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One of the amazing aspects of my work is that I get to meet so many people in all facets of life.  It keeps things interesting and makes for enjoyable conversation.  There is no lack of this on a photo shoot, so many fabulous and creative people come together for some wonderful images to share with you.  To make matters even better, this photo shoot was for Retrose Management’s remarkable #GoTeal campaign benefiting Safe Place of Austin; April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and they want to help bring as much visibility to it as possible.  My objective as the stylist for this shoot was to show individuality yet cohesion and strength in women for the cause.  I hope that I did it justice.  It was a pleasure working with everyone on this team!  Here is a little taste of the campaign and some #BTS (behind the scenes shots of the day).

Wardrobe

Accessories

Hanging Around

Mariah Directing Models

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Feet Only

Posing

All Posing

Checking Out the Shot

Birthday Shot

Final

Photographer: lindsey j baker photography
Graphic Design: SUREFIRE Marketing
Studio: Be Moments
Styling: Shell personal styling + closet therapy
Makeup: Molly Makeup, Hair & Make-Up BY Melissa Diane, Freelance Makeup Artist: Autumn Duris, KP Makeupartist
Models: Maranda Segovia, Vivian Stiles, Cassandra, Mariah, Jamie, Camille Khali, Amanda West

Make sure to follow the #GoTeal campaign on social media!

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Courtney & James +1

Styling photo shoots never gets old for me.  Taking something that tends to be stressful for people and turning it into something fabulous is very rewarding and I love that the moment is captured in time for them.  This particular shoot was very cold and wet, but Courtney and James toughed it out until the side ways mist and dark fell upon us!    You could tell they are in love and so excited about what is yet to come with their new baby boy.  This maternity shoot was laid back and fun (make sure you scroll until the last photo on this one)!  I know how much I loved it when Sherry Hammonds captured my pregnancy and that I have those beautiful images to look back on, I am sure that Courtney and James are just as elated; and I am happy to have been a part of it.  I was also fortunate to be able to use some fabulous pieces from Chesley Mae (make sure to check out this local designer’s jewelry) for this shoot!  I say it every time, but I will say it again, I am nothing without my amazing clients-so thank you Courtney and James for trusting my with styling this important photo shoot!

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LoVe

I recently received the most recent Louis Vuitton catalog, I am sure this has everything to do with the fact that I have purchased from them in the past (as well as my husband on my behalf) and it got me thinking about how some people snicker at the fact that I own such an expensive bag and some people totally get it.  Let me start with how I acquired my first Louis Vuitton (a Speedy 30).  I LoVe bags, I mean I have an issue with accessories in general, but I really love a fabulous bag-which is why I had never put a lot of thought into the large investment a Louis Vuitton would take; I was a quantity girl-the more the merrier-and that rule obviously wouldn’t apply if I had expensive taste.  Then one day I got the itch and it inevitably had to be scratched!  So, I started looking at styles, high end consignment stores and weighing all of my options.  What I came up with is that I wanted my first LV to be a classic LV style and be mine!  Hmmm, this wasn’t going to be a small investment, but determination prevails as we all know!  I am lucky in my profession that I collect a lot of Nordstrom Notes so I saved them and found a work around to use those notes in the Louis Vuitton store in the Chicago Nordstrom (if you decide you want to do this, please don’t tell them I sent you as it took some finagling!).  I started to save my pennies…or Notes in this case and made the purchase once I had accomplished the goal of enough notes to pay for the bag.  Let me tell you this felt good!  I had accomplished a goal and it was through work nonetheless.  I received the beautiful bag a day before we left for vacation so I of course promptly changed bags!!

Let me get on with the point here.  When deciding to purchase this bag and explaining to my husband why I “needed” it-here is what I came up with:

1) Louis Vuitton has been around forever and isn’t a trend item, it will stand the test of time.

2) If and when (which I did) I have a daughter, I can pass this bag on to her.

3) It is an investment piece.

4) We both have things we like to spend money on, mine just happens to be a bag.

4) I wanted one!

My case had been made and after all, we weren’t spending cash on the item, so he agreed to not disagree with the purchase!  So many times I hear people snicker or object to such a purchase.  That is okay, you don’t have to agree with my obsessions or purchases but please keep this in mind- I probably don’t share your all of your interests or invest in the same pricey purchases that you do!  Electronics, cars, sports/sports equipment and jewelry just to name a few are large purchases that many make yet people often do not equate these purchases to an item such as a Louis Vuitton.  Why?  Does it bring you joy-check?!  Do you intend on keeping it for an extended period of time if not a lifetime-check?! Do you use it very regularly/daily-check?! Does it not go out of style or change models often-check?! Some of the above mentioned items don’t necessarily fit all of these criteria the way a Louis Vuitton or other classic bag do.  My husband for instance loves his electronics and he admits that these go out of date much more frequently than my large purchases- so he just calls it “even” and doesn’t complain!

