First things first, if you have an upcoming important meeting, event, speaking engagement or similar, I would highly recommend having a backup outfit, including shoes, at hand in the event of a major fashion emergency. But if you don’t, here are a few ‘quick fix’ solutions that can be kept in your purse, car or desk, and they’ll help you cruise through your day, rather than having your day ruined.
*Get the lint off
Ever been to a restaurant with white cloth napkins only to realize your dark colored clothes are then covered in white lint? Easy solution, keep a small lint roller handy. If you don’t have one, roll scotch tape around your hand and pat your clothes to remove the lint. Simplygoodstuff.com has a washable mini-lint roller for about $3.00
What to do if your hair is a bit askew? If you have hand lotion handy, apply a small amount to your hands and then run your hands over the flyaway area. In a pinch, this will help to weigh your hair down for a while. Want to be more proactive? Check out the anti-frizz/flyaway hair sheets by Redkin, Pacifica and Nunzio Saviano on Amazon.
A wrinkle releaser spray won’t give you the same starched effect that a steamer or an iron will, but it’s a great alternative when you’re on the go. Downey makes a travel-size wrinkle release spray.
I’m not saying these will make your spaghetti sauce-stained white blouse look like new, but Shout Wipes can be pretty darn effective. Baby wipes do a decent job on some stains too. In either case, give the stain a gentle rub before it has time to set.
*Fallen Hems, Shirt Gaping, Slipping Bra Straps, Plunging Necklines
Temporarily fix all these fashion mishaps with two musts for your Fashion Emergency Kit – double sided/stick tape and safety pins!
*That inconvenient pantyhose run
Make sure you stash clear nail polish in your kit and then dab both ends of the run with the polish. Pull it away from your skin and let it dry.
Throw these items into a small zipper bag and keep them in your car or purse, or have one for each place. Don’t feel like making your own emergency kit? You can find pre-made purse size kits like Hollywood’s Fashion Secrets Style Emergency kit for around $10.
Summer’s heat and humidity are right around the corner. Are you prepared with the essentials to help you breeze through the season? No? Al-rightly then, let’s remedy that situation with the aid of FAB and The Style File Side Bar in the current Harford’s Heart.
Fab is feeling cool and unencumbered in her lightweight, cotton-rayon, relaxed fit dress, Dona Bela Shred Scarf (one of her bestie’s/Patsy gave her for her Birthday) and comfy Rockport wedges. Instead of lugging around a heavy bag that falls off her shoulder, Fab opted for a small cross-body purse. She topped off her stump-head with a cute hat to keep the sun out of her eyes, that is if she had them. Anywhoo, Fab is ready for a day of carefree fun.
And now, for those Summer Essentials You May Not Have Thought Of….
Wow, check out Nettie Owens – Sappari Solutions. If you’ve ever been to one of her presentations or workshops, you know she’s grace in action. She has a commanding, yet unassuming manner. She’s also the kind of client I dream about because she makes a hugely positive difference in the lives and businesses she touches.
This is what she does: Nettie works with entrepreneurs, professionals, and corporations to reach their biggest goals through accountability and productivity.
She’s a nationally recognized organizing, accountability, and productivity expert. Her methodologies are brain-based and backed by science. She has written the book on creating an environment that supports who you are, what you do and where you would like to go. It is her mission to help others to clear the path to their potential.
Nettie recently hired me for the second time in 2 years to help her achieve 3 new style goals.
Nettie’s three style goals:
1) Clothing to align with the target market she is trying to reach
2) More outfits/options for her many work videos
3) Clothing for speaking engagements
Before we did anything else, and to help Nettie achieve those goals, I asked her what she wanted to project (style intention) to herself, her clients and the world, with the aid of her wardrobe (see video below for her answer). I believe if we want to feel great in our authentic style, we must answer those questions first, and then make sure our wardrobe works in harmony with our intention.
What we did: Since we wanted Nettie’s outfits to be as flattering as possible, we determined her color palette with a Casual Color Snapshot (she’s Vivid, in case you’re wondering).
Next, we did a closet – edit refresh since it had been 2 years since our last edit. Doing so helped us not repeat any purchases, as well as say bye-bye to those items no longer making the cut.
Lastly, we went shopping…. and had a blast as you can see from the shopping excursion pictures, but I’ll let Nettie tell you more about that in the video.
I knew Nettie had achieved her style goals when I saw the picture (first at top of page) of her speaking to approximately 100 people at a conference in Dallas two weeks ago. My graceful, mild-mannered – yet commanding, bad-a$s friend is oozing stylish confidence. You go Nettie Owens.
“I had so much fun with Wendy Wright-The Wright Fit yesterday. Totally revamped my wardrobe and I feel great! I don’t love to shop but Wendy made it easy and now I have a closet full of clothes that look great on me and I can easily mix and match.”
In the last few years I’ve moved away from ‘body typing’ with my clients, to simply showing them easy solutions to their self proclaimed style challenges. Doing so feels much less restrictive than following all of the so-called rules for individual body-types.
Case in point: the rules for my body-type would have me emphasize my waist and avoid skinny or tapered jeans. Well guess what? Very often I don’t emphasize my waist, and I often dowear skinny jeans! Why? Because (a) I know how to tweak my ‘rule-breaking’ outfits to feel great in them, and (b) it gives me more style choices.
You see, balance can be created with a few simple style adjustments such as: when I wear skinny or tapered jeans, I usually wear a small heel to give me a bit more height, and to lengthen my leg line. And if I decide to bypass my waist/tummy, I make sure the top, tunic or dress skims my torso and that it’s not too baggy.
