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LOCATION: LONDON, ENGLAND
Less Spending, More Simplicity

Unlike most style accounts on Instagram, my posts are never links to buy what I’m wearing. Why? Honestly I don’t buy clothes very often! Most of what I’m wearing isn’t new, available for purchase this week. That’s primarily due to busyness. And when I have downtime, shopping makes me tired more often than excited. And [...]

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LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
The Darling is in the Details

“Football  is a game of inches, menswear is a game of centimeters” You may be aware I am an utterly unabashed fan of college football. And as a stylist, of course adore a well-dressed man. Inches, centimeters, meanwhile my other love of womenswear has more breathing room, less rules. We can get away with an [...]

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LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
The Darling is in the Details

“Football  is a game of inches, menswear is a game of centimeters” You may be aware I am an utterly unabashed fan of college football. And as a stylist, of course adore a well-dressed man. Inches, centimeters, meanwhile my other love of womenswear has more breathing room, less rules. We can get away with an [...]

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LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
A Wanderer’s Guide to Paris

I believe there are three ways to travel: have, do or be. Each wonderful in it’s own way, yet with a different perspective on exploring a new city. HAVE: Your greatest joy comes from having a magnificent meal, top cocktails in town, going shopping for some unique memorable pieces. You want recommendations from trusted friends [...]

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LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
A Wanderer’s Guide to Paris

I believe there are three ways to travel: have, do or be. Each wonderful in it’s own way, yet with a different perspective on exploring a new city. HAVE: Your greatest joy comes from having a magnificent meal, top cocktails in town, going shopping for some unique memorable pieces. You want recommendations from trusted friends [...]

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Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Our Proposal Story

He proposed in the rain on a Sunday. Chivalrous, he thought, down on one knee in the damp, and shrewd as it’s one of the rare times you can find our bustling home sweet New York City empty and private. We had secretly gotten, well, pre-engaged a few months earlier. On another Sunday one conversation [...]

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Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Our Proposal Story

He proposed in the rain on a Sunday. Chivalrous, he thought, down on one knee in the damp, and shrewd as it’s one of the rare times you can find our bustling home sweet New York City empty and private. We had secretly gotten, well, pre-engaged a few months earlier. On another Sunday one conversation [...]

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LOCATION: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
DEAR DEAN ST, MEET BEAU

I’ve always been a private person. Around 8-years-old I recall being horrified hearing my sister tell my mom who she had a crush on. In my last career of musical theatre I was on stage, under the spotlight. Yet in character, performing, not sharing my personal life. Seven years ago when I started a side [...]

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LOCATION: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
DEAR DEAN ST, MEET BEAU

I’ve always been a private person. Around 8-years-old I recall being horrified hearing my sister tell my mom who she had a crush on. In my last career of musical theatre I was on stage, under the spotlight. Yet in character, performing, not sharing my personal life. Seven years ago when I started a side [...]

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LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
What Love’s Got To Do With It

I swooned immediately. They’re my favorite color. Peacock blue! But multiple sizes too big.

As love does, I was blinded. After confirming they didn’t have more in the store, in any store, or online,

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LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
What Love’s Got To Do With It

I swooned immediately. They’re my favorite color. Peacock blue! But multiple sizes too big.

As love does, I was blinded. After confirming they didn’t have more in the store, in any store, or online,

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LOCATION: ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
We’re Taking Sexy Back

Do you feel uncomfortable at the idea of wanting to look or dress sexy? I sometimes do.

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LOCATION: ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
We’re Taking Sexy Back

Do you feel uncomfortable at the idea of wanting to look or dress sexy? I sometimes do.

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LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
Cultivating Quiet Confidence

There’s a paradox in my style: the more I’ve learned to dress my shape*, the less I’ve felt the need to.

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LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
Cultivating Quiet Confidence

There’s a paradox in my style: the more I’ve learned to dress my shape*, the less I’ve felt the need to.

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LOCATION: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
What Makes You Feel Beautiful

A friend asked me this question recently and what came to me is I feel most beautiful when I’m comfortable.

In a skirt that isn’t too tight. With friends around whom I can be myself. Knowing …

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LOCATION: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
What Makes You Feel Beautiful

A friend asked me this question recently and what came to me is I feel most beautiful when I’m comfortable.

In a skirt that isn’t too tight. With friends around whom I can be myself. Knowing …

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LOCATION: GIENS, FRANCE
Room To Breathe

A few years ago I never would have worn this piece. I wanted everything to be fitted. Not tight all-over, but without realizing it, I had told myself that I needed to prove that I was thin, that if I wore clothes too blousy, baggy or big I would look heavier.

[Backstory, I was 20 pounds heavier at one point which at 5’4” and at the time a professional dancer going to work-aka-auditions in a leotard, was a tough season.]

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LOCATION: GIENS, FRANCE
Room To Breathe

A few years ago I never would have worn this piece. I wanted everything to be fitted. Not tight all-over, but without realizing it, I had told myself that I needed to prove that I was thin, that if I wore clothes too blousy, baggy or big I would look heavier.

[Backstory, I was 20 pounds heavier at one point which at 5’4” and at the time a professional dancer going to work-aka-auditions in a leotard, was a tough season.]

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LOCATION: AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
The Everyday Dress

I have a new every-dress. I found her while shopping in London and after weeks of traveling realized her versatility.

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LOCATION: AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
The Everyday Dress

I have a new every-dress. I found her while shopping in London and after weeks of traveling realized her versatility.

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LOCATION: AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
A Style For Every City

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”.

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LOCATION: AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
A Style For Every City

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”.

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LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
Pink Outside The Box

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.

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LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
Pink Outside The Box

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.

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LOCATION: SANTA MARGHERITA, ITALY
A Place Of Yes

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.

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LOCATION: SANTA MARGHERITA, ITALY
A Place Of Yes

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.

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LOCATION: SANTA MARGHERITA, ITALY
Listen To Your Desires

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”.

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LOCATION: SANTA MARGHERITA, ITALY
Listen To Your Desires

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”.

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LOCATION: AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Travel In Style

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.

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LOCATION: AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Travel In Style

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.

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LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
Paris And The Smallest Ballerina

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.

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LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
Paris And The Smallest Ballerina

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.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
The Two Halves Of Style

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}?

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The Two Halves Of Style

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}?

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
To Leaping With A Net

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 …”

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To Leaping With A Net

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 …”

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
Movie Moments In Everyday Style

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.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
Movie Moments In Everyday Style

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.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
The Little White Dress

I hate rules.

No white after Labor Day? Has that person never seen white jeans with a cozy fall sweater, a winter bride or a stunning white peacoat in the snow?!

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The Little White Dress

I hate rules.

No white after Labor Day? Has that person never seen white jeans with a cozy fall sweater, a winter bride or a stunning white peacoat in the snow?!

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
Secrets To A Swimsuit That Flatters Your Figure

Being in a bathing suit is weird. You’re, like, almost naked. I don’t care how comfortable you are in your skin, it’s kind of bizarre that it’s socially acceptable to wear so little clothes in public, right?

Meanwhile, with so little fabric and so little diversity in shape, it’s very hard to apply a lot of the style principles I teach: how to be empowered over a garment, change the shape, the silhouette, the style chemistry, where the eye goes. A few strips of lycra don’t give a girl much to be empowered over!

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Secrets To A Swimsuit That Flatters Your Figure

Being in a bathing suit is weird. You’re, like, almost naked. I don’t care how comfortable you are in your skin, it’s kind of bizarre that it’s socially acceptable to wear so little clothes in public, right?

Meanwhile, with so little fabric and so little diversity in shape, it’s very hard to apply a lot of the style principles I teach: how to be empowered over a garment, change the shape, the silhouette, the style chemistry, where the eye goes. A few strips of lycra don’t give a girl much to be empowered over!

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
How To Get Zooey Deschanel Bangs

I have spent my life on a womanly quest, often ending in heartbreak {or heartbreakingly awkward photos}. I earnestly sought an answer, striving to be cool, or at least not uncool. It was a gift my mother could not pass down, a challenge my sister did not share. I journeyed alone and it took me 30 years to arrive.

I wanted bangs.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
How To Get Zooey Deschanel Bangs

I have spent my life on a womanly quest, often ending in heartbreak {or heartbreakingly awkward photos}. I earnestly sought an answer, striving to be cool, or at least not uncool. It was a gift my mother could not pass down, a challenge my sister did not share. I journeyed alone and it took me 30 years to arrive.

