Trying is brave. Trying is strong. You do everyone else around you a disservice by not trying. Whats the worst that could happen? Someone doesn't agree with it or you? Someone doesn't like you? It doesn't go as planned? People look at you? What if people giving you attention for what you are wearing is what they needed that day to inspire them to have the confidence to embrace their own style? What if you missed the chance to inspire them?
*******Often times people tell me that they wouldn't be able to pull something off and that is why they don't embrace their style. If you like it though I assure you, no one is more you than you. No one can pull it off better than YOU. God gave us different likes, desires and tastes for a reason!*********
STORY TIME: I remember feeling that I couldn't pull things off especially in grade school. I loved to be dressed up all the time, try all the fun new trends but in jr. high & high school that was not "cool". It made others uncomfortable that I did not want to conform. I know its strange but thats how my school was, it was suburbia ok not New York.
It made others feel underdressed which no one enjoys. So, I stuck to a hoody and jeans most days just like everyone else and saved my experimental fun style for outside of school, it was safer outside of school to express myself and have fun with what I wore since I didn't spend 40 hours with the majority of those people. Not to mention that it was -5 degrees in high school & school started at some way too early hour but I digress.
I did everyone around me at school a disservice by not showing them who I really was. Caring too much whether they accepted me or not. Most who didn't know me well would most likely be shocked that I ended up a fashion stylist and studying Fashion Merchandising but thats who I truly was who've I've always been and I'm sorry that they didn't get a chance to know the real me.
So remember, You leading an inspired life inspires those around you. If you don't do it for yourself do it for the people around you. You never know who you might inspire!
Yeah, I see you killing it with your style! Sometimes shopping is not a favorite task by many though. SO MANY CHOICES. Learn how to treat your clothing purchases as more of an investment than a task by considering these things before and during to have the most successful trips and turn that task into a talent!
Set mini goals- We make goals for everything else in life? Why do we ignore our wardrobe and drop the game plan before we walk into a store. For example, for those of you who meal plan you know what a lifesaver it is! You save time and money and don't end up overspending or buying a bunch of things you already have in your pantry or fridge when you get there. Think of your closet as a pantry or fridge, you don't want to buy things you already have. Beat that closet amnesia!
Don't rush it, take it slow & prioritize! Example: The first time I really did grocery shopping that was not in a college grocery store of like 5 things was abroad in Italy, I loved it because they have a more simplistic way of life there, just enough options but still a moderate sized grocery store. When I came home and moved into my apartment, one of the first stops of course was to Giant Eagle near by and you know what happened I walked in there for the first time in 6 months and left. SO OVERWHELMED. I quickly became an Aldi shopper due to its simplicity and less options!!! But this didn't mean I never went to GE anymore I just planned ahead before I went because that is what made the store so much smaller!
Clothes shopping is the same way! Decide what you want before you hit the shops! Life-changer! That huge department store just got a whole lot smaller! I get it though, it can be overwhelming looking for what you need not to mention frustrating when you cannot find it. Another great reason to find great stores that have online shopping and EASY FREE RETURNS. That is the key OR a local boutique with great employees that are helpful!
Postpone decisions if you can - I realize this is not realistic for most but if you can it is helpful! If you are still thinking about it the next day or a week later than it was probably a winner and you should order it online or run back to go get it.
Whats the deal with those little cubes in the store, often with weird lighting, different mirrors than you're used to, and never enough room for all the hangers. Why do we suck at fitting rooms so much? Because we suck at making decisions under pressure. You don't want to leave empty handed or deal with Betty on the way out giving you the death glare when you took 20 pieces in and none of them worked out. BUT we need to ignore Betty. Give yourself permission to come out empty handed! Ignore the judgy eyes, its not her money its yours! IGNORE THE PRESSURE. You don't need to leave with anything if you didn't love it the moment you tried it on. Don't settle.
Now go out and kill it!
Your Style should feel like home. You should feel at ease in it. Like a nice snuggly blanket engulfing you in love.
So how do we develop our style? Style is a mixture of past events, movies, people you've admired, friends etc. that you've taken bits and parts of what you've enjoyed and combined them into one cohesive look. YOUR STYLE IS NOT RANDOM. It's YOU.
There is a reason for it. It's an extension of you. Just like you decorate your house full of things you love, clothing decorates your body full of things you think are neat and cool and want to say about yourself whether you want them to or not.
Big baggy clothes often say you don't want to be noticed or you want to look like modern day Mary Kate & Ashley. People who love bold prints and colors often have those bold bubbly personalities to go with it! Our personality plays a huge roll in how we dress. The book "Wired that Way" talks about four different personality types. Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic, & Melancholy. This often directly correlates with what we like in our clothes. For example I am a mix of sanguine & phlegmatic which means I like my clothes to be comfortable and not full of prints but I like a pop to each outfit. It correlates perfectly to my personality profile. Now this doesn't mean you can't mask certain personalities which you will learn in the book if or when you read it but often when you haven't discovered a style that you like or if you change it daily it often means that you first need to learn who you are.
SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU HONE IN ON YOUR STYLE
1. BABY STEPS- Start by setting aside time to flip through a variety of magazines and cut out pieces that you find appealing, it could be movies, outfits, places, influential people, things, It doesn't specifically need to be clothing! Other aspects can say a lot about what you enjoy, such as colors, textures, etc.
2. COMPILE- Glue them all to a board and just choose your favorites! OR if you're more the Pinterest person you can do it on Pinterest OR photoshop would be better with images from online. Then you can make the images you like best bigger than the others!
3. EXECUTE- Print it out or enjoy your glued board of gorgeous images and ask yourself some questions as you correlate it to your style! (Hey I have a pen that has glue on one side, theres beauty in the hands-on side of things haha You never know when you may need to glue something! haha)
4. TRANSLATE- Look at the color palette your board leads towards. Jewel tones? Pastels? Neutrals? Neutrals w/ a pop? etc. Write down which prints you liked. Are the outfits more fitted? Looser? Mixture?
5. NAME GAME- Name your style! It doesn't need to make sense. This is for you! And it's fun! When you name it, it's easier to decide while out shopping if a piece fits the theme of your closet.
If you need help feel free to send me pictures of your board and I can help you name it!
Since there are many new faces around here, I thought it'd be good to get back to the basics! Even if you aren't new it is always good to relearn the mission behind Cut Chic! Also for me to reintroduce myself to you!
I believe that everyone is cut out to be the chic'est/best version of themselves no matter what stage or point in your life you are in and thats how Cut Chic was developed. I believe you are fearfully and wonderfully made so why not embrace that everyday?! In turn, when you feel put together you will have the confidence to go out and conquer your own dreams/goals whether they are practical goals like surviving the day with your rambunctious kiddos or having the confidence to go for that promotion at work!
I have never wanted my fashion/style blog to be about me, hence why it is not full of pictures of me in outfits BUT I do want to help YOU on YOUR style journey because whether you want it to be a part of your life or not, you choose fashion everyday! That graphic tee and denim are still fashion! This being said I do realize that you do need to get to know me and see practical outfit ideas which is why you'll be seeing more of me on the blog and on Insta! The face behind Cut Chic and who I am so that we can be virtual or IRL Best Friends. I'm suriously serious.
I've always loved fashion, at a young age if I did not like the clothes my mom picked out for me wear I was not too pleasant. Thankfully she gave up on that and let me start choosing and expressing myself in any way I pleased through the way I dressed at a very young age. One time when I was 4 all my siblings were at school and I wanted to play my computer Barbie dress up game but my mom didn't know at the time how to turn it on so I did it myself and made it happen! (It's ok she's much more savvy now with the technology don't worry haha) As you can see I've always understood fashion & it's meshed with me. The perfect mix of creativity and analytics! Fast forward a few years... When I found out in high school that I could actually major in something so fun I was ecstatic. I ended up in the Fashion Merchandising program at Kent State and the rest is history. I studied fashion abroad all throughout Europe which changed my perspective on the industry and grew my love for it even more if that is possible?
I've never wanted to be a part of the high fashion world though even though I love and admire it dearly. I knew I went to school to HELP people through fashion/style, not judge them as many people remind me on the daily that they think that is what my job is all about. I promise thats not why I am here. But inspiring you IS why I am here. YOU. Not content full of models, Avant-Garde pieces or magazine layouts. Now don't get me wrong, I still drool over a pair of Manolo Blahnik's, an amazing runway show or a Birkin bag ANYDAY but those are the pieces that make up our everyday fashion as the styles/concepts trickle down.
Ever since I graduated I've dabbled in the high-end jewelry industry and cosmetology world doing inventory and being a part of the buying world. BUT I've always wanted to help people hands on and encourage and uplift them by the frustrations so many face getting dressed everyday or on a shopping trip. I now work for Stitch Fix as a stylist which goes hand in hand with my passion but I continue to desire to reach more people and have a more personal impact which has led me to create Cut Chic. So here's a few fun facts! If you're ever in the Cleveland area call me!
1. I like my dog ALOT. I know it's surprising. She's the best dog in the world. For reals.
2. I had two weddings an American & a Cambodian wedding complete with like 10 dress/hair/makeup changes. I looked like a mermaid!
3. I've been flipping the house I live in for about 2 years now and I DISLIKE it strongly. Yep real story. I did NOT miss my calling. I shall leave the flipping to gymnasts or Chip & Joanna.
4. When I'm not writing or styling you'll find me doing yoga, tennis, dancing the night away especially at the Dusty Armadillo or adventuring around CLE.
5. I get weird injuries/illnesses. I'm now part of the 1% of people who had chronic appendicitis and when I was younger I broke a bone in my knee playing soccer that they had never seen broken before! I'm just that talented somehow.
6. I love bitter things. As in drinks that is, not people. Dark Coffee, Red Wine, Lemons, Gin. According to the most recent Facebook video going around this makes me a psycho path... hmmm haha
7. I love having a good time, joking around, listening to comedians, doing rediculous things. JET SKIING, BOATING, LAKE ERIE. TRYING random new things. I'm up for any adventure!
Looking forward to getting to know all of you better! Feel free to introduce yourself if we haven't met yet!
1. Blanket Scarf- God's gift to the scarf world. I mean a blanket disguised as a scarf?!? What more could you want?
2. Cozy boots- not suede because seriously, I've never met a suede boot that survived the slushy ohio weather have you? Talk about wet cold feet. Leather, faux leather, rubber, really embrace a more athleisure flair this winter if possible!
3. Fleece Leggings- I KNOW! These actually exist and they are AMAZING. Just stop what your doing immediately and go find them.
4. Vests- LAYERS LAYERS LAYERS- I personally hate layers, but I do live in Cleveland, Ohio so I've had to do a ton of personal market research as to what kind of layering I do like! It's mostly vest related or tall boots layered over leggings. Don't be afraid to go to stores and try on EVERYTHING to find out what works for you. Just ignore those fitting room attendant death gazes.
5. Cozy Sweaters- I will also be the first person to tell you how much I hate sweaters. haha I know what you are thinking why are you writing this? Because actually I'm the perfect person to be writing this. If I can find comfortable ways to stay warm and stylish when I hate the majority of winter clothing you can too! If you find sweaters to be itchy and annoying, don't give up! Look for cotton sweaters or fabric blends on the tag! OR invest in some cuddle duds. They are just as great as they sound.
DISCLAIMER: When temps/windchill are Below 0. Let me be the first person to give you permission to just survive out there in the vicious wilderness, I mean trip to Target for survival essentials. No one will be looking at what you are wearing besides your 5 hats and 20 scarves you layered on :) WE ALL UNDERSTAND. Mutual fashion understanding and unwritten rules
Stay Warm Friends!
You know what sucks? Being told continually time and time again that you aren't good enough, that you should be ashamed of yourself. Not smart enough. Not thin enough. Not short enough. Not tall enough. Not loud enough. Not quiet enough. Not fast enough. Not talented enough. Not pretty enough. Not whatever enough.
******I just want to start out this year telling you, you are enough. Especially in this month of January when the whole wide world tells you you need to be more of who you aren't.
Now don't get me wrong, never stop thriving for greatness, those dreams and the new year is a great time to set goals but never let anyone tell you that you are not enough because shaming others has never boosted anyone's confidence to go out and conquer their dreams and thrive for greatness. We are all human and not perfect. Remember this as you create those goals for the year.
Having goals is great for giving you that mindfulness needed to accomplish things!!! Mindfulness is your BFF. But if you fail, if that one day your goals have to change due to taking care of yourself, a sick child, or anything of more importance. Don't shame yourself. Don't get discouraged. You are enough. Pick up the next day with your goals or the day after. You are not a failure. You are human. Everyday can not be perfectly planned as we desire it to be.
I have been struggling with what to write this week as I continue to seek out and hone in on what I want this blog/business to become as I search for clarity. I realized I don't need to know 100% what this year needs to look like as long as I am moving forward and not listening to our shame culture. Don't let the world stand between you and your goals and don't let it's definition define whether you are enough for the world.
SO WHAT ARE MY GOALS/THEME THIS YEAR?
A lot of small things make up the big things. Personally and for my blog/business. As I opened up my brand new 2018 InkWell press planner this year (Yes it's even purple the Pantone color of the year!) the quote for the year in it reminded me exactly of this!!!
