Bridgette Raes Style Expert http://bridgetteraes.com Style Transformation, Wardrobe Consultation, Image Renewal Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:06:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://i2.wp.com/bridgetteraes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cropped-B-3.png?fit=32%2C32 Bridgette Raes Style Expert http://bridgetteraes.com 32 32 82929315 Cold Weather Accessories to Create Stylish Winter Looks http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/12/12/cold-weather-accessories-to-create-stylish-winter-looks/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/12/12/cold-weather-accessories-to-create-stylish-winter-looks/#comments Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:06:44 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18533 For the most part, my clients all fall into a similar category.  Most are professional women living a life that you can probably relate to.  So imagine how thrown course I was when I worked with a client who lives in a rural part of Scotland, notorious for its inclement …

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For the most part, my clients all fall into a similar category.  Most are professional women living a life that you can probably relate to.  So imagine how thrown course I was when I worked with a client who lives in a rural part of Scotland, notorious for its inclement weather, and works on a salmon farm.  Because of this, being warm is priority number one.  It gets so cold that she often buys clothing too large so she can wear multiple layers.

With function clearly trumping style, this client and I spoke at length about ways she can infuse some of her personality and style into her cold (more like severely freezing) weather wardrobe.   While we discussed some clothing options, one thing I said to her was, “If I were you, I’d start playing with fun cold weather accessories options.”  Clearly, she needs to think about hats, gloves and scarves, why not make them interesting and something she loves to wear?

Few of us can relate to the lifestyle this client lives.  However, the longer we spoke, the more I realized I can relate to her.  Living in New York in the winter isn’t much different, style-wise not temperature-wise, than my client.  It may not get nearly as cold or inclement as it does where she lives, but New Yorkers spend a lot of time outdoors walking around and the need for cold weather accessories is pretty great.

Being a knitter I’m obsessed with all the hats that are so trendy right now.  I have knit a bunch of hats, scarves and mittens this year and if I had more than two hands and didn’t take on a bunch of other more complicated projects I’d be knitting more.  I seriously examine hats I see people wearing and think about how I can make them myself.

Here are just a few I knit this year.  Some I can’t show because they are going to be holiday gifts.

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A beret I knit for myself. A hot pink cable beanie I knit for my hairstylist. A hat and mittens set I knit for my best friend’s son. A yellow chunky cowl I knit for myself. A hat and cowl I knit for my nephew.
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Hat and owl mittens I knit for my owl obsessed niece. A beret and mittens for my niece. A cowl for my mom. A scarf for my husband.

Anyway, back to cold weather accessories that you can actually purchase in a store because I know not everyone has the time or inclination to knit, after recommending that my client start playing with wearing some fun hat, gloves and scarves combos, I decided to put some fun combinations together for inspiration.  Instead of shopping for some predictable sets or boring colors, check out what I created.

Cold weather accessories combo #1

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Not all hats, scarves and gloves need to be knit. I love a beret as clearly evidenced by the one I knit for myself.

Hat: Lauren Ralph Lauren, Scarf: Steve Madden, Gloves: Fratelli Orsini

Cold weather accessories combo #2

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If color combining isn’t your thing use the color combos found in one of the pieces like I did here.

Hat: Pistil, Scarf: Madewell, Gloves: Fratelli Orsini

Cold weather accessories combo #3

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Hat: Spyder, Mittens: San Diego Hat Company, Scarf: Betsey Johnson

Cold weather accessories combo #4

cold weather accessoriesHat: Bp. Nordstrom, Gloves: Hestra, Scarf: BCBGMaxAzria

Cold weather accessories combo #5

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Hat: Free People, Gloves: Kate Spade, Scarf: Bp. Nordstrom

Cold weather accessories combo #6

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Hat: Burton, Gloves: Hestra, Scarf: Bp. Nordstrom

Cold weather accessories combo #7

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Hat: Spyder, Gloves: Rag & Bone, Scarf: NYC Underground

Cold weather accessories combo #8

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Hat: North Face, Gloves: Fratelli Orsini, Scarf: Smartwool

Cold weather accessories combo #9

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Hat: Burton, Gloves: BYOS, Scarf: Bp. Nordstrom

Cold weather accessories combo #10

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Hat: Coal the Winters, Mittens: Bula, Scarf: Rebecca Minkoff

Cold weather accessories combo #11

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Hat: Pistil, Gloves: Hestra, Scarf: North Face

Cold weather accessories combo #12

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Hat: Topshop, Gloves: Lauren Ralph Lauren, Scarf: Bp. Nordstrom

Cold weather accessories combo #13

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Hat: Spyder, Gloves: Echo Design, Scarf: BCBGeneration

Cold weather accessories combo #14

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Hat: Burton, Gloves: Fratelli Orsini, Scarf: Toria Rose

Cold weather accessories combo #15

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Hat: North Face, Gloves: Hestra, Scarf: Bp. Nordstrom

Cold weather accessories combo #16

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Hat: MICHAEL MIchael Kors, Gloves: Echo, Scarf: Vince Camuto

