STYLISH BABY BUMP

Being a new expectant mother brought on new challenges in my wardrobe as I am sure it has yours as well if you have expected or are currently. As a stylist I took this on as a styling challenge since there was no way I was going to head to the maternity department. Staying stylish while my baby bump continues to grow (not to mention my chest as well) is a must. 🙂 Not until about week 13 did I actually notice that my pants were getting tight, from there it spiraled to my dresses not zipping and my favorite pieces going on the shelf until next year. This is when I decided my new wardrobe had to began! And I do not mean buying a whole new wardrobe, I just mean adjusting the way I wear my wardrobe. So you ask what are my secrets? How am I accommodating my growing belly? Well here are my 5 tips and tricks and as I grow even bigger I am sure I will have even more to share!

Tips & Tricks:

1. Get BRA fitting: Ladies if you think you are going to stay the same size while your baby bump is growing you are crazy. Trust me are boobs is one of the first things to start growing and trust me there is nothing worse than in ill fitting bra. Plus, if you want to keep your boobs perky wearing the right size bra is truly important. 🙂 I would recommend just buying one nude and one black. If your boobs grow out of that size then do the same thing and get the next size up that you need. DO NOT buy a bra to large thinking you will grow into it. Be the size you are TODAY! (Also, put all the bras the currently do not fit in your wardrobe into a bag and store in your closet, you do not need to be bothered with those at the moment.) Embrace your new found curves!

Example: When you get the appropriate bra size you boobs look even better! 🙂 I was 4 months pregnant here!

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2. Buy for TODAY: I think many make this mistake. Buying to large to either try and hide the baby bump or thinking buy larger so you will grow into it later is exactly what you do not want to do. Instead you should be embracing your beautiful miracle at the stage you are currently at and buying for your current size. Trying to hide it only makes you look larger and over weight instead of pregnant! 🙂

This is what happens when you buy clothes trying to cover your bump! (Not styled right)

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This is how stylish you can look when you buy the right size! (Styled right)

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3. STRETCHY fabric is your new best friend: When things started to fit tight I went through my wardrobe put all my stretchy items towards the front of my closet. Leggings, skirts and dresses that are stretchy are now my current favorite pieces in my wardrobe. I also then put all my tops that were looser to the front as well. That way I wouldn’t waste time trying things on I knew were to small for the current moment.

5 months pregnant here! Amazing what stretchy skirts can do! Both these items were already currently in my closet.

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4. Belly Band: These belly bands were one of my first purchases I made. I knew that I loved all my jeans and buying a bunch of maternity jeans just did not seem appealing. What is great about these belly bands is that they allow for your growing belly all through the pregnancy. They help hold your jeans up and save you a ton of money on buying new jeans. You can find these at target only $16, I bought them in every color!

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5. Buy a few pieces through each stage: Of course the inevitable will happen and you will need to buy a few things for your growing belly so make sure as you go shopping that these items are comfortable, not too tight and again are stretchy fabric. That way even if you grow a little you will not have grown out of it so fast. 🙂 Try to intermix these items with things you are still fitting in your current wardrobe.

Only dress I have bought since becoming pregnant! And I love it, not only does it fit my style it shows off my cute baby bump and still room to grow in it!

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Until next time stay styled right! xoxo FSR

How to DRESS without STRESS…

I am sure at one point or another you have been running late for work and flipping through a ton of outfits feeling nothing looks good so then you always go back to the few pieces you always wear. And I am sure you have been asked out on a date and the first thing that runs through your mind is “what am I going to wear”. It was only last weekend that I was getting ready for a birthday dinner that I began to have the same issue. Yes even personal stylists can have fashion crisis’s! lol (It was then that I realized I was due for another closet clean out).  So now the question is how to avoid getting dressed under stress. Being stressed for time and trying to figure out what to wear is the worst. You are frantically trying to put something together but nothing is working so you end up with some mediocre outfit and of course during the day you probably run into your ex or are asked to give a presentation at work at even better asked out on a last minute lunch date. And now all you can think about is how you wish you had something else on. Well lucky for you I have some helpful steps so you too can learn to get dressed without stress!!

STEP 1: Get rid of the dead weight…

  • Make 3 piles: Give away, fix and find a match.
  • I know many of us do not like to let certain items of clothing go thinking to ourselves “one day I will wear that” or “I do not know what to wear with it but I love it”. First of all we all know the items we say “we will wear one day” never get worn so in that case put that in the give away pile.
  • If you just can’t seem to part with a few of the pieces you think you “will wear one day” start doing what I like to call the “REVERSE HANG”. What that means is every time you wear something and put it back in your closet hang it facing the opposite way. Then every six months look at all the items still facing the normal way and those are the items you really need to put in the give away pile.
  • Look at your “find a match” pile and create a list of items you need in order to complete those pieces to make an outfit.
  • Now that you have completed this step you should already feel a lot lighter. 🙂

STEP 2: Go shopping…

  • Pick out only the pieces that you put on your list. This is all you need for now.
  • I also have a package for this type of shopping if you are in need of some help. 🙂

STEP 3: Pick out your outfit the night before…

  • Do you ever remember doing this as a child the night before the first day of school? I definitely remember how excited I was to wear that outfit the next day and how all I had to do was get ready and put it on. There was no changing 5 or more times and staring at my closet. Thus, this is exactly what you should be doing every night before going to bed… trust me it works!!!
  • If you have 2 places to go that day, say work and a girls night out well then lay both outfits out. This will save you so much time in the long run and really help you avoid getting dressed under stress.

Ok, see that wasn’t so hard. Three steps and your now getting dressed with ease! Until next time stay styled right my fabulous fashionistas!! xoxo FSR

STYLING DOWN TO YOUR NAILS

Have you dared to try the nail colors of this season? Do you even know what is the big trend colors right now? Maybe you are not daring when it comes to your clothes but I at least dare you to be a fashion risk taker when it comes to your choice in nail polish color. Every season means new color trends, this extends from the color of your shoes all the way to the color of your finger nails. Almost every month or so a nail color seems to become the new trend. If I could I would change my nail color as much as I change my underwear! [LOL] There are so many colors I like but having the time to change my nail polish color that often is unrealistic. What I love most about this trend is that EVERYONE can follow it and can totally pull off the look. And really a color is never not in trend it just may not be the “it” color but you can still rock any color of your choice. I still wear burgundy in the summer even though it is a fall color and from last seasons “it” color. I will say there are definitely inappropriate times for outrageous nail colors such as lime green, bright yellow etc but for the most part there are no restrictions when it comes to playing with your nail color. You still want to be stylish when even being outrageous with your nail color so here are a few helpful tips when it comes to choosing your nail color and how to make sure you are still styled right even when it comes down to your nail color…

#1: Choose a color that you could at least rock for a week (we do not have time to be changing . Maybe choose some outfits even around that nail color. Often, we choose outfits based off a pair of shoes we just purchased or a new jacket so try it with your nail color. You might be pleasently surprised with the outfits you will come up with!

#2: If you are going to be daring with your nail color than be DARING! Do not be shy, be BOLD. Try that bright yellow or fierce melon green. Just be sure to paint your whole nail solid do not I repeat DO NOT just have your tips done, we want to be classy and stylish ladies!

#3: Tone it down for job interviews and job presentations. Bright colors can be distracting and not very professional even if you are in the fashion industry. I would choose neutral colors or french tip for these occasions.

#4: Chipped = REDO. Ladies, there is nothing worse than wearing a bright colored nail polish that is half chipped. Either buy the nail color and keep it in your purse to touch them up or take the color all the way off.

#5: Not that I ever condone being matchy matchy but depending on your outfit you may want to try to at least coordinate your nail polish color with your outfit if you are going to a special event (there is nothing worse than wearing an evening gown or cocktail dress with an apparent nail color that clashes to the fullest, I hear the FASHION POLICE siren).

#6: Keep them trimmed. If you are going to wear bright colors or even dark colors shorter nails always look better!

MY FAVORITE NAIL POLISH BRANDS:

#1: O.P.I (Long lasting)
#2: Butter LONDON (Fun colors, a lot of sparkle colors)
#3: Chanel (Great colors but chips easy)
#4: deborah lippmann (Fun colors and long lasting)
#4: Essie (Good neutral tones)

If I am going to be OUTRAGEOUS here are the colors I am wearing right now…

O.P.I "Mermaid Tears"

Chanel "Peridot 531"

Chanel "Graphite"

O.P.I "Banana Bandanna"

What color are you going to DARE to WEAR?? Be BOLD be STYLED RIGHT!

Buy Now…Wear Now

On average a person only wears 25% of their wardrobe. Now there are many reasons for this and let me tell you not having enough clothes is never the case! [LOL] Some causes may be that they bought items hoping they would eventually fit into it, it was such a bargain they could not pass it up, or it was a had to have item at the time but went home and quickly realized nothing in their closet went with it. Now these are all big no no’s when you go shopping however, they are not what I am going to focus on for today. What I want to talk about is something much bigger and not really an issue but more of a styling concept that one must learn. I call it “Buy Now…Wear Now”.  It is a great styling tool to learn and use consistently as it will help you grow your wardrobe as well as wear a lot more pieces through out the year.

Now most of you know that in the fashion world there are only two seasons. Spring and Fall; there is no Summer and Winter like the weather seasons. Thus, meaning that the concept of buying for certain seasons is totally backwards. If you have not already noticed we are still in August and Spring Collections are all on sale while Fall Collections are coming in at rapid speed! Fall is considered to be from July to December and Spring is January to June. Therefore, you really have to be aware of what you are buying, when to buy certain pieces and most importantly how to get the most wear out of each piece. This concept is especially important when you are dropping a large amount of money on one piece. I do condone this type of shopping 100%, I believe quantity over quality but that is a whole other topic. 🙂 Now, because we are currently in Fall it seems most appropriate to teach you how to wear the trends of this season while we are still seeing the sun blazing outside. Not to mention that Fall is my favorite season, born and raised in the Northwest my have something to do with my favorites. I absolutely love boots, tweed coats, bulky sweaters, sequin dresses, dark color, etc… the list could go on forever.

The two trends that I am really loving are FUR and LEATHER! Both of these trends can totally be worn now for Summer and will transition perfectly into Fall. Now I know you must be thinking, “are you crazy it is like 80 degrees outside how do you expect me to wear fur and moreover leather”! Well, let me tell you that styled with the right pieces its very doable. I do not know about you but I love instant gratification and the thought of buying a fabulous $1,500 fur jacket or vest and having it tucked away in my closet until the temperature drops to at least 40 degrees is just unacceptable. If fur is your trend of choice this season, I would style it with a great high waisted short, a light weight blouse, topped off with your fabulous new FUR jacket/vest and paired with chunky wedges! Now in the evening you could switch it up with a skinny jean, tank top and the vest/jacket. Moreover, when it gets cold you can also put a long top underneath the vest. And the jacket of course will look great over anything especially a sequin dress!

Transition from Summer to Winter in a FUR VEST!

Always glamourous in FUR!

If you are dieing to wear your leather jacket, shorts or pants here are a few ideas of how to style them. Leather jacket is pretty simple you can really style it over anything and it will look good. A summer dress, tank and shorts, maxi dress, top and jeans, etc. Leather shorts are easy as well your legs are already exposed so all you need to think about is what you will wear up top. I would suggest something light weight; t-shirt, blouse, tank, or maybe even that fur vest. Pair it with wedges or caged sandals and you are ready! Now if leather pants are your trend of choice, I would suggest only wearing these late in the evening as leather does not breath. Also, again I would wear something light weight so that you stay as cool as you can. In the winter, when the weather actually cools off I would pair both the leather pants and shorts with bulky sweaters and booties. The shorts I would also wear a textured tight underneath, that way you stay warm and look chic doing it. What is really neat about this seasons leather is that is washed leather which makes it more casual and to me seems to be a better look for Summer.

Transition from Summer to Winter in Leather pants!

LEATHER JACKET “SUMMER LOOKS”

LEATHER JACKET “FALL/WINTER LOOK”

Transition from Summer to Winter in Leather shorts!

Ok, so now that you know how to wear two of the best trends for Summer and Fall… get to shopping! And do not be afraid to splurge, these two trends always seem to come and go through different years they are definitely pieces that you just never get rid of! And I must say vintage fur is the best!

Here are a few of my favorite leather and fur pieces in retail stores now…

Kenna Leather Pants (Nordstrom)

Balmain Leather Jacket (Nordstrom)

Another Look... Balmain Leather Jacket

Vince Fur Vest (Nordstrom)

3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Skirt (Nordstrom)

Burberry Porseum Leopard Fur Jacket (Nordstrom)

Don’t be a “Hot Mess”

I cannot even to begin to count how many “hot messes” I see daily! And even worse maybe even you are a victim of being a “hot mess”. If you are unsure if you fall under the category of being a “hot mess” than read on and lets make sure you are never a “hot mess” again and if you see someone who is let them know how to correct themselves!

Anyone can become a victim of a “hot mess” which is why I felt it was so important to touch on this subject. You can have the best style and have the greatest outfit on but if you fall short by wearing the wrong undergarments your style suddenly goes from being “hot” to a “hot mess”. If you are still a little confused on how to spot a “hot mess” let me break it down for you, it is someone who may have a great outfit on but has ruined it by the undergarments. The worst part is, they probably put a lot of time and effort into finding a great outfit however, it is quickly ruined by the careless thought they put into deciding which undergarments to wear with the outfit. This mistake is unfortunately made by many daily. People are under the impression for some reason that undergarments do not make that much of a difference, however they make a huge difference. A lot of times my clients will be in the dressing room and they cannot figure out why the outfit looks a little strange, or why it is not fitting quite right. Well the answer is simple!! They need the correct undergarments and usually its just the change of a bra or adding a shaper underneath. Also, depending on the garment panty lines may show through, underwear my be shown when its not suppose to, garments also may not fit correctly due to the wrong undergarments (which was explained above). I cannot stress enough how important it is to wear the right bra, panties, and shapers to give your outfit the “wow” factor instead of falling in the “hot mess” category. Below are helpful guidelines when shopping for the best and most appropriate undergarments for every outfit.

Undergarment Guidelines:

If you are wearing a silk/jersey dress: Wear SEAMLESS panties!! Do not wear lace or cotton thongs or anything with any type of embellishments. You may think its does not show but under the right light or when you bend over it may show. To insure there are no lines again wear seamless.

If you are wearing white: Wear NUDE undergarments NOT white!! I know many people think if I am wearing a white top or white bottoms that wearing white undergarments is the correct choice however wearing white underneath white is just as bad as wearing black. The only way to wear white is wear all nude undergarments (again no lace or embellishments).

Best for tummy control when wearing a shirt with pants/skirt: YUMMYTUMMY, these are seriously the best when it comes to wanting a smoother look under your shirt. They come in black/white/nude. Best part is at the top it looks just like a regular tank top, so no one will even know your secret!

Yummy Tummy

Best for tummy control when wearing a dress: SPANX, no matter what type of control you need, spanx has you covered. All the way from thigh to tummy control and light to heavy control there is the right control for each person. Spanx are great even for the thinnest of women, sometimes no matter how skinny you are the garment may just not give you the small waist you are looking for or the dress just may lay funny or cling in just the wrong spot. Spanx will be your best friend and make any outfit look great!

Spanx

If you are wearing a strapless/halter/racer back/backless dress/top: There is nothing worse than bra straps showing when wearing these types of garments. It completely makes the outfit go from classy to trashy. Undergarments are called UNDERgarments for a reason, they are not to be shown. Thus, if you are wearing a strapless dress, wear a strapless bra. If you wearing a halter dress wear a halter bra. If you are wearing a backless dress either wear pasties or buy the bra that is only attached in the front or get a converter if its not completely backless this will pull down your bra to be hidden in the back. (If you do not own a strapless bra or a converter bra please make your next shopping trip immeditaly to a lingerie store.) Also for racer back tops a great way to hid your straps are the connecters (they work great you can find them at Nordstrom or even a drug store like Walgreens). They are cheap and an easy fix to make your top or dress look that much better!

If you are wearing low cut pants: Wear LOW-RISE underwear, I think this one wins the #1 award for being a “hot mess”. When a woman sits down or bends over and her panties creep outside her pants, well there isn’t much to say about that accept, GROSS!

Best Lingerie Stores (in my opinion):

  • Intimates (best place for bra fitting)
  • Nordstrom (large selection of different brands)
  • Wolford (high-end)

Best Lingerie Brands (in my opinion):

  • Wacoal
  • Calvin klein
  • Bali
  • Chantelle
  • Freya
  • Playtex
  • Fantasie
  • Spanx
  • Wolford
  • Hanky Panky
** DO NOT buy lingerie offline. Every bra will fit different and it is so important to have the right fit you will not be the same bra size in each brand or style.
Ok ladies, now that you know what a “hot mess” is lets avoid ever being one, take the time to find the correct garments it will be worth it. Even if its a little expensive these are the pieces to invest in because they will be used more than anything else in your closet and will make all your outfits look even better! 🙂

I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!

Do you ever wake up in the morning and dread going into your closet to find something to wear? Or even worse get almost completely ready but then you go into your closet. start pushing hangers back in forth and say to yourself, “ughh, I have nothing to wear!”. Furthermore, I would not be surprised if you also had a closet FULL of clothes to boot. Well fear not I have been there too, you are not alone! Luckily for you I am going to give you insight so that you can go into your closet each morning and have too many choices to choose from!!

Ok, are you ready for the biggest secret? The key is to buy in outfits instead of separates. Because nine times out of ten that shirt that you absolutely loved in the store ends up sitting in your closet with the tagged attach because you have nothing to go with it in your current wardrobe. You try it on with different pants, skirts and jackets and you just can not seem to find the right garment to go with it, so eventually you get so frustrated you return it or it sits in your closet and collects dust. Well, we both know that is a waste of money and a garment that has gone to waste. So instead of just leaving with the one top you felt you could not live without, create a complete look around it. This way when you go into your closet not only do you have that complete outfit as a go to you can now use these items as separates as you grow your wardrobe, eventually being able to mix and match. The more you buy in outfits the more your wardrobe will become easier to rework into new outfits. The best type of wardrobe is one that can be mixed in matched in several ways. Also, when putting a complete look together the ultimate way to do it is buying the accessories as well to match. Think about it this way, you would never go buy a car without all its parts because then you constantly have to go to the auto-shop to get more parts to make it work. Same goes for an outfit, without each garment and all the accessories to complete the look you will constantly be going to the mall searching for the missing parts to make it work!!

STYLE LESSON #1: Buy in complete outfits. Your closet will love you!

The JEWEL that is always in style!

One accessory you can always count on to be in “fashion” is pearls. The old saying goes “diamonds are a girls bestfriend” however I believe its pearls! What stone do you know that can go with any outfit on any given day, brighten up your face, show the world you are successful and are classy? I mean seriously what piece of jewelry do you know that you can put with your white t-shirt and blue jeans and your most glamurous dress in your wardrobe. I distinctly remember on one of the many episodes of “Sex and the City” Carrie went over to see Miranda one New Years Eve and she rolled out of bed and headed over in her pj’s and pearls! So if you cannot think of what to put with your outfit and it feels like it is missing something just throw on pearls you can never go wrong! If I had to give up all my jewelry and was only given the option to keep one piece in my wardrobe it would be hands down my long strand of pearls. And let me remind you can never be wearing to many pearls. So have fun and pile them on if you wish, let them drap long or wrap them around your neck! Sometimes I will even wrap my long strand around my wrist making a bracelet.

For my 23nd birthday my wonderful, amazing Father gave me a real strand of pearls. I felt like I had officially became a business woman! 🙂 I was always taught by my Mother since I was a child that pearls were a sign of success which makes perfect since when we look back in history. Pearls were worn by many women who made an impact in fashion. Jackie O., Audrey Hepburn, Chanel and the list goes on. Additionally, they were worn by many of high status and power, including Princes of India through all their genera­tions, the dynasties of Egypt, the royalties of Persia, the wild chiefs of Arab tribes, the potentates of Greece, Rome and Venice, the houris of Turkey and the Queens of every European court.

Also, unlike some jewelry pearls can be worn fake and they are just as fabulous as the real ones and may even be more fabulous if they are costume. Chanel was seen wearing a long strand of costume pearls first back in 1924, this is when costume jewelry also really took off. Chanel believed costume jewelry was actually better than authentic jewels. And I would have to say I would have to agree (in most cases), its funny I find that I get more compliments on the pieces I spent $5 on than I do on the pieces I spent $100+ on. Go figure!! 🙂

So WHAT are you waiting for…your wardrobe is seriously missing out if pearls are not in your collection!! Real or fake they are fabulous no matter what!!

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City” wearing Mikimoto pearls while lounging around the house

Mikimoto Pearls:

  • Kokichi Mikimoto, the founder of Mikimoto pearls, discovered his first cultured pearl on July 11, 1893
  • Kokichi founded the world’s first store specializing pearl jewelry in Tokyo’s Ginza district
  • Kinds of Mikimoto Pearls: Akoya cultured pearl, silver lipped cultured pearl, black lipped cultured pearl, freshwater cultured pearl & semi-spherical cultured pearl, and conch pearl
  • 6 Qualities of a Mikimoto Pearl you should consider before buying: lustre, nacre thickness, surface, color, shape, and size
  • How a Mikimoto pearl is made: Raising oysters, inserting the nucleus, pearl cultivation, and harvesting pearls
  • AAA grade is the highest quality of Mikimoto pearls

 

My all time favorite strand of pearls. Classic Chanel long strand of pearls!