New Arrivals Today

New Arrivals

Floral and Stripe Contrast 3/4 Sleeve Top, $44.00

I’m spending the morning adding some new items into the store. For this buy I’m trying some updated, bright prints, like the above featured top.  It combines my favorite stripes with a bright and poppy floral insert and tab sleeve detail.  Maybe it’s been the dreary weather lately but I’ve been feeling a little run down, and this cheerful print is a welcomed reminder that spring is just around the corner.

Because I like to toughen up overly feminine looks, I’m layering this top under our new hooded vest.  I’m pretty sure the vest will sell out, so I’m ordering more this afternoon.  If you don’t see your size, sign up for the waitlist, and you’ll get an email when they are back in stock.

To finish the look I’ll wear these distressed Articles of Society Jeans (currently on a crazy sale at Nordstrom Rack), and these ankle boots that I have been wearing to death this season.

Stay tuned for more additions to the store over the weekend, including a dark olive utility jacket, a gauzy embroidered top that screams vacation time, and the softest sweatshirt tunic.

Happy Friday!!!

 

Must Have Piece: Chic and Affordable Backpack

Must Have Backpack

I know you’ll be shocked to hear that I have some very strong opinions about backpacks. They are either too collegiate, ugly or worn at inappropriate times. Over the years, though, my disdain has softened as it’s become more obvious that there are some occasions when being hands free is necessary. Like, when you take your kids to a theme park. Which is what is happening in a few weekends when we head down to Orlando and go to Universal for a few days, specifically to see all things Harry Potter.

Wear to Work: Sweatshirt and Skirt

Wear to Work: Sweatshirt and Shirt

This is the kind of outfit that makes me long for an office space of my own. It’s polished, feminine and a little out there. The sportiness of the sweatshirt contrasting with the sleekness of the skirt makes this look come together. It’s playful while remaining professional. If you have a creative business or work in a creative field, you have a bit more leeway with your dress code.

Business Update and March Appointments Now Available

Business News

One of my first business coaches taught me to view my business as a series of spinning plates. Think of each of your revenue generating categories as a plate. Your job is to take that plate, throw it on a stick, and keep it spinning. Once you reach a comfort level spinning the first plate, you add another, and then another, until you have half a dozen or so plates spinning at once. When all the plates are spinning, you go back to the first and make it spin faster. You move like this until you take your business to scale. The concept has been a guidepost for me over the years with 2017 proving to be the year we have all the plates spinning at once.

It’s been an exhilarating few weeks with lots of exciting news on the business development front. Today I’m sharing an update on the status of some of our plans and a few new announcements.

Client Pick: Ted Backer “Magic” Scarf

Ted Baker Scarf

Last week, I had a fun and productive styling session with a new client. We had already quickly edited her closet, shopped for a ton of updated pieces and were now at the last step when I come back to her closet and help her pull new outfits together. It’s my favorite part of our process because it’s the most creative.

It was during this appointment that we discovered what we dubbed, the “magic scarf” because it went with absolutely everything. Regardless of what color, or style we paired it with, it enhanced the look.

Wear to Work: Long Cardigan

Long Cardigan Outfit

Spend any time perusing Pinterest, and you’ll find countless images of outfits featuring long cardigans. It’s an easy look to pull together, as long as you mix the proper elements, namely, the cardigan. If the cardigan is too long, you’ll enter bathrobe territory, too short and you’ll miss the whole point. What’s important is to find a longer cardigan that hits you at the appropriate place, and that will vary widely based on your height. For best practice, look for it to hit about 3 inches past fingertip length.

12 Valentines Gifts to Purchase Yourself

Valentine's Gifts to Purchase Yourself

I’ve never been one to celebrate Valentine’s Day with any level enthusiasm. In my book, it’s always been a b-level “holiday.” manufactured to sell cards. But over the years, my cynicism subsided, and I’ve learned to embrace it a bit more. These days, instead of price fixed menus at over crowded restaurants, we celebrate with our girls with heart shaped pancakes in the morning and red velvet cupcakes before bed. I also like to drop a few small gifts in the mail to some of my favorite friends and maybe pick something up for myself.

Bookshelf: It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too)

17 in '17 It's Okay to Laugh

It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) is the painful and hilarious memoir of Nora McInerny Purmort. The book goes back and forth in time, from her childhood to current time, acting as bookends to the three months where Nora loses her second baby through miscarriage, and both her father and beloved husband to cancer. At 31, she is a window and young mother to her little boy Ralph and has one heck of a story to tell.

Fashion Friday: Ponte Shift Dress

Fashion Friday Seamed Ponte Sheath Dress

When I travel for business, I tend to pack dresses. They are easier to pack, and almost always appropriate for the kind of meetings I attend. A fitted but not tight dress, with a sleeve that hits at the top of the knee, is my go-to. I stumbled on this dress while scrolling on Nordstrom’s website and immediately put it in my cart. It hits all the marks and gets bonus points for its slimming ruched waistline and $64 price point.