Accessorize In An Instant! | Meredith Ehler | Wardrobe Stylist | Loudoun County, Virginia

Some say that accessories make the outfit.  I know that I feel more put together when I am well accessorized.  But I don’t always make time to add finishing touches.  All of that changed when I bought a few key organization pieces.  Now that things are organized and I can see what I have I can add key pieces in an instant.

My accessories.

I use a tie hanger for necklaces.  A jewelry organizer from an accessory store is great for small pieces like earrings, pendants  and pins.  A few S-hooks are perfect for a few belts. And a felt lined scarf holder keeps my scarves organized without being wrinkled.  I have a jewelry organizer with bigger pockets for bracelets and flowers that  I use as hair accessories.

Necklaces.

Scarves.

My super-chic girlfriend has a fantastic collection of jewelry.  She uses similar jewelry organizers.  Her organizers are juicy – stuffed to the brim with all kinds of treasures.

options, options!

more fun!

It’s time to get your accessories out of the drawers and bins so you can see them and get accessorized in an instant!  -Meredith

 

HFB’s FAQ’s | Meredith Ehler | Stylist | Northern Virginia

Readers often ask me for advice about home, fashion and beauty.  I thought I would share a few of their questions and my answers in case you have the same ones.   

doing hair, makeup and styling for a shoot with Goodhart Photography.

What is my favorite mascara?  Anything MAC, Diorshow, Lancome Definicils, or CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion.

How do I keep my eyeliner from wearing off during the day?  Line your eyes with an eye pencil and then “set” it with a similar or darker shadow.   Use a thin, flat, liner brush, with stiff bristles, to draw right over the liner with shadow.

How do I decide where to hang pictures on my wall?  Eye level.  That being said, eye level for a person that is about 5’10″. I recommend hanging photos or smaller pictures in a cluster.  When one small thing is hung by itself it feels out of place, even if it’s a small wall. Honestly, some walls should be left empty.  White space is ok!  Too many small things being hung everywhere is distracting.  Your eyes need a place to rest, white space is that place.  Art and pictures look wonderful when grounded to something else, by hanging similar things with it in a cluster or when a big item is hung over a table or couch.

How do I choose the right paint color?  Start by choosing swatches of paint that you like.  I recommend hanging them on your wall and making notes about how much you like the color during different times of day.  For example, I may write directly on the swatch “good in A.M.”.  Then at night I will check the swatches again and comment if I like it in the “P.M.”.  Then after a few days I will see which I liked the most at different times of day.  Colors look very different in different light.  You can also paint a small sample onto a piece of poster board. This works great because you can move the board around the room and see how it looks in different exposures of light.  Most stores sell samples of paint and Benjamin Moore sells pre-painted poster board of some of it’s most popular boards.

Am I supposed to buy and wear neon colors just because the stores are pushing them on us?  No.  Trends come and go.  Only buy it if it speaks to you.  It’s always fun to buy one piece of the current trend to add to your wardrobe.  But don’t buy too much.  You don’t want to look like a fashion victim!  And the trends don’t last so don’t invest too much money in the trend.  Save some of your money for the next trend which will be arriving soon!

Do dry shampoos really work?  Yes.  They come in different formulas.  I have used the dry powder form.  I sprinkled  it onto my scalp and then gently massaged it into my hair. The powder gets absorbed by any oils in your hair and scalp and your hair no longer looks shiny.  I have heard the spray formula works well.

-Meredith

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Your Wardrobe Grow | Meredith Ehler | Fashion Stylist | Loudoun County, Virginia

 

A long-term client of mine is starting a new business venture and she hired me to come into her closet to style her wardrobe.  I discussed her new position with her and we determined that her new position calls for her to be chic but not trendy, conservative but not boring, feminine but not flirty.  Tasked with the job to style a few fabulous outfits from her current wardrobe, I went to work.

We started each look with an item I call an “anchor piece”.  The anchor piece is the item of clothing around which all other pieces of the look are chosen.  This can be a person’s favorite piece that they wear all of the time like a basic blazer.  It can also be an item that has a lot of style or personality but doesn’t get worn often because it’s not clear how it should be styled.  That means a waste of money, which I hate!  So I was determined to utilize all of her strong, anchor pieces, whether they be her favorites or just pieces that I knew would make a statement.

Take a minute to take a close look at your own closet.  Identify your anchor pieces.  Make sure clothing is clean and that there are no visible signs of wear and tear.  If there are, take them to a dry cleaner and or tailor to see if they can be freshened up or fixed.

