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Saturday, October 11

Blush & Black Capsule Wardrobe

I love the simplicity and chicness of a carefully curated capsule wardrobe. That's why I enjoying helping women design wardrobes where each piece has a purpose and works in concert with the other pieces in her collection.
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Monday, October 6

Video: How to do Winged Eyeliner

One of my favorite makeup looks for everyday is the winged cat liner. I mean it's super flattering on just about every eye shape and it gives you a sophisticated, sexy look that's wearable for day or night.
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Wednesday, May 21

How to Prepare for a Photoshoot

Getting ready to have pictures taken soon? I did a photoshoot recently so I have a few tips to share! First we need to know what kind of shoot you are preparing for. Is it an editorial shoot? Engagement shoot? Themed shoot? There are lots of styling elements that go into specialized photography sessions but for our purposes today I'll talk about general portrait sessions. Once you've booked a session and you've laid down the cash the last thing you want to do is end up with bad pictures because something has gone awry with either your clothes, hair, makeup or the set. Here are a few helpful tips that will get you ready for an amazing shoot.

  • Avoid any treatments or haircuts in the days leading up to your photos. Even if you've gone to the same place for years, don't go the night before. Trust me, I have been getting my eyebrows waxed for years but one time I ended up with a massive breakout of hives perfectly surrounding my brows. You don't want that captured on picture day.

  • Bring water and snacks because you don't want to be a hangry (that's hungry + angry) subject. It will show in your photos, so unless you are going for that look stay hydrated and satisfied.

  • The other side of this is that you don't want to overeat right before either. Bloated and sluggish is also not a good look for photos.

  • Put on a bit more makeup than you normally would, even if you are going for a natural look. The camera washes you out and flattens your features so you want to bring back the color and definition to your face. I recommend having your makeup professionally done, it makes a huge difference. You can get it done for free at any makeup counter, you just have to purchase an item which I'm sure you'll want to afterwards :)

  • Make sure your nails are manicured and fresh!

  • Clothes: You want to pick something flattering and add a pop of color. Jewel tones are quite flattering on most people as well as a V neckline. Add layers and accessories appropriately in order to add dimension and interest to your photos.

  • Undergarments: Be sure to wear undergarments that work well with your clothes and are invisible. ie no lacey bras under tops that will show the texture or underwear that give visible panty lines.

  • Glasses: I would take off the glasses for the photos unless that is the specific look you want, which is awesome too. In that case try popping the lenses out to avoid the glare and showcase your eyes.

  • Hair: I recommend washing your hair the day before so that you can style your second day hair for the photoshoot. Second day hair will hold the style much better.

Most important tip is to just be yourself and have fun. I know it can be an awkward situation if you don't like being in front of the camera but try to relax and not take yourself too seriously.

Let me know in the comments how you are preparing for your pictures and I'd also love to hear how they went!
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Guide to: Mixing Prints

It's okay to get creative with your outfits at any age and any size. Today I'm sharing simple tips for how to mix prints without looking crazy.  Before you know it you'll be on your way to funky and fun new options for your weekly style!

As with any suggestions I give you, consider them guidelines or starting points instead of rules. Sometimes you can stumble upon styling genius just by getting in your closet, playing around, making mistakes and having fun.

1) Stick with a color palette. Mixing prints goes down a lot smoother when you are working with similar colors.

2) Anchor two or three different prints with a solid color. This will give the eye a resting place at the party. You can use a belt, scarf, bag, jewelry etc to achieve this.

3) Mix a large scale print with a small scale print for a sense of balance. The small print acts as a solid when paired with a larger print.

Hope this helps you with new ideas for styling your old pieces. Let me know what outfit you come up with in the comments above!
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Tuesday, May 20

Spring / Summer Skirt Style Guide

The weather is warming up and it's time to bring out those saucy legs ladies!

Skirts are so fun and can be effortless, feminine super stylist. Try out some new skirt silhouettes this season to add some interest to your wardrobe. Or if you can't be convince to stray from your typical A-Line skirt why not try to mix it up with a new pattern or color? You can do it, I believe in you!

