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The Best Activewear Brands

Back again by popular demand! On this episode of #CommunityClosetChallenge, Tatiana, a Corrective Exercise Specialist, chatted with Amy about their favorite gym clothing that actually holds everything in. Hallelujah. 

 

TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY EXPENSIVE YOGA PANTS

 

I get it, yoga pants have gotten crazy expensive. When did exercise clothing become investment pieces? So, is it completely crazy to spend $100 on yoga pants? $200? I personally promote the “cost per wear” concept, but understand that the initial swipe of your credit card might be painful. If you consider a brand like Ultracor that is reversible, lasts around 4 years and cuts their styles based on different heights, then yes, I believe spending $200 is worth it. You are definitely getting more bang for your buck. That is $25 per year which is about what a cheap pair would cost.

 

THE BEST SPORTS BRA FOR YOUR BOOBS

 

It is a constant war. How does one keep their boobs tucked away comfortably while doing just about any workout? Finding the right sports bra that doesn’t look like it was designed for your grandma is a very real problem….. until now! Nike really is the best offering 3 support systems, light, medium and high. Search no more, your girls will be happy and looking cute in one of their sassy designs from here on out.

 

THE BEST BLACK YOGA PANTS

 

Finding the perfect black yoga pants can be almost as exhausting as finding the perfect jeans. Luckily you came to the right place for answers. Nancy Rose Performance has created a hybrid cotton and lycra high-waisted style that sucks and tucks in all the right places. Your butt even looks better in these awesome yoga pants. Need any more reasons to grab a pair immediately? I didn’t think so.

Create Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge I chatted with Sherrie, a 30-something stay-at-home mom who is looking to buy a new summer wardrobe after losing 20 pounds. You’ll wear these must-have pieces over and over to every fitting occasion this summer. 

 

THE PERFECT SUMMER DRESS

 

Dresses are most people’s number one go-to in the summertime. Why? Because it is one and done. Your look is complete with a singular fabulous item. So why not make it the perfect piece no matter your body type, budget or lifestyle? A “sexy mumu” is the ultimate option. You look hot and you can eat 3 cheeseburgers at the BBQ. The main components of this option are slinky straps, an open, low neckline leading into a super loose and flowy long dress.

 

CHANGE YOUR WHOLE LOOK WITH SUNGLASSES

 

Sunglasses are one of the most important things you will own. They can upgrade and stylize your entire look in an instant. You go from having a “meh” outfit to freakin’ fabulous all by choosing the right sunnies for your face. This should be a collection. Take time to craft the wide variety of options you should and will have. The basics should include aviators (sporty and casual you) and an oversized pair (glam and chic you). My collection even includes options for specific locations…. Miami, the Hamptons, Greece, etc. And remember, a collection of anything takes time. This is a marathon, not a sprint!

 

THE ULTIMATE JEAN SHORTS

 

Jean shorts are not for everyone, I get that. I also believe that it is probably a case of not finding the right pair for your body type, budget and lifestyle. I believe whole-heartedly that they should NOT be expensive. I also believe that they should be comfortable. This is often a hard combo to come by unless you know a stylist who can tell you where to find them. Oh hello, my name is Amy, have we met? American Eagle (yes, the store for teenagers) has the best jean shorts ever. High-waisted, stretchy, long(er) and super comfortable. Boom, problem solved.

City to Country Style

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge I chatted with Crystina, a 40-something HR manager at a farm who is originally from Boston but recently moved to upstate NY, about how to transition her big city wardrobe to a country look. You can still look chic on the countryside!

 

BE YOURSELF! NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE.

 

This is a must. You should always be you no matter where you are living. Clothing is a suit of armor to make you feel like your most bad-ass self, not a costume. The key is to identify your favorite element of your style and showcase it no matter where you are. If big jewelry is your thing, wear it. Just style it for your new locale. For example, country style = stone jewelry. Leave the big pearls for city life…..

 

HOW TO STYLE YOUR CITY DRESS “COUNTRY”

 

Just because you move does not mean you need to get rid of everything you own for your “new life.” Is this a great opportunity to clean out your closet with an iron fist? Yes. Is it also a moment to challenge your restyling capabilities? Hell yes. Check out my checklist below for tips on how to instantly turn your city pieces into country friendly looks. Hint: A blue denim jacket is your new best friend.

 

MASK STYLE. YES, THIS IS NOW A “THING”

 

Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine that I’d be giving styling tips for face masks, and yet, here we are. Get ready, this is going to rival your sunglasses collection. It’s essentially the same thing. It goes on your face the moment you leave the house and you want it to complete your look, not compete with it. If this idea is so ridiculous to you (it kind of is to me too), choose a mask retailer that is donating all proceeds to a charity. Style mixed with good doing is always in fashion.

Top 5 Tips To Clean Out Your Closet

TOP TIP #1:

SEPARATE SEASONS

Out of sight, out of mind. You should do this twice a year, when it is getting warmer out and when it is getting colder out. Or each season, depending on how much you own. Pack things away in plastic bins or put them in the back of your closet. You do not need your wool sweaters when it is 80 degrees out. If you ONLY keep items you are wearing visible, the easier you will make your life. You won’t need to dig to find what you are looking for.


