Must-Have Fall Fashion Trends!

Summer’s gone and cooler weather may just be here to stay -- and for us, the name of the game is layering! Transitioning between the seasons can be super difficult -- especially if your wardrobe doesn’t allow constantly switching into new clothes.

It’s always good to keep a few fabulous pieces from the summer and wear them into the fall in new and exciting ways -- this may mean mixing them with deeper, richer colors like wines and burgundy or darker grays and blues.

And with the right staple pieces, the transition from summer to fall style can be easy -- just include these must-have fall fashion trends in your wardrobe:

Layer, but be neat and polished

The center of my fall (and year-round) wardrobe is a great pair of dark jeans. There’s nothing more versatile than dark denim, and it can look great with your summer sandals and your new fall boots.

As the weather begins to change, consider these jeans with everything from your favorite white t-shirt to a great long black cardigan.

Show some shade

…as in color! The weather may be getting dreary, but you don’t have to! Bold autumn colors are a great way to spice up any day -- add a fun blazer or boots with tights, and your summer sundress takes on a whole new dimension.

Stay on your budget

Try to avoid focusing on expensive new wardrobe pieces -- unless you have cash to burn! Instead, pick up some fun accessories that reflect the season without blowing your budget -- scarves, fall clutches and purses, chunky necklaces, and bold watches.

Awesome boots

Is there anything sexier than over-the-knee boots? Make boots the top of your fall shopping agenda: The higher, the better!

Leather jacket

You may be able to transition your summer sunnies to fall, but a great structured leather jacket can really usher in the season with style. Extra credit for a find involving studs or

Office Casual Done Right

What does “business casual” attire mean? Does it mean it’s okay to rock your faded jeans and flip-flops to work? The short answer is no -- informal work gear isn’t the same thing as weekend wear.

“I think one of the challenges with a casual work environment is that there’s no real dress code, especially for women. It can be confusing,” says style consultant Natalie Jobity, author of Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. “People end up wearing what they wear everywhere else. But you can’t interpret office casual as just being casual. You are at work, so you should be dressing with the intent of business.”

As the owner of Elan Image Management in Columbia, MD, Jobity regularly works with employees in the Washington, DC area to find workplace wardrobe solutions. “Consider what your whole image is saying,” she says. “Many employees wear things because they think they can get away with it, but there is still the issue of professionalism: Do you look professional?” To clear up the “office casual” confusion, Jobity offers this list of do’s and don’ts:

Don’t go beachy. Flip-flops, strapless maxi dresses and shorts are absolutely out, no matter how informal your workplace is. “You’re not dressing for the beach or hanging out at a club with your friends,” says Jobity. “Some trends may be cool for a casual setting but not for a business setting, even if it’s a casual environment.”

Do think slacks. Nicely pressed chinos or khakis with a blouse or sweater and flats are comfortable but still set a professional tone.

Don’t confuse leggings for pants. Although they can work in an office environment, wearing them with a too-short top is a fashion faux pas. “It’s showing too much of the leg and the thighs and the butt. It’s too much for work,” says Jobity. “The best way to think of leggings is as opaque tights - then you won’t go wrong.”

Do pair leggings with a below-the-knee sweater dress or a tunic long enough to cover your rear. Add boots for a trendy, yet totally office-appropriate look.

Don’t be revealing. Bare midriffs, shoulders and cleavage say “weekend,” not “work,” and visible bra straps look sloppy in the workplace.

Do stick with work clothes that fit well without being too tight and that don’t show too much skin.

Don’t be distressed. Even if jeans are okay in your office, frayed or acid-washed pairs are for after-hours only.

Do wear dark-wash denim with no rips, paired with a twinset or a top and cardigan.

Don’t pile on the bling. Leave the glittery tops and rhinestones at home, along with bangle sets or other noisy accessories.

Do show off your office chic with neutral colors or a bright top under a black or navy jacket and slacks. Keep jewelry simple -- a cuff bracelet or chunky necklace will make an outfit stand out in all

Decade-by-Decade Skin Care Routine

Are you following the right skin care regimen for your age?

Adriana Martino, an esthetician who operates SKINNEY Medspa and Wellness in New York City, says many women don't realize their skin care regimen needs to change as they get older. "The same things that work for you in your 30s may not be the best for your skin when you're in your 50s," says Martino. "But my older customers don't seem as aware about what they should be doing."

