Monthly Archives: January 2016

Make color a cornerstone of your personal style

Make color a cornerstone of your personal style

Make color a cornerstone of your personal style

When I’m styling an outfit, color isn’t something that’s normally at the top of my list of considerations. Typically, I’m drawn to blacks and whites or nudes and olives. These are all colors that I consider to be “foundational” and form the basis for what I ultimately build my outfit around. While I was organizing my closet recently, I uncovered this red satin trench coat. Perfect timing because I had promised myself that I would make a more conscious effort to incorporate color this year. No matter the season, trench coats are always on trend. They’re a classic addition to any wardrobe, regardless of your personal style sensibilities. Even though this one is red, it’s just as versatile as its tan or black counterparts. In fact, if you were to wear this on top of a black and white horizontally striped shirt, a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans (cuffed at the ankle) and some leopard pumps, you’d have the perfect casual dinner or date night look. What do you think about my attempt to get outside of my style comfort zone? Would you wear this look? Let me know what you think in the comments.

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The best way to wear wide leg pants

The best way to wear wide leg pants

The best way to wear wide leg pants

If there was a category on this blog entitled, “If you never try, you’ll never know,” this post would be the perfect entry. For the longest time, I avoided wearing wide leg pants. I’d tried them in the past and was less than impressed with the results. I thought they looked great on other (taller) people, but I didn’t quite “get” how to create a flattering silhouette for a curvy (slightly shorter) body type like mine. Then, one day, on a random jaunt to Nordstrom Rack, I discovered the secret to pulling off the look: I went up by one size. A quick Google search on the term “wide leg pants” will reveal a bevy of photos featuring leggy, model-thin women wearing the trend flawlessly. Since I’m wider through the hip and thigh area, I had to make certain accommodations to achieve the look I wanted. After pairing these comfy beauties with a turtleneck and boots, I have to admit that this time, I was pretty pleased with the result. What about you? What advice would you give for pulling off a trend with confidence? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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Time to get organized!

Time to get organized!

Time to get organized!

A cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind.

A former coworker said that to me more than 20 years ago, and it’s something I’ve never forgotten. To this day, I still take extreme pride in keeping my desk neat and tidy. After all, nothing says polished and professional like a clean, organized work space.

For the longest time, I put off applying that same standard at home. I’d managed to convince myself that I was always too busy, too stressed or too tired. And, I paid for it dearly. No less than three times a week (and, my husband can attest to this), I would end up rifling through my closet and my chest drawers desperately hunting for that one item that I could have sworn I just saw last week!

It was a vicious, maddening cycle. Not to mention a huge waste of time. That’s why I was so happy when I recently discovered that January is National Get Organized Month! It’s  just the motivation I needed to get my house in order. Literally.

Once I made the choice to throw away all of my excuses, I got to work. Instead of doing a complete home makeover, I decided to start small, with just a single room. Otherwise, it would have been too overwhelming. And, I wanted to be totally honest with myself. I know personal style far better than I know interior design, so I swallowed my pride and reached out for help.

That’s when I found Kathy Greene, a visual coordinator over at The Balanced Room. She helped transform one of our favorite rooms in the house from blah to ta-dah! Using pieces we already had, Kathy was able to create a space that’s just as inviting as it is organized.

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AFTER

It’s been a few weeks since the room was completed and as crazy as it might sound, it really has helped bring some order to my chaotic world; removing both the physical and mental clutter I’d been living with for far too long.

In many ways, my eyes have been opened to possibilities that, ironically, were always in front of me, but I never had the vision to truly see. What an awesome feeling that is!

What do you think about the room refresh? Are you as amazed by the change as I am? Tell me what you think in the comments below.