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.

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Look-spiration | 1 Topshop Red Dress, 2 Ways to Wear It.

Look-spiration | 1 Topshop Red Dress, 2 Ways to Wear It

Happy Monday to you! Is that completely obnoxious to write?

You'll forgive me after you check out today's Look-spiration moment that features a red dress from Topshop well under $100, and two ways to wear it.

After ten years in the fashion industry, prancing (not all the time, but when I could, and the heels weren't too high, I would, trust me) up and down the halls of Neiman Marcus (i.e. still corporate America, don't let the shiny stuff fool you) I had developed a serious case of what I like to call a Jekyll/Hyde approach to personal style.

During the week, it was all business, well, all-business while working in the fashion industry still includes trends but still, the overall look was consistently polished.

The weekend would hit, and I'd slide right into my casual uniform (read: this always included denim in one form or another). The two sections of my wardrobe were exclusive from one another, until a few years ago when I started shopping with an agenda. Said agenda went as follows: if I bought something for work, it would have to be easy to translate into a casual look, and vice versa.

Versatility people. It's not rocket science. It's probably nothing new to you, but a good reminder never hurts. Especially when there are visuals involved.

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sourcesTOPSHOP Strap Back Slip Dress (www.topshop.com), DAY BIRGER ET MIKKELSEN minimalist blazer (www.farfetch.com), SERGIO ROSSI Black Pumps (www.en.colette.fr), 3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder Snakeskin & Leather Satchel (www.saksfifthaveue.com), Tory Burch Jordan Pendant Necklace (www.toryburch.com), Oscar de la Renta Firework Crystal Button Earring (www.oscardelarenta.com)

The first look polishes things up a bit for work with the simple addition of two core pieces every closet needs to have: 1. the black blazer, and 2. the classic, black pump. From there it's just a matter of incorporating some low-key accessories with one deviation, the bag. You can always go with a basic black leather tote or satchel. There's nothing wrong with that, and I totally get not wanting to move everything into another bag.

That said, I felt like a bit of 'edge' needed to come into play here (accessories are where I encourage you to play and bring out more of who you are) so I went with something a bit more exotic. Snakeskin works. Leopard, zebra, cheetah, or any other animal print would be a little overboard here, so, the adage of keeping everything in moderation definitely applies. Unsure? Like I mentioned, stick with what you know and go with a classic satchel instead. No harm no foul.

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sourcesTOPSHOP Strap Back Slip Dress (www.topshop.com), H&M Denim jacket (www.hm.com), Zara Leather Biker Mid-Cut Boot (www.zara.com), ALEXANDER WANG Handbag (www.yoox.com), Oscar de la Renta Lace Gold Chain Bracelet (www.boutique1.com), MADEWELL Ribbon Ring (www.madewell.com), Ray-Ban Oversized Original Aviator Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

Look 2 takes the feminine dress and toughens it up a bit with a biker boot and bucket bag. The heavier boot works best with a long and lean body type, i.e. Rectangle or tall Hourglass. This is a more trend-forward look which means it definitely doesn't work for everyone. If you're a Pear, Apple, petite Hourglass, or completely averse to wearing anything that masculine on the bottom half of your fashion equation, substitute a stacked heel pump or more streamlined oxford bootie to keep it Fall-centric. Still toasty where you live? Perfect. Add in a nude sandal and you're all set (nude will also elongate like none other).

One dress, two ways to wear it, done and done. One more look idea for good luck? Sure, why not, it's the most expected look in my mind and that is just to leave the dress alone, sans layers (no blazer, no denim jacket) and pair it with a flat strappy sandal and an oversized satchel or hobo.

Inspired? Good. Want more? Check out the latest from what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop right here.

 

Get My Look | What I Wear to Pay Homage to the Hourglass Silhouette

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.

Remember Fruit Stripe Gum? Remember how not good it was and yet we still went back to it for some reason? Anyway, nostalgic moment aside, the stripes kept me coming back for more (along with the instantaneous sugar fix) back in the eighties, and they still do the same thing for me today. Case in point, I found this striped pencil skirt and have been obsessed with it ever since.

Note: Don't freak out about having stripes on the lower half of your body. I'm not going to say this look is for everyone, that's not the point. But I can tell you that the old fashion rule that has kept so many (I hear this from clients all the time, almost as much as I get the wearing white after Labor Day or mixing metals question...almost) running in the opposite direction of a simple stripe is not necessary. Sure, if you have bright, wide stripes running right across the widest part of your body, you may want to walk away. But there's definitely a way to incorporate stripes into any fashion equation, even when it involves the bottom half of a look.

Case in point, here's today's look, what I wear when I want to work all angles of my hourglass silhouette & embrace a strong stripe moment without crossing over the line into Tacky Land (it's a scary place filled with bedazzled belts & tie-dyed hair scrunchies). Time to Get My Look:

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In order to Get My Look, you'll be needing to shop my look. Here's how (click the pics below):

Vince Fav Tank Top farfetch.com

Kelly Wearstler Sonya Ring kellywearstler.com

Gorjana Fatima Layered Necklace- (SOLD OUT shop more necklaces here) shopbop.com

Get My Look | The Body Type Breakdown: Obviously this is going to go well with most hourglass silhouettes. The stripes are thin enough at the hip to keep things looking long and lean, not the other way around. If that was a big wide yellow stripe, I would not be using the skirt in any look. But what about the other body types out there? How does this pencil skirt look stack up for the Pears, the Rectangles, and the Apples of the bunch? Good question...here's your answer:

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Rectangles, you are good to go. Hourglasses, this one is made for you if you're ok with flaunting what you've got. There's a way to do it without giving away all the mystery. This would be it. There's something about putting it all on display that reads a little boring to me. I know, I know, not the descriptor you would think I'd use, but it just says to me that there's little creativity there. There are ways to highlight your assets, and I whole-heartedly believe in doing that. Key word: highlight, not shine a spotlight on. The tank top is body-conscious, along with the skirt, so there's a definite silhouette that is drawn, but at least there's coverage and a little print (in this case, stripes) to keep things interesting. Throw in the accessories, and it all goes from interesting to polished.

Pears, you may want to go with a solid color on this one. You could try the stripes, but solids would be a better bet.

Apples, this exact look is not necessarily in your style 'wheelhouse.' Try going with a top that moves a bit further away from the torso, maybe a looser tee, but keep the constructed neckline. You want to add a little volume, again, something in the form of a peplum and not just bulk, to the waist to balance out your proportions. It's always worth trying out, but again, this is not your go-to look as shown. Tweak a little bit here and there, and you're good to go!

There's always more where that came from. Loving the pencil skirt but maybe wanting to find something sans stripes? What about the black top? Love it but a v-neck is not exactly what you're going for? No worries. It's all about having options and they're lined up right here, along these virtual shelves (updated weekly) for you to pick and chose from. Check out the StyleShaker Closet, category by fashion category below and see what other favorites are out there:

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

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Get My Look | What I Wear When I Don't Want to Ask Twice

Ouch, I know right? The title of this one seems a little on the Miranda (sounds like Anna) from 'Devil Wears Prada' side of things. A little demanding, a little, "I can't spare a minute for your follow-up question," and a little, well you get the picture. 

There are those days when you just want to be taken seriously and heard the first time around. For myself, those days usually begin with a feeling of, "I'm not sure how I'm going to make it through this one." They are few and far between thank goodness, but they still pop up. You know the ones I'm talking about. We've all been there. I call them my left-foot, right-foot days (my father coined this term for me, and it fits perfectly).

It was on those days when I would lean on my wardrobe to speak for me when maybe my voice (and the rest of my self) felt a little too weary to do it.

A look like the one below (or something similar that would include one of my favorite blazers from my growing, Imelda-like collection) fits the fashion bill perfectly. It's simple, yet effective style. The volume on this look isn't cranked up too loud. I find that when people speak softly and slowly, I tend to lean in to hear what they have to say. There's strength in subtlety, and in fashion, each piece in your ensemble is a word. It's just another language you're speaking whether you like it or not (I happen to love love love it). Choose your words. Figure out what message you want to send.

In this case, the message is strong, polished, pulled together, and means business (plus a little fun; hence the pop of red in the lip). This is the kind of look I would dream about wearing when I was a little girl. Some girls got googley-eyed over the floral and frilly side of fashion. I went weak in the knees when it came to the bold, Madonna circa the Express Yourself  side of the fashion coin (sans anatomically correct power-suit cut-outs, because that would just be awkward let alone completely inappropriate). 

Enough chit chat. This is what I wear (one iteration of it) when I don't want to ask twice:

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The look summed up in a nutshell: Cinching to highlight the waist, a sky-high platform heel to elongate under those perfect black trousers, a key-hole silk blouse reminiscent of another favorite leading woman of mine, Katherine Hepburn (she probably wouldn't have gone for the key-hole cut out, but I'm sticking with the reference), and finally, a streak of saturated red smacked straight on a full lip, just cause.

It's the kind of look I would throw on and never think about again going throughout my day. The kind of look that would leave me walking a bit taller, maybe a bit stronger. It's the kind of look that screams "authority" (you can be authoritative AND kind in my book), fashion or otherwise. And finally, this is the kind of look that, when it passes you by, you make sure you're words are clear because you know the person wearing it isn't going to pause too long for anyone to repeat what they're trying to say. She's going places.

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That's just one look to get your fashion engines revving up a bit. It's all about being inspired AND (can't have one without the other) remaining open to your own personal style possibilities. Sometimes you just need to sit back, open your eyes, dream a little, and get out of your own way. *Moment of author/owner transparency: I say this to you and yet am still learning to take my own advice.

Keep the shopping momentum going strong with the perfect next step, the Cliffs Notes shopping experience known as the virtual Closet, lined with favorites from all of my top shopping sites out there. The work is done for you and updated weekly. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to click on a fashion category and see what else is out there that you may have never found had you not stopped right here. It's kismet people. Click away:

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See more where that comes from. Check out more product reviews, style tutorials, and takes on how to wear the latest trends in fashion, all right here (click the images below):

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How to Wear | Peplum & a Full Skirt in 7 Steps

Love a peplum top, love a full skirt, why not put the two together in a fabulous look with 7 easy steps to pull off any ensemble seamlessly right? Right. Here's how to wear a peplum top and full skirt:

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What's the best body type for this look?

Pears: this is not going to be your moment. The peplum is perfect for adding curves and will accentuate any waist so if you're wanting the focus to be the complete opposite, as several of my favorite pear-shaped clients do, then swap the peplum top for a fitted crew neck tee that falls slightly over the waistline of the skirt.

Rectangles: This is PERFECT for you. The look will add shape and proportion to your athletic lines in a cinch.

Hourglass: Here's where you get to play up your silhouette. Heels will be a MUST to elongate with all the curvy action that will be brought out by the combination of the peplum top and skirt.

Apple: Keep the skirt, lose the peplum top. Instead, substitute a fitted, white v-neck top, you could do three-quarter sleeves or just go with a clean tee. The v-neck will bring the eye in and lengthen a bit. Definitely keep the heels in the equation to keep that vertical line extending.

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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.

Need to shop but you're overwhelmed by the ridiculous numbers of emails flooding your inbox? Exhale, relax, and welcome to your Shopping Starting Point: (click the image below to dive in)

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In the mean time...five picks that inspired me. Of course, that means I had to share.

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Harper's Bazaar February 2013 (source: www.harpersbazaar.com)

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dancing in the rain. (source: www.tempodadelicadeza.com.br)

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Harper's Bazaar February 2013 (source: www.harpersbazaar.com)

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love me some Tory. (source: www.google.com/catalogs)

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truth. (source: Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hanssonwww.amazon.com)

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How to Wear Distressed Skinny Jeans + Neon

The distressed look is one thing. Throw that in with a skinny jean and you're on a whole other fashion level with the message you're sending out. I don't mind a distressed jean, I actually happen to love them. But, there's a time and a place.

I have a pair of grey, pre-worn, skinny jeans from Genetic denim that I found on Gilt at a steal. When I wear them, I usually put together a more polished look on top to balance things out a bit. I always, and I mean always, get compliments on those jeans. There's a way to balance out the distressed look with a few key accessories so you keep an edgy vibe, but don't go overboard. It's a happy medium that I think hits the nail on the head. See what I mean with today's look that covers how to wear distressed skinny jeans:

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The blouse is a saturated take on a classic baseball tee. It's simple, colorful, and classic (outside of the neon magenta of course). Love it. The colors on that top actually pop perfectly back to the medium, deep blue wash of those jeans. Any bright will go well with them, or just your basic neutrals like black, white, and beige. You have options, which is a beautiful thing.

Since the top is talking at a higher volume than the other pieces in the equation, I kept the rest of the accessories pretty neutral. Cue, the sandals. A classic flat sandal in a great carmel brown that you can work into any look for Spring. Instead of going with a brown bag, which would have been expected here, the Chloe shoulder bag spoke to me. It can be over the shoulder or worn cross-body. Either way, that stone color is divine and ridiculously versatile. You'll wear this bag all over the place. Handbags are where I do think you need to invest. I'll always stick to that, UNLESS you're looking at something very trendy or a clutch.

Finally, a couple pieces of jewelry to polish it all off. The MARC by Marc Jacobs watch is the perfect sporty addition. I happen to never wear a watch, but if I did, I would own this one. It's beyond reasonable in price, sure a ton of people have it, but it's spot-on and hits that happy point between contemporary and classic so you know you'll be wearing it forever.

 I'm biased on rings in the sense that I always thing, the bigger the better. This caged, gold pick from Aurelie Bidermann is bold but the cut outs keep it a bit more toned down and interesting.

Which body type does this look work for you ask?

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It is a pretty universal look. The only thing I would add here is, if you're a pear or an apple, and if you are more petite height wise, you should swap out the flat for a slight heel to elongate and balance out proportions. Easy enough to do.

