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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

If you are looking to simplify and improve your spring wardrobe, and make getting dressed easier and less irritating (and maybe even fun), then I invite you to check out my Spring Style System.  The program launched in March and the daily outfit email and private Facebook group have ended, but all other materials  – clickable shopping catalogs, capsule wardrobe lists and outfit formulas  – are included at a discounted rate of $19 with code almostsummer.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO, AND HERE TO SIGN UP!

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

My Favorite GREEN Picks!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!  Today we are all little Irish and I wanted to share my favorite green picks.  Green is a fun color to add to your wardrobe whether it be in a top or an accessory…Here are some ideas….Click HERE to shop the links!

Looking at these items makes me want it all…and I never thought I was a “green” person.  What a fabulous color to add to your looks this SPRING!

Speaking of SPRING…How’s your wardrobe looking?  Does it need some help?  We are having a ball over in the Spring Style System group.  I think everyone in the program would attest that its value is FAR greater than the cost.  You’ll  have easy access to my personal styling without haven’t to leave home, and build a fabulous, functional wardrobe, starting with what you already own.

Click Here to learn more and sign up! 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Beth

Break the Style Rut: The Suit

I’m a huge fan of separates but let’s face it, some occasions and professions call for an actual, grown-up suit.  It’s a good staple to have in your closet, at the ready (think:  meetings, interviews, and even funerals).

Most offices and lifestyles don’t require a suit every day, so  if you can get more fun and mileage out of your investment, all the better.  Remember, my mantra…versatility!

I found this navy suit at Banana Republic (they’re having a sale right now too…code:  BRFAMILY).  It has tiny dots on it, so it’s updated and different, but can still be treated like a solid navy suit.

Let’s see how this closet workhorse can give you lots of different options – from business, to casual, to “chic In-between”.    Maybe you already have a navy suit and you can use these ideas to breathe new life into it.


Wear it as a matching suit with a simple white shell and add a cool necklace and accessories.  I love the idea of a splash of unexpected color in the shoe –  shows personality and polish.

Shop this Look:

Navy Jacket    Navy Pants   White Shell    Statement Necklace    Satchel    Ring    Nude Pump   

Yellow Shoe    Navy Pump


Wear the jacket with jeans and a t-shirt and mix & match your shoes and accessories.

Shop this Look:

Navy Jacket    White Tee    Jeans    Scarf    Ring   Sneakers   Yellow Shoes   Espadrilles 


Create a chic look that can go dressy OR casual.  This pattern shirt is cool with the dots,  and the blush cardigan is a great “3rd piece” that ties it all together.   Too warm for a sweater?  This outfit stands on its own too.

Shop this Look:

Navy Pants   Print Top    Cardigan    Statement Necklace   Ring    Bangles    Blush Lace up Flats   Navy Pumps

Rose Gold Clutch

 

Need help with your Spring Wardrobe?  Join the B.Styled Spring Style System and we’ll get your closet and wardrobe in shape so you can look and feel great every day.  Click HERE for more info about the program or watch my FB Live video below!

CLICK HERE to join!

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend……and #justgetdressed.

xo, Beth

 

B.Styled Spring Style System

Build a mix-and-match wardrobe of pieces that make it easy to look great every day.  The B.Styled Spring Style System   gives you everything you need to feel put together, gain confidence in your style and learn to make the most of your closet.  It is much more than a “Style Challenge” — it’s a Style SYSTEM that will help you simply….#justgetdressed.

You will receive a shopping list for EACH step.  You will go to your closet first and find as many of the items on the lists as possible before filling in by shopping!

You will also receive access to 4 frequently updated, clickable shopping catalogs with numerous options for each item on the list, including work-appropriate and casual options.  I make sure to include various price points as well as petite and plus size options.  This is a “living” catalog…I update it and add to it throughout the season based on the needs of members. 

 Finally, you will receive 14 (plus) OUTFIT FORMULAS drawn from the lists, showing you exactly how to combine the various items into innumerable unique looks that work for you and your lifestyle, whether it be professional, casual, or something in-between.

All members will also have complete access to the private B.Styled Spring Style System Facebook Group.  I am extremely active within this group, providing advice, tips and support, including live videos.  This group is an invaluable source for friendship, fun and style support and many members call it by far the best part!

As a special BONUS, I am including free access to the B.Styled Closet Cleanse Program   (a $19.99 value)…and we will be doing the cleanse TOGETHER in the private Facebook group in the days leading up to March 20th.  Everything is easier with friends so let’s tackle this job (or refresh it if you’ve already done it) and be ready for SPRING!

All this for only $49…Less than that impulse buy I won’t let you make;)

In addition, purchasers of the Spring Style System will have the option of buying the B.Styled Virtual Styling Hour at a discounted rate of $50 (regular price $75).  This gives you lifetime access to your own “Virtual Closet” and one hour of my personal styling services, dedicated to your specific needs.  Click HERE for info on the Virtual Closet and Styling Hour.

   CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Let’s get our closets cleansed and our Spring Wardrobe built from the ground up…together!

I hope you’ll join us….and simply…#justgetdressed  😉

xo, Beth

28 Day Shopping Detox

If there’s anything you’ve been dying to go out and buy or order on-line, you have about 7 hours to get it done, because Midnight on February 1 marks the start of my 28 Day Shopping Detox.

Yes, you heard me….. No buying any** clothing or accessories all month (notice I did pick the shortest month of the year.)  Instead, we’re going to: