True to you girls -”Inspired by trends on the outside, beautiful on the inside”.

Smart Tips For Building A Wardrobe, With No Stylist

 

 

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Need help building your wardrobe? Can’t afford a stylist? You are not alone, you are actually the majority. Impulse buying among most of us is an epidemic pastime. Who doesn’t love to wear something pretty and new? To build a smart wardrobe, it will take some work on your part, a fresh mindset, a few boundaries exercising a little self-control.

 

Here are some tips to help you build a smart wardrobe without going broke or hiring a stylist.

 

Define Your Style and Simplify The Options

So, shall we get started? Let’s begin in the closet hanger by hanger, and pull together similar styles. Chances are, there will be some crazy pieces in the mix. Tops you were always planning to wear, but never did get the nerve. Or the slinky dresses you dreamed of wearing, but you chose something more conservative. It’s fine, we all make silly purchases. That’s the fun of shopping! The goal is to discover which styles you find the most repeated, and build from there.

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Pick A Fashion Icon

This helps to narrow down the options and find a wardrobe direction. You will probably have more than one, that’s great. I like my style to reflect a modern, contemporary minimalism flavor, which is reflective of my icon – Aubrey Hepburn. This means my wardrobe reflects simple pieces, and tons of fun sunglasses, gloves and floppy hats, but I also love Bohemian styles that icons like Ali McGraw brought to magazine covers. This fun style includes pieces like long tunics, peasant tops, riding boots and knit caps. If you don’t love any particular fashion icon not to worry, you can still streamline.

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Aubrey Hepburn

 

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Ali McGraw

 

Consider Your Comfort Zone

Exploring styles is one thing, but wearing them is quite another. Don’t count on becoming the next Lady GaGa of trendy fashion, if you fear criticism. A smart signature style doesn’t need to scream (look at me). A little anxiety or nervousness can be a motivator, but confidence is the mother of timeless glamour. Adopt a style that will make you feel at ease in your own skin, eager to greet the world and bold enough to push your boundaries.

 

Pick A Color Palette

Most stylists will tell you to buy a navy blazer, a little black dress, a white shirt, etc. That dress for success analogy is long faded away. It should come down to your skin undertones that determines your most flattering color palette. A good tip to keep in mind – If your veins are blues and purples, stick with cool tones like blues, greens, black and whites. If you have yellow undertones,  go with a warm tones which represent amazing soft creams, pinks and browns. For help determining your undertones check out this website at www.stylecaster.com for more undertone details.

Make Some Decisions

I know you want to keep everything, but as painful as it is to streamline – you must. Choose the pieces that flatter you the best. Remember to consider the color palette you are aiming to develop and the style that looks smart with your body type. Some of us can wear anything, but not all of us can wear everything.

Age Appropriateness 

Hmm! I know what you’re thinking, I’m forever young… Despite your beautiful body my lady, age is an essential consideration when selecting fashion pieces. I have pieces that I love that stretch my age boundaries from time to time, like screen tees and baby doll dresses, but I’m super sensitive about the time and place I wear then. If you are over 40 and have great legs you might can stretch it and wear trendy floral shorts, however if your legs are not your best asset, opt for longer length shorts like sporty bermudas. Defining boundaries for yourself  sticking to them is important to your signature style. This is where most fashion lovers struggle the most, asking questions like…

  • Are my boots too high?
  • Can I still wear crop tops? What type of bottom should I pair?
  • Should I wear a bikini or a one piece?
  • Am I revealing too much

 

Evaluate What You Own

Set up a daytime casual lifestyle section, evening options and versatile pieces that can overlap all of your different lifestyles. Keep your working section the smallest and very organized, your time is pressured getting ready for work. I use the phrase for working style KISS, keep it simply simple. Put aside all the extra clothes that are messy in storage in large bags under your bed or in the attic for another season. Get excited a little, you are making progress.

Add On – Layering Pieces  

These layering pieces are necessary to outfit properly. Basics like V-neck tees, Tanks, Tights, and Jackets make the outfit pop, so don’t underestimate their value to complete your look. For each event in your day, add pizzazz with an add-on. Scarves are a fun versatile add-on – don’t worry about thinning out these goody’s. Scarves go a long way in creating distinct looks.

