Enter the holiday festivities in style for under $200.
December is the month of endless holiday parties and receptions. These events require red carpet style but your money is tied to gift giving. With these invitations crowding your inbox, the anxiety is growing. What will I wear to this reception? Well, you can enter the holiday festivities in style for under $200.
How to give a present any woman would adore - an entire outfit!
We all have that friend we adore. To show your appreciation during the holidays, give a present any woman would adore-- an entire outfit! I know what you're thinking, "That seems expensive." It doesn't have to be! Your favorite co-worker or maid of honor could open the coolest gift for under $200.
Shanel offers details on post Thanksgiving holiday shopping.
We crave a good sale just as much as Thursday's delicious trimmings. Black Friday is not only for low priced electronics and children's toys. Fashionistas win even more on this day with clothing retailers offering up to 60% off merchandise. However, with the notorious crowds, many women are unsure if they'll make it out of the mall alive.
That's where Cyber Monday comes in. The Web is for fashion savvy gift givers who can't take Friday's chaos. So, next Monday, champion these deals from the comfort of your own keyboard.
Shanel offers effortless style tips for turkey day.
Every Thanksgiving it seems as if someone new to the bunch is pulling up a chair. You can't be surprised when new girlfriends, boyfriends or college roommates spring up at your house. So, you have to be comfortably chic in the midst of the cooking chaos.
Perhaps, instead, you're that new person visiting a home for the first time on Thanksgiving. All nerves aside, you must appear to the door stylishly to make a good impression. Before you get your cornbread stuffing in a bunch, read on to learn effortless style tips for turkey day.
Shanel offers tips on stylish football fan wear.
Whether it is your hubby or new beau, he probably loves football. If he's a lucky guy he will be able to drag you along to his favorite tea's game. It doesn't matter if you know all of the plays or can't recognize when a touchdown is being made-- you must look the part. Now, how will you style in the stadium without overdoing it? If there's a will to be fashionable, there's a way...to wear it!
Shanel provides tips for dressing for the weekend in November.
The air is getting a little bit more chilly but the sun is not budging. That's the thing about November, the fall festivities are continuing as the temperature drops. As the weekend approaches, you may find yourself still getting invited to a vineyard or apple orchard. For these outings you can still wear your fall centered fashion without freezing to death.
Stylist Chelsea shares tips on how to dress for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving. A holiday meant for eating, sharing and laughing with your loved ones. Whether your weakness is creamy mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts sautéed with bacon, or the bird itself, make sure you dress comfortably. As I learned the hard way a few years ago, Thanksgiving is not a day to shimmy into your skinny jeans. Choose an outfit that allows for movement and over-indulgence.
Shanel offers ideas on how to sport army inspired outfits.
There are not many people as inspiring as men and women in uniform. Through celebrating Veteran's Day we pay much needed homage to their honorable work.
Fashion, as well, has been inspired by the Armed Forces. From West Point to the front line, designers have created pieces reflective of militaria. These soldier-approved clothing items can make a statement in any wardrobe.
Kassie shares why she has always loved dressing for Halloween.
My favorite dressing event of year is nearly here - Halloween. As far back as I can remember, I have loved dressing for Halloween, in part because when I put on a wig, no one recognizes me. It's almost as if people only see my red hair, and not my actual face. Can't imagine what it's like for women well endowed.
Halloween is the one annual event that highlights the creative and the unique. The playing field is even. A bigger budget doesn't yield a better costume, in fact, it just makes it look bought.
Stylist Chelsea shares about her quest for the perfect handbag.
I used to be the kind of woman who had 3-5 handbags in the rotation at any given time. Of course, I had the reliable if not omnipresent black bag, then usually a brown one for those days when I was wearing brown shoes, and at least one purse in a bright hue (the number of purple handbags that have come in and out of my life is too numerous to count). A small evening bag for those rare occasions and a large tote for travel rounded out my repertoire.
Stylist Ashley shares how to build up your fall wardrobe.
If you plan on building up your fall wardrobe, consider buying outfits instead of single pieces, unless of course, they are basics. I find it difficult to incorporate single pieces with my current wardrobe if the items I'm buying are trendy. I like buying multiple pieces that can be interchangeable with each other and versatile enough to wear from day to evening. Here are some looks I put together at Nordstrom in the Encore (plus size) department.
Stylist Chelsea shares her favorite lather finds this season.
To say leather is everywhere would be an understatement. Whether faux or the real deal, it is the key accent this season, the focal point of so many outfits.
Five of my favorite finds this season include:
The Anthropologie Modena shift, unexpected in a rich caramel color. I'd wear it with chocolate booties and maybe a forest green statement necklace. There will be an outfit to come featuring this dress, so stay tuned.
Stylist Chelsea shares how even stylists struggle to find looks.
I know you probably don't want to hear this, but even stylists struggle at times to put together the right look for an event.
