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Happy New Year!

Happy 2017!  

Cheers to the New Year and the Best You!   I don't care for the sayings floating around referring to making things great again that are already great including YOU!  I could go all "self-help" "self-improvement" here but I am not a professional :)  I would rather talk about your wardrobe.  

Though there shouldn't be a new you it may be time for a new closet - new wardrobe created mostly by an update of your own closet.  Appearance does matter.  Clothing does matter.  How you dress does matter.  If you feel great in what you're wearing you portray that.  You carry yourself different.   You exude confidence.  You are more positive.  If you don't currently feel that way, it's time to take a look at your clothes and how you wear them.  You don't need a new you - you just need your best you.  

Do you love to wear jeans but don't feel great in the jeans in you have?  It's time for a pair you love.  You love wearing dresses but you don't have any?  Time to shop for one.  I could go on listing different wardrobe pieces but I won't.  Take a look in your closet.  TODAY.  Take a few minutes and peruse your hanging items.  I bet you see at least 3 things you don't feel great in.  Figure out the reason why.  Is it fit?  Is it style?  Is it condition of the item?  Is it you aren't sure how to wear it?  If it's fit or condition then get rid of the item TODAY.  If it is one of the reasons, try the item wearing it a couple of different ways with different styles and see what develops.  Maybe it's a pretty dress you consider a party dress.  You feel so pretty when you wear it but alas, it's a party dress so you don't wear it a lot.  Try it on over a pair of skinny jeans and see what you think.  Oh, you have a beautiful dressy blouse that never gets worn but you love when you do wear it?  Try it on under a short sleeve dress and see what you think.  Step 2 - wear the "test" outfit somewhere.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.  Will every "test" be a winner?  Maybe not.  However, you will either build your wardrobe by another outfit or perhaps purge something that should have been gone awhile ago.  

The same trial and error can be done with your hair and with your beauty routine.  Try new looks and wear them out in public.  It could be you don't need a whole new hairstyle, you just need to add a little variety to your repertoire.  Maybe you're dying to try a cat-eye but have always been afraid you won't do it right.  Take yourself to your favorite beauty counter, Sephora, Ulta, etc. and ask the experts there to help you give it a try.  

All these suggestions are for you to be your Best You - not a new you!  There are lots of catchy sayings that refer to there only being one you...though some may be cheesy ...they are true.  Let 2017 be the year you are your best you.  

I would love to help with wardrobe part!  Contact me about tailoring a solution or package that best fits your needs.  


I will leave you with my NYE OOTD - the dress code was casual :)




same outfit 3 ways

So, first I was going to title this "cheap pants, 3 ways" but I changed my mind.  However, that's what this is.  I picked this pants up at Old Navy for less than $15 bucks!  They are all cotton, washable, and comfy.  In addition, this style is "trend-right".  They will not only be wearable for more than one summer, they can also be paired with boots for a cooler time.  

The photo on the left is a look I would wear on a cooler evening for dinner with friends or perhaps a meeting with a client.  As a side-note, though this is not meant to be a story of budget but I must tell you the shoes cost more than the outfit but are one of my favs.  The middle outfit is something I would wear today.  The temperature is set to be in the mid-80's today but as I have mentioned, I am not one to go for shorts first.  The scarf as a belt softens the outfit a bit as do the shoes (another of my favs).  You could easily change this out with a cloth belt and sneakers for a more casual look.  The outfit on the right is perfect for date night in the summer on a cooler night.  I love the way that just changing to heels and adding a casual jacket you really can change the look of an outfit.  One final note, it is the final touches of each outfit (blazer, jewelry, and shoes) is where my money is ... versatile, high-quality, classic pieces.  

My challenge to you:  Shop your closet today and find some versatility!  Get the most of your stuff!  Need help?  Have questions?  Contact me!