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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Look-spiration | Cozy Sweater Styling Indecision Means Bonus Looks for You

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Look-spiration | Cozy Sweater Styling Indecision Means Bonus Looks for You

This is not a one-and-done kind of fashion situation people. Nope. It's all over the place. Ok I'm exaggerating, it's a double-take because this girl couldn't make up her mind when it came to cozy sweater options. What else is new?

Here's what's up: Inspiration hit via an image from the latest Lucky Magazine, (read: a random shot of Blake Lively nestled in the lower lefthand corner of this month's glossy caught my eye) & it called for a re-creation moment.

Cue: My Insta-inspiration (click to follow The StyleShaker on Instagram)

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That said, I couldn't make up my mind between the J. Crew v-neck and the more voluminous Jonathan Saunders option. Both fit the fashion bill, bringing volume to the top half of the equation in relatively soft neutral tones, and yet, the overall look is different. J.Crew keeps it classic, it's what they do, it's why we love them. Saunders on the other hand, adds volume and shape with a keen attention to detail that usually comes with a higher-end label, let alone price point. Both are gorge, and both needed to have their cameo:

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sources: 1 | J. Crew Cashmere Sweater (www.net-a-porter.com), 2| J BRAND 'Maria high rise' skinny jean (www.farfetch.com), 3 | Jerome Dreyfuss Ponyhair Carlos Tote (www.barneys.com), 4 | Manolo Blahnik Pointed Toe Suede Pump  (www.hirshleifers.com), 5 | House of Harlow 1960 Metallic Flatpick Necklace (www.shopbop.com), 6 | Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

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sources: 1 | Jonathan Saunders Poppy angora-blend sweater (www.net-a-porter.com),  2| J BRAND 'Maria high rise' skinny jean (www.farfetch.com), 3 | Jerome Dreyfuss Ponyhair Carlos Tote (www.barneys.com), 4 | Manolo Blahnik Pointed Toe Suede Pump  (www.hirshleifers.com), 5 | House of Harlow 1960 Metallic Flatpick Necklace (www.shopbop.com), 6 | Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

Fashion inspiration, or what I lovingly call, 'look-spiration,' is all fine and good. Actually it's more than fine and good. Inspiration is kind of a big deal. We all need it from time to time, to stay fresh, keep us on our toes, and above all, push us to think (or even better, take action) outside of our comfort zones. Inspiration comes in so many forms, you don't have to look to hard, you just have to keep your eyes open.

Today, inspiration comes to you courtesy of two style-by-number looks. But what to wear is only half of the story. A great half, but it's just 50%. The other half, the reason I've been able to reach triple digits on my roster of amazing personal (and virtual) styling clients, is because knowing what to wear won't get you anywhere unless you get the 'how to wear it for your body type' part of the equation.

You can certainly have one (what to wear) without the other (how to wear it for your body type) IF you're into having a full closet and nothing to wear, or even worse, wearing the same 10% of what's hanging in your closet on heavy rotation. Go for it, but I don't recommend that route.

Try this instead: First things first, we need to define your body type (pear, apple, hourglass, or rectangle; sign up for emails to get priority access to not only the Weekend Warrior Shopping Lists but also I'm compiling the sickest, simplest, most on-point fashion guide to help you figure out what your 'type' is). Got it? Ok good. Now that we know what we're working with, the next question is, will this look work for you?

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Rectangles, you've officially found your happy place. The length of the sweater on this one makes it a tough call for Hourglass and Pear shapes. But Rectangles, you have the ability to pull of the additional volume on top as long as you keep the streamlined leg and a heel. I would say lean more towards the pink Jonathan Saunders option, but both work well for your shape.

Now, on to the Apple ladies out there. The v-neck action and emphasis on the hem of both sweaters works well for you, pulling the eye-line down and balancing out proportions. The only major change for the Apples out there would be to swap out the skinny leg for a boot cut option. It will keep proportions in-line. For my petite Apples, go with the J.Crew option, less bulk will be key, and be sure that the hem doesn't fall too far below your hips (too far will stunt you a bit, never fun).

Hourglasses, you could do this but the volume on top will just add to any bust-line your working with, and not in a flattering way. Keep to a more structured look to stay on-point when it comes to your silhouette. What am I talking about when I say 'structured'? Seamed details, a more body-conscious fit, something that will hug you, but not too tight.

And finally, Pears, the length of the sweaters will be a make or break for you here. Since both of these sweaters will hang closer to your natural hipline (drawing the eye right where you don't want it to go), you should look in the other direction. A slimed down sweater that hits at the waist would work, just be sure to keep the skinny leg dark and always, I mean always, wear some sort of a heel in this scenario. Extend the vertical eye-line and all is right with the world.

See more when it comes to what to wear, how to wear it, and to get dibs on the Lookbook launch that is on the horizon.

Weekend Warrior Shopping List | Top 10, vol. 1

It's Weekend Warrior time, and I'm not talking landscaping people. That's right, I said it. Feel free to forego your trip to Home Depot, or Costco (don't worry, the snack stations aren't going to help you fit into that two piece anyway) and saddle up to some shopping time. Skip the crowds, grab a latte (or mimosa, what have you), and get started right, about, here. Welcome to your shopping list.

It's time to check out 10 of our top picks that deserve a cameo and a little Saturday lovin' on The StyleShaker, from a ruffle-dress that screams all things summer, to the perfect travel tote should you be planning any excursions, the gang's all here and they're primed to be picked up.

Slide through to get some close-up action and then keep scrolling to shop each pick:

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Ten picks are lined up just to get the appetite started. Don't think it comes even close to ending there. Keep the shopping momentum going strong and check out more of the latest and greatest picks, from shoes to sunnies, all right here lining the virtual shelves of The StyleShaker Closet: closetfeature

For more on what to wear, how to wear it, and oh so much more, you can always head back here for some inspiration.

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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.

Welcome to your Shopping Starting Point:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AllSaints Chase Leather Biker Jacket | SHOP MORE JACKETS HERE.

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

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

GUESS Sandals | SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. macys.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to your Shopping Starting Point:

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

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

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

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

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

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Style Tutorial #1 | How to Wear Tank Tops. 1 Rebecca Taylor Tank, 5 Ways to Wear It

Style Tutorial #1 comes into focus and shows you how to wear tank tops. In this case, it's all about a printed, floaty tank top (courtesy of Rebecca Taylor) just in time for rising temps. One tank, five ways to wear it, and that's just me warming up...
I decided to bring in a little Style 101 to the StyleShaker via some inspired videos that are short, sweet, to the point, and remarkably reminiscent of Cher's closet computer from the movie 'Clueless.' Seen it? Know the one I'm talking about? Have you been dying to figure out how to do that for yourself since the late nineties like I have?
Ok fine, maybe I'm alone in my obsession, but it was worth every minute of analysis when it came to figuring out how to replicate it.
Here's my version, an approach on how to (and a couple of how-not-to moments) wear one pick, in this case, a Rebecca Taylor tank that's at the top of the summer shopping list. Click play and see pieces slide in and out of the picture so you can literally watch how many looks can come from this one, incredibly versatile tank.
It's about optimizing your closet, a concept that is the foundation of my approach with every one of my clients (get the details on what I do here) I have that comes to me asking for some inspiration on new ways to wear what they have hanging in their closet. This is also about bringing it back down to earth. These looks are polished and fashion-forward, but above all, they are wearable and approachable for real women out there. That's the goal, SO, enough of me going on and on, check out the video and keep scrolling because there's plenty more to go thru here, read: see how each works for your body type.

Here's the big picture when it comes to how to wear tank tops, a summer essential. One tank, five ways to wear it, and go:

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Rebecca Taylor Top rebeccataylor.com