The bottom line, let’s respect each other’s LoVes and move on!  You LoVe golf clubs and fishing and I LoVe fabulous bags and clothes; together we keep commerce alive!

My small but growing collection.  The card holder was a birthday gift from my husband!

My small but growing collection. The card holder was a birthday gift from my husband!

Alma PM in Noir Epi is one of my faves!  I also love the Noir Epi in the Speedy but they are not making it right now.

Alma PM in Noir Epi is one of my faves! I also love the Noir Epi in the Speedy but they are not making it right now.

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Rant Response: ++

UPDATE: Rant Chic is at it again and has added 4 no goes after 30 to the list, so as the responsible blogger I am, I am responding with my thoughts.  If you read “Rant Response: 20 Things…“, read on-if not click that link first to catch yourself up and then read on!

21. Victoria’s Secret PINK: What you do in the comfort of your home is totally up to you!  Once you step out the front door, is another story.  So wear VS PINK as pj’s or lounge clothes in your home day & night-that is none of my concern or anyone else’s (except maybe your loved one’s) but once you step out that front door, I agree, save the PINK for the college students (and younger).

22. Blue eyeshadow: This is a tricky one, as in most things, there isn’t a blanket yes or no-blue eyeshadow has to be worn on the correct person and the correct way which can be very difficult-but certainly not unattainable.  This is one of those ask the experts, or at least a friend, before you wear it items.  Now, Rant Chic goes on to say that those over 30 shouldn’t wear eyeshadow at all-say what?!  Even if you were to say that the over 30’s shouldn’t wear blue or “colors” how can you say they shouldn’t wear a neutral color to act as powder or color neutralizer of sorts?  As an avid eyeshadow wearer, I not only don’t understand this “rule” at all, I obviously don’t relate either! Who can argue with the sexiest in the city?!

SJP in blue eyeshadow

23. Bedazzled anything: I think this “rule” is improperly titled.  As anyone over 30 reading this remembers and the younger ones may know as well, bedazzling is a term coined in the 90’s, maybe even 80’s and was mostly in reference to “do-it-yourself” rhinestone clothes.  I do not think it is fair to lump all bling in, in this category as Rant Chic says “leave the rhinestones for a tween”.  Now I agree that heavily rhinestoned items are just simply out of style and don’t have much to do with one’s age but like with most rules, there are exceptions.I love this sweater from Beehive!

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24. Graphic Tees: This is one of those, “you have to know what you are doing” items similarly to blue eyeshadow.  Graphic tees can be a great addition to the appropriate outfit but it is something that you really have to know how to accessorize and wear to make sure it doesn’t look young.  It isn’t a “you can’t” it’s a “you have to know how” and I think Rant Chic just assumes you don’t know how! Image courtesy of InStyle.

Graphic Tees

As I mentioned in my previous blog, there are lots of grey areas in fashion and it something that is unique to the occasion and person-which is why I am generally not a fan of saying you should “never wear ‘this’ “-although you may hear the words slide off my tongue from time to time! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts this time around!

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Rant Response: 20 Things…

Recently a friend tagged me in a post on facebook that led to this blog post on Rant Chic, and she asked me what my thoughts are on it.  I think my “thoughts” on this one are worth a blog post!  This blog post, which is worth a click if nothing else but to reference what we are discussing here on my blog, outlines 20 items this writer thinks women shouldn’t wear after the age of 30.  Let me preface the below blog response with the note that everyone obviously has and is entitled to their own opinions on the subject, this is a reflection of my opinions as a stylist that works with clients from all walks of life, as well as all shapes, sizes and ages.  Let me also say that people often ask me “can I wear this?” and my response is often more than they bargained for because there is rarely a “yes” or “no” answer to that question-there is generally a grey area when it comes to style which is why I am rarely a fan of “you should never ever wear this again”.  Fashion is circumstantial, often an interpretation of an event, mood or situation and is something that changes from person to person, possibly day to day.  So let’s get to it, tit for tat if you will, my response to Rant Chic’s 20 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30.