At the office – add-on a beautiful, colorful scarf to show a little of your personality.

Date night – tie the scarf around your head for a 60’s throwback or as a Hepburn swept away look.

Beach Day – make a triangle fold, wear over your swim suit for a glamor update

The possibilities of outfitting with scarves are endless. Hang them up and separate, and keep them all.

Create A Capsule Wardrobe 

Create a mini wardrobe (known as a “capsule wardrobe”) where every item can be worn together. You can use 30 pieces for 30 days or 20 pieces for 20 days of outfits. Remember to pick fabrics, colors and lifestyles that will work together. This will make getting dressed easy breezy.

Detox The Leftovers  

Now that you have finished the grunt work, its time to DETOX. If you have 20 pairs of jeans and you only wear the same 3 pair, consider sizing down your options. Same goes if you own 10 black sweaters, but half of them never gets worn, get rid of them.

Once you define your signature style, shopping will be easier. It will be simple to buy add-ons and ignore the crazy stuff you once bought. A mannequin displaying a gorgeous coral dress might look great, but would the color really look flattering on you?  Consider your where you live and be mindful of the climate when investing in wardrobes. In the south, you can wear lightweight pieces longer than heavyweights and in cold areas, you have a longer window to wear coats.

Building a smart wardrobe is a process, but as soon as you get started the easier life will be in the long run. What tips do you have that to share that helped you develop your signature style?

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Very truly yours,

Donna George

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5 Summer Fashion Savvy Beach Esssentials

5 Summer Fashion Savvy Beach Essentials… All you need to do is ADD Water, Sun & Fun. 

 

 

1. A Patterned Swimsuit.

Look for bold patterns and interesting prints,  in brights, neutrals and pastels, the busier the pattern – the better.

 

Shop for Fashion Savvy Prints

Abstracts

Camouflage

Polka Dots

Paisley

Florals

Plaids

Color block

Gingham

And Many More…

 

Suit yourself! This season, choosing a perfect swimsuit to enhance your body shape has never been so effortless. The options are endless to pick the perfect bikini, one piece or a tankini to flatter your body. Take your pick

Asymmetrical

Push Up

Elongated

Ruching

Leg Lengtheners

Minimizers

Mix & Match

Underwire

High Waisted

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2. The Perfect Cover-Up.

Don’t just grab an old T-shirt from the back of your closet. Pick a trendy cooler, beach pant in a solid color to compliment your pattern swimsuit.

 

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3. Hats are excellent for keeping the sun out of your eyes and protecting your face from harsh sun rays.

Bring a great hat and take advantage of the benefits, protect your hair, skin, eyes and sun glare while you look great.

 

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4. Select A Roomy Stylish Beach Bag.

Classic straw beach bag updated with white feminine lace on the front and back.

 

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5. Sleek, lightweight sandals, please.

Leave the flip flops at home and opt for sandals fit for a mermaid.

 

 

Swimsuit? Done.

Cover up, hat, sandals? Got it!

All that’s left is to fill the beach bag up with sunglasses, sunscreen, fashion magazines, snacks and H2O, now you are ready to make the day a relaxing Daycation.

Now pack up, load up, head to the shore and be the fashionality  you are meant to be!

 

Truly yours

Donna George

 

True to you girls – “Inspired by trends on the outside, beautiful on the inside”.

photo mention beach bag Mari Carmen Garcia

 

A Guide To Those Who Love To Wear White Pants

This is a guide To Those Who Love To Wear White Bottoms, is that you? If so, read on.

 

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Everybody gets tired of black pants and with summer on the horizon, White Pants present a fresh change. It’s easy to create outfits with white bottoms and when it comes to matching tops, basically every color is an option.

 

There are some ways to “pop” white pants to create a contrast, however, some prefer a monochromatic look using all white. A good rule of thumb is to keep in mind, if you choose a head to toe white outfit – consider fabric texture variance. You could wear thousands of different options with the versatility of the White Pants, but why look mediocre when you can look stunning? I like to style these summer pieces together for a Trendy All White Look that won’t bore.

