Stacey Bainbridge understands what Carrie Bradshaw meant when she said, “shopping is my cardio”, because buying a new outfit is the best form of exercise. Stacey would describe her style as “ever-changing”, maturing and progressing with each year. Lace-detail, feminine fabrics, and ballet flats are some of the elements currently in her wardrobe.
When I took a chance and e-mailed the author of my favorite blog, Danielle Moss, to be featured in Style Files, I was astounded that she replied, let alone agreed to do it.
Danielle is a Chicago-based graphic designer, photographer and blogger with a new website launching in February. Her lifestyle blog, Breakfast at Toast, is a collection of relatable posts on shopping, design, food, travel and more. Danielle includes personal photographs of trips, her inspirations and of course, her rescue dog Buddy. The most appealing part; the blog isn’t a compilation of self portraits in different outfits, Breakfast at Toast offers something stylish, fresh and fun to read.
When you meet Cristi Miller, the first word that comes to mind is “stylish.” Her look is classy, chic and comfortable; three words that also describe the cosmetics and accessories boutique she owns and operates, Houppette in Greenville, Delaware. Having a life-long interest in style that started while playing with Barbie Dolls and grew as she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan; Cristi says she specifically fell in love with the beauty side of the industry. When Cristi, a resident of Kennett Square, isn’t working her go to outfit is casual, jeans and a t-shirt. “I like to be relaxed on the weekends,” she says, while doing some of her favorite activities, such as cooking, gardening, entertaining and being at home with her friends and family.
Cindy Youngcourt, 34, would describe her wardrobe as multi-faceted based on where she is in her day. As a business woman, she is a Client Manager at a local financial planning firm; Cindy starts her day in basic corporate attire. At the end of the work day it’s time to throw on a comfy pair of Ugg boots and velour sweats to play with her two dogs and her toddler, Izaak. However, Cindy doesn’t let her limited style choices on the weekdays get in the way of her love for fashion. “When I go out to dinner or drinks, I like to wear dramatic pieces that do not fit into my daily life-shirts with interesting details, such as sequins or low backs, knee high boots, and sweater-dresses,” she says.
JoJami Tyler is known for her effortless sense of style and as an Image Consultant; it is her job to help others create the same chic looks she wears every day. JoJami specializes in helping women over forty tweak their wardrobe so they feel beautiful and confident. Personally, JoJami gravitates towards boots, colorful tops and cuff bracelets, while trying to stay away from the color black. She says, “most women have way too much black in their closet. I call it ABD (Abundant Black Disorder) I challenge everyone reading this, to NOT buy black the next 3 times you go shopping. It is harder than you think to not buy black because we are in a habit of buying it, it is safe, and there is so much of it out there! But when you finally do start adding more color to your wardrobe you will be happy when you get dressed in the morning and will usually get a compliment!” For other great tips go to her website, fabulousafter40.com
Margaret Szajowska, 25, knows how to dress with confidence, comfort and class. As a New Business Coordinator at a media and marketing firm, Margaret is allowed to dress casual so she takes her outfit from day to night. "It’s actually very convenient because if I’m going to a happy hour or meeting up with friends after work I don’t need to change," she says. Feminine tops, skinny jeans and flats are Margaret's go-to pieces while she stays away from super trendy pieces that are likely to go out of style. "I don't think I would ever wear a jumpsuit or a romper," she says, "I feel they would be very uncomfortable." When not working, shopping or hanging out with her fiancé, Margaret enjoys travelling as often as possible, exploring and learning as much as she can.
Nicole Drescher will be the first to admit that her relationship with fashion is more than a hobby, it’s an addiction. This can be a problem for any girl, let alone one who works in the retail industry; Nicole is a Store Manager at White House Black Market. While you would think that being surrounded by fabulous clothing is her favorite part of the job, it isn’t." I love making women look and feel beautiful,” she says. When you walk into White House Black Market, Nicole is right there to help you pick out a great outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident. When Nicole, 36, wants to feel beautiful herself she picks up her favorite LBD, little black dress, or a great pair of leggings. One trend you’ll never see Nicole wear; shoulder pads. “I don’t know how they made their way back.”
Brie Schorah, a concierge manager with Hardin and Associates in Greenville, would describe her personal style as unpredictable. “I hate to always look the same and I enjoy changing my style as my mood changes,”
Mishqua Allie-Tate, 23, is a big fan of mixing the old with the new. Instead of shopping at the mall you will find her supporting local boutiques or browsing the racks at thrift stores to update her collection of great vintage finds. Style isn’t just a hobby for Allie-Tate, it is also a profession. After graduating from the University of Delaware she began working as a Freelance Apparel Designer. Currently Allie-Tate is producing and designing a line of blazers for a Philadelphia-based designer named Shenor. The blazers will be on display this fall when Shenor opens her new boutique in Philadelphia. When Allie-Tate isn’t working on a new design or keeping an eye on upcoming trends, she enjoys spending time with her friends and husband, taking her dog to the dog park and going out to dinner.