Case in point: I'm attending a wedding at the end of October, and I don't know what to wear. The festivities begin at 6:30 in San Antonio, Texas, which might in part account for my insecurities. I can fairly assume that the weather will be chilly on the east coast by that date, but it's still in the 90s there and isn't likely to be much cooler six weeks from now.
Stylist Chelsea shares her tips on finding the perfect tailor.
A number of us have service providers in our lives we are so close to they are like family. Hairdressers, personal trainers, the UPS delivery person, stylists... But potentially the most critical phone number to have in your contacts is that of a good tailor.
Did you buy a skirt but in retrospect find it's a little too long? A tailor can easily take that hem up to a length appropriate for your height, proportions and profession. Are you bigger on top than on bottom or vice versa?
Stylist Chelsea shares her five favorite Fall items.
As summer fades to fall, I'm already dreaming of the cooler temperatures that permit the wearing of riding boots, sweaters and scarves. I'm excited to wear skinny jeans without breaking out into a sweat and to need a casual coat come dusk.
This week in the DC metro area, we slept with the windows open, thus marking the beginning of the arrival of fall (knock on wood).
And now it's totally appropriate to dream about the five following items:
Stylist Chelsea shares how she became involved with The Closet.
I remember the night I was out with Kassie Rempel just as she was launching her latest entrepreneurial gem, Kassie's Closet. After a few glasses of wine, I summoned the courage to ask her what I had to do to get her to let me be a stylist for this innovative site.
The next thing I knew, I was home combing through pages of instructions on how to enter products into the system and create outfits. It took me hours just to create two looks.
Stylist Chelsea shares her favorite summer sale pieces.
I admit it: I'm bad at end-of-the-summer sales. Unless I'm specifically vacation shopping, once July and August roll around, my eyes are squarely fixated on tall boots, cashmere sweaters and the chilly nights to justify them.
But the summer sale purges ongoing at our favorite shopping destinations aren't to be overlooked. While it can be frustratingly hard to nab your desired size and color combination when your coveted item is 70% off, it's worth searching and not forgetting the wardrobe staples you paid full price for in April.
A sneak peek at the new and improved closet coming soon!
Please let me be the first to introduce you to KassiesCloset 2.0 - it's new and improved, and it's right around the corner. The new Closet is soon to launch featuring new stylists, geographic trends, and a filtering system of the outfits to be able to view just what you want to see.
It's been a work in progress. It's a labor of love, but everyone involved, from the stylists to programmers, all believe in the mission of the Closet: to help women look good and feel good, so that they can pursue their passion and fulfill their purpose.
Making a difference, one outfit at a time, that's the Closet way.
My friend and I with some of the models at the show.
I've just returned from a fashion show for fall, and I have to confess that I'm conflicted. As much as I cherish heat and 90 degree days, I'm eager for Fall 2013 thanks to the gorgeous things I saw floating down the runway.
The three big themes I saw for Fall 2013 are...
How to wear your vintage Levi's jacket!
It all started with a single piece and then I was hooked. Jackets, all kinds of jackets, they are what I love to collect. Of course it took root in college with the original Levi Jean Jacket. We lived in our jean jackets and we were never without it. We wore it under and over anything and used it as a stadium pillow to a picnic blanket. This jacket was an indestructible piece of comfort in a very turbulent time in history. I still have my original jacket but I have to admit it's a little snug.
Marissa Meyer, CEO of Yahoo
Marissa Meyer, the CEO of Yahoo, is making headlines. It's not because she's part of the frightfully few female titan CEOs, it's because her compassion towards working women, specially career-oriented moms (of which she is one), is being called into question. Starting in July, no employee will be allowed to work from home. Women organizations everywhere are crying out in fear that this move will roll back the progress women-in-the-workforce have been able to make in the last 20 years.
Marissa's argument is that Yahoo is a mess, and the staff is needed to be office-present to better collaborate, brainstorm, and produce.
I am pictured with fellow Closet Stylist Janice.
Over the weekend, I was invited to a Masquerade Ball. With the below freezing temperatures in the District I was very nervous about what to wear. My weekend was already slammed with two other events, so I had no time to prep.
After rummaging through my closet for all of 15 minutes, I decided on a simple black Ralph Lauren gown, Guess by Marciano shoes, black satin gloves, and diamond accessories. I did manage to snag an awesome mask at Party City. The final look was simple, mysterious and fierce! The night was more fun than I could have ever expected and thanks to the great turnout, being cold was not an issue as the bodies of great friends kept me warm :-)
Closet Stylist - Ebony Gilreath
Colorful layered tights and comfy boots!
Sure, it's a chilly day outside. But I've got a cocktail party at a downtown museum tonight, and I don't think my LL Bean boots, jeans and a sweater will cut it! Instead, I'm taking a cue from a European pal who told me about layering tights.
Simply take any tight that's crochet or fishnet (aka that expose some skin), then layer over a tight in a different color (you can go bold or simply do black over gray). The result is both edgy and warm. I'll tuck them into another secret winter weapon of mine: La Canadienne snow boots.
