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Weekly Style Secret: LAYERING

It’s October 1st! Fall is here! Well, technically, by the calendar Fall is already here, because it began in September. But, it’s October, for me, that really feels like we’ve turned that corner towards Fall. Can you believe it’s here already?

As the weather gets cooler, we find ourselves amidst the days that we can’t decide is it going to be hot or cold? It’s cold in the mornings, warms up in the afternoon, and then cools off in the evenings. So, what does one wear to keep up with the changing temperatures?

Layer your look! It’s the easiest way to keep up with the craziness of the climate! Now, layering may seem like a very simple thing. Which, to a certain degree, it is…just be a weary of a few things:

1. Do not multi-layer bulky fabrics or more than one oversized item. You don’t want to turn into the “Michelin Man”. In this case, you will end up looking heavier than you really are and who wants that outcome?

2. Layer more fitted items underneath a more oversized item. For example, layer a tshirt, under a fitted v-neck sweater, and for an extra layer of warmth, add a sweatshirt jacket.

3. Scarves are a perfect option to create a layered look without all the bulk. For example, use that layered tshirt and sweater combination that I listed above, but, instead of the sweatshirt jacket, tie a scarf around your neck. Scarves create the illusion of layering and make for a FUN accent piece to your outfit.

4. Make sure your layering pieces compliment each other in fit, fabric, and pattern. You don’t want to be “matchy-matchy”. But, you don’t want to look like you just threw on whatever you found in your closet either!

A great example of layering with a scarf, is the LOFT ad that I posted with this blog. It shows a fitted shirt, with a cardigan sweater over it, and they finished the look with a loose scarf. Perfect for the Fall days!

For the most part, layering is easy to do and it helps win the battle against the changing climates. The biggest key is not to weigh yourself down with multiple bulky items, or, like I said, you will end up looking like the “Michelin Man”. We all remember him, don’t we? The big, white, puffy tire guy..that is NOT the goal that you are trying to achieve with layering!

Stay warm and look cool as you enter the Fall season!

Weekly Style Secret: CONFIDENCE

This week’s style secret is probably the MOST IMPORTANT “secret” I can ever give you!

To sum it up in ONE word…CONFIDENCE! I can’t stress enough how being confident in youself and who you are…ultimately, trumps any “style” advice that you could ever get. Sure, there are tips and tricks to make your “style” shine on “the outside”…but, what comes from the inside matters. When you are in a crowded room, you can tell the people that are confident and those that are less confident no matter what they happen to be wearing.

Let me give you an example….ME! I was in a situation last week where I was “dressed to the nine’s” from head to toe. I had the black sleeveless dress with a flitratious hem, the rocker girl shoes, and the silver hoops and bangles to pull the whole thing together. Do you see where I’m going? Can you picture it? I had nailed it! I was feeling like I could conquer the world in heels. You know the feeling you get when you really feel like you are LOOKING GOOD…you know what I’m talking about!

ANYWAY….I headed out to my event. I say again. I was ROCKING IT in my outfit! I was looking good AND feeling good. I get to the event and I walk into this room that is filled with tall (very tall), young, beautiful women. All women with “legs up to there” in their short BLACK dresses. Most of them with beauitful, long blonde hair and young, very young. Did I mention young? To give you an idea, I was at least 15 years their senior! I was practically a high school grad by the time they were born! YIKES!

So…..are you staying with me and getting the picture? There I am, a minimum of 15 years their senior, practically in the same dress (except for the skirt of my dress was much, much longer) and at 5’8″, I was feeling very, very short. All of a sudden, I panicked! I wondered what am I doing here, why am I here? I started to question myself. I started to question my CONFIDENCE. All of sudden, I didn’t feel like I was “rocking my outfit”. Instead, I was wondering how I could gracefully exit the room without being seen.

Within a split second, I had shifted my mindset and allowed myself to lose my confidence. It would not have mattered WHAT I was wearing, because I questioned myself.

CONFIDENCE isn’t just a “style secret”. It’s a LIFE secret! So, always remember who you are and be proud….NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE WEARING!

Although, a great dress and rockin’ shoes can definitely pump up your confidence level….ha!

Weekly Style Secret: September 14, 2009

I wore a pair of jeans from the Gap for a fashion show this past weekend. I had read about how they had redesigned ALL of their jean styles, revamped them, and presented them “to the world”. I didn’t realize what a GREAt job they had done until I actually wore a pair over the weekend. BEFORE, Gap jeans never really fit me the right way. Now, a friend of mine, swore by Gap jeans…so, it definitely varies based on your body type to what style and brand fits you best.
For any of those that were like me and that Gap just didn’t really fit them…..GO AND TRY AGAIN NOW! The pair I wore over the weekend fit GREAT, as well as the fabric and stretch was wonderful!
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