While there are some general rules that we all have to follow -- like daily sunscreen, for instance -- there are others specific to different ages. What should you be doing now? Here’s a look:

In your 30s
Martino says the 30s are when many women start to notice fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Pigmentation from sun exposure is also more visible at this age. "The first thing I would recommend is using a good eye cream at night that has peptides, which stimulate the production of collagen,” she says. "You should also be sure to use moisturizer regularly – and make it a water-based one.”

"You also want to make sure you're exfoliating regularly -- at least once a week. And I recommend having a facial once a month, especially if you're prone to breakouts."

In your 40s
As you enter middle age, skin changes become even more noticeable. This is the time to consider adding collagen-boosting products that will make your skin look younger and healthier. "Using a retinol-based cream is important at this stage because it will speed up cell turnover,” says Martino. But because retinol can be drying, you may want to use it only once or twice a week.

This is the time to schedule regular facials to keep your skin healthy and refreshed, and to talk to your dermatologist about getting a good chemical peel. Moisturizing is also more important now than in your 30s, because your skin becomes dryer as you begin to lose estrogen. Martino suggests using gentle daily moisturizers containing ceramide.

In your 50s

For women in their 50s, the emphasis is on adding even more moisture.  “I would recommend using an oil-based moisturizer at this point and increasing your use of retinol products with a higher concentration,” Martino says, “I also recommend laser therapy at this stage. Things like Thermage can tighten loose skin. You can definitely use serums with peptides, as well.” To wash your face, use a cream cleanser for extra softness. Menopause and hormone use can also make skin more sensitive, so baby your skin by adding new products gradually to make sure they don’t irritate your face.

Finally, as you approach your 60s, your diet and exercise habits are just as important as the beauty products you use. “I recommend a healthy lifestyle in general to make sure your skin looks young,” says Martino.

Style and Makeup Tips and Tricks to Avoid Malfunctions

Wardrobe malfunctions, streaky tans, toes slipping out of shoes - you name it, we’ve seen it on the red carpet. It’s enough to make a stylist or makeup artist cringe! “Celebrities have to be careful of every move they make,” says style expert Dawn Del Russo, whose experiences as a stylist led to her to write 101 Glam Girl Ways to an Ultra Chic Lifestyle. She adds that many factors contribute to celebrity fashion mishaps -- but most often a last-minute decision to wear a sample gown right off the stylist’s wardrobe rack.

But wardrobe and makeup fails can happen to anyone, so it pays to be prepared. Here are some easy preventive measures to help you look your best -- even when the paparazzi aren’t around!

Short skirt mishaps: Going out in a miniskirt or a dress with high slits? Del Russo recommends wearing nude seamless underwear to avoid accidentally showing … um … more than you intended. You can also apply double-stick fashion tape to the inside of the skirt near the slit or hem to help keep the material in place even in windy conditions.

Toe overhang: Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Aniston are just two of the celebs guilty of stepping out with their pedicured toes slipping out of strappy sandals. The main culprit behind “shrimp cocktail toe”? Too-small shoes. If you can’t find the style you like in your size, try a peep-toe sandal, suggests Del Russo. Shoes a little too large, on the other hand, can make your feet slip around ungracefully -- a problem easily resolved with heel grip inserts available at most drugstores.

Shiny face: Even with stylists at their disposal, famous women like Gwyneth Paltrow and Megan Fox have been sighted with moist foreheads and oily T-zones. “It’s always a thousand degrees on the red carpet,” says MAC Cosmetics senior stylist John Stapleton, who counts Kelly Osbourne among his clients. How to stay cool? Start with blotting film to soak up any extra oil. “It’s your first line of defense,” he says. Next, use a tissue to remove perspiration before gently brushing on powder with a soft brush. On super-hot days, try putting a little dry shampoo or surf spray on the roots of your hair after shampooing to help absorb sweat.

Streaky tan: Self-tanner or body makeup gives you an alluring bronze without the sun – but it can also come out uneven or streaked. “People are in such a rush that they put on too much, or they put it on over-moisturized skin, so it doesn’t stick as well,” says Stapleton. The fix? Follow the instructions carefully, giving yourself enough time to apply the product evenly and let it set. Make sure your skin is dry, and remove excess lotion if necessary.

