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The Fabuliss Style Team Helps Stephanie Reinvent Herself with Clothes, Hair and Makeup

April 7, 2011

Meet Client Stephanie

This is Stephanie on the day of our shopping appointment.  She is a delightful woman, at the early part of her career as an accounting assistant for a nonprofit organization.  She contacted me because she was ready to look more stylish.

We met at Southdale and powered through a half day of shopping that included The Limited, New York & Company and JC Penney.

For a complete makeover, I set her up with my style team: makeup and skincare expert Connie Schmidt (Arbonne) and hair expert Lucille Pew (Bleach Salon).

  • I work with Connie because she has a beautiful and natural look.  She helps my clients learn how to achieve that natural look with tips to use makeup in a way that enhances and empowers.
  • I work with Lucille because she has really loves hair.  She has been dreaming about being a stylist since she was a little girl and it shows.  She’s passionate and talented – a winning combination!

Introducing the new Stephanie!

Stephanie's Before & After

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A few words about the changes we made:

  • A short haircut with layers gives her a lot of style and enhances her face shape and features.
  • Her makeup gives her a finished yet natural look.
  • Clothing and accessories compliment her skin tone, hair  color and eyes.

Ready for a few looks we put together?

Stephanie's Business Meeting Look

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We found this 2-piece suit to match Stephanie’s blue eyes with a pop of a brighter blue to give the look a feminine touch.  And I love pairing all this blue with brown and gold jewelry to bring in her hair color.  Lastly, a pair of sassy red shoes add style and confidence to her look.

Stephanie's Relaxed Business Look

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Using the same pants from the above suit, she can pair a different colored top that works with her red tones.  The striped draped cardigan is smart casual with it’s clean lines, shaped fit and ruffled hemline.

Stephanie's Date Night Look

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There is nothing better than a pretty pink top, casual cardigan, a little bling and cute flats to make a girl feel prepared for date night!

What does Stephanie think?

I had a lot of fun shopping and learned a lot about the type of clothes and accessories that look good for my body type.

Are you ready for your makeover moment?  Let’s talk!

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The Draped Cardigan…Dos and Don’ts For Different Body Shapes

March 4, 2011

Draped Sweater Dos and Don'ts

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If we are lucky, the draped cardigan will be here to stay.  In many ways, I love these more than a simple cardigan because more people can wear them.  That said, there are so many styles that it’s about selecting the right one.

At the end of the day, the best option will provide a balanced shape to the body while draping gracefully in the right places.

The two examples above show the same cardigan in two different colors on two different people.  Continue reading to find out which one is Fabuliss approved.


Draped Sweater: Do This

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The examples above work for different body shapes based on how they fit each body.  A few additional do’s to keep in mind:

  • A longer sweater can be more flattering on women who carry weight in the belly area.
  • Look in a 3-way mirror to ensure the back fits and is shaped to fit your curves.
  • The sweater should drape and lay well against the body and other clothing and not “stick” or wrinkle.
  • Pair with the right first layer – whether it is cotton, silk or satin – for the best drape.
  • When possible, opt for color over defaulting to black.


Draped Sweaters: Don't Do This

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The examples pictured above don’t do any of the beautiful models any favors.  Avoid these mistakes:

  • Hiding out in a piece of clothing should be reserved for inside your home on a day that important people will definitely not be stopping by.
  • While some of these looks might look appealing from a comfort standpoint, they are not made to flatter.


Draped Sweater Review

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Now that you have seen examples of what works and what does not, let’s look at these draped cardigans again.  Fabuliss approves the cardigan on the left for several reasons:

  • The high contrast vertical stripes create a slim and tall silhouette.
  • The horizontal stripe and volume around the hips appears to balance out her shoulders and ruffle-enhanced bust.
  • The color works well with the model’s dark hair.

There are SO many options so if you don’t find what you are looking for in one store, keep looking until you find THE ONE.

This post is dedicated to Twitter fan Jessica, a.k.a. @J2Milla.

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Color, Fit & Faves from the 2011 Golden Globes

January 17, 2011

I love it when Hollywood comes together, dressed to the nines…I live vicariously through them and their gowns, tuxedos and jewels.

On top of that, their choices are fascinating to me – from colors to styles.  At this time, I don’t aspire to dress these Hollywood celebrities but surprise, surprise, I have opinions about what they’re wearing.


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My favorite women of the night – Sofia Vergara, Anne Hathaway & Catherine Zeta-Jones – selected great colors for the skin tones and project an hourglass shape, which is ideal for women.  Notice how none of these women are wearing black or revealing too much skin.

In terms of the men, I loved the check pattern on Ricky Gervais‘ suit jacket.  When he later appeared in a suit vest, the detail on the collar of his shirt was very classy.  Other wins – Johnny Depp because his tux jacket demonstrates the ideal for men’s body shapes (inverted triangle); Chris Colfer because his fitted suit was perfect from head-to-toe, including how his pant gently breaks above his shoe; Justin Bieber because he has a great sheen on his tux, is wearing a 3-piece tux and his tennis shoes are age-appropriate.


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These are highlights in terms of who wore their best colors.

  • Juliana Marguelis: The black and pick dress, while a little bridesmaid & simple for me, was a brilliant choice for her color palette.
  • Anne Hathaway: The mix of cool and warm colors in her dress work with her warm hair/eyes and cool skin.
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones: Emerald green is just stunning on her.
  • Mila Kunis: Her cool hair and warmer skin tone put her in a neutral zone, which looks great in this green.
  • Halle Berry: Warm skin tones, warm eyes and really dark hair with a hint of warm highlights looks “wow” in black.
  • January Jones: She chose a great red for her dominant cool colors.
  • Julianne Moore: Find a close-up of her from the Golden Gloves.  The tone of her necklace and dress were to die for with her hair/eye/skin.
  • Mandy Moore: Not everyone loved her color choice but she stood out and it was a great match for her.
  • Angelina Jolie: The brighter green stood out from the emerald greens and looked really nice on her colors.
  • Sofia Vergara: Love.


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While the smallest percentage of women have hourglass shapes, it is the most ideal body type for women in America.  Sofia Vergara, Christina Aguilera & Catherine Zeta-Jones all look amazing by accentuating their waists and keeping their shoulders and hips balanced.

If you were not born with the hourglass shape, there are definitely ways to make your body look like an hourglass.

Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore & Michelle Williams all fell short in terms of creating an hourglass shape.  These dresses all reinforce their shapes instead of creating a curvier shape.  A dress that broadens the shoulders and hips equally would be more flattering on a rectangle.

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Triangles need to balance their narrow shoulders with their hips.  Kyra Sedgwick needs more oomf at her shoulders and less volume around her hips while Tina Fey needs to tone down the shoulders just a tad for a better balance.

Emma Stone’s shapeless dress needs more volume at the hips to balance out her shoulders.  And frankly, I like her much better as a red head.  Elisabeth Moss gets an A+ in terms of dressing her inverted triangle shape – she looks balanced and beautiful.


The next time you are getting dressed for a big event, consider the following:

  • Will you blend in or stand out?
  • Are you wearing your outfit…or is it wearing you?
  • Are you over-sharing your assets?
  • How does your outfit work with your body type?
  • Does your color choice work with your hair, eyes and skin tone?

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