Cold weather accessories combo #17

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Hat: BULA, Gloves: UGG, Scarf: North Face

Cold weather accessories combo #18

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Hat: San Diego Hat Company, Gloves: UGG, Scarf: Bp. Nordstrom

Cold weather accessories combo #19

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Hat: Burton, Gloves: Rebecca Minkoff, Scarf: Bindya

Cold weather accessories combo #20

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Earmuffs: Bp. Nordstrom, Gloves: Lauren Ralph Lauren, Neckwarmer: Echo Design

Don’t forget, hats, gloves and scarves make excellent gift ideas!  If you have some last minute shopping to do, consider giving some of these ideas as gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

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What to Wear with Gold Shoes http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/12/11/what-to-wear-with-gold-shoes/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/12/11/what-to-wear-with-gold-shoes/#comments Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:10:42 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18523 Today’s post about gold shoes is a reminder to me that I need to get blog topic ideas from my readers.  Because of my background and what I do for a living, I take for granted what I consider to be common knowledge or is a well covered topic that …

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Today’s post about gold shoes is a reminder to me that I need to get blog topic ideas from my readers.  Because of my background and what I do for a living, I take for granted what I consider to be common knowledge or is a well covered topic that doesn’t require a post dedicated to it.  In the case of what to wear with gold shoes, no disrespect to the person who requested a post about this,  I figured everyone knew they went with everything.

What to Wear with Gold Shoes

It is no exaggeration when I say that you can wear gold shoes with everything.  I learned this a very long time ago while shopping at Zara.  I bought these impossibly cute sparkly ballerina flats in gold and soon found that they not only worked with everything in my wardrobe but added the perfect amount pop to my more basic looks.  I learned that metallic shoes were like the fun shoe shades of the neutral world.  This began my love affair with gold flats, sandals, after-five heels, and more.  My Tieks are gold, I have a pair of Cole Haan metallic silver loafers (pictured below), I have owned my fair share of gold summer sandals and usually wear metallic strappy heels and pumps with formal looks.

From reading my blog, many readers have told me that the addition of metallic shoes to their wardrobes have made a huge impact.  However, if you are new to adding these shiny shades to your closet, at the request of a blog reader, I am giving you more tips on what to wear with gold shoes.

Outfit #1

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This pair of gold block heeled loafers from Kenneth Cole is the style bought by this blog reader and what inspired this post.  They are similar to the famous Gucci Marmont loafer at a fraction of the price.  This loafer style has been so popular this fall and when I saw the style I immediately thought about how these shoes could make a simple and elegant outfit look chic without going over the top.

I styled the gold shoes with a pair of skinny jeans, a tuxedo style white button down from Lauren Ralph Lauren, red bag from Lodis, oval hoop earrings from Nordstrom and chain link bracelet from Stella & Dot.

The next time your outfit feels too basic, try a pair of gold shoes to take the look from flat to fab with little effort.

Outfit #2

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Gold shoes have this amazing ability to work nicely with warm neutrals, like olive, shades of brown, taupe, tan, camel, and so on.  The gold harmonizes while popping the outfit simultaneously.  I love the way these gold flats from Sam Edelman richly work with the warm red pants from BOSS Hugo Boss and so elegantly flatter the cardigan and tank from Nic +Zoe.  I finished the look with a pendant from Gorjana and taupe handbag from Sole Society.

Outfit #3

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Gold pumps can work for daytime if the gold isn’t too shiny or evening looking.  However, gold shoes that are more evening appropriate can easily take a daytime dress from day to evening.  Having a pair of basic gold evening pumps or strappy heels can be a cost effective and quick way to go from desk to dinner.

For daytime, I used these more brushed gold pumps from Linea Paolo with a red dress from L.K. Bennett.  I finished the look with a navy bag from Furla and a pair of earrings from Lagos.

Final thoughts on gold shoes

  • Gold shoes go with everything.  Prefer silver?  No problem.  Silver shoes go with everything too.
  • Avoid too much foot coverage.  While gold flats, pumps, sneakers, sandals and loafers can be lovely in gold, gold boots can be a bit much.  Less is more when it comes to metallic shoes.
  • Like metallic handbags too?  A gold bag and gold shoes can be a bit much.  Pick one unless it is for evening.
  • Consider silhouette.  Gold shoes in classy chic styles can look very sophisticated.  Gold shoes can also be tacky in styles that are too racy.
  • See gold shoes as neutral shoes.  Try them with every color and notice how quickly they become your go-to style.

Shop for gold shoes

Ready to shop for gold shoes?  Check out these additional styles.

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Friday’s Fab Find: Lovebud Puff Puff Past Eye Cream http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/12/08/lovebud-puff-puff-past-eye-cream/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/12/08/lovebud-puff-puff-past-eye-cream/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:14:36 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18517 “The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter.” Greek Philosopher Cicero For every woman her eyes or more accurately the skin around it, says a lot about her. Not all of it good. The first place you show age is your eyes, which is a shame …

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“The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter.” Greek Philosopher Cicero

For every woman her eyes or more accurately the skin around it, says a lot about her. Not all of it good. The first place you show age is your eyes, which is a shame since due to eye makeup we spend a lot of time pulling, scrubbing and rubbing them.

One thing that make you look years older instantly is when you wake up with puffy eyes, either due to a salt heavy meal, too much wine or simply not enough sleep.

I know models who keep spoons in their freezer so if they wake up with puffy eyes they can use the cold metal to reduce the swelling. I’ve tried it. It works but it’s not comfortable.

Lovebud Puff Puff Past Eye Cream

But here at Bridgette Raes we are all about SOLUTIONS! I was gifted a bottle of Lovebud Puff Puff Past Eye Cream (website here.) I wasn’t expecting much.  I was wrong. One Saturday morning, after a Friday night that went too late, I tried it. I was ‘depuffed’ in a matter of minutes. When allergy season hit I began to apply it at night. Not only does this rich cream prevent eye wrinkles, but early morning bags as well. The Puff Puff Past Eye Cream combines natural oils, such as hemp CBD extract, hemp seed oil, arnica oil, green tea seed oil and meadowfoam seed oil to instantly promote healthy, youthful looking skin.

Lovebud products are handcrafted using high-quality and, whenever possible, natural plant-based ingredients.   The items are always made with hemp oil. Hemp oil is a superfood for your skin, as it is high in Vitamins A, C and E as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids. The oil also contains powerful plant sterols that work as antioxidants and skin conditioning agents. When the oil is used as part of your skincare regimen, these superstar anti-aging benefits are absorbed by your skin.

Need more incentive to try Lovebud Puff Puff Past Eye Cream? Lovebud products are Leaping Bunny and PETA approved as a vegan and cruelty-free brand.

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Holiday Office Party Outfit Ideas http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/12/05/holiday-office-party-outfit-ideas/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/12/05/holiday-office-party-outfit-ideas/#comments Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:37:25 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18508 I have been self-employed for 15 years.  I haven’t attended a holiday office party since then.  If I did, it would be me and my two cats.  Not exactly a fun time.  I do remember attending plenty of parties in the past.  They definitely had a different flavor than the …

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I have been self-employed for 15 years.  I haven’t attended a holiday office party since then.  If I did, it would be me and my two cats.  Not exactly a fun time.  I do remember attending plenty of parties in the past.  They definitely had a different flavor than the parties I have attended with friends and family.  Friendships may be built with co-workers, but at the end of the day it’s still a work environment and certain behaviors and dressing rules should be observed.  In today’s post I am giving you some tips and outfit ideas on when attending a holiday office party.

Holiday Office Party Outfit Ideas

Keep it workplace appropriate

The drinks may be flowing and everyone may have their guards down, but a holiday office party is not the time to abandon appropriate workplace dress.  A well built workplace reputation can be torn to shreds with one inappropriate outfit.  Avoid low cut pieces, too much sheerness and showing skin, skirts and dresses that are too short or pieces that convey the wrong message.  It may be a party, but it’s a work party.  When trying on potential pieces to wear to these events, bend and sit down to make sure you can’t see down the neckline or that the skirt isn’t too short.  Halter tops are a big no, as are midriffs, too much lace or anything that would require a backless bra.

Keep it time-of-day appropriate

Decades ago when I was in high school, the senior classes would attend a holiday luncheon event.  It was a lovely party held at a banquet hall.  When it was time for my senior class to attend our event, I vividly remember my parents and the parents of my classmates trying to explain to us that we were attending a luncheon, not an evening event.  Of course, teenagers never listen to their parents and I remember many of my classmates showing up to wearing glitzy, almost-prom-like dresses for a party held at noon.

Looking back over 20 years ago, who cares how we dressed.  We were all young and it didn’t really matter.  But it does sort of matter when you are a grown adult showing up to a holiday office party dressed for the wrong time of day.  If you are attending a daytime office party, wearing a bunch of glitter and rhinestones will not only look wrong but may come across as unprofessional or that you’re not smart enough to know any better.  Conversely, dressing too casually for a more upscale holiday office party also runs the risk of also looking out of place, that you don’t care and can come across as disrespectful.

To give you some ideas for appropriate holiday office party outfits for different types of events, I have put some looks together below to help you figure out what to wear to your upcoming event.

Outfit #1- For an professional evening event

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If your workplace requires that you dress professionally, often requiring suits or suited looks, erring on the side of caution and dressing equally professional for an evening holiday office party event is smart.  Just like you wouldn’t bare your arms at work, baring too much of your arms is not the best route to take.  The same goes for how much skin you bare in general.  The best rule of thumb is to follow the same rules for your holiday office party outfit as you would for your office attire.

This doesn’t mean you can’t look classy, stylish or chic.  In the outfit above, I styled this red dress from BOSS Hugo Boss for an evening holiday office party.  Instead of blinging out the dress, I adding evening components sparingly using these pumps from Badgley Mischka and sparkly necklace from Banana Republic.  I finished the look with a black Sondra Roberts bag that can hang off the shoulder so you can keep your hands free while mingling.  With the right accessories, this dress could also easily be worn to work.

