Dyllon's Beauty Product Picks

Makeup is complicated more than it probably should be. Just scrolling through your Instagram or Facebook explore page can lead you to see many incredibly talented makeup artists, and their use of lots of products, some of which you might not have known existed. As a makeup lover, I enjoy watching videos and tutorials, learning new techniques, and I always want to try new products. Because of this, I find many products that I love, and also a lot of products I could easily live without. In this post I will be sharing my absolute favorite makeup products and why they work so well. While all these products could be considered a little more expensive, I do believe all of them are worth every penny.  Makeup is a personal thing.  Products are not designed to work for everyone. It often takes trial and error to find what works for you. Nonetheless, these five makeup items are what I reach for most often, and I can’t wait to share why!

Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara

This mascara has a crescent-moon-shaped wand that naturally curls the flattest eyelashes. It not only curls, but also lengthens your lashes for a wide-eyed look. As if that wasn’t enough, when you flip the wand over so it is upside-down, just stroking it lightly through your lashes gives them immense volume. I love this mascara more than any other one I have tried. So much so that I even got my mom and grandma hooked on it too!

Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner 

This incredible eyeliner applies very easily and has the perfect tip for perfecting a cat-eye. And, this stuff really is waterproof and stays on all day! It has never flaked off and I have never noticed residue under my eyes. Your liner will literally stay perfect, even after swimming.  The craziest thing is that with the proper makeup remover or face wash, it comes off in an instant. No raccoon eyes today!

 

Urban Decay’s Original Naked Palette

This was my first eyeshadow palette and I have no regrets! This palette contains 12 pigmented shadows, all with different finishes. All of the shadows blend like a dream and always blend with whatever shadows I pair it with. The matte shades are perfect to put in your crease for a subtle transition shade, and the shimmery ones lay atop your lids all day. I also love this palette for it’s diversity. You can very easily make a cute shimmery look, jaw-dropping cut-crease, fierce smokey eye, or anything in between. 100% recommend!

Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Sun Dipped Glow Kit

Ahhh Highlighter. Whether you want a subtle glow on your cheekbones or extravagant shine, this highlighting palette is perfect. It has four gorgeous shades that work for all skin tones. Not only is this great for highlighting, but you can use this as eyeshadow. You can even use for a pop in your inner corner and it is absolutely stunning. Highlighting may be scary at first, but once you get the hang of it, you will notice how much it draws attention to the high-points of your face. 

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Foundation

I don’t use foundation very often, because I love to let my skin breathe. But, when I do, I will always use this. This foundation has the perfect matte finish that doesn’t crease!  I also feel it works for everyone, because if you don’t prefer a matte finish, you can easily use a radiant primer, or spice up the look with highlighter. One of my favorite things about this product is that it does not oxidize, so you don't have to worry about the foundation getting darker on your face. And it gets even better... It's long-lasting, blendable, has beautiful packaging, applies easily, and has 40 shades!

I loved being able to share all of my favorites with you! Makeup is awesome, and I love showcasing it’s art. Thanks for reading!

 

                                            -Dyllon Jelinek

 

Fun Pieces To Pack For Your Next Trip!

We can't wait for warm weather and at least we're starting to get a little glimpse of it.  Whether you're headed somewhere soon or dreaming about your next vacation, we've got a list of things you can pack.  

We are loving these Bogg Bags. You can wash them so it's easy to get the sand out or the juice and food that might have spilled in it. Lots of fun color choices. There's also an insulated cooler insert that can transform your bag into a cooler. Love the versatility of this!

Havaianas- we've always loved them and we really like this rose gold pair . What's great about these flip flops is they are cute, but durable and can easily be rinsed off. So many of the pretty flip flops out there don't hold up or after a few wears the foot imprint in them looks yucky. These are a great purchase for the money and they will last for years. Bonus, they come in so many colors. 

You've heard us say this before, but a cover-up is a necessity! You want to have something you love, to put over your bathing suit, especially if you don't plan on taking your cover-up off very often. We love dresses and rompers for this! If you're looking for a traditional cover-up, you will be looking for a long time. Shift your shopping to dresses, rompers or even a kaftan. You'll have many more options to chose from! We like this kaftan from Cooper and Ella.

Another kind of cover up we like is a sarong. When we are wearing a bathing suit, we always want to cover up our bum :). Love this scarf from Lem Lem and the mission behind the company. They have other fun prints/colors available too. 

A beach towel is another must have. Why not make sure it's bright and colorful? This one from Las Bayedes is a fun one to add to your collection. And just like the sarongs above, there are lots of fun colors and patterns to chose from. Easy to care for, which is what you want from a beach towel!

Speaking of washing things, no vacation planning is complete without some of The Laundress Delicate Wash. Pack it in your bag, so you can wash your bathing suit after several wears. This will keep your bathing suits and any of your other special clothes looking and smelling great. 

Here's a fun shoe by Ancient Greek Sandals that is great for the pool or the beach, but it's also stylish enough to wear other places. There are a lot of color choices. Bonus, the line has many  styles to chose from in other textures such as nubuck, velvet and linen. 

One last item to consider is a new dress. We like a dress that can be worn with flip flops or the sandals above, but you can also pair a dressier sandal or wedge with it if necessary. One that is easy to care for (we can wash it in the washing machine) is also key! This dress is a steal! If you like it you better grab it before it's gone.

Time to start packing your bags! 

 

 

 

Spring Trends!

It's time to start thinking about what you want to add to your closet this spring. Below are a few of the things that we like. Designers definitely have some fun offerings this spring!

Waist detail tops  

What we love about this is that most of these tops give a little accent to your waist, but they aren't super fitted or short, so they are still comfortable. We think it's a welcome change to some of the tops that are more flowy. But, even if you like your tops to have a little more room in them, we still think you will like this look.

Lavender

By now you have probably heard about the purple craze. There a lots of different shades out there, so you can pick one that you like and that flatters your skin tone. It's an easy way to add a little color to your wardrobe and to update it instantly.

Clear Shoes

Not a new trend, but one that has not been around for awhile. What is fun about this trend, is the clear heel detail. It adds interest to a shoe in an unexpected way, but it's still able to go with a lot of things. Sometimes, if your shoe is so unique it's not versatile, but that's not the case with this look.

