Conquer Closet Chaos

A Quick Guide to a Closet Cleanup! You always say you'll get to it, but Katy's soccer game and Jack's baseball double header seems to take over those free weekend minutes.  Make it less of a time drain with this two-hour plan.  30 minutes at a time also promises to feel less daunting. To start, some stylists suggest emptying your closet...  not me- that's a strategy that will leave mounds of clothes on the floor when called back downstairs to help with the ... Read more

Trend Proof Clothing: Items worthy of keeping

When cleaning out your closet, be sure not to throw out any gems!  Certain items always come back in style, so even if they are "out" or you are just tired of wearing them, store them away because they'll be ba-ack! Trend Proof Items: Classic Wool Coat                                                                         ... Read more

Time for some Style Therapy! — Next one Friday June 7th!

This Spring, there's nothing like a little retail therapy to put a spring in your step.  Clothes that fit right will give your wardrobe a much-needed workout even if you're still losing those extra 5 pounds. Not sure how to choose the right pieces?  Come get some Style Therapy with Shift Your Style!  Shop with a professional stylist to learn the tricks of the trade used to make you look like you've hit the gym, when you've really just hit your favorite ... Read more

Wearable Spring Trends

This is the time when everyone asks "what should I buy this Spring to update my look?"  This season, Aricia is excited that the style trends are wearable and don't look like they belong just on runway models.  Think colored denim, floral prints and sporty dresses. No need to jump on to the short-lived fads of peekaboo pieces or statement sunglasses, opt for trends that will shift your wardrobe going forward. Spring Trend #1 Colored denim is not brand new, but it's a trend ... Read more

Jeans that fit… in six steps.

  The difference between ill-fitting jeans and those that make you feel in"jean"ious always lies in the fit.  When you hit the stores, remember these 6 steps to the best looking jeans you'll ever wear: 1.  Go for premium denim in a uniform wash~ the tighter the weave, the less that second-day sag. 2.  Look for higher-waisted styles with a higher rise to prevent any muffin top (try 9" or more!). 3.  The most flattering slope is lower in front and gives thong coverage in back. 4.  Placement ... Read more

Can I Wear Sandals Yet?

When you show your toes is a complicated question in New England.  There are no more hard and fast rules like "white after labor day" so we are left to use our conscience as our guide -- and a bit of advice from Shift Your Style! 1. Do watch the weather:  If it is a beautiful sunny day, but there is still snow on the ground, skip the sandals.  Leave it to the college students to wear shorts on the first sunny day ... Read more

Sandal Alternatives for This Spring

There are so many quirky and fun alternatives to sandals this season.  Step out and add some style this Spring by switching it up! How about a great pair of summer boots -- lighter colors and cut-outs that are perfect for the warmer weather.   Also perfect for those days right before your next pedi!   Designers are creating cutouts on all kinds of shoes this season and turning them into the perfect warm weather compromise.  Try these cutout oxfords from J. Crew.   Booties are ... Read more

When to Shop for Spring Styles

It is hard to get motivated to pick up fun Spring pieces after yet another snow storm, but now is the time when the most sizes and colors are in stock.  Especially when living in New England, other areas warm up first and can beat us to the "online shopping" punch.  Though it is good to disperse your budget across the first few weeks of a season, don't miss out on some early bargains and a chance to find the perfect ... Read more

Spring Break out the Color

  If you're done with drab winter clothing, you're in luck this spring.   Break out the color and the prints for a confident new you! Color is back on trend this year; if you tend towards basic black, take the simplest step by buying jewelry with a hint of color. The best necklace should play off a color in your outfit, but would look smashing with jeans and a white tee, too, like this piece from J.Crew.     Think prints! Start by finding a print ... Read more

Behind the Scenes at WBZ

Aricia Symes-Elmer, style expert, featured New Year's style resolutions on WBZ Channel 4 on January 6th. Hair was done by Monica Tufts of Indra Salon in Andover Makeup was done by Jennifer DelMonaco Morning Anchor, Kerry Connolly introduces Aricia, Tara, Jenny & Jenn. Fabulous looking Moms turned models: Tara Kelly, Jenn Levental and Jenn Howard Kerry agrees with Aricia that a "well set-up wardrobe makes dressing so much easier", and makes a new year resolution to go out and buy the "little pieces" that ... Read more
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