A Peek Inside A Style Consultation

A Peek Inside A Style Consultation

Greater Than Rubies

Greater Than Rubies

Greater Than Rubies

Sooooo the last couple of days have been crazy weird. If you came to the site, all you got was a blank, white screen. I drew two black dots on mine and called it a polar bear in a snow storm* while I shook my fist at the internets and drove my hosting company up a wall with all my questions.

The good news is, we’re back in business and I *think* we’ve got all the issues worked out or on the mend, but I’m so sorry for any trouble the downtime caused you! (Especially all you gorgeous look-bookers! The December edition of The Lovely Lookbook is now up and working, and we want to see your winter go-to looks! Link up and/or browse to find winter outfit inspo galore.) Thanks for being so great and understanding of the technical difficulties. Y’all are the best.

Troy and I completely unplugged for our visit back to Indiana, and we’re still getting back into the swing of things, but it was absolutely worth it! We spent time with so many friends and family and ate massive amounts of home cooked deliciousness…it was amazing, and I’m in denial that it’s over already. And has been for a few days.

During our trip, I got to help my aunt, mother-in-law, and cousin with their closets. It was SO fun! During a consultation, I always feel like I get to dress up a Barbie, and I get a little giddy helping women see their closets through a fresh set of eyes. I just love seeing them feel great in what they have and start to see all the combinations already hanging in their closet.

A few things came up that seem to be part of most consultations, and I want to share them with y’all as we’re headed into the season of parties and occasions and pressure to buy new things. My hope is to help you see an extra outfit or two and free up that money to spend on something else this season!

  • Colors don’t have to match. They can ‘go.’ What does that mean? While you can choose items that match exactly, that’s a more traditional way of dressing, and can age you if you’re not careful. Choosing colors that are in the same color family (like emerald and mint) or colors that compliment one another (like mint and burgundy or emerald and blush) is an updated way of looking at things. What colors do you have in your closet you’ve never paired before? Try making an outfit with them. Start here if you need a little inspiration.
  • Most of us have “our thing.” Whether that’s wearing all solid colors, a specific neckline we stick to, or using slouchy clothing to hide an area we aren’t a fan of, we tend to stick to it. There’s nothing wrong with that per se, but it can lead to feeling bored with your closet, or push you into the, “I have nothing to wear!” zone. Breaking out of that rut can lead to outfits that make you feel gorgeous. Put together an outfit that doesn’t “feel” like you and give it a chance this week.
  • Invisible scripts hold us back all.the.time. These are things that we’ve heard or told ourselves for years, so to us, they’re true. For example, I was told I couldn’t wear yellow, so I always shied away from it. Until I realized that I can do certain shades when I’m a little more tan in the summer, or a mustard cardigan works year-round because it’s not right next to my face, and I can always do a yellow bottom, shoe, or purse. There are ways to work around these “rules,” and taking the time to figure them out and decide for ourselves if we want to break them can open up dozens of outfits in our closet. Not sure how to do that or just want someone to walk you through it step by step?

Starting tomorrow, I’m launching a new, 5-day series for my e-mail subscribers that digs into how to use your own closet to make you feel gorgeous with less time, money, and stress- perfect during the crazy, expensive holidays, and as you get ready to set your New Years resolutions!

There will also be a chance for e-mail subscribers to enter an amazing giveaway including a gift card to Lily & Sparrow, a gorgeous Noonday piece, two sets of Jamberry nails, some 517 coffee, and a style consultation from yours truly. I want you to win, so go sign up on the righthand side of the page under ‘Free Guide + E-mail Tips’ and I’ll talk to you tomorrow!

Have a happy Thursday, friends!

 *Kidding, but my dad totally turned that in as an art project back in school and I think it’s hilarious.

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  • Maureen December 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM


    I signed up for the emails about two weeks ago and haven’t received an email yet. Its not in my spam folder either. Any suggestions?

    • Caitlin Author December 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Hi Maureen, thanks so much for bringing this to my attention. I apologize for the inconvenience! I’m currently chatting with my e-mail provider, but went ahead and added your e-mail manually. I will be sending an e-mail out later today, so if you don’t receive it, please let me know and I will dig deeper to make sure we fix this issue. Thanks again for letting me know!

  • Amy G December 6, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Glad you were able to get things figured out with the technology issues!
    Thanks for sharing those tips. I know I’ve been trying to mix different colors and clothing styles/shapes lately and it’s been fun finding new ways to wear what I own!

    • Caitlin Author December 9, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      Thanks, Amy! Me, too! And my pleasure! It’s one of my favorite, things, too. Looking forward to seeing some of the combinations you’re coming up with!

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