Tag Archives: fashion merchandicing

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.

IMG_3669

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.

IMG_3668

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.

IMG_3667

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

  IMG_3665

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.

IMG_3662

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.

Advertisements

Salonista Style not to be missed

I joined the “Salonista Style” team a few weeks ago and was able to wear this AMAZINGLY flattering dress for the studio opening.  What I love about it that it’s white, classy and sexy.  The zippers in gold add interest in all the right places, enhancing the cut of the dress.

IMG_3781      IMG_3790

IMG_3764  IMG_3765

The Beauty comes in three colors- black, red and white, S/M/L and is $60.  To see more fabulous dresses and more from the Salonista Style shop go to http://instagram.com/salonistastyle.

 

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.

P1030162

Shorts by J. Crew

Lace blouse by Ralph Lauren

Tank from Target

DSC_0082

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

large image view
 
 

Moonglow paisley short

J. Crew paisley

Dash Shorts

Gala Style

Bright Lights Big City Gala at the Ritz-Carlton on Boston to raise money for Jaden’s Ladder.  This foundation is very special as they aid women and children move on after being in a domestic abuse life cycle.  I was honored to attend this event and with such a classy location, you can wear that sequence dress, big bold sparkly necklace, all under a gold coat!

picisto-20130429092624-837719(2)

Dress by Tory Burch, necklace from Fashioneta, coat by Burberry, and glasses by Tom Ford.  Went with dark blue nails, gold and black earrings, big curly hair and black shiny shoes.  What a fun way to support a well deserved cause.

Stud I’m lusting after you

There’s something about these crazy metal studs and spikes that are getting me wild about fashion.  I know they’ve been out for awhile but at first I thought, ‘i wasn’t that kind of girl’.  Well, turns out I am and I can’t wait to start studding it up.  If you aren’t with me on this trend, then wait till you see these lovelies.  Studs can be beautifully mixed with soft pastels, florals or whites, or you can go for the biker look, but not head to toe…mix it up!

 Christian Louboutin - Druide Spiked Patent Leather Sandals

Christian Louboutin Druide Spiked Patent Leather Sandals, $995

 Sam Edelman Studded Shoulder Trench Coat, $168

Alexander McQueen 

Alexander McQueen The Skull studded metallic leather box clutch, $1,875

Aqua Sweatshirt, $75

PANDORA Clip - Oxidized Sterling Silver Studded

Pandora clip sterling silver, $50

Isadora Studded Jacquard-Blocked Dress
BCBG Isadora Studded Jacquard Blocked, sale $278.60
Tory Burch Pyramid Stud Hobo, $550

Gucci - Jacquelyne Patent Leather Studded Cork Pump

Cucci Jarquelyne Patent Leather Studded Cork, $520
Norma Kamali 
Norma Kamali Eric studded bandeau bikini, $430
Paige Denim Jeans Nova Studded, sale $176
Isabel Marant 
Isabel Marant Carol studded leather sandals $1,035
Rebecca Minkoff Stick Pyramid Earrings, $88
ABS Allen Schwartz Ponte Dress, sale $240

Such Style

I am always impressed with people who can dress well, and I even get a little jealous when they have nailed down their own classic style.  Working an out fit to get all the attention it needs takes a lot of thought, whether this is intentional or not.  There are a lot of elements that line up perfectly when an outfit is stunning, like knowing what you want to wear, how to wear it and then, knowing the right place to wear it is the tricky part, but when those three magically happen~ that’s what I call a “stunner”.  There usually is one person at every event I attend that I find to shine like a star.  They just have their style down and the perfect place to go wearing it.  You be the judge, but this gal, Isis is a “stunner” to me!  So jealous of her effortless style.  Here are a few of my favorite Isis looks!  Notice how well she mixes inexpensive and affordable items to create her signature style!

Image 5

Get this look:

Burberry Scarf, Alpaca poncho, Jbrand jeans in Gold dust, Coach padded hat, Harlow snake skin clutch, Vince Camuto red platform booties.

Image 2

Get this Look:

Blazer, H&M fancy sequin pants, H&M jewelry

ImageGet this Look:

Forever 21 high waisted shorts, Ella Moss vintage top

Image 1

Get this Look:

Forever 21 dress, gold leather belt, jewelry H&M, Kate Spade Sunglasses

Image 4

Get this Look:

Burberry brown sunglasses, coach scarf, James Perse button up, Ralph Lauren jeans, Ferragamo Belt, Sailing sneakers in metallic

Fall Wardrobe Essentials

This fall it’s easy to add these staple items to your current wardrobe.  I am loving the textures and color options.  Bottom line, have fun with your clothes, it will show and you’ll look fabulous.

Toss & Go Sweater

Grab that big sweater and put it on over your outfit, like you would your coat.  When you get to where your going, feel free to take it off- or not!  If you do a larger sweater, then proportion is key, as you won’t want to look like your clothes are eating you up.  Think skinny jeans, leggings or skirt and loose fitting shirt or a button up shirt.
Free People 'Pattern Party' Cardigan
Jacket that Pops
What I love about this trend is that it doesn’t matter what kind of jacket you wear, just wear one that pops with color or texture!  You can have a lot of fun with this one as a great jackets pairs well with solid clothing or jeans.  Make the jacket the focus of this outfit.
Dark Redish Accessory & Lips
Sam Edelman Handbags Sadie Satchel
Kat Von D - Star Kissed Lipstick Set
If you think you don’t look great with dark lips, then try a lip gloss instead of a lipstick.  The trick with dark lips is to use a lip liner so that the color doesn’t bleed off your lips.  I use a lighter lip liner color than my lip color.
Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC
Printed Pant
Free People Ikat Print Skinny Jeans
If you are young, then go for any print you like, but if you are 35 and older, I suggest going with a darker print or neutral lace print.  Anything goes with this look, I like to pair printed pants with button downs, solid shirts with large jewelry, ballerina flats, booties, and waist length sweaters.
7 For All Mankind The Skinny Metallic Floral-Print Jeans
Floral Fun
Abstract floral pencil skirt
Floral is romantic but can also we graphic.  You decide how to work floral.
Daniel Rainn Floral Blouse
Shine Baby Shine

Rachel Zoe Tinsley Sequin Dolman Dress

The most fun place to shine is in the evening.  If you aren’t one to shine with an entire dress then do it with a purse, heels and with your jewelry.

Hive & Honey Pyramid Fringe Earring
  • BB Dakota Jensine Dress
It’s all about the Collar
Betsey Johnson Film Noir Glitter Lips Crystal Collar
Chandi and Lia Beaded Peterpan Collar Blouse
Very cute and I would love to see this with a skirt and knee high socks.  Do not do a pleated skirt as it is too school girl.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Mika Sweater
GLAM it GIRL!
Tinley Road Vegan Leather Shift Dress
L.A.M.B. Dotty
Sabine Fringe Vegan Leather Skirt
  • There are so many amazing looks this fall, so go for it and wear it with confidence.  You will look amazing if you love how you look!

Fall color trends

If you are like me, then you too wear the same colors over and over and maybe add a new color some times.  For years I had an aversion to wearing the color peach or tangerine.  Well, that all changed this Spring when tangerine was the ‘it’ color.

My mom was visiting from Alaska and we went shopping, as we enjoy doing, and before I could put my peach colored skirt into the cart (Target) my mom reminded me that I didn’t like that color.  Yes, you are right, but it’s the color of the season and…. well it looks good on me.  Who knew since I didn’t wear it for the past forty years!

Now, my closet looks like a bomb went off filled with colors I never thought I would wear.  I have lime green jeans, turquoise canvas shoes, neon pink accessories, grey knee high boots and it goes on an on.

If you are rejecting colors because you are stuck wearing the same blacks, navies, and white, then it is time to give the seasons ‘it’ color a try.  You don’t have to go head to toe, but start by adding one new piece in a different color to spice up your wardrobe.

This Fall’s hottest colors

Burgundy or Grape

Grab a burgundy jacket, cardigan or solid scarf to your current Fall clothing to fit in this great color.

Midnight Blue

Wear midnight blue just the same as you would navy blue.

Mustard

Add mustard with cords, a sweater, or leather handbag.

You never know if a color will work out for you, unless you try it.  To fit in this fall with the color trends, go out and pick up one item from each of the ‘hot’ colors.  I bet you’ll find that you actually look good in one of these Fall colors.

Perfect Jeans

Miss Me jeans are, let me just say are ‘awesomely delicious’!  Designer jeans that won’t let you down, weather you are looking for something to wear everyday, for date night, or to strut your stuff, Miss Me has a jean for all booty’s and the price is right.

Miss Me jeans

The coveted slimming flap Miss Me pocket.

Black or white leather Miss Me signature label.

Stitching details to die for, a signature “M” on this pocket!

‘Gothic Cross Bootcut’, Style # JP5046B8 MK 33, $98

These beauty’s are, as you can see so amazingly slimming.   Bootcut jeans in a longer hem will enable you to wear your heels or wedges, adding slimming height to your physique.

Bring on the stunning suds baby!

Miss Me’s have great bling designs on the pocket, making them the perfect going out on the town jeans.  Girls just gotta have fun!

“Wide Pick Stitch Skinny”, Style # JS5014S32, $99

The stitching details on these is what make them a flattering fit for most body types.

Any age or larger body frames can wear these jeans, the white stitching contrasts with the jeans in all the right places.

  These are a skinny, but not too, making them perfect in between a jegging and bootcut.  This fall they will look hot in your boots!  I would love to hang out or go out in these jeans.

“Bradbury Straight”,  style JPS5128SK-3, $99

Darker in color, plain flap pocket and no bling makes for a casual everyday jean.

Even though they are simple, they still have the signature stitched M on the front pocket, flap on the back, and heavy silver buttons.

Rolled up or kept long, these are adorable jeans to play in.  There is still, of course signature Miss Me attention to details on these casual jeans.

What all three of these jeans have in common is the quality denim, attention to details and affordable prices for designer jeans.  Anybody would be able to find a pair of Miss Me jeans for any occasion!

If you’re interested in learning more about what is coming up for Miss Me, it’s all right here, Miss Me .  The site starts out with a video and  Dolly Parton’s song, “Jolene” to promote the Fall’s “My Paradise 2012” jean campaign.  When I first saw this, I fell in love and can’t wait to see the new 2012 jeans!

Locals, check out the Denimrack for all the latest Miss Me jeans.  Join their facebook page for giveaways and sales.

At 40, you know what I need to do add to my list to buy… you guessed it, a pair of Wide Pick Stitch Skinny!

Little Neon Dress

This Spring everyone needs a neon piece, big or little, neon is where it’s at.  I’ve been lusting after this yellow-green neon color for awhile until now.  This is the neon piece I want to wear as the cut is classic and the length isn’t too short or too long but perfect.  Not only does this color popping dress fit my fancy, I can actually see a lot of women wearing it.  To prove my point, I put two looks together that play with the spring trend of adding a pop color, I know the dress is the pop, but to balance the feeling of the dress, I added hot pink to the event night look and peach to the date night look.  What are you waiting for…. go get that neon piece and work it!

Neon worn two ways

Christopher Kane lace dress
$1,325 – mytheresa.com

Charlotte Olympia platform high heels
$1,175 – mytheresa.com

Christian Louboutin high heels
$81 – diytrade.com

Tory Burch metallic clutch
$295 – cusp.com

Silver clutch
60 AUD – forevernew.com.au

Diamond earrings
£375,000 – couturelab.com

Diamond earrings
£325,000 – couturelab.com

NARS Cosmetics matte lipstick
$24 – narscosmetics.com

Nude lipstick
$11 – etsy.com

Butter London glitter nail polish
$14 – nordstrom.com

Silence Is Golden French Smoke Tee (Womens)
101 AUD – thegrandsocial.com.au

ROBERT INDIANA LOVE Paper Weight
€90 – colette.fr