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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…


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.

hm sequin dress

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.


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!

ae faux fur

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.

glitter shadow

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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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!

fabrik sign sign

ladies talking Leslie Speaking Group

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!


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!)

fur vest off white

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.



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



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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I’ve Got The Blues

I have always been a jeans kind of girl, I love them!  Dress them up, down…all around, I will wear them pretty much any which way and luckily I live in a city where denim is accepted almost anywhere, anytime.  Denim has always been a fashion staple but recently it has made a complete resurgence showing up in all forms.  With Fall coming (what we get of it here in Texas), it makes me even more excited about jeans and denim, all I can think about are the new pairs I have bought and how I want to wear them without dying of heat exhaustion! So without further ado, lets go look at some of my favorite denim items right now.

I have had many people ask me how I feel about the overall trend, and quite frankly I wasn’t sure-until I tried these on.  I really like them!  They are comfortable, cute and I love that they have a skinny leg.  I have been dying to wear them in!  To the overall doubters I say “try them on”, they may not be for you but it is one of those things you will never know until you try.

Distressed Denim Overalls

Keeping with a similar trend, I found these today and WANT them!  Joe’s are always a good denim and you can wear this jumpsuit a million times and ways.


PS. It's on sale...

PS. It’s on sale…

Do not let the words “high rise” mislead you, all it means in this case is “made for women who don’t like low rise”.  These jeans are made for everyone from 17 to 71!  I know, because my Mother bought them and loves them more than any other pair of denim she owns.  I love Joe’s, I have two pair and wear them all of the time.

Joe's Flawless High Rise Skinny

I have tried these flare jeans on, they are fabulous!  The only reason I didn’t buy them is I was pregnant at the time.  Pair these with a great (faux) fur vest and suede boots!

Level 99 Lisbon Flare

Jessica Alba sporting them!

Jessica Alba sporting them!

Can you go wrong with jeans + grey?

Hudson Grey Skinnies

If you have ready my blog before, you probably know that I am big fan of Blank denim, they have cute styles, fit well and are a nice price point.  These combine two fabulous things, skinny and boyfriend!

Blank Skinny Boyfriend

Stella is wearing my new Just Black Boyfriend jeans that I picked up at Beehive last week, go get a pair before they are gone (really great price point)!

Just Black Boyfriend

Denim on denim is definitely on trend.  Pair this top with any of the above!

Treasure & Bond Chambray

I can’t leave the men out! These are awesome because they are denim but look like trousers, men can wear a button down and oxfords and be ready for dinner!  You can even add a vest to change it up!

Joe's Brixton Slim Fit

Guess what?  These are Levi’s!!


And so are these!


And of course, it’s back to school, so the kids too!

The grey is different and cute!

Vince Kids Jeans

Everyone in the family needs a chambray!

Peek Chambray

Does this come in my size?!

Kid's Chambray Vest

What denim are you wearing or which pieces will you be purchasing?

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Do You Like Purple?

I can’t tell you how many times I have had a client tell me “I hate purple (or fill in the blank item)!”, “why, I ask?”-“I don’t know, I just do!”.  Okay, I say, I’m not going to make you buy anything “purple” but I am going to have you try it on!  Why would I have them try it on when they *know* they don’t like “purple”?  Multiple reasons: One is-it happens to the best of us in most areas of life, we get stuck in our ways!  Most of us have our routines and we don’t love straying from them; the same goes for most people with their wardrobe.  Two-When I work with clients, they are very quick to tell me what they absolutely will and most importantly WON’T wear!  So I wonder, why did they call me?  Really, it is a cry for fashion help (generally).  Third-Not all “purple” is created equal!

So how do you decide if you really like “purple” or not?

– Go in with an open mind.

– Try items on, they will look different on you than anyone else and certainly different and of course better than they do on the hanger.  If you don’t love it, no worries, you take it off and move onto the next item.

– Make sure you are wearing the garment correctly.  So often a client tells me they don’t like a certain style and once I show them how to properly wear it, they love it!  When I say wearing it correctly I mean not only styled properly but also that it is hitting you in the correct spot and fits well.  Ask yourself questions such as “is this the correct length?”, “Is it positioned correctly on my hips/waist?”, you get the idea!

