Closet Cleanse & Styling with my girl, Stacey!

Wow, has it been a loooong time since I’ve updated you all! So much craziness has been going on….

Instead of giving you all a two paragraph explanation of my absence, I’ll start this post off with the fun and exciting closet consultation I had with my first Groupon client!

PREFACE: I was so excited to get started that I totally forgot to take pictures of her actual closet during our consultation. (Even though I brought my camera to use it for our session.) There are photos documenting the before & after shots with her new and improved outfits towards the bottom of this post.

Back in November, Stacey contacted me asking for help with her wardrobe. She wanted to feel more put together and find more clothing options that would look better for her body type. She is a shorter gal and was looking to find pieces that complemented her body type without making her feel over-dressed.

Stacey’s Before Picture:

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We split our closet consultation/shopping trip in two different sessions so we could focus on each task separately.

First and foremost before I start a closet clean out, I like to ask a few questions.

  • What item(s) have been sitting in your closet the longest that haven’t been utilized as much, or at all?
  • What are your favorite colors? Your ideal style direction?
  • What pieces would you like to add to your closet? (Sometimes, that’s a question a client would ask, however I like to ensure we’re both on the same page and have a good understanding of what we’re looking for when we shop together).
  • What is your ultimate goal you would like to reach by the end of this session.

While browsing in Stacey’s closet, I noticed she is a big fan of jeans.(Let’s be real – who isn’t?) I found some Bootcut and Flare jeans. Unfortunately neither of those are very flattering on us petite girls because they basically swallow your legs and make you appear much shorter. I suggested we go down the route of either Straight Leg or Skinny. They elongate your legs, making you appear much taller.

As I continued browsing her closet, I stumbled upon a few tops that seemed a bit too detailed and not structured enough to suit her body type appropriately. I suggested we utilize a few of her tops/blouses she already had to make complete outfits out of them along with purchasing a few more camis or undershirts to use for under cardigans or sweaters.

Before we finished Part 1 of our session we made a list of items that I thought we should incorporate in her closet.

  • Sweater dresses
  • Blouses
  • Blazers/Jackets
  • Straight Leg/Skinny Jeans
  • Dress Pants
  • Flats & Ankle/Riding Boots

For Part 2 of our session, we headed out to Target and Kohl’s to see if we could find everything on our list. Here are some of the outfits we came up with!

Look #1

Blazer & Jeans: Target

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Look #2 

Boots: Target

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Look #3

Sweater, Jeans & Boots: Target

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Look #4

Sweater:  Target

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Stacey and I had a lot of fun in our sessions together. From the closet clean-out, to the shopping trip, all the way to the outfit making, I think it was a positive experience for both of us and I’m so glad she reached out to me for help. And at the end of the day, that’s all it’s about; for me to be an assistance in women’s lives who need a little push in the right direction. Thank you, Stacey!

As always, stay fashionable, lovelies.

ChristinaKennedyStyles

 

 

Styling 101 with ChristinaKennedyStyles

Some of you may have noticed that I have yet to put any pictures of my personal style up on the blog. Originally, I wanted to stay away from making it about my style but then I realized it would be nice to showcase my style and my inspirations behind my outfits. (So the heck with my original plan; 2014 is a new year!)

Note: These pics were taken a few years ago before I even had this blog up or even realized I wanted to be a personal stylist. I still knew how to put pieces together but I didn’t know enough about accessorizing and how styling your hair/makeup could change an outfit entirely. Especially in pictures.

Since my style changes every year and I learn more about proper styling for my own body, I’ve decided to add my own suggestions and give myself helpful criticism as if I was a client.

Look 1 – Casual with a hint of color. 

I still love this outfit to this day because it’s very comfortable yet still very modern and stylish.

My suggestions:

  • Either say no to the button down OR
  • Add a camisole underneath and open the top few buttons up. Button downs and larger chests don’t mix very well because the fabric around the chest area separates and creates a hole that doesn’t look very flattering.

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Jacket – Pimpkie (Germany brand), Shirt – H&M, Scarf – Lands End, Pants – Joe’s JeansBoots – Enzo Angiolini. 

Look 2  – Formal casual 

This outfit is still probably one of my favorites. I loved the fact that my jacket went so well with my tank because of the olive snakeskin lining it had around it.

My suggestions:

  • Don’t forget the small details – ALWAYS take off your hair tie before you leave your house.
  • Don’t forget to steam or iron your clothes. This makes a HUGE difference!

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Jacket – Walter, Top – 3.1 Phillip Lim, Clutch – Marc by Marc Jacobs, Pants – Joe’s Jeans, Heels – Mossimo (Target Brand)

Look 3 – Beachy Attire 

I remember seeing this exact dress on a woman and I was forever blown away by the pattern. I was on a massive hunt for it but since I didn’t know the brand, I basically gave up. Then out of no where I saw someone selling it on Poshmark for only $15. It had found me!

