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The Problem with Most Men’s Wardrobes

This morning dilemma is not limited to just us women: 

He wakes up and needs to get ready for work.  He  jumps in the shower, then heads to the bedroom and opens the closet.

It’s full of clothes. There are  wire, wooden and plastic hangers tangled together. Shirts are mixed in-between jackets. Pants are folded on shelves, hung on hanger and/or strewn on the floor.

He grabs the same shirt and pants as every other day, looks "meh", and is out the door feeling less than inspired by his appearance.

“You  need new clothes.” you tell him -  or he tells himself. 

He heads to the mall. Maybe you go with him.

It's annoying.  You argue and are on each other's nerves. He decides on a couple of shirts so he can get out of there.

The next day, he wakes up to the same cramped closet of clothes he hates.

It's deja vu  all over again.  

Two things are at work here: 

  1. There’s a good reason why we can stare at a closet full of clothes and not find anything to wear. It’s called the paradox of choice. That is, the more options we have, the less likely we are to make a choice. You know how when you go to a  restaurant with a huge menu and it took you forever to decide what to eat? That’s the paradox of choice working against you.
  2. Shopping for clothes out of frustration is a huge mistake. I talk about it all the time and refer to it as  “Panic Mode Shopping”. When you shop out of frustration, you’re going to make some poor choices. When you’re starving and have nothing to eat at home, what do you do? Are you heading over to Whole Foods and buying some salmon or lean chicken breasts and kale? No, chances are you're grabbing fast food junk. And a pint of Ben and Jerry's please.

So if he's heading out and just buying more bad clothes, he's making the Paradox of Choice problem even worse. 

GREAT STYLE  STARTS WITH FEWER  CLOTHES, NOT MORE STUFF

When I work with my 1-on-1 clients, the first thing I  do is help them purge their closets in order to rebuild it.

It’s like a nutritionist going through your fridge and pantry and tossing out all the junk food.

We want to make room for the RIGHT stuff. And just like proper nutrition, there are certain guidelines to a great wardrobe: 

  • Versatility Pieces will need to do double or triple duty. We can’t have many of those one-hit-wonders in a functional wardrobe.
  • Solid, neutral colors  I've talked about this often.  The foundation of an amazing wardrobe is the basic ESSENTIALS. This is the case with a man's wardrobe too.  Think solid neutral colors like black, navy, white, and khaki. No graphics, no logos, limit the  crazy patterns. 
  • Appropriateness His wardrobe needs to be appropriate for his lifestyle. He can't decide to only wear jeans and  t-shirts if his job requires a blazer.
  • Quality When you're building a functional wardrobe, it pays to invest more in higher quality clothes, especially items that you’ll be wearing back-to-back like jackets and shoes.

Depending on his lifestyle and needs,  his wardrobe might lean more casual or more formal. Whatever the case, my Men's Spring/Summer Business Casual Style System will help him have a closet that’s 10x more stylish with 10x fewer clothes.   

Best of all,  it will help him #justgetdressed and out the door feeling much more confident and polished - and we all know the ripple effect that has on the rest of his life, and even his career.

So treat the guy in your life with this easy-to-follow guide, and know that I'm here to help him (and you) find specific things as well. 

For example, a member wrote to me asking for a good weekender bag for her son who travels a lot and needs something a bit more polished now than his old college duffle bag.  I added suggestions to the program's clickable catalog so that all members can benefit from the question.

When you order the program for your guy,  you'll receive a link and password to the entire program immediately.  You'll also get a printable PDF you can give him as an affordable, clever, unique and thoughtful gift.  

This will be much more fun  - and less expensive - than that annoying, directionless trip the mall.  

Any questions? Drop me a note!

Cheers!

Beth

Summer Prep Challenge: Week Three – Skincare!

This week, the topic of our Summer Prep Challenge is SKIN!

The name of the game for summer skin is hydration, moisturizing and sun protection. 

 Chances are these are things you are already doing, so let's just make an effort to be more consistent and intentional about these healthy skin habits, ok?

1.  Drink your water!  This first habit we started  with a few weeks ago is so important for your skin too, so keep it - down the hatch!

2.  Exfoliate! Exfoliation is the removal of dry/dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and is one of the most important aspects of your  skincare routine. Exfoliation not only helps many skin problems, it also increases blood circulation, which in turn helps you to achieve healthy and glowing skin. 

I use this body wash and this exfoliating wash cloth that I love (it's inexpensive, washable and makes it easy to reach your back and shoulders.) For a budget body wash, this Oil of Olay Age Defying Body Wash comes highly recommended too. 

3. Moisturize!  I learned about this moisturizer with 12% Glycolic AHA from Angie at Hot & Flashy (my favorite over 50 YouTuber) when researching what to use to help with crepy skin, especially on my legs.  I use it all over my body now and find it is really helping.  The key is to apply it right after you get out of the shower to lock in the moisture.  During the summer  months when I'm showing more skin, I mix in a few drops of this oil for added moisture and a healthy glow.   

4.  I think we've all (hopefully) gotten really vigilant about using a quality sunscreen on our faces (I use this sunscreen under this  SPF make-up, and carry this stick with me everywhere.  I also occasionally touch up with this powder suncreen).

I confess though, in the past I have been less diligent about protecting my skin on my body.  I have fairly dark skin that doesn't burn easily but that is no excuse for being lazy or negligent with regard to sun protection.

I just ordered this tinted sunscreen:  the innovative formulations match a wider range of skin tones—and also help camouflage imperfections and even skin tone.  Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, these mists sit on top of the skin and bounce the sun’s rays away from the skin. (Plus, they’re air-powered—no aerosol!)

So as summer approaches,  along with the showing of more skin....let's work to protect and take better care of the skin we're in!  

And #justgetdressed!

Cheers!

Beth

Tipsy Tuesday: Mixing Your Metals

Break the rules, mix the metals and have fun when you #justgetdressed;)

This week's Tipsy Tuesday will show you how!

Links:

Riad 3 for 1 necklace; http://bit.ly/2lEtjJE $79
Essential Fringe: http://bit.ly/2EpuuGA $59
Engraved Disk Necklace http://bit.ly/2JIt1j6 $69
Amour Long Charm Pendant: http://bit.ly/2JIQDnw
Lariat Necklace in Hematite: http://bit.ly/2E5Kxas $99
Hoop earrings: http://bit.ly/2wfGzHt $39
Stackable Rings: http://bit.ly/2MeCpx7 $39

Amazon T-Shirt Dress: https://amzn.to/2HFSI1w $23.80




Summer Picks from Peach!

The Peach Summer '19 Collection has dropped, and boy is it a goodie!

"Blue Crush" features shades of blue and white (my personal fav summer combo) and both classic and on-trend styles, you'll want to check it out.  

Keep in mind that  Peach creates seasonal collections, and while the Essentials are available year 'round, the seasonal collections tend to sell out quickly...especially particularly hot items.  

It's always hard to tell for sure what the hottest items will be, but my personal picks and pictures of each are below:

1. All 3 dresses:  Isla (my fav), Loreto (gorgeous v-neck and  figure-flattering styling), as well as a beautiful  navy maxi dress. 

2. Chic Layers in Navy or WhiteCoastal Cardigan and Rosa Pullover. I wore the pullover to the gym Friday and the ladies were swooning over the fabric and its simple, chic and versatile styling.  I'll be living in Rosa...

3. Summer Cropped Joggers:  "Sweatpants" that are so chic, on-trend and cool - in fabric you won't want to take off your body.  And I did the see-thru test in my white pair and there was NO sign of anything showing through. In the white, I'll still always wear these undies just to be safe.  In fact I wear these (or the hipster version) anytime I wear white. #bettersafethansorry.

4. Mayra Mock-Neck Tank: This is such a sharp look for work, but looks just as great with the skort and joggers.  I saw a Peach home office employee wearing it in navy with the white Santiago culottes and nude wedge sandals...and WOW.  Such a crisp, fabulous look.  Add a blazer, jean jacket or the Coastal Cardigan for a layered look.  And don't forget a long pendant necklace😉   

Below are pictures of my favorite picks:   Message me for help with sizing, personal recommendations and any questions!  

Click here to shop the collection!  

Isla Dress in Blue!

Loreto and Isla Dresses, Coastal Cardigan

Reya Cropped Joggers, Mayra Mock Neck Tank (very Hepburn-esque, and versatile - work/play) and the Cruz tank from the Spring Collection

Cabo Skort and Rosa Pullover (both available in navy too).

Cheers!  xo, Beth

The Third Piece: Warm Weather Edition

This week's Tipsy Tuesday is the easiest way to use the Rule of Three or Power of the Third Piece - in warm weather.  

Links:

Black Tee: http://bit.ly/2Wlraqg

Camo Pants (similar): http://bit.ly/2JYd8UW

Necklaces: fringe statementLong PendantDelicate Short

Hoop Earrings: http://bit.ly/2JZIs5U

Amazon Earrings: https://amzn.to/2WgCzI5

Blue "Isla" Dress:  https://www.discoverpeach.com/products/isla-dress?color=PACBLUE&taxon_id=470

Cream Kimono:   http://bit.ly/2ECjsOH

Blue Sandals:   http://bit.ly/2EpvxX2

Thanks for watching and reading, and now go #justgetdressed.

