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Buon Natale! Holiday Casual Chic Dressing

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Every family has their own Holiday traditions and in my family that usually means a large gathering around a meal to play games and exchange a secret Santa gift. The dress code is very casual but also a little bit festive. So, what do you wear that is an upgrade from that Ugly Christmas sweater? 

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Add a Pop Of Color to Your Holiday Wardrobe

Christmas red has been lacking in my wardrobe for several years now and I've been looking to brighten up my seasonal capsule wardrobe. This year there are plenty of bright red options available in stores. I stumbled upon this Sea Blue off the shoulder cashmere sweater during Thanksgiving weekend and snatched it up at a steal. I like that this sweater can be worn through February and brought out in SF during our foggy July (of course). 

Protip: Instead of wearing your off the shoulder sweater as designed, add a twist. Wearing your sweater off one shoulder will add dimension and keep it from looking too broad or flat across the shoulders.

Pick a Printed Shoe or Accessory with Personality

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To balance out wearing solids (Red sweater + Blue jeans) I like introducing a print to keep the look interesting. Tartan is a classic choice for the holidays and a print that always cycles through traditional stores (J.Crew, Brooks Brothers, Talbots). I spotted these flats while skimming Black Friday sales and was instantly smitten. You heard it here first, Talbots is having a fashion moment. The black puff and tartan remind me of British toy soldiers and add some playful cheer to the look. Need a plaid flat of your own? We have a few additional recommendations at the end of the blog.

ProTip: When breaking in new flats, take them to a cobbler to add partial soles or scuff them up with heavy duty sandpaper. Talbots flats are VERY VERY slick out of the box and you'll need to add traction. (I did a nice baseball slide the first time I wore mine--lesson learned)
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Top of Your Holiday Look with a Little Sparkle

Last year Megan and I were ALL ABOUT the sparkle for holiday. This year we are all about a pop of red and statement earrings. If you want to purchase a reasonably priced pair, BaubleBar, J.Crew and Banana Republic have wonderful options.

I LOVE these tassel earrings from J.Crew because they are lightweight and the length works with my face shape. I tried a similar pair from BaubleBar but they were too heavy and no one likes to having to remove their earrings mid-evening because they are weighing you down. We have a few additional recommendations at the end of the blog.

Stay Stylish,

K&M

P.S.--If the man at Isaia says you can ride the vespa then CIAO! you ride the vespa to your next holiday party.

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Outfit Details: Sea Blue Red Sweater $149, Madewell High Waist Jeans $128, Talbots Edison Tartan Flats $129, J.Crew Tassel Earrings $24.50 (Silver)


Our Favorite Picks!

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Statement Earrings


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Posted on December 22, 2017 and filed under Style Stories.
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Waxed Denim Done Three Ways

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Tired of your blue jeans? The waxed denim trend is an easy way to freshen up your wardrobe this fall.

At Canvas, we decided to try out three different pairs that fit each of our personalities and body types for a three-part blog series.

First up, Megan is sharing the pair that made her love wearing denim again.

Stay Stylish,
M&K&D


What Is Waxed Denim?

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Waxed denim, also referred to as coated denim, are jeans that have been coated with paint or a wax like material to create a shiny finish. They look like leather pants, but without the high price point and the use of animal products (making them friendly for our vegan friends).

A New Take on Denim

My love affair with waxed denim started five years ago when I found a pair of black waxed rag and bone jeans. I wore them endlessly, until one day it was time to finally retire them. In the two years since I've searched endlessly for a replacement pair but, couldn't find them.

I was so excited to see waxed denim make a huge comeback this fall! Everyone from Current Elliott, Paige, DL1961, NJDJ and J Brand is doing a version. I found love (again) with a pair of Blank NYC black waxed denim that has lacing down each side. I've had a blast not only incorporating them back into my wardrobe, but also styling clients in waxed denim this season.

