Ten Tips on Cool Summer Outfits wearing Comfortable Shoes

As  promised, I am following up with a pictorial of outfits with comfortable shoes.  For those just tuning in,  I have been healing and nursing a neuroma on my left foot which has challenged me to up my style game with different outfits based on the shoes.  I love and am use to wearing heels.

Tip 1:  When wearing tennies I think it is advantageous  to wear a little bit shorter ankle jean, I think it looks better and sporty!  I paired my Lucky  jeans  with a  J Crew white tee and  Guess Navy vest.

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Tip 2:  Add structure to your outfit to give it a more polished look.  I added a Ann Taylor white jacket.  White Jackets are great to throw on a variety of outfits to give it an instant pick me up!

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Tip 3:   For those wanting to keep their outfit evolving, just omit the vest,  and add different jewelry and shoes.  Donald Pliner Kitten heel sandals and very comfortable!

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Tip 4:   Watch your hemlines of skirts and dresses.  A little above the knee is  more sporty and flattering for casual cotton dresses.  If you have great legs go SHORTER!!!! J Crew Cotton Dress

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On the other hand if you are wearing the ultimate comfortable shoes and don’t necessarily want them the focal point at all, go for a maxi dress- down to the floor hemline!

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Tip 5: Accessorize with Statement Jewelry

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J Crew Earrings,  Dress purchased at Ross

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Tip 6:  Vertical Dressing.  By dressing monochromatic it gives the illusion of a taller you!

Dresses are great for Vertical dressing and so perfect for summer.  This dress is cotton and comfortable. I added a black pair of Donald Pliner Kitten Heel Sandals.

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All White!! Tank purchased at the Parker Palm in Palm Springs, White Linen Blend pants at Marshalls

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Another example of Vertical Dressing.  Head to Toe all one color.  I added the cardigan and belt for pulling the outfit together.  Black Leggings  J Jill, Zara black shell and cardigan.

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Tip 7:  A little peekaboo blouse showing off a pretty bra is a nice distraction!  Also Fancy Shorts can add a Polished look rather than the basic Chino short.  Ann Taylor Loft Shorts, Zara White Blouse, Journelle Black Lace Bra, Clarks Black Slides

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A plunge deep V vest  bringing  the eye up with the addition of a pretty hat.  Black Vest- Forever 21, Paige Denim Shorts,  Hat by  Gottex

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Anne Klein Cream boat shoes

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Tip 8:   Know your colors!  The more you know which colors look best on you the better you will always look!  I paired a  Zara Bright orange sweater with  J Crew White shorts and Leopard Birkenstocks

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Tip 9:   When wearing ankle straps look for small straps especially if wearing a Midi Dress (below the knee) . The reason is if your straps are bulky and wide they will steal your leg length and look chunky, which means you will look frumpy!! Red Ankle Strap Sandals- DSW, Cutout Dress -Zara

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Tip 10:  When wearing white shoes make sure they are clean!!! Scuffed, dirty,  ripped shoes are going to bring your outfit way done in the polished dept!

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The “comfortable shoe”  ensembles keep evolving as I do with my comfort level in them.  I will continue to share outfits and tips as the outfits come together!!!  I know to look great ultimately you need to feel great which means taking good care of yourself and accepting what you have and work with it!!!

Personal Branding: Invest in Yourself thru Pictures

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This is the age of photos and pictures.   We see them all day and night on Facebook, Instagram, Emails, Blogs, Twitter, etc…  We are hooked to our phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.  It’s hard to escape the incoming all day long.  ( I am glad I grew up in the 80’s!)

Our photos are our calling card, and a visual image of who we want to be.  We can use pictures to our advantage if taken well.  If we have a bad shot it can actually hurt our image or slow down the path in which we want to succeed.

Whether it is for a Dating Site, Linked In, FB profile, or business profiles photos of yourself need to look great not just good. We have larger audiences with social media .  There is no excuse and if you want to get noticed and stand out,  having a great picture of yourself is a smart tool in your success toolbox.

