Author Archive:Kari

ByKari

HOW NOT TO GLAM.

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.

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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]

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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:

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 Regular glam gets a makeup upgrade when you learn how
to use your killer red lipstick to amp up your eyes as well.

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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:

exfoliate

  • EXFOLIATE. use a gentle body scrub (or facial scrub) to buff off the dead dry skin and get those assets glowing for your night out. Especially  focus on your neck and chest.

water

  • HYDRATE. especially prepping for a night of cocktails, don’t forget to pre-drink (WATER). Your skin will look better, and it’s a smart move for pacing yourself throughout the night.

shimmer

  • GLOW. a little shimmer goes a long way. Go easy on (or avoid) bronzer for winter, and go for a soft shimmer. But be careful, it’s easy to go overboard, and have your look go from glowy to greasy. Focus on your cheekbones & inner eye for that supple dewy look. If you’re going strapless or lower-cut, consider adding a bit of shimmer to your collarbone as well.

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  •  CHEEEEEESE + WORK IT. Here’s the deal: you can have perfect skin, a killer look & still not look nearly as beautiful without these two things: a happy smile and confidence. Be that girl with the sparkling eyes and infectious laugh, who happened to also be wearing a great dress. Cause I hate to break it to you: a great dress doesn’t make up for a sullen withdrawn disposition. However your look comes together (and even if it doesn’t), people will remember your smile & attitude over your outfit. Honest.

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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ByKari

LOCAL LOVE: tiny tambourine

We love local, we love rad women, and especially love when they’re a rad #ladyboss.
Ladyboss + mommabear with adorable wears for littles? just STOP.

Meet Kelly:
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wife, momma to an ubercute lil boy and one of the two women behind
Sacramento’s newest Etsy shop with fresh looks for your mini me:

TINY TAMBOURINE.

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the comfy. the pattern mix. the handmade goodness for goodness sake.

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first off, can we have this little babe for keeps please?
also, bowsbowsbowsbows.

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when your tiny one has that perfectly colorful accessory,
the rest of the outfit can be simple easy neutrals.

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modern patterns for boys & girls

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GET YOURS: www.tinytambo.com
LIKE ON FB // FOLLOW ON IG: @tinytambourine

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ByKari

5 WAYS TO WEAR A LITTLE WHITE DRESS

LBD. Little Black Dress.
It’s a closet staple every style list says you should have…

But what about a little white dress?

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).

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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!

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Using the dress as a blank canvas, pick almost any item to pair with it, and build your outfit around it.
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Boho Rocker.
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Sweet Vintage Cinched-In Glam.

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Comfy Nerdy Explorer.

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Festival Chic.

How do you build a look? Do you go for comfort? For color?

ByKari

6 MUST-HAVE WINTER TO SPRING WARDROBE STAPLES.

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! …

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.

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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:

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1. BLAZER.

— 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…

TRADITIONAL:

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— 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…

INDIE:

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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.

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2. FLOWY SWEATER.

FLOW FINAL— 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.

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 3. BLACK LEATHER (OR FAUX) JACKET.

LEATHER FINAL

— 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.

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4. WOOL PEA COAT.

WOOL FINAL— OUTFIT:  strictly outerwear.

— 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.

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5. PONCHO.

PONCH FINAL

— 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!)

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(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.

 

 

 

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6. TRENCH.Trench final 2

 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!

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ByKari

BE OUR VALENTINE.

We teamed up again with talented photographer
Sarah Hawkins to shoot our Love Letters Looks ~ enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to embrace the ultra-feminine
with demure florals, rich lovely hues and of course, a rouge lip.

[Models: Autumn Sky, Jennifer Beile, Nicole Dove]

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and blacks, paired with peachy and creamy colors.

JEN COLL 02The perfect untamed wave, glowing skin and a red lip punch up this floral look.

JENN COLL 03[handmade black cascading necklace, by ShopJust: $32]
[perfectly floral dress: $46] [vintage burgundy belt: $14]

NIC COLL 01[vintage beaded pink sweater dress: $38]
[local handmade black arrowhead necklace, by Real Life Doll House: $52]
[grey leather vintage clutch with strap: $28]

AUT COLL 01[vintage black dress: $42]  [creme lace blouse: $28]
[local handmade pink stone necklace, by Vivid Venus: $40]

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Check out our talented photographer, Sarah Hawkins.

