New Arrivals @ Pi
From one of the best beer bars in Baltimore, Max's Taphouse, comes Max's Waxhouse!
Eight varieties to choose from and the four-pack packaging makes an amazing presentation. Made from repurposed beer bottles consumed right at Max's Taphouse. Burns for approximately 50 hours and is made with a quality soy wax, with each fragrance being crafted to emulate some of their most extraordinary beers.
A portion of your candle purchase goes to help the non-profit Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation which provides exceptional hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families.
These candles all smell awesome!
So stoked to bring this to Dayton!
Check out the Beer Cap Traps in our next blog post!
It’s time to shop for school clothes.
Shopping for school clothes with your daughter (or son!) doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience.
Don’t dread this activity you can turn it into a fun experience you’ll remember from years to come.
Three rules for you … the parent ~
1) Pick your battles. Some things are just not worth arguing over. I like to use this rule all the way around.
2) Don’t force your daughter into your style. We know it’s difficult but you should also not be trying your daughter’s style on you!
3) Be present. Put the phone away! Plan for a full day of dedication to your kids and shopping!
Start planning your shopping trip ~
#1 HELP HER START PLANNING
- Evaluate and clean out her closet – Evaluate your daughter’s closet with her, and determine what she’ll need for the school year. This is a great moment to help her learn this important skill.
- Start an idea board – Now that she knows what she needs, have your daughter start looking through magazines or on Pinterest, and start putting together ideas or styles that she likes.
#2 SET GROUND RULES
- Establish a budget – It’s never too early to learn to be responsible with finances. So, give your daughter a budget beforehand so she can start getting an idea of what she should buy to maximize her budget.
- Establish a dress code – Your daughter’s school likely has a dress code, and you may have certain expectations based on your family’s values. Make sure you address these with your daughter before your shopping trip.
#3 MAKE IT SPECIAL
This is by far the most important step. Show your daughter that this shopping trip is important to you, and make it into a fun day out with each other.
- Set a date – Pick a day where you’ll both have plenty of time to shop without being rushed.
- Add an activity – There’s no reason to limit this trip to just shopping. Make it a date and go see a movie or sit down for lunch or dinner at her favorite restaurant.
- Give her a special piece of jewelry – Make her feel special by giving her a necklace with her initials, or a piece that reminds you of her. Make sure to tell her why you chose what you did.
#4 HELP HER PICK OUT HER CLOTHES
Time for the big day! As you shop, be helpful to her, and keep the following things in mind.
- Let her be herself – The more she feels like she is expressing herself, the happier she will be about what she is wearing.
- Let her make mistakes – If she’s insistent about buying something that you know she won’t wear/will regret, you may want to let her make that mistake (as long as it’s within the bounds you’ve set) and learn from it.
- Find teaching moments – As she’s making decisions, find moments to teach about how to shop (i.e., make sure she has her wardrobe staples, make sure she buys clothes that are good quality and will last, etc.)
#5 HELP HER ACCESSORIZE
This is a big one! Unlike clothes, jewelry can truly last a lifetime, so be sure to help her make good choices for her accessories.
- Teach her the importance of basics – Make sure she has pieces that she can wear every day that go with most of her wardrobe.
- Help her complete the look – Teach her how to use a piece of jewelry to tie an outfit together (this is especially helpful for you if you aren’t loving the outfit, and can help it with an accessory).
A new service we started here at Pi Style is helping you and your closet to look complete while pairing down the unwanted clutter.
Our stylists can assist with clothing, shoes, and accessories for every occasion including daily casual, work, and nights out. There is nothing more confidence boosting than having a well fitting, put together outfit that compliments you and the task at hand.
Our capsule edit is a 90-minute, one-on-one virtual styling session with your stylist conducted via Skype, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime. Whether you are looking to makeover your work wardrobe or finally figure out how to do casual wear in a chic way—your stylist will help you make sense of your style and your closet. Together, you and your stylist will sort through up to 30 pieces you already own while your stylist provides feedback on how each item works within your selected capsule. After your edit you’ll receive a detailed checklist of pieces you need to perfect your work or weekend capsule and suggestions on how to style those pieces with items you already own.
