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How to Wear Wide-Leg Pants

Wide-leg, lightweight pants are a great-looking and comfortable option in the summer. They are also a cool alternative to shorts and a more stylish option than traditional "capris".  (See more Casual, Cool Alternatives to Shorts here.)

And best of all, they'll take you into the fall as well, and can be worn casually, dressed up and to the office. 

BUT, they are one of the trickiest bottoms to pull off because the success of the look is entirely dependent on balancing proportions and wearing the right top, not to mention the shoes and accessories.  

So let's  break down how to wear wide-leg pants, with several outfits that can take you pretty much anywhere this summer and well into the fall too. 

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

 Shirt, $49 |  Blazer | Chambray Shirt, $78 |  Budget Option,  $39.50 | Tan Sandals, $48 

Loafers, $48  | Straw Crossbody Bag, $29  | Straw Earrings (lightweight!), $10 

Coin Pre-layered Necklace, $52  | Cognac Bag, $199 | Wrap Bracelet  | Stretch Bracelet


We're all used to full length wide-leg pants, but the crop style is another story. And I hear some of you saying, "no way, Beth - it's not happening." If you're dead set against the style, you can substitute slim ankle pants like these and still create the looks below.  But remember, a style that seems crazy to you at first will start to look normal the more it's around, and this one seems to have staying power. I included some more pictures of them on various shaped and sizes at the bottom of post. 

First, let’s talk about what you should look for in the pants. The pair I'm wearing above is from Peach but no longer available.( I show lots of similar options at the bottom of the post.)  

I was able to find some great-looking navy crepe trousers from Nordstrom. They're on sale for $59 in sizes XXS – XXL in navy and white, and black for $30 here

Looking for plus size? This option from Lane Bryant in a similar crepe are great looking.

Another alternative is this pair from Lands End, also in crepe, pull-on with less fabric. Available in regular, plus and petite sizing. If you're afraid that the others will be too much fabric or add bulk to your frame, these are a great alternative. 

Like many wide-leg pants, the pair in the examples below is high-waisted. In general, the high-waist gives the illusion of longer legs and is most flattering when worn with a shorter or tucked /half-tucked top.

👉If you're short-waisted you'll want to look at pants with more of a mid-rise. Or wear your top untucked and slightly longer (to add length to to your torso).  Click here for Dressing Tips for Short Waist Figures. 

With regard to pant length, you have options. Because it's summer, I'm featuring a crop pant. If you want full length instead, the wide-leg pants need to be hemmed perfectly for your height, meaning that when you’re in a shoe, they need to be just about a half inch off the ground.  

Here's a pair of wide-leg, full length trousers from Banana Republic that come in petite, regular and several colors (including navy).  Long, wide-leg pants like these can make your legs look longer and they look best with a heel, even a low one.  If you get yours hemmed, make sure you do it to suit the heel height you'll be wearing. They'll look best with a heel that is either pointy or shows your toes.  

In the summer especially,  I love the look of wide-leg crop pants.  Generally, the area around the top of your ankle to the bottom of your calf is the ideal length. Once you start cutting through the middle of your calf, you enter capri territory, and you know I'm not a fan of capris. 

👉Remember...you don't want to put a horizontal line across the widest part of your calf - and this what the traditional capris of yester-year do. 

Depending on your frame, the width of the pant may be overwhelming. If that's the case, you can have these easily altered. If  they fit in the waist and hips/rear but are too voluminous in the legs, you can have them hemmed to your most flattering length and ask to have a little bit of fullness taken out. It’s an easy fix and well worth it. 

👉Tip for Petites: Instead of opting for a true wide leg with a leg opening between 22-26.5″, go for a pant with a leg opening of 17-20″

The outfits below are ideal for the office, a date, or a small get-together. As always, you can shop this post full of practical recommendations OR go to your closet and plug in similar pieces....keeping in mind proportions! 

Clean and Simple: Navy & White

Wide Leg Pants, $60  |  Shirt, $49 |  Sandals, $120  |  Bag, $34  |  Earrings, $42  | Sunglasses, $15

Short Necklace, $42  |  Long Pendant,  $84


This is one of my favorite looks because it’s elegant yet casual and cool at the same time.  It's the perfect use for a quality white tee that looks especially great knotted on the side or half tucked.  The outfts I'm wearing above were insprired by this look. 

👉TIP:  I use a clear rubber band like these to easily tie a knot without stretching out the top.

This slub scoop neck tee has a great structure which is important.  Because the pants are so full, you need a top that will help create balance.  If you wear a full, flowy top with wide leg pants, you will just look wide everywhere like a square....not a good look unless your name is Bob (i.e. Sponge Bob... Get it?? 😉 

The key to the top is that it be shorter or tucked/half-tucked or fitted and somewhat structured. It DOES NOT have to be skin tight (although a bodysuit would look amazing with these pants) but it also shouldn't be voluminous.

👉Remember, loose and flowy on the bottom means fitted on top.  And loose and flowy on top (a tunic top for example) means fitted on the bottom (i.e. slim fitting pants, skinny jeans, etc). 

The statement earrings add a splash of color and I like that they are a contrasting shade of blue, adding interest rather than "matching".  A long, simple pendant necklace works with the earrings without being too much and provides a visual vertical line down the middle that is always flattering.

You could also wear nude shoes, wedges, flats (especially if you're tall) or block heels. Stay away from kitten heels or very dainty sandals, as the wide leg of the pants would overwhelm them. Again, proprotion is key! 

Fresh Floral

Wide Leg Pants, $60  |  Blouse, $49 |  Sandals, $59  |  Bag, $29  |  Earrings, $42  | 

Double Necklace, $64 |  Cuff Bracelet, $52


Next, this patterned sleeveless top (from Banana Republic) is another pretty option and works well with the wide leg pants because it gathers at the waist, creating a beautiful shape. It's a pretty top for summer but could also be worn under a jacket this fall, or in the AC this summer.  If you don't like sleeveless, I saw this navy floral blouse....the Banana Republic tops  come in regular and petite up to  XXL, and are on sale.  

I just ordered the Cole Haan sandals shown. They are so comfortable and the heel is moderate in height so still flattering but easy to walk in.   And don't forget your jewlery ...it makes the outfit... the finishing touch.  See how I show mixed metals above? Have fun and play around with accessories.

Monochromatic Chic

Wide Leg Pants, $60 |  Peplum Top, $40  | Blush Sandals, $48  |  Chain Link Necklace, $42

Cognac Bag, $199 (sale)  |  Leather Wrap Bracelet, $64


Last but not least...a gorgeous navy monochromatic look - always a winner for looking taller and slimmer. I added accents of blush and tan, and accessories with texture to keep it from looking flat. The blouse has some texture and adds interest with the buttons and sleeve details...the key to monochromatic dressing. And the peplum waist provides shape and structure too. 

That's it! I hope you found this informative and maybe you're willing to give wide-leg pants a try. They are yet another option if you don't like wearing shorts or leg-baring skirts....And, they still let you stay cool and stylish....and are so much better-looking than dated capris! (Here's another post with more ideas for alternatives to shorts).

Below are some more shopping options for them - and the sales going on these days are crazy!  Let us know in the comments if this is a style you'll try and go #justgetdressed. 😉

I'm Here for You....My Readers! 

My clients and followers inspire all of my content, and this post is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant.  My goal is to wade through the ocean of retail confusion for you,  and currate ideas to help you simplify fashion and look and feel your best so you can  #justgetdressed.  

I work with real women with real bodies and smart budgets who want to look chic and feel confident, but can be confused and overwelmed by what retailers and the fashion industry put out there.  

Some links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase via my site, I receive a small commission, but the prices you pay are no different at all.  I am aslo a brand ambassador for Peach, Stella & Dot and Beautycounter, so I'm available to provide personalized attention and help with those brands  - drop me a note any time with questions. .  

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My Top 10 Go-To Beauty Products

Today we're talking all things beauty products!

When it comes to beauty products are you in a committed relationship, or do you tend to play the field?

I generally fall into the "jump around and play the field camp" (in the beauty product department that is;)  

I'm not loyal to just one brand, and I'm always on the lookout for new products. I also love learning from people like Angie from HotandFlashy about anti-aging skincare, but I try to balance that by trying to simplify things and get decent results with the fewest products. 

So while I am constantly changing things ups and experimenting there are a handful of products  I find myself repurchasing over and over. 

Today I'm sharing those top 10 go-to's...and many (5 out of the 10) are from Beautycounter, a favorite clean beauty brand that I represent.

 Currently they are having a 15% off Friends and Family sale too! 

My Top 5 Beautycounter Go-To's

I always (naively) assumed that  "someone" was insuring that the stuff in the products our family puts on their skin and in their mouths were tested for safety. However, the amount of chemicals in some of the products  we use daily is shocking. Since learning more, I have made an effort to move my family over to  more safe products, especially the things I use on my skin daily.

Like many premium, high-quality brands, Beautycounter is not "discount-happy", meaning the price is the price, and the value is there, and you won't see a lot of crazy promotions. They do occasionally have sales - like right now - so it's a great time to stock up or try the brand.  

Here are my favorites picks that I use religiously: 

This peel is a game changer.  You put it on before you head to bed and it helps bring your dull skin back to life and shows almost immediate results (unusual, I know, but true).  You will feel this peel when you put it on; I use it at least 3 to 4 times a week.  I wait 5 minutes after applying before adding my ​nighttime  moisturizer.

 If I HAD to pick one item to get - this product would be it, hands down.  I'm using the sale to get more.

BeautycounterPeel

I've been all over the map with cleansers but have settled on this on as my favorite. The creamy foam gets your skin squeaky clean without , removes every trace of eye and face make-up and leaves your skin soft and smooth, not dry and tight.  And since I hit my 50's, I have really sensitive eyes, and this one does not bother them one bit. 

Countermatch Cleanser

I use this day cream, Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizer every morning after the cleanser and after my  serums (numbers 6 &7 below) - and before my sunscreen (which I also love and get on amazon through subscribe & save). 

I use this night cream, Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream every night before bed. I even use it under my eyes in lieu of a separate eye product. It's deeply hydrating,  supports elasticity, and visibly firms while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Retinatural Complex: We took two of the most powerhouse plant-derived ingredients available and created a scientific breakthrough. Bakuchiol has been shown to provide skin-care results that are comparable to retinol—without harmful side effects such as skin irritation and increased sun sensitivity—and Swiss Alpine rose boosts the skin’s antioxidant defense.
  • Tetrapeptide: Helps increase skin elasticity, minimize the appearance of lines, boost visible firmness, and smooth skin surface.
  • Fermented Sugars (Biosaccharide Gum-1): This blend of fermented sugars helps soothe skin while helping slow the visible effects of aging by optimizing hydration for renewed skin.
BC day cream

4. EYE MAKE-UP

My eye-makeup collection is pretty minimal.  I a I use these three Beautycounter products:

  1. This is the only eyeshadow palette I own because the colors are so pretty, neutral and easy to use for a novice.  There are 4 options for palettes, so choose the one that suits you. And check out the Beautycounter tutorials here
  2. If I use an eye pencil (which I don't always do) I use this one in brown.
  3. I love this brow gel and use it to color, fill and shape my brows. (It's out of stock right now unfortunately,  but you can be notified when it's back. It's worth the wait!) 
beautycounter eyeshadow

5. Lippies! 

I absolutely LOVE Beautycounter lipsticks.  The fact that something going so close to my mouth is safe is obviously important, and I also love the way they glide on, how they taste and smell, and the colors!   If I could only have one type of make-up, I'd pick lipstick.  I feel naked and washed out without it (and can use it as blush in a pinch;)

I use the lip gloss (love dahlia)) The Sheer Lipstick is what I have in my pocket and in my car at all times (usually in Rose), but I'm a lipstick fanatic so I have several shades.

For a more intense color, I just got this one  -  I love the design on the tube - and the color is a vibrant pink, great for summer (I have B.Fearless, neutral pink). I also love the lip gloss (I use dahlia).

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More Products I Buy on Repeat

I use this serum each morning after cleanser - all over my face, and then down my neck, chest and back of hands.  I've been using it since March and notice an improvement in my skin. I use it daily and liberally, so this brand has been a big money saver too. I found out about it from Angie and it's formulated with the same exact ingredients as SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic but with 20% pure L-Ascorbic acid making it more effective...at a small fraction of the price.

Vitamin C Serum

Next to the Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel,  this serum is my other favorite heavy-hitter, result-producing product. There are so many serums and potions that Angie recommends layering on, but I like to use  this one for me is a single product with powerful ingredients and I've seen great results.  The EVER  line of beauty products is from our friends at Stella & Dot and recently they combined under the same umbrella, so it's another collection I can personally help you with. So far this is my favorite product I've tried - and it's a best-seller with proven results.  I've been using for 45 days and plan to re-order! You can save 10% by getting on auto-delivery too.   

I use it in the morning after the Vitamin C and before my moisturizer. I use it in the pm on the nights I don't use the peel, before I moisturize with the Beautycounter Supreme Cream

Youthful Serum

I've been using this foundation or the CC cream for years and keep going back to it. I use the oil-free bye-bye foundation when I want more coverage, and the illuminating CC cream on most other days.  You can buy it at Ulta, Sephora, etc...or QVC also has the CC cream  with a great brush and free shipping. 

9. Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Primer 

I forget who turned me on to this 2 in 1, clean mascara (from the company founded by Jessica Alba), but whoever you are - thank you! It's affordable, clean and it WORKS. I get it on amazon with subsubscribe and save so I don't forget to replace it. 

honest mascara

I DO know who turned me on to this secret weapon (thank you Carol Kolster)! This pencil in Stella is my "I got 9 hours of sleep" tool. She taught me to put it in the inner corner of my eye and on my brow bone. I even run it along my lower water line. The brightening effect is magical! 

There you have it - my top 10 beauty products I use on repeat.

Now, do tell! What products to you repurchase over and over? We'd love to hear what's working for you! Share below, or over in the private B.Styled Facebook Group!

Thanks for reading and remember to #justgetdressed;)

Your Summer Wardrobe Checklist

YOUR STEP-BY-STEP PLAN TO SUMMER FABULOUSNESS

How about a simple checklist or roadmap to help you build a summer wardrobe that makes it easy (and fun) to #justgetdressed. Sounds good, right?

Well, almost every woman I’ve ever worked with starts out with this same or similar issue: 

“I have a mish-mash of clothes, a closet that’s bursting at the seams, and most days I end up feeling frustrated and completely uninspired by what I finally put on my body.”

