BEAM SCHOOL

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I'm so excited to get to introduce a project that is very near and dear to my heart… (drumroll)

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This is an idea that my friend, Emma Carter, has had all of her life and I am so lucky to have been asked to partner with her in the creation of it!  Emma is pretty amazing- she is a hair and makeup pro and has worked all over the globe with some pretty amazing people (read more about her here).

Together, we have designed Beam School as a collection of classes that give girls and women hands on guidance from real style pros.  It is where women of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas will have the opportunity to learn the latest, as well as the tried and trusted, when it comes to health, beauty and style.

The name Beam School comes from the idea that in order to be the best version of myself I must BE (who I) AM.  And when I am my true self, I naturally radiate my authenticity out into the world!

Claire Roberts (left) and Emma Carter (right).

Claire Roberts (left) and Emma Carter (right).

Now you’re probably wondering what our first class is all about!?!  We have chosen our premier class to focus on girls ages 12-15.  This is an age group that is near and dear to our hearts for many reasons and we want to give these girls skills that will last a lifetime.  In a nutshell here's what they will learn....

  • Your girls will have an opportunity to learn and practice personal care and grooming.

  • They will discover their own style, build self esteem, pick out appropriate clothing. 

  • They will be shown the best practices regarding social media and the influence (real vs. fake) of mass media.

  • They will practice kindness, acceptance of self, and acceptance of others.   

  • They will learn basic social graces like thank you notes, table settings, a good handshake, eye contact, and more.

  • They will be coached on health and well being.

And with the Holidays around the corner we hope you will find this experience a wonderful gift opportunity.

Check out our Beam School site for registration information and stay tuned for more classes, workshops and experiences.  We hope you will come BEAM with us!

XOXO,

Claire

We all want to be her... Emily Neville ~ Style Admin

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Emily Neville has a shirt that says "Boys Wanna Be Her".  But let's be honest.  We ALL want to be her.  She is young, passionate about her work, and charismatic.  She's one of those people who you meet and you know they will make their mark on the world.

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Emily is my new Style Admin here at Claire Roberts Style.  And I'm pinching myself.  Here's why.  She's not just any ordinary Admin.  Emily is a third-year Park Scholar at NC State University studying Political Science with minors in Business Administration and French.  Last year she launched a successful startup of her own called Reborn Clothing Co. where she leads a team of designers and innovators who upcycle consumer and corporate clothing and textile waste.

So like me, you may be asking yourself, "Why would she want to be an admin at Claire Roberts Style?"  The answer- that's just the kind of person she is.  She is invested and not afraid to learn by rolling up her sleeves and doing the work.  After we initially met at the Loading Dock in Raleigh, she emailed me and said she really wanted to learn the basics of dressing people for their lifestyles and how people really live in their clothing!  I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with her!

Emily is passionate about the storytelling aspect of a wardrobe too and is excited to help people everywhere love their clothing again and use their purchasing power for good.  So if you contact Claire Roberts Style, you will be communicating with a team of women who care about you and who are working to create a valuable experience for you.  I am so proud to call Emily part of my team.  Can't wait for you to meet her.

XOXO,

Claire

 

Announcing Stylist ~ Lindsay Benfer

I rely on my gut instincts a LOT as a stylist and when I met Lindsay Benfer for the first time a couple of years ago my instincts said "hire that girl"!  I couldn't be more excited to announce that I have hired Lindsay Benfer as a stylist here at Claire Roberts Style!  After working alongside me for the past few months and learning the business she is ready to take on her own clients!  Without further ado... a quick interview with Lindsay.

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Where were you born?

Greenville, SC... I grew up there as the youngest of three kids.  My family still lives there- I'm the rogue one!

What is your earliest memory of loving style?

I was obsessed with dressing my American Girl dolls.  I always wanted to expand their wardrobes!  

Where did you go to school?

University of South Carolina and studied Business and Communications.  Favorite part was living in a house with my 5 best girl friends!

I know you love to travel, tell us all about it!

I lived in Australia where I worked in a little café along the beach for 6 months.  I did a safari in South Africa- I'm an animal lover!!!  I've traveled all over France, Spain, Italy, Portugal- I know how to pack for a trip!  So much of what I love about travel is that it inspires me creatively. 

Tell us how you came to own a clothing boutique in Savannah:

So I was working at an advertising agency in Greenville and then a magazine in Savannah and just felt too boxed-in.  I wanted something more creative where I was more hands on.  The day I left the magazine I walked into a small clothing boutique, struck up a conversation with the owner and before I knew it I was working there! I had some really great friends who encouraged me to go out on my own and open my own store and that is how my boutique, Trunk 13, was born!  The concept of the store was giving my clients a boutique experience without the high prices.  

What brought you to Raleigh?

The love of my life, my husband, Brian!  We met by pure chance in Charleston, SC when I was vising a friend and he was there for a wedding.  After a year long-distance romance I made the decision to move to Raleigh!  Four years later we got married in Paris and now have a baby boy, named West.  

What do you love about living in Raleigh?

There is good creative energy here!  I love how the community really supports all of the small independent businesses!

What are you most excited about when it comes to working with our clients here at Claire Roberts Style?

I am really excited about developing relationships with my clients.  Not just helping them with one outfit but helping them develop a wardrobe that really meets the needs of the client and their overall lifestyle.

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Professional Dress in the Heat of Summer

The heat of the summer is upon us!  So how do we keep our looks feeling polished and professional when all we want to do is wear the least amount of clothing possible?

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Step one:

Who is your audience?  What image do you want to convey? Think about your long-term professional image and how you want others to perceive you.

- Boss and Coworkers

- Clientele

Additionally you should consider how you have move at work.  Are you bending over at work?  Does that require a change in your attire?  If you are in a job that requires a  lot of movement then remember that others are watching you.  For females cleavage needs to be minimized and for both men and women remember not to wear bottoms with a low rise.

Step two:

What is your dress code at work?  Apply this to your wardrobe in Step 3.

Sometimes you may be in a work environment that doesn't have a formal dress code.  This means it's even more important to think about how you want to dress ahead of time.   It gives you the freedom to express yourself, but you also have to set limits for yourself and dress professionally and responsibly.


Step three: 

Take the time to go through your closet and figure out what works for summer?  So many people don't take the time to do this but it hugely helpful.  Have fun with it!  Put on some music, have a friend help you and enjoy!   Here are some great questions to ask yourself when you are going through your closet:

- Is this a professional pieces and should I wear it to work?

- Does it fit?

- What are the gaps that you need to fill?

- Does the shape flatter my body?

- As my body has changed does it still work for me?

- Does it show too much cleavage or is the rise too low?

 

Step four:

Hygiene

- Deodorant and Anti-perspirant (reapply during the day)

- Breath (keep gum and mints on hand)

- Touch up your makeup during the day

- Pedicures are a must (either at home or at the nail spa)

 

A note about shoes:

Consider the appropriateness of shoes for your job.  In the summer we tend to wear flip flops and sandals but often times they are not a professional choice because they are so casual.  If you are in a high-fashion environment make sure the shoes fit the outfit and job.  Every shoe has a time and a place- Tevas are perfect for rivers and flip flops are for the beach or a BBQ.  Shoes can make or break an outfit so invest in a few pair of good shoes for the summer that are flexible and would fit with your professional attire.

If you are looking for ways to enjoy summer attire at work then embrace the colors of the season!  Bright colors are everywhere in fashion now.  Find the ones that look best on you and go for it!

Happy Summer!

Claire

 

Summer 2017 Swim Suits- it's that time of year, ladies!

Here is my Summer 2017 Swimwear Guide:

After spending countless hours scouring the web and stores for my favorite suits for Summer 2017, I have chosen the ones I will buy for the summer.  And a great perk for you is that I have documented the suits I think are the best for this swimwear season!.  One thing I can say is that I think we are going to have to get used to the idea that we need to "invest" in a good swim suit.  The ones that are going to go the extra mile to make you look good AND feel good are worth the extra money. 

 

Favorite one pieces:

Let's be honest, most of us are at the pool, beach or lake in the summer playing with our kids in the sand and waves.  We don't have time for bathing suits that don't cover our girls or our buns.  The one pieces I have selected are ones that will go the extra mile with you, will cover your goods and will last all summer long.

 

Tankinis:

Great Tankinis were hard to find this year!  Seems like the designers are flocking to the one-piece suits this year!  But here are a few gems I found. Note: some of these links only contain the top or the bottom to the suit, so make sure you get both in your shopping cart!

 

Bikinis:

Cheeky bikinis are all the rage this year, but if you are like me, you'd rather not show too much cheek!  Here are some that I found that still cover the rear!  Note: some of these links only contain the top or the bottom to the suit, so make sure you get both in your shopping cart!

