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*UPDATE v.2* on the 30 Day Challenge.
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• Day 16 •

The last time I posted a look was Day 10 and we are now on 16.  I am started to recycle some pieces but also pulling some “had a long time” to mix it up.  While you have seen the denim (above) before, I’ve added in a blouse that I purchased in 2013, a pair of boots I got in 2007 and a blazer I got in, I don’t even remember when.  A LONG time ago.  I’ve always loved the lines, so I hung onto it.

• Day 15 •

• Day 15 •

Outfits like the above are what I feel most comfortable in, especially when working.  This is my version of comfortable daywear.

• Day 14 •

• Day 14 •

The above outfit has to be near the bottom of the barrel for me, in terms of liking the outfit.  I love the pants and the tunic is cute but I needed another layer and this was my best option.  It makes me realize that a dark, one color cardi is worth adding to my wardrobe.  Is there a piece you are realizing you are missing to tie things together?

• Day 13 •

• Day 13 •

Another day, another skinny pant and tunic.  Again, this is kind of my thing.  Have you been able to identify your patterns and the looks that are your favorites from partaking in this challenge?

• Day 12 •

• Day 12 •

Above was a Girls Night Away, Day 2.  While some gals chose to stay in their Lulu’s, this was my version of comfy.

• Day 12 •

• Day 11 •

As we are into the second half of this challenge, who is still with me?  I was told I lost one gal this morning.  And the reason?  She went shopping!!!  Oh the horrors!  I told her that I have an Anthropologie g/c burning a hole in my pocket but I am still purchase free at this point.   I’ll be in California next month and I’m waiting for the spring stuff to arrive first.

The takeaways from this update:

1) Start pulling your “old pieces” into the mix.  If you can’t make them work, you will know what to do with them after our 30 days.

2) Are there any pieces that are now obvious to you, that you need to add in to your wardrobe?

3) What are the patterns that you have seen developing with your favorite looks?  Keep that in mind for future purchases.

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Wednesday’s Woman – 1.29.14

Today’s lady can go from Street Chic to Red Carpet Wonder without missing a beat.  Always hot and curvy to boot.

None other than Beyoncé.

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Okay ladies who doesn’t love Beyoncé? The answer to that question – no one!! Beyoncé is not only a singer (anyone remember Destiny’s Child?), actress and fashion mogul (she runs House of Dereon with her mother, Tina Knowles), but also a new mother and she is married to one of the most successful rappers in the world.

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On top of all that, she still manages to look fabulous around the clock. Consistently a stunner of the red carpet, Beyoncé embraces her body in curve hugging dresses.

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Off duty, she keeps it casual in loose tops and distressed denim. She doesn’t shy away from bold colors or prints.

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Whether she’s on stage, at an award show or out with her hubby, Beyoncé is always rocking a heel. To bring some Queen Bey home with you – take some fashion risks!!

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  Explore and indulge in color, pattern, texture and shine; even try to incorporate some fun into your makeup routine. Find pieces with impeccable fit, and look for that killer platform heel. Play with chunky accessories to pull your look together.

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Tuesday Tip 1.28.14 – Know your boobies!!!

I have posted on this topic several times before and am adamant about you gals keeping your lingerie drawer fresh and up to date.

But this time I’m brining you words of wisdom directly from our boobie expert, Maxine.  Longer than our normal posts but her words are invaluable.

Take it away Maxine!

Any woman can have a fabulous closet, but what does it matter if your clothes don’t fit right?

Properly fitting garments start with properly fitting undergarments! First, let’s start with the basic anatomy of a bra:

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 Now that we’re all on the same page, here are some simple tips to make sure your brassiere is doing what it should:

1) Check your band! 

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The band is the part of your bra that gives your breasts support from below. In terms of sizing, your band size is the number part – the number directly corresponds to your width around. To ensure your band is fitting perfectly, there are a number of things to look at. First, ensure your band is fastened on the largest hook. Yes – it sounds weird, but it is how it should be! Fastening on the largest hook will allow room to tighten when your bra stretches. Next, check where your band is sitting on your back. Is it riding up (closer to shoulder blades)? It’s too big! Is it sitting low (closer to small of the back)? It’s too small! A perfect fit should allow your band to sit exactly straight across your back, lining up exactly with the rest of the bra.

2) Check your cup! 

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Now that we’ve got the band situated, let’s move onto the cup! In your size, your cup size is the letter part. Let me set this straight now: your cup size depends on the band size. If your band changes, the cup changes; if your cup changes, your band changes. The cup on a 36D is NOT the same as the cup on a 34D – in fact, there is about a 2 inch difference in width. Your cup should lay perfectly flat on your breast. If it is spilling over (whether it be from the top or bottom), it’s too small. If it is gapping (lots of extra space), it is too big. Before you fret and think you need to change sizes – try loosening or tightening the straps! If your cup is too small, loosening your straps will create extra room. If your cup is too large, tighten the straps, or see if your bra has a racer-back option; crisscrossing the straps will help hold everything up!

3) Check your wire.

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The wire is the part of your bra that keeps your breasts from sagging. They are widely considered the most uncomfortable part of the bra; however, before you think you need a wireless bra, make sure your wire is sitting where it should. The underwire should completely encircle all your breast tissue. Feel around the whole wire to make sure there is nothing sticking out under it. Another good test – check to see where your wire is pointing. The end of your wire should point directly into the middle of your armpit. If it points too far over or too far in, your bra is too big or too small (this could be either a band or cup fit issue).  Look at your center gore to ensure the wires on that end are not digging into your tissue – if they are not, the center gore will lay flat, which is another denotation of the perfect fit.

Getting the right fit can be tricky, and if you’re having trouble, don’t hesitate to head on into your local lingerie retailer,

they will be more than happy to help you!

Stay tuned for more lingerie insights coming soon.

Thank you so much Maxine, such important info for all the ladies!!!

If you have questions about this post or any other Tuesday Tip topic, send them on over here.

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Monday’s Man – 1.27.14

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and if you are in the Seattle area, enjoyed the sun.

This past week, we started Monday’s Man and Wednesday’s Woman, both with fabulous praise.  You like these.  Yahoo!

Today, we are focusing in on Mr. Bradley Cooper.

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The 39 year-old actor rose to fame in The Hangover trilogy, and has since starred in numerous block-buster hits.

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With plenty of red carpet appearances under his belt, Cooper regularly showcases modern variations of the traditional suit.

For example – a monochrome, traditional 3-piece tux, or trading in a tie for a bowtie, even ditching the tie all together.

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With his street style, Cooper shows men how to look effortlessly cool, without buying your clothing from Costco!

Some essential Bradley Cooper pieces – pull over sweaters, button downs, cool jackets (e.g. bomber and leather).

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Mix these with variations of denim or slacks and sleek footwear to embody Cooper’s cool edge every day.

For special occasions, go for a tailored blazer and pants; the perfect fit really packs the punch!

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Bringing Bradley’s style home for yourself:

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Friday Fashion – 1.24.14

Well, who in the PNW doesn’t love this sunshine?  I’m seriously having a case of Spring Fever and then to top it off, it’s the weekend.  WAHOO!

I had a VERY casual day today.  Computer work, a much needed massage, and tonight, kid sports.  So casual clothes to go with it.

* DAY 10 *

* DAY 10 *

Anyway you’ve seen enough of me this week with my 30 Day Challenge (see yesterday’s post for the previous 9 looks)

so I thought I would bring you some looks direct from Europe, with the current Fashion week and looks for Fall ’14.

These are just some of the standouts for me:

Alexis Mabille

Alexis Mabille

Balmain

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I swear I could LIVE in the jumpsuit on the right side.  LOVE!

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Balmain

Dior

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Dior

The looks happening for fall are across the board.  Oversized, fitted, color, neutrals and a lot of very architectural pieces.  Basically, wear what suits you.

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Jonathan Saunders

Jonathan Saunders

Yes, the model is way too thin but like the look of the outfit.

Maison Martin Margiela

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Maison Martin Margiela

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Viktor Rolf

Viktor Rolf

Which one do you like?

There are a ton more looks and a lot more designers showing, you can check them out here.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and may the sun be shining!

K.

 

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*UPDATE* on The 30 Day Challenge: Day 9.

How’s it going?

 I’m learning that more and more of you are partaking in this Challenge, although 98% of you are doing it on the down low.  That’s ok.  It really is a learning opportunity just for you.  To see what wardrobe pieces you are drawn to, what is completely wasting prime real estate in your closet, and what you might be missing.

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* DAY 9 *

Today’s photo is blurry.  Sorry said the Canadian.

Track pants (silk) and a sweatshirt with boots.  Super comfy and relaxed but don’t look like yoga wear.  Might feel the same, but not the same visual.

**DAY 8**

**DAY 8**

I know the suggestion for keeping worn and unworn clothes separate, was for you to turn your hangers backwards.  I then let you know that I was switching my plan to put all worn pieces at the end of each rack.  Well, I switched it up again.  For me, out of sight, out of mind is best and I am utilizing one of my styling racks.  I’ve set one up in a bedroom corner and when the clothes come off, they get racked right there.  Completely separate from my closet.  This works best for me.  Need one for yourself?  Get one here.

**DAY 7**

**DAY 7**

** DAY 6 **

** DAY 6 **

I’ve realized that I am drawn to my denim.  6 out of 9 days have been some sort of denim pant and I am glad I have a selection.  It has me thinking though, that I wish I had some winter skirts that I really wanted to wear.  Maybe if we weren’t in the Northwest, I would.  How many of you think you would completely change your look, if our climate was different?  I would hope the puffy jacket and Uggs thing would go away (obviously) but I mean truly change your style?

** DAY 5 **

** DAY 5 **

 Okay, this was clearly the NFC Championship Game.  My entire crew had Seahawks gear on but when the game wasn’t going so well, it dawned on me that my Seahawks tee had been worn twice when the Seahawks lost.  I immediately changed and the game turned around.  Coincidence?  I think not.  The shirt has been burned.  The yellow beanie stays (it’s had two winning days)!

** DAY 4 **

** DAY 4 **

** DAY 3 **

** DAY 3 **

 As we go into the second week of the challenge, you’ve probably worn all your super fav’s, now what?  Try some new layers.  You can’t duplicate an EXACT outfit but you can mix and match, find some great new combos.  Instead of the standby sweater and jeans, pull out one of your better blouses instead and add dressier footwear.  If you are cold, layer a cami underneath and a blazer over top.

** DAY 2 **

** DAY 2 **

** DAY 1 **

** DAY 1 **

And put those accessories to use.  Jewels don’t just have to be for a dressy, evening look.  Add some to your tee and blazer.

And scarves.  Did you see our post on wearing them on Tuesday?  If not, it’s here.

Keep ‘er going and let us know how your doing, we want to hear!

I’ll be back next Thursday with the latest and more tips…..

 

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Another newbie: Wednesday’s Woman 1.22.14

Can’t have a day for the Men (see Monday’s Man) without a similar set up for the ladies.  Every Wednesday will focus on a stylish lady and how to bring her look to your closet.

Everyone is familiar with our first up female.  Casual, effortless style that can be incorporated at any age.

Jennifer Aniston

Despite being an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award winning actress, at age 44, Jennifer Aniston is one of the most fuss-free celebs in Hollywood!

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Best known for her fashionista character Rachel on the sitcom Friends, Jen embodies effortless chic. She incorporates simple, staple pieces to keep her off-duty looks casual and her Red Carpet ensembles classically glam.

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To add a little Jen to your closet, focus on the basics! Simple tees and silk camis paired with ripped boyfriend jeans and a light cardigan. Play up your evening-wear with a classic silhouette, cool jacket and minimalistic shoes. Use accessories and makeup to embellish, not overwhelm your looks – try stacking slim bangles and classic black eyeliner. Check out the items below for some Jen-spiration!

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To get Jen’s look:

Jeans|Dress|Tee|Biker Jacket|Hat|Flats|Booties

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Tuesday Tip – 1.21.14 Tying one on….

A huge fan of accessories to take a look to the next level, one of the easiest ways I know how to finish a look is with a scarf.  For men and women, available in every color, print and fabric imaginable and as a bonus, they can add a layer of warmth.

Really, what’s not to love?

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Meet Gertrude.  She will be our scarf model today.  She’s not the prettiest gal but she has a wicked sense of humor!

With this most basic scarf look, it’s just a simple wrap the scarf around your neck with a single knot.  Great way to finish off a look that is clean lined and needs a little personality.   Easy peasy.

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This second look is wrapping your scarf back to front and then instead of leaving the ends down the front, throwing them back over your shoulder.  Tie the ends off behind your neck or just tuck into the back of your jacket.  I like this look used when you have a great coat that you want seen but just need a pop of color at the face.

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Here we have a more conservative look.  It could go Eastern European Grandma but if given the right pairing, can be very elegant.   I visualize some of my more traditional clients wearing this with a great pair of trousers and either a button down or  clean lined sweater.  Or of course over the shoulders of a dress, used as a lightweight wrap, like you would a pashmina.  Interjecting a little personality without saying too much.

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Another great day to day for women or men, over a jacket or coat.  Start by folding the scarf in half (length-wise) so you have a double end on one side and the loose ends on the other.  Put the center of the scarf behind your neck and when you bring the two ends to the front, tuck the loose ends into the loop of the double end and pull through.  Does this make sense?  Do I need to make a video??

