As you may or may not know, I’ve added Stella & Dot Stylist, to my lists of services. I have been a huge fan of Stella & Dot jewelry for a while, and am so impressed with the high quality and unique, on-trend yet tasteful designs. I was buying so much, it made sense to become a stylist to justify my habit;) With the holidays upon us, now is a great time to shop and save as they have two great promos going on. First is their famous Dot Dollars event!
This is a great way to take care of some holiday shopping and/or treat yourself to items you may have been eying.
WHAT ARE DOT DOLLARS?
Dot Dollars is a promotion Stella & Dot runs a couple of times a year where you can earn $25 back on every $50 you spend. So, for every $50 you spend from now till 12/12/17, you will receive a credit for $25 to spend from December 28th – January 3rd, 2018. Nice deal, and the credit will be added to your account automatically.
VIRTUAL TRUNK SHOW
Now through mid-January, I’m hosting a Virtual Trunk Show so you can take also advantage of the
Trunk Show Exclusives are select items that you can purchase at 50% off with an order of $50 or more. They are only available at that price when purchased through a Trunk Show….And some of their best styles are included this month! This month’s Trunk Show Exclusives are pictured below. Some of my personal favs are the getaway bag, leopard watch, leopard clutch, orbital ring and Bleeker tote.
Remember to shop through my Virtual Trunk Show to take advantage of the Trunk Show Exclusives. Just add your desired Trunk Show Exclusive items to your cart, and as long as you have $50 of other Stella & Dot merchandise in your cart, the 50% off deduction will be reflected at checkout.
Another bonus — if you shop my Virtual Trunk Show and spend $100, in addition to your Dot Dollars, you will get a pair of sparkle studs as a FREE gift! They will be added to your cart automatically. These are the perfect, classic cz studs that I wear all the time….and you can even chose from smokey, gold or silver (I have the silver, but would love to have the smokey for a change).
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS UNDER $100
I put together a list of some of my favorite holiday gift ideas under $100….and in some cases under $50. If you are looking for a specific recommendation, I’m happy to help…just drop me a note or reply to the email.
Faux Sure Gift Set $95 How fun is this faux fur stole and matching beanie with interchangeable pompoms!?! I have both, and wear the hat almost every day and can’t wait to wear the stole this winter.
This necklace gives you a lot of bang for your buck because you can wear it as either a necklace or a wrap bracelet. I own it and love the different textures and bright silver chains.
Margeaux Clutch $69 ~ I own this sequin fold over clutch and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. The pewter and jet double-sided sequins make a fun pattern when you move them around, or you can smooth them out for more of a solid look.Yves Wrap Bracelet $59 ~ I have this bracelet on my wish list. I love that it has a bit of an edge to it, and it’s casual enough to wear everyday but it also gives your going-out outfit a touch of “cool”.
Eliza Fringe Necklace $59 ~ I am torn between getting this necklace or the Logan which I also love and is a similar style but $98. This unique piece is so cool with the combination of black suede, shiny gold fringe, and subtle sparkle. It can be a necklace or a bracelet, and the necklace can be worn as a choker, lariat, or station necklace at varying lengths. How’s that for versatility? (You know how much I love that word).
Rose’ all Day Gift Set ~ $40 This gift set is a chic and affordable holiday treat! Featuring best-selling luxe studs and the perfect pouch to pair it with. Perfect gift for everyone from your daughter to your babysitter, hairstylist or teacher.
Reversible Infinity Scarf $51.99 ~ I’ve been wearing this scarf constantly all fall…and love that it really is a year ’round accessory. It gives me two distinct looks – with a black and white pattern on one side and a different graphic pattern with wine on the other side.
Roz One Shoulder Top $69 ~I wore this fun top on Thanksgiving and it was so comfortable and fun to wear. The one shoulder style gave it a festive touch, but was easier to wear than a traditional off the shoulder that you constantly have to keep pulling down if you talk with your hands! I love the color this time of year, but it will work all year ’round as well. Looks great with black, denim, white and gray.
It’s sometime hard to tell from the pictures how beautiful these accessories are, but I am truly impressed with the quality and styling given the price point. Best of all, Stella & Dot wants you to be completely satisfied. If you’re not absolutely delighted with your Stella & Dot purchase, you can return your item(s) for a refund or exchange within 90 days of purchase. They are happy to provide you a cash refund within 30 days and Store Credit within 90 days.
