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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Q & A Fashionable Thursday: Fall Skirts & Tights

Q: Hi Amanda!

I'm figuring out what color my first boots/booties should be; we're moving from FL to VT and I forgot how to wear anything but sandals! For example, I do have lots of thermal cowl necks (don't ask!) and would like to wear them with brown boots and a skirt. What color skirt and tights would I wear? Unsure how to color match the tights especially. 

Thank you!


A: Hi Becca!

Ahhhh...sweaters + skirts + boots + tights have to be one of my favorite fall looks.  It's cozy, chic and oh-so-stylish on brisk days.  The good thing about your fashion dilemma, Becca is that you're half way there.  You have the right boot color  ((if there's ever a boot color to absolutely have in your feet this fall it would be brown -- they match with everything!))  You have an assortment of cozy cowl neck sweaters. Now we just need to anchor down the right tights and skirts to coordinate with this classy combination.  

This season is all about black tights - as well as the darker variations of black, like grey. ((So forget about buying colorful tights!)) However, skirts with flavorful color and textures are up-to-the-minute this upcoming fall season.  

To help narrow down your choices (which there are several great options to chose from!),  I've outlined a couple of pointers below! 

1. Texture on Texture! Solid color sweaters and brown boots are the perfect basics to a fun fall outfit.  To liven them up with sass, bring in a printed skirt with texture (like the photo above) and pair them with black patterned tights.  For work-wear, I'd stick with a monochromatic scheme like black and white (above) or grab a skirt with a pop of burnt orange or amber to brighten this look up.

2. Simple & Special Occasion Worthy. If you're needing a classic look, pair a black skirt with a white sweater and traditional black tights together.  It's a polished look for work, an interview or any other formal occasion. 

3. Casual & Trendy. If you're in the mood for something more casual, for the weekend or grabbing breakfast with friends, go for gray tights with your brown boots. Pick a tribal printed skirt that gives off a fun bohemian vibe that'll  make you feel stylish without the fuss!

4. Lastly, printed tights are equally fabulous with a solid color skirt. My trick for these types of tights is to pull out one color from them and use it to for your skirt. 

Just remember skirts are more fabulous in colors, prints and textures this season. Think deep blue, amber and definitely black. Tights in muted tones like black or gray are fitting for this season. You can pick out textured tights to add more style interest to your outfit. 

I hope that helps, Becca!! Thank you for your question!!

Fashionista - if you have a style dilemma, email me at info(at)TheFashionistaCoach(dot)com! 

Your Fashion Coach

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

3 Lessons I Learned About Creating Style From Cleaning Out My Closet

Hey Fashionista! 

Over the weekend I finally put my foot down.  I had enough. I couldn't take one more morning looking at my closet without any luck of finding something to wear. My "closet-routine" often included many visual dismissals of new and promising outfits. They ended up being too fancy to wear around the dogs or taking care of house duties. (God forbid Lady and Deputy drooled on my white jeans or muddied up my chiffon blouse! lol) I felt unusually perplexed by this problem because new clothes filled my closet yet I ended up in pajamas. Every. Time. (Cool, huh?) I walked through this like a zombie, thinking I was doomed. "Why am I not finding anything to wear?" And then hoped no one would discover that I (the style blogger) was having a style!  Then one morning it clicked. Purge your closet.  {{Thank you for the divine message, Universe!}} 

I've purged my closet many times before, but this experience was more eye-opening than expected.  I took note and highlighted the 3 lessons I learned about creating style from cleaning out my closet. A few were simple slap-yourself-on-the-forehead truths, and others weren't so the moment.  Check them out as I hope they'll help you too!

Truth #1: The clothes I bought weren't appropriate for my current lifestyle

In my prior life, I worked in an office environment Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm.  I needed professional clothing like, slacks, blazers, heels, lots of black and white - especially black purses. Many of these outfits translated into date nights and outings with my friends. So, it made sense that 80% of my clothes were suited for my professional needs. 

Since then I've shifted lifestyles. And my wardrobe (and shopping strategy) didn't quite translate. 

Here's what my new lifestyle looks like now:

-Moved from away from city life to live in a country-like setting.
- Became a homeowner - with an actual backyard to tend to and things to update or fix.
- Acquired two lovely but rowdy dogs, that beg for my time, needs walking, play time, bathroom breaks and meal time. 
- Became a wifey. Well, you can dress however you want in this area! So maybe that one doesn't count.
-Full time writer/blogger. Lots of time spent on the computer working from home. 
-An online boutique owner.  And again, working on the computer, taking pictures, and working on content. 

Quite a difference, huh?

Once I got real about the difference in lifestyles,  (as in: what I used to wear vs. what I fantasized about wearing vs. what I needed to wear) I made new shopping decisions.  For my new lifestyle, I needed my clothes to STILL be stylish, but more flexible in terms of getting dirty and remaining active with my dogs, etc.  

Truth #2: Don't get rid of all your nice stuff because you won't use it often.

Going back to what I said about how I "need to get real about what I need to wear versus what I fantasize about wearing?" That is only part of the picture. If your lifestyle is similar to mine, you DO need items that are meant for a casual lifestyle, but you also need items for special occasions and times when you want to make a stylish impression; like, at a client meeting, birthday parties, brunches, weddings, dinners, dancing etc. Just because 90% of your lifestyle isn't in the public eye, doesn't mean you won't ever be in the spotlight from time to time. So keep the platforms heels and the grandiose statement necklaces.  But do direct overall purchases towards your primary role in life - like working from home. 

Truth #3: Don't toss your good stuff, sell it on Instagram.

With all the never-worn (or worn once) clothing and shoes I'd acquired, I realized I didn't want to just give them away. I recalled seeing several fun bloggers and Fashionistas on Instagram creating secondary accounts to sell their gently used clothes, shoes and accessories.  I thought, what a brilliant idea! I'll give it a try! 

Does that sounds like something you'd like to do? All you have to do is create an additional Instagram account -free of charge.  Create a name for your secondary account - preferably one that indicates you're selling on Instagram - I chose "@ShopTheFashionistaCoach 

Get a PayPal account. This is also a free tool that helps you buy and sell securely online. When you set up an Instagram account and a PayPal account, tell your potential buyers to comment on the photo of the item you're selling with their email address.  From there, you will email them an invoice - through the "Merchant Services" tab in your PayPal account. The buyer pays and you ship off their goods. It's very simple. 

To see how I set my second Instagram Account up, visit me here for my rules that you're welcome to use too! 

I told ya the 3 lessons I learned about creating style from cleaning out my closet was full of unusual wisdom! Did any of them help you? Please feel free to share which one you benefited from the most below. Wishing you a fabulous day, Fashionista!

Your Fashion Coach

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Favorite Summer Hues: Blue + White + Yellow

Hey Fashionista!  It occurred to me just the other day that we are on the homestretch of summer. Officially 4 weeks left of warm sunny summer weather. ((Well...less than that if you're going back to school. :( ----Okay, sorry. Didn't mean to rub it in.  LoL!))) This realization inspired me to capture my favorite hues of the season that you can use to really soak up the last rays of summer sun! Read on for the full details! 

White Bubble Necklace!!
I've loved wearing this white bubble necklace so much this summer! It goes with everything. And the best part is that it'll transition into fall and winter. It's one of those gems that I'll hang onto for a long time because of its versatility. 
 If you'd like to grab yours, shop this necklace at my store for $29.99!

Blue Tribal Mini Skirt

I never actually owned a skirt like this, but I had to put this picture on my list. I love a feminine piece with a little sass. If you're looking  to freshen up your skirt collection, add this blue and pink tribal print mini to your list!

Yellow Sundress
Anything with a twirl wins me over. Put it in yellow and I'm drooling!! I love this dress because of its flirty flair and vibrant hue. This dress is extra special due to its ability to transition into upcoming seasons like fall and spring. 

Blue + White + Yellow Outfit

I loved this outfit set! Polka dots are another drool-worthy print for me.  I loved pulling my Victoria's Secret cobalt blue tank with my LOFT cardigan with these Gap shorts. It was very comfortable and stylish!

Yellow Accessories

I found a similar clutch at Gap and loved using it for my main purse for summer. Also - my brilliant mother-in-law gave me the idea to use it as an extra insert of storage when using my large tote - brill! Whenever I use this little baby, it always brings a smile to my face. :)

Blue Fancy Wear 
Gah! Can this outfit get anymore fabulous? It's simple, but classic.  The moment I saw this picture I had to duplicate this look. I found similar pants at Gap and top and necklace from Forever 21. I love how effortless this look is and the amount of flair it holds. 

I hope my favorite summer hues post gives you a fresh take on your own summer style. Use this post to craft the perfect summer outfit for an upcoming party or event.  Definitely consult your closet first to see if you have similar pieces in blue + white + yellow.  Then, pick an area to wear each color and try throwing in a fabulous print for a huge stylish effect!  Wishing you a wonderful week, Fashionista!

Your Fashion Coach

Monday, August 12, 2013

Roller Skate Style

Hey Fashionista! I haven't gone rollerskating in, ohhhhh.....a couple of years. Haha.  The other day I came across my rusty old Skechers' skates in my closet and remembered how much fun I had with them when I lived by the beach. Instantly I thought, why not take them out for a spin? Could be fun! Or could be a disaster! And then I wondered, what would I wear??  Here's a quick guide to help you pick out what to wear to create roller skate style - so you'll look cute and feel comfortable!

1. Comfort is important!
When you're rollerskating, comfort is important. You're going to be working your legs out. Shorts are best in this case. I wore leggings, but oy! It was hot. So if it's relatively warm by you, go for shorts, or even a longer short like "walking shorts." More points to you if they're a thicker material, like denim or corduroy - in case you fall, it will give you some protection. 

Also - wear a comfortable tee or tank. I loved wearing my over-sized tank from Victoria's Secret. I felt nice and cool, yet stylish.

2. Accessorize!
I'm a fan of hats. I loved wearing my Roxy hat with my cat-eye sunglasses. I didn't worry about earrings or jewelry or anything. Sometimes that can be too distracting when you're re-familiarizing yourself with rollerskating. 

3. Hair!
If your hair is longer, wear a side-braid. It will keep you free of distraction and looking super cute in a laid-back girly-girl way. If your hair is shorter, pin back your hair with a few bobby pins. 

If you ever find yourself bored to tears this summer or bombarded with work and can't getaway, I highly suggest whipping out your roller skates to feel that rush of summer fun- instantly! If it's your first time rollerskating (or you are getting back in it) - don't be afraid! Go slow. Stick to flat surfaces - or sidewalks with grassy areas that can support you if you stumble. Before you know it, you'll be back in the saddle again having fun! Thank you for reading today's post about roller skate style! Have a wonderful day!

Your Fashion Coach

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