– Ask someone, a friend is usually best because they will be nice but honest, how the “purple” looks on you.

– Take fashion steps, change lanes, don’t exit the highway if you know what I mean; do not scare your fashion self away by veering so far out of your lane each attempt.

– Stay true to yourself.  Now I know this sounds like a contradiction to all of the above but you can explore style and fashion without doing a complete style 180.

– Most importantly , have fun!  Fashion is supposed to be fun and an expression of who you are, not stressful and a burden.

Honestly, more times than not, people decide “hey, I really do like “purple!”.

What is an item you love that you originally thought “no way”?

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Why, You Ask?

Why a personal stylist you ask?  I often hear people say “I don’t understand what the need for a service like personal styling is.” or “I have a fantastic stylist at ‘said’ store.” or “I use a convenient online service.” and of course we can all relate to “That just isn’t in my budget.”.  While all of these are obviously valid thoughts and concerns, let me play devil’s advocate for a minute (or two).

“I don’t understand what the need for a service like personal styling is.”:  There are several reasons why personal styling is beneficial over shopping alone, even for those that love to shop.  For one, spending money is often emotional and it can be difficult to decipher and make decisions on what items are best over the items you simply just want but don’t serve a real purpose in your closet and/or are out of the budget.  Along those same lines, while you will be paying me or another stylist a fee, we will help you save money in the long run by helping you not buy items that will just sit in your closet with tags on them until they go in the give-away pile 2 years later.  As the infamous saying goes “time is money” (whether it is leaving the kids with the nanny or leaving work so you are able to go shop for yourself), so you stay where you are, let me do the leg work for you and you stop long enough to come play dress-up and leave, better yet, I can bring the items to you!

“I have a fantastic stylist at “said” store.”:  I often work with in store stylists, they are very knowledgeable about their product and are generally a big help.  The important thing to note here with myself and pretty much all independent stylists, is that we make an hourly fee not a commission on what you buy like in store stylists; therefore if you spend $100 or $2000 on clothes, it makes no difference to me -I just want you to be happy with your items and comfortable with the amount of money that you are spending, otherwise it is not a fabulous experience for anyone.  The good news, the in store stylists still makes a commission on whatever you buy, so it is a win-win for everyone without the pressure to spend, spend, spend!  Also, in store stylists obviously have a vested interest in you buying their product, which just means they are doing their job, I have a vested interest in you being happy with your wardrobe, whichever store the items may come from, which just means I am doing my job.

“I use a convenient online service.”:  Shopping online is wonderful, definitely serves a purpose and is sometimes necessary but shopping and styling are two separate things.  The reason to “go local” as they say when choosing a stylist is to ensure the best results for you, the client.  When you meet someone in person and are able to build a rapport, as well as let them see your body shape, personality and style; trust and understanding are built.  Your style is very personal to you, hence personal styling.  I shop differently for every client, even if I pick out the same item for two clients, chances are I am going to show them two different ways to style said item.  The “personal” in personal styling is very important.  Also, as I discussed above, when I am styling someone, I pick the store/location that best fits their needs for that appointment, an online stylist is very similar to in-store stylist in the sense that they have an inventory to choose from that they are not able to stray from therefore limiting your options.

“That just isn’t in my budget.”  What does all of the above boil down to?  When you use a personal stylist, you have a more focused effort given to your wardrobe which in the long run saves money by avoiding having the wrong items and/or too many items in your closet.  Therefore, the money you spend on a personal stylist will come back to you in the form of a wardrobe that you love and best suits you.

While I am not saying that a personal stylist is for everyone, I do feel that it is a service that many can benefit from for different reasons; but I am sure we can all agree that I am most certainly biased on the subject-so don’t listen to me, listen to my amazing clients:

“I cannot thank Shelley enough for the amazing shopping experience she provided for me and my family.  I dread shopping, especially when coordinating for family photos!  She and I discussed our location and she pre-selected many choices for me to pick from.  Her personalized service made shopping enjoyable and her vision resulted in my favorite family photos yet!  I can’t wait to work with Shelley again.” -Robin J.

“Best shopping experience ever!! Why???  Because I did NOT have to shop!!  Shelley picked the perfect outfits for the occasions I had, and then many bonus items that I HAD to have for anything upcoming!  For someone who loves fashion but HATES to shop, or has no time, this is perfect.  I can’t wait til the next time!!!” –Candace B.

“It’s amazing what wearing the right size and right cut will do for your body. I’ve been told TWICE today how thin I look in the new black slacks you helped me buy for work. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your tag line should be “Making you look goooooood!”” – Mandy B.

“It’s way belated, but I just wanted to thank you so much for helping me find a dress for the wedding I attended on Good Friday. I’ve been so busy with session that there is no way I would have been able to find something I liked as much as I liked what you picked out for me. Plus, there is no way I would have picked out the dress you found, but it was perfect and I got so many compliments! Thank you, thank you, thank you!” – Macy H.

“I recently worked with Shelley with Shell Personal Styling and completed a closet therapy session. I would highly recommend this service to any gal or guy who wants to save money in the future and confirm that the pieces of clothing you are wearing work for you, your style, your career and your body! I am incredibly clear about what I need to spend my money on and feel so confident! Not to mention is was a blast!” – Courtney U.

“Can’t say enough about Shell personal styling + closet therapy and this outfit! I lost weight, just by wearing the right size dress, changed my earrings and well, the fabulous shoes! Not kidding when I tell you mouths hit the floor gala night!” – Michele S.

“Working with Shelley was one of the best things I have done for myself in, well…ever. She went out of her way to figure out how I want to present myself before we met. I couldn’t believe the amount of clothing, shoes, jewelry, etc she had gone in and preselected for me to try on the previous day. I was so grateful for her to tell me exactly how to wear each piece. I had a fabulous experience and credit her for the extra hitch in my giddy up these days. Looking forward to working with her again on both a closet therapy session and more shopping.” – Lindsay B.

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It’s Your Time

So rarely do I talk about Men’s fashions on my blog, even though I do love it!  Often I think, “well, my readership is mostly women, not men, so I will cater to them” but lately it has occurred to me that often the woman does the shopping for her (main) man!  Therefore, it’s time-this post is all about the men; I thought I would share with you some of my faves from the Men’s Half Yearly Sale currently going on at Nordstrom.  This is a great time to get some basics, even expensive basics like suits because they are on major sale.  The thing I love about a Nordstrom sale is that they don’t just put the items on sale that nobody wants, they put the good things too!  Happy shopping, I hope the man in your life appreciates; and to my men readers-thank you!

I love these and I think most guys will too, they are a hybrid-swim and/or street short; what guy doesn’t like function with fashion?

These shorts come in a variety of colors and can be a great go-to all Summer long!

These shorts come in a variety of colors and can be a great go-to all Summer long!

Keep it simple (and comfortable) with these Cole Haans.

Keep it simple (and comfortable) with these Cole Haans.

A classic at a great price!

A classic at a great price!

I love a v-neck on a guy, just ask my husband, and this is a great time to stock up!

I love a v-neck on a guy, just ask my husband, and this is a great time to stock up!


It's trim fit, which is appropriate for most body types and you can not beat the price!  My husband has a few of these and really likes them.

It’s trim fit, which is appropriate for most body types and you can not beat the price! My husband has a few of these and really likes them.

What guy doesn't love blue?

What guy doesn’t love blue?

There is rarely a man that could not use a(nother) suit in his wardrobe.  This one is even 3 piece so you can wear it more ways!

There is rarely a man that could not use a(nother) suit in his wardrobe. This one is even 3 piece so you can wear it more ways!


Z Zegna does a modern twist on a "Mad Men" look.

Z Zegna does a modern twist on a “Mad Men” look.

A nice, plain and reasonably priced leather belt is hard to come by.

A nice, plain and reasonably priced leather belt is hard to come by.

I'm really into the bow tie look right now and guys, you don't even have to tie this one!

I’m really into the bow tie look right now and guys, you don’t even have to tie this one!

Save your leather band from getting gross in the heat this Summer with this watch.

Save your leather band from getting gross in the heat this Summer with this watch.


A great belt at a great price!

A great belt at a great price!

A pocket square is an easy and in this case inexpensive way to change up your suit.

A pocket square is an easy and in this case inexpensive way to change up your suit.

Happy shopping guys or ladies for guys!

