Launch Day for Warby Parker-Fall 2014 Collection

Hi Gorgeous.  It’s me, WG.  And I was wondering…How’s your vision?

If you’re one my fashionably bespectacled  readers, then *cue Beyonce voice* shawty shawty let me UPgrade you via Warby Parker’s Fall 2014 eyeglasses collection, Released TODAY!

After being contacted by their marketing team, I had the honor of previewing this collection last week, before it hit the market.  Though not a glasses wearer, I appreciate a good pair and am finding myself impressed with their sleek designs for both men and women.  Their marketing materials aren’t too bad either.  Peep some of the looks below:

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Before I get into my personal thoughts on the Fall 14′ line, here is what Warby Parker has to say about it themselves:

“Personality is what makes a good pair of glasses great.  Our Fall Collection is for those who own their style, exercise their wit and add life to the party.  We’re introducing nine new shapes-which means there’s a signature look for everyone in the room.  For the bold, we created three clever styles in crystal.  For the polished professionals, we updated three hardworking acetate frames with titanium temples.  And for the folks who really mean business, we designed a handful of angular silhouettes.  Two new hues were also added to the mix:  Striped Pacific and Petal Tortoise.  The first is a streaked combination of rich, seaworthy blues; the second is a painterly mix of soft pinks and earthy browns.  Fall 2014 is available September 3 online at http://www.WarbyParker.com/fall-2014 and in stores and showrooms; frames starting at $95.”

I fully encourage you guys to view the entire Fall 14′ Collection at www.WarbyParker.com/fall-2014 but for now I’m going to focus on two of my favorite styles from the release.

Chandler Ti WomenThis is the Chandler Ti pair in English Oak.  From what I can see, the design is the same for both women and men.  The price starts at $145, including prescription lenses.  And Warby Parker’s site has this really cool “virtual try-on” feature which allows you to see how the frames will look on your lovely face via your computer’s/phone’s camera.  There is even a “Home Try-On” feature which seems to mean a trial run with your favorite pair of specs.  The lines on this Chandler Ti pair are stunning but what I love most is the color and finish.  The Chandler Ti  isn’t for the meek, and I’m visualizing it with a messy top-bun and Barbie pink lip on myself.  I wish they sold non-prescription glasses for those of us who just want to make a fashion statement.

Annette WomenThis pair is for my ladies!  The “Annette” does have a more conservative design style, but that gorgeous color still manages to make a big statement.  “Annette” comes in the shade “Petal Tortoise” which is a brand new hue for Warby Parker, introduced in their Fall 14′ line.  I think this pair is absolutely gorgeous, soft and perfect for Fall.  The frames will perfectly compliment a medium to small face, which is why I would personally opt for the Chandler Ti pair to balance out my chubby cheeks. “Annette” starts at $95.

Here is a visual idea of how I see myself in either of these pairs….for some reason they’re making me feel really cozy.  That, and the fact that I’m penning this in Starbucks where Pumpkin Spice is in the air.  I’m feeling a soft but chic sweater dress paired with comfortably stylish pink ballet flats to bring out the shades in both pairs of glasses.  Finished off with a blue nail, pink lip and messy top-bun.  I can’t imagine anything feeling more put-together yet casual.

T by Alexander Wang

T by Alexander Wang

Ballet Flats

Joie Temple ballet flats

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Nails by Katie G

Back to the Glasses:

Guys, I’ve been glasses shopping with my Dear Ol’ Dad before and these prices seem really reasonable and wow are they swaggy.  The “Virtual Try-On” and “Home Try-On” options are cutting edge and their website is super user-friendly.  And I saved the best for last…

“For every pair sold-we are going to distribute a pair to someone in need through our non-profit partners.”  ~Warby Parker

Now that’s swag with soul.  They got swoul.

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Whimsington Gardens is Back, With a New Edition!

Well hello, loves! It has been ever so long and there’s no viable excuse for my absence so I won’t even attempt one. How’s about an apology instead? I’m sorry and I’ve truly missed you and the thrill and community of the WG experience. I hope the last ten months have treated you magically well and I’m happy to share that they’ve gifted me with a treasure chest of life experiences: Ups, downs and many peaceful moments of balance between the two. Though it seems peace and balance are going to require a new level of zen coming up in a few months, because guess WHAT? I’m having a little baby in December. A baby boy, rumored to be delivered on Christmas Day, to be exact. So what better way to kick off my return to the blogosphere than with a small post in tribute to my new found appreciation of maternity fashions?

