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Your Mother Called, She Needs Help

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Mother’s Day is May 11.  Did you know that dressing frumpy makes you grumpy?  But looking fabulous makes you happy?  True story.  Women want easy fashion, to look and feel great.  But we have a common struggle:

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Most days busy moms don’t know what to wear other than yoga pants (which I’m going to start referring to as yoga tights because they aren’t pants) or skinny jeans so you can run around all day without ruining your “good” clothes.  And if you’re a working mom, you just want something clean and non-sorority-ish so you can keep the well-earned respect you deserve at the office.

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Above, we have Exhibit A, or every mom in America, struggling along to keep the balls in the air.  On the right we have Exhibit B, or what we can do for you with a little time and money.  My mother chased 4 kids around in a dress every day, and she cleaned her own house and cooked all the meals and drove us everywhere.  She even wore lipstick.  You can wear a dress.

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Don’t judge the mom in yoga tights. She’s doing far more important things like making sure her kids are fed and clothed and educated than to worry about herself.  When she has to go to a school meeting or business function, she’s at a loss.  Just because she’s given every last ounce of love, sweat and tears she has on other’s behalf to make sure they’re fed, educated, and, yes, clothed, and doesn’t leave one jot or tittle of self-care for herself, doesn’t mean it should be that way. It’s time for everyone to take a deep breath and give mama what she deserves: self-care and a good wardrobe.  Something other than yoga tights and skinny jeans (nothing inherently wrong with skinny jeans, it’s just that not everyone who is wearing them should be wearing them).

But guess what?  We have a surprise.

Mother's day sale!! Up to 55% OFF!!

We are currently offering special pricing on our Shop & Style Package for Mother’s Day.  If you’ve been waiting for our services, now is the time!  Now thru Saturday May 10, 2014, purchase a Shop & Style Package and receive 15% off!  To purchase, click here: Buy Now

The overwhelming consensus we hear every day from our clients is that women want to feel pretty and comfortable.  At work and play.

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Stylish moms doing the school drop-off, and what a surprise, they look so chic without looking all “done up.”  image via celebritybabies

I like Katie Holmes laid back style. Wide leg pants and button up blouses.

Katie Holmes and Suri looking casual yet stylish.  Don’t worry about wearing white jeans to kids’ functions: they bleach.  image via vogue

Mom On The Go

Mom on the go outfit – jeans and a t-shirt, but the accessories take it up a notch.  image via polyvore

A Little bit of Pink
Outfit for Jamie

 

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Pretty!
More stylish yet comfortable and easy-wearing ideas for women-on-the-go.  all images above via polyvore  and I just noticed 3 out of the 4 outfits feature a white dress but I swear I wore a pink dress today.  Ask Amanda.
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Professional women – throw a pair of wedges and a denim jacket in your car if you have to be on the ball field or at a casual event after work.  image via polyvore

For Mother’s Day, here’s what we don’t want: a vacuum no matter how much I want a new one because I’m not my family’s hired help, a cookbook no matter how much I love cooking because I’m not the wait staff, and if this ever happens, heads are gonna roll:

I would die

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Here’s what makes most of us happy for Mother’s Day (or Aunt’s Day in my world): flowers, handwritten cards, and a gift certificate to our wardrobe shopping and styling services.  You would be ECSTATIC.  (Ooooh and another really great thing you could ask for Mother’s Day would be a spot on our Paris trip…but that’s for later.)  Send this post to your loved ones, and ask them to get their head on straight and do something wonderful for the mothers in their lives, you, my dears.

Mother's day sale!! Up to 55% OFF!!

Aaand one more time…We are currently offering special pricing on our Shop & Style Package for Mother’s Day.  If you’ve been waiting for our services, now is the time!  Now thru Saturday May 10, 2014purchase a gift certificate for the Shop & Style Package and receive 15% off!  To purchase, click here:  Buy Now

Check out all our wardrobe services at www.tinaadamsconsulting.com/services and contact us at www.tinaadamsconsulting.com/contact-us.

Thanks for reading and cheers to all you mothers out there!

Best,

Tina

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See How Easily You Can Wear Color

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Hi, my name is Tina and I’m a white clothes addict. But I’m challenging myself to wear color.

Here’s how to wear color:

printed tunics + white jeans = spring staple

Colorful tops with white bottoms (tee-hee, that always makes me laugh).  Did I say Captain America t-shirts and Life is Good t-shirts?  No, not unless you are a cool entertainment mogul (the former) or a ten year-old (the latter).  Otherwise, it’s grown-up, fun, colorful tops with white jeans or white skirts.  NOT with khakis.  Read here why not.  image via livelovelaughter

Ikat and batik prints, as above, are fantastic, as opposed to little calico florals and twee prints.  Solid t-shirts are great, too, with white shorts, skirts or jeans.  And how about stripes?  Vertical, yes.  Horizontal, approach with caution.

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See how fresh and feminine a menswear pinstripe in a Spring color looks with white jeans?  Cuff at the wrists and push up the sleeves.  image via myvintagecurves

White pants + a colorful tunic = spring's perfect staples! #SaksExclusive

Another great top/tunic with white jeans.  And a fun coordinating shoe.  Tory Burch tunic via Saks.com

Mint.

Another way I like to wear color is tone-on-tone.  So think shades of mint.  Or shades of pinks, or blues.  It’s a more subtle way to wear color.  image via southerncharm

turquoise, white & gold...for the summer

You can also accessorize with color.  Pops of color in a scarf or a statement piece like a big turquoise necklace feel fresh.  image via oisercage

Cute floral print sheath dress for work in spring and summer.

Or go whole hog and wear an entire dress with a whole rainbow of color and pattern.  I really would not attempt this look without our help as there is so much margin for error when buying patterned dresses.  You’ve been warned.  Adrianna Papell dress via Nordstrom.com

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I believe in the power of pink shoes to make oneself happy.  Wear them with white jeans or a white dress.  And yes, I own pink shoes.  Mine are pink sparkly Prada wedges, thankyouverymuch.  photography Armosa Studios via elfsacks

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You may never wear primary colors with black, ever.  It’s too harsh.  Mkay cupcakes?  Victoria Beckham

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You may, however, wear color with white (duh) or gray (above) as a backdrop.  Sooooo much softer and easier on the eyes.  Diane Kruger

Need more help?  Check out our wardrobe services at  www.tinaadamsconsulting.com/services and contact us at www.tinaadamsconsulting.com/contact-us.

Thanks so much for reading and all the best,

Tina
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Spring Beauty Round-Up

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I am looking so pale.  I mean as white as the driven snow.  As in it’s time to get a spray tan, start applying the Jergen’s tinted lotion and swap out the make-up palette for spring colors.  Here are my fave picks of the season.

1. Neutral eyes. Pink lips.

Blush...this reminds me of Rose in Titanic :)
Go for one or the other; either the eyes or the lips, but don’t emphasize both at the same time.
Spring makeup

Cover Girl Eyeshadow in French Vanilla | Becca Highlighter in Moonstone | Nyx Butter Gloss in Meringue | Benefit They’re Real! Mascara | Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss in Lovechild | NARS Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday |  | Stila Liquid Eyeliner | Nyx Blush in Rose Garden   (image via re-mix)

Spring 2014's Top Sheer Glosses

Spring lip glosses feel fresher and lighter than the heavier lip stains we’ve been wearing all winter long.  These colors are pretty much universally flattering because they are natural with warm or cool pink undertones.  Left to right: Shiseido Lacquer Gloss in Debut BE102 ($25); MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glass in Nectarsweet ($20); Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Sweet Escape ($28); Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté in 2 Or Saharienne ($32); Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in 357 Mystery ($29.50).  (image via beautyblitz)

2. Colorful eyeliner.  Especially navy blue and teal.  I’ve been playing with this and it is a fun game to see if you can get your teal liner not to turn into teal streaks streaming down your face by lunch.

Spring Makeup Trend: Turquoise Eyeliner

Colorful eyeliner comes and goes in and out of fashion..It’s in right now.  No need to match the liner to your eye color; that’s the whole point.  via elle 

Dior navy eyeliner

Navy eyeliner looks good on almost everyone.  Go with a nude lip if you do a strong eye.  DiorShow eyeliner via Sephora

3. Bronzer.  Must-have for those of us who are sun-phobic when it comes to exposing the face to the sun. Which should be every one of you reading this if you want to avoid sun damage and have prettier skin longer.  You’re welcome.

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Warning: bronzer on the face looks silly if you don’t swipe a touch of it on your neck and clavicle to avoid that weird-looking 2-tone contrast.  Sienna Miller via glamourmagazine

Top 5 bronzers

Benefit Hoola Bronzer— $28NARS Laguna Bronzer — $36, Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Vegas Strip — $11.99, N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny — $2.79, Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Powder in Light Bronzer — $13.95 (image via collegefashion)

4. Nude & natural polish.  I’m sorry to be so predictable, but I just don’t get behind nail art.  My rule of thumb is if I wouldn’t wear the color on my lips, it doesn’t go on my nails.  Let’s play, shall we?  Black?  Nope.  Gray?  Nope.  Green?  Nope.  Pink?  Yes.  Coral?  Yes.  Red?  Yes.  See how that works?

A nude #manicure is always in season!
If you have smaller hands or shorter fingers, a paler polish is a MUST to avoid looking like you have stumpy digits.  Just sayin.  PS I’m also not one for the pointy finger manicure; I still think the squoval shape is best. (image via ameblo)

For my hands, I like, left to right: Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You ($20), Tom Ford Sugar Dune ($32, limited edition), Burberry Nude Pink and Ash Rose ($21 each), OPI My Very First Knockwurst ($8), Chanel Rose Cache ($27), Dior Incognito ($24), Zoya Rue ($9). (image via beautylookbook)

Toes and nails.. Love coral <3

For your toes, darker is fine – have some fun!  Take some risks!  Coral polish!  Red!  Pink!  Live on the edge! wink wink( image via Pinterest)

I really don’t like the 2 on the far right, so you’re not getting their names! (image via thebeautylookbok)

May I share for a moment?  I had the most amazing pedicure of my life a few months ago, a real European pedicure. (Thank you, Cherrie!)  He pulled out a pouch of tools that looked like dentist tools, or gardeners’ tools.  Little scissors, little files, little blades and clippers.  And then for 2 hours he sculpted my feet.  I am not overstating it when I tell you all my shoes were significantly more comfortable, and not just in the toe box.  But my feet also looked so pretty when he was finished I hated covering up his artwork with an inappreciable shoe that treads dirty floors. As if!  Anyway, since I learned that nail polish is the devil to our toes and fingers, I have been reluctant to wear it.  I need non-toxic polish and cruelty-free would be nice. So here are 4 relatively safe brands of poison I mean polish you can take with you to the salon:

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Butter London $15

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Zoya $8

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Scotch Naturals $15

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NARS $19

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Priti NYC $11.25 – nail polish remover

There you have it.  Oh and one more very important thing.  We have a special relationship with one of the South’s finest beauty destinations and can secure for you all the best colors and products for your Spring beauty make-over.  Contact us to find out how at info@tinaadamsconsulting.com.

Thanks for reading!  Be sure to check out all our wardrobe services at www.tinaadamsconsulting.com/services and contact us at www.tinaadamsconsulting.com/contact-us.

All the best,

Tina

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A Perfect Spring Shoe Wardrobe

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Off with the boots!  Let your toes out of their cages!  Start with the pedicures and embrace Spring’s shoes!  Here are all the shoes you need to chase children on the playground, sit in the bleachers for baseball games, go to dinner with your friends and family, and celebrate all the festivities of the season including weddings, graduations, parties and vacations.

Fun with shoes

NEW CAPSULE!  Click here to purchase our brand new guide to all the shoes you need for Spring and Summer – available now for $9.99 here. Buy Now

1. You need a nude pump or nude heel if you haven’t heard, and if you haven’t, have you been living under an unstylish rock? Our guide includes several options for the perfect nude pump for all (different heel heights, etc).  Available here: Buy Now

White and army green

A nude pump gives you loooong legs because it gives you an uninterrupted line.  And you can wear it with literally everything.  image via Tina Adams Pinterest

2. You need a wedge because it gives you the stability of a flat with the height of a heel.  Opt for a low platform to keep the pitch less severe and thus more comfortable and wearable.  Our picks (several options) for you available here: Buy Now

Cotton sundress

I am obsessed with this entire look – isn’t that the prettiest dress ever?!  And the wedge – omg I love the lucite look!!!  Image via Tina Adams Pinterest  

3. You need a grown-up flip flop that is neither made of rubber foam or decorated with grosgrain ribbon.  This is your shoe you wear running Saturday errands with fun skirts or shorts, and it is the shoe you wear to the pool.  It is an adult flip flop.  None of this cutesy sugary sweet flip flop thing allowed.  Our picks (several options) available for you here: Buy Now

Tory Burch Flip Flops Wedge Heel Shoe on BuyTrends.com, only price $14.17

Cork is a natural shock absorber – great for concrete pool areas.  Image via Pinterest

4. You need a going-out shoe you can wear to weddings, graduations and to dinner on a Saturday night with white jeans or a sundress.  Our picks available for you here: Buy Now

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A metallic shoe is the chameleon shoe every woman needs because it is just so versatile!  Image via Tina Adams Pinterest

Blazer and jeans spring or fall

A metallic shoe also works with jeans – dresses them up and makes them look oh so modern.  Image via Tina Adams Pinterest

5. You need a flat shoe or sandal, because that is the sensible thing to own.  Our picks available for you here: Buy Now

Atlantic Pacific @Blair R R Eadie denim shirt and anorak

Blair Eadie in flats  - the perfect foil for a short skirt.  via Tina Adams Pinterest 

6. And you need a game-changer, something that makes no sense but just makes you happy because the sun is out and you feel footloose and fancy free!  But this shoe needs to be very inexpensive because it will have a short shelf-life.  We provided some fun options in our new shoes capsule!