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Field of Dreams

Figuring out what to wear for family photos can be stressful, you want everyone to be comfortable so they are happy in the pictures but of course you want everyone to look nice as well.  I am so happy to have had the opportunity to work with this awesomely adorable family for their annual family photos and have taken the stress of what to wear off their plate so they could just relax and smile for the camera.  The photographer, Michele, of Pinkle Toes Photography did such an amazing job capturing their essence and personalities as she has done with them several times before.  There isn’t too much more to say other than I am simply in love with these images and I hope you are too!  Thank you to the Jackson family for trusting me with styling this family shoot, and Michele for allowing me to share these images with you.

Prepare for photo overload, because I just can’t help myself!

The beautiful Jackson family.

The beautiful Jackson family.


Who can handle?!

Who can handle?!


If you would like details on their outfits, please comment and I will be happy to give share.

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Closet Collaboration

I’m sure many of you have heard the expression “happy wife, happy life”; well in this case “happy closet, happy wardrobe” or maybe that is “well designed closet, accessible wardrobe”!  When clients ask me what all Closet Therapy entails, I of course lead them through the process which focuses on your wardrobe and just a little bit about the organization of said wardrobe, but as I always say, I am not an interior designer or a professional organizer.  So what’s the solution to that?  To collaborate with an interior designer of course!  Allison and I offer two different style perspectives, hers is structural and hardware design, mine of course is all about the clothes (and accessories).  Below are some tips on how to make sure your closet is best serving you from both perspectives.

Allison Jaffe: Allison holds a Bachelor’s of Science from University of Pittsburgh in Neuropsychology and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Interior Design from Texas State University. She is a Texas Registered Interior Designer, #11043 and a Professional Member of the American Society for Interior Designers (ASID). Her accolades include seven prestigious awards in residential design. In addition to her dedication to interior design, Allison is an active member of the Austin Jewish community and plays a strong role in fundraising and leadership.

Where to Start:  What came first, the closet or the clothes? All good design has to start somewhere and let it be function that guides you to good closet design. No matter the size of the closet, it is important to work within the parameters of the shell. Take note of your closet’s width, length and ceiling height. Maximizing the entire design of the space allotted will also give you the most bang for your buck.

Stress Free Closet:  Getting dressed in the morning can be stressful; not only are you tired, have 50 things on your mind and probably are running late for work; but you also now must put together an outfit-that is if you can just find your favorite shirt! Having a closet that is purged and organized to your style and liking is very important, it will enable you to look your best with the least amount of anxiety possible.

Take Inventory:  Next step in determining how best to design your closet is to take inventory of what you already have in your existing closet. What closet habits have you procured? Do you have a million shoes like Imelda Marcos and want every one of them displayed or do you have a pension for hanging items. All closet articles should have a designated space and knowing how many items you own can help define where those specific items should go in your new closet.

Closet Therapy: The first step to a stress-free closet is participating in some “Closet Therapy” where you decide what to keep, what to donate, what to alter, what items are needed in your wardrobe and how to wear items you love but are unsure of how to wear.  The “what to donate” part can prove to be the most challenging as we spend both time and hard earned money on our  clothes, so parting with them can be tough and even emotional. Allow yourself this purge though and I promise your mornings will be both stream-lined and stress-free. If you aren’t wearing clothes, they are just taking up valuable real estate in your closet.

This is what my "Closet Therapy" looks like!

This is what my “Closet Therapy” looks like!

Outfitting Your Closet: When it comes to outfitting your closet, your options go beyond the old contractor’s “pole and shelf” system. Custom cabinetry is not uncommon and with a wide variety of materials and finishes, the details that can transform your closet are endless. But for those who are budget conscience, Ikea and Elfa are great options too. The limiting factor with a more budget friendly line like Ikea and Elfa is that you are working with limited finishes, materials and building options.

Organization is Key: Once your closet is designed and outfitted with the structural details that best fit your wardrobe, it is most definitely worthwhile to organize the contents in a manner that best suits your organization style. I find the best way to do this, is to organize it in the manner that you like to put outfits together. Some like to organize their closet by color because this is how they put together outfits and some by item type because then they know just where to go when looking for a short sleeve shirt. Organization is crucial to alleviating frustration when getting dressed.

Woman in Closet

I hope these tips help you in your closet, both with your wardrobe and closet design.


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