Outfit #2- For a business casual event

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Some offices don’t host an holiday office party off-site and, instead, shut down work early and starting the party right in the workplace.  If your workplace is business casual, there is no reason to overly do the look you choose to wear that day.  First, you will be working throughout the day, making more formal looks not only uncomfortable but inappropriate.  Second, there will be no reason to change your outfit if the party is happening during office hours.  Instead, adding a bit of holiday cheer to your business causal work look is the way to go.  You can do that with a fun holiday sweater, some accessories, a festive pair of shoes or a layering piece.

In the outfit above, I used a velvet blazer from Theory to make this very basic work outfit look party and work appropriate at the same time.  I simply layered it over a black column of a black surplice top from Ralph Lauren and a pair of black pants from Reiss.  I finished the look with black kitten heel booties from Sam Edelman, a black bag from Coach and a tassel necklace from Cara.

Outfit #3- For a daytime holiday party

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My husband started working at a new company this year.  Next week he’ll be attending his holiday office party and it’s a little different.  In addition to being a real estate company, the company also owns a country club and will be bussing all the employees during the day to a daytime holiday party at the club.  For my husband, he’ll just wear a suit but the female employees will have a different scenario on their hands.

While it is a holiday party, it will also be during the day which makes wearing anything too formal or glitzy not workable.  However, their regular work clothes probably aren’t up to snuff.  Thankfully, no spouses are invited, but if they were, I’d go the route like the outfit above and choose a dress that is festive but has no bells and whistles, isn’t too embellished and couldn’t be worn for an evening event.  Someone could technically get away with wearing this dress to work while also being able to wear it to a party.  The dress also remains work appropriate in that it isn’t too exposed or too short.

I styled the green BCBG dress with a pair of over-the-knee black boots from Stuart Weitzman and finished the look with a black clutch and decorative earrings from Stella & Dot.

Whatever you choose to wear to your holiday office party just remember that festive is okay as long as it is appropriate.  Don’t wear anything that could potentially mar your reputation or question the good standing you have with your co-workers.  You can dress stylishly and modestly at the same time, and with these tips you’ll be able to.

 

 

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Festive Holiday Looks for Casual, Dressy and Formal http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/12/04/festive-holiday-looks-for-casual-dressy-and-formal/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/12/04/festive-holiday-looks-for-casual-dressy-and-formal/#comments Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:31:10 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18499 Everyone celebrates the holidays differently.  Some people attend glitzy events while others prefer to keep it quieter or more intimate.  No matter what your holiday plans may be, you can create festive holiday looks that will match the occasion. Festive Holiday Looks for Casual, Dressy and Formal I have put …

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Everyone celebrates the holidays differently.  Some people attend glitzy events while others prefer to keep it quieter or more intimate.  No matter what your holiday plans may be, you can create festive holiday looks that will match the occasion.

Festive Holiday Looks for Casual, Dressy and Formal

I have put three different festive holiday looks looks together that vary in level of dressiness.  I’ll be starting with a super casual look and finish with an outfit that is more formal.  In addition check out some easy tips on how to put  these types of looks together on your own.

Look #1

festive holiday looks

You don’t have to have any dressy events coming up for the to dress in a festive way. With sequin and velvet being very popular this season, there are plenty of ways to do this.

You can start with a more daytime piece that subtle glimmer, like I did with this sequin t-shirt from J. Crew.  Next, velvet typically has a holiday feel even when its not in a holiday shade like the pair of red velvet skinny jeans I used.  The jeans silhouette gives these pants a more daytime, casual look that makes the velvet look more laid back.  Over the t-shirt I added this slouchy grey cardigan from Halogen, used these gold flats from Corso Como and finished the look with a basic grey bag from Coach and sparkly earrings from Bauble Bar.

When making casual looks more festive, choose more casual silhouettes and add small touches of sparkle.

Look #2

festive holiday looks

This is a dressy look that can be worn to a semi-formal event or even a work holiday party.  If you look the silhouettes on their own, they’re actually pretty basic and somewhat conservative.  It’s the eyelash fringe on the skirt and the accessorizing components that makes the outfit look more festive and holiday-inspired.

I styled the Banana Republic skirt with an asymmetrical top from Reiss.  I finished the outfit with laced d’orsay pumps in burgundy from Bella Vita, a sparkly clutch from Jordy, fringe statement necklace from Stella & Dot and crystal cuff from Nadri.

You don’t necessarily need an entirely new outfit to create a holiday look.  A few accessories or one key piece can make an outfit you already own look festive.

Look #3

festive holiday looks

If you have a dressier holiday event planned this season, unless you have something in your closet, it’s time to get something to wear.  Even if you have multiple formal parties to attend, having one dress is usually enough, particularly if you’ll be seeing different people.  If you shop basic enough, you can also wear one dress for several years just by changing it up.

Getting the most from one dress doesn’t mean it has to be black.  Even a dress like the one I used from L.K. Bennett can be styled multiple ways despite the fact that it is covered with gold sequins.  For this look, I styled it with a pair of nude pumps from Stuart Weitzman, a green clutch from Tory Burch and tassel chandelier earrings from Rebecca Minkoff.  However, you can style this dress with any color.   A pair of burgundy pumps would look amazing with this dress, a blank faux mink wrap would also work, and so on.  Formal festive holiday looks aren’t as limited as you might think.  Once you buy the dress play with different accessories to create different outfits.

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Friday’s Fab Find: Giraffe Razor Extension Handle http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/12/01/fridays-fab-find-giraffe-razor-extension-handle/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/12/01/fridays-fab-find-giraffe-razor-extension-handle/#comments Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:46:41 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18495 I still remember in a speech class in junior high where the assignment was to do a demonstration. One boy ‘shaved’ another boy’s face while giving advice on how to get a clean shave and avoid nicks. It’s easy to avoid nicks when don’t put a blade in your razor. …

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I still remember in a speech class in junior high where the assignment was to do a demonstration. One boy ‘shaved’ another boy’s face while giving advice on how to get a clean shave and avoid nicks. It’s easy to avoid nicks when don’t put a blade in your razor.

Personally, I thought the guys seemed like wimps. Even when guys do use a blade they still put on 3 inches of shaving cream then very slowly taking teeny tiny strokes. Amateurs. Have you ever seen a woman shave her legs? On a wet slippery surface, we hold a razor and take foot long strokes we can barely see with a thin veneer of soap lather while balancing on one leg. It’s not safe.

It became worse when I went to college. No tub. Just a narrow stall. I was forced to contort myself into pretzels just to reach my calves. I gave up after I gashed my ankle.

Giraffe Razor Extension Handle

It’s kind of amazing that it took this long for someone to come up with a solution. Introducing the Giraffe Razor Extension Handle.  Website here.

Giraffe Razor Extension Handle was originally intended for women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters. But it became clear all types of women were looking for a product when for a variety of medical and physical reasons shaving with a short handled razor becomes difficult.

The solution to this problem resulted in the invention of the Giraffe Razor Extension Handle, a personal grooming assistant that customizes the length and angle of your premium disposable or reusable razor handle. The telescoping handle adds 15-20 inches in length, and the articulating head rotates to a 30°, 45° or 90°-degree angle maximizing your reach, therefore, eliminating bending at the waist and overextending yourself while shaving your legs. These features also decrease the risk of falling when shaving in the shower by helping you to keep both feet firmly on the ground and putting an end to the balancing act known as “shower yoga”!

To help improve the functionality of the Giraffe, the ergonomic handle has quick connect and release buttons as well as a wrist lanyard. Another design consideration to help keep the cost down for the consumer are the universal razor adapters; they accommodate the most popular men’s and women’s disposable and reusable razors on the market today which means you may already have a razor that you are using which is compatible with the Giraffe.

Ready to try it for yourself? We are giving away a Giraffe Razor Extension Handle! Just leave a comment and say why you want one and you could win!

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Deck the Halls In Your…Christmas Family Pajamas? http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/11/29/christmas-family-pajamas-fam-jams/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/11/29/christmas-family-pajamas-fam-jams/#comments Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:53:14 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18466 Move over Ugly Christmas Sweaters, there is a new holiday fashion trend in town.  Family Pajamas, or #FamJams, is the new trend in holiday fashion fun, and, I have to say, in terms of good, innocuous silliness, it’s totally adorable.  Taken too seriously, or without any irony, it risks being …

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Move over Ugly Christmas Sweaters, there is a new holiday fashion trend in town.  Family Pajamas, or #FamJams, is the new trend in holiday fashion fun, and, I have to say, in terms of good, innocuous silliness, it’s totally adorable.  Taken too seriously, or without any irony, it risks being a little too “family togetherness dorky” because, let’s face it, any family that plans coordinating outfits is the family on the block you wonder about.  As a tongue-in-cheek family photo op, I say go for it.  I’d display your Christmas card if you sent me one.

The roots of Christmas family pajamas

We can credit, or blame (depending how you see them), the Holderness Family’s uber-popular, 17 million times viewed, Xmas Jammies viral You Tube video as the spark for this trend.  And, like most trends, will now only fade out after it has been beaten into the ground.  Adding fuel to the fire, retailers have jumped on the bandwagon by packaging their pajamas in collections so families not in possession of any creativity can get in on the fun without much effort.  Take a look at the end of the post to shop for some Christmas family pajama collections…because, admit it, you know you want to.

Jumping on Instagram, I selected a few families who are doing it right.  Take a look at these photos for some inspiration.  And if you do plan on sending out some holiday greetings in Christmas family pajamas be sure to put me on your holiday card list!

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This family may look like they were carved out of cream cheese, but I do applaud their sense of humor.

 

Tied up in Christmas lights!  Hilarious.

 

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Proving that family means something different to everyone.

 

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Nobody looks silly in Christmas pajamas when they have an adorable baby in their hands.  This dad rocks.

 

Kudos to this family for actually wearing their family pajamas outside.  We all know this dad couldn’t have been on board with this.

 

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This shot is great.  I love that it’s not traditional but still captures family.

 

If it was a decision between wearing holiday pajamas or being precariously hung from the ceiling to get the photo, this dad chose the ceiling.  But, really, it’s fabulous.

 

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Any family that considers their pet part of the family is okay in my book.

 

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I love all these photos but some of them look a little too staged.  This one, however, looks just like a real family putting on their fam jams on to watch a movie and eat some popcorn.

 

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I’d look like this dad too if I were raising two small boys.  This photo perfectly captures the saying, the days are long but the years are short.  I’m sure they’ll all look back at this photo with fond memories…one day.

 

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Family pajamas don’t necessarily have to match.  I like the way this family is coordinated versus being matchy-matchy.

Shop for Christmas Family Pajamas

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I’ll get you my pretties…and your little dog too.  Collection available at Kohl’s.

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May the holidays be with you.  Collection available at Kohl’s.

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Even the dog gets a matching bed and chew toy.  Collection available at Target.

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Nothing puts you more into the holiday spirit than dressing like human candy canes.  Collection available at Target.

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A store that proudly shows diversity in what families look like gets my money.  Collection available at Target.

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I looked at this photo and all I could think of was the cowbell skit from SNL.  I guess some families believe you can never have too much elf either.  I’m just not sure I’d want to know these families.  Collection available at Target.

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You don’t need to wait for kidlets to break out the Christmas family pajamas.  You do, however, need to wrangle the dog into the outfit.  Collection available at Macy’s.

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These sets come WITH the red noses.  I’m not kidding.  Shop the collection at Macy’s.

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Okay, now it’s gone too far.  Once hoods and plush get involved a line has been crossed.  Collection available at JCPenney.

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Oh my dear Jews, you didn’t think you were getting out of this.  Did you?  Oy to the world, my friends, OY to the freaking world.  Shop collection at JCPenney.

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: My Stylish Holiday Gift Picks http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/11/27/holiday-gift-guide-stylish-holiday-gift-picks/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/11/27/holiday-gift-guide-stylish-holiday-gift-picks/#comments Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:22:07 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18460 It’s that time of year again.  The holidays are here.  It’s amazing how fast it comes, isn’t it?  Summer ends, and boom, Christmas music.  I’m certainly not complaining, the holidays can be a magical time.  But, they can also be a time full of frenzy that proves shopping, decorating and …

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It’s that time of year again.  The holidays are here.  It’s amazing how fast it comes, isn’t it?  Summer ends, and boom, Christmas music.  I’m certainly not complaining, the holidays can be a magical time.  But, they can also be a time full of frenzy that proves shopping, decorating and celebrating can actually be quite tiring.

Knowing you likely have a lot of shopping to do, I have put together my holiday gift guide with stylish picks.  Peruse through by category.  I hope it lessens the burden of figuring what to give this season.

Holiday Gift Guide: My Stylish Holiday Gift Picks

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Empowering gifts

This is probably my favorite category of gifts.  Once we get through the holiday season the new year will be upon us and it is a time that many start thinking about goals and growing.  This is also a particularly important time that we as women need to band together and support one another.  I have earmarked a few of these gifts to give to my special nieces and other women in my life.

Cozy Gifts

Maybe it’s because I live in a colder climate, or maybe it’s because I got a horrible cold over Thanksgiving, but all I can think about during the holiday season is being cozy.  Nobody will turn down a gift that is soft, comfortable and comforting, like these suggestions.

Accessorizing Gifts

Buying clothing as gifts can be tricky.  Unless you know someone’s size it’s hard to figure out.  Seriously, ask my husband what size I wear and you won’t get an answer.  It can be easier to stick with sizes XS-L if you do buy clothes.  And forget pants unless they are stretchy leggings.  An easier solution is to stick with accessories.  You can pick up something nice for the accessory lover while not mucking up sizing.

Intimates and Loungewear Gifts

When I was a kid, Christmas wasn’t over until I got new pajamas from my grandparents.  Nowadays, I don’t wear pajamas, per se, but I do love some cozy loungewear.  With winter and short days ahead, loungewear can make a great gift, as can some intimates.  Just be careful with more intimate gifts.  Only give when it is appropriate, i.e. an workplace gift is not one of those appropriate times.

Workplace Gifts

Speaking of workplace gifts.  Chances are you have a career-minded gal in your life or someone who is just starting out with a new job.  I have some selections to check out.  There might also be a gift swap at your office you have to shop for.  You don’t have to buy career-oriented items for an office party, but remember to shop for gifts that are appropriate for the workplace, aren’t too personal, wouldn’t embarrass your co-workers and stay within the set budget established.

Health and Wellness Gifts

Health and fitness gifts can be perfect for those who have an already established workout routine or who has shown interest in starting one.  These types of gifts, however, aren’t always the best idea for those who haven’t.  It can be potentially insulting and can cause hurt feelings to someone who might question the intent.  Here are some gift ideas for the right recipient.