It is statistically proven we are sized up in 30 seconds based on how we look so let’s learn how to present our best image forward!

I am a stylist, makeup artist and photographer living in Tucson.  The following pictures I took, and styled the “afters”

 

9 Tips on representing yourself through pictures

 

Have 3-5 pictures of yourself.   A good picture will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd! This includes a full body shot, face shot, action shot, and professional shot

1A: Full Body Shot                                                                           No bother hiding, you need to be truthful and show yourself from head to toe.

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1B: Face Shot – Up close and Personal

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1C: Action Shot – No friends, no pets, no children, no exceptions!

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2.   Add a Professional Shot to your portfolio.   Friendly and completely pulled together!

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3.    Use a photographer who knows how to take a good “casual” picture

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4.  Solo Shot:  No one else in the picture

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5.  Your Photo must be current, it needs to look like you right now!

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6. The right clothes, hair and makeup are essential for a photo to represent you.   This picture does not represent her at all!  The picture also adds 10 years to her.

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After makeup application –  WOW Factor!!!

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7.  You need to be the center of attention with your picture and pay attention to what is also in the picture.

I would edit the brick wall out, so we see more of her. Too much distraction in this picture.

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Nice background  backdrop!  Not to distracting.  We see her first!

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Notice the surroundings?? Not good for a photo to represent yourself and your house.

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8.  Be Camera Ready wearing a nice outfit, makeup, and a good night’s sleep for bright eyes!

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9. Have a Stylist help select your outfits for your photoshoot.  It is worth it!

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10. When Smiling don’t overdue it.  Your eyes will appear squinty and closed

Too Squinty!.  Soften your Smile

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No Squinting here, Lovely shot of her!

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Another lovely shot

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Too Squinty again, and bad lighting

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I hope this was of value to you and if your living in the Tucson area and need some assistance, I am happy to help!

http://www.tenoutfits.com

Thru the Summer months  I am offering special promotions for the Personal Branding Service. Contact me for further information.

Also stay tuned for Wardrobing with Comfortable Shoes.  I will share great outfits with the emphasis of pulling it together with flat, low, comfortable shoes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pursuit of Happiness- As in comfortable footwear

Fuck!!!!!!  I have to wear comfortable shoes at the moment.

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For those of you just tuning in I am a Shoeaholic!  I admit it and  I hope someone out there gets it and understands!   Can we talk Shoe Porn??

BCBG wanna be Valentino Spiked Kitten Heel Pump

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I love beautiful shoes and it would be fair to say I have been unpractical with quite a few show stopper pairs of shoes!!!

Aldo Gladiator Heel Sandal

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Nine West Sparkle Heeled Party Sandal

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I was a ballerina from age 6 thru college and I was taught there is beauty with pain and suffering.  

Chanel Spectator Lace Ups

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Emilio Pucci Velvet Multi Print Sling Backs

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Sam Edelman Leopard Pony Hair Kitten Pumps

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As a Stylist , I have helped countless women find comfortable shoes, heard their ailments and I thought to myself, someday that will be me and that day has come. F**** again!!! This will be temporary!!!!

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So what’s the problem??

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I have a neuroma on my left foot that is speaking loud and clear to me.  Shooting pain to be exact going thru my 2nd toe and the ball of my foot.  Throughout my life I  have dealt with pain while suffering from heel spurs, bunions, plantar fasciitis, blisters that are bleeding, calluses that excite my pedicurist, and ingrown toenails.  Shall I go back to explaining the early years of discipline in Ballet class???

So on that note you must realize how painful a neuroma is for me to hold up the SURRENDER FLAG!!

AS I am no quitter I made an appt with my podiatrist for a cortisone shot and he said it will help tremendously. He also said neuromas predominately only occur with women due to our shoe choices.

 I also went to GOOD FEET to get arch supports that will shift my gate when I walk and hopefully improve the situation.

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It was suggested I bring in a few pairs for proper sizing.

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Olivia suggested I buy a Strengthener pair that will help heal the neuroma , and a Maintainer pair that I can wear with a variety of shoes to add some support and comfort.

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Olivia was so helpful and I recommend anyone with feet issues to go see her and get some Arch supports.     The store is located in the Crossroads Shopping Center.  4811 E. Grant Rd Suite 127 Tucson , AZ 85712 Local: (520) 327-3163

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It has been a 2 weeks and I am praying to the shoe gods they work.   The price per pair was $300.  In the meantime I have been re-working my outfits and trying to re-work the system. I am not use to wearing flats at all.

My flat shoe collection so far:

 

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Can I pull off a Kendall Jenner look??  Have they come up with leg extensions yet??

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I love this look with sneakers!

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And a few more looks I will try to mimic!

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Fortunately flats are in so I will just have to do my best.  At 5’3 it is just not my first choice.

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Stay tuned and  I will be working on Stylish Outfits sans heels but rather FLAT’s   Also praying daily: NEUROMA be GONE!!!!

Behind the Scenes of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine June Swimsuit Issue 2017

Photo shoots are so much fun but there is a lot of work prior to the “big” day to make sure that day runs smoothly.

This blog is a pictorial of what happened behind the scenes, building to the final spread in the June Issue of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine that was shot at Casino Del Sol.

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Bridgette the lovely model was so awesome to work with.  I asked her to come by my house for a dress rehearsal to make sure we were ready before the shoot.  We had fun collaborating and figuring out what looked best on her.  Not everything made the final cut.

As the stylist for the shoot, I was asked to produce a pictorial that illustrated a variety of swim trends.  I came up with four themes: retro. boho, glamour and athleisure.  A cover shot was also part of the assignment. The swimsuits, coverups, and accessories were borrowed from Dillard’s along with a few items from Marshall’s  and a few items from my own collection .

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LOOK 1:   BOHO  (2 SHOTS)

Before we begin I have to mention  Bridgette looks good in everything!  It was fun to watch the magic happen with all the themes.  Also in between styling Bridgette I took as many pictures as I could.  This blog is made up of my pictures with the exception of a few by Tom Spitz.

Boho is a bohemian, gypsy theme which is very trendy at the moment.  The  Vintage Burgundy Bottega Veneta Scarf was a perfect balance to the nude  Kenneth Cole swimsuit.  The “cover up ” purchased from Marshall’s  is actually a  wrap maxi dress.

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The day of the photo shoot.

The Boho sexy hair and makeup look was achieved by Jacqueline Scordato.  She truly is an Artist!!!

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The magazine layout!

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LOOK 1:  BOHO 2

Sexy cut out swimsuit by Isabella Rose, (Dillard’s)  Hat and Cover Up  (Marshalls).  Dolci is my personal property and she did not make the final cut!

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The day of the photo shoot

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Tom Spitz  amazing and fun photographer, Jacqueline  Scordato, talented Makeup and Hair Stylist, Joseph Boldt, Assistant to Tom,  Matthew Kaufmann, Art director for Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, and Scott Barker, Executive Editor for Tucson Lifestyle Magazine were all so  present and dedicated to making this layout beautiful.  We got lucky the day of shooting because it was quiet around the pool and the temperature was bearable!

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The magazine layout!

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My favorite shot by Tom Spitz!  OMG amazing and this didn’t make the magazine.

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LOOK 2:  GLAMOUR

Nothing says Glamour like a big brimmed hat!  Add black and white and it is Mega Watt Hollywood!   I love this suit by Michael Kors and the Jewelry to compliment. (Dillard’s)

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The day of the photoshoot:

WOW factor !!!  Sunglasses and hat from my private collection

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Black Fan I found at Cost Plus.  Perfect for the shoot!

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The magazine layout!

