Versatility is key to a good wardrobe. You always want to maximize each piece of clothing by wearing it with different things and ways. Creating multiple looks with clothing in your closet will keep your fashion game on point and save you money. Thats why when I’m shopping and find something that stands out, I have to share it with you! Check out this pretty white blouse I found at Pookie & Sebastian last week. At first glance, it seems like a simple white blouse with a neck tie. A great blouse to have when you need to be a little more dressed up and sophisticated. But after trying it on, I saw how this one blouse could be styled 4 different ways to create 4 totally different looks. Not bad for a top that is $78, right?Check out this fabulous blouse, which for good reason, P&S named “Kai make your own neckline blouse”.
Sometimes an outfit just isn’t quite right. You know when you put something on and your just not feeling it, like something is missing, but it has potential? Possibly with the right tweak you could make it fabulous. Last week I was shopping around Bloomingdales and came across this jumpsuit by Guess. Jumpsuits are so hot right now and the color was just one of those amazing reds, it immediately popped out at me.
Guess is not a brand I often wear, and I wasn’t really sure how I felt about the front leg slits and the high waist, but for $108 it could have been an amazing find or a bomb. When I got home and tried on the jumpsuit, before looking in the mirror, the fit seemed to be perfect. But when I looked in the mirror something was off. Check out below how I took one jumpsuit, that needed a little something, and transformed it to two fabulous looks.
First, I felt that the thin bra like strap made the jumpsuit look a little cheap, so I tucked that in and voila, that added a bit of sophistication. Then since I have a short torso, I didn’t really like the high waist and long crotch, so to make each look shorter and give me more of a waist I added a thick black leather belt. I love how this immediately cinched in my waist and almost gave it a pant and top look that was very modern and chic which I loved. Then tried something a little more delicate and added a vintage Chanel chain belt which gave the jumpsuit a more dressy european look.
See how sometimes with a little tweaking you can really change an entire outfit. Now I have altered this jumpsuit into two very stylish looks that would be great a cocktail or dinner party or even dinner with my Valentine.
Happy Valentines Day!
Shopping online has become a way of life. My mailbox is totally overloaded with emails from stores letting me know about new clothes and seasonal must haves. I am constantly clicking on those store emails and perusing to see what all the stores and designers are showing. So I wanted to share some of my favorite place to shop online.
First and my favorite online store is Intermix. Especially when it comes to dresses for events, Intermix is the first place I look. Intermix is expensive,but they always have the newest designers and styles. And even though I am not spending $400 on one top, I do a lot of window shopping here and get amazing outfit inspiration. Also at least once a month they have serious sales of 30-40% off, so I scope out what I like online, try it on in the store (so I know my size since all sale Items are Final) and then I’m ready to purchase if it goes on sale.
Another favorite of mine is Shopbop. Shopbop is my go to online store for everyday clothes. They have a large selection of designers in all price points from designers like Rachel Comey and Petersyn to much less expensive brands like BB Dakota and Endless Rose. Even though they have a huge selection of clothing which can be overwhelming online, what I truly love about this site is their category “Trend Edit”.
Trend Edit breaks up their clothing into fun categories that really let you narrow down your search. For instance they currently have ” Blouse Party”, which features all their blouses, “Rainbow Brights”, which features all their rainbow striped pattern clothing “modern denim” shows the latest in denim trends and Hang Time which features casual lounge clothes, and this is just to name a few. Even better is that they are now linked with Amazon Prime so you can receive clothes in 2 days for free.
Revolve is another one of my go to online stores. This is where I look for super trendy clothing and accessories. They too carry a large selection of brands and many that are reasonably priced . On Revolve I can always find a fun going out top or vacation dress, clothing that is more fun and not my wardrobe staples. Revolve is definitely a great fashion resource to keep up to the minute on trends.
These are my favorite places to shop online. I would love to know what your online shopping favorites are?
Whats your “roll out of bed” look or the outfit you throw on to grab coffee in the morning or take your kids to school. Would you categorize it as hot mess or fabulous?
I was actually surprised, to see first hand early Sunday morning, that most people look like a hot mess. I was witnessing all sorts of crazy looks. From the man who was wearing blue socks with loafers and crop sweatpants, to the woman wearing oversized red sweat pants, blue sweatshirt and brown parka that looked like she borrowed from her husband. Everyone hiding under sunglasses, baseball caps and hoodies, not to be seen in outfits that they would never be caught dead in at a normal time of day. How great would it be to have an equally comfy, but stylish outfit to throw on. Most people see someone in a cute outfit and assume they spend hours getting dressed, when it actually takes the same amount of time to put on a sloppy, unstylish outfit as it does a stylish one. Having great style is 50% of what you wear and 50% planning ahead. If you put together one or two comfy outfits and have them accessible to grab on the go, you will have an outfit that that you can feel good in, as oppose to an outfit you are hiding in. Check out some cute options I picked out for you to create your own roll out of bed outfit and look fabulous!
Happy Shopping .
I hate when people shop trends, instead of what looks good on their body. Friends tell me I look good in everything, but the truth is that I know what looks good on my body and what doesn’t. I know to stay away from midi skirts, boyfriend jeans, and anything that has too much fabric because it swallows me up. Women need to know what looks good on their shape. I see so many woman walking around in clothes that are stylish, but are so unflattering on their body. Women should know that you can’t just walk into a store and purchase what looks good on the mannequin or what the sales woman tells you everyone is buying now. I never shop for my clients based on trends, or based on what looks good on me. Dress for your shape and size and not a trend. Check out these different body shapes below and see what styles you should be shopping for.
Suggested Look: I chose this red dress because it has great coverage on top and I like the black detail which I think gives a slimming affect. The waist cinches in and the bottom ruffle draws the eye down. The black dress is another great option. With the sheer sleeve it still shows skin and has coverage at the same time and loose around the middle but gathers at the middle creating a waist. And the the uneven hem is very flattering for the legs.
Suggested look: The key is to draw the attention to the top of your body and keep bottoms on the darker and more basic side. Avoid anything bulky on top so that you accentuate your sleek more petite upper half. This red lace dress with delicate spaghetti straps and higher waist is a great way to hide the lower part of the body.
Suggested look: Something that creates a waist to give the illusion of more shape. The light dress with its gathered fabric by the chest and around the hips creates the illusion of curves and a more voluptuous silhouette. It is more fitted by the waist to bring everything in. The red dress also creates the illusion of a waist because of the wide off the shoulder top and the flare pleated bottom.
Suggested look: Anything that brings attention to the waist. Embrace the shape and do not wear anything that hides it. Thats why I chose this white dress with corset middle which brings attention waist. I also love this form hugging black dress with a wide scoop neck. Both dresses show off that beautiful hour glass shape, without being revealing.
Keep in mind these four shapes are only a general guide. No woman’s body is exactly the same so it is really is important to know your body and build your style from there.
Im always looking for new things to add to my wardrobe and as a fashion blogger, it literally is my job to keep my wardrobe on point. I love shopping so thats one of my favorite things about my job, but constantly updating a wardrobe in Winter (such a long season) can be challenging. Sweaters seem to be the only thing practical in these freezing temperatures. One fun place to update a wardrobe is always with a new pair of jeans. I wear jeans everyday so finding a pair that makes my outfit feel different (wash,high, low, skinny or straight leg l etc) is something I always look for. Intermix has a great selection of jeans so I headed there. One brand I have been wanting to try is L’Agence and a girlfriend raved about the Margot Prime Vintage which is basically a belly button rise skinny just above the ankle length and a the wash was a clean dark blue denim with no rips. When the package came and I tried them on, they literally fit like a glove. Sucked in and hugged my curves in all the right places. I also love that they are the stretch denim that doesn’t get bigger as you wear them. Next purchase was a pair of black pants. A good pair of black pants is a wardrobe essential. Styles and fit usually change season to season so when I come across a good pair its always a smart purchase. Since my day to day wardrobe is gym gear or jeans I don’t really have the need for anything too dressy. So when a friend told me about a pair of black “sateen”pants by Rag & Bone that fit like a jean, this was a perfect pant for me. They are a great fit and the black shiny fabric, which looks like satin, make this pant super sleek and sexy. I am very happy with my two wardrobe additions. I would love to hear about whats new in your wardrobe?
Its only January and I’m already over this winter weather and my wardrobe. Its freezing outside and the streets are a slushy mess so our options for fashion are definitely limited. When we are walking around New York City Streets dressed like eskimos, the only fashion statement to be made is on our feet. So with almost 4 more months of winter to go, there is no such thing as having to many winter boots. The good news is that you don’t need to spend a fortune to keep it stylish. Check out my finds below which are for the most part $250 and under.
We all want to look our best, but for many moms, keeping up with fashion can sometimes feel like another item on a never-ending to-do list. Personal stylist Stefanie Bash aims to help, with her innate sense of style and the ability to put together a great look without overspending. We spoke with Stefanie about a fall fashion must-have, her weekly date night, and a hilarious white lie involving martial arts.
Congratulations on your business, Eye4StyleNYC! What inspired you to launch a career as a personal stylist?
Fashion and shopping have always been a passion of mine. I have always had an eye for creating outfits with both high-end and low-priced clothes. One day at lunch with friends, a girlfriend asked me to help her update her wardrobe, and I realized this is what I should be doing for work. I was at a point in my life where I wanted to be working, but doing something I love, and this was the answer.
Are there any fashion must-haves our readers should be looking for this winter?
I love that Timberland and Dr. Martens-style lace-up boots are back! I love the way they look, but they are also warm and practical for running around with the kids.
Has becoming a mom to two boys changed your personal style at all?
Yes! I have definitely taken on a more sporty style. My heels have been replaced with sneakers.
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
Dinner. I always feel like I’m a short order cook when it comes to dinner. The boys are never hungry at the same time or hungry for the same food.
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Once a week my husband and I go out for an early date night. This is my favorite night of the week. It’s adult time with uninterrupted conversation, a nice glass of wine, good food, and we’re home in time to put the kids to bed.
What is your best parenting hack?
My three-year-old doesn’t want to miss out on anything, so when it’s his bedtime, we pretend that it’s everyone’s bedtime. We all say goodnight, and shut the TV and lights off.
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
That I know karate. This little white lie started about two years ago, and I think my older son might still believe it. One night my husband was working late, and my son heard some noises outside and got scared. I told him not to worry because I knew karate and that even if my husband was home, I would be the one protecting him from the bad guys anyway.
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
Motherhood is full of so many proud moments, but one that always makes me smile is when I overhear my kids praise someone else for doing a good job or giving a friend a boost when they may have struck out in a game.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
Always be a compassionate leader.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
As a mom, you meet a lot of parents who have different parenting styles and values. I’ve learned the hard way that if I don’t feel comfortable with something involving my kids, even if the other parent is fine with it, I need to speak up. The few minutes of feeling uncomfortable is nothing compared to the feeling left in the pit of your stomach when you don’t say anything at all.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
Since most of my clients are moms too, I can schedule shopping appointments and closet cleanouts between drop off and pick up from school. The challenge for me is when I’m not out with clients and I’m working from home. Creating a workspace in my apartment and having the kids understand that when mommy is working, I’m not on mom duty, is always challenging and works better on some days than others. My office is certainly not the typical office atmosphere—it’s more like take your kids to work day everyday. But it allows me to have the best of both worlds, which is what I want.
What was the last book you read?
Big Little Lies
Favorite Beauty Product: Armani Luminous Skin Foundation
Favorite Form of Exercise: I’m obsessed with Ripped Fitness. It’s changed my body.
What is on your DVR? I’m a reality junkie. “Real Housewives,” “Shahs of Sunset,” and “Vanderpump Rules.” For more substance, “Dateline.”
Favorite App: Instagram
Favorite Kids Store: Lester’s, but I’m biased because I can do a little shopping for myself there, too!
Vacations are meant to be relaxing, but packing for vacation can be stressful. To eliminate some of the stress, I have come up with a few simple steps to avoid over packing and be totally put together on vacation. Check out my three tips below.
