Not Afraid To {of} Fall

Flipping through the pages of our summer magazine issues, we realize something almost startling...we're sort of really looking forward to Fall! 

Now, now hear us out!  While we are still enjoying every moment of our days basking in the sun's rays by the pool and will be heartbroken once the weather turns, there is something about Fall that is beckoning us. 

Blame it on the su-su-suede (we couldn't pass up a T-Pain reference)!  We love a layer and the sumptuousness of Fall's fabrics and colors that harken a jewel box from the 70's. 

What are you looking forward to most this Fall?


3 Tips to a Polished Wardrobe

Do you ever feel like your outfit is just "off".  That nagging feeling that if something were tweaked your look would be "next-level"?  Yep, we've all felt that at least a jallion times!  

Based on our highly accredited knowledge and experience, we've come up with a few tips to avoid missed opportunities in your "dressing-life"! 

TAILORING 

If you do not already have a tailor or alterations specialist, get one.  Now!  If you don't have anywhere to start, ask us, we have a rolodex of 'people'!  Most people (we argue all people) need a little alterations help with their closets.  Everything will not -- and should not -- fit you perfectly.  Waists may need to be taken in.  Sleeves may need to be shortened. And voila! You will be amazed at the difference proper fitting clothes make! 

FABRIC

"The touch, the feel of --- rayon"?!  Ah...no.  There is a reason natural fabrics are touted and celebrated in song like cotton.  They not only feel better, they LOOK better -- i.e., they make the wearer (you) look better.  Luckily for you,  this is an easy opportunity to avail yourself to -- check the label.  Don't feel like you have to spend double just to get a quality, natural fabric either!  Some of our favorite high-street stores, think Zara, stock their shelves with leather and silk options that fall right in nearly anyone's budget!

FOCUS

"There's just a lot going on here..."  You love a trend (or three).  We get it.  How tempting it is to put on every single thing you love, all at once, and rock it.  Unless you're the next Iris Apfel, we strongly encourage restraint.  There is nothing more captivating than wearing a special piece (one -- maybe two if executed properly) and allowing the focus to remain on you, not on all the pieces that distract a viewer from your bomb-self! 

We love Gaga...but none of us are Gaga.  Let's leave her brand of dressing to the Queen.

We love Gaga...but none of us are Gaga.  Let's leave her brand of dressing to the Queen.

Now you know some of our top wardrobe tips!  Need further polishing assistance to make your wardrobe shine like a diamond? Give us a shout


Airport Style

We admittedly caught the travel bug this summer and we still have a few getaways on the horizon. We don't like anything messing with our great escapes so we try our best to eliminate any foreseen stresses. What's the top stress of travel? The airport. What makes that crazy place more bearable? A cute & cozy travel outfit!

The key to effortless travel-ready looks is flats. Over two-inch heels start flirting with the strong possibility of tripping (or straight up falling) trying to get to a boarding flight (that you are now late for because you decided you needed that last minute 2 pump soy vanilla latte). Have a meeting immediately following your flight? Pack your heels & a toothbrush in your carry-on. 

Now, here's a few looks from our Pinterest to help inspire your next airport arrival! 

A Guilty Pleasure 7.8.15

What else is there to do on a rainy Wednesday?!  We couldn't really help ourselves.  Its too rainy to be outside doing non-purchasing things and our work basically revolves around the imperative that we know everything that is happening in the fashion and style landscape.  We call it "perils of the job" you (may) call it an "addiction".  To-MAY-to. To-MAH-to, right?

Trolling the internet today, we found what could be our biggest "Rainy Hump-Day in July" pick-me-up! 

This gorgeous gem, priced at a shocking $139.00, hit the site today and, may we say, "HELLO YOU BEAUTIFUL TEMPTRESS!"  Real leather.  On-trend details for the Autumn/Winter.  Sort of a no-brainer if you're in the market for a leather and fringe bag.  

Do you need it?  Probably not.  But do you want it?  Its a LEAST a strong "maybe", right?!  Oh, did we also mention Zara's site is having a huge sale too?  We hate to bring you down our "Rainy Hump Day in July" rabbit hole of online shopping distractions, but we couldn't live with ourselves if we didn't share the good word!  

Shop smart out there!


Bye, Fashion!

We're over "Fashion"

Shocking.  But true.

We're over the "Fashion" that clogs our Instagram feed and tells us we haven't lived until we purchase those $1500 pair of shoes.  We're over the "Fashion" that takes gratuitous selfies with a macaroon sitting next to a Chanel bag sitting next to a miniature four-legged friend.  Yeah, we're over that.

"Fashion", interpreted and conveyed on (almost) any form of media these days, has devolved into a vapid exchange of who can post the most blingy-brand-filled 'candids' all in the name of keeping up with the fictitious "Joneses".  The truth is that keeping up with Fashion is dizzying, thrilling and as close as many will get to actually owning and appreciating wearable art.  However, trends flow in and out of favor at a neck breaking pace making it almost impossible to wear them all and still keep your style personality intact!  Designers are always pushing themselves to think further and further out of their comfort zones.  And we as consumers have a constant barrage of messages telling us to "Buy THIS now!".  

For the record, we don't advocate anyone listening to those arbitrary rules that fashion marketing companies promote, only to change them next season.  "Embellishments are so in!" "Oh, minimalism is the new thing!"  We love change, but, seriously, it is exhausting to keep up.  In the bustle of staying "in Fashion", the exercise of dressing to express one's personal style, their brand, has declined.  Perhaps that has always been how Fashion vs. Style is.  The existing way of dressing gets so commercialized and forced that a style-counter-culture develops to reinvigorate the love of dressing for oneself.  Hello, "NormCore"!

Luckily, we're in the business of Style.  Style is very much an expression -- an individual's personal brand they wear day in and day out to communicate who they are without speaking.  There are really no rules when it comes to Style.  The two biggies are Fit and Flatter, which many tend to forget because, "hey, this looked great on the model!"  Without stifling a client's personality and zest, we help identify and refine their style.  If a dress isn't flattering, we'll communicate it so a client understands why and which dress does flatter her.  Think of us more as your personal "Style Educators" and less like the incredibly vicious "Fashion Police".  

Like to match your bag with your purse?  We can show you how mixing the colors and prints can modernize your look -- and take the stress from the matchy-matchy headache.

Do you wear your same converse sneakers with ev-ery-thing? We can show you how to mix in different types of sneakers to keep the comfort and elevate your style!   

Would you love to simply live in a white shirt and vintage denim all day?  So do we and we can show you how to keep those pieces lasting and keep it fresh!

The biggest thing to remember is that Style is meant to be refined, tweaked and recycled as you move through different phases in life.  However, we warn you to ignore all those articles telling you to "toss" those pair of jeans you absolutely love!  We're still kicking ourselves for not saving our bell bottoms from high school that are now retailing upwards of $300.00! 

So, how do you feel about your personal Style?  Does it need freshening up?! If so, #StyleEditYourLife


Packing Light: 6 pieces, 12 ways

We lovvve a carry-on packing challenge!! We opt for taking a carry-on when we jet out of town for a long weekend to make sure not to run into any lost luggage issues. There's nothing like having an airline return your lost luggage on the last day of your trip - the only upside is "excused & necessary" shopping. But, carry-ons are not just limited to weekend getaways. For those of you who are tired of paying checked bag fees or maybe you just need more room in your suitcase for out of town shopping..packing light is totally doable! Here's a little inspiration for your next trip:

What shoes!? You know we wouldn't leave you hanging - check out options below! Any of the below shoe choices will work with ALL 12 looks. 

Dream Weaver

In every beach-lover's closet, there is nothing more ubiquitous than a beautifully woven tote bag.  Perfect for days lounging pool side or beach side, a woven tote connotes a certain relaxing, global-citizen vibe we all love.  What's better, you ask?  We've found a few that won't break you bank!  You wouldn't want to spend a fortune on a bag just to have it ruined by chlorine or a busted bottle of sunscreen, wouldya-wouldya?!?


Weekend in the Hamptons

A Style Edit collaboration with Claire Marie Photo & Sloane Boutique.  

You're Shopping Wrong

It is possible.  You go into your favorite store, pick out a piece in your favorite color (or pattern) and -- no need for you to try it on because you "know it fits" -- and, of course, you wear it.  Maybe you love it, but its a little too tight in the shoulders, or the hemline could stand to get taken up a bit, but its "good enough" for the running around you have to do in your increasingly busy life, right?

Wrong.

We see it time and time again and you're shopping wrong.  One of our most exciting and thrilling activities can seem incredibly arduous and void of any enjoyment to those who don't love spending more than 15 minutes in a clothing store.  That's why many default to selecting pieces they feel comfortable in, never-mind the fact that they aren't always the most flattering.   

We've listed some of the biggest #ShoppingFails we see AND how to correct them! 

1. A Wishful Wardrobe

"Some day I'll wear this when I need to go to an Interview (or) Las Vegas Party (or) A Royal Ball." 

Hey! We allllllll want to be invited to a royal gala, chances are that will only happen for us when we take our kids to Disneyland, and we're pretty sure the attire requires fanny-packs, not sequins.  We fall in love with "situational clothes" constantly, but we don't (always) buy them.  The point is, you may be purchasing items that don't work for your lifestyle anymore.

Rules to avoid this #ShoppingFail:

  •  If you don't work in an office that requires professional dress, don't buy a suit, no matter how great a deal it is.
  • If you're not IN Las Vegas, or heading there for a fun weekend, we implore you to NOT buy a club-specific dress.
  • If you're lucky enough to go to a royal ball -- or a Black Tie event -- try Rent The Runway as a much less expensive option to wear a sought after gown.

 

 2.  Size Ain't Nothin' But  A Number...

"Ahh vanity, my favorite sin".  While Mr. Pacino wasn't specifically talking about clothes in The Devils Advocate, he spoke to how often vanity affects our decision making.  This is particularly true when we're battling with a zipper but flat out refuse to size-up in the pants that would look incredible.

Here's a little secret:  NO ONE KNOWS YOU'RE WEARING A SIZE 6 or 8 or 10, etc!!! 

Rules to avoid this #ShoppingFail:

  • Get over the number.  Its a fact that properly fitting clothes actually flatter your figure more, creating an alluring silhouette.
  • Wearing too small clothes makes you look bigger.  Try putting on a top that you know is too small.  Watch the buttons pull and the fabric stretch.  This is not flattering.
  • Every store has a different "size 6".   You could walk into three different clothing shops and find a piece in each store that fits you and we guarantee that they'll all have wildly different numbers.  European sizes = 40 or 42.  JCrew = 6.  Vintage shops = 10.  If you limit yourself to the chain stores who's size structure appeals to your vanity, you'll miss out on incredible items that you've longed to try.

3. Shopping With Friends

Your best friends always tells you the truth right?  Not always.  When you go shopping with your friends, you're not always focused on yourself.  Your bestie wants you to buy this feather aline skirt thats not your style, but you humor her and try it on -- then buy it.  Or maybe you're the friend that no one wants to say you don't need yet another pair of multicolored stilettos.  Through no fault of their own, friends sometimes steer you wrong on your clothing choices.

Rules to avoid this #ShoppingFail :

  • Go it alone.  When you're serious about finding the most flattering pieces for you, shopping solo is the best way to be honest with your self and find items that really speak to you.
  • Set a budget.  Friends have a habit of helping us justify overspending on items we really won't "wear all the time".  Set a limit and stick to you to avoid over-buyers remorse.
  • If shopping alone scares you.  Call us.  As professional stylists, we know whats in every store (yes, perils of the job) and will help you navigate the murky waters to find pieces that flatter every bit of you.



