May 302015
 

There is a way to style several looks from one piece. Whether a maxi dress, a pair of denims or a plain white tee, each piece is begging for some new re-imagined style ideas. Now that Spring is just moments away, it feels time to let the sun see more skin and definitely your shoulders. For the upcoming weekend trip or a spontaneous “I’m outta here,” vacation, I’m showing you a style triple play. 1 Maxi Dress, 3 Looks.IMG_4437

Always accessorize- Swap out statement necklaces in varying bold shades and lengths.

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Blazing Poppy- Windy waves calls for sleeves. Jersey knit fabrics are super comfortable, soft and don’t wrinkle in your suitcase. Pair one over the dress and swap statement necklaces.

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Luscious Fushia- A blazer is the perfect dinnertime cover up. This dress easily transitions from day to night. Bold colors are beautiful at sunset.

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Shop the Looks: Lucca Boutique, Tuscaloosa

Styled by: Catenya


May 162015
 

Accessorizing is like pumping extra flowing butter on your movie popcorn. Your bag of buttery delight would be fine without the extra but it taste oh so good and so much better with a little more. Popcorn not your thing? Ok. Adding accessories is like that extra drizzle of caramel on the top layer of your latte or rainbow sprinkles on your yogurt or ice cream cup, frosting to top your cupcake, or yummy chocolate; just chocolate. Each of your indulgences would probably be fine without the drizzle of extra but it taste so much better with it.

That’s what adding accessories is like. Your outfits would likely be ok as stand-alone looks but gosh, they look so much better with a little extra pop of color, a statement necklace, a handbag, a printed shoe or even a pattern scarf or head wrap. Other times, your outfits absolutely need accessories to make them complete.

How do you know what to buy? You don’t. You just buy what catches your eye. When you see a stylish handbag, no matter the color, or a great shoe, no matter the style, you just buy it. You can figure out later what to pair it with once you get home; that’s what I’m here for. And when it’s on killer sale, you dare not leave it in the store. You must bring her home, especially if she’s the last one on the rack.

Accesorizing Style Ideas

Starry Night– I’m wearing all black; one of my favorite styling ideas. I upgraded this look with just a couple strong accessories. An awesome T.J. Maxx handbag and a gold beaded with tassel Betsy Pittard necklace. The hues in the bag, necklace and my Vince Camuto wedges each tie-in together and enhance my all black ensemble.IMG_6578

Glimmering Glam– Styling a green Banana Republic clutch in another color that’s not black or white, doubling your statement necklaces and adding a cuff that pulls it all together, enhances this look to glam. Finish with a fantastic pair of cutout T.J. Maxx booties.

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Casually Understated– This is a perfect Friday or weekend look. Layering a statement necklace on top of a white tank gives new meaning to casual. Little details matter too. The Banana Republic animal print skinny belt ties in the hues in the necklace and gold cuff bracelet.

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Color Pops– When I’m not wearing black, I like to venture into a field of color. Simple color pops add wow to your look and amp your compliment count. Here’s a look I helped a friend style. Statement accessories made a huge difference. Red+Turquoise are gorgeous hues paired together. Her gold bag and gold cuff bracelet picked up the gold chain and gold clamps in the Kendra Scott necklace. The statement ring is in-sync with the lace shoulder detail.

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Nature’s Way Mixed Media: I also LOVE to mix texture. Edged wood, carved wood, and hammered gold and are eco-friendly combinations. Stacked nature arm candy is another way to accessorize. Placement is the key. Border and surround larger, thicker  bangles with skinnier ones.

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Apr 292015
 

The runway is a place that not many people can relate to. Gorgeous clothes on beautiful dead-pan, thin models float back and forth on a stage that seems unattainable- carrying a price tag that only celebrities can afford. While the experience seems unrealistic in the everyday world, what I do love about the space is the story that designers attempt to tell in their choices in color, fabrics, prints, patterns, styles and femininity.IMAG3118

The opportunity for me and Nothing2Wear is to adapt those designer stories and re-tell them in a way that makes sense to you. There is a way to flip those catwalk pieces and restyle them into your own closet, as featured on nationally syndicated, The Better Show. WATCH.
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In my Catwalk to Closet segment on The Better TV show, I took a Nothing2Wear green approach by working with seven staple pieces from Ideel.com and Lands’ End. Each piece is versatile+affordable, under $100, and can be paired with several fantastic spring+summer accessories.

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IMG_7438The Spring 2015 runway shows revealed texture, bold prints+pattern like gingham, stripes, florals, fringe and lots of spring hues.

Here are practical ways to realistically copy the looks.

Prints+Pattern: Let’s start with this houndstooth two piece look from Ideel.com. While the two pieces are shown as a set, the top and skirt can be broken up and worn with other separates already in your closet. The top can be styled with another print; like the scribble a-line skirt I wore below. The skirt can be paired with a crisp white oxford and cardigan. Another idea for the top is to pair it with denims or a solid black pencil skirt.

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Style Tip: When trying to figure out how to pair prints, start with the colors in each piece. If the hues are a match, chances are the prints are too.

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Accessorize: Toss in a spring hue for a polishing pop. These waterproof silicone clamshell handbags from Pisidia are stylish, sleek+smart, especially in the Spring rain.

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Another way to amp your look is to toss in a printed accessory. Floral is another hot runway trend. Print on print is stylishly acceptable.

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Stripes: Bold stripes also aligned the runway in various spring+summer hues. Stripes can be a little tricky to replicate. As I wrote about recently in the Elite Daily, the key is to focus on the size of the stripes and the direction their pointing. These wide-leg pants are comfy like yoga pants, flattering and versatile. Style them with any tee or a white oxford.

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Fringe: I love texture! Fringe is another spring trend that’s easy to copy. Whether on a skirt or a handbag, it’s easy to shimmy in fringe. I showed this salmon fringe skirt in the segment, paired with a gingham pattern blue oxford– a fantastic work look. Taking the same pieces from work to weekend is simple if paired with a strappy heel for a night out or toned down with wedges or sneakers and a white oxford for a fun Saturday look.

RYU Fringe Skirt - $59.99

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RD Style Long Sleeved Button Down - $39.99

Steve Madden Lottie Satchel - $59.99

Guess Diane Wedge - $59.99Shop the Looks

Houndstooth Crop Top +Pencil Skirt ($19.99- On sale $14.99) – Ideel.com

Amanda+Chelsea Scribble A-Line Skirt ($34.99)- Ideel.com

Silicone Clamshell Handbags ($328)- Pisidiausa.com

La Regale Floral Clutch ($34.99) Ideel.com

Kamali Kulture Striped Wide-Leg Pants ($39.99)- Ideel.com

RYU Fringe Skirt ($59.99)- Ideel.com

Gingham Oxford Shirt ($50)- Lands’ End

Steve Madden Fringe Satchel- ($60)- Ideel.com

Guess Animal Print Wedges ($60)- Ideel.com


Apr 142015
 

You know exactly what’s happening by their squeals! She got engaged! First comes love, then comes marriage and the rest is well…doesn’t matter because all I want to talk to you about today is my favorite wedding season style+beauty fab finds, featured on abc-TV Birmingham. WATCHHappy Wedding, Happy Life!

WeMontage Photo Wallpaper– A happy life starts with a reinvented way to display your fab wedding photos. Toss the wedding albums and turn your pics into removable wallpaper. WeMontage gives new meaning to picture collage montage. Now you can gather the most compelling shots from your engagement party, bridal showers, bridal luncheon, wedding, honeymoon and more, upload them to WeMontage and when it arrives in the mail, peel and stick in a space that needs a statement piece. Rather than buying expensive picture frames and nailing holes in your walls- peel and stick. It’s that simple.WeMontage will not remove paint or damage your walls and is the perfect newlywed DIY project. $79 and up wemontage.comLarge weddingfamily

Swanky Bands Handmade headbands that are said not to slip and slide off your crown. Most importantly, they won’t give you a squeezing headache. The delicate lace fabric is beautifully fitting for any bride and can be restyled and worn on the honeymoon or paired with denim for a Saturday look. I love these for two reasons, one, because they’re chic and two, because they are designed by the twin daughter of my favorite high school english teacher. $10 and up, Etsy.

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Here A Chick, There A Chick Vintage– I fall fast and deep in love with any statement piece that harbors a lifetime of amazing stories. Birmingham, Alabama’s Kerry Leasure is a jewel genius and vintage storyteller. Although those two words paired together sound like an oxymoron, they’re not. Yes, vintage, in a way, means the story but Kerry revives those stories in each piece she magically creates. She can group together a jewelry box filled with your Grandmother’s broken brooches, mix-matched earrings, charms, and jewels, whose stories have been dormant for generations. From those broken memories and broken pieces, Kerry blooms new life. Sometimes the new life evolves into a stunning statement necklace or even a glimmer rhinestone bracelet. No matter the creation, each piece is the beginning of a new generation of memories. Dump your estate jewels in front of Kerry and then prepare to walk down the aisle styled in a stunning, one-of-a-kind custom family heirloom. $25 and up, hereachickthereachick.com

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Origami Owl Living Lockets– Personlizable gifts are incredibly special. The message they communicate is not only beautiful but it’s a way to let the recipient know you care about them and you took the time to choose the right gift. Origami Owl’s living lockets are simply gorgeous! They are featured in my Easter Basket Must-Haves post. Now their wedding collections are featured. I couldn’t resist. Give your bridal party a gift they will actually wear again and cherish. Design pieces for the entire wedding party. $14 and up, origamiowl.com

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Destination Weddings+Travel Beauty

Paul Mitchell ProTools Express Ion SmoothCelebrating one of the season’s hottest trends, is gilded in a limited edition rose gold hue. Hair will be smoothed and polished from the inside out in no time! Whether dancing the night away at the bachelorette party or wedding reception, achieve style that shines. Comes with a You’re Golden Sculpting Brush. $104.99, paulmitchell.com.paulmitchell

Sonia Kashuk Beauty– You know she is my favorite beauty designer at Target! Sonia Kashuk’s smart+compact travel beauty kits are simply genius. They each are perfectly portable and make awesome bridesmaids gifts, especially for destination weddings. Back at home, these brush+bag sets are a must-have in every girl’s handbag. $11.49 and up, target.comDeluxe Travel Brush Set Double Duty Brush Set Essential Eye Kit

When it comes to stylish cosmetic bags+brush sets, these inspiring spring happy’s will bring joy to your beauty routine and to your bridesmaids. Suddenly, they’re not so upset about wearing the ugly dress you picked out. These popping prints and patterns offset any ugly dress. BrushCouture5PcBrushSet EverythingOrganizer


Apr 082015
 

The long awaiting Spring season is here! Warmer weather, brighter hues, and more skin to show is what we’ve waited a daunting few months for. After you toss on a great spring sheath, next is figuring out how to polish off the rest of your look. Check out my go-to guide of 6 Beauty+Accessory must-haves, featured in an ‘Everything But the Dress’ style segment on nationally syndicated, The Better TV show. WATCH.

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Almay– Packed with the hydrating oils and vitamins our lips need, the Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick collection will take the guesswork out of finding your perfect shade of lipstick because it was created with your skin tone in mind. This highly emollient, creamy lipstick contains a complex of hydrating ingredients including jojoba and coconut oils as well as vitamin E. In fact, 98% of women felt their lips were instantly hydrated upon application. $6.99 Walgreens.

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Elizabeth Arden– It was the blend of spring colors that first drew me to Elizabeth Arden’s Sunkissed Pearls collection. Many times, it’s the presentation that I’m first obsessed with. Once opened, my next curiosity uncovers whether or not it beautifully enhances your look. This new collection is a spring dream. The lip gloss trio is perfectly portable and suited for most complexions. The rest of the collection is what every girl needs to include in her spring makeup routine. $21 and up elizabetharden.com

LIMITED-EDITION-Sunkissed-Pearls-Color-Collection-1Remington Gem Fashion Headwrap-  Add sparkle to any hairstyle with the Black Gem Fashion headwrap. Sold in Black or White, Remington features decorative beads and gems for a classic beauty look, while the elastic band secures headwrap style. Perfect for formal occasions or dressing up a simple bun! $10 Target.

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Nonie Colour Prevails Lash Ombre Mascara- A fresh take on coloured mascara.  Enhance your eye colour without contacts! Ombre effect eyelashes that enhance and accentuate your eye colour. First, use the coloured eye enhancing mascara from lash root to tip. Next, use the thin precision wand to paint lash tips black. Mascara removes easily with eye makeup remover. Newly launched in April- $13 WalgreensLash Ombre- blue

BareTraps Belicia Gladiator Sandals- Embrace your impeccable sense of style with these strappy gladiator sandals by BareTraps. Accented with metal studs down the vamp and a comfy wooden wedge heel. Choose your favorite color of the Belicia and pair it with a vibrant skirt, or wear these fun sandals to bring excitement to your favorite jeans. $59.99 BareTraps.com

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Keds Textured Marsala Sneakers– The color of the year, Marsala can not be left off the list of must-haves. The hue is prefect on any accessory, especially on a pair of Keds Velvet Embossed sneakers. Paired with denims or a skirt, shorts or a maxi,  the shade is beautifully elegant and sophisticated. now $24.95 keds.com

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Mar 262015
 

They called me a “pro” and I’m more than delighted to be quoted in the amazingly popular Elite Daily! Check out my style tips in an article titled, “How To Break 6 Outdated, Untrue Fashion ‘Rules,’ As Told By The Pros,” written by Gillian Fuller.

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Jan 082015
 

It’s been a few weeks in the making and it’s finally arrived. We are proud to announce a fresh, brand new Nothing2Wear website. The first of the year is the perfect time to whip your closet into shape and Nothing2WearStyle.com is the perfect place to start. Go there to book your Closet Cleanse session and then schedule Re-style and Re-wear sessions where you’ll be taught how to shop in your own closet, styling new looks from your everyday pieces.

Re-Stylist Catenya McHenry is the friend who will be raw and honest about what should stay or toss in your closet. After she gives your closet a thorough cleanse, she will then show you how to re-style new looks from clothes already there. If you’ve shopped the sale and then wondered, now what, Catenya will pay you a visit and show you how to put it all together with her expert style tips.

Book your session today and never say you have ‘nothing to wear.’

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Dec 222014
 
Nothing to Wear Style Series

Nothing to Wear Style Series

It’s time to kick off 2015 by finding the new you in your own wardrobe. Nothing2Wear is now booking closet edit sessions in January+February 2015.

Purging your closet and clothes can be a terribly emotional experience but putting off the inevitable is how we sometimes deal. Procrastinate no more and call in help! TV personality and Re-Stylist Catenya McHenry can help you thoroughly sift through your wardrobe; helping you let go of pieces you’ll never wear again, re-purposing those that compliment you and your body and then re-styling brand new looks from fabulous pieces you already have. Catenya will show you how to incorporate those fab finds you thought, ‘What can I wear this with that I already have at home?’ into your everyday style.

You will literally look and feel like a new person. Catenya will expose the best you and teach you how to be a better shopper by buying clothes that FIT. She’ll help transform the person you see everyday in the mirror and the words, “I have nothing to wear,” will cross your lips less often.

Testimonials from recent sessions:

“Catenya, I feel like I need to snap a pic and send it to you every time I get dressed now!!! I did get complimented on how “put together” I was yesterday.”    -Erin

“Thanks to you she (my Mom) is now the most stylish mama around! Thank you in advance!    -Katherine

“I can’t believe how Catenya dressed me in things that I already had that I would’ve never put together and have never worn together before. Thanks to her, I have a whole new wardrobe to wear and I didn’t have to spend a dime.”   -Rebecca

Don’t waste time buying another thing that you can’t find a place for. Give yourself the best gift of all and book your session today! For rates+dates- Contact: catenyastyle@gmail.com.

Be sure to also check out our 2-Minute Outfits, New Color Crush Combinations, and our Style Evolution; how to style one piece into several new looks. Click here.