Home Gifts

Often, it is easier and less personal to purchase gifts for someone’s home.  If you’re out of ideas of what to give, consider purchasing something stylish for the home that fits the taste of your recipient.

Tech  Gifts

I love techy things, particularly when it makes my life easier or cooler.  For the tech loving person in your life, I have selected some tech gifts that are also lovely to look at.  You may not have the budget to buy the newest gadget but there are plenty of cool tech accessories at reasonable price points.

Beauty Gifts

Another easy gift idea is to give beauty gifts.  Everyone loves nice lotions and soaps, you can create your own gift baskets and use them as stocking stuffers.  Loading up on some inexpensive beauty gifts can also be helpful when you want to return the sentiment to someone you weren’t expecting to give you a gift does.

Hostess Gifts

Do you have a few holiday parties to attend this season?  While a bottle of wine can be a fine gift to give your host or hostess, you won’t be the only one with that idea.  Here are some alternatives to consider.

Often the biggest burden of holiday gift shopping is just figuring out what to get each person in your life.  I hope this gift guide helps you navigate the stores this season.

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How to Look Stylish During a Clothing Buying Hiatus http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/11/21/clothing-buying-hiatus/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/11/21/clothing-buying-hiatus/#comments Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:35:48 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18455 Lately, I have heard a lot of women tell me they have put them self on a clothing buying hiatus.  As I have come to understand this, this type of a hiatus is the decision to not buy any clothing or clothing related items for a certain period of time.  …

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Lately, I have heard a lot of women tell me they have put them self on a clothing buying hiatus.  As I have come to understand this, this type of a hiatus is the decision to not buy any clothing or clothing related items for a certain period of time.  The reason for this is because a woman has found they have way more than they need in their closet and want to work with what they have instead of buying more.  It makes a lot of sense.

With the end result hopefully to be in a better place with their wardrobe than worse, it’s important that the time used during a clothing buying hiatus be productive.  If you are on or are thinking about a hiatus for yourself here are some tips.

How to Look Stylish During a Clothing Buying Hiatus

This is not punishment

All women, to some degree, are perfectionists.  I think being one is just encoded in our DNAs.  We strive for perfection and seem to get down on ourselves when we don’t reach it.  It can be a horrible state of mine to live in if it gets too extreme.

If you have put yourself on a clothing buying hiatus, clearly it’s because you feel like you’ve gone too far in the wrong direction and need to pull back, reassess and make use of what you have.  While some mistakes might have gotten you into the position, it’s not punishment worthy.

Punishing yourself puts you in a state of mind that isn’t productive.  In fact, you should be praising yourself for your efforts to correct what you might have done wrong in the past.  Look at this time positively and approach this time in this headspace.

Purge

It may seem to be counterintuitive to get rid of things when you are on a clothing shopping hiatus, but it will actually be quite helpful.  First of all, clearly you have too much.  A little clarity will go a long way.  Second, my guess is you’re not wearing all that you own.  Having a lot but nothing to wear is a common affliction.

You aren’t just doing this hiatus to restrict yourself, you want to actually learn something during this time.  Getting rid of what you aren’t wearing will help you focus on what you are and will make the time of shopping again more successful.

If you aren’t sure where to start with your purge, start by noticing what you wear and what you don’t.  Keep track of this by keeping a list or marking your hangers.  Notice how often you wear what you do and what you keep going back to.  If it is helpful, you can wait until the end of your purge after you have tracked things what you didn’t wear.

Make outfits

The outfit sessions with my clients are so key in helping a client get more with their wardrobes.   A clothing buying hiatus is the perfect time to take advantage of this.  How I work with clients during these sessions is I start with one piece and assemble about four to five outfits.  I then take photos of these outfits so clients can remember what we put together.  You can check out some of these sessions in these posts.

What also makes these outfit sessions helpful is that you will be able to spot deliberate holes in your wardrobe which you can write down and shop for once the hiatus is over.  You’ll probably be more than ready to hit the stores once the ban has lifted and being ready with a list of things you actually need will be helpful.

Tailor

Recently, a client told me how often she wore a piece once she got it tailored to fit her body shape better.  If you have neglecting getting things tailored a clothing shopping hiatus is the perfect time to take some inventory.

Some items can be taken to your local dry cleaning tailor but other pieces might need more expertise.  If you ordered things online you can still take them to the retailer where they were purchased if they offer tailoring.  Another client of mine purchased a blazer online from Nordstrom and brought it to the store to get tailoring done.  A lot of women don’t realize they can do this.

Reflect

Use the time during your clothing shopping hiatus to figure out why you needed to put yourself on a fast in the first place.  Again, this is not a time to punish yourself, but to productively understand why you accumulated so much.  Did you use shopping as an emotional crutch?  Did you go through a difficult time?  Has you life changed and your wardrobe didn’t change with it?  Can you never leave a store without buying something?  Do you buy things simply because they were on sale?  These are just a few of reasons why  you accumulated too much.  What are your reasons?

