NORDSTROM rack Is Here! Worth The Hype?

October 30, 2014

So, about 3 weeks ago on a Thursday evening, the Brentwood TJ Maxx/Kroger area became a holy madhouse.  I mean, like, crazy where am I, madhouse.  Why?  This.

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I keep wanting to call it no more rack…anyway, yes, it’s here.  Nordstrom Rack.  And let me just say, it better be worth it cause the parking nightmare it has caused in that lot is UN-believable!  I drove for no less than 15 minutes that evening looking for a spot.  I ended up in front of the Corner Pub (is that the name?), last corner spot.  In fact while driving up and down the aisles I became dear friends with women I kept passing….over and over and over.  In fact, we’re going to the beach together next week.  Getting tattoos that say N r.

I should have used these guys.

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After showing our RSVP pass, we were greeted with this…..

20141002_171253Excuse the blurriness… but that’s wine they’re holding.  Others were passing out beer, water, and soft drinks.  Well, wine and diet coke for free about did me in.  Forget the clothes.

There was no point whatsoever trying to stay with your shopping buddy (sister in my case).  No, “do you think this is cute?” or “do you see a size 8?”.  In fact, is was a minefield of swinging purses, hangars, bags, and carts.

My first area to survey was the purses.  Saw nothing of interest.  So, I looked for something else to eat or drink.

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Oh. My. Goodness.  I’ve never had a “cakepop” in my life….I even think the name is dumb.  No more.  It was the best sugary, cakey, delightful thing I’ve ever tasted.  And, as you can see, I was looking at shoes while eating it so, heaven.

Now here it got interesting.  I found a FAB pair of Sam Edelman booties in black which I need terribly.  Seriously.  The 9 juuuuuust fit.  But, not well enough.  A tiny bit tight.  So frustrating because they were in my price range and just the right heel for work.  And the exact same pair is at Dillards for exactly double the amount.  So, is it a lower quality leather?  Does SE make a cheaper pair for Nordstroms?  I really don’t think so but how they do it I don’t know.   So since the booties didn’t work out I had to pacify myself with these….

my black flats

BCBG and in my budget.  I was a happy girl.  They fit my need for black flats great.  They are comfy and I feel oh so hip!

I knew I wasn’t going to attempt to try anything on, and see this sign…..

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that poor girl was moving it farther and farther toward the back of the store.  No way was I standing in that line to checkout.  Luckily they had employees  with the handheld card swipe thing all over the store.  Unfortunately it still took about 20 minutes to checkout but whatever…I wanted those flats.

These friends managed to huddle in the shoe dept. and try on.  (Not trying to disguise their beautiful faces with blurriness, just poor camera skills)

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And that was my Nordstrom Rack pre-opening experience.  Food and shoes. Since then, I’ve been back and found 3 items on the clearance rack I was pleased with.  A pair of Kut from the Kloth jeans for my daughter, a cream top I’ve worn several times, and a tee.  I also had a client find a couple of items.  Other than that, I’m really sad to say, I’m a bit underwhelmed with the store.  I expected much more merchandise and much higher quality (aside from their small section of designer shoes and a couple high-end clothing brands).  I know Chicago’s store usually has a ton of merchandise so not really sure what’s going on.  The jewelry even looked and felt cheap except for some earrings I saw.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see as it settles into Brentwood.

Below is my final treat upon leaving.  Utterly delicious chocolate chip cookie.  Sugar, wine, diet coke, roast beef thingy, shoe high for sure.  Way to do a grand opening Nordstrom rack!! And one day I’ll tell you about my second visit that resulted in 3 managers standing around me and my foot bleeding.  Fun times.

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A bit of business news, I will once again be contributing to The Tennessean’s Daily Crave page.  Hopefully twice a month, maybe more.  I hope you’ll be watching for me!!

Thanks as always for reading.  Stay warm this weekend and CALL ME SOON for appointments:)  Love you all,

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It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye

September 16, 2014

It’s a new phenomenon for me.  Not wanting fall to come.  Not looking forward to cooler temps.  Not dying to get my boots out.  Yep, I’ve dug my heels in and have a tight grip on the ever shortening days. For as long as I can remember, September has meant fall colors, my birthday (equaling more fall clothes), shorter days and cooler nights.  I’m not sure what happened but boy am I gonna miss having on shorts at 8 p.m., wearing sandals everywhere, late night trips for ice cream, grilling at 7, my flower pots, and all the other things that come with summer.

And, since fashion revolves around the seasons, we have officially entered that dreaded transitional phase. What to wear in September??? But, being the consummate professional I am, I’m here to make it easy and calm any worries you might have:)

First off, remember my last post?  I said I’d just post it again for Labor Day.  About white after Labor Day.  Just do it.  Turn some heads.  Wear it proudly.  Maybe not white shoes, I think I draw a line there.   But def white jeans and pants.  The top is the crucial factor.  I’m not going to show more pictures, just refer back to the previous post.  It’s doable and cool in sweltering September heat (although how about these cool temps???).

So, what to do the rest of September?  Start the move toward fall, with shades of autumn color and weight of fabric. You want fall tones like deep reds, teal, burnt orange etc. and when the temps dip, certainly bring out your heavier fabrics. For instance, a cashmere caridi over a sleeveless dress is certainly appropriate.  It’s simple!  And for those of you that want specifics for buying….I do have some guidelines for fall.

First and foremost, get all your clothes out…..most of it anyway, and access.  What do you need?  What fits?  Of course, this process probably involves me:)

Main pieces to look for are:

1)  Good fitting jeans, whether boot, skinny or whatever.   And for sure have a dark rinse pair on hand.  Jeans are a bit like bathing suits….sometimes very hard to find the right, best fitting pair.  It can take awhile and is best done with your favorite (me,me,me) stylist:)

2)  Closed toe shoes that you love to wear.  Some shade of brown and black and maybe a color and/or print.  The style below is my new favorite but another choice to be on trend would be a pointy toe flat.  Not so new but an excellent one to pick.

Black snakeskin loafer/ Yosi Samru/ expensive I'm sure:)

Black snakeskin loafer/ Yosi Samra/ expensive I’m sure:)

3) Replenish and stock up on long sleeve tees/tops to wear alone and to layer under sweaters.

4) Evaluate your fall jewelry. Yes, jewelry. That coral and shell necklace won’t get it this fall.  And your other accessories; scarves, gloves, tights, etc.

5) Boots, boots, boots.  Chelsea, knee, flat, stacked heel, ankle….which ever you prefer.  If you’re like me, you’d like one or two of each.  And the difference between a Chelsea and ankle you ask??  A Chelsea has the elastic insert at the ankle and can be slipped on.

Thought I’d show a whole outfit with a pair.  The famous Alexa Chung skipping around London looking like the “it” girl she is!  Don’t hate her for those long skinny legs!

Alexa Chung/ dailymail.co.uk

Alexa Chung/ dailymail.co.uk

5) Splurge on a sweater you love.  It can be cashmere, heavy fisherman style, a well-made cardigan from a synthetic material (cause some of you are allergic to wool I know!) or any other style you’d kill to wear.  But treat yourself this fall.  It’s really the best way to enjoy a cold October day.  Am I right??  And for some reason I’m coveting a beautiful hand-knit Fair Isle this winter. Like this…..gorgeous!  BTW, they call sweaters like this jumpers in Nordic countries.  Interesting.

Wool and Alpaca Icelandic sweater/ $190.00/ Etsy

Wool and Alpaca Icelandic sweater/ $190.00/ Etsy

Work wear is a whole ‘nother topic!  I’ll tackle that one soon.  Just wanted to get this out there for those of you itching to buy some fall goodies!

I hope you have a great week and please call or email soon for fall appointments.  My days are filling!!  If you are new to my blog and want more info,  click on the HOME button in the top right corner.  It’ll take you to the info and an outdated pic of me!

Thanks so much for reading and shares/ likes are so appreciated,

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White Hot August

August 13, 2014

So, August is here. Kids are going back to school, pre-season football starts, the stores start displaying darker colors,  even some sweaters, the September InStyle BOOK has arrived, and it’s hard not to feel the itch to start pulling out your fall clothing.  But, here in Tennessee it’s still a sweltering 90 degrees and the lake/pool is probably like bath water.  For me, I love to get in wearing all my whites a few more times.  I know, I know….. you can still wear white after Labor Day and yes, I ride that band wagon.  May even do a post about it, in fact, on September 1st I’ll just say, ‘reread post from August 13th’.  Absolutely you can.  But, by mid September or so, I don’t necessarily want to. Once the calendar reaches my birthday on the 21st, I’m feeling the pull of autumn…for sure.

Right now though, what I love is white and khaki or cream, white and wine reds, white and muted greens or sea blues.  Or even white head to toe.  It’s says….’heck yeah it’s hot, why are you wearing black?’?!

So, following will be a set of pictures.  Just ideas, no specifics on brands and prices.  Just ideas.  To finish out the summer.  In white.  Pretty, cool white.  Looking way more sharp than black:)

I must say, Jane is looking pretty all right here.  This suit looks like it may be just a shade more creamy than true white.  Hard to tell.  Still…beautiful look.

