Styling

The Modernist With a Heart of Chrome

The Modernist aesthetic often gets a bad rap.
Associated with cold, steral rooms,
the Modernist adaptation of monochromatic color schemes leaves viewers feeling uninvited.

But this isn’t Modernism as a whole.
Many interpretations of the movement have lead to the most colorful artists,
like Pollock, Picasso, and Gaudi.
Still, the black&white variation can be warm, inviting, and interesting.

One of my favorite local boutiques, The Art of Style,
specializes in neutrals.
Rarely do you see a color of the rainbow on their racks.
The difference is, TAOS’ aesthetic brings in different textures to break up the clean lines.

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For starters, try mixing different neutrals.
Layering is key for a (no pun intended) warmer look.
Keep it sleek with drapey knits.
Minimal jewelry doesn’t overpower the metallic dress,
while still allowing the look to transition from day to night.

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Speaking of layers,
sheer, translucent fabrics are your friend!
Look how this uber prissy white lace dress is given some edge,
just by throwing on a black sheer tunic.

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Handmade jewelry plays on the femininity of the dress
while giving a nod to the artisan aesthetic which brought about the Modernism movement.

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For a more menswear-inspried ensemble
look no further than your classic black & white color combo.

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Add a touch of minimalism by ditching the shirt!
Relaxed slacks balance out the sex appeal.
Plus, if you keep your jacket zipped during work,
no one has to know what’s not underneath.

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The Modernist aesthetic in architectural design
focuses on material and line.
Frank Lloyd Wright built houses based off the landscape
and made use of natural materials.

Get back to your roots with Modernism
by incorporating natural elements into your look.

The suede texture of the dress,
the chunky knit scarf, the hematite earrings,
and the marbleized acetate cuff all nod towards earthy elements.

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See!
Modernism can be warm and inviting,
rather than cold and harsh.
Just remember to play with textures, layering,
and earthy accessories.

These looks transition easily from day to night,
as well as into Fall, with its mix of warm and cool days.
For more Modernist inspiration, for men and women,
check out The Art of Style,
located at 2032 Cameron St in Cameron Village
(Raleigh, North Carolina).

Very special thank you to
photographer Terrence Jones of J1S Photography
and the ever fabulous model Mara W.

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Lifestyle, Styling

Lavender & Smoke

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Since body positivity has become such a major social movement, I feel the need to express my sentiments on the subject. I love my body, as one should, but it has taken me years to come to this conclusion. And even though I love my body as a whole, there are still parts of me that I feel like I could improve on. Some things I can change (like my yoga moves), but some things I can’t (like my height).

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It was only within the past few years that I have learned to appreciate every part. Even the parts of me that I don’t love, I find a way to disguise and I accentuate the parts that I do love. Isn’t that what fashion is all about (aside from personal expression), anyway? I’ve never had a problem with my back, shoulders, or décolletage, and that’s always been my focus. Being teased for having a large chest at a young age had an impact on how I dressed, beginning in middle school. Apparel is the original Photoshop.

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With Lavender & Smoke, it was very bizarre because for once my skin didn’t need much retouching. I have struggled with acne for years and finally I’m a place where I feel comfortable going out in public without any makeup on and sometimes I forget I’m not wearing any at all. When I realize this, I’m not worried or scared that someone is judging me for my acne or acne scars. In this shoot, we had fun with makeup without the fear of close-ups. I still focused on the parts of me that I’ve always felt comfortable with, but the overall effect was that of increased confidence. I feel like body acceptance is not so much saying “Yes, I am 100% beautiful!” but more so saying “You know what, I might not 100% love every part about me, but I accept it and I’m going to try my best to love everything I am.”

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It doesn’t happen over night. It doesn’t happen in a year. It takes time and effort. You have to learn who you are to reach this result, Body Acceptance. I’ve found that I never use a scale anymore. I’ve found that I’ve stopped measuring my waist-line. You have to realize that “perfection” doesn’t exist in beauty. That’s really what this Body Positive movement is all about. It’s not “Everybody is perfect.” It’s that, yes we might have our flaws, but we’re okay with them.

