personal style

how to shop smarter this fall

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Even if you’re not technically going back to school, this time of year is still about starting fresh! You might be eyeing your closet right now with a mind to update, but without having an idea of how to go about such a thing…here’s some ideas to get the most out of your “back to […]

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three style experiments to try right now

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Have you looked in your (giant, over-flowing) closet lately and thought “I have nothing to wear”? It might be time for a little re-mixing, a little experimenting. Here are three ways you can experiment with your personal style right now. Try something new and elevate your everyday look!   experiment #1: crown yourself Wearing a […]

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the story of my perfect tote bag

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So, I have this tote bag. I’m not going to post a picture, because it’s not much to look at: it’s navy blue, with navy blue straps. It’s big, it holds lots of stuff, and it is one of the first things I ever made for myself…therefore I carried it whenever I needed the space. […]

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the difference between matching and coordinating

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You hear it all the time – don’t be too matchy-matchy. Magazines and style bloggers and Nina Garcia and everyone and their mother (and me, too) are always telling you to mix it up. So what’s the big deal? Matching is boring, for one thing. It takes all the joy out of fashion. Matching is […]

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how to wear a purple envelope clutch

fashion

What does the word “versatile” mean to you? I’m willing to bet when you think “versatile” in terms of clothing or accessories, you think neutral colors and plain styling. It doesn’t have to be that way! Something does not have to be plain and black to get lots of wear out of it. The most […]

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tragic brown cardigan refashioned into something wearable

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My new year’s resolution is to finally have the wardrobe of my dreams in 2012. I don’t plan on doing much shopping though…I’m going to refashion what I’ve got into fabulousness, and sew the rest from scratch! This chocolate brown cardigan is a perfect candidate. How unspeakably dull is this thing? Why would I want […]

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the most practical bag in your closet

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I’m sure you agree that an envelope clutch is a perfect evening accessory. But have you ever thought about using one every day? I can hear your gasps of outrage from here…But Valerie! You exclaim. I could never fit all my stuff in a clutch! They’re just too impractical! Settle down, my loves, and let […]

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how to get the most out of your trendy accessories

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So, you’ve caved to the latest trend. You fell in love and just couldn’t say no. You’ve worn it three times already and have loved every minute of it! You have no regrets! Sadly, you’ve worn it exactly the same way all three times. It’s time to branch out, love! Time for a restyling. To […]

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this top would be perfect, if only…

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You know those garments you have that you like, but that you could LOVE if only…that one thing about it could be changed? Those little pretties are ripe for refashion. Here’s my latest. before: cute top, dull tie. When I still had an office job, this sleeveless top spent most of its time underneath jackets […]

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how to wear the zaria envelope clutch

fashion

Sometimes people tell me they love Holland Cox handbags, but don’t know how to wear them. Here’s two takes on styling the zaria envelope clutch from my spring 2011 collection:   the zaria envelope clutch by hollandcox   The zaria clutch is adorned with handmade flowers on the flap, so it lends itself easily to […]

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