Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Apple Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear this Weekend...

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I'm an Apple Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear this Weekend...

Apple body types, looking to upgrade your routine casual weekend look? Do it in 6 steps:

I'm an Apple Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear this Weekend...

sources: 1 Line The Infamous cashmere sweater (www.theoutnet.com), 2 7 FOR ALL MANKIND bootcut jean (www.farfetch.com), 3 Mango Leopard Slippers (www.shop.mango.com), 4 ONE by Perforated Large Hobo (www.shopbop.com), 5 AURELIE BIDERMANN Ginko Feather Ring (www.luisaviaroma.com), 6 Kate Spade New York Sailor's Knot Hoops (www.piperlime.gap.com)

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The top: Apply body types, do you see the v-neck on that sweater? Yep, that's for you. Also, the splits at both sides of the hem on the sweater allow for the fabric to fall away from the waist which will help balance out your proportions.

The bottom: The boot-cut jean is your friend. You could go with something a bit more distressed, or even a grey option, but we're keeping it true blue and simple with this look because we have a fun flat that we want to feature and focus on. Know this silhouette, find the perfect pair for you (Members, you can always start by shopping our edited Closet, see below) and buy a couple of pairs if you can. One for flats, one for feels. Keep these, take care of them (always wash your jeans inside out to prevent fading), and you'll have them forever. Unless of course, the brand you go with constructed a crappy jean, it's very possible. In which case, KEEP YOUR RECEIPT and look at the return policy when you buy. You should not have to keep something that cost you money and is poorly made. No ma'm. This comes from a former luxury retailer who saw it all.

The rest: The flat will peek out from under the hem of that boot-cut jean and that's just fine. You can show a little personality with that and not take it too far for something you want to wear out and about on a weekday. Go neutral or even with a different color if animal prints are not your thing (i.e. you're not from Jersey or Dallas for that matter; yes, we're generalizing but hey, it's true). A classic neutral tote, this time in a putty color that will add a little unexpected edge compared to your basic black or brown, works well here. Finally, a couple of key jewelry additions round it all out.

The ONE thing you need to know: If the sweater has the v-neck, flares out at the hem, but is too bulky for your frame, pass on it. Go with something that has a bit more stretch to it, that will hug your curves at the torso, but also has a little volume at the hem to bell out. That's the silhouette you want to go for if something like this sweater has a swallow-you-whole effect when you try it on.

If something's sold out, you can check out other options in the Closet, just remember, you need to be a Member to get the keys!

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Apple Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear to Work

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sources: 1 Reiss Smyth Knitted Flare Dress (www.reiss.com), 2 FOREVER 21 Classic Faux Suede Pumps (www.forever21.com), 3 Rebecca Minkoff Mahogany Mini Lusciuous Studded Hobo (www.forzieri.com), 4 Oscar de la Renta Lace Gold Chain Bracelet (www.boutique1.com)

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The top of the dress works well for Apple Body Types with clean lines and solid color. Keep it simple on top so avoid any necklaces on this one. A waist is defined for you with the sewn in seaming details that will emphasize your narrowest part. Finally, the slight pleating at the hem, also in the solid navy hue, brings the attention to the lower half of your body, right where you want it.

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The soft caramel hobo acts as a neutral back to the navy. Substitute another brown or black for the bag. The grey pump keeps everything streamlined and is a bit more interesting than a classic black pump, but either will work. You could also factor in a knee-high boot in a chocolate brown for fall in this fashion equation.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear on Weekdays While Running Errands, Going to Lunch, and More

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sources: 1 Line The Infamous cashmere sweater (www.theoutnet.com), 2 7 FOR ALL MANKIND bootcut jean (www.farfetch.com), 3 Mango Leopard Slippers (www.shop.mango.com), 4 ONE by Perforated Large Hobo (www.shopbop.com), 5 AURELIE BIDERMANN Ginko Feather Ring (www.luisaviaroma.com), 6 Kate Spade New York Sailor's Knot Hoops (www.piperlime.gap.com)

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The Hourglass Body Type can handle almost anything you throw at it. This sweater works IF the fit is slightly snug, not body-conscious, but shows a bit of shape, i.e. the fabric shouldn't fall too far away from your body or else you cover up all the assets you have going for you. The v-neck flatters and it's a great way to throw in color to an otherwise basic look.

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The boot-cut jean fits along the thigh, hugs your curves, and with a slight flare at the hem, adds a little more dimension to keep your naturally balanced proportions, well, balanced. It also allows you to pull off a flat without going to narrow along the leg line if it were a skinny jean.

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The flat is throw into the mix to show you how to take a basic look and make it your own using print. Color can also be used. Keep the jewelry simple, you can go silver or gold (shown above), and bracelets or necklaces are not out of the option. A bold statement necklace (color or metallic) on it's own would also be something that will take the look and dress it up a bit instantly. The neutral bag speaks for itself as it's an essential every woman needs to lug around her life's contents in throughout the day.

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Style Tutorial #4 | 1 Tibi Sleeveless Scuba Dress, 5 Ways to Wear It

Question: How do you wear a pink, sleeveless, neoprene 'scuba' dress from Tibi?

Answer:

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Let's start it off with a video. Allow me to introduce both myself and the tutorial topic:

It's time for the Lookbook video where I shake everything up as I style-out the Tibi dress in five different ways. See what I'm talking about:

Check out the close-up of the five looks from the video (separated out below incase you want to get even more up-close and personal or print it out for your very own Looks Library):

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Tibi Sleeveless Neoprene Scuba Dress, SHOP MORE DRESSES HERE. my-wardrobe.com

Rag & Bone Lund Cardigan, SHOP MORE SWEATERS & TOPS HERE. lagarconne.com

10 Crosby Derek Lam Shawl Collar Jacket, SHOP MORE BLAZERS & JACKETS HERE. saksfifthavenue.com

Nine West Bezel Sandals, SHOP MORE SANDALS HERE. piperlime.gap.com

Giuseppe Zanotti Sandals, SHOP MORE SANDALS HERE. giuseppezanottidesign.com

Joe's Jeans Footwear Crossing Waters Sandal in Aqua, SHOP MORE SANDALS HERE. modcloth.com

Nine West Kenie Heels, SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. zapposcom

Zara High Heel Vamp Shoe, SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. zara.com

KENZO Leather Bag/Clutch, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. thecorner.com

Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Shoulder Bag, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. piperlime.gap.com

Givenchy Large Nightingale Bag, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. bergdorfgoodman.com

Merci Marie Marbela Hobo in Grey, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. couturecandy.com

Michael Kors Gia Studded Clutch, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. modaoperandi.com

House of Harlow 1960 Jewelry Gypsy Feather Necklace, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. pinkmascara.com

Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian GlamRock Ring, SHOP MORE JEWELRY HERE. shopthetrendboutique.com

Alexis Bittar 1940's Platinum and Diamond Wreath Ring, SHOP MORE JEWELRY HERE. alexisbittar.com

J.Crew Flower Lattice Necklace, SHOP MORE JEWELRY HERE. jcrew.com

Lucca Couture Braided Wrap Bracelet, SHOP MORE JEWELRY HERE.
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BCBGMAXAZRIA Metal Chevron Stone Necklace, SHOP MORE JEWELRY HERE. bcbg.com

J.Crew Ray-Ban® Classic Wayfarer® Sunglasses, SHOP MORE SUNGLASSES HERE. jcrew.com

 

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PEARS: Looks 1 and 3 are where you'll be playing along here. The top layers will balance out the volume on the bottom of this sleeveless dress, evening things out a bit. Always, always wear a heel on this look.
RECTANGLES: All-skate. Feel free to pick from look 1 thru 5. This is a dress that will give you curves without going overboard so play a bit with the different ways you can pull it off.
HOURGLASSES: Looks 2 and 5 are your friend. This dress is only going to accentuate the classic hourglass shape you're working with so keeping things as simple and streamlined as possible will be key. Again, heel heel heel. Not a flat moment for you.
APPLES: Finally, my apple ladies. Look 2, 4 (if you have the height) and look 5 are where you will be living when it comes to this line up. The bottom half of the skirt will balance out the inverted triangle proportion your working with. If you're petite in stature, avoid look 2 at all costs. It will do the exact opposite of elongate you. As for the other two looks, have at it and do a little twirl in that scuba dress.

Sleeveless dresses are just one fashion sub-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 and content on the site. All of my favorite picks from my favorite shopping spots on the web are lining the virtual shelves in the StyleShaker Closet.

Welcome to your Shopping Starting Point:

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Go look-by-look below to see all the details...

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look 3:

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Bag Obsessed | Check Out My Top 10 Handbags under $250.

Two years in a designer handbag buying office at Neiman Marcus does something to a person. Sure, I'm a bit warped, I can admit it. A $695 price tag on a handbag was far from gasp-worthy to me back then. Actually, I'd see that price and think, "deal!" I know, I said it was warped didn't I?

Did I spend $695 on a bag? No, I had access to samples sales. When you work in retail you never pay retail. And evidently, when you leave corporate retail, that stays with you. Well, I can only speak for myself, so I'll say, it stayed with me.

Handbags are tricky. It is not an easy feat in fashion to find a great (read: original aesthetically speaking) looking bag under $500.   You don't have to throw down a mortgage payment, but I still believe a handbag is where you should invest (read: up to $500, it's my new normal).

If you're going to invest it would help to have some shopping direction from a fashion-industry veteran, let alone personal stylist right? So, here I am. Get excited because I've found 10 amazing handbag picks from my favorite names out there (at my favorite shopping spots) that fall well under the $500 mark.

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Today's top 10 shopping list of handbags show everything you'd ever want/need/lust for in a bag for under $250. No, seriously, under $250. If you get a great leather bag and take care of it (find your favorite cobbler spot, they can make anything look new again) you will have it for the rest of your days. Spending a bit more is worth it. It's hard to swallow at times, but it's the truth. I tell my clients this, and of course, I 'walk the talk' myself in my own wardrobe.

