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…

Thanks for reading!


Closet Stalker

Closet Stalker

Have you ever been out at night, maybe in a car or walking your dog, and looked at the houses you are passing? Have you ever stared a little bit longer into the homes where the light is on and you can see inside the windows? I’m not talking about climbing into a tree and watching a family eat dinner, that is illegal, weird, and probably pretty boring in all reality. I’m talking about when you get a glance at certain pattern of fabric on the curtain in the window, or when the tv is on and you think, “That family watches The Bachelor”??? Getting a glimpse into someone’s home isn’t really about them, it’s more about seeing the inside of a space. It’s why I look at real estate listings even though I am hopefully never moving again. I want to see how a space is decorated, what color rooms were painted, what was remodeled or updated. So if any of you are slightly stalker-ish like  me, I thought it would be fun to take you inside the closets of one of my favorite clients, I’ll call her Client A.

Client A and I have worked together for a couple of years now. With that length of time comes a comfortable relationship that creates the beauty of me knowing her fashion style and her life style. She is a very busy wife and mother, multiple kids at multiple schools with multiple activities. Time to herself is limited, as is time in general. She lives in a lovely home with lots of storage spaces, but they weren’t necessarily efficient. She needs to be able to get dressed and feel pulled together quickly. Last year we spoke about shelving and hanging options to add into her existing closet space, as well as storage in what were essentially large storage spaces on a finished 3rd floor. This summer she had the shelves put in and the results are beautiful. But Client A ran into a problem that lots of people do. It’s great to have organized storage options but it can be overwhelming to figure out where to put what, and how to find the time to put it there. If you have ever moved into a different house you can relate. It can be overwhelming to  put the kitchen items away in a manner that you think will make sense for you and your family. It’s common to over think the process, become overwhelmed, and then paralyzed from action. Client A knows that I know what works for her and asked if I could come over to help her do a few things; edit out clothes that no longer fit her or her style, switch seasons so that fall/winter are in her master bedroom closet, and put things into her current closet as well as her off-season closet. Here’s a peek inside:

This is one of the upstairs storage spaces that was essentially an empty small room.  Shelves, drawers and hanging space now make this small storage room deliver huge storage options. Off season clothing and accessories, along with less frequently worn items from the current season, are hanging and ready to go.



I used a garment rack to organize what needed to go downstairs for fall and winter. These racks fold up and are great to have on hand for organizing when packing, switching season, or even during parties for coats and jackets. No one really likes going into a bedroom and rifling through jackets on a bed. Plus remember that episode of Friends where they flashback and Ross drunkenly kisses his sister Monica because he thinks she is Rachel under a pile of coats at a party? Not good.



The master bedroom closet was already a custom-built installation from the previous home owner. In order to make it work better for my client, I suggested added additional shelving onto a small existing wall, as well as creating additional hanging space for longer items in front of a window that is never really opened (there is a very large bay window at the front of the closet to give plenty of natural light). My client’s contractor was able to add to the existing closet to make it all work together and look as if it had always been built this way.





So what to put on all those new shelves??? Shoes!!!

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Also organized and ready to go is this client’s enviable collection of denim. I sorted them first by cut (skinny, cropped, straight or flared) then by color and wash. I faced the waistband toward the end of the shelf so that it is easy to check the brand label and the size to find the pair she wants.



*Insider Tip – Creative Closet Storage

The container store is awesome, but it can be overwhelming. The key to finding good storage solutions is to look outside of your closet. This client has a fab collection of clutches. They work well because they can be stashed into larger bags and make for a quick grab and go. They also allow you to add a stylish accessory to your outfit, without having to break the bank on a larger size handbag. Lots of people like to keep their bags inside a dust cover or maybe even in a drawer. The problem with this is out-of-sight-out-of-mind. To keep them stored safely yet easily available hit up the kitchen accessories section at any home store. I grabbed these racks, technically they are for storing the lids of pots and pans, baking sheets or cutting boards, and repurposed them to keep the clutches upright and easily sorted. I bought the dark color for her main closet and white for her storage closet. They were $6.99 each and I bought 4, putting 2 together upstairs and storing the other dark finish one away. This way if my client decides to purchase more she will already know she has a matching storage rack ready to go. Stylish and simple, these racks keep things in sight and easy to access. So next time you are struggling for storage ideas try looking outside of your closet for solutions!

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Let me know how you liked snooping into other people’s closets…I have been into hundreds and I love them all, looking at them, organizing them and talking about them. You know how men go into a home and check out the basement and the garage? I’m all about the closets! I’ll make this a regular type of post to give you an insider peek if you are interested. It’s guilt free stalking!

