The Color of Love


Red, the intoxicating color of love.  with or without a Valentine, one can't help but feel happy in love with the rich rubies, magnificent magentas, and buxom burgundy colors that are painting the town... RED!


Make hearts skip a beat with a show stopping dress in tones of reds and pinks.  ( Added bonus: a crisscross neckline gives the illusion of a perfect ten figure!)  Pay attention to the details with a fiery heart shaped ring worn the fingers of gorgeously manicured nails in a shade of red.  If you were to pair a color to a fragrance, then  red would be one that is sensual and romantic.

Valentine's Favorites:

 Colleen Lopez "Sunset" Shutter Pleat Dress  

Sajen Silver Heart-Shaped Drusy Quartz Ring 

OPI Hollywood Nail Lacquer Set

Lancome Trésor Fragrance Set




The "Lady in Red" will be beautiful in burgundy when she wears this piping hot color head to toe!  A luscious, deep red dress is sure to make temperatures rise during Valentine's dinner!  In terms of beauty, a red lip and digits dipped in a romantic deep, blood red are a must.  Don't forget to wear your heart on your sleeve with a stunning heart watch!
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Ravishing ruby is sure to make cheeks blush!  Turn heads with a a ruby top and pants.  If you go gaga over the ruby color, give your jewelry an unexpected twist with a fire opal!  if you are passionate about your pout, ruby red lips are sure to seduce your Valentine, or at least talk them into dessert!  In case you get swept of your feet this Valentine's Day, you will want to a ruby red nail varnish to perfect your pedicure!
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Make Cupid proud this year and don this color of romance, not just on Valentine's Day,  but any day of the season!


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The Big Chill: Cold Weather Style



Just because frigid temperatures have blanketed our country, it shouldn't mean we have to say sayonara to style.  Since the thermostat isn't going to be rising anytime soon, I put together some outfits to heat up your wardrobe.  Whether it be a cozy and romantic Valentine's day outfit or crisp nautical stripes for your "stay cation" - Turn up the temps in style!!


Love Fest - Whimsical separates for Valentine's Day

There is nothing more festive than wearing your heart on your sleeve!  Show yourself some love with a cute cardigan and a great pair of jeans.  Top off your look with some sexy elements- hoops and heels, and you will be on your way to melting hearts all season long!

Favorites:Cozy Chic by Jamie Gries Hearts CardiganCJ by Cookie Johnson "Grace" Boot-Cut Jean Princeville, Colleen Lopez .51ct Diamond Sterling Silver Inside/Outside Hoop EarringsSteven by Steve Madden "Wrenn" Pointy Toe Suede Pump 


Cozy Chic - Cold weather glamour

Forget the frump!  Just because the temperature drops, doesn't mean that you have to drop your caliber of style.  Fur trimmed jackets, and rhinestone studded earmuffs will glamorously get you through these bleak days!

Favorites:  IMAN Platinum "City Chic" Nylon & Faux Fur Cozy Up Jacket,  VANELi Leather Wide Shaft Tall Boot,  Joan Boyce Faux Fur Earmuffs with Rhinestones,  Joan Boyce Gloves with Rhinestones 


Rocker Style - Luxe in Leather

What feels buttery soft yet looks tough and chic?  Leather, of course!  Leather is just as good in the day as it is as night.  A leather moto jacket paired with some skinny jeans, riding boots, and a hip leather crossbody  ( all which have studs to complement your rocker look) will have you looking gorgeous whether you are going to the grocery store, or to the concert of the year!

Favorites:  Colleen Lopez "Luxe in Lamb Leather" Moto Jacket,  DKNY Jean Studded Soho Skinny JeanDonald J. Plinar "Pronto" Studded Riding BootieR.J. Graziano Colorblock Style Studded Crossbody 


  Midas Touch - Go for the Gold.

Turn gray days gold with an outfit that has your dreaming of the sunny days to come!  A few gold touches, like a show stopping sequined jacket, or even a small winks of gold of the wrist or on the bottom of a wedge will be sure to brighten your wardrobe!