Dec 102014
 

Handbags are must-have accessories no girl can not live without. She should have an assortment of sizes, styles and colors to choose from; large, small, compact, petite, totes, clutches, hobos, shoulder, cross-body bag, backpacks, satchels, and the list goes on. After all, where would she store all her essentials and what better way to embarrass her beau while she’s shopping by making him hold it. Depending on my plans for the day, there are five of my fave that I toggle between. WATCH.
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My Go-To Tote- I fell in love with this one at first site. I love the shape, size and color. I style it with almost every outfit, in any color palette. It stores everything, literally!! If I had found it when my children were babies, it would definitely double as a diaper bag. It’s also the perfect travel carry-on. On a recent 3-day to LA, I stuffed bottled water, two magazines, my laptop, a small cosmetic bag, keys, phone, gum, pens &snack knick knacks. It was a heavy load but I was thrilled to fit everything into one tote. It’s only flaw is that it doesn’t have internal pockets so finding my phone and keys can cause me stress.Other than that, it’s a fantastic T.J. Maxx fab find.

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Cross Your Body Bag– I LOVE this bag! It allows me to be hands-free and I love it’s easy access. A flip of the flap and I have exactly what I need. It’s just deep enough on the inside and the zipper pouch is perfect for gum, keys, and phone. It’s the perfect all-day shopping bag, concert going bag, standing in line at the post office bag or just getting in and out of the car easily bag. The grommet patchwork on the front flap is an awesome style detail. The color is perfectly neutral and can be paired with any outfit. It’s a fab find from a charity sale. Score!

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Photo on 12-4-14 at 8.52 AM #2 Photo on 12-4-14 at 8.52 AM #5Go GreenBanana Republic made me happy when I found this emerald green suede clutch. It once had a wooden handle that broke. It has since been repurposed into a clutch. Accessorizing with pops of color is chic. When I’m wearing a monochrome outfit or need one little extra hue, this is what I reach for. I’ve styled it before here on the blog. It’s versatile for any occasion, whether day or evening event, dressed up or paired down. Just like the first two bags, this one can handle all my essentials and a little extra.IMG_5655 IMG_5660 Photo on 8-31-14 at 3.18 PM #2 Photo on 8-31-14 at 3.22 PM Photo on 8-31-14 at 3.24 PM Photo on 12-4-14 at 8.57 AM #5

Cork It– I love a petite envelope clutch. Pelcor’s cork clutch is oozing with texture and style. It fits well in the fingers and is adorned with glimmering gold and earth tones. It pairs with nearly anything but looks glam against bold hues, like red and fuchsia. It also ties in wonderfully with other textures and prints. The interior space is rather limiting which I don’t mind at all. If it can fit my phone, I have no complaints. It’s a perfect day or evening bag. The chain shoulder strap is an added detail that I’ve never used. Personally, I think it looks more stylish as a clutch, keeping the chain tucked away.IMG_4531

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Bold Gold- This one is a stand-alone statement seen on the runway and in O magazine. I LOVE this one too. It’s the perfect after 5 evening bag. I love the width and the python embossed texture. If I need just one more statement piece to polish off any look in any color, I gravitate to this envelope clutch. It brings me JOY! I recently featured it in my What to Wear to the Holiday Party TV style segment.

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Oct 142014
 

This week’s Nothing2Wear 2-Minute Outfit episode covers “How to Style a Target Black+White Trimmed Blazer,” 2 ways in  just 2-minutes. WATCH.

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Style Foundation: I snagged this blazer from Target’s sale rack last season and I’ve worn it year-around. Blazers give you endless styling and pairing options. In addition, black and white are classic, timeless hues. No matter what strolls down the runway each season or what mid-life crisis you put your closet through, anything in black+white is always a staple must-have.

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Styling Color Variations: Another great feature about wearing black is that it pairs well with itself. You can toss on as many layers in the same color family, no matter if they are the same shade, and it still works. The pieces I’m wearing are each separates. The J. Crew pencil skirt is a long time favorite. The Banana Republic tunic tank is another easy throw on and the blazer is the finishing piece. Each are a different shade of black and all of it simply works.

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Accessorize: There are no limitations when you begin to accessorize black. Absolutely anything and everything works. Now that we are transitioning our closets to Autumn, earth tones and darker hues are great for accenting your look. Photo on 10-7-14 at 5.08 PM #4 Photo on 10-7-14 at 5.11 PM #3

Style Spin: This look flips without any effort. Slip off the skirt, pull on a pair of trousers. Keep the accessories and shoes the same.Photo on 10-7-14 at 5.04 PM #3 Photo on 10-7-14 at 5.06 PM

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SHOP the LOOK: Blazer last season- Target (similar) | Tunic- Banana Republic | Pencil Skirt – J. Crew (similar) | Wedge Suede Booties- Boutique find (similar) | Accessories- Betsy Pittard


Sep 142014
 

Have I told you how much I LOVE wearing black?! It’s chic, classic, timeless, easy to accessorize and is always sophisticated. It’s another of my go-to’s, which I think I may have mentioned a time or two.

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I wore this BCBG strapless peplum jumpsuit for a garden party I attended on a lovely Fall evening. There was really no dress code except for ‘be comfortable.’  Dressing up is my comfortable. I do it every chance I get. This night was perfect. The peplum jumpsuit is an easy, no-fuss one-piece, except when you have to use the bathroom. Other than that, the jumpsuit was simple, sleek and easy to accessorize.

