A lot of people ask “Why do you dress up when you are an art teacher for elementary school!!??” I love this question!! It breaks down to a few reasons!! It totally helps me get through my day when I feel my best, comfortable and confident!!! I feel prepared to focus on the tasks that are in front of me, which happens to be our future…lead by example, show them that what you choose to do in life you should be done in your best dressed, if possible. Maybe the confidence I gain from dressing in what I love keeps me from questioning if I look okay. Realizing what you like and what makes you feel your best eliminates wasted time choosing outfits!! The best part of creating a fantastic look is when it is unexpected!!!
One of my favorite instagrammers Kawana Coy @mrs_coy_style_review said it best about a snake print boot and sparkle jacket combo: “Initially I thought it was odd, but it worked.” This is soooo the truth. When I look in my closet and say “I wonder!!?” that is when the magic usually happens (and sometimes I get a good laugh). The picture below of the polka dot shirt with black bow and beige sheer sleeves is a three shirt combo!! Love when this happens with layers!
A quote by Orson Welles are words to live by: “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and NOT giving a damn!” When I put together an outfit my first focus is to pick one piece in my closet that I would like to wear. Then I look at the color to determine what other colors would be most complimenting, like the beige and purple lace combo above (I thought of the beige like a gold/yellow which is purples compliment). Then I look and see if a print may be best, in this case it was texture, lace. Opposites attract with the black and white polka dot flip flop. I try it and if I like it I wear it!!
Get familiar with the color wheel it helps to nail combos!! Sometimes monochromatic colors work well. When everything has the same color base but different hues it only helps to create textures and depths in an outfit!!! Purple and pink seem to make a great marriage.
Look for color details in a piece and match one of them with a layer, like the turquoise in this tweed jacket that I layered with a matching dress. Sweaters with blouses can create new stylized sleeves and pops of colors to make the outfit pull together. I really adore the puffy sheer peeking out from the rolled sleeves.
I hope that these outfits tip starters help you this week and beyond to feel your best. I am and will continue to focus on having fun and feeling confident. Look for inspiration through art and aesthetics. Find me on instagram everyday with new outfit ideas @hinchology!!!
Sitting down having a cup of coffee for the first time in 2020 (wow) and reflecting on why I made this Blog and created an Instagram. The one word that came to mind …. inspire!!!
I am focused on adding more to what I already love and do! Having fun with my everyday, laughing at myself, taking a breath and adding more tulle lots more!!(The tulle skirt was hand made by yours truly) Of course Chanel will be in the mix while I challenge myself to use color and prints that I haven’t tried yet.
Seeing that I only started this journey less than three months ago, I decided to focus on what outfits made me feel the best or most inspired, the outfits that made me feel like nothing could stop me! Like I got this no matter what!! So I put together my favorite 5 and what I love about them.
Love when looks challenge me by playing with layers and functional details. Using something in a different way in which it was meant to be used is what I love. When pieces become interchangeable fashion becomes innovative. I loved Barbie as a kid, still do, and think that a lot of play with her clothes being reversible or interchangeable to create a whole new look is where the fashionista in me started. From layering fancy dresses covered in sparkle with sweaters, or layering strapless dresses with blouses, I am obsessed with how different each piece can look with just a little change of use!!!
Of course a belt is a belt, however my large Gucci belt is holding up a skirt turned dress, I just repurposed!! Think outside the box and when you say out loud “No that wouldn’t look right!!?” that’s when the fun starts!!!
I leave my first Blog of the year with some common sense neccessaties in the cold that I used over vacation with my family! Wonder which one you would pic!!??? Warmer the better when it comes to New England weather!!! I hope that this year is your very best yet!
This holiday season has been full of joyous gatherings, inspiring charitable acts and of course holiday traditions. It has been one of the toughest to get through with out having my father. I remind myself of all the wonderful memories I did get to share with him, even if it is through tear filled eyes.
Some of my favorite holiday traditions is the baking I get to do with my son Frankie. I know that my blog is all about fashion and Art but… you gotta throw a little bit of sweets in there!! My Grandmother, VaVa Maria ( Avo, is the correct word in Portuguese for grandmother) used to say “Here’s a little something sweet to KEEP you sweet!” and then she would hand me a chocolate bar.
Decorating packages is another tradition that brings so much joy to others. This cardinal package is in remembrance of my dad David! ( insert dagger to my heart…) Grateful…thankful….humbled!
Now that I have wiped the tears…..Lets get back to some fashion inspo!!!
Remember to have fun with what you wear and wear what makes it fun!!! If you smile when you put it on…WEAR it!!!! Frankie got creative with his home depot sunglasses that to me are mistakable for Gucci’s!!! (I had to try them on myself)
Be the light in the room this holiday season with a smile that will help others dream big! Find the small things throughout your day to make it great. Maybe its your glitter covered heels or your favorite stuffed santa that you cherish now as much as you did when you were 12! Wear colors that bring memories of happiness like ribbon candy from santa all covered with green and pink swirls.
I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays and a New years not to be forgotten. May everyone be content in their hearts and a wish filled year!
Enjoy creating new memories even if they are filled with the hustle and bustle of the holidays!
By now everyone is in full holiday swing. The gift buying, the holiday cards the get togethers. Do you ever think “How in the world is everything going to get done?” Then all of a sudden it’s done…literally!
I am making an effort to enjoy each moment of the hustle and bustle. I am bringing the holiday vibe everyday with outfits that make me smile, feel good or just have an extra bit of sparkle. The most important focus for me this holiday season are the people I cherish, I just want to do that in the most fabulous outfits I can come up with!! (hee, hee)
Use pops of color like these blue velvet over the knee boots or this raspberry red top. Put kelly green among the neutrals! Layer over a denim strapless jumpsuit to make it winter worthy! Try polka dots! This blue tulle polka dot skirt is actually a dress that came from the girls department in Walmart! I absolutely love when pieces of clothing are used in new ways.
Party dresses are for parties only….right??!! WRONG!!! If you layer it UP it will dress it DOWN. Add lots and lots of sparkle and shine and don’t be afraid to gravitate towards metallic EVERYTHING!!
A pleated skirt and pearls always make an outfit party ready!! Go for the red, the tartans and the plaids!!! Use a hair tie from the dollar store as a bowtie!! I know that with time being strained during the holidays it’s not always on the priority list to add bee pins on your collar but sometimes it just makes you smile!
I hope this helps you get your holiday vibe on or continues to make it shine bright. Remember to be kind to yourself this busy holiday season. Sometimes we need to take it one step at a time….in our glitter heels of course!!!