Category Archives for "Shopping Tips"

My Peach Picks 30% Off

I know the web and your inbox  is JAMMED this week with sales to end all sales…and yes, I'm here to tell you about another other one!  But this company is different, and one you can feel good about shopping. Peach is a small, women-founded, mission-driven company, so it's not just about clothing (though I do love the clothes)... but it's fashion as a force for good. 

As the coronavirus crisis keeps millions of children from the school meals they depend on, Peach is doing what they can to help. Through December 17th, Peach is donating 5% of all proceeds to No Kid Hungry. This is shopping you can feel good about.

EVERYTHING site-wide is 30% off, including already marked down sale items, so this is the best time of the year to stock up on essentials or try something you've been eying. Here are my tried and true favs:

  • Ponte Blazer ❤️in white and black. (Board room to couch, machine wash, packable)
  • Ponte Blazer❤️ and Ponte Slit Crop Pants❤️ (my fav, go-to black pants)
  • Faroe Sherpa Jacket (sale on sale!)

  • I hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! 

     Any questions about sizing, fit or anything else, just message me at beth@bstyledbybeth.com...and I'm here to help! 

    Take care, 

    xo, Beth

    Gift Ideas 2020

    Happy Thanksgiving Week 2020. I'll spare you  the platitudes about how different this year looks, and just tell you how thankful I am for you -- for this community of wonderful, positive and supportive women, and for the chance to #justgetdressed with you all;) 

    👉🏻Every year I do a big holiday gift guide, and you can find that HERE.

    I also know that many of us are cutting WAY back on gift-buying. I know I'm   being very selective about what I buy and bring into my house. I've been in a major declutter and purge mode and the last thing I want to do is negate all those efforts.

    I'm feeling a bit of relief that my kids are basically “grown up” 🤔😂⁉️ and that I don't have to buy toys, video game stuff or anything plastic. Phew. For those of you who do…my blessings to you;) 

    My plan this year is to draw names with my family of 6 and each person will be responsible for doing a really fun, creative and thoughtful stocking for the person they draw. Then I'll give the guys cash, since that's all they “need” anyway. 💵

    As for my gifting choices, I'm also making an effort to spend my dollars with other small businesses who are being hit hard this year and will appreciate the support more than some other not-to-be named ginormous retailers. My motto is this:

    Gifts for Her:

    Click here to shop PEACH.  Need help with selections, sizing, returns (which are free!) or anything else? Please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'm here to help! 

    Stitch Fix: The Pros and Cons

    Shopping and subscription box services are popping up everywhere, and Stitch Fix is the one most people are familiar with...probably because they do a really good job...for the most part.

    Let's start with what I LIKE about Stitch Fix.

     It can be a great way to freshen up your wardrobe, try new things you may not otherwise try, break out of a rut and discover new brands that aren't on your radar.

    Now for what I see as the downsides. Buying a bunch of what I call "one-offs" it can be a great way to build a wardrobe of nothing to wear. 🤦🏼‍♀️🤔

    This "slow drip" way of shopping makes it so you're constantly buying a few pieces here and there. Problem is... they don't necessarily make sense or help you get dressed each day. I think it's more effective to shop LESS often and get more things at one time and have everything make sense.

    Having a list and a plan, ladies...that's the key...so you can check things off and be DONE - and always have what you need - so you can #justgetdressed.

    My biggest issue these box services is they can make it easy to settle for "fine".

    I see a lot of closets with $68 tops that in theory are fabulous - unique, cool tops that are a great find...BUT maybe it doesn't fit, or the color is off...but you keep it because it gets you to the discount level or it helps justify the $20 fee, or it's just easier to settle.

    A closet full of FINE is not the goal. And most importantly, a closet full of "fun" tops doesn't help you get dressed if you don't have the right pants to wear with them;)

    So I think Stitch Fix (or any of the other similar services) is a great way to have fun with clothes (and these days especially- if it's fun, I'm all in;) and try new styles and REFRESH an already fabulous and functional wardrobe.

    But I don't see it as a good way to BUILD a fabulous and functional wardrobe.

    So what is?

    Having a list and a plan...and ditching the willy-nilly shopping.

    And that's what I give you. We'll be starting up for winter on December 1st with a focus on having a CozyChic Winter/Holiday Season. Be notified when my next Style System launches by clicking here:

    Now dear friends...go #justgetdressed. 😘

    Easy Tips for Fall Transitional Dressing

    “How do I #justgetdressed when it’s well into September but the weather is still hot, sticky, rainy, and basically unpredictable???”

