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

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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

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

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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

5 Flattering Ways to Wear Leggings

Reposted from StyleFlattery @ Northshore Mall

It’s my favorite time of year…well, almost. I love the fall, and I’m very excited to take out my leggings and mix and match them with the perfect tops. First off, I need to start with an amazing pair of leggings. I just purchased the Instantly Slimming Leggings from White House | Black Market {$60}.

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The shapewear band at the tummy and inner panel down the leg’s outer seam make these leggings extremely flattering (they are worth the investment because I will wear them again and again). Now that I have my leggings, I’m ready to start pairing. I love the coziness and comfort of the fall: easy-to-wear tops and flats, but I also love dressing up with a leather jacket and a great pair of heels. Here are some ways I will be wearing my favorite new leggings this fall:

5 Flattering Ways to Wear Leggings

1. Tunic top {White House | Black Market} and knee boots:

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2. Bright sweater {Banana Republic} and flats:

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3. Layers and flats {Loft}:

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4. Leather Jacket and heels {Nordstrom}:

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5. Button down with French-cuffs with heels or flats {Macy’s}:

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Have fun adding pretty accessories like a statement necklace or belt! Enjoy getting ready for the cooler weather, North Shore!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

Cape Ann Arts & Fashion

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This week I had the absolute pleasure of getting a personal, guided tour of Cape Ann: specifically the different arts and fashion districts in downtown Gloucester and Rocky Neck. Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, owner of Cape Ann Designs: Seaglass Jewelry & Accessories, invited me to visit her arts paradise and was kind enough to show me around.

We started the tour by filling up at the delicious Seaport Grille at the Cruiseport. A gorgeous day to eat outside, we dined alfresco, and Jacqueline (Jackie) filled me in on the upcoming “Celebrate Wearable Arts” benefit on Sunday, September 29, 2013. This event will feature wearable art and fashion from local artists, and will include a fashion show, shopping experience and a chance to chat with the artists over “high-tea.”

After lunch, we went over to the Cape Ann Museum where I had an introduction to the Folly Cove Designers exhibit. The Folly Cove Designers were a group of 45 designer-craftsmen who worked together between 1938 and 1969 producing carefully wrought designs cut into linoleum blocks and printed (primarily) on fabric. The Folly Cove Designers was composed almost entirely of women, most being residents of Cape Ann and a majority having no artistic training prior to becoming involved in the group. The intricate patterns these women developed are incredible. The details were inspired by every-day-life and tell some hysterical stories from gossiping to losing weight!

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We then took a walk over to Pop Gallery where I had my first experience with IRO Design. Bold patterns and colorful images are the hallmark of their products. While I did not get to meet designer and owner, Peggy Russell, I got to experience her eclectic taste and eye-for-design first hand.

I also got to meet two wonderful artists and designers: Beth Williams of Beth Williams Contemporary Handmade Glass Beads and Jewelry, and Sigrid Olsen of Sigrid Olsen Art. Both of these women are inspirational, and make spectacular one-of-a-kind works of art. Beth was kind enough to show me some of her incredible glass jewelry, and we just happened to stumble upon Sigrid as she was creating some of her ceramics (a master at work!)

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{Necklace: Beth Williams}

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{Ceramics: Sigrid Olsen Art}

And, since this is a fashion blog afterall, I won’t hesitate to tell you that I wore the perfect outfit for touring the magnificent artsy shore-line. An easy-to-wear, non-fussy look was what I was going for. All of these items can be found at Northshore Mall, of course!

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{Blouse: New York & Company | Pants ~ similar: New York & Company | Shoes: DSW | Necklace: Macy’s}

Thank you to my wonderful guide, Jackie Ganim-DeFalco, and to all of the people I met on my journey through a wonderful arts district in Massachusetts. I highly recommend making it a part of your fall plans by partaking in the Cape Ann Open Studio Tour, October 12-14, 2013 or attending the Celebrate Wearable Arts” benefit on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

Flatter Your Body – How to Find Your Perfect Dress

Reposted from StyleFlattery @ Northshore Mall

Hello dress-lovers,

I can’t think of a better topic to write about than picking the perfect dress for your body type. I wear a dress almost every day at this time of year, and I know I can’t be the only woman who does this! Here is a guide for choosing the most flattering style for you:

TALL

A flowy silhouette is especially gorgeous on a statuesque woman. Also, peplums work very well on leggy-ladies!

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{Cache at Northshore Mall}

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{Ann Taylor at Northshore Mall} 

PEAR

A styling secret for the pear shape is to wear a dress with a padded bra. This helps balance out bigger hips and thighs. Also, picking a dress with embellishments on the bodice, such as ruffles and florals, will help keep attention on a small torso.

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{Apricot Lane at Northshore Mall}

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{Guess at Northshore Mall}

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For the woman who does not have a lot of curves, rouching that gathers at the hip creates a more voluptuous look. Also, a halter top, natural-waist-dress with a pattern will create the illusion of curves.

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{Nordstrom at Northshore Mall}

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{Guess at Northshore Mall}

BUSTY

Support is key when it comes to the well-endowed ladies. Think thick straps and plenty of coverage (with less risk of spilling over).

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{Nordstrom at Northshore Mall}

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{Ann Taylor at Northshore Mall}

I hope you found this helpful! Wishing you much more dress-wearing-weather!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

Denim…Denim…Denim

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Hello everyone!

The heat wave has finally lifted, and it has me thinking a little bit about Fall…just a little. One of the trends that is carrying over into Fall 2013 is DENIM. This fabric never goes out of style, but HOW it is worn comes and goes with each passing season. This Summer and Fall, the sky is the limit with denim. Here are a few ways to wear one of 2013’s hottest trends:

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Denim shoes are adorable and can be worn with just about any look. Try pairing these Carina denim flats from Banana Republic with a flirty black skirt or white cropped pants.

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SHOES: BANANA REPUBLIC AT NORTHSHORE MALL

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A denim vest can be worn in so many ways. For Summer, slip it on over a maxi dress or sleeveless shirt with shorts and wedges. For Fall, add it over your favorite black chiffon long-sleeve top and sparkly skirt, and pair with pumps.

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VEST: EXPRESS AT NORTHSHORE MALL

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I know, it seems too early to talk about layering, but I’m going to mention it anyway because I love to layer – the opportunities are endless when it comes to changing up the look! Layer a denim shirt with a light, belted dress and heels (leave the denim shirt unbuttoned for an easy-to-wear look). Layer a cropped denim jacket with a lighter color denim short, bright top and fabulous statement-necklace. Or, (AGAHST!) layer a light striped sweater over a light-wash denim shirt, leave untucked over a dark wash denim jean, and add a brightly colored flat (the perfect cozy Fall outfit for me).

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DENIM SHIRT: GAP AT NORTHSHORE MALL

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DENIM JACKET: LOFT AT NORTHSHORE MALL

I am loving denim this year, and the best part about it – EVERYONE CAN WEAR THIS TREND! Find your perfect blend of denim at Northshore Mall in Peabody!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

Double-Date-Night – When the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

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 Summer is the perfect time to call up one of your favorite couples and say “lets get together!” There are so many wonderful places to go on the North Shore in the summer: Newburyport, Rockport, Gloucester, but if you’ve read any of my past blogs, you will know that Salem, MA is my favorite. I love everything about this city on the shore – the boats, the restaurants, the shops, and Salem Common. I had a hankering for Victoria’s Station, so I called up my bestie, Toni-ann, and her husband, and asked them to come along with me and Mr. Flattery for a night in Witch City! Our double-dinner-date turned into a walk through the park, a stop at the ultimate Salem coffee shop, Jaho Coffee & Tea, as well as some other great spots along the way. We had a blast rocking our new dresses and accessories from the Northshore Mall…oh and the guys had fun too…I think?!?!

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Tara’s Dress {red}: Armani Exchange | Tara’s Accessories: White House | Black Market | Tara’s Shoes: DSW

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Toni-ann’s Dress {floral}: Cache | Toni-ann’s Accessories: White House | Black Market 

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These two amazing dresses are quintessential 2013 summer style. My Armani Exchange kerchief, chiffon dress was so light and perfectly easy to wear. Toni-ann’s jersey Cache dress was a gorgeous blend of summer fun and sophistication. I am certainly making the most of this summer, with visits to all my favorite North Shore towns, beaches and shops! Make sure to drop by Northshore Mall to enjoy INCREDIBLE SAVINGS on summer dresses right now, and pick up a special one for your next date night!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara

Fall Fashion 2013 Sneak Preview

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I know, it seems like yesterday I was writing about dreams of spring and summer, and now I’m already talking about fall! Not to worry, we still have 11 more blissful weeks of summer, HOWEVER, on the “fashion” calendar, fall has already begun! You will notice an increasing amount of fall clothes in the retail stores in the next few weeks as summer-sales really ramp up to make room for the new collections. Here are some colors and trends you can look forward to this fall, all of which you will be able to find at Northshore Mall:

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COLORS

The PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2013 is a comprehensive overview of designers’ use of color in their upcoming collections. This season, the many moods of fall are expressed in desigers’ collections.

“Just as the leaves change in the autumn, the consumer will enjoy the ability to change their ‘look’ and try a new approach to their wardrobe for brisk days ahead,”

says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “the fall 2013 palette allows for that versatility and experimentation.” Gorgeous Emerald continues to be a trend, while yellow-toned Linden Green lends a brightness to the fall colors. Pair both with Mykanos Blue for a classic fall look. My favorite color of the season is Vivacious, a deep fuschia that is sure to make a bold and beautiful statement in so many collections.

TRENDS

Here is a shortened list of Glamour Magazine’s most wearable trends for FALL 2013 that will absolutely make an appearance in many of my favorite apparel stores at Northshore Mall, such as Loft, Ann Taylor, Macy’s, Nordstrom, White House | Black Market, Forever XXI, H&M and more:

1. Winter White – Easy to put together, and always classic.
2. Knit Beanie Hats – Adorable and a must-have. Wear it on the way to work or a party (the contrast is part of what makes this look so chic!)
3. Classic Patterns – Leopard, houndstooth, plaid and pin-stripes – ditch the complicated patterns and go for timeless.
4. Over-the-Knee Boots – Love this look, but not sure you can pull it off. Try wearing leather leggings with ankle boots instead!
5. Turtlenecks – Simply gorgeous and stay warm? A winning combination!
6. Slouchy Pants – I’m still not sure about this look, but I’m willing to try it with a pair of heels…anything with heels, right?
7. Statement Coats – I love investing in gorgeous outerwear because I can wear it again and again.
8. Folk-Inspired Pieces – This is a definite escape from classic patterns, but these fabrics are soft and comfortable and will definitely make an appearance in my wardrobe.

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While I bask in the sun over the next few weeks still wearing my sundresses and sandals, my excitement will be building over these amazing colors and new styles. I hope you enjoyed my sneak-preview of some upcoming trends that are sure to inspire some blogging!

Yours in style & flattery,
Tara