Style Flattery at Northshore Mall

Style Flattery has moved to Northshore Mall

Hello to all of my fabulous followers,

As many of you know, I have been writing for the Northshore Mall in Peabody as their Simon Mall Style Setter (fashion blogger) for the past 6 months. While I’ve been pretty good about keeping both my personal and Northshore Mall blogs updated, it has recently become more of a challenge and I have decided to officially move over to StyleFlattery at Northshore Mall! I don’t know what will happen in the long-run, but in the mean-time, please visit my fashion blog at: http://stylesetter.simon.com/blog/northshore-mall.

Thank you for reading, and for your continued support. I hope you will continue to follow me on my flattering-fashion journey!

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It’s Party Time

Over the past few months I’ve received countless requests from family, friends and readers for advice on what they should wear to an upcoming event. I usually send these lovely ladies my top picks for special occasions based on what I think will flatter their bodies. My goal as a stylist is not to have them run out and buy something just because I say so. My hope is that they will try on different styles and find out what looks best on them, and what makes them feel like a million bucks.
With that in mind, I would like to thank my gorgeous blogger friend McKenna Bleu for taking photos of me in my favorite fall-party ensembles. Each of these outfits makes me feel special and confident (such a great combo), and we had so much fun during our shoot at Endicott Park in Danvers. Thank you McKenna, and thank you Northshore Mall – one of my favorite special-occasion-shopping destinations – for providing all of my gorgeous attire!
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{Jacket: Nordstrom at Northshore Mall (similar) | Shirt: Express at Northshore Mall | Skirt: Forever 21 at Northshore Mall | Necklace: Express at Northshore Mall (similar)} 

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I hope you enjoy all your special occasions this fall!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

My Blush Color-Crush

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I have a crush…shhhhh, don’t tell! Ok fine, feel free to spread the word that I am absolutely, head-over-heels crushing on everything blush! Over the past few months it may have become quite obvious to you that I have a serious addiction to the color black. While I love all of my flattering black attire, I do very much enjoy color as well! Blush is one of those colors that is so gorgeous and rich, and reminds me of Paris, beautiful roses and peonies! Here are some of my favorite blush-toned pieces and accessories. Yes, blush is totally appropriate to wear for fall, and yes everything can be found at Northshore Mall:

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Blush Faves:

Moto Jacket: Forever 21 at Northshore Mall

Kerchief Shirt: Cache at Northshore Mall

Studded Clutch: Coach at Northshore Mall

Necklace: Loft at Northshore Mall

Sunglasses: Banana Republic at Northshore Mall

Do you have a color crush this season? I would love to know what colors you are mixing into your wardrobe this fall!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

Flattering Work Wear

One of my favorite reasons to get “dressed up” every day is for my job. I love putting together trendy and sophisticated work outfits that flatter my body. This season, I have a few favorite trends that are showing up in my wardrobe:

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Houndstooth is a classic pattern. It shows up year after year in collections because it is gorgeous, and easy-to-wear. I love both of these houndstooth dresses because of their figure-flattering shapes. The NY Collection dress I found at Macy’s at Northshore Mall is a simple sheath, but the black “belt” in the middle draws in your waist at the perfect part of your body.  Similarly, the Jessica Simpson dress from Nordstrom at Northshore Mall is also a waist accentuating stunner! I love that it will also mask what I deem the most inconvenient part of my body (my tummy).

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Although I tend to lean towards black and white (have you noticed yet?), pops of color are huge this season. I love this bright teal jacket from Banana Republic at Northshore Mall. Not only is this a beautiful color on most people, this jacket is tailored with a feminine silhouette to contour and slim your waist! Who doesn’t love that? I’m also adore these high-waisted pants from White House | Black Market at Northshore Mall. These pants are a great fit because the button-accented tabs on the waistband draw your eye away from the tummy “problem” area, plus there are only pockets in the back to keep the front smooth and flat!

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Finally, when I saw this coat from White House | Black Market at Northshore Mall, I knew I just had to have it. With all the feminine detail, it really stands out and is a gorgeous addition to my work wardrobe. I’m also loving this peplum shirt from Phillip Lim 3.1 at Nordstrom at Northshore Mall, as well as these patent-leather pumps. Put these two together with some bright red or houndstooth-patterned pants, and you have got yourself one head-turning, well-put-together work outfit!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my love for flattering work wear! Here are some upcoming events I’m excited about:

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Check out the latest fall fashion trends on the runway at Simon Fashion Now on October 4th & 5th at Burlington Mall.

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Attend Wishing on a Starry Night, an amazing local fashion benefit on November 1st at the DoubleTree in Danvers to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is going to be a wonderful evening of fashion, dinner and dancing, as well as silent and live auctions, all to benefit an incredible cause. Learn more about Wishing on a Starry Night.

Wishing all of you a stylish & flattering work-week,
Tara

A Flattering Fall Weekend

Welcome Fall! I just had THE best fall weekend! I was invited to The Vintage Bazaar at Pettingill Farm in Salisbury, MA and was delighted by all the vintage finds, crafts, vendors, music and food. It was perfectly crisp weather, and I was excited to wear my new fall digs! Since I wanted to be comfortable while traipsing through the lovely fields, I chose a simple, flattering, natural waist a-line dress from Forever XXI at Northshore Mall. Red is one of my favorite colors (it makes even the gloomiest day bright), so I was excited to find this cozy dress in my favorite apple-hue (and many other colors)!

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For me, one of the best parts about living in New England in the fall is the plethora of outdoor fairs, but this one absolutely blew me away. I was SO THRILLED to just be there to experience all the gorgeous vintage finds, as well as re-purposed furniture and household decor (like the Be-YOU-tiful mirror below). I was also happier-than-a-kitten-with-catnip to wear my new boots from Apricot Lane at the Northshore Mall. These boots are comfortable enough to wear all day – a rare find, especially when I first wear boots!

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Another reason I attended The Vintage Bazaar was to be a part of the Bloggers & Bellini’s event hosted by Devon Allen, Director and Founder of The Vintage Bazaar. I had the pleasure of meeting and catching up with other amazing local bloggers like Taylor of New England Vintage Chic and McKenna of McKenna Bleu. Along with the other bloggers, I received a personal tour of the entire bazaar. What a wonderful day it was! I will most definitely be making this an annual trip for me and Mr. Flattery (who got to nosh on some flavorful treats and bellinis during the event, so don’t feel too bad for him).

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Currently, the Northshore Mall has some of the best outfits for whatever you fancy this fall – The Topsfield Fair, apple-picking at Brooksby Farm, or tractor riding at Smolack! Whatever you choose to wear, make sure it flatters your best features! Wishing you dreams of French-inspired flea markets, pumpkins, and maybe some warm apple-cider-doughnuts…come on, who doesn’t love those?

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

StyleFlattery’s Ultimate Fall Wish List

Let’s face it ladies, I love a bargain. Just seeing the word “sale” in my favorite stores makes me giddy. However, there are some items that I just can’t wait to go on sale this season! Here is my ultimate flattering fall wish list – full-price-torture at it’s best, and worth every penny!

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{Sweater: Silk-Mohair - J.Crew at Northshore Mall}
{Wallet – Wingman Phone Wallet – Marc by Marc Jacobs - Nordstrom at Northshore Mall}
{Boots – Frye “Lynn” - Nordstrom at Northshore Mall}
{Jacket – Piped Leather - Armani Exchange at Northshore Mall

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{Blazer: Banana Republic at Northshore Mall}
{Tote: Macy’s at Northshore Mall}
{Sunglasses: Coach at Northshore Mall}
{Dress: Cache at Northshore Mall

There are so many gorgeous fall pieces I would love to add to my wardrobe, and I just know I will find many on sale, but for now there is nothing wrong with a pretty-little-splurge! Happy shopping!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

Are you ready for some football?

The smell of apple pie, crisp air and leaves falling off the trees mean only one thing in New England: FOOTBALL SEASON. Every Sunday, my husband, Mr. Flattery, gears up to watch his favorite team, the New England Patriots. Although he doesn’t care what he wears to watch the game {yes, he owns the famous Bill Belichick grey hoody sweatshirt, and yes, it gets a lot of use}, I certainly do! If I happen to be invited to a game-day party, you better believe I am dressing the part, and I will stop by the Northshore Mall for the perfect look.

My husband likes to make fun of me for being one of the “pink shirts” {his definition: a female Boston sports fan who gets decked out in team attire, that is sometimes, and most often, pink}. Well, ladies, I have put together a game-day outfit to put all of our husbands and boyfriends to shame WITHOUT wearing pink {p.s. I am still a big fan of pink}.

Yes, I will cheer loud. Yes, I will look cute. And, no, I have NO IDEA what I am talking about when it comes to sports…but gosh-darn-it I will wear my red, white and blue proud. Go Pats!

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{Beanie Hat: Nordstrom at Northshore Mall}
{Patriots Cotton Zip-Up: Victoria’s Secret at Northshore Mall}
{Flats: Aldo at Northshore Mall}
{Print Tank Top: Gap at Northshore Mall}
{Crop Jeans: Express at Northshore Mall}

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

Celebrate Wearable Art

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Society for Encouragement of the Arts on Cape Ann (seARTS) presents Celebrate Wearable Art II.

On September 29, 2013, local artisans, fashion gurus, designers, models, shoppers, and more will converge on the gorgeous Cruiseport, Gloucester for the 2nd Celebrate Wearable Arts event to benefit Society for Encouragement of the Arts on Cape Ann (seARTS).

Why do I think this is a worthwhile event? As you know, I am a fashion-worshiper and fan of the arts. I love supporting local businesses and artists, and when I had the chance to go on a Cape Ann Fashion Tour, I fell head over heels for this artsy area. It was only then that I learned about this wonderful event that benefits so many local artists and designers.

What should you expect when you attend?

• Over 60 unique looks of wearable art & fashion from local artists.
• Next generation of art & fashion from MassArt, Montserrat, and more.
• An exclusive shopping experience with local artists & designers.
• A chance to spend time with host-artists over “high tea.”

Learn more about the event and purchase tickets.

Why should you attend? Not only will this be a great afternoon to learn about local artists and designers, you will also experience a gorgeous fashion show, as well as some fantastic shopping. The holidays are coming (yeah, i just said that), so why not get a jump start AND support a wonderful society and local business? It’s the perfect fall fashion event to attend!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

Behind the Fashion: a Q&A with StyleFlattery

I read a lot of blogs and fashion articles. I follow different people on Twitter, oggle at their Pinterest boards and sometimes stalk them on Facebook. It just occurred to me, though, that it is hard to really KNOW someone through blog content, quotes and images. I thought I would take a minute to share this interview with my readers so you can get to know a little bit more about me…by using content, quotes and images (oh well, it will just have to do):

WHAT’S ON YOUR:

FEET: Swarovski crystal flip flops my friend Toni-ann made me. They are so shimmery and I get compliments on them every time I wear them.
MIND: How in the world did I get this tired? Oh ya, I’ve been up since 4:15am…that’s how!
VANITY: My favorite Emporio Armani “SHE” perfume (discontinued, boo), and various other perfumes, shabby chic lamp, brushes, and Home Sweet Home candle from Yankee Candle (mmm, smells like fall).
BUCKET LIST: ​ Visit Italy, become famous (not infamous), drive a race car.
NIGHTSTAND: “Inferno” by Dan Brown, Marie Claire “September” Issue, various remotes.
WORKOUT PLAN: Workout plan? What’s that? Yikes!
PLAYLIST: My country playlist includes “One Way Ticket,” Carrie Underwood, “Storm Warning,” Hunter Hayes, “Crash My Party,” Luke Bryan, “Settlin’,” Sugarland, any and all Zac Brown Band, various other playlists but my favorites includes 80′s (think “Eye of the Tiger and Footloose).
WALLS OF YOUR FAVORITE ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE: My favorite room is my kitchen where my damask stencilled wall is located. So proud that I did it myself!
TWITTER FEED: Updates from my StyleFlattery blog, where I’m traveling (and pics), random inspirational quotes by others.
WISH LIST: I know, I am a broken record, BUT a trip to Italy to visit all of the amazing churches and historic sites I studied in college during art history class.
SHIT LIST: Sugar, flour and alcohol.
GO-TO MENU: ​When I eat out, Victoria Station or Howling Wolf in Salem. When I eat in: rice cakes with almond butter, banana and raisins…mmmm, yummmm!
PINTEREST BOARD: Everything glamour, fall-fashion trends, travel and home decor. I love quotes, and wedding gowns too!
DESKTOP SCREENSAVER: Terrible – it’s still the blue screen. What, am I too busy to change my screen saver? Note to self, add “update screensaver” to bucket list above.
ONLINE BOOKMARKS MENUBella Sera Bridal & Lorraine Roy websiteStyleFlattery websiteWhite House | Black MarketBanana Republic, and Northshore Mall website.
TOP-FIVE MOST-USED IPHONE APPS LIST: 1. Starbucks 2.Twitter 3. WordPress 4. Pandora 5.Yahoo email
REFRIGERATOR DOOR: Nothing! It’s stainless steel and the last time I tried a magnet on it, it didn’t magnetize. Hold on, let me try it again…nope, still not magnetic.
TOP-FIVE FEARS LIST: 1. Gaining back all the weight I worked so diligently to lose (vain, but true). 2. Losing my family and/or friends. 3. Someone making me eat a pickle 4. Being jumped in a dark alley (I know, after being forced to eat a pickle, this doesn’t seem so bad). 5. Sea-nimals (animals that live in the sea – I’m not a fan).
IDEAL CELEBRITY DINNER PARTY GUEST LIST: Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, Carrie Underwood, Ann Curry, Fat Amy.
BIGGEST REGRETS LIST: No regrets. A few years ago, I would have listed a few, but today, one day at a time, I am doing all the things I never thought I could do! YAY!
QUOTES TO LIVE BY LIST: “Walk like you have three men walking behind you.” – Oscar de la Renta. “I do enough, I have enough, I am enough” – I have no idea who said that, or if I even quoted that correctly.
HEADSTONE, IF YOU COULD WRITE IT: “Live for today! Tara did, just not today.”

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I hope you enjoyed getting inside my silly mind.

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

 

Flattering Fall Fashion – What To Wear Now

Reposted from StyleFlattery @ Northshore Mall

This fall has an eclectic mix of shimmering metallics, imaginative furs, and floral brocades, not to mention pops of color, winter whites, mixed prints, fashion-fringe and leather-everything. This got me thinking: where in the world do I begin? There are so many gorgeous items for fall at the Northshore Mall, but it all seems a little overwhelming. This is where my “style is personal” mantra comes in! I absolutely refuse to wear something I don’t like or that does not flatter my shape, even if it’s trendy. Here are some trends that I love for fall, from day to play!

CLASSICS
I am a big fan of a “classic” look for day – office, errands, even shopping. For fall, I am loving this front-keyhole “little black dress” with just a hint of ruffle flair in the skirt from Ann Taylor, the sheer and lace “body” top from Bebe, and cheetah-print pumps from Banana Republic. All gorgeous and refreshing!

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FRINGE & LEATHER ACCENTS
I have seen a lot of leather for fall this year – skirts, dresses and pants. While I am not a fan of an all-over leather look, I do love hints of leather, as in the piping on this elegant shift dress from Banana Republic. I also love the edginess of fringe as the weather gets cooler. These booties from Nordstrom, and earrings from Forever XXI are the perfect accessories for day or night!

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METALLICS
Planning a night out with the girls, boyfriend or hubby? Evening is the best time to wear metallic – it shimmers and shines! I am loving this whole look from Bebe - so fun!

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What looks are you most attracted to this season? I would love to hear what trends you will choose as the New England weather cools down. Comment here or find me on Twitter. Looking forward to getting inspired by my readers!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara