Sunday, December 28, 2014

Get Glam for New Years!

It's been a pretty incredible year.  2014 will always hold a special place in my heart, but I'm definitely ready to ring in the New Year with a bang.  My girl, Silvie, came to visit last week from Chicago with her husband and long time friend, Mike. 
We had a Holiday party on the books and I've never seen a girl do so well at packing options.  She had two amazing dresses and a pair of satin pants that I was drooling over.  She ended up choosing the stunning dress (pictured above) from AKIRA and paired it with a black belt around her waist and a gunmetal necklace.  She nailed it.  And she did it out of a suitcase. 
Once I saw how fabulous she looked, I had to step it up with my favorite sequin dress from Forever 21.  A pair of black tights and heels and we were turning every head at the party.  There's something to be said for getting all dolled up.
New Years Eve is a perfect excuse to get glammed up.  Forget about the past, focus on the New Year, Drink champagne, celebrate the good times and surround yourself with the ones you love.  Happy 2015! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Shopping Tip #3

Shopping Tip #3: Read Fashion Magazines
I honestly get very little time to sit down and read.  Life is SO busy, but one thing I always make time for are my fashion magazines.  They bring me so much joy.  I subscribe to InStyle, Lucky, Glamour and People StyleWatch.  Here are a few advantages to reading fashion magazines:
  • They feature upcoming fashion that people in certain regions (like Maine) don't see until they're practically out of style.  And some of those magazines feature the upcoming fashion in an "everyday" (not runway) style. 
  • They feature upcoming fashion that is designer and costs a fortune and then show comparable looking pieces for way less.  I love the idea of looking like a million bucks, but really only spending a fraction of it.
  • In my opinion, the best advantage of reading a fashion magazine is that it helps put ideas in your head about items you want to purchase.  When you have knowledge of what is in fashion and where to find affordable pieces, you're so ahead of the game.  Shopping becomes a breeze. 
It's a hectic time to shop right now, so enjoy the holidays with your family.  Be sure to redistribute or recycle your fashion magazines.  Then, get out there and scoop up all the amazing "after Christmas sale" prices.  Happy Holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas & Knit Pants

It wouldn't be Christmas without a slew of holiday parties.  When I say slew, I mean every other night for three weeks of holiday parties.  It's exciting, fun, exhausting, delicious... did I mention exhausting and delicious?  Cookies, cakes, candy canes and my favorite, cocktails.  It's virtually impossible to not overindulge this time of year, so I have decided to embrace it all and pack on a few holiday pounds.

I always start the season with my cutest cocktail dresses.  Always matching my jewelry and shoes and hairstyle.  As I get a little closer to the end of the season, I get a little sloppy.  I run out of cocktail dresses and energy and found a need for the perfect holiday party substitute.  Something with stretch, something I can throw in the washer and dryer and something I can dress up or down.

The perfect solution: knit pants.  I don't think I have seen a more versatile pair of pants in my life.  The picture above was in NYC and I paired my knit pants with a top with leather embellishments and black booties.  It was raining and cold that night and I couldn't have been more warm and comfortable.  The next day, I paired the knit pants with a wool sweater and flats and took on the City.  I couldn't believe how many compliments I got on these pants!

Everyone was asking me where I got them and when I told them Burlington Coat Factory, they were all floored.  They'd be really floored if they knew I spent under $20 for them!  The day I bought them, I was looking for a cocktail dress and walked out feeling a little deflated about my purchase of pants instead of a dress.  After wearing them to drinks with the girls and then out shopping on 5th Avenue the next day, I realized I had totally scored.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Shift Dress

The shift dress has been around for ages.  It's basically a simple, one piece dress that falls above the knee.  It's quite possibly the most versatile wardrobe piece of all time.  When I say versatile, I mean you can wear a shift dress for almost any occasion.  Work, dinner, playground, class... You name it. 

Traditionally, a shift dress doesn't have much of a wow factor, but there are many ways to amp it up.  You can add to a simple shift with a leather jacket, statement jewelry, patterned tights or even a pair of booties.  If your shift is simple, add a fun accessory to give it more of that wow factor.

