Fashion

I like my money right where I can see it, hanging in my Closet.

“I like my money right where I can see it, hanging in my closet.”
Carrie Bradshaw said it best. You want a to-die-for wardrobe and a designer closet to show it all
off, but having them both can get expensive. I know I would rather spend my money on clothes and
accessories, so I’ve figured out a way to have both your dream closet and the wardrobe to fill it.
Ikea is known for making clean, minimalist furniture at a great price. They build things that can be
sold as a single item to make a room pop or you can buy whole sets that fit right in. You might not be
able to pronounce the names of their pieces, but you don’t need to be able to speak Swedish to see that
their whole goal is helping to create rooms that exude beauty and quality. Now, that’s a company I can
stand behind (or a closet I could stand in!).

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What do all these images have in common? Other than the fact that I want my own home to look
like this! These closets are functional and beautiful at the same time. It doesn’t take much to create this
look. All you need are a couple of simple tips…
● Stay organized – Have separate spaces for jewelry, clothing, shoes and accessories.
Ikea closets have plenty of storage space for all your special items.
● Add molding – Create a sophisticated look and clean lines by installing molding around
the edges. Go from unfinished to completely redone in a flash!
● Don’t overcrowd – A closet like this is all about displaying your fashion choices. Space
your shoes or your handbags so as to show them off.
● Go with white – White is the best color to highlight your wardrobe. Its an
understatement that goes a long way. Your clothes are colorful enough, don’t let your
design show them up.
When you’re not spending a fortune on hiring an interior designer, you have more room to add
that special wardrobe piece you’ve been longing for. Make an Ikea closet to fit your lifestyle. That way
you can have style and storage and be able to afford it too.

Couture Closets also offers closet makeovers & clean outs….it’s our White Glove service. Book your appointment today, get ready for Spring and Summer!

Kiss of Couture

Amy R. Zimmer

Accessorizing

Jewelry ~ “it takes the eye away from wrinkles so pile it on”

Jewelry is a very personal, whether it is your grandmothers’ vintage brooch, your mother’s diamond or that “must have” piece you scored at the market during your travels. This is what makes the art of accessorizing fun. Get creative by layering your pieces or adding that pin to a fun set of beads or pearls you bought at the market. I wear lots of gold but you can modify to silver. Here are a few of my favorite pieces you may want to add to your arsenal:

  • long pearls you can layer or wear short (real if you can afford them, if not there are so many good fakes)
  • a fabulous vintage Chanel gold necklace or for budget reasons a good chunky gold one
  • a thin gold layering piece (stella & dot has good options)
  • Statement necklace – any piece designed by Colibri Collections. A mix of stalactites, geodes, quartz & onyx etc.
  • 3-4 bold cocktail rings. An edgy one for black, a large pearl one, a fun colored stone set in gold and a chunky gold piece
  • bracelets- lot’s of fun layering pieces in leather & beads, layering pearls, chunky gold link (J. Crew has good options), “Made is Sable” agate bracelets by Colibri Collections in neutral color palettes.
  • earrings – diamond studs (real or fake), I love my long drop cross earrings in brass & silver combo, chandelier earrings in neutrals and blues, Van Cleef’s clover drop earrings in pearl (or something similar) and my current obsession is geode & stone earrings by Colibri Collections.

Scarves ~ Oui. Thick and thin scarves, silk and wool, brightly colored or muted classics. Use them to keep your neck warm during the dead of winter or to liven up your outfit in the middle of a rainy spring day. Cashmere ~ Don’t leave home without it.

Scarves and cashmere are a fun way to add instant color, style and warmth. Have fun with scarves, wear them around the neck, in your hair, as a bracelet or belt and tie one on to your bag to change up your look. My favorite’s are anything by Missioni, Pucci, Hermès or fun ones I can pick up Target or street markets during travels. Large cashmere scarves & poncho’s are a must when I travel.

A Kiss of Couture…ARZ

Strike gold with a bold consignment accessory

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The Art of Accessorizing

The A to Z Style Manifesto of Accessories

There is an art to accessorizing: an art where most rules go out the window, but a few do apply. It is a chance to be creative and to make a statement about who you are and who you are not! Many stylists make statements such as “Less is more;” “Take one off before leaving the house;” or “You must own an ‘it’ bag” to be stylish.” I have a different approach.

Accessories are your best way to bring your existing wardrobe into a current season or to channel your “must have” look. The first thing to consider is your budget. You don’t want to be loading up on cheap jewelry or grabbing the next “it” bag and not paying your power bill.  Make wise investments on bags, jewelry, a good manicure, scarves, shoes.

Don’t forget the beauty of shopping at local designer consignment shops or hitting their online stores. This is the best way to stretch your dollars and find amazing pieces. We love http://www.couture-closets.com.

In these next few blogs, I’ll give you my insights on accessorizing.  The right accessories will make you and your clothes stand out in a crowd. Clothing without accessories is not fashion — it’s blah. So come with me on a tour of the world of accessories…there’s something for everyone!

