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Newest Trend for Fall 2018

Fight Against Brain Cancer

It’s that awesome time of year where layers are needed (and happen to easily “step up” any outfit).

The focus in this letter are on blazers, but all jackets apply here.  Whether you’re going the old school Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman double-breasted blazer route, a classic navy or black, or a textured tweed, blazers add the finished look over a tee, blouse, or sweater. 

 

Shackets Fall 2018 Style Trend

Help us fight against brain cancer

Some Tips:

*When checking for fit- do the driving test & put your arms out like you’re driving a car.  This will tell you how snug the back is.

*The seam should fall right on the edge of your shoulder and arm.

*Is there a fun lining or button detail?

The new(er) thing stores and boutiques have been selling are “Shackets,” where sweaters meet jackets.  These blazers are a way to polish a look with serious comfort.
If a Shackets seems a bit too casual for your job/occasion, I’ve listed some other options that I loved.

 

Shackets Fall 2018 Style Trend

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And Just a Little Something I Wanted to Share:

We joining the fight against Brain Cancer by participating in the Head for the Cure Chicago 5K on Sunday, October 21, 2018, held at Diversey Harbor. The race begins at 8:00 a.m.

Funds raised by Head for the Cure support the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative, a network of local and national medical centers with the expertise and desire to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials investigating new treatments for malignant brain tumors. Head for the Cure works to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. This organization is dedicated to raising funds for much-needed brain cancer research. They also provide emotional and educational support for patients as well as their families at local hospitals’ brain cancer treatment centers.

 

Each year, over 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. More than 120 types of brain tumors exist, making effective treatment complicated. Cutting-edge research is needed as we continue to make strides in this fight to treat and cure these tumors.

Please consider making a donation, or run or walk with us, to help us reach our goal and enable Head for the Cure to defeat brain cancer, step by step. Click HERE and should take you directly to Staunton’s Striders donation page.

 

Let’s make this our greatest year ever!

My best to all, Staunton, Annie, Staunton and new baby girl, Kyle

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Mindful Shopping

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“But It’s On Sale….”

As the sidewalk sales are plentiful and large sections of stores/boutiques are having big sales, we get so easily tempted to tell ourselves…”oh it’s only X dollars…I’ll get it!!”

Before you hit that GREAT SALE, mindful shopping

And as much as I LOVE shopping, I’m here to tell you to hold off!!  Unless it ABSOLUTELY flatters you and you aren’t just buying it because you’re in the mood, just wanting something new, etc.

I recently read that the average American throws away 81 LBS. of clothing each year… that’s WILD!  And if you’re not tossing, then those unwanted pieces may just be taking up great real estate in your closet/drawers.

Before you hit that GREAT SALE, mindful shopping

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This is just a friendly note to challenge you to buy what looks best on you. If there is a new style, color, print you’d like to try that you aren’t sure about, then a sale may be your way to go!
Consider me the stylist bug in your ear really making you think before your next purchase :o)

And I’ve been a victim of many sales, but working on it and wanting to help you out as well!!

Have a stylish, fun week.

Much Love to you,
Annie

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More Than Just Clothes

Happy 4th of July To YOU!

(this is sort of a triple-whammy with a treat at the end!)

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I couldn’t resist sending you some happy thoughts…
I hope you do something wonderful to celebrate with family and friends today & get to enjoy the simple pleasures of iced tea, an adult beverage, sunshine, & laughter.  Chicago Style Consultant
This officially marks 4 years of Annie Frances Style Consulting – yahoo!
And…I just celebrated a birthday yesterday. Ha, the happy hormones are kickin…and so is this baby girl!!
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Just had to send the BIGGEST THANK YOU for being such a great follower and “fan!”  You’re what keeps me loving what I do.  YOU are one of the many reasons I have happy tears because life can be and is so great.   Chicago Style Consultant
I understand it’s just clothing…but it’s all about how you feel in them. My job is to serve You.
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X O X O,
Annie

Do you need help feeling more confident? Want to learn more about styles? I would love to chat with you and see how I can help.  Be sure to visit HERE to see how I can better help you. 

