“Red lips are the quintessential accessory.” – ARZ


And sometimes that’s all it takes to create a great look. We get wrapped up in putting the pieces of an outfit together and sometimes forget that red lips and a great polish can be our best assets. I believe that TRUE GLAMOUR is in the smallest details. Go BOLD with your lips and LUXE on your nails and you won’t need much else.
Red = power! Choosing a statement lip or nail color can create the same effect as a statement necklace or jacket, but for a much more cost-effective ensemble. Spend much less and pull together any outfit with a classic, yet powerful look that will cause everyone to stare.
These amped up colors will inspire a pout that pairs perfectly with both jeans and an “Oscar” worthy gown, and will elevate any old manicure to star status!

#AmyAdores
– Chanel nail polishes
– Radiant reds and sophisticated nudes
-Designer lip colors like…
– Dior Rouge Collection lipsticks
And…
– the confidence that these items will inspire in you!

Let inner beauty shine through these simple tips. There is definitely something to be said for always looking pulled together, but it’s sometimes hard to be both classic and dramatic at the same time. I believe that a pop of color is all it takes to be truly GLAMOROUS every day.

Kiss of Couture, Amy R Zimmer

THE MAYR CLINIC, AUSTRIA

This Cleanse at Mayr Clinic in Austria is a life changing experience that I have had the luxury of experiencing. My husband and I try to do it  every couple of years and it is such an healing, fabulous place.

These are my bullet points that I have taken from my cleanse:

*Mental Clarity

*Improved energy.

*Decreased craving for sugars and toxic foods.

*Overall understanding of the benefits that cleansing provides your body, giving it the break it deserves.

*Weight loss, if that is your goal.

Enjoy this amazing article found from Harpers Baazar UK, it really captures the essence of Mayr Clinic

Love ~Amy Zimmer

by Florrie Thomas

LONDON SPAS

The Mayr Clinic in Austria is famous for its fasts, vitamin injections and healing powers.  Jonathan Foreman, a long time fan, takes his fourth trip to the clinic to meet its new director and answer some essential questions.

Who goes?
Anyone who is anyone in the fashion and film world knows about the Mayr, and most of them have been there. On my first trip Uma Thurman was checking out as I arrived. On my most recent one a well-known, slightly plump British cabinet minister had come hoping to drop some serious weight.

Where is it?
The F.X Mayr & More clinic is located on the Worthersee lake in Southern Carinthia, a province of Austria that borders Italy and Slovenia. The Worthersee is the Austrian Riviera, or rather MittleEuropa’s equivalent of the Hamptons. Thanks partly to the famous casino at Velden on one end of the lake, it has been a playground for Germany’s and Austria’s wealthy for decades. The families that own Porsche and BMW both have houses on the lake, and even small lakefront huts here are fabulously expensive.

What is the Mayr Cure?
The Mayr is not about being “pampered”, although cosmetic treatments are available. It’s about health, in particular digestive health.  Dr Mayr, like many of his early 20th century contemporaries, was convinced that overeating and bad diet was at the root of many modern afflictions. He believed that if you give your digestive system a rest by fasting, then the body’s ability to heal itself gets a boost.

The modern version of Dr Mayr’s method is less spartan than the original: you don’t have to live on herbal tea for three weeks. You do eat much less than you would at home or if you were doing any kind of work, and you avoid anything and everything that is hard to digest, including fruit and raw vegetables.

You are encouraged to rest, to avoid TV and to eat very lightly at night, usually only a bowl of soup, taken by teaspoon. At the same time you detox by drinking lots of water, taking a dose of salts every morning to clear out your intestines and doing without things like alcohol, coffee and sugar.

Is it safe?
The Mayr cure is without question the most effective way to lose real weight quickly and safely. It’s less extreme and much healthier than the Spartan regimes you encounter at places like the Ashram in the USA, and it does not involve the kind of deprivation that puts your body into starvation mode and prompts weight gain immediately when you stop. Your weight loss is the by-product of a healthy process of fasting and relaxation. There are several places in the region where the Mayr cure is on offer, but Mayr and More is its original home.

Is the Mayr for me?
At least a third of the people I met at the Mayr were not there to lose weight, though most were happy to have that as a side effect. They were there to boost immune systems depleted by chemotherapy or steroid treatment, to cure irritable or spastic bowels, to deal with other persistent afflictions like candida or to recover from various types of exhaustion.

Should I go alone?
Having to run to the loo frequently, as many people do in their first few days as the salts take effect, is something of an icebreaker. On the other hand, the Mayr is no place to take a lover. The headaches, tiredness and other detox symptoms – and the requirement to monitor the qualities of your stools – don’t make a Mayr visit conducive to romance, despite the extraordinary beauty of the turquoise lake.

Is the Mayr regime physically challenging?
The doctors here are adamant that you should only do moderate exercise while on the cure. You can swim, try acquacycling in the indoor pool, do pilates and yoga and go for good walks in the hills but they discourage anything much more strenuous than that.

What is the regime?
Each person get’s their own diet plan based on a doctor’s examination and blood tests. You are given alkaline powder to take at night and in the morning. This is to make up for the excessively acidic diet of most Mayr clients. It is also because when fat melts as part of weight loss ketonic acids are produced.

You are given infusions of vitamins and minerals to make up for the effect of the salts and the diet. It’s advised that you don’t watch TV – though there are TVs in the rooms – during the cure because it undermines the whole relaxation aspect and keeps people up too late. The Mayr doctors believe that sleep before midnight is especially valuable, and that rest is vital for losing weight. For most people the Mayr fast includes a decent sized, central European style breakfast.

The Mayr has a new director. What changes has he made?
The new director, Dr Stefan Domenig, who was formerly at the competing Viva Mayr clinic just up the Lake at Maria Worth, has to some degree taken the institution back to its roots with a slightly more simplified menu. Monotony, he believes, is extremely helpful both for the cure – “it calms the flora” he told me – and for fat loss. The food served at the Mayr is now exclusively organic.

Domenig also plans some changes to the physical environment that will make it more competitive with its glitzier rival, the Viva Mayr. Soon guests will be able to sip their evening soup outside. He also says plans to boost the exercise component of the cure, which is currently one of Mayr and More’s relative weaknesses. Although the Mayr currently has two first class physical trainers, both women are part-timers, and when they are not around there are no qualified instructors present. Younger clients in particular would appreciate kayaks or stand-up-paddleboards if they were made available on the beach during the summer, and ought to be able to go cross-country skiing in the winter.

Getting there:
The nearest airport is at Klagenfurt at the top of the Worthersee. Klagenfurt is served by Ryanair though given the misery of flying on that carrier many Mayr people instead choose to come via Lubljana which is an hour away by car but reachable on Easy Jet and BA.

CONTACT:  http://www.mayrandmore.com

Accessorizing

Jewelry ~ “it takes the eye away from wrinkles so pile it on”

Jewelry is a very personal, whether it is your grandmothers’ vintage brooch, your mother’s diamond or that “must have” piece you scored at the market during your travels. This is what makes the art of accessorizing fun. Get creative by layering your pieces or adding that pin to a fun set of beads or pearls you bought at the market. I wear lots of gold but you can modify to silver. Here are a few of my favorite pieces you may want to add to your arsenal:

  • long pearls you can layer or wear short (real if you can afford them, if not there are so many good fakes)
  • a fabulous vintage Chanel gold necklace or for budget reasons a good chunky gold one
  • a thin gold layering piece (stella & dot has good options)
  • Statement necklace – any piece designed by Colibri Collections. A mix of stalactites, geodes, quartz & onyx etc.
  • 3-4 bold cocktail rings. An edgy one for black, a large pearl one, a fun colored stone set in gold and a chunky gold piece
  • bracelets- lot’s of fun layering pieces in leather & beads, layering pearls, chunky gold link (J. Crew has good options), “Made is Sable” agate bracelets by Colibri Collections in neutral color palettes.
  • earrings – diamond studs (real or fake), I love my long drop cross earrings in brass & silver combo, chandelier earrings in neutrals and blues, Van Cleef’s clover drop earrings in pearl (or something similar) and my current obsession is geode & stone earrings by Colibri Collections.

Scarves ~ Oui. Thick and thin scarves, silk and wool, brightly colored or muted classics. Use them to keep your neck warm during the dead of winter or to liven up your outfit in the middle of a rainy spring day. Cashmere ~ Don’t leave home without it.

Scarves and cashmere are a fun way to add instant color, style and warmth. Have fun with scarves, wear them around the neck, in your hair, as a bracelet or belt and tie one on to your bag to change up your look. My favorite’s are anything by Missioni, Pucci, Hermès or fun ones I can pick up Target or street markets during travels. Large cashmere scarves & poncho’s are a must when I travel.

A Kiss of Couture…ARZ

Strike gold with a bold consignment accessory

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The Art of Accessorizing

The A to Z Style Manifesto of Accessories

There is an art to accessorizing: an art where most rules go out the window, but a few do apply. It is a chance to be creative and to make a statement about who you are and who you are not! Many stylists make statements such as “Less is more;” “Take one off before leaving the house;” or “You must own an ‘it’ bag” to be stylish.” I have a different approach.

Accessories are your best way to bring your existing wardrobe into a current season or to channel your “must have” look. The first thing to consider is your budget. You don’t want to be loading up on cheap jewelry or grabbing the next “it” bag and not paying your power bill.  Make wise investments on bags, jewelry, a good manicure, scarves, shoes.

Don’t forget the beauty of shopping at local designer consignment shops or hitting their online stores. This is the best way to stretch your dollars and find amazing pieces. We love http://www.couture-closets.com.

In these next few blogs, I’ll give you my insights on accessorizing.  The right accessories will make you and your clothes stand out in a crowd. Clothing without accessories is not fashion — it’s blah. So come with me on a tour of the world of accessories…there’s something for everyone!

Logos

Logos should not be what defines you or your style. My motto in life is “go big or go home,” but not when it comes to logos. Keep them minimal and try not to wear more than one logo at a time. You don’t want to look like “Snooki won the lottery and takes on Russia”~ You get the picture! You might as well wear a t-shirt that says “nouveau riche”. Here’s my rule about logos: Don’t wear it if the logo on it is larger than the palm of your hand,

Bags ~ “The “it” bag doesn’t exist,” but classic ones do!”

Bags must be practical in color, size and shape depending on your lifestyle. I tend to prefer a larger more structured bag for my everyday “go to” bag. It must have pockets inside to organize my keys, cell phone, etc. The worst kind of bag is one where everything falls to the bottom.

For the evening I prefer a clutch. Keep an eye out for any metallic skins (snake, alligator,crocodile, faux is approved). They go with everything! My favorite pieces include a classic Chanel in black, a vintage Hermès Constance, and fun Tribe bags with tassels and fringe. Always remember the “logo” rule we discussed earlier.

Accessorizing, part three: Shoes and Nails

Create a simple check list:

  • Can I afford it (remember quality vs. quantity)?
  • Do I LOVE it and  I can’t live without it (you know what I mean)?
  • Does it go with several things in my wardrobe (obviously a neon green bag with a large pink logo on it is NOT & SHOULDN’T)?
  • Can I walk more than 2 feet in them without looking like I just had foot surgery or like I will need it?
  • Do I want it because 1) my friend has one 2) I just saw it in the latest fashion magazine as the “must have” of the season 3) I really love it and I know it will be a perfect addition in my existing wardrobe?  ~ If you answered 3 than get it, if not then re-think!
  • Do I have all the top designer consignment stores in my area on speed dial or in my “favorites” on my gadget so I know how to get the most bang for my buck?

Shoes ~ “Life is too short to wear bad shoes”

Let’s keep the shoe part short and sweet. Life is really too short to wear bad shoes. Buy less and buy good quality. Everyone obviously needs the basics : black, nude and a metallic. It’s up to you what heel height and shape you can wear. Because I am only    5′ 4″ I like the big wedges, heels with platforms, lot’s of cork & metallics for summer and warm boots for winter. I like to organize my shoes by color and within the color by the heel height!

Nails ~ A regular manicure is a must. Have fun with color and neutrals, but please no French or squared off nails with stones…those looks are so passé.

I saved the nails for last since it is a very important part of completing a look. You should have fun with nails but also now when to keep it classic. A look that has been so over done is the french squared off manicure and some go to the extreme of adding bling. As I stated earlier it is very passé. Living in the south you see it everywhere but if you surf the magazines and images of your favorite stars you will notice you can’t find it. Take the hint and try a new look for the season. The gel polish mani is my new obsession. They last for two weeks and come in every color imaginable without damaging your natural nails.

The Art of Accessorizing

The A to Z Style Manifesto of Accessories

There is an art to accessorizing: an art where most rules go out the window, but a few do apply. It is a chance to be creative and to make a statement about who you are and who you are not! Many stylists make statements such as “Less is more;” “Take one off before leaving the house;” or “You must own an ‘it’ bag” to be stylish.” I have a different approach.

