October 20, 2010

Style’n tips from Avril Graham of Harper’s Bazaar

 Avril Graham is wearing the gorgeous Maniac necklace from Swarovski’s new Fall/Winter 2010 collection.
Last night I met up with my friends Martini and Sami at the Swarovski evening of style event hosted by the lovely Avril Graham.  Avril is the Executive Fashion and Beauty editor of Harper’s Bazaar and a regular style contributor on The Today Show.  Avril shared some great tips on transofrming an outfit from day to night and she demonstrated this by styling models with Swarovski’s newest pieces.

I did not buy any jewelry because I just bought these pieces and I also prefer to shop when it is less crowded.  I really enjoyed browsing the new collection, chatting with Avril about her style tips,  and drinking the delicious sparkling white wine. But, I will be back to the store because I have my eye on a few amazing statement pieces.  I did end up buying one of these beautiful crystalline pens.

Here are just a few of the helpful tips Avril provided last night.

For the day:
1. Mix and match blazers and skirts
2. For a sophisticated look a ponytail is great
3. Layer 2-3 necklaces
4. Wear watches and bracelets/bangles on the same arm
5. Add a cocktail ring for a bit of unexpected glamor during the day 

For the transition to night:
1. Let your hair down
2. Lose the blazer for a less conservative look
3. Add some drama and color with cuffs, bracelets, and bangles
4. Be bold with an eye catching statement necklace
5. Switch to a fun evening clutch
6. Don’t be afraid to wear several bold accessories at one time. This can include a watch, cocktail rings, and crystal bracelets.

I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Avril and she is so stylish and friendly.

I came to this event straight from work so here are a few ways I transitioned my look. ( I wish I took a before/after picture. Oh well next time!)

1. I carried my make up bag with me and did a quick touch up before the event.

2. I switched from my bigger more conservative black bag (to hold my laptop) to a more casual brown handbag.

3. I added some Swarovski bangles for some extra sparkle in the evening.

What are some of your favorite ways to transform your look from day to night?




MelissaNibbles said…

Sounds like a fun event. I like all those tips.
To switch from day to night I usually add some red lipstick and sparkly earrings. Simple changes make a big difference πŸ™‚

Diana Mieczan said…
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Diana Mieczan said…

Ohh I love this post! I will have to remember a few of those tips. You look stunning on that photo sweetie. I love your cardi and belt combo:)
Have a great day and see you soon

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( something sweet for your little girl)

coolkids said…

wonderful tips!! You look great. I love how you belted the cardi.

CafΓ© Bellini said…

This is such great advice! Thanks so much for sharing.

Stacey said…

Great tips as usual Naina! I just need to come here for my fashion and "in the know" info:-).

kiran said…

great tips Naina. Love the white bangle! your picture is beautiful!

Josie said…

You look lovely as always, dear. This sounds like a blast! I love adding a smoky eye when I need to go from day to night quickly.
xo Josie

GB said…

kohl, the shoes and jewelry! You look great, and I loved those tips…

Sarah said…

I love blazers and skirts and it's totally brilliant how she dressed the outfit down!
Wearing It On My Sleeves

bollywoodstylediaries said…

Love ur layered look and how u belted the cardi..I tend do a lot more eye makeup for evening looks as well add blingy stuff:-)

Becca [Free Honey] said…

Oh Naina…! How do you always end up cornering these fantastic and stylish ladies and getting them to dispense their wisdom! I wish I could have come to this event, but I had a work dinner. It looks like it was a great time, and I love your day to night outfit. I'll admit I'm a bit of a dolt sometimes when it comes to all day dressing!

SWEATshirtDRESSshirt said…

great tips! everyone's hair looks so perfect in these pictures! i love it. πŸ™‚ those are gorgeous statement necklaces, btw. my favorite kind of jewelry!

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Torrie said…

The biggest thing that I used to do is let my hair down.

Along with touching up my make-up and removing a layer!

Sydney at PetiteGorgeous said…

The first necklace is beautiful. I would love to have one to wear to xmas and new year parties :).

