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Hello fashion friends! 🌟 Happy 2024!!! 


I’m writing to bring you some ideas to help set the stage for a 2024 that’s filled with fabulous fashion, happiness and health!


As we step into a brand-new year, it's the perfect time to embrace a fresh perspective on life, and what better way to start than by revamping your wardrobe?


A wardrobe makeover can not only enhance your personal style but also boost your confidence and set a positive tone for the year ahead.


In this blog post, I’ll guide you through 8 Steps to create a stylish and functional wardrobe that reflects the best version of you!


Step 1:  Evaluate Your Current Wardrobe

Let’s begin by taking stock of your existing wardrobe. Identify items that you no longer wear, are out of style, or don't align with your current fashion preferences. Consider donating or selling these items to make room for the new and improved you.


Step 2:  Define Your Style Goals

Before diving into shopping, define your style goals for the year. Do you want to experiment with new trends, maintain a classic look, or adopt a more sustainable approach to fashion? Understanding your style goals will help you make informed decisions when selecting new pieces.


Step 3:  Create a Capsule Wardrobe

Streamline your wardrobe by creating a capsule collection of versatile, mix-and-match pieces. A capsule wardrobe focuses on quality over quantity, ensuring that each item complements others. This approach simplifies your daily outfit choices and promotes a more sustainable and mindful approach to fashion.


Step 4:  Invest in Timeless Pieces 

While trends come and go, investing in timeless, high-quality pieces is a surefire way to elevate your style. Consider essentials like a well-fitted blazer, classic denim, a versatile coat, and quality footwear. These pieces form the foundation of a wardrobe that stands the test of time.


Step 5:  Experiment with Colors and Patterns 

Don't be afraid to add a pop of color or experiment with patterns to infuse personality into your wardrobe. Incorporate hues that resonate with your mood and style and mix and match patterns to create visually interesting outfits.


Step 6:  Consider Sustainable Fashion 

Make a positive impact on both your style and the environment by exploring sustainable fashion options. Look for brands that prioritize ethical production, use eco-friendly materials, and promote fair labor practices.


Step 7:  Organize and Declutter 

A well-organized wardrobe makes getting dressed a breeze. Arrange your clothes by category and color to streamline your morning routine. Consider investing in storage solutions, such as closet organizers and space-saving hangers, to maximize your space.


Step 8:  Personalize with Accessories

Elevate your outfits with carefully selected accessories. Whether it's statement jewelry, a stylish watch, or a chic handbag, accessories add the finishing touches that tie your look together.

 

As we step into 2024, let's not just focus on fashion trends but also on cultivating a sense of joy, embracing a healthy lifestyle, and celebrating the little victories.


Aim for outfits that reflect joy, comfort, and a commitment to wellness, this will keep you looking effortlessly chic! 


Remember, the most stylish version of yourself is the one that radiates happiness and glows with good health --so stay true to yourself and embrace your individuality.


Send me a note if you need help with any of these 8 Steps or need assistance in fulfilling your style goals.  I’m available for In-Person and Virtual Style Sessions, Personal Shopping, Workshops and Seminars!


Let’s all embrace the new year with a refreshed wardrobe that embodies our style aspirations and reflects the positive changes we wish to make in life.


By taking a thoughtful and intentional approach to your clothing choices, you'll not only look great but also feel empowered to tackle whatever the year has in store.


Here's to a year filled with fashionable moments and genuine smiles! Cheers to 2024!💖✨

 

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So, you want to buy the perfect gift for the fashion girl in your life? No worries, I'm here to help! Whether you're shopping for your BFF, your sister, or just treating yourself (because, why not?), I've rounded up some of the hottest fashion finds for the 2023 holiday season. Look no further than my Holiday Gift Guide below.

1. Fashionable Sneakers: Let's kick things off with some sneakers! They're still very much on trend, and they're the perfect gift for that friend who's always on the go. This season's must-haves should, of course, be fashionable and elevate your winter outfits, but they should also prioritize comfort and be easy to walk in. As the saying goes, "Good shoes take you to good places."


2. Cozy-Chic Loungewear: Let's be real – comfort is still key this winter season. Loungewear is no longer just for lazy Sundays; it's a fashion statement. From stylish matching sets to oversized hoodies, loungewear has never looked this good. Treat your loved ones (or yourself) to this cozy-chic gift. It's the perfect gift for your jet-setting BFF to wear while she's traveling, and the one I've selected below comes in different lengths for a more custom fit.



3. Statement Coats: Baby, it's cold outside – but that doesn't mean that your loved one has to sacrifice style. Invest in a statement jacket for the fashion diva on your list. Faux fur, bold prints, or an oversized silhouette. You can even purchase a coat in the hottest color of the season: Red. No matter which color, pattern or silhouette you choose, this gift is sure to be the hit of the holidays!




4. Personalized Bling: Elevate your gift game with some personalized bling. Whether it's a name necklace, initial earrings, or a custom-designed ring, adding a personal touch shows that you went the extra mile. It's the kind of gift that makes someone feel truly special.



5. The Gift of Beauty: A wallet friendly, spot-on selection of the latest color combinations to make any girl feel fabulous! MAC's Mini Lipstick Trio, is a holiday-exclusive lip trio of mini Lustreglass Lipsticks featuring all-new Neutral and Pink shades. Nothing is more fashionable than a smile (especially a smile in the latest color pallet!)


6. The Perfect Purse: What is the one accessory that you can use over and over throughout the season and never get tired of? ...The perfect purse! Gift the gift that keeps on giving. Your fashionable friend will be ecstatic over the perfect purse! My pick is practical and stylish and comes in 3 fabulous colors: green, blue and beige!



7. The Ultimate Shoe Staple: A Ballet Flat! A casual yet elegant pair of shoes to wear to work, dinner, or out to brunch, ballet flats are the ultimate shoe staple. In fact, ballet flats are classic yet particularly on trend this season with square-toe shapes, fresh styles, bold colors, and unexpected textures. And yes, you can wear them all winter long with textured tights for an of the moment spin on this classic wardrobe staple!


8. A Trendy Tote: For your friend who has everything, a tote bag that can fit everything is the perfect gift. In fact, a quilted puffer tote bag is all the rage this season and makes for a stylish and practical gift that any fashion girl would love. AND what's more... my pick below is reasonably priced!



9. A Cozy Cardigan: The key to nailing winter fashion is layering so why not give your bestie a head start by gifting her a fabulous cardigan? After all, the cardigan is one of fashion's most timeless and trusted wardrobe essentials that is worth having on hand in any season (though it's especially great for winter). This season cardigans are anything but basic, gift your stylish friend a cardigan with texture (such as cable knit or cashmere), or one that is vibrant and colorful. Choose from a cropped cardigan or one that is oversized yet cut in all the right ways, the options are endless.




10. The Perfect Long Sleeve Tee: Every fashion girl would be excited to receive the perfect long sleeve layering Tee. After all, you can pair this with a cardigan or blazer and dress it up or down, a T-shirt is the ultimate fashion staple in any closet. The T-shirt below is even better than your basic Tee. It's made of jersey fabric for an extra cozy effect, and it has a flattering ruching details at the sides that hug your curves so nicely.


There you have it, your curated guide to some seriously stylish gifts for the 2023 holiday season!


Whether the girl on your list is into the sporty vibe, the cozy aesthetic, or the classic chic vibe, there's definitely something for everyone. So, get your shopping bags ready, hit the stores, and get gifting!


I hope this list helps reduce your gift-giving stress so that your holidays are more enjoyable.


Remember, I'm here to help with your holiday shopping and styling needs so be sure to let me know if you have any questions. I'm available for in-person and virtual shopping and style sessions.


Happy holidays, and may your outfits be as fabulous as your gift-giving skills. 🌟✨


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Can you believe it's a new season?


Hello September! Pumpkin spice is on the menu, and you’re busy getting into the groove of a new school year, new sports schedules, and a new list of fall activities.

While you're busy getting your fall calendar together, I’m here to help get your closet up to speed to ensure your everyday looks are on point.


I’ve curated this fall 2023 fashion guide just for you! 🍂👢🍁

I don’t know about you, but my summer wardrobe has started to feel stale, and I’m excited to mix some fall pieces into my rotation to help refresh my look.


Below is a list of my top fashion picks for fall 2023. Use it as a guide for what to wear when the temperatures drop.


After all, fall is the perfect time to sort through items you own and re-evaluate what pieces your wardrobe is missing.

So without further ado, here is my fall 2023 fashion guide.

1. Textured Layers:

Fall is the perfect season to experiment with layering different textures.


Mix and match textures such as shearling, velvet, suede, corduroy, faux fur, or denim to create a multi-dimensional look that's as interesting to touch as it is to look at.


STYLE TIP: Try accessories made of luxe textures, such as an oversized shearling clutch, or velvet over-the-knee boots


2. Cozy Knitwear:

As the temperatures drop, it's all about staying warm and stylish.


Knit sweaters are making a major comeback this fall (especially oversized).


Whether you're rocking a classic cable knit or a trendy chunky cardigan, you'll be the epitome of comfy chic.

STYLE TIP: Layer your cozy knitwear under your leather blazer for a fall look that is on point!

3. Edgy Leather:

Leather, isn't just for biker jackets anymore.

From shirts and skirts to dresses and trousers, leather is dominating the fashion world.

This fall, leather is taking on a new role in unexpected ways.

STYLE TIP: Think leather dresses with intricate cutouts, leather skirts paired with chunky knits, and even leather blazers for a touch of sophistication with a rebel twist.

4. Plaid Perfection:

While new trends are exciting, I appreciate the old reliable ones. Plaid is one such reliable trend.


From traditional tartan to oversized checks, plaid prints are making their mark on coats, skirts, and even accessories like scarves and hats.

STYLE TIP: Plaid is a timeless trend that adds a touch of prep to any outfit.

5. Statement Boots:

Your footwear is about to get a whole lot more interesting.


Statement boots are stealing the show with bold colors, unique textures, and unexpected embellishments.


Whether you're into animal prints, metallics, or patent leather, there's a pair of boots that will make your heart skip a beat.

STYLE TIP: The taller the boot, the better. Try a pair of over-the-knee boots for a fashion forward take on statement boots this season!

6. Wrap Coats:

A cape or a scarf coat that you can nonchalantly toss over your shoulder…what’s a better option for fall outerwear?

Fall is the perfect season to experiment with a blanket cape to literally bundle up in! STYLE TIP: Try layering your cape over your winter coat as the temperatures dip!


7. Maxi Everything:

Maxi skirts, dresses and even maxi outerwear – it's all about the more refined maxi hemline.


This versatile trend is flattering on everyone and offers a balance between summer's shorter styles and winter's longer ones.


STYLE TIP: Pair maxi hemlines with ankle boots or over-the-knee boots to keep you warm on cooler days for an effortlessly chic, yet cozy ensemble.

8. The Clutch Bag:

Don't underestimate the power of accessories this fall. The' it” bag of the season is the clutch, especially a jumbo clutch.


This elegant clutch is seen styled for day or night and is surprisingly timeless.

STYLE TIP: A good clutch will add extra polish to classic tailored outfits! Look for one that has texture, such as shearling, for a more interesting take on the classic clutch.

9. Butter Yellow and/or Saffron Red:


You heard it here first…these are the colors stealing the spotlight this season.


Butter yellow and saffron red are colors that not only evoke a sense of luxury, but also complement the autumn aesthetic perfectly. STYLE TIP: Use one of these rich colors in a monochromatic head-to-toe look as an easy way to make outfits look more expensive than they are.

10. Foundation Pieces:

The classics are back this season. Many designers focused on sustainable fashion by creating looks that women already have hanging in their closets.

Some call it “wearable” fashion, others refer to it as "quiet luxury.” The meaning is the same: high-quality wearable capsule wardrobe basics that can be mixed with anything in your closet to create timeless looks that can be worn for morning coffee meetings or school soccer games.

Pieces such as tailored blazers, turtleneck dresses, pencil skirts, jeans, relaxed trousers, button-down shirts, cozy sweaters and yes, t-shirts!

These are called “wearable’ pieces because they are interchangeable and can be layered with one another and effortlessly thrown together with anything else hanging in your closet.

STYLE TIP: Look no further than your own closet for these wearable foundation pieces. (Now that is truly an example of sustainable fashion!) So there it is, my fall 2023 fashion guide!


It's all about embracing rich colors, playing with textures, and expressing yourself through foundation pieces.

Some of these trends may be already hanging in your closet, but if you feel the need to shop for others, I have some exciting news.


I’m hosting another free 2-hour shopping session at The Mall at Short Hills for a limited time from 10/7/2023-10/22/23. If you need help replacing old pieces or purchasing new trends, use this link to sign up now while spots are available https://calendly.com/styling-program-short-hills/lisa-emelo-2-hr-style-appt-fall23

Which trend are you most excited to try?


Let me know in the comments below!


Until next time, stay fabulous and stay cozy! 🍂👗🍁

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