Horse Racing and Pretty Dresses

May 5, 2015

“Annnnd they’re off!”

It’s that time of spring again. Race days. Are you the ‘just going for the party’ type, the ‘people watching’ type, or the ‘there for the race’ type? I’m more of the latter two. And if the clothes and horses are pretty then it’s a good day! To me, the clothing options for Steeplechase fall into two broad categories. Fine yet relaxed outdoor attire and informal, relaxed outdoor attire. But of course, rain can throw a big ‘ol kink into it all. As of this writing, Steeplechase folks will have just rosy weather. Pun intended!

So, how about we forgo the traditional and try something with a bit of edge? The colors are lovely, the cut is so right now, and your shoulders and back will get a touch of sun (not too much!) I love this dress with heels but a more casual nude stacked heel or even a cute thong flat sandal would be nice. I actually love this dress, and it comes in solid colors also.

BRIGHT AQUA COMBO Blue - Keelie Printed Waist-Tie Halter Dress

Keelie Tie Waist Dress/ BCBG/ $248

There’s nothing springier, more outdoorsy, or plain fun then an all over floral dress. And can I just say, pockets, pockets, pockets. Keys, phone, a little lip gloss, a few dollars…they all have a place now. Whether you’re at the races, church, or out to dinner, this is a go to dress. The colors are vibrant and the fit and flare silhouette will flatter most everyone. Switch up the footwear for a more casual look. Just so pretty.

Melia Dress/ Anthropologie/ $198

If black and white are your Steeplechase mainstays here is a different take on those colors. Another all over floral but this fades into gauzy black and a handkerchief hem. A racer back is unexpected and will prove cool if the day is hot.  Perfect for the beach also!

Vivid On the Edge Dress - Long, Knit, Floral, Print, Casual, High-Low Hem, White, Black, Tank top (2 thick straps), Racerback

Vivid on the Edge Dress/ Modcloth.com/ $114.99

And then there’s this little item. Ladies, I stand in solidarity; no, you don’t have to pay $150+ to have a great dress. Ya’ll, check out that price! And then, cotton navy eyelet. Need I say more? Next, strapless. Perfect for a sunny day at the park. Slip on your favorite flat or heel and top off with a fab hat. You’re good to go. It’s in stores now.

Lost at Sea Eyelet dress/ Old Navy/ Sale; $22.00!

Let’s be honest, the dresses are secondary. The real focus is what’s on your pretty head. Whether it is a 20 inch wide, pink brimmed hat, a feathered fascinator, or a straw cowboy hat, the millinery will be the focus. After the horses of course! And while this Etsy business says it can ship in one day, you don’t have to order. Most local department stores will have a selection to choose from. Take your dress to get a great match. But this one is pretty great…look at that flower!

Kentucky Derby Hat/ HatPhaestus on Etsy.com/ $59.95

The Iroquois Steeplechase is a Nashville tradition. It’s our derby and also a time to show your style. And, if you’ve never listened to Dan Fogelburg’s song Run for the Roses, do yourself a favor and watch it here (one of several videos of the song). If you don’t get a bit misty then I might not be able to be your friend!

Please remember to call me for any wardrobe needs. Thanks for reading and please share!
Have fun and stay safe. I’ll see ya there.

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Stepping High

April 14, 2015

Okay everyone…no, I’m not dead.  Since I’ve been writing for the paper, I’m not doing a good job, or a job at all on keeping this blog up and running.  It’s not that difficult, you’d think I’d do better.  But it is time consuming!  So, here’s Saturday’s article for the paper for those of you that don’t get it, like me:)  I’m going to try to do better to write for both.  I think I can, I think I can.

The other day driving down Hillsboro Rd. with the sunroof open I got a whiff of an unmistakable odor. One I associate with my childhood and being barefoot. Fresh cut grass. Now for all you allergy sufferers I’ll just tell you right now because I know you always have the windows up, there’s no better spring smell. Period. Waking up to that smell was glorious growing up. And speaking of barefoot, that doesn’t happen so much as grown-ups does it? But what does happen can be just as good, even better! Shoes glorious shoes, #canIgetanamen? High heel, sandal, peep-toe, platform, and on it goes.
The ones I’m going to feature aren’t necessarily have to haves but are certainly some I’d seriously consider! And the first one up for your consideration is just such a fun shoe. Great for when a closed toe option is needed and you’ll find them in many colors. They don’t have to be Sperry’s. Keds, Converse Chuck Taylors, Supergas are all good choices but gosh aren’t those little leather ties the cutest? And you can find more colors here.  If these aren’t your game try a driving moc. Still closed toe and there are many colors and styles offered.

