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    Designer Spotlight: Danielle Nicole Handbags 


    Danielle Nicole zelie clutch {c/o }

    Recently I was introduced to Danielle Nicole handbags when my friend Hilary posted this photo of the zelie clutch on her Instagram. Isn't it fabulous? Best of all the Danielle Nicole handbag line is so affordable and there are some really fun style and colors to choose from. I love the the zelie clutch because it is a neutral so will go with every item in my wardrobe and can be used year round.  It even has a separate passport compartment making it ideal for International travel. The zelie clutch is part of the Spring 2015 collection but you can check out the entire fall 14 collection here.  

    Images via Danielle Nicole


    How To Style A Pair of Ankle Boots Three Ways 

    Today we have our fashion and beauty contributor, Faith Pierce, sharing three fun ways to style a pair of ankle boots for Fall. Ankle boots are definitely my fall "go to " shoe of choice. I just got these Stuart Weitzman open toe ankle boots on sale and LOVE them. They are so comfortable and they work with skinny jeans, skirts, and dresses. 

    With fall fashion starting to be on everyone’s mind; I figured it was no better timing than now to expand on my recent post One Blazer, Three Ways I picked another fall favorite, the ankle boot and got to researching. My favorite look hands down is the “casual” outfit. I’m totally obsessing over all chunky knits and love how oversized fedoras have been spotted everywhere recently.


    Coming in a close second is the “work” look. In the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar I stumbled across a very stark black and white look that was finished off with an ankle boot. It was by far the most eye-catching look in the spread and I’ve been dying to recreate it for everyday wear!


    Lastly, what I love about the “ evening" look is how it is perfect for now, but also great for cooler weather with some added tights and a jacket.

    4 Rules For Wearing All Black

    LaGarconne Moderne Didion Tank | Proenza Schouler Ultra Skinny Denim Jeans {I just got this pair and they fit great} | YSL clutch | 10 Crosby Derek Lam Cohen Pointy Toe Booties | Kendra Scott bracelet | YSL sunglasses | NARS satin lip pencil {LOVE these!}

    Black on black is one of my all time favorite ways to dress. The look is sleek, elegant, and easy to style. To help you style an all black outfit I have four style tips or rules to follow to ensure your all black ensemble is super stylish and chic! 

    4 Rules For Wearing All Black 

    1. Vary the textures and fabrics and make sure the fabrics are season appropriate. 

    2. Make sure the fit is tailored and slimming. This will make an all black ensemble look chic and modern.

    3. Add accessories such as a colorful clutch, pair of statement shoes, or even an interesting piece of jewelry. 

    4. Go from day to night with a chance in lipstick color. Nude or light pink would look great during the day and a nice bold red lip for evening. 


    Confidence & Style 

     Photo by Tamzin Smith Photography

    My mission as a stylist is to inspire women to love their style and to empower confidence through style.  Valerie, one of my styling clients, was asked by her friend if my styling services were "worth it." So Valerie responded to her friend by sharing her feedback on the styling process she completed with me.

    After Valerie hit send on that email she told me she noticed that had used the word "confident" several times. Valerie said "For me, that was one of the greatest benefits of your work with me. You affirmed my choices, gave me ideas, and increased my confidence that I could continue to up my game!" 

    Today I thought I would share Valerie's kind words with you. 

    Confidence & Style by Valerie

    I loved my closet edit with Naina! It was more like a workshop than an edit. I felt like she was guiding me to this rich vein of gold that was previously known to me, but that I hadn't fully explored.

    I think I have a pretty good eye for clothes and for a style that fits with my life and the narrative I want to offer out in the world. I may have already known some of Naina's how-to suggestions at some level. They made sense to me right away which increased my confidence and willingness to experiment on my own. 

    However, Naina took me further than I'd been before on my own, offering me ideas out of my own closet that never would have occurred to me. And she's been great about following up with links to basic pieces that will make my daily choices flow more easily. 

    I know I will save money in the future if I keep practicing what I've learned. Since we worked together I've been taking a picture of myself every day, keeping her suggestions front and center. The learning keeps growing, the creativity keeps growing, and as I put together each new unique outfit, my faith keeps growing that I can keep doing this -- choosing clothes that are right for me and having fun in the process!

    There's an unexpected golden nugget that's showed up since Naina's visit. Every day I make a good choice in the clothes that I'm wearing (and what I'm buying) I'm feeling more confident. For me, that was one of the greatest benefits of Naina's work with me. She affirmed my choices, gave me ideas, and increased my confidence that I could continue to up my game!

    In terms of value, I was a little nervous about investing in Naina's service. However, I have a budget for clothes and I kept the closet edit within that budget. I made the decision to spend the money on the edit rather than on new shoes and a new dress. As each day has passed since our time together, I've been more and more convinced it was the best decision I could have made!


    This Week's STYLE FINDS 

    This week was all about giving back in style. Shopbop’s Born Free boutique served as a inspiration and highlighted the notion that purchasing a product could not only benefit the customer but also the producer or an incredible cause. Each item on this week’s StyleFinds was something that not only exuded style and elegance, but also gave money to an amazing cause.

    On Monday it was all about Matterial Fix, a jewelry company that donates portions of its proceeds to different organizations that empower women and young girls. This incredible pair of Geo Drop earrings not only looks breathtaking, but it also helps fund the education of young girls in Peru.

    On Tuesday I focused on the collaboartion between Victoria Beckham and Shopbop. Her design contribution to the Born Free inicitive is a stiking and slimming dress that can be worn day or night. Additionally, purchasing this piece will help fight the transmission of Aids from mother to child. 

    On Wednesday I focused on the same cause and displayed one of Tory Burch’s Born Free collaborations, the Reversible Canvas Tote. This bag has two exclusive prints that are interchangable for a distinct and stylish look with any ensemble.

    Lastly, on Thursday it was all about the Maasai Sandal. These unique wedges give back to the women of the Maasai tribes who create these incredible shoes. They are not only a great investament for your closet but also help empower women across the world.

    All of these products have amazing causes and you truly can’t go wrong by adding them to you wardrobe. They are stylish, unique and philanthropic! ---Carly