Take this top 10 shopping list and use it as a starting point. If you see something you love, click the pic to see more details. If you're getting warmed up and want to continue the handbag shopping, there's a link below to the mother-load of all handbags (favorite  bags from my favorite sites out there) living along the virtual shelves of the StyleShaker Closet.

For now, it's time to meet today's top 10 handbags under $250. Enjoy!

1. Kooba Jonnie Suede/Leather Hobo Bag (www.cusp.com) /  2. Giada Forte My Bag Shopper (www.elizabeth-charles.com) /  3. Tano Zip Top Hobo Bag (www.dillards.com) / 4. Pour La Victoire Soma Hobo (www.6pm.com) /  5. Ivanka Trump Olivia Bucket Hobo (www.6pm.pm) /  6. Olivia and Joy Handbag Instigator Double Handle Hobo (www.macys.com) /  7.Vince Camuto 'Grace' Leather Hobo (www.nordstrom.com) /  8. Deux lux Greenwich Studded Hobo (www.shopbop.com) /  9. Fossil 'Austin' Shoulder Bag (www.shop.nordstrom.com) /  10. MARC by Marc Jacobs Mini FuchsiaDrawstring Bag (www.ssense.com)

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10 Marc by Marc Jacobs Drawstring Tote

The top 10 are just that, 10 edited picks to get you warmed up. Keep shopping handbags and other fashion categories in my 'happy place' on the site, otherwise known as the StyleShaker Closet. See more favorite picks pulled weekly from my favorite site on the web. Click the pics below to get started:

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Product Review | Steve Madden's Realove Ankle Strap Sandal

It's product review time, and the latest purchase I'm following up on are the Steve Madden ankle strap sandals.

I was packing for my recent trip to San Francisco when it occurred to me that, for every evening look I put in the suitcase, I couldn't come up with a pair of comfortable black shoes that I can actually walk long distances (not to mention, up and down some particularly hairy and dangerous hills, especially after having spent the last ten years living on the ridiculously flat-as-a-pancake land that covers Dallas, Texas) in.

So, naturally I went on the hunt for a shoe that would get a lot of use, whatever city my virtual styling and shopping business takes me to. Low and behold, the latest addition to my closet that I would definitely qualify as an essential to any wardrobe:

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Here's how I saw it on-line at Amazon. No major differences which isn't too surprising. You can't really over-style a basic black, ankle strap sandal. 

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Here's the review. I'm going with a simple, three-question evaluation system:

1. What do I like about the shoe? Easy, they go with everything I own in the closet. I tried them on and they're actually comfortable to boot (no pun intended; they're sandals after all). The look is exactly what I was going for, minimal, with a little 'oomph' courtesy of the thin metallic strap going across the toe. The heel height is fine for me (4.5"), and the pitch (angle the shoe has my heel at) is also beyond bearable. It's high, don't get me wrong, but they're definitely easy to walk in. Plus, one more thing to adore is the ankle strap. The shoes stay on my feet, right where they're supposed to. I threw in a little foot cushion to make sure I could stay comfy, and they've done wonders. Sometimes I'll go up a half size for comfort, but I stuck with an 8, and they work perfectly (true to size fit).  One more pro, I bought them through Amazon, I'm a Prime member, so free two-day shipping is definitely a massive bonus. For $79.95, I know I'll be getting plenty of use out of them. No question. 

2. What don't I like about the shoe? Right, you should know this but it bears repeating, I am not paid one cent to review this merchandise. Integrity people, that's what I'm talking about here. I don't get paid to write the review, I don't have the product sent to me, I'm just an industry insider who believes that you should get what you pay for, i.e. value. That said, here is some honest feedback about the 'cons' on this sandal.

You really do need to go out and buy a little foot cushion, especially for the toe bed. The heel height means you'll be putting a little extra pressure there, and with no platform, there's very little buffering between your foot and the surface you're walking on. When it's the sidewalks of San Fran, or just standing on a marble floor during a house party for a few hours, you will need a little lovin in the way of a foot pad. Trust me on that one. Save yourself the pain. And now I'm getting nit picky...The buckle on the ankle strap on the right shoe seems to wander off to the other side of my foot. The strap isn't sewn in place, so it moves around your ankle. Is it uncomfortable? Nope. Still, it's odd looking to have on buckle hitting the outside of the ankle and another buckle hitting the inside of the ankle. Odd, but true. It has only been a month since I've had them so the heel caps have held up.

Usually I have an issue with this as I've been known to have a pretty hard walk. I hit the floor with a vengeance, not sure why, but I've been told people can hear me coming a mile away. It must have something to do with finally being able to get away with wearing heels after years of trying on shoes in my mother's closet, only to have to take them off before I went to school. I take pride in rocking a heel, you'll rarely see me in flats, so when I walk, I really walk. Unfortunately, this also means the consistent need for replacement of heel caps. So far, so good on these sandals, but it's just a matter of time. I wouldn't hold that against them though.

