Winner of the QueenBee Giveaway

I’m very happy to announce the winner of the QueenBee Maternity Giveaway!

Congratulations to Hela Sarsour for winning the Pink Hospital Nursing Gown!

A big THANK YOU to QueenBee Maternity for the fun giveaway and lovely gown, believe me it has already come in handy!

I am also EXTREMELY happy to share even more happy news with you!

On September 14th 2014 at 10:36pm I brought into the world my beautiful baby girl Philippa Hana Chism.

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We are all doing very well and getting used to our new life as a family.

I’ll have to tell you guys about my online shopping while in labor story soon lol….hey, gotta keep distracted some how!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

QueenBee GIVEAWAY

I’m very happy to announce a new giveaway on Style By Patty! Australian maternity wear designer QueenBee and I have teamed up to bring the new and almost to be mommies (like myself, 39 weeks and still no baby..ahhh), a giveaway I’m sure they need right now.

QueenBee is giving away this beautiful hospital nursing gown to one lucky winner.

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Needless to say that this giveaway and this piece came at the perfect time! I’ve already tried it on and it fits great for my frame and is flowy in all the right places. Attending all these birthing classes and talking with your doctor, you constantly hear “Make sure your overnight hospital bag is ready at any time.” Well, my bag was ALMOST ready and then this gown arrived and now I can say IT IS READY!. After labor all you want is something loose fitting and comfortable so you and baby can bond and nurse in a comfortable way. This gown is just what you need after the big show has come and gone.

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Over night bag is locked and loaded!

I’m so happy QueenBee and I are hosting this giveaway together and giving one lucky winner the missing piece to their overnight bag.

The giveaway will run from Sept 5th to Sept 12th with the winner being announced on Sept 15th! Entries are submitted via Rafflecopter below.

You can enter the giveaway as many times as you like and please spread the word!

A huge thank you to QueenBee and make sure you head on over to their website and see what other fabulous pieces they have for your baby bump and post baby bump style!

Good luck everyone!

Keeping It Confident – Patty

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RocksBox Review

I’ve been a huge skeptic of these membership only gift box programs like BirchBox and Shoe Mint. I’ve heard from numerous friends and clients that when they sign up for these member only services, they hardly ever get anything they want in their monthly gift box. Consequently, I end up as the recipient of freebie samples thanks to this common problem but at the same time, wouldn’t be signing up for any of these programs myself.

However, RocksBox (a personal jewelry stylist program) came along and said, “Hey Patty, why don’t you give us a RocksBox review and tell us what you think.” Granted asking me what I think can be dangerous lol but I said what the heck let’s give it a try.

From the beginning I expressed my skepticism for the concept and told them I would be giving an honest review of their products, so here we go.

Sign Up

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When you sign up for the program one of the first things RocksBox does is ask you to fill out a survey that will help them personalize the box for you. It’s easy and streamlined and you can click on as many options you think represent your style. Once you are all signed up, you will receive a series of emails letting you know when your first box will be shipped.

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Love it! Very good presentation and all pieces arrive individually wrapped. Clear receipt of what you just received, with a rating system and room for comments. My most favorite part, the easy to return prepaid postage envelope and preprinted label. Half the battle with any return is repackaging and RocksBox has made it oh so simple! ONE POINT FOR YOU ROCKSBOX!

Pricing

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The membership is $19 per month and is charged to your credit card. The receipt that comes with your box will tell you the name, brand and price of each piece and it’s up to you what you want to keep or return. Anything you keep will be charged to your credit card. AHA THE CATCH! In my opinion, as a customer and personal stylist always looking for a good deal, I thought some pieces were over priced and not my style. However, sometimes you come across THAT piece that you must own.

Have fun

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RocksBox just doesn’t want you to look at the piece, say yes or no and pack it back up for return, they want you to enjoy what they picked out for you. This part is fun for me since RocksBox has a #selfie contest they run on Instagram every month and want to see their members rock their new pieces. I think this is great marketing and pretty sneaky cause what if you look really good in your selfie with that necklace? You might think twice about returning the piece and add it to your jewelry box. YOU’RE SHARP ROCKSBOX, TWO POINTS!

The Results

The concept of the program is great as it gives their members that feeling of exclusivity every month. I mean, who doesn’t love getting fun mail and do a little jewelry browsing from the comfort of their home? However, for most of us who are on a budget and not looking for jewelry every single month, I think that while the service is at a good price, the cost of buying individual pieces that range from $30 to over $100 can be too pricey.

I’m still keeping an open mind to my RocksBox membership and will continue to enter the selfie contests. It will be interesting to see how many pieces I do end up keeping while being very conscious about my budget.

Do you have a membership with RocksBox or any of these member only programs? How are you enjoying the personalized box experience?

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Post Delivery Outfit

I can’t believe how fast my pregnancy has flown by. As of this blog post I’m only 5.5 weeks away from meeting my precious little lady. In doing so, hubby and I have been preparing for her arrival by attending breast feeding class (such a great thing to be doing on your Saturday morning *side eye*) and taking a maternity ward tour just so we know where we are going on the big day.

One thing that came to mind while on the tour was what to pack in my overnight bag? The next thought was “What am I going to wear as my post delivery outfit?” I mean, like pictures will be taken and baby and I must be camera ready. I’ve spoken to many different mamas who say that after delivery you just want to be in your most comfy sweats and get home asap. Granted, I’m sure I will feel that way but at the same time I’m determined to spruce up the post delivery outfit from sweats and t-shirts to all around “Yes girl you did it! You had a baby and still looking fabulous”.

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As soon as I saw this short Santorini dress by Misha Mendicino Designs on their Instagram, I knew this was the dress I wanted to slip into as we pack up and head home with our princess.

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Hat and wedge sandals from Grace Anna’s Boutique in Rice Village, Houston

In my mind I see myself sashaying out of the hospital holding my baby girl while dressed to the nines.

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However, what will most likely happen will be the following, I’ll slip on the dress, rock a messy bun, trade in the hat, glasses and wedges for my Steve Madden sandals and still feel like a million bucks as I leave the hospital with the best thing that could ever happen to me, my baby girl.

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Let’s not get it twisted, this stylist is always looking to spruce up any outfit, so you will have to check out my Instagram around Sept 15th to see what I end up wearing ;)

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Finding Your Best Bra Fit After Pregnancy

As beautiful and amazing as pregnancy is, it does take a toll on your body. And for most of us mere mortals a good bra to “pick us back up” is beyond necessary.

Blogger Tina Hamilton guest blogs today and gives us the run down on finding your best bra fit after pregnancy.

Finding a bra that makes you feel sexy, comfortable and beautiful all at once is not the easiest task. Your body has gone through so many changes while creating your little miracle that you may not have any idea what size you are now. The truth is you are not alone. You have been busy learning your role as a new mom that you haven’t had the time to pay attention to the clothes that you are wearing. That is perfectly OK and normal but every mom deserves to feel sexy, comfortable and beautiful every day. Here are some useful tips to finding your best bra fit after pregnancy.

Understand that your size can fluctuate a little everyday.

If you are pumping or breast feeding you can expect your size to fluctuate a little bit throughout the day. For that reason, it is a good idea to get some bras that vary in size. To determine what your most normal cup size is, usually an hour before or after feedings, measure around your bust at the nipple and right underneath where the band would sit. Once you have determined the size, buying some bras either half a size above or below that will give you a little room to feel more comfortable.

Find a nursing bra that is easy for you to use.

If there is anything that new mothers love most it’s the things that make our lives a little bit easier. When it comes to nursing bras, you may have to try on nursing bras at the store and test out how easy they are to unclasp and reclasp. For that reason I don’t recommend you buy them online. Consider the design of the clasp as well. Some can come unclasped easily, especially when your baby is nuzzling against your shoulder so it is good to have a clasp that lays flat again your skin when it’s secured.

Consider  a professional bra fitting session.

Although it may seem expensive and time consuming, many women, especially new moms, can benefit greatly from a professional bra fitting. Most stores will do it for free with the purchase of a bra and it can be done in a few minutes. This is a great option to use especially after you are past the stage of breastfeeding and your breasts fluctuate less frequently.

Remember: Most of the support should come from the band and not the straps!

