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Mom Tips Monday - Moms of Teens

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Yesterday I held my first Moms Of Teens event and boy was it eye opening! The panel was amazing and I hope parents walked away with information and ideas they could take away and apply at home. Following are three points I want to share with you.

  • Teens don't need you to understand but they need your understanding. 

You don't have to like or agree with what teenagers do or say, but they need you to receive the information they give you and empathize with them without passing judgement.

  • As a parent of a teenager with mental health issues, you must take care of  your mental health.

You should schedule time to talk to a therapist yourself. Raising teenagers is stressful enough and raising one with mental health issues can take you over the top. Mental wellness is the first step to your overall health, if your mind is not right, it can cause other areas of your life to decline.

  • Parents are in charge of what services their child gets and they must advocate for them.

Every school may not equipped to address your teen's issues and if this is the case, you must seek outside help. If money or insurance is a deterrent there are many universities and clinics that offer free or sliding scale services. 

I hope these points were helpful and if you or someone you know needs help with mental health issues there are many organizations available to help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a great place to start and they can be reached at 1-800-950-NAMI. If there is an emergency in which you or someone else is suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

 

 

Mom Tips Monday - She Better Mind Her Business

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You have these great ideas for a business and these kids in tow! It seems overwhelming but you know you can do this! Enjoy these five tips for a more productive day!

Get up before your kids: First things first...the early bird gets the worm and gets to sit in quiet before the crazy starts. It will be painful at first but trust me, if you can get up even 15 minutes before your kids normally get up it helps a great deal. As time goes on you can add more time until you get to at least a full hour and get a great start to YOUR day. 

Make a to do list: List are life! The one thing you have to remember about lists is not to overload them. I like to stick to 3-5 things on my list because I know I can only really accomplish a few things. Start with the three most important tasks for your business and add two tasks for your home and let it go. Celebrate the small wins of the day, then plan for the next 3-5 wins on the following day. Before you know it you have accomplished more than you thought you could. This is how I started my business. I would research a few things a day and at the end of the week I had so much accomplished without ignoring the needs of my family.

Put on a real outfit: This is so major! I used to wear sweats and tshirts and got stuff done but when I put on "real" clothes I got different things done. I felt like I was at work when I wore clothes that would be suitable at an office or in a power meeting. It is also good practice for when you have to present yourself to the public. It boosts your mood and makes you feel like you have not completely lost who you are. You can still be casual but pulled together. The photo above is the perfect example of a look that is pulled together but casual. You could wear this outfit to the park with the kids, to the grocery store, at the office or to a meeting with partners or potential investors.

Take a hike: I cannot say enough about getting out in the fresh air! It boosts the mood and the brain. If you are lucky enough to walk alone...great! If you have to walk with kids in tow...great...just get out and get moving. I come up with some of my best ideas while walking. It clears my mind and sparks creativity.

Do a 10 minute tidy: With all that you have on your brain to get your business in order, getting your house in order seems out of reach. Set the timer and pick one or two tasks to work through. This creates a sense of accomplishment and actually gets things done. The words of the day are slow, steady and consistent. Tackling tasks one at a time really does add up. In no time you will look up and have your business started and your house in order. Things might not be perfect but they will be moving. 

I hope these tips help you organize and move forward with reaching your goals. Remember Rome was not built in a day and neither is your business or your life. Enjoy the moments and the journey!

 

Mom Tips Monday - She Better Mind Her Business

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With mental health awareness being on the forefront of most discussions these days I wanted to take some time out and talk about mommy depression. Whether it be hormonal changes or the physical and emotional demands that moms face, depression or "mommy blues" is real. Raising kids and working from home or outside of the home is enough to throw anyone into overworked and overextended mode which can lead to depression. If you feel like you are at the end of your rope please reach out and get some help. Even if you can't make the call yourself maybe your partner or another mom in your circle (kid's school, church, grocery store) can make the call for you.  

In addition to getting help, I would like to share three tips you can use to help brighten your mood and help lift your spirits.

