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March Style Notes

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March roars in like a lion and out like a lamb!? Touché, Mother Nature… Lady, you’re all business this month.

With the brief interlude of vacation talk, DENIM CUT-OFFS and general Spring Break planning (you can find my mega packing right over HERE…), I’ve been kind of ignoring the obvious. It’s still effen‘ COLD!

So what’s a girl to do when it’s time to get dressed, besides sit in your closet and stare blankly at all of the clothes you don’t want to ruin in the slush/salt, clothes that you’ll freeze in and clothes that are screaming out for mercy because you’ve been wearing them so much? You keep reading and pick up some ideas from the transitional season style notes I’ve put together below!

monochromatic black text

What I love about monochromatic dressing is that first off, it’s easy! What’s simpler than wearing the same or similar color from head to toe? It just always works. Next, it makes really inexpensive pieces look much more “designer.”  I’ll put TONAL DRESSING in this category, too. Although, while technically you’re not wearing the exact same color, the range of shades is visually appealing and a total fashion win.

white bright text

Do not be afraid of white. White is your friend. White is for all seasons. White looks pretty fantastic. Why deny yourself a built-in glow from within? The contrast of a bright white with more traditional cold weather colors (black, grey, brown, camel, etc.) and textures (wool, cashmere, boucle, faux-fur, leather etc.) takes it to a whole new transitional season level.

Trench coat text

Sticking with the outerwear theme, trench coats are just one of those staples that every woman should own. Personally, I prefer a classic, knee-length, double breasted version. Remember what I said about skewing cheaper on the pastel coat!? Well, you want to do the opposite with your trench and splurge on the best quality that’s within your budget. Everyone’s personal spending is different, I get it… and not everyone can afford a BURBERRY coat, but there are also lovely, well-crafted options at much more affordable prices. Some great brands include: RAG & BONE, BCBGMAXAZRIA, BANANA REPUBLIC & CLUB MONACO to name a few…

white shirt + jeans text

I’m sorry if you’re tired of me saying that I’ll always love a crisp white button down and a simple pair of jeans. It’s true. There is nothing wrong with sticking to a tried and true basic combination, especially when you find pieces and fabrics that work well for your body. Think this look is just too boring for you!? Well, that’s what THE THIRD PIECE is for.

pastel punch text

Since it’s still technically winter and all, you definitely need a coat. While I love a really well tailored neutral (camel, black, grey, etc.) I think that a happy pastel shade is an ideal way to usher in that long-awaited spring. Since this is definitely not a look you’ll be wearing on the reg, this is the time to go a little budget and find a well-cut, flattering pastel outerwear option that’s more of a value than investment.

How are YOU tweaking your style for the month ahead?

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Style Chameleon- The White Button Down

It’s Monday morning at “The Heart’s Delight University.”  My name is Stella, and I’ll be your instructor today.  The topic of the day is a rather mundane one- the white button down.  But don’t let that fool you!  Today’s “Style Chameleon” lesson will make something I’m sure all of you have in your closet, into something new and exciting.  Now, let’s begin!

Our subject matter- the ubiquitous white button down shirt:

Stretch perfect shirt

Everyone owns one of these… it’s time to put it to work.

For LOOK #1, our white shirt functions as an extra layer of coverage over a basic tank.  Whether you need protection from sun, summer AC blasts, or just want a bit more modesty, leave the shirt open, roll up the sleeves and you’re ready to go! 

White Shirt- Playground Momma
1) J.Crew top
2) J.Crew cami top
3) Ray-Ban green sunglasses
5) Merona Flat pump shoes
7) Toy Watch green jewelry
LOOK #2 gives a standard cotton maxi dress a little bit more interest.  In this case, I recommend tying the bottom of the shirt at the waist for a little more definition for any body type.  Again, roll up those sleeves for a casual, cool look.
White Shirt- Lady Who Lunches
1)  J.Crew j crew shirt
2)  BaubleBar nautical jewelry
3) Tory Burch leather shoulder bag
4) Vince Camuto shoes
5) Michael Stars dress
Lastly, LOOK #3 lets the white shirt stand on it own and helps focus attention to where it really matters- YOU (and that fabulous party skirt).  Pop that collar up, unbutton the top few buttons and let the shirt frame your smokey eyed makeup look.
White Shirt - Hot Momma
1)  J.Crew j crew shirt
2)  BaubleBar opal jewelery
3) L.K.Bennett vintage sandals
4) Milly skirt
5) Chanel matte eye shadow
So class, as you can see, that white shirt in your closet can take you from day-to-night with little effort and a few accessories.  Not so mundane anymore, huh?
Any questions?!
XOXO,
Stella
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Back-to-Basics

Over the weekend someone asked me what I thought were the basics that every woman should own in her wardrobe.  Obviously, that’s a tough question and my answer changes based on lifestyle, age, budget, etc. but it got me thinking about the pieces in my own closet that are in constant rotation.  I actually made a list of the exact items and it came to a total of only 12 pieces!  How surprisingly efficient?!

The Basic 12
1) Little Black Dress–  SPLURGE: Diane von furstenberg  SAVE: Shopbop Basic

2) Striped Shirt-  SPLURGE: J Crew breton stripe shirt  SAVE: Old Navy (AND on SALE too!!!)

3) Chambray Shirt–  SPLURGE: Madewell  SAVE: GAP

4) White T-Shirt-  SPLURGE: T By Alexander Wang v neck t shirt  SAVE: GAP
5) Black Blazer-  SPLURGE: Bcbgmaxazria  SAVE: Modcloth (almost the exact same silhouette!!!)
6) Leather Jacket-  SPLURGE: Moschino Cheap Chic zip jacket  SAVE: Revolve Clothing (and currently on SALE!!!)
7) Broken-In Denim-  SPLURGE: KUT from the Kloth boyfriend jeans  SAVE: GAP
8) Printed Pencil Skirt-  SPLURGE: J Crew long skirt  SAVE:Forever 21

9) Black Slim Jeans-  SPLURGE: J brand  SAVE: Target

10) Red Stilettos-  SPLURGE: Casadei  SAVE: Nine West

11) Nude Ballet Flat-  SPLURGE: J Crew ballet flat  SAVE: ASOS

12) Black Stilettos-  SPLURGE: Jimmy choo  SAVE: Zappos

If you know me, none of these selections should surprise you.  They are generally my uniform through all 4 seasons.  Here are some of my favorite combinations:
The Basic 12 - Looks #1-6
Now, how many combinations can YOU come up with!?
*** Small side note: While I am generally all for a good bargain, these basic pieces are an exception.  I am a BIG advocate of investing in timeless things that you will get use out of for many years.   I’ll scrimp, scrounge, save and time my purchase with end of season sales, but I always to try to get the best quality for my money.
XOXO,
Stella