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Amy’s Ultimate Styling Tips: Part 1

It’s time to stop being selfish and share all of my deep, dark styling secrets. I enlisted my assistant Sara to play fashion reporter to gather all of this incredibly important information. Here goes……From my brain to your closet, here goes a 2 part series of MY ULTIMATE STYLING TIPS!!!

 

1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FASHION QUOTE?

 

 

I always look to Coco. You never want to look overdone, you go from great to tacky in an instant.

 


 

2. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS?

I LOVE J Brand skinny, high waist skinny jeans. They come in 2 styles, the Alana style for petite women (no hemming!) and the Maria style for ladies over 5’3″. They feel like leggings. Warning: They stretch A LOT so buy a size smaller then you think you should. I swear, they will be falling off of you otherwise. You will thank me later.

 

Alana, for the petite ladies under 5’3″

 

Maria, for those who were blessed with height over 5’3″

 

Chiara Boni La Petite Robe is the most perfect LBD (little black dress). Their dresses are basically created like a body shaper undergarment so they hold everything in! They are also timeless so you will have it for years. It is a pain in the ass to get on, but totally worth it.

 

 

Stuart Weitzman is one of my favorite shoe designers. They are great quality for the price point and always have a range of styles from classic to funky. My favorite high heel of all time is the Nudist style! They come in tons of colors and 3 different heel heights. The ultimate option for styling potential is the nude color, heel height choice is based on your pain threshold. Legs for days…..

 

Etsy.com is my go to place to shop from local artisans and support small jewelry designers. I find the best pieces at the best prices while supporting other fellow entrepreneurs!

 

 

Veronica Beard does the best blazers in town. They are perfectly fitted and a great wardrobe staple no matter what your day to day looks like. They immediately bring some sass to any look! Fun fact: They are sister-in-laws both named Veronica who decided to build a fashion empire together.

 

 

 


 

3. WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO OUTFIT?

For fall I go for high waisted jeans, a body suit and layer on one of my many leather bombers. I choose accessories and shoes based on how my day looks. Simple, chic and easy is the best way to go no matter who your audience is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FASHION TREND?

Sneakers for everything! I believe function and fashion should be best friends. I truly love a high top because it will work from fall all the way until early spring.

 

 


 

5. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE FASHION TREND? 

Being uncomfortable! Your confidence level will plummet if you can’t breathe or your feet are killing you. Feeling good is your ultimate accessory, you can be stylish without having to suffer.

 

 


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MY AWESOME ASSISTANT):

Sara Wolters is a wonderful wife and brand new mom to a very stylish little boy. She lives in Holland, Michigan spreading the good fashion word by assisting Amy and working on her own style blog, MySara.style. She and Amy share the same love for all things fashion and teaching people that EVERYONE has the ability to be confident AND stylish.

Shopping at the Source: Colombia

I love shopping. I love traveling. What happens when you mix the two together? Magic. 

Going straight to the source for great wardrobe additions that are one of a kind is certainly a luxury. I take extreme pride in choosing beautiful, handmade, locally-sourced items that make incredible conversation pieces. Not only does this make your look original, but it also includes a fabulous story to share about your beautiful find.

 


 

Colombia was filled with unbelievable, gorgeous pieces at incredible prices. This mochila bag above is hand woven and completely original. I searched for days through hundreds of options because I wanted to pick the perfect one. Yes, this takes patience, but it is a treasure hunt filled with overwhelming joy. It only made it sweeter when I got back and saw a similar bag at Bergdorf’s for $1350. Mine was under $100…..

 


 

No matter where you are shopping, at home or abroad, look for unique, interesting jewelry that showcases your personality. It is your chance to throw caution to the wind and just buy things that you LOVE.  I found this fabulous pair of statement earrings in a little boutique. Sure, they were more expensive than the street vendors, but I absolutely LOVE them and that’s what really matters.

 


 

Shopping abroad should feel like the most amazing treasure hunt ever. The whole idea is that you are having fun looking for cool, locally made items. Yes, I just said FUN. If you aren’t having fun then you aren’t doing it right! Colombia was filled with beautiful, hand-made straw bags which are very in style right now. I was lucky enough to go straight to the source to find my perfect summer bag.

 


 

 

When I’m shopping abroad one of the most important factors to me is knowing what each country specifically produces. I’m looking to buy from the person making it! Colombia is known for their absolutely beautiful alpaca scarves so obviously I was going to get one. My client’s rave about how much they love this oversized pink scarf, little do they know it was under $50…. Amazing quality and a great price? Now I just need to decide where I’m flying to next….

