3 Ways to Wear Dresses for Winter | Layer Up

Have a favorite dress hanging in the back of your closet and no clue how to pull it off this winter? See three ways to wear the wardrobe essential that is your everyday dress, and get a little inspiration. First, we'll start with a more fashion-forward combination that pulls in a menswear-inspired vest:

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Let the pop of color happen in the handbag, and leave the other layers neutral. This is an updated way to pull off your basic grey jersey dress and add a little oomph. If the tuxedo vest scares you, by all means, omit and substitute a black blazer or oversized boyfriend cardigan.

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source: DKNY Black Tuxedo-Style Vest (www.stylebop.com), Kenzo Floral Print Inset Jersey Dress (www.nordstrom.com), Sergio Rossi Veronica Slouchy Suede Boots (www.theoutnet.com), Coach Madison Leather Isabelle Tote (www.coach.com), Heather Hawkins Y Necklace With Black Horn (www.shopbop.com), Wildfox Couture Jewelry Bone Bangle In Rose Gold (www.shopthetrendboutique.com)

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Next up, a little layering. I put an open-toe sandal in here just incase these milder Fall temps last for a minute longer, but if not, this would be the perfect opportunity to slide in a foldover ankle boot. The rest of the look plays on the color combo between the Vivienne Westwood dress and the butterscotch brown biker jacket. The scarf is another way to draw in color, as well as the Iscar de la Renta earrings that I can't seem to get enough of right now. This is one way to polish up a rough-and-tough biker jacket...

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source: Muubaa Kendyll Biker Jacket (www.farfetch.com), Vivienne Westwood Red Label Asymmetric Jersey Dress (www.farfetch.com), Lanvin Stiletto Sandal (www.farfetch.com), Marc By Marc Jacobs 'Onyx' Scarf (www.farfetch.com), Oscar de la Renta Waterfall Stone Earring (www.oscardelarenta.com)

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Fine, fine, yes, you're looking at a top from Tibi, not a dress, but the length  lends itself to be worn just like a tunic/dress, especially when there are leggings involved. This is the kind of look you wear and can own a room in. It's sharp, there's some edge, but it doesn't go overboard on the intimidation factor. It's just ridiculously sophisticated with a more contemporary twist. I mean, those boots! A drool-worthy additions to any wardrobe.

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source: Tibi Striped Knitted-Cotton Top (www.net-a-porter.com), Givenchy Pleated Back Blazer (www.farfetch.com), David Lerner Zippered Legging (www.intermixonline.com), Alaïa Leopard Calf Hair-Paneled Suede Ankle Boots (www.net-a-porter.com), Golden Lane Perforated Leather Duo Satchel (www.luisaviaroma.com), Gorjana Raul For Gorjana Farrah Armor Studs (www.shopbop.com)

It's so easy to go back to what we know when it comes to our closets, our go-to pieces that we can rely on, yet may not be how to necessarily put our best fashion-foot forward. But who has the time to figure it all out? Well, I do, and so can you.

The What to Wear Weekly Lookbook started on the premise that most of us are only wearing a teeny, tiny portion of what's hanging in our closet. It's what's easy, familiar, and sometimes kind of dull.

Here's why the Lookbook is growing...My clients send over pics of pieces in their closet they need some inspiration on, I pull them together and send them weekly, personalized, virtual Lookbooks. It shows them ways to wear what they already have that  they would have never had the time to think of, or been able to see. On top of that, they get other goodies like a hand-picked shopping list to fill in any essential closet 'holes,' notes on each look, and a Looks Library they can reference any time on the go. Talk is cheap. Visuals are always best, so see what I'm talking about here and get on the list so you can drop the question, "what am I going to wear today?" out of your vocabulary for good...Trust me, it's SO possible:

In the mean time, all the pieces used to create these three looks are pulled from the shopping gold mine that is the StyleShaker Closet. See more fashion favorites in all categories lined up for your shopping pleasure here:

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Shopping List | 6 Boots that Redefine the Category

Today's Shopping List takes the notion of a basic boot and flips it on it's head courtesy of everything from neon pink suede to blue velvet platform action, and anything you could think of in-between. Check out the six stunning variations that redefine what a boot can be:

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These Osprey ankle boots are a massive neon injection to any ensemble. Honestly, they made it onto the shopping list for the silhouette as much as the fuchsia shock factor.

1 Rupert Sanderson Fuchsia Osprey Suede Ankle Boots

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These wedge boots are edgy to say the least. Sure, they're not for everyone, but that's what makes them beyond interesting. Loving them over a skinny jean or legging.

2 Jil Sander Dark Grey Suede Wedges

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3 Rag & Bone Harrow Boot

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Nothing like a little blue velvet to bring something new to any look. With that heel height and platform, these boots realistically aren't made for too much walking, but they sure are pretty.