As your Stella & Dot Stylist, I am available to help with any issues that might come up. You can find my name and picture in the upper left corner of the site, and click on it to reach me with any questions or if you are looking for suggestions.
Hi Girls! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Today I have lots of info to share that I hope you’ll find helpful as we enter this fun, special, and sometimes crazy season.
B.Styled Holiday Gift Guide
Like it or not, this weekend marks the official start of the holiday shopping season. My annual B.Styled Gift Picks Catalog is live and being updated almost by the hour, so check back often. Looking for something in particular? Chances are others are too, so drop me a note and I’ll add suggestions to the catalog if I can. Categories include:
For Teen Girls
For Teen Guys
For the Family/House
As you click around, you can add comments and questions under items, and if you have personal experience with something feel free to share so others can benefit from your review. Your name won’t appear, just “guest”.
Holiday Shopping Tips Facebook Live Video
Black Friday has now pretty much turned into Black November and there are many good deals to be had, but as I said in my live video yesterday, let’s not go bananas, ok? Keep to a list and a plan and shop smart, not like a sale-induced lunatic. Here’s the video if you missed it.
B.Styled Winter Style System
Registration is open for the WINTER STYLE SYSTEM and you don’t want to miss it! It includes and builds upon the entire FALL STYLE SYSTEM capsule and will have you looking and feeling your best this winter and holiday season. What we wear is really not that important in the scheme of things, but how we feel and how we present ourselves is….and I work to make it easier and fun to #justgetdressed. I’d love to have you join us! Click here for more info.
Small Business Saturday – My Favorite Small Businesses
As you know, I’m a one-woman-show and I love to support my fellow female entrepreneurs. Here are just some of my favorites – thank you for checking them out as well!
FlirtyFinds: My BFF Jamie is still running FlirtyFinds and this season she has her best collection EVER: wraps, ponchos, scarves, bags, jewelry – all unique items you won’t find at the mass retailers at very affordable and flirty prices. Enter code beth20 for 20% off and free priority shipping and flirty gift wrapping.
WISH in West Acton Center: This fabulous new boutique is at the heart of West Acton center and couldn’t be a more perfect addition to our community. When I was in the other day I told mother-daughter owners Kate and Donna that I’d take one of everything;) Seriously – everything is just SO good. They have a great eye for merchandising and feature unique items in small quantities, so it’s like a treasure hunt every time you go in…and the quality and prices are fantastic.
Bisousweet Confections: Owned by my dear friend Karen Collins: “a small but fierce wholesale bakery, providing superior, exquisite & delicious handmade treats to high-end gourmet stores.” If you haven’t yet, you really need to try some of her amazing treats. I’m working my way (solo) through my annual pecan pie as we speak;) Here’s a link to retailers who offer bisousweet confections.
Peach: A year ago I added peach to my styling services and have been so impressed with this start-up’s leadership and mission to be a force for good in supporting female entrepreneurs. What started as a “bra company” has morphed into an amazing brand with a focus on elevated athleisure and basics with new collections released each season. Check out the collection here and note that all wired bras are 50% off while supplies last, including brands like Natori and Chantelle!
Ripped by Jules: My amazing trainers at Ripped in West Acton, – Robin, Jules and Brooke – kick my butt and keep me coming back longer than I’ve ever lasted in a work out program. The fun, dynamic, challenging and never-boring workouts are just plain awesome, and they get results. Here’s a FB live video I did about Ripped and my #1 tip for feeling good when you #justgetdressed.
Le Petit Salon, West Acton: Owner and friend Hollie Luber has been working her magic on my crazy hair for years now. I love her and what she does to help my 100% gray, frizzy, thick mane look presentable. All the stylists at Le Petit are pros and do amazing work, and the atmosphere can’t be beat. I joke that I may make the salon my new virtual office.
QNails: Also in West Acton, husband and wife team Eric and Christine run the BEST nail salon in the world – seriously – just ask anyone who goes there. Truly such a warm, friendly and fun atmosphere; my girlfriends and I have been know to (like yesterday for example;) sit and chat for a solid hour or more after our nails are done.
Have you ever tried Stitch Fix? It’s an innovative, fashion company that does some really neat things. Today I’m providing you with my (free;) alternative: B. FIXED by B.Styled.
Some of the downsides to Stitch Fix are:
The products can be expensive.