Here are a few of my recent hits and a preview of one I’d like to add to my arsenal very soon.

So my mom had the really cool idea to throw me a gender reveal party last week. She knew the gender of the baby while myself and the rest of my family had no idea! She made a cake that was gender neutral from the outside, but was filled with blue candies on the inside! It was a very casual event, but I still wanted to be stylish for the inevitable photo-ops that arose.
Reebok maternity

I wanted to keep it casual and comfortable, but chose to mix denims and add a punch of color with my vintage Reebok’s.  These are still my pre-pregnancy clothes.  I’m using the rubber band trick to make my pants fit at the waist, but the time to go shopping for stretchy pants is looming very near around the corner.

Oh, and the cake?  You ask…

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After

After

It was an amazing night with my family, and guys, I was extremely nervous before cutting the cake.  I am not entirely sure why since I had no preference as to the gender, but for whatever reason I could hardly cut into it thanks to a case of the jitters.

 

Back to fashion, here is today’s outfit.  Again these are still my pre-pregnancy clothes but I’m finding that rubber banding the button of my bluejeans is giving me much longer wear from them.  And many of my shirts have been pregnancy conducive thus far.  But I have another growth spurt right around the corner, so I’m enjoying these former life clothes while I still can.

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photo(7)I have to be a cool mom!  I’m not ready for mom jeans, hence the ripped and frayed black jeans.  Leopard has never failed me and I love to pair my brown booties with black pants.  It’s probably not quite as taboo too mix the  shades as in the past, but I still feel like I’m making a statement when I mix black and brown.  My shoulders are still angular even if the rest of my body isn’t, so spotlighting them certainly helps to lengthen and slim my look.

Oh and this bun and bold lip?  Get used to it.  Never one to spend too much time on my beauty routine, I’m sure that motherhood will only serve to strengthen this personal conviction.  There’s nothing like a quick, chic, bone structure emphasizing up-do and a bold lip to speed up that morning routine.  And there’s something to be said for a signature look…Anna Wintour anyone?

Next up is my baby shower, still a few months away, but what’s wrong with a little wardrobe planning?  I’m visualizing a chic romper and so far this one is my pick!  It’s shockingly affordable, to boot…

Maternity Romper

Cute or what?  I’d rock this baby without a, well…baby.

Well folks, that’s all for now.  I’m off to grub some calories, happily on my way to that pregnancy 30-40 big ones that my midwife keeps warning me about.  YOLO!  Until next time, it’s good to be back.

Taking Charlotte Fashion Week by Storm!

Hi friends! I’m wishing you a happy Saturday and am certainly enjoying one myself, thanks to a little exciting news.  Charlotte Fashion Week is quickly approaching and the powers that be have expressed a desire to feature my services in their exclusive swag bags!  The swag bags will be given to VIP attendees…check it out!

Image Consultant

I will also be working behind the scenes at CFW and will keep you guys posted on developments!  The shows kick off on September 10th.

xoxo-Katie G

Thrift Store Haul: The Black Album

I promise my mood is not morose, but recently I’ve been wanting to dress myself in head to toe black, slap on some colorful lipstick and call it a funeral.  I go through these phases, usually when I’m taking myself super seriously, which right now I sort of am.  So yesterday’s thrift store trip resulted in mixed shades of black, white and gray…with a splash of tribal color.

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This giraffe print dress is going to make the transition with me from summer to fall.  For fall, I’ll be layering it with a trendy denim jacket, a colorful blazer and of course, scarves!

photo (17)I love love love these flowy sweaters, I have a much heavier gray one almost just like this which I wear as a light-weight jacket.  This thinner version will serve as a top that I can wear all day with some skinny jeans, knee high boots and either a statement necklace, graphic tee, or scarves.

