Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cleaning Out Your Closet: Shoes!

I love adding fun & interesting accessories to my wardrobe.  One great accessory that people often forget about is the one we wear on our feet.  Shoe selection says a lot about your personality.  Too often, we are told by the fashion industry that "Everyone" needs a black heel, black flats, black boots,...  But, I would challenge you to think beyond the color black.

This fall season, as I discussed with you on my last post, there are lots of fun colors and styles to choose from such as: red shoes, blue shoes, multi-colored shoes, textured shoes, high heeled shoes, flats, and wedges.  There are fun, expressive shoes for every personality style out there.

While looking for new shoes is a fun activity, it is important to clean out the shoes in our closet that we really don't wear anymore.  A stylist friend of mine, Donna Roland, recently encouraged me and several other "Beauty Boot Camp" Attendees to seriously evaluate those items in our closets.

Here are a few questions I considered when I evaluated my current shoe inventory today.

Question #1- Have I worn them in the last 6 months?  (If not, it could be you don't really like or need them.)
Question #2- Are they still in style?  (Sometimes, I hang onto things just because they still fit.  Wrong reason.)
Question #3- Do they feel comfortable when I walk in them? (If not, DON'T keep them.)
Question#4- Do they just need a good polish or new heel tips put on?  (If so, drop them off at the shoe repair store within the week. When you postpone this task, it often becomes weeks & months before you think about it again.)
Question#5- If I was out shopping and saw the same shoe/boot, would I buy them all over again? (If not, get rid of them.)

When I completed this shoe inventory using the 5 questions listed above, I had 2 pairs of black booties, 1 pair of brown suede boots, and 7 other pair of shoes that I placed in my "donate" pile.  Now, I have more room to place the new shoes I just purchased this weekend.

I definitely need to do this "cleaning out" process at least every 6 months as the seasons change.  Hopefully, you are inspired to do the same. Put on your favorite music and get started!

**Remember, shoes that are still in good shape can be donated to "Dress For Success", your local Goodwill Industry Store, or a local mission that sells gently used clothing.

Happy Cleaning,


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall 2014 Accessory Trends-Scarves and Handbags

Once you have solid basics in your wardrobe, simply updating your accessories from season to season can help you stay current & on-trend.  Thankfully, trends often stay "in fashion" for several years at a time.  For example, the use of scarves to add color and texture to an outfit will continue this fall and winter.  When the fall fashions were revealed earlier this year, many designers used scarves instead of necklaces to accent the outfits the models wore.

A newer twist to the style of scarves this coming season is the thinner, long scarf that can be tied around the neck and allowed to drape or hang in front or across the shoulder to the back. (Both of the scarves below are from and are $16 or less. Bargain!)
Ombre oblong scarf with lurex -           black and white plaid infinity scarf -
Something new this fall & winter is the use of blanket scarves as accessories.  These can be used in place of a coat when evenings are cool or as an extra layer of warm on top of a winter coat.  What great color & texture they add to an outfit.
Border Stripe Blanket  Open Poncho
From Urban Outfitters-$39
Purses this coming season have lots of detailing such as geometric patterns, metallics, jewels, color, fur, and texture. Since most women carry a purse everyday, it is important to purchase a well-made purse.  It should be looked at as an investment.  If you are in need of a purse update consider either an amazing mix of the above mentioned detailing or a well-made bag in a color that is similar to your hair color (brown hair- brown-toned bag, black hair-black bag,...).  Here are a few amazing bags for this fall:
 Urban Expressions Urban Expressions Laguna Woven Clutch   

Have fun considering the possibility of updating a few accessories for fall 2014.  There are so many options to chose from in colors, textures, prints, and fabrics.  Be sure to watch for coupons, sales, and even great bargains at upscale clothing resale shops.  Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall 2014 Shoe Trends

As the weather changes, many of us begin to think about pushing those sandals and open toe shoes toward the back of the closet.  Bringing those warm and comfy boots closer to the front of the closet makes the most sense when night time temperatures begin to drop into the 40's and below. Friends in Colorado have already commented about the first snowfall and it is only mid-September.

Fall is a great time to reassess your shoe wardrobe and see if a few shoe updates are in order.  Since many stores have fall sales, knowing what shoes or boots you need to replace or update in your shoe wardrobe is essential. Strongly consider replacing a pair of shoes if they have become so worn looking that a fresh coat of shoe polish or a trip to the shoe repair store for new heels or soles does not significantly improve their appearance.

When assessing your current shoes consider what you wear each pair of shoes with when putting together different outfits.  Be careful not to hold onto a pair of shoes that you have nothing to wear with them because you will be incline to purchase extra clothing just to go with your shoes.  Consider this very strongly when purchasing a new pair of shoes also.

Here is a summary of the Fall 2014 Shoe Trends:

Madden Girl Zumba Printed Wedge Bootie
From DSW-Madein Girl Wedge Booty-$59.95
 Short and Tall Boots-If you are looking at heels, consider wedges as a fun possibility.  Look for fun patterns, mixed textures, buckles and straps to add interest.  This season is also showing fun backless boots and interesting cutouts. 
From Macy's-Circa by Joan & David-$129

Heels-When considering the purchase of a new pair of heels, think about fun colors (red, bright blue, yellow, metallic), interesting patterns and textures (suede, leather mix, sparkles), ankle straps, T-straps, or lace up closures.  Both the pointed toe and round toe are in this fall.
From Macy's-Isola Palazzo-$109
Flats-The continuation of fun, ornate decoration on either the toe area or all over the flat is an important aspect of this fall’s shoe accessory.
Dr. Scholls Really Polka Dot Flat
From DSW-Dr. Scholls Polka Dot Flat-$49.95

Sneakers-Many of the fall clothing trends were accompanied by creative sneakers of mixed colors and textures of not only colored canvas but also suede and a platform style heel. For the Fun Fashionista who likes to be a bit daring, there is even the legging sneaker.  Very cool!
Keds Champion Sneaker - Womens
From DSW-Keds Champion-$39.95
Well, I hope that gave you a bit of a glance of what the shoe trends are for fall.  Watch for sales & coupons!  Happy shopping!!!


Friday, August 22, 2014

The Final Color Category - "Clear"

The last Color Category I want to focus on is "Clear".  A person who falls into this category has a notable contrast between hair color and skin color.  For example, a person with dark brown or black hair and very fair, light, or slightly medium skin tone would probably fall into this category. This person would likely have eyes that are bright green, blue, hazel or even a dark brown.

A great example of a "Clear" would be Disney's Snow White character with her dark hair, very fair skin, and blue eyes.  Two other examples are seen below:


Both of these photos show the beautiful contrast in color between the hair and skin of these two women.  Because of this contrast, a "Clear" can wear black & white combinations best. Notice how gorgeous the woman on the left looks in her black jacket and white blouse.  If a "Soft" or even a "Light" wore that, the color contrast would tend to overpower her. 

The best colors for "Clears" include:  bright blues, pinks, greens, purples, and reds.  Great neutral colors are black, charcoal gray, and navy.  Amazing colors to add interest and pop to your outfit might include hot pink, bright yellow, and a clear red.  Stay away from colors that are too soft or muted.  They tend to draw the energy from your face when you wear them.

Blessings to you.  As always, let me know if you have questions or thoughts about what color category you may fall into.