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How To Stay Warm and Look Stylish in a Freezing Office

For this week’s Back to Work Monday, I’m answering this reader question from Barbara S.:

My office is freezing cold, especially in the winter — some of my co-workers literally wrap up in blankets or throw on a North Face fleece over their outfits. It doesn’t exactly scream competent and professional. Do you have any recommendations for how to dress and  look professional but also be warm?

Even if you live in a warmer climate, some offices are cold no matter what’s going on outside.  So  how can you stay warm while still looking professional and stylish? Here are some tips and shopping links.  Many of these items may  already be in your closet too!

You may have guessed that the key is LAYERS:

  1.  Cashmere and merino wool sweaters:   If most of your sweaters are cotton or a polyester blend, you may want to upgrade to cashmere or merino wool — I notice a huge difference in warmth.  Now is a great time of year to invest in your sweater collection – both of the linked sweaters are on sale and available in crew and v-neck.
  2. “Undershirts”:  I joke that I’m like a preschooler because I wear an undershirt most days.  I’m in love with this one because it’s smooth and stretchy and provides a perfect barrier between me and my blouses and sweaters (reducing my dry cleaning bills too).
  3. Cardigans-and Wraps: . You could wear a wool blazer with a merino or cashmere sweater, and if it’s really cold, throw a cashmere wrap or ruana around your shoulders.  It’s almost like wrapping up in a blanket, but definitely more polished looking;).  Here’s a great looking, 100% wool wrap  —  a less expensive alternative to cashmere, and  available in 6 colors.
  4. Long Cardigans:   Longer cardigans and sweater coats  can be a great for both warmth and good looks. You don’t want it to look like a bathrobe though, so choose wisely.  Make sure it fits well (petites —  look for styles that come in petite sizing).   A long cozy cardigan can be warm and chic –  and better looking than a down jacket;)

    Have a question you’d like me to address?  Feel free to drop me a note!    Now go #justgetdressed😉
    Cheers!
    Beth

How to Cleanse Your Closet and Build a Wardrobe You Love

Happy New Year!

If you’re  like me, the beginning of the New Year has you in organizing, cleansing and decluttering mode.  Having too much “stuff” around can cause stress and crankiness, right?  Just looking at this picture (of my very own, pre-cleanse closet) makes me tense.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Imagine starting the New Year with a clean and organized closet filled only with items that fit the body you have today, work for your lifestyle and make you feel confident,  comfortable and put together.
No more opening your closet door and feeling stressed out and annoyed by how jammed packed and disorganized it is –  yet still having “nothing to wear.”
This is my closet AFTER I followed my Closet Cleanse step-by-step process.

 

I don’t pretend to be an organizing guru.  However,  I developed the B.Styled Closet Cleanse program after spending years helping other women get their wardrobes under control and filled ONLY with items they love, need and actually wear.

Over the years I’ve read books and signed up for organization challenges and programs.  However, I’ve always found that what was missing was the real nitty gritty; the detailed, step-by-step tasks to keep me focused and on-track, and not overwhelmed.

I loved the message and intent behind Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her philosophy that every item needs to be touched, keeping only those that “spark joy”.  What has kept me from implementing her program though is the thought of spending several consecutive days pulling every single thing out at one time. I understand the benefit of this approach, but for me it was too overwhelming and became an excuse to delay getting started.  .   

My own struggle with the process is what prompted me to create the B.Styled Closet Cleanse Program.

I’ve broken the Closet Cleanse down into very clear, simple, and manageable tasks that can be accomplished in 15 minute blocks of time.  The program includes a printable checklist (and just enough bossiness;) to keep you on track.

You can choose to do several 15 minutes tasks at one time, or do them daily as your schedule permits.  The program is designed so you don’t have to live in a state of total disarray during the process.   And although I had my clothing closet in mind when I developed the cleanse, I have applied the process to other closets and areas of my home as well.

CLICK HERE for more details and to sign up.  Included in the $14.99 fee is all the info you need:

  • A (very short & limited) list of simple, inexpensive supplies
  •  Instructions for each step in the process
  • A printable step-by-step checklist

I won’t lie, the Cleanse is the hard part, but it gives you the freedom to move on to the next stage which is the FUN part…Building a wardrobe you love.

This is where the B.Styled Wardrobe Challenges come in….Once you’ve ruthlessly purged your closet and gotten rid of all the stuff you don’t wear and don’t love, you can start to rebuild your wardrobe into one you will love and makes you feel confident and comfortable.

