women's fashion

The Many Looks of YOU.

It has been quite awhile since my last post and I would like to apologize for that! Over this time I have been working with many clients and learning a lot about the struggles that comes to getting ready in the morning, the entrapment of routine outfits and looks, and the lasting boredom of your current wardrobe.

Lets be honest, the last thing most people want to think about during the early morning hours is what they are going to wear or what will make a statement. For those of you whose interests lie elsewhere besides fashion, wardrobing is the last concern on your list. You find yourself reaching in your closet for those few go-to items that you know are safe and easy. My mission is to break those habits. Teach you ways that can make the process in the morning a lot easier and that will result in you becoming a much better dresser and on your way to being a known trendsetter.

During my in home styling sessions I have a routine that I go through to assist all my clients. Our first step is to go through everything that they own and weed out all the items that are too big/small, outdated,  unneeded replicas, and too worn or tattered. You would be amazed at how much you have that you don't really need. Now, I will say, you can never have enough clothing and/or shoes, but you want to consider what exactly you do have. You want to focus on buying good merchandise, quality items and statement pieces. The habit of going to routine items begins with not knowing what you have. Its like the saying goes, "A diamond in the rough." After weeding through tons of old tops and bottoms, clients and I find that they actually own some really rad outfitting pieces that have been pushed aside and lost in all the rubble. After a well needed closet edit, you'll find such relief and joy and new found excitement for the items that you have discovered. Then comes the fun part!

Where the fun begins is when you begin planning new looks from old items that you already own. Its like finding that old band t-shirt from college that you just can't wait to wear the next day with a pair of distressed jeans and get back to feeling like the old you. Instead of reverting back to the old you, lets get creative and blend those items with new. Tips on getting ready in the morning all starts with inspiration. Before the morning hits, think the night before or as your laying in bed waiting for that 3rd or 4th alarm to go off, think about a look, style or even a famous name that you are inspired by. Once you've set your mind on that certain style or look, flip thru your new organized closet and think about what you currently own that will assist in the recreation of that look. It can be a pair of jeans, a blouse, shoes or accessories. Start building that inspiration from that one piece that you own and let it blossom from there. Challenge yourself to blend new looks, colors and textures. Research fashion magazines, instagram posts and blogs for new and fun ideas.

My favorite thing to do when I wake up in the morning, is to think to myself, "Who do I want to be today?' Dressing each day is like putting on a new persona or costume. I try to change my styles and looks frequently so that I never loose the joy and passion I have for fashion. In my opinion I think that's the issue that many have. They find themselves going back to the same look each day to the point where it becomes an uniform for them and it wears them down to complete boredom. Fashion is all about fun, color, and expressing yourself. Throughout all the good and the bad, if you're having a good outfit day, your self esteem is lifted and from all the compliments you'll receive that day, you're negative energy is bound to change. From working with my clients, I have witnessed that all it takes is that one change of outfit and/or that one day of notice of taking time to work on their personal style and they are instantly addicted. The high that you get from rocking an amazing outfit and having others notice and compliment you is truly rewarding. BUT, I also want to stress that we should not work so hard to care about what others think. We all should be dressing for ourselves and to make oneself feel good! When you can master that skill, no one can take that away from you!

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So tomorrow, when you're going through your usual drowsy morning routine, think to yourself all the other possibilities that you have awaiting you within your own closet. Take this day to be daring and try something that you haven't. Be willing and proud to be a fashionista for the day and hold your head high in confidence that you actually took the time out in the morning to plan what you were going to wear, instead of throwing on that usual top and worn in jeans. Change is good and it can start for you tomorrow. Get in there, get dirty and get creative.

