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The Everyday Dress

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I have a new every-dress. I found her while shopping in London and after weeks of traveling realized her versatility. Step one: Keep it neutral. Black, navy or any jewel tone, camel — stick with a solid color to give it maximum versatility. [You’re much more likely to get tired of or self-conscious frequently re-wearing a print.] Step two: Seek an unbelted flattering shape. I love a belt. I belt everything. I find it so flattering. Often when I put

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A Style For Every City

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Traveling throughout Europe for a few months I became aware that certain cities have a style aesthetic. Of course there are tourists, but if you pay attention you can spot the locals and start to see a trend. In Paris the style is drapey, slouchy. It’s fashionable, they’re not drowning in their pieces, there’s a cool cut or hem or fabric happening. But everything nonchalantly says “Oh this? I just threw this on”. I’ve heard this from multiple Parisian friends

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Pink Outside The Box

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I used to hate pink. I’ve always been feminine, but sure to distance myself from that girlie girl aesthetic -- Charlotte in Sex and The City, boutiques with “keep calm and buy more shoes” mottos next to tiara decor. My feelings about pink were a story I had created. Which is valid. We all create stories. And sometimes we should listen to them. Your friend could think that floral dress looks amazing, but if it reminds you of your grandmother’s

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A Place Of Yes

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You see the woman walking towards you, “I love what she’s wearing” you think, quickly trying to decipher what exactly it is that makes her look so chic. This simple afternoon on the Italian Riviera ensemble has multiple style principles occurring -- fabric, neutral colors, the waistline, the neckline, the skin tone, the accessories. In the flash that she’s passed, you’ve likely not catalogued them all, or maybe none in the visual overwhelm of loveliness. These aren’t rules as in

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Listen To Your Desires

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I kept noticing floral pants. Which when trying to create a works-with-anything wardrobe while traveling, were totally impractical. [Aside: This was on my four month sabbatical during which I packed almost no clothing to shop along the way.] Yet after a few weeks of shopping I found myself gingerly fingering yet another pair on the hanger and said “Listen to your desires”. I was repeatedly drawn to this item for a reason — likely the floral prints that feel like

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Travel In Style

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Mom taught me to dress nicely for airplanes. She recalled the days when it was a treat to fly, like going to a nice restaurant. These days airport style is apparently a thing with endless articles of celebs on travel day. Though they rarely look to me like they’ve thought about sinking into tight spaces for long stretches. So whether you’re with Mom or the gossip columnists, here’s my secrets for traveling in style, both chic and comfortable, without forsaking

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Paris And The Smallest Ballerina

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The tank top didn’t look right under my leotard. None of them, all three I tried in vain. They were bunchy. The other girls’ had looked … different. But why? Eleven years old I stared at myself in the mirror trying to decode how to look like the older girls in my ballet class. Swap ballet with school or church and didn't you try too? Explaining to my mom wasn’t helpful. She apparently didn’t know anything about cool girl ballet

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The Two Halves Of Style

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here's the question no fashion magazine ever asks you: How do you want your clothing to make you feel when you walk into {insert simple everyday or smashingly exciting activity}? And here's the truth no fashion magazine ever admits: No "7 Must Have Pieces for Fall" list is ever going to answer that question for you. You can tear every checklist out of every magazine. You can know whether you're a winter or summer color palette, an apple or a

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To Leaping With A Net

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A year ago I would have been too nervous to wear this outfit on the blog. I was afraid you might look at it and think, "She looks great but if I wore that to work people would give me looks all day ... She can pull that off in fancy New York City but that's never going to fly in my daily mom life ..." It seems laughable now, because let's be honest -- it's a top, skirt, necklace,

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Movie Moments In Everyday Style

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Movies make you wish. Wish you were Audrey Hepburn dancing with Fred Astaire or life had moments Nicole Kidman swinging high above the Moulin Rouge. Wish you had Kerry Mulligan's wardrobe in An Educated Style or Gwyneth Paltrow's in The Talented Mister Ripley. It can feel exhilarating, lovely, and far away.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="570" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="571" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="572" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Life doesn't just have to be pretend. With the right teaching, tools, tweaks, tricks, we can take those glorious

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