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My Favorite Coat Designer: Mackage

Winter sucks. It’s cold, it’s dreary and it’s never ending. So why do I choose to stay in NYC? The answer is simple, I love a good winter coat. I’m only half kidding.

I have been buying clients winter coats for years so having a favorite designer has become a necessity. Mackage is literally hands down, without a doubt, my absolute favorite coat brand! The head designers are Canadian so they know a thing or two about cold weather. They preach my favorite combo, fashion and function should go together like peanut butter and jelly…. Or something like that.



One of my favorite things about the Mackage brand is their use of leather. It makes every coat just a little more fun. As this awesome leather bomber showcases, they know how to mix trendy fashion forward elements with classic pieces perfectly…. Say hello to your new leather bomber……






Oh the black wool coat. It can be so boring and depressing. But not when it is designed by Mackage!!! In years past, a winter coat meant you were forced to wear a bulky, unattractive piece so you could fit all your winter layers underneath. Not when Mackage hit the scene. Their coats are not only SUPER WARM, but they are stylin’.



A puff coat used to only be stylish if you were the Michelin Man. And then came the fabulous world of low-profile, more sleek down coats. Hallelujah. This sassy Mackage design highlights one of my absolute favorite things about their designs, YOU NEVER NEED A SCARF! Their necklines are typically high and warm so you never forget your scarf anywhere because you never brought one…..


Color, color and more color. Who says your coat has to be black? Not Mackage! Why not brighten up your day when you walk out into the hell we call winter. Think outside the black box and make red your neutral this season.




Anyone that lives in a place that gets below 40 degrees knows that a long puffer is not an option, it is a way of life. This coat has all the Mackage details. High neck with no scarf, yup. Sleek yet warm profile, duh. Leather detail to give some pizazz to your look, yaaaassssss. Have I made my case yet? Time to invest, buy yourself a Mackage coat now.






My Favorite Fun Designer: Cult Gaia

Yup, that’s right, I said FUN. Cult Gaia really is just that, FUN!!!! They blew onto the fashion scene with their plastic fan hand held bag and have expanded into clothing, shoes and jewelry this season. Do you know who that is most fun for? Us.




Their classic fan bag is dope. I have one in white and it made every outfit I wore this summer better. They have multiple styles and colors to make any one of your looks better (and more fun). I thought it might be annoying to carry this bag, not to mention it looks totally breakable, but I was wrong on both accounts. Tried and true, this bag is for you.





Ah, the sexy, sleek sweater dress. She is cozy, she is fabulous, she is your winter fashion best friend. This style is SO good because the off the shoulder silhouette makes this comfy gal sultry as well. No easy feat to combine the two. But, thanks to Cult Gaia, they have created the perfect “it’s freezing as hell outside” date night dress.





Obsessed. A stacked architectural heeled bootie is my jam. It should be yours too. This style is business in the front, party in the back. Meaning, even a fashion newbie can pull these off. They are a conversation piece for days…..



Right now, silk skirts are in. Paired with a cozy, cropped sweater or a leather bomber, this is chic as shit. If you are extra curvy, this style might be tough because it is a bit clingy. But for the straight as an arrow gals, add this trend to your winter wardrobe.






Neutral and fun, these spiky hoops can make any look better. Some people think white should go away for the winter, I say NO! It will lighten and brighten all the black you are drowning yourself in. This style is neutral and light enough for the daytime, but just edgy enough for nighttime.



Now this is a bag. Metal handle, yes please. And that neutral color? Oh, hell yes. Your bag does not need to be boring to go with everything. Owning only black bags is SO last year. This bag will easily be the cherry on top of your outfit sundae. Try something different!!!





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!!!





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




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.






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.












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.





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.





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.

My Top 5 Fall 2019 Trends

Fall is just around the corner and I am just as much excited as I am horrified. Good bye warm weather, hello layering! I absolutely love the introduction of fall trends, it gets my fashion motor going. I have picked my top 5 Fall 2019 trends for you! No need to research, I’ve done all the hard work for you……




The first trend I’m crushing hard for is bold, oversized prints. People usually think this is only for warmer months, but think again. As long as there are dark colors introduced into the pattern, rock this trend hard in fall. If oversized patterns scare you, choose just a top or a bottom and pair it with a solid color piece.





