Back to School 2015

Summer 2015 was fantastic but today the gang heads Back to School!!  Each year gets tougher for me.  This year my son (who will not let me post pics of him) graduates from High School, Liz heads into her sophomore year, Cate enters 8th grade and graduates Middle School and Ali, our youngest, goes into 5th grade – our last year as parents of an elementary schooler…seems surreal!  However, with Back to School comes Back to School fashion!

Here are a few photos of my girls and their choices for that all important first day back to school outfit.

Liz and Cate off to Middle School and High School

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Liz wearing a Zara skirt and top outfit and Chinese Laundry stacked heel booties.

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Cate is wearing a Top Shop tee, Ivviva leggings, Uniqlo flannel and Haviana flip-flops.

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Ali is wearing an Abercrombie top, Abercrombie shorts and Madden Girl boots.

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Dad and Ali walking to school.

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Wishing my kids and yours a happy and successful school year!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Striped tee with white jeans 3 ways

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Shopping my closet,  playing around with pieces in my wardrobe and putting different outfits together is happy time for me.  For Women over 40 the loss of a defined waist starts to become a reality. So using techniques that do not draw attention to the middle, like leaving tops out and choosing jeans that have a high waist, are helpful in camouflaging that area.

Two very basic pieces – a Gap striped relaxed black and white t-shirt and Gap 1969 destructed resolution true-skinny high-rise jeans are combined to create three classic yet different black and white looks.

First is the casual outfit.  I turned up the jeans a bit to create a cuff and mixed the pieces with a black denim jacket, super comfortable Roxy Ventura Crochet slip-on sneakers, my silver Nantucket basket necklace, diamond studs and Chanel sunglasses.

 

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Pulled hair back in an unfussy, low, casual pony tail that I don’t pull through all the way.

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A black bird paid a visit and landed on the white fence – perfectly black and white!

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The second is a comfortable day out shopping outfit.  Worn with BP booties from Nordstrom, carrying a red tote from Zara with an Hermes red enamel H bracelet.  Bringing in the pops of red makes the outfit more fun.

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Lastly, the dressiest outfit of the three.  Wearing platform heeled sandals by Vince Camuto…

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…with a fringed black clutch and a statement ring by Tous and…

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Front and Back Chain Stud Drop earrings by TopShop.

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One rainy day or any day, spend a little time picking out a few pieces and mix them with different shoes and accessories and see if you can create one outfit, 3 ways!

Photos by the talented Carola Muis www.carolamuis.com

Effortless Chic in a Jumpsuit

Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in the morning, slip into one thing, look totally chic and be comfortable?

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It’s possible with a jumpsuit!  They are great pieces for looking chic and pulled together effortlessly.  Available in a variety of styles and fabrics – the only effort needed is in finding the right one to best flatter your figure.

Paige denim makes the featured jumpsuit. It could be worn with a dressier wedge or heel but the fabric and the design are suited to casual dressing.  Wear a slip-on sneaker and it is a super casual but still chic look.  The cotton fabric is so soft and comfortable it feels like loungewear!

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Worn with open-toe stacked booties by Steve Madden and a fringe clutch by Santana found at DSW.

(Tip:  Update your wardrobe with inexpensive, trendy accessories that look high quality.)

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Wearing an Hermes enamel printed bracelet with a Stella & Dot leather wrap bracelet.  The ring is by Marco Bicego.  The hoop earrings are by Roberto Coin.

 

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Have you jumped into purchasing a jumpsuit??  I would love to know!!

All photos are by the talented Carola Muis – www.carolamuis.com.

White Dress – Look Cool, Classic, Comfortable

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So, this is what I mean by looking “cool”!  I’ve been checking out some of the Fall clothes in store, however, I am still focused on Summer and dressing for the hot and often humid weather in New York. For me, summer dressing = comfortable dressing! I enjoy wearing clothes that make me look like I feel cool and comfortable (even if I am not).  The Gap Dobby Fit & Flare white dress is perfect for those reasons – easy, comfortable and cool!  Moreover, it can be worn with flip flops to shoes like my JCrew Seville espadrille wedges.

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Lipstick color is my go-to summer red – Portofino Red by Laura Mercier

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In the summer I also like to keep accessories at a minimum and in this case modern – simple silver studs by Michael Kors  and a silver cuff with mother of pearl.

Nail color is by Essie in Clambake.

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Handbag is the Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote – perfect small-sized tote.

Are you looking cool and comfortable in a white dress this summer?!

All photos are by Carola Muis – carola@carolamuis.com

Welcome to Cynthia Hudson Style

Hello and Welcome to Cynthia Hudson Style!

I am a 40-something (ok, pushing 50), married, mom of 4 kids and a toy poodle and I’m a personal stylist/shopper.  I have always loved and had fun with fashion, beauty products and shopping! Most importantly, I enjoy helping women build their confidence through what they wear and help them build a wardrobe that works!

Cynthia Hudson Style will focus on fashion and beauty for the 40+ women.  Through a mix of original photography, things discovered on-line, in-store or out and about, I will bring you outfit ideas, shopping links, latest trends in fashion, beauty, accessories, shoes, jewelry, styling ideas, new products, shops and things that inspire me (and, hopefully you)!

I welcome your comments and feedback! (see Speak Your Mind at bottom)  Additionally, “Ask Cynthia” is a feature where I answer your fashion and beauty questions.  Please consider subscribing so you receive my blog into your in-box as I publish posts. (see Sign Up to Keep In Touch at right)

The dress I am wearing in the photos that follow is Madewell’s Flutter-back Overlay Maxi Dress.  I fell in love with the ease, color and comfort of this dress.  And, adore the open, but not too open back.   It is also versatile. By changing up the accessories, makeup and shoes it could work for day or evening. It is available at Madewell stores and at Nordstrom. (click on store names for link to store.)

Keep scrolling down and thank you for reading!

All photos are taken by Carola Muis…carola@carolamuis.com

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I accessorized for a casual day event by wearing a beaded bracelet and beaded hoop earrings, as well as, my grandmother’s ring.  Sunglasses are by Chanel.   My lip and nail color are my go-to summer reds: Nail color is Essie in Clambake and Lip Colour is by Laura Mercier in Portofino Red.                                                                              Carola_Muis (3 of 13) Carola_Muis (4 of 13) Carola_Muis (5 of 13) Carola_Muis (6 of 13) Carola_Muis (7 of 13)

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Madewell Weekend Dress Easy, cool, comfy www.cynthiahudsonstyle.com

Madewell Weekend Dress
Easy, cool, comfy
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Chic and Comfortable Shoes

Chic and Comfortable Shoes — key criteria for making a footwear purchase!!  The five choices from Vince Camuto below fit the bill – they will elevate your outfit and you could walk for hours!

Which shoes will you choose this summer??