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Spring Layers

Spring has arrived and I love the lighter layers paired with open toed shoes and light colors.  It’s all so refreshing, careless and cool.  Stripes never looked so good with this seasons hottest shoe, a sporty sneaker.  Matchy matchy is out- add a shoe with color for that added interest.  Dig out those shorts as they go with everything from dressy to tomboy casual.  The key is the balance of the outfit.  If you have baggy shorts then wear a tighter tank with a loose white blouse button up and eye catching sandals.  We all know spring temps are unpredictable so go with lighter layers that you can wrap around your waist or shoulders.  Don’t forget to lighten your make up and hair can be more casual and fun!

Now this is a garden display like none other!

Sincerely Jules striped shirt white jeans street style

christies closet
Spring Outfits 2015: 50 Flawless Looks to Copy Now | StyleCaster
effortless color..
Oh dear spring, please come fast. I have an adorable hat that is getting bored on my dresser...
oversized flannel with gladiator sandals, so cute for summer or early fall
We have been waiting for you, Spring, with open arms. Welcome. Please stay as long as you’d like. I can’t wait until you’ve decorated #CentralPark to look like this picture. Ah…..the beauty.

SPRING trends to wear

7 Spring 2015 Fashion Trends You Should Follow - Gingham
Gingham
30 Stylish Cardigan Outfits For Girls | http://fashion.ekstrax.com/2014/02/stylish-cardigan-outfits-for-girls.html
Boho
How to wear jogger pants | Style 101
Gogger pants
strappy sandals
Stripes
London Fashion Week Street Style Spring 2015 - London Street Style - Harper's BAZAAR
Kimono scarf
The Top 8 Shoe Trends For Spring 2015: Paging all shoe-lovers — and that's all of us, right?
Flatforms
Ключевые весенние модели для нового стильного сезона. | H&M RU
White
7 Spring 2015 Fashion Trends You Should Follow YELLOW
Yellow
Gucci, Spring 2015. Gimme.
Thicker heels & Snake skin
Ulla Johnson Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear - Collection - Gallery - Look 1 - Style.com
light blue
2015 Floral Pants For Women - Street Style Trends (19)

Floral print

The Playlist: Psychadelic spring staples to get into the groove!
Lace
A rainbow of pastel bags for spring!!! Repin to remember all of these beautiful options! xoxo Beautylove Aprons

Pastels

This reminds me of something my mother-in-law would wear! Very lounge but still cool.
1970’s wide leg jeans
Delicate Leaf Ear Cuff Ear Wrap in Sterling or Gold by EarCharms, $15.00
Ear cuff
31 DIY Decor Ideas For Your Wedding | Wedding Decoration Inspiration | DIY Wedding Blog | Bespoke-Bride: Wedding Blog
photo credit: Pinterest

My new Office

This fall i completely overhauled my office space.  everything was removed, room repainted and bought all new items.  now i have a space that reflects my style & inspires me to be creative!

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I had a small area to place desk, so went simple

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The lamps add the right amount of glam

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Simple accessories keep the top functional & stylish

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Drawers for storage are a must

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the sheepskin for comfort

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Art is important to me and where I don’t mind investing my money

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Keeping my kid’s art close brings a smile to my face

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Overall this area is functional and stylish

TOTAL COST BREAKDOWN: Desk <homeclick>$199, Lamps <target>$80, Seat <crate&Barrel>$15, Lambskin <homegoods>$19, decorative Box <homegoods> $15, Framed Art <antique store>$300

At this age, know how to dress

Once I hit 40 I felt the need to ‘think’ about the way I looked at my wardrobe.  I want to dress appropriate for my age, but still feel young and can look fashionable, which can be done at any age.

Looking at my clothing I ask:

~ Is the quality of my clothing good?  No rips, holes, stains or faded clothing acceptable at this age.

~ Are my pieces of clothing enhancing my body?  Not too long or short, tight or big but giving me the right curves and hiding all the right things.

~ Do I have the right undergarments?  No panty lines are allowed and bras must be enhancing.

~ Do my shoes look fresh?  There is nothing worse than scuffed or dirty shoes on a great outfit.  I also make sure I have several different types of shoes with various heel size, color and style.

~ Do I have the right handbags?  Don’t skimp on a great bag.  You will be surprised at how many times you’ll use it if it’s a high end bag.  Less expensive bags are considered trendy and basically disposable.

~ Do I have a variety of accessories?  Gold, silver, chains, charms, chain link, watches, earning and trendy jewelry.

Without a doubt, I must have hair, nails and skin that look as good as possible.  I wash my face twice a day, hair every other and if I don’t have a fresh manicure then I keep my nails short and clean.

I care about my body so I do work out 3-5 times a week and eat clean as possible and drink plenty of liquids.  I started drinking warm water with lemon in the morning to jump start my digestive system, then coffee and light but mostly protein breakfast, tons of fruit and salads.

I do get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night and keep a pretty tight schedule during the day.

What I’ve found is that the key to knowing how to dress is balancing the outfit.  If you have on a flare skirt then wear a tank top or if my shirt is short then I wear a blazer to cover up.  When I wear leggings I wear a simple shirt then a longer sweater or blazer to cover up a little bit.

Right now I’m into wearing silk, blazers, layering and dressing in monochrome with one pop of color.

If you’re going to get dressed, why not do it better as you get older.  Every year work a little harder on something that you could do better.  It all becomes a habit and then the next thing you know you’ll look as good as you can!

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Celebrate in Style

If you’re getting ready for a major celebration then may I suggest you have the ‘it’ party decor, a Frilloon!  It’s everything, glamorous, sweet, perfect, stunning and oh so fancy.  The way it floats is so romantic with the long eye catching tassel making it fun to hold or stand on its own.

Frilloons can be used just about anywhere and add so much fun to any event as they are customizable~ any color combo you can think of or all in one color makes a great statement!  Imagine an all red Frilloon for a valentine’s celebration.

I used one this New Years Eve and I’d have to say it was so eye catching because you don’t normally see such a big balloon, but add the amazing tassels and it become beautiful and so impressive.

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Frilloons are by a Minneapolis company called, ‘White Peacock Styled Events’.  The balloons can be shipped and will add wonder and style to your next event.

Office Project

This is what you can do in 9 days and twelve hours of work!  The deadline was tight, so I had to shop locally, which is limiting, but made the best of it and accomplished the goals of the space.  The main requests for the room were to be functional, comfortable and colorful.

The office space is in an old brick building with new paint, floor covering & built in’s.

DSC_0244Lisa was willing to start fresh with her existing furniture.

DSC_0246DSC_0247DSC_0242This office was the last to undergo any attention, so the funds were tight.  Seating was important and I was able to find an affordable set.  The color of the seating went really well with the room and the neutral cushions gave me a neutral palette to work with.

DSC_0310I really loved the colors and texture of these Crate & Barrel pillows.

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The bookcases just needed some rearranging of books and added a few other small personal touches, such as candles, plants and small vase and photos.

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DSC_0313A sweet work of art, given to Lisa as a gift was hung above the loveseat.  The art against the bricks is the first thing you see when walking to the office, but your eye immediately goes down to the blue throw that is draped perfectly between the colorful pillows.

DSC_0253   The old desk was replaced with a sleek simple desk.  The key to having an inviting office is the placement of the furniture.  Floating the desk at an angle gave enough room for office supplies behind and opened up the rest of the room for a comfortable sitting area.

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DSC_0305A pop of color is just what the room needed to tie everything together!  Since the chairs are neutral everything around them could be very colorful.  Teal and yellow are also found in the pillows on the loveseat and of course the books.  The artwork is done by a local Dover artist, Caryn of “Creative Spirit Art Studio“.

DSC_0308The windowsill just needed some greens and Lisa had a special elephant that was getting lost on the bookshelves and needed it’s own special place.

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Lisa Flynn of ChildLight Yoga~

“As a busy professional in a new space, there was no time to shop and make decisions about design and decor. I knew I wanted a warm and inviting office space in which to work, but had no idea how to start. In fact, I was so intimidated to make a decision style-wise, I was paralyzed and found myself working in an empty office of unpacked boxes for weeks. And then, I remembered Denise! We met the very next day, established a budget, and after making a few immediate suggestions and taking a few measurements, she was on her way to shop. Within 9 days, just in time for our grand opening, I had the office of my dreams, on budget! Denise’s calm and friendly demeanor, combined with her design confidence had me feeling I was as much in a therapy session as a style consult that week. Beyond that she saved me a ton of time and most likely a ton of money as well with a finished product that would have taken me a year to pull together. Thank you Denise. You a gift. I look forward to working with you again…and again!”

Working your clothing into Fall

If you’re like me then your addicted to your summer fav’s, but as the weather gets cooler you can still wear some items.  Just edit your looks by adding and layering clothing to your summer outfits.

Shorts~ keep wearing them.  Instead of a tank, wear a T and add a sweater or blazer.

Hipsters Shoes vest cardigan white t shorts jeans streetstyle fashion tumblr girl women #fashion #summer
Fall fashion. Normally I don't like tights with shorts, but this is too cute!


Green shorts outfit. I like the big necklace and the jacket paired with basics I already have.
Sundresses~ ditch the sandals and add boots and layer with a blouse, jacket or sweater.
#shopwhiskeyandlace
i could totally rock this.. with tall brown boots or flats for the pontoon boat. Get here now summer!
Make a pretty sundress a casual staple with a denim jacket and a pair of perfect Summer sandals.
Crop tops- For those of us who wouldn’t dare try this trend, now it’s our time! As we can layer and cover up but still make that statement!

Kat Graham, love her outfit
22 Beautiful Girls in Their Favorite Crop Tops - Fashion Diva Design
Skirts- stockings and socks with boots or pumps!
Classic black skirt outfit idea for spring 2014, loose sweater with little flared black skirt
i really like this skirt. i would prefer it to be a little longer so i could wear it to school( i of course would wear it with tights or leggings. i don't like the top. i like the shoes
boots + skirt
Denim~ if you love wearing your jeans with tanks and sandals or flip flops, just switch out the shoes for loafers or ankle boots and layer up your tops.

GAH. Cool sungalsses just need$24.99!!! website for you : www.glasses-max.com
I love her outfit ---White sweater, ripped jeans, boots, chunky-knit taupe infinity scarf
Fall Fashion | Sun Burst | Love
White T-shirt~ keep wearing them!  There’s nothing more effortless than a white T!
Printed jeans & boho hat black white brown fall fashion style
Dottie Couture Boutique - Flannel Infinity- Navy , $18.00 (http://www.dottiecouture.com/flannel-infinity-navy/)
I like the jacket she's holding.  Fall fashion | Glamrous fashion
So long Summer, hello Fall.<3 Can't wait for them long cold nights, sweater days, playing with leaves, the beautiful scenery of the leaves changing color, hot chocolate and spending it all with the ones you love(:!!
Photo credit~ Pinterest

Planning a Party

Sharing a special occasion with a celebration should be well thought about.  As always, great presentation is in the details.  Think about the location, setting, food & drink and don’t forget the decor.  Decorations can be as simple as specialized cups, plates, napkins, signs, balloons and more.  It doesn’t have to be ‘over the top’ to make the party special, just keep things simple and do them well!

Some simple and affordable ideas on what I’ve put together for parties or parties I’ve attended!

Invitations~ send them out and make them personal and reflect the feel of your party!  Get them made by shopping Etsy.

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celebrate card inside-1

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Table setting~  this is what people usually see first, so make sure it is set and personalized.

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Cups~ can be a lot of fun as there are so many great inexpensive options and don’t forget that you can embellish them!  Here are the one’s I recently made using three different stickers.  All the glasses don’t have to be the same and the guest of honor should have a special cup!  Don’t forget the small cups~ they can be decorated as well!

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Banners & Signs~ everyone enjoys signs, especially if they can be a photo backdrop.  Again, handmade is best!  Be creative!

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Cake~ this is where you can really go all out!  All of these cakes were handmade!  There is nothing more fun than a theme  cake!

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Other ways to make the party special~ note tree, specialty drink, table signs-photos/quotes, silverware bundle with handmade napkins.

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Endless ideas on making your celebration special!  Contact me if you need any ideas!!  The key is to keep things easy & fun!!

Thank You Gifts

Give a gift that counts.  It should be thoughtful, pretty and make sense.  Think about the person you are giving the gift to and ask yourself if, ‘they would like and appreciate it’, if not then go to plan B.  When I give teacher/staff gifts I want to say within a maximum budge of $5.  We do go in on a ‘class gift’ for the regular teachers, but I like to give to the supporting staff and principals.  I start thinking about gift a month before school ends.  That way I give myself enough time to shop on a budget.

 

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We tried planting Peppermint seeds, but they didn’t germinate in time, but still made a really fun gift to give.  I found these pops just as they are at “The Christmas Tree Shop” for $3.99.  I wrote “thank you” myself, added tissue &  used a close pin for the tea bag.

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Colorful tissue adds interested to the gift.

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I like to use baskets to deliver gifts with the boys in school.

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I found they great peanut shaped ‘Inspire’ dishes at Micheal’s for $1.99.

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Collect all your items then figure out the best ways to put everything together.  I like the give to be on display and not in a gift bag.  Gift bags are expensive and I’ve found you don’t need them if you have tissue paper and ribbon!

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I picked this canister up at Micheal’s for $2.99, added Red Sox peanuts for $1.99 and wrote “thanks for being our Healthy Nut”.  This was for the Gym teacher!

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I had already had tissue paper, “thank you” stickers and ribbon on hand, making this an easy gift to put together.

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I picked up some of these bath goods at the local grocery store for $1.99 and the soap was on clearance at Micheal’s for $1.00.

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I used tissue, ribbon and a sticker to put the gift together.

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On some I cut out paper and used double stick tape to attach to the ribbon.

Just use what you have!

Be creative!