Just a Friendly Reminder from Your Closet

One of my favorite things to do for a client is the full Closet Restyle packages.  I've written about it here before and I've even create a video about it as well.  The package begins at 3 hours and can increase based on the client.  The first part of the restyle is the purge of the closet.  That's what I wanted to remind you of today for your own closet.  In a Closet Restyle, after we remove all the clothes from the closet, the client and I together decide what will return to the closet and what won't.  That part is the purge.  The purge, as I'm sure already know, is where you take clothes away that won't be returning.  This is a common step in wardrobe organization that all stylists, organizers, organized folks - all talk about.  It typically involves following steps to get rid of clothing using some sort of checklist based on criteria such as how often you wear the item, the last time you wore the item, etc.  I think this is the part of the purge that stops some of you from doing the the purge to begin with.  For some, it may sound too complicated or time consuming.  For others it may sound too scary to have to part with clothes.  For others it could be they just are too busy.  I wanted to give you some simple tips to jump start your purge.  With the crazy weather everyone is experiencing (regardless where you live) there is no time like NOW to get this done.  You will feel so much better afterwards, and you will feel like you have more clothing options, I promise!

  1.  Block off the time - You've got to plan the time or you won't do this well, I promise.  I would go a step further to say - planning ahead for this will give you the right attitude to get this done as well.  Remove any distractions including your cell phone so you can truly focus on this task.
  2. Dress for this - Now is the time to wear leggings and t-shirt.  You will probably need to try a couple things on and this is the most efficient, time saving way to do that.

The last couple of tips are specifically for the purge step, which is all I am talking about today.  There are a couple of really simple things to ask yourself that will help you quickly decide whether something should stay or go.  (don't you wish everything were this simple?) 

        3.  First - go through and remove any item that has been overloved.  By overloved I mean:   pilling, holes,  or stains (including yellowing underarms on lighter colors.  These pieces don't need a long debate - they just need to go away.  These are not, by the way, clothes that should be donated to a non-profit organization.  They aren't okay for you to wear, then they shouldn't be okay otherwise.  (Exception to this would be a non-profit that has a program in which they can get money for recycling of the clothing.  Check with your favorite local non-profit

Just by completing the previous step it helps you with the next set of questions because you have already removed some pieces you don't have to figure out and the criteria was easy.  On to tip 4!

         4.  If it doesn't fit you today - standing in your closet - get. rid. of. it.  Whether too big or too small, it isn't doing you any good (and probably a bit of harm) to keep it.  If the item is still in good condition it can be worn now by someone else.  Donate it to your favorite non-profit or if in great condition, sell it.  

          5.  By the time we get to this one, you should be in a much better position to answer the next question or 2.  Handle this step by asking 1 of 2 questions about each of the remaining pieces:  "If you were in the store today would you buy this again?"  or "Have you worn this in the last year?"

The clothing you are left with for keeping is what will now go back to your closet.  The other clothing needs to leave your house NOW to avoid it creeping back in.  If you are doing this at the end of the season - so right now, if you're doing this with Winter - then obviously what you're keeping will get packed away and stored for next year.  It will be so refreshing for you when you go to switch seasons in the Fall and the wardrobe is already in place for you.  

With the season so mixed up right now for many of us, there is no time like NOW to do this for your closet.  If you do your Winter wardrobe as you're packing it away it will make it so much easier when you're ready to switch at the end of August.  If you take a look at your Spring clothes as you're moving them to wear soon (we hope) you can jump on filling in where you need a few things.  You can also take your Spring goodies to consign right on in to your favorite consignment store now instead of waiting.  If you haven't taken the purge step yet, I hope I've inspired you to get going now.  I think you'll find things you haven't worn and either create new outfits with them or say some much needed good-byes!  

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This is the year ....

It's supposed to be Spring and therefore, we should be thinking all things Spring clothes, right?  One of the signs of Spring dressing for me is after Easter I pull out more white from my wardrobe.  White pants and white handbags to be more specific.  For my clients this is also the time I start creating outfits using their white jeans.  For me personally, I don't like wearing white jeans - I can't explain it - I have just never seen them as my style until now, I think.  I have spotted so many cute styles available now from plain to distressed to cropped I decided now is the perfect time to take the plunge.  

Here are just a few of the styles I am liking right now:

As is the case when buying denim (or swimsuits for that matter), you must go try them on.  Try on many, I might add, in many cases to find the best pair for you.  I love to shop local so I went to a great boutique here in West Michigan that not only has awesome clothes but has a mission behind the clothing they sell.  It's called Adored.  You can read all about their mission here:

I have looked and tried many a pair of white denim prior to this journey so I immediately found a pair here I would try.  This pair was cut a bit fuller thru the leg and was also distressed in the right places, which I love.  I tried 2 different sizes on and found a winner.  Let's be honest, it's been a long winter - there may be a few extra lbs that have been added to my body so the first pair didn't work.  Want to see?  The first clip is the pair that "fit" but didn't,  I wouldn't wear them if I bought this pair.  Too tight in the waist - slight muffin top - not ever a good look - ever. 

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The second pair, much better fit.  More pics to come as I begin to pair them and wear them.  What a fun adventure though, trying something I wouldn't normally wear.  Trying something I have had on the "not wear" list for so long.  What's something on your " no wear" list?  Maybe this is the season to give it a try!  Let me know what you're up to in the comments !  

Surviving Pre-Spring

So, let's face it, this Spring is taking awhile to get here - I think almost everywhere.  Here in West Michigan it's still snowing....<sigh>

Anyway, the best way to get thru this awkward weather season is with layers.  I have a couple of favorites that are perfect for this in-between season we find ourselves in.  Denim jackets and long cardigans paired with a casual pant are the basic "uniform"/first layer and then you simply add accessories and footwear to #ownyourstyle.  With these pieces as the base, the possibilities are endless. First up, the long cardigan.  Really, any cardigan, but I think the long cardigan for the "right now" as a bit more style. Personally, I pack all wool away once April 1st is here but it doesn't mean I don't continue to wear sweaters.  I have a couple of simple long cardigans I wear.  One is a sleeveless "vest" or gili style (if you're in my age range or older think Maude).  Both options are cotton and in neutral shades so I can wear with most anything.  I don't know what to say about a denim jacket I haven't said forever ...it's versatile, timeless and can look great on anyone.  I do have a couple of denim jackets in my wardrobe but you really only need one.  Though it can obviously be worn as a piece of outerwear I think it is much more stylish as a layering piece and great for all 4 seasons in one way or another.    

Below are some of my favorite picks for the key pieces I've mentioned.  Someone mentioned to me last week that I don't post enough options in more size choices so I have done that here as well.

I wanted to include some looks I've worn using the same key pieces - here are a few:

As I mentioned earlier, adding your style to any of these looks comes from the accessories and shoes in many ways.  Sometimes just a "pop" of color added in a scarf is enough.  You can transform the same pieces by merely changing the scarf for a stacked necklaces and large earrings.  You can give a completely different feel to the outfit depending on your footwear as well.  I know that Spring is on the horizon but in the meantime I am going to dress like I'm enjoying the weather anyway!  

I'd love to hear how what's in your wardrobe survival kit for right now - leave me your comments below!  

Khakis, a tshirt and a jacket

I posted an outfit I wore to work with handbags and shoes earlier this week.  The key components, or uniform, to this outfit were a great pair of khakis and a simple tshirt.   Specifically, the khakis are made with some stretch which is not only great for comfort but adds to the wrinkle-resistance war as well as lends to a nicer "finish" on the material.  The tshirt was just a great basic tee in a neutral gray.  The real story here is what happens next...

This simple outfit is one of the uniforms I keep in my closet.  I have mentioned uniforms of sorts, many times before not just here in my musings but in some of my videos as well. (https://bit.ly/2pR8VaH)  A uniform style wardrobe is one system that can make getting dressed a lot easier.  The uniform refers to the basic pieces and then your own style comes in with how you finish the look.  For example, the outfit I posted this week - to this outfit I added a scarf for a belt and a great structured cardigan not only as a layer but a great pop of color as well.  There are soooo many more outfits to be made from this uniform.  Here are some pics to show you!

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This was the first version of the khakis, tshirt and jacket story.  

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Version 2

this time the uniform is completed with a Spring Jacket (http://shopstyle.it/l/DID4), platform sandals and multi-strand pearl necklace.  This is a great Easter outfit, work outfit for some, or date night.  

