Shopping 911 Call

Have you ever had an occasion sort of sneak up on you? It’s in the back of your mind and then suddenly you realize what Month it is and then your event is this weekend…and you have nothing to wear? Maybe your are busy or maybe, you are like Erin, who would rather go the dentist than go shopping, so you keep putting it off and putting off and next thing you know your event is the next day!

Erin is one of my very best friends, but for as much as we have in common we couldn’t be more different when it comes to shopping. She likes to go shopping about as much as I like to go to the gym, which is not at all. So it was of no surprise to me when Erin called me this past Friday from the fitting room, needing my help. The only issue is that she lives in Atlanta and I was working from home in snowy Pennsylvania. But here’s the thing…that’s really not at issue at all. Thanks to technology we got her entire outfit ready to go, head to toe, in about 35 minutes. So how exactly does virtual styling work?

Tell Me Your Style

Luckily with Erin I already know that she is not super girly Sleek, chic and nothing fussy always suits her best. She has no trouble getting dressed every day but it’s occasions like this (school fundraiser with the word “Gala” in the title) that throw her a little off. She’s most comfortable in solid colors and nothing too bright or with too much pattern.

Tell Me Your Budget

Erin is a very practical person by nature and therefore also in her purchases, meaning if she has to go out and buy something she is hoping to get more than one use out of it. She doesn’t impulse buy and she doesn’t go out just browsing shops. That being said convenience is key so if the price is reasonable she is not going to keep looking for a cheaper alternative.

Tell Me Your Location

She usually has a purpose in mind and wants to get it done quickly. Because of this she does better in stores that are not too overwhelming (so no TJ Maxx types where she has too many choices). Chain stores, department stores, and places with helpful staff are the ideal places for her to shop.

Give Me About An Hour

With face-time and a computer I can quickly locate what you need and where to get it. We started with Erin calling me from the fitting room in the Banana Republic that is located in a shopping center with lots of other stores. She had picked out this jumpsuit and liked it because it was comfortable and definitely something she could wear again.

While the jumpsuit looked great as is, I knew we had to dial it up a notch to get it gala ready. She also needed a shoe with a substantial heel to balance the wide leg crop style of the jumpsuit. Looking online we found these block heel silver metallic sandals that were perfect.

The jumpsuit came with a belt in the same fabric that could be tied into a bow and hang at the waist, but the casual drape of the belt wasn’t going to cut it. Erin has a tiny waist (even though I know she will say no she doesn’t as she is reading this) so defining it with a sleek belt would make the jumpsuit feel more custom. I was looking for a belt that would have some sort of stretch to it as those are the kind that typically fit the best over a thin fabric and won’t shift around. I didn’t see anything online on Banana but I knew there was a White House Black Market store next door to her. We scored right away with this perfect piece, especially with the silver trim to tie into the shoes.

Now we have a sleek look of the black jumpsuit, silver block sandals, and the belt. All that was left was to find some simple but bold jewelry that would compliment the feel of the rest of the outfit, and a great clutch.

While I was looking online and Erin used her phone to have me virtually look through the jewelry I spotted these lucite oversize drop earrings. I loved them for her because I know she can wear them again and the curved shape softens some of the other more linear looks on the belt and the shoes. She absolutely could have added a small necklace or even a larger more bold silver necklace but this is where I believe the jewelry has to fit the personality. She is more minimal in her style and adding a necklace would have felt too much on her, so we decided to skip it and add a bracelet instead.

They don’t have a picture online of the exact bracelet we spotted for Erin but this bracelet works just as well. It’s perfect because again it will work for everyday but yet add just a touch of interest to the outfit for the party. The clean and sleek nature of it blends well with the belt and earrings. Next it was on to a clutch. While Erin did have a black clutch at home I spotted this clutch as she was walking around. Even better the already reasonably priced jewelry was buy one get one 1/2 off.

Yes, I know it is blue and the rest of the outfit was black, but the deep blue actually felt like the perfect unexpected compliment to the otherwise all black ensemble. Sometimes it’s that feel of something being a little off, or not so matchy-matchy that take the style of an outfit to a more personalized and unique level. Plus this is the type of clutch that she can throw into her work tote and pull out later for drinks with friends.

The Result…

She looks amazing!!!

I’m not just saying this because I helped her or because she is one of my best friends and is gorgeous, but she looks amazing because she was comfortable. She looks like herself, just kicked up a notch, and the overall effect is an effortless chic. All of the items can easily be incorporated back into her wardrobe for maximum versatility. It was a total success and I got her out of the stores in under an hour!

*Insider Tip – Think Outside The Box

Although the invitation said Gala most of the men were wearing suits. The go-to would have been a cocktail dress of some kind but a jumpsuit works much better for Erin and she was still completely in line with the rest of the looks for the evening. The best part is how many opportunities she will have to wear these pieces again.

Pair with a denim jacket and slides for a great travel look or for the weekend.

Or put the clutch and silver heels back to any white top and jeans and you have a girls night out or date night look.

Ready To Shop?

Give me a call and I can email you a personalized shopping list for a specific outfit or occasion, or we can make a date to shop together virtually! Send me an email when you are ready…

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The 2 Most Important Items To Have In Your Closet Are…

The 2 Most Important Items To Have In Your Closet Are…

Hint…they are not articles of clothing.

In fact you can’t even wear these items. But I promise you they are essential.

Item #1  – PAPER.


I know, super exciting, right?? Okay, on its own it’s not much. But, add in most important item number 2, and you’re off to great things.

Item #2 – A pen.


Or a pencil, or a crayon, or whatever you can write with – eyeliner works in a pinch but I don’t recommend it.

Why are these 2 things so important?

Besides the fact that you need both – I don’t want you writing on your walls so paper is important, and it’s of no use to use without a writing tool – together, these two items will create….


I know, you are probably thinking, “What is she talking about??? I can’t wear a “list”, and, the last thing I need is more stuff crammed into my closet, but hear me out.

What do you do when you are in your kitchen and you realize you are out of something? Maybe you have pasta but no sauce, dip but no chips, etc. Maybe you have eggs but they are expired. Typically you write it down, or, for the tech savvy, you type it onto a list on your phone. Your closet is similar to your pantry, or at least it should be. There are basics like bread, milk, and butter (white t-shirts, jeans and, hopefully, underwear).  And then there are the extras, like a pair of red high heels, which become the fresh ground cayenne pepper we can use to spice up our wardrobe (corny pun totally intended).

How many times have you gone to the grocery store and forgotten your list? Isn’t it the most annoying feeling ever? You walk up and down the isles trying to be reminded of what you need. Instead you end up throwing random items in the cart and leaving without what you truly came to purchase.

SO glad other people do this! Countless times I have gone to the store pulled out my coupons and realized I left my list at home! ARGH

There is not much difference with your wardrobe shopping list. Going into a store unarmed, without any kind of list, is dangerous. More than likely you will spend too much time, and worse, too much money, buying something that you don’t really need, or doesn’t have anything to go with it once it joins its other clothing friends in your closet.  Human nature and instinct take over when we go into a store. Remember, with regards to food, we started out as hunters and gatherers. Clothing is no different in that we hunt (shop) and gather (buy) it. The problem arises when we shop for the wrong clothes, or we buy something we don’t actually need. Let’s say Fred the caveman hunted bison, while his wife Frida gathered poison ivy. They bring it back to the cave but their daughter Finley says she hates bison, (she’s debating on going vegetarian, typical teenager), and, Fred Jr. can’t use the poison ivy leaves as toilet paper because, well, I think that one is fairly obvious.  Now Fred and Frida are tired, hungry, annoyed, AND they don’t have any toilet paper (i.e. leaves).

The point is that we feel the need to buy something, even if it is not the right thing, just to feel like it was worth our trip and our time. But this can lead to poor choices, like coming home from the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale with a cute yellow dress that you got for a total steal. You think it will be the perfect dress to wear on a lovely Spring day, you can even picture yourself strolling through a park, or the farmers market, wearing this exact dress. You go home and put the dress in your closet. And there it sits, staring right back at you, two years later, tags still attached. The reality is that you don’t really look that good in yellow, and the dress is a bit tight. And that walk in the park you pictured never happened, and your farmers market trips were done in sneakers and stretch pants, just like Jennifer Garner who always keeps it real when she is out and about. Love her! That dress purchase may have felt right in that moment, but it ends up being so wrong for you, your body, and your lifestyle.

This is not real life.

