Friday Five: Color Theory 101

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Ever wonder why certain colors look good together? Or why certain colors look great on some people, but not others? There's a whole science behind color, artists study it, designers are inspired by it, Pantone tells us which ones are "the color of the year" or "season" and fashion stylists study it as a theory.

When I started my certificate program at Parsons, one of the classes I was most excited about was Color Theory. So it was quite a disappointment when I found that wasn't on the curriculum for the Fashion Business track (they do offer it, of course, but it's on the Design track). So I decided to educate myself and bought a couple books on the subject. One that I liked is called Color: Messages and Meanings, by Leatric Eiseman, in collaboration with Pantone. Not only does it go through the color families, their moods and trends, but it also has a particular focus on brand, image and visual presentations. Great for someone who is looking for basic color theory information geared toward advertising or marketing.

Here's quick lesson on how to use this information to get dressed. There are 12 "pie slices" in the color wheel. Colors across from each other (Violet & Yellow, Blue & Orange for example) in the color wheel are Complementary and always look striking together. I would recommend using one color as the "base" of your outfit and the complimentary color for an accessory. Try white denim with a violet top and a yellow handbag or necklace! Monochromatic (using one color only) is also a fun way to dress, but can often be tricky. New Yorkers pull this off with their all-black outfits on the daily, but I think that's cheating a little. (Although I do remember a colleague wearing a fabulous pair of perfectly tailored black pants, a black turtleneck and black pumps and me thinking, "that looks really sharp!") For a monochromatic look that is NOT all black, try all white. Using tints of white (aka off-white, cream or beige), this look will be classy and not boring.  Analogous colors are those that are next to each other (using all the slices in one color family). Try a blue-green dress with a blue blazer and a statement necklace that incorporates green tones. Or check out this post for a darker palette. Obviously, there are many combinations to the color wheel. It's also important to know what colors look best on you. If you haven't read this post about Personalized Color Swatches, #rundontwalk there now! Here are some other fun formulas for using the color wheel while dressing. And in the spirit of Friday Five, I've collected five outfits plus a bonus "look for less." You're welcome.

I'll leave you with this inspiration for your weekend: In the words of one of my favorite designers, Kate Spade, "Live Life Colorfully!"

 

MONOCHROMATIC

 

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Kate Moss - Photo Credit unknown

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One of my favorite bloggers, Sydne Summer

ANALOGOUS

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Copy Jen's look with any combination of the above: olive pants, navy blazer + navy tee OR navy pencil skirt, olive peasant top + cardigan for an office look. Picture from People.com

 

 

COMPLEMENTARY

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Tory Burch Spring 2016 Collection

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Try Tory's favorite combo of orange and blue for a lot less here: LC Lauren Conrad dress

And here:

Orange KOHLS shoes

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Friday Five: Spring Recipes

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Hey Guys!

Even though we're having a bit of a cool-down this weekend here in Charlotte, temps next week will be back to normal and  my spring attire is calling! I'm talking to you, open-toed sandals! I love it when the weather starts to warm up and the flowers begin to bloom. It's a beautiful reminder that God's mercies are new each morning (Lam 3:23).

Because this weekend marks the first day of spring, I've created some  "recipes" for some easy spring outfits. These are tried and true colors and patterns that always work in some of this season's hottest trends. The first row is one of my favorite mix of patterns: black & white stripes with leopard! You can NEVER go wrong with that combo, even though for some it may seem a bit much (just trust me, IT WORKS.. Because, remember, leopard is a neutral (repeat this five times). I've added a pop of red with a cute crossbody bag, which plays well with both patterns. You could also add red lipstick to this fun little mix.

Recipe #2 is a new obsession of mine: Athleisure. OK, part of the recipe, anyway. So if you take a chambray button-down and add faux leather leggings, you can really go either way with shoes - dress it up with some fringy heels (fringe is still WAY hot this season) OR go the extra mile (literally) in some black sneakers. I recently worked with a client that was travelling to Paris and in researching street style from their recent fashion week, I saw this look on so many models and bloggers. It's the perfect "walking around town comfortably but still looking awesome" outfit. And, who doesn't want a reason to wear faux leather leggings?!

The third look is a must for those who love their florals ("Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.") -  Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada). These floral tops have an extra edge with the shoulder cutouts (aka "cold shoulder") and are great paired with jeans or crisp white pants. Another fun trend I'm seeing pop up again from last spring and summer is the raw-egde denim, but cropped iterations. I have mixed feelings about cropped pants...since I'm 5'0" I tend to stay away from cropped pants because they make me look shorter (they visually cut your legs) but sometimes I just say whatever and go with a trend. If you are under 5'4", pair them with pointed-toe heels. Otherwise, wear with flats or heels.

And to be true to the name of the post and give you a rounded out FIVE for FRIDAY, here are a few tips that would make these outfits work, date-night or church appropriate. For Recipe #1, add a pencil skirt instead of the jeans and if you work in a chilly office, a red or black  cardigan. For Recipe #2, switch out the leather pants for black or gray pants or a black pencil skirt. If you work in the creative field, you could potentially wear your sneaks to the office to show your fashionista skills, but any other field, stick to closed-toed pumps. Add a sparkly statement necklace to enhance the casual/elegant juxtaposition. Outfit #3 would look great with wide-legged beige or white pants instead of the cropped denim.

Have a great weekend! I hope you enjoy these "recipes!" As always, thank you for reading! Please let me know what you think! Are these tips helpful?

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Friday Five: The Best Clothing Hacks Ever

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Lime coconut 2 Soludos Lime & Coconut Smoking Slipper Espadrille (a few sizes still left!)

Soludos Wink Smoking Slipper (black sold out, but sand still available)

Also in a black & white sandal version - so cute! I want them all!

You guys! Are these shoes the cutest or WHAT??? I'll go ahead and apologize if you are singing, "...you take the lime and the coconut..." for the rest of the day!. Last week Shopbop had a huge sale and while I wanted ERRRYTHING, I had to be conservative... I ended up buyihng with the cutest embroidered Soludos loafers (linen and black because I couldn't choose!). With the cheeky lime/coconut and winky eyes, I'm pretty sure I'll be wearing them all spring, summer and into fall.  And with our impending arrival (more on that here), I'm focused on being comfortable but also cute. And I'm here to tell you, ladies - it is POSSIBLE. You are not relegated to yoga pants and sneakers (even though, let's be honest, there is some fabulous workout wear out there right now. and don't even get me started on my latest obsession: athleisure. That'll have to be another post for another day).  Getting back to the shoes though, I followed the recommendations that I order a half a size smaller since canvas stretches but when they arrived they were so tight I was actually crunching up my toes a little! This was quite shocking, as I'm a size 5 to 5 1/2 shoe so NOTHING is ever tight on me. And I knew that nearly all the other sizes were sold out so a return/exchange would be darn near impossible. Then I remembered a magical go to place where I pretty much find all my answers: GOOGLE! (And lots of times Pinterest too. Follow me there to see all the fun things I've been pinning lately!). I found this article about how to make canvas shoes fit and immediately breathed a sigh of relief, because - dang - these shoes are really cute. I haven't yet tried this fix, but am hopeful and will update this post when I do to let you know how it goes! Meanwhile, hope you have a great weekend and enjoy these fun hacks.

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Another Hack for too-small Shoes

Fabric Pulls, Pills, Stains & something magic called Silvertek

Like to DIY? This post has it all. And even better? No sewing.

And here are 25 more

 

Let me know what your favorite hacks are! And, as always, thanks for reading!

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Finding Luxe for Less

These days, it's all about how fast you can get something delivered or how easily something works or how inexpensively you can find something fabulous. I blame the glorification of busyness but that's a topic for an entirely separate blog post. And while I do my best to say no to things that will crowd my calendar, my closet or my life, I too confess to being too busy sometimes and find myself wanting to run away to an island. Or win the lottery so I never have to work for a paycheck...either one. Getting organized and simplifying life has been a top priority for me this year, as we are "paper pregnant." For those of you who've never heard that term, it means we're adopting and have finished all our paperwork. Yes, we still have education, interviews, a profile book and a home study to get through, and even after that could be waiting many months,  but I'm doing everything I can right now to get my house in order so I'm as prepared as one can be pre-baby (all you moms out there may go ahead and laugh at that statement, I know, "you're never ready..." but I'm talking organizing and finding things for less). So I've signed up for a couple things lately that I hope will make life simple. One is Stitch Fix. I know, you might be shocked at that statement. Why would a stylist need a stylist? (If you've never heard of StitchFix, it's a company that sends you 5 articles of clothing within a specified price range for $20/shipment. You can schedule as often or infrequently as you like and if you purchase items sent to you, the $20 fee is applied to those items.) Well, several reasons. Quite frankly, I'm curious! Everyone loves to receive gifts and I've heard such good things about them, not to mention I've seen some of my friend's picks and they are CAAUUUUTE. Another reason is while I love to style clients and friends in bright, fun colors I tend to stay in my neutral zone and sometimes need a push toward more color. Lastly, I'll admit - I'm scoping them out. I'd LOVE to work for a company like them and was curious to see how they operated, what kinds of labels they'd send and how the stylists interacted with me. I've only received one box so far but I can tell you I'm impressed. Both by what they sent and the level of customer service I've received. My box even included a note from my stylist congratulating me on our adoption! If you are interested in doing this, feel free to use my referral code.

Another is Blue Apron....we've just received our first order and haven't made anything yet but my SIL has been raving about it and we cooked one of her meals while babysitting our nephew. It was AMAZING - all fresh ingredients and very flavorful. And for $60/week for three fab meals, I say, "sign me up!" I'll share my free week code as soon as I get it! A friend of mine is doing EMeals...for $60 a year they send weekly recipes plus a shopping list based on categories you choose like Paleo, Low Carb, Low Calorie, Budget-Friendly, etc. Today I learned about an app called SuperDuper that gives inexpensive matches to designer nailpolishes like Chanel, Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent.

A cleaning company is also something I've been thinking about; I've been fanatical lately about cleaning (pretty sure they call that nesting!). I know I won't have the time or energy to really deep clean like I can now once baby arrives, so this would be great to outsource, maybe just once a month. If you know of any good local cleaning companies, please let me know!

So, back to luxe for less, sorry I digress...here are a few picks for you that are FABULOUS dupes of the real deal. Because sometimes saving money trumps having that label, am I right?!?!

  1. The Chloe Marcie - every top blogger and instablogger around has this fabulous handbag. And it's no wonder, the stitching detail is gorgeous, the shape is perfect and the tassels make me want to pack a bag and drive to Coachella. But, like I raved about in this post, Sole Society's Dayton studded whipstitched satchel is a very similar style for $64.95.

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 Sole Society Dayton Satchel

2. Kate Spade Meow sweatshirt - no longer available in the store, I did manage to find it here. I really don't know why I didn't buy a cute dupe I saw for $17 at H&M but recently found this cute one here on GroopDealz for $16.99. And between Etsy & make your own tee-shirt companies like Café Press, there's really no limit to what you can find or create on your own.

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Kate Spade Cat's Meow sweatshirt (XXS only)

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GroopDealz Meow sweatshirt

3. Fringe necklaces - I've been seeing these beauties pop up all over my Instagram feed, but there is one local designer who does them very well. AND gives back to a great cause because of her story. So if I buy one, I'll be getting one from her. She handcrafts every piece, uses real leather and gorgeous accents on each unique piece. She is featured in several boutiques around the Charlotte area, you can check her site for locations. Below is a pic of "The Madison"...one of my faves. However, this IS a post about luxe for less, so I did find two similar styles at Forever 21 here and here, and while I'm VERY CERTAIN it won't be anywhere near the caliber of craft of the previous design, it does cost less and works if you just want to try out this trend to see if you like it.

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4. Aquazzurra lace-up shoes - These shoes have been all the rage since last fall (or was it the previous fall? I can't even remember...) when they were introduced. At any rate, they continue to be popular for spring. I've even seen a hot pink version! However at a steep $695, the Aquazzurra's are a tad too pricy for this girl, so I bought Shopbop's $65 version. Although I've seen them for as low as $25  here and here -  it just depends if you want suede, leather or neither.

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Target Kady Ballet flats

 

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Zara Lace up flats

 

5. The Chloe Faye - a gorgeous crossbody with the stylish circular ring, every "it" girl at NYFW had one. At well over $2,500 I think I'll try the Forever 21 version, at an affordable $24.50.

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Chloe Faye crossbody

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Shein chain-ring embellished satchel bag

I'd love to hear from you! What's  your favorite subscription, service or organizational trick that has saved you time or money. Share away in the comments section! Also, let me know if there's a topic you are curious about for an upcoming Friday Five.

 

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Friday Five: Spring Essentials

Spring is coming! Spring is coming! And quite frankly, even though it took a while for winter to arrive down here in the south, I'm already ready to be done with sweaters and boots for a while!  Everywhere I look - every magazine, talk show and blog seems to be talking about spring fashion necessities. So, here is my two cents on what every gal needs to freshen up her look this spring:

  1. Spring Jacket - a jacket in either of Pantone's Color(s) of the Year: rose quartz and serenity. There has been some buzz around varsity jackets, but if you want something classic, go for the ultimate chic-girl closet staple, the trenchcoat.pink macys trench

London Fog trench in Peony - Macy's

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Light Blue trench coat - Amazon

2. GREEN - while some people define Spring's very essence with floral patterns, I prefer the fresh palette of green. Green is a great neutral and pairs well with so many colors. I love a pop of green with white denim. And there are so many pretty shades of green, too!

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Garden Party dress - ModCloth

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Stone Tassel Earrings

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Pam Breeze-ly - ModCloth

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Kate Spade woven clutch - The Real Real

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Florida top - ModCloth

3. Sunglasses - Can you believe I've never bought an expensive pair of sunglasses? I never saw the need. Plus I figured I'd just crush them, lose them or scratch them. That was...until I tried on a pair of Ray Ban's...whoa. You can feel the difference in quality. They are much weightier, they fit my face better, I could go on and on. So I decided my next splurge would be a pair of those. Then I found a pair of Kate Spades at the outlet for WAY less and fell in love with the Audrey Hepburn-esque oversized shape. Regardless of what shape you like, there are always new trends out to try and spring is always a good time to protect those eyes! Oh, and if you've ever wondered what kind of glasses go with your face shape, I recently did some research for a client and found this handy little helper. You're welcome. :) Another way to try out designer sunglasses is through a cool company called Shop Ditto. You can rent from a huge selection of sunnies from $24 per month ($34 for prescription)! ANNNNDDDD....if you use code "scrubs" at checkout, you get your first month FREE! Also, check out this blog if you like to see her fun picks and say thanks for a free month!

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Kate Spade Lulu (other similar styles for MUCH less at the outlets)

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Ray Ban Wayfarers - Nordstrom

 

4. New bag - New season, new bag - nuff said. It's time to put away that boring black bag you carried all winter and try out some fun colors! Or, if you prefer neutrals for your day to day bag (like me), check out this Chloe-look-alike at Sole Society that's only $64...I might lose my mind. And it's named after the city in Ohio I grew up in.  I think that is a sign I must buy it, right?

 

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Dayton in Camel - Sole Society

5. 3/4  Sleeve Tops - Lately I've been OBSESSED over 3/4 length sleeves. Not sure if it's because they flatter my short little arms or that it's getting warmer here in Charlotte and they feel one step closer to a short-sleeved shirt! Either way, I've been seeing some CAAAUUUTE tops on all the boutiques I follow on Instagram. Oh, yeah, that's another #freestylisttip - boutiques are the WAY to go! Not only will you not be wearing what everyone else is, but boutiques offer patterns and colors you don't always see in department or other stores.  Now, don't get me wrong, you know I love me some LOFT, Banana Republic and even some of the chain boutiques (Vestique, Francesca's, Charming Charlie's) but the best ones are the little secret gems only true fashionistas know about. My local faves include Cheeky Bean, Tash, Copper Penny and KK Bloom. There are so many more online too! I've had good luck with @ilycouture and @ShoptheMint and plan to add something from @thecouturekitten very soon.

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Navy Strap Wrap Hi-Lo Button-up - Zuilily

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Tommy Hilfiger Eyelet top - 6pm

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Crepe Flutter Blouse - Banana Republic

Have a fabulous weekend!

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New Styling Services - Personalized Color Swatches!

IMG_8940 (3) I'm so excited to announce a new package I've added to my styling services - Personalized Color Swatches! This is something I complimentarily add to each client package but have gotten such great feedback on, I thought I'd offer it as stand-alone. How it works: fill out the form below with "Color Swatch" in the comments. What you get: six customized color swatches, detailed information about your color palette, including makeup tips and my exclusive guide "What Every Girl Needs in Her Wardrobe" to help you build a shopping list. If you've never had your colors done or always wondered what color flatters you best, now is the time!!! And....best of all, it's only $39. And... if you choose to add on any other styling package later, that $39 will be applied to your account! WIN, WIN, WIN!signature

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February Newsletter

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The Scoop - February 2016

 

Happening in February: Fashion Weeks

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New York Fashion Week is February 10th - 18th. Every top blogger will be there; matter of fact I'm starting to wonder if designers, publishers and others will be pushed out by the sheer number of blogger attendees....anyhoo, if you aren't lucky enough to attend in person, you can watch all the shows live here! And if you miss NYFW, there's several more right on its heels: London Fashion Week is Feb 19th - 23rd,  Milan Fashion Week is Feb 24th - 29th, Paris Fashion Week is March 2nd - 9th, and for you locals, Charleston has one March 15th - 19th (which is really good, I've heard. Fern Mallis, one of the original producers of NYFW was a part of founding of CHFW).

 

What to Wear: The SuperBowl

SuperBowl picIt's the biggest game of the season, the best commercials of the year, there's food, drink and fun to be had by all. SO the next question is: "what do I WEAR?" Just because it's game day doesn't mean you're relegated to wearing a team jersey with jeans (and good gravy, please, by all MEANS, I beg of you, do not commit the biggest fashion sin of all and pair jeans with SNEAKERS! Unless you are doing yard work and need to cover your legs for fear of poison ivy this combination is just awful and should NEVER, EVER be worn. Unless they are Converse, and that's OK.) The trick to making game day attire fashionable is to purposefully pair something sporty with something feminine. Think team tee plus blazer and statement necklace. Or jersey with skinny jeans and heels. Do not be afraid to do this my friends! Take a look below at how cute it can be! And...if this isn't your cup of tea, you can show your team spirit in other, less obvious ways, like nailpolish or by simply wearing your team colors.

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With women making over 45% of the leagues 150 million fans, fashion and sports are becoming a match made in heaven (or at least for team product makers!) Read this awesome article here about Vogue's interaction with SuperBowl 50 and sportscaster Erin Andrews' Girls Night Out.

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Finally, I wouldn't be a good Carolina girl if I didn't give a shout out to my home team! #gopanthers #keeppounding #panthernation

 

Valentine's Day? or....Galentine's Day?

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I know, I know, it's a made up holiday by Hallmark to entice stupid sappy couples to buy way too expensive things for each other. AGREED. But...that isn't going to stop me from posting some CAUUUUTE V-day attire. And besides, with the latest invented holiday, Galentine's Day, you can simply enjoy the day with your tribe, drinking champagne cocktails (or mocktails) and watching chick flicks. Or just enjoying each other's company whilst looking fab together. Don't forget to Instagram it! (I'm sure by now everyone has seen Instagram Husband....but if you haven't, check it out. My hubby & I couldn't stop laughing.)

 

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I hope everyone has a wonderful February!!! And here's a little bonus for you: if you want something other than a dip recipe or wings for SuperBowl Sunday, try this Crockpot Bacon Cheeseburger Soup! You won't be disappointed!

