Styling

Technicolor Girl

She’s a technicolor girl living in a full, fast-paced, sometimes overwhelming, technicolor world. We pride ourselves on being busy, but often forget to stop and smell the flowers.

This Spring I’m holding myself to a resolution to stay motivated and not let my 9-5 (or rather 9-7, sometimes 8) drain me of my creative energies. You’ve seen it; my consistent posts giving way to infrequent posts, then an unannounced hiatus, only to return with a promise to be present that eventually gives in to the same disappearance. Well no more! I’m here and ready to share all of my stylish wisdom and fashionable photo shoots.

Step 1 is teaming up with other motivated and creative minds to propel you forward. I recently had the honor of working with the super talented photographer, Terrence Jones. We brought in my BFF, Keisha, to get HMU on fleek and the most genuine model I’ve ever met, Mara of 3BBM.

Step 2 is not taking the easy way out. Today’s fashionistas think that wearing all black makes them cool and hip, when really it is just a cop-out. I mean, you do you Boo, but do you really think a wardrobe of black keeps you creative? No. Black is easy. That’s why I’ve been all about some color play. This shoot has a hint of neutrals, but is primarily an exploration in color schemes. Inspired by the youth culture of the 70’s, I hope you enjoy this garden of hues! (Thank you Revolver Boutique for the fab clothes & accessories)

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Emilio Pucci called; he LOVES this skirt!

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Bohemian Safari doesn’t have to be all khaki. I’m obsessed with the contrast of this brushed silk coral dress with high-shine interior.

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Everyone needs an orange hat in their accessory arsenal, right?! Shout out to Good Girls Studio for awesome one-of-a-kind pieces like this necklace.

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Mixing prints is a great way to explore color. The trick is keeping the palettes the same and changing up the print scale. This ensemble is glamourous athletic – perfect for running errands while looking like a model off duty.

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Can we take a moment to appreciate this cobalt blue winged liner? Thanks.

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Fashion is fun: don’t take yourself too seriously. We love color, but black never hurt (everything in moderation). Use it to add a graphic punch to an artsy look.

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An ensemble of color doesn’t require complicated layering or color mixing. A complementary color scheme makes an impact, even with a minimalist aesthetic.

0164 Mara in Color 2016.jpgDon’t be sad that I’m shunning an all-black uniform. Get excited for the endless possibilities of color! Explore your schemes (analogous, complementary, split complementary, triadic, tetradic) and test out your print mixing skills (florals and stripes is an easy introduction). Have fun this spring and don’t forget to smell the flowers.

PS: Follow Style Asset on Instagram for more pictures and a look #BTS

 

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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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Wardrobing

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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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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We’re All Mad Here

What do the Scotch, Irish, and English all have in common? Besides England’s frequent efforts to invade their neighbors, all three cultures have a plaid history. The plaid print arose for symbolic purposes, rather than attempts to be on-trend, but stayed in style due to various cultural movements that evolved in the centuries and decades to follow.

Plaids come in all colors and sizes, and these elements help to tell a story. Traditional plaids, or tartans, were used to differentiate between clans or regional groups of people. This purpose of identity comes as no surprise when you consider that the punks of England’s late 1970’s adopted the print with a rebellious intent. In the modern fashion world, you can see plaid being used by avant garde designers such as Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood to pay homage to their past.

This unique print has also been adapted for a more classic environment. Take school uniforms, for example, and their preppy interpretation of plaid. Mix this print with a white button-up and smart shoes and the print goes from edgy to sophisticated. On the flip side, the plaid school uniform has also become a sex-symbol (thanks to Britany’s “Hit Me Baby One More Time”) and a common Halloween costume choice.

With so many incarnations of plaid, it’s evident that this ancient print has been able to sustain itself in the ever-changing fashion atmosphere. The following looks demonstrate four ways to wear plaid, each with it’s own take on this classic print.

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GLAM
Seeing as plaid has a more masculine history, I wanted to shake things up a bit and add some glamour to this utilitarian fabric. I am obsessed with this Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti dress, complete with it’s own waist capelet. Throw on an actual capelet and you’ve got drama — add some jewels and little leather gloves and you’ve got a statement.

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GRUNGE
Grunge may have began in the mid-80’s, but it is obsessed with this 16th century textile (usually in the form of a flannel shirt). I’m not one for the frumpy, so I took it upon myself to modernize this style with a sports bra and skinny jeans. The result is sexy, but still cool enough to hang with the guys.

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PUNK
To the untrained eye punk may look like grunge, but in both music and fashion they are very different. Channel your inner Sid Vicious with stove-pipe plaid pants and metallic accents. When in doubt, look for pieces with buckles and/or zippers and pair with black. Warning: outfit must be worn with attitude!

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Thanks to Ms. Spears and certain anime series, the school girl ensemble has become a fantasy for many boys. Instead of playing in to this sexist ideal, I decided to call it out in a more stylish way. A men’s tux shirt and an oversized safety pin add toughness to this ensemble, which is off-set by the ultra-girly accessories; Tous bear earrings and bracelet with bright blue platforms that resemble the classic Mary Janes. The low, sleek bun and longer hem-line work to give the look a more sophisticated quality. I guess what I’m getting at is, if you’re going to wear plaid in a preppy manner take care not to play into uncouth stereotypes.

That’s the great thing about a plaid print: you can style it however you want! There is no singular trend or fiber that defines this textile. Plaid lends itself to so many items and fashions that it is easy to wear regardless of your personal style. Try incorporating a little into your winter (or spring!) wardrobe and you won’t be disappointed.

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Going Green

If I were to ask you to list some neutral colors, you’d probably mention black, brown, and white. But what if I told you that navy, raisin, and olive can also be neutrals? It may sound crazy, so let me explain.

Recently I’ve been obsessed with this pair of soft green cotton twill pants from GAP and you’d be surprised at how versatile they are! Wear them with colors, other neutrals, for spring and for fall. The options are endless. Here, let me show you…

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Green pants can be paired with other neutrals for a very subtle & chic ensemble. I love the touch of leopard print seen in the ballet flats of the first outfit and the pop of orange in the second look. When playing with an all-neutral color pallet it is nice to throw in an unexpected element, like a print or a bright hue (used sparingly).

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Do not be afraid of other colors when wearing green pants. I play off of a complimentary color scheme in the first example by pairing these slacks with a burnt-orange print top. Some bronze accessories and a loose-knitted cardigan make for a soft, earthy ensemble. The second image draws inspiration from the scarf – you do not have to match the colors of a print exactly to make it look good, just stay with the same intensity (bright VS light) of the hues. The third image takes on an analogous color scheme with moss green, mint green, and a pale blue. Since this shade of green is so muted, it works well to highlight pastel hues without looking childish. Lastly, I put a spin on the color/neutral dynamic by making white the stand-out color. The core of this ensemble is monochromatic green which allows for the white accents to take center stage to complete the look.

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I love mixing prints. It is easier than it looks and a pair of green pants is the perfect place to start. I have a lot of green in my closet already, so this came naturally, but if you have another color that acts as a neutral for you then the same idea can be applied. When mixing prints, pay attention to the scale, color scheme, and type of print. For example, in the first outfit I mix two geometric prints (plaid & stripes): this works because the prints have a 2:1 scale ratio and the color pallet is limited to three main colors (white, navy, and green). In the second look I mix an organic print (floral) with a geometric print: again, the color pallet is the same and the prints are in good proportion. An easy way to start playing with prints is to work the secondary print as a contrasting accent, like at the cuff of your sleeve or as a scarf. When in doubt, florals & stripes are always a favorite of mine!

 

 

 

Still not sure about green pants? Send in your questions & I’ll answer!

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Dressing for the Holidays

We’ve approached that time of year where just about every weekend holds a holiday party. It all starts with Thanksgiving, or “friends-giving,” and ends with the night of all nights, New Years Eve. If you’re the type of person to start gift shopping in November, then you may also want to start outfit planning. In this digital age, the last thing you want is the same outfit appearing in every party picture.

Here are a few ideas to get you started…

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This little gold dress used to be floor-length. A vintage piece I purchased for a New Years celebration several years ago, I later decided it would be more useful as two pieces; a party dress and a knee-length skirt. I like to toughen up something this glamorous with a leather jacket. Not only does it keep you warm on cold winter nights, but it prevents the look from turning into a pageant ensemble. I chose minimal accessories and hair&makeup styling for the same reason: you have to balance the sparkly with the simple.

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I inherited this gold lamé skirt from my mother and I absolutely love wearing it. I followed the same guidelines as my previous picture, off-setting the gold with some leather, but did so in a more elegant way. You don’t have to show a lot of leg and cleavage to be sexy. This ensemble is sleek and refined without being boring. Oh, and a red lip never hurt!

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Attending a more casual affair? You can’t go wrong with a sweater. I love this moss green color, as it makes my eyes pop, but it is also a less obnoxious holiday hue. Pair it with black jeans and some gold accessories and you have a perfectly understated holiday ensemble. I did add a little bit of fun with snowflake earrings: subtle, yet festive!

*On a side note, turtlenecks can be tricky depending on your body type. I learned early on that they can make my bust-line appear larger than it is, throwing off my proportions. This sweater works because a) it is a darker color (read: minimizing) and b) I have my hair pulled back (so the combination of the neckline and full hair doesn’t overpower my face). If you can’t do a turtleneck, look for an open neckline like a v-neck or scoop neck. Those who are petite on top can benefit from a brightly colored turtleneck, or a top with added detail (like ruffles or pleating).

 

Still need outfit inspiration for your upcoming holiday event? Take a look at some of the party-worthy ensembles I’ve created in the past. Remember: when in doubt, throw on a LBD and some sparkly jewelry!

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