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2012 GRAMMYS!

14 Feb

2012 Grammys

The night that every musician and music lover looks forward to! You settle in on the couch, grab a snack and drink, don your favorite band t-shirt, and get ready to see some of the most entertaining, quirky, and moving musical performances of the year. But if you’re like me, and you are, you also cannot wait to see what the guys and gals down at the Grammys are wearing. From crazy weird–to crazy gorgeous, award shows seem to have it all!

Adele

When I see this I think, “Only Adele..” Which is a compliment! No one can quite pull off the vintage flare like her.

I also love that she’s channeling Russian nesting dolls. For the win, Adele.

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Not quite ready to take on such a “big personality” dress? Try these. Same great shape (which flatters a lot of different body types) but not so bright.

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Taylor Swift hit the red carpet in this ultra classy J. Mendel gown. With the braided low up-do, she’s obviously found her inner goddess.

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Go Greek yourself! But maybe with a more appropriate neckline.

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Charlotte Russe| $34.99

Can YOU spot the lady?

Don’t look too fast, you might miss Janelle Monae!

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While we’re HUGE fan of the blazer/tailored jacket for men and woman alike, (and we’re definitely fans of JT and John) Janelle missed “strong woman” and went straight to matador. Lose the hat and tie, add some big voluptuous curls around that pretty face and this would have been on point. 

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She must have left her cape in the limo. 

However, if you’re digging John M.’s classy jacket, steal the look for yourself!

*Side note: Leave the puffy purple eyes at home. John can keep THAT all to himself.

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Katy Perry and Ashanti both hit the deck in peek-a-boob cutout dresses.

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While these dresses aren’t awful, both would have been just as beautiful without gaping holes in the chest. Not my favorite look.

However, the color of Katy’s dress is right on point. If you like this “minty-seafoam green” you’re in luck! This color is super trending for spring this year. Pants, shirts, dresses, accessories–you got it.

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Charlotte Russe| $28.99

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*Side note: Add chunky necklace to replicate the flowers around Katy’s neckline

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Kelly Osbourne looked extra classy in this black Paule Ka gown.

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Needless to say, Kelly has come a long way.

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Good work, Kelly. 

Like Kelly’s look? 

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Charlotte Russe| $29.99

Also comes in mint! Eep!

Lions, and tigers, and Florence–Oh my! 

Florence of Florence + The Machine showed up in this little diddy.

Is it just us, or does she look like she was making a detour on her way to the Emerald City?

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“I’ll get you my pretty! And your little horse too! So shake it out!”

Just kidding, just kidding…in all seriousness the color looks phenomenal on her and the cut is beautiful. It’s just a little much. And the spikes? Not helping.

Don’t worry, Florence, the flying monkeys are not after you. 

Rihanna looked flawless in this gorgeous Alaia gown. I don’t care if you like her music or not, this look is a 10 for her. And her performance of “Stay” with Mikky Ekko?

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While this look is clearly elegant and glamourous, it can be replicated in a casual–but still classy way.

Try these:

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Charlotte Russe: $19.99

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Charlotte Russe: $16.99

Don’t try them together though. Please. 

I have faith…in Faith. 

Faith Hill doesn’t ever look bad, but I never would have expected her to look this on point. This dress is adorable. Also, not really visible in this picture, but Faith not only wore J. Mendel–but she wore braces too!

And her smile is still beautiful.

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Try this:

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Charlotte Russe| $28.99

Although Lisa D’Amato an Riff Raff did not come together to the Grammys, it is rumored that they were both planning on attending the circus afterwards and thought it inconvenient to bring a change of clothes.

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Remember, never lead by celebrity example.

Sometimes they’re the worst to look to when it comes to fashion.

BE YOURSELF. ALWAYS.

-Graci

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Two Days Away!

30 Jan

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Rules:

1. You MUST wear something new(that belongs to you) every day.
2. No re-wearing anything for the entire 30 days! (Exceptions: underclothes, work uniforms, shoes, and things of the like)
3. No buying new clothes! I know that sucks, but just for 30 days!
4. Take a picture of your outfit and tweet/instagram it to us! (Less of a rule, more of a suggestion–instagram.com/freespiritstylists)
5. At the end of the challenge purge your closet of the clothes/shoes/accessories you didn’t wear during the challenge/haven’t worn in several months or longer.

In these 30 days you’ll be able to figure out what in your closet you love, and what you can live without. You’ll be able to see what fits you well, and what maybe isn’t the most flattering on you anymore. Because you can’t re-wear items you’ll be able to mix and match your wardrobe and put together outfits you’ve never worn before! When it comes down to it this is about identifying the clothes that you love and make you feel good and getting rid of the rest! Simplify, purge, and fine tune your style with Skye and I on the 30 DAY CLOSET CEANSE!

The challenge is from February 1st–March 2d! Start your engines, ladies, and get ready!

One Week Away!

24 Jan

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Rules:

1. You MUST wear something new(that belongs to you) every day.
2. No re-wearing anything for the entire 30 days! (Exceptions: underclothes, work uniforms, shoes, and things of the like)
3. No buying new clothes! I know that sucks, but just for 30 days!
4. Take a picture of your outfit and tweet/instagram it to us! (Less of a rule, more of a suggestion–instagram.com/freespiritstylists)
5. At the end of the challenge purge your closet of the clothes/shoes/accessories you didn’t wear during the challenge/haven’t worn in several months or longer.

In these 30 days you’ll be able to figure out what in your closet you love, and what you can live without. You’ll be able to see what fits you well, and what maybe isn’t the most flattering on you anymore. Because you can’t re-wear items you’ll be able to mix and match your wardrobe and put together outfits you’ve never worn before! When it comes down to it this is about identifying the clothes that you love and make you feel good and getting rid of the rest! Simplify, purge, and fine tune your style with Skye and I on the 30 DAY CLOSET CEANSE!

The challenge is from February 1st–March 2d! Start your engines, ladies, and get ready!

Free Spirit Stylists Now On Instagram!

21 Jan

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30 Day Closet Cleanse

21 Jan

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Happy new year!

If you’re like me, the new year means several things to you.

It means having a salad for lunch instead of a hamburger(no matter how hot and delicious it is), it means taking the stairs instead of the elevator(even in 4 inch heels. Talk about a calf workout!), and it means watching a million health documentaries, freaking out, throwing away all the condiments and unhealthy snacks in my home, and buying a juicer. Well, that one was new this year.

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*side note*- in LOVE with my new juicer.

In general at the beginning of the year we all take a deep breath, brace ourselves, and take a good long look into the mirror in effort to “spot the difference” in the person we are and the person we want to be. In the season of self improvement and self bettering, Skye and I have a late resolution for you…and your closet.

If you’re an average fashion loving homo sapien, than you and I have something in common.

A closet bursting at the seams.                                                                                                                                                                                    Bursting with dresses, coats, jeans, slacks, blouses, sweaters, flats, scarves, heels, skirts, shorts, and an array of accessories. Skye and I do at least! The beginning of the year is all about self improvement, so why not do the same for you closet?! I can just about guarantee that in your closet you probably have enough clothes to last you several months, but you wash the same ones every week and wear them again! This challenge is about simplifying, purging, and fine tuning your closet.

I just joined a Zumba class, yes, part of the new year craze. Anyways, the first class I show up in some work out gear and my brown Champion tennis shoes.

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Gross.

I spent the first class slipping and sliding all over place, there was no traction on my tennis shoes anymore! Why? Because I bought those tennis shoes SIX YEARS AGO. Those were the tennis shoes I bought for my freshman gym class! Talk about too old to still be gracing my closet floor! I clearly bought new ones.

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Upgrade? I think so. 

So here’s the challenge:

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Rules:

1. You MUST wear something new(that belongs to you) every day.
2. No re-wearing anything for the entire 30 days! (Exceptions: underclothes, work uniforms, shoes, and things of the like)
3. No buying new clothes! I know that sucks, but just for 30 days!
4. Take a picture of your outfit and tweet/instagram it to us! (Less of a rule, more of a suggestion)
5. At the end of the challenge purge your closet of the clothes/shoes/accessories you didn’t wear during the challenge/haven’t worn in several months or longer.

In these 30 days you’ll be able to figure out what in your closet you love, and what you can live without. You’ll be able to see what fits you well, and what maybe isn’t the most flattering on you anymore. Because you can’t re-wear items you’ll be able to mix and match your wardrobe and put together outfits you’ve never worn before! When it comes down to it this is about identifying the clothes that you love and make you feel good and getting rid of the rest! Simplify, purge, and fine tune your style with Skye and I on the 30 DAY CLOSET CEANSE!

The challenge is from February 1st–March 2d! Start your engines, ladies, and get ready!

BE YOURSELF. ALWAYS.

-GRACI

Miss us?

7 Jan

Happy thanksgiving! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanza! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! 

Did that cover them all?

Free Spirit Stylists took a short sabbatical, but we are back for the new year! We are confident that 2013 is going to be fantastic. 🙂

So buckle up and get ready for a fantastic 2013 with more fashion coverage, style tips, affordable fashion, and a late “fashion resolution” that we want you to do with us. 😉

Happy New Year! 

BE YOURSELF. ALWAYS.

-GRACI & SKYE

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Let It Glow

20 Nov

Wear Your Favorite Summer Duds All Year Long

19 Nov

One of the saddest days of the year is when you have to say goodbye to your beautiful summer wardrobe and break out the winter gear. Don’t get us wrong, we love cuddling up in a cute sweater and comfy scarf–but you might not have to kiss your summer dresses goodbye quite yet.

And don’t leave out the scarf and sweater either.

Here we have a super cute spaghetti strap, empire waist dress. Looks perfect for a summer night, but by adding a few pieces….

BAM!

Add a blazer, a scarf, and some tights or leggings and you have a totally fall appropriate dress.

Moving on.

You may be saying to yourself, “Duh, anyone can add a blazer and a scarf.” Yes. You’re right,  but don’t discredit layering under your dress! Layering the right pieces under your summer dress can add a new level of warmth as well as flair.

Here we have a sleeveless jersey sun dress. Totally adorable on its own, but not quite warm enough for colder temperatures.

While at first glance this dress looks very summery, the red and green shades against the black actually translate very well to a “Christmasy” feel when adding a few key elements.

A thin long sleeved shirt and dark red tights instantly give this outfit a “colder weather” look.

Here’s another example of layering under.

Add a cute button up and some stockings…

Even a blazer over that would be adorable.

I’d like to revisit outer layering. Just because you’re putting something over your dress doesn’t mean it has to be a jacket or cardigan.

Here we have a cute color/pattern blocked dress. The gathering at the waist makes it easy to layer on another top.

Adding a cute sweater over this dress completely changes the feel of this look.

Furthermore, sometimes just layering on a basic top can do the trick.

Totally presh summer romper.

Add top, tights, boots–done.

These are just a few ideas to help get your fashion ball rolling. Be creative and stay warm!

BE YOURSELF. ALWAYS.

-Graci

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Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 World Premiere

14 Nov

I’m sure most of you twitterpated twi-hards out there are absolutely spazzing about Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2. Stars all the way from Rob and Kristen down to Booboo and Fivel Stewart were dressed to the 9’s for the world premiere of the movie this past week.

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Wanna steal Rob’s look in a girly chic way?

Grab yourself one of these cute blazers, a simple top, some skinny slacks, killer accessories, and of course some kickin’ shoes to polish off this classy tom girl look.

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This sassy vamp really knows how to make a statement! Judi Shekoni looks phenomenal.

If you’re not drooling over this Ilja Visser beauty maybe you’ll drool over its just as cute, less expensive cousin.

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Elle Fanning scored a 9 out of 10 with this gorgeous Prada dress. (One point deduction for confusing shoes.)

Pretty in pale pink.

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While Kristen looked stunning in this Zuhair Murad gown, we’re not crazy about wearing floor length see through lace unless you’re a vampire. As well, we support wearing your gorgeous Jimmy Choo’s if you’re lucky enough to have them.

We suggest skipping the granny panties and lace…but if you really really can’t resist…

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But we’d really like you to resist.

We vote that instead you opt for a cute sheer lace dress like this and leave the visible underwear far far behind you.

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Enjoy and please wear red carpet styles responsibly.

BE YOURSELF. ALWAYS.

-Graci

Accessorize With BRIGHTS

6 Nov

Wanna have some fun?

We all know how it is to put together a super cute outfit that ends up looking a little blah because of all its earthy tones. If you’re like me you wear a lot of black, navy, grey, white, brown, and other muted earthy tones –and that’s probably because it’s just the majority of what’s in your closet. Now, instead of going on a 500$ shopping spree and buying all new bright clothes (which is great if you can afford it, but most of us cannot), or waiting 6 months to accumulate new bright articles of clothing with each new shopping trip, you can do something even better (and cheaper)! Just add bright accessories!

Spoiler Alert: It’s SIMPLE to take your outfit from drab to fab just by adding bright accessories (and faster and cheaper as well!).

Bright accessories just add that extra POP you’re looking for, and it’s just one of those simple stylist secrets to looking amazing.

Here are some of the many ways for bright colors to show up in your outfit:

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Adding bright earrings, necklaces, and rings to any number of outfits to give it a new spin.

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The bandana is probably one of my new favorite things. It’s perfect for a bad hair day, or for just adding some extra color and flair to an every day look.

Note: Taylor Swift’s hat makes her look pop so much more than Taylor Momsen’s!

Here’s another bandana look that I love. Hair down or up, it’s a win every time.

Bright hats just have this ability to turn one outfit into something completely different in 3 seconds.

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Bright purses are just another simple way to add color to your outfit. Purses are in GRAND supply at Plato’s Closet. Hit it up ladies.

.:The art of shoes:.

Check out these runway examples!

Shoes are an art, in my opinion. They come in so many styles and colors. Visit the nearest Goodwill or Plato’s and you’ll find so many amazing pairs of shoes for very little $. Also, they will be more one of a kind since they are probably not sold in stores any more!

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GREAT NEWS! I went to Goodwill last week and bought 4 belts for 8$. Also, all the old retro colored belts are in there just hanging out since your mom’s friends finally got rid of them. You should stop in.

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It’s Fall ladies! A scarf can be both useful and adorable! Walmart has brightly colored scarves for 5$, and they’re sold in abundance at resale shops for very little $.

Lastly….

The simplest and cheapest trick of all? Nails and makeup!

Just adding bright fingernail polish or bright lipstick can absolutely add another element to a boring outfit. Graci and I have fallen in LOVE with red lipstick, and bright nail polish is also high on our list of favorites. Have fun with these ladies. It’s a fast, classy, and adorable way to give your look that extra little oomph.

Be yourself, always.

Skye

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