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Turkey and “Dressing”

23 Nov

Thanksgiving turkey in red shoesYou surely didn’t think I was going to talk about cooking did you?!  If you know me, you know I’m not exactly known for my cooking.  I guess that’s why I get asked to bring the Sister Schuberts rolls every Thanksgiving!

But I do know a thing or two about Dressing!  So whatever your plans are for this Thanksgiving, I hope you plan on looking your very best.  While stretch pants with a good elastic waistband may seem to be the most practical, there are certainly some better options.

I was able to find some cute outfits (thanks to Pinterest) to go along with your Thanksgiving Menu.

What’s Thanksgiving without Cranberry Sauce!  Here are some beautiful outfit variations for whatever your plans are on this special day in a beautiful cranberry color that looks good on just about everyone.

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Even after you have eaten all the turkey and dressing, you still always have room for dessert!  Check out these baked goods! These are some great outfits in a beautiful neutral color paired with jeans that can be dressed up or down.

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You can’t forget the Pumpkin Pie! Check out these beautiful shades of pumpkin.  Pick a shade that goes best with your Dominant Color Characteristic and pair it with a pair of jeans or a cute skirt.

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I hope these “Dressing Recipes” help you choose a perfect outfit for your Thanksgiving Dinner!

I would like to also share that I am very THANKFUL for all of my family and friends that are such a special part of my life!!  You have all BLESSED me beyond measure!

I am humbled, honored and feel so blessed that God has chosen me to do what I do and I get to help you look your very best and see yourself the way God sees you – as a beautiful woman!  I have been very fortunate this year to travel and meet so many of you at various events.  I hope I get to meet each and every one of you some day!  Thank you for following me and my adventures and allowing me to be a part of your lives.

I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Men’s Most Wanted Spring 2015 (Part 2)

17 Apr

Here are the other top 5 Most Wanted items for the man in your life for Spring and Summer 2015 according to Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc.  Who doesn’t like a well-dressed man?!

This season the Shorter Shorts are in trend.  Check these out from Ralph Lauren paired with a button down shirt and a bow-tie!  (I love a bow-tie!)

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We women aren’t the only ones who think a good-looking comfortable shoe is important.  These Sneaker Style Slip-Ons are from Sperry and are perfect for that tropical vacation he is going to take you on this year!

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Perfect for going to your friend’s wedding this year is the Spring Suit!  This Seersucker coat and pants are from Nautica.

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Color is everywhere and why not on your man?  Check out this Updated Colorblocked Polo from Calvin Klein.

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White Pants are a great staple for men this season and can be dressed up or down.  These are from MADE by Camp Newton.

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I hope this has helped you make your list for when you go shopping for the man in your life this season to keep him right on trend!

Men’s Most Wanted Spring 2015

16 Apr

Since I am sharing the Most Wanted items for Spring and Summer 2015 for the Women, I thought it is only fair I share the top 10 Most Wanted items for the Men too!  Whether you dress your man in the clothes you find for him or you know of a man who has a style all his own, these items are sure to make an impression on the most fashionable man you know! According to Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc. these are the top must-have items for the men this season.

Women aren’t the only ones who can accessorize with style.  These Fashion Add-Ons are a great way for a man to express his personal style.  The colorful socks are from Hot Sox, the belt is from Bosca and the bag is from Fossil.

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The gym-inspired trend is really hot for men this season too.  This Athletic Inspired Knit is from Buffalo David Bitton and looks great with jeans.

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As much as I am seeing Bold Prints for women this season I am also seeing them for men.  Check out this great shirt from Tommy Bahama to pair with shorts for that spring-time BBQ!

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Another inspiration from the gym this season are the Jog Shorts.  These are from CK Jeans.  These are great with his favorite pair of tennis shoes.

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Gingham and plaids are everywhere right now!  And in all kinds of colors!  This bold Plaid Sport Coat is a style statement all it’s own.

