How To Create An Impactful Professional Style

This month I had the privilege of presenting in the HERdacity webinar series about the power of professional style. The majority of my clients are professional woman, so I was thrilled to dive into a topic I consistently tackle here at Greer Image Consulting.

In this video, you will learn:

  • The key to creating successful and satisfying style

  • What to consider when crafting your professional look

  • The 5 tools you’ll use to master every office outfit

  • The 1 thing you always need in every outfit

  • Do’s and Don’ts of your professional image

Have a question on what I discussed in the webinar? Leave me a comment below or shoot me an email at Raquel@GreerImageConsulting.com to discuss your unique professional style and wardrobe.

Rock Your Turtleneck Every Day of The Week

It's finally cold in Austin! While many of us wished for this for so long, now that it's happening, it requires you to put in some energy and thought into creating layered looks you'll love. 

It's time to get comfy, feel cozy and snuggle up to some new styling tools in our wardrobe. One is those tools is the turtleneck. It's classic, but like anything classic, it can easily feel boring. Adding a few modern touches and getting a little creative can make it feel fresh and fashion-forward every day of the week. 

This week I've created three outfits for three situations you may find yourself in. Try them out, give them your personal touch and allow yourself to be adventurous. That's what style is all about: bringing yourself into your wardrobe. 

Photographer: Natalie Beurskens

BUSINESS CASUAL

Want help using your clothes to create more outfits that make you feel effortlessly chic? Book a Greer Style Chat with Raquel to create an individualized plan of action to bring your style from basic to boss. 

WEEKEND WEAR

BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL

Ode to the Dress Pant

As you may remember, I started a new job a month ago and I’m currently at a sweet spot with it. I’ve felt out the vibe, I now know what to expect, and am more comfortable with embracing my own version of our dress code.

It’s the same feeling you get when you’ve been dating someone for a while. You stop caring as much about being a perfect vision of yourself, and start embracing your best self.

It is actually the best part of dating – the walls come down and the real fun begins.

When it comes to my workwear, I make the transition from a first-date state of mind to honeymoon-phase relaxation (without immediately jumping to the sweatpants phase) through suit pants.

The dress pant has an undeservingly bad wrap for being the fallback for lazy day professional attire. I suggest, instead, that they can and should be used as a stylish staple. When a pant’s fit and form work well with your body type, they make a powerful, feminine statement.

Spring Brights

Who says you can’t wear a graphic tee with tailored pants? Pair a wide leg trouser pant with a tucked in tee, a neutral jacket, and a powerful pump to show that you know how to work hard without taking yourself too seriously.

 Click the pic to get a closer look. Outfits Styled by  Raquel Greer Gordian

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Outfits Styled by
Raquel Greer Gordian


Tailored Twist

Remember, classic doesn't have to mean boring, so channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with a textured pencil pant and a secretary blouse. Give it a modern feel by adding a pearl cocktail ring.

  Click the pic to get a closer look.

Click the pic to get a closer look.


Cape Cod Darling

Wedges are the ultimate in professional summer comfort – so don’t forget about them! To keep cool, add a linen trouser pant and a cotton, striped sailor top. 

  Click the pic to get a closer look.

Click the pic to get a closer look.


Laid back Lovely

We don’t typically think of suit pants as being comfortable and bohemian, but you can beautifully mesh these styles by pairing a lacy, flowy top with a patterned pant. The mix of lace and pattern keeps the outfit fun and unexpected. Add a huge stack of bracelets to complete the look.

  Click the pic to get a closer look.

Click the pic to get a closer look.

The beauty of slacks is that they give you a tailored look that brings real comfort to your relationship with style. Rather than throwing them on as a last resort, look to them as a diverse piece that allows you to explore the many sides of your style.  


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems. 

Monday to Friday: Styled

This week, I started a new job in Austin. As I mentioned in The First Impressions Post, how you present your style in the workplace is an integral part of setting the tone for how you'll be treated as a female professional. 

