I’ve always loved organizing. I geek out when things are in an easy-to-access spot, and even more so when you can find them without digging, unfolding, refolding, unpacking, or moving an entire drawer around. Over the years, I’ve walked into many a closet and discovered a handful of organizing hacks that work for everyone, no matter the closet shape or size. In celebration of my newest in-person service, Closet Organizing (soon to hit the website, but you can book the service now!), I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ways to organize accessories. Read on for 8 space saving accessory organizing how-to’s…Read More
If you read my previous blog on when to splurge and when to save money on clothing, perhaps you’re realizing it’s time to invest in a few high-quality items that will maintain their shape, color, and construction over time. But how do you tell if a piece of clothing is high-quality? The price isn’t always a determining factor, so it’s a good idea to be equipped with a few other ways to differentiate between a high-quality and low-quality piece of clothing!
Here’s 9 ways to tell if a piece of clothing is high-quality…Read More
When I was a young girl, I remember going to our nearby department store, Mervyn’s, and feeling like everything was so fancy. I’d wander around the girl’s department and dream about wearing the embellished, glittery tees and dresses covered in flowers. It was a special occasion when we were allowed to purchase something, and I often wondered what it would feel like to wear such pretty things every day.
Fast forward to today, and I’ll take Style Shop Denver clients to Target, Nordstrom, and every store in between to accommodate their budget and lifestyle. I have a passion for working with women that can’t afford the priciest pieces of clothing, perhaps because I didn’t grow up wearing name brands myself.
I often get asked what I recommend for clothing when it comes to quality…Read More
You’ve heard it before. The must-have pieces any working woman should own. The black pencil skirt. White button down. Bootcut slacks. Black heel. While there’s nothing wrong with those items and they may very well serve a purpose (or multiple purposes) in your wardrobe, I don’t find myself recommending these particular items most frequently to Style Shop Denver clients.
Our world is changing and, especially in Denver, things are getting more casual. Business casual no longer necessitates structured blazers, full-length slacks, and tucked-in blouses. There’s more freedom than ever before to express oneself in the clothing worn at work.
So what’s the new normal for clothing in the workplace? What pieces will go farther and work harder in your wardrobe? Read on for 5 of the most versatile pieces I’ve discovered while styling clients who work in a business casual environment.Read More
I had a breakthrough this past fall. I found my first high-rise jean, and it was unlike anything I’ve experienced. I was so excited about my discovery that I appointed myself as the unofficial high-waisted jean spokesperson. I’d bring it up to clients only to hear, “you mean mom jeans?”
I convinced a few to at least TRY a high-waisted jean and soon discovered the many perks to wearing a high-waist style in a pant. You see, up until this point, I had assumed a high-waisted jean wasn’t flattering on my body type. And technically, it isn’t. But with the right fit, it can do wonders. Curious? Read on for my TEN reasons to try a high-waisted jean!Read More
Do you work from home or stay at home with your kids? If so, you’ve probably noticed how easy it is to wear PJ’s from noon to night and feel like you’re #winning at life. Gone are the days of stiff, structured suit separates and itchy sweaters. Yoga pants, workout wear, and oversized sweaters are your new uniform.
I’ve been there. When I transitioned to running my business full-time last November, I was curious to discover how I’d feel wearing around-the-house clothing for work. I was scared I’d fall in love with leggings and oversized sweaters and feel shameful for loving them so much as a stylist.
And then it happened...Read More
This is part two of my spring cleaning series on a capsule wardrobe. If you missed the first part of the series, check it out here! In part one, I define a capsule wardrobe and share a behind-the-scenes look at the pieces I have in my personal wardrobe.
For part two of the series, I'd like to talk about the WHY behind a capsule wardrobe. Many of my Style Shop Denver clients face an overwhelming task when they walk into a wardrobe stuffed with clothing. Physical clutter equals mental clutter, and a big wardrobe may prevent you from seeing new outfit options. It's likely you’ll reach for the same things you always wear when you have a large wardrobe, even though you have more things hanging in your closet!
To my own surprise, when I perform an outfitting session for a Style Shop Denver client...Read More
I’ve never been one for trends. If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed I don’t post many articles on the latest trends, colors, or runway fads. If fact, I’m probably the last person to try most trends. I was the last person to download Instagram out of all my friends. The last person to get on board with distressed denim. The last person, it seems, to try most things categorized as latest and greatest.
It’s been no different with the capsule wardrobe and minimalistic movement. In the past, the term “capsule wardrobe” has triggered an inward eye roll, and for several years, I insisted on using the term “wardrobe clustering” as my preferred terminology for mixing and matching items inside a closet.