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Anytime you wear black, you can pair it with other black accessories or you can add color. Black is also versatile enough that it can be styled with finishes in silver tones or gold. Tonight, I chose silver. I added two silver cuffs on each arm. I tossed in color with my 4inch Pour La Victorie red wine platform heels. Yes, these are hot but they are two-hour shoes and my feet were numb.

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The next time I wear this jumpsuit, I might style it with a statement necklace. Tonight I chose to wear statement hoop rhinestone earrings instead. Style Tip: When accessorizing, choose one statement piece and build the rest of your look from there.

Later this week.. More stylish looks from the party, including the red and turquoise number on the left.

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Jun 092015
 
Summer Edit- 1 Blazer, 6 Looks

Kat loves sporting her Classic Chic style with fantastic finds from her favorite shops, J. Crew, Gap, The Limited, World Market, her Mom’s closet and even a few vintage pieces from her Great Aunt and Grandmother. But I wanted to give Kat a Nothing2Wear summer closet edit, transitioning 1 blazer from Spring to Summer with 6 brand new looks using pieces already in her wardrobe. Kat LOVED every single outfit I styled. So did I. Too bad I’m not a size 2 anymore or Kat would’ve been stepping out naked.

1- Foundational piece: ABanana Republic three-quarter sleeve lightweight unstructured blazer.

Look 1— Pairing prints like stripes and florals is quite trendy and creates a fun visual aesthetic. It’s’ a chic summer for Kat in Stripes and floral hues in the same color family like blues and greens. We added another element of interest with her campus friendly animal ballet flats to tie in her awesome J. Crew tortoise link ribbon belt. Her Kelly Green pashmina is a staple accessory that serves as the cohesive for the entire look. Shop the Look: 1-Lightweight Blazer- Banana Republic (similar), 2- Kelly green pashmina- World Market (similar), 3- Tortoise Chain ribbon tie belt- J. Crew (similar),  4- Striped Top- Gap5- Printed leaf shorts- Gap (similar)6- Animal print bow Ballet Flats- Gap (similar).

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Summer Edit- 1 Blazer, 6 Looks

Look 2Bringing sexy back and showing a little leg— Wedges not only put you a few inches closer to heaven, but they also elongate the legs. Kat was a competitive swimmer and has great muscle tone. Switching out the shoes takes this look from casual on campus to a sexy date look. Shop the Look: 1-Gold Wedges- Lulus.com (similar,similar).

Look 3: Casual stroll— We ditched the shorts and added linen cotton trousers. They are lightweight, comfortable and easy to wear. We switched belts adding a skinny leopard one, cinching Kat’s top. We’ve left the blazer unbuttoned and added tangerine orange shoes for a color pop and gold arm candy from her Grandmother’s vintage collection. Shop the Look: 1- Leopard Skinny Belt- Gap (similar), 2- Gold chain-link Bracelet- vintage (similar), 3- Linen Trousers- Grab bag sale, 4- Tangerine Flats- Stein-Mart (similar).

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Summer Edit- 1 Blazer, 6 Looks
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Look 4: Professional Princess— I’m in love with color and so is Kat. I’m so glad she’s not afraid of it. Kat’s excitement inspired yet more professional choices. For looks 4-6, I used bolder colors of red, plum and sunburst orange. The plum pleated skirt is a new closet addition that needed some style friends. We’ve added a Kiwi green tank and a Florida orange bubble necklace. We belted the skirt and left the blazer unbuttoned. We paired peeptoe leopard pumps for the perfect visual contrast. Shop the Look: 1- Orange Bubble Necklace- J. Crew (similar), 2- Kiwi Top- Forever 21 (similar), 3- Midnight Snakeskin Belt, 4- Plum Pleated Skirt- The Limited (similar), 5- Leopard Peeptoe Pumps- Belk (similar, similar).

Look 5: Office Options— Job Hunting will be next on Kat’s schedule. I wanted to give her another interview look that was far from the boring black suit, white oxford and ugly tinking pumps. This colorful jersey paisley dress was perfect. If she wears this on the elevator ride up, there’s no need for the pitch. Her look speaks for itself. Feel free to pair any blazer with a spring dress to give it a more sophisticated look. We added a belt to grip the blazer, kept the arm candy but lassoed a gold chunky choker and tweed slingbacks. We also gave Kat’s hair an updo. Shop the Look1- Chunky Gold necklace- vintage (similar), 2- Silver bracelet, 3- Jersey Dress- Her Mother’s Closet (similarsimilar), 4- Sunshine Yellow Tweed Buckle Slingbacks- J. Crew.

Look 6: A&B: Beach Bum— Summer vacay is what every student needs after papers, finals, parking tickets, boyfriend breakups, and Facebook fights. We let Kat’s hair down and gave her a wavy beach look. Sometimes stripes can trick the eye, giving off-balance illusion to the body. But the red and white stripes in this dress, draw the perfect dimensions.  Look 6 has a part A and B. For part A, the jacket pairs with a long vintage necklace and Kat’s leopard ballet flats. Part B takes the look from day to night. We added the surf blue scarf for warmth near the waves and tossed back in her Tangerine orange flats. Shop the Look: 1- Part A-Vintage Necklace- Kat’s Collection, 2- Lightweight Blazer- Banana Republic (similar), 3- Red Striped Strapless Maxi Dress- Gap (similar), 4- Tortoise Cuff- Catenya’s Collection, Part B- 1- Surf blue scarf- Gap (similar).

