Snow Fashion

Snow Fashion

With all of the snow the country has been seeing the past month or so, women everywhere are wondering how to get their “snow fashion” on.  On a normal day we already have enough on our minds on how to look cute but add 3 feet of snow to the mix and it’s a whole new ball game.   If you have an office job, it seems a bit easier because you can wear a snow boot and then change shoes when you get indoors.  However if you are out and about all day, it’s a bit of a challenge. My assistant and I encountered this issue just the other day.  She came to work in a beautiful dress and tall black boots.  The only problem is that it was 10 degrees outside and she looked really cold.  I laughed with her saying it’s the perfect day to expose her beautiful legs given the balmy weather.  She went on to tell me the dilemma she had that morning with her snow fashion.  If she wore her black pants, she didn’t have the right boots that were flats and had good traction while looking cute trekking through the snow and ice.  And yet other pants were too long that she would have to wear heals with them but didn’t have the right heels that had rubber souls.  The list was longer but this gives you the feel.  At the beginning of winter I also had this dilemma.  If we are running from the office to a client’s house and then from boutique to boutique, how do you look cute in your snow fashion while being practical and warm.  Here are a few favorites I have found.  I hope they help you look amazing while staying warm and safe.

How do you wear a down jacket without looking like stay puff marshmallow?

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Buy one that goes in at the waist, has a tie at the waist to cinch it or the pattern at the waist creates an illusion of it getting smaller.

 

Burberry Brit Cornsdale Channel Quilt Down Jacket with Hood, $795.00

Laundry by Shelli Segal Packable Down Anorak with Hooded Bib Inset Was: $320.00 Now: $209.90

Burberry Brit ‘Rushworth’ Belted Wool Blend CoatWas: $995.00 Now: $795.90

 

What boots can you buy that will have you look fashionable in the snow and at the same time keep your feet warm and cute?

                     ugg boots     shoe boots

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Find a great boot with rubber bottoms and a nice chunky heal. I especially love Aquatalia because all of their boots are waterproof.

 

Ugg Emalie Black Wedge Bootie, $149.95

Aquatalia by Marvin K. Roberta Black Stretch Suede Bootie, $398.00

Aquatalia by Marvin K. Rhumba Black Stretch Suede Tall Boot, $725.00

Cole Haan Caliixta Bootie Black Suede, $138.00

Blondo Venise Waterproof Leather Riding Boot, Was $284.95, Now $237.59

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day has so many meanings and fun things to celebrate.  Maybe it’s the luck of the Irish, an excuse to drink Guinness or Irish Whisky (not that we need an excuse), listen to bagpipes (because there aren’t many occasions for that) or an opportunity to wear a fabulous green dress.  I think St. Patrick’s Day is another opportunity to have fun!  Last July we were in Dublin (where Mr. Guinness lived and did much more for their culture than just make a beer) and it was amazing.  A fun fact is that Mr. Guinness and his wife had 21 children.  This would explain why he started a brewery.  I love kids but 21? The people were genuinely nice, beautiful people who cared.  So for me, this St. Patrick’s day is about people experiencing luck while wearing green and drinking Guinness. Some people think it’s hard to find something great to wear on St. Patrick’s Day so here are my top picks on how to wear green while looking stylish.

St. Patrick's Day

Tahari A-Line dress,  $128.00

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DVF Riviera Jersey and Chiffon Wrap Dress , $478.00

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Michael Michael Kors Sumatra Print Wide Leg Jumpsuit, $160.00

Comfortable heels

Comfortable Heels

Over the past 12 years of styling people, the issue I think I’ve dealt with the most with my clients is comfortable heels.  Most women think that they have to choose between looking cute or wearing comfortable shoes and sometimes they give up looking cute.  This is not the case.  You really can wear comfortable heels that are also gorgeous.  Given I’m only 5’4″ I don’t own a pair of flats.  I feel frumpy in them and don’t like the experience of everyone towering over me.  I am a profound lover of heels but even I have my limitations.  I’m on my feet all day every day between shopping and styling clients to chasing a 2 1/2 year old around, so for me, comfortable heels are a must!  Here are a few tips I swear by to keep you looking amazing while your feet are blissful.

Idea #1:  Wear a platform.  Platform’s give you more height and stability creating a nurturing environment for your feet.  I love this one with a more casual cork bottom.