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Version 3

this time layered with a navy striped jacket and navy shoes.  The neck "scarf" can be attached to the outside of the jacket, worn as I have pictured here, or worn as belt for a different look.  You can't see it here but there is a great thin stripe of a tomato red/orangy color in the jacket that I might match with a different colored tshirt as well. 

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Version 4

I have completed this version with a black menswear inspired jacket, the scarf worn previously as a belt this time as a scarf (go figure!), and black pumps.  I would easily switch and wear my platform MaryJanes and some chunky jewelry and completely change the "vibe"of this outfit.

Just as I'm looking through the photos I am imagining other versions of this uniform to come for Spring.  As I mentioned in the last version, just by changing the accessories you can transform even one version to another.  This type of dressing leads the way for endless wardrobe possibilities and less stress when getting ready.  What are some of your favorite uniforms??  I would love to hear what you're favs are - comment below!  It would be crazy of me to not mention that if you live in the West Michigan area and would love assistance in creating your wardrobe uniforms, contact me, I would love to help!  

Dressing for Easter

It's Easter week.  I mentioned last week how I loved this time of year when I was little because it always meant a new outfit.   If you celebrate Easter, and you're going to church (andmaybe brunch) what are you wearing?  Or, another question - what's your favorite new Spring outfit?  I will be at church Friday and Sunday.  After church on Sunday we will be going to brunch with some of our family.  I am planning ahead for what to wear.  I am hoping to put together an outfit very similar to the one I've posted a picture of below.  I am hoping this will be Sunday's outfit:

I love the idea of a suit.  I love the look of it but I also love the versatility of it.  The options for wearing the pieces both together and matched with other pieces are endless.  The jacket will dress up a pair of jeans and just as easily paired over a sleeveless dress for a completely different ensemble.  The pants worn with a crisp white blouse and flat sandals will be the perfect date night outfit for Spring or a cool summer evening.  I would also love the pants with a long dressy vest and silk blouse worn with nude heels.  

You can shop directly thru my links below, if you're interested.  If you'd rather not use the links it's easy to search the items yourself using the description below each item.

Now, to think up Friday's outfit....

The Straw Bag

Spring is coming...I think.  Easter is right around the corner.  In addition to the meaning of Easter important in my faith, Easter always signaled an important and meaningful time in life growing up.  Every year before Easter we went shopping for a new outfit FOR Easter (Sunday that is).  When I say new outfit I mean:  dress, tights, shoes, coat, hat, gloves, and my favorite - a purse.  I could spend hours talking about the shopping trip and what it meant to me but I'll save that for another time.  Let's talk about the purse.  I love handbags/purses.  That is not a secret to anyone who knows me.  The Easter purse was typically 1 of 2 things- either a patent leather or a straw bag.  I think a straw bag is a great addition to any handbag wardrobe.  The straw bag can be oversized and casual or more structured and feminine.  When shopping for a straw bag don't compromise on the materials.  If you buy a bag made of quality materials it will truly last you a very long time.  I have a beautiful straw bag given to me on Mother's Day a few years ago which I adore.  It is classic in style and timeless in fashion.

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Storage

When any of my handbags aren't being carried I keep them in their dustbag and stored all in one place.  For a delicate straw bag it's nice to have the original box as well. 

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Straw Bag

Classic styling, neutral leather trim, and silver hardware make this a great versatile straw handbag. 

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Here are some of my favorites I've seen this year.

Which of these bags would be the best fit in your wardrobe?  I'd love to hear how your Spring wardrobe is shaping up.  Let me know in the comments below.  Have questions on how to get going?  Contact me or mention them in the comments!

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Spring Dressing part 2

I refuse to believe Spring is not  around the corner.  I know it's not even 40 degrees here in West Michigan but the sun is shining and I know Spring is coming.  We are essentially half-way through March so, again, I know Spring is coming.  As I begin to pack away my winter wardrobe I can sense Spring coming even more.  As I've mentioned before, there are a few fashion rules I follow for my style including - I don't wear wool once March 1st arrives.  I don't wear white before Easter, I don't carry a straw bag until Easter.  Just a few.  Just me. Just my style.  

