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Posts from — May 2012

The Neon Trend

Not sure about the neon trend? Me neither. I do love bright colors though and am willing to try some that catch my eye, but I’m steering clear of the true neon. This blouse is just bright enough.

Magpie Styling Tip: Interested in trying a new trend but don’t want to go all out? Incorporate the trend into accessories, whether it’s neon, feathers or sequins—think purses, belts, jewelry.

Head to Toe
Blouse: Amanda Uprichard via ebay
Jeans: J. Crew High Heel Flare
Sandals: Michael Kors
Jewelry: Alex & Ani, Elizabeth and James vine bracelet, Alisa Michelle necklace
Belt: Ann Taylor

May 30, 2012   Comments Off on The Neon Trend

Basic Black

Out to a casual dinner with the family and what’s more classic than black? This is a go-to outfit because it doesn’t need to be ironed, it’s comfy and looks chic. I added a summery black necklace and espadrilles to keep it in season.

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Blouse: Ann Taylor (old)
Jeans: J. Crew Toothpick Ankle
Espadrilles and Necklace: Banana Republic

May 29, 2012   Comments Off on Basic Black

Super Soft Stripes

I need more of these dresses. I can wear this striped number around town to run errands, throw it in the washer/dryer, use it as a beach cover up and more.

Head to Toe
Dress: Michael Michael Kors via ebay
Belt: Ann Taylor Loft (old)
Sandals: Steve Madden (exact style available at Target)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft

May 27, 2012   Comments Off on Super Soft Stripes

Everyday Shorts

In the summer, this is my everyday outfit. I either go with shorts, blouse and sandals or a sundress.

Magpie Styling Tip: This length of shorts looks really good on almost everyone. It’s long enough to cover, hits at a narrow area of the thigh and is short enough to make you look taller.

Head to Toe
Blouse: Trina Turk
Shorts: Target
Sandals: Steve Madden (similar ones at Target)
Bracelets: Target and Alex & Ani

Head to Toe

Tee Shirt: Target
Shorts: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Sperry Top Siders
Belt: J. Crew
The problem with this look: My shorts are too big. Fit is everything and as you can see from this picture, by wearing things that are too big, you look bigger. I will take these to get altered. I tend to size up in shorts so they sit a little lower on my hips. Unfortunately, that means alterations. Having these altered is worth it to me since they are a good quality, go-to pair of shorts that I’ll wear for years.

Magpie Styling Tip: Rather than sandals or sneakers, consider Sperry topsiders. They are super comfy and come in all different colors now. I love the metallics since they match everything. I got these at Nordstrom Rack and I’ve seen them at DSW as well.

May 26, 2012   Comments Off on Everyday Shorts

PLAYing Dress-Up

One of my favorite freelance projects is working on Playground magazine. Starting with our Summer 2012 issue, I’m styling and writing a new department called PLAYing Dress-Up. The idea is that I take a mom and style her in three different outfits that hit the latest trends but look fresh and realistic for a busy mom.

The first month the creative team picked Suzi, a beautiful single mom with two children. We used clothing from the SUPER-fab store: Zou Zou Boutique. While the clothing we picked was on the expensive side, all of these looks can be recreated with less expensive look-alikes. However, in the article, you’ll see which pieces are truly worth the splurge!

Each issue will feature a different reader model in outfits that relate to her life and her budget. So, some issues will be a mix of high- and low-end items, others will be budget and still others will be for moms with cash to burn.


I’m sure this isn’t big enough to actually read. Feel free to download it here: PLAYGROUND_Dressup_Pg36.

To view the entire issue, go to Playground Magazine!

May 24, 2012   2 Comments

Central Florida Consignment Store Reviews

I am a consignment shop junkie. I love finding fashion treasures that don’t scream “local mall.” The way to do that is via ebay or consignment shopping.

Magpie Styling Tip: Read my ebay tutorial series: Ebay is Your Best Fashion Friend, Ebay Tips and Deals, How to Snipe on Ebay and How I Search Ebay.