    This is a common question I get this time of year, and today I'm sharing  4 tips to help you  to get dressed and look great when the weather is changing and unpredictable:

    1. White jeans are a definite DO: Let's say it together, “YES, we can indeed wear white jeans after labor day.”   Put away linen or light cotton white pants, but your thick white denim can be worn all year round.
    2. It’s all about BALANCE:.  Just like in all forms of dressing, balance is the key. For example, when you wear white jeansbalance them with your choice of shoes and tops.  Skip the flip flops or summery sandals and instead opt for suede sandals, or  booties — especially in tan, taupe or cognac.

      Go ahead and wear a sleeveless top or summer tee if the temps are high, but opt for more fall-ish or neutral colors to balance out the white on the bottom.
    white jeans for fall

    3.  Combine short with long, or long with short:  
    For example, If you’re wearing shorts or a shorter skirt,  go with a long sleeve top.   If you want to wear a sleeveless top, go with pants or a midi- skirt.

    Summer dresses transition well into fall by adding a cardigan or jacket and booties or flats in a skin-tone shade or neutral leopard print. 

    Long with Short
    Fall Transition Dress
      4. The Power of Layering: When the weather is unpredictable and ever-changing, layering just makes sense.  Make sure you have a neutral cardigan, a denim and/or twill jacket, and a versatile blazer and/or moto jacket.  Any of these layers can be added to just about any outfit and not only finish it off, but also provide practical warmth and coverage.  
    Fall Layering
    Fall Moto Layer

    Make getting dressed this fall both easy and fun, with an outfit formula delivered to you each day, drawn from a mix & match capsule wardrobe. Join the Fall 2020 Style System before the doors close on September 30th. A list, a plan and no willy-nilly shopping....Learn more and sign up here.

    Any questions at all for me? I love hearing from you! Just click here.

    xo, Beth

    Fall Style System

    More Ways Dressing and Making Dinner are Similar

    Today I'm continuing to run with the analogy of how getting dressed (love it) and making dinner (hate it) are similar. If you missed the first post about this, check it out here. 

    As part of my committment to improve my Time Management skills (learn more about that struggle and solution here) I'm also trying to work on my meal prep and dinner-making skills (or lack-there-of).   It occured to me that I can use the same concepts that I use with getting dressed (a skill I have nailed down) to making dinner. 

    Just to review, the first similarity that I discussed last week was that without a list and a plan, we're in big trouble. Make sure you read that one - it's important.

    Today, let's talk about 4 more ways these two seemingly disparate activities are actually quite similar, and how to avoid the pitfalls involved in both.

    Similarity #2: Desperation or Rushing Rarely Results in Success

    I can’t tell you how many women I talk to who have closets filled with great clothes that they rarely actually wear.  Instead, they're rushing around, caring for everyone and everything else and defaulting to the same old same old clothes.


    What’s interesting is that some of these same women are excellent cooks and meal planners.  Each week, they sit down, make a list and decide what will be for dinner every night of the week. They scan pinterest and cookbooks for recipes and even write down the menus for the week.  I am in awe of you women and hope to be like you when I grow up. 
    mealplanboard

    And then there’s me. When 5pm rolls around I’m left scrambling for ideas and at a loss throw together the same old same old - ususually something like pasta, jar sauce, and a salad.

    There’s other stuff I COULD make, but in the moment, at 5pm especially, I can’t be creative.  

    This is also why you have cute clothes you don’t wear.  You have the clothes, and you COULD put a great outfit  together, but you’re running late, nothing special is going on, or you're feeling uninspired, so you put on the proverbial pasta and sauce.

    Here's an altenative: Quickly plan an outfit  the night before, including  accessories and the shoes. This isn’t an original or revolutionary idea, but besides saving you time in the morning, you can give it some thought and use some creativity because you aren’t up against a time crunch.  

    You do that, and I'll do meal planning;) 

    Similarity #3: Buying a little at a time is a bad idea

    The weeks that I’m good about meal planning, making a list, and putting in an instacart order or going out for a “big shop” we eat pretty well (better).  The weeks I don’t plan, or the weeks that the big shop doesn’t happen, I’m sending someone to the store for this or that....and we end spending more money on last minute take-out, or having dull, boring meals.


    The same thing happens with clothes shopping. 

    Think of the time you spend down the rabbit hole of on-line shopping - or at the mall, TJMaxx or even Target.  It's easy to get lost in the moment and realize an hour or two later that you're coming out of the haze of clicking, shopping and browsing.

    Remember the Recreational Shopping we discussed last week? Yea, that. It rarely results in a cohesive, workable wardrobe. 

    Or a balanced, delicious dinner. 

    Second, adding a few items to your wardrobe "here and there" usually results in more spending.  Just like with grocery shopping, $20 here, $40 there may not seem significant, but we all know it adds up.

    On the other hand, when you’re doing a big grocery order,  you have an idea of how much you’re spending, and you can control it in when you look at the overflowing cart (or see the amount add up on instacart). Those things you don’t really need or that can wait, are put back to keep the final bill in check.

    The same happens with clothing shopping. When you do a big wardrobe shop, you can see exactly what you’re spending, and prioritize if you're going too hog wild. 

    Also, when you’re doing a bigger wardrobe shop, you’re less likely to buy what I call "one hit wonders" that can only be worn one way.

    You can see how pieces  all work together

    I can wear this with that, I can put that top with that skirt. I wear this dressed up or casually. You know the drill... The items aren’t separate and removed from each other and they're versatile (my favorite adjective for clothing).

    coordinatedclothes

    If you’re stuck in a pattern of Recreational Shopping or buying random things here and there, I encourage you to go on a 30 to 60 day shopping freeze, and then do a strategic, list-and-plan shop in the Fall. I promise, you can get by until then, and your Fall wardrobe will thank you. And of course I'm here to help. 

    Similarity #4: Without the right ingredients, you're sunk

    Imagine if your wardrobe consisted of just jeans and t-shirts. No patterns, no accessories, no interesting details or completer pieces. It'd be pretty hard to #justgetdressed and love the way you look, wouldn't it?

    The same holds true in your kitchen. If you don't have the ingredients to make delicious, interesting meals,  you end up with pasta and sauce from a jar for dinner.

    I realized that what I need is a Pantry Staples List as a starting point, so that my kitchen is equipped to make as many interesting - and easy - meals as possible. Of course there would be items on the list that I wouldn't buy - because I just don't like it - and that's ok. But maybe there's something on it as simple as cans of black beans, that if I have on hand all the time, I could to add to a lot of things.  #duh

    But it's so true... you need certain ingredients in your wardrobe too. If you only buy the basics that you wear day in and out, you’ll never have anything different to mix up your outfits, and you’ll be bored with your wardrobe and feel fumpy and uninspired to #justgetdressed.  

    On the flip side, if you only buy the bright and shiny objects - whether it be unique spices at the grocery store or statement tops at the mall - and you don't have the basics to cook or wear with them - that's no bueno either. 

    My Fall Style Transformation Program will focus on this balance and getting it right, and will include a new 50+ piece Wardrobe Basics List, similar to the Pantry Basics List I need to go find. (Have a good one? Send it to me, please?!)

    But the key to these kinds of lists is to tailor them for YOU and your taste, your aesthetic and your lifestyle.

    If you hate curry powder, don't buy it, even if it's on the pantry list. If a crisp white button down doesn't work fo you,  don't buy it just because it appears on an Essentials List. 

    Makes sense, doesn't it? 

    Similarity #5 - Both cooking and dressing skills can be learned, and require practice

    How often do I hear women say, "Beth, I  was born without a sense of style. I have no idea what to wear and I'm just not good at it."

    And how often do I personally say, "I'm just not a cooker. I have no idea what to make for dinner, and I'm lousy at it."

    Great cooks aren’t born that way.  Granted, many had family members who were, and that helps. But I'd say that usually they have an interest in cooking and a desire to get really good at it. Then they learn, they practice, they watch YouTube videos and  acquire new skills. They try new things, learn from their mistakes and have fun cooking.

    It's the same with style.   There's a common myth that women are born with an innate sense of style and the ability to dress themselves.

    This is simply not true. And the real problem is that it makes some women give up on style or think “why bother” because they weren't born with the special "style gene".

    Nope. Not true.

    If you want better style, you can have it. It’s a skill you can learn and develop.

    If you want to.  

    I guarantee you, every single woman you look at and think, "oh she's just so stylish", has worked at it. She makes an effort, tries new things, and has honed her skills so it appears effortless.  And she has the knowlege, the tools (and the wardrobe) to make it pretty easy.   

    Of course there are also different degrees of "good cook" and "stylish".  My idea of stylish may be complete frump salad to a young NYC fashionista. Just like my idea of a delicious meal would be eh, at best to a gourmet chef.  

    And that's ok! 

    beyoudoyou

    A Challenge for you!

    Now that you know all the ways getting dressed and making dinner are similar, here's a challenge for you (and I'm going to do the same in the dinner-making department): 

    Try picking out out your outfits the night before for 5 days in a row. All of it too...including shoes and accessories.

    Notice if you feel any different. 

    Do you wear more of what you own?

    Do you look more "put together"? More polished?

    Do you feel better? Have a more productive, happier day?

    Are your mornings easier? Less stressful?

    I guarantee you  can learn what it takes to #justgetdressed and love the way you look. 

    And my purpose is to help you get there and to use your personal style to help you live your best life. 

    Share with us how it goes over in my free B.Styled #justgetdressed Facebook Group. And I'll share how my dinner-making went as well;) 

    Now, go #justgetdressed.

    Cheers! 

    What Making Dinner and Getting Dressed Have in Common

    I love a good analogy and today I’m sharing how making dinner (one of my least favorite activities) is similar to one of my most favorite activities - getting dressed. 

    Believe it or not, there are many ways these two seamingly mundane daily activities are alike, and I'm going to hash them out for you over the course of the next few blog posts. 

    And to be clear, by “making dinner” I mean things like meal planning, grocery shopping and actually cooking dinner. 

    And by "getting dressed", I mean all things clothing and style related, like  your wardrobe, shopping, and putting clothes on your body. 

    Are you still with me? Stick around...it’ll make sense, I promise.

    Here we go...

    Similarity #1: Without a list and a plan, you’re in big trouble. 

    I’m famous for going to the store out of desperation because “they” (my sons)  tell me “there’s nothing to eat in the house”.  I go, buy random things and then am somehow shocked when I come home with bags of groceries and not a clue what’s for dinner.  

    But this is how many of us  shop for clothes too.  Click on that cute blogger recommendation, buy that tee on sale in 3 colors, oh and that jacket is just so cute.  Wait, why can’t I get dressed?

    It's Called Recreational Shopping....

    There's a popular term for this kind of willy nilly clicking and buying: Recreational Shopping...and it's the opposite of list-and-plan shopping (or strategic shopping) .

    Think about it--- no one goes recreational shopping at the grocery store and buys chicken breasts or ground beef or salmon filets -- items that can actually be easily transformed into innumerable meals. 

    When we recreationally grocery shop we buy things like artichoke dip and cookie butter. 😳

    In the same way,  no one goes recreationally shopping for clothing and buys the perfect black pants that may be expensive but make your butt look great and work with pretty much every top you own.  Instead we buy one-hit-wonder pieces that catch our eye, or our 100th pair of shoes (you know who you are;)

    Strategic Shopping is Goal Oriented....and involves a list and a plan. 

    On the other hand, when you make a list of what you need, the basics tend to take priority. 

    The basics - in both food and clothing - are those foundational items that make it easy to cook dinner, and effortless to get dressed.  

    You add the fun stuff after the basics are covered.  When you do that, making meals - and making outfits - is so much easier.

    I’m working on my new program for Fall: Get Back to Basics and Transform your Style because I feel so strongly about this.  

    What I’ve learned from working with hundreds of women over the years is that there's really no one-size-fits all list of Basics or Essentials.  Your collection of Basics need to be personalized for YOU. But the categories within the Basics remains pretty consistent.  

    For example, a white shirt could be considered an Essential Basic. But maybe you have a big chest and hate button down shirts. Or maybe your coloring is such that you never wear stark white. 

    Buying a crisp white button down because it appears on 99% of all Essentials lists just doesn't make sense for you. Maybe instead, you get a flowy, woven blouse in ivory or cream that serves the same purpose, but works for YOU - your coloring, your esthetic and your beautiful bod. 

    Capiche?

    Below is a collection of timeless Fall Basics ….all from Nordstrom (many on sale) and the foundation for innumerable chic, modern, looks to get you thinking about what may be on YOUR list.   

    This list is like the chicken breasts, pasta and romaine lettuce of your wardrobe...  There’s no artichoke dip or cookie butter here.

    But a wardrobe of all basics would boring and dull, and not let you express your personality...which is such an important part of #justgetdressed.  

    You'll learn in the Transform Your Style Program how to add accents and personality pieces to make fabulous looks that YOU love and that fit YOUR personal style. 

    Just like we all enjoy different meals, we also have different style aesthetics (and bodies)  and I’m going to help you find, and develop your signature style  so you can #justgetdressed and love the way you look.