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LOOK 3:   RETRO

Lots of ideas on this theme!!  I ordered the vintage swim caps from Amazon.  Indeed they were cute but in the end were not used.  The umbrella which I loved was also not used.

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In addition to the swim attire I had the idea Bridgette would be floating on a huge pink peacock .  Thanks to Leslie’s Pools it happened!

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It took Matthew over an hour to inflate it!  Scott and Matthew are assisting  Pinky to the pool!

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Hey that’s not Bridgette!!!

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Goofing off in between shots.

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The magazine layout! (Gianni Bini swimsuit, Dillard’s)

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LOOK 4: ATHLEISURE

The rash guard didn’t make the cut.  My dog Dolci knew she wouldn’t be invited the day of the shoot so she had to make the best of it on dress rehearsal day!

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This  look did make the cut!  Awesome pants by Lilly Pulitzer,(Marshall’s)  and suit by Jessica Simpson. (Dillard’s)

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The swimsuit ended  up being  in two fun shots.  Both water elements with accessories  to create two different looks

The day of the photo shoot:

Awesome action shot!  Tom asked her to leap and jump many times to get the best look!

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The swim cap from Amazon.

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The magazine layout!

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Note to self: Must wear sunglasses!

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2ND LOOK : ATHLEISURE

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The magazine layout!

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LOOK 5:  THE COVERSHOT

I wasn’t sure on this final look but we were playing around and having fun.   I knew I would be applying ten pounds of jewelry on her the day of!  Dolci photobombing again!

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My inspiration!

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The day of the photo shoot:

Bridgette is officially now a Goddess! Jewelry and Hat from my private collection.

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The Cover of the June Issue!!!!

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The towel collection everyone wants!

I purchased these a few years ago at H&M  and I knew they would come in handy one day! Perfect for Tucson!

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The amazing team that I had the good fortune to work with!

From left to right:  Myself, Scott Barker, Bridgette Slagis, Jacqueline Scordato, Matthew Kauffman, Tom Spitz, and Joseph Boldt.

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In conclusion what a great day and great results!  I hope this blog inspired you to go out and look your best this Swim Season!  To have a look at the magazine go to:http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=411165&ver=html5&p=1

 

Project Makeover Winner of the Year 2017 The Pictures you won’t see in Tucson LifeStyle Magazine!

Each year one lucky lady is selected to get a Grand Makeover that will change her life!!!

The Makeover Prize includes:

Ten Outfits Style Evaluation,  Ten Outfits Closet Evaluation,  Ten Outfits Personal Shopping + $700.00 to spend, Bra and foundations to take home with custom fitting , Makeup by artist at Dillard’s , Hair cut and style at Gadabout , Professional photo shoot by Tom Spitz, and an appearance on the  Morning Blend  TV Segment.

Blanca was the winner!!!

Selected as one of the three finalists her winning answer to why she needed this makeover was:

I need help to improve myself and I’m tired.  I don’t have the energy to do it alone.

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So let the Project begin!!!

Style Evaluation and Closet Evaluation:

Basically it should be called the “discovery”.  Why?  Because Blanca as well as all my other clients who have braved the Closet Evaluation  discover things about themselves they never have before.022 Blanca saw in her closet who she was many years ago, her current life (mom),  with very boring (mom) clothes, and  the forecast of who she wanted to be !

She forecasted a  mother who was well put together, who had style but still comfortable.  She realized the time she was spending on herself was next to nothing and it showed.

She realized holding on to garments that didn’t  work for her was a disservice to her.030

She also learned the best clothes that compliment her body type (apple).  She learned her assets being her gorgeous legs, skin tone, arms, beautiful face and smile.  She learned  how to accentuate those areas as much as possible and taking the eye away from her challenging areas being her midsection area.037

As we edited her closet , half was tossed because the item was dated, stained and old, did not fit,  and was in the wrong color for her.  Her color palette lends to vibrant rich colors so all pastels and muted tops, sweaters and jackets left the building!022

We also placed her full length mirror in a strategic place so she could actually see herself from head to toe!

