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One Dress, Four Ways

My usual go-to in the Fall is jeans and sweaters, but there's something to be said for the "one and done" dress.  This Sylvie dress by peach meets all my criteria for a winning "day dress": 

  •  It's great- looking (comes in this fun wine color and also classic charcoal grey)...And check out the cool tie detail that you can highlight in the front or tie in the back for a different look. 
  • It's SO comfortable (made from the softest,  french terry -  like your favorite sweats but so much better.)
  • It doesn't cling or bind anywhere but has just enough shape to be flattering on many different body types.
  • It can be worn in either direction making the neckline a subtle scoop or a high neck with the scoop in the back.
  • IT HAS POCKETS!  Need I say more?  A dress with pockets = a good thing.  And, the pockets are designed to work either way you wear the dress.  So smaht.;)
  • Most importantly, it's uber-VERSATILE...Wear it to run errands with sneakers.  Wear it to work with flats or boots.  Wear it out  for drinks with booties, and change it up completely with different jackets, vests, sweaters, wraps, scarves and accessories.  In the winter, add tights and tall boots for another great look.   

You can  use these same formulas with any simple solid dress too...T-shirt dresses, shifts, fit and flares - find a dress that works for you in a versatile,  color and have fun transforming it with your "3rd Pieces" and accessories!  

Thanks for reading...now go #justgetdressed.

Cheers!

3 Steps to Get Dressed in 5 Minutes (or less)

You’re standing in your closet,  staring at the jumbled mass of clothing called your wardrobe.

Running late, you grab the same old pants and top, throw them on,  and leave the house feeling less than inspired about you how you look.

Yes, technically you’re “dressed,” but words like confident, pulled together, and stylish do NOT come to mind when you think about how you’re dressed.

Let’s face it,…not the ideal way to start your day, is it?

What if you could spend 5 MINUTES in your closet,  #justgetdressed,  and walk out into your day looking and feeling your best.  Then  you can STOP thinking about what you’re wearing, and  instead focus on the important things in your life.

Maybe you’ll be more productive?  Be in  a better mood?  Show up with more confidence?

My goal at B.Styled is to help you build a great wardrobe that expresses YOUR style and supports YOUR life.  And when you #justgetdressed, it has a positive ripple effect on other areas of your life.

See the video below for 3 Steps to take to help you get dressed looking and feeling your personal best — in less than 5 minutes:

Click here to learn about my NEW Fall 2017 Style System Program!   I’d love to have you join me in The Dressing Room.

Thanks for reading/watching!

Now, go #justgetdressed. 😉

Cheers!

Beth

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – My Purchases

This must be the biggest year yet for hype surrounding the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  If you’re new to this crazy phenomena…here’s a live video I made on the eve of Early Access for the sale.  In a nutshell, yes, it’s a special sale, there are great deals to be had on BRAND NEW styles, but you need to keep you wits about you;)

That said, this sale is a great time to save if you’ve been thinking of investing in a pair of premium denim jeans.    I’ve been lusting after a pair of (soon to be named) jeans, so when they popped up on the Early Access Sale (#NSALE), I decided to splurge.  I figured I’d try them and if they didn’t live up to all the hype, I’d just return them; no harm no foul.   Let me be clear….. these jeans are normally insanely expensive, and on the #NSALE they are only ridiculously expensive.  But in the interest of Market Research (and free returns) I clicked BUY (I even ordered 2 sizes to make sure I got it right).

I got my first #NSALE shipment today, including the jeans. I tried them on with my favorite, basic white t-shirt (also on the sale and I ordered another one since I am so rough on them).

As soon as I put the jeans on, yes, I LOVED them, but something felt strangely….familiar.  I went to my closet, and found a pair of budget-friendly jeans I own, tried them on, and decided to take side-by-side comparison photos.

The only thing I changed was my jewelry….gold vs. silver, just so I could keep the pictures straight.

 

So, you’re  dying to know which jean is the spend and which is the splurge, right?   Well just  to complicate things, I ask my unsuspecting, work-from-home husband to look at them both in person and decide which was which.  He, of all people, nailed it, noticing  a clear difference,  and thought the splurge pair looked considerably better.  Go figure.

So, here you have it:

  1.  Splurge:  AG The Legging, Raw Hem Skinny Jeans Retail $225, #NSALE $149.90
  2.  Save:  American Eagle Denim X Jegging  Sale $39.99, buy one get one 50% off

Both pairs are very stretchy and comfortable and with a slightly higher waist.  However…

I admit I do really LOVE the AG’s and there are some features that make them stand out to me.

