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4 FRESH ITEMS TO CONSIDER ADDING TO YOUR WARDROBE THIS SUMMER
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The new season cues new wardrobe and style changes! To help you out, we've created a quick list of some things that could potentially be your new best friends this summer. Happy May!! 

1. Statement Denim Jacket

Denim jackets will never ever go out of style. They're just not going anywhere - and that's great for us because we can keep our favorites but still be forever inspired by the new looks and styles that we see every season. A cute but bold jacket can be your best friend all summer and even into fall because of its versatility. It doesn't need to be ironed which makes it a perfect grab-it-and-go piece, it will keep you warm on a summer night, it goes with pretty much anything, and if it looks good and reflects your style then its bound to get some positive attention. Here's some inspo:

Nordstrom: Kut from the Kloth Juko Denim Jacket $59   here

Nordstrom: Kut from the Kloth Juko Denim Jacket $59 here

Urban Outfitters: Tach Clothing Dara Two-Tone Denim Jacket $149   here

Urban Outfitters: Tach Clothing Dara Two-Tone Denim Jacket $149 here

Forever 21: Colorblocked Denim Jacket $37  here

Forever 21: Colorblocked Denim Jacket $37 here

2. Square-Necked Top

This is the perfect combo of trendy and flattering. A top with a square neck is so feminine and summery. It also sets the perfect stage for a statement necklace, or gives the spotlight to a daintier piece. 

ASOS: Miss Selfridge Balloon Sleeve Square Neck Stripe Crop Top $28   here

ASOS: Miss Selfridge Balloon Sleeve Square Neck Stripe Crop Top $28 here

Macys: CeCe Ruffled Square-Neck Top $89  here

Macys: CeCe Ruffled Square-Neck Top $89 here

Anthropologie: Dorothy Buttoned Blouse $98   here

Anthropologie: Dorothy Buttoned Blouse $98 here

 

3. Colorful Tinted Glasses

If you want to make a statement this summer without putting too much thought and effort into it, then this is the perfect wardrobe addition for you. The great thing about finding a quirky pair of glasses is that you don't need to match them to anything else in your closet. They can be completely out of place but fit to whatever you've got. Pretty pastels and bright neons are in right now, just make sure you try them on before committing to a summer in shades of the color that you choose!

H&M: Sunglasses in Dark Pink $13  here

H&M: Sunglasses in Dark Pink $13 here

Free People: Feeling Fancy Sunnies $40   here

Free People: Feeling Fancy Sunnies $40 here

ASOS: Oval Fashion Sunglasses $19   here

ASOS: Oval Fashion Sunglasses $19 here

4. Slide Sandals

Slides have been in for quite awhile and they're likely to stick around, especially for the rest of the season. The great thing about these is they can be literally "slid" right into after a long day on your feet at work. A cute embellished or embroidered pair can give you the fancier look that you would want for a night out while a more relaxed pair can be worn for any casual occasion. Think: trendy sister of the Birkenstock-style sandal.

Madewell: Naida Half-Bow Sandal $98   here

Madewell: Naida Half-Bow Sandal $98 here

Forever 21: Gingham Double-Strap Sandals $15   here

Forever 21: Gingham Double-Strap Sandals $15 here

H&M: Coral Pink Sandals $18   here

H&M: Coral Pink Sandals $18 here

Hopefully these ideas inspired some fresh looks for your Summer wardrobe! Check out Kelli's Lifestyle blog: AND THEN SHE WAS A BUTTERFLY... for motivational tips and tricks for getting through transitional phases. If you have any questions or requests for the next style blog, leave them in the comments below!

Happy styling!! x

Linda

THE BEST SPRING WARDROBE PIECE FOR HAIRDRESSERS
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This Spring tease calls for a new wardrobe staple: The Midi Skirt. Not too short, not too long, and not too tight. This piece is about to be your best friend this season, here's why:

1. It gives you the comfort of a long skirt without picking up all the hair

The midi solves most of the maxi's issues. That is: you won't trip over it, you don't have to wear a specific height of shoe with it, and most importantly, it won't pick up all the little hairs from the floor. You're free to roam! Bonus: your legs will look longer, but you'll only have to shave your calves. You're welcome.

2. You'll feel like you're actually in sweatpants

Sure, skinny jeans are cute and mini skirts are fun, but what's better than a skirt that keeps your legs covered and gives them enough room to float around? This skirt is the epitome of comfort and style - you'll feel totally comfortable, but you'll look like a model.

3. You can pair it with almost any basic shirt/bodysuit

No need to purchase an entire outfit when you get a midi skirt - most of the shirts you have are likely to pair very nicely with it! You can go simple with the skirt and wear it with patterned tops, or find a cute patterned skirt for your plain tops - whatever fits your style!

