Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Bridal Style || Favorite Things || Clutch Your Pearls

They are classic, timeless and make amazing bridal accessories for both the bride as well as bridesmaids.  Pearls can be used to dress up any bridal look whether you decide to wear a single strand or choose a statement bib necklace piece.  Today's stylish brides are embracing more chunky bridal accessories that will speak volumes when they enter make their grand entrance. 

Style advice:  if you are a bride that wants to wear pearls, I would recommend that only 1 statement necklace be worn for the bridal party.  This could be worn by the bride or Maid or Matron of honor. 

Be inspired by my love for pearls!  

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Style Tip | The Look For Less | Classic White Button Down Blouse

If its something that I love I am willing to pay full price for it...That says alot coming from me as a 20+ year Retail/Inventory Manager & Buyer.  I know what items cost wholesale to make and put in the stores so I always take that into consideration when I am shopping both for myself and also for my style clients. (The average clothing piece in a major retail store has the lifespan of about 6-8 weeks max before it gets marked down).

Until this happened to me recently....

A classic "crisp" white button down blouse has been a wardrobe essential piece for me for years, well over 20 years to be exact.  I fell in love with the classic white button down while I was managing for Gap Inc.   Fast forward to  about 5 years ago when I stepped up my Classic white button down blouse "Game" and added a little Brooks Brother action into my wardrobe.  The brand Brooks Brothers is classic & timeless and it never goes out of style.  I believe that a classic white button down blouse has the lifespan of about 12-14 months in your wardrobe.  Hear me out on this one, with weekly laundry, dry cleaning, white can tend to get dingy or have a yellow cast to on the color.  Who wants to walk around in a dingy white blouse?  I'll wait!!??

I was introduced to the Brooks Brothers Non Iron Fitted Dress Shirt  by a work colleague at the time.  I always complimented her on her blouses because she was never wrinkled by the end of the day (sometimes 14-16 hour days).  That's when she shared The Secret of the Non Iron Fitted Shirt.  Now it will set you back $98 but it was worth it.  I believe in "looking the part" and your wardrobe speaks in a room of Leaders before you even introduce yourself! 

Blouse Details:  French darting for a slimmer silhouette, tailored fit, stretch cotton & single barrel cuffs.

A few weeks ago,  I was cruising around Wal-Mart at 6am (yes I am that woman that beats the crowd) and I often will browse their Womens clothing section because if you know how to outfit looks, you can basically shop anywhere.   I ran across the new  Time & & Tru  Women's Career Collection and immediately spotted their version of the classic white button down blouse.  It was:  Long Sleeve, Wrinkle Resistant, and had Stretch.  All the qualities that I loved about the Brooks Brothers Blouse.  Get this...the regular price was only $14.44!  Needless to say I bee lined to the fitting room at 6am to try on the blouse and it fit just the same if not better than the one that I love so much!  

This is one way that you can save on your wardrobe by simply knowing what you are looking for & love to incorporate with your style.  I actually get alot of inspiration from couture fashion magazines, Essence & fashion bloggers and lot of times I can recreate a look pretty easy.  If you are visual, create a Signature Style board on Pinterest and revisit that board when you know that you will be shopping for clothing pieces.  

Below are a few ways that I love to outfit the classic white button down blouse!  

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Editorial Style | Beyonce + Vogue September 2018 Cover

Happy Monday!  Its the images we have all been waiting on...the September 2018 issue of Vogue Magazine that Beyonce was tapped for the cover!  As we all know what's even more special is that Tyler Mitchell was hand picked by The Queen Bey to photograph such an iconic shoot, making him the first African American Photographer to shoot a Vogue Magazine covershoot.

Enough of me rambling, sit back and relax and watch as Beyonce & Tyler take creative control for this amazing Vogue cover shoot! 

Dress:  Gucci | Lynn Ban Headpiece | Rebel Rebel Headdress. 

"Halo":  Dress: Valentino  |  Philip Treacy London Hat

"Me, Myself & I":  Dress:  Gucci  | Lynn Ban headpiece  | Rebel Rebel floral Headdress

"I Ain't Sorry" :   Dress:  Gucci  |  Earrings:  Bvlgari 

Image credit:  Tyler Mitchell by way of PopSugar