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Monday, December 26, 2011

Fashion New Year's Resolution

2012 is almost here and you know what that means....we have a whole NEW year of possibilities to make our lives better and more fun in any way you desire.  So, I've done a little research and compiled a list of 10 fashion new year's resolutions - or intentions- to make my new year more fun! 

Fashion New Year's Resolution #1.... Have More Fun! && Have a Little Black Dress Party

Fashion New Year's Resolution #2: Love More....Put on a pretty chiffon dress and twirl with my love <3


Fashion New Year's Resolution #3: Experience the Snow....Buy a TRUE Winter sweater and kiss in the snow!

Fashion New Year's Resolution #4: Accept my imperfect legs.....&& Wear a Short Dress!


Fashion New Year's Resolution #5: Own a Classic Bag.....




Fashion New Year's Resolution #6: Find the perfect shade of red lipstick to wear with everything!


Fashion New Year's Resolution #7: Find the Perfect One-Piece Swimsuit

Fashion New Year's Resolution #8: Go Back to an iPhone & Get a Pretty Studded Case!



Fashion New Year's Resolution #9: Read More....Fashion Books!

Fashion New Year's Resolution #10: Stay Fit.....And Surf!

What fashion new year's resolutions do you have for 2012? Leave a comment below - I'd love to know!  Wishing you the best year yet, Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Monday, December 19, 2011

Amanda's Rules to Discover Your Perfect Wardrobe

Being a Fashionista means you have discovered what looks good on you.  You've created a wardrobe based on what looks good on you...not what the world tells you, you need to wear.  I don't know how I discovered this truth, but I know I caught wind of it in Kindergarten.  I rebelled against my mother's outfit choices for me.  I remember insisting I picked out my own outfits.  I put every crybaby to shame when my mom took me "window shopping." I kicked, cried and screamed because my mom couldn't buy me anything that day. lol I'm thinking I was born to be a fashion-loving, shopper! 
I think a lot of the time we don't know what looks good on us because we're afraid of going outside the box.  Maybe a certain look is too expensive.  Maybe, you tried on a particular top and it didn't flatter your figure.  Maybe someone you love was critical when you were trying something new.  So why bother, right?  I hear you.  I struggle with these thoughts from time to time.  However, that does not mean you should give up on building a fabulous wardrobe!  There's a way to get around the "roadblocks" to discover WHAT LOOKS GOOD ON YOU.  Here's a few words of advice that have worked for me....Try them on for size! ;)

Amanda's Rule #1: Look through magazines.....You know that huge stack of magazines sitting on your bookshelf that you've plowed through already? Yes, grab those. Look for outfits, clothes, looks that give you that feeling of curiosity and excitement! (Signs that you're on the right track). Don't have many magazines? No problem! Go online, search outfit keywords on Google, or join Pinterest and search "fashion." Sign up for catalogs to your favorite store and start pulling out some new looks you want to try. I started looking through magazines and catalogs to figure out what dazzled me when I left my office job and started working from home. My former wardrobe was fit for the corporate atmosphere, but obviously that was not fitting my lifestyle anymore. I started with this step and found a new style I loved even more.

Amanda's Rule #2: Go Shopping and Try EVERYTHING on....that is...everything that catches your eye and gives you that exhilirating feeling. Similiar to the butterfly feeling. You know, when you spot a cute guy across the room? Suddenly you have butterflies and a surge of excitement? Just like that. That's what you'll want to go for. Whatever gives you that feeling, act on it. Grab that top/pant/purse/bracelet and try it on, Fashionista! However, I must warn you, when you start to follow your gut/your heart/your bliss, just know that negative voice may show it's unpleasant face to stop you in your tracks. Don't listen to it! Keep trying things on. I guarantee, you'll find what looks good on you! ALSO -- enlist the help of a sales clerk to make sure what you're trying on is flattering your figure best. 

Take these tips to start with and see what you come up with.  Maybe you will discover you are more vintage than bohemian.  Or you favor classic styles versus trendy ones.  Either way, this is a GREAT place to start your journey!  Stay tuned for more of Amanda's Rules to Discover Your Perfect Wardrobe!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Q & A Fashionable Thursday: Chic Affordable, Low Heels


Q: Hi Fashionista Amanda!
I'm looking for shoe designers that make a sassy shoe that doesn't have a high heel or price.  Do you know of any?

Thank you!
Stephanie W.

A: Hi Stephanie!
Thank you so much for your GREAT question.  Most people assume designer shoes have to be expensive- and the heels ridiculously high!  That simply is not the case anymore.  Many shoe designers team up with giant shoe retailers to sell their goods at an affordable cost to the masses.  The two best places you can shop affordable (low) heels are Payless and DSW.  They both carry an assortment of designers at a variety of prices.

However, DSW has more designer shoes with a low heel.  Payless has fewer designer heels with the lowest heel height of 3.5" - if you would like a smaller heel, I would recommend DSW. 

I complied a couple of heels that would work for the most typical areas of a heel-wearing-girl's life.  Most are below $50 and are from DSW.  Hope you like! :) 

1. Perfect for Work: Kelly & Katie Sheila Pump $39.95 (2 1/4" Heel)
Kelly & Katie Sheila Pump

2. Perfect for the Holidays: Jellypop Angel Pump Peep Toe $39.95 (2.5" Heel)
Jellypop Angel Pump

3. Perfect for a Night Out: Levity Sacre Leopard Pump $59.95 Orig $99 (2 1/4" Heel)Levity Sacre Leopard Pump

Thank you again for your question, Stephanie! If you have a fashion or style dilemma, please email me at info(at)TheFashionistaCoach(dot)com!  Thank you for reading, Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach
 

Photos Courtesy of: Pinmarket.com, DSW.com, NotesToSarah.tumblr.com

Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Style Advice from Designer Chris Benz

Hellooo Fashionista!  I was thumbing through December 2011 edition of Glamour Magazine and came across holiday style advice from designer Chris Benz! Believe it or not, I had no clue who he was until I read this issue of Glamour.  Why you might ask....well, I believe it's more important to create your own style - which has everything to do with dressing your body shape and accentuating your attributes.  Not necessarily about the labels you wear.  

However,  I do admire fashion designers for their creative work they share with the world.  While I may not be the kind of person to chase labels (even though there is nothing wrong with that) I do admire a fashion designer's creative genius.  They change the direction of trends by sewing up new fashion ideas.  If I'm ever in a style rut, I look to them for a fresh perspective on let's say holiday style and apply it to my look! ;)  With that said, read on for designer Chris Benz's holiday style advice!  

(Tip #1) Wear something different at night: shorts!
"Envision wearing shorts the same way you would skirts," says Benz.  "They're a new way to make a statement.  But think about what shape and length look best on you.  Right now I love a longer bermuda style- it feels luxe-y."

(Tip #2) Then Top 'Em And Accessorize Like Crazy
"You can wear a party-shorts look with a cami or tank or a sparkly cardigan.  Go overboard and accesorize to balance out the casual feel of the shorts.  Layer on jewelry, like long drop chains or a pair of super-eveninglike earrings."

(Tip #3) When In Doubt, Start On the Bottom...
"I love the idea of an interesting bottom as an accessory, like printed pants or even a skirt- anything that you can wear with a simple tank or tee. It's easy dressing and intrinsically kind of chic and fabulous."

Fashion designer Chris Benz is right on target with his style advice. I especially love how he's encouraging us to think outside the "LBD" box.  (ahem, weren't you thinking of grabbing your LBD for the holidays? I thought so!) Mixing casual tanks with dressy bottoms (or vice versa!) mixed with many accessories is a great new twist to holiday style.  I hope you enjoyed holiday style advice from designer Chris Benz.  Wanna show off your holiday look? Post it on my Facebook wall at: www.Facebook.com/TheFashionistaCoach I'm sure the rest of our Fashionista Fam would love to see what you came up with! 

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving, Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach


Photo courtesy of: http://thehautehoosiery.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fabulous Boutique Alert!


Hi Fashionista! I'm raising my pink "fabulous boutique alert" flag! It's worthy of your attention.  I just received my new clothes in the mail today from this chic online boutique called Simply Audrey.  I found them while surfing through Pinterest.  (Yes, I'm on Pinterest A LOT). BUT I was really amazed at how I could buy several great pieces without breaking the bank. Yep! I bought a black lace pencil skirt that I can easily wear to work or for the holidays.  I also bought a gray flowy top with adorable cap sleeves.  I even scored an awesome 20% off on my purchase too!  (Pictures to come!)

