Styling Yourself After Change, Peplums, and Block Heels

Change can come in many forms in our lives, causing us to either want to or need to update our style and the image we present the world. It can come in the form of physical changes (motherhood, weight loss, weight gain, illness, normal aging processes), mindset changes (catching your style up to a new way of thinking or presenting yourself to the world), or location changes (starting a new business, graduating, retiring, career changes, moving to a different climate). Learning how to style yourself through big changes is SUPER personal, but I talked about a few tips in my podcast this week that can help you style yourself through this transition.


1) Trust your gut (and try it on): Okay, this only works if you get out into the world and try things on (you CAN do it!), but most women know what they like. Media and society makes us constantly question our beliefs, values, and thoughts about our style, among other things, but when you try something on in the mirror check in with yourself. You! You know if you like it or not. YOU liking it is the first step in feeling confident in that item. And YOU feeling confident is the key to everything, which I blab about constantly. Trust your gut through these changes, whatever they are. Almost every client I've had has better style instincts than she gives herself credit for. That doesn't mean a stylist isn't helpful or fun. We definitely will point you towards things you would have never tried, but feel amazing in. It just means you should give your own gut more credit.

2) Map out your goals for the future, specifically the next 5-years: I've spoken about this in this podcast and this blog post, but knowing who you'd be in 5-years with absolute success (whatever that looks like for you) is key to styling yourself because that's exactly how you should be dressing NOW. How does that women enter a room, how does she feel about herself, what are the positive adjectives people will use to describe her? Now just play the part, babe! Cause it's you and seeing yourself as her will make you step up to those goals. Promise, this stuff is powerful!

Trending Trendy Trends

This week's trend was peplums, and in-particular drop peplums. The peplum that, instead of riding fitted at the waist, flows out a bit and peplums out closer to the hip. This can look boxy on some, but surprisingly I've had some curvy clients try these on and fall in love. And so do I! It makes sense. Their curves bring these tops to life. More in the podcast! Give it a listen and a review if you love it.

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MomStyle Must-Have

This week I spoke about block heels and how they are a great way to dip your toe (heh, get it?) into the heel pool if you've never dared while mumming. I'm not saying that you should head to the park in them, or wear them everyday, but if you want something in a heel that looks super polished and adorable, and can go from work or client meetings to a school event, and STILL is comfy, stable, and easy to chase a kid in I suggest a block heel. Here's a pic of my favs right now from Caslon, which I found at Nordstrom Rack.

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3-Ways to Get Ready Faster in the Morning

This week I tackled the 3-ways you can make mornings faster and less stressful. Let's get to it!

1) CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET! You can learn more in this podcast and in this blog post, so I'll just get to the benefits of this life altering exercise that I do routinely once a season. It will decrease the eye clutter in your closet and decrease the amount of clothing you have to sift through in your mind before you land on something the fits, feels good, looks good.


2) LEARN TO SHOP! Shopping might not be your jam and I talk about that in this podcast and this blog post (and even teach you how to shop like a PRO in this e-course), but I urge you to get out and at least try things on before you commit to shapes and colors bought online. I get into so many closets every year and see things with tags on them and ask, "What's this about?!" Why are these items bought if they aren't being worn?! Because when they come in the mail you are far less likely to return them if they don't quite fit or aren't exactly what you thought they'd be - and companies bank on this fact. So demand more from your purchases. I go into far more detail in my e-course, but items should check ALL of these boxes: fit, shape, color, comfort, budget, and buddy (all items need a buddy in your closet).

3) PLAN YOUR OUTFIT THE NIGHT BEFORE! I can't tell you how many rushed mornings I've had trying to plan my outfit around my day with a child pulling on my PJs asking for cartoons and milk. Plan the night before and it will GREATLY decrease stress in the morning, whether or not you have a little turkey waking you up. Trust me. I hang ALL the items I plan on wearing on one small rack on the back of my door (you could use a few hangers or one), including the bra, underwear, outfit, and accessories I plan on wearing. I make a mental note of where the shoes are I'm going to wear with it, or just set them below the outfit. DONE! It takes 5 minutes, ladies. Try it!

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Budget Friendly Wardrobe Updates, Ruffles, and Vests

One podcast this week (I post two now!) featured a question from my Facebook Style Support Group about updating a wardrobe on a budget, how to deal with the ruffle trend that is still hot, and a MomStyle Must-have that reminds me of Chandler from Friends.

Budget Friendly Wardrobe Updates

What's the cheapest, easiest way to update a wardrobe is with accessories, finishing pieces, and shoes. K, bye! That's all! Okay, there's a little more to it than that. Chances are you can build hundreds of basic outfits by mixing and matching the clothing you have already have in your closet. Add a few updated finishing pieces (jackets, cardigans, vests) and some new accessories the outfits multiply over and over.

Trending, Trendy, Trends

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This episodes trend is ruffles, a polarizing trend to say the least. It seems they are sticking at least through Spring/Summer 2018 so here are a few tips for using them or knowing when to decide they just aren't for you. They've been used lately a lot on blouses, sweatshirts, and various other tops which can make it rough(le) because it adds so much volume to the top half of you. If you're like me (more athletic on the bottom half) the addition of some interest and volume on my top half is welcome as it balances my frame. Though if you tend to stress about looking broad on top due to a bigger bust or wider shoulders, the added volume and interest is likely unwelcome. This has been the case with EVERY gal I've taken shopping who commented on how many ruffle tops we saw. It's funny how we can zero in and see only one thing when we get annoyed by it, isn't it? 

Tip: Know the shapes you love on you and focus you're gaze on finding those pieces. If you let all the other items take up space and emotional capacity in your brain you'll get overwhelmed shopping.

MomStyle Must-Haves

Vests! This topic had me giggling on the podcast this week as the word "vest" immediately brings up images of Chandler from Friends for this 90s kid. Ha! But seriously, I'm loving the effortless style vibes that the duster length (approximately knee length) sweater vests out now are giving off. I made it my MomStyle Must-Have this week because it's just SO SIMPLE to toss these on over a tee and jeans and look put together! Along with that it leaves your arms unencumbered to deal with spit-up, sippy cups, bike crashes, paint projects, pick-ups, soccer gear toting, while still looking chic and adding a light layer in the Spring. The long line they create is awesome too. Basically, they make you look a little taller. And who doesn't love that?!

Alright, loves! Have a magical week! And don't forget to subscribe to the podcast so it automatically pops up in your favorite podcast app.

Making Morning Dressing Easier, Cinderella Shoes, and Mom Closet Hack

What's the hardest part of styling yourself? Getting out of bed and put the clothes on. Seriously. If you're waking up and putting something other than PJs on then you are already doing the hardest part! Doesn't that feel great to know?!

Now that you're already putting something other than PJs on to leave the house or feel productive the next step is putting some intention behind what you're putting on. It takes just as long to put on any old thing than it does to put on something you've chosen with intention! So, the only thing you have to put into action is the intention part. That's the only addition of time to your routine. 

My best suggestion, as always, is to pick out what you'd like to wear the following day the night before and I even found a closet hack to help you accomplish this even easier that is addressed in the MomStyle Must-have segment.

Trending Trendy Trends

This weeks trend is "Cinderella Shoes", a term used recently by Harper's Bazaar to describe a flashy statement shoe that will be worn a lot this Spring and Summer. Of course, the flashier the show the more you have to balance it, especially for daytime, or it ends up looking over-worked and too nighttime. So for daytime, let the flashy shoe be the star by keeping everything else simple, well-fitting, and fairly neutral to balance out the shine. You could even down play the outfit a bit, for example, wearing a shiny silver shoe with distressed cuffed jeans.

MomStyle Must-Have

This week I didn't gravitate towards a wearable item, but rather an item that helps you organize your outfits for the following day (remember how I told you to pick out your outfits the night before?). An over the door closet bar, as pictured, is a perfect way to expand your closet a bit more or you can use it like I do, to hang EVERYTHING you're going to wear the following day. Outfit, finishing pieces, coat, jewelry, even under garments! All ready to go so in the morning (when a certain little person is pulling on my PJs say "mama let's go watch cartoons!) I don't have to try to think about what I'm going to wear to drop off, a client meeting, and for the video later that day. It's already done for me by past me. Thank you, past me! Now where's the coffee!