Logos

Logos should not be what defines you or your style. My motto in life is “go big or go home,” but not when it comes to logos. Keep them minimal and try not to wear more than one logo at a time. You don’t want to look like “Snooki won the lottery and takes on Russia”~ You get the picture! You might as well wear a t-shirt that says “nouveau riche”. Here’s my rule about logos: Don’t wear it if the logo on it is larger than the palm of your hand,

Bags ~ “The “it” bag doesn’t exist,” but classic ones do!”

Bags must be practical in color, size and shape depending on your lifestyle. I tend to prefer a larger more structured bag for my everyday “go to” bag. It must have pockets inside to organize my keys, cell phone, etc. The worst kind of bag is one where everything falls to the bottom.

For the evening I prefer a clutch. Keep an eye out for any metallic skins (snake, alligator,crocodile, faux is approved). They go with everything! My favorite pieces include a classic Chanel in black, a vintage Hermès Constance, and fun Tribe bags with tassels and fringe. Always remember the “logo” rule we discussed earlier.

Accessorizing, part three: Shoes and Nails

Create a simple check list:

  • Can I afford it (remember quality vs. quantity)?
  • Do I LOVE it and  I can’t live without it (you know what I mean)?
  • Does it go with several things in my wardrobe (obviously a neon green bag with a large pink logo on it is NOT & SHOULDN’T)?
  • Can I walk more than 2 feet in them without looking like I just had foot surgery or like I will need it?
  • Do I want it because 1) my friend has one 2) I just saw it in the latest fashion magazine as the “must have” of the season 3) I really love it and I know it will be a perfect addition in my existing wardrobe?  ~ If you answered 3 than get it, if not then re-think!
  • Do I have all the top designer consignment stores in my area on speed dial or in my “favorites” on my gadget so I know how to get the most bang for my buck?

Shoes ~ “Life is too short to wear bad shoes”

Let’s keep the shoe part short and sweet. Life is really too short to wear bad shoes. Buy less and buy good quality. Everyone obviously needs the basics : black, nude and a metallic. It’s up to you what heel height and shape you can wear. Because I am only    5′ 4″ I like the big wedges, heels with platforms, lot’s of cork & metallics for summer and warm boots for winter. I like to organize my shoes by color and within the color by the heel height!

Nails ~ A regular manicure is a must. Have fun with color and neutrals, but please no French or squared off nails with stones…those looks are so passé.

I saved the nails for last since it is a very important part of completing a look. You should have fun with nails but also now when to keep it classic. A look that has been so over done is the french squared off manicure and some go to the extreme of adding bling. As I stated earlier it is very passé. Living in the south you see it everywhere but if you surf the magazines and images of your favorite stars you will notice you can’t find it. Take the hint and try a new look for the season. The gel polish mani is my new obsession. They last for two weeks and come in every color imaginable without damaging your natural nails.

The Art of Accessorizing

The A to Z Style Manifesto of Accessories

There is an art to accessorizing: an art where most rules go out the window, but a few do apply. It is a chance to be creative and to make a statement about who you are and who you are not! Many stylists make statements such as “Less is more;” “Take one off before leaving the house;” or “You must own an ‘it’ bag” to be stylish.” I have a different approach.

Accessories are your best way to bring your existing wardrobe into a current season or to channel your “must have” look. The first thing to consider is your budget. You don’t want to be loading up on cheap jewelry or grabbing the next “it” bag and not paying your power bill.  Make wise investments on bags, jewelry, a good manicure, scarves, shoes.

Don’t forget the beauty of shopping at local designer consignment shops or hitting their online stores. This is the best way to stretch your dollars and find amazing pieces. We love http://www.couture-closets.com.

In these next few blogs, I’ll give you my insights on accessorizing.  The right accessories will make you and your clothes stand out in a crowd. Clothing without accessories is not fashion — it’s blah. So come with me on a tour of the world of accessories…there’s something for everyone!

Logos

Logos should not be what defines you or your style. My motto in life is “go big or go home,” but not when it comes to logos. Keep them minimal and try not to wear more than one logo at a time. You don’t want to look like “Snooki won the lottery and takes on Russia”~ You get the picture! You might has well wear a t-shirt that says “nouveau riche”. Here’s my rule about logos: Don’t wear it if the logo on it is larger than the palm of your hand,

Bags ~ “The “it” bag doesn’t exist,” but classic ones do!”

Bags must be practical in color, size and shape depending on your lifestyle. I tend to prefer a larger more structured bag for my everyday “go to” bag. It must have pockets inside to organize my keys, cell phone, etc. The worst kind of bag is one where everything falls to the bottom.

For the evening I prefer a clutch. Keep an eye out for any metallic skins (snake, alligator,crocodile, faux is approved). They go with everything! My favorite pieces include a classic Chanel in black, a vintage Hermès Constance, and fun Tribe bags with tassels and fringe. Always remember the “logo” rule we discussed earlier.