Want to know what else is fun to look at? Someone’s old school photos – here’s a picture of me from elementary school – clearly a blind, drunk monkey was my hair stylist, either that or my mom requested a feathered mullet. I’m rocking the preppy 1980s Eagle’s Eye wool cardi, and I still love my cotton turtlenecks to this day.


Thanks for reading!









The 15 Best Insider Tips of 2015



In a few days we will be starting a new year. I love January because it represents a fresh start. We get the opportunity to mentally have a clean slate. Physically, in our surroundings, we start the year by taking down all of the holiday decorations, symbolizing a simplification of sorts. As we are putting away all the extra stuff, we have the opportunity to re-think what exactly we will be putting back out. We get to clean and organize and it feels freeing and fresh.


When we start a new year we get to put the previous year behind us. But we take with us all the lessons we have learned, some the hard way and others just from experience or advice. With that being said, here are my top 15 things about life and style that I learned this year.


1.These are the best tank tops at the best price. They will cover your crotch and disguise your derriere. Long torso girls rejoice! Your prayers have been answered.Women's Layering Tank - Oatmeal Heather:

2. A great latte can salvage a bad day,Philter in Kennett Square has the best. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and treat yourself when you most need it.


3. Fold and file your t-shirts. This is my saving grace to keeping my son’s drawers somewhat manageable.


4. Can’t figure out which jeans are which? Try folding at the knees (as opposed to in thirds) and sort by type (ankle, flare, skinny) and wash (dark rinse, light, distressed). Now you can see the leg type and the color.


5. Small containers used to hold nuts/bolts/nails at the hardware store are also awesome for holding, sorting and protecting your jewelry when traveling.


6. If you are going to wear a hat go big or go home. Don’t find a hat to go with a dress. Find the hat you love and then find a dress. It’s much easier this way because there are more outfit options than hat options.

My outfit for the 2015 Chester County Hospital Polo Cup.

7. Small details can make a big difference. Double check yo’self before you wreck yo’self. 01d4dab0a626561234b86cb2abdd286ea2ca335b2a

8. Buy a pair of rain boots. I promise you that you will use them and be grateful.


9. While you are at it, grab a metallic colored shoe. I swear it will go with almost everything in your closet.

Shoe shown is from Ashley Austin in Kennett Square.

10. Don’t ever underestimate the power of a mother when it comes to her children. By far my most popular post this year was about this amazing mom I am proud to call my friend. Read it HERE if you missed it.

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11. Not all Modern Art is appropriate when you are in charge of chaperoning a group during a field trip. I’m still not sure what this is and I don’t think I want to know.

The Hirshhorn Museum

12. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole extreme hair color trend. Then I worked on styling the outfits for this photo shoot at Currie Hair, Skin and Nails. Can you say drop-dead gorgeous???

Dress loaned from Vintage Dress Closet

13. Want to eat the most amazing cupcake ever? Run to Dia Doce in West Chester, PA. They also have a truck that they will bring for parties. I’m thinking of throwing a “It’s a Tuesday party” just so I have an excuse to have the truck at my house and eat 20 cupcakes.


14. Jewelry is the key to making any outfit feel finished. A little (or a lot) of arm candy can wake up any outfit.


15. And finally, if you love your dog then please don’t let them wear pantyhose.

The Latest Trend: Dogs in Pantyhose. This is so wrong! But so incredibly funny!:

And one last thing…if you are still reading…to all of you that take them time to like, comment or share my posts, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. My blog is such a personal labor of love, and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when I hear that someone enjoyed something I wrote. So far no one has been cruel enough to come up to me and tell me how much they hate it, so I’m pretty grateful for that! But I seriously never thought anyone would read it, or keep reading it. If I can make you laugh, keep things real, and give you a tip for your clothes, your closet, or even your life, I am thrilled.

Cheers to a new year!






If I could climb to the top of the mountains to sing my praises for Pinterest I would. I’m just not that ambitious about climbing and my singing voice is just scary. But I love, love, love Pinterest. It’s easy to use, easy to organize, and there are endless photos of just about anything and everything.  When I feel bored with my clothes or I just can’t decide what I want to wear it’s Pinterest to the rescue. Once I find an inspiring outfit I can get back on track, hence my made up word of Pinspriation. This morning my sister sent me a Pin of this outfit that inspired her.
NEUTRAL MIX - Cardigans, White Denim Skinny Jeans, Grey Tee, Nude Pumps, Camel Leather Handbag / Hello Fashion:
I love everything about it. The colors are soothing and simple, yet the the look still feels fresh. Although I adore her patent pumps in the photo my feet would scream bloody murder if I tried to put them into a patent pointed toe heel for more than an hour. To make this work for me all day I’d pair this look back to a great pair fall boots.  The best thing about this outfit is that most of us have these pieces (or similar versions of them) hanging right in our own closets. I put together the pieces below as an example of how simple this can be to put together.

