Fall Color Inspiration

Hey lovely!!

I hope you enjoyed last week’s post about fall colors. To continue the color theme, I am sharing some style boards I created in Polyvore.

 

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Follow the russet orange trend by adding a basic sweater to your jeans,  knee boots & matching bag (or not!) and fun accessories.

 

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Wear a red pear blouse with your black slacks to work. The bright color adds a touch of class as well as warmth.

 

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Why not mix the lovely shades of ceylon yellow and valiant poppy? So elegant!

 

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Or go for full out glam wearing nebulas blue like this sheath dress and statement necklace.

I hope I’ve enticed you to try these bold colors. Let me know how you work them into your own wardrobe in the comments section below.

Happy styling!

Debra💋

Photo sources: All boards were created and belong exclusively to Stylewise by Debra.

FALL Color Guide

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Hello dolls,

As the temps heat up, up, up along with the humidity, my thoughts are drifting towards cooler days. Which  brings my attention to what I will be wearing and what colors will be showing for fall  and winter of 2018. We definately need to know how to work them into our trusty favorites to keep our look fresh.

I always look to Pantone to guide me in my research and as usual I was not disappointed.

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Colors by Pantone

The fall/winter picks are an array of visually appealing colors. They blend well in patterns and prints but can also stand alone.

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What an amazing print!

HOW TO  wearing and or blend new colors into your wardrobe . Choose a solid as your base…such as the bright poppy for fall. Consider pairing it in small doses (say jewelry) or go bold as in a sweater. Now, add another of the fall colors…say an almond buff colored pant.  You may add more color or stop here.  I would add a  scarf in these two colors to wear at my neck. You’ve instantly created a fresh look for fall.

If you are  not quite that daring in your wardrobe, I recommend choosing just one of these colors to add a statement such as ceylon yellow or meerkat colored bag.

 

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ceylon yellow bag

Why not try wearing martini olive as a neutral like this great top from Liligal.com? Wear it with dark washed denim and your favorite brown boots. Add pops of color  via accessories in russet orange and limelight. Very earthy.

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Trendy girls will go wild and add pops of color to their wardrobes like a pair of russet orange slacks. The key here is to pair it with something to tone it down like a graphic tee for hanging out with friends.

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If you like to play around with colors but don’t want to commit to them, a scarf in fall’s colors are always a safe bet. Patterns in paisley, floral, and strips are always spot on.

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How will you incorporate these colors in your wardrobe. Drop a comment below lovelies.

Yours,

Debra

Photo sources: Pinterest & Google search engine

#shop small business

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Hey babes!

Do you shop small? What I mean is do you shop in small businesses. I support many small businesses.

Here are some reasons I support small  businesses.

*Small businesses are often locally owned (giving back to my community makes me feel good) or an online shop.  These folks are entrepreneurs living their dream.

*Small businesses are all about growing their customer base so I know I will get great customer service.  They appreciate their customers and will typically offer special discounts.

*I like finding items that can’t be found in the mall or other stores.  Finding something truly unique or made to order sets me apart from following the crowd.

*Cosmetic and beauty products made in smaller batches means my product won’t spoil before I can finish using it.

*Some small businesses such as vintage clothing and thrift boutiques are popping up all over the internet.  I love them because I believe in reusing what we can and shopping these types of stores helps keep at least a wee bit of fabrics from being tossed into  landfills.

So that being said where DO I shop? I frequent a few of these and a couple are on my radar.

Margarita Bloom

Regina from Margarita Bloom is just the sweetest girl you will ever meet. She represents the brand that manufactures natural beauty products such as soaps,  lotions,  bath salts,  lipsticks,  etc.  She will work with you and personalize your scent.  Go treat yourself and tell her I sent you.

Racked Vintage

My girl friend Janice is the owner/ curator of this vintage wonderland. I seriously can’t look at her shop without swooning.  She’s been in  the business for years and is a true professional.  If you dream of cupcake dresses from the 50s , look no further than Racked Vintage.

Salt Light Company

I recently discovered this shop when I was looking for an organic goat milk lotion for my face.  Oh my goodness! The cream I bought is amazing! I highly recommend giving  this family owned business a try. They produce all their body products from nature.  Jessica is very prompt and cordial and best of all this small business is centered on Christ.

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Robyn is the creative genius behind this gorgeous shop. Each hand crafted piece is truly a work of art. If you want one  of a kind jewelry,  you will certainly not be disappointed.  Wait until you see the selection!!

Hollis Eve Company

Remember this fabulous thrift  company made up of twin sisters that I recently interviewed?! See post Here

They hunt for treasures everywhere and have many platforms to shop from.  From depop to Facebook, you will get your fix of affordable wearables.

