Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Pear Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear this Weekend

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sources: 1 French Connection Lorelai Lace Top (www.usa.frenchconnection.com), 2 VELVET Ruby Army Jacket (www.shopbop.com), 3 J Brand 835 cropped mid-rise skinny jeans (www.net-a-porter.com), 4 ASOS Tumbled Leather Shopper With Panel detail (www.forever21.com), 5 FOREVER 21 Standout D'Orsay Flats (www.us.asos.com), 6 Ray-Ban Polarized Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.net-a-porter.com), 7 Monica Vinader Baja set of two rose gold-plated rings (www.shopbop.com) 

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The lace detail on the top is on-point for Pear Body Types. You can bring the drama on the top half of the fashion equation every time as it balances out your proportions with your bottom half. The layer of the army jacket on top of the feminine lace is a mix of masculine/femme, but when it comes to working with your body types, this look shows you how you can layer up and stick with the idea of adding to your top half to balance out the bottom half. Keep in mind, it's not about adding bulk or extra volume, and definitely make sure tops don't fall past your hips.

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The super-saturated, dark wash skinny jean is one solid color and dark enough that it will streamline while keeping things casual. If you want to elongate further with the skinny jean, you can add a pump or heeled boot.

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The rest of the look is all about keeping accessories simple. You already have plenty going on with the top and the jacket, so keep the rest toned down. The d'orsay flat is a classic black, but with some subtle hardware on the straps. It's an easy way to add some interest to a basic black flat. The sunnies are a classic Ray Ban wayfarer, but you could always swap things out with an aviator silhouette. The ring and the tote bring the look into focus without distracting from anything.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Pear Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear to Go Out at Night to Dinner

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sources: 1 Ralph Lauren Black Label Fluted Sleeve Top (www.farfetch.com), 2 Theory Nenna Pant (www.farfetch.com), 3 Clare Vivier Foldover in Green Apple(www.stefanibags.com), 4 Steve Madden Reeldeal Wedge Sandals (www.macys.com), 5 Oasis Elastic Metal Petal Waist Belt (www.asos.com), 6 ACNE Wilde Black sunglasses (www.acnestudios.com), 7 BCBGMAXAZRIA Modern Cuff (www.bcbg.com) 

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The top is clean, classic, and has a little bit of flare at the sleeve which you can use to balance out proportions on top. Perfect for Pear Body Types.

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The pants, everyone needs a classic black trouser. Pears, this counts for you, times ten. Tailor it to fit through your hip and thigh without pulling (size up and then have it taken in if need be). The slight flare at the hem will balance out your hips.

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The belt cinches in right at your narrowest part, your natural waist. A cuff is great, but you could also do a statement earring to draw attention upward, a little trick for Pear Body Types out there. Keep the clutch for some color, or swap it out with a tote to wear to work. The sandal gives height, match it up with the hem of the pant so it doesn't fall too low or too high. A flattering hem length hits right in the middle of the top of the arch of your foot. You could also substitute a pump, and use the shoe as your pop of color while you keep the bag neutral.

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Style Tutorial #3 | 1 Joie Top, 8 Ways to Wear It

Time for another StyleShaker Style Tutorial. Put down the blue books and No. 2 pencils people. This is all about soaking up some inspiration. No pop quizzes. Promise.

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The Joie Berkeley silk top was a recent find that I had to play with and serve up, Mix Master style (i.e. think of Cher's closet from the movie Clueless and you'll understand a bit more of what I mean when I throw down terms like 'mix' and 'master' all in the same sentence this early on a Monday morning). The bottom line on this top? It's just too versatile not to create looks with. Let alone the fact that it's a universally flattering silhouette.

First things first, here a quick intro, from me, to you, on what today's post is all about:

Like I said, one top (from Joie) and eight, count 'em, eight ways to wear it. Here's the Lookbook Video:

Here's the look line up:

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Joie Berkeley Top, SHOP MORE TOPS HERE. saksfifthavenue.com

Rag & Bone Moto Sliver Blazer IV, SHOP MORE BLAZERS HERE. rag-bone.com

Reiss Nix Knitted Side Panel Skirt, SHOP MORE SKIRTS HERE. reiss.com

J.Crew Midrise Toothpick Jean Distressed Indigo, SHOP MORE JEANS HERE. jcrew.com

MiH Jeans Marrakesh Mid-Rise Flared Jeans, SHOP MORE JEANS HERE.

