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And your favorite Easter memories?

Several years ago I was lucky enough to be involved in a market research project for a food company about Moms’ emotions and the holidays. There were some real breakthroughs! (Want to make Moms happy at Thanksgiving? Move it to Sunday! Did you know Christmas is a competitive sport among Moms, families, neighbors, co-workers and kids’ friends’ moms?)

But the most uplifting part of the research came around Easter. Everything about the holiday and season is pleasing to women. Pastel colors. Fresh spring flowers. Creatively putting together baskets to hide on Easter Sunday morning. The family willingly goes to church. And dresses up.

From a food standpoint, there are no hard-and-fast “musts”. Want to do brunch? Great! Warm up an easy spiral ham? Fine. No complicated family recipes for stuffing or corn souffle or even Jell-o that have been handed down for generations to mess with. No expectations that your rolls need to be good as Aunt Sally’s. You can even use paper plates at some families’ Easters!

Easter outfits bring back many memories to Moms. Maybe you remember wearing a little hat or your favorite patent leather shoes. Or the family dressed in matching colors for photos. One woman fondly reminisced about wearing her first girdle and hose for her Easter outfit – and how grown-up she felt. We can dress up ourselves, our kids and our pets to look fresh and clean for the holiday. And there are no silly football games (Thanksgiving) or picnic games, so the whole family stays cleaner, longer.

One of the sweetest insights around the holiday is how Moms see how much their children have grown over the winter. Spring means it’s time to bring out the clothes packed away from last summer  and we see how everything has been outgrown. Plus we see how kids have matured over the winter — maybe trying a new spring vegetable this year that disgusted them last spring. Or seeing new-found independence on their bikes that wasn’t evident last fall.

Spring is a spiritual time as well. Many women rejoice in the Easter story and hymns sung at church, even sneaking out of the house early for sunrise service. Or at least silently thanking their god for bringing back the green grass, the longer days and joy and smiles in people once the weather warms.

So salute spring and Easter with gusto! Get that cute skirt you’ve been thinking about (yes, you can wear a skirt – and be delighted in how comfortable it is!), make something with strawberries or asparagus for your family, eat some jelly beans or chocolate eggs, plant some flowers and have a glass of wine outside the minute the weather breaks! Give hugs to your family, neighbors and friends and walk the dog a few extra blocks. Enjoy this season that’s a favorite of women!

What are some of your favorite Easter or spring memories? Please share!

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What’s in YOUR closet for Spring?

Style by Julie Judd, Stylewise

If you’re like most women about this time of year, you’re seeing new fashions at stores and starting to think about what’s put away under the bed and in attics in anticipation for warm weather. But before you think you’re ready to shop, think about how you might shop smarter.

In my work as a stylist (or wardrobe/closet/clothes consultant), I’ve learned most women have no idea what’s in their closets or what they need for the upcoming season. I’ve also learned that I can really help. Here’s how:

Save Time

The most important way to save time is to shop with a list. I call it “shop with a purpose” because you’re going to go into stores knowing what to zero in on… clothes that complete your wardrobe.

When I do a “closet takeover” we identify what pieces would pull your wardrobe together and offer many outfit options. These go on the list. Other things that go on the list are special event needs like a dress for a wedding or party and pieces you identified the PREVIOUS season that you needed.

Shopping with a purpose lets you zoom in and out of stores, trying on clothes you know you need.

Style That Works

Don’t we all want to enhance or camouflage our bodies with clothes so we look our very best? But how do we know what works? There are many good books that give us suggestions. But books don’t give feedback – and I do. From your angle, it’s hard to know what to play up and play down. So I do that for you. Then give honest, realistic recommendations on what to look for to flatter.

I’ll steer you to – and from – the trends that work for you and the rest of your wardrobe. Instead of you buying a lot of unflattering but hip items, I might suggest a few contemporary accessories that update your look less aggressively.

Age Appropriate

Once we’ve discovered what’s right for your body type, we’ll talk about your lifestyle. As we age, our body types change (as if we haven’t noticed!) but we often don’t change what we buy. Jeans are still important, but no longer skinny. V-necks may flatter more than our old favorite turtlenecks. And I’ll be totally honest about styles that make you look dowdy or older!

Store Resources

Armed with your shopping list, I’ll take you to the stores where clothes are pulled and ready for you in the fitting room. Through a network of great salespeople , found through years of trial and error, I usually know where to find the best matches to the items on your list. And I know reliable tailors, as well.

Save Money

Of al the times I’ve been called to a client’s closet, I have never had to recommend a whole new wardrobe. We’ll shop in your closet first to make many outfits that look great on you and work for your lifestyle. We’ll identify a list of the things that can extend your wardrobe – items that really work with what you have – so you needn’t buy a lot. Plus when you have your shopping list, you’re not as tempted to visit sale racks and buy “mistakes” that will seldom be worn.

“What would Julie say?” becomes your mantra before buying. And, consequently you walk away from items that don’t work hard in your wardrobe. Or buy with confidence, knowing your purchase is a smart buy. The investment in stylist service can be one of the best purchases you can make.

It’s my belief that all woman can look their best. It’s my passion to help you achieve your best this spring, while making it so easy you’ll wonder why you waited so long.

I’d love to hear what you’re thinking about wearing for Spring. And, if you want help creating your list or shopping, give me a call at 708-829-8245.

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What’s your favorite thing about spring clothes?

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My favorite thing… not having to wear so many clothes. Shed those boots and gloves! What’s yours?

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