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Athleisure Chic: Look cute AND comfy

Ready for more #CommunityClosetChallenge??? My guest Elia, a 30-something personal chef from NYC, asked me about the best picks for athleisure chic. There is no other style more important right now than comfy fabulousness. We may be stuck at home, but I refuse to give in to dirty pajamas everyday. Be cute for yourself, it is the most important way of staying sane. Dress up for you, doctors orders!

 

“ARE JEAN JACKETS STILL COOL?”

Always. Whether you are an athleisure junkie or just dipping your toe in the pond, this is your perfect layering piece. You should have multiple colors (and styles if you get really into it). This is the perfect topper to any look if you want to look cool and casual.

 

“HELP! MY LOOK HAS BECOME LIKE A UNIFORM.”

You are not alone. It’s tough to change up your look everyday, but there is hope! The key to switching it up without re-inventing the wheel is jewelry and shoes. Having a simple base outfit (or uniform), but changing out your “flare” everyday is the answer. Learn what silhouettes and designers are best for you first so your “uniform” fits well and flatters your figure. Then all you have to worry about is your fun factor!

 

“NO SHOW SOCKS ARE MY NEMESIS!”

Girl, the world hears you. Digging into the back of your shoe to lift up your no-show sock might be the most annoying thing in the world. And, if athleisure is your thing, no-show socks are essential to this sneaker-bound style. My favorite brands are Bombas and the Gap. Designers have yet to create the perfect pair, but these come close.

Petite Picks: Small Package Style Tips

Hello ladies (and gentleman). We are in full swing of a “new normal” and with that, I created #CommunityClosetChallenge. Every Wednesday at 5p I’m dishing my best style tips to a different Instagram giveaway winner for 30 minutes. This means you have direct access to all things “Amy” if you go to @SassnStyle on Insta and tag a friend in my giveaway post once a week. Don’t want to be on camera? Don’t worry. These style tidbits are for all no matter your body type, budget or lifestyle. 

My guest Nadia, a 30 something business executive from Boston, asked me about the best picks for her petite frame. Below are my top 3 tips to help her feel fabulous both during and beyond quarantine!

 

“HELP! I’M 5 FEET TALL AND ITS SO HARD TO SHOP.”

I’m here to save the (petite) fashion day! I get it, the shopping world is not very helpful when you are below 5’2″. You have 2 things working in your favor. Number 1, tailors are plentiful and you are going to find a good one. Consider this part of the cost of an item. You WILL need to alter things and that’s OK. Lot’s of body types require additional tweaks, it’s not just you! Number 2, you are in luck because stores are full of cropped things these days. Shorter sleeves, shorter pants, shorter dresses…. This means these items will fit you perfectly with NO tailoring. Yay!

 

“I HATE HIGH HEELS!!!”

Me too! I believe they were invented by the devil. Not to worry, there are 2 other options that will give you a lift without killing your feet. Option 1 is a chunk heel. Yes, it is a heel, but it is VERY comfortable because you aren’t walking around on something the size of a toothpick. Option 2 is a skinny wedge. This gives the effect of a heel without the pain of a heel. It is also great for outdoor events so you don’t sink into the grass!!!

 

“I WANT TO LOOK CUTE ALL THE TIME.”

You are in luck because it is not only possible, it is easy to accomplish. How to you do this you ask? Simply don’t buy anything that you don’t love. You should never utter the words, “Oh, this is good enough.” Not even when thinking about what to wear to the grocery store. I am not suggesting that you put on a gown to buy green beans, I’m just suggesting that even your comfy clothing can be awesome. I stand by the rule that only your at-home, no one will ever see this look should be the moment when you give up on life. That is the time to pull out your hole-y, stained t-shirt that you just can’t get rid of….

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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Shop Now! Post Holiday Sales

If you know anything about me, you know I love a good deal. Well guess what folks? It’s good deal season, otherwise known as post holiday sales. Now is the time to shop. Shop for things you have been wanting, shop for things that just catch your eye, shop for things that you absolutely have been longing for. Get it girl. No seriously, get it, these items won’t last long at these prices!!!!!

 

 

 

Aquatalia boots for $378??? This is a no- brainer. Aquatalia is hands down my favorite brand of boots because they are not only stylish, but they are weather-proof. I’m talking go out into a blizzard, step in an ankle deep puddle proof. This is a sick price for something that will last you for seasons to come.

 


Pajar snow boots for $97 down from $220, WHAT?? I’m having trouble not buying all of my suggestions because these prices are flat out crazy. Buy snow boots, you need them. This is my favorite brand and they are under $100! Cute, comfy and reasonably priced, what more can a girl ask for?

 


 

Teddy coats are in, why not get one on-sale? For trendier items, I ONLY shop sales. This might be a more expensive option at $1529, but it’s still 15% off and it is a luxury coat by Yves Salomon. Be comfortable with a price point that fits your lifestyle, but no matter who you are, you know you love a good sale!

 


 

A shearling leather bomber for $878? My head just exploded. If you know anything about shearling, you know it’s hella expensive. I have been looking for a shearling coat for years, but even on sale the price tag usually scares me. This coat is totally worth it. You are basically getting a two-for-one, a shearling coat AND a leather bomber. Two staple wardrobe items in one. Hell yea.

 


 

 

Want a splurge item that doesn’t have the splurge price tag? Well bam, here you go! This All Saints snake print leather bomber is on sale for $180. You read that right. I have actually never seen a good quality leather bomber so reasonably priced and I shop ALL the time. Now is the moment to buy your “fun” items because the price tag finally has the right number on it……

 

 


 

 

Stella McCartney on sale! Happy days are here. This neutral (yes, I said neutral) Stella McCartney cross-body bag is going to sell out at $499. She (the bag of course) looks a little crazy, but this animal print IS in fact a great neutral. And this print works both in the trendy and classic ways, this will be money well spent.

 


 

Buy a leather backpack, it will change your life. And the best part (besides the $350 price tag for Longchamp) is that it is a spring color!!! You will get to rock this fun, stylish and functional bag in the coming months. No waiting until next season girl. Don’t underestimate the power of a stylish and luxurious backpack, it is life changing. You are not to old to carry a backpack, trust.

 


 

LBD forever. Get your perfect for every event ever little black dress on sale, you can thank me later. Or now, it’s totally up to you. Chiara Boni La Petite Robe is hands down my fav LBD designer. Every dress is made of a Spanx like material meaning it’s a bitch to get on. BUT, and this is a big but, once it is you are sucked and tucked all night. Yup, it’s amazing.

 


 

A cashmere sweater is a necessity. Getting one on sale is a must. If you have never owned one then you are blissfully unaware of what you are missing. Cashmere is divine. You feel like a tiny baby wrapped in heaven with the sun shining on you. Yes, that good. I know it is expensive which is why sale time is buying time for cashmere!!!

 


 

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