As I start to transition to a Spring wardrobe I add cardigans and jackets into heavy rotation in my wardrobe.  Living in West Michigan in March the day can often start with 30 degree temps but end up closer to 50 - a girl needs to be prepared.  I think a short-sleeve top or sleeveless top is the perfect "starting layer" when dressing this time of year.  I recently picked up the cutest sleeveless top from Loft during their last 40% off storewide promo and I love it.  The 3 things I love the most:  the pattern, the cut, and the mix of fabrics.  I wore it first for a casual day doing some work volunteering and then some appointments.  The next time I'll wear it for a date night or a girls night out.  I've already tried the two options, here are some quick looks:

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Casual

paired with a simple cardigan and distressed skinny ankle jeans.  On my feet?  The cute velvet shoes the Mr. bought me for Christmas.  (shop the look below - similar items linked if originals are no longer available)

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Casual

2nd look

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Date Night or Girls Night

Wearing the same sleeveless shirt and jeans.  This time I added a faux leather bomber and a great pair of Jeffrey Campbell block heel shoes that I adore.  (similar items linked below)

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Date Night

2nd Look

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If  you read my musings and Instagram posts regularly (if you don't ....why?? sign up now- box to the left of this) you already know - I love versatility in my wardrobe.  I want to know pieces can be worn in different ways to get the most from my closet.  This sleeveless top is no exception.  Spring dressing is tricky, here it must be done in layers.  I love the addition of this floral print to my wardrobe and the ability to wear it so many ways, especially with my Spring staple layering pieces of cardis and jackets.  I have to say, it was a stretch for me to add the velvet shoes today and I loved the look!  What are you adding for Spring?  How are you dressing for the beginning of the new season?  I'd love to hear.  

Spring Dressing Part 1

Not so long ago in another post I mentioned some things regarding buying something when it's on sale.  Basically, I said if it isn't something you know you will wear, even at a discount that's not a bargain.  Which brings me to today.  I went on a Target run today, just sure as I was buying the normal "Target stuff" I was sure to come across something from either the WhoWhatWear collection or the "A New Day" line to brighten my Spring Closet.  I did carry a dress in my cart for quite some time but didn't end up purchasing it.  At the last minute I decided to take a quick pass thru the clearance area.  I have to admit, I don't do this often at Target.  Why?  I'm not sure the hunt thru there is ever worth it :)  Well, today it was.  I came across this dress - no idea of the original price- but it was marked down below $10!  It is Mossimo, which I don't often buy.  It's a brand that doesn't usually fit me well so I don't even look at much of it when I am shopping at the store.  The dress is maxi in length, maybe to some would be almost midi.  It has a beautiful print on the shell of the dress with a yellow background.  There was a yellow slip dress attached underneath, which has already been removed.  The front of the dress has small pewter colored buttons all the way down the front.  It has a drawstring at the waist and bell-sleeve detail.  I have been looking for a dress similar to this one for quite some time.  I had not, however, envisioned the dress would be this long.  I wanted a dress like this to wear over leggings and skinny jeans, worn mostly open to the waist with options for layering.  For me, I needed to bring this one home and try it on with some of the options from my closet to be sure it would work.  If it would in fact work out, this was going to be great just for the bargain!  Again, though, even at less than $10, it isn't worth it if I won't wear it.  

I came home and immediately pulled 2 looks together.  I have already thought of a couple more since trying it on.  Obviously, it's a keeper !! 

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Dress with Leggings

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I have on a black tank and black leggings underneath for this outfit.  There is a khaki green color running thru the pattern and that's color of shoe I have worn in this look.  The shoes are a great pair of Jeffrey Campbell peep toe heels I picked up from one of the best consignment stores in Grand Rapids.  (www.myurbanexchange.com)

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Dress with Leggings

The dress worn with the top buttoned and below the waist left undone.  The black background around the bottom and on the cuffs makes black underneath perfect. 

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Dress with Leggings

The back view.  Obviously the dress is sheer so the black pieces underneath are a great compliment, I think.  I may try white at some point but I am usually not a fan of white so I doubt I would like it, for me. 

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Dress with jeans 

I paired it here with the same black tank, switched the leggings for distressed jeans cuffed, and added black mules for the shoes.  I love this look.  This was my original purpose in wanting a dress of this style.  I will also try this with dark skinny jeans and possibly change out the color of the tank at some point. 

