October 23, 2015
One of the reasons I’m always excited for fall is fashion. With new seasons come new trends, and some of the biggest trends of the year happen in the fall. Plus, it’s fun to be inspired by Instagram fashion.
While I love to shop, I love to save as well, so before I totally rework my closet, I try to get inspiration from all sorts of outlets: blogs, magazines, newsletters, and (my favorite) Instagram. This fun, cool, social media tool lets me stalk some very fashionable people (some celebs, some just like you and me). Instagram provides me with a first look at new trends and how they’re incorporated into everyday wear.
If you haven’t been sucked into the Instagram craze, you’re missing out. Instagram is a popular social network app used by millions around the globe to instantly share photos and videos. Many have taken Instagram to another level, using it to brand and market themselves. Others simply love to share their lives (and their outfits).
So, for the trendsetting readers who love fashion, here are a couple of accounts I follow for style inspiration.
@alyssaneilson: Alyssa Neilson is a sporty, chic chick. She’s a New Yorker who works in the marketing business. She loves sports, details (sneakers, watches, jerseys, jackets), and has an eye for vintage finds. If you’re anything like me – and by that I mean a lover of incorporating sporty wear into your look – Alyssa is the girl to keep an eye on.
@hannahcrosskey: Hannah Cox is a total fashionista. Her Insta-feed will have you wishing you could get your hands on all of her looks, which actually isn’t a problem. Hannah shares and tags where each detail of her look is from, and most accessories are super affordable, coming from H&M, Zara, Asos, and several online boutiques.
@targetdoesitagain: Ok, first of all, who doesn’t love Target? That store gets my bank account into trouble every single shopping trip. This account specifically posts the newest additions to the racks and shelves at Target. I mean, the girls behind this account actually post pictures from inside of the fitting room with all of the details (prices, sizes, etc.) conveniently laid out for you. How genius is that?
@miraduma: Miroslava Duma previously worked at Harper’s Bazaar Russia. She’s a freelance writer, style icon, and my favorite girl in the fashion world. Mira posts from all the fashion hot spots, like front row at Chanel runway shows and behind-the-scenes at Stella McCartney shoots. This busy girl loves to share her world travels, where you get to peep all of the eclectic outfits she puts together.
@monicarosestyle: Stylist, designer, and mother of two, Monica Rose is THAT girl. She styles some of the hottest stars (Kendall Jenner being her main focus at the moment) and posts their fab looks. You’ll also get to see her adorable kids, #AlaiaRose and #SalvadorLukas, who are mini fashionistas themselves (perfect for keeping your kids on trend as well).
@xammasi: I’m not too sure what Anna Maria does, but she looks perfect doing it. Everything screams perfection about this beauty – from her glam makeup, to her hair, to her wardrobe. Anna Maria is so classic and simple, yet super trendy. Her choice of colors in her closet are easy to follow: lots of safe colors like nude, white, black, and olive green. While this might seem boring, this color palette is reusable, easy to style, and perfect for every season.
@inspovoguee: This is one of those accounts that posts the latest trends from various sources. Yes, there are hundreds of these types of accounts, but Inspovoguee shares looks from all around the world, giving insight into the closets of some trendy, yet low-key women. Every caption gives credit to all the pictures they use, making it easy for you to follow other inspirational trendsetters.
Now, grab your phone, get on Instagram (download it if you haven’t already) and search for your style inspirations for this season and the next to come. Trust me – this will keep you on top of the fashion food chain, and could help you save a couple of bucks along the way. Don’t know where to start? Just look for hashtags like #style, #fashion, and #ootd (outfit of the day) to start searching.
Are you a local fashionista? Be featured by clutch! In our next Snap Happy we will be featuring LOCAL fashionable women. Just use our new hashtag #clutchinspires to get our attention! While you’re on there, be sure to follow us @theclutchguide.
October 14, 2015
My favorite time of year is here again! I love pretty much everything about fall, and I look forward to it year round. My husband and I love to get away in the fall and retreat to a cabin in the mountains. Not much is better than cozying up with a cup of hot tea or cocoa with the people I love, my pup, Fiver, and a beautiful mountain setting.
Fall is the perfect time for layering since the days may be warm, but the nights can get a bit chilly. My favorite layering combo is a pair of jeans, a cami, a loose-fitting long sleeve top, a sweater or light jacket, and a poncho to top it all off. Don’t forget a cute hat and a great pair of boots. This way you stay nice and warm, but if you get too hot, just strip away a layer. When layering, always make sure each layer looks like a complete outfit. Start building your look from the base and you’ll be golden!
Don’t forget to pack some comfy, warm pajamas or your favorite sweatshirt and slippers. Some cabins and getaways can be drafty at night, so make sure you bring lots to keep you warm.
