Lace and Fur!

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Last week I was invited to a March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction, and my love for babies, food and dressing up all meant that nothing could keep me away! It had been a while since I had really felt great, until this night. I got my hair done by Ainslie, owner of Hairchitexture, spent an hour making my makeup look perfect and put on my shiniest heels!

For this event I borrowed one of my mom’s cocktail dresses, and finally wore my vegan fur coat from Street Scene that has been sitting in my closet since the summer! There is nothing more classic than lace and fur, especially during the holiday season. The coat and dress were so much of a statement that I kept accessories simple… gold, gold and more gold!

Now I’m dying to go to another party so I have another excuse to get dressed up again!

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Freezing Fashion!

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Happy December Fashionistas! Welcome to the month of freezing fashion, dressing up for parties and events while trying to stay warm in cold temperatures! Unfortunately, my life has been anything but fashionable recently, but my calendar is full of events this month that I get to dress up for.

I wore this outfit for a meeting and a day of classes. This top (from Marshals, but similar here) is somewhere between a short dress to wear tights with and a tunic to wear leggings with, so my compromise was to wear thin leggings. I have been obsessed with swing dresses recently. There is just something about the movement they have and the way that they float away from the body that I just can’t get enough of. This look isn’t right for everyone, but seems to work for me. To add some fun color to this look I added turquoise statement earrings (similar), but long necklaces also work well.

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Networking event!

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Last week Image Insight attended a wedding vendor networking meeting at the Hilton here in Lexington. Since I grew up in the business world, networking events are something I actually really enjoy going to whether I am actually part of a business or not. This event had an added twist that I am still not used to- dressing professionally and fashionable while the temperature outside is freezing.

After trying on what seemed to be everything in my closet, this is what I eventually landed on. I have had this dress for years, but have never thought to wear it in these cold winter months. Accessories saved the day once again with this outfit because the black against the green was a bit harsh until the leopard print scarf pulled it all together!


The DREAM Job!

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A few weeks ago I was hired to accomplish my dream job. Even looking back at it now, after completing it, I can’t believe that a measly college student like myself had the opportunity to do something that I was only supposed to be able to do in the prime of my career.

To some people this job might seem tedious or more like a job for people whose career is manual labor, but to me it was the head start into the rest of my life.

If you haven’t picked up on what this job is yet from the pictures, I moved my client into her new closet (which is the size of the average master bedroom for reference). In her old house she had two closets that she switched from summer to winter, but now was the time to let the two meet and mingle! At times it seemed like there would not be enough room, but with some luck and a little skill I made it work!

I did end up separating the winter shoes and the summer shoes, but now there are beautiful shoes lining the wall, which in my opinion is WAY better than wallpaper! (Can you say shoe-gasm?!) Everything else though was together and organized by style, color, sleeve length, and then darkest to lightest. Never have I considered myself OCD until I started my styling business!

Even though this closet is not in the realm of possibilities for most of us, there are some things that we can all do to make out closets are beautiful as possible.

  • Matching hangers- my closet has all matching hangers and that was the first thing I planned when starting this project. Unfortunately we ran out of white hangers, but I do plan on switching all of the hangers to white soon.
  • Folded sweaters- sweaters have a longer life-span when folded, so I saved the cashmere by board-folding all of her sweaters and putting them in drawers. Not as visible, but still workable.
  •  Organization- I have already described my favorite organization technique, but use whatever keeps you organized and your closet efficient.
  • Pretty clothes- You don’t have to have all the money in the world to own pretty clothes! Find trendy pieces for next to nothing at stores like Forever 21 and save your pennies for classic items. High quality basics don’t even have to be bank-breaking.

I hope that you can now create your dream closet out of what you already have (and maybe a quick trip to Target)!

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All or Nothing!

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Last Saturday night I had the great opportunity to attend the duel launch party for the Fashion At the Races calender AND MOUR Magazine’s first mens issue! There was no specific dress code for this event, but the theme that I picked up was Kentucky Derby ready. At first I was not sure how “all out” I was going to go for this event until my editor at MOUR offered to lend me this fascinator and suddenly the night became all or nothing.

Recently I got this jumpsuit (similar) to wear throughout the holiday season for the various parties that will be held, and once I heard about this party I knew where it’s first outing would be! The royal blue color is perfect for all seasons, and just happens to be one of my favorite colors to wear. Normally I will style it with statement earrings, but last weekend a bronze headpiece was the perfect touch. It amazes me how such neutral colors can make such a big difference.

Since it was such a special occasion (and I needed a hair cut) I went to Ainslie at Hairchitexture to fix me up for the night, and Image Insight did my makeup!

I had such a great night catching up with old friends and getting to know new people in such a fantastically glamorous setting!

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