SUMMER SHOPPING LIST

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Happy Thursday! Today I thought I’d share a glimpse into my everyday, beyond the blog, into what I really do. Being a personal stylist is a bit like Christmas, every day.

I may not always have the new Gucci Bamboo Handle Handbag for summer or the Perfect Barbie Pink Saint Laurent Classic Tribute Sandal but you can bet my clients will. Why?

Because I shop for them like it’s Christmas every day!! Many people ask, “why would someone with style need a stylist?” It’s simple, for many of my clients time is money. From busy business men and women, to moms on the go, I make their lives more simple. I provide the luxury of doing the thinking, shopping and returning for them. If you have ever spent the day in a store trying on jeans, you understand where I’m coming from. While we all want the Saint Laurent and Gucci Christmas list, sometimes that’s just not realistic.

Today I’ve pulled my Christmas in Summer picks for you. They are on the house and budget friendly. Shop away!!

FashionBillie Bit: YSL is now Saint Laurent for their ready-to-wear line, which let’s face it, that’s what most of us wear:) Now you can sound smart in front of your friends. XO

Alice In Wonderland: The Wrap Dress of Summer

TIBI Wrap Dress

Fairy Tales don’t happen everyday but something about this wrap dress from the Tibi 2015 Spring collection made me feel like I was in one. This dress is perfect for so many occasions because of it’s versatility. You can dress it up for a wedding with a formal heel, dress it down with a summer wedge or sandal, or pair it with a blazer and over the knee boot that will take you into fall.

I think this dress is ultra femme, so for my look today, I paired with gladiator sandals to give it a bit of edge.

TIBI Dress

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Tibi Wrap Dress 2015

Schutz Shoes Galdiator 2

Wrap Dress, Tibi and Gladiator Sandals, Schutz: All From Azuz Boutique- Click Here

White Hot Shoe Etiquette: Rules To Wearing White

Orange Solace London Dress

With Memorial Day on our heels, the question of  proper etiquette when wearing white always seems to arise.  The questions I receive are mainly about wearing white shoes.  Sooo…

What are the rules to rocking white shoes?

As my former #girlboss would say, “white shoes are never appropriate, ever”. While I agree on many levels, there are some exceptions, if you know the rules!

1. Grooming is key! Nothing makes a white pair of shoes look better than proper grooming. According to fashion designer, Michael Kors, “They look best with self-tanner and a good pedicure, preferably not red nails.” today.com

2. Pair with a bold outfit, like my electric orange maxi dress.  A statement making outfit will balance out the white shoe so they don’t walk into the room before you.  Have you ever heard someone say, “That dress wore her, she didn’t wear the dress?”  Same goes for white shoes.

3. Go with a strappy sandal or slip-on summer sneaker.  You don’t want anything too clunky that will distract from your outfit. I’m really into the jewel embellished sandal trend right now like in my picks at the bottom of the page.

Orange Cut Out Dress

Orange Solace of London Dress

Orange Solace Dress

Lauren Craft Collection Opal Ring

Orange Cut out Dress 2

White DVF Heel

Along with my white sandals today, I mixed a few of 2015’s hottest trends with this electric orange cut-out dress from Azuz Boutique in Houston, mirrored sunnies and turquoise opal bling!

No Beyonce fan needed today.  Mother Nature provided my wind blown look.  LOL Forgive the cray cray hair.

Electric Orange Holt Maxi Dress by Solace London, Azuz Boutique- Click Here / Turquoise Opal Jewelry, Lauren Craft Collection- Click Here (Available on Moda ‘Operandi Sunday)

How to: Layer With Style

How To Layer

Spring layering is not something I am accustomed to, being a Texas girl. It’s usually so hot in Houston, even thinking of layering is laughable. Also, for a girl I always felt layering adds layers, which adds size, which no girl wants. Being here in New York I’ve had more of an opportunity to experiment with layering and have found if done the right way, it can add a whole other fashionable “layer” to your style.

How to Layer

Floppy Fedora

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The key is to start with a great base. The lightweight undershirt in my look today adds dimension with it’s high-low cut, without adding bulk. I then layered with a robins egg blue cropped sweatshirt, white skinny jean and accessorized with a floppy fedora.
I’ve picked some great base tops below that will have you layering in no time!

Floppy Brim Fedora, Forever 21- Click Here / White Skinnies by 7 For All Mankind, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF Fifth- Click Here / Jewelry, Lauren Craft Collection- Click Here

Boho Vibes: One Dress Two Ways

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Is it a shirt? Is it a dress? It’s whatever the beans you want it to be!! Ever find yourself rummaging through your closet thinking, “I have nothing to wear”? I do all of the time and that’s when I get creative.

For today’s bohemian vibe I turned one of my favorite silk dresses by Sofia Collection into a flowy boho blouse. To get the look, I belted the dress at the waist, then pulled the material over the belt, from the top, to add a bloused feel. Try to remember when you would tuck in your t-shirt in as a kid. Remember how you would pull out the perfect amount to get the right tuck? Do that:)

Sofia Collection Boho

To pull it all together I added my favorite, homemade, cut-offs, oh so perfect gladiator sandals and boho bling from Lauren Craft Collection.

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White Silk Dress, Sofia Collection- Click Here

Jewelry, Lauren Craft Collection- Click Here

Gladiator Sandals, Penny Loves Kenny

Cinco de Mayo Sparkle

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There is nothing a southern girl loves more than a holiday which requires margaritas, oh yea, and sparkles. Today I want to share my glitter iPhone case with you. It just makes me happy!! It makes Suzanne Somers, you know Chrissy Snow a.k.a thigh master, the savior of women’s thighs everywhere, well it makes her happy too. In a recent run-in she stopped me to admire the sparkly flow.

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Want some sparkles of your own? Email me fashionbillie@gmail.com

Happy Cinco de Sparkle!!!

I have to give credit to my girl FiFi from We Wear Things. The original finder de sparkle:)

Loving Hats Right Now

Braided Fedora

I’ve always shied away from hats. Something about having a melon the size of Orbit (Astros fans will get my reference) made hats one accessory this girl just didn’t do. They always made me feel goofy. But Oh, how things have changed!!!! Here are just a few reasons I’m loving hats right now…

Hats can be your best friend on a bad hair, I don’t want to wear makeup day. Hats shield your gorgeous gams from the harmful rays of the sun. Hats instantly make any outfit look much more stylish. Below are some of my faves to take you from sun protection to sassy style in no time!!