Sara Berman Leather Skirt theoutnet.com

Alexander McQueen Pants matchesfashion.com

DVb Victoria Beckham Jeans theoutnet.com

Joe's Jeans Rolled Jeans farfetch.com

J.Crew Chino Shorts 3" jcrew.com

Sol Asana Ankle Strap Sandal needsupply.com

Bottega Veneta Ankle Strap Sandal barneys.com

KORS Michael Kors Sandal neimanmarcus.com

CO OP Barneys New York Ankle Strap Sandal barneys.com

Sam Edelman Sandal shopbop.com

Kelly Katie Straw Tote dsw.com

BCBGMAXAZRIA Sienna Lasercut Tote bcbg.com

Givenchy Antigona Envelope Clutch forwardforward.com

Collection Privée Shoulder Bag yoox.com

Saint Laurent Beige Suede Betty Bag ssense.com
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look 1: This look works well for every body type, there are just a few tweaks to make in each when it comes to accessories. For the Pears out there, this is a GREAT look. Keep the heel height up there and avoid any shoes that cut you off at the ankles (i.e. thick strap gladiator sandals, etc). Rectangles, you're good to go. Hourglasses, if you're fuller on top, a great way to streamline would be to incorporate a streamlined blazer (black, maybe a few sequins for evening to pop the look, or just keep it clean) as a layer over the tank to reel it in and not throw proportions out of whack. Same with our Apple ladies out there.
look 2: This is a universally flattering look. The proportion of the floaty tank back to a clean, polished trouser with a slight flare at the hem is a killer combo. Apples & Pears: Here's a good time to layer on a cardigan if you want to add some coverage or elongate a bit, just make sure it falls to the hip, is tight around the arm, and drapes across the bust easily (nothing too stiff).
look 3: This look you will either love or not be able to look at due to the shorts factor. If you're an Hourglass or Apple, be careful with this one. You don't want to accentuate too much volume on top so you could always substitute something a bit more curve-hugging on top, or even just a chambray button-front shirt to add a bit more structure to the look. Hourglass, Pear, and Rectangle, you're all good to go here. If you're completely shorts-averse, throw in a pair of white skinny jeans and head on your way!
look 4: This is almost universally flattering. Almost. Apples and possibly larger busted Hourglass ladies, bring in another layer, blazer, cardi, something fitted to cinch things in a bit and add structure, OR substitute a tank that is still flowy but with an empire waist or cinching incorporated into it to keep the proportions looking how you want them to. The rest of the silhouettes can have at it. Flats are ok, but not ideal with the higher volume on top and skinny leg.
look 5: Finally, the same goes for this look although, the straight-leg, or really, slightly flared jean, makes things so easy for every shape. This is going to add shape to the Rectangles out there, keep things proportioned for the Pears and Hourglasses, and actually do the same for the Apples.

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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sunny dayz. (source: www.iloverunways.tumblr.com)

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black and white. (source: www.iloverunways.tumblr.com)

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Mulligan goes Gatsby. (source: www.vogue.com)

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What to Wear, How to Wear It: Equipment's Bright Yellow Silk Blouse

Meet 'Adrianna,' the super-saturated yellow silk blouse from Equipment. Check it out before you see how to wear it...

1 Adriana Shirt in Blazing Yellow

Right, and here we go with how to wear the yellow silk blouse in question. Keep it simple and don't get scared off by the concept of working a pop color into your everyday wardrobe:

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source: 1. Equipment Adriana Silk Blouse (www.piperlime.gap.com), 2. Citizens of humanity Racer Skinny Jeans (www.shopbop.com), 3. Foley + Corinna Mid City Tote (www.stefanibags.com), 4. BCBG Paris Jaze d'Orsay Pump (www.dsw.com), 5. House of Harlow 1960 Zig Zag Tribal Collar Necklace (www.zappos.com)

The picks used to pull together the look around this lemony-yellow silk blouse are all lined up to shop on this post as well as in the StyleShaker Closet. You'll also find the rest of our fashion favorites, hand-picked and pulled every week to line the virtual walls. Check it out and keep the shopping spree going strong here:

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These looks are your style inspiration. Sometimes inspiration only gets you so far. That's when the Weekly Lookbooks come in handy. It's that added 'oomph' of styling direction using picks from your own closet. No more, 'what am I going to wear?' See how it works.

Check out more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop right here.

3 Ways to Wear Dresses for Winter | Layer Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Rachel Zoe Daphne Fitted Leather Jacket

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

2 Alaïa Leopard Calf Hair-Paneled Suede Ankle Boots

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

3 Dolce Vita Three-Quarter Sleeve Leopard Print Peplum Top

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

4 Mango Fringed Tote Bag

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

5 Alexander Wang Asymmetric Draped Dress

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

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

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

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

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

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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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The Shopping List | From a Burberry Bag to Go Ga-Ga to a New Name in Jewelry OOAKjewelz (you will love), It's All Here

I basically couldn't contain myself with this round of the top 10 picks that made today's shopping list. I already sent a couple of sneak peeks out to some loyal fashion friends because I couldn't keep it to myself. I share what I love and nothing really manages to get in the way, even my posting schedule...

