We’ve all got big dreams, but I’m guessing we all have rough days or weeks, too, where we’re just not feeling it. For me, those are the days when I take the extra time to really look the part. As soon as I put on that shade of red lipstick or that gorgeous statement necklace, I get the little boost of external confidence that reminds me to show up and make things happen.
In addition to my daily work in PR, I’ve taken on a new side gig as a merchandiser for Chloe + Isabel, a fashion and lifestyle brand based in NYC. I am so inspired by this startup because female empowerment and entrepreneurship are essential to Chloe + Isabel's mission, and I know many Made Women – whether you’re selling jewelry to get your feet wet as a business owner, climbing the corporate ladder or thriving as the founder of a non-profit group – can relate.
Yes, personal style can be empowering. Whether you rock a Chanel suit or a set of diamond studs that you earned on your own, knowing that you look your best can really up your game. Topping off a great outfit with a great piece of jewelry can help create that polished, together look that will add to your credibility.
I’m loving so many of the looks that Chloe + Isabel has designed for spring, and I think any Made Woman can appreciate a good piece (or three! – Hey, we’re worth it) of jewelry. Here are a few of my favorite "power pieces" for the season.
These can be worn two ways. If you need to be more subdued around the office, wear these as a pair of bright, sparkly stud earrings. Convert them by adding the floral drop piece and make a statement at happy hour.
Bright and light, this necklace can be paired with a more conservative suit or dress to add personality and fun to an outfit. With this piece, you can show off your personal style and femininity while also commanding attention.
I love how this necklace is a statement piece, yet also has classic elements with the black resin and crystals to make it work appropriate. Simple and sexy, it shows an edge without being over the top. Bonus: This necklace blends gold and silver to match any other jewelry you’re wearing. This one is great for a networking event!
If you’re looking to catch the eye in a more subtle way, try a bright ring like this one. It gives a great pop of color and glam, yet a single ring on your finger won’t be distracting for anyone who’s speaking with you, or if you’re presenting in front of a group.
This has a great vintage feel to it, and I love the sparkle of crystals. Tasteful and classy this piece reads “opulence,” and is perfect for those ladies who are a little shy about bright, bold colors and stones. Wear this on an interview!
What are some of your favorite ways to look your best for spring in the office?
Get your look ready for spring! Please join me and Made Woman editor-in-chief Serena Watson for Made Woman’s Chloe + Isabel Online Spring Power Pop-up Shop March 10-12. The event will happen over the course of two days and will include the chance to win $25 in jewelry credits or this Chloe + Isabel statement necklace. To be considered for the giveaways, we ask that you participate in the event by answering our giveaway question. If you want to get a sneak peek at the jewelry and get a head start, shop now. Look forward to doing some spring shopping with you!
Whether you’re a high-heel shoe collector like myself, or an all sneakers all the time kind of Made Woman, you know that footwear can make an outfit. It may be difficult to determine what shoes to wear out on a date, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing for the date --- but don’t worry! I’ve planned many an ensemble around my shoes and when it comes to finding the perfect pair for a potentially perfect mate, here are my suggestions for what to wear:
Ah, yes. Nothing is better than getting wined and dined. Depending on where you’re going for dinner, your shoes can vary in fanciness. I’d go with something that has a medium to high heel since you won’t be walking a lot.
I suggest this Steve Madden animal print heel. The heel is 4 inches, but the design will go with everything, especially that little black dress (or red, or cobalt blue) you should be wearing to dinner. For just $85 you will definitely be getting your money’s worth, because these are shoes you can wear over and over again.
While you are sitting for two plus hours in a movie, keep in mind that you sometimes have to climb rows upon rows and step over people in the dark. Therefore, I recommend a not so high heel for a trip to the cinema.
Right now, menswear-inspired shoes are having a moment. Stay on-trend with these buckled beauties from Sam Edelman for $180. Pair them with cuffed jeans or a short skirt for an edgier look that you can still walk in.
Take advantage of sneakers being in style for a fun and active date activity such as mini golf or an amusement park. I’m especially liking the Converse by Missoni collection. For just $100 you get a high-end designer look that is casually cool.
Never the place for an extravagant shoe, I recommend a tough look that is chic yet wearable or a trendy high-top. These bad boys are only $19, so don’t feel guilty wearing them to walk across peanut shelled floors.
