Wednesday Wardrobe – Date Night

What to wear on date night?

Well, it depends where you’re going. There are so many different things to do on your night out, and your outfit should reflect what you might do and what makes you feel pretty and comfortable. Today’s Wednesday Wardrobe features different scenarios for different date nights.

An Early Evening Strolling the Town

I love early evening, but since the sun stays out for a while in the summers, a hat and sunglasses may be needed. This little lightweight dress is from Xhilaration. Shoes by Indigo. It’s light and breezy and keeps me cool in the summer heat. It also doesn’t wrinkle. Bonus!

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Summer Concert

On a cooler summer evening, you might want to throw on some jeans and a cute top for a night listening to music. Jeans and top from White House Black Market. Cranberry booties from Sonoma.

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Dinner Under the Stars

Get ready for that great night having dinner under the stars. For a romantic night out, you may want to opt for a pretty black dress–this one’s by Robbie Bee from Nordstrom–and some black heels–these from Adrienne Vittadini.

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Double Date

Meeting friends for a double date for cocktails? This Society Amuse dress is fluttery and feminine. Got it in a boutique in Charleston on vacation.

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Stephanie Verni is Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University and is the author of Inn Significant, Baseball Girl, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Along with her colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, she is a co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt.

Wednesday Wardrobe: Keeping Cool Summer Style

Second Installment: Wednesday Wardrobe | Summer Feature

Honestly, I love summer until the humidity cranks up and my hair gets all frizzy and I perspire and stick to chairs. I remember loving the lack of humidity in California and wishing we had less of it on the East Coast. When I plan outfits, I have to consider how I might perspire and what might keep me cool.

Picking what to wear based on the weather is a must for me. I always do it. Whether I choose sleeveless, strapless, dresses, skirts, or light pants or shorts, I’m always concerned about the heat, and so I have to purchase clothes that work accordingly.

Today’s outfits are based on just that—keeping cool. What do you wear during the summer months to stay cool? How do you pick outfits to reflect the heat of the summer?

Remember: I’m a real girl with a real budget for clothing…so here are some of my picks.

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Dress from a boutique in Ellicott City. Love the fringe. Bag from Savvy Consignment. Shoes Nine West.
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Liza Byrd Dress, Franco Sarto sandals. Bandana from Target.
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Dress from The Cottage in Severna Park.
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Rainy day look…Don’t count Charming Charlie’s out for clothes and rainboots!
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White pants from White House/Black Market; top from Ann Taylor Loft; bag from Lulu’s.

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Let the air flow through this dress…from Target. Shoes by Nine West.

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Romper by Pink Rose; shoes by Audrey Brooke.

 

Stephanie Verni is Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University and is the author of Inn Significant, Baseball Girl, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Along with her colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, she is a co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt.

 

Wednesday Wardrobe – A New Summer Feature For Regular Women

THE OUTFIT: This little number (Orioles orange, please notice!) is from Target and Victoria Beckham. She had a short stint with Target earlier this year, and I saw this piece and loved it. The shoes are Audrey Brooke, and the hat is from Nicole Marciano. Shades by Giorgio Armani Exchange. My apologies for not having a tan. We’ve had some strange weather here in Maryland–it’s still chilly and not summer-like at all! STYLE TIP: One color shade (and also one monotone piece) on the top and bottom can elongate a frame. I’m only 5’1″ and this helps not break the line of color, which in turn, adds length.

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On Saturday night at an Orioles Reunion at Camden Yards in Baltimore a collection of former Orioles front office employees and full-time friends got together (and had a ball). My friend, Michelle, mentioned how much she loved the “Frocktober” fashion thing I did last October. She said she enjoyed it — and so did I. Her comment inspired me and got me thinking that while there are lots and lots of gorgeous photos of women on Instagram in gorgeous clothing, I’m a real girl. I’m not a model, nor will I ever be one. I’m middle-aged, not skinny, and I’ve got curves, but I do possess one thing that I’ve learned over the years as a fashion consultant: I know how to dress my body type. I also love to stay current with fashion and have fun with it.

Some of my very stylish friends and former Orioles front office employees at Camden Yards on Saturday night for a reunion.

Which leads me to this: I’ve decided revamp my blog a little and include a weekly fashion segment for REGULAR WOMEN. You know, keep it real (and with a budget in mind). I’ll be sharing what I wear on Instagram and where I bought the items, and then I’ll do a weekly recap on WEDNESDAYS here on the blog.

