When It’s Time to Replace Basics…

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The word basic never raises heart rates. It’s association in the past couple years is pretty, well basic.

I feel as if I’m trying to define something to my 4-year-old…

“Mommy what’s basic?”

“Welp, it’s preeeeetty basic.”

So when you think about replacing the basics in your closet it’s about as exciting as paying for your things to be handed back to you from the cleaners. Whoop-de-do.

However, when you see THESE basics, you’re going to start humming “Bringing Sexy Back” cause girl, you’re going to feel it in any of these jackets – even the button downs I brought with me on the show are going to get you excited.

And think of all the new ways you can work these puppies into your regular rotation. I know there’s a black number I hold up that could really jazz up my everyday t-shirt and yoga pants world. So look for yourself and check any of them out in Banana Republic or White House Black Market in West Town Mall!

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One Dress: Four Ways to Wear it

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Fresh off vacation, I had packing on the brain when I put this segment together. More specifically, I had “packing light” on the brain. When traveling with a 2 month old packing light is a lost cause. The phrase “just in case” was motivation for about half the things in our truck.

So if you’re looking to pack light for a weekend getaway this summer OR you’re just looking for ways to get more use out of a maxi dress – check this out! The clothes came from Bliss now in West Town Mall and the bags came from Vera Bradley!

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Protect, Pamper and Pretty: Products for Your Best Summer Skin

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The sun is out, so let’s put our best face forward…while completely slathered in sun screen of course.

We’re entering the time of year where we’re showing a lot of skin, so I wanted to bring you products that are going to help you feel good in that skin.

You know what would be great? If someone would pop out at will and slather me with sunscreen the instant I needed it. I have no real reason for writing that, I just thought that would be cool.

MOVING RIGHT ALONG… I took some great products from West Town Mall on the show with me last week to proves that you can get beautiful summer skin all the while being naturally protected and pampered. So check it out!

Then be sure to take a look at this post for any bag needs to have for all your cool summer trips!

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Glowing Winter Skin – Not an Oxymoron

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Anyone else fervently praying for snow? CAUSE YOU KNOW I AM.

I so love winter and the lack of bugs it brings with it. I also love the lack of events. I’m such a homebody, especially after having a child, and any day I can spend entirely in my house without even getting in the car is a good day by me.

It’s also a great time to care for your skin since no makeup will be seeing the light of day.

That’s why I like to stock up on great masks and I recently spent some time in Sephora at West Town Mall getting a quick tutorial on masks and which ones are good ones…which I passed onto you in last weeks segment on Ten News This Morning.

So watch it, then go get your bread, milk, eggs and face masks!

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Tips on How to Plan All Your Christmas Outfits

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Tis the season to be gorgeous, fa la la la la la la la la.

This past Saturday, I carved out some time to try on clothes. While there were several moments when I wondered if I was truly being productive, the fact that I’m now into December and not having to give a second thought to what I’m going to wear to the three big events I have this week says a resounding YES. Yes I WAS being productive.

Your calendar may not be jammed packed with fancy parties, but it may have a friendly get together or two, and to avoid any and all stress it’s really good to pre-plan what you’re going to wear.

I have a small rotation of sequined items that I go through this time of year, but my goal every year is to wear them in a fresh way. Which is also why taking time to play around with what’s in your closet is a good thing – it gives you time to be creative.

Another bonus? It will save you money. I’m trying my darndest not to spend a lot of money on clothes (especially with a baby bump) and the more I can creatively use what’s in my closet the better.

Pull out and play with what you’ve got! And when you get stuck, hop on Pinterest and search for the piece you’re struggling with. Say it’s a sequin pencil skirt you don’t know how to look fresh – then search “Sequin pencil skirt outfit” and look at the results! Keep in mind, you don’t have to directly copy anything you see if you don’t want. But take a look instead at the silhouette that’s going on in the picture. Is the skirt mostly paired with tight tops or big voluminous sweaters? If it is a big sweater, what do you have in your closet that mimics the shape?

This is my thought process as I go through and test each outfit idea. It’s so fun to see and use what you’ve already got. And if you find that you are missing something, no worries! Now you know exactly what you need, or at least have a clearer picture of what holes you need to fill for a fabulous holiday season of outfits!

Oh and if you need any ideas on where to spend your clothing cash, here are some fabulous outfit ideas from White House Black Market and Banana Republic in West Town Mall. Also, be sure to listen as I go through each piece and give alternate styling ideas…

More tips on getting dressed this Christmas season!

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