Autumn/Winter 2020 Fashion Trend Report

Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist, published her semi-annual fashion & style trend report for the 2020 Fall/Winter season.

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Even though the COVID pandemic has paused or deferred so many things on a global basis, one thing that certainly hasn’t stopped is fashion. Fashion never ceases.  It’s resilient, it evolves, and fashion designers always aim to inspire us to take fresh and fun risks with our own personal style.

So, with that said, it’s that time of year again! I’m so excited to publish my Autumn/Winter 2020 Fashion Trend Report! In semi-annual style trend reports, you get a concise review of the season’s top fashion trends that you’ll see at your favorite retailers.  This time around, you’ll get a closer look at the Top Ten Fashion Trends rocking the style world this fall season! You may see some trends that you may or may not like; you may see some trends that have come ‘round again (for the second, third, or tenth time, LOL); or you may see some that move you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new!

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Expert Style Tip: Here’s what you need to keep in mind when it comes to trends.  Trends can certainly be fun and interesting to try, but I always say that you should never be a slave to them. Let trends inspire you, make you think, and tease you with interest – but don’t be compelled to think that just because it’s a trend, it belongs in your wardrobe – absolutely NOT! Always be your authentic self and if a particular trend genuinely resonates with you, then you should totally go for it.

So, you do want to see if any fall/winter fashion trends pique your interest?  I’ve got a sneak peek for you with a couple of trends below for you to check out; but for the full shebang, you’ll need to download my full report!

Extreme Knits

This fall season, say buh-bye to the traditional cardi!  Designers have pushed the envelope on our standard knits to include exaggerated proportions, punchy patterns, and super chunky textures! Which knit style vibes with you?

Punk

Ahhhh, punk! The perfect marriage of rock and modern chic! This trend is especially fun with punk-inspired accessories including handbags, shoes, and chokers.


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Yours in Style,

Roxanne XOXO

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Comfy WFH (Work from Home) Looks

Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist shares inspiration for comfortable WFH (Work from Home) looks for women like you!

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For many women, how we dress for work day-to-day has drastically shifted since the COVID-19 pandemic.  As of late, my clients have been confused about what to wear to work since work is now mainly on their laptops and on camera. They seek styling solutions from me that allow them to look presentable for work while also having true comfort in what they wear.

A few months after the pandemic hit and we realized that we’d be living a “Zoom life” for a while, I published my style recommendations for great tops to wear for your video conferences, but this time, I wanted to share some inspiration for those ladies who are now working from home indefinitely, are totally living that “Zoom life,” and seek comfortable, yet chic looks.

I styled two easy ‘at-home’ chic outfits that deliver on four central themes: stylish, simple, distinguishable, and most importantly, comfortable. These types of outfits hit the mark and are SO easy to re-create.  FYI, item & retailer info is directly below each styled look so if you see something you like, it can be yours! 😉

Expert Style Tip: One thing that I want to point out is that since you’re probably concentrating on your face, neck, and shoulders when styling yourself for Zoom video conferences, I highly recommend “successorizing” – what’s that?  It’s Accessorizing with Success.  Leverage awesome necklines, statement jewelry pieces, and even glasses to create truly interesting looks.

Look 1 – Casual Chic

Style Notes:

  • This comfortably, roomy, yet sleek draping top cascades over super comfy, stretch leggings (perfect for flexing your legs while you sit).
  • I want to point out that the top is satin, but that it adds really nice texture to the overall look, especially on camera!
  • Pair this top with a statement necklace.  Here, I provided options for a long, layered look to complement the cascading points on the top; or statement collar necklaces that would look so lovely rested on the top’s rounded collar.
  • Adding a statement cuff is also a chic touch!
  • And finally, when it comes to footwear, you’re likely to wear flats over heels (not going to lie, I sometimes wear my heels in my home office, LOL), but you may rock some comfy slippers, too!  I’ve shared stylish mules, slides, ballet flats, and soft quilted slippers as stylish, yet comfortable options for you!
  • ⬇︎⬇︎ Below are the individual items that make up this ensemble. Click on the images for full retail info! ⬇︎⬇︎
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Look 2 – ‘Jersey’ Girl

Style Notes:

  • You can never go wrong with wearing jersey material when comfort is on your agenda; it moves with you and is just so easy to wear!
  • I curated two dress options – one that’s more of a shift dress and one that’s more of a sheath dress (you can find out more about these types of dresses here). I share this because you can play with different silhouettes and still look amazing. It’s all a matter of your personal style preference and what you’re in the mood for!
  • With this look, less is definitely more… neutral colors accented with great “successories”
  • I found great silver-toned chokers that accent the round collar of each dress (these would look amazing on Zoom!) and a fabulous Isabel Marant raindrop charm necklace which is a standout piece as well.
  • Accessorize your wrist with a retro acrylic bangle.  A piece like this is a bonus to your wardrobe because you can pretty much pair it with any outfit!
  • The footwear remains simple and comfortable, yet stylish.  I was really feeling toe loop sandals (as opposed to thonged sandals) and included a few stylish options here, too.  And of course, I had to throw in the quilted slippers again!
  • ⬇︎⬇︎ Below are the individual items that make up this ensemble. Click on the images for full retail info! ⬇︎⬇︎
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So, there you have it!  Two totally chic, WFH looks that offer four hot needs for sensible work from home outfits: style, simplicity, distinction, and comfort. As you can see, working from home and being stylish are NOT mutually exclusive!

What’s your favorite comfortable ensemble to wear when working from home?  Comment below!  

Yours in Style,

Roxanne XOXO

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Welcome to My Closet

Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist of Dallas & Fort Worth, shares how she organizes her own closet.

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As a Personal Stylist, I work with women to update and refresh their wardrobes while discovering a style that resonates with them. In the process of working with my clients, a question that I’m frequently asked is, “What does YOUR closet look like?” So, to answer that and to help you develop your personalized way of navigating clothes in your own closet, I’ve jotted down a few items that have made my wardrobe what it is today (and it’s still in the making!).

Let’s start with what I believe every lady needs to complete her wardrobe (and be sure to check out a video of MY closet below):

  1. Full-Length Mirror: I firmly believe that every woman needs one of these mirrors either in her closet or somewhere in her home so she can do a full 360 to make sure everything is in place from head to toe before walking out the door!  
  • Hangers: I like maintaining the same slimline velvet hangers throughout my closet, which gives it a clean, uniform look, and objects aren't sliding onto the ground when I'm in search of something in particular (or heck, even on their own!). Overall, I love the aesthetic that quality, uniform hangers create in one’s closet – it not only looks neatly organized, but it makes you feel like you’re walking into your own private boutique every time you set foot in your closet. Oh, and these hangers also provide more space for more clothes! (Always a good thing!)
  • Canvas Hanging Shelves: These canvas shelves come in handy for my knits. I highly recommend folding sweaters so that they don't stretch out while on the hanger! Also, everything is neatly folded, visible, and easy to access. 
  • Large Hanging Canvas Container: A hanging container can come in handy to store any heavy coats, formal gowns, etc. that aren’t worn often.  This is essential to keep the dust way while allowing fabrics to breathe.
  • Organizational System:  How will you set up your closet? For me, the most important aspect of closet organization is being able to find my clothes, shoes, and accessories quickly. The most effective way for me to do that is through meticulous organization (and a of lifetime trips to the Container Store!). My current closet setup is, the Elfa Closet System in Walnut.  This beautiful system is beneficial in so many ways.  Not only is it lovely to look at but since it’s modular, you can design it any way you need to fit your unique space and you can use the same the pieces again if you move.  It also allows me to organize my wardrobe pieces together in one area and my shoes, accessories, and jewelry in another, eliminating any guess work when I need to get style my look in a pinch.

Try not to let things pile up. Set up your system once and form a habit of putting everything back in the same place. This means merchandising everything into sections, and this is something I do not only myself, but for my clients as well. This means putting “like pieces together,” as I'll dive into below!

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Closet Sections

Section I: Dresses, Tops, Pants

In my video above I share how I organized my dresses, tops, and bottoms. In short, it all depends on the length, color, and function. For example, my tops are organized from sleeveless tops (like tank tops) to shortsleeve tops to longsleeve blouses and blazers. The bottom section of my closet is where my pants and skirts live. Overall, they are organized by color and material and my skirts are arranged by length.

My dresses are “merchandised” by style and color, starting with casual sleeveless, progressing towards more formal and professional styles. A bulk of my dresses consist of sheath dresses, which do a fabulous job of fitting women and accentuating your silhouette. From here, I start transitioning from neutrals to colors to patterns.

Section II: Shoes, Handbags, and Accessories

Shoes (and Boots!)

One of my favorite parts about my closet is my shoe rack! With the Elfa System I installed from the Container Store , comes a very sleek sliding feature that is very useful for reaching shoes in the back when placed in rows. If you don't have a lot of closet space, this is a great tool to implement while organizing your shoes. Again, these are merchandised by type of shoe- pumps, sandals, flats, ankle boots, etc.

In my closet, I store my boots underneath my dresses. I love to use these special boot storage/protector bags to organize my boots and keep them dust-free when I'm not wearing them.  (FYI, these protector bags are also featured in my tips on How to Prep Your Wardrobe for the Next Fall/Winter season).

Handbags

I like to store my handbags upright and in their original dust bags (if they came with them) on a shelf above my shoes. (On a side note, I’ve been eyeing these drawstring dust bags and clear moisture-proof purse storage bags for my other bags that are currently exposed).

Accessories (Hats & Jewelry)

My hats are stored on a shelf of their own above the handbags, which gives them plenty of space to lay flat without bending or getting damaged.

My closet system has a special feature just for jewelry!  This shelf has built-in tray dividers which is perfect for organization.  It also has a leather-like interior lining and a sliding cover to protect jewelry from dust.  Like my shoe rack, the entire shelf slides out for ease and convenience.  My costume jewelry lives here (directly underneath my shoe racks), which I've organized based on size and type.  The height is just perfect to see everything at once!. And just in case that isn’t enough, I have also two hanging “Little Black Dress” jewelry organizers with transparent pockets & Velcro handles to hang necklaces and give me easy access to earrings.

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Section III: Extra Storage Space

One great aspect about my Elfa system is that it gives me a lot of space toward the bottom for folded clothes. I have that area set up with drawers that allow me to snag anything I may need with ease in the same area. I love it because it's a metal mesh so I can see through it and easily spot what I’m looking for. I use these for my athleisure wear, loungewear, winter accessories, gloves, scarves, swimsuits, lingerie, and travel accessories.

At the very bottom of my closet is where I keep my designer shoe boxes (yes, I’m one of “those” people that can’t ever let these boxes go, LOL). I keep these because they make great storage for other miscellaneous items. I don't use too many though, since they’re not transparent, making it more tricky to find certain items. But for those small random items looking for a home, these really do the trick!

Section IV: Outerwear

Much of my outerwear consists of winter and fall coats, denim jackets, and leather jackets. Depending on the weight of the fabric, I’ll opt to using wooden hangers instead of slimline hangers so that the shapes keep their integrity. That completes my wardrobe run-through and how I have made mine work!

Overall, I believe your wardrobe should speak to you and your personal style. Walk into it as if it were your own boutique, and walk out feeling like you just made a trip to your favorite store!  Stylin’ and profilin’! 😉

 Got any tips of your own? Comment below with your tricks of the organizational trade.

Yours in Style,

Roxanne XOXO


Roxanne Carne is a recognized Personal Stylist & Personal Shopper styling women in Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW), TX and virtually!  Visit www.roxannecarne.com to discover how she can help transform your wardrobe and transform your life!

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7 Top Tips on How to Prep Your Clothes for the Next Fall/Winter Season

Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist shares her Seven Steps for Prepping your Clothes for Next Season

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As many of us transition into the Spring/Summer season, spring cleaning comes to mind but remember that this isn’t limited to your major household chores – your closet needs a refurb, too! I often mention how important it is to go through your wardrobe at least twice a year for a clean refresh heading into the next season, and this time I want to concentrate on spring cleaning your closet. It’s time to think about items you've worn with love and preparing them for the next Fall/Winter Season.

So, without further ado, check out my top 7 tips on how to best prepare your closet for the next Fall/Winter Season – video and detailed resources are included below!

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7 Tips to Prep Your Clothes for Fall & Winter

  1. Dry Clean Your Clothes: Don't be a stranger to dry cleaning! It’s easy to remember your day-to-day items, but make sure you take your scarves and winter coats as well. When you bring your items back home, be sure to remove the clothing from the temporary plastic garment bags. This gives your clothes a chance to breathe and air out any cleaning chemicals the dry cleaners used.  This is essential to avoid any garment discoloration. 
  1. Utilize a Cobbler: Your shoes have taken you from place to place all season, and now it's time to show them some TLC. Look out for any shoes that may need to be re-soled on the bottom and don’t forget about texture! If it's a leather shoe, make sure it's getting moisturized, and if it's suede, make sure it’s getting sprayed for more stain and water resistance (more on that next!).
  1. Protect Your Suede: If you live in a town with limited on cobbler resources, many dry cleaners have specialist partners who they use to refresh your shoes. Again, this helps prevent stains and water damage.And here’s a cheeky alternative for you: Scotchgard is a great affordable DIY suede-protector option for your shoes.  (PRO TIP: You can also use the Scotchgard spray on your suede/nubuck handbags, coats, and gloves!
  1. Fur Care (for those who like fur!): Once the cold seasons are over, get your treasured furs to a furrier pronto, because warmer temperatures can really damage your investment pieces. Since furs need to be in cooler temperatures, a furrier is a great option because they securely house your furs and keep them in a climate-controlled atmosphere to make sure there's no disintegration of the pelt.  Ask your local fur retailers or search Google for reputable local furriers.
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  1. Storage: If there are pieces that don't transition into your spring or summer wardrobe, and you won't be wearing them for a while, I suggest transferring them to breathable garment bags or canvas containers. The garment bags are helpful for hanging items, while the canvas containers are great for folded items like sweaters, scarves, etc. Any of these methods will prevent your valuable clothing from dust, moths/insects, and damp environments.

HACK:  Repurpose luxe garment boxes from retailers for storing your out-of-season clothing as I did in my Welcome to My Closet video!  (My faves are from Net-a-Porter!) If possible, you shouldn't use an airtight container because you need your clothes to breathe! This is why I don’t recommend storing clothes in plastic or storage bins because it promotes discoloration (and mustiness!).

HACK: In my closet, I utilize boot storage bags to carefully store my boots between in- and out-of-season wear. These boots are great for minimizing dust and preventing moisture damage. Another plus is that they come in different sizes and will offer protection for any boot height up to the knees (FYI, structured over-the-knee boots will not fit.)  PRO TIP: When storing my boots, I also use a boot shaper that prevents the boots’ shafts from collapsing and wrinkling until the next time I wear them.

  1. Moisturize Your Leather: This includes shoes, handbags, and clothes. Anything that is a smooth leather needs to be moisturized and conditioned because they will crack without proper moisture or humidity.  I prefer to use the Otter Wax Leather Salve – a little goes a long way!
  1. Closet Cleanse: Take a good look at your Fall/Winter wardrobe and spend some time assessing items that you did NOT wear as well as items that did NOT serve you. Ask yourself, “Do I need this?” or “Does this fit me?” or “Does this make me feel fabulous when I wear it?”  These are the questions I ask my clients when we’re working through my Signature Styling Services.  Many of us tend to hold on to garments that no longer serve us, but perhaps we keep them for sentimental reasons, or for hope that “one day” we’ll fit into those clothes again.. but NOPE! Time to let go so you can make room for beautiful clothes that will make you LOOK and FEEL fabulous.

This is a great exercise to do during major seasonal shifts. Do you love them anymore? Do you wear them anymore? If the answer is “no”, then it's time for that item to go!

HINT: If you need some inspiration and expert guidance filtering through your “must-haves” and the “need-nots,” I encourage you to sign up for my FREE 8-Day Cleanse Your Closet Challenge. This complimentary online program will help you cull your closet twice a year (or whenever you want!) at an easy, reasonable pace.

So, there you have it!  These are my top tips for prepping your closet for the next Fall/Winter Season What other ways help you prepare your closet for the next season? Comment below with your tips and methods!

Yours in Style,

Roxanne XOXO

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Spring/Summer Vacation Packing Guide

Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist of Dallas & Fort Worth, shares her top tips for packing for vacation!

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Last year, I planned a two-week vacation as a gift for my mother’s 74th birthday, buying us both tickets to Barbados for a little relaxation and to our family, as they are all from the island! However, our trip was indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19, and we were unable to make it out this spring. At the time, my hope was to use my trip to highlight key packing essentials, but since our vacation never happened, I still want to share this with you.  I feel like my tips will be useful for your next spring/summer getaway, whenever & wherever your adventure awaits!

Not only can you check out my TWO videos below where I show you what I packed for my trip, but you if you read further, you'll see my curated recommendations that you can use for your getaways as well!


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Okay, now that you've checked out both videos, I’d love to the nitty-gritty details of my packing guide for a spring (or summer) vacation:

  1. Beach Bag: You want to find one that is big enough to hold all of your beach needs, while fitting effortlessly into your luggage. Keeping that in mind, I used a canvas tote for its foldability, and the ease of fitting my beach hat, sunscreen, towel, and book in for a full day at the beach.
  1. Hats: I love this time of year so that I can wear my wide brim straw hats! They add such a chic layer to an outfit while keeping the sun out of my face. I recommend neutral shades so that you can wear them with an array of outfits while you're on vacation.
  1. Sunscreen: As you already know, it’s important to take care of the skin you’re in! I personally like to use Neutrogrena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 100+ sunscreen.  (Yes, SPF 100!! I’m serious about my skin care!).  Protect your skin and eyes even more with some snazzy shades and that wide-brim hat to add some glamor to your look!
  1. Denim Jacket: If you're going to the tropics, the days are warm, but the evenings can be a little cool! A denim jacket is essential to have because you can pretty much throw it over anything on the go without the worry of ever clashing. The denim is also durable and foldable, so you can take it anywhere you need. STYLE TIP: Drape the jacket over your shoulders for a casual, unbothered look!
  1.  Swimsuits: I like having a combination of one-pieces and two-pieces! Ladies – One pieces are NOT old school or drabby. They can be super chic and stylish! Pair one of your swimsuits with a wide brim hat for a pinch of glamour.
  1. Cover-Ups (AKA Kaftans): These come in handy for quick runs to the bar for a nice tropical drink! They can be such a great way to add flare to your outfit by popping over your swimsuit or shorts, especially if you’re like me and tend to stay closer to neutral colors.
  1. Travel-Size Containers: Not only do smaller travel-size containers prevent anyone from getting angry at the TSA agent throwing away a full-size bottle of your favorite conditioner, BUT, they also are great for stashing in your beach bag or vacation purse wherever you go. I suggest getting the clear bottles so that you can see the product (and how much is left), and there are also options that include labels you can write on as well!
  1. Scarves: These are another great option to throw around your neck or shoulders for added layering when it starts to get a little cooler.
  1. Books/Podcasts/Journaling: Grab your favorite book, download your favorite podcast, or your favorite writing journal and get to it! Nothing quite says R & R like getting reacquainted with yourself and things you enjoy. This is a great opportunity to set goals, to get inspired, jot down dreams, and to catch up on reading you’ve been meaning to do!
  1.  Shoes: Plan accordingly for your activities! I suggest a great pair of comfortable rubber flip flops that makes washing sand off your feet easier. Another pair I recommend are flat sandals for everyday casual looks, water shoes for wading and swimming in the water, and any brand of slip-ons that make exploring around simple – and they’re easy to clean, too.
  1. Pasties/Nipple Covers:  Pasties are very helpful when you want the freedom to go braless or backless in dresses/tops while maintaining a more discreet look.
  1. Tide To- Go Stick: Tide’s Stain Removal Stick is a great tool to hold you over until you get your garment washed! Just dab a little onto the stain, wait, and it’s looking better already.
  1.  Luggage Scale: You need to check the weight before it's too late! Portable, digital luggage scales come in handy especially when you know you're going to purchase souvenirs or shop around. It allows you to distribute the weight evenly between bags before you get to the airport. It doesn't take much space and can save you from hefty overage fees!
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  1. Travel First Aid Kit: These mini first aid kits  are handy for the random times you’ll need a Band-Aid or Neosporin, so that you don't derail a planned afternoon just to find the nearest tourist convenience shop (that always upcharges).
  1. Denim Shorts: Always great for walking around the island and are still comfortable and easy to slip on. The length is up to you, but I prefer them shorter, as it's generally more flattering on women than Bermuda shorts (ugh!).
  1. Hand Steamer: Portable hand steamers are a travel must-have that I highly recommend. You will never be in a position where you are at a loss as to how to remove wrinkles from a packed outfit. While some hotels have irons, a lot of them are not in the greatest shape and can't be reliable to protect your garment as well as using your own steamer would!

HACK: If you don't have space for a steamer or don't want to take one, use the spritzer bottle in the travel size container kit and fill it up with water. With the garment on, spray the water on the wrinkled area and gently tug the garment downward with one hand, while you use the other hand to softly smooth out any lines. Typically, after an hour or so in the tropical heat, that wrinkle will begin to shrink.

  1. Packing Cubes: Can we say Holy Grail??  Travel packing cubes not only keep your suitcase very organized but it keeps your clothes and toiletries from mixing. The cubes come in different sizes and are usually a combination of vinyl and mesh so they're breathable.
  1. Elegant Casual Outfit: Make sure you check the dress code for wherever you travel! At the resort my mother and I were going to stay at in Barbados, the dress code for the evening was Elegant Casual, so here are some tips on how to pack accordingly:
    •  Rompers: Fun, comfortable, easy to get into. Wear these with gladiator sandals or a pump. dress with a simple structure but intriguing design- and maybe include something with a long sleeve for cooler nights
    •  A dress with a simple structure but intriguing design- and maybe include something with a long sleeve for cooler nights.
    • Neutral colors are great to pair with a lot, especially as you're packing and being mindful of weight. It makes sense to have a statement piece in your wardrobe for your vacation.
    • Little Black Dress (aka The LBD): Regardless of wherever I travel, I always pack one of these in case we have a night out on the town or get invited to a soirée.
    •  Jumpsuit: Very chic and comfortable for a dinner. A long-sleeve jumpsuit may be better for a cooler evening, too!

There you have it!  Those are my top packing tips for your next spring or summer vacation! Please comment below with ways YOU pack for your island or beach getaway.

I hope everyone is staying healthy, practicing social distancing where necessary, and being mindful of those around them so that we can ALL find ourselves at a tropical island soon. 🏝

Yours in Style,

Roxanne XOXO

Roxanne Carne is a recognized Personal Stylist & Personal Shopper styling women in Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW), TX and virtually!  Visit www.roxannecarne.com to discover how she can help transform your wardrobe and transform your life!

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How to Rock Your Video Conferences in Style

Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist of Dallas & Fort Worth, shares her top tips on looking stylish for your video conferences!

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Are you serving your VERY BEST STYLE in video conferences?

Let’s face it – COVID-19 is rapidly changing the way many of us communicate – especially in the business world with our colleagues, business partners, and clients.  With social distancing at the forefront, we’re leveraging video conference tools like never before.

From chats I’ve been having with my clients recently, quite a few of them feel out of their comfort zone shifting to a full-on “video life” when it comes to work – are you feeling the same? 😬

Never before has our image and personal brand been SO important!  With that in mind, I’m sharing my top tips on How to Rock Your Video Conference in Style…

Your image literally precedes you in these situations.  Think about it – unless one works from home, most of us are used to the occasional one-on-one video conference or small group meeting – we can handle that, right?  But now, with shelter-in-place in full swing across the U.S. and larger co-located teams meeting on a bigger scale virtually via Zoom, Skype for Business, or MS Teams, you’re being seen/heard by a LOT more people.  People that are your leaders, your influencers, or perhaps your next boss!  So you want to make sure that you’re absolutely nailing your video conference style!

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My quick, practical tips guide you on the DOs and DON'Ts of what to wear and how to “show up” for your video conferences.  (Oh, and it’s not all about clothes either!) 😉

And don’t worry – these tips are great for both the video conference newbie AND the seasoned video presenter.  I’ve got you! 🙌🏽

And if you prefer to read though my tips, just scroll past the video…

DOs

Here are my definite DO’s that you should keep in mind as you think about your web camera presence.

  1. Always wear presentable clothing – don’t look like an unprepared person who seems to have just rolled out of bed and is running late to the meeting.  Details matter and the camera can pick up much more than you know (especially on newer desktops and laptops offering HD quality video and recording).  Make sure that your clothes are wrinkle-free, pill-free, and fade-free – remember details matter and your wardrobe choice is a direct reflection of you!
  1. Take this unique opportunity to rediscover and have FUN with your style (at least from the waist up!).  Break out that awesome blouse or scarf that you’ve been wanting to try out, but maybe didn’t have anything appropriate to pair it with on your bottom half.  Unless you’re standing in your video conference, this would be an opportune time to rock that item!  Or try something new altogether style-wise!
  1. Wear fun, bold colors (within your color palette, of course) or patterns to help you visually “pop” out of the background.  Take this opportunity to stand out (without being distracting – more on that in the DON'Ts section).  😉  Just don’t fade into the background like everyone else.
  1. Leverage your statement accessories such as fun glasses (or readers), scarves, jewelry, and headbands.
  1. Keep your nails well-manicured!  If you’re like me and talk with your hands, make sure they’re looking their best!  If you typically frequent the nail salon, I know it may be tough to easily stay on top on having fresh nails.  But it’s not anything that can’t be remedied with nail clippers or a bottle of nail polish from your local drug store.  Remember, that’s how we used to do it back in the day!
  1. Sit with excellence poise and posture.  Don’t be “that person” who is slouching, hunched over, or hovering all over the computer screen. And here’s a quick tip on how you can rock your best posture all the time… Pretend that there’s an imaginary string running through the center of the top half of your body (from your hips all the way through the top of your head). The string is perfectly straight, therefore, your posture is straight. 

Also, an easy way to maintain excellent poise and posture during a video conference is to simply NOT rest your back against the chair – this naturally makes you sit up at a perfect right angle. 

One other aspect I want you to always think about is that your poise and posture are a direct reflection of your engagement level with your audience.  Sitting up nice and straight conveys so many visual cues about you – your interest level, engagement, alertness, and confidence!  Meanwhile on the other hand, poor posture signals disinterest, fatigue, or lower self-esteem – definitely not a good look for your important meetings.

  1. Turn off notifications across your devices!  The ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature is available on our cell phones, tablets, desktops, and laptops for a reason.  Be courteous to your colleagues/audience and keep those devices silent.
  1. Elevate your laptop or computer screen so that the video camera is at eye-level.  This comes across more professional because it simulates a more natural face-to-face interaction as opposed to looking downward on your tilted computer screen (or conversely, having your audience looking into your nose!).
  1. BONUS TIP! Okay, I totally forgot to include this tip in the video so if you’re reading this post, you’re getting a bit of extra credit!  Make sure that whatever device you’re using for video conferencing has ample power.  If you’ve gone through all this effort to be prepared and look fantastic on video, then don’t lose it all by going dark from a dead battery.  It’s not a good look – figuratively and literally!
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DON’Ts

And here are my “don’ts” that you should keep in mind to ensure you’re flexing your style during video conferencing!

  1. This should go without saying but, ladies, PLEASE be mindful of the tops you choose to wear.  Do not wear plunging necklines or tops/blouses that are too revealing.  They can certainly give off the wrong impression while attracting the wrong type of attention to yourself!
  1. Avoid patterns that are TOO busy and distracting.  I know, I know – I mentioned up above that you should experiment with new styles, bold colors, etc., but be wary of patterns that visually overwhelm or envelop you.  This can be quite distracting and may actually show up distorted on camera especially as you move.  As an example, check out more info about the moiré effect which can happen in both videos and pictures.
  1. Do not wear loud, clanky jewelry.  While I mentioned wearing statement jewelry as a definite “DO” up above, keep in mind that it should not be noisy.  This is particularly applicable if you wear AirPods or headsets that rest around your neck for your conference audio.  The proximity of those devices to earrings and necklaces are very close so even the simplest shift of year head or body may result in rustling background noise if you’re unmuted.  So PLEASE be cognizant of that when you’re making your jewelry choices.
  1. Don’t forget about your bottom half!  While most business video conferencing is set up for the camera to be on top half of your body (mainly your shoulders and head) and your clothing choices are centered on that area of the body, don’t forget about what you’re wearing down below.  Now chances are that you’ll probably remain stationary for your meeting, but should you need to step away for a bio break or have to perform a demonstration everyone will see what you’re wearing down under.  So just be aware of your potential or planned activities, motions, etc. so that you don’t end up being embarrassed from a ‘Business on the Top’ and ‘Party on the Bottom moment. 🤦🏾‍♀️
  1. Don’t forget about your background. Disheveled spaces and poor lighting can give a not-so-great impression.  Keep your background area neat and organized and sit with light facing you, if possible, to minimize unflattering shadows, etc.  I’ve seen people use a white sheet as a backdrop or a foldable partition that’s set up right behind you.  Some conference systems like Zoom also feature virtual background tools that allow you to upload your own background pic without the need of a green screen.
  1. Don’t be distracted – stop looking at your phone, gazing at other window tabs, or looking elsewhere.  Let others around you know that you’re in an important meeting and shouldn’t be disturbed.  All of these factors allow you to Show Up, Be Present and Engaged, and Be Considerate of your colleagues and audience.

So those are my top tips on how you can rock your video conference in style!  And remember this, when all is said and done, I want you to be yourself – but I want you to be the BEST version of yourself.  Your looks, personal image, and brand are riding on this now more than ever – remember this!

✨✨So, how do YOU show up in style for your video conferences?  Please share your tips and comments below!✨✨

Yours in Style,

Roxanne XOXO

Roxanne Carne is a recognized Personal Stylist & Personal Shopper styling women in Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW), TX and virtually!  Visit www.roxannecarne.com to discover how she can help transform your wardrobe and transform your life!

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Great Tops for Your Video Conferences

Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist of Dallas & Fort Worth, curated this collection of stylish tops for your video conferences!

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While video conferencing is a normal part of most of our lives, it has become even more prevalent due to social distancing from the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are leveraging video communication more consistently than ever in with a short ramp-up time.

In my recent blog post, How to Rock Your Video Conference in Style, I shared my top tips and best practices on how to put forward your best personal image and personal brand.  My aim was to prep you on my keys DO’s and DON'Ts so you’ll always have a leg up image-wise in your now frequent video meetings.

One of the many tips I shared was centered on your wardrobe choice, specifically tops since your audience is seeing your top half while you’re on camera (in most cases).  I mentioned using this as an opportunity to have fun and experiment with different types of tops, colors, patterns, etc. It’s a great way to dip your toe in the water by exploring a new style archetype or wear something that you may have trouble finding a paired item for.  

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So, taking that idea a step further, I’m sharing some stylish top options that I curated to inspire with ideas of what you can wear.  Keep a couple of points in mind:

  • My recommendations cross a few different archetypes (so that there’s a little bit for everyone), but the main theme is chic and sophisticated
  • The tops I curated are mainly for business casual looks or business formal looks, depending on your audience
  • I included short sleeve, long sleeve, and sleeveless options to cover different preferences
  • The tops feature various patterns, colors, textures, and shoulder details – all of which make a beautiful style statement on camera!

Each item is linked to the online retailer so if you see something that you fall in love with, just click on the image to snag it!  I’ll tell you that my favorite piece (which I actually just ordered for myself!) is the white Brooks Brothers Bow-Neck Cotton Poplin Blouse.  Check it out below…what a statement this makes on camera!

So go ahead and peruse this curated collection and let me know your favorites in the comment section below!

My ‘Top' Recommendations

Yours in Style,

Roxanne XOXO

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Say Yes to YOU

Learn how to 'Say Yes to You' in 2020 - Roxanne Carne Personal Stylist

Happy New Year!  I look at each new year as an opportunity to…

…press ‘reset’

…develop a fresh outlook

…fine-tune perspectives

…turn dreams into a reality

I think about this for myself, but I also think about this for others as well, especially women.  As a Personal Stylist, I have the joy (and privilege) of working with my clients in the most intimate ways so I have a unique perspective into their lives, hopes, and dreams.

As I network and connect with women, we often discuss what motivates them in life and what their dreams are.  At the surface, the answers are quite familiar and always similar: it’s almost always centered on family and career.  Family-wise, it’s being a great mother, wife, or head of the household.  In terms of their career, it’s about further developing their craft or seeking the next advancement opportunity.

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But you know what usually comes up or last or sometimes not at all?  The need to further develop oneself for the benefit of YOU.  The drive and passion they describe is focused on serving others, which, don’t get me wrong isn’t a bad thing at all (heck, that’s what motivates me in my line of work).  Most women are inherently nurturers, so I’m not surprised by how they automatically prioritize others over themselves.

However, the focus is primarily on others first and I challenge that.  I strongly believe that you have to take care of yourself first which allows you to be your best when taking care of others.  While that notion may seem simple, it’s much harder than you think because it’s not instinctively the norm.  It’s not your norm.  When you think about prioritizing your care, you must do so with intention (again because it’s not instinctive).  Think about your own hopes and dreams when it comes to self-care and personal development.  This a-ha moment can spur so many thoughts and revelations!  You can ‘Say Yes to You’ in so many ways: fitness, therapy, retreats, personal image, and more!

When you’ve determined your personal goals, you can’t just stop there – you need to put a plan together to execute them.  Reverse engineer your goals and map out the exact steps you need to turn that dream into a reality.  Perhaps you can execute your goals independently, but don’t overlook the idea of partnering with a professional to help you realize these goals.  This will provide you with objectivity, accountability (essential for achieving goals), and will ensure that you’re approaching it an effective way.

As a Personal Stylist, this is how I challenge my clients every day.  We partner together to clarify goals surrounding personal image.  And we dedicate time to work through my signature process to meet these goals.  We go deep, but it is with intention and is meant to be a rediscovery.  Every woman is different as are her goals, but with my guidance and passion, we turn her image dreams into a reality.  I help my clients say YES to themselves every single day and I love it!

