Get My Look | What I Wear When I Want to Smile Like I Mean It

Setting the intention: With everything I do on this site, my intention is simply to inspire you. It always has been and it always will be. Should you crack a smile on top of this, then my day is made. On to the Get My Look post..

Quick question: who doesn't have those days when you wish someone else would do the talking for you? You know the ones, when even bathing your brain in copious amounts of caffeine doesn't bring you to the point of wanting to speak like a grown up because you're not sure you can take one more second of the Monday business review meeting, the fifty-two page (um, why people, why?) powerpoint deck, or the same guy who walks into the elevator every Wednesday and says, "well, at least it's hump day right?"

If you can't relate, good for you. In my past life however, there were those days when speaking to another human being in a cordial manner (let alone coherently) seemed impossible (this is huge coming from an individual who could hold a steady conversation with a brick wall for hours).

It was on one of those exact days recently that a good friend told me to, "smile like you mean it, until you mean it." Um, ok? So, I took my friends advice and walked around at an early 8am meeting with a blatant (almost comical and slightly obnoxious even though that wasn't what I was going for)  smile on my face, much to the wonderment of my pre-first-coffee-of-the-day retail peers attending the same planning meeting.

Five minutes in, I actually started to feel on the inside like I looked on the outside. On top of that was the added bonus of watching others in the conference room smile with me. Whether it was because they questioned my sanity, thought I looked ridiculous, felt sorry for me being all alone in Smiley La-La Land, or were genetically predisposed to respond by mimicking my facial expression I don't know, and honestly I don't care. The room went from lifeless to happy in five minutes. Could what started as a fake smile really have been the catalyst to this shift?

After a bit of digging, I found out that smiling sends a trigger to your brain that literally changes your mood. Sure, when we're sad, we frown. But what if we can also bring on sadness because we frown? The same question applies to any expression, in this case, smiling.

It's an outside-in approach that fascinates me as a stylist. I do my work on the outside for the client which is all fine and good. But then I get to witness something below surface level. I see an instant impact on a client's mood (let alone a change in the way they look at themselves in the mirror; read: they work their look out) when I get them into a look that has them feeling surprisingly (for them, I saw it all along) confident. 

Clients are one thing. When I need to inspire myself but don't have my friend around for support, I turn to what I'm wearing to start the chain reaction. My smile soon becomes an accessory. 

Today's Get My Look moment involves a pair of to-die-for, crazy insanely printed, Kenzo pants. Every time I look down at a print that isn't for the fashionably timid (understatement), not only will I get a dose of color therapy, I'll start to smile. Here's the fashion-induced chain reaction for further explanation and your viewing pleasure (cue my own form of fashion science):

Pants > smile > triggers Brittany's brain > mood lifts > big ole' smile > smiling is contagious so everyone walking past me smiles back not really knowing why > onlookers' moods are elevated > those walking past previous onlookers smile, again, not knowing why but hey, why not? > and the domino effect continues...

Get it? All from a pair of printed Kenzo pants. Do  you love it? Are you smiling? You should and then go out and show the world so you can pass it along.

Get My Look What I Wear When I Want My Pants To Do the Talking For Me
Shop the Look:

Paul's Boutique Stella Leather Tote- SOLD OUT (shop more totes here) asos.com

Studded Leather Bracelet-SOLD OUT (shop more totes here) oliverbonas.com

Body type. Right. It's one thing to know what looks amazing in a shop-by-number montage, but does it work for your personal body type? That's the million dollar question. See below:

body type img

Rectangles, hourglasses (keep the heel, it's a must), you're all set. Apples, you can do it if you also keep a high heel in there to elongate. Pears, this is not for you as I'm sure you could imagine. Drawing the eye to the widest part of your fabulous silhouette is not the best style scenario (for you, or any other body type out there). Go with a fuller leg pant in a solid color to keep the fashion momentum going. Maybe even a washed, boot-cut jean in a warmer hue like peach or burgundy.

Love what's going on in the look but now you want even more Shopping Options, or (more likely) something has sold out? Don't let that stop you. Shop the StyleShaker Closet, category by fashion category below and see where the magic happens:

closetfeature

The StyleShaker is all about inspiration. Shopping inspiration, fashion inspiration, Look inspiration, and now inspiration via quotes.

It's one of my favorite things to do, share quotes that resonate with me, with my friends, so I'm incorporating into a few posts, just, cause. Take a minute, take a breath, take a step back and just be for a second. Fill up that part of yourself. Like I said, my intention is to inspire so have at it, and by all means, get inspired:

Time for a quote close up:
quote

Get back to more inspiration when it comes to what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop:

get inspired

Style Tutorial #2 | How to Wear Maxi Skirts. 1 Ted Baker Skirt, 5 Ways to Wear It

Question: How to wear maxi skirts? Answer:
The maxi skirt can definitely be a polarizing piece when it comes to any woman's wardrobe. You either love it, or you have no clue what to do with it. But before I get to far ahead of myself, it's time for a proper introduction on the topic:

Personally, I love the way it can look when styled out appropriately, seems like an obvious statement, but it can go stylistically south in the blink of an eye. The key to a maxi is knowing how to pull it off and whether your body type is going to work well in this tricky silhouette. What else is new right? I know, but I'm about to tell you how to figure out which body type works best in which look so the work is pretty much done for you. Um, yay!
Just because something's a trend, doesn't mean you must have it, contrary to the content filling up fashion columns each month. If it works for you, fabulous, more maxi skirt power to you. If not, move along to what you feel good in and the pieces that work best for your body type (again, I'm here to help you figure that out.) See one gorgeous, super-spring like maxi skirt from Ted Baker and five options for how to wear it below. Then check out what body type each look belongs to. From there, it's full-on shopping and inspiration. Let's get the ball rolling with a quick video:

