Best of Anthropologie 30% Off Sale

I couldn’t resist rounding up the best of Anthropologie’s 30% off sale pieces. I’ve been loving their selection this summer and think they have some of the best quality sale pieces out there.

In selecting these items, I considered whether they would easily transition into fall and help you maximize other wardrobe items and the value of the quality of the brand (umm Cami NYC on sale, yes please!) Be sure to read the captions for each piece since they provide a few style tips and ways to wear them.

Also, I’m offering complimentary styling tips on any pieces you find from my roundups! Just shoot me a message x0x

PS- apologies if things are sold out. Sale items fly, but I did my best to choose things in stock with plenty of sizes left

Shopbop Accessory Sale Picks

I went through the 1316 items on sale during Shopbop’s extra 25% shoes and hangbags sale and chose my top 35 pieces.

Their shoe sizes are often very limited, but I was able to find some great options. Remember that everything you see is an additional 25% off with code TAKE25. It’s a great time to stock up on small items that will help maximize your wardrobe and to add some fun statement pieces.

Top three picks are:

reTH belt/crossbody bag, sol sana mule sandals, frame waist belt

Abercrombie Review and Sale Picks

I honestly can’t remember the last time I went into Abercrombie & Fitch and the thought of the brand only instills nostalgia filled with denim skirts, lace trim tanks, thick brown belts, and the scent of that damn cologne.

However, there have been a few cute things that have popped up on my social media lately, and after deeper investigation, I’ve come to find out they were from Abercrombie. With some time to spare during my recent trip to San Francisco, I decided to go check it out for myself. Surprisingly, the merchandise was super cute. Quality wise, I’d say it was on par with the price point, but I found some great stuff on clearance that I can easily transition into fall and that was barely over $20. Obviously the key to shopping here at 32 years old is avoiding the moose icon at all cost and anything with ABERCROMBIE across the ass.

Here are some items I would recommend shopping here:

  • Knits- t-shirts, tanks, sweatshirts all seemed to be of decent quality

  • Jeans- found a great pair of white and black jeans that fit me great and were 50% off. They do have a lot of stretch so I’m curious to see how they hold up, but I’ve been searching for a nice pair of white pants all summer! They are up to date with the latest denim trends and come in short, regular and long lengths. Great selection of denim shorts as well.

Some things I avoided:

  • Dresses- all seemed to be synthetic fibers that were very thin and wrinkled

  • Sweaters- seemed to pill very easily and looked worn even on the racks and folded

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the clearance section and a few that came home with me.

What to Shop During Sale Season

If you haven’t noticed, the entire internet is on sale. So, where do you begin to shop without wasting too much money and filling your closet with things that don’t help your wardrobe work for you?

Below I’ve outlined 20 pieces that I not only focus on during sale season, but that I recommend you do too (scroll through). Things to consider when shopping end of season sales should be:

  • Can I wear this now, but transition it later?

  • Would I mind paying full price for this?

  • Is this a piece I want to try, but not necessarily invest in?

  • Can I wear this at least three different ways?

  • Do I have space for this?

  • Am I prioritizing my actual wardrobe needs over wants?

Need help navigating through all the sales and choosing the best items to help maximize your wardrobe? Let's talk about some effective virtual shopping options that help my clients add value to their closets while saving them time and money x0x

The Cutest Custom Party Invitations by Basic Invite

I know this isn’t the typical fashion and style post, however, with blenderstyle’s birthday coming up in August, I wanted to share an amazing stationery company I’ve recently learned more about and am happy to support, Basic Invite. I don’t know about you, but I just feel like life has been full of precious moments this year from my best friends having their first and second child to family members hitting milestone birthdays and friends getting married. It’s still so nice to receive something in the mail from loved ones (aside from bills and junk) and I feel that taking the time to send things like party invitations and thank you cards is becoming a lost form of communication in this digital age. However, who doesn’t love some good refrigerator decor? ;)

Think about how many wedding invitations you’ve received that look exactly the same or evites that you’ve seen multiples times. And, consider the excitement you feel when you receive an invite to something fun or the warm feeling you get when someone sends you a note expressing gratitude. As someone who loves to be able to create and customize things the way I want, especially as a business owner, here are some of the main reasons I prefer Basic Invite below:

  • Almost Unlimited Colors - they are one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what I feel sets them apart from almost any other online stationery company.