By the end of our 2.5 hours she was energized and the transformation had begun! We had created a shopping list of new items that would achieve her style goal of looking like a cool mom and being comfortable at the same time!

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Fear Factor shopping! Comments I get before diving into the racks of clothes are ” I’m overwhelmed,  We won’t find anything, nothing will look good on me”.  As insecurities are surfacing I know with all my years of experience successes are on the way!

We found beautiful pieces at Dillards with the $700.00 prize money. 072

Since Blanca is a stay at home mom, and property manager we were looking for casual, fun well fitting clothes. Basically her ” uniform ” to be was a great pair of jeans and leggings for the season and beautiful tops that were steps up from her boring tees.

Here are some outfits we found at Dillard’s

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041She was in need of the little black dress! This dress by Theory  is simple and drapes beautifully to conceal her tummy area, along with the turquoise necklaces to draw attention upward around her face.  The  hem length shows off her legs and highlights  her shoes.  These shoes are very Prada-esque!!! Without the prada price

You don’t have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans! You just have to know how to wear them!  In her case the leopard top fits perfectly, skimming the body and concealing her tummy.   The blouse has a v shape at her neckline, which is also flattering.  045

She also needed some new shoes for the wow factor !

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As we were shopping for shoes Blanca went right to the 5 inch platforms.  Very impressive!! That doesn’t happen to often with my clients, due to the consistent need to wear flat comfortable shoes.  Taking the elevator up with a high heel is an added plus for petite frame!036

Makeup

Samantha Ruiz was the talented makeup artist who applied Armani makeup that took Blanca from ordinary to extraordinary!006

Makeup was applied using Artis Brushes, resulting in a flawless natural finish.  Brows filled in,  eye shadows applied, kohl eyeliner to bring out her eyes bronzer to contour her cheeks.  Rosy brown lipstick to show off Blanca’s full luscious lips.

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Professional Photo Shoot Day! (The photos that are in  Feb Issue of Tucson LifeStyle Magazine for the story)

To create a beautiful photo many people are involved!  The Executive Editor of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Scott Barker, Tom Spitz, Photographer

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Artistic Director of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Matthew Kaufman

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Joseph Boldt, Assistant to Tom Spitz

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and myself the Stylist is what is needed to make a great photo. We all collaborate to make it work.  It is a very fun process.  I love it!!

Before the photo shoot, I also need to mention Blanca went to Dillard’s for makeup. Samantha from Dillard’s Armani Cosmetic counter did her magic again, and Gadabout for her hair to be done  prior to  the photo shoot! Megan was the wonderful Hair Stylist from Gadabout.

Blanca had not had her haircut in a year and a half.  She also had a stressful year which resulted in hair loss, and lost the luster too.

Megan gave her a rich conditioning treatment, trimmed, shaped her hair around her face and styled it for the photoshoot !  Blanca was enjoying every minute of it and her hair looked gorgeous in the end!

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The location of the shoot was at Highland Park near her house.  This was of great convenience because her entire family was going to be involved with a photo , along with us running back and forth  to her house for wardrobe outfits.

Shot 1:  Being treated like a queen from her family was the first shot!  How fun as they showered her with treats and love! Dillard’s provided the awesome couch that Ted Baker provided Dillard’s  for his clothing line.  I provided the rest of the props.

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Blanca is wearing a coral shell  which adds a punch of color. The vest although we can’t see it in the picture adds structure.  It  slims her waistline along with adding a layered look without the bulk because they are both sleeveless.  A cardigan or jacket could be added for continued layering, but the vest is the detail a lot of us would not think to do!

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Shot 2    Wow!!!  Blanca is so beautiful here, nothing else needs to be said.