If you live in Central Florida or visit Disney and have time to shop somewhere other than the outlet malls, I highly recommend these three stores (none of which are close to Disney, BTW) 🙂

1. Chic Boutique. 2818 Corrine Drive (near Baldwin Park)
First of all, the owners, Renee and Janet,  are fabulous! They’re friendly and really know their stuff. They’ve got everything from hot new contemporary designers like Parker, Rebecca Taylor and Vince to classics from Jimmy Choo, Chloe, DVF and Prada. I scored two Parker blouses, a new-with-tags grey suede Vince jacket and an authentic Jimmy Choo handbag that was never used. This is the store I choose to consign with because they cater to fashionistas who like the same brands as I do. Generally, I spend what I make at the store!

You can get items at half of retail. But, realize that these are high-ticket designers, so half may still be $300. However, if you want designer at a discount, this is the place. They have a very active Facebook page that features new products each day.

Pros: Great selection of jewelry, handbags and shoes. Lots of inventory and contemporary designers.
Cons: Prices are still on the high side and items sell fast (great if you’re a consignor.)

2. Top Drawer Couture, 2506 Edgewater Drive
While a lot of items are for older ladies who lunch (think St. John’s knits), you can still find a great deal on classic designer duds. I’ve scored DVF and See by Chloe at this consignment shop. What you’ll find here that you may not find at the other stores is Chanel. I’ve seen bags, jewelry and accessories in the shop each time I’ve visited. They also have tons of high-end shoes and handbags.
Recently, they started selling items online, which makes it easier for those out of the area to get goodies too. They also have somewhat active Facebook page and post new items every week.

Pros: High-end handbags, classic designers.
Cons: Tends to cater to the 55 and over set, amount of inventory varies. Sometimes you have lots of options, other times not so much.

3. Clotheshorse Too, 3895 Lake Emma Road in Lake Mary
This store is close to my tailor, so I stop in whenever I have an alteration I need done. Generally, you won’t find a lot of super high-end designer at this store, but they have a nice selection. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen Manolo Blahniks, St. John’s Knits, DVF and Laundry by Design at this store, but your best scores will be J.Crew and Ann Taylor. I scored a rare J.Crew cardigan, some cute DVF maxi dresses, an Elie Tahari jacket and a couple Laundry by Design tops.

Pros: Great selection of popular store clothing such as Banana Republic, J.Crew and Ann Taylor. The prices can’t be beat. They sell the designer items for much less than Chic Boutique and Top Drawer. Tons of shoes.
Cons: Not many high-end items, skirt and dress selection is minimal. Rarely any high-end handbags.

There you have it. Of course, Central Florida has quite a few more consignment shops but these are the three I frequent the most. Let me know what you’ve scored at these shops!

May 24, 2012   Comments Off on Central Florida Consignment Store Reviews

Going Green

I’ve decided this is another of my go-to colors. I really like that it brightens my face, which can be pale.

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Dress: DVF Sliced Dress via Ebay
Necklace: Alisa Michelle
Shoes: Michael Kors
Bracelet: A fab birthday gift from my friend Tina. Thanks Tina!

May 23, 2012   Comments Off on Going Green

Birthday Girl

My birthday was the other day and it was fab! I had a day filled with family, some quiet time and a little shopping. Then, hubby and I attended a wine tasting and appetizers at a friend’s house. The vibe was casual. I went for my summer edgy look. 🙂

These shoes are soooo cool!  A special thank you to my stylish friend, Denise, who found these fab shoes first and allowed me to buy my own pair! They were a must-have after seeing them on her feet with a white and black Parker dress. And, lucky for me, they were on sale by the time I found them. But, it wasn’t easy, they were sold out at most stores. I finally found them thanks to FarFetch.com, a website that features designer merchandise from stores all around the world.

