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Wednesday Woman – 4.23.14

This Wednesday’s woman is bohemian style icon, stylist Rachel Zoe.

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When you make you’re living by giving fashion advice and dressing other people, it is definitely important that your personal style is also on-point.

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Rachel is arguably the most famous celebrity stylist, and regularly demonstrates her high skill level of her trade. She also somehow manages to be a mother of two, wife, run her own clothing and lifestyle empire in addition to styling, all in at least six inch heels. She completely embodies the bohemian chic aesthetic.

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Everything she wears is just perfectly oversized and slouchy, and Rachel makes it so effortlessly chic. She makes regular use of vintage gold jewels, fur, oversized sunnies and wide-brimmed hats, mixed with flowy maxi dresses and wide-legged pants.

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Although she tends to keep her wardrobe within the neutral color palette, Rachel showcases modern trends, like chic jumpsuits. To inject some Rachel into your wardrobe, look for drapey pieces embellished with lace, leather or fringe.

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Take a risk with a wide leg pant and a sky-high platform, for an urban 70’s look. Play with proportion – don’t forget to layer a fitted blazer or coat over an oversized piece to maintain shape. Check out the board below from some cool Rachel-esque pieces, which includes some from her own label.

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Tuesday Tip 4.22.14 Warrior Knowledge….

You may have noticed that Gladiator Sandals have made their way back to the fashion scene.

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Quite glamourous on the runway and very editorial for the fashion set.

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But when the non models, non fashion shoot set, attempt to add them into their wardrobe, it doesn’t always have the same effect.

If Ms. Gomez was wearing a longer flowy Free People’esque dress or a gauzy maxi skirt with her sandals above, it would work.  But here, her shoes are too much for her other pieces.  Not to mention that her legs get shortened by the dark color.  Nude gladiators would have been the better option.

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Same shoes as the last but a little more dressed up.  Not sure what the heck we would call this look though…..  Venice Beach Special.

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This outfit is too heavy for the shoe pairing but notice how much better the nude keeps those legs looking long.

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These black sandals look gorgeous with a full length, dressier skirt.

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Keeping everything neutral and close to skin tone, perfect.

Below are some options available in the stores, click on images for details.


Monday Man – 4.21.14

This Monday’s Man is 56 year-old TV journalist Matt Lauer. As one of the hosts of The Today Show, Matt is the ultimate guy’s guy, and that is totally emulated through his style.

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Matt regularly showcases the perfect casual suit, which has definitely become his Today Show uniform. Start with the basics: a blazer and complimentary bottoms.

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Matt usually embraces a subtle patterned blazer, like checks or stripes, which adds a stylish edge. On the bottom half: a slim trouser, or even a dark denim for a slightly more casual look.

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Next, the button down – try an unexpected color, or a trendy pattern (polk-a-dots are so cool right now), or go for the classic white or blue. Dress up with a tie, or leave one out for an easy look.

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On his off days, Matt forgoes the blazer, but doesn’t let his look get sloppy. He mixes lighter denim and khakis with sweaters and vests, and dresses down with a baseball cap and bold leather belts.

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Regardless of the occasion or the season, Matt looks effortlessly put together on any day. Check out the board below for some easy Matt-like pieces:

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Friday Fashion – 4.18.14

Another busy week coming to an end.

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The view from one of my many offices today.   The weather turnaround from yesterday was amazing.

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Today’s work was with SMG model Nick B and photographer Mcklyn, so fun.   A couple behind the scenes sneak peeks for you.

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You’d think having regular time with photographers would make for easy Fashion Friday photos.  And that was the plan today but we ran out of time.  It happens.  So I share my Friday look with pieces with out me.  It was Zara heavy today.

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I wore a Zara draped jacket similar to this current one.

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A private label top that is a cross between these two.

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These current Zara pants, along with these Zara shoes.

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What have you been wearing to keep up with this wonderous weather?

Have a fabulous weekend!

K.


Wednesday Woman – 4.16.14

The lady of the week this time around is 26-year-old actress, Blake Lively.

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We’ve all seen her somewhere, from Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Savages, or on Ryan Reynolds’ arm (they’re married), so we are all fairly familiar with the native Californian’s effortless sexy. On the red carpet, Blake goes ultra-glam, often showing of her body in curve hugging pieces; but, there is something unique about her: she lets the clothes do the work.

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Blake completely embodies this idea of effortlessly sexy by letting her well-selected garments take center stage – there is no need for elaborate hair and makeup, or tons of accessories. She gives off kind of an, “I rolled out of bed and just threw on this gown” thing, and boy-oh-boy does it work for her!

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Off duty, Blake maintains her easy style with a bit of a bohemian feel, with lots of jeans, slouchy tanks, infinity scarves and a pretty solid hat wardrobe.

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Take some inspiration from Blake and feel effortlessly sexy – try mixing leggings with a slouchy sweater and killer pumps on an off day. For the office, try a curve-hugging pencil skirt in a unique material (leather would be cool), or deep color, paired with a flouncy peplum top.

