Simple Do’s and Don’t in Fashion

How many times have you read a Do and Don’t fashion article and thought “I’d rather “don’t” all of that! Maybe it’s living in Idaho that has drifted me off and away from the New York Style trends, but I love my casual, confident, comfortable Idaho style.

No matter where you live, these tips can help you!

We are smack in the middle of spring and heading towards summer, so some of these tips may not be seasonally appropriate, but let me help you with some biggies to keep in mind!

1. Booties 101…

Don’t tuck your pants in your booties. (Booties as in your ankle boots.) This is not a look you want, nor is it flattering.

Do roll your pants so there is an inch or two of leg showing between your pants and your booties. This will give the illusion that your legs are longer than they really are.

(Note: Do the same with long sleeve shirts to give the illusions that your arms are longer)

2. Proper socks…

Don’t wear a sock that can be seen when wearing your ankle booties, canvas shoes, converse tennis shoes, or flats!

Do buy proper socks. Not all socks work for all shoes! Amazon has specific ankle socks that are just perfect for ankle booties, canvas shoes & tennis shoes!) (Bambu is the brand that I like the best) The ankle socks for these shoes hint right at your ankle and the bend in your foot. For flats, get some no show socks that would just barely cover your toes.

3. Athletic shoes…

Please! Please! Don’t wear “years gone” by athletic shoes in public. Save these for the garden if you must! Especially not with “everyday clothes”. Rule of thumb – you should buy a new pair of tennis shoes each year. For style and proper fit. Ps Just because you need comfort, doesn’t mean you wear your old, worn out, tennis shoes to work at your desk job. This is a big pet peeve of mine.

Do get a comfortable, cute pair of canvas shoes, or converse, or even a cute pair of tennis shoes (not the kind you’d mow your lawn in).

I truly believe you can be cute and comfortable! However keep in mind that if you have a stylish blouse, you may want to skip the athletic shoes and opt for a pair of flats or sexy sandals. Use the casual shoes for a graphic T or a tank top or a flannel shirt…

4. Layers…

Don’t skip wearing a tank top if your shirt is a little sheer or if you are you planning on wearing a long necklace. Tank tops will create a smooth fitted surface that will flatter your shape. It will also prevent a “valley” for your long necklace to fall into. A tank top that peeks out below your shirt, can break up the eye or add a pop of color!

Do think layers. Do update your tank tops each year. (Especially the white ones. You don’t want a dingy white peeking through) Do throw out tank tops that don’t fit properly.

5. Seasonal Colors….

Even though you don’t have to follow the “wear white after Memorial Day” rule, you DO want your spring and summer wardrobe to mimic the colors of the season.

I save my maroons, earth tones, and darker colors for fall and winter. Note: If I want to wear a black top in spring or summer, I’ll pair it with white pants, capris, or a skirt and summery jewelry. Maybe a bold turquoise, a pop of white, or long geode pendant.

6. What does your silhouette say about you?

In Kindergarten I remember a teacher doing our silhouettes. We had a projector, a chair, and a black sheet if bulletin board paper. I sat facing forward as the projector shone brightly on my side profile. The teacher carefully traced my facial silhouette on the blank paper. (Later to cute it out as a treasure for my mom on graduation day.)

How would your silhouette look if they did that but to your entire body? Are you clothes too curvy and revealing every lump, bump, and dimple? Or do you look frumpy with no shape because your clothes are loose and hang on you like a sack of potatoes?

Balance your silhouette! If you are wearing a loose peplum style blouse on the top, wear a fitted skinny jean or pencil skirt on the bottom.

If you are wearing a fitted bodysuit or tank top or graphic t on the top, then opt for a loose boyfriend jean or palooza style pant for the bottom,

Have a “maternity style” long top or dress? Opt for a pencil belt right on the rib cage to create a curve.

7. Can I get your opinion?

Do ask those close to you what they would change about your wardrobe and what they love about your style.

Don’t be offended. Take their advice into consideration. The things your don’t want to change…don’t. Embrace them as your style. However the things you think are portraying you the way you don’t want, change it. Sometimes it’s the little tweaking that makes all the difference!

What are your favorite Do’s and Don’ts?

