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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…suzie@suziegaffney.com

Thanks for reading!

Suzie

Shop The Look – NYC to Newport

Shop The Look – NYC to Newport
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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.

Thanks for reading!

Suzie

Your Closet Called…it asked for Fall!

Your Closet Called…it asked for Fall!

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days because it is the annual Girls Shopping Day in Kennett Square, PA.  You can get everything you need for fall, literally from head to toe at Ashely Austin, Chantilly Blue, Houpette and No.109.

Oh and want some help from a personal shopper and stylist? Come find me! I’ll be starting my day at Chantilly Blue and I will up and down the block until the early afternoon. I’m back to mom duty in the evening but if you can stop in for a cocktail they are open till 8pm!

Can’t make it in? Live far away? Call or text me, or any of the stores. We can send you pics and hold aside for you or even mail for you if you are not local. There are too many great things to miss this!

Chantilly Blue…

So I stopped in here yesterday and started screaming. I think this is Lisa’s best fall picks yet! Lots of color! And pieces to give you that polished casual that you can wear every single day.Rocco is Lisa’s rescued love bug and he is adorable. After falling in love with him Lisa wanted to give back to other rescue pups and shelters. Below is a list of some items they need. Oh and for every item you bring in? 20% off an item in the store! Premium denim, made in the USA, fitted on you by the denim whisperer herself and her amazing staff – on sale!!!

Gift card from Wawa, Walmart, Target, or PetSmart. Also, New or gently used dog harnesses (no collars, please ), dog leash, new dog toys, Dog bowls, dog crates, dog beds. Must be either new or in excellent shape. ATTT does the unbelievable by rescuing and rehabilitating dogs who have nothing good to associate with humans. Vet bills are staggering. They astonish. Beginning Thursday, any one item donated get you 20% off any full priced item. Bring one, bring ten, no limit to the donation and the savings.

 

This suede finish dress below? I’m in love.

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Ashley Austin….

Booties and Bags and Baubles!! So. Much. Good. Stuff. If you buy just one type of shoe for fall make sure you have an ankle boot to wear with cuffed denim or with a dress or skirt. It is the essential fall transition shoe! And if you buy suede don’t forget to spray and protect your shoes from the elements so you can keep them looking brand new. Need advice on fit and what flatters? These lovely girls at Ashley Austin know their stock. Let them help you find your perfect pair!

 

 

Houpette…

I am kind of obsessed with the Kevyn Aucoin lipsticks…they are amazing! Not sure of the color? No worries – they have experts on hand to make sure you get the color that works for you.

 

And No. 109….

Leather (faux) leggings? They are for every age and every body – they add an insta cool factor to a fun top or a cozy oversize winter sweater. Definitely my top pick! Craving some fun color or prints? Heather always  makes sure there are plenty of bright options, no matter what season it is!

 

 

*Insider Tip – Just Jenny From The Block

If J.Lo should ever find herself in Kennett Square she would be thrilled that she wouldn’t have to wear out her stilletos looking to check off everything on her list. From lockets to lattes, you can find everything you need up and down the same 2 blocks. So park your car and do some shopping. Then drop your bags back at your car and grab some caffeine. Then do some more shopping. Okay now that you have tried on all the clothes you can eat!

These places are small business owned, unique and amazing. Make sure to check them out. In case you can’t tell I really love our small town, and the best part is the amazing people in it. 🙂

Philter 

After you get over obsessing how perfect the wall color and the wall art is, make sure to enjoy what a truly amazing fresh brew really tastes like.Prepare to be spoiled.

 

Green Eyed Lady

You know how it would be so cool to raid the jewelry stash of you eccentric and well traveled Great Aunt Linda? Or craving something unique that no one else will have? All of my favorite cuff bracelets are from here. Their laid back vibe makes it the perfect place to peruse. Looking for something very specific? Ask Colleen and she will let you know if they have it or can find it for you.

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Talulah’s Table

You have probably heard of this place…and yes, it’s as good as everyone says. Try their grab and go takeout or sit with a scone and people watch outside. It’s so peaceful you may not want to leave.