 


 

Can’t fly to Colombia? Shop my amazing finds here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Spring Trend: Straw

Straw is everywhere this season. From bags to jewelry to shoes, it is a material to be reckoned with. I have been traveling the world (as I love to do) and from Greece to Columbia, straw is all the rage. 

So what are the best straw pieces for any gal to own? Well that depends on how much straw you can handle.  I’m privy to say that all your summer looks will pop with a great straw addition!

Panama Hat

The most obvious addition to your wardrobe should be the Panama Hat. It is a classic piece and will long out-run the straw trend. Not to mention this topper protects your face from the sun AND it adds that extra oomph that your look deserves. I’m typically not a “matchy” stylist, but pairing your Panama Hat with neutral straw earrings is chic as shit. Yup, I said it.

 


 

Earrings

Yay to a colorful straw earring!!! I bought this fabulous pair in Columbia for $35, yes, 35 bucks!! The beauty of these straw earrings is that they are huge statement earrings and they weigh NOTHING. So go big or go home, why not? They are such a fun accent piece for your look and definitely a conversation starter!

 


 

Crossbody Bag

My straw obsession is truly focused on all things bags right now. I might argue that getting a straw bag is MORE important than getting a Panama Hat. Might. It is the easiest way to incorporate the straw trend into any look instantly. There are a TON of straw bag styles on the market that are fun and flirty, I’m loving the messenger bag. They are typically pretty inexpensive making it easy to say YES to the straw bag trend!

 


 

Clutch

 

Another popular straw bag style is the clutch. Adding a colorful tassel incorporates your personality and steps up the neutral color of the straw material. I bought all those attending my 40th birthday in the Dominican Republic a clutch with a personalized tassel. I love this trend so much that I passed it on to 17 people!!!

 

 


 

Sandals

And finally, the straw sandal. What can I say but, “YAAAASSSSSSSSSS!!!” These are amazing AND they will go with almost everything. Jean shorts? Yup. Sundress? Hell yes. Sassy drawstring pants? Duh. Don’t even question this, buy them. I know I’m promoting owning all of these straw trend items, but that is because I seriously love them. Not to mention, they aren’t that expensive so the commitment will only sting a little…..

 


 

 

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Jumpers, Holy Bananas!

I love a jumper, a onesie, a romper…. Whatever you want to call it, I’m obsessed with the adorable ease of this one piece wonder that looks cute on almost all figures and ages. Yes, you have to choose your style wisely as to not look like an adult channeling a teenager (or a two year old for that matter), but there is an appropriate option for everyone. EVERYONE.

I recently made the mistake of counting how many jumpers I had in my wardrobe and once I got up to 18 I stopped. My obsession has clearly gotten out of control. Or has it? Every single jumper I own truly has it’s own personality and purpose. Below are a few of my favorite options. I leave it up to you to scold me for my addiction…. Or go out and build your own collection once you fall deeply in love with this style……

 

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Everyone knows that jumpers are great for casual activities, but what about dressy events? I fell in love with this floral jumper the moment I saw it. I had no idea what fabulous event it was going to, but it was 30 bucks and fit like a glove. Shortly after I bought it I was invited to a horse race, event found. A jumper is a great option instead of a dress, choose something different. You stand out in a good way!!! Trust me, every lady tugging at her dress will wish she was you looking trendy, cool and comfortable in an awesome jumper.

 

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Another fabulous way to rock a jumper is by wearing it as a bathing suit cover up. How freakin’ chic are you? It may take a little more to get down to your sexy swimsuit, but it it totally worth it. Choose a cotton style to keep it cool and simple.

 

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Lately I have an obsession with American Eagle. It is true, I’m almost 40 and this store appears to be for teenagers, but I swear it is for everyone!!! I got this awesome comfy and casual jumper at the beginning of the summer and I have worn it to death. It is light-weight and easy to get on and off  (think bathroom breaks) making it a no-brainer for a super hot day. Plus anything with ruffles is making it into my wardrobe right now, they make everything sassy and fun.

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This is my travel jumper. Yes, I wear the same thing when I travel during the summer months because well, it is perfect. I have no shame admitting that I bought this baby at Forever 21 about 7 years ago and she is still rocking it. It only comes out when I’m getting on an airplane so I get a little giddy when I put it on because it means I’m going somewhere fabulous! It has gotten to the point where my friends also call it the “travel jumper” because they expect to see me in it if we are traveling together.  The joy of this jumper is that even styled with a jean jacket (airplanes are cold!) I can pull it down and up easily in the ridiculously small airplane bathroom. Super functional, super comfortable, super stylish.

