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"I know this transformation is painful, but you're not falling apart; you're just falling into something different, with a new capacity to be beautiful."
-William C Hannan
I came across this quote and it literally stopped me in my tracks.  As some of you know, I made a big change recently and took a chance on myself and my business.  To say it was a big decision was certainly putting it mildly and it has been one of the toughest ones I have ever had to make peace with.  If I'm totally honest with you, I'm still working through it because "what if?" can creep in and make you wonder.   I know a lot about myself in ways I had never imagined at this point and some things I could have maybe avoided (ha!), but these lessons are providing me with the strength and tenacity to see through my dreams.  Things may not have been served up in a package that I would have chosen, but I am trusting all roads will lead to my next chapter.                
Change can be terrifying but if you allow yourself to be still, it can become a time of looking forward to the things you hope for.  However, there are other times when change appears out of nowhere and can bring you to your knees. Sometimes you can justify the lesson and other times you can't quite understand why change appeared in your world.  But as most things in life, you may not understand the reason, but you can find peace in knowing there is a definitive purpose.  I have experienced more than one type of change in the past couple of months, but the dust is slowly beginning to settle and I'm excited to share with all of you the NEW wlbstyle.com!!!   Here is a little bit of what my vision is for this brand, lifestyle and journey.
                                 
Simple & streamlined.  I hope #WLBSTYLE will become a part of your style story - whether you need outfit inspiration, want to know what new looks I am loving or just want to hang out, I hope you stop by.                                                                                                                               
#OOTD.  This collection will host all of my favorite looks of the day, along with some fun style series that I have in the works.   This will also be an area where I will showcase "Style Stories" inspired by some of my favorite style icons and films.                                                                                                
#MUSTHAVES.  These are pieces I know will make your style story a happy one!                    
BLOG.  
My approach to style, plans and more will all live in this area of the site.  I will be discussing products available here and from other stores to show you different ways of styling your looks.  I will be continuing my "Weekly Style Tips" series as well, but instead of sticking with just fashion, I will be including style tips for all facets of life - food, health, life, home and anything else I feel is useful and worth sharing.                                                                                  
So here's to the beginning of this journey.  Thank you for coming along with me.  We will have so much fun, I promise!

#OSCARFASHION

One of my favorite times of the year is when the red carpet rolls out, the cameras flash and some of our most beloved actors and actresses pose in some of the most beautiful and sometimes surprising looks for awards season.

Last night's Oscars did not disappoint.  From classic silhouettes to interesting cut outs, the red carpet did not disappoint.  Here are some of my favorite looks from last night and a few wild cards that made me smile and say, "Kuddos!".

 

LADIES:

-Jennifer Lawrence.  Her Dior Haute Couture dress with a lingerie inspired design and Chopard jewels looked effortless and romantic. 

-Cate Blanchett has always been a style risk taker, so it was so fun to see her in such a delicate and feminine piece last night.  Her Armani Prive dress was absolutely stunning.

-Naomi Watts had such a fun look last night.  The rich blues and purples were so perfectly highlighted against her porcelain skin and blonde hair.  But then again, how can you not stand out when you are wearing Armani Prive.

RISK TAKER

-Amy Poehler is my all time favorite #girlboss and she managed to make it even better with this intricate design by Andrew GN in an unexpected silhouette.  LOVE!

The men didn't disappoint either.  However, I think we can all sum up last night's event with one actor who finally won an Oscar and wore a tux like a boss.  Our man, Leonardo DiCaprio.  Enjoy ladies :)  And yes, I included a picture with Kate Winslet because I secretly want them to live happily ever after together.  :)

Til next time

-Amanda

Pear Shapes Unite!!! HOURGLASS HOTTIES Style Tips

I think first and foremost, "pear" shaped doesn't provide an accurate description of what this shape is, so I will from now on say hourglass hotties.  Because that's what you all are who share this rockin' female body type.

So now that you know what you body shape you are (recite hourglass hottie, hourglass hottie) here are some really great tips to highlight your best feature, your tiny waist and shoulders, and balance out your already naturally feminine bottom half.  Let's get started.
1.  The Upper Body is your best friend if you are part of this category.  Don't shy away from bright colors, big patterns and fabulous necklines.  Sweetheart, scoop and boat necks are ideal for your petite upper body.  If these necklines feature embellishments, like studded details, ruffles, or hardware, that is fantastic!  The key to working this shape is to DRAW THE EYE UP. You always want to highlight your waist and shoulders.
2. Length is key!  How long your shirt is can make or break a look for an hourglass hottie.  Not sure which length is the best for you?  Just remember to be either short (at the waist) or long (mid-thigh).  No in between for you. 
3. Fit! Fit! Fit!  I feel I say this a lot at the store, but the better it fits, the better it looks.  Form-fitting looks are ideal for the hourglass hottie because of that rockin' shoulder and waist.  So grab a top that seems closer to your frame and see tip 2 above for the right length and you will be set.
4.  Layer.  Hourglass hotties have the advantage of layering because you need to add a little volume to your upper body to balance out your lower half.  To avoid looking bulky, grab a belt to cinch in your small waist to bring out the hourglass look while wearing layers.
5.  Sleeves = Weight and that's a good thing!  Look for bell or wider sleeves, specifically sleeves that open up at the elbow.  If you add weight to your arms by including a wide sleeve, you make your hips and thighs look balanced and in proportion to your shoulders.
6. Pants - color & fit are specific.  Always, always, always go for darker washes in pants, especially denim.  It's the old rule of thumb, if it is a darker color, it automatically looks smaller, which is what hourglass hotties need in the lower half.  Plus, darker colors will automatically compliment any color top you wear. 
Fit in pants should stay within straight, flair or boot cut - I always tell my customers that if their pant is slightly wider than the width of their calf or ankle, attention is drawn from your mid-section.  Avoid skinnies or cigarette style.
BUT, the one thing I have to say for anyone with a wider bottom, AVOID, AVOID, AVOID, embellishments on your rear when wearing any kind of bottom.  You are drawing attention to your widest part, and unless you are rockin' a booty like Beyonce or Jennifer Lopez, I doubt any woman really wants their bottom half to look wider.  Not rounder, not tighter, but wider.  Big difference. 
7.  Skirts - have some fun with your itty bitty waist ladies!  Throw on a knee or ankle length to highlight your legs and draw attention to your waist. 
8. Dresses are made for the hourglass hottie!!!  Look for dresses with tighter waists in a bunched or rouched style and a neckline (see tip #1) made for you.  Slightly cover up your shoulders with wider shoulder straps and you are immediately rocking the most feminine shape around - an hourglass!  Be sure to keep the bottom half of the dress in an A-line or tulip style skirt.
Those are my tips and tricks for my hourglass ladies.  If you have any questions, be sure to drop me a line at whiteliliboutique@gmail.com OR comment on Facebook!
Keep it stylin'!
~Amanda