I love an interesting cuff more than most accessories because there are so many different kinds of cuffs. For the most part they’re more inventive than necklaces and I can always find a way to incorporate them into an ensemble. From thick to thin, gemstones to detail work, I love the ways a cuff takes on so many different personas. There’s almost no outfit that can’t be enhanced by a cuff, and these eight picks are phenomenal eye candy for the wrists.
Rodarte x Opening Ceremony – Deep Pleated Skirt; $518.00, Barneys.com
I love the texture of this skirt, don’t let the crinkled stamp fool you, I’m pretty sure the pleats will still require ironing. The full skirt will most definitely bounce while I walk, it’s preppy and chic, something Blair Waldorf would wear. Not to mention it’s ultra flirty so dressing it down with something a little masculine like a leather jacket and boots will make for a fashion risk and putting on stockings and pumps with a chiffon blouse to dress it up will work really well.
 This looks like a jewelry box I’d keep on my vanity or chest of drawers but it’s actually a clutch purse from Poupee Couture. I love its duality, the black box on gold lattice work is utterly gorgeous. I spied something like this in the BCBG Max Azria Fall Winter 2011 show, but this one I can have now if my heart desires.
 This is called a tortoise decanter, for the true wine connoisseur in me. It’s more than just that piece you pull out when company’s over, it’s the kind of piece you want to put on display because it’s so gorgeous. This Steuben creation is a work of art.
 I can picture Christina Hendricks wearing this Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Red Solid Sunday top on the set of Mad Men. It’s vintage sixties feel is timeless and I’d love to dress it up by mixing it with other decades and creating a modern perspective. I want to wear it as an open vest over a slouchy vintage tee, a pair of skinny jeans and canvas oxfords.
 The splashes of color on this Proenza Schouler mini make me all kinds of happy. I’m a color fanatic and the frilly texture paired with the green and blue decidedly non-girly colors makes it even more my cup of tea.
 This Rachel Roy ring is blue burnished metal enrobed by a snake, it’s ultra edgy, but what I find a little hilarious is the one red eye, one clear. The texture and dimensions of this ring make it a phenomenal covet worthy piece that I can’t get out of my head.
I’ve been toying with the idea of styling my hair with dreadlocks like Lauryn Hill for a really long time. I haven’t gone through with it because I’m chicken and my family isn’t very supportive. They weren’t supportive when I cut it off either, but something about the persona of Lauryn Hill makes me want to try it. A venerable style icon in the world of R&B, Lauryn Hill set the stage for both music and style for today’s artists. Janelle Monae has been named as her predecessor of sorts, but I’m hesitant to say that anyone can compare to this empress of cool. Her music has spoken to generations and from afros to locks and leopard print to black, she’s this driving force that has the potential to overpower the soul. I suppose marrying into the closest thing to Jamaican royalty, the Marley family, Lauryn Hill holds a sacred place in the hearts and minds of anyone who’s ever took heed to the lyrics of any track on ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’. Lauryn always looks amazing in a halter, and she’s never been shy about prints, a piece like this Missoni vertical striped jumpsuit is a must-have when channeling her style. I love wire necklaces and this one is almost an exact replica of a necklace Lauryn has been photographed wearing time and time again. The cover art for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is legitimate art as far as I’m concerned, and this acrylic painting from Artie Barksdale elevates it to another level. Lauryn loves her leopard, and while I’m not sure I could pull off a leopard print coat like her I most certainly could rock this cross body vintage-esque leopard print bag.
Red carpet or orange, Selena Gomez is always hitting my best dressed list, and it’s between that and the fact that she’s a bonafide sweetheart that she’s become one of my favorite young Hollywood stars. Selena would be a dream to style and her willingness to play with color is so refreshing. Although I’m still wondering if she managed to get out of the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards unscathed by the signature green goop I loved everything about her outfit, except for her tootsies that were in need of a pedicure. Selena took over the orange carpet at LA’s Galen Center with her usual, fresh and beautiful presence.
 Large feather print organza panelled front sleeveless blouse from Christian Cota.  Hot pink nails & a turquoise & amethyst ring (currently searching for something similar to this shade & the ring).  The new IT bag, the Lauren Merkin ‘Lucy’ Clutch & a simple purple stone bracelet. Christian Cota textured circuit jacquard cuffed flat front shorts.  Camilla Skovgaard turquoise ankle point strap sandals.
I’ve been a fan of Georgetown cupcakes for a while, mostly because they’re a great stop on my day trips down M Street and because I love the cute fondant and the inventive flavors. Up until now, Georgetown Cupcake trumped them all, then came Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery. It’s a smaller selection in a quaint, cute little bakery in Gaithersburg so I never expected to find the moistest chocolate raspberry cupcake I’ve ever had. Held in an upside down Solo cup (the play on the word ‘cupcake’ wasn’t lost on me) with the trademark Lilly Magilly logo was a moist, delectable chocolate cake that had the perfect amount of sweetness topped with a simple fresh raspberry and yummy raspberry icing. While my sister indulged in a snicker doodle cupcake that was more for anyone with a real sweet tooth, I took my dear, sweet time tasting each of the simply delicious flavors that my new favorite DC Metro Area cup cakery put together in one little treat. The combination of chocolate and raspberry melted together in my mouth so harmoniously with a flavor jolt that shot through my veins unlike any other sugar high I’ve experienced. I have one word to describe Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery – Yum!
Cupcakes are $2.75 each, which seems to be becoming the standard price for these mini cakes these days.
Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery
220 Boardwalk Place
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
I’ve loved Keira Knightley ever since Pirates of the Caribbean, but I really couldn’t expect the girl to walk around town in corsets all day every day. These days the face of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle is sporting this undone, slouchy biker chick look that adds to her allure. Her unkempt bob and insanely stunning bone structure make just about every look come off effortlessly. Here she is strolling around in London today at The Comedy Theatre in my favorite leather jacket from Burberry Prorsum. She pulls together a few simple pieces like a pair of distressed straight leg blue jeans and a slouchy ‘greige’ cashmere sweater as a canvas for the ensemble. The only thing that’s left is to add in a pair of moss green ankle boots and a rope necklace to finish off this sort of tomboy gamine look.