TOP TIP #2:

ORGANIZE BY CATEGORY

Put all your similar items together. Skirts go with skirts, pants with pants, you get the idea! Below are the typical categories I put together so you can always find what you are looking for. If all your pants are together then you can always find any pair of pants at any time! Crazy concept!
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • Blouses/T-Shirts
  • Blazers
  • Sweaters
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Beach Stuff
  • Formal Wear
  • Workout Wear
  • Comfy Clothes/PJ’s
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Bags
  • Coats/ Scarves/ Gloves/ Hats

 


TOP TIP #3:

ORGANIZE WITHIN EACH CATEGORY

It’s time to NEVER lose anything in your closet again. If you know where everything is, then you will always know where to find it. For tops, sleeveless tops go together, short sleeves go together, followed by long sleeved tops together. The second step WITHIN tops is to put like materials together. Cotton with cotton, silky with silky, etc. Now take it even further, within JUST the tops, organize by color. First white, then black, next solid colors and finally patterns together. The goal is to see similarities within each category and put those things together. Focus on silhouettes, materials and colors. You can decide on your own sub-categories based on what you own. Everyone’s closet is different and that is a good thing!


TOP TIP #4:
DONATE
This is your moment to FINALLY get rid of things. ONLY go through your spring/summer stuff. Doing it all at once is too overwhelming. Create 3 piles: Donate, try on and tailor.
  • Donate: Things you know need to go ASAP. Just toss it!
  • Try-on: Things you aren’t sure about, try it on and then decide.
  • Tailor: Things you might be able to save through tailoring. Refer to #5.
Most people wear about 20% of what they own MEANING they are fighting through 80% of things that they don’t love, don’t fit and they will never wear again. ASK YOURSELF:
  • When is the last time I actually wore this?
  • Do I LOVE everything about this? If you love the color, but hate the way it fits, the answer is NO.
  • Be hard on your closet. Getting rid of things that don’t make you happy WILL make you happy.
  • If you aren’t sure, ask your best friend. They will be honest with you.
  • If you really aren’t sure, keep it one more season. If you don’t wear it, say goodbye. For real this time!
  • Invite your friends over to dig through your treasures (they bring the wine!). Consign to ThreadUp.com. Or, for more expensive pieces, consign them at TheRealReal.com.

 


TOP TIP #5:
TAILOR
A great tailor can be your best friend. Your wardrobe often has potential to become what you want by just a tweak here and there. Change the buttons on your favorite blazer to update it immediately. Shorten your favorite skirt to flatter your figure even more. Let out the chest in that gorgeous blouse you USED to love and give the girls a chance to breathe. Only focus on items that are good quality and look expensive. You don’t need to tailor your dress from the GAP circa 1995!


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Santa Fe: Tips for Travel Shopping

I love to shop. Obviously. Shopping locally in a dope ass place where amazing jewelry is abundant and the style is bananas??? I’m done for it. I have tricks and tips that I use every time I shop, and more specifically, when I travel. These are the little nuggets of information that you, as my loyal readers, deserve to know. So here are the goods on how to shop like a local, Santa Fe edition.

Santa Fe is amazing. I fell in love pretty immediately. The scenery, the energy, the architecture and of course, the shopping! It was unbelievable how good the fashion was. I was immediately hooked. I’m not crazy into the navajo look, but a flare piece here and there will make anyone a little more fashionable. You just have to figure out what your look is, what is YOUR Sante Fe style? And of course, what will work in your “real” wardrobe back at home.

 

 

Obviously turquoise is all the jam in Santa Fe. I quickly realized that it is also hella expensive. Apparently I have never bought real turquoise before because I has some serious sticker shock. My approach was clear. I created a budget ($500) for my shopping excursion and set out to find at least one piece that would make me smile every time I looked at it for years to come. That is what travel shopping should do, take you back to the happy memory AND look rad with your outfit.

 

 

Everywhere I turned, there were options. Options for different stones, different styles, different metals. The number one rule of travel shopping is to WAIT FOR THE RIGHT PIECE TO FIND YOU. Often times we go in wanting to buy something and end up settling on something because the goal was to BUY something. You feel defeated if you don’t. Stop, this is crazy. Wait for the right piece to find you and then buy it. Going home empty handed is way better than spending a bunch of money on something that is just taking up room in your closet and reminding you of your failure every time you look at it. Shrink session complete.

 

 

 

My first piece was this fabulous pair of jet and turquoise earrings, price tag $300. I love shopping from street vendors more than anything in the world and yup, that’s where I found these. From the designer himself. How much cooler is that than buying them at a store with a huge markup?? Go to the source, it is always better, both price and story-wise. I wanted something that had some edge to it, this meant literal edges. I wanted more angular and architectural pieces. That is how I knew I would make it work with my NYC wardrobe.

 

 

 

My second and final piece was a ring. I came across Marcus Slim, a young and amazing designer of contemporary navajo jewelry and I fell in love. It was as if Santa Fe and NYC had a baby and it was Marcus Slim’s rings. Believe it or not, the vision in my mind did not really fit what was being sold, so I soldiered on convinced I could find it, and I did…..

 

 

At $150, I came in under budget for my Santa Fe shopping trip. I set out to buy one piece of jewelry that would make me smile and I came out with two. Double smiles for years to come…..

 


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