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Special thanks to Debadeep Sen for capturing my good side (photography) & Keisha Lousie for making me look fabulous (hair&makeup).

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Styling, Wardrobing

New Tailor in Town

Ok style seekers, here’s the scoop on the next cool shop to hit downtown Raleigh. The crazy part is they don’t even sell clothes — they tailor them! Allow me to introduce Glenwood Tailors, conveniently located on Glenwood South (near St. Marys Square Apartments), the next best thing for your wardrobe since high-end consignment. I’m super excited to 1) not have to drive 15min to North Raleigh and 2) to have a tailor that gets it: style, fit, trends, and all the possibilities that tailoring allows for.

My love affair with tailoring began at an early age. I come from a long line of crafty ladies, so it’s no surprise that when things aren’t quite right I get creative.

As a tween, I had an unusual body type: strong legs of a dancer + a D cup at age 13 meant I couldn’t wear the cute things my friends were wearing. I remember shopping for a button-up shirt (the nemesis of any busty gal) and having to purchase a large in order to avoid the dreaded gaping hole between my boobs. Of course, this meant that my torso became a shapeless wash of floral print. My mom’s solution? Add darts! Darts quickly became my best friends as they were the magic trick to taking ill-fitting garments and making them hug my womanly curves.

I took sewing classes in high school, honing the skills necessary to alter patterns and create my own garments. This came in handy when looking for a job during college and stumbling across a Craig’s List ad for a tailors assistant. I came to the interview prepared with samples of my work and got the job! It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but the experience and knowledge gained have stuck with me to this day.

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My tailor mentor was a miracle worker. I came to her with vintage dresses that were four sizes too big (I’m a sucker for prints) and with a nip here and a dart there it became a one-of-a-kind, perfectly fitting garment. Once I realized the potential with tailoring there was no stopping me. Shortly after starting at the tailor shop, I began working at Revolver Consignment Boutique. There I would find amazing designer garments and unique vintage pieces, keeping the idea of tailoring in the back of my mind. Hem too long? No problem. Dress too big? Easy fix. Hate the sleeves? Take them off! When something is such a great deal, why not invest a little to customize?

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(I wore this dress once for New Years and wanted to repurpose it to be more versatile. The end result was a cute fit&flare mini dress + an a-line skirt!)

Not everything is worth tailoring. That cheap dress from H&M that’ll fall apart in a year? Nah. But I have collected the most delightful treasures that wouldn’t have been an option for me had I limited myself to the garment “as is.” More than designer and vintage apparel, I love taking clothes from my mom’s youth and transforming it for my wardrobe. I get more joy from wearing the dress my mom met my dad in than my prized Marc Jacobs shoes. The dress in question began as a frumpy 80’s day dress with a drop waist and tea-length hem (not the most flattering on my petite frame). I took up the sleeves to bring up the waist, took in the sides, and chopped off about five inches of the skirt.

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With this love and appreciation for tailoring as an art-form, my excitement for the grand opening of Glenwood Tailors of Downtown Raleigh comes as no surprise. Glenwood Tailors aims to change the experience of having garments tailored. From the cool vintage decor to their eye for style, Glenwood Tailors is going to revolutionize how society looks at tailoring. Our generation being so rooted in the idea of personalization; I can’t believe more people don’t take advantage of tailoring to create unique, stylish pieces to add to their wardrobe! Join me on Saturday, October 3rd from 12-6pm at 743 W. Johnson St. to see what Glenwood Tailors can do for your personal style.

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Don’t Call This a Comeback

I’m baaaack!
After a brief hiatus, Style Asset has returned at full speed.

The past few months have been big.
I was promoted at my day job and began a new project for Style Asset. Some of you may know that my ultimate goal with Style Asset is to open a brick-and-mortar boutique and styling firm. Well this is a step in that direction!

Introducing: Style Asset Collections; a new way of presenting second-hand apparel.

