Monthly Archives: March 2013
As part of achieving budget friendly style, you must become an expert at shopping your own closet. The more you are able to effectively create new looks from pieces that you already own, the less you will have to spend on buying new pieces to transform your look.
In an effort to find the best options for budget friendly style, I am always on the look out for great new places to shop. In one of the networks that I belong to I came across a great new site that I wanted to take the time to share with you.The site came to me via USA Lovelist and introduced me to a great American design team. Venley by Youth Monument is an affordable option for some of those elusive quality basics that we are always searching for and a great option for all of those looking to keep their wardrobe dollars here in the U.S. Youth Monument is vertically integrated in downtown Los Angeles and has some great fashion forward options for your casual wardrobe. Here I found some great quality pieces that would work with any budget for both myself as well as the hubby. My favorite piece is a 3/4 sleeve baseball raglan in charcoal grey. The top is shown with a denim cutoff short, but it would also work well with a distressed capri for casual days with the kiddos. If you are one of those couples who likes to match on occasion, there is a matching version for him. As an added bonus, the company is also sponsoring a great giveaway with over $500 in prizes as well. The intent of the contest is to help fuel the occupation of your closet with Made in America products. You enter the giveaway by sending a tweet with the hashtag #occupyyourcloset explaining why Made in the USA is important to you. The contest will run until the end of April with a total of 20 winners and every tweet will qualify as an entry so tweet away. I hope you like the designer as much as I do, and I will continue to bring you up and coming designers as I find them. Once you check out the site, circle back and let me know what your favorite piece was.
If you are like most families at one point or another, you will get the brilliant idea that what your family really needs is a family portrait that will capture your family memories in a single snap. Several years back I realized that the time had come to wrangle my family into participating in that time honored ritual since the twins were ten and the last time we had a portrait made was on their first birthday. Once we decided it was time for family portraits, then it was time to choose the color scheme for the event. We were including extended family in the photo, so in total we would have eight people in our picture. During the process, I discovered that there is a skill to coordinating that many people in one setting. There are a important factors to consider when you are choosing colors for family photos.
Creating fashion forward style is about mastering four basic style elements and creating variations of those elements using pieces that you either currently own or are about to purchase. The four elements that you need to create any look with fashion forward style are a basic piece, an interest piece, a finishing piece and a statement accessory. Before your next big shopping spree decide which of these elements you are in dire need of and work from there. If you keep those thoughts in mind as you shop, you will avoid squandering those valuable wardrobe dollars.