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Printed Jean, SHOP MORE JEANS HERE. farfetch.com

ALDO Kantimati Sandal, SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. aldoshoes.com

B Brian Atwood Cutout Suede Sandal, SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. bergdorfgoodman.com

GUESS Heshia Sandal, SHOP  MORE SHOES HERE. zappos.com

Gianvito Rossi Sandal, SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. thecorner.com

Diane Von Furstenberg ColorBlock Satchel, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. forzieri.com

Madewell The Essex Messenger, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. madewell.com

Givenchy Tricolor Medium Nightingale Satchel, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. kirnazabete.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors Sloan Shoulder Bag, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. cusp.com

Hive & Honey Seven Row Bracelet, SHOP MORE BRACELETS HERE. piperlime.gap.com

Monsoon Dante Ring, SHOP MORE RINGS HERE. monsoon.co.uk

Kenneth Jay Lane Five Piece Gold Statement Necklace, SHOP MORE NECKLACES HERE. bloomingdales.com

Amrita Singh Gold Leaf Earring, SHOP MORE EARRINGS HERE. amritasingh.com

BCBGMAXAZRIA Multi-Chain Ring, SHOP MORE RINGS HERE. bcbg.com

Gorjana Bloom Hexagon Stud Earring, SHOP MORE EARRINGS HERE. piperlime.gap.com

J.Crew Ray-Ban® Original Aviator Sunglasses, SHOP MORE SUNGLASSES HERE. jcrew.com

Alice + Olivia Luann Leather Wide Waistband Flare Skirt, SHOP MORE SKIRTS HERE. aliceandolivia.com

Rag & Bone The Skinny Jean, SHOP MORE JEANS HERE.

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Victoria Beckham Denim Powerskinny Jean, SHOP MORE JEANS HERE. seasonsclothing.co.uk

Mango Slits Sheer Maxi Skirt, SHOP MORE SKIRTS HERE. houseoffraser.co.uk

Tory Burch Amalie Sandal, SHOP MORE SANDALS HERE. toryburch.com

Tory Burch Metallic Ginny Sandal, SHOP MORE SANDALS HERE. toryburch.com

GUESS Heshialy Sandal, SHOP MORE SANDALS HERE. guess.com

Zara Leather Sandal, SHOP MORE SANDALS HERE. zara.com

Michael Kors Gia Studded Metallic Leather Clutch Bag, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. neimanmarcus.com

Coach Legacy Leather Rory Satchel, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. coach.com

Marie Turnor Accessories The Lunch Clutch, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. shopbop.com

J.Crew Farmer's Market Tote, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE. jcrew.com

EABurns Iris Necklace in Neon Yellow, SHOP MORE NECKLACES HERE. boticca.com

Belle Noel By Kim Kardashian Empyrean Necklace, SHOP MORE NECKLACES HERE. pinkmascara.com

Gorjana London Hoop Earrings, SHOP MORE EARRINGS HERE. asos.com

J.Crew Double-tassel Necklace, SHOP MORE NECKLACES HERE. jcrew.com

Topshop Stackable Rings (Set of 5), SHOP MORE RINGS HERE. nordstrom.com

River Island Chunky Curb Chain Bracelet, SHOP MORE BRACELETS HERE. riverisland.com
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PEARS: You're all about Looks- 2,4,5, and 8. The trick here is to balance out your silhouette with what you're wearing on top, AND, keep a heel in the equation to elongate. So, if you're going the skinny jean route, the Joie top is a perfect piece to pull off the look. Leave it loose and untucked. And again, keep a higher heel to keep extending the eye-line vertically.
RECTANGLES: All skate. You can pick and choose your favorite look, 1-8, and try it on.
HOURGLASSES: Look 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are your friend. Look one is too much fabric for an hourglass silhouette. You can pull it off, but it's not the best look to accentuate your classic shape. Look 3 is going to flare a bit at the waist so if you're watching your hip action, go for the pencil skirt look as an alternate.
APPLES: Finally, my Apple ladies. Looks 3, 5, and 7 are going to be the looks you should gravitate towards. They are the perfect mix of clothing and accessories that will help balance out your inverted triangle proportions seamlessly.

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

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What I'm Wearing | Wine Chat at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, Cheers to the Pencil Skirt

What I'm wearing to a wine chat you ask? Better yet, what is a wine chat? Well, a good friend of mine let me in on this weekly event that happens at one of my all time favorite Dallas institutions, the Mansion on Turtle Creek. The wine chat involves a good crowd of people who are there to try out whatever the sommelier feels like serving up at the time. A selection of Oregon Pinots? Sure. Italian reds? Um, yes, thank you. You're at the mercy of one of the best sommelier's out there, it's not a bad place to be at all. Actually, it's my new favorite place to be whenever I'm in town.

Since one can't hit up the Mansion on Turtle Creek looking like a slouch, it's just one more excuse to dress up a bit. Some would look at this scenario and cringe at the thought of having to put a look together. Trust me, I get it. The name of the hotel, the Mansion, let alone the interior once you step foot inside can be completely intimidating.

I worked at Neiman Marcus for a decade so I know what intimidating can look like from the outside. Thanks to NM, I also know what lies underneath the surface, and it's usually some pretty interesting stuff. If you're busy overestimating others and underestimating yourself at the expense of what you assume and imagine their grande lives to be like, you're missing out. Trust me.

We're all human, and sure, egos can flare now and then, but at the end of the day, I don't let the intimidation factor ever stop me. Instead I welcome a little discomfort because I know that those moments when you think you won't fit in, when you think you're totally out of place, are the ones that force you to be yourself (says the girl who moved so much she experienced the joys of being the 'new kid' more than a few times).

Some chose to go in the opposite direction, mind you I don't recommend this path of putting on the facade because most of us can smell a fake a mile away. But, when you get authentic and when you open up to what the best, and not worst case scenario can be, you'd be amazed at the experiences you can have, let alone the people you get to meet.

So, my focus for the 'wine chat' look is going to be the pencil skirt. I'm a big denim girl, but every now and then, I do love dressing up and getting in touch with my more feminine side, wine always helps with that.

I shopped my closet first, it's a step I always recommend my clients take as well, and found my favorite color block pencil skirt from BCBG. This puppy is super-snug, body con, but actually incredibly comfortable. I wouldn't have kept it otherwise. After that, I went through and hand-picked pieces out there that complete the look (all of which I can also find similar copies of in my closet, or if not, I can certainly go for a quick shop before tonight). Here's the look:

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source: 1. Soia & Kyo Double Collar Walking Coat (www.nordstrom.com), 2. Splendid Draped Jersey Top (www.net-a-porter.com), 3. Marc Jacobs Baroque Single Large Quilted Shoulder Bag (www.net-a-porter.com), 4. Aldo Soun Boot (www.aldoshoes.com), 5. KORS Michael Kors Aberly Leather Pump (www.michaelkors.com), 6. House Of Harlow 1960 Navy Triangle Hoop Earrings (www.boutiquetoyou.com), 7. Carrera 38/S Aviator Sunglasses (www.amazon.com)

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At the beginning of the week, I reference my 'Happy Place,' my library of looks to use as inspiration, and start to narrow things down based on the upcoming week's agenda. Below are the picks I threw together for the Wine Chat night at the Mansion (god, that just sounds so Gatsby no?).

I went with look number twelve at the end of it all, opting for a pencil skirt. Again, these looks are used as inspiration, just to get some ideas. You'll notice I left out the super-saturated color. I was feeling a clean, slick, black ensemble moment for the evening so I went in that direction. The pencil skirt is really what stuck from the runway look to the real world. It only takes one picture to inspire countless looks, hence loving my Looks Library. It's my fashion gold mine.

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source: look 9 (www.style.com), look 10 (www.style.com), look 11 (www.style.com), look 12 (www.style.com)

Like I said, the Mansion on Turtle Creek is an institution in Dallas. See why in a couple of images below. The hotel that's a work of art.