In general, the workplace wardrobe rules have significantly relaxed over the years. Many employers are less focused on what employees wear, frequently allowing t-shirts and jeans, as long as the job gets done well. To a degree, this may sound refreshing. I tend to believe that foregoing that level of casualness and maintaining a more polished look is beneficial, and I'll explain why. 

Great style isn't what you wear, it's what you embody. Who do you become when you look and feel fantastic? What you wear to work should allow you to become that best version of yourself, enabling you to give your all every single day. For me, taking the time to look presentable and professional makes me more productive; I embody the hard-working leader I strive to be when I am polished. 

I know, and am even teased about, that I tend to be "fancy."  I wouldn't mind if I was required to be dressy every single day. All that to say, my job encourages business casual attire. For my workday outfits this week, I tried to choose pieces that strike a balance between my love for style and professionalism, without being too formal.

MONDAY

tuesday

Wednesday

THURSDAY

FRIDAY


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems. 

How to Make a Flawless First Impression

The #1 rule I abide by when I’m getting ready is this: it is always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. If I’m uncertain about how formal an event is, I know I’d rather look put together than ill-prepared and inappropriate. My mom engrained this philosophy into me, and it has saved me from embarrassing outfit mishaps on numerous occasions! The reason this philosophy is so important is because first impressions are essential to how we view each other personally and professionally.   

When the maid of honor is giving a speech at a wedding, when a boss is reflecting on an employee’s hard work, or even when friends simply want to reminisce on old times, the most referenced stories are their first impressions – what they thought of the other when they first met.

First impressions set the tone. They show others who you are through a multitude of nonverbal cues, and what you’re wearing is one of the biggest contributing factors. This can be both exhilarating and intimidating, thus I’ve compiled a few outfit rules and ideas to assist you in confidently making your professional mark.  

 

The Interview

 Emily Blanco models a professional outfit perfect for a job interveiew. 

Do:

Choose an outfit that shows your personality.

Don’t:

Go too bold with the patterns or colors.

When choosing an outfit for an interview, it is important to research the company to find out as much about the workplace atmosphere as possible. You want to stand out to the company while showing that you can mesh with their vibe. For this look, I went with a business professional outfit that was tailored to my body and was in flattering colors. I felt confident because I was staying true to what I love about my style, as well as dressing appropriately.

 


Client Meetings

 Emily Blanco displays a look styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is appropriate for client meetings.

Do:

Make a statement.

Don’t:

Go too casual.

 

When you’re meeting with a client, you want to express to them exactly who you are and why you are trustworthy.  Expressing yourself through your outfit allows you to showcase your personality and professionalism while simultaneously allowing them to feel confident and secure in working with you.

 


Networking Event

Do:

Bring in a bold pattern or trendy piece.

 Emily Blanco models a bold red blazer that is perfect for a networking event.

Don’t:

Take yourself too seriously.

Whether you’re looking for a job, new clients or new employees, make sure that you’re properly representing your company and the standards you keep. That being said, formality isn’t as necessary in these settings.

There is more freedom to bring in slightly trendier pieces at these events, so give it a try!

When choosing an outfit for my most recent networking event, I started with a tailored track pant and worked my way up from there. I’m obsessed with nudes right now, so I chose a simple silk, nude top and a bright coral (one of my best colors) blazer to maintain a level of professionalism. I finished the look with a springy open-toed heel.


First Day

 Emily Blanco displays a look styled by Raquel Greer Gordian that is a good way to start off a first day at work.

Do:

Tailor your look.

Don’t:

Forget to maintain modesty

How your present yourself when meeting new co-workers is key to how they will treat you and work with you.

When you feel authentic and confident in an outfit, others will feel comfortable around you. In other words, maintain a level of professionalism that encourages productivity rather than gossip. If you can feel how cold the chair is when you sit, your skirt is may be short. If you have to hold your blouse up when you bend over, wear an under shirt.


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend her snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems.

Now I would love to know! Did this guide help you execute a flawless first impression? Any favorite looks? Leave a comment below and tell me about it!

SHOTS of STYLE at SXSW

Celebrating SXSW through the women who bring it style. 


Jacqueline Reynolds

 Raquel Greer Gordian shows Jacqueline Reynolds' outfit for SXSW.

Lauren Dyer

 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits Lauren Dyer's outfit for SXSW.

Grace Yoon

 Raquel Greer Gordian shows an image of Grace Yoon's mirrored sunglasses, off-the-shoulder top, jeans, leather moto jacket, and booties for SXSW.

Camilla Yates

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays Camilla Yates' at SXSW rocking some New Balance sneakers with a printed shift dress. 

Abby Drake, Clara Divincenzo, Maddie Picone

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays the SXSW outfits of Abby Drake, Clara Divincenzo, and Maddie Picone.

SASHA SAMOCHINA

 Raquel Greer Gordian shows an image of Sasha Samochina sporting some printed shorts, leather booties, and sunglasses for SXSW.

Sara Hussey

 Raquel Greer Gordian depicts Sara Hussey at SXSW wearing a button-up denim skirt, white tee, sunglasses, and brown booties.

Daunte Billups

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays Daunte Billups' fun, bird-printed fit-and-flare dress at SXSW.

Chesen Schwethelm

 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits Chesen Swethelm having a good time at SXSW, wearing a gray infinity scarf with a denim jacket.

Lilla Cosgrove

 Raquel Greer Gordian shows off Lilla Cosgrove's SXSW outfit, consisting of a blue shift dress, statement necklace, black leather sandals, and round sunnies.

Kris Fuentes

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays a picture of Kris Fuentes' SXSW style.

Camila Martins

 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits the SXSW style of Camila Martins.

What I wore

 Raquel Greer Gordian models a plaid blazer, chambray button-up, jeans, hoops, and some studded tan booties for SXSW.
 Raquel Greer Gordian shows a glimpse of a SXSW attendee sporting a leather jacket and a statement belt.
 Raquel Greer Gordian captures an image of a woman's SXSW style. 
 Raquel Greer Gordian captures an image of a driver's SXSW style, even while cycling.

Now I would love to hear from you! Any favorites from this glimpse at this year's SXSW style? Leave a comment below and share some of your own SXSW looks!

In Full Bloom: Inspiring Your Style with Austin's Wildflowers

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly incorporating what we see around us into our personal style and wardrobe. Wildlife is a perpetual muse in fashion and in Austin, wildflowers are the wildlife that surrounds us during this time of the year. They are already popping up and as stunning as ever.

 Emily Blanco displays a picture of the wildflower Plum Thistle.
 Emily Blanco exhibits an outfit inspired by the Pantone color Rose Quartz and the wildflower Plum Thistle. The outfit consists of a red blazer, pink shift dress, tassel sandals, statement earrings, and pink accessories.

Wildflower: Plum Thistle               Pantone Color: Rose Quartz 

If anyone understands using your surroundings to perpetuate creativity, it’s Pantone Color Institute.  Pantone uses color analyses to forecast color trends and create successful design strategy.  Every year, they choose a color of the year. This color is inevitably used by interior designers, painters, and fashion designers as their inspiration for the season to come.  These colors are discernibly current, decisively gorgeous, and widely praised.

 Emily Blanco displays an outfit inspired by the Pantone color Snorkel Blue and bluebonnets. The outfit consists of a rust-colored blazer, coral pumps, a printed miniskirt, a gray tank, a blue bucket bag, and gold accessories.
 Emily Blanco exhibits a picture of a bluebonnet wildflower. 

 Pantone Color: Snorkel Blue              Wildflower: Bluebonnet

This season’s top colors are subtle and dreamy.  They still have the luminous glows we have all come to expect of spring colors, but they are in unexpected hues like Rose Quartz, Serenity, and Peach Echo.

 Emily Blanco shows a picture of a buttercup wildflower.
 Emily Blanco assembles an outfit inspired by the colors of buttercups, consisting of a yellow crop top, denim shorts, leather wedges, and a teal scarf.

Wildflower: Buttercup                    Pantone Color: Buttercup

So this week, I ventured to multiple Austin boutiques to see if I could spot any of these beautiful spring colors, and I was not disappointed.  Of the top 10 Pantone colors, there were four that stuck out to me in an unforgettable way; I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between a handful of wildflowers and the spring varieties on the racks. 

They were both perfectly spring and perfectly Austin.

 Emily Blanco pairs a pink sleeveless sweater with a red A-line midi skirt, inspired by the Pantone color Fiesta and the Indian Paintbrush wildflower.
 Emily Blanco displays a picture of an Indian Paintbrush.

 Pantone Color: Fiesta               Wildflower: Indian Paintbrush


Emily Blanco is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX. She has studied creative writing, journalism, and has a degree in English Lit. She loves to blend her snarky observations with helpful truths, encouraging people to love reading again! When she isn't being a complete book junkie, she loves to travel with her husband and pup, as well as explore local hidden gems. 

  Emily Blanco  is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, TX.

Now I would love to know! What are some of your favorite Pantone colors? Any favorite wildflowers? Leave a comment below and tell me how you incorporated this spring's wildflower hues into your everyday looks!

Style Strategy 101: The Pencil Skirt

To no one’s surprise, springtime is basically here in Austin. I suddenly feel like I'm playing catch up to get my warm weather outfits ready, so times like these call for a back to basics strategy.

 Emily Blanco discusses how a pencil skirt is a style staple. 

In this situation, I have a go-to piece that never fails. It’s my little style secret: THE PENCIL SKIRT

It's classic, yet never boring. It's professional with a touch of sexiness. It's bold without being loud.

Everyone experiences style differently. Every woman has her own feelings about the pencil skirt. Some of you ladies love the piece for its dependability and versatility. Others of you might think it too difficult a look to pull off. And still others might find it stiff.

Hourglass and Pear Shape: Just Add a Cropped Top

 Emily Blanco displays a look with a tweed pencil skirt paired with a lace crop top, black leather booties, and a statement necklace. 

I'm here to tell you that this piece has a lot to offer for every shape and style. 

When choosing a pencil skirt, it needs to hit at your natural waist (the smallest part of your midsection). Depending on your shape, this will either give you some curves or accentuate what you've already got.

This piece is timeless and easy to transition from work to play. 

Heading to a happy hour after work? Untuck your button up, tie it in a knot at your waist, and add a bright red lip. This will highlight your skirt and give you a fresh, more casual look.

 Emily Blanco exhibits a versatile day-to-night look with a striped pencil skirt, chambray button-up, and red flats and accessories.

 

Want more info on how to style your workwear staples? Schedule a Style Breakthrough Session with us. We’ll chat about what styles you love, what’s been holding your style back and create a customized plan of action that will take your style from banal to brilliant. 

Brighten it up with florals:

 Emily Blanco suggests brightening up a workwear look with floral prints.

Add wedges for a business casual look:

 Emily Blanco suggests adding wedges to add more of a business casual vibe.

Now I would love to know! How do you like to pull off a pencil skirt look? Any questions about scheduling a Style Breakthrough Session? Make sure to leave a comment below and ask!

How to Wear Denim to Work

Figuring out how to take denim out of it's natural weekend habit can be a bit dicey. It's perfect for your Saturday stroll, but incorporating it into your workwear takes a bit more skill. The trick is to treat it like your other workwear staples. It's a substitute for the white blouse, navy blazer, etc...The reason to wear it instead of those staples? It's unexpected. That's what style is all about. When a style element is unexpected, it's interesting. And so are you. Here's how to execute it:  

 

THE SHORTS

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit incorporating denim shorts that you can wear to work.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit utilizing denim that can add to your workwear style.

The dress

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays a professional outfit that incorporates  a denim dress.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that is professional yet unexpected in the workplace.
 