As for more restructuring on Steph’s Scribe, on MONDAYS it will be like POTPOURRI, and I will get to write about whatever I want; on FRIDAYS, I’ll continue to feature FICTION FRIDAY and write about all things pertaining to writing.

My husband always tells me that my blog is too vague, that it doesn’t have a set niche. Well, now I’ve got one. I’m structured (he’ll love that, as I tend to be a bit of a creative type and not be too structured).

Fashion, to me, is creative–sort of like writing your own book every day. You get to pick out what you want to wear and make it yours. It’s an outward expression of yourself. The only rules are that (1) you should love the pieces you buy, and (2) you should feel good in them.

That’s it. That’s the blog restructuring for the summer. I hope you will enjoy my new setup.

 

Stephanie Verni is Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University and is the author of Inn Significant, Baseball Girl, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Along with her colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, she is a co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt.

 

Wrapping Up October’s Month of Fashion

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I made it through the month of #Frocktober, and I have to admit, I had a good time doing it! I posted my outfits daily on Instagram, begged folks to take my photo, and felt pressure to put an ensemble together worthy of documenting. I’m not a fashion blogger, but I am a blogger who loves to include fashion into her blog. As I mentioned in the last post, fashion is a passion, and it always has been for me. I often wish I weren’t 5’1″, but instead taller so I could wear even more daring, bold, and fun clothes. I have to be careful what I put on my small stature so I don’t become overwhelmed by clothing. Also, Coco Chanel was so right when she said, “Before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and take one accessory off.” It’s a good tip still—you don’t want your accessories to get noticed before you do.

I’m posting my last few photos from the month. Thanks again for following along with me on my month-long fashion journey. I’m sure it’s not quite over yet.

Also, special thanks to the following people for being lovely and patient enough to take my photographs:

Ellie Verni • Matt Verni • Anthony Verni • Leeanne Bell McManus • Emily Rosenthal • Kait Kirkwood • Leni Parrillo • Chip Rouse

#FROCTOBER | Day 31, Part 1--This is it, friends! I made it through the month of fashion. Because I taught the Internship Preparation course today, and we talked about how to dress for interviews and work, I thought I'd sport a suit from my professional wardrobe. This #ootd is an #anntaylor suit; #mossimo cranberry cami; #christiansiriano shoes; cranberry faux fur scarf from #Macy's. I'll have one last outfit later tonight to end the feature. #happyhalloween !!! 🎃🕸🍁🍂
#FROCTOBER | Day 31, Part 1–This is it, friends! I made it through the month of fashion. Because I taught the Internship Preparation course today, and we talked about how to dress for interviews and work, I thought I’d sport a suit from my professional wardrobe. This #ootd is an #anntaylor suit; #mossimo cranberry cami; #christiansiriano shoes; cranberry faux fur scarf from #Macy’s. I’ll have one last outfit later tonight to end the feature. #happyhalloween !!! 🎃🕸🍁🍂
LAST DAY OF #FROCKTOBER | Day 31, Part 2--Thought I'd end the series with my favorite sweater with faux leopard sleeves and collar from #INC at #macys; red pants from #whitehouseblackmarket; black boots by #CharlesDavid. I had a lot of fun doing this...so perhaps there will be more fashion to come #ontheblog. Thanks for following along for the month to see #whatiwore. Ciao, Bellas!
LAST DAY OF #FROCKTOBER | Day 31, Part 2–Thought I’d end the series with my favorite sweater with faux leopard sleeves and collar from #INC at #macys; red pants from #whitehouseblackmarket; black boots by #CharlesDavid. I had a lot of fun doing this…so perhaps there will be more fashion to come #ontheblog. Thanks for following along for the month to see #whatiwore. Ciao, Bellas!
This shot was taken by our kids in Fell's Point at the spot of our first date, The Daily Grind. Many, many coffees later, we celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary yesterday.
This shot was taken by our kids in Fell’s Point at the spot of our first date, The Daily Grind. Many, many coffees later, we celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary yesterday.
November 1st was also National Author's Day! Promoting my books in this outfit on social media: skirt from #AnnTaylor; black top from H&M; fringy scarf was a gift; #NineWest boots.
November 1st was also National Author’s Day! Promoting my books in this outfit on social media: skirt from #AnnTaylor; black top from H&M; fringy scarf was a gift; #NineWest boots.

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Stephanie Verni is the author of Baseball Girl, Beneath the Mimosa Tree, and the co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice.