  • Custom Samples - they allow customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

  • Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - they are just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of the envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed (because licking envelopes is gross!)

  • Address Capturing Service - Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Also, they offer recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders!

  • Foil - Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

Whether you need simple birthday invitations, holiday party invites, or branded thank you cards to send to clients, Basic Invite has you covered and is offering 15% off right now with coupon code: 15FF51 

Don’t let life’s events slip away without sending something pretty!



Overcoming Imposter Syndrome With Style

I was recently given the opportunity to host a personal style workshop in conjunction with Six Degrees Society and Kendra Scott. As I was preparing my presentation, I recalled a young professional client of mine mentioning issues she had with imposter syndrome in the workplace since she held an advanced title that put her into situations where she dealt with older, more experienced colleagues and clients that she felt didn’t always take her seriously. During my presentation, I really wanted to hone in on why caring and investing in your personal style was important and not a frivolous concern, that many people choose to believe, and talked about how imposter syndrome is one of many reasons why people should pay attention to how their wardrobe makes them feel.

What is imposter syndrome? It’s basically feeling like you don’t belong somewhere, that you are a fraud, and puts you in a mental space where you start doubting your talents and accomplishments. With that being said, can you think of a time clothes made you feel positively confident, and a time where they made you feel like the definition above? I sure can.

It is scientifically proven that there is power in what we put on everyday and that we adopt the characteristics of what we wear. Think about how you feel when you wear comfy clothes versus sexy clothes. A bit different, eh? Thankfully, what put on our bodies everyday is something we can control. So, let’s control it!

How? By honestly assessing your lifestyle and how you want to be perceived in it.

Starting with your lifestyle and current wardrobe, what is going on there? Is your office space corporate, business casual, sweats and sneaks, or do you work from home? What are you doing on the weekends? What kind of clothes are you looking for the most when you go to get dressed everyday and what pieces do you feel are missing? If your wardrobe doesn’t match your lifestyle, your outfit of the days will surely be a struggle and you’ll always feel a sense of disconnect.

After you’ve assessed what you need to mix up, the next step is discovering what you feel good in and dressing for the part you’re playing in life. An attendee at the workshop actually brought up a good point about dressing for work and said that she gets stuck dressing like her coworkers (basic t-shirt and jeans) although that doesn’t truly reflect how she wants to look everyday. Don’t get trapped into mimicking what others are wearing just because. That’s lazy and you’re doing yourself a disservice from being able to explore and maximize your potential style- one that actually works for you. Say this same person made the decision that dressing like everyone at the office wasn’t doing anything for her and to upgrade her wardrobe. She would have to hone in on what that would look like. Maybe she discovers that she loves dresses or decides she wants to incorporate more accessories into her look, and by making these changes she feels a little more confident each day. Most people get to this point and think they immediately have to go shopping, however, without a plan and knowing what you’re actually looking for you end up overwhelmed with an empty cart or one that is full of crap. Use the inspiration around you for your own benefit and take the time to interpret how it applies to you.

Dressing for the part you’re playing in life really integrates step one of the process, identifying the lifestyle you’re living, and step two which is creating a wardrobe that works for that lifestyle all while emanating the personal appearance and self representation you desire. This topic brings me to the classic quote “dress for the job you want” and my time at Bloomingdale’s where the Creative Director was always dressed to the nines each day. She owned her role, dressed for it, and always made everyone around her look like slobs. She had a presence you respected and was inspired by. This is what dressing the part is all about.

Usually when someone experiences imposter syndrome, it’s because they’re not truly dressing the way they want to or need to for the life they live. Take a young, successful professional who needs to exude professionalism in the office but is stuck dressing like an intern for instance. Or a stylist who gets caught running errands in gym clothes and is given the opportunity to tell a stranger about her business (I swear I don’t know who this is). Whether it’s simply not knowing how to dress for your lifestyle, getting caught on a bad outfit day, or forgetting to check the dress code at the new restaurant you checked out Saturday night, we all have experienced a negative mental impact simply because of how we looked. Let’s learn how to take the reins of owning our appearance and showing up in life the way we deserve.

