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7 Game-Changing Style Resolutions

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You’ve reflected and set your goals for 2018. Now it’s time you create a wardrobe that inspires you and reflects your intentions for this new year. Proclaim 2018 as your year to to become a better you.  I’ve equipped you with 7 game-changing style resolutions to help you refresh, refine and rebuild your wardrobe. This is much more than a closet clean-out.

1.Take proper care of your clothes. I understand you get busy and the last thing on your mind is tending to another item off  your “to do list” after a long day of work. You’re lucky if you have enough energy to muster up a bowl of cereal for dinner. We’ve all been there! But if you’re also putting a lot of that hard earned money into your closet purchases, you should think of them as investments. It pays off in more ways than one to put a little more time in taking care of your clothes. Here are some practical and simple habits you can start:

  • Put away clothes instead of tossing them on the floor after work.
  • When it’s time to wash clothes separate them in piles by color before putting them in the washing machine.
  • Hand-wash delicate items rather than throwing them into the wash.
  • Neatly fold your clothes after you’ve pulled them from the dryer (the longer you leave them thrown in a basket the more work you’ll give yourself trying to get all the wrinkles  out).
  • Speaking of wrinkles…Always iron your clothes. Make sure to check for the fabric info on your tags to know which setting to put your iron on. For more delicate clothes I recommend using a hand steamer. You can find them at any Target and WalMart.
  • Avoid overstuffed drawers, they won’t be so kind on your threads. Be honest with yourself and ruthless if necessary, and get rid of things you no longer wear.


2.Do a full closet clean-out.  #newyearbetteryou Let 2018 be your year to get organized and be styled! Don’t hang onto the past, move on and get rid of things you haven’t worn in the past year. Trust me, you’ll probably never wear them again. If it’s too big, too small or doesn’t jive with your sense of style, make room for the new and say au revoir! Be honest and ruthless. The same goes for damaged pieces. If you haven’t gotten them repaired by now (ie. holes, stains etc) you didn’t miss them enough in the first place. Invite a friend over or hire a personal stylist to help you edit your wardrobe. Have a glass of bubbling or turn it into a fashion show. It makes the process less painful, more effective and a lot more fun!

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3.Be the discerning shopper. The saying is true, less is more! Inventory your closet before making any purchases. What are the holes in your closet? Buy only what you need and the best quality you can afford. “Being stylish and on trend shouldn’t break the bank, and cheap clothing is too expensive. Buy quality and shop less.” Impulse purchases and always buying fast fashion adds up. Instead save your weekly spending allowance for those higher end shoes you’ve been coveting. Invest in everyday essentials to get the most wear out of your clothes.


4.Double Down on key pieces. Accessories make your outfit and can elevate you’re whole look. You don’t have to do a closet overhaul right away. A carefully and well thought out collection of “extras” goes a long way.  Incorporating a few new statement pieces and everyday essentials is game changing. Accessories are fairly easy to buy and afford especially from thrift stores, vintage shops (for unique and hard to find items) and higher end shops. You can get a lot for your money.



5.Pop it with color. Introducing color (or prints) into your repertoire is agreeably one of the easiest ways to freshen up your seasonal wardrobe. Be bold. Be daring. Adventure out and explore a new color palette. Claim your neutrals for the season (stick to a tight color palette 1-2 colors). And when you have proclaim them with colorful power pumps or blazer. 


6.Get proper fitted undergarments. Having worked in a lingerie shop I’ve learned a thing or to on the importance of upgrading your intimates. When we think of freshening up our wardrobes, our undergarments are too often forgotten. While lingerie is not “officially” a closet item it has everything to do with your ensemble.  An ill-fit underneath your clothes can most certainly affect the fit of your clothes on the outside. So, out with the old and ill-fit, and in with the new and fitted! An easy place to start is by getting properly measured. Victoria Secrets offers complimentary bra fittings. You may also want to try any other reputable retailers to get measured. You want a flawless and seamless fit. You’ll be amazed at how fabulous you’ll feel feel in the right underwear and bra. Oh and while you’re out, treat yourself to a fancy set of bra and panties;)

7.Try a trend you love. Lastly, I encourage you to be open to exploring your possibilities by trying new styles and trends. Be wise and spend thoughtfully. This year choose 1-2 trends to try each season. Make sure they compliment what you already own and fall in line with your personal style. Maybe that statement necklace you’ve had on your Pinterest board the past few months will punctuate your spring wardrobe. Have fun with fashion and give it a go!