When I ask her what she’d like to achieve with our time together, her answer is usually some variation on this theme: 

“A stylish, mix and match wardrobe  that makes it easy and painless  to get dressed each day feeling stylish, comfortable and confident."

The key is that despite what you may think,  you don’t need more clothes. But you do need the right clothes. 

And that’s what the B.Styled Summer Wardrobe Checklist does for you.  I’ve put together a checklist of items that all work together to create innumerable chic, modern and comfortable looks. EASILY.

Remember the goal here: Less stuff, more style, smarter shopping. 

24 Pieces to a Stylish, Fun and Easy Summer

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Now that you have the list, let's go through the step-by-step process of making it work for you.  And scroll down to see how I can help you personally if you wish.

Into Your Closet You Go....

First, head to your closet with the checklist and look for the pieces you already own.  


But ladies, let's do this with a critical eye. For example, If the pants you're checking off are 3-5 years old, there is a good chance they're dated. I know it sounds harsh, but I’m here to give you the straight talk. Like it or not, styles change - especially when it comes to pieces like pants and shoes.  It’s probably a big conspiracy by the retailers and fashion-designers, but it’s reality. And if you want to look and feel current and modern, you need to update key pieces every few years.


That said, if you’ve been following me and taking my advice over the years, chances are many of the items on the list are pieces you bought in prior seasons - and guess what? They probably still work (if they are in good shape and they fit and flatter you - today).  

 

We need to get out of the habit of feeling like we’re “starting over” each season.  Did you get white jeans last spring or summer that you LOVE? That's a major coup... Check them off the list.  Do you have khaki capris with pockets on the legs from 5 years ago? Give them away.  And please don’t send me hate mail;)

Identify What's Missing


The next step is to circle  the items you're missing on the list - that you actually LIKE. 


If you hate florals though, you are NOT to circle the floral dress or top.


No one is saying that you have to wear florals just because I put it on the list or a trend blog says it’s a “must have”.  


But be open-minded...If you like the idea of floral patterns but feel like you “can’t” wear them because of some arbitrary rule you’ve imposed on yourself - that's no bueno. 


But maybe you just don’t like florals, or you don’t like the ones I picture. NO worries!  

Maybe you’re more of a geometric pattern girl like me….Look to add interest and pattern to your wardrobe that way instead.  You do you!  (And my shopping recommendations include alternatives as well). 

Consider Adding Some Seasonal Trends


Next, pick a few seasonal trends that you’ve been eying and want to introduce. Maybe you only want to add one, none, or all of them....Or maybe you have "trends" from this spring that you love and look forward to wearing.  Check them off!

Build Your Outfits


Finally...the fun part.  It's time to #justgetdressed. 


WEAR your clothes, don’t save them. Have fun with them, mix and match, and accessorize. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing the outfits I’m wearing based on this checklist.  


Visit the free #justgetdressed Facebook group and share your looks, get advice and shopping tips.


 Play along with me and #justgetdressed  - and love the way you look (and feel) this summer - and beyond. 


Here are a few looks from life over the past weeks built from the checklist:

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Affiliate Links: 

Blue Top (lots of colors)   •    ponte blazer (white, black, navy)   •    tan leather sandals   •     White Joggers (new full-length version)   •   black ponte ankle pants  •   White Jeans

  Nude low heel sandals   •    Colorful Bracelets   •    Snake Print Flats   •    White Strappy Bra   •    Pendant Necklace   •    Straw Crossbody Bag   •   Black Athletic Sneakers

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Pattern Top (many options)  
   New Straight Leg Jeans   •   White Sandals

White Dress   • Fun Earrings   •   Colorful Bracelets   

Solid Color Top (many options)   •   White Strappy Bra (may colors, looks great showing under tops)   • delicate gold hoops and necklace (beautiful solo or layered) 

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Affiliate Links: 

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Maybe you've reached the end and still feel confused and overwhelmed. Fear not! If you want some personal help assembling your summer wardrobe, I've got you. 


I’m introducing a bite-sized, virtual,  1:1, personal shopping service at a special rate:  30 minutes  for $30. We'll decide based on your needs how many 30 minute slots it will take.  


I'll provide recommendations for the items you’re missing based on your unique body, taste, style and budget.  Email me with questions and click here to sign up and get the process started:

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Here's my last lecture words of advice/encouragement:

Summer is an easy time to let getting dressed slip - and being in the midst of a pandemic and social distancing certainly doesn't help.

But remember, #justgetdressed is more than just an alternative to nudity;) 

Spending a few minutes each day to put yourself together will pay dividends in terms of your mood, productivity and even relationships. So get to it ladies! 

Cheers! 

Spring and Summer Shoe Tips

This is an update from a post from a year ago. Things  sure are different this May 2020 aren't they? #understatement. 

But in reality, the shoe info I shared last May holds true again this year. So rather than do a new video, I'm updating this post. That way you don't have to see my gray, spray- painted roots. Sound good? 

 I've also updated the links to some new shoe suggestions. 

