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Monday, November 25, 2013

3 Easy Ways to Glam Up Turkey Day Attire

Hey Fashionista!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is just three days away? I don't know where the months went, but I'm guessing by the time I finish typing this post, it'll be Christmas! ;)

All joking aside, Thanksgiving day is one of my favorite holidays because of the time spent in gratitude with the people I love and have blessed my life tremendously -- especially this year. Usually a fancy ensemble marks this occasion, like I've written before in previous Thanksgiving posts.  But this year is a little different for me...no, actually a lot different. Earlier this year, I lost a very special person from my life that happened to be my best friend and also my mother. It's an understatement to say that life hasn't been the same without her.  My mom was my side-kick, the person I told everything to and had to have her opinion on what to do next. Some days it feels like half of my heart is missing because she was so much a part of me. We hadn't always been this close, but I'm grateful life allowed us to be the last few years of her life.  What I'll remember most about her was her 1,000 watt smile and laughter that lit up a room. Her positive attitude, which not only stopped me from throwing in the towel on my dreams - numerous times, but inspired a whole community of readers who followed her work.  She believed in me, she cheered me on (countless times with my blog :), she held my hand during the ups and downs in my life and she was a living example of what it meant to go after your dreams.  This holiday season won't be easy to experience without her... My heart will weep for the spaces she filled with so much love and laughter.  But, I will hold the ones I love a whole lot closer than before and feel grateful for the wonderful times I shared with my mom... <3 font="">

Maybe this year, you have tons on your to-do list or are experiencing a loss during the holiday season - or maybe you just want to easily put together a stylish outfit without all the stress! Those are all really great reasons to read these 3 easy ways to glam up Turkey Day attire - which will help you pull off big style with little effort. 

And why not apply all that extra energy you would have used on yourself to where it matters most? :) 

Check out my 3 tips below....and get to celebrating with your loved ones. :)




1. Wear a Sassy Printed Shoe.
A fabulous pair of shoes is an easy way to glam-up a casual ensemble, like t-shirt and jeans.
It could be this exact pair or it could be something similar.
The point is to select a print or colorful shoe that is a bit fancier
than your jeans and top.
But in order to balance this look, bring a fancy clutch to go along with it. ;)

Or if you'd prefer wearing boots -- make sure you wear printed boot socks like I did here!
Black, white and grey boot socks (with lace trim) from FootTraffic.com 




2. Make a Statement w/Jewelry.
Let's say we're continuing on with our jeans and top theory...
Another way to look stylish easily is to put a statement necklace on it!

Bubble necklaces are another fabulous statement piece you could easily wear with your favorite pair of jeans and blouse. I have three at my shop (in navy blue, white and light blue!) for $29.99.  You can check them out here---> www.TheFashionistaCoach.storenvy.com! 




3. Don a Pattern & A Collar.
Last eassssy peasy way to glam up Turkey Day attire is to pick a print for your top.
So...instead of plain ole' white blouse, how about pink, with black polka dots? 
Or checkered? Or stripes? Or plaid?
Also, choose a top that has a little more structure, 
like this collared blouse above.  
While it's looks too restricting to wear,
it's really isn't the case.  
So long as you find and wear a collared blouse in a soft cotton with room to move,
it'll be your winning combo to effortlessly glam-up your Thanksgiving Day style.


My beautiful Mama...
A woman who marched to the beat of her own drum
Loved life and never let anything get her down.
I'm thankful for the lessons you taught me and the love you gave me.
I love you & miss you...
Always.


These 3 easy ways to glam up turkey day attire is meant to add a lot flair to your most favorite jean and t-shirt duo with very little effort.  Just add your favorite tip into the mix and you'll feel T-day ready! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, Fashionista, filled with laughter and love. 

Love & Hugs,
Your Fashion Coach

Photos Courtesy of: RichesforRags.tumblr.com, CharlestonClass.tumblr.com, DidoBridal.com

Monday, November 18, 2013

How to Buy Everything You Want Without Breaking The Bank

Hey Fashionista!  Now that 'Black Friday' and the holiday shopping season are about to commence, I want to share my favorite tip that will show you how to buy everything you want without breaking the bank.  It's one of my favorite shopping tricks that leaves me feeling satisfied with my shopping ventures every time!  But let me stop right there and acknowledge what you MUST be feeling.  This idea sounds like a load of crap, right? Haha Right. It's okay, if you think so. But let me assure you that there's something in my post today that might catch you by surprise. So stay with me.  


THE TIP!!

When you're shopping at the most delicious store where you could devour everything off the shelves, I want you to actually GIVE IN and GRAB EVERYTHING your heart desires. 


Unleash the little kid inside of you that dove right for the jelly beans and gum balls at the candy store. Go crazy. Get everything that makes your heart sing. The flirty frocks, the sparkley cardigan, the perfect pair of jeans.  Even the last pair of flats and cocktail ring. THEN...take it all into the dressing room.  

