Friday, July 29, 2011

Fashion Fades~Style Remains the Same

As we continue to venture down our Fashion for Farm Girls path I think we probably need to back up a bit and maybe start with some basics.  I was so very excited to start this blog about fashion that I jumped right in and started sharing ideas about what was the “in “ item for the season, things I could not live without or the perfect shade of nail polish.

Since I started my blog I now have new followers who actually email me questions!  Can you believe it? So much fun!!  Welcome Aboard fellow fashionistas, we are happy to have you.

So, getting back to my thought for this blog, thinking we need to get back to the basics of style.  What is your fashion style? Yes, everyone has one and if you don’t think you do then do some homework and get one! 
I believe the goal of personal style is to change your look each and every day if you wish but always continue to look like yourself. 

I find myself doing fashion homework all the time. I love to look in magazines and read books on what is the latest and greatest. I recently came across the
Six Ways
to Find Your Style and thought I would share with all of you.  This will help you on your journey to becoming a Fun Fashionable Farm Girl.  Many of you are already fun and farm girls we are just gonna help with the fashion piece of it.

  •  Make Tear Sheets – read lots of books and magazines and tear out photos that interest you. Over time you will find there is a pattern to what you like, what is timeless and what is trendy.
  • Write Your Own Style History – where does your style come from, I believe mine came from my grandma. She was eclectic and pure fabulousness all in one.  We will blog about her later – stay tuned.
  • Try Lots of Looks – Experiment! Try on lots of things to know what works and what doesn’t. 
  • Ask Yourself Questions – What flatters you? What fabrics do you love?  What in your closet do you come back to again and again?
  • Find Your Style Icon – This is simple, find someone who you emulate and talk to them!
  • Make An Effort – Style does not appear on its own, you must make some sort of effort to try.
As said by the famous Italian designer Miuccia Prada~
People ask me how I can be stylish and elegant, what can I wear?  My only answer is to study, you have to learn! “

I love to study fashion , my fashion bible – I love your style by Amanda Brooks and I can thank her for many of the thoughts that I include on my blogs – Thanks Amanda – you are the best!!

So what is your personal style? What defines you? Excited to be a part of your style journey- it is a constant evolving process, we switch and change but eventually you come to a balance and find the style within you!

(thank you Coco Chanel for inspiring a great title for todays blog)

Friday, July 15, 2011

From Farm to Fabulous in one Afternoon ~

From The Farm to a romantic afternoon or evening wedding , chic and cheap outfit ideas are a must! If you are lucky enough to be on the guest list why not get something fun where you can look chic in the heat yet polished.

I am a personal fan of the “shift” dress.  Shifts are all the rage right now. One  like this (above) looks simple, classic yet special for a wedding or some other event where you have to add a little “oomph” – oh you know what I mean.  Add a fun headband, some strappy sandals and gold bangle bracelets and you are ready to go!  For those located out on the coast (like me)  a wrap of a complimentary color would complete the look too !

Need some ideas for a shift dress - shop for some great ideas! 

Until next week~

Friday, July 8, 2011

Clutch Play

What is classic, timeless and less likely to go out of style than any other handbag?

The Clutch!

Some of you might wonder what a clutch is. A clutch looks like a giant wallet, sometimes with a handle sometimes not but easily able to tuck under your arm. They are great to stash credit cards, lip-gloss, your phone and keys – all the necessities in one spot for a quick trip shopping or a night on the town when you don’t want to carry a bulky big bag.

I use a clutch everyday and keep it tucked inside my big tote bag that holds my ipad, journal book for writing down fabu things I see during my day; you never know when a story or blog idea might be right in front of you, and all my other “stuff.”  It makes it so easy to just grab your clutch and your off in case you need to do a quick errand during the day.

Clutches come in all sorts of sizes from flat envelope looking ones to boxy little ones. Leather, fur, faux animal skins, shiny, matte, you name it seems like they have one to fit every personality. 

The clutch, a delicious way to complement your wardrobe!

Until next time~

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Real Dirt

I am lucky enough to be associated with some amazing young women through my work with California Women for Agriculture.  We are gonna vere off the weekly fashion thoughts to get serious for a minute or two - On June 13, 2011 the Washington DC Enviromental Working Group released 12 fruits and vegetables that called "dirty" meaning they felt there were pesticide residues on these items that were real great for ya.

As a proud California Rancher and Clothes Hound,  myself along with some of my CWA Teammates created the following thoughts in response to the comments from the Enviromental Working Group - Here ya go~

I have submitted our thoughts to a terrific website "Know a California Farmer" , I ask all of you to not only check out what we had to say but to make this website a place to come to familiarize yourself with farming and ranching in California .

Dont worry - we will be back next week with some fun fashion tips and ideas but sometimes we need to get a bit serious , like today !  Thoughts are always encouraged!