1- CHOOSE YOUR COLOR SCHEME
Decide if your going to pack light or dark colored clothing and then you can select all your accessories to coordinate. Normally when traveling to someplace hot, I like to pack light colors. I pack beige or light colored shoes and leave the black ones at home. Shoes take up lots of space, so already I have saved space in my suit case. And since I am only packing shoes to go with either light or dark outfits, I can take a few different styles of shoes, keeping in mind the color scheme. I find that usually 3-4 pairs of shoes cover all my needs…..a sneaker, flip flop/sandal and wedge/heel.
2-LAY OUT AND TRY ON
I hate being on vacation and not feeling good about how I look because I forgot something for an outfit like a bra that works with a certain top or the necklace that completes an outfit. Thats why I like to lay out my outfits and even try each outfit on. This way when I arrive and unpack I have all my outfits organized. In addition, I know exactly what I am wearing each day, which saves me time when getting dressed and it also avoids overpacking things I won’t wear.
3-PACK CLOTHES YOU CAN WEAR MORE THAN ONCE
If your going away on a 5 day vacation you do not need to pack 5 pairs of anything..except underwear of course 🙂 Decide on a pair of jeans that work with more than one top, a bathing suit cover up that can be worn with more than one of your suits. The less you pack the less decisions on vacation you will have to make which also makes for a more relaxing vacation.
Its holiday time, the season of gift giving. Finding that perfect gift for the woman in your life can always be a difficult task. I get so much pleasure in giving a gift that the recipient is genuinely excited to receive, but as we all know, this is an extremely hard task. This year i decided to do some research and I compiled a list of my top gift picks from the “Best Gifts of 2017.” Hopefully this list will make holiday shopping for the women in your life a little more joyous.
The Hostess With the Mostess- For the woman who is always entertaining I am absolutely obsessed with these fun trays and no host can ever have too many cocktail napkins, especially sassy ones like these all from Current Home.
The Wino- A glass a day keeps the doctor away, said every mom. Well maybe thats not the case, but who doesn’t enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of the day. And with this unique gift from Vinebox, there is no need to open a bottle, just pick one of the 12 viles and pour a glass. If your not at home to enjoy a chilled glass of wine, don’t leave home without this 25oz Wine bottle cooler and tumbler from hydroflask.
The Gardener- For the woman who only eats homegrown all year round. Check out this smart indoor garden from click and grow.
The Woman On The Go- whether coming from the gym or out all day, every woman needs a little touch up. No one does it better than Sweat Cosmetics with their twist powder brush with mineral SPF foundation. A must have item for every woman on the go.
The Fashionista- For the woman who is all about style, I love these fun alphabet 14-Karat Gold earrings from CATBIRD, which are deceptively inexpensive at $48.
The Traveler- Suitcases are probably the last item you think of when purchasing a gift, but what woman would not want to travel in style with this fabulous set from Calpak Astyll Marbled hardshell suitcase set
The Pampered Woman- What woman doesn’t love a little self indulgence? If your buying for the woman who loves to be pampered this sleep mask and set of bath bombs is the perfect gift for a night of rest and relaxation.
The Sugar Addict– For the sophisticated sugar addict anything from the candy boutique Sugarfina. Its like candy for grown ups.
The Sentimental Woman- For the woman who can’t have enough photos on display, simplify with the Aura Digital Photo Frame. Not only is it a constant gallery of photos, but with the family share feature, you can easily send photos to the frame in someone else’s home.
The Techy- For the woman who loves technology, but would loose her head if it wasn’t attached to her body, meet Tile Mate, the find anything search bluetooth device that with one click finds anything linked to it. And speaking of forget fullness, never forget anything at the super market or drugstore again with the Hiku Shopping Button “hiku lives in your kitchen, scans barcodes and recognizes your voice – creating a shared shopping list on your phone so you always know what you need. Use the hiku shopping list app at the store – any store – and your list is always with you. Or connect hiku to online stores to make online shopping a breeze.”