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Refreshed Style

Lately I have been having so much fun putting together my new outfits! The reason I am having so much fun is because these “new” outfits are put together mostly using some resurrected pieces that have been living deep in my closet for years.

I am not one to hoard clothes, I am pretty good about closet purging BUT there have a been a few things that I have held on to over the last few years that I just knew I would love again. For the last 3+ years I have been pregnant, post partum, nursing, then pregnant again, you get it. I am at the end of nursing and am getting close to that point of not having to constantly be available as a food source. I am also not getting spit up on all that much so I can wear nice clothes again.

Shopping in your closet is like getting FREE new clothes. Sometimes you just need a little help from someone (a pro!) with a fresh outside perspective.

I mentioned in my last post that my dear friend (and amazing wardrobe consultant) Joanna Avant had helped me find and style that cute Southwest looking dress. Here is another maternity dress that she showed me how to wear. I rocked this with some leggings and boots last week while bopping around to some client meetings and felt so chic! Can you believe that these were maternity dresses!?!?PicFrame

For the last few years, I have been loving my bootcut jeans, probably because I really love me some boots! But I am getting a little bored with the skinnies and boots all of the time and kind of miss the flares and bootcut jeans. What I struggle with here is what shoes to wear with a non skinny jean. What do you think of these new boots I just got off Zappos? 

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They have enough of a heel to give me some lift, maybe an inch or so. I just got these last week so I’m still playing around with how to style them. They are super cute with a legging or skinny and I think I can wear them with a skirt or dress but haven’t officially tried it yet.

This weekend I wore them with a pair of dark wash GAP bootcut jeans that I have had forever. They are super flattering and I’m excited because they finally fit again! Im glad I have these boots because they are that length that is too long for a flat shoe but too short for a heel.

These 7 for all Mankind flares have been in my closet for about 10 years. I love them so much! These are super long and super flared, which I feel like makes them super sassy. Given the length of these, they have to be worn with a good heel, so I can only wear them out on adult only adventures. My kids are too fast for me to chase them around in heels! I don’t get many adult outings right now so I jumped at the chance to wear them out for drinks with the girls last week.

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I also resurrected these Gap bootcut dark wash jeans this weekend and wore them with some fun new ankle boots that I just got.

Even though I work as a wardrobe stylist (styling what people wear in photo shoots and for commercials), sometimes I struggle to dress myself. This is a fun commercial that I did wardrobe for last year. Did you notice that each of the guests party outfits get a little more wacky in each scene but they build on each other in a thoughtful and fu way? This was one of my favorite projects to design!
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I love that I can tap Joanna’s genius to help get me out of my ruts and get me excited to dress myself again. I think we all get a little too distracted by our (perceived) flaws and insecurities instead of working with what you’ve got and owning your strengths. 2016 is my year of Refresh and Im excited to practice what I preach and refresh myself.

Are you ready to REFRESH Yo’ Self?!?!

After years of getting asked by friends and clients who don’t live near us, we have finally figured out how to share our skills using technology! We are only doing 12 of these and they are for sale thru Feb 14, or until they sell out, so they are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat! Buy your here!

UPDATE: There are only 6 spots left!

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How fabulous would it be to have a team of pro stylists teach you how to streamline your morning routine (closet to caboodle) so you can start every day looking and feeling confident and put-together?  This service isn’t just for celebrities or the super-elite.  Joanna Avant, wardrobe consultant, and Emily Hudspeth Greenwald, make-up artist, can do this for YOU!  It doesn’t matter where you live — it’s all done via e-mail and Skype/FaceTime sessions!

Here’s what we need from you:

  • Get the ball rolling by completing a style questionnaire for each of us
  • Do some quick homework to prep for our virtual sessions
  • Hop online, and let’s “meet!”

Here’s what you’ll get from us:

  • 2 hours of virtual consultations (approximately 1 hour with each of us), during which we will answer your style questions, help you decide what to keep, what to trash/donate, what to invest in, and how to put it all together
  • A follow-up summary email with links to a few things for you to buy now
  • A printable worksheet for taking notes during our sessions
  • A huge boost in confidence that comes with feeling comfortable and put-together.  (Oh, and a good chuckle or two.  Possibly at our expense;)

Treat yourself or someone you love to The Refresh Sesh!  A Virtual Make-up and Wardrobe Edit.  

Grab one of the 6 spots before they are gone!




 

 

 

Holiday (Bikini) Season

Merry Everything Ya’ll!

This has been a great year but it has really flown by, faster than any year before. Next up is my year in review and then I want to share some things we’ve got planned for 2016. Its going to be so, so good!

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We just wrapped up celebrating Hanukkah at our house and now we are moving into Christmas. There is no shortage of cookies and other treats in this house since Halloween (my all time favorite) and we had quite the spread for Thanksgiving. The Greenwald’s are a festive bunch to say the least!

