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White, hot trends for summer

Some shudder at the thought of white apparel, but I’m here to tell you that there is nothing to fear. Not only is white the most perfect color to keep you cool during the hot Arizona summer, it’s flattering and versatile. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to fashions in white. And whether you prefer a dress, shorts, or a jumpsuit – this summer, white is it. And that “No White after Labor Day” rule? So passé. You can wear this color year round.

Alison Goodman is the marketing director of Scottsdale Quarter

look one There is nothing easier than throwing on shorts and a girlie shirt. What I love about this combo from CALYPSO St. Barth is that the pieces are great together while easily standing on their own. White denim shorts will soon become your summer staple and that easy-breezy-gauzy top? Pair with your favorite black slim pants and a black tank for fall – this summertime piece just transitioned you into next season.
look two Well, hello sexy! This one-shoulder ruched dress from Ruby Boutique is the perfect piece to bring with you on your next beach vacation. You can wear it during the day by throwing on a pair of metallic gladiator sandals and simple jewelry, like the necklace shown here, but this piece works for nighttime as well. I’d recommend a pair of cork wedges and statement earrings – done and done.
look three This look from H & M is definitely for the fashion risk-takers. We saw sweatshirts explode on the runways a couple of seasons ago and there are no signs for a slow-down. Designers have kicked things up a notch by including catchy slogans and phrases, like the one shown here. Keep this masculine piece feminine by pairing it with a flouncy skater skirt like the one shown here, but for daytime, I’d wear a pair of black Converse to keep it interesting.
look three I’m a true sucker for a simple tank dress and this little number from GAP does not disappoint. There’s nothing better than putting on a single item and being ready to head out the door. Here, the store has paired the dress with leather wedges, but it can definitely work with flat sandals too. I’m loving the metallic slides that were all over the spring 2014 runways – think Birkenstocks gone rose gold and in a more feminine shape.
Vanessa Renee

Dress to Impress at Work: Style by Vanessa Renee

Unfortunately, most of us spend 40 plus hours a week in the office, and the way we dress makes a huge impression towards how people perceive us. If you want to get to the top, you better dress like you are already there.

These work outfits are colorful, unique, and professional. Most importantly, all of these outfits will definitely get you noticed at work! I want to show you some fierce ways for dressing to impress using something other then the typical, plain old black and gray attire. I hope these styles will inspire you to create some of your own work looks!

Outfit 1

 Neutral

I am in love with this outfit. It is extremely classy and stylish in my eyes. Ashley is wearing a tan Banana Republic skirt, paired with a Forever 21 striped button down blouse. Her necklace is a recent purchase from TJ Maxx, and I layered it with a Vanessa Renee side cross necklace from www.vanessareneestyle.com. She is carrying a Michael Kors work bag, and wearing nude pumps from Aldo. Nude pumps should be a staple in your wardrobe. If you don’t already own some, immediately go invest in a great pair! (right)

Outfit 2

 Trendy

This outfit is a little funky, but right on trend! Ashley is wearing a navy skirt from The Limited. Additionally, I dressed her in a plaid top from H&M, Tory Burch flats, a black Michael Kors watch, and chunky gold bracelet from TJ Maxx. The statement pearl necklace is from Stella Dot, and is the perfect touch of feminine that this outfit needs. We layered it with the Vanessa Renee side cross necklace from www.vanessareneestyle.com. The last pop that this outfit needed was the red messenger bag from Dillards. You can also carry a more neutral color with this if you tend to be a little more reserved. The best part about this outfit? You can throw on some navy or black skinny jeans and make it casual for after work fun! (left)

Outfit 3

 Stripes

White is a huge trend for spring right now, and these tailored slacks from The Limited are a good work staple to have. I paired these white pants with a classic light pink, striped Brooks Brothers button down for an ultra professional look. Always remember that vertical strips can be very flattering, especially when being paired with bold white pants. Also, I added a touch of chic pearls to complete this look. This look could be great for a work conference, seminar, or luncheon. You will definitely make a great impression! (right)

Outfit 4

 

 Feminine Leather

Leather has been a huge trend this year, and can be pulled off in a classy way when paired with the right pieces. I thought this Chiffon feminine pink top from Nordstrom Rack balanced the leather out perfectly. I used one of the statement necklaces from my www.vanessareneestyle.com website to tie the look together. (left)

Outfit 5

 

Nautical

This look is a mix of the Spring nautical trend with a pop of color. This is a Nordstrom savvy skirt, and is paired with a striped navy collared shirt from Forever 21. A popular trend right now is buttoning blouses all the way to the top to look extra sleek. As you can see, stripes are really in this Spring and can create a ultimately flattering look. (right)

Vanessa Renee

winter wardrobe

The Secret To The Perfect Fall, Winter Wardrobe: Start Stocking Up Now

I’m a summer girl at heart, but the styles that consistently win over that heart are those meant for fall and winter. So, I figured I should share the best-kept secret to finally attaining that cooler-weather wardrobe that you dream of all year, alongside the pumpkin-flavored beverages and cozy holiday parties that dance in your mind. Ready for it? It’s simple…

Start now.