Cheers! Beth

Summer Prep Challenge: Week Two – Nutrition

Welcome to week TWO of the 6 Week Summer Prep Challenge!

Each week we will build upon and add to the habits we started the prior week.  

Last week we started moving our bodies and working our arm muscles 3-4 times per week.   Click here for recap of the Week One Challenge.

How have you been doing with those habits?  

There was a great discussion about exercise over in my free private #justgetdressed Facebook group.  I encourage you to go check out this thread and feel to chime in, get support, find kindred spirits, and share experiences. 

This week we're focusing on NUTRITION and fueling our bodies in a way that supports our health and beauty goals.  

As I've said before, we are NOT talking about crash diets, or really any diets at all. 

Instead, the goal is to implement THREE simple (not easy, but simple) daily habits that are sustainable and reasonable, and that when done consistently, will lead to a healthier (and more beautiful) lifestyle.    

Are you in??  

You: "Yes Beth, I'm totally in." 

  1. Pay Attention to Portions:  Learn portion sizes. It's shocking what is often served vs. what a reasonable portion really is. 
  2. Mindful Eating: Don't do other things while eating, and no willy nilly snacking. (This is a biggee for me, and I'm committed to working on it, every day, all day.)
  3. Maintain healthy eating habits on the Weekends:  Don't go off the rails on weekends or vacations. (Another doozy for me.  I'm not saying to not have fun - God knows I would never say that - but weekends and holidays can wreak havoc on our otherwise healthy habits, so plan ahead -  and remember, everything in moderation;)

Later this week (hopefully Friday at 1:30pm EST),  I'll be going LIVE on Facebook with close friend, new neighbor, and nutrition coach to the stars;) - Robin Curley!  Make sure you like the page and get notificatons when I go live.  Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/bstyledpersonalstyling/

Robin is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and Personal Trainer with a B.A. from Tufts University and Master’s from Columbia University. Founder of SmartShred Nutrition, Robin has helped dozens of clients  (including many of my friends and clients) reach and maintain their weight loss and body composition goals, achieve personal fitness records, and discover a new sense of confidence that comes with defining one’s best self.

In a nutshell, Robin is a rockstar, an inspiration, smart as all heck, and an all-around great friend.  You won't want to miss this one.  So if you can't catch our chat on Friday afternoon, be sure to watch the replay.

But, in the meantime, let's focus on our THREE habits that we will implement RIGHT NOW.  

Not tomorrow, not later today --- but right now.  So put down the bag of popcorn (I see you;) and let's do this.  

And don't forget to keep up your 30 minutes of movement and arm exercises 3-4 times per week, right?

Yes, you still need to do that.  Click here for a refresher on those habits. 

Also.... don't forget to #justgetdressed.  Why? 

Because it's MUCH more likely for us to eat nutritiously and mindfully  when we feel good in what we're wearing.  It's a proven fact.  Trust me. 😉 

xo,

Beth

P.S. Also, remember to join my free private Facebook group where we share tips and ideas regarding this challenge as well as personal style.  Click here to access the free #justgetdressed group.  

Spring and Summer Shoe Tips

Tipsy Tuesday this week is all about spring and summer shoes.  As I mentioned in the video, I'm not telling you to go out and buy all new shoes!  Far from it!  I show you all MY Spring/Summer shoes  (only 3 pairs are newish) and the rest are at least a year or two old.  Here's the video, and below I  provide links to the shoes I mentioned IF you need to shop.  

And here's a catalog of COMFORTABLE and good-looking sandals to help in your search. Click here to access it.

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

Summer Prep Challenge: Introduction


(My earrings  and cardigan

Summer is definitely my favorite season, but for many of us, it's a mixed bag - especially when it comes time to #justgetdressed.

The clothes are just so much more...skimpy.  Those sleeveless tops, sundresses, shorts...not to mention bathing suits, cause a lot of women angst and frustration. 

I'm a BIG proponent of accepting and loving (and dressing) the body you are in, and not beating up on it or letting the itty-bitty-shitty-committee in your head tell you things about it that you would NEVER say to anyone else.  

I also believe that there are simple daily habits that we can implement - TODAY - that will have a positive impact on how we look and feel.  

The key (like most things) is consistency.  

Over the next 6 weeks, let's work to make these healthy habits second nature. With 6 weeks to work on these areas, we have plenty of time to see and feel some real results.

Make sure you head over to the private B.Styled #justgetdressed Facebook Group where we will be sharing tips, motivation...and best of all...accountability.

The first Challenge is an exercise one...and the focus is on ARMS.  This is an area where you can see some real results in 6 weeks.  I have 6 easy, do-able exercises for us to do 3-4 times per week.  Thank you to Hillary, my awesome trainer at Ripped by Jules  for designing this arm-toning workout:

Perform each exercise 10 times, and complete the entire 6-exercise circuit 3 times.  Do this 3-4 times per week for the best results. 

Thanks for joining the challenge.  Now drink some water, put on sunscreen, move your body, and #justgetdressed. 😉

xo, Beth

Summer Prep Challenge: Week One – Exercise & Arms

Hi Friends!Are you like me, and only able to start new routines or habits on Mondays? I’ve always had a mental block about this, and I don’t think I’m alone.  

Welp, guess what?It’s Monday! And if you’re reading this  on a different day, that’s just fine, because as mom always said, “there’s no time like the present.”

Unlike fad diets or crazy exercise regimes that go by the wayside quickly, let’s institute daily lifestyle HABITS that we’ll l continue forever.  Develop positive, simple habits that will become part of our lives, not something we start on Mondays and stop by the weekend.  Ok?A while back in one of my Weekend Updates, I made this book my “It’s All Good” feature.  I highly recommend you grab it on Amazon or the library if you haven’t already.   And if you have a graduate in your life…it makes a great gift! The basic idea of the book is that success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Success comes from doing things that are simple to do….but the catch is that these things are simple NOT TO DO as well.  The principals can be applied to every area of life, from health and wellness to finances to careers to relationships and more.   

This week, let’s focus on 3 habits that we can tweak and customize to fit our own personal goals and situation:

  1. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water. So if you weigh 150 lbs, your goal is to drink 75 ounces of water EVERY DAY.  I set 5 daily alarms on my phone for 8am, 11am, 1pm, 4pm and 8pm and I drink my yeti tumbler when the alarm goes off.  Fellow B.Styler, Olise, shared this tip with me and it’s been a game changer.  Do what works for YOU.  But down the hatch, one way or another! 

2. Work those ARMS 3-4 days per week, doing the arm routine explained here.   And here’s a visual rundown of the exercises.  Done consistently, weight-bearing exercises like these will show real results. 

3. Let’s add 30 minutes of movement 3-4 times per week. You could walk, jog, bike, take a class…whatever works for YOU and YOUR daily routine.  Figure out what time of day you are most likely to do exercise consistently.  Everyone is different and there is no right or wrong answer.  

Prediction…If you do these three consistently,  you’ll find yourself being more productive and eating more healthfully as a  result. We’ll talk nutrition next week (with a special expert guest star)  but for now, let’s DRINK (H20;) and MOVE our bodies. 

 And as always, don’t forget to #justgetdressed 😉Please share your tips, tricks, ideas for how you will- or have – established these lifelong routines in the private #justgetdressed Facebook group.  This group is filled with amazing, motivating women with so much knowledge and wisdom…please share so we can all benefit and be the BEST version of ourselves.The “Challenges” will be broken out as UNITS in the Facebook Group, so you can easily follow along and track your progress.  See you in the group! xo,Beth

Just Buy the Dress

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all celebrating this weekend!

No matter your plans for Sunday, your mission is to make sure you have a DAYTIME DRESS-UP outfit at the ready - at all times.

Night-time dress-up is actually easier since most of us have a cocktail dress or go-to LBD that we can pull out and accessorize and go.

Daytime dressy looks can be trickier, so let's use today as an excuse to think it out and have a plan for those inevitable invitations.

If you've been around for a while, you know my #buythedress moto. You also know I'm not a fan of willy-nilly shopping and buying.

HOWEVER, I do feel strongly that when you see a perfect-for-you dress (or jumpsuit, or pants outfit, etc.) that is occasion-worthy - you need to JUMP on it. That way, when the occasion presents itself, you're good to go.

Emergency Occasion Dressing is NEVER good.

Believe me, I know of what I speak. I've been there myself, and I've been on the helping side more time than I can count - and either way, it's sweat-producing and stressful. NO BUENO.

So let's all commit to identifying some occasion-ready looks and make sure they are ready to go, from head-to-toe.

I like that - ready to go, from head-to-toe. Say it with me, girls!

And what I mean by that is not just "the dress", but the jewelry, the bag, the SHOES, the undergarments. All. of. it. 

See below for some ideas. 

Let's do it... I'm here to help! 

And help you'll get if you join the Spring Style System and #justgetdressed Challenge!  

Sign up now and get a list and a plan, with a Capsule Wardrobe and daily outfit formulas to take you through Spring in style! 

#justgetdressed

xoxo, Beth

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