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Dress For Success: The Power of First Impresions

Creating a professional image is key to your success. Whether you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur or a burgeoning freelancer, first impressions are crucial to gaining new clients and keeping your reputation. How you present yourself plays a very important part in making a great first impression during an initial meeting with a client or during an introduction at a networking function.
As shallow as it may seem, your physical appearance does matter. It says a lot about who are you and what you have to offer others. How you are perceived by others can make or break a deal. Giving off a strong first impression is the first step to gaining the trust of others and getting hired by the clients you hope to reach.

Think of first impressions as business etiquette. You’re setting the tone for a future business relationship and setting your expectations. You want people to see the best in you from the get-go. The three components of creating a first impression is the way you dress, the way you act and the way you speak.

According to Business Insider it takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. After that 7 seconds a mental image is formed in a person’s mind based on that first encounter. 55% of that message is transmitted by the speaker’s appearance and body language.

Following these general guidelines will set you on the path to success and getting that client to hire you!

1.) Dress the Part 
Clothing is ranked as one of the top things people notice first when they make an initial judgment of a person. Your image should reflect your company’s personality, industry and expectations. You want people to respect you and take you seriously. An article by Forbes stated people with nicer appearances are generally thought to be more productive and have more energy. If you’re not taking care of yourself you’re perceived as undisciplined.

Fashion is a form of self-expression and should also be fun! Dress in something you feel confident, competent and comfortable in. Don’t feel you need to wear a full suit or jacket if you don’t normally wear a blazer. There are of course exceptions to the rule. When you feel comfortable and presentable you seem in control of the situation. In turn others will have more confidence in you. You’ve invested in your business and how it’s run, it’s also good business sense to invest in yourself. A powerful professional wardrobe enhances your status and can lead you towards success.

Style Tip: When in doubt, err on the conservative side and dress up for the occasion. It’s better to overdress than under dress.

2.) You Are What You Wear
When you look good, you feel good. That positive affect translates into your work and interactions with others. When you’re not focused on how you look you’re focused on your performance and others. A first impression survey conducted by Censuswide in 2016 showed a link between how people dressed and how they felt. 52.2% stated being smartly dressed made them feel confident, 35.4% said they felt positive and 31.3% said they felt professional. By dressing the part you perceive you are capable of a task and you enhance your ability to actually achieve goals. When you exude confidence you walk tall, make eye contact and shake hands firmly. People want to know you’re engaged and confident.

3.) Top Off Your Look with a Smile
Talk with a smile. In most cases, you will find when you smile at a person they often smile back. Smiling is warm and inviting. It makes others feel comfortable around you and helps take off the edge. It’s important to show your client or the other person you’re happy to be there and looking forward to the opportunity ahead. Harvard Business School social psychologist, Amy Cuddy, found in her studies that when people meet the first time they judge by “how warm and trusting a person is” which tells them “what a person’s intentions are towards them.”

Be natural and authentic. A smile can also be the most memorable feature a person takes away after meeting for the first time. You want the first impression people get of your brand to be a positive one.

Managing your image helps create a great first impression, and helps you achieve your career goals and ambitions. What does your current image say about you and your business? Does your image project trustworthiness and competence or resonate with the clients you hope to reach?

Cocreativ is hosting a Dress for Success workshop at the South Tampa office space. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on this event! Contact Andrea Romero the speaker for more details.

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3 Empowering New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas to Start 2018

2018 is the year of Alpha females. Instead of ringing in the New Year with the usual glitz and sparkles, start the year as your own Leading Lady in these empowering colors! Be bold and take a stand. Claim 2018 as your year!

