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Winterize Your Summer Styles

Sorry it has been so long since my last post dears! I was experiencing some technical difficulties, but fortunately they have been resolved now! Happy dance! I have been waiting for weeks to post this, so I hope you enjoy!
 
So fall is “officially” here but, it’s still feels a lot like summer in Austin! If you’re still rocking your summer styles but looking for a way to extend your wardrobe once fall arrives, read on.
 
We all have them. Favorite summer pieces that you’re sad to tuck away for the winter. But what if you could extend the life of your summer pieces? Good news! You can! In most cases. Here are some examples of summer 2013 trends that have been “winterized”:
 
 
 
 
 
High waisted shorts: Add a striped tee and a moto jacket with some buckle boots for a cool weather style!
 
 
 
 
      

 

 

Maxi Dresses: Top it off with a jacket and some booties in rich fall hues!

 

 

 

 

 

Floral dresses: Wear it with a moto jacket and some high heeled, low cut ankle boots!



 

 

 

 

 Jumpsuits: Add a blazer and some stylish heels for an evening out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Harem Pants: Pop on a scarf with a sweater and some ankle booties!

 

 

 

 

So, what do you think? Will you be able to winterize some of your favorite summer styles? 

Thanks for reading! Until next time ~ Sara

 
 

 

 

 

  

Investment Bag on a Budget

Hello, again! Last week on the blog we were talking about wardrobe basics. As a follow up I wanted to discuss one of the most important basics: an investment bag. An investment bag is really an investment in yourself.
 
According to an infographic from Highest Paying Careers, 65 percent of bosses say that     dress could be the deciding factor between two similar job candidates. And you want to dress for the job you want, not the one you have.

Mostly, though, it’s a representation of yourself. Fashion is more than how we dress, it’s a form of self expression. It is how we tell the world who we are, what we are about and how we feel about ourselves. We want the world to know we value and respect ourselves, because we set the bar for how we are treated by others.
 
Now, when talking about investment bags, a few items stand out in most people’s minds as classics i.e. the Hermes Birkin, the Louis Vuitton Speedy or the Chanel Quilted Flap. And although the Kardashians make it look like you can pick up a Birkin at your local Target, some of these bags cost more than my car. A Birkin starts out at $7,000 and goes upwards of $35,000. So what’s a regular gal to do? Read on.
 
There are most certainly some quality bags out there for much, much less but before we delve into the options let’s discuss what to look for in an investment bag.
 
Brand: To be an investment bag most people say it must be a big name designer, and for the most part, I agree. However, there are some smaller Italian brands that make gorgeous quality, leather bags. So, yes, look for a designer bag but if what you find is a quality piece you love, buy it.
 
Material: Leather, period. Sorry ladies, but canvas or nylon do not make an investment bag.
 
Shape: Seek out a classic tote or satchel shape, even a hobo for a more relaxed style. The focus here should be a timeless style as you want it to take you from year to year without looking dated.
 
Color: Mostly neutrals. Black, brown or tan are typical and will go with most of your clothing. Red is powerful color, but also a classic, so that would work as well. Any color will do, but be careful as you may tire of that turquoise or eggplant bag very quickly.
 
Here are some fabulous ‘budget’ options for bags under $500 (except one that I LOVE that is just over)
1. Brahmin Kathleen $325 Brahmin
I love the laser cut leather in this stunning bag and the tan color is a very flexible option to have in your wardrobe.
2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Studded Tote $428 Zappos
This is a fresh approach to a classic tote, the studs really make it contemporary and add a bit of fun to this style.
3. Dooney & Bourke Button Slouch $525 Dooney & Bourke
I’m in love with this bag. This rich leather is soft and supple and the button detail on the sides is so very pretty.
4. Alice + Olivia Quilted Leather Bag $495 Neiman Marcus
This satchel’s quilting is so lovely, it offers a fresh approach to a timeless shape.
5. MARC by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Hobo $438 Marc Jacobs
Hobo’s are excellent day bags and this lovely piece here is no exception. Marc Jacobs’ mid range line offers up quality construction and materials.
6. kate spade new york Oxford Street Sloan $495 kate spade
If you like a croc look, take a peek at this fab tote from kate spade, it’s shoulder strap makes is a wonderful length and it comes with a detachable cross body strap.
7. Tory Burch Thea Satchel $475 Tory Burch
This satchel is so gorgeous, the pom pom on the side adds some visual interest and the color here is perfect for any season.
8. Coach Legacy Courtenay Hobo in Leather $278 Coach
This one is on my wish list! Love the color and the option to carry as a shoulder bag or a cross body bag. It has a bit of slouch to it, which makes it work as a casual style but its overall structure keeps it office appropriate also.
9. Coach Poppy Colorblock Tote $348 Coach
This is indeed, a timeless style. A simple black tote has enough room for all your stuff (including an iPad pocket!) and its shape will remain a classic.
Investment Bag on a Budget