Like me, Charma’s self-proclaimed style challenge is her hips/thighs. But when your clothes work for you, you forget all that and get on with your day.
Notice how the slight flare at the bottom of her dark-wash jeans creates a more proportioned, long and lean look. Also, the tan leather jacket sits at the top of her hip bone, again creating a longer leg line. And not to be outdone by those killer jeans, Charma’s whimsical scarf and knit hat bring the attention to her beautiful smile and away from her challenge area.
Conventional style wisdom says that Stacey should wear boot-cut or wide-leg jeans to offset her upper body (and she does look fantastic in them), but being the rule -breaker that she is, she shows us why they’re meant to be broken.
Stacey’s great-fitting, cranberry top skims nicely over her tummy, her self-proclaimed style challenge, thus creating a streamlined and slimming effect. Her army green jacket adds a flattering, structured layer, while also creating a waist with the strategically placed pocket flaps. Her booties add height, lengthening her legs, and by wearing a funky, layered necklace, all eyes are focused on Stace’s pretty face!
How simple was that?
If you fight with your body-type and it always wins, maybe it’s time to accept it, work with it, and out-smart it a little bit. These simple tips will help you do just that!
Need more help with your style challenges? Please consider The Wright Fit’s Closet Edit. It’s the perfect scenario in which to address those challenges. And guess what? We’re running a March SPECIAL: receive a FREECasual Color Snapshot ($19 value) with the purchase of a Closet Edit ($125 Harford County). Special must be purchased by March 29, 2019.
I met both of these amazing women in 2012, and in a fun, six degrees of separation kind of way, they met each other in 2018! Learn how Jen Snyder, Family Storyteller andJory Fisher, Business Coach & Sales Trainer, impact the lives of many, as well as how discovering their authentic style has impacted their own lives. This is good stuff…
Jen Snyder, Family Storyteller
The day Jen Snyder reached out to connect with me, was my lucky day. Over the years we have become steadfast friends, and we’ve worked on numerous projects together, including our Seasonal Style Guides (with fellow Amiga Sarah Bacon).
Jen, with her creativity, social media savvy and incredible photography, has been instrumental in making The Wright Fit, the actual right fit for a lot of wonderful clients. For that I am ever grateful.
And while her main concentration is Family Storytelling, Jen is also a talented professional head-shot specialist (see Jory’s stunning Traditional and Modern head shots below). If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your professional head shots, make sure you get in touch with Jen. You’re Welcome! LOL
Below you will find Jen’s website and contact info, as well as her answers to a few questions:
Jen, what exactly is a Family Storyteller? I inspire authenticity in motherhood so that Moms can find and celebrate their moments of unconditional love in their everyday lives. I believe that the real magic and nostalgia in life comes from the moments, not the big milestones, but it’s easy to lose track of those everyday moments when Moms are drowning in sleep deprivation, over-scheduled days of driving the kids to practice, and their massive to-do lists. I help Moms find their moments of unconditional love by guiding them to find their own stories. We sit down together and discuss just what are those moments right now that you know the kids will outgrow? Their quirks, hobbies, even the things that drive you absolutely crazy? I come to their homes and photograph these moments, creating a beautiful album of their every day, authentic, beautiful lives. We celebrate tomorrow’s nostalgia today.
How would you describe your style? authentic, sentimental, quirky
Has discovering your authentic style impacted your life and/or business? Discovering my authentic style has simplified and streamlined my life: everything from making a big decision (does this reflect who I am?) down to deciding what to wear (Does this outfit reflect who I am?). It’s helped steer the course of my business, as well. In the past, I’d make decisions based on the direction the wind was blowing and often I couldn’t really put my finger on why something worked or why it didn’t. Now I understand if it’s in harmony with my authentic self it has a much higher success rate. Style is more than just the way you dress- it’s who you are as a whole and is represented in how you dress. Contact Jen: Website: www.jensnyderphoto.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jory Fisher, Business Coach & Sales Trainer
I was immediately impressed with Jory when I met her. She lit up that meeting room with her warmth, sense of humor and intelligence. We quickly became friends and took advantage of each other’s unique skills of coaching and personal styling. I’d like to think we’ve helped each other transform our businesses, Jory by helping me see my own strength and potential, and me by being Jory’s catalyst in her professional-funky-bohemian style.
To my entrepreneurial friends – if you’re looking for a positive influence in your life, as well as a Business Coach/Sales Trainer who will help you grow your business, reach out to Jory! You won’t be sorry.
Below you will find Jory’s website and contact info, as well as her answers to a few questions….oh yeah, and a great Before& After pic!
How would you describe your style? An eclectic combination of Business Casual, Business Bohemian, Sporty, Professional, and Preppy 😉
Has discovering your authentic style impacted your life and/or business? Definitely. No longer an attorney and law professor, I don’t concern myself with what I’m expected to wear. Wendy helped me learn which colors and styles look best on me. Now I can confidently dress the way I feel.Thank you, Wendy!
How do you help your clientele grow their businesses and reach their dreams? I love working with business owners and entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses steadily and joyfully. I help my clients hone their communication and business skills so they can increase sales and develop healthy, long-term relationships with their customers.
Contact Jory: Website: JoryFisher.com Email: Jory@JoryFisher.com P.S. Here’s a fun BEFORE (left) & AFTER (right) of Jory from 2013, the same year I introduced her to my hairstylistAshley Sherwood Wingate at Jordan Thomas. I truly believe Jory’s hair makeover has had the most impact on her stunning, style transformation. Jory still sees Ashleytoday!