Love the jeans but they're not quite what you were going for? What about the top? Love it, but the thought of magenta makes you squirm? Totally, I get it. I can't win 'em all with every look, and actually, that's not the point. If you're inspired, the whole point is to take pieces from this look and incorporate them into your own life if you're wanting to pull it off. Shopping for new additions is a part of that, and it can be overwhelming (let alone time-consuming), so head over to the StyleShaker Closet where I pull my favorite picks from my favorite sites every week and edit them all for you to shop. It's the perfect launching off point for any shopper looking to simplify a bit (click the image below):

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In the mean time, I keep speaking about inspiration so obviously, I had to give you a few more curated picks I found from the web to keep you motivated and thinking. I do this for myself all the time, whenever I'm in need of an update or refresher, so it's only natural that I want to share the love with you. Meet my top five, the links I'm loving right now (in no particular order, and no, no one is paying me to post these)...

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bliss. (source: www.freepeople.com)

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adornable. (source: www.refinery29.com)

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color combo on the fringe. (source: www.sincerelyjules.com)

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4. 6 essentials in Bag Land, because everyone loves a List. (source: www.style-n-naina.com)

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nailed it. (source: www.bellasugar.com)

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How to Wear | Coral & Cobalt in 7 Steps

You've got your coral, you've got your cobalt, so now what? Now I show you how to wear the color combination in 7 quick steps...

Supposedly, the color blue is the color of trust and responsibility. It's also the most universally liked of all the colors in the spectrum so there's a good change you're going to be a fan. Coral, brings a sense of calm and warmth.  I happen to agree with that one. So, am I a color psychologist (and yes, they exist)? Nope. But I do know how to coordinate a couple of bold colors and show you how to wear them without having them wear you.

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Those pants are to die for, seriously. This is the kind of look you bring out during the first day of Spring, at a luncheon, whenever you want to add some life to whatever you're doing. Black is easy. We all know black. Time to shake it up a bit don't you think?

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Which body type does this look work for? This is the perfect look for an hourglass silhouette. That said, it would work well on rectangle as well, and depending on where the top hits, an apple may be able to work this one out. Usually, if the top hits below the waist on the pant, but stays above the bum, you're in good shape. Again, for the apples out there, if the top falls too high you'll end up with an emphasis on a shorter waist. If it hits too low, you'll stunt the vertical line and do the opposite of elongating, and WHO wants to do that right? I know, me either.

The clutch gives the cobalt from the top a little kick, courtesy of Kate Spade. And the B Brian Atwood sandal keeps it neutral, grounded, and polished. You have enough color going on with the main pieces of the look, the rest, the sunglasses and jewelry, should just complement, not steal any thunder.

Speaking of elongating, the cut on those trousers is ridiculously flattering with the thicker waistline, front seam detail, and very slight flare at the hem to keep proportions balanced. Ah, mazing. Something to keep in mind when you're out and about shopping.

Love the top but you're thinking you want to go with something a little less printed? Drooling over the trouser but you're just not into coral no matter how hard you try? No problem. Keep shopping all the categories in the StyleShaker Closet. The Happy Place that gets updates every week. It's the perfect place to start shopping when you have no clue where to go first. Join the club! Click the pick to get started:

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In the mean time, I always like to leave a little inspiration on the table. Check out today's top 5 links, with images of course, that I fell in love with and had to share.

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living my life like it's golden. (source: www.sterlingstylelove.tumblr.com)

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nail did. neon done. (source: www.luxeislife.blogspot.com)

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Just Cavalli Spring 2013. (source: www.style.com)

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spike. (source: www.theglamouri.com)

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walk towards the light. (source: www.fashforfashion.com)

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Inspiration, check. How to wear cobalt blue and coral? Check. Now it's time to keep the momentum going. See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop right here.

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The Love List | Today's Top 10 Shopping List Picks that Just Hit the Web

It's time for another list of the top 10 favorites to shop, right, now. I'm constantly scouring the web for the personal shopping side of the biz, so it's only natural that I share what I find. Every week I check out the top shopping spots on the web and pull in all of the new arrivals I love. The StyleShaker Closet is always in a state of flux, as it should be. The shopping list never ends, it's like the circle of life, sans Simba.

Today I fell in love with a Nicholas K '2fer' jacket from Free People that I have never seen anything like, an Ikat skinny jean from Sass & Bide that will undoubtedly steal the thunder on any look at Net-a-Porter (read: wear with a neutral), a hi/low dress from Nicole Miller at Bloomies in a cobalt blue that still has me holding my breath, a pair of ankle strap sandals WITH a stacked heel from NastyGal, and the perfect black bag from Phillip Lim at Shopbop. That's only five out of ten. See what else made today's shopping list:

source: 1. www.farfetch.com 2. www.usa.frenchconnection.com 3. www.shopbop.com 4. www.shopbop.com 5. www.ninewest.com 6. www.net-a-porter.com 7. www.farfetch.com 8. www.theoutnet.com 9. www.ssense.com 10. www.ssense.com

The top 10 shopping list of the latest picks is just the warm up. Keep the shopping momentum going strong in the StyleShaker Closet. Click any image below to shop pieces, trend driven and just, plain, fashionable, by category.

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Ok, we're moving away from the Shopping List for a minute. Everyone needs a little inspiration every now and then. Something that makes you think. I know, thinking, ugh, such a pain.

But seriously, take a minute and use this time to inhale, get the wheels turning, and reflect. Or just stare and space out, either way, it's a little break and it's good for you, like a vitamin for your soul. I swear I didn't even get that from Oprah, I have no clue where it came from. Espresso does crazy things to me, and for that, I love it even more.

I happened to run across this amazing site, www.behappy.me, the other day and I totally lucked out. Or maybe it knew I had a not-so-hot (diplomatic way to say 'crappy') day and it found me. Who knows, either way, here is what resonated, what inspired me to smile and leave an extra dollar in the tip jar at my favorite coffee spot.

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source: www.behappy.me

I was a little torn on this because I happen to believe that when a person says out loud that he or she is 'ready' it means they aren't. It's just a personal opinion based on my own history. I do believe that when the student is ready, the teacher will come. Or in other words, we don't control this one. We don't get to tell the world we're ready, it shows us when we are. Then it's up to us whether we rise to the occasion.

We can say we're ready until we're blue in the face (I say this because I have) but, being truly ready isn't shown in words, it's shown in actions. When you're ready, you don't even think about it, you certainly don't talk about it, you just go for it.

I'm definitely not discounting the whole 'thinking about it,' phase when it comes to change. I'm just saying, we (I) have a tendency to get stuck there instead of using it to our (my) advantage.

How to un-stick yourself? Keep it simple and just take a quick inventory of where you're at right now. I do this every time I work with a client. It's the first step, to see where they're at in life, their wardrobe, their closet, all of it. *Important note: keep as much emotion out of this step as humanly possible. The emotion is tied to the past usually, and this first step is all about getting clarity so you can move forward. Say it with me, "for-ward." Yes. Perfect.

