Fall Fashion 2017

Summer 2017 is coming to a very quick close.  Kids are heading back to school, I’m getting back to my regular routine and thankfully, the Fall Fashion season is upon us!!  It’s like an annual ritual for me – gather the September Fashion magazines, check out Pinterest, and browse my favorite clothing stores for inspiration.  I gather, I contemplate and then I narrow down my favorite fashion trends for the season.

I like a lot of what is out there, however, these are my four favorite trends for Fall Fashion 2017:

 

I love outerwear and a cozy and stylish shearling is a simple way to look on trend.  Throw on over a top and jeans with great footwear and you are set!

 

I always seem to lean toward a plaid/check – classic for sure, but if you are willing to mix prints – super stylish.

 

Loving Burgundy – always have – and happy to see it “in” this Fall season.  Burgundy is beautiful head-to-toe, but it also compliments blue, black, grey, white and metallics, and is a chic accessory.

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After a dress, what is easier than a pantsuit to look pulled together?  Slim or slouchy – go with what looks best on you.

Hope these images and trends provide you with a bit of Fall Fashion inspiration.  If they appeal to you, try to find something to add to your wardrobe and help you put together your own updated style for the season.

Thanks for stopping by….Cynthia

 

Images:  stylecaster.com

Spring 2017 Menswear

Spring offerings from JHilburn Menswear include options for work and casual with Tropical Wools and Cotten/Linen Blends,  Lightweight MTM outerwear, new MTM polo shirts in 3 fabrications with numerous styling options, suttle and bright shirting options and new neckwear and pocketsquare accessories!!

JHilburn brings the shopping to you with concierge-style service and a focus on great fit, great value and great quality!  Using the best Italian fabric mills we offer custom shirting, MTM suiting and separates, formal wear, top Ready-to-Wear brands, Allen-Edmonds footwear, custom belts and on-point accessories.

Spring Suiting/Sportcoats

Great fit, great selection, customization options.

Cotton Blends including 5 new blues

 

Chambray Linen Blend – 3 color options

 

Lightweight Tropical Wools – Solid and Plaid options for Sportcoat/Trouser/Suits

 

Made-To-Measure Outerwear

The new Mac-inspired raincoat made to fit you perfectly and personalized for you.  Offered in two colors:  Aegean Blue and Birch

 

NEW Made-to-Measure Polos

Not your typical boxy golf polo.  These are designed to fit to your specifications with your styling options and look great under a jacket or without.  Perfect for a casual day at work or get-together.  Outstanding Italian fabrics.

 

Custom Spring Shirting 

Always 100% Cotton.  Numerous customization options. Bright and fresh colors or subtle and understated.

Spring Accessories

Silks, Chambrays – Mix and Match options

The Spring Collection

 

Let me help you build a wardrobe that boosts your confidence and makes you look and feel great!!   For more information, please feel free to send me an email at cynthia.hudson@jhilburnpartner.com or by clicking this link Cynthia Hudson Personal Stylist.

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Where to Remodel a Fur Coat

In the late 80’s, when I was a young, working gal in Chicago, I purchased a fur (with the help of my father) to keep me warm from the cold of the windy city.  It did its job for a few years, but sadly, instead of keeping me warm, it has been hanging, neglected, in a closet for over twenty years.

For a long time I have wanted to remodel my floor-length, male mink.  The wide sleeves made it look huge, the style is outdated, and I just don’t have a need for it.  I longed to convert the big, heavy coat into a useful, updated style that I could wear casual, as well as, dressy

The dated style with massive sleeves and bracelet cuffs.

At a holiday event, I picked up the business card of Peter Duffy Furs.  I’ve held on to it hoping I would make the fur project a reality.  I did some research pricing out various places and getting input on design and spoke to Marge Duffy at Peter Duffy Furs who intrigued me with the fairness of their cost to remodel.  We set up a consultation to check the condition of the fur (thankfully mine was still in good condition) and discuss the style I was hoping for.  I left the coat and returned less than 2 weeks later to a remodeled fur jacket!   We made minor tweaks, I selected a monogram for the lining and learned that there was enough fur remaining to make a fur stole!!  One week later I returned to pick up my new fur jacket and stole!

Remade into to a 25″ length jacket.

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Raised the arm holes and opened the cuff to make the jacket more current and appear less bulky.

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Made a stylish stole with the left over fur!

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Do you have a fur that you are not wearing?  If so, thing about turning it into something new.

Peter Duffy Furs is located in New York City at 231 W. 29th Street (bet. 7th and 8th Ave).

Phone: 212-695-6161

Ask for Marge and tell her Cynthia sent you…

 

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Beauty Products

Beauty Products bring joy or disappointment. Over the years, too many have been disappointing. However, I try new ones until I am satisfied.  These are a few of my favorites that I highly recommend and that bring me joy 🙂

Dior Show Mascara

I have tried countless mascaras but this one I really love!  It does not clump or flake.  It lengthens really well and is build able.

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Laura Mercier Caviar Stick

This is a cream eyeshadow stick which I have in numerous colors.  Easy to apply and control coverage with your finger, does not crease and does not run/bleed.  The color choices are beautiful – and you can apply the color as saturated or as muted as you like.

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – Oil Free (I use oil-free in the summer)

Been using this product for at least 10 years.  Gives natural/sheer coverage that helps perfect your skin and enhance your complexion.  Fills in pores but does not make you look all made up.

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (I use in colder months)

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

I was dissatisfied with under eye concealers being too heavy/cakey and enhacing the lines under my eyes -until I found this one.  I dot on with the sponge applicator and lightly press/spread under eyes with my ring finger.  Great coverage but blends in and is not too heavy – LOVE!!

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m-61 Power Cleanse – Pore-Purifying Glycolic Face Cleanser (Combo/Oily Skin)

This skincare line is exclusive to Bluemercury.  I can’t claim it is the cleanest product on the market, however, it is paraben-free and synthetic fragrance free (whatever they use for fragrance is divine).  Cleans excess makeup off easily and skin feels great – not dry or greasy.

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m-61 powerful skincare – PowerGlow Peel

These peels are spectacular!  If you want a dewy, glowing complexion definitely gives these a try.

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This moisturizer is just right – also a primer, packed with peptides and Vitamin B5, feels great going on, no residue, can apply makeup right away.m-61-hydraboost-moisturizer-50ml-web_large

Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil

Jenna Lyons of J.Crew was interviewed in an article I read and she recommended this product so I gave it a try…and never turned back.  This stuff rocks – at least for my hair type.  I use it as a finishing product .  It is light weight and smells AMAZING!Sachajuan Hair oilBeauty Blender -Nude

I realize this tool has been recommended by many, but I agree – love applying my tinted moisturizers with this blender.  Wash frequently.sponge

Beauty Products should provide a service!   If you are not completely happy with what you are using, think about giving these beauty products a try!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Holiday Party Looks

Putting together a chic and spirited seasonal look for holiday parties can feel like another task on the to do list.  Not to mention something else tapping into the holiday budget. For the gal on a budget or just a gal who doesn’t feel like spending a lot on an outfit she may wear a few times, Zara is the place for well-priced, trendier items that get you in the holiday spirit.  This holiday, look for style details like ruffles, velvet, off-shoulder and one-shoulder which are all on trend this season.  There is no need to break the bank to look great.  You won’t regret the fun and affordable piece you find at Zara.

Dresses always look great, but I love a jumpsuit for holiday parties too.  Just add the right shoe and accessories and you are done!  (Perhaps some thought to makeup, especially lip color.) And, always consider your bodytype and make choices that are the most flattering for you.  Below are few selections I love for holiday parties…

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Cut-Out Shoulder Frilled Dress

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Shiny Velvet Dress

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Contrast Velvet Dress

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Short Sequin Dress

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Frilled Dress

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Long Jumpsuit with Asymmetric Frilled Neckline

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Tuxedo Jumpsuit

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Embroidered Jumpsuit

Warmest wishes for a Happy and Healthy Holiday!  And, have fun getting dressed!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Fall Fashion

Fall Fashion, the clothing season I love most, is nearly here!!  The Fall Runways showed all sorts of fabulous trends – many very classic and wearable.  Those resonating with me most are Cross Body Stoles, Gray Plaid, Navy Overcoats, Off-the-Shoulder, Pin Stripe Suiting, Shearling Bombers, Statement Fur and Velvet!!