1. Leopard Print

This Gucci Leopard print dress proves several things: leopard can be elegant as well as come in many styles and colors.

This Gucci Leopard print dress proves a few things: leopard can be elegant as well as come in many styles and colors.

No one said you have to be head to....well just toe in leopard.  These Tom Fords show restraint but give interest to any outfit!

No one said you have to be head to….well just toe in leopard. These Tom Fords show restraint but give interest to any outfit!

2. Sparkly Pants: Because New Year’s Eve is not the only time to have a little fun.  Should you wear sequin pants to the grocery store?  Probably not, unless you are on your way to a party, but they are fun a a great way to dress up a t-shirt for a night out.

Trouve Sequin Pants

3. Over sized Sunglasses: This one is tough-how do you define “over sized”, either way I think it is way too general of a statement, this is one of those things that should be tailored to the wearer. Last time I checked, Rachel Zoe is not only a stylish woman but one of the highest acclaimed stylists.

Rachel-Zoe in Sunglasses

4. Non matching socks: Okay, on this one, I got nothing-at age 30 your socks should probably match unless you are wearing a costume…or tall boots and no one is going to see them (shhh, I won’t tell)!!

5. Hoop Earrings:  Seriously? Why not?!  This is a very blanket statement, in my opinion.  Hoops come in all different shapes, sizes and styles.  Like most fashion, the style of your hoop can mature with you.  Lots of celebrities are wearing hoops right now.  I recently met a fabulous jewelry designer that makes some stunning hoops-check out Sarah Briggs Jewelry. Again…

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6. Furry Boots:  Hmmm, I am a sucker for fur so I am not the best gauge of this one, but what if you are going somewhere cold?!  This is another one like leopard where it has to be worn properly and with the correct restraint if necessary because I do agree if worn improperly they can definitely read “young”-again that pesky grey area! Nothing about these boots say “young” to me.

Prada Fur Boots

7. Furry Anything: Hold the phone!  This style has been around for ever and ever for a reason, just use good judgement!  If anyone doesn’t want theirs, I’ll send you my address!

Faux Fur Jacket

8. Tube Tops: Since tube tops & crop tops are similar and crop tops are right on trend right now, it is just another one of those things that you should use good judgement on.  No one is saying that you should wear a bikini top to the bar in your 30’s-well, at least I am not saying that!

Miguelina Lace Crop Top

9. Short Dresses:  Again, grey area, define “short”.  Leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination…okay that is probably short, above the knee-not so much but others may consider this “short” after a certain age but certainly not 30!  Wear the appropriate length dress to the appropriate event.  Also, if you want to wear a shorter dress, leave something to the imagination by not having it low cut (etc.) as well.

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10. Mini Skirts:  Mini and short usually fall under different categories.  In our 30’s there is probably rarely a time to wear a true mini skirt.

11. Overalls: I know this is a very controversial one.  I was very unsure of them but I tried them on and was pleasantly surprised.  Does that mean they are for everyone?  Of course not, this is one of those “you have to try them on” items.

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12. Crop Tops: See #8

13. Wearing the brand American Eagle:  This is a brand that mostly lends itself to a younger demographic, if nothing else because they logo their items at nauseoum and people associate the brand with younger people but like with most things there can be a grey area-but I do have to agree that mostly we should leave American Eagle to the 23 and unders!  There is that pesky fur again though, but I beg you to tell me where this is from if I didn’t tell you!

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14. “Booty Shorts”: Defined by your booty hanging out, I agree these either need to be left in your early 20’s or maybe never worn at all.

15. Old Sneakers: Once again, I must agree.  If you have a favorite old pair-they need to be saved for work around the house.  This is a great example of one my fave sayings “public is public”, saying “well, I just wear them to run to the grocery store”-really? Isn’t that one of THE most public places you go and isn’t it where you are most likely to run into people you know (in your own neighborhood)?  Out with the worn out and in with the fresh pair of sneakers!

16. Cheap Bras: I think what the author of Rant Chic means by this is ill fitting bras, not the actual price you pay for them.  As a general rule though, a well fitting bra is a little more expensive and what you are paying for often times is the expertise of the person fitting you.  Frequently one of the first affairs I handle with a new client, is getting them in the proper undergarments, especially bras.  A well fitting bra not only effects the way your clothes fit and look, but it also effects your health in the form of your back, neck and other body parts.  This is an important item at ANY age!