Accessories are your best way to bring your existing wardrobe into a current season or to channel your “must have” look. The first thing to consider is your budget. You don’t want to be loading up on cheap jewelry or grabbing the next “it” bag and not paying your power bill.  Make wise investments on bags, jewelry, a good manicure, scarves, shoes.

Don’t forget the beauty of shopping at local designer consignment shops or hitting their online stores. This is the best way to stretch your dollars and find amazing pieces. We love http://www.couture-closets.com.

In these next few blogs, I’ll give you my insights on accessorizing.  The right accessories will make you and your clothes stand out in a crowd. Clothing without accessories is not fashion — it’s blah. So come with me on a tour of the world of accessories…there’s something for everyone!

Logos

Logos should not be what defines you or your style. My motto in life is “go big or go home,” but not when it comes to logos. Keep them minimal and try not to wear more than one logo at a time. You don’t want to look like “Snooki won the lottery and takes on Russia”~ You get the picture! You might has well wear a t-shirt that says “nouveau riche”. Here’s my rule about logos: Don’t wear it if the logo on it is larger than the palm of your hand,

Bags ~ “The “it” bag doesn’t exist,” but classic ones do!”

Bags must be practical in color, size and shape depending on your lifestyle. I tend to prefer a larger more structured bag for my everyday “go to” bag. It must have pockets inside to organize my keys, cell phone, etc. The worst kind of bag is one where everything falls to the bottom.

For the evening I prefer a clutch. Keep an eye out for any metallic skins (snake, alligator,crocodile, faux is approved). They go with everything! My favorite pieces include a classic Chanel in black, a vintage Hermès Constance, and fun Tribe bags with tassels and fringe. Always remember the “logo” rule we discussed earlier.

Beach Attire 101

Beach Attire 101

As we all start to shed layers of heavier cashmere and fur, it’s time to start planning for that perfect beach attire. If your anything like me, you went from freezing temps to hitting the sand and 80’s in one day! I take that challenge openly, as I know what awaits me behind those glorious mirrored doors is a selection of kaftans that would rival royals of Ottoman Empire in a rainbow of colors, fabrics and lengths.

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They are the ultimate beach coverup, glamorous pool dress, elegant evening dress- whatever you want to call it, they are my “go-to” for summer.

ImageImageImageThe only accessories you need is a great beach hat for the day (leave ball caps in the tennis bag please), head scarf for evening ( if your daring), bold shades~ give cat eyes a try for a retro look, fun bag, incredible pair of earrings & drama ring for the night! Please don’t forget the sunscreen~ leather skin is OUT!

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If you are not comfy with kaftans than you can always rely on the white linen pant or a white jean legging or shorts. They are also a staple for beach attire and look fab with tunics or a flowing silk blouse. Brands such as Lilly Pulitzer, Trina Turk and Tory Burch offer great selections.

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Image May your journey begin to the perfect beach attire. Spread your wings and be inspired with a kiss of couture! XOXO~ Amy

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Fall for Black and Navy this season

 

If you are wondering color combinations to try this fall, look not further. This season trend for black and navy is headed on a fast track to becoming a classic. Navy is the new neutral.

 

Why do we love navy? It is so easy to mix and add colors to. Think of a peacock in all his glory!

 

 

We are beyond loving the Tempest necklace by Stella & Dot. It’s reversible so if you want a little extra bling flip it!

Best West by Gina Tolleson

It doesn’t matter if you are a Right or Left Coast stylista, the LOOK of the season points WEST. Denim goes glam with metallics and leather, turquoise jewels rock a white shirt, while boots and bags are fitted with fringe, exotic skins and studs. Living in California, Santa Barbara to be exact, we can live year around with this laidback and layered look that makes us feel right at home nestle between the mountains and the sea. Casual meets cowboy meets luxe meets comfort…

Sexy Western Looks I LOVE Right Now: (Images from Vogue Magazine)


 

Check out my current Fall issue of Santa Barbara Magazine, “Haute West” and take a peek into the best of Cali living and translate it into your own Sparkle City style.

 

Gina Tolleson is Editor of Santa Barbara Magazine, native of Spartanburg, SC and my best friend!

Thank you Gina for being Style A to Z guest blogger today! Amy R Zimmer, owner of Couture Closets.