July 2019

Shopping 101: How to Shop a Clothing Sale

stacey-mayesh-shopping101-sales By Stacey Mayesh

How to Get the Best Sales on Clothing & Avoid Impulse Buying
The most important thing to remember about shopping a clothing sale is not to impulse-buy and spend money on things that aren’t right. You will never wear them, and 2 years later you’ll clean your closet and find them with the tags still on. I’ve seen so many people do this. They say, “Well, it almost fits,” or “It’s sort of cute.” But there’s no bargain in buying clothing you’ll never wear just because the price is good.

You must resist temptation and only buy what you actually need. The key to doing this is being prepared before you hit the sale.

Be Prepared Before Clothes Shopping to Maximize Discounts
Before sale season, go through the exercise of figuring out what clothes you really need. Sometimes the best way to do this is to keep a running log of items missing from your wardrobe.

If you see that every time you put on your favorite dress you’re missing a pair of ankle boots to complete the look, then you know you need that perfect pair of ankle boots! Keeping a log will help you realize what those critical missing items are, and you’ll end up buying just what you need without overdoing it and defeating the purpose of sale shopping. Once you know what you need, you’re ready to shop the sales.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind while discount shopping:
Watch the Clearance Clothes Selections: Often, clothing that is left on sale is in odd colors or prints. Be careful if you buy these discounted items, because it can be very tricky to find the right things to wear with them.

Always Grab Discounted Formal Wear on Sale: A great thing to get on sale is an evening dress. Everyone needs the perfect LBD, and it’s so difficult to find something under pressure when you have a big event coming up!

Outerwear Is Perfect for Bargain Shopping; I also like to find jackets and coats on sale. These are big-ticket items, so getting them on sale is especially worthwhile. And even if your weight fluctuates from year to year, chances are that the normal 5 pounds up or down won’t affect the way a coat fits.

Go for Discounts & Sales on Beachwear: Beach caftans, cover-ups, and swimsuits are great sale items because the trends don’t change as quickly with beachwear as they do with ready-to-wear.

Watch for Favorites When Shopping the Sales: Buy the classic wardrobe-building items that you wear year after year. If you tend to wear the same soft T-shirts under your sweaters or the same Lululemon yoga pants, those are great items to restock when they’re on sale, because they wear out quickly and you know you will want to replace them.

Shopping Stores with Their Credit Cards: Getting a credit card from your favorite stores, such as Gap or J. Crew, will ensure that you’re invited to participate in their special cardholder promotions.

Now, with your sale shopping tips in hand, you’re ready to hit the clearance racks and put those useless impulse buys behind you!

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Stacey Mayesh, Fashion Contributing Editor
I am a NYC-based fashion stylist who has worked with top tier magazines (Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Lucky), and celebs (Selma Blair, Jessica Alba, Susan Sarandon, Sean Combs) for 15 years. I was recently featured in Vogue and on NBC Weekend Today. I now work with private clients bringing a fresh . . . Read more of her fashion secrets

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Shopping 101: Wardrobe & Closet Organizing Tips & Tricks

By Stacey Mayesh

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Fashion Starts with Storage Solutions: Get Organized!
You may think that being stylish starts with shopping, but you would be wrong. Being stylish starts with having your clothes, shoes, and accessories organized in your wardrobe. How do you know what to buy if you don’t fully know what you own—and what you don’t? Once you have waded through your wardrobe, weeded out those jeans from college, stored your grandmother’s vintage beaded sweaters, organized your shoes, and made a few other simple changes, you can assess what pieces you need to complete an outfit or what outfits you need but don’t have at all.

Most people don’t have an unlimited budget. So, if you’re one of them, you want to avoid fashion frivolity, and be able to say—without smirking—that you are buying things you need. The idea is to enhance your wardrobe, not overwhelm it with things you’ll never wear. The first lesson in shopping 101—get organized.

Step 1 to Wardrobe Organization: Clean Out Your Closets
Where to start? Eliminate. It’s really tough to shop when you can’t even make sense of what you have!

This closet organizing is a great snowy-day activity, as it is time-consuming and requires you to really think about the way you live, what you wear, and what would make it easier to get dressed in the morning.