Favorites: Colleen Lopez "Take the Spotlight" Sequin Jacket,  Technibond Twisted Skinny Bangle,  Colleen Lopez "Birthday" Crystal Watch, Deesign Metallic Pointy Toe Wedge 


Rock the Boat - Resort separates for your Staycation


If you're staying home for your vacation you can still look so fabulous in new resort wear!  When you think resort, you usually think of blue and white striped nautical clothing.  This year, try black and white for a little something more refined and different, perfect for staying at home in style! 

Favorites: Vince Camuto Asymmetric Striped Long-Sleeve TopNYDJ Barbara Boot-Cut JeanBrillier Diamond Zebra Stupe Black Leather Strap Watch,  Naturalizer "Parkmore" Chain-Link Pump 


Don't let the chill in the air mean you have to give fashion the cold-shoulder! Try out some of these looks to keep looking hot in the cold!


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Colleen's Do's and Don'ts When Choosing A Mother of the Bride/Groom Dress


The future Mr. & Mrs. Lopez! 

Say "Yes" to the Right Dress!

The countdown is on!  As many of you know, we have been busy over the past few months planning our son, Carlos, and DIL to be, Christie's, destination wedding in Puerto Rico - I can't believe the big day is a little over a month away!!  One of the proudest days in a Mother's life is the day her Son or Daughter gets married. Along with the excitement of this emotional millstone, there's also a bit of stress involved when it comes to finding the perfect dress to wear for the momentous occasion.  I've found there are many details to consider when choosing the right dress and I've compiled a list of a few helpful do's and don'ts for MOB/MOG's. By following these simple tips, you'll be sure look and feel fabulous on this special day!


DO consult with the Bride

Before you start dress shopping, talk with the bride about what you should wear.  She will have a vision for her big day and an idea of what she and her bridesmaids will be wearing.  Ask her if she has any suggestions and keep her desires in mind when dress shopping.  

I'm lucky, because our darling bride, Christie, told both her Mom and me that she wants us both to wear something that makes us feel good and that, most importantly, she wants us both to be comfortable in in our dresses.  So, once your bride has chosen her dress and the bridesmaids dresses, that's your cue to start looking for yours!

DO coordinate with the wedding theme

The theme of the wedding will dictate the type of dress you're looking for.  If it's a daytime wedding, you may want to choose a shorter dress and for a formal evening wedding, a long gown would be most appropriate.  Will you be outside or on the beach?  What will the weather be like?  Consider the venue, time of year and wedding theme when choosing your dress.  If the ceremony is in a church or synagog, and your dress is a bit bare, be sure to have a shawl, jacket or wrap to cover your shoulders for the ceremony.




DON'T match the bridesmaids (and DON'T wear white!)

Somebody told me once that when it comes to weddings the Mother of the Groom should "shut up, show up and wear beige"!!  Well, you know I'll be showing up, but I'm not so sure about the other two - haha!  However, when choosing the color of your dress, be sure to NOT to wear white - unless your bride specifically requests this.  I was once a bridesmaid in a girlfriend's "all white" wedding and in this case we all wore white :)  Also, do not wear the same color as the bridesmaids.  For example, if the bridesmaids are wearing lilac, you may choose to wear a richer purple dress that will compliment the wedding colors.  You could also wear a contrasting color in blue, rose, or grey.  As long you don't clash with the wedding party, you should choose a color that you look great in.

DO choose a style that's right for you

When choosing a dress style, the most important thing is for you to feel comfortable.  Mother of the Bride/Groom dresses have become much more glamorous, so even though it's the brides day, it's ok for you to shine!  Think of the bride as the star of the show and you are the supporting actress.  Avoid choosing a dress that shows too much cleavage or a dress that is too short and shows too much leg.  There are so many beautiful styles to choose from, find one that flatters your figure (look for waist definition and a flattering neckline) and choose a dress you can move in.


