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Iro slouchy mid calf boot at Haven Chagrin Falls

Mid-Calf Boots, REALLY??

When I say mid-calf boots are in, let me preface this by saying they are JUST hitting the scene. Meaning If you go to NY or LA you’ll see people wearing them. Brands like, Aquazzura, Isabel Marant and  The Row are making them. And stylists and Instagram girls are styling them. BUT mid-calf boots have not quite hit the mainstream yet. The operative word is YET…

This happens in all fashion but especially with footwear. Like, remember 4 years ago when I wrote about sock booties? Or 2 years ago when I wrote about white booties? When you first read those posts you might have been hesitant, thinking, does she REALLY know what she’s talking about?? But now I’m guessing both of these trends feel like do-able fashion options, RiGHT??? 

It’s challenging to adopt trends early, but the earlier they’re integrated into your wardrobe the more bang for the buck you get out if the pieces.  That being said, if a trend is adopted too early it can feel strange and like you’re being a poser – and that’s a crappy feeling. SO there is a sweet spot (which honestly is different for everyone) where it feels new and slightly edgy but not like you’re a total outlier.

How to wear Mid-Calf Boots…

marled sweater and leaf

Cake or Frosting? What’s that have to do with Fashion?

When I meet with wardrobe clients, they’re often looking for a fashion fix. Because their outfits are not totally hitting the mark. Step 1 of the personal wardrobing process is an analysis of what they have in their closet and what style they gravitate towards. I’ll often use the analogy that when getting dressed and shopping for clothes, people usually fall into one of two camps –  you’re either a frosting person or a cake person.

Just knowing what camp you fall in to is the first step of the fashion fix. Frosting people tend towards items with lots of interest (this can be great, but if you have too many things with details and not enough basics to balance out those hero pieces, your wardrobe can become too overdone and sugary). On the flip side, cake people are really into basics, they shy away from too much going on and their wardrobes can feel kind of boring.

So, WHAT are you?? A cake person or a frosting person?

Black homecoming dress with sleeves

The Homecoming Dress Dilemma

My daughter, Maggie, is taking over the blog this week. It’s all about homecoming dresses and she, just like most high school girls has a very strong opinion about what they want to wear for homecoming.
This year, happily, we found a homecoming dress we both could agree on. Not an easy task btw… As we were going through the process, or a better descriptor might be the negotiation, Maggie voiced a distinct opinion on the subject. I thought her take on it was an interesting insight from the POV of the teen, the person that actually needs to wear said homecoming dress…

So without further adieu…Here’s Maggie

The Teen’s Point of View

Last year my mom did a blog post on what to wear to homecoming from a mother’s perspective. And while YES, a parents’ perspective is super-duper important, I think the perspective of a teenage girl is too. As a high school girl in 2019, I can tell you…

Are Fanny Packs In Again?? YES!

From looking at my reader analytics I’d say more than half of you have already lived thru the whole fanny pack thing once, and like me, it was a few decades ago.

And maybe also like me, you had a LeSportSac fanny pack, that you really should have given away, but you kept it for those practical times… like hiking or traveling. You knew in your heart of hearts the moment of the fanny pack being a cool fashion statement was over. But the practical you had a hard time giving it up. Loud, audible sigh… and cue Weird Al Yankovic’s White and Nerdy

Rejoice, The Bum Bag/Fanny Pack/Belt Bag IS once again in fashion!

These past few seasons, fanny packs have become more than just mainstream, I’d even say they’ve become chic! The practical and the fashionable have intersected, and I for one could not be happier! Let’s call this a throwback accessory!

No matter your age, style aesthetic or price range there’s a fanny pack that can work for you. They can look very ladylike and they can feel very sporty spice as well. It’s all about the bag you pick and how you put it together.

How to Wear A Fanny Pack

So many cool ways to style this – here are a few of my favorites for inspiration…

Red and Yellow, yep it works!

Recently, I have been totally drawn to outfits that combine red and yellow together. Individually each of these colors can make an outfit feel up to date. However, when they’re combined, in the right way, it’s like putting MSG on your outfit. The color combo just makes everything explode, in the best way.

Honestly, if you asked me 2 years ago about putting red and yellow together in an outfit I’d have told you it reminded me of McDonald’s golden arches, and probably warned you to stay away from it. But now, it feels eye-catching, modern and oh so right.

Here are some rules to help you mix this color combo even more effortlessly.

Rules for Wearing Red and Yellow.

– Firstly, make sure there is another grounding color to tone down the red and yellowishness. Denim, both dark and light wash look great.
– The yellow should be more of a French’s mustard yellow than traditional mustard which had more brown undertones.
– When the red and yellow have the same color saturation values, they play nicely together – meaning,  a pastel yellow looks better with a pink than a bold red.
– Lastly, if yellow (or red) is not your “color”  try wearing it as a shoe, belt or other accessories, something that’s not next to your face. You’ll get the impact of the color without looking washed out.

The TOP 3 Jewelry Trends to Add Right Now

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… Accessories are where it’s AT if you want to change up your outfits, freshen up your look and get the most bang for your buck. And for what we’re talking about today, we mean accessories as in jewelry.  Not diamonds are a girl’s best friend kind of jewelry (although, they ARE and they do DO the job well). We’re talking about the more price friendly version. The fun trends in costume jewelry that simply and affordably give new life to your basics. And, bonus, make your outfits feel au currant (aka up-to-date)

Personally and professionally we are big believers in the magic of jewelry and it’s role as the “parsley” of the outfit. We talked about it in depth here. So we won’t go into it, but just know jewelry is your outfit BFF.

This season there are 3 jewelry styles that make any outfit feel fresh and new…

Spring Break in Europe

Spring Break is coming up quickly. Whether you’re dreaming of a resort getaway (see here) or debating what to pack for a European vacation – the time has come to officially start thinking about what to pack. I kid you not, I’ve gotten 5 requests in the past few weeks asking what to pack for late March in Europe.  You, lucky people, are headed to Italy, France, England, and Spain, and that’s just who has reached out.  The what to pack for Spring Break in Europe question is causing some serious angst, so I’m here to help! And I figured it was the making of a well-needed blog post to boot.

When traveling to Europe the goal is to be comfortable and chic, while somewhat blending in with the natives so you’re not sticking out like a sore thumb…

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…