    Next week, we'll talk about 4 more ways getting dressed and making dinner are similar...including how desperation and last minute rushing, rarely ends well - in either activity.  Stay tuned! 

    In the meantime, the sales are coming fast and furiously (including the famous Nordstrom Anniversary Sale).

    My recommendation is to focus on filling in your basics if you need to....or better yet, take a hard pass from shopping during August. Use this time to wear the summer clothing you already own, enjoy some downtime, and save your money for what your wardrobe really needs.  And I'll be here to help you.

    Until then, go #justgetdressed....and maybe make dinner too??😜

    Timeless Fall Basic Essentials

    Thanks for reading and drop me a note if you have any questions. I love hearing from my ladies! 

    And if you haven't already, remember to join my free, private Facebook Group...one of the most postitive places on the internet. Post your questions, make connections with other like-minded women, and use the #justgetdressed mantra to live your best day! 

    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. .  

    If you enjoy my content and would like to help me grow, please consider following b.styled Instagram and join my Private Facebook Group to access more advice and exclusive in-depth conversations with other like-minded women.

    Thank you! 

    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.
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    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!) 
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    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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    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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    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! 

    Best White Jeans for Grown-ups

    It's Memorial Day weekend... so if you're a follower of the "no white jeans before Memorial Day" rule - it's time to break them out. But, if you're like me, you never put them away. During quarantine,  I haven't worn my white jeans even once. Then again,  I've barely worn denim jeans much either. Now that we are slowly getting out a bit more, so will the white jeans.  They are my favorite summer "going out" pants...and it's so worth it when you find the right-for-you pair. 

    I know they are hard to get right though!  I also know it's impossible to diagnosis everyone's jean predicament in a blog post. But I've done A LOT of white jeans research (so you don't have to) and here's a rundown of my top 8 picks in various cuts and budgets. 

    But wait...before we begin, let's all make sure we have the right undies on, shall we? Nude color (not white) with no VPL's (google it;) is the only way to go. Find the pair/style that you like.  FYI I personally wear these:  incognito hipster and simply soft thongs... and the boyshorts in the summer with dresses. 

    Don't forget to check the rear view! 

    Now, for my Top 8 White Jean Picks....The key to on-line shopping for jeans is to pay close attention to the rise and inseam (use your measuring tape)and read the reviews like a pro. Ideally, find a reviewer with a similar shape as you.  And use the B.Styled #justgetdressed Facebook Group to ask questions and get advice. 

    Ok, here we go! 

    1. NYDJ Curves 360:  Comes in regular, petite, plus and petite plus. Straight leg, ankle.  Ideal for curvy hourglass and pear shapes.   10" front rise; 15" back rise, 27” inseam

    2. NYDJ Marilyn Straight Leg, high rise. Great alternative to skinny jeans and you can cuff them to get an ankle length, or wear them long with heels. Good choice for larger legs and calves.   10" front rise; 15" back rise, 32” inseam

    3. Wit and Wisdom Ab Solution, regular and petite. Tummy slimming inner panel and high rise -- a fan favorite!   10 1/4" front rise; 27” inseam, 25” petite inseam

    4. Paige Skyline Skinny: crop, raw hem, mid-rise. I've had Skyline skinnies for years and they are great for straighter figures who don't like high rise. This crop pair is great for petites. On sale! 9 1/4" front rise; 25” inseam

    5. AG Prima Ankle Cigarette Jean:  Another mid-rise favorite of many. Very high quality, just enough stretch and they hold their shape. 9 1/4" front rise, 28” inseam

    6. AG Farrah Skinny Ankle, High-Rise, Crop: Top pick for high rise skinny.  Very high quality, stretchy, light weight denim, not see-thru.  Sewn/faux front pocket gives a nice smooth appearance.  Slim fit but not too tight in the knees.  These are high-rise, but not super high. 9.75" rise, 27" inseam.

    7. Good Legs by Good American High Rise Crop Skinny:  Reg and Plus. Curve hugging, highly rated.  Great for curvy hourglasses and pears.   10" front rise 27” inseam

    8. Scoop Raw Hem Kick Crop Flares: I love this brand, and you’ll never guess the retailer. I ordered these after reading about them and haven’t received them yet so the jury is out,  but I thought they looked so fun - and you can’t beat the price for a trendier pair of jeans. 

    Do you have a pair of white jeans you love? Help your friends out and post about them in the B.Styled #justgetdressed Facebook group.  We’d love to hear and you’ll be helping out other white jean shoppers! 

    Happy weekend, friends!