 

Jane Fonda looking fabulous.

Jane Fonda looking fabulous.

Again, it was hard to tell from the picture but a mini diagonal print in red I believe, with white denim.  Very August into September don’t cha think?  Don’t get hung up on the high-waisted pants!!

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Miranda Kerr  (Photo a couple years old)

This is my favorite.  Maybe it’s the skinny white jeans, maybe the black heels, maybe the plaid shirt instantly evoking back to school, could even be the jewelry.  Probably just all of it.  I want it.

 

Plaid shirt and white skinnies/ Photo courtesy of StyleCarrot

Plaid shirt and white skinnies/ Photo courtesy of StyleCarrot

 

And this look is all kinds of fabulous!  And I love the bootcut…and the aviators….and the big chunky platforms.  This pic is a couple years old I think but still so good looking.  Classic.

White boot cut denim/denim shirt/photo courtesy http://lovelipstickandpearls.blogspot.com

White boot cut denim/denim shirt/photo courtesy http://lovelipstickandpearls.blogspot.com

And this photo also shows another classic look.  A silk blouse, in fall shades too!, a-line white skirt, and some attention grabbing heels…don’t love the bag but anyway…it is a fresh, summer into fall outfit.  This pic is also a couple years old but certainly has a timeless feel….and the midi skirt is hot right now!  I’d wear this in a heartbeat.

Vintage silk blouse/ white skirt/ photo courtesy of http://the-coveted.com/blog/2011/06/08/classic-white-skirt/

Vintage silk blouse/ white skirt/ photo courtesy of http://the-coveted.com/blog/2011/06/08/classic-white-skirt/

I hope I’ve inspired you to wear your whites all over hot Nashville the rest of the month, because come mid September or so if you’re like me, you’ll want to put them away for a while.  Not that you can’t wear it, I’ll just ready to bring out some new things.

My August is looking kinda slim appointment wise, please call now for fall bookings.  And if you’re looking, summer clothing is pretty picked over at this point in the stores.  There will be some pieces if you dig….which I LOVE to do!

Call or email…would love to catch up.  Thanks for so much reading,

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July 22, 2014

As I stated in my last post, this week will be about hair styles. Take a good looooong look in the mirror.  Is it time for a change?  Probably.

In my business there’s a ton of emphasis on beauty, obviously.  How to achieve the whitest smile, the glossiest hair, the flattest abs, etc.  That’s not what I’m about as a stylist or what this post is about.  I want my clients to feel good in their clothes but also their own skin.  Comfortable with how they look.  Not always wishing for something else.

But obviously, the crux of my job is to tell people what looks good and what doesn’t.  Yes, that dress emphasizes your waist (good thing) or yes, those pants are too tight (bad thing).  So, while touting “be yourself” I’m also advising on what to change.  A conundrum?  I don’t think so.  I just want to help my clients look and dress appropriately and flatteringly.  It truly affects the way other respond to you.  And many times that involves hair and usually to a lesser degree makeup.

I don’t often give suggestions in those areas.  My business is solely focused on the wardrobe side.  But, I have thought of pulling together a list of respected and knowledgeable hair stylists and make-up artists to refer clients to.  Then I could possibly offer a whole makeover.  Still dwelling on that.  But, moving on….

There are definitely times when I’ve thought “boy, if she’d just get new hair style/color she’d be a knockout”.  We become very attached to our hair.  I know.

Five years ago this fall, mine started falling out in clumps. I was into my second or third round of chemo for breast cancer.  In December of that year, on my wedding anniversary, on a Saturday, because it itched and was shedding everywhere, and I felt so absolutely awful and sick, I decided I wanted it gone.  That day.  A dear friend came over and shaved it off.  I sat in my kitchen in a chair and when it was done I quickly said goodby and thanks and went to our bathroom.  I cried for a short time then I was done crying.  It felt so much better to be bald.  In fact, being bald never really upset me.  It was strange, but not upsetting.

In preparation for chemo, I had my long hair cut short.  Hair that had been various stages of long for just about my whole adult life.  I didn’t cry then, I liked it short.  It wasn’t as awful as I’d thought it would be.  It wasn’t awful at all. I mean, people come on….hair grows back!   Mine wasn’t going to then, but for everyone else that is upset over a haircut, NEWSFLASH, it grows back!  All of this is to say, don’t be afraid to try something new.  If you’ve had the same style or color for more than 5 years, look at making a change.  Even if it’s just a small one.

Here are some examples to get you motivated!!

