Elegance With a Dash of Daring

Looking for a fun way to dress up your office wardrobe this summer? Try a tropical print pant to add a dose of fun to your style! These gorgeous print pants not only have a great print, but the touch of neon in them makes them look really current, as well. Pair them with a solid blouse or top in white or a neutral tone to keep it looking professional. Finish off your look with some gold tone accessories and a structured handbag and you are ready to take on the world! And look pretty amazing while doing it! Cheers!
Elegance With a Dash of Daring

 

What’s Your Workout Style?

What's Your Workout Style?

According to the 2012 study from Northwestern the clothing we wear does affect the way we act. They have coined the term “enclothed cognition” to describe the mental changes we undergo when we wear certain types of clothing. “It’s all about the symbolic meaning that you associate with a particular item of clothing,” according to one of the researchers. So, when you wear fitness clothing you are, therefore, more likely to jump, run or do some squats.

So, should you go and buy a whole new workout wardrobe to jump start your fitness routine? Not exactly. Too much too soon can be a impediment to many changes in life. The transtheoretical model of behavioral change, developed in the mid-’70s by University of Rhode Island researcher James O. Prochaska, outlines five stages to making successful changes in your life: Precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. Buying new workout clothes puts you squarely in the “preparation” phase, just beyond thinking about the change and planning for it. Which is only one step from the “action” phase, that’s where the real change occurs.

I have always been a big believer of not waiting to lose weight before you buy new clothes. When you look good, you feel good. Looking great for your workout is likely to provide you some confidence and encourage you to get out there and kick some butt. So start slow, maybe some new tennis shoes or compression leggings and a tank top. The more confident you feel the more apt you are to get to the gym to achieve the results you’re looking for!

You can read the full article on enclothed cognition, titled “The Psychology of Lululemon” here.

What She’s Wearing Now – Fall 2013

I LOVE fall! It has always been my favorite season, and with my birthday right around the corner there is a whole lotta shopping going on! So I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite pieces for Fall 2013, some new and some classics, in this edition of What She’s Wearing Now.
 
One of the most versatile pieces I have is this Lace Camisole from Target, it’s so cute on its own in the warmer months but I cannot wait to use it with my Autumn layers.
 
I just spent a few hours at Macy’s the other day (sale!) and found a gorgeous Rachel by Rachel Roy sweater dress (similar here) for only $31! Not only is this teal such a perfect fall color, it’s made of a light knit so I can wear now with booties and later with leggings and boots.
 
Also, while at Macy’s I snagged a super cute Kensie knit dress (similar here) This, too, is a wonderful transition piece I can wear with sandals for now and pair with leggings and boots later.
 
I found this awesome Calvin Klein Striped Blouse at Ross and knew I had to have it in my life! It’s a nice long length so I will pair it with leggings or skinny jeans. The Black and White trend is still going strong and this blouse will be a go-to item for sure this coming season.
 
I just adore these Levi’s 535 Legging Jeans in Black, they are a new addition for my fall wardrobe, but I have been wearing these in blue for a year or so. The fit is flattering and has the perfect rise for my body shape.
 
I have been a TOMS wearer for a few years, but it took me a bit of time to get out of the classic. I tried a pair of wedge sandals this year and loved them so much that I decided to get a pair of the Desert Wedge Booties for this fall! I like that they can be dressed up or down. I’m fairly casual so this comfy and chic style will be a great addition for my closet. I’m pretty adverse to most black shoes (don’t ask!) but I am excited to sport these suede beauties!
 
Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor in Ultimate Wine. My signature lip color! Just a few weeks ago the hubby and I were getting ready to attend a birthday party and I couldn’t find mine, my husband teased “How will people recognize you with those pale lips? They won’t even know who you are!” Luckily, I found it. The red lips prevailed!
 
When my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday, without hesitation I said Sam Edleman Maddox Booties. First, I adore Sam Edleman shoes. Hands down, my favorite shoe brand. Second, I’m a tad ‘bootie crazy’ this season so I thought the low heel and saddle color of these booties would function well with the rest of my fall wardrobe. Currently they are sitting wrapped beautifully in a corner so I can tear into them next week!
 
Now onto the classics:Sassybax Convertible Leggingsare by far the BEST leggings on the planet. I have been a Wolford wearer for many years and will always love their tights but these have taken over all my leg covering needs! A tad on the expensive side, but absolutely worth the investment. They are thick and cover well, and the Convertible Leggings have a pant style leg so they function well with many shoe styles. I also have a pair of their Booty-boosting leggings which are ribbed, fitted down the calf and have a shaper style to lift your booty. Think Spanx, but in leggings.
 
If you’ve been reading, you may recall my post on wardrobe staples. In it I had a little rant on buying good jeans, well here are mine. These Paige Denim Laurel Canyon boot cut (similar here) are my feel good jeans. I love the high quality fabric and the perfect boot cut leg. These are the kind of jeans you wear for years to come!
 
