Accessories…Tips for dressing up your style

How to use accessories is a question I often get asked when I’m working with a client so I thought I should answer it. There are lots of different types of accessories available which can be very frustrating for some people and a lot of fun for others, but really all comes down to your style personality. Here are few things to keep in mind.

Personality Types

  • The basic items plus accessories!

    Classic Modern- She loves to have lots of basics in her closet so that it’s easy to get dressed. She likes to add a few trends to her wardrobe, but most of the time she keeps her style simple.

  • Creative Original- She loves to add texture, layers, and pattern to her style. She likes to mix in antique jewelry or other period styles in her basic wardrobe.
  • Pure Natural- She keeps it simple and natural. She likes a soft and relaxed look. She loves to wear fabrics such as cotton or linen. She likes the outdoors so comfort is a must. Her jewelry is simple and traditional.
  • Style Fashionista- She loves to wear the latest trends. She likes to add statement jewelry to her outfits. She loves to add bold colors or an edginess to her style.

Once you discover your style personality it’s easy to learn how to add in the elements that complement your taste.

Types of Accessories

  • Hair and Makeup
  • Purses, Jewelry, and Scarves
  • Shoes
  • Glasses

The key to wearing any of these items is learning how to balance the size, color, and style with your height and appearance. You want to keep trends in mind to create an updated look to your wardrobe. Don’t go overboard with all the trends! It’s always better to add one or two statement pieces that you’ll love and use through out the season.

Click this here to see some examples of trends for the fall. I would love for you to give your feedback to these questions:

  • What is your biggest struggle with accessories?
  • How often do you change your hairstyle or makeup?
  • What is your favorite accessory?
  • How can I help you discover your style personality?

When you find yourself feeling frustrated or overwhelmed by all of the choices, take a minute to breath and realize that accessories are pieces in your wardrobe that bring spark to style. If you need some help figuring out what to add to your wardrobe or you want some virtual style advice; go here and schedule a quick 30 minute appointment with me. I’d LOVE to help you.

 

 

Creating a Unique Style of Beauty from the Inside Out

Do you ever find yourself struggling with your reflection in the mirror? Is the person in the mirror all you would like her to be? Do you ever wish that overnight she could be transformed into the person you’ve always dreamed about? How would life be different after the change?

I want to share some of my personal journey with you. I’d like to be transparent and honest with you for a few minutes. Often, I have found myself staring in a mirror and reflecting on who I am. I find myself struggling with the image staring back at me. I desperately want to change what I see, but a little voice in my heart and mind says, “why”? Sometimes the answer is because I’m not good enough, I’m not tall enough, I can’t speak or write well enough, I’m to fat, I don’t know enough, and I don’t love and appreciate myself. Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever been overwhelmed by emotion and fear? Have you ever been so lost inside yourself that you felt like you’d never find a way out?

Well, I have and it’s a very lonely and dark place, but I have found hope through my personal relationship with Jesus. Several years ago I made some major changes in my life. The first was quitting my full time job so that I could be more available to my daughters. Then came the loss of some close family members, starting my business, my husband loosing his job, and our daughter, Andrea, graduating from high school and starting college. My husband getting rehired by his former employer which is wonderful and my part time job with Kohl’s as a beauty adviser. This year my daughter Jenna has completed middle school and will begin high school in the fall. 

As you can imagine, I have changed physically during all of this and I’ve developed some health issues as well! But, again, God has been faithful to walk with us through every step. The latest crisis was surgery this spring to remove some kidney stones. This grabbed my attention and I knew it was time to make some BIG changes in taking care of myself! I took these steps:

  • I began exercising 3-5 days every week.
  • I started drinking up to 70 ounces of water every day.
  • I am working on sleeping 6-7 hours every night (I haven’t mastered this yet!)
  • I am working on developing better eating habits and focusing on a goal to loose 40 lbs by December. I’ve reached the 25 lb mark!! 

The most important and pivotal change has been my walk with God. This area of my life has blossomed and grown in countless ways. I have literally experienced healing and restoration from the inside out. 

The results have been so encouraging that I’d like to share a before and after picture with you. I’m sharing this not to brag, but to give God all the glory for his work in my life and to encourage you. If you are struggling with the image in the mirror and you desire a change, I know God will help you find a way. I’m still a BIG work in progress, but I’m so excited to see what else God has planned for his life purpose within me! If I can help you on your journey I’d love to do that with you.  

 

 

 

Spring is in the air! Learn the NEW SPRING FASHION TRENDS!!!

I LOVE to share new trends each season. I love the fun new looks for this Spring! There SEVEN to share with you.

1. This is a “girly denim jacket.”  This style can be worn in many different ways. You can put it with a dress, skirt, dress slacks, or jeans. You can wear it with a graphic tee, as a top with a cami, or add a floral neckerchief to dress it up. I would love to wear this look with a blouse that hangs below the waist and a pair of leggings. So cute and easy to wear. You can find this jacket at MarieDesignMD.

2. The Coach Jacket maybe my new favorite for Spring. I think the style is fun. You can find these in almost all of the colors for spring. My favorite color this season is pink. Here is an example of the jacket.  You can find this one at https://www.apparelnbags.com

 

3. The last jacket style that I like is the Trench coat. This is a classic that has been around FOREVER. There are many updated versions of this coat, but I like the classic look the best. The trend is to wear this coat like a suit jacket with dress slacks and heels, leggings and boots, or jeans and flats. It can be worn casually or as a dressy business outfit. http://www.keoneulaes.org

 

4. Graphic Tees are BIG again this Spring. They can be a fun way to express your favorite quote, band, place to live or your favorite cartoon character. They can be as simple as a smiley face. I love that these can be worn by kids, teens, and adults! I really like this one.

 

5. We can’t leave out accessories for this season. I love the floral trend in purses, backpacks, scarves, tops, leggings, dresses, and skirts. The patterns are bold and bright, soft and classic, and large and small patterned. I love this example of a fun cross body bag with a pretty floral pattern and detailing. You can find this style on http://www.kohls.com/handbags

 

6. The platform sandal is back again this Spring. I will have to learn to like this style. Call me old fashioned, but I still like a classic sandal or pump for a casual or professional look. This style I found on Pinterest.

 

7. One of my favorite accessories has always been a scarf. A scarf can bring together an entire outfit and add a pop of color near your face. They come in all sizes, but the popular one for this Spring is a neckerchief. Think Mary Tyler Moore and the ’70’s. Here is an example that can be found at http://www.allexpress.com