  1. Try to get some form of exercise. It is said that exercise releases endorphins, hormones secreted within the brain, that help you feel better. Now I know that a full on workout is not always possible but good old jumping jacks, grabbing your kids rope to skip or dancing around the house can do wonders and get you flowing.  Those who follow me or know a little about me know that house music is my life. I have been a house head for a while and I will get my twirl on anywhere! Dancing is a part of everything I do! It helps my mood and when I feel the blues creeping up I try to catch it before I become fully depressed by putting on some music and going full twirl.
  2. Watch what you eat. Most of us go to food for comfort when we start to feel low and it can be a quick fix that might have lasting negative effects on our bodies and brains. We all know about comfort food and weight gain which can be depressing but there are lots of studies that link what you eat and how it affects your mood especially sugary foods which are linked to depression.
  3. Cut it off. Working from home can make you blur the lines of work time and family time. I know it is hard but you have to find a way to cut it off! I know the feeling of wanting to do that one last thing which leads to two more things and now the kids are screaming that they are hungry or want your attention. Set a timer or an alarm if you have to and stick to it. There is always another day to get things done. This is not a race but a long journey. Building a business takes time and raising a family takes lots of energy. Enjoy the moments working on your business and raising your family...take a breath and slow down.

I hope these tips help you manage your days better. Again if you need help please reach out. Following are some resources for help:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

 

Mom Tips Monday - She Better Mind Her Business

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So my mom tip this week deals with laundry and the kids. When do you get your kids involved in doing the laundry?  Well as soon as my kids learned their colors I had them sorting the laundry and as soon as they could reach the controls (even with a step stool) I had them using the washing machine to wash their own clothes and putting them away. Now, did they fold their clothes and put them away in each drawer neatly? Absolutely not! I don't even do that, but as a stay-at-home mom of three who was building a business I had to use every resource I could so I enlisted the little ones and this has made them extremely helpful. I haven't done their laundry in years, eight to be exact. I made sure that everyone in my household is a part of running this household so I can put more time into running my business. I hope you enjoyed this tip...stay tuned for more mom tips each Monday! 

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Moms Of Teens Series

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As an entrepreneur you are constantly faced with obstacles that affect your mental health so self care is incredibly important. Running a small business, raising three teenagers and caring for your parents can be extremely challenging to say the least. When you are suddenly faced with a teenager who is dealing with their own challenges it can throw your already hectic life out of whack.  What do you do? Where do you turn? 

Well, this is currently my life and I am sure there are others out there who are facing similar challenges. I was left asking myself these questions so I decided to do something about it. Those of you who are familiar with TracyChambers Vintage know that as much as I enjoy hunting for vintage gems and sharing them with my ladies, I love bringing women together and finding ways to offer support. While She Better Mind Her Business (SBMHB) supports moms and entrepreneurship, Moms Of Teens (MOT) supports moms through the complex years of raising teenagers and is an extension of my willingness to share resources and best practices to get through those "wonder" years.

If you are a parent of teenagers who can use some support or know a parent who can benefit from this forum please share. Tickets can be purchased here.

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One Dress For All Seasons

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I cannot believe this is my first post of the year! 2018 has either been that busy already or I have gotten off to a really slow start! Either way, I am glad to be back working and creating content that I hope is useful to you guys. 

Today I want to share some style inspiration that comes from one dress with three different looks for three different seasons. Yes I love fashion and shopping and have way too many clothes but I am a proud repeat offender! Nothing brings me more joy than getting great mileage out of my pieces. When buying for TracyChambers Vintage, I always keep my customers in mind and make sure that what I bring to the store can be worn multiple ways. Some of you may own this dress or one like it...try to see how many ways you can wear yours...enjoy!

 Throw a turtleneck underneath a sack or shirt dress, add boots or booties and enjoy the colder temps.

Throw a turtleneck underneath a sack or shirt dress, add boots or booties and enjoy the colder temps.

 Throw on a light jacket with warm fall colors and enjoy the crisp fall air.

Throw on a light jacket with warm fall colors and enjoy the crisp fall air.

 Enjoy easy breezy summer days by adding sandals or strappy heels for hot date nights.

Enjoy easy breezy summer days by adding sandals or strappy heels for hot date nights.

Gooood Eatin' Outfits

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So I loooove to eat like many of you and while I am not a glutton, I am not at all shy about putting in work on any given holiday that centers around food. However, sometimes I go a little overboard and get the tummy stretch. You know what I am talking about, the tummy stretch that makes you look slightly pregnant and definitely overstuffed.  Well I have rounded up a few of my favorite looks that will help you make it through turkey day with a little room to breathe. Enjoy your holiday!

 Black on black is always the best line of defense.

Black on black is always the best line of defense.

 This white shirt dress is my favorite go to when I need a little room to breathe.

This white shirt dress is my favorite go to when I need a little room to breathe.

 My very favorite Keep It Easy dress never fails me.

My very favorite Keep It Easy dress never fails me.

 A tunic dress over leggings gives great stretch but if you are not careful the stretch stays around way longer than you anticipated. I wear leggings with caution and very rarely these days.

A tunic dress over leggings gives great stretch but if you are not careful the stretch stays around way longer than you anticipated. I wear leggings with caution and very rarely these days.

 If all else fails just wrap it up with a colorful blanket scarf and bon appetite!

If all else fails just wrap it up with a colorful blanket scarf and bon appetite!

Hot Toddies To Warm Your Body

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So the fall chill finally settled in and my throat began to get a bit scratchy but instead of reaching for an over-the- counter remedy I reached for some tea with honey and lemon with a twist. That twist is whiskey and I am talking about a hot toddy which has long been a cure for the common cold.  The hot toddy is a natural remedy for those nasty cold symptoms and it will help you rest better which is extremely important for fighting any bug. 

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I opt for the no frills easy breezy version of toddy preparation which is to place a tea bag in a mug (I prefer lemon ginger tea), pour hot water and steep for 2-3 minutes. Remove the tea bag, add honey and stir. Next pour in a dash or two of whiskey, rum OR brandy; add some lemon, stir and enjoy. If I want to be fancy I will add a stick of cinnamon which is an anti-inflammatory and helps reduce cold symptoms.  

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Another way to prepare a toddy involves heating your mug with hot water while the tea is brewing separately. Once the hot water heats the mug, dump the water and coat the bottom with honey; add the liquor and squeeze lemon juice. Once the tea is steeped pour it over the honey, lemon and liquor mixture and stir. Oooh...fancy! 

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However you decide to prepare your toddy make sure you sip slow to savor every bit of it - enjoy!

Bossing Up: The 9-5 Edition

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There comes a time in a girl's life when she needs to step it up a notch and look like the boss she wants to be. Here are a few looks to give you inspiration if you need to up your game at work.

 Denim and velvet and work? Yup! Texture on texture is the perfect way to make a statement and this right here lets them know you are not playing. 

Denim and velvet and work? Yup! Texture on texture is the perfect way to make a statement and this right here lets them know you are not playing. 

 I love the twist on this classic look. The gold thread makes it pop while the lines remain classic. 

I love the twist on this classic look. The gold thread makes it pop while the lines remain classic. 

 This look will take you from meetings to after work drinks or the holiday party.

This look will take you from meetings to after work drinks or the holiday party.

 Going for that Creative Director title? This look is fun and more relaxed but pulled together. 

Going for that Creative Director title? This look is fun and more relaxed but pulled together. 

How To Wear Vintage Now

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Yes I am a vintage girl but too much of a good thing doesn't always work out. I prefer to mix vintage pieces with my current wardrobe for maximum style. Adding a vintage piece is the sure fire way to stand out in the world of fast fashion. Don't get me wrong I liiiiive for a good H&M collaboration but I need that something extra in order to avoid looking like a fashion clone. Here are a few ways to add that something extra to your contemporary mix. Enjoy.

 The structure of this vintage blazer gives these ultra relaxed  Zara  camo pants that buttoned up look for a casual Friday at the office...well at someone's office:-)

The structure of this vintage blazer gives these ultra relaxed Zara camo pants that buttoned up look for a casual Friday at the office...well at someone's office:-)

 My favorite statement sweater! Nothing beats a Coogi classic! Just add some thigh highs and  colorful scarf  to make sure you won't look like a carbon copy.

My favorite statement sweater! Nothing beats a Coogi classic! Just add some thigh highs and colorful scarf to make sure you won't look like a carbon copy.

 This vintage dress is one of my favorites and is on constant rotation. I am a proud repeat offender! I added this contemporary  classic sweater  with some vintage boots and a sturdy leather bag from  Marlow Goods .

This vintage dress is one of my favorites and is on constant rotation. I am a proud repeat offender! I added this contemporary classic sweater with some vintage boots and a sturdy leather bag from Marlow Goods.

Copy of Keeping Your Knits In Top Shape

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It's that time of year again...temps falling...the air is crisp and we begin to pile on the layers, especially a cozy sweater or poncho of some kind.  In order to keep my knits fresh I adhere to some basics. Here are some of my best practices for keeping my knits like new throughout the season. 

For starters I NEVER mix my sweaters in a regular wash load. My knits always get special attention as with most of my wash loads. It may be a bit more time consuming to wash this way, but it is worth it in the long run because it keeps my sweaters in top shape.

I use a very mild detergent for my knits. If it so happens that I have run out of my cleaner of choice, which is usually Woolite, I use just a drop (no more than a tablespoon) of a regular detergent or in the past when my kids were little I would use a bit of baby shampoo. I have used a specialty wash for sweaters in the past and I really enjoyed the outcome because of the lovely smell, but it was not totally necessary.  I do however, from time to time, treat myself to a special wash solution when I am feeling fancy:-)

Washing in cold water is really the key to keeping your sweaters and knits in top shape as well as washing them in the gentle cycle.  For the most part, I wash my expensive, fancy sweaters, i.e cashmere, wool, pure cotton, or vintage by hand. I never wring them but squeeze the water out and lay them flat to dry on a drying rack in my tub. For sweaters that are not so delicate, I sometimes fold them over the tub or shower rod, but never hang them on a hanger to dry. 

Nowadays most sweaters are made of acrylic and manmade fibers and are machine washable but I still wash them separately and with care which means cold water and gentle cycle mostly on an express timeframe.  Even though these pieces are not as expensive or rare, I still make sure I treat them with care because I want to get the most use out of them and they are cute! Nothing is worse than jacking up that cute cheap sweater that you loved to wear all of the time because you didn't take time to care for it! Hey I love a fast fashion piece just as much as anyone else and sometimes it's those garments that need more care than others.

I hope this post helps guide you in caring for your knits this season and those to come. There are many more practices out there and I would like to hear from you.  Please share some of your best tips and practices in the comments below.  Happy sweater weather!

Tie A Velvet Ribbon...

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I am always looking for ways to add a kick to the pieces already in my closet and in order to do so I like to add ribbon as an accent. I usually go for a satin or grosgrain ribbon but this season I am adding velvet ribbon to my arsenal. It is a super easy and affordable way to switch up any look.  I just make sure to cut the ribbon on a bias to give it a "finished" look when I am lazy. However, I advise stitching the edges for extended use.  Enjoy the inspiration.

 Ooooh yummm! Taste the colors of the rainbow. A great way to add color and texture!

Ooooh yummm! Taste the colors of the rainbow. A great way to add color and texture!

 This shirt/tunic was cute by itself but with the ribbon it takes on another life.

This shirt/tunic was cute by itself but with the ribbon it takes on another life.

 This dress came with a white ribbon...I added black ribbon to bring it into the fall and winter.

This dress came with a white ribbon...I added black ribbon to bring it into the fall and winter.

 This ribbon as a belt is a great way to get just the right color you need as an accent.

This ribbon as a belt is a great way to get just the right color you need as an accent.

 This men's shirt gets an extra kick with ribbon as a tie.

This men's shirt gets an extra kick with ribbon as a tie.

1970s Fall Fashion inspiration

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Yes fall is late coming but I assure it will be here. With fall fashion on my mind I can't help but think of a few of my influences from movies past. Here is some inspiration from a few of my favorites. Some of the images are a bit blurry so bear with me.

 Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. The coat and boots scream fall...how classic!

Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. The coat and boots scream fall...how classic!

 Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. This is one of my favorite outfits from the film. Those rolled up jeans with the perfect fall boot and chunky sweater is what fall fashion is made of.

Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. This is one of my favorite outfits from the film. Those rolled up jeans with the perfect fall boot and chunky sweater is what fall fashion is made of.

 Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. My favorite fall color...I always look forward to adding burgundy hues to my wardrobe every September and this sweater is perfect.

Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. My favorite fall color...I always look forward to adding burgundy hues to my wardrobe every September and this sweater is perfect.

 Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. Tracy Chambers does no wrong with this fur vest over her blouse with huge neck scarf...bawse!

Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. Tracy Chambers does no wrong with this fur vest over her blouse with huge neck scarf...bawse!

 Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. Let the fall layering begin...classic tweed/wool blazer, sweater, shirt and scarf.

Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. Let the fall layering begin...classic tweed/wool blazer, sweater, shirt and scarf.

 Diane Keeton in Annie Hall. The plaid shirt over the turtle neck is perfect layering with rolled up denim and boots.

Diane Keeton in Annie Hall. The plaid shirt over the turtle neck is perfect layering with rolled up denim and boots.

 Diane Keeton in Annie Hall. I love how she paired the same turtle neck with a summer dress for a perfect fall transition.

Diane Keeton in Annie Hall. I love how she paired the same turtle neck with a summer dress for a perfect fall transition.

 Marsha Mason in The Goodbye Girl. Simple and classic belted blazer with denim.

Marsha Mason in The Goodbye Girl. Simple and classic belted blazer with denim.

 Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde. That sweater is everything paired with the scarf and beret or tam. 

Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde. That sweater is everything paired with the scarf and beret or tam. 

Leaf Peeping

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Ahhhhh fall...crisp air...changing leaves...falling leaves...everything pumpkin! I am super excited when fall hits because it means that it is time for my annual leaf peeping trip! Yes label me corny with a capital K but there is nothing like a long drive up the Hudson with your favorite music playing and witnessing the glory of God. Talk about self care! This is just one of the ways I slow it down and let myself unwind and unravel. If you like the changing of the season from summer to fall as much as I do I hope you get to experience it this year. Following is a map of peak leaf peeping times nationwide and a few places to visit...enjoy!

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 Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

 Wilmington, VT (photo via Back Road Ramblers)

Wilmington, VT (photo via Back Road Ramblers)

 Natchez, Mississippi (photo via Country Living)

Natchez, Mississippi (photo via Country Living)

 Woodstock, VT (photo via Country Living)

Woodstock, VT (photo via Country Living)

 Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (photo via Country Living)

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (photo via Country Living)

 Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge Georgia (photo via Roots Rated)

Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge Georgia (photo via Roots Rated)

 The Ozarks, Missouri (photo via Yahoo)

The Ozarks, Missouri (photo via Yahoo)

 South Mountains State Park, Asheville, NC (photo via RomanticAsheville.com)

South Mountains State Park, Asheville, NC (photo via RomanticAsheville.com)

Fall 2017 Bootie Report

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Every girl needs a great bootie in her arsenal when fall hits. I am always on the hunt for a pair that are cute, comfy and classic that way I can wear them for many seasons. Buying classics are a great way to make your clothing and shoe investment dollars stretch because they will always be in style and you can add a trend or two each season. While there are many many styles to choose from these are just a few that caught my eye...enjoy!

Keeping Your Knits In Top Shape

fall fashion, fall style, lifestyleHelen NurseComment

It's that time of year again...temps falling...the air is crisp and we begin to pile on the layers, especially a cozy sweater or poncho of some kind.  In order to keep my knits fresh I adhere to some basics. Here are some of my best practices for keeping my knits like new throughout the season. 

For starters I NEVER mix my sweaters in a regular wash load. My knits always get special attention as with most of my wash loads. It may be a bit more time consuming to wash this way, but it is worth it in the long run because it keeps my sweaters in top shape.

I use a very mild detergent for my knits. If it so happens that I have run out of my cleaner of choice, which is usually Woolite, I use just a drop (no more than a tablespoon) of a regular detergent or in the past when my kids were little I would use a bit of baby shampoo. I have used a specialty wash for sweaters in the past and I really enjoyed the outcome because of the lovely smell, but it was not totally necessary.  I do however, from time to time, treat myself to a special wash solution when I am feeling fancy:-)

Washing in cold water is really the key to keeping your sweaters and knits in top shape as well as washing them in the gentle cycle.  For the most part, I wash my expensive, fancy sweaters, i.e cashmere, wool, pure cotton, or vintage by hand. I never wring them but squeeze the water out and lay them flat to dry on a drying rack in my tub. For sweaters that are not so delicate, I sometimes fold them over the tub or shower rod, but never hang them on a hanger to dry. 

Nowadays most sweaters are made of acrylic and manmade fibers and are machine washable but I still wash them separately and with care which means cold water and gentle cycle mostly on an express timeframe.  Even though these pieces are not as expensive or rare, I still make sure I treat them with care because I want to get the most use out of them and they are cute! Nothing is worse than jacking up that cute cheap sweater that you loved to wear all of the time because you didn't take time to care for it! Hey I love a fast fashion piece just as much as anyone else and sometimes it's those garments that need more care than others.

I hope this post helps guide you in caring for your knits this season and those to come. There are many more practices out there and I would like to hear from you.  Please share some of your best tips and practices in the comments below.  Happy sweater weather!

NYFW Pop Up with TracyChambers Vintage and Meow and Barks Boutique

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What a great day! You know your event was successful if even you had a great time. All of the beautiful people showed up and there was nothing but love in the air.  Marlo Hampton came out and shared her style journey with us, Creme of Nature blessed attendees with the most generous treats to keep your hair tight and Essence Magazine made sure that everyone went home with a copy of the latest issue with my favorite funny girl Niecy Nash gracing the cover.  A special thank you to Gerard Lynneil who captured the day with his amazing eye and thanks to everyone who made it out and for those who couldn't make it...see you next time.

 Beautiful people!

