The Pack is Back!

Toss out your crossbody’s and stow your totes,

backpacks are the new ‘it bag.’

That title to a recent article in the OC Register Fashion page definitely caught my eye, because my beautiful, fashion stylist daughter gave me one a few months ago, and I love it!

We’re not talking sturdy, book carrying, hiking backpack, but a more refined, purse type bag with arm straps.

You might like this one from Urban Outfitters:

Deena & Ozzy Vegan Leather Metro Backpack [Read more…]

Fall Fashion Trends 2013

Every year I attend a luncheon that presents scholarship money to university students, and a Fall Fashion Trends Fashion Show. My two favorite things, hosted at a beautiful resort overlooking the bay, it is such a wonderful experience I look forward to all year long!

What’s is the Fall Fashion Trend for 2o13??

Neiman Marcus Knows!

Beautiful Shades of Violet

Fall Fashion Trends 2013

Black and Reds are the New Neutrals

earings

Rocker Chic

rocker chick

Leather

leather

The Small Clutch

clutch

Animal Prints

animal prints

Pointed Toe Shoes

red pointed toe shoe

Fur

fur

 

The shades of Violet are just gorgeous! Combine them or partner with a lovely blue-red. Add a little animal print accent or base layer, squish into your pointy toed shoes and off your go!

Enjoy!

Column Dressing – So Easy!

column dressing exampleLast week I attended a business luncheon at which I was seated next to a future Hall of Fame athlete. I wore a black column (black slacks and black knit sleeveless sweater), topped with a cobalt blue jacket. Pulled together very nicely, if I do say so. But, there is a funny story behind my ensemble. I was wearing my black column, topped with a lovely winter white double breasted jacket when I left the house that morning. Just before leaving my office to head over to the luncheon, our Executive Director walked by my door, and I caught a glimpse of the back of her jacket, realizing we had the EXACT same outfit on – black columns and winter white jacket. I immediately let her know that I would leave right away and stop by my house for a quick change  on the way to the luncheon.

Because I had my column on, it was so easy to run in, make a decision between a cobalt blue and kelly green blazer, and back out the door. Phew! Column dressing is so versatile, I highly recommend you have a few in your wardrobe for any occasion. [Read more…]

Spring 2013 Fashion Trends!

Mulberry White SuitJust when you were deep in the doldrums of wool and mittens, along comes the

Spring 2013 Fashion Trend Report!

Sending you over to Style.com for the full lineup of cut, color, and style chic, let me know what you love.

My favorites? Glad you asked!

Adore the Valentino in the Contrast lineup.

Veiled Beauty, Collage, and Flounce are gorgeous, and fun! Can an older woman can carry the looks? What do you think?

Alpha Females garnered most of my attention, as I have returned to the corporate world recently. I really like the Christian Dior and Stella McCartney suits – navy and white are my colors and I love the longer jacket length, hiding a bulgy hip and elongating a waistline so nicely.

My favorite is the Mulberry all white – gorgeous and oh-so Diane Keaton-esque!

Enjoy!

 

Looking Fabulous Counts Every Day!

Ever had a day when your body tells you it wants comfort, warmth and a feeling of relaxation in your dress, but your head tells you to step it up for the occasion? I just did, and it was not pretty!fashion

My week was super busy, I’ve yet to find a pair of comfortable shoes to soothe my feet as I walk throughout several buildings all day long in my life as a Concierge, and the stress of getting a few extra things done abounded. When the weekend arrived, I immersed myself in dressing for comfort, as it felt so relaxing and rejuvenating. Getting ready to attend Saturday evening church services, known for a more relaxed audience, I wasn’t exactly looking very fabulous this night. [Read more…]

Gorgeous Holiday Hairstyles 2012!

Don’t you feel fabulous when you are having a good hair day? Even more, you love to have a little something special for your hair when you are dolled up for a celebration. Pull up the sides, a little extra height, curls, straight with a bounce, and a sparkle added here or there for a special occasion look that will give you double takes when you enter the party!