DO consult with each other 

Traditionally, the Mother of the Bride will shop for her dress first and then let the Mother of the Groom know what she has chosen.  Both Mothers will want to have the same length dresses - so if MOB is wearing a long dress, MOG should follow suit.  Also, the MOB and MOG should not match!  Wear complimentary, but different colors.  For example, if the bride's mom chooses to wear sapphire blue, MOG could wear another jewel tone like emerald green, deep rose, or amethyst.  Black is also a popular color today for Mother of the Brides/Grooms - especially for a formal, evening reception.  Other popular choices for dress colors are metallics -  platinum, silver, champagne, or antique gold can all look beautiful and compliment many bridal party color schemes.  

DON'T dress dowdy 

Gone are the days of bland, matronly MOB/MOG attire. The trend today is for MOB/MOG to look chic and modern - don't be afraid to show your arms and shoulders.  Of course, may women want to cover the arms and there are many gorgeous dress styles with long sleeve or bolero style jackets that are both sophisticated and figure flattering.  The most important this is for you to feel confident in your dress - Choose a dress that is  elegant and that reflects your personal style.




DON'T wait until the last minute 

It's a good idea to start shopping early - 6 months is not too soon!  I chose my dress back in June, but you'll have to wait until February to see it!  You can go to local dress shops and there are dozen's of options on line. A few of our HSN designers have gorgeous MOB/MOG dresses you may want to look at for inspiration.  Check out Badgley Mischka, Naeem Kahn, and David Meister's online boutiques for many beautiful dress ideas.   Be prepared to try on several dresses, and don't buy a dress in a size too small in hopes that you'll be losing weight to fit into it.  Buy your right size - if you lose weight before the wedding, you can always have your dress altered to get the perfect fit.

DO wear the proper undergarments when trying on dresses 

When you head out for a day of dress shopping be sure to wear the right undergarments.  A great fitting bra and slim wear will make a world of difference in how the dresses will look.  You should also bring a camera with you - take a photo in the dresses to remind yourself later of how they looked on you.

DON'T forget about hair, make-up and accessories

After you find the right dress, don't forget about make up and accessories.  Find shoes and a small purse that will coordinate with your dress.  Metallics are always a great choice (silver/platinum for cool colors, gold/bronze for warm colors).  For hair, many Mom's have a stylist do their hair and make up the day of the wedding. I'll be doing a separate blog with ideas for perfect wedding make up!  If it makes you more comfortable, do a practice session with your stylist to be sure you're happy with how your hair and make up will look.  For jewelry, find a beautiful earring that will bring extra light and sparkle to your face and compliment your dress!  Keep tissue, lip gloss, mints and a camera in your purse - and don't forget to wear waterproof mascara!


There you have it, hope these tips will come in handy when you shop for your dress.  If you have any questions for me, leave them below and I'll be happy to help in any way I can.  The most important advice iI can give is to relax and to have a great time (I hope to do the same!).  Have fun celebrating your joyous event!! 

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Guest — Colleen Lopez

Thank you, Sue!

You are sooo right - this wedding came up fast!
Friday, 10 January 2014 11:11 AM
Guest — Sue Ralbosky Kohn

Beautiful blog

No questions...just excited for you and your family! Many happy years to the bride and groom. I have to say, that time from enga... Read More
Thursday, 09 January 2014 12:12 AM
Guest — Diane Miller

Links to the gowns

love the very last ones links to where to see and buy Thanks
Thursday, 09 January 2014 1:01 AM
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Colleen's Last Minute Gift Guide

Yikes!  Last minute gifts can be tricky.  If you still need the perfect gift and are running out of time and ideas, have no fear - the HSN Elves are here!   I have created a last minute holiday gift guide to help you find that special gift that's soft and cozy for your home loving friends, or something dazzling for the darlings who light up your life.  Are you having a tough time finding a treat for your techie? My guide even includes some gadgets that will electrify them!  Kick back and relax, it is time to finish your shopping!


Extra Twinkle for Your All-Stars 

Twinkle twinkle!  The stars in your life will adore IMAN Touch of Cashmere Luxe Embellished Knit Gloves.  These gloves are embellished with some giant sparkle that looks like you are donning a dozen sensational bracelets!  If you ever get frustrated with trying to match your metals, you will be thrilled with Colleen Lopez "Just Dropping In" 3 pc Earring Set.  Colleen Lopez Gemstone Inside/Out Hoop Earrings are a fantastic gift for the person in your life that will come with a smile as brilliant as these!


Elite Beauty Treats for Your Dazzling Darling

Do you have a makeup maven in your life who is craving some new beauty?  Too Faced Joy to the Girls Eyeshadow Set  contains every color of eyeshadow that a beauty lover could want and a built in picture guide which makes it just the gift for the girl who is new to makeup or an old pro.  Whether for holiday soiree's or a quick run to the supermarket, Benefit Get Real Glamour 4-piece Collection gives you some of Benefit's top products- an eyeshadow palette that brightens your eyes, waterproof eyeliner, a cheek highlighter, color, and contour stick, and the best, best, best mascara! Sometimes procrastination pays!  OPI Sweet on My Beau Gift Set with Cosmetic Bag gives you two of OPI's favorite colors, plus they come in a sweet bag that already has a bow on it!  No wrapping required!



All Things Cozy for Your Favorite Homebody 

We all know that person - the one that makes a house a home!  Everytime your loved one slips into their Hot in Hollywood 2-piece Pajama Set, they will think of  your thoughtfulness, plus they will look super cute and cozy at the same time!  For a warm and cozy scent, Trish McEvoy Wild Blueberry Vanilla Candle will slip you into pure bliss.  Grab  a good book and curl up in A by Adrienne Landau Faux-Coyote-Fur Readers Wrap!  All that you favorite homebody will need now is a loving pair of arms to complete their happy, homey holiday!


Gadgets That Will Electrify Them  


Put a check next to your tech- lover's wish list!  Beats NEW Studio HD Noise Cancelling Headphones deliver top quality sound and cancel out any surrounding noise ( with all of the Christmas stress, you may want to keep these for yourself)! Remember as a child looking for the biggest present? Times have changed! The Apple IPad Mini 16 GB Tablet with Bluetooth Accessories promises to unwrap big-time enjoyment in a small-time design. If you want to ensure that your loved ones will always be able to be reached, you may want to get them the InstaCHARGE 10,000mAh Portable Electronics Charger which charges any of your portable electronics on the go!


Christmas is at our heels, so  it is time to put your fingers to work ( and we don't mean crotcheting)!  




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Colleen's Holiday Style - Crave vs Save


 Looking for knock out Holiday style - but don't want to blow your budget on one dress?

Me too!!

Check out my favorite choices of the season, inspired by the more expensive designer pieces.  

You don't have to spend a million to look like it.   Celebrate the holidays with fabulous fashion that makes great "cents!!"


St. John Cold Shoulder Matte Sequin Dress ($1,195.00) vs. Colleen Lopez "Oh My Posh!" Cold Shoulder Matte Sequin Dress ($109.90)



Dolce & Gabanna Leopard Stretch Silk Dress ($1,035.00) vs. Colleen Lopez "Power Couple" Leopard Dress ($69.90)


Herve Leger Bandage Dress ($1,045.00)  vs. Colleen Lopez "Sunset" Shutter Pleat Dress ($129.90)



Tadashi Shoji Sequin-Mesh Ruched Dress ($288.00) vs. Colleen Lopez "It's in the Stars" Sequin Dress ($109.90)

Ok, fashionistas - Which Crave vs Save is your favorite??


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Guest — Vikki Lynn

dollars don't mean taste!!

o how beautiful..and I love your designs so much more!!!
Monday, 16 December 2013 8:08 PM
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