Looking back helps my clients see where they've been and how they got to where they are now. Again, I'm not there to help them dwell in the past, or get stuck in the black hole that is their current closet. I'm not there because they told me they're ready and now they want to sit back and wait, let the universe (or whatever's out there that's bigger than us) do it's thing.

I'm there to hold their hand and inspire action with one goal in mind, to help them feel good about themselves and move towards where they want to be.

Every time I do this with a client (read: friend) it's an honor. I'm catching these amazing individuals at the crossroads of the above two points in time illustrated by today's quote. I'm a witness to them being at the corner of 'Lessons Learned,' and, 'Ok, let's do this.' The intersection between Dear Past and Dear Future...I'll keep going but I feel like I'm getting redundant now.

What I'm saying is, I get to be the one standing next to these amazing women in their closets at the very moment they're truly ready to take on their future. Actually, it's why I'm there. And this is why I can now say I love what I do.

Dear Past,

Thank you.

Dear Future,

Who's next?

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Product Review Time | Splendid's Slub Stripe Cowlneck Pullover

Splendid's Slub Stripe Cowlneck Pullover | My Product Review

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It's time for some product reviews. I've been in the fashion game for over ten years now (over half of those in e-commerce) the thought of which instills both fear and pride in me. Fear, mainly because all of those people were right, time does fly.

Pride because, well, I've managed to stay in a world that I happen to love and make a living at it for over a decade. Pat-on-the-back moment aside, there's always been something missing. I shop for myself, but more so for my clients' Lookbooks & Shopping Lists. I recommend product based on my own unbiased opinion and my background, that said, a LOT (and I mean a LOT) of these products are lacking in one thing. Outside of my endorsement (having previously bought from the site or designer), there are no real-deal product reviews out there on a global fashion level.

Sure, there are the tweens/early twenty-somethings pulling off shopping 'hauls' from Forever 21 and CVS, but I'm talking about the higher price points and the non-disposable product that will put you out for a bit more than ten dollars.

I am ob-sessed (note: this is not an exaggeration) with Amazon and their product reviews. We all love product reviews, and why wouldn't we? We get the inside scoop. But when it comes to fashion, I see that they're just not consistent. Sure, I can look on Free People or Ann Taylor and see a blurb here or there, but these customers usually fail to go further than one sentence having been turned off by fit (ps. you would be amazed at how many people don't review the sizing chart before buying on-line; I do it too, ugh).

Bottom line: I want more. And NOT from a hired third party (which several retailers do). I want to know if the product I'm spending money on is worth it, we all do. I want to know if the heel cap is going to fall off again after about a month (recurring theme in my life), or if after one wash the v-neck tee falls apart (the one I spent $66 on, not a $20 kick in the bucket). I want the Consumer Reports of fashion from someone who 'gets' fashion, but isn't so far down the rabbit hole that three hundred dollars on a pair of pumps is acceptable ninety-nine, point nine percent of the time.

Listen, I've seen the purchase orders, I know the average markups (cue the cough under my breath that sounds a little like "sixty percent-ish) on these items, and I know the 'bottom line' mentality that is needed to  increase sales volume from last year to this year. I also know that, part of the collateral damage in this situation is the quality of product. It's not all the time, and I'm certainly not coming from a 'damn-the-man' (or buyer in this case) mentality. In fact, it's the opposite. A little honest feedback is a win-win for both parties. The vendor/retailer needs to (and honestly, should already) know that what they sell is a great product, but things move at the speed of light. The QA (quality assurance associates) line in the warehouse is compiled of amazing people (trust me, it takes major patience and attention to detail; both of which are qualities I do not possess) whose eyes are trained to catch a print that's off or a price tag that's missing. But it stops there, that's the extent of their job. This leaves factors (um, major factors) such as fit, wearability, and fabrication out of the picture. They become a toss up in on-line shopping, the one spot where they are SO necessary.

Enter me, and this post. I'm going to try this out. I'm the one  buying these products (they are not sent to me or sponsored in any way at the moment; when that day comes I will only accept product if the vendor/retailer implicityly understands that I am giving a 100% honest review). More importantly, these are the picks that I recommend to my clients/members, as I never give them anything I wouldn't personally buy myself. It's time to put the money where my mouth is, or into my closet really, whatever, you get the point. I'm buying and then I'm giving you my opinion.

It's a concept that's perfectly in-line with who I am outside of this web world. I'm the honest friend people take with them into the dressing room because they know I won't tell them what they want to hear (I'm honest, not cruel; there's a distinction). I don't sugarcoat, it's not my thing. A sales associate is working on commission, I am not. The same goes here, my virtual fitting room. My promise to you is that you will get my honest feedback on every piece I buy, and I'm not talking about the latest Cover Girl lip gloss here people. I'm talking about pieces that are a level up in quality (and price) that touch on trends but also fall in-line with what I deem as 'essential' to any wardrobe. You're getting it straight up from the mouth of a woman who has been on the other end of this shopping spectrum (i.e. selling). So, without further adieu, the coffee is kicking in, I'm going to start with the first pick from Splendid:

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A couple of pieces of feedback on this guy. I actually bought this sweater for a trip to San Francisco last month. I'm based in Dallas at the moment (if you could even say based; I'm never here) where the winter weather is showing massive signs of global warming because it hasn't hit a high under sixty degrees in months. Gotta love it. That said, San Fran has a tendency to get a bit chillier, hence, the pullover. I wanted something that had volume to it, but stayed on the more sophisticated end of the spectrum, and not the shlubby (technical term in my own head, usually meaning: frumpy) side of things.

The cowl neck and striped, marled print pulled that off for me. I got it home, tried it on, and it fits really well. The hem is high/low, something I completely lost sight of when buying. It goes a little long (not a fan of covering up my bum; I happen to really like it; I know, a woman talking about liking a body part, soak it up for a sec) and I was wearing these with skinny jeans, so a heel was in order.

I tend to go towards the more structured, fitted look. I find when you are at a cup size above B, this is a good way to go or else items may appear larger than they really are. It's all about draping. That said, this sweater has two seams in the front that run vertically along the chest and curve out to the sides at the bottom. Love this, it gives you a subtle hourglass shape without any constriction or tightness. Pretty genius.

This pullover made it's cameo on the day that I literally walked across the city. San Francisco is only seven by seven miles, so it wasn't saying much, but I was walking for over four hours (in flat boots, not my best moment, but I made it work). The weather was gorgeous, sixty-five and sunny. The pullover has a pretty open weave so I felt that sixty-five degrees on my entire torso. The air cut right through the pullover and I wasn't wearing another layer, which I'd recommend if you don't want that 'drafty' feeling. After about 10 minutes of busting it across the city, I got warmed up and was really thankful for the breeze. I had a shoulder bag on the entire day and it did rub on the fabric which gave way a bit. It definitely shouldn't be doing that after the first wear, so take that into account. It's a poly/rayon blend so it gives, which is a plus. The downside being that the label reads, 'dry clean only.' I never follow that unless it's silk so I'll be hand washing in some potions from the Laundress (adore; must have; buy now) and watching to see if there's wear and tear. Since I will be hand-washing, hanging to dry is not an option. This will stretch, so I'll lay flat. Oh, and something else I saw on the label that stopped me in my tracks, this is made in the USA. It's rare, and I love to see it. Cheers to you Splendid.

