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Why I Bought That installment 1

Welcome to my new meme called “Why I Bought That.”

I am all about Shopping on Purpose, meaning saving time, money and frustration by filling your closet with clothes that

  1. fill in the gaps of what you need in your wardrobe
  2. coordinate with what you already own–style-wise as well as color
  3. work for your lifestyle and have a reasonable “cost per wear”
  4. fit within your Dominant Color Category
  5. complement your body type.

Add to that “make you feel good.” No one needs to wear clothes that make them feel uncomfortable or awkward, or that they just don’t look good in. You should love what you see in the mirror!

So, yesterday I spent about an hour in a local Bealls Outlet and came out with two tops. I was on the hunt for pants but none of them worked–pants are tricky for me at 5’9″ and possessing hips.

I thought this top was really cute but I only bought one.

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Blue or black?

 

Before we even go into the color, let’s talk about Why I Bought That (based on the above list).

  • I needed some versatile tops for spring–chevron is on trend and classic at the same time
  • it can be dressed up or down (jeans for the weekend, with a blazer for work)
  • I can layer it with a jacket or cardigan (also making it multi-seasonal)
  • it’s comfortable and easy to wash (cotton/spandex back, poly front)–and a smoking deal at just $12!
  • the colors and pattern work well for me (a Deep DCC)
  • the style is flattering (loose and flowy but not boxy)–and it’s plenty long

Now are you wondering which one I chose?

The BLACK one!

 Why the black?

Mainly because of #2 above: “coordinates with what you already own–style-wise as well as color.” See below?

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  •  I already own black jeans and black Bermuda shorts to wear it with
  • I can wear it more easily with colored jeans or capris like red, turquoise or purple (which I’m on the hunt for)
  • it will go with the accessories I already own like my black shoes, black boots and green purse
  • it will be easy to accessorize with jewelry items I already own

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So there you go.

(I may buy a turquoise bubble necklace to go with it, though–but only if it fits all of the criteria, too!)

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Next time you’re debating about buying something new, just ask yourself: 

  1. Does it fill in the gaps of what I need in my wardrobe?
  2. Does it coordinate with what I already own–style-wise as well as color?
  3. Does it work for my lifestyle and have a reasonable “cost per wear?”
  4. Does it fit within my Dominant Color Category?
  5. Does it complement my body type?

And of course…”do I feel FanTABulous when I wear it?”

I hope this helps you Shop on Purpose. Stay tuned for my next installment!

Is this helpful or inspiring? Leave a comment or hop on over to the FanTABulous Women Facebook page to keep the conversation going.

If you live in the Phoenix valley and need personal shopping services, rates start at $50 per hour! Contact me for more info.

FINAL NOTE: After reading your guesses and reasons on Facebook, I’m thinking about going back to buy the blue one, too!!

Shop on purpose (intro)

If you’re tired of wasting time, energy and MONEY on wardrobe pieces that will end up languishing in your closet, destined for the “donate” pile, read on!

Let’s shop on purpose! 

This is an introduction to a new meme I’ll be doing called “Why I bought that,” where I’ll demonstrate smart shopping habits by

  1. showing you what I bought and
  2. explaining why I bought it.

Look for installment #1 later this week! 

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Wondering why I bought that? I’ll tell you…soon!

 

To kick us off, here are some ways to SHOP ON PURPOSE that I’ll be explaining in more detail in the coming months. 

1. Inventory your wardrobe and shop according to a list of what you need.

You may need camisoles so you can wear your sheer blouses or a white skirt to pair with your denim jacket. Shopping with a list means that what you buy will actually fit into your current wardrobe and compliment the pieces you already own and enjoy.

Check these lists for some guidelines–and start making your list!

12 Wardrobe Must-Haves

12 Other Wardrobe Must-Haves

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2. Embrace a “capsule wardrobe” concept that is focused on a few of your best colors (along with neutrals) that can be mixed and matched.

This is a beautiful example from Capsule Wardrobes using just 15 pieces of clothing!

http://www.capsule-wardrobes.co.uk/spring-sample-capsule/

Spring capsule wardrobe–all the pieces work together.

3. Know your lifestyle–and consider ‘cost per wear.’

How often will you wear a fancy velvet duster (maybe once or twice a year?) vs. a pair of tailored black dress pants? Invest in the pieces you will wear more often and buy your “once-a-year” pieces when they’re on clearance–or borrow them from a friend!

Conversely, if you frequently attend formal evening events, investing in a fabulous cocktail dress makes more sense for you than spending a lot of money on designer jeans.

The more often you wear an item, the more money you can justify spending on it. 

4. Buy pieces that are within your Dominant Color Category.

Don’t know your DCC? Check out my post all about it–with my corresponding Pinterest boards!–here.

Or take Shari Braendel’s Color E-nalysis quiz here.

Knowing your DCC means that you can…

  • buy tops and scarves in your “pop” colors
  • buy bottoms in your best neutrals
  • invest in white vs. cream and black vs. brown with confidence
  • buy shoes, bags and accessories that will work for your coloring and your wardrobe
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I’m a deep DCC.

5. Buy pieces that compliment your body type.

The goal is not necessarily to just draw attention to your best features or downplay your problem areas but to help you look proportionate.

Do you need to create a waistline? Downplay your bust? Extend your leg line? Buying pieces that suit your body type means that you will actually wear what you buy and feel confident wear it! 

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Stay tuned for more, coming soon!

What are your biggest shopping frustrations? Leave a comment here or hop on over to the FanTABulous Women Facebook page to keep the conversation going!

Interested in some personal shopping services from me? Contact me!

 

Why you need to add a feminine touch to your outfits

Girly or not–and whether your everyday wardrobe consists of jeans and tee shirts or office attire–here are some excellent reasons to add a few feminine touches to your wardrobe.

For more ideas, visit my Feminine Details Pinterest board.

  • They play down your problem areas.

Pink fingernails or a pin-tucked blouse puts the attention where you want it. When you’re wearing sparkly earrings, no one is looking at your hips.

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  • They accentuate your best features.

Pretty feet? Shapely legs? Wear fantastic shoes. Nice teeth? Play up your smile with pink or red lipstick.

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  • They jazz up a plain outfit.

Are you comfortable spending your day in jeans and a tee-shirt? Just add a funky headband to add some interest. Are you required to wear business suits to your job at the bank? Add a vintage scarf in a fun print or a unique pin to your lapel. Even if you have to wear a red shirt and khaki pants to work, you’ll feel more “you” if you wear a crystal hair clip or colorful shoes with your uniform.

http://vintagerosewraps.blogspot.com/

Vintage Rose Wraps

  • They’re a conversation starter.

It never fails–when I wear bright colors, bold jewelry or an interesting combination of patterns, people notice me and talk to me more. Unless you prefer to always blend into the crowd, adding some feminine touches will cause you to be perceived as a fun, approachable, interesting person.

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  • They remind you that you’re a girl.

Men haven’t adopted high heels or skirts yet so enjoy how good it feels to wear girly clothes! There’s something about bright lip gloss, jangly bangles or an up-do that just makes you sashay a little more when you walk. Why not celebrate your womanhood??

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  • They’re fun!

And who doesn’t need a little more fun in her life?

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Do you need to add more feminine touches to your outfits? What might you try? Keep the conversation going on the FanTABulous Women Facebook page.

Remember to visit my Feminine Details Pinterest board! And let me know if you’d like to be added as my Pin Pal!

Need help with your wardrobe? Let me help you “get noticed and become unforgettable”–contact me about a wardrobe assessment or personal shopping trip!

Next post: fun feminine touches for every wardrobe.

February Instagram Style Challenge

Welcome to February!

I just discovered Hilary Rushford and Dean Street Society via her Instagram feed and I’m loving her and what she’s about! Check her out and follow her on social media–you’ll be glad you did!

