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Why Black Pumps Are the Shoe Every Woman Needs in Her Closet

Black Pumps, Boring But Necessary.

Black  pumps. Are they boring? Kind of. But, are they necessary? Yes! This is one of those needs vs. wants things.  In the food pyramid of clothing,  a plain black pump falls into the veggie category, not the sweets category. Nobody really wants to eat them, but they need them to sustain a healthy body. Eating sweets would be way more fun. And the same goes for the black pump.

Most people don’t really want spend a chunk of their clothing budget on a “boring” shoe like the black pump, but it’s a building block in your wardrobe. In fact, if you invest in a plain black pump now it’ll save you money in the future. With the black pumps we’re talking about, you probably won’t need a different black pump for every occasion. When you have a classic pump in your closet that goes with just about everything,  just like your veggies, it will take you further than a piece of cake.

Black pumps are versatile.

Time and again we meet with clients that are missing this key element in their wardrobe.  We’ve realized maybe it’s time to give the classic black pump a little PSA. It’s one of those pieces it pays to invest in.  It will end up being one of, IF NOT the most versatile shoe in your wardrobe. It goes with just about everything from jeans, to dresses. It’s that versatile, and a classic if chosen correctly.

Rules for picking a classic black pumps…

The 13 Essential Undergarments Every Woman Should Own

The Real Deal About Undergarments

Talking about undergarments isn’t so glamorous, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had. The truth is most women don’t put enough thought into what goes UNDER their clothes. Think about it…it’s sorta like putting a new roof on your house. It’s a necessity not everyone truly gets to appreciate, but the benefits make a HUGE difference in the long run.

Bottom line – Undergarments are essential to making your outfit (and you) look it’s best.

Here’s the harsh truth people –  Your undergarments are the base to every outfit and the most important items you’ll wear Every. Single. Day.  If what’s underneath isn’t properly prepped, what’s on top ain’t gonna be lookin’ fine either. Listen, we’ve all seen it…

Girl Crush x 2: Tina Kanis + Lela Rose = Fabulous

Girl Crush, What is it??

It’s time for a girl crush again! One of the best aspects of my job is the girl gang I get to meet and the really cool stuff they know about and are willing to share. If you’re a newer reader or don’t remember, (I haven’t crushed in a while) the Girl Crush feature is when I highlight one of the awesome women I have the honor of knowing, and she dishes on some of her favorite things and current obsessions. It’s kind of like having coffee with your gal pal and swapping fab finds.

Tina Kanis: Girl Crush and Friend

This crush is a twofer (a two for one) in a few different ways. Tina is both a friend and a crush. Tina and I believe we were destined to be friends, so much so that we both think it might have been orchestrated from above. She’s lives in Michigan and I’m in Ohio (you know that whole football thing) but we got over that quickly…

We first met when we were randomly assigned to be roommates at a stylist event in NYC 6 years ago. And at the end of our very fun 3 day stint in the big apple, exchanged emails, cell numbers and of course, became Facebook friends…

What’s random isn’t random…

Fast forward a couple of years, and in March of 2016 on a seemingly random night…

What to Wear on Your Next Shopping Trip That’ll Save you Time and Money

Approach Your Next Shopping Trip Like a Pro.

We are shopping pros. When we go on a shopping trip (with a client or with friends) we shop with purpose and we don’t like to waste time. We’re not like the Whirling Dervish or anything like that, but we’re on a mission when we go on a shopping trip.  We know where to go, and have in mind what to get.  We try to know every clean bathroom in every shopping spot between here and Timbuktu and we’ve even mastered eating and shopping at the same time.  Like we said, we’re pros.  We have to be efficient to make the most out of our time with our clients.  So, since time is of the essence here,  we’ll cut right to the chase. When you shop you have to wear an outfit that’ll SAVE YOU TIME and won’t slow you down.

Wear the Right Shopping Outfit.

You might think, who cares? Why does it even matter? But, it does. Remember the last time you went shopping and wore something that was a pain in the butt to take off? That day you spent half your time buttoning and unbuttoning and lacing up boots, or shoes to just say, the heck with it. I’ll just buy it now, and try it on at home to then realize you’ve wasted the time schlepping it back to the store because it didn’t fit. Or instead, you totally wasted the money because you were too lazy to take it back, and now it’s sitting in your closet with the tags on it.  And all of this because you were wearing an outfit that was a headache to shop in. Next time, try a stylist approved outfit, one that’s comfortable, easy on, and easy off. But that looks put together, but not sloppy. It’s a tall order but it’s do-able. And, in the end, it’ll save you both time and money.

What to wear on your next shopping trip:

Have you heard that saying “shopping is my cardio”? Well, the same way there’s a right and wrong way to be dressed to get the maximum benefit from your yoga or spin class, there’s also a right way to dress for maximum efficiency in a shopping trip.