This goes for jewelry as well.  I love costume jewelry because it is a quick and affordable way to add style and trends to your personal style.  But costume jewelry can often show wear and tear after just a few wearings.  I did ask my client to pick up a few great jewelry pieces like a pair of silver and a pair of gold large, slim hoop earrings, a few cuffs, and fun statement pieces like a large, whimsical ring, to up the “diva ante” on an otherwise conservative outfit.

Needless to say she was thrilled and she felt like she had a new wardrobe.  I left her with these photos, snapped with her phone, of each pairing so that she could see them easily and get dressed without stress.  -Meredith

One-of-a-Kind Statement Jewelry | Meredith Ehler | Fashion Stylist | Northern Virginia

My Favorite! 4 strand Rose Agate, Shell, Rose Quartz, Pearl, Hematite, Crystal

4 strand Blue Quartz, Jade, Pearl

3 strand Purple Mother of Pearl Shell, Blue Lace Agate, Amethyst, Pearl, Crystal

Sometimes a girl needs to have just the right item for your special night out.  Something that sets you apart from the rest.  That’s when you need something like one of the above necklaces from Pamela Goose.  She is a brilliantly talented jewelry designer based in Northern Virginia.  This beautiful fashionista began designing jewelry 14 years ago.  It all started out of necessity, as she was constantly looking for a statement piece to complete her outfits.  I was transfixed by the one she was wearing the day we met.  That led me to a second meeting, to shop for myself and to learn more about these treasures.

As we met for coffee I gazed at the table full of her treasures that she brought to show me. I was overwhelmed with the unique beauty in her designs.  ”I created them, wore them to work and literally sold them right off my neck!” she shares with me as I drool over her necklaces.  The thing that strikes me is that the materials are so special and unique, like nothing I have seen in the stores.  Each necklace dazzles with the perfect balance of opalescent sparkle and deep rich tones.  ”I love using authentic stones, crystals and freshwater pearls! Each one is one of a kind, so your piece is special! ” explains Goose.

As a fashion stylist I am so excited to share her pieces with you because I believe we should all have a few special accessories that are truly unique in our wardrobes.  Nothing beats a on-of-a-kind necklace.  Leave me a comment if you are interested in purchasing one of her exquisite pieces.  And remember that I am always available to help you analyze, accessorize, and update your wardrobe so you can style just the right outfit to match your new necklace!  -Meredith

NYC Style | Meredith Ehler | Fashion Stylist | Northern Virginia

Just got back from a fabulous weekend in New York City.  I love visiting the city and getting a fresh dose of style inspiration.  This is cruise season in the fashion world which means that they are in between fall and spring.  The styles now being shown are a bit schizophrenic; you can see a pair of polka dotted shorts next to a winter sweater.  Still, it’s just amazing just to be in the city.

It seems that black is the new black in outerwear.  New Yorkers were chicly bundled up in what was such an obvious outerwear trend that I started taking pictures to share with you all.  My teenage daughter just happened to fit in beautifully.   -Meredith

My darling daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amusing Fashion | Meredith Ehler | Fashion Stylist | Sterling, Virginia

Headed to Disney?  If you are planning to go to an amusement park this summer I urge you to think about the practical aspects of your wardrobe versus the stylish ones before you go.  It may sound silly to get practical about fashion, but you will be happy you did. My family and I just got back from Disney and I was amused by some of the wardrobe choices made by park-goers. Some that stood out were a few ladies from over-seas sporting full length, colorful, tie-die, spandex unitards in 85 degree heat!

Here are a few my fashion do’s and don’ts while visiting amusement parks this summer:

Don’t Wear Full-length Spandex Unitards!

Make sure you choose loose fitting, comfortable, light-colored clothing.  Clothing that is too tight could cause discomfort.

Don’t Wear Black!

Wearing dark colors makes you HOT – not in a good way!  Dark colors absorb the sun’s heat and feels like you are wearing a heating blanket.

Do Choose the Right Shoes!

At Disney I saw women wearing heels, flip flops, wedges, you name it.  Consider wearing closed toe shoes like sneakers with socks (there are plenty of slip on cute sneakers out there if you can’t bear to wear traditional sneakers).  This may sound too hot or confining but it is the best choice for your feet.  When you wear slip on shoes or heels it causes your foot to be fatigued faster than a shoe that is tight on your foot.  Your foot has to work to keep on flip flops and slip ons, and most flip flops offer no arch support.  You will be doing more walking than usual and your feet will appreciate the support.  It’s OK, go ahead and be comfortable, the fashion police will NOT be there!