Your band should actually provide the most support, using the straps only to give you a little bit more lift.

Don’t Sacrifice on style.

Let your personal style come through in your new bra choices instead of getting a boring bra that you’re OK with. Getting a sexy bra that you can wear on mom’s night off, like date night with dad, will make you feel beautiful inside and out.

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Author Bio: Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of the Souther California’s beaches with her dog Joey. Follow her on twitter @tinathescribe

Style By Patty Update

It’s a very past, longggg overdue Style By Patty update about where I’ve been the last couple of months. It’s been a whirl wind to say the least and to give you all the gritty details would turn this post into a book for your Kindle lol.

The biggest news is that I have relocated from Washington D.C. to Houston, Texas. Yup that’s right, this eternal east coast girl is now rocking cow boy boots and a Stetson (no I’m not) as we await the arrival of our baby girl on Sept 13th. What brought on the move? Well, Hubby and I wanted to spread our wings (and budget) and put down roots and buy a house. So the following pictorial basically shows how it all went down in the span of a few weeks.

First up, it’s time to move and go buy a house. Ok, start packing!

 Someone clearly wasn’t a fan of all the packing.

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Remember my post about a good closet cleanse? Boy did I ever cleanse my closet, 6 bags for donations!

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The hardest part about leaving such a great place like D.C. was saying good bye to all of our amazing friends. Flowers, balloons, one last ball game and an epic farewell party at Korean BBQ. Never good bye but more like we’ll see you later.

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Time to hit the road, family selfie!

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6 states and many bridges crossed to get to our new life.

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We stopped here a lot #Wafflehouse

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Bradford and I selfie’d a lot

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Hubby didn’t want to selfie with me.

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Bradford took the wheel for a while.

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Got to Houston on May 24th, wandered into a sales office on May 25th and POOF put down on our new home!

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In the same week, what’s that I heard on the radio?! BACKSTREET BOYS concert here in Houston? UM must be a sign that we made the right choice to come to Houston and it’s time to sing my heart out.

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Settling into life in Texas hasn’t been easy, especially now being 7.5 months pregnant but the baby bump style keeps on going! Found this great dress (NON MATERNITY *high five for that*) at my new favorite boutique in the Rice Village area of Houston called Grace Anna’s Boutique.

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Baby bump style week 32! Still rocking my (in normal size) black maxi, go to gladiator sandals for the summer and my new Aztec print shawl I won from the Shawl Dawls giveaway hosted by Free Ur Closet.

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It’s been a crazy couple of months moving across the country, buying a house like a grown up, growing belly and all while looking fabulous and chic hahaha I kill me.

Still waiting on internet to be installed at home but will be blogging as best I can and getting to know my new clientele in Houston.

To all of my style clients living in the DMV area, I miss you dearly and look forward to our virtual styling consultations.

If you’re in the Houston area and are looking for a new stylist, let’s chat!

Hope you guys liked my Style By Patty pictorial update and I promise to not let so much time go by between us :)

Keeping it Confident – Patty

A Maternity Dress Worth Having!

As I wandered through Macy’s looking for some maternity dress pants (Oooohhhh I will have my rant on that experience in another post this week lol) I so graciously stumbled upon some great maternity wear by Jessica Simpson for Motherhood Maternity.

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 I found this beautiful white, empire waist, eyelet dress that screamed SUMMA TIME!

It was totally not on my list of things I had to get nor did I think I would fall in love with it until I tried it on. *This is what happens when left to shop unsupervised by my husband, so technically he WANTED me to get this dress* hehehe

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Someone was bored but this picture is too hilarious not to post lol

Someone was bored but this picture is too hilarious not to post lol

This dress is the easiest mat dress I got in my closet right now. Just slip it on, tie the cute leather strap around my bump and I’m good to go.

Threw in some hot pink Marc Jacobs bag in celebration of summer!

Threw in some hot pink Marc Jacobs bag in celebration of summer!

