Stylish Spring Coats

Stylish Spring Coats

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Judging by the feedback I’m getting from clients, friends, random people on the street, no one owns a suitable Spring coat. This doesn’t surprise me in the least; a seasonal coat is one of those unexciting, functional items that no one desires, so it remains a missing piece.

I’m here to help. Zara has the most comprehensive selection of stylish jackets for this season (including the one pictured) for very attractive prices. If you’re looking for a trench, I recommend cropped, and for a coat with a little more oomph, try leather.

Giddy Up!

Giddy Up!

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There are few occasions where one can sport a big silly hat with impunity. Across the pond, creative headwear is part of British party culture; Americans really have only one day and that day is coming up.

Newly launched Boulder Lifestyle Magazine is hosting the Kentucky Derby party this year at Goldbranch Estates in Niwot, supporting TRU Care Hospice and featuring live music, mint julips, fabulous food and everything else you’d expect from a top-notch event. In addition, the two ladies with the most fanciful and fantastic hats will win a $500 Todd Reed gift certificate and a Closet Consultation by yours truly. Buy your tickets here! As I’ll be nominating the best hats in attendance, it’s only fair to provide a little guidance.

GO BIG- Certainly when you think of the Derby, you think of the dramatic- sweeping brims, oversized flowers, massive feathers, ribbons, sequins, fruit (well, maybe not fruit) & fun. The traditional Derby hat (pictured) is a no-holds-barred head-wrapping extravaganza and the quickest way to get noticed and nominated.

GO SMALL– If spending 4 hours in a huge hat isn’t your cup of tea, small and sculptural is another great option. I spent much of last year’s Derby negotiating my huge hat with a drunk crowd so this year I’ve opted for a more modest silhouette.

GO SILLY– Humor is always a hit, though going this route (most likely) requires some DIY touches from your local toy or crafts store. The internet is ripe with inspiration: from literal to political, a funny hat is hard to beat.

 

Elements of Style

Elements of Style

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Over the last 3 years of working with 50+ clients, I’ve come to see and define the elements of style: creativity, budget, discipline & desire. Among these, only one separates a good wardrobe from a spectacular one, and it’s not what you’re expecting.

Disciplined buying/conscious styling is the most important factor for creating and sustaining great style. By that, I mean acquiring only the pieces you need for your wardrobe while simultaneously resisting the lure of impulse shopping. When your closet is lacking a cocktail dress, a ballet flat, a Big Girl Bag, any of the staple pieces you need, and instead you’re spending on items you already have*, you’re treading water. Additionally, the $40 here and $60 there (for another scarf or piece of jewelry) add up. If you do the honest math and calculate the total of impulse purchases over a month, that bag you deemed ‘too expensive’ will suddenly be attainable.

I recommend making a shoe box-piggy bank: every time you want to buy ‘this or that’, instead write a check to yourself for the amount and put it in the box. After a month, use that money to buy something you need. If you take on this project, I’ll find your item free of charge, a testament to my firm belief that this is the only way forward.

*This is always how impulse shopping works- you’re buying repeats, slight variations of what you already own.

 

Snow & Sandals

Snow & Sandals

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It’s 25degrees in Boulder today after receiving a foot of snow yesterday, but we’re still looking forward! If you haven’t yet pondered your sandal situation for the upcoming season, allow me to make a recommendation.

Gladiators became trendy many years ago and, following in the path of ballet flats/ loafers/skinny jeans/leggings (there are too many to name), never went out of style. This gladiator by Stuart Weitzman (in the most ideal metallic for the season) will go with your maxi dress, denim cutoffs, boyfriend jeans, beachy frock and cocktail confection. So basically, it goes with everything!