Client Pick! ED by Ellen DeGeneres

Norana Slip-OnSlip-on, $96

You can take a casual outfit from hot-mess, to intentionally sporty with a few simple updates. Think of the one woman in your neighborhood, who always looks cute, even when she’s just driving the kids around and running errands. The one you bump into at Target and wonder how she has it all together. Here’s the deal, looking like you have it all together, and actually having it all together are two very different things.

Chances are girlfriend is exhausted and overwhelmed just like the rest of us. I’m sure her recycling bin has more wine bottles than water bottles end of every week (just me?). But, she has the right pieces on hand to pull a look together with ease. That’s the only difference between her and the rest of us.

One of those pieces is a casual yet still polished shoe. When I found these while pulling for a client last week, I lost my mind, in a good way. Creating a fuss free outfit that can take you from the kids school, to a mid week lunch to Friday night drinks at your neighbors requires a little bit of thought. Your go-to sneaker can be appropriate, but not all the time and most slip-ons are a little too … I don’t know … stuffy? They never look quite right.

These slip on shoes, by none other than national treasure Ellen DeGeneres, are incredible. They are so comfortable, simple, chic and perfectly unobtrusive. They are a grown up, more sophisticated version of a TOM. How do you wear them? With any casual bottom like jeans, leggings, or twill ankle pants. They would make ideal airport shoes since you can slip out of them easily, you can run to catch a flight, and when you arrive at your destination, you look totally pulled together.

ED, by Ellen DeGeneres, has a curated selection of easy, lovely, comfortable shoes worth checking out.  Below are a few of my favorites from her line.

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Wear to Work: Army Green

Army Green Work Outfit

Taking an edgy, highly styled look and recreating it in a more practical and wearable way is the reason I started our weekly Wear to Work posts. I make the assumption that everyone’s work looks different, so I try to present a variety of ideas so that even if you are not going to an office, or have a less than traditional career, you can get a little inspiration. I would wear this outfit to meet a client, grab a coffee with a colleague or even for a girls brunch on Sunday.

The elements seem straightforward, but some subtle nuances make it modern. Let’s start with the pants. I’ve had a few clients want to try a version of the high-waisted-tie-cargo-pant, and each time the experiment ends in hysterics. It’s a tough look to pull off. There is a lot of fabric, the tie belt gets in the way of everything, and they give you droopy butt syndrome. If you know you can pull it off, give these by Trouve a try, if you want the toned down version, these cargos by Joie serve the same purpose. I wear them all the time.

Spring Picks at Henri Bendel

Henri Bendel

There’s one thing that will get me out of bed and at the mall before it opens on a Sunday and that is Brunch at Henri Bendel. This past Sunday Lauren hosted another shopping event at Henri Bendel in the King of Prussia mall. It was just what I needed after a professionally busy and personally crummy week. As I walked through the quiet mall, I could hear my best friend Neen’s distinct Australian laugh (you can’t miss it). Once there, a lovely young man handed me an oversized mimosa, and as I inhaled sipped it, I felt instantly better.

Fashion Friday: Under $100 Ladylike Handle Bag

Ladylike Bag

Our first collection featured a few well priced, casual, faux leather handbags. The entire inventory sold out in a day, so did the reorder, and from the third reorder, only one cross body bag remains. When I started our spring buy, I knew I wanted a few more handbags and was THRILLED to find these simple, ladylike bags, made of real leather, for well under $100 price point.

I bought them in classic black, red for a pop of color and white. I like white in the springtime. It reminds me of being a kid on Easter and my mom dressing me up in a bonnet, white gloves, and a tiny white bag. Today you could wear it to any shower or brunch event on your calendar. It would look especially lovely with this floral dress we featured that many of you ordered last week.

Wear to Work: Preppy Meets Feminine

pleated skirt and button up blouse

Classic professional staples + a feminine skirt = a fresh and polished look for work. Transition dressing from winter to spring can be tricky. You want to look finished, not bare too much, but don’t need all the layers you maybe were wearing just a few weeks ago. For this look, I took pieces you may already own and paired it with a skirt that is specific for the spring.

Simple pieces, paired with a little thought, can look so gorgeous. I needed two key elements to recreate this look: the button down shirt and the skirt. You have a few options with the shirt; I went with LL Bean. Their items are affordable and high quality, and they also have a size range that includes everyone: petite, missy and plus. For $50 it’s an easy piece to pick up. If you have a version from Brookes Brothers or J Crew, they would work as well.

Inspiring Woman: Erica Bondarev Rapach

Erica Bondarev

Today’s 5 Questions series is extra special for me. I spend more time obsessing about the things I’ve done wrong over the years than the positive choices I’ve made that have brought me to this place in my career and business. This morning, I have an opportunity to talk about what was perhaps one of my best decisions and that was bringing on Erica Bondarev Rapach as our D.C. stylist. I stumbled into the Washington market early into the business. When our first regional stylist (Steph, who many of you know and love) moved into a different industry, I had to figure out if I was going keep a presence in the area or not. On a whim, I posted a note on Facebook looking for a new hire, and Erica reached out within a day.

I took the train to Union Station and met her for a drink (or two) and liked her instantly. She’s sharp, smart, funny and an incredibly hard worker. It’s rare for me to meet someone who I think shares my energy and hustle. For almost six years Erica was my steady rock. I never worried about her abilities, care of our clients, and trusted her completely. After her appointments, her clients made it a point to contact me and praise her, more than anyone else who’s ever worked with us. Erica’s hustle and work ethic were and continue to be unmatched. Which is why when it was time to focus on other areas of the business and remove our D.C. offerings, I called Erica to see if she was finally ready to start her own business.

Last Call and Giveaway

Last Call and Giveaway

If you are local to the Philadelphia area, save the date for our first ever Pop-Up Shop on Friday, May 5th, at Old City Collective. Additional details will follow. Since it’s Cinco de Mayo, we’ll have margarita’s and other treats, you can stop by for a drink, say “hi,” and shop. I’m in the process of bringing in items that will only be available at the shop in addition to our new spring collection that will launch in the next few weeks.

I decided to host a giveaway with the last bit of existing merchandise we have in the store, to make room for all the fresh and pretty spring pieces arriving. Here’s how it will work, anyone who makes a purchase between today and Monday (March 13th) will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate for the store. Winner will contacted on Tuesday with a gift card code.