I wanted bangs.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
Style In Bloom

First things first can we talk about how much I love the balcony-ette at the new Dean Street Studio?!

I was on a mini mission with #ChooseJoyJune as something I’m trying to embrace more every month of the year: little intentional moments.

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Style In Bloom

First things first can we talk about how much I love the balcony-ette at the new Dean Street Studio?!

I was on a mini mission with #ChooseJoyJune as something I’m trying to embrace more every month of the year: little intentional moments.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
Stuck in a Style Rut, Press Play

She’s back!

It’s the grand re-opening of my beloved video masterclass for just the second time ever.

Live for a limited time only, so hustle your bustle and watch it now!

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Stuck in a Style Rut, Press Play

She’s back!

It’s the grand re-opening of my beloved video masterclass for just the second time ever.

Live for a limited time only, so hustle your bustle and watch it now!

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
August Instagram Challenge

After 2.5 glorious years with the #StyleMe Instagram and Closet Challenge, we’re gettin’ fancy!

Instead of living solely on Instagram, starting this month we’re adding an email component just for our VIBs {very important bettys}.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
August Instagram Challenge

After 2.5 glorious years with the #StyleMe Instagram and Closet Challenge, we’re gettin’ fancy!

Instead of living solely on Instagram, starting this month we’re adding an email component just for our VIBs {very important bettys}.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
How To Wear The Classic Shirtdress

Smitten to be featured on Better Homes & Gardens style alongside some of my favorite fellow style bloggers! Check out Jessie, Hallie, Caroline and Beth with our unique spins on one classic little shirtdress.

A pale blue washes me out a bit, so to make it pop more I added black and white stripes beneath in the form of a tight light crop top {one that is sometime too form-fitting to wear alone, but is perfect for laying beneath}.

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How To Wear The Classic Shirtdress

Smitten to be featured on Better Homes & Gardens style alongside some of my favorite fellow style bloggers! Check out Jessie, Hallie, Caroline and Beth with our unique spins on one classic little shirtdress.

A pale blue washes me out a bit, so to make it pop more I added black and white stripes beneath in the form of a tight light crop top {one that is sometime too form-fitting to wear alone, but is perfect for laying beneath}.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
Quick Easy Style

May was a whirlwind m’dear. One night after a long day of filming I had five minutes to change clothes and make it to a friend’s book launch party. In those moments, I think every girl needs a couple of “go to outfits”.

You know they work. They don’t take a lot of fuss. And perhaps you even intentionally don’t wear them on average days specifically to save ’em in your back pocket for those times when you’re rushed or exhausted.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
Quick Easy Style

May was a whirlwind m’dear. One night after a long day of filming I had five minutes to change clothes and make it to a friend’s book launch party. In those moments, I think every girl needs a couple of “go to outfits”.

You know they work. They don’t take a lot of fuss. And perhaps you even intentionally don’t wear them on average days specifically to save ’em in your back pocket for those times when you’re rushed or exhausted.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
4th Of July Style

I would like to thank our founding fathers here in America for choosing stripes as our patriotic print. Stars I can pass on, but I’m delighted to triple-stripe it in preppy red and blue to feel festive.

I’m giving my tips on how to pull-off this 4th of July holiday look alongside fabulous Em of The Refined Woman {who’s other half Kat photographed moi} over on darling Verily Magazine!

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4th Of July Style

I would like to thank our founding fathers here in America for choosing stripes as our patriotic print. Stars I can pass on, but I’m delighted to triple-stripe it in preppy red and blue to feel festive.

I’m giving my tips on how to pull-off this 4th of July holiday look alongside fabulous Em of The Refined Woman {who’s other half Kat photographed moi} over on darling Verily Magazine!

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
Work From Home, Fancy{Sweat}Pants

I am morally opposed to sweatpants.

That’s always been my line. But then the fashion industry went and made sweatpants not just “I’ve given up on feeling sexy chic and the Spanx I wear to work are so uncomfortable I spend all day dreaming about these nubby fabric-ed gray things the moment I walk in the door” but “I’m kinda badass and have the kind of life where I can rock slouchy pants and feel like a rockstar”.

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Work From Home, Fancy{Sweat}Pants

I am morally opposed to sweatpants.