J.Crew pink loafers

A fun colorful loafer is your happy shoe.  Perfect for ankle pants a la Audrey Hepburn (not frumpy evil capri), and with shorts.  image via Tina Adams Pinterest 

Are you overcome with events this Spring?  The end of school can be busier than the holiday season, and we can get you the perfect wardrobe to take you through all your events, and we’ll show you how to make every piece multi-task so you save money and time! Thanks for reading and be sure to check out all our wardrobe services here: www.tinaadamsconsulting.com/services and contact us here: www.tinaadamsconsulting.com/contact-us.

And for our Perfect Spring Shoes Capsule, click here.

All the best,

Tina

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How To Wear Khakis, Cargos and Gladiator Shoes

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How to wear khakis, cargos and gladiators?  In a word, don’t.  Here’s why:

Go to any school in America on any given day and what is every single boy wearing?  Khakis.  Go to  any chain restaurant and what are the servers wearing?  Khakis.  Look in your husband’s closet and what predominates?  Khakis.  Are you a 5th grade boy or serving Fiesta Chicken at Applebee’s or habitually raid your husband’s pants?  If you are, wear khakis.

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Looks like Pat got a hold of some khakis.  Patrick?  Patricia? image via thisnext, left and right, via gap

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Khaki skirts aren’t any better.  So don’t think just because they aren’t tan slacks it’s ok.  A khaki skirt is a pair of khaki pants that grew together in the, er, stride area. via deepbootsathome

You know who wears cargos?  Men and women fighting wars and packing ammo.  Because that’s what they’re made for.  Stop imitating our heroes and let the soldiers have cargos, camo or otherwise.

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That just isn’t right.  Or patriotic.  Or fashionable.  Or flattering.  Or ANYTHING good.  I mean, she has a purse and a handler, so clearly she doesn’t need the extra baggy pockets for carrying lipstick and a cellphone.  She probably doesn’t have a license to pack heat in broad daylight, and as far as I can tell she’s not in the woods hiding from a dangerous state enemy.  So why the camo cargos???  She needs to stop. via americanminors

You know why you shouldn’t wear gladiator sandals?  Here’s why:

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Just click here to get a perfectly sensible explanation from Wilhelmina: youtube

Ok, so let’s move on…what should you be wearing instead of khakis and cargos?  If you’re wearing khakis, I’m assuming you’re not dressing up, so…White jeans or white shorts or a white skirt.  Works every time.

Minimal + Classic: denim shirt, white jeans, converse

White jeans, denim camp shirt and Converse for running around all day in style and comfort.  via media

It's Spring. It's cold. What do you wear? Winter Into Spring: Casual Work Day
White boot cut jeans go with anything and everything in your closet – all the colors and all the neutrals.  This is a set I created for StyleBlueprint.

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White shorts, sailor stripe tee, and flips.  via polyvore

LAUREN RALPH LAUREN | Linen Bermuda Short, Prosecco White.

For a longer short, try Ralph Lauren  via Macy’s

 

A fashion look from February 2013 featuring Rosemunde tops, Kookai skirts and Michael Kors watches. Browse and shop related looks.

Ok, so this is a little left of center for me, with the wild and crazy wedge, but you know, sometimes you just have to mix it up, right?!  White denim skirt with a tank and denim jacket, and fun wedge.  via polyvore

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Tummy-control white denim skirt, via Macy’s

Here’s the thing with wearing white – the fabric must be substantial so it’s not see-through, and so it holds everything in; white is not the most forgiving color.  But you can wear white.  One of my favorite reminders to our clients is that I have put a size 16 wide petite in white jeans and she looked FABULOUS!  True story.

If you need help finding the right clothes to run around town in without looking like a cross-dresser (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and still be comfortable, email us.  We’ll get you the perfect wardrobe for Spring and Summer and you’ll never worry again about what to wear.  Check out all our wardrobe services at www.tinaadamsconsulting.com/services and contact us at www.tinaadamsconsulting.com/contact-us.

Thanks for reading and all the best,

Tina

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