FALL SHOPPING

You might remember my earlier post about a makeover that I helped with. Today I am going to tell you about the continuation of the journey.

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I wanted to title this post something like, “Makeover Part II” or “Makeover Continues”, but it didn’t seem right, because she did not really need any more “making over.” She was badly in need of some clothes that are more appropriate for the upcoming seasons, so I volunteered to help her shop.  It is always fun to spend someone else’s money!

We spent the weekend shopping, trying on clothes, making up outfits, and returning what did not work.  It was an exhausting whirlwind, but I left feeling good that her closet is now brimming with plenty of mix and match items that fit and flatter.

When I arrived at her house, and looked in the closet, I have to say that I was surprised.  She had done an excellent job of getting rid of everything that did not fit or that was out of style, but oh my! The only items left were what we bought last spring, plus her Athleta pants,

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http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1059471&vid=1&pid=819227002

her Skinny Shirt (she is a faithful reader of my blog!),

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SkinnyShirt Women’s Collar + Tails 2X White

 

and couple of new white shirts and dresses. No jeans! No fall/winter pants! No long sweaters! No colorful jewel-toned tops! No cute fall/winter shoes!

We left the house and went to work.  She had a generous amount budgeted for her fall/winter wardrobe, so we did not have to do the kind of bargain shopping I usually do, but we shopped at stores that had reasonably priced clothing and good sales, so even though we did not pay too much attention to price tags, she was able to get a lot for her money.

We spent day one focusing on pants. It was hard not to be distracted by all the beautiful fall tops, but I would not let her try on anything but pants until we had the basics taken care of!  She ended up with 2 pairs of skinny jeans, (dark and light), one pair of gray pants, one pair of skinny black pants, and one pair of burgundy pants. We were in business, and ready to go again the next day to look for tops, shoes, and jewelry.

We ended up with a ton of stuff, and then had to come home and put everything together. She got lots of tops, sweaters, and vests, and everything pretty much mixed and matched. She also found a “magic dress.”  If you ever find one, but it!

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She also got some really cute shoes from Target:

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http://www.target.com/p/women-s-poppy-d-orsay-pointed-toe-flats-merona/-/A-50801883

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http://www.target.com/p/women-s-elena-booties-merona/-/A-50845653#sn-50845653

And some really nice items from my favorite “jewelry store”, Cato:

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I feel so bad that we really did not have time for a “photo shoot.” I did take pictures with my phone, just so she could remember what went together.  She will probably kill me, but I just have to post a few pictures. Remember, this is with no makeup, and hair just as it looked after a very long day of shopping.  She did not even “pose” because we were just trying to get documentation photos. That is why I very thoughtfully edited her head out on some of these. 🙂  LOL.  She is still going to kill me!

But I just feel like it is important for you to see at least SOME pictures.  I am not going to post a photo of her “figure flaw”  (I am not that mean….I only post those kind of photos of myself). But these outfits do a really good job of minimizing her problem area.

You can see that she looks nice in two completely different styles….very sporty with a vest and jeans, and very sophisticated with long tops. The main thing is keep trying on different styles until you find the ones that make you say “Wow, that looks cute!”

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After all the trying on and mixing and matching, she ended up with a few bags of returns, but not that much!  We decided to keep only things that she loved.  GREAT ADVICE, by the way. I need to take it myself!

I don’t have a good picture of the “magic dress.” I really need to do it justice with good lighting, good shoes, hair and makeup.  Maybe next time!

Thanks for reading. Go get some new fall clothes, and remember this phrase:  “SATURATED COLORS”.  Do not come home with some ugly olive green and beige top. And do not buy random things that don’t go with anything else.

MAKEOVER MUSINGS

Since my post on Makeover Magic, I have been doing a bit of thinking.

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I have been thinking about the fact that I need a “makeover” almost every day. If I were to just get up in the morning, throw on some clothes, and walk out the door, I would look at least twenty years older and would just blend right in with the WalMart shoppers. To be truthful, I have done that many times….and gone to WalMart, and blended right in!  LOL  Most of the people there did not look any better than I did, but that is no excuse.

It does take some planning and some effort to achieve a “put-together” look. It also takes some knowledge of what clothes to wear to flatter your shape, and what colors look good on you. As I have told you, I have done a great deal of trial and error in those departments!

In addition to trying on different styles and colors, I have read quite a bit of fashion and style advice, and watched every episode of What Not to Wear. That in itself is like getting a college degree in makeovers.

It never failed to amaze me that Stacey and Clinton could use their vast knowledge and experience to make every person they worked with look beautiful. Every time I would think, “Oh no! This is the time they will fail. There is no way they can do anything with that (figure, hair, attitude, face, or whatever). ”  But they did. Every single time. Every single episode.   So I learned. I learned that anyone can look good, and that the way you present yourself to the world is important. It says “I am worth the time and trouble to look good.”  It also says, “I care enough about the people who see me to take pride in my appearance.”

I have showed you examples before, but I will continue to do so, because I want you to understand that it is possible to do makeovers on yourself! Here are some before and after “mini makeover”photos for your amusement and to learn from (I hope!)

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If you need one, give yourself a makeover! You know who you are. Do not leave the house as your “natural self” unless you are under 30. That is my advice. Take it or leave it.  🙂

 

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Several months ago, I had the fun experience of helping someone with a makeover. She has given me permission to share the photos with you.

She had several reasons for deciding to make a change, including having come through some serious illnesses during the year. When she started feeling better, she realized her outside did not match her inside.

Naturally a thin person, she had had to cope with weight gain caused by some of her medication, and did not know how to dress the larger version of herself. Thankfully, she was able to come off the medication that caused her to gain weight, and at the time of the makeover had started losing weight, but still did not know how to deal with her shape.

As so many of us do, she had had the same hair style pretty much since high school, and just did not have clue of what to do about that.

The first thing we did was make an appointment with a top-notch stylist. If any of you live in the Clearwater, Florida area, you cannot do better than Catie Giblin who owns Holy Chic Salon in Dunedin.  She is a magician!

https://www.facebook.com/HolyChicSalon/

Before I show you Catie’s magic, here is a “before picture” taken on the way into the salon:

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Catie indeed worked her magic with a fantastic cut and beautiful color. Don’t you agree?

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Now of course, when your hair looks that good, you have to go shopping! She had a budget, so we hit the mall. The process was that she stayed in the dressing room, and I browsed the store and brought her things that I thought would work.  She was very open to trying anything I suggested, and we came home with some very flattering outfits.

I don’t think she would mind my saying that the biggest issue was that her midsection was very much out of proportion to the rest of her body, so we tried to find outfits that minimized that.

I am going to share the photos, but please remember that these were just phone snapshots.  At the time, we never thought they would be published. LOL

If I had known, we would have had better lighting, and done a bit more with makeup and accessories, but I think you will get the idea. IMG_8383 (267x640)

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This photo was taken a few weeks later. She had lost more weight, and found and styled these outfits on her own:

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I just can’t leave without showing some side by side comparisons. It really is amazing to me what hair, clothing and makeup can do!

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IS THIS EVEN THE SAME PERSON???!!!

I am so thankful that she is kind enough to let me share this experience. She hopes that this part of her “fashion journey” may inspire some people who just don’t know where to start, or think it is impossible to find a nice outfit because they have gained weight.

Please know that you are beautiful.  My greatest wish is to inspire you to find ways to let your beauty shine through!

I would love to hear your comments, and would be happy to answer any questions.