Closet Organization and Trending Trendy Trends

On one of the two podcasts this week (YES, you read that right, I will now be putting out TWO podcasts a week - Mondays and Thursdays) I spoke about closet organization and added a few new segments to the podcast, including goofy intro music for each. Ha!

Up Your Closet Organization Game!


More than just cleaning out your closet, you can decrease the time it takes to get ready and the stress you feel in the morning by amping up your storage game. No matter how small your closets are you can use ALL of the space in a clever way. Let's say you just have a closet with a small bar and a shelf above. Can you better utilize the space above the shelf with more shelves and bins? Can you fold your pants, jeans, sweaters, and tees and stack them on that shelf to leave more space on the bar for pieces that NEED to be hung? Can you store shoes beneath your hanging items on floor shelving?

Get creative! Look for all the empty spaces and for goodness sake only store the items your wear and love in your closet. No board games. No memento boxes. You want a working closet. Winter items stored out of sight in the summer and vice versa. If your closet is a fun, pretty, organized space you will want to keep up with styling yourself. If it gets messy, cluttered, and is full of eye clutter you won't enjoy yourself. And this is supposed to be fun!

NEW Podcast Segments

So, I've added to fun segments to the podcast in addition to adding an extra podcast every week. The first is a segment called Trending Trendy Trends...LOL! I realize it is absolutely silly, but really, so are trends. Ha! So let's have fun with it, right?

This weeks trend was inspired by the goddesses over at Who What Wear and their piece on new fun ways to wear sweaters and cardigans. The cross body tie is slaying me. Love it. Totally going to try to pull that off.

The second new segment is called Momstyle Must-haves because the majority of my clients are mamas or women on the go and these trends will speak directly to their needs. This week was fashion sneakers because I bring them up to mamas that want to look current and still be comfy. These can be dressed up or dressed down and you can run run run around in them. Here are just a few examples with links to purchase.

Before I go, what do you want to talk about on my podcast? Know anyone that would be a great interview? Let me know in the comments! Have a great weekend, lovelies!

Thanks to Rebecca Rizzo Photographics for the closet photo and Haute Madre for hosting!

Style Class Headquarters and Bargain Hunting Tips

In this week's podcast I talked about my Style Class Headquarters reveal and great ways to bargain hunt for fancy items (at not fancy prices). 

Headquarters Reveal

Oh my gosh, guys! I love my office sooooo much. It's so important to eek out some special space for yourself. Whether its a sewing corner, a garage workshop, a bitching kitchen, zen closet, or an office. Just make some space for yourself in your home that is just for your passion. My "headquarters" was once just an office/storage area/extra room and now I've transformed it to the office of my dreams, complete with pretty shoe storage. Gah! Over the moon!





Here are just a few pictures of my pretty little corner of the world.

Bargain Hunting for Designer Goodies

I also spoke about all my best bargain hunting tips for finding designer bags, shoes, etc at discount prices. Does it take more work? Yup. Is it worth it if you like the finer things, but are on a budget. You bet! Most of my tips include finding items in resale shops and online spots, consignment, and thrift. Here are a few of my favorite Portland consignment, thrift, and swap joints as well as some national resources for finding designer goodies at a discount. And of course, a picture of the sweet, like new Kate Spade cross body bag I found for less than $20 on 


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I also mentioned that I made a cute little closet clean out video over the week that I wanted to share with you here. Never work with kids or animals...they always steal the show!

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5-Pieces Every Mom Can Use to Up Her Style Game

I was asked when I was speaking at the MOB Conference in February 2018 what a few pieces I could recommend everyone have in their closets were. I was high on the good stuff at the time (adrenaline) so I'm not exactly sure what I said in response, but I'm sure it was something to the effect of "everyone is so different and has such different tastes that without knowing you it's hard to say exactly what I would recommend". But after giving it some thought, and taking a look at the items I wear/recommend constantly as a stylist, I have five pieces that EVERY mom (or just boss lady) can sprinkle over any wardrobe to start pulling the pieces in her current closet more together. Because the more put-together we look like (while still being ourselves!) the more people believe what we have to say.