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Okay, in all reality I do not have a Hermes belt just hanging around in my closet but a girl can dream, right??  And how pretty is that Stella and Dot necklace? Plus the flower petals are removable, giving you a completely different look with the very same necklace.

The Birdie Necklace features a strand of chiffon petals that can be detached for this versatile look that may or may not have been manufactured on a cold hard bench by little Asian children in the cold.:

One of the questions I hear most often from my clients is “What color shoes? Tan? Camel? Dark brown?” You really can’t go wrong as long as you tie in your accessories to accent a similar shade of leather. For example:

Alessandra Ambrosio Looks Perfect in Winter Neutrals:

Although her boots are suede and the bag is leather, the shades feel cohesive because they are both soft and stay in line with the rest of the outfit. If she had a dark brown leather bag it would feel like it was overpowering the rest of the rest of her look.

* Insider Tip – Make it your own. 

Don’t be afraid to tweak this combo based on what you have in your closet. My sister loved the cashmere cardi on the Pinterest board but she didn’t have one. Working off of the color scheme she used a cream colored CAbi cardigan instead. She looks chic and comfortable for her kid-free girls outing at Grace Winery.  I’m not sure if she’s ever coming home if she gets to hang out in those cute chairs with a chardonnay!

Fall neutrals:



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Meal Planning for Your Outfits

Meal Planning for Your Outfits

A recent article on LinkedIn asked what Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and President Obama have in common. The answer? They wear the same thing every day. Some of this can be chalked up to branding. Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodie presents the exact image he wants to portray. It says I don’t care about impressing others with my outfit because I am too busy working on my empire. Steve Jobs simple black turtleneck? Clean, simple lines, modern, much like the apple product itself.

(all pics in this post via Pinterest)

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The branding effect can be sort of like the chicken and the egg so there is something else going on with these men too. They all have to make a lot of decisions in one day and apparently what to wear is not one they want to waste any brain power on. In a 2012 interview in Vanity Fair magazine President Obama said that he only wears gray or blue suits.

 “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”

He may want to narrow that choice down to one color.  Research studies have actually backed up the fact that our brains can only make so many decisions within one day.

“The mere act of thinking about whether you prefer A or B tires you out. So if I give you something else that takes discipline, you can’t do it — you’ll quit faster. If I have lifted weights in a gym, later trying to lift a 30-pound weight is impossible.

One of three things is likely to occur when people have too many decisions to make — consumers end up making poor decisions, are more dissatisfied with their choices or become paralyzed and don’t choose at all.”

–  Professor Barry Schwartz of Swarthmore College, author of the 2004 book, “The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less.”

Needless to say there was an avalanche of backlash to the LinkedIn article from women that have to make the same, (if not more), decisions in one day as their male counterparts, as well as look the part of a pulled together professional. While hoodies aren’t commonplace on any female CEO I can think of, there are plenty of women in the fashion world who preferred to go with some sort of staple or signature item. Carolina Herrera? Her signature white shirt allows her to get dressed in under 10 minutes.

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Vera Wang? Her black leggings have been her uniform of choice long before the leggings became back in fashion. As she explains on her blog:

“In the end—even as a fashion professional, or fashion insider, someone who’s looked at fashion for so long, and from so many different angles—there is a uniform that works for you. And that uniform can be modified, and it can be changed, and it can be dressed up, dressed down, explored, taken more street, taken more couture, but in the end, it’s an editing process. And as you become more certain of your own vision, and your own taste and your own style, as you evolve, as a person, not just as a woman, you do end up in a uniform.”


I’m hoping all this research justifies why I HATE dinner time. Maybe I am done making decisions. Cooking food for me is not an easy process. I never really learned how, I don’t really want to and I don’t have the patience. And cooking to meet the needs of 4 different palettes? I’d rather be forced to go on another school field trip…well maybe not.

I'm hungry and my refrigerator is full, but...

Unfortunately we all still have to eat. Every day.  A big part of my problem is even deciding what we all want to eat. Sites like Pinterest are super helpful and there are a ton of blogs out there that give great ideas to tell  you what to buy and how to prep for the week ahead. I am a big fan of the theme night idea. Meat free Mondays! Taco Tuesdays! You get the idea, have a theme to help you stay focused. Recently a client confessed she was having trouble getting dressed. We had edited her closet, we shopped for new clothes but she was still feeling overwhelmed and under inspired when it came time to put together an outfit.  She’d been in her “mom uniform” of yoga pants and t-shirts for years, putting together actual outfits in the morning was still a new and somewhat daunting process. My solution?

