My 2017 Fall Trend Favorites

Can you feel Fall in the air? 

Are you as excited as we are about Fall style? 

Eh, maybe you are, maybe you aren't. I don't blame you. It's not an easy task letting go of warm weather and longer days. I am a real nostalgic when it comes to summer - always have been. 

But what if, rather than focusing on what we are losing, we focused on all the new memories we are about to create, moments we are about to experience, and things we are about to gain with the new season?

To me, a new season brings its own set of trends and tendencies, so I like to open myself wide for new inspiration and new work to come and sweep me off my feet. I also know that it's time to make the last months of the year count. 

Giving new life to last year's coats/jackets/boots and adding new seasonal items to my wardrobe is my way of embracing the new season with purpose, intention and fierceness. It's also my way of inviting all the awesome things the Universe has in store for me. When I feel great, I act on my goals more easily and more decisively. 

I invite you to find inspiration in places you've never looked before. Be creative. Be thoughtful. Let your intuition + feelings be your driver. Seek those feel-good moments + experiences that entice your inner being to be greater than what you tell yourself. Give your authentic-self the opportunity to inspire + be inspired.

With that said, here are the trends of Fall 2017 I am looking forward to the most!

1. 70s Plaid {  J. Crew  }  2. Wide Belts {  Topshop  } 3. Fiery Red {  Farrow  } 4. Statement Earrings {  SHASHI  } 5. Fishnet {  Topshop  } 6. Mid-length Skirts {  Farrow  } 7. Everything Velvet {  Alice + Olivia  } 8. Chocolate Brown {  MAC  in Film Noir } 9. Victorian Collar Shirts {  Citizens of Humanity  } 10. Vintage Florals {  Farrow  } 11. Sleek Backpacks {  Skagen  } 12. Sock Boots {  Topshop  } 13. Vintage Fur {  Miss Selfridge } 

1. 70s Plaid { J. Crew } 
2. Wide Belts { Topshop }
3. Fiery Red { Farrow }
4. Statement Earrings { SHASHI }
5. Fishnet { Topshop }
6. Mid-length Skirts { Farrow }
7. Everything Velvet { Alice + Olivia }
8. Chocolate Brown { MAC in Film Noir }
9. Victorian Collar Shirts { Citizens of Humanity }
10. Vintage Florals { Farrow }
11. Sleek Backpacks { Skagen }
12. Sock Boots { Topshop }
13. Vintage Fur { Miss Selfridge

Summer Sales to Shop Now

Right now is a magical time. And by magical time – I mean this is the perfect time to shop your favorite styles and start squirreling away for the fall season. 

With that said, I mean it when I say – do not fall into the temptation of the beautiful Fall collections you’re about to see drop. Have you seen Zara’s yet?! If you haven’t, stay awaaaayyy. Gah. My team and I took a peek…uh…for inspiration of course (gulp) and I can tell you that the vibrant autumn colors, the shapes, the dresses, the boots are bound to make you melt – not of heat – but of envy. Which can quickly turn into “Hell! I’m just gonna buy it!”.... and then you see the waiting lists, oy.

I tell you – it’s madness out there and you don’t have to participate in it…yet. Hear me out.
 
Summer sales are happening pretty much everywhere (I’m sure your inbox is being bombarded right now as we speak which can be quite overwhelming), so my shopping advice is simple:
 
Look for items that you can wear for the rest of the summer and that will easily transition into the fall season. For instance, if you see a dress or a jumpsuit that fancies your little heart, can you envision it with boots and a cool leather jacket/blazer, or could you wear it over a button-down blouse or a light turtleneck sweater. And if your wallet allows it, stock up on closet essentials like plain tees, shirts and jeans.  
 
Also a lot of these online shops still have a sales section for last year’s inventory – as a matter of fact, that category may just be final sales because they are looking to rid off these items. 

Never let the Outerwear/Knitwear/Boots sale sections go unbrowsed…it’s a gold mine! Just make sure you feel good about the sizing and that you do love what you’re buying and actually plan to wear it, because final sale is…well…final. 
 
So I thought we’d give you a head start - Check out the links to these amazing sales below and start building that Fall wardrobe with intention, darling!

