I’m a huge advocate of shopping for sport, but as a fashion stylist, I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s not always necessary. Often, I’ll find a treasure trove of stylish options right there in my client’s own closet! Sometimes it just takes the fresh perspective of a trained eye to create new ensembles out of pieces you’ve had all along. I love to shop my client’s closets and show them how to make good use out of what they already have, and they tend to appreciate saving money as well. We create looks based on specific occasions or on their typical lifestyle activities, and then take photos on their phones. This way, my clients can scroll through the looks and select an outfit without having to think about it.
*Photos by Theresa NeSmith Photography
As seen in the January 2019 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine…
I recently had the pleasure of hosting a Spring 2015 Fashion Trend Event at Neiman Marcus. For a captive audience of budget conscious fashionistas I presented the season’s hottest offerings from the American luxury retailer.
With the assistance of models Sonya and Melissa I showed my own translations of the runway’s predominant Spring trends, brought down to earth and presented in a real-life way; fashion made easy for the everyday gals. I styled four primary trend categories in a variety of ways, showing how one could take the trend quite literally or simply incorporate select elements from each trend to achieve the look and remain current.
The New Bohemian
Jet set meets gypsy in boho blouses and tunics, distressed denim, fringe, embroidery and maxi dresses…
Bold hues inspired by the organic rainbow of colors found in the spice markets of India…
On The White Side
From bright white to sand, this head-to-toe palette reads modern and sophisticated…
Other Spring 2015 Trends at Neiman Marcus (also shown above):
Long, Layered Necklaces
The Bucket Bag
To shop the trends visit Neiman Marcus at International Plaza or go to NeimanMarcus.com!
We had a lot of fun! In addition to the wonderful Amore Pacific beauty products each attendee received, one lucky winner recieved a gift bag that included a full bottle of Maison Francis Kurkdjian À la rose Eau de Parfum and a gift certificate for a 2 hour styling session with your truly!
Many thanks to Kim Biehl, General Manager of Neiman Marcus and Robert Roubideaux for having me…
Many thanks to my photographer Tasia Hron for capturing these images! There’s a video too which will be posted on my YouTube channel soon. Thanks also to Khadijah Brooks for making me look my best with Kevyn Aucoin make-up!
For more pics and coverage of this event visit Fashionably Fabulous.
For more info about Blogger’s Ball, a fashion industry night for charity, visit here.
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I hired a new assistant. She’s six, so she works for snacks and candy. It’s working out well. She’s a wizard with the Nikon…
Here are some samples of her work behind the lens…
Outfit 1: Cacharel top & Bloch flats (Deborah Kent’s), Lil skirt (closet), Nine West handbag (DSW)
Outfit 2: Naked Zebra jumper (JC’s Boutique), Humanoid silk jacket (Deborah Kent’s), MaxStudio.com heels, Total Betty Society necklace
Outfit 3: Bellatrix shirt (Nordstrom Rack), Tart sequin pants (JC’s Boutique), Vince Camuto booties (Nordstrom), vintage purse strap as necklace, MaxStudio.com leather cuff
Spring Fashion Trend: STRIPES
The origin of this trend stems way back to the 1800’s in the French Province of Brittany. What we commonly refer to as “nautical stripes” (navy and white) are actually called Breton stripes. The 1858 Act of France made the Breton shirt part of the official uniform for French Navy seamen. There were 21 stripes- one for each of Napoleon’s victories. The stripes were also thought to help locate men who fell overboard.
In the 1930’s CoCo Chanel launched Breton stripes into the fashion mainstream after becoming inspired by a visit to the French Coast. She designed and wore a simple striped tee with palazzo pants and, well… the rest is history!
I pulled a few striped pieces from my closet and decided to take some pics of my favorite ensembles. I have several Breton pieces, but wanted to play with the other striped goodies for this shoot. Forgive the poor quality of these shots, as I am on the hunt for a better camera.
This red and white striped mini dress is by Soprano from Nordstrom. I love the simplicity of this cut and the cotton blend is super comfy! What drew me in (besides the $38 price tag) is the ruching detail on the sleeves. There’s a small pocket on the top left side that I could do without, but it’s barely noticeable. I accessorized with a long, silver necklace (which is actually a vintage purse strap), a turquoise cocktail ring, and a sexy pair of nude Gianni Bini heels. This look is perfect for date night!
This look combines stripes and a floral print to create an unexpected twist… which I like to do on occasion. The floral blouse is DmBm from Nordstrom … very inexpensive! The striped crop jacket is Ett Taia and the white jeans are Joe’s, both from local designer consigner Fresh Threads. The jacket is a bit boxy, so it calls for a flowy and feminine blouse underneath to balance the look. Paired with a nude peep toe pump, this look is great for lunching with friends.
Here’s my bohemian side begging to be set free! The maxi dress is Color Me Red and the striped vest is Project E Vintage, both from Keys Country. I like this ensemble because it’s super comfy and makes me feel like Mother Earth. I’ve paired it with a fabulous necklace made by local jewelry designer Marianne Homsy and grecian Bandolino sandals. I could lounge around town all day in this one!
First thing’s first: Let’s shop the closet!
After a sit-down with my personal CFO (Mr. Wallet), I’ve decided that it would be a good idea to work with what I’ve already got in my closet before I go out hunting in the Fashion Forest. Mr. Wallet agrees… the hunt can be very dangerous for him after all.
I’ll begin by pulling out all of the old styles that I no longer wear. Whether it’s a tired old cardigan from my preppy phase or a pleated floral skirt that now reminds me of a lamp shade, I’ll pull it. Why waste valuable real estate holding on to pieces that I know I’ll never wear again? But what’s this?… an old pair of brown culottes from Express? First of all, what the heck was I thinking? Yes, I wore them once or twice… somehow I rocked the culottes. Paired with tall boots and turtle neck, they weren’t so bad. To toss or not to toss? That is the question. Hmmmm… I’ve got it! Let’s modify the culottes. Genius!
So I took them to my tailor and we turned them into shorts!
Now the hunt begins! I’m going through my closet piece by piece, thinking of ways to update and recreate some of my old favorites. It just takes a little imagination and a great tailor! I’ll keep you posted 🙂
I have spent the last four years playing the part of Mommy to my two little ones. In my pre-Mommy life I had a fabulous wardrobe, filled with designer clothing… the envy of any respectable fashionista. Over the course of those four years I have managed to sell, consign or donate nearly every piece that made me smile. Presently, I am left with mere memories of a life of fashion. My racks and shelves are now less impressed with the cotton tanks and jean shorts that they begrudgingly house. Purging the beauty of that space in favor of the functional has left a hole in my closet, which I now refer to as “the comfy zone”. This is a backhanded compliment of course.
I will be venturing back into the fashion industry in a few short months and feel ill-prepared for what lies ahead. I am no longer beaming with pride when I step into what once was considered my “Vault of Style”. These days, I stand in the middle of my closet staring aimlessly at the racks of playground wear and sigh. Well that’s all about to change! I am going on a journey of rediscovery, a quest for higher fashion, if you will. I am going to shop this town like nobody’s done before! … and on a shoestring budget. This is gonna be fun!! I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Wish me luck!
Here are a couple of pictures of my closet before my transformation from butterfly to caterpillar: