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

Passion - Italy


What are you passionate about and why is this important today to find your passion?  In a world where stress is an everyday (or every minute) occurrence, is it even possible to be relaxed?  I feel like the answer is passion.  When you are following your passion, everything goes smoothly, you are happy, life is easy and you can attract what you want.  I am very passionate about beauty.  I look for and see the beauty in everything from fashion to nature, art to wine, beaches to jungles.  Beauty is everywhere and there is no accident that when you see it, you can’t help but take a deep breath in.  When you have a passion, you get lost in the moment, loose track to time, get transported into a different world.  It’s so exhilarating.  So, how do you turn your passion into something bigger than a high?  I’m asked all the time how did I start my business and here is the answer.  I sat down and made a list of all the things I was passionate about.  From people getting compliments everyday to having a feeling that I don’t work while at the same time, making a great living.  At the end, I stepped back and took a new look at my list.  I thought “what? Is it possible?  Really?  I can just take everything I wrote down and create a thriving business?”  And so it began.  I was lucky enough to believe it could work.  In a world where people work hard and their passion is secondary, how can you flip it and follow what you love?  I think the most beautiful thing is passion (and love).  Maybe our passions are our access to less stress, lower blood pressure, less disease, among other things.  Try it, I can’t wait to hear what you find.  Here are a few of my passions.

Passion - family

My amazing family

Passion - Italy

Amalfi Coast

Passion - Nature

Amazing Colorado

The Style Studio by Keri Blair

The Style Studio by Keri Blair

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!


Feeling great about your body

Feeling Great About Your Body

Feeling great about your body could be one of the most difficult challenges we face.  As women, most of us deal with our relationship to our body on a daily basis.  I have found over the years that it’s the same story with a woman who is a size 2 or a size 20.  As women, we aren’t gentle with ourselves and in fact judge our bodies daily.  I was watching a piece on the Today Show yesterday morning on a woman, Joni Edelman, who blogged about this very issue.  She was very unhappy and practically killing herself over the years to be thin at the cost of not enjoying her life.  Now up many sizes, enjoying her life, she says, “I am happy.  I’m fat and I’m happy.”

Feeling great about your body


I also love this photo and the project Neringa created called We.Women.  She said her goal was to challenge the ‘mass hypnosis’ that the omni-present media portrayal of the ‘perfect’ women creates. Check out this amazing project and more photos here.

I hope you know, I don’t have an opinion on what you should weigh, eat, the size you are or anything else about your body.  It is precisely that, your body.  I do however have an opinion about your happiness and your willingness to embrace yourself today and every day.  I know that this is easier said than done but here are a couple of tips I have to love your body.  I’ve given these tips to countless clients over the years of dressing them and the results they have had is AMAZING!  They actually begin to love themselves as they are now.  I hope these tips work for you and your friends.

My tips to love your body.

Tip #1:  Be gentle with yourself.

Tips $2:  Every morning stand naked in a full length mirror.  See how long you can look at your body.  In the beginning it may only be a moment in time but if you do this every day, you can work your way up to a minute or longer.  While you are doing this, take the time to look at parts of your body and see if you can appreciate them for what they are.  Maybe you don’t love your stomach but you can learn to appreciate that why you have that stomach is because you have an amazing child or children.  Maybe you can love it because it represents all of the fabulous meals and wine you’ve had celebrating your amazing life.  Your body is an incredible vessel for you each and every day.

Tip #3:  Buy clothes that look great on you now.  Not 5 pounds ago and not 5 years ago.  Our bodies change frequently and it’s best to change your clothing style with it.

It’s important to get the word out that a woman’s beauty comes from within.  It’s the way she smiles, loves, listens and leads.


Balayage Technique – A must

BalayageBalayage technique what?  That’s exactly what I said.  Recently I wanted a change to my hair.  After spending the last 2 + years as a redhead without highlights, and the prior 5 + years as a redhead with blonde highlights, I was ready for a change.  I thought I was ready to try the Ombre look until I met my new colorist Jennifer.  She told me the best way to achieve the look in the pictures I brought her was the Balayage technique.  Now, I am an expert in the beauty industry and am embarrassed to say I had no idea what this Balayage technique was and in fact it took me hours to learn how to say it.  Apparently it is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint.  Which is exactly as it looked.  After mixing my two or three different colors, Jennifer, my stylist, pulls out a paddle with a special brush and it seemed more like watching a painter than a hair dresser.  I was amazed and LOVE the results.  Apparently this is the look we’ve been seeing on all of the catwalks and with all of the celebrities.  It looks sun-kissed with more dimension and total beauty.  You’ll also love the longer lasting results as you could be good to go for eight weeks or longer.  The added benefit is my husband says my hair is the best it’s looked in years.

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,
Michael Michael Kors wrap side zip ruched top, $125.,
DVF Chain-LInk Jersey Wrap Dress, $398,
Weened Max Mara ‘Tigre’ Jacket $445


Long Lashes

Long Lashes

Everyone is always asking me how to achieve those long, full, amazing long lashes.  I have two answers.  One is get Extreme lash extensions which are amazing!  You can read more about my experience with them in my LiveLoveLash blog.  The second trick I currently swear by to get long lashes and tell all my clients.  You start with an eyelash curler, then apply Lancome CLS Booster which is a lash primer that goes on white and finally add mascara and my favorite is MAC ‘False Lash’ Mascara in Black.  I have been doing this combination for awhile and people often ask me if my lashes are fake because they look so good.

Let me know how it works for you.





Top Picture: L – Extreme Lashes R – natural lashes with nothing on
Bottom Picture: My favorite products

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Elf Eyelash curler, Target, $1.00
Lancome CILS Booster $25.00
MAC ‘False Lashes’ Mascara $22.00

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,


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

Photography by: Megan Anderson with

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!