Long Torso Suits:  J. Crew for the win here!

 

 

Plus size:  Really fell in love with these! 

Swim Dresses:   I think these are a great alternative to boy short suits!

Large busted suits:  Here are a few cute ones!

Rashguards:  Great for surfing or if you need a break from the sun!

 

Favorite Swimwear designer: Mara Hoffman

Here is a link to her suits sold at Nordstrom.  They are pricey but I LOVE them and you will too!  Take a gander at just a few of them here and follow the link above to see the collection.

 

 

~Fav Spring Sneakers~

A few of my favorite Spring Sneakers...

I'm introducing several of my new clients to the idea of the Spring Fashion Sneakers and thought I should share this with YOU!  If you are unaware of the glorious spring sneaker then let me tell you all about it!  A fashion sneaker is in between a sport sneaker and a flat or small heeled shoe.  They are not as dressy as the heeled shoe and not as sporty as a sport sneaker.  In essence you can wear them for all of the ~in between~ that happens in life.  And that's a lot of life!  So here are a few of my favorite spring sneakers for you to peruse. 

Click on the image to see prices and color options!  Enjoy!

Here are a few outfits to show you how to wear those sneaks!

 

 

 

{Diplomatic Style}

In honor of todays VOTE, I thought you would all enjoy a bit about how Personal Style can be effectively harnessed to send clear communication. Think about what is in your Style Arsenal...

In North Korea, October 2000 Albright wore this pin to a meeting with Kim Jong-il.  

In North Korea, October 2000 Albright wore this pin to a meeting with Kim Jong-il.  

Madeline Albright- former Secretary of State- was well known for her brooch collection.  

"Before long, and without intending it, I found that jewelry had become part of my diplomatic arsenal.  Former President George H. W. Bush had been known for saying "Read my lips."  I began urging colleagues and reporters to "Read my pins."  

Here's how she did it...

"It would never have happened if not for Saddam Hussein.  When US Ambassador to the United Nations Madeline Albright criticized the dictator, his poet in residence responded by calling her "and unparalleled serpent."   Shortly thereafter, while preparing to meet with Iraqi officials, Albright pondered, What to wear?  She decided to make a diplomatic statement by choosing a snake pin.  Although her method of communication was new, her message was as old as the American Revolution - Don't Tread on Me."

Madeline Albright was the first woman to hold the position of US Secretary of State.  One of her favorite pins was the Glass Ceiling in it's ideal condition: shattered.

According to Albright, "not every diplomatic encounter demands a sunny attitude.  If she wanted to deliver a sharp message, she often wore this bee brooch.  "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee"; her message was that America would try to resolve every controversy peacefully, but if pushed into a corner, we had both the will and the way to strike back."

Yasser Arafat and Albright speaking by phone with President Clinton.  Albright spent many hours wrangling with the Palestinian leader about the need for compromise in the Middle East.  Her pin reflected her mood.

Yasser Arafat and Albright speaking by phone with President Clinton.  Albright spent many hours wrangling with the Palestinian leader about the need for compromise in the Middle East.  Her pin reflected her mood.

What is in your Style Arsenal that helps you send a clear message?  If you need help figuring it out, get in touch with me!  I'll help you put your personal style to work for you.  919.601.6299

And get out there to VOTE today!

Content quoted from "Read My Pins- Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box" by Madeline Albright.

{Money Magazine: Dress for the role you want to be in, not the one you have}

Many of my clients want to revamp or boost their image in the job market.  See how Money Magazine put this to the test.  And then call or email me if you want to do the same! 

{Dress for the Role you want to be in, not the one you have.}

"This outfit make me feel like, - This job is mine.  You need to hire me-"  Brittny Grady, Account Manager.  Her image consultant helped her show maturity, look over prepared, find the perfect interview shoe.  Watch Brittny's video

"I have been frustrated in my inability to move up.  This (wardrobe makeover) has been useful."  Gerald Sorokin, Nonprofit Administrator.  His image consultant helped with his grooming and dental needs, and dressing for trustworthiness in the job market.   Watch Gerald's transformation on video

"I have confidence I'm going to be okay."  Byron Caplan, Videographer.  His image consultant helped him demonstrate his creativity through flair in his clothing.  Also, she helped him dress age appropriate and put the right foot forward with his foot wear.  Watch Byron's transformation on video

How do you present yourself in the job market?  Do you need help?

Call or email!  919.601.6299  claire.p.roberts@gmail.com