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When In Doubt, Wear Red

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I have always believed in the significance of wearing red on a first date.

Here’s what we intuitively know about the color red:

  • Red is the color of love.
  • Red ignites passion.
  • Red is the signature color for Valentine’s Day.
  • You give red roses to a blue lady.
  • Red is sexy.
  • Red is a powerful color for women in the bedroom and the boardroom.
  • Red stimulates the heart to beat faster.

Recently, I wrote an article on Huffington Post about why men were attracted to women who wore red. This behavior was backed up by a research study from the European Journal of Social Psychology called *”Red and Romantic Behavior in Viewing Women.”

In the above mentioned study, male undergraduates were shown photographs of young adult women. Some women were wearing the color green and others were wearing red. As they were looking at photos alone, the study showed similar behaviors to those who would view women’s profiles on an online dating site. The men appeared to ask more forward questions to the women in red as compared to the generic questions asked of the women wearing green.

While wearing red won’t guarantee a marriage proposal, it is more likely that it will result in more forward conversations according to the study.

I have been recommending that women wear red on their first dates with men for many years. My online dating profile always had a photo of me wearing red. The man who proposed to me, who I met on JDate, affectionately called me “The Lady in Red.”

Red might not be your favorite color, but wearing red when going to singles events and meeting men for the first time will capture the attention of the men in the room. I feel so strongly about the color red, that cover of my book, The Perils of Cyber-Dating shows a girl wearing a red dress getting ready for a date. We know that men are visual and are likely to remember what you wore on your first date, so why not wear red to make your first impression?

Wearing red to attract men is so powerful, that the Jewish Journal came to my home earlier this year to shoot a video with some of my expert online dating tips. Where did they start? In my closet of course. They wanted me to talk about the red dresses that were worn on many first dates. Men and women everywhere are backing up the research from the experts in the recent study on the color of red.

Does that mean I think you should toss out your favorite green shirt? No. But since first impressions do matter and men are looking at hundreds of photos every time they log online looking for love, perhaps wearing red isn’t such a bad idea at all. You have a split second to make an impression online and having a profile photo and catchy screen name to draw a man in, is important. Men are, and always will be visual. Once you get past the color test, it’s time to show him the authentic you and let your personality shine.

*”Red and Romantic Behavior in Men Viewing Women,” Daniela Niesta Kayser, Andrew J. Elliot, Roger Feltman, European Journal of Social Psychology (October, 2010)

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Summer Swimwear by SATC Stylist Patricia Field

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Julie Spira and Patricia Field

Although Sex and the City 2 may be a distant memory, it’s now officially swimsuit season. ?SATC stylist Patricia Field launched her new House of Field Swimwear line on the rooftop of 230 Fifth in Manhattan the day after the film’s premiere so grab your tanning butter and select your favorite design.

Patricia Field’s Swimsational Disco Soiree included custom Sex and the City inspired cocktails by SKYY Vodka, and a fashion show attended by thousands of SATC fans and fashion enthusiasts. The cost of the bathing suits run from $90-$200 and portrayed a colorful delight on a desert themed evening. Accessories included eye wear an beach towels.

Are you ready to vote for your favorites?

For more information visit PatricaField.com

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The Multi-Million Dollar Sex and the City 2 Wardrobe

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It won’t appear like there’s a recession when fans go to see the long-awaited Sex and the City 2, due out in theatres on May 27, 2010.

According to In Touch Weekly, Carrie Bradshaw’s ?wardrobe included 41 costume changes. Some of the designers included Pucci, Halston, and Alexander McQueen. ?Phillip Block, stylist-to-the-stars, was on the set and he estimated the price of the wardrobe for Sex and the City 2 at $10 million.

In the?InTouch article, Block said, “Some of these pieces cost more than an SUV,” he says. “But they get better mileage!”

Sex and the City Stylist Patricia Field had dressed Carrie in Halston in one of the television episodes where Carrie was dating a politician. In the recently released documentary film, Ultrasuede: A Search for Halston, Field?said, “It was a play on Jackie O.”

Krsitin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon will get to keep their new over-the-top wardrobe to memorialize their second feature film. The question to ask yourself is, “What fashion designer will you be wearing to view the Sex and the City 2 film with your girlfriends?”

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Countdown to Sex and the City 2 – Celebrate with Macy’s Girls Weekend

Grab your girlfriends and get ready to shop and celebrate as we countdown to one of the most exciting films of the season, Sex and the City 2.

Macy?s and Warner Brothers have teamed up in conjunction with the launch of Sex and the City 2, scheduled to hit the screens in the U.S. on Thursday, May 27th. Mark your calendars now for “Girls Weekend” on May 20-23, 2010. There will be plenty of exciting in-store shopping events for fashion lovers everywhere.

On Thursday, May 20, 2010, the store chain will be giving away Sex and the City 2 advance movie screening tickets to the first 50 customers in 55 cities across the country who purchase $100 or more.

On Friday, May 21, 2010, pick up your exclusive, limited-edition Sex and the City 2 make-up brush set created by Warner Brothers and available only at Macy’s, redeemable at the Fragrance Bar. ($100 storewide purchase required and while supplies last).

On Saturday, May 22, 2010, for those who have to be the first to see the long-awaited film, Macy’s customers will receive Hollywood movie cash ($8.50 coupon towards your purchases of a Sex and the City 2 tickets at select movie theaters across the country with any storewide purchase of $100 while supplies last).