4 Jill Stuart Meade Velvet Booties

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Such a great way to take a basic wedge boot to another level. All it takes is a touch of fringe to add a little oomph without going overboard.

5 Ziah Fringe Boot

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Saving the best for last with these See by Chloe Slouch Ankle Boots. Gorgeous and perfect back to a legging.

6 See by Chloe Black Suede Slouch Ankle Boots

source:  Rupert Sanderson Fuchsia Osprey Suede Ankle Boots (www.ssense.com), Jil Sander Dark Grey Suede Wedges (www.ssense.com), Rag & Bone Harrow Boot (www.otteny.com), Jill Stuart Meade Velvet Booties (www.shopbop.com), Ziah Fringe Boot (www.nastygal.com), See by Chloe Black Suede Slouch Ankle Boots (www.ssense.com)

Six boots will certainly get things warmed up, but there's so much left when it comes to all things shoes. Imelda, beware, the list goes on. See the rest of the best shoe picks that find their way into the virtual StyleShaker Closet every week, and keep the shopping momentum going strong:

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What to wear? Check. Great, but what about how to wear it? You can't really have one without the other when it comes to style. The million dollar question is, "what am I going to wear today?"

It can wear you down, I get it, it's actually why I created the What to Wear Weekly Lookbook. My clients send over pics of pieces from their closets and get personalized Weekly Virtual Lookbook (along with so much more, including a one-on-one consult with Yours Truly to create a style profile; i.e. it's me, not an algorithm) that shows them how to wear what they have. Where you see two looks, I will show you dozens, it just takes a fresh perspective from a fashion industry veteran. See what you get and all the good details here:

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Inspiration comes in many forms, shopping and product just being one of them. Sometimes it's a line from a book my friend just recommended to me. Case in point, here's today's Zen moment:

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I've been thinking about this quite a bit lately. Could it really be as simple as being present and grateful for this very moment right now? I'm not sure, but Niequist's quote has me thinking twice, and for that, I adore her & her amazing writing ability. What do you think?

Deep thoughts aside, it's time to get back to what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop for it, all right here.

What to Wear | 5 Looks That Will Inspire You To Change It Up a Bit

What to wear? You've got options. I love creating looks, especially for my clients when I get to use actual picks from their personal closets and show them countless ways to wear them they would have never dreamt up. I started doing it in my own closet as a method of survival while working in the land of luxury fashion. Ten years and hundreds of looks later, I now get to share what I love and help simplify life a bit for clients who can now spend the energy they were putting into 'what am I going to wear today?' on actually living their lives. They can walk into their day feeling good about what they have on, and consequently, feel good about themselves. It's a win-win.

Styling 'mush moment' aside... Sometimes I just cant stop creating these looks and a few favorites end up without their rightful cameo on the site or in a client's What to Wear Weekly Lookbook for one reason or another. So, now's their time, and no one is stealing their thunder. Check out five looks that will hopefully inspire you to switch things up a bit with what you have hanging in your own closet...

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source:  1. Sandro Ciseau Silk Blouse (www.theoutnet.com),  2. Rachel Zoe Hutton Tuxedo Pants (www.shopbop.com),  3. One by Abaco Jamily Bag (www.shopbop.com),  4. Ann Taylor Delaney Haircalf Stacked Platform Pumps (www.anntaylor.com),  5. Lulu Frost Hera Studs (www.shopbop.com)   

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source:  1. Alice + Olivia India Fur Cascade Vest (www.mytheresa.com),  2. Equipment Slim Signature Star Print Blouse (www.intermixonline.com),  3. All Saints Lucille Leather Skirt (www.us.allsaints.com),  4. Aldo Romelia Suede Court Shoes (www.asos.com),  5. Marc Jacobs Baroque Single Large Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag (www.net-a-porter.com)  

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source:  1. Topshop Crop Back Collarless Jacket (www.us.topshop.com),  2. Rebel Yell Viva Logo V-Neck Tee In Heather Gray (www.shopthetrendboutique.com), 3. J Brand Aiden Distressed Boyfriend-Fit Jeans (www.net-a-porter.com),  4. Opening Ceremony Oc La Small Satchel (www.farfetch.com),  5. Madison Harding Women's Barbara Ankle Boot (www.amazon.com)

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source:  1. Velvet by Graham & Spencer "Joss" Slub Cotton Slouchy Tee (www.bloomingdales.com),  2. Jacob Cohen Flared Jeans (www.farfetch.com),  3. B Brian Atwood Peep Toe Pump (www.blueandcream.com),  4. Rachel Zoe Tote Deux  (www.couture.zappos.com),  5. Carrera 32/S Sunglasses (www.piperlime.gap.com),  6. Adia Kibur Wide Cuff (www.shopbop.com)

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source:  1. HELMUT / Drape Front Cardigan (www.lagarconne.com),  2. J. Crew Perfect-Fit Boatneck Tee (www.jcrew.com),  3. Citizens Of Humanity Avedon Slick Skinny Jeans (www.shopbop.com), 4.  Pauric Sweeney Python Satchel (www.farfetch.com),  5. Diane von Furstenberg Claret Platform Ankle Boots  (www.stylebop.com

 

It's not just about what to wear, but how to wear it, and even more so, what you're going to go do in that look. Are you not dying for a week off from having to ask yourself, "what am I going to wear today?" I know I was. It's like a weight is lifted, I'm not even being melodramatic here (which is rare). If you don't believe me, see what my client's are saying here.