But in the usual Sandi way, I’ve finally come around to the concept of a capsule wardrobe...Read More
I’ve never been a “must-have” kind of girl when it comes to my blog and the way I approach a client’s closet, but after two tropical trips within the last year, I’ve discovered 5 clothing items I truly believe every person should have with them when traveling to a tropical destination. I first visited Mexico on a cruise during my honeymoon but didn’t travel anywhere tropical until last May when Nick and I celebrated our 5-year anniversary in Jamaica (check out the blog I wrote titled “My Visit to the Dermatologist and Why I Left Fuming" for a story from our trip!).
Then just 9 months later, we had the pleasure of traveling to Puerto Vallarta with Nick’s family to celebrate his mother’s 60th birthday and his brother’s 30 birthday! I was so excited to have an excuse to wear the same outfits from our trip last May, and after packing the same items twice, I came to realize which pieces were truly essential.
Here are the 5 clothing items I recommend for any female traveling to a tropical destination...Read More
I have never before experienced such difficulty getting rid of things. I’m the efficient get-rid-of-it-now type, and my wardrobe is proof. I have two neatly hung areas of my closet and can fit my entire spring/summer and fall/winter wardrobe on one side. I take my compulsive decluttering down a notch with clients, but this time was different.
Marie had an immaculate wardrobe with pieces she’s owned for years. She was fully prepared to dramatically pair down her closet and even asked that I show her some “tough love” during our Closet Cleaning. As a Denver personal stylist, my normal process of removing clothing from a closet and placing an item in the “donate” or “sell” pile wasn’t cutting it. I worked my way through her wardrobe and discovered the majority of Marie’s pieces fit the criteria of flattering, fitting of Marie’s style, and in good repair.
I wasn't sure what to do next. I recommended we wait until our Shopping Session to see what new pieces could replace the styles currently hanging in her closet. She was tired of many of the items and wanted a fresh look! When I came back for the final Closet Shop outfitting session, we STILL had too many pieces to work with, and I realized our problem was due to Marie’s careful care of her wardrobe.
I HAD to ask Marie for her trade secrets and was so excited when she agreed to share her know-how with the Denver Style Shop community! Much of her knowledge comes from her father who owns a dry cleaning business, and you may be surprised at some of her strategies.Read More
We all do it. Every year when the calendar turns back to 1/1, we determine to take full advantage of the fresh beginning a New Year brings. We set out to fulfill our bucket lists, spend more time with our loved ones, beef up our savings, and get in shape. For some of us, it may look like a continuation of the same routine we began last year, and for others, creating brand new habits we hope will stick. One thing is certain - we all have goals when it comes to a healthier lifestyle!
I’ve been on an interesting health journey over the last few years. I spent time in dance and theatre in college and never had a problem moving and staying active. When I got married and moved to Colorado in the summer of 2012, I began a stay-at-home position as a Virtual Wardrobe Consultant. All of a sudden, an active lifestyle wasn’t part of my day-to-day and I had to look for ways to evade turning into a couch balloon. I started attending Zumba and Barre classes at a gym down the street.
Fast forward to the beginning of 2018, and I’m on a strict diet and workout plan for the month of January...Read More
Many moms devote their entire lives to taking care of their kids. The role of mother is demanding, all-consuming, and without weekends, holidays, or PTO. Many moms also work while raising little ones and the days are long and hectic. As a mom, the first thing on your mind is how to get the baby to sleep and the last thing is what to wear the next day. Your thoughts have shifted to keeping another human being alive and there's little time to think about anything else. Your calling as a mother is a high one and it comes with tremendous sacrifice.
But when given a moment of silence, you may begin to feel lost in your new identity. When given a moment to look in the mirror, a feeling of shame may creep up. "I want to feel beautiful. Why do I care so much? It's selfish of me to want to feel beautiful. There's no time or money for me to spend on myself." When it's about survival and staying sane, who has time to shop for clothing? Who has time to care for quality pieces when all you have time to do is change diapers, clean the dinner smeared all over your mini me, and soak in the sweet times while your little one is still little? What's the point of caring for yourself as a mother? Does style play a role at all?
I've heard about this struggle from many of my Style Shop Denver clients. Within the first few years of having a child, many women feel as though they've lost a piece of themselves they once expressed in their wardrobes. Many of the pieces in their wardrobe no longer make sense for day-to-day as they've transitioned out of a corporate job. Or perhaps they work out of their home and don't need to dress up for work anymore. Their wardrobe consists exclusively of yoga pants and sweats. Survival gear.
How should a mom go about expressing herself in the clothing she wears? What makes sense both practically and aesthetically for her role as mother?
Victoria Shipman is a close friend of my sister's and a mother of two in Phoenix, Arizona. Upon befriending her on Facebook, I was instantly impressed with her attention to style. She's intentional with her wardrobe and has fun with the pieces she selects for her stay-at-home lifestyle with her littles. How does she do it? I got with her to ask all about her style strategy, mindset, and perspective on spending time on your outward appearance as a mother.Read More
Do you ever feel afraid you'll show up as too much in an outfit that's colorful, loud, or on the dressier side?
Does bright color make you feel like you're begging for attention, and a bold, eye-catching outfit feel like you're trying too hard?
Do you crave to blend in rather than get any type of attention from your wardrobe, whether good or bad?
Many of us long to feel beautiful, appreciated, and admired, as long as it looks effortless to those around us. It's embarrassing to think people may assume we spend time on ourselves so we opt for pieces that are understated and uninteresting.
My friend, Julie, is a co-worker and Escrow Officer at a company called First Alliance Title, where she closes property transactions and works with home buyers and sellers. I've noticed the way she dresses has rubbed off on those around her and actually upleveled the style around the office.
No more schloppy black slacks and colorless business casual uniforms. No, the permission Julie has granted to those around her to enjoy their wardrobes has blossomed into colorful, thoughtful ensembles and raised spirits. The image and atmosphere of the company has shifted and all for the better.
I got with Julie to ask about the motivation behind her image and appearance and whether she's ever had a case of the "showing up as too much" scares.Read More
We are so spoiled with modern day conveniences. From online shopping to Amazon Prime to clothing handpicked just for us and delivered to our front door, we have endless options! Yet these options can become overwhelming.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about subscription services like Stitch Fix and what I recommend as a stylist. Because every person’s situation is different, not every type of service will be the right fit for everyone. Below is a comprehensive list of advantages and disadvantages to every type of personal styling service, from working in-person with a Nordstrom stylist to hiring a virtual consultant.Read More
If you’re like me, I start getting bored with my wardrobe towards the end of the season. It’s the end of July, and I’m pretty sure everyone in Denver has seen me wear pretty much every summer outfit I own. What are some things you and I can do to switch things up and keep it fresh?
Here are five ideas for improving your professional image and personal style when you feel stuck in a rut...Read More
I couldn’t be more excited to announce that I’m rolling out some big upgrades in the way I service YOU, my client! These changes include processes that will benefit you long-term, keep us both organized as we work together, and make your life SO much easier when you approach your wardrobe and style. I’ve created materials for our sessions that summarize your goals, schedule, and overall vision as we tackle your wardrobe.
You’ll receive updated style memos that detail what we discussed in each session, the brands that work well for you, sizing details, body type information, and folders of images to reference during and following our time together.
I'm excited to wrap even MORE value into my services, and I've been working hard behind the scenes to develop materials I know you’ll love.
Here’s what’s included in each session...Read More
The first time I noticed the wrinkle was in a selfie. I was home for a long weekend in March to see family and snapped a picture while at dinner with both sisters. It was the first time the three of us were together in almost two years.
“Wait what is that!? What’s wrong with my face??” We snapped several more, but I couldn’t disguise my newfound flaw.
This was a month or so before I called the dermatologist to schedule an appointment for a bump on my leg. It had been bugging me for a long time, and with a tropical vacation coming up in just a few weeks, I was tired of looking at it.
This vacation was the big push Nick and I needed to start working out. We began going to the gym three days a week, and I noticed results for the first time almost two months later while shopping for my birthday. I was trying on styles I normally didn’t feel good in and was surprised at the outcome. I went home excited! It really was working...Read More
Do you put your worth in what you look like?
I know I do. I have for years.
I’m reminded of it when I go to the mall, gazing up sheepishly at the giant posters of beautiful women. I wander inside a store, unconscious of the desire the image has sparked inside my heart. I want to look beautiful…to captivate an audience.
I try on clothing in the dressing room and begin to feel anxiety when I don’t measure up.
I stand in line at Victoria’s Secret and wonder if it’s possible to actually have a body with such perfect proportions.
The women look so happy, so fulfilled. Their radiance speaks of the worth they must feel. The value behind their beautiful face.
All of a sudden, the comparison game has started. And it really has nothing to do with clothing.Read More
Ever feel like your hips completely overwhelm your figure in skinny jeans? Like your bottom half just DOUBLED in size? Ever wonder how everyone seems to pull off skinny jeans when you feel they don’t flatter you at all?
In this article, I'll share some tips on how to dress your body type in skinny jeans, no matter your shape or your age (the following celebrity examples cover a range of ages!). With skinnies appearing in more textures, prints, colors, and styles than ever, you don't have to miss out on this pant style for work or play.Read More
This week I went shopping for jeans (for myself).
I haven’t bought denim in a couple years and was due for a year-round pair I could wear with flats or tuck into boots. I thought I’d find what I needed at The Limited, where pants have worked well for me in the past.
I tried on a couple pairs, but found the styles at The Limited more jegging than jean, and I needed something more sturdy.
I moved on to Macy’s and tried on just about every affordable pair I could get my hands on. Lucky, Levi’s, Bar III, Free People, and Maison Jules to name a few, without any luck.
I began to think I wasn’t going to find denim today. I was looking at myself different in the mirror…Read More