So thankful…

Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean one should forget all of the blessings in their life.

I’m so thankful this year because I was able to actually step outside of my comfort zone and I opened my own Poshmark shop. You can visit my shop @ debra_stylewise on the app. I haven’t made much money there as I have bought more than I’ve sold (Lol!) . But I am thrilled that I took a chance. Remember my word for the year…courage?…

I am also really excited that I have made some new friends. And I even began a new career in my 50s. Wow!! I’ve also been more dedicated to my yoga practice and that has made me more confident and healthier. That’s a LOT to be thankful for.

So what about you? What are you thankful for? Please let me know in the comment section below.

One last thing I am thankful for are my readers. You all are so lovely and I appreciate you taking time out of your day to read my posts. Thank you.

Much affection,

Debra💋

Chic Fall Outfits

Hey loves!

Sorry I was away for such a very long time. You know how sometimes you have a mental block and before you know it time has completely gotten away from you? Well…That’s me. Lol!

Because I was having a mental block, I headed over to my favorite place to find inspiration, Pinterest. There I found some truly amazing outfits to help you look chic while staying cozy this fall. Without further ado…

 

The Bardot sweater may never go out of style. Wear it with jeans and boots for a casual afternoon jaunt to the library. What’s better than a cozy evening in with a good book or movie?

 

Neutrals can go miles in your wardrobe! Although this nicely layered outfit is made up of neutrals, there is a good mix of textures and  whisper pink which helps keep it interesting.  Quick tip: Always wear your sunnies in the fall and winter when the sun is closest to the earth.

 

A bright fall colored sweater adds pizzazz to basic denim. I like the long tunic style sweaters worn over skinny jeans. Slip on a pair of  flat heeled boots and a fun scarf and it’s casual weekend wear.

 

Teal is so perfect for any time of the year. This rich tone that marries well with the many shades brown. I like the whimsy of the  peacock feather earrings and plaid scarf  in this set.

 

Remember that chambray shirt you couldn’t get enough of? It gets new life when worn under a sweater. An unexpected statement necklace in place of a scarf keeps this outfit fresh. *Note the animal print flats*

 

Loving this nature inspired look. I love long hikes through the woods, especially this time of the year when the leaves are turning their gorgeous colors and softly crunching underfoot. You can take that feeling along with you by pairing a colorful sweater, jeans and a pair of hiking style boots.

 

Flannels are still hot. Layer them over tees and tanks to keep you cozy. Add skinny jeans with boot socks and leave your shirt untucked or wear high waisted jeans and tie up your flannel.

 

Lastly, a light sweater in a rich tone worn with jeans, an animal print coat and simple jewelry. So chic!!

There are so many great sets on Pinterest to give you inspiration on how to style your own wardrobe. All of these came from Pinterest and I claim no ownership to them. I will share some of my own style boards in a future post.

Which look is your favorite? Leave me a comment below.

Happy Fall!

Debra💋

Favorite Things

Hello lovelies!!!

Do you remember that song from The Sound of Music 🎶 These Are a Few of my Favorite Things🎵?

Well that inspired this post. I figured it was about time I shared a bit of my favorite things. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to share some of your favorite things as well. With that said, let’s get started…

I am an avid reader. But I think you already know that about me. I adore mysteries especially Diane Vallere’s fashionable mystery series (there are many!!) And novels by Sarah Jio, Lisa Wingate, Karen Kingsbury and Michelle Moran to name a few.

I also enjoy crochet. I taught myself to crochet using a child’s book from the library. Lol! My current passion in crochet is the mandala that has become ever so popular. I haven’t hooked one…yet…

I love nature & taking long walks or hikes in the woods (especially in the crisp fall air). It is one of my happy places and where I feel close to God because He created the earth & all of the creatures in it.

Another one of my favorite places is near water. If I can hear it, my heart is content. A rippling brook or waves crashing. It soothes my soul.