Meal Planning For Your Oufits

Monochromatic Monday

Mondays are hard. Let’s not make them any harder. Simplify your life and go with one color. Black is an obvious choice but don’t be afraid to try with shades of  navy, cream, beige. You can always break it up with an accessory or accent. Big bonus is that this typically makes everyone look long and lean.

all black with statement necklaceVictoria Beckham - and this is how you wear white after Labor Day!Wanting to wear winter neutrals like Alessandra Ambrosio all season long.

denim on denimKate Beckinsale looked elegant in a black Helmut Lang pant suit, Christian Louboutin shoes, and a DVF clutch at the Sept. 28 Eva Longoria Foundation dinner in Hollywood.25 #Cute New Looks For Spring 2014 - Style Estate -

Texture Tuesday

Pick a fabric and build your outfit from there. Could be a cashmere sweater, a pair of cords, tweed jacket or a furry vest. You get the idea.

Poncho + hunter bootsCute and casualLeggings with a tweed jacket...I like this look since I will be wearing leggings as I get bigger;)Faux fur + radiant orchid

Burgundy corduroy skinny-leg pants with gray sweater over striped blouse, worn by The Classy CubicleLove this winter lookMichael Kors Beige Poncho Sweater, LV bag, and fur.

Wild Print Wednesday

Pick a print as your inspiration. Leopard (my fav!), stripes, checks, chevron, plaid and floral are just a few.

 love the skirt!Leopard Coat

Puffy vest...yes please! Old Navy plaid shirt :) Southern Curls & PearlsChevron dress, mustard cardigan, brown boots // Love at First ShopThe Northeast Girl | A displaced northeast girl's lifestyle blog about family, fashion, friends, and the military. | Page 7

Try-it Out Thursday

You know that one thing in your closet that is little different? The one you bought cause you were attracted to it but you are not sure you can “pull it off?” Give yourself this one day a week to try a look that is slightly out of your comfort zone. This is a great way to try out a trend, wear a color you don’t usually go to or pull out that statement necklace that you set aside. Pinterest is an excellent source for seeing something new that catches your eye and using that outfit as an idea. Think of it like trying out a new recipe!

 belted scarfcape coat

Sorelle In StylesparklesLove this look for work.

Flaunt Your Favorite For Friday

Everyone has one favorite part of their body. Some days it could be your waist and other days it could only be your feet!  Feeling yucky? Pick a comfy pair of leggings and loose top and killer shoes. Love your legs? Go for the skinny jeans or a dress. Do you like your upper half better than your lower? Go for bold color, a deep v neck or a fabulous necklace. Tall? Rock the flair jean. Petite? Try a mini skirt and tights. The idea is to point out the positive.

The Classy Cubicle: Coat Crush {fashion blog, young professional women, office style inspiration, corporate work wear, fall fashion trends, reiss, geometric print, silk pants, heirloom, silk button v-neck top, sheer sleeves, ralph lauren, prada, asos, ankle strap heels, silver choker}This is Beautiful **navy AT top w/gold bow+ white AT pants+ navy or black pumps+ green coatPawleys Island PoshPop of patternHelmut Lang:: hello holiday ::Love all of it:: color, color, color ::Simple Fall Layers.

Not feeling great about any one area? Then that’s when you go with a favorite. It could be a neon colored sneakers (that your wear to run a million errands instead of a 5K), an item of clothing in your favorite color or  your go-to denim that always makes you feel good. The point is that it’s Friday! You have made at least 5,627, 863 decisions this week and what to wear on a Friday should simply be whatever makes you feel good.

Mustard yellow + glitter + jeans = yes please

*Insider Tip – Less is More

You know when you have a terrible cold/sinus/allergy thing going on and you go to the store to grab medicine only to discover there are 55 choices and you are just too damn tired to read all the descriptions? That is also what it feels like when you have too many clothes stuffed into your closet. As scary as editing your wardrobe can sound it is so much more peaceful and easier to look and choose from an uncluttered closet filled with only what you love.


*Insider Tip – Accessories are the key to happiness.

I know there are some of you who are sick of wearing a uniform. It could be scrubs, a company logo shirt or even a strict dress code. You are not without options. Learn to love your basics and appreciate that you don’t have to think about them. Inject personality into your accessories by choosing jewelry, shoes or even a handbag that fits how you are feeling when you get dressed that day. Every outfit should be put together with the mindset of what YOU like.

"Aging gracefully is about no heavy make-up, and not too much powder because it gets into the wrinkles, and you know, to not get turtle eyelids, and to not try to look too young. I think you can be attractive at any age. I think trying to look like a spring chicken when you're not makes you look ridiculous." Legendary style icon Iris Apfel.

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