 

The Hourglass Body Shape

For the final installment of our “Dressing for Your Shape” series we have the Hourglass figure.
 
The Hourglass figure is the fashion ideal. Shoulder and hips are very close in measurements with a well defined waistline. Waist is between 9″ & 12″ smaller than hips or shoulders. As the fashion ideal, an hourglass figure does not need to rely on clothing camouflage tricks to create a proportional silhouette. An hourglass can wear many styles with ease. Lucky you!
 
Goal: Enhance waistline and flaunt curves!
 
Tips:
•Stay away from high necklines and waistlines
•Try to add waist definition to your outfits with seam lines or belts
•Wear fitted clothing that skims your body
•Use embellishments wisely, details on the bodice will emphasize the top half and draw the eye to the upper body
•Avoid baggy and shapeless styles
•Consider an open neckline to flatter shoulders and draw the eye upward
 
I hope you have enjoyed this series of posts as much as I enjoyed drafting them. With any luck, this information will have helped you to identify your shape so that you can utilize the tips I have included to flatter your silhouette. Feel free to contact me if you have further questions about body shape! Have a beautiful day!
 
 

The Hourglass Body Shape

 

Nicole Miller sheath dress
$430 – question-air.com

 

Frilly top
tillys.com

 

 

Kurt Geiger pointy-toe pumps
$375 – johnlewis.com

 

ALDO high heel shoes
aldoshoes.com

 

Sperry Top Sider straw purse
sperrytopsider.com

 

 

 

 

Metal jewelry
maurices.com

 

 

Valentino silk scarve
$315 – harrods.com

 

Jeepers peepers sunglasses
$27 – asos.com

 

 

The Animal Print Bag

The magnetism of animal prints is undeniable for Pre-Fall 2013. In collections from Lanvin, Just Cavalli and Diane Von Furstenburg animal prints strut from head to toe.
 
While donning animal prints all over may be a tad far fetched for the everyday woman, I just love these animal print handbags. It is such a great way to wear the trend without feeling overwhelming. This Zebra tote from Fendi encompasses three great trends for 2013: Totes, Black & White and Animal Prints. I like the simplicity of this overall look featured below. The boyfriend jeans from J Brand lend a very casual style to this look while these pumps from Rupert Sanderson keep it looking polished. Paired with a simple sleeveless top, like this one from A|Wear, you will look and stay cool as the temperatures are rising. Add on a few fabulous accessories to finish it off and you’ll be looking like the queen of the of the jungle. Even if it is the concrete jungle!
 
 

The Animal Print Bag

 

A Wear print top
$38 – awear.com

 

J Brand torn jeans
matchesfashion.com

 

Rupert sanderson shoes
rupertsanderson.com

 

Fendi shopper handbag
saksfifthavenue.com

 

Shaun Leane rose gold jewelry
$8,925 – couturelab.com

 

 

Butterfly earrings
catalogfavorites.com

 

Hermès caps hat
usa.hermes.com

 

 

 

Neon at Work

Neon at Work

Linen dress
$115 – zalando.co.uk

Kate spade shoes
katespade.com

Mawi charm jewelry
modaoperandi.com

River Island retro eye glasses
$16 – riverisland.com

Bare Escentuals lip gloss
bareescentuals.com

Hair styling tool
urbanoutfitters.com