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5 Can’t-Miss Spring Trends from Chief Stylist, Annie Ladino

Out with the old, and in with the new and bold! Here are are the can’t-miss trends to keep your eye on this spring–chic spins on classic styles, dramatic new ways to wear prints, and more.  If I had to put my finger on five can’t-miss trends you’ll want to scoop up, here they are:


  • At the Spring 2013 collections, we saw girly ruffles get glam. So, take a break from menswear-inspired pieces, and go for some feminine oversized ruffles. Try a skirt with a thigh-high slit or low-neck dress to up the sex appeal. If you try a heavily-ruffled skirt, opt for something more fitted on top


  • Also for Spring 2013, designers reinterpreted the classic kimono in flattering waist-cinching silhouettes
  • A pagoda sleeve is a chic way to incorporate this trend into your closet
  • Try an embroidered top with an Eastern-influenced dragon motif, or origami-embroidered details



  • Get ready for a new take on the animal prints we’ve seen for many seasons
  • Expect python in colors ranging from sweet pastels to punchy neons
  • Dip your toe in the water by incorporating this print via a patchwork-printed skirt, or be bold by donning it head-to-toe on a printed dress



  • On runways from Altuzzara to Saint Laurent Paris, we saw designers fall in love with this darkly romantic look
  • This trend is a great way to update your evening look for Spring 2013
  • Fringed pieces and tapestry inspired fabrics are a great way to try this look for night
  • Sweeping skirts and lots of black up the drama factor



  • If you’re all about showing your stripes–this season they are going to go from classic and preppy to punchy and ultra-chic
  • You’ll see stripes take shape in sweet hues like pastel pink
  • Try mixing two different sizes of black-and-white stripes
  • Try vertical stripes for a flattering lengthening effect

I know that I’ll personally be adding each of these to my Shop It To Me Threads so I can get regular updates when they go on sale, and encourage you to do the same!

January 7, 2013   1 Comment

Annie Ladino’s top 4 picks to transition you to fall

Because August and September are the best months for women’s clothing sales online, we asked our Chief Stylist Annie Ladino what summer items to snap up now–at a major discount, natch–and how to transition them to fall. Here are her top four faves:

Colored shorts:
“Shorts are perfect for any occasion — from office to evening – year round. To style them for the cooler months, pair with fall colors like maroon, grey, or black blazer and boots.”
colored shorts
Tibi shorts | By Malene Birger shorts

Linen pants:
“Linen is NOT just for summer! You can wear your fave pieces through the fall by switching out summer sandals for a short bootie, and replacing your tank with a cropped sweater.”
linen pants
Vanessa bruno pants | Jones New York pants

Open toe shoes:
“No need to put away open toe shoes just because it’s a bit cooler; just fall-icize the look by adding a colored or printed tight.”
open toe shoes
Stella McCartney pumps | Nine West pumps

White After Labor Day:
“Break the old rule, and you’ll expand your fall wardrobe.  White is a hot trend year round…especially in accessories.”
white after labor day
Alexander wang tote | Stuart Weitzman flats | Rebecca Minkoff bag

August 14, 2012   No Comments

Annie’s 30th Birthday – Dress Dilemma

It’s our Chief Stylist, Annie Ladino’s, big birthday (30!) this weekend.  She’s of course celebrating in style, but is having a bit of a dilemma with her wardrobe choice for her evening bash.  Even though she styles other people for a living, when it comes to her own wardrobe, the decisions become trickier!  This is where you come in… she needs your help!  Which of the following should Annie wear to her birthday celebration?

Annie Ladino 30th birthday dresses


All styles found on sale through ShopItToMe.comBalmain | McQ Alexander McQueen | Proenza Schouler | Theysken’s Theory | Prabal Gurung

July 27, 2012   1 Comment

From One Stylist to Another

Annie Ladino's interview with ElShane

Contrary to popular belief, celeb stylists aren’t competitive with each other.  In fact, we’re all pretty good friends and support one another in this chaotic job we have.

Recently I learned my friend and blogger extraordinaire ElShane was behind Carly Rae Jepsen’s fresh and stylish tour looks.

ElShane and I met years ago while she was a fabulous NYC publicist for DVF and I was a baby editor at Elle.  She’s now living in LA and tapping stars like Carly with her fashion magic wand. So I asked her to share the inside scoop on how to get Carly’s look.

Annie Ladino: How did you meet Carly Rae Jepsen?

ElShane: Pure electronic fate! Her manager had been following my blog and thought we’d be a perfect fit. With my eye for candy-colored, edgy-inspired looks, and Carly’s innately fun and fresh vibe, we joined forces to create epic greatness!

Annie: She’s been compared to Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin and I can see a little of that in her wardrobe.  Do you have any influences when putting together her tour looks?

El: The best part of working with Carly is that she looks amazing in everything! We love mixing bright pop hues with hints of her whimsical, bohemian nature; it allows her to dive into her most creative, powerful self on stage.

Annie: What are your favorite designers for Carly?

