Monthly Archives: August 2015

One fashion essential for fall: The black blazer

One fashion essential for fall: The black blazer

One fashion essential for fall: The black blazer

There’s a short list of fashion essentials that every woman should have in her closet and at the top should be the fitted black blazer. Having one means you never have to utter the phrase, “I don’t have anything to wear,” ever again.

The blazer is not just functional — think of it as the first cousin to the little black dress because it works well in almost any situation — it’s also incredibly versatile. Pair one with jeans, shorts, a skirt or even tights and the odds that you’ll walk away with a polished, contemporary look are quite high.

In this version of the office suit and tie, I styled my blazer with a pair of patterned pumps and a very girly bow detail on the shirt. I’m a big believer in the fact that you don’t have to compromise your femininity to be powerful.

Get the look on the job—BLAZER: Ann Taylor | PANTS: Loft | SHIRT: Old Navy | SHOES: Nine West

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And, coupled with a pair of casual pants and a graphic tee, I’ve got an effortlessly stylish look for a great night on the town.

Get the look on the town — BLAZER: Ann Taylor | PANTS: Guess | SHOES: BCBG | CUFF: Oldie by goodie | T-SHIRT: Forever 21

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There’s no piece that transitions as well as a fitted black blazer. And, isn’t that the hallmark of any good wardrobe staple?

Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety

As the countdown to my daughter’s departure for college continued at an alarmingly fast rate, there was one question that my family, coworkers and friends all seemed to ask on an almost daily basis: “How are you going to feel when your daughter leaves?”

*Blank stare*

Suddenly, the answer to a seemingly simple question had become very complex. I mean … how the heck should I know? I’ve never had a child leave for college before.

I knew I would feel some level of sadness. What loving parent wouldn’t, right? But, when the inevitable happened a few days ago, I could never have guessed that it would feel quite like this.

Even though I’m a writer, the words to adequately describe my stifling sense of loss is proving to be a bit evasive. So far, all I’ve been able to come up with is: This really sucks!

Don’t get me wrong. I want nothing more for my daughter than for her to have the best, brightest future possible. And, I know that will only happen through a quality education. But, have I mentioned that this sucks?

Time heals all things. In theory, I know this. But the reality is that her absence has left a void.  One that I, her little sister and her father will have to work through. Not only for our sake, but hers as well.

Until the separation starts to suck a little less, I will take comfort in knowing that she’s got a great head on her shoulders and she’s excited about becoming a voice in this world.

God be with you and protect you, my dear, sweet Chelsea-Bear! Mommy loves you to the moon and back! Xoxo

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With little sis Sydney by her side, there’s nothing this girl can’t handle!

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Finally … she’s all moved in! Whew!

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Now, it’s time to eat with the rest of the FAMUly.

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Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women.

 

 

It’s all about the journey: The best pieces for traveling in style

It’s all about the journey: The best pieces for traveling in style

It’s all about the journey: The best pieces for traveling in style

Traveling is one of the things I enjoy most in life. But there are many aspects of the journey – like the pre-planning plan, packing and confinement to tight spaces – I could seriously do without.

I am meticulous when it comes to travel prep. I think my overly-developed attention to detail is enough to drive even the most passive person to contemplate pulling a knife on me. I take the phrase “I just want to make sure,” to a whole new level.

One seemingly benign, yet terribly worrisome aspect of any trip for me is figuring out what my “going away” outfit will be.  It has to be comfortable and it has to travel well. I don’t want my clothing to inhibit me, nor do I want to look like I’ve been traveling all day. I want to look impossibly fresh when I arrive at my final destination.

That’s why these linen pants were the perfect choice for a recent trip we took to transport our daughter to college. Granted, the trip is only four hours by car, but the “accordion” look isn’t one I typically go for when I travel. Linen is a material that’s made to crease and wrinkle. So, the longer it’s worn, odds are the better it will look.

That was very true of this simple, yet chic black and white combo I chose for the ride. The elastic waistband in the wide leg pants made sitting for long periods a breeze without any discomfort around the waist area. And the sleeveless shirt made the August heat bearable … but only just.  The cutout detail in the back, as well as the high-low hem also took an otherwise unimaginative black shirt to a different level.

Overall, I was really pleased with the way this minimal ensemble turned out and most of all how well it held up. What about you? Any secrets you want to share for traveling in style? Let me know in the comments below.

