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Stylemaker: Channeling Catherine Deneuve

Stylemaker series: Channeling Catherine Deneuve www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

These days I’m having a major crush on the fabulous sixties style of  French film icon Catherine Deneuve. French, but blonde, (which is kind of an unexpected mix of what we’d consider classic French style today, Catherine’s a little bit Gwyneth, a little bit Brigitte, and a little bit Grace Kelly. A classic style that’s still as fresh today as it was in the 60s. Here’s how to channel her style and make it totally modern.

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  1. Prada sunglasses
  2. Bando head scarf
  3. Jcrew Outlet trench coat (similar)
  4. Tory Burch Reva ballet flats (DYING over that color)
  5. Bobbi Brown Ink eyeliner
  6. Hanky Panky Garbow bralette
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Personal Style: How to Define Your Signature Color Palette

Personal Style series: defining your signature color palette  www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

image by Boden; graphics by me.

We’re back to more posts on personal style today, and this one is a doozy.

A few years ago I remember seeing a woman who was super chic. She was wearing trim cropped white jeans with a camel-colored sweater, all with gold jewelry and simple, chic accessories and some kind of high-end looking tan driving loafers. It went beautifully with her  olive colored skin and dark hair. My sister told me that she knew her, and that she chooses only items in that specific color palette to wear. It works for her, and she’s rockin’ it daily.

Now that’s knowing your personal style.

So how do you go about defining your signature color palette? Here’s a few different tips, but by all means don’t view these as hard-and-fast rules. Rules are meant to be broken, darlings. Continue Reading →

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My Personal Style: the showstopper shoe

Elements of My Style: The Showstopper Shoe. a series on personal style by www.PencilShavingsStudio.com

This post is part of a series discussing how to define personal style. In these posts, I’m also defining the elements of my own personal style. Join along and chime in below!

I’m excited to share one of my favorite elements of my personal style, the show stopper shoe.  What’s a show stopper? It’s that one item that makes you stop in your tracks – it’s what brings down the house! And I think nothing is a better style show stopper than a really marvelous pair of shoes.

The other day I was remembering these ridiculously garish silver glitter Mary Janes (that look similar to these) I used to wear in high school. I bought them at this store in the mall called Gadzooks, probably best known for being somewhat cheap/trendy/crazy, having an actual Volkswagen beetle in their store as display, and for selling teeny tiny string bikinis. In other words, it’s kind of a Christmas miracle that my mother even let me enter the store considering the size of those swimsuits.

But! They had those shoes. Those silvery glittery delights that made me feel just like a Broadway star. Catch that part? The feeling part is the key here — they made me feel something. And so I wore them with absolutely everything until they were worn down into the ground practically. I loved them and they defined my style.

While the design of the shoes I prefer now have changed, the central core has not. I want my shoes to make me feel something – they’re expressing something about me, and making me feel a certain way about myself. I want shoes that are out of the ordinary – that can make even the plainest tshirt and jeans into something really different.

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These Miu Mius here are, of course, flat out amazing (at their price point, they better be!) but don’t be afraid to shop around on eBay and other consignment shops for good finds, especially for designer shoes. I refuse to pay full price for these – that’s a poor use of funds. While I’d be reticent to buy designer handbags on eBay, it’s much more rare/difficult to knock off a designer shoe. Go to a department store or outlet like Neiman’s Last Call to figure out what size you are in the designer that you like. Then when you find a deal on sites like eBay, the Outnet, or even Gilt (TONS of good steals lately on brands including Miu Miu), you can buy without concern. I am *always* a size 39 in Prada or Miu Miu so when I’ve found KILLER deals on eBay ($30 for driving loafers? Yup!), I’ve clicked ‘Buy’ with confidence because I know they’ll work.

My checklist for awesome shoes probably includes a few of the following:

  • colorful
  • shiny/sparkly
  • flats
  • heels
  • wedges
  • could be dressed up or down
  • unusual
  • doesn’t have to be expensive, but shouldn’t look cheap
  • has to be comfy

Don’t be afraid

Here are a few of my favorite show stopper shoes:


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Kluster: Happy Jewelry

Kluster Happy Jewelry. Colorful gems styled by Rachel Shingleton at Pencil Shavings Studio www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

I’ve really loved the conversations we’ve been having about personal style last week, and I can’t wait to continue it. As a huge color fanatic, I’m always looking for colorful shoes and jewelry to wear; I love the punch it adds to even the simplest outfits. When color kindred spirit Kluster approached me about styling a few of their pieces, I was on board the minute I checked out their site. Gorgeous, punchy colors, but simple classic designs that you will wear forever. And they’re even more beautiful in real life.


Right now I’m madly in love with these oversized merino boyfriend sweaters from J.Crew. I wear them with everything, and I’m loving the pale icy blue color. It’s almost a neutral, it’s so pale, but it plays really well with other colors like the coral Kluster necklace.  I paired it with a gold Ban.do headband (on sale!) and my favorite C.Wonder initial cuff (similar).




The two-tone necklaces are insanely good – I had a hard time picking which colorway to go with but I’m loving the pink and red combo of the Strawberry Two-Tone necklace. Remember when we all thought red and pink clashed? Isn’t that silly! They’re a match made in color heaven, and I love how they look so fab with a chambray shirt.

How i wear my Kluster necklace - j.crew, kate spade -  www.pencilshavingsstudio.com


Kluster’s teal peacock necklace  makes me smile. I love any excuse to wear turquoise and it adds a great pop of color to this stylish ensemble of polka dots and sequins. Specs by Warby Parker; gold sequin heart pin/hair clip by Ban.do via Stationery Academy. Miu Miu flats via eBay (YES!).


There you have it! A colorful style session! Thank you, Kluster, for the lovely goodies!

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