This may seem like counter-intuitive advice...or an ass backwards way of thinking that's guaranteed to leave you in debt or homeless, but trust me, I've got a little trick up my sleeve that will reel you back in...

Here's where the magic begins....

THE PROCESS OF ELIMINATION.

This process is a lot like dating...you try stuff on to see if it's a good fit.  Some might look okay, some might not flatter, but there's always that one piece that'll make your eyes light up.  So...take everything into the dressing room and let the dating...I mean, process begin! :) :)

FIT! How does it wear? Take note of how it fits your body. It MUST flatter.  See if that pattern really accentuates your figure.  Check if the material is really breathable. Can you see through the fabric?  This is easy to catch upon first sight. 

A Color Match?? Taking stock of how your selections REALLY hold up on your figure is a great start.  But you must also see how the color looks with your skin tone. How does that blush blouse look with your creamy complexion?  Does it wash out your color? Or does it enhance it? Leave it or take it based on the way it flatters your pretty hue.

Priorities! Which event takes priority now? Is your significant other's holiday dinner high on your priority list? Or do you maybe have a few dresses you can re-accessorize at home?  Or maybe you are down to your last blazer and need a new one - which might have to take priority this time. Making these distinctions will be important to deciding how to best invest your hard earned dollars. 

HERE'S THE MYTH: We are terrified to allow ourselves to try everything that catches our eye. We think we'll lose our minds and spend ourselves into debt.  Or overspend on pieces that don't look great on us.  Not the case.  By using my favorite technique (The Process of Elimination), you're free to explore what you love so that you can discover if it's a good fit without overdoing it.  You'll wind up picking pieces that actually fit and flatter you and your budget without feeling like you've left thousands of great options behind.  Reverse psychology? Maybe. But you're just having your cake and eating it too. ;)

So, Fashionista, I want you to go shopping and throw caution to the wind.  BUT do take your brain with you.  Scrutinize. See what ACTUALLY flatters your figure and your skin tone. Then ask yourself what type of clothing is priority? A fancy dress for Thanksgiving dinner with your significant other's family? Or a new work jacket? Then decide where to invest your money.  That's it! And that is how to buy everything you want without breaking the bank! I hope you enjoyed today's post! See you next time!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach


Photos Courtesy of: Spendispandi.blogspot.it, Frenchessence.blogspot.com, SierraChantal.com, 

Monday, November 11, 2013

How to Style Boots With Boot Socks


Hey Fashionista!

I think I have a bit of a reputation as the 'angry lady' who rants about the disappointing weather in Southern California. I've mentioned it on Instagram ohhhhh a few dozen times; even listed all the reasons why I can't wait for cold weather to arrive, and outed my vendetta against 80 degree November days. Haha. So, if I've given off that impression, then ok. It's not far from the truth. LoL Why? Because I LOVE, love, love the fall and winter season.  And this one isn't living up to the kind of weather I favor this time of year. (Maybe I should move to the east coast? Ha! jk. :) 

So, while it's shooting into the 80's today, I'm going to imagine it's cooler and share with you my favorite images taken from my Pinterest hunt that will guide you on how to style your boots with boot socks! 



Okay...I lied. 
This one isn't from Pinterest.
It's my #ootd (outfit of the day)!
A fun combo to try!
Grab a pair of stripe socks 
(in your choice of color!)
UGG Boots
Looks great with any type of bottoms:
denim, leggings, shorts, or skirt.
{{Oh, and as mentioned above, it was 82 today
and below zero in my house.
So this was the outfit that made fashionable sense to me. 
Hence my laughter.
Sighhhhh.}}



I'm all about frills and lace.
Especially when it's peeking a few inches above your boots. 
It's such a fun flirty way (in my opinion)
to show off your girly side.
Boot socks from GraceandLace.com 


Basic boot socks are super important.
They go with any type of boot.
While I have a pair in white, I say...
Bold is better.
Try a deep purple. 
Or a pop of blue!
While this link leads to nowheresville on Pinterest,
Foot Traffic - my favorite accessory shop,
carries an array of these boot socks for cheap!




Short lace-up boots can benefit 
from boot socks too.
Heavy knits are not only warm, 
but fun too.
Don't forget a pair when 
wearing these type of boots!


Colorblock boot socks are uber cute too.
I like how this Fashionista wore them in such a way
that you can see both shades together.
Makes footwear extra fancy-schmancy.
Again, don't forget boot socks with these kind of boots!
You'll be missing out on a style opportunity here!


Lastly....
High boot socks with short boots.
a DO.
While I've never tried this one before, 
I feel inclined to do so this season. 


As you can see, there are several ways to bring high style to an everyday piece, like boots.  The added benefit of styling your boots with boot socks is that you're creating a different look each time.  Never looking the same and always keeping 'em guessing.  So don't fret if you can't afford a ton of new boots. Just stock up on boot socks and tights to make them fresh each time! I hope you're enjoying boot sock weather wherever this post may find you!! And enjoy it for me too! ;)  See you next time!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach
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