4. It's an easy day-to-night look

The midi makes for an easy shift from your daily routine to your fun night plans. It's professional and functional enough for the salon, but you can wear it out to a fancy (or casual) dinner, and you could dance in it all night long! 

5. Affordable and re-wearable

You can find some super cute and affordable midi skirts in the links below. And their functionality makes them so easy to re-wear! It's like buying a great pair of jeans that you don't hate wearing. You'll be comfortable, on trend, and not breaking the bank.

Some of my favorite styles:

ASOS Tailored Linen Prom Skirt: $45.   Here

ASOS Tailored Linen Prom Skirt: $45. Here

H&M Pleated Skirt: $39.99.   Here

H&M Pleated Skirt: $39.99. Here

Express Floral Print Tiered Midi Skirt: $69.90.   Here

Express Floral Print Tiered Midi Skirt: $69.90. Here

NICOPANDA Pleated Midi Skirt: $89.  Here

NICOPANDA Pleated Midi Skirt: $89. Here

These are just a few looks that I've been drawn to, but obviously there are a ton of different colors, styles and patterns out there just waiting to be adopted into your wardrobe! Try some on, experiment with the looks, see how you like them! What better time to try something new than in the Spring?

Happy styling! x

Linda

StyleKelli Mason
4 TIPS FOR LOOKING EFFORTLESSLY CHIC BEHIND THE CHAIR
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Finding inspiration for work outfits can be hard, especially when you're trying to put something together that's both stylish and practical for the salon. Sometimes the answers to our style woes are actually very simple, we just need to get some outside advice. In this guide, I'll give you four super simple tips to looking effortlessly chic - even on days when you just want to roll out of bed and show up. *Side note: It's actually really easy to be cute without trying too hard!

1. Less = More

I know I say this a lot, but it's true! Sometimes sticking to the basics for a few days can help you recharge and look extra fresh. A simple tee with jeans (both can be black!) and maybe a dainty little necklace can actually go a long way. You're hair can be messy-casual or done up - whatever you're feeling! The point is, you don't need to overdo the look just because you think it will make you look more put together. It's better to look simple and fresh than to go overboard and have multiple wardrobe malfunctions. Also, sometimes clients like to see that you're going with a simpler look because it shows that you're making the appointment more about them and less about constantly fixing you're detailed look - it's a confidence move!

2. Find a more functional "dupe" for your non-functional pieces.

In other words, the bell sleeve top could be replaced with a fitted blazer, the stack of bangle bracelets can be set aside for a daintier chain, the almost-too-tight skinnies for a slim-legged jean - you get the point! The idea here is that you look more effortlessly stylish when you look comfortable. They say that "pretty hurts", but that's not always the case. You can looks ultra-cool just by dressing in ways that make you look like you've been doing this for years and you just can't be bothered with all this extra pizzazz. By solving your daily malfunctions instead of ignoring and repeating them, you can eliminate the issues altogether!

3. Make unlikely pairings

Sometimes switching things up and going against the norm is the best way to trick everyone into thinking you're a real fashionista. Some examples would be cute sneakers with a nice dress, wide-legged pants or mens trousers with a lacy top, or a boxy tee with a long skirt. The possibilities are endless! However, keep in mind that if you're going to make a bold move, then let it speak for itself. You don't need to be extra with the whole outfit, let the rest be simple and fresh. This tip might not be for everyone! Look at your environment, your clientele, and your personal style, then decide if you're ready to be a little daring.

4. Belt it, stud it, tie it, etc.

Tiny accessory touches like belts and scarfs can make a piece look instantly more involved (while still looking effortless and comfortable). Sometimes I like to take some of my belts and wrap them around my waist if I'm wearing a longer shirt. Obviously the belt doesn't have to be super tight, but if you're wearing a looser shirt, then it can give your waist some definition and transform the shirt into something new. You can buckle the belt or just tie it for a super chic look! I also like to take little stud earrings and put them on the collars of my blouses sometimes - It's the sweet little details that can make a difference! Don't be afraid to experiment without fussing over it too much. 

Remember, the point is to look effortlessly chic, so try not to overthink your look too much. Hopefully this helps for the new season as you try to freshen up some looks! 

Happy styling! x 

Linda

StyleKelli Mason
YOUR CURRENT STYLE VS YOUR DREAM STYLE
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You don't have to be an artist to hit a creative block.

