Bridgette Raes Style Expert http://bridgetteraes.com Style Transformation, Wardrobe Consultation, Image Renewal Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:59:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 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 Friday’s Fab Find: SilkRoll http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/16/fridays-fab-find-silkroll/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/16/fridays-fab-find-silkroll/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:59:15 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18730 I recently started working on a novel. It’s really hard. I’ve been working on it about two months and I’ve seen the effects the environment has productivity. I find it much easier to write in a clean room. Which is not to say I’m trying to avoid working by suddenly …

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I recently started working on a novel. It’s really hard. I’ve been working on it about two months and I’ve seen the effects the environment has productivity. I find it much easier to write in a clean room. Which is not to say I’m trying to avoid working by suddenly cleaning out my closet (although I’m not going to lie, it is a factor.) But honestly, having a neat and orderly room can have a tremendous impact on your mood and output.

Which is why cleaning out your wardrobe at least once a season is so important. Not only does it prevent garments from getting ripped or misplaced, it also avoids something called “decision fatigue.”

“Decision fatigue” is exactly what it sounds like. The same way your feet can become tired from walking, your mind can become exhausted from simply making decisions.

Bottom line: set aside some time and sort through your closet this weekend.

SilkRoll

But what do you do with the clothes you don’t want or need? I bought some Marc Jacobs boots once I couldn’t return because they were on sale. I took them to consignment and received, I think, $12 for them. Seriously, Marc Jacobs boots. Look, I get it, there is overhead, but $12?

There’s a better way. Silkroll is a fantastic service that offers a new way to exchange clothes that let you get real value for your items.  Visit their website here.

Request a trade in kit (with paid postage!), fill it with fashion and send it in.

Silkroll is specifically looking for:

  • Women’s clothing and bags
  • Top designer fashion
  • Recent styles and trends
  • Items that are new or in excellent condition
  • Items that are clean and laundered
  • Authentic pieces

Once it’s received the items will be carefully scrutinized to make sure there are no stains, missing button etc..  If an item does not meet Silkroll’s standards it’s donated to nonprofit and you automatically get 5 points. For the remaining garments will be evaluated and the points awarded. Silkroll makes an effort to award points as close to the original price as possible.  You then can exchange those points to ‘buy’ clothing donated by other members. See something you want but don’t have enough points? You can buy extra points.

So what are you waiting for?  Check out SilkRoll here.

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What Having Nothing to Wear is Trying to Tell You http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/13/what-having-nothing-to-wear-is-trying-to-tell-you/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/13/what-having-nothing-to-wear-is-trying-to-tell-you/#comments Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:24:29 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18721 The feeling of having nothing to wear is all too common.  Women everywhere stand in front of their stuffed closets with this exact feeling.  How can it be possible that in a sea of clothing options, all assumingly purchased by these said women, they can’t find anything to wear?  It’s …

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nothing to wearThe feeling of having nothing to wear is all too common.  Women everywhere stand in front of their stuffed closets with this exact feeling.  How can it be possible that in a sea of clothing options, all assumingly purchased by these said women, they can’t find anything to wear?  It’s rather funny when you think about it.

Yet, it happens, all the time.

When things go astray it is usually for a reason.  The key to changing a pattern or behavior is to get to the root of how it got the way it did in the first place.  In today’s post, I am going to give some thoughts on what having nothing to wear is trying to tell you.

What Having Nothing to Wear is Trying to Tell You

You have outgrown your current style

Like anything else, style changes and evolves.  While you may have plenty of options hanging in your closet, none of them may be exciting you any longer because your style has changed.  It might just be time for a change-up.

The good news is that your whole wardrobe doesn’t need to be thrown away.  Often the key pieces, like your pants, basic tops, and more classic base pieces can remain.  What usually goes are the more novelty items that are more defined and directional in trend or look.

If you feel you have outgrown your current style.  Cull through your wardrobe and separate the classics from the trendier items.  Next, start a Pinterest board or do a magazine exercise of noting what fresh styles you are drawn to.  As you add things back to your wardrobe, look to these inspirational photos as guides for wear to go next.

You have worn the same things the same way

They say that the average woman wears 25% of her wardrobe 75% of the time.  Therefore, it is highly likely that you are rotating the same few key wardrobe pieces more often than you are wearing everything else you have tucked away for safe keeping in your closet.

