Shoot your look before you decide

When it comes to any outfit that I put together I always make sure that it’s working for me, but when it comes to getting ‘dressed up’ I snap a photo first.  If you take a photo it will show if the clothing is accentuating or exaggerating your flaws.  A photo can reveal if the length is flattering, or if the color is too much for your skin.  Make sure to try on various accessories to see how they work or don’t with your outfit.  Remember accessories can make or break an outfit as its the icing on the cake.

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I liked how this dress fell on by body.  I added a long pearl necklace doubled up or could have gone with a simple pendant necklace.

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If the skirt was a bit shorter this would have looked a bit more flattering, but too business looking for the event I was attending.

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I tried to skip the jacket and go for a vest to show a little skin.

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I put on a lace Ralph Lauren blouse that was pretty with the lace skirt.  The shoes and necklace added a little more glam to the entire look.

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The Burberry lace skirt came with this lace camisole but the top didn’t add any shape to my body.  I decided to go with the first white outfit.

This process takes a lot of time, but you can see how creative you can get with just a few pieces.  I like looking at how the clothes look on the camera as it gives me an idea of what other people see.  Planning what your going to wear is key to looking your best.  Don’t just stop at ‘buying the outfit’ but go all the way with experimenting with your shoes, handbags and jewelry.

Thinking Spring Fashion

pantone color report: spring 2015 // graphic by long distance loving
Etro Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear - Collection - Gallery - Look 1 - Style.com
Etro
Essie Spring 2015 Collection

essie Spring collection

SPRING 2015 RTW BADGLEY MISCHKA COLLECTION Just gorgeous. Our #ToplessTee #undershirt for women would work invisibly with this beauty.   6 - The Cut
Badgley Mischka
Altuzarra | Spring 2015 RTW
Altuzuarra
Versace womenswear, spring/summer 2015, Milan Fashion Week
Versace
Roberto Cavalli Spring 2015 - Details
Robert Cavalli
Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015
Oscar de la Renta
Victoria Beckham Spring 2014
Victoria Beckham
Gucci S/S 2015 RTW.. | | ❤✿« | | ♫ ♥ X ღɱɧღ ❤ ~ ♫ ♥ X ღɱɧღ ❤ ♫ ♥ X ღɱɧღ ❤ ~ Mon 22nd Dec 20142014
Gucci
Rachel Zoe Resort 2015: Look 8
Rachel Zoe Resort
Stella McCartney Resort 2015 - Review - Vogue#/collection/runway/resort-2015/stella-mccartney/28#/collection/runway/resort-2015/stella-mccartney/28#/collection/runway/resort-2015/stella-mccartney/28
Stella McCartney
Louis Vuitton Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear - Details - Gallery - Look 1 - Style.com
Louis Vuitton
Versace Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear - Collection - Gallery - Look 1 - Style.com

Versace

Tarte Spring 2015 Makeup Coming Next Week!
Musing of Muse

Steps to getting dressed for a special event

If you want to stand out at an event, you must prepare well in advance to look appropriate and as beautiful as you can be.

  • 6-8 weeks before an event I start looking at dresses on line and I may even order one or two.  I enjoy shopping at sites that offer free shipping and returns.  Sometimes I’ll find a dress locally, but I give myself plenty of time for altering.  I like seeing what is trending and find inspiration on various sites.  It may be a dress length, color, cut or certain style that I decide to go with.  Once I decide what I want my “wow” piece to be, then I get focused.  For example, my last event I decided to wear fur and I wanted that to be my ‘wow’ piece so I decided to find a simple dress that wouldn’t take away for the fur.  Then the shoes were just as interesting but the jewelry was simple.  To see the fur, I needed my hair up, but wanted it to have an Old Hollywood feel.  Other times I want to dress color to be the ‘wow’ factor.  Then I keep the shoes neutral.
  • 4-5 weeks I make sure I’ve thought about my ‘vision’ of what I want the rest of the outfit to consist of.  I order shoes and jewelry with plenty of time for returns and reordering.
  • 4 weeks make sure you have hair and nail appointments set up for a couple of days before and a hair appointment on the day of your event.
  •  2 weeks before I nail down an inspirational hair photo.  I make sure I have the right handbag and coat to wear.
  • 1 week before I may attention to my body, face and teeth.  I make sure that I watch my sugar intake and regularly hit the gym.  I make sure that my face is kept clean and use my Clarisonic every other day.  I use Super Smile, which is a teeth whitening system.
  • 3-1 day before I make sure I get a fresh hair color, cut, eyebrow wax and toes and fingernails polished.   Also, steam your dress and make sure you have everything you may need, like padding for your heels, appropriate undergarments, double stick tape, and your lipstick.
  • Day of the event I I limit my water intake to avoid bloating.  In place of water I drink cranberry and coconut water.  I make sure I eat a big breakfast and protein filled lunch and plenty of snacking before I attend the event.
  • I shower making sure I wash my face and shave my legs and around 5 hours before the event I get my hair done.
  • 2 hours before we need to leave, I put my make up on.  I often have thought about the style of my face…do I go for a colorful eye, smokey eye or bold lipstick.  Decide what you want to enhance and make sure you’ve found colors that are trending and enhance your dress.  For example, when I wore a bright yellow dress I decided to go with bright pink lips and simple eye make up.  With the latest brown dress I went for a bronzed face.
  • 1 hour before I get dressed, pack my purse, brush my teeth and give myself time to snap a few photo before leaving.