Last year, my favorite find were these stunningly beautiful Sam Edleman Penny Boots. I wore them everywhere. The rich, supple leather and low heel make them a classic for me. I intend to put a few miles on them once again this year.
 
Also, this fabulous Denim Shirt from J.Crew made quite a few appearances in my outfits over the last year. I have been waiting for the temps to cool off so I can bring it back out again.
 
Lastly, this maxi skirt has been a life saver for me. I started out with a similar version of this skirt which did not hold up too well. I finally decided to invest in this staple and bought the Chicos Sammi Maxi Skirt. It’s made of a fine jersey that breathes well and has a very fluid motion to it when you walk. It just drapes perfectly, and has washed very well, too! After months of frequent use it still looks new. Happy, happy!
 
So, that’s it! This is What I’m Wearing for Fall 2013. Tell me, is your fall wardrobe stocked and ready, too?
What She's Wearing Now - Fall 2013

 

Capsule Wardrobe Styles

So while only a few outfits in this collection showed up here on the blog, if you click on the link “Capsule Wardrobe Styles” it will take you to Polyvore and the full collection. I came up with 100 different options before I started to go crosseyed looking at these items! I hope you enjoy and maybe these will give you some ideas for your own wardrobe at home! Have a beautiful day. 
 
~ Sara
 

 

 

Unlimited Possibilities

There are a few basic items that every woman can benefit from having in her wardrobe. I have created what is called a “capsule wardrobe” which is a collection of essential clothing items designed to be interchangeable in order to maximize the number of outfits which can be created. With a capsule collection this large, there are dozens upon dozens of possibilities for outfits. Let’s take a look at the pieces:
 
  1. T-Shirts, 3 in neutral tones. I like to find ones that have different silhouettes to mix it up a bit. Here I have a standard scoop neck, a slightly cropped boxy one and a drapey, off the shoulder style.
  2. Button-down shirts, 2. While white is a classic that most people recommend, I hate white shirts. I always get them dirty. So, I chose an absolute must, the denim shirt and since a sleeveless option is always good to have on hand, I picked this really vibrant magenta blouse for a pop of color.
  3.  Sweaters, 3 in neutrals. There are three basic types of sweaters but they don’t have ‘basic’ at all. Provided you are coordinating with your other capsule items, just choose a pullover, a turtleneck and a cardigan. This cardigan I chose is an awesome boucle fabric with silk sleeves so its warm, but not too warm for spring or fall.
  4. Tank tops, 2. Now, I say tank tops, but I don’t mean your average, run of the mill cotton tank. Those should be considered disposable items and be replaced every year. These nice tank styles I have picked are sophisticated enough for the office or going to dinner, but still easily dressed down.
  5. Dresses, 2. This is pretty basic for dresses, but having an LBD (little black dress) that is versatile enough to wear during the day and in the evening is one item EVERY girl should have. Also, a maxi dress is pretty handy on a day when pants just won’t do.
  6. Jackets, 2. I really like this blazer and leather jacket combo here. The white blazer is super versatile and will add a little office polish to whatever you’re wearing. The black leather jacket is light enough for spring or fall, but can be worn as a blazer in winter.
  7. Purses, 3. Ladies, listen up. If you are over 30 and don’t have an investment bag yet, start saving. Look for a timeless style (like this tote below) in a quality material – it will last you a lifetime! I won’t say you need to spend thousands, but a quality leather bag is, indeed, a necessity. Also, a cross body bag for errands, concerts and casual days as well as a clutch for your more dressy affairs.
  8. Accessories, varies. I chose some basic gold jewelry here that mixes well with all my clothing items. A pair of drop earrings, a chain necklace, a watch and a statement necklace can be enough. Add some Spanx, a pair of footless tights, a scarf, a belt and a couple pair of sunnies and you are good to go.
  9. Bottoms, 4. Every woman should have a quality pair of boot cut jeans that fit like a glove. If you haven’t found them yet, seek out some expert advice. And invest some money in a good pair. One pair of $300 jeans that look amazing and last for years, are a lot cheaper than buying 2-3 pairs of $50 jeans every single year. Welcome to the Finance of Fashion. Also a pair of skinny jeans (less expensive!) an ankle skimming pair of black pants and a neutral toned maxi skirt will round out your intermixing possibilities. 
  10. Shoes, 6. Finally! Some you should consider buying on the high end, like pumps and boots, others like sandals and flats you can pick up for less. I, personally need to replace my sandals every year, as summer lasts like 8 months here! So look for the following for your collection: Pumps in a neutral tone, knee-high boots, a pair of booties, some sandals, flats you can walk miles in and a pair of comfy shoes, like these TOMS.
 
I will put up a collection of outfits I made using just these items so you can see for yourself just how many options there are! Tell me, do you have a slimmed down capsule wardrobe or is your closet overflowing with tons of items?
 
Unlimited Possibilities