A mountain getaway wouldn’t be complete without wonderful tunes filling the air. My mountain getaway favorites include:
- “Fleet Foxes” by Fleet Foxes
- “Cease to Begin” by Band of Horses
- “July” by Marissa Nadler
- “American IV: The Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash
- “Now That I’ve Found You” by Alison Krauss
- “Black Bear” by Andrew Belle
- “I Never Learn” by Lykke Li
- “Rituals” by Other Lives
- “Illinois” by Sufjan Stevens
- “Life of Leisure” by Washed Out
One of the best parts about getting away is experiencing local culture wherever you go, and the Internet is a wonderful resource for information about your travel destination. I always research online before we head out of town to see where the locals go. We normally just like to stay in on getaways, but it’s wonderful to see if there are restaurants we should experience, shops to peruse, hiking trails to explore, or anything else that we’d be sad if we missed.A great way to find out what to do in an area is to check out hashtags on Instagram. Search the name of the area you’re visiting, and should find local accounts loaded with the information you will need.
If Instagram isn’t your thing, just go and explore! The adventure is all part of the allure, in my opinion. Step out of the routine and go on a new escapade. You’re sure to make wonderful memories. So pack your bags in style and head out for a weekend to enjoy time with your loved ones!
Looking for a place to get away? We live in a gorgeous area, so luckily we don’t have to go far to find a beautiful place to get away without having to travel too far. Airbnb
(download the app or head to airbnb.com) is an amazing source for finding local getaways for great prices with unique charm.
March 23, 2015
Jeans. Love them or hate them, they are a wardrobe staple while also being a mystery. With different cuts, washes, fits, pocket placements and prices, it is tough to navigate the illusive world of denim!
Recently, we polled our social media followers to get their take (and test their knowledge!) on denim, and almost 200 women answered. With the help of Renee Wood and her staff at Gladiola Girls, we sought to answer questions and fit a few of our respondents into the perfect pair of jeans. Special thanks goes out to Zachary Taylor Photography for all of the images!
How many pairs of jeans do you own?
- 1-2 pairs – 9%
- 3-5 pairs – 42%
- 6-10 pairs – 32%
- 11-20 pairs – 12%
- more than 20 pairs – 5%
What do you consider most when purchasing jeans?
- fit – 25%
- cut – 18%
- color – 17%
- price – 16%
- trendiness – 9%
- brand – 8%
- shopping locally – 7%
How much are you willing to pay for that perfect pair?
- less than $30 – 22%
- up to $60 – 40%
- up to $100 – 25%
- up to $200 – 10%
- whatever it takes! – 3%
How many times do you wear your jeans before you wash them?
- once – 7%
- twice – 22%
- 3-5 times – 55%
- 6-10 times – 14%
- more than 10 times – 2%
So, how DO you care for denim? Premium denim can be worn 10 or more times before washing, so only wash jeans when they are dirty. Wash them inside out on cold, and hang them to dry. They can be softened in the dryer for a few minutes after they are dry.
Avoid fabric softeners and highly loaded detergents as the particles will bind to the fibers and destroy the fit and wear-ability of the denim. If any areas become “bagged out”, throw the jeans in the dryer for 5 minutes to reshape.
The ladies who took our survey posed lots of questions, and we enlisted the help of Renee once again to find out the answers.
What about tailoring? If you choose a pair of jeans that fit well, you will only have to alter the hem. To avoid hemming, choose crops or ankle lengths in skinny or petite styles and short cuts for boot or flare styles.
What is the perfect length to wear with heels? The leg opening actually plays a larger role than the length in choosing which type of shoe to wear. For a dressier look, choose a boot, micro boot or straight cut to wear with heels, or to really create a wow factor pair a skinny cut with heels.
How long should a good pair of jeans last? If you purchase a quality pair, they should last anywhere from three to seven years. Renee still owns her very first pair of premium denim that is almost 13 years old (and yes she still wears them).
How does pocket placement affect the way your rear looks? This comes down to personal preference in the way that a woman perceives her bottom. A pocket with a flap works best on a smaller derriere, and all women (for the most part) should avoid large and heavily embellished back pockets. To create an illusion of perkiness in your rear, choose a pocket that tilts slightly outward.
How can you fix a gaping hole at the bottom of the back? You may not be wearing the right denim if this happens to you! Look into a pair of jeans with a contoured waistband or a different rise to accommodate your shape. Always be willing to ask for support from a store’s stylist, and be open to trying on new brands and styles.
Craving more? We will share more of the ladies who helped out with our denim clinic and fashion shoot in a later posting. So fun!