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GURU Style Star: Allison Melocik

16 Jan

Chances are you won’t guess why Allison Melocik chose to wear this outfit today…

Meet Allison Melocik

Meet Allison Melocik

On the day we met, she and her grandmother were walking through the mall after having lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.  Allison selected the outfit for this day, because it was from her grandmother.

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 Allison’s chambray button-down and plaid skirt are from J. Crew. Her tights are from Nordstrom Rack.  Her boots, with exposed zipper trim and red piping, are by Steve Madden and from Macy’s. Allison’s infinity necklace is from Tiffany & Co.  Her bag and watch are both Fossil finds. Allison’s layered bracelets are by Alex & Ani. Some of them are from Nordstrom. 

 

 

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Describe your style.

Whatever I like. Whatever catches my eye. I like patterns.

What are your favorite stores in the mall?

Free People and J. Crew. I do mix stuff from those two locations.

What trends are you enjoying most this season?

I like bright colors. Big Sweaters.

Who is your style icon?

I don’t have one. I just wear what I like. If it catches my eye, I’m going to wear it.  

If you could go back in time to any decade for the style, which one would you pick and why?

Probably the 1970s, where they just wore the sweatpants and leg warmers all day. That would be pretty awesome.

Here are links to some recent GURU Style Star posts: 1/9 William Daly and 1/2 Whitney Neale

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GURU Style Star: Katrina Brock

12 Dec

If this is what Katrina Brock is wearing on a “rushed day, with the snow throwing her off,”  I can’t imagine what she would put together on another day.

Meet this week’s GURU Style Star!

Meet Katrina Brock

Meet Katrina Brock

Katrina scored her leopard print dress at Bebe, where she works. Her boots are Aldo. Her bag is from Louis Vuitton.

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Katrina describes her style as “very feminine and girly.” She loves prints, colorful and glittery styles and says she goes for clothing that is “just over the top, without being cheesy.” While at work, where she is on her feet, she opts for tall flat boots over heels.

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Once up a time ago, Katrina would save certain outfits for special occasions. Now, she wears them when the mood strikes.

Here’s more of her take on style…. 

What is your fashion advice for others?

Stay true to yourself.  Don’t be afraid to express yourself with clothing. My mom told me that.

What trends are you excited about? 

Honestly, I don’t really follow trends If I like it, I get it. I always wear tall boots. I always have.  I love anything with faux fur, anything with sequins.

What do you enjoy about shopping during the  holiday season?

Everything! The glitz — I wish it was like this all year long with the satins, the deep colors…

If I gave you $2000 and sent you on a shopping spree at Towson Town Center, where would you go and what would you buy?

A Louis Vuitton bag.  It’s  my absoute favorite store and I would purchase another handbag.  I try to get bags that don’t go out of style.  Or something from my store (Bebe)  — not just because I work there. They have everything that I love.

Check out the full gallery of GURU Style Star posts here.  Scroll down for links to see recent Style Star features.

DECEMBER 2013

12/5 Samantha Kosmas

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NOVEMBER 2013

11/21 Sam Armstrong, 11/14 Maria Stauffer

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11/7 Madison

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October 2013

10/31 Eliza Bulley, 10/24 Colleen Fraser,  10/17 Amanda Nelson

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10/10 Kristy Toney, 10/3 Paige Henson

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GURU Style Star: Samantha Kosmas

5 Dec

This week’s GURU Style Star, Samantha Kosmas, shows how a few accessories can really pull together a casual look.

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Samantha layered a comfy cardi over a plaid shirt and tied the look together with a Justice statement necklace, with an unexpected floral touch. She’s had the necklace for a long time. Note the Greek eye symbol on one of her bracelets. Samantha says it’s a symbol that brings good luck. She scored it at Fire & Ice and found her cross bracelet at Nordstrom. Her ring is also from Fire & Ice.