In this first makeover, she really didn’t lose much length at all.  But look at the top….better color and not so flat against the scalp.

Hair makeover 1

Hair makeover 1

This one looks 10 years younger and cute as can be.  Come on ladies!

Hair makeover 2

Hair makeover 2

This might be my fave.  For so many, long hair is soooo important.  You’ve got to take some length off now and again.

Hair makeover 3

Hair makeover 3

Nope, the second one here is my fave.  Simply because so many women have that dated color and style.  Get rid of that frosted blonde!!  (Notice, the eye highlighter up to the eyebrow is gone also)

Hair makeover 4

Hair makeover 4 and 5

Just a little length, darker color, and smoothing.

Hair makeover 6

Hair makeover 6

I could go on posting picture after picture.  And you’ve seen them on tv.  I know it’s a big deal to think about cutting and coloring.  And if you have to walk into an office the next day and don’t love it, well, it’s not fun.  So, before you leave the salon make sure you know how to style it yourself, you are happy with cut and color, and don’t leave OR make another appointment to return to fix it if you aren’t happy.  If you need low maintenance, tell them. Take pictures to show your stylist and make sure you have one that will say if it’s not the right look for you or yes, that look will take 30 minutes of your morning to achieve.

Sometimes, it just takes a little to have a huge impact on your look.  If it’s not your hair, maybe it’s your make-up.  That’s next time!

Thanks for reading…..summer sales are off and running and in some stores things are already picked over.  Call me!!

Enjoy your week!
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Not Your Everyday Snooty Stylist, I Hope

June 6, 2014

I think I’m not like other wardrobe stylists.  Just the title Wardrobe Stylist sounds, well, you know, witchy with a B.

Lately I’ve read some style posts by others stylists.  Something I never do.  It only serves to make me feel inadequate with my skills. And, well I/we know mine to be superior!;)  Btw, this will be a post about summer “rules” like the last one.  Note the quotation marks.

Anyway, they were all going on about don’t do this and never do that.   They make it sound as though no one has a real life.  Like we all “dress” to go to the grocery.  I even read one that said no shorts after the age of 40. That’s FORTY YEARS OLD.  And if you absolutely had to, they needed to be pressed bermuda shorts.  Seriously?

Pick up any fashion magazine and there’ll be a ‘Must Have for Summer’ article making you think that you’ll be the only one at the church picnic without said items.  Yikes if you’re caught without the proper sandal!  And personal shoppers, oops, I mean wardrobe stylists everywhere buy into it.  Don’t they know that style, fashion, sartorial sense should all be about individuality?  I talk to women all the time that won’t wear stripes because of a rule they read somewhere. Sad.

Don’t get me wrong.  I buy into, for instance, the J Crew look… a ton.  I really love it, usually.  But I also like this…click here to see cool individual look:)  Wait, is that sequins and suede?  I’m sure, by virtue of the fact that the pieces cost an arm and leg is probably a big part of why they look good together.  But still.

So, how does this take us to my post about what to wear during the long, hot, dusty, days of summer?  It doesn’t really.  I just think that fashion has become such a mega business, stylists have hopped on the gravy train and are being paid by unknowing clients to tow the stylist party line.  The strict rules of which sizes can wear white jeans, what the toe on your shoe has to be shaped like, and such on and so forth.  I like to think most of my clients have some common sense.  They usually know when something is not an of the moment (or decade) style.  And of course if they don’t, I’ll tell them why we should toss it or how another style would look better.  It’s all about looks that compliment your body type, skin tone, etc.  But I bet you a dollar I’m one of the few stylists that like to work with a client’s personality and general leaning toward a particular look, not against it.  If you love preppy then I’ll help you find a way to incorporate it into a look that compliments you.  I could go on about that but really need to get to the point of the post, my “rules”.  Call if you want clarification.

Ok, so last post we touched on white jeans, undergarments, summer feet, and makeup.  Gosh that was weird a post.  But, so’s this one.  Oh well.

Let’s discuss summer tees.  Have you noticed how thin the fabric has gotten the past few years? Couldn’t find a pic but I know you know what I’m talking about.  I replaced several of mine this year.  Because of the recent trend towards very thin material they just do not hold up well.  I ended up with several colors from Gap and Loft and a good white one that doesn’t require a cami underneath from Banana.  I went with V necks.  Crews will work for some and I do have a few, but V’s are generally more flattering.  So, look at Loft, Old Navy, J Crew, and Gap for run around tees to pair with skirts and shorts.  Even Target.  Go to Banana for a good white tee and you might get a couple of them, maybe different styles.  I got mine at 50% off.

 

Timeless white cotton tee/ Banana Republic/ $22.50

Timeless white cotton tee/ Banana Republic/ $22.50

Now let’s tackle shorts.  What to say, what to say????  I’m going to make it easy.  Shorts come in various inseams (lengths) starting at 3″ and going to about 11″.  For the majority of women I’d say stay within the 5″ to 7-9″ inseam. 3″ shorts should be reserved for young 20 somethings and women with shorter legs.  And I do have clients that this length is appropriate for, just not many.  11 inches is pretty doggone long.  A true Bermuda short.  I think if it’s hitting at the top of your knee it’s an awkward look.  If long is the length you feel comfortable in, try 7-9″.   My bet is they’ll look great.  I love this pic….not a stick thin model.  An average woman!  Talbots has great size choices….Petite, Woman, Missy, and Woman Petite.

Twill cotton short, 7"inseam/ Talbots/ $44.50

Twill cotton short, 7″inseam/ Talbots/ $49.50

I have women all the time tell me their legs aren’t toned, tan, or whatever.  Remember, this post and last are about dealing with the shape you have, getting rid of the baggy clothing and dark colors you’ve been hiding behind and embracing summer:)  You can do it!!!  Maybe light yellow shorts and a white tee aren’t the best choices for you but I’m sure we can find what is!  I’m not saying get your Daisy Dukes out, just dress according with the season.

The link below will give you a look into the next post.  Maybe it will motivate you to re-assess your hair and makeup.  More to follow…..

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/makeovers/makeover-look-younger-tips#slide-1

Thanks so much for reading.   Have a fabulous weekend!

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Hows Your Spring Shaping Up??

May 13, 2014

And so it begins….the season of bare legs, arms, feet, etc.  It can definitely be a bit daunting.  But why not make it the year you embrace the way you look?? Make your style a priority.  You can pile on black tunics over black leggings like you do in the winter (and frankly it doesn’t look good then either) or squeeze into that white pencil skirt you loved 5 years ago that’s just a wee bit tight now.  Or assess your shape and start to dress in pieces that fit well and wear color and shapes that flatter.  I’m going to do some tough talkin’ friends.

If you haven’t been fitted for a bra lately that’s a good place to start.  Tee shirts and thin tops need a smooth surface to glide over.  A wrinkling bra or a bust spilling over the bra edge doesn’t offer that.  Visit a department store, Victoria’s Secret or other lingerie retailer.  A proper fitter will measure around the bust with a tape measure and then bring you several sizes and styles to try.  Make sure it’s comfortable and you like the look.  A nude and a black bra should be your first investment before you move on to leopard prints or pink lace:)

Another summer dilemma which actually isn’t one at all is whether to tan or not.  HELLO?  It’s 2014 and skin cancer abounds.  I believe most women I talk to are paying attention to skin care routines. For the rest of your body, buy a self tanning lotion if your skin tone bothers you, not a tanning bed.  Or get out in the sun for a couple of weekends and read or garden.  It just takes a short while to achieve a glow for most people.  If you burn easily or don’t have the desire/time it’s time to learn to be happy with your natural skin tone.  Pale skin is so desirable now.  You’ll also want to change up your makeup routine….softer, natural tones for spring and summer are a good way to go.  Maybe try a different eye shadow or blush.  Visit a makeup counter and let them show you the best techniques for your skin tone.

I love this look, pale peachy/pink lip and everything else natural….

Michelle Williams/ soft summer makeup

Michelle Williams/ soft summer makeup

With both undergarments and makeup don’t let sales people push you into a purchase.  Most of them do work on commission but are willing to keep helping until you are happy.  You have to be ok with saying “it’s not really what I want” or “it’s more than I can spend now”  or walking away.  Makeup and bras can both come with some pretty steep prices.  But, if you can afford it, it gets the job done, and you like it, then it’s a sound purchase.

Next, we’ve all seen the magazine article about getting your feet in summer shape.  Well, it’s a truth for sure.  They’ve been cooped up for months now and most likely need some primping.  Whether you do it yourself or go to a salon, pay attention to your ankles and feet. Lotion, file, polish….whatever, just give them some attention.  You’ll also feel better in the dressing room when trying on shorts and skirts not to mention bathing suits.   A pedicure is a treat and really worth it I think.  You’re welcome.

Now, the first thing clothing wise I believe should be on your summer list, if you don’t already have them is the most fantastic pair of white jeans you can find.  I want them to fit as close to perfect as possible, sit at the spot on your waist/hip that most flatters your body which means probably not a 3 inch zipper or way above your navel! and be skinny, straight, or boot.  Which ever you prefer.  It’ll take some time and effort, seriously it might.  But sooo worth it for 50 million summer outfits!  If you are a much heavier size and white just really isn’t going to be good for you, then we can rethink that and fill in with a fabulous pair of straight or boot jeans in a summer weight dark wash.  Not to worry!

