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Saturday, September 25, 2010

How Do You Define Fashionista?

When you think of the word "Fashionista" what comes to mind? Is it positive? Or negative? How do you define Fashionista?

After talking to many women about this subject, I discovered this term to be negative. Most women define a Fashionista as unattainable and not for them.  I get the sense women base this concept on having to be skinny, rich, blonde, perfect and a "designer-label-lover."  Several people have said Paris Hilton is the perfect example of the description above.  (Sorry, Paris!) I can see how designer labels and Paris Hilton have given the term "Fashionista" a bad rep.  But consider another possibility...

Money can buy you fashion, but money can never buy you style. In my eyes, a Fashionista is someone who is true to themselves.  They know and harness self-love that allows them to want great things from life.  They constantly push their boundaries to be a better person.  They strive for their dream job...or their dream life because they know they can have it.  Because of that love that goes on inside of them, they want to show the world their most stylish self.  

Your style file might include designer labels- and that is totally fine!  Fashionistas can like designer purses, sunglasses, shoes, etc. without meaning you are a pushy, self-righteous, snob.  You've probably taken the time to save for these items and are very responsible with your money.  Or, maybe designers aren't your thing.  Instead you get your kicks from finding the perfect deal. Or, perhaps you prefer organic clothing because you're passionate about saving and supporting our environment. Either way, a Fashionista is defined by your unique qualities, which is the vehicle to your perfect style. 

So, how do you define Fashionista? Is she someone strong, smart, witty, and caring who happens to look stylish? Remember, you can be stylish no matter your age, shape, size, budget, or cultural background.  It's defined on your terms and your qualities.  I encourage you to jot down what comes to mind right now and start creating your ideal Fashionista.  I'd love to hear your ideas on what that looks like for you.  Hoping you have a wonderful week, Fashionista!

Your Fashion Coach

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fashionista Outfit Deal: Cozy Autumn

Fall is a beautiful time for transition.  The warm weather gives way to cool temperatures and the leaves start to turn.   We no longer need shorts and flip flops. Instead we crack open our winter bin and embrace cozy sweaters, scarves, and boots.  Ahh, I can already smell hot cocoa and warm nights by the fire... :) Enjoy!

Main Cozy Autumn Pieces:
 Sweater + Leggings = $44.50

Sweater tunics are perfect for cooler temperatures. They flatter every figure and go best with leggings and jeans.

Opt for buttoned leggings to add sophistication to your look.  These are perfect for work- that's if your boss allows leggings in the office.

Autumn Accessories:
Purse + Earrings + Boots = $63.99

Fringe has been hot all summer long. Try a fringe bag in a cool color and add to just about any outfit!

Statement earrings make a stylish impression all by themselves.  Don't wear a necklace when opting for a larger, dangly earring like these.

Flat boots are so chic.  My world is a whole lot brighter knowing I can wear comfortable and stylish shoes. Whoever said beauty had to be painful?

Monday, September 13, 2010

5 Signs Your Wardrobe is Blah

Hey Fashionista! Sometimes we're too involved with our busy schedule, demanding jobs, and multiple commitments to tell if our wardrobe needs a fashion fix. So, how do we know if it's gone by the wayside? Here are a few solid signs and ways to fix it!

1. There's a Color Trend...
Go look in your closet. Do you notice a collection of colors? Like 10 white t-shirts? Or, 5 black slacks? Do you notice a certain color amassing your hangers? Was your answer yes? Then, you might want to rethink your shopping strategy.  Venture out and test new hues.  For instance , if you love pink, try purple, if you can't get enough of black, try gray.  Remember:Variety is the spice of life!

2. It's a Sea of Solids...
Solid colors are great in moderation. But when your t-shirts, socks, blouses, scarves, belts, sweaters, cardigans are all solid, you're simplifying too much and loosing a piece of style real estate. You've gotta mix it up a little. The truth is that - You are hip and you are totally stylish. So why not let everyone else know it? Thankfully this is an easy fix. Start small if this idea doesn't fit comfortably at first. Buy patterned accessories- say a scarf (perfect for Fall) or a printed cami to wear beneath a t-shirt. A little print can go a long way.  

3.  Faded Colors
Gray sweaters that used to be black, or an orange shirt that used to be red, doesn't deserve to take up precious space in your closet. Toss them! Understand that you WILL find another sweater/shirt to replace your beloved item. Look for something just as fabulous and remember to read the label for care instructions.
Bonus Tip: The most typical way to keep colors from fading is to: turn clothes inside out, wash in cold water (with like-colors), and don't over-dry.

4.  You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Yeah, you know what I'm talking about.  There's a tank hanging in your closet right now that used to be your go-to top for a night out. It made you feel hot, but these days, it's lookin' pretty shabby.  Get RID OF IT. Better yet, donate it to someone else. Yes, you had your good times wearing it but if you've lost that lovin' feeling, it's only going to remind you how much you have nothing to wear. Ditch it.  

5. You've Got Too Much Stuff
I love having tons, and tons, of clothes just as much as you do, but, if you're not a millionaire, chances are you're holding onto these clothes for the wrong reasons.  Get in there, figure out what's working for you and purge what is not. 

I hope you enjoyed the 5 Signs Your Wardrobe is Blah.  Please cast your vote and tell me which sign resonated with you.  Have a wonderful week, Fashionista!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fall for Sequins!

Sequined dresses used to be a show-stopper for an evening affair. But, this season, sequined cardigans and tanks are emerging onto the day time- even work-wear scene! Retailers across the board carry sequin tops in all colors. Most favored colors are: white, silver, black, navy, purple, even, green. Most fashion gurus and top fashion directors favor gold sparkles over any other color. In fact, sparkly gold tones are cascading front covers of catalogs (such as Victoria’s Secret) and online store-fronts.

Versatility equates to staying-power. You can expect this trend to last all season. Easy ways to incorporate our favorite fix is to buy a sequin tank from your favorite store. Pair with your favorite blazer for work -or, remix it with jeans and high heels for a night out. Get ready to accept countless compliments, Fashionista!

Photo Credits: Heidi Klum Sequined Jacket:
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