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To review, there are three action items you turn your dreams into reality:

  1. Sit and Think!  Take some much-needed time to yourself to think about YOU and your personal needs.  Develop these thoughts into a list of realistic goals that you can implement.  This also includes determining what resources you need to help you along the way!
  2. Ask for Help!  If necessary, partner with a seasoned professional who has the expertise to help you develop a plan of action to meet your goals.  He/she can also be your accountability partner to help you focused.
  3. Execute Your Goals!  Stop procrastinating and just do it!  Schedule time to complete the necessary action items and leverage your accountability partner to keep you on track for achieving your goal.

So, I want to ask you this.  When it relates to personal image, how will you ‘Say Yes to You’ in 2020?  What personal image goals will you achieve in this new year and new decade?  And who will help you along the way?  Please comment below to share these goals with me…

And as you think about this, frame it in this perspective.  Don’t make resolutions, but instead make a promise – to yourself!  Let’s take ‘New Year, New You’ a step further and let’s shape 2020 into the year of ‘Say Yes to You.’

Put your goals and intentions out there into the universe – start by sharing below!

Yours in Style,

Roxanne

Roxanne Carne is a recognized Personal Stylist & Personal Shopper styling women in Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW), TX and virtually!  Visit www.roxannecarne.com to discover how she can help transform your wardrobe and transform your life!

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Introducing Bhavy J Designs!

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Every once in a while, I have the opportunity to collaborate with fantastic emerging brands, and I’m always SO excited to see and learn fresh perspectives in women’s fashion. Recently, I connected with Bhavana Jain, a Chicago-based emerging women’s designer, who serves up classic choices with a modern twist. Her design aesthetic exudes a quiet elegance and also is very classic, making her pieces a potential staple in your wardrobe. 

Breaking into the fashion industry as a designer is no easy feat. I’m always tickled to pieces when I meet great designers like Bhavana who are successfully crafting their visions into tangible products. 

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Another thing that I really am pleased about sharing is that everything that she produces is made in the U.S.A., more specifically, in her Chicagoland! Many designers curate textiles and complete manufacturing in foreign countries, so it’s very special to have a home-grown designer give back to her community by leveraging local businesses.

In today’s blog post, I’m so pleased to share some of my favorite designs from Bhavana’s line, Bhavy J Designs. These are beautiful pieces from her most recent collection. The video below highlights four versatile pieces that span from everyday workwear to edgy casual. I share more details about each of the pieces and give an overview of how I recommend styling them. Check it out!

If you’re looking for pieces like this to round out your wardrobe, I highly recommend supporting Bhavy J Designs. Like I mentioned in the video, take 15% off your order when you use the code “ROXANNE15” when you check out. 

Be sure to let me know in the comments below which item is your favorite, and I’ll let you know which one I end up keeping! 

Stylishly Yours,

Roxanne XOXO

Roxanne Carne is a recognized Personal Stylist & Personal Shopper styling women in Dallas, TX and virtually!  Visit www.roxannecarne.com to discover how she can help you define your style!

My Italian Handbag Haul!

Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist, shares details about her Italian leather handbag haul.

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During my recent honeymoon in southern Italy (after my incredibly romantic wedding), I had so many fantastic experiences! Interestingly enough, as a Personal Stylist, shopping was a low priority for me this time around. We vacationed for two weeks and reserved our shopping time for the last two to three days. Usually, when I shop for myself (and always when I shop for my clients), I shop with intent, so there was no crazy shopping spree for me in Italy, LOL.

I really wasn’t craving any wardrobe garments from Italy, but what I really wanted to get my hands on were some fantastic leather goods. After all, that is what Italy is globally known for! I had the pleasure of visiting small “Mom & Pop” Italian artisans that had genuine leather goods including handbags, wallets, jackets, and shoes. I love my handbags, so that was definitely a target for me. 

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Quality is very important to me, so I pretty much quizzed the artisans on where the handbags were manufactured, what type of leather shop they had, how many workers, and so on. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of them were sourced locally (near Naples) or in Florence, also from other “Mom & Pop” artisans. That made me feel great because everything was handmade and also supported the local economy. I ended up buying eleven bags, three of which were gifts for family and friends. And let me tell you, these bags are AMAZING! 

First of all, the rich leather fragrance is to die for. I’ve been using my pale pink chevron handbag pretty much all summer as my everyday bag, and the scent of leather is still there (you'll see this in the video below). Overall, the handbags are stitched beautifully and the leather is so soft and supple (quite a few of these handbags are made from calf leather, so that's why). 

So check out the latest additions to my handbag collection, and also learn about what it means when you a label that reads “Made in Italy”!

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Oh, and in the video, I totally forgot to include this really pretty top handle Italian leather handbag with metallic python print styling. Isn't it gorgeous? A bag like this is perfect for business meetings where you want to show a bit of spunk! ?This is certainly one of my faves!

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Italian Leather Handbag – Python Print

Do you have any favorite Italian leather handbags in your collection? If so, please comment below or on my YouTube video

Stylishly Yours,

Roxanne XOXO

Roxanne Carne is a recognized Personal Stylist & Personal Shopper styling women in Dallas, TX and virtually!  Visit www.roxannecarne.com to discover how she can help transform your wardrobe and transform your life!

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