Super sexy and can be worn casual or all business. Your curves will look killer in a good pencil skirt. Style with a silk button down or a colorful peplum top.

Creative, high fashion and lots of visual interest. If you're ready to break the norm try this skirt for a spin. You can play it safe with a simple white tee.

A classic, feminine style that will camouflage a multitude of sins while still looking fabulous. Keep it balanced with a fitted top and try wearing it high waisted with a skinny belt.

The ultimate classic skirt, looks good on all body types. Pair with a leather jacket for a punch of edge.

Another unconventional look making a comeback in fashion. Style with a chambray shirt for a mix of classic and quirky.

Short doesn't always equal sleasy. This style is super fun in a bold print with a simple graphic tee tucked in the front and a military vest over top.

For the youngins a crop top is fun with this style. For us more mature ladies the maxi looks stellar with a belt to accentuate the waist and a sleeveless blouse.

I love this style, well I love all of them but the skater is so flattering on most women. Wear any top you love and try it tuck in all around.

Similar to the skater this skirt is a bit more whimsical. Maximize this cut with a fun color and a tank.

What are some of your new ideas for styling skirts? Do you like wearing skirts? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, May 19

Does Size Matter?

Does size matter?

In short the answer is no! But let me explain. Today we are talking about clothing sizes and how completely bogus they are.

You’ve probably noticed by now that your size can vary depending on what store you are shopping at. A size 8 at JCrew is not the same as a size 8 at H & M for example. This can leave you feeling frustrated and fat, especially when you’re forced to buy a larger size than you are comfortable wearing.

The truth is clothing sizes are completely subject to the whims of each individual manufacturer. There are no regulations or standards in this industry and sizes can have huge differences.

Some stores even employ what’s known as ‘vanity sizing’. This means they purposefully slap a size 6 label on a typically size 10 garment just to sell more clothes. It pretty sneaky but also smart because they know exactly how the female brain works. But I say don’t let them toy with your emotions or worse, your confidence.

Sizes can even have large variations within the same size! How is this possible you ask? Well clothes for fast fashion stores like F21 and Target are mass produced.

This means they basically have machines with a template to cut down through a stack of fabric for say the front panel of a size jean. As the blades cut down from the top to the bottom of the stack they widen a bit.

The result is that the clothes cut near the top of the stack are smaller than the ones cut near the bottom of the stack.

I recently purchased a size small, non-stretchy, not oversized Old Navy long sleeved t-shirt. However I usually wear a L or XL in tops…see what I mean? It’s entirely likely that the completely wrong label got sewn onto this top.

In higher end stores where clothes are handmade you are more likely to get consistency in sizing, at least in whatever way they decide. Also, mid tier and end store usually produce clothes that are easily tailored so you can get the best fit.

BUDGET TIP: Buy mid tier and high end clothes thrifted or second hand.

I’m sharing all of this to encourage you to disregard the sizes on clothes. Of course use it as a starting point when shopping, but don’t get hung up on only buying size (fill in the blank) or feeling bad if you can only squeeze your cute butt into a size 12 at Anthropologie. If your butt looks great in those size 12’s that’s all that matters! No one is going to stop you on the street and say “Wow, that looks great on you…but what size it?”

Remember our motto: Does it fit? Does it Flatter? Does it Feel Good?

And I hope I’ve put the debate to rest, the verdict is in. Size doesn’t matter.

What do you think? Do you try to purchase clothing in a certain size? How much does size matter to you? Let me hear you in the comments!

Be sure to share this with a friend who needs a sizing intervention!

Tuesday, May 6

Neutral Chic

Yes, I know what you're thinking. How am I ever going to get away with white pants!? Well, there's just something so chic about white, worn well this time of year. I want you to get creative. When you see an inspiring look or even encounter some useful advice in life, instead of thinking "this could never work for me / I don't know how this could work for me" I want you to think "how can I creatively make this work for me". Trust me, this little shift in mindset will open up a whole new world not only in your wardrobe but also in your life.

Worried about stains? Why not try leather white pants with a cotton blazer. Leather is awesome for easily wiping off that spaghetti sauce you splattered! Want to be more casual? Try linen pants in white, cream or beige.