These few details make this pullover a bit more high-maintenance, but so goes life. I would have still bought it knowing this. Speaking of buying it, I found it in several places on-line, but was in a pinch to get it home before I flew out, so I went with Amazon. I'm a Prime member, so it was a no-brainer. The price was just over eighty dollars, a bit more expensive than other sites (Bloomingdales.com, etc) but actually evened out because that number included shipping (two day; have I mentioned how much I love Prime?).

Here's the product shot I saw on-line as well. I love comparing that to what I get in my hands. Sometimes it can be SO enlightening. I've been at several editorial shoots, and it's hilarious to see how many clips a stylist can get on a dress to make it look like perfection on any model. These people are masters at making clothing look good, there's definitely some smoke and mirror action going on. We've all bought something from a catalog thinking it would look one way and when we open the box, our grandiose expectations are relatively shattered in a millisecond. It's fashion, they want you to buy it after all, but it shouldn't be deceptive. Not a fan of working too much 'magic' to make a product look better than it actually is. Whenever I saw this level of overworking, I would call the buyer so they could negotiate a return to vendor. Seriously, I have no tolerance for it and neither should they. Nine times out of ten, they were thankful to get the feedback.

Soapbox  moment aside, the pic on the site is pretty spot-on to what I received in the mail. Translation: happy customer.

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Overall, right now this pullover is holding up. I put it through the ringer in San Francisco so I'm happy with the quality. That said, it hasn't been through the ringer in Dallas and wherever else I go, plus I've yet to hand-wash, so there may be updates.

I should also note my body type since this pullover isn't something everyone can pull off. It's pretty close to being a universal fit since there's plenty of room and the fabric has stretch, but just because it fits doesn't mean it's the right silhouette for you. So I'll go back to an old favorite, body types. Cue the visual, love this:

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source: www.blog.julep.com

This Splendid pullover works for the following types: 1/Rectangle (the newspaper girlie) and 4/Hourglass (self-explanatory and also my exact body type). If you fall into the Apple or Pear (the fruitier shapes if  you will), then the cut on this pullover is not your friend. It will fall away at the hips, not good for our Pear girls, and the added volume, when filled out with a fuller bust, could make you look larger than you are, not good for our Apple people.

If you do fall into Hourglass or Rectangle, keep in mind that since this top floats a bit, it's a great opportunity to go with a more streamlined leg, be it a skinny jean or, my personal favorite, a straight leg jean that fits like a glove through the thigh and flares slightly at the hem (see the J. Brand Lovestory, a standby of mine and the most flattering jean on the planet). Heels are a must, unless you're walking the streets of San Francisco for hours, in which case, go with a flat riding boot, or for Spring, an open/flat sandal.

So right, back to shopping. I love getting these new deliveries. It's like Christmas (or Hannukah, whatever works, my family did both so I'm equal-opportunity) every time. Shopping is all fine and good. Getting something that works when buying on-line is bliss. But then it comes to how to wear it. Since you're most likely not buying an entire look, this involves shopping your closet.

This process is EXACTLY what I do for my clients (check out the slideshow below to get the 'deets'). They send over a pic of something they bought (or already have hanging in their closet, but have no clue how to wear) and I show them ways to pull it off. I offer this service for people across the country now, but it started in my own closet after too many mornings spent frustrated by the question, "what am I going to wear today?" It gets even more frustrating when your place of work just happens to be Neiman Marcus corporate headquarters. There's no room for slacking. Right, so it began with me, I get to help others now, but it will always be something I have up my sleeve and do for myself. Case in point, here are two looks I've pulled together and added to  my own Lookbook for future reference using the latest addition to my closet...

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source: 1. Splendid Top Norwegian Slub Stripe Cowlneck Pullover (www.amazon.com), 2. Hue Corduroy Legging (www.zappos.com), 3. Via Spiga Yara Pump (www.dsw.com), 4. 3.1 phillip lim 31 Hour Bag (www.shopbop.com), 5. Club monaco Crystal Thread Bracelet (www.shopbop.com), 6. Oliver Peoples Benedict 59 Sunglasses (www.barneys.com) 

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source: 1. McQ Alexander McQueen Military Green Wool Army Jacket (www.stylebop.com), 2. Splendid Top Norwegian Slub Stripe Cowlneck Pullover (www.amazon.com), 3. Mother Runaway Skinny Flare Jean (www.farfetch.com), 4. Ann Taylor Delaney Haircalf Stacked Platform Pumps (www.anntaylor.com), 5. One by Abaco Jamily Bag (www.shopbop.com), 6. Lady Grey Reflected Triangle Ring (www.elizabeth-charles.com) 

Like I said, this is what I offer to my clients. See the details here & feel free to contact me if you have questions or want to get on the waiting list!

 

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Hope you enjoyed the review. It's time to get more inspiration on all things that cover what to wear, how to wear it, and of course, where to shop.

Today's Shopping List Starts with a Caged Ring and Ends with a Quote from Milton Berle. Yup.

Five more fashion favorites, hand-picked and served up for your shopping inspiration on today's list. It's all about baby-stepping your way into a wardrobe you love (not to mention knowing how to wear what's in there). But for now, it's time to focus on what to wear. It all starts here:

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Great ring. It's so different from anything else I've seen out there. Almost like an optical illusion for your hand and I love it.

1 Odette New York Klaia Cage Ring

 

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Leah Lerner bags were a recent discovery. I happen to adore an oversized clutch and this large leather one with painted details was a perfect fit to momentarily satiate my obsession. It's simple but with a bit of a twist. You can't go wrong with that.

2 Leah Lerner Large Leather Clutch

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3 Sigerson Morrison Colorblock Ankle Booties

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This is a dress to own a room in. The architecture, let alone the color, had me the second I laid eyes on it. I bow down to you Mr. Berardi. Well done.

4 Antonio Berardi Sculpted Bolero Dress

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Finally, a feminine, edgy pair of teardrop hoops from a new favorite in Jewelry-Designer Land, Nadin Art Design. Simple, subtle, and chic.

5 Nadin Art Design Sterling Silver Teardrop Hoops

source: 1. Odette New York Klaia Cage Ring (www.needsupply.com), 2. Leah Lerner Large Leather Clutch  (www.etsy.com), 3. Sigerson Morrison Colorblock Ankle Booties (www.bloomingdales.com), 4. Antonio Berardi Sculpted Bolero Dress (www.farfetch.com),  5.Nadin Art Design Sterling Silver Teardrop Hoops (www.etsy.com

See more where that came from and check out the StyleShaker closet. The virtual space where all of our favorites go to live before they sell out (which for most of these guys is a very brief window). Shop away:

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And now a quick moment of inspiration should you need it:

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Ah yes, Milton Berle. He hit the nail on the head with this one. And then subsequently, another nail to get the rest of the 'door' on it's hinges.

