Stay Kissable This Valentine’s Day!

Stay Kissable This Valentine's Day

Stay Kissable This Valentine’s Day!

Pull out the red lipstick this Valentine’s Day and get ready for kisses. My favorite shade is Cover Girl Tempt Seduction #355 (closer to a pink-red). Happy Valentine’s Day, Loves!

Photo by Alexandra

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Sophie’s Choice

Sophie in her red!

Sophie in her red!

Sophie and I just met, and I am lucky that she will be shooting the images for my blog. Sophie is a gifted photographer, a high school senior, and a blogger. And she and I share a passion for fashion, self expression, and red lipstick! Sophie shared with me her dreams for the future, why she became inspired to express herself the minute she started high school, and why red is her new favorite color 

MKG: Were you always interested in fashion and photography?

Sophie: Ever since middle school I have loved the idea of being able to dress anyway I liked. I watched my older sister get ready for high school every morning, envious of her creativity and individuality, as she put an outfit together. When I started high school, I instantly fell in love with creating an outfit, and for the first time I enjoyed going to school, because I felt good in my skin, because I had discovered my personal style. It was then that I realized how much I loved fashion and that I wanted to be involved in the industry in some way. During my sophomore year I took my first photography class, and fell in love with creating pictures and watching film slowly develop.

MKG: What inspired you to start, The Adventures of S? What is your intention for the blog and how long have you been blogging?

SophieI started my blog, The Adventures of S, in 2013, because I felt that I had something unique and inspirational to offer. Through my blog I want to show that you can dress however you like as long as you are always happy with what you do. I also stress the idea that ‘Confidence is Key, with weekly inspirational posts, illustrating that when you are confident anything is possible. Continue reading

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Pops of color!

IMGP9545IMGP9553-1This season is all about adding pops of color! Find them in nature, find them in fashion; there is a bright world of accents waiting for you. My new favorite color is yellow and celadon (somewhere between a yellow and a green). Another favorite are Prabal Gurung for Target dresses; the one I wore to Sardi’s seen here and this celadon-colored dress, now on clearance for $14!! Paired with a neutral color shoe, my tried-and-true Sigerson Morrison gold wedges, the color pops even more.

By the way, I love mixing old and new; I have owned these shoes for 12 years and am inspired to pull them out of my closet and wear them as often as I can since hearing the news about the talented designers Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison. I added red lipstick and the roses of course – and I’m on my way!

**Photos and roses by Alexandra**

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Seeing red

Photo credit: visage/Getty images

Photo credit: Visage/Getty images

On the heels of a proposal for more conservative uniforms, there is now news from Turkey that Turkish Airlines will ban flight attendants from wearing red lipstick and nail polish. Although the airline contends that the ban is aimed at keeping its crews “well-groomed with makeup in pastel tones” and that it simply prefers neutral tones, many are concerned that this is another step to move the country closer to the ruling Islamic party.

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It’s a new day!

Photo credit: Patricia Saxton

Photo credit: Patricia Saxton

Kim, professional stylist with Style for Hire, changed the way I dress and see myself when she came to my house a few weeks ago, and audited my closet. But cleaning out the old is only part of the transformation; tailoring pieces you already own and finding new pieces to build your wardrobe are the second steps. My new finds: a black, a-line skirt (a style that flatters all body types), red lipstick (Cover Girl #355, which Kim told me to imagine as an accessory all its own!), and tall black boots (well, these were not on my formal list, but I did hear you, Kim, when you asked if I owned a pair!). Breaking down my outfit: skirt – Theory; sweater – a Marc Jacobs‘ I have had for years but forgot how to wear; and boots – Sergio Rossi, I found at a super price on sale at a consignment shop, because … who can resist that!?

I am still on the lookout for a camel skirt but I feel energized with what I’ve changed so far! I wish new fashion days for you, too!

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Shop your closet first …

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I want to put on the clothes and let them do their job … you shouldn’t have to work too hard for clothes.” Kim, fashion stylist

How well do you know your clothes? When was the last time you checked what was in your closet? I thought I knew my clothes and I thought I knew what was in my closet. I am often telling people to shop their closets first before heading to the store to make a new purchase. But what did I really know about my own closet? It turns out, not as much as I thought, and today was the moment when I put my money where my mouth is! My new friend, Kim, a professional stylist with Style for Hire, a company co-founded by Stacy London and Cindy McLaughlin, came to my house where we spent a few hours editing my clothing and performing a closet audit.

I was nervous and I didn’t know what to expect. First, I worried about how I was dressed. Would Kim think I was dressed appropriately for a closet audit? What is appropriate anyway? (in turns out that it didn’t matter because I was dressing and undressing the entire time!) And what would happen if Kim removed clothing to which I was still attached? I had too many questions, but fortunately for me, Kim was delightful and warm and funny and kept the mood light, which really helped. What also helped was that she knew what she was doing. Here is what we did: we pulled out everything in my closet and Kim looked it over. And if it was a ‘no go’ I said a quick good bye and didn’t look back. If it was a ‘yes,’ I tried it on. But here is where the magic came … Kim showed me surprising and unexpected ways to wear my own clothes. She styled everything with a twist and by the end of my time with her I had new outfits and was seeing my clothing in a completely new light. It was exhausting and draining and uplifting and fulfilling and emotional at the same time. Kim took pictures too, so that I could recreate the looks on my own. Continue reading

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