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I am constantly asked by women over 30, how to dress trendy and stylish without looking too young. The fashion magazines are filled with wonderful, fun, feminine and for the most part functional clothing options for this season. Gone are the days of impractical, disposable trends that NO ONE would ever wear. I am thrilled to see the runways filled with fashions from several designers like Stella McCartney and Donna Karan that exude and flatter real women who want to be stylish AND comfortable!

Here are a few of my recommendations to turn up the heat in your closet this Spring.

1)BUY A SCARF IN A COLOR AND/OR PRINT.

Adding a scarf as an accent to a basic tee long sleeve or short with a pair of jeans adds instant STYLE. Purchase this scarf in a color that enhances the color of your eyes, aqua and purple are great colors to enhance brown eyes. Pinks and greens look great with blue eyes. This is an easy and fun way to spice up a casual look.

My scarf website recommendation is:

http://www.affordablescarves.com

2) BUY A PAIR OF ANIMAL PRINT SHOES.

A pair of zebra print ballet flats or a cheetah print wedge can add an instant boost of style to your wardrobe this spring. Animals prints can be worn back with the great colors of the season, the corals, greens, blues and yellows. Wear them with casual dresses and/or jeans.

My website recommendation:

http:www.shopstyle.com

They have a pair from Spiegel – a buckled, animal print wedge $44.00
STOP IT.. too cute.

3)BUY A FEW FUN DRESSES THIS SPRING.

Dresses are easy, comfortable and make a simple and polished statement this season for ANY woman regardless of lifestyle or budget. Look to add a few different styles into your closet. Add a black, one of color and perhaps a printed dress. You will find them easier and more comfortable than pants and a shirt some days.

A few of my affordable favorite dresses can be found on:

http://www.topshop.com.

I found a great cotton smock dress in navy blue for only $70.00, so cute worn with a simple scarf and flip flops and or a cute pair of ankle boots.

4) BUY A SLEEVELESS VEST.

This trend is a take off of the must-wear cardigan for layering this Spring and Summer. Layering and accessorizing are fun and easy ways to always look polished and trendy. They can be worn over tank tops or tee shirts, or with a blouse for different look.

I found a great Ellen Tracy sleeveless black vest for $79.50 on:

http://www1.macys.com

Happy Spring SHOPPING!

and remember…

PRESENT YOUR PERSONAL BEST EVERY DAY – YOU DESERVE IT.

Debbie

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There are so many reasons to get inspired each season to wear beautiful outfits and to look YOUR BEST! A new season can provide a good reason to get healthier and to get dressed like you MEAN it, EVERY DAY! Many recently tuned it to watch the Oscars but fashionistas are most interested in the designer clothing being worn by amazing celebrities. What I admire most is the ability for the designers to dial into the personal style and shape of each of the celebrity models. It is said that a women of great style knows what looks good on her and works it like nobody’s business. Wearing clothing and accessories that complement your body, your personality and your lifestyle will guarantee you a feeling of CONFIDENCE!

As a fashion stylist (who dreams every night about being the Rachel Zoe of CT and MA.) I can NOT help but be completely obsessed with Rachel Zoe and the incredible business that she has built branding herself. She exudes the Hollywood glam culture with her love of Chanel and Lagerfeld. Check out some of her stunning accessory items on http://www.qvc.com.

Other big designers are also hitting the bullseye with their affordable collections that are now available at
TARGET STORES. Zac Posen and Jean Paul Gaultier both have collections in stores now. I LOVE the dresses, the trench coats, the collections are a must see.

GREAT DESIGNER DUDS at a fraction of their designer prices. I hope these tips help you to expand your closet full of clothes that you LOVE this season.

All of my best
Your Confidence Building Stylist,
Debbie

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The 82nd annual Academy Awards air this Sunday evening, March 7th. In Hartford, CT., the Academy Awards provide an amazing platform for local socialites and supporters to raise funds for the HIV/AID service providers in Connecticut. People from all across the state gather at Hartford’s DISH restaurant to experience this unique and exciting fashionable fundraiser.

This year I am MOST impressed with CARC’s ability to recognize and celebrate some of our cities own fashion design talent. Oscar evening is an evening in which top designers showcase their creations on stunning celebrities that saunter down the red carpet. On Sunday evening, CARC will recognize the fashion design talent that live among us in our cities and towns. These designers come from our Connecticut fashion design schools, Gibbs College, http://www/gobbscollegenorwalk.edu and NiRo, a school where fashion meets philanthropy (860) 724-6476. NiRo encourages the cities youth to explore their creative spirit through design. This year several designers have come forth and participated in a “PROJECT RUNWAY” type competition for the CARC, Oscar event. The designers have been working on a tight $150 budget and with only 2 weeks to design and create gowns for several of our honored guests. The guests will wear these locally designed gowns on Sunday evening and the designers will be judged on design and creativity. One lucky designer will be chosen as our lucky winner. One lucky bidder will also win a gown designed by our newly crowned top Connecticut Designer. What an exciting tribute to local people, local schooling, local fundraising and local SUPPORT!

In supporting and reaching out to other organizations you build community confidence and trust. I applaud and appreciate community organizations that join forces during a time in which we need to rely on each other more than ever. I am proud to work with organizations that embrace each others strengths and talents and support each other.

Here is a sneak peek of our designers hard at work getting ready for Oscar Night 2010 in Hartford. For more information please check the website http://www.ctaidscoalition.org, tickets are $55, $100 per couple.


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