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It has been months since I’ve been to Anthropologie.  I try to pop in at least once a month to see what new gems they have but my summer travels and work kept me away.

I took a little time this past weekend to drop by the store (in hopes of starting a little Christmas shopping) and there were so many awesome items that I could hardly contain myself.

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Happy Friday!  This weekend is shaping up to be another busy one for me with lots of organizing, purging and cleaning on the to-do list.  Since the weather is changing a bit, I feel the need to go through my closet and begin the summer to fall transition with my clothing and accessories.  I’m always on the hunt for creative ways to display and store accessories and came across these ideas that have me really inspired!

Cheers to the final weekend of summer!

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Thrift Store Picture Frame Jewelry Display

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Old Door + Shelves + Picture Frame and a curtain bar= Stunning accessory display

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A Vintage Ladder turned shoe rack

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Shadow Box Frames to Hold Jewelry

Shelly

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I like to think that over the years I’ve developed somewhat of a signature fashion style–a fashion sense that speaks to who I am and what I’m about.  My signature style revolves around the silhouettes, style details and colors that I like to wear and that make me feel good, comfortable and my best self. My signature style conveys a lot about my personality and influences the way that I carry myself and interact to others.

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  •  Build your wardrobe to break down like this–70% classics, 20% novelty and 10% trend.  The classic pieces in your wardrobe should include items like solid colored cardigans, pencil skirts, black pants, dark denim and white shirts.  These classics will serve as your fashion foundation and easily allow you to mix and match with the other items in your wardrobe.  The 20% novelty should be represented by items like patterned blouses, print skirts and fashion blazers. And the 10% trend are styles, silhouettes and colors that are hot for the season–items like patterned pants, novelty sweaters and print dresses.
  • Know what styles look best on you.  Try on the things you have at home to get a feel for the styles and silhouettes that look best on you and accentuate the parts of your body you like most.  Then head to the store and try on more clothes.  The more time you spend getting comfortable with your personal style the more confident you’ll feel when shopping and wearing the pieces you buy.

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  • Buy quality fibers and materials and AVOID ACRYLIC.  Cotton, wool, cashmere, linen, silk and flannel are always good fabric choices and will stand up to long-term wear and care.  Fabrics like acrylic and polyester usually show their wear within a season through pilling and surface shine.  When buying cashmere, buy the best quality you can (if you pull the fabric and is doesn’t spring back its a lesser quality).
  • When buying novelty or trend pieces, buy complete outfits.  Novelty and trend clothing is usually designed to represent a hot color or pattern of the season, so it’s important to buy different pieces in that color family so that you have items that work together long term.
  • Buy key pieces at the end of each season to build your fashion foundation and save money. The end of the spring and summer season is a great time to buy tanks, cami’s and layering tees.  At the end of the fall and winter season look for light weight cardigans, blazers and denim.  One of your best sources for clothing pre-season is outlet malls which typically have items 3 months before the season begins.
  • Organize the clothes in your closet by category and then by color within each category.  This will help you see what you have, identify core items you need to purchase and help you stay organized.

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  • If you are wearing a loose fitting top pair it with a slimmer fitting pant.  Likewise, if you are wearing a wide leg pant, pair it with a slimmer top.  Wear clothing that gives you a balanced appearance and avoid an all-over baggy look.
  • Don’t buy over-sized clothing thinking it will make you look smaller.  The area just under the bust is a woman’s smallest torso measurement, so emphasizing it with a structured waistband that hits higher than your natural waist will make you look a size smaller.
  • The most slimming fashion statement you can create is wearing one color head to toe.

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  • Know your neckline.  The neck and decolletage area can make or break how you look in a top.  Figure out if you look best in a v-neck, crew-neck or other neckline.  You want to accent this area to draw the eye to the face and help give you an overall leaner look.
  • Invest in an accessory wardrobe so you can add personality to your wardrobe.  Scarves, belts, necklaces and earrings can turn a classic fashion piece into a fashion statement.  When buying necklaces, buy pieces in different lengths so that you have pieces to work with a variety of neckline styles.

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  • Save money on footwear by creating your own fancy flats.  Buy flats in basic colors and then use inexpensive but stylish clip-on earrings to Up-Style them.  Yard sales and thrift stores are a great source for cheap clip-on earrings.

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  • To make your legs appear longer, wear shoes in the same color family as your skin-tone.  Your legs and foot will create a seamless line and your legs will appear longer.
  • When buying denim, buy a pair that has a snug fit.  Denim always stretches and buying a relaxed fit from the start will result in a baggy fit when the jeans stretch.
  • Wear jeans at least two times before washing.  I’ve heard fashion experts say jeans should be worn 3 to 4 times between washes to maintain the fit and the color.  To help with fading, turn jeans inside out when washing.

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  • Never dry your bras in the dryer.  Dryers will breakdown the elastic and underwire quickly and result in ill fitting bras.  Wash bras on delicate in cold water and then hang them to dry.
  • If you spill something on your clothes, don’t rub the stain instead blot the stain.  Rubbing can break down the fibers and actually embed the stain further into the fibers.  p.s.  this also goes for carpet stains–blot, don’t rub!
  • Alterations can be your best friend when it comes to fashion.  Always buy clothing to fit the largest part of your body and then have the garment altered to fit where it is too big.  Well fitting clothes actually make your clothes look more expensive and higher quality.

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  • When packing for a trip, roll your clothing pieces instead of folding which will help cut down on wrinkles.  It will also save space in your luggage.
  • A basic white tee is one the best fashion buys you can make.  A white tee can be dressed up or down, worn with any color and can be layered under just about anything.  When you find a tee that fits, buy 3 to 4 so you’ll have a fresh one when one wears out.  Same goes for a well fitting pair of jeans.