The blouse is so colorful and  extremely flattering on her.  The cognac booties hit perfectly in proportion to where the jean hem ends.  Simple outfit formula: blouse with interesting elements+ great fitting jeans+ cool current shoes+ jewelry = Fabulous Outfit!!!!

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This is my cruiser bike that was a prop in the photo shoot and it was a hit, because Tucson Lifestyle used it on the cover of the magazine!  Blanca was having so much fun and she seemed like a natural at modeling!

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Want to lose 10 pounds visually?  Vertical dressing!!!  Wearing the same color on the top on bottom, as Blanca is doing here. Add an interesting cardigan, great pair of shoes and jewelry and you’ve got yourself a great outfit!

Me and my bicycle!!!  I was goofing off in between the shots taken.

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Blancas transformation was a total success!  Her desire to be open to new ideas, wanting to learn and the willingness to make daily changes are the ingredients needed. She committed to making an investment on herself.    She was absolutely delightful to work with and I think for both of us it was a rich fulfilling experience.

And I am already looking forward to next year for another remarkable transformation!!!

If you are in need of a Makeover and want to improve your image please contact Monica at Monica@Tenoutfits.com.

Project Makeover Winner of the Year 2017 The Pictures you won’t see in Tucson LifeStyle Magazine!

Each year one lucky lady is selected to get a Grand Makeover that will change her life!!!

The Makeover Prize includes:

Ten Outfits Style Evaluation,  Ten Outfits Closet Evaluation,  Ten Outfits Personal Shopping + $700.00 to spend, Bra and foundations to take home with custom fitting , Makeup by artist at Dillard’s , Hair cut and style at Gadabout , Professional photo shoot by Tom Spitz, and an appearance on the  Morning Blend  TV Segment.

Blanca was the winner!!!

Selected as one of the three finalists her winning answer to why she needed this makeover was:

I need help to improve myself and I’m tired.  I don’t have the energy to do it alone.

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So let the Project begin!!!

Style Evaluation and Closet Evaluation:

Basically it should be called the “discovery”.  Why?  Because Blanca as well as all my other clients who have braved the Closet Evaluation  discover things about themselves they never have before.022 Blanca saw in her closet who she was many years ago, her current life (mom),  with very boring (mom) clothes, and  the forecast of who she wanted to be !

She forecasted a  mother who was well put together, who had style but still comfortable.  She realized the time she was spending on herself was next to nothing and it showed.

She realized holding on to garments that didn’t  work for her was a disservice to her.030

She also learned the best clothes that compliment her body type (apple).  She learned her assets being her gorgeous legs, skin tone, arms, beautiful face and smile.  She learned  how to accentuate those areas as much as possible and taking the eye away from her challenging areas being her midsection area.037

As we edited her closet , half was tossed because the item was dated, stained and old, did not fit,  and was in the wrong color for her.  Her color palette lends to vibrant rich colors so all pastels and muted tops, sweaters and jackets left the building!022

We also placed her full length mirror in a strategic place so she could actually see herself from head to toe!

By the end of our 2.5 hours she was energized and the transformation had begun! We had created a shopping list of new items that would achieve her style goal of looking like a cool mom and being comfortable at the same time!

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Fear Factor shopping! Comments I get before diving into the racks of clothes are ” I’m overwhelmed,  We won’t find anything, nothing will look good on me”.  As insecurities are surfacing I know with all my years of experience successes are on the way!

We found beautiful pieces at Dillards with the $700.00 prize money. 072

Since Blanca is a stay at home mom, and property manager we were looking for casual, fun well fitting clothes. Basically her ” uniform ” to be was a great pair of jeans and leggings for the season and beautiful tops that were steps up from her boring tees.

Here are some outfits we found at Dillard’s

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016

030

041She was in need of the little black dress! This dress by Theory  is simple and drapes beautifully to conceal her tummy area, along with the turquoise necklaces to draw attention upward around her face.  The  hem length shows off her legs and highlights  her shoes.  These shoes are very Prada-esque!!! Without the prada price

You don’t have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans! You just have to know how to wear them!  In her case the leopard top fits perfectly, skimming the body and concealing her tummy.   The blouse has a v shape at her neckline, which is also flattering.  045

She also needed some new shoes for the wow factor !

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As we were shopping for shoes Blanca went right to the 5 inch platforms.  Very impressive!! That doesn’t happen to often with my clients, due to the consistent need to wear flat comfortable shoes.  Taking the elevator up with a high heel is an added plus for petite frame!036

Makeup

Samantha Ruiz was the talented makeup artist who applied Armani makeup that took Blanca from ordinary to extraordinary!006

Makeup was applied using Artis Brushes, resulting in a flawless natural finish.  Brows filled in,  eye shadows applied, kohl eyeliner to bring out her eyes bronzer to contour her cheeks.  Rosy brown lipstick to show off Blanca’s full luscious lips.

004

Professional Photo Shoot Day! (The photos that are in  Feb Issue of Tucson LifeStyle Magazine for the story)

To create a beautiful photo many people are involved!  The Executive Editor of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Scott Barker, Tom Spitz, Photographer

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Artistic Director of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Matthew Kaufman

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Joseph Boldt, Assistant to Tom Spitz

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and myself the Stylist is what is needed to make a great photo. We all collaborate to make it work.  It is a very fun process.  I love it!!

Before the photo shoot, I also need to mention Blanca went to Dillard’s for makeup. Samantha from Dillard’s Armani Cosmetic counter did her magic again, and Gadabout for her hair to be done  prior to  the photo shoot! Megan was the wonderful Hair Stylist from Gadabout.

Blanca had not had her haircut in a year and a half.  She also had a stressful year which resulted in hair loss, and lost the luster too.

Megan gave her a rich conditioning treatment, trimmed, shaped her hair around her face and styled it for the photoshoot !  Blanca was enjoying every minute of it and her hair looked gorgeous in the end!

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023

The location of the shoot was at Highland Park near her house.  This was of great convenience because her entire family was going to be involved with a photo , along with us running back and forth  to her house for wardrobe outfits.

Shot 1:  Being treated like a queen from her family was the first shot!  How fun as they showered her with treats and love! Dillard’s provided the awesome couch that Ted Baker provided Dillard’s  for his clothing line.  I provided the rest of the props.

037

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Blanca is wearing a coral shell  which adds a punch of color. The vest although we can’t see it in the picture adds structure.  It  slims her waistline along with adding a layered look without the bulk because they are both sleeveless.  A cardigan or jacket could be added for continued layering, but the vest is the detail a lot of us would not think to do!

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Shot 2    Wow!!!  Blanca is so beautiful here, nothing else needs to be said.

The blouse is so colorful and  extremely flattering on her.  The cognac booties hit perfectly in proportion to where the jean hem ends.  Simple outfit formula: blouse with interesting elements+ great fitting jeans+ cool current shoes+ jewelry = Fabulous Outfit!!!!

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This is my cruiser bike that was a prop in the photo shoot and it was a hit, because Tucson Lifestyle used it on the cover of the magazine!  Blanca was having so much fun and she seemed like a natural at modeling!

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Want to lose 10 pounds visually?  Vertical dressing!!!  Wearing the same color on the top on bottom, as Blanca is doing here. Add an interesting cardigan, great pair of shoes and jewelry and you’ve got yourself a great outfit!

Me and my bicycle!!!  I was goofing off in between the shots taken.

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Blancas transformation was a total success!  Her desire to be open to new ideas, wanting to learn and the willingness to make daily changes are the ingredients needed. She committed to making an investment on herself.    She was absolutely delightful to work with and I think for both of us it was a rich fulfilling experience.

And I am already looking forward to next year for another remarkable transformation!!!

If you are in need of a Makeover and want to improve your image please contact Monica at Monica@Tenoutfits.com.