 

Checks

Again not a new trend, but designers are showing a lot of the check look this season. It's a timeless look, so if you don't have anything in your closet know that it's something that you will wear for many seasons. 

Bold Colors

In addition to pastels, designers also showed bright and vibrant colors. One of the ways we love this look is the combination of lots of the colors together- a rainbow effect. It's such a fun way to introduce more color into your wardrobe and it's definitely a fresh take on color.  

Now it's your turn to look at some of the spring trends and figure out how you will incorporate them into your closet! Let the shopping begin! 

 

 

 

Erin's Fall Picks

It's my turn to share my fall pics! I usually make a list at the beginning of each season (sometimes just in my head) of what I want to add to my closet. Each item is not always something that's a new trend, but rather what I think I should add to my wardrobe to make the most of what I have in my closet. Here is my list for this fall.

A white blouse. This is a staple in my wardrobe. I need a new one and love this one from Ann Mashburn because of the placket detail, the tailored fit and the slight bell sleeve.  I will wear this with jeans for a more casual look and with skirts and pants for a dressier look. I love the idea of pairing a simple small scarf with it too. 

I purchased a pair of crop flare jeans in the spring and loved them so much, that I decided I would like a pair of pants that are crop flare. I looked A LOT because I could not find a pair that I really liked until I found these from Zara. I knew I wanted navy and these are perfect! The price is great too, so that makes it an easy purchase! 

I wear jeans a lot and I'm always looking to add some jeans with color to my wardrobe. This season I'm hoping to purchase either an off white pair of jeans or an olive green color. But I also just saw these velvet jeans, so I might actually get these Joe's velvet jeans instead because I love the grey color and love that they are velvet! I might not rock the white boots with them though :). 

I don't like to have a lot of sweaters because with the weather, I never feel like I wear them very much. You know I can't get away from Cost Per Wear.  But, I am in need of another basic sweater. For me, that means a v neck cashmere sweater. This one is a steal. Honestly, it probably won't last for years, but for as often as I will wear it, it's just fine. And I love it in black. 

Florals have been big for a few seasons and as much as I have bought florals for clients, I have not bought any for me. So, I'm hoping to buy a dress in a floral print. Right now, I have my eye on this Kate Spade dress. Prints are such a personal thing- you either love them or you hate them. And I really like the print on this dress! 

I also would like to get a new neutral crossbody bag. It's great to have for travel and so easy for evening too, so you don't have to worry about a bulky bag. I would love the Chloe bag, but that's not in the budget for me, but I really like this Sole Society one too.

My wish list wouldn't be complete without at least one pair of shoes. As much as I don't like to wear heels, I still wear them often enough that I have to keep a nice assortment in my closet. I love this pair, because it has a slight point to it, but the heels are square, which means more comfort for my feet! Love the navy suede option! 

Time for me to get shopping! 

Donna's Fall Pics!

As promised we're sharing some of the things on our shopping list this fall. Today, Donna is sharing what she hopes to add to her closet in the coming months.

I love the embroidered jeans this Fall! A pop of color brings a fun, good-wearing pair of jeans to a new level.  This late 90’s trend feels right at home with me. Love these Pilcro jeans from Anthropologie!
 

Love the details of this sweater with the fuller sleeves and gathers.  Pair it with jeans, (yes, even white jeans!) navy or black pants, fun versatile and comfortable! 

Fun clutch to pull your outfit together! This clutch can be used daytime with jeans and is also a great accessory for night with a simple, classic black dress 

I love this beautiful cognac color boot.  This color leather is more versatile than a dark brown.  It's one of my favorite Fall looks. A winter white sweater, good pair of jeans and these BOOTS!

This Soia and Kyo vest is a versatile, great layering option for Fall and I love the color! It's a fun piece to add to your wardrobe

Loved being able to share some fun pieces for fall. Time to get shopping!  Stay tuned for Erin's fall shopping list...

Fall Trends!

Fall officially began last week, so it's time again to share some trends for the season. Last week we were at a trunk show surrounded by sweaters and it was hard to even think about wearing them with 80 degree weather outside! But, if you don't buy things now, many of the items will sell out because designers are not cutting as many pieces as they once did. So, to help you with your fall shopping list, here are some of the trends to watch.

Big statement sweaters 

This is just an extension of all the statement sleeves from spring (which are still big). For fall, designers showed this look in sweaters. This Demylee sweater is prefect with the fun ruffle detail on the shoulders as well as the prefect yellow color. Bonus: designers showed yellow for spring 2018, so you know this color will be around for a while. 

Velvet

Velvet is the hot fabric for fall! Designers are showing it in tops, pants, purses and shoes, and everything else! So, it's super easy to add this fabric to your closet because you have lots of options. We love these loafers by Sam Edelman

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Red

Red is reigning supreme this fall! Not just one shade of red, but all different hues, which is great because it can work on lots of different people. In the right shade, like a burgundy or wine, red can even be considered a neutral. Designers paired red with pink (gasp!), and we love this fresh look! Here's a Halogen ruffle sweater paired with a pair of Halogen wide leg crop pants. Excellent value on this outfit! 

Bows

Bows are everywhere. Some people may think this look is too fussy, but you can still try it without looking too sweet or girly, if that isn't your vibe. We picked this dress by Keepsake because it is sophisticated with one shoulder and pleating detail. We know it looks a little short, but the model is 5'9", so for many of us it wouldn't be as short. 

Denim with detail

This is a great trend because it's nice to be able to mix-up denim and give it a little different look. Designers have added embroidery and trim to jeans. This pair by Mother Denim is great because it's an ankle jean, which is the prefect length because it can be worn with most types of shoes. It has the high-low detail as well as the fringe. Different enough to get noticed, but still practical enough to wear with anything. 

Fur

It's possible this trend has been on our blog as a trend for the last few fall seasons. So is it really a trend? Fur is here to stay! Fur vest, coats, fur trimmed sweaters, those are are still on trend. This season, designers branched out and added fur detail to shoes. What's not to love about that? Here is a great neutral sneaker from Rachel Zoe. We think you'll where this show all season long. 

So those are just a few of the many fall trends out there. In the coming weeks we are going to share what's on our personal shopping lists for fall. Happy Shopping! 

Fun Fall Shopping for Clients!

Recently, I had the privilege of shopping for Barbara McKay, one of my dear friends. Barbara and I met years ago when I worked in fashion in Charlotte and we reconnected when I moved to Atlanta several years ago. She comes to Atlanta regularly to visit family and I love being able to see her when she does. I was thrilled when she asked me to pick-out some new pieces for her for fall. Let me start by saying, Barbara has fabulous style and always looks stylish and put together. Anyone who knows Barbara or follows her on social media, knows this! So shopping for Barbara may have seemed like a daunting task.

But I love shopping for clients! It’s one of my favorite things to do. And it is often the clients who seem least likely to need a stylist that are the most fun to shop for. I have clients with a wide variety of reasons for wanting me to shop for them. Some need a professional eye to help determine the best styles and colors for them, while others simply don’t have time to shop for themselves or just don’t like to shop, period.

Even the most stylish clients can benefit from a stylist’s help, though, because a stylist can expose them to different styles, colors and designers that they otherwise wouldn’t see. It’s human nature to gravitate toward the same designers and styles that we know are going to work for us. The danger is, if we’re honest with ourselves, our wardrobe can start to get a little predictable if we don’t branch out a little bit. That’s why I love helping clients find new opportunities to expand their wardrobes while staying true to their own innate sense of style. That was the challenge in shopping for Barbara!

I started by heading to Tulipano, one of Barbara’s favorite stores, and rightfully so. The store carries great finds from designers such as See By Chloe, Tibi, and Petersyn just to name a few. 

I took pictures of a few of my great finds for Barbara and am excited to share them with you!

The first is a copper pleated skirt By Malene Birger paired with a short sleeve black top by Sea New York.  What is great about this outfit, specifically for Barbara, is that she’s short-waisted, so the tie emphasizes and elongates her waist. This outfit is also great because the top can be dressed down with jeans for a more casual look. The skirt could also be more casual if you tucked a t-shirt in and wore ankle boots with it.

 

Another outfit I found was a leopard print jacket by Frame and black ankle Tibi pants. I know Barbara LOVES animal prints.  She wears them as neutrals and that is something I always share with my clients. Just because something is a pattern does not mean it can’t be a neutral. This jacket can go with denim and many other colors. That’s what I want my clients to be able to do—wear their purchases with multiple items in their closet. That’s how you get the most out of your wardrobe and a professional stylist can help to make sure you are able to do this.

 

Stripes and ruffles were so big in spring and they are still going strong this fall, so I had to get something for Barbara that showed this style. Petersyn is one of my favorite designers for this. I love how easily this top pairs with See By Chloe jeans. The jeans have a fabulous fringe trim, which is on trend this fall. I know Barbara likes to have a little interest in her jeans, so this fit the bill.  And of course, you can never go wrong with a crossbody bag like this See By Chloe. It goes with absolutely everything and is so practical because you can be hands-free if you need.

 

The last look I found was a little outside of the box for Barbara. I picked out a pair of culottes, which I know is not a style that Barbara necessarily loves.  I know it’s not something she would like to wear on a regular basis, but I wanted to show it to her, especially because the Sea New York pants were mauve and it’s a color that is still neutral. So, just like the animal print jacket, Barbara would be able to wear so many different colors with the mauve culottes. I paired them with a See By Chloe ivory crochet sweater with a beautiful ruffle detail. The sweater is so feminine! And again, because I love for clients to be able to wear things in different ways, this sweater gives Barbara that flexibility.  It goes from paired with jeans for a casual look to tucked into a ball gown skirt for a formal event.

 

Those are some of my fabulous finds for Barbara. These are all great transitional pieces for fall that can also take you into winter, especially in the South. This has been such a fun project for me and accentuates one of the reasons I love my work as a stylist! I got to help a lovely friend with an impeccable sense of style herself, and was able to help stretch her a little bit to expand her wardrobe with some incredible and versatile pieces that will be a part of her closet for years to come, further strengthening her self-confidence and sense of personal beauty.

 

 

How to Find the Right Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

I am so excited to have Barbara McKay as a guest blogger. Beyond all of her accomplishments, Barbara has a sense of style that is unmatched and a genuine personality that shines through the minute you get to know her. I'm delighted to call Barbara a friend!

Barbara is one of Charlotte’s most popular and recognizable media personalities. For over 30 years, Barbara hosted television shows in the Charlotte market on every imaginable topic. For 16 of those years, Barbara appeared daily as co-host of the noontime show Top O’the Day on CBS affiliate WBTV interviewing top local, regional, and national experts. She has also launched and published two popular magazines in the Charlotte market, Barbara McKay's Premier Bride and The Barbara McKay Magazine.

Barbara has now taken her personal passions – home décor, food, fashion, family & furry friends – and is sharing them online! Simply the Best is where fashion and style meet decorating, cooking, crafting and so much more. 

Read on for Barbara's expert tips on finding the perfect pair of sunglasses...


While sticky summer weather may only allow us to showcase our personal style with bare (wardrobe) necessities, one thing is certain: sunglasses are the ultimate fashion accessory during the warm weather season. 

Though sunglasses protect our eyes from the sunlight, I love that they don’t force us to sacrifice style for comfort or safety. No matter your outfit, the right pair of frames can instantly pull your look together.

Big, small, modern or vintage, no matter your preference sunglasses come in a variety of vivacious designs and trendy shapes. I’ve learned, however, that the art to finding the perfect pair is learning your face shape. After discovering my face is considered heart-shaped, I’ve learned how to find the best eyewear to complement it.

Read on to discover how you, too, can make the right decision during your next sunglass-shopping excursion!

 Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst

 

Face Shape: Round

Do’s: Try square frames or wayfarers to balance the roundness of your face.

Don’ts: Avoid round frames, they tend to make your face look more round.

 

 Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

 

Face Shape: Square

Do’s: Just as square frames help balance a round face, round frames can soften square faces.

Don’ts: Avoid boxy frames, as they can exaggerate your features.

 

 Scarlett Johansson 

Scarlett Johansson 

 

Face Shape: Heart

Do’s: Look for a pair of oversized frames or aviators to complement the proportions of your face

Don’ts: Large, oversized frames can often take away from features distinct to people with heart-shaped faces.

