S is for Style // Layers A to Z Tour




My style helps me to feel like my selfI currently work from home, and the ease of staying in bed, in my pajamas and just sliding my Macbook onto my lap has a pull of black hole proportions. 

But there's a part of me that misses the part of corporate life where I got up in the morning, pulled on a sweet frock, slid my feet into a pair of heels, and slipped a statement necklace around my neck. That felt good. I felt creative and self-assured and ready to take on the day once I was pulled together and polished. Feeling great in my clothes, and in my skin, made me feel like I was about to be a creative rock star--and my own self-belief made other people believe that I was capable too. 

So I get dressed every day--usually in jeans as opposed to a dress--but it makes a difference. Taking time to get tastefully and comfortably dressed and to put on my eyebrows and a bit of lip gloss is what helps me to feel capable now, and to send that energy out through the work I do virtually. 

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak”
― Rachel Zoe


Personal style is about so much more than how a person looks--it's a window into how she sees herself. What she's proud of, what makes her feel strong and confident; and likewise what she's afraid of, what she wants to hide, and what makes her feel insecure. 

Your true power may come from what you write, or create, or how you carry yourself, but your style is the outward expression of that power--of that awe inspiring authority--it allows you to bring what's inside of you outward for the world to see, and use that to be of influence

You see, they go hand-in-hand to create a brand. The "You" brand. The version of you that people see before you ever speak or flip your lips upward into a smile. 

It may be in your flawless makeup, or your beautiful dress, your casual jeans and tee, or your oh so fly twist out--but it affects how people view you before they ever get to the work. So it's best when it all comes together to create an ease and a warmth that draws people in and makes them want to learn more; that light that lets them get close enough to take in your soul shaking work.  

That's why your personal style, the way you show up, matters. 

For some people, personal style is something to be disregarded. Vapid. Self-indulgent. Unimportant. Useless. But I would argue that it's all in an effort to let the world know who you are and what's important to you. Even choosing not to care about how you present yourself visually is a manner of expressing who you are. You are always making an impression, for better or for worse, whether you want to be making one or not. 

So, humor me for a minute. 

What if you chose to look at personal style as something fun and artistic and imaginative? 

What if you viewed getting dressed in the pieces that speak to you as a confidence booster, a way to express creativity on the human body, a walking billboard of your gifts and talents, a way to share your mood, to create value, and to feel decidedly unique and unstoppably powerful? 

Yeah, that's how I prefer to view it too. 

This post is part of The Layers of Self-Discovery Tour created by GG Renee of All the Many Layers. Follow the tour through the blogs of 26 women exploring the complexities of womanhood and self-discovery from A to Z. Click here to keep up with each post and enter to win a giveaway package full of goodies for your mind, body and soul. #LayersAtoZTour

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It can be seriously empowering knowing that you have the ability to create any mood or feeling you want just by donning the right pieces or textures or fabrics. I strongly believe in approaching style according to what fits a person's distinctive body and personality--and that this should be done with reckless abandon! Not sure how to tap into your personal style? I can help. I'm a personal stylist with Keaton Row--meet me there, and sign up as a client so we can discuss your likes and dislikes and determine your style goals one-on-one, virtually and for free (all you pay for with this service are the incredible clothes you'll buy). 




Rainy Day Essentials // Joules Rain Boots




Seasonal inclement weather will soon be upon us, and the savvy girl knows to be wardrobe ready in advance! I got an adorable pair of Joules rain boots around this time last season (you can see how I styled them here) and they were fabulous at getting me through from puddle splashing to braving the ice and snow. And even though I already have a pair, a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes--especially ones that are cute and functional to boot. Plus, I've been browsing the website recently, and I am loving Joules' entire range of wellies at the moment. 

Because my Joules wellies are navy polka dot, the simplicity of this black pair with the pink logo are speaking to me. They'd be the perfect neutral, versatile pair to wear with anything. I can totally picture rocking out an outfit, like the above, that's chic and feminine, but still utilitarian and completely weather appropriate. 

Have you checked out Joules rain boots this season? How would you wear yours?

*This post is written by me, and sponsored by Joules. All selections, styling and opinions expressed herein are my own. Promise.



5 Fall Cocktails to Try For Your Next Savvy Soiree



Certain things have just become synonymous with fall—like hot apple cider and Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  Why not warm up your bar cart and your palette with these autumnal inspired cocktails? From a planned holiday gathering to a relaxed girls' night by the fire, whether you’re a fan of the chocolaty or the sweet—I’ve rounded up a little something that every libation lover can enjoy.
  



With ingredients like pumpkin spice syrup, cinnamon, and whipped cream this spicy delight is reminiscent of your favorite morning coffee. Why not sub your weekend brunch mimosa with this midday pick me up?
via sauzatequila.com




Get the childhood nostalgia of sipping hot chocolate by the fire—but with a very grown up twist. Cozy up to this mocha delight on a chilly evening indoors.
via PatrĂ³n Spirits




If you love a good fall dessert, but would rather drink your cheat day calories than eat them, this decadent cheesecake-inspired vodka martini is perfect for you.
via HappyFoodHealthyLife.com 




What feels more like fall than a day that’s spent apple picking in the crisp air? Get a fresh taste of the orchard when you try this bourbon and apple cider cocktail.
via creative-culinary.com





Combining delicious dessert wine with the rich flavors of cinnamon, apple and caramel, this sangria is perfect for sharing. Make a large pitcher for your next cocktail party or girls’ gathering for a sweet addition to dinner.
via FoodFamilyFinds.com

What's your favorite fall inspired cocktail?



Posh Kitchen // Cranberry Chocolate Nutty Granola (GF)



My teen is not really a breakfast person during the week. He has a light or no appetite when he rises very early, like at his 6am alarm for school, and he hates to have to sit at the table for a full meal. It's so important for him to have breakfast though, so I have to find things that he can grab and scarf down on his way out the door. Not my preference, but at least he's eating something. In an effort to have a healthier, less processed option, I decided to make him homemade granola bars. They were not only easy to make, the one pan of granola lasted for 2 weeks worth of breakfasts. Mom-1, store-bought bars-0. 



Ingredients:
-4 cups old fashioned rolled oats. I used Bob's Red Mill extra thick since they're gluten free
-1 cup unsweetened organic coconut flakes
-1 cup almond butter
-1/3 cup honey
-2/3 cup agave nectar (Amber)
-1/2 cup organic light brown sugar (packed)
-1 cup of your favorite trail mix. I used Tierra Farm Chocolate Cranberry Cashew Mix from Mom's Organic Market




Instructions:
-Preheat oven to 350F. Spread the oats and coconut on a baking sheet. Place in oven and toast for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until brown. (I have an electric oven which heats up fast, so I stirred every 3 minutes.)
-Combine the almond butter, honey, agave and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar and almond butter have completely dissolved/melted and come to a creamy consistency. Stir continuously to avoid burning.
-Remove toasted oats & coconut from the oven and transfer to a large mixing bowl, and then add trail mix. Pour almond butter mixture on top and stir to combine.
-Transfer to a greased glass baking pan (I used Earth Balance organic whipped spread), spread and flatten mixture into pan.
-Bake at 300F for another 8 minutes. Then set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
-Refrigerate uncovered for 45 mins - 1 hour
-Cut into squares and serve.
*yields approximately 16 squares



My Style // Stripes & Stilettos



top // American Eagle (sold out)
jeans // American Eagle
sandals // Mix No 6 via DSW (similar metallic gold pair)
necklaces // Francesca's  (similar) + Target (gifted)
watch // Francesca's (similar)
bracelets // Alex & Ani + braided bracelet from my trip to Cancun
rings // (old) 
sunnies // Aldo (also seen here)
clutch // Marc Jacobs for Neiman Marcus x Target (sold out)




A midday coffee date with the bestie GG called for something casual but chic. As you can tell from my photos overall, I don't wear jeans often; but I'm kind of obsessed with American Eagle's distressed jeggings--they look and feel like regular jeans to the touch (as opposed to some other brands that look like denim "colored" leggings), but they are easy to get on if you've got hips, and they fit curves like a glove! With the addition of a comfortable striped tank in my favorite color, and these sexy sandals with a pop of pink, this girl felt absolutely fab!



Thanks to the passing stranger who was nice enough to capture a pic of me and this gorgeous girl together. With work, family and other responsibilities, we don't get one-on-one time often, but when we do it looks like this :-)



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