Thursday, June 30, 2011


Oh, what a timely tune. Katy Perry's addictive song  "Firework" is a reminder to all to look hot at your 4th of July shindig! So what can you do to look festive without wearing a flag t-shirt or a sweatshirt with an appliqued fireworks show? Oh, I know you'd never do that but I couldn't resist. Kind of an ode to the "holiday dresser" we've all known.

A rare example of incorporating ALL
the holiday colors that works!
Obviously wearing red, white and blue isn't necessary but it is kind of fun to incorporate one or two of the colors for the day- why not? It only happens once a year after all. Using red sparingly can be a very classy way to partake in the festive nature of the day. A light, summer scarf with lots of red or red shoes give a bit of holiday pop without overdoing it (never wear them together!). Pair the red shoes OR the red scarf with a chambray top and you're in!  The nautical navy and white striped look would be a perfect thing to pull out on the 4th as well. Throw on some white bermuda shorts and voila- Happy 4th of July!

Find your firework outfit this year and make sure to keep it subtle. When you do you'll Love What You Wear!

Monday, June 20, 2011


You can start your summertime
look with this $35 dress
from Old Navy
Oh, yes...we all remember DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's big hit in 1991- Summertime! And summertime is coming. It's officially here tomorrow. Summertime is a chance for you to take on a fresh fashion perspective. I'm not suggesting you follow the Fresh Prince's fashion lead but something fresh for YOU.

Have you always wanted to wear white pants but feared them? There's a pair for you! Want to sport a fun and flirty summer frock? You can do it. Breakup the old shorts and t-shirt routine. As the season changes give your closet some changes too. There's no need to break the bank to get a fresh look going. Many of the items you have in your closet will mix right in. Head to Target or Old Navy for a summer dress and pair it with a cardigan you already own for those cool Seattle nights. Maybe your favorite consignment store has some summer nuggets waiting for you?

The sun is coming and it's time to ask WWLF? Hmmm...What Would Look Fresh on you this summer? Once you find your styling summertime sizzle You'll Love What You Wear!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes

These could be yours for
$69.95 (at Zappos)
I LOVE this song almost as much as I love shoes! The genius Paul Simon released "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes" in 1986. Feels like I've been looking for the perfect summer sandal since then! Oh, to find that diamond in the rough.

The biggest struggle with the summer sandal search is finding something that is versatile enough to wear with your bermuda shorts, skirts, crop pants and summer dresses. Where are they? What should you look for? Style Cents suggests the two to three inch wedge as a solid option for these reasons:

1. Comfortable
2. Versatile- can be dressed up or down
3. Many wedge styles to choose from

The big trend this year is the nude sandal- you just can't go wrong with a nude wedge. Perhaps you feel more comfortable in the more classic black or brown- that works too, of course. And the more brave among you can do a cool orange, yellow, hot pink or avocado green. Oh, how I admire the adventurous show wearer- kudos to you!
Shoe sales and coupons are everywhere! Check out the list goes on and on! For brick and mortar options Style Cents loves West Seattle's Clementine Shoes as well as a good shoe odyssey at Marshall's and The Rack. Let the hunt commence!

This summer Love the Sandal You Wear!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Father of Mine

Could the Father in your
life look like this?
Whatever happened to Everclear anyway? Back in 1997 they released "Father of Mine". It was about the lead singer's father who left when he was a kid. But I'm going to just refer to the title and pretend it's a happy song. So with that in mind, what about that father of yours? Got any great ideas for father's day this year? Let's face it, buying a gift for the patriarch in your life is never an easy task. But wait, hold the presses, I have a fantastic idea!

Okay, okay, shameless Style Cents promotion once again! Get the father in your life something that fits, looks great on them and involves spending a few hours focused solely on him! What could be better? Style Cents has gift certificates for your dad, your husband, your son, your brother- all the fathers in your life! 

I have done a Style Cents Wardrobe Analysis with men in the past and not only did the men enjoy it and end up with great closets and style ideas, their wives were thrilled with the results too. So wonder no more about what to get that father of yours (or husband of yours). The old saying that "ain't nobody's happy if mama ain't happy" is actually true but there's nothing wrong with a stylish, confident daddy either. It's sure to make him happy and certainly will help him say, "I Love What I Wear"!

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Arms of an Angel

In 1997 Sarah Mclachlan released "In the Arms of an Angel", it was an immediate hit. The song was off her now famous"Surfacing" album. Perhaps it's time for you to bring some of your old bracelets to the surface and add some new ones as well.  Wear some arm candy and look like an angel!

Anthropologie has some beautiful bracelet options as do some less obvious places like thrift and consignment stores. Looking for some less expensive knock offs? Give Target and Old Navy a try. Mix and match your bracelets. Try pairing feminine styles with more rugged leather types. You can create your own angelic arm art!

Bracelets are a great option when your outfit doesn't make sense with a necklace- give your arm some bling instead. Whatever you choose make sure your arm decor reflects your angelic (or less than angelic) personality and you'll Love What You Wear!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I Can't Smile without You

Oh, Barry Manilow. I remember the release of "I Can't Smile Without You" in 1977 like it was yesterday. I also remember spending all my allowance to get his Live album that same year. Oh, simpler times. It should also be noted that in 1977 I didn't have the need for lip gloss but nowadays I must admit I can't smile without my go-to lipgloss!

I was reminded today of my love for my favorite lip product. As I reached into my purse to apply my lipgloss on the fly I was horrified to find only a couple applications remaining! So, smiling may just be history for me unless I get to Nordstrom (or order online) stat and replenish my Laura Mercier violet gloss or as Laura calls it glace. Not only does this super duper lip gloss look great but it also moisturizes these 44 year old lips quite nicely! The holy grail of lip stuff to be sure.

What lip product makes you smile? Inquiring lips need to know!

I can't smile without my favorite lip gloss and it always fits- how convenient! The right lip gloss or stick can definitely help you Love What You Wear!