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This top gets top honors for Find of the Day!  As soon as I saw it, randomly stuck on the wrong rack, I knew it was waiting patiently for its rightful owner to possessively snatch it up…ME.  I’ll be rocking it for my meeting on this coming Tuesday with Closet of Style CEO, Catherine, which by the way I’m really pumped about.  I’ll be pairing the boxy top with some super skinny jeans and sky-high heels.  I’m visualizing my hair in a tight top-knot and my lips a bright shade of red.  Yeah…

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Funny story, this is a Gap maternity sweater!  Hence the super long and wide front panels and the short back…but I love the proportions of it and the way the panels almost hang to my knees!  It’s so quirky!

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100% silk tunic…tights, boots, flats, accessories!  This one was a major steal!

And guess what I spent y’all?  $25.  Looking fabulous does NOT have to break the bank.  Believe it.

Until next time…

xoxoKatie

A WG Exclusive Interview with the CEO/Founder of Visually Appealing LLC, Elizabeth Rouprich

Yesterday, I had the distinguished privilege of sitting down for a chat with seasoned Image Consultant and CEO/Founder of Visually Appealing, LLC, Elizabeth Rouprich.  I met Elizabeth back in February at the SHE Columbia fashion show  where she coordinated, styled, emceed…basically called the shots.  I was instantly struck by Elizabeth’s personal style and her welcoming yet expert demeanor.  Since the show, we have become friends and I have to say I’ve  gained some serious insight into the highly competitive and always evolving fashion industry, through my conversations with her. Well, in the spirit of giving, I don’t want to hog Elizabeth all for myself! And luckily for us, she agreed to do an exclusive interview for Whimsington Gardens, answering questions about the nature of the industry, her career highlights,  her favorite Fall 13′ trends and more!  Read on, for the full scoop:

Elizabeth Rouprich

Elizabeth Rouprich

Visually Appealing LLC

K:  I’d like to start by clarifying for my readers what exactly it is that an Image Consultant does?

E:  There are a lot of different roles an image consultant plays.  What I do is primarily personal shopping, image assessment, color analysis and closet editing.  But the role can also stem out to fashion show coordinating, makeup artistry and hair styling…anything that is image or beauty related can fall under the umbrella.  Most image consultants do image assessment on an individual basis, but I also work with a modeling agency in town as a commercial stylist for photo shoots, TV commercials and films that are shooting in the area.  I teach a little etiquette at the modeling agency as well, but other consultants may make etiquette classes their main focus.  Every consultant has their niche.

K:  Do you often style men or is your clientele base primarily female?

E:  I prefer working with women, but I can style men too!  Working at Parisian, a now out of business department store, for the first half of my career taught me how to dress men.  Also, my dad was good training for me.

K:  What inspired you to enter the highly competitive fashion industry?

E:  I have always loved clothes.  My mom says that she remembers me being really young and playing in my closet, changing outfits five times a day.  I had a grandmother with closets full of gorgeous beaded gowns from the 1920’s that I was fascinated by and I was always flipping through fashion magazines.  Once I got older, people started asking me to help them pick out outfits, prom dresses or help them style their weddings.  To this day, my mom will call me and ask me to help her pick out outfits for a special night out.

K:  From there, did you pursue an education in fashion?  What is your background?

E:  I have an Associate’s Degree in fashion merchandising from Anderson University and a Bachelor’s in fashion merchandising from University of South Carolina.  I’ve also been certified in image consulting and color analysis through MacKenzie Image Consulting.

K:  What would you say has so far been the highlight of your career?

E:  Before I had my own business and was working for Parisian, I met Oscar de la Renta and to this day he is the most charming and charismatic guy I have ever met!  We were launching a fragrance of his at the time and he came to a banquette we were having.  He came around to every table, sat down to talk to us and shook our hands.  He didn’t act anything like you would expect a high profile person to, you know… sitting off in the corner waiting on you to approach him.  He was so charming.  Another time, I got to style two reality stars that live in Greenville.  They were on the Bachelor Pad; one was from the Bachelor and the other was from the Bachelorette.  One of those tabloid magazines, In Touch, did an article on them and asked me to style them!  It was so cool.  They sent a photographer down from NYC and hired me to style the whole shoot, from wardrobe to bedding.  I had the bed covered in rose petals and basically bought out the local Pier One!

K:  How have you seen the fashion industry change throughout your career?

E:  I was in sales and visual merchandising for half of my life and that has changed dramatically.  To me there are not many stores that offer customer service anymore.  White House Black Market is still pretty good about greeting you and pulling clothes for you.

