Love Hangover? This Mom has a Cure.

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Melinda Alexander. Mother. Stylist. Photographer. Los Angeles. November 2015.

Melinda helps women in transition heal and look stylish, If you are in LA, her next workshop is January 15: Love Hangover–Releasing Him and Rebuilding Yourself, http://www.melinda-alexander.com

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Melinda works a lot with plus size fashion.  I know a little bit about the subject. When I ran Dress for Success in Atlanta, over 60% of our clients were plus sized. And it was nearly impossible to find quality, stylish clothing – most of the clothing looked like terrible house dresses, and were not acceptable for in the house, let alone at a job interview.

We had to buy clothing for our plus size clients, and it proved difficult – most of the stuff was made with the cheapest fabrics, with no stretch. I wanted to start my own plus size line, but I have trouble writing an article, let alone creating a company solo. So when Melanie explained that her jeans are from Mode Plus, to which she added holes – I related so much. She took a boring pair of jeans, and made them so hip.

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Those sexy red lips!! I’ve tried, but seem to look like a scary clown.

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Check out the holes and the white polish..which you will always see on my nails (or gold)

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Love those brows – and leather bomber.

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Melinda, like me is a fashion mix master..

Fashion Notes: Jacket from Ross, Jeans: Mode Plus, Blouse: Alternative Apparel, Bag: Vintage Chanel from a Paris thrift shop, Hat: Vintage Borsalino from Melinda’s Grandmother, Necklaces: Stella & Dot and a few from vintage shops. Kid Stuff: Gap shirt, Children’s Store pants, New Balance Kicks.

Neck Scarves. How to feel French and Haute in the States.

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Megan. Mill Valley. November 2014.

Tight neck scarves are big this Fall, as seen in The New York Times last week. The late and amazing Nora Ephron in her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman discusses the use of scarves in leu of plastic surgery.

Part of why I love living in the Bay Area, is because I can wear scarves year round.  In my Miami youth, I remember all the stylish European girls wearing neck scarves – even in the stifling heat.  They looked so stylish.  I attempted this feat, but after 5 minutes felt claustrophobic and hot.

Tight scarves are being worn currently, but if you don’t have a swan neck (I don’t), then it looks more attractive to wear the scarf loosely around your neck.  I like to tie one around a basic hand bag or my wrist.  Scarves are a multi-faceted accessory, and you can find them at any local thrift shop – or you can go fancy, and visit your local Hermès, www.hermes.com

Click on the link below to read more about this classic style…and remember a scarf always freshens up your look.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/30/fashion/latest-fall-fashion-trends-shaggy-sweaters-neck-scarves-and-more.html

Haute LA. Haute Orange Shoes.

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Sarah. Founder of www.sarahhendler.com, a site that gives you an inside view into style, food, travel and all things to make your life more interesting.  Sarah has great insight into all things food, as she is married to Vinny Dotolo, chef and co-owner of Animal and Son of a Gun, the famous LA eating establishments (I suggest you make reservations now) http://sonofagunrestaurant.com/

Sarah and Vinny have an adorable little boy and reside in Los Angeles.  Sarah has been wearing scarves since her teen years, and is a lover of all things vintage.  She adores accessories that are small, but make a big impact.  Sarah’s closet is filled with her collection of vintage handbags, a place where I love to visit.  In this shot, her only handbag is her son’s lunchbox…

The Look:  Shoes and Sweater are APC, an amazing French brand with stores in NYC (and also carried in other major stores throughout the US) http://usonline.apc.fr/ Jean are by Madewell, http://www.madewell.com/index.jsp and Sarah’s great scarf is from the store Ten Over 6 on Melrose in Los Angeles, http://shop.tenover6.com/