Sneaky shopping shares aside, here's the final shopping list, lined up for your viewing (and shopping) pleasure. It all starts with a new find in the land of handbags from Costella, runs through a few other hand-picked favorites from Linda Farrow to Topshop, and Alexander Wang to Burberry (I admit, I got a little designer heavy, but maintained a bit of balance with the addition of some amazing new names added into the mix, thank you very much). Let's begin at number 1, naturally...

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Bags are a toughie for me. I spent a couple of years working (slaving would be the more melodramatic term) away in the designer handbags office at Neiman Marcus, so I know quality, but my sense of what's acceptable on price point is completely warped. The bottom line for me is, a bag, a great bag (and you shouldn't be buying any other kind) is most definitely worth the investment. Am I throwing down $1500 for some of the labels out there? Not at the moment, that's what sample sales and designer dashes are for. But will I spend up to $500 for the right bag ('right' equates to original design, i.e. no label screaming for me, doesn't mean a thing if the bag looks like nothing special, AND, quality that will have me wearing it for years)? Yes. That said, it's always nice to find something for less...

Speaking of, check out a bag from a newer name (to me) with a great look. The details are not overdone, but they give the bag some personality taking it from an 'everyday basic,' and adding a little oomph which I'm always a fan of:

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Next up on the shopping list, another 'newbie' designer name (again, new to me) I found on Etsy and fell in love with. I'm a massive fan of taking basics, i.e. your favorite crewneck tee and skinny jeans, and throwing in a statement piece like the below vintage necklace, to make things a bit more interesting. It's amazing how one great piece of jewelry can transform an entire look.

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This pencil skirt, a classic piece everyone should have in their wardrobe (hop to it if you're missing it; don't just think workday chic, pair this with a tank and you have something for evening to mix and match outside of your L.B.D), is taken to another level by Boy. By Band of Outsiders. There's rubber in this striped skirt, yep, rubber. It's all in the details, and I'm fascinated. The color combinations here are perfection and actually work well back to a few options that you probably have hanging in your closet. You'd be surprised...

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I wear my printed blouses to death, SO, I usually tend to go towards a blend when it comes to fabric. Silk is just not my friend, and I'm over the whole dry cleaning situation (when I can avoid it), so, I am all about the poly-blend print below from W118 By Walter. Reds are a favorite of mine, so that doesn't hurt either. Wear this over denim, a pencil skirt, tucked into a skinny pant, or wide-leg trouser for that matter. Seriously, you wouldn't necessarily expect such a bold print to offer up so many styling options, but it really fits into almost any style situation you can throw at it.

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I'll tell you what I want to do with this cardigan. Throw it on over a basic white tank paired back to some slouchy boyfriend jeans (rolled up),  and hit the beach early in the morning when there's a chill in the air. That's it, just walk and be in this cozy cardi, wrapped up and taking in the scenery. There's a story (real or fictional) behind every piece, just one more reason to love fashion.

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Ok, fine, I can't even take it. I'm dying over this bag. The straw, the leather details, the trifecta of colors that only Burberry can pull off like this, I'm literally swooning, can you tell? This, is a bag. Awhile back, when I was in the buying offices, it's what we called the 'It Bag,' a term which was worn out by the end of 2006, and yet can still be found in several editorial publications (and now here, whoopsie). The only missing link would be that this bag doesn't have a name, or at least, I can't find it and I'm not into digging for the name, it's about the bag. That said, most 'It-Bags,' have a name, they become personified (not creepy at all) such as, 'Paddington,' or, 'Muse,' or even better, 'Coco Cabas.' Yep, I'm bringing it back...

So, I shall fix this style quandary, I'm sure Christopher Bailey will appreciate the resourcefulness. I'll call it the 'Brittany,' tote, which is another way of saying it's mine. And yes, my capacity for subtlety is surpassed only by my brilliant talent with the written word, WHICH, could only surpassed by my unwavering sense of humility, naturally.

