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Oh my…my blog has moved! Come check out the new ‘Confessions of A Fashion Stylist’

Hello to all of my loyal readers!

I know I’ve been away for a while, but now I’m back and better than ever:)

I wanted to let you know that my blog has moved to be more integrated into my stylist website.

The new name is the same, but the location has changed.

Join me at the new Confessions of A Fashion Stylist by clicking on the link.

 

See you on the new blog!

Cheers,

Sasha

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Brand Spotlight: Craig Taylor

Brand Spotlight - Craig TaylorWho They Are: 

Designer Craig Taylor began his career as an automobile designer and during his time working for a British car company, he began an informal tailoring apprenticeship.

After leaving the auto industry, and experimenting with other design avenues, his memories of his tailoring apprenticeship led him on his next endeavor: Fashion.

In 1993, the Craig Taylor collection of women’s shirting was launched and 20 years later, has evolved to include dresses, skirts and more. The line presents a modern take on vintage pieces, and is known for its striking prints, luxurious fabrics and flattering silhouettes. (Source: Myhabit.com)

Why I Love Them:

  • Meticulous attention to detail in the tailoring of his shirts,
  • Beautiful and comfortable fits of everything I own from this brand,
  • Timeless design appeal that is perfect season after season

These are some of the reasons I love this brand.

Try a few of their shirts and blouses then let me know if you have the same experience…comment below!

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Fashion Challenger: Board Short Sophistication

Fashion Challenger - Board Short SophisticationIf you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I try to tailor much of my device to the working women in the world.

Being an accountant by trade, I truly understand the struggle to remain stylish while operating in a very corporate environment.  That’s what brought me to this week’s challenge!  If you are a woman who doesn’t like skirts, then this is definitely a fashion challenge you’ll want to try.

About Board Short Sophistication:

  • Board shorts are a staple of the surfers (or other water sports enthusiasts) wardrobes
  • To make board shorts appropriate for the office, keep them knee length,
  • A slender stiletto heel is the most flattering when wearing board shorts in a sophisticated way,
  • The runways for Resort 2014 are heating up with a sophisticated polished version of the boars short, including: Chloe, Nina Ricci, Organics by John Patrick, CHANEL, and Bottega Veneta,
  • If the thought of wearing pencil skirts makes you feel dated, the use of a polished pair of board shorts will give the same effect
  • Board shorts worn in place of a pencil skirt are perfect for women with slender calves and/or narrow hips

Top 5 Fav Board Shorts:

Your Next Move:

Try this fun & oh so functional fashion challenge!  Wearing this as an alternative to a workplace classic will definitely turn heads.

Just remember to take pics and comment below.

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Fashion Byte: Cowboy Boots Made Boho Chic

Fashion Byte - Cowboy Boots Made Boho Chic

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Brand Spotlight: Nada Sawaya Handbags

Brand Spotlight-Nada Sawaya HandbagsWho They Are:

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, designer Nada Sawaya began her career studying gemology and creating jewelry.

In 1995 she launched Chiktok, a retail establishment that specialized in high-quality fashion jewelry and other accessories.

In 2006, Sawaya moved to New York City and decided to use her talent to create her own line of handbags, launching her eponymous label. Using materials such as exotic skins and laser cut leathers as her canvas, she aims to create luxurious, but practical, pieces.

Why I Love Them:

  • Her handbags are  chic and sophisticated,
  • These handbags use alot of natural materials and unique designs that can be worn as the standout item in a casual look or the “icing on the cake” for a more formal look,
  • The designs aren’t trendy, but very fashionable and timeless

Check out her handbags and let me know what you think…comment below!

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Fashion Byte: Cowboy Boots Made City Chic

Fashion Byte - Cowboy Boots Made City Chic

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Fashion Challenger: Cowboy in the City

Fashion Challenger -Cowboy in the CityBeing that winter hasn’t quite left us yet, along with my love of boots, I came up with this week’s challenge!

So cowboy boots are usually perceived as clunky and unstylish.  Most of us ‘city folks’ rarely wear them in anything other than a costume.  With that in mind, I decided to hunt down several styles of oh so fabulous cowboy boots that have style, polish, and versatility.

The main thing you need to know about cowboy boots is that the type of heel (say stack versus stiletto) and shape of the toe (think rounded versus pointy) can make them perfect for a relaxed or tailor look.

For this week’s challenge I want you to go to the shoe store or shoe department and find a pair of cowboy boots you would actually wear.

Fashion Challenger -Cowboy in the City

  • What are the colors, textures, and patterns that appeal to you?
  • Do you like the high-heel of the stiletto style cowboy boots or are slouchy stacked heels more your thing?
  • Name 3 items in your closet you would actually wear with the cowboy boots you’ve found.

This challenge is all about growing your wardrobe and stretching your sense of style.

Take pics and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Fashion Byte: Perforated for Business Attire

Fashion Byte - Perforated for Business Attire

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Brand Spotlight: Wildfox Couture

Brand Spotlight-Wildfox CoutureWho They Are:

Wildfox is a vintage-inspired women’s knitwear brand based in Los Angeles. Originally co-created by two women inspired by a love for vintage tee shirts and their friendship, the brand continues this legacy under the Creative Direction of founding partner Kimberley Gordon. Together with musician Jimmy Sommers as CEO and President of Wildfox, the brand was officially established in Los Angeles in 2007.

Known for its iconic campaigns, dreamlike quality, and clothes that tell a story, Wildfox has grown to include a full range of tops, bottoms, dresses, and skirts, while the White Label collection offers a range of luxuriously soft sweater knits, laces, chiffons, velour, and sequins. Wildfox Kids, the “little sister” adaptation of the women’s line, launched in 2009.

Today, Wildfox continues to develop its lifestyle brand with a wide range of Intimates, Swim, Sun, Denim and accessories. The brand can be found in retail boutiques nationwide including Ron Herman, Planet Blue, Akira, and Shopbop, along with select department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. But, the largest selection of Wildfox can be found right here at Wildfox.com. (Source: WildfoxCouture.com)

Why I Love Them:

  • There’s a sense of fun and freshness in their clothing.
  • They have some of the coolest wordplay tee shirts!  I always get asked where I got my tee shirt when I wear one from Wildfox Couture.
  • Mixing casual with professional is really fun and easy with this brand.  I’ll often wear one of their sweaters or tee shirts underneath a blazer and wear with jeans and stilettos.  The look is so chic yet approachable!
  • They have very comfortable sweats and loungewear which I love to wear as much as possible.

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Fashion Stylist Tip: Adding Flair to Corporate Attire

Fashion Stylist Tip - Business SuitWhen I’m working with clients who are senior and top executive level professionals, a question I always get is “how can I add more variety and flair to my work wardrobe?”

It’s a great question.

Many people on that level in their career are weary of rocking the boat in terms of the dynamics in their workplace.

Yes, this also includes how they dress.

Though this question mainly comes from women, many male executives want to know how to stop looking like a cookie cutter image of their colleagues and jazz up their career attire!

Due to this growing want to be more stylish and fun in a very corporate environment, I’ve come up with the following tips.  These tips will keep you within the guidelines of most business professional workplaces while still allowing you to indulge for in your flair for fashion!

Fashion Stylist Tip - Business SuitFashion Stylist Tip #1: Learn to add accessories in trendy and stylish ways.  This tip means for women to learn add colorful graphic print scarves to the traditional suit, wear small to medium size jewelry sets that add a punch of color or interest to your outfit, and wearing shoes with textured or intricate detail in traditional styles.  I’m personally in love with the classic pointy-toe 4″ pump.  This style is timeless and isn’t going anywhere.  Try a pair of these is a great materials other than traditional matte leather.  My favorite pumps are in patent leather, metallic leathers, satin or silk, beaded designs, etc.

Now for men, this tip can best be applied to things like the color/pattern of ties you wear with your suits, color and/or stripe in the collared shirt worn under your suit, novelty (but tasteful) cufflinks, and contrasting collared shirts.

Everyone needs to assess what they feel will or won’t best within their own workplace.

Fashion Stylist Tip #2: Get the details on your suits customized.  A good tailor and seamstress are truly worth their weight in gold!  For this tip, my goal is for the career man or woman to take the actual suits they wear to have it tailored specifically for them.  Yes, first for the perfect fit and inseam.  However, this tip goes beyond that.  Women have much more leeway here! Ladies, customize details such as having the buttons replaced on the suit jacket of your suit, have architectural details added to your blazer such as pintucks or a slight peplum flair, and having the hem of ankle length pants tailored to have ruching details at the bottom.

Men should really focus on the fit of their suit jackets and blazers.  Find a good tailor and habadashery that knows and understands the various classic and modern jacket and blazer styles for men.  Another way a suit jacket can be customized if for triangle styled faux handkerchiefs to be sewing into the breast pocket or slit of the jacket.

Fashion Stylist Tip - Business SuitFashion Stylist Tip #3: Play with pattern vs. color to create impact.  Since the colors that are deemed permissible (especially on a large scale) can be quite limiting for senior executives, I strongly suggest incorporating pattern and textures into your wardrobe instead.  Think pinstripe, argyle, plaid, houndstooth and paisley.  These patterns, even in more traditional colors can be quite dazzling.  Incorporating any two of these patterns together in the same look makes a big impact.  The only thing you have to ensure is that the colors in both patterns are exactly the same so you won’t look mismatched.  Houndstooth and argyle especially look good together!

Now that you have a few tips to get started, go to your closet and get to work!

Before you run out and purchase anything, see what you already have that can boost your look.

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