How to Trick People ~

You can look like you spent a lot of money without spending another dime.   You can use what you already have in your closet.  Here are a handful of tricks to make people think you are super stylish.

~ Buy an inexpensive faux leather jacket, and wear it with everything.

~ Learn to mix prints and patterns with clothes you already own.

~ Plan your outfit the night before.

~ Buy quality under garments.

Master the half tucked shirt for a perfectly effortless look.

Knot your shirt in front at the waist to keep the silhouette and length perfect.

~ Hang your clothes in the bathroom while you shower to get rid of wrinkles.

Go monochromatic by dressing head to toe in the same color.

~ Get items tailored for the perfect fit.

~ Most importantly, have fun with your clothes.

Styling Tips ~ Slim You Down in a Snap!!

We all know a healthy diet and a dedicated fitness routine are the keys to the weight loss, however there are times when we are all a little less diligent than we should be. Which is why it is good to know how to look thinner using nothing but your clothes. Here are a few clever tricks that can have an enormous effect on the way we look.

Invest in Shapewear ~ By now you are probably tired of hearing about Spanx and the other gazillion types of stretchy devices that promise to shave off of pounds, but here is the thing: They really work. At its core, the right piece of shapewear works as a means to help distribute bulges while smoothing you out and holding you in.  To look thinner, it pays to choose a seamless pair of slenderizing briefs, boy shorts, camis or full-body pieces that have reinforced panels to suck in your stomach, slim your thighs, boost your derriere, and define your waist when wearing bodycon dresses, clingy skirts, or tight pants.

Take a Length and Fit Lesson ~ If you are trying to give off a thinner appearance, it is key to be mindful of hemlines and unwanted volume. This means staying far away from things humorously associated with tourists…capri pants, pleated khakis, long baggy shorts or shapeless calf length skirts.  Instead, opt for straight dark jeans that have a bit of stretch and hit exactly at your ankle or an inch or two below. This will elongate your body, especially when paired with heels, ankle boots or pointy flats. On top, try longer shirts, blazers, or sweaters that are not too oversized.  Same goes for trousers…Choose dark colors without any upper pleating and have a slightly tapered leg.

Choose Heels With a Low-Cut Vamp ~ Here is small trick that can change the way you shoe shop..Footwear that features a low-cut vamp instantly elongates and slenderizes your leg when you’re wearing skirts, shorts, dresses, and even cropped pants.  What is a vamp? It is the portion of a shoe that cuts across your foot at the front. So, a low vamp cuts across the base of the toes, while high vamp can come up the foot and possibly up to the ankle. If you are able to find a pair that matches your skin tone, all the better to give the illusion of slim legs.  Speaking of shoes, a heel lifts the body and makes clothes fall better, which gives a slimmer appearance.Look for pumps with slightly pointed toes and thin heels, as opposed to square-toes, super-chunky styles or thick ankle straps, all of which can give the appearance of a shorter, stockier leg.


Say Yes to Jeans with a Higher Rise ~ High-waist bottoms get a bad rap, probably thanks to the unfortunate Jessica Simpson mishap, but when worn correctly, they can trick the eye into thinking you are leaner by elongating your lower body.The most slenderizing item to choose are slightly high-rise slim-fitting jeans that hit your ankle with a bit of added spandex for stretch and movement.


Rock Out With Vertical Stripes ~ The second oldest trick in the book..Vertical stripes create long lines, thus making you look longer. And while we are on the subject of stripes, it is a common fashion folklore that horizontal lines can make you look wider. Yes, a skin-tight dress featuring horizontal lines might only look good on super skinny gals, but things like a well-fitting classic striped shirt tucked into dark jeans or a tailored skirt flatters every woman.


Cinch with Skinny Belts ~ To look slimmer, cinch dresses and tunics with skinny belts. They help define your natural waist in the most flattering way possible. A thick belt, however, can cut you in half, which can cause you to look stumpy. A common trick curvy girls use in the winter that we love is to cinch a boxy coat with a skinny belt in a fun print, like leopard.


Mask Problem Areas with Dark Colors, and Highlight Assets With Bright Colors ~ If you do not want to wear all black, just try masking your problem areas with the shade. Not thrilled with your legs but love your upper body? Mask them with a well-fitting pair of black pants or a skirt, and add a bright-colored blouse.  To hide larger arms, midsections, or hips, choose a tailored black blazer, a black silky button down, or a well fitting black flat-sweater and show off your great legs with a pair of printed pants, colored jeans, or a bold skirt.

Buy a New Bra ~ Did you know that over 80% of women wear bras that are the wrong size? It is true, and it can make your look larger due to the appearance of sagging breasts. When there is proper space between your waist and chest, you appear leaner.

Never Purge This From Your Closet

Cleaning out your closet can often drag you into a very personal, very dark place. Sifting through college T-shirts, dresses you wore with significant others you are no longer seeing, and shoes you splurged on that are still sitting in the box can bring up a lot of unwanted feelings and ultimately lead to you not thinking clearly.  In order to ensure you do not end up throwing away everything in site due to your dramatized emotions, I am here to give you one very stylish rule to live by: Never throw away leopard print.

History has proven that leopard print has withstood the test of time. Can you think of a season where leopard was considered “out”? I cannot either, and that is because as far as prints and patterns are concerned, leopard is basically on equal playing field with the stripes and plaids of the world. Toss it, and beware of serious outfit envy as fashion girls prove season after season that the easiest way to make an outfit pop is by way of this wild print….whether it is a bag, dress, or jacket. The best advice I can give you today when it comes to purging your closet is to hold on to your leopard for dear life. Your future outfits depend on it.

Inspiration from Pinterest.

Ultra Violet ~ 2018 Color of the Year

Here we go….. Pantone Color Institute has announced Ultra Violet as the 2018 Color of the Year. From the vibrant shades of years past to this eye popping purple, Pantone’s signature shade symbolizes cultural evolution as we advance year to year.  Ultra Violet gives us the confidence to pursue our personal passions in this age of barrier breaking experimentation. It evokes lively expression and allows us to explore and experiment, as we redefine what makes us happy. Ultra Violet is intriguing, provocative, and communicates visionary thinking. The 2018 Color of the Year gifts meaningful direction and ushers us toward the future.

Inspiration from Pinterest.


What Gretchen Wore

Saturday night was our annual Realtor Party, and I love any excuse to dress up.  I found this dress at Steinmart for $39.99 a few weeks ago.  I was just waiting for the right event to wear it to.  I added my hot pink pumps for a pop of color.  This dress is so comfortable, as well as stylish.  I have to big a big shout out to Nora for doing my hair and makeup for the event.  thumbnail_20180120_221703

What Gretchen Wore

I am attempting to channel spring weather in this cute patterned shift dress.  I added a jacket (not pictured) this morning, since it is still cold down here in South Carolina.  I found this dress at Steinmart for $39.99.  I love dresses like this, because you can dress them up or dress them down.  You could add a belt, and change the whole look.