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#37 Fast Fashion Discussion and Interview with Boss Babe/CEO of DesignerShare

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Tips for Wearing All Black, Pattern Mixing, Letting Go of Maternity Wear

People say black is slimming, but guess what, it's only half true! The color black (especially in matte fabrics) does absorb light, which camouflages the user's lumps and bumps, yes. But it also can make you look completely 2D if worn incorrectly. Why is it a bummer to be 2D? Because you end up looking like the overall silhouette (which can sometimes be pretty boxy if you're layering all your black on) and you loose all the highlights and lowlights that show off your shape. And everyone's shape is worth showing!

So how can you layer on the black and not loose yourself in there? Play with texture. Mix it up! A black cardigan over a black velvet top with black faux leather pants. A black blazer over a silkie black blouse with blacks jeans. A black tee shirt with metallic fleck and a black sweater vest with black crepe pants. A black matte dress with a black leather moto jacket. Notice how each piece is a different texture? It helps you not loose your shape, any lengthening effects you're gaining from your finishing pieces, and not loose your leg line in separates (which lengthens us as well). See examples for more ideas!

Trending Trendy Trends

This week let's talk tips for pattern mixing. I go into a lot of detail in the podcast, but here are my top two tips.

1) Mix feminine with masculine: Examples include floral with stripes, dots with plaid, nature print with houndstooth.

2) Mix pattern size: Try to keep the sizes different. For example a large floral with a small stripe. If you get brave and want to mix two kinds of the same pattern be sure to mix up the sizes! Large graphic floral is super fun with a small more realistic floral.

MomStyle Must-Have

This one is quick and simple...if you're done having babies and you're a few years out from your last kiddo it's time to let go of the maternity wear. I know it's comfy, but it's doing you ZERO favors, it's keeping you from having space for grown woman clothes, and I'm sure it could find a home with a pregnant woman out there who needs it.

I realize you might have special feelings about some of this specialized mom gear (I accidentally sold the shirt I went to the hospital in at a garage sale and didn't realize it until it was walking away...and cried a bunch). But if you must keep it for this reason get it out of your work closet and into a keepsake box. That is all! #truthbomb

If you'd like to learn more tips and tricks like this check out my E-Course at www.mystyleclass.com/e-course

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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.

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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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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!

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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!