It’s time to shop smarter. It’s time to save money. Keeping a notebook or notepad right inside your closet, along with a pen, ensures that when you discover you are about to run out of something, or, you are missing something to complete an outfit, you can write it down immediately, and remember it. This list needs to be kept in your closet as opposed to somewhere else, because in your closet is where you’ll be when you realize you need something. Once we walk away from that closet we barely can remember what we own. Have you ever gone into J.Crew and saw they have t-shirts on sale and they have every color under the rainbow? We have no idea what one we NEED, only which color we WANT.  Only when you are standing in front of your closet will you be aware of what you are missing to complete potential outfits sitting right inside your own closet.  When you go to toss your basic black cardigan into the donate bin (which I also suggest you keep right in your closet), you can quickly jot down that you need a new black cardigan. When you put on that beautiful printed skirt you bought at Anthropologie, but take it off yet again, because, you have no idea what will match with it, then write that down! Maintaining a  list will help to keep your shopping focused and efficient. Much like compiling a shopping list for a specific recipe, you can compile a list for an item or even a type of outfit you think is missing from your wardrobe. This way, when you open that flash sale email, you can check your Need list and be prepared. No more buying stuff just to buy, needlessly adding more stuff to what could be an already crowded wardrobe.


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*Insider Tip – Take a picture, it’ll last longer. 

Afraid of being out and about and forgetting to bring your list? There is no need for that list to ever leave your closet. Every so often just take a picture on your phone of the list, then create an album under your Photos app and call it Shopping. This way, no  matter where you are, you will know what you need. All you have to do is look at your list, and you can take advantage of buying something that fulfills a specific need, or want, in your wardrobe.  Bonus points for taking a picture of that hard to match item, giving you a visual to reference if you are out. Show your picture to the sales staff for suggestions on how to complete the outfit.  You can also take photos of your clothes as they are hanging in your closet and post those photos to the same Album. Now you will have a visual reference reminder of what is hanging in your closet. Even if you can’t see each and every item, it is still more helpful than drawing a blank on what you have and what you need. Say goodbye to impulse shopping and hello to taking control of your closet.

Blazers are essential to this client’s wardrobe. After editing and organizing she now knows that she is good on white blazers. And, if by chance she does fall in love with one, I always recommend the one-in-one-out rule, this way things stay neat and tidy.

Compiled a list but not sure where to shop for new items? Don’t have the time, or the patience? I’m here to help! Choose any or all of the services below…

  • Audit your closet – take stock of inventory and see what is in there and what you need – together we will start your list.
  • I’ll go to the stores and pick out the clothing on your list and deliver it right to you.
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Tis The Season of the Seinfeld Puffy Shirt

Tis The Season of the Seinfeld Puffy Shirt

Have you ever received a gift you had to keep and use, even though it was extremely embarrassing to do so? How about watched in complete confusion as something so ugly becomes extremely popular and trendy (think high-waisted pleated acid wash jeans, mc hammer style drop crotch pants, or skin-tight velour track suits, just to name a few)? The funny thing with fashion is that sometimes what at first seems so foreign, so strange, and so ugly, can slyly work its way into become a fashion must have that looks not only acceptable but desirable in a must have item kind of way. I’m going to use the famous “puffy shirt” to illustrate just how an early 90s joke became one of 2017’s most popular feature in fashion.

Even if you weren’t a loyal fan of watching the television show Seinfeld, you probably heard of the puffy shirt episode.  This particular episode was so popular that the actual “puffy” shirt is now housed in little ole’ place known as The Smithsonian, in the Natural Museum of American History.  

The quick version of the episode is that Jerry’s friend Kramer is dating an up and coming fashion designer who offers to create a shirt for Jerry to wear on a television for a homeless center fundraiser. Jerry says yes but really had no idea what he was saying yes to because Kramer’s girlfriend is “low-talker” and Jerry never really heard her. When Elaine,  Jerry’s best friend who is chairing the fundraiser, shows up to see Jerry for the promotion she encounters Kramer who is insisting Jerry wear the custom shirt as his girlfriend’s career depends on this type of exposure. Elaine is horrified and freaks out. because the shirt is hideous and looks like Jerry is going to a pirate party, not promoting aid to the homeless. The promotion bombs, as does Kramer’s girlfriend’s fashion line, leading to hundreds of homeless men on the street wearing the now donated shirts that couldn’t be sold. Jerry spots the shirt and remarks that it really is kind of a nice shirt.



So how is it that Seinfeld’s Puffy Shirt is now available from dozen’s of designers from $50 to $1,500?