The pricing and discount structure encourages you to keep things you don’t need or love just to get the “discount”.
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, while working within your budget and lifestyle.
Your B.Styled Thanksgiving B.Fixed
Whether your Thanksgiving celebration is Dressy, Casual or Cozy – here are three outfit formulas. No need to run/click to the stores to shop though (unless you really need 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.
I’ve created the B.Styled Seasonal Style Challenges to provide affordable and fun access to personal styling for anyone wanting help with their wardrobe.
The B.Styled Winter Style System is in the works, rolling out in time for the holidays. Click HERE to be notified when it launches.
The beauty of the Winter Style System is that it uses all of the key pieces from the Fall Style System so it truly allows you to shop your closet and builds on what own. If you didn’t do the Fall System, that’s fine too. You’ll have access to the Fall Essentials List and Catalog as well as all the new fun & festive Winter additions.
Here are some other benefits of the B.Styled Seasonal Style Systems:
You get a list, a plan, and 21 done-for-you outfits formulas 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.
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!
You decide where to shop, what to buy, and how much to spend, all while getting suggestions and links in various price points.
You pick the colors and cuts and that you like and that make the most sense for you.
You get access to personal styling support (from me!) through the included private Facebook group. Many would say that this is the most valuable part of the entire program. The support, encouragement and access to tips and ideas is invaluable!
Welcome to a new installment of ‘She Who Struggles’ a guest post collaboration with my friend and client, Karen Collins (know to many as the genius talent behind Bisousweet Confections). Click HERE to read the first ‘She Who Struggles’ post, where we get a hilarious look into Karen’s struggle to #justgetdressed for a 100th b-day party in NYC.
Karen’s latest struggle revolves the battle to find something to wear amongst the chaos that is her closet.
She Who Struggles stood in front of her closet, wearing nothing but panties & a bra. Looking over at the clock on her husband’s bureau, she felt the pressure of time. She had a party to go to, and couldn’t find anything to wear. The closet was overflowing with clothing, yet nothing felt pretty or right.
The Dance begins. Shirts are tried on and discarded on the bed. Pants are pulled on, peeled off and shimmied back on again. Ever so slowly, an outfit comes together. Flashes of fashion advice run through her mind: To necklace, or not. What about the scarf? Crap…which shoes? Hoops/studs/chandeliers? Out of time, She Who Struggles gives up and walks out into the world, uncomfortable in her own skin, hair wet, no make-up, feeling like a failure.
Determined to find a new way, She Who Struggles decides to follow her friend’s advice: It’s time to tackle the closet.
15 minutes a day. That’s all it will take to create a better way to just get dressed. There’s no reason not to try.
Follow along as She Who Struggles attempts to accept herself and her style in Operation Closet Cleanse.
You’ve heard the buzzword “athleisure” but did you know it has actually made it into the Merriam-Webster dictionary? Athleisure “refers to casual clothing—like yoga pants, sweat pants and hoodies—that are designed to be worn both for exercising and for doing (almost) everything else.”
So basically, it’s wearing sneakers and leggings and generally sporty clothes no matter if you’re headed to lunch, the office or anywhere in between.
Like it or not, athleisure is here to stay, but like anything else it can be taken too far and it can be easy to fall into a yoga pants 24/7 rut – the exact opposite of my #justgetdressed mantra.
So while there’s no doubt that atheisure-wear is extremely comfortable and can look surprisingly chic, it can also read as sloppy and a little too gym-like, depending on how you wear it.
Peach has completely nailed “elevated athleisure” and is a great source for a mix and match pieces that you can incorporate into your wardrobe. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like some specific recommendations.
Here are some tips to help you pull off the trend:
Stick to a neutral, monochromatic palette for the most clean and chic look. Grey, Black and white with accents of muted, sophisticated colors are a good bet.
Mix in your “real” clothes for a more elevated look. Add a jacket, blazer or cardigan to your leggings and tunic. Or wear a cozy, updated “sweatshirt” with your favorite boyfriend or skinny jeans.
Pay attention to your shoes! A cool, chic monochromatic athleisure look can be wrecked with the addition of neon, multi color running shoes. Grab a pair of updated sneakers in black, grey or another muted color. Check out brands like nike, adidas and vans. Post work-out, swap your sneaks for a pair of booties or flats.
My usual go-to in the Fall is jeans and sweaters, but there's something to be said for the "one and done" dress. This Sylvie dress by peach meets all my criteria for a winning "day dress":
It's great- looking (comes in this fun wine color and also classic charcoal grey)...And check out the cool tie detail that you can highlight in the front or tie in the back for a different look.
It's SO comfortable (made from the softest, french terry - like your favorite sweats but so much better.)
It doesn't cling or bind anywhere but has just enough shape to be flattering on many different body types.
It can be worn in either direction making the neckline a subtle scoop or a high neck with the scoop in the back.
IT HAS POCKETS! Need I say more? A dress with pockets = a good thing. And, the pockets are designed to work either way you wear the dress. So smaht.;)
Most importantly, it's uber-VERSATILE...Wear it to run errands with sneakers. Wear it to work with flats or boots. Wear it out for drinks with booties, and change it up completely with different jackets, vests, sweaters, wraps, scarves and accessories. In the winter, add tights and tall boots for another great look.
You can use these same formulas with any simple solid dress too...T-shirt dresses, shifts, fit and flares - find a dress that works for you in a versatile, color and have fun transforming it with your "3rd Pieces" and accessories!
This must be the biggest year yet for hype surrounding the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you’re new to this crazy phenomena…here’s a live video I made on the eve of Early Access for the sale. In a nutshell, yes, it’s a special sale, there are great deals to be had on BRAND NEW styles, but you need to keep you wits about you;)
That said, this sale is a great time to save if you’ve been thinking of investing in a pair of premium denim jeans. I’ve been lusting after a pair of (soon to be named) jeans, so when they popped up on the Early Access Sale (#NSALE), I decided to splurge. I figured I’d try them and if they didn’t live up to all the hype, I’d just return them; no harm no foul. Let me be clear….. these jeans are normally insanely expensive, and on the #NSALE they are only ridiculously expensive. But in the interest of Market Research (and free returns) I clicked BUY (I even ordered 2 sizes to make sure I got it right).
I got my first #NSALE shipment today, including the jeans. I tried them on with my favorite, basic white t-shirt (also on the sale and I ordered another one since I am so rough on them).
As soon as I put the jeans on, yes, I LOVED them, but something felt strangely….familiar. I went to my closet, and found a pair of budget-friendly jeans I own, tried them on, and decided to take side-by-side comparison photos.
The only thing I changed was my jewelry….gold vs. silver, just so I could keep the pictures straight.
So, you’re dying to know which jean is the spend and which is the splurge, right? Well just to complicate things, I ask my unsuspecting, work-from-home husband to look at them both in person and decide which was which. He, of all people, nailed it, noticing a clear difference, and thought the splurge pair looked considerably better. Go figure.
Both pairs are very stretchy and comfortable and with a slightly higher waist. However…
I admit I do really LOVE the AG’s and there are some features that make them stand out to me.
They have the on-trend raw hem, but if I get sick of that I can cuff them.
I love the color of the wash…it’s the perfect shade of denim for me…not too light, not too dark. They could be worn very casually with flops or wedges, or dressed up with heeled booties. The difference in color and fading is more obvious in person than in the pics. My husband noticed it immediately.
I admit I really love the small distressed detail at the hip. I’ve tried more distressed jeans but just don’t feel like myself in them, although I love how they look on others. These have just enough to make to me happy and feel slightly cool (which I’m not).
Another thing my husband noticed (being a man) is the rear view. I think AG has pocket placement down –making for more flattering hiney on the AG’s.
I’m going to hold on to them for now, and decide in September whether to keep them or send them back. They are available to order on sale now, but with a backorder date of November, which is a drag. But, if you think you want them, best to get them at the sale price and wait to receive them (you can always change your mind).
Here are some of the other #NSALE items I received this week. Unfortunately sizes are limited on some of them, but there’s a good chance of restocking on Friday July 21st when the sale is open to the public – and when all the Early Access returns start coming in. Here’s a link to my complete catalog of picks.
My Verdict and Links:
Leith Circle Cardi – Got it last year in charcoal – love that one. This new version is cut differently (slightly so) . I like it a lot but don’t love it as much. Update: Going to hold out for the barefoot dreams circle cardigan in cream and hope that comes back in stock. This one going back…
Caslon Hooded Cardi – This is really cute and soft…I don’t need another grey sweater though, so back it goes.
Mural Herringbone blazer – So torn on this (and it’s sold out). IF I worked outside the home I’d keep it in a heartbeat. It’s such a great color, love the herringbone, love the tailored but “cool” fit, and love the navy lining when I fold the sleeves. Plus, could wear it all year ’round. What to do? Update: Decided I have enough blazers given my casual life style. As sad as it makes me…back it goes…. Holding out for a really cool “statement blazer”.
Caslon Cowl neck Sweater Definitely keeping this baby. I’ve been looking for a cozy cream sweater since last year’s Winter Style System. I love this one…oversized, long slouchy sleeves, Love the neutral color that’s light and soft.
Free People Peplum Jacket This was the first thing I pulled the trigger on in the sale. It’s still available too. I do love it…but I’m on the fence whether I “need” it and can justify it. Thinking if I lived in a more mild climate I’d keep it in a heartbeat. It works really well with my casual lifestyle and is fun and different from any of my other jackets. Update: Having a hard time letting this one go….so versatile and so different at the same time. Hmmmmm.
Caslon U-Neck T-shirt My favorite tee is baaack, and on sale – too good not to stock up. I already own 2 of these tees in white (one is pretty ragged looking so I’ll retire it). I like to have 2 of these tops on-hand all year long. I also recommend the black, grey and navy/white or black/white stripe as essentials to stock up on at this great price ($17.50). They even come in petite! The neckline is open and flattering without being too low. Looks great with long and short necklaces. It has great shape without clinging. Can be worn out, tucked or half tucked. I wear the white with a nude bra with no problem.
Blondo Booties These are the booties I’m wearing in all the pics above…Got them last year and paid full price with NO regrets. They are on-sale now with stock available. They aren’t as fun as the perforated styles that I also love, but they are more practical (as you can wear them with socks in the winter). They are waterproof and I think as comfortable as sneakers; no joke. They are the perfect taupe/neutral color “mushroom suede”. I highly recommend this color over black.
The last link is the AG Jeans that I am still “sleeping on” – but think I’ll end up keeping. I’m wearing them in all the pics above. To justify the splurge, I’m making a deal with myself to clear out my jean collection and sell the ones I don’t wear regularly. I’ve had great luck selling on the Poshmark app. If you sign up, use my code HEANE and we’ll both get free money.
I hope this rundown has been helpful. If you’ve been disappointed with out of stock situations at the Nordstrom Sale, hang in there — they will be restocking. But remember, popular items will sell out quickly…so don’t snooze, lest you lose;)
Again, If you’re new to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, check out my live video about it here.
Finally, one important note. I think most of you know this, but in the interest of total transparency, I wanted to make it clear that my links are “affiliate links” so if you do purchase from them, I get a tiny commission. When I say tiny, I mean literally pennies. My business model is not based on affiliate commissions but rather on my paid programs and consulting work, but every bit does help, so thank you for using my links when you shop. Of course, you don’t pay a penny more to do so.
The Fall Style System has some new and special highlights:
Integration with the Fall Essentials from the past so you aren’t reinventing the wheel if you’ve been following my programs. I will be updating the list with new links and suggestions to fill in where you are missing items.
A new list of Fall Trends and Add-Ons. These are mostly optional, but they are on-trend additions to add new life to your Fall Essentials.
An emphasis on ACCESSORIES, with inexpensive and high-impact ways to freshen up your Fall Essentials.
Tips, guides, videos and special guests to help you “get B.Styled” in more areas of you life besides just clothing: make-up and beauty tips, hair tips, dressing your body tips, and even health and exercise tips! You deserve to look and feel your best from the inside out, so let’s all work to do that together in this wonderful, supportive group of like-minded women. Early access will include shopping catalogs so you can take advantage of the Nordstrom Sale and get started this summer. The Fall Outfit Formulas and daily emails will start right after Labor Day.In the meantime, get back to enjoying SUMMER, #justgetdressed….and no more talk of Fall for a little while;)
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:
It’s nearly impossible to avoid bare arms in the summer, so here are some tip to make it easier:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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,
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.
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.
P.S. Need some personal help and don’t want to use the Facebook page? Feel free to drop me a note at email@example.com. I’m happy to help!
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.
It’s nearly impossible to avoid bare legs in the summer, so here are some tip to make it easier:
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.
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!
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.
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 ups, pompoms 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.
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:
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!