Find Your Style City With FarFetch.

If you could choose one maj fashion capital of the world to best describe your personal style, what would it be? I never really thought about what city best represented my style until Farfetch asked me to try their new Style City finder. I’ve always been a fan of Farfetch and knew they wouldn’t disappoint.

The quiz starts off with beautiful illustrations created exclusively for Farfetch prompting you to find your style city. The questions can be a little vague and some of the choices available may not represent your personal style. However, as I went through the questions and answered as close to my style as possible I thought, where is this gonna take me? Then my style city came up and I was kinda like “whaaaaaa?” *but in a good way*

sc10My style city turned out to be Tokyo! Um can you say YES! I love color, love a well made, well done silhouette and who doesn’t love all of those designers?

I vacationed in Tokyo a few years back and could’ve made it my home. Loveeeeeeeeed the culture, atmosphere, food and the fearless sense of style. When you’re in Japan you can’t help but marvel at how naturally beautiful Japanese girls are and how they rock the edgiest of outfits with total confidence. Safe to say that Farfetch nailed my style city!

Trip to Tokyo circa 2008

Trip to Tokyo circa 2008

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I wanna wear one of these outfits just cause it's Tuesday!

I wanna wear one of these outfits just cause it’s Tuesday!

Tutus for sale? Heck ya!

Tutus for sale? Heck ya!

If you have some free time at work or waiting for the next train on your commute, click the widget above, take the quiz and find out what your style city could be.

I’d love to hear what style city Farfetch finds for you! Leave your results in the comment section below!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Wardrobe Boutique, a rock ‘n’ roll chic Houston shop

Happy New York Fashion Week everyone!

The featured Houston shop on the blog this week is Wardrobe boutique. I first learned about Wardrobe at a holiday w7event held at Esperson Gallery in December 2014. Owner and creative genius of Wardrobe, Claire Carmichael was showcasing some of her edgiest must have pieces and of course I gravitated towards this beautiful leather vest. We started talking about what Wardrobe is all about and she invited me to come check out the shop sometime. I went by a couple of weeks ago and spent an afternoon with Claire who shared her inspiration and vision behind Wardrobe.

When did you open? 
August 2nd, 2014

What motivated you to open your own store?
I couldn’t find anywhere in Houston that I wanted to shop that had anything unique,
individual or fashion forward. I’m not a fan of going into boutiques or stores like Nordstroms and Saks and seeing things that everyone else has. Being from England, I prefer boutique shopping knowing that 10, 20 or even 30 people are going to have the same thing as me.

Owner Claire Carmichael

Owner Claire Carmichael

What has been the most surprising thing about having your own business?
The business becomes like a child. You develop it, open it, watch it grow and give it TLC. I’ve helped open many businesses but this one is truly my baby.

Describe your everyday customer.
I haven’t got one. It’s so broad. We have customers between ages 20 to 60 years old who tend to be true boutique shoppers. Many of them have scouted us out while looking for a new boutique.

w11What can your customers look forward to when they walk into your store? 
First and foremost, fashion they won’t find in other places. Wardrobe is spacious and bright with very large changing rooms that are separate from the store. We got open windows that offer a lot of natural lighting and have a helpful and informative staff. You’re just going to have to come check it out!

Dressing rooms at Wardrobe *side not* Re-purposed doors for an abandoned building up the road from the shop Claire picked up.

Dressing rooms at Wardrobe *side note* Claire picked up these doors from an abandoned building up the road from the shop and beautifully re-purposed them for her dressing rooms.

Name some items in your store you would recommend to your customers.
Siwy Denim, known for the quilted pockets and contoured design that creates the illusion of a full bum. Catherine Page Jewelry, all handmade and known for re-constructing classic Chanel pieces while using all real geodes (amethyst, moonstone, etc.). Cleobella leather jackets, especially the Wild Thing which is perfect for rodeo. Handmade in Bali and made from lambskin, this jacket feels like butter and is so comfortable.

Catherine Page necklace with Chanel pendant. I'm obsessing over this necklace!

Catherine Page necklace with Chanel pendant. I’m obsessing over this necklace!

What brands do you carry?
Flynn Skye, Cleobella, SoLow, Waverly Grey, Nation LTD, Toupy Paris… just to name a few. Now you’ve got to come in and see the others!

What does style mean to you?
Confidence, elegance and feeling good in your own skin. Having your own individuality and rocking it. Not following what’s necessarily popular, but knowing what fits your silhouette and feeling good in it.

Who is your favorite fashion icon?
Pharrell, Gwen Stefani and Carrie Bradshaw.

What is your favorite item in your closet right now?
That’s a tough question. It’s hard to pick one but I’m leaning towards my Cleobella Violet lambskin jacket, which I sell here at the store. Really anything from Wardrobe becomes an instant favorite.

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What I enjoy the most about Wardrobe is that from the moment you walk in, there is a unique vibe not typical of your usual boutique set up. It’s more airy and spacious and kinda leads you into being more open with your personal style. The words I use to describe the pieces at Wardrobe boutique would be edgy, conversation pieces, bold, rock ‘n’ roll chic. I’m very happy I came across Wardrobe and grateful to Claire Carmichael who was so gracious to spend some time with this Houston newbie and share her vision with me. Thank you Claire for being so sweet, I really appreciate it. Glad we got some time to chat, get to know each other and learn about all things Wardrobe!

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I must remind you that Rodeo is around the corner here in Houston so head over to Wardrobe and stock up on your leather everything! Don’t forget to tell them Patty sent you!

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Eye Bar Houston, Houston optometrist with a twist.

2015 is gearing up to be a great year and I’m so happy to feature a new segment on the blog. Since I’m new to Houston, I’ve decided to get out there and visit the trendiest shops the city has to offer and feature them on the blog. This way you’ll know exactly where to go when you’re in Houston and you can tell them Patty sent you ;)

The first featured shop on Style By Patty is Eye Bar Houston. How did I find them? Instagram of course. I saw they were offering make up make overs with Jentry Kelley Cosmetics and decided to go in for a glam session. Once I arrived, I realized it was so much more than just your run of the mill eye doctor’s office. Have you ever thought of your optometrist’s office as a one stop shop for all your eye wear and glam needs? I doubt it and neither did I until I walked into Eye Bar. I had a chance to speak with the owner of Eye Bar Houston, Dr. Sheena Garner about this innovative and trendy shop.

Dr. Sheena Garner, Photo by Quy Tran Photography

Dr. Sheena Garner, Photo by Quy Tran Photography

When did you open Eye Bar?
EYEBAR’s soft opening was January 1st 2015 however, I’m waiting to cut the ribbon once everything is fully functional. We already offer medical eye exams, luxury eyewear, lash extensions and makeovers. We’ll be adding botox, permanent makeup and eyebrow waxing/threading soon.

What motivated you to open your own shop?
I bought an existing optometry practice about 4 years ago InSight EyeCare. The practice is more medically based and is located off of 290. While I love treating eye disease, I found myself having the most fun playing in glasses with patients. It’s really fulfilling for me to help someone gain self confidence and I found a way to do that through eyewear. To me, the eyes really are the window to the soul and I wanted to be able to enhance their beauty in every way possible. With that in mind EYEBAR was born.
Forget the old ways of typical eye exams, this is luxury medicine. A general exam with me encompasses a health evaluation, complimentary touchup with Jentry Kelley Cosmetics and personal eyewear styling. I believe that a woman needs a beautiful canvas before she can pick the perfect accessory for her face.

What has been the most surprising thing about having your own business?
Its HARD!!! There are many laboring hours, blood, sweat and tears. I’ve had many sleepless nights and multiple meltdowns. EYEBAR is my baby and even though it’s tough at times, it’s worth every minute!.

eb7Bronzed Beauty and Jentry Kelley Cosmetics are also available at Eyebar, what motivated you to bring them into your shop?
I cannot say enough about Jentry Kelley and her cosmetics! Her make up transforms you, she’s an amazing business woman and an even better friend.

Bronzed Beauty by Ashley Fink recently joined the team. I am a sucker for a bronze glow and she gives the best spray tan I have ever had. I wanted to share the love with my clients.

Describe your everyday customer.
It’s across the board with both men and women ages 20-87. We love everyone and take pride in our customer service. It’s our goal to make everyone feel special when they walk in the door. After all, it’s their time of complete pampering.

Name some items in your store you would recommend to your customers.
It all depends on the customer. I have very exclusive eyewear like Matsuda and Alain Mikli. As well as the more trendy brands like Tom Ford, Balenciaga to the main stays like Persol and Ray Ban.

What brands do you carry?
Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Tods, Mont Blanc, Roberto Cavalli, Miu Miu, Persol, Gstar, Chloe, Spectacle EyeWorks, Benner, Ray Ban and Modo

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What does style mean to you?
Style is whatever gives a person confidence. It’s all about empowerment and feeling like a million bucks.

Who’s your favorite fashion icon?
I’d have to say CoCo Chanel which is probably not that original but she was a genius in her time.

What’s your favorite item in your closet right now?
That’s a tough one because my mood and my style are constantly evolving but I’d have to say my black leather pencil skirt. For my day look I can pair it with a loose sweater, plain tee or button up. I’ll spice up my evening look with a fitted backless top or a trendy crop. The combinations are endless with that skirt. <3

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Not only have I recently become a new patient of Dr.Garner (I needed to find a good optometrist), I’m a huge fan of everything they do there. I’ve never seen a shop quite like this before and I’m so happy I came across this Houston optometrist with a twist and Eye Bar Houston!

I highly recommend stopping in and trying on some eye wear in front of that AMAZE GlamCor mirror with Dr. Garner, touch up your make up with Jentry Cosmetics, get your spray tan on and let them know Patty sent you ;)

Keeping it Confident – Patty

Ps. My glam session with make up artist Katie was amazing *see picture below*

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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 ;)

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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

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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