If you’re like me, you would like to mix up your wardrobe a little and breathe new life into your closet. I give you….

Style Me February!

This challenge is fun and encourages you to “shop your closet.”

I don’t plan to be faithful every day but I do plan to give it a shot. The hashtag is #stylemefeb.

Care to join me??

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram (and that I’m following you) so we can check each other out!

I’m already thinking about what lovely pink thing I’ll wear tomorrow….

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Five ways to add some holiday WOW to your outfits

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are both quickly approaching.

If you’re like me, you can’t go out and buy new outfits for all of the upcoming occasions and photo ops BUT you want to look and feel amazing.

So, here are five ways to add some holiday WOW to our outfits. Shop your closet first, or treat yourself to something new–a lot of these items are deeply discounted this time of year!

1. Embellish your neck.

Any outfit or coat looks letter with a little pizzazz close to your face. You can wear your most basic pants and top but when you add a festive, sparkly or colorful scarf, it’s a WOW.

fantabulous women holiday wow scarf plaid denim boots

A festive red and green plaid, polka dots or a scarf in your pop color are good places to start. Not sure what your pop colors are? Discover your Dominant Color Category to find out!

2. Add some bling.

Pile on the bracelets, wear your chandelier earrings and add an extra ring or two–the bigger the better. Drag out your costume or vintage jewelry and even add a pin to your coat lapel while you’re at it.

Carry a sequined or glittery clutch or purse, too. 

And wear your sequined or glittery shoes! It’s hard to overdo it when it’s the holidays.

3. Wear bright lipstick.

Whether red, plum or bright pink, wear a color that will make you feel fabulous. Almost everyone looks good in true red (with no orange undertones). A blue-based red even makes your teeth look whiter!

Tips:

Exfoliate your lips with a warm washcloth or a gentle sugar scrub so dead skin doesn’t sabotage your look.

Remember: when you go with strong lips, keep your eyes and cheeks toned down.

4. Accessorize your ‘do. 

Headbands, flower clips and feathers are “in” right now, so sweep your hair up or to the side and add a little flourish. You can even apply colored gel (pink! purple!) or tinsel! Fun!

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5. Show off your legs.

Wear patterned tights, your highest heels or apply body lotion with glitter in it. You’ll feel flirty and feminine and might even walk a little taller.

Bonus! 6. Wear anything with feminine details, like ruffles or lace. It’s so pretty–and festive. It’s especially fun to mix in fancy with plain, like jeans with a lace top or black velvet pants with a simple tunic.

A few other tips: 

  • Plan your outfits ahead of time and hang them in your closet to avoid digging for stockings or an errant earring at the last minute.
  • Take care of your skin, particularly when the weather is cold or windy. Drink plenty of water and hydrate, especially over night. Remember to take care of your feet, knees and elbows, too.

Need help taming winter skin? Contact me for a facial with a microdermabrasion treatment included! Your skin will thank you!

What can you add to your outfits for some holiday WOW?

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Having worked at a Hallmark store for three years, I distinctly remember the last-minute rush EVERY year in the days leading up to Mother’s Day.

Thankfully, my mom already went through my Mary Kay inventory and chose HER gift–now I just have to wrap it!

Do YOU need some last-minute ideas?

Here are things you can get at almost any corner store and put together for a thoughtful gift.

Toss a ribbon around it or plunk it into a gift bag and you’re good to go! KEYWORD: “pretty!”

An artist’s sketchbook and some colored pencils or watercolors

A blank journal and a pretty pen

A pretty mug and a selection of tea or coffee (or coffee syrups)

A pretty frame

Gourmet cookies or snacks

Flavored vodka. There are so many options now!

A pretty scarf or wrap in her favorite color

Hand lotion and a calming candle for bedtime

Flowers in a pretty pot

Or I can help you out!

I do offer gift certificates and can even send you some verbiage for enclosing in Mom’s card!

Here are some of my offerings that your mom would LOVE!

:: Color analysis and beauty makeover (including going through her current products as well as recommending new ones)

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:: An hour (or more) of my personal shopping services along with a gift card to her favorite store

:: Assistance with setting up an at-home spa experience

:: A closet overhaul and wardrobe assessment

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:: A whole new skin care regimen or a new makeup look (plus the Ten Minute Face Tutorial for applying makeup in a flash)

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Neutral everyday makeup look.

Prices start at just $25 and YES, almost all of my services are available in-person and virtually!

Contact me for more information! (602) 349-1129 or letmerephrasethat(at)gmail.com

I do also have a few impressive Mary Kay items left if you happen to be local. I could even wrap and ship them for you!

The Mary Kay Mint Blossom pedicure set is just $25 and includes the cute bag, foot bath fizzy balls, a pumice, a cute nail file and the AMAZING Mint Blossom Icy Foot Gel. It smells terrific!

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I also have the classic Satin Hands pampering set for $36. Perfect for keeping Mom’s hands soft and smooth!

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I have eye shadow, blush, lipstick and lip gloss, too (from $6.50 to $16)–just tell me about your mom’s coloring and I can recommend the right shades!

I hope this helps and I wish YOU and your family a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Colorful Friday: The perfect turquoise top for your coloring

I tell people all the time that turquoise is a universally flattering color on just about anyone.

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Check out how beautiful EVERY color category looks in turquoise!

LIGHT (go with pale and icy)

fantabulous women turquoise top light

DEEP (deeper and more saturated tones work best)

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CLEAR (the brighter, the better)

fantabulous women clear turquoise top

WARM (a warmer shade is lovely)

antabulous women warm turquoise top

SOFT (a medium tone works beautifully)

fantabulous women soft turquoise top

COOL (pretty when trimmed in black)

fantabulous women cool turquoise top

Not sure of your Dominant Color Category? Check out this post to find yours or take the Color Enalysis on Shari Braendel’s website.

Are you already wearing turquoise or do you need to go shopping??

 

Bras For Warm Weather

The warmer weather is upon is and now it is becoming time again for sundresses, tanks and strapless tops.

Ladies, listen up: no one wants to see your bra straps.

Doing a “layered look” with tanks and camis is OK, but exposed bra straps are not. Just this woman’s opinion.

So…what to do??

For most tanks and sleeveless tops, a T strap bra works well. It keeps your straps from showing and from falling down over your shoulders.

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They’re also called racer back bras and can look like this, too:

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Check this out! You can use these cool clips on a regular bra to MAKE it into a racer back! There’s a clear version available, too. They’re available in the lingerie department of most retail stores, including Target and Walmart.

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Of course, when in doubt, go strapless.

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A convertible bra is also an excellent choice and gives you many options.

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Finally, if you’re investing in a good “speciality bra,” buy it to match your skin tone so you can wear it under white, black and everything in between.

Your bra shouldn’t match your clothes–it should match YOU!

Do you need a new bra to add to your wardrobe for this spring and summer?

Do you have the other 12 Must-Have Wardrobe Pieces?

Does your wardrobe WORK for you?

These items are a definite MUST for having a working wardrobe!

fantabulous women other wardrobe basics

____ A good-fitting bra (with the goal of having three: one to wear, one to “rest” and one in the wash)

____ A shaper suited to your body type

____ A good selection of panties

____ A FanTABulous handbag that shows your personality

____ Flats you wear almost every day

____ Heels or wedges

____ Boots to wear with your jeans or trousers

____ Tennis shoes

____ Hoop earrings

____ A ring for your right hand

____ A watch that reflects your personality

____ Sunglasses

If your hips are wider than your shoulders, remember to add shoulder pads to the list.

PLEASE NOTE: Like most of my content, this list is taken from Shari Braendel’s book “Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad: A Style Guide for Every Woman” right here on Amazon.com.

Happy shopping!

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