CBS Local/Minnesota – Best of Shopping Lists

March 21, 2011

I am so excited to be blogging for CBS Local!  And this has been an excellent excuse to get out and do what I do best – shop.

From local boutiques and shops to national chains, I am putting these lists together based on my personal experiences.  Whether it’s shopping undercover like a regular customer or talking to business owners, the Best Of lists are thanks to my car, my feet and Google Maps.

Here are the most recent Best of lists I put together:

    And here are a few from the past:

    Have a list suggestion or a store recommendation?  Do tell!

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    Fabuliss Helps New Mom Jamie Increase Her Style Quota with Post-Baby Body

    March 16, 2011

    Meet Client Jamie “Before”

    Client Jamie "Before"

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    Client Jamie’s husband bought her a gift certificate over the holidays because he knew Jamie was ready for change.

    She was looking for clothing ideas that would work with her post-baby body, increase her style and give her ideas for what to invest in.

    The outfit above is an example of a typical “before” – very casual, simple and youthful.  This outfit represents 99.9% of what was in Jamie’s every day closet.

    Found: “After” Outfits

    Client Jamie "After"

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    As Jamie pulled out casual item after casual item, I kept looking at the other side of her room.  She had a pop-up closet that she unearthed for our closet appointment of things she used to wear before the birth of her child.

    As it happens, many of the pieces in the pop-up closet were perfect to start incorporating immediately.  They included colors, more professional clothes and <gasp> a lot of style!

    The outfit of above was a quick one we put together during our appointment – a dress shirt with ruching to enhance and camouflage key areas, a basic cotton cardigan and a great pair of lightweight dress pants.

    As is common with many clients, Jamie already had pieces to use for outfit creation and learned how to pair and wear for outfits that met her objectives.

    Shopping Suggestions

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    Based on what Jamie had and what she needed, I created a post-appointment list of items to shop for with a focus on color, structure and statement items.

    Dressy Outfit Suggestions

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    And I included examples of how to the items for outfits that would give Jamie a more mature and professional presence for her job.

    The Result: Jamie’s DIY Style Diary

    Jamie's DIY Outfits

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    Jamie sent the photos above, showcasing what she’s been wearing since our appointment.

    Using top layers, statement accessories and body-shape appropriate styles, Jamie looks Fabuliss!

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    Winter Recap Part 3: Jewelry Favorites

    March 11, 2011

    Winter Recap Jewelry Favorites

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    Jewelry makes for a finishing touch on an outfit.  It is a way to express personality and style.  And a necklace is an excellent way to draw attention to your face, which is where you want people to focus.

    The necklaces above are a few of my favorites from this winter.

    Why only necklaces?  Bracelets are great but uncomfortable with the keyboard on my laptop.  That said, a client once told me she opts for bracelets because they are a more child-friendly accessory.  And technically, my ears are pierced but I rarely wear earrings.

    Jewelry recommendations:

    • Try jewelry on before you buy it.  Chances are you will have an immediate reaction of either loving or hating it.  If you have neither, definitely put it back on the rack.
    • I learned that jewelry is like lipstick.  It may look like too much (or too little) in a hand mirror so make sure to look at a full-length mirror for a “big picture” perspective.
    • If you want to wear all three – necklace, bracelet and earrings, my advice is to mix and match vs. matchy-match.  Surprise, surprise, right?

    OK, let’s take a look at each necklace.

    1) Casual

    Casual Necklace

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    My casual necklaces are typically for weekend.  I rarely go without a necklace and this is one I can pair with just about anything.  It is a long strand of dark purple stones that I stalked forever at Target until they finally went on clearance.

    They can be dressed up by adding an additional strand of a pearl and metallic mix or a couple of strands of shiny metallic.  Or keep it casual with a matte metallic or a different strand of stones.

    2) Dressy

    Dressy Necklace

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    If you have seen me around this winter, chances are very good you have seen me with this necklace.  I wear it several times a week because it literally goes with everything and immediately adds a special touch without too much bling.

    Aside from the fact that it was a Christmas gift from my mom (thanks, Mom!) and purchased from my sister-in-law who sells Premier Designs, it really is an all time favorite.

    3) Unique

    Unique Necklace

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    I fell in love with this necklace combo at the Edina Art Fair, when I was helping Infrared Studio’s Lauren Nicole with her booth.  It is antique Roman glass mixed with silver beads and the sea green color palette is incredibly beautiful.

    An investment necklace like this one is a treasure and one that is exciting to wear because it is one-of-a-kind piece of art.  I have worn it for every day and for occasions because it’s that versatile.

    4) Fun

    Fun Necklace

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    I was not planning to own a bauble necklace.  And then I came across this one at the WIN (Women in Networking) holiday accessories swap.  It is bold, shiny and graphic – perfect for a fun statement that can go from work to happy hour or party.

    The simple color palette (black, white and dark silver) makes it versatile with different layering combinations and it easily draws attention up near my face.

    Final note: these necklaces are all wearable year-round…they are just a few that I have been wearing this winter.

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