 

 Halle Berry

Halle Berry

 

Face Shape: Oval

Do’s: Good news! You can pull off just about any type of frame, from cat eyes to oversized due the proportion of your features.

Don’ts: I can’t think of any!

We hope this post will help you find just the right pair of sunglasses! Happy shopping! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Super Stylish Caftan

We’re always on the look out for new and unique lines! Fashion should be fun and what better way to express your style than through something that you can’t find at just any store?! Recently we discovered a line called Carla Christoph. We love what Carla is doing! While she hasn't always worked in fashion, she has always had a love of style, and actually started her career in design and merchandising school. In 2011, she had some formal events to attend and couldn't find what she wanted to wear (we've all been there, right?) She had a few caftans in her closet and really liked them, so she decided to design her own caftans for these events.  She received so many compliments on them that she knew she was on to something. She hasn't stopped designing them since! 

What's so special about them is that her pieces are one of a kind. She doesn’t buy her fabrics in bulk. She doesn’t duplicate a piece unless it’s going to another city.  And she doesn't sell to stores. Each caftan is made in Houston, Texas and are made to the client's measurements, so it fits perfectly when it arrives! Honestly, her caftans are flattering on most body types and there aren't many things out there that we can say that about. They are slimming, but not too tight and they drape just the right amount.

Caftans have been around for a long time. Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly are among some of the style icons that have worn caftans over the years. Pucci, Halston, and Missoni are just a few of the many designers that have showcased caftans.

 Grace Kelly 

Grace Kelly 

 

Carla has many beautiful designs, but here are a few of our favorites.

 Love the fabric and fun green in both of these!

Love the fabric and fun green in both of these!

 Carla has a great variety of fabrics and colors. Honestly, there really is something for everyone.

Carla has a great variety of fabrics and colors. Honestly, there really is something for everyone.

 This one is perfect for the beach and then later for a party! 

This one is perfect for the beach and then later for a party! 

 Another great poolside and party caftan.

Another great poolside and party caftan.

 We love her short caftans too.  

We love her short caftans too.  

If you purchase the right one it can take you from the beach to a party. You can dress it up or down with your accessories or shoes (think flips flops or wedges) . 

 

If you want to learn more about Carla, check out her website and follow her on Instagram to see her latest designs. 

 Carla wearing one of her beautiful designs! 

Carla wearing one of her beautiful designs! 

Some Fun Summer Purchases

We thought it would be fun to highlight a few fun summer purchases! Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you can't buy some new things! So here are a few of the things we have on our list. 

We love this dress from Kim and Proper. It's lightweight and we love the lattice detail on the bottom.  Pack this on a trip and let it do double duty as a dress for a dinner out and a cover-up at the pool.

These are great shoes by Melissa for summer! They can be worn to the pool, with shorts, jeans, and even a  casual dress. Stylish, yet practical... that's a combination we like. 

With embroidery being such a huge trend, we had to share at least one shirt that highlighted this. We love this J Crew top because of the gorgeous blue color and exquisite detail of the embroidery.  

These tassel earrings from Noonday are at the top of our list for a fun purchase! We love these because they are a different take on the tassel earring craze. They're more unique and made in India with love. 

Here's a great bag from Tuckernuck that you can pair with shorts, jeans or even a dress! We love all the fun colors in it. 

We hope these items have given you some inspiration for a new purchase or two which can help get your summer kicked off in style! 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Spring Trends

Well it's officially time to start thinking about spring clothes! Let's be honest, with the weather the way it has been, we all feel like we have already been living with spring weather and did we really even wear our winter clothes?? Normally, we show some highlights and inspiration from the runways, but this time we aren't going to do that. We are being rebels! No, really, we didn't feel like there were a lot of new fresh looks for spring. That's not to say we don't like what's out there, but we don't think there were tons of new fashion trends. Rather, designers took what has been trending and gave a little twist to it. Look on the bright side, there aren't a ton of new things you have to rush out and buy in order to look updated. We know you'll still want to add some new things to your closet to freshen it up, so here are some ideas for you! 

Bold Stripes Case in point, we all know stripes are not new. However, what we love about spring is that designers have made the stripes bolder. It's an updated look on a classic. Simple stripes are still on trend, too! We like this one here from BB Dakota because it's neutral black and white but has a twist with the crossover back detail. 

 

Updated Oxfords Again, for a while we have seen a menswear influence. This season, designers showcased oxford shirts, but of course they added design details to them so it doesn't look like a shirt you borrowed from your favorite guy. We love this one from Cos! It's a basic white shirt with an architectural bow on it. 

 

Bright Neons Maybe designers just felt like we needed to get back to the 80's. Maybe a lot of them weren't even alive in the 80's?! However, we think this was done very tastefully for spring. This top from Vince Camuto comes in a bright pink and a yellow. We picked yellow because yellow is one of the big colors for spring. A lot of women think they can't wear yellow. Yes, it isn't the easiest color to wear, but there are so many shades, you can totally pull it off!

 

Floral Prints We're glad that floral prints are still coming on strong. People have definite opinions on prints and they are very personal. However, if you are looking to add a little more spice to your wardrobe, prints are an excellent way to do it. And really, what says spring more than some pretty florals? We selected a dress from Privacy Please because we love how this one can go from day to evening depending own how you accessorize it. 

Ruffles Yes we know ruffles have been around for a while, but we love how designers really created more volume and drama with them this season. And we lied about not showing any runway inspiration (oops) because this top from Self Portrait is one we saw on the runway and we loved it. Not only is it showing ruffles, it's also showing the oxford trend too. 

Blue We already talked about bright colors and yellow. Blue is also a big color story for spring. What's not to love about that? Almost everyone looks good in blue and can add some to her wardrobe. We had so many things to chose from for our blue example. We picked this J Crew top because we love the mixed gingham on it. It's super versatile as it looks fabulous on its own, but can also be worn open over a tank top, or even under a sweater with the collar popping out.

So there you have a few favorite picks for spring. We have also complied some fun spring inspirations on our Spring 2017 Trends Pinterest Board, so be sure to check that out! Happy spring shopping!