The idea came to me while trying to figure out what to do with the clothes I had recently purged from my closet. I am a collector of fashion with a wide range of influencers, but I tend to buy things for their beauty instead of compatibility with my wardrobe. Why was I doing this?! I’m always telling my clients not to keep things they no longer wear or fit into, so why wasn’t I more strict on myself? If you’re looking to clear some items from your closet, ask yourself these questions:

When was the last time I wore this?
Does it go with more than three other pieces?
Do I really love it?

If your answers sounded something like, “forever ago, not really, & meh” then toss it. Not literally, like into the trash, because clothing is taking over our landfills, but do something else with it. Donating is super easy, but if you have quality pieces try taking them to your local consignment boutique. I had consigned clothes for years, but for some reason this time around I thought, “why not do it myself?”

I set out to sell my own clothes wanting to do something different, so instead of listing several, seemingly non-coordinating pieces onto a website, why not take a tip from the designers and present collections? I started to sort though all of my gently worn apparel and found about twenty articles that inspired me in their colors&shapes and voila! I had my first capsule collection.

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Laurel Canyon is the name of the first group of goods available on Style Asset Collections. Check out my next blog post to see inspiration for the collection, featured designers, and a sneak peek at the beautiful pieces available JUNE 13TH! And of course, I have to thank my BFF Keisha Louise for helping me realize these crazy ideas that I get 🙂

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Styling

Leather Whether the Weather’s Better

It’s finally Spring!!
(well, almost)

By the time March rolls around I am so tired of my Winter wardrobe that I am extra excited for the climate change.
But there are always a few pieces that I want to wear a little bit longer.
Sometimes it’s a favorite top or a new piece that didn’t get enough play.
Spring is the best time for mixing things up.

My favorite Winter pieces tend to incorporate a bit of leather (or pleather).
Even though this is a cold-weather textile, it works wonders with the colors & prints of Spring fashion.

Here’s an example:

I received this Zara skirt for Christmas & absolutely love it.
I wore it to work the first day of 2015, styled with dark florals & vintage fur.

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The combination of rich fabrics (leather, suede & fur), deep jewel tones,
and the juxtaposition of vintage fur with a gold Cassio watch made for a luxe look ready to brave the bitter cold.

So how do you lighten up a plum-colored leather skirt?
Pair it with soft pastels!

I love the combination of plum, grey & blush.
It’s feminine, sophisticated
& color blocking adds a modern touch.

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There are still subtle Spring details in this ensemble,
like the floral laser-cut detail on the booties & the abstract floral print on the belt.
The key is to balance elements from each season for a smooth transition.

My next #OOTD is all about my latest leather obsession.

While shopping at Revolver, I scored this awesome powder blue (p)leather A-line skirt.
The color instantly makes it appropriate for the warmer weather,
but the material can totally be styled for winter.
It is the perfect year-round piece.

I styled it for this 80 degree day with a June Cleaver attitude.

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Big, bubbly flower earrings look right at home with a 1960’s handbag and gingham blouse.
This Mid-century inspired ensemble is fun & flirty,
yet cool enough to not feel like a costume.

With any outfit, it is important to use a mix of inspirations to create a look that is uniquely you.
When you’re dressing for a transitional season, be sure to take cues from each season to make it work.
Pair leather with pastels, black with florals, suede with chiffon.
Textures, colors & prints are your best friends.

You can see how I styled these leather leggings,
first by incorporating delicate lace and then by contrasting with a vibrant floral print.

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Hope this inspires you!
What is your favorite transitional piece?

Have questions about styling?
Need wardrobe guidance?
Comment below & I’ll answer!

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Urban Wonder

On a warm Sunday, after some unusual snow fall,
I headed downtown to Raleigh’s warehouse district
for the first menswear shoot to be featured on Style Asset.

Ever since I started helping my coworker&friend, Jonathan,
curate his wardrobe, I have wanted to discuss men’s fashion.

Although it does not change often,
there are many stylistic techniques that can make fashion fun for guys.

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Update your basics.
Look for textural textiles,
like suede, leather, and denim.
These materials are both visually rich and rugged,
making for a cool, sophisticated outfit that is sure to attract attention.
If you’re going to go for simple, you have to make every piece count.

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A good leather jacket is always in style and is easy to wear.
Visit your local vintage or consignment shop in search of one that is already worn in.

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You can do double denim.
It’s called chambray: a lightweight clothing fabric with colored warp and white filling yarns.
It is basically denim lite.
A chambray shirt is a great way to mix fabrics & stay comfortable.
A sturdy denim fabric can be too bulky as a shirt, but makes for the perfect jeans.
Choose well-made jeans in a classic wash that will last you a lifetime.
Raleigh Denim is a favorite for quality pieces & you be supporting a local business.

The second trick is to choose different shades of blue.
This outfit went a step further by incorporating a subtle, woven print that adds a playful quality to a tailored look.

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When in doubt, invest in neutrals.

A great pair of shoes can go a long way
& by purchasing them in variations of brown, black, & blue
you can literally wear them with anything.
(but never brown shoes with a black belt)
Jonathan purchased the same shoe in both navy & gray
because they were so damn snazzy & comfortable.

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Do not fear outerwear.
Jackets & blazers can really complete a look
and there are ways to not look silly in a vest.
This particular one came with the most amazing jacket from a certain safari-inspired GAP Inc. brand.
(Banana Republic)
Jonathan was hesitant to trust my advice on this piece,
but since he made the investment he has worn the jacket every day & loves it.
A quilted vest in an earthy hue feels more outdoorsy than nerdy
and a color-neutral, like olive, is a refreshing alternative to black.

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Turn to nature & the urban landscape for interesting color schemes.
I love the warmth of red bricks from old Raleigh architecture,
especially when contrasted with the green of foliage.
Thus the combination of a evergreen vest & wine button-down.
The same concept is applied to this gray & sage ensemble.
A slightly preppy look contrasts nicely with the decaying industrial environment.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by color (or print),
tone it down by layering a neutral piece that allows the contrasting fabric to accent the outfit.

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Embrace style.
Contrary to what you may have heard, it is ok to put some effort into what you wear.
Style is the first impression
& how you speak to the world without using your voice.
Go ahead, wear your favorite color! Even if it is vibrant or quirky.
Do structure and feel relaxed.
I promise, there is a balance between looking profession & feeling at ease.
Be inspired by your interests & the world around you for unique interpretations of classic menswear style.

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Follow @Style_Asset on Instagram to see more from this shoot
& check out past editorials (+ photos of my cat).

Need fashion advice?
Comment below!
I’d love to start an Ask the Asset series.

Big thank you to Keisha Louise for capturing this on film
& to Jonathan for his Blue Steel impressions.

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Decoding the Code

This past Sunday I had a work event to attend
and this coming weekend I have another.

The first thought that went through my mind when I discovered I would be going was
“What should I wear?!”

You are a liar if this has never happened to you.

Thankfully there is a dress code specified on the invitation.

This is helpful, right?
Not exactly…

The title of the first event contained the phrases “casino night” & “pirate ball.”
I was so confused.
The invite said “cocktail attire,” which I take to mean something short & sassy,
but the casino aspect made it sound more glam than your typical party.
And then the pirate part??

I went to my favorite consignment boutique, Revolver, in search of something unique and suitable.
Lucky enough I found the perfect thing (and for only $20!):
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I swear, the picture does not do this dress justice.
It is a gold-on-black jersey knit slinky number with a flamenco hem and an open back.
I styled it with simple black suede heels, a low tousled ‘do, & champagne diamonds set in yellow gold.
This is the ideal balance between glamorous, but not too fancy, with a splash of pirate attitude.

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Once I arrived, I noticed guests wearing an array of styles
ranging from little sequin dresses appropriate for NYE to full on ball gowns topped off with fur.
This  really was an event where almost anything was acceptable.

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Overall, the event was a blast & I was able to spend time with co-workers outside of work!Friends

When in doubt, do your best.
But more importantly, be yourself & feel comfortable in what you’re wearing.
Confidence is more fabulous than any dress, so if you’re not big on dresses wear a sleek pantsuit.
If you’re not the flashy type then go with a classic LBD.
I like to think of the dress code as a general guideline, rather than a set of rules, because dressing up should be fun!