 

  • Linen jacket
  • Cotton drawstring white pant
  • Silk Cami

 

Another way to make a white silhouette statement: Let your shoes and handbag contrast a print or color block combination to add pizzazz to your ensemble. That’s the fun part about wearing white pants, it lets you explore options and gives you the chance to create fun styles and unique outfits. Here are some pieces that make the monochromatic head-to-toe white look perfect.

 

  • Leather jacket
  • Soft dressy trouser
  • Simple poly blend shell

 

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To take advantage of the comfy casual side of outfitting white pants, paired with an oversize top, like a burnout tee or an oversize slouchy sweater. Pick a summer nautical color like red, navy or khaki. Add a print or stripe undershirt or tank to emphasis a sporty relaxed appeal. Try an option from my list below, add canvas shoes, sandals or any flats for fun.

 

  • Plaid or stripe shirt
  • White jeans
  • Oversize sweater

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Want to wear your white pants to the office? Polish up your white pants with a print jacket, bright chiffon top, flat shoes and a sleek purse. You will look powerful, feel inspired, and have twice the fun at work. Mixing a large print blazer with a small print top can work too, if the colors are in the same family.

 

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So – now that Those Of You Who Love To Wear White Pants know how to outfit them, the options are plentiful and the choices are yours. Experiment with different color combinations and lifestyles, explore option possibilities for casual days, the office or just play.

 

CASUAL                                                        WORK                                                      PLAY

 

White pants are for everyone, but here are a few “glamour no’s” with white pants. Don’t forget every clothing item has Faux Pas – be mindful of these.

 

  • If the fabric is dingy and yellowed and not crisp, purchase a new pair.
  • Give them up or wear them for messy chores like painting or garden work, if they have seen their better day with stains, color fades or spots
  • If the fabric is too thin and shows too many body imperfections, like cellulite – choose a different texture.
  • Make sure the fit is flattering and proportioned for your body type.
  • Transparency is not chic, when it comes to wearing white pants.

 

Brighten up your day and wear your White Pants, play with color, bold geometric prints, polka dots, stripes and creating a consistent lifestyle looks. Remember your accessories tell the story and highlight the outfit. Small changes can make a big impact.

 

Very truly yours

Donna George

 

True to you girls – “Inspired by trends on the outside, beautiful on the inside”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Endless Ways To Wear Crop Tops

It’s a Spring Fling with Endless Ways To Wear Crop Tops That’s making a summer splash everywhere. The crop top continues to bring an element of change demanding to be seen. Wear bare or layer with another top, sweater, denim jacket or a button down top.

 

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Crop midriff and high waisted shorts

 

This look is sweeping the junior and contemporary markets by storm.

 

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The most popular  look of the season! Crop tops, midriffs and bra tops paired with matching high waisted bottoms. Interesting patterns and fabrics stand out in a crowd and command a room. This same look can be achieved with high waisted skirts, pallottazzos and Capris. The only way to not make this look work in your favor – is to ignore it.

 

Don’t be skittish about mixing prints with solids, a screen print top gives a midi knit skirt an updated fresh look that speaks to every occasion boldly.

 

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solid pops bold pattern

 

stripes galore

stripes galore

 

Gorgeous! Dress it up or down. There are Endless Ways to Wear this look.

 

Very truly yours,

Donna George

 

True to you girls – “Inspired by trends on the outside, beautiful on the outside”.

 

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Hot Accessory Trends For Spring 2014

Spring is in full throttle, the 4 big  shows are over, and accessory trends are making a bold statement. A great outfit is just the start, but accessories set the tone and deliver the attitude. When accessories are paired  creatively  – POP goes the look! The combinations are endless.

 

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What trumps… What are the Accessory Trend designers influencing for 2014?

 

The Large Round Watch

This season there has been a trend developing for large round watches combined with added bangles – all kinds! I have always loved large watches and bangles – so it makes this trend a win-win.

 

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Photo by Ruty

 

 

Boho Haute Hippie

These designs are organically influenced by earthy elements, especially noticeable on purses. The Hippie Culture inspires trademarks with words like Peace, Love, and a variety of symbols. The Rope is also making a nostalgic comeback in wrist ties, anklets, rings and shoes. A telltale sign will be lots of color and a natural influence.