Xoxo,

Amy

Doing Life on Purpose

(The story behind the blog)

Previously I had never even considered writing a blog. I had heard people say before that they write a blog or they were bloggers, but never had I personalized it to think “Amy you should write a blog!”
Towards the end of 2018 I started a #last90dayschallenge (thank you Rachel and Dave Hollis and Girl Wash Your Face). I became “hungry” for knowledge on how to end and start a year on my best foot. I listened to podcasts, read books, followed people on Instagram…I could not get enough. One thing I heard Brendon Burchard say was “If you want change, you must try something new!” His words rang over and over in my head. But what could I try new? Then like a light bulb in a cartoon scene the thought came into my head to write a blog. I literally LOL’d (laughed out loud). Yeah right! Would I have anything to write about? Why would anyone want to read what I’d have to say if I did write anything!….
But then I thought “what do I have to loose? It’s not like anyone has to read it!”

Next step was where to start?!?! Google is a great friend. Also anyone currently going to college for advertising, design, computers…I took a 5 minute course on which blog site would be best and the difference between free and low cost. Okay! WordPress it is! As I drove to Boise, in a silent car (there is something serine about a quiet car), I thought “if…IF I did do a blog, what would I even call it?” Brendon Burchard’s words rang in my head again. Passion! What are you passionate about? I felt like I was writing my IG bio “I love Jesus, fashion, bling, inspiring others, helping women find their purpose…” What could sum all this up in one word or phrase?
DOING LIFE ON PURPOSE as soon as the name came into my head I had an overwhelming sense of excitement! I got to Boise, turned off my car, and grabbed my phone to google “Doing Life on Purpose”. Some Psychology articles came up, but no websites with that name. Excitement grew. Then I tried it again, but with no spaces in between each word. Still no websites. Okay Amy breath! Now the big test…wordpress.com, search, doinglifeonpurpose……..nothing found! I seriously was going to shout, cry, or pee my pants! My heart was racing. Somehow I just felt this was a sign that I was doing the right thing! Maybe it won’t be famous or make millions, but it was me doing something different to create change!
With tears rolling down my eyes, I sat in my VW Passat and signed up, logged in, and created doinglifeonpurpose.blog

So you may ask, why the name “Doing life on purpose”? There are many reasons, but here are a few:
In the fall of 2017 our LifeGroup did the study What On Earth Am I Here For? It was a great study, but to be honest, I really didn’t personalize it much. I just enjoyed the fellowship of LifeGroup! Fast forward over 6 months. A sweet friend approached me wondering if there was a God, how I knew there was, and many deep life questions. I offered to do a study with her to help her discover these answers and more. I had no clue what study I was going to do with her, but I felt it was the right thing to offer at the time. God led us to use the 40 days of purpose book What On Earth Am I Here For? I know without a doubt it was just as much for me as it was for my friend. Life changed for me during this 40 day study. Our family was going through a trial at this same time and I saw God work in my heart more than I have ever seen Him work before. It also solidified that I (as well as everyone else) has a purpose.

Think about this for a second – what if everyone in the world did their God given purpose? What would our world be like? Would there be as many crimes? Wars? Child abuse? No! we would all be focused on doing what God created us to do and be!

Secondly, I truly enjoy my jewelry business. Yes it’s a “job” but to me it’s so much more. I love being around women and adding value to them. Whether it’s putting a necklace on them and helping them realize how beautiful they really are, or listening about their day, or giving them comfort through a trial. I love giving style tips and advice for the “everyday Idaho woman”. I love to inspire them to get up, get dressed, and care about how they look each and every day! Doing life on purpose in how we look will help the outcome of our day and how we present ourselves (even if we are just home alone all day).

Thirdly, I hope to inspire others to do life on purpose. Don’t let life just happen to you! Be in control of how you handle it. It’s not always going to be roses, rainbows, and unicorns. That person at work, or family member will say things to try to tear you down. Not because it’s true, but because they are miserable themselves. When you have a dream or goal, there are going to be those who try to discourage you. Not because they don’t like you. Many times it’s someone close to you, and they are trying to protect you from disappointment. Often times the person who tries most to discourage you from going for that goal or dream or plan is yourself. Would you talk to your daughter that way if she said she wanted to try out for gymnastics? Or would you discourage your son when he says he wants to try out for basketball? The answer is NO! You’d tell them to go for it! You never know until you try! If they had a bad day, you’d tell them to keep going! Don’t give up! YOU OWE YOURSELF THAT SAME PEP TALK. That’s doing life on purpose!

So this blog will have a little Jesus, a little fashion, and a little inspiration…to me that’s doinglifeonpurpose!

Hugs,
Amy