Style Icons

We spend a lot of time blogging about key items. Some of you may be tired of hearing it, so we thought it would be fun today to take a look at some of the timeless pieces that have been worn over the years and how they still look great today. Certainly there are pieces that have been worn over the years that DO NOT still look ok, but there are definitely others that do and we want to focus on those.

 

No list can be complete without this look from Audrey Hepburn. How cute is this?! The look could be assembled at many stores today, from the bateau neck striped top, to the ankle pants, and feminine flats.

Another great Audrey look is this shift dress. Again completely timeless. The only thing you might need to change is your hair. 

We could go on all day with looks from Audrey Hepburn, and maybe we'll do that in a later blog, but now we want to highlight some other fun style icons. Next up is Grace Kelly. This look is quite simple and we selected it because of the importance of turtlenecks last season and the popularity of sweaters this season. We love the slight cowl neck and of course it's paired with the always important black pants.  You can't forget a great pair of sunglasses to complete your stylish look.

Jackie O is another name synonymous with style. This look is a simple sheath dress. Think of it as your day to evening dress or evening you LBD. You've heard us say it many times, every woman needs these. If you buy the right dresses you'll be looking great in them for years.  

Known for her amazing designs, Coco Chanel has influenced fashion in countless ways. We love this picture because, again, it's those classic stripes paired with a slightly higher waist, wider leg pant. Yes, this style is coming back, but truth be told, for all of you out there that don't love the skinny pant look, you were smart if you stayed with this classic look. 

Last we have Princess Kate, who we think people will be looking at as one of their favorite style icons for years to come. 

We think it's so much fun to look through style icon images. The common theme among all of these is that the looks are quite simple. So remember that next time you are stressed about putting together an outfit. For more inspiration check out our Back to the Classics Pinterest Board. Pull from your classic/key pieces and more often than not you will exude style! 

Fall 2016 Fashion Trends

We can't believe it's fall again! Weren't we just here talking about turtlenecks, 70's influence and all sorts of other trends for fall 2015? Whether we like it or not, it's time to think about fall fashion again. Here's our highlights of some of the top trends to watch this fall. We'll let you decide if you want them in your closet. 

Sweaters- It doesn't get more understandable or easier than this. Designers showed chunky sweaters, but also added embellishments such as fringe, tassels, and embroidery. We like this sweater because it's a great neutral ivory but has fun details on it.

 

 TSE Sweater 

TSE Sweater 

Patent Leather- It seems like fur always makes an appearance and we will talk about that in a little bit, but new on the fashion front this season is plastic/pvc/patent leather clothes. We think the best way to try this is in a jacket.

 Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

 

Velvet- Velvet was a big fabric trend for Fall. Anyone have that old velvet jacket still in her closet? Now would be the time to bring it out! Or maybe even those velvet pants. 

 Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Navy Coats- Many designers showed navy coats. We couldn't be more thrilled with this look.  We love navy and you know we love a coat! If you're in the market for a new coat, try a navy one. It will be a fresh look. 

 Cedric Charlier

Cedric Charlier

Neckties- We see this as the perfect opportunity to bring out some of your simple square scarves to achieve this look. In this picture the tie is just wrapped around the neck, but to soften the look you can let the ends come down a little so it doesn't just look like a collar necklace.

 Tanya Taylor

Tanya Taylor

Flamboyant Furs- Yes furs have been on the fall list for several years, but this year designers have really upped their game with all sorts of colors and designs. Most definitely this would be a great splurge! 

 Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Plaid- Will this ever go away? Yes, it's been a trend for a while, so can we really still call it a trend? We're not sure about that, but designers were mad about plaid for fall. We like it in a jacket or even as a scarf as a fun accent piece.

 Suno

Suno

Chunky Heels- This style has been creeping on the scene for the last couple of seasons and it's getting stronger. We love it because these shoes are so much easier to walk in!

 Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff

Over-the-knee boots- Again another look from shoes that is not completely new this season, but the look continues to be strong. If you don't have your basic boots covered, get those first, but if you already have the basics, this could be a fun purchase.

 Francesco Russo

Francesco Russo

Another season recap in the books. It's time to look in your closet and decide what you want to add! 

Essential Shoes

Since we’ve talked about essential pieces, we thought it would be a great idea to do a blog on essential shoes. Again, as with everything, this will vary based on lifestyle, but overall these are the shoes we think most women should have in their closets. As a side note, we LOVE shoes!  In fact, we think shoes play such a big part in making you look put together. You can have such a simple outfit on and if you’re wearing great shoes, your outfit is made. This doesn’t mean you have to have lots of different pairs of shoes. Start with these basics and you’ll see how they will complement and complete your outfits.   The images are linked back to one of our Pinterest Boards.  We've provided these images, so you can have a visual idea of the shoes we are talking about.  Please note not all items shown may be available to purchase.  

Stylish Athletic Shoes-

Think slides, shoes you can put on with your jeans but you don’t look like you’re wearing bulky shoes for the gym. It’s nice to have this as an option because they offer comfort, but the look of this type of shoe is much more stylish and appropriate with jeans. 

 

Flats-

In multiple colors. The tendency is to get black.  Black is a great color, but we think neutral is a great color because it goes with everything, is a softer look than black and actually will pop against your all black outfit. We also love the idea of a fun pop color or subtle pattern that will give life to your all neutral outfits.

 

Open Toe Wedge Heel-

This is great because it’s usually more comfortable than a high heel and offers more support too.  It looks great with jeans but can go with a dress, too. It’s a great option in the spring and summer instead of pumps.

 

Sandals-

Everyone needs a pair of shoes that they can wear casually in the summer. If you buy the right pair, you can get away with wearing them with some slightly dressier looks too.

 

Ankle Boots-

This is a style that has come on the fashion scene in the last few years. We don’t see the style going away anytime soon. Buy your boots in a neutral color. Not only do they work in the fall and winter, but they are also great in the spring. Think ankle pants or a fun spring dress paired with your ankle boots.

 

Riding Style Boot-

This is a timeless style. We suggest purchasing a pair that is fairly simple without many details (buckles, etc.). This is a shoe you will be able to wear for years, so it pays to invest in this.

