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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 COAT, Yes, it is THAT good!

There are coats and there is THE COAT! The coat is an internet sensation that has won over the hearts of fashionable women, living in cold climates everywhere. And even though the weather is so up and down (-10 one day and 50 degrees the next) This coat is worth it, especially on those super cold days. Think of it as a grown-up version of the beloved and very sought after Cabbage Patch Doll of the 1980’s – – –  everyone wants it. And I must say, for good reason. It even has it’s own Instagram page!!

I was not a super early adopter on this one, some people commented on my FB feed that they have had this coat for a year or more, smart ladies!! I’d seen it on other bloggers I follow and thought it was good looking. And at $130 worth a shot.  I ordered it in November and was so happy I did. Because when winter finally became winter, like serious, -10 degrees, I need a warm coat winter, I was all set!

Don’t cry me a river, I have other coats – long, short, puffer, fur (faux and regular). In fact, if you ask my husband, maybe too many… some are more fashionable and some more functional but as of now, none are more worn than my THE COAT.

THE COAT seemed to fill a void in my outerwear – here’s why:

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…

Alo Yoga-The Exercise clothing brand you NEED to know about.

I’m not much of an exercise person, although I am trying to change that for 2019. But, I know many of you are waaaay into fitness as well as exercise clothes, so it’s been on my “to blog about” list for a while now. And then, the other day Elana showed up at my house wearing THE CUTEST workout outfit – and her butt and thighs looked really good in the leggings too… I was obsessed and promptly placed an order.  Of course, you guys need to know about this brand and why it’s so great too. So Elana is taking over the blog this week to talk all things ALO…

Elana’s favorite exercise clothes

Wearing gym clothes outside of the gym wasn’t my thing.  I’d constantly worry that my butt might look too big, or the flab that hangs over my sports bra was showing. I’m good at hiding all of that under my regular clothes, but in exercise clothes I never found it to be so easy.  So, in the past, if I was buying clothing, I’d generally prefer it to be everyday stuff like jeans, sweaters, and t-shirts. This is the kind of stuff I felt good in. Which meant my exercise wardrobe was really lacking. I needed an update, like ASAP, so I turned to some pros.

Designer Sales are happening NOW – Here’s what to get where.

The holiday crazies are over, and the designer SALES are ON! Especially at upscale retailers with HUGE savings on designer pieces. We are talking up to 80% off in some cases!

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when shopping these designer sales.

1. With major savings, some items can only be returned for credit or are final sale. This is pretty typical when you’re getting something at 50% off or more. These are amazing pieces at amazing savings,  so it’s totally worth it if you know your size etc and/or if you’ll shop there in the future.

2. And sizes are limited and going fast. So yes, you might love something but so does someone else… it might be gone soon.
The bottom line is, we try to take care of you guys – our loyal readers. So, as we’ve been shopping these designer sales for clients, we’ve been shopping with you in mind too.

Here’s a roundup of what to get where.

Overalls, Really?!?

When I was in my 20’s and early 30’s I lived in, and lived for, a good pair of denim overalls. One of my favorites was a pair of size 16 from GAP kids I scored for $ 19.99, let’s just call that one of the benefits of being under 5’4″.
Then during my maternity years, overalls were a staple in the waxing and waning of my childbearing belly. 3 kids in 4 years and a 70 lb weight gain with each (yes, you read that right, scary but true) made them basically a necessity.
So, needless to say, overalls have a special place in my heart. Whenever I’d see them in a store I’d try, keyword here is TRY, to make them work. In the past they just make me feel like a wannabe teenage farmer – NOT the look I was going for – so I’d pass.

But, this year, We are LOVING them! For Real!

Recently, both Elana and I have been crushing on the whole overall, coverall, flight suit thing. They’re kind of like a jumpsuit, so it has the ease of all-in-one dressing.  But it’s a bit tougher than one made of silk. So it gives that uncomplicated, effortless, je ne sais quoi vibe. AND it easily transitions from sporty to cocktail just with a change of accessories.

Before you say NO WAY… hear us out…

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.

Add some sparkle for New Years Eve 2019

When you google “what to wear on new years eve” pictures and posts featuring skimpy, sparkly party dresses flash on the screen.  But, what if you don’t want to wear a dress on New Years Eve? It is winter and all, and it’s too cold outside to bare that much skin. (Even if you’re vacationing down south, it still gets cold at night.) And, if we’re being honest, at a certain age, skimpy dresses are better saved for the “kids” or the Kardashians, don’t you think?

Or, maybe your New Years Eve plans consist of going to a friends house to celebrate and you want to wear something festive but a little comfier for the evening. These are the questions and scenarios we get asked by our clients, and the answers we try to provide as stylists for REAL people.

What DO you wear on New Years Eve, to feel special, glittery, warm, comfortable and still put together?
The general answer is to add a bit of sparkle or shine, it could be a skirt, or fabulous earrings or even a scarf.  But, this year we’re favoring a top that has some sparkle. Why? Well….

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!!