The first thing you want to do is ask yourself what it is about the few pieces you are wearing that makes them what you grab first.  Clearly there is something about these things that are more appealing than the rest.  Next, you want to take these few items you do wear and create fresh looks.  The key here is to create outfits just as simple and wearable as the ones you wearing.  Lastly, it’s time to let go of the things that don’t make the cut in your new outfits.  While it may seem smart to hang on to things just to have more variety, it’s not variety if you’re not wearing it, it’s just stuff.

You need to purge

If you have a closet of clothes and nothing to wear, your gut reaction might be to buy more because, clearly, nothing in your closet is cutting it.  Before you hit the stores, the first thing you need to do is purge.  Sure, maybe some shopping is in order, but you won’t really know what you need until you clear out.

Years ago, I helped a client edit her closet.  After leaving her with only what she wore, she emailed me telling me that I got rid of all her clothes.  I emailed her back and said, “I didn’t get rid of your clothes, I got rid of your false sense of security.”  It wasn’t like she was wearing any of what we tossed.  Purging gave us clarity and it also gave us a clear plan of how to move forward.

It’s not counterintuitive to purge your closet when you don’t feel like you have anything to wear.  Too many options create paralysis and overwhelm.  Cut your losses and move on.

Your life has changed but your style hasn’t

Like our styles, our lives change too.  I have worked with many women who have held onto things from a “previous life,” like a time they worked before having children, more corporate attire they no longer needed, and so on.  The logic is often the thought that they might need what they are holding onto in the future.  The problem with this rationale is that holding these items for later just create clutter in the present.  It’s also why a closet is filled with things that don’t get worn, they don’t work for the current life being lived.

There is no point hanging on to things that no longer serve you.  A few nostalgic pieces, okay, but a closet full of useless items?  That’s a waste of real estate and brain power.  It’s also one of the reasons you have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.

You aren’t listening to your inner signals

The biggest thing I try to teach my clients is to listen to themselves.  I can assure you, never have I fought with a client to keep something that they aren’t enthusiastic about.  So, trust me, if you aren’t excited, or find yourself passing on something over and over again, you don’t need it.  Your inner signals telling you something has to go are right.

You have good pieces but nothing to wear with them

It’s not uncommon to have a closet full of nice things but lack the right pieces to complete the looks.  If your closet has become an orphanage of incomplete looks, it’s time to do an outfit session.  By working on putting looks together you can more easily narrow down specific pieces that will make cohesive outfits.  By putting a nice list together by creating outfits you will be assured your shopping will be more purposeful and you will avoid stuffing your closet with nothing to wear.

 

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Five Ways to Wear Jeans to Work http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/12/five-ways-to-wear-jeans-to-work/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/12/five-ways-to-wear-jeans-to-work/#comments Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:58:01 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18711 When I started my business 15 years ago I never wore jeans to work.  Problem was, I am a jeans person, always have been.  It wasn’t until I got comfortable enough in my job that I let go of the notion that I needed to be something I wasn’t and …

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When I started my business 15 years ago I never wore jeans to work.  Problem was, I am a jeans person, always have been.  It wasn’t until I got comfortable enough in my job that I let go of the notion that I needed to be something I wasn’t and started wearing jeans when seeing clients.  While my job may look glamorous, my work can get quite physical and I have spent plenty of time sitting on the dirty floors of department stores, making jeans quite ideal.  Thankfully, I am in a position where I can call my own shots with how I choose to dress.  I know this isn’t the case with everyone.

With workplaces becoming more relaxed, wearing jeans to work continues to become more acceptable.  However, just like me, wearing jeans and wearing jeans are two totally different things when it comes to wearing them professionally.  The permission to wear jeans does not mean what you would wear the same jeans you would to go food shopping on the weekends.  Attention needs to be paid to how a professional jeans look is created, same as anything else you would wear to your workplace.  To give you some ideas, I put together five jeans to work looks using this pair from Madewell.  Check the outfits out below.

Five Ways to Wear Jeans to Work

Outfit #1

jeans to work

The simplest and likely most obvious way to wear jeans to work is by pairing your denim with a blazer, like  I did using this basic black L.K. Bennett blazer.  Keep in mind, however, blazers don’t always stay on all day, so it is important that you are smart about what you layer underneath them.  A simple t-shirt won’t necessarily work if you plan on taking your jacket off and your work environment isn’t casual enough.  You want your outfit to look professional enough with or without a blazer.  Instead of a t-shirt, I layered this Reiss top underneath that is basic yet dressier than a basic tank top or tee.  Lastly, dressier components give denim an elevated appearance.  I finished the outfit with a beaded station necklace from Stella & Dot and red block heel pumps from Marc Fisher.  For a handbag, I used this grey style from Skagen.

Outfit #2

jeans to work

Cardigans and business casual work environments go together like needle and thread.  They can be an excellent topper piece with jeans as long as the cardigan isn’t too casual.  The jeans are casual enough, you don’t want to look too weekend on your workdays.  Cardigans can also provide coverage of bare arms which, even in the most casual of workplaces, isn’t okay.  Plus, temperature fluctuations in most offices make cardigans most ideal.  I styled this Vince style over a sleeveless Banana Republic top and finished the look with a pair of Sole Society heeled loafers, ivory bag from Frances Valentine and blue studs from Kate Spade.

Outfit #3

jeans to work

A sweater over a button down shirt worn with jeans can look chic and professional.  Yet, we all know what a pain in the butt getting a sweater over a button down can be.  That’s why I like this J. Crew style with the collar built in.  To elevate the look, I added these seriously fun metallic Cole Haan loafers and finished the look with a black bag from Nordstrom and silver drop earrings.

Outfit #4

jeans to work

I love this top from Lush.  I own several.  Admittedly, the ivory is a little sheer but I do fine by just layering a tank underneath it.  Tops like this are just easy.  Throw on and done.  I wear mine constantly.  They’re also SUPER affordable.  To give this top and jeans some polish, I added a soft scarf from Michael Stars, a pair of fern green booties from Sole Society, Kendra Scott drop earrings and light peach bag from AllSaints.

Outfit #5

jeans to work

Jeans and a sweater is an easy staple for a dress down workplace.  However, just like your cardigans, these sweaters should not be too casual.  Avoid too-relaxed weekend knits, low quality styles and sweaters that have become misshapen.  Better quality knits will elevate the look of your dress-down jeans.  For this look, I added this navy tunic sweater from Reiss to create a sleek column ensemble.  I finished the look with a pair of tan peep toe booties by Sole Society, yellow bag from Marc Jacobs, earrings from Bauble Bar and bracelet by Gorjana.  Remember, your workplace may accept jeans but check with their open toe policy before assuming that casual means this is acceptable.

Wearing jeans to work is a privilege that should never be disrespected or taken for granted.  Be sure to create professional dress-down looks with your jeans that are appropriate and professional despite their casual nature.

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Friday’s Fab Find: M by Marlo http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/09/m-by-marlo/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/09/m-by-marlo/#comments Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:34:49 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18708 For many women, myself included nail polish holds a special place in your heart. It’s often the first cosmetic girls use. I began painting my nails around age 10, but it would be a few more years until I would be permitted lip gloss or mascara. It’s also one of …

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For many women, myself included nail polish holds a special place in your heart. It’s often the first cosmetic girls use. I began painting my nails around age 10, but it would be a few more years until I would be permitted lip gloss or mascara. It’s also one of the easiest cosmetics to use since you can’t cry it off or a stray hair won’t smear it (provided it’s fully dry). But, yet, as an adult who frequently gets nail polish in gift bags, I rarely wear it.

I hate how quickly nail polish chips. I hate how difficult it is to remove. I hate how the polish smells. I hate how the remover smells. I used to carry around a small bottle of clear polish for runs in my hose but then I’d heard “what’s that smell,” so I decided I’d just buy hose by the case and toss each pair the first time it ran.

M by Marlo

Last month I asked readers what they wanted more of.  So many of you said you like non-toxic items. Well, make room in your vanity. I have found an AMAZING new nail polish.

M by Marlo sells a completely vegan cruelty-free nontoxic low odor nail polish. It contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde RESIN, toluene, DBP (dibutyl phthalate), or camphor. Currently, they are only 5 shades but the company is growing! The polish is ultra-long-wear in professional shades. The formula delivers brilliant, chip-resistant, fade-proof shine.  You can visit their website here.

The lacquer was truly designed with the busy career woman in mind. You can do touch ups at your desk because the formula has a very low odor. Need to remove your polish ? You will fall in love with the soy nail polish remover made with a blend of Vitamins A, C, E oil. It’s healthy and eco-friendly nail polish remover with no odor. This product does not contain acetone or harsh acetates, which will dry out your skin and damage the nail and cuticles.

M by Marlo Giveaway

Ready to try some? Marlo has generously provided a whole beauty box. Nail Lacquer, Soy Remover, Pronto Dry and Renew Cuticle Oil. Leave a comment saying why you want to try it, and ‘like’ them on Facebook and you could win! 

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Sexy Large Cup Bras for Curvy Gals http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/06/sexy-large-cup-bras-for-curvy-gals/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/06/sexy-large-cup-bras-for-curvy-gals/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 23:34:04 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18703 Having a large chest, I know how challenging it can be to find bras that fit.  I finally found my favorite bra brand, Primadonna Bras, and have sworn by them since.  Being a size 34G, I was grateful that Primadonna bras made it possible to not have to choose between …

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Having a large chest, I know how challenging it can be to find bras that fit.  I finally found my favorite bra brand, Primadonna Bras, and have sworn by them since.  Being a size 34G, I was grateful that Primadonna bras made it possible to not have to choose between a good fitting bra and a pretty one.  I can have it both ways.

Yes, a large chest can be sexy, but, often, it seems like the only bras available to those well endowed are ugly, over the shoulder boulder holders in shades that look like used up Band-Aids.  Perhaps the thought is that big boobs are sexy enough and there is no need to gussy them up with lace and pretty colors?  Or, maybe, you’re just not looking hard enough?  After all, it can be tough to find bras in most department stores that are sized over a D cup.  I once had a saleslady try to increase my band size just to sell me on a bra that almost fit.  Nice try, lady.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, making it a perfect time to showcase some sexy large cup bras.  You don’t need a love in your life to wear a sexy bra.  Don’t do it for anyone else, do it for yourself.

Check out these styles, many of which are not only sexy, they’re under $100.

Sexy Large Cup Bras for Curvy Gals

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Five Ways to Style a Sweater Blazer http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/05/five-ways-to-style-a-sweater-blazer/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/05/five-ways-to-style-a-sweater-blazer/#comments Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:52:47 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18692 At the request of many, I have decided to bring back my One Item, Five Fashionable Ways series that showcases multiple ways to wear one item in your closet.  I am kicking this off again by featuring a sweater blazer from J. Crew. Sweater blazers can be incredibly useful items …

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At the request of many, I have decided to bring back my One Item, Five Fashionable Ways series that showcases multiple ways to wear one item in your closet.  I am kicking this off again by featuring a sweater blazer from J. Crew.

Sweater blazers can be incredibly useful items to own, particularly considering the workplace has gotten more casual.  They’re more polished than a cardigan while being a bit more relaxed looking.  Sweater blazers can also be worn on the weekend as a light jacket or topper piece.  Let’s take a look at the five ways I styled this one piece.

Five Ways to Style a Sweater Blazer

Outfit #1

sweater blazer
I styled this first outfit for work by using the cardigan to give this basic shirt and tailored pants some finish.  The plum shirt is my favorite button down style from BOSS Hugo Boss.  The placket is fake and there are side zips to give this top great shape and no gaping.  I styled it with these basic black pants from Theory.  I accessorized using a pair of tan block heel pumps from Marc Fisher, Longchamp tote and pendant from Stella & Dot.

Outfit #2

sweater blazer

Taking this sweater blazer to the weekend, I created this chic, casual look by layering a basic grey turtleneck from Majestic Filatures underneath it and styling the outfit with jeans.  I finished the outfit with a pair of cognac boots by Frye, a scarf from Chan Luu, a burgundy crossbody bag from Madewell and Monica Vinader earrings.

Outfit #3

sweater blazer

This next work look is a bit funkier and more fashion forward.  I styled the sweater blazer with a black leather pencil skirt and chambray shirt from J. Crew.  I finished the look with a pair of black booties from Treasure and Bond, black opaque tights, a leopard belt from Halogen, cognac bag from Lodis and layered necklace from Topshop.

Outfit #4

sweater blazer

Moving this sweater blazer to spring looks, I layered this style over a red and white striped Breton from Banana Republic that I styled with white jeans from Madewell and finished with blue slip on sneakers from Frye, cognac bag from See by Chloe and Treasure and Bond hoop earrings.

Outfit #5

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Sweater blazers might be classic in appearance but they aren’t limited to classic outfits.  Here I created a more updated look with the J. Crew style using these burnt orange wide leg crop pants and white top from Banana Republic.  I finished the outfit with a pair of platform sandals from Steve Madden, horn link necklace and Celine Lefebure bucket bag.

Shop for sweater blazers

Ready to add a sweater blazer to your wardrobe?  Check out these additional styles.

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Friday’s Fab Find: Crave Skincare http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/02/fridays-fab-find-crave-skincare/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/02/02/fridays-fab-find-crave-skincare/#comments Fri, 02 Feb 2018 14:14:03 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18684 One of my first columns for Bridgette Raes Fab Find was for Beekman 1802 when their line consisted almost entirely of their signature goat milk soap. Now, of course, Beekman 1802 carries everything from perfume to ice cream. I later wrote another piece about them for a different website. When it …

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Crave Skincare

One of my first columns for Bridgette Raes Fab Find was for Beekman 1802 when their line consisted almost entirely of their signature goat milk soap. Now, of course, Beekman 1802 carries everything from perfume to ice cream. I later wrote another piece about them for a different website. When it was published I wanted to scream. The headline read “Chemical Free Soap”

There is no such thing as “chemical -free” anything! Everything is chemicals. LITERALLY EVERYTHING.  The important part is knowing that some chemicals you put your face and body can be very harmful. Your skin is your biggest organ. What you put on it, can have a big impact on your health.

Crave Skincare

Recently, I was gifted with some samples of Crave Skincare an excellent independent line that prides itself on natural plant based products free of harmful and irritating chemicals.  Check out more by visiting their website.  Founder, Janet Schriever was looking for a way to treat her personal skin issues and the products available to her was not cutting it.  Determined to bring the mountain to Mohammed, Janet did a ton of research, took classes in Cosmetic Science at UCLA and studied with the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. After much trail and error, she reached the conclusion that natural CBD derived from hemp was an effective tool in skin health. No, it will not make you high, nor will it give you positive drug test. Since some of the fragrant essential oils can sometimes cause irritation they have been removed.

Crave Skincare is committed to

EFFECTIVE GREEN BEAUTY: The Vitamins, Antioxidants, and Phyto-nutrient rich botanical extracts used in Crave products are based on scientifically proven research and formulated for performance.

CLEAN FORMULAS with NO ADDED: Fillers, Petrochemicals, Silicones, Harsh Cleansers, Parabens, Synthetic Emulsifiers, such as Pentylene Glycol, which can lead to sensitization and damage the skin barrier over time.

SOOTHING PLANT-BASED BEAUTY: By synergistically combining calming hemp with an entourage of plant-based cosmeceuticals to enhance skin’s natural, youthful beauty. Crave’s mission is to nurture your delicate, sensitive skin, while preserving a healthy skin barrier and diminishing the visible signs of aging. The extracts are carefully chosen for quality and standardized for strength.

I was gifted a bottle of Crave alchemy oil lux body serum and I am so happy with it. This has been a harsh winter in New York and my skin was so dry it was speaking with a British accent. I added a few drops to my bath and I no longer scratch myself in my sleep.

 

Don’t take my word for it.  Read the rave reviews on their Facebook Page and Instagram.

Still skeptical? Leave a comment saying why you want to try Crave Skincare and you could win a free bottle of body oil!

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How to Wear Ultra Violet: Pantone’s Color of the Year http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/01/30/how-to-wear-ultra-violet-pantones-color-of-the-year/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/01/30/how-to-wear-ultra-violet-pantones-color-of-the-year/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:11:44 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18674 Pantone announced its color of the year, Ultra Violet, as “so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.”  No matter what side you are on, one thing we can all agree about is the world is …

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Pantone announced its color of the year, Ultra Violet, as “so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.”  No matter what side you are on, one thing we can all agree about is the world is in an interesting place at the moment.  There is a lot of mystery, unsettledness and questioning.  According to Pantone, Ultra Violet is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

If we need anything as a society right now we definitely need refuge from an over-stimulated world and connection with one another.  Welcome, Ultra Violet.

How to Wear Ultra Violet: Pantone’s Color of the Year

I haven’t always been a fan of the colors of the year chosen by Pantone (Serenity and Rose Quartz, I’m looking at you), but I can totally get on board with Ultra Violet.  It’s such a striking and pleasing color that, surprisingly, can be worn by just about anyone.  It’s fantastic in accessories, gorgeous near the face and can even look pleasing on the bottom.

While Ultra Violet has much more meaning than how well it looks to wear, in this post I am sharing some outfits using the color of the year to show you just how versatile the color is.  Take a look and shop for more Ultra Violet pieces at the end of the post.

Outfit #1

ultra violet

I found these Ultra Violet pants from Theory and thought it was a perfect opportunity to show how the color can be worn on the bottom.  Ultra Violet is a strong color and it’s likely easier to wear when combined with neutrals.  Black can be a no-brainer, but given the fact that purple is created by mixing blue and red, I have found navy to be a richer choice.  I styled the pants with a navy blazer from J. Crew and ivory top from Reiss.  The look was finished with navy block heel sandals from Vince Camuto, grey handbag from Botkier and layered necklace from Stella & Dot.

Outfit #2

ultra violet

I created this outfit to show that you don’t have to look good in jewel tone, winter colors to wear Ultra Violet.  As a red head I am all over this color, people who wear autumn shades can embrace the shade as can soft, fair blondes.  I particularly love Ultra Violet with olive.

I styled the look above using a relaxed Ultra Violet sweater from Eileen Fisher and a pair of olive skinny jeans from DL1961 and finished the look with gold flats from Marc Fisher, an olive suede bag from Frances Valentine, printed scarf from Lauren Ralph Lauren, gold bracelet by Treasure and Bond and earrings from Anna Beck.

Outfit #3

ultra violet

Tired of buying another black dress?  Black isn’t the only versatile dress shade.  In fact, you might find yourself shocked by how much wear you can get from a basic dress in Ultra Violet.  What I love about it is it works oddly well as a neutral.  It accepts other colors well, like I did here when I combined these yellow slingbacks by Vince Camuto with this dress from Hobbs.

It’s also fun to play with Ultra Violet tonally by adding in other shades of purple.  I styled the look with a soft purple bag from Rebecca Minkoff and purple earrings.

Shop for Ultra Violet

Ready to add Ultra Violet to your wardrobe?  Check out these additional pieces.

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Getting Color Inspiration from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/01/29/getting-color-inspiration-from-the-marvelous-mrs-maisel/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/01/29/getting-color-inspiration-from-the-marvelous-mrs-maisel/#comments Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:55:34 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18663 If you haven’t watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, available to stream on Amazon, then you need to stop what you are currently binging and get caught up on the first season.  It’s worth getting an Amazon Prime account for, even more than for their two day free delivery.  I have …

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Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

If you haven’t watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, available to stream on Amazon, then you need to stop what you are currently binging and get caught up on the first season.  It’s worth getting an Amazon Prime account for, even more than for their two day free delivery.  I have watched the first season twice already, once alone and once with my husband, who also loved it.  The show is heartwarming, timely, empowering and funny….like really, really funny.  Written and created by the incomparable Amy Sherman-Palladino, known famously for The Gilmore Girls and her sharp, quick, fast paced writing, the series is delightful amusement park ride wrapped in cotton candy and girl power.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a visual explosion of beauty.  Set in 1958 New York City.  Despite the plot being wildly different, the time period evokes the same feelings fans had with the AMC series Mad Men in the early years of the show, not in the end when it became appropriately sideburn-y, go-go boots wearing, polyester late 60’s looking.

Costumed by the amazing Donna Zakowska, a lot of thought went into how each character was visually represented in this series, you can read more about it in the article here.   As per the article, Zakowska explained,  “Women were very, very conscious of matching — the shoes and the bags being in some sort of color harmony with the outfit.”  Sadly, for lovers of the outfits, 95% of it was created for the show, the rest of it came from vintage shops.

Getting Color Inspiration from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

A big part of the design process, and what drew me in, was the colors.  Being a person most often inspired by color, I was blown away by how many unique and bold color combinations were used.  While it might be difficult to recreate the looks of the 1950’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, it’s quite simple to to create look inspired by the unique colors and combinations.  I put five together using looks from the show.

Outfit #1

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I don’t want to give too much away, but when Midge winds up in court she wears probably one of her most iconic looks.  In the show, Midge says the outfit is by Jacques Fath, a distinctive designer from the time.  As Zakowska explained, “That was one of the few times where I really could go fully blown with the French couture-esque,” which had a huge influence on New York style at the timfe.  The Magenta hits you hard in the face and is softened by the interior lining of the coat and dress underneath.

While an exact look like this might not only be hard to duplicate, it’s also unlikely that you’ll have a place to wear something this extravagant (have you seen what people wear to court these days?), but the colors can be replicated.  I did it the best I could with the outfit above, a pair of cropped wool pants from Theory in hot pink, a grey cardigan from Banana Republic, a soft blue t-shirt from Reiss, floral scarf from Ted Baker, warm grey bag from Sole Society, delicate pink Kate Spade earrings and fern green flats from Kristin Cavallari.