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Shop Mamie

A new additon to Kennett Square just in the last couple of months, this sweet boutique with a Delaware flagship store is located just around the corner from Talulahs. This is the perfect place for both mothers and daughters to find something fun for fall. Also check out their collection of Scout accessories and some super adorable toddler size clothes to match mom…think matching faux fur vests…Christmas pic card…DONE.

 

Thank you so much for reading! Make sure to keep our money in our community…shop small and shop local!

Suzie

 

 

 

 

 

The 15 Best Insider Tips of 2015

 

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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???

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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.

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

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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!

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Sincerely,

Suzie

 

Warm and Chic.

The Holiday season is rumbling in like a swiftly approaching freight train. I’m wiling to bet you will have at least one event that requires you to dress up. Unless you are a sixteen year old girl going to a winter formal, chances are you don’t want to wear a short dress with tiny straps and freeze to death. Nor do you want to go through the whole tights debate and debacle. For the record dark tights are good (provided you have the right shoe) and nude tights only work for Kate Middleton. Oh and please don’t try them on your dog. It’s so very disturbing but I dare you not to look.

Chinese fascination with dogs wearing pantyhose? I guess someone besides The Queen has to wear them.:

So what’s a gal to do? If you are an introvert like me you will probably want to stay at home and hang by the fireplace in your sweatpants. Add a martini and good book and I’m in full on happy hermit mode.  But I have extrovert friends and family that I love dearly. When they do convince me to leave my house I always have a great time.  However, I refuse to be cold and I refuse to be uncomfortable. Pregnancy was uncomfortable. I did that twice and I still have nasty flashbacks. The solution?

Meet your new best friend, the sequin maxi skirt.

 

This skirt can go from funky to glam to preppy. It’s pretty much perfect. The pairings above are just suggestions but really the options are limitless. How kick ass would biker boots or even black cowboy boots look? And maybe with a chunky, comfy,  oversize turtleneck sweater? I could go on and on…but the best part of the skirt is it’s fishtail hem. The slightly flared silhouette balances out hips, thighs and/or bellies. This particular maxi is really only a medium because it is only 33 inches long. I love this length because I can wear a short (comfortable) heel. If you are tall, or more petite, don’t worry. Check out all your alternative options as far as length HERE and HERE.

And the VERY BEST PART?? I found this skirt today at TJ Maxx for $29.99. Yes 30 bucks people. It’s currently for sale at Neiman Marcus for $140. You can get it for 80% off. That’s called a steal.  Quick tip? Size up. This has a banded waist and sequins are not known for stretch since after all they are plastic discs. I sized up one whole size and the skirt fits comfortably right under my belly button. Keep in mind this is meant to emphasize and create curves so it really needs to sit at your waist, as opposed to your hips.

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I know the next question will be what to wear as a jacket. They are 2 great options. One is an oversized wrap. Could be cashmere, wool or anything warm and cuddly. It could be black, red or even tartan plaid (so very Ralph Lauren!). Wrap it up and over your shoulder and go.

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The second option is a cropped jacket, one that hits at the top of the skirt and has some weight to it to balance out the heftiness of the long skirt. My suggestion is to go fun with a cropped faux fur. Don’t break the bank on this piece unless you plan on incorporating back to jeans and other items in your wardrobe. For trendier items worn infrequently look to stores like Forever 21 and H&M. This one below would work great.

Boxy Faux Fur Jacket:

*Insider Tip – Cuddle Duds to the rescue.

Still cold? Remember how when you were little you used to wear an undershirt? Or even as a baby a onsie? Men still wear undershirts so why don’t we? I get angry when I am cold. Kind of like when I am hungry I get hangry (hungry and angry), I get cangry and cranky when I can’t warm up.  In the winter I pretty much wear one of these bad boys every day. They are my go-to undershirts.

Softwear with Stretch Long Sleeve Crew:

Throw on some fleece lined leggings underneath the skirt and add a cashmere turtleneck over your black cuddle duds shirt. You’ll be warm enough to party with Goldie and Kurt in Aspen.

Hollywood legends Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell brave the cold to go shopping at Ralph Lauren in downtown Aspen, Colorado...they were in high spirits and even smiled and waved at the paparazzi.:

 

Thanks for reading!

Suzie