Style finder 2

Step two to finding your own style. Closet clean out.

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Is your closet packed? I go through times when my closet is swallowing me up and I can’t stand it anymore. That’s when I take a step back and start the purging process. Going through everything all at once is too big of a task for me, so I purge often.

The second step to finding your style is, ‘only wear and keep items that you love’. Words that I’ve heard Marie Kondo say over and over! There are several reasons you may love an item.

We make priceless memories wearing our clothing and have attachments to where they came from. Clothing helps to enhance our lives and we can become attached to them. I do love some items more than others and find myself wearing the same things over and over. Sometimes 2/3 of my clothes are ignored. This is definitely due to the season we’re in and activities I’m doing.

There are some exceptions to the rule ‘keep what you love’. If you have something that you’ve had forever, that doesn’t mean you should keep it. Think about if you’re still using it and if not, why not? Also, why are you attached to it? For example, I had a leather skirt that I used to wear in High School and I loved it because it was pretty, it cost me a lot of buy at the time and I have great memories wearing it. But it no longer fits and I’m never going to wear it again. I parted with it, even though I loved it.

All your clothing should fit you. Yes, try everything on only keep items that flatter your body. I just tried on all my shorts and was upset that a pair of shorts I bought two years ago didn’t flatter me anymore. Our bodies are always changing and what we think might still look good, often doesn’t. Don’t beat yourself up over it, just let it go and continue to focus on your task.

If your item doesn’t fit and you still love it the big question I ask myself is, “if something happened to me, would my family want this”? Pretty telling that my answer is usually, no. It’s gotta go. No worries because you will be left with plenty of items that fit and flatter you!

The idea of having a closet full of items you love is about wearing your clothing with confidence. If your clothes flatter your body and you love them, then you’ll love making great outfits everyday.

Remember Step 1 to finding your style is, ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’. By purging your clothing and only keeping what you love, you’ll wear outfits with confidence, feel beautiful and be yourself.

As daunting as it may seem, get busy and purge, purge, purge. You’ll be surprised at how good you’ll feel!

What is your style?

Introduction to Finding your own style. First step on finding your style.

I wear a lot of hats!!  I absolutely love hats, from fur to casual to fishing to glam! Yes, Marie Kondo I feel ‘joy’ for all of them and that is why I keep them.  They are organized and serve a purpose to keep the sun out of my face and help me achieve my complete daily ‘look’.  I do care how they look because I love my own style.

With my own style it’s a balance between function and fashion.  With most objects I own I ask myself, why do I need this object and do I love it?  There are several reasons I would love it, mostly because of where I picked it up, how it makes me feel or simply because it enhances my style.

When I buy a new object, it first needs to serve a function and secondly, it must be attractive.  I will admit, I’m like most people and am attracted to beautiful things.  Now remember, first lesson to finding your own style is, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

Once I learned this lesson, I was empowered to become my true self. I started to accept my inner voice and listen to what I liked. I was able to find power in my own clothing choices. I stopped looking at what others were wearing and didn’t try to conform myself to fit into mainstream fashion. It was like I broke loose from my attachment of trying to fit in. I didn’t have to wear cookie cutter outfits anymore and was able to created my own outfits from objects I loved.

If you wear what ‘you’ love, then you will have an attitude of, ‘I’m owning what I wear’.  Meaning you don’t care what others are thinking or saying about your clothing. This new freedom will empower you to ‘find your style’.

If you hope to ‘find your style’ I’d love to share with you how I found mine.  Finding your own style is a process of realizations, reflections, surrenders and empowerment.  Over the next couple of posts I will walk you through ‘finding your own style’.

Yes, start purging your closet because it does start with feeling ‘joy’ for each object in your closet.  If you’re overwhelmed by this idea, start by watching Marie Kondo’s inspiring Netflix series ‘Tiding Up’!  Remember, it’s one step at a time!  Not only will you find your style, you might just find yourself!

Salon Sabeha Reno

I was asked to work with Salon Sabeha on a complete renovation.  It was an exciting challenge because we only had 10 days to work in the salon.  Weeks prior we discussed colors, style and budget.

The search for lighting, new stations, paint, paper and new accessories started to happen before the salon actually closed.  Amanda, the owner was focused on getting rid of everything and lightening the entire space.  The goal was to modernize it with whites.

The purpose of the remodel was to add one new station and two blow out stations to the existing space.  We had to work hard to get the right scale of existing furniture plus three new ones.  Best advice is to measure, measure then measure again!

We worked finding as much as we could on-line and Amanda stuck to what she knows best, the finding the right stations.  The two things that remained the same were the flooring and the front desk.  We had several meetings and discussions over a couple of weeks before the salon actually closed.  We kept working on the layout of the stations and furniture.  By the end we must have changed the station layout 15+times.

The biggest impact was changing the wall color from blue to light taupe-gray.  Everything became clean, bright and more white.  Color was added in the seating area and the metals and greens around the entire salon.

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Rolled paper rolled over the dated painted wall, new lighting, painted bar and lucite bar stools to add seating.IMG_5605.jpg

Blue walls, old lighting and seating area.IMG_6222.jpg

Chairs moved to another wall, colorful rug, new lighting and two blow-dry stations added.IMG_6226.jpg

Great use of space by adding small white table and gold round mirrors to the wall that once was the waiting area.  Cool products stand.  The shelves are held up with copper pipes.  IMG_5602.jpg

Two sinks and you can see more of the accent wall.  IMG_6214.jpg

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Amanda needed a third sink so they were moved closer.  The shampoo & towel area got painted white.IMG_5607.jpg

The old stations we black and wood.  IMG_7129.jpg

White stations are on wheels and look very modern.

Paint Athena by Benjamin Moore

Rumsey Striped Hexagon Peel & Stick Wallpaper by Wrought Studio

Sconces and lighting by Lowes and Home Depot

Nichole Beige Rug by Mistana

Lucite bar stools from Crate & Barrel

Pillows & Gold mirror from Target

Coffee table and accessories from Homegoods

 

 

Tips for Updating Rooms

If you’re sick of looking at your run down, outdated or just boring room in your home, I’m with you.  I have the tendency to put away items seasonly and add some fresh items of color and texture.  Styles change so I like to add a new item or two to my room in addition to seasonal flowers.  I love real stems but I also used faux.  If used correctly, they can have a fresh and great impact on your room.

To freshen a dull room:

  • Fill holes & paint them in for a cohesive complete room
  • If you want to change out your paint color then do it-you won’t regret it
  • Get rid off all clutter (I can’t stress enough-most important)- items you don’t like, use or are functional in your room
  • Consider rearranging your furniture
  • Add new throw pillow and blankets for color and texture
  • Update family pictures in your frames
  • Add seasonal flowers & accessories (such a shells, drift wood, or any other collections)
  • Change out your lighting-lamp shades and or your over head lighting could be cleaned or updated

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This before and after has a lot of changes but some simple ones any body could do.

  • Paint made a big difference in this living room
  • Painting the mantel softened the wall
  • Mirror and art swapped out
  • Larger rug to create a bigger feeling room
  • If you don’t have it in your budget to change your chairs and sofas, consider reapolsetry and arrangement

If you find this to be all too much, then get help.  Set a price & stick within that range to change your dull room to a space that makes you happy.  There isn’t anything better than loving the space you live in.

I love working with people already own.  That way it’s more affordable and may take some imagination and leg work but in the long run you’d be surprised at how things can be transformed.

 

 

What to wear now

Items to wear this Fall are:

Over the knee boots

Sneakers

Oversized sweaters

Wine colored anything

Off the shoulder sweaters

Athletic hoodies & pants

Plaid

Oversized scarves

Ruffles

Velvet

Leather

Sweater dress’

Monochromatic top and pants or dress and duster

Tan pants

Pastel outfit with gray or black boots

Faux Fur

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+photo credit-pinterest, stylebistro

It’s All In The Details

When I do anything, and I mean any thing, I think about all the details.  Honestly, it’s how I function in my life.  From my house, to planning a party, working with clients, and especially what I wear, I do think about every tiny detail.  I’m in my head saying, ‘nope that’s not right’ or ‘oh that’s it’, ‘ok now that changes this’…so everything becomes a process.

What I know is that I’m really good at taking into account all the details.  I don’t look at most rooms as being ‘done’ as our styles are constantly changing and evolving.  I do the same process with my outfits.  I don’t usually wear the same outfit in the same way.  I like to mix it up to stay on trend, for fun and fitting into the occasion.

Here is my example of taking ‘the details’ into account.

A Denim & Diamond Fundraiser

Layered sparkly necklaces

Silver skirt becomes a neutral

Nude heels to elongate

Top had embellishments but more for me!

Made my own belt and held together with a pin

Hair needed sparkle as well

DIY gold nails

My brightest clutch

DKNY denim topped off the look

This outfit was a big success at the event and I got a lot of attention for taking some chances and paying attention to the details.

I promise you if you pay attention and take time with how you’re wearing clothing and go the extra mile with your accessories and hair, you’ll look fabulous and enjoy yourself so much more!!  Go ahead, what are you waiting for, start working it girl!

Holiday Decorating

HOLIDAY DECORATING Tips

Put away all extra decor items you aren’t using

-Place all holiday items on a table to see

-Make sure you have enough vases/containers

-Decide how you want to fill your glass containers

-Do you have a color scheme or theme you’re following?

-Start creating your containers and scale heights

-Make sure to decorate your most visible area first

-I place my ‘wow‘ first then work around it

-Place an odd number of items together

-Layer your items and take a step back and edit often

-Take inventory of your remaining items and edit and add

-You don’t have to use everything you have

Use timers on everything

-You need a lot more items then you think

-Keep it simple

-Do something different than last year