 

Buy Now. Wear Now 4 FALL

So is it just me or has the hype for Fall 2015 fashions fallen upon us? Spring/Summer styles were extremely rapid and changed ever so quickly! With the rise of fast fashion, trends and style are evolving, being manufactured and distributed ever so quickly. We started the year falling head over hills for the soft pastels and calling them the new neutrals. Mixed prints and looks with printed tops and matching printed bottoms were the must haves transferring to sporty chic looks that we all couldn't resist. Now, that excitement has settled and the up-rise of the latest fall looks are here! So what do we have to look forward to and how exactly can we shop now and actually be able to translate these cooler weather looks into our wardrobe today? Have no fear, I have a few tips for you!

From my understanding, Fall 2015's fashion will encompass 3 distinct looks;

1.

Styles and trends making their way back from the 60's and 70's. You're going to be seeing a lot of ditsy, paisley prints, sueded textures, fringe, and psychedelic patterns. To give skinny jeans a run for their money, the flare leg and boot-cut jean will be making a major come back along with the iconic box mini skirts. Peasants tops will also be something to think about acquiring this fall.

A way to purchase this look now and be able to wear now would be to purchase light weight peasant blouses. These tops are great to wear with shorts for those casual daytime activities and events. The box mini is something that we can definitely buy now and wear now with fitted tees and tanks. These skirts will eventually be worn with tights and tall boots for the Fall but for now, lets rock these babies with gladiator sandals, flats and pointed toe pumps. The flare leg jeans can be purchased as your going out pant. This pants works amazing on tall figures. This style of pant does wonders to lengthen the leg when worn with chunky heels and wedges. This pant can be styled quite simply with a V-neck tee layered with a fitted leather jacket or you can do a nice silk blouse, leave a few top buttons undone and tuck slightly in the front of your jean.

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The strong and clean partnership between black and white will be a huge hit this coming season as well. We will be seeing white tops trimmed in black piping, outlines and geometric shapes. Two piece sets that are matched together with clean black and white outlines and sport-like striping. This will be a great way to get our chic sporty feel that was so big in the Spring/Summer now for Fall wear.

This play on Black and White is something super simple to be able to buy now and wear now. Seek out sets with shorts and matching sport tops in black and white. Wear these looks with slip-on sneakers or platform sandals. Pair black and white blouses and tops with all black skinny jeans. Color block your looks with solid black tops, paired with all white bottoms and use a fun colored shoe or heel as your pop of color. What we are going for here is just a sport inspired look with clean lines and minimum effort.

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To replace the soft pastels and neutral colors that were blossoming in the Spring, we will now have more of a seductive, sensual, color palette. Colors such as Merlot, Bordeaux, Hunter Green, Slate Grey, Taupe and Navy will be the colors to paint our looks with.

Color palettes can sometimes be hard to translate into our looks before the season has actually begun. Lucky us, these seductive colors are perfect for evening events and activities. Ladies can try out fun lipstick colors in the deeper, richer reds, smoky eyes laced in greys and navy blues are a fun way to just start transitioning these colors into your lives. Men can begin by purchasing chino pants in these colors and pairing them with nice oxfords and loafers for dinners and weekend dates. A big thing that we all should consider is getting our hands on amazing colored leather jackets in those beautiful reds, navy's and browns. These jackets will be items that you can use to layer with once the nice hot summer days cool down.

So there you have it. I understand that the fashion industry moves so quickly that we are all left standing wondering what on earth is going on?! Why did we just change our wardrobe so drastically for one season, only to have the market saturated a few weeks later with new styles and looks for the upcoming season. The trick to this is to be smart when shopping. Try not to get so caught up in one look where we end up finding that we aren't quite ready to change, or that we find ourselves not having the needed items to be considered "in style" for the next. Buy pieces that can transition from season to season and learn the tactics of being able to buy now and wear now.

Althetes of Shopping. Budgeting for a Win.

I can't count the number of times I get asked how often I shop or how many pieces of clothing I own. Yes, I do seem to shop often and yes, I do own a ridiculous amount of clothing and shoes. BUT it was all purchased on a budget and with a trained mind. I work hard for every dollar that I spend and I make sure not to let a penny go to waste! This is how I manage to collect and hoard a crap ton of shirts, jeans, jackets, shoes, and accessories and still have money to go out and enjoy myself with friends and family.

