full screen background image


One Outfit, Two Ways: Casual to Dressy.

I realize you may be doing a double take right now, but yes, those are different outfits. Apparently I need to work on my supermodel poses because I have only mastered one. What is with the bent knee? I will keep practicing….

This past Saturday night I was torn on how dressy I wanted to go. It was a “nice dinner” type of night, so I wanted to look good, but not like I was trying TOO hard. Sometimes changing up your ensemble to make it appropriate for that day’s activities is as simple as changing one or two things. You don’t necessarily need an entirely new outfit.

Take my chic yet comfortable dinner date look. Option number one included my straight leg dark blue earnest sewn jeans, paired with a black tank top as the foundation pieces. Option number two was just my simple black American Apparel tube dress. Both are comfy and basic, yet give different levels of sass. By keeping the top layer and accessories the same, the foundation items are really the changing force.

I always promote that your brain does not need to overwork in order to create a fabulous outfit. We all have “go-to” looks that work every time, well what if you changed them up by switching out even just one item? You may have a completely different outfit without trying that hard!

There are two ways to easily create new outfits with just a quick switch. The least complicated is to keep your foundation the same and change out your accessories. Choose a necklace instead of your favorite earrings, change your bag (maybe go bigger or smaller), put some funk in your shoes. … These are easy and simple tips to create ANOTHER favorite look. The other route I would take for changing it up would be to follow your leader (me:), and switch out the foundation items while keeping the same general feeling. It is your top layer and accessories that really give any look its flavor. For example, this outfit was a bit earthy with a twist of funk and sophistication, the foundation items I chose only made it a dressier or more casual version.

So stop pounding your head on the wall and understand that it does not have to be that difficult! Use your head and your ability for logic, change can be simple and still have a killer effect…

Host Your Own Sass N Style Workshop!

Do you have a closet full of clothes but just don’t know what to do with them? Do you find you buy things in the store, but once you get them home they look and feel differently? Do you ever wish that you could just open your closet up to a professional stylist and have them tell you exactly how to use what you have and buy what you need? Now you can!!!

My lovely Sass N Style team is ready and waiting to come to your home, office, women network and beyond to show how style and image can improve your confidence. My team’s goal is to provide event attendees with recession-proof style options that fit any budget or body type. Your personal stylist also shows how branding yourself through your look can promote a strong sense of self in the boardroom and can command respect from your colleagues. We accomplish this by helping women better use items in their existing wardrobe and identifying sensibly priced additions that can help their style evolve. Learn how to utilize “work” clothes for leisure and “leisure” clothes for work. Make the most of your wardrobe!

Event attendees are encouraged to bring with them an item of clothing that confuses them or that they love so their personal sassy stylist can show them multiple ways to wear it. Attendees will also receive a 12-page booklet with Amy Salinger’s style tips and advice. It is like having your very own personal stylist teach you the tricks of the trade!

Booklet Outline:

(1.5-2 hours)
  • Identify your style
  • Mark your territory: Style exercise to develop your current look
  • Accentuate the positive: Insider tips to showing off your best assets!
  • “The Rules”: The do’s and don’ts of styling and shopping
  • Foundation pieces: What to own to build your wardrobe properly

What People Are Saying:

“The OSU Alumni Association recently hosted a Sass N Style workshop led by stylist Amy Salinger and we are thrilled with the results! Amy was extremely engaging and very knowledgeable. Her style tips and demonstrations were a huge hit- with attendees receiving tips that won’t bust their budget, but will surely improve their look. The Sass N Style workshop is great for all sizes, shapes, budgets and ages!”

-Erin Essak Kopp
Director of Alumni Programs

“I wanted you to know that I felt the two hours I was at the Sass N Style workshop, listening to your ideas/suggestions/hints, was probably the most informative and enjoyable 2 hours I have spent in a long time. I found the information that you shared was interesting and valuable. You are truly well suited for your chosen career. I actually put things into practice this morning getting ready for work. And by the compliments I have received today, I fell like you have taught me well.”

-Alissa Amidon
Sass N Style attendee

Please contact me for pricing details at info@amysalinger.net. Small and large groups are welcome! Workshop details can be altered to fit the parties needs.

Tights with Open Toe Shoes? It Works.

I am actually a BIG fan of tights with open toe shoes. It is an instant way to make your look high fashion. Let’s be clear though, we are mixing OPAQUE tights with funky, bold high heels. I am not pulling out stockings with bad seams and putting them with silk Nina dress shoes that I dyed to match my dress. Ug. That is high fashion v.s. Grandma fashion. Sorry Grandma.

It really is a simple combination that can put your look over the top. Just look to the right and check out how much more fabulous each of these looks instantly became by funking out the bottom half. Love it. It is a trio of fab. It is also a great way to see how to start simple, push yourself a little and then (ahem, Heidi Klum) push yourself a lot! These three fashionistas have given us a good look at how to “make it work” depending on your level of style.

