October 13, 2014

Search and Destroy: How To Declutter Your Closet

Your closet is one of your first stops in the morning and may determine your mood for the rest of the day. Does your closet make you feel overwhelmed? Are you having trouble finding clothing in your closet? Do you feel like you don't have anything to wear but you have a closet filled to the brim? Do you have a sentimental attachment to your clothes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should get started immediately. The beginning of each day will start with confidence rather then frustration. 

Step 1
Allow 2-5 hours. Enlist the help of a friend ONLY if she will actually help motivate, and not be a distraction. Otherwise music is another good option for motivation.

Step 2
Review your wardrobe. If you have not worn clothes for 2 years there is probably a reason. Ask yourself if this item was in a store right now would you buy it. Here is some criteria you should consider. It will help make the evaluation period quicker.

Criteria for eliminating clothes from closet:
a. Doesn't fit
b. Sentimental or evokes memories
c. Piled, stained, faded or ripped
d. You hate the way you look in it
e. No longer your style

Step 3
Have your tools accessible.

Tools needed:
-2 large garbage bags
-masking tape
-fashion magazines
-optional rolling rack
-storage bins, containers, etc. for accessories 

Storage is dedicated for different categories of accessories i.e scarves, shoes, handags, belts, jewelry-necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc.

Step 4
Remove all the clothes from your closet. Label 2 large trash bags. One label Trash (clothes that are ripped, stained, etc). Label the other one Donate (items you don't wear but are in good condition). Your third pile "Keep", can go on an optional rolling rack or on the bed. 

Step 5
Tackle you accessories- organize by item for easy access and viewing.

Step 6
After reviewing clothes, ask yourself two questions. Is there is anything over 2 years old that has not been worn? Does it fit? Are you keeping something that is sentimental or evokes memories? Is it piled, stained, faded or ripped? Do you hate the way you look in it? Is it no longer your style? 

If you answered yes to any of these question you most likely should get rid of those clothes.

Here is more information about styling your closet http://www.stylingsession.com/p/let-me-style-your-closet.html

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October 6, 2014

Universal Tips for Accessorizing

You can have the best outfit on, but it's all in the details, and if those finishing touches are off nothing will look good. Hope these tips will help getting ready go a little smoother.

TIP 1: Make sure your outfit fits your body well. Your clothes should never be too tight or too loose. Having great fit will become your best accessory! 

TIP 2: Get fitted for a bra by a professional. A good bra changes the look of your outfit. Too many women walk around with a bra that is either too tight or too loose without realizing.

TIP 3: There is a fine line between sexy and trashy. Make sure you do not show too much skin. If you are wearing a deep plunge dress, make sure the length is not too short.

TIP 4: Your eyewear is an accessory so be careful if you're adding other accessories above the bust line.

TIP 5: Add a pop of color with neutral clothing. A handbag, scarf, or a pair of shoes will make a great fashion statement.

TIP 6: Don't forget about the jewelry, it can make the biggest statement. Long chains, cuff bracelet, brooches, big rings and big earrings will add the perfect touch if they are current in style. On the same note, if they are dated it could toss you back into an era that you might not want to be in.

TIP 7: If you are not sure if you are over accessorizing, then you probably are. Try taking off the last accessory you put on. People should admire your style not be blinded by it. Coco Chanel once said "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory."

TIP 8: Last but not least, always look in a full length mirror before you leave the house and don't forget a smile could be your best accessory!

September 3, 2014

Let Me Style Your Clothes, Create a Lookbook and shopping list of must haves

Hello My Friends!

 It's here, Yes! Another season. This means it's time to freshen up our homes and rid yourself of the clutter. It is an excellent time to purge your closet of any clothes and accessories that you didn't wear all season and opening the doors to that new you. Sometimes getting rid of clothes is an emotional battle just as much as it is an organizational problem, but with my help you will be inspired.

As you head to your closet to choose today’s outfit, that familiar sinking feeling begins to settle in the pit of your stomach. By the time the door swings open you are in full-blown panic mode. The truth hurts – you have a closet jammed full of clothes but nothing to wear! I can tackle your style challenges with skill, clarity and a sharp eye for editing — saving you time, money, and wardrobe anxiety.

Revive your wardrobe.
Edit, edit, edit – more is NOT always better. We all have a tendency to accumulate clothing but only wear about 15% of the clothes in our closets. Let me help you edit your wardrobe by eliminating items that don’t enhance your looks or self-esteem.
Discover your style.
The first step towards transformation is to stop thinking something is wrong with your body and start recognizing something is wrong with your clothes. I will teach you how to choose clothing that properly fits your shape and highlights your assets.
Be the best you.
Let me help you find your authentic style. I will empower you to use style as a tool to take strategic control of your image.