If you follow this timeline or make your own, you’ll be sure to have a cohesive and polished look for any special event.

 

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Spring Shopping Guide for Effortless Style

Spring ‘Wardrobe Essentials’

Wardrobe Staples:

Sweater vest in oatmeal or tan, Navy or black blazer, Basic light weight sweaters in black & pop of color, Short sleeve shirts in black, white or gray & 1 pop of color, Skinny ankle cotton pants-printed & solid navy, Skinny jeans & white Jeans, Printed shorts, Skinny metallic belt, Printed colorful scarf, Ankle booties in gray or tan, Tan trench coat, Jean jacket, White button down, Denim button down, Ballerina flats in black, Loafer or Toms canvas slip-on in color or stripe, Tan wedges, Undergarments (thongs & push ups).

Trends:

Black & white large stripe flowy skirt, Florals, Pastel everything, Cream or white blazer, Cutout clothing, Crop tops, Nude colored evening dress, Open toed or cutout chunky heels, Silk sleeveless blouses, Asymmetrical wrap short skirt, Boyfriend jeans, Aquamarine anything & nail color, Metallic accessories, Chunky knit cropped sweater in a pastel color, Tall or shorter gladiator leather flats, Lady- like jewelry- flower & pearls, Bright orange or pink lips- keep other makeup soft.

How to add Trends to Basics:

Dress yourself mostly with your basics and add a trendy item or two. Layering is the key to stylish dressing. Edit, look, edit again!

Clothing Tips:
Keep your basics up to date-no fading, ironed & clean to wear all week. Avoid too short skirts, heels over 4”, too tight or baggy, overdoing anything. If the trend doesn’t flatter than don’t wear it. Wear clothing with confidence!

How to Get a Great Look every time you Get Dressed:
Depending on where you’re going decide what style of clothing you’ll need to wear, casual, business, dressier, etc.  If you already have your staples in place, then you’ll have pretty much everything you’ll need to create a perfect look.  Here’s a little cheat sheet!
Dinner with the girls

Skinny jeans, tucked in sleeveless silk blouse, chunky heels, trench coat, metallic belt and statement necklace

Date night casual

Asymmetrical wrap short skirt, tank, jean jacket, heels and scarf & statement necklace

Date night dressy

Nude colored dress, ladylike jewelry, trench, heels

Weekend

White skinny jeans, tank tucked in, metallic belt and denim shirt over with Toms

Weekend evening

White skinny jeans, silk sleeveless top tucked in, belt, ladylike jewelry, chunky sweater, ballerina flats.

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Evening Shorts

I’m surprised at how much I am loving shorts in the evening.  I find they can be so much fun and then if it gets cooler in the evening, add a shirt on top.  The best way for my body type is to keep the shorts on the short side and wear a tank top and layer over~my body type broader shoulders, smaller chested, a bum, long legs and more on the slender side but I’ve had two children, so I do have extra to hide in the lower belly.

You can also pair with a jacket as I did in the second photo.  The matching print top is a bit too much for my liking, but if it’s that fabulous, then go with it.  Mix up your outfit with prints, textures, jewelry and color.  Also make sure your legs are perfectly shaved, lotion applied and I even put a little oil on mine to add sheen.

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Shorts by J. Crew

Lace blouse by Ralph Lauren

Tank from Target

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Shorts by BASIX Black Label

Blazer by INC

Shoes by Vince Camuto

Trina Turk 'Santiago' Cotton Blend Shorts

Trina Turk Santiago

Valentino Embroidered Lace

On the Edge faux leather

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Moonglow paisley short

J. Crew paisley

Dash Shorts

Holiday Party Style

If you’ve been attending parties or are having one this season, adding a splash of color or print with your look works right now.  I know we like to wear Red and Green to show our holiday cheer.  These are my Holiday Party Style inspirations!  Cheers!!
Sheer Bliss :: Faille skirt

Holiday Party Look with @No nonsense...
A Topshop holiday party look, styled by Olivia Palermo, http://glmr.me/s3rifO
Great look for a holiday party
Casual Holiday Party Ensemble: The Little Shiny Pant - YLF.
sequined leggings. yes, please!
The LBD for a holiday party...
Netrobe - Animal Instinct

Chanel Crystal Heel Booties
Red Bows

AN EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING  www.christies.com/unwrapped

CHLOÉ python green bag

Holiday Outfit Inspiration by #AmericanApparel

Great December Street Style

The key to great style is: Layering + Editing should = a well Balanced outfit
Street Style: Altyn in Chelsea
RED Plaid, black leggings and western boots~ perfect for the Holiday’s!
Andrea Kerbuski from Amy Creyer with a Michael Kors bag. Chicago, December 2011

Fur, Black biker jacket and flair jeans are the perfect

Emily Weiss Street Style

Classic stiletto black knee high boots~ how slimming with skinny jeans, a furry coat and chunky scarf ties this hot look together.

Giovanna Battaglia street style

When you wear a statement coat like this Leopard one, why wear anything but black underneath it!

street style...
Jeans, a sweater and army coat is dressed up high black knee high boots and fur.
WINTER STYLE inspiration: street style at NYFW F/W13'
You can wear your lighter weight clothing, just pair with black tights, booties, and layer on your puffer or wool coat and hat.  Pastels are huge this season.

Black and white balanced by the blue skinny jeans.  I love the over sized knit hat and wedge sneakers!

*Street style from the streets of NYC & Chicago. Pinterest photo credit