Creative blocks can happen at the salon, when you're in the kitchen trying to figure out what to cook for dinner, when you're taking the same commute every day, and especially in your wardrobe. When it hits, and you're overcome with a sudden wave of distaste for your routines, you look for things to blame. You start to think that the only ways you could solve your issues would involve moving away or wiping and replacing your wardrobe or just going out to eat instead of coming up with something to make. But these are not rational solutions, and if you spend your life constantly avoiding issues and annoyances rather than tackling them head on, I can guarantee you will never be satisfied with the outcome. 

I've always been a firm believer in the saying that goes something like "If you can't change something/someone, then change the way you deal with it/them." It might sound too simple, or like one of those phrases that can only be applied to certain situations, but honestly, you can even apply the phrase to the idea itself! What I'm trying to say is that grand and dramatic changes aren't always necessary for problem solving. Sometimes you just need to face things with a different mindset. Look at the situation from another angle, even if it's out of your comfort zone.

So why is this post in the Style section this week? Well, let's talk about your wardrobe and what we discussed last weekYou have this idea in mind of how you see yourself at your full style potential. In this vision, you're rocking pieces that make you feel comfortable and confident, you've got effortless outfits lined up, and you trust in yourself to shop responsibly, picking things that fit your lifestyle and your personal preferences. Sounds great, right? So what's going on now, why aren't you already living this seemingly perfect style dream? The answer doesn't have to do with your budget, where you live, or  any other outside factor that you would like to place all the blame on. The real answer comes from how your choosing to act on what's in front of you - that's the only thing you truly have control over! Hear me out.

You can't be a perfect human, but thankfully you can be a very adaptable human, which is actually super close to being perfect. If you can train yourself to adapt to your resources and environment without hating on the things that are out of your control, then you'll have the world by the booty. This does not mean settling for things that you know are beneath you and your abilities. What I'm saying is yes, adapt and make do with what you have, but if you know that you're capable with going the extra mile, then just do it. 

You can relate this to your wardrobe in many ways. Instead of kicking yourself over the fact that you've accumulated a collection of clothes that you're becoming unhappy with, or you still feel like you don't have what you really want, find a way to make these things work. You can start by not comparing yourself to other people who you see as having better style than you. Guess what, trying to line yourself up for a style competition with someone else is never going to work. This is because style revolves around one beautiful idea: Individuality. 

It's not about looking just like your favorite models and celebrities. It's not about working so hard just to buy some expensive designer bag just because it's so in right now. It's not about being as fill-in-the-blank as you can just to get a certain reaction from people. Your style is about you, so make it that way! Be unique, don't tell yourself that there is a specific style name out there that you have to conform to. If you don't like your current style, do something about it - But be aware of how you got to that point in the first place. Maybe getting to your dream style doesn't involve shopping at all, it just means falling in love with what you have all over again. Look for reasons to love each and every one of your pieces and flaunt them! An attitude change can turn your entire look around. There are few things more intriguing than a positively confident person!!

I know there was no easy "how to" tutorial in this post or helpful step-by-step of how to reclaim your love for individual style. However, I challenge you to reevaluate your daily lifestyle, especially from a personal style viewpoint. The biggest lesson you can take from this is that inner confidence and a willingness to put hard work and a positive attitude before your urge to blame factors like your wardrobe for your unhappiness will take you to outstanding heights. Celebrate your individuality every single day - and don't let routines and patterns drag you into thinking that life has set grids for you to fit into. Do your own thing, do it well, wear what feels right, and watch the world adapt to you. 

Happy styling! x

Linda

StyleKelli Mason
ADDING A POP OF COLOR TO YOUR BLACKOUT LOOK
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Black clothes are a blessing. Black is really the only color you can wear head to toe and get away with it pretty much every time (and we do not take this for granted!!). In the salon, it's totally comfortable and safe to wear all black everyday without feeling like you're lacking color or giving up on style.

But what about when you step out of the salon? Sure, maybe you don't have time to go home and put together some rainbow combination of pieces (and you probably wouldn't want to anyway), but wouldn't it be nice to throw something on - maybe just a dash of color - to continue with your day? Something to brighten up and make you feel a little less monotone? 

If you're like me, and super indecisive, then you probably know what it's like to change your outfit about six times in a row and still be unhappy with it. All black is like a safe haven for knowing I'll still look put together and at least under-the-radar. The great thing about fashion is that it comes in a huge range of pieces and detail. What I'm trying to say is that you can still wear all black, but mix and match the other details when necessary. Here's how:

Denim Jacket

- My personal favorite thing in my closet (some say I have too many, I say there's no limit). Find me something that you can't pair a denim jacket with. I leave one in my car and throw it on whenever I think I need something extra. Dresses, t-shirts, blouses, button-downs, chunky sweaters, even more denim - all of these qualify as denim jacket partners. And if it's not jacket weather, you can always tie it around your waist! 

