Meet Our Clients: Meghan Hungate
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Meet Meghan Hungate. She has been a BU Style client since 2011. She is an attorney; amazing food orderer (it’s a true talent); knows every lyric to “Hamilton”; impressively smart; she is tons of fun, confident, honest, a loyal friend, brave, and one of the most uniquely special people I know.

First, let me share a story about Meghan and one of the many reasons she is near and dear to my heart:

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Meghan was one of my first clients and since has become one of my closest friends. One early thing that I will forever thank her for in our friendship was when I was in the midst of ending a 10+-year relationship in my 20s. I hadn’t been in NYC very long and didn’t have a lot of friends here. It was a Friday evening, and I was in a tough spot and needed to leave a bad situation immediately. I called Meghan for help. Even though we hadn’t been friends very long, without hesitation, Meghan immediately showed up, helped get me out of the situation, and offered her home and friendship to me for as long as I needed it. She’s a rockstar and a total babe! She has consistently been a loyal friend and has helped teach me the power in being courageous, loyal, and “showing up.”

What is your favorite thing about working with Natalie?

“Knowing that I will walk away with a closet upgrade that suits me and doesn’t include any ill-conceived purchases.”

What have you learned about your style through working with BU Style?

”To embrace it and not try to adopt styles that are not me.”

We discovered that Meghan is happiest mixing comfortable & sexy styles. She’s not afraid of pairing a crop top sweater with workout pants & sneakers. Her favorite work dresses are sheath silhouettes. Her style showcases her confidence, rockin’ bod, and impressively fast walking pace (even for NYer!).

It has been my pleasure to be Meghan’s stylist and friend—and to help her reflect her unique amazingness through her personal style!

Hugs, Natalie

 
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Credits:
Photos: Marcin Mulchalski // Hair: Paula Randazzo // Makeup: Alexandra Sifre // Brows: Malynda Vigliotti // Wardrobe Styling: Natalie Tincher // Accessories Styling: Sabrina Vertzman

Outfit Details:
Dress: Yasya Minochkina // Jewelry: GBGH Jewelry // Shoes: Maxine

BU Style's 2019 Theme: "Stories"

As a child, I was enthralled with a great story and often stayed up WAY past my bedtime reading by flashlight, engrossed in a novel. I loved stories so much that I majored in English literature in college. Our lives are a collection of stories. Each life experience is a sentence, paragraph, chapter, or novel that collectively makes up the series that is our unique, one-of-kind lives.

My mom, Janice Lynn Tincher, 4/1/1939–12/30/2018

My mom, Janice Lynn Tincher, 4/1/1939–12/30/2018

I decided on the 2019 theme of “Stories” midway through December. Just days later on 12/30/2018, my sweet mom unexpectedly passed away. Since this tough loss, my mind can’t stop thinking of stories with her: watching her & my dad dance the Jitterbug in the kitchen (they were high school sweethearts); the way she’d look at every little child and say so sincerely, “Oh, how precious!”; how she would read me bedtimes stories as a child every night, kiss my cheek, and say, “I love you & Jesus loves you, too” . . . She was the kindest, sweetest, most loving person I’ve ever met. This Hamilton song title keeps coming to mind: “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?” My mom’s story has become part of me, my siblings, my dad, her friends, her grandkids. We can all tell her story and embody her kindness and love to carry on her legacy.

I wore a necklace of hers to her services that I remembered her wearing often when I was a child. I believe it was also her mother’s. It’s not a fancy or expensive necklace. In fact, it’s just plastic costume jewelry. But when I wore it, I remembered times my mom wore it. I saw her smile and laugh. (She had THE BEST laugh.) I saw her vividly, and the necklace was like a security blanket and her warm hug enveloping me. It helped me physically feel her presence to get through a tough time.

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Bill & Janice Tincher, Married 4/5/1958

Our style & outfits are one medium to share our story. Before we even speak, they start giving context clues to who we are or how we are feeling that day. Clothing and accessories remind us of different chapters and paragraphs of our life story: first job, the first date, the days you got bad or good news—what you were wearing when . . . (insert life event). Brands and the founders behind them have stories and messages to share. We can visually create a complex narrative through our wardrobe and how we choose to wear it.

In a world of fast fashion, swiping right and left, scrolling up and down, we at BU Style want to pause more often and think about the stories behind the outfits we create, the brands we work with, and the clients, colleagues, and all with whom we rub shoulders daily. Stories breathe life and meaning into the seemingly ordinary or common; they connect us to one another; they help us be more sympathetic and empathetic. This year, we look forward to creating deeper connections by sharing stories of all kinds with you—and we hope you’ll share yours with us.

With love, Natalie

Tweed: But, really, what is it?

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tweed
noun || \ˈtwēd \


:: a rough woolen fabric made usually in twill weaves and used especially for suits and coats

Brief History:
Tweed originated in Scotland in the 18th century. Scottish weavers wished to make a denser and heavier cloth, and by developing the "twill" (the diagonal line running through the fabric) they produced what is recognized as tweed today. The generic term came from a London cloth merchant misreading "tweel", the Scottish version of twill. (Source: Independent.co.uk)

Meet Our Clients: Andrea Nunes

We had an awesome client appreciation event at Flying Solo to celebrate 8 years in business. For this event, we put on a runway show, featuring ten BU Style clients as models. Over the coming weeks, we’ll share their looks and what they have to say about their personal style & working with BU Style.

Meet Andrea Nunes—BU Style client since 2014. She is a managing director of portfolio talent, Brazilian, writer, amazing friend, kind, confident, strong, sassy, resilient, empathetic, and so much more!

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What have you learned about your personal style through working with BU Style?

“I've learned that my style is a reflection of my personality, and it is as unique as I am. I've also learned that my personal style evolves over time.”

What is your favorite thing about working with BU Style?

“My personal stylist, Natalie, has a combination of qualities that I find exceptional. First, she is a master of her craft and technically competent in what she does, she understands fit, fashion trends, and what works for each client. Second, she is very committed to my satisfaction, she is flexible and listens to my needs. Lastly, she is a pleasure to work with—very friendly and professional.”

Do you have any favorite experiences / memories with BU Style? If so, please share!

I love each step of the experience. First, streamlining my closet and getting rid of what's not working for me is truly liberating. Then, stepping into the stores and finding the fitting rooms ready with items that Natalie pre-shopped is a real treat. Lastly, the fun of putting pieces together in the styling session. However, my favorite part of all is the convenience of having my look book for inspiration, whether I am packing for a business trip or just getting ready for work in the morning!

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Credits:
Photos: Marcin Mulchalski // Hair: Paula Randazzo // Makeup: Alexandra Sifre // Brows: Malynda Vigliotti // Wardrobe Styling: Natalie Tincher // Accessories Styling: Sabrina Vertzman

Outfit Details:
Suit: Victoria Hayes Collection // Earrings: Iza by Silvia D’Avila // Shoes: Maxine

Personal Stylist Training Program: REFINE
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Calling all Personal Stylists!

BU Style has partnered with The Paid Stylist to create a 2-day stylist training program: REFINE.

With a foundation built on community over competition, we are dedicated to elevating the personal styling industry and providing you with skills, tools, and resources to serve the clients you adore even better and more fully.

We recognize the drive and hustle of working personal stylists and have crafted every minute of REFINE to be full of excitement, heart, and encouragement. You will be welcomed into an intimate training environment, where you will feel heard, your skills will be refreshed, and your motivation reignited. But more than anything, our goal is for you to leave REFINE equipped with new ways to provide clients with the best personal styling experience.

REFINE will take place in New York City during two sessions: February 11–12 and February 14–15, 2019. Visit the REFINE website to learn more about our 2-day training & the new skills and services you will leave with. We would love to see you there!



Announcing Photo Styling Services!
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We’re excited to announce new photo styling services! Headed by our senior personal stylist Sabrina, we have packages to help you with things like coordinating outfits for your family photos, creating the right mood / brand for your personal headshots, and being with you to help on-set to make sure a wrinkle in a shirt doesn’t put a figurative wrinkle in your photoshoot. Learn more and book here.

Clothing Care Tips: Removing Underarm Stains
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Yellow underarm stains are the pits (#PunIntended). Fun fact: It's not your sweat alone that causes these. It's actually the chemicals in antiperspirant mixing with the salt in your sweat that cause the reaction. 

Either way, they are annoying! Here are two of Nat's DIY stylist solutions to mellow the yellow:

 

SOLUTION #1

1 c. vinegar
2 c. warm water
1/2 c. baking soda
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp hydrogen peroxide

 

  • Step 1: Combine vinegar and warm water and soak the shirt for at least 30 min
  • Step 2: Make a paste out of baking soda, salt, and hydrogen peroxide
  • Step 3: Remove shirt from vinegar mixture and ring out excess moisture
  • Step 4: Put a generous amount of paste onto the stained area and gently rub it into the fabric the paste absorbs
  • Step 5: Let sit for 30 minutes  
  • Step 6: Wash shirt, as usual

SOLUTION #2

3–4 crushed-up Aspirin
1 bowl warm water

  • Step 1: Crush Aspirin pills and mix the powder in a small bowl of warm water until dissolved
  • Step 2: Submerge stained area in the mixture for a couple of hours
  • Step 3: Wash the garment as usual in cold water

 

How to Wash Your Swimsuits
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Lengthen the life of your swimsuits by caring for them properly. Here are our personal-stylist approved tips for keeping suits as bright as your summer glow: 

1. DO HAND WASH ONLY. Use only a detergent made for delicate fabrics. If you don't have detergent on hand, at least give it a rinse in fresh water. 

2. DO WASH AFTER EACH WEAR. Even if you didn't dip in the pool, as sunscreen and other lotions can stain the suit. 

3. DON'T DRY YOUR SUIT IN THE SUN OR DRYER. Heat weakens the elasticity, and the sun causes it to fade. 

4. DON'T SOAK YOUR SUIT OVERNIGHT. This also weakens the elasticity. 

Cover-ups, Beach Bags, More: 10 Things We Love @ BU

With swim season upon us, we've provided our favorite cover-ups and beach bags to give you all those good summer beach vibes! Don't forget the sunscreen! 

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1. Pitusa has some of my favorite cover-ups these days. I like this one because it's simple in the front with a pom-pom party in the back! 

2. Unlike most caftans, this one has nice waist definition, coverage, and a neutral print, making it great for a beach-day lunch break. 

3. The halter neck and cool print on this little gem give it a romantic whimsy—perfect for watching the sunset on the beach. 

4. The colors of this cover-up remind me of a tropical paradise! All I need is a flower in my hair and a slushy drink in hand (paper umbrella toothpick included, obvs). 

5. For a super casual, cool beach days, consider a lightweight beach pant like this.

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6. You may already know this by now, but for me camo is a neutral. So, of course, my camo tote can easily pivot to beach bag in the blink of an eye! L.L Bean still is my favorite one. You can pick with a zipper or open-top.     

7. Last year I found the cutest backpack. It’s super compact and fits a small beach towel, lotion, and a bottle. For those who are practical, the Anello backpack is for you!  

8. When I don't want to overthink it, a big tote is the answer: just put everything in and go. Rip Curl(flashback to my teen years here!!) has a chill Cali-style tote that totally does the trick!

9. Looking for something more stylish? This white, back and tan shopper is nice and practical (+ on sale! Triple win here!)

10. If you want to step it up in the style department even more: hands down, Cuyana’s oversized carryall tote. Classic shape, good quality, and works yearround. You can use it as your overnighter AND beach bag. (You know we're all about that "cost per wear"!)

How to Clean Your Espadrilles
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Espadrilles are a summer footwear delight, but when the fiber soles get dirty, do you know the (espa)drill for cleaning them? Here are a few tips: 

1. DO NOT put them in the washing machine or submerge them in water. 

2. Let any dirt dry, and then wipe with a dry cotton cloth or use a vacuum to remove loose dirt.

3. Next, you can either A). spray a foaming carpet cleaner and blot the fibers with an absorbent cloth and a small toothbrush for any stubborn spots or B) dip a toothbrush in a mixture of 1 Tbsp of mild detergent mixed with 2 cups of water and gently scrub off the dirt.

4. Remove any excess detergent with a clean damp cloth.

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noun || d'or·say

: a shoe or slipper made with a circular vamp and a quarter that curves to meet the vamp at the shank line

 

Brief history: 

The d'orsay shoe was named after Count Alfred d’Orsay—a 19th-century "dandy," artist. and friend of Lord Byron. The shoes were worn by men at the time, and the cut-out sides were introduced to accommodate wider feet. 

(Source: stylist.co.uk )

Summer White Tops, Earrings, More: 10 Things We Love @ BU

This month we are helping you update your summer whites capsule: Natalie is giving you her favorite white tops & Sabrina is helping you with earring pairings to complete this easy, breezy summer uniform! 

NAT'S PICKS: SUMMER WHITE TOPS
1. It's no secret I'm a big fan of AYR. As if they can predict my needs, this summer they came out with my new favorite white T-shirts: capsleeve in scoop and crewneck and, my personal favorite, a muscle tee. (BONUS: Use code BUTTONEDUPSTYLE for 15% off.) 

2. Looking for a good white work blouse? This Elie Tahari stretch silk blouse has been an Old Faithful for many of my lady boss clients.  

3. Speaking of reliable, I've yet to find a white button-down I like better than the J.Crew Perfect Shirt. This year, it's updated in a linen for summer. (Styling tip: Tie up your white shirt over a dress for a summer cardigan or shawl alternative.) 

4. I love an easy, breezy, and drapey sweater to wear on cool summer evenings. I particularly like the bateau neck (and wallet-friendly price) of this one

5. Looking for a lighweight, versatile blouse to help you live your best frilly, feminine life? I love the details and ease of this one

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6. Classic and elegant is all you need some days. Accessorize accordingly with the Dew Drop earrings by danish design house Georg Jensen. Compliments are guaranteed ;-)    

7. A great way to liven up your white T-shirt is with these sequinned earrings. Ivory, pink or blue, they will add a pop of fun to your outfit.