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This scarf look is for a lighter weight option with an outfit, not so great with a bulky, wool scarf.  Start with the scarf centered at the front of your neck and wrap the two ends around back, and around to the front again.  To finish the look, tuck both ends under the original piece at the front of your neck.  A bit of a necklace of sorts.

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And the infinity.  Can’t forget that.  Without the fringe, it can be worn just as an open loop down the front but I prefer this particular scarf (with embellishment) to be looped around the neck a second time.  The one thing that I see with infinity scarves that is a “please don’t do”, is going TOO BIG TEXAS.   Keep the scarf in proportion to what you are wearing, otherwise your head looks like it is floating above the rest of you.  Not a look most are going for.

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Some scarves I am loving:

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For the men, here.

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Or here.

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For the women, here.  Looks a little Northern Coastal Native when wrapped up, love it!

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Or here.  Who doesn’t love cashmere, and at this price?

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Or here.

Of course, these are just a handful of looks to get your started in the world of scarves.

 Do you have a favorite way to wear yours?

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Something new. Monday’s Man 1.20.14

Adding something new to Kim Brooks Style, Monday’s Man.  A weekly look at the men who are known for their style and some tips to make it your own.

First up, Pharrell Williams.

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Pharrell is not only a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, rapper, and producer, but also a fashion mogul.   As the co-founder of clothing companies, Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Clothing, his personal style is always on point.  At age 40, whether Pharrell is running errands or attending award shows, he flawlessly embodies effortless cool.  By boldly mixing prints, bright colors and denim basics, Pharrell always acheives a truly easy, on trend ensemble.

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To embody a little Pharrell into your personal style, play with pattern and accessories and don’t be afraid to rock some out of the box footwear.  Just his statement Chanel shoes (above) take a tee and jeans to a whole, new level.  Below you will find some Pharrell-esque items that can be easily incorporated into your wardrobe.

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Shop the Look:
Camo Print – Here, here, here, here, here.
Polka Dots – Here, here, here, here, here.
Statement Accessories – Here, here, here, here, here.
Cool Shoes – Here, here, here, here, here.
Solid Basics – Here, here, here, here, here.
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Friday Fashion – 1.17.13

I’ve been so excited all week long for the weekend, well,  because there is this football game on Sunday.

I’d be decked in green and blue but since I am doing this whole 30 Day Fashion Challenge, I didn’t want to use up my Seahawks look until the game.

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Fashion Challenge Day 1 (above)

I’m doing Fashion Friday just a little different this week, as I want to catch up the non-Facebookers on the 30 Day Fashion Challenge.

If you still haven’t read about what that is, head here.  So far this week is going well.  The first week should be easy for everyone.

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Fashion Challenge Day 2.

My closet is organized on 2 racks.  One for my bottoms (from left to right) skirts, pants, jeans.  The tops (again left to right), sleeveless, tees, blouses, long sleeved, jackets.  Everything in their own section.  As I suggested with the ‘turn your hanger backwards’ once you’ve worn something, I think that is a good marker for what to avoid.  But I decided that instead of random hangers, backwards amongst the forwards, I would place all of the clothes I have worn, to the far left side of their rack.  Hanger still backwards but also in the “you’ve worn this already  section”.  Does that make sense?

I’m  really hoping to wear the majority of what I have, and this closet management system will be the best way for me to do it.

Fashion Challenge Day 3.

Fashion Challenge Day 3.

I know of about two dozen women partaking in this 30 Day Challenge.  If you’re secretly joining us, I’d love to hear from you.   And it would be especially great if a male would come along for the ride.

Well, I all I can say is that this weekend is dedicated to and all about football.  If you are a 49’ers Fan, I am sure you are a lovely person but I truly hope we (Seattle) crush your team.  Nothing personal.

All the best for a fabulous, green and blue kind of weekend!

Outfit #1:

Vest – Old Navy.  Similar

Top – CAbi. Similar or Similar.

Leggings – Seven for All Mankind.  Similar.

Booties: Private label. Similar.

Earrings: Stella & Dot.  Similar.

Ring: Unknown.  Similar.

 

 

Outfit #2:

Cape: Forever 21. Similar or Similar

L/S Tee: CAbi.  Similar.

Leather leggings: Zara. Similar.

Slip on’s: Kenneth Cole here.

Scarf: Target. Similar.

Ring: Gift.

Watch: Michael Kors here.

 

Outfit #3:

Jacket: Forever 21.  Similar.

Sweater: Babaton here.

Blouse: Tildon.  Similar.

Pants: H&M.  Similar.

Boots: D-Segno here.

Necklace: Unknown. Similar.

Ring: Gift.  Similiar.

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