Scarfs/Ascots

- I've definitely mentioned my love for a good ascot in another blog or maybe a few. Ascots are wonderful because they're wearable all year 'round and they can go on your neck, in your hair, on a bag, or even on your wrist. Scarves another great way to throw in some color, especially because of all the different ways you can wear them! I like a scarf for the warmth and loose, effortless vibe that they give. You can wear them on your neck of course, or I have a few that i like to drape around for a cape/poncho look. 

Printed Shoes

- Reason number 2937546 why black is great: it goes with anything. Things like leopard print and snakeskin are some of my favorite shoes to pair with black jeans or slacks, and I never have to worry about it looking too bold! If you have a killer pair of shoes, it's so rewarding to wear them with black. The shoes will speak for themselves, people will notice the statement, and you'll feel like your dark ensemble has a purpose.

Statement Necklaces

So maybe it would be safer to only try this one outside of the salon to avoid clunking your clients in the head, getting cords and styling tools caught, etc etc. But the good thing about this kind of piece is that you can easily throw it in your bag and slip it on after work for a night/day out! As I mentioned before, if you're going to wear all black, then you might as well use it as an opportunity to show off something you really love! The black will make a great accessory stand out and hold the spotlight, so don't be shy with your jewelry.

Statement Earrings

- Earrings should never be downplayed. When I'm having a bad hair day (which sadly, could be multiple times a week), I don't sweat it! This is thanks to my go-to pair of hoops that I know will distract from the frizzy little bun that I have to settle with for the day. This works for more than just bad hair days, though. When someone looks at you and sees a great pair of earrings, they're going to remember that - and it won't matter what you're outfit was. Find some earrings that complement your personal style and let them stand out.

Long Cardigan

- Rainy days, windy days, overcast days, whatever - let the oversized cardigan, a cousin of the classic denim jacket, be another saving grace when it's time to distract from the all-black getup. There are hundreds of styles, textures, fabrics, prints, and colors to choose from, and if you find one that you really love, you'll probably never let it go. The great thing about oversized cardigans is that they can totally take over your outfit. So if you're totally over the all blackout look today, then you can transform it without undressing at all! Slip your arms into your cardigan and voila - a new look.

Hopefully these tips sparked some ideas for your next day-to-night look, or ways to freshen up after your work day is done! If this helped you, let us know! If you have any requests, leave a comment or two!!

Happy styling! x

Linda

 

 

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A GUIDE TO SALON-FRIENDLY SHOES
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You could have the best clients, the best products, the best color techniques, and the best attitude, but let's face it: If your feet are killing you all day, you are not going to be feeling like the star that you are.

If you wanna own it, you have to show up, and this doesn't always mean rocking insanely cute shoes. Today is all about comfort. Because why bother will all of the awesome stuff if you're going to hate yourself for punishing your feet all day? You could give it up and accept the fact that discomfort is just too big a demon to waste time trying to solve, or we could check out some ways around the issue. 

I'm going to show you my favorite shoe forms that combine comfort and style, and give you a flowchart for those mornings when you need a reminder to take care of yourself. Let's go.

My Favorites:

Adidas Originals: SuperstarsOr the Stan Smiths, or the Sambas... Find a pair of trainers that works for you and I promise you will not regret it. The leather is soft, but durable; the soles are so so comfortable, you can slip them on and off, and they're just overall a classic shoe. Maybe I'm basic but I throw these on with anything and everything, and they last forever!

The Block Heel.  Of course the range here is a very large, but remember, good quality is going to be more comfortable and last longer. I love block heels because there's no balancing act involved and they offer great support. Plus you get the cute clicking sound and a touch of elegance. To see some of my other favorites, click here, here, and here.

Hunter: Women's Original Chelsea BootsRain or shine, I don't really care. I wear these little booties around the salon all the time. They have great support, they're spill-proof and waterproof, and they keep all the hair out, so what more could you want?

Birkenstock: Bartlett. Now hold up, before you get all freaked out by the brand name, understand that these are actually sneakers, not sandals. Birkenstock is known for their comfortable sole design that morphs to the shape of your foot. These sneakers may look like your classic Converse, but they actually have way better support. Don't knock it 'til you try it!

The Flowchart

Now this is a quick little tool for you to remind yourself that comfort is always your best friend, and that you should respect it from the start of your day instead of wishing you would have later. Oh, and if you find yourself in the Need New Shoes situation, I suggest just clicking through the "My Favorites" list and perusing the websites. You know what you're looking for, no need to suffer any longer! Everyone's feet are different, you never know what you'll find that works for you.