If I had to pick ONE shoe that we all "need", especially during this time, it would be hip white sneakers. They are a no-brainer because they are obviously comfortable and practical, but also cool, hip and youthful. Whether you are 20 or 95,  you can wear these and look great. I give lots of suggestions below. 

Here are ideas or sneakers, flats and heels. Yes they are neutral, and yes they are basic. AND if you have all three of these bases covered, yay for you...You are welcome to graduate to a statement shoe if you wish;) But, if you're looking for great-looking, comfortable shoes that will work with most spring/summer casual looks...here you go! 

Scroll below the collage to see shopping links and  click the tiny >arrow on the right and left of the picture to scroll through to see sneakers, flats and heels. 

You can also click HERE to see all my Spring/ Summer Shoe Picks - and I will be updating and adding to the collection all season.

I truly hope this helps! 

Head over to the free private #justgetdressed Facebook group to share your shoe woes and we will help; I promise!  

xo, Beth

What to Shop for (and what to skip) in January

A lot of us are all shopped out after the holidays and looking forward to the upcoming B.Styled Shopping Detox that starts February 1.  And maybe your spending freeze has already started.  👏🏼 But some of us (raises hand) are looking forward to taking advantage of the great sales going on right now. 

Now one thing we don't want to do is what my friends and I used to do in college just before Lent. Stay with me here; there is a connection. We'd decide on all the things we were going to give up (usually involving  junk food). Then for the days leading up to Lent, we'd gorge ourselves on all. the. things.  It was gross.  Can you relate?

So let's NOT look at the days/weeks leading up to February 1 as an excuse to hit add-to-cart for every shining object that grabs our attention this month.  Instead I'm here to help you focus your shopping efforts.  FOCUS is my Word of the Year, and God knows I need more of it in my life, so let's do this together: 

Three Things to Shop For in January: 

1.  Boots 

January is a great time to grab Winter boots if you need a new pair. There are sales going on and the selection is still pretty good.  Come February the selection will be pretty bleak (but you won't be shopping then anyway;) If you need a pair of boots, now is a great time to start hunting. And remember, the more basic, versatile and wearable the shoe, the more you want to invest in quality brands and styles that stand the test of time.  Here is a collection of some great boots on sale:

2.  Sweaters

The fashion world deemed this winter the Year of the Sweater (I thought every winter was the Year of the Sweater, but what do I know). Anyway, there were/are LOTS of great sweater options out there and many good sales. This is a great time to invest in a sweater that was too much of a splurge at full price earlier in the season.  A great source for fab and unique sweaters is  Anthropologie. They are a splurge but right now many are on sale including the gorgeous fair isle number shown below...going fast though!   The white and chartruese sweaters are 2 that I have and love and both are on sale now too!  And they are available in more colors as well. 

3. Ponte Pants and/or Joggers:

This time of year I spend much more time in ponte pants, leggings, and joggers and less time in jeans. Call it hibernation-mode, hygee, or just extra lbs., but it's a reality --and you can still #justgetdressed when you don't have a button on your pants. 😜

For leggings, I do still wear my old Hue leggings, especially when lounging at home, but when I'm taking my look up a notch, I go for my Peach moto leggings in thick (yet still stretchy) ponte. They are definitely more like pants than your basic leggings and make for a more sophisticated, polished look. I like them best with tall boots (black or tan, brown, etc) but they also look great with booties or even cool sneakers. 

Joggers have actually surpassed leggings as my favorite winter pant for lounging or casual-wear.  I do love my Peach bohos the most, but in the dead of winter in New England, they aren't quite warm enough. I've been reaching for the peach velvet joggers all season, wearing them to parties with booties as well as casually with sneakers.  I also live in my fleece joggers from Target...They are on my body at some point almost every day.  

A third option for non-denim pants are ponte pants.  I have three recommendations in this category.  

Click pictures to shop:

Peach Ponte Straight Leg

Peach Ponte Ankle Pants

Kut from the Kloth Ponte Skinny Fit Pant

Target Joggers

Peach Velvet Joggers

Peach Velvet Joggers

Peach Moto Leggings

Peach Moto Leggings

Three Things I'm Passing On in January:

1. Warm Weather Items:

Unless you're lucky enough to be going on vacation this winter and NEED warm-weather items, don't give into the temptation to buy things you can't wear right now. "Resort Wear" tends to be priced higher, so if you don't need it now, take a pass.  

EXCEPTION: You know one of my B.Styled mantras is #buythedress. So if you come across the perfect warm-weather dress that you love, that fits and flatters your figure today, and you can get a good deal on it - you have my blessing. For example, I wore this Isla dress in royal blue all summer long (over and over again). So when it went on sale, I grabbed it in white.

2.  Animal Print

Don't get made at me. I love my leopard print as much as the next girl, however animal prints (especially in clothing) are beginning to feel just a bit overdone (IMHO). So while I'm not telling you to stop wearing what you have (far from it!) I don't think it's necessary to get more this season. My guess is that leopard print will continue to be hot for many years to come (I think it has passed into the classic-neutral zone),  but zebra/tiger/snake will start to cool off. 