  • They have the on-trend raw hem, but if I get sick of that I can cuff them.
  • I love the color of the wash…it’s the perfect shade of denim for me…not too light, not too dark. They could be worn very casually with flops or wedges, or dressed up with heeled booties.  The difference in color and fading is more obvious in person than in the pics. My husband noticed it immediately.
  • I admit I really love the small distressed detail at the hip.  I’ve tried more distressed jeans but just don’t feel like myself in them, although I love how they look on others.  These have just enough to make to me happy and feel slightly cool (which I’m not).
  • Another thing my husband noticed (being a man) is the rear view.  I think AG has pocket placement down –making for  more flattering hiney on the AG’s.

I’m going to hold on to them for now, and decide in September whether to keep them or send them back.  They are available to order on sale now, but with a backorder date of November, which is a drag.  But, if you think you want them, best to get them at the sale price and wait to receive them (you can always change your mind).

Here are some of the other #NSALE items I received this week.  Unfortunately sizes are limited on some of them, but there’s a good chance of restocking on Friday July 21st when the sale is open to the public –  and when all the Early Access returns start coming in.  Here’s a link to my complete catalog of picks.

My Verdict and Links:

Leith Circle Cardi – Got it last year in charcoal – love that one.  This new version is cut differently (slightly so) .  I like it a lot but don’t love it as much.    Update: Going to hold out for the barefoot dreams circle cardigan  in cream and hope that comes back in stock.  This one going back…

Caslon Hooded Cardi – This is really cute and soft…I don’t need another grey sweater though, so back it goes.

Mural Herringbone blazer – So torn on this (and it’s sold out). IF I worked outside the home I’d keep it in a heartbeat.  It’s such a great color, love the herringbone, love the tailored but “cool” fit, and love the navy lining when I fold the sleeves.  Plus, could wear it all year ’round.  What to do?  Update:  Decided I have enough blazers given my casual life style.  As sad as it makes me…back it goes…. Holding out for a really cool “statement blazer”.

Caslon Cowl neck Sweater Definitely keeping this baby.  I’ve been looking for a cozy cream sweater since last year’s Winter Style System.  I love this one…oversized, long slouchy sleeves, Love the neutral color that’s light and soft.

Free People Peplum Jacket This was the first thing I pulled the trigger on in the sale.  It’s still available too.  I do love it…but I’m on the fence whether I “need” it and can justify it.  Thinking if I lived in a more mild climate I’d keep it in a heartbeat.  It works really well with my casual lifestyle and is fun and different from any of my other jackets.  Update:  Having a hard time letting this one go….so versatile and so different at the same time.   Hmmmmm.

Caslon U-Neck T-shirt  My favorite tee is baaack,  and on sale  – too good not to stock up.  I already own 2 of these tees in white  (one is pretty ragged looking so I’ll retire it).  I like to have 2 of these tops on-hand all year long.  I also recommend the black, grey and navy/white or black/white stripe as essentials to stock up on at this great price ($17.50).  They even come in petite!  The neckline is open and flattering without being too low. Looks great with long and short necklaces.    It has great shape without clinging.  Can be worn out, tucked or half tucked.   I wear the white with a nude bra with no problem.

Blondo Booties  These are the booties I’m wearing in all the pics above…Got them last year and paid full price with NO regrets.  They are on-sale now with stock available.  They aren’t as fun as the perforated styles that I also love, but they are more practical (as you can wear them with socks in the winter).  They are waterproof and I think as comfortable as sneakers; no joke.  They are the perfect taupe/neutral color “mushroom suede”.   I highly recommend this color over black.

The last link is the AG Jeans  that I am still “sleeping on” –  but think I’ll  end up keeping.  I’m wearing them in all the pics above.  To justify the splurge,  I’m making a deal with myself to clear out my jean collection and sell the ones I don’t wear regularly.  I’ve had great luck selling on the  Poshmark app.  If you sign up, use my code HEANE and we’ll both get free money.

I hope this rundown has been helpful.  If you’ve been disappointed with out of stock situations at the Nordstrom Sale, hang in there — they will be restocking.  But remember,  popular items will sell out quickly…so don’t snooze, lest you lose;)

Again,  If you’re new to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale,  check out my live video about it here.

Finally, one important note.  I think most of you know this, but in the interest of total transparency, I wanted to make it clear that my links are “affiliate links” so if you do purchase from them, I get a tiny commission.  When I say tiny, I mean literally pennies.  My business model is not based on affiliate commissions but rather on my paid programs and consulting work, but every bit does help, so thank you for using my links when you shop.  Of course, you don’t pay a penny more to do so.  

Oh, and speaking of my programs…..I am working on Early Access to the Fall Style System…so make sure you are on my list and following me on Facebook, and in the private Facebook Group for all the information when it becomes available in the next few days.

The Fall Style System has some new and special highlights:

 

  • Integration with the Fall Essentials from the past so you aren’t reinventing the wheel if you’ve been following my programs.  I will be updating the list with new links and suggestions to fill in where you are missing items.
  • A new list of Fall Trends and Add-Ons.  These are mostly optional, but they are on-trend additions to add new life to your Fall Essentials.
  • An emphasis on ACCESSORIES, with inexpensive and high-impact ways to freshen up your Fall Essentials.
  • Tips, guides, videos and special guests to help you “get B.Styled” in more areas of you life besides just clothing:  make-up and beauty tips, hair tips, dressing your body tips, and even health and exercise tips!  You deserve to look and feel your best from the inside out, so let’s all work to do that together in this wonderful, supportive group of like-minded women.  Early access will include shopping catalogs so you can take advantage of the Nordstrom Sale and get started this summer.  The Fall Outfit Formulas and daily emails will start right after Labor Day.In the meantime, get back to enjoying SUMMER, #justgetdressed….and  no more talk of Fall for a little while;)

    Cheers!
    Beth

Summer Dressing Tips: Arms Edition

Just like we talked about how we aren’t going to say we “hate” our legs…same goes with those arms.   Remember to say “cancel cancel” when start bashing  yourself  and your body parts.

That said, arms can be tough, and for many it’s the first place they put on weight or show lack of toning.  But hot weather is here ladies, so let’s talk about ways to be comfortable and confident in summer clothes when you aren’t wild about baring your ARMS:

Click HERE for my Facebook Live videoSummer Dressing Tips:  Arms Edition.  

It’s nearly impossible to avoid bare arms in the summer, so here are some tip to make it easier:

  1.  TAN:  Everything looks better with a tan, even less-than-toned arms.  I love to get a professional spray tan occasionally – there is really no better way to get an air-brushed tan that is natural-looking.

     If you are local to me, I highly recommend Kara and Aglow in Acton and Bedford, MA.  Tell her I sent you;  It really is life changing;) 

    To make a real or spray tan last, or to get gradual color, I use Jergen’s Gradual Tan.  I slap some on when I get out of the shower a few times a week.  No streaking, no blotching.  Easy.  Remember to wear sunscreen!  People have also told me they love the Jergen’s gradual tan mousse and in-shower version.

  2. STYLE:  Look for tops that highlight the most flattering features of your upper body.  For example, an Off the Shoulder top will highlight your shoulders and clavicle bones (in my opinion, the most beautiful part of a woman’s body).   They often come with light long sleeves so your upper arms are covered but you are still showing some summer skin for a pretty, romantic look.  This top from Target can be worn on or off the shoulder and has a fun summer vibe, while still giving arm coverage:
  3. CUT:  I’m NOT going to tell you to stop wearing short-sleeve tops, especially in the summer.  But keep in mind   that short and cap sleeves are actually LESS flattering to larger arms than sleeveless tops.   When your sleeve ends at the widest part of your arm (or your pant leg ends at the widest part of your calf) you are drawing a horizontal line and emphasizing the width.   On the other hand, a sleeveless top, especially one that cuts in at the shoulders similar to a halter or t-back style is extremely flattering, accenting those shoulders and clavicle bones that you know I love;)

    Check out this halter dress that will not only flatter your arms, but the pattern makes it very forgiving to a midsection as well:
     

  4. 3/4 LENGTH SLEEVES:  The most universally flattering sleeves are 3/4 length.  They are goldilocks sleeves…not too long, not too short;  just right.   They show your forearm and reveal some skin which has a naturally slimming effect too.
  5. Finally, movement is the key to feeling better about your body, and your arms will respond to simple exercises.  If you make a commitment to exercising your arms a few minutes a day, you will see results in a just a couple of weeks.  Here’s an article with tips to get you started.

