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Home Design For YOU

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As a design professional, I have to keep abreast of the ‘trends’ even as I find this a mostly excruciating experience. 90% of design trends make me roll my eyes; however, the other 10% provides the rare ‘A HA’ moment where I glimpse true innovation, creativity, and a beautiful synthesis of form and function. The open floor plan belongs in that 10%, a trend I have to believe was kickstarted by a woman with children. As the kitchen is the heart of the home, merging the living and eating areas is from a functional standpoint, simply brilliant. Factor in the openness it creates, the light it enhances, and you have a home-run design trend.

On the flip side, I’m now seeing trends emerge as a specific reaction against the current and popular styles. Maximalism is challenging minimalism, dining rooms are apparently being reconsidered after going the way of the dinosaurs, and bidets are back (which I’m not even getting into). So are you ready to replace your ‘greige’ tones and rustic wood with wallpaper and chintz? Well I’m here to tell you please don’t. As you design your home, whether you’re working with an entire team or no one at all, make the style choices that are right for you and your family. Does the minimalist modern trend appeal because of its elegant simplicity? Good. Are you happy to see bigger, bolder patterns come back because grey and white are boring to you? Great.

While my own style is defined as ‘eclectic’, I have a strong draw to feminine glamour, repurposed Louis XIV, Art Deco, herringbone floors, fabulous moldings, pieces that make big statements yet also blend beautifully with modern and/or contemporary. The last time Art Deco or Louis XIV was in style? I couldn’t even guess. And I don’t care. With the style pendulum swinging away from minimalism, its possible these more ornate styles will become trendy again but I choose them because they express what I love – you should too.

Pictured above is my home in Boulder, below my old apartment in New York City. Same style 10 years apart.

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Summer Style Saturdays!

Summer Style Saturdays!

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I’m bringing back one of my favorite fashion events. Any fashion stylist worth her stilettos will tell you that great style should be affordable to everyone, and my favorite consignment shop Common Threads makes that possible. This is the ultimate bang for your buck event! Please email me to reserve your hour: liz@milehighstyle.com

 

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Summer Style Special!

Summer Style Special!

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Heading into most everyone’s favorite season, and with our local boutiques overflowing with incredible merchandise, I’m offering a one-season special. My Style Overhaul is the BIG ONE- it combines a closet purge with guided shopping (local + online), finished off with the Style Sheet. If you haven’t worked with me, the Style Sheet is the pièce de ré·sis·tance: a list of (anywhere from) 15-35 head-to-toe full outfits (including jewelry, accessories, suggested nail color, etc.) that combines the best pieces you already own with new purchases we find together.

So that great floral silk top you love but haven’t worn in 2 years? That anchors a few stylish outfits. Ditto the workhorse cotton maxi dress. Do you need a perfect pair of white jeans to go with everything? We’ll find them. Do you have an updated jean jacket to go over casual Summer dresses? You will. The perfect neutral flat sandal and wedge? Yup, those too. Do you have versatile yet stylish warm weather sneakers? Any busy woman needs a pair. And a dress for formal or cocktail events this Summer? Add that to the list. Do you need a flattering bathing suit? Would you like to learn, once and for all, how to abandon the myth of ‘personal color charts’?

The price of this service is normally $1500. If you book by June 1st, you get it all for $1000. I can work with all budgets by including consignment boutiques like Common Threads and discount websites like… Well, I can’t give away all my secrets!

Please browse my testimonials to see how this remarkable service has helped all different types of women, from business owners to doctors to stay-at-home moms! This is yours for the taking. Please contact me here or at liz@milehighstyle.com

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Top 10 Items Every Woman Needs (In Her Closet)

Top 10 Items Every Woman Needs (In Her Closet)

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1. Great Jeans–The Mile High Style aesthetic depends on jeans as the backbone to any great outfit. Invest in the holy trinity of denim: Cigarette, Skinny and Boyfriend.

 

 

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2. Motorcycle Jacket–The motorcycle jacket epitomizes edgy style. Thanks to American minimalist designer Rick Owens, the silhouette has become increasingly form fitting and feminine, although the classic boxy cut still has its appeal. I love pairing it with a pencil skirt for a strong and sexy femininity.

 

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3. Navy Blue–Navy blue is black’s cooler cousin; less predictable and expected but just as versatile, navy looks good on everyone. And yes, you can wear navy and black together.

 

 

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4. Booties–Hardly the flash in the pan that some predicted, booties have staying power. Of all shoe styles, they are my hands down favorite for their bang-for-your-buck value in price, versatility, and style. Half the price of boots, more comfortable and durable than high heels, they are a perfect hybrid.

 

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5. Statement Jewelry- No outfit is complete without impactful jewelry. Smaller, delicate pieces are lovely (especially when layered) but they don’t pack the same punch as a cuff, cocktail ring or large necklace. For women over 50, as your wardrobe becomes more about impeccable basics, statement jewelry is more important than ever.

 

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6. Stripes– Despite fashion editorials advising (at least once a year) that ‘they’re back’, stripes never left. I love them because their inherent preppy style provides a perfect contrast with other looks, like a boyfriend jean or statement necklace.

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7. Blazer– A blazer is the ideal 3rd piece for any outfit. Accessorize it with a cool brooch, contrast it with an edgy shoe, pair with jeans or over a dress. Versatile, timeless, perfect.

 

 

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8. White Button Down/T-Shirt/Tank Top– If Merriam’s made a fashion dictionary, under ‘classic’ you’d surely find the white button down. A perfect basic, it’s the canvas for an outfit, and the showcase for your best jewelry. It goes with everything, looks good on everyone, and is appropriate for every season. During the Spring + Summer months, roll sleeves twice or sub in a t-shirt or tank top.

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9. Clutch– While it’s not the only style of bag appropriate for nighttime, the clutch will always be a top option to finish off your dressier looks. For cocktail and formal attire, it’s a non-negotiable.

 

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10. Big Girl BagI speak often and passionately of the necessity of investing in a high-end handbag: it’s the finishing touch to a fabulous outfit, the make or break detail. With luxury consignment sites like ‘Tradesy‘, ‘TheRealReal‘, and ‘Portero‘ (among many many others) and local boutiques like Common Threads, owning one is more affordable than ever.