17. Glitter Eye Shadow: Should you walk into work with your make-up from the night before-not so much?!  Should you have fun when you go out with the girls and wear ONE super glittery color with a matte liner-duh?!  Glitter eye make-up is not for any age, every day or every night but it is for the fun occasion, worn properly.

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18. Platform flip-flops: I honestly wish I had one nice thing or even a rebuttal here, but I have nothing!!  I am not a fan of the platform flip-flops, for me it is not based on age, it is based on the fact that they went out of style 10 years ago.  Sorry platform flip-flop wearers, I personally think it is time to chunk them!

19. Wearing Abercrombie & Fitch (see #13 regarding American Eagle) because the idea/response is the same!

20. Scrunchies: Well, there’s a blast from the past, right?!  This is something that definitely shouldn’t be worn in public at any age-in my humble opinion-BUT because they don’t pull out your hair or leave creases in it nearly as much as other hair ties they are definitely a good item to have around the house when you want to wear your hair up and they are more comfortable!  Who knows, maybe they will make a resurgence some day!

The bottom line is use good judgement and edit yourself daily.  If you are unsure of your judgement ask a friend, they will be honest and generally on your level.  Be the best version of you through your style and just make sure what you are wearing is portraying what you want to say to the world!

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Fuchsia, Vests, Suspenders and Bear Sweaters-Oh My!

You may have seen me share Pinkle Toes Photography post from a few weeks ago on facebook with a sneak peek at this adorable family but I couldn’t help doing a post of my own!  I can not deny you all more images of this family, it would be deprivation on my part.  Michele with Pinkle Toes Photography captured this family in such a relaxed way, which I think is fabulous!  As I mentioned when I shared the post, when I met Misti, the Mom-we instantly clicked.  I had a great time shopping and coordinating with her for their family/newborn photos and I was so happy to see her doing something for herself with everything she had going on, including a sweet newborn son.  I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed working with her.  Misti wears her fuchsia skirt like it was made just for her, I am so glad we found it..and those shoes! The boys bring it to no doubt, vests, suspenders and bear sweaters, oh my!

Be on the lookout for more collaborations with Pinkle Toes Photography very soon!

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Misti & Graham

Whole Family

Misti & Graham & DadDad & Grayson

And then there is this…

Baby Turquoise

I CAN’T!

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No Strangers Here!

These two are no strangers to the blog, Matt & Courtney have been gorgeous subjects for Sherry Hammonds and I multiple times and I just adore working with them.  They are crazy, sexy, fun, always up for anything and don’t take themselves too seriously!  Putting together the looks for this shoot was a blast, Courtney and I always have a fabulous time working together and Matt, well he is such a good sport and loves what we pick out for him!  This time we have the added pleasure of Boulder and Bailey being in the photos, their adorable fur babies, who I happen to love so much!  Don’t be fooled, none of this would come to actualization without the amazing talents of Sherry Hammonds, who as you know is no stranger to my blog either.  I would say we are somewhat of a dream team, all of us work together with such ease.  So without further ado, here is a small sampling of Matt & Courtney’s 2014 holiday shoot.  I hope you are as fond of these images as I am.

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And I will leave you with this cuteness…

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You May Be Surprised!

If you follow me or my blog, you know that I don’t discriminate, I just like fashion!  I shop all kinds of places, but I do have my faves and one of my favorite inexpensive places to shop is H&M.  I like that they cater to all ages, styles, and budgets!  The wonderful thing is you can buy a trendy item guilt free because it won’t be expensive but they also have classic looking pieces that will last you several years if well taken care of.  When looking at their most recent items, there were some pieces I just had to share.

Stop it with this wool cape!  I love that it is short sleeve so it doesn't get too bulky with a sweater under it.  And did you see the price, $30, you can't beat that!

Stop it with this wool cape! I love that it is short sleeve so it doesn’t get too bulky with a sweater under it. And did you see the price, $30, you can’t beat that!

This asymmetrical, wrap front, faux leather skirt can go from business meeting to night out on the town.  Did I mention it's $10 price tag?

This asymmetrical, wrap front, faux leather skirt can go from business meeting to night out on the town. Did I mention its $10 price tag?

I already own a textured sweatshirt very similar to this, so obviously I am partial!  It is casual, cute and comfortable.

I already own a textured sweatshirt very similar to this, so obviously I am partial! It is casual, cute and comfortable.

I seriously have a hard time passing up a faux fur vest!

This bag looks like so much more than $35!

This bag looks like so much more than $35!

I love this long, turtleneck sweater and I love the whole look.  Wear the sweater as shown, with tights or leggings.