Forever is composed of nows. -Emily Dickinson
Couldn't be more appropriate for this year! Let's be mindful this year together & conquer our dreams. One moment at a time!
STOP right there! PUT DOWN that top. Walk away. And ask yourself these questions before you buy! It's like virtually taking part of me shopping with you this winter!
Now that Christmas is over, you know what that means! SALES, EVERYTHING MUST GO, 99% off!!!! Yes I love a great sale especially the after Christmas sales when every store is trying to get rid of everything and make room for resort wear! I've been dreaming of resort wear lately as I write this BUT before you start buying and filling your wardrobe full of new goodies, lets make sure you are spending those dollars wisely with pieces that will make the most impact & will help you create a plethora of options that you hardly can't wait to slip into every morning!
1. Is it comfortable? Is it something that you are going to want to rip off as soon as you get home from work or that party? Drop the top. Everyone has different comfort levels and these are REALLY important to consider because let's be honest, if you don't find it mostly comfortable, if that fabric feels like sand paper or those pants are falling down and riding up all day you are not going to reach for them when you open those closet doors.
2. Are you only buying it cause it is 1000% off? or because it is a fancy fashion brand that is 200,000% off??? Marketing ploys are so effective sometimes. It's like pieces are practically free or you are even losing money by not buying them right?! Wrong. When you are buying a new piece for your wardrobe, always consider cost per wear before buying it. It might not be so inexpensive or your money might be better spent on that piece you are going to wear 100 times but is full price. Estimated Cost per wear= Cost of piece / how many times you wear it. Yes even stylists likes math.
3. Quality? Is it only on sale cause it is already falling apart? OR a step away from collapsing into a million pieces? Put it back or if you have fallen madly in love with the piece consider the cost/time it will take you to get it fixed or have yourself fix it to get it up to parr.
4. Is it trendy but not you? Put it back. You don't have to be fashionable/trendy to be well dressed. Let me explain. A lot of the most famous fashion icons were well dressed because they knew what trends were for them and which weren't. They knew who they were and that is what made them well dressed.
5. Do you need it? Sure you love this top, but do you already have the same one at home? If so either vow to get rid of the one in your closet as soon as you walk in your humble abode or put back the one at the store unless of course it is a basic/ staple piece you plan on wearing all the time like a black v-neck tee etc.
May the odds be ever in your favor!
So whats the deal with these capsule wardrobes? With the New Year coming up you are definitely not going to be able to escape the 5000 pins of capsule wardrobes on Pinterest, they can be helpful if you know how to translate them all. HERE'S HOW!
OH first though...What is a capsule wardrobe? If you scroll Pinterest at all you'll often see a cute graphic full of classic pieces of clothing and accessories with a hint of flair with a title that says make 5000 outfits out of 25 pieces! OK so maybe it's more like 50 outfits but you get the point. Capsule Wardrobe's are a way of honing in on pieces that will give you the most bang for your buck and in return focus on adding pieces that will bring life and more options to your closet!
Let's switch gears for one second. I promise only a second. REALLY.
I've always loved planning and organizing future plans but this past year has been a great lesson in living in the day that is NOW. Nothing more nothing less. Enjoying each day while still being mindful of the future but not living in it or letting it consume you. Anyone else struggle to not live in the future? Sometimes I forget to stop and smell the roses per say. This is why capsule wardrobes are near and dear to my heart. They can save you time, money & keep that important mindset! Especially while filling the gaps in your repertoire. I mean what more could you want? TRIPLE PLAY. So, just like how it is easy to live in the future and want to be confined to what your plans may bring one day... capsule wardrobes should take on the same mindset. FLEXIBILITY.
Originally I was going to write about helping you decide whether a capsule wardrobe is even right for you but you can tailor a capsule wardrobe to fit any lifestyle! So YES a capsule wardrobe IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
I LOVE options and am very detail oriented. I love planners, containers made specifically for ornaments & my closet looks like a divine rainbow sorted by item type. So, I typically would not be a candidate for a capsule wardrobe. I have too many black pants/leggings/denim for the "traditional" capsule wardrobe they talk about on Pinterest but to me they are all very different from one another because of their unique detailing, leather leggings, regular leggings, black denim, joggers, distressed denim, non distressed, fleece leggings, moto leggings, etc. you get the point. I like leggings. ALOT. No shame here. They are God's gift to the fashion world.
