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Elevate Your Wardrobe: 10 Seasonless Essentials

Every wardrobe is a unique selection. Depending on when the last time you shopped for yourself, there may be more missing than present from my list in your current closet. With every change of season I like to evaluate what I’ve got hanging and stuffed away in drawers.

No matter what season we’re going into (HELLO Spring) I find that these ten essentials are always in heavy rotation. Make your wardrobe work for you. Adding these may not eliminate the dreaded “what will I wear today” conundrum, but by filling in the gaps you’ll have more options to wear your potentially random favorites.

  1. Slim Cropped Pants. Endlessly versatile. Pair them with a simple top or chic tunic. I own several in a neutral palate and in fun prints. The best part is they look great with sandals, pointy flats, wedges and even pumps. No need to worry about length since they’re cropped! Vince makes a great pair, along with J.Crew for endless patterned variations. I like these to hit either just above the ankle, or a few inches above that, not at the calf!
  2. Long Sleeve Silk Blouse. Sumptuous silk adds textural interest and it’s softly pretty. An excellent partner with jeans, knits, and boucle separates. A little bit on the longer side, and they glide (as opposed to cling) over my belly.  A little bit fun, elegant and very comfortable. Sure you could go for black or cream, but why not olive green, or emerald? Perhaps bright crimson or blush pink. Whatever your color it’ll be your go-to no matter the weather.
  3. Classic Belted Trench Jacket or Coat. This doesn’t have to mean a Burberry, or something expensive. I own a bright blue one in nylon, perfect when you need a light jacket to repel a few rain drops, or in cotton poplin with a removable wool liner. It’s a classic for a reason, it’s timeless and always chic.
  4. Long tanks. To fill in the gaps, and keep the tummy from being exposed. H&M makes great ones in pima cotton and tencel. I also love the cut of the ribbed tank by Vince. Make sure you have them in all the basic colors (black, white, nude) plus a fun bright color or two.
  5. Pencil Skirt. In navy or black, this is the one silhouette that really does flatter every shape. If you’ve got curves, whatch out for the va va voom factor. This is YOUR skirt. If you’re cut more like a boy it’ll give you shape where you need it. In woven wool, ponté knit or double lined jersey it’ll be your go-to skirt to pair with whatever you plan on wearing on top. Even a basic pocket tee looks chic paired with a pencil skirt.
  6. Tailored Body-skimming Dress. A body con sheath, either a high neck, v-neck or U-neck works. Choose a knit if you’re ok being a bit more revealing. Otherwise aim for a woven in cotton, wool, or silk for dress that works for nearly any occasion. It’s such a go-to for me I own them in all colors. Even better, this baby works hard for you especially when traveling, and they pack up small. It looks chic, is versatile, and best of all, I feel confident wearing one.
  7. Three-quarter sleeve Cardigan. This is your personal climate control top. Too cold, throw it on. Too hot, strip it off. I love these in linen, cotton, or yummy silk & cashmere blends. Chunky or thin, There’s something magical and very feminine about 3/4 tops. And an excuse to wear your arm bangles without getting in the way of your sleeves.
  8. Crisp White Shirt. All you have to do is look at Carolina Herrera. It’s her uniform when paired with a full skirt. She has made this basic iconic as has Lauren Hutton. A white button-down, wrap style, or popover all work as long as it’s crisp and fresh. Look for tops in poplin or silk shantung. There’s a freshness that white brings to an outfit and can easily be matched with everything else in your closet.
  9. V-necks in Cotton & Cashmere. Tees, fitted sweaters, drapey shirts, they all look great and are so versatile. Layered or on their own, these are the hard working separates you love to wear. My favorites are from Vince and J.Crew, but you can score these basics anywhere from H&M to Neiman Marcus too.
  10. Nude Shoes. Footwear that’s a shade close to your skin tone elongates your look, and can be worn with ANYTHING. Really. So slimming, and the nude look is hot right now. A monochromatic look is always more slimming than wearing two distinct opposite hues that chop you visually and shorten your look. Take a selfie and you tell me which is more slimming.

Think I missed something? Let me know in the comments.

Inspired to be French

A little French style inspiration

Who doesn’t love the French and their “je ne sais pas” sense of style?  More than just for the fashion, food, and of course tax-free wine, my mother is in search of a house to buy and live out the rest of her life in the south of France near Bordeaux.

It’s a fantasy many have, I mean it sounds pretty sweet. Riding a bicyclette avec un baguette & mon chien! My mother is realizing her dream. Does she speak French? Un petit peu! But if you play the part it doesn’t matter right?

So in honor of my mom taking off tomorrow here’s a little French inspired outfit I’d be wearing if I were to join her. Stripes of course, a flirty leather skirt, and these Charlotte Olympia flats I’m obsessed with. Hope this inspires you too.

Bargain find: Costa Blanca striped swing top

It’s hot still pretty much everywhere, but the fall fashion season has already begun. And now is the time to find the good buys before they sell out. One awesome deal I spotted was at Olive Boutique in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. The owner Ali McMahon carries a chic array of pieces you want to wear all the time, including this swing top by Costa Blanca. At just $59 it’s not in the cheap “fast fashion” category, but actually a really nice well made piece you’ll get to wear for a few seasons, not just one or two wears. Don’t delay, make it over to Olive and score yourself a piece you can wear with shorts, leggin’s, skinny jeans, or even a pencil skirt. Extremely versatile in a chic oh so French, yet oh so American kind of way. Oui Oui?