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THANK YOU Farfetch for my lovely Marc Jacobs bag! I told you it would be part of my summer everything!!!! XOXO

THANK YOU Farfetch for my lovely Marc Jacobs bag! I told you it would be part of my summer everything!!!! XOXO

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When looking for maternity dresses I believe that comfort, style, easy to adjust as the bump gross and still makes you feel beautiful are key elements in having maternity wear that still bring out your personal style. I never want to get into clothes; maternity or not that wear me, I want to wear the clothes with confidence and style!

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As I experience maternity wear for the first time, I’m realizing that some pieces are worth investing in and this maternity dress is definitely worth having in your closet.

What’s your favorite maternity dress that you couldn’t live without during pregnancy?

Keeping it Confident – Patty

The Jean Jacket, Your Must Have Spring Piece

Of course I say a lot of different items can be your must have spring summer pieces, after all I am a stylist/fashion blogger. From maxi dresses which is a totes FO SHO! to sandals, flowy tops, to the must have accessories, the list goes on and on. But I will say that my new favorite must have that works across the board is the jean jacket. As we teeter on warm weather, cold, cool, breezy etc, having the jean jacket by your side quickly becomes your must have spring piece.

Dress from StyleMeYesterday.com found on the Instagram account KimStyleMe. Jean Jacket from Old Navy.

Dress from StyleMeYesterday.com found on the Instagram account KimStyleMe. Jean Jacket from Old Navy.

I found this dress a long time ago and was looking forward to rocking it as part of my maternity wear. It’s flowy and all around perfect for the growing baby bump. The second thing that I love is how the jean jacket works great with this look to give it a casual feel.

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As your body and personal style evolves with pregnancy, the jean jacket helps you look modern and stylist while helping you stay comfortable in your changing bod.

Dress from Target, necklace from The Poshlet.com, sandals from Piperlime.

Dress from Target, necklace from The Poshlet.com, sandals from Piperlime.

A simple black dress, your favorite fancy neck piece and a jean jacket and your ready for date night. The look is comfortable, simple and showing off some flare to your maternity style.

Me and my kids! Someone ALWAYS has to be in the shot..lol

Me and my kids! Someone ALWAYS has to be in the shot..lol

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So com’on ladies (pregnant or not) get out there and get yourself a jean jacket for spring! You will be very happy you did!

Need help styling your jean jacket with your wardrobe? Email me so we can set up a virtual styling tutorial and lets get you rocking that jean jacket!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Duo Boots Day and Night Challenge

When I was asked by Duo Boots to participate in their day and night challenge I was very excited to take part. I had all these different outfits running through my mind and literally had every piece of clothing I own scattered across my bed trying to put together some chic day and night looks.

For my Duo Boots Day and Night challenge submission, I chose to style these adorable Idaho ankle boots with Cuban heel. Since I tend to have a wider foot and pregnancy is surely helping with that (lol), these boots are a great fit for me! They have great support in the heels and I can walk around in them from day to night. Making these ankle boots a great transitional piece for your day to night wardrobe.

On the left my day look. On the right my night look.

On the left my day look. On the right my night look.

Day Look

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Night Look

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A very big THANK YOU to Duo Boots for asking me to participate in this fun Day and Night challenge and for making such great boots!

You can also check out Duo Boots on their fun Instagram account, Twitter and Facebook.

Happily rocking my Duo Boots DAY look and keeping it confident – Patty

Pastel Colors, FINALLY!

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say it’s safe to wear Pastel Colors, FINALLY!

It’s been cold, hot, chilly and in some places still snowing. However, being that Easter was yesterday and is the official, unofficial start to pastel wearing season, Imma wear my pastels!

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 I fell in shopaholic love with this silk satin maxi skirt from Zara!

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The skirt will be my go to skirt to stay chic and stylish while being pregnant in the pleasant summer heat *insert sarcasm* lol.

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Loving my new gladiator sandals by Sam Edelman that I got on Piperlime. Comfortable and the right color brown to pretty much go with almost everything in my summer wardrobe. Picking the right shade of brown for your summer sandals is key!

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That bow on the skirt, um EVERYTHING! lol #thelittlethings

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My mint cardi I got in a subway station in Seoul, South Korea 3 years ago. I can’t repeat enough on this blog how much I miss Korea and the shopping *girly sigh*

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High fives and smiles for pastel colors! Let’s keep hope alive the warm weather is here to stay!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

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