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Complete NOT Compete!

As women, we are wired to compare. The dictionary states the definition of compare as, “measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between”.   Here’s the thing, when we compare we aren’t going to measure up because we are made to be different. Just like a red delicious apple and a granny smith apple taste completely different, that is what God intended. applestoapples

We tend to compare everything, especially our clothes, homes, cars, and kids.  Why is this?  I think it is a sign of insecurity on our parts.  Why aren’t we more self-positive?  God made us in His image.  We are beautifully and wonderfully made, yet we look at other women and compare ourselves.  STOP IT!  If we start down “comparison road” we will never be happy.  When we look at other women and compare what they have to what we have, we will always be disappointed.  You will be living in a spirit of lack, and that is NOT where He wants you to be.

 

Now don’t go getting your panties in a wad, I’m not saying we shouldn’t strive to look our best, but my best is different from yours. you I have to be comfortable in my own skin when I’m out and about.  I’m not going to be wearing 9-inch heels, or 2-inch heels for that matter, it’s just not me.  I love my platform/wedge shoes.  They give me height without the fear of breaking my neck.  I’m not comfortable in that body-hugging dress, I do not have the body to carry that off (four babies made sure of that). I think they look awesome on other women, just not me.

 

How do we avoid the comparison trap? Well, first and foremost, we need to know our true value and true identity.  What the heck is she talking about?  Knowing who made you will help you determine who you are.  Knowing you are made in His image gives you the confidence you need.     After all, my value is not in my clothing or what size I wear.  God has fashioned me after His likeness and is proud of who I am.  Think of it this way, if you have children, you love them unconditionally, just as our father loves us. download (5) It doesn’t matter to him whether we are a size 2 or 2X, he just loves us.  THAT is your compass for determining your value.  My identity lies in who I am made to be.  We all have gifts, and when we use those gifts in the right way we will shine brilliantly.  Once you find your worth you will find it to be so much easier to stop comparing yourself to others, wanting what someone else has, to being happy with who you are! When you learn these two things you can be a better friend, business partner,  mom, daughter.  Go out today and be you because NO ONE ELSE, can be!

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Fall is on its way!

I simply LOVE this time of year.  I love the weather change to cooler days and nights, the leaves changing color, football, and in general everything “fall”.fallWhen Pumpkin Spice (anything) shows up in the stores, I’m ready!

So in transitioning our wardrobes from Summer to Fall and eventually to winter, my favorite word is layer.  We are waking to cooler temps in the am and possibly warming up into the afternoon hours, I want to be comfortable in both.  0e7bac4549cd0b53fa542f5f8b826681.jpg

Here is where my layers come in handy and are essential for transitioning from summer to fall.  I can simply add a cardigan to my favorite summer dress, or a scarf and sweater to my favorite chambray button down shirt.  Add a pop of color with my accessories, shoes or purse, and I’m out the door prepared for the day, and the weather.

 

Investing in core pieces and rotating them with other items in my closet will give me the versatility I want and need in my closet.  Swap those ballet shoes for boots, add a jacket to my favorite summer top, and I’m out the door.  If you own some classic pieces it’s much easier to add in some fashion pieces and update your look.  Back to our core wardrobe concept, what are your favs in your closet?  Why are they your favorites, because you love how you feel and/or look in these items?  Are they easy to accessorize?  For whatever reason you are drawn to these pieces over and over again, use that to your advantage, simplify your wardrobe.

makesmoresenseDoesn’t simplifying make more sense?  The most interesting thing about you, should NOT be your clothes.  Accessories are a personal choice and will reflect your style a lot clearer than filling your closet with trendy items.  Trends are great, especially when used sparingly.  Don’t run out and buy clothes that are trendy now but won’t be next season.  Find one or two trends, add one or two pieces that identify that trend in your style and add them to your core wardrobe.

I’ve talked before about what YOUR core wardrobe should look like.16603021_10210000233736857_1864876666939895817_nAlways have to start:

Black Dress

Black Dress pants

Blazer

White button down

Black skirt

Utilizing these items will be easier, than when you had a whole closet of prints and colors to choose from.  Wouldn’t it be nice to dress in 30 seconds and stop wasting time “searching” your closet for something different.  Creating these 30 second looks doesn’t have to be hard.  You have everything you need to get started, and if you are missing pieces, you will know, because you will have a hole in your wardrobe.  If you need a white button down blouse, you’ll know it because you’ve taken a step back to look at your wardrobe.  Once you have the core pieces you love, making different outfits will be much easier.  Your accessories will be the “colorful icing on the cupcake”, remember, we don’t want to be naked cupcakes.