Shown here are runway images.  Below each example is a wearable and affordable example of the trend.  Click on the link for more information or to purchase.

CROSS BODY STOLES

I love a fur accessory and wearing a luxurious stole across your body is a fun and versatile way of using it.  Definitely makes a statement and shows you’ve got confidence.

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Zara Small Fur Stole

 

GRAY PLAID

I will never tire of gray plaid and I am happy to see this classic is hot this Fall!  So many ways to wear – casual, for work, and even dressy and a super wardrobe staple and builder.

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Theory Double Faced Wool

 

NAVY OVERCOAT

Perhaps you already have a navy overcoat – please wear it!!  This is another classic worth having in your wardrobe and since it is on trend for Fall, wear it with everything.

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JCrew Navy Topcoat

JCrew Lady Day Coat with Gold Buttons

 

OFF-THE-SHOULDER

This is such a feminine and flattering look.  If you didn’t get a top for Spring and Summer, it’s time to get either a long-sleeved top for Fall or a great dress.

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Milly Selena Off the Shoulder Midi Dress

Milly ‘Selena’ Off the Shoulder Midi Dress (Nordstrom)

 

PIN STRIPE SUITING

A sharp and classic fabric – just a pair of slacks or a blazer would be a superb addition to your wardrobe and have you on trend but will work for years.

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Zara Pinstripe Trouser

 

SHEARLING BOMBER

Fun, fun!!  A chunky and cozy outerwear piece that makes a big statement.  Go faux and save a few bucks.

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Zara Suede Effect and Fleecy Jacket

Zara Suede Effect and Fleecy Jacket

 

STATEMENT FUR

Here is an opportunity to show off your personality and individuality. (Faux is fine.)

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Zara Multicoloured Faux Fur Jacket

Zara Multicoloured Faux Fur Jacket

 

SHADES OF TAN

Elegant, classic, cozy…cannot go wrong adding something tan.  Goes with everything for any occasion!

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JCrew Cashmere Tan Top

JCrew Collection double-faced cashmere top

 

VELVET

Luxurious and chic –  a velvet blazer or even a velvet sneaker would work hard this Fall.

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Anthroplogie Eve Velvet Blazer

Anthropologie Eve Velvet Blazer

Have fun with Fall Fashion and make selections that suit your personal style, update and build your wardrobe and boost your confidence!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Runway Images: Stylecaster.com

Zara Sale Picks

Rarely a conversation about shopping passes without being asked the question, “Where is your favorite place to shop?”  The thing is, I don’t really have a very favorite place, I have many favorite places each fulfilling a different need or desire.  However, if the question were asked, “Where is your favorite place to shop for well-priced pieces to update a wardrobe?”  My answer, without hesitation would be, Zara!!

Zara happens to be having a fantastic sale right now – everything in store and on the website is marked down.  I did a little on-line shopping and my Zara Sale Picks are below.  Click on the link and shop – don’t hesitate – someone else could be putting your item in their bag.

Poplin Top $35.99

Fresh, crisp and goes with everything.

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Long Blouse $35.99

Chic, easy and great over jeans and leggings.

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Off the Shoulder Top $25.99

Trendy, sexy and fun – must-have this summer.

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Long Parka $79.99

This Parka rocks – it’s chic and functional.

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Embroidered Top $39.99

Trendy and easy – love over white jeans.

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Faux Leather Jacket $49.99

For the price, this bright green jacket is a fun addition to a wardrobe.

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Oversize Denim Waistcoat $39.99

A long denim vest like this is versatile and a great layering piece – goes over everything.

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Office Citi Bag $39.99

A white handbag is a nice accessory to own.  Since it’s only useful part of the year, the price makes this very palatable.  Great dressy or with jeans.

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Mini Vinyl Citi Bag (Black) $25.99

This cute little “clear” bag is chic – great in black or white.

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Mini Vinyl Citi Bag (White) $25.99

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Hope you enjoy shopping my Zara Sale Picks!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Off Shoulder Trend

Spring is in full swing and summer is on the way!  With the warmer weather quickly approaching, now is the time to install your arsenal of lightweight, seasonal pieces.   Off  Shoulder looks are a superb and flattering choice that  many designers are showing.  They are easy to wear and look good on most people.  Off  Shoulder dresses, worn with different footwear and accessories, go dressy or casual and the tops are great with jeans, skirts, shorts, trousers – everything!!

One of my favorite designers for feminine but chic clothing is Rebecca Taylor and all of the selections below are hers – some are already marked down.  Click on a link and check them out.

Off Shoulder Cotton Dress

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Ella Fil Coupe One Shoulder Dress

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Gauze Top

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Poplin Top

 

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Gauze Dress

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Amanda Dress

 

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Consider updating your Spring and Summer wardrobe by adding a versatile,  comfortable, feminine and chic Off Shoulder piece.  It may become your new favorite.

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

J. Hilburn Menswear Spring 2016

Spring has finally sprung and J. Hilburn Menswear Spring 2016 is hot!   Great new Spring suiting fabrics in linens, cottons and lighter weight and toned wools, as well as, gorgeous shirting fabrics from the best mills in the world in pastel linens, printed chambrays and colorful cottons!  The ready-to-wear choices are superb!  Shorts offered in two lengths in chambrays, seersuckers, cotton oxfords and garment dyed fabrics.  Polos in solid piques, lived in slub and heathered deck stripes in country club fit and slim fit.

J. Hilburn has also introduced a new SOFT WASH finish option for nearly all fabrics – making your new shirt feel lived in and super comfortable!

Photos from the Spring 2016 Collection 

Ready-to-wear pieces available for purchase at cynthiahudson.jhilburn.com

Measurements need to be taken by a J. Hilburn Stylist (like myself) for custom shirts and made-to-measure items.

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Navy/White Linen Horizontal Stripe Shirt with Khaki Cotton Oxford Short – European fit.

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Red Wool Silk Linen Blend Plaid Sport Coat shown with an Italian Indigo navy chambray denim shirt.

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Washed V-Neck Tee in Medium Blue Heather.

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Khaki Double-Faced Corded Stripe Jacket shown with the Wasked V-Neck tee in White.

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Selection of Heathered Deck Stripe Pique Polos

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Italian Indigo Blue Chambray fabric with J. Hilburn’s Western Styling with white snap closure.

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Ink Blue Solid Linen Sport Coat with a crisp white custom shirt and silk houndstooth pocket square.

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Khaki Linen Houndstooth Sport Coat with custom white shirt with button contrast stitching and the wool regal pocket square.

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J. Hilburn Menswear offers a full-service, hassle-free shopping experience for men.  Feel free to contact me for more information, to make an appointment or to purchase a gift certificate for the Father’s in your life!  I can be reached at cynthia.hudson@jhilburnpartner.com.

Happy Spring and thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Stacked Heel Sandals

Stacked Heel Sandals (aka Block Heels) are a Spring Trend I recommend because of their versatility and comfort – and they’re cute!  Stacked heels work with skirts, shorts, pants, dresses and, of course, denim (another hot Spring trend).  They come in many heights providing great options and they are comfortable because the heel offers more surface area for stability.

I’ve selected a few options I think would make great updates to a wardrobe.  They represent different price points but I feel all versatile depending on your personal style.  Click on the link above the photo to learn more about the selection or to purchase – all are available at Nordstrom.

 

Steve Madden ‘Carrson’ Sandal

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Steve Madden ‘Irenee’ Ankle Strap Sandal

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Lucky Brand ‘Toni’ Stacked Heel Sandal

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Ted Baker London ‘Lorno’ Sandal

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Balenciaga Wood Heel Sandal

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Burberry ‘Cashel’ Ankle Strap Sandal

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Badgley Mischka ‘Clove’ Evening Sandal

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Steve Madden ‘Slinng’ Sandal

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Steve Madden ‘Sofila’ Sandal

 

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Vince Camuto ‘Ceara’ Sandalblock heel 14

AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni ‘Coty’ Block Heel Sandal

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Stuart Weitzman ‘Nearly Nude’ Ankle Strap Sandal

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Ivanka Trump ‘Klover’ Block Heel Ankle Strap Sandal

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Hope you will consider adding a stacked heel sandal to update your Spring (and summer) wardrobe!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Cynthia