 My Suggestions:

  • With it’s large patterns and flowy cut, this dress makes my curvy figure look even curvier. Wearing a belt would have cinched my waist making it look much more flattering.
  • Since my top half was very naked looking, a statement necklace or some nice earrings would have filled in that empty space.
  • HAIR TIE, HAIR TIE!

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Dress – J.Crew, Clutch – Coach, Sandals – Trouve

Look 4 – Formal 

The prints on the dress are amazing and when paired with my favorite Rihanna esque jacket, I feel like a different person. The color of this dress works PERFECT with olive colored skin complexions. It makes you look more tan.

My suggestions:

  • I think the dress could have been altered and taken in a bit shorter. Due to my height, any material that goes past my knees, makes me appear shorter. Even when you’re wearing heels, it’s always good to try to alter dresses for special events to ensure you look your best!
  • Since this was a very plain photo shoot to show off my style, I wasn’t too worried about my hair/makeup HOWEVER, if you’re dressing for any formal event, I would highly recommend ensuring that your hair and makeup are done to complete the look.

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Dress – Marc Jacobs, Jacket – Express, Clutch – Coach, Heels – Mossimo (Target Brand) 

All pictures were taken by my friend and photographer, Sara Golemebiewski using a Nikon D100. You should check out her page HERE.

Editing & Styling by Christina Kennedy

As always, stay fashionable, lovelies!

xoxo ChristinaKennedyStyles

Let’s Get Organized: Jewelry!

One of my biggest struggles when organizing my jewelry within my living space is how I would organize them.

I was never the one to own much jewelry back in high school. I had only a few pieces that were usually hiding somewhere in my bedroom that I barely cared about searching for. However, these past few years I’ve acquired quite a bit, and when I say a bit, I mean enough to overfill the few jewelry cases that I never thought I would need.

I finally got tired of having to untangle all of my necklaces and bracelets from the bottom of my cases and realized then I needed a jewelry armoire. Something I could use to organize all my pieces separately.

Fotor010713448 View of my armoire up close. 

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Close up of jewelry.

I wanted to make sure that I organized the majority of my pieces by category to make it easier to locate. I’m also very OCD so the placement of everything was very important to me. I made sure I separated the casual earrings from the dressy earrings. (see first two pics on the top right corner)

The link to my exact armoire HERE

I’ve also gathered a few more armoires – all under $350

Burnished Oak 

Dark Brown

Rustic Green

Black

Antique Cherry

Final thought

If you have a lot of jewelry and don’t know the right way to organize it, I would highly recommend investing in an armoire. It serves not only as a way to organize your items, but also makes a fabulous piece of furniture that will last. (Hand me down, anyone?)

Although everyone has their own way of storing their goodies, it’s always important to ensure proper neatness and organization so you’re able to locate your pieces faster.

So with that being said, have fun & happy organizing!

If anyone has pics of their organizational techniques, please share them!

 

Covet Yourself!

Attention all Fashionistas & Stylish Friends!

 There’s a new Fashion App currently sweeping the Iphone world!

Introducing:

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A stylish game where you can create your own outfits and have others vote and rate them.

Why is Covet Fashion so awesome?

  • A perfect outlet to showcase your personal style, while competing with friends and other fashion savvy users.
  • Gives you an opportunity to buy any item that is featured on their app.
  • Alerts you of any sales or promotions designers may be having so you’ll always be in the knows of the latest deals.
  • Continues to add new designers, giving you a sneak peek of merchandise available for purchase towards your virtual closet.
  • Downloading the app is free and Iphone friendly!

How do you play?

The first step after downloading the app is to start purchasing items towards your closet. This builds up closet value. Try to pick your items wisely since you’ll  initially be only given a set amount of money towards building your wardrobe. Once, you’ve entered yourself in events and earn some money, then you can be more picky on your closet purchases.

Next, ensure you have enough tickets acquired so that you may enter yourself into these events. Getting tickets is simple and actually pretty fun since you’re able to vote on outfits that others have posted to the events and page.

After you’ve maxed out on tickets, see what events are available to you. Some will only allow you to enter if you have a certain amount of closet value, or if you meet certain clothing requirements. For example, some require you to wear a jacket with your outfit. Others tell you to include a certain color. This sometimes makes it a bit more of a challenge but it also helps you to be more creative with the options that you have.

 Continue to vote on other looks, enter yourself into events, and build your wardrobe!

Also, don’t forget to have fun with this. Never compare yourself to other users as everyone one has their own unique style.

 Downloading the app is easy. Go to your App store and search for Covet Fashion

(App is currently only available for download for Iphones and Ipads)

 I would love to hear feedback on what you think about Covet. Please leave them below.

As always, stay fashionable lovelies!

Transitioning from One Season to Another.

It’s that time again to start transitioning your closet from one

season to the next. It’s either one of the most dreadful and annoying tasks to complete, because you have a hard time letting go of a specific favorite season and you’re just too lazy to go into that storage box and pull out your sweaters and long pants, or it’s one of the most relaxing and inspiring moments where you get to add a few more pieces into your closet. Perhaps even revamp your entire wardrobe and get to shop for new and more trendy and hip attire.

However you feel, it must be done.

So where do you begin?

  • Start out by seeing what’s really in trend this season and go from there.
  • If you need an idea, take a look at some stores at the mall or check out your favorite websites or magazines.
  • See if there’s any type of similarities of color, style, cut, or material that you notice.
  • Take a mental note of all that you see and start to brainstorm.
  • Start taking a look at your closet and glance at what you do have. (This is obviously done after you store away past season items.)
  • Once you figure out what you already own, make a list of essentials.
  • Layering tanks? A few pairs of pants or jeans? Perhaps a variety of colors of scarves or shoes? Whatever it is, make sure they are items that are versatile and can go with lots of outfit choices.

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I recently just went through my closet this past week and finally completed my transition into the new season.

Here are a few tips that will help you organize and clutter-free your closet:

  • Purchase Spacesaver hangers. They are small and most of them have velvet finishing to prevent the clothes from slipping off. Try to replace all of your existing hangers with the newer ones to ensure neatness. You can find a pack of them for cheap at TJMaxx or Marshalls.
  • Separate your clothing.  Sweaters with sweaters. Tanks with tanks, etc.  Then start to color code within within those certain style of clothes. This will make it easier for you to browse and find that certain piece of clothing.
  • Grab your storage box and fill up your past season clothes. If you’re transitioning from spring/summer to fall/winter, make sure that you’re storing away the right clothes. Often times, people put away the wrong items and then end up having to dig it out later. For spring/summer, you should have pieces that are lighter fabric. Also, make sure you’re paying attention to color. Usually colors that are little brighter (pinks, yellows, light blues, etc) should be kept. For fall/winter, thicker fabrics and long sleeved shirts and pants are recommended. Again with colors; darker blues, purples, reds are key for those two seasons.
  • Time to sort. Now that your closet is a bit more organized, start browsing through and see if there is any item that hasn’t gotten or very minimal wear. Ask yourself the How many, When & Where, Will I, questions. How many times have I worn it? When and where will I wear it? Will I ever wear it? These questions are great to ask yourself to maintain a neat and organized closet. You can get rid of a lot more clothes if you put yourself in these mini scenarios.
  • The last and final step is now figuring out what you need or what you’re lacking in your closet. Make sure to make a list of VITAL and VERSATILE pieces to add. Since you got to take a peek at your closet, you were able to see what items would work best with what you’ve got.

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Now, let’s get into the important stuff; Shopping!

One of very most important things before heading out on any shopping trip is to plan out a budget. That way you can limit yourself and avoid unnecessary purchases. Write down or form a mental list of the stores in that budget that is most convenient for you.

Target is one of my favorite places to shop. They have everything from business slacks to versatile tops. From stylish hats to colorful tees. Over the years, Target has really upped their game in the fashion world and have been featured in hundreds of magazines all around the country. So of course, knowing my love for everything IN Style, I headed down to my nearest store.

(Note: It is not necessary to choose Target for your transitioning. There are plenty of stores that offer similar and perhaps even better options for yourself. I personally chose this store because of it’s versatility and the fit of the clothing.)

Walking down the ready to wear section, (which is almost always my first option) I grabbed the items that not only had versatility options and were on trend for the season but also pieces that have been lacking in my closet.

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With a little time and work, I came up with a few great fall friendly outfits, that I hope will inspire all of you on your shopping ventures!

Outfit #1:

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This outfit gives a great allusion of fall colors without trying too hard. You got your neutral colors (beiges & browns), balanced out evenly with a hint of purple/light pink. PERFECT for work or lunch with your friends!

To Purchase: Cardigan, Tank, Pants, Necklace, Shoes.

Outfit #2:

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This outfit can easily be dressed up or down, depending on the mood or occasion. Remove your classic heels and add a pop color along with a matching bag and you’re ready to go out on the town! Or replace your platforms for comfy flats for your daily errands.

To Purchase: Top, Jacket, Pants, Shoes.

Outfit #3:

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This outfit has the perfect balance of colors for the fall/winter season. The geometric top makes it a bit different and funky but in a good way. Great for an evening out!

To Purchase: Top, Pants, Shoes.

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I hope you all have found something worth remembering from my list of tips. If you have any outfits of your own that you’d like to share, please send them my way; I may just feature you on by blog! Any feedback is always appreciated. If you like my tips/advice, click below. If there’s something you want to see, please let me know!