Olive Boutique, 43 Kihapai St, 808-263-9919. iheartolive.com, Check out what’s new on Olive’s Facebook page too.

Worth a look: Nordstrom’s “Anniversary Sale”

So today was a big day, well only if you’re at Nordstrom, for their annual “Anniversary Sale”. Or maybe you’re the type to get pumped when the weather allows for daily use of boots, sweaters, leather, and an endless variety of skinny jeans. If you live someplace where it’s cold 70% of the time like I used to in America’s Northwest, the place where your daily staples never reach sale.* In Hawaii we don’t have such a luxury, instead our leather molds if left idle for too long. Ewww is right.

So, if you need fabulous winter staples, sometimes Norstrom’s Anniversary sale in July is a great place to start. My experience is the shoes are where it’s at, and staples you need every year. Nordstrom partners with companies to make often exclusive pieces that they launch in the heat of summer for a reduced price, typically 30% off. It’s also a way for the retailer to test the market for fall. What do customers want? And a lot of what they offer is their own house-made lines. Leith, Stem, Trouve, Halogen, 1901, those are just some of the many in-house lines, and some really lack in quality depending on the item. Just beware.

All that said, there are some good-looking on trend pieces worth investing in if you’re in the market. Been eyeing some Pedro Garcia pumps, but are turned off by the $500+ price tag? You’re in luck! You can snag them starting tomorrow (if you’re a rewards card holder) or July 19 for just over $300. Often times Nordstrom brings in it’s all-star products at a huge volume to make up for the reduced selling price. All in all, it’s a win win.

*On a side note, if you do need boots in December, you might be hard-pressed to find the ones you really want, in your size. This exact scenario happened to me almost 4 years ago when I thought it was a decent enough idea to move from 80 degree weather Hawaii to a chilling (though rare) 16 degree Portland, Oregon (for a new job). I moved without the winter staples I needed. Made sense at the time, thought I’ll just get what I need when I’m there. Weeks of freezing ensued. I did find a great pair of flat equestrian style Cole Haan boots that I’ve re-soled twice, and I still have the, from Nordstrom. But if I had known about the Anniversary sale, I may have saved myself some frenetic shopping that winter.

Here are my picks:

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Mother’s Day Special Package

We love our moms. We honor our moms this Sunday (May 12) with Mother’s Day. But how will you show your gratitude to her for all the years of wiping up your snot and other things only a mom can do with love.

Sometimes the best gift isn’t a “thing” at all. Right now with every styling consult purchased for Mom, I’m offering a free hour for you. So for $175 I’m offering 2 hours of my styling services (either at home or out shopping) plus an extra hour for you!

Maybe she just needs a little help figuring what to wear with what, or how to modernize her look, whatever it is I can help. Because we love Mom, and she doesn’t have to know you got something out of this too! Offer good through May 31, 2013.

My mother and me.

My mother and me.

Bargain Find: Denim at UNIQLO

Finding a pair of dark wash denim with a universally flattering skinny/straight leg is actually harder than you might think.

So when I was in NYC last month checking out the massive UNIQLO store I was stunned to find these nice jeans at this crazy low price: Just $9.90. I scored a pair for my mom and myself. After several wears, it’s held up and totally worth sharing with you.


Note, the UNIQLO’s online stie is limited in it’s size offerings when I checked, but I’m hoping they will be stocked soon.

FASHIONxt Portland, Oct 10-13, 2012

Next week another Fashion Week is unleashed on Portland. Last year I went and had a blast. This year’s lineup looks even mightier. For a fun and very atypical Portland experience, I suggest you attend, and get the VIP seats. It’s worth it. Enjoy!

FASHIONxt is a fashion forward lifestyle showcase and runway show. Fashionxt debuts fashion designers collections on the runway while launching the latest in technology in our adjoining lifestyle plaza.

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A Styled Closet on Pinterest

Wondering just why hiring a stylist might be beneficial for you? How about having a list of pre-selected items to chose from! Get the best looks plucked from all over the web and in-stores without having to leave the comfort of home. That’s just what we can do for you. And it’s so easy when using Pinterest.

Using a virtual Pinboard I can create wardrobe ideas for clients to choose from & order direct from merchants.

Remember Molly’s customized Lookbook I posted a couple of days ago? Well there were several items missing. She needed the following items to complete a well rounded wardrobe:

  • Short black Booties, flats/or heeled variations,
  • Tall black boots, flat & short heeled versions,
  • Closed toe heels to wear to work (1″ & 2″ variations) black and camel,
  • Great basic tanks with wide straps to layer with,
  • Black & Camel silk camisoles,
  • and a long-sleeve black cardigan.

We chose items from our favorite online shops including:

  • Zappos
  • J.Crew
  • Nordstrom

With so many dizzying choices to choose from it’s easy to get distracted. We’re well versed in fit and quality, so you can trust our recommendations will work for you.

Follow us on Pinterest. Need some ideas or want us to work on a wardrobe for you? Let us know!

Pua’s Glam Open House: Photo Gallery preview

Lots of fabulous outfits and more for your pleasure. Join us this Sunday, September 9th from 2-5pm for a very GLAM open house. Contact me for more info and prices (pualana@gmail.com) or use the RSVP form below. Thanks for shopping!

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