1. Striped Apron Dress:  Thomas Mason for J. Crew  2. Pom Pom Hem Straight Leg Jeans:  Topshop  3. Satin Mules:  Sam Edelman  4. Zipped Biker Jacket:  Mango  5. Infinity Crystal Earrings:  Anthropologie  6. Knot Tie Slinky Midi Dress:  Topshop  7. Ruffle Jumpsuit:  Need Supply   Also check out these other amazing sales going on now:    Need Supply  - up to 70% off  Loft  - Extra 50% off sale items  Zara  - Starting at 50% off  Anthropologie  - Extra 40% off sale items  J. Crew  - Extra 40% off sale items ; 50% off final sale items  Ann Taylor  - Semi Annual Sale;  up to 70% off  Mango  - from 50 - 70% off everything  Topshop  - 50% off  Aldo Shoes  - 50% off shoes and hand bags  GAP  - up to 50% off everything

1. Striped Apron Dress: Thomas Mason for J. Crew
2. Pom Pom Hem Straight Leg Jeans: Topshop
3. Satin Mules: Sam Edelman
4. Zipped Biker Jacket: Mango
5. Infinity Crystal Earrings: Anthropologie
6. Knot Tie Slinky Midi Dress: Topshop
7. Ruffle Jumpsuit: Need Supply

Also check out these other amazing sales going on now: 

Need Supply - up to 70% off
Loft - Extra 50% off sale items
Zara - Starting at 50% off
Anthropologie - Extra 40% off sale items
J. Crew - Extra 40% off sale items ; 50% off final sale items
Ann Taylor - Semi Annual Sale;  up to 70% off
Mango - from 50 - 70% off everything
Topshop - 50% off
Aldo Shoes - 50% off shoes and hand bags
GAP - up to 50% off everything

Experiencing PVD Fest 2017 in Style

Last Saturday, I had the amazing opportunity to share my experience of the PVD Festival on The Dean Hotel's Instagram, along with talented creatives. 

The photos (below) were taken by my best friend and photographer Brittanny Taylor, in The Dean Hotel's lot, where locals and visitors got to enjoy sounds of music, art installations by Kelly C. Knapp, pop-up shops by local sellers and designers such as Wanderluxe, and most importantly food + drinks stations! 

To celebrate the festivities, I wore this gorgeous kimono from The Vault Collective RI, over a pair of white jeans from Calico and a black bodysuit, with earrings from Queen of Hearts & Modern Love

I wanted my look to feel vibrant and cool without losing the comfort factor and this look did that and so much more. It added sweet movement to my very tight/skinny jeans, and not only did I end up walking a lot that day, I also danced all night long. 

Our City of Providence is such a gem! It was a true privilege to take part in the experience through the Dean Hotel's platform. Without wanting to rush time or anything, I am really looking forward to PVD Fest 2018 and to meeting old and new friends, neighbors and strangers who all make this gigantic event extra special. 

You may check out the PVD Fest FB page here to view more photos by Brittanny Taylor. 

She So Stylish: Patsy Culp, Founder & Experience Designer of And Celebrate

A few weeks ago I wrote a mini-post, a.k.a long caption, on my Instagram feed to accompany a photo of friend and client, Patsy Culp, and it read...

"One of my favorite times to work with clients is when they're in the middle of a branding/re-branding phase. There is excitement;  positive emotions are running high {They have nailed down their color palettes for their website and marketing with the graphic designer...Everything is in motion etc}. Often all of that preliminary work leads clients to ask themselves an even greater, deeper question: "How does my personal style represent my business brand and new direction?" Which makes total sense, right! Because authenticity, alignment, and cohesiveness do matter across all the various parts of this phase. What's even more fun is clients generally have a pretty good idea of what they are leaving behind, and are fully ready to refine the role of best brand ambassador for their business. I mean...that is who they are at the end of the day. It is a transformative phase and I get to play a teeny tiny role in making sure that the vision materializes as a whole. Projects such as this one with friend + client Patsy Culp, and @brittanny made me feel excited about @andcelebrate's next chapter. This shot is one of my favorites from our photoshoot back in August. It conveys how I want to wake up and feel every morning, and every day...Laughing and celebrating like Ms. Patsy Culp."

And I meant every word, especially the last sentence!  This entrepreneur talks the talk and walks the walk. Her business And Celebrate helps entrepreneurs create meaning and impact through extraordinary event experiences. Patsy also encourages daily celebrations of family + friends, big milestones, as well as small accomplishments (such as devoting time for self-care/wellness or hobby)! And because i've known Patsy for a few years now, i can tell you that the latter is always the hardest thing to recognize and celebrate, because it forces me to be in the present, and not only to be okay with the Now, but celebrate what Now is currently offering.

I mean...What a gem of an entrepreneur, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with her on her personal style and be part of her re-branding process. 

And Celebrate's website re-launch will happen very soon...In the meantime, check out some of my favorite pictures from Patsy's photoshoot with photographer Brittanny Taylor.

Celebrating Mother's Day

My sisters and I adore our mother! We are each other's support system; and couldn't imagine our lives without her. She is a wonderful grand-mother; and because of her motherly love and fierce dedication, my business gets to thrive as well. 

Joyeuse Fête des Mères! Happy Mother's Day, Mom! We love you!

Thanks to my darling friend, photographer Brittanny Taylor, for capturing our essence and closeness! When we're together, it's always a party filled with laughter, and never without playful sibling rivalry. 

Photography: Brittanny Taylor

King Congdon: Luxurious Home In The Heart of Providence, Rhode Island

I had the opportunity to collaborate with business BFFs, Patsy Culp (Event Stylist), and Brittanny Taylor (photographer) on a lifestyle photoshoot inside a gorgeous home, located in the heart of Providence.

Named King Congdon (as identified by its geotag...I mean the house is worth $2.8 million), the house will make you feel emotions...as it should! The breathtaking view of Providence can be seen from the living room to the master bedroom to the in-ground pool, leading down to the steep backyard area. A modern fairy-tale-induced experience from a house de luxe that is audaciously, and yet secretly nesting right on one of the hills of our Creative Capital.

Credits:  Brittanny Taylor Photography | Hair:  Jeannine Calia | Makeup: Sydney Tessaglia | Set Stylist: Patsy Culp | Wardrobe Stylist: Olivia Rodrigues | Retail partners: Feminine Fancies, Lumiere Boutique | Designer partner: Kent Stetson

 

Planning and working on photoshoots are a fun aspect of my business...actually better than fun ...ecstatic aspect of my work! They require a lot of attention, patience, a ton of energy, and most of all great detailed, and organizational skills, above all the passion and creative expertise. And I love it!

They always begin with a vision, and slowly unfold, taking various forms (some anticipated, and others not so anticipated) and the result feels magical! It takes the fusion of different talents and great team chemistry to create magic, and every time it happens I am fulfilled and humbled to have been a part of it. 

Outfit Details

Photo #1:  (in the hallway): She/"Queen Congdon" is wearing a knit sweater from Feminine Fancies over black denim for the laid-back look. 

Photo #3 (in the backyard): She is wearing a fitted button-down shirt tucked in a floral hi-lo puffy skirt from Feminine Fancies with SJP pumps for the formal look. The gold earrings and bracelet are from Feminine Fancies.

Photo #7 (by the pool): She is wearing a two piece-set and feather sandals from Lumiere Boutique; the white clutch is from Kent Stetson (view it here).

Photo #10 (terrace with the guitar): She is wearing a black and white off-shoulder dress and beaded bracelets from Feminine Fancies. 

Photo #14 (stairway): For cocktail hour, Queen Congdon is wearing a sheer black blouse tucked under a pair of structured culottes (both from Lumiere Boutique), accessorized with a Kent Stetson handbag (view it here) and black pumps. 

 

On Our Spring Upgrade Watch List

Are you excited as we are about the upcoming season transition? GAAAH! We can't help it! Just staring at our spring upgrade watch list below is making us feel so many warm feelings. 

Consider this list NOT a must-have, but a must-try! We recognize that while the jean jacket is a classic and timeless piece, the wrap skirt or the mule sandals fall more into the trendy category. But each of these items could be worn in various ways! 

The key is to first start with a piece/outfit from your current wardrobe that has always worked well and complement it with your newly added spring garment or accessory. When it comes to trends, the safe approach is to keep it minimal - one trend per outfit preferably. 

A small addition (or two) will turn your current wardrobe from bleh to UPGRADED. You got this! 

~ The ORS team

Denim Jacket:  Madewell   Knotted Wrap Skirt:  Zara   Scalloped Silk Cami:  J. Crew   Rounded Frame Mirrored Glasses:  Le Specs   Bomber Jacket:  Zara   Floral Satchel:  Fiorelli   Tassel Drop Earrings:  Baublebar   White Sneakers:  Puma   Asymmetrical Orb Choker:  Baublebar   Mule Heels:  Calvin Klein

Denim Jacket: Madewell

Knotted Wrap Skirt: Zara

Scalloped Silk Cami: J. Crew

Rounded Frame Mirrored Glasses: Le Specs

Bomber Jacket: Zara

Floral Satchel: Fiorelli

Tassel Drop Earrings: Baublebar

White Sneakers: Puma

Asymmetrical Orb Choker: Baublebar

Mule Heels: Calvin Klein

Next on the blog >>> How to wear items from our watch list! Stay tuned!