El: Carly is the queen of street style; she can rock highs and lows effortlessly, creating looks her fans to aspire to wear. Brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, and TopShop are the perfect mix of feminine and rocker chic. We’ve also been experimenting with incredibly on-trend Australian brands like Finders Keepers and Zimmermann.

Annie: Most people don’t see the behind-the-scenes part of styling and are only exposed to the end product.  I’m curious to know if there have been any wardrobe malfunctions or last-minute switches?

El: The job is never over until the final note is sung! With the introduction of chains, lace, and paillettes into performance looks, it’s pretty much a sure bet that something will go wrong right before stage time. Thankfully double-stick tape, safety pins, and miniature sewing kits are my three best friends.

Annie: From your blog we can all see how bold and fashion forward you are with your personal style.  Personally, I admire how adventurous you are. Is there anything you shy away from on the red carpet with Carly or any of your clients?

El: Absolutely! For myself, I love experimenting with volume. Since I’m not in the spotlight, I can control what angles I’m shot from. A voluminous dress on the red carpet can be an instant fashion disaster if shot from the wrong angle. I do everything I can to keep pieces that are not 360-degree-angle friendly off of my clients!

Annie: Anything Carly’s exposed you to?

El: She taught me everything about personal character.  Nice girls always finish first. She’s the real deal…

Annie: Anything in your prop kit you can’t live without?

El: My sewing kit. For a gal who majored in Journalism and History, I’ve pricked myself more times than not. But I can make a mean last minute hemline…

Annie: We know you’re a Shop It To Me girl, what’s been in your Salemail that you’d snap up for Carly Rae?

El: Check out my picks for Carly Rae below:

ElShane picks for Carly Rae

Clockwise from top-left: Rosamosario corset | Red Valentino skirt | Citizens of Humanity moto jacket | Dion Lee dress | rag & bone hat

July 10, 2012   No Comments

Salute to Style

Maybe she’s just dreaming of a few days off, but our chief stylist Annie Ladino got all red, white and blue on us when we asked her for patriotic picks we could play around in this July 4. Baby, you’re a firework!

Annie Ladino July 4th Picks

1. J.Crew Silk Bow Cami, was $98, NOW $78

2. Anthropologie Starlighting Scarf, was $288, NOW $149.95

3. Versace Starfish Gold-tone Ring, was $325, NOW $195

4. Brian Atwood Espadrille Wedge Sandals, was $710, NOW $213

5. Nanette Lepore Rebel Shorts, was $228, NOW $159.60

6. Lauren Ralph Lauren Flat Espadrille Sandals, was $69, NOW $49.99

7. Lacoste Pique Flag Bag, $125

8. Paul & Joe Star-print Triangle Bikini, was $285, NOW $199.50

June 29, 2012   No Comments

Get Ready for Start-of-Summer Shopping!

Our team is eagerly anticipating Memorial Day: the three days off, the BBQs and outdoor dining, and the inaugural wearing of new summer attire.

Since we want to get the best deals possible for those trendy summer outfits, we nagged our data team here at Shop It To Me for guidance on just when to shop those Memorial Day weekend sales.


Memorial Day came in sixth among major holidays last year for discounting. And if 2011 was any indicator, here’s what to expect:

  • Shop early!  There was two to three times more newly marked down inventory Friday and Saturday than on Monday last year.
  • What’s more, discounts on “new markdowns” were better early in the weekend, with Friday coming in at 41% off, Saturday at 35% off, and Sunday-Monday at just 29%.
  • Overall, online clothing/accessories discounts last year averaged 41-42% off over the weekend, pretty much in line with May as a whole, at 42% off.

That said, our inside sources tell us that select retailers will be serving up some phenomenal sales. Starting Wed., May 23, we’ll tip you off on private sales, site-wide discounts, and markdowns on select categories like denim.

In the meantime, we’ve put together a few pop-up shops to help you quickly and easily find warm-weather styles for Outdoor/barbecue, All white and Swim/caftan/coverups.  Check out the top picks by Annie Ladino (our Chief Stylist) below, or click through to shop each of the pop-ups.

Annie's Summer Picks

From left: Tory Burch poncho ($278) | Nanette Lepore bikini top ($64.50) | Diane von Furstenberg cover up ($171.50) | Gap espadrilles ($39.99) | Citizens of Humanity floral shorts ($137.60)

Memorial Day Pop-Up Shops:

Pop-Up Shop for BBQ

Pop-Up Shop for White

Pop-Up Shop for Swim

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May 18, 2012   No Comments

Not so mellow yellow

It was certainly a star-studded affair when Brooklyn Decker hit the red carpet last night with co-stars Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Anna Kendrick for the premiere of “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Chief Stylist Annie Ladino dressed Brooklyn for the event, which capped her worldwide press tour promoting “Battleship” and “What to Expect”, both of which open Friday.

brooklyn decker what to expect premiere

Photo via – click to see more photos from event

We asked Annie for the inside story on the amazing Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 gown that she selected for the final night of Brooklyn’s whirlwind series of events.

Annie and Brooklyn began collaborating in March to plan the tour wardrobe. They agreed that they wanted something gorgeous and girly for “What to Expect.”  Both prefer bright colors on the red carpet – Annie says it sets off Brooklyn’s all-American blonde look — and rarely do black.

The drop-waist Giambattista Valli was actually one of the first dresses Annie selected for the tour, but she and Brooklyn loved it so much, they decided to save it for last. Its lemony yellow is one of Annie’s favorite colors for Brooklyn, because it goes so well with her skin tone. (Brooklyn really likes it, too!)

In fact, Annie loves the new yellow this season because it’s refreshing and youthful.  But she cautions that it’s tricky to do color combinations with yellow, so it’s best to keep accessories and other pieces neutral.

Here are some of her fave yellow items that you can easily snap up on Shop It To Me right now.

more yellow items

From left: Thakoon dress, was $785 NOW $314 | Kate Spade bangle, was $58 NOW $40.60 | Pour La Victoire sandals, was $230 NOW $161 | T-Bags maxi dress, was $195 NOW $78 | Helmut Lang skirt, was $265 NOW $159 | BCBG gown, was $298 NOW $178

May 15, 2012   No Comments

Met Ball: A day in the life of our favorite stylist

Chief stylist Annie Ladino’s life was a blur this past Monday as she readied celebs like Brooklyn Decker for fashion’s biggest night: the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

We followed Annie (or at least tried to!) as she flew back and forth across town and ran from pillar to post prepping Brooklyn for the red carpet event of the year.

Annie actually started working with Brooklyn and designer Tory Burch months ago to collaborate on the perfect dress for the occasion. This included several in-person meetings about cut, fabric and color, among other details. That was followed by multiple fittings of the exquisite knife-pleated, slate blue silk tulle and crepe gown – with a final fitting on Saturday to choose Brooklyn’s jewelry, shoes and clutch so everything would be ready for Monday evening.

Here’s how Annie’s Monday (day of the Met Ball) unfolded:

(10:00 am)   Up until Monday morning  Annie had only seen a sketch of a dress another celeb friend had chosen. So, she was up early to meet that star at her hotel for a fitting. It was clear alterations were needed, so a tailor was called in while Annie and her client reviewed jewelry and accessories.


Accessories selections for Brooklyn Decker

(2:00 pm)   With the tailor off to alter the gown, Annie headed to Brooklyn’s to get her hair and makeup started. (Thank goodness for that Saturday fitting!)

(3:30 pm)   She then rushed back to the first friend’s when the dress was ready for a final fitting and make decisions on jewelry, shoes (which were too big and needed padding) and a clutch.

(5:00 pm)   With everything finalized, Annie left her friend in the hands of a capable assistant and dashed back to Brooklyn’s for finishing touches, then accompanied Brooklyn to Tory Burch’s home for pre-event cocktails. Among the very intimate crowd were Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Liya Kabede, Kanye West, Rick Ross and Stefano Tonchi. When everyone else headed to the Met, our exhausted Annie returned to her office and used any remaining adrenaline to meet friends for dinner at Lure Fish Bar in Soho.


Brooklyn Decker, Annie Ladino, and Esther Song (Tory Burch PR)

(10:00 pm)   Too tired for the after-party, Annie headed home and crashed on her couch.

(The aftermath)   As Annie and her assistants worked on returns Tuesday/Wednesday, she shared her thoughts on the evening’s fashions, pointing to Lana del Ray in Joseph Altuzarra, Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada and Anna Wintour, also in Prada, as some of her faves. She also went crazy for Lily Collins, Sarah Jessica Parker and Brit Marling in Valentino.

Annie told us: “What I love about the Met Ball is that people go all out; they take a lot of risks. It’s so different from the Oscars.”

May 9, 2012   No Comments

Video with Chief Stylist Annie Ladino and BeChicMag

We’re long-time fans of the fabulous Mercedes Sanchez and her lifestyle site, BeChicMag. Not only does Mercedes cover the best of what’s happening in fashion, beauty and entertainment, but she also creates awesome videos where she’ll interview notable folks, share fun DIY’s and more.

Her latest edition just so happens to be a focused on Shop It To Me, and features our very own Chief Stylist, Annie Ladino. They’re chatting about what to buy in February…so check it out below, then hurry to get your shop on. There are still a few days left!

Like what you see? Be sure to swing by BeChic TV for a library of style-focused entertainment. Enjoy!

February 28, 2012   No Comments

Video: Impress For Less with Annie Ladino

We were so excited when our Chief Stylist’s Impress for Less advice was featured in the November issue of InStyle, we figured it was high time she help solve your holiday clothing crises too.

In this new video, Annie shows Shop It To Me members Nicole, Jessi and Liz, how to rock the same Hi Lo skirt by Pencey at the holiday party, to the office or on the weekend.

And, just in case you needed an incentive to watch, the Pencey skirt Annie’s loving has been marked down to $44.00 at Shopbop.

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December 19, 2011   No Comments