I've chosen two trendy pieces and three classic pieces in this effort. Remember! Spend less on the trends and more on the classics. The classics will be with you longer and you need them to be the highest quality your BUDGET can afford. Notice how I didn't say the highest quality your BANK ACCOUNT can afford. Ha! Major difference there! So, here they are:

1) Duster Length Cardigan (trendy piece): Such a cute finishing piece to throw on over outfits (everything from work wear to athleisure). BONUS: It creates a long line (leave it open) and makes you look taller. Neat trick! Just don't let it go much past your knee for all my ladies under 5'5".


2) Pointy-Toed Slides (trendy piece): These quick, chic shoes are perfect for chasing a little out the door, because you know you put their shoes on first every time and forget they are just going to bolt out the door! BONUS: more leg elongation. Looks at those gams!

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3) Black and White Striped Tee (classic piece): These go with almost everything, especially the finishing pieces, in your closet and look best if worn fitted and tucked into pants/skirts or loose/oversized and styled (half tucks, front tucks, tie ups, twist and tucks). MYTH: horizontal stripes especially medium/small ones, don't make you look wider. Just cooler. BONUS: black and white stripes are a great way to start dipping your toe in the pattern mixing pool!

4) Moto Jacket (classic piece): This badass little jacket can turn any mom into the coolest chick at the park. Rock it over some coordinating, monotone athletic wear, rock it over jeans and a tee, or rock it over a feminine sun dress for some cool girl contrast. BONUS: if it's cut to your hip or slightly above it also makes you look like you have longer legs (taller).

5) Tan Trench Coat (classic piece): Oh, the classic, classy, chic AF trench. It can elevate almost any outfit. It's true! It's the number one thing I suggest to mom's with businesses in fact because you have customers to impress and this piece will pull it all together.

MOB Conference Speaker and Dressing in Defense


This week's podcast was all about my speaking engagement at the MOB NW conference for the first quarter of 2018. It was so fantastic. The setting was a large bed and breakfast on a vineyard (what?!) and the attendees were even more beautiful than the scenery. All 100+ women in attendence were mother's with businesses, there to up level their mindset, strategy, and business while getting support from other mom bosses. Cause who knows better the challenges of raising a business and babies better than another mom boss, right?

My colorful and authentic speak got down to the heart of how I believe we should be dressing: like ourselves, but 5-years from now and very successful. However that version of yourself dresses, ladies, that's how you should be dressing now. Like, now! Go! ;)


I also spoke about dressing in defense in my podcast this week, which is when someone deliberately dresses in a way that deters others from seeing them or getting close to them. Some gals don't realize they are doing this and are more likely to be the sort to try to disappear. If you dress in an extreme (everything from scary goth to ultra femme glam) it better be with intention, an understanding of why you choose to do this, and a full understanding of the ramifications of who you could be turning away from your light.


If you find that you could be dressing in defense the first step is to outline the pros and cons of this action. Why do you think you do it? Are you a disappearing dresser or one who is actively keeping people at a distance? What have you gained from dressing like this? What have you lost out on because of this. Which side of the list out ways the other?

I truly believe we all have something to bring to whatever table we want to sit at, but dressing in defense can keep us in the shadows. Step out, lady!

Photos by the talented Jessie Photo Doula!

The 5-Year Success Rule and Announcements

I speak about this in my e-course (available here), but I think it's such a powerful tool in explaining how style and dressing with intent can change your life that I really wanted to share it with my listeners and readers. It's kind of an idea tailored to women who own businesses, but really any women can take this idea and run with it!

5-Year Success Rule

First, you have to know how important your branding is and how important your own image is to your branding. First impressions, both in-person and online, are almost instantaneous. This means we don’t have the time to explain our background, experience, education, etc. The only tool we can use in that instant is our visual representation. Sure, what you are wearing helps, but confidence is number one. It doesn’t mean looking like every other successful gal out there, you don’t want their want yours!

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That’s just a long winded way of encouraging you to shine your light! Because your customers are out their looking for it. So, how do you achieve this? You start by thinking about your top three business goals for the next 5-years. Now close your eyes and think about the woman who achieved those goals. What does she look like when she enters a room? How does she hold herself? What does she expect from the people around her?

Now what is she wearing? Because that’s what you should be wearing NOW.

When you see that confident woman in the mirror it propels you forward and assures your clients you aren’t desperate for their business and they’d be lucky to work with someone who has it so together. What is a quick way to look put-together you ask? Well, I have a formula for that in my E-Course. ;)


1) I'll be a speaker at the MOB Conference on Feb 11, 2018. Mom business owners in the Portland/Vancouver area should visit for tickets.

2) I'll be a speaker at the Vancouver Women's Show on March 11, 2018. I'll be speaking in the morning and afternoon with a booth open between 10am-6pm. Come visit!

3) I've been named the 2018 Style Maven for Women with Moxie Portland! How freaking fun is that! I'll be choosing the themes of the mixers held every of month and helping with other various style related tasks. 

4) I'll be hosting Vintage Fashion Fridays live on Curiosities Vintage Mall Facebook page every Friday at 2pm PT, showing new fun ways to style vintage goodies. Follow Curiosities for reminders! 

Phew! All caught up! ;)

Undershoppers and Overshoppers Shopping Tips

Almost all my clients fall into one of two categories: overshoppers and undershoppers. That's not to say that everyone falls into these categories, it just seems that folks looking for help with their style end up having a hard time in that department. That pun was on purpose...

The overshoppers end up with closets that are lovely packed with awesome, but not worn items and the undershoppers end up with not enough items to feel like they have something to wear in the areas of their life where they do the most living.

Here are my top 5 tips for tips overshoppers:

  • Clean out your damn closet! You most likely have enough items to mix and match already, you just can't see the forest for the trees.
  • Shop your closet. There's got to be items in there you're not utilizing. Pick out your top ten items you LOVE, but don't wear. Now challenge yourself to incorporate them into your wardrobe!
  • Wait until you have an occasion before you buy something new. No sparkly dresses until you have a sparkly event, no new suits until you have the job (except for one to interview in).
  • The new items must fit ALL of these criteria! fit, color, cut, material, budget, fits your lifestyle, and has a buddy. (Listen to the podcast for more info on these criteria, or better yet get my E-Course and go even more in depth)
  • Buy less, but higher quality. It's better for you wallet long term and better for the planet, love.

Here are my top 5 tips for tips undershoppers:

  • Access your closet. Find the areas of your life that you spend the most time living and make sure you have enough of those items to live in! A handout on accessing your style and closet is in (shocker) my E-Course!
  • Make a shopping list based on your above findings. Put it in your phone if your forgetful. ;)
  • Pick a venue to shop that you are comfortable with in both environment and budget. Going during the week is way less stressful than going during the weekend. True story!
  • Make sure you are fed and watered (and don't have to pee) when you go to the store...for real. We don't need any hunger-fuel meltdowns in the dressing room. They are a giant bummer for all.
  • Make it a special treat! Reframe shopping in your mind. Stop and grab your favorite tea or coffee on the way there, give yourself ample time, and take a fun shopping partner if you're nervous.

Style Class E-Course Launch and Getting Out of PJs

Super excited to finally announce that my Style Class E-Course for Beginners and Refreshers is up and ready to rock your world. Not only does it help with style, it help with motivation, confidence, and developing a positive mindset around your body and future. Plus, it's so pretty!

This Style Class E-Course is perfect for women just starting out on their style journey and those needing a refresh after major life changes (motherhood, retirement, career changes, graduation, illness, etc). It teaches women how to style themselves at home and start using the advantages style can give them to further their goals.

This course is delivered in four sections: 
- Mindset: getting your mindset ready for a stylish new life.
- Closet: making room in your closet for more stylish choices.
- Shopping: learning how to shop like a pro.
- Styling: developing style and learning how to dress your life and body, just as it is.

It all started when, as a personal wardrobe stylist, I noticed that when I charged what I was worth only women of means could afford me. What about the hard working women out there that haven't reached their goals yet, but could desperately use style to achieve them? That's why I'm here, ladies.

This stylist and former therapist wants to teach you how to style yourself and your life because it builds confidence and helps everyday women accomplish their dreams.

Benefits of this course when committed to:
• Cleaner closet
• Faster dressing in the morning
• Going easier on yourself
• Self-acceptance
• Compliments
• Confidence boosts

Also available bundled with consults with the course creator!

I also talked about getting out of our PJs as work at home boss babes in the morning. So what's your opinion? Comment below if you work at home and tell me why you get dressed even if no one else is watching.

This was a questioned posted on my Facebook Style Class Support Group. If you're a lady that would like some free help, join us!

Holiday Dressing Tips and Help with Sizing

The number one lesson from this week's two-topic podcast is...drum roll have to try things on before you know whether or not it looks good on you. Shocker, I know! And yet, I struggle to get women into the dressing room to get them to try things on. Trust me, dressing rooms are not fun on purpose. You read that right. Stores would LOVE it if you got so uncomfortable that you just decided to take the items home to try them on. Because guess what! 75% of the time you won't come back to return it even if it doesn't fit well. Truth bomb!

Okay, I may have made up that stat. Ha! But you try finding a scientific study about dressing rooms. 

But seriously, how many of us have brought something home, or bought it online with the best intentions of trying it on and returning it immediately if it didn't work, only to let it sit in a pile in our closets in a bag until the return time expires and we have to give it to our neighbor who is two sizes smaller than us. Ahem...not like that's EVER happened to me. (wink)

Brave the dressing room ladies, because FIT IS THE FIRST KEY TO STYLE. I'll repeat that: Fit is the first key to style.


On that note, a holiday styling tip you haven't head yet: try things on you've never tried before! Lace, sequin, velvet, sparkle are all fab for the holidays and there are hundreds of examples are out there just waiting for you to pin them to your outfit idea boards, but I would bet that most ladies tend to play it safe. Try something new! I can't tell you how many of my clients (yes I can, all of them) say, "I would have never picked that up, but I absolutely love it." They would have walked right past those amazing pieces and I would wager that you are walking past them too!

The second topic of this podcast also had to do with trying things on: sizing! So many clients of mine get stuck on a number. "I'm a 14 and that dress is a 12, there's no way I'm trying it," they'll say. But you JUST. NEVER. KNOW. Because all fashion houses/labels/designers are slightly different. And different cuts are different!

Sure, a slim fitted dress might need to be closer to the size you usually are, but a fit and flare dress (with the smallest part - the size 12 part - at your waist) might fit better because all of our measurements rarely add up to be just one size. Your bust might be a 12, your waist might be a 12, but your hips are a 14. There's no way to know how something is going to look until you try it.


And don't be afraid to shift up and down a few sizes to get the look you're looking for. My measurements put me squarely into a small, but I'm quite long and make adjustments for that. Also, I find items all of the time that I buy in a bigger size to wear them in a more oversized fashion. Tops in my closet range from joke. So, let go of numbers and letters and just go by what fits best because, I will repeat, FIT IS THE FIRST KEY TO STYLE! 

I'm talking Christmas week off from the podcast, but will be posting on FB and Instagram at some fun events and will post another podcast episode the first week in January 2018! Happy Holidays my lovelies, and everything to you and yours in the new year! MUAH! XO

Faux Leather Pants, Aesthetic Balance, and Style Mindset

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An odd group of ideas to put together for a podcast, but hey, it's December and let's all just be happy I'm here writing this instead of eating my weight in truffles and gingerbread men. My pal, Live Style Class Participant, and Style Class Support Group participant Rachel asked how she should wear her faux leather pants. 

To begin, FAUX LEATHER PANTS, Y'ALL! Let's talk about them. My point on the podcast was that it's really easy to look like you're playing dress up in any item that screams that it belongs to one genre or aesthetic (for example: cowboy boots, leather pants, fringe flapper dresses, etc). Not saying you can't wear them, but I think the reason people hold off from venturing into wearing these kinds of items is because they don't know how to balance the really strong piece with contrasting items. 

For example, leather pants can be played down with an oversized sweater or simple button up white blouse. Both of these choices are fairly classic and simple (contrasting the sexy from the pants) and balance the look. Another example would be wearing a clean white eyelet dress with a strong cowboy boot or playing down the strong vintage vibes of a 20s flapper style dress with a leather moto jacket. See what I'm saying? You can balance those strong vibes with contrasting items. It's not exactly Style 101, kind of an advanced concept, but now that you've been exposed to it you may start to notice it in magazines or the looks of people in your life you think are stylish/hip/with it.

Lastly, in this episode I speak about how important mindset is to style (not fashion, which is a separate beast which actually takes less thought). Understanding yourself, your life, and what direction you would like it to lead is VERY important to finding a style that is right for you. Once you do though you will start to gain momentum! Promise!

For more tips on style mindset click here. Have a great week!

Undertones and Your Closet

Greetings! Let's get down to it! Have you ever put something on and looked in the mirror and thought, "Geez, I look soooo pale." Or thought, "man this color really washes me out and makes me look like I'm wearing more makeup than I am." This can also be a little more obvious in pictures and natural light. Pay attention to the colors that do this to you because most often it's because it clashes with your natural skin undertones. 

Below is a great illustration of warm color choices versus cool. But how does this apply to you?

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People naturally have either warm, neutral, or cool undertones. These can be complimented or not by certain colors. A VERY simplified way of looking at this (as there are pros who can show you more) is that warm undertone gals with usually look fab in warmer colors (warm reds, oranges, yellows, bright greens), where cooler undertone gals look better in cooler colors (cool true reds, purples, blues, cooler greens). Neutral gals can pull off a wider variety of colors, but they should still look out for colors that drain them. 

Here are two simple ways (read: easy) to find out your undertone:

1) look at the underside of your wrist (blue veins=cooler undertones / green veins=warmer) 

2) head to your nearest high quality makeup counter. The gals there will be happy to help you determine if you run cooler or warmer, just buy a lipstick to make it worth their time.

How does this translate to your wardrobe? If you're trying to build a capsule wardrobe, or just want to pair down and start buying more high quality pieces, it's going to be important to know what colors look the best on you so you can choose those pops of color to go with your quality neutrals.

Here are two examples of closets (one warm and one cool) from last weeks post about Capsule Closets.

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Capsule Closets for Beginners

So, loads of people talk about capsule closets, but do you know what they are? It's a way to build a smaller wardrobe, or a bunch of mini wardrobes for different areas of your life. It promotes a faster getting ready time and less spending (and using less resources), but you have to be pretty strict with yourself and it's not for everyone. I, myself, love variety and spicing it up a bit to much. Ha! But maybe it's your jam! There are many great reads on capsule closets, my favorite being The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees

The whole point is to get as many pieces that go with each other as possible. We're avoiding those tops that only go with one pair of slacks and those dresses you can only wear with one specific kind of shoe. Versatility is the key! 

Here's my biggest tip, whether you're trying to build a capsule closet or just trying to streamline your oversized beauty of a closet: 80% of your closet should be high quality, neutral basics AND 20% of your closet should be trendier pieces in colors that look great on you and that go with all your neutrals.

Below is an example primary and secondary neutrals (colors that go with everything and colors that go with almost everything):

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Below is an example of two capsule closets, one for someone with a more cool undertone and one for someone with a warmer one.

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Tune in next week to learn how to find the best pops of color for your undertones!

How to wear jeans with booties & importance of being "put together" over flattering your figure

In this week's podcast I gave styling tips for wearing jeans with ankle booties, a question I get a lot of on the Style Class FB Support Group, and why I think looking put-together is more important than flattering your figure. I often get this question because it can be confusing how to wear each kind of jean with various booties. So here is a clear and simple guideline (notice I didn't say rule here. Try it, if it's not for you disregard): the key is in the fit of the jean. 

If your jeans are bootcut or flair, you'll just be wearing them over the boots or booties. If your jeans are straight cut, boyfriend cut, girlfriend cut, or basically anything not skinny jean (tight to you) that has some space at the bottom, but isn't flaring out like a bootcut jean then you'll be cuffing them over the top of the bootie. If your jeans are skin tight to you (skinny jeans) then you'll most likely be wearing them into the boot, letting the bootie top come up over the top of the jean bottom.

HOT TIP: if you have to stuff the jeans into the bootie, you should probably just be cuffing them over the top.

Make sense?

