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Please talk about manicures. Lately, I’m seeing more and more people with manicured, beautiful hands with no polish. So much easier to maintain! Is this okay in professional circles? – Heather
Totally. For my day to day look, I’ve been keeping my nails very short, pushing back my cuticles in the shower with a washcloth and every few days adding a coat of clear polish, just to keep them shiny. Frankly, I have no idea how professional women have time to sit for a manicure 2 -3 times a month. I get a manicure every eight weeks or so, and time it around some special occasion. An occasional professional manicure helps keep your at home care looking perfect. The most important detail to focus on to keep your nails looking professional is that they are well cared for, trimmed and clean. I consider anything else a bonus. These are some products that help me easily keep my nails in tip top shape.
Where can you find good belts? – Annie
When we pick up belts for clients, we tend to go to Nordstrom because of their extensive selection of styles and price points. If you don’t have one close to you, their online selection is fantastic. You can find belts for function and fashion for under $50. You can also find some terrific options at Target and H&M has some trendy, fun belts for under$10.00.
When and how do we transition from Winter to Spring fashion? I’m from a cold climate, so when work sends me to San Diego in February, it feels like paradise. I never know if spring styles are appropriate, or it’s still winter fashion in late February. What about Seattle in early March? – Meredith
There are a few parts to this answer.
Let’s start with the ideal composition of your wardrobe. Your wardrobe should be 80% seasonless pieces. These are the pieces you can wear 12 months a year, regardless of the weather. The rest of your wardrobe can be season specific, meaning wools and cashmere in the winter months and lightweight gauzy pieces or linen in the summer. Of course, if you live somewhere with a big winter season, you can adjust those numbers accordingly, may be 70/30 or 65/25. You need the seasonless pieces to get maximum investment from your clothes.
Start to transition your wardrobe based on the weather in March and April. Base your wardrobe choice on the weather. Look at what is the norm in your area and have what you need on hand. Spring on the east coast is beautiful, but can also be rainy, so I like to have my Hunters, a big umbrella and a great raincoat ready to go. Other than that, because most of my wardrobe is seasonless, I just focus on lighter layering pieces, swapping out a wool blazer for a cotton blend and a heavy boot for a flat or lightweight ankle boot.
Regarding dressing for the weather or the season, do both. Think of it like this, I live outside Philadelphia, so Christmas is always cold. Except last year, when we hit a historic high in the 80s. No one came to the Christmas Day in a sundress. We just wore lighter pieces that were all seasonally appropriate. If you are from a cold climate, going to a warmer climate, you still dress for the current season but adjust for the weather. The exception to this would be if you were going somewhere tropical, or if you were traveling abroad where the there season is different than ours.
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