The Gilded Girl

This is a local Pittsburgh beauty boutique.  The owner is a dream.  I actually came across her via instagram and quickly started following her. I love that she provides many services such as private parties, a huge assortment of natural beauty products and perfumes,  and personal customer care.

So there are my top picks of small businesses that I choose to support.  Each one is exceeds my expectations and the entrepreneurs are all delightful women.  Please do visit them. And if you have a favorite small business you support , please share in the comments section below.

Love,

Debra

Style Update: Bohemian

Hey dolls!

Over the last year my style has shifted from primarily romantic, girlie clothing to a more bohemian vibe. And I find myself questioning what has brought about this recent change.

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Trying on a beautiful kimono wrap at Marshalls. I love the beautiful colors and pattern. Just lovely.

 

As some of you know, this year I dedicated myself to being more courageous. This includes both spiritually and physically.

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Tried these floral belled pants. Although they fit like a glove, they are quite comfortable!

I believe I am going through a growth spurt. By that I mean I am realizing who I am and what I am capable of and learning to accept what I can not change. This process has given me a newfound freedom and allowed me to embrace a side of myself I kept hidden.

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My first embroidered top. The dusty rose color really complements my fair complection.

So how do I see myself now?  I will forever be a romantic and a dreamer. And I believe my free spirit complements those sides of me quite nicely.

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Embracing my Gypsy Soul.

How about you? Have you also gone through something in your life that changed you to step outside of your comfort zone and embrace a new style?

Have courage to try something new just for you and see how grow.

Love,

Debra

Blooming Dahlia

Hello beautiful!!

Have you ever crafted an inspiration board? Then you know it’s all about gathering items to create a theme. Today I’d like to share some boards inspired by a lovely dusty peach called Blooming Dahlia. The color experts at Pantone named it the Spring color of 2018.

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I love this color because it reminds me of the gentleness of sunset, the beauty of a seashell….it is wistful and warming.

This color looks lovely with cream, dusty rose, mint, teal and turquoise like shown below.

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Fashion follows trend setters like Pantone. The true beauty of this color is that it works well with all skin types.

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This flowing tunic top by Suzanne Betro can be worn from spring through winter. In summer, wear with cropped pants & beaded sandals. In fall, toss it on with jeans and brown booties. For the holidays wear it with winter white slacks, rose gold heels and faux fur. Shop this look here: Zulily

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Blooming Dahlia looks amazing used in accessories too like these delicate leather  earrings by Unruly Earring Bar. Shop here Unruly Earring Bar

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Blooming Dahlia looks lovely in home decor as well. Wouldn’t it be smashing on a focal wall?!

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These frilly curtains add an air of wistfulness to a guest room.

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Dragonflies grace this beautiful area rug by Liora Mann. This would look delightful in a sunroom or on a patio. Order yours here: Rugs Direct

Blooming Dahlia is by far one of my favorite colors.

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Do you like Blooming Dahlia? How would you use this color? Please share in the comments section below.

Love,

Debra

All photos were found online via  Pinterest, Rugs Direct, Unruly Earring Bar and Zulily. The ruffled lily photo is my own.

Messy Hair, Don’t Care

Hello my loves!

For as long as I can remember I have always admired women with curly, wavy or tousled hair. There’s a certain kind of freedom from tossled locks. I suppose that could be my wanna be bohemian coming out in me. There’s a restless spirit inside me that I choose to free by wearing my hair a little tousled.

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I remember as far back as middle school (because this is when I took notice of my own appearance) that I always loved the girl with not so perfectly feathered bangs. My idea of beauty was not exactly like everyone else.

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In the summer I wore my hair long & loose. And even better yet was real beach waves! I felt so glamorous with my mermaid hair flowing down my back after a day splashing in the water.

My inspiration for my look comes from a few key women. Most noticeably Meg Ryan. Who can begin to describe her gorgeous wild hair…

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I remember thinking how cool it was that an adult had messy hair. In reality I don’t think Meg is that much older than me.

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And then is the ravishing Michelle Pfeiffer. Selina Kyle, Catwoman, from the Batman Returns movie, was my girl crush. Those tousled locks were purr-fection. Me-ow!

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Even tamed waves fabulously frame her beautiful face.

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More recently my focus shifted to Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw.  Who didn’t want to be a writer and live fashionably? Always the trend setter, Carrie kept you enthralled with her sense of style,  including her notorious waves.

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Sorry for the chest exposure. Even still, how lovely…

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I choose this look because I want to be uniquely me. Sometimes I feel as though I may be pushing the envelope, but I know who I am and how I see myself. I may work as a receptionist, but I am anything but boring!

Is there someone you admire for their sense of style? Post in the comments below.

All photos were found on Pinterest with the exception of my own.