 

 

 

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Valentine's Day Gift List - For Him

Valentine's Day Gift List - For Him

 

Valentine's Day is right around the corner so I thought I'd share a few ideas for gifts for the guy in your life. My hubby is quite particular with clothes, although I seem to have cracked the code. I actually bought the Banana Republic two in one Donegal blazer below as a Christmas gift (still on sale in stores!) and he loved it. Beard products are great if your guy is sporting one (duh!) but if not, then cologne is always a great gift. REI has by far, hands down the BEST socks ever. My hubby's mother buys them for him every Christmas and honestly, I want to steal them! Super absorbent, low-profile and perfect arch support for running or whatever kind of fitness you are into. I just discovered Ben Sherman shoes and am LOVING them! A nice work bag is always appreciated, as is a new shaving kit. My hubby seems to use his until it's falling apart....and speaking of hubby, I'm actually rushing to post this so we can watch a movie. Oh and if you have already bought a flask, a shaker and all other beer/liquor accoutrements and Amazon gift card never fails! :)Have a great rest of the weekend, loves!

Clockwise from top:

Travel Shaving Kit

Beardsley shampoo and conditioner

Ben Sherman Mickey oxfords

REI smartwool socks

Messenger Satchel Bag

Amazon gift card

Banana Republic Donegal Two in One blazer

 

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Friday Five - Spring Transition Pieces

I had so much fun this past week working with a new client! She chose the Closet Audit Package, so we went through her (very organized) closet to see what needed to go and what was missing. Recommendations were made, fun was had, lists were created. As we talked about closet staples, it got me thinking about transitioning winter pieces into spring.  The key to a solid wardrobe is a good mix of basic staples with some fun elements. Most staples can transfer from season to season (white tees, jeans, cardigans, trench coats) and then you can add in trendy, inexpensive items. Here's a few items on trend now that can transition into Spring with you.  

  1. Purse poufs - these fun furry poufs have been popular for a while now, ever since Fendi first debuted them at fashion shows last year. Everyone from Michael Kors, to H&M is jumping on the bandwagon. I've seen leather penguin charms at Coach and furry owls at Kate Spade; And since we're all just girls playing dress up,  I predict this trend will continue into the spring.

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2. Gray denim - gray is fabulous for winter, I just found a pair at banana republic that fit like a dream (I'm a petite and have the HARDEST time finding anything I don't have to get altered). ANYHoo, I've been loving the soft combination of how gray denim looks with a cream sweater; just imagine these colors with Pantone's Colors of the Year rose quartz  and serenity (essentially, pink and a pale blue).

Express Gray Denim

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Distressed Gray Skinny Ankle Jean - Gray

 Distressed Gray Skinny Ankle Jean - Gray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Plaid shirts - You've been wearing them all fall and winter, why not carry them into spring? Pair them with spring colors or pick up one in paler tones. Check out how cute these look with white jeans!

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4. Rain boots! Not sure about your town, but Charlotte has a very rainy spring. The only thing that cheers me up sometimes is a bright outfit. And some fun rainboots. You can easily transition these to Spring with a tee shirt and trench coat. Plus, keep your eyes open, they might have an end of season sale on Hunters! I'll let you know if I see one! (Also, if you are a smaller size, like 5 or 6, you can actually fit into the Big Kids' versions of Hunters, which are way less expensive!) pink hunter bootsChooka rainboots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter boots - PINK ON SALE for $104 (reg $150)               Chooka Polka Dot rainboots

5. Hats - While I'm not a huge hat-wearer (they always look weird on me), I LOVE seeing them on other people. One of my favorite bloggers wears them all the time, has them in all different colors; so I live vicariously through her. Here she is in today's post. Although I will caution you her hat is quite pricy; there are many cheaper options at Forever 21, Gap, Charming Charlie's and Amazon.

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Janessa Leone hat                                                             Forever 21 straw wide brim fedora

 

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Friday Five - Resort Wear

I know, I know, Winter JUST arrived for most of us...but I'm kind of already over it! Yes, I'm enjoying wearing all my coats and gloves and hats and sweaters, but part of me is ready to see the first blooms on the trees and feel the warm sun on my skin again. I had to laugh out loud when I saw this video on Facebook today. My sentiments exactly, kid! Since stores are already gearing up for Spring with resortwear, activewear and swimsuits I thought I'd do a roundup of some of the great stuff that's available now. Some people don't know that's an actual "season" - Resort. That's why you see swimsuits at Target in January. It's a small season in between Fall and Spring lines, mostly brought on by the #jetsetters of the world who are wealthy enough to travel somewhere warm and exotic while the rest of us are shoveling snow and dealing with dry, cracked hands. Bitter? Never! Not me! I'll just be over here, dreaming about Spring.

