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

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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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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My Winterthur Wedding

Personal Stylist, Roxanne Carne, shares an intimate look at her elegant spring wedding at Winterthur Museum & Gardens.
Our Wedding Day

Nearly two months ago, I married the love of my life and embarked on what I consider to be the best chapter of my life! We were extremely blessed to share our love for each other with our family and closest friends. Set against the gorgeous, magical backdrop of Winterthur Museum & Gardens, my (now) husband and I exchanged our vows.  In today’s blog post, I’d love to share my dream day with you, complete with pictures and video!  (Hint: my picture albums are only accessible until 7/31/19, so take a look before it's too late!) Okay, let’s get started!

This spring Sunday, May 19th, was an absolute dream from start to finish. The weather was gorgeous: a calm 82 degrees on a sunny day with pretty, fluffy clouds all throughout. A gorgeous wedding set in this historic American antiquity was all that a bride could ask for. Our wedding was certainly an affair to remember if I do say so myself!  ? (And, might I add that our wedding date happens to coincide with the wedding/anniversary date of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex, Harry & Meghan – and believe me, the date was a complete coincidence!).

Before I walk you through my wedding day, I’d like to introduce you to our wedding venue, Winterthur Museum & Gardens, which is the historic DuPont family estate in Delaware.  In the months leading up to our big day, when talking about the wedding prep with family and friends, I was often asked, “What/where is Winterthur” and “How did you find it?”  Here’s more about this beautiful estate!

What/Where is Winterthur?

To fully appreciate the experience that our wedding venue, Winterthur, offered I'd like to share a bit of its enchanting history with you… (And by the way, it’s pronounced Win-ter-ter).

Winterthur Estate is nestled in the heart of Delaware's picturesque Brandywine Valley.  Winterthur Museum & Gardens stand a world apart – a place where history lives on in spectacular gardens, romantic landscapes, and a breathtaking mansion filled with magnificent American antiques.

Jacques and Evelina du Pont Bidermann built the first house on the grounds in 1839 and named it after Mr. Bidermann's ancestral home in Switzerland – Winterthur.  Bequeathed to their son, Henry Francis du Pont, the 175-room house remains a rare national treasure, where beauty, art, and history combine.  One of America's great country estates, Winterthur opened to the public in 1951.

Set amidst nearly 1,000 acres of rolling pasture, the Reflecting Pool in the mansion’s garden was the ideal locale for our wedding ceremony.  More info about the Reflecting Pool is below!

How Did I Find Winterthur?

For probably about ten years or so, I’ve been an avid patron of Winterthur Museum & Gardens.  In years past, I’ve taken my mother to visit for Mother’s Day or I would go on day trips just to explore – there's so much to see and the grounds are absolutely beautiful!  So, when it was time to choose our wedding venue, Winterthur immediately came to mind.

When I first considered Winterthur, I actually wasn’t even sure whether they even held weddings there, but I soon found that they did!  My (then) fiancé and I booked an appointment right away because we were only about ten months away from our wedding date.  It was equally as important for me to show him the estate as soon as possible because at the time we were prepping to relocate to Dallas.  Speaking of which, we did also consider the Dallas Arboretum (which was also very nice), but in no way could compare to the splendor and romance of Winterthur.  Winterthur was a no-brainer for sure!

Our Magical Wedding at Winterthur

Getting Ready

On the morning of Sun, May 19th, I was ready for my big day!  I woke up around 6 a.m. and I was playing the entire day out in my thoughts as I prepped my wedding suite for all of the activity to come.  It was so nice to have a couple of hours to myself, so I could reflect on the journey that my husband-to-be and I took to get to this happy place.

I got to spend some one-on-one time with my mother and best friend before my makeup artist, wedding planner, photographer, and videographer arrived later that morning.  And of course, we had some bubbly Prosecco on deck as we all got dressed and made up!

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First Look

For my wedding, I decided to have a first look with both my father outside of our hotel (Hotel DuPont) and then at the Winterthur mansion with my fiancé, Michael, a little while before our nuptials.  While I knew I definitely wanted to have a first look with my dad, for weeks I wavered back and forth about whether I should have one with Michael. In the end, we agreed that our nerves would be a bit calmer at the ceremony if we did indeed share a first look. (Not going to lie, I still was very emotional during the procession even after the first look, LOL). Nonetheless, both first looks were very tender moments and I’m so glad that we did it!

There are great shots that my photographer captured of these moments.

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Wedding at Winterthur

Upon arrival to Winterthur, a champagne welcome awaited our guests before boarding a private shuttle that transported them to the Reflecting Pool. What was even more lovely is that since our wedding took place after the museum closed, our guests had full, private access to the entire estate.

Now, onto the Reflecting Pool – my favorite spot at the estate! I'd say that enchantment best describes the Reflecting Pool. Originally used as Mr. DuPont’s swimming pool, it then became the site of the first wedding held for his daughter, Pauline Louise DuPont.

Tying the past and the present, our wedding ceremony was held at the Reflecting Pool, the perfect romantic backdrop for us to express our eternal love for each other.

Wedding Processional

Our guests were seated by 6:30 p.m. and the wedding was about to start! The bridal procession was led by my ultimate best friend and beautiful maid of honor, Jessica, who was then followed by my super cute nephew, Oliver (he looked so handsome in his little suit!) and his beautiful sister/my niece, Rose.  Be sure to check out their pics below! They all processed to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, which is a traditional wedding musical piece.

Then finally, it was my turn!  Escorted by my father, I descended the garden's grand staircase onto the lush poolside area.  I processed to one of my most favorite classical pieces, The Flower Duet by Leo Delibes.  As a former violinist that has a deep passion for classical music, there are only a handful of pieces that truly touch my soul. The Flower Duet is certainly one of them and it was always my dream to process to this song on my wedding day. It's so lovely and romantic – just perfect for our day! My dream came to life by having the Philadelphia String Quartet perform this piece at our wedding. PSQ also performed an assortment of classics before, during, and after the ceremony. They are soooo talented!

As my dad and I processed, my soon-to-be husband, Michael, anxiously awaited my arrival at the altar.

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Dad Walking Me Down the Grand Staircase & Alongside the Reflecting Pool

Wedding Ceremony & Cocktail Hour

The ceremony was just a dream!  Our altar was at the top of the reflecting pool and an array of white rose petal art decorated the area where we stood.  Our ceremony included Bible readings read by my husband’s son and my maid of honor, a moment of remembrance for those no longer with us, guest vows (yes, guest vows!), a unity candle lighting ceremony that included all of our guests (each had their own candle!), ring ceremony, and of course our vows.  There were quite a few other elements included in the ceremony but those were the main highlights!

The nuptials drew to a close as we were presented as husband and wife. Our guests applauded us as we recessed to the traditional Mendelssohn's Wedding March. This moment was totally surreal for us! I still get goosebumps thinking about it. ?

As Michael and I went off for our portraits (and some private moments to ourselves), the cocktail party started! Our guests were treated to specialty cocktails and gourmet hors d'oeuvres. They enjoyed the warm evening sunset, sweeping views of the pool, mansion lawn, and nearby koi pond.  And of course, fantastic music from PSQ as they switched from their classical strings to lighted electric violins! They brought out all the pop tunes and had a surprise treat for us all as well! It so happens that our wedding fell on the same evening as the Games of Thrones series finale. Yep! As such, PSQ also performed the GoT theme song at the cocktail hour – at least we got a little something! And as dusk fell, even the frogs started to sing!

Shortly before the reception started, we got to take some awesome family portraits – I’m so happy that this was all captured!

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Dinner, Dancing & Wedding Send-Off!

Dinner followed in Winterthur’s Atrium, where we all enjoyed the culinary creations of world-renowned chefs (who also create delights for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and more!). The chefs used fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to stimulate our palates – we had food, food, and more food!  Take a peek at our menu in the pics!

An evening of dancing was kicked off by our grand entrance and first dance.  Michael and I danced to Paul Anka’s Put Your Head on My Shoulder (my pick – I absolutely love this song; my mom used to play it all the time when I was very young!).  And then I had the pleasure of dancing with my Dad – we danced to Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable, featuring his daughter, Natalie Cole.  Throughout the night DJ kept the party going with great party song selections, with occasional pauses for speeches and, of course, our cake cutting!