Mine all mine.

source: 1. Costella Daniella Onyx Leather Bag (www.boticca.com), 2. OOAKjewelz Vintage Rhinestone Statement Necklace (www.etsy.com), 3. Boy. By Band Of Outsiders Striped 4. Cotton & Rubber Blend Pencil Skirt (www.net-a-porter.com), 5. Linda Farrow Luxe D-Frame Sunglasses (www.net-a-porter.com), 6. Alexander Wang Kamila Bootie (www.alexanderwang.com), 7. W118 By Walter Baker Marisa Chiffon Blouse (www.theutnet.com), 8. Forever 21 Platform Leopard Booties (www.forever21.com), 9. Brochu Walker Toggle Cashmere Cardigan (www.farfetch.com), Diamond Cut Swing Earrings (www.us.topshop.com), 10. Burberry Prorsum Three-Tone Strap Tote (www.farfetch.com

And there you have it. Another top 10 feast of fashion for the eyes. But it never ends with ten, actually, it doesn't begin with ten either. The editing that goes on is endless, and for those favorites that don't make it onto the hit list, like today's, there's always the StyleShaker Closet shelves where they receive their rightful shopping cameo (while still in stock of course):

Here's a moment to take for yourself, or just to indulge me and my love of sharing quotes that resonate  (in hopes that they hit home with you as well). Today it's coming from Bill Cosby:

There's always something to be afraid of, and nine times out of ten, it doesn't exist, it's literally all created in your mind. So in a sense, (deep thoughts for a fashion post, I know) you could very well be afraid of something that's not even there to be afraid of. Actually, that's exactly where  most of my fears reside. They're usually based on nothing real, which is pretty hilarious when you think about it.

I held on to a life that brought me routine, consistently, for days on end. Some people call this 'security.' I did this because I was afraid of leaving, afraid of the unknown, afraid of no longer being associated with a name in the industry that held plenty of well-deserved weight. I stayed because I was afraid of leaving. I saw what could happen that would be a potential 'negative' outcome (totally unsubstantiated of course), as opposed to realizing the good things that could (and have) come from such a change.

So, I jumped, I went for what I want. Actually, I'm currently in the midst of going for what I want, and yes, it's scary but only when I look at the 'what if's,' and guess what, those, aren't real. What's real is this, writing this to you, right now, and loving the hell out of it.

I guess I wanted this more than I feared walking away from what I 'should' be. Know what I'm saying?

I quit my 'job,' to pursue a dream, and guess what, I didn't die, life didn't end, and I'm not spending my days curled up in the fetal position muttering, "what have I done," in-between tear-filled sob-lets (the little sniffley ones that make one completely unable to form a complete sentence; #flashbacktobeingfiveyearsold).

I've actually never felt more alive. I wish the same feeling, oh and the Burberry Prorsum bag (of course), for all of you.

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Today's Top 10 Shopping List Adds Go High/Low from Balenciaga to Mango & Rick Owens to Tibi

Today's top 10 shopping list picks are lined up and ready to go...

 As you well know by now, I love a good list. Should the word shopping precede the word list, even better. It all starts with the fashion pick grid:

The name of the game for today (and really, everyday for me) is high/low shopping. It's pretty simple. Mix in some high level investment pieces with a few basic lower-pricepoints (low shouldn't equate to poor, disposable, quality here) on your shopping list, and your bases are covered. I'm sure you've heard it all before, nothing new, but it doesn't hurt to have a quick refresher now and then right?

Speaking of, let's get started on the list with a strong shopping pick from Balenciaga. I mean, c'mon, gorge-ous....

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I usually sway away from the thought of blowing mass quantities of cash on a trend-driven look, but then again, shopping can be an emotional thing, practically Pavlovian. See the Balenciaga pump below, and before you know it you're drooling. It's instinctual (unless of course the neon pink/tangerine orange color combo makes you want to run screaming in the opposite direction). This one is about inspiration. I'm all about investing in the real deal, just not at the expense of missing a mortgage payment. Option B: just take it in, let the color wash over you, and shop more shoe favorites for something that feels just as colorful and significantly less painful when adding to your on-line shopping cart. I get it, but I also appreciate noteworthy fashion, regardless of price point. Blame it on ten years at Neiman Marcus.

