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.
About LaQuinda Brewington
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every year around holiday time, I start to cobble together a list of all the things I need to do in order to make this the most memorable time ever. I jot down things like: indoor/outdoor decorations, unique gift ideas, a weekly run to Target and just about any and everything I can think of to make the season bright. By the time I’m done, the final list is almost as long as a football field!
As if the holidays aren’t already stressful enough, I always manage to find a way to make things even more hectic. But, if I’m being honest with myself … ain’t nobody got time for that! Lucky for me (and now my blog readers too), I know someone who does.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a profile about my friend, Betsy Hughes, owner of Punch of Creativity. Reader response to her story was so great that we’ve decided to team up and offer SisterLadyGirl’s first ever giveaway. Yay!
One lucky reader will win one of the following unique gifts from Punch of Creativity!
- Bundle of Joy Keepsake Tin that includes a personalized onesie, beanie hat and bib
- 5-count Pregnancy Brain Challenge Game
- Virtual consult of a single room redecorating or staging, or
- Virtual consult for one at-home event
- “Like” SisterLadyGirl and Punch of Creativity on Facebook.
- Visit the Punch of Creativity web site (punchofcreativity.com) to find out more about each gift.
- Leave a comment on this blog post explaining which gift you’d enjoy most and why.
You have until Friday, Dec. 4 at 11:59 EST to enter. Leggo! The winner will be randomly selected and announced the following Monday.
The fine print:
- The giveaway is open to readers in the continental US only
- Winner must redeem prize no later than Dec. 31, 2015
- Prizes are non-negotiable and not eligible for exchange or service/merchandise credit
I credit my grandmother-in-law, Minnie, for instilling in me a longtime love of bangles and bracelets. The wrist-full of elegantly minimalist gold bangles she always wore is one of the things I remember most fondly about her. They were her signature; perfectly accessorized for whatever outfit she happened to be wearing. And, they’ve become a style staple for me in the years since. No matter my mood – reserved, sexy, mysterious, whatever – bangles are the perfect accessory for expressing my individuality. Now that the holidays are right around the corner, they’re always a great gift idea, too (not so subtle *hint* to the hubby). One of my all-time favorite bangle style hacks is stacking.
It’s an art form and frankly, it’s one that I’m still learning to master. But, I’m having fun doing it. Scroll down to see some of my favorite ways to wear my arm candy then tell me what you think in the comments.
If you’re anything like me, getting to the gym on a regular basis can be a little … well … tricky. Until I actually lose that final 10 … 20 … okay 30 extra pounds, I have to figure out ways to simply look like I have. And, it’s entirely possible with layering, an easy styling trick that anyone can pull off. Here, I’m wearing a long, sleeveless coat on top of a more form-fitted knit dress. Since my body is larger on the bottom than it is on the top, I always think proportionally, especially when it comes to layering. The loose, flowing shape of the coat versus the closer fit of the dress adds some visual balance. At the same time, it gives me coverage around the hip area, which is another easy trick to make me look slimmer in an instant. Lastly, I chose a palette of related colors to create a more monochrome look, which helps elongate my body and again make me appear leaner. What about you? Do you have any tips and tricks for slenderizing? Tell me in the comments below.
Fashion icon Coco Chanel once said, “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” I suspect its because she knew that they’re the one and only piece of jewelry that looks great on everyone. Even though Ms. Coco may have uttered these famous words more than 80 years ago, don’t let the pre-21st Century date fool you. These are not your grandmother’s jewels. I chose to accessorize this outfit with the more traditional double strand, but that’s the cool thing about fashion. There are no rules. And, in the spirit of the woman … the anarchist … the legend whose name has become synonymous with class and style, the more pearls, the better. What about you? What’s your favorite way to wear your pearls? Tell me in the comments below.