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.

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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! ⬇︎⬇︎⬇︎

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Stylishly Yours,

Roxanne XOXO


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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.

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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

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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!

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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).

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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

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Spring/Summer 2019 Fashion Trend Guide

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Spring is definitely in the air! This is my first spring season in my new home of Dallas and they sure weren't lying when they said that Texas does everything “BIG” – weather is no exception! While spring here brings a cornucopia of weather patterns including high winds, tornadoes, and hail storms, one thing I'm grateful for is warmer temperatures earlier than I'm used to. If you've followed me for a while, you know that I absolutely thrive in the spring and summer seasons – warmth is a big factor, but I also love reveling in spring fashion!

And now that we're officially in the first few days of spring, I'm thrilled to share my top picks for the hottest trends that you'll see off the runway and in stores this season! This year's trends are certainly on point and I think you'll love them. And there's also one surprise trend that has made a debut as well!

I invite you to take a “sneak peek” at a couple of these trends below BUT be sure to also download your FULL complimentary Spring/Summer 2019 Fashion Trend Report (directly below!). By downloading the full fashion trend guide, you'll have immediate access to my Top Ten Trends of the season with accompanying sample items for you to peruse and shop from!

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    Spring/Summer 2019 Women's Fashion Trend Guide

    It's teaser time! Here are two of my top ten fashion trends to get you started! (And don't forget to download your FREE copy while you're here!).

    Urban Prairie

    This is what happens when Boho meets the city. Pastoral dresses and bohemian style tops are designed with an extra ‘edge' giving it an urban vibe. This is something I can definitely get down with – how about you?

    Poet's Sleeve

    Be inspired by this season's version of the embellished sleeve…the Poet's Sleeve! Blouses & dresses with this feature have long sleeves (with a deep armhole) that taper towards the wrist. I love that you can rock this in dressy or casual looks. Too cute!

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      So, you got a slight teaser on two of my TOP TEN trends in women's fashion this spring & summer season. I'd love for you to dish on what you think of them! Are you feeling the Urban Prairie vibe, Poet's Sleeve vibe, or both? And after you download the report, you have to tell me about your thoughts about the surprise trend that I included. Comment below to tell me what you think!

      Love the looks and spring/summer fashion trend report? Be a doll and share this blog post with your friends!

      Hope you enjoyed it!

      Stylishly Yours,

      Roxanne Carne

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      5 Tips on How to Transition Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring!

      Transition your winter wardrobe to spring with the help of Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist!

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      This time of year generally brings uncertainty with deciding what exactly to wear and it's something I help clients with during every season shift. With this being my first winter to spring transition in Dallas, I have special insight because the weather here is bananas! Texas does everything “big” and weather is no exception! From super cold days, to hail storms, tornadoes, and warm balmy days, this season transition is super real for me! I thought I'd share some easy, valuable tips on how to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring. These are tips that I'm using day-to-day here in Dallas and you can do it, too! Ready? Let's get to it!

      Ladies, it's about that time again! Spring is on the horizon and I am thrilled. Thrilled about cool fashion trends this season and mostly about warmer temperatures – woohoo!

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      Transitioning Your Wardrobe from Winter to Spring

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      1. Wear Your Boots with Dresses

      You can still rock your stylish over-the-knee boots, riding boots, and ankle boots from the winter season! To stretch their wear a little bit more into spring, pair them up with your spring midi or maxi dresses.  This is a great, fun look and will work for date night with your honey or running errands around time. If it’s a bit cool, don a casual denim jacket on top. Done!

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      2. Pair a Winter Sweater with Different Bottoms

      Don’t pack away your sweaters yet – you can still work them during the early days of spring!  Match your pretty, warm knits with an array of jeans, pants, or skirts. Depending on how warm or cool it is, you can decide on whether you’ll rock a chunky or light sweater.  Across the board, I recommend cashmere sweaters not only because they’re so luxuriously soft, but also because they’re extremely breathable and regulate your temperature well so you don’t get too hot.  Finish the look by “springing things up” with a cute sandal or stylish sneaker or loafer. See how easy that was?

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      3. Wear Your Blazer as a Jacket

      Most of us have a good number of blazers hanging in our closet so let’s extend their use and style them up for the transition season!  Choose a nicely tailored blazer and underneath you can wear a plain or graphic tee, a tank top, or a light sweater. Snazz up the look by adding a pretty scarf which is great for adding a layer of warmth and style!  Wear the look with comfortable jeans (any style works here) and fun sneakers. I love wearing blazers as a jacket (along with scarves) because it’s so helpful for layering on or off depending on the temperatures.

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      4. Wear Short-Sleeved Sweater Dresses

      Almost every client I work with has a short-sleeved sweater dress that’s a challenge for her to wear.  I have them and believe me, I get it! I’ll say though, that these pieces are golden for transitioning seasons.  These dresses are warm (but not too warm!) and allow you to layer pieces underneath for additional comfort and style.  Such as a long-sleeved tee, tank top, or tube top! Pop on a fun moto jacket up top and rock some ankle boots below. Done and dusted!

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      5. Choose a Classic Trench Coat for Your Outerwear

      Classic trench coats are one of my absolute favorite wardrobe pieces (see why here).  This must-have piece is perfect for transitioning from winter to spring because it’s not too heavy, not too light, performs well in spring rain showers, and of course, looks super stylish!  A best bet is to wear a traditional-colored trench in a nude khaki – this color matches with everything so you can never go wrong. Trench coats can be worn complete and belted (great for creating a waist) or for a more casual look, wear it gently draped over your shoulders.  See? Now your transition looks are capped off with a stylish outerwear piece!

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      That wraps up my quick tips on how to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring!  Which tip inspires you the most or which tips do you have that you’d like to share? Let me know by posting in the comment section below!

      Stylishly Yours,

      Roxanne XOXO

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      2019 Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral

      Explore Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year as Roxanne Carne walks you through how to include living coral in your spring wardrobe

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      As we transition into spring, I wanted to highlight this year’s color of the year from the Pantone Color Institute – Living Coral! FYI, each year the Pantone Color Institute highlights top seasonal runway colors, forecasts global color trends, and advises companies on color for product and brand visual identity – so they’re a pretty good authority!

      Living Coral

      An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” – Source: Pantone

      This beautiful color is rich with life and evokes feelings of happiness and joy.  I think this is a great color to express yourself and it’s perfect for the spring and summer seasons.  Revel in Living Coral this season – here are pieces to inspire you!

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      How to Incorporate Living Coral into Your Wardrobe This Season

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      How to Evoke Style & Grace

      Get tips on how to evoke style and grace in your every daylife! - Roxanne Carne Personal Stylist

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      I’m grateful that timing-wise, this blog post falls in Women’s History Month and is published on International Women’s Day.  I say this because for the last several months, I’ve been formulating my thoughts on the prominence of the women empowerment movement we’re seeing across the country and across the globe!

      While empowering indeed, I personally think that it’s important that women remember to leverage this empowerment with style and grace.  Feminism and femininity are not the same thing. Likewise, being a woman and being a lady are not the same thing. I acknowledge that not everyone may live this day-to-day (nor may want to) and that’s totally fine as each of us have our own prerogative and I respect that.  However, regardless of where you fall on the issue, I firmly believe that there are certain mannerisms and social graces that differentiate one from the other and these can actually help you navigate our ever-changing world.

      For those of you reading that want to evoke style and grace in your everyday life (while taking on the world!), then this post is for you, your daughter, your sister, your BFF – please share!

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      Top Tips on How to Evoke Style and Grace

      Here are my personal tips on how to evoke style and grace and embrace your femininity.  (FYI, this list isn’t in any particular order).  Some of these tips I remember from childhood and some I’ve learned over the years as I developed into my womanhood.  I certainly appreciate them more as I move through this journey of life.

      1.  Slow Down

      This is one the quickest and easiest ways to channel style and grace!  Simply slow down. Slow down your walking pace, slow down your speech, slow down your mind.  Do you ever notice that women who are extremely savvy aren’t hurried and seem to almost literally glide in their movement?  Think about it for a moment…I bet that women whom you admire for their style and grace are literally NOT running around town.  They’re busy, yes, but they pace themselves. They move and speak with intention because they are slowing down. Doing so automatically helps one evoke style and grace.

      2. Effectively Manage Your Time

      Planning ahead and effectively managing your time helps you achieve #1 – slowing down.  From major areas of your life to daily tasks, managing your time allows you to stay on top of these tasks, prioritize them, and not become overwhelmed.  This isn’t always easy to do especially during very busy times, but use tools such as daytime planners (planner addicts unite!) or mobile calendar/task apps to keep you on a focused and intended schedule.  And don’t forget to pencil in time for yourself and your loved ones! Control and planning ahead is how to evoke style and grace.

      3. Be Thoughtful of Others

      I hate to break this to you, but it’s not ALL about you!  Each of us are just one person in our local, national, and global community.  As you move through your day, consider others with your actions (or inactions).  If every person did this, our world be such a different place! So be thoughtful of others – not only does it help you evoke style and grace, but it’s also the right thing to do!

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      4. Wear Clothes That Fit You Well

      As a Personal Stylist for women, this is a core area that I focus on with my clients.  There’s nothing worse than seeing women in ill-fitting clothing! Having a good tailor in your wardrobe arsenal is critical.  Evoke style and grace by wearing well-fitted clothes that give you the best silhouette.

      5. Wear Clothes and Shoes That Are in Good Condition

      And while we’re on the subject of clothing, it’s not enough to just wear garments that fit you well, but make sure that they’re in top form!  Wear clothes and shoes that are in good condition and present you well.  Wearing clothes that are faded, have holes, pulls, or pills do not evoke style and grace – so don’t do it! Take care of your clothes and have them represent the best you!

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      6. Be Mindful of Your Appearance at All Times

      I say this time and time again: you never know when you will literally walk right into your next life opportunity – so be ready at all times!  Think about your overall appearance before you walk out of the door every day. This doesn’t mean that you have to dressed to the nines all the time, but you always should look neat and presentable.  This is an easy way to evoke style and grace.

      7. Have Excellent Poise & Posture

      Stylish and graceful women do not slouch.  Stand, sit, and walk tall with your shoulders back and chin up.  An easy way to do this is to imagine a taut thread pulled up from your hips through your waist, backbone, neck, and head.  Moving and interacting with good poise posture gives you a natural air of confidence…and, not to mention, an air of style and grace!

      8. If You See Something, Say Something

      Remember when I mentioned above that it’s not all about you?  In this vein, I encourage you always look for opportunities to uplift others (including strangers).  There’s nothing more encouraging for some people to receive genuine accolades about a job well done, how good they look, etc.  The smallest compliment can totally turn around someone else’s day and give them a boost of confidence. So, share your style and grace with others – when you see something good, pay the compliment by saying something!

      9. Think Before You Speak

      Remember #1 up above about slowing down?  Apply this to your words as well. Use the filter between your brain and your mouth.  Take care and think about what you’re saying before you say it. Words mean a lot so choose them carefully.  Evoke style and grace with your diction.

      10. Don’t Speak with Your Mouth Full

      And speaking of speaking, don’t speak with your mouth full.  This takes you back to childhood, right? But it’s so true and we are taught this for a reason!  If you’re eating must speak, take a few moments to chew your food before speaking or gracefully cover your mouth with your hand or a napkin as you talk.  When it comes to dining, evoking style and grace is all about eating like a lady and not like a cow. 😉

      11. Soften Your Edge

      Do you ever come across women that no matter what, they always seem to have a chip on their shoulder?  Or they seem to carry a negative armor of attitude? Well think about this…even during the most stressful times, be mindful of how you portray yourself when you’re out and about.  Don’t be that woman with a hard edge that’s quite simply mean and unapproachable. Seriously, who truly wants to be like that?

      Soften your edge a bit – think before you speak and mind your volume and tone.  And this doesn't mean that you must be meek – it’s quite the opposite actually. You garner more respect when you are assertive, yet clear and calm in your approach and response (as opposed to being brash and ready to fight all the time – who wants to interact with someone like that?).  Naturally evoke style and grace by softening your edge.

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      12. Send Handwritten Notes

      In a world of emails, texts, DMs (and whatever else is out there), writing anything besides your signature just isn’t efficient.  With that being said though, there are occasions where you should put pen to paper for a personal handwritten note. Send a note to express heartfelt thanks, share a memory, offer congratulations, etc.  For example, I send each new styling client a personal handwritten note welcoming them to their new style journey. I encourage you to invest in blank note cards as they give you the flexibility for any occasion.  And you can even invest in personalized stationery stylized with your name or initials. Now that’s what I call stylish, graceful, and classy!

      PRO TIP: I use Moo for my business & personal stationary – they have awesome print products with cool design finishes to match your personality.  Order your stationary with Moo and use this link to get 25% off your first offer!

      13. Be Kind

      Toward the beginning of this list, I mentioned that I didn’t arrange these style and grace tips in a particular order.  However, I thought it was meaningful for this tip to be the capstone of the list: BE KIND. Incorporating any of these tips I shared means nothing if you are not kind.  Being kind to others even if they’re not kind to you. Always stand above the fray and live your life by the golden rule. If you take away only one action from this list on how to evoke style and grace, let it be this.

      If this post struck a chord with you, I encourage you to check out this book exclusively sold at Brooks Brothers entitled How to Be a Lady.  It’s a really good and quick read about social graces for women which apply in today’s day and age!  It’s also a good gift for any special woman or girl in your life!

      I’d love to know your thoughts about my list on How to Evoke Style and Grace so please comment below!  Do you have items that you would add? Let me know below!

      Stylishly Yours,

      Roxanne XOXO

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      How to Style Your Winter Weekend Getaway

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      As I write this blog post, I’m headed out for an extended weekend to Aspen for an exclusive Louis Vuitton fashion event.  And only just before that for the President’s Day holiday, I visited Northern VA to do some bridal party shopping for my upcoming wedding! 

      During this time of year, when events come up or you want a change of scenery it’s nice to steal away for a long winter weekend getaway.  For quick trips like this where you’re only away for a few days, you’re able to pack less (which is always a win), but yet you still want to be stylish, right?

      In today’s blog post and video below, I’m bringing you into my suitcase to see what I packed and how I styled my recent winter getaway to Virginia.  You’ll discover quick tips and must-haves for quick jaunts during the winter season.

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      Dress with a Purpose

      Before packing for any trip, you should always think about the purpose of your trip as that will ultimately dictate what type of clothing you should pack.  Think about the types of activities you’ll be doing while you’re away and what clothing, shoes, and accessories will best serve you from a practical & functional standpoint (while being stylish of course!).

      My trip activities were more on the casual side with the ability to slightly upgrade my overall look to be more snazzy.

      Style Around a Color Palette

      When packing for a short trip, I always recommend styling your clothes within a similar color palette.  Prepping this way makes SO much easier to mix and match your looks around core staple pieces.  For example, the color palette I chose for my trip was ivory/beige/chocolate.  By doing so, I was able to rock different, memorable looks with minimal effort or fuss.

      STYLING PRO TIP: I also chose this palette because dressing in beige colors instantly looks luxurious – especially in monochrome looks!

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      What I Packed

      Garments

      • A Stylish Oversized Sweater Poncho – Ponchos like this are perfect for airplane travel because you don’t have to wear a coat, it’s not constricting on your body, and it doubles as a fuzzy, cozy blanket!
      • Two Black Tees – These 100% cotton long-sleeved tees fit comfortably underneath the sweater poncho and offer a nice layer of warmth. (I have one each for my inbound/outbound trips).
      • Two Pairs of Skinny Jeans – I packed one classic pair of skinny jean and one distressed pair.  These are the perfect choice for sliding into my boots for a practical look; alternatively, they can be paired up with my heels for a sassier look!  It’s nice to have a couple of choices without bringing lots of pairs (jeans add so much weight to your luggage).
      • A Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater – This is a staple item for winter style right here!  A soft cashmere turtleneck is an ideal layering item because it’s not too thick, it’s luxuriously soft, and it's incredibly warm!
      • Two Ivory Knit Tops – A cute V-neck knit top with embellished sleeves to be worn separately or layered with my cropped bell-sleeve jacket or long camel-colored trench; and a one-shoulder asymmetric athleisure top that’s just oh-so-stylish and can be worn on its own or with my trench (you can check me out wearing this top here on TV!)
      • An LBD (aka Little Black Dress) – Never leave home without it!  You never want to be in a situation where you’re traveling, are unexpectedly invited to a cocktail hour, and not have anything to wear.  Save yourself stress and money by always bringing one LBD wherever you travel!