    Thanks for reading, and now go #justgetdressed.

    Cheers,
    Beth

Shopping Detox Tips

How are you holding up so far??

Week one of the Shopping Detox is in the books.  How did you do?

I know that I for one, am finding this time around to be much more difficult than the detox I/we did back in February.  Maybe it’s because I’m drawn to bright colors and there are so many fun, summer tops and dresses being advertised 24/7.  I can’t go through my email inbox or social media feed without getting very, very weak and tempted.

Here are some tips to keep us strong during the next 21 days.

1.  If you haven’t already, click HERE to join the private #justgetdressed Facebook group.

Just the other day I posted a white J.Crew skirt that was on sale, screaming my name, and making me lose my resolve.  Despite some “enablers” (you know who you are, and you know I love you;) I was able to take advice from the group and make the best choice for me.

I ended up nixing the purchase and dug out a white skirt I almost forgot I owned.  It was different, but still a white skirt and works just fine.  The on-line therapy session I got from the post was FREE, and I saved myself a cool 50 bucks. Thank you, ladies.

2.  As you go through your emails, DELETE the retail sale ads without even opening them.  It’s like grocery shopping on an empty stomach.  Don’t do it.  Don’t open the email.

3.  Go ahead and read your favorite fashion blogs, but don’t let yourself be tempted to buy things just because they look great on the blogger.  Take the info and tips and apply them to YOUR wardrobe…what you already OWN.

4.  Along the lines of #2, don’t go to the mall, or God forbid, Target or TJMaxx, when you’re feeling especially “vulnerable”. Stick to the dreaded grocery store and pharmacy and other stores that only sell things that keep you and your family alive.

5.  Check out the private B.Styled #justgetdressed Facebook page for my #ShopYourCloset tips and tricks.  Today’s tip was to take an item, like a top for example, that you think of as being “dressy” and wear it casually for a change.   Why not?  Unless it has to be dry cleaned, it doesn’t cost a dime to wear something you already own, right?  (Another reason I tend to avoid dry clean-only items.)

6.  Last but not least, if you see something that is on the list of WARDROBE ESSENTIALS that I provide with my Seasonal Style Systems, snap a pic of it and post it to the group and I’ll give you my honest opinion.  IF it’s truly an Essential, and just right for you, I may give you a free pass;)

But in the meantime, stay strong and keep track of all the moola you’re saving that you can divert to some summer fun.

Cheers!
Beth

P.S. Need some personal help and don’t want to use the Facebook page? Feel free to drop me a note at beth@bstyledblog.com.  I’m happy to help!

Summer Dressing Tips: Legs Edition

You know I hate the word “hate” when speaking about our bodies;  I usually say “cancel cancel” when clients bash themselves and their body parts.   But I’m also a realist and understand that we all have less-loved parts that we aren’t in a rush to have on display, even when the weather and temperature warrants it.  This is the first part in my series on Summer Dressing Tips dedicated to common, “troublesome” body parts —  starting with LEGS.

Click HERE for my Facebook Live videoSummer Dressing Tips:  Legs Edition.  (Fast forward to 1:40 where I get started!)

It’s nearly impossible to avoid bare legs in the summer, so here are some tip to make it easier:

  1.  TAN:  Everything looks better with a tan, including veins, cellulite and scars.  I love to get a professional spray tan occasionally – there is really no better way to get an air-brushed tan that is natural-looking.  It’s quite a process (she literally sprays every inch of your body)  and if you’re modest it can take a little getting used to, but the results are amazing.

     If you are local to me, I highly recommend Kara and Aglow in Acton and Bedford, MA.  Tell her I sent you;  It really is life changing;) 

    To make a real or spray tan last, or to get gradual color, I use Jergen’s Gradual Tan.  I slap some on when I get out of the shower a few times a week.  No streaking, no blotching.  Easy.  Remember to wear sunscreen!