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Keep watching for the other top 5 Most Wanted items for you man for this season coming soon!

Women’s Most Wanted for Spring 2015 (Part 2)

14 Apr

As promised, here are the remaining Women’s top 5 Most Wanted items for Spring 2015 according to Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc.

The Kimono is very trendy this season and makes for a nice cover-up.  This one is from Jessica Simpson.

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The Jumpsuit is oh so trendy right now!  I am seeing them everywhere. You can certainly do a lot with them by adding belts, scarves or statement jewelry to jazz them up!  You can make them casual or formal. This one is from Karen Kane.

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For a fun and casual look, an Easy-Fit Top makes perfect sense and can be paired with your favorite pair of jeans.  This striped one is from Kensie.

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Flowers are not only popping up in your yard this season, they are popping up in clothes everywhere.  I think this is the hottest pattern of the season!  I am seeing floral prints everywhere and on everything from dresses to jewelry to shoes. This Floral Dress is from Vince Camuto.

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Ever so popular this season is the statement jewelry and I LOVE it! Not only is it the statement necklace that we have seen the previous couple of seasons but now it is the Statement Earring more than ever.  These add a great “pop” to any outfit!  These pictured are from Vince Camuto.

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I hope you have been making your list of the most wanted items you must have for your spring and summer wardrobe this year!

Women’s Most Wanted for Spring 2015

13 Apr

I am excited to share with you the “Most Wanted List” for Spring 2015 compiled by Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc. I have listed below 5 of the top 10 items on the Women’s Most Wanted List this spring.

First off are these Glitzy Sandals from Vince Camuto.  I am loving all the colorful and bedazzled looks of bling on the sandals this year.  It adds some “pop” to a very simple shoe statement and they can be worn with just about everything!

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The “Soft Pant” is in trend again this season.  However, the length for spring has gotten shorter.  Culottes are making a comeback in a powerful way.  These are from 1.State Culottes

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I am seeing a lot of “Matched Sets” this season in tops and bottoms in various prints.  This matching top and skirt is from Kiind Of. Buying in separates is always nice because you can purchase a different size in the top and bottom if your body style needs it.

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Not only should your clothes change with the seasons but also your make-up colors can change.  Check out these “Look at me Lips” from Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour.

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I love this Longer Skirt from Fever which is very trendy this season. Just remember to make sure the length is right for you and falls within the diamond openings of your legs to be the most flattering look for you.  It looks great paired with this chambray top for a refreshing springtime look.

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Stay tuned for the other top 5 must-have items for your wardrobe coming soon!

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends – Sport Chic Style Statement

10 Apr

More fun Spring/Summer styles to love this season! The fourth Style Statement I want to share with you is called “Sport Chic” 

This trend is borrowed from the gym. We saw a lot of this style in the fall and it is carrying over into spring. Performance fabrics like jersey, double knits, nylon mesh and scuba are complemented by innovative color blocking and contrast zippers. Athletic-inspired hoodies, bombers, halters and jog pants are paired with more polished items. Stylish sneakers as well as sneaker-influenced sandals and sport-style booties with new-age backpacks and totes go right along with this sporty chic style.

This fun casual dress is a striped midi from Cynthia Rowley.

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This cute crop top and skirt is from the Kiind Of brand.

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This fun casual look goes easily from the gym to running errands with the kids.  It is a Marc New York Performance pullover and leggings.

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These sneaker-influenced style sandals are by Steve Madden.

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This is another casual dress from Marc New York Performance.

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This is a cute, casual and sporty dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

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Check out the colorful tennis shoes from Nike!  The more colorful the better this season.

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This matching set of jacket and pants is from Jones Sport.  Great for the gym or running out to the store.

 

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The skinny jeans are still the rage this season and these are from Calvin Klein as well as the colorful tee and matching denim jacket.

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Spring 2015 Fashion Trends – Islander Style Statement

8 Apr

I hope you are enjoying seeing all the latest spring and summer trends!  I love this season of the year. This is the third Style Statement that I want to share with you.

It is called “Islander”

These are styles full of pattern mixes, wraps, ties, tassels, and fringe which is really on trend this season. I have seen fringe on everything! Exotic details include beading and embroideries with eye-catching bright colors. Add layered necks, arm candy, big gold hoops, statement earrings, head wraps and strappy sandals with bold bottoms.

This is a bandana print dress from DKNY.

 

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This is a drawstring handbag from Jessica Simpson.  It has lots of pockets and comes in 4 colors.  It is a great way to stay organized and accessorized!

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Check out this jewelry collection from Kenneth Cole!

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The blingy, strappy sandals are all the rage this season.  All types of metallic. Check these out from Vince Camuto.

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This is  a print tank and maxi skirt from Karen Kane.  Prints are everywhere!

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For a more casual look, check out this tank from Lucky Brand.  Works great with a pair of shorts or jeans.

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This is the new length in dresses.  This is a midi sheath by Maggie London.  Again, in amazing prints!

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Stay tuned because there is one more Style Statement I will tell you about tomorrow and then I will share the top 10 most wanted items for men and women this season!

Spring 2015 Trends – Garden Party Style Statement

1 Apr

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I am excited to start sharing some of the Spring 2015 Fashion Trends with you!  For the next four blog posts I will be sharing a Style Statement from Belk’s Spring Forecast.  Belk’s Spring 2015 Style Statements are as versatile as they are striking.

Spring 2015 is all about the mix. It’s time to give classic items an eclectic twist. Stand-out style is made simple this season, Whether it’s sleek and edgy, hi-tech casual, exotic details or beautiful botanicals, Belk’s 2015 Spring Style features a touch of the unexpected.

“Spring 2015 fashion is all about casting new light on familiar objects,” said Arlene Goldstein, vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction for Belk, Inc. “While the classic combinations are back, unexpected pairings are the latest buzz. Whether it’s a mix of fabrics, themes or techniques, the freedom to experiment is refreshing and bold.”

Let’s start with Garden Party!

Imagine dreamy pales and mid-tones, a wardrobe of whites, florals and beautiful botanicals. Think, lace-like textiles, sheers, intricate appliques, embroideries, and crystal pleats. Flower-motifs are everywhere! Expect amazing accessories like colorful stone treatments, pearl variations and statement earrings, polished off with lady-like handbags and single sole pumps—often with ankle interest.

This floral print top is from Jessica Simpson and looks great with this pleated skirt

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The maxi dress is still in style for another season.  This beautiful floral print is from Jessica Simpson.Garden Party -Jessica Simpson

I LOVE a statement necklace and am so glad they are back better than ever!  This one is from Kate Spade.Garden Party -Kate Spade

This floral sheath dress is from Magaschoni as well as the zip up cardigan.  You will be able to find a wide variety of floral sheath dresses this season!

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This cute white lace romper is from Muse.  Lace made a big hit last spring and is back again this season.Garden Party -Muse

Here is another floral dress from Tahari

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This classic pointed-toe pump is from Guess.  The style is Babbitta.  With a vibrant floral print and high-shine heel cap, they will certainly make a statement.

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HAPPY SPRING!!

20 Mar

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This is my first blog post in a while.  It has been a rough winter  so what better day to start writing again than the first day of spring! I plan to keep it up and share several more posts in the days ahead so be watching for new Fashion Trends and Styling Tips in the days ahead!

I love spring and all the beauty it brings.  It is a time of renewal and new beginnings.  It is a reminder of how awesome God is when we can see the flowers start to bloom and everything that was dead through the winter suddenly come to life again!

I don’t know about you but I kind of become “dead” through the winter months and then suddenly come back to life at the first signs of spring. I have said for years that I know I have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and it seems to get worse every year. (I am self-diagnosed of course.)