 

Shoe/Boot to Wear in the Rain-

This may seem silly, but we really think you need a pair of shoes or boots that are stylish that you can wear when it’s raining. Trust us, you’ll thank us the next time it’s raining because you’ll not only have the function part covered, but also look great.

 

Black Pumps-

Need we say more? Yes you’ll wear with dresses, skirts and formal outfits, but you can also wear with your jeans. This is a shoe you will reach for many times.

 

Nude Heels-

It’s great to have another option because sometimes black doesn’t always work. This shoe can also go  from jeans to dresses and with everything in between.

 

(These last two can certainly be essential pieces, but depending on what shoes you wear on a regular basis you may opt for one over the other, or you may decide you need both!)

 

Oxford Style Shoe-

This is a nod to the menswear trend that keeps going strong. We like the idea of this kind of shoe because it’s a dressier option than an athletic type slide, but is still super comfortable. Sometimes when you need to be on your feet for a while, you need something a little nicer but you certainly don’t want a heel. This shoe fits the bill.

 

Statement Heel

If you tend to like heels, then you may want something more than just a black pump and nude heel. A statement heel is great because not only can it give life to your little black dress, it can also go with your ankle pants and a fun top or even your jeans. This shoe is the star of your outfit, so you can pair it with your basic pieces.

So there you have it! Now it’s time to take inventory of your shoes and see what you might need to add to your collection. Shoe shopping is a lot of fun. Now that you have this essential list, it should make the process much easier and also bring a lot of clarity to that pair of shoes you just have to have.  Also check out one of of other Pinterest Boards, Shoes to Swoon Over for even more inspiration. Once you’ve got these basics covered then it’s so much easier to add in other fun shoes. Happy Shopping! 

Do I Really Need to Have My Clothes Altered??

How many times have you gone shopping and finished empty-handed and frustrated because nothing seems to fit?  We know that has happened to all of us at some point.  Our guess is it is more likely for women to have an unproductive shopping trip than a really successful one.  There are various reasons for a frustrating shopping trip, but we believe one of the main reasons is that we expect clothes to fit us without alterations.  Don’t get us wrong, we wish could try something on and have it fit perfectly right off the rack, but for the most part that does not happen.

If you think about it, should we really expect clothes to fit us right off the rack with no alterations?   Clothes are made according to a pattern which coincides with a size chart. How many women do you think have the exact same measurements as the size chart?  Not many.  So, if you try on one size and it’s too small, but the next size up is too big, you’re not alone.  In fact, you're in the majority.  Consider buying the size that is a little big and getting it altered. We truly believe the biggest thing you can do for your look besides being sure to get a good night's sleep is to make sure your clothes fit properly.  

For some styles of clothes, like cotton shirts or t-shirts, the fit doesn't have to be perfect to look nice.  However, pants, jackets, blouses and jeans—yes we said it, even jeans—usually need to be altered.    We know what you’re thinking…I don’t want to pay money for a piece of clothing that doesn’t fit and I don't want to have to pay more money to get a piece altered when I already paid to purchase it.  We get it, and we don’t want to pay any more than we have to either.  Unfortunately, though, this is the case for most people.  You can be wearing a beautiful outfit, but if it doesn’t fit, it simply isn't going to look right on you!  And, if you are holding out for a perfect fit without alterations, you will probably be waiting for a long time.  If it helps, try thinking of the alterations as part of the price of the clothing.   If you read our blog on cost per wear ("My 25 Cent Designer Jeans" posted on August 25, 2014), you will see that the extra money spent to alter something is worth it and, when calculated over time, the cost is negligible.

So, before you throw in the towel and give up on shopping, think about fit.  When you are trying on clothes, look and see if it can be altered to give you the fit you want.  If you don’t think you have an eye for this, ask a personal stylist or seamstress to help you evaluate a piece.  When your clothes fit properly, you look and feel dramatically better.

Essential Necklaces Every Woman Should Have

How many times have you bought a necklace, thought it was going to be a great purchase, but then you end up hardly ever wearing it? Necklace purchases are hard.  You need to have the right balance between having enough choices, but not so many that it’s overwhelming and pieces go unworn. To simplify things for you, we have come up with five types of necklaces we think every woman should have. You can certainly have more than one piece from each of these categories, but if you like to keep things simple or you’re wanting to start to wear more necklaces, start with one of each. (Note the following are not actually names of styles, but are simply category names we’ve given certain pieces to help you plan.) 

The Best Friend - This is a necklace that you feel great in. You can wear it all of the time. It’s comfortable and it goes with most things. This is not going to be a super dressy necklace, nor will it have a lot of bling on it. It is that necklace you reach for most often.  And if you have two "best friends", it's easy to layer together for a more stylish look. 

The Add-On - This is a necklace that you can use to layer with your other necklaces. Think of a style that would look good with your Best Friend because then you can wear the two together sometimes and give your Best Friend a different look. The Add-On doesn’t always have to pair with your Best Friend, though. You can also pair it with some of the looks we will describe below.

The Finishing Touch - This is the necklace that you put on when you are trying to add some style to a simpler outfit. It’s what a lot of people would refer to a statement necklace. We are not big fans of the typical statement necklace because they tend to be overpowering on most women and, instead of complementing an outfit, a traditional statement necklace can overshadow the outfit. So look for a Finishing Touch piece that won’t overshadow your outfits. That being said, the Finishing Touch still has to be special enough to make a statement. 

The Sparkler - Every girl should have a little sparkle in her jewelry box. The name is pretty self-explanatory. The Sparkler can certainly be worn in the evening, but if done the right way, you can even wear it daytime. The Sparkler can pair nicely with your Add On and at times even with your Best Friend.  Here the Best Friend, Sparkler and Finishing Touch are layered together.  Of course, it can be worn alone too.

The Colorful Companion – We also think every woman should have a necklace that has some color to it. This is the perfect way to add some color to an otherwise neutral outfit. Pick a color that brightens your face and it’s a way you can add life to a top that’s in a color that might normally wash you out.  If you don't love longer styles, you can opt for a shorter style.  But if you do like a longer length, you can layer your Colorful Companion.

Now that you have an outline for the pieces you need, we suggest going to your jewelry collection and determining which category each of your necklaces fall into. Keep in mind, necklaces can fall into more than one category. This process will help you to understand why you aren’t wearing certain necklaces or new ways you can wear some of your existing pieces together. Also, it will help you to be much more focused when you are shopping for a new piece.   All of the links in this post are from our Essential Necklaces Board on Pinterest. There are lots of other images on it for you to check out for inspiration. 

Don’t rush out to fill in all of your missing necklaces at once. It’s best to build your collection over time.  Just like decorating a house, if you do it over time, it will most naturally reflect your personal style. And as discussed, it’s best if you can wear some of your necklaces together.  It’s a great way to maximize what you already own and it also generally looks more stylish! 

Spring 2016 Trends

We think it’s fair to say everyone is ready for spring.  Lighter fabrics, brighter colors, shoes that don’t confine our toes. These are just a few of the things we are looking forward to enjoying.  Each season we highlight some of the top trends.  We never claim to cover every trend.  We also know that a lot of the looks shown on the runway are not always the most wearable.  That being said, we think you’ll still find something that you like and want to try from our list this spring.

 

Cold Shoulder Tops

This is one of our favorite trends of the season.  It started in the fall, but designers really made a strong statement with bare shoulders for spring.  We love it because if you buy the right one, you can wear the top casual or dress it upWe also love the idea of a chambray off the shoulder top.  It's on our shopping list for spring!

 Trina Turk

Trina Turk

 

 

Modern Ruffles

We know ruffles have been around for many seasons and many of us probably go through highs and lows of loving them and hating them.  However, for spring the ruffles were not done all over, nor were they as structured.  We like this because it’s just a touch of ruffle.  Who doesn’t’ like that slight bit of femininity?

 Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

 

Pajama Dressing

So we know that this may not seem like the most wearable trend.  Or maybe some of you are excited because now you have permission to wear your pajamas out in public.  Take a deep breath and relax, we aren't talking about some slinky little intimate. Think silky menswear inspired pajamas or a long charmeuse night gown.

 Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

 Thakoon

Thakoon

 

No-Iron Look

A prefect segway from wearing your pajamas is the “I just rolled out of bed in my clothes" look.  Unfortunately, we don’t think this is going to give us a pass from having to iron our favorite shirt that looks wrinkled once it comes out of the dryer.  The way designers showed this look was much more purposeful and intentional and had everything to do with the fabrics that they chose. Think silk voile, crinkled chiffon and heavier organza.

 Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Bucket Hats

We love that hats have been trending for a while and we are extra excited about bucket hats.  We think it’s the perfect spring/summer option for all you beanie lovers out there.  It’s also just a little more ladylike so we think more people will be able to wrap their heads around this trend (ha!)

 Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

 Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger


Nautical

Again, not a new trend. However, we love how designers showed this look.  It was very fresh.  Not at all reminiscent of the anchors away red, white and blue nautical look.  For spring it was well styled and on point.

 Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

 Derek Lam

Derek Lam

 

Orange

One color that was present in many collections was orange.  We think it’s a welcome addition to the spring pallet.  We love pairing it with white, but also love how designers have combined different shades of orange together.

 Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez

 Coach

Coach

So there you have it.  Our spring 2016 fashion guide.  We hope it's given you a few ideas of looks you can add to your closet this season.  Be sure to check out our Spring 2016 board on Pinterest because you can find even more inspiration there!

Essential Pieces Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet- Part 2

Last blog post we started a two part series on items every woman should have in her closet, the answer to one of those common questions. Every woman wants to know what are the essential pieces that she needs to have in her closet. Here is the list we started last time to refresh your memory:

#1 Day-to-evening dress

#2 Black pants

#3 A Good T-Shirt

#4 A Nice Blouse

#5 Statement Jacket

Now, we will close the loop with a discussion of four more essential pieces. Knowing that every woman’s wardrobe is personal and her needs are largely determined by her lifestyle, these items do tend to transcend that and are more broadly applicable for all of us. So without further ado, here we go:

#6 A Good Sweater (pull-over or cardigan)


A sweater is a way you can introduce some color to your wardrobe. Get one in a color that you love. If you are not a person who loves color, try a camel, grey or even black.  We say good, because you want it to be a fabric that will hold up over many wears.  Cashmere is an example of a fabric that will last.  A crewneck or V-neck is a good choice for versatility. A bateau neck is also very classic, but it doesn’t offer as many options for layering underneath as the crew or V-neck.   Of course, you can always go with a cardigan too, because it gives you versatility of leaving it opened, buttoned up or even belted.

#7 A Good Pair of Jeans


We encourage every woman to take the time to go to a store where a knowledgeable salesperson can help her find a pair of jeans in the best style and fit for her figure. It is time and money well spent. It’s overwhelming to try and navigate jean shopping by yourself, and you will probably leave frustrated. You want to work with someone who has a good understanding of the available styles and your shape. A good style for most women is a straight leg jean in a clean, dark wash. This is very versatile because it can be worn either casual or dressed up. If you don’t like a straight cut, another option is a slim bootcut. This is a more updated look with just a slight flare in the leg. Either way, we always suggest a clean, dark wash because that wash is timeless and is flattering on all shapes and sizes.

 #8 Little Black Dress

We all know this one, but do we all have a little black dress in our closet? This is such an easy one to dress up or down and really can be worn for many, many years. Buy the right one and you will be pulling this dress out to wear for a long time. Among its many attributes is the fact that a great little black dress can transition seamlessly from day to evening.

#9 A Classic Skirt

A classic skirt is an essential piece for every woman because it can be paired with a lot of different tops to create either a casual look or a dressier look. The skirt does not have to be a specific style or color. Pick a classic style that is flattering on you. Think pencil skirt, slight A-line skirt or a little fuller pleated skirt. Find a color that will work with multiple pieces from your existing wardrobe. The length of the skirt is also flexible, so go with what looks best on you. A good guide on length would be from slightly above the knee to just below the knee.

So there you have it. Does this mean these are the only nine essential pieces? Definitely not. There are certainly other key pieces of clothing as well as accessories and shoes that are part of a well-balanced wardrobe, but having these pieces as a foundation will give you lots of flexibility and will make it easier for you to get the most out of your wardrobe. 