In my fashionable opinion, Simply Audrey deserves a mention on my "Fabulous Boutique Alert" because they have chic and affordable clothes for work, play and special occasions!  Let me know what ya find? Hope you're having an amazing week Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Monday, November 7, 2011

Misadventures of the Nerdy-Chic Glasses

Hellooooo Fashionista!  Have you embraced this ever-growing and popular trend: the nerdy-chic glasses?  So many celebrities and self-acclaimed Fashionistas have hit the ground running with this trend and made it their own. I finally jumped on the bandwagon two months ago when I was cruising Pinterest for Fall fashion ideas.  As soon as I laid my eyes on this picture, I fell hopelessly in love with nerdy-chic glasses.  What drew me to like them? I'm not sure exactly, but there are certain qualities nerdy-chic glasses give a Fashionista.  Here's my quick list...
1. Nerdy-Chic Glasses make you look super smart!...and sophisticated!
2. Anyone can wear them- even if you don't need prescription glasses!
3. They bring attention to your beautiful eyes!
4. You can vacate your current role in life....(housewife instantly becomes a presitigious CEO; an Ice Cream Scooper transforms into a Super-Scoopin' Queen; Serious fashionistas become Sexy!) 
Don't believe me? Try a pair!


Lastly....

5.  Nerdy-Chic Glasses provoke hilarious conversations with your family and friends! I kid you not, my husband, friends and family did not know what to do when I started walking around in *pink* nerdy-chic glasses.  (See my picture below!) I am sure they assumed I was crazy because truth be told I have nearly perfect vision. Ha!

Honestly, I think they look COOL!

But the real fun part was hearing the funny feedback from my friends and family, seeing several head-shakes (from my husband- yes, I'm calling you out honey!), and several neck-breaking stares from total (yet cute) strangers at the grocery store. LOL

Take my advice and embrace the nerdy-chic glasses trend! See what kind of magic appears before your very eyes! 8-) Have a funny story  about trying this trend? Email me at info(at)TheFashionistaCoach(dot)com- or leave a comment below!

Thanks for reading, Fashionista!
XoXo,
Your Fashion Coach

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Q & A Fashionable Thursday: Work + Happy Hour Attire!

Q & A Fashionable Thursday:
Work + Happy Hour Attire


Q: Hi Fashionista Amanda!
I often go out straight from work, and I never have time to go home and change outfits. 
How can I instantly dress up my outfits for a Happy Hour with friends?

-Jillian (San Francisco, CA)

A: Hi Jillian!
Thank you so much for your EXCELLENT question...
The BEST way to jazz up your outfit for an evening out afterward is to brighten up your accessories AND loosen up the buttons! Seriously, stash a couple of blingy accessories (think big sparkly bracelets -the kind that you'd love to wear at work but kill your wrists while working on the computer-and statement earrings) in your desk at work or in the glove compartment of your car.  Then, pair it up with your staple black blazer voila! You're ready for drinks with your friends!

Here's a great look for work and happy hour.



Hope that answers your question, Jillian!

If you have a fashion dilemma, please leave a comment below OR email me at info(at)TheFashionistaCoach(dot)com!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall 2011 Trends: Shorts & Tights


Hi Fashionista! Man-oh-man, my life has been jam-packed with lots of unusual events.  I apologize for the lack of connection with you!  But nevertheless these obstacles couldn't keep me away. ;)  Anyway! I have a fabulous trend to share with you for Fall 2011 Trends: Shorts & Tights!  

Here's why you'll fall in love....Fall is known for its transitioning weather, right? One day we have hot weather and the next day it's totally cold.  Kind of crazy!  In order to accomodate the hot and cold weather for Fall 2011, shorts keep us cool and the tights are quite warm.  PLUS! You can get creative and wear thick tights with different colors; same for shorts.  Tights go from $4 to $15. My favorite places are Forever21, Foot Traffic and White House Black Market.



Add your favorite pumps and you're set to walk the runway, Fashionista!! I hope you enjoyed Fall 2011 Trends: Shorts & Tights! Let me know what you think of this trend by posting a comment below. And share with your friends! Thanks, Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach


Photo Credits: 1. PrepFection.Tumblr.com 2. InVanityWeTrust.Tumblr.com

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Yellow Jacket

The Yellow Jacket For Work


Don't be afraid to jazz up your work style every now and again with a little color. :)

The Yellow Jacket For Evenings Out


You're HOT and we all know it! 
Why not wear it on your sleeve? {pun intended!}
P.S. you can find this one at Charlotte Russe ;)

The Yellow Jacket For Cold Days


 Just because the air is chilly doesn't mean we need to be!
Buttery yellow coats are perfect to keep you smiling during the cold days. <3

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Friday List!