Sperry Seacoast Canvas/ Macy’s/ $60

 

 

How about dinner in the Gulch? White jeans and that silky top you love. But super high heels are just a bit too much, right? Try a flatform shoe. They are close to the same height platform from heel to toe and some of the most comfortable shoes ever! Try them in suede (yep for summer) and be the coolest chick around.

Flatform Wedge/ J Crew/ $158

 

If you like to stick with a more traditional style, a stacked heel or a colorful wedge is your non-high heel choice. The colors on this particular one are great and would work with so many outfits. The natural raffia practically screams summer fun, don’t ya think?

Eric Javits Raffia Wedge/ Neiman Marcus Last Call/ $111.30

 

 

I can’t think of a happier, springy shoe than a pink high heel sandal. Wear them with a black pencil skirt and an off-white blouse or, dark wash jeans and a white flowy top with the sandals adding a pop of color. But a word of caution when wearing a bright, shiny heel… something this attention grabbing can’t be paired with slinky sequins or too tight, too low pieces. Then you’ll be grabbing attention for a whole other reason. No, these babies need to be kept ladylike for sure. And while fabulous, they aren’t for everyone. So, while pondering your buys for the summer just be sure to add some color. Whether it’s a flat thong in a pretty melon shade or a colorful wedge go for that POP! It’ll add some oomph to a neutral outfit.

 

 

 

Vince Camuto Pink patent platform/ Dillards/ $98

Don’t worry, I get it. Most of these aren’t appropriate for work. I hear ya. Many of you are slipping on cushy flats for the day. And, it’s probably a ballerina type toe. If so, I’d suggest updating to a toe with more of a point. They will lengthen the visual line of a shorter gal and give a more sophisticated vibe. They won’t be as easy to find as the rounded toe but it’s worth the search. Try a neutral or snakeskin print to go with everything.

Steve Madden snakeskin flat/ Zappos.com/ $69.95

 

 

And for a heeled option but still comfy because of a lower heel, spring for a brown pair. This one in patent lizard has a softer feel for spring and summer than black. Sometimes, black can feel a little harsh for summer especially if it’s a closed toe. I like the open feel of this one and the buckle gives it a modern look. And brown will look lovely with grays, navy’s and creams. A great work option.

Brown pump Circa Joan and David Callalily/ Zappos.com/ $110

 

 

 

Well there’s your brief spring/summer shoe tutorial. Hope you can put it to use. Now, bring on summer!  Please call or email with any style questions or if you’d like to set up an appointment.  Love to hear from ya!

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January Sales….Pretty Doggone Good

January 19, 2015

So, the article below was in The Tennessean on Saturday.  Evidently, the pants looked peach and the top looked cream.  NOT SO.  The pants are camel and the top a really pale blue-green.  Oh well, better pics will be taken next time!  Enjoy…

Full confession time. There were days over the past month that I was still in my pajama pants at noon. There were days my breakfast was piece of pie. There were days….well, we’ve said enough on that topic, right? Boy is it time to re-assess!
If you’re like me you received a piece of clothing or two as a gift this season. Does it work with other items in your closet? Have you done the “one piece in one piece out” thing? Toss something you no longer wear each time you bring a new piece in is the idea. It’s a good suggestion and will, if not create more space; at least not take up more space. Always a good thing.
As you’re evaluating take a look at your daily routine. Are mornings just the worst trying to decide what to wear to work? Or, is it a Saturday night movie and dinner you don’t have an outfit for? If they haven’t already, retailers are trying hard to clear out for their early spring
and cruise wear merchandise. It may be a good time to find an item you wouldn’t previously have sprung for to fill in the gaps or purchase a work now and later piece.
For instance, this pant would look fabulous now with a slim black turtleneck and pumps or flats (very Jackie O), and in the spring with a navy and white striped tee and a navy blazer. Yes, they are cropped and your ankles will show unless you have on ankle boots and even then just a sliver may be visible. Don’t whine…I know you’re tough deep down. Available at JCrew.com for an extra %40 off. A deal for sure!

J Crew Maddie pant/ $59.00

 

 

So, if the term ‘moto’ isn’t in your vocabulary…where have you and Harley been?? And if you don’t have this style jacket in your closet, look no more. Seriously, this would be a fantastic little jacket to spruce up any outfit. It is beyond sharp and definitely a 3 season piece. I like it the way it’s shown here but also can see it with a white blouse, gray trousers, and black pumps for work. At 60% off (told you there were deals) and most sizes still available online it seems like a no brainer. The only thing better would be if it was leather!