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So here's the 'low' when it comes to high/low. Low is referring to price and not at all the look, don't let the negative connotation of the word fool you. You get major bang for your buck on the 'low' end of the retail spectrum when it's done right, . A label is just a label, whereas style can be found on several levels using the label for a little direction (not the definition of what style actually is). For instance, Mango is a solid label I happen to adore. There's a lot of look for what you shell out here. And let's be honest, when will I ever turn down a tuxedo blazer like this one? Um, not going to happen.

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Pleating, a hugely transitional green hue, and a cinched waist. Need I say more? No, but I'm going to because I can't stop myself. Tibi is a go-to for me when it comes to finding pieces that have amazing color, print, and universally flattering cuts. My one caveat on this Guinevere dress, if you're bigger than a C-cup, I'd recommend looking elsewhere. The pleating at the front will separate according to your shape, which for some is a great thing, but for others (i.e. those with amazing racks; crude, but true) the dress loses it's overall aesthetic and goes from romantic to a bit distracting in all the wrong ways.

Other than that, this is a gorgeous dress to wear through Spring, into Fall with a cardi, and through winter with some tights and boots. Seasonal, definitely.

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Ob-sessed with this chain link necklace. So you think I would have figured this out by now, both parents having worked in the retail industry, me having spent the past decade in luxury fashion, but no. I took the scenic route to my own styling evolution, and finally decided that jewelry (or really all accessories) are the best, and I mean best (most efficient as well if you want to bring out my inner-organizational nerd), method of pulling together a basic look and making it your own. When I consult with my clients, I repeat the significance of a solid core closet, stocked seasonally with go-to quality wardrobe basics, to the point of sounding like a broken record. It's tough fashion love. But once you have your core, all you need are some amazing jewelry picks (cue the Adia Kibur necklace), scarves, wraps, you name it, and you can extend your wardrobe from 10 to 20 or 30 looks. No joke. It's not only possible, it's genius. Again, took me awhile to get here, but now that I am, I'm all over it like white on rice.

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Hi, hey, what's up, ready to see the most amazing suede clutch ever imagined by a designer? Am I building it up too much? Do I care? Nope. In, love with this Matthew Williamson clutch for all the delish details. You've got to be a fan of green, and unfortunately, now that I'm looking at it, also yellow, which saddens me solely because those are the colors of the Green Bay Packers and I'm not a fan (if I lose a couple of readers on that one, so be it).

I grew up in the Chicago 'burbs, amongst several other areas (retail, not army brat if you must know), but while cities changed, my arch football nemesis remained the same, the Packers. Once a Bears fan, always a Bears fan, which is saying something because I know nothing about football, hardly ever watch the games (first and ten huh?what?) and couldn't tell you who's currently having a good season (mind you, I live in Texas at the moment, so to say that I don't fit into the culture would be a massive understatement). I do recall my older brother an I doing the Superbowl Shuffle in the '80's though, and to me, that's enough.

I can't even believe I'm talking about foozball right now in the middle of featuring a Matthew Williamson clutch. I think I've gone off the deep-end. Need, to, find, my, way, back...Fringe lining! Ok, I'm back. Sorry about that.

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Rick Owens, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways, starting with a cold-shoulder, draped jersey top that is going to be my no-brainer, going-out-for-cocktails-or-what-have-you, top. Rick Owens is a favorite, and I'm not talking price wise (ouchie), but there's something about his style aesthetic that is on-point. It reminds me of how every woman will always have a 'thing' (secretly or not, it happens at least once in a lifetime; own it) for the 'bad boy.' Rick would be the bad boy in this equation. You know you should watch yourself, maybe take a step back, but you dive in head first, and indulge anyway. You have to.

The exception here is, with Rick, once you get to know his designs, the thrill stays. In fact, it only gets better the closer you get to the designer's work. With a real-life bad boy, the opposite is usually the case. It gets old, fast. Been there, won't be doing that again, but it was so worth it.

