What is an Investment Piece?

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Some of you may have heard from a fashion stylist, wardrobe stylist or consultant that you should have investment pieces in your closet. And when you have heard that, you may have flinched at the thought of purchasing clothing at higher costs than you would normally spend.

Now I want to tell you my thoughts on Investment Pieces of clothing…

Investment Pieces of clothing should NEVER be bought at a price you cannot afford…In other words, do not go into debt, do not use your car payment or mortgage money to purchase any of these items.

Do I believe you should have investment pieces in your wardrobe? Yes I do but within reasonable budget. For example, I have a trench coat I purchased for $50 and I had it for over 5 years, that’s approximately $10 a year. Being that I live in Myrtle Beach, SC we don’t have long, cold winters so that was worth the money. But if I lived in New York, I would purchase a much better quality coat because the winters there are longer and colder. Again I would purchase according to my spending budget.

An investment piece of clothing should be an item that will last years.

Investment pieces vary from person to person, as I gave you my story of my trench coat for $50.00, another may purchase a coat for $250 because their budget and lifestyle fit the cost. So it’s important to be wise in your spending, no matter what you are purchasing.

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Here are a few tips to purchasing investment pieces:

  • Make a shopping plan of what items you need

  • Create a budget plan

  • Create a shopping list based on your shopping plan and budget

  • Stay focused while shopping, making sure to only purchase what is on your list

  • Shop off-season (i.e. shop for fall/winter items in the spring/summer and spring/summer items in fall/winter) – this is when you will find great prices

  • Try online shopping – quality products at reasonable prices (FYI: make sure you know your measurements)

  • Make sure to read the Care Instructions on each item before purchasing – you want to make sure that you are able to care for the items as directed by the label. For example, if it says Dry Clean, make sure that you are able to afford that expense compared to the cost of the item…Is it worth it?

  • Have FUN!!

So what exactly are some Investment Pieces worth purchasing??

Blue JeansCami and Jeans

Black Pants

Business

Black Blazer

Dinner Date

 

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress #2

The Trench Coat

The Trench Coat

Denim Skirt

Be True to You

These are just some items I believe you should have in your wardrobe…they can be worn for years because they are so versatile and work for all style personalities! And…these items will always remain trendy.

Remember don’t overspend, only purchase what you need and most importantly HAVE FUN!!

The Perfect Pair of Jeans

Have you struggled to find the perfect pair of jeans? Do you try on a ton of jeans in one try-on session, only to not be able to find one pair of jeans that fit your body?

No worries, let me help you…

Before you even think about searching, trying on, and purchasing a pair of jeans…

First thing’s first, get your measurements.

Download your free Measure My Body guide and measure your body. Download it HERE

Now that you have your measurements, you can begin the search for the perfect pair of jeans…

I want to say first and foremost that what one may consider to be the perfect fit may not fit the criteria for another but here are a few suggestions and tips to use:

  • Make sure your jeans are not super tight – this will only cause a lot of bulging *Honestly super tight jeans are not very flattering and they are very uncomfortable.
  • Rule of thumb – make sure you have room in your jeans to insert your thumb at your waist. You want to have a good stretch at the waist without it being to big.

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  • You should be able to bend and move in your jeans. (Not to be brutal, but you don’t want to look like a plumber from the back)
  • Your jeans should be a smooth fit, laying flat over your body (no lumps or bumps)

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  • Of course, we want to have a flattering round bottom

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Personally, I love high waist jeans, because they give me a more flattering look and I feel sexy. Most importantly, they hide my little pouch…LOL!

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I purchased these jeans from a great online store that I have fallen in love with and if you are a curvaceous woman, this is the perfect website for you to purchase your jeans fashionnova.com

Most Importantly

Always remember that your jeans should be three things: FIERCE, FABULOUS, and FUNCTIONAL!!

Give the Gift that Keeps Her Fierce!

The end of the year is here and your closet isn’t looking any better…And to top it off for Christmas you will be gifted with more clothing, but where do you put them? What do you do with this year’s clothing? Give yourself the gift of a closet restoration and let’s get your closet ready for the new year!
www.latonyaknox.com

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Fall Wear

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The air is getting crispier and Fall is in the air, it’s time to get your wardrobe ready for the cooler temperatures but you have no idea how – should you buy more clothes, what to do?

Here is a Fall Wear Tip:

Layering will become your best friend. Keep your tanks and tees and layer with cardigans and blazers. This is one trend that will never go out of style.

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You can purchase jeans HERE. *FYI: I didn’t pay full price for the jeans 🙂

 

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I purchased these suede high low tanks online at catofashions.com but they are no longer available, I paid $3.99 for each tank. (I love tanks and wear them all year long, so I make sure I stock up on these – most importantly they fit my style personality and my lifestyle)

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You can purchase blazer HERE. *FYI: I did not pay full price for this blazer 🙂

End Result

Ta-Da!! Your Fall Wear outfit…paired with some great heels and cute jewelry and you can stay warm and look Fierce & Fabulous!!

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*I am not an affiliate with any of these companies, I am just a very satisfied customer who absolutely love their clothing – great quality, great prices.

**If you want to learn how I shop SMART without compromising my Fierceness and Fabulousness, CONTACT ME today and let’s get you Shopping SMART!!

Go Get Your Fall ON!!

Why I Love Fashion?

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So why do I love fashion, clothing, beauty, etc.?

Hmmm…..great question.

Fashion and clothing to me has always been a way for me to creatively express myself…it has always been my way of being ME.

Fashion and clothing is a form of art – you get to put different pieces of clothing together to create something that exudes your inner creativeness. It allows you to be bold, eccentric, sassy, sexy, and chic (or whatever you prefer). It allows you to be YOU.

Early Life

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Growing up, I always stood out…I never wore what was trendy but I always remained true to my personality style. And the result, I did get teased for not wearing what “was in”. But I didn’t care, because I refused to be a copy of someone else. God made me unique and different and I didn’t want any one to take that away from.

I used to make clothing for my dolls using old socks and old tees, sewing and creating clothing of art. Now that was fun, in my own world, doing what I love.

I was also my mom’s stylist…every day I would help her put outfits together that represented her. She would have the hardest time finding something to wear in the madness of clothing she had, which I thought was funny…because she would say, “I have nothing to wear.” LOL But I was able to turn nothing into somethings.

I also loved makeup, hair and nails. Even though I did go to the hairdresser and I got manicures and pedicures…I still loved doing it all myself. And every time I did I would feel free. The cool thing is that I could have went to cosmetology school but I didn’t because I didn’t know how lucrative and how I could have used that knowledge and skills to further grow and expand in my true dreams. Instead I went the route that I thought everyone expected I should take. (This is why I am so adamant about my children pursuing their dreams and not what others tell them to pursue)

All I knew is that I love clothing, fashion, and beauty but I really didn’t think about turning it into a career or business.

 

The Retail Life

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In college I began to work in the world of retail. When I first started working in retail, it was because I love clothes. But each day as I created outfits for women, helping them feel more confident in their own skin; it allowed them to be vulnerable with me in telling their insecurities…as I reassured them that they are absolutely beautiful. I began to learn that a lot these women were looking for more than just cute, fashionable, trendy clothing but they were looking for someone to help them see truly who they are.

That’s when I realized that God gave me a gift of seeing the blessings in women. When I look at women the first thing I see is the beauty – her eyes, her smile, etc…and what I do is find a way to emphasize those assets. Let me explain, when most of us look in the mirror we tend to look at what we don’t like about our body and trying to figure out how to fix it – BUT- what stands out to me when I help other women is what makes her unique.

Every woman is beautiful and it is my mission to bring that awareness to all women, no matter her size, no matter her body type, no matter her nationality, no matter her age, no matter her race…she is Beautiful!

Beauty is…

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Beauty is more than the outer appearance, it is the internal being of how she sees herself. Beauty is in the mind, in the heart, in the spirit…and when they are not aligned, you see yourself in a distorted way, simply unrealistic. Your imaginations take over and you don’t see yourself as you truly are but what the distorted version shows you.

 

It is my purpose to help you change that mirror, help you clean those lenses because I want you to SEE what God sees.