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I seem to really be on a burgundy kick right now. Whether it’s tights, hats, bags or socks even, I love the color and have been incorporating it right and left in my recent outfits. I’ve been dying to pull together all of my favorite wine-colored accessories into one look, and this was the perfect opportunity.

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Brown, like black tights, are a perfect go-to color for everyday wear, and are just as critical to a well-rounded wardrobe. I built this outfit around legwear, and these Super Opaque Tights in rich Espresso and Essential Boot Socks in Deep Burgundy, both from No nonsense, helped me stay cozy in my classic denim cut-offs. You can’t beat this great boot sock, especially when they’re so versatile and the perfect thickness; not too thick or too thin, but just right to wear with an ankle bootie. Paired with a cream sweater and camel coat, this outfit is perfect for me who’s always on the go.
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Hat: J.Crew / Scarf: Zara / Sunglasses: Tom Ford / Coat: J.Crew / Sweater: Top Shop / Shorts: Paige (gifted) / Tights and Socks: No nonsense (gifted) / Boots: Zara / Bag: Alexander Wang
You can easily pick up both of these No nonsense  must-haves at your local drugstore for under $10 each or enjoy an exclusive 20% off site-wide at Nononsense.com, just for My Style Pill readers! Use the code style20 at checkout, valid through 03/31/14.
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Shop the look below – there are some great sales going on right now!
southern charm post  Happy Monday! Did everyone who lives on the east coast survive the freezing weather this weekend? I spent most of Saturday cuddled up on the couch, watching movies and eating pizza with my best friend from college who was here visiting from Seattle. Because, when it’s 18 degrees outside, I find it more relaxing to browse the web looking at outfits I can wear in 70-degree weather and planning mini trips to warmer climates, instead of venturing outside and freezing my face off.
Luckily, I’m getting a little reprieve from this cold snap and heading to New Orleans in just over two weeks. (I will be hosting a fun styling workshop while I’m down there but more on that later!) Whenever I head to the south I find that my style steers away from anything black and edgy, and instead I’m drawn to more girly, feminine pieces in pastels. I think it has to do with the fact that when I’m down in Nola, there are brightly painted houses, remnants of Mardi Gras decorations and amazing architecture everywhere you look. It truly inspires me in a way different than any other town or city I’ve visited.
The south is a charming and special place, and I hope to keep exploring and visiting other towns such as Nashville and Charleston sooner than later, but in the meantime, in lieu of my upcoming trip, I decided to create a few outfits that I could see myself wearing while I’m down in the bayou.
Shop my looks here…

 

P.S. Guilty pleasure alert – Bravo’s new show Southern Charm is debuting tonight at 10 EST. Who’s going to watch?
This post is sponsored by Bravo. As always, all opinions and styling are my own – thank you for your continuous support. xo
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Sunglasses: Karen Walker / Jacket: Rebecca Taylor / Skirt: H&M / Tank: Lauren by Ralph Lauren / Bag: Lauren by Ralph Lauren / Shoes: Lauren by Ralph Lauren

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Photos by: Lydia Hudgens
There is something about a head to toe, black and white look that I love. It feels current and fresh – perfect for the upcoming warmer seasons. This past weekend it was actually nice out and in the mid 50s, which felt amazing compared to the previous (and once again) freezing weather we’ve been experiencing. I took full advantage and went all out with a spring-like outfit, complete with bare legs and a light jacket. If you like this combo, click here for more chic black and white options!
This post was sponsored by InStyle and Lauren Ralph Lauren. As always, all opinions and styling are my own – thank you for your continuous support. xo

 

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What’s in my bag…

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(Not shown – a pair of heels, my Nikon SLR and some sort of scarf and/or gloves.)
As someone who is constantly on the go, running here and there, while basically lugging everything around in one large bag, my appearance by midday is often less than glamourous (read: frazzled and sweaty). It’s times like these when you need something that will help you reset and refresh for those crucial and transitional moments, especially when dealing with rapid climate change where you head straight from the freezing elements into a heated building for an important meeting or appointment. Not always a pretty sight!

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Luckily, I’ve discovered Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths by Ban, which is a new innovative product from Japan. What sets these cloths apart is the PowderSilk™ Technology, which leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, smelling fresh, with no sticky residue. I am a huge proponent of anything that offers a quick fix when in a pinch, especially when it’s travel sized, so, I’ve started keeping a pack in my purse and now have added them to my styling kit. They have been quite the lifesaver so I definitely recommend giving them a whirl.


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Now that you know what’s in my bag, I thought it would be fun to share a peek into what makes up my styling kit, which represents another side of my life. Each stylist has their own personal tips and tricks, and building your kit takes time and experience, but when I’m on a shoot, I know that the bottom line is I need be prepared and ready to fix any issue that could arise regarding the clothing.

