Suffer for Fashion?

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I recently sprained my ankle very badly (you can kinda see it in this picture). Not only is my ankle swollen and black and blue, my entire foot is, too. My recent break from the blog and my ankle sprain forced me to realize that the pace of my life had become unmanageable and way too fast. I didn’t realize how much I go, go, go. I would rush from one thing to the next. I didn’t even have time to talk on the phone with my friends! I needed to slow down. Plus, what was all the rushing around for anyway? I now know why I was doing it, but more on this later. Now I’m taking things slow, and I’m reveling in it! I am more present for my boys, my husband, and my friends.

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Anyway, I had two important events on my calendar that I wanted to go to. One was a luncheon and the other was a cocktail event. Well, if there is one thing I won’t do, it’s suffer for fashion! Ok, I  guess we all consider suffering to be different things, like I don’t consider wearing a bra or wearing tight jeans suffering for fashion. Ha! As a stylist, if a client felt uncomfortable or fidgeting in an outfit, I would immediately have her take it off and we would start over. J. Crew

There is nothing worse than constantly tugging or adjusting your outfit. It sets the tone for how you feel and act. There is also nothing worse than sticking your swollen, black and blue foot into heels or dress flats. So by golly, I was not going to suffer for fashion! Instead, I took a risk and wore sneakers to both events. Truthfully it was a calculated risk because sneakers are on trend right now. In NYC, people wouldn’t bat an eye, but I’m in conservative Houston, Texas. My intention was not really to make a fashion statement, although I got a ton of compliments (thank you to all my friends), but it was to be comfortable. Plus, I had a good excuse. Truth be told, once I can, I’ll wear my heels or dressy flats to those types of events again because that’s what makes me feel comfortable. Ok, if I get a wild hair, I may push the envelope again. Ha!
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All that to say, we do not need to suffer for fashion. In this day and age, it’s backwards! Who cooks dinner in heels anymore?!

Luncheon Outfit Links: Top- J. Crew; Skirt- J. Crew; Shoes- Puma by Madewell; Purse- Similar here or here; Earrings- Similar here and here

Cocktail Outfit Links: I wore this dress with these sneakers.

Pictures by Traci Ling


Everyday Outfits #cstyleinspo

Everyday Outfits

Outfit links: Top- B.P.; Jeans- 7 For All Mankind; Shoes- Pedro Garcia here and here; Bag- ALLSAINTS; Watch- Kate Spade; Sunglasses- Ray-Ban; Bracelet- Gorjana; Earrings- Nadri

Everyday Outfits

Outfit links: Jacket- Madewell; Top- Madewell; Jeans- Paige; Shoes- Nike; Necklaces- Argento Vivo here and here and Roberto Coin; Earrings- Gorjana; Ring- Bony Levy

Everyday Outfits

Outfit links: Top- Similar here and here; Jeans- Similar here, here and here; Shoes- Madewell x Saucony; Necklace- Roberto Coin; Earrings- Nordstrom; Watch- Michael Kors

Everyday Outfits

Outfit links: Top- Style Mafia; Pants- J. Crew; Shoes- Similar here and here; Necklaces- Argento Vivo and Stephan & Co.; Earrings- Similar here and here; Watch- Kate Spade; Lipstick- NarsEveryday Outfits

Outfit links: Jacket- Madewell; Dress- Similar here and here ; Shoes- Similar here; Necklace- Lulu DK; Earrings- GorjanaEveryday Outfits

Outfit links: Top- Maeve; Jeans- Similar J Brand; Sandals- K. Jaques; Necklace- Lulu DK; Earrings- MadewellEveryday Outfits

Outfit links: Top- Similar here, here, here, here, and here; Jeans- AG; Shoes- Cole Haan; Necklaces- Argento Vivo here and here; Watch- Kate Spade; Earrings- NordstromEveryday Outfits

Outfit links: Top- J. Crew; Jeans- AG; Shoes- Puma; Watch- Kate Spade; Earrings- Madewell

Everyday Outfits

Outfit links: Top- Similar here; Shorts- Similar here and here; Sandals- Madewell (also similar here) ; Necklaces- Madewell, Argento Vivo here and here; Watch- Kate Spade; Bracelets- Madewell; Earrings- Gorjana

Since I’m sharing these outfit inspiration pics with you, will you please share your outfit pics with me?!?! PRETTY PLEASE! I need ideas, too! It will be like an outfit inspiration pin board we can all use! It can be a #cstyleinspo community!

Add @cstyleblog and #cstyleinspo in the caption on IG, and add @CSLStyle and #cstyleinspo on FB . If you have a private account, screen shot it and send it to me. PRETTY PLEASE!! I get lonely over here! Who knows, I may do another #cstyleinspo giveaway (wink, wink)!


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