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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

JJ YEAR IN REVIEW

It’s been a wild ride of a year! We started out the year as a
fashion consulting company, and ended the year as not
only that, but owning the Juniper James Boutique!

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2013 was full of events (organized & attended), being in/on the news, meeting amazing creatives, and the ups & downs of running, merchandising, stocking & promoting our awesome little boutique.

Our (above featured) highlights include:

  • Being in the inaugural Flywheel Incubator Class
  • Moving into the Flywheel retail space with our fellow members
  • Sacramento Fashion Week
  • Being hired as the stylist for the first music
    video shot at The Crocker Art Museum
  • Working with tons of talented photographers, hair, makeup artists and fellow stylists.
  • Participating in the Local Love event at Crocker Art
  • Live-covering the Oscar’s Red Carpet Fashion for Channel 10
  • Features in
    – SacMag,
    – Sacramento News & Review,
    Sacramento Bee
    Sacramento Press
    Comstock Magazine
    – & more.
  • Speaking to Design & Fashion Students for Sacramento Fashion Week.
  • Winning awards for our Juniper James
    Walk a Mile in Her Shoes team fundraising (starting our 2014 team soon!)
  • All our lovely (transformed) styling clients throughout the year – we love you!
  • Participating in & promoting TOM’s Day Without Shoes
  • Bringing on 2 new JJ Crew members:
    — Ruthann: our events coordinator
    — Marci: shop merchandising & assistant stylist
  • Becoming owner of the Juniper James Boutique (!!)
  • Featuring & selling dozens of local artists’ work at our shop.
  • Live on Chanel 40 for fun charity fundraiser segments
  • Walking the runway for a number of Sacramento-based charities
  • Continuing to blog for Thrift Town –
    recycle reuse, shop local & support charities!
  • Asked to return as a judge for this year’s Indie Fashion Challenge
  • Event coordinator for THIS IS MIDTOWN: June, July, August & September
  • A number of appearances on Good Day Sacramento
    with our good friend Phoebe of The Dress Fiend.
  • Returning for our 3rd year as the Retail & Restaurant
    Coordinator for the week-long Launch Design Festival
  • Shooting our first lookbook
  • And finally, surviving the crazy holiday retail season at the Boutique.

 *WHEW*

joyfully

 To all our friends, fellow creatives, co-conspirators, supporters and customers
– we love you and couldn’t have had the awesome year we did without you!
Here’s to an incredible 2014!

ByKari

OUR WINTER LOOKBOOK

The Juniper James Boutique is a unique destination,
where you can find all-local & handmade accessories,
classic & revamped vintage and modern consigned pieces.

We recently teamed up with talented photographer Sarah Hawkins to shoot our Winter Lookbook, so our fans and customers can have a look at some of the great women’s pieces we have in the shop and how to style them. We also carry men’s and kid’s vintage/handmade.

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This is the first installment of our lookbook,
featuring our amethyst collection

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

purple aut 06aour revamped vintage floral flutter-sleeve frock. $32.

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rich & warm vintage orchid sweater + luxurious angora detailing. $42.

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nicole inspires us with her fiery spirit, energy & ready smile.

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simple black dress, $14. vintage revamped sterling heart necklace,
$42 by Real Life Doll House

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cozy cowl neck sweater. $38.

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jennifer inspires us with her easygoing sweetness & spontaneous nature.

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Our shop is located in the Downtown Plaza (545 L Street), Sacramento.
Open Tue – Fri: 12-8pm // Sat: 12-6pm
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Check out our talented photographer, Sarah Hawkins.

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for weddings, family portraits, newborn sessions and more.

{special thank you to Marci Moore, our talented styling assistant}

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ByKari

MANLY MONDAY : aged to perfection

SPIRIT & SOUL

This is my good friend Paul. He’s significantly older than my usual Manly Monday subject, but no less stylish or worth getting to know. When telling a friend about him and this post, she asked if Paul and I are related. Nope. “So you just have a friend who’s over 70?” Yep. And quite a good one at that.

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I feel like Paul has been an old soul for a long time.
And I always selfishly wish I’d met him years ago so my
life could have had more years with him in it.

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Paul is practical in his style, without needing to wear things other guys his age do (read: stuffy old man clothes). He’s not out reading fashion magazines or watching E! to see what’s on trend. But in being practical, and fully himself, it has charm and panache.

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His thrifted jacket has all the little details that make it such a great find for so little.
When buying a thrifted jacket, double check all the details (no ripped seams, proper stiffness in collar, buttons, etc)  to make sure everything is in good shape, buttons especially. If it’s a vintage piece, oftentimes a few buttons are missing, which means you need to replace them all to have them match.

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I honestly wish you could all meet him. My words and images don’t do justice to the joy this man brings to the world. His pragmatic style and almost always neutral palette aren’t a dead give-away to his vibrant and  lively spirit.

A truly wise soul, he has encouraged and inspired me more profoundly than many I’ve known for much longer. I think everyone should know someone who gets to the heart of things and sees the beauty in life and in others. Paul makes me want to be a better person. I hope that same spirit can be said for me someday.

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This bag is awesome. And so Paul.

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His handmade bag is made of buffalo hide with
clasps and details made of antlers. Yeah, I know.

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Do you know a guy with great style and even better personality?
Nominate him to be featured on Manly Monday.

email kari: kari.shipman@gmail.com

ByKari

STYLIST DIARIES: black is the new black

ANTI-UNIFORMITY

This week’s street style look is notable because it’s understated. If you love fashion and have a penchant for expressing yourself, you’ll do it no matter what. Not for others, but for yourself. And sometimes even, despite others.

For those who don’t work for themselves, there are rules and standards required at work, and that can span anywhere from “Professional Dress” to being handed a uniform with your orientation packet. We picked this week’s street style look because this was a girl who had limits on her at-work look but still totally has her own style.

Brandy works at a makeup counter where she’s required to wear all black.
here’s our video of her look:

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To break down her look, here’s the pieces + a couple all-black remixes:

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If black’s the constraint, think pattern, texture and composition and silhouette
with small sprinkles of acceptable color (like lipstick or small stud earrings)

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 Don’t be afraid to add a little sparkle!

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Ok, ok, we know. The cat tights are a bit much. Seriously just couldn’t resist.
In this look, we’re showing a couple ways to incorporate a theme while not beating you over the head with it. The geometric repetition in the necklace, earrings, the bag and even, yes, the cat ears, pull together this all black ensemble and make it anything but drab. If kitties are just not your bag (or tights & ring), throw on some black subtly geometrically patterned tights and a chunky funky silver ring. Make it yours and have fun!

Part of understanding yourself and embracing self-expression is being able to use constraints as creative motivation, instead of a compartmentalizing of your aesthetic.

Live out who you are in all areas of your life.

— xo the JJ crew —

ByKari

INDIGO BLUSH.

INDIGO BLUSH.

Go ahead: Infuse bold color into your cold-weather wardrobe.

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This week’s look is sweet and comfortable, while still drawing attention with bold color. We started with the dress & added accessories based on the colors in the dress pattern. The objective: look ultra feminine while staying warm.

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Every girl should have a great pair of cowgirl boots.
Finding a cranberry pair for under $5 is a shopping victory.
PS: Thigh-high sweater socks are perfect for pairing with maxi’s in winter.

photo 1New Zoya gold polish is our latest beauty obsession via GlossyBox. The perfect subdued &
shiny color for this look, and hasn’t chipped or peeled after a week! Thanks to darling Emily
of Sacramento’s best beauty blog, The Emery Board for our GlossyBox subscription!

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When shopping secondhand, once you check for major imperfections, the real deal is in the details.  Stitching, construction, color consistency: make sure it’s up to snuff. Building a wardrobe of well-made pieces with delightful details (for less) is one of the main perks of shopping secondhand.

Going on 5 years with these boots and they’re still a favorite find.
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– THE OFFICIAL BREAKDOWN –

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. . . . .004Sunset & shadows.

005A skinny belt or tie in a bold color (even paired with a bold pattern) really helps to pull it all together and creates symmetry and balance. Whatever your size, placing it at your smallest part draws attention there, visually cinching you in for a smaller overall look.
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Local places we love to shop secondhand:
French Cuff Consignment, Article Consignment, Freestyle, Thrift Town & Goodwill

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If you want to shop smarter, overhaul your closet or just reimagine your look, email us at kari.shipman@gmail.com: We’ll send you our rates and set up an appointment.

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Follow us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter : JuniperJames
For more thrifty inspiration, follow our hashtags: #outfitunder20 / #shoesunder10

ByKari

TRE CHIC.

When discussing stylish men in Sac, the conversation wouldn’t be complete without Tre Borden.
Known for his bright color choices, quirky accessories and unapologetically rocking whatever he’s wearing, he’s the go-to guy to put on a runway full of “Sacramento-known” personalities.

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Walking the runway for Fashion’s Night Out 2013.

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Nautical / patriotic layers. Leather jacket FTW.

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Never be afraid to wear pink.

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Our director Kari & Tre after they walked the runway together.

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His go-to accessories: bowties & sunglasses. Quirk + mystery.

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How we’re inspired:
rock the quirky accessory, mix & match pattern,
and never shy away from bold colors in unconventional pieces.

xo the JJ crew