The Statement Top

It's not fair for the accessories to have all the fun! A great top will do wonders for your wardrobe by sprucing up jeans, pants or classic skirts.  What are your tops stating? Anything? Maybe, it's time for you to MAKE A STATEMENT. 

Need an example on how to rock a statement top?  We love pairing a fun statement top with a pair of wide leg trousers.  See below for some of our favorite ways to style this trend.


Spring Sales Bring All The Girls to the 'Net...

Show us a lady who likes clothes, and we'll show you a person who enjoys a good sale.  There is nothing (ok, maybe a few things, like falling in love, marrying the man of our dreams, having children) that compares to the thrill we get when we see an item we have literally been obsessing over for months, FINALLY go on sale! 

Now that we have time to come up for air -- to check our cc numbers, of course -- we wanted to share some of our favorite luxuries that are now reduced from Spring 2015 to make room for Summer merchandise!  Making it even more difficult to resist the "click-click-purchase" temptation.  

Double-Denim #LooksWeLove

The temp drop prompted both of us to reach for double-denim today! Rainy office days are super cozy..especially with our soft denim jackets. Have you tried denim on denim yet? Tag #StyleEditYourLife in your insta pic so we can check you out! 

 

 


Dress Like {5.27.15}

"If I were a celebrity I would be...{insert your favorite celebrity name here}."  Just like the rest of the world, when we see one of our favorite celebs wearing an drool-worthy outfit look we immediately want to figure out how to recreate it.  Ok, maybe not like the entire world, but a respectable percentage of people do this....right?

While trolling through PINTEREST, we pulled a few of our favorite looks that we've recreated to be worn RIGHT NOW! 

First up...

We love Zoe Saldana.  We love monochromatic looks.  Together, this is impeccable! You can wear this look on an evening out for drinks or even a wedding -- its that transitional!

Sandra Bullock knows that it is all about the shoes!  This outfit can go from work, to happy hour in no-time flat! 

Even on her day-off, SJP is the epitome of New York chic.  We love this outfit!  It is perfect for a Summer BBQ!

 

Which celebrity look do you want to recreate?!


The Three Stripe Trend

Three Stripes.  Not to be confused with Red Stripe, but these Three Stripes, are BACK.  Like, in a major, street-style-stalking, sold-out everywhere in our size, kind of way.  

Adidas has always made great sneakers.  HELLOOOOOO SHELL TOP!?  They're basically their thing.  But some how, some where, Adidas fell slightly out of wardrobe rotation in favor of the ubiquitous Chuck Taylors and more recently, Nike Air Max's.  

But, as is the way for most trends in fashion --- THEY. ARE. BACK. --- launching a thousand blog posts on how to style them, complete with the "OMG another shoe option that isn't a heel" caption!  We can all thank Raf Simmons and Stan Smith, in part, for their return!

Ahh...reliving our youthful stylings has never felt so good!

 

Are you loving the resurgence of the ALL DAY I DREAM ABOUT SPORTS kicks?! 


You say "Potato" | We say "Palazzo"!

We feel almost ashamed if we even dare complain about the recent heat wave we've been experiencing.  We were just begging for 85 degrees and sunny a month ago when it was barely 45 degrees.  So we won't complain, we will just share one of our favorite style-solutions for this weather!  

The temp practically begs us to wear dresses, skirts and shorts, but sometimes that's just not an option -- and we get bored easily.  Enter: THE PALAZZO PANT.  

This effortless, yet glamourous take on the trouser is the perfect option for summer.  In breezy fabrics, the Palazzo pairs fantastically with a simple t-shirt or blouse to get us through these hazy soon-to-be-summer days! 

How are you feeling about the PALAZZO?! 


Cinco De Mayo

We took a lunch trip to Northside - delighting ourselves with tacos and festive beverages at Django. What are you doing for the holiday!? We hear downtown Cincinnati is already buzzing!

And, can we talk about the weather!? We seemed to have jumped over Spring and landed right in the middle of Summer! Is your wardrobe summer-ready? Might be perfect time for an outfit coordination  full of 'Looks We Love'