Lipstick on the teeth: Avoid this embarrassing makeup blunder with an old beauty pageant trick: putting a dab of petroleum jelly on your top teeth before applying lip color.

Hair and Makeup Ideas to Speed up Your Morning Routine

Beauty is brutal, especially in the morning. You often have five minutes – a mere 300 seconds – to pull yourself together. When battling puffy eyes, blotchy skin and less-than-sexy bed head, “go with minimum product for maximum impact,” says Ramy Gafni, creator of Ramy Cosmetics. Here are his and other pros’ step-by-step makeup and hair tips on looking your best under the morning sun gun:

In 2 ½ minutes: A fresh face

First, apply tinted BB (beauty balm) or CC (color-correcting) cream, especially under your eyes and around the chin and base of the nose. “Look for active ingredients, like antioxidants and SPF (sun protection),” Gafni says. “Why not diminish fine lines while perfecting your canvas?” Add another layer where you need concealer. If you have oily skin, add a dusting of translucent power in your T-zone.

Next, paint your lips, cheeks and then eyelids with a single gloss, cream or three-in-one soft pencil that’s peachy, light bronze or pale pink. Judge the shades first on your eyes, Gafni says. “If they don’t look good there, they’re not right for you.”

Blot colored lips with your middle finger, smile and transfer a dot to each cheek apple (or prominent part). Blend outward in circles, says Joanna Schlip, Ellen Pompeo’s makeup artist and Physician’s Formula spokesperson. If you’re tired, also sweep a peach blush slightly lighter than your skin tone on under-eye bags, Gafni says. “It’s a lighting trick.”

To apply mascara with less mess, dab the wand tip on a tissue to remove excess, then apply it only to your top lashes. Hold the brush horizontally, moving from lash roots to ends with a slight back-and-forth motion.  Let set 30 seconds, Gafni says. “Then add an extra coat for every decade over 30.”

If you’re truly time-pressed, skip your lips, Gafni suggests. “You always can apply lipstick or balm later.” Or, take the opposite tactic and put on lipstick before your eye makeup, as does Stella Kae, Cloutier Remix celeb makeup artist for Alyssa Milano. “I can’t tell you how many times someone has gushed over my lipstick when I also sport eye bags and blemishes. Highly-pigmented products pack the most punch and generally last longer.”

For a mid-day touch-up, apply one dot of concealer at the inner corner of the eye and one at the bottom center, Schlip says. Spread with your ring finger. “Add a puff of tinted powder around the nostrils, and you’re back in business.”

Finally, remember that your best face begins the night before. “Always go to bed with a clean face,” Gafni says. “At the very least, apply toner with a cotton ball or clean with a premoistened cloth. That eliminates skin problems and allows you to start the day with a fresh palette.” Before turning in, put on a good anti-aging moisturizer and lip balm to let the ingredients do their job while you sleep.

In 1 ½ minutes: Fabulous hair

Just stepped out of the shower? Blot hair with a towel, rub a quarter’s worth of lightweight conditioning oil in your palms and onto your hair, and then create a fashionable braid along the side of your head, says Dueñas. “Once the hair’s dry you undo it, and you’ve got perfect beachy waves without fly-aways.”

But what if you don’t have time to wash your hair? Keep an aerosol can of dry shampoo at hand so you can flip your hair forward, spray the shampoo at the roots and go. “The powder distributes itself,” says Brian Magallones, Exclusive Artist Management celebrity hair stylist. You also can reactivate yesterday’s products by lightly misting clean hair with plain water, says Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist at Boston’s Salon Mario Russo.

For a polished, no-fuss style, you can’t beat a sleek ponytail, says Magallones. While looking toward the ceiling, pull hair tightly to the nape of your neck. Wrap the pony base with an elastic tie, then rub a nickel-sized dab of hair gel into palms from crown to nape to calm any flyaways. Take an inch-wide swatch of hair from below the pony, wrap around the base and clip beneath with a 1 ¼- inch hair pin.  

Or try a trendy top knot: Gather tresses into a ponytail on the top of your head. Wrap the pony into a bun toward your face and tuck the ends underneath the knot. Set with 3-inch pins, one each at front, back and sides. “A spritz of light hairspray (or an unscented clothes dryer sheet) will fight fly-aways,” says Michael Dueñas, Reese Witherspoon’s stylist and founder of Hair Room Service in New York and Los Angeles.