  2. FIT:  Finding shorts that fit and flatter can be at least as difficult as the dreaded jeans hunt.  There can be lots of trial and error involved.  So when you find “the pair” – grab them in white, a favorite color, and light tan or chambray.  A fun pattern can look great too, but cover the basics first.  My hands- down favorite sources for shorts are Old Navy and Target.   My recommendation for length is going to vary by person, but as rule of thumb, mid-thigh is the most universally flattering length.  A simple chino style like these usually works best and can be cuffed to get the right length.  5-7″ inseams are a good range to look for, keeping in mind that if your legs are shorter, you want to go shorter, not longer.  
  3. SHOES:  I’m a firm believer in the power of neutral shoes for flattering your bare legs.  If your shoes blend into your foot/leg, the visual line isn’t broken and your legs will appear longer.   You’ll want to avoid ankle straps, and busy details too…the simpler the better when it comes to shoes that flatter your legs.  If you’re trying to elongate your legs, save the lace upspompoms and embellished shoes (like this cool pair from Target!)  for when you wear ankle pants and dresses.  And flats are fine, but a little heel is definitely going to elongate and flatter your legs even more.
     
  4. EASY SUMMER PANTS:  If you firmly veto the wearing of shorts,  that’s totally fine too.  There are lots of options for sundresses, skirts and maxi dresses  (a longer dress with a slit is lighter and airier on those hot summer days). My favorite shorts-alternative is what I call “easy summer pants.”  These are pants that don’t stick or cling  to our sweaty bods, like these:
  5. My final tip is just a suggestion…I find that the more active I am, the better I feel about those body parts that bug me.  Don’t strive for perfection, don’t beat yourself up — instead replace the negative self talk with activity,  Take a walk with a friend, do some squats, go for a bike ride with your kids.  Get moving, and #justgetdressed. 

    Thanks for reading!
    Cheers, Beth

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale – My Picks

If you’re a Nordstrom devotee like I am, you know they don’t throw the word “sale” around lightly.

Their sales are planned and anticipated – with the Mother of All Sales being the Anniversary Sale #NSale happening each  summer  (July 21- August 6).  This sale has become legendary among Nordstrom customers because rather than using it to “get rid of” seasonal items, this sale marks down exciting NEW fall merchandise, in addition to lots of summer stuff.

I’m not one to get store credit cards, but I do have a Nordstrom card.   It’s a debit card  too- which keeps me somewhat under control;)     In addition to accumulating “Nordstrom Notes”  (free money based on your purchases), cardholders get early access to the Anniversary Sale.  This is a huge benefit, because when they put that  pair of boots everyone wants on sale at 30% off, they sell out quickly –  so early access is key.

Nordstrom also has two smaller annual sales which are more like traditional seasonal sales.  The Spring Half Yearly Sale is going on NOW through June 4th.

With 40% discounts, popular items and sizes go fast, so check it out now.  Click here for my personal picks for women  (and teens) and and a few for men too.  

TIP:  It’s helpful to keep my Catalog open in one window, and just toggle back and forth between it and the Nordstrom site.

Here’s just a sampling of my picks…

 

One last thing….It’s not too late to join my on-line personal styling program, the B.Styled Summer Style System. As a bonus I’m including my Closet Cleanse Program AND the shopping list and outfit formulas from the Spring Style System for free.  The Spring and Summer Systems were designed to work together, creating an entire, classic warm-weather wardrobe.  

Click HERE for more info and to sign up.  Take $10 off fee with code lovesummer.  As always, it comes it with a 100% money-back guarantee.  Any questions?  Just hit reply to this email and fire away!

Now go #justgetdressed.

xo, Beth

 

Easy Summer Dressing

Summer = Easy

…at least in theory, right?

It’s a time to slow down and kick back.  This summer we’re going to simplify the whole “getting dressed” thing too, with quick and easy outfit formulas that will eliminate the guess work, stress, and irritation of this (fairly necessary) daily routine.

One of my clients refers to my Style Systems  as “Garanimals for Adults – but much, much better.” 

My goal is  to help you look and feel confident,  put together and pretty –  without having to try too hard.

So, you ask, how is all this happy, “effortlessly chic”  stuff going to happen???

My brain works best when I attack things in a step-by-step manner, which is why I created the B.Styled Style SYSTEM.  

How it works and what you get:

STEP ONE:   The B.Styled self-paced CLOSET CLEANSE.  Get your closet purged, organized and cleansed in manageable, 15 minute chunks of time with easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions.

STEP TWO:  :  A seasonal SHOPPING LIST  or capsule wardrobe.  Head to your closet and check off what you already own first (but make sure it fits and flatters).  