Chas said…

I love that necklace in the first photo! I really love what you are wearing, the light pink blouse looks great with the grey cardi and I love how you added the studded brown belt! Gorgeous!

20 York Street said…

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Samantha said…

Sounds like a fabulous event! I love the advice..I usually add bolder jewelry and more dramatic eye makeup to transition to nighttime. And if I can, changing shoes helps me feel more dressed up!


Lisa Griffin said…

what a fun night! you did a great transition and her tips are classic and great!


Sounds like a great event! These are fabulous tips. And I love how your transformed your work wear to evening. You look fabulous πŸ™‚

Katie said…

That pen is beautiful – I think I need one πŸ™‚ Great tips and you looked amazing at the event!

Style Attic said…

Thank you for sharing the great tips. Some of them I would never have thought (like wearing 2-3 necklaces!) You look so great!!

Michelle said…

Sounds like a fun night! I'm definitely a fan of ponytails during the day and wearing my hair loose at night.

jemina said…

FABULOUS TIPS!!! you write so beautifully, BRILLIANT!!!


annelise said…

I really need to invest in a blazer, I think.

I'm always a fan of adding sparkly jewelery to dress up an outfit. I have a big pearl and diamond-esque cocktail ring that is perfect, as well as some gold bangles, one really sparkly, that dress up everything. They're my never-fails.

Great advice, again.

Tanvi said…

Those are some great tips! Letting my hair down and wearing high heels always work for me day to night look! :o) P.S. Went through all the wedding posts as well. You looked great and you Mom is a stunner. Loved your sister's outfit on the wedding day a lot too!!!

Nikki said…

Sounds like another successful event! Love her tips. She really looks great in both day & night looks and I love the glitzy jewelry.


LifestyleBohemia said…

That swarovski statement necklace would look amazing for holiday parties this winter – it's gorgeous!
Great tips – thanks for sharing!

Jess said…

What a great post. I love her suggestion of wearing several bangles on the same hand… I really do like that look. And I could use some new ones too πŸ˜‰

Annie said…

These are SUCH great tips! And how exciting and fun for you! Love the pics.
p.s. Thank you for your sweet comment today. You're one of my favs too πŸ™‚ xo

Dallas Shaw said…

great post

Marissa said…

Sounds like a great event. Wish I could have made it!

Isabel said…

it looks like you had alot of fun…i wish i could go to events like this

Valerie said…

What a great event! I love hearing about how other women go from day to night. You look fabulous and thanks for all the tips! My main day/night process is to add a pair of heels, some eyeliner, extra mascara, and some extra jewelry.


Audrey Allure said…

Great tips! I also change my shoes from day to night πŸ™‚

Krystal said…

Naina, that is so cool that you got to meet her – how fun for you! I like her tips, they are good. Btw, I adore swarovski…mark got me a cute necklace there for valentine's day last year – a little sparkly moon on a chain=)

this free bird said…

Super tips Naina. All the sparkly jewelry you've shown here is beautiful. What a terrific interview!!

To go from day to night – I'll exchange a blazer for a leather bomber jacket, skinny denim for a wideleg flare, remove a knee-high sleek heel boot for a platform of sorts and keep it simple with a t-shirt and some fun jewelry beneath. I guess night time really is when we let our hair down!

ps-i've been a lousy commenter lately b/c of work, but i am reading!!

MissNeira said…

Awesome tips! I can really tell the difference in the photos

Miss Neira

Savvy Gal said…

love the bling bling clutch. have been eyeing it for a while.

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said…

Great tips! Love that first necklace. I think bag is big–a clutch screams evening, plus some sparkly accessories and you're good.

Elle Sees said…

accessories and making clothing a little more revealing at night

MarchMusings said…

Love that statement cuff. Her tips make good reading. And if you look like that after work I'll have to take tips from you too! I look quite beat after a days' work.

style-haus said…

that's great you got to chat with avril. these are some wonderful tips. wow, doesn't jewelry make such an impact and completely transforms an outfit from day to evening!

Punctuation Mark said…

that is one of those event where you actually do get to learn something… love it!

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