At the evening's close, we were sent off with a sparkler tribute to Pharell’s Happy.  And, indeed, we totally were!

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Wedding Video Highlight

To memorialize our wedding day, we engaged Rose Candy Cinema as our videographer and we have no regrets! Here’s a beautiful one-minute highlight that gives us a taste of what our full cinematic-style film will look like. (We can't wait to get the final cut!). And here's a cool fact – on July 5th, our wedding highlights were featured as Video of the Day by the international World Event Videographers Association – congrats to Rose Candy!   Check out our wedding teaser video below…

The Day After

The day after our wedding we said our goodbyes to our friends and family and flew back to Dallas.  We were in Dallas for only a little over 24 hours – we used that time to unpack and repack for our two-week honeymoon at the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy.  That was a DREAM and I’ll be sure to share our awesome vacation in a future blog post! 😉 But here's a teaser in the meantime… ?

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Our Honeymoon – Sailing Around Capri

I hope you enjoyed this inside look of my wedding day.  It felt so good to recall these special memories for you – I literally play every precious moment over and over again in my head.  And I’m very much still in my honeymoon phase. ???

Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts or questions in the comment section below!

A Very Special Thanks to…

And here’s a sincere thanks to our vendors that made this all come together so beautifully and flawlessly.

Shauné Hayes – my #1 favorite makeup artist – thank you for making me feel so beautiful that day! I've worked with Shauné for several years for my business photo shoots and television appearances – her makeup artistry is unmatched and she is an absolute dream to work with.

Kerry Harrison Photography – Kerry is a phenomenal photographer who beautifully captured the essence of every key moment of our beautiful day! Kerry shot our engagement photos and our entire wedding day. We love her photography style ad she was such a pleasure to work with. Most of all, we love her photographs that grace this blog post.

Rose Candy Cinema – Jason Belkov has done a fantastic job at also capturing the best and touching moments of our wedding day in a cinematic film.  He is truly talented and we were so lucky to have him film our rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception. Job well done!

Philadelphia String Quartet – This string music group is truly among the best that I've worked with! From the thoughtful musical direction that stemmed from our preferences to weaving together a beautiful program that flowed seamlessly with our ceremony and reception, PSQ took the cake! It was truly a memorable music experience for all of us!

East Coast Entertainment – Mitch Greenberg from ECE rocked the house as the DJ and Emceé for our reception. He provided a nice mix of old and new so there was a little bit of something for everyone!

Fresh Designs Flora & Events – Fresh Designs totally nailed the aesthetic we wanted for our wedding from the bridal bouquets to the rose petal art at our altar.  Everything was just so gorgeous!

Desserts by Dana – Our wedding cake was designed and created by the winner of Cake Boss and celebrity chef, Dana Hubert.  We wanted a simple, elegant, yet delicious cake and Chef Dana delivered!

A Paper Affair – Based in Dallas, A Paper Affair was my go-to for wedding invitations, thank you cards, and menu printing. Their professional staff is both friendly and patient – they took great care of us when making the most important selections for our big day.

Kyle Michelle Weddings (Wedding Planner) – Thanks to Kristin Phalins who pulled everything together for our big day at Winterthur.  She helped with all of the planning, managing vendors, kept things on a tight timeline, and helped us have a smooth wedding day!

Hotel DuPont – This twelve-story Italian Renaissance building and architectural icon in Wilmington, DE hosted us, our guests, and our rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.  The five-star accommodations were a perfect complement to our once-in-a-lifetime wedding.

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!

The Art & Science of Beauty and Style – LIVE in Dallas on 5/5!

Casey Ta, Licensed Esthetician and Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist, presenting The Art & Science of Beauty and Style in Dallas on 5/5/19!

Are you a busy lady that doesn’t take enough time for yourself when it comes to beauty and style? Would you love to reduce the time you spend on your makeup routine? Do you want your wardrobe to truly reflect your personal brand and current lifestyle?

If you answered ‘YES' to any of these questions, this FREE event is for you! I’d like to personally invite you to The Art & Science of Beauty and Style, co-hosted by me, Roxanne Carne Personal Stylist, and Casey Ta, Licensed Esthetician (with clients including a few of the Dallas Housewives).  Join us on Sun, 5/5/19 for an afternoon of discovery centered on living your life with the most confidence in your beauty and style. In this session, Casey and I will help you discover how to give your best face and unlock your personal wardrobe style.  RSVP here!

Casey Ta, Licensed Esthetician and Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist, presenting The Art & Science of Beauty and Style in Dallas on 5/5/19!

At this event, you’ll experience our expert insights on:

Beauty

  • How You Can Look Good & Feel Good!
    • Give Your Best Face (Aesthetically!)
    • Save Time from Your Daily Makeup Routine
  • Be ‘In the Know’ with Top Beauty Trends – Don’t Get Left Behind!

Personal Style

  • Your Personal Brand
  • The Three Key Tenets of Style
  • Discovering Your Core & Accent Styles
  • Roxanne’s Top Tips for EVERY Woman’s Wardrobe

There will be sips and bites, a photo corner for you to get your photo taken by professional photographer Mark Lobel, in addition to giveaways and raffles (including opportunities to win free lash extensions, vouchers for permanent makeup, vouchers for in-person styling services, and more!).

Seating is limited and tickets are going fast! RSVP for FREE directly below ⬇︎⬇︎ and share your friends!

It’s All About the Details: Investing in Your Image

Join Personal Stylist, Roxanne Carne, as she dives deep into why investing in yourself and your image matters!

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As with anything else, when it comes to your personal style, the devil is the details!  Having clean, meticulous looks (whether for work or play) makes a big impact on your life.  As a Personal Stylist, I can make this testament because I see it every. single. day.

As you can imagine, I regularly have conversations with women about their challenges surrounding style – and it’s mainly centered on how to get “unstuck.” Because I know that being “put together” can a) instantly bring you an air of confidence and b) bring you so many opportunities, I always encourage women to invest in their overall image – and more importantly, thinks about the finer details as they go along.  There are so many layers to this and it’s different for every woman, I wanted to take a few moments and share of my foundational thoughts and advice about investing in your image.  

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Get to Know Yourself

Before you delve into investing in your image, you need to define who you are today.  The person you are now has probably evolved from who you were just a few years ago.  When you choose to invest in your image and style, you need to understand your current goals, desires, and motivations.  And you want to think about where you want your image to take you.  Take the time to reacquaint you with…YOU!

Classic as a Core

As you prepare to invest in your image, do you know where to start?  In the beginning, it can feel quite overwhelming because you sometimes can’t see the forest through the trees.  And I assure you, you are not alone! However, I have an easy tip for you – start with the classics! You can never go wrong with classic looks because they withstand the test of time, are always on point, and are flexible for both your work & casual life.  As such, you’re thinking about your image for now and for the future!

Crack the Code on Your Personal Style

Taking the time to truly unpack your personal style at all levels is essential when investing in your image.  You need to take a critical look at which style types resonate with you versus others that you don’t. Leverage tools like Pinterest to create vision boards of styles that inspire you and truly represent the direction that you want to go with your look.  This is something I religiously do with my Luxe styling and retainer clients.  Once you crack the code on your personal style, you will make smart choices as you continue to invest in your image.

Want to feel more confident in your clothes? Join The RC Style Guide to transform your wardrobe and transform your life. Learn more at www.rc-stye.com - Roxanne Carne | Personal Stylist

Be Discerning

This is one of my top tips for you – be discerning with everything you to choose to introduce to your wardrobe.  Remember I mentioned that the devil is in the details? This matters!! As you navigate through the journey of investing in your image, keep in mind that crisp, clean looks instantly enhance your look.  When selecting image-enhancing clothing, ensure that you’re looking at key details such as fabric quality, flattering lines of flow, and clean, smooth tailoring and stitching. Again, don’t just let anything into your wardrobe – make sure it passes your velvet rope policy!

It’s Okay to Spend a Bit More

While I’ll always advocate having a budget in mind for your wardrobe purchases (whether from season to season or per item), I encourage you to stretch and spend a bit more for classic, quality pieces.  Truly investing in your image is just that – an investment.  Smart investments pay good dividends and in the long run, give you better returns – both on Wall Street and in your wardrobe.  Quality clothing coupled with quality care ensures more mileage over the years for your key pieces. At the end of the day, you’re investing in you, right?  So, do spend a bit more to enhance your image for years to come. It’s well worth it!

Build Your Image with an Expert

Let’s face it – in everyday life, we regularly work with experts to help us solve problems.  When you’re ill, you go to a physician. When you need legal assistance, you work with an attorney.  When you need a haircut, you go to your hair stylist. You not only rely on but invest in these people because of their expertise and reputation. But who do you go to when you’re looking to invest in your image?

Working with a Personal Stylist like myself is the most valuable and efficient way to hone in all of the tips I shared in this post.  When partnering with clients, I help them invest in their image by gaining clarity on who they are now, sharing how to leverage their wardrobe style to help them reach their goals, and by personally developing key looks that convey their unique message to the world.  And yes, ALL of this (and more!) can be done by working with a Personal Stylist for your wardrobe!

And I’d love to help you!  On Sun, 5/5 in Dallas, I’m co-hosting a fantastic event, The Art & Science of Beauty and Style!  At the event, my fabulous cohost, Casey Ta (Dallas’ Premier Esthetician/Lash Expert) and I give you a head start on refining your look from your face to your wardrobe.  If you’re in Dallas, RSVP directly below and join us for this FREE event where we dish on everything you want to know about beauty and style!  Sign up right here! ⬇︎⬇︎⬇︎

Not in Dallas?  I totally have you covered!  Have you heard about my exclusive monthly style membership, The RC Style Guide®️?  As a member, you have access to my exclusive content such as monthly looks personally curated by me that suit you and your body unique body type, retail sales guides, Ask Me Anything sessions, and so much more!  Have access to me as your Personal Stylist from anywhere in the world! Get more details here and sign up today!

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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Save or Splurge: End of Winter Sales!

End of winter sales are here! Should you save or splurge on these items? Join Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist, as she walks you through her recommendations!

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Now that the winter season is pretty much behind us, we'll naturally tend to focus on introducing new spring pieces into our wardrobes.  And that’s a good thing if you need to update your wardrobe or want to experiment with some new looks!

But when thinking about updating your wardrobe, here’s one thing I don’t want you to forget about – end-of-season sales!!  That’s right – winter clearance items! Boy, do I love sales and I bet you do as well! Apart from Black Friday and after holiday sales, this is one of the best times to refresh your fall/winter wardrobe.

During the end of each major selling season, retailers are very eager to clear out their inventory to make way for newer looks.  As a shopper, you are incentivized with much lower prices and as such, you can snag some great deals, especially on quality pieces!

Since spring has sprung, there are some great sales going on right now.  I want to help you build your winter wardrobe for next season. I want to help you feel great about smart, quality wardrobe choices at great prices.  Soooo….I’ve curated sales items across the major winter clothing categories and am giving you the choice to Save or Splurge. You can “Save” on sales items that are under $150 or you can “Splurge” on items at higher price points but are still reduced up to 70%.  How sweet is that?

Okay, let’s get started!  As you peruse each category, you can decide which items you want to Save or Splurge on – either way, you’ll strike some great deals.  Check out my personal recommendations below and have fun shopping!

*Keep in mind that prices may change at any given time depending on when you read this blog post.

Want to feel more confident in your clothes? Join The RC Style Guide to transform your wardrobe and transform your life. Learn more at www.rc-stye.com - Roxanne Carne | Personal Stylist

Will You Save or Splurge?

OUTWEAR

Save

Splurge

SWEATERS

Save

Splurge

BOOTS

Save

Splurge

SCARVES & GLOVES

Save

Splurge

HATS

Save

Splurge

I'm confident that any one of these items would be a great addition to your fall/winter wardrobe.  And if you see something you really like, snag it! These prices nor inventory will last very long!

Comment below and let me know what you saved or splurged on (or heck, even both!).

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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Spring Clean Your Closet + Prepping Your Fall/Winter Clothes for Next Season

Are your clothes ready to be packed away for the season? It's the time to start thinking about it! Roxanne shares her top tips on how to spring refresh your wardrobe!

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Spring is definitely my favorite season of the year because it signifies rebirth, fresh starts, and renewal. Like the sun rising every day, it's a time that you can certainly count on annually and implement some meaningful lifestyle decisions around it – again, centering on rebirth, fresh starts, and renewal. The beauty of the spring season is that through physical transformation of nature (like flowers blooming), we naturally become inspired!

When it comes to the more practical significance of spring, however, what immediately comes to mind for you?  Probably spring cleaning, right? Spring cleaning your home, garden, car – oh yes, the “honey-do” list.  And of course, spring cleaning your closet! Most of these activities are a regular routine for us – we mimic nature by bringing fresh starts into our lives and moving forward.  All very excellent and necessary things to do!

But when spring cleaning your closet, a methodical, purposeful cleanse is the best and most efficient way to tackle what may seem like an insurmountable task.  And don’t worry, I have you covered! My fantastic FREE closet cleanse program helps you step by step to thoroughly spring clean your closet in just eight days!  And what’s more, to help you organize your newly-cleansed closet, you can access my must-have closet organization tools as well!

Want to feel more confident in your clothes? Join The RC Style Guide to transform your wardrobe and transform your life. Learn more at www.rc-stye.com - Roxanne Carne | Personal Stylist

But Wait, There’s More!

Now as we spring forward, let’s also not forget to fall back when thinking about your closet.  We often get so caught up in the here and now (especially when concerning our wardrobe), that we forget about some key basics around maintenance of our clothes from last season – especially getting them prepped for the next season.  I don’t want you to get caught up in the last-minute maintenance activities this coming fall.  Instead, take a look below where you’ll discover how to ensure your fall & winter wardrobe is totally ready for next season!

Roxanne’s Top Four Tips: Prep Your Fall/Winter Wardrobe for Next Season

Tidy Up Your Shoes

Fall & winter can bring some serious wear and tear to your beloved shoes.  Instead of tossing them though, opt to bring them back to life by taking them to your local cobbler.  A great cobbler can work with any shoe whether it’s a boot, pump, or flat. Pay special attention to the heels and soles of your shoes, as well as scuff marks and possible staining from salt, etc.  Leather shoes should be cleaned moisturized; and suede shoes should be cleaned and sprayed with a protectant layer. When they’re refurbed and are like new, keep them that way with proper shoe storage.

Dry Clean Your Knits & Coats

Refresh your delicate knits, heavier sweaters, and warm coats so that they’re ready to do it for you all over again next fall/winter season!  Proper care of your knits and coats will ensure their beauty and longevity so it’s really important not to miss this step. And don’t forget to remove the dry cleaning plastic off of all your garments once you get them back home; and be sure to store them in sensible storage boxes (this will keep your knits fresh and protect them from dust).

Want to feel more confident in your clothes? Join The RC Style Guide to transform your wardrobe and transform your life. Learn more at www.rc-stye.com - Roxanne Carne | Personal Stylist

Repair Your Leather Goods

Besides shoes, most of us rock leather in so many other areas of our everyday wardrobe including: jackets, belts, handbags, gloves, and wallets.  Staying on top of your leather goods will also ensure a long life and extra money spent on replacements. If you think about it, leather is technically skin – and skin needs to be moisturized and conditioned.  If not, it will dry and crack (believe me, I’ve had it happen to a pair of my shoes before!). The good news is that in most cases, your shoe cobbler should also be adept at repairing, restoring, and conditioning your favorite leather goods as well.  So, gather up your fall/winter staples and bring them back to life for the next season!

Store Unused Clothing

And finally, if you’re short on hanging space in your closet, or want to go the extra mile to protect your fall/winter clothing, I recommend storing your unused fall/winter items in stylish storage boxes that are cute but, more importantly, functional! ?  Storing your freshly dry-cleaned clothes in convenient storage boxes is most important to keep dust at bay, eliminate unnecessary stretching, and to keep them organized.  They’ll be ready for their debut the next season! Here are some super cute, yet practical storage options for your closet.

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So there you have it – the perfect formula to spring clean your closet!  Join my FREE closet cleanse challenge AND implement my tips above on how to prep your fall/winter wardrobe for action next season.

What additional ways do you prep your wardrobe for the next season?  I want to know! Reply in the comment section below or tag me in Instagram or Facebook!

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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