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And finally, a Tibi tank in a ridiculously 'pretty' pink silk that I normally don't go for. The shape borders on halter with the racer-back, which is a hugely flattering line for most body-types. Tip: bring out the strapless or bandeau bra in a fun color if you're wondering. It's just simple, that's why I love this tank. Throw it over some skinny jeans, toss on a massively gorgeous statement necklace, and let the compliments roll in. Sure, that's not entirely why you're wearing it, it should make you feel good first and foremost, but little love notes never hurt throughout the day. Make sure you pay it forward.

via: 1. Balenciaga Tri-Colour Cut-Out Shoes (www.matchesfashion.com), 2. Mango Tuxedo Blazer (www.shop.mango.com), 3. Haute Hippie Ruffled Silk-Georgette Halterneck Top (www.net-a-porter.com), 4. Tibi Guinevere Sleeveless Dress (www.tibi.com), 5. Adia Kibur Chain Link Multi Necklace (www.shopbop.com), 6. Madison Harding Women's Hanna Boot (www.amazon.com), 7. Matthew Williamson Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Suede Clutch (www.net-a-porter.com), 8. Rick Owens One-Shoulder Draped Jersey Top (www.net-a-porter.com), 9. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Croc-Effect Leather Tote (www.net-a-porter.com), 10. Tibi Silk-Crepe Racer-Back Top (www.theoutnet.com

The Top 10 shopping list picks are one thing, but the buck never stops there. You've got options. This list is all about simplifying, a place to start the shopping momentum and get inspired. To keep the flow going, shop more hand-picked favorites from the StyleShaker Closet here:

Time for a little quote action. All this talk about love and 'bad boys,' has me thinking about the good ones out there that I've been lucky enough to meet and have in my life.

She says it so well you know? And it's so, damn, true. Or at least for me it is.

These quotes obviously hit the StyleShaker pages because they resonate with me, but always in hopes that they will do the same for you, or at least get you thinking. Fashion is wonderful, it's the air I breathe, but there's more to life (gasp) and it's important to keep it all in perspective. I get carried away with a Balenciaga bootie as quickly as I do with a quote from Marilyn Monroe. Both are loves in my life, and there are plenty more out there. I encourage you to find yours, or at least, reacquaint yourself with what you love, cause it's in there. It definitely can't be found externally in those ridiculously long Monday meetings, or the power point decks that go on for days (why people, why; you know you'll lose my interest after slide 3). You won't find it in those excel spreadsheets that cross your eyes, or the beige-covered cubical walls that, ps, are not walls at all.

Look inward, the good stuff is always there, living in the non-beige part of you. Go find it.

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Totes, The Handbags You Can & Should Fit Your Life Into While Looking Stylish Doing So. Shop the Top 10 Totes...

T is for Tote. Shop the Top 10 Totes Out There &, Bonus Round, See Ways to Wear this Quintessential Handbag Category

When it boils down to the top bag silhouettes, the tote is right up there with the best of them. You can go oversized or keep it in the middle, with everything from woven to waxed leather, fringe and studs, the name of the game is options. In this case, there are 10 tote options to be exact.

Slide through the deck to shop away but don't forget one of the best spots for finds you've been possibly missing out on. The abyss that is the back of your closet could be a very good place to start and shed some light on the subject. For those looking for a refresher on this Fall essential of a bag, here's the deck. And, go!


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Figuring out what to wear is just one chapter of the style story. There's still the, 'how to wear it,' part that needs a little bit of a push. It's not only about the tote, it never really is. It's about how you wear it and even more so, about what you're going to do with it over your shoulder. What adventure will this tote take you on next? First, some inspiration:

look 1 (www.fashion-tidbits.blogspot.com), look 2 (www.thestyleshaker.tumblr.com), look 3 (www.posh24.com), look 4 (www.witanddelight.tumblr.com), look 5, Dree Hemingway: Madewell S/S ‘11 Look Book (www.missmossblog.tumblr.com), look 6 (www.coolspotters.com), look 7 (www.kisforkinky.com), look 8 (www.glamside.com.br)

Narrowing it down to the Top 10 totes was not an easy process. Several eligible tote picks may not have made the edited list, but no worries, they don't end up on the proverbial cutting room floor. We don't have one. Instead, they move into the closet, updated weekly with hand-picked favorites by category. So on that note, shop more handbags, from totes to satchels, in The StyleShaker Closet here:


Recap time. You've got ten totes and eight ways to wear them, just to get the fashion juices flowing. But when it comes down to the rest of the closet, the million dollar question of, 'what am I going to wear,' still exists.

Still wondering how to wear those boots you got last year or that printed pencil skirt that's been hanging there for months on end? Shoot over a quick note with a link of the piece in question (or something that looks similar to it) and we'll send you back a look so you get some personalized advice on how to wear it. Click below:

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