happy holidays and happy 2016!

happy holidays and happy 2016!

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Work It Wednesday: Fashion Miracles

Work It Wednesday: Fashion Miracles

Friends,

I’ve been in the retail and styling biz for a while now–I celebrated my four year anniversary as a personal stylist this July–but nothing of this sort has happened before.

While shopping with one of my clients (Hi Kathryn!), I found her a great pair of boot cut AG denim for ONE CENT. You read that correctly. Turns out the fashion stars aligned!

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fancy free

fancy free

Since moving here to Austin, I’ve come to believe there are only three seasons: fall-winter, spring, and SUMMER.  We brace ourselves for the searing heat that usually starts well before the soltice arrives and long after the leaves start turning colors in other regions.

Which is why I have been on a near obsessive quest for a flip flop.  One that I can wear with varying degrees of casual dress, and that quietly blends in with my skin tone.  As close to a nude open toe pump as possible, but in a thonged form.  This may sound like an improbability.  The good news is that one actually exists: tkees.  Here’s the color I decided on called cocobutter.

tkees cocobutter flip flopPronounced “t-keys”, Carly Burnett created (with her husband) a style of flip flop that could “disappear on your foot.”

Of course, there is an array of colors and finishes.  And being that I tend to appreciate contrasts, especially in style, I’m just as crazy about one named “disco nights”:

t kees disco nights flip flopsI’m now officially footloose and fancy free.

To book an appointment with Miramar Dichoso personal fashion stylist, email her at miramardichoso@gmail.com.

petal pusher

petal pusher

Despite being only eleven years old when the film Working Girl debuted, it certainly made a lasting impression on me regarding what you wear to work.  The (funny) story of a self made business woman’s rise to the top, I took a cue from Melanie Griffith’s wardrobe.

All those strong shouldered jackets with their sharp tailoring still catch my eye, like this version from Zara:

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What makes this jacket is the floral print.  I love how a print of this nature could be overly precious, but when paired with the no-fuss cut makes for a striking combination.  Also unlike the delicate flower prints of the eighties, the current trend comes in technicolor hues.

Now as readers of my blog are aware, I believe fashion is more fun when you get to express yourself in an artful mannertombinnsflowerlookingearringsThese Tom Binns earrings remind me (with some squinting and imagination) of blooming flowers.

For the more classic dresser, I suggest this Opening Ceremony loafer with a flower print instead.  Normally this scale of print can be overwhelming when worn on the body, but is perfect on your tootsies!  This is a great way to update your timeless wardrobe too, and keep outfits interesting.  This shoe would be just as chic with a cardigan and shift dress for the office as well as with a t-shirt and slouchy denim on the weekends.

openingceremonyflowerprintloafer

welcome to the emerald city

welcome to the emerald city

For the uninitiated, Pantone declares one hue the color of the year.  In 2013, it’s all about the green–specifically emerald.

As someone who contemplated a career writing theory about fashion (like my academic idol Dorinne Kondo), I’m fascinated by how Pantone’s assertion of a color being on trend can result in seeing the shade everywhere.

From 3.1 Philip Lim Fall 2013
From 3.1 Philip Lim Fall 2013

Soon we’ll notice the trickle down effect of the use of this emerald tone: the company’s pick often widely embraced by graphic, interior, and (naturally!) fashion designers.  Even those who are decidedly anti-fashion or shrug at the idea of choosing an item tinged with the green pigment eventually become unknowing participants.  (My mind always references THAT scene in The Devil Wears Prada when Miranda Priestly schools Andy about the origin of her Cereulean sweater…)

Spanish based brand Skunk Funk (those quirky Europeans!) designs eco-friendly fun fashion
Spanish based brand Skunk Funk (those quirky Europeans!) designs eco-friendly fun fashion

I propose a sartorial game: in the coming weeks, tally how many shops, ads, people you encounter that have a hint of the jewel tone…

Watch out Manolo Blahnik and Louboutin!  Up-and-coming shoe designer Charlotte Olympia is nipping at your (sky) high heels
Watch out Manolo Blahnik and Louboutin! Up-and-coming shoe designer Charlotte Olympia is nipping at your (sky) high heels

To book an appointment with Miramar Dichoso, personal fashion stylist, email her at miramardichoso@gmail.com.

(Images courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Skunk Funk, and Charlotte Olympia.)

happy anniversary

happy anniversary

Just a year ago I took the leap of faith from Nordstrom stylist (where I worked for 3 1/2 years), to Personal Fashion Stylist/Wardrobe Stylist.

I’m so grateful that I’ve landed on my feet, especially with these on:

Where did I get these rouge colored mary janes?  Nordstrom!

I attended the press preview of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.   A year ago I could not have imagined being invited for my work as a wardrobe stylist (see my latest fashion spread with Austin L Style G Style magazine here).

If you’ve read my past blog posts you know I have a penchant for quirky, artistic fashion designers.  I do however love discussing with my personal clients how to marry the looks we see on the runway with everyday fabulousness!

Here’s another item I had to snap up during the sale:

This two tone skirt would be just as fun coordinated with a printed top (provided the scale of the print doesn’t compete with the bi-colored bottom).  I especially look forward to wearing these two items together.  I can’t wait to throw on a simple  t-shirt with a swingy open cardigan from Vince (vince.com)  to  run around town during the fall…

So I just want to say thanks to my clients, style talk hosts, and everyone for making this quite a fun adventure!

Hugs,

Miramar

p.s.  Oh, and check out the Nordstrom sale which is open to the public starting July 20th at nordstrom.com!