The Puffy Shirt

From Chico’s to Chanel there is a version of the Puffy Shirt everywhere this season. Why? Because the fashion industry requires change, and when options are exhausted fashion becomes cyclical. The puffy shirt didn’t start in the 1990s with Seinfeld, in fact no one probably knows the exact origins. But we do know that it’s been much longer than the 1990s, going way back to the Baroque period in history. Exaggerated bell sleeves, tiered ruffles on arms and at necks and oversize collars are nothing new. They may seem weird at first we are open-minded to bringing back in style statements that have been doormat because we get bored. It’s important to buy the best quality basics that we can afford because we know we won’t get sick of a basic. Basics are great because they ground trendy items. They allow us to mix it up without feeling like we are losing our identity or becoming fashion victim. The trends that gain the most momentum? As I often mention in my tagline for my company, fashion should “fit, flatter and make you feel good.”  Well guess what a ruffle can do?

Ruffles can FIT most women. Depending where they start on the arm of the sleeve, they work on the small and petite to the tall and broad.

Ruffles can FLATTER most women. Ruffles draw attention. Thick in the middle? Ruffles that are a 3/4 length on the sleeve are perfect because they draw attention to your wrists and your forearms and away from where you feel you have excess. Feeling straight up and down and craving curves? The ruffles add a visual curve to those ladies who feel like they would like a little more oomph on the top. Too large and in charge in the bust area? No worries, opt for a v-neck style to elongate your waist and bring the attention away from the chest.

Ruffles can FEEL good. Listen, it ain’t Mr. Roger’s neighborhood out there anymore. Times are tense and tough and everyone is offended or afraid of offending. A little levity is a welcome addition to all the seriousness in our lives. A ruffle on the sleeve feels fun, feminine and makes us happy.

All good things.

Oh and the best part? They are available in all sizes in all price points in pretty much every color and every fabric – Click this link HERE for my favorite picks.

Buyer beware…watch the length of the sleeves. While a dramatic long tiered bell sleeve is indeed beautiful, it will look terrible if it gets covered in green bean casserole or lands just so into the buffalo dip at a party. Make sure the sleeves end at bracelet length, also known as in and around your wrist bone. You can’t help Aunt Marge clean up in the kitchen if your ruffled sleeves are scraping the plates and drying the dishes. Better to be safe than sorry so when you try it on do yourself a favor and pretend you are sitting at a table eating soup. If the sales person comes to check on you just tell them you are having lunch with your imaginary friend.  And if anyone, and I mean anyone, makes fun of your ruffled top, just tell them you are making a list of who you want to walk the plank and if they want their name on that list.

*Insider Tip – What To Wear Over The Ruffle

While the pirate look is fun there is still the challenge of how exactly you stuff 6 extra sleeves into your winter coat? The solution lies with one of the items I get asked the most questions about  – the wrap, aka the ruana, aka the cape. These oversize blankie type pieces are a fun addition to our wardrobe yet most people end up either feeling or looking like they are indeed wrapped up in a blanket. The key is in proportion. Taller and broader can do longer to look leaner. Tinier and petite should look for an abbreviated version in a scarf that they can hang over one shoulder while throwing the other end across the body and over that shoulder.

Thanksgiving Casual

Use the lines of the wrap to bring attention to where you want it on your body. The rib cage, the waist and the lower hip all work on different bodies for different reasons. If you are afraid that the wrap will be fussy and that you’ll end up looking like Linus from Charlie Brown dragging around his blankie, then opt for a ruana (close to a poncho with a v shape in the back to contour over your shoulders, or a cape with a closure for no-fuss stay put polish. While I realize this won’t work in sub-zero  conditions, wraps are a perfect solution for days when you will be running errands and in and out of the car and into all different temperatures as it affords you to drive without feeling like you are in a straight jacket as well as adjust a range of temps. They are also great for night outs or dinner dates when you are going from the house to the garage to the restaurant or party. No jacket, no bulk, just an elegant layer to invite in additional color, texture and pattern to your outfit. Oh and if you are a slob like me and inevitably spill on your sweater, they do double duty by hiding stains while still letting your ruffle arms party on.

Below are some examples at every style in every price point – check out tons of options to shop from right HERE on my website.  What to wear on the bottom? How about a denim skirt, tights or leggings and boots. Or faux leather style black pants and a simple stiletto? Denim and a classic riding or ankle boot is a no fail as well.



