Fall Inspiration

Finally, it feels like Fall here in New York State!!  The air is crisp, the leaves are turning, the neighbors Halloween decorations are assembled, the markets are filled with local apples and pumpkins so naturally, I’m thinking Fall fashion.  Every season, but particulary in the Fall, I look for Fall Inspiration.  Whether it be for me personally or to assist my clients with new outfits, a style update or continuing to build their wardrobes and ultimately, their confidence.

Below are four looks I really like for the season.  These are all high end designers – go for it if you can!  But if you can’t, take inspiration from these looks and put together your own.

 

COLORFUL PLAID

I’m a lover of plaids and tartans so I am always drawn to this kind of pattern.  Plus, its a classic.  My daughter attends a University in Scotland. When I visit,  I am pulled into every store with a plaid anything in the window (of which there are many).  The looks below are pretty subtle, go even bolder with busier plaids and brighter color.

Designer: Lela Rose    Image:  Stylecaster

 

BUSTIER BODICE

So glamorous and flattering – the bustier bodice is a winner!!

Designer: Tadashi Shoji    Image: Stylecaster

 

FUR ACCENTS

Accenting with fur makes it so easy to elevate an outfit.  Whether you wear a fur vest, scarf, wrap, gloves with a fur touch, hats and so on, you are adding style effortlessly.  Furthermore, show your confidence and wear fur in a bright color.

Designer: Tanya Taylor      Image:  Stylecaster

 

 

SEQUIN SUITS

Suits – yes, always!  Everyone looks great in a suit.  Amped up with sequins – so gorgeous and feminine.  I love menswear done especially for the gals!

Designer: Marcel Ostertag     Image: Stylecaster

 

Hope I got your Fall Inspiration juices flowing!  Best wishes for a fashionable Fall and, as always, thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

 

Summer Beauty

With summer quickly approaching, now is the time to purchase your new summer beauty products.  Less is more is my summer beauty philosophy.  I prefer a more natural look and I don’t like wearing heavier products in hot, humid weather. My key everyday summer beauty items are a lightweight sunscreen or tinted moisturizer with SPF, mascara, bronzer and a lip gloss with SPF.

Sunscreen replacement every season is important as they become less effective and expire.  If you use Waterproof mascara mainly in the summer, don’t start using an opened one as bacteria can form, get a new one for the season.  Be sure to use a moisturizer with SPF.  And, keep in mind, moisturizers should be replaced every 6-12 months.  For everyday, choose a lip product with SPF.

Here are some of my favorite summer beauty products:

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss

NARS Bronzing Powder

By Terry Terrybly Waterproof Mascara

Supergoop Setting Mist with Rosemary

Supergoop Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40

 

Deborah Lippmann rich Girl hand cream SPF 25

I leave this product in my car and apply when driving.  It soaks in immediately so it is not slippery.

 

 

Link below for important tips about beauty products suggested by BlueMercury

Tips for longevity of beauty products

Take care of your skin and enjoy a wonderful summer!!  Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

 

 

JHilburn Spring 2018 Menswear and Golf Collection

JHilburn is a Custom and Made-to-Measure clothing brand exclusively for Men.  Using the finest Italian fabrics, we offer formal, business, casual and social wardrobing items.

This Spring, JHilburn launched their newest collection…MTM Golf!!  Offering a beautiful selection of performance fabrics for polos, trousers, shorts, vests, as well as, custom golf belts.

The Golf Collection

Golf Gifting Idea:  Gift certificate, custom golf belt and color block performance MTM polo.

Collection items…

MTM performance vest offered in 4 colors. White, black, taupe and navy.

 

The Spring 2018 Collection is now available and offers a variety of lighter weight fabrics for suiting, sport coats, trousers, dress and casual shirting, polos and t-shirts, casual pants and shorts – and all custom or MTM.

Casual Cotton Shirting

The latest technology in fabrics...estrato suiting – offers natural stretch = comfort and wrinkle resistance. (Taupe/Blue Estrato)

MTM shorts – made to the exact length you desire. 7 colors.

Lightweight Sportcoats in Wool/Linen/Silk blends (Wine Textured Windowpane)

MTM Chinos – 100% cotton in 7 colors

Custom shirts – limited edition spring prints.

MTM Spring Suiting worn with our NEW custom t-shirt – Linen/Cotton Blend (Powder Blue Chambray Solid)

MTM Outerwear

MTM spring weight Quilted Moto vest – 4 colors

A Spring Collection

MTM 5-pockets in 8 colors

A collection of Spring Limited Edition Suiting and Sportcoat Fabrics

Tropical Wool Suiting (Blue Tropical Revenge Micro Solid)

Tropical Revenge Wool Limited Edition Suiting

I provide a concierge-style service in Fairfield County, CT, Westchester County, NY and New York City and will visit you at your home or office. It is my pleasure to assist you in building a wardrobe that is customized and personalized just for you!

Please feel free to email me at cynthia.hudson@jhilburnpartner.com for more information.

Thank you for stopping by….Cynthia

New Year’s Resolution – Wardrobe Consultation

Happy New Year!!!  It’s that wonderful time of year when we get a fresh start!  We may also feel the pressure to come up with a New Year’s Resolution.  Are any of these on your list?  Lose weight,  get back to the gym,  cut out white sugar, cut back on coffee, reserve alcohol for weekends…  Sound familiar?  Focusing on positive and healthy change is great, and I admit, a few of these repeat goals are back on my list again for 2018….

In 2010, I achieved my New Year’s goal and long time goal of starting my own business!  The main reason I started a personal styling and personal shopping business was not because I enjoy shopping and love fashion, but because it was a way I felt I could truly help people feel better about themselves.  It is empowering stepping out of your home in clothing that flatters and you feel great in.  And, having a closet filled with clothing you love and that works is stress relieving and time saving.

