How to Dress in a Way that Says …“Go You!”

According to the United States Census Bureau there are over 7 BILLION people in this world growing at a rate of one birth every 8 seconds and shrinking at rate of one death every 12 seconds. Out of all 7 billion and counting people, you are the only one with your unique qualities. God made us all to have different personalities, tastes, body types, interests, thoughts, dreams, goals etc. That’s what makes you so wonderful!

Fashion is a great tool to embrace your individuality. The way you dress is a direct reflection of who you are. Simply stepping out the door, walking into a room, or posting a picture on Facebook can say a lot about you, without saying anything at all. No pressure or anything…. 😉 I have put together three simple steps that you can implement in your closet everyday, keeping the stress away and staying true to yourself:

Step 1. Dress

Step 2. Style

Step 3. Separate

Below we take a look at these steps in term of  layers you can add to your basic top and bottom and put your best self-forward everyday with confidence:

Base: You are the base. (Hopefully you are at least wearing a top and a bottom piece 😉 )

Layer 1, “Dress”: Think of your outfit in terms of three. It is more than just a top and bottom, there is also a third piece involved.  A cardigan, a jacket, a belt etc. these pieces create dimension and a sense of thoughtfulness to your look. The simple addition of a third piece can takes you from being “Clothed,” to being “Dressed.”

Layer 2, “Style”: Add another layer. Bring in a WOW piece. A scarf, a necklace, a hat. The addition that can take your look from ordinary to extraordinary. This is what sets you apart from being “Dressed” to being “Styled.” If you get to this point everyday, your in it. This is what gives you an opportunity to create your personal style. Have fun experimenting with ways to wear scarves, and different types of jewelry. You have lots of room to play with various looks and styles. Some will be winners and others not so much. Every chance is worth taking because now you know something about your style that you didn’t before. Have fun and don’t be afraid to try new things.

Layer 3, “Separate”: In addition to the WOW pieces, layer three is all about details. The ring, the dangle earrings, the stack of bangles or a flower pin that you could add to your jacket or hair. These are the icing on the cake. There are many sylish details you can add to your outfit. You might add a necklace that matches the color of your shoes, and a ring that compliments your bracelet. Maybe the necklace comes with matching earrings and a bow for your hair and….. whoa there! Rein it in! Details are just that; details. They are not to be used to overtake the star of the show; you! Too much of a good thing can be bad, but just enough can make the perfect statement. Watch out for over accessorizing, but don’t be afraid to add details, just not ALL of them. Details allow you to separate your look from the crowd, show a unique personal style, and take your look from being “Styled” to being “Fashion Forward.”

Here’s another way to think about it. Take this couch as an example:

Base: Plain Jane, lets call this the blank canvas… the possibilities are endless!

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This base couch is certainly a functional piece of furniture. It will do the job,  but feels a little cold and uninviting.

Layer 1: Lets throw a couple  pillows on that couch!

Layer 1

The pillows pull the couch together making the thought of a comfortable couch more complete. This is not a bad looking couch by any means…. I’d sit on it 🙂

Layer 2: Lets throw on a couple more!

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Now we are starting to see some personality! The extra pillows add texture creating a theme and visual interest. Look how just the two extra pillows and the use of pattern make the couch feel  more warm and cozy.

Layer 4: One last touch.

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There’s that icing! The one piece that stylizes this couch giving it a voice. It now says something. It welcomes you to come join the party, snuggle up, bring the latest edition of Instyle,  some hot tea, and turn on your favorite tunes!

Whether its styling yourself or your living room, just adding a few simple pieces can make a big impact. It is important to embrace your individuality and show who you are. Putting the time and extra care into your style can give you a huge confidence boost preparing you to take on each day with a positive attitude and an extra skip in your step. When you look good…. you feel good. Being who you are on the inside and out is the best feeling 🙂 So go to your closets and start playing dress up! Dress, Style, Separate and start finding your personal style one outfit at at time.

Tell us what you think below or post to our Facebook page. Share your new ideas for looks, and tell us how you make your fashion choices each day; we can’t wait to hear from you!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

Want to dig deeper? Look out for future posts on each concept with more detail and ideas.

Happy Memorial Day!

Ahhh memorial day; a day to kick off the summer bbq’s, backyard games, and fun in the sun. A luxury we have thanks to so many men and women who are fighting or have fought for the freedom of our country. They deserve honor and appreciation for all that they do. Not only do the men and women of our military encourage us to believe in the USA and unite together, their attire has inspired the runways of the 2013 fall and winter fashion shows.