2015 Lady Project Summit Office Suits Workshop {Part 1}

April was a month chock-full of meetings, networking, presenting, writing, and of course styling! I was one of the lucky workshop leaders at the 2015 Lady Project Summit, which is a one-day conference of professional workshops and networking opportunities right in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. 

Great fun facts about the LP Summit:

1. It has been featured in Lucky Magazine, EntrepreneurBUST MagazineRI Monthly, Providence Business NewsProvidence JournalThe Rhode Show and more

2. Past speakers have included Meredith Walker (co-founder of Amy Poehler's Smart Girls), Debbie Stoller (Editor-in-Chief of BUST Magazine), Tammy Tibbetts (president of She's the First) and Olympian Michelle Kwan. 

This year's Lady Project Summit brought in over 250 women from all over the country including Lady Project chapters in ProvidenceBostonNew HavenNashuaNew York CityWashington DC and Seattle. As a first-time presenter, I was honored to be there and share my love for styling with this inspiring group of women professionals, entrepreneurs, and go-getters. 

My "Office Suit 2.0" workshop was designed to do away with the boredom of traditional suits, and to embrace the modern styles of blazers while incorporating bold colors and fun prints in accord with various body shapes. Of course, a mini-fashion show was de rigueur! (For details on the outfits, please scroll to bottom of post.)

Jack + Cookie, one of my workshop sponsors, provided beautifully hand made handbags. Check out their amazing inventory here!

Jewelry sponsors were: Domain Designs and Luniac Glamour

Outfit deets, from left to right:

1. Emma (Athletic shape) is wearing a tangerine suit: ZARA long vest & matching pants.

2. Marlene (Apple shape) is wearing an Ann Taylor navy blazer, chambray shirttweed pencil skirt (similar). 

3. Leni (Hourglass shape) is wearing a ZARA red crepe jacket, Ann Taylor polka dot blouse, ZARA checked trousers

4. Keri (Rectangle shape) is wearing a ZARA belted peplum blazer, an Ann Taylor tee in mint & floral eyelet pencil skirt

5. Rocio (Diamond shape) is wearing a Nine West black and white with pink trim jacket, and a Fashion to Figure green flutter sleeve dress (similar).

Makeup artist for the day was Angelica Andujar.

Stay tuned…In my next post, I share and answer burning questions that were posed throughout the workshop in regards to style, shape, and comfort. 

J. Marcel Spring Style Event

In early April J. Marcel on Hope Street invited me to be part of their Spring Style event and talk up spring fashion and trends. I had a lot of fun --- actually way too much fun! Guests were happy to have someone on location to guide their accessory selection, and to walk out with complete outfits and a few shopping tips. The best part of the event was styling three lucky winners head-to-toe on the spot! No pressure!

A huge thank you to J.Marcel for hosting this event and for giving me this platform to share my passion and work!

Photography by Brittanny Taylor Photograpohy

Love & Style in Beautiful Cabo Verde {Voyage Recap in Photos}

When my family and I returned from Cabo Verde last January, I was determined to share some of the photos of our trip, and in fact, made my selections and was pretty fast with uploading them, but then the post sat in draft mode. A few days passed….then weeks…then months…and I began to think that it had been too long and that I may have missed my timing (timely posting is essential for a blogger).

A few days ago, as a new practice, I began to self-reflect on the wonderful things and experiences that happened to me, people that I met, and progress that was made over the course of the first quarter of 2015, and I couldn't help but think about my trip to Cape-Verde. 

There is something magical about returning to your homeland, and rekindling the love you hold so dear for your roots and culture. I wasn't born in Cape-Verde, therefore my only knowledge of Cape-Verde had been fed by pictures and stories of relatives, and most importantly Cape-Verde's beloved music and art. I was about a year and an half when my mother (photo below) traveled with me to the Island of Boa Vista.  To be able to take my two year-old son and share the experience with my own family was a dream come true. The trip provided me with a lot of clarity; re-affirmed that I am exactly where I need to be; and that life should not be rushed but savored. I gained a deeper love and appreciation for my story! 

One of my best friends recently left for Cape-Verde, and headed particularly to the Island of Sal, to write the next chapter of her life and live her dream. Sal, known as "the sunniest island", is absolutely gorgeous, and I cannot wait to see what enfolds for her.  

I am huge believer in perfect timing; publishing this post two months later was meant to be. These photos (of us on the Island of Sao Vicente) captured happy, joyful memories, and are wonderful reminders of what matters.

Cheers to a wonderful Spring season - may it be full of enchanting discoveries! 

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