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More Spring & Summer 2015 Trends!

23 Apr

In case you just can’t get enough of the Spring and Summer 2015 Trends, I have more!! Here are some things I have noticed being in the stores that are really trending this season and I am loving them!

First of all are the beautiful colors of spring this year.  Here are Pantone’s colors for Spring 2015. I am really loving the blue greens and mint greens as well as the strawberry ice and, of course, anything pink!

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Gingham print is very popular this season for men and women!  The most important things to remember with this trend is to not go too much (or you might end up looking like a Sunday afternoon picnic!).  Also remember to keep the checks in proportion to your frame size.  If you are 5′ 2″ or under – make sure the checks are small in size.  If you are 5′ 3″ – 5′ 7″ – the checks need to be medium to large in size.  If you are 5′ 8″ or taller, you can go big and bold with your gingham checks.

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Another trend this season is fringe and tassels!  Seen on everything from handbags, shoes, dresses to bathing suits!

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I am also seeing suede and leather (real and f aux), which is normally only seen in the fall and winter, all over the place for spring and summer.  It is a much lighter weight of course.

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I love shoes and I love “bling” so I am enjoying seeing all the cute sandals with the metal and the bling on them! A great way to dress up an outfit with a cute little sandal!

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These are just a few of the fun trends I have seen in a lot of the stores already this season.  So many choices!! I hope you are finding your favorite items to match your fashion personality.  Remember, if you need help, just contact me for your very own Personal Styling & Shopping session! I would love to help you!!

Raised Eyebrows!

20 Apr

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Did you know that your eyebrows frame your face and it is most important to keep them in perfect shape for a dramatic difference in how you look? We worry about our clothes, our hair, and our make-up but we shouldn’t forget how important it is that we take proper care of our eyebrows.  I have seen it make such a huge difference in a client after I took her to get hers shaped and waxed!  Filling in your eyebrows with a little color is a must and is one of the best anti-aging tricks you can do!

Here is a link to my pinterest board on the best eyebrow shapes for your face shape.

My eyebrows are very fine and blonde but they get what I call “scraggly” so I get them waxed to shape them up. I use “gimme BROW” by Benefit cosmetics every day as part of my make-up routine. It is a brow-volumizing fiber gel.  Using the brush the fiber gel adheres to the hair for fuller-looking brows.  I just stroke it on to define the shape I want.  It comes in 2 shades – light/medium and medium/deep.

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Recently I went to the grand opening of the newest Ulta store in Knoxville.  Ulta is like a toy store for women!  They carry all types of make-up, hair and nail products and offer various beauty services as well.  The first 100 to enter the store received a gift card so I had to be there!  They even had the Tennessee Volunteers mascot, Smokey, at the door to greet us.

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I decided to try out their Benefit Brow Bar.  They have licensed professionals on staff to help you get the shape that is perfect for your face.  They are highly trained in the art of brow-shaping! Allison took her time with me and shaped my brows to where they needed to be and then waxed them. I didn’t feel a thing and it didn’t take very long either. You can see in my pictures below of the process and how they turned out.

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I encourage you to check with your hair stylist, go to your local spa or step into an Ulta store near you and get your eyebrows taken care of right away to most flatter your eyes and face and complete your fabulous look!  It really does make a BIG difference!

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 – 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 Fashion Trends – Spare Me Style Statement

2 Apr

Here is another Style Statement from the Spring 2015 Fashion Trend forecast from Belk this season.

It is called “Spare Me”

You will see a modern aesthetic highlighting architectural forms like A-line, columns and trumpet skirts, along with tunics, over-sized shirtings and trapeze dresses. Some of the modern fabric options you will see are advanced shine, sheers, unexpected fabric mixes and coated surfaces, along with bold stripes, artistic scribble, grids and photo realism. Bold cuffs, chokers, over-sized clutches, mini bags, and shoes with bottom interest will have you putting your best foot forward.

This strapless romper features the still popular chevron print and split front panel.  You can add sophistication to your look with this single-button blazer. It features peplum detail at the waist and easily layers over any outfit.  Both are from 1.State

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Check out this highlighting on this Paint Stroke dress from CeCe by Cynthia Steffe

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This is a sleeveless top worn with the longer skirt by Eileen Fisher

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With a color-blocked design and a chic silhouette, this gorgeous sandal is perfect for adding city-inspired style to any look. This style is “Melody” by French Connection.

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This is a striped open back dress by Laundry by Shelli Segal

 

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This is a beautiful Swing Coat worn over a scoop neck dress by Pink Tartan

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Beautiful gold jewelry, which is hot this season, by Vince Camuto

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This is a printed Scuba Dress by Vince Camuto

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This is a beautiful statement necklace by Michael Kors that could easily be worn to dress up or down any outfit.

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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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Most Wanted List for Women for Fall 2014

2 Sep

Where did the summer go?!  I can’t believe it has come and gone already. I spent most of the summer traveling and speaking and met some wonderful and beautiful ladies along the way!