Want to get on the list and start receiving your What to Wear Weekly Lookbook stat? Sign up asap to get in while one week is still under $20. Or sign up for the month if you're feeling like you want to be really nice to yourself today.

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Keep the shopping momentum going strong. See the rest of the picks lining the virtual walls of the StyleShaker Closet:

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Today's Top 5 Shopping List | Meet My All Time Favorite Leather Jacket & More

I want to write a witty shopping list intro, I really do, it's Friday after all, but all I can keep thinking is, "I want the jacket, I want the jacket..." Ok, I'm going to try a keep it together and get through the rest of this list filled with everything from a leopard calf hair and suede ankle boot from Alaia to a printed peplum top from Dolce Vita, and a fringed tote bag via Mango to the most amazing asymmetrical wrap dress I've seen in a quick minute, thanks to Alexander Wang. Oh right, and then there's that Rachel Zoe jacket, oh the jacket. I want that jacket...

See, there I go again. Cut to the montage:

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Do you see what all the fuss is about now? No? Fine. Move along. Yes? Yea, I know, I'm swooning over this one too.

1 Rachel Zoe Daphne Fitted Leather Jacket

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I will never turn away from a foldover ankle boot. Throw in the fact that it has a leopard print, calf-hair panels and is made by Alaia...I'm done. Sold.

2 Alaïa Leopard Calf Hair-Paneled Suede Ankle Boots

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Love the peplum top, and evidently I'm on a leopard print kick. I happen to also be a huge fan of the cosmetic styling with a red lip.

3 Dolce Vita Three-Quarter Sleeve Leopard Print Peplum Top

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Fringe? Yes, thank you. Here's the bag for it. Not too big, not too small. Not too crazy with embellishments on top of fringe (keep it simple, studding and metallics need not apply, the fringe can speak all for itself), just right.

4 Mango Fringed Tote Bag

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This is one of the most flattering dresses. Draping plus asymmetry make it the perfect cover-up for any flaws you may not want highlighted, all while still showing off your shape and in a rich, velvety red that oozes sex appeal.

5 Alexander Wang Asymmetric Draped Dress

source: 1. Rachel Zoe Daphne Fitted Leather Jacket (www.piperlime.gap.com),  2. Alaïa Leopard Calf Hair-Paneled Suede Ankle Boots (www.net-a-porter.com),  3. Dolce Vita Leopard Print Peplum Top (www.lordandtaylor.com),  4. Mango Fringed Tote Bag (www.shop.mango.com),  5. Alexander Wang Asymmetric Draped Dress (www.farfetch.com)

Aaaand, the shopping continues. It always continues. It's the gift that keeps on giving, or wait, the gift you keep on giving yourself? Right, either way, there's more where that came from. See the rest of the hand-picked products that found their new home in a safe shopping place we lovingly call the StyleShaker Closet. Enter at your own risk: 

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Time to slow down the heart rate a bit, exhale and take in a little non-shopping inspiration:

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I feel like this quote is one that should be left alone. Fear is a big topic. We all have our own relationship with it, so I don't imagine I could write something here that would cover the spectrum of what the one word means to us all.

No. Instead, I'll let you take it in and see how it sits with you. If it resonates, great. If not, great. Either way, it got me thinking and when anything gets me thinking, I share. It's an automatic impulse. Lucky, you.

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Top 5 Shopping List & the D'Orsay Pump That Puts All Other Pumps to Shame

Pops of pink have found a home amidst the five hand-picked favorites that make up today's shopping list. From the Noir 'Hacienda' cuff that looks best on a wrist that has a hand at the end of it holding a margarita (on the rocks), to a pair of Pura Lopez ankle boots that add some interest via a little blue suede. Next comes an everyday basic from Mason by Michelle Mason, turned upside-down with an injection of hot pink. Not for the fashionably timid. And finally, the perfect pairing of a Diego Dolcini super-soaked magenta suede shoulder bag and the Lavin Bow D'orsay platform pumps polishes the list off in must-have accessory form.

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This cuff is essentially a party on your wrist. Bring color into any fashion equation.

1 Noir Jewelry Pastel Hacienda Cuff

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Blue suede ankle boots? Yes, it actually works.

2 Pura Lopez Ankle boots

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Throw this top back to some distressed skinny jeans and you're done.