Here are some examples below of a flair or bootcut jean being worn with booties, even a cropped jumpsuit example:

Here are some examples of how to wear booties with straight or boyfriend cut jeans that have some room at the bottom (featuring the adorable Queen of Cuffing Jamie Bischoff):

Here are some examples of how to wear skinny jeans with booties (they are just going right down into them):

Finally, don't worry if there is skin showing down into, around, or above the bootie. Totally exceptable! 

 For those who tuned into the FB LIVE version of this podcast, here is the Ginger Ginger Bread House King!

For those who tuned into the FB LIVE version of this podcast, here is the Ginger Ginger Bread House King!

And finally, on this week's podcast I spoke about letting go of the traditional thoughts around "flattering your figure" and starting to embrace the idea of just looking "put together". You know the look of someone who has self-respect, confidence, and looks like they put a little effort into their image because they are a take-charge kind of gal. She gets shit done and looks good doing it. Let's work on the ability to let go of so much of the figure flattering ideas just to shave a few pounds of a look and just fill your closet with things you feel amazing in (80% quality basics, 20% accent pieces with accessories that let you sprinkle in your personality). If wearing something figure flattering is important to you because you want to camouflage a big bust or booty, girl, you do you. But from my experience these tweaks can only rearrange so much or take 5-10 lbs off a gal. If that date, or potential client, or potential employer, or potential collaborator can't or won't see past 5-10 lbs then THEY ARE NOT WORTH YOUR TIME. And neither are those thoughts that tell you YOU aren't worth the effort because of those extra founds. I'm not saying I'll never help a lady adjust her proportions using volume, texture, color, and interest, I'm just saying there's more to style then looking skinnier.

Interview with Love YOU More Project Selena Maestas

In this episode I interview speaker and mentor Selena Maestas from the Love YOU More project about her work with women and helping them find more room in their lives for themselves. See video of the interview below.

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Find Selena on Facebook and online at:

Read a very engaging article she wrote for Not Your Average Mother at:

Join her conversation in her Facebook group:


Re-intro and Updates

Why on Earth did I trade in a career in mental health for being a wardrobe stylist? How did I get from A to B? Well! It's not as odd as it sounds. I'm lucky enough at this time in my life to be able to look back and finally see how every failed relationship, crazy move, and degree got me where I eventually was meant to be. 


My journey began in art school, continued in marketing departments, took turn to psychology after the Global Finance Crisis in 2008, and came screaming to a halt after having my son. My continued love of fashion and styling kept me happy in the hard times and injected so much confidence into my self-worth that eventually it hit me...why wasn't I just helping women find confidence through style this whole time?!

Now I'm a Wardrobe Stylist in Portland OR, helping women with Closet Consults, Style Consults, and even Virtual Style Consults for worldwide clients. But it still wasn't enough! I grew up in a working class family and feel it's unfair that often the edge style can give is withheld only for the women that can afford to shop in high-end establishments and hire personal shoppers. We all deserve that leg up. ALL OF US! That's why I started Style Class. To give everyday women the tools to reach their goals affordably through live classes, online video classes, and free resources.

Re-intro complete! Now onto the update:

Those online videos classes are coming out before mid Dec 2017 through teachable! To stay tuned about price point (I'll give you a's less than your internet bill and what you learn will last you the rest of your life) sign up for my newsletter for the update when they are live.

Lastly, what do you consider "put together". My clients, and everyone I speak with about their style talk about looking more "put together", but it means different things to different people. For some it's a feeling, and for some it's head to toe styling. What do you think? Put your answer in the comments below.

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Danielle Isaac Interview

In this episode I interview Life Mastery Coach Danielle Isaac about her work with women and helping them become the most relentless and unapologetically them versions of themselves. See video of the interview below.

Find Danielle on Facebook and online at:

Join her conversation about Women with Power & Purpose in her Facebook group:…1662077757376618

Body Neutral Styling

I feel like the Body Positive movement is such a beautiful step forward, but I also know personally speaking that staying completely positive about my own body at all times would be exhausting. Turning into just one more thing that I can't do correctly in this world. So, I'm doing my best to reach Body Neutrality in a personal capacity and I've definitely reached it in my styling career.

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