Savvy Style Chat {GG, All The Many Layers}

For our very first savvy style feature of 2013, it was a pleasure to chat with my long time girlie, GG. She is wearer of many hats (figuratively, not literally) and has a great laid back spirit with a style to match. So without further ado, for our January Savvy Style Chat, I present...

GG / All the Many Layers / AlltheManyLayers.com

These dainty earrings are my faves and really capture what I'm drawn to when shopping for shiny things. Sorta vintage looking and whimsical. Understated but unique.

What is your full time gig? 

By day, I work for a financial services company handling third party relationships. It’s very fast paced, and I put fires out all day. The best part of my job is building loyalty with my clients and helping them find solutions. I’m also a full time mom of three.

How does your occupation affect your personal style? 

I work in a pretty conservative environment, but I’m okay with this because I keep my wardrobe pretty simple anyway. I like clothes that are tailored to my shape but forgiving in the right places. Earth tones and stripes and polka dots make me happy. Now when it comes to my hair, I’m a chameleon. I get bored quickly and change hairstyles often. I save the extra big, lioness hair for the weekends.

 Snagged this cute little black blazer and red tank from Kohl's Jennifer Lopez Collection for an outing with the girls.  On the bottom, I wore skinny jeans and black suede pumps.

How do your other roles and endeavors affect your style and how do you transition your wardrobe throughout the day to meet the needs of these various roles? 

I usually have several pairs of shoes at work and in the car so I can change things up if necessary. If I’m heading to cheerleading practice with my daughter after work, I will kick off my heels and opt for flats. On the other hand, if I’m heading to dinner to catch up with a girlfriend, I might throw on some heels. When shopping, I look for pieces that are versatile.

What is the one piece in your entire wardrobe right now that you absolutely cannot live without?

I can’t live without my camel, over the knee boots. They’re flat and I can wear them all day without a moment of discomfort. I usually rock them with skinny jeans and a cozy sweater or a slim fitted turtleneck. They go with everything.

This is a typical Saturday outfit for me in the fall/winter as I navigate through my kids' many activities and my weekend errands.

It’s pretty cold here on the East Coast and winter hats and scarves are becoming more necessary; when layering with these items, do you prefer to go for style or function?

A little bit of both. I usually lean to the functional side though. I won’t buy something if it’s itchy or needs to be hand washed. Also, I won’t wear wool hats or scarves because they damage my hair. I’m a pretty simple girl. I like things that are soft and cozy and don’t require a lot of fuss.

How often do you go shopping—either in-person or online? What’s your favorite place to score super cute budget-friendly pieces?

A couple times a month I might grab something as a treat to myself. I do most of my major shopping seasonally – looking for staple items that will fill a void in my closet. Over the past couple of years, I’ve significantly scaled down my wardrobe so that I’m not hoarding items that I never wear. For example, I used to have about 10 pairs of jeans and now I only have four pairs and that’s really all I need. My favorite place to score budget-friendly pieces is definitely Asos. I’m really into knee length pencil skirts and they are my number one source.

The new season signaled a need for new hair and beauty routines. What are your go-to products for hydrating winter hair and skin?

For my skin, nothing compares to Amlactin. The stuff is amazing. It exfoliates and moisturizes like nothing else and it’s easy to find right at CVS or Walgreens.

For my hair, I love to use natural moisturizers like coconut, grapeseed and extra virgin olive oil. Beyond that, I try lots of different products but I always come back to the basics because it’s just easier. If you haven’t noticed by now, I really want to be a minimalist when I grow up.

Another day, another roller set. #naturalhair

Where do you go for lifestyle inspiration?

I hardly know where to begin. Currently, my favorite reference books for inspiration are "Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach and "12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women" by Gail McMeekin. One of my favorite bloggers is Danielle Laporte. I just purchased her book, "The Fire Starter Sessions – A Soulful and Practical Guide to Creating Success On Your Own Terms". I’m really into soulful and practical things.

I also get a lot of inspiration from my friends, family and people I interact with every day. I love to hear people’s stories and to observe how they express themselves. I believe that authenticity is evident in how you dress, how you deal with people and ultimately how you live your life. I strive to surround myself with people and experiences that inspire me.

If a stranger walking past you on the street was asked to describe your signature look in one word, what word would that be?

It depends on the day. On certain days, my one word synopsis would probably be classy. On other days, my look could easily get summed up as bohemian. All in all, I would hope that I wear my positive energy in such a way that it is more memorable than anything I’m wearing. It’s my best accessory. My hair is close second.

My mini fashionista in all her faux fur glory

You’re raising two little girls who, I’m sure, try to emulate everything Mommy does right now—but what advice will you give them about personal style in the future?

My seven year old already has a unique sense of style. She likes bright, bold colors and the more sparkle, fur and bling, the better. My two year old loves anything with ruffles.

I will encourage them to express themselves and have fun with fashion - but always keep it classy. Also - and this is really the most significant thing I’ve learned as my style has evolved – I’ll teach them to know their bodies and avoid blindly following trends that don’t flatter them. Oh, and always wear underwear with jeans and princess dresses. #insidejoke.

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