Thanks so much for reading and have a lovely Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Remember to shop local and support small businesses this Saturday.





Shop The Look – NYC to Newport

Shop The Look – NYC to Newport
Summer Newport Trip

On Monday I posted about what I packed for my sister for her girls trip, which included visits to both New York City and Newport, Rhode Island. I received lots of comments and questions about the clothing we packed so I did my best to find pieces similar to her looks.  I put together a Catalogue where you can that you can easily use to click and shop. We used existing items from her closet, most of them solid color basics, and included lots of jewelry options to give her versatility. You can find the catalogue right here through this link….SHOP THE LOOK.  …then go to the FINDS section.

*Insider Tip – Mix and Match

If you are looking to avoid that dreaded HEAVY sticker on your luggage and the even more dreaded extra weight charge than versatility is imperative when it comes to picking out your items you will pack. Sometimes we can get stuck in a rut and where the same tops with the same bottoms. Getting a fresh eye to help mix and match your existing pieces helps to reimagine your wardrobe into some fresh new looks. My favorite way to do this is through the LOOKBOOK feature I create for my clients. Each time you click on one of the items in a “look” it will show you what other outfits it goes with. It’s kind of like when you use those recipe apps where you type in a specific food and it will show you all different meals you can make with that one food. Think of it like meal planning for your clothes, all available on your own app at your fingertips. So whatever your mood or occasion, you will be covered, literally, in an outfit that fits and feels good!

Check out the NYC to Newport Shopping items in different outfit combinations by clicking HERE. and then clicking on the LOOKBOOK header.

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How to pack without a panic attack

How to pack without a panic attack

Let’s just come right out and say it…packing sucks.  We usually go in with a good attitude, especially when it’s for a vacation as opposed to a business trip. But here’s the problem…by the time you set out to pack up your own suitcase you have probably suffered through at least 5 of the scenarios below:

  1. Stress at work. Prepping to get it all out the door and/or arranging to all have it covered while your away, still knowing that you probably will come back to an overflowing inbox and some sort of mess to sort through. It may feel good to post that out of office tagline or change your voicemail, but we all know it is a temporary feeling that will eventually lead to an avalanche upon your return.
  2. Stress at home. Most people like to clean their house before they leave because it feels good after a vacation to come home to a clean house and to continue that feeling of relaxation. No one wants to walk in and be slammed in the face with a stinky kitchen and dust bunnies that are breeding. This means we have to find the time to vacuum, take out trash and all the other annoying things we don’t feel like doing – especially laundry. It’s nice to have it all done and even if that’s a longshot we inevitably will need certain specific pieces to be washed and clean  so that we can wear them on your vacation.
  3. Stress with family. Do you think it’s fun to pack for all the little people in your family? If so you may also like root canals. What’s super fun is when you are traveling off season and discover that the swim trunks you put away last summer for little Johnny now fit like speedos and barely cover little Johnny’s little johnny. Yeah!! Now you get to go spend money on a new bathing suits, shorts and short sleeve shirts in November. Super easy to find right? Of course not.  Gap is full of sweater vests and corduroys for the holidays and Vineyard Vines will charge you extra shipping for you to order a couple of sizes to play the “What size is Johnny?” game. So fun!! Oh and that’s just Johnny. Let’s not forget about pre-teen Julie who last week wore Justice and this week only wears J.Crew. Of course you are thrilled your daughter is no longer wearing tie-dye neon sparkled spandex but now this means you have to spend $60 on a bathing suit with embroidered anchors on it. Wait! Don’t forget about your husband Jake! He is also super busy at work and if you asked him to pack himself he’d probably only bring a dry-cleaned button down, khaki shorts, and 1 or 2 pair of boxers. No sneakers, swimsuit, flip flops or any things else he really needs.
  4. Stress with all the incidentals….who is getting your mail? Do you ask the neighbor who you know will tell everyone she knows that you get lots of credit card bills? Or do you figure out how to go online and ask the post office to hold your mail? Speaking of bills are you all paid up before you leave? It’s extra fun to spend extra money before you leave just to make sure you don’t spend extra on late charges because you were desperately trying to enjoy a mojito on the beach. And who is taking out your trash cans….and bringing them in (and yes, you’ll have trash because remember you just spent all that time cleaning which included throwing out any mystery meals from the back of the fridge)? That same neighbor is going to have lots to talk about when they see all those wine bottles in your recycling?  And Shit! What about the fish? Yes, you want it to die so you don’t have to clean the tank but no you don’t want to come home to the smell of a dead fish. And the hermit crab? Forget it, the kids don’t even know if it’s alive or not now.  And the dog? What about the damn dog???? Oh and make sure you have packed everyone’s’ phone/ipad/computer chargers. And don’t forget the clear plastic baggies! That stupid $25 lip gloss you got talked into buying could be considered a liquid and become confiscated into the trash right before your eyes. Also make sure to pack up your pills because now you are old,  and pack up your husband’s pills because he’s old too. Last but not least gather all of your kids vitamins, ear drops, allergy meds because Murphy’s Law says they’ll stay healthy if you bring them but they will definitely get sick if you do not.
  5. Yeah!! Now it’s time for you! It’s only 11:00 pm and you need to leave your house by 4:30 in the morning to make your 7:30am flight. Why so early? Because you have to hope you don’t hit traffic due to random overnight construction, find a place to park your car, make it through security while your kids cry because they can’t get their shoes back on, get everyone to go the bathroom and for the love of God find the Dunkin Donuts because you are going to need that Thermos sized iced latte. So why aren’t you in the mood to take everything out of your closet and throw it all over your floor and your bed?

I get it. I really do. While I appreciate the fact that it is a luxury to go on vacation I’ve also experienced the same level of stress when going on a weekend road trip to visit friends or family. Traveling is challenging because there is a lot of prep work involving many moving parts. So by the time it gets to you the last thing you feel like doing is trying on your swimsuit and white jeans and then bursting into tears because you realize that a steady diet of wine and pizza has not worked its wonders on your body. This is where you throw in everything but the kitchen sink, 10 pairs of shoes, and shove it all in and do the sit and zip on your suitcase. You also probably make one last frantic trip to a store just to grab some new items. And of course we all do that thing where we check the weather one last time and then decide we need that one more thing that we have to try to force feed through a tiny opening, fearing that if you unzip the whole thing it will never ever again close. Oh and how about when you get slapped with the neon sticker that says HEAVY on your bag, along with a $1,368 heavy baggage fee. Eventually, you get to your destination you then stare at a bunch of random items and no idea what goes with what.

This is the beauty of my trip packing services and why it has become a favorite for my clients. At first they feel silly because they know that in a perfect world that exists in a vacuum away from all of the stressors I previously mentioned, that they could put together outfits, and accessories and pack them neatly into their case. But these are smart women who are busy and they are tired of putting themselves last on the list when it comes time to pull it all together. We chat about their trip and what their activities will be like and also how they are feeling physically and emotionally. All of those things factor in to determine just what kinds of outfits will work for you specifically for this trip. I then lay out the outfits, complete with accessories and shoes, and take pictures of each one. The beauty of this is that I still make sure you have choices. While it’s nice to plan ahead we all know how quickly the weather and/or our moods can change. In that case it’s nice to have options so that you can make a choice, but no so many that you became overwhelmed. I like to make sure most things will mix and match, and that most items can be dressed up or down. Think of it like meal planning ahead of time and then looking at pictures each night to choose what you want to eat, taking comfort in knowing the meals are all ready to go in your fridge!

Now that I’ve done all that babbling it’s probably just best to show you what I mean. Recently I helped my sister Kelly plan and pack for her annual girls trip. Kelly is a busy working mom who teaches 4th grade in the school year and tutors in the summer. Her and her husband have 2 little kids not to mention a house they are trying to sell. So before she even tried to pack she had to make arrangements to pack the kids to go stay with her in-laws for the week, send out the hermit crab, and last but not least clean for an open house that same day she was leaving. She was prepared to go out and buy some new things but I asked her to wait until I got a look at what she had. Her itinerary was a little complicated in that involved a 2 hour trip in the car, then onto a train to NYC. Once in NYC there were plans for dinner, one night at a hotel, then a VIP trip to Good Morning America. It just so happens that one of my sister’s dearest friend’s, who was joining them on their girls trip, is a 2 time Emmy winning producer for the morning show. Girlfriend is fierce and makes all the magic happen behind the scenes and it is cray-cray.  I couldn’t make the whole trip but I jumped at the chance for 24hrs in NYC and a peek behind the scenes at a show I watch every day. Following NYC the girls were renting a car and driving north to Newport Rhode Island for a couple of days, followed by a quick visit to Providence and then back to down to NYC for a party and the Good Morning America summer concert series. To say we needed to cover a few different looks was an understatement but I was excited to show Kelly just how easy I could make this for her. There is no need to reinvent yourself on vacation and feel uncomfortable, so make sure you take pieces you know that fit well, flatter you and make you feel good. My sister’s style is fairly classic and one of her best assets, (besides her perfectly perfect mane of never dyed brunette bombshell hair – yes, I’m jealous) is her very long legs. So keeping these factors in mind here is what we put together and her is how Kelly put it into action.