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Dress with Jeans

Just another view.  

The other ideas I'm already thinking about?  Either look above but adding a cropped black sweater over.  Either look above but adding a yellow sweater I already have in my wardrobe :).  Also - for Fall and Winter?  Pair the dress with skinny jeans, boots and again a fun sweater over the dress.  I always look for more than one way to wear to an item when I'm deciding whether to buy it.  I love the possibilities I have found in this one.

What's something you want to add to your wardrobe for Spring?  I'd love to hear more!

A Glimpse at February.

February is a true Winter month here in West Michigan, at least for me.  It's generally cold and snowy and I don't think this February was any exception to that.  February is also typically the month in which I start to get bored, tired, and sometimes annoyed at my closet.  Again, this February did not disappoint on any of those fronts.  Here is a glimpse at what I wore this past month.  

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Cashmere is always a good idea

I think cashmere will always stand the test of time in both style and wearability.  This sweater I purchased a couple of years ago but is still available (http://shopstyle.it/l/AR2Y).  I love it because it can easily be worn dressed up or more casual.  It can be more classic with some pearls or add some "edge" with boots and chunky jewelry.  

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At Home for the Day

Even on the days I stay home, for me, it's important to get dressed and ready for the day.  On this day I wore a casual outfit of comfy wide-legged pants and a cute tie top.  I gave my skin a break and went make-up free which is always a great idea.  When I need to accomplish a lot from home, I will not get it done in my pjs, but that's just me. 

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Winter Uniform

I've talked before about the uniform.  We each have one, to some degree, for each season.  My winter uniform, forever, has been a turtleneck with some sort of pants.  Currently it's denim.  There is something about the simplicity and ease of the turtleneck that makes me love it.  Here, paired with a Calvin Klein belt fresh from TJMaxx and my boot cut Lauren jeans I'm ready for the day (along with Stuart).  

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Empty Nester Dinner 

Some of our very best friends formed a dinner group after our youngest kids started college.  Each time we get together we each bring a dish we have prepared and the host chooses a theme.  This time the theme was "cooking with wine".  I had to match the theme so I pulled out this gem from my storage.  A beautifully pleated wine floral skirt.  

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My love/hate for leggings

I really am okay with leggings as long as they are worn with a long shirt or tunic or dress or whatever - that covers far enough.  This was a snowy Saturday full of chores and errands.  I layered a long sleeve tshirt, distressed denim shirt, and a cashmere cardi along with snowboots, for full day.  

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Faux Fur is always a good idea

This faux fur vest was an impulse buy from Target - I don't even remember how long ago.  I will continue to wear this vest every year.  Again, it's a piece that can be dressed up or worn more casual.  It can worn as a layering piece or even as outerwear on a warmer Winter day.  

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My favorite pant silhouette

I've mentioned enough...I love the wide-legged cropped pant.  This pair is no exception.  When I purchased them I was determined to wear them all seasons.  I paired them to wear for a day of merchandising with a lightweight gray sweater and my danskos.  

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Long Cardi

This beautiful cardigan was a gift from the Mr. last year for Christmas.  It has a removable fur collar that chose not to wear on this day.  The muted colors in this sweater make it easy to wear with almost anything.  I have a turtleneck and distressed jeans on with my danskos and I was cozy and comfortable. 

I am so looking forward to Spring and dressing a little lighter.  I would love to hear what you wore in February as your favorites.  What are you most looking forward to for Spring?  

My Current Makeup Favs

As you know, I usually only post about fashion, what I'm wearing, loving, how to get the most from your wardrobe and all that fashion stuff.  Today I thought I would share my latest favs from beauty and what I'm currently wearing.  As is the case with my style in dressing, the same goes with my beauty routine.  I mix both drugstore items and some items that have a higher ticket.  I base my decisions for makeup choices much the same as my clothing choices.  To me, there isn't necessarily a correlation between high ticket being better product.  I have listed only the make-up I am currently wearing and basically in the order I apply it.  I don't think I need a disclaimer but just in case - I am NOT a makeup artist or skincare professional so the products I mentioned are of course only based on my opinion and my style.  You won't for example, see any products for contouring, shading, sculpting, etc.  Much the same as botox and the like, none of those products or routines are for me - I am 54 years old I have lived, I have some wrinkles and some character :) .  

