My Fashion Stylist Adventure Begins…

Hello lovely people reading this blog! Hope you are having an awesome weekend! Today, I wanted to share with you my website. I’ve been working on making it as professional and appealing to the eye as possible. It’s a lot of hard work when you don’t have a marketing department. But, I was, and always be, up to the challenge. Within the next year, I will be(hopefully) finished my fashion stylism studies and working in my very own studio. It’s still a long road ahead, but an excited one. The pictures below are the inspirations for my dream studio. I love the vintage and romantic feel! What do you think? I can’t wait to have my own studio. 🙂

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For now, I focus on my studies, keep following my dreams, helping the women in my life look and feel beautiful,  and showing you my outfit inspirations(which is part of my virtual portfolio on Polyvore). Thank you for showing your love and sharing my website and outfit ideas with your friends and family! ‪

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Stay fabulous!

Jackie M.


Wardrobe basics for all seasons

Wardrobe Basics Checklist

Basics are the foundation of every woman’s closet. Using this checklist will help you build a strong foundation of timeless pieces that can be paired with almost anything in your closet.

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Always in Season

  1. Black tank

    A white tank has its place—at the gym or on casual outings—but a black one is more universal. Dress it up with dark jeans or a skirt.

  2. Short-sleeved white T-shirt

    White tees become unwearable quickly, so skip the costly designer versions and buy a bunch of good-looking inexpensive ones. Then replace as needed.

  3. Short-sleeved black T-shirt

    The best short-sleeve length is about 1/2 to 1 inch longer than a typical cap sleeve—it shows just the right amount of arm.

  4. Long-sleeved white T-shirt

    For a trim silhouette in white, choose a slim-fit T-shirt that skims your body but doesn’t cling.

  5. Long-sleeved black T-shirt

    A surprisingly sophisticated layering piece, this works well under a dress shirt—or even a dress.

  6. Black turtleneck

    Consider investing in cashmere: You get more warmth with less bulk.

  7. White button-down shirt (one cotton, one silky)

    Fitted ones will get the most wear: They’re easier to tuck in and look neat when left out.

  8. Crisp white blouse

    Softer looking than a button-down, a white blouse is a timeless addition to any wardrobe.

  9. Crewneck sweater

    Thin knits, in cotton or wool, layer easily for versatility and comfort.

  10. Cardigan

    A neutral shade goes with everything, and a longer style that hits at the hip flatters most figures.

  11. A black dress

    The “little black dress” is a cliche for a reason: It’s a wardrobe necessity.

  12. Pencil skirt

    This classic piece should be tailored so it grazes the tops of the knees.

  13. Jeans

    It’s worth paying extra for jeans that fit and flatter. Your best bet? A dark, bootcut pair made from stretch denim with no more than 2 percent Lycra. (The fabric will follow your curves while keeping its shape.)

  14. Black pants

    To get the most from this wardrobe staple, select a style made of an all-season fabric, like tropical wool or viscose.

  15. Skinny jeans

    Once considered a trend, they are now a denim staple. Skinny jeans look best when they don’t fit too snugly at the waist.

  16. Khaki pants

    For a casual, comfortable look, forget the pleats (a flat front is more flattering) and forgo the front crease.

  17. Denim jacket

    A dark wash and a slim fit look the most polished.

  18. Cropped jacket

    Made famous by Coco Chanel, this item has become a fashion mainstay. You’ll have more opportunities for pairing with one in a solid color or traditional tweed.

  19. Black cashmere wrap

    A fabric that was once seen only in fall and winter has become a year-round regular.

  20. Ballet flats (in a neutral or a versatile red)

    Equal parts sophisticated and practical, ballet flats, especially those with rubber soles, are easy on the feet but more polished than sneakers.

  21. Basic black pumps

    The workhorse of shoes, a good black pump can take you from day into evening without losing a step.

  22. Metallic evening shoes

    No shoes make you more party-ready than strappy sandals or pumps in a metallic tone. The surprise? Gold and silver are remarkably versatile.

Fall Basics

  1. Cotton waffle robe

    Perfect over pajamas or after a shower, this robe is far less bulky than its terry cloth cousin.

  2. The tuxedo shirt

    The ultimate day-to-night top, it has a crisp quality that makes it a great multitasker.

  3. Fur or fleece vest

    Terrific over a turtleneck or peeking out from under a coat, a vest offers versatility in unpredictable autumn weather.

  4. Athletic sweatshirt

    As comfortable as a flannel pajama top—but appropriate for wearing in public.

  5. Lightweight waterproof coat

    Ideal for traveling, this practical item looks as right with a skirt as it does with a pair of jeans.

  6. Khaki trench coat

    Structured and stylish, it’s a true classic.

  7. Leather blazer

    A trim leather blazer brings a little sophisticated edge to any piece. Add a scarf and you’re ready to go anywhere.

  8. Peacoat

    No longer just navy blue, peacoats come in a range of colors and a variety of lengths.

  9. Flat boots (black or brown)

    Knee-high styles work well with anything from full skirts and A-line dresses to narrow silhouettes.

  10. Black heeled boots or booties

    High-heeled boots are a fall-to-winter essential. Ankle-grazing booties fall somewhere on the daintiness scale between pumps and boots and make a stylish alternative to both.

Winter Basics

  1. Heavy sweater

    Look for a big, chunky knit that’s both comfortable and stylish.

  2. Cashmere hoodie

    More luxurious than the cotton variety, this layering piece is a sportier version of the cardigan.

  3. Dark-wash jeans

    A wardrobe standby in the cold winter months that’s available in a variety of cuts. Keep in mind that boot-cut and wide-leg styles work well over boots.

  4. Pantsuit

    Wear the jacket and pants together to show you mean business—or treat them like separates to maximize their use.

  5. Gray flannel pants

    These stylish standards look great with brown, navy, and black—and also with brights.

  6. Wool trousers

    Look for a lined pair in fine gabardine wool, made with a twill weave, which won’t feel too heavy.

  7. Black cashmere wrap coat

    Whether calf or fingertip length, this elegant item will work for day or evening.

  8. Winter coat

    Fur-trimmed, down, or wool, a winter coat should offer enough room to accommodate a sweater or jacket.

Spring Basics

  1. Cotton polo

    More tailored than a T-shirt, it offers cool comfort on even the stickiest days.

  2. Cotton blouse

    An airy and attractive springtime fundamental.

  3. Printed tops

    A few boldly patterned pieces add life and color to spring basics.

  4. Lightweight cashmere sweater

    Single-ply cashmere offers comfort in over-air-conditioned offices and movie theaters.

  5. Cotton button-up cardigan

    Combines the softness of a sweatshirt with the elegance of a cashmere sweater.

  6. Lightweight waterproof raincoat

    Easy to carry as a guard against spring’s fickle skies, it blocks wind and rain without weighing you down.

  7. One-button blazer

    A cotton or lightweight-wool jacket is a pulled-together layer that can be removed when the temperature rises.

  8. Inverted pleat skirt

    As good looking with a tailored button-down shirt as it is with a tank top, it can be paired with a jacket for a more professional look.

  9. Capri pants

    These ankle-baring bottoms look great with ballet flats or strappy sandals.

  10. Chinos

    Comfortable cotton pants that are durable enough for a day in the park but still look proper in the office.

Summer Basics

  1. Bathing suit

    A well-fitting one- or two-piece in a go-anywhere color like black, white, or navy never goes out of style.

  2. Convertible strapless bra

    This adjustable undergarment looks smooth and natural under a strapless dress, tank top, or halter.

  3. Cotton pajamas

    A pretty patterned pair works as both loungewear and sleepwear.

  4. Built-in bra tank

    Offering coverage and support (and an end to visible bra straps), this tank can be worn to workouts or cookouts—and even to the office, under a jacket or sweater.

  5. Ribbed cotton tank

    Originally made for men, these shirts are now available in female-friendly shapes. Pick one that fits your figure—it works well alone or under a suit jacket.

  6. Cotton blouse

    Choose a lightweight top from a range of colors and a variety of prints.

  7. Cotton printed dress

    Stay comfortable even in heavy-duty humidity.

  8. Strapless dress

    A white one will show off a great tan, but black, navy, and camel also work beautifully.

  9. Khaki shorts

    The summer-wardrobe equivalent of air-conditioning, khaki shorts keep you cool, comfortable, and looking crisp.

  10. Cotton drawstring pants

    A good-quality pair will take you straight from yoga class to lunch with a friend.

  11. White jeans

    Available in a wide range of styles, white jeans look chic with almost any warm-weather top.

  12. Flat leather sandals

    A good pair of flat sandals will pair up with virtually anything from shorts to jeans to flowing skirts to bathing suits—and can even sub in for slippers, for minimal vacation packing.

Tips for Organizing Your Jewelry

Today, I want to share with you ways to organize your jewelry. As a professional stylist and home organizer, I help my clients organize their homes and closets with easy organizational tips and decorating ideas! I also help find ways to organize jewelry with some DIY ideas.

