Reflection ~

Reflection is not only what a mirror produces for you to admire, but reflection is also a great tool to look back on decisions you make. In our own way we possess the power to achieve greatness. We all can create goals and conquer tasks to meet those ends. Dress the part. Strut your stuff. Be fabulous.

Whether the situation is a job interview or running a race, appropriate clothing for the occasion could push you to the front of the pack. Your level of motivation will be higher. Your confidence will be greater. Watch as it propels you forward, a momentum that cannot easily be stopped.

Recently I trained for, and participated in a 10K bridge race. Here is a photo from that. The lighting is not perfect. There was no cropping and no chance for a better angle. I am running….and I feel great!47573738_10156878124726665_5380825793972666368_n

How to Wear Faux Fur Vests

A faux fur vest, if worn correctly, is this season’s hot fashion layering piece that reads part boho, part French-girl chic. Follow some easy rules and enjoy the sideways glances from friends not daring enough to attempt the look themselves. Yes, it takes fashion guts to wear a faux fur vest, but if you wear it well, you will reap all the fashion glory.

First of all, do not be tempted to wear your furry fashion friend under a coat or jacket. The beauty of a shaggy vest is that your arms, encased in a long-sleeve tee or flowy blouse, automatically appear smaller. You need the juxtaposition of the chunky vest against your arms to create that magical fashion sleight of hand. As in, even if your arms are not skinny and buff, they will appear so next to the chunky vest.

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If you are petite, protect your precious real estate. Choose a vest that stops at the hip bone or, at the very least, the top of the thigh, so that the leg looks long and uninterrupted. Petite women also need to be aware of the scale of the vest. Look for banding at the waist to create the illusion of a waistline, or shop for a vest that is slightly fitted. It also helps to check the size of the armholes. 0c01f6b6c6f82c7f93be57a22d25babe

Consider the scale of the fur when choosing a vest. Do you want to wear a long, flowy faux fur? Then choose with care if you have a limited budget. While faux fur has come a long way with many luxe-looking options on the market, shabby chic and cheap can easily veer toward hoochie if you’re not selective.  On the other hand, a sheared faux fur, even an inexpensive vest, usually reads more upscale.

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The faux fur is a natural best friend to denim and boots, but it also plays well with others. Pair it with a floaty dress, tights and boots, and it becomes the finishing piece that keeps the dress from looking too casual.

Still afraid of the faux fur vest? Try a vest that just features fur on the collar. A little touch of fur around your face feels glamorous.Vest-with-fur-collar-533x800

Inspirations from Pinterest.

Festive and Fresh ~ Holiday Outfit Ideas

Do you want to be the life of all your holiday parties and plans? Then having the perfect holiday outfit is a must! Dressing for Christmas, holiday events or the office holiday party does not have to be difficult. From sparkly pieces to a chic monochrome look, you will catch everyone’s eye in any one of these stunning outfits.  These looks are super easy to replicate.

Inspiration from Pinterest.

What Gretchen Wore

This white and black checked short sleeve coat is awesome!  Living in South Carolina, you rarely need a coat, so having a short sleeve option is perfect for down here.  I featured this coat last winter, but it is so veritable I had to share it again.  When I find a piece that I love so much, I make sure to incorporate it into my wardrobe as much as possible.  Today I add black thigh high boots and a colorful scarf to complete my look.  I am wearing a black slip dress underneath, so I can remove the coat while in the office.

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Oversized Sweaters

Nothing says winter like shimmying into a variety of cozy pieces, and there is nothing cozier than an oversized sweater.  This is one of the season’s biggest trends.  The only question is how do you wear one without looking a bit too comfy.  You do not want it to overpower you, especially if you have a small frame.  You just need to learn how to style them.  Here are some tips:

1. Keep it simple ~ Pair it over black leggings, add ankle boots. You are good to go anywhere.

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2. Wear it as a dress ~ Just buy a sweater a size or two bigger than normal, and wear it with knee boots.

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3.  Wear it over a slip ~ If your sweater is not quite long enough to wear alone as a dress, then wear it over a bodycon dress or slip.  This is my favorite look!!

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4.  Layer it ~ You can layer your sweater over a chambray shirt for a preppy vibe.

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5.  Off the shoulder ~ Let your oversized sweater fall down one shoulder for a cute, casual look.

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6.  Pair with skinny jeans ~ Pair your sweater with skinny jeans and a pair of over the knee boots for a very easy outfit.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

Black Leggings ~ Do’s & Don’ts

I am not a huge proponent of wearing leggings; however, everyone seems to be wearing them.  So here are some do’s and don’ts for wearing leggings.  Black leggings can be a stylish essential for your everyday wardrobe….if worn correctly.

Style Tips ~ Do’s & Don’ts

  1. Make sure your leggings are opaque and made of a thick material.
  2. Pair with accessories to elevate your leggings outfit.
  3. Be sure to wear the right kind of underwear…no one wants panty lines.
  4. Contrast tight leggings with an oversized, loose-fitting top or cardigan to balance out the look.
  5. Make sure whatever you wear on top covers your rear end or is long enough.
  6. Remember, leggings are not pants and should not be worn to substitute pants.
  7. Play up layering when wearing leggings to add more dimension to your outfit, thus making it more interesting.

Outfit Ideas ~ Suggestions

Wear Leggings with a Plaid Tunic Button Up.  If it is long enough to cover your rear, I would agree that you are safe wearing your fave plaid shirt with leggings. If you are going for a super cozy, laid-back look for traveling or running errands around town throw on your favorite sneakers for a casual, cute look. But if you are looking to elevate the look, throw on accessories and riding boots to complete the look.

 

Wear Leggings with an Oversized Chambray Shirt.  If you have an oversized (tunic-length) chambray, you can put together a similar look. In this look below, you can see she threw on a neutral cardigan over a denim shirt and leggings, adding an additional layer to give the outfit more dimension and make it a bit more interesting.

 

Wear Leggings with Oversized Cardigans / Sweaters.  Similar to wearing leggings with an oversized plaid or chambray shirt, you can wear a longer cardigan or oversized sweater. Pairing an oversized knit with your leggings is a great opportunity to use juxtaposition to your advantage, contrasting the tightness of the leggings with a loose-fitting, oversized cardigan or cozy sweater.

Inspiration from Pinterest.

What Gretchen Wore ~ Hiking

In a world where we are all so deeply connected, it is sometimes necessary to take a break from it all.  I fell in love with hiking about six months ago.  I have been trying to go about once a month since then.  Last weekend I was in Boone, North Carolina….and it was COLD.  Planning for the weather is key, and layering in the best way to go!  The flannel shirt was under $20 at Old Navy.  The pants are from New York & Company.  My hiking shoes are from Dicks Sporting Goods.  Last minute glove and hat purchase at Walmart.  Hike More ~ Worry Less.

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