If that?s not exciting enough, you can even enter here to win a trip for four to head to Marrakesh.

For more information visit Macys.com/girlsweekend.

To get in the mood, watch the trailer for the film, perhaps while sipping a Skyy Vodka Cosmo.

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Hip Sunglasses for Spring

Ray-Ban SunglassesIn my excitement of the arrival of spring, I found a neglected drawer filled with Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses that had been retired many years ago.

My enthusiasm resulted in a glow, as the famous brand is now back in style in a big way. Ray-Ban sunglasses have been seen on celebrities including Katie Holmes, David Beckham, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Jessica Alba. If you aren’t as lucky as I am to have a collection of your own, visit??Zappos where you can pick up a pair for the spring season.

Ray-Ban – 2132 New Wayfarer (Red/Tortoise/B-15XLT Lens) – Eyewear

Price: From $109.00. Shelf-life: Never-ending

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FIDM Debut 2010 Runway Show

It’s on the calendar every year. Those with a passion for fashion on the west coast anxiously await for the Fashion Week every March.

One of the treats leading up to Fashion Week is the FIDM Debut Runway show. It’s an exciting time for the students at FIDM, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. ?Over?10,000 people view the invitation-only runway show over a period of 3 days.

I attended the dress rehearsal along with other members of the Costume Council of LACMA as one our annual events.

The theme this year included FIDM’s Theatre Costume Design presentation: “FIDM goes to the movies – A Tribute to Judy and Liza,” complete with 2 Judy and Liza impersonators, a chorus line, ?and film clips from their famous movies including, Easter Parade and The Wizard of Oz.

The event is supported by Industry Leaders and the business community. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the FIDM Scholarship Foundation. The event showcases exciting and unique collections from FIDM’s graduating students in Fashion Design, Theatre Costume Design, Interior Design, Textile Design, and Graphic Design Advanced Study Program.

Along with the excitement and festivities for Fall Fashion Week scheduled for March 17-24, 2010, I think I’ll do a bit of spring cleaning in my closet.

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Fringe Frenzy

The fringe look is back in the fashion world, although I am wondering if it ever left. ?Accessorizing with fringe can be fun, flirty, and even sophisticated. It’s a fashion statement that you can dress up or down. Here are a few of my favorites to indulge in from head to toe this season.?Try wearing one of these styles on your next online date.

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Calvin Klein – Tiered Fringe Dress

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Minnetonka – 5-Layer Fringe Boot

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Rachel Leigh – Set of Three Suede Fringe Bangles

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Betsey Johnson – Ski Bunny Fringe Snowflakes Cascading Earrings

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Lucky Brand – Foxy Lady Fringe Crossbody (Dusty Lavender)

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Ed Hardy – Peace, Love Tattoos Fringe Scarf (Pink) – Accessories

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The Perfect Red Dress

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They say a man always remembers what you looked like on your very first date. There is something sexy and memorable about wearing a red dress to make that lasting impression.

I came across this Susana Mercedes original piece, which is handcrafted from start to finish.

According to the designer, the fabric, which takes close to a month to produce, is hand-painted and impossible to replicate: each dress has a unique, non-repeating print.?In classic Susana Mercedes form, each dress is also finished with a unique set of vintage buttons. There are so many incredible buttons, textiles, trims, and more out there waiting to be rescued ? hiding in boxes within boxes in attics and warehouses, clinging to discarded past-their-prime garments ? it?s never ending.

A big part of constructing the piece is the hunt ? following the scent of inspiration through warehouses, into boxes, out of the design room, and onto you. We know that men love the hunt. Chances are they’d love seeing you in this dress as well.

For more information go to SusanaMercedes.com

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Do Guys Undress You with their Eyes?

kimberlypostblackdressAccording to Image Consultant and dating coach Kimberly Seltzer, the answer is absolutely yes!?

Kimberly helps women attract the man of their dreams by addressing the way you dress on a date. She believes a woman needs to dress in a way to honor her beautiful figure, and adds that you should wear only the clothes that make the best of your unique shape.?

Other fashion tips include avoid the trendy looks and buy clothes that you will wear over and over again because they make you feel confident and fantastic.?

To attract the right kind of man, she advises her clients to avoid dressing provocatively. Guys would rather undress you with their eyes and leave things to their imagination rather than displaying it all on a first date.?

At the end of the day, according to Seltzer, you want to attract a guy who likes you for you. Dress sexy, subtly, and comfortably.?

Kimberly suggests visiting her favorite online store looklet.com. This high-tech site lets you style and re-style a model using their clothing pieces.?

For more information on Kimbery, check out her site at EliteImageMakeOvers.com.

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BONES AND ROSES – Silky and Sexy

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I recently was introduced to BONES AND ROSES – HOLLYWOOD, a lovely silk-charmeuse robe line which was inspired by old Hollywood and designed with the help of Taryn Rose.?

Taryn, who is a board member of Step Up Women’s Network, sold her shoe line business and started devoting her time to mentoring others who were looking to make their mark in the fashion business. ?As part of a mentoring program, she helped?Emy Hovanesyan, create the reversible sexy line of robes, called Bones and Roses – Hollywood. These gorgeous pieces were mentioned this week in Women’s Wear Daily.

Their sexy, silky robes go from innerwear to ready-to-wear, and have been seen both in the bedroom and at the local club scene. You’ll certainly make a statement on your next cyber-date! Mine just arrived in the mail today.

They make a perfect gift and can be purchased on their website at www.BonesAndRosesBrand.Com

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