PRESS: Look great, buy less

PRESS: Look great, buy less

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PETITEMARIN –

Here is Part 2 of our interview with local Marin resident and author of Fashion Dues & Duen’ts: a Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump, Katie Rice Jones. We asked style questions related to dressing your changing body from growing a bump to dressing your post-baby body.

Rachel Schohn of Petite Marin: (Q) I’m a big fan of the Lean Closet Movement as you talk about on your blog. It’s so much easier getting dressed with a few key, well-made pieces. As I’ve been scaling down my own wardrobe, I’m finding myself with cool basics, and old accessories. What should I be wearing to keep my basics current?

KRJ: (A) For those who don’t know the Lean Closet Movement, coined by San Francisco’s lifestyle brand Cuyana, is about paring down the closet so that one is left with only effortlessly stylish pieces that are loved. It’s a pragmatic dressing approach and it’s picking up momentum. While there may be a myriad reasons for its acceptance, I believe the foremost is a planetary one. These days thoughtful people aim to reduce their carbon footprint and buying less, of everything, helps ensure this.

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However my intimate introduction to the movement was not as noble in cause. It came to me by way of my first pregnancy. Maternity wear can be expensive and I didn’t have the funds to wardrobe my burgeoning bump as a fashion stylist would like.

The bigger I grew, the smaller my closet’s options got. Gradually my closet was pared down to only a handful of stylish maternity pieces.

After the birth of my daughter Evelyn, I highly anticipated a triumphant return to my closet plumb full of regular clothes. But once I finally got down to my pre-bump size and could wear the stuff, the return lacked luster. In fact living for 9-plus months with little to wear left me changed…

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KRJ commentary: Style through the years…Denise Richards

KRJ commentary: Style through the years…Denise Richards

Orignially posted on Mom.me
written by Christine Bartsch

At age 15, Illinois-born Denise Richards and her family moved to California where she was soon discovered by an agent and began her international modeling career. Richards transitioned from model to actress with roles in film and television, including “Starship Troopers,” “Love Actually,” as a Bond girl in “The World is Not Enough” and on “Two and a Half Men” with then-husband Charlie Sheen. With breezy beauty and casual glamor, Richards’ personal style evokes the quintessential California girl.

Pregnant with her first child with Charlie Sheen, Denise Richards proudly showed off her baby bump at “The Big Bounce” premiere in January 2004. The gold sequins and sandals add a touch of glamor to the casual lines of the curve-hugging pencil skirt and tank, demonstrating her preference for glitzy ease.

Just one month after the birth of her second daughter, Denise Richards achieved a new mom look that was both relaxed and deliberately sexy at the UPN Stars party in July 2005. While the cleavage-revealing, silky lavender camisole could be worn as bedroom lingerie, the basic makeup and jeans prevent the ensemble from looking overly risqué.

At the Fashion Rocks concert in September 2006, Denise Richards wore a simple yet seductive blue-gray dress. The form-fitting ensemble steers clear of racy with its halter neckline, knee-length hem and its sheer, ruched overlay. Katie Rice Jones, author of the maternity fashion book, “Fashion Dues & Duen’ts: A Stylist’s Guide to Fashionably Embracing Your Baby Bump,” and a nationally known style expert, says “Through the years Richard’s style has proven she is a real beauty inside and out. Her clothes never take center stage but rather help amplify her intrinsic beauty.”…

Read more of my style commentary on Mom.me (part 1 of a 3-part celebrity series)…Style through the years

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Got a passion for purple?

Got a passion for purple?

There hasn’t been this much passion for purple since Donny Osmond’s borderline obsession with purple socks in the 1970’s. Purple is back in a big way and in 2014 it won’t settle for just making a statement with socks. Nope, purple aspires to be your everything hue, coloring your face and nails, your wardrobe, and your home.

Purple is a unique color. On the color wheel it sits between the chilly tranquility of blue and the blazing vitality of red. It exhibits both cool and warm attributes. This means purple has the ability to compliment the full range of skin tones and home décor color pallets. However not every shade of purple is for everyone or everyplace.

Finding the right purple for your face, nails, and wardrobe – Before you apply or slip-on purple it is important to get a read on your skin’s undertone. Knowing whether your undertone is cool or warm makes all the difference in finding the most flattering colors. According to Simply Karen Mineral Cosmetics, undertones can be found by looking at the underside of your wrist; “If your veins appear bluish you are cool toned, if they appear greenish you are warm toned.” Those shades of purple that match your “temperature” will be the most complimentary. Therefore cool undertones look best in purples that contain more blue properties like mauve, periwinkle, and royal (see: Pantone). While warm undertones look best in purples that are mixed with more red properties like magenta, radiant orchid, and burgundy (see: Pantone)

 Finding the right purple for your home – Just like the concept of matching temperature tones for a harmonious look, the same reasoning applies to a harmonious home. As a general rule mixing warm and cool palettes in the same room creates an unconventional vibe and knocks the room out of balance. To avoid this always consider the temperature tone of the room’s existing upholstered furniture or accents before adding new purple elements. This is prudent whether you are painting the room purple or just added inexpensive yet impactful updates such as purple pillows, throws, vases, and even candles.

The next time you are tempted to buy a purple something or other consider if your temperatures are a good match even when it’s simply a pair of purple socks.

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Style never sleeps, my friends

Style never sleeps, my friends

Over the holidays I spent time with my extended family in Wisconsin. Although I missed the “polar vortex,” the nights were still colder than I was prepared for. Hence (and much to the chagrin of my husband) I resorted to wearing my down parka to bed.

I would like to say this was my first dalliance with inappropriate sleeping attire but alas I cannot. In fact I wear all sorts of “nontraditional” garments to bed with the hopes of staying warm throughout the night, even here in temperate California. These items typically include a range of polar fleeces and cashmere sweater sets. While this dressing method sends me to sleep, it also awakens me at night. The night I wore the parka to bed I got overheated and awoke as if I were suffering from an acute menopausal hot flash.

With the New Year I decided to make a sleepwear change for the sake of my style expert cred (style never sleeps, my friends), my marriage and my circadian rhythm. To that end, I have gone in search of sleepwear that is stylish, feminine and cozy. Here’s what fits the bill, from luxury to budget.

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Jessie Steele Night Shirt, $25
JessieSteele.com
BedHead Cashmere Robe, $400
BedHeadPjs.com

 

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BedHead Henley Pj set, $150
BedHeadPjs.com
Fleur’t Piped Pj set, $110
HerRoom.com

 

Piece originally featured in Pacific Sun

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Maternity’s new look

Maternity’s new look

Maternity wear seems to be in the middle of a makeover. The most modern of the collections – HATCH, ASOS, and TOPshop are brining back flowy, drapey pieces that can be worn pre, during, and post when a little creative dressing ingenuity is applied. Make no mistake…these kinds of pieces are anything but tent-ish frocks. Check out FD&D’s favorites looks (click on image to enlarge) from HATCH Collection’s fall assortment.

 

 

 

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