Comfortable heels

Stuart Weitzman Safety

Idea #2:  Choose a chunky heel.   I love this tri-colored Via Spiga.  When you wear a thicker heel, you get more stability on your heels which will relieve a little pressure from the ball of your foot.

Idea #3:  Lower your heel height.  We all know a stiletto is gorgeous and sexy but over 3 inches and I can’t wear them longer than a couple of hours.  My advice is to give up your 4-5 inch skinny heels for a sensible 2-3 inch more comfortable heel.

Idea #4:  Look for a comfortable brand such as Aquatalia, Via Spiga, Cole Haan, etc. I adore this beauty from Aquatalia called the Kiki.  I love the heel height, sleek lines, chunky heel and comfort factor.

 

You really can look gorgeous in heels without the pain!

 

tummy trouble

Tummy Trouble: Slim Down Your Stomach

We all have parts of our bodies that we are self-conscious of and for many women it’s tummy trouble.  Whether you had way too many beans last night and your tummy is bloated like a balloon or maybe you have an extra roll or two chilling on your midsection, it’s safe to say that you probably don’t want anyone to be staring at it.  (Let’s keep our tummy trouble to ourselves.)  If you’re wanting to disguise that tummy as a prize, then check out our tips below to help you slim down that midsection.  No dieting or exercise required!

High waisted Spanx.  These are my favorites because they smooth out any bumps you may not want to share with the world and go perfectly under most everything.

Pants that hit at your natural waistline.  This is flattering because if you wear a lower rise pant or jean this will only accentuate your tummy trouble.

Ruched tops.  Oh how I love rushed anything.  This is an instant saver for your tummy making you look thinner and stylish.

Patterns done right.  I love this look because it deflects from your tummy or any other body issues you may want to defect.

Jackets that fasten at the waist.  Whether you button it, tie it or cinch it, bringing in your waist with a jacket will always help you look thinner.

shape wear

Trust Your Thinstincts® High-Waisted Mid-Thigh $72.00 – $76.00
Donna Karen Side Zip Slim Pants, $895, neimanmarcus.com
Michael Michael Kors wrap side zip ruched top, $125., farfetch.com
DVF Chain-LInk Jersey Wrap Dress, $398, nordstrom.com
Weened Max Mara ‘Tigre’ Jacket $445

 

beachy waves

Beachy waves

Beachy waves is one of the biggest looks right now in hair.  And yet, there are many people who still haven’t mastered it, like me (until recently).   Over a year ago I cut my luxurously long hair into a shoulder length bob.  I love the cut and have felt liberated by the amount of time it takes me each morning to get ready leaving me more time with precious Stella.  With my long hair, I was masterful at curling it and always achieved the perfect beachy waves, however, since having short hair, I have struggled with the perfect way to create this look.  I’ve watched videos, tutorials, read magazines, etc. and tried it all including the products they recommend to no avail.  If you saw how many curling irons, flat irons, round brushes, blow driers and not to mention all of the hair product I have, you’d be amazed.  Finally, I got it and am loving my success.  The thing that no one tells you is that achieving this look in your hair has a lot to do with your hair.  I have really thick hair so if I followed the instructions of how to do this like they did on a woman with thin or fine hair, it wouldn’t work on me, the waves would always fall out.  The point to my story is that I will tell you what finally worked for me but ultimately, it’s practicing different ideas until you find what works for you.

beachy waves

 

The solution for my beachy waves:  I section my hair off really well with clips so each section that I curl is only about 3/4 of an inch.  I use a 1 1/4 inch barrel and alternate each curl leaving the ends out a little.  First curl back, next forward, etc. going all around the head, then letting more hair down and doing it again.  With my thick hair, I turn the iron up as hot as possible and leave it in the hair for 8-10 seconds to keep the hold.  At the end, I toss it around a little and viola I have beachy waves that last all day.

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Hot Tools 1.25” curing iron, $39.99, amazon.com

Valentine's day

Men’s Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Here’s my take on the perfect Men’s Valentine’s Day Gift ideas.  It’s no secret that I love Valentine’s Day.  This is a magical day filled with love.  The dilemma most women have is “What do I get my man for Valentine’s Day?”.  Here are a few favorites that I love.  After all, what more could a man want for Valentine’s Day than something for his drink, his love of music and his perfectly soft and smooth face.  Secretly I love that we too get to enjoy them!

 

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Tandem Whiskey Set – 2 Scotch Tumblers with Chilling Stones, $29.99 amazon.com
Sonos wireless speakers Tandem Whiskey Set $199-$299, sonos.com
The Art of Shaving kit, $175 and up

 

 

 

Valentine's Day lingerie

Valentine’s Day Lingerie

Nothing is quite as sexy as what’s underneath.  This Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to get some new sexy lingerie.  An amazing bra can have you walk taller and look 10 pounds thinner all at the same time.  I also really love sexy boxers for men.  Here are a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day Lingerie.

 

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Saxx Platinum Boxer Brief Fly, $38.00
Marie Jo Jane Push Up Bra, $149.00, Sollingerie.com
Natori, ‘Feathers’ Contour Bra, $68.00

 

headshot

Headshot day

I think it’s very important any time you change your look or even once a year to redo your headshot.  It’s something that most people don’t think about but the value of having a fresh headshot is huge.  If your picture is out of date, when you meet with someone, they don’t know who you are.  I recently looked at a client’s profile on Linked In as well as her website and was surprised to see that her current headshot was several years old.  Her hair was a lot shorter and she dressed much differently (that’s because I gave her a makeover and she looks amazing now).  Show off the new you to the world and make sure your brand is always consistent.

As a benefit to some of our clients, we hosted a headshot day at our Studio.  Our amazing makeup artist Jessica was here doing everyone’s makeup so they looked their best and one of my favorite photographer’s was on location.  My team and I styled everyone in the best outfit and accessories to complete the look.  It was a lot of fun but most importantly, these photos turned out amazing and it was an great day.  We’ll be hosting more of these events in the future.

photo shoot

Tips for headshots.  First of all, find a photographer that you love or comes highly recommended.  They need to be able to capture YOU through the picture to whoever is looking at it.  Next, don’t skimp.  If this is a picture that you are going to show the world through your online presence or even on a business card, you want to look the best you can.  I recommend hiring a professional to do your hair and makeup.  If you can swing it, hire a professional to dress and accessorize you for the photo.  My last piece of advice is to have someone with you that can put you at ease and even make you laugh so that you don’t just have a fixed or fake smile but rather you are relaxed and having fun!

Makeup by:  Jessica Chynoweth with purleymakeup.com

Photography by: Megan Anderson with graphiquephoto.com

man in suit

How to Dress for Any Occasion

You have a first date on Friday with someone you have been crushing on for years.  Yikes!  “What am I going to wear?” You ask yourself.  Or maybe you have an interview next week for your ideal job. Yay! “But what should I wear?” You ponder again.  It can be difficult to figure out what to wear without doing a little research ahead of time.  Putting a little thought into it will make for a successful meeting and outcome.  So whether you are going on a date or heading to an interview, we suggest you ask these 4 important questions below.

1.  Who are you meeting with?  Try to figure out as many details as possible about the person you are meeting, as it pertains to the situation.  What do they do for work? What’s their position?  What do they like to do for fun?  How old are they? (Google is your friend.  Just try to refrain from being labeled as a “Google Stalker.”)

2.  What do you want your first impression to be?          You have 3 seconds to make an impression that is locked in. What do you want someone to know about you?  That you’re funny?  Confident?  Life of the party?  Sincere?

3.  Where are you meeting?  At a local coffee shop? The office?  A Mexican restaurant?

4.  What’s your intention?  What do you want to happen during and after your meeting?   Do you want to land the job?  Go on another date?

Now that you have all of these questions answered,  go into your closet and pick out that perfect outfit!

jeans

How to Make Your Bum Look Better in Jeans

A perky and perfectly round derriere.  Sound like something you would like to see in your jeans?  Yes?  We thought so. The size and pocket placement is the KEY to a great looking bum.  We’ll tell you what we mean below.

Pockets placed...

Towards the outside: makes you look hippy and bum wider,

Too low: makes your bum look saggy (or could be referred to as the “Grandma bum.”)

Pocket size is…

Too big: makes your bum look large and in charge. (Those pockets are not covering up anything.)

Too small: also makes your bum look large (tiny pockets do not equal tiny looking cheeks.)

**Our Secret Tip**

Make sure your pockets are medium in size and placed in the dead center of your bum cheeks.  If you still aren’t sure how your behind looks, pull a Kim Kardashian and take a picture!