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Go for Gold this Weekend: Start with your Jewelry

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Created with the StyleChat App

By the end of every weekend, there’s usually a pile of clothes on the floor and a stack of jewelry on the dresser.  Yes, you probably know exactly what I mean.  When preparing for fun nights out, a closet can get exponentially messier as you sift through the good, the bad, and the beautiful.

This weekend it’s time to make your life simpler.  Start by picking out your very chic little black dress.  Step 2: Accessorize with gold rings and gold earrings and pull out the purse that matches!

While a little black dress and stilettos are really all you need to look glamorous, adding a touch of pink lipgloss won’t hurt!

To design your own stylish look for the weekend, download the StyleChat app and create looks with items from your closet or online!  Trying to pick out your outfits alone can be frustrating.  Share your looks with friends on the app.  We all know you have great style, but it never hurts to get a friend’s opinion! Style, share, then wear! StyleChat makes looking chic easy!

Happy Friday!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Decorating On A Dime

Let’s be honest, to live chicly AND cheaply is not an easy feat.

Whether you’re a college student, an aspiring artist, an up-and-comer in the medical field, or just a San Francisco resident, you can (and should) read along to better your living space in a reasonably tasteful way.

 In all aspects of life, there are at least two forking roads to every destination. On the elusive path to luxe living: How does a young, fashion-forward person forego the 14k gold-paved road and instead, go the silver-plated road? Will both roads lead to Anthropologie level in-house decorum?

Unfortunately, the road less traveled is silver-plated for a reason. There are no $200 hipster wall hangings on this road. Nor are there $36 candles (sigh). But don’t fret! While you’re still an up-and-comer in life, it is perfectly ok to religiously scout for deals and fight to the death for coupon codes. In fact, it’s necessary.

 To aid you in your lifelong journey to the land of the 14k gold paved roads,  we’ve compiled some of the most unconventionally conventional methods to curating the ultimate chic/cheap paradise.

Method #1: Plants are friends (and food)

In a quaint space, why wouldn’t you think to splash in some plant life? Adding some biological spice to your otherwise all white bathroom/bedroom gives it just the right pop of low-price luxury and crispness.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest
Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Method #2: Walls are giant canvases

Whether you decide to go freelance on a wall-sized painting, you choose 10-15 different pictures to hang up, or you simply want to throw a wallpaper up, you should seriously consider thinking of your walls as more than just the physical ends to your living space. A creatively designed wall is a weapon that can drastically transform a space from drag to fab.

Photo courtesy of homeadore.com
Photo courtesy of homeadore.com
Shop this exact Picture Frame Set from Urbanoutfitters.com on the StyleChat App!
Shop this exact Picture Frame Set from Urbanoutfitters.com on the StyleChat App!
Guess what--you can shop this super chic and crazy cheap Target wallpaper on StyleChat as well
Guess what–you can shop this super chic and crazy cheap Target wallpaper on StyleChat as well

Method #3: Eclectic is the New Black

When money is a deciding factor in your quest to swanky diggs, you don’t have time to confine yourself to one style/color palette. Who are you kidding, you don’t have time to conform at all! Use carpets as tapestries, magazines as coffee tables, musical instruments as wall pieces. Throw some of those cool rock/butterfly collections on a a shelf. You might as well gather up some childhood memorabilia in the mix too, why not? Eclectic is cool people, embrace it.

Photo courtesy of www.brit.co
Photo courtesy of http://www.brit.co
The stacked look makes for a purposeful frenzy of eclectic bliss. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com
The stacked look makes for a purposeful frenzy of eclectic bliss. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com
An eclectic mix of personal treasures and hobbies that makes for an interesting shelf, and a perfect conversation starter. Photo courtesy of www.ourboathouse.com
An eclectic mix of personal treasures and hobbies that makes for an interesting shelf, and a perfect conversation starter. Photo courtesy of http://www.ourboathouse.com

Despite your occupation, income, square footage, you–yes, you–deserve to come home to a space that looks and feels like home. In more trite terms, the width of your wallet does not define you! (my apologies for that one, had to get it out of my system)

One day you will be on the coveted golden road to greatness. Until then, make the silver-plated road as shiny as you can.

By: Leah Heyman

Summer Travel Packing: The Do’s and Don’ts

It is about 4:30 pm in the office. You are nearing the end of another tedious eight hour day, when suddenly the thought of your upcoming tropical vacation pops into mind. Your focus drifts away from office attire/numbers/emails and towards bikinis/ocean breezes/travel instagram posts. Suddenly, you have all the motivation you need to speed through that last half hour until you are mentally, physically, emotionally off the clock and onto island time.

But of course, before you can fully delve into R&R mode, you must figure out your packing game plan. The thought of a tropical vacation all sounds whimsical and easy until you stand in front of your closet and realize that you actually have no idea how to prepare. Do I take two suitcases–one for toiletries, one for clothes/shoes? Do I go full minimalist and pack a week’s trip into a small carry on? Do I NEED to bring those brand new Alexander Wang booties?

