Friday Fashion – What’s Your Fashion Style?

We all have certain styles we are attracted to. We also are most comfortable in wearing certain styles. Do you know what your’s is? When you get dressed for the day, do you feel comfortable and feel like “you?”

In my training as a stylist, I use 4 styles to determine someones favorite way to dress for the day. Let’s talk a bit about each one and you see which one most represents you.

  1. Pure Natural – Do you love to shop at stores like J Jill, The GAP, Old navy and similar stores. You probably love organic cotton materials and colors in the whites, beiges and more softer colors. You like simple, no fuss, just nice and clean. You are probably a Beautiful Pure Natural.
  2. Classic Modern – Talbots, Ann Taylor might be your go to store for the latest styles. You like to look sharp and crisp when you walk out the door. You probably like adding a touch of feminine touch with your simple strand of pearls or a little ruffle on your sweater. If this sounds like you, you are a Beautiful Classic Modern.
  3. Creative Original – You love shopping anywhere from a thrift shop, department store, boutique to your own closet. You love putting things together that most people would never think of putting together, but, you can put anything together and you have your own unique style. You, my friend, are a Beautiful Creative Original.
  4. Style Fashionista – When you walk into a room, more than likely you have on the latest fashion and everything goes perfectly together. You love fashion and you always want to know what is the latest trend and you make it work. You can spend lot’s of money or hardly any at all and you will still look like a Beautiful Style Fashionista.

Did any of those sound like you? If so, which one?

It’s possible more than one appeals to you, but, I’m sure one of them is your main style.

For me, someone who loves EVERYTHING…..yes, the struggle is real, I am a Style Fashionista. Since the “shut down” and no where to really go, I have noticed I have been attracted to the styles of the Classic Modern. The feminine simple style of the clothes at Talbots seem to be calling my name lately. When the world opens up again and we get to go out more, I will be able to tell more of what I will be more comfortable in.

Leave a comment and tell me which style you feel that you are and where your favorite place to shop is. If you are still struggling with coming up with your style, send me an email and we can talk about it a bit.

This is a perfect time to determine your style and get your closet ready for the upcoming Spring. Each Friday, I’ll share more fashion tips to help you along the way. Have fun!

40 Days To Fabulous!

Hi Friends! I’ve been taking a summer break from blogging…but, I had to let you know about 40 Days To Fabulous!  I’m excited that 40 Days To Fabulous is continuing  with their third season on August 20th! You will want to sign up today! Okay, maybe you don’t get as excited as I do….you can wait….but, not too long. Registration will cut off soon!

I have loved being a member of 40 Days To Fabulous. Shari Braendel who is an author, speaker, fashionista and of course an amazing Fashion Stylist. Shari has made it her mission to share faith along with fashion. I love her message and her heart for women and I know you will too!

Today is the first day to sign up for the new season and I so hope you will join me. I’m already signed up and can’t wait for the first class.

This year is packed with some great speakers! Shari will also be sharing the latest trends in fashion and how to develop your own style. I heard that we will be making our own personal style notebook. I can’t wait to hear more about that!

If that isn’t enough! When you register, your name goes in a drawing for a $500.00 gift bag filled with books, jewelry and clothing and more.

Here’s what you get:

6 Faith Speakers with 6 life-changing lessons to lead you
closer to Jesus

1 Fashion Speaker to lead you toward confident style and beauty
this fall season

40 days of faith and fashion study guides 

6 weekly LIVE video training sessions (50 minutes each)…sessions
recorded in case you can’t join us LIVE

Guidance on how to build a personal resource titled “My Fabulous
Fashion Notebook” 

6 Weeks of becoming your very best YOU!

Energizing and encouraging private FB community like none other
Less frazzle, more freedom!

Up close and personal with well known Christian authors and
speakers to ask them questions and have community with them

If that’s not enough… EARLY BIRD BONUSES! 
Register in the next 3 days and you’ll be entered 15 TIMES to win the amazing Grab Bag Bonus Gift Pack valued at $500!!! Included are signed books from the authors, a $100 clothing piece from Natalie Attired, Jewelry and MORE more, more!!!!!….in fact, there are a total of 15 things in the Bonus pack!!!! In addition, EVERYONE who enters in the next 3 days is invited to a POWER PACKED goal setting workshop in October called Ready, Set, Shine! led by two AMAZING Military spouse leaders! 

The cost is $40.00!

Click here and register today!

I hope you will join me as we are encouraged to walk with Christ as we learn all about fashion.

My two favorite things…….Jesus and…..fashion!

What fun it will be to do this together!


Help Me, Jesus! I have nothing to wear! – Book Review

I’m so excited to share with you a book review of a book that I have read before and I just finished reading it for the second time.

 

If you love fashion, you will love this book. If you don’t really enjoy reading or thinking about fashion, but you want to look your best at all times, you will love this book!

 

A little backstory…

 

When I was a teen, I loved fashion and read everything I could get my hands on. I made many of my own clothes, so I spent a lot of time looking at patterns and studying different styles. At one time I had wanted to attend a school called Bauder Fashion College. I dreamed of being a fashion designer. But, that dream was short lived, as there was no way I could have ever been able to afford to go to a special school such as that. Which all in all, it really wasn’t the Lord’s plan for my life anyway. It didn’t stop me from always staying on top of fashion. Granted, as a pastor’s wife of small churches, I was fortunate to have a couple of outfits to work with. Over the years, I did the best I could on our budget to dress my family and myself.

 

I had recently reserved a spot on a cruise for my mom and I to travel to the Caribbean. This was a cruise with a group called, Cruise Chics. It is a group of Christian women who travel together. While on the cruise there would be workshops on the subject of fashion with my favorite Image Stylist, Shari Braendel.

 

I came down with a horrible cold/flu and didn’t think I should chance getting on the ship with a terrible cough. While I was resting and blowing my nose, I decided to read Shari’s book again. The information is so good; I just had to share it with you.

 

Several years ago, I had bought a book called, “Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad” by Shari Braendel. I loved everything I read and called her up and asked her to come speak to the ladies of the church that I attended. She came and taught at a conference with our ladies. I loved it! She stayed in our home and what a treat she was. She was so much fun and such a godly woman. You can learn so much from women such as Shari.

 

Since that time, Shari’s book has been updated and the title has changed to, “Help Me, Jesus! I have nothing to wear!” I would encourage you to purchase this book and if you aren’t able to, hopefully, I can share enough to help you take a look at your fashion issues. I will just highlight her teachings and then if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to visit her site or maybe, just maybe, I can help out somehow. I will provide links to the various sites that will give you more information at the end of this post.

 

Are you ready? Here we go….

 

The first step is determining your body type. Shari has four categories that we will fit in. When you are in one of her workshops, Shari will ask you to think about where it is that you gain weight the most. For me, it’s my hips and thighs. Bummer…anyway, that makes me a D Body Type. If you gain in your tummy, you are a B body type. For those that gain up top, you are an O. For those that are evenly balanced and you gain evenly all over, you are an X. How easy is that! So, whatever you body type is, there are certain ways that you can dress that will balance you out so it doesn’t draw attention to those areas that you don’t want to “fluff” out. By the way, you don’t say “fat,” you use the word “fluff.” There are so many tips in this chapter; I’m thinking you need the book. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer.

 

Once you have your body type figured out and what styles look best on you, you will learn that you have certain colors that work best on you. In learning how to determine this, you go by your hair, skin and eye color. There are six color groups; Light, Deep, Soft, Clear, Warm and Cool. I am a Soft. Here is a sample of the color swatches that are “my colors.”

 

 

Isn’t this fun? If you want to know what you color code is, Shari has a quiz that you can take that will help you determine what that is. You can also order your own swatches. These are great to take shopping with you to help in picking the correct colors.

 

Accessories!!! My Favorite! You will find a chart that helps you in learning how to have just the right amount of accessories.

 

The next chapter deals with undergarments! After you read this, you will understand why the correct fitting of undergarments are so important. It will change your world.

 

Shari will share with you how important the correct hairstyle, skin care and makeup are.

 

You will love the chapter devoted to the topic of finding the correct jeans. If you love jeans like I do, you will appreciate this chapter!

 

Towards the end of the book, Shari will give you your marching orders to hit the mall. There is an art to shopping. You don’t want to be an impulse shopper! You want to be organized and shop on purpose. You will then have a closet full of clothes that you love and can wear.

 

The last chapter in the book deals with my very favorite; Modesty! Whew, is anyone else so tired of seeing private parts popping out everywhere? Shari shares from her heart in a gentle but straightforward way of why and how to be discreet in our dress, but yet fashionable. It is possible. You can be Miss Fashion and still be modest.   I’ll share an excerpt from Shari:

“Dressing modestly doesn’t mean being old fashioned and dressing puritan-like. What it does mean is having an attitude in dressing that reflects a respect for God, our self, and even the opposite sex. Yep, that’s it!”

 

One more:

 

“Modesty is learning how to take each style and make it respectful. Doing this will bring out the fashionista in all of you (and your daughters) by allowing you to be creative with your clothes.”

 

I hope that sparks a desire to dress in just your style of fashion and reflect who your Savior is at the same time. We didn’t even talk about the styles. You have a style personality and Shari has a name for each one. Can you guess which one you are? There is the Pure Natural, Classic Modern, Style Fashionista and the Creative Original. You will have fun finding which one you are!

 

 

Here are the links to the resources I mentioned:

 

Help Me, Jesus! I have nothing to wear! By Shari Braendel

 

Fashion Meets Faith (Shari’s site)

 

Analysis to determine your color code by Shari Braendel

 

Cruise Chics with Michele Harkins, Travel Agent

Linking my post up with A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

Class With a Dash of Sass!

Holidays!

I’m so excited to introduce you to my niece, Kate Fisher! Kate is a fun, adorable and fashionable 15- year old Fashionista and Lifestyle Blogger. When Kate isn’t busy with church activities, school, cheerleading and dance, you will find her busy in the world of fashion and then blogging about it along with some inspiration about her life. She models her own fashions and she has a mission to stay classy with a bit of sass. Be sure to follow her at www.classwithadashofsass.com

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I love seeing what Kate is up to and I thought what fun to interview her and share her with my readers!  I hope you enjoy this short interview with Kate Fisher!

Beverly:  Hi Kate!  Thanks for agreeing to let me interview you today!  Let’s see, I’ve known you for 15 years, but could you share a little bit about yourself for our readers today?

Kate:  I am a 15 year old who loves to laugh and get dressed up. I attend high school at Midland Christian School and go to Stonegate Fellowship. I love hanging out with my friends, shopping, and baking.

Beverly: When did you first realize that you were interested in fashion?

Kate: Well… I’ve loved fashion my whole life. My mom tells me that even when I was in 1st grade, I was wanting to get dressed up and always look fabulous, haha! Over the past year and a half I realized that I’d like to take my love for fashion seriously and so I started this blog.

Beverly:  How do you decide what outfit you will showcase on your blog?

Kate:  When deciding on what to put on my blog, I like to think of what other people can relate to. And by that, I mean affordable priced clothing and stuff like that. I am in high school, so it’s not like most people my age can go out and buy a Chanel handbag, haha! Although I do like to post items like that sometimes, I also want to post stuff that high school girls can afford. I love to post outfits that I feel confident in. If I don’t absolutely love the outfit, I won’t post it.

Beverly:  Do you have a fashion icon that is your favorite, besides me?  Kidding!!!

Kate:  Fashion icon wise, I love Katey McFarlan’s style. She’s a blogger I recently found and I became obsessed! I read her blog everyday! She has such a cute and tasteful fashion sense.
I also love Grace Kelly. That woman is the definition of elegance, beauty, and class.

Beverly:  Grace Kelly is one of my favorites, too! What are some of your favorite brands?

Kate:  Oh man, there are too many brands I love to name. But a few would definitely be: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, lulu lemon and Sherri Hill.

Beverly:  Do you hope to have a career in the fashion world?

Kate: My goal is to have my blog as my career one day, which would be a dream come true. It would definitely be an answered prayer if I made it in the blogging world. I think that your career should be your passion and what you love to do and I love fashion and blogging. It has been so fun, so I really do hope it can be my job one day.

Beverly:  What is your best advice for a young girl who is learning how to find her style and her fashion choice?

Kate:  My best advice for a young girl who’s trying to find her style is to take chances on your outfits. If you’re not sure if other people will like it but you feel confident and love it, go for it girl! I would also say, don’t always follow the trends, be unique with what you wear!

Beverly:  Can you share with us a typical day in the life of Kate Fisher?

Kate:  A day in my life isn’t all that exciting. haha! Since I’m in school, that’s what I’m always doing. I wake up, usually try to wear something cute but it can be difficult since our dress code is very strict, go to school, have cheer practice in the evening, and then I go home and do homework!

Beverly:  How would you describe the way you like to dress?

Kate:  To describe the way I dress, I’d say I lean towards the more modest stye, but I like to keep it interesting with fun statement pieces. I love to look sassy all while keeping it classy.

Beverly:  What current trends do you love and what trends do you stay away from?

Kate:  My favorite trend right now is the over-the-knee boot trend! I am OBSESSED! they automatically dress up any outfit you put on! I also love the Kendra Scott trend that has been around for the past year or so! Her pieces are very classy. Another one I love would be the off-the-shoulder top trend!
Trends I try to stay away from:
only wearing one earring trend and super short shorts in the summer

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Beverly:  What advice would you give girls who are trying to find their fashion style?  I sort of asked that already, didn’t I?  Oh, well, tell us more!

Kate:  The main point I’m trying to get across on my blog is just keeping people up to date with trends and products I love. I want people to take advice from my outfits and be inspired.

Beverly:  What is your main message that you hope to get across on your fashion blog?

Kate: The message in the title of my blog is pretty much just summing up what my style is… Sassy and classy!

Beverly:  I like that!  I think you work that very well! What are some of your favorite fashion blogs that you read?

Kate:  Some of my favorite blogs to read are: Chronicles of Frivolity, Southern Curls and Pearls, Champagne and Chanel, and The Sweetest Thing.

Beverly:  Kate! Thank you so much for letting me question you about what you are up to with your blog!  I look forward to keeping up with you and learning all the latest styles and trends that you will be sharing with us.  I wish you great success with your blog!  I can’t wait to see what all is in store for you in 2017!  Now, have I told you all the stories about your dad when we were growing up?  Remind me, next time we get together. I have some good ones!

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That’s a wrap!  I hope you enjoyed my interview with Kate!  She is a girl who loves life and her love for her Savior is evident in her writing and in her life!  Her parents have done a good job, haven’t they!?  Don’t forget to visit her blog at www.Classwithadashofsass.com

As Kate says,

Stay Classy!

Sunglass Fever!

Holidays!

Sad to say, I didn’t really wear sunglasses until a few years ago.  Every now and then I would get a pair and  I would lose them or they would break.  When I had to get some reading glasses, I noticed that the sun seemed to bother me more than it had before.  I also read an article on how cataracts might be caused by not protecting our eyes from the sun.

Then it happened…I fell in love with sunglasses!

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My most recent purchase was a pair of Brighton sunglasses.  They use Swarovski crystals in all of their glasses and jewelry.  I am a huge Brighton fan as well as the My Flat In London line.  Speaking of My Flat In London; they just came out with the cutest sunglass case.  Had to have it to protect those glasses, right???

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I chose the style called “Twinkle.”

 

Have you ever wondered how you know which style and frame is best for your face? So many to choose from; Oval, Round, Square, Rectangle, Aviator, and Cat-Eye.

If you have an Oval shape face, you get to wear any shape you like as long as the frame is proportioned to your face.  How fun is that?!

If you have a Round face, you want straight or angular frames that are slightly wider than your face. You want to go against the roundness of your face. I saw some cute ones!

If you have a Square face, choose curved frames and rounded lenses, again opposite of the square shape of your face. So many choices!

And, if you have a Heart shaped face, a cat eye, rounded square or frames with heavy top accents will work perfectly. Very cool!

Wondering what shape your face is?  Many years ago, I had wondered the same thing and I read in a magazine how to figure that out if you aren’t able to tell by looking in the mirror.  Look in your mirror over your sink/vanity and close one eye and with a eye liner pencil or something similar, draw around the outline of your face.  Open your closed eye, step back and you will see the shape of your face.  Ta-da!  I hope that works for you!  If you give it a try, let me know how it works for you.

If you see me at the sunglass counter, tell me to step away slowly! Unless, of course, there is a huge sale going on.

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Do you have one favorite pair of sunglasses or do you have several pair that you like to wear? If you have several, how do you store them?  That is my next project to work on.

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Have a blessed rest of the summer and keep those eyes covered!