But again, I repeat...I am NOT saying to stop using/wearing the items you have and love.  It was awesome when you bought it and it's still awesome today. What I am saying is you probably don't need to add any more. Capiche?

3. Denim

You may not like this one either; sorry.   I'm not going to take a hard line on this, but I will say that I predict denim styles and cuts (that can be worn with a variety of  shoes) will start appearing as we approach spring - so I say, let's wait.  Plus, like I said above, right now I'm reaching for my joggers and ponte pants (and cookies) more than my denim. That said, if you need a pair of perfect-for-you jeans in a versatile, classic cut like skinny, straight or even boyfriend - and you can get a good deal -- who am I to stand in your way??  Below are some sale denim ideas.  If you don't have a go-to pair of perfect-for-you jeans (ideally in a sleek, simple, classic dark wash, keep an eye out for sales at Loft and try these (modern or curvy cut, petite, regular....size down!)

Loft Slim Pocket Skinny Jeans 

What are you shopping for this month? Or have you instituted your shopping freeze already? Let me know below, or head over to my private VIP Facebook Group and share over there. We can help you find just the right thing. 

And don't forget to sign up for the  FREE February Shopping Detox.  We'll hold each other accountable, get motivation and support - AND best of all, #justgetdressed in looks we love, while wearing what we already own. 

I hope you found this helpful and that you can use some of these shopping tips to save you time and money. As always, I'm here if you need any personalized help!

Thanks for reading. Now go #justgetdressed.

My Top Beautycounter Picks

I am excited to be partnering with one of my favorite brands,  Beautycounter.  I've been a long time customer and now I am also a consultant so I can share the products with you.

I always (naively) assumed that  "someone" was insuring that the stuff in the products our family puts on their skin and in their mouths were tested for safety. However, the amount of chemicals in some of the products  we use daily is shocking. Since learning more, I have made an effort to move my family over to  more safe products, especially the things I use on my skin daily, like these products.

Like many premium, high-quality brands, Beautycounter is not "discount-happy", meaning the price is the price, and the value is there, and you won't see a lot of crazy promotions.  When they do have a sale a couple times a year, I'll be sure to let you know!

Here are my favorites picks that I use religiously: 

OVERNIGHT RESURFACING PEEL –

This peel is a game changer.  You put it on before you head to bed and it helps bring your dull skin back to life and shows almost immediate results (unusual, I know, but true).  You will feel this peel when you put it on; I use it at least 3 to 4 times a week.  If I HAD to pick one item to get - this product would be it, hands down.  I'm using the sale to get more.

This new line was of interest to me because of my interest in retinol products to reduce lines and wrinkles. However retinol is an ingredient on the Beautycounter Never List

Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate)
Retinyl palmitate is an ingredient composed of palmitic acid and retinol (Vitamin A). Data from an FDA study indicate that retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may result in adverse health consequences like lesions and photosensitization. FDA, Norwegian and German health agencies have raised a concern that daily skin application of vitamin A creams may contribute to excessive vitamin A intake for pregnant women and other populations.

I started using the Countertime serum (am and pm) and the (amazing) Supreme Cream at night.

I have continued using the No.1 Facial Brightening Oil (see below) in the morning (before the serum), and the Resurfacing Peel (above) every other night (instead of the serum). 

 I love the results I've had from this routine.   I'm going to add the Countertime cleansing oil and hydrating essence as well. Unfortunately Countertime products are not included in the 15% off sale.

I’m a huge fan of using vitamin C on my face, and this stuff is so good! I use it every morning under my Countertime serum and daily moisturizer.

I've been using this now for almost a year and  I really love it.   I use it 2 to 3 times a week to deep-clean. It absorbs excess oil and draws out impurities. Even at my age I tend to have enlarged pores and even get zits and this has helped tremendously.  Activated charcoal minimizes the appearance of pores, giving skin a smooth, refined appearance, while salicylic acid stimulates exfoliation.

Lipsticks!

I'm obsessed with Beautycounter lipsticks.  The fact that something going so close to my mouth is safe is obviously important, and I also love the way they glide on, how they taste and smell, and the colors!   If I could only have one type of make-up, I'd pick lipstick.  I feel naked and washed out without it (and you an use it as blush in a pinch;)

 I use the lip gloss (love dahlia), the color intense duo (longer lasting, bolder color - 2 universally flattering colors that I layer or wear alone) and the Sheer Lipstick is what I have in my pocket and in my car at all times (usually in Rose), but I'm a lipstick fanatic so I have several shades.

These are just my standout favorites for today, but some other products that I use daily include the dew skin (shade 3 and 4 in summer) and tint skin (sand) - I use a dab of both and combine.  I also love the blush (sorbet), this eyeshadow palette (Romantic) and this brow pencil

The Romantic eyeshadow palette has 2 dark colors that can be used easily to line as well. I just dampen a thin, angled brush - slowly but surely am getting the hang of it! 