 

Micro Bags

Out with the roomy hobo catchall bags and  in with the tiny boxes and clutches. Oh, this one is tough for all of us who carry our life essentials in our purse. Personally, I will never go tiny… I need my camera, notebook, water bottle, make up bag and phone…

 

Sideways Cross

The sideways cross is on rings, bracelets, bangles, necklaces and watches. They are available in a broad range of metal finishes and colors. Oh, and by the way, I did some research to find out the meaning of the sideways cross to see if it was in any way demeaning to the traditional cross, and happy to report it’s not at all. A sigh of relief, especially because I like the simplicity and minimalist appearance and how well it mixes with other pieces.

 

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The Sports Inspired

Sporty influences from printed shoe laces to gym bags were pacing the runways, combining a freshness with the Sporty street style hipster look. It was the fall of 2013, just around the start of football season, sport inspired clothing was starting to show up on magazine covers, so naturally  the designers wisely predicted the niche for the accessory trend. What you might see, rubber sole shoes, crazy, over-sized sunglasses, NFL logo pumps, and other Sport Activity Influence such as surf wear.

 

 

Large Earcuffs

Making a prominent place in Hot Trends are large Earcuffs that attach to the outside edge of the ears. Usually the cuffs are only in one ear, but many are stepping out with a different cuff on each ear. The Ear Cuffs are popular in metals and  black enamels and are available in just about any design from A to Z.

 

The Comfortable Shoe

Finally. The runways welcomed back the flats! I am excited to  see the menswear inspired Oxford’s back in a softer feminine design. Ballet flats, mules and loafers had a presence on the catwalk, creating a long anticipated realistic comfortable look. Now you can report to work without stuffing an extra pair of shoes in your hobo bag.

 

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Photo by lula&layla

 

 

 

Knuckle Rings

You can see Knuckle Rings on just about everyone who follows Trends. They are the cutting edge in ring in high demand. They can be worn on as many fingers as desired or just one finger. They look unique in sets of multiple bands are being worn all together or split up. I love this new trend, it’s fresh and interesting.

 

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Photo by Polly Nation

 

 

 

It doesn’t matter which accessory trend you choose to embrace, but these are proven winners. Give your accessories the opportunity to complete your look and give you the most mileage for your outfit. Pick something that fits your personality and feels comfortable. Be true to you…

 

Very truly yours,

Donna George

True to you girls – “Inspired by trends on the outside, beautiful on the inside”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever-Trendy Skater Skirts Are Flipping Flattering

You can see these trend Skater Skirts everywhere! They are splattered on magazine covers and store front windows. All the celebrities are sporting them. Skater skirts are versatile, fun and easy to wear.

 

 

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This flirty Skater Skirt is a banded bottom bright mini available at Charlotte Russe for $16.99. It pairs perfectly with a simple crop, a sleeveless denim vest or dressed up with a simple chiffon top.

 

 

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Skater Skirts are a wardrobe staple that can be worn as casual with sandals or converse sneakers. Or choose the A-line Skater Skirt for a night out on the town as a glam outfit paired with heels – like Flavia, Miss New Hanover County.

 

There are an endless number of ways to style your Skater Skirt, so don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s a full-proof bottom. 

 

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   Clothing available at Charlotte Russe

 

Very truly yours,

Donna George

True to you girls, “Inspired by trends on the outside, beautiful on the inside”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colors

 

Orchid might be the popular color for this season, but so what… If it doesn’t  flatter you, pass on it. Wear colors that flatter your skin tone. You choose.

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Azalea Children’s Annual Tea Party “A Darling Event”

The most enchanting event you’ll ever want to experience is the Wilmington Children’s Azalea Tea Party hosted by Cape Fear Volunteer Center at the beautiful Cape fear Country Club. 

Hey Yall – its Fancy Nancy!

 

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Fancy Nancy the storybook character

 

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Fancy Nancy was present with all her glitter and dazzle presence. She is quite the celebrity, with a book written about her and everything.. I had the opportunity to catch her away from her avid fans to quiz her about her lavish vocabulary. Needless to say, she is quite impressive and delightfully tickled my ears with stories and adventures. I will look forward to seeing Fancy Nancy again in the future.