I love this long, turtleneck sweater and I love the whole look. Wear the sweater as shown, with tights or leggings.

This ankle bootie is so versatile, I just love the color!

This ankle bootie is so versatile, I just love the color!

Let me know which pieces are must haves for you!

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Fab’ Find!

If you ever read my blog and/or know me at all, you know that I am a fab’rik fanatic!  Last night they hosted a Denim & Dinner event for local bloggers, yes please!  They were filling us in on all of their new Fall fashions in store and especially their new denim.  Well, it is with great excitement I tell you about the star of last night, Spanx denim!!!  Ladies, I can not lie, I was a skeptic but these are some fabulous denim!  They currently come in an indigo blue denim and black denim, I chose the black but really wanted both!  These jeans fit so well and lift my booty like I didn’t think was possible.  They look and feel like regular denim but fit like a comfortable pair of Spanx, yes I used the word “comfortable” and “SPANX” in the same sentence, while still keeping everything in and where it should be, quite frankly, I’m not sure what else you could ask for.  All for $98, and I ask you, how many other designer pair of jeans cost just $98?

The other wonderful part of the evening was meeting and speaking with other local bloggers.  It was a fabulous group of women.

Leslie (the owner of fab’rik Austin) and Rachel (the manager) put on an impressive event!  Below are pictures from the evening as well as may faves in store at fab’rik right now (as always, all items are linked).  Go try on and buy these Spanx denim at fab’rik ASAP, you won’t regret it!

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Spanx skinny black denim, love! I can't wait to wear them ALL THE TIME!

Spanx skinny black denim, love! I can’t wait to wear them ALL THE TIME!

Faux Leather Back Top

This top is simple yet so great on, the faux leather back makes it a standout!

Neutral Pump

One thing to say, $32.

Two tone flat

Wear these everywhere with everything this Fall for $24!

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I’m such a sucker for a stunning scarf, the end!

BB Dakota T Strap Sweater

Simple and easy, yet gorgeous and fabulous!

Spanx faux leather leggings

Spanx has done it again….faux leather leggings. These should be a must buy on everyone’s list. If you don’t know when and how to wear these, call me! (PS. to the supermarket if you have to!)

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Yes, yes, I forever think I live in Colorado, but who doesn’t need this gorgeous vest I ask?!

Be sure to let me know what you think of the Spanx denim once you have tried them (and I am guessing purchased them)!

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A Little Sale Never Hurt Anyone…

It’s Labor Day Weekend, we all know what that means, it’s a good weekend to be a good consumer! Holiday weekends are now pretty much synonymous with “sale”, but hey who is complaining?!  Chances are you have somewhere fun to go and a new outfit would be perfect for the occasion, especially one that is on sale!  Oh and it’s the first weekend of college football, yes I love fashion and football, so you very well may need the perfect outfit for that as well.  With all of that said, maybe you just want to shop a good sale and stock up for Fall.  So here are some great sales happening this weekend and my top picks from them.

Nordstrom is having a clearance sale, up to 40% off through September 7th.

So these may not be perfect for game day this weekend but they will be in the coming months and they will go with any school colors as well as be comfortable.

Trouve Faux Leather Front Leggings

These can be worn so many months of the year, including right now!

 

Dolce Vita Shandy Cutout Sandal

Dolce Vita Shandy Cutout Sandal

So, I know I am picking all black and ‘leather’ items, but can you blame me?  These shorts are awesome and a really great price for leather shorts (less than $100).  Definitely wear them this weekend if you are going somewhere indoors only but they will be awesome for Fall anytime!  A classic short.

 

Halogen Leather Shorts

Halogen Leather Shorts

 

Forever 21 is having an unbelievable sale, buy one get one!  Whether you love these pieces for a season or forever they are worth it!

Throw this dress on with flats or heels, simple earrings, a long necklace and go!

Forever 21 Key Hole Dress

Forever 21 Key Hole Dress

I really like this dress because it can be worn so many ways and will look effortlessly beautiful.

Steve Madden is having the best kind of sale!

Click here for 20% off of your $100 purchase.

Click here for 25% off of your $125 purchase.

Click here for 30% off of your $150 purchase.

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This bootie will go with everything!  I love how it has a slight sheen but nothing over the top, just enough to stand out.

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Romper

Fab’rik is having their Gameday Pop-Up Shop Sale, take 25% off select gameday styles!

I can’t wait to see what items you get!  Make sure to send them to me and I will post them.

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