 


Jun 042015
 
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Color is fun, inspirational and simply stylish, especially in summer months. Wearing color that compliments your skin tone is quite attractive and worth a try. Here’s a new Nothing2Wear pairing to put on. Match the evening sunset and try wearing Coral+ Seafoam.

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IMG_7656 IMG_7657 IMG_7670Accessorize: Wearing nude wedges gives this same dress a more casual edge. Gold flat sandals can also be an option.

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A tropical floral clutch is a perfect finishing touch that ties in the dress, statement necklace, cuff bracelet and shoes, whether nude or gold.IMG_7681

Style Flip: Whenever you wear an outfit again, think about ways to re-style it. One way to re-wear a piece is to flip the accessories and try on different hues. I chose to wear this same dress more ways by styling different statement necklaces, both long and short. I also re-styled different shoes. Coral pairs elegantly with gun metal grey and even amethyst.IMG_7286 IMG_7433 IMG_7652 IMG_7654

Shop the Look:

Dress: Trina Turk- Bloomingdales

Long Turquoise+Gold Statement Necklace& Cuff Bracelet- Marlyn Schiff

Nude Wedges- Charles David- Bevello

Gold Flat Sandals- Sam Edelman- Bevello

Tropical Floral Clutch: Shiraleah Chicago- Bevello

Amethyst Statement Necklace- Betsy Pittard Desgins


May 252015
 

The taping of my Memorial Day travel segment on The Weather Channel in Atlanta was a blinding blur. I waited in their green room for about an hour while other shows were taped and then when it was time for mine, I had about 45 seconds to set up and then another swift two minutes to present my favorite eight travel must-haves featured on The Weather Channel. What a truly amazing experience it was! Each of these must-haves are dual-purpose necessities that pack perfectly in your carry-on. IMG_7849IMG_7856IMG_7850

Dickinson’s Daily Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths- The botanical extracts of witch hazel & aloe cleanse, tone, and refresh by gently lifting dirt, oil and makeup without over drying or leaving sticky residue (no need to rinse!). The cloths come in a ready to use vanity pack and even provide temporary relief for bug bites (as witch hazel contains anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties, $6.99, RiteAid.

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Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Brush SPF 30  Achieve the ultimate protection from sun damage and its aging effects with a soft focus finish. Sunforgettable SPF 30 highly refined mineral sunscreen provides safe, non-irritating, UVA and UVB sun protection. The self-dispensing powder brush makes it easy to apply and re-apply throughout the day for continued coverage. $57, Colorescience.com

Sunforgettable-Mineral-Sunscreen-Brush-SPF-30Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Makeup-Can’t bring your makeup vanity?  No worries! Colour Prevails introduces endless possibilities with many multi-purpose products- easy to pop in your travel bag!  Including their Sculpture Contour & Highlight Duo, Bashful Beauty Multi Stick: Cheek & Lip, Bashful Biscuit Blush Bronzer, Classic Lip Duo Lipstick/Lip Gloss and more! $8- $14, Walgreens.

Bashful Beauty Multi Stick Cheek & Lip- In The Nude Blush Bronzer Duo

Lipstick & Lip Gloss in Rockabilly Pink Eye Design Shadow Liner Duo in Golden Peach

Bigen Deep Conditioner-Traveling can leave our locks looking limp, so a deep conditioner is really the key to getting back shiny, healthy and strong hair no matter how many hours you spend traveling- and fits perfect in any pocketbook or carry-on.$1.99,  bigen-usa.com.


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First Aid Beauty FAB Faves To Go Kit- The perfect gift for the traveler is the First Aid Beauty FAB Faves To Go Kit, which transforms your daily skincare routine – anytime, anywhere. Featuring best-sellers FAB Face Cleanser, FAB Facial Radiance Pads and FAB Ultra Repair Cream in convenient, travel-friendly sizes, it’s the ultimate cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating system on-the-go. $30, Sephora.

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MY FAVEThe Pocket Poppet is the perfect cardigan that folds back into it’s own pouch. When you get that blast of cold jet air on the plane,  pull out the cardigan folded up in its stylish pouch. Cleverly concealed by the Poppets’ graceful pleating and sophisticated silhouette, the attached, lightweight Ripstop fabric pouch is engineered to fall in the small of the back for complete discretion while on the body.  It is functional, fashionable and comes in fantastic on-trend hues.  $99, www.pocketpoppet.com

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Pocket Poppet Travel Cardigan

BareTraps Tricia- Slip into style + comfort in one and easy on/off for airport security! Memory foam in-soles will easily get you gliding from one terminal to the next. from $49 footwearunlimited.com

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Tees by Tina- Wrinkle-free, perfectly packable and versatile, Tees by Tina pieces work multi-duty fashion- serving as a top one day and a dress the next! When traveling, getting multiple looks with a few garments is key!  $85,  TeesbyTina.com

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Vintage Statement Necklace– Here a Chick, There a Chick- Each of Kerry’s pieces begin the same way, as a single glamorous glimmer in a cluster of greatness. Each necklace is crafted from snippets of an era that once was. She collects vintage pieces, estate jewelry, and anything that had a previous life. Kerry then orchestrates their reincarnation, helping them tell a new story. Kerry’s mind is wired with sensible imagery. Her eyes function the same way. She carefully guides this meeting of the minds in her pieces but she’s sensitive and respectful to let them be and not force them together. $10 and up, hereachickthereachick.comhereachick


May 212015
 

Memorial Day is the first official holiday marking the end of a school year and the important remembrance of the patriotic sacrifice so many have made. It’s a time for family celebrations, backyard cookouts, picnics in the park and somber ceremonies to honor the men and women on the front lines. Whatever you’re planning, I’ve picked out my favorite entertaining and cook out fab finds featured on abc-TV, Birmingham. WATCH.