I also enjoy my yoga practice. It is wonderful for flexibility, relieving stress, & getting in touch with your body. It also boosts your self confidence. I practice daily with Sarah Beth Yoga. I have learned how to shut out the noise of life and how to let go of negativity during my practices. It helps me feel well rounded as a person.

I also have some activities I would like to learn such as swing dancing, macrame, how to grow healthy succulents, and glamping with my girl friends.

I hope you enjoyed my little post. What are some of your favorite things? Please share in the comment section below.

Love,

Debra💋

These Boots…

Hey love!

Did the weather finally change where you live? The BEST part of fall to me is pulling on a pair of boots. I just adore wearing boots. There are trendy boots and then there are the good old classics. I lean more towards a classic boot that I can wear season after season. Because really, who has money to waste? Boots are an investment piece.

 

 

When shopping for boots, shop smart!  Keep these things in mind.

*They must meet your budget. Whether you shop Neiman Marcus or Marshalls, know your limit. If you feel uncomfortable with the price, chances are they will collect dust in  your closet.

*Don’t buy cheaply made boots. Trust me! You can spot these right off. Cheap hardware, poor stitching, and certain fabrics just scream low quality.

*Look for a boot that fits well. No pinching of the toes or lifting in the heels when you walk. Is it too tight or too loose in the calf?  Think about how you will be wearing them. With boot socks, tights or nylons. All of these factor in the fit of your boot.

*Chose a comfortable heel. Especially important if you will be standing in them all day. Take them for a test drive through the aisle.  Remember this is an investment piece and you will be wearing your boots frequently from fall until spring. Choose wisely.

*And lastly, the style of the boot should mesh with your current wardrobe. This goes without saying. However  I know I am not the only female out there that has spied a boot or shoe that was so stunning but would clearly not fit my style.

 

My Favorites

This year there are a couple of boot styles on my radar. The classic calf or knee length boot (forever a favorite in footwear) and the new classic, the bootie. I feel these two styles are the most versatile.

The Calf or Knee Length Boot

If you are investing in a boot, this is the one. Unlike the thigh high boots favored in recent years, calf length or knee high boots can be worn with any pant style, from boot cuffs to skinny jeans. Toss them on with a dress or with slacks and a cardigan for work. Dressed up or down, they finish a look.

The Bootie

The bootie is quickly becoming a classic. I think women really started to embrace them when the Chelsea made it’s debut. The bootie has been seen both on the runway as well as on the street featuring  kitten or chunky heels as well as flat. So there is a bootie for every occasion.

Booties can be worn many ways. Pair them with skinny pants and a tee shirt for a casual look. Wear them dresses and skirts for dressy occasions.  And with shorts and a flowy cardigan for an edgy look.

 

 

This year’s color choices for boots run the gambit. There are animal prints, plaids, the neutrals and of course the colors of the season. Whatever you favor you are sure to look amazing!

Which boot would you choose? Leave your recommendations in the comments section below.

Style pretty loves!!

Debra

 

Photo Source: Pinterest, Stylewise by Debra

 

Inside Chanel

Hello lovely,

Today was a holiday here in the US so this morning I lounged in bed catching up on some of my favorite you tubers.

I feel especially inspired by Inside Chanel. It was a quick video about the iconic jacket that was immediately embraced by the public upon it’s release.

Chanel was definately WAY ahead of her time and designed clothing that women could actually move in. What a visionary! No wonder the public, no… the world, flocked to her unrestrictive frocks.

Just take a look Inside Chanel…The Jacket

A Chanel jacket is one piece I would definately invest in. Or perhaps a good copy.

How about you? As always leave your comments below.

Love,

Debra

The Timeless Dior

Hey doll!!

Have you ever noticed how some designers become overnight success stories then seem to fade out of the spotlight? Kinda like those one hit wonders from the 80s.

One name in fashion has stood the test of time. No matter the original creative genious of Christian Dior or the latest  couturiers. The designs of the house of Dior remain rooted in the Dior tradition.

During the war years resources were scarce. There were limitations on food items and gas,  as well as fabrics and trims for clothing. Even silk stickings were rationed. Women “made due” by refashioning their clothing and drawing  lines up the back of their calves in place of stockings.

All this changed one Victory was declared. Dior saw this as a way to reward women who had been working men’s jobs in factories while their sweethearts and husbands fought the war. Excessive yards of fabric were used and The New Look was born. Gone were the days of rationing.  This new look would highlight a woman’s assets. Busts and waistlines were accentuated.

Classic Dior

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The New Look of post World War II

 

The original Dior was something of a mystery. A brilliant designer who was surprisingly shy. Perhaps so, but he sure knew how to dress a lady.

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How could one feel anything but feminine in one of his beautiful confections?

How could one feel anything but feminine in one of his beautiful confections?

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A gown from the 1960s.

 

Women were well dressed and elegance reigned in each of Dior’s classic beauties.

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So much love went into each of this pieces like this sleek dress (above) from the 40’s with an unexpected, draped waistline. This silhouette just proves that a “lady” can still be sexy.

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Layer upon layer of frothy fabrics wrap a petite waistline.

 

A Look Into the Future

No one can deny the wow factor that John Galliano brought to Dior. It’s as if he channeled the great designer himself to bring Dior’s glamorous style to the modern woman.

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A voluminous gown in cream and gold with subtle shots of black. Trè elegant!

When John Galliano resided as head designer in the House of Dior, he brought many unexpected surprises.

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But one thing remained, a desire to create beautiful clothes women would adore.

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This gown is superb! I can almost imagine how dreamy it would feel on. It is one of my favorites. I love the cowl neckline on a dress.

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The artist, John Galliano, posing with one of his tributes to Christian Dior.

 

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The First Queen 

The first female designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, now reigns in the House. Stepping right up to the challenge,  she has proved that a woman can do Dior.

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A design from a collection made especially for the Japanese.

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Dior will ways be embellished in embroidery, petals, and all things delicate.  It is just the way of couture.

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Elegance will never go out of style and neither will Dior.

So tell me, do you love Dior? Or perhaps you favor another designer… Let’s hear your voice by leaving me a comment below.

Love,

Debra💋

Photo credits: Pinterest

Fall nails featuring Essie

Hey dolls!

This weekend I went school clothes shopping with my niece and sister. Wow! I forgot how hard that was. But we had fun. Which brings me to my next point. Back to school means Fall. Do you remember the smell of the first day of school? That crisp earthy smell? Close your eyes & take it in.

I love fall.  It takes second place in my favorite seasons. The colors, sights and smells. Not to mention wearing snuggly clothes. Scarves are my favorite fall/winter accessory.

Since we’ve been featuring all things fall as of late, I wanted to share some dazzling nail polishes with you to help inspire your fall wardrobe.

 

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So excited with the fall collection from Essie. This collection is dedicated to New York City. I think you will find these colors quite exciting as well as wearable.

 

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Say It Ain’t Soho. It’s a rich shimmery orange. Just like the lovely leaves of fall. I love this one. To me a good orange polish makes a fall wardrobe pop.

 

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It Takes a West Village. A dusty rose that blends well with Pantones colors.  Imagine this color with Red Pear or Crocus Petal.

 

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Stop, Drop, & Shop. If I could choose only one color to add to my nail polishes, it would be this beautiful mulberry red.

 

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Fall For NYC.  A bright yellow which is reminiscent of the speedy taxis in the city. Beep beep!

 

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Empire State of Mind. A shimmery metallic grey that mimics the magnificent buildings of New York City.

 

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Booties on Broadway. A super shade of deep blue. It reminds me of the night sky.

All of these polishes are available at Ulta

Photo credits: The Trendy Nail and Elite Daily. Follow their blogs!

Special thanks to Essie for giving us a safer alternative in nail polishes.

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.

PearlAndIvyHandmade

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