Of course, we will still have some more warm weather but it is definitely time to start thinking Fall Fashions!  Once again, I had the opportunity to attend the Fall 2014 Fashion preview at Belk with Arlene Goldstein, Belk’s VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction and I am excited to share what’s new for the season in my next few blog posts.

Let’s start with the Most Wanted List for Women and the ten must-have items for the season.

Soft Pant

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These pants were very popular in the spring and are carrying over to the fall. They are softly structured and often athletic inspired. Start with solids and work your way up to bold patterns. It is femininity with a sporty attitude. These mix well with  this white blouse.We are seeing the return of pearls – but not your mamma’s pearls (these are big and bold). Notice they are worn on the outside of the collar which is very trendy.

Longer Skirts

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Skirt lengths are all over the place. This new trend is over the knee, mid-calf or all the way. Just remember that your best hem length is going to be in the “diamond” openings of your legs.  That is going to be most flattering on you and will work better for you than the latest trends.  Notice the cropped boxy sweater top she is wearing with this longer skirt and the ever-popular bootie shoe which is in trend again this season.

Creative Cardigan

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This sweater is the season’s must have completer piece with new shapes,  trims and  textures. Let the layering begin! It’s like adding the 3rd piece to polish off an outfit and the versatility = value.

Novelty Vest

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Furry, fluffy, quilted or tailored—the vest will make everything look great. It’s great to accessorize any look and is very versatile.  You can wear a vest with most anything.

Fashion Sweatshirt

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We saw a lot of embellished sweatshirts last fall and  this item has continued its staying power. Fabric blocking and luxe embellishments have elevated this top from “so so” to seriously chic. It’s just not weekend wear with the embellishments or quilted or adding leather to the mix. It’s all in the details.

Tunic Top

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This is one of my favorite types of tops to wear and is so good for most body types. This is a flattering length for most anyone and looks very polished. The high-low hems continue to be popular, as well as novelty fabrics. Notice the plaid which is big for fall also.

Midi Length Sheath

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This dress is a  tried and true silhouette but with a little bit longer length. This is the dress that is always a classic and a must-have for most any wardrobe.

Statement Neck

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This jewelry item can update and refresh anything! Notice the bold stones, chain details and burnished metals. A statement necklace will bring attention to the face where it needs to be.  Also notice that mixing metals is very in right now.

Over the Knee Boots

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This is the #1 shoe of the season.  They feel modern and look very stylish. You can wear them with slim pants or skirts. You will find them  in vintage leathers and shiny leathers and in black, brown and the new color for fall -British Camel

Satchel

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Of course, my favorite wardrobe piece is always the handbag! This Michael Kors has a simple shape and subtle details.  It is a very classic hand held bag and is perfect to add a pop of color to your look.

Remember, you don’t have to wear every trend but just pick one or two that shows YOUR fashion personality!  Add a piece or two to your current wardrobe to give it the updated look for the season. If you would like help finding your own personal style and  personal shopping, contact me and I would love to help!  Be watching for my next Blog post where I will share the top 10 must have items for the man in  your life!

Help Me Jesus! I have nothing to wear!

19 Jul

Help Me Jesus Book CoverI am so excited to announce that my friend Shari Braendel, who just happens to be an amazing Speaker & Author,  is re-launching her book as “‘Help Me, Jesus! I Have Nothing To Wear!” on July 22nd. This is THE Go-To Guide For All Shapes and Sizes  The new version is even better than the first (previously published as “Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad”) and sure to be a big hit! Zondervan is doing an amazing job promoting it.

As most of you know, Shari is the person who trained me to do what I do and not only have we become amazing, crazy friends (think Lucy & Ethel, Kathie Lee and Hoda, Thelma & Louise…), we are partners on the Beauty Boot Camp Makeover Retreat Weekends and I  co-teach with her during the Christian Image Consulting Training classes.  I am now serving as the Director of  the 60  current Christian Image Consultants we have all over the Country.  These are exciting times in this Ministry!

I am continuing to book Speaking Engagements and also work with clients one-on-one for Personal Styling Sessions and Personal Shopping.  If you are interested in any of these services or would like more information on attending Beauty Boot Camp,  please contact me at donnajeanroland@chartertn.net .

I want to invite you to join me for this exciting book launch!

I will be at the LifeWay Christian Store at 10990 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN  37934 which is located in The Pavilion at Turkey Creek Shopping Center on Tuesday, July 22nd from Noon – 2:00 p.m. promoting the new book and it will be offered at a special promotional price!  I will be sharing fashion tips and styling advice to all those who come see me!  If you live in the Knoxville area, you will not won’t to miss this!  I will also be at the LifeWay Christian Store in East Knoxville at a future date to be announced very soon.

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Oh, and did I mention that you might just find a picture of me on page 57! And….if you love the new title of the book, check out the dedication page where Shari thanks me for coming up with it!  Isn’t that what friends are for?!  Purchase your copy and help it rise to the Best Seller list where it belongs!  Seriously…It’s a great book!

Turkey and “Dressing”

25 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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