 

As always my services to you are completely complimentary, ie, no styling fees here, just honest advice and direction.  Let me help you prepare your closet for Fall.

 

What’s your go to look for fall, that you get excited about every season?  What new piece from last season are you looking forward to pulling out for this fall season?

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Yours in Fashion, Staci

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Super Exciting Updates!

First off, let me apologize for my absence.  I have been busy getting #1 son to college and settled and the other three settled back into a school schedule here.  I also am still fighting a nasty cold.  This cough has taken up residence and doesn’t seem like it’s in any hurry to move on.  Anyway, in the two weeks that I have been absent my website has been completely updated and can now take personal orders right on my page.  I’d love for you to check it out here.

My Personal website

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I am paying testers to place orders of $40 or more for $10 off the order from me.  I want to hear what you like, AND what you don’t like, so that we can improve the site and my services to you. IMG_7893

My services have always been free but now you can have your own access to ordering, whenever YOU want.  You don’t have to wait for the next style session, you can place an order today, if you like.  You will find some welcome changes that will make searching for that piece to finish your outfit so much easier. You can search by color, metal, and style.

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Not sure what your “style” is?  Take my quiz,  and I will send you suggestions for your individual style.  We all have style, it’s my job to help you develop it. stylequiz

We as women wear about 20% of our closets 80% of the time.  If that’s the case, we need help!  We need help learning HOW to put different looks together using basic core pieces (we already own) and swapping out our accessories to change the look.  This was something we were never taught.  Instead of investing in a “Stitch Fix,” or “quick fix”, which doesn’t solve your dilemma, invest in yourself and book a session with me to get your ” permanent fix”.

Know you need a new necklace, great shop only necklaces, or earrings, bracelets, watches, etc?  We’ve got you covered!

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Shopping for your new favorite look has never been easier.  The hardest decision you will have to make is Retail or FREE.  Our Hostess benefits are amazing and you can reap the generous rewards starting at $200.  Grab some girlfriends, treat them to their own Accessory Stylist for a night, all free of charge.  You and your friends learn how to negotiate the latest trends without the hassle of shopping.

shopfree You and your friends, will leave the session knowing how to look to your closet first, when creating new and exciting looks.  Take the money you would’ve wasted on new clothes, you’ll never wear, to invest in those accessories you need to complete your look.  I will be right there with you as much or as little as you like.  Maybe YOU don’t need my personal one on one service, but I bet you know someone who struggles with fashion and their own personal style, who does.

Please check out the website and send me your feedback.  As always, I love to hear what you liked and didn’t like.

Take Care,

Staci

 

 

 

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Carolina Music Awards

 

I’m not even sure where to start.  I had a bucket list experience this past weekend.  I was invited by #EvelynPutnamDesigns to be the official accessory stylist for her model/presenter team, and the 10th anniversary #carolinamusicawards CMA1.jpg

This was the 10th annual awards ceremony held in the Carolinas. The Carolina Music Awards (CMA’s) recognizes the extensive talent in Hip Hop,  R&B,  Rock,  Youth, Americana, Bluegrass and Country.

“Every year we look to make this event more and more beneficial to Carolina artists and to support the great music created right here in the Carolinas.  We are focused on one singular objective, the development of the music industry in the Carolinas while encouraging growth in our music, both present and future.  The CM Awards focuses on the hottest music and artists in the Carolinas in most genres”- Carolina Music Awards

The talent was unbelievable, and the excitement palpable.

Friday night was a meet and greet with the artists and VIP’s, and was a great time to learn more about the nominees of the Carolina Music Awards.

