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Baseball, Bomber, Varsity, Letterman...whatever you call this classic jacket, it's currently on-trend and popping up everywhere! The world of fashion will always simultaneously celebrate and bash what's trendy. It’s the nature of the business to create buzz around what’s in and what’s out. Some trends are very fleeting. Others have serious staying power.
The jacket seems to be sticking around.
Like it's name, the styling may vary but the basic concept remains the same...
Short jacket with ribbed knit trim (often striped) at the neck, cuffs and hemline. Zip front. Sleeves may be a different color and/or fabrication. Sometimes this piece is embroidered or floral.
What's my personal stance on trends?
I don’t exactly resist trends. After all, I’m a personal stylist. I’m in the business of promoting what’s current in the world of fashion.
However, I'm usually a late adopter. I’m very rarely on the cutting edge of style trends. My tastes tend to run too classic and timeless. And my budget's too small to invest heavily in pieces that won’t look fresh next season.
What’s a girl to do when she wants to try rocking a cool piece like the baseball-bomber-varsity-letterman jacket?
Here’s my advice on how to approach this trend wisely...
The bomber jacket (I'll use this term for simplicity) is a versatile, iconic piece that's been gaining popularity for the past few seasons. It's making an extremely strong showing in stores right now.
Like any great trend that's had a running start, it’s accessible. This jacket is now available at every price point and is offered in a huge variety of fabrics.
But the best news is...unlike some hot trends….the bomber jacket is completely wearable at absolutely every age! And for almost any occasion!
That’s my kind of trend!
Before dashing out to join this fashion craze...
1. Consider your lifestyle.
What type of bomber jacket will work best for you? Do you need a mid-weight jacket to wear outside? Should it be waterproof? Warm? Do you plan to only wear this jacket indoors? To work? On dates?
By deciding how you plan to use this trendy piece, you'll save time and effort when shopping. You’ll be able to concentrate your search on just the fabrics and styles that will work for you.
2. Consider your existing wardrobe.
Okay, so you’ve decided where you’d like to wear your jacket. Great. Next, what do you have to wear with it? You probably own several things that will look terrific with a bomber jacket. Find them.
By determining which pieces in your current wardrobe will work with a bomber jacket, you’ll narrow down your color palette and fabric options. This will better help you to recognize your perfect bomber when you see it!
3. Consider the seasons.
Aim to buy this jacket in a fabric that will work for more than one season. A heavy wool version is going to be useless in the spring. And a sheer, sparkly style might look out of place on a dreary, cold day. I prefer the lined satiny options. They’re great for layering over a tank or a long-sleeved sweater and the sheen of the satin makes the piece a bit more fun!
4. Consider your age.
The idea is to translate this trend into something that looks authentic on you. If it appears that you're trying too hard, you've missed the mark.
Subtlety should increase with your age. Leave the wildly embellished, super colorful versions of the bomber jacket to the 20-somethings. Find one that fits your vibe and sense of self. It's okay to step out of your comfort zone, just stay true to you.
5. Consider your budget.
Remember, the bomber jacket is currently a trend. This piece should not be a major investment. (Unless, you've worn this style for years and know it's a keeper for you. Then go ahead and invest in the coolest one you can find)
The best wardrobes contain ‘special’ pieces that add interest, but those pieces don’t need to be expensive. You invest in the classics...a fabulous black blazer, incredible cashmere, the perfect jeans. Trends are intended to come and go.
Don’t overspend on a bomber jacket this year. Decide what this look is worth to you. Pick a dollar amount and shop with that number in mind. Remember...you can score this piece for as little at $20;-)
6. Don’t delay.
Wear it! You might miss the wave if you leave this piece hanging in your closet too long. The time to rock the bomber jacket is now. Create a few outfits with your awesome new trendy piece and head out into the world looking on point and super hip!
I don't consider Anthropologie to be trendy, but they do a great job of staying current and still remaining true to their unique style.
We have lots of bomber jackets in the store right now. These two are my favorites...
I've been asked to share more on how I style the clothing in my wardrobe.
So, here goes...
I’ve stepped into my own closet to create some outfits with my bomber jacket.
A quick recap of the results from the survey I posted a few weeks ago.
Thank you again for all of your responses!
I sincerely appreciate your time and input.
Here’s the takeaway...