Other than that, the fit is fine, the construction, solid enough for the price, and I can wear them for more than a few hours without holding back tears. Those days are done by the way, no more shoes that make me want to well up at the sheer thought of throwing them onto my feet. 

3. Am I keeping these shoes? Yes. They're sticking around and have now found a new home in my closet. I'm happy to report that they're getting along well with the rest of the 'crew.'

Finding the right shoe is step 1, figuring out how to wear it using what's in my closet is the second half of the equation. This is exactly what I do for my clients, but it started with me. 

Here are two looks to inspire ways to wear these new additions to my closet:

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This is a more casual take on how to wear the sandals. Mind you, for San Fran, this would probably be considered a bit more dressed up. Potato, pot-ah-toe. I didn't put a red lipstick in there, but I love the idea of it for evening, or day for that matter. Why not?

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1. Pleione Mixed Media Shirt (www.nordstrom.com), 2. Current/Elliott High-rise Skinny Jeans (www.theoutnet.com), 3. Steve Madden Realove Ankle-Strap Pumps (www.amazon.com), 4. Marc by Marc Jacobs The Classic Q Hillier Hobo  (www.net-a-porter.com), 5. Maiyet Natural Horn & 18kt Gold Plated Necklace (www.luisaviaroma.com), 6. Carrera Eyewear Retro Sunglasses (www.nordstrom.com)

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Dressing things up a bit with a super-feminine black dress, tough-girl leather jacket (loving the yin and yang of those two), a playful pink lip to add some color, and accessories with plenty of shine. 

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1. ASOS Sequin Dress with Fitted Bodice (www.asos.com), 2. Rick Owens Leather Jacket (www.theoutnet.com), 3. Steve Madden Realove Ankle-Strap Pumps (www.amazon.com), 4. Monserat de lucca Marciela Cross Body Bag (www.shopbop.com), 5. Rachel Zoe Teardrop Earrings (www.shopbop.com), 6. Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color (www.nordstrom.com)

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The product reviews just keep coming. There's plenty more on the way, in the mean time, check out other reviews here and get more inspiration on all things that cover what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop.

Check Out Today's Handbag Heavy Shopping List, a.k.a. the Love List

Today's shopping list is a bit bag heavy, and by 'heavy' I mean there are two bags I had to get in the line up. Once you see them you'll understand why. But the bags are the only thing to drool over, lest we forget the embellished tank, boots that make every sidewalk a catwalk, and a necklace that oozes all things sweet and sentimental. So, let's get started:

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You want a black hobo that goes beyond 'basic?'  You got it. Courtesy of CC Skye. Meet Tyler:

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Ok, I love, love, love this as a gift item (or anytime purchase really, but it's such a great gift). Sari Glassman is a new designer discovery and she had us as soon as we set eyes on her Name Necklace with birthstones that can be personalized for you and your loved ones. So sweet.

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This is the perfect, 'floaty' tank to wear for holiday parties if you want to go with an easy separates look that's still festive and of course, super comfortable. Pair them with a dark wash skinny jean, playful pumps, and you're good to go.

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4. Sabrina Tach is a name in handbags to both know and love. Case in point, the Tajos coral suede leather bucket bag. The quality is superb, the design has some interest and edge to it, and the colors, to die for. Loving this new designer discovery!

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Um, hi, hello super slouchy Sergio Rossi suede boots. How are you? Oh, that's right, you're gorgeous. It's time to meet Veronica:

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source: 1. CC Skye Tyler Hobo (www.shopbop.com) 2. Sari Glassman Personalized Name Necklace w/ Birthstones (www.boticca.com) 3. Parker Art Deco Bead Tank (www.otteny.com) 4. Sabrina Tach Tajos Coral Suede Leather Bag (www.boticca.com) 5. Sergio Rossi Veronica Slouchy Suede Boots (www.theoutnet.com

The top five shopping list is our attempt at editing and simplifying the shopping process. It's our little 'less-is'more' moment on the StyleShaker. But let's be honest, there's plenty more that didn't find it's way onto today's list. Speaking of, check out the other fashion favorites currently lining the virtual walls of our StyleShaker closet. Take a peek and keep on shopping:

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One should never shop A. hungry, and B. uninspired. I'm not sure how I can help you with the food, but I can serve up a little inspiration via a Henry Ford quote that is the definition of timeless:

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It's pretty true. I'll keep it short and sweet. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. And yes, sometimes we just need to get out of our own way. When doubt seeps in, and it does for all of us (we're human; give yourself a break) I have learned to lean on my friends and family. They're my re-set button, reminding me of who I am and what I'm capable of.

Surround yourself with your support team, tell them, or better, show them you love them, and re-charge yourself so you can get back to doing what you know you can.

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Today's Shopping List a.k.a Five of My Favorite Things, Trust.

Today's shopping hit list is making me extraordinarily happy. I love all of my lists, but every now and then, one just seems to come together, the products (stars) align, and there's something that makes me want to scroll up and down again and again. Completely mesmerized.

I wish I could figure out how to re-create this fashion flow every time, but I've come to the conclusion that it's an organic thing, so for now, I'm just going with it...

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Cowl neck jersey top, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Oh wait, I can't, because this post would end up being a never-ending list of numbers and that's just boring after awhile. So here's some cowl neck eye candy:

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Ob-sessed, and I am NOT, repeat, NOT alone. The all-caps situation is meant to inspire you to get a sense of shopping urgency because I'm not sure at all how long these heels are going to be around unless they do a re-order. Which, eh hem, Free People peeps, you may want to consider. Just call J. Campbell and see if he has a few orders that cancelled with the big guys right? Just sayin. It's the buying office in me rearing it's ugly, yet oh-so-stylishly-coiffed head yet again.

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I've definitely seen less-expensive versions of this ring silhouette before, not that this 'block' ring from Bittar isn't a great deal. But there's something to be said about the quality and originality Alexis Bittar serves every season. The colors, designs, all of it, are beyond unique and always inspiring. The below ring makes me think of holding a daiquiri in my bronzed, perfectly-bejeweled hand, while lying on a beach somewhere absolutely gorgeous. Be back, must go visualize...

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Should you ever need a pick-me-up on a rainy, cloudy, overcast day, here's your shirt. Keep whatever you pair with this boyshirt from Madewell toned down to a minimum so you don't throw every color in the spectrum at the eyes of on-lookers. Less is more, and three brightly saturated colors on this silk shirt are plenty. Yum.

source: 1. Cut25 Washed-Silk Crepe De Chine And Jersey Top (www.theoutnet.com), 2. Jeffrey Campbell Solitaire Heel (www.freepeople.com), 3. Alexis Bittar Block Ring (www.shopbop.com), 4. Liebskind Berlin Liebeskind "Lotta" Taupe Hobo (www.shirise.com), 5. Madewell Silk Colorblock Boyshirt (www.madewell.com)

Five picks are all well and good, but that is the tip of the shopping iceberg. See what else didn't make today's list but deserves it's rightful cameo on the site via the StyleShaker Closet:

In keeping with the less is more, keeping it simple theme, I thought I'd go with the below quote from one of the most brilliant minds out there, Maya Angelou:

Shout out to all the control freaks out there, I get you, you're my people, but seriously people, we need to lighten up a bit, live a little, I'm talking baby steps here. Five minutes to day dream, an hour reading a book, taking an unknown route to work, or god forbid incorporating color into your all-black, all-sad-face wardrobe.

Loosen up the grip, let something bigger take over, and trust that when you need to pull the emergency brake, make the move, take the leap, you will (totally quoting my good friend Justin on that one, so cheers to you).

How to do this? Do something. Reference the list above or just go for something you can't know the outcome of, I'm talking small here just to start. It's like a mini-trust fall, sans actual fall and arms smacking into your back during a camp exercise post-ropes course.

Either way, if you don't let go, you won't know that everything will be ok. If you don't know that everything will be ok (usually because you can make it so by using you're very own thoughts inside you're very capable brain), you won't let go, and so goes the cycle. Let life show up for you, you can always grab the reins again tomorrow.

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Today's Shopping List: It Starts with a Parka from Elizabeth & James, and Ends with a Quote on Sailing

Today's Shopping List goes all over the place as far as fashion categories are concerned. From a Michael Kors mary-jane pump, to a Marc by Marc Jacobs electric blue hobo, it's all here and narrowed down to five favorites, served up for you Monday, fashion-viewing pleasure.

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Let the shopping begin with an olive-green, military-esque parka from Elizabeth & James that I can't get enough of...

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Love this, love a pump-turned-mary-jane that will actually stay on your foot for the entire day and not slide off unexpectedly mid-power walk (ah yes, the power walk, good for making an entrance and the main reason I have a standing delivery at my local cobbler to replace heel caps).

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This little hobo from Marc by Marc Jacobs will do all the talking for you. Pair it back with some basics, black or neutral, to allow the bag to not get lost in the mix. Less is more...

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This is a dress to get out of the cold in. Love the color, love the hi/lo-ness of it all, and how could you walk away from a good ruffle moment right?

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The leather envelope bag is a welcome nod to a more vintage silhouette, and yet, the addition of a little fur embellishment on the strap brings it up to modern speed quickly. I love the bag, but more so, I love the idea of taking a classic and making it new/different with one little addition. It's definitely a possibly fashion DIY scenario, or you could just go the easier route and get your hands Lim's 'Lynus.'

source: 1. Textile Elizabeth And James Kelsey Parka (www.piperlime.gap.com), 2. KORS Michael Kors Galli Suede Mary Jane Pump (www.neimanmarcus.com), 3. Marc By Marc Jacobs Preppy Nylon & Leather Hobo Bag (www.saksfifthavenue.com), 4. Jay Godfrey Exclusive Strapless Ruffle Hi/Lo Dress (www.intermixonline.com), 5. 3.1 Phillip Lim Lynus Leather Envelope Bag (www.blueandcream.com

There's always more coming in, every day, every minute...The shopping is never-ending, and thank god for that. But the new arrivals can inundate and overwhelm, so, I simplify and start with just a few picks to get the ball rolling. See and shop the other hand-picked fashion favorites that can always be found in the StyleShaker virtual closet updated every week:

Time for a quote of course, it is detox-Monday after all, post-turkey feast, or as the retailers call it, Cyber Monday (which to this day, does nothing for me, but I'm warped having spent the last ten years in e-commerce and fashion; very few major promotions catch my eye, especially when they're made up out of thin air).