The best thing about grabbing a coffee together (aside from the fact that you don’t have to worry about getting too drunk and making an ass of yourself) is that you can wear whatever shoe you want.
Because you are sitting down, heels would definitely work. Since some coffee stops can be funky and full of art, this pair from Zara is especially cool at $35.99.
If a pair of flats suits you better for casual caffeine consumption, try these sequined beauties for $59 .
If you’re going out to get down and dance the night away, I recommend you stay away from platforms. Lower your heel height by a few inches and maximize your ability to stay out later.
This cage-type shoe has a medium heel and keeps the foot from slipping out. It’s only $100 and you get a few color options.
When it comes to rocking a shoe, there’s no one I trust more than rockstar Gwen Stefani. This piece from her fashion label L.A.M.B. are sleek and hip enough for any show. Since booties are definitely in, I recommend this bold, artistic one as an investment piece for the entire fall/winter season.
I think almost every occasion can be formalized by your footwear choice. That being said, there is a time and a place where you need to bust out the big guns (designer shoes). Maybe it’s a wedding, a swanky restaurant, or a black tie event, either way, make sure your shoes have you dressed to the nines.
Kate Spade loves glitter and bling almost as much as I do. Say yes to the Lilo pump and keep them for special occasions for years to come ($350).
Don’t ever feel like you have to pay an absurd amount of money for a good pair of shoes. Outlet stores, theoutnet.com, and eBay are all great places to get quality footwear and still have money left over to complete your date night look.
Autumn is my favorite season as a fashion designer and stylist for two reasons. For starters, it's not that hot on the West Coast and not too cold yet for you East Coasters. Second, you can wear a mix of casual summer pieces and winter styles and not look awkward. Running my own clothing line Michael Ferrera Custom Clothing means that I must stay on top of the latest trends. I’m just back to LA from fashion events in Las Vegas and New York so, in the interests of helping out all the Made Men out there, I’ll share the top five style tips gentlemen should have this season.
This is a style trend that ladies have used for years but through GQ, Esquire and all the other gentleman mags the dress boot has become more acceptable for men in the professional world. Hugo Boss, Allen Edmonds, and John Varvatos do a great dress boot, but you can find a bunch of comparable options.
Quite frankly the skinny tie is becoming the norm and a tie is always appropriate in corporate America. But if you really want to showcase your style opt for a scarf. Ditch the tie but accent your suits and shirts with cashmere, silk and wool scarves instead. A bit of unexpected flair is sure to turn heads.
Burgundy is a color that we in the fashion world have been exploring for a while now and it seems like it is here to stay. It adds some color when you wear ties, hats and accessories but you can also wear it this season in large pieces like suits and overcoats. It’s a bold statement but definitely can be pulled of by a confident gentleman in the fall.
This is not a new trend for the season but many gents just forget about it. Rather than keeping it casual on a date, rock an overcoat or a vest. Going somewhere fancy? Go for it with a three piece suit that will show how polished and grown up you are. Put in some effort to your wardrobe and layer your style this season.
Drop-crotch has been a stylish buzzword the past few seasons and it’s definitely a cool edition to your casual wear. This is not your first date outfit, but it works for your quick run to the mall, the market or your Saturday brunch date. Add some cool sneakers, a nice T-shirt and beanie to the drop-crotch sweats and she’ll think that you stay fresh for every occasion.
What could be more fun than running a business with one of your best girlfriends? Running a fashion line with one of your best girlfriends, duh! Shianne Winston and Jasmine Peters have been BFF’s for 22 years and are living the dream as the dynamic duo who run Philthy Ragz; the premier location for edgy, sexy clothes in Los Angeles.
Although they’re both only 25, Philthy Ragz isn’t their first take at entrepreneurship. In fact, Shianne and Jasmine had the business bug as preteens when they had a neighborhood babysitting service. Now as start-up savvy women, they can tell you a little something about what all it takes to keep a business booming. These girls GRIND. From sweeping floors and planning events to managing their online store and styling celebrities, these ambitious besties have their hands completely immersed in the Philthy pot. We had the chance to sit down with the Directors of Operations (just one of their titles) right after the launch of their Garden of Eden line to talk a little bit about sisterhood, entrepreneurship and what makes them “Philthy”.
Jasmin Martin: Where did the name “Philthy Ragz” come from? What does it mean?
