Stay cool and professional
The weather is heating up, but let’s stay cool and professional!
Whether you are going to the office or plan to be on a zoom call, professional dress in the summer doesn’t have to be complicated or boring. Some offices even have a more relaxed dress code in the summer. Be sure to be knowledgeable of your company policy regarding your wardrobe and overall personal presentation and if you aren’t sure, ask for a recent copy of the company handbook. A sleeveless button blouse can be a nice option. Personally, I like this option because the shoulders are not completely exposed. If deciding to go with a thinner strap, you can pair it with a lightweight breathable cardigan sweater, vest, or blazer. Moreover, I would actually keep a blazer or cardigan on hand in the office to combat the frigid air conditioning, or for a meeting that might call for a more polished look. This happens frequently!
Now, let’s talk about color. A bright color is a great way to feel all of the summer feels at work. Sometimes it’s easy for me to get trapped in wearing mostly black and neutral colors. The summer is a great time to add that pop of color that you may not normally wear, or that you’ve been wanting to try. Don’t feel like you have to go too crazy! You can subtly pair a bright color with a neutral pant. Grey is a nice switch up, especially if you typically wear black skirts or pants. For me, the ankle pant is my preferred length over a capri cut.
Some other thoughts to consider:
1. Will this garment show my sweat stains?
2. Is my neckline workplace appropriate?
3. Does my skirt hemline rise to an uncomfortable length when I sit down?
4. Can I walk in my shoes?
5. Can I navigate the workday without tugging, pulling down, or adjusting my outfit?
6. How comfortable do I feel overall in this outfit?
Most importantly, make sure to embrace your personal style while being professional in the office or your work from home office. Your style is uniquely you, and should make you feel comfortable and happy!
Do you need assistance in developing your personal style? I’d be happy to help!
Let's Celebrate Father's Day
This year, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20th. I will admit, Father’s Day does seem like the inferior holiday to celebrate, at least from what I have seen throughout the years, compared to Mother's Day. In 2019 The National Retail Federation says 76% of people plan to celebrate Father's Day. Compare that to 84% on mother's day. We also spend more on mom. $25 billion dollars compared to $16 billion for dad.
In my house we are a part of the 76% that celebrate dad. We like to have fun and celebrate my husband, the father of my two children, and of course other fathers in our life.
Over the years, in our house, It has become a tradition for the kids to dress like their dad for Father’s Day. We have worn everything from matching gingham print to super hero t-shirts. We make sure dad has his favorite meal or foods, and other expressions of love, thoughtfully curated.
How do you celebrate the fathers in your life? As I stated for mother’s day, “Whatever you decide, carefully consider your options and be thoughtful.” What makes them feel celebrated and loved? Click our shopping guide to get some ideas!
Swimsuit Guide For Every Body Shape
I recently read a mom's post about trying to find the perfect swimsuit. So many replies were given about where to purchase. What was missing was how to select the right one for her particular body shape. There are so many options, and you want to purchase the one that is most flattering. Just like other clothing items, the fit matters. Click through the slideshow to get tips on what styles flatter your body shape. During style appointments each client goes through our signature style assessment, that includes analyzing the body shape. To schedule a complimentary consultation please click here
I added several options at different price points in our 2020 Swimwear Shopping Guide
How to celebrate mothers in an intimate and personal way...
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9th!
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. --Wikipedia
I looked up the origins of modern day mother's day, and it was interesting to learn the history behind it. With most holidays in our household, we choose how to celebrate and create our own traditions. What are some of your mother's day traditions? How do you like to be celebrated? How do you celebrate others?
This year I want to celebrate the mothers in my life in a more intimate and personal way. I hope to see them, but even if I don’t, I want to honor and celebrate them in a special way. Throughout the year, I take mental and handwritten notes about my loved one’s interests and likes. My mother reads my newsletter, so I can’t share the details of my plans, but here are some ideas for you to consider. Whatever you decide, carefully consider your options and be thoughtful. What makes them feel celebrated and loved?
This year, my ideal mother’s day gifts would be:
A handwritten note or letter
A catered picnic (I don’t want to eat an experiment. I lovingly do so on other days.)
A performance from my husband and children
A non-professional family photo
A beautiful bouquet of flowers
5 Spring Break Wardrobe Items To Pack For A Warm Getaway
My son just had spring break. We stayed local. My husband's schedule changed last minute. We went to the zoo and spent time in Washington, DC and The National Harbor. If I learned anything from last year, being flexible makes life easier. I still make plans but just have become more open to going with the flow.
As you prepare for your break or a nice long weekend, here’s a shopping guide for a few travel staples to help plan your wardrobe. I’m sure you have some items in your wardrobe that you can pack, but if you need a few updates, the links are shoppable. Our styling services have also helped clients by creating outfits in their digital lookbook. For more information about out creation and digital lookbooks, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunglasses and Hats
These accessories help to complete your outfit but are essential in protecting yourself from the sun and other elements.
For me, I need a swimsuit that is going to be no fuss running around playing with my children or for different water activities. I also want my swimsuit to remind the hubby and myself of my fabulousness.
If you are like me, I’m going to need some more time to work myself up to walking in heels again. When selecting a sandal consider what type of activities do you have planned, are you going to be walking around a lot.
Dresses are just so easy and simple to pack. I like wearing a nice soft breathable fabric.
I like to create a whole vibe in my swimwear look. I also like to be covered up while walking to or leaving the pool or beach. The coverup also provides a little protection from the sun.
10 Tips for Efficient Online Shopping
Over the past several months, so many people have turned to online shopping (even more so than before)! I have used this method of shopping over the years for myself and clients. In that time, I have learned some best practices for shopping online that are even more helpful given the current situation.
When I complete online shopping for clients they are given two tasks. First, they complete a style evaluation (identify body shape, best colors, and style personality) and second a shopping questionnaire. For questions on this, please feel free to send me an email email@example.com
For some of us, money is tight right now but the sales are good! This is tough. I would encourage you before you click to buy, to step back and really evaluate your wardrobe. We want to make sure you are adding items that are complementary to your wardrobe and meaningful to your style goals.
In full transparency, I too am scaling back on my purchases. Have you re-evaluated your style and spending goals? Take some time to evaluate what is best for you. This decision is up to you, I only wish to offer my perspective and that’s always with your best interest in mind. If you need assistance, I’m just a phone call away! Below are my top 10 tips for online shopping.
I use an amazing shopping tool for clients. They can click through curated shoppable links for each of the images.
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10 TIPS FOR EFFICIENT ONLINE SHOPPING:
1. Know your measurements and use the size charts to determine best fit when selecting garment size. Use flexible measuring tape or string (lay flat to measure) to record your sizes.
Doing this ahead of time makes the online shopping experience easier, and returns too- you will have less returns by knowing your exact measurements! Make sure to update these measurements every 6 months.
2. Read the reviews for the retailer and individual garment items.
And not just the good ones! By reading the bad ones you get an indication of what went wrong and if it’s happened more than once.
3. Review in detail the return policy.
15 or 30 days? Store credit or full credit card refund? Paypal isn’t feasible, or it is ok to receive returns? Check it all out so that there are no surprises.
4. Establish a budget and stick to it.
Revisit this budget at least once per month to see if anything needs to be adjusted or if you are staying on track.
5. Look for those investment pieces.
The core of your wardrobe should be quality items that you can wear multiple times.
6. Price point does not equal quality.
7. Read details about the fabric.
Does the fabric flatter your body? How does the fabric feel against your skin? What are the care instructions?
8. Compare prices.
It’s hard to not get attached to an item when we see it, but it’s always a good idea to make sure we are getting the best deal possible. Then you can use any money you saved towards something else if you want to!
9. Keep a record of sites that you love along with sizes that worked for you.
The research is done, so now you can enjoy yourself without worry.
10. Make sure the website is secure and shop where you trust. Don't overshare your personal information.
Looking for things like “https” at the beginning of a URL is helpful.
I hope you learned something new and found these tips to compliment your current online shopping experience!