Yes, Everyone Can Wear Waxed Denim

As stylists, we often hear people say "I love this trend, but I don't feel like I can't wear it." I have to say, waxed denim has been done so well this season that pretty much anyone can pull it off. It does have an element of edge, but can easily be softened with a feminine silk blouse and velvet flats. For my mature clients who are looking for an office-ready look, I've paired black waxed denim with a structured blazer and heels.

Waxed Denim At Every Price Point

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So, with so many options which pair is right for you? Here are my go-to Brands with coated denim styles at every price point and cut:

Lafayette 148- Known for her classic cuts, this pair is perfect for the woman who wants to incorporate the trend, but also stick to a more conservative straight leg silhouette. This style is also less shiny then some of the other options out there and has a hint of stretch.

Karen Millen- Another straight leg option perfect for the gal who wants to add a hint of subtle trend to her wardrobe. This pair has a more matte finish with a slim, but not skinny, leg.

BlankNYC- If you like edge, this is your pair. They hit at the ankle, have a lower rise, plenty of shine and faux leather lacing down each leg.

DL1961- This style is a thicker fabric with plenty of stretch. It has a mid-rise, very skinny leg and lots of shine. It is the closest you'll get to leather pants without committing to actual leather!

Outfit Details:  Joie metallic silk blouse ,  BlankNYC lace up waxed jeans , BR Velvet Flats ( similar ), J.Crew lucite link necklace ( similar )

Outfit Details: Joie metallic silk blouse, BlankNYC lace up waxed jeans, BR Velvet Flats (similar), J.Crew lucite link necklace (similar)

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Posted on October 25, 2017 and filed under Style Stories.
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Kimberly's Everyday Fall Fashion: The 5-second Outfit

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I often ask clients when we first meet what their 5-second outfit is. This may seem like an odd question but at the heart of Canvas Styling, we are more realists than fashionistas. That sensational dinner party look may be necessary, but likely what you really need are effortless outfitting ideas for every day.

Outfitting On The Fly: Effortless Style

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What do you put on when your morning seems to be working against you and you spill that cup of coffee down your blouse? Today I am asking that question and sharing my answer with you. My hope is you will find it helpful in coming up with your own looks that are equally resilient and chic.

Building Bullet Proof Looks

The secret weapon of a capsule wardrobe is universality. If you have to suddenly change your top, bottom, or shoes, having a well-planned capsule wardrobe makes that quick change easy. If you missed our capsule wardrobe series, check out this blog to learn more.

Shoes That Go The Distance

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As stylists, we are constantly on our feet running around stores, crawling under racks and up SF hills to find that perfect client piece (never trust a stylist in heels).

Having a good pair of shoes to support you along the way is essential. Having a good pair of shoes that are stylish can be problematic. Which is why we are all capitalizing on the mule and loafer trend this season because they walk this line oh so well.

The pair pictured are from Banana Republic from a few years ago. They go with just about everything, but they have stretched over time. Here are a few a great alternative options (steal and investment).

The Jacket Sweater Hybrid

Move over grandpa and boyfriends, a new sweater cardigan is in town and we are smitten! I picked up this J.Crew Sweater Blazer a few weeks ago after much deliberation (the sizing is generous--but go by what shoulder and sleeve length work best. I am wearing a small). Camel has been a popular jacket essential for the past few years, but many of the coats are better suited for colder climates than SF. I love that this sweater jacket is Merino wool, so it keeps me toasty without the weight or size of a fully lined jacket. I can easily stow it away in a bag for the midday fall sunshine and pull it out when the fog returns.

Outfit Details:  J.Crew Sweater Blazer  $138,  AG Farah High-rise Jeans  $178, Black and White Linen Tee ( Similar  Caslon $25), Older BR Wine Flats (Similar above), Earrings Jessica Thompson Designs Triangle Pear $38

Outfit Details: J.Crew Sweater Blazer $138, AG Farah High-rise Jeans $178, Black and White Linen Tee (Similar Caslon $25), Older BR Wine Flats (Similar above), Earrings Jessica Thompson Designs Triangle Pear $38

Posted on September 27, 2017 and filed under Style Stories, Capsule Dressing.
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