The Art of Dressing, a Balancing Act

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"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." These words were spoken by the late fashion icon Coco Chanel. Fashion is not just clothing, it is a form of self expression and to me can be considered an art. When a woman is wearing something she feels beautiful in, she radiates confidence. However, when one is not so comfortable in an ensemble, it shows. I have seen it personally first hand. When I was at the clothing boutique and was working with a client, I could see how she felt the minute she walked out of the fitting room. Why try to wear something that doesn't flatter your figure? Dress for your life style, personality, and budget.

As mentioned prior, dressing is an art of self expression and can be a balancing act. The outfit pictured is pretty much a uniform for me since I adore wearing skirts and hate wearing pants but it showcases the balance. Notice the skirt is full of volume and the tank is fitted to my body. This is a balanced look. This little trick can work vice versa with a fitted bottom like a legging or straight pant paired with a flowing tunic. Apparel is typically broken up into tops and bottoms, the concept is that if you are carrying volume in one area typically you should balance it with a narrow more fitted companion. This is a tip I use frequently when dressing myself. It gives an hourglass look and ensures that it doesn't look like your swimming in clothing.

Now there are always exceptions to tips and tricks, I have seen women pull of full fabulous looks. This is just a general helpful tip that I use. Try it for yourself, experiment and have fun! Don't forget to always stay true to yourself and dress to flatter your beautiful and unique figure. Be you, be fabulous!

Well my friends till next time. Stay sassy xo

{Tank-H&M, Skirt-Charlotte Russe, Necklace-Pacsun, Heels-T.J. Maxx, Handbag-Michael Kors, Costume Ring-A Shop in Portugal, Sunglasses-Rayban, Watch-Michael Kors}

The Art of Accessorizing!

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Hello dolls! I apologize for the hiatus. Recently I accepted a new position as an assistant buyer for a catalog company. I have been working hard learning this new job and on top of that I got engaged! It has been an exciting few weeks but I've missed my fashionistas! What better way to get back into the swing of things than with a collaboration!

The art of accessorizing is critical to any female's wardrobe. (Especially if you are on a tight budget because now you're saving for a wedding and a house. Face palm) Accessorizing can update any look without breaking the bank. I am wearing an all black ensemble to illustrate the power of jewels! (Whether they are real or costume) These chandelier earrings are absolutely stunning! The green stones are complimented with a touch of gold. When wearing statement earrings like these I suggest pulling your hair back so they will actually be seen. I am a sucker for anything anchor so this double anchor ring is a must have. The best part is that each piece is ONLY $5.00! That is right, I updated this all black look for only $10.00! Check out these pieces and many more at Clubbing Girl { www.clubbinggirl.com } ! I am a fan of fine jewelry but can't afford to stock my collection with it. Coco Chanel taught us to mix fine and costume jewelry to help enhance the apparel items in our closet. The look pictured is great for any weekend adventure and can be changed with accessories like pearls and heels which would be appropriate for a more formal occasion.

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For more tips on accessorizing give my post "Exercise Your Right to Accessorize" a read, it can be found in my archives! While you're at it visit my friends at www.clubbinggirl.com to pick up some fun and fabulous fashions. They ship anywhere in the USA for free! As always it has been a pleasure :)

Stay Sassy xo

P.S. Stay tuned for a giveaway !

{Blazer-Macy's, T-Shirt-Charlotte Russe, Jeggings-American Eagle, Flats-DSW}

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Thankful for Ruching

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I hope that everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones! I know I did and I am so thankful for you, my readers. This week it was only appropriate to shoot in front of the Mayflower in Plymouth, MA. Dressing for any holiday can be stressful and we tend to find ourselves over indulging. Two obstacles that are common in holiday dressing include spending money on something you may only wear once and trying to feel fabulous after that extra slice of pie. Rarely, I find myself purchasing items I will only wear once because I try to get the most wear for my money. I constantly remind myself and clients of cost per wear meaning, that if a dress cost $50 and it is worn 10 times the item has cost you only $5 per wear. The beauty behind this shopping tactic is that you can change the look of that dress with accessories to give it a completely different ambiance. The dress pictured I have worn to Thanksgiving but, I have also worn it to work, shopping, or lunch with the girls. I have it dressed up with wedged suede booties but, can easily transform it to casual wear with a pair of flat boots, a scarf, and a tote.

Holidays usually involve drinking and eating too much which can make anyone feel bloated. Ruching is my saving grace, this is when the fabric is pleated typically flattering your midsection. This dress pleats through the waist, gathering at the side cinching in my waist. Ruching will give you the look of a thinner waist. The empire waist is also a good alternative because it comes in under the bust and flares at the bottom giving the wearer an hourglass shape. The holidays can be a crazy time, dressing for it does not have to be. Shop for holiday ensembles that you can wear more than once and make sure that you feel comfortable in them. When you don't feel comfortable in what you are wearing it does show. I always tell my customers if you don't absolutely love it don't get it. Flatter your body and be fabulous!

Stay Sassy xo

Dress from Daisy Riley! Feel free to join us on Small Business Saturday today November 29th :)

Shoes Charlotte Russe and Clutch DSW