I have recently started using a primer/pore minimizer prior to applying my foundation and the Porefessional from Benefit.  It really does make a huge difference not only in the appearance (or lack thereof) of my pores but I think it eases in the application of the foundation as well.  

The most expensive items are my foundation and my eyeshadow palettes.  As is the case often though, the expense is fair based on quality and amount of wear from it.  I think the hunt for the best foundation for your skin is always a quest...until you find it.  I have found a great one - it's the Estee Lauder water foundation (link below).  What I love:  it has an spf of 30, it's water based, it's buildable, easy to apply, wears fantastic.

Concealer:  current and long time fav is Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer.  Love the applicator (sponge), the wear, and the ease in applying.  

Setting Powder:  I am currently using Coty Airspun and will be for awhile since it came in a 2-pack from Amazon!  Why I like it? The coverage is perfect.  It can be applied over entire face with fluffy powder brush and you can easily bake the undereye with a beauty sponge.  I also have to say I am a bit nostalgic and the scent alone brings me back to my childhood and playing dress-up.  I also really enjoy Laura Mercier powder as well but again with the double pack it will be awhile before I change. 

Blush:  new favorite is the Flower Beauty Flower Pots Blush in Sweet Pea.  (it's not the shade that shows in the link below).  Sweet Pea is a pretty soft shade of rosy pink.  I love the big size of the surface of the blush itself - it makes it super easy to use a blush brush for application.  

Eyeshadow:  I love palettes because you have so many more choices every day :).  The 2 I use the most are both from Too Faced - The Peach Palette and the Chocolate Bon Bons.  A close runner-up is actually the Grav3yard Girl Palette from Tarte.  What I love about the Too Faced Palettes:  the variety of colors,  the pigment, the variety of shimmer vs. matte, the wear time.  You can create so many different looks from simple and natural to quite dramatic with any of these palettes.

Eyeliner:  I prefer a pencil.  I am currently loving the gel pencils from Ulta and my favorite shade right now is Mink.  I love the price, the colors, the ease in application, and the length of wear time.  

Mascara:  I am a huge fan of L'Oreal mascaras.  My current fav is Lash Paradise.  Why?  No smudging, no flaking, lasts all day, easy to remove.  I am not a fan of any waterproof mascara so I can't speak to any of those options.  

Setting Spray:  I like the Pixie Setting Mist and the Mac Prep and Prime.  I do believe both of these extend the wear of my makeup.  I like the scent of the Pixie more, as the Mac really doesn't have a scent.  

Many of the products I am wearing are because of recommendations from bloggers or youtubers or friends.  I would love to hear some of your favs, maybe they will become mine.  

The tale of the silver shoes ....

I love shoes.  And handbags.  And perfume.  And.... you know how this goes. Quite a long time ago I spotted shoes from Sarah Jessica Parker's line - SJP that I would love to own. 

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I could think of a ton of different ways to wear them and really enjoy having them in my wardrobe.  Although I'm sure I could find the size to fit, the price doesn't fit in my budget right now. Whenever this happens to me - when I find something I love but cannot afford - I am inspired to find a similar item that would fit in my budget or save save save to buy the item I do want  (see post from last week regarding whether to buy or not).  I gather my inspiration by figuring out what attracted me to the item in the first place.  So, back to the shoes.  I love:  the sparkle, the square heel, and the color of the shoe.  I was picturing myself in these shoes with some jeans and a cute top for a night out. I had me in the shoes with a little black dress for a party.  I was wearing the shoes with my wide-legged black pants many different ways.  The idea I love the most is pairing something more casual with something more dressy or sparkly and I knew these shoes would be perfect.  I also try to follow my own advice so I just kept the idea in the back of my head for a time when I might spot an pair of shoes that would come close.