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Describe your style:

Definitely whatever I can find in my closet, very casual. I kind of do a little bit of everything. Some days I’m preppy; some days I am hipsterish. Just whatever mood I’m in is what I tend to do.

What is your favorite store at Towson Town Center and why?

Probably PacSun because they have a lot of really cute stuff at ths time of year. I just love all of their layering pieces and jackets.

What styles are you excited about for the winter season?

I love the Aztec thing that’s going on with the long sweaters. I’m asking for one for Christmas. I love combat boots too. I have two pairs at home.

What is the most treasured item in your closet?

Probably, my boots. I have two pairs of boots that I wear constantly. One is these (the ones pictured) and combat boots. They can go with everything during the winter.

What celebrities do you admire for their style?

I love Jennifer Love Hewitt’s style. I wear a lot of preppy styles when I’m going to church or dressing up to go out. I also love Vanessa Hudgens hippy-boho style.

Check out the full gallery of GURU Style Star posts here.  Scroll down for links to recent Style Star features.

NOVEMBER 2013

11/21 Sam Armstrong, 11/14 Maria Stauffer

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11/7 Madison

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October 2013

10/31 Eliza Bulley, 10/24 Colleen Fraser,  10/17 Amanda Nelson

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10/10 Kristy Toney, 10/3 Paige Henson

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September 2013

9/26  Varsha

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9/19 Lisa Van Bavel

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9/12 Sara 9/5  Sherri Sibel Thomas

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GURU Style Star: Sam Armstrong

21 Nov

Sam Armstrong’s pinstripe vest caught my eye. I’m used to seeing men wear a button down and khaki uniform and find it refreshing to see a different style!

Meet Sam Armstrong

Meet Sam Armstrong

Sam’s vest is from Express. His button-down is Banana Republic. His khakis are American Eagle. He’s had his Doc Martens for years.

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This Morgan State grad student came to the mall to shop for an outfit for an architectural presentation. He found this green button down with elbow patches, pants and patterned socks from J. Crew. 

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Sam’s Finds from J. Crew

Here’s our Q&A:

Describe your style:

I would say a little bit city, mostly country. (He adds that’s about 75% country and 25% city.) I like to keep it laid back, mostly earthy colors.

What trends do you like?

I really like J. Crew’s suits. The Ludlow Collection. It fits my style really. The colors are a brownish-tint.

If I gave you $1,000 to spend on anything at the mall, what would you buy and why?

I saw this bag tonight at J. Crew. It was a messenger bag that I really wanted, but it’s just too much.

What is the best fashion advice that anyone has ever given you?

Be yourself.

What is your most treasured item in your closet?

I have an old t-shirt that has been washed so many times that it just feels great.

Check out the full gallery of GURU Style Star posts here.  Scroll down for links to recent Style Star features.

NOVEMBER 2013

11/14 Maria Stauffer

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11/7 Madison

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October 2013

10/31 Eliza Bulley, 10/24 Colleen Fraser,  10/17 Amanda Nelson

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10/10 Kristy Toney, 10/3 Paige Henson

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September 2013

9/26  Varsha

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9/19 Lisa Van Bavel

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9/12 Sara 9/5  Sherri Sibel Thomas

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GURU Style Star: Maria Stauffer

14 Nov

This week’s GURU Style Star, Maria Stauffer — is strutting a color combo I never thought about coupling — grey and navy.

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Meet Maria

Maria pieced together her look from a number of stores at Towson Town Center. The cardigan and turtleneck are Macy’s finds. She scored her grey leggings at Express and her navy suede boots from Nordstrom. The jewelry is from New York & Company and Caché.

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“I like classic pieces, but I like to incorporate some trendy fashions,” describes Maria of her style. “I love fashion.  I’m addicted to clothes.”

What styles are you enjoying this season?

For this season, I do like the fact that I can wear a lot of leggings with boots, expecially with winter coming, to keep it comfortable but trendy.

What are the most treasured items in your closet?

I’m into a lot of jackets. I like the jackets with a lot of personality, and I keep them in every color. You can dress them up or dress them down. I like shoes. 
What is your favorite store at Towson Town Center and why?
One of my favorite stores is BCBGMAXAZRIA just because I think it has a lot of the classic styles that will never go out of style and also adds edge. That makes it a little more appealing and more unique.
Tell me about the best piece of fashion advice you have ever received?
Don’t overload your look. Less is more. You don’t need to really wear hundreds of pieces of jewelry. I try to always keep it  in proportion.

Here are links to other recent GURU Style Stars. Click  here  for the full archive.

NOVEMBER 2013

11/7 Madison

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October 2013

10/31 Eliza Bulley, 10/24 Colleen Fraser,  10/17 Amanda Nelson

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10/10 Kristy Toney, 10/3 Paige Henson

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September 2013

9/26  Varsha

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9/19 Lisa Van Bavel

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9/12 Sara 9/5  Sherri Sibel Thomas

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GURU Style Star: Madison

7 Nov

There’s no question — This week’s GURU Style Star exudes energy!

Meet Madison. She’s 5.

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Meet Madison

This little fashionista’s dress is from H&M. Her shoes are GAP. I also fell for the little heart tights. She made sure to tell me that she loves pink, purple and her princess shirt.

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Pretty in Pink

Madison’s mom, Jessica, shares that she chooses colorful styles for Madison that represent her bubbly personality. Madison picked the outfit she is wearing on this day.

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Madison & her Mommy

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Kisses!

Jessica reports that H&M is her favorite place to shop for her daughter. “They have quality clothes. They are affordable. They have a unique style,” she describes. “They are very versatile.” She adds that she also loves Naartjie Kids.

I asked Jessica what fashion lesson she hopes to one day teach her daughter. Her answer — “To have your own style and to have your own creativity, but at the time to dress ladylike.”

Talk about ladylike. Wait until you see Madison’s look with her coat and purse.

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Here are links to other recent GURU Style Stars. Click  here  for the full archive.

October 2013

10/31 Eliza Bulley, 10/24 Colleen Fraser,  10/17 Amanda Nelson

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10/10 Kristy Toney, 10/3 Paige Henson

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September 2013

9/26  Varsha

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9/19 Lisa Van Bavel

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9/12 Sara 9/5  Sherri Sibel Thomas

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GURU Style Star: Eliza Bulley

31 Oct

The triple power of a black lace top + a sassy black & white striped skirt +  a double pop of Emerald = a head turning look!

The moment I saw Eliza Bulley, the Weekend Morning Producer at WBAL-TV, while at the station to do a style segment, I knew I had to snap some shots of her look! What’s most impressive to me is that Eliza put this outfit together hours before most of us roll out of bed!

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Eliza Bulley

Eliza’s top, beaded necklace and boots are all  from Macy’s. Note how her socks are boldly pulled up higher than the boots.

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Here’s a closer look at Eliza’s statement necklace.

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Eliza couldn’t be more on trend with the black and white. Emerald hit the fashion limelight as the “it” color of 2013 and is a hot fall hue.

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Describe your style: 

Classy, but not too dressy. I love a mixture of colors. I don’t like matchy matchy. I love to mix colors.

What is the most treasured item in your closet and why?

It’s my leggings. I wear them everyday when I’m not here and my boots.

If you could go back to any decade for the fashion, which one would you pick?

The ’60s. I like you’re not showing too much. You can show a little skin but not be all out there.

What is your favorite store at Towson Town Center?

I would say Macy’s, because you can get both high end and affordable pieces all at the same time. It’s fashion for less. You never break the bank.

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Here are links to other recent GURU Style Stars. Click  here  for the full archive.

October 2013

10/24 Colleen Fraser,  10/17 Amanda Nelson

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10/10 Kristy Toney, 10/3 Paige Henson

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September 2013

9/26  Varsha

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9/19 Lisa Van Bavel

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9/12 Sara 9/5  Sherri Sibel Thomas

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August 2013

8/29 The Models from the Back to School Rally, 8/22 Ramon Santos, 8/15 Kailee Martin

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 8/8 Rebecca, Kreshtool, 8/1  Suzanne Caffaro

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GURU Style Star: Colleen Fraser

24 Oct
This week’s GURU Style Star, Colleen Fraser, is wearing the kind of jacket that makes you notice her from a distance.
 
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Colleen’s standout green jacket is INC from Macy’s. Her one piece pant suit is a score from Bebe (Level 3), and the pumps are Michael Kors from Macy’s.  
Love the one piece pant suit!

Love the one piece pant suit!

 
“I feel like I radiate,” says Colleen of how she feels in her outfit. “I’m on a mission to get what the day holds for me. Part of that mission involves seeking employment in public health, marketing, fashion or branding, explains Colleen, who has a Masters in Human Services.
 
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Here’s our Q&A: 

Describe your style:

I like to represent my mood and personality on any given day. I think it’s one of the best ways to represent who you are with the blink of an eye… It defines who you are. You represent yourself as classy, not sassy.

What trends are you excited to try this fall?

I like a lot of color. I like a lot of textures. I love a lot of designer clothes. I’m a designer shopper.

Tell me about the most treasured item in your closet.

I have several. I have this hot, spicy yellow Jessica Simpson dress. It’s sexy but not over the top. It’s classy and an eye catcher. That’s one of my favorite outfits in my closet right now that I don’t want to give to anyone.
What are your favorite stores in the mall and why?
I think my whole closet right now is furnished by Macy’s. They have a lot of brands and designers that I like. I like Macy’s. Nordstrom. I like their return policy. If I don’t like something, I can return it fairly easily.
Tell me about the most valuable style lesson you’ve learned and who taught it to you? 
I would say my mother. That lesson is less is more. Simple beauty. Be natural. Look at your features and enhance what you have. I think that exudes natural beauty.

Want to meet more GURU Style Stars? You can access the GURU Style Star archive here. Here are links to recent Style Star posts.

October 2013

10/17 Amanda Nelson

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10/10 Kristy Toney, 10/3 Paige Henson

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September 2013

9/26  Varsha

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9/19 Lisa Van Bavel

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9/12 Sara 9/5  Sherri Sibel Thomas

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August 2013

8/29 The Models from the Back to School Rally, 8/22 Ramon Santos, 8/15 Kailee Martin

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 8/8 Rebecca, Kreshtool, 8/1  Suzanne Caffaro

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GURU Style Star: Amanda Nelson

17 Oct

When I spotted Amanda Nelson walking through the mall, it looked as though she had stepped straight off the runway.

Amanda, who works at Francesca’s Collections (level 4), is wearing her crochet poncho, a longtime treasure from her closet, with newer pieces from several Towson Town Center stores.

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Amanda Nelson

Amanda’s silver woven two-tone metal necklace is from Francesca’s Collections. Her grey mini skirt is from Forever 21 (levels 1 & 2) and she scored her boots at Wet Seal (level 1), on sale for $19. “It was a steal. I had to get them,” Amanda says.
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Describe your style:

Eclectic, country with hints of high fashion.

What trends are you excited to try this fall?

I really like the black and white trend. It’s really making a comeback — just simple, solid, two tone colors. It’s a nice change from the patterns we’ve been seeing.

On a day off, am I more likely to see you in sweats or dressed up?

I’m addicted to the gym. My husband and I do CrossFit, so you’ll normally catch me in gym clothes. But I always have makeup on.  I can’t live without makeup.

What is the most valuable fashion lesson you’ve ever learned?

I went to school for fashion marketing, so I’ve learned a lot of lessons. The most valulable lesson is don’t be afraid to mix patterns —  like stripes and polka dots — things like that.

If you could go back in time to any decade for the fashion of the times, which decade would you pick?

The ’50s or ’60s. I’m a huge Elvis fan. Jackie O and Priscilla Presley — I really channel a lot.

Want to meet more GURU Style Stars? You can access the GURU Style Star archive here. Here are links to recent Style Star posts.

October 2013

10/10 Kristy Toney, 10/3 Paige Henson

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September 2013

9/26  Varsha

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9/19 Lisa Van Bavel

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9/12 Sara 9/5  Sherri Sibel Thomas

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August 2013

8/29 The Models from the Back to School Rally, 8/22 Ramon Santos, 8/15 Kailee Martin

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 8/8 Rebecca, Kreshtool, 8/1  Suzanne Caffaro

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GURU Style Star: Kristy Toney

10 Oct

I admire anyone who seamlessly can pull together pieces from multiple stores and create a look that’s not cookie-cutter. I noticed Kristy Toner’s blazer first and then how she curated her complete look, accented with pops of Ravens purple!

Kristy is a mom of two and a teacher at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology.

Meet Kristy

Meet Kristy

Kristy is wearing a corduroy blazer with bow detailing from Ann Taylor over a navy top with wide-leg grey trousers from New York & Company. She finished her look with a pair of purple wedges.  It’s on trend to wear white after Labor Day!

Love the purple wedges!

Love the purple wedges!

Yes, she purchased her shoes with the Ravens in mind! Kristy added on multiple purple accessories as accent pieces —  including this standout ring.

A striking accent piece

A striking accent piece

Her watch is from Fossil. 

A find from Fossil

A find from Fossil

Describe your style:

It’s very eclectic. I like to pull things together from all kind of places. I don’t just shop at one store. I pull together a lot of different pieces — just whatever feels right. I love color.

Working in a school for the arts, color is a great thing. I love classic pieces that you can mix and match that work with just about everything. I do like White House Black Market for that reason. They have a lot of nice, classic pieces that you can utlize.

I always love a good wedge and a great heel. I wear heels all the time. I’m excited that the season for boots is coming.

I never go without jewelry. I think that accessories really make or break an outfit. I think anything can be dressed up with a little bit of jewelry; so accessories are key.

I constantly rotate out my purses except for today I didn’t have time. I have a huge closet. I converted a room to a closet. It is very neatly organized. It is my sanctualry. I love it. I love going in there.

What is your favorite store in the mall?

I like Nordstrom a lot. I think because they carry so many different things.

For my daughter, I love Justice. I think it is so much fun. We’re here all the time in Justice.  She can’t get enough. I can’t get enough for her… She is a little style icon herself. She has an eye for fashion. She thinks she is a little diva. She is constantly creating her own look. She is pulling [pieces] together — mixing and matching. She is really coming into her own right and her own style, which is really fun. 

 What is the most treasured item in your closet and why?

I have a really amazing antique purse that was passed down from a couple of generations that my mom gave me when I was younger. It’s a small black evening bag. I treasure it. I use it for so many occasions.

What trend are you most excited about for this fall?

The boots.  I love the boots. I like the more rugged looking, mid-calf, flatter style boot. I’m glad we’re taking it down a notch from the heeled boot. Thankfully the Uggs are gone, even though I do like them for lounging around or running outside. I like my heeled boots and things like that. These new boots are great for running aroud, going to a nice fall fest. It’s a great look with a pair of jeans. It’s a great look with a blazer. It’s nice. I love them in the different shades of brown.

Want to meet more GURU Style Stars? You can access the GURU Style Star archive here. Here are links to recent Style Star posts.

October 2013

10/3 Paige Henson

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September 2013

9/26  Varsha

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9/19 Lisa Van Bavel

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9/12 Sara 9/5  Sherri Sibel Thomas

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August 2013

8/29 The Models from the Back to School Rally, 8/22 Ramon Santos, 8/15 Kailee Martin

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 8/8 Rebecca, Kreshtool, 8/1  Suzanne Caffaro

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