 

Kut from the Kloth bootcut white jean/ Nordstroms/ $89.00

Kut from the Kloth bootcut white jean/ Nordstroms/ $89.00

 

That’s a good start….undergarments, feet, summer makeup, and white jeans!  I know it’s a strange compilation.  Next post we’ll focus on some other summer essentials.  I may even delve into hair styles!  Yikes!  Please call for any wardrobe needs you may have.  It may be way past time for you to sift through all those things piled up in your closet.  Let’s do it!!

Have a great rest of the week….

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Oh, and I can’t forget to give a shout out to a great photographer Eden Starling Luquire.  Any new headshoots or professional photos you see of me were taken by Eden.  I HATE to have my pic done professionally and she made it as painless as possible.  Thank you Eden.

 

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Sick of Skinnies?

April 2, 2014

Skinny pants and jeans have ruled the fashion roost now for several years.  Kate Moss is to blame fyi. Everyone from Michelle Obama to Jane Fonda to Kim Kardashian have embraced the skinny look.  Some have adopted the look that probably shouldn’t have, maybe Miss Kardashian? Maybe all of them!:)  I think America may just have a problem with skinny jeans.  But this season there is an alternative that will be as chic as the famous skinny and comfy to boot!  A wide leg pant.  Not harem-ish, not quite palazzo, and not boot cut or flared. But wide all the way down…semi~flowy. Granted these won’t work on everyone either, nothing really does. A real trouser cut, structured pant/jean comes the closest.  But for many of you, it’s going to be a great summer choice.  Especially in summer fabrics….think linen, silk, etc!

Like these lovelies.  Flax/silk blend with a cotton lining.  I get all aflutter just thinking of scrumptious fabrics!  Anyway, these are exactly what I’m talking about.  Totally office appropriate or evening event ready.  Love. Them.

 

Wide leg linen pant/ Armani Collezioni Neiman Marcus/ $173 sale

Wide leg linen pant/ Armani Collezioni Neiman Marcus/ $173 sale

If you aren’t familiar with Boden, they are a fabulous company out of Great Britain and were originally a menswear company.  Now, it is a favorite among American women.  Traditional but fun is their style moniker. These come in 5 colors and I’d like all of them please:) I can so see them with a simple white tee and cute sneakers or Toms, kinda puddled at the bottom.  Or you could definitely dress them up some with wedge espadrilles and a silky blouse.  Just make sure you’ve got the length, which is easy with Boden since they come in regulars and longs.  Instant winner.

Drawstring Linen pant/ Boden/ $98

Drawstring Linen pant/ Boden/ $98

 

Last, click on this photo and see the other pic of this pant.  Shown with a blazer it totally changes the look.  I’ve chosen a petite size to show the versatility of this pant.  And, while it does make sense for a petite size to do a higher waist and heels as shown, a pair that sits kinda low slung right above the hip looks very sharp also.  This brand makes high~end, well made clothing so if you can ever purchase a piece go for it!

P.S. on a very petite frame wear full cut pants in general with caution….you don’t want to look swallowed.

 linen Ludlow pant/ Lafayette 148/ $298

linen Ludlow pant/ Lafayette 148/ $2l98

Someone said to me that skinny pants/jeans were the least flattering women’s style ever.  Maybe, maybe not.  Certainly on some unfortunate souls it is, but they can look terribly chic on others.  But like I stated before, you would be hard pressed to find a 100% universally flattering cut. And in this short forum, it’s impossible to go into all the nuances of fit vs. style vs. body type. You need me in person to do that:)

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.  Call or email for an enjoyable appointment to assess your spring/summer wardrobe!  Happy Spring!

 

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Pants and Prints

March 24, 2014

And florals actually.  The picture below is one of my favorite pair of pants.  I got them last summer at Ann Taylor Loft so I expect you won’t be able to find them to purchase.  But, I wanted to show you my foray into the floral pant trend.  And yes, it’s a trend but one I really love so I decided to indulge myself.  Plus, I got them on sale.

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Loft pant, unavailable

I love these pants…navy and white so no surprise that I love them, lowered wide waistband, trouser leg not skinny, cotton and linen, just a wonderful pair of trousers.  I’m showing you these not to make you super jealous you don’t own them:) but to inspire!

Check out these others….

