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    How To Care For Sweaters I Banana Republic 

    It is starting to feel like winter today in Washington D.C. and as I begin to wear more of my wool and cashmere sweaters I am finding that some of them need a little TLC. I have teamed up with Banana Republic to share my top 5 style tips for caring for your sweaters this winter season. 

    1. Hand wash sweaters when needed.  I usually throw my sweaters in the washing machine on a delicate low spin cycle and I use warm water with a gentle soap. But to be honest it’s probably best to hand wash them in a sink if you can. (I am just too lazy!) After washing never wring sweaters because doing so will cause the sweaters to lose their shape. Also to mainstain the shape of sweaters sure always lay them flat to dry and never hang them up on the drying rack. Once my sweaters are dry I like to either run a steamer on them or toss them in the dryer on very low heat for 2-3 minutes. It helps to soften and fluff them up a bit.

    2. Steam sweaters between washes. One of the easiest ways to care for your sweaters between washes is to steam them. A steamer is more gentle than an iron and it is convenient and produces great results. I have this handheld steamer and LOVE IT.  Not only does a steamer remove wrinkles but it works great to freshen up and restore the shape of sweaters as well. 

    3. Properly store sweaters by folding them. It’s best to fold sweaters instead of hanging them so that they maintain their shape and don’t stretch. But having said that I hang all my sweaters with these plastic hangersI tend to hang mine only because I have more hanging space vs. drawer space.  But for cashmere or delicate sweaters I always fold them and put them in drawers. 

    4. Use a de-pilling and de-fuzzing comb. Pilling is common with sweaters and it is caused by rubbing during wear. Pilling is most apparent under the armpits and elbows but I have seen it happen all over my sweaters. Try an inexpensive comb like this one to de-pill and de-fuzz sweaters. Also as soon as you see pilling, lint, or fuzz you should remove them-don’t let this build up. Also if you get holes in your sweaters it’s best to take it to a seamstress to be repaired. This happened to me with my favorite cashmere cardigan and luckily I was able to fix the hole and the sweater is as good as new. 

    5. Wear a base-layer under your sweaters. Unless the sweater is fitted and tight I usually wear a tank or long sleeve tee (like this one) under my sweaters. The idea here is that the tank touches your skin and creates a barrier between your skin and the sweater. The barrier will prolong the life of your sweater because the sweater isn’t coming into contact with your body oils, sweat, and odors. Also some wool and mohair sweaters are itchy and wearing a layer in between helps reduce itching and discomfort. 

    Feather Trim Cardigan



     Thanks to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post. Photos by Tamzin Smith


    One Word Resolution for 2017


    Happy New Year! The past couple of years I have chosen one powerful word-one word to describe how I want to feel instead of what I want to accomplish in the New Year. It’s one word to guide me in my actions, behavior, decisions, and goal setting and it will shape my year and change me. This year my one word is CREATE. My hope is to create and design the year I want to live. 

    I want to create a travel plan for the year. In the past we have been so last minute with trip planning so this year I bought a paper calendar that I can flip through and plan out our vacations and travel for the entire year. I love traveling and this is a good way to take control and create some new and exciting travel memories. 

    I want to expand and create some new videos with my business. I love being an on-air style expert and sharing my style tips with you. This year everything related to my business and the blog is going to be about quality over quantity and I hope to create more in depth blog posts and more videos. I want to focus on activities that allow me to be a style expert because that’s what I love doing most. 

    I am looking forward to creating a workout and wellness plan for 2017 as well. The multiple failed rounds of IVF I have undergone the past several years have taken a toll on my body and I am ready to move forward emotionally and physically. It’s time to take care of my mind and body and health and wellness is going to be a priority for me this year. 

    Lastly I want to create and design a home that is clutter free, organized, and happy. I recently re read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and I am inspired to get our home all tidied up. I love the idea of keeping the home simplified because it really does free up the mind to focus on things that really matter. 

