How do Dress from Work to Party

Recently I had a chance to style a segment for the zulily blog on how to take your daytime look to evening in a pinch by Claire Magruder, zulily’s in-house style expert. Here it is!

Ok ladies, November has arrived, and we all know what that means: Holiday parties, gift giving extravaganzas, piles and piles of cookies to bake, and all of this on top of your everyday workload!  All of the social events that come along with the holidays are such fun, but can seem a bit daunting when you think about your daily routine, and how to possibly fit it all in.  To make life a breeze from the office to a night out on the town, here are a few ways I stay organized day to night.

But first, the bag…

work to party bag

Make sure you have a designated tote bag with a simple makeup/hair kit, room for a great pair of heels, jewelry, dry shampoo, and a sparkly layer.  Carry this to work with you, or leave some of these little extras stashed in your desk.  You never know what events might pop up on the agenda at the last minute, and being able to do a simple prep to get party ready at the end of the work day makes life so much easier.

Rouge the night away

cherry red lip for going out

Cherry Red is the color of the season.  I’ve seen it all over the runways and in the pages of every magazine, and what I love about the color is that it’s easy to incorporate into your everyday routine. It can be as simple an addition to your work attire as a glossy red lip and red suede pumps.  Or,  try wearing a pretty red dress and blazer to work, then remove the jacket for night, add metallic heels and a clutch, throw your hair up in a casual French twist and you’re ready to hit the town!

It’s all in the details

work to party black pencil skirt

Most of us need to look polished, serious, and professional on the job, which often means basic black pencil skirts or A-line dresses and blazers.  If you don’t have much time to get ready for an after-work function, try something as simple as packing a pair of stockings that have some flair and detail to them.  My favorites right now are sheer black with a lace pattern, or anything with embellishments like little pearls or rhinestones.  I love how easy this makes dressing up… sometimes it’s just a little touch that really makes the outfit!

Smaller is better!

maroon skirt party outfit

Always pack a smaller purse to bring out at night.  I suggest a cross body bag that you can fit the essentials in… house keys, credit cards, phone, lipstick of course, and leave your work items at the office.  That way you’re not lugging a big bag around all night, and you can bring everything else home the next day.

Don’t forget to add eyeliner!

eyeliner for after work event

Nothing says party like a smoky eye, and what an easy update this is.  I don’t go overboard here, just a little extra liner to define the eyes do the trick.  Smudge it in a bit, add a shimmery highlight right below the brows, and you’re all set.

Add a little sparkle

sequined skirt party outfit

Sequins are my major holiday go-to because they’re such a seasonal fashion item.  I love sequined pencil skirts paired with a flowy blouse, or cozy lightweight crew neck sweater.  Again, stay simple with this trend and wear just one piece that incorporates sparkle.  I always try to balance the whole look, so that I’m on trend and look festive, but still approachable.

Channel your inner rocker with a moto jacket

moto jacket party look

Office holiday parties are always the hardest to dress for.  You want to look festive and pretty, but it’s important that you maintain a sense of professionalism… maybe save the mini skirt for girl’s night out?  My go-to are always black pants, with a bunch of sparkly bling.  Statement necklaces or chandelier earrings brighten up that basic, and a leather moto jacket is the perfect topper to stay warm while out and about.

Remember to have fun with it all and that the holidays only come once a year.  I try to revel in the business, and enjoy the hustle and bustle while it lasts… soon the festivities will die down, and we’ll all be back to our regular routine in the New Year.  Celebrate now with a little extra festive fashion thrown in for good measure and check out our work to party event from 11/10/2015 to 11/12/2015.

zulily Trend Expert- Claire Magruder

claire magruder

As zulily’s trend and fashion expert, Claire constantly has her eye on what’s next. Whether it’s the best new look for an upcoming event, that necklace you just have to have, or a bigger picture look at this season’s trends, Claire is our go-to for fashion and style advice.

Claire has a background in styling and design, with published work in the likes of Martha Stewart Living, Good Housekeeping, OK Magazine, Seattle Magazine, and more.  She has worked on such television series and feature films as Boardwalk Empire, The Big C, The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Winter’s Tale, and more. Claire is the founder and author of the blog, That Pleasant Surprise, which focuses on finding the beauty in our everyday lives.

Claire lives in Seattle with her husband and Black Lab, “Scout”, and loves exploring the beautiful Northwest with weekend hikes, ski trips in the mountains, and boat rides on the Puget Sound.  Traveling to new places is a passion, and her favorite way to discover the newest and greatest next thing.  Sharing all of this, and life’s great experiences with friends and family is the icing on the cake!


Your Outfit is Your Calling Card


It happens a lot. People I meet tell me how much they love my outfit.

Your outfit is your calling card. Your vibe attracts your tribe!

A woman I recently met said that she could tell she wanted to hire me as her stylist based on my personal style alone. The way you choose to adorn yourself can attract more of your tribe to you. 

Let’s capitalize on this! Choose your image with intention and watch what flows into your life.

Fall Fashion Showcase: Tuesday 9/29 at New Tomorrow


Fall has arrived in Seattle and we couldn’t be more thrilled. If you’re itching to incorporate some fresh flavor into your fall ensemble, have we got the event for you!

Wardrobe Stylist Sarah Ward​ and Makeup Artist Mimi Banasik​ have teamed up to bring you an evening of fall style where you’ll get actionable tips on how to wear the latest looks from the runway. See Sarah’s top trends for fall and watch Mimi demonstrate the latest makeup looks! Plus, you’ll receive a goodie bag to take home with makeup samples to try. What’s not to love?

Grab your girlfriends and join us for champagne and style!

  • Tuesday, September 29th @ 7-9pm
  • New Tomorrow @ 10th Ave. S. &  E. Pike in Seattle
  • Tickets are free, bring a friend! Register at Eventbrite

When Trends Go Too Far: Oversize Wool Jacket


Sometimes fashion trends can go too far. We all know that wearing oversize clothes are all the rage right now — oversize plain white tees, boyfriend jeans, boyfriend blazers — but here’s an example of how a trend can swing too far in the wrong direction. It’s practically comical!

This Oversize Wool Jacket was selling for $2000+ at a popular local retailer.

When considering fashion trends, you don’t have to adopt all of them. Adopt the trends that work for you and leave the rest. And if you really like this look, I promise you it would be much cheaper to raid your dad’s closet!



KonMari Japanese Method of Tidying: Eliminating Clothes

konmari-magic-of-tidying-upRecently I have been reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and have been enthralled with the KonMari Japanese method, particularly when it comes to clothing.

Eliminating clothing is the first area to tackle when tidying up and she encourages us to pull everything out of the drawers and closets and sort each item individually, asking:

“Does this bring me joy?”

And if it doesn’t, the item is discarded.

Next she suggests going vertical with folding your clothes. Rather than stacking items on top of one another she suggests turning folded items on their sides so each item is visible. It even takes up less space!

This week my husband and I took a day follow the KonMari method for eliminating clothes, identifying what clothes bring us joy, discarding the ones that don’t, and then sorting and folding the remaining items in a systematic way.

Fall is a perfect time of the year to pull everything out of your closets where you can see them and see what’s working and what’s not. Would you like help? With our “Wardrobe Evaluation” Closet Audit we come to your home and guide you through the evaluation and elimination process. It’s always more fun with company! Contact us if you’d like to explore a Closet Audit with us!