All are staples to me though! BUT that does not mean I cannot utilize a capsule wardrobe and that certainly does not mean you need to instantly develop my love of black clothing and leggings. For me choosing a few to focus on each week is helpful obviously mixed with other bottoms! Your capsule can be 50 pieces or 150 pieces. Whatever works for you. We all lead different lifestyles that require a different amount of clothing. Use all the references as more of a guide than hard fast rules. This is the beauty of fashion, interpretation, like a fine painting.
AND remember don't be confined by a number find a number that works for you! Then from there create your capsule wardrobe. Everyone has a different number of clothing that doesn't overwhelm them. That really is the key to a capsule wardrobe. Not being overwhelmed by what is hanging there or nicely folded cause I mean I know NO ONE has a pile of clothes on that bench or chair that they can't make work... haha So this way in the morning, getting ready is easy breezy covergirl. So while my capsule wardrobe may not be standard it still saves me time and money every week and it can do the same for you!
HAVE A FABULOUS HOLI-YAY & HAPPY NEW YEAR CC'ers!
Goodbye APPENDIX & HELLO all of you lovely people!
I missed you & you & you & you!
Ahhhhh it's SO nice to be back. Being sick really burns you out but you already know that I'm sure, sometimes we just forget. I was trying so hard to ignore being sick for so long because I didn't feel like I had a good excuse to be feeling the way I was feeling but let me be the first person to give you permission to rest when you need to. Even if you don't know why you need a break, you owe it to yourself. You don't owe anyone an explanation. Take time for yourself, say NO to things. Embrace your inner three year old. They seem to have the whole no thing down. Saying no is one of the hardest things for me to do. How about you? I don't know about you but I hate cancelling on people or not being able to help. You can't give to others what you don't have to give in the first place though. Something to chew on. Try not to spit it out.
*When I got out of surgery and was so uncomfortable and in pain my first thought when I got home was wow it is nice to have a break. I knew as soon as I got out of surgery that I could have my life back again. What a blessing! I barely know what to do with myself, all my new found energy and words. Oh how I missed words. My brain was so broken when I was sick, MAJOR creative, major everything block. Apologies if my posts didn't make sense or our conversations hahaha just a casualty of being sick. Your brain is focusing so hard on getting better that there isn't much room for anything else as those around me constantly reminded me.
Please see previous post about my ER visit if you are confused as to what is going on but as my surgeon said, the surgeon in the ER just wanted to send you to a better one that knew what was happening haha We always learn things through trials. In my case ALWAYS GET A SECOND OPINION. OR A THIRD OPINION. If you know that the first one doesn't make sense or feels wrong to you. DON'T GIVE UP. Being defeated is the worst feeling in the world.
That being said that is one reason why I started this company. I never want anyone to feel defeated getting ready for your day or an event, your closet or a dressing room should never do that to you. Yet so many times we are often driven to tears by that hole in the wall full of fabric, lies & sequins. A second or third opinion never hurt anyone. In my case a second opinion was the difference between life and death. Death of not being able to pursue my passions, dreams and living with a bomb inside of me that whenever it wanted would one day get set off. I know it is not always going to be that extreme but we owe it to ourselves to never have to feel defeated when there are so many resources out there.
I would be lying to you if I did not tell you that this has been a very difficult year for a variety of reasons but being able to do what I love has kept me going. It was so hard to take a break from it to focus on my health and myself but I had to if I wanted to continue to pursue my dreams of helping YOU. So let me be your second opinion or your third opinion. Don't live without hope. It's the worse state to be in. There is always hope somewhere you just have to keep looking for it.
*****Thanks for all your patience. You are so important! Appreciating today as well as what's on the horizon for CUT CHIC! ******
When I was younger we had this sizable wooden brown trunk full of dresses, heels, hats & pearls. Oh how we loved the pearls. Whether it was playing a game of Pretty Pretty Princess... you know it had that high quality synthetic cast jewelry! OR spending the afternoon with the magical trunk becoming a princess, a teacher or a pirate (Couldn't leave the brother out). That trunk full of what everyone else just viewed as aged, undesirable clothes were little girls treasures.
I feel many of us have lost this truth most days. As dressing up has turned into a chore instead of a fun way to express yourself.
So I challenge you to put on your goggles or Kate Spade glasses and try to view your closet a little differently today. Play with mixing different styles or contrasting a burnt orange top w/ a purple skirt because who says you shouldn't start each day with a dose of fun? Who says you can't love lace and leather OR stripes with a safari print? Style doesn't need to make sense it needs to express who you are.
So put on that skirt and do a twirl. Your five year old self with thank you.