Consider hosting a switch party

While you may not be able to get to the stores, a work around to acquiring new things, and also getting rid of what you don’t, is to consider hosting a switch or swap party.  This isn’t about being sneaky or manipulating the promise you made to yourself, but to test the waters of shopping without spending a dime.  A good point in the process to do this is after you have purged, made outfits and reflected on why you needed a put yourself on a fast on the first place.  Going into a swap party is no different than shopping, you don’t want to come home with things you don’t need, even if it was free.

Clothing shopping hiatuses can be a helpful time to pull back and reflect and to learn how to move forward instead of feeling restrictive.  By the time you come out of it you’ll be in great shape once you hit the stores.

Looking for more guidance during your clothing shopping hiatus?

If you need some further guidance during your hiatus, check out my friend Jill Chiver’s site My Year Without Clothes Shopping.  She offers tips and programs to help.

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How to Keep Your Work Style Simple Yet Interesting http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/11/20/work-style-simple-interesting/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2017/11/20/work-style-simple-interesting/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:17:29 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18448 If I have seen it once I have seen it a thousand times, bored with their work wardrobe a woman will try something different and buy a piece that is a unlike anything else in their wardrobe.  Problem is, because this piece was bought more as an attempt to shake …

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If I have seen it once I have seen it a thousand times, bored with their work wardrobe a woman will try something different and buy a piece that is a unlike anything else in their wardrobe.  Problem is, because this piece was bought more as an attempt to shake things up than it was to enhance and work with what they already own, it winds up sitting in the closet, eventually making its way to the back to collect dust.   It’s why I love getting to the end of a closet when I am with a client, all these pieces come out of hiding and we have a good laugh.

I understand the reason why women do this.  Boredom can make even the most rational a little rash.  I know I have enough poorly thought out haircuts in my past to account for this.  Yet, when it comes to fashion, I think it is more than just boredom that causes this, I think this behavior comes from not understanding that keeping  work style simple but still interesting isn’t as hard as it looks.

The pieces that are acceptable for the workplace are pretty limited.  Even in business casual work environments it is required that pieces be professional and understated.  You can choose from basic pants, cardigans, blouses, sweaters, skirts and dresses.  How hard can it be, right?  The problem arises when a woman doesn’t just want to look acceptable at work but to appropriately stand out.  This is when I get the phone call from a frustrated woman who is tired of looking like just another “acceptably dressed nobody.”  They know that they can go the rest of their careers dressing exactly as they have been and nobody would ever call them out for what they are wearing.  However, they also know that they aren’t exactly shining either.

In today’s post I am going to show you three outfits that contain pieces that are in the average woman’s work wardrobe but manage to look a little more inspired with some simple and easy to execute differences.

How to Keep Your Work Style Simple Yet Interesting

Outfit #1

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A few weeks ago, I wrote this post on colors that can act like neutrals.  Checking out these alternatives can be an easy way to start infusing some fresh pieces into your wardrobe that will not only set you apart from the pack but will also have the same versatility in your wardrobe as all the other neutral shades you have been wearing.

In the outfit above I worked tonally.  If you are afraid of color combining, taking the tonal approach might be a little simpler for you to try.  Using this burgundy skirt from Reiss, I added this long sleeve blush blouse from Banana Republic that can be worn with or without a jacket.  It has just a small detail that makes it a novelty basic, meaning it has some novelty but can still be a workhorse in the closet.  Over the top, I added a tweed Veronica Beard blazer and I finished the look with a long necklace from Jenna Sands, All Saints bag and olive pumps from Michael Kors.  The small splash of olive is also what gives this simple look a bit more interesting.

Outfit #2

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In addition to stepping out with colors, the next tip is to keep your wardrobe pieces basic and finish the looks with some trend or pop.  This quick boredom cure increases the mileage of pieces you may worry are a bit snoozy or redundant.

I styled these deep red pants from BOSS Hugo Boss with a basic camel v-neck cashmere sweater from Halogen.  There’s nothing earth shattering about these pieces.  What makes them interesting is the colors that are combined.  Additionally, what gives this outfit some freshness is the use of these leopard block heel pumps from Sole Society and the Lafayette 148 chunky necklace.  Even though you wouldn’t carry the bag around all day at work, the Reiss tote is a nice complement to the outfit.

Outfit #3

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When it some to simple work style, often, a little goes a long way.  Instead of purchasing a top that is so tricked out and can only be worn one way, try adding small hits of trend to wake up your more basic pieces.  Chances are, you have a basic sheath and cardigan in your closet, like the Theory dress and L.K. Bennett cardigan I am showing above.  To give these very simple pieces an update, I styled them with a pair of burgundy booties from Tommy Hilfiger and would look great for work styled with dark grey tights.  I finished the outfit with a pendant necklace from Stella & Dot and grey bag from J. Crew.

The next time you go shopping for work clothing, remember, giving your simple outfits some interest and inspiration doesn’t mean you have to buy difficult to wear novelty pieces.   Look to color, small details and pops of trend to create outfits that stand out and fit in at the same time.

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