Fall 2012 purse power

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

A women’s almost constant companion is her purse.  It holds her treasured valuables and expresses her unique personal style. Most women keep their antennae up for the perfect bag that blends both form and function.  Every gal lucky enough to have found such a celestial item can attest to the fact that a good purse holds numerous rewards. First of all, carrying a five star bag boosts one’s style confidence and adds a chic factor to the plainest of outfits. Secondly, a well-designed and constructed purse enables the wearer to reach inside and retrieve items effortlessly from its contents.  Few things in life compare to this welcome feeling!  Thirdly, quality handbags withstand the test of time because they hold up and retain their luster even after years of wear.

DRES System stylist consultant Melissa Sabatine, one of the co-authors of  the newly published book “The Power of DRES”, made this comment about the importance of a handbag: “a handbag is often the first thing someone notices when a lady enters a room, which can either be a good or bad thing.”  She went on to say that size matters when it comes to handbags. In other words, small to medium size bags suit petite women, and larger, taller women can rock oversized ones. Another “Power of DRES” co-author, Colleen Bradley, details which handbag sizes and shapes suit each of the four DRES System’s body types: Diamond, Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire. Furthermore, she promotes the DRES System’s philosophy that body type, personal style and lifestyle needs should guide one’s handbag choice. Ms. Bradley also advises that every gal should have a day bag, a weekend bag and an evening bag in their closet.

Does your handbag wardrobe need a pick me up? Here is what’s new on the handbag horizon for fall and winter:

  • Oxblood and wine colored purses – the new neutral;
  • Shearling and fur trimmed bags – fun and whimsical;
  • Embroidered and needlepoint purses – old world charm;
  • Micro messenger bags – for those who pack light.



Holobi DRESbook revolutionizes wardrobe styling

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

If you’ve read my blog postings and followed me on Facebook and Twitter, you already know that I own an image consulting and wardrobe styling business called Style Matters. My primary location is Greenville, South Carolina, but my business also serves Washington, DC. You may not know that I am an independent stylist consultant and regional director for a company called Holobi. This company,  composed of personal stylists from across the country, is dedicated to changing people’s lives by enhancing their image. Holobi comes from these two Greek root words, “holo” meaning complete and “bi”meaning life. The name Holobi means complete life. Holobi’s wholistic approach to style initially attracted me to them. Holobi believes that in order to live a complete life, one must strive for personal excellence in every area, including image. Holobi’s certified stylists help individuals discover their optimal image, one that projects authenticity, personal power and confidence. In my opinion, Holobi provides superior styling tools and resources for every fashion style and body type. The fact that Holobi moves beyond style and addresses body image and personal empowerment makes me especially proud to be affiliated with this visionary company.
Holobi has just launched a personalized and private online wardrobe styling service. Now individuals can receive expert personalized style advice and wardrobe recommendations by merely clicking a mouse. This revolutionary service opens up new horizons for me as well.  The DRESbook provides me the incredible opportunity to work with women around the globe. My adrenaline surges  just thinking about this amazing prospect.     
Here is a personal message and more details about the DRESbook from the founder and owner of Holobi. Greetings,

Do you stare at the clothes in your closet each morning and can’t seem to find anything to wear? Are you constantly buying clothes that don’t match your fashion style or flatter your figure? Holobi has the answer to your prayers.  My company developed a new online solution to make it easy to quickly find the clothes that make you look your best.  I am very excited about the launch of my new Holobi DRESbook. This is the first online personal styling shopping service where certified DRES stylists make clothing selections based on an individual’s body shape, best colors and style.  The service is personalized, private and now available  for only $16.50 per month! DRESbook Members get to:
 • Create personalized preferences
• Receive personalized style selections
• Save their favorite selections
• Develop a shopping list
• Log outfit photos for easy reference
• Have access to online consulting
To feel confident and look brilliant, start your free trial now. https://www.holobi.com/dresbook/how-it-works.html. Your brilliant image is just a click away. 

Warmest Regards,
Margaret SpencerHolobi, LLC Founder & CEO
Creator of the DRES System
Find what fits at  http://holobi.com

Start your free trial now. https://www.holobi.com/dresbook/how-it-works.html 
Your brilliant image is only a click away.


Four fabulous 2011 jewelry trends

Saturday, October 1st, 2011
All eyes are on jewelry this fall as this ultimate accessory shares center stage with the latest clothing fashions.  Jewelry animates the wearer and delights the beholder. It also possesses the power to instantaneously transform a somber outfit into a sensational one.  Holobi  DRES System has created jewelry and accessory guidelines for each of the four body types and face shapes: diamond, emerald, sapphire and ruby. The team of Holobi independent stylist consultants will train individuals how to incorporate fabulous fall jewelry trends like the following into their wardrobe:
·       Feather’s Unfurled:  Exotic plumes in the form of cascading earrings, choker necklaces and brooches are certain to add “glam” to jeans as well as a LBD.  A feathered pin strategically placed on a lapel or at the waist draws attention to those areas.  Feathers appeal to dramatic dressers who enjoy making a statement with their clothes and accessories as well as Ethnic style personalities who favor a bohemian look. 
·        Pendant Power: This 1970’s iconic necklace has morphed into a thoroughly modern style.  Pendants come in all sizes and shapes this season. Designs include delicate filigree leaves, bejeweled Byzantine crosses and glass and bead pendants. Ethnic fashion styles will take to pendants made of natural elements like stone, bone and wood. Antique brass and semi precious stone pendants, on the other hand, inspire the romantics at heart.  Sapphire body types, whose hips are larger than their bust and shoulders, look smashing in bold “statement” pendants that rest at mid chest and highlight the décolleté.  Ruby body types, the opposite of sapphires, can sport longer pendant necklaces, provided that they are small busted. Rubies have broader shoulders and/or a larger bust compared to their narrower hips and thighs.
·       Metal Magic: Brass, silver, hematite and antique gold standout as this season’s most sought after metals. A single strand silver or gold necklace projects timeless elegance for those who prefer a conservative sheath dress or tailored suiting. The multi strand mixed metal designs infuse a pair of jeans and a simple tee-shirt with an edgy vibe, especially those with twisted strands and interwoven beading.  What better way to showcase mixed metals than by wearing an eclectic assortment of bangles or a turquoise cocktail ring set in gold and silver. Assorted stacked bracelets and rings work well on ruby body types because they extend the hip line and showcase the legs. The beauty of mixed metals is that they complement both warm and cool skin tones.
·        Welcome Back Chokers:  One just might find a long forgotten choker somewhere in the recesses of a jewelry armoire. This season’s hot style runs the gamut from woven designs with feathers and beads to sleek hammered silver minimalist collars. Chokers bring attention to the face, hair and eyes. They also suit petite women better than many of the popular oversized chunky necklaces. Since chokers rest at the base of the neck, they coexist nicely with a variety of tops including those with shawl collars, turtlenecks, peplum jackets with notched collars and oxford style blouses.
Frank Sinatra once crooned about “baubles, bangles (and), bright shiny beads” and their power to delight. This season’s array of jewelry options offers women the opportunity to take their personal style to new heights and add extra brilliance to their image.  As the song goes, “sparkles, spangles, your heart will sing….wearin’ baubles, bangles and beads”.