Archive of ‘Forever New’ category

Q&A- Black Tie Formal for Petites

I received the following question-
I have a convention to attend in California in September with an evening gala.  I was told it is black tie and I will need a dress.  Can you help?  What are the rules?
Thank you for your question!
Black tie can be a dreaded word if you are unfamiliar with the event.  With evolving dress codes (what two people consider business casual can differ greatly), these words can get really tricky. Here’s my decoding:
1)  Black tie is dressy.  It does not mean a sundress in cotton.  It means a formal.
2)  Black tie is dressier than business casual.  Guys need to wear jackets and leave the khakis for another day.  So wear something nicer than a typical jersey work dress.
3)  Black tie is not as dressy as white tie.  White tie means a gown- like you’re headed to the Oscars. Black tie usually means “cocktail” dresses.  Differ to Pretty Woman- she wears the lacy black short dress to meet for drinks.  She wears the red ballgown to the opera.  That’s the difference.
I hope that helps clear up that what black tie means.
Now, knowing that you are on the petite side, I picked a few looks that will accentuate your figure. Petites look great in shorter dresses, showing a little bit of leg will elongate your stature.
Look number one is figure flattering and the color will be an attention-getter.  Red dresses do not need red heels.  Find either a nude heel or a leopard print.  Don’t forget to leave the giant mom bag at home!  Bring a clutch.  Great places to find them are thrift stores, especially if you’ll use it once a year.
The second look is a safe bet.  Black almost always looks more expensive and is something that can be worn to many different occasions.  Simple accessories let the dress stand out but a fun pair of heels can really add a sophisticated element to the LBD.  Black heels would be pretty boring.
The last look is riskier.  A fun color like this light green is ladylike in lace.  Pair it with other ladylike accessories such as pearls.  I paired it with a mint heel in the same color family.  This dress would also look great with silver metallic heels.
I hope this helps!  And you have a great time!

Black Tie Formal for Petites

Black Tie Formal for Petites by stylefromthesticks featuring party dresses

Wallis black dress

AX Paris party dress
$61 –

A Wear wrap dress
$53 –

Black sandals
$38 –

Charlotte Olympia pouch purse
$1,060 –

Evening clutch

Pearl necklace
$32 –

Betsey johnson jewelry

Rock N Rose vintage ring
$27 –

Forever New tear drop earrings
$16 –

Q&A- Summer Wedding Outfits

I received the following question-
What do I wear to a summer wedding in Colorado?  I need something that is appropriate for a woman in her 40’s.
Thank you for your question!
I put together some ideas for you.  Don’t be afraid of strong color.  It can really make a statement without having to worry much more about your outfit.  If you need something easy to pack (and to dance all night in), try a maxi dress.  With a maxi dress you can get away with wearing flats and going with a more relaxed vibe.  If you are hoping this night will be a fun date night, wear something sexy that has hints of black.  This sheer brown dress has a small high-low skirt, an open neckline and while it appears to expose, you’re still all covered up.
Perfect for those of us who don’t want to be the mother-of-the-bride yet but don’t want to show up in the same dress as the 20 somethings!

Summer Wedding Outfits

Summer Wedding Outfits by stylefromthesticks featuring l.a.m.b.


Reverse cutout dress

Wallis maxi dress

Chinese laundry

Pull&Bear platforms heels shoes
$62 –

L a m b

Cotton candy

Forever new
$16 –

Boho chic jewelry

Gatsby Gold

I’ve caught the Gatsby bug and all it makes me want to do is throw on everything that sparkles, all at once.  Not a wise idea unless you are dressed like a flapper.
Have you ever read the book?  We had to read it in high school.  And I’m excited to see what they do with the film.  I’m sincerely hoping it isn’t all hype and no substance.
But I know one thing for sure, it’ll be a visual feast.  And the costumes will leave no disappointment.
Tell me, don’t you want to wear something this sparkly?

Gatsby Gold

Gatsby Gold by stylefromthesticks featuring gold scarves

Gold high heels

Evening handbag

Fossil jewelry

Forever New enamel jewelry
$20 –

Gold scarve

Spring- Mother’s Day

It’s that one day of the year where you might get breakfast in bed.  Or a macaroni necklace.  Or a scribbled masterpiece.  It’s Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day wardrobe translation= feminine.  Today is the day to wear satin, flowers, heels, perfume and pretty hair braids.  All of these things at once is a great idea, just for today.
Being a mother is one of the greatest blessings in my life.  My kids drive me crazy 99.9% of the time, but I wouldn’t change one single moment.  It is surely one of the most amazing experiences life has to offer.
And I love my own mother.  She is constantly teaching me lessons in life, even in my old age.  She is truly one of the best people I know.
Motherhood is a full cycle.  I’m wishing all of you a happy mother’s day- those of you who have been trying for years, those of you who are expecting any day, those of you whose babies are in Jesus’ safe arms, those of  you in the trenches of newborns and teenagers, those of you who are watching their babies get married and have their own babies.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Spring- Mother's Day

Spring- Mother’s Day by stylefromthesticks featuring a hinged bangle bracelet

Peplum top
$72 –

Timeless nude heels
$45 –

Forever New hinged bangle bracelet
$17 –

Oasis floral earrings
$16 –

Eva NYC hair styling tool

Nature Walk

Stir crazy we all are and just the notion of being out of doors (as they used to say) is tempting enough we’ll brave any kind of weather.  Get some exercise in the process.  What sounds really great, a nice walk.
Suit up in sweats, walking shoes and a cute headband.  Take the pedometer so you know that it was good for your body but you won’t need any kind of instrument to know that your soul was refreshed.

Nature Walk

Nature Walk by stylefromthesticks featuring lacing shoes

People Tree striped t shirt
$27 –


Rieker lacing shoes
$91 –

Forever new
$14 –

Talking Pedometer

Downton Abbey

I’ve been wondering what all the buzz was about this series on PBS and so when I saw it the other day at our library, Seasons I & II, I thought I’d check it out.  I’m only through Season I so far, but it is getting interesting!  I may be hooked.
Here’s my Downton Abbey inspired outfit, just in case I host a Downton Abbey party sometime…

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey by stylefromthesticks featuring pointy toe shoes

Oasis cutout dress
$83 –

Debut pointy toe shoes
$48 –

Giani onyx ring
$12 –

Forever New stud earrings
$16 –

Hair accessory
$68 –

What to Wear with a Bright Pencil Skirt

Many of us have the usual black pencil skirt hanging in their closet, but what about a brightly colored one?  Does this give you pause when trying to pull a look together?  Here are a few ideas-
1)  Pair it with something equally as bright.  A fuchsia blazer is a really fun piece to own.  You’ll be surprised at how many outfits it’ll refresh.
2)  Find some romance with a classic neutral.  The pretty details on this sweater make it perfect for work.
3)  Spice it up and add some shine.  Head out on the town with this sequin top and celebrate!
Have any pieces you need help with?  Send them my way!

What to Wear with a Bright Pencil Skirt

What to Wear with a Bright Pencil Skirt by stylefromthesticks featuring blue heels

Marc by Marc Jacobs cami top
$130 –

Black shirt

Gold top
$49 –

ONLY blazer
$69 –


River Island slingback shoes
$49 –

Over the knee high heel boots
$21 –

Quilted tote

Forever new
$18 –