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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.

Inspired Style: Dress the Part

One of the most important things I tell clients when choosing an outfit is to think about WHERE they are going and WHO their audience is. It lessens the stress of choosing a look by a million percent. You should let your location and fellow “guests” inspire your clothing choices. You aren’t going to dress for a night out in NYC when you are going to Nashville are you???

 

 

July 4th is a great example. I’m not trying to rock red, white and blue everyday, but if it is a party to celebrate all things American then why not? One huge note: Inspired style DOES NOT mean putting on a costume. You are being INSPIRED by the holiday, party, location, etc. I go to a lake upstate every year so being on a boat is always part of the plan. July 4th lake look complete.

 


 

 

 

Speaking of being on a boat, it is not always all about a bathing suit. Sometimes I’m fabulous and I go to parties to eat truffles, drink wine and cruise around NYC. Ok, not really, but I did it once. I picked this white ruffle dress because it was just the right amount of “I’m on boat eating truffles, drinking wine and cruising around NYC” feeling. Seriously though, it was boater chic on fleek.

 


 

 

 

I don’t always go to country clubs, but when I do I definitely don’t wear dainty sun dresses. I never want to look like everyone else. But, with that said, I do want to “fit in” with the status quo of what is appropriate for the event, location and audience. Choosing a floral jumper said, “I can drink champagne and be all fancy, but ya’ll are gonna be jealous of my super awesome jumper and wish you had thought of doing it”. Half kidding:)

 


 

 

 

I was lucky to go to jazz fest in New Orleans this year. Concert attire is always a fun look to create. You want to be comfortable, style for the location and of course, have an outfit that is easy to get out of in a porto potty. Ug. Maybe a crop top is too much for 40, but if not at jazz fest in New Orleans then where??? Give yourself permission to go there if it is the right location and audience.

 


 

FEELING INSPIRED?

I’VE ALREADY DONE ALL THE HARD WORK FOR YOU, NOW JUST CLICK!

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

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Beat the Heat Style Trends

It’s hot outside. Not kind of hot, but like I’m dying, I can’t take this, I want to cry hot. So why not look super stylish while you are sweating buckets? I’ve picked out some of my favorite summer trends that will make you look cool even though your actual temperature is NOT. What’s the best part? You can shop while loving your air conditioning….

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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My Guide to Packing: The Big 4-0 Edition

Happy birthday to me. That’s right, I turned 40 this year. And in honor of nothing other than being alive, 17 people joined me in the Dominican Republic for a 4 day extravaganza. Aside from planning every waking moment, I had to put together an epic and fitting 40th birthday look book.

The key to creating this birthday look book was to re-style and photograph what I already had. Aside from my actual birthday party look, I was ONLY pulling from what I already owned. Economical and stylish.

 

 

Shout out to all of my friends and family that flew all the way to the Dominican Republic. It helps that my birthday is in January so everyone is looking to get the hell out of dodge. I was brought up right, so thanking my guests with a little, stylish gift was a must. I found these straw clutches on Etsy.com. Straw is my favorite trend right now, share the love!

 


 

 

The most important trick to packing right is to style full looks BEFORE you get there. This way you do not overpack. You need to create a (mostly) detailed itinerary of what you will be doing so you create appropriate outfits. I pulled out everything I might want to bring and then put together fully styled ensembles, accessories and all. From the bedroom floor to the beach!!!

 


 

We spent most of our time lounging around our fabulous, eco-friendly resort, so beach looks were important. I’m not one to just “throw on a bathing suit”, so completely styled sand/water-friendly outfits are necessary. I know you are shocked. From your cover-up to your hat, put your back into it. Looking fabulous all the time (especially when you are the center of attention) is a not an option.

 


 

I knew we would spend 2 of our evenings at the VERY laid back resort, so the option to throw on whatever was definitely there. But why would I do that? I choose to be comfortable AND fabulous all the time. It takes only minimally more effort, I swear. I always say that the difference between “just clothing” and an outfit is adding great accessories…..

 


 

 

We had one big night out so being over the top fabulous was in order. It is MY birthday after all! I picked up this 2 piece see-through gold cover up in Greece and definitely never thought I would wear it as an outfit ever again after that trip. I was wrong. I put my bronze bikini underneath (the look was see-through as I mentioned) and went to town, literally. It was a great moment when all of my friends were in awe of this crazy ensemble. Mission completed.

 


 

The final night of my big, 40th birthday trip was a dinner and beach bonfire hosted by moi at the resort. I wanted something ethereal. I called the look, “island born again chic”. I designed the entire look around a flower crown that I ordered from the resort. My mistake of not explaining what exactly I wanted the crown to look like became clear when a “drink the Kool-aid floral head piece” was handed to me. After my slight meltdown, my wonderful boyfriend brought back a huge pink flower to top off my look. Crisis averted. Best. Birthday. Ever.

 


 

 

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