Who does it better than Reese Witherspoon? Okay, of course Carrie Underwood. There are many more, so that’s why I am taking you on a field trip to Elle Magazine’s 14 Top “Holiday Hair: The Best Celebrity Looks”.  I hope you find inspiration for your holiday look!

“Holiday Hair – The Best Celebrity Looks”

What Are the Right Colors for You?

Color selection is very personal, yet we sometimes allow fashion trends and our peers to have a great influence in our choices. A perfect example of this is the color black. Afraid to be caught in bright pink, vibrant turquoise or lime green? Then choose black to be safe. Maybe you don’t have a clue what a good color is for you, or you have had your “colors done” in the past, only to realize they really weren’t that complimentary on you.Rainbow Parrots by MikeJonesPhoto

Take a very good look at your skin, hair, eyes and hands to determine colors that will make you come alive and bring your image together.  Once I began to see the colors that are in your skin tone, you can discover the most flattering colors and the colors that coordinate best with them.

Even if it doesn’t sound easy, it is. [Read more…]

Style Week Fall Trends 2012 Fashion Show

I have a special treat for you today! My daughter, Lis, has agreed to write a guest post for you, sharing a fun event we attended together!

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Fashion Trends for Fall!

All shades of greenOh, I am loving the fashion trends for this fall! So long bright pinks and orange – here’s what is coming:

NAVY!! Navy is the new Neutral – wear with everything, including black.

All shades of Green ~ mix and match them together, too. [Read more…]

Timeless, Effortless Beauty

I’ve always loved beautiful fashion – especially on everyone else. At nineteen, upon landing in Paris, I was totally enamored by the Parisian’s natural style, ease and flow of their fashionable clothing and elegance of aging beauties. Le sigh!

Yet, I am not gifted in putting together ensembles that show my appreciation for the designers I so love. It is a struggle for me focus and create cohesive outfits that show my love for fashion.

When I was busy building my career, I had a Personal Stylist who knew exactly what colors were perfect for me, and styles that accentuated my body type. I LOVED giving her a call with a request for help in dressing me for events, then being met with several racks of outfits she selected of which ALL looked fabulous! I miss her!

Then my mom years arrived, and I hung up my dresses, suits and heels. Casual comfort was the theme for each day, with babies messy eating and running after toddlers the driving force for clothing choices – and how well everything could wash! [Read more…]

How Your Physical Presence Can Create Success!

Your posture and body carriage create a presence. Tall or short, petite or grand, the way you hold yourself and move, send nonverbal messages about your confidence and self image. You physical presence enters a room providing the first impression of your persona before you even speak a word. What you say and what you have to say, add to that impression, taking only seconds for those in the room to size you up.

What does your posture say about you? How do you carry yourself? Wish you were invisible? Self conscious that anyone is even glancing your way? [Read more…]

How About a Faux Fur Vest for Fall!

Thinking of adding a faux fur vest to your fall wardrobe? I am, but I need to be careful, with my height (5’11”) and age (let’s just say over 40), I don’t want to look like a Sasquatch or a snowball!

Here are a few styles I’ve come across while browsing around… [Read more…]

Clinton Kelly’s Tips on Wearing the Right Clothes!

In my post Why You Should Always Look Your Best I gave tips on how to dress for the occasion and respect the person who invited you.  Now I would like to add some great tips from Clinton Kelly, stylist from “What Not To Wear” on wearing the RIGHT CLOTHES.

Style guru Clinton Kelly gives fashion do's and don'ts for the business world.

1-on-1: Clinton Kelly

 

Clinton Kelly..’“Style is an important tool in conveying your message to the rest of the world. We tell the rest of the world how to perceive us by the things we say, the things we do and by what we put on our backs. Hopefully you say and do the right things. But you should also wear the right clothes. What you wear really impacts your message, and you need to control the message you’re sending other people.”

 

To read the whole interview, you can click “1-on-1 With Clinton Kelly” from Success Magazine!

Enjoy!

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