      Athleisure

      Outerwear

      • Cropped Bell Sleeve Jacket – I wanted to have some flair up top and something cute yet comfortable to layer over my V-neck knit top.  This single-breasted jacket features a lovely bell sleeve, gold lurex threading, and epaulettes offering a strong, structured shoulder.  It’s a fantastic layering piece and perfect to throw on as you transition from day to night.
      • Cashmere Trench Coat – I love draping this Burberry Kensington cashmere trench over my winter knits.  This coat is luxury from head to toe and so incredibly warm.  It can be worn open and hanging over your shoulder for a casual look or closed and belted for those cooler days.  I love pairing with a matching Burberry check scarf, of course!  Overall, this is a real treat to have with you during winter travel.

      Shoes

      On this trip, I took along four pairs of shoes (wearing one pair for traveling, thus only packing three):

      As you can see, my shoe selection covers all casual occasions – not formal, but not super casual eithers.  It’s the right mix of comfortable, stylish, and functional for my weekend activities.

      Accessories

      • Tom Ford Hobo Tote – Ideal for keeping essentials on hand that you don’t want to check in checked luggage (laptop, tablet, wallet, etc.). Dust Bag!!
      • Louis Vuitton Malle Petite Trunk Clutch – I love this little purse!!  It’s perfect for short trips allowing you to carry only your essentials.  You don’t want to be weighed down by a huge purse while you’re out and about.  This crossbody clutch offers both versatility and style!
      • Sunglasses – A great pair of sunnies that provide UV protection all year round is an essential accessory for your trip!

      Okay, actually writing out my packing list makes it seem like a lot of items, but it’s really not!  You can get a better idea of how minimal this really is while watching my YouTube video.

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      More Pro Tips on How to Style Your Winter Weekend Getaway

      • Wear a Pair, Take a Pair – For shorter tips, take no more than two pairs of jeans.  Taking only two pairs gives you the flexibility to switch up your style while not weighing down your suitcase – jeans weigh a lot!  Save space by wearing one pair and packing the other!
      • Wear Your Bulky Items – Wear your heavier sweater or poncho with larger boots during your travel so they don’t take unnecessary space in your suitcase and add to your luggage weight.  The benefit is that it helps you stay cozy in colder temperatures (like inside airport jetways – brrr!) or if you get too warm, you can always take some layers off!
      • Double It Up – Wear the same outfit for your both your outbound and inbound trip.

      My Must-Haves for Any Weekend Getaway (and any Trip)!

      • Compression Socks – When traveling by plane, compression socks keep your feet and ankles from getting too swollen which is especially helpful during longer trips.  There’s nothing worse than having your feet swell in shoes while you’re wearing them OR trying to get your swollen feet back into shoes if you’ve taken them out during your flight.
      • Portable Garment Steamer – Let’s face it…your clothes will definitely get wrinkled while being packed up during your travels.  Forget about using hotel irons which can sometimes be icky!  Instead, pack your own portable garment steamer to smooth out wrinkles on demand!  They don’t take up a lot of space in your suitcase and are always handy to have on deck!  (You may want to check out my blog post on other must-have tools of the trade).
      • Slimline Hangers – Bringing your own hangers is helpful for two reasons.  First, not all hotels offer hangers (hard to believe, but true), but more often than not, hotels don't provide enough hangers which can be annoying.  Next, you’ll need a hanger for hanging your newly steamed clothing.  Slimline hangers are the best bet here because they are thin, lightweight and don’t take up much space in your suitcase.  I almost never travel without them!
      • Leather Jewelry Travel Organizer – This secure jewelry organizer rolls up for convenient storage in your carry-on and quick access with its multiple compartments. I use this for travel and for transporting jewelry for my clients!

      So there you have it!  Those are my top tips on how to style your winter weekend getaway.  And if you haven’t already, definitely check out the accompanying video above!

      What tips do you have on styling YOUR weekend getaway in the colder months?  Drop your comment below!

      Stylishly Yours,

      Roxanne XOXO

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      2018 Holiday Shopping Gift Guide – Easy Stylish Gifts for HER

      Need to do some last-minute Christmas holiday shopping? Discover stylish gifts for her from Roxanne Carne Personal Stylist's Holiday Gift Guide!

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      I think many people can relate to me when I say this year has been busy – extremely busy – and the holiday season hasn’t given us much of a reprieve either!  But nonetheless, we can’t press a pause button on time and there’s no changing the fact that Christmas is just a little over a week away!

      I admit that while I had a good run for buying holiday gifts as I worked through my own personal Black Friday shopping, there were still quite a few people on my list that I’ve only just gotten gifts for (as in today!).  I know I'm not the only one looking for the right gifts running right up until the holiday, so I pulled together this holiday gift guide to help you out!  If you’re on the hunt for some easy, stylish gifts that are perfect for your mom, daughter, BFF, or good friend (okay, and for yourself too!) then you’ve got to check this holiday gift guide out!

      About This Year's Holiday Gift Guide

      When building this gift guide, I especially concentrated on accessories because in most cases, you don’t have to worry about sizing (which can be tricky when you’re shopping for someone else).  Plus, I always say that accessories are the easiest, quickest, and least expensive way to add some flair and style to one’s look.  So why not give the gift of style with one or two key gifts?

      I’ve curated great gifts at various prices to fit everyone’s budget!  This year’s holiday gift guide is organized into three sections based on these price points: gifts under $150, gifts from $150-300, and gifts over $300. (Note that these are the price ranges as of the date of this post and are subject to change).

      Okay, so shall we get started?  Check out each section below!  Happy Shopping!

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      Christmas Holiday Gift Guide – for HER

      Gifts Under $150

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      Gifts From $150-$300

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      Gifts Over $300

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      Pretty easy, right?  So tell me, which items are your favorite and which one(s) did you order?  Share in the comment section below!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

      Stylishly Yours,

      Roxanne XOXO

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      Embrace Your Fashion Mishaps – They’re Lessons!

      Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist & Shopper, shares her common fashion mistakes and lessons you can learn from them!

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      The fashion industry is perceived as a liberating world that encourages people to express their personality through clothes and accessories. From playful to professional, you can play a variety of characters depending on the outfits you choose to wear.

      However, don’t be fooled by the apparent freedom you can gain from fashion.  Fashion is only liberating if you do it right. Otherwise, you might struggle to convey the right message through your outfit choices (I preach about this all the time!).  Consequently, fashion faux-pas, mishaps, and mistakes are commonly pointed out.  Many enthusiastic fashionistas feel somehow limited by the fear of criticism. The truth is that you don’t want people to comment negatively on your look – you’re human, after all!  Nevertheless, you shouldn’t let your Fear of Fashion Failure – the infamous FFF – prevent you from exploring the infinite possibilities of clothes.

      Every fashion mistake you make is a lesson you can learn to improve your personal style. Nobody knows what works for them without testing. Trial and error is probably the quickest path to create looks that are unique and engaging.

      But, you’re not on your own when it comes to experimenting with your clothes. As your Personal Stylist, I want to share some of the most common fashion mistakes and how to fix them.

      Lesson #1: Don’t Buy Only From a Picture

      Nowadays, e-commerce makes everything available to us in a matter of clicks.  Digital technology has revolutionized fashion shopping (I can personally attest to this!), so much in fact that a growing number of shoppers prefer to shop online instead of trying their outfits on in a brick and mortar store.  Because of this, you’re forced to rely entirely on what you see on the retailer’s website (or their apps), AKA pictures. This is where you’re likely to encounter your first stumble.

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      It’s not uncommon to discover that many clothes never look quite the same in-person than when in fashion photos – professional lighting, the model’s body type, and even the computer’s screen resolution can dramatically affect how fashion photos appear.  Also, many enthusiastic shoppers are convinced into purchasing an item on the basis of the photo. However, just because the outfit looks fabulous on a model, it doesn’t mean that it will necessarily suit your figure. A great example of this typical faux-pas is when it comes to buying stripes. While vertical stripes might look good on a model – who’s ultimately paid to achieve and maintain a slimmer figure – they can be unflattering on a more curvy body.  So, the lesson learned here is that before you add that coveted item to your shopping cart, take an extra moment to closely examine the cut and style of the garment and check the designer’s measurements against your body measurements to ensure a proper fit.

      Lesson #2: When DIY Goes Wrong

      Creating your own sense of fashion means taking risks, and, more often than not, building it up as you go.  When you’re surrounded by DIY and craft articles that teach you how to personalize your clothes, it’s fair to say that you might be tempted, one day, to give it a try.  As a rule of thumb, you should take time to familiarize yourself with any instructions and the products you’ve chosen to use.  For example, if you’re sewing a skirt (you can find plenty of beginner-friendly patterns online), it’s a good idea to sew a “first version” using a less expensive fabric to ensure that you avoid costly mistakes (if you make any!).  Here’s another good example…let’s say you’re totally DIYing your wardrobe and you want to add a cool, creative vinyl transfer to a favorite top.  It can be helpful to watch a few tutorial videos ahead of time to later avoid searching for tips on how to remove iron-on vinyl because you’ve applied it backwards onto your top, LOL. The thing about DIY is that you will make mistakes as you go along. But the right preparation can prevent many mistakes!

      Lesson #3: The Dress That Makes You Look Sick

      On the hanger, the dress looked fabulous.  But when it’s on you…not so much.  We’ve all been there!  One of the most important aspects to consider when dressing yourself (right up there with determining the right garment fit and shape for your body) is understanding the power of colors. Indeed, dressing for your skin tone is a delicate art that can make or break your outfit.  Picking the wrong color for your skin can make you look tired or even sickeningly pale depending on the clothes you’re wearing. As such, you need to explicitly define which skin tone category you fall into between warm, cool and neutral. Armed with this info, you’re guaranteed to select the best colors and shades that work for you and the best part is that it will give you an instant shot of radiance! If your skin has warm tones, your go-to colors consist of orange, red, warm green, and deep turquoise. However, if you’re cool, you should avoid these shades and focus on bright blue, lavender, and ruby.

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      Lesson #4: Your Shoes Hurt Too Much

      Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist & Shopper, shares her common fashion mistakes and lessons you can learn from them!Do beautiful shoes have to cause you pain?  Despite the fashion statement that you need to suffer to be pretty, in reality, if your shoes are hurting your feet, then you’re doing something wrong. As such, you should focus your attention on important details to make sure you’re avoiding unhealthy shoe mistakes. Start with the basics. Knowing only your shoe size isn’t enough. You should get your feet measured regularly, especially because they can change over time. Additionally, opt for shoes that comfortably support your arches – whether high or low.  A visit with a podiatrist may be on deck and can significantly improve your shoe pains.

      Lesson #5: Quit Buying Clothes That Are Too Tight

      It’s worth saying one more time – quit buying clothes that are too tight.  As a Personal Stylist, I spot offenders in this space every day.  It may be tempting to buy tight-fitted garments, or even uncomfortably tight clothes if you’re trying to lose weight. The idea is that your outfit is designed to act as motivation to keep you focused on your goal. However, wearing clothes that are too tight for you can lead to health issues – yes, it’s true! Also, your motivational purchases can backfire dramatically. Indeed, it’s best to go with an outfit that works for your current body instead of punishing yourself with something uncomfortable or even painful.  I cannot emphasize this enough!

      Lesson #6: You Follow Every. Single. Trend.

      Last, but not least, it’s difficult to resist the urge to purchase every new fashion trend. However, you need to remember that fashion is an extension of your personality. When you follow trends a bit too closely, you may risk losing your own unique style for a ready-made outfit that’s ‘in’ just for that season. I explain this in my semi-annual fashion trend report where I share what options you have that could be a natural extension of you.

      All in all, don’t be afraid to take risks and experiment with fashion!  Ultimately making mistakes is, after all, the best learning process.  And the world doesn’t end either, right? 😉

      What fashion mistakes have you made and what lessons have you learned?  Share in the comment section below!

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      Stylishly Yours,

      Roxanne XOXO

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      Roxanne Carne, Personal Stylist & Shopper, shares her common fashion mistakes and lessons you can learn from them!