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    What to Wear For Public Speaking

    Do you have a public speaking engagement coming up? Lectures, graduation speeches, presentations, live tv interviews, court for you lawyers or even doing a facebook live video all are times where you want the attention to be on what you saying instead of what you are wearing. In Episode #55 of Friday Live with Sierra I gave an in depth talk about the tips and tricks of what to wear for all types of public speaking. Below are the highlighted tips from the video If standing: wear comfortable shoes If seated in front of an audience: consider pants. Remember to unbutton blazers when you sit. If you opt for a…

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    How To Pair Your Jewelry with Your Outfit

    How do you choose your jewelry when you’re getting dressed? Do you think that much about it or just put on the same pieces every day (if you’re a troutie, I highly doubt you do that? In Episode #54 of Friday Live with Sierra, I went to detail about this subject and will give you the highlights that I covered. 1. Create a visual story. Choose your jewelry and the patterns and colors of your clothes to tell a story. This is great to do with the jewelry from the menagerie. As an example, one of the trouties, Cynde, wears her spider necklace with floral prints. 2. A great way…

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    Fun Spring 2018 Trends

    I have gathered a round up of fun trends for Spring 2018. There of course, oodles of trends forecast from the runways every season, these are a few that caught my attention and made me want to share them. If you are curious about how to wear them at any age, watch Episode #52 of Friday Live with Sierra! Spring 2018 Trends 1. Saturated Colors and Pastels – yellow, bright pink, pink + red together and orchid seemed to be the most dominant. 2. Sheer – dresses, plastic jackets and skirts, tops, skirts. Worn over slips or lingerie. There were also many see through shoes and bags. 3. Mixed prints…

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    How to Give Yourself A Style Makeover

    Every so often, I feel like it’s time for fresh start with my personal style. By this point I have redone my look more times than I can count on my hands and I never regret the change. Are you in a style rut and want to make a fresh start? Let’s help you do it! You can check out Episode #46 of Friday Live with Sierra to hear the details of my own past makeovers be walked through how to do it yourself or read more below for tips, tricks and great ideas for how to change your style. Great Reasons To Change Your Style 1. You feel stuck,…

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    How to Dress In Between Winter and Spring

    We all get a little anxious as winter comes to a close and spring is not yet here to bring out the summer clothes. Here in Austin, we are quickly approaching spring, but in the colder states, I know you have a bit of time left. I used to switch my closet over in March when I lived in NY, but in late February I would start wanting to pull out a few of my favorite spring pieces, or want to wear new purchases. So what is ok to wear early and how do you pull it off? You can check out Episode #45 of Friday Live with Sierra or…

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    The Rule of Three

    Have you heard about the Rule of Three? It’s a concept used in other areas of design, such as interiors, but it has a great benefit to help you getting dressed as well. Especially if you need to put together a business casual outfit. It’s a very simple rule and it’s that when getting dressed, always add a third item (not including shoes) to make your outfit look more pulled together. This is so effective, that retailers like Nordstrom and Banana Republic require their sales staff wear three items at a time so that they look more professional at work. Think about when you get dressed, our instinct is to…

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    The History of Charm Bracelets

    Did your mom or grandmother have a charm bracelet when you were little? My mom had one that she no longer wore, and passed down to me and I loved hearing her explain why each charm was on there and what it meant. Eventually, she decided it was time to start building my own and part of the fun for many years, was collecting and adding the charms together to mark occasions, including a trout for the day I legally formed Manic Trout! My maternal grandmother also had charm bracelet but hers was not so much a marker for events and likes, but held coins that her eldest son collected…

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    The History of State Gemstones

    Did you know that your state most likely has either an official gem stone, mineral or rock, maybe even all three? I was vaguely aware of this, but never gave it much thought…until now. As so many gems and minerals are found around the US, it makes sense to celebrate what is found in each state. After we explore why there are state gemstones and what these minerals, rocks and gemstones that each state has selected are, I wonder how many of us will begin to notice their presence more often? I know when I would visit my dad in NH growing up, granite was incredibly popular and seen everywhere…

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    The History of Cocktail Rings

      A staple of any statement jewelry collection, is the cocktail ring. The bigger and more colorful, the better. I know that if I want to create instant evening glamour, I can slip one on my right hand and feel instantly glamorized. What I don’t know is what the origin of the cocktail ring is? Who made them popular and when? I have so many questions!! Let’s find some answers…   The Origin of Cocktail Rings Typically when looking into the history of jewelry, the path leads you centuries back in history. This is not the case with cocktail rings. You need to go back no further than to the…

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    Bathroom Selfies Vol. II

    I enjoyed pulling together Vol. I of bathroom selfies so much that I’m back with another 6 months worth! Well…6 months of the photos that I remembered taking anyway. I don’t think there any in August as I was packing, moving, unpacking, taking a quick trip to south Texas and then had major surgery, so that’s understandable. Besides that though, I have realized that 90% of the time I either don’t use the bathroom while I’m out and about, forget to take a photo or don’t have my bag in the bathroom with me. When I’m on a roll, I do them all the time, but then I forget and forget and…