Resources for Stylish Work Clothes

After being blessed with the opportunity to work with so many amazing clients in my past two years with blenderstyle, I started noticing that they share a lot of common wardrobe issues. One of the top being the ability to find and put together quality, chic work looks that exude style, professionalism, and are comfortable at the same time. Here are some workwear resources broken out by category that I always share with clients in order to help them feel like the boss babes they are and break away from their Banana Republic ruts.

Stylish and Affordable

Aritzia

Aritzia is a company based out of Vancouver, Canada and is a great place to check out for upgraded basics (ie. lace trim camisoles, wrap dresses, stylized work pants) and feminine pieces that are perfect for creating more contemporary work looks and effortlessly going from the office to happy hour in style. They have a sale every so often, but beware of their return policies. It is more strict than most retailers and their sale items are usually final.

Zara

I feel Zara is often overlooked for workwear give its fast fashion, trendy appeal. However, you can find some great work basics and afford to throw in a few extra fun items as well shopping here. Don’t forget to check out their shoes too which are often hidden on the bottom and under displays in the store. If you’re shopping online, I would recommend buying both your regular size and one size up as their sizes tend to fluctuate.

Mango

I like Mango because, similar to Zara, it offers both classic and more fashion forward pieces at a great price point giving you plenty options for deciding how you’d like to integrate it into your dress code. As a city girl, you also reduce the risk of wearing the same things as half of the other women on the street a la Zara.

Club Monaco

Club Monaco started as a Canadian company and was acquired by Polo Ralph Lauren in 1999. They started with the idea of creating “better basics” and that’s what you’ll find here- classic and sophisticated pieces with a touch of elevated style. They are a bit more expensive than the top three options, however, you’ll get parallel quality.

Ethical & Sustainable

Everlane

Everlane is great for high quality basics at very reasonable prices (ie. silk blouses for $98, Italian leather flats for $118). Whether ethical fashion means anything to you or not, this is a perfect place to start gathering staple items like a good work pant, simple blouses, and easy dresses. Everlane is one of the most transparent companies when it comes to providing information on how they produce their products and are always striving to innovate, which results in a higher set of standards for the rest the sustainable fashion industry.

Amour Vert

Their name means “green love” in french and with every purchase of an Amour Vert tee, they plant a tree in North America with their trusted partner American Forest®. To date, they’ve planted over 220,000 trees. Okay, back to fashion. This is another great resource for classic pieces with a twist and a few more fun pieces sprinkled in between. They also have good options for a more casual work environment.

Boden

Boden heavily focuses on ethical working conditions in their supply chains and operations. You’ll find cute, feminine, colorful, and borderline preppy options here and I’ve had several clients have good luck with their work trousers. You can also find Boden at Nordstrom aside from shopping their site.

Investment

SUISTUDIO

Get ready to meet some of the most beautiful suits you’ve ever seen with options ranging from ultra classic to bright colors and prints. SUISTUDIO makes very elegant essentials and fashion forward pieces that make a statement. They offer in-store tailoring for an additional price per service to ensure your clothes fit perfect and even offer custom suiting options for those really looking to treat themselves. I can’t wait to buy a suit here.

Argent

Argent’s mission is “to make clothing that equips women to take their seat at the table” and they do just that. They don’t have a ton of options, but here you will find a collection of modern workwear, high quality, and some fun details that make your outfit a bit more exciting.

INTERMIX

While INTERMIX may be considered for ‘going out’ clothes and trendy brunch wear, they have a variety of designers that will easily help upgrade your work wardrobe. Aside from the extremely fashion forward selections, you can find some great work essentials from the likes of ALC, Veronica Beard, L’AGENCE, and more. Check out the sale section for some quality finds and keep an eye out for their flash sales that happen every so often where items are an additional 40% off. Unfortunately, these items are usually final sale.

Plus Size

eShakti

eShakti is very cool in that it’s actually a custom site for women sizes 0-36. You can select a style, enter your body measurements, and then customize a few of the style options (ie. make short sleeves long). I tell my tall clients about this site as well since they always have a hard time finding the right length in everything. They have a good variety of items you can easily implement into your work looks.

