeous snake patterned blazer from BCBG. I have been really into neutrals and soft tones this winter, so I felt this was a piece I could take right into spring! The best part about this purchase? I only paid $56.00 for it, regularly $298.  Next purchase was in Las Vegas! I was there for work and found this gorgeous statement necklace from Aldo accessories! This necklace was $30 regularly but I got it for $15 on sale! I can't wait to wear it over and over again! And last purchase was these adorable embellished shorts from forever 21. I have been dying to wear some shorts, tights and a crop sweater this winter so hopefully these shorts will help me complete my vision! The shorts were $29!”  I couldn’t agree more, good hunt and great steals!

Vanessa Renee Gonzales

No need to go undercover to shadow Miss Mignon G., editor of, a style and entertainment blogzine that covers fashion trends, designer profiles, movie reviews and celebrity interviews.  By the way, I wanna be a CSA when I grow up, a "Chic Spy Agent" that is!  Continuing a personal customary practice, the Chic Spy herself reveals, “Each year for the holidays I have a tradition of treating myself to a new product for my beauty arsenal. This year I opted for Chanel Coco Noir perfume.”   I must say that I am intrigued by the hint of masculinity diffused underneath the oriental aroma in this black bottle.  So yes, I have this on my wish list too.  While on this subject, let me share that my favorite Chanel juice is Coco Mademoiselle since I first bought it in France, months before it came out in U.S. I love its sexy fragrance and its chemistry blends well with my skin. It also has that woody-musky base that makes it a bit..again masculine which I like.

The Chic Spy

From the west, Los Angeles Celebrity Stylist Ali Levine advocates “life is a party, dress accordingly.”  Who would disagree with that! Today, Ali shares what she got herself to strut for the holidays, “I got myself my first pair of Brian Atwood heels! Merry Christmas to me! I have always loved Brian Atwood’s designs and I found them on sale at Nordstrom, and couldn't help it! A great neutral silver, they'll go with anything. They added to my sparkle and detail for today's holiday outfit! I love heels! Today I heard a quote, forget the stocking stuffers, just give me heels!!” I say, me too!

Ali Levine

From the east, Houston we have a problem… Catherine Gochoco chic blogger for A Fashion Fiend, is dearly missed here in the valley.  Glad that she stays involved with the local scenes when in-town.

Sheila Vidamo-Vertuno and Catherine Gochoco

Eye-ing these items for a while now, Catherine deservingly gets herself these holidays presents – “First, I chose this Zara checked studio cape because of the current plaid trend. I am a huge fan and love the shape a cape gives over an outfit. Instead of the same coat, cape style outerwear still provides warmth but makes your ensemble so chic.” Next, “I am finally spending time in the snow and saw these winter white boots while browsing and knew they would be perfect. The classic black/white color combo looks amazing against the snowy mountain scenery, and they match almost all of my cold weather gear.” Like me, Cat likes supporting local merchants, “these tees are made from local Arizona designer, Greg Kerr. His clothing line, Miles to Go, lends a creative print to clothing t-shirts, bags, and belts. His inspirations are from works like The Great Gatsby, Harry Potter, Moby Dick, the Buddha, and movies. The tees are made from 100% cotton and are ridiculously soft. I asked for these two new styles. The final item on my Christmas list is really the most important, because it has to do with keeping my body healthy. Switching to clean eating has truly made a huge difference in the way that I feel. I have more energy, a slimmer waist, and clear skin. All major pluses in my book! I usually shy away from any type of dieting to keep my meal options open. I like to cook, so generally I am able to make pretty healthy meals. After following recipes I found on the internet, this cookbook came highly recommended from people that follow a clean eating lifestyle. You are what you eat so keep it clean!” Well said, that cues us well for the coming year!

Catherine Gochoco

My style is more classic, lots of black, white and neutrals in my closet.  For this holiday I decided to go with soft leather, gold details and a pop of color from the purple family that I can carry through next year in tune with 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid.  This rich plum sleek structure Juicy Couture Zip Top Tote is trendy, functional and versatile, it can be worn hands free on arms or crossbody style.  The gilded studwork, buckle detailing and chain shoulder straps lend a rocker-chic glam.  Best of all, it was originally priced at $298, then marked down to $220, plus 60% off, I got it for a whopping $88 from Cabazon Premium Outlets in California. Score!!! Now that’s a jolly Christmas find =)

Sheila Vidamo-Vertuno

As we share gifts of fashion and celebrate great times while surrounded by family and friends, feeling so much love and making wonderful memories…Christmas morning is one of my most favorite moments of the year.   I am grateful for all the blessings this year, hope yours is fantastic as well!

Are you ready for 2014? Get your FASH on, keep styling and make a fashion scene!


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