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Two Fab Camisoles and a Pair of Knickers

by Angie

These items were favourites with my clients in the lingerie section of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. With all three you save by purchasing two or three at a time. Read the rave reviews. 

  • Shimera Two-Way Seamless Tank (2 for $30): This is my new favourite camisole because it's seamless and has built-up shoulders that cover your bra strap. It's made of a nylon spandex which I've felt very comfortable wearing under sheer tops in hot weather. It launders beautifully and does not shrink in the dryer. It looks pristine and polished. And it is sufficiently long for tall gals. I bought two in black and two in white, but my clients went to town with the rest of the colours.
  • Natori 'Bliss' Briefs (3 for $36): A cotton brief with a bit of lace is a slam-dunk for my clients. It stays put and is very comfy. The lace does not show through clothing either. It also launders very well.
  • Yummie By Heather Thomson 'Stephanie' Two Way Shaping Tank (2 for $45): Some of my clients swear by this two-way shaping tank with built-in shaping panel and V-neck. It's made of a genius fabrication that keeps you cool in Summer and warm in Winter. Some might find the panel too girdling though, so consider yourself warned.

I used to wear camisoles with spaghetti straps almost exclusively. Now I’m wearing camisoles with built-up shoulders more frequently because they look neater under sheer tops. And I love to wear sheer tops because I find the effect very pretty. What’s your camisole preference?

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Outstanding Outfit Bloggers

Polished, Petite and On Trend in Texas

by Inge

Dallas-based Kileen Valenzuela (32) is a software developer and proud Mum of a little boy who documents her outfits over at cute & little. Our 5′ tall petite blogger’s style is feminine, dressy and polished. Kileen is a trendy dresser who wears bold, dramatic, and maximal outfits with panache. Heels and jewellery are also part of her daily style. She loves floral prints, likes to pattern mix, and sports bright colours and pastels equally well. 

Kileen Valenzuela - 1

If you need convincing that petite ladies can rock a full midi, then here’s your proof. This ’50s-inspired look with tea-length skirt and heels is delightfully romantic. The pleated skirt is made out of a neoprene-like material that gives it lots of body. Kileen has tucked the top, which exposes the entire skirt from natural waistline to hem. This lengthens the leg line, as do the low-vamped and high-heeled pointy-toe pumps. The semi-sheer blouse with gauzy yoke and bold stripe is eye-catching. I love how our blogger is wearing her long hair up to showcase the funnel neck and translucent shoulder of the top. The rose gold heels are favourites of Kileen that you’ll see pop up again. The subtle metallic pink works beautifully with this colour palette and further amps up the dressy factor. A rose gold watch and structured blush tote finish off the look.

Kileen Valenzuela - 2

Kileen has an excellent eye for colour pairings, and I love how oxblood, blush, khaki, cognac, black and dark denim all come together in this casual Winter outfit. Our blogger is sporting skinny stretch jeans that end at the top of her booties, which elongates the leg line. The black studded front sweater is a fun way to add both shine and a bit of hard edge. It also works great with the tomboy tough vibe of the utility jacket. The drawstring waist creates structure up top. The cowl neck scarf adds cosy warmth, and notice how the light blush draws extra attention to Kileen’s beautiful dark hair. The rose gold-tinted arm party adds girly charm to this maximal tomboy look. 

Kileen Valenzuela - 3

This Summery, subtly alluring lace look has stolen my heart. I adore the soft, feminine vibe, but it’s the mauve — one of my favourite colours — that sealed the deal for me. The crocheted lace is less dressy than ‘real’ lace, but still perfect for our blogger’s polished style persona. The skirt is only partially lined, which creates a playful peekaboo effect. The skin peeking through helps to elongate the leg line on 5′ tall Kileen, while the scalloped hem is flirty fun. The diagonal overlay detailing on the short-sleeved blouse creates further textural interest. The floral-stripe scarf picks up the colours in the outfit. It’s made of a light material that helps keep things breezy. Neutral-coloured footwear and tote allow the rest of the outfit to take centre stage.