Universal Standard

Universal Standard provides elevated essentials for plus size women and even offer a collection called Fit Liberty where every piece is eligible for a free size exchange within a year given someone’s weight were to fluctuate. They also have ‘workwear kits’ available that provide you with four key essentials (a pant, blazer, and two tops) and saves you about $100 versus buying each piece separately. You can find a few of their pieces at J.Crew.

ASOS Curvy

ASOS has over 1,500 pieces available in their curvy category and is a great place to source more fashion forward work pieces like plaid suits, printed dresses, bright pants, and more without breaking the bank. Since this is a UK brand, be sure to check sizing charts before ordering.

Men

J.Hilburn

Incorporating menswear into my business by becoming an independent stylist for J.Hilburn has been a great decision and my male clients are so happy. What I love about J.Hilburn is that they address the fact most men aren't wearing suits to the office everyday anymore and provide custom solutions that allow men to effortlessly adapt to the cultural shift of business casual dress codes. It's a great one stop shop for men who need a little bit of everything from casual weekend attire to suits and tuxedos, but want high quality and for it to fit great.

Now, go out there and kick ass like the CEO you are, but look good doing it ;)

Five Easy Spring Outfit Recipes for Work and Play

One of the first steps in learning how to properly dress yourself everyday is mastering outfit recipes, a formula of pieces that mix and match well together to create a look. Being a big fan of layering, I always consider at least three pieces when putting an outfit together- a bottom, a top, and a third piece such as a jacket or cardigan. I always tell my clients that learning how to layer shows you can actually put a cohesive outfit together versus throwing on a top and bottom. Once you’ve come up with your canvas for the day, you can begin to add accessories such as scarves and jewelry. Here are a few of my favorite outfit recipes for springtime that will keep you both chic and comfortable.

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basic A-line dress + jacket + sneakers

This recipe is my go to when I’m not feeling very inspired, want maximum comfort, but still want to feel feminine and stylish. I personally prefer slip dresses, but you can swap this out with a knit dress such as a basic cotton t-shirt or shirtdress. I tend to buy these pieces in a solid color just so I can maximize what I wear them with and don’t tire of them as fast as I do printed options. Layer a denim jacket, leather moto, or even a cardigan, add sneakers and all done! Since this recipe is very basic, I’ll usually add a scarf, some extra jewelry, or love the idea of adding a headband as shown (the season’s hottest hair accessory) to style it up. Easily upgrade this look by swapping the sneaker for a sleek bootie or strappy sandal.

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printed blouse + jeans + flats

Okay, this one might seem obvious, but hear me out. The key to enhancing an outfit that only requires two pieces (ie. blouse and jeans) is to incorporate style details somewhere whether it’s an embellishment, a fabric detail like a lace, or a statement print. Try mixing in several details that compliment each other. This look shown is feminine due to the floral print and wrap style of the blouse, however, is given a little edgy vibe with the distressed straight leg jean. Small details create more of an upgraded look than a basic blouse and jean does and which is also a combo anyone can put together. Spring is a great time to show off your best blouses since the weather is warm enough to wear them alone without having to hide under jackets all the time.

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maxi dress + hat + block heel

Treat your maxi dresses as one piece wardrobe wonders and don’t shy away from wearing longer lengths for casual days, especially during spring when you can benefit from the extra fabrication when the weather is still a tad cool. I had a client who had a long, floral dress she only wore to a wedding and once we layered it under a jean jacket and paired it with some booties, it transitioned into a stylish casual outfit with hardly any effort. Maxi dresses are also super comfortable and effortless. Didn’t shave? No problem. Feeling bloated? No problem. Didn’t wash your hair? Add a hat. It’s the perfect piece to add statement accessories to like hats and scarves since you’re working with one single canvas. Balance the volume with a small block heel sandal or bootie.

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suit + upgraded t-shirt + statement bag

Suits and sets are still having a major moment in fashion. I personally love a matching set and think they are so effortless and as easy to throw on as a dress or jumpsuit. Most of the challenge in creating a cohesive look is done and all you have to do is decorate it, which is why I love the idea of pairing it with a printed or detailed top underneath (ie. like the polka dots shown) and adding a statement handbag to add some flavor to the outfit. Layering a t-shirt or tank underneath will also give the suit a more casual vibe versus corporate feel.

