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The Vest-a Common Conundrum Piece.

When we meet with a client for the first time we always ask about their conundrum pieces. And lately, the vest seems to be the conundrum culprit for quite a few clients. A conundrum piece as we call it is one of those pieces that every time you put it on it makes you say, “how am I supposed to wear this” or “what am I supposed to do with this”. Oh, and by the way, we aren’t talking about a sporty, Eddie Bauer type, fly fishing vest. There’s a place for those but that’s not the topic today.

We’re talking about a longer wool/cashmere, sweater, or fur vest. And the challenge of how to wear them for effortless style. But the answer isn’t as easy as a quick explanation. It’s more of a visual thing. So, instead of giving a quick answer, we’re offering up some quick style inspiration and how to’s…

The Basics of Vacation Packing.

Vacation packing doesn’t have to be tricky. One of us tells a really funny story about going on her honeymoon and packing so much that they needed an extra car just to carry all of her luggage. It was a surprise, so she didn’t actually know if she needed resort wear or ski wear, so she literally packed her entire closet. Funny, but not really funny. The anxiety people get about packing (and overpacking) is not a joke.

In the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (a TOTAL must see, btw) Midge was vacation packing and literally had an entire room filled with racks and racks of clothes to pack for her get away. It was quite a site – outrageous yet, somehow totally relatable too. Mrs. Maisel’s approach to packing is how many people pack for a resort vacation, WAY. TOO. MUCH! And the irony is when you’re packing resort wear, you don’t actually need that much.

What do you REALLY need when packing for Vacation?

Good question! And so good that we’ve gotten it from like 10 of you in the past week. Ya’ll must be chasing the sun! (PLEASE TAKE US WITH YOU!!!) So, needless to say, we’ve been on the hunt for good resort friendly pieces for many of our clients. And it’s been a bit of an internet hunt because it seems the stores don’t have a lot to pick from right now. But we’ve been on a mission and our sweat is your gain – we found some AMAZEBALLS pieces and you only need a few to be ready to go on your own beach vacay.

So, don’t pack for a month, because you truly don’t need it and most likely won’t miss it. Besides, most of the time a warm weather vacation only lasts about a week (sadly) anyway. So, here’s what you need…

As 2018 comes to an end, we want to thank you all for your continued interest and support. Truly, without you, this could never happen.  Wishing you a year filled with peace, love, and laughter.

2019 Bring. It. On!!

And now, back to the weekly fashion advice…

Are jeans tucked into boots over?

Let’s call this the second installment of panicked texts from a client that turns into a blog post. The first in this series was “Is it ok to wear pantyhose?” and that post has turned into our all-time #1 most popular and most googled post.

So needless to say when this text came in a few weeks ago I knew it was a blog post in the making.

“I have a very important question… Are jeans tucked into boots done? I feel like they don’t look current anymore.”

“Well, yes aaaand no. It’s not a cut and dry answer…”

So, we wrote a whole post about it and even included a video.

How to Know What Color Cami to Wear with a White or Cream Top.

In the midst of all the holiday shopping guide frenzies, this might seem like an odd topic to be posting about, but it’s a question that comes up again and again.  The big question…What color cami (or camisole) to wear under a light color top? And for clients, it’s often one of those Oprah “AH HA” moments when they find out the answer, and then realize it totally makes sense as to why their outfits always felt a little off…

If you’re wearing a white or cream color top that needs a cami under for see-thru reasons, you’d think the cami should match the top, right? So you’d choose to wear a cream, white, or nude cami so it will blend.  BUT, and here’s the BUT… What happens when you match a white cami to a white top is that when it’s tucked into your bottoms,  you see a weird line where the waistband of the pant meets the tucked in cami. (Just like Hallie in the picture above.)  That disturbs the visually elongating line most of us are going for in the whole “dressing is an optical illusion thing”.

What’s the Answer??

There are 2 simple answers!!

What’s in and what’s out in Men’s Fashion

After we published the post last week “How To Make Gift Giving Easy” we quickly found out that you desperately want to buy for the man in your life (a gazillion of you clicked on the Adidas joggers and now only large sizes are left – but we found them here for you too just in case you still want them). Anyway, we’ve been talking about writing a post on how to update your man’s wardrobe for some time now, but the urgency just didn’t seem like it was there, so we put it off. But after last week, boom it hit us in the face. We realized what better time to talk about men’s fashion than now while you’re obviously all in the height of the gift-giving season.

