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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!

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

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!

Buy the Dress

 

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

 

Keeping it Simple and Versatile

My last two Facebook Live videos were all about ways to make getting dressed easier by keeping it simple, and focusing on versatility.  

For those of you non-Facebookers,  HERE is a link to all my Facebook Live videos.    If you know me, you know I can be….verbose…so use your fast-forward button liberally;)

On that note, I had an idea for a new Facebook Live feature called B.Styled Quickies – a series of 1 minute live videos. I’ll be sharing easy tips and tricks,  and in the process, I’ll learn how to get my point across in a minute or less 😉  You can catch them by going  to my B.Styled Facebook page and following me. They’ll be starting next week and will usually air at noon EST.

The other thing going on over on Facebook is my free, private, #justgetdressed group.  This is where members can ask questions, post outfit pictures (that no one else sees) get advice and share tips.  CLICK HERE and ask to join.  It’s a fantastic group of fun, supportive and all-around awesome women, and is a great source of help, support and laughs.

Now, back to my tips for keeping it simple and focusing on versatility:

  1.  KEEP IT SIMPLE:

This was last Friday when I had meetings during the day and went out with friends at night.  Did I change my entire outfit?  Nope.  I changed into jeans and the same color top as the dress — everything else (including my favorite boots) stayed the same.  I was out the door in 2 minutes.  Don’t reinvent the wheel!  Keep it simple!

2.  Focus on VERSATILITY!

This sweater converts from a cowl neck to an off-the-shoulder and can be worn out, or with a half tuck.  Versatile!  My two-tone necklace features gold and silver and can be worn long or doubled up.  Versatile!  In the video, I also demonstrate the wonders of this amazing $48 crossbody bag that can be worn 4 ways.   Click here to order from FlirtyFinds!

The next time you’re considering whether to buy something, ask yourself if it’s versatile.  Don’t buy something because it “goes with  (fill in the blank)”.   And I don’t care if it’s on triple clearance either!  Find pieces that can be styled in various ways and be paired with several things in your closet.   Got it?

Now, go #justgetdressed 😉

Cheers,

Beth

 

 

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

The Best of B.Styled

Here’s a round up of some of my most popular posts and timeless tip and tricks:


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 feel free to contact me at beth@bstyledblog.com with any questions or requests.

Cheers!

~Beth