Beach Attire 101

Beach Attire 101

As we all start to shed layers of heavier cashmere and fur, it’s time to start planning for that perfect beach attire. If your anything like me, you went from freezing temps to hitting the sand and 80’s in one day! I take that challenge openly, as I know what awaits me behind those glorious mirrored doors is a selection of kaftans that would rival royals of Ottoman Empire in a rainbow of colors, fabrics and lengths.

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They are the ultimate beach coverup, glamorous pool dress, elegant evening dress- whatever you want to call it, they are my “go-to” for summer.

ImageImageImageThe only accessories you need is a great beach hat for the day (leave ball caps in the tennis bag please), head scarf for evening ( if your daring), bold shades~ give cat eyes a try for a retro look, fun bag, incredible pair of earrings & drama ring for the night! Please don’t forget the sunscreen~ leather skin is OUT!

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If you are not comfy with kaftans than you can always rely on the white linen pant or a white jean legging or shorts. They are also a staple for beach attire and look fab with tunics or a flowing silk blouse. Brands such as Lilly Pulitzer, Trina Turk and Tory Burch offer great selections.

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Image May your journey begin to the perfect beach attire. Spread your wings and be inspired with a kiss of couture! XOXO~ Amy

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Fall for Black and Navy this season

 

If you are wondering color combinations to try this fall, look not further. This season trend for black and navy is headed on a fast track to becoming a classic. Navy is the new neutral.

 

Why do we love navy? It is so easy to mix and add colors to. Think of a peacock in all his glory!

 

 

We are beyond loving the Tempest necklace by Stella & Dot. It’s reversible so if you want a little extra bling flip it!

Daily Dress Up! Why do you do it? by guest blogger Brigitte Stroud

I live in a somewhat small town (at least it FEELS small to me), and people will ask “why are YOU so dressed up?” As if wearing something cute that makes you feel good is a “strange” thing to do! It made me think about the things we wear every day and why we wear them.
The repetiveness got me thinking about dressing up and what that means.  Since when did it become an unusual thing to put effort into what you wear and have fun with fashion? Since when is anyone not wearing sweatpants and a hoodie breaking unwritten social rules? Why should “dressing up” be reserved for special occasions only?
I was inspired to create this list. I firmly believe in “dressing up” every day of your life, and I think you should too!

So why dress up? Here are 25 good reasons.

-Because life’s too short to blend in. Don’t settle for average.
-Because you’re only young once. You’re way more gorgeous than you know & have a fabulous body you’ll one day look back on and wish you had! Take advantage now and show off how fabulous you can be.
– Because fashion is a method of self expression. What are you trying to say?
– Because you never know who you’ll run into. Brad Pitt at the grocery store? Hey, stranger things have happened.
– Because it obviously annoys some people (like the guy who asks why YOU are so dressed up). The fact that it annoys them so much is all the more reason to keep doing it.
– Because you never know, there’s always a chance you could get snapped by some photographer or in the background of a reality show.  (This really happens!)
– Because you deserve to look your best at all times.
– Because you’ll never improve your sense of style if your default look is “I give up”. Yes, that was a Seinfeld reference. But it’s true!
– Because dressing up helps you weed out friends who don’t love you for you. If they have a problem with the way you dress, they’re not the kind of friends you want around.
– Because cute clothes and accessories are a great conversation starter. Wear something fabulous and people will ask you where you got it.
– Because parties aren’t the only time to celebrate.
– Because that fabulous party dress in your closet cost too much to only be worn once.
– Because it’s fun!
– Because even if you live in an “unstylish” city & are scared to dress up, cities don’t become stylish without someone going first. I know it sounds cheesy, but be the change you want to see in the world. Everyone else can follow your fabulous lead.
– Because dressing up helps you make fashion mistakes and get past them. Mistakes happen to everyone and that’s how you learn what not to do – get them out of the way now!
– Because it’s a test of your confidence. Dressing unconventionally forces you to develop the self-assurance necessary to stand out from everyone else.
– Because fashion is one of the rare instances where art comes alive. What artistic statement do you want to make?
– Because if you’ve got it (great style, killer confidence, amazing legs), it’s just wrong not to flaunt it.
– Because someday when you have a 9-5 corporate job and are required to wear business suits, you’re going to miss the freedom of dress you had in college. Experiment now! There’s no better time.
– Because glamour isn’t only reserved for the rich and famous, even though maybe they’d like you to believe it is.
– Because if conspiracy theorists are to be believed, the world might end on 12/31/2012 – that’s only 100 days from now! Even though we all worried about Y2K too, why not be on the safe side? Don’t spend the theoretical 100 days you have left in sweats.
– Because Carrie Bradshaw would not approve of your sweatpants and UGG boots. You can do better than that. And deep down, you know I’m right.
– Because dressing well means you don’t have to do your hair at all – you’ll have that ultra fabulous, slightly disheveled Kate Moss look.
– Because nothing beats the rush you feel when you look in the mirror and LOVE what you see.
– Because you want to. That’s the only reason that matters!

Need help “getting styled”?  Here are some snapshots and some of my very best friends in our “daily dress”!  Come see us at Couture Closets in Spartanburg if you need help getting styled.