Here are some highlights of what the B.Styled Wardrobe Challenges can do for you:

Learn to shop with a purpose and gain confidence through easy “done for you” outfit formulas. It’s about changing your relationship with your clothes and through that, your relationship with yourself.

You can finally end the cycle of always having to buy more things, but finding you still don’t have what you really need or want.

B.Styled  Wardrobe Challenges give you everything need to shop smart and look stylish. You’ll know exactly what pieces you need to build a capsule wardrobe that works for most occasions, what the current trends are and how to choose things that fit your personal style and flatter your figure.

I provide the shopping list and show you exactly how to pair up the outfits. You pick the pieces and decide the budget.  Most of our members shop their closets first.

My goal is to empower you to take risks and discover your own unique style. You’ll get all the tools you need to build a capsule wardrobe of flexible, functional pieces that you can pair up in multiple ways.

If you’re ready to rebuild your wardrobe and try new styles outside of your comfort zone, I’d love to have you join us.  The Winter Challenge is going on now.  We’ve done one “round” of 21 outfits but because winter is really just kicking in now (and we’re having so much fun) we ‘re starting the cycle over again so you can jump in anytime!  

 

 

** For a Limited time you can join the B.Styled Winter Essentials Challenge, and get the CLOSET CLEANSE PROGRAM for FREE.   Click HERE for more info and to sign up!

I look forward to helping you B.Cleansed and B.Styled in 2017!

Cheers!
Beth

Year End Round Up – B.Merry and B.Styled!

As 2016 comes to a close, I want to thank each and every one of you –  my customers, readers, and friends.  It’s because of you that I have been able to grow B.Styled and do what I love to do.  I hope that I’ve been able to help you in some way, whether through tips and outfit ideas, or a closet cleanse, or a #justgetdressed pep talk.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to email me or post on Facebook, sharing your questions, stories and struggles with me.  These notes, questions and stories are what drive me to do what I do.

The connection begins with fashion and getting dressed, but more often than not, it expands and grows into something more. Camaraderie. Friendship. Support & many laughs.

Looking back over the year, I feel so blessed.  I have learned  so much, personally and professionally, and have developed new friendships with so many amazing women because of B.Styled.

Looking ahead toward 2017,  I have lots of ideas for how I can support and help you – whether you’re near or far-  and make the process of getting dressed something you actually enjoy.

I wish each of you a fun, relaxing holiday surrounded by family and friends-— while wearing easy, comfortable clothes that make you feel confident and beautiful.

Here’s to a happy & healthy 2017!

xo, Beth


But wait!  Before you go…below is  a round up of some of my favorite and most popular blog posts of 2016.


YOUR NO-BRAINER HOLIDAY DRESSING FORMULA:  This one works for your holiday parties,  but you can also adapt it all year long – and never again stress over what to wear when you’re going out.


THE GROWN UP’S GUIDE TO LEGGINGS: There’s something to be said for “comfy pants” this time of year.  Here’s how to get it right.


SHE WHO STRUGGLES:.  This is a feature I plan to continue in 2017 along with my friend Karen Collins, owner of Bisousweet Confections.  If you don’t follow her blog, you need to…Trust me.  Even if you don’t like sugar or treats (??)  you will eat up her blog.


YOUR CLOTHING BUDGET: WHEN TO SPEND AND SAVE:   When it comes to building a functional wardrobe, less really is more.  Here are tips on how to allocate your hard earned dollars.


And finally, if you haven’t taken the plunge and joined one of my B.Styled Essentials Challenges, it’s not too late to jump in on the 2016-2017 Winter Challenge.  At $39, “plunge” is an exaggeration, but I promise you it’s money well spent and my goal is to make it worth every single penny.  Click HERE to learn more.

Don’t these ladies (who come all over the country) look amazing using this easy, chic outfit formula from the Winter  Challenge?

Here are some more ways to reach me and all that B.Styled has to offer:

  YouTube:  Find all my LIVE  Happy Hour videos.  One of my  New Year’s resolutions is to make these more…succinct.

  Instagram:  Outfit inspiration to help you #justgetdressed.

  I post daily on the B.Styled Personal Styling Facebook Page so like and follow me there.  You can also join my free, private #justgetdressed Facebook Group:  Ask questions, take free mini style challenges and enjoy a fun community of like-minded B.Stylers.

Pinterest:  Get outfit inspiration and more tips and ideas

This is my personal styling too that I use to provide affordable, personalized help to clients. .  Click HERE to learn more and get access to your own virtual closet and personalized recommendations.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in 2017!

Cheers!