 

 

What I Wore This Week | #FROCKTOBER Week 5

We are nearing the end, my friends. For a little more than 30 days (and day number 31 remaining), I have documented what I’ve worn during the month of #FROCKTOBER. We all have vices; my vice happens to be clothes, shoes, and accessories. Ever since I was little, I’ve pretty much loved playing dress up…even now as an adult it’s something I love to do. I know there are far more important things to concern ourselves with, and besides writing, clothes and fashion and style happen to all be my favorite pastime. I enjoy playing mix and match, figuring out what my style mood is each day, and then trying to build something fun with what I’ve got in my closet…or perhaps purchasing something new I want to add to the ensemble.

A little purchasing tip I used to tell my clients was this: If you can’t wear a particular item with at least three things or in three different ways, don’t buy it. Adding versatility to a wardrobe is important, and being able to mix and match pieces is how you will get more value out of your items and extend your wardrobe.

I’ve had a lot of fun doing this month-long feature, and while I don’t think I’ll ever become a full-fledged fashion blogger, I will definitely continue to incorporate it into my blog. One thought I have is to rekindle the Fashion Fridays I used to do with features such as building a capsule wardrobe or showing how one piece can be worn six ways. I’m toying with some of this now. I’d also like to do a feature on business clothing and business casual dressing in the workplace, something I talk to my students about in the Internship Preparation course.

I’ve got one more day left, but I may just finish out the week before I hang up #FROCKTOBER. Thanks for letting me play dress up and for following along.

#FROCKTOBER | Day 23 Got the #Sunday vibes in this flannel #ootd. #soclothing flannel shirtdress; leggings and grey suede boots from #Boden. It's the start of my last week of #frocktober ... gotta pick some winners this week! The pressure's on...
#FROCKTOBER | Day 23 Got the #Sunday vibes in this flannel #ootd. #soclothing flannel shirtdress; leggings and grey suede boots from #Boden. It’s the start of my last week of #frocktober … gotta pick some winners this week! The pressure’s on…
#FROCKTOBER | Day 24 With cooler temperatures moving in this week, it was time to sport a little faux fur in today's #ootd. Sweater with fur trim from #whitehouseblackmarket; skirt--an old favorite from #mossimo; tall pointed black boots from #charlesdavid; #maddengirl hat; #coach bag. Hope you all have a good week. Looking forward to rolling into Halloween next week and to celebrating my husband and my 19th anniversary.
#FROCKTOBER | Day 24 With cooler temperatures moving in this week, it was time to sport a little faux fur in today’s #ootd. Sweater with fur trim from #whitehouseblackmarket; skirt–an old favorite from #mossimo; tall pointed black boots from #charlesdavid; #maddengirl hat; #coach bag. Hope you all have a good week. Looking forward to rolling into Halloween next week and to celebrating my husband and my 19th anniversary.
#FROCKTOBER | Day 25 Wearing #Boden from top to bottom in today's #ootd -- corduroy dress in navy and medium blue with (Elvis would be happy) blue suede (shoes) boots. #Mudd hat. It's chilly here and feels like fall. 🍁🍂🎃 Have a good evening, everyone!
#FROCKTOBER | Day 25 Wearing #Boden from top to bottom in today’s #ootd — corduroy dress in navy and medium blue with (Elvis would be happy) blue suede (shoes) boots. #Mudd hat. It’s chilly here and feels like fall. 🍁🍂🎃 Have a good evening, everyone!
#FROCTOBER | Day 26 🍁🍁 Only 5 more days remain of my month of fashion!! Today's #ootd is this ensemble--#whitehouseblackmarket cream-colored cable tunic; #anntaylor blouse; #jenniferlopez pants; #francosarto boots. Happy hump day! 🐫🐫🐫
#FROCTOBER | Day 26 🍁🍁 Only 5 more days remain of my month of fashion!! Today’s #ootd is this ensemble –#whitehouseblackmarket cream-colored cable tunic; #anntaylor blouse; #jenniferlopez pants; #francosarto boots. Happy hump day! 🐫🐫🐫
#FROCKTOBER Day 27 | Singing in the rain 🎶 as only 4 days remain of my month-long fashion feature for the blog. Today's #ootd features faux fur and lace. Dress #anntaylor; faux fur vest with thin belt by #jolt; lace-up black boots by #stevemaddenluxe. Fishnet stockings. See what I mean? Somehow I always gravitate toward black clothing. Happy Almost Friday, all! 💌💌💌
#FROCKTOBER Day 27 | Singing in the rain 🎶 as only 4 days remain of my month-long fashion feature for the blog. Today’s #ootd features faux fur and lace. Dress #anntaylor; faux fur vest with thin belt by #jolt; lace-up black boots by #stevemaddenluxe. Fishnet stockings. See what I mean? Somehow I always gravitate toward black clothing. Happy Almost Friday, all! 💌💌💌
#FROCKTOBER | Day 28 -- Three more days left! I love white pumpkins and this pink #Boden skirt in today's #ootd. Black and white leopard coat from #forever21; black knit turtleneck with shoulder buttons from #primrosestudio; #charlesdavidboots. Happy Halloween weekend, witches! XO 🎃🎃🎃🍁🍂🍁
#FROCKTOBER | Day 28 — Three more days left! I love white pumpkins and this pink #Boden skirt in today’s #ootd. Black and white leopard coat from #forever21; black knit turtleneck with shoulder buttons from #primrosestudio; #charlesdavidboots. Happy Halloween weekend, witches! XO 🎃🎃🎃🍁🍂🍁
#FROCKTOBER | Day 29 Spending the day walking, shopping, and eating in #Baltimore -- stopping off in #federalhill in today's #ootd. #michaelkors jeans; #verawang top; #tahari boots.
#FROCKTOBER | Day 29 Spending the day walking, shopping, and eating in #Baltimore — stopping off in #federalhill in today’s #ootd. #michaelkors jeans; #verawang top; #tahari boots.
#FROCKTBER | Day 30 Happy Sunday! Heading out to run some shopping errands in this #ootd -- #hiche brown ruffle top from #anthropolige; straight dark jeans (so comfortable) from #whitehouseblackmarket; scored these brown suede tassel booties at #target for a steal after almost buying a similar pair for $150 online. Tomorrow's Halloween...are you brewing up something fun? 🎃🕸🍁
#FROCKTOBER | Day 30 Happy Sunday! Heading out to run some shopping errands in this #ootd — #hiche brown ruffle top from #anthropolige; straight dark jeans (so comfortable) from #whitehouseblackmarket; scored these brown suede tassel booties at #target for a steal after almost buying a similar pair for $150 online. Tomorrow’s Halloween…are you brewing up something fun? 🎃🕸🍁

