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 video – Summer 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:
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!
Thanks for reading!
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.
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
Have fun and #justgetdressed😉
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.
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!
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.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day and have a great weekend!
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.
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Wear the jacket with jeans and a t-shirt and mix & match your shoes and accessories.
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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.
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Thanks for reading, have a great weekend……and #justgetdressed.
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.
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 😉
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:
* *NOTE: I’m willing to give you a Mulligan and make exceptions for major life and work events. And bras….If you aren’t wearing a perfectly fitted bra, we need to talk, and get you into one — spending freeze or not, ok?
Here’s a Facebook Live video with the details! Let’s do this!