OR, you can sport a shift dress in an amazing pattern like my girl, Filomena.  Her hounds tooth print shift is from Express and she rocks it by keeping her accessories simple.  Filomena always gets it's right when it comes to fashion.  She takes a traditional style and kicks it up a notch.  She's the perfect model for a shift dress done right.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hat Season

Hat season.  I love it.  It's the perfect excuse to keep warm and protect your hair from the harsh winter elements.  Whether it's a wide brimmed hat, a beanie or a baseball cap, a hat is a great way to add a fun accessory to your outfit.  Some may disagree and say that summer is hat season.  I find that a hat in the summer just makes me itchy and hot.  Slab on your SPF and save those hats for winter. 
I originally was going to blog about thigh-high socks when I took the picture above.  BUT, they're really not practical for 90% of women.  Unless you have long lean legs, they'll pinch at the top and if worn wrong, can make you look less than classy.  I looked at the pictures and immediately ran to my closet to get my favorite black hat.  It totally completed the look and gave me new inspiration for this post.  I got this fabulous black hat at Forever 21 for under $15.  The romper is from Macy's and the thigh-high socks and black booties are from DSW.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

My Best Accessory

There was a time when I thought my best accessory was a Chanel purse.  I was so proud of it and carried it everywhere.  I felt like I had really accomplished something having that Chanel.  What a fool I was.  Purses are great for carrying things, diamonds are sparkly, stilettos make your legs look super long and lean... but nothing compares to my best accessory, my son.

Ironically, in the beginning he made me really ugly.  Between the fat belly and a complete lack of sleep, I was starting to think having a baby wasn't the best idea.  BUT, as time went on and complete strangers were constantly stopping me to tell me what a beautiful baby I had, I realized this baby was making me look pretty good.

Today, Michael is a bright, fun and energetic five year old boy.  And he's gorgeous.  He's already breaking hearts of every girl in his Pre-K class when he tells them, "I don't like girls".  Whether his opinion of girls changes as he gets older or not, I live and breathe for my beautiful boy.  My best accessory.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Workout Clothes Everyday?

Every weekday morning, I put my gym clothes on and drop my little one off at school.  Because I'm going to the gym immediately after I drop him off, right?  I mean sometimes.  Yes, I end up at the gym, but that doesn't mean that I'm not running to the grocery store and Post Office first.  Heaven knows I can't run my errands after I'm all sweaty. 

The question is: Can you wear workout clothes for everyday?  In my opinion, yes.  Workout clothes are comfortable, sporty and as long as your intentions are to workout, this look can be done.  Of course there are places that are inappropriate to wear workout clothes.  But I did just read an article in my InStyle Magazine where it featured the growing trend of athletic apparel being incorporated with everyday looks.  Meaning, women wearing running shoes with their jeans and a Nike pullover.

I have recently discovered Target's running leggings in an awesome array of prints and colors.  They have inspired me to not only feel great at the gym, but also to have the confidence to drop my kids off at school and run around town without feeling frumpy.  I eventually shower and put on heels for lunch with the girls, but don't be shy to try the growing trend of workout clothes for everyday.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shopping Tip #2

The biggest complaint I hear when I go shopping with a Client is that they like separate pieces, but don't know how to put them together to make a look.  My Shopping Tip #1 was to notice that stores usually put coordinating pieces all on the same rack.  The pants that you like will most likely have a top that goes perfectly right near it.  Don't over think it.  The stores are trying to help you.

My #2 shopping tip is to look at what the store has on display.  Take the mannequins displayed at Bon Ton, for example.  Like the blue sweater with leggings and boots look?  I know I do.  Luckily, directly behind the display, you will find all the pieces to complete this look.  Just remember to always try everything on.  It's much more time consuming to go back to the Mall a second time because you didn't try things on and they don't fit.

If you can't find what you're looking for or just have questions about the look, don't hesitate to ask an associate for help.  I rarely meet someone that works in retail that doesn't have a passion for it.  These people are working long nights and weekends on their feet so they can make you look fabulous.  Or, if you still are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the process of shopping, call me.  It's what I do.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wanted: Fur Vest

I always have a clothing item or accessory on my list of "wants".  My mother taught me a long time ago that there's a difference between "wanting" and "needing" something when you're shopping.  I usually wait when I want something.  It will go one of two ways: 1.) I lose sleep over how badly I want it, so it eventually turns into something I need and I buy it, or 2.) I get over it and move on to the next desired item.  So far, I've had many sleepless nights over this fur vest. 

No, technically I don't need it.  But my goodness, I could think of a million ways to wear it.  I love how Francesca's belted it and layered it on top of a bright top and leather skirt.  It totally justifies wearing a skirt in the winter.  It's also the perfect piece to add to any otherwise boring outfit.  Wearing black skinnies with a black top cause you heard black make you look skinny and you're having a fat day?  Layer the fur vest on top and you're hiding your paunch and making your outfit so much more chic.

Okay, that's it.  I've officially talked myself into "needing" not "wanting" a fur vest immediately.  Thanks for listening.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Two Piece Suit

Oh, the forgotten wardrobe staple... a two piece suit.  We usually think of it as a blazer paired with a matching skirt or pants.  Most people have at least one two piece suit.  They pull it out for a job interview or a funeral.  Tragedy.  An absolute tragedy that one would wear the same thing to such very different occasions. 
A two piece suit can have so much more power.  First of all, you can always guarantee you have something in your closet that matches.  The top and bottom of your two piece suit always match.  The confidence that your outfit matches perfectly is pretty powerful.  A two piece suit also has the power to coordinate into two different outfits.  A different top with your suit bottom and a pair of jeans to wear with your suit top. 
My two piece suit is from  They have a ton of fun two piece suits (along with a ton of affordable clothing and accessories), but beware, it's a company in China and their tops run significantly larger than their bottoms.  If you tend to run a bit bigger on the bottom compared to your top, you'll want to order pieces separately.  And that goes for any type of suit.  Buying the top and bottom separately guarantees a good fit.     
Don't forget about how powerful and versatile a two piece suit can be.  A little tip: Calvin Klein has the most amazing line of suit separates and you can actually get them for a steal at Burlington Coat Factory.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Shopping Tip #1

One very common complaint I hear from Clients when I'm Personal Shopping is that they don't know what pieces coordinate with what.  You walk into a store and you're instantly overwhelmed with all the options.  The lights are bright, the music is loud, you look around and all you see are size 2's.  That's great if you've had six cups of coffee and you're a size 2.  Your instincts tell you to turn around and run.

Instead of running, take a deep breath and remember Chelsea's Shopping Tip #1.  Find one item that you like and approach the rack.  The clothes are hung from the smallest size in the front to the largest size in the back.  Find your size, and depending on whether it looks a little small or large, also grab one size up or down. 

Clothing racks normally have several bars on each rack and believe it or not, the clothing companies are trying to make coordinating your clothes easier than you think.  Right next to that beautiful burgundy blouse (pictured above at H&M) lies a pair of black skinny trousers.  Coincidence?  I think not.  They go together perfectly.  Grab your size and the next size up or down.  WHAT?  Right next to the blouse and pants hangs a versatile black and white blazer with leather embellishments?  Yup.  Get two of those and head for the dressing room.

You must try things on.  You're a fool if you think that you don't need to.  Fit depends on so much more than size.  The fabric, the cut, even the style can all have a major impact on how things fit.  So, you tried on the blouse, the pants and the blazer.  Thank goodness you grabbed two sizes of each because maybe the pants ran a little big or the sleeves on the blouse were too long on the larger size.  Keep what you love, toss what you don't and get ready to tackle the next rack of coordinates.

Shopping can be a lot of fun and very rewarding.  Walking out of a store feeling confident in your purchases will radiate throughout your life.  When you look good, you feel good.  I have many more shopping tips, but that's for another blog.  Try my Shopping Tip #1 and I would love to hear about your experience!  Still feeling overwhelmed?  Personal Shopping is my thing.  E-mail me at 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wear a Costume for Halloween

One day a year, you can be anything you want to be.  I mean, technically you can be anything you want to everyday, but Halloween allows you to be something totally ridiculous without looking so.  For example: last Halloween I was Snow White.  A grown woman dressing up as Snow White is pretty unacceptable most days of the year, but on Halloween... it's awesome.  The response to my costume was pure envy by every little girl that came trick-or-treating, and honestly, I think the Moms were a bit envious too.  You know they were thinking, I should have dressed up too.  Yes you should have.

Women's costumes tend to be short, sexy and wildly inappropriate for trick-or-treating and family-friendly parties.  The good news is that you can always add to any costume.  Wear leggings, tights or thigh-high stockings to cover your legs.  Wear a shirt underneath or add a cape to keep your top warm.  Add a little fun and fashion to a once sexy costume to make it all your own.  But for heavens sake, be fun this Halloween and wear a costume!  Your friends, co-workers, family and trick-or-treaters will love it.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Animal Print

Animal print is such a funny thing.  As soon as it's out, it's back in.  One season it's python, then it's all about cheetah.  Who can keep up with it all?  Well, my girl Teresa does.  This is how she shows up to lunch, downtown, on a Friday.  Fabulous.  Straight fabulous.

Teresa sells Real Estate in Maine.  No wonder her business keeps growing.  When you come to a showing looking this good, who can say no?  Check out her website at

In my opinion, animal print is here to stay.  It's a sexy way to let people know you like to have fun with your style.  The key to wearing it is to only wear one animal print piece at a time.  Head to toe zebra stripes will make you look ridiculous.  Pump up an all black outfit with a pair of cheetah print booties or wear an abstract animal print mini dress (from LOFT) with jeggings, like Teresa. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

How a Peplum Saved Me

I used to keep my disease to myself.  It used to be unheard of and rarely talked about.  My sophomore year in college, I was rushed to the Emergency Room for what the Doctors thought was a appendicitis.  When I woke up from surgery, the Doctor told me they took my appendix out just to be safe, but what was causing my pain was that my intestines were infected and I had Crohn's Disease.  I had never even heard of it. 
Flash forward ten years later and I'm back in the hospital with the same pain but my medication isn't controlling my flare up.  A million tests and a couple colonoscopies later and I was rediagnosed with a rare version of Crohn's called Lymphocytic Colitis.  Today, I'm accurately medicated and living (most days) in remission.
I tell my story because it's a good reminder that no one is perfect and most people have some sort of issues they deal with daily.  That's where the fashion piece comes into play.  Looking good means feeling good.  The picture taken above was on a day that I was feeling pretty sick.  My intestines were flared up and my abdomen was making me look 6 months pregnant!  I remembered I had bought a peplum dress at What The Frock ( the week before and when I put it on... it totally saved me.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Faux Leather Leggings

Now that you have purchased your black booties (as I insisted last blog), you are ready to pair them with the next instant wardrobe update: faux leather leggings.  Leather is one of the hottest Fall trends this year, but who can afford it?  Plus, leather can be a bit binding and requires maintenance.  The solution is stretchy, affordable (borderline cheap) and figure flattering faux leather.  I got my faux leather leggings at Old Navy*. 

I was on the hunt for a pair of khakis for my son when I stumbled upon them for under $20!  At that price, I was willing to give them a go even if they only lasted through a couple washes.  I got home, pulled them on with a white long t-shirt and black booties and felt like I could take on the world.  I really just went grocery shopping, picked the kids up from school, took the little one to Karate and made dinner, but I did it all feeling comfortable and confident in my favorite new faux leather leggings.

I've worn and washed them at least a dozen times and they still look as good as the day I bought them.  Pair them with a t-shirt or a sweater or even under a summer dress that you're looking to transition into Fall and Winter.  I LOVE my faux leather leggings and you will too!

*I picked up my faux leather leggings at Old Navy in size Medium (I'm an 8).  If they don't have your size available in store, you can also get them at for $19.50.  They have a ton of fun prints and a wide range of sizes.  It's a great place to stock up on leggings!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Black Booties

I often Google an item I'm planning on blogging about for inspiration and to ensure accuracy.  What a surprise I got when I typed "women's black booties" into Google this morning!  I honestly thought images of short black boots were going to appear.  That was not the case.  Not even close.  I can't unsee what came up on my screen, but it was a good lesson.  Use your words on the Internet wisely.

Now, to talk about (what it means in my head), black booties.  I like to suggest to my followers items that I really love.  This is not one of those posts.  Today, I'm going to do more than suggest... I'm going to insist.  Black booties can have a heal, be flat, have a peep-toe or be fully closed, but what makes them considered "booties" is that the top of the boot hits just at or above your ankle.

There are few items in your closet that you can wear ALL four seasons.  Black booties are definitely one of those items.  Keep your boots above the shin for Winter, (and for cooler climates) Fall and Spring.  With booties... the possibilities are endless!  I wear my black booties with skinny jeans, boot cut jeans, leggings, shorts, skirts and I have even worn my more fancier booties with a sexy dress.  All appropriate and fabulous!

Booties are so "on trend" right now (and for years to come), that you'll instantly update any look with the right pair.  Not sure what type of booties to buy?  Well, take it from me who owns three pair of black booties and two pair of tan ones.  My go-to pair (pictured above) are from DSW.  They have a chunky 1 1/2" heel, suede black fringe and zip on the inside which makes putting them on and taking them off a breeze.  For these booties, comfort and function are everything.  If you're booties are not comfortable, you just won't wear them. 