Now let’s not stop there with the high fashion possibilities of this particularly potent combo. Gwyneth Paltrow’s awesome look might be my favorite “tights with open toe shoes” ensembles ever. She seriously rocked it. Her choice of doing a completely monochromatic bottom half, including the lower part of her dress, was genious. She was able to be trendy and sassy without making her shoes the focal point. This is often hard when you wear tights with open toe shoes because it is such a funky mixture. By doing a gray shoe with gray tights, she allowed you to be intrigued but not blown over. Try this monochromatic look out with a pair of your new fabulous open toe booties and you will come out with the same fantastic result, awesome. This trend lets you wear your spring and summer shoes right into fall and if you are crazy, even winter.

But remember my very strong warning, no seam of your stockings or tights should EVER be seen. If you look closely to the right, you will see that this possibility for a great Louboutin and stockings combo went horribly wrong. I spy a stocking seam going straight across her toes! Her sexy ensemble just went straight to Grandmaville…. Again, sorry Grandma!

Photos courtesy of eighty81.com, Instyle.com and thefashionpolice.com

Rachel Zoe: Love Her or Hate Her?

I guess people always need to find a new favorite person to hate and this year it seems to be Rachel Zoe. Why I ask? Yea, she is a bit over the top and acts like the world is going to collapse if the right dress doesn’t show up, but isn’t that the draw of her in the first place? I have tried to explain to people that I can feel her pain, that the level of styling she produces is so pressure filled it is ridiculous. The real problem is, not many people seem to care… And yet the funny thing is that obviously people are intrigued, because the second season of The Rachel Zoe Project just aired. I equate it to the people who say they don’t care about celebrity gossip and then secretly buy (and love) US weekly. I am very open about my addiction.

I will give Rachel Zoe this, she can pull some crazy stuff. And by “pull”, I mean get some FABULOUS clothes! The sign of a really great stylist is not necessarily the actual fashion sense, but what they can get their hands on. I watched the season 2 premiere last night and was blown over by the fact that she managed to have Karl Lagerfeld, head designer at Chanel, change a runway design for her at the last second. She literally had him commission a design change because she didn’t like the original dress for Cameron Diaz. It was amazing to watch.

The truth is, she must be doing something right because she styles half of Hollywood, has her own show, a book and is apparently coming out with a clothing line. It is rumored to be called, “I die”. If you watch the show, you certainly understand why.

So everybody, stop the hate. I do agree that being an emergency room surgeon is overtly a much more obviously stressful job, but I dare you to try and do what Rachel Zoe does for a day. You really just might have a heart attack. And, let’s be real, this woman is doing it. When has the world ever really known a stylist? She is the woman behind the stars and now she is a star herself. She is obviously good at her job and a gal who has made it to the top. Show her a little respect and admit you like her show:)

Photos courtesy of stylehop.com and ehow.com

My Cold Island Rainy Day Chic Look

  • by Amy Salinger
  • August 18th, 2009
  • My Style

How hilarious is this? Only I would put a pissed off picture of myself freezing my nonnies off in the pouring rain…. on a weekend getaway. Here is the story: We all know that I am in Ohio this summer so the word “vacation” is different than what I am used to. My boyfriend took me to an island (yes, there is an island here:) called Put in Bay. Seriously, that is the name! Who wouldn’t want to go there with such a fabulously amazing name? I had no choice but to follow his lead as I had never been there. It is always tricky when you are being led into the unknown, specifically, what do you pack? My goal is to always be the most fabulous, appropriate and comfortable person within in a 10 mile radius of where I am. I was given this information by him: “It is a small island where you don’t need a car and people drink their way through the weekend. It will be raining for most of the first day we are there. Remember Amy, it is VERY casual.” Done and done.

So here is how it really went. We drove 2.5 hours and put everything we had on his back, literally. Yea, I didn’t really carry anything.. I think he was tired of hearing me complain:) We were camping, taking bikes and had our clothes, but leaving the car on the mainland and taking the ferry over. Just picture that. Did I mention it was pouring and 60 degrees? So much for an island vacation. I had to think quickly with what I had brought, luckily I was prepared….. and stylish:)

Now, aside from the garbage bag my boyfriend claims is a poncho, I actually looked pretty cute given the absurd circumstances. Drinking for hours straight not only made me feel better about the situation, but I think I actually started to look better:) My cold island rainy day drinking chic look had to be layered. I was in and out of bars, it was freezing out and I was soaking wet. Did I mention I drank a lot that day? I am all about being functional and stylish and apparently God was challenging me with this particular scenario. But did I quit? Did I throw in the towel and just look like crap? No! I looked fabulous for myself, I looked fabulous for my boyfriend, I looked fabulous for my faithful blog reading audience!

The ensemble was this: A garbage bag poncho (hot), my super hot pink windbreaker, a purple Forever 21 fitted hoodie, my longer American Eagle lace trim tank (I needed some “fancy”), my peace sign gray and white summer scarf, American Apparel leggings and my FAVORITE gold Reef flip flops. Thank God it was cold, because where would I have packed all of this stuff????

The best part of it all is that I am wearing a garbage bag, drinking at a shady bar and holding a bird…. all while looking super stylish! And, if you notice, my expression becomes much more joyful as the day went on. Was it the fact that it had stopped raining or that I was on my 8th drink that made me so smiley in the picture on the right? You decide:)