The catwalk was filled with soldierly inspired coats, boots, and prints. Military chic is in, bringing strength and power to your wardrobe. Combat boots, camouflage prints and cargo jackets are trending for fall  and will be must have pieces in your closet.

Its never to early to start planning for the season to come. Look out for colors like army green, black, navy, mustard  and camouflage. All done in more feminine silhouettes, the details of large buttons, breast pockets and epaulettes, bring the force and power of a military look.

Cargo jackets, skinny pants and skirts in khaki, army green, camo. and black leather all have a place in  your closet. They are a chic and casual way to beef up your style. The tough “battleground” heritage of this look may be intimidating at first, but these trends will help you to embrace your inner strength, and bring authority to your look. SHOPSTYLE by POPSUGAR organized a great collection of pieces you can shop to get you started. Check it out here.

On Memorial Day we reflect on our military soldiers and what they have done to preserve our safety. We are privileged and free as a country, and in the midst of our hectic lives,we forget to be thankful and honor those that fight to keep it that way. This fall and winter we have an opportunity to keep our soldiers in mind everyday as we look into our closets and sport our military looks. Lets make it more than an outfit! Take the time to thank God and pray for our military, their families and our country. Thank you to all who have served and fought for us. Your willingness to lay your lives on the line is heroic and honorable….not to mention your ever so chic attire 🙂

We are excited to embrace this trend and see what looks you can come up with. Let us know what you think, and how you plan on becoming military chic this fall. Comment below or post your input to our Facebook page!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

The Printed Pant: to wear or not to wear

I get it….as a style obsessed society, we do our best to stay current in an ever changing fashion world. But how do we know what we can rock and what we really shouldn’t leave the house in? Take the currently very popular printed pant…. floral, animal print, paisleys and stripes. It’s not like this fashion phenomenon is new; not too long ago in the 80’s, popular rap artist Stanley Burrell was rocking what we now call the “Hammer Time” pants.mollyringwaldpants And Molly Ringwald made faded pastel floral jeans all the rage when she wore them in Pretty In Pink. So like most popular styles that have graced the 20th and now 21st century, the printed pant has come full circle. Which brings us back to the original question; what’s the right printed pant for you and how do you wear it?

With all the crazy prints coming off the assembly line these days, it’s hard to know what’s what. But I have narrowed down two prints that will not only work well for you, but will also transition easily into a conventional wardrobe. The first of these is animal print, already a well established pattern worn by the big cats of the wild. An animal print is excellent way to spice up a boring outfit, and can easily be paired with a chambray blouse or any other neutral top (black, white, brown). Personally, I love my animal print paired with a black sweater and black booties 🙂 Rocking the animal print pant is edgy and says that you’re not afraid to shake things up; they always look better in small print and in a fitted form, like a skinny or a slim leg. WARNING: Animal print captured in the form of full-legged trousers or paired with crazy tops can be ostentatious and overpowering; keep it simple.

That leaves us with plaid, a print that doesn’t need to make a comeback because it’s never really left the fashion scene. Originating in Scotland, plaid (or tartan as the Scots refer to it) has been well worn and well loved by golfers and punk rockers for many years, keeping the pattern from fading into fashion oblivion; chances are you have or had at some point a pair of neutral plaid dress trousers hanging in your closet. Plaid is a wonderful fall and winter print, and usually graces some runway in its most popular form of Royal Stewart.royalstuarttartan Unlike animal print, plaid looks great in all cuts and styles, and is just as chic in a skinny leg form as it is in the form of full-legged trousers. A wonderful day-to-night print, start your day in plaid paired with a solid tee-shirt, jean jacket and cap toe flats. As the evening approaches, switch to stilettos and a black blazer (black velvet’s the best!) and layer on some jewelry. All in all, plaid provides a chic look that can be worn again and again, and can be switched up for endless possibilities.

Now that I have addressed the two main patterns of animal and plaid, that leaves us with a couple prints to discuss. Floral is huge, especially right now as we enter spring and summer. I have no problem with floral as long as it looks new and fresh; the aforementioned Molly Ringwald looked great in her floral denim in 1986, but wearing that print or a print similar to it now will only date you. Stripes are another pattern to grace the pant runway this season, and much like plaid can be worn in any style or shape (provided the stripes are vertical). Chevron, abstracts and tie dye are all wonderful, but have an expiration point; I wouldn’t invest in them simply because next season they most likely will be out of style. If you already own one of these patterns, I say wear and rock them now. And that leaves us with the polka-dot. In truth, the polka-dot is my favorite print and will not doubt always come back around. If you have some polka-dot pants, wear them with pride!!

