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    Wednesday
    Apr232014

    Fish Tacos + Red Cabbage Mango Slaw 

     Photos by Bonnie Sen Photography

    Today we have our food contributor extraordinaire Amanda Franklin showing us how to make fish tacos with a red cabbage mango slaw. I tried one of these tacos and loved it so much I ended up making them again the following week. This recipe is great if you need a quick, healthy, and easy weekday recipe. But it's also a great choice if you are entertaining in the summer months.

     

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    Tuesday
    Apr222014

    Styling Tips and Tricks With Summer Dresses 

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    Last week I met with two lovely new clients who both have really cute spring and summer dresses that are hanging in their closet but they don't wear them regularly. Dresses really are the perfect outfit choice in the summer because they require no outfit coordination, they are flattering on all women, and they can be easily dressed up and down.  If you're looking to get more use out of your spring and summer dresses these style tips and tricks are for you! 

    1At the office.  Shift dresses and casual summer dresses are perfect for the office because they require little outfit coordination. Add cute pair of heels or flats and you are office ready in minutes.  Just be sure to stay away from anything too short, too sheer, or too revealing. And if your office environment is typically cold remember to layer the dress with a white blazer or colorful cardigan. 

    2. Weekday chic. Many of my clients save their dresses for events and special occasions but why not wear them during the weekdays? You can dress down a dress with a jean jacket, lightweight scarf, or a cute pair of sandals. Go easy on the jewelry and keep the rest of the look simple, minimal, and casual.  

    3. Out on the town. Simple cocktail dresses, little black dresses, and other more "dressy" dresses in your wardrobe can be transformed to a more chic evening look. Just add trendy and fun jewelry, a cute leather moto, and a pair of sexy strappy sandals. 

    Photo by Tamzin Smith

    Monday
    Apr212014

    STYLE PROFILE-Chantel Waterbury- CEO of Chloe + Isabel 

    Today's style profile features Chantel Waterbury of Chloe + Isabel. I was recently introduced to this beautiful line of jewelry and love it! The pieces are colorful, affordable, and so fun. 

    Chloe + Isabel is a fashion jewelry brand and entrepreneurial opportunity providing customers with unique, beautiful jewelry that is well-priced and high quality. When Chantel Waterbury founded Chloe + Isabel her goal was not only to design beautiful jewelry but to build a business that would empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. Through technological innovation and social integration the New York-based company has done just that by reinventing the direct-sales model. 

    What does a typical day look like for you?

    As a start-up, I have to be flexible as no day is like the last. My mornings usually begin pretty early where I like to start the day as a family with my son and husband at breakfast. I get online from home to check emails and make calls before heading into the office which tends to be steady stream of meetings from design to tech ideation to planning. The day is usually long but I love what I do so I never think of it as work. Once the office quiets down and my list is all checked-off, I head home for bedtime story time with my son followed by quiet night with my husband who also happens to be a stellar chef. It’s busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    How would you describe your personal style?

    What has always inspired me about fashion is the breadth of all the style personalities out there. How we dress and accessorize is always telling a story about who we are. The concept behind our brand, and close to my own style personality is that Chloe + Isabel are best friends but opposite. ‘Chloe’ is trendy while ‘Isabel’ is a bit more timeless. That concept is a perfect reflection of my style personality, romantic and classic and also a little boho-chic.

    What are your favorite items in your wardrobe and why?

    I have been collecting hats for as long as I can remember. It is one of my go-to accessories in any season. I always have a pair of Chanel flats in my closet - great for walking the streets of Manhattan as well as for travel. And of course - vintage jewelry! I have a real passion for vintage pieces and am always searching antique fairs and shops to add pieces to my collection. I've loved jewelry since I was little girl playing with my grandmothers jewelry box which was filled with beautiful old costume pieces from France.

    Do you have any style or beauty secrets to share?

    I swear by Sk-II moisturizer. It is the perfect balance, light enough for humid hot weather and strong enough for dry winters. It keeps my skin glowing and looking refreshed and is my daily staple in my beauty regimen. You have to try it!

    How do you spend your "me" time?

    “Me” time is usually family time for me. I give 100% of myself to Chloe + Isabel during the week, so my family time is very important to me. Weekends and my days off are spent building memories and meaningful experiences with my son going to the park, visiting museums, having playdates; and evenings are for my husband and me to spend time together talking, laughing and of course catching-up with friends!

    What is the most important thing you have learned through running your own business?

    Building and scaling a business ultimately comes down to the people. Understanding the importance of company culture when building out your team will help you hire the right people but also quickly identify who isn't a fit. It is a truly a team effort so you want to surround yourself with the right people for your business.

    What is your mantra?

    Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life!

    Style Profile is a bi monthly style column featuring creative and talented entrepreneurs and business owners. I feature the stylish women behind these successful businesses and brands, their personal style, and share a glimpse into their typical work day.   

    Thursday
    Apr172014

    On Air- Spring Shoe Trends at Let's Talk Live 

    Are you looking to add a pair or two of new shoes to your spring wardrobe? If so I have some great options for you. From stylish sneakers to chic summer booties I've got you covered with a variety of styles and price points.

    Yesterday I stopped by Let's Talk Live DC to share some of the season's hottest shoe trends from Aldo, Zara, Stuart Weitzman, Ecco USA, and Ann Taylor.

    Shop all the shoes from the TV segment HERE

    Wednesday
    Apr162014

    Favorite Styles of Boyfriend Jeans 


    Today we have our fashion and beauty contributor Faith Pierce {from that's just fabulous} sharing her favorite pairs of boyfriend jeans for spring. I have my eye on this tailored and cropped pair from J.Crew.  Also be sure to check out the Rag & Bone pair from Shopbop. Shopbop is having their Family and Friends sale and all full-price and sale items are 25% off. 

    I’ve actually had a pair of boyfriend jeans hiding in the back of my closet for about three years now; and it wasn’t until this past year that they became a front-runner in my weekend look. They are the first pair I reach for on Saturday morning and my favorite item to dress up or down. It’s actually time I got new ones (I have officially created massive holes in mine from over-wearing them), so I decided to do a few searches and narrow done some of my favorite pairs.

     

    1] Paige Demin, Jimmy Jimmy Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans :  These Paige jeans provide the perfect amount [in my opinion] of destruction without being overly ripped up. The color is also my favorite for spring denim.

     

    2] J.Crew, Boyfriend Jeans : If you are looking for a more tailored and refined boyfriend jean, J.Crew absolutely delivers. They are relaxed without being too big, free from tears, and a nice medium wash.

     

    3] Rag & Bone, Boyfriend Jeans : Rag and Bone delivers a true “I just grabbed my man’s denim and look better than him in them” jean. Perfectly relaxed without being oversized and perfectly destroyed. The color is also a favorite.

     

    4] Gap, White Boyfriend Jean : White denim plus an unbeatable price point.

     

    5] LOFT, Relaxed Skinny Jeans : Loft categorizes this as a “lean boyfriend” almost. It gives the wash and look of a typical boyfriend jean with a much slimmer cut that is very flattering.

     

    6] Madewell, Boy Jean :  You can’t beat Madewell denim and unlike many brands they offer a much darker wash in their boyfriend jean. Since most versions are a very light stone wash it was refreshing to find one a little darker.

     

    7] LOFT, Boyfriend Jeans : My personal favorite of all the jeans; slight destruction, perfect length to cuff, great wash, and just the right amount of give. This is the pair I reach for in my closet weekend after weekend.