20375915_1808549909162920_4503900979734213900_n  It was a little intimidating at first but these were some of the nicest people I’d ever met.  We heard stories of where they came from and what projects they were working on at the present time.  The talent of these young people (they’re younger than me) was amazing and I couldn’t help but admire the dedication it takes to be a performer.

preparations for Saturday evening  started at 1:45 pm.  Models arrived  to have their makeup done #blushed #blushedbynatashia www.blushedbynatashia.com and hair styled. #TriciaSterlingDesigns #RachelPalmerHair

#EvelynPutnamDesigns had arranged for #maggiescatering to come in and provide amazing food for all of us,

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As the accessory stylist, I chose and placed the jewelry with each model’s dress. I escorted the models with their dresses to the makeup chair.  I  would stay with the model until the makeup artist could see the complete outfit, with jewelry then she could create the final look.

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Natashia Pass with #blushed #blushedbynatashia www.blushedbynatashia.com did her magic, and created some stunning looks for the models.

 

 

 

My part was not totally unlike what I do for my clients, except my clients are not usually  heading out to the red carpet (for the most part) 😉

These women are stunning on the inside as well as the outside! It was a pleasure to work with them.

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When the models were all ready, they posed for some photos in the studio and then headed over to the venue, for more photos and the red carpet.

The team took some pics on the red carpet and interviewed in the fashion lounge with Coul Crenshaw #CoulStyle.  coulstyle

Ok, so at this moment I’m thinking. . .  “Girl, I know you were invited here but are you sure you’re supposed to be here”?  It was surreal!  After the interview we headed to the front for some more promotional pictures and then inside to wait for the theatre doors to open.

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We visited a little more in the lobby area.  I loved checking out all the dresses and outfits.  Some of the outfits were quite elaborate.

I was concerned that I didn’t have anything appropriate, but honestly, anything black always works for formal occasions.

The kick off  was a nominee, Lauren Nicole.  I truly enjoyed their performance.  The program continued on from there with more performances mixed in with the awards.

We were so excited to celebrate with Brianna Graves, her model of the year award. Congratulations, you worked so hard.

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It was an amazing night and one I will not soon forget.

Thank you to all the people who made the night with all the hard work.

 

 

 

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Pare back your closet, you’ll thank me for it!

So I took advantage of shopping my own closet this morning. Ok,  maybe it wasn’t MY closet but my BFF’s closet.  I have two events this weekend, and I didn’t have anything to wear, literally.  I headed over to my second closet and found a couple of items that she wasn’t using, didn’t like or fit.  So I came home with a bag a clothes and 2 1/2 outfits and even a couple of hats.  Yay for me!
So what I want to talk about today is the over abundance of clothes we have, and how that “can” make getting dressed harder because we have too much.

I have permission, and in fact, she gave me the idea to write about her today.  She has A LOT OF CLOTHES.  She says I wear something new every time she sees me, but I’m just good at using my entire closet and allowing my accessories to be the starring role.   She just moved, and in conjunction with pilfering  pillaging shopping her closet I helped her unpack and hang up clothes. She is one of the most generous people I know and often times she will send me home with items from her closet because she thinks it would look better on me, or it’s too short on her (did I mention she’s 6′ 1″ to my 5’3″) .  We look a bit like Mutt and Jeff 891933-muttjeffd_115

So when something is too short on her, she offers it to me.  Unfortunately, being so tall, means her shoes do not fit me.  LOL

She has an amazing closet of clothes,(picture below is not her closet) but she admitted to me she was hanging on to things for sentimental reasons.  We all do, at least, I think that is normal. She did get rid of a trash bag full of clothes she knew she’d never wear again.  I was so proud! img-thing

I did this little trick in my own closet, about 6 months ago, granted it was a different season, but it will still work.  Empty your entire closet onto your bed, so you will have to finish this before bedtime.  42f340f6f3b5728529d723dc032ee205

This is a great raining day activity.  Ha Ha After you have cleared out your entire closet, you’ll need three piles. First pile is, “I love this, and I feel amazing every time I wear it”. second pile is, “I haven’t worn this in a while, but I’m not sure I want to get rid of it yet”, the third pile is, “I haven’t worn this in a year OR MORE in some cases, and I don’t plan on wearing it EVER AGAIN!”.  The third pile, should go directly into a bag or box to be donated.

You are left with 2 piles. The first pile is easy, hang it back up in whatever way you’d like it organized, ie skirts, shirts, pants, etc. The second pile hang it back up with the hangers pointing at you and not the normal way.  This way, you’ll know you haven’t worn it and in 6 months to a  year, and when you do this again, you’ll see you don’t need it and you can go ahead and “Let it Go”

 

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You will walk in to your closet and feel so free.  You’ll be able to see your favorites and probably wear more of your closet since you can see the items better.  Another, caveat is you’ll find where you might have wholes in your closet, such as, a white button down blouse, black pants, and a blazer (back to a previous post, the “uniform”).  This will make is so much easier to shop, you’ll know what you need to purchase and you won’t purchase unneeded items.

You can check out swap.com for any holes in your wardrobes and can shop from your couch (which you know I love).  I have two $10 vouchers for the first two ladies to reach out and claim them.

As always you can find me on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, to make your one on one FREE closet consult.

Are you holding on to anything for sentimental reasons?  What do you think of this process, could you implement it?

 

 

 

 

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I Play Dress Up Every Season!

I can hardly stand it when we come out with a new catalog. Catalogs hereweb-heels2.jpg  I’m like a little girl playing dress up again. With all the jewelry I already have you’d think it wouldn’t be such a big deal. I get excited all over again, and can’t wait to get my samples in and start wearing them. It’s the quickest and easiest way to update my wardrobe. I can grab my favorite pants and pair it with a neutral blouse, throw on a bit of fashion(a kimono, or denim jacket) add that new fabulous necklace, earrings, rings and bracelet and you are out the door. 30 second looks, with a simple formula and great accessories helps you dress faster and takes the guess-work out.

In our busy lives, don’t we need more of this? Don’t we want things to be simpler? I know for me, putting looks together was not a skill I had been taught. Since starting my own accessory stylist business 7 years ago now, I have learned how to complete my look with those three steps. Those three steps,  have taught me how to look for holes in my wardrobe and fill them. I don’t run out to purchase every trend and then not even wear them, but I choose, very carefully, items to add to my wardrobe that compliment what I already own.
If you need a little assistance with the three steps, give me a shout, my services are free. You can alwaysshop grab one of your girlfriends to help you out.  After all, shopping under the influence of other women is an awesome way to shop. I know that trends come and go but there are classics that won’t ever go out of style. These are the staples you want to invest in and rotate them throughout your closet. You know that black pencil skirt, white blouse and black blazer are just three pieces to use in your core wardrobe. Swap out that blazer for a Kimono or denim jacket and you have a totally new look. Just switching out your simple necklace for that statement necklace takes your look from day to night in one step. When you see that co-worker and she always looks put together, I can guarantee its her accessories, NOT her clothing that set her apart and give her that “pulled together look”.

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So I understand the struggle ladies, it can be so hard.  I know all the men out there are rolling their eyes but let’s be honest, women’s wardrobes can a bit confusing to negotiate, I would suggest finding a personal stylist Pinterest Boards( I happen to know one,  Ha) until you get a handle on the 30 second recipes.

What is your “go to” outfit for work, can you transition to after work fairly easily?   I would enjoy hearing your most tricky wardrobe needs?

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Online Consignment, Friend or Foe?

So my opinion is two-fold. Online consignment rocks, online consignment sucks! Wow, Staci that’s a … confusing statement. Let me explain.download
So I LOVE to get a deal, but I don’t enjoy shopping for clothes in a store. I would rather have my eyes poked out with a red-hot poker then go to the mall. If you know me personally, I say this ALL THE TIME. Ok, so why do I think it rocks, because, I don’t have to go to the mall, try on clothes, return them after I get home and see my items in front of MY MIRROR (raise your had if you think the mirrors in clothing stores are somehow rigged). Again, your saying, how does that translate to stinking? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to find a deal.  Watching TV after my day is done, looking to see what my favorite online consignment has today, is relaxing to me. There is no pressure to buy right then but it does notify me of the times an item has been viewed. Sothere is a little FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), thus purchasing maybe before I’m truly ready. LOL! I can easily get my self into trouble, by over buying, but most online consignment stores factor this in and they make it very easy to return for a store credit. Now that credit is kind of a two-edged sword, because, I want to use said credit, which drives me back to the site, and I usually find one or 100 more items to add to my shopping cart, but these are MY PROBLEMS not the store itself.
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So online consignment rocks, for all of those same reasons. I love a deal, I’m challenged by “the hunt”, I love find items with the tags still on, at 90% discount. I enjoy trying items on in my own bedroom, in front of my own mirror, matching items from my current closet to go with new items. I don’t have to try to remember, did I have a blouse that will work with these pants, or, vice versa. It makes looking at my closet and finding the holes in my wardrobe, a lot easier. Back to my core wardrobe, do I have a pair of dress black pants, a LBD, neutral blouses with no pattern I can mix easily? Now, that my needs are taken care of (LOL) I can shop for hubby, and kids. I find the value and condition of the items to be top bar. If I want a Tory Burch handbag or pair of shoes, I know I can find a deal on them. I have my go to brands, that I know work for me and my family, Old Navy, HUGE in the Nichols family. I think the clothes are reasonably priced and on trend. I like to purchase directly from them but seasons change and so do the clothes. Right now, I’m keeping my eye out for things for the fall, so my standby, Old Navy is probably not going to have that thick fall sweater I’ve been dreaming about. Online consignment will though, and chances are, if it’s off-season, I’m getting a deal.  Well all is said and done, I will continue my pursuit of the online consignment haul of the century! I have a few online consignments that I use.
My #1 top choice is https://www.swap.com/ swapThey have a refer a friend program but for some reason it is on hiatus right now, for improvements. If you use swap.com, I would appreciate if you passed my name on. I have applied to be an affiliate, but I haven’t heard back yet.

Now that you’ve saved so much on that new outfit, you have money left in the budget to get that necklace and earrings to complete the outfit, or you could just get them for free!

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Even though online consignment is my jam, I have been known to frequent thrift stores on occasion, but sorting through racks and racks of clothing items that aren’t my size, to me is a waste of time. Give online consignment a shot, tell me if you like it as much as me, or where you find YOUR deals. Come check out my catalog for the accessories for any occasion.

Yours in fashion,
Staci

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Don’t Take Freedom For Granted!

I hope you realize how much our forefathers did to earn our freedom. I trust you thank those who STILL sacrifice for our freedom, whenever you get the chance.  This includes our local and state police.

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I have never had to go hungry or worship in secret, I have never had a child taken from me, or lost one through serving our country. I had grandfathers, and greatgrandfather’s that fought, uncles and brother’s that did as well. Some came home, others did not. We cannot just sing a sweet song about our country and not REALLY consider the cost generations before us have made.

I think we have it too easy here in the states, in this place in history. I know, I know, what the heck Staci, what does FREEDOM have to do with fashion? Freedom has everthing to do with fashion. WHAT?, “she’s losing it”.

If it were not for freedom, I wouldn’t be free to run my own business, work from home, worship in the manner in which I do(ok, I’ll try to stay on track)but you see, we owe absolutely everything to those who’ve gone before us. My family can choose to live where we do, shop where we shop, vote for who we want in office. So many countries and people do not have these rights.

I just don’t even know where to start, but I know this, 32+ years ago a husband and wife founded Premier Designs so I could stay home with my children, so I could pay for the extras so I could help empower women all over the country. I have the ability to effect change here in my little corner of the world.

I am personally so thankful to the Men and Women of our armed services, and those state and local law enfourcement that give up so much. so we can be free. Not only do our men and women sacrifice, but their families do as well. I love the saying,

“All gave some, some gave all”

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Next time you ride to the church, of your choice, or share dinner with your family, think about those who are seperated from there’s for you.  Thank them! You don’t not have to have a personal relationship with them to thank them for their sacrifice.

Ok, so maybe this post doesn’t have anything to do with fashion, this week and I am ok with that.

Thank you! to the Men and Women who tirelessly defend our borders, protect those in need, and those that cannot protect themselves.  May we never take for granted the freedoms we have in this country, but use the sacrfices of those passed to spur us on to the next level.   We offer you our gratitude and thanks for a job well done.

It is our right, NO our duty to persue those things that make us unique. This is our  tribute to those who’ve fought so hard for us.

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I personally, need to remember all of these things.  I have the freedom to pursue my dreams and desires, let me NEVER take them for granted.

 

P.S. have you lost anyone defending our country, abroad or domestically? Are you personally, active or retired armed servicemen or law enforcement? Are you a spouse of someone in this line of work?  Consider this, my Thank You and my family’s Thank You!