    Click here to learn more about #OneWord365 and if you’re interested check out this amazing article on setting goals that are more about enjoying what you have instead of chasing what you don’t. 


    Last Minute Tips: What To Wear To A Holiday Party 

    Holiday season is here and it can all be a little stressful and overwhelming when it comes to deciding what to wear to all these parties but with just a little bit of planning the entire process can be fun and enjoyable.

    My friend and photographer Tazmin Smith came over last week for tea and she was telling me how she had two back to back holiday parties and she was trying to figure out what to wear. Tamzin ended up ordering a colorful dress from Rent The Runway and bought a new pair of black pumps and both ended up working out great. I mentioned to her that if the dress didn’t work out it’s always good to have a few key pieces in your wardrobe at all times so you have a backup. A sparkly little black dress, fun lace top, statement shoes, or a pleated skirt are all items you can play around with and create fun and festive holiday outfits with. 

    We did this very impromptu photoshoot at my house just for fun just to show that if you have the right items in your wardrobe you can put together a holiday outfit last minute. I love lace and the combination of this lace blouse, black pants, and a pair of statement shoes is a great look if you are struggling with what to wear. You could also do a brighter lip and add some jewelry for a little more sparkle. 

    Below are some things to consider when dressing up for a holiday party. 

    Style Tips For The Holidays 

    1. Consider the type of event and where it’s being held at.  Start your planning process by answering these questions first. If it’s an office party stick with an outfit that is appropriate-so no short skirts and limit the flashy attire. If it’s at someone’s house ask the host what the dress code is. Usually these type of parties call for a more dressy casual look.  And if it’s a gala or more formal holiday party be sure to dress up for the occasion with a fancier cocktail dress or gown. You can show some skin but make sure you do it in a classy way. Lastly if the party is at a bar or restaurant go for something more chic and trendy. 

    2. Add some fun and sparkly jewelry to your outfit. The holiday season is a great time to pull out those pieces of jewelry you may not be regularly wearing. And it’s the perfect time of year to elevate and dress up your style. 

    3. Try a bold beauty look. The holidays are a great time to try a bold pink lip, smoky eyes , or just a make up look that is fun and new to you. Experiment and have fun with your makeup. 

    4. Experiment with textures and layers. When it comes to your outfit take some risks and be playful and festive. Try velvet, lace, suede or other fun winter textures and consider prints and patterns to add some interest to your holiday looks. 

    5. Introduce some color into your outfit to reflect the festive season. If you’re like me and like to wear neutrals and black a lot use this holiday season to change up your style and reach for a bright blouse or dress. Step out of your comfort zone and change up your style. 

    6. When in doubt shop your closet. Pair up black pants like I have done here with a lace or sequin blouse or something festive in your wardrobe.  As long as you wear your outfit with confidence and a smile you will look and feel great! And by the way these leggings I am wearing are AMAZING and I am planning on buying them in the wine color too. They are flattering, soft, and wash really well. I have literally been living in them this week. 


    A/W Trend Guide: Velvet 

    One of the biggest trends for the cool weather season this year is velvet. Not only is it warm, it’s also incredibly luxe. Adding a few simple accessories or one statement piece (like a blazer) turns a simplistic outfit into a street style worthy ensemble in seconds. Basic black is always a good option, but deep jewel tones and pretty blush shades are some of the must have colors for the season. Think – royal blue ankle boot or a blush pink clutch!”- Faith



    My Favorite Winter Moisturizer 


    During the colder winter months it is essential to change up your skincare routine to avoid dry and irritated skin. I like to use a humidifier to keep moisture in the air and I always apply a moisturizer immediately after cleansing to lock in moisture. It’s also a good idea in the winter months to switch to a thicker cream or ointment. I like to use Creme de la Mer in the winter because it luxurious and my skin instantly feels hydrated, soft, and well nourished. I use this all year but in the winter months I use it much more regularly. I also like to use the La Mer eye concentrate every night as well.

    What’s your favorite winter moisturizer?


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