~Beth

Office to Party Outfit Formula

Ah, the after-work party — love ’em or hate ’em, you’ve got to #justgetdressed for them.   Here’s a simple formula to take you from working at your desk to dancing on your desk in style.  (Kidding – don’t do that).

It’s all about a fabulous foundation…in this case, a classic LBD and black pumps with ultra sheer, nude hosiery.  Then you pack your bag to make your swaps……Easy peasy.

Scarf ——————————–> Statement Necklace

Jacket——————————-> Wrap

Tote ———————————> Clutch

How would you like to know what you’re wearing every day for the next 3 weeks?  Outfit formulas created from your closet, with a shopping list and links to essential winter items you may be missing — it’s yours with the B.Styled Winter Essentials Challenge.  Click here for more info and to sign up!

Now go #justgetdressed.

Cheers!  Beth

 

Your No-Brainer Holiday Dressing Formula

You get the invitation and it says something like “Holiday Festive Attire”.  WHAAAAT??

Here is a go-to, never-fail formula for all your vague holiday party invites. You can dress it up or dress it down with your choice of shoes and accessories to work with most events this time of year.

Note:  An alternative to this formula is a  black, navy, plum etc.  cocktail dress with black heels and accessories.  This look always works if you think a dress is “required” (but it usually isn’t) .   If you feel more comfortable in a dress, go for it!

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BLACK SKINNY ANKLE PANTS  + DRESSY TOP + STATEMENT NECKLACE + BLACK HEELS OR BOOTIES

  1.  Black Ankle Pants:  I hate the term skinny pants, but that’s what the designers have called them.  I’m talking about slim fitting ankle length pants here.  You do NOT have to be skinny to wear these.  In fact, most the women I have wrangled in to trying these have said they are the most flattering pants they own.  They need to be a substantial material with some stretch so they smooth and flatter.  The length should be right to your ankle bone.  These pants are appropriate and perfect for just about any occasion as long as they fit you!
  2. Dressy Top:  You probably have this hanging in your closet.  Look for a top that drapes and flows over your curves in a dark or bold color that you love.  Details like lace, bell sleeves or a bold color make it a statement, but it can also be a simple black top too…because next you are going to add….
  3. Accessories:  The holidays are the time to bring out the glitz and bling, but keep it to ONE statement piece and keep in mind your top when you choose.  If your top has any embellishment or details that would compete with a necklace, skip the necklace and go bold with your earrings.  On the other hand, if you top is simple and you want to rock a big bold statement necklace,  go for it!  But wear simple stud earring or hoops that don’t compete.  And this time of year I love a chunky cocktail ring.   I just got this one and I can’t wait to wear it to every holiday event I have…heck I may even wear it to the grocery store;)   Have fun with your accessories!  You don’t have to spend a lot to make a big impact and transform your basic essentials!
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4.  Black Heels:  The beauty of your black skinny ankle pants is that (unlike wide leg or boot cut pants) you have many options for shoes.  You can go with booties, heels, pumps, or ballet flats.

So, RSVP “yes” to those invites and shop your closet for these 4 items.   Here’s is a catalog with links to suggested items to help.

Want some more guidance and personal help?  The Winter 2016 -17  B.Styled Winter Essentials Challenge opens this Monday, December 5th!

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Here are some highlights of this challenge.

  • Available for just $39
  • 31 piece shopping list of on trend winter essentials, including accessories, many of which may already be in your closet.
  • 21 days of cozy chic, casual chic, business chic and dressy chic holiday outfit ideas.  Plus a lookbook of 12 workwear alternatives for Monday-Thursday during the 3 weeks. 
  • Access to the Fall 2016 challenge Catalog and options for incorporating these fall essentials into your winter looks, allowing you to shop your closet and get the most from your purchases. 
  • A private Facebook group where we share advice, tips and even help each other build specific outfits on the fly!  No one sees your pictures but our supportive group of awesome women, and most say this is the BEST, most beneficial part of the challenge.

Click HERE to take the B.Styled Winter Challenge.   I hope you’ll join us!

Now go #justgetdressed 😉  

Cheers! 

Beth

 

The Grown Up’s Guide to Wearing Leggings

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Today I want to focus on what does work  with leggings.

 

The B.Styled 1-2-3 Leggings Formula:

  1.  The Leggings:

First of all, my favorite are the  Hue, Ultra WW wide waistband leggings.  They don’t pill and are totally opaque –you can’t see through them AT ALL (oh, so important).  I have them in black and charcoal and wear them a few times per week all fall and winter.