Shianne Winston: The term Philthy Ragz came from a Bible verse my mom found. Isaiah 63 says, “we’re all nothing but a filthy rag”. The person wearing the clothes holds the power, not the garment itself. So be the best you can be and let your personality radiate humility, love, kindness, sex appeal or whatever through your clothes.
JM: So how did you two meet up? It must be so much fun to work in fashion with your best friend.
SW: We’ve known each other since preschool and we instantly bonded.
Jasmine Peters: It’s great to work with someone with the same business mind that you have. We’re on the same page and aspire to have the same things, so it’s cool.
JM: Shianne, your mom Ms. Gaynelle is the store owner and the designer for Philthy Ragz. I’m sure she cuts you a little slack, being the boss’ daughter.
SW: Oh, no! Even though it’s my family business and we both love working here and it’s our baby, my mother and I see Philthy Ragz as a business. I work with my mom not for my mom. She knows how to deal with me as her daughter, but once she comes in here, it’s boss mode and we have a job to do. I don’t take advantage of her being my mom and assume someone else can just pick up my slack. That’s not even my personality. So I’m working hard to keep this thing growing so we can achieve bigger and better things.
JP: People think that when you work at a store all you do is sell clothes. The stores sell themselves, we don’t have to do that. We’re involved in every aspect of making sure that the store and the brand are being run to standard. Gaynelle put her blood, sweat and tears into this business and trusts us to help further her vision. She guides us and works with us, but also gives us a lot of room to make decisions. It’s more of a collaboration.
JM: Tell me a little bit about the typical day at Philthy Ragz.
SW: *laughs* There is no typical day. Every day could be something different. We could make a to-do list and think that’s what we’re going to work through and it could be a completely different story. One day we might walk in and my mom will say, “we’re having a pink party today, we just received 25 pink dresses” and the plans immediately change.
JP: Right, like we can get a call in the middle of the night like, “so and so celebrity wants to come by the store at 8 AM to pick up her dress”. That’s not what we were prepared for, but we get it together to make it happen. You have to be flexible to work here.
SW: You have to take initiative and have the personality to be flexible, open minded, innovative. We aren’t micro managed and we don’t have the time to micromanage, so there’s a lot of trust that goes into working here and getting things done.
JM: What do you think separates Philthy Ragz from shopping at a Nordstrom or other store? What brings people to Philthy Ragz?
SW: Our customer service. People CHOOSE to shop Philthy Ragz because we don’t treat our clients like they’re just customers. We make them feel comfortable, like they’re our girlfriends. When clients walk in it isn’t “Welcome to Philthy Ragz” as much as it is “ hey girl, hey! Where you going this weekend? Let’s get you in something fly…”. It’s important to us that our clients can relate to us and feel comfortable with us. We won’t just send you to a rack and hope you find an outfit. We actually care that you look and feel good in what you’re wearing and we’re here to help you find that. We’ve giving them a styling experience.
JP: Customer experience, for sure. I also think that people shop us because of how frequently we get in new inventory and how unique our designs are. Gaynelle puts a lot of effort into finding things that are different. She’s into creating things you won’t see anywhere else. She isn’t looking to follow the trends out there -- she's setting the trends.
JM: That’s awesome. There needs to be more positive interactions amongst women, especially when we’re self conscious about how we look when trying on clothes. We could definitely use that support. Speaking of support and female empowerment, what’s a word of advice you would have to a young lady who was considering entrepreneurship but was afraid to leave the safety of her 9-5 to follow her passions?
JP: Do what makes you happy. At our age, it’s easy to fall into the pattern of doing everything by the book. You don’t have to do the college, grad school, corporate job thing if it doesn’t make you happy. Don’t do what you think you have to do to please other people, please yourself.
JM: Do you ever feel like because you are so successful at such a young age that clients, vendors or other business women don’t take you as seriously?
JP: Oh, it happens all the time. Standing your ground at 25 is important in demanding respect from people in business. Sometimes people will ask to speak with the manager and I’ll tell them I’m the manager, but if they would like to talk to Shi, I can refer them to her. Then when they see she’s young too, they’re just as shocked that she would be the next best thing. It’s like people assume I don’t know what I’m doing or that I’m not capable of doing this well because I’m younger than them. If it makes you more comfortable to speak with someone older who you feel you would respect more, that’s fine, but know that they will tell you the same thing I’m saying.