The next event to attend is the Ballet Ball, which I am so excited about.
The invitation stated it was a black tie event, which means ball gowns for the ladies,
but being that it is an artistic crowd I feel I have a little more creative freedom.

When you read “ball gown” or “formal” do not be scared.
This does not automatically imply some beaded, sparkly dress reminiscent of high school prom.
These days you could make a summer maxi dress look formal with the right accessories.

I wanted something that I could wear again, but was undoubtedly beautiful.
I turned to Anthropology in search of a dress with a simple shape, pretty print, & luxurious fabric.
After some online browsing, I came across a silk t-shirt gown with a watercolor floral print.
It was brilliant. It was becoming. It was perfect for the ballet.
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After finding the dress,
I was reminded of these amazing beaded Prada mules at Revolver that I had been lusting over for months.
I decided this was the perfect occasion to justify buying them.
The heel height was just right and the delicate details dressed up the silk gown.
Sometimes with a full-length dress you’ll never see the shoes,
but my dress has a slit up the side, allowing a flash of footwear as I walk.

I plan to accessorize with strands of black Tahitian pearls.
The color of black pearls has an iridescent quality that plays off the color scheme of the dress.
Furthermore, black pearls are an updated version of the classic white pearls,
lending an overall understated sophistication to the ensemble.
I’ll also cary a small, black beaded clutch to tie in the embellishments on my heels.

For hair, I’m thinking a soft curl with a center part.
Makeup will be simple; a sleek black liner and plum lipstick.
Lastly, I’ll go from car to event wearing a short, black, beaded cape.

Look out for this ensemble in a few days!
I’ll be sure to post a selfie (or two) to Instagram 🙂
@Style_Asset

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Dressers & Drawers

When it comes to your closet,
there are so many storage options and ways to organize that it can feel a bit overwhelming.
The first thing to remember when revamping your wardrobe space is to relax.
It should be fun, not stressful!

Start with one area at a time,
and as you reorder your garments consider what you want to keep
and what should not be placed back.

If you’re unsure what should go VS what should stay,
enlist a friend to help (or ask me!)
I love to work on wardrobes with a glass of wine & upbeat background music.

This post focuses on my drawer space,
which consists of everything I don’t want to hang up.
Things that don’t need to be hung: sweaters & cardigans (gravity can actually change the shape of knits over time),
leggings, some T-shirts (ones for work I’ll hang, but vintage lazy day shirts get folded), under garments (duh), gym clothes, and swimwear.
All of these things can be found dispersed between my two dressers.

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(I scored this amazing 1920’s chest of drawers on Craig’s List! If you keep your eyes open, you can find some real treasures. My MCM Bassett dresser was found & restored by the fabulous Kelly at Retro Modern Furnishings in Raleigh)

You have to do what works best for you.
I group like items together, then organize by color,
so all of my black/grey socks are in one drawer and my colored socks in another.
If you have the space, separating one step further provides easy access to what you need.

As for my sweaters & cardigans, all of these are together by color.
My reason for this is that you could wear a cardigan as a sweater,
so I treat them as one category.
I find it best to store folded clothing like a filing cabinet: from front to back.
Stacking from the bottom up is just asking for a mess when you go digging for sweaters.
By “filing” your garments, you can see everything clearly and nothing is disturbed when you remove one piece.
This method can be done with just about anything: leggings, shirts, sweaters, shorts, and even scarves.

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You may have noticed that I display my jewelry on my dresser & chest.
I’m the type of person that has to see things to know they are there.
Hiding my jewelry means I go for the basics (diamond studs and a gold ring)
rather than exploring my plethora of exciting gems.
I wanted a way to organize my jewelry while still being able to see everything.
Laying items out flat takes up too much surface area,
so I turned to Amazon in search of lucite boxes and jewelry drawers!
Mission accomplished:
I was able to order a few boxes, a few stackable drawers, and a tall necklace tree!
There are so many styles of clear jewelry boxes available
and it is great to be able to intermix items for a custom display.