K:  Once place that is good about doing that is Express, and I always take notice.

E:  Yeah, Express does do a good job of that and so does Nordstrom, White House Black Market again and the local Belk.   But at most stores these days you’re lucky to get eye contact once you walk in and for someone who doesn’t like to shop and doesn’t have a stylist, that’s a service that’s missing.

K:  Who are your favorite iconic designers?

E:  If money was no object and I could buy whatever I wanted to? Roberto Cavalli, I love pattern mixing and anything colorful!  My personal style is more rocker chic; I love studs-everything!  Studded shoes, studded purses, you name it.  I also love Tom Ford, even though he’s more classic, he still has that edginess.  Also Alexander McQueen when he was still alive.  Even though his designs are so out there, his stuff is so theatrical!  I think of Lady Gaga when I think of him…very performance oriented.  But I’d have to say shoe designers are my favorite!  Brian Atwood, Nicholas Kirkwood and Giuseppe Zanotti.  On the more budget friendly side I love Sam Edelman, Dolce Vita and Vince Camutto.  Vince Camuto has some cool laser cut boots for this fall.

K:  Speaking of fall, cooler weather is just around the corner and a lot of us have already started fall shopping.  What are some of your favorite trends for the fall/Winter 13’ season?

E:  Mixing shades of gray!  A sort of monochromatic look. Also stacking different shades of green; I’ve been seeing lots of olive for fall 13’ which is not a color that everyone can pull off.  Color blocking is still around for this season and leather is still going to be big, if it gets cold enough for it in South Carolina.  I saw on one site that full 1940’s style skirts are going to be big, but that’s not my favorite look.

K:  So what about trends that you don’t like?  What would you like to see go far far away?

E:  Nothing in particular that’s coming in for fall, but there are a few things I don’t ever want to be repeated:   coolats and gauchos from the 70s.

K:  Gauchos?

E:  There like wide-legged capris and when you have your legs closed it looks like you’re wearing a skirt.  Also I don’t like the mid-calf skirts that are popping up.  That’s not a flattering length on many people although it could work if paired with knee high boots.

K:  Do you have a beauty routine or products that you swear by?

E:  Obagi…you have to go through a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to get it, but it’s for women over 40 if they’re starting to get brown spots. It has retinae as an ingredient, so you have to be really careful and wear a high SPF sunscreen, like SPF 50, but it has taken a ton of brown spots off my face.  I use the whole line right now and so far I really like it, it’s also gotten rid of fine lines. Although the process of starting it is a nightmare. It’s like having a chemical peel for 6 weeks.  My husband asked me if my skin was ever going to be a normal color again.  But now, it was worth it.

K:  How about cosmetic products?

E:  I’m not really loyal to a lot of other products because I like to change it up and try new things….I’ve been using revitalash….and I love it!! My lashes are a lot longer… As far as makeup, I have to have mascara, some sort of lip balm, nude color lip-stick and sun screen.

K:  I really need to be better about wearing my sunscreen!

E:  Just do it for 30 days and it will become a routine…Just do it!

K:  What advice would you give people who are considering a career in the fashion industry?

E:  Immerse yourself in your area of interest whether it’s makeup, clothes or whatever niche of fashion you’re interested in.  Sales, merchandising…whatever.  Intern whether it’s paid or unpaid to make sure it’s what you want to do.  Do what you love and the money will come!  If you have a positive attitude about things, jobs will fall into your lap.  I haven’t had to beat down doors for a lot of my work, it’s been about thinking positively and putting yourself out there.  Don’t be afraid to tell people what you’re doing!!  It can be scary putting yourself out there at first, but you have to!

As we go to press, Elizabeth is prepping for upcoming fashion shows and events for SHE Greenville, Haywood Mall and plentiful other haute gigs.  She might make it look effortlessly fabulous, but the job of an Image Consultant isn’t just a well heeled walk in the park.  As she exemplifies, it takes passion, dedication, talent and business savvy to succeed in the industry. But most of all an undying belief in yourself and your dreams!

Contact Elizabeth via email at elizabeth@visuallyappealingllc.com.  And make sure to check out her streamlined and user friendly website,  Visually Appealling, LLC.

Peace, Love and Ankle Booties

xoxo-KatieG