Things I Love: The Color Orange

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Who would have ever thought it? Five years ago I NEVER would have worn the color ORANGE. When I was told during color analysis training a few years ago that orange was a good color for me, I was skeptical. I thought it was crazy. Now I actually like orange–a LOT!

In case you haven’t noticed, orange is everywhere! Some shades are really more coral which I preferred when I first started branching out to orange. Other shades are a little more pink. They called that Honeysuckle this spring. It’s a good way to transition if orange just seems too overpowering.

Another way to add orange is with accessories. If you like the color, but it doesn’t work with your skin tone, carry an orange purse or try some orange shoes. Both will actually go with much more than you think and give that pop of color. I’ve admired many orange handbags this season.

I thought it would be fun to show lots of orange from a number of sources.

First from Accentuate: (located at 500 NE 4th Ave in Camas, WA)

Note in the photos above that we just have a hint of orange in the scarf and the dress has a few other colors. This can be a great way to try orange in small doses.

Special at Accentuate: 20% off anything ORANGE for Style by Karen readers. Mention this article, and we’ll take care of you! If you are not local, clothes can be hard to fit. However, if you know and recognize HOBO INTERNATIONAL wallets, this is a great deal, and we can do a phone sale. Contact me for the details.

And now for even more orange! The links below will connect you directly to the site to get a close-up of all the details.

Online Shoes: Born Parlor   Clarks Alpaca

20% of most regular priced items. Code 1Thanks

Handbags from Fossil

From Macy’s

Jones New York                              T Tahari                                       Fever

A little more casual from Athleta


Teelicious Hoodies                                        Vyasa Dress                                 Snap Cap

What do you think? Will you look for something orange next time you shop or steer clear from anything resembling orange?

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Things I Love: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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I’ve shopped the Anniversary Sale for years and I enjoy every minute! Early Access Shopping for the sale began today and lasts through the 12th. You need to be a card holder and schedule an appointment (unless they are not busy) The sale begins July 15th at 7 AM.

This post will give you some tips on HOW to shop it and WHY you should. When the sale starts, look for my top picks on my Facebook  page. Become a fan today if you aren’t already. AND, there is a GIVEAWAY involved here so keep reading to the end to find out what it is!

I meet clients who have not stepped foot in Nordstrom for many years or ever because they feel it is too expensive. If you fit in that category, I encourage you to re-think it and visit another department. Nordstrom has changed a lot over the years. Shopping the regular store also educates you on what may be available at The Rack down the road. While I could be quite content to shop The Rack exclusively, there is merit in heading over to the anniversary sale to take advantage of savings that only happen once a year! They key is to look for unique pieces that are marked down significantly.

It is very difficult to think about shopping for fall clothes mid-July–especially when in some areas (one being mine) summer has just begun! I get that. It’s important to focus on what are MUST HAVES and if is REALLY worth the savings to buy now and have it sit for four months. It is easy to get carried away at this sale.

1. I shop different departments and look for brands that I would normally not be able to afford. For example: Stuart Weitzman shoes may now be affordable, although I still do not own a pair.

2. I ask myself: Is the sale price on basics (tees, sweaters) really worth it or will I find similar prices into the season?

3. I also use the sale to stock up on lingerie that needs to be replaced. In my opinion, Nordstrom has the best bra fit experts and the most choice in shapewear.

4. Although tempting, I typically steer clear of the jewelry and accessory departments. Unless it really catches my eye, I can probably find great things elsewhere throughout the season. However, if you are looking for a certain brand of wallet or bag–then by all means make it a priority and you will probably save.

 As a card holder, I get Early Access to the sale and so will many of you. If you received your sale catalog, you will note a code on the back. This allows you to preview on line. I have mixed feelings about the Pre-Sale. I appreciate being honored with a special perk for having a card, but honestly I always went the first day of sale towards evening and found plenty. With all the pre-sales does it really leave select merchandise for the general public when the sale starts? Going behind the curtain to get my sneak peek doesn’t really give me the feel that I’m seeing everything and I want to come back anyway. I guess that’s the idea. Nordstrom knows how to get me!


1. If you do not have a Nordstrom Card, sign up now and get your double points. Afraid of getting in credit card trouble? Make it a debit card. If you use a credit card, set a budget keeping in mind that some things might be savings and worth it in the long run.

2. Think about the items you never found last season (that perfect pair of black boots, gray shoes, coat with hood etc) and put your focus there.

3. Go through your winter clothes to re-fresh your memory so you don’t buy things similar to what you have. Bring things along to match. Create outfits and preferably a capsule. Stand alone pieces with nothing to coordinate could be mistakes.

4. The sale lasts for 2 weeks. If you need to buy for more than one family member, go on a different day if possible. Set priorities and make lists if you go all in one day!

 Need help? Contact Me to learn about my new “Group Rates” for shopping.  If you are local, we can get a group of friends together, or I may group with someone new. I can help you save your dollars and make wise choices!

Now, tell me what YOU love about the anniversary sale. Make a comment and you’ll be entered to receive ONE FREE SHOPPING HOUR with me in person or online for long distance readers. If you have never been to the sale, I would love to have you experience this yearly event!

Winner will be chosen on Friday, July 8th at 8 AM PST

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Things I Love: Wedges

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I totally forgot to announce the winner of the Zumba Giveaway last week. Congrats to Ann, comment #1! Enjoy the Zumba classes!

Wedge shoes are everywhere this season. They are not a new style, but we are seeing more and more variations this year. Wedges are actually pretty comfortable on my feet because they often have a platform. I can get by wearing a much higher heel than normal. Recently I received compliments on these shoes. I had lost track, but I believe I’m on season 5 with these metallic wedges from Born. The red ones I’ve had almost as long.

This year I’ve found many more and thought I’d share. Most are pretty affordable too. I’m showing varying heel heights and many neutral colors. I can’t emphasize enough how much more natural these look and visually increase the length of your legs where a black shoe can “cut” you off when wearing shorts or a skirt.

From Nordstrom:

Tom’s, Franco Sarto and Athena Alexander. All are available in a variety of colors and the Franco Sarto style comes in Wide. If you like the Tom’s, I’d go online and order NOW. They are selling out at most Nordstrom stores. Many of the colors are sold out online as well. I’ve been watching for them to come back in this gray/taupe color, but unfortunately they do not work on my feet–just a little too narrow. They are exclusive to Nordstrom.

From Macy’s

Naturalizer (comes in a variety of colors/patterns and Wide Widths) BOC  I’m really into orange this spring which you’ll see in a couple of weeks. These are fun.

From Zappos:

Clarks Fiddle Scroll   Naturalizer Lyric I’m going to try both of these and have some hope since they both come in Wide.

And then I found a brand I’ve never heard of (rare!) and the reviews are aweseome. Introducing: Earthies

What do you think? Are Wedges a reasonable, comfortable look for you?

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