Now a days, when you think of fashion and being stylish, you instantly think that you must have a lot of money to purchase all the big names that we hear and read about daily. Whether its designer garments being worn by celebrities or high in boutiques lining the streets of NYC and LA. Don't let this major hype stop you from thinking that you can still look cool and dress in a stylish way without having to make over a $100k a year. The trick is all about how you shop, the things you buy and prioritizing high priced purchases.

When I go shopping, I like to walk in with a clear mind. You can't go into a store with strict guidelines of what you want because in most cases, you won't seem to find them. Its OK to have an idea of what you are looking for, but remember, there isn't a custom designer sitting in the back room, waiting to whip out your much needed garment.

A great practice to adopt when it comes to shopping is not to make an attempt to look at every piece the store has to offer. Not only will that make the shopping trip take hours out of your day, but you'll leave exhausted and probably with tons of items that you thought you would wear and love, but probably will hate and they will forever live in the back of your closet. I like to skim the racks. When doing so, I am looking for colors that I know will look well on me and that I like to wear. Another thing to look for are silhouettes that are flattering to your body type. I personally like to look for bold prints, and patterns. By doing so, it will help eliminate all the junk that you know you'll hate but will assist in training the eye to hone into pieces that you know you'll love.

Another tactic to use, is to learn the feel for fabric. I'm sure we have all had those items that we loved when we first bought them. After a few wears, or a few times going through the washer they are completely destroyed. I like to go through and feel all the garments that Iโ€™m interested in and understand what will shrink in the dryer or will easily get holes in them. Usually these are the garments that are make out of really thin knits or pieces with a lot of spandex in them. To preserve these purchases, hand wash them or after washing, leave them out to hang dry.

The most important tactic that I use is prioritizing high priced purchases. My most expensive pieces that I own are either jackets or shoes. The reason for doing so is due to the fact that jackets and shoes can completely make an outfit. When getting ready in the morning, you can rotate your tops and bottoms but when you purchase a specialty shoe or a rad jacket and place that with your outfit, those are the pieces that are going to shine. You can wear the same outfit over and over again but as long as you wear a statement shoe or jacket, it will look completely different. Accessories can do this trick as well. Think about investing in different style of necklaces, bracelets and hats. Use these pieces to take your looks to a totally new level, changing the styles from edgy to boho chic. All can be done with just the change of shoe, necklace, hat or fit of the jacket.

Last but not least, never leave the store with a garment that you are just feeling โ€œokโ€ about. One trick that I have learned the hard way is to not just buy things that I think are cool or that I feel that I could EVENTUALLY get use out of. If I see something in the store, I need to know exactly what I would be able to use it for. I need to know the exact look I would be going for when I decided to pull that out of my closet and wear it. By doing this, you will eliminate a lot of those purchases that you eventually have buyer's remorse over once you leave the store. This will also help you buy things that you only need or want. No more going home with tons of bags only to return them the next day or later that week after looking at your bank account and shedding a tiny tear. Buy smart and you'll never have to worry about returning a thing.

Its great to shop at nice stores within the mall, boutiques and shops online, but lets also not forget about vintage shops when doing so! Vintage shops are like gold mines just waiting to be discovered. The pieces that you find within vintage shops are not only one of a kind but you can feel safe to know that your items won't shrink or be ruined in the wash since they have already been washed and worn in. When it comes to awesome flannels, distressed jeans and rad vintage boots and shoes, its nice to have someone else do the work for you and have the thought of wearing pieces that have been around for years with so much history and character.

In closing, keep in mind that shopping should be fun. It's almost like a sport to me. Going home with items that I love and know that I will be able to rock with pride is like going home with a win! Next time you're out on the shopping field, try out some of these tricks and see if it helps eliminate the stress and frustration. Hopefully it helps you buy things that you'll keep and not return later with great remorse. And hopefully it'll save you a dime or two!