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Target run in your near future? Check out these tees if your wardrobe could use a little restock. They look like knockoffs of J.Crew. I would suggest sizing up one size. In the store they were on sale for $5 and $6!  Solid  Stripe

The Essie top coat that I love because it looks like a gel and lasts close to two weeks is finally back in some stores after being sold out for weeks everywhere! And this Duo kit is a $3.50 savings. Ballet slippers is a pretty neutral. Duo Kit

A great no seam, basic thong. $5 or 4 for $20. Gilligan & O’Malley

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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You will love these charm bracelets! Beautiful pieces for yourself or to give as gifts. Designed locally in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin by my friend Margie Edwards. Here’s her description:

These bangles are a great way to show your personality by adding the charm. The bracelet comes with a bead charm. The bracelets are made of Sterling Silver and Brass. The silver charms are made of an Britannium Metal which is a pewter alloy that is lead free. Some of the charms are Sterling Silver which is shown on the shopping cart. The gold charms are 14kt gold plated over the Britannium Metal. Most the bracelets come with a pearl charm. I love using pearls because they symbolize peace. The heart charms have a garnet charm dangling with them. The bracelets fit small to medium wrist. The price of the charm bracelet it self is $28.00. The charm you choose will determine the price of your bracelet….$28.00

Margie is offering a 20% discount!! Use code: “Mary 20% off”

Buy bracelets here

 

These  leather sandals go with everything! The reviews say they run small- I found them true to size. If your size is out online, check stores.

Buy sandals here

Wishing you a wonderful 4th of July!

 

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1. Banana Republic Drawstring Modal Lounge Sweatshirt , on sale! $25  2. Essie Gel Setter Top Coat $10

Banana Republic Drawstring Modal Lounge Sweatshirt   Super soft and comfy sweatshirt. Not as thick as a typical sweatshirt but that’s part of the reason it’s so cozy.

Essie Gel Setter Top Coat   My daughter & I have been very impressed with this topcoat! Makes your manicure look like a gel and after five days, not a single chip! I can’t find it anywhere online. I found mine at Target and it was sold individually or more economically in a set with a polish.

Let me know if you try either of these! Have a great weekend!

 

 

Planning Outfits

Planning my outfits ahead of time was not a common routine for me but now I really enjoy it. It’s so much easier! No last minute stress. I find it especially helpful for trips so you are sure you have every detail covered and you don’t overpack. One tip: take photos of your outfits on your phone so you can reference them during your trip.

Here’s what I planned for my weekend. It’s supposed to be nice, so I hope that forecast is accurate. Happy weekend everyone!

 

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Paris & Rome Street Syle

Bonjour! Hola! Buongiorno! I’m back from my dream trip to Paris, Barcelona and Rome. It was an amazing adventure visiting my daughter who is studying this semester in Rome. She met me in Paris and we were able to see all of the sites on our wish list while also taking time to just sit and observe everything around us whenever possible, including the fashion. Many cafe stops throughout our days provided these opportunities. I tried out the role of street style photographer and it’s not easy! You have to be quick and obscure which is tough to do without a zoom lens. Hence the reason my shots are mainly from the back. Nevertheless, I think you’ll see what we found to be common themes among the women’s outfits. Always perfectly tailored coats or leather jackets, lots of black, gray or muted tones, always a chic scarf draped just so and for footwear, we saw booties about 60% of the time, tall boots 30% and ballet flats or sneakers 10%. The sneakers were usually black Nikes or the Adidas Stan Smith. (see below) By the way, my travel dates were March 18th-April 6th and the temps varied from 42 degrees to mid 60’s. My first day in Rome was rainy so I wore my black trench, scarf, black leggings and black booties and did not carry my camera so I definitely fit right in and was flattered when Romans spoke to me in Italian. (I’m sure my Italian heritage had something to do with it too!) I just wish I would have been able to reply in Italian.  Ciao! {click on pictures to enlarge}

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SNEAKERS:

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Adidas Originals Stan Smith

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Nike ‘Free 5.0 14′

Packing For A Semester Abroad

Packing ListInitially my daughter was planning to take two large suitcases to Rome for her semester abroad but I couldn’t resist the challenge to cut that in half. She was completely on board and as it turned out, she saved 100 euros by not bringing another suitcase ~ the equivalence of a student weekend get away! We gathered information from many sources including a few students who had attended the same program and this is what we finalized.
THE LIST
JACKETS

  • trench coat (worn on the plane)
  • vest
  • jean jacket
  • utility jacket-debated on this + the jean jacket but since there was room, it went
  • rain jacket
  • leather jacket

TOPS

  • 1 comfy sweatshirt like top (worn on the plane)
  • 1 warm pullover lululemon top to layer
  • 9 tanks- 2 lululemon which can be worn for work out or summer, white, black, gray, red, navy, stripe, b/w print which can all be used alone or layered with other tops/sweaters
  • 4 tee shirts- to be used for everyday or work out
  • 3 blouses-b/w print, black, chambray
  • 2 long sleeve tees- gray, stripe
  • 2 pull over sweaters-cream cotton, black merino wool
  • 4 cardigans sweaters-black long, dressy black short, gray long, tan long

BOTTOMS

  • 2 leggings-lululemon for work out or everyday. 1 skinny, 1 yoga style (one worn on the plane)
  • 2 jeans
  • 1 black ponte knit nice pants
  • 2 maxi skirts- black, floral
  • 1 pair nice shorts
  • 2 pair running shorts

DRESS

  • 1 black dress that can be worn for dressy or everyday

LOUNGE

  • 2 sets of Cuddl Duds. These are great because they will be used as pajamas, long underwear for ski trips, and the shirts also look like regular long sleeve tees.
  • 1 pair of gray sweat pants/pajama pants

SHOES

  • flip flops- for beaches, bathrooms and hostels
  • casual- Sperry (broken in) Toms would be good too
  • black ballet flats
  • black sneakers
  • black booties-casual
  • brown booties-dressy
  • brown tall booties-we waterproofed these with a product called SNO SEAL to avoid the need to bring rain boots (worn on the plane)
  • sandals- did not pack because she is planning to buy a pair in Italy

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • 2 swimsuits
  • underwear
  • smartwool socks-they will dry fast and are comfy for all the walking. 7 pair ankle, 2 pair lowcut
  • 1 pair black opacque tights
  • belt
  • 3 scarves-easy way to change looks of outfits. She will buy more there as well.
  • 2 statement necklaces
  • 3 pairs earrings
  • watch
  • winter hat
  • gloves
  • sunglasses
  • baseball hat-for the beach
  • crossbody purse
  • tote-for classes & everyday use as well as travel (carry on plane)
  • backpack-for use as carry on luggage as well as weekend trips (carry on the plane)

 

These packing cubes were very helpful to compress the clothing and keep everything organized.

 

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White jeans are a wardrobe staple that can be worn year round.
Finding your perfect pair can be a little tricky.
Two tips:
Shop around for a fabric that isn’t too sheer.
Choose a fit that skims your legs and is not too tight.
I created a look book, with two white jeans to try and featuring items similar to these inspiration photos.  (The shirt is available in black and white check but was not cooperating in this look book.)
Do you enjoy wearing white jeans?
I have more suggestions if you would like help finding a perfect pair. Contact me in the form below.
 

Saying Yes To A Carry On Bag And Celebrity Inspired Air Travel Outfits

Last week, while helping two clients get ready for their trips, I convinced them that they could travel with everything they needed for a five and a ten day trip, in a carry on suitcase. Despite their doubts, they were intrigued enough to let me show them how to plan out each day and organize outfits accordingly. Packing a carry on bag saves you money from baggage fees, worry of a lost bag, and the hassle of traveling with a large suitcase.

What to wear on the plane is another important component of mastering this feat. I always suggest a comfortable outfit with flat shoes just in case you have to run to catch a flight.  Also, wear or carry any jacket you want to bring, as well as a scarf for added warmth if the plane is cold. Below are some celebrity looks to inspire you. Happy travels! If you would like help preparing for your next trip, please contact me. I’d love to assist you and should be able to have you set with a plan within one to two hours of our initial chat.

I am thrilled to announce that I am now an approved Keaton Row stylist. I have styled a few of the outfits from below in this LookBook.  You can shop directly from it with free shipping! If you are interested in having creat any looks just for you, just let me know!

See my entire collection of Travel Inspiration photos on my Pinterest Page.

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Five Tips For Choosing Your Family Portrait Outfits

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It’s that time of the year where you might want to take advantage of summer tans, a less hectic schedule and perhaps your college student being at home, to arrange a family portrait.  I’ve pulled together some tips and inspiration to hopefully make the event stress-free.

1. Your goal with the clothing choices is to coordinate, not match.

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2. Pick an inspiration piece and go from there. For example, a floral dress or a plaid shirt.

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3. If the family portrait will be displayed in your home, decide if you would like the outfits to coordinate with your room color palette.

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4. Consider your background color, if there will be one, and work around that for your outfit selections.

5. Find great color combinations on this website: http://www.design-seeds.com/.  Fun to explore and see whats appeals to you. The collage below is what I used when coordinating my family pic.

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5. Get inspiration online. I’ve gathered a bunch for you on my Pinterest Board ~ Family Photos What to Wear.

If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of pulling this all together, I would love to assist.  After listening to your ideas and vision, I will “shop your closets” striving to use the clothing you already own and if needed or desired by you, I will shop for any necessary pieces. Please contact me for a complimentary consultation.

 

Photo credits: First: Laci Davis. Second: Shannamichelle. Third: Amelia Lyon. Fourth: My sister Cindy’s darling family photographed by Wendy Muller. Last photo: Jeffrey Bohmann Nework Photography.