When you're moving in the 'right' direction in your life, people say it just feels that way, you feel a 'flow,' and in your gut, if you're in tune with your instincts, you know that putting your left foot in front of your right, facing in that particular direction, is exactly where you need to be.

I can't say that my own personal experience with finding said 'flow' feels the same. I know I have taken steps, risky steps, that were right for me, and yes, 50% of me knows that where I'm at this very moment is where I need to be, but I can safely say that the remaining 50% of me has no clue what I'm doing. I've recently concluded that, personally, this is a healthy response, a sign that I've let go (translation: released my ninja-vice grip, juuuust a little) of trying to determine a black & white answer for those bigger, far more 'grey' questions I'm still learning how to ask.

The seas are choppy now, but it's those white-caps that keep me from lulling off into a haze, they keep me present, and blatantly aware of the fact that I have no control over which way the tides will flow. It's annoying and yet, ridiculously liberating.

You don't go through being a child of the eighties and look back at pictures without cringing, it's inevitable. But without those moments, forever captured on polaroid film, I would have never learned that spandex is a completely unacceptable option in any ensemble (amongst other, far more cerebral things, riiiight). We don't learn unless we hit the rough waters and navigate through, not around, them (style examples being: crimping, hammer pants, those little t-shirt thing-ys that gathered your shirts on one corner at the waist, slap bracelets, puffy paint tees, the side-pony with scrunchie, and the list goes on...).

So, come on in, the water is fine, a bit choppy, but in the end, there may be more in it for you than riding along smooth seas.

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10 More Picks to Consider for your Shopping List, from Minkoff to a Sass & Bide Sequined Number that Needs to be Seen

Today's top 10 Shopping List covers everything from blue-washed leather hobo, to a faux fur-framed collar on a coat I'm going ga-ga for.

Follow it up with a pair of sequined leggings that are fun to look at, let alone wear out, and you're all set. But first, it's montage time people, you know the drill:

There's something to be said about venturing outside the realm of your basic black, brown (or white for summer) everyday handbag, but what do you go for right? A metallic? Maybe. Something with an exotic print? Always a good option, or, you could try something on in a brighter color to pull things out of 'basic' and into 'original,' as far as style goes. Meet the blue bag, or more specifically, the 'Oliver' hobo, from Rebecca Minkoff (a favorite name of mine in the category, and I'm not alone, i.e. the Minkette), that says it all for me (which is kind of depressing since I have a tendency to be a 'talker'):

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Here's the thing, fashion-forward pieces, an example being anything that falls onto the latest list of what fashion directors out there are calling a 'trend,' can be easily found out there. The buyers make sure that is the case each season.

It's the basics, the true-blue pieces that belong in your core closet, that are tough to get a hold of, but once you do, you must buy them, and sometimes in multiples. The core is where to invest, and on a sidenote, this is also where I spend the bulk of my time during styling consults.

You can't go for any black boot, basic crewneck tee, or trench coat, you have to try on and see what fits your body to a 't.' These pieces are the foundation of everything, and yes, I'm going on and on here, but I can't stress enough how significant having a core fashion lineup is. Not to mention, it makes life so ridiculously easy. Once you have your basics, what you know you look good in, you can throw in a trend-right accessory, a great statement necklace, or a pop-color pump and be completely pulled together.

All of that style-preaching aside (amen), I present to you a great classic knee-high boot that can be worn under pants/denim or stand alone under a dress, skirt, over leggings, etc. The list is endless, similar to the styling options, so have at it.

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I am a pants girl. It's not because I'm trying to cover up my legs as a problem area, I happen to really like them. I know, take a minute, you just witnessed a woman speaking highly of some part of her body which is a rare thing in today's world.  I'm definitely not gloating on this one, I just know where my strengths and weaknesses are, we all have them, and can all play to the best parts, our assets if you will. It never hurts to focus on the positive.

Pant-rut aside, a skirt will find it's way into my wardrobe, usually of the pencil form, every now and then. This almost-mini skirt, with the quilting going on, caught my eye. I'm seeing it over a pair of black opaque tights with an ankle boot (more daytime) or classic pump for evening. You could get a ton of use out of this one skirt, and instead of just being basic black, the details make it, and life, more interesting.