Is your New Year’s Goal the same as in the past?  Or, might you consider a resolution focusing on something stress reducing and empowering?  Are you happy with your wardrobe?  Are you confident with your style?  Do you love what you wear?  Are you dressing to enhance your figure?  Do you feel great with how you look?  If you are not confidently answering yes to at least a few of these questions, you may want to consider treating yourself to a Wardrobe Consultation.  During a Wardrobe Consultation you take the time necessary to audit what you have and edit out what is not working.  As well as, put together new outfits with the good items you own and make note of what is missing.  It is remarkable how much better you feel when you enter your closet knowing that you love what is in it and that you have outfits to wear!

Editing your Closet takes time and energy – but is so worth it!!   Here are few suggestions and tips to get started:

Jeans –  If they don’t make you feel GREAT, get rid of them.  You should absolutely have a pair of great fitting, very dark wash denim.  The style depends on your shape.

T-shirtsGet rid of all stretched out, stained and pilled t-shirts.  A great fitting white and black tee are essential.  Style is a preference, however, replace every year if washed frequently; the black fades and the white yellows.

ShoesDon’t keep shoes you aren’t wearing because they are uncomfortable.  Keep shoes you like in good condition – make any repairs at the end of season.  If you don’t have a classic and sexy black pump…get a pair!  Try many on to get a comfortable pair and be willing to pay more for a quality pair.  A classic cut will always be in style and if you take care of them, they will last forever.  They go with everything and make you look and feel great!

 

The fresh start of a New Year is the ideal time to re-focus on you.  If you would like more information about assistance with a wardrobe consulation,  please e-mail me at cynhud@optonline.net.

Best wishes for a HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I sincerely hope it is filled with happiness, good health and, of course, an even more confident you!!

Thanks for stopping by….Cynthia

 

 

Holiday Looks

Recently, while wandering through my local mall, The Westchester in White Plains, NY, I found Marc Cain; an upscale women’s clothing store.  Color and styling caught my eye and I was swayed to enter. Founded in Germany in 1973, the line represents “German engineering with European styling”.  They do a wonderful job of combining their aesthetic and art with a laid-back attitude, a natural, but elegant look combined with innovation and exclusivity.  The Marc Cain woman “lives in the moment, is self confident, open-minded and curious. She loves being a woman and expresses herself by what she is wearing- naturally and as a matter of course.”

Personally, I find the line to be a beautiful combination of classic and chic.  The cuts are very flattering, the fabrics very special, the clothes wearable and comfortable and they have unique statement pieces that are covetable.  It’s one of those stores where I want everything!!

Recently, I was invited by the staff to check out the new collection.  With prosecco in hand (a very nice touch), I was inspired for the holiday.  I asked if I could put some holiday looks together and do a blog post – they kindly obliged!

The following are holiday looks I love suitable for various occasions…

Stylish Holiday

I love leather leggings and a beautiful blazer!

Princess Dairy Leopard Blazer in Techo Velour

Essentials Second Skin 3/4 Sleeve Top in Black

Essentials Leather Legging in Black

Ankle Strap Sandal in Blckk

Suede Ankle Boot in Black

Menswear Inspired Holiday

I love pant suits and this tuxedo style is stunning and versatile!

Dancing Stars Tuxedo Jacket with Satin Collar and Ribbon Closure in Black

Dogs & Other Countries Tear Drop Sequin Tank Top in Grey with Ribbon Detail

Dancing Stars Tuxedo Pant with Satin side detail in Black

Remove the jacket and glitter the night way in this stunning top- New Year’s option!!

This tank is stunning and has beautiful details including grosgrain ribbon straps.

Another option for the tuxedo pant – a super feminine lace top.

Dogs & Other Countries Short Sleeve Black Lace top with Peplum

Chic Holiday

Perfect for a holiday lunch.

Dogs & Other Countries Lace Top Short Sleeve in Red/Orange

Suede Ankle Strap Sandal in Taupe

I love a statement piece and this phenomenal faux fur jacket is WOW!!  Another day wear it with jeans and a turtleneck.

Dogs & Other Countries Grey Plaid Wool Trouser with Pink Ribbon Belt

Dogs & Other Countries Lace Top Short Sleeve in Red/Orange

Dogs & Other Countries Rainbow of Colors Faux Fur Jacket with Removable Collar

Suede Ankle Strap Sandal in Taupe

Boho Holiday

For the casual holiday brunch

Prints & Princesses Boho Chic Floral Dress

Knee-Hi Chestnut Brown Faux Suede Boots

Prints & Princesses White Faux Lamb Jacket

 

Elegant Holiday

This dress exudes class and elegance – it’s more than just a LBD.

Dancing Stars Lace Dress Sequinned Stars detail

Suede Ankle Strap Sandal in Black

 

While these are looks intended for the holidays, the pieces can go the distance:

All of the tops pair beautifully with jeans for a dressier casual look.

The statement jackets go with everything.

The tuxedo jacket and trouser can be worn as a separates.

The leopard blazer goes with jeans, a pencil skirt, etc.

 

If you are interested in seeing more of the collection, the website is Marc-Cain.com.

Find your way to Marc Cain and enjoy the experience.

Marc Cain

Westchester Mall, 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains NY, 10601

914-460-5051

mc.store.newyork.westchester@marc-cain.com

www.marc-cain.com

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and stylish holiday!   Thanks for stopping by….Cynthia

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.

Gucci Medium GG Marmont 2.0 Matelasse Velvet Shoulder Bag

 

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!!

NARS Concealer

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.

powerglow-peel-m-61-817237011774-30-day-side-badge_largem-61 Hydraboost Moisturizer

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