I love to lift up and encourage other women, perhaps this is why I do what I do for a living. I love to compliment other women while still obtaining confidence in myself. I have learned (quite possibly from working around women for 13+ years!) that true beauty comes when you are confident in who you are, what you stand for and where you’re going. Sure, we all get off track from time to time…we are all a work in progress. When you are comfortable in your own skin and realize that you absolutely do not have it all together 100% of the time, you can be full of grace toward others around you. Can I get an AMEN?! So, why is it that we get caught up in being so dang judge-y at times?! Tonight, my post is about shining the light on a few women who have recently inspired me and I would like to share them with you.
Meet Carrie. While I was pregnant with Haven, this amazing (she is a mother of 4 and manages to look magazine-worthy all the time!) woman hired me to be a stylist for her business. I am so glad our mutual friend introduced us and I had the chance to cross paths with her and watch her from afar. She recently wrote a blog post about my store (check it out HERE). Again, women lifting up and encouraging other women. I am beyond grateful. I want to brag on her and break down some of her recent looks she shared on her blog that I adore…
The denim jacket, the creative layers, the over-the-knee boots, the fringe…so many super hot trends blended flawlessly. Kudos, Carrie!
When I attend markets it’s major work for me. I take it very seriously and pay very close attention to what is being shown in showrooms. There is almost always a similar vibe across all the labels out there. As stressful and exhausting as market is, I do enjoy seeing what is to come as I buy months and months in advance for the store. As Carrie is showing above, flare and bootcut jeans have been on the rise now for a while. There was a strong emphasis of them at the last 2 markets I attended. I love her classic but very chic and on-trend look of a basic stripe top + black moto-style jacket + slightly flare leg denim.
Gray denim is hot now and even more so in Spring 2016! We have a few pair left in the store but more coming from a couple of our denim lines we carry so be sure to get your hands on a pair! Okay, so enough about the denim…I love how she has a truly unique style all her own. Her cropped sleeveless sweater layered over a classic white collared button up is the perfect neutral base to add her bright, colorful scarf with – as she did so creatively. It’s the little things that can really add major substance to a look.
All I gotta say is WORK IT, GIRL! Can I just reference Instagram & Facebook for a sec and “like” this a million times?! I cannot wait for our overalls to arrive at the store!!! Who says just because you’re a mom (amongst many other roles) that you can’t dress in some of the major trends? I consult women on a daily basis about taking fashion and making it appropriate for themselves. In a fashion mag full of celebrities you would see Rhianna or Kendall Jenner wearing overalls but with a tight crop top on, exposing much of their hot little bodies. More power to them! But, what happens is a more mature woman who is NOT a celebrity may look at that…see the overalls paired with that skimpy top and automatically think to herself “well, I can’t wear something like that so I guess I can’t wear overalls…” Wrong. And Carrie proves how women of all ages…in all stages of life…can wear ANYTHING SHE WANTS as long as she exudes class and confidence. Period.
I love these 2 looks simply due to the fact that they both embody plaid. =) I love the unexpected mix of a tailored blazer and ripped jeans. And, hello fabulous pink pumps (insert emoji face with heart eyes). I also love how she could have just stopped with the floral top, but instead added a little interesting layer with the plaid shirt tied at her waist. To get out of a style rut this week, push yourself to think outside your box…or…just put a teensy bit more effort into your look. I bet you’ll feel better about your outward appearance if you do so; therefore, having a better day all around. You’re welcome ;).
And last, but certainly not least, another creative layered look. Oh, how she has inspired us all! Be sure to follow her blog for style inspiration. She is sure to inspire. Love ya, Carrie!
Next, I move on to a woman I ran across while doing some research. < RUNSTYLERUN > As I scrolled to study her style there was something refreshing, simple and relatable about her. Here are a few of her looks:
Love this look?! You can get it inside HH now! Denim on denim is a look that I know many question when I suggest it to them at the store, but as you can see here, it works! This just screams “hey, I look totally put together with little to no effort.” Simple, plain tee + a great pair of denim you could live in (we have lots of those at HH!) and a cool denim jacket (again, several options to choose from currently inside the store, including black, a distressed slightly oversized lighter denim wash and a regular fit, darker, clean wash option.). And, I can’t help but notice the dash of fringe on her booties! As I’ve already mentioned in a previous blog post- FRINGE IS “IT” for Fall 2015-Spring 2016.
A look I, personally, have worn and one that we have shown in the store on several occassions – mixed patterns. Plaid + leopard. Floral + stripes. Stripes + animal print. Camo + stripes. Polka dot + abstracts. Ya get my drift?! There’s an art to this… or maybe not. I’ve seen some crazy mixed looks that I can’t quite go for, but who am I to judge?! Isn’t that why they say “Fashion lies in the eye of the beholder.”? If YOU like it and exude confidence, by all means, wear it sister. Back to this outfit though…perfection.
See what I mean about her simple but great style?! Nothing fancy. Nothing flashy. Solid basics will never, ever do you wrong. Above photo: Point proven. Long cardigans and dusters are a great Fall/Winter staple (and will pretty much be available in some form inside the store all season as we get new merchandise almost daily). I, personally, love to mix my browns/tans with black. Don’t be afraid to rock it. Throw out those old “rules” and while we are at it…yes, you can absolutely wear white after Labor Day. Thank you, genius, who called it “winter white.” =)
And here we have another example of what I already mentioned: a denim jacket paired with black denim paired with brown (cognac) shoes/bag. Plus, I love her long tunic top paired with the other elements. A cool, casual look that can be easily achieved. (and HH is here to help you!)
Full a-line midi-length skirts (especially in lady-like florals) paired with an edgy moto-jacket is look that has been trending for a while and one that we have offered at the store. She styled this “to a tee.”
To close out my post I’d like to introduce you to this sweet young lady who reached out to me via social media and said she had been following us on IG, had recently decided to start a fashion based blog and would like to come down from NW Arkansas and feature Hazel’s Haven for her first post. I was happy to oblige because it took me back to when I first started blogging years ago. I get so much fulfillment mentoring or helping others when I can. Hop over HERE real quick to check out Kate and her newly launched blog. Below are lots of items that you will find currently inside HH, many of which refer back to several of the looks we discussed previously in this post. Isn’t she a doll?!
I have a strategy in place as I buy for my store to dress my clientele and offer variety to all of you at reasonable, honest prices. I take pride in what we stand for at HH and I believe that shows. If you have not been into our store, I invite you to do so. If you are not local and live nowhere close, please be sure to check in with our new online store as well as Instagram and Facebook. We plan to add inventory regularly to our web store as we diligently work through all of these dang “kinks” that come with any new launch. Blek! =( Please be patient and please let us know about any shopping issues you may have or have had on our site. We appreciate you all!!!
All my love,