I've definitely been guilty of waiting for something to happen, something or someone to make the decision for me or give me the permission I used to think I needed to move forward on my ideas. After all, growing up, I distinctly remember thinking less, acting more, and things just working out. I was perplexed at why this didn't hold true in my adult life for the first couple of years I spent outside of being a student.

But then there's that 20/20 hindsight thing. It looked easier back then, but was it really? I remember a good friend stopping me mid-conversation about a year ago when I was talking to her about my current situation. I was remarking on how 'lucky' I was to have the friends I have and options I have in my life on a professional level. I was saying how lucky I was to have this support system. She said, almost before I could finish my mush-moment, "No Brittany, you're not lucky, you need to give yourself a little credit. You have what you have because you've worked on it. Friendships take work, and creating options for yourself on a professional level takes work. Luck is not the term you're looking for here."

With those words, my 20/20 hindsight perspective shifted. Things 'just ended up working out,' because I made them work out. Not controlling the situation, that never works. Trust me, I've tried. But in my mind, I just always made the best of the situation. If I wanted something, I could hear that I clearly wanted it in the first place (there was less over-analyzing back then) and I would go for it. If the outcome wasn't what I expected, I pulled my, "ok, so now what?" card and moved along.

Milton Berle was on to something. In one line he moves us to think proactively, rather than reactively. It's a muscle that we all need to develop, some more than others. But it's there. We all have it, and we can all create our own luck, opportunities, lives, you name it. Maybe it could just be as simple as a change in perspective.

Did you hear that? That was the collective sound of the entire self-help industry scratching their heads...

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Color, Color, Everywhere. See Today's Top 5 Shopping List Picks...

The name of the game on today's shopping list is color & print. Sometimes one or the other, usually a combo-platter of both. It's all about the bold details this round so dive in and check get a quick dose of daily color therapy while you shop...

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How this bag was named a grocery tote I do not know, and really, at this point, I'm so taken with the print that I could care less. Love it.

1 Twelfth St. By Cynthia Vincent Leather Grocery Tote

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The fit on this tank dress takes feminine to an entirely new level. Hips will be accentuated here, so if you're not a fan of your hour glass, or don't need any help defining it, this may not be your moment. That said, it never hurts to take in the eye candy...

2 Gig Brasil Exclusive Fit And Flare Gold Lurex Tank Dress

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3 Valentino Clutch

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Hello! Wakey, wakey...Good morning! This is the shirt that will wake you, and all others within a ten foot radius, right up. The color supercharges any situation. Wearing this puppy in the morning Starbucks line is basically like wearing an extra shot of espresso. Don't get me started on how perfect this shirt is back to a tan courtesy of your resort vacay (or spray-on bronzer if you want to play it safe), because it is, and if I have to go into it, you'll end up reading a novel, not a post. On to the visual, it's the best part anyway:

4 3.1 Phillip Lim Silk Crepe De Chine Shirt

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5 Anthropologie Pastiche Geometry Ring

source: 1. Twelfth St. By Cynthia Vincent Leather Grocery Tote (www.shopbop.com), 2. Gig Brasil Exclusive Fit And Flare Tank Dress (www.intermixonline.com), 3. Valentino Clutch (www.footcandyshoes.com), 4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Silk Crepe De Chine Shirt (www.theoutnet.com), 5. Anthropologie Pastiche Geometry Ring (www.anthropologie.com)

There you have today's five shopping picks, but as you know, there's plenty more where that came from. So many favorites don't get their cameo on the hit list, but that doesn't mean we love them any less. As a matter of fact, they live on (as long as they don't sell out, which is rare) and find their home within the virtual walls of the StyleShaker Closet here:

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Time for a quick zen moment to lighten things up a bit:

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I love this quote. I could read it every day and never get sick of it.

Everyone wants love, that's a no brainer.

But what is love to you? Some of us get swept up in grandiose ideas attached to the word, and usually, those grand plans involve images about what will happen around us. The scene is set with perfect white dresses, rocks on fingers, almost getting to the security check-point at the airport when you hear your name, turn around, and see the 'one' running towards you, bursting at the seams before dropping the most unforgettable profession of love on you. The audience cheers, cue music, aaaaaand cut.

I'm thirty two (yes, I said it, I never understood the whole issue with putting one's age out there as a woman, seriously) and single. I've had loves of my life come and go. I'm happy to say that I'm thankful for them and what they have taught me.  About a year ago I started gearing up again for the big one, a big relationship, with big, sweeping romantic moments, honeymoon montages, emotional overtures, and other such rom-com-drenched scenery. I knew in my mind what I wanted, and wouldn't you know it, I got exactly that, served to me on a silver platter. I then promptly proceeded to turn the offer down.

I was starting at the wrong end of the equation. The 'scenes' weren't what I wanted, they were just the icing on the cake. The scenes were the cart that I put before the horse, the horse being finding myself in another. I write 'myself' before 'another' for a reason. The desire is two-fold and also mutually exclusive in my mind. I know more now than ever that it's the 'steady hand' and 'kind soul' (it's what I call a 'warmth' in another, it's one of the only ways I know how to verbalize it) I want and all of that starts within me.

I don't have a three step process to a happy and healthy romantic relationship, I don't think anyone does. I do however, know a very good starting point and that is to be open. I have heard that word so many times, so I want to clarify that I'm not regurgitating a self-help novel here. You know, "open your heart, open yourself to love, etc." That is all fine and good, but that leaves me with major questions, such as, "um, ok, how do you propose I do this?" In these articles I've found that the concepts are big, follow thru and tools for implementation that don't revolve around a twenty question worksheet, not so much.

When I, the furthest thing from an expert in these lovey-dovey waters, refer to being open, I'm just saying be open to this moment, be here, be now. If you're here with me right now, appreciating the air you breathe in, just for this second, you are not only in a loving state of mind, you kind of are love, personified. And there it is. You just found it. More always comes your way after that. It's simple, but if you have ever attempted a ten minute meditation on a rose, you know how challenging this can be. I'm not even breaking five minutes right now, but I'll get there.

I know, deep thoughts from a former-retailer. Take what you want, toss the rest out, or just keep shopping. But I will ask you to do one thing and that is, find something, one thing, to celebrate and appreciate about yourself, right now. Be your own 'steady hand,' and watch as other hands reach out to you. Baby-step to a mini-celebration, you don't even need a candle or cake. Balloons are completely optional.

So, what's one thing about yourself you can appreciate right now? Show some love.

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Split Screen | 1 J. Crew Bateau Neck Sweater, 2 Ways to Wear It

The split screen is a simple, style equation: 1 J.Crew Bateau neck sweater, 2 ways to wear it. Easy, peasy.

I had to hold myself back on this one, go figure, the editor is editing. I could easily work this classic sweater, with it's ridiculously (universally) flattering neckline and sophisticated silhouette, into countless looks. It's all about seeing the potential in one piece and making it work for you, or go the extra fashion mile if you will. You just need a little inspiration to warm things up and start to see four looks where you only saw one before all this.