Packing it up at home. 

I like to lay everything out and take a picture so I can see everything they are taking. Because the  weather can be iffy lightweight jackets are an essential layer.















Also important is to keep it simple with shoes. This doesn’t mean you can’t take fabulous shoes, it just means that it’s best to pick a color and do 2 of a kind. Bringing 2 of the same color may sound silly but really it is such an important key to being able to dress the same outfit up or down for day or night. In this case we want with a classic caramel colored leather wedge and sandal and did it again with black. This same philosophy also works with metallic, gold or silver toned shoes.


The same thing goes for the clutches. These 2 smaller bags will both fit into her larger carry-on style tote bag. The black is dressier and lighter neutral color goes with everything.


What she wore….


Car and train ride up followed by rooftop happy hour at the hotel. The dress is cool and comfy for travel and the necklace adds the pop for cocktails. The jacket is perfect to combat cooler air on the train. And yes that’s me in the bottom photo looking like the dork that I am!

Dinner and drinks with friends in New York City. A simple tank in a striking color keep the focus on her and look great in pictures.

Morning VIP visit to the Good Morning America set. Our goal was for her to look polished and pulled together at 6:30 am but to keep things comfortable and simple.

Touring around Newport to check out the mansions.The off the shoulder top in this chambray fabric is a classic take on the off the shoulder trend. Flats are perfect for day and wedges can be added to take this look to dinner.

Sailing and sightseeing off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. This pink tank could go back to the navy shorts, white shorts or the white jeans.


Popping around in Providence.  This simple navy tank can go monochramtic for a romper inspired look, and paired back to white denim for cooler evening temps. The necklace choices help to dress up or down the whole look.  


Back in NYC to a party and out with friends. The wedges keep this dress feeling summery and stable for navigating the city sidewalks.

Concert in Central Park. Kelly was very unsure of this all white look but I convinced her it was fresh and chic with her dark hair and lovely tan. She thought I was nuts when I asked her to tuck the top in but I explained that in doing so she instantly looks 10 lbs thinner. Length is key in tops because you want them to hit at the narrow part of your body. If this was worn out it would hang at the widest part of her hips and make her torso look too long in proportion to the shorts.


And then it’s back home to unpack and get back to reality. You want to know something really, truly awful? My suitcase from my 24 hour trip is still on my floor in my dressing room. And yes, it’s still packed…and it’s been a couple of weeks. Shameful but true.

*Insider Tip  – Ziplocks aren’t just for sandwiches .


If versatility is your goal when you travel than accessories are your secret weapon. You could get away with one black dress, one white top, and one pair of jeans and come up with 15 different looks provided you switch up the jewelry and shoes. And although there are countless options for organizing and protecting your jewelry during travel, it’s my opinion that you can’t go wrong with classic clear baggies. The snack size work particularly well. I like the bags because I can see what’s in them quickly. I also group jewelry combinations that I know work well in the same bag. So if you are wondering what bracelet to wear with a black and gold necklace, it will already be grouped together. Done and done.

The same thing was done with Kelly’s collection of Powerbeads by Jen. Our lovely friend Jen makes these bracelets and they are the perfect compliment to so many outfits. Kelly has quite a nice collection but I put together some specific combos that would go nicely with the outfits that I put together for her trip. These combos below each got their own ziplock bag so she could easily grab one without wasting time on what went with what.

See? Packing can be painless.

To summarize:

  1. Bring lightweight layers.

  2. Bring 2 types (dressy and casual) of the same color shoe.

  3. Stick to a mix and match color palette.

  4. Make sure everything can be dressed up or down using jewelry.

  5. Stay organized with ziplock bags.

Thank you so much for reading! Need help with packing? Give me a call. This is an easy one to do virtually via phone and email if there isn’t time for an in home visit.

Oh and here is some more behind the scenes pics – the action off stage is crazy busy!