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Top: Parker via Chic Boutique Consignment. This place is my new all-time fav consignment store in Orlando. I’m putting together a post that reviews some of the awesome Orlando consignment stores, so look for it soon.
Shorts: Diane Von Furstenberg DVF via ebay
Necklaces: Alisa Michelle (edgy, affordable jewelry) Look for her flash sales on Rue La La and Hautelook
Belt: J. Crew
Shoes: Balenciaga Glove Wedge Espadrilles
Bracelets: Alex & Ani and Priya Kakkar

May 22, 2012   2 Comments

3 Summer Must-Haves

Only a couple more weeks and my kids will be out of school. Summer is upon us. I put together a list of must-have summer wardrobe boosters. These are things that are on my own summer wish list:

1. Nude sandals.  I recommend these in both a flat and wedge heel. Believe me, they will become your go-to summer sandal. Wear the flat with shorts for a casual look and the wedge with shorts for a summer casual evening look.

Mapgie Styling Tip: Look for a true nude that blends with your skin color, especially for higher wedges. The color will make your legs look longer and they’ll seriously go with everything in your closet. Not into nude? Try a metallic gold or silver—these colors are just as versatile.

My favorites:

High Wedges
1. Expensive: Jimmy Choo Palermo Caged Espadrille $520 @ Bluefly.com.
2. Moderate: Michael Michael Kors Kami $110 @ Lord and Taylor
3. Inexpensive: Jellypop Adria Wedge Sandal $39.95 @ DSW

Flat Sandals
1. Expensive: Tibi Amber Flat $340 @ Tibi.com
2. Moderate: Dolce Vita Archer Metal Sandal $69 @ Free People
3. Inexpensive: Merona Emerline Braided Flat $14.99 @ Target

2. Mid-length Shorts. Everyone I talk to is afraid of shorts, especially shorts that they think will be too short. Let me tell you, a mid-length (about 5 inches from crotch to hem) is a super-flattering length on everyone. Generally, you want a short to hit a teeny bit above mid-thigh or at mid-thigh.

Magpie Styling Tip: Skip the boring basics and go with some funky prints or colors. You can go with a neutral on top or color block with a complementary color. Experiment and have fun!

My favorites:
Banana Republic Printed Short in Navy $49.50
Ann Taylor Resort Shorts in Emerald Green $78
3.1 Philip Lim Bermuda Shorts (on the longer side) $375
And, J. Crew always has a great variety of shorts in this length!

3. Breezy dresses. I’ve mentioned this before. I tend to go too dressy or too beachy in my dress choices. So, a goal was to find some cute, casual dresses I can wear with flats to run errands. Look for dresses in easy fabrics like jersey and silk blends. Cotton fades too fast and silk is usually too dressy and hot for day.

Magpie Styling Tip: Style matters in day dresses. Generally you want to skip the fitted sheath dresses and go with something a little more flowy. I like a drop-waist dress. which for me, covers my tummy yet is flattering because it shows off my legs. But, tunics, one shoulders and looser-fitting dresses all work.

My favorites:

1. Thakoon Ikat Shirt Dress (it’s pricey!) $890 @ Shopbop.com
2. Splendid Coastal Strip Maxi $148 @ shopbop.com
3. The Webster at Target Jersey colorblock dress $29.99
4. J.Crew Maritime Anchor Dress $78
5. Aqua Multicolor Dress on Ebay $14.99
6. BCBG Retro Print Dress on Ebay $89.99

In addition, I’m always hunting for flowy sleeveless tops, fun clutch purses, the perfect white jeans (which I recently found in Gap’s Long and Lean jeans!) and colorful accessories.

What are you looking for this summer?

May 21, 2012   Comments Off on 3 Summer Must-Haves

Bright Blue

Well, it took me many, many years, but I finally figured out what colors really look good with my complexion. I remember years ago I had my colors done by someone who told me I should be wearing pastels. However, I never followed her advice. Instead, I stuck with black and that got boring. The colors that really suit me are the brights—royal blue, emerald green, fuchsia. That means I’m a Summer according to the Image Architect. Download the color chart here.

I wore this dress to my son’s JV Baseball End-of-Season banquet.

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Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg DVF Francesca
Necklace: Banana Republic and Ann Taylor Loft
Espadrilles: Banana Republic (old)

May 20, 2012   Comments Off on Bright Blue