For now, I'm keeping it short and sweet with two looks that range from wear-to-work, to something a bit more casual for day. Let's get started:

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Like I said, one sweater, two ways to wear it. First up, look number one, a simple daytime combo that keeps a clean foundation giving the pink-drenched 3.1 Phillip Lim satchel all of the focus, as if anything within a three foot radius could steal it's thunder. Pop of pink aside, the best part about this ensemble is that it can go from day to evening with a simple shoe swap. Throw the quilted leather flats into the satchel, slip on some heels, and you're ready for cocktails.

source: 1. J. Crew Collection Cashmere Bateau Sweater (www.jcrew.com), 2. J Brand Denim 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans (www.matchesfashion.com), 3. Vince Camuto Fawna Flat (www.shoptheshoebox.com), 4. Campbell Knuckle Floating Ring (www.shopbop.com), 4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel (www.barneys.com

 

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Super-chic & perfectly polished. Round two on ways to wear this sweater falls in fashion line with a classic work look. Ok fine, this is what I would call a work look having spent the last decade in the fashion industry. So sure, for some this may seem slightly warped, but believe me, if you're looking at this and thinking, "oh my god I love this, but there's no way I could pull that off, whoa, those heels are ridiculous," think again (oh, and trust me, you can find a lower pump out there, start here). There's no reason why you can't bend outside of your personal style comfort zone and have a little fun amidst the craziness of your day, actually I encourage it. After all, the Split Screen is all about playing with your clothes and getting inspired.

source: 1. J. Crew Collection Cashmere Bateau Sweater (www.jcrew.com), 2. Marc By Marc Jacobs Jackie Camel Mélange Wool/Cashmere Pencil Skirt (www.stylebop.com),  3. Charlotte Olympia Natalia Lace-Up Ankle Bootie (www.neimanmarcus.com), 4. Chloe Alice Springs Large Handbag In Husky White (www.forwardforward.com), 5. Kendra Scott Della Earring  (www.zappos.com)

One Split Screen down, and there's still plenty where that came from. See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop.

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.

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

Post-Turkey Detox Shopping List | Bring On the Accessories

Today it's all about accessories on the top picks pulled for the shopping list, which, mind you, was a smart move seeing as how there would be no way I could realistically write about apparel after last night's mass-consumption moment.

So, as we're all in a little bit of detox mode with Black Friday on our minds, I've decided to stick to a few gorgeous pieces, a little bit of calm in the middle of the shopping storm.

Did I fall in love on my last trip to Paris? No. Did I have a brilliant time with an unexpectedly close friend I happened to meet after several trips to California? Yes. Did we wake up to strong coffee and two croissants every morning and then proceed to walk it all off before wine at lunchtime? Yes and yes. I discovered the gold 'Paris Love Ring' from Mademoiselle Felee (the designer will soon launch a customized line of bracelets that can be personalized, bonus round)on Boticca, and instantly fell in love with it's simplicity, let alone the fact that it's made by hand. Who doesn't need a little reminder of what life is all about on their finger to look down at in the midst of the daily grind right? Love this, pun intended.

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J. Crew manages to churn out some of the most eye-catching and approachable (really decent price points) statement jewelry every season and this resin link necklace falls right in line with that. I'm a huge fan of maxing out the number of looks in your closet by combining basics (a solid core closet is key, trust me, it's also the biggest challenge I have when building a wardrobe to style-out for my clients, but it's well worth it) and switching up the jewelry/accessories involved. You can take a basic black crew-neck tee, throw on some skinny jeans, and turn it into a viable cocktail look with this necklace and the right shoes/clutch. It's so simple, and not seemingly so, it really is a no-brainer.

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When it comes to black boots, I have a tendency to go for two things: first, a slight platform, second, I have yet to move in the way of the stacked-heel trend so I keep it a bit more stiletto. The stacked-heel is a great alternative, and a more comfy giving a more even distribution of weight, but for now, my eye goes towards bit more streamlined, cue, the below high-heeled boot from Casadei. I'm also always going to advocate investing in a great pair of black boots, spending a bit more, and then holding on to them for as long as you can. The high-maintenance (not really high at all, just don't trash 'em) is well worth it.

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 source: 1. Paris Love Ring Gold (www.boticca.com), 2. Alexander Wang Nadia High Heel (www.farfetch.com),  3. J. Crew Shiny Resin Link Necklace (www.jcrew.com),  4. Alexander Wang Snakeskin Trigone Large Compact Wallet (www.shopbop.com),  5. Casadei High-Heeled Boots (www.yoox.com)

Five picks are never enough, and I totally understand that. So, keep the shopping momentum going strong and take a look at what didn't make this round on the hit list, BUT, the items, the hand-picked pieces that still found their way on to the shelves lining the virtual StyleShaker closet here:

What? What's that? Oh right, it's time to take this shopping-centric post and flip it on it's fashionable head with a quote that caught my eye:

I think this one applies to more than just finding love. I think it can actually be applied to several aspects of an individual's life. There are things that  you shouldn't have to question in your life after awhile. Sure, I'm a massive, huge fan of taking a step back to reevaluate what I'm actually doing, I do it every few months to see where I'm at and if my actions are in line with what I want, or more importantly, if what I want is clear to  me. Most people avoid this introspective moment like it's the plague, but I digress...

So I'm going to flip it: If you love him, you'll know. If you don't, you'll be confused. Apply that to anything...If you want the job, you'll know. If you don't you'll be confused. Or, if you think she's your friend, you'll know. If you don't, you'll be confused. The point I'm getting to here is, that most of the time, you already know, you just need to hear yourself out.

See more when it comes to shopping, finding what to wear, how to wear it, and where to buy it.

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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Shop more in the StyleShaker Closet:

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

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.

How to Wear Skinny Jeans? 7 Looks to Answer the Question

The Question: How to Wear Skinny Jeans? See 7 Ways to Wear the Trend

One of the top questions we get here is how to wear skinny jeans. Instead of serving up one or two takes on how to pull of this trend that can transition into fall, I've created seven looks so scroll through and get inspired!