Outfit #2

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The next look I created is probably the most Marvelous Mrs. Maisel-y looking, although that isn’t the only thing that inspired the outfit.  What I noted was the tonal use of color and how well it was executed.  Looking at the colors of Midge’s outfit, the dress, hat and gloves are tonal shades of green.  Topping the look with the stunning ivory coat is like the icing on the cake.

Working tonally is totally easy to execute.  In my outfit, I styled this Boden dress with an ivory coat from BCBG and finished the outfit with a pair of olive green pumps from Vince Camuto, tonal green necklace from Ela Rae and retro looking ivory bag from Kate Spade.

Outfit #3

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There were two times in this series where I was blown away by the use of burgundy and shades of peach and coral.  Even I would have never considered these combinations working, and I consider myself pretty advanced in color.  But, wow, did it work.

Inspired by these combinations, I created an outfit by using a bright coral suede skirt from Reiss and a cropped long sleeve t-shirt.  I finished the outfit with a pair of burgundy tights from Target, Sole Society top handle bag and heeled oxfords from Calvin Klein.

Outfit #4

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I love chartreuse, I always have.  When I was in high school, I had this chartreuse top that I wore with a burgundy cardigan.  Seeing Midge in her peacock colored frock with a splash of chartreuse I fell in love and knew I had to create an outfit using this combination.

For my more modern look, I styled this Halogen cardigan with a chartreuse Eileen Fisher t-shirt underneath.  I anchored the look with navy using these pants from J. Crew, tassel necklace from Lily Pulitzer and bag from Tory Burch.  I finished the outfit elegantly with a pair of nude flats from Sam Edelman.

Outfit #5

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What makes some of the looks from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel pop is the use of complementary colors, which are colors found on opposite sides of the color wheel.  Orange and blue, like the combination wore by Miriam in the photo above, are complementary colors.  This tactic of using complementary colors is most often in advertising to catch the eye.

Using the colors, while creating a totally different type of look, I styled these paper bag cropped pants from Boden with a cropped white shirt from Theory and brought in the blue through a pair of Louise et Cie sandals, a suede bag from Rebecca Minkoff and earrings from Kendra Scott.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has inspired women everywhere to step into their own power and I hope this post inspires you to create chic looks by stepping out with color inspired by the show.

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Friday’s Fab Find: Giving Key http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/01/26/fridays-fab-find-giving-key/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/01/26/fridays-fab-find-giving-key/#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:05:02 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18660 I love keys. Seriously it’s a problem. I love old fashioned keys the best but I like modern keys too.  I hate those credit cards you get at hotels. It’s far too easy to confuse them with other cards and walk out of your hotel room without it. You think …

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Giving Key

I love keys. Seriously it’s a problem. I love old fashioned keys the best but I like modern keys too.  I hate those credit cards you get at hotels. It’s far too easy to confuse them with other cards and walk out of your hotel room without it. You think you’re just running out to get some ice and then you have to walk THROUGH a casino in your pajamas to get to the front desk.

The Giving Keys

Over the holidays I stumbled upon a pop up stand in the Oculus (a mall near The Freedom Tower) featuring jewelry made from keys. I was interested. I already have few pieces of jewelry featuring keys, but the more I learned about The Giving Keys the more , I realized it was something extraordinary.  You can visit their website here.

The Giving Keys engrave each key with a word meant to inspire. You can choose from nine different words such as “Dream”, “Hope”, “Believe” or you customize your own word. Giving keys encourages you to pick a word tied to a specific goal and then when you’ve achieved that goal, to give your key necklace away to someone who could use it.

The company is about paying it forward (no relation to the dismal 2000 film of the same name) and creating opportunity. The Giving Keys focuses on hiring people so they can transition out of homelessness, providing financial counseling and other tools to make that change permanent.

You can choose from bracelets, earrings, necklaces and key rings in an assortment of styles and colors

My birthday is in a few days (January 30th) and so for this year I’ve chosen “Create” for this year. I’ve been working on a novel and memoir about my time writing for the Hollywood Reporter so I’m going to use the necklace to encourage me to finish those projects. And when I’m done I’ll give it away. What word speaks to you?

For more about Giving Keys, visit their website here.

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