“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”

It seems these days peoples wardrobes are very diverse in style, taste, and trend. Anything goes!… really! It just doesn’t seem like much is “out of style.” You can put the word “Chic” at the end of any adjective, and it becomes a legit fashion. Grunge… “chic”. Nerdy… “chic.” Punk… “chic.” Sporty… “chic.” Disney “chic” (yes that’s a thing)… You get the idea. There is no one stand out trend, style, or fashion road (not to say that some looks don’t stand out :)). Here, at Lemonzest & Pearls, we are all about finding your own personal style. This idea of “anything goes” is GREAT  for us. Wearing what YOU love will emphasize the unique individual you were created to be.

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14

Choose what YOU like and make your own “chic.” Instead of trying to conform to how magazines, movies, and celebrities tell you to dress, tap into how you WANT to dress. What makes you different from everyone else is your best asset. While times change, seasons change, and the “whats hot right now” changes, you can still incorporate your favorite pieces into wherever fashion is at the the time. Always keep your own twist on your wardrobe as fashion evolves and you try new trends.

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Start shopping stores like H&M and Forever 21. They are two of the most popular stores out their right now because they have options, and are affordable. They have something for everybody! There are so many varieties of styles and looks, it brings attention to all kinds of individuals. The greatest thing about these stores is, you may walk in with a certain style in mind and find yourself exploring other trends and fashion ideas. This is were you can experiment and try out new looks without breaking the bank. These stores are inexpensive and full of possibilities.

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So as you reflect on your favorite trends and styles, remember not to be fearful of creating your own “chic.” You were “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Who you are is unique, amazing, and purposeful. Embrace it! So start raiding  your closets and pulling out your favorite pieces! Treat your wardrobe as an expression of your unique taste and individuality. The best look to have is confidence in who you were made to be.

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

New year, New you!

Christmas is over and it is less than a week until a brand new year! Everyone is reflecting on the year 2013 and planning their 2014 new years resolutions. While its great to set goals and expectations for the year to come, keep in mind that you can always be setting goals to improve upon yourself and your quality of life. Whether it is January 1st, April 22, or September 15th, you can aspire to be better any day, hour, or minute of the year!

Okay, enough of the pep talk…back to 2014 resolutions…

A common resolution is “get organized.” Many people set these types of goals in the beginning of the year in hope of a clean slate and a clear mind. Have you ever thought this would be the year? The year you find a “spot for everything!” I have thought that many times. I have tried to schedule my hours, conceal my clutter, and label my way into that “clean slate and clear mind.”

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Ahhh… Clarity!

“Having a spot for everything” is a challenge indeed. Kudos to those of you whom have this “organization” thing down pat! For those of you who don’t (like myself), let us start by taking one room at a time. Since we all are fellow fashionistas, where else should we start than that closet? Lets take that first step in organizing by downsizing our wardrobes. Get ready to try on, make decisions, and reconnect with your back walls, bottoms of drawers, and maybe even your closet floor (depending on your “situation.”) Ready, set, GO!

This is cut throat people. Keep clear minded and stay unattached. Your closet should be filled with quality, not quantity. If your not using it, its wasting space and cluttering your mind and personal style. Take it out now by eliminating the pieces that make you feel awkward and you know don’t work for you. The less you have that doesn’t flatter your body, or make you feel comfortable, the less thinking and emotional stresses in the morning as you choose your look of the day. We all want to feel our best all of the time. However, it’s just not realistic that every style, size, and trend in your closet will work for you. No matter how much you want them to, they can’t all be winners. This is part of what makes you unique and your personal style, your personal style. Be honest with yourself despite your feelings, despite what you spent, and despite where you “think” you could wear it again. If you’re contemplating a piece, just let it go and move on. The less “fashion mistakes” you own, the less you will make.

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“Clean slate, clear mind”

A few things to keep in mind as you are testing things out:

You should be able to breathe: If it is tight enough to cause a bulge, lack of air, or muffin top, it’s simply not your size. Accept it and understand that you will look much better when you dress in the proper size and fit for your body.

You should be able to sit down and stand up multiple times and not have to worry about a “whale tale” situation: It sometimes boggles my mind when people don’t realize their pants are “too low for comfort.” Especially in this cold weather, you would think they would feel a draft? Don’t be that person, its just awkward for everyone.

A little mystery never hurt anyone: Keep it reasonable. Busting out of your top is never attractive, and not everyone appreciates the ability to see down your blouse or up your skirt. It’s okay to bring a little sexy once in a while, but there is a time, place, occasion, and way to do it that doesn’t scream, “pay attention to me!” Be an example, and respect yourself. (Read: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T….. what does that mean to me?”)

After some hard decisions, a “throw out,” “donate,” and keep pile, your can step back and feel a little bit of weight lifted off your shoulders. It’s amazing what a little de-cluttering can do for your clarity and stress levels. Put your closet back together in a way that is maintainable for you. Whether that’s by color, by style, by type, hung, folded on shelf, or folded in a drawer, decide what your prefer and what you can sustain. Revisit your closet purging and organizing every season to keep it current and less of a task next year.

Here are a few ideas for you donate box. Make sure you are only donating items that are still in good condition and don’t look worn out or over-used.

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Donate?…. Never!

Goodwill: There are many local drop off locations

Salvation Army: There are many local drop off locations.

Plato’s Closet: They will pay you for items that are in good condition.

DonateStuff.com: They will pick it up for you and drop it off at your chosen organization.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes below or on our facebook page!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

“Come and Get it…..” Selena’s Style

Selena Gomez has made her way from a Disney it girl, to a Hollywood heart breaker. Despite the wrath she got from the Biebster’s fans during their on again off again relationship, Selena seems to be loved by all. From TV series like Barney and Friends and Wizards of Waverly Place, to music like Disney channel cover tracks and records of her very own, Selena has made it happen and become a star.

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Image from Teen Vogue

At the 2013 VMA’s Selena received The Best Pop Video award for her newest single “When your Ready Come and Get it.” The award just confirmed the huge success of the song, but music isn’t all Selena has going for her. Her personal style is something to pay attention to. Selena’s fashion is right on. She dresses trend right, appropriate, and looks comfortable in her own skin. Her confidence radiates though her wardrobe whether she is walking down the red carpet, or out the door of Starbucks. Selena’s style is simple, elegant, and comfortable.

Selena’s red carpet looks can be summed up with the word “Elegant.” The pieces she chooses to wear have enough detail and WOW factor to hold their own. She doesn’t often need many accessories, keeping her outfits simple and uncomplicated. Selena’s best accessory is her own true beauty, and that’s what we love about her!

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Selena Gomez’s Elegant Style

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Selena Gomez’s Elegant Style

Even on the streets Selena stays true to herself. Her comfortable, casual look makes her seem “for real” and down to earth. Combat style boots, denim, scarves, and slouchy tops seem to be her thing. Shes got edge that’s for sure; and might I add she is great at pulling off the Grunge Chic look 🙂

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Selena Gomez’s Casual Style

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Selena Gomez’s Casual Style

There you have it, Selena is a Style star. She seems to be conscious of looking appropriate for her age, the occasion, and her own personal style. Those qualities alone make her an amazing style role model. Whats your favorite look of Selena’s? Post here or on our Facebook page 🙂

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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