In the comments, let me know how you plan to creatively incorporate white bottoms into your wardrobe this season!
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Thursday, May 1

Black & White

White top, lace tank, loafers, leather leggings Target / Bubble necklace Charming Charlie's

I absolutely adore the beach. I can even get over the sand that gets everywhere because I'm so in awe of the beauty around me.

Today I'm showing you a simple black and white outfit that is super comfy but still chic.  Now I wouldn't typically wear these pants and shoes to hang out at the beach but I was totally comfortable stopping by to catch the sunset on my way home.

To make black and white interesting just mix textures and patterns like the leather leggings with the delicate top. Or the white top layered over a lace tank. Don't forget to have fun with the shoes. I feel so fun when I sport my leopard print loafers!

How do you style black and white? Comment below!
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Sunday, April 13

How to Get and Stay Organized

If you are like me, new months, new seasons and new years remind you to reevaluate your goals, your habits and your overall progress toward the things you desire most in life. Whether its a fitness goal, a career aspiration or getting better at your hobby, staying organized is key to achieving your goals. The following are just a few ideas that have really helped me to stay on top of things and keep stress at bay.

Make any system you like work for you

We are always getting tons of 'tips and tricks' for how to do this and how to do that and maybe they never seem to fit into your actual life. No need to throw out the baby with the bathwater! Pick and choose and tweak to make good suggestions realistic for you.

Organize a little at a time regularly

Each night, or morning, go through your tasks and goals for the day. Be sure to prioritize them and have a plan to accomplish them. When papers come in, file them immediately. When you arrive at home take the extra 5 minutes to put away your clothes and belongings. Quick steps like these will save you stress later on.

Do an organization overhaul regularly

Re-asses your main priorities and align your months, weeks and days to match. Clean out that junk drawer. Go through your entire closet for items to donate, sell or keep. Check out the Wardrobe Reset is you need help with this.  Re-organize your file cabinet and shred unnecessary documents as well as making digital copies when possible. Update the calendar with events and deadlines for the following month. These regular tune-ups will give you a fresh start and keep you on track. Be creative!

If you have any organization ideas that work great for you I'd love to hear them. Let's help each other out, comment below!

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Saturday, April 12

Secrets of the Ridiculously Happy

Express gratitude.

Appreciating what you have increases it’s value and your contentment. Gratitude is more that just saying thank you, it is a deep sense of appreciation and wonder for your experiences, blessings, relationships, abilities and possessions.

Cultivate optimism and positivity.

Intentionally look for opportunities. Search for hidden lessons as if it were a game. When things are tough ask ‘Is there another way to look at this situation? What can I learn from this?’ Identify the good in circumstances or people and refocus your attention there.

Stop comparing.

Social, physical and achievement comparison is the fastest way to kill happiness. There is always going to be someone taller, thinner, richer, more popular, more spiritual, more talented, more successful or more interesting than you. Get better at being yourself!

Nurture your relationships.

Deep, meaningful relationships are the greatest source of happiness. Prioritize your friends and family. Learn how the best receive love and practice what you learn. No one is meant to go at it alone, let people in and grow together.

Take care of your body.

Eat fresh fruits and veggies while avoiding processed foods and excess sugar which can wreck havoc on your emotions. Exercise regularly to get a boost of those ‘feel good’ chemicals, endorphins. Drink lots of water to flush out toxins and rejuvenate your system. Getting enough sleep each night helps to stabilize your mood and allows you to have a more positive outlook.

Savor the present moment.

Most of us, including myself, spend most of our time sifting over the past or worrying about the future. Be present! Take the time to experience the present moment and what is happening in and around you right now. Focus on the people in your company and not your cell phone. Dump the to-do list swirling in your mind onto paper so that you can live in the now.

Practice spirituality.

Happy people accept that there is something bigger than themselves and their problems. They connect with a high power through prayer, meditation, religious text, nature etc. Set aside a regular time for prayer and centering away from technology and other distractions.

Help others.

Being kind, generous and altruistic is a great way to boost your joy. Helping other people has a funny way of making us feel pretty darn good in the process.

Commit to your goals and purpose.

Figure out what it is you want, make a plan and go for it! People who set achievable goals and have a purpose or mission in life are far more merry than those who wander aimlessly. You can start by asking yourself “What is it that I want? What excites me? What legacy do I want to leave behind? What personal gifts do I have to share with others? While you’re at it let go of any limiting beliefs to which you might be clinging to for dear life. You can recognize them since they typically start something like this:  “I can’t get a good job because...” “I’ll never get/have/do/be.....” “I don’t deserve...” “Life is...” “I’m not...” “I’m too...”

Have fun!

Dance, sing, jump, paint, run or laugh! Whatever it is that makes your heart leap and brings a smile to your beautiful face, do it more often. Overcome that resistance to spending more time having more fun.

Alright Gorgeous, I hope this inspires you to add a few helpful habits and eliminate a few hurtful ones. Please don’t beat yourself up if you cannot master the whole list all at once, remember this is a journey and we are all in it together. Be gentle with yourself and just keep at it. Comment below with your thoughts, I just adore hearing them. What ways are you going to implement the secrets of the ridiculously happy?
Ever wonder how some people just always seem to be glowing with jubilance? Even when bad things happen those people still manage to be authentically happy? Life can be that way for you too! There are a few key things I’ve found that happy people have in common. Although there are some genetic dispositions toward happiness, on the whole there are things we all can do to achieve a more blissful state of mind. Happy people have shared habits, mindsets and practices that contribute to a contented existence. What follows are the secrets of the ridiculously happy, revealed.
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Friday, April 11

Find Your Passion

I majored in pre medicine in college, moved to the opposite coast after graduation, flopped from odd job to odd job for about 3 years before discovering what really juices me and more importantly how I could actually make a living doing that very thing.

The process was not an easy one. I faced an ample amount of rejection from job opportunities I thought I wanted, I worked in wholly unfulfilling jobs and either quit or was laid of from several others. I spent years battling feelings of inadequacy, frustration, worthlessness, rejection, pride, confusion, regret, bitterness, loneliness and hopelessness. What a mouthful!

This whole business of “finding your passion” can be at best pretty frustrating and at worst utterly crippling. Also, the language we use surrounding this topic is quite deceiving. Find, discover, realize, they all make it seem like a one time event, a stroke of genius, a flash of light or a word from heaven. NOT TRUE. It's way more like a journey or a system of trial and error. Certainly a whole lot more error than we're comfortable with. Accept it and move forward in freedom!

One of the best spaces in life is where our talents/interests/strengths intersect with a specific need in the world. It is there we experience passion and purpose. How sexy is that?! A woman operating from a place of passion and purpose is truly a force to be reckoned with.

But how exactly do we find that sweet spot? See, what normally happens is we try to think our way into discovering our dreams and our strengths. While plotting and planning is very necessary, on its own it just doesn't work.
"The only way to develop your passion is to jump right in and get your feet wet even if your are scared s***less."

Here’s the ultra-complex formula for discovering your life’s work. (Note your ‘life’s work’ can change multiple times during the course of a life well lived, or it might not. There’s no right or wrong here)
  • Identify one interest/talent/strength.

  • Take a single step towards that thing.

  • Feels good? Take another step!

  • Feels not so good? Identify if that's just fear talking or legitimate disdain or warning.

  • If it’s fear, take another step anyway.

  • If it’s disdain, choose another interest/talent/strength and repeat the process.

The key here is to be absolutely honest with yourself. Making moves in the face of debilitating fears of failure, success, ridicule or rejection is pretty darn tough. That’s why we take it one step at a time. (cue Jordin Sparks)

One day you’ll find yourself knee deep into something wonderful and loving it. You can always change course but just keep swimming! That right there my friends is the beginnings of living a juicy life.

Share in the comments below a step you've already taken or a step you plan to take toward living a purpose driven life. I'd love to hear from you!
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50 Ways to Build Confidence

Here are some tips and tricks I've picked up along the way. We all need a boost in confidence every now and then and my hope is that this helps you feel a little better today.
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