Soooo I am driving a cart thru the aisles of TJ Maxx the other day and look what happened!  There, in the clearance section minding their own business were these sparkly beauties:

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This pair is silver, has some sparkle, and the square heel.  These are from Bandolino, a great brand available widely at several retailers.  They are not the SJP level of quality and all (obvi) but they are still awesome.  If you are a shoe lover and specifically a lover of the SJP brand you know the shoes are made in Italy, leather (usually including the sole), exceptional detail and hardware, and the trademark grosgrain ribbon adorns the backstay of every pair.  I do own the SJP Carrie in black and love that shoe.  Once again, I digress.  Back to the sparkles I found at TJMaxx.  the shoes were my size and seemed like a "sign".  I tried them, they fit great.  The best part?  THEY WERE ON CLEARANCE FOR $15 bucks!!!  Come on!  So, they are mine.  I will wear them much the way I have planned to wear the inspirational SJP pair.  I will wear with my jeans, dress them up with a little black dress, maybe with my pretty full pink skirt I love, with my black pencil skirt and with my cropped wide-legged pants.  I was actually set with an outfit for today, but alas it's raining so that's not happening today.

Finding something that inspires you to add that to your wardrobe to fit your style is what it's all about.  What's inspiring you these days???  I would love to hear about it.  

So, I'm trying a Style Link Up - let's see how this goes.  I love a community of women building each other up and all of us talking about how we each own our style. 

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Should I buy it though?

It's that time in the "old"season when all the cute, new things from the new season are starting to show up in stores and online.  Let's say you're going shopping for some of these new delights.  Let's say also, that you've accomplished some great pre-shop activities such as:  looking at your next season wardrobe (in this case, Spring) and a quick inventory of a couple things you would like to add to your wardrobe to freshen it up a bit, maybe even eliminated a couple of things no longer necessary.  Let's say now you're shopping and you find something you want to purchase.  I suggest you stop and ask yourself 4 or 5 questions before you press purchase or step to the cashwrap (whichever way you prefer to shop).

  1. "Will it work with other things in my closet that I'm currently loving?"  Can you already see it  worn with something you own?  
  2.   "Does it fit me?"  This is obviously easier if you are in the actual store.  If you are familiar with the store and their brands you should know which size is best for you.  If you are ordering online and you aren't sure - check reviews to see what others said about the fit.  Is it something like a pair of pants that will need hemmed?  If it is - a word of caution here - if you are someone that isn't great at tailoring follow-thru DON'T purchase anything that needs altered.  You won't wear it because you won't have it altered and therefore, it's a waste of your clothing budget dollars.  
  3. "Is it worth the price tag?"  This doesn't mean is the item too expensive.  Base the cost on how often you will wear the item.  For example, if you are a person that lives in denim, spending upwards of $150 on a pair of jeans may well be worth the money.  If you are a weekend denim wearer only - maybe that $150 would be better spent or split on a couple of different things you will wear.  At the same time, if the item is marked down it doesn't necessarily mean it's a great deal - If you spend $19.99 on a shirt that was originally priced at $150 but you hate the fit, it wasn't such a bargain because you are never going to wear it.
  4. "Does it fit my style and my lifestyle?"  This is a HUGE question.  Don't let outside influences (i.e., friends, fashion magazines, social media posts) convince you of what to wear.  No one knows you better than you.  Don't try to be someone you aren't by wearing something not you.  (incidentally, if you are trying to discover or even rediscover your style - I would love to help - contact me)  I have said repeatedly, you need to own your style because you need to feel confident in what you're wearing.  
  5.   "Can I see more than one way to wear this item?"  I'm not saying you should have 5 complete new looks planned in your head prior to purchasing a new piece, but you should be able to picture at least a couple of different ways you will wear it and enhance your wardrobe. 

Just a couple of things you don't need to ask:

  1. "Will my _______ (fill in the blank - sister, bff, boyfriend, husband, partner, etc) like it?"   It just needs to be you that loves it.  When you love it and you wear it make that enough.  
  2.  "Is it trendy?"   I mean...it shouldn't probably have shoulder pads from the 80's, but you make it YOUR trend.  
  3.   "Is it on sale?"  Instead ask "Can I afford this?"   Huge difference that I mentioned earlier.  Just because an item is on sale doesn't mean you should buy it.  Instead, let's say there is a dress you are dying to have in your wardrobe.  Let's say it's totally off your wardrobe budget even if you spent all of the season's budget on that dress.  Watching for one markdown on that is a better idea than buying-the -thing-on -ridiculous-markdown-that-you-won't-wear-but-you-bought-because-it's-on-ridiculous-markdown.

So, head on out there to shop but take just a couple of minutes and check yourself :) before you purchase.  

What are some things you are loving for Spring???  I would love to hear.  

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