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“I Hate Everything I Own!” NO YOU DON’T.

I hate shopping because I inevitably buy the “wrong” pieces and spend WAY  too much money on things I don’t love.

I try to style fabulous outfits, but I always end up not quite liking what I put together. It’s my fun way of pissing myself off.

I cannot figure out how the hell to dress my body! I’m damned if I have big boobs and damned if I don’t. Should I mention my derriere? 

EVERYONE FEELS LIKE THIS, YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL. OK, so you are special, but not in reference to feeling overwhelmed, aggravated and deflated when it comes to shopping and styling clothing for yourself. I want to help you. I want you to know you don’t suck and teach you how to overcome these feelings and how to actually be confident in your choices.

Shoot me an email back if this sounds like you. I want to know your pains, your issues the things that make you say, “I hate everything I own”. You probably don’t, you’re just having a moment and you are allowed to do that. But let’s get you back to reality and figure out why you think you “hate everything you own” and fix it.

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The first step in conquering these feelings (aside from emailing me) is to make sure you have the right foundation items. It is a common phrase of mine to say, “you can’t build a house without a foundation, how could you possibly build a wardrobe without one?”. Once you own the right foundation items, you can essentially build any outfit with any other item in your wardrobe. These items are the glue that hold every outfit together. So, right here and now, let’s chat about what the top 10 foundation items are every gal should own. You get a glimpse into 5 pieces with this post and  5 more coming up in my next post…. I love to keep people wanting more!

 

 

nude patent leather pumps

Oh the nude patent leather pump, she is a beauty. She goes with EVERYTHING and makes your legs look a mile long. Yes, please. The key to a great nude pump is to make sure that the nude color matches your skin. Nude does not necessarily mean the color above. Pick a heel height that is actually realistic in your life, you don’t want to be hobbling around, that ain’t sexy. I prefer pointed toe because it screams vampy, sexy bitch. If you are a more sweet and feminine lady, go with round toe. You always want to tailor each foundation item to represent you and your style!

Patent Leather Pumps 

 

 

 Burgundy long cardigan

The long cardigan might be a surprise visitor on the foundation item list for many, but I swear, she is insanely useful. That’s what foundation items are all about! The ability to re-style it a billion ways without having anybody bat an eye that you are wearing the same freakin’ thing again. No one should even notice you are wearing it again if you do it right. Again, your choice of long cardigans is strictly up to you, your lifestyle and body type. I prefer oversized and fabulous, but most of my clients veer toward a sleek style that is neutral in color. Neutral does not necessarily have to be black or white, this cranberry color definitely falls under the neutral umbrella. The long cardi is great for casual weekend days with jeans or buttoned up with a sheath dress for work. She can go everywhere!

 Long Cardigan

 

 black cardigan

So yes, I love cardigans so much that there are 2 on this post. Well that isn’t exactly true, but they do serve very different purposes when styling and it is why I suggest that most clients have both options. I consider both cardigans, the long and waist length one category item. The longer option appears to be is a little more edgy and laid back while the shorter version seems a little more severe and buttoned-up. The truth is that a huge purpose of the shorter, waist-length cardigan is to define your waist, it works wonders! Most would consider the shorter cardigan part of their “work wardrobe”. Don’t. Wear it on the weekend with funky jewelry and dressy sneakers. Throw it on with a T and ripped jeans. Stop pigeon-holing your wardrobe!!! If you just stopped assigning your clothing a destination and specific audience you would have twice the amount of clothing. Head blown.

Cardigan 

 

 

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Dark slim straight ankle jeans are your new best friend. No seriously, this is literally the only pair of jeans you actually need to own. But I HATE skinny jeans, I look fat!!! No you don’t, you actually look way skinnier than those out-dated boot cut jeans that only out-dated people think look good. Throw them out, they are never coming back in style. You want to find a dark blue pair that is super fitted until just below your knee and hemmed at the ankle bone. This means you can wear them with flats or heels because the length does not affect your shoe choice. It also means that you can tuck them into high boots without having a baggy knee. That is not a look people. They are universally flattering and have the most styling potential like a foundation piece should!!!!!

 Denim

 

 Black ankle pants

Black ankle pants should have the same general fit as your new, awesome jeans. The only difference is they should be silhouette conscious (meaning I can tell you have a body under there) and not skin tight in the thighs. They should still be higher waisted and ankle length. Just as I have been promoting throughout this post, make them your own! My black ankle pants have a stretch waist, slight pleating and a tuxedo stripe down the leg. I don’t work in an office people, why would I dress like it? If you do, choose a more conservative style. Make your foundation pieces your own, it’s YOUR wardrobe.

Black Pant 

 

 

 

 

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And to round out this post let’s focus on one of the most important things ALL of my clients own, neutral layering tank tops. Basically no one is ever really going to see these, but they can change the life of an outfit. I have one on almost every day. You really only need a black and white one, they are not meant to be a focal part of your look so you don’t want to draw attention to them by choosing bold colors. I prefer lycra ones because they act like a smoothing agent (not quite Spanx, but in that realm). They help if your shirt is too low, if your button from your pants is showing through your blouse, if your top is just a bit itchy, if your sweater is too hot to pair with a long sleeve shirt, and so on and so on and so on…. You get the idea.

Layering Top

Time to start your shopping engines ladies! You have the first 5 items on your list, 5 more to come. And remember, you are not along in your frustration, we all go through it. All you can do is breathe, remember you are awesome and EMAIL ME WITH QUESTIONS!!!!