JM: Which celebrities have been seen rocking Philthy Ragz?
SW: Claudia Jordan was seen in our yellow Mackenzie dress on the red carpet at the BET Awards.
JP: Brooke Bailey from Basketball Wives, Michel’le from R&B Divas, Angela Simmons, Draya, Melanie Fiona,Tahiry, Meagan Good. We've also dressed some of the cast from the upcoming series of Love & Hip Hop LA.
SW: We do a lot of reality TV shows and sometimes we can’t talk about who was wearing our clothes until the show airs. We work with a lot of executives and business women who come in and get dresses to wear behind-the-scenes and not on the red carpets. We also see our clothes in a lot of photoshoots.
JM: Who would be your dream client to dress?
S&J: BEYONCE! *laughs*
JM: Who is the typical Philthy Ragz customer?
JP: The type of clients we have are looking to stand out and they’re the trendsetters of their crew. They aren’t afraid of wearing a bold color, or shying away from something because of their age, the length of the dress or their dress size. A woman who shops Philthy is confident.
JM: How do you think you’ve grown from your experiences from working at Philthy Ragz?
SW: To work here is to be multifaceted and know that you can get asked to do things that aren’t necessarily your thing, but you have the determination to get those things done.That’s applicable to anything in life. Perseverance is like a lifelong skill. We can troubleshoot and problem solve and we’re proactive instead of reactive. Like Jas literally built our website in 2 days. She didn’t know anything about computers, but she did it.
JP: *laughs* yea. It’s comforting to know that from working here, I feel like I can get handed anything and I can handle it.
This article was originally published on CurlzandtheCity.com.
Every now and again, we hard-working city girls need a vacation. So two months ago I packed my bags, turned off my work phone, grabbed my passport and headed to Morocco for two glorious weeks.
I rode camels across the golden sands of the Sahara Desert. I got lost in towns with streets only wide enough for people and donkeys to walk though. I traversed the great Atlas Mountains. I explored the beauty of the rich textiles and brightly colored mosaics Morocco is known for. I was proposed to by more than a few strange, yet very kind and sweet men. To sum it up…I LIVED!
As I prepped for my trip, I debated about what I wanted to do with my hair. I considered Havana twists for a while so I wouldn’t have to fuss over my hair at all, but I really wanted some pictures of me in the Motherland with my tapered curly crop I love so much. Since my wash & go’s usually last about 5-7 days, I was in search of a way to stretch my ‘do’ the remaining week of my trip without having to take up space in my suitcase with a blow dryer, diffuser or hair products.
Days before my departure, I stumbled upon fellow Harlem-ite and head wrap designer Paola Mathe of FANM DJANM (which stands for ‘strong woman’) at the pop-up Sugar Hill Market. She was displaying her new collection of African print headwraps and as I approached her booth, gazing at the beautiful fabrics displayed on the table, Paola greeted me with a smile and spun me around to try some different wrap styles on my crown.
THE LOVELY PAOLA TRIES SOME HEADWRAPS ON ME AT SUGAR HILL MARKET (PHOTO: FINDING PAOLA)
She wrapped the scarves so effortlessly, creating works of arts on my head so stunning it made even me do a double take at myself in the mirror. I had found THE PERFECT solution for my hair maintenance while abroad. I snapped up two different wraps in versatile prints that could be worn many ways and headed out for Morocco.
My headwraps were a huge hit among the locals and tourists alike in Morocco. Paola got my creative juices revved up so much during our mini wrap session back home that I found ways to make headwraps out of other scarves I had brought with me on my trip that I only planned to wear as neck-scarves or cover ups.
If there are two things every Made Woman loves it’s travel and fashion. Now there’s one app that brings the two together: 1st Class Fashion. Designed by Cindy Nkem, co-founder and creative director, 1st Class Fashion marries the love of style with the love of travel. More than just an app, the lifestyle brand has expanded to include events and merchandise. The company is a family affair as Cindy works with her brother Dr. Collins Ezeuka, who came up with the idea while traveling over the holidays. The company grew and Cindy eventually left her job in public relations to sign on to 1st Class Fashion full time.
Made Woman Magazine is excited to be a media partner for 1st Class Fashion’s Luxe Lane event this Thursday. Get more details here and learn more about Cindy and 1st Class Fashion below!