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When you make things pretty they become decoration instead of an eye sore.
Think of your room as a mini boutique.
If you are going to have garments and accessories out in the open
make sure they are displayed nicely and neatly.

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The same rules apply to jewelry & accessories:
group like items together, by color.
All of my watches are together, all of my broaches in the same place,
and I sorted my go-to pieces into silver & gold.

My final drawer storage unit is the least attractive, but it does the job.
Although I hope to replace it soon, once I find the right piece,
it was an inexpensive option that is still functional.
It is within this glorified tupperware tower that I keep my gloves, belts, and scarves.

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I even have adequate surface space to display my favorite summer clutch and vintage velvet purse!
What’s in that blue box, you ask?
More scarves, but of the silk variety.
I found this beautiful old Tiffany&Co. box that is the perfect size to fold these delicate textiles.

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What are some of your favorite storage solutions?
Do you have a method to your wardrobe madness?

Need assistance getting your closet into shape?
Ask me anything
or have me over to help!
I love revamping closets to make them more visually appealing & functional.
This is the year to start your spring cleaning with your clothing!

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All That Glitters

All that glitters is not always gold.
Sparkle & shine comes in every color of the rainbow
and it’s not only intended for fancy nights out on the town.

Sequins & shimmer can be incorporated into any style, for any occasion.
Gone are the rules that claim beading is for prom dresses
and metallic thread is totally 80’s.

Here are five ways to sparkle day or night, rain or shine:

Let’s shake things up a bit:
everyone knows that sequins are perfect for a sassy evening look,
but who says they have to be in dress form?
I love this Karina Grimaldi romper; perfect for dancing your ass off without the risk of revealing too much.
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Rompers may have been at their peek of popularity two years ago,
but I took this piece back to the 70’s for a rocker glam feel.
Styled with fringe boots by Lusso Malena and a skinny metallic scarf á la Mick Jagger,
you’re sure to be the coolest chick at the bar.
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When the sun rises on Saturday morning, you don’t have to stop shining.
For an equally intriguing day look, try layering subtle shimmer pieces for a dreamy vibe.
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Here we have a sky blue Miu Miu jacket, paired with an iridescent sequin top,
layered over a Missoni knit dress, worn over shimmer silver leggings.
Metallic sneakers and statement jewelry are the finishing touches to this futuristic ensemble.
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Some of my favorite pieces are those that include color.
Light reflecting off a synthetic material gives the hue a brilliant glow
which is especially fascinating with prints — sort of a 3D effect.
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A T-shirt is transformed into something magical when it’s done in an abstract swirl of teal & indigo sequins,
& it’s a nice contrast to the dull shine of brass hardware on an olive-drab jacket.
(PS: I’m obsessed with these bullet-shell earrings by Good Girls Studio)
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Camo pants by J. Crew are a more defined version of this print, tying the whole look together.
Throw on a pair of creepers for a bit of attitude & you’re ready to take on the world.

If you like the challenge of mixing prints, keep the shine refined.
Too much bling on a bright ensemble can get crazy in a bad way.
Stick to a color scheme and incorporate little details of sparkle.
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This Catherine Malindrino top has translucent sequins highlighting sections of the appliqué print.
It plays perfectly with the woven Per Se pencil skirt.
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This ensemble is so 60’s mod, done in a modern way.
Not only can you wear it to the office, but it looks lovely on a first date or to a wedding.

For those who enjoy menswear-inspired style,
look for rich textiles in neutral colors & glittering accents.
A beaded collar adds polish to a J. Crew herringbone sweater,
while olive satin slacks & pewter Madewell flats create an air of professionalism.
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Balance the menswear with unexpected glam accessories,
like smokey crystal earrings and a vintage leopard print coat.
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The color pallet is dark enough to wear out for dinner, yet light enough for daytime activities.
It is masculine enough to be taken seriously, but playful enough to not be taken too seriously.
Basically, if you ever doubted the outfit/occasion spectrum for glitter, sequins, and satin,
now you know there really are no exceptions.

Shine on.

Thank you so much to Keisha Louise (Photography & HUM),
Revolver Consignment Boutique (all clothing & accessories),
and Gabby (our beautiful model)!

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The Fresh Cut

Ask any lady and she’ll tell you that the day she goes to the salon is the best day ever.
You could be in your gym clothes, with no makeup on, and that new ‘do makes you feel like a million bucks!
A new cut & color makes you want to go run errands just to show off your fabulous hair
and you wouldn’t mind going to a restaurant by yourself ’cause damn you look good.

A new hairstyle can do a lot for a girl’s morale
and with the new year just starting out, my BFF and I decided to visit my favorite stylist for a fresh look.
We each went in very different directions, but I think its appropriate considering where our styles were coming from and what we hoped to get out of 2015.

Here’s what we looked like in October 2014:
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Between then and our appointment our hair had grown out (and so had our roots) and the color had faded.
Basically, we were ready for a change!

Keisha wanted to transition into a lighter shade of brown. Her previous color was very dark and harsh against her porcelain complexion. She wanted to get back to a more natural, professional color that would allow her to transition into a lighter, honey brown over time.

As for me, I had spent all my life playing it safe with my hair color. This year, I wanted to have fun (yet remain professional) by incorporating a subtle color, like rosé. I felt that this hue would not be too obnoxious in the workplace, but would allow me to add personal flair to my appearance.

So last Thursday we made our way over to Douglas Carroll Salon to visit my favorite stylist, Bren Anderson.
Bren is seriously a hair genius. If I am ever doubting my hair idea or need a new perspective, Bren is there with words of wisdom and his magic scissors. He knows how to work with my (or anyone’s) hair type, face shape, and lifestyle.
Upon arrival, we chatted for a few about what we were going for and he laid out the game plan. Keisha and I took our places in the hydraulic chairs and were ready for action!

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First comes the processing to take our hair lighter.

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Then Bren mixes up the color!

One of my favorite parts that was not photographed is when they shampoo your hair. It is so relaxing!

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Finally, color is done and it’s time for a cut.
Bren can be a bit of a perfectionist, but that’s why I love him.
He likes to cut the basic shape/length while the hair is wet, then go back after it’s dried to do the details.
Bren never lets you walk out without your hair perfectly styled.
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Finally, after five hours in the chair, we’re done! Don’t we look amazing.

But we’re not done. It’s time for a mini make-up session!
Douglas Carroll Salon offers a variety of services, from cuts & color to massages & facials.
We met with make-up master Betty Mekonnen, currently the most published make-up artist in America.
Betty is wonderful. Next time you have a wedding to attend or a big date, go see her!
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After leaving the salon, we met up with our good friend & coworker Megan for a little photo shoot.
Here are some of my favorite shots.
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As you can see, our ensembles reflect our new hair ‘do.
I selected an outfit of soft pastels to match my rosé hair
and Keisha dressed in a neutral color pallet to highlight her lighter locks.
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We had a lot of silly shots in between the serious ones. When you’re shooting with your best friend, it’s hard to keep a straight face the whole time. Some of the laughs were fake, that then led to real laughs. Other times we were simply having fun.
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And we can’t forget the shoes! Keisha wears Sam & Libby for Target and I’m wearing Cole Haan.
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We took all of the photographs at Fred Fletcher Park. It is a beautiful area with winding walkways and two really cool historic buildings. We shot a few images in front of this old home.

All in all, it was an exciting day and we couldn’t wait to show off our fresh cuts at work the following day.
Next time you go in for a hair cut, try giving your stylist a general direction or parameters and let he/she do what they do best. Trust is essential in a relationship with your stylist. Your hair is in their hands! Furthermore, honesty is a must. Do not fib about your hair care routine or your satisfaction.

I absolutely loved what Bren did with my hair, but I left wanting more pink.
He understood and told me to let him know if I wanted to amp up the color.
Since I had to keep work in mind, it was better to start subtle rather than go crazy and it be far from professional.
So yesterday I went back and he added more color! The end result was exactly what I was looking for: pink, but not too pink, and noticeable but not in-your-face.

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