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?

Fashion Fridays: When Your Body Hasn’t Changed

Ahem, as you may have gathered, I’m frequently on a spectrum of sizes.  I currently have three “active” sizes in my closet – that means I’ve worn that size within a three year period.

However, I have friends, nearly approaching 40, that haven’t changed sizes, even post baby(ies).  God bless these people.

The only down side to this dilemma if you’re a career gal is that there has not been an intervening event that has required you to go buy new clothes.  You can get into the same clothes that you wore when you started your job 8 years ago.  You’ve been wearing the same pair of black pants every week for almost 500 weeks.  They’ve seen better days.

So here are a few tips for the fortunately fit woman who has managed to keep her girlish figure:

1.  Periodically buy new staples.  Because you stay the same size, you can shop off season or at outlets because there is no pressing need.  Those gorgeous wool camel trousers you wear twice a week in the winter, replace them in the summer when they’re marked down 50%.  Even though the classic staples don’t go out of style, they do get worn and faded and need an update for you to look polished.

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2.  Evaluate trend pieces.  This means pick up an In Style or Vogue and see if there’s an on trend piece you can add to modernize your wardrobe as well as pull out items that no longer are current.  Sometimes, you can repurpose them.  I had two suits that felt dated because of the cut.  I pulled the pants out and wore them as separates, and then I took the blazers to the tailor to shorten the length so they would feel updated.  It’s also easy to modernize with accessories – injecting a new fabric or pattern with a scarf or adding an oversized necklace in this season’s colors.

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3.  Eliminate items of your youth.  I have a gorgeous girlfriend at work that still had items in her closet from college even though she was in her late 30s.  A number of them were racy and form fitting.  Her body hadn’t changed but she was ready for her style to mature.

4.  Get a third party perspective.  You’ve seen that I’ve edited girlfriends closets or taken them shopping with a new look in mind.  But there’s lots of folks that do this as a profession.  My same fabulous girlfriend, once she’d decided to modernize her closet, went to Nordstrom’s and booked an appointment with a personal shopper there.  The shopper doesn’t charge, asks your price point and for ideas about your style, and I think my friend walked out with 16 new pieces for her wardrobe that were versatile enough for work or date night.

So congratulations on staying the same size.  But don’t forget to edit your closet at least once a year to keep it fresh and modern.

Fashion Fridays: The Work Conference

I’m in Austin today at, drumroll please… a work conference!

As I started packing Tuesday night for a few days away from home I thought what a fashion challenge the work conference can be.

Arguably, at least for me, it’s slightly less formal than work so no suits needed.  Additionally, conference spaces are always (regardless of the season) freezing cold.  However, it’s 100 degrees in Texas in August, and I’d be heading outside straight from conferences to post conference receptions/dinners.  Finally, I like to fashionable and that always means heels but frequently there’s a fair amount of walking around a mega hotel or center at a conference.

So how do you dress for the work conference?  Keep a few things in mind.  First, you’ll be meeting new people that could build your network so always look professional.  No skin tight dresses, ripped jeans, or plunging necklines.  Second, you aren’t at work so have a little fun and embrace your sense of fashion.  Maybe that means cool wedges or bright colors or a big necklace.  Conferences can allow you to remain professional but have more fun with your “work” clothes.

What did I pack?  Well, as you know, I’ve recently embraced the ankle pant, so I packed a pair of black ankle pants in a not-terribly-wrinkly fabric to pair with a neutral shell and new bright red long modern blazer.  I packed high heels to wear during the day during the lectures and wedges to transition to for post-conference events.

I stick with the same base color scheme which means my jewelry, shoes, and tops are interchangeable, so I also packed a black shift dress and black pair of pants along with two simple (and easy to pack) blazers with fun jewelry – new vintage dangling earrings I picked up on eBay and some old chunky necklaces from years ago at Ann Taylor.  I also wore a pair of dark denim jeans into Austin for pre-conference dinners because it gave me the option of changing into them for post-conference dinners as Austin is an incredibly casual town.

The red blazer is from Nordstrom’s and I picked it up on sale: conf

Black ankle pants you can pick up anywhere (see my earlier post).

As for accessories, pick your price point and your style and you can find options anywhere – from Charming Charlie’s to every department store to Kendra Scott.  I think this necklace is interesting and Ann Taylor is having their 40% off friends and family sale:

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Everyone needs a dark rinse trouser fit pair of jeans and Banana Republic offers one of my favorite pair:conf2

And then find a pair of funky wedges that are comfy for all the walking but also super cute – these are on sale at Banana Republic:

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How about you?  What do you pack when attending conferences?