Styling Practice: Preppy Casual Metallic

Preppy Casual Metallic

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The Look:

Preppy, casual, and timeless all in one.  Being on a quest to liven up winter classics with the use of metallics, I had to highlight this look!

Why I Love It:

The navy trousers and crisp collared white button-up are complimented by a cropped pale gold metallic cardigan.  The addition of the cardigan brings a lighthearted and feminine element to such a classic (often stoic) look.  This a very versatile outfit that would look just as good on a college student as it would in a business casual environment or to an after-work happy hour.

*Fashion Stylist Tip:

  • Pair this look with a pair of black glitter or metallic stilletos and clutch for happy hour
  • Up the “sexy” factor by wearing the top few buttons of the shirt undone pair with a longline push-up bra
  • Keep this look professional by keeping makeup natural and minimal gold accessories
  • Layer a longer blazer on top of the cardigan to keep the look more boardroom worthy

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Fashion Challenger: Sneaker Villa

Fashion Challenger - Sneaker VillaNow that the weather is breaking a bit (well, at least this week:)  I was able to wear a few pairs of sneakers instead of my regular boots.

Being a bit of a shop-a-holic, I own sneakers from the plain to the extraordinary!

Knowing that I had more than a few client appointments today, wearing sneakers in a fun yet professional look definitely appealed to me.  This thought gave way to this week’s fashion challenge.   Affectionately named ‘Sneaker Villa’, this week’s challenge leads me to want to know, for all of my fellow fashionistas who happen to also be sneakerheads, how you wear sneakers.

All About Sneaker Villa

  • DKNY’s Platform Sneakers were a hit for Fall 2014 NY Fashion Week
  • Sneakers should have excessive room at the toe area.  Contrary to what one might expect, the foot actually gets longer and more narrow when you stand.  If a shoe is just right sitting down, odds are it will be too short when you get up.  Make sure to rise and walk around with your sneakers on before purchasing them
  • When you buy sneakers, be sure to take out the sneaker’s flimsy sock liner and slip in an insole, recommended by any podiatrist or decent shoe salesperson, which should allow you to flex your toes more effectively.  Nothing should be hitting you mid-arch. The insoles absorb shock, so exercise is easier on your body

Fashion Challenger - Sneaker VillaYour Next Move:

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, it’s time for you to march to your closet and start pulling out a few pairs of sneakers.

Try a look that’s more polished with a solid colored pair of wedge sneakers.  Think of this as a look you would be able to wear on ‘Casual Friday’.  The second look I want you to try is one that’s all about fun!  Go for boldness, color, textures, and height.  Go for a look you would wear to an 80’s party or theme party.  I want you to go nuts on this one:)

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La Mere Layering Technique – Love from Italy

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Fashion Blogger Ilaria from Italy

This just in!

A fabulous blogger buddy of mine, Ilaria at My Way To Be Myself, showed up and showed out in her practicing my La Mere Layering Technique all the way from Italy!

See her thought about the process and pictures below.

  • Thoughts about La Mere Layering Technique:

“I consider this experience as a workshop, a way to communicate with the world, expressing ideas, watching people expressing theirs and learning from that.

Layering is often an underestimate aspect, as people easily think that a t-shirt and a sweater should be enough. It could be, but not always. I like when I can actually see what I’m wearing, so When I practice layering I decide giving relevance to details: the collar of shirt appearing from the sweatshirt or a funny tank under the blazer or cardigan.

 

In this case I chose the second option, homagin with an Alcott man t-shirt a great US President from the past, J.F.Kennedy, in a quite particular way 🙂 On the top a black cardigan, a black Zara quilted jacket and a scarf stolen from my boyfriend’s closet. To complete the outfit, an asimmetric skirt and a pair of Italian Oxford shoes. A total black with white, blue and red (colors of the US flag) details. It’s always all about details 😉

 

I really enjoyed this experience as layering means the possibility to play with clothes, colors and images, as fantasy could suggest. In my country, Italy, we need this stuff in winter, as it’s always quite cold.

Thanks to Janelle for this opportunity and I hope working again with her in future. Ilaria”

Enjoy her the slide show of all the pics she did for the demonstration:)

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Fashion Challenger: Blush, Fuchsia & Tan

Fashion Challenger - Blush, Tan & Fuchsia 1Flipping through the pages of my favorite fashion mag, I came across an ad that instantly got my attention.

The colors of blush, fuchsia, and tan were smattered all throughout the advertisement and I found it utterly refreshing!

That got me to thinking about what I could do for this week’s fashion challenge, and you guessed it…it was something with this fun and feminine combinations of colors!

All About Blush, Fuchsia & Tan:

  • Tan or rather, Sand (Pantone 15-1225) is one of the Pantone Colors for Spring 2014
  • Both blush and fuchsia are pinker shades of Pantone Colors for Fall 2014 Mauve Mist (Pantone 15-3207) and Sangria (Pantone 19-2047)
  • All three colors can be worn together in a palette that’s both dazzling and feminine
  • Tan and blush, being considered softer more neutral tones, pair well with bolder colors
  • Tan and blush are timeless & seasonless colors (Yup, you can wear them anytime of year in any season!)

Fashion Challenger - Blush, Tan & Fuchsia  2Your Next Move:

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, it’s time for you to march to your closet and start pulling out pieces in these three colors.

To try something more suited for career attire, wear fuchsia in a print (such as paisley) or the color of an accessory.  For the bolder or the more bohemian fashionistas, try wearing fuchsia as the main color in either a richly tailored item or in a flowy top or skirt.

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La Mere Layering Technique – Love from The Philippines

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Fashion Blogger Dianne Alejo of Dianne’s Little Adventure

As I trudge along in the chilly weather of winter (I’m in the northeast in the US, but it’s a beautiful sunny day today!), I find myself absolutely addicted to my La Mere Layering Technique!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you know, I love to ask fellow fashion bloggers to try out new things I’ve come up with.  Today, I’m receiving support from a blogger friend in The Philippines named Dianne of Dianne’s Little Adventure.  She was lovely enough to include a fabulous little write-up and pictures of her demonstrating my technique!

  • Here are her thoughts about the process:

“I find the whole layering thing quite interesting. I thought I won’t be able to pull it off, especially in a tropical country like the Philippines. Upon following the steps and trying to make it appropriate with our weather, I was able to layer clothes like a pro 😉 What I love about this is how I can customize the layers accordingly. I can mix-and-match the different layers and come up with different outfits.

Thanks for the La Mere Layering technique, Janelle. I really had fun with this technique.”

She was so kind to include many pictures, so I thought a slideshow was called for…enjoy!

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Want to get in on the layering fun?  Then feel free to try out the technique and let me know your results!

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Networking for Newbies

Networking for Beginners 1Networking…it’s a word that can evocate fear and dread in the heart of professionals, both new & seasoned alike.  Speaking from my own personal experience, I relocated to Philadelphia about two years ago and I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the thought of having to learn to network all over again in a new city!    Yet alas I did just that.  Here are my top seven tips on how to efficiently and effectively network as a beginner.

Tip #1: Start Small – Like anything else in life, it’s best to start your networking efforts out on a small scale for them to be sustainable.  At least until you feel out the environment and personalities of those within your field.  Being friendly with co-workers and attending some events they invite you to will allow you to begin networking without becoming overwhelmed or uncomfortable.

Tip #2: Research Your City – The power of the World Wide Web is at your fingertips to do more than see what Beyoncé wore (and did!) at the Grammy’s.  Use the power of the internet to research some of the best places and events for likeminded people in your city.

Tip #3: Join Groups on Meetup.com Going further with the concept of online research, meetup.com can be an extremely helpful tool in meeting others who are interested in networking.

Networking for Beginners 2Tip #4: Attend Happy Hours This may sound cheesy but it really works! I’d advise you to look for upscale happy hours around the city.  Think 4 & 5 star hotels.   Hotel bars and lounges are a great place to network for two reasons: 1) there are lots of people who are just in town for a few days and don’t necessarily want to venture out too far.  2) Since you aren’t likely to run into these people again because they’re traveling (usually for work) you don’t have to be mortified if you make a blunder or mess up during a conversation.  This is one of the best places for beginners to network.

Tip #5: Attend cultural events and festivals in your city – Every city usually has something of a cultural nature going on throughout the different seasons of the year.  Whether it’s an event sponsored by a museum, an auto show, or a famous entertainer coming to town.  There’s usually something going on.  If it’s a big event, it’s likely to be well publicized and therefore easy to find out about.  However, if it’s something more low-key, you may have to ask around to co-workers and friends with whom you share common interests.  These events are great for beginners because you’ll be in an environment in which already interests you.  This will make talking to new people less daunting since you’ll have an easy starting point to a conversation.

Tip #6: Attend social gatherings hosted by your job – This is one of the hands-down easiest ways for a beginner to network.  With that being said, it’s also one of the easiest ways to damage your reputation if not handled properly.  If you do decide to attend social events hosted by your employer, please proceed with caution.  Remember these people are your professional peers and managers.  This means act like you are still at work and watch what you say as well as how much you drink!  I’d advise no more than 2 alcoholic drinks and to leave well before the event is over.

Networking for Beginners 3Tip #7: Join Toastmasters – This tip is a two-for-one.  Toastmasters is a great platform for networking but it’s also an excellent organization to help you with public speaking skills.  As a newbie to networking these are two areas where you want to hone your skills.  Go to their website, find a chapter near you, and contact the person listed.  You’ll be able to attend one of their meetings as a “guest” which is totally free of charge.

Ready…set…network!  Follow these seven tips to begin your life long journey to meeting new people, nurturing relationships, and networking like a pro.

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Foundation Colour Theory

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