4 Affordable Piece to Make Outfits Look More Expensive

4 Affordable Pieces to Make Your Outfits Look More Expensive

Dark denim. If you can’t afford expensive denim, your safest bet is to purchase the darkest denim you can find.  So many affordable options that make your outfit look expensive! Avoid extras like rhinestones, white stitching or other gems…that (shit) looks cheap! (Even if it’s “designer,” it looks bad!

You KNOW I love gold. Gold everything. Really. There are such amazing fake gold options out there!  Whether bangles or a layered necklace like below, you can find something in a great fake gold to make your outfit look more expensive than it is!

While it’s not necessarily a “piece,” I cannot tell you the importance of manicured nailsand how your overall look is affected (i.e- expensive!)

Faux leather! Such a game changer when it comes to affordability and making an outfit look more expensive.   I actually wear my $18.00 faux leather jacket more than my SOIA & KYO $700.00 jacket!

Dark denim. Avoid any “extras.” (Rhinestones, white stitching etc can make denim look cheap!)
Go for the gold! (Fake) (Love the real stuff but we’re focusing on Rich Style. Real Budgets here!)
You’ve seen this before, why haven’t you bought a faux or leather jacket yet? :)

Desk-to-dinner in under 10 minutes

Desk-to-dinner in under 10 minutes

Three quick transitions to go from desk-to-dinner

Three quick transitions from desk-to-dinner:

  1. Go bold red! You absolutely could be sporting this at work (fabulous!) But for those of you in more conservative offices, adding a red lip for night immediately changes your look.
  2. Higher the heel.  Choosing a higher heel for night simply says, “Less work, more play!” If you have a difficult time in heels, chose a wedge!
  3.  Choose (faux) leather.  During the summer from desk to date wear faux leather (it’s much lighter and more breathable!) A leather jacket will immediately make your work outfit look more night outfit.  There are SO many amazing, inexpensive faux leather jackets out right now. I’m obsessed!  I’ve included a few of my favorites at the bottom of the e-mail. 

Cheers!
Hanna

 

Go bold red!
Higher heel is always sexier for night.
Go faux!

How to wear floral without looking like your grandma (or niece)

How to wear floral

Without looking like your grandma or twelve-year-old niece!

I LOVE floral.  The punches of color are so fresh and fun!  BUT, sometimes our floral frocks can look totally drab and

Three things to look for when buying a floral piece:

  •  Cut & shape: make sure it’s fitted well.
  • Similar to the above, pay attention to the length (I like either an inch or two above the knee or the thinnest part of your calf if you’re tall.)   Too long (grandma) or too short (niece.)
  • Look for bold punches of color rather than soft colors.  Bright colors (like mine below) are way easier to dress up or down. But soft yellows and greens tend to look really young.
  • Look for floral inspired like below.  This dress doesn’t scream floral yet, when I look at it, I see punches of floral inspiration. (Can I use the word floral one.more.time? Yikes!)

Cheers to a bright week ahead!
Hanna 

The focus piece!
  • Wear a military inspired jacket (or menswear inspiration.)
  • Pair with strappy sandal.
  • (Work) it with a black blazer, gold jewelry and kitten pump.
  • (Rock) it and make it edgier with leather (or faux like this one!)
  • Add a favorite black bootie.

Four easy wardrobe tips to hide belly fat

 Ah, the joys of belly fat! (Not.)4 Easy Wardrobe Tips to Hide Belly Fat, Hanna Lee Style,http://www.hannaleestyle.com/foureasywardrobetipstohidebellyfat/

Pregnancy and after has so many stages of dressing, mostly, I actually really enjoyed it. It forced me to be creative!

But four weeks after baby I’m in that very odd in-between stage.  (Similar to the 3 month pregnancy stage. Is she pregnant? Or fat?)  Whether you’re in the odd stage after pregnancy or simply have belly fat you want to hide, these four wardrobe cuts and shapes will help you hide that belly fat, look chic and fake your way to a flat stomach!

Four easy wardrobe tips to  hide belly fat

 

Button down blouse: this sleeveless denim has been a constant in my wardrobe right now. I am loving its versatility!  It can be worn for date night with a black pencil skirt, shorts for an easy summer look or a black ankle pant and blazer with a bold necklace. {Store: Evereve} Brand: Cloth & Stone.
4 Easy Wardrobe Tips To Hide Belly Fat, Hanna Lee Style,http://www.hannaleestyle.com/foureasywardrobetipstohidebellyfat/

 

Peplum. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. The peplum is the perfect top to hide belly fat.  Some rises are different on peplums (in fact this is a wee short) so keep that in mind when trying this shape. {Store: Anthropologie} Brand:  unknown 

http://www.hannaleestyle.com/foureasywardrobetipstohidebellyfat/

 

 

Shift dress with a 3/4 (bell) sleeve makes for the very perfect hide-belly-fat camouflage.  I love this dress so much I ordered it in a second color!  Shift dresses hide your belly because they hang loose from your shoulders and have no defined waist. {Store: Evereve} Brand: Billabong 4 Easy Wardrobe Tips to Hide Belly Fat, Hanna lee Style, http://www.hannaleestyle.com/foureasywardrobetipstohidebellyfat/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The drape.  I own both of these and they’re both fabulous. I couldn’t get pictures because this mama was breastfeeding in between photo shots and bottom-line?  Henry was not having it. He’d been patient enough.  These are also both BF friendly and  hide your belly, so in my book, they’re working overtime. {Store: Evereve} Brand: Allison JoyScreen Shot 2015-07-14 at 9.31.52 AM Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 9.32.01 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belly fat happens!  If you’re like me and you love sweets and hate the gym, use these tips to stylishly hide that belly fat,

Cheers

Hanna

Secrets of A Stylist..as featured on

Secrets of a Stylist

9 Ways to Edit Your Wardrobe to Enhance Your Style

I wanted to share this article because I think it beautifully conveys how a) I’d like to write myself but more importantly b) true ways to edit your wardrobe!

Even re-reading this list makes me want to go through my wardrobe and really edit it well and prep for fall (yes, I know we haven’t even really gotten to summer yet but what can I say?  Fall wardrobe is my dream!)

Without further adieu..enjoy!
http://makeitbetter.net/better-you/secrets-of-a-stylist-how-to-edit-your-wardrobe-to-enhance-your-style/

Cheers!
Hanna

Size denial?

Size denial! 

During my pregnancy I was in serious size denial. At 28 weeks I was trying on pencil skirts (high-waisted nonetheless) and surprised when they wouldn’t fit above my hips.

It was ridiculous.

 

Not pregnant but in similar size denial?   Whether you’re holding onto that section of clothing in your closet that was 15 lbs ago, keeping that jacket because it “was so expensive’ or it’s simply wardrobe that doesn’t represent YOU anymore: get it out of your closet!  (Not if your pregnant, put that away in storage for now.)

Standing in front of my closet, feeling annoyed and frustrated that after trying on 7 things and nothing fits, well, I’m more annoyed.

Why am I keeping clothing in front of me I know I can’t fit?  It makes no sense!   Yet, my clients do it ALL the time and here I am doing exactly what I abhor. 

So friends, it’s now or never.  Let go and clean out.  Edit, edit, edit. 

Whether you literally cannot fit a group of clothing or it just doesn’t represent you anymore, LET IT GO. 

Please donate your wardrobe, it can really make a difference in others lives!

Have a great rest of your week,
Cheers!
Hanna

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