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Dresses…go up or down with the style

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I am ALL about versatility (sorry if you hear this too often), but my goal is for you to take a peek inside your closet, see what you can come up with first…then if you still feel in need of some pieces, the shopping links are here for you!

Dresses are just the easiest! Many clients call them the “one and done” pieces. Especially in the summertime when you don’t have to worry about tights/hose…let dresses be your go-to for an airy, fun, and a “she looks put together” image.

As you can see what I shopped is white, because it’s always so clean and fresh looking, but…it always seems to attract the spills (ha at least for me!).  Still worth a try or a fun, bright tone for these summer adventures you’re about to embark on…even strolls to the grocery store :o)

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Heather Button-Front Dress

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Dress down: White sneakers and a jean jacket

Dress up: Statement necklace or neck scarf with a stacked heel or wedge

Simple day: Pair with strappy sandals and everyday jewelry

 

 

 

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Charlotte Drop-Waist Dress

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Dress Up: Pair with wedges/ stacked heel, wedge espadrilles– Statement earrings and bracelet

Dress Down: Converse high tops, mules, espadrilles– simple pendant necklace

Simple day: strappy sandals, colored bag, drop down earrings

 

 

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Denim Belted Shirt Dress

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Dress Up: Wedges, wedge sandal, platform sandal

Dress Down: slide on sneaker, slide sandals

 

 

 

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All Over-Eyelet Dress

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Dress Up: Stacked Heel, statement necklace

Dress down: white sneakers, slides, or sandals

 

 

 

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Zara Midi Dress with Front Tie

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Dress Up: Wedge or Stacked Heel with bracelets and earrings or statement necklace

Dress Down: Strappy sandals and beach hat

 

 

 

 

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Do you need help feeling more confident? Want to learn more about styles? I would love to chat with you and see how I can help.  Be sure to visit HERE to see how I can better help you. 

Closet Organizing Goodness

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Here is Step 1 of my 5-Step Closet Goodness guide. I had the amazing organizer, Carrie Kempler from Chicago Spaces In Order,  come into my house and it has whipped me into shape.  Although daunting, such a breath of fresh air to see areas of our place in a different (nicely organized way).  Chicago Personal Stylist
I’m not sure if it’s the “nesting” thing I have going on before the arrival of the new little bean, or simply just wanting to have everything looking fab.  (Perhaps  it’s both?!).
So this got me thinking…why not share one of my organizing tips that you can use in YOUR closet?!
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I really broke it down to make it doable (& in a timely manner)!  I hope it’s super helpful to you & the goal is to make getting dressed easier because you can see everything…and have tossed what is just not needed/worn!

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…..click link above to get your guide…..

 

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Want the info of the incredible organizer?!  Here’s where to find her:
Carrie Kempler with Chicago Spaces in Order
Instagram: @chicagospacesinorder
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Have such a great weekend!!
Much Love,
Annie

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Get to know this Incredible Brand

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Lilla Barn…. a clothing line 100% handmade in the USA!  Chicago Stylist

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I went behind the scenes to see how these garments were made & it happens to be by 3 incredible gals.  I couldn’t help but touch the beautiful & colorful fabrics! The silhouettes are just the coolest, not to mention the pieces are gender-neutral. Hello Fun!! When the quality is simply fabulous and they look precious on your little ones…how can you resist?!  Check out the line here:  Lilla Barn Chicago Stylist

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Every garment is 100% handmade or handprinted in the USA 

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Do you need help feeling more confident? Want to learn more about styles or new Brands? I would love to chat with you and see how I can help.  Be sure to visit HERE to see how I can better help you. 

Set your Outfit right

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With the long weekend approaching…it hopefully means some summer weather is right along with it :o)
Either way, here are some ideas to set your outfit right proportionately no matter the temperature! Style Consultant

I always want to focus on what the feature is you love to show off. Do you know what yours is?   Is it your legs? Maybe your shoulders? Your mid-section? I know we are so hard on ourselves…but you’re beautiful and I want you to show it!  (As cheesy as that sounds, it’s true!).

So if you’ve got a loose top, pair a slim bottom with it. If it’s your shoulders, wear an off-the-shoulder top. Your arms, rock a halter tank. And if it’s your legs, don’t be scared to bare them with a slit in a long skirt or wear some shorts!  It’s just best not to have everything all loose and “boyfriendy” looking or all snug as a bug on your body.  If your top is slim fitting, put on a high waisted skirt or pant that is a bit looser. And vice versa for the loose top with fitted pants, shorts, or skirt.

Below are some pics AND some SALE SHOPPING….Hello Memorial Day Sales!! Check them out.  (I was just at J.Crew and they had 40% off everything).  Shop online so you can enjoy the weekend!

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Distressed skinny jean with a tank and a jacket can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion! Switch up the fabric of the tank and choose between a blazer and a jacket. And this is absolutely adorable with sneakers as well.

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A flowy top paired with the dark wash jean and a stacked heel! Perfect for the summer! Just make sure whatever the bottom you choose that it is slim-fitting so when you wear a loose top so you can show a shape.

As always, reach out with questions!

Much Love,
Annie

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Do you need help feeling more confident? Want to learn more about styles? I would love to chat with you and see how I can help.  Be sure to visit HERE to see how I can better help you. 

A Summer Pant Alternative

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The “jogger pant” is nothing brand new, but I have a lot of clients not sure of what to wear them with and if they are able to wear them.  I want to make sure you know that YES, you can wear them and below are some pictures that will show you how.  Style Consulting

Some of you aren’t into shorts or skirts in the summer, so that’s where these comfy, airy pants come in! Even if you do love to bare your legs, this is just a great alternative for work and play.

 

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The fabrics can be dressy or as soft as pajamas.  Take your pick on what style you want for your lifestyle.  Fit for joggers can be tricky if you don’t have long legs, but it’s just a matter of brand (& if they come in petite).  They can make you look short if there is too much fabric at the ankle, so opt for something that hit right at the ankle bone or a few inches above.

It’s fun to try a new fit.  A fit that is not clinging to your legs in the summer weather is an added bonus!

As always, reach out if you have any questions at all.

Enjoy the rest of the week!!

Stylishly Yours,

Annie

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Mixing Prints

 Springtime is upon us and that means new styles for the closet.  Don’t let all of the new patterns overwhelm you!  I have put together this short video to help you mix and match patterns, starting with a simple striped top and scarf.  Check it out below.  Happy Friday to you!  Personal Shopper.

 

Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel for more tips and tricks that will have you feeling more confident and beautiful.  Click HERE  to subscribe.  Personal Shopper

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Jeans Jeans Jeans….

I love when the questions come in on “what’s the best this? Or “who makes the best that?”  So here were my latest questions on great jeans I would recommend.

A good denim can change the way we feel & is such a staple to have for those casual days or everyday!

Mid and high rise are pretty spectacular because they elongate everyone’s leg – no matter your height/leg length.  I truly believe that having a jean hit right about the ankle helps create the length as well (it was always thought that it shortens you, but not the case).

If you have a pair of jeans that fit SO well, take them to the tailor or cut them yourself to get you that great hem right above the ankle.  And if you’re looking for a new pair of denim all together I’ve listed my favorites….From Target to Levis, to Anthropologie, to L’agence shop here:

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With much Love,

Annie

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Finding what fits your body type can be tough. I struggled with what was best for my shape and how to dress my figure for years. When I discovered what truly works for my body, it was like the missing piece to my dressing puzzle. It is the best feeling to know what works for your beautiful self and I want to help with that! I have created a FREE Shop Your Shape Guide just for you.

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