The Best Christmas Day Outfits

What to wear on Christmas day??? This concept is a new one in my life. I’m a nice Jewish girl with an all Jewish family. That is until my brother married my now favorite Shiksa on the planet and Christmas entered our lives. Personally, my outfit is defined by one major factor, food consumption. How can I eat as much as possible while looking cute and not having my clothing remind me of my “day off” from my healthy lifestyle? Other families may have different stylish holiday traditions…..

There are a few factors in choosing your holiday look. What is the dress code set forth by your host? What is the location of your holiday meal? And finally, is comfort and stuffing yourself full of holiday joy part of the equation? Once you have the answer to these three questions you can prepare your festive look.

 

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For the most fabulous of Christmas dinners I would suggest an outfit akin to the one above. There are not many days when a poofy skirt and a lacey sweater create the perfect outfit, but December 25th is one of those rare days. This is the dressiest of options and clearly does not mark high on the comfort scale, but if looking fabulous and showing your family that you are living an amazing life (even if you are most definitely not) is your goal, go big or go home. Make sure to tuck in the sweater (it should be thin NOT chunky) into your high-waisted skirt to create a waist. Add the most flare with a super metallic, very high heel. Damn girl, you look hot on Christmas!!!

Gold HeelsSkirt,  Sweater, Earrings

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For those looking to be a little sassy on the birthday of Jesus, the look above is for you. Please note, this sweater is a dress, NOT a tunic. Meaning, it should be at least mid-thigh length. We are not looking to create a scandal at Christmas dinner. For the extra sassy, the sweater should be a bit shorter and the boot a bit taller. For the “more conservative”, go for a knee high boot instead of a thigh high option and choose a sweater dress that is just above the knee. Pair it with a bold bracelet for a bit of flare. I love this option because the green-ish stone mixed with the red-ish dress is a nod to Christmas spirit without being so obvious. I love a good Xmas sweater, but sometimes a  good theme is all that is necessary….

Gold Bangle, Boots, Sweater Dress, Textured Tights

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Now this is my kind of outfit. Super comfy, super winter”y” and stylish. I could definitely shovel at least 2 plates of food and half a pie in my mouth without my outfit even noticing. A patterned legging is a quick and easy way to get the right kind of attention. I have one pair and every time I wear them random people come up to me to comment on them. This option is as close to Dancer and Prancer as you are going to get without looking like Santa barfed on you. No need to spend tons of money on them, you will probably wear them 3 times a season at most. Pair them with a longer, fabulous yet simple sweater for maximum effect. This off-the-shoulder option is not only right on trend, but will look great throughout the winter season with everything you own. More bang for your buck! Looking good while over-eating your way through the day has never been so stylish.

 Sweater, Leggings, Silver Pendant

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5 Must Have Winter Looks

Winter is just around the corner (ug), but on a positive note, that means more fabulous clothing. Lots O layers, textures and materials. Trends can be fleeting, that is why I picked the top 5 winter styles that will actually last. Any of the 5 looks below will last at least 2 seasons, you can quote me on it!

Depending on where you live the forecast not be snow and slush for the next 5 months (lucky you), but you can rock most of these top 5 winter looks no matter what the temperature. When picking any trend to mix into your wardrobe you have to consider a few things. Number 1, is this age appropriate? Number 2, will this compliment my body type? And number 3, does this mix with your lifestyle and personality? If the answer is yes to all 3, time to start shopping.

 

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The first trend I’m raving over is layering. Not OVER, but UNDER your dresses. It puts a whole new twist on all of the sleeveless dresses in your wardrobe. Of course blazers and cardigans are cute, but I love the idea that you can totally reinvent what you have just by buying one new thing. A thin turtleneck is the most straight-forward choice to use with this fantastic trend.

 

blue and back

I cannot stand when people live by ridiculous fashion rules that were made up by people with no creative tendencies. Why can’t you wear blue with black? Who created that very dumb rule anyways? I have always promoted this very chic color combination and now so are designers. It is elegant and easy to execute. Step one: Pull something black out of your closet. Step two: Pull something blue out of your closet. Step three: Put them together. Stylish and easy.

 

power suit

I seriously love that women are taking over “men’s wear”. There is no power struggle here, we just simply look better in it. Whether it is over-sized or tailored, this trend is kicking butt in the boardroom and beyond. If suiting is your thing, go for a head to toe look, but for the rest of the world, choose one item to show ’em who is boss.

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Ooooooh….. Metallic and pleats get married and have a fashion baby, yay! I’m SO obsessed with this look and you should be too. It is not the easiest trend to pull off, but if you have got the style chops, do it. Longer styles are in, but they are very difficult to pull off unless you are an amazonian model. Go for a knee length option and pair it with anything from heels to an ankle bootie. This trend doesn’t have to be so formal. Add a white T and a leather bomber to make this funky option more realistic.

 

embellished jeans

Bedazzle everything. That has been my motto since my early days of falling in love with the Bedazzler. If you don’t know what this awesome invention is, google it, your life will change.  High end designers must have gotten their hands on one because this crazy trend is everywhere. Obviously the above look is WAY over the top, but is you just choose just one over-done piece you can easily make this very girly trend work for you.

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Above are ways to incorporate the top 5 trends of the winter into your wardrobe. Buying just these 5 items can upgrade your look in an instant if you style it just so. I have given you the fashion tools to create fabulous and sassy new ensembles without breaking the bank, now all you have to do is decide how far you want to go….

 

skirt, double breasted blazer, black turtleneck, blouse, jeans

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