Blue Inner security and confidence; order and direction

Black- Strength and authority; elegance and mystery

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“LADY IN LEATHER” This outfit exudes power and femininity. Although it’s not easily seen, this blue EXPRESS top has a sweetheart neckline. The top part of the neckline is mesh. The faux leather A-line skirt gives off a sense of strength and confidence. The ESSENTIAL bag brings an element of playfulness. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

SKIRT – Lucy Paris 



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“ZIP IT UP” I love the metallic embellishment on this blue blouse. An alternative to sequins. These foxy, faux leather leggings and leather jacket add a mysterious edge.




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“SHEER STRENGTH” If you carry most of your weight in your mid-section this is a great outfit idea for you! Tops cut at an angle hide your tummy area and give the illusion of a smaller midsection. I love how the angle of this blouse cascades down to the legs. It flows beautifully as you move. When paired with faux leather leggings, you have a statement worthy outfit, both chic and bold.





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How to Wear Ankle Boots: Styles & Outfits (Part I)

Ankle boots and booties have become autumn’s favorite footwear and a key piece in fall outfitting. But trying to figure out what to wear with booties can sometimes take more thought and planning.  I think many of us get stuck in a rut and just throw on the usual skinny jeans because that’s what’s always been done and it’s an easy go to.

I was recently asked if I could do a blog post on how to wear ankle booties. Having styled some looks of my own and done some research on all the types of booties out there, and there are many,  I thought I’d break this post up into a three part mini series. I’ll be covering the most common styles: the wedge, the block heel and the heeled ankle bootie.

This week’s post will cover the wedge ankle bootie. I’m going to show you how best to style your booties and make them work for your wardrobe. You can use these outfits as a guide and inspiration for your fall repertoire.

The Wedge Bootie | Low and High

The weather doesn’t get much cooler in fall here in Florida. The months are all that really change. But a wedge ankle bootie in brown or black suede add warm texture and certainly has the look of fall.

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Flat or low ankle booties have a more casual, boho-chic look. Just recently I’ve gotten into wearing boyfriend jeans. I often find them to be frumpy looking. But the slim boyfriend jeans pair well with the casual, low wedge booties. I’ve grown to love my Coclico’s  more and more. I wasn’t sure how flattering they’d look on me but I wear these a lot in fall, especially with shorter dresses.

Style Tip 1: Because boyfriend jeans tend to sit lower on the hip and have a wider pant leg, I leave about 2 inches of space between the bottom of my pant hem and the top of the bootie. You don’t want your legs to look shortened or chopped off.

Style Tip 2: With boyfriends jeans I typically like to style v-neck tees and this flute sleeve top with a tied knot on the side for extra style and fit. Try it!

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Style your booties with a short, lightweight dress layered with a knit vest over top. I love this outfit. It’s my seasonal go to! This is a great example of how you can dress up your low wedge booties.

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Low wedge booties can also update last season’s favorite floral or lace dress. Just throw on a jacket and viola, you have the perfect fall outfit! How cute is this lace dress with that olive green jacket?

Style Tip 3: With a lower ankle bootie, you want the hem of your dress or skirt to fall above or just below the knee to keep a longer leg line.

Shoe Recommendation: Sam Edelman Petty Bootie (ON SALE)

Higher wedge booties have a slightly dressier look to them and usually come higher up on the ankle. Two best ways to style these types of booties are to wear them with cuffed skinnies or with leggings.


Depending on how slim-fit your denims are one cuff or two cuffs are the general rule to wearing skinnies with your booties. If you try tucking your pants in your shoes they often pucker and look funny.  You generally want to leave an inch of space between the bottom of your pant and the top of your bootie. Just enough to expose your ankle.

Nothing says cozy like a knit poncho. I don’t see many of them worn but I think they can add sophistication to an outfit. As it does here, worn with my cuffed skinnies and high wedge booties. This outfit is perfect for traveling! I plan on packing this ensemble for my trip to Kansas and Nashville this November.

Style Tip 4: For longer skinny jeans a larger cuff (2-3 inches) looks best.


Some people shy away from wearing ankle booties because they feel it makes them look choppy. But tucking your leggings or tights into your booties actually elongates your legs and creates a seamless look. The key is wearing the same color, black on black. Stiletto or heeled booties are best for evening wear but I styled this outfit to show you how a high wedge bootie can also work for you at night. Here I’m wearing them with a graphic print Salaam dress. This outfit is more street-chic and city.

Shoe Recommendation: TOMS Desert Wedge








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Fall Style Inspiration: Tory Burch Try On

Come take a window’s peak with me into what’s fashionable and trendy this fall at Tory Burch 

A spontaneous shopping trip to the Tory Burch store with a friend led to this inspirational and helpful blog post. While everyone might not have the budget to spend thousands of dollars on clothing each season, you can still look to designer labels and runway looks for inspiration and guidance on what’s trending. From there you can create outfits based on your own interpretation of those trends. Keep in mind what’s “in” isn’t always for everyone. Sticking to classic pieces are sometimes best.



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The Beverly Vest is the perfect transitional piece for your closet. The spotted fox fur is luxurious yet simple. It’s sleeveless and lightweight which made it easy to throw over my black tank and denim jeans. During fall/winter fashion week fur was seen throughout the runway in almost every collection. This year; however, was different from past seasons. It was all about the fur and less about bold prints and wild colors. Designers kept them classic. You can recreate a more relaxed luxe look as I have done here or throw the Beverly vest over a long sleeve turtleneck and slacks for cozy layering. Follow my “Fall Fur” board on Pinterest for more ideas on how to style fur this fall and winter.

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Via Spiga Collarless Faux Fur Vest

Blanknyc Ripped Ankle Jeans

Ralph Lauren Janis Sneakers



While the season’s florals air on the darker side of hues, the blue and white florals in this demure Giovanna dress bring a softer, lighter side to fall. The Rosemont flowers were inspired by vintage blooms and Tory’s love for the blue and white color combination. The fit and tailoring in this dress isn’t so stuffy. It’s light and comfortable. You can really get a lot of wear out of it throughout the year. I’m wearing the Giovanna dress with a classic blue pump. A fun style tip: Strut a sexy heel with a more classic dress to add flirty flare;)

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Brooks Brothers Floral Print Dress

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For the daring and advanced! Part of the fun in putting outfits together is playing with different textures, prints and colors. Many of my clients say this is one of their greatest style challenges. It’s not always easy and takes a good eye to pair the unexpected together. What tie these three pieces together is the color red. The busier lace pattern on the Nicola sweater is toned down with this smaller link pattern on the silk Hailee skirt. Since there’s more white in the skirt it almost acts like a neutral piece. There is always a third element that helps pull everything together. A jacket.  This solid navy Ryder jacket gives this outfit a classic-modern finish.

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Red Rivet Moto Jacket

J.Crew Black Lace Crop Top

NY Collection Striped Midi Skirt






Fall Fashion Inspiration: Casual Elegance

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I fell in love with this dress the moment I saw it through the storefront window of a local boutique. When you find a dress as unique and striking as this one, you’ve gotta grab it! This navy and white striped, hi-low ruffle dress is 100% cotton. The ruffle details and dramatic train takes things up a notch. This ain’t your typical cotton attire! The cascading ruffles are playful and flirty. The back tail moves beautifully as you walk and adds elegance. The long sleeves have a slight puff to them with ties at the wrist. Both trendy and on-point. This fall the red day bag is the new neutral and staple piece to have. This red leather Furla handbag is the perfect size and pop of color against the navy and white stripes. The silver chain and circular detail on the clutch is more contemporary which updates this more classic dress. For a laid back everyday look, you can easily wear this dress with a pair of wedges and red tote bag. This head-turner is best worn for a special daytime date or wedding occasion. I felt like Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind during this photo shoot. A belle from the south.

Dress $56 – Found at the charming and pretty shop, The Hen House! Pop on in to shop one of a kind artisan items and local fashions. Tell them the Window Shopping Diva sent you! You’ll be inspired and fall in love with this new boutique, located in Carrollwood, just as I have.

*I recently found a similar dress  on clearance at – Women’s Ruffle Wrap Dress – Who What Wear Blue Stripe

Furla Clutch $45 – You can shop for this luxury handbag on my eBay shop by clicking The Window Shopping Diva.