Good thing I ran that half marathon in November or who knows what I would be looking like right now. Thanks for the motivation Sarah and Judy! IMG_9740

Which brings me to my little announcement. We are taking an unexpected trip to Miami next week!

Big Willy Style!

Big Willy Style!

I was not at all expecting to be showing this much skin during the winter months but from what I hear, South Beach is bringing the heat so I’ve got to up my game on so many levels. I certainly wasn’t expecting to be bikini shopping in December, at 35 years old, especially since I have spent the last 3 years pregnant or nursing. But here I go!

The day of the infamous Jumping Suit debut (did you miss that post? see it here) I realized that in order to pull of that look, I was going to need to work on my foundations, i.e. undergarments.  I tried on my pre pregnancy bras, they were too small….then tried on my one nursing bra (a good old J cup!) and it was too big, thank goodness. I needed something just right and I knew exactly where to go.

Blythe in Short Pump is THE place to go to be fitted for the right bra. The girls who work there are excellent and helping you find exactly what you need. The service there is on point! They are so sweet and helpful to me when I have been in there with Sloane, both when she was a newborn and recently when she wants to crawl all around the store.

That is where I found both of these fabulous Freya bikinis.FreyaBikini

Both have a fun retro feel. The black bottoms are slightly high waisted, very pin up chic and the blue bottoms are a fun cheeky cut. The tops have awesome support which makes me feel so much more confident because I am not worried about falling out and having any beach/pool wardrobe malfunctions. I would even where these to our neighborhood pool in the summer and could wear them with my hands full of babies that literally climb up me all day. Not cheap but worth every penny.

Hey 2016 brides, since we are leaving to celebrate New Years in Miami, anyone who is looking to save $50 on your trial run will need to book by December 27th. Available dates for January-July 2016 brides are here! Contact me thru the website here.

The timing was perfect for me to drop a small fortune in Blythe. I am so glad I got a good bra before the holiday party so I could feel extra confident in my jumpsuit. And I really needed it before our family pictures with Sarah Kane Photography. I would not have been able to pull of this fitted cream sweater without a decent bra. GreenwaldFamilyPortraitsRVA-

 My dear friend and amazing personal stylist, Joanna Avant, gives her clients some homework before they have a Wardrobe Revival with her. Part of that is having a good bra that fits properly. That can only happen if you’ve been fitted by a specialist within the past year. Joanna says (and I couldn’t agree more!), “Great clothes or not, its hard to feel confident and put together with ill fitting undergarments, sagging bits and VPL.”

She is a wise woman, that Joanna Avant. Stay tuned for a special package deal offering that we are putting together with insights from both of us. Make sure your significant other knows about it if this is on your wish list for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.

Bikinis and Christmas don’t usually go together but this year is an exception and I wouldn’t be terribly upset if it was the rule every year! Mama does love the beach!

You will see more from our trip on Instagram and Twitter. I will also be sharing some insight to what I packed, for wardrobe/hair/makeup to be efficient yet still fabulous. Let me know in the comments what you want to see in that post. Also, if you have a favorite spot on South Beach, let me know in the comments. This is my first time to party there!

Merry Christmas,

xoxo

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The Blue Jumping Suit….Courtesy of Rent the Runway

Last week was my husbands work holiday party and since I LOVE any occasion that calls for fancy dress, or in this case…fancy pants, I decided to have some fun and really go for it head to toe. I am pretty pleased with how it all came together and I wanted to share it!

I rented this “Jumping Suit” , as it became known at my house,  from Rent the Runway. I also rented these Kate Spade ear pins but they didn’t come in time. But that actually worked out fine because I got these fabulous ear jackets from Nordstrom and the sales girl gave this awesome idea to keep them fresh by adding any pair of studs to them!

Thanks Heather-michellephotography.com !

Thanks Heather-michellephotography.com !

I ended up wearing these Kate Spade ear jackets with a fun pair of studs I already had. My neighbor loaned me her gold sparkly pocket book which works great with my fancy Jessica Simpson shoes that are way too high for regular wear but oh so great for a fancy party! Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 2.54.24 PM

Because we don’t get out on the town much (we work ALOT and have two small children), we really make the most of these nights out. We stopped at Richmond’s new boutique hotel, Quirk and had a fabulous cocktail before heading out to the holiday party at the Jefferson Hotel. How lucky was I to run into Heather of Heather Michelle Photography who kindly snapped a pic of us and emailed it me after.

Thanks Heather-michellephotography.com !

Thanks Heather-michellephotography.com !

This picture makes me feel SO fancy. Thank you Heather!

