Brand Spotlight: A.L.C.

Brand Spotlight: A.L.C.

Fashion Stylist Tip: Stocking your closet with wardrobe basics and only buying 2 or 3 trendy pieces per season will help you always look stylish + save money!

Who They Are:

Andrea Lieberman may have begun her career as a stylist, but her aesthetic is worlds away from the OTT, more-is-more vibe that often reigns in magazine pages.

Lieberman says she is dedicated to creating “an understated sense of refinement” with easy, everyday clothes that will get noticed but are never attention-seeking.

She sticks to “what feels right now,” and addresses trends on her own terms. The result is of-the-moment, without seeming here today, gone tomorrow. (Source: Style.com

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Fashion Stylist Tip: Tailored pieces in bold colors equals a great wardrobe.

Why I Love Them:

  • A.L.C. offers wardrobe basics that every woman should have in her closet
  • The brand offers great tailored pieces that help define your wardrobe
  • The color palette is versatile–ranging from basic black & white to soft pastels and jewel tones

My Next Move:

I plan on adding more than a few A.L.C. items to my closet soon.  Some of my top picks include: A.L.C. Ziff Pant in RoseA.L.C. Pixey Tank in WhiteA.L.C. Anza Dress in Blood/Blue Fans, and A.L.C. Lace Side Ruched Strapless Dress in Bordeaux.

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La Mere Layering Technique Revisited

La Mere Layering Technique - Cassie Fairy in UK

Fashion Stylist Tip: Fellow fashion blogger, Cassie, tried my La Mere Layering Technique, and added stripped items for extra flair!

A few weeks ago a fashion blogger friend of my accepted a fun fashion challenge I had going on with the La Mere Layering Technique I created.

Cassie was kind enough to show how the technique worked in the frosty temperatures in the UK.  Her approach was simple.

  • “L” = Long.  Her longest layer was a long sleeve t-shirt.
  • “C” = Cropped. Her cropped or hip-length layer was a stripped pullover sweater.
  • “S” = Structured.  A fan vintage gray blazer finished the look to add that sophisticated touch.
  • “O” = Overlap. A stripped scarf was chosen for this.

Click on the picture to read Cassie’s original post!

Have you tried my La Mere Layering Technique yet?

If not, do so asap and share your experiences & comments below!

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Fashion Challenger: Fringe for Career Attire

fashion challenger fringe

Personal Stylist Tip: Fringe is a great accent on clothes & handbags

This week, I’m taking on a fashion challenge that has everything to do with looking and being fabulous at work!

Your career attire can be fun as well as functional when you throw seasonal trends in the mix.

Weekly Fashion Challenger: This week’s fashion challenge,  if you so choose to accept it, is all about fringe.  Fringe is a haute trend for spring and I want see if you can add a bit of it in your career wardrobe.  But before we start, here’s a bit more about the trend.

All About Fringe:

  • Fringe is a haute trend for 2014
  • Fringe was seen on the Spring 2014 runways of: Roberto Cavalli, AltuzarraMoschino, Gucci, Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander and many more
  • Fringe can be worn as a great accent on dresses, pants, handbags, skirts, gloves, and jewelry
  •  The fringe trend is versatile and can have a more western theme (think CHANEL Dallas show) or a 1920’s flapper flair
  • Fringe is very feminine and works well with the soft palette of colors for 2014 by Pantone
  • Fringe is versatile and was seen in both evening wear and casual looks on the runway

Your Next Move: I want you to go to your closet and see what items you have that are fringe and coordinate one or two of them in a cool look for work.

Don’t have anything with fringe on it?  What fringed items can you add to your wardrobe to work with what you already have?

*Fashion Stylist Tip: This would be a great time to use the “La Mere Layering Technique” and add a cool fringe vest underneath of a blazer or structured jacket.

Comment below and send pictures!

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Brand Spotlight: Angela & Roi

Angela&RoiWho They Are:  I recently came across a brand of handbags that is particularly interesting. The brand in the spotlight this week is Angela & Roi (angelaroi.com). 

They’re a company that was started by a couple whose products are based upon fashion, style, and philanthropy!   

Why I love them: There concept is simple, for each color there is a designated cause that’s supported.  Put simply, there’s a portion of the purchase price that’s donated to an associated charity.  Here’s their Donate by Color breakdown:

  • Angela&Roi2Black – Melanoma
  • Blue – Colon Cancer
  • Brown – Cancer
  • Gray – Diabetes
  • Green – Anxiety & Depression
  • Orange – Kidney Disease
  • Pink – Breast Cancer
  • Purple – Alzheimer’s
  • Red – AIDS/HIV
  • White – Lung Cancer
  • Yellow – Childhood Cancer

What I’m doing next:  My next step is to get my hands on about three handbags that I’m loving at the moment (specifically the Everyday Tote in Navy, Sunday Tote in Neon Yellow, Casual Shoulder in Brown, and the Ostrich Oversized Tote in Pink).

