Get the Look | When Feeling Frou Frou is a Fashion Force to be Reckoned With

It's time to get the look...What exactly does feeling 'frou frou' entail you ask? Good question. It's different for everyone, but for me, 'frou frou' (also the name of a great electronic duo in music) means embellished. It's all in the details and 'frou frou' details usually have a strong femme spin on them. What better way to pull off said feminine focus than with strips of curled silk organza attached to a mini right? Throw in some studs, a clean white blazer for some coverage, gold, lots of gold, and you have yourself a bold evening look. This girl isn't drinking Cosmos, nope, she's more of a Satan's Circus kinda gal. Tough, sweet, and a little spicy.

Check out the look I'm loving:

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Giuseppe Zanotti Bootie giuseppezanottidesign.com

Michael Kors Gia Studded Metallic Leather Clutch Bag (gold only available) neimanmarcus.com

ASOS Boxchain Choker necklace (SOLD OUT: shop more necklaces here) asos.com

 

Look-spiration is one thing. It's a very important part of any fashion equation. But if there's anything I've learned over the past decade in the fashion industry and more recently, working with my personal styling/shopping clients, it's that the 'what to wear' is only one half of the equation. It only makes sense, comes to life, when you add the other half, the 'how to wear' it half. Bottom line, you can't have one without the other. Well, I lie, actually you can have one without the other, and many of you I'm sure do. How can you tell? Easy, two questions:

1. You have a full closet and nothing to wear.

2. You keep wearing the same twenty percent that's in your closet, leaving the other eighty percent of what's hanging in there feeling ridiculously neglected (read: collecting dust before you gather up the strength to donate or list on ebay).

Sound familiar? I know. I have built a business on the above two style dilemmas and now, I'm taking it beyond my personal one-on-one clients via my Virtual Lookbooks, e-guides that spell out what looks are best for your body type. Allow me to repeat that, 'best for YOUR body type.' You can look through glossy mags and catalogs until the cows come home, but if you don't know how to take that inspiration and make it work for you then what's the point right?

Contact me to learn more about how to get your hands on one of my Lookbooks here.

In the mean time, there's always more to see. Get back to more inspiration here.

Client's Request | 9 Wedges Under $150

Wedges are an amazing thing. They give you height and more comfort than just your every day heel. Love a good wedge, and so do my clients lately. I've been compiling Spring Update shopping lists for my clients and one thing you will always see on there is the wedge. Here are nine favorites that I've found along the way. I thought I'd share the shopping love with you. Take a peek:

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shop the See by Chloe 'Hera' Wedge

See by Chloe Hera Wedge

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shop the MICHAEL Michael Kors Lana Clear-Wedge Sandal

MICHAEL Michael Kors Lana Clear-Wedge Sandas

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shop the Matiko Bryn Low Sandals

Matiko Bryn Low Sandals

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shop the Madison Harding Shavonne Low Wedge Sandals

Madison Harding Shavonne Low Wedge Sandals

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shop the Steve Madden Barakuda Wedge

Steve Madden Barakuda Wedge

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shop the Louise Et Cie Hiro Wedge

Louise Et Cie Hiro Wedge

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shop the Steve Madden Barakuda Wedge

Steve Madden Reeldeal Wedge Sandals

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shop the Anthropologie/Faryl Robin Valencia WedgesAnthropologie/Faryl Robin Valencia Wedges

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shop the Seychelles Wedge Sandal

Seychelles Wedge Sandal

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Nine 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:

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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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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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Online Shopping Review | UrbanOutfitters.com's Pins and Needles Pintuck Shoulder Blouse

Online shopping review time! This one is all about a pin-tucked blouse I spotted on sale at UrbanOutfitters.com. It just hit under $20 so I had to check it out. At first glance, I loved the color, the cut, and of course, the price. This is the kind of blouse I've been known to grab in the past and can wear to death (translation: I can count on both hands how many ways to wear it, and then some). Did I throw $20 away on this or was it a true deal that has since found a new home in my closet?

Only scrolling will tell... Here's the product shot. Click to shop the blouse for yourself:

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product shot courtesy of www.urbanoutfitters.com

That's what I shopped. Here's what showed up at my front door. Images courtesy of Instagram, etc. Click here to follow along.

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Ok fine, I bought a few things (I'll review the rest soon). For now, this is just me having way too much fun with Instagram. I do love a good group shot:

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Meet the blouse in question:

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Right, so here's the scorecard (keep in mind every online shopping review I write is completely unbiased). The scorecard spectrum? Easy, five stars, unreal. One star, a sad day in shopping land. And...go:

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That's right, it got a total of four stars. Pre-tty good.

The fact that I got this top at under $20 (before tax) and the number of ways I know I'll be wearing it, makes this a win-win. Yes, it is officially at home in my personal closet, happy as can be.

Here's the review: I love the color. The fabrication is synthetic which is not my favorite, but for the price, I honestly can't complain about that. It has the feel of chiffon (sheer, so you'll need to layer a tank or cami underneath for sure) and yet is far more practical, yet another positive note on it. I can't stand silk when it comes to the heat of summer. This blouse, although synthetic, breathes a bit. Be careful though, if you are heating up and wearing too much of one scent or another (usually deodorant is a problem with this) that scent is not going to come off. That's the backlash of synthetic fabrics. Once the scent sets in, it's over, I don't care how much Febreeze (or Laundress product) you dunk it in.

Moving on, it fits well and has stayed in one piece through quite a bit of wear and tear already (two ferry rides in the Virgin Islands, and a subsequent twenty-four hours of being in and out of planes between St. Thomas, through Atlanta, and finally Dallas). Through it all, this blouse held it together. The same cannot be said for myself. Let's just say I took full advantage of the free drinks in first class when I got upgraded.

Finally, the product shot on-line almost makes it look cropped or hi/low, but I would say it's not covering that trend in full fashion force. I think the model just got overzealous with the arching of her back or something. Anyway, it hits right at the waist in front and has a subtle dip in the back. Technically, yes, it's a little hi/low, but not in a dramatic way.

Now, on to the best body type to pull this off:

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It's an all-skate moment. I can see the blouse on everyone, from Pears to Rectangles, Hourglasses to Apples, it applies. That was easy. Actually, that was one of the easiest body type assessments I've ever done. Which is just ONE more reason to love this blouse. I mean, it just keeps going...

I mentioned versatility earlier. I figured I'd spell it out for you via a few quick Look equations below. These are exactly what I create (condensed version; clients get a full e-Lookbook) when clients send pics from their closet. See what I'm talking about here or head straight into the four and counting ways I am going to wear this new pick:

1. Grey skinny jeans + neutral sandal + oversized hobo

2. White pencil skirt + layered under a streamlined blazer + black pumps

3. Black leather (faux) leggings + strappy black heels + jumbo clutch with hardware embellishments

4. Layered with a basic grey tank + cobalt blue cropped pant + neutral strappy sandal with a major heel

5. I could keep going but I've got more product reviews to pull together...

Ok fine, here's one more way to pull this blouse off. I can't help myself:

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The point is to try it out. If something works, fabulous. If not, move along to the next option. Eh 'hem, speaking of options, they're all lined up with the rest of my favorites that I update weekly in the virtual StyleShaker Closet. Click below and see the latest batch of favorite picks out there from my favorite shopping spots on the web:

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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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Introducing | The New Virtual Lookbook Styling Service

Morning Sunshines...I know I know, it's early. Go grab a coffee and come back to me. You're going to want to take a peek at what I've been working on.

Caffeinated? Good. Let's move on..

After several months of working with clients and tweaking the process here and there, I've developed a new take on how to help more women (and some men if they're up to it; the option is ALWAYS available to them) figure out how to wear what they have hanging in their closet. At this stage in the game, I can't teleport myself to every location (how fun would that be), so I needed to come up with a new and improved way to create personal styling Lookbooks that give clients I have a long-distance relationship with (the only good long distance relationships I've ever been in) the same styling services, just on a remote level.

Allow me to introduce the latest (updated) service I've added to The StyleShaker's personal styling line-up, the Virtual Lookbook 2.0 (I'm channeling my inner-techie), tweaked and refined down to a science (literally, I've got formulas in there people) after numerous in-person sessions with my amazing clients.

Per the norm, each service starts with a initial consult. Details on that here. As for the rest of it, see what I'm talking about when I say I've 'refined' a few things, and check out the slider by clicking below. It spells it all out for you in true show & tell fashion (pictures are ALWAYS better):

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As always, ask any questions you may have. I love a good Q&A moment, and yes, I've had my coffee so I'm ready to go when you are.