Remember that you may be riding rides where your feet dangle off the ride, shoes can easily be lost on these rides.

Do wear Sunscreen.

Sunscreen is a girl’s best friend.  I just got a Fraxel laser facial which removes a lot of sun damage.  Sunscreen is a must to keep us looking young and to prevent skin cancer, of which my mom is a survivor. Don’t forget your shoulders under your tee shirts.  Clothing is said to be only an SPF 7.

Don’t forget your Accessories:

Warning: Some of these suggestions are extreme practical applications of fashion (not style).  Fashionistas should consider removing these items before taking any pictures!

Bright Colored Hats.

Wearing hats/baseball caps in bright colors really comes in handy.  It will be so much easier to spot each other in a crowd.  Thanks to my Aunt Joan we all have fire-engine-red baseball caps to use when we go to our next park.

Spray Bottles with Fans.

We bring a spray water bottle with a battery operated fan with us to hot parks.  It’s a wonderful treat to mist yourself as you are running around in sweltering heat.

Fanny Packs.

Ok, I will totally deny this if anyone asks me, but I will be honest with you all…I wore a fanny pack this last trip to Disney.  I KNOW – IT’S AWFUL!  Having a degree in fashion, and being a card-carrying fashionista this is a crime!  But listen here, it was fabulous!  It was freeing!  I know, sad but true!  I reluctantly bought the least offensive, pink fanny pack with Minnie Mouse on it. I hung on it my Swarovski crystal Minnie key chain which made it tolerable, even cute.  I really was happy I had it when we went on Tower of Terror or Rockin’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios!  I never had to worry about a thing falling out! I did find a pair of sunglasses left on the Tower of Terror, probably from someone who was NOT wearing a fanny pack! -Meredith

Change of Season – Change Your Closet! | Fashion Stylist | Meredith Ehler | Loudoun County, VA

Turtleneck season is over!  Time to get all of your winter clothing out of your closet and into storage.   A closet clean-out is in order.  Take some time this week to bring in your spring and summer clothing.  When your closet is organized and it’s easy to find the right clothing your day will start off beautifully!

Here are some quick tips to get you started:

  • Remove all heavy weight clothing from your closet.
  • Inspect each item, looking for stains, tears, hems that are pulled.  Take any items needing attention to the dry cleaner or seamstress before storing.  You want to store clean, fresh clothing.
  • Store off-season clothing in a guest room closet or in garbage bags or storage bins.  If you don’t have storage bins consider sliding bins or bags of clothing under your bed until you need them again.  Some bins are shaped just to fit under beds.
  • Inspect all spring and summer clothing for stains, tears, hems that need mending.  Launder all the clothing so your closet is full of clean clothes.
  • Before moving in your clothes, consider giving your closet a good cleaning as well.  Vacuum and dust all the corners and even your shoes!  they can become dusty if not worn often.
  • Consider investing in the felt hangers that are all the rage today.  You can find them at TJMaxx and Marshalls and any large home retailer like Bed Bath & Beyond.  They hold clothing well so that it won’t slip and they are slim, allowing you to fit the most clothing in without hangers adding bulk.  They also come in fun colors which makes hanging your clothing a bit more fun.
  • Lastly, move in the newly laundered, pressed, tailored and dry cleaned wardrobe into your clean closet and enjoy!

If you don’t have time or find yourself stressed out, consider hiring a me to come and do it with you or for you!  As we are putting your clothing back into your closet we can even coordinate your clothing in new ways to make your wardrobe seem new!  -Meredith

Tres Chic – High School Senior Portraits | Fashion Stylist | Meredith Ehler | Loudoun County, VA

Styling senior portraits is one of my favorite parts of my job!  And in this instance, the high school senior is also a model.  I had a blast styling Taylor’s hair, makeup and clothing.  I decided to style her in some of my vintage Chanel because she LOVES fashion and having modeled in NYC, I knew she would make everything look amazing! She looked great in everything from a full length gown to a Chanel mini-skirt.

Before a photo shoot, it is a great idea to spend some time planning out what you will wear.  Ask the photographer how many clothing changes are planned for the shoot.  Go through your wardrobe and choose outfits that you are comfortable in and reflect who you are.  Don’t forget to accessories them as well.  Choose shoes, jewelry, headbands or hair accessories, and the right undergarments for each outfit.   Even planning your hair and makeup before the shoot really makes a difference.  The final photos will looked more professional and pulled together.  - Meredith