So today is is all about ways to effectively organize your jewelry. If you are anything like me, you have a lot of accessories because you need something for every occasion! So when it comes to my jewelry, I want to keep them easily accessible and easy to grab as I am running out the door. My whole philosophy about organizing is that it should be an easy system to maintain, so I hope that these 4 tips for organizing jewelry help you stay organized!

  • Jewelry Box

Invest in a fantastic jewelry box. Not only does a jewelry box help keep you organized, but it helped protect your glorious jewelry. I always thought that jewelry boxes were only for my precious jewels. So I decided to create all sorts of other ways to store my jewelry. Don’t you hate when all your necklaces end up tangled up? Or your earrings misplaced? Most jewelry boxes come with little drawers so you can organize your jewels. My suggestion is to find a box that will work with all of the jewels you own. I knew I have a lot of earrings, so I needed a box that had lots of space for earrings. This way, I know I will keep things organized because everything has its own place, instead of trying to cram everything into one small space.

  • Dollar Store Boxes and Picture Frames

For my bracelets and chucky necklaces, I use some pretty boxes I purchased at the Dollar Store. They not only hold and protect my beauties from dust and air.For my earrings, I took a picture frame and glued a piece of place mat that has some holes. It’s easy to make and it looks super on my bureau. In this picture, I hung some necklaces on each side, and gave the frame some height with a couple of books(I wrote).20150613_125546


  • Color and Style-Coded

I keep my jewelry sorted based on color and style so I know what I have and can find something to pair with an outfit quickly. By keeping things color-coded, I am also able to see what colors or styles I might need to invest in. For example, when I am shopping and find an adorable necklace, I can visualize my jewelry box and picture if I have something similar. If I can’t visualize it, then I know I probably don’t have it! I also color-code my earrings and bracelets. It helps me keep my jewelry organized so I can find things quickly and easily!

  • Purge!

The biggest mistake people make when it comes to jewelry is holding onto pieces that are out of style, broken or have missing pieces. Go through all of your jewelry frequently to see if you are missing an earring or have a broken clasp on a necklace. If you don’t want to pay to get it repaired, then you need to purge it. Stop letting it take up precious space among the gorgeous jewelry that you wear!


So there you have it! Invest in a fantastic jewelry box, keep your jewelry color-coded and categorized, and purge jewelry frequently, will help keep all of your jewelry organized! Thanks so much for having me share some tips for organizing your jewelry!

Closet Overhaul

Today, I want to share with you a system which will help you organize your closet. If you are like me, you don’t like breaking your head when it’s time to get dressed in the morning. Yours and my time is much too valuable, right?

Don’t forget to grab some quality hangers for your clothes if you don’t already have them. Wire hangers are only used at the dry cleaners. Also, hang your clothes by categories. For example, work clothes, weekend clothes, party clothes(shiny tops, dresses, etc.) 

What to do with your jewelry? Organize your earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces by categories too. A great way to store your jewels is using decorative boxes from the Dollar store. For your most precious jewels, keep them separate in velvet pouches.

In a future post, I will help you organize your jewelry.

This cool graphic from Apartment Geeks tells you how to organize your closet.

So, this weekend, set aside a couple of hours and get rid of the clutter in your closet! Your clothes and shoes will thank you.

PS. If you haven’t worn the clothes or shoes in over a year, it’s time to let them go. Same goes for unflattering clothes(this includes the ones that no longer fit). Clothing charities will gladly accept them and give them a good home. You can also give them to a friend or exchange with her.

If you have any questions, please let me know with a quick comment below! 

Stay fabulous!

Jackie M.

Flashback Friday

Happy Friday!

Since I was a kid, I loved vintage looks. Heck, I was a vintage kid in today’s fashion world. Velvet bell bottoms, striped turtle neck, Converse shoes… Yep, I was a hype 70s kid and didn’t even know it.

In the 80s, I had my own funky style. Flashy orange, yellows and greens paired with a rolled-up pair of jeans and blue Converse high-tops. I was deep into the British 50s inspired fashion.

Today, after years of perfecting my own style, I love classy vintage looks inspired from Europe. I love fashions from the Edwardian period. I guess you can call me ecclectic.

Every Friday, I will be posting looks from different decades.

Let’s start today with some fun looks from the 80s! Remember these?

Alyssa Milano: Champion Of '90s Style... Remember having so much of these similar outfits!! LOL:

Bananarama — Keren Woodward, Sara Dallin & Siobhan Fahey. Great representation of new wave style.: