Friday, February 24, 2017

#girlboss(es) redefined 10 - Carla Evans

Happy Friday!! This week's #FabulousFemaleFriday features my cousin, Carla! Carla has always been involved with my life,  as well as my sister's, and I feel so lucky because of that. She has been such inspiration with all of her accomplishments, her complete dedication to her children, and her never ending strength (I seriously mean it - I don't know how she does it!). Her three (not so) little ones are all equally impressive in their own ways, and I adore all three of them to pieces. I will allow Carla to explain more about herself, because she is definitely a better writer than I will ever be! Enjoy!! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

#WednesdayWonders - Can guys wear colorful socks and look good?

Guys, it has been far too long, since I have done a post that you can relate to! So, gentlemen, this is a quick, Wednesday Wonder post for you!

When I work with male clients, who are limited with their options on what they can wear to work, the  idea of incorporating fun socks into their wardrobe usually comes into our conversation! Sure, guys have ties that they can wear to "spice up" their look, but in some jobs, they're still left with only conservative options. So, how can they add some fun and show off their personality through their clothes? Socks!

mens style, colorful socks
Photo Cred: Style Progress

Friday, February 17, 2017

#girlboss(es) 23 - Crystal Gareau

Happy Friday!! This week's #FabulousFemaleFriday features another fellow blogger, Crystal Gareau! Crystal is the founder of , a mom/lifestyle blog! Ever since I started with my #girlboss #FabulousFemaleFriday series, I have really come to appreciate the honesty in the responses that I receive. As a blogger and a social media researcher (that's not an official title, it's just one that I have given myself, since I'm constantly doing research for my blog or my business), I really find that honesty in blog posts allows the reader to genuinely connect to the author. I enjoy Crystal's openness in her responses that she sent to me, as well as in her own blog posts. After you're done reading about her, check out her blog! Enjoy!!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

#WednesdayWonder - Do statement necklaces have to also make a financial statement?

When people hear them term, "statement necklace", they usually think of something big, bold, lots of sparkle or shine, and jewels for days. I'll be honest with you, (my clients and friends already know this about me, but I'll share it with you guys too) I don't always spend a ton of money on my jewelry, especially statement necklaces! Just like clothes, you want to invest more in the pieces that will last through all of the trends, and that will give you more bang for your buck. For the trendier pieces, it's ok to buy them at a cheaper price tag, because you'll get your wear out of them, and by the time the trend has run its course, the jewelry will be ready to be retired! It's great timing!

Still don't really believe me? That's ok, I know plenty of visual learners, so I'll use pictures! 

statement necklace

statement necklace

Ok, so which one cost more? The one on the left or the one on the right? 

Friday, February 10, 2017

#girlboss(es) 22 - Valerie Sanders

Happy Friday, everyone!! This week's #FabulousFemaleFriday post features someone that you have already met, if you're a regular reader here! Valerie is the founder and owner of Haute Mama! You can read about Valerie, how we met, and her awesome event that I attended here! For my South Jersey readers, Valerie is holding another event TOMORROW at Lifetime in Mt Laurel! She'll be there selling her super cute, super soft clothes and jewelry starting at 8am! I'm going to try to stop by myself, because I have worn my "Rise Rise Rise" sweatshirt an embarrassingly amount of times, since I bought it from her at her last event... and I need more items like that in my life! Enjoy reading about Valerie, and go to her event, if you can! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Save the date!! - Style Party!

Exciting news... I have another style party for you all to attend!! Yay! So, get your calendars ready, and add Susan's Style Party on March 4th from 6:00-9:00pm (this will be held at my house again)! 

If you missed the first one, back in November, you will definitely want to attend this one!

At the last style party, we discussed all things clothing related - answered a lot of questions, showed tricks for choosing the right necklace or neckline for your features/outfit, chatted, and snacked on delicious food while drinking yummy beverages! SO much fun! 

For this style party, I decided to take it to the next level for all of you! This one is going to be a ladies only event (sorry guys! We'll do a guys night soon!), and not only will you get a TON of fashion advice from me, but we will have special guests as well - my friends, Meredith and Courtney! 

Meredith is involved with a pretty wonderful company called, Trades of Hope. Trades of Hope is primarily a jewelry company, but they also sell other accessories and some home goods too. I went to a party at Meredith's over the weekend to check out the jewelry in person, and I made some purchases that I am quite excited about! I can't wait to show them to you!! Some trendy, some classic, some fun pieces! Meredith will be able to explain the details and origins of the pieces, and I will explain how you can wear the different pieces that you are interested in purchasing! Jewelry has the ability to completely change the look of an outfit, and I will show you everything you need to know!

You're probably thinking, ok, but why did Susan say that this company is "wonderful"? This quote is directly from the Trades of Hope website from the founders of the company stating, 

"We work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have HIV/AIDS and leprosy. These women have never had the chances we've had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them. " 

How incredible is that? For the full story, click here!

Now, for those of you that watched my Facebook live video this week, you already got to meet Courtney! If you missed the video, here's the link! We had a BLAST together!! If you did not watch the video, let me tell you a little bit about Courtney! Courtney is a good friend of mine, and she works for the company, Younique. Similar to Trades of Hope, Younique also has a strong mission to empower women:

"Derek Maxfield and Melanie Huscroft, a brother-and-sister team, founded Younique in September 2012 with a mission to uplift, empower, and validate women across the globe. Derek and Melanie firmly believe that all women should feel valued, smart, and empowered through opportunities for personal growth and financial reward!"

Think of this style party as a ladies' night out! 
You'll get style tips and tricks from me, you can shop for jewelry and makeup, and Courtney will be doing eyes and lips for anyone who would like them done!! You'll get professional advice, professional makeup applications, and you'll be able to shop too! 
Did I mention that there will also be food and beverages? 

Ok, so, now that I know you have put this date in your calendar, think about if there is anyone else that would love this too, BECAUSE the more people that come, the cheaper the admission fee becomes! (I guess the fee is the only bummer, sorry! It's totally worth it, I promise!!) 

So, here's how the pricing will work: 

If we have 5 people RSVP yes, the cost is $45/person
If we have 10 people RSVP yes, the cost goes down to $35/person
If we have 15 people RSVP yes, the cost is only $25/person! 

I will be creating a Facebook event to send out invitations, but if you already know that you want to be there, and you're so excited that you can't contain yourself, comment on this post with "Yes!" as your RSVP! 

The first person to comment on this post with "Yes", will be able to bring a friend for $15 - so if we have more than 15 people attending, it will only cost the winner a total of $40 for their admission and a friend! 

I am so so so excited to see all of you! This is going to be a ton of fun! 

#WednesdayWonder - Lingerie Edition with The Philly Bra Lady

This Wednesday Wonder is a bit of a special edition, because multiple questions will be answered, AND I am not the one who will be answering the questions that you asked! Instead, I contacted another professional, because this week's questions were all focused on lingerie! Don't get me wrong, I am definitely capable of helping my clients find good undergarments, but Karima aka The Philly Bra Lady is the QUEEN of bras.

Philly Bra Lady

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine's Day Fun featuring Fresh April Flours

When it comes to celebrating a holiday like Valentine's Day, my husband and I love to enjoy the holiday through food (and getting dressed up in a chic outfit, of course!)! I was actually quoted recently, by a fellow blogger sharing my favorite idea for a date night for Valentine's Day! Check out that blog post here at Arrows & Awe.

In my internet travels, I recently came across this post by blogger, Lynn of Fresh April Flours, and I immediately reached out to Lynn to see if she would be willing to share her post with me and my readers!

Friday, February 3, 2017

#girlboss(es) 21 - Abby Fereday

Happy Friday! This week's #FabulousFemaleFriday features a woman who I met through one of the many Blogger groups that I am part of! I reached out to them to see if any would allow me to feature them, and Abby was the first to respond! I love that I am at a point in my #FabulousFemaleFriday #girlboss posts, when I can do that! 

In addition to both of us being bloggers, Abby is also a mom, and she was a former teacher (as you'll read below)! What a small world! There is a link to her blog at the bottom of her post, so definitely check it out, after you're done reading! There are so many fun posts! I know that I have enjoyed reading them!
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Hey ladies - this is for you! Are you dying to be one of those ladies that gets surprised and spoiled for Valentine's Day by your Valentine with one of my professionally and personally picked head to toe outfits? 

Flat out asking your Valentine to contact me ruins the fun, but if you message me, I'll act as the Valentine's Day fairy and make the magic happen! 

Just email or text me soon, because all orders for the Valentine's Day package must be placed in to me by Monday, February 6th!

Valentine's Day surprise gift

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#WednesdayWonders - How do I dress up a baby bump?

One of my besties is preggors with her second little man, and I am SO excited for that little guy to also be friends with my honey bunny, just like his big brother! She always looks adorable, but she still asked me about my opinions regarding maternity clothing. Being a mom and a personal stylist, I get a lot of questions from pregnant women about how to keep their sense of style while pregnant.

Maternity clothing is tough, because throughout your entire pregnancy, your body changes like crazy, and it feels like it changes every week (because it is)! So, something that may have worked for your body last week, may not work at all the next! Not many people have the money or the time (or patience) to purchase new clothes every week to deal with that problem.

So, my first suggestion on where to look for maternity clothes is your own wardrobe! Even if this is your first pregnancy, I guarantee that you have at least a few things that could work with your adorable bump! It can be challenging to find cute maternity clothes that are also inexpensive, so check your closet first.

Look for looser tops like this one

maternity style