Hot List: Winter Accessories

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One of the best things about winter is dressing up! Dressing head-to-toe in warm accessories. Fedoras, leather gloves, tall boots, fur coats, warm earmuffs – the options and colors are endless. Today we are featuring some of our absolute favorite winter accessories. Keeping a neutral color palette makes for a chic look – especially paired with a camel colored or black jacket. Adding a cognac, merlot or dark brown hats and gloves is so Parisian! We are in LOVE! xo

Summer BrEAZE

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You know whats easy about summer? Dresses. Yes – we hear you grumbling or looking at us with one eyebrow raised. But dresses are easy to slip on, add a cardigan and either flats or wedges too and off you go! How simple? One of the first things we recommend to clients on-the-go are wash and wear, knit dresses from places like Banana Republic, LOFT, Old Navy and Nordstrom. The silhouettes are flattering and the colors are perfect for summer! And if you haven’t invested in some lightweight knit cardigans for summer – we suggest you do! Cashmere and wool just aren’t going to be your friend in these summer temps!

A Dynamic Duo

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We were recently at a mix and match session with a client ( a sessions where we pair all your new clothing with clothing from past seasons, to make additional ensembles) and this dynamic color duo really popped! Once again, looking to nature was quite easy and purple and yellow is everywhere. We styled this exact outfit for her, and we thought you may want to try it too! Simply pair a yellow sheath dress with a purple cardigan or throw on an outfit similar to this! It’s a very unlikely pairing, so you are sure to get some compliments.

Get Your Derby On

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The Kyle Alexandra team is gearing up for the 3rd annual Kentucky Derby party! The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby will commence on Saturday, May 3rd, so we must prepare. Mint juleps, golden horse shoe decor and bright colored fascinators are just some of the items that have been added to our list. And FYI Kate Middleton is not the only one who can don a lady-like hat. Fascinators are the best accessory for race day. They’re feminine, unique and bold. When else are you going to wear one? Place your bets and put your dancing shoes on, Derby day is upon us!

Your Sunday Best

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Happy (almost) Easter!
We can all agree that Easter is a great holiday. Whether you’re going to a family or friends house, it’s always nice to look put together! Today we are bringing you two Easter Sunday ensembles that will work with your plans and lifestyle. Headed to church and out to a big brunch with family? Why not wear a neutral lace skirt, navy patent pumps and a classic, multi-strand pearl necklace? Headed over to a friends house for an afternoon feast? Stay comfortable in your JCrew mini pants and add pops of color, with a sweater or statement necklace. Either way you are sure to turn heads!

Life Colorfully

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I think one of the hardest things some of our clients face, and many of the women we talk to, is color coordination. So we are here to break down the basics for you. We have even provided some examples so that you can compare them to your own closet. Last fall we discussed how to create the correct proportions. For example if you are wearing a fitted top try a flowy bottom. If you are wearing a flowy top, wear a fitted bottom. We are going to implement a similar theme to color coordination. If you wear a neutral bottom, such as black riding pants, grey or regular skinny jeans, try a punchy color on top! Colors like hot pink, coral, bright blues and greens, are all really popular for spring! We have simply paired a black flat with that ensemble to let the sweater speak for itself. Take a similar route with color on the bottom. Pair a colored skinny jean or pant with a neutral top, such as tan, black or grey. Add a metallic or nude flat to keep the look neutral but trendy.
We hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions for us. You may just see the answer in our next post.

Easily Suede by Cashmere?

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We love our cashmere sweaters so! The textile is so luxe, rich and warm. We want to share a very special tip with you. Your cashmere will last longer and look better if you hand wash it rather than bringing to the dry cleaner. Dry cleaning is great at the end of the season to get it ready for storage, but the harsh chemicals are not good for our precious cashmere pieces. Today we are bringing you a step by step tutorial on how to properly care for your cashmere. Enjoy!
Step One
Fill your sink with warm water and Woolite. Turn your sweater inside out and gently submerge it into the soapy water. If it is a dark colored sweater don’t be surprised if some color appears in the water.
*You can also use unscented detergent or baby shampoo.
Step Two
Allow sweater to soak for about five minutes.
Step Three
Drain the water while keeping the sweater in the sink. Then refill the sink with fresh water to remove the soap suds. Repeat as necessary. When the suds are gone drain the water from the sink.
Step Four
Squeeze the sweater gently from top to bottom to remove excess water.
Step Five
Place a clean towel on a flat surface. Lay the sweater on top of the towel and starting form the top rolling the garment into the towel.
Step Six
Unroll towel. Place the damp sweater on a mesh drying rack and allow to dry overnight.