First, the entrance. The solo term romantic doesn't seem to do it justice, but it's what's coming to mind right now...

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Next, the Library where the wine will be served and sipped down, all in the name of appreciating the good things in life and who knows, making a few new acquaintances (did I mention the wine chat is actually affordable? cause it is..see, don't make assumptions until you know the details; speaking of, click the link below to find out more).

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source: www.rosewoodhotels.com

So there you have it. I took a pick from my closet, and built an entire look out of it that I can replicate on my very own. All the energy I would have spent stressing about what to wear can now go into enjoying every sip and catching up with some friends while making new ones...This is why I do what I do.

It's not for me, but it started with me. After all, why sell a service that I don't use myself? I love to share so naturally, I started creating these Virtual Lookbooks for close friends and family. From there, the list has grown. It continues to grow, so be sure you sign up sooner or later to try out your very own virtual Lookbook that will show you how to wear what's hanging in your closet in ways you may have never thought of yet...Get started, I know, it's a little ridiculous and I may have to raise it, but for now, as of January 2012, you're getting a great deal.

But don't listen to me, see what others have said. Oh and while you're at it, see why  you would want fashion advice from little ole me in the first place. All very good inquiries that I would have myself before signing up.

In the mean time, get more inspiration on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop for it (all so you can start dreaming up what adventures you'll have in your new looks) right here.

Top 10 | My On-line Shopping List 6.22.12

 Happy Friday to all of you. Welcome to today's round of Top 10 shopping picks that answer that pesky, yet lovable, what-to-wear question oh so well. And like all other Top 10 moments on the site, this one has that lucky number 11, the zen moment, that this time around features a quote by Arthur Ashe. Yep, I worked him into the fashion line up, unexpected but true.

We all have dreams and hopes, shopping has plenty to do with that. But the older I get (and I do so very gracefully thank you, or I attempt to) I hear more and more stories about what could have happened as opposed to what did. Dreams tend to get left on the cutting room floor for one reason or another. For myself, it's always been about knowing where to begin when it comes to executing 'impossible' dreams (that ps, later come to be known as very possible). A good list can give you a clear place to begin, like this Top 10, it's as easy as #1. Life however, could be a bit more complicated hence the addition of the last pick from Mr. Ashe. Hopefully he can simplify and shed some inspirational light on figuring out your own starting point.

It's just how we roll: impeccably curated shopping lists and answering life's tough questions. Scroll away:

1. little sandal, big name (shop more shoe favorites)

2. a mini Pashli by Lim (shop more handbag favorites)

 

3. white out (shop more of my favorites in tops)

4. waterfalls you should go chasing after  (shop more earring and jewelry favorites)

5. what?@! I don't even know, but I kinda love (shop more shoe favorites)

6. comfort is a must, as are stripes evidently (shop more of my favorites in dresses)

7. flora & fauna (shop more blouse favorites here)

8. well, hello there (shop more dress favorites)

9. braids, check (shop more satchel favorites)

10.  lime love (shop more jean favorites)

11. Zen Moment

1. Alexander Wang Nadia Sandal (shop online: www.alexanderwang.com)  2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Satchel (shop online: www.lagarconne.com)  3. Diane von Furstenberg Mackeda Checkered Lace and Jersey Tank (shop online: www.net-a-porter.com)  4. Kenneth Jay Lane Waterfall Earrings (shop online: www.zappos.com)  5. Charlotte Olympia Matryoshka Suede Sandal (shop online: www.neimanmarcus.com)  6. Madison Marcus Versed Striped Dress (shop online: www.shopbop.com)  7. Tolani Jordan Floral Top (shop online: www.revolveclothing.com)  8. keepsake One Way Window Dress (shop online: www.shopplanetblue.com)  9. Urban Expressions Braid Satchel (shop online: www.urbanoutfitters.com)  10. Alice + Olivia 5 Pocket Skinny Jean (shop online: www.revolveclothing.com)  11. Zen Moment

See more Top 10 moments that line up shopping hit lists filled with what-to-wear answers, and then go check out how to wear them. It's all right here.