21 February 2018

Style Crush: Lupita Nyong'o

Style Crush: Lupita Nyong'o

Bold. Confident. Buoyant.
There is indeed something special about Academy Award winning actress, Lupita Nyong'o. Her physical grace and beauty is matched with a fierce intellect and commanding presence.
"I feel privileged that people are looking up to me, and perhaps a dream will be born because of my presence." - Lupita Nyong'o
Her personal style is communicated effectively with precise consistency that is only achieved through self-awareness. Although she works with a stylist, I am certain she is leading the charge.
Here's how we can all learn from her:

1. She Know what works for her.
Lupita knows what silhouettes work on her Triangle/Pear body type. She is not afraid to show off her toned, full legs and accentuate her tiny waist. She uses accessories to her full advantage. 
2. She's not afraid of color or texture.
Lupita gravitates towards bold colors and texture for red carpet events. The hues wear beautifully against her mahogany complexion and the textures give a visual interest that matches her personality.
3. She's authentic.
Lupita's inherent playfulness and bold use of color in her wardrobe choices makes her a dominant Feminine Style Personality with a secondary Sexy Style Personality. Her upbeat and cheerful personality matches her wardrobe expertly.

What we can learn from Lupita:

- Always dress authentically
- Don’t be afraid to explore your style
- Use clothing as self-expression

14 February 2018

How to Love your Style

It's time to fall in love.

Ah...The feeling of love.
An excitement that causes your heart to flutter and your head to feel light. The expectation of great adventures. The feel of your beloved’s embrace.
Do you feel this for your clothes?
"Beauty by way of fashion has to do with confidence, with flattering silhouettes, with patterns, with proper fit for body type, and with an abundance of self- love! " – Mary Lambert
The idea of loving everything in your wardrobe is a new concept. It takes discipline to say "no" to items that don't make your heart sing. It takes constant reminders of what works for your Style Personality and rejects anything that is not flattering to your body shape. The concept of loving your clothes is a revolt against what society deems "in" and "hot". It's a shunning of fast fashion.
Let's talk about how to fall in love with your Style and reignite the passion in your wardrobe:

1. Know your Style Personality *

I know I mention this a lot, but it is crucial to know what silhouettes, patterns, and textures correspond with the image you wish to project and how you want to feel.

2. Body Confidence
Confidence begins with acceptance. Acceptance in the unique shape of your body without comparison or compromise to a fad diet. Knowing what silhouettes work for you and not against you. Find what makes you flirt with the beauty of your reflection.

3. Find your Muse
Your muse can be interior design, a color, even your favorite flower. Find inspiration it what makes you smile. Without judgment, create a Pinterest board of all images that bring you joy. Take a look at mine as an example.

4. Kill Emotional Shopping
Many decisions that stem from emotions are usually impulsive. Same with shopping! Just like a trip to the grocery store, create a list of items you are looking to add to your wardrobe. Target a specific category like dresses or whatever your wardrobe needs. Dedicated about 30 minutes to browse dresses only. After your visit to the fitting room, analyze your potential purchase with this criteria:
1. Does it make me smile at my reflection?
2. Do I already own the necessary accessories to make this work?
3. Do I have a place/event in mind to wear this within the next month?
4. Is it within my budget?

Here's to falling in love with your Style! 

* Don't know your Style Personality? Check out  these upcoming Webinars:

Wednesday, 2/28 , 6 pm PST -Webinar: Building a Capsule Wardrobe 
During this Webinar, you'll learn how to create a Signature Look utilizing key pieces that will correspond to your Style Personality and Lifestyle.
Wednesday, 3/14;  6 pm PST -Webinar: Learn your Style Personality & Body Shape
Do you want some tips to improve your personal style? Does shopping frustrate you?  If so, this webinar is for you!
You'll learn your Style Personality and accurately determine your Body Shape. During this webinar, you'll learn how to become a better shopper.

06 February 2018

Style Challenge: The White Shirt

Style Challenge

There's something sophisticated about a crisp white shirt.

It pairs well with just about everything in your closet. It classes up jeans and means serious business when worn with a red skirt.

I've identified 4 ways to wear yours. I promise you will not look stuffy! 

White Shirt- Professional

White Shirt- Business Casual

White Shirt- Weekend

White Shirt- Event

Shop the Look:

23 January 2018

Inspired Style: Androgynous

Iconic Style

When you think of androgyny, what image comes to your mind? For me, it's the strength of Marlene Dietrich in a pantsuit. It's Ellen DeGeneres's tailored basics with playful warmth. Very different interpretations yet both women invoke an iconic androgynous look.
"Androgyny refers to a specific way of joining the 'masculine' and 'feminine' aspects of a single human being". - June Singer
I've identified 4 women who embody the perfect mix of the feminine and masculine into their personal style.
Learn how to get androgyny right for your Style Personality:

Sexy Androgynous Style Icon: Sade

Unisex Wardrobe basics get an undeniable sexy update. A sheer form-fitting turtleneck and slim black trousers are a dominating force with the saddle style belt.

Tip: Wear wardrobe basics in form-fitting silhouettes. Update your suiting separates in lux fabrics like silk, velvet, and leather. Pair with stilettos, red lipstick, and slick hair to finish the look.
Comfort Androgynous Style Icon: Ellen DeGeneres

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A clean blazer paired with a crisp white shirt and dark denim is classic dressing at it's best. When paired with structured loafers this look cool-girl comfort.

Tip: Dress up your t-shirts with blazers and loafers when the dress code is all business. Add a signature accessory that implies your comfort aesthetic.

Feminine Androgynous Style Icon: Janelle Monae

 *Hidden Figures* screening in New York, December 10
Tuxedo tailoring in made feminine in baroque with touches of whimsy and glamour.

Tip: Mix sharp tailoring with whimsy fabrics like tulle and lace. Dresses can indeed be masculine when paired with a tasseled loafer pump in an unexpected color. 

Classic Androgynous Style Icon: Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton
Simplicity is turned upside down when a classic coat becomes a dress. Accessories are minimal since the clothing and shoes speak volumes.

Tip: Men's wear fabrics like glen plaid and tweed look fantastic on a classic shift dress. Give your look a pop in a jewel tone color.

Shop the look:

17 January 2018

The Winter Transition: The 4 Pieces you need Now

Is it Spring yet?

I love wearing a coat. The right coat makes me feel sophisticated and elegant underneath the most mundane combination of a tee-shirt and jeans. With that said, I'm looking forward to peeling back that layer to reveal the beautiful florals and cheery brights that welcome the joy of Spring.
" No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it's turn." - Hal Borland
However, Spring will have to wait. With a month in a half to go, here are some great transitional pieces to add now and wear throughout the joy of Spring.
Here are 4 items to incorporate into your wardrobe now:
1. The Striped T
I hope you already have this classic piece in your wardrobe! It easy pairs well under a blazer and trousers for work and with your favorite jeans for weekend fun.

2. Blue Sweater Vest
Pairs well under a turtleneck in the cool of February and under a tank in the warmth of May. 

3. Red Pants
Consider a red pant a wardrobe staple. Looks fantastic with a cashmere grey sweater now and with an eyelet tank for later. Choose your fit and fabric based on your Style Personality. 

4. Bootie Sandal 
Pair with opaque tights and an A-line dress for a twist on winter work dressing and with white denim in Spring. 

Do you have some of these items in your wardrobe? If not, click below to add some early Spring Joy!

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