Happy Friday Fashionista!
In honor of our favorite day of the week, I thought I'd post a short list of things that make me happy....
Here's my Happy Friday List!
Photo courtesy of www.Pinterest.com

What's on your happy list?
Any of these?
Wishing you a Happy Friday full of everything
on your happy list!
Happy Friday, Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Monday, September 12, 2011

How to Roll Your Jeans

Hi Fashionista! Fall is beckoning, and that means one thing: jeans are coming out of the closet! We need to make this clothing staple look fresh and fashionable each time we wear them.  To make sure we never see another dull day of jeans,  here are the TWO most fashionable ways you'll wear your jeans that will ensure fabulosity!  {Say No dullness right now!!} Here's how to roll your jeans!

How to Roll Your Jeans: Flats + Jeans

When you're wearing Flats + Jeans together, roll your jeans up to your shin- (the mid-point between your ankle and your knee). Flats + rolled jeans are a fun way to add flair to casual weekend wear. I like taking it a step further by wearing printed flats like you see below! 


Shopping Tip: I bought my Leopard Print Flats from Target (last year) for $9!  I recommend checkingTarget to find cute + fashionable flats for a low price!  The jeans are from my friend, Jamie- who so kindly gave them to me for Free! :)



How to Roll Your Jeans: Heels + Jeans
Let's reverse my instructions for Flats and apply them to heels!  Yes! When you're rolling your jeans with your heels, you'll want to keep them closer to the shoe!  If you're wearing a skinny jeans, make your cuff 1"- and 2"-3" for Boot-Cut jeans. 

I bought these heels last weekend at Payless for $29.99! 
They are very comfortable + stylish and will GO with EVERYTHING!
If you want more details on this shoe, go to My Closet and scroll down to the bottom for purchasing details! 


In honor of today's post: How to Roll Your Jeans, tell me in the comments below, what's your favorite pair of jeans to roll up! Do you have a favorite pair of heels or flats? I wanna know! Thank you so much for reading, Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Monday, September 5, 2011

Five Fabulous Autumn Accessories

Hi Fashionista!

Is anyone else excited for Autumn?? I am counting down the days until Autumn is official! 18 days to go!  In honor of our countdown to Autumn, I pulled together a list of five fabulous autumn accessories that are a MUST in your wardrobe this season.  Drum roll please.....

1. Floral Scarves! 
Floral patterns normally hit during Spring, but since this scarf has a deep, rich color-tone, it is very appropriate for Autumn. 


photo: joinmeinthepowderroom.blogspot.com

2. Feather Necklaces!
Who doesn't love feeling like an exotic princess?  I swear, every time I put one on I feel light, pretty and feminine!  These necklaces range in all sizes. If you want to wear it as a statement piece, bigger is better.  If you're wearing a casual clothing, then you'll want a smaller size. 

Photo: MashStreet.tumblr.com

3.  Black Opaque Tights
Tights are SO perfect to don on a cool autumn night.  They're so versatile that you can wear them in the office or on the weekend with casual clothes.  You know you've got a trusty trend when it goes with all types of outfits and lasts more than a season!  Remember these babies when your girls are wanting to go out on a chilly evening.  Don't skip your dress!  Just add black tights, and rock it, Fashionista!

Photo:TheLatestStory.com

4. Slouch Hats
Don't you want to be this girl?  She looks so chic and cozy in her slouch hat! It's like cuddling in your softest blanket 24/7!  The slouch hat is a casual yet chic way to keep warm during Autumn.  This accessory looks great with soft sweaters, carigans, peacoats, and so much more.  Don't be afraid to mix it up!  The cheapest ones I scouted out are at www.Payless.com!


5. Leg Warmers!
Leg warmers are like socks just without the footing.  Just as it sounds, leg warmers are meant to keep your legs warm while you're wearing boots!  Now more than ever, leg warmers are ranking high on the autumn accessories list since they come in all types of fabrics and prints to accomodate your look.  I am wearing Foot Traffic Camel Argyle socks  to coordinate with my Abercrombie preppy kind of style.  They only cost $10!

Out of the five fabulous autumn accessories, which were your favorite? Tell me your answer below!  If you like this post, feel free to share with your friends!  Thank you, Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach
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