Getting out of the house is kind of a miracle when you are wrangling a 9 month old and a 2.5 year old. In order to make getting ready seamless and efficient, I totally did a “trial run” of my hair since I don’t usually wear it this way. I needed to know exactly how long it would take me to style it and if these headbands I  bought from Francesca’s were going to work and actually be comfortable enough to wear all night.

IMG_9877I did this quick trial a few days before and texted it to my girlfriends to get some approval. I wasn’t sure if this was too over the top, even for me. They gave me the thumbs up so I went all out for the event.

Here is a quick unedited selfie from my bathroom. I had to get one last vote of approval from a fellow fashionista before I hit the town. I am so in love with these Kate Spade ear jackets and super grateful that the sales girl gave me the idea to switch up the studs! I also bought the all white version of the ear pins that I attempted to rent and they are super fabulous!
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Hair and Makeup are my main gig and I do a little wardrobe for production too. But I doubt myself at times when it comes to my wardrobe selection. That is why I love having Joanna Avant, personal shopper, as a buddy. I love following her Instagram feed to see what cute stuff she is into. If you feel like you need some help in the shopping department or someone to do an audit of your closet, you should put her on your Christmas wish list! She has gift cards available, more about that here. 

I am launching Makeover Your Makeup Bag lessons in 2016 which will be a set of 3 appointments with me to clean out your cosmetics collection, do some shopping together and then show you how to use it. Joanna inspired me to make those available to you guys sooner than I had planned so you could put them on your Christmas list. Would you like that?

If you like this look and you are interested in seeing more details for how I put it all together, there will be a return of the YouTube tutorials on my channel next year. Let me know in the comments what you would like me to share in the tutorials. Feel free to ask for anything, hair/makeup/wardrobe related. Im down to do whatever.

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I have been taking a break from the blog for awhile but I am back at it with fun stuff that you won’t want to miss. Like special deals ($50 off for 2016 brides who book in December), or when I giveaway my new favorite shampoo and condoner (there are still a few days to enter here!) or when I share how I make one of my DIY sugar scrubs, which make great holiday gifts! I will be sharing a few more of those coming up soon!

Happy Holiday!

xoxo

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NuNAAT Garlic Magic

You may have seen Instagram post recently about the new products from NuNAAT that I was excited to try out. I am sure the first thing that comes to mind is, wwww, garlic? I don’t want to smell like garlic! Rosemary Mint, maybe but garlic, no thanks! Well, I’ve been using these products for about 2 weeks and I’m ready to report back.
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The NAAT Garlic Magic line is amazing! Aside from the magical fact, that it does NOT contain a garlic smell from the garlic extract, it has fabulous benefits including:
-Restoring hair to a strong, healthy and natural state. Which is much needed on my chemical challenged locks!
-Formulated with garlic extract
-Fresh, clean scent. No garlic smell! Seriously, not a trace of garlic. Just a light, clean scent.
-Fights dandruff, excessive oiliness and hair loss
-Suitable for all hair types.
-Ideal for slow-to-grow and fragile hair. Perfect for me!
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You may be wondering, why garlic? What is the benefit?
Garlic is a naturally powerful antibiotic that removes harmful toxins and offers relief to the dry, itchy scalp. When crushed, garlic releases an enzyme known as alliinase, which stimulates blood flow, strengthening hair and reducing breakage. It is also known to increase body and shine. But…who wants to smell like garlic all day!? nuNAAT has developed a unique way of processing the garlic extract in their NAAT Garlic collection so that there is NO garlic smell. In fact, the whole collection has a very pleasant fragrance that will leave your scalp healthy and hair growing strong.
Thanks Sarah Kane for this gorgeous photo from our recent shoot together! Photo linked to her blog post!

Thanks Sarah Kane for this gorgeous photo from our recent shoot together! Photo linked to her blog post!

My hair is currently extremely chemically processed. Even when it is not so crispy (to put it nicely), it doesn’t grow very quickly. Im not losing it to breakage or heat styling damage, it just doesn’t grow! Very frustrating! So I’m excited to use the Garlic Magic for longer than 2 weeks to see if I see any changes there. Not that I am trying to grow it super long again any time soon.

Right now I am super busy with an almost 2 year old and about to have a newborn. I am not working out quite as much as I do when I have a better handle on life. With my hair shorter, like this, I don’t really wear it curly very often. Drying it smooth isn’t super hard or time consuming at this length. But I don’t love doing it so I try to shampoo as little as possible. Like maybe once or twice a week.

For the last 2 weeks I have been using these products, I have been really happy with the results. I do feel like my hair is in great condition, not overly moisturized but just enough. I also feel like I can still go a few days in between shampooing. So far, I have nothing but good things to report.

Thanks so much to NuNAAT for giving me the opportunity to try these products and give some feedback. For more information on the Garlic Magic line, check out their website here. You can find label ingredients here.

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You can purchase online here. Or find a store near you here.

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Thanks NuNAAT!
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