Next up, the teeny, tiny bag. Practical? Hell no. Adorable? Hell yes. This trend may require another human being to carry your stuff, but really what more do you need then a cell phone, lip gloss, keys and moolah? This should definitely cover that. Simplify your life by carrying a bag that is too small to bring the kitchen sink.





I’m obsessed with the idea of brining brightness into your fall look. Who says lavender is just for spring? Um, not me. As long as the material is a fall weight (steer clear of linen), then adding in a lavender piece (or two or three) to your look is right on trend.





A fantastic choice for fall is the introduction of feathers on shoes.  Just a touch goes a long way. This may be just a little over the top for the average joe, but who wants to be average??? It is an easy way to make your entire look fun and playful.





My 5th and final choice for my favorite Fall 2019 trends is military inspired pieces. If you ask me, this is always a fall trend! I truly believe that everyone should own some form of an army green military jacket. It instantly gives any look a structured edgy feel and is perfect for layering.




































Inspired Style: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is closer than you think. Don’t let the ridiculously warm weather fool you, turkey day is just around the corner. I thought the best way to contribute (without cooking a thing) was to help all of you ladies dress fashionably for your body type. Thanksgiving style is about showing your family you still got it AND eating as much as you can. This requires certain style tips that only a pro can offer. Here goes!



Thanks to my fabulously talented friend Brooke Ahrendsen, I now have my very own body type illustrations to showcase awesome style for all of you! I will continue to refer to the 5 basic body types in upcoming posts. They include hourglass, rectangle, inverted triangle, apple and pear. One very important note, you are typically not ONE body type. Most times people are a combination, the key is to listen to my definitions of each body type and apply it yourself. You can do it!


Sweater Dress, Boots, Tights , Necklace


The first body type we will chat about is the hourglass shape. This is defined by having a small waist with a bigger bust and curvier derriere. An hourglass can be any size, from a 00 on up, the defining factor is your proportions. The most flattering styles for the hourglass shape are those that hug your curves. Do not be afraid of silhouette conscious items. This sweater dress will keep you cozy and warm all day while showing off what God gave you. The key to masking your over-eating is the knotted mid-section. It will keep your growing tummy camouflaged all day. Eat away my hourglass shaped friends.


Leather leggings, Blanket shawl,T-shirt, OTK Boots


The next body type is the ruler shape. This is characterized by having less curves and being fairly straight from head to toe. Less boobs and less butt with skinnier limbs. This allows you to love everything oversized!!! Ironically, the curvier you are, the more you look like you are wearing a garbage bag with oversized pieces. Go crazy ruler, rock the garbage bag style! On turkey day this is a primo option because it leaves you open to eat away. A blanket scarf shawl is VERY in right now. Pair it with funky leggings and a long T to be comfy and stylish all day long.


Denim, Scarf, Boots, Blazer

Inverted triangle here I come. Don’t hate your broad shoulders, embrace them!!! They make your waist look that much smaller. The key is to focus more on your tinier waist and legs. Embrace your shape by giving structure to your top half and being sure to crop your blazer at your waist. This accentuates your smaller mid-section. Adding a cozy long scarf will draw the eye to the center of your body which will elongate you. What girl doesn’t want that? Be sure to pair your blazer and scarf with a skinny pair of jeans to show off your gams.


Slouch Boots, Dress, Necklace


Next up is the beautiful apple shape. This body type is rounder in the middle typically with no defined waist and skinner limbs. This actually allows for pretty easy styling (trust me). The key is to wear a-line pieces such as the dress above. This literally means items that are shaped like the letter A. It masks your mid-section while showing off your skinny arms and legs. By adding a longer necklace you are drawing the eye to the center of your body creating the illusion of a waist.



Leggings, Vest, Blouse, Necklace 

Finally we have the amazing and talented pear shape. This lovely lady is bit rounder in the hips and bum area with smaller shoulders. Love thyself, I hear a curvier derriere is very en vogue right now:) The best styling tip for this body type is to add length to your torso. This can be done in a number of ways, one of which is wearing a longer sweater as shown above. I know you all might not be keen on the furry pockets (they are dope), so just choose a more basic option. You need to make sure this sweater is worn open, closing it will only cling to your hips accentuating your “pear”.