What to Eliminate from Your Wardrobe
I don’t really like to save things for a rainy day. If I haven’t worn something in a while, I get rid of it. My clients always say, “But what if it comes back in style in 5 years?” My response is always the same: “It always comes back in a slightly different way and usually doesn’t feel very relevant anymore.” Frankly, living in NYC, I don’t have the storage space to just hang onto things that aren’t in active wardrobe rotation.

Go through the clothes in your closet. If something has not been worn in several years, is old and pilled, otherwise dingy, or doesn’t fit well, toss it. If you must save it because it has sentimental value or you just can’t part with it, put it in a well-labeled box up on a high shelf of your closet so you remember that it’s there, but it’s not adding to your everyday wardrobe clutter.

If you can’t decide if something is worth saving or not, chances are it’s not.

When I’m purging my closet, I will usually make a pile of items that are worthy of designer resale and consignment shops, or even eBay. To qualify for Ebay resale or consignment sale, an item has to be in excellent condition and will always sell best if it has a designer label.

I then make a pile of clothing and fashion accessories that can be donated to an organization that takes used clothing. I don’t feel great about just throwing things away. I say reduce, reuse, recycle! Once you’ve cleared out the wardrobe muck, you will be dealing with a lighter workload and a cleaner closet.

Step 2: Organize Your Wardrobe Space
The next step is to organize your wardrobe, and this requires you to really look at your available closet space to determine how to do this in a way that will work for you.

Here are some closet organizing ideas:
1. Organize your clothes by season: if you’re limited by storage space, put your out-of-season clothing in another area and focus your closet on what you’re wearing now.
2. Organize your closet by item: tops with tops, sweaters with sweaters, pants with pants, dresses with dresses, etc.
3. Organize by lifestyle: work clothes with work clothes, casual weekend clothes with casual weekend clothes, etc.

Once you’ve rearranged things in your closet, change all of your hangers so that they match each other. Having the same hangers will make everything hang at the same level, create visual consistency, and enable you to focus your eye on the clothes better. Then arrange by color within each category. Having this uniform wardrobe look makes a cluttered closet look organized and professional.

Step 3: Add to Your Wardrobe—Yes, SHOP!
Now that your closet looks the best it can possibly look, it’s time to shop to add needed items to your wardrobe. Try mixing things in new and different ways. I often find that going through the exercise of editing and organizing inspires all kinds of styling ideas I hadn’t previously thought of. Challenge yourself to make a new combination every day. Have fun and get creative . . . and, sigh . . . know that spring will be here soon!

Useful Organizing & Storage Tips & Tricks of the Trade

1. Shoe Storage Ideas
Having worked in women’s fashion magazines for so many years, I have gotten in the habit of photographing my shoes and putting the photos on the outside of the boxes. I like to keep my current-season shoes outside the boxes, in a more accessible part of my closet, and my out-of-season shoes inside their boxes up on a high shelf, along with the empty boxes of the in-season shoes. This helps me easily see where everything is and what’s in each box, but the lower portions of my closet aren’t clogged up with lots of shoes I’m not wearing. This is less of an issue if you live in a house with lots of storage space, but we New Yorkers are always space-challenged. I once had a boss (who is now a very high-profile fashion editor) who kept her massive shoe collection in her kitchen (the Louboutin section was inside the oven!) because she only ate out and didn’t keep food in her apartment.
2. Buy Some Closet Solutions & Wardrobe Organizers
My chic friend Melanie Fascitelli designs a fabulous line of closet organization accessories through her company clos-ettetoo.
3. Jewelry Storage & Jewelry Organizing Ideas
Jewelry is one of those things that is difficult to organize and can easily get tangled and lost if not properly cared for. I like to organize my jewelry in slim, plastic, stackable drawers from the Container Store. They’re modular, so I can add or subtract them as necessary. Within the drawers, I have little dividers, boxes, and cubed trays that help to further organize. Everything is really accessible and easy to see. Without these drawers, I’d be rummaging through lots of bags and pouches all the time.
4. Save the Best: Organize Your Finished Wardrobe Creations
I recommend taking photos of your favorite outfits, so you don’t forget them after you’ve had a moment of inspiration. I often do this for my clients and often go as far as putting all of the photos into an iPhoto book labeled “Winter Wardrobe 2011 Party Looks,” or “Spring 2011 Work Looks,” or “Winter Vacation Outfits.” If you don’t want to take photos, you can always take careful notes about each look. I even have an ultra-analytical client who is so used to looking at financial data that she records her favorite outfits in spreadsheets!
5. Need Help? Don’t Fear the Professional Organizer
Finally, if all else fails, I recommend hiring a professional organizer. If you are in the Tri-State Area, I recommend professional organizer, Paula Bellini of Bringing Order from Chaos. She will change your life!

