“Wow, you look so pregnant!”
“Thank you! Yeah, the bump is pretty hard to hide these days.”
My reaction just a few short months ago may have been very different, but I found myself accepting “you’re so pregnant” as a compliment after two very kind, well-meaning women said the exact same thing to me just this past Saturday at the beginning of 34 weeks.
I honestly never knew how I’d feel about gaining weight, growing a big ol’ bump, and seeing my body shape change until I started experiencing it almost 8 months ago. It’s crazy to me how pregnancy can draw upon so many emotions all at the same time. I’ve felt pride for growing a healthy baby, insecurity over whether I’ve gained the right amount of weight at the right time, panic at how I’ll ever be able to lose all the weight and feel like me again, and excited anticipation to meet the little person I’ve been sharing this body with over the last several months. It’s a crazy whirlwind, and I was encouraged to hear myself saying “thank you” last Saturday after working at changing my mindset around weight gain during the course of my pregnancy. The freedom I’ve found from insecurity around my body shape before I got pregnant has also played a huge role in my accepting my changing shape over the past 8 months!
As I reflected upon the journey of growing a tiny human and how it’s caused me to view myself and my appearance differently, I realized there’s 5 tools I’ve used to hold a healthy attitude towards weight gain during pregnancy… Read More
It happens to all of us. Before you know it, Monday hits and it’s time to figure out what to wear to work. Again. You hit the snooze button for an extra ten (ok twenty) minutes and won’t have time to get creative in your closet. In just five minutes flat, you need to think of a fun, interesting, and DYNAMIC outfit to wear to impress your superior in the high-level meeting you’re attending and client appointments you have throughout the day.
But how the heck will you come up with an interesting outfit before your first cup of coffee? When you’ve barely had a chance to wake up? When your face is still puffy from sleeping?
Watch the video below to learn one of my FAVORITE ways to outfit my Style Shop Denver clients’ wardrobes when I go to their home for a Closet Shop session. This unexpected way of pairing pieces together will give you a fresh dose of creativity, an outfitting HACK to use again and again in your closet, and a dynamic way to create new outfits with pieces you already own! Watch the video below and don’t forget to comment with ONE new outfit idea you have in YOUR closet. Read More
Hello, friends! I’ve got a treat for you this week on the blog. I’ve partnered with Samantha Tobia, Expert Organizer and Owner of Demessify here in Denver, to ask the most common questions I get from clients about wardrobe organization. I interviewed her to find out what she recommends most frequently for closet organizational supplies, how to best organize small closets, and the challenges she addresses most often with clients who hire her to set up a longterm solution in their wardrobe.
What I love most about Sam is her commitment to meet clients where they are in their wardrobe (and home!). She doesn’t get caught up in the fussy pretty-but-doesn’t-function-well style of organizing (a trap I can easily fall into!) but is more interested in learning about YOU, your lifestyle, and what makes the most sense for maintaining a clutter-free and CALMING space inside your wardrobe. Her primary goal is to set up a space that will function LONG term for your day-in and day-out needs, rather than simply design a nice area for storing your clothing.
Without further ado, meet Sam!! She’s SUCH a gem, and I hope you’ll enjoy learning from her as much as I have. If reading this blog sparks any interest in speaking with her further, make sure to navigate to THIS page for a direct link to get in touch with her! Read More
You’ve seen them everywhere. Booties in colors, patterns, and neutrals ranging from a short heel to a tall heel. You’ve been curious about how to style a bootie, WHAT bootie is most versatile, and whether to invest in multiple pairs. You’ve noticed the classic knee-high boot is taking a back seat to this peppy style, and you’re curious what pants to wear with a bootie when you’ve grabbed your knee-highs as a go-to for so many years!
Well never fear, my friend, you’ve come to the right place! In this video, I’ll show you five different ways to style your ankle booties, including the MOST flattering style in an ankle boot! I’ll show you five outfits with booties for both work and casual, and if you’re petite or pear shaped, you’ll learn what style bootie I recommend to elongate your legs! Read More
So many of my Style Shop Denver clients LOVE the idea of an ankle pant, but they have no idea what shoes to wear to pull off this style in a pant. It’s easier to dismiss the style for a tried-and-true full-length pant instead, but if you’ve followed the Style Shop blog for any length of time, you know just how often I recommend ankle pants to my personal styling clients! Watch the video below as part of my “Simplify Your Style” video blog series to learn what FIVE shoe styles you can wear with an ankle pant for all 4 seasons out of the year. Whether it's a heel or flat, you'll have several ideas for shoes to keep you comfortable no matter the season! Read More
The night I found out I was pregnant was the same night I dressed up as Sandra Dee for a friend’s Halloween party. I had absolutely no suspicion except for some tenderness in my chest I’d felt for several days in a row the week prior. When we got home from the party, Nick crashed on the bed and I grabbed a pregnancy test. What? Positive, really?? I wasn’t sure what to think. It was after midnight and I was preoccupied with thoughts of work while in the middle of a big launch for my online style course. I laid awake for a few minutes in bed but soon fell asleep.
The next day it started to sink in… Read More
Many of my Style Shop Denver clients are intimidated by the ankle pant trend because it reminds them of their high water pants from years past, and they’d rather be caught DEAD than try to pull off that look again if it’s totally not a thing. I’ve worked with MORE clients to transition from bootcut slacks to ankle pants for work, and many denim styles are now available in an ankle length only. So what’s the big fuss?? Ankle pants are flattering, functional, AND easier to find in the stores than ever, and it’s important to understand how to pick out the right length in an ankle pant without confusing the length with a capri pant OR full-length pant. Watch the video below to learn how to measure to find the right length in an ankle pant, including the shortest length I recommend AND the longest length I recommend in an ankle style! Read More
One of the BIGGEST misconceptions my personal styling clients believe about their body is they need to hide areas they don't love with oversized clothing. For many women, this includes the tummy area, and I've been overjoyed to watch client after client learn how to accentuate their waistline in a flattering way no MATTER their body type (or whether they have a tummy!). I created a video with FOUR ways to accentuate the waistline, beginning with the popular front-tuck so YOU can utilize this powerful tool in flattering your figure. Below the video, you’ll find a transcript with a number by each section so you can easily navigate to the part of the video you want to refer back to. Read More
It’s that time of year when layering is a necessity, and for the longest time, I thought vests were so impractical. Why would someone layer with a vest when it only covered half of their upper body?
Now after 6+ years living in Denver as a personal stylist, I’m a firm believer in a stylish OR functional vest as go-to’s in the fall and winter months. I picked up my first puffer vest this past spring, and though it still feels rather sporty for my personal style, it’s an option I love styling.
In this article, I’m sharing 6 ways to style a vest. You’ll find both my olive green cargo vest and navy puffer vest included in the examples below… Read More
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
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
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
Whenever I introduce myself as a wardrobe consultant, I always get the same follow-up question. “Sssoooo, what exactly does that mean?” I’ve come to expect it every time I talk about my business, and I’ve gotten rather good at a response. “A wardrobe consultant provides closet cleanings and shopping sessions. I find flattering clothing for a client based on her body type and personality. I also shop for women who hate shopping.”
Most people have never heard of this before. And I don’t blame them. I didn’t know personal styling existed until I met a personal shopper while working retail in college. I couldn’t believe someone could shop for a living! Read More
Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly where each item of clothing hangs in your closet?
To rid yourself of clutter and eliminate last-minute burrowing?
Whether it’s a beginning-of-the-year project, spring cleaning endeavor, or spontaneous urge to organize, giving thought to your functional wardrobe can make all the difference in the time you spend getting ready every morning. Read More