Style is…

 

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Style can be very scary. It can be scary to step out of your comfort zone and even scarier to stand out in a crowd. I remember once going to an afterhours networking event/party at a conference. It was a big deal, and a lot of important people would be there. I knew that the typical attire for the women there would be a little black dress. If I wore that, I would be appropriately attired and no one would criticize my outfit.

I went to the department store to shop for a dress, and my choice was between the typical little black dress and this blue-gray dress in a style that was a little unusual. I remember talking with my mother later that week, telling her that I found two dresses. She told me to get the blue-gray dress. It was the one that I really liked.

The day came, and I was nervous about wearing the dress. It might make me look too young or create problems with people taking me seriously. I wore the dress, and it was a hit! The next day at the conference, people were telling me that they loved my dress. One women even mentioned that she was in New York at a party the week before and everyone had on that style of dress.

Oh, yeah – my photo also made it into a magazine. I guess the blue-gray stood out in a sea of black dresses.

Deciding to step up your style can be scary. So maybe you won’t do this on Halloween, but how about stepping up to be a more stylish (and stand-out) version of yourself?

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P.S. Conquer your fear this month with the free webinar From Frumpy to Fabulous in 5 Days on October 23, 2014 5:00 pm PST. Visit www.StyleRescuePlan.com to sign up.

#Dress For Success

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Research and science is finally catching up to what we all know to be true, “Clothes make the wo-man”. True or false, does science, research, and statistics determine your future? Or is your future so bright you need to wear shades (designer shades of course, with matching jacket, purse, and shoes). Answer the poll below:

♥ AJ

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Style Mistake #3

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Want to learn more about style, but don’t have time to read all the books?  Then the No Reading Required Style Book Club is for you. Get all the best tips from the best sellers of style.

This post is from Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner’s book, You are What you Wear: What your clothes reveal about you. Style Mistake #3 – women dress too young which paradoxically ages them. Read my entire book review here.

♥ AJ

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#Compliment of the Day

Compliments are a great way to boost your confidence and so are affirmations. Compliment of the Day combines the best of both worlds. Subscribe to the Blog, Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter to get a regular dose of compliments.

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“You are a great friend”

Use the pre-recorded affirmations so you can brainwash yourself to confidence and healthy self-esteem. Click on the audio bar below to hear the loop of Compliment of the Day or click (or right click) this download link to save to your computer and/or mp3 player.

 

Don’t know how to use affirmations? Click here to go to this informative blog post to learn more.

♥ AJ

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Oh the Place You’ll Go… In Style… With a High Waist Skirt!

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When meeting for drinks, you want to be classy and sexy before morphing into a Real Housewife cast member after your fourth drink that you want to throw on someone for looking at you funny. The high waisted skirt is a great way to appear both classy and sexy and there are so many other places to wear it. Visit me on Pinterest and check out my 5 Ways to Wear It board to learn other ways to wear the high waisted skirt.

♥ AJ

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What to Wear to a Wedding – The Delicate Balance of Pretty, But Not Too Pretty

There are so few occasions that we get to dress up for: weddings, funerals, christening, court dates for speeding tickets (30 mph really does look like 80 mph when you are zipping by at high speeds). However, the wedding is its own unique animal because you have to look pretty, but not too pretty to upstage the bride. At a funeral, they don’t say, “Avoid wearing too much make-up because it will upstage the rosy cheeks brushed onto the corpse!”

Given this delicate balance, what is the appropriate thing to wear to a wedding? Your first clue will come from the invitation itself as the dress attire should be specified on the parchment. Nowadays, few nuptial events are black tie or the even more rare and elusive super formal white tie. For most of us mortals, the dress attire is semi-casual or cocktail.

  • When deciding what to wear to a wedding, a dress is the favorite option. You should opt for something slightly more dressy than a summer dress, even if it is a beach wedding. Again, the idea is not to steal focus from the bride so you want to avoid anything too low-cut, too form fitting, or so short that getting out of a vehicle will give Britney Spears a run for her money.
  • As for color palettes, it’s best to stick to “happier” colors and avoid darker colors such as black, dark brown, dark gray, or navy. If the wedding occurs in the evening, you can usually get away with wearing darker colors. Remember that no bride wants to see someone dressed like the Grim Reaper at her wedding.
  • To make the outfit more dressed up it is good to pair it with shoes that add some height so any high heel will do. For those of you not well practiced in walking in heels, opt for wedges or shorter kitten heels. For beach weddings, you can get a way with wearing dressy sandals.
  • As the evening wears on, you don’t want to just any jacket to throw over your dress as you party the night away with the hot groomsmen. A classy option is to have a scarf or shawl that can wrap around your shoulders in case you get chilled. Follow these guidelines on what to wear to a wedding and you will be the perfect wedding guest. You will be subtly beautiful, but not spotlight beautiful and will not end up “mysteriously absent” from the wedding album commemorating the event.
  • And last but not least, should you wear white to a wedding? Only if the bride is marrying your ex, then it is perfectly appropriate to steal her thunder. You might also want to practice a well-timed cough for when the officiant says, “If anyone objects to this wedding…”

♥ AJ

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#Dress For Success

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Research and science is finally catching up to what we all know to be true, “Clothes make the wo-man”. True or false, does science, research, and statistics determine your future? Or is your future so bright you need to wear shades (designer shades of course, with matching jacket, purse, and shoes). Answer the poll below:

♥ AJ

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It’s buzzworthy! Tune into my YouTube channel!