3 Mason by Michelle Mason Fine-knit Cashmere and Silk Top

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Color therapy, in shoulder bag form.

4 Diego Dolcini Suede And Laminated Leather Shoulder Bag

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Prepare to drool. Meet the epitome of feminine footwear, the bow d'orsay pump, courtesy of Lavin. Who else could pull this together so well?

5 Lanvin Bow D'Orsay Platform Pump copy copy

source: 1. Noir Jewelry Pastel Hacienda Cuff (www.shopbop.com),  2. Pura Lopez Ankle Boots (www.yoox.com), 3. Mason by Michelle Mason Cashmere and Silk Top (www.net-a-porter.com), 4. Diego Dolcini Shoulder Bag (www.luisaviaroma.com), 5. Lanvin Bow D'Orsay Platform Pump (www.barneys.com)

Time to keep the shopping momentum going. See more hand-picked favorites lining the walls of the virtual StyleShaker closet. These goodies are updated weekly when I shop for my clients' What to Wear Weekly Lookbooks. See more personal shopping picks and click below:

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Zen moment...

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Confucius says, well, you already read what he said. I suppose this quote could go hand in hand with, 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder.' This one is relatively cut and dry. I posted it here because I happen to be in awe of people who can find the beauty in almost anything. Actually, I try to hang around those people as much as humanly possible when I find them.

Isn't it interesting to think that, walking down the street, what one person sees is different from what another person sees? I know this is basic information, but when you dig in a little deeper, it's kind of a beautiful (pun intended) thing. It's what makes the word go 'round, what makes variety a good thing. And in the world of fashion, it plays a major role.

The industry is filled with people offering direction on what's hot, what's trendy, what you 'must have' this season. I agree with  a little fashion direction, we all could use a little fashion 101 from the experts. But that is just a solid (depending on who you're listening to) style foundation as each season comes and goes.

From there, it comes down to you and what your eyes deem as beautiful. Sure, there are general guidelines that we have evolved to recognize as 'pretty' or visually pleasing that differ from one culture to the next. But then there's the wild card, the edge of the commercial cliff where the social direction fades and your imagination begins to take hold.

This is where the magic happens. In the industry, this is the point where the business falls to the way side and the art of fashion begins. I happen to love this part. The part where you take someone's creation and make it your own.

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Today's Shopping List | From Feathered Booties to Cat Eye Sunnies, The Gang's All Here

I just realized I haven't had any sunglasses up and running on the StyleShaker shopping lists as of late, and for no good reason. For shame.

I will say however, that Tom Ford's Bardot Cat Eye sunglasses make up for any accessory deficit there was. Follow those sunnies up with a feathered ankle boot, the perfect jumper from Wildfox Couture, and a leather jacket to put all other leather jackets to shame from none other than Mackage, and today it shaping up to be a very good day...

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Are you as in love with these as I am? Cat eyes are settling into their new home on every fashion trend list out there. Surely you can see why. Meow...

1 Tom Ford Black Bardot Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses

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Warning: don't forget to blink. These feather ankle boots form Nicholas Kirkwood will stun you, in a good way. In the best of ways. Navy suede....mmmm hmmm.

2 Nicholas Kirkwood Feather Boot Navy Suede

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3 Juliet & Company Aimer Sucreries Necklace

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If you follow the StyleShaker you know about my raging addiction to all things 'jacket.' Throw the word leather in front of that, and I go into a full-blown shopping frenzy. Restraints may be necessary. Mackage is today's enabler:

4 Mackage Black Wool Trim Leather Jacket

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5 Wildfox Couture Leopard Spots Baggy Beach Jumper In

source: 1. Tom Ford Black Bardot Cat Eye Sunglasses (www.my-wardrobe.com), 2. Nicholas Kirkwood Feather Boot Navy Suede (www.elizabeth-charles.com), 3. Juliet & Company Aimer Sucreries Necklace (www.shopbop.com), 4. Mackage Wool Trim Leather Jacket (www.ssense.com), 5. Wildfox Couture Leopard Spots Baggy Beach Jumper  (www.shopthetrendboutique.com

See where the rest of the picks go when they're not making their shopping cameos on the site. It's a little spot we lovingly call our 'happy place.' Check out the StyleShaker virtual closet:

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And if there ever was a time to get some quotable inspiration, now would be it right? Right. Cue a little enlightenment from the complex mind of Edgar Allen Poe:

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Why save all of your dreams for when you're eyes are closed? Seriously, when you walk down the street (or through the halls of the office building, etc) with open eyes, truth really can be stranger than fiction.

It may just be me, but when I get down to some creative writing time (which is never enough in my everyday life), I've penned some pretty interesting stories of characters based (not even close to loosely) on the people I've worked with over the years. These day dreaming moments were my sanctuary in the middle of board meetings that would include forty page decks punctuated by hundreds of bullet points each explained by one monotonous voice or another.