Closet Stylist - Megan Dickens
On December 20th, 2012 my life changed forever. My precious baby boy was born and for the first week my wardrobe choices had me a bit scared! I think I saw my wardrobe flash before my eyes.
The first week was rough, I am not going to lie. I am not even sure if I changed my shirt for the entire week. I felt like their was no time to change or rather why change when you would just get spit up on again. I was a bit scared that I would succumb to sweatpants and button down shirts for the rest of my life. I have to give a shout out to my mother and father who came to stay with us for a couple of weeks. During their visit I was able to shower and get dressed and feel like a "cute" mom.
Photography Credit: Jessica Shepard
When my friend Adrienne sent me a picture of the pair of shoes that were her Christmas present this year, my immediate response was, "those are event shoes... you must be going to a ball."
It turned out to be better than that: Adrienne and her fiancé Tom had secretly tied the knot.
On Christmas Eve, under sleeting DC skies, accompanied by only their parents (with an in-home cameo by Buddy, their dog) they stood under an umbrella at the DC War Memorial and pledged their vows to each other.
Closet Stylist - Austin Thomas
I'll be honest, I always turn to Neiman Marcus when the time comes for the change of seasons. They always have (in my opinion) the best, most clear and concise summary of the seasons hottest trends and color pallets. Granted, being a buyer for SimplySoles, I do get an early glimpse of the upcoming seasons trends attending the buying shows. The shows always seem to be eons before the season I am buying for, so it's fun to see the list that Neimans pulls together!
Closet Stylist - Austin Thomas
My latest discovery...
I recently overheard a woman, talking to her friend in the fitting room, about how she doesn't like to tell people her fashion secrets (i.e. where she shops). Not me! When I discover something great, I love to tell everyone about it. Actually, I start to wonder how it is that I have never heard of it and why I live under a rock.
One of my recent discoveries is Loehmann's. My friend was shocked to find that I had never been there, so after lunch she took me. After hearing about all of her awesome finds, I can't say I'm surprised that I found amazing pieces too. I bought Joe's Jeans for $80 and a faux fur vest for under $40.
For you First Lady Michelle Obama
No matter however loudly partisans complain about the President and/or the Democratic party, no one can deny that the First Lady, Michelle Obama, is a woman of confidence.
Michelle Obama wears clothes to communicate a message. It's an inescapable truth. She knows this. She wears what she feels good in. And what she wears makes her feel good. It's a continuous circle. What you wear matters. And the more daring the ensemble (e.g., J.Crew studded belt, red shoulder-baring gown), the more confident you are.
Closet Stylist - Chris Thomas
What's in your closet?
Scary question isn't it? January is a great month to find an answer. I'm a big believer in knowing what you have, to know what you need. I guarantee that you will rediscover some great pieces, hidden among plenty of nightmares. Get the mistakes to Goodwill and move on to the fun part. I keep my basics in great shape because it's so easy to shop in your comfort zone. But it's the accent pieces that define you and now is the perfect time to shop the sales. I have had my eye on a top from Lafayette 148, so now it's a game; will it still be available in my size when it does go on sale? This little beauty may have my name all over it; I'm just waiting for my wallet to approve!
Waiting for the Java Jolt to Kick In
I'm drinking coffee. I'm actually drinking espresso. And I don't ever drink coffee. Like ever. Chai - yes. Decaf - yes. Coffee - no. Straight-up espresso - never. I hope I stay up, wired, sleepless for 4 days straight rather than spend another evening going to bed exhausted from not having really any reason to be.
I think all the aggregated hurried and harried days of running SimplySoles have just caught up with me. And now that I sold it, it's like the a tidal wave of exhaustion day after day. WTF? Aren't I supposed to be swinging from the chandeliers for having built and sold a business? Shouldn't I be more energized than EVER to make the Closet into something breathtakingly spectacular, that makes you gasp like the first time you ever saw a Cirque du Soleil performance? WHY YES! That's exactly how I should feel.
Intermix bought by Gap
How ironic that just a few days after the Tory Burch sale of Chris Burch's company shares, it's announced that the Gap acquired Intermix for a cold $130 million. The irony here is that when I went around talking with potential investors about the opportunities in the fashion industry, the eyes of the men in the room seemed to roll and immediately glaze over. And look at these two major deals struck in the last few days. It just proves the point that when you are good at something, you can make money at it. And some men get it (both of the recent shareholder sales were by men)!
Having sold shoes for the last nine years via my first-born (aka SimplySoles), I never thought that schlepping shoes would make me a billionaire. Clearly, back then, I just didn't dream big enough. But Tory did. And now, she's a big B (by that I mean billionaire not bitch). I find myself saying, "Go Tory! Get Your Reva on!"
Tory - While I confess I don't love your iconic flat (aka the Reva), I love your bags, belts, and sunglasses. But most especially, I love that you are joining the elite company of Oprah Winfrey, Meg Whitman (CEO of HP) and Sara Blakely (Founder of Spanx and one of two finalists in the only reality show I've ever watched...Sir Richard Branson's addicting show "Rebel Billionaire").
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