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Save the Date: Fall Style Show for Neiman Marcus

It’s that time of year again!  Yes, fall fashions are in the air, and the date is set for my Fall Style Show at Neiman Marcus Fort Worth.  As one of my clients so beautifully puts it, “Neiman Marcus is the fashion mothership!”  Whether or not you are a regular Neiman’s shopper, you are certain to enjoy my style show.  I will showcase my favorite “looks” for fall with plenty of tips on how to wear my key pieces and how to build a fabulous and well-utilized wardrobe this season. 

Please save the date for September 20th, 2012

Fashion Style Show by Lauren Bailey of Flawlessly Fashioned Wardrobe Consulting

Lite Bites & Beverages

Event will begin around 11 or 11:30 am

If you are on my mailing list, you will receive an invitation in the next few weeks.  Please feel free to bring your friends!  If you are not on my mailing list and would like to receive an invite, please contact me.  I’m looking forward to seeing you at Neiman Marcus Fort Worth on September 20th!

 

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Fall Favorite: Leopard Print

You could call it the print that just won’t quit.  For seasons now, we have seen leopard print all over our stores, and this fall is no exception.  I must admit that I love the look and just can’t help myself from adding a little more leopard print to my wardrobe each season.  Truthfully, I just looked down to see that I am wearing my leopard pajama pants.  My obsession may be worse that I previously thought! 

Whether you love leopard a little or, like I do, a lot, it is important to select your leopard items with care and in a way that will support and extend your current wardrobe…not leave you thinking, “I must have been crazy when I bought that leopard blouse!”  Here are my rules for selecting the right leopard pieces for my clients.  I hope they help you in your leopard selections this fall:

1) The key to a happy leopard-sprinkled wardrobe is to purchase items that are in your preferred color family (black & white, brown & caramel, or even red).  Stick to a leopard color scheme that will compliment the wardrobe you already have (exp. if your fall color base is brown, opt for brown-toned leopard prints, not blacks).

2) Remember to choose leopard prints that are in the right scale for your body size.  For example, if one of my petite clients really wants a great pair of leopard jeans this fall, I will make sure to select for her a very small pattern that will not overpower her small frame. (The NYDJ below are a great example of this).  

3) Don’t forget that a little leopard goes a long way.  When wearing a leopard print, select other supportive (not conflicting) pieces to wear.  Let the leopard be the all-star of your outfit. 

4) Lastly, once you have a little leopard in your closet, you cannot be afraid to wear it!  Yes, it may be bold and dramatic, but leoaprd can create so much visual interest and fun in an outfit…if you let it. 

Now that you know the rules for wearing leopard, it’s time to shop.  Leopard is everywhere this season, so stay true to your budget when purchasing your pieces.  If you find something you love that is out of your price range, just keep searching.  Leopard is popping up everywhere and at every price-point!  Here are some of my favorite leopard finds, so far, this season.

Leopard Clutch, $43.00

Photo Courtesy: Karmaloop

 

Leopard NYDJ, $120.00

Photo Courtesy: Nordstrom

 

 

Leopard Blouse, $24.50

Photo Courtesy: Wet Seal

 

Leopard Wedges, $79.50

Photo Courtesy: Ann Taylor Loft

 

Leopard Blazer, $198

Photo Courtesy: Neiman Marcus

 

 

Photo Courtesy: H&M

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The Swimdress: Making One-Piece Swimsuits Sexy

One of the newest trends in swimwear for the spring 2012 season is the swimdress.  Think retro pin-up girl, but with better spandex and underwire support.  This new spin on the one-piece swimsuit is making full-coverage swimwear sexy again for women of all ages.  I should know…swimsuit shopping season is in full swing! 

After spending the last two weeks located the perfect swimwear for clients in the DFW area, I have decided on my top picks for the swimdress.  Here they are!  Now you just have to decide which swimdress is for you.  Happy swimming, retro style!

Carmen Marc Valvo Swimdress (also available in Red and Black), $167.00

Photo Courtesy: Victoria’s Secret

 

Betsey Johnson State Fair Swimdress, $178.00

Photo Courtesy: Everything But Water

 

Jantzen Pin Dot Swimdress (also available in Red), $112.00

Photo Courtesy: Dillard’s

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Color-Blocked Crossbody Bags

One of my favorite trends of the Spring 2012 season is color-blocking.  Color-blocking is not only a great trend in clothing, but it also spans other areas of fashion, like shoes, jewelry and bags. 

BCBG Max Azaria Color-Block Dress, $248 at Saks

Photo Courtesy: Saks Fifth Avenue

Colin Stuart Color-Block Sandal, $88 at Victoria’s Secret

Photo Courtesy: Victoria’s Secret

 

Lee Angel Color-Block Bracelet, $94.99 at Amazon

Photo Courtesy: Amazon

Over the past month, I have been on a hunt, for a certain client, for the perfect color-blocked crossbody bag.  The specifications are that it must be under $100 and include only neutrals (brown, black, white, etc.).  Keeping the color-blocking neutral will also for pairing with a great number of pieces in her existing wardrobe and will ensure longevity when neon color-blocking goes out (and who can tell how quickly that will be!).  Here are my two favorite finds for this project.  Which bag do you like best?

Contrast Bowling Bag, $72 at TopShop

Photo Courtesy: TopShop

LaMountain Crossbody Bag, $40 at Aldo

Photo Courtesy: Aldo

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Top Beauty Supply Stores in North Texas

Shopping for beauty products is a fun and fundamental part of being a woman.  After all, even the most fashionable outfit can fall short if you skip your ever important makeup and hair styling steps before heading out the door.  Whether your style is uptown chic, downtown trendsetter, or haute hippie, it’s essential to know where to find your favorite products and the latest and greatest beauty finds.  Fortunately, in North Texas, there is a beauty store to match everyone’s style and budget.  I recently visited a few and here’s my review on the top beauty supply stores in our area. As well as the ins and outs on what to find there and how much money you can expect to spend.

Ulta, $$
2900 East Southlake Blvd.
Southlake, TX 76092
www.ulta.com

gold nail polish e1321398128187 Top Beauty Supply Stores In North Texas

Ulta is the quintessential one-stop shop for beauty products.  From perfume to nail polish, Ulta is a perfect option for perusing, or shopping with purpose.  Ulta also offer a wide range of makeup options from inexpensive and mainstream varieties like Maybelline and CoverGirl, to mid-range brands like Urban Decay and Stila.

If you have a big event coming up, make sure to look into the salon services at Ulta.  These services include skin treatments, hair color and styling & body waxing.  To finish getting ready for your event, have one of the Ulta makeup artists create a polished party look for you.

My favorite product to pick up at Ulta is a gold (yes, I meant gold) nail polish called Luxe, by Orly for $7.

Read the rest of my article for CBS DFW.

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Save the Date: Fort Worth Fashion Event!

Grab your girlfriends and head out for some local shopping.  360 West is hosting its very first Trunk Show Thursday on March 8th from 5 to 8pm on 7th street.  The 7th street boutiques will be offering cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as you peruse their new spring merchandise.  I’ll be attending the event and would love to meet up with you for some shopping! 

Check out the flyer (Trunkshow Thursday Flyer) to learn more about this fabulously fashionable event!

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Spring 2012 Trend Alert: Yellow

Hello yellow!  Bold is a common theme among spring 2012 fashion trends, and one of the biggest colors of the season is no exception.  Ranging from light lemon to mustard, and every shade in-between, adding a little dash of yellow is a great way to make your wardrobe pop!  Now, if yellow strikes you with fear, or just washes out your complexion…which is equally fearful!, try out the bright hue as an accessory.  Pumps and purses look lovely in yellow and won’t turn your skin a sour shade.  Bring on the sun! 

Here are some of my favorite yellow pieces this season:

Marc Jacobs Quilted Crossbody Bag, $575.00

Photo Courtesy: Nordstrom

I love a bright bag in a crossbody style.  It’s such a fun look and keeps you hands free when running errands or shopping.

 

Jason Wu for Target Textured Top, $32.99

Photo Courtesy: Target

Worn by Ann Curry on the Today show!  This great mustard piece pairs nicely with black, white, purple or even grey.

 

Asos Hybrid Dress, $152.19

Photo Courtesy: Asos

This yellow dress from Asos shows off another major trend for spring 2012, ladylike designs. 

 

J.Crew Mona Pump, $198

Photo Courtesy: J.Crew

J.Crew’s Mona pump is a staple for many of my clients.  The Mona is a very wearable height, and the yellow shade is so much fun when paired with white pants or jeans.  It also looks great with blue denim and navy.

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