My imagination saved me on those days. Without it, I'd probably have turned cubicle-beige on the inside, and that's just not right.

Make it a game. Try to find something extraordinary in the ordinary today. It's easier than you think.

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Imelda, Beware. 5 More Shoe Favorites to Add to Your Shopping List

It's time to get down to some shoes on the weekly shopping list line up. Case in point, today's list of five hand-picked shoe favorites that made their way into the category mainly due to the swooning that ensued after one quick glance of the below images. See what we're talking about...

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This pump is essentially shoe candy. Is it realistic? Not at all, not even close. Since when does rational reasoning stop any woman from making the emotional purchase once she has fallen in love with said pump? Yea, it doesn't and it never will. B Brian Atwood is the diffusion line from the designer that churns out drool-worthy shoes every season and tis 'Fonatanne' colorblock pump is no exception. Seriously, I'm hypnotized, give me a minute and I'll get back to you...

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Belle by Sigerson  Morrison is a solid go-to in shoe land without a doubt. These 'Krissy' pumps hit the nail on the head, taking what could have been a classic silhouette and adding a little oomph with an ankle strap and heel detail. Love, love, love...

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Western wear has come into the twenty-first century. Isabel Marant helped out a bit with her recent collection, and Mango is following suit, covering the same look at a pricepoint that doesn't make you need to decide whether you get the shoe or forgo electricity for the month. Isn't it great when you get the look and the price? It's the shopping one-two punch...

source:  1. B Brian Atwood Fontanne Suede Colorblock Pump (www.blueandcream.com), 2. Sam Edelman Empire Suede Boots (www.shopbop.com), 3. BELLE BY SIGERSON MORRISON Krissy Pumps (www.lordandtaylor.com), 4. Aldo Morono Boot (www.aldoshoes.com), 5. Mango Suede Leather Ankle Boots (www.shop.mango.com)

See more shoe favorites lining the walls of the StyleShaker closet, because, let's be honest, we all know five is just the warm-up for this shopping trip:

Fashion isn't the only thing that can inspire out there, I know, it's shocking. There are also some quotes that find their way onto the site, the good ones that resonate and serve up our beloved zen moment everyday. Here's what's on the menu today:

That's the tricky thing about those wants and dreams you've held in your pocket for all these years, they involve that whole 'stepping out of your comfort zone' thing. That's actually one of the main reasons why so many people have a tendency to want and never really act or follow through on these desires.

Fear of the unknown is just that, fear of something you know nothing about. So why then, do we flip out if what we think we're afraid of is totally unjustified and all in our heads? When did not having done something make that thing something to fear? I'm not sure when this happened for me, but I do know it found it's way into my head over the course of my time on this planet and I'm kind of over it.

So often, the tendency is to look at the unknown and see only the 'what-if's' that fall on the glass-is-half-empty side of the equation. What about the glass-is-half-full train of thought? Why do we so easily toss that to the side when the negatives are just as unknown as the positives? I have no clue, and I'm certainly not going to figure this out in the next paragraph, but the questions are worth asking.

Sometimes questions are the perfect place to start, just don't stick around there for too long because the answers are never what you expect them to be (if you're lucky enough to see them when they're staring you in the face to begin with). At one point or another, you're going to have to take a step outside of everything you know, and why not? That's when things get interesting...

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The Shopping List from McQueen Bow-Back Booties to the Importance of Dreams. It Makes Sense, Promise.

Today's edited-down shopping list of hand-picked fashion favorites begins with a little 'look-spiration' courtesy of the all-colorful, all-inspiring product montage:

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These ankle boots are ridiculous, in a good way. The look is streamlined with a little leather wrapping at the top of the ankle that works well over a legging. I'd hate for these little details, bow included, to get lost in the shuffle under an elongated, straight-leg trouser or flared jean. Keep it clean with a skinny leg, that's the tip on these McQueen boots:

Here's one take on how to wear it, courtesy of SJP and her colored-skinny jeans that I'm flipping for:

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There's nothing like a slouchy shoulder bag that can expand in every way possible to accommodate the kitchen-sink-sized load that lives in your everyday bag. All of that accommodating in one accessory AND it's covered in a super-chic woven fabric with zipper embellishments? That is be-yond. That is Alexander Wang's 'Jane.'

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I'm in love with this dress, from the unexpected neckline to the body-conscious shape that accents all the right points on an hour-glass silhouette. It's a powerful L.B.D. where a classic bottom-half marries well with the not-s0-classic top half. Like I said, completely in love with this Darwin dress.