 

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As you might expect, the Tea Party was quite the “proper affair”, complete with a fairy tale theme and fancy hot pink swag bags adorned with little treasures for the princesses.

 

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In attendance at this posh Tea Party were Azalea Belles, Princesses and Queens from the Cape Fear Garden Club. The Azalea Princess and her court also attended the Children’s Tea Party to complete the majestic tone of the party.

 

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And the Azalea Belles would make Scarlett O’Hara envious…

 

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Oh, and here is Annie Anthony, Director of Cafe Fear Volunteer Center working tirelessly to meet everyone’s expectation for this event. And she did. This event is a favorite and usually sells out weeks in advance prior to the party. The Children’s Tea Party  is the first event of the Azalea Festivities, kicking off the city’s most popular event.

 

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Here are some of the fashionable guests and lovely children who attended the Children’s Tea Party:

 

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Ashley Kosikowski, WECT TV anchor, did a great job and kept the momentum moving as emcee. Occasionally getting a little help from “Fancy Nancy”.

 

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The cameras were rolling and flashing all over the country club...WWAY was there on the scene.

 

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Among the camera flashes, some great local photographers were capturing plenty of smiles, glitter and glam. I had the opportunity to view  www.marksteelmanphot.com, photographer Mark Steelman’s and they captured the heart of the event.  Portraits were taken by Kenny Barnes, Children’s Photographer www.kennybarnes.com.

 

The children enjoyed the jewelry crafting. They worked intensely on their bracelets.

 

 

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The make-up was from none other than Chanel, a sponsor. What a treat for any girl, x0x0

 

 

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And we can’t forget all the finger nail painting.

 

 

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Beautiful white tents were set up on the grounds for make-up stations, face painting,  nail painting, candy options and much more. It was a girly girl day of pampering and entertainment.

 

 

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The flowers were exquisite and plentiful against a backdrop of chandeliers and elegant country squire rooms. Every table decorated to perfection. I have never seen as many beautiful hydrangeas,  cheery tabletop floral arrangements and pink balloons in one place. The gorgeous flowers donated by Sweet Nectar Florist. And the lunch –  was not to disappoint any taste palette and was equally matched in presentation. The deserts were the color of soft pastels of soft pink, mint, yellow and white.

 

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What’s not to love about this Azalea Children’s Tea Party? I had a great time seeing the children dressed up in their beautiful dresses with proud Mothers at their side, and some Dads too. The event seemed magical and the whole day was flawless and pink loads of fun.

 

Very truly yours,

Donna George

 

True to you girls. “Inspired by trends on the outside, beautiful on the inside”.

 

Ravishing Hats Top The NC Azalea Festival 46th Garden Party

The North Carolina Azalea Festivities are in full swing in Wilmington, NC, celebrating 46 years Azalea Festival events. The premier event is the Airlie Garden Luncheon, Azalea Garden Party and its one you don’t want to miss. Drawing more than 2,500 friends of the festival to kick off the biggest outdoor party of the year, complete with big hats, seersucker jackets, bow ties, and beautiful fashions. The Airlie Garden Party is a private function for sponsors, dignitaries, and invites of the Azalea Festival. This event serves the city as a relaxed, but yet powerful networking platform to meet and greet with business leaders in the community.

Photos from the NC Azalea Garden Party 2014:

 

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The Citadel Summerall Guards were there with a perfect performance, and to usher the 2014 Queens entrance to the grounds.

 

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Did you love the fashion… especially the big hats? If you missed it this year, try to be there next year. It was great fun, southern style, complete with food, music, beverages and people of interest.

 

The NC Azalea Festival weekend is packed with exciting things to do, whether its the concerts, street fair downtown, the parade or the circus, there is something for everyone.

 

Have you ever heard about the NC Azalea Festival? What’s your favorite event?

 

Very truly yours,

Donna George

 

True to you girls, “inspired by trend on the outside, beautiful on the inside”.

 

 

 

 

love shopping...

Love shopping…

 

” I love shopping. There is a little bit of magic found in buying something new. It is instant gratification, a quick fix”.