Ponte Moto Jacket

Vince Camuto Moto Jacket/ $55.90

Do you know what the Pantone color of the year is? Or is your bigger question who or what is Pantone? FYI, founded in 1963, they are “the world-renowned authority on color and the provider of color systems”. So there. Anyway, the 2015 color of the year is Marsala. Yep, like the wine. Cosmetic companies love it I’m sure. But they also put out a list of fashion colors, one for men and one for women. Topping the women’s list is Aquamarine, although their version isn’t quite what I picture.


So, if you’ve got a holiday gift certificate burning a hole in your pocket or you don’t mind spending full price right now, this blouse is a top pick for me. No, it’s not Marsala (although you might drink some while wearing this) but it is Aquamarine. Don’t you think blouses can just be so lovely? I wish more women chose them to wear casually. It can make such a style impact. Trust me, you’ll feel dressed for any occasion in a silky blouse. This one is new this
season and just the right blue/green shade of “I want it now”.

BR Popover Silk Blouse/ $85

Readers…..cold, dreary January is going nowhere fast so just settle in and embrace it. Hit the mall, your favorite boutique, or the web and rock those sales! Decide which formerly out of your reach piece you “need” and feel good knowing you got it on sale. You’ll thank yourself next winter. Stay warm!

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The Top Five, But Not The Only Five

December 18, 2014
We all like lists.  Grocery, Christmas, honey-do’s, etc., so in honor of the most list making season we have….here’s another.

My top 5 ( if pushed I’d come up with more) things to complete your fall wardrobe.  If you’ve already got them, well, congrats. You are definitely ahead of the game.

Here we go, in no particular order…
1} Ankle boots.  I know these are not flattering on a small number of women but isn’t that true for a lot of things?  No reason to keep them off the list! These boots, whether they are Chelsea, zip, or have a western vibe, have been the “it” fall and winter shoe for a few years.  So hop on the bandwagon before you get left behind!

2} Splurge on a fabulous sweater this season.  My choice would be cashmere but if you’re not into wool, try a heavy cotton, cable, crewneck fisherman style or opt for a lovely silk cardigan.  Look for something in a color you might not normally wear that’ll brighten up dreary winter days or something you’re certain you’ll be throwing on with jeans for several seasons to come.  Spend on quality.  This one is a fabulous price right now but only smalls left:(

Megaschoni cashmere cowl/ Bluefly.com/ sale $107

Megaschoni cashmere cowl/ Bluefly.com/ sale $107

3} What do you wear running around for outerwear to movies or with jeans to the grocery?  Is it your old sorority sweatshirt?  Is it your hubby’s fleece? Stop. Just stop!  Spend some time at the mall or on the web and find an all purpose jacket you love.  It could be a hip length trench style or a colorful, pea coat that’s a bit heavier.  Finally, when you need that quick-grab coat you’ll have it.  Thank me later.

4} Sometimes all that’s needed to make a look is a fabulous necklace. There are so many to choose from right now it’s crazy.  If that big, colorful rhinestone, J Crew-ish style is one you’ve been putting off buying…do it, they’re fun! I’ve seen several that are long chains with that type design also.  But if that is just over the top in your opinion, then maybe spend some time on Etsy and look for a beautiful handmade piece. Sometimes they’re almost like artwork.  For instance, I saw a gorgeous vintage, turquoise, teak and bone cuff on Etsy for $79.99  If it’s gone, check out my wrist;) This one is similar.  Christmas anyone??

Estate Handmade Brass and Camel Bone Bracelet/ Etsy.com/ $49.99

Estate Handmade Brass and Camel Bone Bracelet/ Etsy.com/ $49.99

5} In my job, I see many women whose shoes are, well, for lack of a better word, awful!  Scuffed, ripped leather, eighties square toed, broken strap, and the list goes on.  For all that’s holy take care of your shoes!  They carry you everywhere and are on broad display when you sit and cross your legs!  Okay, over my tantrum. This season, invest in a pair of great flats.  Try a loafer style with some embellishment instead of your normal ballet flat.  Or at least look for an animal print…you’ll love them!  If you add a flat and ankle boot it’ll increase your wardrobe looks dramatically.

So, there ya go….my 5 for this season.  But like I said, in my head are at least 5 more.  Have fun shopping and I hope one or two of these goodies find a home with you!
This was also my first submission to The Tennessean which ran a couple weeks ago.  The next one is this Saturday.  Thanks for reading!! Gift certificates are available for the season, or anytime! Merry Christmas to you all.
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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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