STEP THREE:  A user-friendly, on-line CLICKABLE CATALOG  organized by the items on the shopping list.  Use this tool, or take the list to your favorite stores.  The catalog provides numerous suggestions for each item,  addressing various budgets, body-types and color schemes.  You pick what you like and what works for you.  I use my favorite retailers like Nordstrom, Loft, Target, Old Navy and more but of course you are free to shop wherever you like.  I add to the catalog (daily!)  throughout the season to address the various, specific needs of group members.  (If you’ve never seen one of my on-line catalogs click here for an example – it’s my Spring Occassion Dresses catalog.)

STEP FOUR:  14+ OUTFIT FORMULAS that are created from the items on the shopping list.  Each day for 2 weeks  (starting May 22nd) you’ll receive an email with a suggested outfit formula for that day.    The formula is a guide and starting point to direct you, but you don’t need to copy it exactly… instead, make it work for you.  Included with the daily formula are tips and tricks and ways to dress it up or down based on your lifestyle and plans for that day.

But wait….There’s MORE!  

  • PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP.  This is where the real fun happens!  It’s an amazingly warm and supportive group of women from all over the country offering support, sharing tips, asking questions, posting pictures and having a lot of laughs.  It’s an entirely private and closed group, so with time, people feel comfortable posting pictures and asking for advice and opinions.  It’s truly my favorite part. I also hold weekly Facebook Live sessions where members can ask even more questions and get direction, tips and ideas.
  • SPRING STYLE SYSTEM:  As a bonus, all members of the Summer System will also have access to the Spring Style System catalog and outfit formulas, giving you double the options and ideas.So, how much does all this  COST??”

My rate to work one-on-one with clients is $75/hour virtually and $100/hour in person.

With this program you get what you need to develop a current, on-trend (not trendy), affordable and great-looking summer wardrobe, starting with what you ALREADY OWN. Chances are, it costs less than what you spent on your most recent, senseless, impulse purchase. (Don’t beat yourself up; we all do it at times.  My hope is that it’ll happen much, MUCH less often once I get my hands on you;)

Get the entire program and all the materials immediately for only $39.  Click HERE to sign up now!

I look forward to helping you look and feel your best this summer.  Here are some examples of the issues I’ll l be tackling throughout this program:

  • My easy summer dressing philosophy
  • Age appropriate (hate that term) bathing suits and cover-ups
  • Finding a strapless bra that feels good and does its JOB.
  • What to wear when it’s HOT and you don’t feel like exposing too much skin.
  • How to strategically dress those body parts that give us the most angst…i.e. mid-section, upper arms, and my personal  favorite – veiny legs.
A Money Back Guarantee??? Yes, Ma’am.

I’m very confident that if you join, you’l see the value of the program.  But if you sign up, look at the materials, and decide it’s not for you, just send me a quick email within 72 hours and I’ll l refund you completely, no questions asked.

I’m here if you have any questions at all… You can email me at beth@bstyledblog.com anytime.    And of course, feel free to forward this email to every single person you know 😉

Thanks for reading and now, go #justgetdressed.

Cheers!
Beth

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What to Wear on College Tours: The Do’s and Don’ts

Many of us have spent lots of time on college tours recently.  I’m not going to get into the insanity of the entire college selection process, I’ll let you experience and enjoy that on your own.

But before I talk about the important stuff like what to wear, I need to get one thing off my chest.  Can  admissions people please train their adorable, enthusiastic tour guides to replace the word “free” with the phrase “included with your tuition.”  If one more perky tour guide exclaims with pride that things like printing, laundry and shuttle rides are FREE, I think my head may explode.

If you’re in this fun stage or approaching it, I highly recommend you visit and subscribe to the blog, Grown and Flown.   It’s by far the best site for the most salient, and entertaining information and support for all things teen, college, and “empty-ing nest” related.  Their tagline is  “parenting never ends”..  Ain’t that the truth.  www..grownandflown.com.

Now, on to the truly important topic here:

WHAT TO WEAR ON COLLEGE TOURS WITH YOUR 16-18 YEAR OLD (easily embarrassed) CHILD

  1. DO wear comfortable shoes.  Hands down, the most important tip.   My go-to are my favorite Stan Smith sneakers.  Neutral nike-type sneaks work too.  Low heeled comfortable booties or your favorite neutral ballet flats are good choices as well.  Needless to say….not a time to break out the heels.
  2. DO plan on weather changes.  Especially if you’re traveling, wear layers, bring an umbrella, and have a neutral jacket on hand.  An olive cargo jacket is on trend without being trendy…and you’ll blend in with the scenery which is your goal.   Another go-to is  my all-time favorite denim jacket – it’s just cool enough without screaming “I’m 50 years old and want to look like a teenager.”
  3. On that note:  DON’T dress for fashion.  Yes, you can be fashionable, but trust me, your kid doesn’t want you to draw undo attention to yourself.  Despite the fact that you raised and nurtured this child  for 18 years (and are footing the bill) it’s not about you.  😉
  4. DON’T expect your almost adult child to carry their own sh*t.  Seriously though, carry a light-weight tote to hold your sunglasses, umbrella, an extra layer —  AND all the glossy hand out materials (that must cost these schools a fortune, and no one ever looks at again because it’s all available on-line).
  5. DO bring a scarf to add some personality to your neutral look.  Scarves serve multiple purposes including adding some warmth, keeping your head dry in unexpected downpours, and covering the stain created when you dump your coffee on yourself while driving to said tour.
  6. DO enjoy this special time with your “child” as they are held captive  with no easy escape plan.  It can be a stressful time filled with conflict and tough decisions, but it can and should also be  a wonderful chance for some rare one-on-one time.
  7. Final Tip:  Stuff a “free” cookie in your mouth when you feel tempted to express a preference for a particular school.   Learn this phrase and repeat it over and over when you’re tempted to give your opinion:   “What did YOU think??    At first you’ll  be met with a blank stare or something meaningless like,  “it was nice”.  But eventually (we pray) they will figure it out and end up somewhere right for them.  And then (we pray) they’ll get a job, and not live in the basement.  For too long.

Have fun and #justgetdressed😉

~Beth

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Your Spring Dress Strategy

 

Technically Spring is here…. or if you live in the Northeast – it’s going to be here…someday…. hopefully.  Question:  What are you going to do when the invites start rolling in for all those Spring events….weddings, confirmations, communions, bar mitzvahs, graduations, etc, etc???

Do you think “crap, what am I going to wear?”  Or do you have a small but fabulous collection of dresses you can rely on?  Having a dress on hand when the invite arrives, is, as my mom would say, “like money in the bank”.

A basic rule to remember when it comes to dresses is that it’s impossible very hard to find the perfect dress when you’re looking for it, especially under a time crunch.   A better approach is first to weed out the dresses taking up space in your closet that you would never reach for, and give them a new home.

Next, always  keep an eye out for dresses you love, and when you see something, and it fits the following criteria, GRAB it.

B.Styled’s Criteria for Dress Buying (even if you don’t have an event — yet):

Impact:   It jumps out at you at the store or on the website.   Just like a piece of art, you’ll know it when you see it, and when you have that visceral reaction,  get the credit card out.  Trust me, you’ll thank me.

Fit and Flattery:  The dress fits and flatters your figure today.  And by today, I mean, now.  Not your figure from last year,  or the one you plan to have next year.  Focus on the current, fabulous YOU and highlighting all your best assets.

Timelessness:  Steer clear of trends that won’t make sense a month, let alone a year from now.  Classic shapes, colors and patterns are the way to go.  Know which shapes best suit your figure (I know a personal stylist who can help with that;)   Styles like sheaths, shifts and fit & flares are never going  out of style.  (Just google Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn.)  Trendy looks such as one shoulder, cold shoulder or cut outs are fun and have their place, but these are not your “go-to’s”

.CLICK HERE for a shopping catalog of some of my favorite dresses in four common occasion categories.  Note that many of the dresses will work for many types of events – the hallmark of great dress.

Party: When you’re going out and want to take it up a notch.

Graduation:  I for one, have high School graduations this June and next, and these dresses work for that kind of daytime event.

Weddings: ‘Tis the season!

Easter, Communions, Baptisms.:  And any other more “lady-like” type of occasions.

Casual:  Everyday dresses that are comfortable and versatile and can be worn for many casual events.

I’ve also included some shoe suggestions.  You’ll see a lot of neutral shoes here.  Why? Because they will work with most dresses…So when you find a pair that you love and that your FEET like.. do not hesitate.  Buy them.

Of course, I’m here to help if you need specific suggestions or help – just send me a note, or go fill out a new client profile.  This allows you to start building your own virtual closet like this example.   I have priced my services in a way to make personal styling, whether virtually or in person, accessible and non-intimidating. My clients find that they actually end up spending less, yet have more to wear, after working with me.  Click here for info on my services, and to learn about my Spring Style System.

Now, go #justgetdressed and have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Beth