Trending Now: Snakeskin

I have to admit that at first I was not on board with this trend. I just couldn’t picture myself wearing snakeskin printed clothing. Not that there is anything wrong with it. I am just not that bold.

Instead I started to find more subtle ways to wear this trend. One of my favorite ways to try something I’m not sure I’m going to “love” is via accessories.

There are so many fun ways to incorporate this print into your wardrobe. Think belts, shoes, jewelry, or a scarf.

I found some great pieces in my hunt that I’m excited to share with you like these booties. These are the Howwi bootie I spotted on DSW.com. A great walking shoe at an affordable price point of $49.99.

Howwi bootie

I love handbags! It’s one of the easiest ways to show the world your style. Whether it’s big or small, your bag should represent who you are.

This little crossbody bag is near perfect. Don’t you agree? Classy and playful all rolled into one trendy bag. I spied this little beauty on Target’s website for $21.99!!!

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This last piece I want to share is a wrap bracelet that I found on one of my favorite shopping sites…Amazon! You can’t go wrong with the price at $7.99.

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Wrap bracelet

Now that you have an idea of some ways to add snakeskin into your own wardrobe, you may be wondering how to style it.

I’ve got you covered girl! This style board is just one way you can add snakeskin into your own outfits. How will you try this trend for fall?

Love it? ✔️ Hate it?✔️ Leave me your thoughts in the comments section. And remember to Style Pretty!

💋 Debra

The Return of Flared Jeans

Flared jeans return this fall. I know some of you are squealing with delight while others are shrieking with terror. I’m kind of in the middle.

You don’t have to look like a hippie in flared denim unless that’s the look you are going for. Then by all means, do it with style!

The trick here is fit. That’s right ladies. Try on several different brands because every size 10 is not designed the same way.

The first thing to think about in fit is the waist. Choose a comfortable waistline.

Next is the leg. The leg of your denim should skim the top of your shoe. I know magazines feature glossies of women wearing jeans draping the floor, but do yourself a favor and keep it real. No one wants to wind up in the emergency room.

Style tip: The best look is a snug fit from the thigh to the bottom of your knee.

Width of the flare is also a factor in the fit. A narrow flare looks more natural than a huge bell.

Because flared jeans come into vogue every 10 years or so I wouldn’t invest a huge amount of money in a pair.

Dark denim always looks more professional. Choose a dark pair to wear to work with a patterned top and blazer or long cardigan.

A lighter wash is fun for weekend wear. Grab your favorite denim, add a comfy tee shirt and hooped earrings.

Stores like Old Navy and Target offer affordable clothing. You could even try a second hand store! It’s good for the environment and your wallet!

Style Tip: When buying jeans, make sure to take along a pair of heels with you as well as what you are already wearing. This gives you more options for length and how you plan to wear your flared jeans.

Fashion is for fun. But dress well to impress.

Style pretty!!!

💋 Debra

Photo credits: Pinterest and Shop Look style boards created by Stylewise by Debra

Living Coral…

Previously in the winter of 2018, the color authorities at Pantone announced Living Coral as the color of 2019.

So what’s so special about this vibrant shade of orange? One only needs to look at this bold color to feel energized. It brings a certain lightness with it.

Those at the Color Institute said of Living Coral that it symbolizes

our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Those who know me know what an optimist I am and so I am embracing this beautiful color.

This color may seem intimidating to some, but I believe this warm color will look lovely on all skin types.

Below are some style boards I created to give you some inspiration when choosing Living Coral.

For the Trend Setter . If you are long legged and short waisted, this is a look for you. Think Victoria Beckham. A column of color keeps the eye moving & creates a long silhouette. I chose to pair it with golden yellow accessories.

For the Romantic… I repeated the above color combination. A petite would look stunning in this feminine peplum blouse with bowed & sleeves. Add a swinging pair of shorts & chunky heeled sandals to the mix. Because the top is the showpiece, keep your accessories to a minimum.

If coral is too shocking for you, I would suggest trying it in small doses to see if it’s right for you. The make up industry has really embraced this color featuring new eyeshadow pallets, lipsticks and nail lacquers.

You may also wish to try it in your accessories…a pretty printed scarf, a fun bag, or beaded jewelry. The choice is yours.

What do you think about Living Coral? Would you try it and if so how? Please leave a comment below to share your thoughts.

Style pretty!!

Debra💋

 

Photo credits: Pinterest

Style Boards: Stylewise by Debra on Combyne

Other Sources: Pantone

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💋

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.

Cozy Home Decor Ideas

Hello lovely!!

I hope you are experiencing some warmer weather and are able to get outside to enjoy it. If not, maybe this post will inspire you to do a litle cozy decorating in your home while you wait for the weather to break.

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Rain giving you the blues? Add a a bit of floral to your room via pictures,  fabrics, or accessories. It’s like being in a beautiful garden.

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Mirrors and light colors reflect light. No matter it’s a dreary day. Light some candles to add just right amount of cozy.

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Handpainted furniture in bold colors and patterns add so much cheerfulness to an otherwise neutral background.

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I absolutely LOVE this idea for a tiny home. Instead of a sofa, why not add a pop of color using three coordinating chairs? So unexpected and cozy.

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You can extend your living space by using your porch as another room, just like Grandma used, by adding toss pillows and your favorite objects d’art to welcome guests.

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Soft lighting can be obtained by carefully placing a few lanterns and tea lights atop mantles or tables.

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Did you know the more plants you have in your home, the cleaner your air you breath is? Add a few easy to care for varieties, such as succulents, to your home.

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Fairy lights twinkle like stars in the heavens when strung above your bedding. Perfect for summer’s splendor.

I hope you enjoyed this quick guide to decorating. Have a favorite budget friendly decoarting idea? Leave your comments below & be featured in an upcoming decor post!

Happy decorating,

Debra

 

Photo source: Pinterest

Thrift Like a Pro

Hello loves!!

I am not a clothing snob. I don’t intentionally look for designer brands when shopping because, let’s be honest, I can’t afford them. I hunt for bargains when I shop. I enjoy quality clothing as well as accessories. Since my divorce and a big move a few years ago I have learned to hone my shopping skills and stretch my money. This is a good thing because I was quite the “mall rat” before.

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This 100% wool cardigan by Cynthia Rowley is a staple piece in my wardrobe. My multi colored scarf, also thrifted, was a  gift.

There are so many reasons to buy pre-owned items. It is good for the environment.  Less waste because you are saving an item from a landfill. You can find one of a kind items like a handmade skirt.  An item has history… think of that beaded bag you found from the 60s! It’s an inexpensive way to try a trend and you won’t feel guilty if it’s not really “you”. It’s an inexpensive way to shop, especially for college students or new moms.

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Thrited cordurouy jacket and American Eagle jeans.

Here are some tips on how you can shop like a pro when going thrifting.  The first thing I learned it to relax. Don’t go out planning to find a particular item because it can be much like a treasure hunt. You may or may not find that special item so be patient.

Do have an idea of what you already have at home. If you have a collection of jeans, you probably don’t need another pair. Think of what is lacking in your wardrobe.

Shop more than one section. I am small so I search the womens and the juniors racks. Grab some items you wouldn’t ordinarily choose such as a trendy pant or blouse. You may find a new love!

Try everything on. Don’t think just because it is marked the size you normally wear that it’s going to fit.  I can’t tell you how many times I have found the cutest top, but when I tried it on it was not cared for properly and was either stretched or shrunken.  (Do not let this discourage you. I take a TON of stuff in the dressing room for this very reason)

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I love this lilac cashmere sweater. It’s so warm  and I like dressing it up with different scarves from my collection.

Once you’ve tried your items on and decided what you love, check them  over. Are there any stains or holes? Are there buttons missing ? If so, can you either fix it or live with it the way it is?

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The red boho shirt above is a perfect example of an item that was not well cared for. I hadn’t checked it thoroughly and completely missed a few small holes on the bottom. Thankfully they are unnoticeable!

I don’t always shop with a friend, but if you do and you are unsure of the fit of an item it is good to have someone there who will give you an honest evaluation.

Lastly, BEFORE you get to the sales wrap, look at the items you chose once more. Sometimes you will discover you already have a simular item at home. This is where you can weed out what  don’t really need or were still deciding on.

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A stripped  Anne Taylor LOFT top with bow. Perfect with black slacks or jeans or cropped pants.

Now you are ready to thrift like a pro!! If you have any questions or tips of your own, please leave a comment below. Happy hunting!!

Love,

Debra 

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