The vast majority of you are hoping for posts about all of the topics listed. The single topic most selected was definitely Effortless Style. I love this so much because I really wanted to dig deeper into all of the subjects, but have a major soft spot for helping women create effortless style.
Almost all of you said that a mix of both written posts and videos is what you’d like. You’ve got it. This is my preference also:-)
And finally, most of you asked for a post every week. The second choice was every two weeks. Again, this is exactly what works best for me...so happy we’re on the same page! I'll plan to post weekly, but when I'm in a jam, I'll know that two weeks is okay also:-)
I'll be spending considerable time over the next few weeks working on a posting schedule for the coming months.
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Sometimes the answer is right under your nose...or in this case, my feet. I've needed a place to write for quite a while. I was feeling frustrated and stuck without many options...and I wasn't seeking a solution. At the start of 2017, I realized that if I wanted to have a truly functional office space (more in the video), I was going to have to get creative.
I'm thrilled that my new writing nook is finished. I've been using it for about a week...and I love it!
Can’t believe I didn’t think of doing this sooner.
My office now occupies part of the unfinished storage space in our finished basement. I used mostly items that we already owned and as a result this space was very inexpensive and simple to create.
Here are a few 'before' photos.
Happy snow day helper:=)
It’s been a while since I posted a video. This one is a bit longer than usual.
I wanted to provide the backstory of why and how my writing nook came to be...and also give you a tour of the space.
I hope you enjoy...
A thousand thanks!
Last week, I asked a favor of my readers and included a survey in my post. The response to that little survey has been incredible! (You can still participate, if you'd like)
Thank you to everyone who took a few seconds to reply. The information collected will be extremely helpful to me as I work to create new content for posts, videos and courses.
Your responses were anonymous (unless, like my dear mom, you signed your comment:-) so I don’t know who wrote all of the sweet gems that appeared in my inbox.
However, I can tell you that I read every single comment, many of them aloud to my family. I was touched, humbled and inspired by your beautiful words.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. I will do my very best to give you what you are looking for here. Please know that your kindness and encouragement means that world to me.
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And we’re off! We’ve almost reached the halfway mark of this inspiring (and sometimes overwhelming) first month of the year. At my house, this point in January is primarily devoted to my youngest child’s birthday. He often lucks out with a day off while the school district observes MLK Day….as is the case this year! So, I have lots of birthday stuff to accomplish before Monday:-)
I don’t know about you, but I’m in the midst of an honest mid-January check-in.
After that ball dropped, I set a lot of intentions and I'm proud to say that I've started the year off rather strong...
New writing space? Check. I’ll be sharing it in next week’s post.
Sell things on Craigslist? Check. (My son and I even delivered a bed frame and mattress to the young woman who purchased them because she couldn't get them inside by herself...I was serious about getting that unused bed out of my son’s room before his birthday!)
After two solid weeks of crossing things off of my list, I can feel myself tiring.
My mind is saying, “Okay, that’s enough. Let’s just curl up and chill for the next few months”.
Tempting as that is, I’m not willing to lose steam. No way!
I will not abandon my plan to tweak, refine and change my life in 2017.
How about you?
How’s it going so far?
Are you feeling accomplished?
Making the changes you’d envisioned?
Have a clear plan for the next eleven and a half months?
If you're already feeling burned out or have yet to actually start, here’s what I’d suggest…
1. Start small
Pick one or two little things that you can change today. Sucessful small tweaks build momentum so you’re then better able to tackle the bigger stuff. Whether it’s a change in diet, lifestyle, wardrobe or relationships...don’t wait. Do one small thing differently now.
Maybe it’s tossing all of your yucky washcloths and buying a new stack (I just did this and I smile when I see those clean, fluffy squares). Tip: I make a 1 inch cut into one edge of all the washcloths that are being demoted to rag status. That way my kids don’t fold them and put them into the linen closet with the shower washcloths:-)
2. Practice patience
Most of the habits or patterns we’d like to change in our lives have been in place for years or possibly decades. Some wise folks (like Yoda and my husband) strongly disbelieve that change takes time. They feel that change is actually very immediate. As humans we are capable of deciding on the spot to do things differently moving forward. Problem is that most of us don’t really work this way. We cling to the old, outdated, ineffective methods until the universe clubs us on the head enough times and we finally decide it’s time to do something different.
As such, I believe that we should be gentle with ourselves and provide some space for the new to take hold. The ‘change’ experts seem to agree that putting a new habit solidly in place takes about 66 days.
Just think of what could be different (better) in your life by March 20, 2017...which coincidentally happens to be the first day of spring. Sounds like today’s the perfect day to begin...and then you can celebrate your changes with the arrival of the next season!
3. Give yourself kudos
We’re our own worst critics. I’m often guilty of this myself. I can knock a dozen things off of a long to-do list and yet I remain focused on the items that aren’t yet accomplished.
What is that? It’s ridiculous, self-punishment. Show yourself some love. Be your biggest cheerleader! Feel proud every time you ‘get it done’. Give more weight to what you've finished than to what remains on the list.
4. Gentle reminders
I have lots of things I’m working to change. Honestly, sometimes I forget what’s even on the list:-) So, I’ve begun placing reminders to keep me on track. For instance...I love candles, but rarely light them (strange, I know). I now have a post-it note to remind me to light the candle on my desk.
And I need to use a foam roller to relieve some painful IT band tendonitis...so I have a note to remind me to use that dang torture device/roller twice a day.
5. Ask for help
Having someone who helps hold you accountable can go a long way when you are trying to change. My family knows that I am committed to staying in the Now as much as possible. I count on them to offer kind words to nudge me back when I’ve been abducted by my bossy mind.
6. Time out
Once you’ve completed some tasks on your list and taken steps towards changing the stuff that bugs you...pause.
I’m learning to follow my own advice on this one. As one of my 2017 changes, I’ve scheduled time to read magazines every week. For me, magazines are research and development for my business, but they’re also a favorite way to check out for a few minutes and recharge.
Another option? Honest to goodness naps. Long naps. Power naps. Indulge. They’re so worth it because you re-enter the day recharged and ready for the next task. Or... Read. Have a cup of tea. Meditate. Whatever you choose, do it with no guilt and no hurry.
And now, I need your help.
I'm desperate for a little feedback from you. Each and every one of you reading my blog has a voice and an opinion. I’d really like to hear it.
As I'm planning the content for 2017, I want to be sure I'm covering the topics that truly matter to you.
I aim to fill this space with ideas and subjects that are inspiring, problem-solving and helpful.
Here's the ask...
Chime in, multiple choice style. Super easy. Lightening fast.
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Happy New Year! 2017?! This one is a bit tough for me to grasp. My oldest child is a member of the Class of 2017. My mind is screaming, "We’re here already?!" "That’s not possible!" But, it’s a fact and so I’m going to use the ticking clock as a kick in the pants. I’ve decided this is the year I make some real headway in becoming the very best version of myself. It’s time to take a good hard look and refine my life.
I began this journey in earnest last October and I’m proud to say that I’ve made solid progress in many areas...however, there are things I haven’t tackled yet. It's time.
What better time than the start of a new year?
In the past, turning the calendar to January was usually a bit daunting for me. I always loved the lead up. I was filled with anticipation during the final days of December...
Anxiously waiting to meet the new year and the new me.
But then...the confetti settled and the balloons deflated and I felt a sense of disappointment and resignation that the next twelve months were not going to be much different than the last.
I’d fall into the same patterns and habits. Discouraged, I’d find myself making due until the following December when I was certain I’d make real changes.
This was not an effective system.
For decades, I was a notoriously dreadful goal setter. It took me a long time and the patient help of my awesome husband to finally realize the art and power of setting goals. Here's the full story.
I'm finally on-board with defining and declaring what I want and then devising a plan to make it happen. I’ve also become more gentle with myself regarding my expectations.
So, we're in it now. The first week of January is almost over.
Are you still on the fence about what you want this year?
Do you have a clear picture of where you’re heading and how to get there?
Well here are 5 steps to get you started...
I believe the most important thing we can do when we’re eager to change is to look back. Take a bit of time to examine the year that’s just passed.
This 50 question survey (from Anuschka Rees, writer and super cool girl with awesome minimalist style) arrived in my inbox just as I was beginning to feel the panic of January’s arrival. It's quick and easy. Eye-opening, for sure.
Consider what matters-
Who are you going to be this year? How does she look, act, live, feel? Pay attention to recurring themes and nagging feelings. My survey showed me that I don’t laugh enough. Sad, but true. This needs to change.
Spend time really deep diving into what works and what doesn't in your life. Doing the research and groundwork allows you to really take action and make changes.
I’ve long had trouble with taking the time to actually make a plan. Ridiculous as this sounds to me now, I honestly struggled with seeing the value in taking time to flesh out a real path forward. It seemed like a waste of precious hours.
For some crazy reason, I’d just hit the ground running, using a very fly by the seat of my pants approach.
Guess what? That approach is junk. It rarely produced any amazing results...and if it did, it was completely by accident. No way to live my one and only life!
Here’s another area where I’d fall incredibly short. As in, leave out this step entirely. For decades:-)
I’d create an amazing list of things that I wanted to do, change, handle...and then the list would sit. Until I neatly rewrote it again. And again. Never actually doing what was on the list.
Enter my scheduling god of a husband… “Kristen, you have to put the things that are on your list onto your calendar. They must be scheduled into your life in order for them to actually happen”. This isn’t a direct quote, but it’s basically what he said (repeatedly).
Well, I finally get it. I schedule and then complete what’s on my list! What a novel concept. Thanks again, babe.
This part comes down to being realistic. Pay strict attention to your time.
How long a task will take has often been the downfall of my careful scheduling.
Be honest with yourself about what you can fit into a day or a weekend. Schedule accordingly. It’s self-defeating to cram too much into your schedule and then not be able to complete any of it.
Take focused action-
Here’s the tricky part. Once it’s on your schedule, you have to actually do it.
Laser focus gets things done. Another productivity truth I failed to realize for decades. Not proud.
I'm there. I see the results of concentrated attention and forward motion.
Take care not to get sidetracked or distracted. Stick to one task at a time and finish it!
Keep growing and changing-
If I'm honest, I like things to be once and done. If I could go to the grocery store one time for the entire year, I’d do it! I like things crossed off the list. Done.
I strongly resisted the constant shifting that was required as my children grew from babies to toddlers to elementary school age to teens. As soon as I’d have their spaces and systems just right...they would change and their needs would too.
It took me many years to settle into the reality of constant change.
Nothing stays the same. And neither should we.
Seek out something new. Learn something. Do things a different way. Break free of old ways that no longer serve you.
As I move deeper into January 2017, I have a few things topping my list of stuff that I want to tweak.
Here’s a peek…
A writing space. As I type, I’ve enlisted the help of my boys (who have a snow day today!) to basically empty and reorganize our basement storage area so that I can create a writing nook. Yes, they're thrilled:-)
I’ve realized that in order to do my online Together Act work properly, I need a quiet space. This has been an issue for a while, but I wasn’t doing anything to fix the problem. Today, I am.
Wardrobe changes. I have a great wardrobe. Working at Anthropologie has done wonders for the basics and the specialty pieces in my closet.
However, I still have items that I rarely wear. I have several pieces that don’t feel authentic to me anymore. It’s time for some changes. I want less stuff! I want a smaller wardrobe that works for my lifestyle. I know what needs to be done. It’s time to do it.
2017 Live List. Link. This practice is new to our family...remember, I never set goals before. Our first Live List was really successful and we’re all ready for another one. I love that this simple activity brings my family together and sets our sights on some common goals.
My wish is for loads of quality time with my children and husband this year. That clock is ticking…
Show up on Instagram. I’ve been kind of stingy. I'm not contributing to the relationship. Instagram is definitely my favorite social media site. I try to limit my consumption...but sometimes I get lost in those little squares.
However, I've been taking far more than I give. So, I’d like to start regularly sharing more of my own life in my feed. I’ve been asked to offer outfit of the day photos, more styling info and ideas for simple organizing. I’m ready. I want to give back to the community that I enjoy so much.
What are you ready to change?
I'd love to know. Comment below.
Questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you a year of accepting inevitable changes and implementing a few of your own. Thank you so much for reading.
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P.S. A little info about the orchid pictured above. When we moved last February, our new next door neighbors gave us a beautiful orchid plant. Its blooms were gorgeous.
As they faded, I considered throwing the plant away. I don't usually have great luck with helping green things thrive. But, I decided to keep it around as long as it still looked like it was alive. It sits in a sunny (but chilly) window and I water it occasionally. I basically ignored it for months. A while ago, I noticed new shoots growing and hooked one into the clips...since that seemed like the right thing to do;-)
Today, this bud began to open. Mid-snowstorm. I'm inspired and reminded that great things can happen if we show even a little care and patience.