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Stacey Mayesh, Fashion Contributing Editor
I am a NYC-based fashion stylist who has worked with top tier magazines (Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Lucky), and celebs (Selma Blair, Jessica Alba, Susan Sarandon, Sean Combs) for 15 years. I was recently featured in Vogue and on NBC Weekend Today. I now work with private clients bringing a fresh . . . Read more of her fashion secrets

15 Fashion Commandments: My Personal Style Rules

By Stacey Mayesh

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In my 15 years as a fashion stylist, I’ve seen a lot—people with closets full of clothes with the tags still on, clients who like to have me style all of their outfits and put them into a spreadsheet or photo book, celebs who insisted on wearing sneakers under their (very long) gowns, rap artists who hired me to choose, buy, then display hundreds of dollars worth of Christmas gifts under their trees. To create effortless personal fashion style, I advise following a set of 15 fashion commandments—they’re easy rules of fashion, and they make getting dressed a snap.

Fashion Trends Have a Role, Just Not a Starring One

1. Don’t be overly trendy, but do keep your wardrobe modern and fresh.
2. Cultivate a signature style, but remember that having style is a lot more than just following fashion trends.

Personal Style Is the Secret to Being Chic

3. Be true to who you are, even with fashion. Don’t buy something impulsively just because you love it if you don’t have anywhere to go in it. Think about what your lifestyle requires.
4. My motto is, “You, only better.” I transform my clients into better versions of themselves. I would never try to make them into people they’re not.
5. Push fashion and style boundaries—stay within your comfort zone but try to take it one step further.

Fashion for Dummies: Uniform Dressing for Busy Bodies

6. Uniform dressing is a no-fail approach to fashion. If you find a look that works for you, duplicate it with small tweaks. Great for work or life with kids—busy women don’t have to sacrifice style. I swear by this. As a stylist and mother of 2, I don’t have a lot of extra time to fuss. I choose a look each season, which becomes my de facto uniform, and then I tweak bits here and there. Tip: work around a general color palette, you’ll get more combos out of each item.

In the Fashion World, You Better Have a Fit

7. Focus on fit—fit is critical! Even the priciest designer clothes look bad if they don’t fit well.
8. Pay attention to what works on your body type. Just because your friend has a trendy piece you love, it doesn’t mean it will work on you.

Where to Spend & Where to Save: Your Fashion Budget

9. Go for quality over quantity.
10. Follow the 1-week rule. If you fall in love with something that’s a big splurge, don’t buy it. Wait 1 week. If you are still obsessing over it, go buy it. If you’ve forgotten about it, move on.
11. Fashion accessories are a great place to invest. Inexpensive fashionable clothing with quality accessories—you’ll look like a million bucks. Quality clothing with cheap accessories never looks as good. A great coat is also a “wardrobe changer” because you wear it every day. It’s the first thing someone sees.

What to Buy, What to Buy, What to Buy

12. A great pair of shoes is the best way to complete an outfit; bad shoes can make a whole outfit look wrong.
13. For that difficult-to-find item, great-fitting jeans, buy 2 pairs when you find 1 you love. Hem 1 for flats, the other for heels. This way, your denim choice is not dependent on your shoe choice. You can dress them up or down.

Closet Confidential: Keep, Store, Toss

14. Keep your closet organized with some system, such as categorizing by season or by fashion item. You’ll save a half hour every morning by not scrambling to find things.
15. Follow the 3-year rule. Haven’t worn something in 3 years? Toss it. Even if the style comes back 10 years later, it will come back in a different way.

Keep these basic rules of fashion and personal style in mind when you shop, and you will get more bang for your buck and make it a lot easier to get dressed—and dress well!