A new feature on the Beautycounter website is #betterbeauty School with easy-to-follow videos to help us with make-up application.  I just watched the brow tutoial...boy, was I doing it wrong!  Live and learn!  https://www.beautycounter.com/products/beauty-school

Again, if you're interested in trying Beautycounter or restocking your favorites, this Friends and Family Sale is the time to do it!  Let me know if you need any help or recommendations! 

Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet.  I appreciate your time and support so much!  Cheers,

Beth

My Amazon Picks and Advice


My elevated Peach sweatshirt is still available - limited quantities though.

Click HERE to join my free #justgetdressed Facebook group and get tips and advice.

Now that you've heard my Amazon shopping lecture and tips, here's a preview of  some of my favorite finds that I've either read about and researched, or own myself.  

Click HERE to access the entire catalog of picks,  and bookmark it as I will update it frequently.

There are  five questions I recommend we  ask ourselves  before items from the Amazon box get put into our closet (or better yet, before we click "buy now":)

1. Do you LOVE it....I mean does it really resonate with you, or to quote Marie Kondo,, "does it spark joy?"

2. Do you have at a minimum of 3-4 ways to wear/style the item?  Think outside the box...dress it up, dress it down. 

3.  Are you sure you don't have anything just like this or similar in your closet?

4.  Would you really want to buy this item even before knowing the Amazon price on it? This is an important questions to ask...and it's the one I forgot in the video.  How often do we click "buy now" just because the price is so good...without enough thought??

5.  When you try it on, take a mirror selfie (I swear it's a better way to evaluate than just looking in the mirror).  Do you LOVE the way it makes you look and feel?

There you have it!  Just remember to buy with thought and  a plan, and eliminate the impulsive "buy now" clicking.  

And one last piece of advice...Take it from me, do not drink and Amazon shop. They do not mix 😉   

Cheers!

xo, Beth

Jeans – Spend vs. Splurge

This must be the biggest year yet for hype surrounding the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  If you’re new to this crazy phenomena…here’s a live video I made on the eve of Early Access for the sale.  In a nutshell, yes, it’s a special sale, there are great deals to be had on BRAND NEW styles, but you need to keep you wits about you;)

That said, this sale is a great time to save if you’ve been thinking of investing in a pair of premium denim jeans.    I’ve been lusting after a pair of (soon to be named) jeans, so when they popped up on the Early Access Sale (#NSALE), I decided to splurge.  I figured I’d try them and if they didn’t live up to all the hype, I’d just return them; no harm no foul.   Let me be clear….. these jeans are normally insanely expensive, and on the #NSALE they are only ridiculously expensive.  But in the interest of Market Research (and free returns) I clicked BUY (I even ordered 2 sizes to make sure I got it right).

I got my first #NSALE shipment today, including the jeans. I tried them on with my favorite, basic white t-shirt (also on the sale and I ordered another one since I am so rough on them).

As soon as I put the jeans on, yes, I LOVED them, but something felt strangely….familiar.  I went to my closet, and found a pair of budget-friendly jeans I own, tried them on, and decided to take side-by-side comparison photos.

The only thing I changed was my jewelry….gold vs. silver, just so I could keep the pictures straight.

 

So, you’re  dying to know which jean is the spend and which is the splurge, right?   Well just  to complicate things, I ask my unsuspecting, work-from-home husband to look at them both in person and decide which was which.  He, of all people, nailed it, noticing  a clear difference,  and thought the splurge pair looked considerably better.  Go figure.

So, here you have it:

  1.  Splurge:  AG The Legging, Raw Hem Skinny Jeans Retail $225, #NSALE $149.90
  2.  Save:  American Eagle Denim X Jegging  Sale $39.99, buy one get one 50{4459afbc2bae7cce36afa98505acda452d7cfe9eff579bae0d40077b3c526282} off

Both pairs are very stretchy and comfortable and with a slightly higher waist.  However…

I admit I do really LOVE the AG’s and there are some features that make them stand out to me.

  • They have the on-trend raw hem, but if I get sick of that I can cuff them.
  • I love the color of the wash…it’s the perfect shade of denim for me…not too light, not too dark. They could be worn very casually with flops or wedges, or dressed up with heeled booties.  The difference in color and fading is more obvious in person than in the pics. My husband noticed it immediately.
  • I admit I really love the small distressed detail at the hip.  I’ve tried more distressed jeans but just don’t feel like myself in them, although I love how they look on others.  These have just enough to make to me happy and feel slightly cool (which I’m not).
  • Another thing my husband noticed (being a man) is the rear view.  I think AG has pocket placement down –making for  more flattering hiney on the AG’s.

I’m going to hold on to them for now, and decide in September whether to keep them or send them back.  They are available to order on sale now, but with a backorder date of November, which is a drag.  But, if you think you want them, best to get them at the sale price and wait to receive them (you can always change your mind).

Here are some of the other #NSALE items I received this week.  Unfortunately sizes are limited on some of them, but there’s a good chance of restocking on Friday July 21st when the sale is open to the public –  and when all the Early Access returns start coming in.  Here’s a link to my complete catalog of picks.

My Verdict and Links:

Leith Circle Cardi – Got it last year in charcoal – love that one.  This new version is cut differently (slightly so) .  I like it a lot but don’t love it as much.    Update: Going to hold out for the barefoot dreams circle cardigan  in cream and hope that comes back in stock.  This one going back…

Caslon Hooded Cardi – This is really cute and soft…I don’t need another grey sweater though, so back it goes.

Mural Herringbone blazer – So torn on this (and it’s sold out). IF I worked outside the home I’d keep it in a heartbeat.  It’s such a great color, love the herringbone, love the tailored but “cool” fit, and love the navy lining when I fold the sleeves.  Plus, could wear it all year ’round.  What to do?  Update:  Decided I have enough blazers given my casual life style.  As sad as it makes me…back it goes…. Holding out for a really cool “statement blazer”.

Caslon Cowl neck Sweater Definitely keeping this baby.  I’ve been looking for a cozy cream sweater since last year’s Winter Style System.  I love this one…oversized, long slouchy sleeves, Love the neutral color that’s light and soft.

Free People Peplum Jacket This was the first thing I pulled the trigger on in the sale.  It’s still available too.  I do love it…but I’m on the fence whether I “need” it and can justify it.  Thinking if I lived in a more mild climate I’d keep it in a heartbeat.  It works really well with my casual lifestyle and is fun and different from any of my other jackets.  Update:  Having a hard time letting this one go….so versatile and so different at the same time.   Hmmmmm.

Caslon U-Neck T-shirt  My favorite tee is baaack,  and on sale  – too good not to stock up.  I already own 2 of these tees in white  (one is pretty ragged looking so I’ll retire it).  I like to have 2 of these tops on-hand all year long.  I also recommend the black, grey and navy/white or black/white stripe as essentials to stock up on at this great price ($17.50).  They even come in petite!  The neckline is open and flattering without being too low. Looks great with long and short necklaces.    It has great shape without clinging.  Can be worn out, tucked or half tucked.   I wear the white with a nude bra with no problem.

Blondo Booties  These are the booties I’m wearing in all the pics above…Got them last year and paid full price with NO regrets.  They are on-sale now with stock available.  They aren’t as fun as the perforated styles that I also love, but they are more practical (as you can wear them with socks in the winter).  They are waterproof and I think as comfortable as sneakers; no joke.  They are the perfect taupe/neutral color “mushroom suede”.   I highly recommend this color over black.

The last link is the AG Jeans  that I am still “sleeping on” –  but think I’ll  end up keeping.  I’m wearing them in all the pics above.  To justify the splurge,  I’m making a deal with myself to clear out my jean collection and sell the ones I don’t wear regularly.  I’ve had great luck selling on the  Poshmark app.  If you sign up, use my code HEANE and we’ll both get free money.

I hope this rundown has been helpful.  If you’ve been disappointed with out of stock situations at the Nordstrom Sale, hang in there — they will be restocking.  But remember,  popular items will sell out quickly…so don’t snooze, lest you lose;)

Again,  If you’re new to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale,  check out my live video about it here.

Finally, one important note.  I think most of you know this, but in the interest of total transparency, I wanted to make it clear that my links are “affiliate links” so if you do purchase from them, I get a tiny commission.  When I say tiny, I mean literally pennies.  My business model is not based on affiliate commissions but rather on my paid programs and consulting work, but every bit does help, so thank you for using my links when you shop.  Of course, you don’t pay a penny more to do so.  

Oh, and speaking of my programs…..I am working on Early Access to the Fall Style System…so make sure you are on my list and following me on Facebook, and in the private Facebook Group for all the information when it becomes available in the next few days.

The Fall Style System has some new and special highlights:

 

 

  • Integration with the Fall Essentials from the past so you aren’t reinventing the wheel if you’ve been following my programs.  I will be updating the list with new links and suggestions to fill in where you are missing items.
  • A new list of Fall Trends and Add-Ons.  These are mostly optional, but they are on-trend additions to add new life to your Fall Essentials.
  • An emphasis on ACCESSORIES, with inexpensive and high-impact ways to freshen up your Fall Essentials.
  • Tips, guides, videos and special guests to help you “get B.Styled” in more areas of you life besides just clothing:  make-up and beauty tips, hair tips, dressing your body tips, and even health and exercise tips!  You deserve to look and feel your best from the inside out, so let’s all work to do that together in this wonderful, supportive group of like-minded women.  Early access will include shopping catalogs so you can take advantage of the Nordstrom Sale and get started this summer.  The Fall Outfit Formulas and daily emails will start right after Labor Day.In the meantime, get back to enjoying SUMMER, #justgetdressed….and  no more talk of Fall for a little while;)

    Cheers!
    Beth