Master Class: Fall Layering Techniques

 

Tips on Master Layering

1.  Limit your Layers, 3 is best

J Crew Sleeveless Ruffle Top, J Crew Leopard Cardigan, Antonio Melani Gray Cashmere Cardigan Sweater, Zara Cigarette Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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2.  Know your Body Type:  Are you an Apple, Pear, Ruler, Inverted Triangle or Hourglass.  Understanding your body type helps with the most flattering layering possibilities.  I suggest layer with caution when it comes to bulky items,  Below I would of removed the denim shirt.

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Long and Lengthy?  A Ruler body type is great for the look below.  Thin with no curves

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3.  Pair Light weight pieces under bulk

Ted Baker Fleur Jacket, Vince Camuto Aqua Sleeveless Blouse, Thalian Burgundy Leggings, Nine West Brown Mid Boots, Vintage Silk Chiffon Purple Scarf

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4. Balance Layered tops under slim bottoms

Levi Strauss Blue Jacket, Pink Chiffon Buffalo Blouse, Zara Skirt, Vince Camuto Booties

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5. Layer the Same Colorwhite

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6. Layer Texture

Zara Grey Metallic Knit Jacket, Elizabeth and James Feathered Vest, J Jill White Cami

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Step One:   Max Jeans Grey Vest, Mossimo White Tee, Prabal Gurang Prism Necklace, Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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Step 2.  Add another layer with texture, and repeat the color.  Not overwhelming!  La Fiorentina Fur Vest

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7. Summer Dresses can be layered into Fall Style

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J Crew Sparkle Sheath Dress, Nine West Booties

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Added: Zara Black Knit Pullover, J Crew Black Grosgrain Belt,  5 Layer Strand of big Faux  Pearls

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Tool Box:  Items needed for  Layering

1. Vests

Lucky Army Vest, Lucy Black Hoody, Banana Republic Graphic Tee, Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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J Crew Print Shell, Antonio Melani Man’s Vest, Premise Black Jacket, Vintage Scarf

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Talbot’s Zebra Long Jacket, Mossimo Grey Sweater, Vince Camuto White Sleeveless Blouse, Zara Black Leggings, Stuart Weitzman Black Boots

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Margaret O’Leary Black Knit Sweater, H&M Black Sheer Long Duster, J Jill White Cami, Ann Taylor White Jeans, Vince Camuto Brown Bootie, Italian Black Bag

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3. Cascading Hemlines

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Mossimo Knit Oatmeal Sweater, Trina Turk Taupe Silk Sleeveless Top, Zara Ivory Midi Skirt, Vince Camuto Booties

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4. Sleeveless Blouses , Tees and Turtlenecks

Vince Camuto White Sleeveless Top, H&M Black Man’s Vest, Barneys New York Black Fingerless Leather Gloves, Elevenesse Black Matador Pants, Stuart Weitzman Leopard Pumps

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7. Trimmings: Buy quality, don’t settle for a bad fake fur!  There are good fake furs out there and I personally like Vintage Fur.

Brooks Brothers Ivory Coat, Vintage Fur Trim

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8. Layer Jewelry. I enjoy adding layers of jewelry in similar colors and textures with one “off” piece. Vintage Jet Beads, Misc Strands

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9. Scarves  So versatile and add a splash of your favorite colors, patterns ect.

Trina Turk Black Leather Jacket, TeenFlo Vest, J Crew Taupe Chiffon Sleeveless Blouse, Vintage Limited Silk Scarf ( Circa 80″s), Zara Jeans, Stuart Weitzman Black Pumps

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Infinity Scarves- Current Trend-  I like it!!

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Banana Republic Navy Cardigan, Mossimo Denim Shirt, Vintage Tartan Tie, Zara Black Leggings, Zara Motorcycle Boots

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Layering Clothing is fun, looks very chic and stylish and fundamentally can keep you warm this Fall.  Good Luck and remember the tips and work with your tool box!!