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ByKari

CLASSIC CASUAL MIX-UP: tiffany’s closet

CLIENT FILES: TIFFANY

We love what we do, and always have fun with our clients,
but to be perfectly honest — Tiffany may be one of our favorites.
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Witherspoon (who also happens to be her style icon – perfecto)
We are usually helping a client hone in on their style and then need to do a lot of shopping, but this girl knows her style and has super cute clothes, so why were we going through her closet?
She has GREAT pieces but needed help to put it all together. As Skylar and I went through her closet piece by piece, we were giddy: one by one we checked off our list of pieces we felt she should have to rock her figure in her style. Instead of a purging –> giant shopping list situation we got to play dress up and put together a ton of different mix-and-matchable outfits while teaching her the “how and why” everything works together.
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Here are a couple of her dressier looks, and as you can see, a lot of mix-and-match going on: The perfect black skinnies, the peep-toe leopard heels, the peplum blazer — so versatile!
This blue dress is actually a fancy cocktail dress with bold details that we were able to tone down and style as a dressy business look (with a POP!) to give it more life than that one party where she had a lot of pictures taken and now it’s done.
For her casual looks, there were so many fun options. Here’s just a handful of the looks:
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Tiffany specifically asked for direction for her everyday casual wear, so we gave her a lot of options! Perfect black skinnies + flats were her base, and we switched out from there. End result is casual, classic and pulled together while still being completely comfortable.
We believe in teaching a girl to style, instead of just styling her and moving on. So, all these looks & more are a part of her LOOK BOOK, that she can now flip through on her phone for instant inspiration and recollection, as well as we made a custom Pinterest Board for her.
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Her board has outfit inspirations based on specific pieces in her wardrobe, tips & tricks for styling (tucking, cuffing, belt tying etc) and items from her GET LIST to actually click-buy-love.
Want the Juniper James girls in YOUR CLOSET?? 
Time with our stylist team is a GREAT gift for the holidays
We style both guys and girls, so give the gift of style & confidence:

email Kari: kari.shipman@gmail.com to get started.
use promo code #eastsacmoms for a big discount on your first appointment!

Until next time, loves!
xoxo Kari & Skylar

ByKari

PASSIONATE PURSUITS.

WORK. PLAY. PASSION & PARENTHOOD.

{by JJ creative director kari shipman}

IT’S THAT GOLDEN HOUR. Well, that golden hopefully-hour. This tiny human you’ve made finally closes their eyes and heads off to dream of puppies and grandma’s smile, and you are FREE*.
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man, they’re so cute when they’re not screaming…

*You no longer have a small person crawling on your head, continuing to contribute to the
mess that used to be your quaint home, screaming in your face, splattering food on the walls,
requiring you to wipe up actual poop, or putting something in their mouth causing you to panic
and spent 10 minutes coercing them to “spit it out and give it to mommy”.

My little one turns one year old next week and except for the Pinterest-induced panic attack that is The First Birthday Party, I’m feeling pretty accomplished, despite my seemingly dismal list of “accomplishments” in the past year. In general, but especially as someone who owns their own business, motherhood brings with it a giant identity crisis. Along with a myriad of crippling decisions about every aspect of your everyday life, you are now faced with MOMMY GUILT in how you choose to spend your time – time that used to be fully spent doing the things that defined you.
With 5+ years of running my company under my belt, my husband and I chose to have me take a break for the first 4-5 months, then work from home. For me, working from home means compartmentalizing everything (not the easiest task for this creative). Every mom has their choices on how to rock this work/family balance, and I chose to only work when she’s asleep. In theory this means I’m present with her the entire time she’s awake, and naptime and bedtime are for work. But separating those things, and not being frustrated on the no nap days, or just collapsing from exhaustion once she finally nods off way later than planned… it’s a whole different story.
In the chaos, the driving force is PASSION. Passion for the work that I do, knowing that it really does matter. Passion for my daughter having a full and loved little life with her momma by her side. And a passion for my marriage and the woman I am aside from everything aforementioned.
Is it perfect? HAHAHA! I mean, no. No it’s not. I pretty much fail at at least one of those aspects every day. This mommahood thing is a dance with grace. For myself first, and then with each of the aspects that whirl around me in a frantic grasp for my attention. At the end of the exhausted day, what I have to offer my daughter, my husband, my community and myself is my PASSION, my determination and my humanity, drenched in the grace it takes to get up in the morning and do it all over again. Whatever your choices on work or not with littles, know that none of them are easy choices, and each requires sacrifice from us.
So to all of you mommas out there dancing this dance,
whether it be a jig, a waltz or straight up freestyle,
you are powerful
this is just a season
you have something worthwhile to say
you’ve got this
we’re all in it together.