Category Archives: styling

style files: jaci carley of inhabit

I suspect it’s no secret by now that I have a longstanding love of all things Inhabit. Some brands get my heart for a season, or even a year…but with Inhabit, it’s for life. Their fabrics defy all logic – cashmere that’s somehow both lightweight and sumptuous, cotton so soft that you’d swear it was silk – and their designs always strike that perfect balance between edgy and classic. Smart details like reverse seams and asymmetrical side vents make even a simple cashmere crewneck into a collector’s piece.

So, when their impossibly hip designer, Jaci Carley, offered to do a little styling challenge with me, featuring my favorite piece from their spring collection (three cheers for Twitter!), you can guess how quickly I said yes. inhabit cashmere

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think(ing) pink

I’ve been thinking pink in a big way this season…it’s always a favorite color of mine, and though pink for spring is a little predictable, all that talk about winter pastels put me over the edge. But not just any pink will do – no cotton candy or fuchsia here. I’m after a more subtle shade – a pale, whisper of a pink that you’d find on the inside of a seashell, the one that’s like a nude but infinitely warmer and universally flattering. A little something like this:

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tricks of the trade: why you need a celebrity style icon

celebrity style icon tricks of the trade: why you need a celebrity style icon

Charlize | Alexa | Louise | Olivia

One of the big tips I give people when they hire me for personal styling is to pick a celebrity style icon and use them as a guide when you shop. Someone who’s just a little bit gutsier than you, whose style makes you think “Oh, I wish I could wear that!” But there’s a trick to it, or you’ll risk turning into a serious fashion victim. Read on

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asked and answered: what to wear to that holiday party

what to wear to holiday parties, via shopping's my cardio

Some of you told me you’d be curious about my advice for holiday party attire. And, since this is officially the week for holiday parties and I know I’m you’re fretting about what to wear, I thought I’d pass on some of my favorite “rules of thumb” for holiday party outfits. Read on

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the how-to: bundle up in style

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When one of you (hi, Amy!) suggested that I talk a little about bundling up for winter, I got pretty excited. The truth is, winter is my season! While I hate the cold, I absolutely adore cold weather style. So, today I thought I’d dispense a few of my favorite tips for staying chic no matter the weather. Read on

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the how-to: weekend casual

Weekend style is a tricky business. All you want to do is spend 48 hours in sweats and see how long you can get away with not showering, but then you remember that you do still have to spend time in the world and look remotely put together. Luckily, as a girl who spends most of her days blogging on the couch and having meetings via Skype, “weekend” casual (who am I kidding? I’m wearing this most weekdays as well.) is an art I’ve pretty well perfected.

These picks aren’t hypothesis – each and every one of these pieces is 100% road-tested, and it’s safe to say I’m wearing at least 3 of the 5 on any given Sunday. I’m telling you, just add a great scarf and you’re done.

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the how-to: 15 minutes to a happier closet

closet4 the how to: 15 minutes to a happier closet

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We don’t talk enough about the realities of fashion, do we? The difference between “them” (those gorgeous stylesetters you admire endlessly on Pinterest) and “us” (who are openly thrilled when we manage to successfully assemble an outfit with more than two components). But the chasm can feel wide. How is it that “they” make themselves look so fantastic, so often? I’ll tell you. Read on

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the best summer denim (for grown-ups)

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Now that it’s June, I think it’s finally safe to talk summer style, don’t you? I get all weird and conservative in the summer – I just can’t abide all the spaghetti straps, micro-shorts and midriff-bearing tendencies that warm weather seems to elicit. I’m an adult, damn it, and it’s time to start covering up. So, for me, I’ll ignore the climbing mercury and stick with my usual uniform of denim, (short) sleeves and (very light) jackets…okay, and the occasional dress.

But I’m not a total stick in the mud – I’m definitely in favor of a change in fabrics, textures and colors this time of year. Because really, even though I don’t necessarily want to wear shorts and minis all season, I think dark-wash denim is equally absurd in mid-July. So, what’s a stylish girl to do but add a few completely necessary summer denim staples to her arsenal?  Read on

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