Super Simple Ways to Master Color Mixing

Color mixing is not the sort of thing that anyone is born knowing how to do, but that is a good thing. It is not a talent. It is a skill. And like any other skill, it can be learned. Here are six strategies to make it easier.
1. Keep it in the family. It is pretty straightforward: pastels with pastels, earth tones with earth tones, jewel tones with jewel tones, and so on.
2. Use a color wheel to find complimentary colors. When you are talking about colors, “complimentary” actually means “opposite.” Black and white, for instance, are complimentary colors. That is why they look so great together. You know, “opposites attract.” Yeah, like that whole thing. Every color has a complimentary color. It is just whatever is on the opposite side of the color wheel. True complimentary colors are the same distance from the center of the wheel, but it can be very striking to combine a color from the center, like a pale yellow green, with its complimentary color from the outside edge, like a deep mauve.
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3. Give it the ombré test. Different shades of the same color or similar colors almost always look good together. If you need some help, do a Google image search for “ombré [insert color here]” and see what pops up.
4. Try the “J.Crew Hack.” J.Crew shoots all their clothes fully styled on a model, and they have a really great way with color. Take the piece of clothing you are looking to build into an outfit, then go on JCrew.com or open one of their catalogs and find something, anything, the same color. Then just make a note of the colors they are combining and copy it with clothes from your own wardrobe. I call it a “J.Crew Hack,” but really it works with any brand or site that shoots their clothes on-model: Nasty Gal, Net-A-Porter, Zara. It’s just a matter of finding a brand you like and copying the combos they use.
5. Let a print be your guide. Find a print from a designer you love (or even something in your own wardrobe) and break it down into its different colors; then make an outfit. If you want to take it to the next level, rank the colors in the print from most used to least used and wear larger items like dresses, coats, or sweaters in the most-used colors and smaller items and accessories in the least-used colors.
6. When in doubt, black and white. Neutrals in general (navy, khaki, gray, denim, gold, silver, etc.) are great for color mixing, but black and white, especially together, are definitely the superstars of the family. You literally cannot go wrong.

Tips to Make High Heels Comfortable

High heels will probably never be as comfortable as a good pair of sneakers, but some are certainly less comfortable than others, and it is not just a matter of how high the heels are. Of course, a proper fit is essential, but beyond that there are five easy-to-spot design features that can have a huge effect on your overall comfort.
1. Heel Placement
If the heel is too far back, it will not support your weight properly. The center line of the heel should be directly under the center of your own heel. Thicker heels often do this automatically, or you can look for narrow heels that dip in slightly at the top.
2. Sole Thickness
High heels are much more comfortable with a little padding, especially on hard surfaces, so some sort of a platform is always a good idea. If your shoes do not have a platform, try adding a gel insole.
3. Sole Rigidity
Steer clear of shoes with rigid soles made out of wood or hard plastic. Leather and rubber soles have more give, so they move with your feet and adjust better to inconsistencies in the ground.
4. Heel Thickness
The wider your heel, the greater your stability. Wedges can be even more stable, provided they are not too narrow and the entirety of the sole touches the ground.
5. Security
The easier it is for you to slip out of your heels, the harder they will be to walk in. Your shoes should feel like an extension of your body, not something foreign that could fall off at any moment. A slingback or a pump is preferable to a mule, but a boot or something with a strap that goes across the front of the foot and / or ankle is even better.

What Gretchen Wore

I received my next piece from Gwynniebee.com. Just a reminder, if you are unaware of what Gwynniebee.com is, check out my blog from December 9th. I am not a huge fan of the paisley print on this shift dress, but wanted to share the look anyway. If you like a dress or top but think the print is too busy, I suggest adding a cardigan or jacket to tone down the look.
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Essential Item for Spring 2015: An A-line Dress

As I mentioned the other day, one of the must have items for spring is an A-line dress. An A-line dress is very girly and romantic. It is a perfect way to show your feminine side. It is not difficult to wear an A-line dress. In fact, it is one of the most versatile styles of dresses that one can wear. An A-line dress looks and works best with most body shapes and figures, especially the rectangular, oval, inverted triangle and pear body shapes. It is the perfect dress for graduation parties, wedding, baby showers, afternoon cocktails with girls or a date.
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Inspiration from Pinterest.

What Gretchen Wore

I received another item from Gwynniebee.com. This stretch knit top with scoop neck and three quarter raglan sleeves in leopard print at front with black colorblocking is awesome. I am going to be sending it back, but only because it is warming up down south. I will re-closet this item for next fall. I paired this top with a red pencil shirt and my black Nine West booties to complete the look.
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Spring 2015 ~ Must Haves

Yes, spring is just around the corner!! This spring you know you will need a new dress for graduation ceremonies and outdoor parties, a pair of sandals that look presentable in places other than the beach, and a bag that works with the floaty fabrics and light colors of the season. Then there are the fashion trends you want to invest in, those droolworthy colors, cuts, and fabrics we first saw on the runway back in September. I will be covering spring looks over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!!