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How to Style Your Family Photo Shoot

It’s that time of year.  Some of you already have this under your belt (well done, my friends!).  But if you’re like me…..now is about the time you’re thinking – I need to get some quick pictures taken of my family for holiday cards!  Stat!

That said – you don’t want to spend a lot of money – either on the clothes, or a photographer.  But, you want some great pictures to remember everyone as they are in that moment in time, in life.

So, my top tips for holiday photo season:

  1.  Coordinate, don’t match.  Look for pieces that complement each other, don’t go all 90’s on us and match (the days of the khaki pant and white shirt/dress thing are OVER).
  2. Shop your closet, first!  What is one of your favorite things to wear?  Start there…..and coordinate other people’s clothes in your household around that.  What you’re missing, you can surely find at great places like the Gap, Old Navy – even Marshall’s or TJ’s!
  3. Let the kids be kids.  If your daughter wants to wear something with sequins, let her.  Just say – ok you chose that, so Mommy is going to coordinate the rest of the outfit!  😉  Let your son wear a Star Wars sweater – see my son’s below.  You’ll love looking back at those pictures and remembering what their favorite things were.  And you’ll get better smiles!
  4. Go for non-posed, in the moment shots.  Again – the posed, all white with khaki look is so 90210 from the first go-around.
  5. Don’t want to shell out for a photographer? Have a friend use their iPhone 7!  Or ask a friend who owns a nicer camera  to take a few pics for you!  You can return the favor for her, or take her out to lunch as a thank you.  These photos below are mine from last year – I had a friend who is (more than) handy with her camera take them. I was THRILLED with how they turned out, they are some of my favorite pictures to date.
This is my family, last year.  Love this moment!

 

Those little people smiles are everything to me.

 

She’s got personality! Ha!

 

This was on the back of our holiday card. An absolute favorite.

 

If you want to see a fully coodinated family outfit – all from the Gap at 50% off, using their current promo code – check out my Family Photo Pinterest Board right here:  https://www.pinterest.com/mcmilano77/family-photo-shoot/

And if you just want to shop a few of my favorites…..I’ve made it easy and broken it down by family member:

For the woman:

For the man:

For the girl:

For the boy:

Happy picture taking!

It’s Finally Fall!

We are JUST getting Fall weather here in the Northeast – and it’s mid-October!  I’m worried we are going to skip straight from Summer to Winter – when will I get to wear all of my cute vests and tall boots with dresses?  And leather jackets?  Argh!  I’m going to live it up RIGHT NOW because I know mid-November…..it’s all over.

I couldn’t wait to break out this dress from the #nsale this past summer.  It’s going to do double duty…..now, as you see it without tights and with just over the knee boots, and then in the Winter with skinny jeans underneath and booties – and maybe a cute vest or leather jacket.  It’s SO affordable, too….win-win!

I have to mention this gorgeous necklace…..doesn’t it pair perfectly with this dress?  Shop the brand here.

 

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Photo Credits to Luanne Kelly Photography, shot at the beautiful Penfield Beach Pavilion in Fairfield, CT.

Style Spies FB Live Summer Finds!

Wow!  What an amazing audience we had last night for our first ever Style Spies Fab Summer Finds on FB Live!!!!  We were THRILLED to have everyone there who joined, it was such a fun night of favorites, trivia, and giveaways!

Make sure to keep in touch with us – the Back to School edition will be our next LIVE…….everyone loves a little Fall shopping, right?

We wanted to make sure those of you who didn’t get to join us got to see some of our favorites, so without further ado….

Round Two – Dressing Room Files

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally open to the public, yay!!  We hope you’re all shopping till your heart’s content.

 Last week Erin showed you some great pieces for the Southern temps – but for us who reside in the more Northern parts of the country, those pieces are ‘buy now, wear now.’

Today, a few things that you might put aside in your closet for a couple more months, but things you will wear on a constant rotation and that will totally be worth the splurge this summer!

 (and it’s not really a splurge if it’s on sale, right?)

This is my ‘I stole it from my husband’ look. Jeans by 7 for all Mankind, flannel by Paige.

 

in LOVE with this Trouve draped leather jacket – also comes in a caramel color and grey.

 

These jeans worked with everything! I wasn’t so sure about this Trouve top – but once it was on, it was DEFINITELY coming home with me. It’s all one piece and only $58.90.

 

Ok, can we talk about this Halogen dress? Obsessed! Great for now, with cute pumps or booties, and great later, with jeans as shown, again with pumps or booties.  And it’s $65.90!

 

This Gym and Tonic tee – aaaaahhhhhmazing. Paired with these shredded Zella leggings and this super cute rose gold BP hat, this look is so ME to run around town doing errands.

 

I’ve already worn this Adidas tank twice – I might ‘need’ another. Ha!

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Round One – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s that time of year again … #NSale!!

 

I don’t know about you – but living in the south makes it hard. I LOVE so many things that I know I won’t be wearing anytime soon, if at all. So, this year I was smart and only looked at things for the ‘now’ and that made sense for mine and my clients lives.

Round One:

Jeans and a t-shirt are my go-to staples – and I love how this t-shirt takes it up a notch without being too fancy. I ended up going home with two colors, a perfect closet staple. These jeans were comfortable and stylish, can’t beat that!