As I am sitting here writing this I can hear the birds singing outside my window.  I love seeing all the beautiful colors of spring, feeling the warmth of the longer days of sunshine, hearing the sounds of children playing outside, smelling dinner cooking on the grill and, of course, enjoying all the beautiful spring fashions on the runways and in the stores!

2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  I love this verse because, like the newness that spring brings, I became a new creation when I became a Christian.  My old ways, like the dreary days of winter, have passed away and I am a new person full of life and freshness and joy and beauty from the light of Jesus shining through me!

I love sharing fashion and styling tips with all of you to help you look your very best but you will always be the most beautiful when you have the love of Jesus in your heart and the JOY of spring in your smile!

Thanks for letting me share my excitement of spring with you and stay tuned for lots more posts with fun things ahead!

 

Spring Closet Cleaning!

19 Mar

Spring Closet Cleaning

Along with the new spring season comes one of my favorite chores – going through my closet and moving the sweaters to the back and bringing the spring and summer things to the front!  Even though I put on a few extra pounds this winter I am hoping this will motivate me to keep trying to get those 10,000 steps on my new Garmin Vivofit device so I can fit into my spring and summer things!  It is such a good feeling to go through and clean out and organize your closet (or is that just me?).

This is a good time to get rid of the things you didn’t wear all fall and winter.  If you didn’t wear them this year, you probably won’t wear them next year.  It is also a good time to reevaluate the things you have for spring and summer.  If they don’t fit anymore or they just don’t fit your taste anymore (remember if you wouldn’t buy it in the store today, you don’t need to keep it) then it is time to donate or take to consignment store.  Most consignment stores are taking spring and summer things now.

I have posted these steps for cleaning out your closet before but I thought this was a good time to remind you and help you start thinking Spring!

Your closet is one of the fastest places to get cluttered but it should be one of the most valued spaces in your home because it contains all the clothes that make you look and feel fabulous!

Here are some steps to help you get started on getting your closet ready for the new season:

Step One:

  • Set aside plenty of time to organize your closet.  If you don’t have time to do it all at once, take a section at a time.

Step Two:

  • Remove everything from your closet so that you are starting with a clean slate

Step Three:

  • Try on everything and make sure it still fits, it is still in style, it is still in good shape, it is your best color and fits your body type, you have things to go with it and it is something you would buy today. Make piles for “Keep”, “Mend”, “Donate” and “Toss”. Don’t forget to do the same thing with your underwear, bras, shoes, purses, belts, scarves and other accessories.

Step Four:

  • Clean and Laundry everything that needs it before putting back in the closet. If things need to be mended, make sure you do this as quickly as possible. Take the things to be donated to your car so you can drop them off the next time you are out. Get rid of the items in the “Toss” pile immediately.

Step Five:

  • Put all “Keep” items back in your closet. You can decide how to place the items back in the closet based on what will suit your needs best.  Separate by season and then you can separate by purpose, type, length, style or color or a combination of these.  Hang as much of your clothing as possible where you can see each garment easily.  If it is in a drawer out of sight, it is out of mind and will seldom get worn.

Step Six:

  • Be proud of your accomplishment!
  • Remember if you bring in something new, something old needs to go out.

Other Helpful Tips:

  • Use the same type of hangers and make sure all items are hanging in the same direction.
  • Stuff boots with rolled up magazines or boot trees so they retain their shape.
  • Stuff handbags with tissue paper and store on a shelf.
  • Leave breathing room in between items so they aren’t jammed in to prevent wrinkles.
  • Store small, loose items like socks, lingerie, bathing suits, pantyhose, etc. in drawer systems, baskets or clear plastic containers.
  • Hang accessories on hooks in your closet.
  • Take shoes out of their original boxes and store on some type of shoe rack.
  • Keep a basket in the closet to place items to take to dry cleaners.
  • Keep a small wastebasket in the closet.
  • Fill a small basket with last minute fix-up items: lint brush or roller, pin-cushion, small scissors, etc.

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