- Must choose between a Work Capsule or Casual/Weekend Capsule
- Every additional hour is charged at $100/hour
A $100 shopping credit will be applied to the first purchase you make after your wardrobe edit to help you immediately begin building on the plan you and your stylist set for completing your dream wardrobe.
Cost ~ $200
Wardrobe edits to your shopping experience at Pi Style Boutique by bringing you and your stylist together for a three-hour, in-person styling session. Your stylist will go to your home and help you sort through all the pieces you own to identify which ones to keep, which ones to donate to charity, and which ones to throw away. She’ll also provide you with tips on how to style the pieces you already own and how to complete your looks with essential items from our boutique. The end result will be a curated closet of outfits you can wear with confidence, and a set of wardrobe goals to direct your next season of styling.
- Must live in Montgomery County area
- Every additional hour is charged at $100/hour
If you don’t live in the area but you’d still like to edit your closet with the help of our stylist, virtual edits are available for all clients through Skype, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime.
A $200 shopping credit will be applied to the first purchase you make after your wardrobe edit to help you immediately begin building on the plan you and your stylist set for completing your dream wardrobe.
Cost ~ $500
We would rather you spend your hard earned money on what you are going to wear. Because let's face it, your hanger shouldn't be wearing a blouse with tags on it!
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these products or companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals. ~Danielle
I've compiled a list of all the jewelry I've worn over the last month and found how much I love eco-friendly jewelry just as much as my USA made jewelry.
One great reason to shop eco jewelry is because it is so unique and of coarse the obvious, saving our planet. And, I can tell you 320,090,857 reasons (people living in the USA) to shop American made jewelry. So read on and see why I love what I love!
Reclaimed Luxury: One of my favorite Cincinnati artist, Stephanie Berry, made this amazing cuff for my daughter to gift to me. It's made from a old leather belt and stamped "Nana Moo" which is my given name by my daughters and grandbabies. You can check out her work on Etsy as well as on her Facebook page Reclaimed Luxury.
Color by Amber: I adore the CBA collection! The brand offers so many different collections, from metallics to grass to vibrant patterns, but all of its pieces are made of eco-resin which includes 40% pre-consumer recycled content. How awesome it's made in the USA! I discovered it from a blog post about USA made products and I joined as a Premier Stylist in April of 2014 for the forever discount (and plus no obligation to sell)! I also subscribe to their monthly Color Club Box. It's like getting the gift of jewelry every month. The bracelet holder/display can be found on Etsy. It's by Spirit Ranch Creations and its called the standing bracelet organizer. (Picture by Michelle Paulus June, also a CBA Stylist)
Terra Naturals Designs: I had to add this amazing company to the list. Made by women for women, everything Terra Natural Designs does supports social and environmental well-being. Terra Natural Designs gives you eco-friendly alternative to traditional fashion accessories, by using sustainable materials including wood, seeds and nuts from the Amazon rain forest. Due to the nature of these pieces being made from actual natural materials there may be slight variations in colors or markings making each piece one-of-a-kind!
Woodstock by Brighton: Brighton’s artisans produce their Woodstock bracelets at the design headquarters in Los Angeles, California! These amazing bracelets are customizable with the Brighton bead collection. Of, course you will find an amazing assortment of the bracelets and beads at Pi Style!
Whether its upcycled, recycled or handmade, I love! I love local, I love women owned-companies, I love social well-being, and I love MADE IN THE USA! NOW THAT'S A LOT OF LOVE!
We’ve all been there before: You have tons of clothes, but you don’t feel like you have anything to wear! In the spirit of spring-cleaning, use these helpful tips to part ways with some of your oldies but not-so-goodies!
- Ask questions / Grade your closet
- Think about your current style and ask yourself, “Is this even ‘me’ anymore?” If you are classic and preppy, it might be time to trade in your alma mater hoodies for a more polished look.
- The first step toward a clutter-free closet filled with clothes you love is to try everything on. This will help you analyze how you look in the garment, not just how it looks on the hanger. Do the color, fabric and cut express your style or if it’s a trendy piece does it just really need to go?
- Make a Rule / Store Sentimental Items / Determine what should Go
- If you haven’t worn something in two or three years, make the rule and get rid of it! Unless it is a wedding dress, a black-tie gown or your most favorite leather coat it needs to find a new home.
- If it’s an heirloom piece with sentimental value that you feel could be passed down, keep it but take it out of your closet and place it in a storage bin somewhere safe.
- If it’s ‘pilling’, worn, torn, missing buttons or broken zippers and you haven’t made effort to repair it then it’s time to let it go.
- Also, if it still has tags on it and you’ve never worn it, you never will!
- At this point, you’ll know which items you wear most often and feel confident in.
- Arrange with ease / Place like with like / Clean with a friend
- Now that you know which types of clothing flatter you and make you feel your best, it’s time to take inventory of exactly what you have. Placing like with like items. For instance, put all pants together, all tops together, all dresses together, and then in order of color, light to dark.
- Organizing will add structure and ultimately will help you build your outfits when its time to dress.
- Then, create best-of lists for each category of clothing. Pick your top 10 of each item—pants, tops, skirts, and dresses. Most likely if it’s not a top pick, you’ll probably never wear the rest. Let them go.
- There’s nothing like third-party perspective to shed light on the cleaning process. Plus, a good friend will be brutally honest.
- See What you Wear / Shop Your Closet
- Some people really may not have an afternoon to go through the purging process so I recommend: Flip all of your hangers one direction and as you wear pieces, turn the hanger around. At the end of 30 days, remove pieces that are facing the original direction.
- As you categorize your clothing options take time to discover new possibilities. Check that you have a top that goes with each of your basic bottoms, in terms of color, pattern, sleeve length, and fabric weight. Pants and skirts that have up to five or six top options are giving you the best bang for the buck. Look for new ways to match your items and make what you already have, look new and fresh.
- If you notice you’re lacking some staples—like button-down shirts or basic tees—make a list of what you need more of to complete your wardrobe. More on this later!
- Reap your Profits
- And now it’s time to see if you can cash in on all your hard work. For pricey, barely worn or vintage pieces, selling on consignment is a great way to earn some income for your discards. “To maximize your earnings, items should be like new, still in style or a classic style, and clothing should be clean and pressed on hangers. Don’t get attached to dollar signs or question “How much am I going to get?” These are clothes that are just hanging around or you will never wear again. Don’t think about how much you paid but rather be open to the fact that you’re going to get something for them.
- There are tons of online sites to list your gently worn items. Klury.com, an online store for designer duds, is great because they send prepaid shipping labels and pay quickly. Swapstyle.com is a site where you can trade with other users. For lesser know designer brands, you may list them on Poshmark.com, Threadflip.com, and Vinted.com and you’ll get about 80% of the sale price. My daughter’s favorite is Poshmark. She literally has her entire closet listed at any given time. She sells one or two items a week and now shops consignment shops for those lesser know designer labels that she can wear a few times while they are listed and actually make some nice profits!
- Lastly, donate, donate, donate! We have a terrific organization in Dayton called “Clothes That Work”. Goodwill and the Salvation Army are also great causes to donate your gently worn items. And be sure to gather those receipts for tax purposes and you may be able to cash in during tax season.
- Restock Only What You Need / Improve Your Quality / Raise You Bar
- Now that your spring-cleaning is done, don’t fall into the same traps of re-cluttering your space. Once you’ve pared down your closet to your most-perfect pieces, the biggest temptation is to run out and spend a ton to fill the holes you’ve created. Instead, its time to get more organized before you buy. Make a conscious list of what you need and not what you find on sale. Sale items aren’t much of a sale if you never wear them.
- But remember, there can be too much of a good thing: We all tend to buy “That One Thing That Looks Good on Us” over and over again. Avoid this by keeping a solid list of the items you may have abundance of, such as black dresses or white shirts, so you’ll stop buying repeats of what you already own.
- Remember the more organized you are the more likely you can justify those “investment” pieces in your wardrobe. You can then purchase the more expensive black pumps or maybe splurge on a designer winter coat.
- Upgrade to wooden or cloths hangers. They are gentler on your garments and while you’re trading out your old wire ones, you can really see exactly what you have!
- Now that you’ve uncluttered, it’s time to restructure your closet to maximize the space. One way is by simply raising your clothing rod (and, thus, your clothing) higher so you have more room on the floor for a dresser, or adding a second rod to create double the hanging space.
- Ask questions / Grade your closet