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A white, button-front blouse is an essential in any closet, and, unless you've been living under a large rock for the past fifty years, you will know this. I'm not telling you anything new or divulging any style secrets here. Should you, like myself, want something a bit less commercial without going too far into the 'trendy' deep end, something like the below Hayden blouse is a perfect option. The shoulder details give this polished classic a bit of edge without going too far. It's such a simple touch that shows a little can go a long way here.

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I mean, hello, how could I not get these leggings into a round of top 10 picks on the Shopping List right? A. they're sequined, B. they're sequined. This is a pick that was added because it shows how fashion is meant to not be taken too seriously. You can wear these leggings with a basic tunic on top, or what have you, and still work it. They are meant for play, to lighten up a bit, to work it out a bit, and just to have fun in. I can see my guy friends looking at this and thinking they're absolutely ridiculous, but you don't buy a pair of leggings like this because you want to follow the rules and please others' ideas of what is right and wrong when it comes to your personal style, it wouldn't be very personal if that were the case.

Wear them for you. If you feel good in them, and can balance out all the shine with some neutrals, go for it. If you can wear them and not have them wear you, go for it. Just do it when the moon is up and not the sun, that's my only caveat.

Outside of that, play a little. Fashion isn't meant to be taken too seriously. Taxes, bills, grades, income, food on the table, health, etc. Those are things you can get serious with. Fashion is where you get to take a little break, whether it's through a pair of outrageous leggings, a bright red lip, shoes you can't stop staring at your feet in, or a necklace that makes you smile. Right now, it's break time, the serious stuff with be there when you get back. Trust.

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I don't usually throw down a pair of 'Loubie's' unless I really love them (mainly because only the tiniest portion of the population would deem them 'affordable' and I think everyone should have access to amazing shoes), but these Vampanados, I love. I mean, I adore them. The silhouette, the ankle-strap, the bow details, the Audrey Hepburn of it all, is so spot on it's hard to say no. And by 'hard' I mean 'impossible.' This is where you can invest, and if you think I'm completely warped, I don't blame you. You don't need to throw down this much on these sandals, but you should find something that you love and spend just a bit more on them to get the perfect pair. I guarantee, you will wear them to death (tip: heel caps can be replaced for under $20 at any cobbler). For now, just take it all in and try not to drool too much.

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sources: 1-Rebecca Minkoff Oliver Hobo (www.saksfifthavenue.com), 2-Vince Camuto Fur Collar Coat (www.vincecamuto.com), 3-Aldo Wiegel Boot (www.aldoshoes.com), 4-Collette By Collette Dinnigan Ramie Dress (www.theoutnet.com), 5-Vanessa Bruno Ath Quilted-Jersey Skirt (www.theoutnet.com), 6-Giles & Brother Encrusted Cortina Cuff (www.shopbop.com), 7-213 Industry Hayden Blouse (www.piperlime.gap.com), 8-Sass & Bide One By One Sequined Leggings (www.net-a-porter.com), 9-Harlow Color-Blocked Envelope Clutch (www.bcbg.com), 10-Christian Louboutin Vampanodo 100 Sandals (www.net-a-porter.com)

The shopping list never ends, literally. Each week, we scour the our favorite spots on the web to hand-pick our best of the best that find their way either onto the Top 10 list, or, The StyleShaker Closet. See the rest of the line-up that may not have made it into today's hit list below:

Today's zen moment is brought to you by none other than Glenda, you know, the good witch? I know, it's random, but what good is life without something random and spontaneous mixed in?

A year ago I was in a situation I didn't want to be in, and I did everything in  my power to find someone, something, or some other company to help me find my way out. I was living a life based on 'job security,' and moving in a direction that I was told I 'should,' be moving in. I was living someone else's life and expecting someone else to pull me out of it. I interviewed with a dozen companies, half offered me a job, the other half didn't. I rejected every offer.

I was shown a ridiculous amount of generosity from good people who were just trying to get me to make a move, and yet I turned down every request.

Every timed I turned something down, I did it because I knew it wasn't right for me. It took awhile to finally realize that it wasn't going to happen via someone else stepping in. This time, it had to be me acting and not reacting. I had to save myself, and I had it in me all along to do so. It's funny because I look back and see how everything I was searching for externally, could only be found internally.

Trying to push a round peg into a square hole can be exhausting, it's like trying to squeeze your size nine foot into a size eight at a sample sale. You may shove it in there, but the fit will never be right. It's only going to take more energy to walk in those new, pain-inducing, blister-manufacturing, toe-crunching shoes. It doesn't have to be so hard, just go for what fits you. Pick the size 9, and if it's not there, try another color you may never had thought would work, but secretly wished you could pull off.

Glenda was right, I had the power all along, and so do you.

Find what fits, try a few things on, and I promise I'll do the same.

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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:

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One Creatures from the Wind for J.Crew Sweater Tee, Four Ways to Wear It: Look 2

I Love a Good Ways-to-Wear it Moment. It All Begins with a J.Crew Sweater Tee. See Where the Look Takes You...