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midi skirt + camisole + blazer + block heel

Skirts are always my client’s problem child so I tell them one thing- layer, layer, layer. I feel like most people get confused with skirts because they aren’t comfortable with how it looks around the total circumference of the body. Pairing your skirts with a camisole and blazer (or any other jacket that balances well with the skirt) is the best way to solve the whole “I don’t know what to wear with this” dilemma. Make sure to always tuck in the top to create a waistline and balance the length of the skirt with a block heel versus a flat (unless you’re tall enough to pull the midi length off without is shortening you).

I encourage you to take inventory of your closet as we transition into spring and identify pieces that you can try these outfit recipes with. You’ll be surprised that once you start playing around with pairing your wardrobe items, you’ll discover other combinations that will allow you to maximize your pieces and save you time each and every day.

Three Things I’m Mixing Up In My Wardrobe

I think the question, “what’s your personal style?” is actually pretty tough to answer. Needless to say, I have to ask it. While I can’t even narrow mine down to an easy sentence due to the fact my outfits vary day to day based on what I feel like, what I do know is that there are things in my life I’ve simply outgrown and are transitioning out of my wardrobe now. Here are three areas of my personal style that are changing this year.

Low Waisted Pants

With the high waisted trend around for a few years now, it makes you wonder how you ever wore low waisted pants for so long! 85% of my denim are still low waisted and I find myself only gravitating toward my few high waisted pairs every time I’m either packing for a trip or having a denim day. You know what that tells me? Time to clean house. Get rid of the things you are no longer excited to wear, or that simply aren’t comfortable to you anymore. I work with women with all body types and will have to say that high waisted silhouettes are the most flattering when it comes to balancing their proportions and pairing with other pieces in their wardrobes to create great outfits.

Uncomfortable Shoes

Speaking of comfortable, I don’t have the patience for uncomfortable shoes anymore. It’s just not worth it. I’ve worn too many shoes that have torn up my achilles to the point I considered walking barefoot in the streets of NYC, and shoes too high where I didn’t even want to get up and use the bathroom at restaurants because I was afraid I’d topple over. Dumb, right? Needless to say, some of my favorite uncomfortable shoes were my most expensive so lesson learned. When you’re constantly thinking about what you’re wearing and it prohibits you from actually enjoying yourself, it’s just not meant to be. Move on. There are plenty of other cute (and comfortable) fish in the sea.

Poor Fabric

I’ll admit the fact I’m at the age where I want things to feel nice. Opting for higher quality fabrics is also a very easy way to elevate your wardrobe and are definitely worth spending a little more on, especially when it comes to staple items that you’ll wear for five years and more. Also, is there anything worse than buying a dress you got for a great price only to find it’s wrinkled mess if you sit down for five minutes? I don’t think so! Think about your athletic clothes as well. I’m so over buying workout pants based on price to discover they stretch out after one workout and just aren’t that flattering to begin with. Don’t be afraid to spend a bit extra on things that are probably worth the extra cost. It’ll save you money down the road when you have one great white blouse you can wear with a million different things versus having to buy five cheap ones to sustain your wardrobe. There are also great sites like Everlane that offer quality clothing and fabrications at very reasonable prices. It’s important to prioritize feeling good in what you wear, both physically and mentally.

Highlight: The Collective, a designer consignment boutique

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If you know me well, you know I’m a huge bargain shopper. I love perusing Nordstrom Rack for two hours to find $500 pieces for $35 (true story). It excites me! I rarely buy anything full price and try to find the best deals for my clients as well.

Aside from off price retailers, I love quality consignment stores where I can find like new designer pieces for a fraction of the price, which brings me to how I met Gabby (formally known as Gabrielle). Gabby owns The Collective, a designer consignment boutique located in Summit, New Jersey. Chase and I like to hang out in surrounding suburban neighborhoods every now and then to get a break from the city and try some new restaurants. Lucky me, I happened to discover this gem and found out the owner is as great as the merchandise she carries.

