Homecoming Dresses for the Win

School has started (Thank G-d). And if you have a high schooler, specifically a high school girl, she’s got ONE thing on her mind… where they’re going to find their homecoming dresses. I know this is true because my daughter has been talking about it ad nauseam, as have her friends, as have clients and readers who have been reaching out looking for suggestions about where to find their homecoming dresses.  I gotta be real here though, I am struggling with finding a homecoming dress for my daughter. Ironic right? Like this is my job! But when it comes to family it can get complicated.  In past years, honestly, I’ve been a little judgy looking at girls homecoming and prom photos. When I see them half naked, posing in all their glory, I’ve thought to myself (and heard from others) how could their parents let them go out of the house like that?!? But this year, with a daughter in high school, it’s my turn to eat crow. Because what she likes and sees as good looking, and what I like are not totally the same! Let’s just say karma’s a bitch baby.

They’re Basically Naked

I have a  non-psychological, psychological analysis as it relates to homecoming dresses…

Anthropologie, There’s a lot to Love right now

Back in June, I wandered into our local  Anthropologie and actually walked out with a big old bag of clothes! For myself that is! That doesn’t usually happen for me there. The Anthro aesthetic is somewhat girly and romantic and that’s not typically how I’d describe my vibe. Don’t get me wrong, I have a ton of success there with my clients whose style falls in the elevated boho and feminine realm. But for me, personally, the pieces never really become part of my repertoire… Until now.

I’m not sure if they’ve changed or I have…I used to go into Anthro and everything I put on felt like I was wearing a costume. Again, I loved it on other people, but I felt like I couldn’t pull it off. In the last couple of seasons though, the collections feel a little more toned down and tailored. Some things even border on edgy. At the same time, my horizons are expanding. Adding details like color and patterns seems fresh these days. My inner boho has been set free!!

Basically, I’ve been living in (and loving) my haul from earlier this summer. The good news is many of the items are still available AND a lot are even on sale!! Stores are gearing up for fall with cashmere and cords, but there’s a lot of warmer weather still to be had, even for those of us that live in the snow belt!

Anthropologie Late Summer Haul (and Sale) Picks

What constitutes the BEST luggage?

Talking about a favorite luggage, be it brand or style, is kind of like talking about a favorite breed of dog. So much of it is personal preference and what aligns with your individual likes, dislikes, needs and values. There are a few features like roller wheels and weight that are basically required for a bag to be user friendly while traveling. But other than that, what makes a piece of luggage great??

Pass on the “Iconic” Luggage

Let’s not even talk about luggage like Louis Vuitton or Goyard. They are certainly iconic and lovely to look at. And very recognizable, like you might as well paint the price tag on the outside of your suitcase. But those pieces are not meant for the way most of us travel today. If I lived in the 1900’s, traveled by steamer ship and had a butler and ladies in waiting traveling with me, I’d be all over those logo happy brands. But, alas, I don’t…

I’m usually traveling by myself or with my family and schlepping my luggage thru multiple airports to get to my destination (that was a little bit of a dig at the airlines that have pulled out of Cleveland as a hub, meaning it’s dang hard to find a direct flight anymore!!) Bottom line, light weight roller bags are a need not just a want.

All roller bags are not created equal.

What’s better? Soft Sided? Hard Sided? 2 wheels? 4 wheels? The list could go on… We did a little recap from the many, many clients we’ve packed for and picked their brains about what they look for in luggage. Then we did a reader round up (and you guys were AMAZING!!) to find out what luggage you all think is best and why…

What is Reformation?

I was in NYC a few weeks ago with my daughter and her friend and we spent a few hours at the Reformation store in SoHo. The clothing there has a vintage vibe that’s super current (if that’s not an oxymoron, I don’t know what it…). More importantly, It’s a store that my teenage daughter and I can both agree on in terms of appropriateness, cool factor and ethos.

A Store for BOTH Mom and Teen

We were pleasantly surprised to find things we BOTH will wear at Reformation.  And, that’s not always easy. She doesn’t want to look like a middle aged mom (understandably), and I don’t want to look like that middle aged mom trying to look like a teenager. Sadly, we’ve all seen that before, and it ain’t pretty. Reformation is kind of that perfect middle ground. And the price point is in the $30 – $200 range for most items, so while slightly indulgent for my daughter, the price doesn’t make me want to puke either.

If I had to explain Reformation, I’d call it ethical fast fashion.

Reformation is true fast fashion. Typically stores/clothing lines take 12-18 months to develop a piece from sketch to store. At Reformation, a sketch can become a dress in about a month.  Meaning they’re designing and making what we want to wear NOW!

And, it’s ethical. They make their pieces from sustainable materials like…

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…