That’s always been my line. But then the fashion industry went and made sweatpants not just “I’ve given up on feeling sexy chic and the Spanx I wear to work are so uncomfortable I spend all day dreaming about these nubby fabric-ed gray things the moment I walk in the door” but “I’m kinda badass and have the kind of life where I can rock slouchy pants and feel like a rockstar”.

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An Educated Style

One of my favorite things about Brooklyn is how it can feel so different around one corner or another. There are parts of Clinton Hill that feel like Savannah, Georgia and spots in Park Slope that feel like you’ve wandered onto an ivy league campus.

I love that same diversity in my style. I love to be surprised, empowered — to take a velvet bow top and a knee length skirt, and make them feel a little edgy because the top is cropped and the skirt leather; to wear a high neck and a low hem but keep it fresh with a modern purse, kicky heels and loads of bangles.

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An Educated Style

One of my favorite things about Brooklyn is how it can feel so different around one corner or another. There are parts of Clinton Hill that feel like Savannah, Georgia and spots in Park Slope that feel like you’ve wandered onto an ivy league campus.

I love that same diversity in my style. I love to be surprised, empowered — to take a velvet bow top and a knee length skirt, and make them feel a little edgy because the top is cropped and the skirt leather; to wear a high neck and a low hem but keep it fresh with a modern purse, kicky heels and loads of bangles.

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The Truth About Why Style Is So Hard

Right now as we’re in the middle of our FREE 3 Steps to Simplified Style video series, so many bettys are hitting reply on my emails to let me know what they’re struggling with in their style and one of the most repeating themes is “I don’t know how to dress for my body … for my height, my changed shape, my weight loss, my problem area”.

And while not an instant answer, my reply is always, “When you think about all the diversity that exists in every single area we’re trying to get into one pair of pants or a dress … calves, knees, thighs, hips, stomachs, derrieres, waists, rib cages, busts, shoulders … it’s a marvel any of us can find clothing at mass retailers!”

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The Truth About Why Style Is So Hard

Right now as we’re in the middle of our FREE 3 Steps to Simplified Style video series, so many bettys are hitting reply on my emails to let me know what they’re struggling with in their style and one of the most repeating themes is “I don’t know how to dress for my body … for my height, my changed shape, my weight loss, my problem area”.

And while not an instant answer, my reply is always, “When you think about all the diversity that exists in every single area we’re trying to get into one pair of pants or a dress … calves, knees, thighs, hips, stomachs, derrieres, waists, rib cages, busts, shoulders … it’s a marvel any of us can find clothing at mass retailers!”

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Make New Friends With Your Style

I put her on for church and thought, “Is she too much? The volume? The color?”

So I did my best to tone her town. Simple grey long-sleeved tee, casual hair and makeup.

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Make New Friends With Your Style

I put her on for church and thought, “Is she too much? The volume? The color?”

So I did my best to tone her town. Simple grey long-sleeved tee, casual hair and makeup.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
Chic Mom Style

Betty, met Mama Rushford! Or as bestie and I call our mom’s by their first two initials of their first and last names {Betty Ball and Lori Rushford, BeBa} and LoRu.

Last winter when I was in London my mother kept commenting upon and borrowing my necklaces, which were mostly from Forever 21. “We should take you there!” I said. “Oh I’m not young enough to shop there,” she’d reply. “90% of it isn’t for you. But if you go with me, we’ll focus on the 10% of it that is and I’ll prove you wrong”. We did, and she found this great pearl necklace!

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Chic Mom Style

Betty, met Mama Rushford! Or as bestie and I call our mom’s by their first two initials of their first and last names {Betty Ball and Lori Rushford, BeBa} and LoRu.

Last winter when I was in London my mother kept commenting upon and borrowing my necklaces, which were mostly from Forever 21. “We should take you there!” I said. “Oh I’m not young enough to shop there,” she’d reply. “90% of it isn’t for you. But if you go with me, we’ll focus on the 10% of it that is and I’ll prove you wrong”. We did, and she found this great pearl necklace!

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
What To Wear Tailgating

I have a confession to make: I think my legs look weird in flats.

If you think I’m crazy, I can guarantee that you have your own silly little “I can’t”. Mine comes from having what I see as huge ballerina calves from dancing on pointe shoes from a very young age. But whatever your secret little insecurity is, I guarantee you my Two-Part Fashion Cocktail principle can help. {If you’re new here, a Fashion Cocktail is all about striking the perfect balance of a vodka cranberry: sweet plus chic, sexy yet modest, depending on what you’re styling that day.}

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What To Wear Tailgating

I have a confession to make: I think my legs look weird in flats.

