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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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

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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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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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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

Styling Services for Men – J. Hilburn

Cynthia Hudson Style services are broadening!  I am very excited to announce that I am providing Personal Styling Services for Men through the luxury Menswear line, J.Hilburn.  I assist men with their style and wardrobe with the goal of boosting confidence and building a wardrobe they love with clothing that fits and suits their lifestyle!

Most men dislike shopping. Often they purchase off-the-rack clothing that is intended for many different body types and fits poorly.  With J.Hilburn, I make shopping easy by visiting his home or office, take his unique measurements and choose fabrics together to get great fitting clothing built just for him! I offer custom shirts, made-to-meaure suits, sport coats, trousers and formal wear, as well as, top of the line Ready-to-Wear like Allen Edmonds shoes, AG jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, accessories and more.  Additionally, J. Hilburn only uses the finest quality fabrics from the best mills in Italy — One stop personal shopping made super easy and at an affordable price!

My goal is to help guys build a wardrobe of clothing that fits him and his lifestyle!!

Here a few selections from J.Hilburn Fall/Winter…. Spring 2016 on the way shortly.

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Casual Sportcoats and cashmere sweaters

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Great fitting AG jeans and Allen Edmonds Shoes

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Truly custom shirts – choose all own styling details.

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Formal Wear Choices

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Hundreds of the finest Italian fabrics to choose from – dressy to casual.

Let’s get our fabulous guys in great fitting clothing!

Contact me at cynthia.hudson@jhilburnpartner.com for more information.  To check out J. Hilburn’s website click here :  https://cynthiahudson.jhilburn.com

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

 

 

 

 

 

Dressing up Distressed Jeans

It is nearly February but Happy New Year!!

After a long hiatus due to troublesome computer/blog glitches, I am back!!  To those that follow my blog and have asked about when my next post will be, my sincerest apologies.  Since early December,  I have had technical problems with my blog.  I have spoken to numerous experts who have offered numerous differing opinions.  But, I finally found the right, trustworthy help and it seems the blog is sorted and working properly!!  Thank you for your patience!

My last post was showing distressed jeans in a casual but put together outfit.  This post is using the same jeans (and top) but dressing them up. By adding a long vest with a removeable fur collar (fur attached), animal print stacked heels and a clutch, the outfit is suddenly dressed up.  This is an outfit that could be worn out to dinner, to a casual dinner party, a ladies night or perhaps a trip into the city.

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Zara Black waistcoast with removeable faux fur collar

Gap Easy Straight Ripped Jeans

Wolford Fitted Mock Turtleneck (similar)

J. Crew Leopard calf hair stacked heel pump (similar style) (similar pattern)

L.K. Bennett Laura Saffiano Clutch Bag

Gucci Sunglasses

All photos by Carola Muis

Thanks again for your patience and for stopping by…Cynthia

How to Wear Ripped Jeans

A great outfit, in my opinion, provides contrast and opposites.  So, for instance, an outfit that incorporates masculine and feminine elements hits the right notes.  That is probably the main reason I love ripped jeans and distressed jeans.  They make it very easy to bring the masculine (or tougher) element into an outfit.

The outfit in this post is casual mixing ripped jeans, with a fitted mock turtleneck, slip-on sneakers and black beads but I hope it shows a simple way to wear ripped jeans to knock around but still look pulled together.

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Jacket is lululemon (n/a)

Jeans are Gap Distressed Easy Straight

Slip-on sneakers are Roxy

Fitted mock turtleneck is from Wolford (similar)

All photos by Carola Muis.

Think about adding ripped or distressed jeans into your wardrobe.  Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

How to Wear a Skinny Scarf

A skinny scarf is my favorite accessory right now.  I love the way they add polish without effort and go casual or dressy.  Try wearing a skinny scarf with a round or v-neck t-shirt and jeans – so chic!!

In this outfit I am wearing it with a black v-neck tunic, skinny, high-rise, destructed jeans and ankle booties.  I threw on a suede trench with it.  Have fun trying different looks!

Links at bottom of post.

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Skinny scarf and a Floral Style here

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Tunic (similar) or (similar)

Suede Trench (similar)

Booties

hoop earrings

Marc Jacobs handbag (N/A)

All photos by Carola Muis

Try a skinny scarf and thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

 

 

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup is a savory and sweet soup ideal for the Fall and Winter months and is welcomed as a starter at many a Thanksgiving Dinner.  This healthy recipe is so easy you may be tempted to make it all of the time.

Here is some nutritional information about Butternut Squash found on Medical News Today. “According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of cooked cubed butternut squash (approximately 205 grams) contains 82 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrate (including 4 grams of sugar and 6.6 grams of dietary fiber) as well as 1.8 grams of protein.  One cup of butternut squash provides a whopping 437% percent of your vitamin A needs for the day, as well as 52% of vitamin C and 10% or more of vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium and manganese. Butternut squash is an excellent source of potassium, bringing in 582 milligrams per 1 cup (cubed) – more than a banana!”

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WHAT YOU NEED:

48 oz. Butternut Squash – peeled, cleaned and cut up into about 2″pieces. (I buy already prepped)

1-2 TBSP olive oil

1 medium yellow onion (peeled and rough chopped)

2-3 cloves of garlic (peeled and rough chopped)

32 fl oz. chicken stock (or vegetable stock if preferred)

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Dutch oven or large pot

Handheld immersion blender or countertop blender

HOW TO:

Add olive oil to pot and over medium/low heat saute onion and garlic until translucent (about 8 minutes) being careful not to burn.

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Once translucent add cut up butternut squash and mix with onions/garlic.

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Add the chicken stock, turn heat to high and quickly bring to a boil.

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Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for one hour with pot partially covered.  After one hour, test squash with a fork.  Should be very tender. Turn off heat.

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If using countertop blender, add cooked squash in batches and blend until completely smooth.  Return to pot.  If using immersion blender, place blade down in pot and blend squash until completely smooth.

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Add cinnamon, salt and pepper and stir to incorporate.  Taste.  If needed add more to desired taste.  Additionally, if you prefer a thinner soup, add more stock or water until desired consistency being careful not to add too much liquid.

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Serve and enjoy!!  Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY THANKSGIVING!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia