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Fashion Crimes Podcast
5 out of 5 stars
A MUST if you commute, heck, even if you don’t!
These two are hilarious and so informative. They’re like celebrities but the nicest down to earth ones that crack you up and curse. I can’t wait to commute everyday so I can listen.
5 out of 5 stars
Helpful, sensible & easy tips
Thank you Holly for your direct & current approach to fashion. I’ve always loved fashion, but as I get older, it’s helpful to be told what’s OUT, what’s appropriate & what’s the latest. I like your fashion crimes (guilty) & recommendations. It’d be helpful to do a podcast on what to do with older styles (where to donate, sell, trade, etc.). Keep keeping us fashionable!
5 out of 5 stars
A really fun listen full of great advice!
Entertaining fashion podcast full of great info delivered in a down to earth way. Holly talks to you like you’re old friends and her stylist friend Nolan has fantastic advice. I totally get their philosophy around fashion and wardrobing. Inspiring! I’ve learned about new jewelry brands, handbag brands, you name it. Highly recommend.
5 out of 5 stars
Holly knows her stuff and does not hold back. Expert style advice and laugh-out-loud funny commentary make this show a highly entertaining must listen. 5 stars!
5 out of 5 stars
I LOVE your show!
I am so glad I found your show! You are the real deal! Informative with a funny twist. Always cracking up and writing notes to elevate my style! Love it!!!
1 out of 5 stars
Disappointing- annoying host. Guest who recommends a Celine summer handbag & can’t pronounce Loewe. Need to infuse this w interesting content.
5 out of 5 stars
Atlanta’s Fashion Finest
Holly keeps things real and entertaining with good topics and interesting guests.
1 out of 5 stars
Awful gravel voice -no thanks
I had high hopes -but no thanks. The constant cursing lowers her IQ in my opinion.
1 out of 5 stars
Let’s be honest
She is so loud and seems so full of herself. And both hosts curse constantly
5 out of 5 stars
They are you fashion besties
I just feel like they are my best friends who are dishing in the funnest way! I am a working professional for a Fortune 500 company and it’s nice to get some good insight on how to present your personal brand to the world.
Eating and eating and eating
5 out of 5 stars
She tells it like it is!
Truly, this is my favorite podcasts. Holly holds nothing back as she shares her advice, experience, sense of style, and everything in between. Seriously, her personality lights up the room, and it's fantastic! Be sure to follow Fashion Crimes Podcast to hear Holly's exclusive interviews and backstage coverage of coveted fashion shows. You can thank me later ;)
5 out of 5 stars
This is the only Holly that I need to know.
This is the only Holly that I need to know.
5 out of 5 stars
Nolan & Holly are ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC Not only do they literally give you so much information about fashion where to buy price History etc they are Hysterical- this podcast was wonderful I’m living vicariously thru Nolan - I ADORE Him
5 out of 5 stars
Great show and hilarious to listen too!
What a great show! So much fun with fashion and Holly is a hoot!! I loved being a guest on the show and I highly recommend you listen for fashion and fun!
5 out of 5 stars
Too much fun…
This pair is too much fun - loved the conversations and insights from this fashion loving/living duo!
Sweet Dee 08
5 out of 5 stars
Down to Earth
I am NOT a fashionista. However, after listening to them, I have a better idea of what to wear and how! They are fun, motivating, and informative about the industry. If you are easily bored, this show is for you! They are an awesome duo that will have you laughing and engaged the entire time.
5 out of 5 stars
Real, Funny, and Entertaining
I love this podcast! I look forward to each episode as it is real, light, funny, and entertaining. I enjoy Holly and Nolan’s chemistry and friendship and find myself smiling throughout. And who knew I would learn such great tips about fashion and makeup?! A podcast must!
5 out of 5 stars
Love this podcast to pieces!!!!
I love listening to the Fashion Crimes Podcast! Always excited when I receive notification of a new episode. Holly and Nolan are my walking buddies—they give me a fantastic perspective on fashion and I love listening to their viewpoint on what & where to splurge for pieces in my wardrobe. They combine extravagance with sensibility—I enjoy listening to them because it keeps my fashion IQ on point—
5 out of 5 stars
Listening to Holly and Nolan is like sitting in a room with your most hilarious friends and letting them tell you how it is. Their expert fashion advice is delivered with wit, passion and love. Fashion Crimes will lift your mood and leave you with more fashion knowledge than you had before - guaranteed! 100% delightful!
5 out of 5 stars
Listening is like hanging with friends
I’m a married mom of 2 with a full time job, I don’t have a lot of me time. Grabbing a Starbucks and listening to the podcast in my car is like hanging out with friends. It’s fun, funny, light hearted me time. I talk back to Holly and Nolan like they’re in the car with me! Love it
5 out of 5 stars
I LOVE this podcast! It is light and hilarious. Holly and Nolan are the perfect match! They make fashion sound less elitist and more approachable. I'll be plugged in!
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- Mother of the Groom Dresses EP | 136So, you’ve heard of “ S aying Y es to the D ress” if you are a bride. Next , comes the “Mother of the Bride” dress ideas all over Pinterest. But you know what you don’t see? Nothing for the “Mother of the Groom . ” Nada. Zilch! #RUDEEEE And, since Holly is about to become one, not only does she have a bone to pick with the fashion industry, but she also has some INCREDIBLE suggestions for all those moms out there, who need to look their best without outshining the bride - and/or for sure - the mother of the bride. C oming in at 3 rd Place in the wedding pecking order does not mean that what you wear does not matter. Just b ecause you do not have the pressure of being the “Mother of the Bride” does not mean you don’t own a place at the table. You do. There are so many layers to consider when deciding the TONE of what to wear to your son’s weddin g that it is daunting. But the truth is, there are some simple style rules to follow, and YOU CAN DO ITTTT!! Holly is here to save the day with her style suggestion s. Be sure to follow her on Pinterest and see her curated MOTHER OF THE GROOM board for guidance. Her suggestions are much more updated than what you will find in bridal s tores. Because if you have ever been to one, as the Mother of the Groom, it is depressing, sad and just tired. So, first off: Shopping for events like this becomes especially difficult for those who may hate to shop. Shopping too early for your perfect dress just to get it over with when you have a big event is a FASHION CRIME. Important to know for our Boy Moms, and for all women, is based on Holly’s basic principle: SHOP FOR YOUR BODY TYPE, and SHOP FOR FIT. Also? The day your son comes to you and says some woman wants to marry them, you need to thank God, and Allah, and the Space Aliens that you have raised a respectable person that another person wants to spend the rest of their life with. Can we just celebrate that? You are a SUPERHUMAN for raising an award winning son that someone wants be with 24/7. #awinisawin “The day your son comes to you, and says he wants to get married; you should breathe a sigh of relieve right then and there.” – Holly Katz, mother of the groom. The wedding of your son is an important event. You will have the pictures of this moment for the rest of your life. So please give yourself some grace and love yourself enough to make these moments matter by allowing yourself to look as wonderful and happy as you feel. This is called self-love, and you deserve it after raising a boy. I mean, let's be honest. Your son still looks up to you with pride. You are the shining beacon that has always guided him. Showing up with confidence and pride – when you happy with your look and style for his big day – he will feel confident, becuase you do. So, if this moment feels daunting you to, just know that this isn't rocket science. There's a gajillion dresses in the world. You only need 1. Maybe 2. Really. We promise this will be easier than middle school. The Top 3 Pain Points for Mothers of the Groom: Pain Point #3: “I don’t want to upstage the b ride ” Holly’s first thought is: “Great. That’s adorable.” But what Holly really wants to say is: “Bitch, PLEASE.” Because u nless you are a 50+ s upermodel, that ain’t gonna happen. You can quote Holly on that . What you are really saying is: I want to be in my fashion comfort zone, I don’t want to try too hard.” This is setting yourself up to fail – because you want little-to-no attention on you. You may not be saying this consciously, but unconsciously, you are insecure in this situation. Recognize that, so we can fix that. Pain Point #2: “I don’t want to show my arms, or legs, or what-have- you ” Do not hold yourself back because you have body issues. When you focus on this, you are not open. You need to be open to anything and everything. You never know what might work for you. For example: you don’t want to show off your legs, so in your mind, you have a length or style that you reject before you even try it on. TRY IT ALL ON first. Then decide if your legs work or not. But, do not avoid a style based on your fear. STOP HOLDING YOURSELF BACK. Pain Point #1: Money When you don’t shop a lot, you are not familiar with how much things cost , or why they cost what they cost. As with anything, you get what you pay for. So set a budget. Shop within that budget and buy what FITS your body and your budget. There is something for every body type, and every budget. When it comes to evening wear – it may seem frivolous to spend a lot money on a one-time occasion. But think of it this way: if you have a child in your life getting married, so are all their friends. Chances are, you will be invited as “parent friends” to a ton of weddings in the next few years. You can wear a gown many times. If it’s too formal, after your son’s wedding, you can change the length of the dress, add a sleeve, alter it to change the style for a different look. NOT NECESSARY TO BUY A NEW OUTFIT FOR EVERY OCCASION. Please. Second-hand or special occasion rental is always a great idea! Putting the Look Together: The Dress Shapewear Shoes Jewelry Evening Bag * Possibly a wrap or a coat *Do not assume you can ask your husband to hold your lipstick, phone and credit card in their suit pockets. A bag is part of the outfit, and you need your stuff with you. All night. Not having a fashionable, function evening bag is a major FASHION CRIME. #notnegotiable How to S hop for the O utfit: You must shop in person: fondle the fabric, try things on, take your high heels, wear the shapewear. At the very least, learn what does not fit you, so you can shop for what does fit and looks bet on you. Is it itchy? Does it stretch? Is a size 10 the same for one brand, and different for another? GO. IN. PERSON. Dress brands to consider: Tom and Linda Platt Bagley Mischka Mac Dougal Black Halo Teri Jon Chiara Boni Zac Posen Consider shapewear: Do you need a strapless bra? Do you need something around your tummy? This is the first place to start. Do not shop only online. You will slow down the process. Try on in-store first. Know your fit and favorite brands. THEN you can order online, or shop for sale items. Please go to a store and ask for help. A qualified in-store person can change your life. Timing: Do not shop too early. You will over-shop. There will be too many decisions. Buy a dress for the season you need. Mothers' of the Groom can start about 3-5 months in advance for your season. Trust Holly on this. Save yourself some brain cells. The decision will be easier if you focus on the timing. Note: The newness wears off if you buy it too far out. Find S omething N ew and U npredictable: Do not fall into the trap of “mother.” You are not required to wear lace, or a cape or a complete body-covering. Level up! Don’t be predicable. Do not buy an old lady dress! Find a dress that is dependent on why type of wedding it is, and is nicer than something you would normally wear. If you son’s wedding is black tie: you can wear something beaded or s equin ed, or a midi-dress. If it is at 2 o’clock in the afternoon , those options are out. There are a lot of factors at play for the time of day or location for wedding. So Holly’s best advice here is to ask for help! What is the expectation? What is everyone else wearing? Do your research. In conclusion: Out of all the dresses in the universe, there's one out there for you. You can send Holly a DM or follow her on Pinterest for ways to make this very special event fun and easy, comfortable and stylish. She is right there with you! You are not alone! Ask for help. And Mazel Tov on passing your perfect son onto someone else to manage! Ha! Xoxo - The only Holly you need to know0 comments0
- Oscars 2023 Red (Champagne) Carpet Recap |EP 135T he 2023 Academy Awards just happened, so Holly is back this week to discuss R ed C arpet fashion s with “just a few comments and opinions , ” because who would we be if your favorite personal stylist didn't give her opinion on Hollywood’s biggest night ? Duh, that is why we are here! #Helloooooo In this episode, Holly takes us through her favorite hits and misses on the 2023 R ed C arpet , helping you understand what the stars are wearing , so you can learn how this type of high fashion will translate and trickle down to regular everyday folks . In general, the Oscar s do not aim for the outrageous or wacky factor like we see for the Met Gala or the Grammys. This is the absolute highest honor i n the film industry. Traditionally, the Academy Awards R ed C arpet is where the world's most prestigious stars present themselves in the way they'll be remembered decades from now. An d , at least this year, most people understood the assignment. But hold on a minute! Did you know that in 2023, the “Red Carpet” is not actually red anymore?( We are still calling it the “Red Carpet” for this episode, however.) So , fun fact : The New York Times recently quoted a big-time celebrity event planner, Mandy Weiss, and she said the color of the red carpets has changed because of fashion. It must match the dresses , and the color red just really clashe s . The carpet has been red since 1961 , back when it was all about a star’s movie and wh at role they were nominated fo r. N ow it's all about what the stars are wearing and which designer they are wearing . The New York Times states that, in fact , event planners say trends and carpet colors now correlate with the trends on the runways. "It all goes back to fashion and style and trend setting," says Mrs. Weiss . T he carpet should reflect the fashion that's going to walk down the carpet and not fight with it. So, this year it was called the Champagne Carpet. Alrighty then. We can roll with it. HOLLY'S TOP PICKS: Halle B e rry Halle wore a stunning angelic white haltered gown by Tamara Ralph with a thigh-high slit, a midsection cutout, and a flowing skirt. But the most notable aspect of the look was the shimmery pink rose appliqués placed delicately across the neck and at her hip. Honey, that slit up the leg! We mean, we literally couldn't tell she if had underwear on. That's how high it was...and speaking of her legs, she sure does have the legs pull off this dress. She was absolute perfection. Michelle Yeoh Continuing with the white trend , Michelle Yeoh made history when she won the award for Best Actress at the Oscars, becoming the first Asian woman to take home the prize. It had already been a hugely successful award season for the actress, not just in terms of recognition, but also when it came to her red-carpet style. But, when it came to deciding what to wear for the biggest night of them all, Yeoh turned to Dior and creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, who created a beautiful feathered white gown especially for her. This dress initially may look like just a lot of fabric, maybe even like a bridal gown. However, it was handmade by Dior Haute Couture atelier – featured waves of feathers in ivory silk organza. It had a sleeveless illusion top which made her dress look strapless from far away but wasn't. When you take a closer look, you can see the illusion part which is a netting. Added with diamond earrings, her hair style, and her diamond jewelry, she was next level! She is just stunningly, remarkably gorgeous at 60 years old. We had to look that up! She's completely fabulous. Emily Blunt Blunt matched a form-fitting, off-the-shoulder Valentino dress with a white clutch that was adorned with pearls and a silver appliqué to keep the outfit monochrome. She added hanging, embellished earrings to her stylish updo of backswept hair. Blunt s howed that an off-the-shoulder column dress, done right, can be perfection. The understated gown got a dollop of bling courtesy of Blunt's Judith Leiber envelope clutch and a double dose of pink perfection via a pair of Chopard chandelier earrings. DYING over the earrings. When Holly says “off the shoulder,” it was boob level, low, low off-the-shoulder. But she is so beautiful. You can see how gorgeous her skin is. And those gorgeous earrings! She had very, very natural makeup. She was just glowing and effortlessly chic. Mindy Kaling One of Holly’s top looks of the night in custom Vera Wang was Mindy Kaling. She was someone who made Holly fall out of her chair! Never have we seen her look so beautiful and elegant. The custom Vera Wang white dress featured off-the-shoulder sleeves and a mesh Illusion with white boning bodice. So unexpected and fashion forward! Her hair was simply slicked back and effortless. She just looked stunning, stunning, stunning. #NEXTLEVEL Eva Longoria Wowza. Speaking of w owz a , and we mean w owz a ! Eva Longoria in her Zuhair Murad couture beaded deep V -neck gown just br ought a level of elegance that very, very few can achieve successfully pull off . This dress was made for her - even though this dress was a disco ball. ( Those were her words , not ours.) But a chic disco ball. But i t didn't look like a disco ball , and it was not too much on her , even though she is a bit “ vertically challenged. ” She is not tall. She is a very petite and small person , but she just looked like a supermodel and this dress. TREND ALERT: Longoria’s dress was a very sexy dress and with the mirrors on it, which has been a trend that we’ve seen a for a f ew seasons now. Normal people can add this trend in simple ways: on a sweater or jeans, a sweatshirt, or just on a hand bag. Instead of sequins, it's like wearing tiny, little mirrors. This look, in small doses, can easily trickle down for styles for us regular people. So f ia Carson Dressed in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture , w hat looks like a gown is actually a custom white draped silk-chiffon off - shoulder crop - top featuring a twisted cut-out bodice paired with an asymmetrical waist ball gown skirt . Sofia styled her look with a Chopard necklace featuring seven octagonal shaped emeralds totaling 122.49-carats along with 92.57-carats of pear-shaped, marquise cut, baguette cut and round shaped diamonds set in Fairmined -certified white gold jewelry from the Haute Joaillerie Collection. www. chopard.com O.M.G. E verybody was talking about this necklace. It looked like something you see in a museum. This necklace...a bsolutely unreal ! She must have had security guards around her by the 1000s. We mean, she probably couldn't pee that night by herself , right?? T ems F or the Oscars, Tems (t he Grammy-winning Nigerian artist—born Temilade Openiyi — who is the first African woman to have five Billboard hits ) selected a custom white sculptural gown from Ukrainian brand Lever Couture's AW22 Leleka Couture collection, a look that Tems described as "outside the box." She wore the dreamy white gown with metallic silver eyeliner and cocoa-lined lips that complimented the overall futuristic tone of the outfit. It had this big structure over her head that was on - theme and ahead of the fashion curve. So, it was not her fault that they sat her in the middle of a row, and no one could see around her. Fashion first, damn it! Move her to a better seat! Michelle Williams The actress, who was nominated in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category for her work in The Fabelmans , arrived at the 95th annual awards ceremony in an all-white Chanel couture look . The dress was a little mature for her, and felt like somebody much, much older could have worn because it was strapless, with netting over the top of it - like when you don’t want to show your arms or shoulders. Holly was just a little surprised, because she could have gotten away with something much more a vant -g arde . Ariana De B os e She looked stunning , arriv ing at the 95th Academy Awards in a white Atelier Versace gown with all - over silver embellishments , featuring a sexy deep V at the front and a thigh-high slit leg . She paired the dazzling number with silver heeled sandals, and diamond jewels. Zoe Salanda For Zoe Salda n a, the 2023 Oscars presented an opportunity to join the sustainability discussion and incorporate practices into her life — starting with the pinnacle red carpet. As an ambassador for Suzy Amis Cameron’s RCGD Global, the Academy’s official sustainability partner, and an awards presenter, the Avatar: The Way of Water star accessorized a Fall 2022 Fendi Couture mesh and lace-paneled slip-gown with vintage Cartier jewels. It was not over the top. It was very effortlessly chic and simple. This was the perfect way to represent the sustainability movement , standing up for the re -w ear , reuse and recycle effort . Monica Barbaro Barbaro arrived w earing an elegant Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. The California native looked stunning in the dress that featured a plunging neckline and a deep purple front-tie skirt with a velvet bow in the front. Sexy yet so incredibly classy ! When she was being interviewed , she stated how incredibly grateful she was to Elie Saab and the showroom and the team to be given th is dress , because even before she even made it in the movie industry , and n obody knew who she was , t hey were supporting her and loaning her dresses. So good for them ! G ood on Elie Saab for keeping the faith ! Florence Pugh The Don't Worry Darling star arrived on the Oscars carpet wearing Valentino. Her jaw-dropping outfit featured a black minidress with pockets shrouded by a draping off-the-shoulder cape in a creamy grayish-beige hue. A dramatic cape ebbed out from the pleated bodice into cloudlike poof sleeves and a long train. She finished the look with black platform heels, a structural abstract diamond necklace, sparkling pink drop earrings, and a black bow in her hair. The whole thing open ed at the bus t, like an e mpire waist . Y ou could see her legs and it flowed like a train behind her. Holly was just aghast and has never seen anything so daring and unexpected ! She tells us she was just dying over this look! Florence is very young. And she has a very edgy , punk vibe. One of Holly's top, top picks of the night!!! “ And I just loved every single bit of it. I want this to trickle down. So , i f I have to make this trickle down myself I do not care . God I love this. Did I say that already just saying I'm gonna put this picture under my pillow at night and I'm going to manifest this look for me. ” – Holly Katz HONORABLE MENTION Winnie Harlow Harlow arrived in a s oft yellow archival 2005 Armani Privé couture column d ress. S ustainable fashion has really made a statement on the R ed .. or excuse us, C hampagne C arpet this year as we are seeing celebrities wanting to showcase garments that have already made a statement instead of having a designer make something brand new for them. She is completely gorgeous in her own right . And she pulled off this look flawlessly. She doesn't need a lot of extra s. The ver y, very light yellow color of th e gown looked beautiful with her skin tone. Elizabeth Olsen Elizabeth Olsen was a vision as she walked the red (champagne) carpet in a long, black, Givenchy halter gown with a slicked back bun and a red lip. Completely open in the back. Stunner. Hong Ch au Chau, who is nominated for best supporting actress for her role in “The Whale,” walked the red (champagne) carpet at the biggest event of the year in a custom pink Prada gown that featured a nod to her Vietnamese heritage. The collar of her dress, known in English as a Mandarin collar, is a short and stiff upright collar. It’s popular in both Chinese cheongsams (also known as qipao) and Vietnamese dresses known as ao dai . She added this design detail at the last minute. Malala Yousafzai The Pakistani female education activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate wore a silver sequined gown by Ralph Lauren with a hood, long sleeves, and a cinched detail on one side of the waist. She accessorized only with a large silver diamond ring and a gold ring with a large emerald from Santi Jewels, and wore minimal makeup, and added a pop of color with a bright red lip. HOLLY'S TOP LOOK OF THE NIGHT! NO SNAPS Ruth E. Carter Carter, who in 2019 became the first Black person to win the Oscar for costume design for her work on Marvel’s “Black Panther,” was recognized for the film’s sequel, “Wakanda Forever.” She is a master at costume design, but she might have had a "Sound of Music" moment , as it looks like she was wearing the drapes. #DAMN T he dress was just a lo t, and really swallowed her. It was a bright yellow strapless gow n, but y ou couldn't see her body shape . This was a no-no for Holly . Jennifer Connelly Connelly arrived in a black , off - the - shoulder Louis Vuitton column gown with a beaded triangle - shaped embroidery panel that came literally all the way up to her chi n. To Holly, it looked like a spaceship. T his dress was probably stunning in person, but, um, no girl ! N o snap s. A bsolute the worst dressed. That's all for now, folks ! We could go on and on and on. Did we get it right? Did we get it wrong? We want to hear your comments ! We hope you enjoyed this episode, and Holly will be dreaming and scheming about her top picks !0 comments0
- Fashion Crimes Podcast Mar 10 · 28m Atlanta Designer Spotlight: Dayo Women EP |134Hiiiiiii fashion insider besties! 😍 Atlanta Designer Spotlight Alert! This week we have Yolanda White; founder of Dayo Women. Established in 2018, Dayo Women is the premier destination for stylish, modern women who want to find high-quality, elegant women’s loungewear. Join us this week to learn how this powerhouse executive went from the C-Suite to designing loungewear and the incredible results of her journey. “ It’s time to feel beautiful, powerful, and comfortable at home. No more t-shirts, constricting lace, boring pajamas, or hubby’s clothes… Dayo is for women!! ” W ith a team of outstanding women from around the world, Dayo was created to redefi ne loungewear with new silhouettes, fabrics, and construction to allow women to move with comfort, style, and versatility to fit any mood. Being introduced to Yolanda, Holly wanted to know about this brand and how she could get in these hot pajamas as quickly as possible. The fabrics are soft as soft can be, tencel some mixed with lycel, all made in Italy. And if that isn’t fabulous enough, Dayo's exquisite fabrics are durable and machine washable – using sustainable and natural fabrics – and you know those are Holly’s favorite words! With exactly zero fashion design experience, Yolanda jumped on this idea as she needed functional, easy clothing to wear multiple ways both in and out of the house. She loves to celebrate women, their changing bodies and helping women understand that anyone can look and feel beautiful. “One insight that really drove me is, as women, we show up beautiful ly put together for strangers. And when it's time for us to show up for ourselves , we don’t . ” Much of the research for her designs came from actually asking her girlfriends what they loved about their own bodies. What areas they were challenged by. Moms are at home; t hey are moving, cleaning, run ning errands and then back at home when someone may knock on the door, and they must open it up and face whomever is standing there. Even if it’s the Amazon delivery man, it can be all about comfort at home, but don’t give in to sloppy. On her website you will find under the " Styling Room" styling tips with dozens of different ways to wear her elements versi scarf, her wrap top, the lounge bra band and so much more. You can count on Dayo Women to really understand what women need during their downtime to feel both comfortable and stylish. In addition to her clothing line, she curates women’s discussion panels to present ideas about living with a limitless mindset, and pop-ups called “Self-Love Saturdays,” and many other unique events to celebrate Women’s History Month. She is sharing the love, y’all – and we are here for it! The Dayo Dresses can also be styled many ways and can give you the elegance of a dress with the comfort of soft fabrics, adjustable sleeves, different ways to tie them and show off your favorite parts. Can we add one more piece of genius ? POCKETS!! Pockets, people. Because women need a damn pocket. #FACTS On the video posted on the Fashion Crimes Podcast You Tube Channel, you will find the video of Holly modeling the the new endless cape and the ultimate lounge palazzo pants. The endless cape is everything a woman needs to cover up easily and be stylish. This design is soft and free-flowing and can be worn with an under-the-top, bra band, or alone. It has a reversible aspect that will allow you to style multiple ways, including off the shoulders, tied around the waist, or draped over a shirt or dress. Also, great for moms breastfeeding. This outfit is so incredibly comfortable and verstitale it can easily be worn for day or night. Styled with a sneaker or a heel, this is something that will never go out of style. Make sure you follow dayowomen on instagram and be a part of this community lead by designer and founder, Yolanda White. Her and Holly have become fast besties, and now we are so proud to have her as a friend of the podcast! Thanks for joining us again this week, don't know how your day can get any better. Please follow us, like us, love us and let us know how we can help solve your fashion and style issues! FASHION CRIMES PODCAST www.fashioncrimespodcast.com Your favorite personal stylist and the only Holly you need to know, Holly Katz0 comments0
- New Fashion Trends from NYFW 2023 | EP 133Last week, your favorite personal stylist and our podcast hostess with the mostest, Holly Katz, shared EXCLUSIVE fashion news straight from New York Fashion Week 2023 in Episode 132. This week in Episode 133, she’s back with an in-depth discussion on the NEW TRENDS you will be seeing in stores and online soon, and how to incorporate them into your own wardrobe. Note to some of us of a certain age, these “trends” may not necessarily be “new” to you: Moto jackets Cargo pockets Leather pants, shirts, shorts, tops, dresses, and blazers Viva Magenta dressing – Pantone’s Color of the Year Tie Dye Minimalist neutral Deconstruction dressing Storybook dressing Pop Art on clothing MOTO JACKETS: If you been a fan of the podcast, or a client of Holly’s, you will know that the classic Moto jacket is considered a staple for anyone looking to zhoosh up their style. Wear casual with jeans, dress one up with a maxi dress, or even wear it over your shoulders with a more formal dress. Loving this! These jackets come in a variety of colors and embellishments, and never really go out of style. A moto jacket (or motorcycle jacket) is the one with large lapels, zippers and hits shorter at the top of your waist. The moto jacket is evergreen. Other leathers like a bomber jacket or other styles of leathers aren't always in style, but the moto jacket is. You can wear it for any season, day or night. Try one in a fun color. Brands to Shop: Iro | www.iroparis.com All Saints | | www.allsaints.com Nour Hammour | www.nour-hammour.com CARGO POCKETS As much as it pains Holly to say it: cargo pockets are back. #NOTOKAY. She has never liked this trend. Ever, Never. Ever. However, anything high-end designer with a cargo pocket is obvi an exception to Holly's "DO NOT WEAR" rule. Keep in mind that it is still a Fashion Crime to wear cargo shorts, or ugly camo cargo pants. #GIRLNO Of Note: Cargo pants add volume to your thigh area, so be aware that this style is not for all body types! If you are ready to try this trend, dress it up. Get some designer slacks and pair them with a blazer. Or maybe silk cargos or faux silk joggers and dress it up with a heel. An oversized jacket with cargo pockets is also a great way to try this trend. Brands to Shop: Marc Jacobs | www.marcjacobs.com Proenza Schouler | www.proenzaschouler.com Rag and Bone | www.rag-bone.com Heron Preston | www.heronpreston.com EVERYTHING LEATHER: Leather is not just for jackets anymore. Every designer at NYFW had some version of leather (or faux leather) in their shows. Holly saw everything from soft draping leather, to structured blazers and long, plain, A-line dresses. Look for leather pants, leather shirts and shorts, blazers, tops, dresses and skirts. Brands to Shop: Proenza Schouler | www.proenzaschouler.com Bibhu Mohapatra | www.bibhu.com VIVA MAGENTA – COLOR OF THE YEAR: If you missed our “Color of the Year” episode, please go back and listen to Episode 127 - Viva Magenta | Pantone’s Color of the Year. Literally everything from the pink family was featured in all the shows that Holly attended. This pink trend, in various shades from the Color of the Year to bright neon, will be everywhere and isn't going away any time soon. TYE-DYE: This is not your Grateful Dead T-shirt tie-die, people. The newer version is a lot more sophisticated. Designers at Zara and Proenza use ice dyeing on velvet maxi dresses and it. was. stunning. Ulla Johnson’s Serafina Gown is made from a prismatic silk twill, with a lightweight purple fabrication printed with shibori motifs. There's also botanical dyeing, which Holly has seen quite a bit of lately, using real flowers and plants to create designs on clothes. What she loves about dyeing is the originality of wearing something that's very unique and unlike anything else. It's really an art form. Look into the tie dye trend and see if there's something that you would be interested in. We also have a FABULOUS episode dedicated to the art of tie-die, featuring our Bestie Lindsay of Made by Keeper. Listen to Episode 76 here. Brands to Shop: Zara | www.zara.com Proenza Schouler | www.proenzaschouler.com Ulla Johnson | www.ullajohnson.com MINIMALIST NEUTRAL: This really goes back to monochromatic dressing but with simpler, easy silhouettes. Pair some easy slacks, like a wide-leg, high-waisted pant that's comfortable with a bandeau top and a long cotton trench. Think of it as a long matching set. Designers were showing muted colors like grey, sea foam, ivory, and the beiges. See Holly’s curated Pinterest board this week for images of this trend, and everything discussed today. DECONSTRUCTION DRESSING: What is deconstruction dressing? It looks like one garment that was totally made up of pieces of other garments. Designer Thom Browne is well-known for this style, and many others have taken men’s’ dress skirts and blazers and cut them into new items, while maintaining their original elements. It may not be a look for everyone, much but one that will always leave you as a conversation starter! Brands to Shop: Thom Browne | www.thombrowne.com Monse | https://monse.com/ STORYBOOK DRESSING: Think of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In the old days, we called it Goth. Holly saw it all: old-school 1990-2000s Gothic! Yes, you heard it right. It’s painful: Rave pants with chains, bonnets, dark makeup, Victorian-style boots, Peter Pan collars just like the Adams Family, petticoats, and layered dresses with really large collars. As she has said before: the 90s are back. Ugh! Holly has already warned you that if you're seeing this trend for the 2nd time around, it's okay if you want to wear ONE element of a trend. Moderation, people!! For many of us though, this is a trend we are seeing this again and might bring back some not so great college outfit memories.Tread carefully! POP ART CLOTHING: NYFW was full of models walking down the catwalks wearing art-inspired images on clothing. And just like art, style is subjective. This trend must make sense for you and your lifestyle. It will be interesting to see what you like out of these trends - and how the stores will be interpreting the trickle-down effect to the middle-American customer. Let us know what you like and if you try one of these new trends! We’d love to hear from you! LOVE us, FOLLOW us, SHARE us, DM us! Join our posse of fashion besties by listing every Friday to the FASHION CRIMES PODCAST! FASHION CRIMES PODCAST www.fashioncrimespodcast.com0 comments0
- New York Fashion Week 2023 Recap!Holly recently attended the 2023 February New York Fashion Week and is here to report that this was one for the record books! On this episode, she shares the highs – and the lows – of what is about to come your way in fashion and style. Traditionally, your favorite personal stylist, and podcast hostess with the mostest, attends about 13 to 15 shows during NYFW. But this year, Holly took the new approach of quality over quantity, and frankly, she is not sorry. Getting to enjoy the art of fashion, rather than running all through NY traffic and weather, really gave her a chance to study what the latest trends, designs, and fabrics designers are showing this year. The purpose of this episode is to encourage you to learn how to interpret these new fashion trends, and ultimately, incorporate them into your own wardrobe! Now would be a good time to remind you to head over to Holly’s Pinterest boards to see all the new fashions mentioned in this episode, as well as photos from the shows. Make sure there are no distractions for the next 30 minutes because let's be honest, this is the stuff we all need to know! PROENZA SCHOULER What Holly saw: Their clothes were on another level this year! They paired a fleece hoodie with a black A-line leather skirt. Holly loved the way they style their suiting, which has been around for several seasons now. They paired an oversized white jacket with like an asymmetrical midi straight skirt and slouchy white boots. There was a skinny contrasting black belt around the jacket. And there were several dresses that were long with “carwash” detailing. (If you don't know what carwash detailing is – think of when you go through a carwash and you go through the strips that are wavy like noodles. THAT is the detailing of some of the dresses at the show.} What Holly liked: #1 – This company has nice people who work there and appreciate their customers. #2 – They have a variety of price points, meaning their current line is expensive, but they carry another brand, which is a lesser price point called White Label with the same aesthetic as the full price line, just different fabrics that are a little bit more relatable to moderately priced consumers. #3- Lastly and most importantly, consistent sizing. Season in and season out, the Proenza sizing and fit are something you can rely on. PATBO What Holly saw: PatBo is a very hip women's wear brand by Patricia Bonaldi. She is a Brazilian designer who has been sewing since she was a child and started making gowns for private clients in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The woman who wears this brand tends to skew a bit younger with styles that show a lot of skin and leg. Along with gorgeous gowns and two-piece sets that are full of embellishments, sequins, and beads for days. All beautifully made. What Holly liked: Holly loves this designer’s playful and beautiful use of embroidery, fringe, beading, sequins, and adornments that are over-the-top and fabulous. UMMM VERY IMPORTANT PSA: Just know that at this point in the episode, Holly shares that she met one of her Peloton idols: Ally Love. And if that wasn’t girl-crush enough, Ally had on the most spectacular PatBo two-piece ivory fringe and pearl embroidered mini skirt set ever seen. DYYYIIINNGG. We love her. The PatBo customer is definitely a party girl who loves to turn heads when she walks into a room. This is always a fabulous show and never disappoints. SERGIO HUDSON The Sergio Hudson collection is a ready-to-wear label crafted entirely in the USA, with meticulous attention to detail that is at the forefront of every single garment. He is known for dressing celebrities, such as Beyonce, Priyanka Chopra, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, and Jennifer Lopez. What Holly saw: Hudson’s show was a complete and total throwback to the early 90s. All the models channeled their inner “ Fran Drescher,” with literally the same hairstyle, a suit with a short short (and we mean SHORT! Like no pants on short!) skirt, pumps, a suit jacket, and dark pantyhose. Every single model had their hair wavy and very long past their shoulders, with part of their hair up and part down like we used to wear in high school - complete with a scrunchie! What Holly liked: This show was really playful and played up the styles that are just for the show and some that will actually go into production. It was all about neon colors, and 90s hair and makeup. Flirty clothes with a twist on a business suit in a really fun way. There are so many things in his ready-to-wear collection that Holly would love for herself: Jackets with very strong shoulders, wide-leg pants, and the belts, the belts, the belts, they are really the most elegant way to top off one of his looks. Holly highly recommends you try a pair of pants just to see if you like the fit. CAROLINA HERRERA (omg) This was literally the opportunity of a lifetime for Holly. (She tells us how she ended up getting a seat at the very last minute because someone very special went above and beyond to get her a ticket.) The show was at the Plaza Hotel and if you've never been to the Plaza, do yourself a favor the next time you are in New York City and go there even if you go sit at the bar and have a Bougie overpriced drink! Anyway….. What Holly saw: Timeless, ageless, elegant style. Needless to say, when you go to a show like Carolina Herrera, you just cannot compare it to the other brands. Herrera makes gorgeous, showstopping, and timeless clothes that are an investment. When you purchase a dress from this designer, you wear it forever. It never goes out of style. This is true elegance. There is just no comparison to it. What Holly liked: Beaded, cropped pants and a matching jacket, a color-blocked sheath dress, a purple and green damask dress with a train, a black and white striped strapless dress with floral shoes, a floral gown with sheer sleeves, a yellow and white chevron dress with pants underneath, a red and pink striped dress, AND, a floral pantsuit. She loved it all. All of it. Every bit. She will get one of these dresses. Oh yes. Markarian NYC This designer has been sewing since she was a child with her grandmother. She started this line in 2017 and designs dresses, bridal wear, blouses, jackets, and everything in between. She can make anything custom – a customer can change the top of one dress or put them on the bottom of another, change the fabric, or use a different strap. You can choose from anything she has to create your own look. Everything is made locally in New York City. She had a presentation, not a runway show, which means it was like a cocktail party where she shows her line in a more intimate setting. What Holly Saw: The venue was stunning with clothes in different rooms that were decorated with gorgeous dried flowers everywhere. There was a jazz band, and the whole aesthetic was very 1920s, and very, very, iconic New York. What Holly liked: Party dresses and sequined skirts–and especially a sequined fish-scale skirt that has Holly’s fingerprints all over it. Holly loves this brand because it is sophisticated, very achievable, and wearable for all. This designer is not out of reach, nor is a ridiculous price point. Please visit Markarian-nyc.com. They are a small company and you would be supporting a small women-owned brand that is fabulous! For more visuals and to really get a taste of Holly’s NYFW, check out her Pinterest board and follow her on Instagram!0 comments0
- Designer Spotlight: Ashley Cole of Cecelia NY | EP 131Footwear designer Ashley Cole has had a passion for business and fashion from a very young age. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Fashion Merchandising, she worked for Giorgio Armani, Diane von Furstenberg, and JetBlue Airways. Ashley comes from a very entrepreneurial family – her father, David Neeleman, is the founder of JetBlue Airways. Her first real job after college was working at JetBlue under Stan Herman, an American fashion designer who was President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), until 2006 at which time Diane von Furstenberg took over the position. He is also known worldwide for his leading-edge corporate uniforms. Ashley tells us she feels very lucky to have worked with Herman, as he was hired to lead JetBlue toward being a fashion-forward airline. And while that was an incredible experience to work with him, Ashley was ready to go off and do her own thing. In 2015, Ashley created Cecelia New York, named after her first daughter. Her designs incorporate style and comfort with the highest quality of materials and craftsmanship, using Italian leathers with a range of authentic and luxurious materials. The Cecelia New York shoe line is now carried at Nordstrom, Anthropologie, SAKS Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and specialty stores internationally. In this episode, Ashley tells us about life as a designer and business owner, while raising her 6 children in Holladay, UT, near Salt Lake City. You read that right. 6 KIDS. She continues the family tradition of raising entrepreneurs by involving her children along every step of the design, production and marketing processes and values their input! Holly asks about Ashley’s design background and start in the fashion industry: “In my life, I have to be really engaged. And I if I can hyper-focus on something, I feel like I can make anything happen. So, I wanted to find a place where I could do business and fashion because fashion is such a passion. But I knew I loved business, too. So, I did some electives in design, but it was not my major. My major was actually in business.” – Ashley Cole After hiring different designers to help start her business, she felt frustrated when no one was able to really get to what she had in her mind. She found herself sketching out her own ideas. She wasn’t formally trained for that, but she feels her exposure while working with major designers and mentors gave her a real-time learning. Who is the Cecelia New York Customer? Ashley tells us that her customer is a woman who doesn't mind getting noticed, and who likes a little something special, a little different. But it needs to be wearable. As a mom of six herself, she is always chasing kids. The Cecelia customer needs function, but also a little extra. The target age is mid 30’s and up to whoever wants a little more style in their life. #YESPLEASE What is the price point of your shoes? Ashley says she is sensitive to the expense of her shoes, but just cannot skimp on the craftsmanship of her shoes, or compromise on the quality of the materials she chooses. “I wish I could help people understand what a quality shoe costs to produce. We use the best leathers, we bring them in from Italy. We really work on quality and comfort. And, try to give a price that is attainable. There is so much that goes into making a quality shoe.” – Ashley Cole Sustainability is also a factor. Her team spends a lot of time in their factories in Italy. There are very strict tests that monitor the chemicals and processes they use. They are working toward more sustainable designs because Ashley knows it is so important. People want durability, but not by hurting our earth, when wearing something beautiful. Key to this area is taking care of the people who work in her factories. She says the workers are happy and love their jobs. She makes it a point to visit the factories and to care for the people who ultimately produce her designs The Cecelia Shoe Designs: From Ashley’s famous Hibiscus flower embellishment to high-style boots and functional, pretty flats, not only are her designs fun, flirty, pretty, and unique, but they are COMFORTABLE! The HIBISCUS FLOWER Heel : A bold flower blooms at the ankle of an attention-grabbing, lace-up sandal lifted by an angled block heel. Comes in a rainbow of beautiful colors! Heel style: block/chunky. Toe style: open toe The LILA Flat: The LILA Flat is the perfect flower flat. The leather upper and moldable flower add a chic touch to a comfortable flat - designed to wear comfortably all day. The BRACKET Boot: The BRACKETT ankle boots are ideal to wear from season to season with transitional ease. These bootie style leather uppers have leather fringe dripping off the top, a pointy toe and padded insole. YES!! THANK YOU FOR THE COMFORT! The EMMIE Boot: A sheer mesh, suede synthetic, stretch boot with a clear 3-inch heel. Please run to Holly’s Pinterest board to see this fabulous style! The WHINNEY Wedge: The Whinney is a standout wedge sure to turn heads, with an ankle strap, a 4-inch wedge heel, padded footbed, 2-inch platform, fabric bow detail, and double toe strap in bright color combos like blue and red, or multi-pinks. The REGGIE Tweed Flat: Tweed fabric upper flat with large buckle detail and the soft sole is the perfect slip-on shoe for all your needs. There’s so much more to learn about this amazing designer! We loved getting to know Ashley Cole and how she built her designer shoe brand. You too will love learning about her journey through the fashion industry, the importance of her family in her business model, and her passion for beautiful and highly-crafted footwear designs – that are as comfortable as they are stylish. To learn more about Cecelia New York, visit their website at www.cecelianewyork.com. You can also follow them on Instagram @cecelianewyork. Please LIKE, LOVE, SHARE, DOWNLOAD and SUBSCRIBE to our podcast wherever you listen! FASHION CRIMES PODCAST “The best fashion friend you never knew you needed!” www.fashioncrimespodcast.com Hosted by your favorite personal stylist, Holly Katz.0 comments0
- 2023 Grammy Red Carpet Fashion Report | EP 130Sheeeee’s baaackkk ! Our favorite celebrity stylist, fashion partner in crime and lady about town, Nolan Meader , joins Holly this week for their annual Grammy Red Carpet Fashion Review! Find out their picks for best dressed, who committed fashion crimes – and a ton of commentary in-between. Buckle Up, babes.. 'c ause they’ve got a lot to say. Mkaay. Let's hit it. (Before we get started, did you see Holly’s Grammy fashion insights from AP News on Sunday night? Read the article here: https://apnews.com/article/2023-grammys-fashion-photos-71628ee2a73e43a445d921c0ebfb2fb5 ) YYYYYYAAAAAAASSSS Also, to help follow along with the conversation, please refer to all the fashions listed below on Holly’s Pinterest Board here . Holly and Nolan’s lists: MEGA Hit s: ADELE, wearing a velvet custom oxblood Louis Vuitton gown and Tiffany jewelry Giving. Us. Life. Rapper DOJA CAT went the vampy route in a black, one-shouldered latex gown by Versace—complete with the matching opera gloves. All. Day. Long. ANITTA , t he Brazilian singer , opted for a vintage Versace gown from 2003. Don't know who she is, but BIG FAN. CARDI B i n Gaurav Gupta WOULD DIE FOR THIS DRESS. FRAN DRESCHER Are you serious right now? She looks amazeballs. MARY J. BLIG E i n The Blonds ALWAYS A QUUEEEN. HEIDI KLUM i n The Blonds BEYOND. I CAN'T. KELSEA BALLERINI i n Prabal Gurung with Brilliant Earth jewelry HOLLY WOULD LOOK FABULOUS IN THIS. #justsaying BONNIE RAITT Queen of Country-Always true to herself. SHERYL CROW i n Alexander McQueen LOVING THIS JOURNEY FOR HER LAVERNE COX i n Kim Kassas with Commando leggings SLLLAAAYYYY BEYONCE in a sleek black Schiaparelli Haute Couture corset-and-skirt combo , one of three Grammy outfits. JUST. STOP. IT. Holly and Nolan Can’t Agree/Meh: JENNIFER LOPEZ i n Gucci with J L o Jennifer Lopez shoes YES. YES. YES. Nolan says no. This might cause us to break up. MACHINE GUN KELLY i n Dolce & Gabbana Looked like tinfoil but he rocked it. PARIS HILTON i n Celine Come on. Not your best. TAYLOR SWIFT i n Roberto Cavalli Loved this, but we wanted more. SHANIA TWAIN i n Harris Reed (should be a “Miss” but her heart was in the right place) Alrighty then. Fun but giving us Alice in Wonderland Vibes. BRANDI CARLILE i n Versace Please explain this to me. Misses: LIZZO in Dolce & Gabbana Whhhyyyyyy. HARRY STYLES in Egonlab He can never look bad but I can't with this. MEGAN FOX i n Zuhair Murad Total Meh. OLIVIA RODRIGO in Miu Miu with Tiffany & Co. jewelry That's it? I mean...so underwhelming. CAMILA CABELLO i n PatBo Meh. But I'm sure better in person. KACEY MUSGRAVES i n Valentino wwwaahhhhhhh (me crying.) JACK HARLOW i n Ernest W. Baker Whatever, dude. DJ SPINDERELLA (no t-shirts at the Grammys) SHE CAN DO NO WRONG. MAREN MORRIS i n Off-White with Commando briefs GORGEOUS. But totally see through. DARYL HANNAH What in the literal hell. Best Dressed : Holly’s favorite was Prabal Gurung’s Goddess Gown created for Kelsea Ballerini . Nolan chose Adele and Beyonce Reminder to check out Holly’s Pinterest and our Instagram to see images of all designs mentioned! Enjoy this episode wherever you get your podcasts or at https://apple.co/2XXKHfC . FASHION CRIMES PODCAST “The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed” www.fashioncrimespodcast.com0 comments0
- What to Wear to Work Now | EP 129Take Note: “Work from Home” attire no longer means pajama pants. Most of us have had to migrate back to the real world at some level – whether it be hybrid, full-time or even still remote. It doesn’t really matter – you need to know what is acceptable to wear to work now – because while people are still dressing comfortably, there IS a dress code to follow. PANTS: Let's talk about the difference between pants and jeans. Some like to call them slacks. Some people call them trousers. The truth of the matter is, y'all have no excuse not to have a good-fitting and comfortable pair of slacks. #TRUTH With the advancement of fabric technology, this is what people are really demanding: wrinkle free, easy to care for, easy to travel in, comfortable pants. By the way? This means you. These are not sweatpants, or joggers, or pajama pants. They are pants made with quality fabrics and with quality seams and finishes. Shopping tip: Look for fabrics that give you a bit of stretch in the material, and importantly, a little support in the stomach and/or the butt. Finely made slacks will hold you up and hold you in - and will take you through an active day without wrinkles. Loving this journey for you! Slacks are real pants that can be seen in the real world. Just in case you forgot? I know I did for a hot minute. Choose a dark color to start the foundation of your outfit, like a navy, black, smokey grey or even burgundy. Any of these colors will create a great foundation for work outfits. BECAUSE YOU'RE MY FAVE PERSON: All of these styles are on Holly’s Pinterest board – if you are ready to research and purchase. You can doooo it! She has done all the work for you. You will find some moderately-priced, and some high-priced options, but for a quality pair of pants for work, you should be spending at least $150 or more for things that will incorporate into well-constructed outfit. Holly’ Picks for Pants: High Rise Flair by Spanx The Atala Pant by Veronica Beard Maeve Avery High Rise Pleated Wide Leg Trouser at Anthropologie Kick Cotton-Blend Cropped Pants from High Sport DRESSES: If you want to really be comfortable – and be dressed nicely at the same time – the answer is always a dress or skirt. You can move around, sit, look presentable in and out of the office, and be active. We are not talking fancy or dressy, but pretty and presentable dresses! Wearing dresses and skirts are a favorite of Holly’s when working with her clients. Dresses are easier to wear more than anything else. It is the epitome of comfort when having to be on your feet all day, or moving around a lot, or talking to people all day. A dress is the no-brainer for a what to wear to work solution. Just make sure you choose quality fabrics that you cannot see through (a lined dress is best), and that you conduct the Holly Sit-Down Test: Your dress is too short if you sit down and you can see parts that shouldn’t been seen. Choose a knee-length dress for work; just make sure it's not ass-tastic when you sit. Also, these are not special occasion dresses. If you need shapewear to wear a certain dress, it’s not a work dress. You don’t need that kind of body-conscious stress in your life all day at work! #PREACH Holly’s Picks for Dresses: Petite Lena Dress by Hobbs London Valentine Dress by Ramy Brook Averiee Draped Neck Midi Dress by Ted Baker Kamala Dress by Trina Turk BLOUSES: Sleeve length is critical here. Some like to show their arms, some do not. It doesn’t really matter as a beautiful blouse on top of your solid foundational slack is the work outfit uniform you need. But, you should really have a mix of both, and not to wear the same thing all the time. Holly’s Picks for Blouses: Frankie Henley in Noir by Frame. Nemona top by ba&sh Calli Tuxedo Blouse by Reiss Kallie Bodysuit by L’Agence So, to recap: You wear pants with a top, or a comfortable dress, or a skirt with a top to work now. 2023. No pajama pants on the bottom for zoom. I will find you. But that is not the end of it. There is much more we could discuss – like jackets, accessories and shoes. But we are taking baby steps back into the world. So, let's start with pants. Be the best dressed in your office. They should pay you for being so hot. xoxoxo Holly Katz "The best friend you never knew you needed in fashion." The ONLY Holly you need to know-live it, learn it, love it.0 comments0
- Fashion Crimes Podcast Jan 27 · 19m How to Style Sneakers | EP 128This week we are talking about “How to Style Sneakers.” So, pay attention, women over 40! And we mean, waaaay over 40! One of the most common questions your favorite personal stylist Holly Katz gets is, “Am I trying to look too young by wearing sneakers? And the answer is a resounding, NO. There is actually a perfect way for you to look younger by wearing a hip pair of sneakers! (For those of you in the back of the room: Fashion sneakers are more popular than ever right now.) Not only are sneakers a multibillion-dollar industry, but they have also created a global movement of collectors and fans around the world that buy, sell, and trade for a living. There are so many different types of brands and styles of sneakers, it’s confusing. You are probably very unsure about how to navigate through the zillions of choices when trying to purchase a pair. So just know this: a good pair of sneakers is something that should always be a wardrobe staple for you. You only need to continually update the styles. NOTE: As always, for the best podcast experience, please follow along on Holly’s curated Pinterest board just for you to see all the outfits and styles she will be discussing this week. A good pair of sneakers can last several years if you take care of them and keep them looking new. Just like polishing your leather shoes, you can't let your sneakers get beat up or worn down. That is NOT a good look (even though the Golden Goose brand may try to say otherwise.) “ Don't look like you're trying too hard. Sneakers go with most clothing items, but it's important that you plan a cohesive outfit – and not wear basketball sneakers with a fucking dress .” #duh – Holly Katz There are many different categories of sneakers, but you only need to worry about 2. So, let's break it down. The Recreation Sneaker a. Rec Sneaker usually means this is just a shoe for looks, not for function, also called a fashion sneaker. 2. The Work-Out Sneaker b. Anything that you would go running in, or to the gym. PERIOD. FASHION CRIME ALERT: Your sneakers have a purpose: Either they are for working out, or they are for fashion. They don't do both. Do not let Holly catch you in your On Running cloud workout shoes with a dress. DON’T DO IT! She will hunt you down and find you. Holly’s favorite way to style sneakers? With leather or faux leather leggings and an oversized chunky knit sweater. There are so many ways to wear them! Try them with dresses, skirts (like a maxi skirt) suiting, and, definitely, with a mini skirt in the summer (instead of shorts). JEANS: Obviously, this is the most common item to wear them with. But not with your Mom jeans and a sloppy sweatshirt. You need to ELEVATE YOUR LOOK if you are going to wear sneakers with jeans. Want a big fashion cheat? Wear a nice blazer over your jeans! You can even wear just a T-shirt and then add your sneakers. But do not wear your workout sneaks. #nomaam Otherwise, it will be a miss. Not a hit. Add lots of jewelry and a really nice handbag, and you are DRESSED UP! It’s magic. ATHLEISURE: You can go for leggings or track pants (which are really on-trend) if you want to be more on the comfortable side. A rec sneaker, with large statement earrings and a trench coat, is a super no-brainer when heading to the airport for a long flight. Holly loves that look. You look dressed up, and put together, but not like you just rolled out of bed. It looks intentional, which is what we're going for. HOT STYLES, AGAIN: Just so you know, Holly is 49 years young. Don't get mad at us, but all the shit from high school is back. And we mean: Air Force Ones , Tiger , Fila and K Swiss (which Holly wore every day of her senior year of high school.) It's all back. Every bit of it. So, if you're trying to get a sneaker that you already know you're going to love, go for one of those! IMPORTANT NOTE: One last thing that we want to mention is the correct socks. If you are wearing a low-cut sneaker, that means it goes below your ankle bone. You don’t want to wear a full sock, so you need a no-show sock . Do Not Wear Sneakers Without Socks. Ew. The best socks come just to the top of the back of the heel, and then they cover the entire top of your foot. Cover your foot, not your ankles. Or your calves all the way to your knee. No knee socks. Duh. We can’t believe we need to say this, but we do. That’s a wrap for now. There are a zillion more tips and ideas in this episode, so please DOWNLOAD, SUBSCRIBE, LIKE and SHARE! In the meantime, Holly has a ton of great style and new wardrobe information she is working on for you: Trend information and new designers that are up and coming, as well as amazing new fashion inspo, just for you. Be sure to set a reminder on your phone to take 30 minutes a week for yourself and make time to listen to this podcast. New episodes drop every Friday wherever you get your podcasts. It’s a kind of meditation of sorts! You don't have to think, you don't have to take notes. Holly has done it all for you. Fashion Crimes Podcast www.fashioncrimespodcast.com #fashion #sneakers #podcast0 comments0
- Viva, Magenta! Color of the Year & 2023 Color Trends |EP 127What the in the world does Viva Magenta mean? Who and what is Pantone? Why am I being told I need to know about the color of the year? This is actually a very exciting subject for our podcast! There is nothing more fun than a new trend, a new color, or a new style to spice up your life – just as long as you have your favorite personal stylist ( Holly Katz ) here to guide you in how to make it work for you and your wardrobe. First off, what color is it? Is it red? Is it pink? Does it have purple in it? Or maybe blue? And what does Viva Las Vegas have to do with it? Ha! Let's figure this out. First of all, if you've never heard of Pantone , this is the company that provides everything that has anything to do with color, color placement, and product design for almost every industry. Pantone literally covers all things color....paint swatches, art and design trends, global color trend forecasting, as well as products and consulting services for anyone in the fashion design, textile, interior and manufacturing businesses. This is where color is born. They are the ones who determine what colors will be popular. And of course, the world just follows suit for everything from clothing to furniture to carpet to cars. Pantone sets the stage for what consumers will be looking for, and more importantly, incorporate color psychology and emotion of a company's design strategy. If you go to their website at www.pantone.com , you will be amazed at how detailed the business of color can be. It goes way beyond paint stores and samples. When fashion companies pick colors for the season, they go through a very extensive process of color labs, color dipping and dyeing to get the shades of fabrics exactly correct. Next, what color is Viva Magenta? In their own words, “Pantone’s Color of the Year, Viva Magenta 18-1750, vibrates with vim and vigor. It is a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.” Mmmmmkay. So, what is it, really? It’s basically pink. But a strong pink, with red in it. And, blue. And somehow, some earth tones, too. This is not your Barbie’s bubble-gum pink, people. If you really want to visualize it, please jump over to Holly’s Pinterest for her newest board with the Color of the Year trends and more style ideas. How to Wear a New Color Trend: If you have been a listener of the podcast before, you know exactly what Holly is going to say: Shop for Fit First. Shop for Your Body Type. Do Not Shop for a Color or a Trend. How many episodes to we need to record before you learn this?? The best place to start is with my Wardrobe Checklist (Episode 118) , which is THE ONLY wardrobe checklist you will ever need! By starting here, we can start with the basics, which is a blank canvas like a top or pants. How to add Viva Magenta to your wardrobe. First, pick your blank canvas: jeans or pants. Next add a top: a T-shirt, jacket, shirt, blouse, or blazer. This is where you can add your new pop of the Viva Magenta color! You do not need to invest in a brand-new wardrobe. Start with one statement piece and build your confidence from there. Once you have graduated past one item, next you can try monochromatic dressing – like a pant suit. If that is too much of a commitment, then try the monochrmatic color in some pants and a sweater. That way you can break them up if it is too much for you. Another simple idea is to wear two colors from the same color family, like a light pink with viva magenta-esque pants. FASHION CRIME ALERT: Do not chicken out and wear just an accessory or a scarf. That is not ‘wearing' the color of the year. You need to jump in a little deeper to really claim that you are trying the color of the year. It's just a color. It's not scary. Getting into fashion and elevating your style means taking risks. Small risks. Subtle changes. Not crazy, outlandish costume looking clothing or anything like that. Just try one thing that's out of your comfort zone. Fake it ‘til you make it, and you will start to get more creative and courageous with your style choices. YOU CAN DO THIS! Speaking of which, did you know color is proven to affect your mood? The colors that you wear can make a difference in how you feel according to psychologists. Warm colors like brown, orange and read are known to help you feel energetic. Cool colors like blues, greens and soft tones can calm you down. With that being said, when you wear black and gray all the time, what is that saying about your mood? When you wear color, it's just human nature for people to take notice and comment. Happiness occurs because the chemicals in your brain are being activated. Color makes people happy. Just an observation for you to be aware of next time you're choosing your clothes. Want more good news? Holly discusses even more color trends for this year, the power and fun of color in fashion and what to expect in the upcoming fashion seasons – and HOW TO WEAR THEM. We are all about fashion over 40, and we mean, wayyyyy over 40. So do not be afraid to try some of these ideas out. You cannot go wrong with Holly’s personal styling tips and tricks, and in fact, she can prevent fashion crimes before they happen. Just by listening! As Holly would say, “You’re Welcome!” Enjoy the show! Please share, like, repost, and rate our podcast. And as always, thank you for being our fashion besties!! FASHION CRIMES PODCAST www.fashioncrimespodcast.com0 comments0
- Exclusive Interview: Supermodel & Life Coach EMME EP |126Get ready for a very special new episode, dropping FRIDAY, January 13th, with an exclusive interview with Supermodel and Life Coach Emme ! So, FRIDAY the 13 th is actually your lucky day! Because your favorite personal stylist Holly Katz , is expanding her focus on CELEBRATING WOMEN-OWNED BRANDS and WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS on the podcast - all year - this year! #Yaaaaaasssss! And who better to PUMP US UP with confidence and wisdom than our new BFFF (Best Fashion Friend Forever), than supermodel and fashion mold-breaker, EMME?! After three decades empowering women and influencing (shapeshifting / disrupting) the worlds of fashion and beauty, Emme has all this experience and more to share! We are all about Fashion Over 40 - and we mean, WAAAAAYYY over 40. So, it is perfect timing that EMME sits down with Holly to talk about loving who you are - no matter what stage of life you are in. LISTEN HERE! About EMME: Emme has been a trusted voice in the fashion, wellness, beauty, and news industries for more than 20 years, and she is widely regarded as a trailblazing social reformer for women's empowerment and positive body image. She is the founder of the True Beauty Foundation , whose mission is to enhance young people's mental wellness. Emme's passion is to "feel extraordinarily free in our bodies and live our most inspired lives possible" as a TV personality, brand spokesperson, TV and podcast host, consultant, author, Revlon spokeswoman, keynote speaker, and creative director of her clothing lines (EMME®, mebyEMME®, and TrueBeautybyEMME®). Emme was chosen twice for People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," and Ladies' Home Journal named her one of the "Most Important Women in America" and one of the "Most Fascinating Women of the Year." In 2018, Oprah Magazine dubbed her the "Godmother of the Full-Figured Industry." Emme is also a TEDx speaker. She has also been recognized as one of the "Women of the Year" by Glamour Magazine and one of the "25 Most Influential Women" by Biography magazine. So, now you know that EMME is a BFD . (If you need to Google that, then go ahead.) But this girl knows fashion. And she knows women’s fashion over 40...and how to love living in your own skin after 40. Join us for a delightful, enlightening and refreshing conversation about loving the woman that you are. Not what you see on Instagram. Not the one you see in photoshopped images in magazines. Not what the trends tell you to be. In Emme’s words: “I love finding joy within the honoring of my body and all that it can do. I love being in fashion, being able to be involved in fashion and wearing trend-appropriate fashion. I was also an athlete growing up, so I love being out and about and being fit.” Emme has written a book and done TV shows, and it's all around honoring the body, all the different shapes and sizes and colors and all that we are - and not listening to voices that dictate that “you should be this way, or you should be that way.” “I don't want to feel like I am “less-than” every single step of my life. I want to feel infused with joy. That is it. It's an inward journey to tap in, tune in and turn on to that.” “So, when you hear messaging on the outside, when you hear conversations around the dinner table, when you hear cocktail party discussions, or you see billboards and your image - or your friends’ images - are not reflected in the ideas of beauty, just know that deep down inside, that if you're rocking your life and you're in it to win it, that's the best place to be, instead of trying to change yourself.” EMME MKAYYY, #PREACCHHH For instance, one day, you might not have a big butt and then suddenly the trend is that you need to have a bigger butt. So, you run out and try and get one. Or, the next day you need to have a certain hairstyle, so blah, blah, blah. Don't spend time being something you're not. From her early days in journalism to becoming the first plus-size supermodel to becoming a life coach, EMME’s journey is one all women can relate to. She has broken every rule and every mold that women have been forced to believe for decades – and then – she walked New York Fashion Week runway in her 50s for Chromat - in lingerie - no less! (Or, very much less!) This is GIVING. US. LIFE. Her inspiring, nurturing and thoughtful approach to being body-positive, to tapping into to her female super-powers and spreading human happiness, is just a beyond refreshing conversation to hear. You'll want to save this one. Listen , review, SHARE and enjoy this soul-comforting episode wherever you get your podcasts. FASHION CRIMES PODCAST “The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed!” Hosted by your favorite personal stylist, Holly Katz! www.fashioncrimespodcast.com0 comments0
- Designer Spotlight: Kiya TomlinWe are kicking off the new year with focusing on powerful, fabulous women changing the fashion industy for the better! YAASSSS. Kiya Tomlin is the woman of the week who is our new obsession! Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Kiya is a couture designer that started her own ready-to-wear line after figuring out that clothes need to made to fit people, not meaurements. Her casually elegant styles are for real life and real women. Each and every garment worthy of being seen, enjoyed, admired, and appreciated. Just like the moments that inspired them. And the beautiful, incredible women they're made for. #PREACH Through years of garment construction experince, her namesake sustainable brand are clothes that are ageless, elegant, seasonless and flattering without constriction. We can honestly say her clothes are designed to spend more time on real bodies than on hangers. Fabrics are made from bamboo, known to drape nicely over middles with comfort and ease. It all started with her dress that she made for herself that she could work in, run with her kids, and go on date night in. Everyone started asking where she got her dress and soon started making them custom for her customers. As Kiya sent Holly the twisted tee- jersey top -let's be honest, she'll take 3. GET. ONE. NOW. Everything is made in Pittsburgh in her storefront, which means she creates in small batches, which means the is intentional about how they lay the fabric to decrease waste and donate it to several community services around the area. Loving this journey for her. Since her husband is All-star coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers (BFD alert!), she expanded her line into an NFL collection for women which she fought to license and made her dream come true! Vote with your dollars to support Kiya Tomlin and her vision to dress women for real life and representing during NFL games. GO Steelers! Check out the full episode on the Fashion Crimes Podcast website, or wherever you stream. Follow us and Kiya on all social channels and sign up for our newsletter so you get this free fashion content delivered straight to your inbox every. single. week. YAASSS IG: kiyatomlin FB: kiyatomlin TT: kiyatomlin0 comments0
- What to Wear for New Year’s Eve 2022 | EP 124Did you know that you can shop your own closet for New Year’s Eve? If you are like many of people – late to make plans for NYE, and then even later to get an outfit together – then you have come to the right place, Fashion Friends! “On New Year’s Eve, no matter what your plans are, you are supposed to look like a freaking disco ball. End of story .” – Holly Katz This week your favorite personal stylist, Holly Katz, is here with her secret formula for pulling an outfit out of your own closet! Don’t run out and shop at the last minute. You will buy something you will never wear again, and FOR SURE, you will overpay when you shop in a panic. The Best Dressed Formula for NYE: Dress Code: "put in some effing effort". (New official dress code invented by Holly-feel free to use this on your next invitation.) 2. Wear something overdressed and impractical. 3. First, pick a blank canvas: A top, a dress, or even a jumpsuit-that you can build upon. 4. Pick a 2 nd item that will go over or under said blank canvas: A turtleneck, a sweater, a blazer, a camisole, lacy bra, or animal print thigh highs (from Vienne Milano , our BFFF) or just great jewelry. 5. Pick a 3 rd item – usually outerwear because let's be honest...it's cold, bitches. You should have a nice dress coat already in your closet! If not, go back and listen to EP 72 “How to Buy a Winter Coat” Do NOT wear a puffer or casual ski coat with a nice outfit. I will find you. Fashion Crimes for NYE: Do not wear jeans. You have 364 days a year to wear jeans. Don't let this be one of the days. We don’t care how expensive they are. That is not special. Faux leather pants, colored jeans, wax coated or leather pants, or an embellished pant. 2. Don’t dress like you do every day. Try new make-up, do your hair differently. Make it special! 3. Do not wear sneakers, casual flats or shoes that you run to the grocery store in. Find shoes that have feathers, sparkles, high heels, or a bright color. Metallic boots are very on trend right now and elevate just about any outfit. We love a metallic boot. How to Shop Your Closet First: Look at your closet with a different eye. Go through and find things you haven’t worn in a while – or that you bought for NYE last year and have never worn again. #Duh! If you are falling flat in your closet hunt, you are allowed to shop for one new thing to help give you some motivation to get dressed up! There are so many sales after Christmas that you can easily find fun accessories or pieces without breaking the bank. Go to a nice department store, not a discount store. In need of some style inspo? Glad you asked. Check out Holly’s NYE Pinterest Board to see her favorite style ideas for the big night out (or in!). Final thoughts: Find the playful side of you when getting dressed for New Year’s Eve! Just for one time. Make it special. And make it fun. Thank you for listening ALL YEAR LONG – we are so grateful to all of our listeners and fashion friends! We wish you all the best in the New Year. And we are super excited about focusing on our fave thing for 2023-women owned small brands that are changing the fashion industry for the better! We love you and can't wait for you to tune in in 2023!0 comments0
- Jaimie Hilfiger for ID X-change Bracelets | EP 123Holly-Day Gift Guide Designer Spotlight: Jaimie Hilfiger for Igal Dahan is joining us this week...how lucky are we?!? It’s a name you think you may be familiar with, but our guest - Jaimie Hilfiger - is 100% her own woman: a model and actress, a beauty mogul, a mother, a businesswoman, AND, oh by the way, the niece of fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger . But that is not her story. A self-made entrepreneur, Jaimie has flawlessly parlayed her early success in acting and modeling into a burgeoning beauty empire. Even at an early age, Jaimie possessed an innate understanding of the inner power that comes from looking and feeling your best. As she became a woman, this intuition ignited a calling to help others cultivate confidence through an intentional approach to self-care. In each of her endeavors, Jaimie employs beauty, skincare, and fashion to empower the mind, body, and soul. This week, your favorite personal stylist Holly Katz interviews Jaimie to learn about her style sense, her journey as an actress and model, becoming a mother and juggling all the changes motherhood can bring. But more importantly, we get to learn about ID X-Change “Cuffs of Love,” a line of bracelets designed by her esteemed jewelry designer-husband Igal Dahan which she now represents. Every piece in the Cuffs of Love accessories collection has a connection with LOVE. The pieces were for those who embrace and want to express the connection of love they cherish with friends, family, and in relationships. These innovative interlocking cuffs have hit a cord with consumers and celebrities alike. NOTE: Jaimie has graciously given us one of her items for our HOLLY-DAY Gift Guide and Giveaway! If you have not yet entered to win over $900 of gifts from our gift guide, you have until 12/23 at noon to sign up here: https://hollykatzstyling.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=3d92b8d8d5e09396aead1e621&id=24668f0c75 We are so grateful to Jaimie for joining us and for being a sponsor in the Holly-Day gift guide for 2022. New Fashion Bestie alert! Be sure to listen to EP 123 wherever you get your podcasts, at https://apple.co/2XXKHfC or watch on our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJSbw7VOQhPmQwmYbnJmIwQ FASHION CRIMES PODCAST “The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed!” Hosted by your favorite personal stylist, Holly Katz! www.fashioncrimespodcast.com0 comments0
- Fashion Crimes Podcast Dec 16 · 30m Holly-Day Gift Guide Designer Spotlight: JGame – Sustainable Tennis & Activewear | EP 122Riddle us this: What do a former meteorologist, the sport of tennis, the fashion industry, and the recycling of plastic bottles have in common? A superstar entrepreneur named Jackie Meretsky , who created Jgame , a new tennis and activewear line focused on style and sustainability! #AMAZEBALLS “Tennis’ popularity (and now Pickleball) - and the accompanying apparel - has exploded globally in recent years. The activewear is now a statement of style and must now co-exist with functionality. But, I wanted to take things a little further… if sportswear can represent your style, can’t it also represent your values? I think so! This is why I decided to create JGame, which merges effortlessly chic and classic styles with beautiful, recycled fabrics that are eco-friendly, locally sourced, and ethically made right here in NYC.” – Jackie Meretsky, founder of JGame. This week, your favorite personal stylist Holly Katz introduces us to JGame, a female-founded, eco-conscious and ethically made NYC-based brand. LISTEN HERE NOW! If you love tennis, care about reducing your carbon footprint and want to look effortlessly chic on and off the court, then JGame is what you are looking for. Each stylish piece, made with high-quality recycled fabrics, is designed with both functionality and comfort in mind. Our guest is a full-time mother, a former meteorologist and now the female founder of a new company. How does this happen? With a passion for tennis, a lot of research and a commitment to a brand profile that is driven by not contributing to something that will hurt our environment, while at the same time, offering style and function. That does not sound easy, and it’s not. But Jackie has the energy and drive to manage her family, learn an entirely new business category AND create and run a unique and interesting niche in the crowded world of sportswear. What is the secret sauce? She loves tennis. So, she knows what women want to wear (and men and children) when participating in an active and demanding sport. You need comfort, fit, performance, style – and to offer something more than the Big Boys in the sports apparel arena. Jackie’s difference? Environmentally conscious materials that include chips of recycled plastic bottles, which helps to decreases the greenhouse gas emissions that are created by processing virgin polyesters. She also demands local manufacturing and produces her fashion line just a short drive from Manhattan in New York. Sustainability is the Difference – The 3 Pilars of JGame: Recycled Fabrics Their garments are made from fabrics that are 75-100% recycled polyester, which is made by using PET from clear plastic bottles. The plastic bottles are broken down into small chips, and those chips then go through a process that turns them into yarn. #oooooaaahhhh 2. Local Manufacturing JGame is proud to have a manufacturing partner just a short drive from their headquarters in Manhattan. Manufacturing locally can make a tremendous impact - shorter distances mean less CO2 emissions. When they need to make a new sample or check on the sewing of a garment, they aren’t adding significant greenhouse gas emissions caused by cargo ships and sea freight traffic. 3. Sustainable Packaging They are targeting packaging in several ways: first by partnering with a sustainable packaging company that delivers high quality packaging that is either compostable, reusable, or recyclable. If you are purchasing JGame at a pop-up, your packaging will be as simple as a recycled paper bag accompanied by recycled tissue paper. If you’re buying online, you’ll receive your goods in a minimalist, recycled mailer. “Like much of the fashion industry, sportswear often turns toward fast fashion with little accountability vis-á-vis environmental protection, working conditions and carbon emissions.” But JGame is not all about function. It’s about form, too! And by that, we mean skirts, tops, dresses, shorts and visors made in fun and flirty colors, with a fabulous fit and a nice side of sassy. Yasssss! We are absolutely obsessed with Jackie’s designs, and you will be, too! Please be sure to check out Holly’s exclusive Pinterest board featuring all her favorite JGame styles! BONUS GIFT FOR THOSE WHO STAYED ‘TIL THE END: If you go to the JGame website and use the discount code “HOLLY” – you will get 20% off your purchase! This is only for our special listeners and fashion friends. You’re Welcooommee!! ALSO: Don’t forget, JGame is part of our HOLLY-DAY Gift Guide and Giveaway! Jackie has given us one of her fabulous tennis tank tops as a gift, and you can win over $900 in gifts if you enter our giveaway BEFORE DEC 23 rd ! Enter to win HERE . Thank for listening this week! Be sure to LIKE, FOLLOW, SHARE, DOWNLOAD and LEAVE A REVIEW for our podcast. FASHION CRIMES PODCAST “The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed!” Hosted by your favorite personal stylist, Holly Katz!0 comments0
- Holly-Day Gift Guide Menswear Exclusive: Taelor.Style | EP 121Fashion Friends! Join us this week as we welcome not one - but THREE - amazing entrepreneurial superstars: Anya, Phoebe and Melissa, who have created Taelor.Style , a super savvy menswear fashion subscription box service that offers hundreds of brands and styles for any man’s social life or work life, including blazers, shirts, jackets, sweaters, polos, pants and more. You MAY think that their business model is similar to other subscription box services, but there has never been a styling or fashion rental service for men ONLY, and let’s face it, who needs more help in this area? #Duh #MostMen! So, these three rockstars came together to create a menswear rental subscription service in the United States that offers some of the world's most famous brands that let’s men RENT, WEAR, and RETURN! No laundry, no shopping, no guesswork. Their Mission? To help men achieve their goals by building confidence in how they look and feel when connecting with others. Taelor.Style helps people to be the best version of themselves every day, without spending time chasing after their clothes. And, they play a part in saving the environment by extending the life of garments and supporting sustainable fashion. Just who are Anya, Phoebe and Melissa? And how did they come together to build this very successful business: Anya Cheng, former eBay & Facebook's head of product, with strong e-commerce experience working for Target and other major brands Phoebe Tan, Anya’s University of Chicago MBA classmate Holly interviews all three this week, where we learn how they found each other, how they discovered this very unique niche in the on-line fashion category, and how this subscription service is different than the others out ther. DRESS YOUR BEST WITHOUT BUYING CLOTHES What man needs to waste time worrying about their wardrobe or what looks good on them? Taelor.Style helps them make fewer decisions so they can free their brains up for what really matters. #FACTS OWN LESS BUT ENJOY MORE Why spend money on clothes you will only wear a few times? Simplify your life by owning less and enjoying more. Take out the complications of figuring out what's in or out, let them do the work for you! EMBRACE SUSTAINABILITY By renting clothes rather than owning them, you'll reduce waste and help save the environment while refreshing and keeping your wardrobe rotating without buying more. How It Works: The monthly subscription fee for Taelor is $88 USD per month, and users would receive 8 stylist-picked or AI-picked clothes. They do not charge additional transportation fees and dry-cleaning costs. Stylists and AI pick clothes for you, b ased on your preference & purpose. 3. Wear for weeks, Free shipping, no commitment to buy, get up to 70% off retail price if you keep items! 4. Swap instead of shop! No more shopping or laundry, just return with prepaid envelope, get free shipping & laundry, and then just wait for your next box! How Can This Possibly Work? No Man Knows His Size! With stellar customer service, Ai software, some very experienced and talented fashion industry experts, and believe it or not, trial and error – this service provides ample opportunity and ease for trying things on and returning them to quickly get men to their best fit. How Does Taelor.Style Pick the Brands They Offer? It is really important that the brands chosen aligned with their mission. So, one of requirements is that they play upright and save the environment. Taelor.Style is trying to promote a circular fashion model. Why buy something that you don't think you would wear often, when it just sits in the closet collecting dust? The rental business philosophy takes a lot of that waste out of your closet. 2. The brands they partner with are sustainable brands. They take time to know a brand’s manufacturing, fabric selection and design processes in addition to the brand's sustainable elements throughout manufacturing stages. 3. Taelor.Style does not offer fast fashion or luxury high-end fashion. Their focus in on performance, quality, style and comfort. The average price point falls between $100-200 per item. Holly’s Point of View? Holly has always promoted sustainable fashion practices. She loves that this company is offering a moderately-priced option for customers who want to elevate their style! This is perfect for nearly ALL OF AMERICA, people! 2. This service is for anyone and everyone who wants to look good in a fashion forward and understandable, unintimidating way. Taelor.Style takes the fear of shopping away, helps people find what fits them well and looks best on them. They also take the fear of commitment away when as the customer is under no obligation to buy, unless the feel inclined to do so. This is what we call a STYLE WIN-WIN! We are excited for all of our Fashion Friends to find this new tool for their husband, brother, cousin, neighbor, brother-in-law, dad, friend, etc. This may even start giving men a voice in an area where they may be afraid to step up and try, or even ask for help. As you know, the first step when inproving your style is awareness. Then comes change. And Your Favorite Personal Stylist, Holly Katz, definitely thinks they can really help elevate fashion change: Taelor.Style provides an on-demand clothing rental service monthly subscription. Pick, Wear, Return. Own less and enjoy more! FASHION CRIMES PODCAST “The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed!” Listen wherever you get your podcasts, or at https://apple.co/2XXKHfC. Hosted by your favorite personal stylist, Holly Katz !0 comments0
- Designer Spotlight: Kim White Handbag Designer | EP 120Welcome to our latest edition of Designer Spotlight, featuring Bad Ass California fashion designer Kim White, who started making designer handbag made with vintage upholstry car fabrics. Uhm, WHAT? PRO TIP: Kim White is part of our HOLLY-DAY Gift Guide and Giveaway 2022, so if you have not signed up to win over $900 in items, please drop us your email here to enter: https://hollykatzstyling.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=3d92b8d8d5e09396aead1e621&id=24668f0c75 Kim White Handbags & Belts was established in 2003 in Los Angeles, California. What began as a one-of-a-kind, handmade textile bag business with Kim sewing each bag herself has bloomed into a boutique business specializing in both leather belts and bags. Kim’s belts and bags are all made in the USA with the finest craftsmanship, made by real people, one by one. This specialty line of leather goods is made to last, with attention paid to the finest quality craftsmanship. The buckles Kim uses on her belt line are specially cast uniquely for Kim White. Craftsmanship is key, only gorgeous high-quality leathers are used, and styles are designed to withstand temporal trends. All proudly designed and hand made in the U.S.A. Kim White lives and works in Highland Park, California. We could literally write every word Kim White shared with us in these show notes – because she is THAT awesome. “You need a niche to get rich!” To summarize the vibe she brings to the show this week, we’ll just share this. This is how it all started when Kim had no money: “Okay, so what happened was, I worked for a big fashion designer in Los Angeles for a really long time. And they were crazy. They went out of business eventually. And I found myself out of a job. I found myself so broke, I hadn’t even been paid for the past three paychecks, So, no rent money, no hotel, I was screwed. And I was in an apartment at the time. And I'm just like, “What am I going to do?” Well, she asked around LA for fabric sources because she had a fabric sewing machine. And someone told her about a company that supplied fabrics for American cars from the 70s and 80s. She literally couldn't believe it. This is when she said, “This is my niche to get rich!” She started a fabric vintage car handbag line, and she killed it. “I killed it. In my first month in business. I was like on E TV, I was in French Vogue, I was on all the fashion magazines back then. And this was in the early 2000s. So that's when it really mattered to have actual press. So that's “a must” for beginning stories!” Today, Kim has extended her line to include unique belts and other accessories. In this episode she shares her journey as a designer, as woman entrepreneur, and the rollercoaster ride of running your own fashion brand. It ain’t easy folks, but with the attitude and passion of someone like Kim, it can be done. This is one wild ride of an episode, so hold on to your seat, and meet KIM WHITE! PRO TIP: Want to see all of the designs discussed today? See Holly’s exclusive curated Pinterest Boards here . FASHION CRIMES PODCAST “The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed!” Hosted by Your Favorite Personal Stylist, Holly Katz ! www.fashioncrimespodcast.com0 comments0
- Black Friday Holly-Day Gift Guide Giveaway 2022 EP | 119Happy Black Friday? Or Shop Small Saturday? Or Cyber Monday? No matter how you decide to shop for holiday gifts this year, we want you to SHOP SMALL and support INDEPENDENT CREATORS as much as you can! This HOLLY-DAY season, your favorite personal stylist Holly Katz has created a spectacular GIFT GUIDE full of unique items that has something for everyone, gives back to an important cause - and - ends with a one winner who will win it all! When You Give, Holly Gives: This year, we are using our GIFT GUIDE to support Ahimsa House , helping people and pets escape domestic violence together in Georgia, USA. https://ahimsahouse.org Ahimsa House is Georgia’s first and only organization dedicated to helping the human and animal victims of domestic violence reach safety together. Domestic violence often hurts family pets, too. Ahimsa House, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization) is dedicated to helping the human and animal victims of domestic violence across Georgia reach safety together. They have provided over 150,000 nights of safe, confidential shelter for pets in need. It costs them approximately $500 to care for one survivor’s pets. Ahimsa House relies heavily on individual donations, grants, and corporate sponsorships. So, because we love pets, especially dogs, please consider a donation: https://donate.givedirect.org/?cid=11674&n=150757 But if you are not able to help right now, Holly will donate FIVE DOLLARS for every listener who sends us their email! Drop us a DM, send it to us on our website, or DM on our social. We will count you in! The Gift Guide: Happy Socks, Fun, Fashionable Socks: www.happysocks.com/us/socks Gift: 5 pairs of Happy Socks, valued at $80.00 Spreading #HappinessEverywhere since 2008. “COLOR, CREATIVITY, AND FUN” Happy Socks is for all of us who think that life can never be too colorful. And that true happiness stems from the freedom to be yourself. Our vision is to bring happiness and color to every corner of the world - inspiring authentic self-expression through color, creativity, and fun. Fleur'd Pins, Men’s Lapel Pins: www.fleurdpins.com GIFT: Pink Leather Carnation Lapel Pin, valued at $100.00 The Timeless Symbol of the Well-Dressed. Lapel Flowers Handcrafted in NYC by Andrew Werner. For generations, the boutonnière has been a symbol of romance, power, and sophistication. It celebrates elegance, refinement, and prestige; an accouterment meant to enrich the ensemble it is paired with. Handcrafted in New York City from the finest fabrics to leathers and exotic skins, wearing Fleur’d Pins will undoubtedly make them take notice and leave a lasting impression. GGMaul Designer Handbags: www.ggmaul.com Gift: Rebel Key Chain valued at $200.00 Gorgeous multi-wear handbags for women who multitask. Gretchen Maull Berger founded GG Maull to fulfill her lifelong purpose of empowering women through fashion by elevating their self-confidence and inner strength. Kim White Handbags and Belts: www.kimwhitehandbags.com Gift: Mini Ring Wristlet, valued at $135.00 Kim White handbags and belts was established in 2003 in Los Angeles, California. What began as a one-of-a-kind handmade textile bag business with Kim sewing each bag herself, has bloomed into a boutique business specializing in leather bags, and leather belts. Fun Fact: She went to a fabric warehouse and bought old car upholstery fabric and started making bags out of them. All her belts and bags are made in the US, with the finest craftsmanship, made by real people, one by one. Brightkins Pet Learning: www.brightkins.com Gift: Surprise Party Treat Puzzle, Cactus Surprise Treats Dispenser, & Hunger for Words Talking Pet Starter Set, valued at $63.00. Interactive Pet Toys and Training Tools! This new line of pet toys and products unlock our pet’s curiosity while providing bright ways for pets to play and stay entertained. With the surprise party treat puzzle, dogs of all ages can snack along as they figure out how to open these treat-filled presents. 6.) Taelor, Men’s Subscription Style Service: https://taelor.style/ Gift: One Free Month of Subscription Styling, including 8 items, valued at $88.00. Look good without buying clothes, menswear rental subscription. Stylist and AI pick for you. Our new friends at Taelor.style, Phoebe, Anya and Melissa created a menswear monthly box subscription platform for just $88 a month. Your favorite guy can have an online virtual stylist help them through the everyday mundane chore of picking out clothes and even doing their laundry! Men can choose, try on, wear, and send back items for a new box or purchase right there on the spot. No laundry, no dry cleaning. It’s the best of both worlds and best of all, no shopping. There are over 200 brands that they partner with to make getting dressed super easy and fun - and take up less brain space for those who are jumping from their busy lives to business travel to their weekend or social lives. 7.) Mobvoi Smart Watches: https://www.mobvoi.com/us Gift: Mobvoi TicWatch E3, valued at $199.99. Maker of #TicWatch and #TicPods An AI company that strives to push the boundaries of next-generation human-machine interaction. No matter how busy your life is, it’s important to devote time to maintaining an active lifestyle. Powered with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 4100 Platform and Mobvoi dual processor system, TicWatch E3 combines smooth performance and advanced health sensors in a classic, stylish design. Effectively manage your life, health, and well-being with more than 20 professional workout modes, built-in GPS, and helpful apps and services on Wear OS by Google™. 8.) i.d x-change Cuffs of Love, By IGAL DAHAN: https://www.instagram.com/idxchange/ Gift: One cuff bracelet, valued at $75.00. Every piece in the Cuffs of Love collection has a connection with love. The pieces were designed for those who embrace and want to express the connection of love they cherish with friends, family, and in relationships. The innovative interlocking cuffs have hit a cord with consumers and celebrities alike including Chris Daughtry, Snoop Dogg, Kelly Clarkson, Matt Damon, Kim Kardashian, Teri Hatcher and The Jonas Brothers. 9.) JGame Tennis Fashions : https://jgamenyc.com/ Gift: Gift Certificate for $50.00. Do good and look good in Tennis Apparel. Female Founded - Sustainable – Made in NYC. JGame is a female founded company, who is an eco-conscious, ethically-made NYC-based brand. If you love tennis and pickleball or if you care about reducing your carbon footprint and want to look effortlessly chic on and off the court, you've are about to meet your match! Each piece is made with high quality recycled fabrics is designed with both functionality and covered in mind. They want to mitigate the culture of disposability and create pieces that are timeless. Each piece goes through a rigorous process of wearing washing and drying several times to test its longevity. How To Win All of These Items: 1.) Shop, shop, shop these amazing small-businesses during this Holly-Day season! 2.) Give, Support and Love Ahimsa House , so that families and pets can be safe and secure this holiday season - and always. 3.) Send us your email to enter to win ALL. 9. GIFTS. For each email we receive for our newsletter list, Holly will donate FIVE DOLLARS to Ahimsa House in your name. Happy Holly-Days! FASHION CRIMES PODCAST “The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed!” www.fashioncrimespodcast.com Hosted by your favorite personal stylist, Holly Katz !0 comments0
- The Only Wardrobe Check List You Will Ever Need | Ep. 118Do you want to make your life about 1,000% easier instantly? Especially now that the holidays are around the corner? Well, do we have a gift for you! This week, Holly helps you straighten out your wardrobe to avoid being overwhelmed, confused and dreading getting dressed every day or for special events. How does she do it? With a miraculous styling tool called “ The Only Wardrobe Checklist You Will Ever Need! ” There are lots of people out there with Wardrobe Checklists – which are basically a list of the things you should have in your closet no matter what. But the difference here is that Holly’s Checklist is made up of a simple formula. It’s clear, concise, and achievable – without a bunch of professional stylist word salad that can throw you over the edge. PRO TIP: As always, Holly has tons of photo examples of what should be in your closet on her Pinterest board , so be sure to follow along as you listen. Listen this week to get the FULL CHECKLIST! And the added bonus? Once you check off the items you REALLY need in your closet, you have also managed to clean out your closet (using uniform velvet hangers, of course). You’re welcome!!! We just saved your sanity before the holidays even start. Listen to Episode 118 “The Only Wardrobe Checklist You Will Ever Need” wherever you get your podcasts or at https://apple.co/2XXKHfC . FASHION CRIMES PODCAST "The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed!" Hosted by your favorite personal stylist, Holly Katz! www.fashioncrimespodcast.com #hollykatzstyling #fashioncrimespodcast #personalstylist #fashionover40 #fashionover50 #whattowear #podcast #podcasters #fashionpodcast #wardrobecheklist #wardrobeconsultant #stylist0 comments0
- Client Questions Answered! | EP 117What is happening, Fashion Besties? How fabulous have you had to look this week? As for Holly, she was HOME. ALL. WEEK. Don’t be concerned. It happens. So, with a little downtime, we started sifting through her DMs and emails and decided to share just a few of the questions we get from listeners and clients. Y’all have gotten so fashionably savvy and smart! Your questions remind us that we have many areas yet to discuss, and we are so proud of the listeners that check with us before they commit a fashion crime! #TRUTH We love that you are reaching out and asking, because this is how you learn, and this is how your style evolves. #SoProud First, some starters: What to wear when you are home all day or working from home: NO CRAPPY PJs or SWEATS. Just because you do not step over the threshold for a day or two, you do not have the right to slob-out. Someone might come to your door and then you'll be diving behind the couch. Your dog needs to be walked. You probably need to get the mail. You may have a Facetime call with your mother. Who knows? What you wear to bed, and around the house, is just as important as what you wear out the door. More on this later. For Holly, she started wearing her stepson’s oversized and comfy T-shirts to bed. This quickly turned into a very unsexy fashion crime. So, she decided to up her pajama game with cute and comfy PJ sets and you know what? She quickly realized that a 'put together' look even for bed is better when you are trying to not look like a slob around the house. A mix of practical yet comfortable with a splash of sexy – and of course - is machine washable. When you look good, you feel good; even when you are sleeping. What to do when you HATE shopping: Sidebar rant: Some people like to shop. They evolve their style with their age. They're naturally excelling in life. Fashion and style are fun for them. They enjoy getting dressed. Just because you are a woman does not mean you automatically know from birth how to shop, or even like to shop or enjoy getting dressed. THAT’S OKAY! Women are supposed to have it all, including knowing how to look good, defy their age and continue working until they literally can't in their later years. But look, you're either born with a shopping gene or not. If not, this is a learned skill that you can master just like anything else. The #1 reason people hating shopping is you think nothing fits your body shape. First solution: Shop for the body you have today. Not the 10 pounds you are going to lose someday. And don’t wear what you wore 15 years ago. Face the facts, go into a store, try on current styles, and let a salesperson help you find your fit. ASK FOR HELP. The #2 reason people hate shopping is y ou don’t know what you're looking for coupled with being stuck in a style rut. Yes, you might take an occasional shopping trip out of sheer life-threatening circumstances. like getting divorced, or a new job, or you're going to an important event that’s going to force you into an overwhelming department store when you realize a). you haven't shopped in 10 or 15 years, or b). you try on 2 things and then come to the conclusion that nothing in the world fits you. From here, there's usually a "get me out of here" fight going on in your head with you and your inner voice saying, that you can totally do this, but by this time you're in the car already. This usually leads to an "See, nothing ever fits me..." freak out and bout of over ordering online...(FASHION CRIME), or opt out of the event altogether to avoid the stress of finding an outfit. Sound like someone you know? #fashiontragedy Holly is here today to share real answers to real questions submitted by 2 of our fashion insider besties. Only the first question is in the show notes here. Make sure you listen to the full episode to hear all of the questions and truth bomb answers!!! Question #1: Dear Holly, I usually wear basics and neutral colors. But recently I've been in the mood to try something more stylish. How do I do this without embarrassing myself? Answer #1: This question, to be honest, really hurts my heart. This is somebody who obviously has been in their fashion comfort zone most of their lives. But as we’ve discussed before, when you shop for color, or for price, this is called shopping backward . Do not do this. You want to shop forward, or shop with intention, which means you shop for FIT FIRST. Not color, not price, not sales, not, 'I'll find a place to wear this," shopping. Shopping for color and thinking that this is a great way to get yourself out of your comfort zone is not a good idea. Because you don't shop for color, you shop for fit. The best advice we can give is to go into a store, look at the displays and the mannequins. Look at department store websites to see what's trending, best sellers, and the newest styles. Ask for help and try things on. But do not buy something just because of the color or the price. #Iwillfindyou Pro Tip: Listen to Episode 97 | How to Dress Right for Your Body Type This answer leads us to a TON of other issues about how to shop: Calm down, you're not looking for a ball gown. You are simply looking for a change. You want to be more on trend, you want to feel confident at an upcoming event, you want to evolve your style and you want to try something new! Don’t overthink it or try to spend a ton of money on designer clothes thinking that this will solve all of your problems. Start small. If you work out a few days a week, it will pay to invest in your workout clothes. Try to plan your days around outfits that will carry you from pickleball to the pick-up line with ease. Plan your wardrobe-it will pay off. Don’t overspend or shop for clothes at cheap, big box stores. Think about CPW, which is Cost Per Wear. If it fits you perfectly, your confidence will go up. If that costs a little more, just think about how many times you will wear something you love. If it is a cheap trend or color, and fits you poorly, you may only wear it once (FASHION CRIME). When you don't shop for a long time, you have no idea what things cost or why they cost so much. And you also don't see the value of spending money on clothes. This is called a financial block. Don’t wait years to shop. Don’t give up on your style. If no one dresses in your family, at your office or in your circle of friends, this is not reason to stop upgrading your wardrobe. Be the best dressed because you are going to get dressed, whether you go to the office or to the grocery store. Just becuase you are getting dressed doesn't mean you are "so dressed up...". You're just dressed. To recap, wanting something new in your wardrobe is empowering. Do things in your life that do not deplete you. Because when you deplete, deplete, deplete all the time, you have nothing left to give. Do something for yourself. Especially if you feel guilty about spending money on yourself. You need to fill your own cup, so that you can then fill others. Once you know how to dress in a way that makes you feel good (FIT), everything in your life is going to shift. People are going to start to ask you if you've lost weight, changed your hair, etc. There is something different about you because you decided to focus on you. The energy shift is inevitable. And you're going to want to keep continuing to feel that way, which will encourage you to keep your wardrobe rotating, which will keep you practicing how to shop, which in turn is going to get you to stop hating shopping, which makes you nicer. And when you are nice, you're going to be nicer to me. And when I'm nice, everything runs smoothly. Go shopping, get help in the store, try something new, make sure it fits. And, send us more questions!! Listen to this full episode 117 to hear what our other fashion besties want to know about! Keep them coming! Your favorite personal stylist, The Only Holly You need to Know0 comments0
- Fashion Crimes Podcast Nov 4 · 38m Designer Spotlight: GG Maull Handbags w/Gretchen Maull | EP 116We are so excited to welcome a new guest to our Designer Spotlight Series: Gretchen Maull of GG Maull designer handbags. This is NOT your average designer, nor just another handbag. Gretchen is an artist and a visionary, and we love having her on our podcast because she has built her business around empowering women and giving joy. And #sorrynotsorry, but what else is there? Designed in NY, and carefully handcrafted in Italy by cherished artisans — GG Maull is a handbag brand motivated by spreading JOY, building CONFIDENCE, and inspiring WOMEN. But how Gretchen started her own handbag design company – and more importantly – why, is the real story. Get the full episode here ! PRO TIP: This episode requires some visual assistance, so we recommend watching it on YouTube or visiting Holly’s Pinterest . How it started: Gretchen believes in only having things in her life that "spark joy." She nearly lost her sister to a horrific car accident and came face to face with life's fragility. She had been in a hospital waiting room for hours anxious and desperate to hear whether her sister would survive, when the doctor finally announced that she would make it through the night. Her now-husband gifted her with a beautiful pair of black and emerald earrings. At the moment, in the ICU waiting area, it was not something she was expecting, nor felt she could be present for. But he insisted, "If these bring you joy for two minutes, that's two minutes of joy you need right now." ( Host note to ladies: Marry THAT man!) Why GG Maull was started: Joy in the face of incredible adversity. That moment laid the groundwork for Gretchen’s drive to empower women and equip them to live their lives to the fullest. She looked around and saw many women in New York struggling to perform multiple roles and responsibilities: building a career, being a sensitive friend, achieving their health and fitness goals, dating eligible partners, having a rich social life, becoming an adult, leading a community, caring for others around them, becoming a solid partner, managing a household, raising a family, taking conscious care of themselves, and being socially responsible citizens. ARE YOU EXHAUSTED YET??? In these pursuits, Gretchen found the women she came across being weighed down physically and emotionally. So, she was inspired to take her 10-year experience in handbag design under prestigious fashion labels to create her own brand characterized by functionality, aesthetics, and purpose. How it’s going: Fast forward five years, and GG Maull now delivers functionality through handbags that can be worn multiple ways, including hands-free, with removable pouches that make it easy to change between handbags, and with even weight distribution. Gretchen’s objective in delivering these unique functionality features is to provide customers the feelings of lightness, freedom, strength and security. “She observed her husband “preparing” to leave the house with astonishment that all he needs to do is grab his cell phone and wallet.” In contrast, she felt compelled to have a bag that gave women the ability to contend with expectations for the day ahead. Women fill multiple roles during the day, from perhaps mother in the morning to executive by day to sexy dinner companion or concert-goer at night. And while these roles certainly bear their respective shares of responsibilities, women don’t have to feel anchored down anymore. With Gretchen’s “multi-wear” approach, every woman can feel that as her role transitions, so can her handbag. Loving this journey for us! Gretchen’s designs are different because they are versatile. But they also look different because of her passion for the types of leather she sources and her love for all aspects of design: color, texture, uniqueness. If you wear Gretchen’s bags, you are considered one of her “ Rebels ,” because her customer does not live, breathe or dress like everyone else. A few of Holly’s favorite styles: Power Belt Bag Don’t call this a fanny pack, but it’s a fanny pack. In the most glorious way! The Power Belt Bag can transition from a hands-free belt bag to fashionable tight cross-body to an evening clutch. #totallygettingthisone Rebel Holster Imagine the wild west of motherhood, when your hands are full, but you need your stuff handy at your side – well this ‘ holster ’ slips over your back and rests two small handbags at waist-level on your sides. You have to see it to believe it! (Hint, go to Holly’s Pinterest board !) Power Tote: To address the age-old challenge of switching between bags, the Power Tote was designed with a removable insertable pouch with magnetic snaps large enough to fit a laptop. It also has an outside cellphone pocket, so you don’t spend 20 minutes searching for it in the bottom of a deep bag. (PS, it’s also a killer diaper bag). #Finally #ThanksGretchen Cocktail Clutch: The Cocktail Clutch was designed with unique beaded fringe and Italian snake leather and was inspired by vintage cosmetic cases. It has a silver-plated ADJUSTABLE brass wristlet chain, so your hands are free for cocktails and crudité! There are just too styles many to love!! As always, Holly has hand-picked her favorites and created an episode board on Pinterest! Holly and Gretchen talk about so much more than just handbag love. This is truly an in-depth conversation about purpose, women supporting women, being a female entrepreneur - and the powerful impact of choosing to live life with joy as an end goal. We hope you will listen and come to love and appreciate Gretchen as much as we do! Follow her, support her, become a GG Maull Rebel! Thank you for joining us again this week. FASHION CRIMES PODCAST ‘The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed!” Hosted by your favorite personal stylist, Holly Katz! www.fashioncrimespodcast.com0 comments0
- How To Style Boots | EP 115If you’ve been following this podcast at all, you will know by now that Holly loves to talk about boots. All sorts of boots – all styles, all heel heights, all brands. Holly Loves Boots...and you should too. She has reported seeing them everywhere at NY Fashion Week in the Fall of 2022, she owns a bunch herself and she almost never gets through a styling conversation without mentioning them at least 10 times. HOW. EV. ER. What we have not yet discussed is “How to Style Boots,” which is different from “designers are showing boots right now,” and “everyone is wearing boots this season.” #FACTS Example: If you are a woman of a certain age, and you think you want to wear boots that go up to the top of your knees or even to the middle of your thighs, you need to try them on first. If you have crepey skin that falls over your boot tops, these are not the boots for you. (You know what we are talking about, don’t act like you don’t!) Get EPISODE 115 here! There is absolutely no reason you cannot wear any style of boot you love. Cowboy boots, vintage boots, the new lug-sole boot. Boots are timeless (if not practical and just fab). What matters is HOW you wear them. (Pro Tip: As always, Holly has curated an episode-specific Pinterest board with all the style suggestions mentioned in this episode. It is always fun to follow along while you listen!) So, let’s start with the differences. Boots are usually determined by the height of the shaft, or the amount of leather or material that covers the lower part of your leg. Booties: The shortest shaft, stops at your ankle. Make sure the ankle opening is comfortable, and not rubbing your tender ankle bone skin off. Booties are a great way to get a boot look under jeans without a large shaft that's going to look bulky. Booties are dressy if they have a high or stiletto heel, and can be sexy. Mid-Height: The shaft stops in the middle or top of your calf. This is typically a cowboy boot and is a style that will never die. Wear them with shorts, pants, skirts, maxi dresses, or jeans. They are not, however, considered dressy. This is a great way to bring something dressy down a notch to make it more casual. This is a very important fashion fact. #takenotes Below the Knee: This is the most common, comfortable, and popular style of boot. They look great on people of any height, and can be worn with dresses, skirts, slacks, jeans, and even shorts and tights in the winter! You can wear them season after season. They might go in and out depending on a hot trend, but they really don't go out of style. These are keepers. Thigh-High: These go over the knee or up onto your thigh. These have the highest shaft. If you are 7 feet tall, you will love these boots and can wear them with short skirts, short shorts or over jeans – anything to show off your 6-foot legs!! If you are not 7 feet tall, well then, wear them under a dress that hits you at the knee to show a little boot when you sit. This is an excellent idea. From there, you will find any heel height in combination with any shaft height. And, as with all shoes, a higher-heeled boot tends to be dressier, with mid-to-low heels being more versatile. So how do you choose? Well, with some major caveats. In the exact words of Holly, if you are going to wear a tall boot, especially ones up to your thighs, make sure it is super cold outside. If you're a hot natured person who is schvitzing all the time, an over-the-knee boot is not a good idea for you. Another thing to think about if you are purchasing a new boot style is: Do you have the personal style to support this? If you are super conservative, or if this is a risky purchase for you, make sure you have something that you can actually wear with them - instead of just blindly purchasing something. This is called a style plan, people . If you want an over-the-knee boot, you need to have the outfit to support this. Cowboy boots: If you want a cowboy-style boot that's not real cowboy boot, but has the look of a cowboy boot, there are millions of good options. You can shop on Freebird to see different price points and quality, or you can go with a more authentic company like Luchesse , Tecovas , Ariat or Dingo to get the real deal. Fashion Facts: If you buy cowboy boots, you might want to go up a half- or full size because you're probably going to need a thicker sock. Also, if you're going to buy new boots, try to find a store to try them on first. You must see what the most comfortable and wearable fit is for you. Ankle Boots/Booties: These are not necessarily a cowboy style. They can be plain or fancy, and are definitely worn for fashion. Fashion Fact: Low boots that are made for snow or rain are not booties, and you only wear them for inclement weather. Holly is watching. Don’t do it. Fashion Crime Alert! Do not wear Hunter rubber boots up to your knees if it is not pouring rain or a hurricane. And do not wear Ugg (we call them Uggggggly) boots if it is not 20 degrees outside. Period. You can walk the dog in them, fine. But these must be worn in. the. cold. Holly does not care what the weather was when you left your house. If it stops raining or it warms up, you better have a change of shoes in your trunk! And finally, the Care and Maintenance of Boots. If you're already taking great care of your shoes, most boot companies want you to use a leather conditioner or a non-silicone, waterproof stain protector. For someone who's new to the boot trend, the care of leather is a learned art. Instead, get to know your local cobbler or find a shoe person. Have your boots waterproofed, regularly cleaned, re-soled if needed, and fix those stiletto heels you keep ruining by stepping into the middle of cracks. Try not to do that, please. In summary, anyone can pull off the boot trend! Just don’t go too far out of your reality zone, try boots on before you buy them - and learn to take care of them so you can enjoy this timeless fashion trend forever. FASHION CRIMES PODCAST “The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed!” Hosted by your favorite personal stylist, Holly Katz. www.fashioncrimespodcast.com0 comments0
- Fashion & Politics w/ Political Personality Skye Ostreicher | EP 114Didn’t your mother ever tell you that certain topics are not appropriate in polite society? Well… beyond sex, religion, and money - are FASHION and POLITICS. What? How can those two words even be in the same sentence? Are you nervous yet? This is a non-partisan issue, people. Regardless of your politics (not goin’ there), one thing you should know is that fashion matters in politics (as in everything) and our ROCK STAR guest this week is here to explain it all to you – IN THE MOST DELIGHTFUL WAY! Meet Skye Ostreicher, otherwise known as The Political Personality . (Isn’t that the mother of all oxymorons?) Skye is the host of City & State’s online video series, Political Personalities with Skye , where she brings a fun flair to New York state and local government-related conversations. Her goal is to interview politicians to bring out their personalities, not their politics. Who knew? Politicians are people, too? She also just happens to love fashion and has built her personal brand on her style choices (in a very male-dominated, opinionated world). Skye’s passion is to interview elected officials who determine the future of our democracy in order to humanize the person, not their political positions. And, WHY, you say, would Holly bring THIS to the Fashion Crimes Podcast? (FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!). Because just like fashion, people run from the things they are not comfortable with. “Fashion is your friend, not your enemy.” Sound familiar? Well, Skye is here to tell us in this episode that politicians have hobbies, favorite foods, and families they love - just like you. So maybe, if you get to know those in leadership positions as humans, rather than political operators, you just might find that you CAN stomach learning about candidates, political issues, and the people who make the laws in this country – WITHOUT FEAR! Your Hostess with the Mostess, Holly Katz, admits early on that keeping up with politicians is “not her thing.” Well, obvi! Who enjoys that, let alone is not scared to death of the entire political system in general? Meet The Political Personality: Skye was born and raised on Long Island where she earned a dual master’s degree from Stony Brook University in public health and public policy. She then went on to work in government affairs for eight years before being asked to spearhead the Mike Bloomberg presidential campaign efforts for Long Island at the end of 2019. During COVID, which coincided with the end of Bloomberg’s presidential bid, unemployed and locked inside, Skye began an online video series on her Instagram profile, highlighting on-the-ground efforts by local elected officials. This series continued to grow into what it is today – after working with a few different media outlets, Skye has nearly 900 episodes total, all with the goal of highlighting the positive work of elected and appointed officials as they navigate the complexities of municipal and state government. She has a passion for connecting people and facilitating positive political relationships. And guess what? We are OBSESSED!! This week, Holly and Skye trade similar stories about stereotypes (politicians must dress conservatively), the mixed signals fashion can give in a professional or political environment – and how fashion can actually be a friend in politics! Gone are the days of Hillary’s pantsuit and office outfits. Like everything, what you wear gives signals of who you are as a person and can affect how people view and accept you. Especially in politics. As politicians, if you dress too conservatively, are you out of touch and out of date? If you embrace fashion and style, are you spending your tax-supported salary irresponsibly? It seems to us that they cannot win. However, Skye informs us that if you get to know the person – who happens to be a politician, chances are you might find a way to engage in politics without being overwhelmed. Humanize the human! In this episode, Skye and Holly hash it all out: How did Skye go from being a pre-med student to being a lobbyist and finally a political reporter? Learn about Skye’s stand-out personal style and love for fashion – and as a woman – how she has been successful in building huge respect in the political world and her brand. What are the fashion and style mistakes she has seen people make in their professional arenas? How, as a young, attractive woman – with a major flair for fashion - did she get past “her looks: to being respected for her skills? Why fashion matters in politics and the positive impact it can have. How did Skye mix basketball and politics in the Bronx to bring people together? How can people become part of the democratic process – without fear or fighting – by understanding politics through people, not platforms? By the end – AS PER USUAL – Holly has adopted Skye as her new best fashion friend forever – and now they are planning a political fashion show during NYFW next September. The fashion gods have spoken – and these two shall meet. We loved meeting Skye! Learn more about The Political Personality and Skye’s work here: City and State online media: https://www.cityandstateny.com/ The Political Personality with Skye: https://www.cityandstateny.com/topic/political-personalities-skye/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepoliticalpersonality_/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/skyestats YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOpxxW82euaKmNnaXMlpp-fWcxfkJcv0f FASHION CRIMES PODCAST “The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed!” Hosted by Your Favorite Personal Stylist, Holly Katz www.fashioncrimespodcast.com0 comments0
- Evan Hirsch | Designer Spotlight | EP 113This week, Holly introduces us to an innovative, up-and-coming fashion designer named Evan Hirsch . We want y’all to remember that you heard this name here first, on the FASHION CRIMES PODCAST , because this unique designer is ‘transforming’ the fashion world. Literally. Evan Hirsch is a 25-year-old fashion designer, entrepreneur, TV personality, stylist, make-up artist, and content creator from New York. He is most known for his transforming dresses, under the name EvanHirschFashion on TikTok , where he posts for over 460,000 followers. His designs have been viewed by over 65 million worldwide viewers and have captured celebrity and the fashion industry’s attention. Evan currently creates transforming designs out of his New York studio space is going to have a Made-to-Order collection launching very soon. From Vogue Business : “Evan Hirsch is a young fashion designer who has gained millions of likes on his social media for his transforming, shapeshifting designs, and funny narrative videos. His most viewed videos include a leopard-print shift dress that becomes a gilded gold ballgown or his attempts at recreating CGI dresses from movies such as The Hunger Games and Cruella .” Think of a combination of high costume, high drama, and the Transformers, all wrapped into one. If none of this makes sense to you, then you need to listen to every second of this episode ! Evan designs and constructs transforming clothing that starts out as one item, and then right before your eyes, completely turns into something else: another type of clothing entirely, a different fabric, a different color, or a different shape. You must see it to believe it! SIDE NOTE: As always, this is the part when we encourage you to head over to Holly’s Pinterest board and follow along with the visuals for this episode. You can also see Holly and Evan in person on our Y ouTube chan nel ! #gettherenow Evan has just come off his first show on the New York runway – but the real story is how he got there. In this episode, learn about Evan’s start in the fashion business, his design process, and ultimately displaying his first collection at New York Fashion Week: Evan Hirsch Spring/Summer 2023. YYAAASSSSS Like many in the creative industries, Evan’s path to fashion design took him from being a theatre kid to sketching designs and eventually learning how to sew. He worked in the boring, but necessary side of fashion – intern, tech designer, etc. – but longed for more creativity. And then the pandemic hit. He started creating at home and posting on TikTok. And the rest is history, as they say! Well, it wasn’t that easy. His new fashion brand is in its infancy, and he still has the business of fashion to tackle, but Evan has incredible ideas and a trajectory – so hwe know he is on his way! And Holly, being the best fashion friend that she is, has offered herself to be his first Met Gala customer. Can’t wait for that! #DUH In this episode: Where does the inspiration come from for his designs? Who is the Evan Hirsch customer? What is Evan’s creative process from idea to final product? How are his complicated designs constructed? Are his designs functional, or all for show? How will Evan scale up his business from concept to Made-to-Order and beyond? How and where does he source his fabrics? Where does he get his confidence as a 25-year-old in the competitive world of fashion? We are so excited for you to meet Evan and learn about his fabulous designs. You can learn more about him at: Website: https://evanhirsch.godaddysites.com/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@evanhirschfashion Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evan_hirsch/ FASHION CRIMES PODCAST ‘The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed!” Hosted by your favorite personal stylist – and the only Holly you need to know – Holly Katz!0 comments0
- What to Wear to Your Class Reunion | EP 112Does the thought of your High School reunion make you want to "respectfully decline"? If you're an extra extrovert, then you're counting the seconds until you and your friends can catch up on all the latest class gossip. If you're an introvert, do you dread seeing your who was actually your best friend when you were seven - but then middle school and boys happened so you fell out of touch? Regardless of how you feel about high school reunions, Holly has one piece of life advice for you: Just Goooooooooooo. Because whatever is holding you back from attending, or getting you so excited that you attend every 5 years, one thing is certain: No matter what, when you know you look good, you cannot have a bad time. It's just simply universal fashion law. You cannot have a terrible time. If you show up looking fabulous, it's impossible. In this episode , your favorite personal stylist (and extra extroverted reunion advocate), Holly Katz is here to make sure you attend your reunion, and she promises to give you all the style tips you need to ensure you have dressed appropriately, dressed better than everyone else (without being over-dressed) and feeling comfortable and confident. #duh This. Is. Going. To. Be. Epic. Did we mention Holly's reunion is in 2 weeks? Note: Be sure to click over to Holly’s Pinterest board for all this style inspiration! First Up: Dress Code When it comes to events like these, the dress code on the invite is usually some ridiculously dumb version of “casual.” They try to use words like “upscale casual” or “cocktail casual” or “dressy casual”. So, if you're confused more than ever, you're not alone. Well for one thing, whatever the dress code, it means you must get “dressed.” This in fact means you DO NOT show up looking like you do every single day. Don’t make us repeat that. What you wear every day (t-shirts, shorts, golf shirts, flip flops, jeans, etc.) is NOT what you wear to an event like this (or any event. Duh.) According to Holly, and you know she does not mince words, the dress code should actually read: “Put in some effing effort.” That is the new dress code. She has taken upon herself to rewrite all the etiquette books to say just that: Put in Some Effing Effort. New dress code alert! Option 1: Dresses Just because you're wearing a nice dress doesn't mean you're sooo dressed up. You are just dressed. You may not even need to run out and buy something new! Holly always loves the dress option because you can dress up a casual dress with just a little zhoosh . Just add extra jewelry, a great handbag or fabulous shoes. Holly loves a moto jacket or blazer. Snazz it up! You can also style a really nice dress down to make is more casual. Just throw a moto jacket or leather blazer over it. This can be worn anywhere! Dress Suggestions: The cowboy, western look is really hot right now. A maxi dress with short booties or modern cowboy boots is about as on-trend as you can get right now. This outfit works for every body type and age. You cannot go wrong. Some brands to shop for include Ulla Johnson, BA&SH, Intermix, Farm Rio, Derek Lam, Kobi Halperin, Hemant and Nandita, and more. Many can be found at Saks and other department stores or online. All of these can be found on Holly’s Pinterest board . If you aren’t feeling the cowboy or western-inspired look, opt for a bold color or oversized floral. If you've listened to our Fall 2022 Trend Report episode , you'll know that color right now is bigger than ever. Yes, neon colors and bright colors are what is in. HOWEVER, you do not need to blind people. Pick one of the new color or floral trends and use it as an accessory. A yellow blazer, a hot pink handbag, or shoes. Do not over-do the bright colors. New York and Company has an incredible pink and red color block blazer, and Holly’s favorite = sequin pants! Check those out on the Pinterest board . Option 2: The Jumpsuit We have talked about this look in many episodes, and it is perfect for this type of event. Jumpsuits are dressy, but fun. They can have ruffles and color and they look great on all body types. Holly’s personal favorite designer is Badgley Mischka. Option 3: The Bodysuit Another option is a body suit. If you wanted to go with the funky pant route, like sequins, these are great to wear as a top alone, or under a blazer. Option 4: No Jeans Remember, you are dressing up. Not like you do every day. So, while Holly is adamant about not wearing jeans, you can wear a bodysuit or cute top and jacket with a wax-coated or colored jean that does not look like denim. She is giving you a pass on that one! Option 5: Sweaters If you live in a cold or cooler climate, please plan accordingly. Showing up in a skimpy, sleeveless dress usually won't work if you live in the Yukon Territory. Dress appropriately for the weather and season! The latest trend is sweaters with cut-outs that can give a little shoulder that are sexy and fun. No fisherman’s sweaters. No sweatshirts. Fun, flirty sweaters are the name of the game. In that regard, consider outwear if you are in a cold climate. NO ski jackets are allowed when you are dressing up. Try a long dress coat over slacks and top. Nothing is chicer than a long coat over pants. Option 6: Lace or Metallics As was noted in the Trend Report episode , lace is really in right now, along with metallics. If you want to do something with a hint of either, your options to accessories are endless. So, what is Holly wearing to her 30 th high school reunion? Stay tuned because there will be photos on social . And most likely, will include sequin pants. Send us your reunion outfit questions – and even better – send us a photo of your outfit!! DM us on social or email Holly at Holly@fashioncrimespodcast.com . FASHION CRIMES PODCAST “The Best Fashion Friend You Never Knew You Needed!” Hosted by your favorite personal stylist Holly Katz .0 comments0
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