Spring Sip & Shop at Chico’s

I am SO excited to announce a night of fashion, food and fun with Chico’s of La Fiesta Square.

On Saturday, May 4th, I will be hosting a Spring Sip & Shop fashion show and mini FIM Workshop!

As many of you know, I am big fan of Chico’s and they have graciously offered to sponsor this event for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

So mark your calendars and stay tuned for instructions on how to register later this week. You won’t want to miss the AMAZING discounts off all clothing, FIM coaching and styling packages, jewelry, accessories, books, EVERYTHING!

One lucky guest will get to be personally styled by me and I will also be available for questions and guidance while you try on the new spring styles.

This is a private event. The doors will be closed to the public and space will be limited. So mark your calendar’s now and Stay Tuned!!!

Chico's Spring 2019 tie-front, flutter sleeve blouse
My latest Chico’s purchase – their tie-front, flutter sleeve blouse

5 Must Have Winter Accessories

(This Winter Be BOLD, Not Cold!)

Winter doesn’t officially start for another 10 days, though the cold weather has many of us thinking it’s already here! 

Whether you plan to spend time outdoors or just want to stay warm and toasty while walking to work, in your office or relaxing at home, these winter accessories will get you through the season with style. 

I’ve highlighted this year’s top accessories to help you be fashionable bold and not cold, this winter. 

Ponchos

Ponchos are one of my favorite items to wear when the weather gets colder.  I love, Love, LOVE, ponchos!!  Why?  Because they hide all the “icky bits” (i.e. the weight around my waist), while providing warmth and style.  Most of all, ponchos are an easy layer piece to wear that can also be the focal point of your outfit. 

A true classic never goes out of style (see below)

If you make a poncho the focal point of your outfit,  make sure to find the right poncho for you body type, so it will balance your shape accordingly. 

Ponchos are available in all shapes and sizes ranging from big and bulky, long and draping, to lightweight and body skimming.  Fortunately, you can wear any type.  The key is know how to wear each particular poncho to compliment your silhouette. 

Poncho & Necklace from Marla Wynne @ HSN.com 

For instance, if you wear a draped style (as pictured to the left) then you must balance the silhouette by creating a slimming effect on the bottom.  Do this by wearing skinny, straight-legged jeans or leggings and your favorite leather bootie or suede, over-the-knee boots.  A good rule to remember is that when you wear bulky or flowy items on your upper body, wear straight and narrow on your lower body.  This creates balance. 

Additionally, you can belt a long poncho if you want to create the illusion of a waistline or accentuate one.  Though be certain this works for your shape, as it will also bring attention to your tummy area. 

Try bright colored hues according to your color palette that consists of prints, paisleys, stripes or checks.  

Ponchos for Plus Sizes

Chiffon Poncho by Marla Wynne

Ponchos work for curvy ladies too. 

It is cozier than the summer kimono and can be used as a layer piece or light jacket, especially if found in a fabric like the chiffon shown in the photo. 

A poncho is actually ideal for a plus size lady who feels a little insecure, as it help cover areas she may consider a “flaw”. 

No matter the reason, you should definitely get a stylish poncho to complete your winter wardrobe and feel good when you wear it. 

Winter Hats

Hats are great for fall and winter and this year they are everywhere and available in a variety of styles including knits caps, felt berets (pictured below right) or a wool fedora. 

Color continues to be all the rage this winter, so look for fun, colorful hats to spice up your wardrobe.  As you can see, I have a teal, wool fedora (pictured below left) and I absolutely love it.  I feel great when I wear it, which is often as it can be dressed up or down. 

Winter Fedora in Teal
Wool Fedora in Teal

When selecting a hat to add to your accessories, you want to take into account the shape of your face as well as the color of your hair, eyes and skin.  For example, most oval faces shapes (like mine) is better served by a hat with a brim versus a small beret.  Why?  Because of balance.  Oval faces are longer so having a brim helps to bring attention to the eyes by adding width and creating balance. 

Try on several different styles to learn what looks best on you. 

Boots or Booties

Comfortable & Stylish

There is such a variety of boots and booties this year.  Why not try something you’ve never considered;  you may be surprised of the outcome! Also keep it simple and base your decision on your style and color since there are so many choices this winter.  

The variety of boots includes cowboy or western style, precious metal mules, pointed toes, snake skin, leather or python, (which is considered the new natural).

I’ve never considered myself a cowboy boot person, but I recently tried on a pair of western inspired booties and they were so comfortable!  Not like the stiff leather of yesterday.  Things have changed (thankfully) and you can now find low heels with so much style.

Suede Knee High Boots in Taupe

Another option to consider is the over the knee boots (pictured right).  They have 2” inch heels, pointy toes, a zipper on the side for easy access into the boot along with a stretch grommet in the back, allowing for larger calf sizes, leggings and jeans.  

I love these boots as they too are super comfortable, even with the heel.  I can walk long distances and be in them all day.

Over-sized Scarves

Bold over-sized scarf for Winter
Bold, Warm & Versatile 

Another popular accessory this winter is a big scarf.  Again, the key is finding the one that you really love and looks good on you.  By having your palette colors on the scarf, you will feel even better wearing it.  

The scarf I’m wearing captures both prints and colors found in my palette:  teal, red (a blue red), cream and a leopard print, all of which I absolutely love.   

With the weather already cold throughout the country, find a scarf that will keep you warm and that also coordinates with your coats and jackets.  

