A Lesson in Packing with Style

  
If you’re planning a business trip or vacation and want to pack with great style, read these tips on how to do just that. The first step is to choose a color palette, or range of colors, for your trip wardrobe. My suggestion is to go with neutrals (navy, black, cream, etc.) that can be accented with a pop of color. Use what you currently have in your closet as inspiration for your color palette. Do you have a few items that are the same color? If so, use that common color to pop against other neutral pieces. 

When you are on vacation, having your clothes in the same color palette makes getting dressed easier and allows different pieces to work together. For security reasons, only carry a few pieces of jewelry, preferably what you can wear everyday with the exception of a couple of fancy pieces for a special occasion. 

If you have a trip coming up, I’d love to know what colors you’ve chosen for your color palette. Safe travels!

Changing things up a little with Luzia T.

I wanted to try another look with Luzia that has grown popular due to it’s flattering, streamlined silhouette. The tunic blouse, skinny jean look has been dominating style blogs & Pinterest boards and I wanted to see if this was a good fit for Luzia. She has curves around her torso but slim legs so I wanted to balance her silhouette with this look by finding tops that were longer and pairing them with skinny pants. 
  
Now that we have collected several key pieces in her wardrobe, I’m looking forward to helping Luzia invest in pieces that take her style to the next level.

Anatomy of an Outfit

I recently had the opportunity to style my client Meredith Johnson for the UGA* Alumni Association Bulldog 100 event. The Bulldog 100 is a celebration of the top businesses owned by UGA alumni. Meredith is the AA’s Executive Director and is a prominent figure at the event. It was important for Meredith to look professional but feel stylish at the same time. Meredith would be on stage and photographed several times, so I wanted her outfit to be dynamic but not overdone.

Because Bulldog 100 is a professional event I first thought a blazer should be a part of the outfit. A blazer commands confidence and adds a balance of structure to a more feminine dress or skirt. I shopped for a blazer/blouse/skirt ensemble which would create an ideal silhouette for Meredith and would help hide any unwanted curves. Also, a three-piece ensemble would give Meredith more pieces to pair with items in her existing wardrobe.

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(blazer, JCrew Factory; tie-neck blouse (similar), Banana Republic; polka-dot skirt, Kate Spade; Calvin Klein black patent leather pumps, Nordstrom; Phase 3 color block clutch, Nordstrom; earrings (similar), Banana Republic)

UGA’s school colors are red and black so I looked for those colors when shopping. Banana Republic had a beautiful red tie-neck blouse that was a perfect blend of a button-down shirt and a feminine neck tie. Next I found a beautiful¬†black and white polka-dot lace skirt from Kate Spade. With a classic black blazer from JCrew Factory her outfit was complete sans accessories. I bought Calvin Klein black patent leather pumps and a Phase 3 black/white color-block envelope clutch from Nordstrom that tied into the business theme of the event. Lastly, I bought a pair of pretty crystal studded earrings from Banana Republic that were more visually interesting than simple pearls.

Meredith was busy with the event and had no time to shop, so we handled everything online. I enjoyed working with Meredith and look forward to creating more looks for her in the future!

*University of Georgia

A Capsule Wardrobe for Jamila K.

When shopping for Jamila, I wanted to find pieces that would work together as a group. Not knowing my client’s wardrobe, I went for classic pieces that were sophisticated with a personal flair.

To maximize the budget for this wardrobe, I shopped sales at Gap, Banana Republic, and DSW. I chose a fiery red dress, cream tie-neck blouse, a pink sweater, and black tuxedo ankle pants. I also took a risk and chose an army green pea coat with a black flocked floral pattern at the bottom. For shoes, I thought a green snake-skin print pump would be a classy but edgy touch as well as some nude suede booties.

If you could choose pieces for a capsule wardrobe for winter, what would you choose?

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Style Event with Luzia T.

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a style event for my client Luzia T. and about 10 of her friends. After eating some delicious treats and chatting for a while, we began our activity – creating style boards. I wanted the guests to design their own style board to help them gain some insight into their personal style. To prep for the activity, I gathered pre-cut magazine clippings, glue sticks, scissors, markers and poster boards. The guests used these materials to create boards that reflected their ideal style.

Once the activity was completed, I gave a brief presentation on style. I talked about defining your style, how to shop, how to edit your wardrobe, and dressing for special events. After the presentation, the guests asked me general style questions and we discussed the guests’ style boards.

This was a fun and exciting event and I hope to do more in the future! Luzia and her friends enjoyed getting together and learning more about defining their personal style.

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Bridesmaid Style for Luzia M.

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My appointment with Luzia involved dressing her as a bridesmaid for her friends’ wedding. I later took note of what she needed for her fall/winter wardrobe.

Luzia was wearing a beautiful blush pink gown and was looking to accessorize the dress. I encouraged her to wear the jewelry she wore for her wedding a year earlier. We settled on a pair of earrings and a bracelet. I really encouraged her to keep her look simple. Since she’s a bridesmaid, it’s best that she not overshadow the bride with too many accessories. A few sparkly baubles, a great blowout, simple makeup, and a mani-pedi is all she’ll need to compliment her gown and bouquet.

We next “closed out” her spring/summer wardrobe and reviewed her closet for fall/winter. I think it’s important to take note of what items you felt were missing from your current season’s wardrobe as the season is ending. That way you’re not having to remember six months later what items you need to add/replace.

I’m looking forward to shopping for new fall/winter pieces for Luzia’s wardrobe. Hopefully we’ll find some great pieces that will elevate her style.

Tell me…what items are you looking to purchase this fall/winter season?

Class Dismissed!!