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I am still in the process of putting all of my products and services under one umbrella but in the meantime, I am NOT taking on any new writing or consulting clients, which leaves me more time for YOU, my FanTABulous Women community!

I would LOVE to spend time with you talking about color, image and style! We can even go shopping together! OR, I can come help you in your closet!

YES, I can provide most of my services virtually, too! Contact me for more information.

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My rates start at just $50 for an hour together when you come to my home office or we meet up in the east Phoenix valley. I can even do an “‘All About Me Day’ Head to Toe Makeover” package deal starting at just $499! Treat yourself or someone you love.

I look forward to meeting with you! And remember, I offer group events and workshops, too, starting at just $10 per person. Contact me for more info!

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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.

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!

On Becoming A Personal Shopper

I am also a writer and editor in my other life and one of my favorite projects is bio rewrites. I hear it time and time again: “I can’t write about myself!”

I tell them, “Let ME help you look good! It’s so much easier when you do it for someone else!”

So it is with shopping. Let ME choose items FOR you, saving you the time and hassle of choosing them for yourself. Trust me–it’s SO much easier!

Now that I’m doing image consulting full time, I want to build the Personal Shopping aspect.

It already happened, and quite by accident.

I needed to add a few pieces to my wardrobe for spring and summer so I went shopping last night and took my haul over to my mom’s this morning so I could look through her jewelry to borrow some things for a few special occasions that are coming up.

She had to unfortunately attend a funeral later today, so she asked about borrowing something to wear.

She tried on this top and we accessorized it. {yes, that’s my monkey son in the background}

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By the time she dropped by later to show me the complete look, she was handing me the money for it. “I want it. You can borrow it.”

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Although I’ve done it unofficially for people many times over the years, this was the first time I got paid for it.

Mom loved having a new top to wear in a color and style that was flattering for her (plus the help with accessorizing it!)–and she didn’t have to lift a finger! How cool is that?!?

I can’t wait to help other women, too.

Are you next?? Contact me today to set up your Personal Shopping experience, starting at just $50 per hour.

 

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