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.

 

The Idea Behind Creating Your Own Work Uniform

Matilda Kahl from Bazaar Magazine’s piece about creating a work uniform. Photo credit: Bazaar Magazine.

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A couple of years ago, I came across an article in Bazaar Magazine written by Matilda Kahl, an art director for a leading advertising agency located in New York. This article fascinated me for several reasons: (1) because, like her, I consider myself a creative type, (2) because I love fashion and am always trying to figure out ways to build a more successful and professional wardrobe, and (3) because for a short stint, I was a fashion consultant. After reading Matilda’s article about why she decided to establish her own “work uniform,” I was intrigued, and I’ve shared this with every section of my Internship Preparation class each semester. As you can imagine, some lively discussions ensued.

The premise of Matilda’s decision to build a black and white work uniform is based in logic and created for simplicity. By taking the “creativity” out of selecting and creating a fashionable and unique outfit each day for work, Matilda puts that energy to work for her incredibly creative job. Her black and white uniform consists of black bottoms and white or cream-colored tops; she accessorizes with scarves or bows. Additionally, she said she did not skimp on the quality of her clothes; she bought designer clothing and expensive tops and bottoms that she cares for, but the overall idea was that she never has to worry if anything matches or doesn’t work. The simplicity of the way she dresses is always in style.

Look—let’s be real—I don’t know how many of us (a) WANT to do this, or (b) WOULD ENJOY doing this and not get BORED, but it certainly is food for thought. It takes away a lot of stress in the morning when one is rushing out the door for work. And, it does allow room for creative energy to be used elsewhere.

I’ve looked at my own closet—it’s filled with black, that’s for sure. I could surely buy more white tops and make this happen.

Will I? I don’t know. But it sure is an enticing thought.

To read Matilda’s article, click here.

My version of black and white (and a little maroon).

The ever classic black dress. Photo taken outside our office at the NEW Kevin J. Manning Academic Center at Stevenson University.
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.

 

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.

Add Color To Your Life—And Your Wardrobe—Boden Style

Bought this tweed jacked. It's really smart and versatile.
Bought this tweed jacket. It’s really smart and versatile.

This was the year I decided to make the change, the plunge, the difference. Little by little, I’ve been updating my rather dull, “all black” wardrobe and infusing it with some color. My fellow professors love to tease me when they see me in something other than black. In fact, the other day I wore a hot pink dress with black tights and boots and they all said: “Wow! Nice color!” It’s been a running joke that my wardrobe consists of lots of black, and then some more black.

The inspiration for me has come for two main reasons: (1) I am getting older, and wearing black all the time can be a little depressing, and (2) Boden’s catalogue has inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and add some zing—pops of color, new styles, and even some tweed.

While it hasn’t exactly been the easiest transition for me (I still reach for all black when I want to feel most comfortable), I am embracing all the colors of the rainbow. I’m enjoying the experimentation, having fun with this new vibrancy in my wardrobe, and actually, if I’m to be totally honest, feeling just a little more colorful, not only on the outside, but also on the inside.

Below are the clothes from Boden that have influenced my decisions–and some of these are real winners.

Be bold, ladies. Be colorful.

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Really cute stuff here. Love the bird dress (bought a similar one) and the pop of color in the turquoise stockings is fabulous.
Pinks, greens and blues. This outfit comes together and is just plain fun.
Pinks, greens and blues. This outfit comes together and is just plain fun.
Again...this turquoise with pink, yellow, purple and green. I would never think to put this together, but wow! Lovely color.
Again…this turquoise with pink, yellow, purple and green. I would never think to put this together, but wow! Lovely color.
Simple green dress...but just so sophisticated and cute.
Simple green dress…but just so sophisticated and cute.
Putting together color really means putting together color schemes that go together. It DOES NOT have to match perfectly for it to work.
Putting together color really means putting together color schemes that go together. It DOES NOT have to match perfectly for it to work.
I'm going for overall sophistication. I would never wear the skirt color near my face because it would wash me out, but wearing it on the bottom with a navy blue up top—total winner.
I’m going for overall sophistication. I would never wear the skirt color near my face because it would wash me out, but wearing it on the bottom with a navy blue blouse up top—total winner.
What can I say about this combination, except ... stunning. Look at those rich colors, and how nicely they work together. Faboo.
What can I say about this combination, except … stunning. Look at those rich colors, and how nicely they work together. Faboo.
Another tweed jacket with a pop of pink underneath. Classic and beautiful.
Another tweed jacket with a pop of pink underneath. Classic and beautiful.
Just purchased this green skirt. Can be dressed up or dressed down. Pretty cute little number for snowy days, or just to wear for comfort.
Just purchased this green skirt. Can be dressed up or dressed down. Pretty cute little number for snowy days, or just to wear for comfort.

Add A Little Sparkle to Your Wardrobe This Holiday Season—Fashion Friday

Today’s Fashion: A Little Holiday SparkleHoliday Sparkle 1

 

Holiday Sparkle 2

Elegant Ease

Add a bit of holiday sparkle to your wardrobe this season. In the first look, the sophistication of the black turtleneck with a belted black jacket over a skirt with just the right amount of sparkly embellishments, offers the right balance (and warmth) for the holidays. The black tights balance out the black on top, and the result is elegant ease.

Bling & Leather

In the second look, a straight leather skirt is topped off with a cream colored sequined sweater adorned with a heavily studded necklace. The weight of the necklace balances out the weight of the leather on the bottom, and though she is wearing a tough material like leather, the softness of the top keeps this look ultra feminine.

 

Food: BELLINI

BelliniLast weekend, my husband and I hosted a dinner party/game night at our house. We had a great time, and the Bellinis we served were a big hit. They went very quickly!

The extremely simple recipe I have for Bellinis is as follows:

3 Parts Champagne

1 Part Peach Schnapps

Dash of Grenadine

You can serve them as noted above, or you can embellish them with fruit such as peaches, blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries.

Another Bellini recipe (pictured above) can be found here on My Recipes.

Very delicious.

Happy Friday. Have a lovely weekend!