A Guide to Stylish Layering

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I miss summer. I miss my sun-kissed skin, the cookouts, sundresses, the beach, and some good swimwear. Summer is glorious. But, I’m a fall/winter gal when it comes to style and fashion. Bundling up makes for much more interesting looks. Layering up is not only a great way to help keep the cold away, it’s also a really great way to have some style fun.

Here are 6 quick tips to guide you through your next stylish layered look:

1. The Foundation
Here I started with denim on denim. The foundation should be strong and comfortable enough for you to build on. Nothing too heavy or oversized. A basic sweater or shirt paired with jeans or leggings would be excellent choices.

2. Don’t be afraid of too many layers
Pile them on. I used 4 layers for this look, please believe there could have been more. It’s a great opportunity to wear quite a few of your favorite pieces at once.

3. Incorporate Socks
Over the knee socks are a must have accessory this winter. Socks as a visible layer immediately adding style and character to any look. Go for it. It might just be the cheapest way to add life to your wardrobe for those cold months.

4. Layer over your coat
I’ve been doing this a whole lot this fall and winter and I absolutely love it. Who says the coat must the the last layer? Capes and blanket scarves are all the rage this season. Incorporate them effortlessly by throwing them over your coat. You’re sure to look chic while keeping warm.

5. Think Texture
I love the way all the different textures are working together here. The denim, the cotton, the wool, and the leather all compliment each other and make for a more interesting look.

6. Tell a story with the colors
Color stories are fun. For this look I’m definitely telling the fall/winter cozy cabin story. The colors and the plaid pattern screams laying by the fire place of a beautiful cabin in the middle of nowhere.

CamelCoat: here. (similar)

Cape: here. (similar)

Socks: here. (similar)

Boots: here.

Leather Gloves: here.

Love this look. Have fun layering.

Hey, Ms. Joseph

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Hey Y’all

Happy New Year! I know I’ve been a little scarce around these parts, but for good reason. The last few months of 2014 were defining for me. I was in my first semester of grad school, and in September I started at a new school for my day job. First impressions are everything, and I was determined to make a great one on both fronts.

For the year ahead I’m really focused on being a grown up and letting go of all the negative thoughts I seem to hold on to. I’m so hard on myself. There were so many times I thought I was going to fail out of grad school last year, I was just so consumed by feeling inadequate. Thank God for my support system. In particular, Nia. As my friend she knows I am capable of anything and deserving of so much more than I give myself credit for. She reminds me of that often.

For those of you who may not know Nia is my best friend and business partner. We started GSL and P&J Apparel together. Both have been filled with highs and lows. So much has gone wrong, we keep fighting and hanging on. The GlamSavvy Life is Nia’s baby and this year you guys will see who she really is. She’s powerful, passionate, yet vulnerable and fragile. She’s so human. Can’t wait for you guys to get to know her.

I’ll be making guest appearances as her best friend. Those appearances will be very stylish ones so no worries.

Most importantly we’re looking forward to getting to know you guys. We’ve been at this for a while it’s time to take it to the next level.

Dress: Gifted from Nia Coat
Shoes: Rainbow
Belt: My mom
Coat: Old Navy

xoxo,
Linda Joseph

Gabi Gregg x SwimSexy 2015

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Last week, Gabi Gregg of Gabifresh launched her 2015 swimwear collection with swimsexy. Almost immediately after posting the pictures from the campaign shoot on her personal social media pages they went viral. She looks absolutely stunning in the photos. Yasss…Gabi.

I adore Gabi, I’ve been following her since her Young, Fat, & Fabulous days. She breaks all the fashion rules and encourages women of all sizes to do the same. She’s single handedly created the fatkini revolution, providing swimsuit options for curvy girls for the last 2 years. Clap for her. Here is what Gabi had to say:

What you can expect from the line:

True to my style, I went for bold colors, fun designs and cool details. There was no watering down or holding back (this happens often when brands make things for our size demo); I simply designed beautiful statement pieces that I knew stylish girls would love. From jellyfish and oil prints to oversized zippers and cutouts, I really did think about every single element, and I hope you guys can tell how much time and effort I put into these.

It’s clear that this was a labor of love.

I care so much about the plus size girls out there who are constantly feeling left out or like they’re an afterthought to brands, and I never want to make my customers feel that way. We all deserve to feel confident and sexy, and that includes when we hit the beach. When I look back at my journey with the fatkini, I couldn’t be prouder of how far we’ve come as a community and how many women are now joining the movement. I’m so grateful to you and also to swimsuitsforall for giving me this unimaginable opportunity.

Read more here.

This is definitely a #savvymove. You can shop the line here. Many of the suits have already sold out, catch it if you can. Congrats Gabi!

Nia

Black

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I’ve been told that black is my favorite color. I didn’t argue. Black on black just never gets old. Have I told you guys? I’m totally obsessed with H&M lately. Shhhh… Like the post right before this one, everything I’m wearing here is from H&M. They seem to be a haven for affordable minimalist pieces. You would think that minimalism lends itself to affordability but nope. It can get really costly to get decked out in basic pieces from head to toe.

Check out H&M for your affordable minimalist pieces. I had so much fun with this look. As I edit pictures, I can’t help but notice the smiles on my face and just how happy I look. Grateful for the little things.

Stylishly Yours,
Nia

Cozy

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Happy Monday!! It’s the first Monday of the year. I’m so hopeful and optimistic about the year ahead, as always I have a very ambitious year planned. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. This year is all about my foundation, I skipped a few steps along the way that I must tend to before moving forward. It’s not glamorous, but it’s necessary.

I love the over-sized sweater as a dress with thigh high boots look. So cozy and easy to pull off on warmish days. I threw in my fur vest and leather jacket to add some edge and texture. I’ve been wearing my faux fur vest over my leather jacket together, and it makes for a unique outerwear piece. They just go together so well. A good pair off thigh high boots are just so necessary for this time of year, it take the simplest looks to the next level. It’s a great way to kick off the new year.

Sweater/Dress- H&M
Leather Jacket- H&M
Faux Fur Vest- H&M
Boots- H&M

What are some of your plans for the new year?

Stylishly Yours,
Nia