Unsure of what you need to make over your style? Let's decide together. Email me to set up your free consultation. We will chat about your closet, your clothing, your body, your budget, your work-life, your casual-life and whatever else comes up. Let's get started..

First: I'll style outfits with clothes and accessories you already have, saving you money.

Second: I will let you know what looks dated and should be tossed, given away or consign.We will divide the clothing into three different categories, work, play, and special occasions.

Third: I will make suggestions on what to wear for your body type, improve your image and give you a shopping list for some must haves in your closet. Need me to shop for you or with you; I can do that within any budget! This will be a game changer treat yourself!

Last but not least: Styling Session photographs each outfit that we have created from your closet. This allows you to visualize the kind of outfit you want to wear for each day of the week or special occasion. It's your own personal  "Look Book" that I email directly to you.

This service is available in Westchester County, Putnam County, Fairfield CT and New York City

August 20, 2014

Fashion Week: Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor, known for her feminine, modern, and refined cool designs, was inspired by the work of Parisian street artist Philippe Baudelocque, for her Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The use of dimensional layering of textures and patterns can be seen throughout the collection; playing with the idea of fragile work in an urban environment and the complexity of unexpected pairings of colors, techniques and fabrics.

Key styles this season include rounded coats with sheer cut-work dresses, boxy jackets and lofty sweaters, as well as tailored cropped pants. Matelassé orgaza is applied over technical mesh, as Taylor experiments with dimension, while incorporating metallic glazed jacquards and chain sequence detailing giving an overall feel of modern edge in a controlled way. The collection boasts high-shine metallic, grounded by muted shades of neutrals in shades of gray, blue, lavender and ecru, creating a scene of simplicity and streetwise chic.
On a personal note Rebecca Taylors show was one of my favorites during Fashion Week. The reason for featuring her here is because I can truly envision myself in practically every outfit. Go to www.style.com to see the full show. 

August 4, 2014

Packing Tips

TIP 1: Take pictures of your outfits. This will help you visualize what you will be going to wear and when you you get there it will be easy to put together an outfit. 

TIP 2: Roll your clothes. This helps maximize the space in your luggage and keeps your clothes wrinkle free.

TIP 3: Keep your bathing suit in your carry on just in case your room isn't ready when you arrive at your destination. You can change at any time and enjoy your vacation the second you get there.

TIP 4: Do research prior to your vacation on sunscreens. Use preservative free and organic sunscreens. Make sure to buy these before vacation so your not in a rush and end up buying a sunscreen that is harmful. Just think about yourself baking in the sun with chemicals.

TIP 5: If you will be doing a lot of walking and your getting all dressed up for a night out you may want to put a pair of flip flops or flats in your bag so you don't get blisters from wedges or heels. 

TIP 6: If you are a list maker, make a list of everything you are bringing so you know exactly what to pack. Make sure to save this list for future vacations. This will save time and keep you stress free, in the packing stages now and for the next time. 

TIP 7: Try to stick to three colors at most, this way everything will go together and you can mix and match different pieces. 

July 24, 2014

How To Dress For Your Body Type

The best thing that you can do for yourself is to dress for your body type. Here is the quickest and best fashion advice you'll ever get!

 Inverted Triangle Body Type 

Large bust, waist is not well defined, body shape narrows through the hips and legs.

TIP: The key to dressing for this shape is to define the waist and add volume to the bottom half to add proportion. Look for halter, strapless or sleeveless on top and a-line or full skirts for the bottom. Legs are probably your best asset so show them off!

Pear Shape Body Type

Hips are larger than the bust. Extra weight is usually carried in the thigh area. The waist slopes out to the hips.

TIP:  Add volume to your shoulders and bust to create balance. Ruffles or embellishments on neckline or straps will raw the attention upward. Look for tops that give a waistline - it's probably your best asset.

Oval Shape Body Type 

A large bust, thick waistline and large hips.

TIP: Look for tops that create a waistline and bottoms with a little volume to help proportion the mid section. Empire waist dresses are a good option. It draws attention to the upper body and flows down on the lower half. Look for V-neck and a-line skirts. Your legs are probably your best assets, but don't go too short on length. 

Hourglass Body Type

Curves of this shape is defined by it's smaller waist.  Full hips and thighs and a medium to large bust.

TIP: If you are in this category you want to follow your proportion and maintain balance. Accent your waist by adding a belt. A wrap dress emphasizes your narrow mid section and your curves without making you look vampy. Feel free to play with skirt lengths. Your wast and your legs are probably your best asset. 

Straight Body Type

Bust and hips are basically the same size. The waist is slightly smaller. 

TIP: The key is to create definition. Prints, design details i.e ruching, wide collars, fabrics with a sheen, and embellishments will all add the illusion of volume. Look for form fitting clothing. Belts are your friends!

Feel free to contact me with any questions at stylingsession@gmail.com or leave a comment below! 

July 7, 2014

Party Planning With David Tutera

 I have been a fan of David Tutera since the year 2000 when I was lucky enough to attend an all out New Years Eve party at a beautiful home in Bedford, N.Y. I really didn't know what to expect but I knew that it would be amazing from the information provided on the invitation! It was spectacular, a perfect balance of decadence decor (literally a transformation), 80's entertainment (flown in from Vegas), and off the charts food! Once you top it off with the chic friends, dancing and great New Years vibes the evening was nothing short of orchestrated perfection! A few years ago, I included David  in a Weddings Magazine article and was curious to see what he was up to now...
What's your newest venture? 
I am so, so excited for the premiere of my newest show, "David Tutera's CELEBrations," which will take viewers behind the scenes with my team and I planning over-the-top events for my Hollywood clients--Make sure you tune in on Friday, August 1 at 9pm|8pm C on WeTV.

For an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming season, check out WeTV.com <http://WeTV.com>  or

What's the newest trends in Weddings? 

One of the biggest trends we've seen recently is this focus on nature and organic elements. I love the look of mixing natural elements with more elegant settings, or vice versa. For example, a stunning and formal ballroom is softened by incorporating centerpieces made up mostly of wildflowers accented with lots of greenery and branches. This trend is also making its way into fashion, with softer more feminine fabrics, and food, with locally sourced farm-to-table menus. Pale lavender, soft peach, and mint green will be the next colors incorporated into these organic feeling weddings, rather than the grassy green and ivory we've been seeing.

What is your favorite type of party to plan? 

I love planning all types of parties, but I think I'd have to say that my favorite is a wedding! It's the most important day in the couple's life and there are so many special moments and elements to focus on getting just right. I also love incorporating the bride's and groom's personalities into every aspect to truly make it an individualized and unique experience. 

What kind of parties do you throw when you entertain in your home? 

This greatly depends on the occasion! If it's something big, like my daughter's 1st Birthday, I like for the environment of the party to reflect the importance of the occasion. We went all out for her 'Cielo in One-derland' bash, with themed characters, custom chair backs, and an overabundance of huge balloons and beach balls creating a whimsical feeling! If I'm planning a small dinner party with friends, it's all about the little details. I'll focus just on beautiful place cards, a unique and thoughtful menu that coordinates with the event, and special favors for each of my guests.

What advice would you give someone to save money on decor for throwing a

If you're looking to save money on your event, DIY'ing some of your decor elements is the best way to go about it. My Down the Aisle in Style craft collections have some great tools and products to help you do this! By creating a custom banner, hanging paper lanterns from the ceiling, and embellishing simple candle holders and frames with rhinestones or pearls,

you can quickly, easily, and inexpensively make a big impact. Fortunately for the bride on a budget, DIY is really "in" right now! 

What is the most important hostess rules for throwing a party?  

The most important thing to remember when hosting a party is to make sure that the focus stays on the comfort and happiness of your guests. You should be cognizant of this when considering when and where your party will take place, planning your menu, and choosing decor and seating. This may mean remembering to provide shawls or blankets for an outdoor event that will run into the evening or offering a vegetarian meal option no matter how big or small the menu. The success of an event is always measured by how much your guests enjoyed themselves!

What are some great hostess gifts? 

I always like to give hostess gifts that are really unique to the person or event. Instead of just bringing a bottle of wine to dinner, I'll also include a wedge of cheese that is a perfect pairing and a beautiful cheese board and knife. If I'm going to be an overnight guest, I love to bring a basket full of bagels and a variety of specialty cream cheese and butter for the next morning. One of my other favorite hostess gifts to bring is designer dish soap, fancy rubber gloves, and a unique pair of dish towels. A hostess gift should be all about making your hostess' job easier, whether during or after the party!

Is it still fashionable to do old traditions (throwing the garter, the
bouquet) ? 

I don't believe in things being "fashionable" or not. Incorporating traditions like the bouquet or garter toss into your wedding reception can be a fun addition, but if it doesn't feel like "you" then don't think twice about skipping it! 

You're in a party planning business, how do you feel about going to parties.
Do you like attending them? 

I like going to parties and seeing what other people have come up with. It's also nice to be able to step out of my normal role of planner and be a guest sometimes. I got into this industry because I love a good celebration, whether or not I planned it!

What is your favorite venue to throw a party in NYC? 

There are so many venues in NYC, it's hard to pick just one! I recently did a stunning wedding at the iconic Plaza Hotel, and it's definitely high on my list. The classic ambiance lends itself perfectly to an over-the-top and romantic event that your guests will never forget. Depending on your wedding day style, the type of event, and your budget, there are many different ways you could go.