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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!

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!

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!

Your Fashion Coach

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