Wearing sneakers chicly

The sneaker trend! Sounds fabulous, right?!  Comfy and chic is totally possible (and fabulous might i add!)

I was with a client the other day and towards the end of the fitting..I always ask if there’s something we’re missing..she hesitated and said, do you think there’s a cute ..(more hesitation here) sneaker?

As you know, the sneaker trend is HUGE this spring.  They.are.everywhere.

I totally knew what she meant and it’s something I’ve been struggling with for some time.  The chic but still so comfy chic-sneaker/flat. 

She’s even got long and lean legs for it so it’s much easier to pull off.  I’ve got more of an athletic build so I have to be SUPER careful when wearing this look.

Three keys to wearing the sneaker chic-ly:

  1. Wear fitted silhouettes, it’s all about balance!
  2. Pops of color like pink, coral or green are fabulous for spring and add that feminine look.
  3. Layer.  I’ve paired the chambray shirt in these looks, keep it open & unbuttoned for a more relaxed vibe.

Chic-but-comfy looks here:

New Balance Classics WL410

Vans Classic Slip-ON


Sperry Katama Stripe

Cheers!
Hanna

You’ve been applying your mascara all wrong

You’ve been applying your mascara incorrectly!

The one simple step to longer, healthier lashes.

Mascara!

I’m a bit of a self proclaimed product junkie so to say Birchbox is my dream come true is an understatement. But when it comes to trying to different glosses, bronzers, mascara- the list goes on, well, I’ve probably tried it!

I’ve found that these drugstore mascaras work well for me:  L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara and LASHBLAST VOLUME WATERPROOF MASCARA by Covergirl.

During my years as a stylist over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to work with a lot of really extraordinary makeup artists in Chicago.  I found this one tip so fascinating- I had to share!

He says that most of us apply mascara incorrectly.

The tip you want to know: on your second coat of mascara, only apply to just the tips of your lashes! (Not the entire length of lashes!)

Marcus says it gives the length & volume without damaging your eyelashes.  What’s not to love?!

Let me know if you use this tip and love it!
Hanna

Apply your second coat only to the tips of lashes!
L’Oreal Paris
Covergirl Lashblast Volume Waterproof

Trendy pants you may actually wear

Trendy pants?

Usually not my thing right…

Until I saw these and both are fabulous, reasonably priced and are a beautiful, airy option when you want to wear a pant this summer!

Oh, did I mention the elastic waist?  Thought you’d like that too!

If you work in a conservative office you’ll likely not be able to wear these but if you work in a business casual environment and are allowed more creativity, you can certainly pair these with a kitten pump and blazer, voila!

Remember, it’s all about balance so look for more structure or fitted tops/jackets when creating your looks with these.

 

WEAR IT

Work:  a white, crisp peplum shirt and a textured blazer.
Date night: feminine blouse, leather jacket and a nude pump.
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Trust me- these look way less wide and intimidating in person! 

WEAR IT

Play day:  a fitted white v-neck or tank, layered necklaces with a denim jacket.
Girls night out: white crop top (if you can rock it), bangles
Work: (obviously you’d be in a creative work environment if you can wear these to work!)  Pair a tunic style white dress shirt and belt it. Add a crop blazer for extra style.
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Building a holiday wardrobe collection: 3 must-have pieces

My holiday wardrobe has changed over the years becoming more relaxed (lucky me!)  But there’s something about looking really put-together and festive for the holidays  that’s so much fun.  So if looking to step up and out of your favorite flannels, here are three pieces you should have in your holiday wardrobe collection.3 must have holiday pieces

1. A black sweater dress: warm and comfortable (and you don’t have to worry about unbuttoning pants, yay!)  I love a sweater dress because it can really be dressed up or down in a matter of seconds.

Dress it down with leggings and a flat black boot and fun necklace. Easy, comfortable and chic.

Dress it up:  wear a sheer black tight and a sexy pair of booties for date night.  Pair it with a dressier evening coat and have a fresh face of makeup with a bright red lip, voila!

2. Sequins: I really cannot get enough of sequins year-round but they are a number one in my book for holiday!  Sparkle and shine, what’s not to love? Dress it down: layer a denim shirt over it, cuffs rolled with a slim black pant.  Or layer a shorter chunky sweater over it so the bottom 3-4 inches of sequins pop out acting as a ruffle layer and pair it with denim. Easy and fun!

Dress it up:  Most sequin tops tend to be a boxier cut so pair it with a slim fitting pencil skirt or your sexiest dark denim.   Sequin skirt?  Pair it with a fitted v-neck style top.

3. A pop of color: red or pink:  color is such an easy, fun way to look festive without overdoing it.  Dress it down: pair your bright blouse or sweater with your favorite denim pants, a sweater jacket and top it off with simple jewelry; a pair of thin hoops or sparkly stud earrings!

Dress it up:  Be bold and wear it with your black sequin skirt!   Or pair your bright blouse with a wide leg black pant, fabulous gold necklace, great evening party coat and a black pump.  Lastly, you could also go bold and color block it.  Simply choose the color it’s opposite on the color wheel!  Going for the red? Choose a fabulous turquoise skirt!

What’s your favorite holiday look?

Safe travels and have FUN! 

Hanna

4 New Ways to Rock Your LBD

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If you’re anything like me you’ve got a lot of black in your wardrobe! It’s easy, chic and always works.  However, it can be terribly mundane and frankly, safe.  You’re not mundane and safe are you?!

Here are 4 ways to shake up your LBD rut.
Cheers!
Hanna

How to: wear your red dress after Valentine’s day!

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How to: wear your red dress after Valentine’s day!

The secret to wearing your LRD again?

Layers! How’d you know?  I’ll assume most fashion consultants and stylists like myself are pretty addicted to layers.  Especially with my pregnancy dressing, it’s such a beautiful, easy and affordable way to change any outfit.  Lots of stretch dresses and layers.

From a cozy knit neutral sweater to a leather jacket you can completely change how one dress looks.  You know I love the Rule of Three so find a red dress you can wear for your Valentine’s date night and beyond.

Cheers!

Hanna

4 ways to wear your red dress

 

Building a holiday wardrobe collection: 3 must-have pieces

My holiday wardrobe has changed over the years becoming more relaxed (lucky me!)  But there’s something about looking really put-together and festive for the holidays  that’s so much fun.  So if looking to step up and out of your favorite flannels, here are three pieces you should have in your holiday wardrobe collection.3 must have holiday pieces

1. A black sweater dress: warm and comfortable (and you don’t have to worry about unbuttoning pants, yay!)  I love a sweater dress because it can really be dressed up or down in a matter of seconds.

Dress it down with leggings and a flat black boot and fun necklace. Easy, comfortable and chic.

Dress it up:  wear a sheer black tight and a sexy pair of booties for date night.  Pair it with a dressier evening coat and have a fresh face of makeup with a bright red lip, voila!

2. Sequins: I really cannot get enough of sequins year-round but they are a number one in my book for holiday!  Sparkle and shine, what’s not to love? Dress it down: layer a denim shirt over it, cuffs rolled with a slim black pant.  Or layer a shorter chunky sweater over it so the bottom 3-4 inches of sequins pop out acting as a ruffle layer and pair it with denim. Easy and fun!

Dress it up:  Most sequin tops tend to be a boxier cut so pair it with a slim fitting pencil skirt or your sexiest dark denim.   Sequin skirt?  Pair it with a fitted v-neck style top.

3. A pop of color: red or pink:  color is such an easy, fun way to look festive without overdoing it.  Dress it down: pair your bright blouse or sweater with your favorite denim pants, a sweater jacket and top it off with simple jewelry; a pair of thin hoops or sparkly stud earrings!

Dress it up:  Be bold and wear it with your black sequin skirt!   Or pair your bright blouse with a wide leg black pant, fabulous gold necklace, great evening party coat and a black pump.  Lastly, you could also go bold and color block it.  Simply choose the color it’s opposite on the color wheel!  Going for the red? Choose a fabulous turquoise skirt!

What’s your favorite holiday look?

Safe travels and have FUN! 

Hanna
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Leggings: have people stare for the right reasons

If you’re in cold temperatures like most of the country and you’re starting to bust out your leggings for the season, here are a few ways to wear them and not have people staring for the wrong reasons.  Not in the cold?  Lucky you!

Please ladies, treat leggings as you do tights. You don’t wear tights and a short shirt do you?  I didn’t think so (or so I hope!)

If you’re one of few women that has dream legs (good for you!) there are plenty of ways to flaunt those without wearing leggings and a shirt that hits your waist.

When you wear leggings your top piece should cover your butt. You might be saying to yourself “rules schmules,” but please, cover.it.up.

Here are some easy, fabulous ways to cover it up and look chic while braving the cold!

Cheers to staying chic in the cold!

How to : wear leggings