Fashion Fridays: Making This Season’s Hotest Trends Fit Into Your Wardrobe

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s fashion guest posters as much as I have!  For our final Fashion Friday guest poster, I introduce you to A PROFESSIONAL!  The warm and lovely Ashley Seippel is a recent transplant to Houston from San Francisco and, as a stylist and shopper, she makes fashion feel accessible and exciting.  Join me in welcoming Ashley to our fashion community:

As the month of September is coming to an end, I am sure all of us still have a stack of “September Issues” piled high on our coffee table, begging to be looked through.

From the runway to editorial advertisements, as a stylist, I often hear, “How is there any way I could ever wear this?”

In reality, the designers only create looks that are feasible on the runway and actually never make it to reality. But these glorious, over-the-top outfits dictate how the rest of society dresses for the season. It is not about wearing the biggest fur or the dress with the boldest pattern. Instead, it’s about seamlessly integrating the trends that you decide you like into your everyday wardrobe.

I’m going to make this season an easy transition for you!  Forget the 600-page periodical that is too heavy to take anywhere - here is a list of three major trends to covet right now:

Bordeaux: No, don’t go and pour yourself a glass of wine, instead wear it!

Deep, dark red is all the rage this season. This color is a standout for the Fall/Winter, and it is not hard to see why. Bordeaux is a universally flattering shade – from those with fair to olive colored skin, it looks great on everyone. Although head-to-toe looks in this color can appeal to a large audience, a great way to ease yourself into this trend is with nail polish. Yes, nail polish! Often the popular fashion trends of any season translate into hues that are also popular in nail colors.

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Another great way to experiment with Bordeaux is with a chunky knit cowl neck sweater, paired with slacks, a pencil skirt, or jeans for the weekend.

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Animal print: Leopard print is often shied away from by most people because they think it is too bold to wear, or they don’t know how they can tasteful incorporate it into their wardrobe. However, leopard print is actually a simple and classy way to showcase a Fall/Winter trend in your 9-5 outfit.

A great way to wear leopard print is in a scarf. I swear by scarves. Simply put, they are outfit makers, and can take any outfit from drab to fab.  A leopard print scarf in a neutral shade is the perfect addition to that little black dress that is your ‘go-to.’

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Another simple and subtle way to dabble with the animal print craze is through your feet. Leopard print heels and flats are a great way to add a little “pop” to your outfit.

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For the office, make sure you keep your outfit simple, and let the shoes be your standout piece. Think black suit, white blouse, and leopard shoes.

For the weekend, pair leopard heels with a sheath dress in a wide range of colors. The nice thing about leopard print is that there is no color with which it won’t pair!

Capes: Capes are a unique and easy piece to pull off, as they can be worn as a coat or a chic sweater. With so many materials, colors, and designs to choose from, you are bound to find the perfect one for you.

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Paired with jeans or over a dress, a cape is the perfect accessory for the cooler temperatures to come. One of the most unique pieces I have come across while shopping is a wonderful vest that transforms into a cape. The 2-in-1 item caught my eye at Houston’s very own Pomp & Circumstance boutique.

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This item is offered in five different patterns and colors, and is a necessary addition to anyone’s Fall/Winter wardrobe. Not to mention, who doesn’t love to shop local?

What’s your favorite trend this fall?  How do you incorporate couture into everyday?

ashleyAshley Seippel is a Houston based fashion stylist and wardrobe consultant. Her company, Ashley Nicole Style, offers a range of services including, personal shopping, event styling and closet refreshing and revamping. To find out more, please visit her website - Ashley Nicole Style.  If you are interested using Ashley’s services, you can reach her through her website or at ashley@ashleynicolestyle.com.

Fashion Fridays: Getting Creative With Color

I can’t wait for you to meet my fun, fashionable friend and co-worker, Kristen.  Not only does she have a playful sense of style, she’s downright hysterical (and she has a beagle named Snoopy – c’mon!)!  Join me in welcoming Kristen to our Fashion Friday community:

When I was younger, I was never very risky or inventive with the way I dressed. “Bottoms” were a mish-mash of blue denim jeans and neutral colored shorts, pants, or skirts. Well, times have definitely changed, and while I have yet to master the art of having two patterns in one outfit, I have stepped a little further outside the box to get more comfortable being creative with colors I love. Right now I’m having a love affair with trying to wear colors that pop in a new, unique way.

