5 Things That Are Making You Look Sloppy

Just because you have a great look pulled together, doesn’t mean your style is.  Check out these 5 little style buggers that are causing you to look sloppy, no matter how awesome the outfit.

 

1)       Wet Hair

As a curly haired girl myself, I know that this can be a tough one.  I can only brush my hair when it’s wet and it takes forever to dry!  That said; walking into work with wet hair is causing you to look ill-prepared.  When your hair is wet, it seems like you woke up late, showered, and ran out the door without taking the time to dry or style your hair.  While this may not be the case, this is how it comes across.  For us curly haired gals, try doing your hair first thing (before breakfast, coffee, and getting dressed) that way you’re not showing up to work with dripping hair and giving it a moment to dry while you get ready.

 

2)       Wrinkles

There’s really no excuse for a wrinkled look.  All it says is that you picked it out from a pile of something, and threw it on.  Even if it’s a great outfit, no one can tell because it’s wrinkled and implies that you don’t care about how you present.  I hate ironing just as much as the next gal, which is why I steam.  It’s quick, easy, and better on your clothes.  Do yourself a favor, don’t walk out in wrinkled clothes, it makes a difference.

 

3)       Chipped Nails

Eek, I’m guilty of this myself!  Your nail color starts to chip, and you don’t have the time to get them redone – I get it.  If you don’t have the time to get your nails freshly painted, just take 30 seconds to take off your chipped polish.  You don’t always have to find the time to get your nails freshly done, but make sure they are clean and paint free as opposed to half chipped.  A partially painted nail can ruin a wholly great look.

 

4)       Worn Clothes

I know it’s your favorite sweater, but, it’s making you look sloppy!  Not taking care of our clothes can cause them to look worn very early on, so be sure to properly wash and store your pieces.  Beyond that, shirts that are faded at the seams, sweaters that are pilling, and a tops that have lost their shape are all contributing to dragging down your look.  You may love the color or pattern, but if any of these things are going on with your pieces, they’re just making you look sloppy.

 

5)       Clothes That Don’t Fit Properly

Whether they’re too large or too tight, clothing that doesn’t fit properly is making you look sloppy.  A top that’s too tight and pants that are too long and dragging on the floor will do nothing but kill your style.  Regardless of how comfortable it is, if the piece doesn’t fit, don’t wear it.

Candace Hanna
It Makes A Difference

I'm going to be honest with you, trying to make it on your own is tough...really tough.  I have great friends, a family that's supportive beyond measure, and a real drive, and I still struggle.  I knew trying to do my own thing wasn't going to be easy.  I've read enough books, blogs, and articles to know that things don't happen exactly the way you need them to, and never the way you want them to.

It can be really easy to feel like a failure, or even a fraud when you have this plan for your life (or your day) and it doesn't go the way you needed or wanted it to.  It   can be really easy to question yourself, your abilities, your choices, and really, everything about yourself.  That happened to me this week, so I thought I'd share it.

I don't know about you, but I KNOW this is what I'm supposed to be doing.  After lots of prayer, opened and closed doors, and in my gut, I know I should be working for myself; but for some reason, it doesn't look exactly the way i need it or want it to.  I know what you're thinking (because my readers are kind) you might be thinking "it's still early, you haven't even been at this for a year!" or "but look at how far you've come!" or "at-least you're trying!", and while I really appreciate the sentiment, the fact is that when you have a vision for yourself, when you have ambition and goals that you want to set for yourself, when  you're not moving at a specific pace, you can't see anything beyond what you're not doing.  For my friends and family who've interacted with me over the last few days, you've seen it.  There's no pep in my step.  I'm pretty quiet, my hair is pulled back, I'm not wearing any makeup and my wardrobe has been "blah" at best. 

Why am I telling you all this?  Because I'm an honest person - do I have some great clients? Yep! Do I get to set my own schedule and work when I want?  Yep!  But it's not all fun and games.  This is really tough to do.  it's hard to figure out a business, it's hard to prove to yourself and to the world (however big or small your world is) that you're doing the right thing, that it'll all be worth it one day.  it's not all sunshine and roses, there are melt down days...and I've been having them and I think that's important to share.

But back to style, because that's why we're all here, right?  I decided last night (yep, just last night) that I was going to pull myself out of this rut, and my first order of business?  GET DRESSED.  Over the last few days, I was letting how I was feeling inside dictate my outside, and as a result, my outer appearance wasn't a motivator to make moves.  I felt low, I didn't get dressed which meant I didn't want to get out of the house and be seen, which made me feel worse.  Do you see that cycle?  I decided today, I was going to get up, get dressed, and get out there!  I'm writing this blog from a local Starbucks.  For the last few weeks that's where I've  been working, but when I started to feel low and not put myself together, I didn't want to get out or be seen, which meant my work was taking a hit.

My point in all of this to share, but also to say putting yourself makes a difference, take it from me!  It's a cycle.  No matter how you're feeling, don't let the cycle of self-doubt start.  It begins with the simple decision in the morning "do I want to be seen?".  When I say "do I want to be seen?" I don't mean do I want to be noticed, or stand out, I simply mean seen.  We have to be seen for anything in our lives to happen, and if we-- excuse me, if I'm not willing to be seen, then how can I possibly have the success or freedom I crave?  

So my challenge to you, and myself this week is to be seen.  Whatever is happening, good, bad, or ugly, be seen.  Nothing will come, go, or change unless we're seen.  

Candace Hanna
5 Ways to Accessorize
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Accessories are all the rage these days.  There are days I forget to plan my outfit ahead of time, or I’m just not feeling up to putting it all together.  On those days, I have my accessories to do the trick.  If you run out of time to plan, or just don’t have the energy some days, read on to see my 5 ways to accessorize!

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1)       Jewelry!

Jewelry can take a simple tee-shirt and jeans to the next level.  It can also give your all black get-up a new level of interest.  Whether it’s a statement necklace, stacked bracelets, or chandelier earrings, jewelry is such an easy fix for an otherwise “blah” outfit.

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2)       Scarves!

As a native SoCal lady, I know that it’s not always (if ever) scarf weather – but don’t let that stop you!  Scarves don’t have to be wool and cozy.  They can be lightweight, and add a great pop of color to your look.  Weather it’s a neck scarf, a silk scarf you’re using as a belt, or a piece you want to drape over your shoulders, it’s a simple add that can make all the difference.

 

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3)       Belts!

This is probably my favorite because it’s actually a functional piece as opposed to just being fun.  I love a bright colored, or pattern belt to mix up a look.  It’s a little bit of spice to a simple look.  Not to mention, belts make pants that much more comfortable!

 

4)       Handbags!

Sometimes, the look is all about the accessories.  Maybe you just splurged on a designer bag, or you found a really cool sequin crossbody – your look doesn’t have to be based on your clothes.  You get to decide what the focus of your look is, and sometimes, it’s the bag!  Don’t feel the need to have a black handbag and a nude handbag and that’s it.  Go crazy!  A handbag is an item that you can have all kinds of fun with!

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5)       Shoes!

This is probably my favorite.  It’s a rare day where you’ll find me in a plain black shoe.  Shoes are the easiest way to add interest.  Consider your animal patterns as neutrals (leopard, snake, zebra) these prints usually go with everything, so why not have some fun!   You can spice up your look by wearing metallic; silver where you’d normally wear black and gold where you’d normally wear brown.  It’s still simple, just more fun!

Candace Hanna
Does Your Style Matter?
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Does your style matter?  The short answer is YES! Of course, your style matters! All of our style matters.  Why?  Well, there are a bunch of reasons…

The first being that our style is literally the first thing people learn about us upon meeting us.  Yep, before you even speak a word, your style is speaking.  Whether you’re dressed great and feeling your best or just rolled out of bed, your style is speaking volumes about you.  It could say “I really put myself together today” or it could say “I woke up late”.  Inasmuch as we hate to admit it, we’re making judgments about people and how they’ll interact with us based on their appearance; and people are making that same judgement about you as well.