Co-Founder of 1st Class Fashion Cindy Nkem
Serena Watson : The idea for 1st Class Fashion is pretty unique. Can you tell me about it in your own words?
Cindy Nkem: 1st Class Fashion is a revolutionary and interactive social media platform designed to provide sartorial and travel related content to style savvy consumers around the world. Through the platform, we strive to foster luxe, in-person experiences for our online users. Fashion lovers connect online by sharing photos of their daily style, then their friends and other community members "like" the photo. At the end of each month, those who receive 300 likes or more are awarded a 1st Class round trip ticket to anywhere in the world. This unique experience is designed to empower members to showcase their style and inspire new trends, while celebrating their individuality.
SW: How do people enter?
CN: Participation in the platform is easy, just upload a photo of your daily style to our Style Cycle and get your friends, fashion community members and family to like the photo.
SW: Where are some of the places you've sent people thus far?
CN: We’ve had winners from all around the world travel to culturally rich locations like Istanbul, Ghana, Tokyo and England.
SW: We are so looking forward to your event! What are your goals for the event and what can people expect?
CN: We’re super excited as well, and we have so many fun things in store. There will be unique vendors offering exclusively discounted merchandise, complimentary cocktails, a premier screening of our latest promotional video, sounds from LA’s finest DJ’s NoMBe and Ariel, and last but not least, the official presentation of our new 1st Class Fashion mobile app.
SW: What's next for 1st Class Fashion? Tell me about some of your other initiatives.
CN: If there’s one thing you can say about 1st Class Fashion, it’s that we’re always progressing and on the move. We’ve got a number of exciting projects in the works, including a unique and ultra luxe line of luggage, small leather goods and accessories. While this line is still in the development stage, the gorgeous materials we’ve been sourcing for the products already have us eager to see the final pieces!
Entry in 1st Class Fashion Style Cycle
SW: What has been the response from your user base?
CN: Audience reception has been extremely positive and enthusiastic about the platform, and we find those that engage with 1st Class Fashion to then become loyal followers of the brand. There is an appreciation for a company that is willing to give more in return to its users than any other photo-sharing platforms on the market.
SW: Why do you think it is important for young professionals to travel?
CN: Travel and self-discovery are important in the development of an individual. As a team of young professionals ourselves, we have each personally benefited from our international travel experiences. Our travels have taught us greater understanding of different cultures and points of view, which in turn have made us better real-world communicators and listeners.
@AvantBlargh Winner From Current 1st Class Fashion Style Cycle
SW: How long did it take to develop your app?
CN: The entire process has been a labor of love. We’ve gone through numerous iterations and design schemes over the past eight months or so, and started putting the technical development gears in motion about two months ago. The app is currently going through Beta testing to be ready very soon for our 1st Class Fashion members who are always on the go! Look for it in the iTunes app store on September 5th!
When it comes to kid’s fashion “cool” is the new “cute.” Fashion designer Andrew Made is ushering a new era in fashion for toddlers that takes things to a fresh, edgy place. His line, Made Kids, (You know I love that, right?) offers apparel, hats and accessories for newborns through twelve-year-olds. 100% American made, the foundation of the line is a strict adherence to quality and comfort. What sets them apart is their swag-a-licious styling that makes you slightly jealous of the toddlers rocking this street-inspired line.
After earning his Bachelor’s in finance, Andrew had a pivot moment that is all too familiar to entrepreneurs. In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, he decided to pursue his dream of starting a fashion line and dedicated his life to making this dream come true. Today the line is sold at a variety of retailers including Traditions, in the Beverly Center. I got the chance to talk to Andrew about his vision and inspiration for this clothing line. Take a look!
SW: What inspired you to start the MADE Kids line?
Andrew Made: It was really just my love for fashion and trying to push that culture forward. I’ve always been very fashion conscious and aware of trends. I wanted to translate that passion into the children’s fashion space because I felt that there was a big void in that space as it related to edgy and aggressive children’s wear. I wanted to give fashion conscious parents the ability to dress their children in the same style of clothes that they would wear.
SW: Where do you get your inspiration for the designs?
AM: I really get my inspiration from the things around me and my life experiences. Whether it be from music, travel, or the arts, all of my experiences sort of shape my perception of fashion and directly influences my design aesthetic. Not to mention, I have an awesome creative/design team behind me who have incredible concepts and fresh ideas. It really is a collaborative effort.
SW: You received a degree in finance but then chose to go into fashion. Why the switch?
AM: Don’t get me wrong, I learned a lot working in the finance industry and certain parts of those skill sets help me run this business and other businesses that I operate. Finance was just not my passion. When I had the opportunity to take the entrepreneurial route, I knew it was my calling. The Road Less Traveled, I guess. I just wanted to do something impactful with my life in a space that I was really enthusiastic about.
SW: How has your finance degree helped you in your business?
AM: Just from a sheer operations standpoint. For example, having a baseline understanding of accounting is critical in any business, I think. There are a number of moving parts in this business that need to be accounted for. I feel that my finance background allows me to process and understand a lot of the transactions that occur without getting lost in the shuffle. As with any start up, having a keen understanding of cash flow and burn rate is critical. Also, managing a law firm out here in Miami has also given me keen insight into business from both a finance and legal perspective. I’m definitely a sponge when it comes to learning new information and applying those principles in operating my businesses.
SW: Why start a line for kids?
AM: It was something I saw the need for and a space in fashion that I really thought was lacking. From a business standpoint, I knew I was entering a competitive market that was littered with “street wear” brands. I loved the traditional streetwear concepts, and wanted to place my own spin on it. I felt that the children’s fashion market was a perfect place to make this happen. After receiving the positive feedback from the initial line, I knew we were onto something.
SW: What was the point when you felt you had reached success?
AM: [Laughs] I still don’t feel like I’ve reached “success”. That’s something I work at everyday. I think that’s what drives me to keep working and creating things that create an impact and have meaning. Success is a very hard thing to quantify, but as long as my family and friends are healthy and I’m able to pursue my passion everyday, I have no real complaints.
SW: Why is it important for you to keep street culture alive for the next generation?
AM: No doubt, MADE Kids is highly inspired by street wear sensibilities. It’s part of the culture that I represent as well. However, we are looking to take traditional street wear to the next level and incorporate elements of high fashion as well. We will always remain true to our roots, but we want to be seen as more than a streetwear brand.
SW: Kids probably don't get the references on the shirts, but how do they respond to the clothes?
AM: The references may predate the children, but it’s the parents that connect with the graphics and lyrics. It takes them back to a bit of nostalgia and allows them to dress their children in clothes that are both relatable and fashion forward. You'd be surprised what kids these days understand. Our line goes up to size 12 and those older kids definitely understand what’s up.
SW: What's next for MADE Kids?
AM: We have just released the cut and sew line this past season and are now gearing up for the release of our girls line in spring 2015. We’ve also been in discussions to release a capsule collection, so keep an eye out for that. Also, we will be at the AGENDA Shows this summer as well as well as ENK! So come check us out. Overall, We’re excited for the expansion and reach of the band. We’ve been fortunate to receive love and support from a number of athletes, celebs and their children. From Matt and Gloria Barnes to Adrienne and Chris Bosh, we are really appreciate of how the brand has been embraced. So much more to come!
SW: Where can people buy MADE Kids?
AM: Made Kids is available for purchase on our online store at www.madekids.com. We’re also sold in Traditions in the Beverly Center out in Los Angeles. We are spreading our distribution channels, so look out for us at a boutique in your city real soon.
Summer has arrived! It’s time to get our pedicures done and update our shoe game in preparation for a long, hot summer. An amazing shoe can instantly give your outfit extra dimensions, changing you from drab to fab!
Summer shoes are typically more comfortable because people are usually more active this time of year; out enjoying the nicer weather. But comfort does not have to translate to boring. Click through the next few pages and check out a few summer shoe options that are sure to become staples in your wardrobe.
Flat sandals and sneakers are the ideal shoes for summer because they are practical yet stylish. They can be worn to a day at the park, shopping with the girls or even to a music festival. From gladiators to Chucks and everything in between, you’ll definitely be able to find something that suits your personality while providing the comfort you need for amazing days and long nights.
Wedges can be worn from work to drinks after five. They provide the comfort of a flat and the height of a stiletto. These shoes are great for days when you want to wear heels but also want the ability to walk with ease.
Do Stiletto’s ever go out of style? Stilettos are timeless and can be worn in any season so this summer, focus on ankle straps, vibrant colors and bold prints.
These braided beauties have made a comeback! From flats to wedges, solids to stripes, animal print to florals, you’ll definitely be able to find a pair that suits your style.
