My top 7 instagram fashion picks.

I haven’t blogged in a while due to the baby, life and let’s face it, a tad bit of laziness lol (I’m being honest here!) However, in my spare moments I find myself perusing through Instagram pretty much on a daily basis. I Follow online boutique’s Instagram accounts and obsess over the newest items they post. I get all wrapped up in the allure of the item so quickly that I’m clicking on their home page and before I know it, I’m setting up my account information to place my order. For me anyways, I’ve noticed that online shopping has gone mobile and is now based on Instagram accounts rather than patiently surfing through sites on a laptop. Is it because it’s quick and easy? Of course, but it’s definitely an interesting turn for an online shopper and personal stylist like myself.

As of right now I have 7 items in different shopping carts waiting for me to finish my order. Things like my budget and the judgy eye of my husband are stopping me from pulling the trigger. But let me share my top 7 Instagram fashion picks that I plan on obtaining at some point (maybe even in secret).


First up, these lovely Quay Australia Zig Sunglasses I found on the Instagram account @WhiteFoxBoutique.

First up, these lovely Quay Australia Zig Sunglasses I found on the Instagram account @WhiteFoxBoutique.


Nala Sunglasses Tort by Quay Australia on @WhiteFoxBoutique. I just picture myself on a beach with a big hat and these babies on!

Nala Sunglasses Tort by Quay Australia on @WhiteFoxBoutique. I just picture myself on a beach with a big hat and these babies on!


Quay Australia Kitti sunglases, light beige. I love a good pair of sunglasses that always catch your attention. Something different for summer 2015!

Quay Australia Kitti Sunglasses, light beige. I love a good pair of sunglasses that always catch your attention. Something different for summer 2015!

Wait, I think I’m on a sunglasses kick right now ;)


While getting back in shape, I'll take anything that drapes well on my body and has pretty colors! Hello Fancy Fringe Kimono by @pompandcircumstanceboutique

While getting back in shape, I’ll take anything that drapes well on my body and has pretty colors! Hello Fancy Fringe Kimono by @pompandcircumstanceboutique


Because every girl needs pretty shoes for the new Spring Summer season! Coral shoes by @newlookfashion

Because every girl needs pretty shoes for the new Spring Summer season! Coral shoes by @newlookfashion


Sexy summer date night dress? And ON SALE!!!!! HMMMMMM? Dress @whitefoxboutique

Sexy summer date night dress? MUST HAVE HMMMMMM? @whitefoxboutique


I usually look for maxi dresses for the summer but this is beautiful piece to change up your summer wardrobe. Frozen Midi Skirt seen on @saboskirt

I usually look for maxi dresses for the summer but this is a beautiful piece to change up your summer wardrobe. Frozen Midi Skirt seen on @saboskirt

Can you tell my mind is already in summer mode? lol

*girly sigh* I’m sure as the weather gets nicer there will be a lot more than just 7 Instagram fashion picks and pending shopping carts.

I know you guys are guilty of perusing on Instagram as well, I’d love to hear about your Instagram fashion picks!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Virtual styling giveaway

Christmas is just around the corner and I’ve decided to spread the stylish cheer just a little bit longer and expand the Style By Patty holiday giveaway.

I know everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays and setting up a time for someone to come over and check out your closet isn’t on your list of priorities. So I’m giving away one free hour of a virtual styling session. One one lucky winner from the US or Canada will be announced on Dec  29th! (I live in the US but I’m a Canadian so I gotta rep both ;)

Follow the Rafflecopter instructions in the box below, enter as many times as you like and spread the word!

I’m looking forward to chatting with the lucky winner!

Merry Christmas and good luck everyone!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

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Altuzarra for Target Review

On September 14th two great things happened to me. The first, I had my little lady at 10:36pm and the other was getting my hands on some pieces from the Altuzarra for Target collection. You may be wondering how I was able to go shopping while in labor and I’ll tell you, it was easy lol. Got to the hospital at 8am and had a lot of time on my hands waiting for the baby to come. In order to keep distracted from the contractions and the discomfort, I did the only thing a fashionista would do to keep busy, I got on my phone and did a little online shopping. My nurse was pretty impressed I was in the mind set to go online shopping while in labor and I was like “Um yea, it’s Altuzarra for Target!”. I’m glad I got the pieces I had been eyeing for a while and now 7 weeks later, I can share with you my Altuzarra for Target review.

Keeping in my mind my post baby bump body, I ordered the following pieces in a larger size just to help me transition back into normal clothes.

As we embark on Autumn/Winter 2014 trends, I needed to up my sweater game. The cranes are a beautiful touch to a basic black sweater. You really don’t need to dress it up with accessories since the cranes do all the talking. This sweater is a great look for your simple black on black outfit for the office.


Casual look

This sweater is comfortable and a great transitional piece that can be dressed up or down. Can you say Sunday Funday look?

As soon as I saw this dress I knew I would be slipping into it for my 32nd birthday celebration *Side note, it was 7 days after giving birth*. I was nervous about the size, cut, fabric choice and if it would fit well after child birth, but I had nothing to worry about. The dress fit great 7 days after labor and delivery and still fits great 7 weeks later!

Looking for that shirt to spruce up your office attire? Look no further than this beautiful orchid print, navy blue shirt. Strong structure, feels great on my changing body and gives a feeling of sleek sophistication without the print being overbearing.

Casual look

Casual look

If you’re a girl on a budget like me, you’re always thinking about how you can re-purpose your day to night looks. This shirt can be worn to the office, drinks with the girls or date night with hubby. The orchid print is a great statement piece so over accessorizing isn’t necessary.

I can honestly say I’m very happy with the Altuzarra for Target collection. I wasn’t the ideal customer for the collection being that my body would be transitioning for a long time. However, all my worries about size, fabric and cut went away and the clothes fit the way I want them to. Another great thing about these pieces is probably the most important part, it makes me feel like me again and gives me that boost of confidence all new mommies need after the transition into mommyhood!

Did you grab any pieces from the Altuzarra for Target collection? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this collection, comment below!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Back to blogging

The last time I posted anything was 6 weeks ago when I had my beautiful baby girl Philippa Hana. I’ve been living in baby moon mode for the past 6 weeks and it’s been awesome. Granted getting used to night feedings, diaper changes, and the cries of an infant has been a challenge, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. However, mommy’s gotta get back to blogging and share her style picks and tips in the post baby bump era.


babyme4How cute is she?


Our little family of four! * of course Bradford had to ruin the family photo lol*

I’m looking forward to getting back to blogging and can’t wait to hear from you, my loyal readers and clients!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

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.



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


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.


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.




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


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.





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!




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





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”.


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.


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.




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.


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.


Tina Hamilton Headshot

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.


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


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.




Time to hit the road, family selfie!


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


We stopped here a lot #Wafflehouse


Bradford and I selfie’d a lot


Hubby didn’t want to selfie with me.


Bradford took the wheel for a while.


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


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.



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.


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.


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

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