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1. Steamer / 2.Fashion Tape / 3. Bobby pins / 4. Scissors / 5. Static Guard / 6. Microfiber Cloths / 7. Black electrical tape / 8. Lint Roller / 9. Bulldog Clips / 10. Mini Sewing Kit / 11. Rubberbands / 12. Alcohol Wipes / 13. Plastic Bags / 14. Velour Brush / 15. Safety Pins / 16. Black Sharpie / 17. Ban Freshening Cloths
Above are my go-to items that I use on-set, which now definitely includes Ban Freshening Cloths. I’ve found them incredibly useful as a quick refresher during outfit changes and just for general use when on set after a long day. After wrapping up a shoot, I love to blow off steam with friends over dinner and drinks, but I’m usually feeling sort of haggard. Now I just wipe down my neck and underarms with one of the cloths, swipe on a bit of mascara, blush and lipgloss, and I’m ready to go! xo
This post is sponsored by Ban. You can read more about the product here, but as always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for your continuous support. #bantotalrefresh 

 

 

 

 

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Dress: BCBG via Amazon (gifted) / Clutch: BCBG (gifted) / Shoes: Report Signature / Bracelet: J.Crew

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Dress: Rebecca Taylor (gifted) / Clutch: Jennifer Haley (old – gifted) / Bracelet: A.V. Max (gift) / Shoes: Zara
With the holidays just weeks away, it’s beginning to be party dress season! I love to dress up and spend time scouring the web for the perfect outfit for special occasions. One evening in particular that is just around the corner, is my dear, dear friend, Helena’s wedding. It falls on the day before Thanksgiving, which could not feel more celebratory and festive.
Although I have dresses I love in my closet, I wanted to wear something new that felt special and unique. So the timing was perfect when Amazon Fashion approached me about a project focusing on their party dresses available online for the holidays and since I am an avid user of Amazon.com, (their Prime membership rules) I of course jumped at the chance to work with them! I browsed through all of their options on Amazon.com/fashion (there are so many!) and finally decided I would narrow my choices down by color and brand. Within those choices I selected BCBG and Rebecca Taylor dresses in black and red, which felt perfect for the season and occasion.

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Photos by: Julia Carmona
I finally selected these two dresses, but couldn’t make up my mind, so I ordered both and they literally arrived the next day. I adore them both so much but need your help deciding which one to wear! I would love to hear which one is your favorite (keep it positive!) and how you would style it. Leave your comments below! xo

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Hat / Ann Taylor Aviators (similar version here) / J.Crew Blouse (old - but similar version here), Schoolboy Blazer and Scarf / Rugby Jeans (old – similar version here) / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli / F21 Necklace / Michael Kors Watch (via T.J. Maxx) / Clarks “Jolissa Gypsum” Boots (c/o)

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Photos by: Allister
Happy October 1st! I am so happy this month is here, aren’t you? There are a lot of great things happening in the next few weeks, which include my family coming to visit, a quick trip home to Seattle for a fun event (more on that soon!), plus a scenic drive up to Warwick Valley for apple and pumpkin picking. So, I’d say I have quite a few things to look forward to, which always makes me extremely happy and feel very lucky.
Another great thing about fall, is that it offers up the perfect temperature to start wearing jeans, blazers and cute boots. Case in point, these pretty, cognac-colored lace-up booties from Clarks have patiently been waiting to be worn, so I was happy to finally break them out last week for a walk in the neighborhood with the lovely Allister (who also snapped these photos for me). Gotta love autumn in New York. :) xo

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For those of you who don’t know this about me, in addition to maintaining this blog and collaborating on brand campaigns, I work as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant. Though I generally keep my job separate from this platform, it’s been my career for the past five years and is a huge part of my life. So when Staples asked me to use their Arc Notebook and demonstrate how I put it to use, I thought it was the perfect time to explain how I prepare for new or existing clients.

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( First things first: When preparing to meet with a new or existing client, I will usually jot down notes or ideas beforehand: what we’ve discussed their current style is, what they want it to be and how we are going to accomplish that – whether it’s trends we want to try or places we want to shop. Much of what I eventually do with my clients is very hands-on and the final looks are captured on camera, but my preliminary process involves, a pen, a notebook, and often Pinterest to get the ball rolling and create a place to help my notes and ideas come to life. )

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 As a child (of the 80s, I might add), I loved writing and would collect all sorts of stationery, sticky pads and notebooks. To this day, I have boxes of pretty paper and so many random half used notebooks, it’s not even funny. In an age where everything is electronic and done on computers, iPads and iPhones, I find myself even more drawn to putting pen to paper. There is something satisfying about seeing my ideas and thoughts come to life on a fresh sheet of paper. As I’ve gotten older, much of the work I do requires lists and note taking. I have come to rely on larger, sturdier notebooks that aren’t flimsy and are easy to flip through. With that said, I am happy to say that this Arc Notebook fits all of my criteria and has been perfect for client meetings, jotting notes and just generally keeping me organized. Do you guys have a system when it comes to keeping yourself on track?

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Fashion Week might be over for me but I thought it would be fun to share a peek into my bag and share what my key essentials are during this busy time.  I teamed up with Staples to try out their Arc Notebook, which was the perfect addition to the other key pieces that I never leave home without. When it comes to taking notes, writing out to-do lists or brainstorming ideas, I am pretty old fashioned and love jotting things down in a structured, brand new notebook. I guess there is just something about putting a pen to paper that always feel satisfying to me, you know?

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Here are my other key essentials: Water / Tide Pen / Ballpoint Pen / Blotting Paper / Gum /  Charger / Fashion Tape / Hand Lotion / Chapstick / Lipgloss /  Hair Spray / Keys / Sunglasses
Happy almost weekend! xo