The 'How to Wear Maxi Skirts Video' is just one piece of the fashion puzzle. Next up, shop what you saw. But first, here's a close up of the looks from the video showing off five ways to wear this one color blocked maxi from Ted Baker:

how to wear maxi skirts
SHOP THE VIDEO HEADER
(Click the images to shop)

McQ by Alexander McQueen Crop Shirt | (sold out) SHOP MORE SHIRTS HERE. theoutnet.com

Madewell Chambray Boyfriend Shirt | SHOP MORE SHIRTS HERE. madewell.com

Equipment Tie Front Blouse | SHOP MORE SHIRTS HERE. modaoperandi.com

AllSaints Chase Leather Biker Jacket | SHOP MORE JACKETS HERE.

allsaints.com

Rebecca Taylor Denim Vest | SHOP MORE VESTS & JACKETS HERE. nordstrom.com

Ted Baker Maxi Skirt | SHOP MORE SKIRTS HERE. tedbaker-london.com

GUESS Sandals | SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. macys.com

Tory Burch T Strap Flat Sandals | SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. toryburch.com

See by Chloé Ankle Wrap Flat Sandals | SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. shirise.com

Nine West Flat Weslie Sandals | SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. piperlime.gap.com

Sam Edelman Metallic Gatsby Sandals | SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. piperlime.gap.com

Ralph Lauren Collection Woven Tote Bag | SHOP MORE BAGS HERE. stylebop.com

Proenza Schouler Gray PS1 Handbag | SHOP MORE BAGS HERE. ssense.com

Reed Krakoff Atlantique Mini Leather Tote | SHOP MORE BAGS HERE.

net-a-porter.com

Neil Barrett Leather Handbag | SHOP MORE BAGS HERE. thecorner.com

Aurélie Bidermann Laser Cut Ring | SHOP MORE RINGS & JEWELRY HERE. modaoperandi.com
Body Types HEADER
body type img
To my Pear shaped ladies, the best looks for your body type are going to be Look 1 and Look 5. The layering will help even out the proportions on the top half of your body whether it's via the fitted leather motorcycle jacket or the chambray shirt (which I would leave untied at the hem and laying over the waist.
Rectangles: You can work out any of the above Looks (*note the below advice when it comes to height; this may be the only exception). Why? The maxi has small pleating details that will help define your waist back to any of the above top options.
Hourglass ladies, my people, the best looks for your body type are going to be Look 1, Look 3, and Look 5. There's a catch. If you go with Look 1 or Look 3, since the hourglass proportions can sometimes give a short-waisted look and feel, you will want to elongate your torso with the layers you use under the leather jacket and vest. Wear something, a tank or fitted tee, that falls just a bit below the jacket and vest but not all the way over your hips. This tricks the eye line and lengthens (visually) the mid-section. I do this all the time and it works wonders, but again, don't go too far with the under-pinning (top), the goal isn't to cover up, it's to elongate.
Finally, for the Apples of the bunch, your best bets are going to be Looks 1 and 5 as long as the shirt and jacket are fitted and not boxy. The idea of a layer on top to streamline a bit works only if that layer is not a bulky one. The last thing you'd want to do is add unnecessary volume so keep the top have a clean-cut and close to the body as possible. The pleats and length of the skirt will balance things out a bit.
**One caveat to this skirt is something I haven't mentioned and that is height. The less height you have, the less affinity you should have towards a maxi skirt or dress for that matter. It can be done, but is pulled off best when the skirt or dress in question cinches at  your narrowest spots (waist, etc). A pleated maxi skirt or maxi dress with extra volume is not your best friend. Instead, opt for a shorter summery dress with a wedge to add some height. Just a little style side note.

Maxi skirts are just one category of sooooo sooooo many. There's always more where that came from. Check out the pieces that are pulled each week while digging for my clients. They're all lined up, all of the favorite picks from my favorite shopping spots on-line, in the StyleShaker Closet.

Welcome to your Shopping Starting Point:

(click the image below to dive in)

closetfeature

links to love header

1.

easy breezy. (source: www.richesforrags.tumblr.com)

1

2.

denim garden party. (source: www.vogue-lustt.tumblr.com)

2

3.

look forward. (source: www.habituallychic.blogspot.ca)

3

4.

lapel love. (source: www.style-stalkers.tumblr.com)

4

5.

he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me. (source: www.imgfave.tumblr.com)

5

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

get inspired

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:

1.

2.

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.

3.

4.

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.

5.

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.

6.

7.

8.

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.

9.

10.

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.

10 Picks to Add to Your Shopping List, from Isabel Marant to Iro...

Today's shopping list loves everything from a classic chambray shirt to a French Connection skirt.

Check out the edited list of goodies...

I'm absolutely obsessed with IRO for several reasons, one of which just happens to be the 'Kristen' jacket. Suffice it to say, today's list starts out strong, and builds from there, finishing things up with an Erickson Beamon ring that has me swooning. What else is new? See what I'm gushing about and scroll away:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

Shop more in the StyleShaker Closet:

Seem ore on what to wear, how to wear, how to wear it here.