 

THE JACKET

 Raquel Greer Gordian shows an outfit you can wear to work that incorporates a denim jacket.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a professional outfit that utilizes a denim jacket to add a pop of style.

the shirt

The jeans

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit that you can wear to work while still maintaining your style.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a workplace outfit that incorporates denim through the jean.
 
 

the pumps

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays a fun, professional outfit that incorporates denim through a stylish pump.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that incorporates a denim pump with a moto jacket and floral dress. 

Now I would love to know! Was this guide helpful? Let me know in the comment section below which way you incorporated denim into your professional style!

How to Style Your Classic Black Skirt in 5 Ways

There are only a few things that I think you absolutely need in your wardrobe. A black skirt is one of them. No matter your style, body shape, or ideal color palette, a black skirt should live in your wardrobe because of its versatility. It's the perfect piece to pull out when getting dressed but feels like the most daunting task. For those days, here's exactly how to rock it:

 

To the Park

Add: Chambray Shirt + Hat + Graphic Tee + Fashion Sneakers

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit you can wear to the park that uses the staple black skirt.
 Raquel Greer Gordian discusses how a black skirt is a must-have staple that can be hard to style sometimes.

TO BRUNCH

ADD: BRIGHT BLAZER + EMBellished tank+Pop of color sandal

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit you can wear to brunch that incorporates a black skirt with other bright garments.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits a colorful brunch outfit that adds a bright blazer, embellished tank, and a vibrant sandal to balance out a black skirt.

to the office 

add: silk blouse + waist belt + neutral blazer + professional pumps

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays a workwear outfit that utilizes a staple black skirt.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that combines a silk blouse, waist belt, neutral blazer, and professional pumps with a must-have black skirt.

to the pool

just add: kimono + classic tank + swimsuit+ flip flops

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays a fun pool outfit that incorporates a black skirt.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that combines a kimono, tank, swimsuit, and flip flops with a classic black skirt.

To a dinner date

Just add: pARTY PUMPS + STATEMENT NECKLACE + STATEMENT CLUTCH+PATTERNED TOP

 Raquel Greer Gordian displays an outfit incorporating a staple black skirt that you can wear to a dinner date.
 Raquel Greer Gordian exhibits an outfit that utilizes party pumps, a statement necklace, statement clutch, and a patterned top with the classic black skirt.

Now I would love to know! Was this guide helpful for the daunting task of styling the staple black skirt? Make sure to leave a comment and tell me which way you wore a black skirt!

How to Give Your Workwear a Facelift in 5 Minutes

I’m a big believer in the fact that making a few simple changes in anyone’s closet can make a huge difference, which is why I’m so excited to write this post this week. When it comes to styling a look for work or play, how you put it together is half of the battle. The other half is investing in quality pieces. Together, they are the key ingredients to creating the ideal outfit. 

I've put together some tips to take your average workwear from predictable to eye-catching. Because to get what you want in life, you must always stand out. 

Mix Neutrals Like a Pro

Forget what they taught you. Abandon how you've always seen it put together. 

 

SWAP: Black AND Grey for Black & Cream

SWAP: Charcoal AND Light Grey for Charcoal & Brown

SWAP: Black and White for White & Cream 

SWAP: Brown and Cream for Brown & Black

Add a Colorful Pump to a Staple Suit

I know you have a pair of fabulous pumps that need a little love. Now is the time. Don't be scared to incorporate more fun weekend wear into your workwear.

More personality in your clothes gives people more hints about who you are. The better they know you, the more likely they are to trust you and work with you.

And if you don't have them lying around, here's a few I've picked just for you...Click the picks to peruse.

For the Traditional

For the Creative

FOR THE ROMANTIC                            FOR THE POWERHOUSE

Ditch the Pants. Don a Power Dress. 

Now of course, you've worn a dress to work before. You may have a very favorite that you wear over and over again or something you're sure looks good that you wear over and over again (those may be the same thing). The difference in the power dress is how you're wearing it. Instead of a cardigan or trench coat, pair it with the jacket from your power suit.

The jacket will give you an assertive presence, while the dress will add the pop of personality.  

 

Now I would love to know...were these tips and tricks helpful? Will you don a power dress or vibrant pump? Comment below and tell me how your workwear got a facelift!

The Fabric of Society: Fashion and Style Throughout the Twentieth Century

Fashion evolves. The work of every generation is broken apart by newcomers, who discard what they dislike and use the remaining rubble to build the next generation’s styles and trends. One thing I’ve always loved about fashion is that it is an expression of everything that's going on around us. Social, political, and religious movements are reflected in what each generation wears.

When I think about MLK Day, my first reaction is to consider the developments in fashion that stem from the remarkable, unprecedented change that occurred in that decade. Then I feel guilty. How shallow can I be, considering fashion in the context of the greatest social movement in history? But putting my self-consciousness aside, truth be told, it is astounding. How quickly the conservative, traditionalism of the 1950’s shifted into the forward-thinking 1960s, only to be radically transformed into the free-loving 1970s.

Fashion of course can never fully honor the work, or the pain and suffering, of those who fought during the civil rights movement. But it is fascinating to study the broad-reaching impact generational change has. To honor that, I’ve pulled together a few looks that pay homage to each generation and the change they saw.

1950's

1960'S

1970's

1980's

1990's

Now I would love to hear from you! What are some trends that you remember from the twentieth century? Leave a comment below and tell me how you might pull some outfit inspirations from past decades! 

New Year, New You...Not Quite Yet.

So you've rung in the New Year by eating and drinking your weight in cookies, crab cakes, and cocktails. Hopefully you're already on your way to a full detox, but until you're back to the pre-foodbaby weight, here's a couple ways to disguise that pudge from all that fudge. 

Dark Colors

Dark colors to the rescue! No matter if it's black, grey, navy, or even burgundy, live in it. We all know dark colors camouflage whatever's underneath them, so make sure you dress up the darks with pieces specifics to your body type. For instance:

If you're an apple, don't just throw on a pair of black leggings. You're hiding your best asset. Instead, pair a bright pant with a simple black sweater. The pop of color will not only flatter the part of your body where you gain weight, it will draw attention to your slimmer features. 

                                   J.Crew Campbell Capri Pant

                                 J.Crew Campbell Capri Pant

For hourglass, always accentuate the waist, and pair a dark sweater or dress with a dark belt. You tend to gain weight in the middle too, so there's a delicate balance between showing your shape and covering the wobbly bits. 

                        Lene Dress by Maeve at Anthropologie

                      Lene Dress by Maeve at Anthropologie

Skip The Potato Sack.

Despite popular belief, a sack of an outfit will make you look LARGER, much larger. Instead, stick to something form-fitting that doesn't have the suction of an octopus to it. As Marilyn once said, "Your clothes should be tight enough to show you're a woman, but loose enough to show you're a lady." 

 

Create Inside Lines.

People will look where you want them to, if you help them. Drawing their eyes to the inside of your body will create the illusion of a slimmer silhouette. Strong vertical, colorful lines on a dress or the lapel of a blazer will do the trick. 

 

Don't Forget Your SHAPEWEAR.

Most of us have it, though it tends to be tucked away in the underwear drawer for special events. Don't be afraid to use this tool for every event from networking to business formal to happy hour. You have it for a reason. Now use it. 

                                           Classic Shapewear by Spanx

Now, I would love to hear from you! Comment below and let me know which methods are going to be helpful on your way back to a full detox.

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The 5 Essential Sweaters for Your Closet

We all fill our closet with a certain level of impulse buys. I always find myself buying a plethora of loud and out-there sweaters. While a trendy piece can seem fun for a season or two, it eventually seems outdated and uninteresting. You need staple pieces. You especially need staple sweaters because sweaters have a big task to accomplish. They have to work well with many other things in your closet: workwear, jackets, pants, dresses, skirts...pretty much everything except your swim suit. Thus, I've dedicated this week to the five essential sweaters you need in your closet. 

5. V-neck

The V-neck is naturally slimming and versatile, both of which are important things for almost anyone's lifestyle. You're ready for work or play.

PERK: It doubles as a top when you aren't in the mood to handle layering.

JUST ADD: dark denim + a pointed toe pump

 

 

 

4. Shawl Collar 

This sweater is all about the one thing we all love about sweaters: the COZY factor. Slip into this outfit, and you'll remember exactly why you love this season.

PERK: It's perfect when running to the grocery store or a walk in the park.  

JUST ADD: classic white tee + colorful pant + infinity scarf

 

3. Maxi Sweater

One of my favorite elements to play with in style is proportion. The Maxi Sweater gives any outfit a playful touch. Dress it up, dress it down. It's a piece that works well with your other closet classics. 

PERK:  This simple piece can become eye-catching just because of it's relationship to other parts of your outfit.

JUST ADD: mini skirt + booties +  graphic tee

 

 

2. Cropped Sweater

This is my favorite piece during the couple weeks when it's not quite necessary to have something heavier. 

PERK: This sweater accentuates your sexy, feminine shape.

JUST ADD: High-waisted skirt + flats

 

 

 

1. Cardigan

This is a piece for all occasions. Whether you love neutrals or a big pop of color, add this piece to any outfit for a sophisticated finish.  

PERK: It goes with everything from grandma's pearls to a body con dress. 

JUST ADD: tank + midi skirt + statement necklace

 

Now, I would love to hear from you! Tell me in the comment section below which sweater essential you'll be rocking this fall!

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SLIPPERY WHEN WET: A Guide to the Best Moisturizing Lipsticks This Season

It's almost impossible to escape the one big side effect of cold weather: dryness. Layering with sweaters, scarves, and beanies will help protect your body and hair, but guarding your face from the winter winds is another story. The moment you leave the house, it often feels like your best attempts to keep your lips radiant and soft have fallen by the wayside. Not only do you experience discomfort due to irritation from the cold, but the cold can leave you looking less than attractive when you arrive at your destination. Dry, cracked lips can be an unsightly little detail, but thanks to lipsticks that protect and perfect your pout, winter can be a little more pleasant and pretty.

Click the pics to find your perfect shade of the best moisturizing lipsticks this season. 

5. Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick 

This all natural lipstick provides moisture to plump your lips even in the coldest winter.

My favorite Hourglass color : Nocturnal

 

4. Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick:

Also all-natural, this lipstick is long-lasting, so there's no re-application necessary during your 9 to 5. It also comes in a wide spectrum of colors, so whether you love a classic red, an understated nude, or an eye-catching purple, Bite Beauty has the perfect one for you. 

My favorite BB color: Tannin

3. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

I've loved Urban Decay for so many years because their make-up is so playful and eclectic. The Revolution Lipstick exceeds those expectations. This lipstick is narrow for easy application when you're on the go. From matte to shiny and peach to plum, this lipstick will provide the party girl with her perfect look. 

My favorite Urban Decay color: Shame

 

2. Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lipstick 

Classic, elegant, and subtle, this lipstick provides all day coverage from the morning meeting to the dinner date. Vitamin E and olive oil provide constant moisture and antioxidants to protect and heel your lips on the driest days. 

My favorite Laura Mercier color: Sienna

 

1. Nars Audacious Lipstick

Nars is my #1 pick for this season's best moisturizing lipstick because it gives necessary moisture without the worry of smudging onto skin or teeth. One swipe of color across your lips is enough to keep you looking fabulous for 6 to 8 hours. Nars also has the perfect variety of colors for all seasons like coral for spring or bright pink for summer. Stick to this stick and you'll be set for whatever your day brings. 

My favorite Nars color: Jeanne  

Now, I would love to hear from you! Make sure to tell me how you manage to perfect your pout with a moisturizing lipstick!