If you don't already own a pair of black booties, please go invest in a pair.  I promise you'll wear them.  If you take my advice and get a pair that are not only cute, but also are comfortable, you'll wear them all the time.  You'll be like, "I should always listen to Chelsea"!  Ha ha, but in all seriousness, buy yourself a pair of black booties.  You'll thank me.  Oh, and don't Google it.  Just go to your favorite shoe store and try on every pair you like.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Personal Shop Like Flora

My girl, Flora, has been asking me to take her shopping for months.  She already has great style and tons of awesome pieces, but she needed some staples and updates.  She met me at H&M at 10am in her easy to slip on and off flats and we got to it.  By 11:30am, Flora had a whole new work and weekend wardrobe with pieces that can be mixed and matched in different ways.  Flora was officially one of the best Clients I have ever worked with.
If you're ever interested in hiring a Personal Shopper to assist you in your shopping process, do it like Flora.  She took pictures of clothing items that she already owns so that we could find coordinating pieces to build on.  She also showed up in an outfit that was easy to take on and off, which is key because I WILL make you try everything on.  She gave me a budget, which we did go over a little, but I told her it was going to happen if she wanted to get shoes too.  Shoes and accessories will always get you like that.  She also was totally honest about what she liked and didn't like, so we didn't waste any time.  The Personal Shopper is there to make the Client happy, not the other way around.
The best part about hiring a Personal Shopper is that I insist on shopping with you the first time, but once I get an idea of your personal taste and size, you can hire me to go shopping without you and bring you options in the convenience of your work or home.  Anything you like, you buy.  Anything you don't want, I'll return.  Personal Shopping is a premium service with premium results.  Contact me if you're interested.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Body Candy


I had lunch with my girlfriend, Melissa, the other day and she was kind enough to let me take some pictures of she and her precious daughter.  Melissa definitely has it going on.  She's an amazing mother to two beautiful children, plus she owns her own business called Body Candy.  Juggling those two things alone makes her pretty impressive, but the cherry on top is that she always looks slamming!
When I say slamming, I mean she showed up to lunch in Express faux leather leggings, Rampage booties she scored at DSW and a gold Michael Kors bag that I need immediately.  Melissa definitely changes up her look regularly, but one thing she has mastered is her silhouette.  Fitted pants, loose top and a perfect layering piece to keep warm (which usually includes a cropped leather or denim jacket).  In my opinion, a fashion recipe for success for all body types.
If you haven't heard of Body Candy, you're missing out.  Her line of over 10 fragrances are different from anything you have ever seen (or smelled).  There are solid perfumes, oils, lotions, bubble baths, etc. and scents like Bare Black or Pumpkin Passion (sounds strange, but is not only her best seller; it's an aphrodisiac and my husband's favorite).  You can see a the full line of products and scents at
Let's give it up for Melissa for not only looking and smelling amazing everyday, but for also being a full time Mom and Business Woman.  She's an inspiration to all of us and is a great reminder that you can have it all if you're willing to work for it!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chunky Sweater

I'm so excited that the second look my followers chose was a pink broomstick maxi paired with a black sweater.  I have been dying to share my excitement about (in my opinion) Fall's biggest trend:  chunky sweaters!  Cable knit, wool, waffle, stretch, print, pattern, you name it, sweaters are all the rage this Fall.  Especially oversized or cropped (for layering).
An off white, cable knit, chunky wool sweater should be in every girl (and guy's) closet for Fall and Winter.  You can pair it with jeans and sneakers for a casual look or layer it over faux leather leggings and booties for and evening out.  I paired a cropped black chunky sweater (from Kohls) with an incredible pink maxi skirt (from for a warn dinner look.  I have a feeling this trend is here to stay, so invest in a warm chunky sweater for the Fall and you'll definitely wear it through the Winter.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coral Pants & Bell Sleeves


As promised, I wore and loved my followers number one selection.  I actually wear this outfit all the time.  The coral skinny pants are my absolute favorites right now.  I got them from  They look like leggings before you pull them on, but with the zipper fly, back pockets and bunching effect at the ankles, these are way more than leggings.  I would compare the material to a sweatshirt, which gives these pants the award for "THE MOST COMFORTABLE PANTS EVER"!
The floral printed top is extra adorable with the widest bell sleeves I have ever seen.  It's so much fun to wear and the best part is that I only paid $20 for it at Marshalls.  The camel wedge booties are from Target.  I bought them a couple years ago, so I don't think they still have them available, but I did see a pair just like them at DSW last week.
I always try to point out proportions on my blog.  For example: If you're going to wear a printed loose blouse, balance it with a pair of more fitted bottoms.  Or if your top is snug to your body, wear a flowing maxi skirt or wide leg pants.  Tight tops and bottoms are just totally out of style.  Show off your assets in a tasteful way by featuring only one fitted clothing item.
You chose this outfit and I love the feedback.  This was a fun way to let my followers decide what I'm going to wear.  Outfit number two will be featured soon.  Thanks!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Help Me Get Dressed!

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Believe it or not, sometimes even a Fashion Blogger needs help getting dressed.  I have two social evening events (both fairly casual) coming up and I can't decide what to wear.  I'm asking my Followers to help me decide on which outfits you like the most.  Whichever two get the most votes, I'll wear and blog about.  Thanks for your help!

Monday, September 8, 2014

What The Frock?

Events and occasions are always popping up in our lives.  Weddings, vacations, work conferences, etc.  Who can keep up with it all?  And who can afford to buy new dresses for each one?  Between the parking and huge stores that are mostly stocked with overpriced trendy items that you'll probably never wear again, the Mall can be quite daunting.  For years I did the Mall shuffle and spent a fortune on dresses that I usually settled on due to fit, timing or both.
There is a solution.  A solution that, before What The Frock, I had never considered.  What The Frock is a Designer and high end consignment dress store that has a dress to meet every size and budget.  I'm lucky enough to be friends with the Owner, Ali Lindkvist, but you don't have to be friends to reap the amazing benefits of buying second hand.  Most of the pieces she has look like they have never been worn, and some pieces haven't.  That's right, tons of dresses with new tags still on them at a fraction of the price. 
What The Frock carries wedding dresses, formal dresses, cocktail dresses, casual dresses, but that's not all.  She also has accessories to complete any look.  Shoes, jewelry, shawls.  I know when I walk in I'm going to get amazing personal service and walk out with something I would NEVER find anywhere else. 
The best part of What The Frock?  There is an in-house seamstress, Jacquelyn Pepice, that will do your alterations on the spot!  It doesn't get much better than that.  I always stop into a consignment store first when I need a special piece and What The Frock never disappoints.  You can find What The Frock online at or if you're lucky enough to live in Maine, stop by and see Ali and Jacquelyn at 34 Washington Avenue in Portland.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Wardrobe Change

It's one of my favorite times of the year!  Wardrobe change time.  Time to put away all those sheer florals and flip flops and start incorporating some Fall pieces for cooler nights.  I'm not saying put away ALL your summer clothes.  The cool part about Fall is that the days are still warm, so you can keep out some of your favorite pieces out .  The key is to add a layer. 
Still want to wear your favorite heels?  Wear socks with them (which is totally in for the Fall).  Love that spaghetti strap dress you got compliments on all summer?  Layer a leather jacket on over it and boom!  Not ready to cover up those amazing legs you have been tanning all summer?  Throw a chunky sweater and booties on to give them a cozy feel.  The possibilities are endless!
I do insist you put away your super summery pieces.  Leaving them in your closet to consider will only confuse and overwhelm you when your getting dressed.  Flip flops, tank tops, floral maxis, put them in a Rubbermaid bin for the winter.  You'll be happy you did when that unexpected vacation pops up in January and you need to pack quickly.
Take the time to put away your summer pieces and pull out the Fall layers to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe.  It's time.  Feeling overwhelmed or confused on what to keep and what goes?  Call me.  That's what I do.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sequined Pencil Skirt

I bought this sequined pencil skirt at Target last spring with the intentions to wear it to a cocktail party.  I paired it with a silk button down blouse and booties.  I got a ton of compliments that evening and when I got home, I tossed the skirt to the side with the intentions of probably not wearing it again for a while.  It's such a statement piece, I figured everyone would remember if I wore it again. 
Well, wear it again, I did.  And again, and again and again!  Thinking I could only sport the sequined pencil skirt as evening wear was my first mistake.  Talk about versatility!  The look pictured above was for a prospective client meeting.  The first thing she said when I showed up was, "Well, I'll need one of those skirts in my wardrobe"!  The next week, I went even more casual and paired the skirt with a pair of sneakers and a graphic tee.  Compliments galore!
Taking one garment and styling in different ways is the name of the game.  This inexpensive, comfortable and intended for one use skirt has turned into one of my favorite pieces that can be styled for day, night, casual, semi-formal, you name it.  Try putting an unexpected twist on something you normally wear the same way.  You'll be amazed at end endless possibilities.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Don't Let Your Maxi Swallow You

I've seen it time and time again.  Another beautiful young lady has been swallowed by her maxi skirt/dress.  Kills me.  There's no denying that the "to the floor" maxi style was one of the summer's biggest trends.  They're extremely comfortable, versatile and gives a person who wants to cover up their legs in the summer, an excuse to.  But all too often I see a big, overflowing maxi skirt dragging on the ground with a big, overflowing top, just swallowing the person wearing it.  Never a good look.
Keep your maxi skirt or dress balanced with a coordinating top.  Pictured above, I'm hearing a loose asymmetrical top, which I paired with hip hugging maxi skirt which goes right to the ground.  If your maxi skirt or dress is big and flowy on the bottom, then pair it with a fitted tank or t-shirt.  Also, if your maxi skirt has a print, keep your top solid or at least all in the same color scheme. 
If you don't own a maxi skirt, I highly suggest you invest in one.  The length should graze the ground (but not drag).  If it does drag, either wear heels or hem the bottom.  If you're tall like me, you'll find your length problem to be on the opposite spectrum and they'll fall too short.  If you love it, but it falls above your ankles, wear it as a midi (hem line falling below your knees and above your ankles).  The midi length is very "in" for Fall.  I got my fabulous maxi skirt from last year.

Friday, August 8, 2014

What Your Mama Gave You


We spend hours in the mirror obsessing over the parts of our body we don't like.  My nose is too big.  My butt is too flat.  My hair is frizzy.  I know I do it.  Constantly, in fact.  My biggest body complaint is my stomach.  I could blame it on my genetics, my inflammatory bowel disease or just get real and face the fact that it's probably because I love wine and food.  At this point, I have come to grips with the body my Mama gave me and I'm really embracing it. 
I've actually learned a lot of tricks to cover up my belly.  Trick #1: Wear loose tops (duh), Trick #2: Suck it in (which just plain sucks) but my favorite trick to taking the focus off my belly is Trick #3: Show off what you DO like about your body.
For me it's legs, legs, legs.  I was blessed with long, lean, athletic legs and when they're tan, they're unstoppable!  Throw on a pair of heels and they're borderline out of control.  There have been some obstacles along the way.  Like finding jeans long enough or making sure a mini doesn't look too short, but for the most part, my legs steal the show every time. 
Stop focusing on what you don't like about your body and start showing off what you do.  Shake what your Mama gave you.  The navy blue maxi (pictured above) was a perfect mix of loose in the stomach area and had a super high slit to show off my legs.  I got it at

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Lengths

Of course.  As soon as my collection of maxis (dresses and skirts that go to the floor) are complete, I open my fashion magazines to see that the maxi is out and the midi (dresses, skirts and pants that fall below your knee and above your ankle) are all the rage.  Come on! 
I do like the more sophisticated hem line of the midi.  I like that the length shows off a pair of fabulous heals.  I also like that I can now wear all those maxis (because my legs are ridiculously long) that were too short in a new way.  I think I'm liking this midi trend.
Proportions are really important when wearing a midi.  Wear yours with heels or a wedge.  Flats will make your legs appear short and stumpy.  Wear a top that skims your waist.  A top that falls below your waistline is too long and will appear disproportionate.  Keep your accessories simple and not overstated.  Let the midi be the star of the show.  A midi is a bold new length that anyone can pull off.  A simple black midi dress is a perfect blank canvas to dress up or down any way you like.  I got my  dress and accessories from and the sheer top is from H&M. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Little Summer Dresses

It's summer.  It's hot, it's sticky... and I love every second of it.  Around here, we only get to enjoy it for a couple months and then it's quickly over, so let's embrace these hot days (and nights) with little summer dresses.  The best part of a cool summer dress, is that it can easily transform from a casual day look to a sophisticated evening look.  Sandals and a necklace are the perfect accessories for day.  For night, pair your little summer dress with a cropped black leather jacket and some peep-toe black booties.  I got both of these little summer dresses at the Abercrombie & Fitch Outlet for $5 a piece!  Stock up and you'll be cool all summer long.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Transitional Pieces

I hate to do it.  I really do.  Especially because summer is just getting going around here, and it was such a long winter.  BUT, I do want to talk about transitional pieces that you can carry over from summer into fall and even possibly winter.  I purchased the dress (pictured above) with summer and fall in mind.  Instead of a bright floral print, it's more of a dark floral.  It's sheer, so for a summer look I put a black mini dress under with my favorite wedges.  To get more bang for my buck, I'll wear this dress into the fall with a cami, sheer black tights and a pair of booties.  Going into winter, wear leggings underneath with a oversized sweater and knee high boots.  One dress, with endless possibilities.  When shopping for that next piece, try to keep in mind the changing seasons and purchase something you can transition over.  You'll save money, time and you won't have to cry when it's time to change over your closet, that you are putting it away... because your keeping it out for next season!  I got my dress from 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Be Festive: Happy 4th of July

I love being an American and the freedom that comes with it.  In Maine, we live for the 4th of July.  It's really the only holiday that's hot enough to beach and barbecue!  So why not go all out?  Why not wear your stars and stripes bikini?  Why not wrap yourself in red, white and blue and show your pride in this great Country?  It's the one day that you can.  Light the sparklers, watch the fireworks, wear your American flag T-shirt and for gosh sakes... be festive!  Happy 4th of July, everyone.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Statement Necklace

I love this red dress I got from Target last year.  I love it so much that I bought two more in different colors.  I always say, once you find something that fits well and is comfortable, buy it in every color and print you can.  But that's for another blog, another day.  This one is about the necklace, which takes this simple red dress from cute to glamorous.  It's referred to as a "statement necklace" because it does just that.  Makes a statement.  My favorite statement necklace will have pearls, gems or shiny bold metals.  Pair your statement necklace with simple prints and patterns.  Too much going on will look tacky and confusing.  Keep your look simple and let the necklace do it's thing.  I'm constantly getting compliments on the red and gold one above.  The best part of all... I get most of my statement jewelry from Burlington Coat Factory and Forever 21 for under $10!  Try a statement necklace and I promise you'll wear it over and over again.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thigh High Slit

I really enjoy taking fashion risks.  Sometimes they work... and sometimes they don't.  I can usually gauge whether it's going to work based on how confident I feel walking out the door.  I ordered this dress online with the hopes that the thigh high slit would stay on my thigh and not expose any other parts.  Thank goodness when I slipped the dress on, it stayed right in place (even when a big gust of wind came by).  I used to think a thigh high slit on a long dress is just for the red carpet, but I have been seeing them everywhere in a more casual way.  I let the dress be the star of the look by pairing it with flat sandals and a beaded necklace.  This fashion risk paid off with a night of compliments.  Take a fashion risk this summer.  A dress with a  thigh high slit is really fun and sexy.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Personal Shopping Success

My friend and Client, Jen, called me last week to help her find a smoking hot outfit for her birthday cruise.  Luckily, Jen was pretty focused and was also very open to different ideas and suggestions.  We discussed areas that she wanted to show off and areas she wanted to hide.  As soon as she mentioned she didn't want anything too tight on her belly (by the way, she has toddler twin girls and looks AMAZING), I instantly thought: peplum and skinny jeans.   A peplum is a long ruffle on a top, dress or skirt and is a great way to hide a belly or love handles.  I suggested pairing the peplum top with dark skinny jeans, which is a nice balance to the flowy ruffle.  Jen took a couple dresses and the peplum ensemble into the dressing room.  She came out with the biggest smile and we both knew this (look pictured above) was it.  Jen bought a statement necklace and paired the look with some adorable black heels.  She got everything at Forever21 (except the shoes are hers) for right around $50.00.
I love Personal Shopping and it's just one of the many services I offer as a Fashion Consultant.  I also offer the service where (after a quick evaluation of size and style) I shop and purchase a few outfit options, accessories and bring them to you.  You select any, all or none of the options and whatever you don't want will be returned.  One of the services that I offer, I suggest to most clients, is Closet Organization.  Most people don't even realize how many pieces of clothing they haven't worn in yeeeeeeears!  Once you purge all the pieces you don't wear and evaluate what you need, shopping becomes much easier and even potentially fun.
Have an event and don't know what to wear?  Don't have time to go shopping?  Need some wardrobe updates?  Feeling overwhelmed by your overflowing closet?  Call me.  I love my job! 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Fashion Kicks

I grew up playing sports most of my childhood and teenage years.  I usually had at least two or three pair of sneakers in my closet, but the pair I always had on my feet were more for fashion than function.  My kicks, I would call them.  They weren't for running, they weren't for making me jump higher, they were for making my feet (I have huge feet) look as small as possible and making my outfit look fly.  As an adult... not a lot has changed.  I have several pair of sneakers that I wear to walk and ride my bike, but my favorite pair are more for dressing up a seemingly boring outfit.

My absolute favorites right now are my silver wedge sneakers (  I had to do a little research to make sure that these kicks haven't expired their trendy lifespan.  Luckily for me, almost every high-end designer still offers this style of sneaker through the Fall.  If you're not into the flashy silver, try a pair of black or gray wedges.  If you're not into the wedge at all (they're actually the most comfortable and easy to walk in wedge I have ever worn), try a pair of printed Nikes.  I have seen fashion Nikes in everything from hot pink to animal print. 

The best way to style this trend is letting the kicks be the star of the outfit.  Wear your pants rolled up a little, or wear them with shorts and a fun t-shirt.  Of course, sneakers are never appropriate for any type of evening function.  I would designate this look to daytime only.  Don't be afraid to invest in a pair of fashion kicks for outside the gym.  They're cute, comfortable and add a sporty and fun element to your look.