All outfits have key elements and a shopping outfit is no different. We’re breaking it down (right down to the skivvies actually) as to what you need to wear the next time you’re out for a day of retail therapy…

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts to Get Yourself

Valentine’s Day is NOT for Flowers and Chocolate.

Valentine’s Day can stress us out.  Most of the time we wait until the last minute to get dinner reservations and then can’t find a place to go because it’s crowed with young lovers. Or we can’t find babysitters, or don’t trust our kids to be home alone (party?!?) and don’t know what gifts to buy for one another either. Does any of this sound familiar? The guys are sweet, and thoughtful and ask what kinds of gifts to shower us with, but we never know what to say. Valentine’s Day is a made up holiday, so an extravagant gift just doesn’t seem right. But it’s nice to both give and receive a little something thoughtful. So we think, and think some more.  We know that we don’t want flowers because they’re over priced and die, and we don’t want chocolate because, you know, we’d eat it all and then not be happy. “WE” means each and every one of us because this is a common Valentine’s Day theme. So what kind of gifts do WE want?

Gift yourself.
Well, “WE” decided on jewelry. Not the expensive, rare gemstone type. Instead, the fun, costume, brassy, beaded, leathery, inexpensive kind that makes us swoon. These are the pieces that finish off an outfit in an effortless, cool girl kind of way. They say you tried, but not too hard…  The kind of jewelry you can wear with jeans and a t-shirt. The kind that you can buy for yourself without guilt. Leave the carats for your birthday,  and get some of this cool brassy, beaded, leathery stuff. And if you feel so inclined, pick it out,  wrap it up, and sign his name to it. You might even be doing him the favor by taking the guess work out of it.

The Gifts “WE” Want for Valentine’s Day

What to Wear on Go RED for Women Day

Wear RED This Friday
The color RED.  It makes us think of love… Red roses, red hearts, Valentines Day – it’s like the poster child color for the month of February. It’s also THE color to wear this Friday, February 2 to show support for the American Heart Association. Why? Because this Friday is GRFW Day (Go Red For Women). The American Heart Association is encouraging people to wear RED to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and to help save lives. By wearing RED you can join in the fight against heart disease and stroke. It’s a little something you can do to show support, because when we come together, there’s nothing we can’t do.

Picture it – a whole sea of people, nation wide, wearing RED – it’s powerful and it’s pretty – just like women.
Chances are you know someone affected by heart disease and stroke, because about 2200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day. That’s in average of one death every forty seconds. Cardiovascular diseases, which includes stroke, claim the lives of about one woman every 80 seconds unnecessarily — because about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable with education and action. Raise awareness and fund the fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Got RED?!?
If your closet is like most peoples, it’s probably somewhat void of color. That’s ok. No judgement here. But, if you want to show your support for heart health by wearing RED, you may need to buy something. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered… (btw, it’s Hallie writing this week). I scoured the Macy’s website and picked out some fabulous red pieces if you’re on the hunt for something RED, everything is under $250 and most are under $100  – so it’s as easy as 1, 2, click and support.
Wondering What to Wear? Try This…

The Coolest Evening Bags for a Night Out.

The Coolest Evening Bags for a Night Out.

Evening bags. The last puzzle piece.
Evening bags are often a void in our clients wardrobes when we first meet with them.  At one point I wasn’t any different – btw, it’s Elana writing this week.  When I first started working with Hallie, (meaning, as a client “worked” – if you didn’t know I started as a client, you can read about it here.) Anyway, back then,  I didn’t have an evening bag to my name. I would either stuff my pockets with my belongings or call my Mother-In-Law (whom is a very good sharer) in a panic begging to borrow one of hers. Hallie called my void, “a hole in my wardrobe”.  The problem was I would concentrate so much on the perfect outfit for the occasion that I’d forget the last piece to the puzzle, which was the essential evening bag. But, Hallie put a stop to that. She taught me that little bag made a big impact. The puzzle can’t be complete without the last piece, right? 

Bottom Line There are 3 Types of Evening Bags EVERY Girl Needs…

The Affordable Wardrobe Staples I Wear On Repeat

My 5 Go-To, Non-Boring Wardrobe Staples
I was thinking about the pieces in my closet that were on the heaviest rotation. My favorites of 2017,  my best of list. The pieces that I go to over and over again that never disappoint. What surfaced were 5 go-to, non-boring wardrobe staples that always give my outfits that finishing touch. And the perk is THEY’RE ALL AFFORDABLE.

When I asked my go-to gal Elana to come up with her own list, guess what? Her list was pretty similar! The actual items we have aren’t the same, and our styles are not really the same (she’s younger, cooler and more edgy than me). And our shape and build isn’t the same either. But yet, these 5 pieces were each of our go-to’s. Hmmmmm. That got me thinking. What about these 5 wardrobe staples makes them so useful? And so versatile? IMHO, it’s because they’re pieces that easily add a little oomph to an outfit, BUT not so much oomph they couldn’t be worn again because they were just too memorable.

One important note…