1.Former model turned swimwear designer Tory Praver has created a diffusion line for Target. So CUTE! And this girl knows a thing or two about swimwear. Raised in Maui, Praver spent her days surfing and swimming. She modeled for Guess, Billabong, Sports Illustrated and more. Her designer collection can be seen here.

Pink TP design swimtop

Tory Praver Seafoam for Target

 

2.When I'm at the beach, I'm all about the "set up"...even though I don't spend the entire day roasting in the sun like I used to, I still like to have the perfect chair, the perfect towel, the perfect blanket...you get the idea. (I might be a bit of a perfectionist.) Although it's more about the hunt for me; I enjoy searching for a chair that is low, comfortable, has a cup holder AND can be carried like a backpack.

Last year I found the perfect one piece ! Honestly, it's been a battle between wanting to wear a bikini after 40 and wanting them french fries!!!  And to be perfectly frank, my family beach trip isn't the place for a skimpy swimsuit. I'd rather enjoy running after my nephew and bodysurfing the waves. BUT I do hate the feel of wet material on my tummy and sides, so the mesh on this suit is perfect for allowing the breeze in. It also met the criteria of no lines on top (but a strap to tie when running after said nephew), a lower-cut back (similar to this) so as not to get bizarre tan lines AND the added bonus of a slimming color-block pattern, YAY! So when I saw a pale blue linen cover-up on sale at JCrew that coordinated perfectly, I had to have it. The light blue is no longer available, but you can't go wrong with either white or black. Honestly, this cover-up is so pretty I'm going to see if I can get away with wearing it as a dress. Linen, fringe AND a tassel? Yes, please!

Splendid swimsuit (a few still available!) similar or  similar or  similarSplendid swimsuit

linen coverup

black linen cover up

JCrew Linen Cover up with Fringe

3. Have you seen these gorgeous ROUND beach blankets? Definitely on my Wish List for "the perfect blanket." 100% cotton and five feet wide, they can also be used as a cute coverup.

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4. Every summer I find myself in one pair of sandals. Last year (and maybe the year before) it was my trusty tan sandals from LOFT. But alas, they have been stretched to their limit. So I'm thinking these sandals shall be mine this year....but only if there's a good sale. Maybe putting it in print will make it more likely to happen?

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Tory Burch Miller Sandals in Vintage Vachetta

5. Lastly, you can't EVER go wrong with a gorgeous printed maxidress. And this one would look fabulous paired with a black leather jacket for those chilly Spring evenings. Another good site for resort wear is this one. It kinda reminds me of Victoria's Secret but with way more selection and much better pricing.

 

pink & black floral maxidress

 

Floral Maxidress

Only 65 days until Spring! But who's counting...

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Friday Five - Winter Neutral Must Haves

Hey Fashionistas! Winter has FINALLY arrived, even down here in the South, so I've picked out my favorite cold-weather items below. You can't go wrong with winter neutrals; it makes mixing and matching (and getting dressed in the morning!) super-simple. My favorite go-tos are a comfy sweater layered with a plaid shirt, paired with my leopard coat and a fun hat or gloves. This also makes your accessories be the stand out pieces. I'd love to hear what your favorites are in the comments below!Friday Five - Neutal Winter Must Haves

 

Pink sweater stylemoi.nu

Relaxfeel grey sweater relaxfeel.com

Black blouse shein.com

Long shirt beautifulhalo.com

Long coat romwe.com

Free Press 3D Butter Slipper nordstromrack.com

FRR brown glove furhatworld.com

Topshop black glove topshop.com

Rella red hat lordandtaylor.com

Fleece glove luxurydivas.com

Red hat amazon.com