Some of my favorite pieces I’ve found at The Collective are:

  • Stuart Weitzman authentic python booties

  • Helmut Lang silk white camisole

  • J.Crew authentic leather paneled cardigan

  • Bell Collection resort dress

I always tell people that quality dressing doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money and I’m proof of that misconception. I, along with most of my clients, are at the age where we don’t want to wear cheap fabrications or ill fitting garments anymore which is why I decided to highlight one of my favorite consignments boutiques that I think you’ll enjoy as well. Check out my conversation with Gabby where we briefly discuss what inspires her in both business and personal style.


Tell us a little bit why you started The Collective.

So I worked for a high-end consignment company that suddenly closed its doors in June 2017.  I was super upset, anxious and worried about what I was going to do as I had loved my job and didn’t want to work for anyone that could possibly take that love away again.  So I started my own consignment shop.  I was really hesitant and nervous , not about the work itself or being an entrepreneur, but about the fear of failing.  Once I committed to the idea, I dove right in and hustled.  And I’ve now been in business for over a year and a half!

What excites you the most about owning your own store and being involved in the fashion industry? 

To be completely honest, I love working for myself.  Again, to touch on the previous question, I never wanted to work for anyone again that could take away something I loved.  I love the control, I love knowing all the ins and outs of my business.  It’s my baby.  And the cherry on top is that I get to work with people and clothing all day.  I love meeting people that wander into my shop, I love asking how they know about me or why they chose to come in.  I truly value the relationships I’ve built.  Fashion is a huge industry and the fact that I get to be a small part of that is super cool and something I don’t really think about because I more so focus on people, my relationships with them and the space I’m creating.  I challenge myself to be the very best I can be on a daily basis.

What is the most appealing thing about consignment and why should customers gravitate more toward buying second hand versus buying something brand new?

The most appealing thing about consignment is the fact that it’s literally a treasure hunt.  I encourage people to shop based on what they love and I absolutely love when people tell me they’re just browsing when I ask if they were looking for anything.  That’s the best way to shop consignment, you never know what’s going to pop up, you never know what you’re going to respond to.  A lot of customers recently have been telling me that they find more apparel at my shop as opposed to the mall and other retailers because the market is saturated with the “same old thing.”  My customers are looking for something different, something that’s well made.  They get the opportunity to buy something that was carefully curated at my shop or another consignment shop.  It’s riveting.

What are some of the most memorable pieces you’ve consigned?

So just the other day, I went through every Instagram post I’ve ever done and I was amazed (sorry, but I was) at all of the pieces I’ve collected over the past year and a half.  Some of the best things, surprisingly, were one-of-a-kind vintage pieces such as a plaid mustard yellow cape that sold in minutes.  I’ll name a few more (but the list is endless): Issey Miyake windcoat from the 90s, a vintage beaded cropped blazer from the 80s that was so on-trend it sold in minutes, a Max Mara reversible camel coat  (anyone notice my coat addiction) and countless amazing bags such as a reversible Chanel lambskin/rabbit hair evening bag, Stella McCartney Falabella, Givenchy Pandora, Hermes Evelyne and more.

In my opinion, you have a very spunky personal style which I love. What do you attribute to your healthy relationship with your wardrobe and what inspires you?

Well thank you!  So my number one love is jewelry believe it or not  but clothing is a very close second.  I have a ton of clothes and I try to keep it neat and tidy but it always looks like an explosion at the end of the week.  I also care deeply about my clothes and don’t just buy something because it’s a good deal.  I maintain my clothing and have had several pieces for years.  I like to dress based on mood (a la George Costanza) so I throw on whatever I’d like to wear on any given day.  I like to think that part of my secret is that I look at the whole and not the parts… and what I mean by that is I don’t think about each piece of my outfit and think about how it works together, I just make it work.  And then I add a lot of jewelry.  The comment I hear the most about my outfits is that “I would never think to put that together.”  My number one inspiration for this method is my Aunt Margie.  She’s an artist and always just layers on clothing and jewelry and makes it work (although she mostly wears black and I rarely do).  I’m also super inspired by the Japanese designer Sacai, nature and art.

For those outside the New Jersey area, everything at The Collective can be shopped on their Instagram feed or online. Be sure to follow on Instagram to get first glimpse of all the great designer merchandise available: @the.collective.nj