This pair I can picture with a white eyelet top and flat sandals or a tan chunky sandal, not these nude pumps!  A white silk shell could make the look a bit more mature.  Pretty clusters of pink and red flowers with green leaves cover these pants top to bottom.  A patio dinner is certainly called for!

Red and white Blugirl follies floral pant/ $155/ yoox.com

Red and white Blugirl follies floral pant/ $155/ yoox.com

This next cotton pair has such a feminine look and vibe.  Lightly covered with flower stems and a large plumed bird. I can see these with black heels, a pinky/red top and longer, open-weave, gray cardigan.  Very specific picture I know but it’s what came to mind!  You’d be dressed for a brunch, dinner, graduation…whatever event you choose.

Monsoon Portia floral pant/ $84/ monsoon co. uk

Monsoon Portia floral pant/ $81.50 apprx./ monsoon. co. uk

Ok, I need to show what I mean…..not to belabor the point and there are certainly other ways to style it, but this is what I saw in my head.  You could definitely just do a silky white tee also.  And the more I looked at this delicate sweater the more I liked it.  The price is not too shabby either. Click and check out the back.  So pretty!

Grey pointelle cardi/ $39/ Dorthy Perkins

Grey pointelle cardi/ $39/ Dorthy Perkins

Moving on.  Prints.  Maybe these aren’t as scary as a floral pair of pants.  Are they?  Do they seem more acceptable somehow?  If so, then maybe these will be just what you need some fine springy day.

First, a little term definition. Foulard. Not floured, foulard.  Any guesses?  It means a thin soft material of silk or silk and cotton and sometimes plain twill typically with a printed pattern.  It’s material frequently used for necktie construction. And J Crew makes the best of this material in their pants for sure. I can certainly see these with a crisp white blouse and pumps for work or driving mocs and a tee for a casual day.  Really cute.  Tommy Hillfiger also has some just as good looking I think. at a better price here.

Minnie pant in foulard/ J Crew/ $98

Minnie pant in foulard/ J Crew/ $98

So, attempting to find another print pant that could be considered acceptable for a business day, these fit the bill.  You could pair with a black or navy blazer and white blouse.  Very fashion forward but subtle.  Pricey though:)

true royal jaquard pant $462 shopbop

True Royal jacquard print pant/ Shopbop/ $462

But then, for pure playfulness, Lily Pulitzer has been doing this gig for years.  Can’t you see a pair of sandals or wedge espadrilles and a white tee with these at the beach? Love.

All over print pant/ Lily Pulitzer/ $148

All over print pant/ Lily Pulitzer Phillipa pant/ $148

I hope you’re as ready for warmer weather as I am.  I love the change of seasons and I’m looking forward to new styles to wear….and some of my faves from last year!

As always, if I can help you this spring, please email or call. I’d love to!

Thanks so much for reading…pass on to friends if you’re a fan!

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And the Countdown Begins!

February 14, 2014

Today it’s sunny and almost 50.  In a few days, sunny and 60’s predicted.  The run on white jeans and spring hued tops will begin!  I know I was personally hoping for a 6″ snow but if it’s not gonna happen I’m ready for spring.

So, what do you wear for February weather when it can be warm one day and cold the next?? Well, at some point you need to invest in a handful of warm clothes in spring shades. For instance a pink cashmere turtleneck or maybe a lavender cardigan.  Or you could go ahead and pull out your white denim and let the spring influence be the pants. My go-to look  will be my white jeans and a black turtleneck or a maybe navy wool sweater.  Almost any color with white denim, especially if you add stripes, looks nautical which equals cruise season which is right before the spring season (in the fashion industry)! Did you get that?? February and some of March is all about dressing like spring even though it still may be cold.  Crazy I know.

There are some good finds right now if you are looking for something warm but light in color.  Dillards has their cashmere sweaters marked down; Antonio Melani and Alex Marie in many colors. Online, this one and other light shades were only available in medium and large.  There might be more inventory in the store.  This would be lovely with gray wool pants for work or jeans and flats.

Alex Marie cashmere sweater/ Dillards/ $47.80

Alex Marie cashmere sweater/ Dillards/ $47.80

Another option for church or the office is a black, gray, or maybe navy dress with a pale sweater on top.  And dresses look great with boots for really cold snaps.

The dress below is a poly knit so probably not tremendously warm but good for transition days and of course the neutral black and gray will go with any color.  I love the pointed detail at the hips…should be very flattering.  And, under $100 bucks!

Gabby Skye cap sleeve dress/ Nordstroms/ $98

Gabby Skye cap sleeve dress/ Nordstroms/ $98

Then you can ward off any chill with something like this…..

