White Out

Wearing white is so sexy, fresh, and fashionable.  It is timeless.

Helmut Lang  Knit Sleeveless Tank, Daniel Cremieux  Shorts, Vince Camuto Gunmetal Caged Booties

 I remember watching Love Story at least 30 years ago and seeing Ali Macgraw wearing a white tee and white shorts.

love story That visual never left me.  And to this day everytime I see all white in a fashion spread, store or someone on the street I always stop and take notice and admire.

While on my last trip to Boston this display at Nordstroms caught my eye and inspired me


J Crew Spring 2015  Campaign- Fabulous

J Crew Regent Blazer

So can we all wear white ? No matter what shape or size we are?? No!!!

I say no immediately thinking about all my beautiful Autumn Palette clients.  A redhead does not wear white!  It bleaches her out, thus cream is her “white”

Melissa looking so beautiful in a Vintage Cream Cashmere Coat, J Crew Necklace


  What I am talking about is warm vs cool in reference to colors that flatter you!

 I also say  if you are a body type that is an apple, hourglass, or pear the rule of thumb would be to wear darker colors on the bottom.

Ann Taylor Black Fishnet Skirt, Handcrafted Rubber Tire Necklace, Rebecca Minkoff Snakeskin Heeled Sandals


A few additional tips to remember:

1.  Soccer Thighs or  Voluptuous Derriere- yes you can still wear white but…

Make sure the fabric is heavy and drapes beautifully.   Watch for  pockets that show the seams.That is a no no.   Also a cascading top floating past your vulnerable areas will be flattering and wear some heels!


2.  If you are top heavy rather than bottom heavy wear white on the bottom, darker colors on the top.  This will even you out.

My client getting it right!!!


Enough of the rules, below are some fab pics that are white summer hot!

Vince  Tee, Banana Republic  Jeans, J Crew Earrings, Via Spiga Bronze Wedges


J Crew —   The added white, neutral accessories make the “look” a homerun!


I pinned this outfit on Pinterest at least a year ago and I continue to see it coming thru the stream.   I am not the only one noticing this amazing outfit!

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I presented a “Shorts” workshop last year and this was one of the visuals.  If you don’t like your thigh area then wearing Bermudas will cover up and solve that problem.  By wearing a gorgeous ornate top not only does it distract from the bottom but brings attention up to your face.  This strategy would be a win win.  Dont forget to wear some heels.  If you are screaming at me now for that advice, perhaps a wedge?



A lovely client working it!  We shopped in her closet and we came up with many outfits  This was one of them!


Two thumbs up for rock star attitude and fringe!


Zara 2014.  Love a white suit!!!

Classic, Daring and Edgy– You have to have confidence to pull this off.  Notice the beautiful drape of the pants.
 Drape in white pants is so elegant.  Ladies if you are tall  do your self a fashion favor and go get some drapey white pants!


Ladies if you are not tall, go get some ankle pants, heels and you can still rock the white pant suit look!

Ann Taylor Jacket, Brooks Brothers Sleeveless Blouse, Lafayette 148 Pants, Stuart Weitzman Slingbacks

In conclusion wearing white psychologically makes us feel good. White represents cleansing and new beginnings White is innocent and pure . White adds and creates space. Putting on a white blouse feels like being given an opportunity to start the day with a clean slate

I think we can all relate to that vibe from time to time versus are dark friend  “black”.  In months to come  I will address the color black but for now white is right.


Part 4 MakeOver of the Year : Shopping Spree at Buffalo Exchange

The Total Shopping Spree amount was $500.00  I decided to divide the prize $250.00 each at Buffalo Exchange and Dillard’s.  I chose Buffalo Exchange because I knew we would find one of a kind treasures at a great price  and I was right!  I wanted Jodi to get the most out of her money and introduce her to one of my favorite stores.




Jodi met me at the Buffalo Exchange on Speedway and Campbell001The management which consisted of Jennifer and Rachel  greeted us openly and helped us with anything we needed.  Thanks to both of you and Amelia.  All of you were so helpful that day. 012

The Shopping Strategy was to pull clothes first and then try everything on.  We were specifically looking for Business Casual, along with Hippy Chic items that would carry over from day to fun night outfits.010

We found so many  great pieces!  Jodi as it was her first time in the store was absolutely amazed!  With my expertise of designer labels and knowledge of quality clothes, I always describe Buffalo as giving candy to a baby when I shop there for clients. Jodi was reluctant when I would hold something up and say “How about this” but she was willing to try and with that attitude beautiful surprises always go home with the client – things she would of never picked out ever!!!!!   Jodi was also blown away as I was educating her on what a great deal she was getting as I was finding designer labels that ran anywhere from $95.00 – $250 per item.

After shopping the racks we headed into the dressing room to try on.  This was a 2 hour process and so much fun.  We scored!

Below- BCBG Black Crop Pants, Retail Value $225.00,  L’Agence Black Knit Long Cardigan, Retail Value $195.00, Banana Republic Blue Dot Top

025 Free People Raspberry Jeans, Peach Sleeveless Top New Tags on $98.00, Anthropologie Ivory Long Cardigan


Banana Republic Dalmatian Top, J Brand Black Jeans

035My favorite find- Knit Fringe Vest by Wool and the Gang,
Retail Value $195


Handkerchief Cotton Tunic by Nicholas K Retail Value $205.00


XXI Sequence Black Vest, Forever 21 Violet Jacket


Additional Items that were purchased:  Smokey Blue Cotton Cardigan by Splendid, Stripe Mini Skirt by Ladakh, Coral Knit Peek a Boo Sweater by Lucky Jeans, Grey Skirt by Express, Olive Leopard Jeans by Rich and Famous


Jodi spent her  $250.00 Gift Certificate which covered  all the items above.  The retail value would of clearly been over $1200.00!  What a deal.

We will be shopping Dillard’s in a few days to fill in the holes that are missing in her wardrobe.   In the meantime the next service for her Makeover is a Haircut and Style  at Studio 110.






Spring Shoe Splurge!

As I edited my closet recently getting ready for spring,  I realized I was lacking in a few functional pairs of shoes and sandals so I madly surfed Ebay typing in my favorite brands and this is what I came up with:Ten pairs of designer shoes, avg price 30.00. The designers I consistently type in are Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, Kate Spade, Joan and David, and for a long shot Christian Louboutin.  My total for Ebay Purchases was $300.00  As I have said before Ebay is for the buyer not the seller these days.  I would also like to say they arrived in a shockingly speedy time. I am set now for Spring and Summer.

To emphasize the spirit of spring in the Desert I displayed my new shoes appropriately.

Kate Spade:002Stuart Weitzman:007Paul Green:018Cole Haan:008Kate Spade:003Cole Haan Nike Air:005Joan and David:010Cole Haan:025Banana Rebublic:021Cole Haan:020My next upcoming blog post I will compliment the shoes with Ten Great Outfits. Check back in a week or so.

Ten Outfits with Ten Variations of Summer Sandals


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Summer is in full swing and sandals should be too.  Brown toned sandals, Neutrals and metallics are my favorite in summer because they are flattering and  more versatile than a  black sandal.  In the summertime our clothes are light and … Continue reading