SHIRT: Abound | PANTS: Loft | SHOES: Old Navy | WATCH: Coach | EARRINGS: Coach | BRACELETS: Alex & Ani

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The story of SisterLadyGirl

The story of SisterLadyGirl

The story of SisterLadyGirl

Maybe you’ve had one of those moments? You know what I’m talking about. The instant when you realize that someone you’ve long admired and look up to thinks you’re pretty cool, too?

Mine came recently when my friend, writing mentor and fellow blogger Carol Cassara reached out to ask if she could do a profile about SisterLadyGirl.

Umm, what? Are you kidding? Of course, I said yes!

Admittedly, when I started my blog a few months ago, I didn’t have much of a plan in place. All I knew was that there never seemed to be a shortage of people who had questions about my hair: “How do you make it curl that way?” “What do you put in it?” “Are there specific products you use?” My goal was to offer content that gave them the answers they wanted in an open and (hopefully) helpful way.

Truthfully, I didn’t think many people would keep reading the blog after a couple months. I mean, how much can you say about hair?! But, the exact opposite happened. The questions I received about my hair began to evolve into questions about my personal style. And, I’ve been diving into my closet ever since, mixing and matching and pulling out some of my “oldies but goodies” to create chic, yet affordable styles that look great on anyone.

I’m glad I didn’t allow my initial anxiety to keep me from writing because the blog eventually caught Carol’s eye and she wrote this absolutely AHH-mazing post about how SisterLadyGirl got its start here: http://carolcassara.com/style-blogs/.

Once you’ve had a chance to check me out, I’d encourage you to visit Carol’s incredibly insightful blog, CarolCassara.com. She offers “daily inspiration for creating our best lives.”

Well, it doesn’t get any better than that, does it? That’s why I follow her and hope you will too.

A little black magic: Leggings are a fashion essential for every woman

A little black magic: Leggings are a fashion essential for every woman

A little black magic: Leggings are a fashion essential for every woman

I’m a woman, so it goes without saying that I have the prerogative to change my mind. On more than one occasion, I’ve shared my dislike for leggings with just about anyone who would listen.

Well, I stand corrected. I absolutely love them. They’re incredibly versatile, not to mention comfortable. Pair them with a jacket and some heels for a more sophisticated look. Or, take a more casual approach by throwing on some flats and a shirt.

If that’s not the definition of a staple piece, I don’t know what is!

Check out how I decided to style mine during a recent jaunt around town. Admittedly, it’s taken a little while for me to jump on the leggings bandwagon. Now that I have, I’m really happy about it. What about you? Are leggings a staple in your wardrobe? If so, what’s your favorite way to style them? Tell me about it in the comments below.

SHIRT: Ralph Lauren | LEGGINGS: H&M | SHOES: Converse | PURSE: Aldo | BANGLES: Alex & Ani | WATCH: Coach

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5 easy summer outfits to get you through the work week

5 easy summer outfits to get you through the work week

5 easy summer outfits to get you through the work week

This time of the year is so full of irony. Its summertime, but lately, it’s ALWAYS raining. When it’s not raining, it’s just downright hot! People in the fashion industry are gearing up for the fall. But we regular folk are still trying to make it through the summer!

For me, figuring out an appropriate outfit for work, especially during the summer months, is a process. I find dressing for fall and winter a little simpler. With some creative layering and a few well-placed accessories, I can pretty much rock any look.

But, summer work wear is a bit trickier. For instance, I have to consider what kinds of meetings I’m in and with whom. Will I have to go offsite or stay inside? Will I be on my feet for most of the day or at my desk? And, when the weather isn’t cooperating, it makes planning even more important.

That’s why I spend a few extra minutes each weekend to think through my schedule and what outfits will get me through each day. I’ve put together this small gallery of some of my favorite looks. What do you think? If you have any favorite looks you like to rock at work, tell me about them in the comments below.

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JACKET: Windsor | SHIRT: White House Black Market | PANTS: Loft | CUFF: Oldie but goodie | NECKLACE: BCBG | SHOES: Marc Fisher

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SHIRT: Max Studio | PANTS: Loft | SHOES: Guess | NECKLACE: Gifted

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SHIRT: Dillard’s | PANTS: Loft | SHOES: Divided by H&M | WATCH: Coach

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SHIRT: Divided by H&M | SKIRT: Ann Taylor | JACKET: Loft | SHOES: Candie’s

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DRESS: BGBGMaxAzria | SHOES: BCBG | NECKLACE: Tiffany & Co.