Stacey Mayesh, Fashion Contributing Editor
I am a NYC-based fashion stylist who has worked with top tier magazines (Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Lucky), and celebs (Selma Blair, Jessica Alba, Susan Sarandon, Sean Combs) for 15 years. I was recently featured in Vogue and on NBC Weekend Today. I now work with private clients bringing a fresh . . . Read more of her fashion secrets

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In the Mood for Love: My Best Valentine’s Day Gift Picks

By Stacey Mayesh

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I’ve got 9 great gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. These romantic, sexy, personal, and creative ideas are paired with the best selection of specific gifts to give, gifts to get, and gifts to get you in the mood for love on Valentine’s Day. From that personal touch making a special iTunes playlist to the personal touch giving a massage, these Valentine’s Day gifts will give you and your significant other that Valentine’s Day—and morning-after—glow.

1. Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift for Two: Midnight Magic over Manhattan
What’s more romantic than a night at the luxe Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa in New York? Your honey and you get the VIP spa suite from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00a.m., with private steam room, hot tub, fireplace, and side-by-side massage beds. After your 2-hour massages, dine in bed on lobster, caviar, and Champagne.
Reserve Mandarin Oriental Hotel VIP Spa Suite, $1,750, call 212.805.8800 or email monyc-reservations@mohg.com

• DIY Spa Night to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
If this sexy splurge is beyond your budget, get in a DIY mood and be your own private masseuse, then surprise your honey with Champagne and strawberries.

2. A Twist on the Traditional Present of Valentine’s Day Chocolates
Gourmet treats like baked goods put a smile on anyone’s face. My two faves? Chocolate-dipped Oreos—OMG, heaven! And, this Hot Stuff Cookie Bouquet. I can personally vouch for their deliciousness, since my hubby co-founded the company! Sadly, it’s contributing to my inability to lose weight—those last few pounds!
Buy Heart Sprinkles Chocolate-Dipped Oreos, $19.99 (box of 12), at cookies.com
Buy Hot Stuff Cookie Bouquet, starting at $29.99 for 5 cookies, at cookies.com

3. Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve for Valentine’s Day
Cutest heart tee ever from APC and other Valentine’s Day-inspired fashion.
Buy APC Heart Cotton-Jersey T Shirt, $75, at net-a-porter.com
Buy Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Striped Wool Intarsia Sweater, $480, at net-a-porter.com
Buy Sauce Heart Pocket Sweatpants, $88, at shopbop.com

4. Love Notes of the Snarky Variety for Valentine’s Day Fun
Go for some naughty notepads and uncensored cards.
Buy Urban Outfitters Nifty Notepads Comeback, $5, at urbanoutfitters.com
Buy Urban Outfitters Why I Must . . . Notepad, $7, at urbanoutfitters.com
Buy Someecards True Love Cards & Envelopes, $12.50 (box of 6), at urbanoutfitters.com

5. Let Your Love Sparkle with the Gift of Valentine’s Day Jewelry
What would Valentine’s Day be without something sparkly?
Buy Marc by Marc Jacobs Key to My Heart Stud Set, $78, at shopbop.com
Buy Tom Binns Faith in Fate Heart with Safety Pin Necklace, $55, at shopbop.com

6. If It’s Valentine’s Day, There Must Be a Slinky Lingerie Gift
Sexy play suit . . . sexy knickers . . . for a sexy evening in.
Buy Stella McCartney Sam Partying Silk-Blend Playsuit, $195, at net-a-porter.com
Buy Agent Provacateur Harri Silk-Satin Briefs, $150, at net-a-porter.com

7. Tell Me a Love Story for Valentine’s Day
Most romantic book ever.
Buy Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez, $10.26, at barnesandnoble.com

8. For Valentine’s Day, It’s a Love Song Serenade
Make your significant other a new music playlist for lovers on iTunes. Just be sure to include some D’Angelo, the master of seduction.
Buy D’Angelo songs at iTunes, $0.99–$1.29 (each), at iTunes.com

9. True Love as a Work of Art for a Unique Valentine’s Day Gift
Speak of love this Valentine’s Day with a limited-edition, letterpress print that says it all: “We Are So Good Together.”
Buy We Are So Good Together by Dylan Fareed, $50, at 20×200.com

