Monthly Archives: February 2016

Never sacrifice style for comfort again

Never sacrifice style for comfort again

Never sacrifice style for comfort again

Contrary to popular belief, dressing comfortably does not equate to dressing shabbily. In fact, the road between shabby and chic is paved with simplicity. It took a while for me to realize it, but looks that are simultaneously effortless yet elegant are always on trend. Unfortunately, when I was younger, my concern for what other people considered stylish drove me to make some pretty questionable fashion choices. Remember hammer pants? Over time I’ve learned that style and comfort can coexist. And, the secret to finding that balance successfully is keeping things simple. Because of my tendency to gravitate toward neutral and monochromatic hues, I was able to create an easy, uniform look with these similarly colored jean separates. So, what do you think? Is simplicity the key to a chic, comfortable look? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

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Love what you do. Do what you love.

Love what you do. Do what you love.

Love what you do. Do what you love.

When I was a little girl, I loved to play dress-up. Specifically, I loved pretending that I was an Egyptian queen, dressed in fine silks, rings of gold on each finger with diamonds the size of marbles hanging from my neck. I know … what a sight to see, right? Fortunately, as I matured, so did my sense of style.

Today, I still love getting dressed up. As a personal style blogger, it sort of comes with the territory. But, what’s really cool about me now, versus me back then is that I’m not pretending to be something or someone else anymore.

Evolution is a beautiful thing!

And, it’s what I’m focused on in 2016. In fact, I am committed to relentlessly pursuing it! This year is all about taking chances and getting outside of my comfort zone. It’s about stepping up to the plate and taking a mighty swing.

Having said all that, I want to share my most recent project with you; my first-ever video Look Book!

Lately, I’ve received a lot of feedback from ladies looking for personal style solutions that are not only comfortable, but replicable! Honestly, how many fashion/style bloggers have you seen on a social media site whose style you LOVE, but can’t quite figure out how to incorporate the look into your own wardrobe? I’m also hearing from lots of ladies between the ages of 35 to 55 years old who want help creating ahhhmazing, yet age-appropriate styles.

These are just a few of the issues I plan to address in the videos. I hope you’ll take a look and share your thoughts with me. More importantly, I hope you’ll tell me what looks you’re interested in seeing. Maybe you have a gala to attend? Or, perhaps you’re wondering what to wear to your upcoming brunch with the girls? Well, tell me all about it. I’d love to help!

Meanwhile, here’s the video. I hope you like it!

 

6 questions to help you define your signature style

6 questions to help you define your signature style

6 questions to help you define your signature style

When you think about your style – particularly those things that define your signature look – what three words come to mind? Quick … take a moment to jot them down.

Maybe you described your fashion sense as bold, authentic and confident. Or, perhaps you think of yourself as elegant, casual and effortless.

No matter which words you chose, give yourself a huge pat on the back! You’ve just established your style identity. Simply put, it’s a self-described list of qualities that you believe makes you unique or distinct. And, it’s the first step in helping you determine what will ultimately become your signature style.

Now, take another look at your list of words, then think about your favorite “go-to” outfit. Are the clothes a reflection of the words you selected? Odds are they aren’t.

That’s because our style identity is based largely on how we see ourselves, not necessarily on how others see us.

Signature style is designed to give others insight into who you are. And, when you think about the fact that first impressions are lasting, the million dollar question becomes:  What do you want people to know about you?

That’s why the words you choose are important. They’re what helps you understand that thing that makes you different. What makes you stand out. What makes you uniquely you. Essentially, it’s your brand.

As you start to work through the process, here are some questions to consider:

1) What’s your motivation for creating a signature look?

2) What would you like it to do for you?

3) What about your style/look makes you feel confident?

4) What about your style/look makes you feel insecure?

5) Think of your favorite style maven. What is it about that person’s style that inspires you?

6) When people look at you, how do you want them to think of you?

These are just a few of the questions that will help you get focused and find your style identity. I’d love to hear about your process. Leave a comment below and tell me about the words you chose and if the questions I asked made you think differently about your personal style.

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