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signatureStephanie Verni is the author of Baseball Girl, Beneath the Mimosa Tree, and the co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice.

 

What I Wore This Week | #FROCKTOBER Week 4

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Some people my find this whole FROCKTOBER thing a little silly; after all, it is a bit materialistic and about clothing and what we wear; it’s not about saving the world or doing some good for others. However, that said, I do believe how we feel about ourselves reflects on the rest of the world and people in our lives. When we feel good about ourselves, it comes from the inside; the clothing is just a mere reflection of ourselves, our personalities, and our own personal taste. When we’re happy with ourselves, that happiness helps us in all aspects of our lives.

We all have different taste in clothing–and that’s why, luckily for us all–there are all different types of styles available to us. I classify myself as a romantic, classic dresser with a dash of trendiness and Boho thrown in for fun. I like clothes that make me feel like a lady: feminine and pretty. Others may prefer more preppy, classic clothing, while others may have a full-on Boho style, among many others. We see some trends we like, we wear some trends, and we leave some trends behind because we know they don’t work for us.

We’re meant to have fun with clothes, look professional in clothes, work in clothes, go out in clothes, exercise in clothes, and hang around the house in clothes. We have clothing that suits all our different settings — and the best part is, we get to choose those pieces that work especially for each of us.

Here’s what I wore this week:

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SUNDAY | #FROCKTOBER Day 16 l #Sunday’s #ootd and a little over the halfway mark (thank goodness!) in this transitional fall look … #americanrag top from #macys; #anntaylorloft leggings; #charlesdavid boots; #bigbudda bag.
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MONDAY | #FROCKTOBER Day 17 | It’s back to the classroom in this #ootd–navy blue dress with white piping from #boden; these navy shoes have quickly become one of my favorite pairs by #vincecamuto; bag by #merona. Hope today is a good start to the week for you!
TUESDAY | #FROCKTOBER Day 18 | Today's #ootd on this very warm #October day featured this red and black top by #daytripclothing; black ruffle skirt by #whitehouseblackmarket; ankle strap pointed toe heels by #samandlibby; bag from #kennethcole.
TUESDAY | #FROCKTOBER Day 18 | Today’s #ootd on this very warm #October day featured this red and black top by #daytripclothing; black ruffle skirt by #whitehouseblackmarket; ankle strap pointed toe heels by #samandlibby; bag from #kennethcole.
WEDNESDAY | #FROCKTOBER Day 19 | Today's #ootd ... classics with flair from #anthropologie. #moulinettesoeurs polka dot dress with lace trim; #cidra jacket; #apt9 shoes.
WEDNESDAY | #FROCKTOBER Day 19 | Today’s #ootd … classics with flair from #anthropologie. #moulinettesoeurs polka dot dress with lace trim; #cidra jacket; #apt9 shoes.
THURSDAY | #FROCTOBER Day 20 | Ready to say hello to our alums at tonight's Affinity Reunion in this #ootd. #anntaylor red skirt; #frenchconnection top; #ninewestboots.
THURSDAY | #FROCTOBER Day 20 | Ready to say hello to our alums at tonight’s Affinity Reunion in this #ootd. #anntaylor red skirt; #frenchconnection top; #ninewestboots.
FRIDAY | #FROCKTOBER | Day 21 #currentmood - All in black in this #ootd. #whitehouseblackmarket pants; #laurenconrad bow top and long sweater with lace detail. Fringe booties by #sodashoes. #kennethcole bag.
FRIDAY | #FROCKTOBER | Day 21 #currentmood – All in black in this #ootd. #whitehouseblackmarket pants; #laurenconrad bow top and long sweater with lace detail. Fringe booties by #sodashoes. #kennethcole bag.
SATURDAY | #FROCKTOBER | Day 22 Spending the day with family, catching up on grading papers, and being a chauffeur to my children in this comfy #ootd. Top from #charmingcharlie; stretch leggings #verawang; cranberry boots by #francosarto. An old leopard bag for fun and shades on my head from #anntaylor.
SATURDAY | #FROCKTOBER | Day 22 Spending the day with family, catching up on grading papers, and being a chauffeur to my children in this comfy #ootd. Top from #charmingcharlie; stretch leggings #verawang; cranberry boots by #francosarto. An old leopard bag for fun and shades on my head from #anntaylor.

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signatureStephanie Verni is the author of Baseball Girl, Beneath the Mimosa Tree, and the co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice.

Welcome to #Frocktober | What I Wore & Style Tips

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frock [frok] noun

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1. a gown or dress worn by a girl or woman.
2. a loose outer garment worn by peasants and workers; smock.

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Today begins my version of Frocktober, whereby I will showcase what I wear for the next 31 days of October. I’m an average woman who is petite in stature and who also happens to love shopping for clothes, reading about fashion, and creating a personal style. In my former life as a fashion consultant, I helped other women try to find their style. We don’t have to be runway models to feel good about ourselves; women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful, and beauty truly comes from within and then is expressed on the outside. We are all capable of finding our own “brand” of style, and so much of it comes from what has shaped us and continues to shape us as people.

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I don’t have a fat wallet or shop at the finest of stores; I primarily buy things on sale, and I even hunt down goods at consignment stores (and recently scored two Nanette Lepore pieces in mint condition for a fraction of what the original retail price was). I’ll pick up things from Anthropologie to Boden to Ann Taylor, from Nordstrom and Macy*s, and from Target and Kohl’s to name a few. What really matters when finding your own personal style is finding pieces that work for you and your body type, while taking color into consideration.
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For the next month, I’ll share with you what I’ve worn during the week, where I purchased the items, and discuss tips I learned along the way as a fashion consultant. I enjoy helping others feel good about themselves and the choices they make with regard to clothing and accessories.
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As I am weeks away from publishing my third novel, I thought having Steph’s Scribe take a breather from writing articles this month (well, maybe just a few!), I would focus on fashion for #Frocktober.
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Let me know if you have any questions about what I post. I will do my best to answer anything you ask.
Have a wonderful weekend…now…on to our October Feature.
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Wednesday, September 28 | This little black dress (LBD) is from Ann Taylor. It’s a staple in my closet. Everyone needs an LBD–that “go to” dress that can be worn dressed up or down. In this photo in front of our new building on campus, I accessorized with a black flower pin, Michael Kors watch, and Cole Hahn t-straps. Even though #Frocktober didn’t officially start until today, I started promoting the feature on Instagram on Wednesday.
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Thursday, September 29 | This bright yellow skirt brightens up any rainy day! From Boden, it features big pockets on the front; the navy blue sweater top (yes, it’s navy, not black!) is from Banana Republic; boots are navy blue suede from Boden; and the funky yellow necklace is from Target. Personally, I wouldn’t wear a lot of yellow near my face. My skin tone has yellow to it, so it would make me look even more yellow (and older). However, wearing bright colors elsewhere allows me to wear jewel tones (which tend to look best against my skin) closer to my face. As we age, it’s important to keep color in mind. The pop of yellow with the necklace is just enough and doesn’t overwhelm the skin tone.
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Friday, September 30 | Another rainy day gave me the blues. On Friday, I was going to be on campus all day, first teaching a three-hour class, and then attending a student event, so I decided to take the liberty of participating in Casual Friday. The blue top is from Nordstrom, the jeans are from White House Black Market (love the comfort of their jeans!), shoes are from Vince Camuto (just got them for my birthday), and the bag is from Ralph Lauren. A tip if you are on the short side like me: the same color on the top and bottom will keep a consistent line and make you appear taller (even with that little bit of white piping). Not breaking the line with color is a smart thing to do; however, it can be become boring always wearing the same color on top and bottom. We’ll talk about other strategies for that as we move through the month.
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Saturday, October 1 | IT’S FINALLY #FROCKTOBER!!! Here we go, people. It’s the official start of #Frocktober, and for the next 31 days, I’ll attempt to show you what an average, suburban lady wears to work and on the weekends. Hope you enjoy… Today’s Saturday outfit is brought to you by the following: Blue/green velvet top by Dolan from Anthropologie; dark wash blue, straight legged blue jeans from White House Black Market; boots by Marc Fisher from DSW; bag purchased in St. Michaels by Spartina 449. At the time the photo was taken, there was a massive downpour, but we stayed dry underneath the short roof of these shops in Severna Park.

Have a good weekend, everyone, and thanks for stopping by Steph’s Scribe.

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Stephanie Verni is the author of Baseball Girl, Beneath the Mimosa Tree, and the co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice.

 

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Hair And There Thoughts On Our Final Fashion Friday

I’m going to say goodbye to Fashion Fridays for now, but I’ll resurrect them in the spring just in time to post your spring shopping checklist. For now, you’ll have to take into consideration some of the things I’ve suggested, use your fall/winter checklist when you shop, and work your own magic with the pieces and accessories you collect and wear this fall.

Some final thoughts on personal style:

Jennifer Aniston’s easy-breezy style.

On Clothing—Here’s what not to do: Don’t avoid a look just because you think you can’t afford it or because you’re afraid to try it. Clip it out, and find pieces that are similar to that expensive look you saw in a magazine or catalog. Remember this: Style is about being yourself and creating a look that suits YOU.

Julia Roberts dazzles in a fitted suit.

On Hair—Every once in a while, it’s important that we reinvent ourselves, too. Maybe not to the extent that Madame Madonna does, but we do have to evolve and change, and yes, age does play into how we dress.

Hair plays an important role in our overall style. Think Anna Wintour. Think Lisa Rinna. Think Michelle Williams, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Katie Couric, Oprah, and Ellen. Their hair works in conjunction with what they wear and their sense of fashion.

Oprah knows what works for her figure. Looks great.

When this last birthday came to pass, I realized I have to come to grips with the fact that I’m advancing chronologically. Age and I have never been good friends. But, as I said to my husband the other day, I think it’s time adjust my long hair. Sometimes when we try too hard to look “young,” the look can age us instead. I’ve had to embrace my age, and believe me, it ain’t easy. Therefore, I’m contemplating what my new style will be. Even as I write this, I have no idea what look I’m going for…I only know I have an appointment next Saturday, and something is going to happen in that salon chair. Outcome unknown.

Michelle Williams’s daring hair. Love.

On Being Happy and Heels—There are so many things that allow us to be happy with ourselves, and they can come in the form of family, friends, love, fashion, how we feel about ourselves, if we are challenged, if we love what we do for a living, if we give back to our communities, if we have some sort of spiritual connection, and if we value who we are. Be happy with yourself. If you don’t like the way you look, you have the power to change it. If you wish you could alter your career path, you can (I’m living proof!) change it. Whatever it is, most things are within your control.

As Glinda the Good Witch said, just click your heels and find your way.

Halle Berry’s got some serious style.
Anna Wintour, Editor of Vogue, has style. Oodles of it.