Beautiful people!

 Marlo Hampton giving major color in her Harvé Bernard vintage silk blazer from TracyChambers Vintage.

Marlo Hampton giving major color in her Harvé Bernard vintage silk blazer from TracyChambers Vintage.

 The Co-Owners of Joli Beauty Bar

The Co-Owners of Joli Beauty Bar

 All the ladies in the place with style and grace.

All the ladies in the place with style and grace.

 All of the goodies to keep your hair right especially during NYFW!

All of the goodies to keep your hair right especially during NYFW!

 We did it! Hostesses with the mostesses...yours truly and Traci Evans from Meow and Barks Boutique.

We did it! Hostesses with the mostesses...yours truly and Traci Evans from Meow and Barks Boutique.

Summer Dresses and Jeans...Fall Transitioning

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The changing of the season is not quite here but will roll in before you know it! Summer dresses will be stashed away soon to make way for cozy knits...but not just yet. I like to hold on to summer a little bit longer.  Check out some style inspiration to keep those summer pieces in rotation as the summer season begins to wind down.

 Pairing white jeans and this navy summer dress is a great way to transition both pieces especially for those who are skeptical to wear white after labor day.

Pairing white jeans and this navy summer dress is a great way to transition both pieces especially for those who are skeptical to wear white after labor day.

 I love this gauzy polka dot maxi and cigarette denim.  Photo via  Walk In Wonderland

I love this gauzy polka dot maxi and cigarette denim.  Photo via Walk In Wonderland

 What perfection! This bright March11 dress and silver mules going into fall...yesssss! Photo via Elleuk

What perfection! This bright March11 dress and silver mules going into fall...yesssss! Photo via Elleuk

 This summer frock looks like it witnessed many brunches and summer soirees. Now to bringing it into fall with pencil denim and strappy sandals gives it more mileage. Photo via  Glamradar

This summer frock looks like it witnessed many brunches and summer soirees. Now to bringing it into fall with pencil denim and strappy sandals gives it more mileage. Photo via Glamradar

 I love the pops of black in this combo! Photo via  Pinterest

I love the pops of black in this combo! Photo via Pinterest

 I love a summer caftan especially as a beach cover up. The addition of jeans and sneaks makes for the perfect transition look.   Photo via Emfashionfiles.com

I love a summer caftan especially as a beach cover up. The addition of jeans and sneaks makes for the perfect transition look.   Photo via Emfashionfiles.com

 The bright color of this full sleeve baby doll dress pairs so well with the animal print pumps which brings this right into fall. Photo via  Glamradar

The bright color of this full sleeve baby doll dress pairs so well with the animal print pumps which brings this right into fall. Photo via Glamradar

Tipsday Tuesday

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When traveling with family, a group of friends or with one other person, I like to avoid the "which towel is mine" confusion by placing a safety pin or a colorful paperclip on the corner of my towel. While traveling with my kids this is an argument saver because no one wants to mistakenly share a towel with a "stinky boy." I carry colorful paperclips with me and simply stick them in the corners of the towel and remove when it's time to leave. #thankmelater

Keep Your Florals and Colors Bright for Spring

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Spring is in the air and florals and colors are everywhere! Here are some tips keep colors bright during this season.

  • First, sort your clothes with like colors. Do not mix bright reds and oranges with denim or with any darker shades. Try and keep brights together and if there are enough of one color, wash them separated as such.
  • Turn your clothes inside out to help prevent further fading. 
  • Use a color safe detergent but the trick is not to overdo it and use too much.  Use a bit less detergent than required because too much detergent can fade color.
  • Use cold water for your brights to avoid fading, and it is energy efficient.
  • Wash clothes on the short wash cycle. For one, it saves time and you can get more loads done. Two, the less time in the water, the less your colors will fade.
  • If you're feeling fancy and think about it, add vinegar to the rinse cycle. Again, not too much, less than a cup will do the trick.
  • Lastly, "line dry" or hang dry your  clothes. Putting your brights in the dryer can make them fade so either place them on hangers to hang on the shower rod or place them on a pop up drying rack. I bought pop up racks for everyone in my house so we can "line dry" or dry flat when needed.
 What a lovely laundry space...wish it were mine, but it's not. I bought pop up racks from  Target  for everyone in my house so we can "line dry" or dry flat when needed

What a lovely laundry space...wish it were mine, but it's not. I bought pop up racks from Target for everyone in my house so we can "line dry" or dry flat when needed

I hope these tips help you keep your closet full of color this spring and keep your colors happy!