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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Beautiful Cookies vs. Delicious Cookies.

We were all sitting down at the dinner table when my mom pulled out a package of decadent looking handmade cookies given to our family. My dad bites into one and says, "This is a beautiful cookie. Tasteless...but beautiful." We all laugh thinking the exact same thing. They were decorated to perfection...little green trees with pearled sugar drops as ornaments, powdered snowflakes artistically hand drawn...just visually ideal.

We then got to thinking, would you rather eat a delicious cookie or a beautiful cookie? What is a better compliment to receive as a chef, "these cookies look so pretty" or "these cookies taste damn good!"? Most likely, the latter.

The same question can be applied to Couture. Would you rather wear a beautiful ensemble? Or would you prefer to feel violatingly delicious wearing the garments?

FENDI Fur Jabot; $2,390, ALLDRESSEDUP Feather Gilet; $604

I've picked out a few pieces that are deliciously beautiful to wear this season...

Emilio Pucci Zebra-Print Tunic

Style Tip: Silver, silver, silver. As much as I adore gold, you just have to make everything silver! Shoes, cuff, even delicate long stranded earrings.

Donna Karan Sequined Crochet Sweater

Style Tip: Beautiful bold lips, as shown above, are key for not being washed out in the silver tone. Pair with a fabulous pair of thick structured leggings or colored J Brand skinnies for a bolder, more casual look. White works to perfection as shown on the model, but put down the delicious cookie and stare at the beautiful one because you need to be in top shape to pull this one off.

Naeem Khan Brushstroke-Print Silk Caftan

Style Tip: Nothing. Perhaps a gold bangle or cuff, but nothing dangling or jingling. If you can get away with a pair of jeweled gladiator flats go with it...strappy heels in a metallic color will also fit in effortlessly.

Shamask Peacock-Print Poncho
Original: 1,295.00
NOW: 777.00

Style Tip: Black skinnies tucked into a structured pair of boots. Matte lipstick makes lips noticeable without going bold. Keep it dark. Let me suggest Black Orchid Private Blend Lipstick by Tom Ford, you're getting the poncho on sale, pop for the overpriced (yet necessary) color.

Escada Striped Caftan

Style Tip: Red strappy shoes. Gold are nice, but red kicks it up a notch. Height is key, patent is a plus.

To summarize, when I think deliciously beautiful I think flowy caftans, luxe furs, draped ponchos, sequined cardigans, bold prints galore. All the above shown pieces are available currently at Neiman Marcus and I suggest you ravage them stat.

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