The second being that while people are making judgments about you and your style, it also communicates how you value people.  Forget about what my style says about me for a second.  If  I show up to meet someone for the first time (personally or professionally) how I 'm presenting myself speaks to how I value that person, doesn't it?  If I'm showing up to a job interview wrinkled, if I'm showing up to a date without makeup or brushing my hair, if I'm showing up to my  office in sweat pants, that all speaks volumes about how seriously I'm taking these events and people.  People understand how much (or little) you value them and their time based on how you present.

Lastly, it matters to you and for you.  Haven't you noticed that you FEEL so much better when you know you look great?  And haven't you also noticed that you have this inclination to hide when you're not looking or feeling your best?  And of course, inevitably, that's when you end up running into someone!

So while you may think style is superficial (and it certainly can be) it doesn't have to be; and whether we like it or not, our style speaks volumes about us, how we value ourselves, and how we value those around us.

5 Fashion Mistakes That Are Aging You

Age appropriate style is a real thing.  I get it. Just because we’re a certain age doesn’t mean we should lose who we are and trade in our heels for a pair of orthopedic shoes.  HOWEVER, have you ever considered the fact that trying to look too young is in fact making you look older? There are a few other things that will instantly age you that we often don’t think about. Take a look below for the 5 fashion habits that are making us look way older than we are.

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1)    Dressing Too Young

Age is just a number! I’m right there with you! But sometimes, we need to reel it in a bit.  Whether it’s a piece that’s too of-the-moment, too revealing, or just too young, these looks can age us 10 years (easily).  I understand that 30 is nowhere near old; but if you have a 16 year old cousin who no longer wants her Hello Kitty baby tee (I don’t care how great your abs are) that is not an invitation for you to take it.  If you like the tiny tee look, no problem.  Why not a basic tee, a pair of denim, and a fun necklace?  Your style doesn’t need to be buttoned up ALL the time; but it does need to be age appropriate, otherwise you’ll look like a 30 year old in a 16 year old’s clothing…and no one wants that.

As far as dressing too sexy – I always tell my clients “Chic is always sexy, sexy is not necessarily always chic”.  Keep that in mind and consider the benefits of highlighting a silhouette as opposed to exposing skin.

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2)    The Wrong Fit

You can have clothes that are current, and classic – but if they don’t fit properly, it’ll be a mess.  In addition to pieces that are too tight/small pieces that are too large are also not helping the cause.  Swimming in your clothes (if they’re not meant to be oversized) can cause a look (no matter how cool) to look dated, and when our clothes look old, so do we.  Take note of your jackets/blazers.  Where are your shoulder seams hitting?  They should be aligned with your shoulders.  Pay attention to excess fabric around your waist and in the sleeves.  Simple tips like these can keep you looking sharp, fresh, and young!

 

3)    THE WRONG SHOES!

This one really gets me!  I’m not saying you have to be in sky-high stilettos to avoid looking old, on the contrary!  You can be current and chic in a simple pair of flats, but please don’t underestimate the importance of an age appropriate shoe!  A shoes really can ruin the whole look.

 

4)    Wearing The Wrong Bra Size

The wrong bra size changes everything.  It affects silhouette,  posture and the fit of your clothes.  If your bra doesn’t fit properly, the likelihood is that the rest of you clothes don’t fit properly either.  I know what a pain bra shopping can be, but do yourself a favor:  go out, and get fitted.  Get fitted, get the right bra one time and be done!

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5)    The Wrong Makeup

Whether it’s the wrong shade of foundation, a frosty lipstick, or a too-blue eye shadow, the wrong makeup can really do some damage.  I know that makeup can be frustrating, and many of us like to be all natural – that is aok.  However, if you’re going to take the time to buy and apply makeup, be sure you’re buying the right tones and colors for your skin.  This doesn’t mean you have to go to Sephora and spend millions.  Even if you’re into drugstore makeup (which often times, is just as good as the high end stuff) take the time to test and get opinions on what looks best on YOU.