A coral jacket with a brown and pink dress is a fun way to slip into the Fall. Yet, my favorite blazer is still the one I have in cobalt blue, like these from ModCloth and Jones New York.

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My obsession for all seasons is still jeans that are any color but plain old denim blue. Take this adorable purple pair from Nordstrom (J. Brand ‘485’ Skinny Jeans) or this forest green pair from Anthropologie.

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One of my favorite year-round go-to outfits for a night out is the little black dress. At the same time, sometimes the little black dress needs a bit of a facelift. One easy facelift is to take a simple, cute dress (like this one from Ann Taylor) and make it more exciting by adding cobalt blue stilettos and chandelier earrings.  And there are A LOT of great colors out there. Kate Spade’s Lottie pump might set your wallet back a bit, whereas Ted Baker’s “Elvena” pump is a bit more reasonable.

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All in all it’s just about finding a color you love that gets you excited and figuring out new ways to wear it!

How do you get creative with color?

krist.exxKristen Roche Hulbert is an attorney for ExxonMobil.  She is enjoying all life has to offer right now, including a new job, a new house, a relatively new husband, and their two energetic, loveable dogs.  In her spare time, Kristen has a passion for travel, dancing and, as a die-hard Longhorn, college football. 

Fashion Fridays: Game Day Fashion

Welcome to the second installment of our guest post Fashion Fridays.  I am delighted to fling open the boutique doors to Christie Sullivan who has some fabulous looks for a fall-filled with football frenzy:

Happy Fashion Friday everyone! I’m thrilled to be guest posting for Gindi today.

September brings an excitement in the air and much of that has to do with the start of college football. I’m married to, quite possibly, the biggest Auburn fan ever, so it’s definitely an exciting time in our house! College bookstore tees are great for sitting in the stands, but for watch parties at someone’s home or out and about, I find it fun to dress up a bit.

For today’s Fashion Friday post, I’m offering up some inspiration for incorporating team colors into stylish game day outfits.

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Where to find these fashionable game day ensembles?  I’ve got the inside scoop (links embedded below):

You can’t start a Texas game day post without….A&M:

The dress is courtesy of Anthropologie while the knee high boots and the animal print accent clutch can be found via Nordstrom.

And I personally can’t write a Fashion Friday post without a shout out to my husband’s beloved Auburn:

This simple gingham dress can be found on Vineyard Vines, with the quilted vest featured at Joule USA and Kate Spade drop earrings from Nordstrom.

As a little homage for Gindi’s alma mater, here’s how to dress for Vanderbilt:

This adorable golden bloom skirt can be found at Ann Taylor loft.  The kimono (that’s right, kimono – own it!) is sold at Hackwith Design House and Kendra Scott necklace and booties are featured at, you guessed it, Nordstrom!!

Who made it to the Houston-hosted LSU game at Reliant this month?  This ensemble would have been perfect for LSU fans: 

This simple purple shift is courtesy of Neiman Marcus as is the Fendi mini leather crossbody.  The bold, you can’t miss I’m an LSU fan, trench can be found at Nordstrom with a must-have tiger inspired flat from Net-A-Porter

{*Special thanks to my LSU guru Annie over at MontgomeryFest.com for helping me curate this fabulous purple + gold look!}

Which is your favorite game day outfit?

xoxo,

Christie 

tea time - 0033Christie McMillan Sullivan is a marketing professional in the oil and gas industry living in Houston, TX. She enjoys writing, photographing, and ‘Discovering Life’s [Little] Luxuries’ for her blog KiKiMac. For Christie, [little] luxuries include weekend getaways at the best hotels, unique spa experiences, gluten free afternoon tea, and dressing up her table for guests. Connect with her on her blog at  www.KiKiMac.me, Facebook Page at Kiki Mac, or Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest: @KiKiMacBlog

Fashion Fridays: Transition Flawlessly Into Fall

Today is the first of four Fashion Friday guest posts from real world fashionable career women.  I met Shavonnah through the Women’s Energy Network and she’s one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met in real life.  You can’t help but love her because she has an equally beautiful soul.  Delighted to introduce you to this remarkable, fashionable, friend:

September – it’s a great month for so many reasons:  school is back in session, the holidays are far enough off to render pleasant thoughts instead of the panic-stricken ones that creep in around mid-October, and the weather starts to take a pleasant turn toward cooler temperatures.

