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cool mornings, warm days

cool mornings, warm days

I’m so grateful that we’ve been spared much cold weather thus far this fall. The weather has been chilly in the mornings, but then warming up considerably throughout the day. Most days, I’ve only needed a sweater, not a coat, but it’s nice to have a few pieces that can do double duty.

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Dusters are everywhere this fall, but I’m on the shorter side (5’3”), so I wanted one that was still above the knee. This sweater is comfy and cozy for brisk mornings. I made it work appropriate for some client meetings by adding boots with a heel, a silk tunic, and some jewelry. I found this sweater secondhand at The Vault, but here is a similar quality version (in regular and plus sizes) and a lower-priced version (regular, plus).

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I’m also wearing AG jeans (purchased on sale at Nordstrom Anniversary sale), Eileen Fisher tunic (purchased discounted at Nordstrom Rack and hemmed), Dolce Vita booties (similar) and an old Madewell necklace. 

What are your tips for chilly mornings and warm days?

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still haven't found what i'm looking for

still haven't found what i'm looking for

Unlike in past jobs, now there's only one thing that keeps me up at night. And that's whether stores will have the items my clients need. I can find almost anything online, but when you need things within a few hours at one physical location, I always get anxious until I get in there and start finding pieces. I don't have control over what’s there. Almost always, my fears are unfounded and I find what we need. Except for last week, when I didn’t. Come on stores, where are the fun printed three-quarter sleeve poly blend blouses for my active chiropractor mom client? 

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I was feeling terrible, but in the end, we did find the perfect dark high-waisted denim (on sale now for a great price!), the perfect long-sleeved white tee, and the perfect go over anything jacket. Not too bad and then we’ll both keep our eyes out for that blouse.  (this post contains affiliate links)

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mindful closet x madewell

mindful closet x madewell

Madewell's been really hitting the spot for me lately, so I was super psyched when an opportunity came up to host an event there with my super-cool next door neighbor, Kelley. Come have coffee and donuts with us THIS Sunday morning from 11-2 and get 20% off of a purchase of $125 or more. 

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(photo: Celeste Boyer, design: Kelley Murphy)

heat advisory

heat advisory

We are in what is hopefully the last hot stretch of the summer. All I want to wear for work is this outfit which is breezy and cool. I'll admit, most of the time I wear it with more comfortable shoes, but for a recent mom's night out, I went fancy. ;) 

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I'm wearing an Eileen Fisher top, Madewell culottes (sold out but similar), Madewell sandals (sold out but similar), and old Forever 21 necklace (similar). Lots of Madewell these days. Keep your eye out for an event at the Plaza Frontenac store with yours truly and some extra discounts!

 

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why i don't talk much about body types

why i don't talk much about body types

I often get asked “I have ____ body type, what should I wear?” My answer is usually “wear whatever the hell you want to wear.” That probably annoys people, and I understand if that doesn’t sound very helpful, but the truth is that what you should wear should come from you. It doesn’t have to be based on your body shape or your coloring. You don't have to wear what's "most flattering".

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An example: as you may have noticed, my favorite silhouette is the skinny on bottom/drapey on top. This look is technically best for someone with a midsection that they want to hide, a smaller bottom half and great legs. I am pear shaped, with bigger hips, bigger thighs, a bigger butt, and smaller shoulders and upper body. I’ve gotten to a place where I just say these things as statements of reality. None of it is necessarily negative, just body parts in proportion to other body parts.

Since I have a smaller top half and waist, most experts would say that my ideal silhouette is a high-waisted full skirt or dress. But you know what? That silhouette doesn’t fit my personal style. My style is not girly or retro or overly feminine and I would feel super uncomfortable wearing clothes that are. I’ve had clients with the same issues and while I could say objectively that they looked smaller in the “flattering” items, they would rather wear something slightly less flattering that felt more like them.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to give you my opinion. If the color of your top is too close to your skin tone, I’m going to tell you I don’t think it’s a good idea. If you are wearing something that hits you at the exact widest part of your body, I’ll talk to you about proportion and line. But what we’ll do is figure out the look that you want FIRST, and then make it work for your body SECOND. Different body types can all work with the same kinds of looks.

When you’re wearing what you love, you exude a confidence that’s more authentic than any flattering item will give you. It took me a long time to get to this place. Hopefully I can make the process faster and easier for you! Check out "work with me" for more on how you can get help with your fall wardrobe. 

(Sign up for the mindful closet Making Space course to follow the process I use with my clients to define their style, edit their wardrobes, and move to a mindful way of shopping. )

 

hackwith design house dress review

I wasn't going to post again so soon (two posts in a week!), but I got this Hackwith Design House basic dress that I mentioned in my last post and I've been wearing it every day since. 

It's machine washable, seasonless, fits all body types, ethically made, and super comfy. About the only thing that could make it better is pockets. Pockets make everything better. I'm telling you this because Hackwith is having a Memorial Day Sale with 20% off everything that I almost wish I had waited for, but that you can catch now. Madewell shoes on repeat.

Happy Memorial Day!

summer wardrobe updates

summer wardrobe updates

Oh hey there - it's an outfit post! To be honest, outfit posts don't really seem too inspiring to me these days. You've all seen most of my clothes and you know I prefer to repeat things and wear a lot of black, so there's nothing earth-shattering going on there. Even though this post is old, I just came across it, and I pretty much feel the same way. I've stopped reading most of the fashion blogs I used to read, because it's so apparent that the bloggers are wearing a new outfit every day that they didn't pay for. That not how I live, so why would I want to see an example of that? I want to see people who wear what they already own and who have to plan and budget for pretty new things. 

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So anyway, here's a boring outfit that I happen to love. Dress I've had for several years, purchased at a consignment store. Necklace also had for years. Shoes are new and are one of my summer wardrobe updates, planned for months. I talked more about these sandals over on my cool friend Jennifer's new website hey ENNUI

I've purchased a few other things for summer, a few tops (one from The Vault, one from The Real Real, so both on consignment), and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of this dress. I'm hoping it's going to be the one I wear all summer. In addition to the one above, of course. 

Speaking of summer, we're again planning to be in Boulder for a good chunk of time. If you need some help with your summer wardrobe planning, you have a few more weeks to book something, or you'll have to hold your horses until mid-August! Go here to see available appointment times, there are only a few left in June!