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For the longest, even before 2020, Athleisure has been a hot trend. Last year, we lived in yoga pants, sweats, hoodies and tee’s, unless you were Zooming then you dressed on the top and below the belt was your secret! At the beginning of the year several sources said athleisure would continue to be a trend, but I wasn’t convinced. Look, after living in nothing but yoga wear, tee’s, sweats, and PJ’s, I believed women would be longing to break free from all that sameness, and the memories and emotions associated with them. People would want to break free and express themselves after being stifled last year.

Seems I was onto something because Vogue magazine mentioned emerging out of our shell and thinking big, with bolder shapes, more color, and shine. In the Sunday Style Section of the New York Times there was an article, “Michael Kors Doubles Down on the Return of New York”, and it said get ready for the “bonfire of the sweatpants”. Kors believes in the allure of perfectly polished power sportswear. Don’t worry, it’s all very wearable, comfortable, and perfect for every budget so let’s check it out!

 

Aren’t we ready to show our lipstick, dress up, and engage in life again?

Pump the brakes here! After a year of not having to think through a look now we have to flex that muscle again? Yes, but there’s no reason to hit the brakes. Trailing hemlines, pumped up volume, and drama provide a feeling of exuberance, joy, and excitement. It’s intoxicating and fun! You can buy all the latest of the new trends if you want to totally revamp your style, but you can still project the same on trend feel by adding some new pieces. But how and where do you start?

Main Trends

There were lots of great pieces on the runways, but you can cull them down to a few shapes to wear now and also into fall. Look for huge scarves with lots of pattern and bright colors, capes, wide trousers, big shoulder jackets, and maxi dresses or longer length skirts and dresses. What fun!

 

Scarves

 

This can be a feminine look or you can make it edgy depending on the color and fabric, wear it to work, to play, or out with your friends. I’m excited to try the head wrap look even though I don’t normally wear something on my head. Just remember, the scarf, like the majority of trends, needs to be large scale both in size and pattern. This is something you can just play with, I don’t really see that there is a wrong way to wear these. This look will continue into fall too so don’t be afraid you’ll only get a season out of these.

Capes

Aren’t these fun? It’s been forever since I wore a cape but looking at the different feelings of these images it’s worth exploring again. This look will work for all bodies and can be as dramatic or demure as you want. I’m obsessed with the sparkly capelet and don’t be surprised if you see this kind of throwback to the golden age of jazz looks for the holidays. This would work really well over a cute tank dress now, or to throw on when you step out after work over a silky tank or your little black dress.  

Oversized Jackets

This is a big trend not only now but it’s all over for the upcoming fall/winter season too. Look for oversized shoulders, oversize cuts, and also longer arms almost covering the entire hand on some jackets. The extreme oversize may not be to everyone’s liking and it is a look you need to know how to work. For the most part, pair your large, or loose, piece with something less full or even fitted. The exception, and you need to look at scale and proportion carefully here, is if the other pieces are made with a looser, lighter fabric like the image on the far right. Play around with this at the store and try it on!

Maxi Skirts & Dresses

Maxi skirts and dresses have been with us for awhile now and I’m telling you it’s not a look that’s grown tired. Not when there are new silhouettes, colors, and patterns each season to freshen them up. Plus, dressing them up, styling them for the office, and popping on a dress to chill out with your friends is easy. Just keep your proportions in mind when pairing them with tops, jackets, and even the new capes.

Wide Leg Pants

These are so much fun and very comfortable to wear. I’ve had some clients shy away from them because they feel it will shorten the look of their body, but as you can see it actually lengthens the body line. The trick is to keep your foot wear with a heavier look, think chunky heel, large buckles, wedge heels, and make the hem line almost to the ground.

Let me see how you are styling these pieces, but no worries if you’re not 100% on where to start. I’m here to talk you through this.

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Every week on my social media stream I present a Style Of The Week, usually a street style but sometimes it’s a print ad that’s caught my attention. A few weeks ago it occurred to me that it would be a lot of fun to add a “Shop The Look” segment on my blog, and, given my large amounts of extra time ha ha, the first one is done. That said, let’s get to it!

Remember, you don’t have to copy the look exactly. Feel free to keep the essence of what you love while you make it your own!

 

Orange Trench

It’s spring and for many people it’s a time of anticipation, getting out of your winter routine, and enjoyment of the bright colors you’re starting to see in nature. I was reading online recently that orange has been on trend more so this spring season. It’s an exuberant mood boost so after last year that makes complete sense to me. Chartreuse, deep hot pink, and orange are colors I’ve always enjoyed so when I saw this incredible, orange trench I immediately fell in love. Besides the color, I like how the shorter length works for many body types and is easy to adjust if needed or desired.

This trench was online and it caught my eye due to it’s figure enhancing cut, bold buttons, and of course the color. Online I found a great trench with a hood, great in case you get caught in the rain minus your umbrella! It’s a rich orange with a smidge of red in it and gorgeous! The military style exaggerated lapel and bold pockets make it extra snappy. You can scoop it up online at Light In The Box Orange Red Trench

 

Skinny High Jeans

I’m crazy about these skinny high jeans from H&M! On the jean jacket embellishment video I made, it’s the second one on my YouTube channel, I talk about how they recycle materials and also create clothing from recycled fibers. That’s amazing because why toss something if it can be repurposed? You can check out that video here. Margi Reed Enterprises Jean Jacket Embellishment Video

These have the right amount of Lycra, 3%, so they don’t get too stretched out as you go through your day. These will fit in your wardrobe everywhere. Date night with a sexy tee and denim jacket, check. To the office with your pumps, jacket, and shirt (I love bodysuit blouses), check. With your orange trench? Check! H&M Skinny Black Jeans

 

Strappy Sandals

The sandals are a nice way to lighten up the look, but if an unexpected colder Spring day pops up feel free to grab the short boots again! These from Macy’s are pretty, and will work well with dresses too. The heel height is tall enough to add interest but not crazy high if you’re going to be on your feet all day. Plus, they come in more colors if you really like them! Macy’s Black Strap Sandals

Macy's Black Strap Sandals

I’ve shopped these vendors successfully and would also like you to know if you purchase from them I may receive a commission.

So remember, enjoy the process of exploring and making this look your own. If you have questions please reach out, I’m here for you.

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A fact about myself, I love vintage and I love sewing! Particularly, vintage sewing patterns and the large, counter pattern books. My collection keeps expanding since it’s impossible for me to say no when folks ask if I want their collection. Seriously, if you want them to get a good home for life, you won’t do better than me, and you may feel free to contact me if you need to find a good home for yours!

There wasn’t a specific time when I became aware of my interest in sewing. The women in my family sewed, knitted, crocheted, and embroidered so it was always around me. Looking at the pattern envelopes, with their amazing illustrations, was riveting and I became hooked. While my creativity leaned toward fabric and fiber manipulation it’s interesting to learn when, where, and how other people became cognizant of their creative leanings. For example, the brilliant creative and technical genius of my marketing team is fascinating, especially since I don’t lean that way. On the other hand, they were riveted when I repaired a hoodie pocket for one of them sewing the entire time we were talking.

 

 

The creative process of something you enjoy can not only parallel what you do, but how you do it.

 

1. I Start With A Mental Image

Starting with a mental image, the process begins with either pulling a fabric, like this amazing knit from Elliott Berman Textiles, https://elliottbermantextiles.com/ (I don’t get anything from them, just want you to have their link in case you want the fabric too.) or a pattern, which can be purchased or self-drafted. Then the project flow is outlined as to materials, process of assembling, and the fine bits, like buttons or trim.

2. Clients & My Creative Process

Working with my styling clients, the process is similar. After chatting, so I can really get to know their goals, likes, concerns to name a few, I get a mental image as to direction. Once we proceed the project flow follows a similar path. Most likely this is my natural project management process, which became honed as a kid learning to sew, and which naturally flowed as my style in business.

3. Everything We Do Is Creative

Everything we do is creative, even getting up which creates the start of your day, but it’s important and enjoyable to plan for a specific time to work on something creative. Yes, life has twists and it probably feels like there isn’t the time. I’m also going through that at the moment and haven’t sewn for awhile. In fact, I find myself daydreaming about it during the day which is my signal to slow down and relax. I’m also figuring what time block works to schedule in regular sewing time. I know I’ll feel happier and I’ll also end up more productive with my batteries recharged.

What process works for you to purposely create?

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Last year sure created a different lifestyle for us, and very unexpectedly too! While our situation was scary, in many ways I felt so alone, it was enjoyable to go online and see what people were doing to pass time. Puzzle making, knitting, growing container gardens, and probably the most popular-making bread! For me, I sewed more, did adult coloring to play with color combinations, and I started journaling.

Now, this wasn’t my first time at the journal rodeo, in fact I’d tried several times over the last ten years and for whatever reason it didn’t stick with me. Even trying different styles of journaling, such as writing free form or responding to prompt questions like my favorite book, felt off. Purchasing fancy journals, colorful composition books, and bright, colored pens didn’t make a difference-it just didn’t resonate. It was frustrating because I’d heard of the many great benefits of journaling regularly and felt I was missing out.

I’m not sure why journaling came to me last year. Maybe it was the overwhelming feeling of confusion to be without my normal routine, being without the daily contact of my friends, or maybe just finally being ready but this time journaling stuck with me and felt natural. It actually felt amazing! Plus, it gave me a rhythm, a routine and connectedness that went missing last year. Even better, I became more focused, goal oriented, and even stopped procrastinating. Bonus!

 

 

 

Researching the long term benefits reveal a lot of pluses, some obvious and some not so obvious, and here they are:

5 Reasons To Start Journaling

1. Maintaining A Journal Reduces Stress

Information on how stress negatively impacts your physical, mental, and emotional health has been around for awhile. Journaling, along with diet and exercise, is an amazing stress management tool. Studies have shown that journaling even 15-20 minutes 3-4 times a week helps.

2. Journaling Keeps You Cognitively Fit

Journaling boosts memory, comprehension, and increases your working memory capacity. Yes, I’ll take second helpings of that!

3. It Boosts Positive Feelings

This probably plays into the first reason, stress reduction, but people who journal regularly have discovered it helps improve their mood, and they had a greater sense of emotional well-being and joy. Those feelings will attract more positivity into your life, a big plus.

4. Journaling Improves Problem Solving

Continued journaling helps you become more connected with your inner needs and desires. You engage right brain creativity as you write and flexing this “muscle” boosts many things, including problem solving.

5. It’s Fun

Hey, it’s new territory so it could feel awkward at first. Once you get a rhythm going, like anything new, it’ll be a part of your life you look forward to. Just show up at least 3 days a week, even if only one sentence is what you end up with. It’s amazing to go back a week or month later and see what was going on.

The journal system that got me going is easy and has three different segments that can easily be finished in 10 minutes. You can spend more time if you want but it’s not necessary. For me, I think best when writing so it’s all about pen and paper. Studies have shown that writing, particularly cursive, helps boost creativity, improves memory, learning comprehension, and fine motor skills. It’s your thing though so be comfortable. I’ve created a free workbook to get you started! Just download it below.

You’ll have so much fun in the morning with your cup of coffee, or winding down at night capturing everything end of day. Let me know what you think and if you come up with any cool new methods of journaling!

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