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The Fashion– You must show up fashionably put together. I love choosing separates that are not only comfortable but are also easy to wear and re-style. A chambray romper is a perfect choice. It’s versatile, lightweight and can be styled with sandals, wedges, or sneakers and fab jewelry. Mink Pink and BCBGeneration. Lucca Boutique romperStyle Flip: The Romper can be restyled with an Americana geometric print kimono.

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A kimono is another versatile piece with endless styling options. If you’re not comfortable wearing a romper, toss on the Kimono over a navy dress.dress Accessorize: Accessories are almost a must! Never leave home without them. It’s the finishing touch to any look. This year I suggest going with something nostalgic that tells a story. Here A Chick, There a Chick speaks to my storytelling soul. Each piece is designed from vintage pieces with a past. Designer Kerry Leasure is my May Style Story. I’m loving everything she creates. $35 and up hereachickthereachick.com.

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The Food– Forget delivery, make it at home in 20 minutes. The BELLA Pizza Oven can cook a personal 12″ thick crust frozen pizza in 20 minutes. A convenient see-through window lets you check the status of your pizza without ever having to open to cover and disrupt the cooking. Its multifunctional use also allows for baking, broiling and bake/broil setting to make chicken wings, French fries and much more for a full party cooking station. Ceramic pizza stone for making perfect restaurant style pizzas sold with a metal pizza cutter. $79.99, Sam’s Club and SamsClub.com.

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BELLA 2 X 2.5QT Linkable Slow Cooker System – can link up to six 2.5QT units (so one dish doesn’t hog all the outlets) and are ideal vessels for sides and dips (queso, spinach artichoke dip, etc.). Perfect for cookouts, potlucks, side dishes, or cooking for one (when you don’t want a week’s worth of leftovers). Sold with recipes and they are diswasher safe. YAY!  $49.99, Amazon.com

bellalinkableArt of Tea Iced Tea Line- Nothing says summer in the South like a tall ice cold glass of ice tea. Based in Los Angeles, Art of Tea is one of my favorite organic teas. It’s a tea purveyor known for its premium ingredients and thoughtful sourcing – they carry the largest selection of organic teas on the market. You can smell the goodness even before you open the triangle box. Flavors include Art of Tea Master Tea Blender Steve Schwartz’s award-winning Brûlée Mint and Classic Black, to seasonally-inspired sippers like the 2013 North American Tea Champion Summer Peach blend. Other flavors include: Green Pomegranate, Passion Fruit Jasmine, Meyer Lemon, Garden of Eden, Hibiscus Cooler, Tropical Maté, Endurance, and Mango Tulsq. Each pouch brews up 8 cups (or 1/2 a gallon) of iced tea, and comes packaged in a four-count box for $9.50, artoftea.com.

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May 162015
 

Now that I have your attention; yes, girls can wear them too but of course, the more PC reference is “layering tank.” Wife-beater or layering tanks are actually comfortable, versatile and can be incredibly stylish, depending on what you pair them with. Here are two ways to style a weekend wife-beater tank.

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The key to elevating any look is to accessorize. A statement necklace, paired with prints and a hint of gold, ties the entire ensemble together. You’ll notice, the wooden outdoorsy hues in the statement necklace compliment the animal print skinny belt and the gold geometric cuff.Photo on 9-17-14 at 3.42 PM
Add a pop of color with a beaded turquoise bracelet on the other wrist.

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LOOK 2: Another style idea is to toss in a denim jacket and pop the collar for a little edge.Photo on 9-17-14 at 3.42 PM #2 Photo on 9-17-14 at 3.38 PM #2

Tank: Target

Chinos: J. Crew- sold out- (similar)

Denim Jacket: Old Navy

Statement Necklace: Effie’s Boutique

Animal Print Skinny Belt: Gap (similar)

Gold Cuff: Catenya’s Collection

Turquoise Beaded Bracelet: Betsy Pittard Designs


May 082015
 

Skip the flowers, chocolate and after-thought gifts and get the Mother in your life something she’ll actually use. What she really wants is fab finds with a longer shelf life than the flowers. Don’t get me wrong, I do adore flowers but I also appreciate gifts that live longer. I love meaningful gifts like handmade elementary creations, inspirational quotes on a wooden plaque or even a fantastic handbag and custom jewelry. I’m excited to share all my affordable faves in this year’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

Pelcor Cork Opera Shoulder Bag

Splurge- Pelcor Cork Opera Shoulder Bag- $133.38

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Sonia Kashuk Beauty Organizers- starts at $6.99

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Sonia Kashuk Everything Organizer

 