The answers to such concerns are far simpler than any fashionista vacationer would like to believe. When it comes to tropical vacations, the ideal mojo to follow is always less is more (unless you’re a Kardashian) It’s that simple. Well then if this truly is the case, then why is the quest to pack the ideal summer suitcase always so daunting?

To lessen your stresses and ease your inquiring mind, we’ve listed a few essential packing tips to make your experience as light and effortless as possible.

DO:

-Pack light. You’re not going to wear the A Wang booties, you’re just not.

-Bring all necessary toiletries. Sunscreen, tanning oil, moisturizer, facial cleanser, spare toilet paper–you name it. Who knows what the supply will be like in your temporary equatorial digs.

-Plan your outfits. Log onto StyleChat and style the perfect bohemian-meets-Beyoncé Hawaii vacay style looks for your entire trip. The more you think ahead, the easier it will be to keep your suitcase below the 50 lb mark.

 

DON’T: 

-Overthink it. If you haven’t worn that banana yellow sundress in over a year, what makes you think you’ll want to wear it on vacation?

-Forget a nice wide-brimmed hat. Those UV rays are only getting more intense; why not protect your skin AND look darn cute doin it?

-Stress. If you forget a thing or two, who cares? You’re packing up to go somewhere to relieve your stress, not add to it. Plus, the resort gift shops aren’t always bad for last minute poolside necessities.

 

By Leah Heyman

Find the Perfect Red Dress for this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s time to pick out the little red dress you’ll wear on your dinner date.  Even if you don’t have a date, it doesn’t mean you can’t dress up to have a fun night out with your girlfriends! This V-neck body-con dress from Nasty Gal could get you from dinner to the bar, and make you the limelight on the dance floor!

Photo Courtesy of Nasty Gal ($68.00)
Photo Courtesy of Nasty Gal ($68.00)

If you’re looking for something a little bit sexier, this red lace dress from Nasty Gal is perfect! You don’t even have to accessorize; the dress and a simple clutch is all you need to make a statement!

Photo Courtesy of Nasty Gal ($260.00)
Photo Courtesy of Nasty Gal ($260.00)

Last but not least you’ve got the classy and elegant off-the-shoulder red dress that would look amazing with a pair of dangling earrings and your hair pinned up.

Photo Courtesy of N Nicholas ($495.00)
Photo Courtesy of N Nicholas ($495.00) at Bloomingdales

Check out the StyleChat app to browse any store and search for the perfect red dress to buy for the Valentine’s Day!

By: Jaclyn Parker

 

Be the Most Stylish One at the Super Bowl Party

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Created with the StyleChat App

Gearing up for a Super Bowl party this weekend?  You’re going to want to be comfortable in whatever you wear! Start by choosing a chill pair of jeans.  Whether you like the relaxed boyfriend fit or the skinny jean, choose a pair that are relaxed.  If you don’t have a sports jersey to wear, there are so many sporty shirt options.  Throw a warm, puffy jacket overtop, lace up your sneakers and you’re ready to go!

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Created with the StyleChat App

If you want a look that’s a little more dressy, wear your jeans with your cute low-heel black booties.  Take off your jacket to reveal a stylish poncho and matching scarf for a stylish, casual look.  Last but not least, don’t forget to cheer for your team when they score their touchdowns!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Dress to Impress at Work with these Stylish Blazers

For many people, the new year means a new job!  Whether you’ve been at your job for a while, or your making a first impression at a new one, having the right attire is absolutely key!

A blazer can make any look more professional, stylish, and chic.  Blazers don’t have to be boring and simple.  The classic black blazer is great, but definitely not your only option when it comes to blazers!  We’ve got bold colors, cool patterns, structured silhouettes, and cool zippers!

These Zara blazers in yellow and blue will let you refresh your look with a fun burst of color!

Blazers from Zara
Blazers from Zara

Ready to take the notch up a bit?  We’ve got patterns, sequins, pin stripes, and more!

Neiman Marcus
Blazers from Neiman Marcus

Too flashy for your taste?  No problem.  These two blazers from Mango are simple, yet stylish.  They’ll give you a sophisticated look and keep you looking fashionable and chic!

Blazers from Mango
Blazers from Mango

On the weekend, these workwear blazers can easily transform into a weekend casual look when dressed down with a pair of jeans.

By: Jaclyn Parker

 

Makeup Tips for New Years Eve

 

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Only a few more hours until we bring in the New Year! Hopefully by now you know exactly what you’re wearing! Now it’s time to put on the makeup that will make you look dazzling all night long!

Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when deciding what makeup to wear!

New Years is the one time of year when sparkly eye shadow is more than acceptable! If you want to put some sparkle in your look, here are three ways you could do it.

  1. Try wearing silver or brown sparkly eye shadow for a sexy and sultry look!
  2. If you don’t want your entire eye covered in sparkles, opt for a matte eye shadow with a thin line of sparkly eye liner around the full circumference of your eye!
  3. If you’d rather leave your eye makeup simple, put a shimmery blush on the top of your cheekbones to get that slightly shimmery look on your cheeks.

Remember, sparkles are great, but keep them contained to one part of your face. If you’re putting sparkles on your eyes, keep you cheeks and lips fairly neutral. If you’re wearing a sparkly blush, give your eyes a more simple and sophisticated look.

Last but not least, once you’ve got your makeup applied and you look like the belle of the ball, don’t forget to snap a lot of pictures!

Happy New Year from StyleChat!

By: Jaclyn Parker

5 Shoes Every Woman should Own

Choosing a pair of shoes to wear can be a daunting task when you have a closet full of them. On the other hand, not having enough pairs of shoes can leave you craving all the hot new styles. Whether you have too many or too few, there are five general types of shoes that every woman should own in order to be footwear-ready for any event or occasion thrown your way!

Photo Courtesy: Aldo
Photo Courtesy: Aldo

Black Ankle Bootie

First off we have the classic black bootie that will match with anything due to its neutral color. Opt for one with a medium heel; it will have you looking stylish while still keeping you comfortable. Sure, you probably wouldn’t want to run a marathon in them, but you could definitely walk a fair distance without being in agonizing pain. They’re incredibly multifunctional; they can take you from work during the day to a social event at night with no need for a shoe change in the middle.

Photo Courtesy: Frye at Nordstrom
Photo Courtesy: Frye at Nordstrom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Boot

Now that you have your ankle bootie covered, it’s time to invest in one that’s either to your knee or above it. Every woman needs a pair of show-stopping boots that will look great with a dress or a pair of skinny jeans. Wear them to a party or on a date, and you’ll be admired for your sense of style!

 

Photo Courtesy: Aldo
Photo Courtesy: Aldo

Ballet Flat

Owning at least one pair of ballet flats will have you jumping for joy on those long days that you spend standing on your feet. Choose a pair with a special detailing like metal hardware or a snakeskin material.

Photo Courtesy: Shoes of Prey at Nordstrom
Photo Courtesy: Shoes of Prey at Nordstrom

Pump

When you’re ready to pump up your style at the office, it’s time to invest in a pair of pumps that are feminine, professional, and chic! Pumps will help take a pencil skirt to the next level or make a pair of jeans more formal.

Photo Courtesy: Jimmy Choo at Neiman Marcus
Photo Courtesy: Jimmy Choo at Neiman Marcus

Evening Sandal

The fifth and final must-have shoe is the strappy evening sandal that will take you to any formal event. When shopping for an evening shoe, look for two important characteristics: a satin fabric or sparkly crystal detailing. Either one will indicate that you’ve got your party shoes on and are ready to kick up your heels!

Complete your shoe collection by using the StyleChat app for all your shoe purchases.

By: Jaclyn Parker

How StyleChat can make your Black Friday Shopping Easy, Convenient, and Fun

We all know Black Friday shopping can be a tad overwhelming to say the least. The huge lines, packed stores, and let’s not even get into the trouble of finding parking at your local mall. Imagine being able to enjoy your favorite sales while sitting on the couch in your PJ’s with your favorite movie on in the background and your friends or family by your side.

Photo Courtesy of Larissa Belova/Getty Images
Photo Courtesy of Larissa Belova/Getty Images

So many of our favorite retailers are offering great sales online, which you can access from the comforts of your home, using your iPhone or iPad! Forever 21 is offering up to 70% off select styles. Aldo is making it easier for us to grow our shoe collection by offering 50% off more than 1000 styles! If you’re ready to indulge in some designer pieces, Neiman Marcus is doing an online promotion; if you buy $200 or more worth of qualifying merchandise, you get $50 off your purchase!

Now it’s time to do the best part of shopping, the browsing and searching for those dream items that you simply need in your life! It’s the perfect time to revamp your wardrobe before the holiday season.

Use the StyleChat app to create looks and compare them with your favorite items. With all the holiday parties coming up, now is a good time to buy a little black dress and a pair of high heel pumps to go with it! If you’re like me, sometimes it takes time to narrow down your favorite styles with so many great options out there! Use the app to send items to your friends to ask for their opinion! Hopefully this will help you narrow down the choices and purchase only the items that you’ll love and wear a ton!

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Created with the StyleChat App

The best part will be a week or two from the time you place your order, when that big box of clothing arrives at your doorstep!

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If you can’t wait until tomorrow to start your shopping, I totally understand! Luckily, many of the deals have already started so once you’re done stuffing yourself with turkey and pie it’s time to stuff your closet with new clothes and accessories!

Happy Thanksgiving!

By: Jaclyn Parker