Did you see my post needing help on Instagram for which shoe color to get? This is the navy – love them to go with fall colors.

Another amazing t-shirt that steps it up – this top was a no brainer for me, it can be dressed up and down. The body portion of the top is cotton … aka, comfy! Paired with these high waisted jeans – they keep selling out, so act fast! And this bag is perfect for all of the stuff I ‘need’ on an everyday basis – and it is under $100. Might have been one of my favorite steals of the sale!

The best part … the shoes and the hemline of the jeans.

 

 

 

I was obviously crushing on this Mahogany color, because I had 3 things in my pile the same!

This mahogany sweater is light enough for us in the South and I love the silhouette and bell sleeves.

 

 

And what I live in most – activewear. They did not have these moto leggings in black which is what I ended up ordering but they are going to be my new favorites!

And this tank was the perfect length. I came home with this entire outfit. And ps, so did Mollie but slightly different – You can separate us physically but we find a way to stick together. We were cracking up at this!

  

 

And last but not least for my first round of pics – this gorgeous leopard blazer. The details on this were crazy! I am definitely ordering in my size!

Helloooo, my two favorite bras that 90% of my clients wear are on sale … this never happens (and they offer a variety of colors)!! Stock up and you will thank me later!

 

 

A few of my favorite that my store didn’t have that I was longing to try … (and ordered just in case!)

 

So – that is a wrap for my 1st round picks! Stay tuned for more … xo, erin

 

#Nsale Accessory Shopping

Accessories are usually put into the ‘I don’t “need” it’ category when shopping.  However, one of the things most women are missing in their closet when I come and do an assessment?  Accessories.  A lot of times, once I find them a few great pieces, their outfit problems dissipate.

Because, every fashionista knows, jewelry and/or a handbag can MAKE an outfit.

Here are our top picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale going on right now!

 

Our FAVORITE #nsale Shoe Picks!

One of the BEST parts of the #nsale is of course, the shoes. Boots, booties, pumps, flats, mules, slingbacks, slippers……the list goes on! Here are our favorites, selected just for YOU! We filtered out the shoe ‘noise,’ you can be assured these are the best bang for your buck.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – First Look Favorites

Hurrah hurray, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale has started! …… For cardholders, that is.  For those of you with a Nordstrom card, we thought we’d preview some of our favorites.   Stay tuned; over the next few days, we’ll be featuring our picks, category by category.

But for today, here’s a  sneak peek of the things we LOVE.

 

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Preppy Boho

This is one of my favorite and most ‘me’ outfits. It’s a little bit preppy, a little bit boho, and super chic.  That’s ‘me’ in a nutshell when I’m getting dressed.  Sometimes I’m waaay more boho, sometimes i’m a lot more ‘city,’ but i’m never too preppy.  Not my thing.

When I talk to new clients, I find that sometimes they’ve gone waaaay too far down the road of preppy because it’s an easy look to figure out, and it’s hard to mess it up.  My advice is always the same to them – balance out your preppy with something edgy, something that takes the uber prep out of preppy.  That’s what keeps an outfit interesting.  Make sense?

So — I have owned this J.Crew blazer for like – literally 10 years maybe – and it has been a consistent closet go-to.  Talk about price per wear!!!

I paired it with a new top from Boden that is a little bit boho, and will look every bit as cute with a pair of destructed denim shorts and flip flops this summer.

My shoes I got at a Saks Fifth Avenue warehouse sale last spring- and i’m STILL totally obsessed with them.  They’re by Vince and the d’orsay style: nude in the front, navy in back, with a nice daytime friendly heel height.

My skinny jeans are basic, but a high waisted favorite by Citizens of Humanity.

Sunnies?  Tom Ford of course.

Finally – this cute magazine clutch is by Leah Lerner, who is one of the female entrepreneurs that Peach has highlighted this past season.  It’s still available right here!!!

 

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Winter to Spring – What to Wear

The weather forecast has literally been a rollercoaster lately.  It’s killing me!  I’m itching to break out my lightweight jackets, and I have, but then the next day (like today) it’s back to 35 degrees and terribly windy.  Booooooo!

You’ll probably agree with me that this weather can make wardrobe choices quite confusing.  Am I still wearing my winter coat?  should I still wear my suede boots?  Is velvet still appropriate?  How many layers is too many layers?

I put together this outfit specifically to speak to the #currentsituation, shall we say.  It’s layered, but I mixed some light colored leather with my favorite black distressed jeans.  It’s still ok to wear your suede boots, and to give the outfit a little ‘night out’ fun, i’m wearing a short sleeve nude top that has silver sequins.  I bought it to wear over the holidays, but what I love about it is that it doesn’t scream ‘i’m holiday!’ and one can continue to wear it year round.

Happy 2nd day of Spring!  Let’s hope we can dress like spring soon, too!

My FAVE black jeans: Paige Denim Destructed Verdugo Jeans in Black Shadow.  And this jacket?  It’s faux leather (love) by Blank NYC, one of my favorite labels.  Great price, amazing style.
These boots; amazing. By Matt Bernson. And on sale!
These sunnies? My pal Tom Ford. Style: Collette.
Silver Sequin Top in the spring? YES!

 

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Every time I wear these ear jackets, I get compliments. So I thought I’d give them some love here. Baublebar at Nordstrom, and only $32!
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