Check out this brand today and see how you can have a positive impact on not only your wardrobe, but others as well!

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Styling Practice: 1920’s Appeal

Photo Inspiration:

CHANEL Ad ~ Elle US,  January 2014 (Pic #2)

CHANEL Ad ~ Elle US, January 2014 (Pic #2)

CHANEL Ad ~ Elle US, January 2014

CHANEL Ad ~ Elle US, January 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Three Words that Came to Mind:

  • 1920’s
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Pearls

 

My Interpretation:

I selected some items from my style closet in order to complete this look.  Since my mannequin doesn’t have hair, I went with a 1920’s gangster inspired hat.  Worn at this angle, it adds edge to the look and compliments the feminine bra with pearls.  The winter white corduroy pants add elegance and timelessness (which are a big part of my own personal style🙂

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Roll Your Jeans & Clip Your Pants

Roll Your Jeans

Fashion Stylist Tip: Rolling your jeans & using clip hangers will help organize your closet!

If you’re a shopoholic/fashion addict like me you may suffer from the same issue as I do when it comes to storing your jeans…

…there’s no room in your closet!

As a woman who loves variety and has yet to meet a denim wash she didn’t love, jeans are definitely a big part of my wardrobe.

Though I love this most versatile piece of clothing, I could never seem to store them in a way that would prevent wrinkling.

Has this ever happened to you?

Well, that is until I had the fabulous idea to start storing my jeans in the same way I pack them.

The concept is simple.

Step 1: Roll Your Jeans like you would when packing

Just roll your jeans in order to store them in your closet!

This creates space and keeps them wrinkle free.

You just have to know how to roll them properly.  To help you with that task, I’ve included a short video.

If you happen to experience ANY wrinkles when you unravel your jeans, just use a steamer.

(My favorite steamer is Steamfast SF-435 Compact Fabric Steamer).

Step 2: Clip Your Pants, Trousers & Skirts

The next thing you want to do is clip all of your pants, trousers, and skirts on clip hangers.

If you have a lot of any of these items, then you need clip hangers (Ad naseum!)

To make it easier, below are the different types of pant/trouser hangers:

  • Individual clip hangers – these are hangers where you can hang one (at most two) pairs of pants  (The Clear 14″ Pant/Skirt Hangers, set of 25 is enough to get all of your pants/trousers/skirts neatly hung for under $20).
  • Open-ended swinger hangers – no this isn’t referring to an alternative lifestyle, but it is a fancy type of hanger!  (I have mixed feelings about these hangers, but my favorites are Jobar Slacks Hangers Open Ended pants Easy Slide Organizers).  They work best with pants that are lightweight.  Think career attire slacks, khakis, etc.

So try the rolling technique & check out each type of hanger then let me know what works for you!

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How to Fold a Sweater to Increase Storage Space in Your Closet

How to Fold Sweaters

Fashion Stylist Tip: Folding sweaters creates max space in your closet!

Answer this question FAST:

If you won a $5,000 shopping spree, would you be able to properly fit your new stuff into your closet?

Or better yet, do the clothes you already have properly fit into your closet?

I’m guessing no, and that’s a huge problem. Most of us only take about five minutes to pick what we’re going to wear for the day, and if we don’t immediately SEE something, we forget it’s there and aren’t maximizing our wardrobe therefore wasting money.

You need a better plan.

Folding Sweaters to Increase Storage Space in Your Closet

It’s cold outside, have you taken the time to fold the sweaters in your closet?

If not, you are wasting precious space by trying to hang those sweaters on hangers.

Below is a quick video I found on YouTube (admittedly not created by me!) on how to fold sweaters:

The tips in this video are important for two reasons:

Reason #1:

The shape/contour of your sweaters will last longer when properly folded instead of hanging on a hanger.

If you are buying clothes as there are meant to be, as an investment, this is really important!

Maintain all aspects of your clothes is essential in building a wardrobe you love and making every dollar you spend on that wardrobe be a good investment.  Garment care has two parts cleaning/maintenance and storing.  Properly folding your sweaters has to do with storage.

Don’t have shelves in your closet?

No worries!  Use a large Space Saver bag or clear plastic bin (suitable for your living space) to store your sweaters when you aren’t wearing them.

Reason #2:

You will create space in your closet.

As a shopaholic by trade, choice, and default, I have to be ruthless when it comes to purchasing and storing what I buy.

To that end, folding sweaters is one of the easiest methods to create more space in my closets.  Go ahead and try this quick solution today & let me know how much space you saved!

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