Allow me to introduce to you, the J.Crew sweater tee that inspired it all:



source: www.jcrew.com

The goal is to take one sweater and create four, go-to looks for all types of occasions. Here is look 2, just one more take on how to wear it:



The layering makes this the perfect look to take into Fall and winter (maybe add in a scarf, gloves, etc as the temps drop). A flare leg trouser, especially the 'Hutton' from Rachel Zoe, is extremely flattering and lengthens almost any leg line. The rest of the equation comes together with some core closet pieces and a final pop of color from a platform pump.


Shop the look:


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Not every pick in the look is for everyone. Cue the StyleShaker closet, our virtual closet with hand-picked pieces pulled weekly to line the walls (while they're still in stock; always a constant battle).

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Reminder: This is round two when it comes to how to wear this J.Crew sweater tee. See the previous look here, and stay tuned for the final 2 looks (1 sweater tee, 4 looks)....



Time for a little Q&A for those searching for fashion advice. Here's where you ask us how to wear that pair of pumps you've had in your closet for months now, or the tank that still has tags on it. Shoot a quick pic of the item in question and get back a quick style solution:

 
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Top 10 Shopping List | Boots to Bangles

Check out the Latest Top 10 Shopping List, Covering all things from Burgundy Suede Boots to Leather Wrapped Bangles

It's all about simplifying the shopping process via an uber-edited list of favorites pulled from the top shopping sites out there. I'm constantly on the hunt for the perfect piece when it comes to filling out the personalized virtual shopping lists of my clients. Along the way I inevitably discover amazing merch that deserves it's rightful cameo, whether it's on my own personal shopping list, or The StyleShaker's.

Today's picks cover everything, from a Liebeskind canvas hobo that belongs in your everyday accessory artillery, to a mini-satchel from J. Crew that keeps things polished, yet totally approachable.  I love a good list, and in my world, simplified shopping is a must, so meet the perfect marriage of both concepts in the weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) Top 10 Shopping List...Scroll away and then shop with the links below:

 

 

Shop: 1. Liebeskind Amelie Hobo (www.shirise.com), 2. Enzo Angiolini Yabbo Platform Boots (www.lordandtaylor.com), 3. Equipment Liam Contrast Tee in Fawn (www.forwardforward.com), 4. Mih Marrakesh Kick Flare Jeans (www.shopbop.com), 5. Reiss Belle Jumper (www.reiss.com), 6. House of Harlow 1960 Navy Triangle Hoop Earrings (www.boutiquetoyou.com), 7. Splendid Slub-Jersey T-shirt (www.net-a-porter.com), 8. Giles & Brother Cortina Cuff (www.net-a-porter.com), 9. B Brian Atwood Fortosa Ankle Boot  (www.jildorshoes.com), 10. J.Crew Telegram Mini-Satchel (www.j.crew.com)

These are just 10 hand-picked finds to wet the shopping appetite. There's something for everyone, but just incase nothing strikes your style fancy, take a minute to keep the shopping momentum going and find more favorites edited and selected weekly, from handbags to chunky monkey sweaters, all lining the walls of our Virtual StyleShaker Closet:

The Top 10 have been listed off for your viewing pleasure. Check every one of them off and then continue on to more when it comes to what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop.

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants, Inspired by Akris

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants for Fall, Inspired by the Akris Runway

I love wide leg pants and have for a long time, whether they have been deemed on trend or not. The look is a classic one whenever thrown into any ensemble, so I was thrilled when we selected this Akris runway pick to re-create.

Here's the runway inspiration:

source: www.style.com

The overall layout on the look boils down to a neutral pant and printed sweater that coordinates (or in the runway look, practically bleeds into) with the color of the pant. Focus is on an easy wide leg and playful print on top creating a sophisticated but vibrant (not-a-wallflower) look. See how to pull it off in four simple steps:

1. J. Crew Tippi sweater in colorblock stripe (www.jcrew.com) 2. ASOS Wide Leg Pants With Tab Side (www.us.asos.com) 3. Majo "BOCG 35" Rosa (Grey) Leather Medium Hobo (www.shirise.com) 4. Sacha London Women's Nice Pump (www.endless.com)

A couple of tweaks happened here when moving from runway to reality, hence using the term 'inspiration,' when referring to the image from the catwalk. It's the perfect foundation and starting point to get someone to think outside of what they would normally reach for in their closet, but at the same time, can be tailored to anyone's personal style.

I swapped out stripes for the plaid going with the Tippi sweater from J. Crew. There's still color, but I kept it on the subtle side.

Pair that sweater back to the wide leg pant from Asos, tab side details add a little 'oomph' to these puppies, and you have a clean look that goes a little bit beyond preppy, another reason I happen to like it. The wider cut on the pant keeps things from being too tailored and refined, which is when the epitome of both of those descriptors is added back in with the sweet Sacha London slingback pump.

And finally, you have to have a bag to keep your world in as your out and about, might as well have it be a fabulous one. Here's the Rosa hobo from my new favorite label, Majo. Kind of loving the details going on there. It's just one more way to take this look from expected to original.

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