To conclude, there are a lot of printed pants out there, some a little crazier than others. I understand it can be a little unnerving to try an unfamiliar style, but you can do it! Start with the basic plaid or animal print …or if you’re really gutsy pull on those polka-dots! If you have a print I haven’t mentioned feel free to comment below or post a pic to our Facebook in your pants of choice! I would love to hear what you think of this current fashion trend!!!! Let me know!

~Morgan

Are you Sure you Want to Wear that…..?

Do you have a fashion “guilty pleasure?” What’s in your wardrobe that no matter how old, out of style, or horrible it may be, you will not get rid of it? The comfort and love that you have for wearing this piece will never separate you. Whether its a white tee,  a ripped pair of jeans, or outdated dress from the good old days, we all have our fashion “guilty pleasure” that sometimes make us feel the most ourselves.

Personally,  my “guilty pleasure” are Hanes Mens V-neck undershirts!

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They are my “go to” comfort piece. They are light, tag-less and you can bleach them if they get stained or… just call it tye-dyed 😉 I always have 5 or 6 floating around readily available to throw on and relax!

No one can deny a “faux pas favorite,” a wardrobe is not complete without one…..or maybe 2 😉  As long as they are worn with discretion, these things all just add to our ever so unique personal style.

What is your fashion “guilty pleasure?” Tell us here or post to our Facebook page. Why not include a pic of you wearing it?!

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Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Spring 2013

In distress regarding the general hue of your attire? Don’t know what colors to embrace this spring and summer? Don’t fret!! When in doubt, check out Pantone’s seasonal fashion color report. One glance at those current colors and you’ll be on the right track to … Continue reading

Family “Jeans”

This past Sunday we all celebrated our mothers and how blessed they are to have such glorious children in their lives. O wait, I mean how blessed we are to have them in our lives…. right? Anyways, amongst the “blessings” we get to enjoy quality time getting together with family members catching up, reminiscing, and enjoying a beautiful brunch and all the beloved meal has to offer (Seriously brunch is amazing). Its funny how your family ties connect you in ways you don’t even realize. Many times family members tend to like the same things and make similar choices and although they coincide, they are still unique individuals. In fashion, my sister and I often buy the same things even though we live hours away from each other and rarely get to shop together. We will often talk about our recent shopping trips and what we bought or liked, and almost half the time we will be talking about the same pieces at the same stores. Its funny, we are so far apart yet so close in thought 🙂 This Mothers Day we both showed up wearing a button down denim shirt. All the rage this spring, it is the perfect versatile piece to have in your wardrobe. You can pair it with anything having, fun with color, pattern and accessories. This encounter proved to be true this past Sunday:

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My sister (on the right) wore her shirt unbuttoned with a bold color underneath and white denim crops. She chose  a neutral scarf and gold dangle earrings that accessorized and added texture to her look. She put together a polished casual, fresh spring look that worked well with the rainy day and unexpected cold weather…. It was hailing! The short sleeved spring flower dress that I had planned for the day seemed irrelevant at that point which lead me to plan B, the button down denim shirt. I wore mine tucked into a long black maxi skirt cinched with a camel braided belt and mint green double strand necklace, another “go to” this spring. The casual shirt paired with a long skirt creates contrast but overall the look was laid back and comfortable. The same piece, totally different looks, but both amazing! Not to mention the models 😉

We had a beautiful day with all the mothers in our lives. I am blessed to have a family that is full of love and support for one another, and are always happy to be together. I loved to see that our family genes tie my sister and I  together in more ways then one. The different take on the denim shirt was fun to see and a comfort to know that although we are much older and at different points in lives, we are still unified in taste :).  Have you ever had a similar style experience with a family member? Tell me about it!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

Welcome to the Magic!

Welcome to Lemonzest and Pearls! Join us on our journey of fashion, fun, and friendship. We are two friends, Meggan and Morgan, who look to inspire creativity, beautiful things, and current style trends. We love clothes! and accessories! and shoes! and…… you get the point . 😉 Fashion is a journey, unique to you. It is influenced by things such as age, gender, location, activities, careers etc. That’s what makes it so great to share! Morgan and I live on opposite sides of the country, have different hobbies, and style favorites but we always agree on one thing… We LOVE Fashion! Lemonzest and Pearls is a place to share our current style trends, and ideas as well as whats happening in our areas and in the media. We have fun with style and stay true to ourselves, tending to create a mix of vintage and modern looks. Although, we are never limited, the possibilities are endless and we can’t wait for what that brings. Keep checking in with us and be inspired!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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