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  • Wear a t-shirt bra when you wear a t-shirts to keep your bust area smooth.  It’s not a flattering look to see lace details or bra seams under a tee.
  • Wear the right color lingerie.  Don’t wear a black bra if you are wearing a white blouse or top.  Wear nude or natural lingerie with white, cream and lighter colors and wear black with darker tones.
  • Have several black pairs of pants in your closet that work with different heel heights.  Hem a pair to work with flats and a pair to work with heels.  An  ‘all-purpose’ length will end up looking OK with some shoes and bad with others.
  • Always look at yourself in a black tee under light to make sure the fibers aren’t see-through.  In many cases light-weight black fabrics have a see-through nature to them which may show up under light.  If you are attending an event where photos will be taken, try on your outfit at home and have a couple of pictures taken of you.  Check the photos to make sure you’re not exposing something you weren’t aware of.

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  •  Always check your rear view before leaving the house.  Most of the time people look in the mirror before they leave the house to see how they look from the front but don’t always check the back.  Make sure your clothes fit from all angles.

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  • An inexpensive way to Up-Style an inexpensive blouse or blazer is by changing out the buttons.  Pearlized, tone-on-tone and leather buttons are always a good option.
  • Wider belts are typically more flattering then thin belts.  Wider belts pull your waist in and help define it.

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  • Always keep an emergency kit in your handbag or car.  The kits should include safety pins, double stick tape, a lint brush and a stain remover stick.
  • When in doubt, Overdress.  In today’s world, jeans can be worn to just about any occasion but there’s nothing worse than showing up at an event under-dressed.  If you don’t know what the dress code is, overdress. There’s no harm in looking too pulled together, but you’ll feel uncomfortable if you think you look out of place.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, you probably look uncomfortable!  Your confidence is affected by what you’re wearing, as sad of a thought as that might be. So if you’re feeling self-conscious about your outfit, you’re likely to be tugging at it or double-checking that everything is in place all day and night.  For instant confidence and a feel-good attitude, always opt to wear your favorite color…mine is red or something bright!

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  • Take care of your footwear.  I don’t know how many times I’ve been somewhere are seen someone dressed to the nines only to look down and see scuffed shoes or even worse, a heel with a missing cap.
  • Take photos of your favorite outfits (including jewelry) and hang them in your closet for easy reference.  It’s always good to remember outfits that made you feel like a million bucks, especially if you’re trying to get dressed in a hurry.
  • Dress you age!  Enough said.

Shelly

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I love wearing jewelry and necklaces are an essential part of my style statement.  Sometimes I wear a single necklace and other times I layer several together for a more eclectic look.

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But from time to time I’m faced with a necklace challenge…What’s the right necklace length?

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One is good but two is better.  That’s my philosophy when it comes to jewelry.  I love buying it, wearing it and even decorating with it.  Just when I thought I might go a few months without buying a new piece of jewelry I did some research on the 2014 Jewelry Trends and now I’ve got the buying bug again.  Take a look at what’s going to be hot for 2014 and let me know what your favorite trend is.

Beautiful Beads and Crystals (yes, please)

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Pearls and More Pearls (I’m gonna love this trend)

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Retro Watches (really sexy in by book)

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Message and Slogan Necklaces (kinda middle school to me but could be cool)

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Tassels (the trend continues and is one of my faves)

p.s.  In addition to the vintage tassel jewelry you can find in my Etsy shop, I’m working on a new handcrafted tassel y collection so stay tuned

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Zodiac Signs (a great way to make a signature statement)

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Pins and Brooches (I’ve collected these for a long time and am going to love wearing them)

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Birds and Bees Jewelry (if it looks as beautiful as this I’ll take it)

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Malachite and Beads, Beads, Beads (this is one of my go-to colors for spring so I’ll be sporting this trend)

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Bold Chains, choker style (a great layer piece)

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What look(s) will you be wearing this year?

Shelly

This post entitled Do You Have a Signature Style is one of the faves and worth reading again.

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I’m counting the days and I know many of you are just like me and still have lots of Christmas shopping to do.  So I’ve pulled together this gift guide for you (and me) to help with all that last minute holiday shopping. 

Who wouldn’t love this Multi Flower Crystal Necklace from Zara $59.90!  So chic!

I’m so in love with this Two Tone Furry & Leather Bucket Bag from Zara $179.  I never met a handbag I didn’t like.

This Meridian Wine Chiller is simply gorgeous! Holiday bar cart worthy! $59.95 from Z Gallerie

Show the world some LOVE with this Longhand Love Necklace from Anthropologie, $28

Create your own style statement with this Design Your Own Tote Bag from Anthropologie, $58.00

Green is for gorgeous and these Emerald Stemware DOF Glasses are just that.  From Z Gallerie for $31.80

This charming Flower Patch Measuring Cup makes me want to get in the kitchen and cook. Only $24.00 from Anthropologie

The perfect winter gift, Meridian Hurricanes from Z Gallerie, $24.95-$39.99

Shelly

Check back tomorrow for last minute gifts for the men in your life!

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Last year it was the Owl. This year the icon of the fall and holiday season is the FOX!  Target made a big statement with fox merchandise for the holiday season and it seems to be selling quickly.  Hum, wonder if it has anything to do what that song that is topping the music charts?

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t-shirt available at Target (men’s dept)
I happen to love all the fox products the stores are selling but wondered what great hand-made or vintage fox items we available on Etsy.  So, I do what I do best and went shopping for you.  I rounded up my favorite fox themed items and are bringing them to you in the first of my Holiday Gift Guides!
Enjoy and stay foxy!

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Fox Ring / Fox Bookends / Fox Journal
Fox Gift Tags / Fox T-shirt
Fox Pillow / Fox Gift Wrap / Fox Glasses

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