2.  The Shoes:

The top you choose is probably the #1 priority but shoes are key too.  My personal opinion is that the most foolproof shoe to wear with leggings is a pair of tall boots – either flat riding boots or a pair with a medium, thick heel or wedge.  Booties can look cute too but it can be easy for them to look too clunky,  and I like them to be the same color as the leggings.  At the end of the day though, go ahead and wear whatever shoe you want  – but let’s skip the clogs ok?  And please, no hate mail on that one – it’s just my preference – wear what you want!

3.  The Top:

But,  (pardon the pun) the covering-up factor is one area I’m less flexible on…unless you’re a teen,  or you spend a zillion hours a week doing squats and lunges….In which case you’re probably not reading this anyway.

(*Clarification:  I have no issue whatsoever with wearing work out tights, or yoga pants, etc. without a long top when you’re working out or coming and going from the gym…I’m talking about “real” clothes here…)

Anyway, for the top, we want it  to be long enough –  without being a muumuu and without making us look like Maude  (and if you don’t get that reference, chances are you’re young enough to go ahead and wear leggings as pants).

The top should be simple and comfortable– and most importantly,  it needs to cover your nether-regions completely.

Here I’m wearing a Loft sweater tunic,  my go-to Hue leggings and my favorite slipper booties.   I can work at home all day in this cozy outfit  – but still  #justgetdressed.

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On this particular day I had to run out to an appointment where I needed to look a little more polished – and had to lose the slippers;)

All I did was swap the cozy scarf for a necklace and add my wedge heel boots.

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(tip: wearing a long pendant necklace with your tunic/leggings combo is elongating, flattering and adds instant, easy chic).  

Then I to added a faux leather jacket.  Easy outfit transformation starting with the 1-2-3 Leggings Formula.
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(tip:  a fitted jacket adds flattering structure to your tunic/leggings combo)

Are you a fan of leggings or do you pass on them?  Do you remember Maude? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Now go #justgetdressed.

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B.Styled Winter Essentials Challenge!

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The holidays are busy with lots of demands on our time.   But this year,  I want you to have less stress and more fun – and feel good about yourself.

While I can’t do your baking or decorating, or write your cards,  I CAN  eliminate the common stressor called…..

“WHAT IN THE WORLD AM I GOING WEAR????????”

The 2016 B.Styled Winter Essentials Challenge l will give you a list and plan with 21+ done-for-you outfits that address every occasion you could possibly have this season.

CLICK HERE for all the details and to get started!  

Let’s start Winter and the Holiday Season with a list and a plan that will help us look and feel our absolute BEST this year.  No more putting yourself at the bottom of the To-Do List.  Take care of yourself, and everyone around you will benefit, I promise!

Let’s do this, and #justgetdressed.  😉

Click HERE for to sign up!

Any questions, click HERE and ask away!

xo, Beth

“I feel like with the B.Styled Challenges, I truly have access to a personal stylist in you – (for less than the cost of another shirt I don’t need;)   You are so available and helpful (and fun) on the Facebook page, as are the other women.  It has become my favorite on-line destination!”  

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Say Goodbye to Dressing Room Drama

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If you haven’t heard of peach® yet, chances are you will soon! On Thursday 11/17 this exciting start-up will be on national TV on Project Runway, Fashion Startup.  See below for teaser clip.  Think Shark Tank for fashion startups, with Rebecca Minkoff as  one of the potential investors.  Pretty cool stuff.

I’ve been referring clients to peach® for months now as I’m firm believer in the company’s mission and approach. Approximately 85% of us are walking around in the wrong size bra, and there’s no question that a well-fitting bra has a huge impact on the way we look and feel in our clothing.

In a world where 95% of women share that shopping for intimates leaves them vulnerable, frustrated, and self-critical, peach® is transforming the experience into one that embraces women with kindness, care, and encouragement.  

peach ® is reinventing the lingerie industry by shifting the power from big box retailers (who use impossibly skinny models wearing wings) to entrepreneurial women who, as trained and caring personal stylists, help other women feel perfect from the inside out.

I’m thrilled to be adding this service to my B.Styled Personal Styling offering, and invite you to check out the peach® website for more information.  My personal URL is http://www.discoverpeach.com/s/bethr.

Also, set your DVR to the  Lifetime Channel on Thursday November 17th at 10:30 pm.  It should be VERY exciting!

Click HERE for a teaser clip.

Thanks for reading, and as always, hit reply and let me know if you have any questions.  I’m here to help you #justgetdressed. 😉

Cheers!

Beth

Layering: Tips and Tricks

The #justgetdressed Challenge for today is to experiment with layers.  Layering is key to fall and winter dressing.  It’s also  a great way to add interest to your outfit.  If you do a quick search of fall outfits on Pinterest, you’ll see that some of the most pinned outfits feature the look of a longer layer peeking out from under a sweater or jacket.

It can be a tough look to pull off in non-pinterest-land where the rest of us live, so here’s a simple layering formula for you to try:

5 Steps to a Chic, Layered Look:

  1. Start with a basic, lightweight top in a  solid, neutral, or stripe.  Make this first layer fitted to keep your shape looking slim. A longer t-shirt, tank or blouse is a great place to start.
  2. Add another layer such as a soft cardigan or sweater. This can be an  opportunity to mix in a bold color to give your outfit some interest and zing.
  3. Then add a jacket or coat.  If you went with a colored sweater, go with a  neutral coat: camel, black, navy, grey.  If the rest of your layers are neutral, add a colored coat…maybe wine or cobalt.  Or keep with the neutral theme and include varying shades and textures.
  4. Next, add a scarf and/or necklace.  Go neutral or tie in your color of choice.
  5. Accessorize with earrings,  watch, etc.

Some more Layering Tips: 

  • Remember to keep the under-layers more fitted to keep your shape looking slim.
  • To accentuate your waistline, try topping  off your look with something belted.
  • Length and proportion is key when layering.  If your pants/skirt is long and flowing, go with something shorter and fitted on top.  If your top is long and flowing, go with something fitted on the bottom – i.e. skinny jeans or leggings.
  • Play with texture. It’s best to incorporate a mix of materials when creating  a layered look. If you use all of the same fabrics, especially heavier fabrics, you risk coming off as frumpy and adding extra weight.

I hope that helps… Any questions?  Fire away.  Now…go #justgetdressed.

Here are some great layered looks to get you thinking.  Cheers!  Beth

B.FIXED by B.Styled – Thanksgiving Outfits

 

Have you ever tried Stitch Fix?    It seems like a great company that does some neat  things.  Today  today I’m introducing my (free;) alternative:  B. FIXED by B.Styled.

 

Some of the downsides I hear about Stitch Fix are:

  1.  The products are expensive.
  2. The pricing and discount structure encourages you to keep things you don’t need or love just to get the “discount”.
  3. Many people end up returning most or all of their “Fixes” or keep a bunch of ‘stuff’ that doesn’t really make sense for their wardrobe.If you know me and my philosophy, you know these issues are deal breakers when trying to build a functional and fabulous wardrobe that makes sense. My goal is to help you do just that, working within your budget and lifestyle.

    Your Thanksgiving FIX:

    Whether your Thanksgiving celebration is Dressy, Casual or Cozy – here are four outfit ideas.  No need to run/click  to the stores to shop (unless you really want to)!   Instead, head to your closet and see if you have these or similar ESSENTIALS and have some fun putting together your perfect Thanksgiving look.  Have questions or want advice?  Join us in the free #justgetdressed private Facebook group and ask away!

    Click HERE to access this B.FIXED by B.Styled Shopping Catalog.

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I’ve also created the  B.Styled Capsule Wardrobe Challenges to provide affordable and fun access to personal styling for anyone wanting help with their wardrobe.

The B.Styled Winter Essentials Challenge is in the works, rolling out in time for the holidays.

The beauty of this new challenge is that it uses some of the key pieces from the Fall Essentials Challenge, so it truly MAKES SENSE.  If you didn’t do the Fall Challenge, that’s fine too.  You’ll have access to the Fall Essentials Catalog, and all of the items are optional, and the looks can be created with our without them.

Here are some other benefits of a B.Styled Capsule Challenge:

  1. You get a list, a plan, and 21 done-for-you outfits so you know exactly HOW to style the items.  This capsule’s outfits are categorized into  four types of LOOKS:  Casual Chic, Comfy Chic, Business Chic and Dressy Chic.
  2. You shop your closet first, ideally finding many of the items in the capsule already hanging there.  See the clothing you already own in  a new light!
  3. You decide where to shop, what to buy and how much to spend, all while getting suggestions and links in various price points.
  4. A color palette is included but you pick the colors and cuts and that you like and that make the most sense for you.
  5. You get access to personal styling support through the included private Facebook group.  Many would say that this is the most valuable part of the entire challenge.  The support, encouragement and access to tips and ideas is invaluable!

    CLICK HERE to make sure you’re in the know as soon as the B.Styled Winter Challenge launches.

Now, go #justgetdressed;)

xo, Beth