Thursday, September 6, 2018

BUT FIRST: WHY I TAKE A SELFIE


Love 'em or hate 'em, it looks like selfies aren't going anywhere anytime soon.  Sure, they're a little overdone on social media, but as a stylist, an #OOTD (outfit of the day) picture is a really valuable tool!

I take selfies and post them on Instagram to show my followers what I'm wearing, in hopes that they can take some of my ideas and apply them to their own wardrobes. (And, ok, maybe in hopes that someone will say I'm cute.  If you think I'm cute, you should feel free to say so in the comments below;)


When I work with clients on a Wardrobe Revival or shopping for new looks, I always take pictures of the outfits we put together.  Of course, the main reason for this is so that they can remember all of the combinations we made, making it faster and easier to recreate those looks on busy mornings.  A picture also often helps clients see how they look in an outfit from an outsider's perspective.  I'll sometimes take a picture of 2 different ways of styling a piece of clothing so that they can choose a favorite.  Other times I use pictures to prove a point.  (See how tucking that shirt in just showed the world you actually have a killer bod??)

Here's the thing:  I don't live with my clients.  So, what happens when I leave?  Hopefully, they don't just keep wearing the same outfits over and over again.  I try to give my clients the tools to create fresh, new combinations so that they're making the most of their wardrobes.   And I always tell them that when they create a look that they really love, they should take a selfie!  Not to post on social media (necessarily), but to add to the pictures that I took and have something to reference when they have to rush out the door to that early morning meeting.


Stylist tip:  Spend 30 minutes on Sunday night trying out different combinations in your closet.  Don't worry about the misses...you're the only one who will see them.  But if you get a hit, snap a picture of it.  You'll be surprised at how many new outfits you'll find, without even going in a store!


As a personal stylist and personal shopper in Richmond, VA, I strive to make wardrobe choices clear and easy for women who are short on time, overwhelmed by their closets, or transitioning from one period of life to another.  Let's connect!  


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

SUMMER BLACK IS COOL

Summer is here, and with it the notion that the color white rules (and cools) all.  But as I've been sifting through my closet in the mornings (and sifting through my recent Instagram feed), it has dawned on me that I really have a lot of summer black.  It's such an easy go-to color -- slimming, sophisticated, easy to pair with other colors, and, to boot, it hides perspiration stains far better than white.  I wanted to make the case for wearing black all summer long, since that's what I'll be doing, so some quick internet "research" revealed that black clothing may actually keep you cooler in the heat of summer than white.  WHAT!??!  I don't believe everything I read, but this explanation certainly helps me with my blog post, so...

Now before you go pulling out your black leather pants (ahem...Ross Geller), let's discuss fabrics and fit.  If you're going to subscribe to my "let's wear lots of black in the sweltering heat" plan, you want to wear lightweight fabrics like cotton, linen, and rayon that will breathe and not stick to you all day.  

People Tree Organic Cotton Rebecca Dress

Athleta Linen Pant

Eileen Fisher Jersey Tank

Tahari ASL Sleevless Jumpsuit

And I definitely prefer drapey and floaty silhouettes over form-fitting shapes in the summer.  This is a personal preference, of course, but I want any breeze to find its way around and through me, so I tend to leave plenty of space for it.  

Please don't confuse drapey and floaty with frumpy and unflattering, though!  You should still pay attention to proportions and accessories to avoid looking like a potato sack.

I'm sure I haven't convinced everyone to add more black to their summer wardrobes, so just for kicks, here are some pretty white things to peruse.
Everlane Japanese GoWeave Long Slip Dress

Raquel Allegra Ribbon Placket Dress

Fashionable Shegaw Scarf

Reformation Mid Crop Flare

Are you on Team Black or Team White?  If I'm honest, I'm loyal to both!


As a personal stylist and personal shopper in Richmond, VA, I strive to make wardrobe choices clear and easy for women who are short on time, overwhelmed by their closets, or transitioning from one period of life to another.  Let's connect!  










Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DRESSING FOR FAMILY PORTRAITS - PART II

Summer's coming fast, and for lots of us, that means finally finding a minute to schedule the family portraits we've been putting off all year!  If you read my last blog post, you know that I'm writing a series of posts that will help you decide what to wear for your portrait session -- a sneak peek into the Style Prep Guide I'm working on with Sarah Kane Photography and Emily of Real Life Beauty that will include tons of great info to get you ready for your upcoming photo shoot.

A few more tips for you to keep in mind:


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DO dress with your home decor in mind!

Lots of families schedule their family portraits with the idea that they will be framed and hung in the home.  If you fall into this category, consider your home decor when you're choosing your outfits.  If you plan to leave your decor like it is for a while, it couldn't hurt to wear clothing that works with the colors and overall feel of your home.  My guess is that you wouldn't be too far off, even if you didn't consider it ahead of time -- you chose the colors in your home for a reason, so the colors in your closet probably already jibe!

DON'T overthink it!

Oh gosh!!  You had the perfect outfits planned, and I've gone and ruined it!  Your living room has lots of yellows and neutrals, but your outfits are mostly shades of blue.  Don't worry.  If you love your decor and you love your portraits, chances are you will find the perfect spot in your home to hang them!



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DO flatter your figure!

Don't choose to wear something solely because it's in the right color story.  Find something that suits your figure and highlights all of the things you like about yourself!  Define your waist with a jacket that cuts in at just the right spot.  Wear 3/4 sleeves, which are generally flattering on everyone.  Elongate your legs with nude shoes and/or a pointy toe.  Different body types benefit from different style tips, so if you're questioning whether or not something flatters your figure, give me a call for some assistance.

DON'T go too far out of your comfort zone!

If you're uncomfortable in your get-up, it will show in your pictures.  Trust me!  I am NOT saying that you should show up in your yoga pants (don't get me started) -- you should look special and put-together in these photos that will become treasured memories.  But now is not the time to try to squeeze into that pretty dress that's just a size too small or to wear that expensive top you bought on a whim that never really felt like "you."  Love what you wear!



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DO pay attention to the details!

You've spent so much time choosing the colors, layers, and making sure your clothes are flattering and comfortable--don't mess it all up with wrinkled shirts, chipped nails, and mismatched socks!  Assume that your pictures will show every bit of you, head to toenail.  If you're sitting down, socks will likely show.  If you're walking away from the camera, the back of your sweater shouldn't be a rumpled mess.  What if your favorite photo is the close-up of you snuggling with your baby, and you haven't had a manicure since she was born?  Don't overlook the little details!

DON'T stress!

The best way to avoid forgetting the little details is to give yourself plenty of time!  Don't wait until the night before your session to prepare.  Give yourself a reasonable amount of time to take care of the big stuff AND the little stuff so that you can avoid the stress on the day of.  I know, easy for me to say--but hopefully these tips will help.



More "Do's and Don'ts" to come in June, but if your portrait session is scheduled earlier -- or if this is all too much to put into practice in your already hectic life -- I'm happy to come over and help you create personalized and cohesive looks for your photos!  Let's connect.


All photos courtesy of Sarah Kane Photography (and her super-stylish clients make great examples for my suggestions;)


As a personal stylist and personal shopper in Richmond, VA, I strive to make wardrobe choices clear and easy for women who are short on time, overwhelmed by their closets, or transitioning from one period of life to another.  Let's connect!