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When you think of your happiest, most confident clothes – what triggers that inward exhilaration for you? Color? Texture? Bold print? Clean lines? Simplicity? There are so many, many things that contribute to our personal style but the most important of them all is how you feel in what you’re wearing! If you only wore what made you FEEL AMAZING then your style would take shape all on its own because confidence would emerge! When we feel frustrated and insecure in our clothes the total opposite happens, we feel unsure & insecure which translates too easily to awkwardness and constant self doubt. We carry ourselves differently and the cycle of self doubt gets fed. If you could wear one thing for the rest of your life (that’s not strictly lounge wear, that’s an obvi one!) what would it be? Does a color come to mind? Fabric? Print? Certain silhouette? Dive further into what it is about that thing that makes you FEEL secure & don’t let people or social pressures make you change your mind. Lean into that thing and start exploring it more! For me, I’d choose tshirts – I stopped telling myself they’re too boring and I started challenging myself to wear them more and style them differently simply because I felt good in them, now it’s a uniform! I feel confident, sexy, secure & totally myself when I wear one that I love! Take off your insecurity outfit and put on your confidence uniform! .
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Photo taken at: San Elijo Hills, San Marcos, California

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On the days (like today, for me) that you just don’t have what it takes to put extra effort into your outfit (thank you monthly cycle for always showing up on time… no really, thanks! But ow!) always have a great black top to throw on with your fav pair of jeans. Black is lovely! It’s timeless, classy, the easiest to dress up or down and always looks great with your fav pop of lipstick! I wear my black tops pretty often and although I’m a total t-shirt kind of gal, I love a solid black top with some added fun details! The one pictured was less than $25 at Zara, it’s a ribbed fabric with a slight sheen that dresses up the denim instantly and the leather arm detail kicks it up one notch further! You can fool anyone into thinking you’re put together with a great pair of jeans and a solid black top with a little something extra! .
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NEW story!! I’m a basics kind of gal 90% of the time. Not boring, basic – there’s a difference! Today I wore a basic outfit with a splash of print on my shoe then made a few simple changes to get ready for date night with my hubs! I also shared part of what goes into discovering your personal style! Personal style should be a combination of things that you’re interested in which could include lifestyle, music, color, minimalism, culture, family or values. Your style should also make you feel excited and interested in your own wardrobe! I love helping my clients discover and start to build their unique look! My story today is a little bit about my own style! .
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I’m gunna just say it, yeah, I am – just going to lay it out… I am not a very good Instagrammer, in fact I’ve really despised this platform off and on…
I’m a business owner, a great mom, a new (and addicted) reader of novels (please tell me you’ve read The Woman in The Window!), professional iced coffee drinker, newbie to hiking and willing to give those things my all – but Instagram… Wow, I have given it the bare min of my energy. But that’s going to change, not just for my own sake! Because I have things in my heart and in my profession that I want to share with you and I’m done letting uncertainty of this platform hinder me. I’m excited about sharing styling stuff with you! Excited to help you learn what creates someone’s personal style and the work that goes into it! I’m also really excited to put my heart into it, because for me those two things go hand in hand… my work and my heart. Cheers to my first work meeting today since our move to SD! Cheers to fresh starts and personal growth, cheers to showing up for other people and offering what we have to the world to make a healthy difference! And CHEERS to chasing after dreams and kicking fear in the buttcheek.
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Photo taken at: Carlsbad, California

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I’ve turned into a crazy plant lady over the last year, on our aimless date a few days ago took us to Bambi plant store in Carlsbad and I got a string of pearls plant that I can’t stop staring at as if it were a new baby all swaddled up & ready to be snuggled! Anyways, these crazy pants are one of my new favs! I am a tee-shirt gal 90% of the time so having a little extra sumthin on bottom is where I try and add in more flava in wardrobe. Let’s be real I could have worn a solid white or black tee and these pants would have made it look dressed up, so easy! If you’re a tee shirt lover like me think of ways to add color, print or added textures on bottom. Examples: leather skirt, flowy pants like mine, paper bag pants, silk pants or skirt.
Don’t be afraid to play in your own wardrobe, mix things together that feel outside of your comfort zone and see what sparks some excitement! .
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Mix your colors. Just do it! Mix em up, throw them on & be on your merry little colorful way! SO many colors work awesome together, not just for the eyes but for your energy! I know, I know, Black is the shiz that steals the show for a LOT of you and that’s a-ok! Black is classy & timeless, you can’t go wrong with it. Color isn’t for everyone but I WILL challenge you, add a color or a few (its ok, breeeathe!) colors & see how it makes you feel! Simple suggestions for those of you that often reach for black: -colored shoes -statement, colored earring -headband/barrette with color
-color nail polish
-colored fanny or bag
Aren’t sure if your colors work we together? Send me a pic f your outfit!! I’ll let ya know!

Adding color is like salt on the rim of your marg, it’s delish without but the salt is what makes a marg so dang extra.
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Photo taken at: San Diego, California

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I think you’re more than your appearance. Actually I know, I know that you’re worth more than the clothes you wear. There’s so much more to you. Our stories, our battles & victories all play a part in how we represent and perceive ourselves. They’re often what determines what we believe about what we are capable of, our measure of worth & belonging. If we chose to find our identity in the victories of our story & less in the struggle then I believe we would be completely different people! The tough grade school year’s leave their mark of insecurity, the messy family memories leave roots of inadequacy, the painful relationships dig into our worth and cause us to carry yet another weight. Financial instability says we will never be able to attain our goals let alone dress like we wish we really could. But what about the times you faced your fear, you believed you could & you did, when you found freedom from your struggle & fought for it! THIS is why I do what I do, because the painful parts of your story don’t have to determine the way you dress or carry yourself. Clothing is a trigger! If we wear clothes that we don’t love it make us feel insecure & uncomfortable, it’s a constant reminder of all the emotional weight we carry. There is a way to dress to unlock confidence & give the world a taste of your personality, what makes you SO wonderfully you! I believe whole hearted that how we dress is one element of discovering who we are & walking it out! .
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Organizing & assessing clients spring shoes 😍
Do you have a good assortment of flats & heels for the spring?! If not here’s your quick list: nude heel, white sneakers, black mule. You can wear one of those with everything! I mean if it were my shoe collection I’d add in something with studs, snake print & mauve and ditch the basics! You do you, girl & don’t think twice because what you love matters most! Happy spring shopping! .
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Yeah, I get stuck in (effing, cuz these kinds of ruts deserve a swear word) clothing ruts too. Sometimes I try something new, look at myself in the mirror & OLIVIA!! All the bad thoughts come flooding in like a freight train. Walking out of the house feeling uninspired & self conscious sets a real positive tone for the day, doesn’t it? No thanks! But this is what I’ve come to understand about clothes, they’re just like every other relationship we have. We search for security, comfort, safety, inspiration & identity in them. They help to shape us into who we want to become & what we believe about ourselves. I want my clothing to offer security in areas I might not always feel good about. And all relationships need to be kept in check right?! I mean if home girl is stirring up some trouble you walk away! You (ideally, I know that’s not always easy) set boundaries to protect your heart. Typically we are drawn to people who make us feel inspired, understood, free & alive – people we feel proud to be seen with! Insert your wardrobe here… if you start your every day off feeling depleted, uninspired & self conscious then your relationship needs to change for your own well being. People and clothing should not becoming a hinderance to your potential or your overall health & beliefs about yourself. I am not a stylist just for the glamor (but let’s be real I def drool over the fancy things), I am a stylist because I believe in your potential and that your clothing is a major way of unlocking it! Set a boundary with your clothing like you would with someone who’s stealing your joy, get rid of them. They’re not worth keeping close if all they do is hurt you. 📷 @kaleighdsimmonsphoto

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Custom suiting meeting today! So. Much. Fun! I loved learning more about this avenue of fashion & how I can partner with other local small businesses to offer my clients a wider range of services & insight! That’s the thing about this whole gig – the rules are made to be broken, style isn’t just about wearing what’s cool at the moment! It’s about expressing your individuality & wearing clothes that make you FEEL. Also, getting out of my freezing house and catching a little break from my (love em but they makin’ me crazy) kids was so deeply needed today after no power & horrible weather. Still waiting on that power to kick back in, however… until then we crash & get cozy wherever we can!

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