No, I’m not crazy. I recognize that we’ve barely broken 100 degrees here in Arizona, but I mean it. If you wait until the cool temps are nipping at your front door, you’ll have to spend a fortune all at once shopping for what you need — or be left to pine over what you wish you had. Start by setting aside a predetermined amount you can (reasonably) afford to spend per paycheck on clothes through the end of the year. Smart financial planners call this budgeting; we can call it “necessary fashion investing.”

If you give yourself $100 per paycheck for smart shopping starting now, you will have a vast closet enviable by the world’s most style-conscious come December.

I begin by making a list of my winter wardrobe essentials. If you must know, this includes:

  • jeans,
  • skinny jeans (to wear with boots),
  • boots,
  • cardigans,
  • boots,
  • jackets/sweaters,
  • long-sleeved shirts,
  • and did I mention boots? (Clearly, I have an unhealthy obsession.)

But really, make a list. Yours might look identical to mine, or it might be more well-rounded, but figure out what you need.

Inventory your closet and decide just how many pairs of jeans you need and in what colors based on what you already have. It’s a lovely chain reaction: The more specific you get in your inventory of “haves” and your list of “wants,” the more intelligent your decisions will be, and the more luscious your wardrobe will become.

One reason so many women fail to have an expansive fall and winter arsenal of clothes is simply because these items are often expensive. If you get them all at once, your personal cash flow is out the window before you’ve started. So, buy gradually. Get one pair of boots one paycheck, a couple pairs of jeans the next, and so on.

If your favorite stores aren’t showing the frosty seasons any love yet, take to the indomitable world of the Internet. While on the Web, remember to get creative. Even if everyone you know shops at Nordstrom for their clothes, maybe you can’t afford to do the same. Get Googling, lady! I guarantee you can look like a classy, New York City socialite in the midst of a picturesque Times Square winter if you just put a little work into searching for steals.

One more tip? Be diverse. Don’t heavily stock up on pants, but forget about tops, cardigans and jackets. Get a healthy array of pieces, so that if autumn decided to pop in a month early, you’d already have some complete outfits raring to go.

And, as I always say, have fun! It may be trite, but it’s true. Fall and winter are a perfect time to play with your own sense of style. Try some scarves, kick around in some ankle boots, and give a sexy turtleneck a whirl! You won’t know if you love it until you go for it. Then when that thrilling crisp finally hits the air, you’ll pull back your closet door, and voila — your advanced planning paid off, and you can be crowned Miss Cool-Weather Trendsetter 2012.


Some ideas for getting your winter wardrobe’s engine revved:

EXPRESS:
Stella Colored Jean Leggings in dark blue ($79.90)
H&M:
Faux Fur Jacket in beige ($59.95)
Jessica Simpson Collection: Naveens Smoky
Taupe Boots ($198)
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Work-to-Play Wardrobe

3 Must-Haves For Your Summer Work-to-Play Wardrobe

It’s that time of the year again — summertime in Arizona. Grueling, sun-filled days and long steamy nights. No guilt attached for orchestrating an impromptu happy hour with friends or co-workers to replenish after the days drudgery.

With this enduring season officially upon us, putting together a versatile, elegant work-to-play wardrobe can be a challenge. To save you frustration and time, we’ve listed three affordable, must-haves for your summer wardrobe, along with trendy examples of how to wear and accessorize each selection.

These easy-to-achieve looks will take you seamlessly from day to night, without breaking a sweat!


The Floral Blazer

Day

This piece will look great paired with just about anything. But for a polished, professional look, try a sleek black or grey pencil skirt (or even a pair of loose trouser shorts) matched with a flowing, brightly-colored tank. Finish the look with some strappy, nude sandals or peep-toe wedges.

Night

Ditch the blazer, and showcase your brilliant tank top. Add that “wow” factor by applying a vibrant lip (reds and pastels are very in this season). When it comes to spicing up your outfit, accessorizing is simple and very effective. A cute, sequined clutch or a chunky, turquoise necklace will do the trick.


Cropped Pastel Pants

Day

If you’re even remotely attuned to fashion trends, than you’re no stranger to the pastel cropped pants craze. There are several different variations of this pant (a trouser and a more casual approach), and either would work great for the office.

Pair the pant with a sleek, earthy-hued racerback. Throw on some comfortable, glossy flats, and add some loose, beach wave curls to top off the look.

Night

Bring this look to the next level by replacing your reliable flats with a pair of metallic espadrilles or bright, patent-leather slingbacks. Add a bold, delicate necklace and a shoulder bag to complete the outfit.


Bold Print Dress

Day

The luxury of a bold print dress is that you can find just about any shape or cut, making it incredibly easy to flatter any body type. Take this dress to work by adding a featherweight, short-sleeved cardigan. A pair of neutral booties adds polish and keeps the focus on the dress pattern.

Night

Retire the cardigan and throw your hair up into a messy, braided bun. Add a set of bold earrings (be sure they don’t conflict with the pattern or color of your dress) to seal the deal.


Where to look for your work-to-play wardrobe:

Thanks to the present popularity for such items, many local stores, including H&M, Gap, Forever 21, J.Crew, Banana Republic and Nordstrom, have mastered these chic, unique pieces.