Just as with women’s wardrobes,  for men, accessories are the key to updating season to season. And as powerful as accessories are in making an outfit great, they’re equally responsible for making an outfit look outdated and out of place. Generally speaking, accessories can be found at a more reasonable price point than a suit or jacket and they pack a lot of punch, so they’re ideal to give as gifts – especially for a guy that would never indulge himself.

The 6 Accessories that’ll Update your Man’s Wardrobe ASAP…

FOLD YOUR SWEATERS.

Save your sweaters! We don’t mean “save” as in hoard them, and don’t ever give them up. We mean save your sweaters by taking good care of them.  Wanna know how to give them the best life they can possibly have? Easy, FOLD YOUR SWEATERS! How do you know when to fold them, and when it’s OK to hang them. And why the heck are we talking about this in the middle of summer? Even summer weight sweaters get ruined by being hung.

Check out our sweater folding tips and tricks to give all of your sweaters the best life possible.

Shop Your Closet.

Once upon a time (like 8 years ago) I (Elana) had way too much in my closet, but still felt the need to shop every time I had an event. I’d run out and buy something new. But, then I started working with Hallie (as a client – I fessed up to it all here). Hallie was like my knight in shining armor (well,  shining accessories) and rescued me. She taught me how to shop my own closet BEFORE going out to shop.  I was surprised to find out I had plenty of pieces that could be paired back to other pieces creating new and interesting outfits, but back then I had no idea how to do it. That’s how so many of our clients feel initially. Learning to shop my closet was a total game changer, and gone are the days that I shop every single time I have an event. 

Now that I work with Hallie, I get to help clients learn the art of shopping their own closets first!!

No need to shop the stores, shop your closet first!

Here’s the thing, and it’s key to learning to shop your closet…

Have an arm party-stack it with bracelets.

This whole arm party thing has been around for quite a while and sometimes we need to check in and see if “trends” are still relevant. First though, we need to discuss WHAT AN ARM PARTY IS anyway? Basically, it’s stacking a bunch of bracelets on your wrist at once. Thus creating a par-tay on your arm. The bottom line is, YES, it is totally still current and in style. But just like a dinner party, there are subtle details that will make your party a hit or a flop.  

Summer’s an optimal time for an arm party because in the warmer months there’s more skin to show, more wrist space that’s screaming to be adorned. And again, like we talked about a few weeks ago, we have less layers to contend with so it helps us feel put together when we throw on more accessories to compensate for the loss of clothing. In a nutshell the bracelets, or the “arm party” are becoming your 3rd piece and taking place of heavy cardigans or jackets that are usually covering up your wrists. Now that we’ve established stacking bracelets is still “in”, read on for the do’s and don’ts and have your own arm party.

A Travel Shoe or Two. Three at Most

We’ve been packing for our clients a lot. Like, a lot, a lot. Maybe you’ve even seen it on Hallie’s Insta stories. And, regardless of the final destination, the common theme has been the dire need of travel shoes. And the desire NOT to over pack in the shoe department. Most people think they need waaaay more shoes than they do to go on a trip. This is the deal, shoes take up A LOT of room in your suitcase (and your weight restrictions). USE THAT SPACE WISELY!

We’ve helped pack for Cali, Arizona, Florida, Italy, France, Portugal, Ireland, Vietnam, Israel, you name the destination, and we’ve probably assisted in packing for it.  And, it hasn’t seemed to matter what the weather is at the final destination, hot, cold, humid, or wet, all of these traveling gals have had the same conundrum, what shoes to pack and how many are really needed? And we figured, hey, if this has been the common theme, then why not put it out there for you, too. 

Travel Shoe Tips from the Pros: 

Build your outfit based on your travel shoes.

Literally, this has been life changing for many of our clients (men and women alike) START FROM THE GROUND UP. Start with your shoes and build the outfits from there. The shoe makes the outfit so when it comes to travel let the shoe start out the outfit. It really helps to cut down on the amount of shoes you need to schlep with you. If you have one or two good travel shoes that you can wear around all day or night that’s all you need. Don’t over pack in the shoe department. Give it a try, and save the space for shoe shopping on your trip.