Another benefit of a bold, over-sized scarf is that it can also be worn as a shawl or wrap. 

                                                           Tassel Earrings

This year will be remembered as the winter of BOLD jewelry! 

tassel earrings make a bold statement
The “it” earring 

Tassel earrings are one example of this fresh, new creativity in fashion.  The earrings are designed with simple, colorful threads or beads and come in numerous shapes, lengths and sizes, though the overall design is still the same.  Tassel earrings make a strong style statement, so step up your game this year and buy a pair.  

The trick is to make certain the length and width are appropriate for your face shape.  Sometimes this style can make an extremely bold, larger than life statement, so take some time to find the right fit for you.  

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4 Totally Chic and Comfortable Outfits to Wear on Thanksgiving

Not sure what to wear on Thanksgiving? It doesn’t matter if you are hosting a dinner, going on a road trip to a family get together, or a formal dinner, we’ve got you covered with stylish and comfortable ideas.

Not only can you make a statement with your outfit but also, remain comfortable enough to enjoy all that Thanksgiving pie! It’s your turn to receive some compliments!

You can also be thankful for the 3 C’s of festive and food heavy holiday wear:

  • Chic
  • Comfortable
  • Classy

You will not have to worry about eating too much without your pants or dress feeling tight and uncomfortable.

 

Sightly boot-cut jeans, sweater and flats      

A simple, basic outfit comes alive with a statement bold colored sweater. There is something about the breezy fall weather that brings sweaters to life. From crewnecks, cut out knits or wool, you can style almost any kind of sweaters in this season.

For bottoms, jeans are great for this season, with different kinds and it keeps you warm. If you prefer to wear boot-cut instead of skinny jeans, try the slightly flare. It’s in-between the skinny and the flare jeans but not too much of a bell bottom on the leg area.

A comfortable sweater or oversized top with a pop of color in your palette, will bring out the outfit as well. For instance, a russet orange, a classic fall color,  will make the outfit look more interesting. The shades of the season will be a welcome change to your usual choices and look great in those Thanksgiving pictures. 

 

 

Pullover top, velvet straight leg jeans, necklace

‘Tis the season to spice up your jeans with texture and velvet. Since velvet is a throwback trend making it’s way back this year, maybe look in the back of your closet to hopefully find an old pair. I actually found a teal pair in my closet recently that I’m looking forward to wearing. Just add a seasonal top, blouse or tee and you have an outfit! If you have an oversized blouse you can use it as a jacket and layer a tee or top underneath. 

Make sure you make the color of the velvet jeans the focal point and don’t add too much color. The texture fabric will add warmth to your body and an interesting edge to your Thanksgiving style.

Look in your jewelry box and find a necklace that looks great with the outfit. For instance, with the teal velvet jeans, I will add gold accessories and a long necklace to make me look long and lean. Make sure the velvet isn’t too bulky so it won’t make you look larger (once again, got to make sure those Thanksgiving pictures turn out well!)

Top, trousers, wrap and booties

Are you planning to go out to a restaurant for dinner? With the weather getting cooler, you should wear something warm. Use this opportunity to make your outer wear the highlight of your outfit. I have always loved wearing ponchos and wraps during this time of the year. Try a colorblock wrap as seen in the picture. It adds drama and sophistication to your look.

Add the same color red turtle neck sweater or Karina Tee shirt and you are all set. If you don’t have the Red Maple pants to match, you can wear cream trousers. Add a gold necklace, and bracelet and you are all set. Oh and don’t forget, you can purchase the infinty scarf to match which is a great finish to this look.

Don’t foget to carry along your gloves if it’s cold but a color that is not black. If you have a pair of deep burgundy or red, that would be perfect. Etsy is a great place to check out some cute and unique styles of gloves!

 

Velvet top with matching pants or skirt

For a more formal dinner,  you can still be comfortable with a strechy top that doesn’t show the outline of your body. If you’re looking to make a purchase, why not try something like this beautiful pearl embellished velvet top?  I love that it actually has pearls on it. How seasonal! The picture doesn’t do it justice. The top is so comfortable but so edgy at the same time and perfectly compliments a well fit skirt.

Another trend that goes well with fall fashion are long, well-tailored skirts that always add a festive edge. If you wear a skirt, make sure to wear black opague tights or stockings. There’s no need to wear a necklace, keep it simple and pair it with only earrings and a classy bracelet. Let the top speak for itself and don’t overshawdow it with anything else. It’s an elegant showstopper.

Thanksgiving is a great time to switch up your looks and put in a little more effort to make a fashionable statement for the holidays. First, look in your closet to find items you can match to any of the items I’ve mentioned above. You might be surprised to find an item you forgot about in the back of your closet!  Maybe you can’t see some pieces of clothing anymore because they are hidden behind the piles of clothes you have accumulated. If so, it may be time for a closet makeover! (Make sure you check out how I can help you with that)

With these ideas, I’m sure you will be able to maintain your style and remain comfortable along with feeling and looking good on Thanksgiving. If you do end up using any of my suggestions in your outfits, make sure to post a picture and tag me on your social media!

Are you following me on Instagram? I post a lot of my outfits on there to give you women over fifty, ideas for inspiration.

If you interested in purchasing any of the items mentioned, you can find them here:

Russett Cut-out Orange SweaterChicos, on sale $49.40

Velvet JeansDiane Gilman, HSN network, $49.90, comes in a variety of colors

Color Block Wrap – Chicos, other colors available, $89.00, scarf, $49.00

 

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