If you think I’m crazy, I can guarantee that you have your own silly little “I can’t”. Mine comes from having what I see as huge ballerina calves from dancing on pointe shoes from a very young age. But whatever your secret little insecurity is, I guarantee you my Two-Part Fashion Cocktail principle can help. {If you’re new here, a Fashion Cocktail is all about striking the perfect balance of a vodka cranberry: sweet plus chic, sexy yet modest, depending on what you’re styling that day.}

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
How To Wear A Romper

I’m writing you today’s post from high above on a flight from JKF to LAX … coincidentally & unintentionally wearing this very ensemble!

A black romper is one of my favorite pieces. It’s so versatile that it’s gotten me through the very warm days of summer {pictured here} as well as a long & early day of travel. However, much like the maxi dress, it’s a piece that isn’t quite as easy to pull off as it looks. That is unless of course, you have your personal stylist here to break it down for you. {wink}

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How To Wear A Romper

I’m writing you today’s post from high above on a flight from JKF to LAX … coincidentally & unintentionally wearing this very ensemble!

A black romper is one of my favorite pieces. It’s so versatile that it’s gotten me through the very warm days of summer {pictured here} as well as a long & early day of travel. However, much like the maxi dress, it’s a piece that isn’t quite as easy to pull off as it looks. That is unless of course, you have your personal stylist here to break it down for you. {wink}

READ ON, DARLING

STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
How To Style A Maxi Dress

One of my favorite staples for summer is the maxi dress. They’re feminine & can have you feeling chic without sweltering even in 100 degrees .

However, they’re not necessarily “easy”. Meaning not every one looks great on every body. I hear from a lot of my clients that they feel they can’t wear them & I think there’s one main culprit: Jersey. The fabric, not the state. A lot of us {hand raised} don’t have a perfectly flat stomach. And a lot of maxi dresses are one long sheath of clingy fabric that excentuates your every curve, including all the ones you’d like to direct attention away from.

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How To Style A Maxi Dress

One of my favorite staples for summer is the maxi dress. They’re feminine & can have you feeling chic without sweltering even in 100 degrees .

However, they’re not necessarily “easy”. Meaning not every one looks great on every body. I hear from a lot of my clients that they feel they can’t wear them & I think there’s one main culprit: Jersey. The fabric, not the state. A lot of us {hand raised} don’t have a perfectly flat stomach. And a lot of maxi dresses are one long sheath of clingy fabric that excentuates your every curve, including all the ones you’d like to direct attention away from.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
How To Wear Boyfriend Jeans

I try very hard not to say not nice things. So sometimes I let Suri Cruise say them for me. Like this + this example of how not to do a boyfriend jean.

Inherent in the name boyfriend jean, is some masculinity. So the first step to balancing out this 2-Part Fashion Cocktail, is to add some feminine details. That’s the key to not looking like you’re walk-of-shaming-it in your beau’s clothes, but rather being adorably relaxed while still charmingly cute.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
How To Wear Boyfriend Jeans

I try very hard not to say not nice things. So sometimes I let Suri Cruise say them for me. Like this + this example of how not to do a boyfriend jean.

Inherent in the name boyfriend jean, is some masculinity. So the first step to balancing out this 2-Part Fashion Cocktail, is to add some feminine details. That’s the key to not looking like you’re walk-of-shaming-it in your beau’s clothes, but rather being adorably relaxed while still charmingly cute.

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STYLE, TRAVEL, FASHION
A Vintage Girl With Glasses

On display today is my #1 trick when it comes to vintage shopping: a big ol hem. It takes a bit of imagination, but many a dress or skirt in a thrift shop can be made more modern day & less dowdy by chopping a good few inches off the bottom at your local tailor. With a high neck & long sleeves, this uber conservative sheth got an update that’s a little more feminine & flirty:

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A Vintage Girl With Glasses

On display today is my #1 trick when it comes to vintage shopping: a big ol hem. It takes a bit of imagination, but many a dress or skirt in a thrift shop can be made more modern day & less dowdy by chopping a good few inches off the bottom at your local tailor. With a high neck & long sleeves, this uber conservative sheth got an update that’s a little more feminine & flirty:

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