 

Essential Pieces Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet-Part 1

 

Clients and friends always ask us what items every woman should have in her closet. This is a difficult question to answer because the items in a well-balanced wardrobe depend on a woman’s lifestyle and how she has to dress on a daily basis. However, we do feel there are some pieces that transcend age and lifestyle. So, in an effort to shed some light on this very popular question, here is a list of five must-have items for every woman’s closet. We’ll follow-up with another post with four more such items.

#1 Day-to-Evening Dress
Every woman should have a dress that can be worn for daytime events such as work or a luncheon. But what happens when you receive an invitation for a fancier affair on an evening after you’ve worked all day and don’t have time to change? Every woman should have a dress in her wardrobe that can be worn for both situations. The dress should be simple enough so adding some accessories can “dress it up,” but it should still have enough style that you feel special in it for an evening out.

#2 Black Pants
We think black pants are something most of us know we are supposed to have. It seems like something our mothers may have even told us. However, as much as we know this, it’s surprising that many women are missing this key piece in their wardrobes. The beauty of a pair of black pants is that, much like the day-to-evening dress, the pants can be worn to work in daytime but can also go into evening and look quite dressy when paired with the proper top. If you pick a classic style black pant, one that is straight cut or even with a slightly wider leg, it will last for years.

#3 A Good T-shirt
T-shirts are part of most of our wardrobes. Things have gotten so casual that many women wear T-shirts most days. We qualify this item by saying “good” because it pays to spend a little more on a nice T-shirt every once in a while. They last longer, hold their shape and just generally look nicer. The great thing about a T-shirt is that you can wear it with jeans, but it can also be a layering piece with a scarf, jacket or even a statement necklace over it. So your causal t-shirt can be elevated to a nicer level of attire, giving you more options. Color on this can be flexible. We usually suggest white, grey or some other type of neutral color.

#4 A Nice Blouse
This can be your “classic white blouse” or a blouse in a favorite color. It can have some design detail such as French cuffs if you prefer. Again, a blouse like this can have a more casual look when paired with jeans or layered under a sweater, cardigan or jacket; or it can be paired with black pants or a pencil skirt and finished with a statement bracelet and clutch to dress the whole look up.

#5 Statement Jacket
It’s nice to have a jacket in your wardrobe that goes beyond the basic blazer. Don’t get us wrong, a blazer is a great piece to have in a closet, but a statement jacket is just a little more special. It’s the kind of jacket that you throw on with your jeans or pants and you instantly look put together. A trench coat can even fit into this category because usually there are button details on a trench that add interest. The bonus for this jacket in the South is that you can wear it as an outerwear piece on days that are not very cold, and you can also wear it as a topper to complete your outfit.

So, there you have it — five of essential items for every woman’s closet. We'll post some examples of these essential pieces, so stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.  In our next blog post we'll talk about four more essential items for your closet.

How to Care for Your Clothes

If you have read any our blogs or follow us on social media, you know one of the ways we like to help our clients is by helping them maximize their wardrobes. We want you to invest in foundational pieces that can last and build your wardrobe around those pieces. Do we think you need to splurge or invest in every piece? No way! But, we think if you invest in the right pieces, it makes it so much easier to work in the fun fashion pieces.  In the coming months, we will be doing some posts about essential pieces for every woman’s closet.

Right now, though, we want to address how you can take care of your clothes to make sure they last. We love The Laundress products. They are, without a doubt, the best way we have found to care for our clothes. That’s why we actually sell the products, because we wanted our clients and anyone else we know to have access to them.  We are going to highlight how we use some of their products to care for clothes.  And the below tips don’t work only with The Laundress products. If you have products you use that you already love, feel free to use those instead with the tips we provide. 

1.       Use a delicate fabric wash to wash your nicer things.  We all have some of those shirts that are silky (more likely than not they are a poly blend rather than actual silk, but the same concepts apply).  Most of the labels say Dry Clean Only. We usually wash those pieces in the washing machine in a mesh laundry bag to protect them (the most delicate items, we hand wash) with a special wash, such as The Laundress Delicate Wash. Yes, we said we wash these Dry Clean Only things.  We promise you, it will make your clothes last longer if you take care of them this way as compared with dry cleaning them. And it really doesn’t take much time to wash them this way.  A delicate wash is much gentler on your clothes.  You will also save a lot of money because dry cleaning is a way more expensive! Of course, lay the items flat to dry or hang on a drying rack.  You don't want to put delicate clothes in the dryer. 

 

2.       Always pretreat your white and light colored shirts with a stain solution under the arms.  You know how all of a sudden your t-shirts appear with pit stains?  This is because over time sweat and deodorant builds up, causing discoloration.  Laundry detergent is not enough to prevent this build-up.  The Laundress Stain Solution is great at preventing these stains when combined with the All Purpose Bleach Alternative.  We have found this far more effective than just regular bleach and the added bonus is it’s color safe so you don’t have to worry about ruining your clothes. If you stay on top of this and pre-treat, there is a good chance you can prevent these pesky stains all together. Erin has actually finally been able to treat her husband’s white dress shirts this way too.  Before, the bleach was taking its toll and causing the fabric to fray and wasn’t even able to fully remove the stains. Enter the Stain Solution and All Purpose Bleach Alternative and the problem has been solved!

 

3.        Wash your denim inside out and do not put it in the dryer.  You don’t need to, nor should you, wash your denim after each wear.  If you want to prevent color from fading, use The Laundress Denim Wash.  It’s formulated with a color guard and helps to keep the softness to your denim.  This has really helped to keep the color from fading in our denim.  

 

4.        We all get frustrated when we get a new top and after one wear it has pills all over it.  This is not a quality issue. This happens when things rub against the fabric. There is no way to prevent this, but you can fix it. We used to use the little electric “depillars, but were never satisfied with them because they wouldn’t remove all of the pills.   Now we swear by The Laundress Sweater Comb. Yes, it works wonders on sweaters, but it’s perfect on knits too.  Use it before or after each wear and you will keep the pills under control. We recommend using after each wear because if you wait until you want to wear the article of clothing, you probably won’t have time to get to do it.

 

We’re hoping that some of these tips will help you take care of your clothes. Please feel free to contact TCS if you have other questions about the best way to properly care for your clothes or if you are interested in purchasing any Laundress Products. We love to help you maximize your wardrobe!