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Stacey Mayesh, Fashion Contributing Editor
I am a NYC-based fashion stylist who has worked with top tier magazines (Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Lucky), and celebs (Selma Blair, Jessica Alba, Susan Sarandon, Sean Combs) for 15 years. I was recently featured in Vogue and on NBC Weekend Today. I now work with private clients bringing a fresh . . . Read more of her fashion secrets

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Our Interview with Young Hollywood’s Hot Designer
Don’t miss our interview with hot young Hollywood’s favorite fashion designer, Jay Godfrey, on NBC’s fashion and lifestyle show, The Thread. Watch tonight at 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m in New York City and the tri-state area. Check your local listings.

Fashion Detox: Doing the Detox Cleanse to Fit My Fall Fashion Must-Haves

By Stacey Mayesh

I recently did a fabulous detox cleanse—mostly juice, but also some raw food. I had been away on an extended summer vacation in Maine. We were in the middle of nowhere, and somehow, my “healthy eating from the farmer’s market” diet plan became the “every form of sweets and baked goods” eating plan. I came home wondering how I was going to fit into all of the chic fall fashion I had been planning to buy!!!

Enter Yvette Rose, a fellow Tribeca mom and founder of Joulebody, a customized exercise, yoga, and nutrition program geared toward turning short-term results into a lifestyle. I later found out that Yvette’s son goes to the same school as my daughter AND that many of my fashionista friends have done her detox cleanse (she’s a favorite among fashion editors, fashion PR execs, and models). I felt better about the detox cleanse knowing I had a kindred spirit/neighbor to call in a panic, which is so much better than doing a cleanse that you order online and typically has zero personal attention or care.

Hoping to eliminate carb and sugar cravings, de-puff, and get into a better mindset before kicking off my INSANE fall work schedule, I signed up for the 3-day Kickstart Diet. Everything was delivered the night before—3 small orange cooler bags filled with everything I would need for 3 days of my detox for fashion. All ingredients are chosen very carefully, with an Ayurvedic ideal. Liver- and kidney-cleansing fresh ingredients—think beets, spinach, kale, collard greens, carrots, celery, apples, berries, turmeric, cayenne, curry—help remove toxins from the bloodstream and body. Oranges, plums, bananas, mangoes, and any sweeteners other than maple syrup that cause inflammation or fluctuating sugar levels are avoided at all costs. There is enough vegetarian protein, such as lentils, garbanzo and adzuki beans, along with brown rice, to help maintain high energy levels. The root vegetables also help.

I am not going to lie: I was hungry. It was hard. Especially when I was out to dinner with my family at the local diner, salivating over the French fries in front of me! The portions are tiny, but you can supplement them with as many carrots and celery sticks as you like, plus up to 10 raw almonds per day. Each day, I had 3 liquid meals (1 smoothie, 1 green juice, 1 “lemonade”), 2 tiny vegan solid meals, and 2 of the tiniest (but delicious!) high-fiber healthy cookies for dessert.

At the end of the 3 days, I had really hit my limit. (I have friends who have cleansed for 10 consecutive days or weeks even, and I don’t know how they do it!) This was perfect for me because I truly felt transformed afterward, and I never got to a point where I felt I couldn’t stick to the program.

My clothes DEFINITELY fit better afterward, I had great energy, and most importantly, I got rid of my horrible carb and sweet cravings, which made it easier to stick to a healthy diet after the program.

And now for the final drum roll please . . . here’s what I bought for my feel-good, sexy fall go-to look!

Buy Proenza Schouler Suede Skinny Pants, $1,295, at net-a-porter.com
Buy Isabel Marant Keni Leather Biker Jacket, $2,395, at net-a-porter.com
Buy Haute Hippie Silk Sequined Top, $445, at net-a-porter.com
Buy Givenchy Ribbon Leather Ankle Boots, $995, at net-a-porter.com

For more information about Joulebody and other detox cleanse programs available nationally, read Cleanses around the Country.

Have a fashion or lifestyle question? Tweet @PageDaily or post it on the PageDaily Facebook page. Get more nutrition and weightloss tips, tricks, and product picks—read Behind the Buzz about Tanya Zuckerbrot.

