Chelsea's Christmas Outfit

Let me have that green tulle skirt, please!  Just click on the cross mark above to shop any of the items directly from this page. Who is Chelsea you say?  Please join me in extending a warm welcome to my new Chief Creative Officer!  I am so excited.  Words cannot say!  This girl has got it going on and is just so stunning on the inside and out.  I am feeling a very lucky girl to be able to call her a part of the team!  Carrie Bradshaw lovers unite!  You simply must WATCH...

Ahead From The North

Photos: Ellie Lacey and on Instagram

Skirt: Mossimo Supply Co., Vest: Ralph Lauren, Shoes: thanks to Julie Lopez Shoes, Sunglasses: Blinde (similar), Earrings: thanks to Geoflora, Black Ring: Melinda MariaBracelets: Calf Hair, Geometric Cross Cuff thanks to Blydesign, Necklace: Jan Michaels

As you know, it's been a long, long time since I've hit the streets of Charlotte in search of the next coolest place for pictures here on the blog.  I ran into my precious cousin Ellie a couple of weeks ago while having coffee at 7th Street Public Market.  Can I just say I love family?  On my father's side my Grandmother was the youngest of 11, so as I'm sure you can image, there are a whole ton of them.  I was so excited when Ellie asked if we could take some photos.  I'm always up for an adventure, so when she suggested a spot North of the city that boasted amazing views of the skyline, I said let's do it! This expansive piece of pavement soon to be light rail served as a fun location for several photos to come.  It's a good thing we captured it when we did, because like most every other remaining piece of undeveloped land in the QC, as we look ahead, it is only a matter of time before it will be no more.

Purchase a Stylist's Opinion

More and more these days I get picture texts and emails from friends, clients, neighbors, family members, etc asking me for my opinion on their outfits.  And I love it.  Fast forward to this week, I was sitting in the car with a client, looking through clothes we ordered for her on-line and brainstorming outfit ideas.  She is a busy mom and business owner who manages a large team and spends a lot of her time coming and going.  Then some days she works from home. For those of us who do, me included, we know it is easy to fall into the trap of wearing our comfiest yoga pants and hooded sweatshirt.  Case in point... 

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Anyway, she was saying how much she liked our most recent shop and share method... She just needed a few great going out tops.  I'd hit most local stores and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I did a quick search of my favorite on-line sites and came up with about 20 for her to consider.  I sent her over a link, she purchased a handful of favorites and then sent me pictures for approval.  Easy peasy and done.  Not everyone can afford a personal stylist, and not everyone needs one.  What I have often found is that many of my clients, friends and family members, just need permission.  And with that, the birth of Purchase A Stylist's Opinion!

Not sure what to give your Sister In Law for Christmas?  For $75, I'll send you images for 25 items.  You tell me you need a dress, you get 25 dress selections.  You tell me you need three outfits for an upcoming wedding weekend, you get four outfits head to toe...whatever the case may be, I'll send images for the very coolest and most unique items on the market. Just like that.  I love helping others look and feel their best, and I'm excited to offer this opportunity that is attainable to everyone.  

Email me at whitley@thequeencitystyle.com 

Happy Weekend! xo

 

Dirty Rotten

In December's issue of Sasee Magazine, I share my tips for putting on the dog and pampering yourself rotten this holiday season.  If you're ever in the Grand Strand of South Carolina (Charleston to Myrtle Beach), be sure to pick up a copy of Sasee on news stands everywhere. For the outfit above, I mixed a casual plaid shirt from J.Crew Factory with a vintage satin ball skirt and threw in some colorful accessories with a vintage gold clutch, Cole Haan pattered pumps, my favorite Melinda Maria ring, gold cuff from Chloe + Isabel and a showpiece necklace from Charles Emerson Designs. It is unexpected and interesting, and easy peasy to create on your own.

Cool Gifts For Girlfriends Part II

Speaking of girlfriends, my good friends over at Simplicity, Charlotte's organization guru team, are genius for not only organizing your home but your mind.  Below I share from their blog helpful tips for simplifying your holiday. Dare I say numbers 3, 4, 6, and 7 strike a chord with me, and number 12 is just the most lovely sentiment ever, but I would be silly if I did, because they are all just brilliant!

12 Tips for Simplifying Your Holiday

1) PlanningThe holidays will be here before you know it.  Take the time to plan what needs to be accomplished.

2) Calendar:  Make sure all family members are on the same page-literally. Keep everyone’s events marked on the same calendar so the whole family knows what’s coming up.

3) Decorating:  Avoid feeling like you have to decorate every square inch of your home.  Let go of decorations you seem to avoid putting out each year.  Listen to the song – “Let it Go”!

4) Saying No:  The holidays can be exhausting so keep in mind that it’s okay to say “No.” You will actually appreciate more when there is less on your plate.  It will help keep your stress levels down and allow you to not be so burnt out when the season ends.

5) Mailing list:  When adding or editing addresses in your database-start early. Avoid waiting to order your cards and print labels a few days before Christmas when you are already stressed.

6) Holiday cards:  Aim to have them ready, stamped and in a box by November 1st!  On or around the first of December, send them out as you like.  This process can take a lot of time, but once it’s done you can relax and enjoy the season a little more.

7) Holiday treats:  If you plan to bake for the holidays, consider giving these items a week or two before Christmas.  It’s a great time to connect with your friends and neighbors when they might be more grateful for a special treat.

8) Limit gift giving:  Draw names for gift giving.  This takes the pressure off of worrying about the amount of gifts and how much money you have to spend on each person.  Purchase one thoughtful gift for the person you draw.

9) Meaningful gifts:  Share an event or activity with a loved one, make a donation to a charity that is important to that person, or create something yourself that they would enjoy. Consider giving the gift of time.

10) Get into the giving spirit:  Encourage your children to donate old toys, games, and stuffed animals.  This will also provide a head start on your New Year’s resolution of de-cluttering and organizing your home.

11) Wrapping it up:  No need to take up space in your home with lots of  rolls of wrapping paper.  Just purchase one roll of butcher paper from Michaels.  You can have your children decorate the paper or just use decorative ribbon.

12) At the end of the holiday season:  Punch a hole in the corner of each of the holiday cards you received.  Place the cards on a large jump ring with a pretty bow or ribbon you have hanging around post holiday gift giving. Place the cards in the middle of your dinner table or wherever your family regularly gathers.  Every day, make an effort to think about, pray for, or reach out to the family on the top card.  Once you flip through all of the cards you can toss them guilt free and look forward to next year’s flipbook of new cards.