 

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This is one of my favorite jumpers. I look like a big, sexy banana. I bought it at a vintage store and in a very rare occurrence, I had buyers remorse.  I just wasn’t sure that this oversized jumper was my style. When I finally pulled it out on my trip to Tuscany last summer I fell in serious love. It is stupidly comfortable and chic as shit. People also seem to lose their minds over it. Every time I have worn it since people have gone crazy over it!

 

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In one of the biggest moments of my career I definitely thought a jumper was the best choice. Who doesn’t want to rock a red carpet in an insanely fabulous and cool onesie!!! I was lucky enough to borrow this from Rent the Runway and feel ever so confident walking the carpet following Alissa Milano (crazy). It is by Erin Fetherston and it is awesome. The only snafu with this jumper was that I was literally taped into it. I barely drank anything all day knowing that I could not pee 50 times the way I usually do. My solution? Wait until I got to the event to begin my drinking extravaganza and bring a ton of double stick tape to put myself back into this thing when I finally did inevitably go to the bathroom. Problem solved!!!

 

My Top 5 Spring Trends ’18

Every season there are tons of trends that the “experts” tell you are THE BEST. It often feels overwhelming because there is so much information coming at you. “Dahling this is all the rage, you will be SOOO fabulous if you buy this unbelievably expensive item!! Do it. Do it you know you want to”. Lucky for you I have narrowed it down to my top 5 favorite trends for spring 2018 and since you are reading this blog, I should be the only expert you listen to. Trust me, it will make your life much easier:)

So in no particular order, below are the top 5 trends that I’m so into now. You should never pick more then 2 trends to add to your current look. Know this: All trends are not made for all people. Do not force a trend, it should flow with your current look. Trends typically last only around 2 years unless they are super comfortable, super stylish on lots of body types and/or super realistic in actual life. For example, who thought that Ugg boots would last more then 1 season? There is a reason they are called Ugg(ly) boots. BUT, they are so freakin’ comfortable that people couldn’t give them up and Ugg’s design department understood that and created cute(er) ones so we could all be comfy and fashionable. Go Ugg. Yup, I said it.

 

blazer

 Double Breasted Blazer

 #1: THE DOUBLE BREASTED BLAZER

HOW TO WEAR IT: Love, love, love. This trend is for people who want to bring a little funk to their work wardrobe. And by “work”, I don’t just mean business casual. It can easily go with skinny jeans and heels for a Friday or weekday biz dinner. Only pair it with a fitted, skinny trouser or jean unless you are 8 feet tall and 100 pounds.

THIS TREND IS NOT FOR YOU IF: Ironically, people with breasts. It will unfortunately just make you look big.

 

 

Trench Coat

 Trench Coat

#2: THE OVERSIZED TRENCH STYLE COAT

HOW TO WEAR IT: This is a simple and easy way to up the ante of your entire look. Throw this chic jacket on over a work or casual look to be your most fab self. It doesn’t matter what size you are as long as there is a way to cinch the jacket with a tie. You need to define your waist unless you are ultra skinny.

THIS TREND IS NOT FOR YOU IF: You are very petite. This jacket will completely overwhelm you, you should choose a more fitted option.

 

 

Gingham Dress

Gingham

 #3: GINGHAM

HOW TO WEAR IT: Just a touch or the full monty, this picnic table pattern screams spring. If a dress is too much for your delicate sensibility, choose something as small as a gingham shoe or scarf. It is a fun and playful pattern that can be appropriate for ANY situation from work to a dressy evening out.

THIS TREND IS NOT FOR YOU IF: You are not fun. Kidding. If you don’t like patterns then don’t force yourself to wear patterns. Otherwise, full steam ahead.

 

 

Sleeve Detail Blouse

Sleeve Detail

#4: COOL SLEEVE DETAIL

HOW TO WEAR IT: This trend is not for the faint of heart. You need to make sure the rest of your look is super simple. You are not going to a costume party ladies so you have to make sure this bold detail is the ONLY highlight of your look unless you live an incredibly fashionable life. The above example is pretty crazy, even a basic bell sleeve is a good choice for those just dipping their toe in the cool sleeve detail pond.

THIS TREND IS NOT FOR YOU IF: You have wider shoulders. Unfortunately it will just make you look more broad.

 

 

High rise wide leg trouser

Flare Jeans

#5: CROPPED FLARE JEANS

HOW TO WEAR IT: This is a fun jean trend that is good with a chic pair of heels, slip on sneaker or sandals. Lots of potential. It puts a twist on typical jeans and makes your denim look instantly more stylish. You appear to be very on trend when you slip these on (because you are:). Make sure they are truly cropped, I’m not trying to put old-school boot cut jeans on anybody!!!!

THIS TREND IS NOT FOR YOU IF: You have shorter legs. This style will only shorten and widen you if you are not at least 5’3″.