STYLIST DIARIES: GO GLAM
When dressing to the nines, the alluring show-off side of style is to go overboard on the glamorous elements. MORE sparkle, MORE textures, MORE pieces. Because it shows that you have more to show. Congratulations.
Honestly, anyone can matchy-matchy pile a crap ton of fancy things in one look. Even if the look is compiled of expensive pieces, if all together, YOU don’t shine, then you’ve missed the point.
YOU wear the clothes. The clothes don’t wear you.
We had so many fun accessories to gussy up this killer dress, but when it came down to it, the vintage dress is a great piece and we didn’t want to clutter up the image. Strategic skin and a dress that works with & for your shape beat over-accessorizing 10 to 1.
To quote Coco Chanel, “I always take off at least one piece of jewelry
before I leave the house…to ensure that I am not overdoing it.”
[ this vintage dress is available at Article Consignment in East Sac]
OK, you got the dress and are doing it simple & chic.
Have a little fun with your makeup look!
We found this rad tutorial to coordinate with similar style elements as our look:
Regular glam gets a makeup upgrade when you learn how
to use your killer red lipstick to amp up your eyes as well.
________________________ BRIGHT & GLOWY. _____________________
When dressing for a party, it’s not just the dress & accessories
that should shine. Remember that strategic skin we mentioned? During
winter and party season, your skin can take a hit and look dull & dry.
A few simple tips for glowing show-stopper skin:
To again quote Coco Chanel: ” It’s all about how you wear it….on whether it looks real or not. It’s about how you carry yourself and who you are as a person. It’s about being a lady.”
Whatever you wear, whatever you do tonight to ring in the new year, pledge to start off 2016 with the best, most self-loving version of YOU, not anyone else. We love you all, and have been so blessed this year to be a part of your lives, closets and community.
Here’s to another incredible year!
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We are thankful to consistently work with some of the most talented creatives in Sacramento.
A huge thank you to our crew! Contributing on our Holiday glam shoot:
Article Consignment: dresses, shoes & accessories
Kabra Moss: hairstylist (@mapleandmoss)
Kevin Fiscus & team: photography
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Ladyboss + mommabear with adorable wears for littles? just STOP.
the comfy. the pattern mix. the handmade goodness for goodness sake.
first off, can we have this little babe for keeps please?
when your tiny one has that perfectly colorful accessory,
the rest of the outfit can be simple easy neutrals.
modern patterns for boys & girls
A couple years ago while thrifting, I came across something that most would pass by: a 3XL white cotton ladies nightgown with great pleat work on the top. I felt it would make an awesome dress… with a little work.
STYLIST TIP: When thrifting, there is no section that is off limits, or void of potential. I could easily just go to my size and find cute stuff (and I totally do), but I never would have found this awesome nightgown if I wasn’t willing to at least look at other sections.
I paid $1.99 and brought it home to disassemble it. I cut out a ton of fabric in the back and sized it to my shoulder width. Then just brought up the hem. I wear this dress all year round in a million ways (ok, more like 7 or 8).
I have quite a few pictures of me in the dress from different seasons, but to clearly convey the styling options,
I went on Polyvore and made a White Dress Collection using a similar looking dress. ENJOY!
Using the dress as a blank canvas, pick almost any item to pair with it, and build your outfit around it.
I started this look off with the shoes, then softened it a bit with pink.
Sweet Vintage Cinched-In Glam.
Comfy Nerdy Explorer.
How do you build a look? Do you go for comfort? For color?
Well,depending on the day it is. That cute little groundhog saw his shadow, so technically we’re still in winter. But depending on the day, it can be cloudy, dreary and raining or bright and sunny with high 60’s all the way to 80’s. Freakin make up your mind, California!
With our weather in an identity crisis, we thought we’d share our version of a transitional winter wardrobe. I’ll be upfront: I’m a firm believer in layering. Obviously you want to be seasonally relevant (no bright spring florals), but much of your rest-of-the-year wardrobe still works for winter with just a bit of layering.
The key to the winter wardrobe (and a transitional one): OUTERWEAR.
We went on Polyvore and put together what we feel are the essential outerwear
pieces a girl needs for surviving the remainder of winter and transitioning into spring. Here’s a look at the basics to look for in each item and some styling tips:
— OUTFIT: Part of it: Blazer stays on, so integrate how it hangs & works with your blouse/dress into the overall look. Buuuut, there’s 2 different schools of blazers…
— FIT: Completely fitted is the key. The blazer needs to have the shoulders hit just right and be able to button comfortably without pulling. Unless you’re going for an intentionally retro look, it should hit at or right above the hips.
— COLOR: For the traditional blazer cut, go with black or another basic solid.Simple, chic. THEN there’s the other school of blazers…
FIT: the indie fit is much less, well, fitted. longer, with wider shoulders,
(much easier to find while thrifting, as it’s a vintage look made-modern).
COLOR: go big with pattern on the blazer and go simple underneath. Or vice versa.
Add a hat, dark rimmed glasses and chunky flat boots: you’re so indie.
— OUTFIT: Part of it. Wear it super accessorized (above) or totally simple.
Easy to throw on over complete basics and Voila! you have an outfit.
— FIT: slouch + comfort — however you wanna rock it. Length/volume is up to you.
— COLOR: As with the blazer, black or dark grey are the most versatile, but for this piece in particular, it’s great to have a fun pattern.
— OUTFIT: Part of it, or an addition. Up to you.
— FIT: completely fitted. Needs to be able to fully zip up and not pull.
— COLOR, ETC: black. period. This jacket can dress up or dress down pretty much anything. How much embellishment (zippers, belts, epaulets) you choose will determine how versatile it is. Simpler & cleaner lines: wear with everything.
— FIT: fitted, but not too snug. People can tend to do this piece a bit too boxy. Get tailored lines, but with room for extra layers underneath.
— COLOR: sometimes you can find an awesome bold colored pea coat, but usually you find black, grey and navy. You know your colors, and what you’d be wearing it over. Your call, as it is outerwear.
— OUTFIT: outerwear or integrated. This is my ultimate easy-day cheater winter piece. Leggings, a comfy stretchy long sleeved top and flat boots. Throw a poncho over it and it’s suddenly an outfit (I laugh when I get complimented on this look, but it’s awesome!)
(Did you see my post with the poncho? )
— FIT: loosey-goosey, comfy awesome. Whatever volume, color, you do it and be happy with your easy look.
— OUTFIT: outerwear only.
— FIT: the more fitted, the better. Make sure all the buttons line up and fit you well. If the shoulders are great but you need a little tighter / looser fit, it’s often easy to have a tailor adjust the button placement.
— COLOR: I’m trench obsessed… I have 7 or 8. All thrifted, all different colors. The fit is most important on this one. Have fun with color & pattern!
[Models: Autumn Sky, Jennifer Beile, Nicole Dove]
Check out our talented photographer, Sarah Hawkins.