While September brings all good things I mentioned above to mind, it can also be one of the most awkward and nerve-racking times of the year as it relates to our wardrobe. Technically, fall does not start until late September, the 22nd to be exact, and depending on what part of the country you live in, September can mean temperatures in the 60s and 70s or 90+ degree temperatures and humidity you can slice with a knife. All these factors make September one of the trickiest month for dressing ourselves well.

Below are some of my favorite summer-to-fall wardrobe transition tips:

1.  Layer with Love.

Still steamy outside, but freezing in your office? Want to wear your chic summer work dress a few more times? Learn the language of layering.

Layering is a great way to transition your wardrobe between seasons. Be sure to choose fabrics that lay well together, meaning thinner, closer fitting layers that do not bunch or wrinkle if separated multiple times a day.

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2.  Befriend a neutral. 

Neutrals are great in that they can be mixed in with any color and can even serve as nice staple instead of a standard black or brown-colors we typically wear a lot of in the colder months. To transition from summer to fall, start mixing warmer neutral colors into your late summer wardrobe to get a few more weeks of wear out of them.

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3.  Play with “pops” of color.

This September summer-fall transition period is a perfect time to wear those bold colors that were summer staples a few more times before tucking them away until 2015. Transition flawlessly into fall by mixing in brightly colored accessories or wardrobe pieces that pop.

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While September can be a challenging month due to the transitions seasons (or the lack thereof), if approached with a fresh perspective, you can turn September into your chicest month of the year!

shav4Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber is a Senior Marketing Manager for IHS, Inc.  Additionally, Shavonnah is a principal at the boutique personal development and coaching firm that she founded in 2012, SNR Creative. She is a fitness enthusiast who is certified as a personal trainer and in sports nutrition. Shavonnah has a passion for helping others live happy, healthy and whole lives. Shavonnah has led numerous organizations, including Emerging Leaders, the Women’s Energy Network, Houston Young People for the Arts, and many more which led to her being featured in the Greater Houston Partnership’s national Houston: the City with No Limits campaign.

 

Fashion Fridays: Bargain Shopping

How do you find cute additions to your wardrobe, especially your career clothes, at a reasonable price? 

The answer to this question constantly eluded me, and with three young children I have to watch when and where I spend dollars on myself.  Plus, quite frankly, I hate the messy chaos that pervades so many brick and mortar discount stores, and I’ve had incredibly limited luck finding high end pieces at secondhand stores. 

So my darling friend Kristin introduced me to ThredUp after she’d made a few killer finds. 

Have you shopped here?  It’s a very well organized on-line consignment store with an incredible selection of higher end items with little to no wear!  And your first shopping outing you get 30% off!  What!?!?!

You can select your style or just pick a category (outerwear) and size (they add equivalent sizing – why doesn’t everyone do this?) and “waa-laa” –  style on a budget!

Even better than any second hand or last call I’ve been to, anything that doesn’t work can be returned for FREE! 

I received my first polkadot box this week with five blazers/jackets, a pair of shoes (Kate Spade) as well as a pullover for the boys (the kids selection has more limited options with less of a delta on the deal – but the women’s section, wow!) for $200!  Not everything worked, and one item disappointingly smelled like cigarette smoke because they must not clean them first, but here’s a look at the items I kept:

This velvet teal blazer was about $10:

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These plummy heels were 75% off of retail Kate Spade shoes and in excellent condition:

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My biggest steal of a deal was a high end leather jacket which retailed for $700 that I acquired for just over $100.  However, I didn’t like how it fit, so back it went (which means I spent less than $75 for heels, a blazer, and a kids pullover). 

 They estimate your savings against retail, and while it may be inflated, it still came in pretty impressively at nearly $1500 savings versus the new retail cost. 

What’s your favorite way to save money on career wardrobe pieces?  How do you look sophisticated one a limited budget?