Two Sisters Talk Fashion
Hey, it’s Trish! Are you ready for Spring? I know I am and here’s what I’m thinking…
After the brutal winter, my sight naturally turn toward Spring. Before the season arrives, I take the time to weed through and sort out Spring clothes; seeing what fits, what needs replaced, or what is just lacking in my wardrobe.
Undeniably, as women, most of us easily fall prey to the newest trends. Sometimes, we do this even when our body shape says, “No, that doesn’t look good on you.” I also think we are probably all guilty of getting excited and buying a trendy piece instead of that ‘should’ have investment piece that genuinely is needed in our wardrobe.
My own mission this Spring is to buy more selectively, adding pieces that are versatile, stylish and hopefully look killer on me.
Although a lot of department stores aren’t fully displaying Spring 2014 yet, several online retailers are giving us a taste of what’s to come with bright, bold and/or soft, feminine colors. Personally, I’m excited about what they’re showing for this Spring’s handbags.
My pick for this Spring 2014 I just bought. I can’t wait to style it and post the pics!:
JustFab, Staying Power, is right on trend with the bucket style bags. This soft faux leather bag is 11” x 9” x 7”. The gold metal accents add just the right amount of balance enhancing the bag’s beauty. Available in mint, tan or black, for the price this purse is a must have for this year’s pastels. Check it out! JustFab.com #Fabshionistas @JustFabOnline
A great bag for dressing up or down, I like the idea of mixing the mint with something unexpected.
Genece here! Happy Monday!
I’m in the midst of writing a book on wardrobe management. Having a closet full of beautiful clothes doesn’t mean a whole lot if you don’t know what you have and how to work it. Learning to manage your wardrobe can be beneficial in a number of ways. It can save you time, money, and can make you look far more stylish and put-together. It’s an essential skill to master if you plan to invest in quality pieces, or if you just want to make the most of what you already have. Right?
It isn’t just about the amazing clothing pieces you own that needs to be organized, cataloged and thought about when getting dressed. Today, shoes and handbags are as critical to your signature style as clothing. Like clothes, shoes and handbags now offer as much variety. When I was younger, we accessorized with jewelry for variety and adding uniqueness to our look. Now, we all can enjoy variety from head to toe thanks to the times.
My sister (Patricia) and I have a love affair with shoes! With great legs thanks to our Mother, shoes became a part of our signature style more than any other accessory. Naturally, we wanted to show off our gams! We are aware that we own far more than a lot of women will have in their lifetime. Sis has approximately 500 and I have about 175. Yet, our shoe collections are small in comparison to other women owning at least 1,000+. Yes, these women exist!
One of the things we struggled with as our collection grew was storage. Being a strong visual, I needed to visibly store my shoes and have easy access to them. Enter the shoe wall! I had four bookshelves each with five shelves. I could store six pair of shoes on a shelf which meant a total of 120 pair showcased for easy access and a visual feast. Plus, I could store about 20 handbags above the bookshelves. (Thankfully, I have a small number of handbags).
This year, Sis had a custom wall built specifically for her shoes! She even added a small library ladder for ease of getting the shoes from the top shelves. Considering she’s almost 6′ tall, you can imagine the height of her shoe wall! Myself, I’m the short one! At 5’1″, fortunately I can reach everything without a ladder since I used standard pre-built bookshelves.
Besides having shelves to organize, I think what made the process of organizing our shoes successful is how we approached taking stock of what we own. I designed a worksheet that we both used and tested that allowed us to know exactly what we own–the shoe style, what we actually wear or don’t wear, and the color(s) dominating our shoe wardrobe. Taking stock allowed us to look at what we were buying too much or if we were lacking a type of shoe needed.
Shoe Audit Worksheet
Genece (top) Patricia (bottom) (we both took two pictures from different angles).
A warm hello!
We are two sisters, Genece Hamby Patricia Frederick, who feel strongly about fashion, style and current trends. Four years apart, we don’t always agree with each other. However, we both respect our choices and sense of style. Fortunately, our Mother taught us to appreciate what is uniquely us and to honor that in others.
Though from a small town, our Mother didn’t let that stop her from expressing herself through a sophisticated, modern and elegant style. She taught the two of us to know and express authentic style no matter where we lived! As children, she made a lot of our clothes so we would have something different from other girls. Yet, she made everything for us to match each other. No, we’re not twins. We are four years apart but our Mother joyously treated us like twins. Over time, she thankfully shifted her perspective.
As sisters, we want to share our passion and love for women’s personal style. We think fashion is like walking displays of art that are meant to carry us through life how we want others to see as our unique expression.
We’re not necessarily about following trends. We’re really more about women defining and growing their signature style and how they go about doing that. Trends can certainly play a part in the ongoing dialogue. However, a woman’s style at the core should be rooted in what she knows looks best in her while matching her lifestyle, aesthetics and expressing her natural beauty. Trends are what she uses to enhance and keep her look fresh but she is rarely if ever addicted to the trends themselves. She has a discriminating eye that keeps her style aligned with who is as an individual.