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Here's one of my favorite tricks that I've been pulling out lately in styling sessions. I take a basic, clean white tee, throw it back to a classic jean (skinny or not), black skinny pant, a wide-leg black trouser (the options are limitless so I'll stop at three so as not to totally go overboard here), etc and layer on one fabulous statement jewelry piece, in this case, the below Reine de la Nuit necklace from Juliet & Company. It's just, so, simple. Why waste all that time standing in front of your closet every morning trying to reinvent the wheel? Why not just go for what works? Cue my favorite yogi expression: 'try easy.'

source: 1. Alexander McQueen Bow-back Ankle Boot (www.thoutnet.com), 2. Thakoon Addition Striped Sweater (www.net-a-porter.com), 3. Alexander Wang Jane Shoulder Bag (www.net-a-porter.com), 4. Ralph Lauren Collection Darwin Dress (www.thoutnet.com), 5. Juliet & company Reine de la Nuit Necklace (www.shopbop.com)

Shop more picks that didn't make this list but still deserve their rightful cameo in the StyleShaker Closet:

Time for deep thoughts, by moi. Ok, so maybe they're not so deep, but when I stumble across a quote that resonates, I have to share it. It's an impulse, habit, mild-addiction, that just happened to have found it's way into fashion-centric posts. See? Fashion can be deep...ish. Here it is:

I'm a dreamer, we all were at one point or another as kiddos. As we 'grow up,' very little weight is placed on dreams.  Priorities shift to bigger, more 'important' things in life like rent, your inbox, or your 'busy' schedule. Dreams get swept under the rug, covered up and hidden to the point where we don't even remember that we had them in the first place.

What we do remember, every day it seems, is that something is missing. I can't even begin to tell you how many close friends, colleagues, family members, and clients have said this to me in one form or another. I happen to think that 'something' is us. And a big part of who we are comes from our dreams, you know the really outlandish ones that we xanax-popping, Starbucks-wired grown-ups shake our busy (very busy) heads at and see very little value in because, well, they don't usually correlate to money in the bank.

That one dream, the one that makes you the most uncomfortable because you haven't listened to it in forever, the one that leaves you thinking, "omg, something is wrong with me, that is the most insanely grandiose dream," or, "there's no way that's happening, oh look at the phone I just got an email, oh look there's a squirrel, oh wait, where am I again?," or, "there's no way I could have that," THAT is the one you go after with everything you've got.

I happen to believe that one dream, or two dreams, (or two hundred if you're Richard Branson) are why you're here. Those impossible dreams are what can change someone's world. I've gone all Don Quixote with this, but you know what I mean. Dream big, even if it's just 5 minutes, and like me, you're dreaming of sitting front row at the Burberry Prorsum Fall runway show wearing, what else, Burberry Prorsum. I have a few others up my three-quarter length sleeve, the 'biggies,' but I only have so much room and attention span to write this.

So with that, I encourage you to go find yours, your 'biggie' dreams. And when you're ready, share them. Don't leave them swept under a rug for the rest of your time spent hanging out on this crazy planet.

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The Shopping List Continues: From Free People's Chambray Shirt to an MK Ballerina Flat

Today's Shopping List: Chambray shirts, ankle boots, cowl necks, oh my!

Helmut, Burberry, Rag & Bone, DVF, Tory, I mean, I went heavy on the names with this one, mind you, that is not (in any way, shape, or form) a qualification for making the top 10 Shopping Lists on the StyleShaker (it doesn't hurt mind you, but it's not the end all be all).

These are ten hand-picked favorites that found their way onto today's shopping list solely because they're each amazing in their own way, whether it be a result of  a spot-on detail, or a new take on a classic  silhouette.

I love a chambray shirt. They're all over the place right now, so the velvet-lining on this classic chambray is something a bit new and different. I love Free People for a few reasons, one of which happens to be their leggings (I own a pair of seamed, 5-pocket leggings in three colors, and I'm still going back for more), but they also have amazing selections on tops. Some can go a bit overboard on the boho-chic vibe, but when they hit the nail on the head, they do it well and with originality. Case in point:

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Again with the cowl neck tops. I can't seem to get enough of them, and why not? The cowl neck is universally flattering. The neckline adds instant sophistication. You can keep a cowl neck basic, or easily add in some accessories to bring up the style quotient a bit. Helmut Lang happens to do this silhouette (amongst others) oh so well making a classic top look modern with, what feels like effortless (I can't see what's going on behind the scenes mind you, but they make it look easy) edge. This top, from anywhere really, is an essential add to one's shopping list if it's not already living in your closet, 'nuff said.

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The 'mini-Harper' bag from DVF is an easy way to add a small, not too overwhelming, pop of color into any look. I'm convinced that red essentially at the status of being a 'neutral,' color since it can work back to practically any color out there. The maraschino cherry red on this little structured shoulder bag is the perfect color to liven up a black-and-grey tweed blazer, a basic tee-and-jeans look, or an L.B.D. for evening. The fringe detail is a vintage nod to the more classic shoulder bag, but closure and hardware keep it looking so fresh and so clean, clean.

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Here it is people, after ten years in the La-La Land of luxury fashion, I've grown anti-logo. A logo is less for the wearer and more for the image he/she wants to convey. I don't equate a label to a sense of style, I never have. So when it comes to the next shopping list pick, you may think I'm a complete hypocrite. Honestly, the cap-toe on this ballerina flat just made me too happy to not have it make a rightful cameo on the site. The 'MK' logo is there, but it's not screaming, so I'm dealing with it. It's more of a little whisper back to the gold toe and heel details. I love these flats for being both preppy and polished at the same time. The metallic accents keep things from going too far into the realm of prepster, so overall, they hit a very happy medium.

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Yea, hi, hellooooo, how could this blazer not make it onto a list? It is beyond, and of course, it comes at a Burberry Prorsum (translation=it's up there to say the least) price, but I'm not thinking about that right now, I'm stuck on the peplum and I can't seem to get my eyes off of it. If you're flipping out about your hips (translation: you're not a fan of that area on your body), move along. You could go for a peplum, but you will be accentuating the hourglass, practically defining it really. On the other hand, if you're comfortable highlighting curves and want to do it in a way that is, no joke, supremely sophisticated (not to mention sexy), this is how to approach it. I'm dying over here with this blazer. I'm in love, with a piece of clothing, been here before, and I'm perfectly fine with that thank you very much.

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source: 1. Free People Blue Velvet Chambray Button-Down (www.freepeople.com), 2. Camilla Skovgaard London Ankle Boot (www.amazon.com), 3. Helmut Lang Cowl Neck Tee (www.intermixonline.com), 4. Rag & Bone Light Grey Samantha Biker Jacket (www.stylebop.com),  5. Diane Von Furstenberg Mini Harper Bag (www.shopbop.com),  6. MICHAEL Michael Kors City Logo Cap-Toe Ballerina Flats (www.cusp.com), 7. Sandy Hyun Deco Leather Bib Necklace (www.shopbop.com), 8. Helmut Lang Shale Jersey Drape Dress In Pond (www.forwardforward.com), 9. Burberry Prorsum Belted Blazer (www.farfetch.com), 10. Tory Burch 797 Satchel (www.toryburch.com)

Ten picks are never enough, this I know, but they do simplify shopping a bit and at the very least, inspire. Keep the warm-fuzzy fashion feelings going strong and keep shopping all of the hand-picked pieces we update weekly in the StyleShaker Closet:

There's always time for a quick quote, and today is one of my favorites. This is a line I heard about six months ago from a VP while attending our Monday business meeting, the one where where there's a lot of talking and  yet somehow, by some stroke of corporate luck, very little actually gets done.

An abbreviated version of this quote came out of her mouth ('if you do what you did, you get what you got') and it stuck with me. Actually, it did exactly what the VP wanted it to do, it inspired me. The only problem was, it happened to inspire me to quit my job and pursue my own business. Details.

This quote applies not only to one's occupation, but directly to fashion and personal style.

My client's come to me with certain style goals that all fall under one umbrella and that is change. They've been doing what they've been doing, living their lives according to what their priorities may have been, but those priorities have shifted, hence the need for a style shift.

Change (even though the word contains six letters) can be a four letter word for some. I happen to have an addiction to it, I crave it, you should see how often I reorganize the furniture around my home. Change really is a good thing most times, and yes, it can be scary, terrifying for sure, but that's only because we have this lovely little tendency to look at the negative side of what may happen if things change. What about the positive side of things that could start happening? I mean, what are those things, chopped liver (ew, I know, gross expression, especially when I see it in writing, but it applies)?

If you want something, stop thinking about it, and do something about it. *Sidenote: this applies to those things you want that are in-line with your true self, and come from genuine intentions (this should cancel out doing things because you think you should or to the disadvantage of others, that would completely go against the point).

Everyone says you just have to believe. Sure, but belief only gets you so far. There comes a time when your belief needs to manifest itself in physical action, small or large. For me, that time is now. What time is it for you?

See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop.

Look 4 | 1 J.Crew Sweater Tee, 4 Ways to Wear It

 The Final Fashion Countdown Has Come to an End. Check Out Look #4, Courtesy of our Favorite J.Crew Sweater Tee:

Here's the fashion equation: 1 sweater tee from J.Crew + 1 never-ending obsession with figuring out how to wear hand-picked fashion favorites=4 go-to looks. But first, a quick recap of looks 1-3:

 

Now, as promised, here's the fourth ensemble in the bunch. Time to bring it on home:

Shop the look:

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At the end of the day, it's all about having options when it comes to shopping. Not every look is right for every woman, so goes life. We've got you covered.

Check out the line up in our StyleShaker closet to see what else is out there. It's our 'happy place' where on-line shopping is simplified and boiled down into our hand-picked favorites within each category every week. See what I'm going ga-ga on below:Shop more tops/sweaters:

Shop more of our hand-picked blazers:

 

Shop more denim (because one pair is never enough):

 

Shop more ankle boots:

 

Shop more satchels:

 

Shop more earrings:

 

Don't forget to send us a note if you're struggling with you're very own, "how am I going to wear this," situation. Q&A is our favorite:

See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop.

Rag & Bone's Silver Tuxedo Blazer & How to Wear It

 One cannot function without a well-tailored, black blazer in her closet (or his closet). This is a fashion fact and no, I'm not just referring to what to wear to work (as you're about to see). The black blazer is a go-to piece that everyone needs in their wardrobe for several reasons/occasions, and Rag & Bone is the perfect place to kick it off...

Speaking of, meet the blazer pick for today:

source:  www.rag-bone.com

How to wear it:

Shop the Look:

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This look is all about taking casual elements (a tank, a jean, etc) and throwing on a blazer as a top layer that pulls everything together. The details are in the accessories (and tank top in this case) and take the look from basic to a bit more polished, not to mention, that's where you can inject some color into the ensemble.

There are hundreds of ways to wear this blazer, hence making an investment in the right one for you because you will get plenty of wear out of it.

Want to switch it up a bit? If you're thinking you'd rather go with a skinny jean, shop here. Want to try something more basic for the bag? Shop here for other hand-picked handbags favorites. The shopping options are endless, so mix and match to your heart's content in the StyleShaker closet:

See more when it comes to what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop, right here.

Top 10 Shopping List #2: From Leopard Prints to Capelets

There are SO many options out there, and sure, I'm a fan of always having them. But seriously, sometimes it's sensory shopping overload, and that's coming from a woman who has spent the last decade living in the land of high-end e-commerce...Solution? The top 10 shopping list, served up for your viewing pleasure...

 

I'll just be straight up with you sans flowery fashion copy. I couldn't decide which format I liked so you're getting both. First, there's the slider. Flip through and click to shop...

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Now comes the timeline. This is all about the vertical scroll and taking in the eye candy piece by piece. Consider it your time to get up close and personal with the favorite fashion picks of the day. From the Tory Burch cuff to the Alice + Olivia cape, I'm swooning over this edited shopping list. What do you think? Scroll away!

Shop: 1- Tory Burch Gingham Cuff (www.toryburch.com), 2- Marc by Marc Jacobs Darkest Teal Leather & Haircalf Top Handle Bag (www.stylebop.com), 3- Elizabeth and James Studded Cable-knit Sweater (www.net-a-porter.com), 4- Michael Kors Leopard Knot Front Dress (www.stylebop.com), 5- Sigerson Morrison Hadley Flat (www.piperlime.gap.com), 6- Topshop Navy Sleeveless Peplum Top (www.us.topshop.com), 7- Coach Legacy Leather Rory Satchel (www.coach.com), 8- Andara Mosaic Statement Ring (www.maxandchloe.com), 9- Alice + Olivia Double-breasted Wool-blend Cape (www.net-a-porter.com), 10- MICHAEL Michael Kors York Ankle Boots (www.net-a-porter.com)

In order to boil it down to the top 10 picks, we inevitably sift through an unending supply of styles out there that may not make the hit list. They do however stick around in The StyleShaker closet:

See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop here.

Meet Our Top 10 Boots for Fall 2012

The Shopping List: Our Top 10 Boots, Just in Time for Fall 2012

From Zara to Casadei, ankle boots to fringed wedges, it's all about the boot and it's just in time for the falling temps. Check out the StyleShaker's top 10 boots. First, the montage:

It's starts with a double zip boot from Zara, and finishes off strong with a fringe suede wedge boot from Isabel Marant that has me drooling. Click the pics to shop:

1. Zara Ankle Boot with Double Zip (www.zara.com)

2. Rebecca Taylor Sibyl Bootie (www.rebeccataylor.com)

3. Charlotte Olympia Emilia Ankle Boots (www.theoutnet.com)

4. Zara Studded Cowboy Ankle Boot (www.zara.com)

5. Mark & James by Badgley Mischka Fido Bootie (www.dsw.com)

6. Zara Ankle Boot with Metal Toe (www.zara.com)

7. Ash Taupe Brushed Suede Jalouse Ankle Boots (www.my-wardrobe.com)

8. CASADEI Ankle boots (www.thecorner.com)

9. Jessica Simpson Audrina Bootie (www.piperlime.gap.com)

10. Isabel Marant Jacob Fringed Suede Boots (www.net-a-porter.com)

Is ten ever really enough when it comes to shoes, let alone boots? Obviously not, but it's a good starting point. Every boot is not for every woman. Enter, the ever-changing shopping list filled with hand-picked pieces that line the StyleShaker closet. Here's a quick peek, but see more here:

 


Time to keep the momentum going. Remember, it's not only about what you wear, but what you're doing in it. So I hope these boots take you exactly where you want to go, wherever that may be. Get back to more on what to wear, how to wear it, where to shop it, and more here.