Merino wool Tippi cardigan/ J Crew/ $85

Merino wool Tippi cardigan/ J Crew/ $85

For an extra 25% off, use the code HEART214 online.  There are several colors to choose from.

So the deal for the foreseeable future is, you can bring out the springy colors, just not the springy fabrics.  Got it?  Just because it’s a sweater doesn’t mean it’s a winter sweater:)  And as we all know, even farther south than me, it is still winter.

Please call if you need me.  I’d love to help.  And as I’ve mentioned before, while there are still some good sales, retailers are not holding onto the clearance as long it seems.  Some have already moved theirs out but, I’m good at finding deals so we can still try!

Thanks so much for reading and sharing!  And, in honor of Valentines Day, clips from two of my favorite movies.  The first one I couldn’t find on youtube so this will have to do.  If this movie is on, I will watch it every time.  Hilarious.  And the second is great for so many reasons one of which is the line “my shoes will think I don’t love them”…..bhahaha!  Love. It.  Tissues needed if you haven’t seen the movie.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xrfpok_running-after-george-from-two-weeks-notice-2002_shortfilms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPO2qTPD7iE

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Quality Over Quantity

January 24, 2014

I recently took my own advice and cleaned out my closet.  There’s still too much but it’s a beginning. Spring stuff is next and I’m in a get rid of it mood! Things that just aren’t good quality or worth keeping are continuing to take up too much room! Is this sounding familiar?? I totally get holding onto clothing for all kinds of reasons….but, sometimes we’ve just got to bite the bullet and toss it! While most of my things are pretty decent, I absolutely have the “whim” purchase. The cheap blouse from Forever 21 or a Target sweater, tee shirts that need replacing, or items that simply don’t fit anymore. And although Target can have some great things, the quality I’m talking about, well, I just can’t usually afford.  So, the gist of this post is going to be…buy the best you can.

I was in Old Navy the other day and was struck by how their merchandise quality has dwindled over the past few years.  There wasn’t much I thought was worth my money. There was one sweater on sale I bought. It’s a tightly woven, cotton, ski type sweater that’s very warm.  Great for skinny jeans and boots.  I also bought 2 waffle tees for layering and to bum around the house.  Their casual blouses looked fairly decent but other than that it was kinda depressing!  Some Gap merchandise seems to be the same lately.  So, when buying at these stores, buy with caution….check fastenings like zippers and buttons, make sure the fit is great, and consider the fabric durability vs. how much it will be worn.   This is the sweater I bought.  In the store, it’s $14.99, I wouldn’t have paid $37.  I wore it yesterday when the temp was something like 25*…it was very warm layered with a long sleeve tee underneath.  And, when I got home, I took a sweater out of my closet that I haven’t worn in a couple years and put it in my give away bag.

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Gray Fair Isle sweater/ Old Navy/ $37.00

My suggestion at this time of year is to take stock of basic needs like sweaters, jeans, work pants and tops, and footwear.  Make a list and hit the mall.  When you find that piece that you just WANT, not need, if you can think of 3-5 things to wear it with and you can afford it, go for it.  Fashion should be fun not just functional.

And, I said hit the mall, but stores you might not usually try like Gus Mayer or Coco because of their prices might be worth the trip…so go!  They’re having their winter clearance sales now.  As time goes on, prices will go down but selection will go down as well.  If J Crew is your look, they are usually running an extra percentage off but the sale will probably be final.  Always take note of return policies.

Another place to look for quality merchandise that you might not usually be able to afford is at consignment stores.  But be careful…they take in very out dated items at times so make sure what you are buying is either current or a timeless classic.  And examine it well for stains and rips.  They miss things on occasion.  I have a favorite pair of lined wool rag and bone (no they don’t capitalize their name:)) pants I bought at a consignment store.  I probably wouldn’t/couldn’t  have paid for them at say, Nordstroms.  But, the quality is just so far above what you would buy at Loft for instance. Quality in fabric and construction makes a huge difference in fit and wear.

So, that’s my homework for you all on these coooold winter days.  Get busy and get rid of some STUFF.  If you are one of the people that this doesn’t apply to, congratulations!  You win the closet award!!

If you have things you think you’d like to consign for spring, I can evaluate it and get an appointment for you at Designer Finds in Green Hills.  They are officially booked til late spring but have told me they will get my clients an appointment in approximately 2 weeks if I’ve looked at the items.  I will be honest though if I believe it’s not worth selling.  And you must have at least 10 pieces.  Easy peasy, right?!!

Have a wonderful weekend and call if you’d like to schedule either a closet edit session or some shopping.  Thank you for reading!  Stay warm!!

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