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Stacey Mayesh, Fashion Contributing Editor

I am a NYC-based fashion stylist who has worked with top-tier magazines (Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Lucky), and celebs (Selma Blair, Jessica Alba, Susan Sarandon, Sean Combs) for 15 years. I was recently featured in Vogue and on NBC Weekend Today. I now work with private clients bringing a fresh . . . Read more of Stacey’s fashion secrets

Cleanses around the Country

If you’re considering a detox cleanse and live in New York, try Joulebody. For other detox cleanse programs outside New York, Joulebody founder Yvette Rose suggests 5 other options available nationally.

Joulebody

  • Available in New York
  • Customized exercise, nutrition, and yoga programs
  • Boost energy while flattening your stomach
  • Helps to stop cravings for unhealthy foods
  • Kickstart 3-day cleansing includes made-to-order, all-natural meals
  • Delivered to your door
  • Program includes soups, smoothies, cookies, and more
  • $225 for Kickstart program

BluePrintCleanse

  • Gluten-free and 100% vegan
  • Rids body of impurities and establishes an alkaline balance
  • Helps to regulate digestion and metabolism
  • 3 cleansing programs, based on level of intensity
  • $40–$105 per day

The Cleanse

  • Restores and maintains health and energy
  • 7- or 10-day programs
  • Program combines juice and food with yoga and meditation
  • Takes 45 minutes to an hour each day to prepare food and do yoga and meditation
  • A retreat center in New Mexico is an alternative
  • 100% vegan
  • $80–$325

LifeSpa

  • Short Home Cleanse 4-day program, to precede a 3–21 day Panchakarma retreat at the LifeSpa center in Boulder, Colorado
  • Best when you have time to really rest and retreat
  • Step-by-step instructions and supply list available online
  • Detox and nourish lymphatic system
  • Program includes herbs, ghee, fruits, and vegetables
  • Contact LifeSpa for pricing

The Raw Divas

  • 5 different programs
  • 7-Day Diva Detox is free online
  • Free program includes daily fitness and food journal, support emails, and raw-food recipes
  • Learn how to overcome cravings to carbs and salts
  • Lose weight and have more energy
  • $29.97–$597 for other programs

The Fresh Diet

  • Premium or Chef’s Choice programs
  • Available for 7, 14, 21, or 31 days
  • Balance of good carbs, legumes and vegetables, lean meat and fish, and healthy fats
  • Programs include 3 gourmet meals and 2 snacks daily
  • $34.99–$59.99 per day

Dress-Up Games & Mini Me: Hip Mother-Daughter Fashion Picks

By Stacey Mayesh

Summer has come and gone, and I find myself scrambling to outfit my 2 adorable children for the coming school year. How is it possible they have grown so much in just 2 months?! My daughter, almost 5, recently shed her tomboy, “I want to be just like my big brother” skin and proudly declared, “I want to dress pretty now, Mama!” This was followed by, “I want to do fashion with you when I grow up, Mama. Can we work together?” Well, that was just about the best thing I have ever heard. I got so excited, and so inspired, that I’ve become an unstoppable mini-fashion shopping machine. Here are my best finds of the season for me and my Mini Me, nothing saccharine-sweet here:

NEW UNDIES!
Stella McCartney Knickers of the Week Pack—if this doesn’t bring you back to when you were 10, I don’t know what will!
Dress-Up for Me: Buy Stella McCartney Knickers of the Week Pack, $195, at net-a-porter.com
Dress-Up for Mini Me: Buy Gap Days of the Week Bikinis, $24.50 at gap.com

METALLIC JACKET!
Isabel Marant’s metallic baseball jacket—love a touch of flash.
Metallic Trend for Me: Buy Isabel Marant Gunay Brocade Baseball Jacket, $745, at net-a-porter.com
Matching Kid’s Trendy Clothes for Mini Me: Buy Makié RR Girl’s Zip Up Jacket, $108, at sweetwilliamltd.com

FUR!
Mongolian shearling jacket: Get on the fur trend, real or fake—just work the look!
Designer Look for Me: Buy PAUL & JOE Tchatcha Mongolian-Shearling Jacket, $1,575, at net-a-porter.com
Designer Look for Mini Me: Buy J.Crew Girls’ Charlize Shearling Vest, $398, at jcrew.com

SHOES!
Glitter shoes—channel your inner Dorothy! Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, even on the cloudiest day.
Dress-Up in Sparkles for Me: Buy Proenza Schouler Glitter Slingback Bootie, $895, at kirnazabete.com
Dress-Up in Sparkles for Mini Me: Buy J.Crew Girls’ Glitterati Oxfords, $228, at jcrew.com

STRIPES!
Fashion Trend for Me: Buy T by Alexander Wang Striped Baggy Sweatshirt, $113, at shopbop.com
Buy IRO Amy Cross Body Bag, $248, at shopbop.com
Striped Designer Girls Dresses for Mini Me: Buy 3.1 Phillip Lim Toddler’s & Little Girl’s Bag-Print Dress, $150, at saksfifthavenue.com

UPDATED SKINNY JEANS!
Skinny Jeans Trend for Me: Buy Rag & Bone Zip Pocket Seamed Cargo Jeans, $290, at intermixonline.com
Skinny Jeans Trend for Mini Me: Buy Gap Super Skinny Jeans, $34.50, at gap.com

ROCK TEE!
Casual Dress-Up for Me: Buy Markus Lupfer Smacker Flock-Print T-Shirt, $130, at net-a-porter.com
Casual Dress-Up for Mini Me: Buy Kaos Stones Flame Tee, $44, at babesta.com

Have a fashion or lifestyle question? Tweet @PageDaily or post it on the PageDaily Facebook page. Get more fashion and lifestyle tips, tricks, and product picks—read My Must-Have Fall Fashion Collection by Stacey Mayesh.

Stacey Mayesh, Fashion Contributing Editor

I am a NYC-based fashion stylist who has worked with top tier magazines (Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Lucky), and celebs (Selma Blair, Jessica Alba, Susan Sarandon, Sean Combs) for 15 years. I was recently featured in Vogue and on NBC Weekend Today. I now work with private clients bringing a fresh . . . Read more of Stacey’s fashion secrets

Buy Stella McCartney Knickers of the Week Pack, $195

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Buy Stella McCartney Knickers of the Week Pack, $195, at net-a-porter.com

  • Black silk-blend
  • Playful take on everyday lingerie
  • Perfect gift for yourself or your favorite fashionista

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Buy Make Me Something Good To Eat

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Buy Make Me Something Good To Eat by Tamra Davis, $11.95, at lulu.com

  • Based on Tamra Davis’s internet show
  • Healthy cooking for kids that they’ll actually love
  • Ideas for brunches, potlucks, bake sales, and more
  • Includes many vegetarian recipes

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By Stacey Mayesh

Stacey Mayesh

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Fashion

www.staceymayesh.com

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I am a NYC-based fashion stylist who has worked with top tier magazines (Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Lucky), and celebs (Selma Blair, Jessica Alba, Susan Sarandon, Sean Combs) for 15 years. I was recently featured in Vogue and on NBC Weekend Today. I now work with private clients bringing a fresh perspective and a chic, sophisticated eye to their wardrobes. I am a unique hybrid of fashion consultant, personal shopper and stylist. My clients consider me their “secret weapon” for all things fashion and style related. While I work with members of the fashion, finance, Hollywood, art and music elite, my services are designed to elevate the style of any woman (or man). My passion lies in making each individual feel radiant and confident in the way they look. I live in Tribeca with my husband and young son and daughter.

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Stacey’s Picks

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My current obsessions . . . I was trying to come up with a common thread between them all, and I think it’s that they are all fun, unexpected, a little bohemian . . . and super cool!

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YSL Agate Disk Tribal Necklace

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Lanvin Oversized Faceted Bangles

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Maison De Vacances LOVE Pouch

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  • Make it your own! Style is about personality . . . always put your own spin on things.
  • Just saw and loved: Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man
  • Blogs/sites I love: Remodelista (so chic!) and pretty much anything from the site, La Garconne. I would like the folks behind La Garconne to art direct my life. I also LUUVVVVV FIFI LAPIN, such a smokin’ adorable, little cutie.
  • Need to get there: Morocco and India
  • Listening to: Charlotte Gainsbourg’s new album, IRM, a fantastic collaboration with Beck
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