As a personal stylist, clients often ask me what my budget is for updating my wardrobe. Honestly, not much. And I don’t shop for myself very often. Why? Because I have a closet full of clothes I love. I wear everything in my closet and am constantly clearing it out as I find pieces that have either lived a good life or just aren’t me anymore.
As you evolve as a person, so does your style. Your style is an outward reflection of your inner self. I usually buy pieces one at a time as I realize a need or a strong desire and I already have a few outfit ideas for the new piece. If you’re going on a shopping spree with a friend and impulsively buying new pieces, I guarantee you are wasting money on your wardrobe. How many items in your closet still have the price tags on? Why aren’t you wearing them? What is holding you back?
There are two possible scenarios:
1) You were drawn to a piece for its color/print/style, but you just don’t know how to create an outfit around it. All you need are the right tools and an expert to guide you.
2) You were forcing it to work because you were trying to fit a trend or a mold. It doesn’t fit quite right and/or the print/color are a bit off.
During a style session with a client, often some of my favorite finds and the most exciting new outfits are created with the pieces from scenario one. Figuring out what works is even more fun because it’s the first step for a client to evolve and define her style. She sees herself more clearly.
Now, how to stop wasting money on your wardrobe:
Have you already created a WYLAP? I would love to know what is next on your shopping list! Leave me a comment below.
Remember last October when I was invited to LA Style Fashion Week? Well, they must have liked me, because I was invited to attend again and get a sneak peak into what will be the hottest trends for fall/winter ‘14. Once again, the LA Live Event Deck was packed with people all in attendance to celebrate the collections of the some of the biggest and brightest designers in fashion... and once again, your girl was in the building.
The marketplace area is loud and bustling with media, stylists and spectators chatting before the start of the shows. Even though it was all pretty similar to last year’s setup, this year’s opening ceremony did offer something a little different. Instead of just hosting fashion, there was also a silent auction with the proceeds going to support the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. I thought it was really cool for the event to not be one dimensional and only focus on the world of fashion. After shaking a few hands and taking a couple pictures, my tour of the marketplace was coming to an end and I was ready to get inside the runway rooms to see some fashion.
Before the show began, the Co-Founder and President of Style Fashion Week, Veronica Welch was joined by the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti to come out and say a few words. They were both extremely supportive of designers, media, models and everyone in between who gives their time to make these collections come together. Their encouraging words were the perfect upbeat tone that that the night needed before we dove head-first into fashion.
The first show of the evening was from fashion powerhouse, Ina Soltani -- welcomed back this year to display her fabulous 2014 collection. Her clientele includes celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart and more, all donning her designs. Her fall/winter collection was FIERCE. Black leather ruled the runway. Her style is best described as classic with a twist. She sticks to simple lines, but plays with texture; maybe adding a cut-out, pop of color or other accent to make her designs unique. This collection’s “rocker chic” accent was having her models walk the runway with leather crowns - how cool! Fall/winter fashion tends to be more muted with neutral, black and white color schemes, but Ina Soltani has found a way to make it edgy and I’m here for it!
Trend Alert: Leather will be big for fall, but when dressing for the season, try to find a way to mix bad ass leather with other feminine pieces. Add a peplum top to your leather leggings or pair a lace blouse under your leather jacket for a different feel.
The second and final show of the night was from Tatyana Khomyakova. Tatyana presented her own collection, Designs by Tatyana, as well as her collaboration with one of my favorite designers, Bettie Page. I LOVE this retro style of fashion. I like how even though it’s a vintage style, a modern woman can still wear it and make it feel fresh and new. The Tatyana collection was feminine, colorful and all about accessories as the models strutted down the runway with purses, gloves and hats - so chic! Tatyana’s collection challenges the thought that you can’t be bold during the fall/winter season with your fashion and I love that she incorporates color and patterns even though the season calls for more toned down styles.
Trend Alert: A black pencil skirts is a pin-up girl staple, but for the upcoming season, make it new by playing with color and adding a skinny belt. Also, consider adding satin gloves into your fall fashion wardrobe for a modern perspective on a vintage style.
LA Fashion Week’s Opening Ceremony was everything I thought it would be and I wasn’t disappointed. I had a blast mixing and mingling with everyone and I’m so glad I got to jump start my week with fashion.