Essential Eye Kit

Essential Eye Kit- $11.49

5PC Floral Brush Couture Set

Deluxe Travel Brush Set

Deluxe Travel Brush Set- $20.89

Sonia Kashuk Bath+Body Collection

Sonia Kashuk Bath+Body Collection- $6.29-$17.99

Almay Intense i-Color Smoky-i Kit for Green Eyes

Almay Intense i-Color Smoky-i Kit for Green Eyes- $4.99

Almay Intense i-Color Smoky-i - Trio for Hazels in compact

Almay Intense i-Color Smoky-i – Trio for Hazels in compact

Almay SmartShade Butter Lipsticks

Almay SmartShade Butter Lipsticks- $5.99

YesTo Towelettes

YesTo Towelettes- $4.39

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Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Eye Pencil

Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Eye Pencil- $21.00

Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Sunkissed Pearls Collection

Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Sunkissed Pearls Collection- $21.00-$39.50

Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Lipgloss

Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Lipgloss- $24

Pocket Poppet Travel Cardigan

Pocket Poppet Travel Cardigan- $99

Here a Chick, There a Chick

Here a Chick, There a Chick- Starts at $75

Teavana Confetti 9-Piece Tea Set

Teavana Confetti 9-Piece Tea Set- $99.95

Shop the Gift Guide

Cork Handbag- Pelcor

Sonia Kashuk Cosmetic Organizers- Target

Sonia Kashuk Brush Sets- Target

Almay Eye Palettes+Lip Color- Target

Yes To Towlettes- Target

Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Collection- Department stores

Travel Cardigan- Pocket Poppet

Vintage Statement Necklace- Here A Chick, There A Chick

9-Piece Tea Set- Teavana

 


May 052015
 

April was a month full of beautiful cosmic connections. Being at the right place at the right time has never been more honest and pure. My soul has gravitated toward incredible people who I am ecstatic to revolve in the same creative space with.

These angels share my platform of reinvention, restyling and repurposing. I believe there is significant value in the act of repurposing. We shop, buy, throw out and devalue items because we’re blind to their resilience and ability to bounce back, recover and start over into something new and beautiful. The same is true for ideas. Someone once told me that there are no new ideas in the world, just reinventions of old ones. What an intelligent, poignant thought dripping with truth, humility and enlightenment. But what we creative minds must do is be patient enough to posses zeal for recycling and repurposing. It takes effort and sometimes it takes silence, which can be painstaking in our zippy world.

Vintage Jewelry designer Kerry Leasure is one of those people who I’m privileged to co-exist with. I recently happened upon her Here a Chick, There a Chick jewelry booth at a local arts festival.DruidBooth

Her incredible statement necklaces were the magnet for my curiosity. There they were, hanging one by one with such feminine confidence and each telling their own stand-alone story. Their birth was no accident. What they had become was carefully planned. It’s just that Kerry didn’t know it until it they crowned. Some of her pieces voice their own story and other times, the pieces strategically find one another. Their positive energy is the draw. It’s almost like what your soul does when it finds its soulmate. It’s a cosmic connection. You can’t always explain it. You just know. Their meeting isn’t happenstance, its serendipity. If you believe in God, then the results of your faith could be called something different.

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“Sometimes I look at my pieces and know immediately what they will become or what I will pair them with,” says Kerry. “More often than not, I lay a huge pile on the table and move things around til they find each other. Like a jigsaw puzzle of colors and shapes. The final story they tell often surprises me.”haul

Each of Kerry’s pieces begin the same way, as a single glamorous glimmer in a cluster of greatness. Each necklace is crafted from snippets of an era that once was. She collects vintage pieces, estate jewelry, and anything that had a previous life. Kerry then orchestrates their reincarnation, helping them tell a new story. Kerry’s mind is wired with sensible imagery. Her eyes function the same way. She carefully guides this meeting of the minds in her pieces but she’s sensitive and respectful to let them be and not force them together.

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“I was an English major in undergrad, so symbolism and literacy themes often emerge,” explains Kerry.  “I’m a former kindergarten teacher, so whimsy, humor and light heartedness also come into play.  I’m a mother, so nesting, love stories, and family are also themes I visit again and again. The number one rule has been- I have no rules. I love to just see what the day brings. And I love making truly one of a kind, can’t be made again, creations.”timelesslove

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Kerry’s creativity doesn’t stop at her vintage collecting. She can also take remnants of someone else’s history and create an exquisite work of art. If your Grandmother left behind broken brooches, mix- matched antique earrings or even rhinestone shoe buckles, Kerry can weave them into a new heirloom for a wedding, a Friday night or even an everyday accessory.

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“Sometimes the story only truly emerges when the person it was meant for sees it for the first time. I will hear an audible gasp and the woman who has fallen in love with it will tell me why that particular symbol they see in the piece strikes so close to home. Whatever I may have thought I created flies out the window when someone finds “their” story,” said Kerry.

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I now admittedly stalk the Here A Chick, There a Chick Facebook and Instagram to see what was born overnight. Nearly everyday I’m thumbs-upping and double tapping because I’m in awe of the  meaningful, soulful stories staring at me.difficultymayadventureI’m committing to purchase a piece a month. I need to talk to my bank account first but I’m sure she’ll say it’s fine. For the love of the outfit and accessorizing, I know she’ll say I have to have them all! Check out a few of my faves below and stop by Kerry’s Here a Chick, There a Chick booth at the Birmingham Art Crawl on May 7. Here’s a sneak peek of two brand new pieces that only Kerry and I have seen. Both will be available at the Crawl, unless I buy them first. :-)

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Love Nest

Baby, You're A Star!

Baby, You’re A Star!

Some of my Faves!butterflyearlyriser

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