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This look is all about how to wear skinny jeans, in this case cropped, distressed skinny jeans, into Fall. There's still some color involved, and then a peep toe bootie to give things more of a cold weather feel:

How to Wear Skinny Jeans...Round 3

 

J.Crew Tee (www.jcrew.com), Siwy Skinny Jean (www.piperlime.gap.com), Tylie Malibu Satchel (www.shopthetrendboutique.com), Paula Mendez Ankle Boot (www.yoox.com), Gorjana Bracelet (www.shopbop.com), Ettika Bead Wrap Bracelet (www.endless.com), Low Luv x Erin Wasson Ring (www.designsbystephene.com)

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Again, another take on how to wear the same Siwy skinnies with a Fall twist. You will always see me swooning over a Burberry trench. And the rest of this look is just simple and easy with a little edge:

How to Wear Skinny Jeans...Round 4

Burberry Trench (www.us.burberry.com),  Rebel Yell Tee (www.shopthetrendboutique.com), Siwy Skinny Jean (www.piperlime.gap.com), Cosmic Thread Earrings (www.shopgoldyn.com), Alexander Wang Satchel (www.shopbop.com), Wedge Bootie (www.macys.com)

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I love the preppy feel on this look. The chambray shirt is an essential to any closet for any season. The leopard print adds some personality along with the bold coral leather tote from Gap:

How to Wear Skinny Jeans...round 2

Madewell Chambray Shirt (www.madewell.com), Siwy Skinny Jean (www.piperlime.gap.com),  Coach Leopard Print Flat (www.coach.com), Gap Travel Tote (www.gap.com),  Chan Luu Wrap Bracelet (www.bloomingdales.com), Trina Turk Earrings  (www.piperlime.gap.com)

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One more take on how to wear skinny jeans involves a silk top I'm obsessed with. The volume on top balances out the streamlined denim. The fedora and other accessories pull it all together:

How to Wear Skinny Jeans...

Paul & Joe Top (www.net-a-porter.com), Siwy Skinny Jean (www.piperlime.gap.com), Giuseppe Zannotti Sandal (sold out), Love Mart Ring (www.endless.com), Marc by Marc Jacobs Boxer Satchel (www.shopbop.com),  Fedora (www.ardenb.com)

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Here's a weekend look for the skinny jean question. It's all about keeping it simple, stylish, and showing some personality in subtle red pops through the accessories:

Britt wk 1, Look 3

T by Alexander Wang Top (www.theoutnet.com), Siwy Cropped Skinny Ankle Jean (www.pinkmascara.com), Coach Leopard Print Flat (www.coach.com), Alexander Wang Bag (www.alexanderwang.com), RayBan Sunnies (www.zappos.com), House of Harlow Cocktail Ring (www.designsbystephene.com)

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I can always count on J.Crew for a basic top with some added oomph to it. Love this look from the stripes to the hobo to the chunky heel that brings it all into focus:

Britt Wk 1, Look 4

J. Crew Boatneck Tee (www.jcrew.com), Siwy Cropped Skinny Ankle Jean (www.pinkmascara.com), Deena & Ozzy Hobo (www.urbanoutfitters.com), All Saints Rosalina Heel (www.us.allsaints.com), RayBan Sunnies (www.zappos.com), Low Luv x Erin Wasson Ring (www.designsbystephene.com)

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Finally, I'm using this as an opportunity to share my latest favorite from Anthropologie. I love the feminine lace back to a laid back stripe and even more laid back cuffed jean:

Lace & Lines Look 1

 

J Brand Cropped Jeans (www.piperlime.gap.com), Anthropologie Lace & Lines Pullover (www.anthropologie.com), Alexander Wang Bag (www.alexanderwang.com), All Saints Rosalina Heel (www.us.allsaints.com), Low Luv x Erin Wasson Ring (www.designsbystephene.com), Chan Luu Wrap Bracelet (www.bloomingdales.com)

See more style questions answered here. What to wear? Check out the constantly updated virtual shopping lists. How to wear it? Well, let's just say, the list is endless.

How to Wear | A Red Blazer (from Zara in this case)

So you already know that the latest shopping pick to have made it into my closet is from Zara, and if you're staying up to date on the StyleShaker, you also know that when the 'what to wear' part of the fashion equation is defined, the 'how to wear,' piece is not far behind. Cue my latest 'how to wear' moment inspired by the red jacquard blazer from Zara that just found it's home in my home. We're in our honeymoon phase so it's prime time to pull some editorial inspiration and come up with ways to wear my latest love.

Like I said, the first part is done, the product is perfection. Now it's time to pull together the look around it because what good is the blazer to me if it just sits in the closet hanging around, or worse, get's paired with something uninspired or (gasp) match-matchy? That problem is easily avoided with a little research. Here's one editorial pic that I'm using as the main inspiration (click to find it on Pinterest) for this look:

For a quick refresher, here's the jacket (source: www.zara.com):

Now it's time to pull it all together with a shop-by-number moment that spells out one way to wear this pop-color blazer. See/shop the look & check out 3 more to keep you endlessly inspired when it comes to ways to wear this red number:

 

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1. Zara Jaquard Blazer (shop online: www.zara.com)  2. J. Crew Tissue long-sleeve tee (shop online: www.jcrew.com)  3. Rachel Zoe Hutton Tuxedo Pants (shop online: www.shopbop.com)  4. 3.1 Phillip Lim / 31 Hour Bag (shop online: www.lagarconne.com)  5. Pamela Love Zellij Pendant Necklace (shop online: www.shopbop.com)  6. Pamela Love Cross Ring in Silver (shop online: www.shopgoldyn.com)  7. OFFICIEL High-heeled sandals (shop online: www.yoox.com)  8. Stella McCartney Eyewear Aviator Sunglasses in Gunmetal/Grey (shop online: www.dianiboutique.com)

The inspiration pic shows a leather jacket, this I know, but inspiration can be taken from anywhere and I prefer to not go too literal with it. This is, after all, a look you want to make your own so I encourage you to take my montage and tweak it to whatever look you love. The only non-negotiable is that, with the look you put together, you must walk out of the house feeling good about yourself. This I will not waver on.

Moving along, I love the layering going on. The blazer is given front stage in the color department while all other pieces stay neutral. The long sleeve tee is a basic and J.Crew is always one of the best spots for that. You could do anything with the bottom half of the ensemble. I went with Rachel Zoe's Hutton flare pant because I adore the shape and it's ridiculously flattering on any body type. Go with a black cropped skinny, zipper legging, wide leg cream pant, or vintage washed skinny denim. There's plenty of room for options because of the heavy neutrals in the look.

Speaking of, the 3.1 Phillip Lim bag is a drool-worthy pick. The bag is where you want to invest, and in this case, it's not uber-trendy so you'll be getting some very good use out of it. From there, it's on to some Pamela Love jewelry. The overall look is tame allowing the blazer to pop, so it's a free for all with jewelry. I love the idea of a big, chunky, almost tribal necklace. The details are beyond. And then, with all of this refined fashion going on, throw in a killer cross ring that is the exact opposite of timid and lady-like.

The Officiel sandals have some woven elements going on that, if you did decide to go with cropped pants, the whole world would be able to see. These have also made their way onto my shopping list. There's nothing like them out there at that price point. In, love. Beyond. And finally, I didn't have to go there but it's all about polishing it off, and an aviator is one of my favorite ways to do that. Don't forget about the power of a sunglass (think: Top Gun, or really any eighties movie).

And there you have it, done and done. I adore this look and will be adding it to my inspiration list of course, but there's always more than one way to wear anything. I purchase based on that theory, so, with that in mind, I've pulled a couple more looks below to inspire other amazing ways to wear a red blazer (all can be found on my Pinterest board):

 See more edited shopping picks that I'm swooning over and how to wear them here.

 

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