fashion friday: photo shoot

Tomorrow we have a family photo shoot with Kate Giovinco Photography and I am totally stressed out about what to wear.


Its going to be outdoors and perfect fall weather, so I’m thinking sweaters and jeans?I want to coordinate, but not be matchy-matchy. Here’s a few tips that I’m going by…


Group photos can bring one of the season’s hottest trends, color-blocking, into action. Arrange your family in different bold hues for a stylish, runway-ready look! Recommended color choices this season include jewel tones like rich purple, cobalt blue, emerald green and lipstick red. We went with reds and pinks paired with neutral gray!

Get Comfortable

Cozy knits, specifically in shades of ivory or chocolate brown, will be trending this holiday season; and the textures of sweaters can play beautifully in photos. Pair with similarly colored bottoms for just the right amount of coordination. How cozy is this?


Opt for one large statement piece and one small accent piece per person, such as a hair accessory or scarf – minimal accessories with maximum impact.

I’m leaving towards cozy knits in grays and blues… what do you think?

Have you ever done a family photo shoot? What did you wear?

evening with elnett

Last night, I had a few friends over to join me in an Evening with Elnett.

Elnett Satin Hairspray is a fabulous and uber-luxurious line of hairsprays from L’Oréal that has been around for almost 40 years, but is just now available in retail outlets across the US. While it is a favorite of models, celebs and top stylists around the world, it is perfect for busy moms as well!
Elnett offers long lasting hold that disappears at the touch of a brush, leaving hair clean and shiny with a satin touch. Hair stylists love it for fashion shows and photo shoots where models are wearing multiple hair styles. Which is just perfect for us busy moms!  I can use Elnett in the morning, throw my hair up on a trip to the gym and then brush it out later for date night – so much nicer than layering on products all day that leave my hair dull and crunchy.

We had a fabulous fall spread:

evening with elnett


We had a hair station set up with flat irons, curling irons, hair do-dads and some Elnett products: Strong Hold, Extra Strong Hold and Extra Strong Hold with UV Filter. Yes, you read that right. Hairspray with UV filter to protect color treated hair! Amazing!! You can protect your color by using a product you’re probably using anyway.

We all tried out the hairsprays and had passionate, in-depth conversations about hair that only a group of girlfriends can have.

My personal favorite stylist, Gracie, was on hand to style my hair. Isn’t it cute?

We also got to view some fantastic tutorials by Johnny Lavoy, a consulting hair expert for L’Oréal. My favorite was his tutorial on defined waves – so gorgeous and it looks so easy! My daughter saw it and squealed “Its Taylor Swift’s hair!! I WANT IT!” I can’t wait to try it on her!

Thanks so much to L’Oréal and Mom Central for sponsoring this event and introducing us to Elnett!! To keep up with all the latest from L’Oréal, you can follow them on facebook and twitter. And check out my review of Elnett on my fashion blog, All Things Chic!

disclosure: I was compensated for refreshments and supplies for hosting this event, as well as receiving compensation for my time. as always, all opinions are my own.

fall trends: bold gold

Another hot trend for fall is GOLD! I own so little gold jewelry – I’m determined to add more to my jewelry stash! I mean, its my duty to my fashion blog, right? To buy jewelry?? (Go with it.) Lets find some gorgeous gold pieces to add to our fall wardrobes…

One piece that I’ve been drooling over is the Chantilly Lace Chandelier Earrings in the new fall Stella & Dot Collection. How gorgeous are these?

gorgeous. delicate, but bold.

And the matching cuff is TO DIE FOR! I saw one just like this by Aurelie Bidermann for over $1300.
I’m more drawn to a chunky gold bracelet – kind of like this one.
I bought these earrings recently and I’ve worn them constantly.
This Lace Paillettes Neckalce by Anthropologie is so sweet – and under $40!
Oh my. My my my. I love the Shepherd Moon Necklace!!

How about you? Are you into gold this season?

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fall fashion alert: flares are back

One of fall’s hottest denim look is the flare jean. I am very excited about this. If jeggings and skinny jeans are not your thing, rejoice! Flares are so flattering on just about anyone and make your legs look slimmer while balancing out curves. But you don’t have to worry about looking like one of […]

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fashion friday: bathing suits when you’re tiny on top

I recently had a friend beg me to do a post on bathing suits for small chested women. I’m one too, so I understand the challenges. But we should be thankful – we can actually pull off a lot of styles that our busty friends can’t. There are some great tricks to making the most […]

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weekend getaway looks!

Its Memorial Day! Break out those summer whites and head to the beach! (Well, I’m actually going camping. In the woods. In a TENT. What’s the opposite of glamorous?) What essentials do you need to pack? Swimsuit and Coverup for the beach: Bold Stripe Halter Tankini by Athleta, Bold Stripe Full Tide Reversible Bottom by […]

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fashion friday: dressing kids on a budget

Thank you Old Navy for sponsoring my post today about baby and toddler styles. Old Navy is giving you 30% off everything in their baby and toddler summer collection, plus get an additional 15% off in-store. I don’t know about you, but my kids burn through clothes. They don’t wear them out (usually) but mainly […]

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this is a sign

I’ve fallen in love. With a shoe. (Run with me here.) Meet the object of my desire: I’ve admired the Stuart Weitzman “Alex” Espadrille Sandal ever since I saw Jennifer Aniston wearing them practically all last summer. They seem like those shoes you would wear constantly because they go with absolutely everything. But alas. They […]

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Night of Style with All Things Chic and Shopafrolic

Friday night, my fashion blog, All Things Chic, co-founder Jo-Lynne and I hosted a fabulous Night of Style with Shopafrolic co-founders Jane Wagman and designer Liz Lange. It was a fabulous evening! To read all about it, check out All Things Chic! Tweet

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fashion friday: fashion resolutions

I’d sure love to have a new look for the new year. But for most of us, a new wardrobe, a personal stylist and a $500 haircut are not at our disposal to update our looks. So let’s look at some practical ways for us to update our looks for the new year: Underthings Sometimes, […]

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