Spoiler alert: I used a few of my own pieces to create this slider so check out what's in MY closet for once (ps- I never show this so get it while it's hot because it won't happen again):

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Get back to being inspired here if you just need another hit of some how-to-wear it moments, product reviews, or shopping list time.

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:

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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 Want to Show My Flare

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..

Have you ever seen the movie Office Space? Better yet, have you ever watched it on a loop over the course of a weekend after a crazy (read: not-so-fun) week at work? Right, well, I used to do it back in the day, so inevitably, a few lines find their way into my life and writing every now and then. In this case, the line is one Jennifer Aniston delivered when she showed her boss both her 'flair' and her finger.

This time around you won't see any bumper-sticker-quote-buttons lining the fabric of suspenders. Actually, let's hope you never see anything like that EVER on this site. Instead of flair, I'm talking flare. Right. Stay with me...Check out how to pull off a flare leg jean with a little layer of color courtesy of a peach suede jacket:

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Clients often freak out (technical term) when I mention a flared leg on denim. They're picturing a throw back to disco, when all I'm envisioning is a slight flare attached to a classic boot-cut. It's all about a little emphasis at the hem, and when worn with a heel, the look (again, I'm talking a relatively subtle flare here) is ridiculously elongating, let alone flattering because it creates a proportion that balances any silhouette out.

Speaking of silhouettes, the million dollar question that follows 'what to wear,' and then, 'how to wear it,' would have to be: "how do I wear this for my body type?" Logical enough question and yet, it's one of the toughest ones out there.

It's also an incremental piece of the fashion/wardrobe puzzle. You could have the most well-stocked closet out there, and sure, you have some inspiration on how to pull off the pieces, but if you don't know how to pull them off for your body type, then all you have is a full closet with nothing to wear. Sound familiar? I know, it's what makes my world go 'round here at the StyleShaker, and the basis for 100% of the services I offer to my fabulous clients.

Check out what body types can pull this look off flawlessly and how the rest of us can make a couple of key alterations to keep things moving in the right direction, stylistically speaking of course:

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Pears: you can do this but keep in mind just a couple of things. You want the hem of the underpinning (read: tank top, sorry about the retail lingo, after a decade you can take the girl out of retail but you can't take the retail out of the girl) to pop out from under the jacket. This will elongate your torso. Have it hit right at the hips. I repeat Pear ladies, DO NOT get tricky and think that allowing the tank to fall over your bum is a clever cover-up, it just accentuates your naturally beautiful silhouette in the area you don't want to. Also, lean towards a darker wash on the denim. And finally, make sure the hem goes past the ankle. If you have the hem falling too high you will crop the vertical eye-line and lose any extension. Never good.

Moving along...Rectangles, you're all set here. You're made for this and so many other looks so at this point, you should know you've got the universal body type (almost all the time). You're like the O negative of body types, the universal donor if you will. Hemoglobin talk aside, it's time to talk to my Hourglasses. This is a great option for you. Stick with all the notes I gave to the Pear shapes above. And finally, my Apples. I'm going to recommend going with a layering piece that has a bit less bulk. Maybe a more streamlined blazer to throw over in a pop color or cardigan with a peplum.

For petite women, if you don't have a heel nearby or you want to give your feet a break and wear flats, you can do this, but you'd need to go with a boot cut jean and lose the flare leg all together.

You can (and hopefully have) shopped the above look, but things sell out or you may just want to see more options when it comes to the categories above (i.e. a different tank, alternative to the peach jacket, and the list goes on). If it's options you want, then options you shall have. I aim to please. Shop the StyleShaker Closet by clicking below and see where the magic happens:

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I'm a broken record here, but to me it never hurts to repeat something I hold near and dear to the core of what I do on this site.

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

It's one of my favorite things to do, share quotes that resonate with me, 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:

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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 Want to Smile Like I Mean It

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Online Shopping Review | UrbanOutfitters.com's Sunrise Geo Necklace

Before I dig into the online shopping review, a little blurb on building a solid style wardrobe:

It starts with the core basics in your closet, the basic t-shirt, tank, perfect jean for your body type, pencil skirt, and the list goes on. It's upon that strong fashion foundation that you can (and should) build, via leveraging accessories, especially, jewelry. The best part is, your investments go into lasting and classic essentials while you can spend easily, and not heavily, on more trend-forward pieces from scarves to statement necklaces. In this case, it's all about the latter, the statement(ish) necklace. Cue the online shopping review of UrbanOutfitters.com's Sunrise Geo Necklace. Did it stay or did it go? First, the product shot:

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That's what I shopped. Here's what showed up at my front door. Images courtesy of Instagram, etc. Click here to follow along.

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Time to bring it all home with the scorecard:

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Overall, I'm happy to tell you that this necklace stays. I love it back to everything in my closet, from my red maxi to a strapless  LBD and most recently, paired with my recent chambray shirt find (review coming soon). That's just the tip of the iceberg. It will get plenty of fashion play as the season goes on. No doubt.

Did I mention it's $18? The amount of 'look' you get for under $20 is ridiculous, and brings me back to my initial styling point. Spend on core closet pieces (the essentials), and save when it comes to the trends and fun jewelry. In this case, you're out $20 and will wear this enough times within the first week of owning it to more than cancel that out.

I have to mention as well, the construction is impressive. It doesn't have that copper smell, no dark marks left in the wake of the metal on my skin, and it's holding up remarkably well. These are all shocking statements for me to write out, mainly because I wouldn't expect that to come from such an inexpensive piece. Am I complaining? Nope. This is what you call shopping shock. I'm embracing it with open arms as it's a rare occurrence.

One necklace not enough for you? I'm right there with you. Now that you're warmed up, check out other shopping options, statement necklaces and beyond, in my Happy Place otherwise known at the virtual StyleShaker Closet, updated every week with new favorite picks from my stand-by favorite shopping sites. Click below to keep the momentum going strong:

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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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Get My Look | What I Wear When I Can't Make Up My Mind

Three words, 8 steps: Get, my, look.

Matchy-matchy can be predictable-predictable.  We are all guilty of going back to that 20% of our closets that we keep on heavy rotation because, well, it's easy. I get it. But what about the rest of what's hanging in there, that 80% you look at every day and wonder, "should I finally wear this, wait, how should I wear this, wait, why did I buy this?"

To my personal shopping and styling clients reading this, sound familiar? Right. Well, technically speaking, it shouldn't be all that familiar any more. It should be a distant memory...

When I'm working with a client or speaking to a group of women at one of my Sip & Style Sessions, I find that things really start to click as soon as I begin pairing pieces they have with ideas they would have never dreamt of. Now, are these combination novel? Mind-blowing? Absolutely not. Actually, I love the fact that they are incredibly simple, approachable, affordable, and at the end of the day, real fashion for real women. It just takes a little inspiration and some helpful direction. Hence today's Get My Look post.

See how I pull things off when I'm feeling creative and want to go in a direction that's the exact opposite of matchy-matchy (translation: you will NOT find any color coordinated twin-sets in this one). If it strikes a chord in you, try it out using pieces from your own closet and mix and match away. If you have questions, it's really simple, just ask. For now, soak up the look-spiration:

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Pop quiz: What good is a look if you don't know how to wear it for your body type? It gets the inspiration flowing, yes, that's a bad thing. But loving a look and shopping according to a Style by Number situation above while not considering what works best for you silhouette can also leave you with a full closet and nothing to wear. Frustration, peace out. You're no longer welcome here. See which body types this look works for and where you may want to consider making a few fashion tweaks or moving on to the next look all together:

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Rectangles and Hourglasses, this is all you. Apples, the reason you're not on this list is because there's too much volume on the top with the jacket. Swap that leather classic out for a more fitted cardigan (grey possibly, any neutral will do just not black) and you're all set. Pears, the pleats are why I left you out of this initial equation. Should you find a skirt sans pleats that is about midi-length (mid-calf) then feel free to partake!

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

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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.

Clothing, what you wear on the outside, truly can make you feel good walking throughout your day. I not only believe this, I live it every day in my own life and I see it in each and every one of my clients. That's the outside though and it can only take you so far. It's important, but it's one piece of the puzzle. Now it's time to try something on, this time, on the inside. Check out the quote, see if it resonates, and hopefully it inspires you the way it did me. Inspiration, inside AND out.

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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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Online Shopping List | 20 Just-In Picks This Week

Good 'online shopping list' morning StyleShakers. It's about that time again.

Welcome to the edited, super-condensed, Cliffs Notes (if you will) online shopping list serving up 20 of my top picks from my top shopping spots out there. Thousands of pieces of merchandise hit the virtual floors every week, scratch that, every day. I should know, I managed millions of dollars worth of said 'merch' for Neiman Marcus (in-store and then online) for oh ya know, just a few years (translation: ten).

On the e-comm side of things we quickly realized that the highest click-thrus on our product pages were found right at the 'VIEW ALL' link. And, if you follow the analytics, you'd then see another pattern develop. After clicking on 'VIEW ALL,' browsing would go for about two solid pages of merchandise (about 200-400 pictures of product) and go bye-bye or to another part of the site. The goal was obviously to get the customer to exactly where she/he wanted to go in an inordinately small amount of time (one must factor in the A.D.D. culture we live in), but one can only take so much new product before getting overwhelmed and moving on to something else. Attentions are tough to hold these days.

That's the game. There's plenty more to it, let alone more qualified analytical e-commerce minds out there that can spell it out for you far better than I can. But essentially, that's what's up.

Enter: The StyleShaker and my personal shopping services that have me scouring the web every day for the right pieces to fill in wardrobe 'holes' and/or update things a bit.

I'm here to edit, weed out and boil things down to give you the perfect shopping starting point using not one site, but ALL of my top shopping spots on the web (a 'hit list' I've been developing over the past six years). This is your shopping starting line that should save you time and hence, money (not to mention, I love a good markdown as much as the next girl when I find them).

There are 20 favorites (reminder: these selections are completely unbiased) below pulled from just a few sites (I go little by little; check out last list), but the list doesn't end there. Check out the Closet (link below) to keep the shopping momentum going strong. For now, check out my top 20 online shopping list picks of 'just in' fashion favorites:

Was this just a 'warm up' for you? Keep the momentum going strong and check out the motherload of all shopping on The StyleShaker. It's what I call, The Closet, my happy place filled and updated weekly with new finds used for How to Wear Tutorials, Product Reviews, Personal Client Shopping Lists, and then some. Check out what's happening inside by clicking below:

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See more on what to wear, how to wear it, my latest shopping finds, reviews, and tutorials, all right here.

Online Shopping Review | Roxy.com's Spring & Honey, Printed Hi/Lo Skirt

It's about that time. You know what I'm talking about, you've already read the title of this post and yet, here I am reminding you again. Silly fashion rabbit. Check out the latest online shopping review!

Reminder! These reviews are completely, 100% unbiased from the perspective of a former luxury retailer (cough, over a decade spent doing that one) turned professional stylist. Moving right along...

I went shopping on Roxy.com for some last minute, beach-y picks before my trip to Tortola. I had only a few stragglers left on my vacation shopping list, one of which was a skirt that I could throw on with a tank or bikini, you know, something to slip on post-saltwater swims or should I need to 'dress up' (it's an island after all) for dinner.

I shopped around a found this Spring & Honey skirt which I thought would fit the fashion bill. Did it? Hmmm, good question. First, here's what I saw on-line:

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product shot courtesy of www.roxy.com

That's what I shopped. Here's what showed up at my front door. Images courtesy of Instagram, etc. Click here to follow along.

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The skirt...High and very, very low.

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On a hanger so you can actually see what it looks like. Details...

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How did the hi/lo skirt stack up? Check out the scorecard below:

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The Recap

As you can see, the final verdict was a sad little lonely star. I don't like giving these kind of reviews, I mean, my budget does, but my closet's heart breaks a bit. That said, shopping on-line waters can be tricky, and this skirt is no exception to that rule.

The straw that broke the shopping camel's back was two-fold. First, the waist was way too tight. The synthetic fabric was ruched along a cinched waistline and it did not feel oh so soft. It also dug in and I was looking for something a little less constrictive. If you've read previous reviews on swimwear, you'd be well aware of this fashion factoid (do the research here).

Second, the hi/lo situation was a bit too exaggerated for me. The high front was all well and good, but the low looked a little ridiculous. I wasn't planning on wearing heels with this on the island which would ever further warp my proportions, i.e. stunt me vertically. So, all in all, this skirt went back to Roxy.com.

There's no love lost there. I did end up keeping a couple of picks from the site after all was said and done, this skirt just wasn't one of them. Moving on to the next one right? Right.

But before I cut ties completely, should you want to try this or something like this hi/lo skirt out for yourself and are left scratching your head wondering what the best body type this cut is made for, let me tell you:

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Rectangles, this one is for you. Pears, avoid this guy at all costs unless you have a sky-high heel with it (note: you need to actually be able to walk in said heel or throw in the towel all together; just be honest with yourself).

Hourglasses, my girls, it's worth a try, just be careful that the waist is clean, not bunchy, and sits low enough on your hip to elongate, not create or accentuate a high waist (my clients have me On Call so they can send me pics from fitting rooms to get the thumbs up or down; contact me to find out more about that). Apples, you have plenty more options out there to choose from in Skirt-Land. Pass on this cut.

There you have it.

That's all for the reviews today. But don't let it end there. Shop more favorites served up along the shelves of my virtual StyleShaker Closet. Everything is updated weekly so click below and see the latest batch of favorite picks out there from my favorite shopping spots on the web:

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

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

Answer:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nine West Kenie Heels, SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. zapposcom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Sleeveless dresses are just one fashion sub-category of sooooo sooooo many. There's always more where that came from. Check out the pieces that are pulled each week while digging for my clients and content on the site. All of my favorite picks from my favorite shopping spots on the web are lining the virtual shelves in the StyleShaker Closet.

Welcome to your Shopping Starting Point:

(click the image below to dive in)

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

look 1:

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look 2:

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look 3:

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look 4:

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look 5:

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Feel Good Friday Inspiration | 12 Drool-Worthy Picks from Fashion to Food

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It's Friday, and you know what that means, time to soak up some inspiration at the end of the week that will take you into the weekend with a smile on your face.

Here's the deal:

Why Feel-Good Friday? Because, as an entrepreneur, and human being, I've realized the importance of having an 'ace up my sleeve' when it comes to those days that leave me feeling drained or asking, "um, what am I doing?" Whether your ditching your previous life to go full-force towards your dreams or just gathering the strength to put your left foot in front of your right for the day, it never hurts to have a little help.

I've compiled a list of everything that made me smile and resonated with my inner ten-year old this week. Let's get started:

(p to the s: none of these selections are sponsored; this is all me and what I love enough to share with you)

1.

Seeing red.

source:  www.dustjacketattic.blogspot.com.au

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2.

Give good hair.

source: www.dressmemag.com

2 hair

3.

Rumi,

source: www.thestyleshaker.tumblr.com

3 rumi

4.

Right vs. Wrong.

source: www.quotesandimages.com

4 the positive

5.

Yum, round 1.

source: www.epicurious.com

5 yum (1)

6.

My favorite line: She believed she could, so she did.

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6 she believed she could, so she did

7. 
Tigers & Sheep.
source: www.shahirzag.com
7 tigers and sheep
8.
Sleep in.
source: www.au-rev0ir.com
8 sleep in
9.
New beginnings.
source: www.quotesandimages.com
 9 lao tzu

10.

Sweet & salty. Yum, round 2.

source: www.justataste.com

10 sweet & salty

11.

Bourbon, big time. Drink up.

source: www.food52.com

11 bourbon, big time

12.

The final word. It's tradition.

You've come to the end of this week's Feel Good Friday list, or really, the beginning of what is shaping up to be an amazing weekend for you.
The only thing left to do is:
unplug
Go nap with your cat, play catch with your dog, kiss someone you love, walk outside and let the sun hit your face, try a new route, make a cup of tea, make two cups of tea, one for you and one for your best friend, order the carafe instead of just the glass, the conversation can handle it...You get the point.
Feel that? That's you feeling good.
Take it and go head into your weekend. It's always good to share.

At The StyleShaker we believe 'when you FEEL good, you LOOK good.' We flipped the well-known saying on it's head for a reason. How do you capture that serotonin-filled feel-good moment everyone's always chasing? You create it. But you don't have to do it alone. The StyleShaker is here to get you inspired, excited, and in the end, help you take your personal style to levels you never thought possible. Aim higher, think bigger.

Check out more inspiration that will have you redefining what's possible when it comes to your personal style here.