8. When I want to stay classic, I like my solitaire diamond earrings. They add a little sparkle to my capsule. Tiffany has a good selection. Check them out! Which one do you like?

9.If you like statement earrings you can wear year-round. These ones are a great addition to your collection. 

10. Feeling hoops? Yeah, me too! Jennifer Fisher has a BIG selection, and they recently added clip-ons. The Baby Shane hoops are easy to transition from day to night. I like that they are square—adding a little something different to the classic style.  

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Shoe Picks: 10 Things We Love @ BU

If you are like us and wearing high heels on a regular basis isn't your thing, we've given you a list of our favorite stylish flats to keep you comfortable and cool this spring:  

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NAT'S PICKS: 
1. My love of loafers runs deep, and I'm digging the nice rose hue of this piece of fusion footwear: the loafer mule (a "moafer"?) 

2. Sticking to the footwear portmaneau theme, I bought these sneaker/espadrilles ("snespadrilles"?) last summer, and they proved to be one of the most versatile pieces of footwear I've ever purchased. I think I'm going to snatch up a back-up pair.

3. I've been thinking about these slides ever since I bought them for a client recently. They paired well with so many outfits by adding interest to solids or creating a cool, eclectic look mixed with prints. 

4. I "d'orsay" these Vince flats are a cool, on-trend yet versatile (low CPW) update for your pointy-toe flats.  

5. This summer version of a smoking loafer has gotten rave reviews from clients, especially my busy moms, for being comfortable enough to run around the city all day.  

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6. In this tricky transition weather I found these Robert Clergerie metallic mules to be airy enough for afternoon heat but covered enough for the evening or morning chill. 

7. I like to slowly ease into summer colors. Loeffler Randall’s pointy toe slingback in light blue will do wonders for me! My feet are not completely naked, but the shoe has just a bit of toe cleavage. Bonus: They are on SALE!

8. When I want to feel a bit more dressed up, my go-to shoes are these Ralph Lauren Oxfords: classic, simple, and a great shape.    

9. My weekend outfits this spring will have one thing in common: an easy-going espadrille, like these by Tory Burch.  

10. Feeling a bit whimsical? I get that, too. Three-color pointy shoes will complement the mood, and these particular ones will NOT break the bank. 

Denim & Military Jackets, More: 10 Things We Love @ BU

It looks like spring is finally here! (But we're not holding our breaths quite yet.) In hopes to not jinx it, we've rounded up some our top favorite stylist-approved layering pieces for this transition-weather season: 

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NAT'S PICKS: 
1. I bought my Gap denim jacket more than 10 years ago, and my attempts to find a "nicer" one I like better have proven fruitless (but I'm still on the hunt)! Lucky for me, this is one classic piece Gap still carries (link here). 

2. The Everlane cropped anorak is a fresh take on a traditional jacket. It's water-resistant—making it perfect for surprise spring showers!

3. Pop this easy "overshirt" style jacket from Sezane over a t-shirt and jeans for a cool, casual look. I like the stripes to add variety that's still easy to mix and match. 

4. If you have a small frame, a classic double-breasted trench can be too overwhelming. I like this modernversion by Mackage. 

5. If the long winter has you down, go for a fun, patterned layering piece like this Zadig & Voltaire ikat print bomber. Great worn casually with jeans, or throw it over a slip dress in the evening for a sporty twist. 

SABRINA'S PICKS: 
6. My military jacket is my spring go-to outwear. Really, I wear it all the time: on a market run or out for drinks. The Zadig & Voltaire Kayak Brod Parka adds a fun, feminine twist to a more masculine jacket.

7. Club Monaco's color block trench is a great staple that provides a new spin on a classic cut. It's a good option for those who want something a bit different that won't be "out of style" next year.

8. If you like clean lines or need something simple for the office, COS A-line shape cardigan is great! It has a hidden zip front, 3/4 sleeves, and a nice texture to add dimension to your outfit.  

9. If you workout early in the morning like I do, you will probably still need a parka to get to the gym. Stella McCartney for Adidas has this awesome two-toned parka that will keep you looking cool. 

10. For those mornings when you REALLY want to stay in bed but you still HAVE to go to work, I suggest you snuggle up in Theory's cashmere duster. Over slacks or jeans, this cozy cardigan will keep you warm until you get to your local coffee shop and feel better about the day. It can easily pivot to a good travel buddy, as well. 

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"Empowerment & Personal Style" Podcast
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“I lead with my heart and love with everything in life. So I need everything I do with my clients to also feel that way.” – Natalie Tincher

I had the honor of sitting down and chatting style, business growth, personal growth, and empowerment with my friend and founder of Point Road Studios, Sharon Lipovsky. This lady knows how to get to the meat and potatoes of things, ask the right questions, and create an space of support and comfort. It was a blast! 

Read more about the Podcast and give it a listen here