"Gossip Girl" actress Blake Lively wears a turquoise mini skirt for her appearance on "Live with Regis & Kelly" in New York

On special occasions, take a cue from Blake and go for a menswear inspired evening look with some strappy heels. Take a look at the board below for some inspiration.

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Tuesday Tip – 4.15.14

Last week, while sitting poolside with a girlfriend, we started thinking about what (at that moment) would be a good Tuesday Tip.  There were 5 women in our group, all of whom are moms and all in various states of diets, cleanses, and whatnot.

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We had signed a non-judge pact on arrival in AZ and what was happening with our pale skin in those bathing suits was not to be discussed.

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In other words, nobody was excited to reveal.  Even the one with the flattest of tummies (who looked awesome btw) complained that she lacked in the chest dept.  I offered her mine.

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What we noticed when looking around at the resort, every day new women arrived looking timid and not in a rush to remove the cute coverup.  We decided right then and there that our Tuesday Tip was to embrace whatever was happening with the bod and enjoy the vacation.

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That meant not worrying about the extra skin (or lack there of), having that amazing dinner and of course enjoying a cocktail (or two) because we were on vacation.  Making memories with our families and friends.

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This may be too late to embrace for spring break but as we move into warmer weather and the pools and beaches start to become part of your day, invest in one or two great fitting suits that make you feel your best.  Find some cute coverups  and then just enjoy.

Thoughts on today’s post?  Please share them.


Monday Man – 4.14.14

Sports fiends, this week’s man is for you! This Monday we’re focusing on the man dubbed king of style in the NBA by GQ, none other than power forward for the Miami Heat, LeBron James.

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LeBron is definitely a do-it-all guy – he’s an all-star athlete, father, husband, philanthropist, spokesperson, and a style icon.

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LeBron has been one of only three males to grace the cover of Vogue (remember, with Gisele Bundchen?) and regularly appears in GQ magazine for his style prowess.

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LeBron’s all-encompassing attitude is totally incorporated into his personal style. On the court, he rocks his team uniform, but off the hardwood, he ranges from casual sporty to a three piece suit.

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LeBron is not afraid to try something new, putting him miles ahead of other revered stylish fellows. He doesn’t shy away from pattern or color, or any mixture of the two.

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He plays with the classic suit by adding a monochromatic twist, or mixing up a suit pant with a pull over sweater layered over a button down. LeBron takes equal risk in his street style, making the 2 piece sweat suit modern and incorporating smart touches of leather.

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Take a look below for some pieces that will help inject LeBron into your wardrobe:

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Similar EyeGlasses | Black Tee w/Faux Leather | Statement Watch | Red Blazer | Blue Floral Shirt |Beaded Necklace

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Well, hello Friday!

I’m back!  Sort of.  Didn’t get past Monday Man this week due to a little kick back time.

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I just got back from an Arizona getaway.  When I get in this zone (which is SO rare), I just need to go with it.  And I did.

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With less than 24 hours of turnaround time, I am now in my comfy jeans and headed to Eastern Washington.

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Massively casual I know but I did add a little lace for some feminine factor.

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My own Mother would not approve of these jeans but 5 hours in the car calls for kick back comfort.

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It was hard to give up this sunshine but glad to see that blue sky’s are shining in Washington as well.

Have a fabulous weekend and I’ll be back on board, full force next week.  Lot’s of good stuff to share!

K.

Today I am wearing:

Sunnies: Gucci (here)| Army Shirt: Forever 21 (Similar) | Lace Top: CAbi (similar)| Necklace: Vintage (similar)| Jeans: Forever 21 (similar)| Watch: Michael Kors (here)| Ring: Thrifted (similar)| Shoes: Chloe (similar)


Monday Man – 4.7.14

This Monday’s man is 40-year-old Thai designer, Thakoon, who is best known for his knock-out collaboration with Target, and for regularly wardrobing the First Lady, Michelle Obama.

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The spotlight doesn’t often land on a fashion designers personal fashion, especially when it is a man designing exclusively for women, but Thakoon’s style humbly stands out among the rest. Why? Instead of over-the-top dressing, or wearing the same thing literally every day (cough cough Michael Kors), Thakoon dresses just like your average, stylish dude.

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His minimalistic style allows his own designs to take center stage, but simultaneously still validates him as a stylish man. He, of course, incorporates very cool touches into his classic looks, like a white bow tie paired with a white button down, or a blazer and leather sneakers with jeans and a t-shirt, which keep him interesting and modern.

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To embrace a bit of Thakoon, invest in your quality basics – breezy t-shirts, cool crew necks and button downs.

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Funk it up a little in the denim department with things like black or grey jeans, or even fitted khakis. On dressier occasions, play with your tux by swapping out a collared shirt for one with a bib, or even try wearing some leather sneakers with your classic tux for a super modern look. Check out the board below for some inspiration.

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Bib Shirt | Plaid Shirt  | Gray Skinny Jeans | Sweat Shirt | High Tops |

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