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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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Fabuliss Helps Mary Broaden Her Closet…and Break Out of a Shopping Routine

June 11, 2010

Photos of a few of Marys new outfits

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I met Mary in May at a Fabuliss brunch that a friend of mine hosted.  Mary came to the brunch with a notebook and pen and two outfits…can you tell she was ready for a change?

She makes trips to Minnesota specifically to shop the Mall of America to update her closet.  Her normal shopping trips consisted of heading into a store and buying outfits based on what the mannequins were wearing.

To get a new perspective, try things she wouldn’t normally wear and shop more efficiently, she hired Fabuliss.

The photos above are a small sampling of a few of her new outfits.

As she tried on <a lot> of clothing, shopped the jewelry counter and picked out shoes, there were a few “a-ha” moments:

  • Don’t knock it until you try it. The denim dress with zipper trim above, far left, is a great example.  It’s something Mary would never have picked out and she was not excited about trying on.  She couldn’t believe how much she loved it once she had it on.
  • Try jewelry on. This is a continuation of what I just said but definitely merits it’s own call-out.  Prior to our shopping day, Mary said she had only tried on a couple of jewelry items.  EVER.  Trying on jewelry is essential because you can see where it hits you, how it lays and you get a strong sense of what you like and don’t like.  When you get it home, try it on with different outfits.  Try layering.  Go crazy!
  • Personal style is an ongoing evolution. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again.  It’s perfectly OK that Mary is still buying black and brown shoes.  She said she just started wearing peep toes for the first time this year.  At DSW, she had to really think about whether she would feel comfortable with patent leather piping (“shine”) on her shoes.  Just think…if she can take a step in those new shoes, what else is she capable of?!?!?

At the end of an incredibly productive day, I count up that she has at least 30 outfits when mixing and matching what she bought.  Because her pieces are classic (with a little personality), I know she will be able to wear these pieces more than one summer.

Do you and your friends want to learn more about style?  Are you bored with your routine and closet?  Are you ready to see things in a different way?  Fabuliss can help!

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Fabuliss Helps Laura Shop Her Closet to Discover Great Outfits

June 6, 2010

Laura in Before and After Outfits

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Laura has a full closet, which gave us a lot of options to mix & match with.

She has a great sense of what colors look good on her but wasn’t sure how to put them together.

From left to right above, her outfits are “before” (not bad), work, weekend and day-to-evening.

A few things Laura discovered during our session:

  • Pale pink is a great neutral for her.  It’s almost a nude because it blends so well with her skin tone.
  • Her skirts and dresses are fitting her great so she may be opting for these this summer.
  • She can wear a belt, but not as a high-contrast accessory due to her vertical proportions.
  • Brown shoes (vs. black) work really well with her colors and her hair.
  • She will be looking for more fitted top layers to slim her silhouette.
  • Her jewelry collection is GREAT!  She has a few key pieces that are incredibly versatile.
  • She will likely shop for petite tops and regular bottoms.  She may need to shop both departments for dresses to find the best fit.

If you’d like to learn more about how I helped Laura or how I could help you, get in touch!

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