Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Embrace your body type

You know when you see a girl, a stranger, a friend, and you think- she is sooooo cute! And you love her style!! Her clothes are amazing! You want to steal her entire look from head to toe! Ok maybe you're not as creepy about it as I am, but don't lie, you have some of these thoughts.

Want to know why you love what she's wearing? And why you think she looks so fabulous?

It could be the trend, it could be her style, it could be a certain label, but it ALWAYS involves dressing for her body type. Always.

Meaning each of us have a "body type" but most of the women walking around in this world are completely unaware of this (which is a horrific thought). Knowing your body type, and dressing for it, is the foundation, the start, the 101 for defining your style, and feeling confident with what you wear.

There are many different interpretations of body types, but they are all centered around these basic shapes. This is my opinion on the 4 body types, and I swear by them. ATTENTION: there is not a "right" or a "winner" among body types. Pears want apples legs, and hourglasses want rectangles lean body. And many and all between. Discover your body type and embrace it.

PEAR

You are smaller on top, than you are on bottom. Your shoulders, chest, and waist are smaller than your hips, rear end and thighs. Your waist is your best feature.

APPLE

You are smaller on bottom than you are on top. Your legs are thin and lean. Your middle and core is wider, and you (most likely) have a large chest. Your legs are your best feature.

RECTANGLE

You tend to be taller (but not always) and have more of an athletic body. You do not have a ton of curves but have a strong, lean frame. Your lean frame is your best feature.

HOURGLASS

Your waist is your smallest part. Your shoulders and chest are as wide and in proportion to your hips and rear end. Your curves are your best feature.

Petite girl, I did not forget bout you. But in your adorable, petite frame, you are still one of these 4. Adjust slightly for your petite built but know all of this applies to you as well.

The last key piece to this whole body type thing: there is a celebrity out there with your body type. Find her and mimic her. Be inspired by her. Pick your favorite pieces she wears and make them work for you.

Lastly, you did not hear me say you can only dress for your body type, it simply is the easiest way to make your already chic wardrobe that much better. You will feel oh so stylish and much more confident just by tweaking things a bit to better flatter your shape. You know the days when you think, ugh I HATE what I'm wearing? 9 times out of 10, it can relate back to not dressing for your body type. 10 out of 10 times it is for me.

More to come: a blog for each body type. How to know exactly which one you are, how to now dress for it, and what celebrity you should be stalking to find out how they dress for their/your specific body type. Stay tuned my little unique body type friends.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall transition

I'm obsessed. With Fall. Boarderline creepy, but I absolutely love fall. Christmas is a close second. Maybe its the pumpkin spice latte's I can finally order and become addicted to, maybe its the candycorn (nevermind that its about 7.5 calories PER candy corn) Or maybe its the beloved game of football. Maybe its my childhood memories of growing up in beautiful Auburn, CA where the leaves change into breath taking colors; or maybe it's our annual fall trip to Apple Hill, the cutest place in the world... or lets face it, it might just be for the clothes.

And how did a girl like me end up in southern california, where it rains twice a year and barely dips below 65? How am I not in seattle or something?! Or New York or Boston. I love my so cal home, but for those of you who live in a warmer climent, and are ready for fall, take heart dear friends. We absolutely can rock fall right now, despite the warmer weather. Its Fall Transition...

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Must be in your closet transition pieces: light, short boots, light weight scarves, hats, maxi dresses/skirts. These paired together with your every day clothes are matches made in fall heaven. It's really the art of layering. When it's cooler in the morning put on your boyfriend cardigan and light scarf, and by the afternoon when it's warm you can peel off the layers one by one.

It's also the illusion of looking fall. Keep all your pieces light weight. If you're wearing shorts, pair it with a light weight cardigan, or a loose 3/4 sleeve tee with a light scarf. Pair your maxi dress with a sleeveless sweater. If your covering legs, keep your shoulders bare; if your shoulders are covered them show them legs with some shorts/skirts and peeped toe boots!! And don't forget your big shades and floppy hat!

Lastly, put the summer colors away. Simply wearing a fall colored tank top with a camel or brown hat and maxi skirt makes an automatic chic fall look! Feathers are still strong so layer away and pile on the fun accessories.

Embrace the days getting shorter, the delicious crisp apples, Sunday football games, and of course, boots, scarves, maxi's and lots of transition pieces!!!

xo kate

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Twice as nice. Venice and Jerusalem.

We're in Israel now! And had an amazing day in Jerusalem and Bethlehem yesterday. We visited the church of nativity, the wailing western wall, King David's grave/room of the Last Supper, and much much more.

Within the orthodox Jewish culture, it's very important women dress appropriately, according to the orthodox Jewish law. It's a beautiful culture with big families who love to grow their extended families to as many as possible with lots of children. Learn a lot more interesting things about their culture and why they wear what they wear http://www.orthodox-jews.com/orthodox-jewish-women

Naturally, to visit some of these places, dressing conservatively is mandatory. You do not need to be covered from neck to wrist to ankle, but shoulders and above the knee must be covered. Since I brought plenty of maxi dress for the trip, it was the easiest thing to wear. It was tank top sleeve, and my shoulders needed to be covered. I threw a crop tee over the dress. I'd easily wear this at home. Remember a maxi dress can always be a skirt! Pair a loose fitted tee (cropped works great for this look) and you have boho chic and LA cool all in one look. I wore it with flats and the outfit is done.

Overlooking Jerusalem.

And in case we haven't crossed all the way over to the superficial side of things, the saddest thing that happened to me this far was just awful: I forgot all of my bracelets and bangles at home :( horrific i know. I thought the only place in the world I might receive an empathetic "oh no!" would be right here with my fashion loving friends. You know how I love my bangles.... That to say, I would've stacked those suckers up my Arm for this look.

Church of the nativity is built over the stable and manger where it is said Jesus was born. It was so beautiful. The entrance is a tiny door- representing the eye of the needle in Jesus' teaching. Our tour guide was loaded with information! There was a group visiting from Germany and sang beautifully in the "catholic section". (the other 2 parts/supporters of this church are the Greek and Arminian churches along with the catholic church)

Our super fun group!!! All of b's colleagues. And their "plus one guest". Good thing he picked me.

Me and hubs.
On Brendan: top H&M. Shorts: H&M. Shades: ray bans. Shoes: rainbows.

The best part is this top was a "repeat" on the trip. I already wore it once during the day in Venice with cut-offs and a belt. With the most comfortable black bandeau with straps. Since the top is oversized it works perfect over a bandeau (found on lulus.com)

In Venice. Top: lulus. Shorts: joes jeans. Bandeau: lulus.com

In Jerusalem: Top: lulus. Maxi dress: forever 21
Loved my cooler for my water bottle. It didn't leave my side.

Mix and match your prints. Printed dress? Layer solid on top... Visa versa.

Nastygal.com dress. $61.60

Nastygal.com dress $40

Pair it with.....

Nastygal.com $48

Nastygal.com $23.90

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Italy!!

We're here!!! Our much anticipated italy and israel trip (thanks to my stud of a husband who was awarded the trip through work) we've been here in Venice for a few days now and are headed to Israel tomorrow for part 2 of this dreamy trip

And while everything is wonderful, and I have hundreds of beautiful photos that I will post later via Facebook etc, I thought, dear friends, we should talk about the ever important subject here: what to wear when traveling!!!!

The first part of our trip was spent in the beautiful seaside town of Riva del Garda, Province of Trento Italy (view from our hotel room below) it was beautiful. We spent a short time there and proceeded to Verona the next day. Verona had fascinating history and architect. Truly amazing. We ended our travel for the day by charter bus to Venice (Tip: I always travel with a cashmere (or super soft) scarf so it can act as a blanket or pillow etc) and finally took a water taxi to our hotel (hotel danieli- it's a vintage, classy, timeless hotel, truly fantastic)

I knew to wear comfortable shoes - I wasn't going to be prancing around in heels or anything (well, for daytime at least not). But I was determined to not let comfort over-shadow fashion. You absolutely can have the combo. I'm happy to report, I've been nice and comfy all trip. No Birkenstocks or dirty, out-dated tennis shoes in sight!!

I've had my eye on sheer, wide legged, palazzo pants ever since MAGIC. Found below for less than $30 at ASOS.com Mine came from...a store that continues to blow me away with little tiny secret finds, F21.

You know how length, especially flowy drapery length, is still so strong for this fall and into spring '12? These pants allow for that trend but give more character. You absolutely can and should rock a pair of these palazzo pants. Mine had a boyfriend short lining and the rest was a little sheer. It has the appearance of a skirt, but is unexptently pleasant when you see they are in fact pants. If it's a print, pair with a fitted solid tank or top, layer with a cardigan and put flats for casual day time and wedges or heels for night. It absolutely can be worn in place of a casual dress. And if they're solid, mix and match with prints on top or play out the bold color-blocking trend.

So go out there, rock the palazzo's and give the unexpected edge to what could be just another maxi.

Ciao!

Pants: forever 21
Tank: BB Dakota
Bag: H&M
Hat: purchased in Italy at Stafenel