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When browsing her blog, you’ll quickly notice that Kileen loves florals. And they love her right back. With a statement dress like this sleeveless fit-and-flare number you don’t need extra bells and whistles to make a statement. The gorgeous oversized daisy print does all the talking. The above-the-knee length showcases Kileen’s fab gams. The black elasticated belt and cage heel sandals add edge to the Modern Classic dress silhouette, which makes for a fun juxtaposition. Solid black footwear might have felt too heavy for this outfit, but the lace-up sandals show plenty of foot skin so the outfit isn’t visually weighed down. I love how Kileen has opted for a bold red bag in a simple, sleek shape. Paired with the eye-catching frock, this creates an even stronger impact. Large floral earrings are a charming nod back to the frock.

Kileen Valenzuela - 5

Dressing down a pencil skirt with a cheeky denim jacket and playful graphic tee is a tried-and-tested formula that never goes out of style. Here, the classic navy and green plaid pattern, and booties worn with bare legs add extra spunk. The tucked tee, the kneecap-length of the skirt, and the waist-length jacket all work together to create flattering proportions. The high-heeled booties have a fun buckle fold-over detail, while the light grey echoes the colour of the T-shirt. Opting for booties instead of sandals also means this casual look can transition into a mild Texas Fall. A black Céline satchel brings strict structure to the outfit, which is a great juxtaposition with the relaxed vibe of the look. A sparkly vintage-inspired crystal necklace and large gold-toned watch are the accessories of choice.

Kileen Valenzuela - 6

Pointy toes, sheer panels, a sporty jacket, and pretty pastels… Kileen is using several of Angie’s 15 Trends for Spring 2014 to create a brilliant outfit. Isn’t she a vision in pink! Wearing distressed skinny jeans in a fluid fit, turns them into relaxed boyfriend jeans. She’s paired a pink chiffon cutout top with the prettiest floral bomber I’ve seen in a long time. Matchy-matchy fabness. Both the delicate organza jacket and the top feature sheer panelling. This makes for a very pretty and ladylike juxtaposition with the boyish denim. Clever accessorizing elevates the style quotient even further. The purple perforated clutch adds bright pep to the pink, red and grey colour palette up top, and Kileen’s favourite rose gold pumps complement the colour scheme beautifully. Our blogger’s ponytail is a fun ’80s throwback that fits the mood of this outfit perfectly.

What do you think of Kileen’s feminine and polished style? Let us know in the comments, and then hop on over to her blog to browse the rest of her outfits. Or find out what inspires our blogger over at Pinterest.

Team Spring or Team Fall Fashion

by Angie

You bat for Team Spring Fashion if you prefer it to Fall Fashion and vice versa. It doesn’t matter how short your season is because it’s all about the kinds of clothes and outfits you enjoy wearing the most. 

Autumn is my favourite season because the breathtakingly beautiful foliage launches me into orbit every year. But when it comes to fashion, I’m no longer sure. In previous years I would have batted for Team Fall Fashion without a shadow of a doubt. But the absolutely brilliant season for Spring 2014 has made it harder for me to choose. I particularly love the colours and crisp fabrications that are offered in Spring collections, as well as the large number of white wardrobe items.

Then again, I love the richness and the cozy textures of Fall collections. Fall jackets, coats and knitwear are a gorgeous weight. They usually drape extra well because they are heavier than Spring items. 

I can’t choose, so I’m sitting this one out on the bench with fresh Thai spring rolls, peanut sauce and a Shirley Temple. Over to you. Do you bat for Team Spring or Team Fall Fashion? Tell us why, no batting for both teams, but feel free to join me on the bench. I have a hunch that Team Fall Fashion will win this race.

Roundups

Spring and Summer Tops

Dressier with business separates or dressed down with jeans.

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Crisp Jackets

Fabulous with trousers for business, or with jeans for smart casual.

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Fluid Tops

Roomy, fluid fits for Spring across a variety of styles.

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Not So Basic Tees

A little extra design detail means stylish sans topper.

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Boyfriend Jeans

Here are my top picks of boyfriend jeans from Nordstrom.

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4 Reasons To Love Boyfriend Jeans

by Angie

Boyfriend jeans have become completely mainstream over the last few years, and are the style of denim on the runway. They are “relaxed”, which means that they are roomier than tailored jeans. Furthermore, you can choose how baggy and slouchy you want them to be. Wear them slim-fit, much like relaxed skinnies or straight legs. Or wear them slouchier and baggier all over. On the slouchy end of the spectrum you’ll need to wear them with a belt. This opens up a whole new world of fun belts and tucking or partially tucking tops, which is another refreshing fashion trend.

I love boyfriend jeans and most of my clients do too. Denim across a variety of washes is most popular, but white is gaining momentum this year. We enjoy wearing boyfriend jeans for four reasons. 

They Are Very Comfortable

This is the most popular reason. A relaxed fit around the legs, hips and waist is more comfortable than a tight one. And these days, wearing comfortable clothing is a higher priority than it used to be. Baggier jeans are also breezier than tight skinnies or straight legs because they’re shorter and looser. This means that wearing them on a warm Summer’s day is an option, whereas tight jeans are out of the question.

They Are Great in Transitional Weather

Boyfriend jeans are great to wear when it’s too cold for shorts, a skirt or a dress, but too warm to wear full length jeans. The rolled hems provide ventilation, while the fabric and length provide sufficient coverage. Plus you can wear boyfriend jeans with booties into Fall and again in the Spring. We often have transitional weather in Seattle, so the style makes perfect sense in this neck of the woods.  

They Are Fashionable

Fluid and oversized, both on the top and bottom, are the fits in fashion. If you enjoy wearing trendy jeans, boyfriend jeans are the way to go. Irregular juxtapositions dominate 2014 fashion, which makes wearing boyfriend jeans with girly pieces like lace and dainty ankle strap footwear a fun combination.

They Provide Denim Variety

If you wear jeans frequently, boyfriend jeans add another silhouette variation to your repertoire. I’ve found that this is especially important for Mum-on-the-Go clients who wear jeans a lot of the time. For a while, there was nothing on offer but skinnies, baby bootcuts and flares. Many have fallen out of love with bootcuts. Flares are harder to wear in our climate because soggy hems are awful. And tight straight legs don’t provide enough of a change to skinnies. Boyfriend jeans do a brilliant job of changing things up.

Furthermore, it may sound counter intuitive, but boyfriend jeans are a fab fit on pear shaped ladies because wearing a belt sorts out the problem of a too large waist. No alteration required, but remember to wear them a little lower on the waist and closer to your hip bones. Plus, there is ample room on the thigh area, which ensures a flattering fit. 

I love boyfriend jeans, and wear them very regularly. They initially piqued my interest as a knee-jerk reaction to the body-con trend. And since a Tomboy gene is very much alive in my style, it was a good fit. Plus, I love the variety and injection of fashion they bring to my denim capsule. I have three pairs of blue and two pairs of white across premium and non-premium brands. Some are slim-fit, more like relaxed skinnies, and others are very slouchy. The blue denim is faded but sans holes. I especially love my white boyfriend jeans because white denim is dressier than faded blue denim. It’s a great option for when I need to look dressier but would prefer to wear jeans.

Over to you. Are you wearing boyfriend jeans? If so, why do you like wearing them? Do the reasons above resonate with you?

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My NAS Top Picks As Visual Collections

by Angie

Last Friday I posted my top picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I love the NAS because it gives me the opportunity to buy a few nice, new season pieces at much lower prices than normal. The sheer amount of product can be hard to navigate, but I have the benefit of spending a week combing through the items with my clients. 

I hope that my lists of top picks help you to navigate the overwhelming number of items that are on sale. After all, the goal of shopping a sale isn’t to buy more items, it is to buy fewer items more intelligently.

This year I used the new collections feature of YLF Finds to keep track of the items. I thought I would share the collections for anyone who would prefer to browse the items visually. Click the collections below to see all the items along with my notes for each item.

Note that if you’re a member, you can also create collections like these to keep track of your outfits, your wardrobe capsules or anything else where you need to group items together. Check out Greg’s post for more information.

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