Happy styling! x

Linda

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StyleKelli Mason
THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A "MAGNET" PIECE
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There are a few obvious staples that every girl needs in her wardrobe. We've been over a few of them more than once throughout this blog. A white blouse, a good pair of jeans, comfortable street sneakers, etc. However, a key staple that a lot of people overlook is the glam piece, or as I like to call it, The Magnet Piece. The Magnet Piece is that one statement item in your closet that you can always count on for weddings, occasional fancy dinners, a spontaneous night downtown, vacation, or whatever event you need to feel extra you for. 

A Magnet Piece does not have to be expensive, it just needs to make you feel like a million bucks. The reason why we call it magnetic is because it should draw attention to you and what you believe are your best features. The Magnet Piece is something that you can rely on to always boost your confidence when you're wearing it. 

This piece also doesn't even have to be a piece at all. It could be a sexy dress, leather skirt, or killer heels; But it could also be a red lip, a certain perfume, or hairstyle. The point of this staple is that it's your go-to look for any time you want to feel a little extra. This piece can change often depending on the season, your evolving style, where you're living, or what type of person you want to be seen as. it doesn't matter where it came from, how much it cost you, or how much you've worn it already. The point is that when you put it on, you draw attention from strangers and friends alike, and you feel like you're running the show. 

My Magnet Piece is a classic little black dress that fits me just right while not revealing too much. It falls long enough so that there's never too much leg if worn with a taller heel, but it also doesn't look absurd if worn with a sneaker or kitten heel. I can throw it on when I have a semi-formal event to attend, or when I just want to have a fun night out with friends. The best thing about the dress is its versatility. It can be worn dressed up or down depending on what I pair it with. Either way I know I look great in it because I took the time to find a piece that didn't constantly malfunction on me and make me nervous to wear when I was in a rut and needed something reliable!

i can't tell you how many times my magnet pieces have saved me. I never worry about not having something to wear when it's time to get dolled up. This is why it's important to spend some time on yourself! This has nothing to do with changing you or how you look. This is about finding a piece that makes you feel like Superwoman. This is about loving yourself and proving it to everyone! 

So go find your Magnet Piece and fall in love with nights out all over again :)

Happy Styling! x 

Linda

StyleKelli Mason
3 SIMPLE TRANSITIONAL OUTFITS
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This season can be hard to dress for! Spring is just around the corner and we want to believe that the days are getting warmer and warmer when in reality, it's the same dreadful cold that we've been dealing with for the past four months - ew. Last week, Kelli and I decided to collab for a little photoshoot to show off some transitional looks that will keep you warm under a good coat - and they're pretty easy to replicate.

Hopefully these looks will work for you too, or inspire some other looks from your closet!

This first outfit is pretty basic, but smart and warm at the same time! A collared shirt over a plain crewneck. You can tuck the shirt into jeans or slacks; or you can leave the shirt untucked and wear the duo with leggings for a more comfortable look. If the whole look seems to dull to you, then this is a chance to show off your favorite jewelry pieces or a statement coat.

This first outfit is pretty basic, but smart and warm at the same time! A collared shirt over a plain crewneck. You can tuck the shirt into jeans or slacks; or you can leave the shirt untucked and wear the duo with leggings for a more comfortable look. If the whole look seems to dull to you, then this is a chance to show off your favorite jewelry pieces or a statement coat.

This outfit shows that there are almost always several different ways to style your favorite pieces. For this look, I took two things that I wear multiple times a week:  White Collared Shirt , and a pair of skinny black pants. Instead of just tucking it in and throwing on some mules like I normally would, I decided to let a few buttons loose to show off a delicate high-neck bralette. I also unbuttoned a few up from the bottom of the shirt and tucked each side criss-cross to make it look like a wrap shirt. I wore some white leather sneakers on my feet to make the look casual.

This outfit shows that there are almost always several different ways to style your favorite pieces. For this look, I took two things that I wear multiple times a week: White Collared Shirt, and a pair of skinny black pants. Instead of just tucking it in and throwing on some mules like I normally would, I decided to let a few buttons loose to show off a delicate high-neck bralette. I also unbuttoned a few up from the bottom of the shirt and tucked each side criss-cross to make it look like a wrap shirt. I wore some white leather sneakers on my feet to make the look casual.

Who said scarves were only for your neck? For this outfit, I took a small silk scarf and wrapped it through the belt loops of my black jeans for a fun pop of color on my otherwise simple ensemble. I wore a thin black turtleneck under my straight denim jacket and black pointed leather chelsea boots on my feet. Layers really save you when the temperatures drop to single digits!

Who said scarves were only for your neck? For this outfit, I took a small silk scarf and wrapped it through the belt loops of my black jeans for a fun pop of color on my otherwise simple ensemble. I wore a thin black turtleneck under my straight denim jacket and black pointed leather chelsea boots on my feet. Layers really save you when the temperatures drop to single digits!

I hope this blog inspired some new ways to wear and re-wear the pieces that you love. It's important to remember that you don't need all the clothes in the world to kill that "I have nothing to wear" feeling! Sometimes you just need to get creative with what you have to create your own new wardrobe!

Happy Styling! x

Linda

StyleKelli Mason
WHAT IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE ANYWAY?
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I am not a minimalist. I would love to say that I have enough self control to keep only what I need and lose the rest, but unfortunately, I still struggle to stick to the basics. Throughout the past year, I have really tried to scale down my possessions in each area of my life, and I've actually been pretty successful! It's hard at first because you want to believe that all of the things you have are there for a very specific and important reason, but in reality, a lot of those things might not be missed. 

One idea that helped me sift through everything and really focus on a specific style was the "Capsule Wardrobe" concept. Im sure you've heard of this before, or something similar, but if not then you're in the right place! 

A capsule wardrobe is basically your hand-picked collection of pieces that don't go out of style, or just classic pieces that you feel the cutest and most comfortable in! And no, having a capsule wardrobe does not mean you're restricted to just black and white, but if that's what your about then there's nothing holding you back. This is why I fell in love with the idea. It's like making a playlist of your favorite songs of all time, or keeping a recipe book of your best dishes. You don't necessarily have to commit to just this collection, but it's a small gallery of several pieces that, in a way, represent you! It also makes putting outfits together sooo much easier, and you're working with the pieces that you truly love; not just the things that you feel pressured to wear because they were on sale and you felt like you couldn't pass them up (it's fine, we have our moments).

I could give you a collage of pieces that I would keep in my capsule, but that's uniquely me, and this isn't about replicating someone else's lookbook, it's about curating your own! So instead, I've created a little guide to help you map one out from what you already have. And I'll give you a brief rundown for each header so you know how to map it :)

STAPLES

Pretty self-explanatory, but what you're looking for here is basically tees, simple dresses, your go-to jeans, coziest crewneck sweater, etc, etc. The things you want to wear on an everyday basis! This is going to be one of the bigger chunks of your closet -- notice I left 10 spots, but obviously you can add/take away as you wish.

LAYERS

The layers are my favorite part! This is where you list your denim jacket(s), cardigans, hoodies, blazers, bombers, coats, you know the drill. With both this section and the Layers section, you'll want to leave your boldest pieces out-- they're going to fall under our next category!

STATEMENT PIECES

This section is made for exactly what you think! Things that you can't really wear every day, but really turn an outfit into a fashionable look. This could be a patchy, distressed army jacket, a buckled leather skirt, a colorful box-top, or something unique that fits your style, but would be overkill to wear all the time.

FAVORITES

This section is blurry, but with a purpose! I called this section favorites, but really it can be whatever you need it to be. Here's the thing: I have a few pieces that I absolutely love, but sometimes its hard for me to incorporate these pieces into my daily wear. Putting them in the mix as a reminder of how much I love them helps me brainstorm different ways to work them in! Try it, you'll be pleasantly surprised when you suddenly plan the perfect outfit with these pieces.

ACCESSORIES

Ahhh my favorite part! I don't wear a ton of accessories, but the few little pieces that I have are things that I have tried everything with. Trusty silk scarves, dangly earrings, simple necklaces, a set of a million rings meant to be worn all at once -- the list goes on. Sort it out, which accessories make you feel like you have your life together? Throw them on the list. 

 

And remember not to put so much pressure on yourself! The capsule wardrobe is meant to help you define your style, not limit it! 

Happy styling! x

Linda

StyleKelli Mason
WHY YOUR SKIN TONE AND UNDERTONE MATTER
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It's that time of year when winter pretty much stops being cute. The holidays are over, the streets and stores are no longer glittery and gold, the twinkling lights are already twisted and tangled in their designated plastic bins, and dirty brown sludge lines the roads and the bottom of your car. 

Sometimes you wake up in the morning to prepare yourself for the cold world, and as you look in the mirror, you feel especially dull or dreary looking. Instead of switching your beauty products or telling yourself you should have slept two hours longer, consider this: It could be the color you're in.

This may seem like a simple suggestion, but knowing exactly what colors are going to make you glow can seriously help you create perfect outfits and shop smarter. Trust me, the things that might look totally fine in dressing rooms can turn out to be very unflattering when you're actually ready to wear them -- we've all been there! Know your shades and never worry about a piece of the wrong color sabotaging your outfit again. Here's how:

Start by finding your skin tone. You can do this by using this little chart below, or you can use an app! If you're like me and either don't trust your judgement or just like to use another opinion, I would recommend the Bare Minerals app: MADE-2-FIT Makeup. Remember, it doesn't have to be spot-on, but you should have a general idea to make the next steps easier.

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Next, you'll want to find your undertone. This will tell you whether you're skin is more warm or cool. There are a few different ways to do this, I will run you through two of them. 

The first method only requires some natural daylight and your wrist. Flip your arm so that the inner side that isn't normally exposed to the sun is facing the natural light. Look at your veins and the area around them. If they appear to be more blue/purple-toned, then you have a cool undertone. More green/yellow/olive-toned means you have a warm undertone. It is possible that you can't decide and see both colors. This means you have a neutral undertone.

The next method requires a piece of white paper, natural light, and maybe a mirror or your phone. The idea is to expose your neck and the top of your chest to the light, then put the piece of paper close enough to your skin to be able see how the white makes your skin look. If your neck/chest appear more pink, then it's a cool undertone. If your neck appears more yellow or orange, then you have a warm undertone. Once again, if you really can't tell, then you probably have a neutral undertone.

Now that you have this knowledge, we can look at what the best colors for you skin tone are! The key is to gravitate towards colors that have more of the dominant hues of your skin tone mixed in. After all, your skin tone is really a perfect mix of most of the colors in the rainbow; we're just looking at the most visible tones. Here is a color chart to help find your zone: 

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Warmer colors are mostly on the left side of the wheel, cool colors are mostly on the right. Staying within those colors is the best way to go, but that doesn't mean that people with warm skin tones can't wear blue and cool skin tones can't wear red; you just need to how!

Here is a general grouping of colors that warm skin tones look best in:

coral, cream, olive, and deep reds are staples for warm skin tones

coral, cream, olive, and deep reds are staples for warm skin tones

Now a general grouping of colors for cool skin tones:

icy blues, bright whites, grey, and pale yellows are just a few of the many colors that cool-toned skin types can pull off!

icy blues, bright whites, grey, and pale yellows are just a few of the many colors that cool-toned skin types can pull off!

Finally, some colors that look best on neutral tones:

Neutral skin tones are the lucky group, because they will be able to pull off pretty much any color. However, they can especially work the muted versions of each color. 

Neutral skin tones are the lucky group, because they will be able to pull off pretty much any color. However, they can especially work the muted versions of each color. 

Hopefully this helped you more than it stressed you out! It's important to remember that this is certainly not something that you need to live by, but it does help point out some truths within our wardrobes. Does this mean that you need to pitch everything that doesn't seem to match your tone? Absolutely not. In fact, I wouldn't pitch anything. If you're worried about the underlying tone of a piece, just try to pair it with something that you know will work.

Don't take things too seriously. In the end, it's up to you!

Happy Styling! x

Linda

StyleKelli Mason
Improve Your Travel Style with 5 Pieces
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We all love to get out of town for awhile. Travel gives us a chance to see new places, try new things, meet new people, and show off that killer outfit that's a bit too much for the hometown watering hole. Sometimes we get so caught up in the excitement of leaving that we stress out and end up looking like slobs on the airplane. Or, maybe you're the type to put together a high-fuss outfit for your travel day only to regret the decision later, when you're stumbling out of the security checkpoint in five inch heels and a blouse that you swore wasn't this sheer when you pulled it out of the closet this morning.

It's great to express your personal style wherever you are because it boosts your confidence and makes you feel ready for anything. However, you don't need to look like a runway model at the airport. The best way to get through the travel days with ease and confidence is to recognize the key pieces that can be comfortable and chic at the same time. Welcome to your five-piece guide to practical travel style.

1. Trendy Sneakers/Trainers

Nike Roshe One Knit Sneaker in "Vast Grey" $85, Nordstrom.com

Nike Roshe One Knit Sneaker in "Vast Grey" $85, Nordstrom.com

Vans Satin Lux Old Skool in "Blush/True White" $70, Vans.com

Vans Satin Lux Old Skool in "Blush/True White" $70, Vans.com

Calvin Klein Colete Nylon Suede Sneaker in "Dusk" $99, CalvinKlein.com

Calvin Klein Colete Nylon Suede Sneaker in "Dusk" $99, CalvinKlein.com

Steve Madden Cavo Sneaker in "Black Multi" $90, SteveMadden.com

Steve Madden Cavo Sneaker in "Black Multi" $90, SteveMadden.com

Wearing sneakers doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style! Fashion sneakers have become one of the greatest closet staples of our time, and with so many styles to choose from, you're bound to find a pair that match your style. They can be worn with joggers, leggings, and even your favorite jeans. Looking cute without leaving the plane with frozen toes = win.

2. A Bulky Sweater

ASOS Oversized Sweater in Ripple Stitch $45, ASOS.com

ASOS Oversized Sweater in Ripple Stitch $45, ASOS.com

Madewell Colorfleck Ribbed Cardigan Sweater $135, Madewell.com

Madewell Colorfleck Ribbed Cardigan Sweater $135, Madewell.com

AE Textured Balloon Sleeve Sweater $45, AE.com

AE Textured Balloon Sleeve Sweater $45, AE.com

Crewneck Sweatshirt in "Aqua Foam" $100, USATommy.com

Crewneck Sweatshirt in "Aqua Foam" $100, USATommy.com

The perfect way to be comfortable on the plane without dragging along a blanket or some ratty old sweater. Find a sweater or cardigan that you really love. Bonus if it's solid color, it will go with almost anything! Throw it on over a tee and you won't have to worry about the temperatures, you'll be ready for it all.

3. The Mini Backpack

Finer Things Merry Mini Backpack $278, Macys.com

Finer Things Merry Mini Backpack $278, Macys.com

Backpack with Metallic Detail $26, Zara.com

Backpack with Metallic Detail $26, Zara.com

Puma x Fenty by Rihanna Mini Sherpa Backpack $175, Zappos.com

Puma x Fenty by Rihanna Mini Sherpa Backpack $175, Zappos.com

Kane Color Block BackPack $65, StateBags.com

Kane Color Block BackPack $65, StateBags.com

The carry-on bag is an essential for sure, so it should be something that's just as cute as it is functional -- the mini backpack. Carry everything you need and nothing more, while freeing your arms and hands at the same time! You're a woman on the move, no time for fumbling around for your passport in some massive tote.

4. Moisturizer

Lapis Facial Oil $72, Nordstrom.com

Lapis Facial Oil $72, Nordstrom.com

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer $25, Ulta.com

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer $25, Ulta.com

Burt's Bees Brightening Even Skin Tone Moisturizing Cream $13, Amazon.com

Burt's Bees Brightening Even Skin Tone Moisturizing Cream $13, Amazon.com

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel $15, Target.com

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel $15, Target.com

If you overlook bringing a good moisturizer on your flight... We have a problem. Skin can get super dry and irritated on flights, and when you combine with the added pressure and congestion that can come with flying, it's just a big uncomfortable mess. Male sure you come prepared with a heavy-duty cream or gel, you will not regret it! Your post-airplane glowing skin will thank you ;)

5. A Hat

Felt Beret $29, UrbanOutfitters.com

Felt Beret $29, UrbanOutfitters.com

Sugar Hill Corduroy Baseball Hat $20, FreePeople.com

Sugar Hill Corduroy Baseball Hat $20, FreePeople.com

Clancy Rancher $50, Anthropologie.com

Clancy Rancher $50, Anthropologie.com

Hats are great because even if you decide to doze off on the plane, you can still hide your moderate bed head! There are tons of different hat styles and materials to choose from. Find the one that best fits your look, then wear it over and over again. Need help styling it? Try this guide

Now book that flight, dress smart, and get outta here.

Happy styling! x

Linda

StyleKelli Mason
10 Easy Celebrity Looks to Copy
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Fashion news can be a pain. While flipping through magazines or scrolling through social media, you’re likely to see some of your favorite celebs flashing their trendy new get-ups while giving off a seemingly effortless vibe. Of course we would all love to say that we just rolled out of bed this morning, swiped on some lipstick, slipped into a Gucci patchwork print silk dress, and went on our way. However, if you’re like me, you don’t have fresh-off-the-runway looks readily available for Sunday brunch (or any brunch for that matter). This can make your outfit curation feel like a nightmare.

Thankfully, every once in a while, we catch a rare glimpse of our beloved Hollywood stars donning simpler looks. By simple, I mean easy to replicate. In this slideshow, we’ll look at ten super easy, super chic outfits that we can totally build from our own closets.

Remember:

  1. Celebrities are real people too, sometimes they don't want so much fuss over their outfits!
  2. Simple will always be classy, don't feel like you have to overdo things just because you've seen other people do it. 
  3. Just dress comfortably, it's the best way to avoid wardrobe malfunctions and insecurities.

 

Happy styling! x

Linda