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Today is not only a an opportunity for deserving local shops to connect with customers, it's an amazing opportunity for customers to save.

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Style Party | By Design: An Evening of Fashion & Home Styling

Richmond, VA Personal Stylist Latoya Brown owner of Fashionfluential Personal Styling smiles in a shirtdress with blue pinstripes at Dolce Designs in Short Pump, VA.

Richmond, VA Personal Stylist Latoya Brown owner of Fashionfluential Personal Styling smiles in a shirtdress with blue pinstripes at Dolce Designs in Short Pump, VA.

Richmond, VA Personal Stylist Latoya Brown owner of Fashionfluential Personal Styling wearing a shirt dress with blue pinstripes at Dolce Designs in Short Pump, VA.

Richmond, VA Personal Stylist Latoya Brown owner of Fashionfluential Personal Styling wearing a shirt dress with blue pinstripes at Dolce Designs in Short Pump, VA.

Wooden light fixture hanging at interior design shop Dolce Designs in Richmond, VA during a fashion event hosted by Personal Stylist Latoya Brown owner of Fashionfluential Personal Styling.

Wooden light fixture hanging at interior design shop Dolce Designs in Richmond, VA during a fashion event hosted by Personal Stylist Latoya Brown owner of Fashionfluential Personal Styling.

Guest shows plate of strawberries, a plate of apples,and a plate of breadsticks during a fashion event at home decor store Dolce Designs hosted by Personal Stylist Latoya Brown owner of Fashionfluential located in Richmond, VA.

Guest shows plate of strawberries, a plate of apples,and a plate of breadsticks during a fashion event at home decor store Dolce Designs hosted by Personal Stylist Latoya Brown owner of Fashionfluential located in Richmond, VA.

Geescakes mini cheesecakes displayed at a party hosted by Fashionfluential owner Latoya Brown during a personal style event at Dolce Designs in Richmond, VA.

Geescakes mini cheesecakes displayed at a party hosted by Fashionfluential owner Latoya Brown during a personal style event at Dolce Designs in Richmond, VA.

Dress form wearing a collared shirt layered under a black and white striped shirt and a classic trench coat by Topshop at a fashion event hosted by personal stylist Latoya Brown owner of Fashionfluential Personal Styling in Richmond, VA.

Dress form wearing a collared shirt layered under a black and white striped shirt and a classic trench coat by Topshop at a fashion event hosted by personal stylist Latoya Brown owner of Fashionfluential Personal Styling in Richmond, VA.

Three women drinking wine during a style party in Richmond, VA hosted by Personal Stylist Latoya Brown.

Three women drinking wine during a style party in Richmond, VA hosted by Personal Stylist Latoya Brown.

Richmond, VA Personal Stylist Latoya Brown talking to guests at a style party in the interior design store Dolce Designs.

Richmond, VA Personal Stylist Latoya Brown talking to guests at a style party in the interior design store Dolce Designs.

 

A couple of weeks ago I hosted By Design: An Evening of Fashion & Home Styling at one of the best home interior shops in the area, Dolce Designs. The lovely team at Dolce invited my friends and me over for private shopping, refreshments (wine!), and a VIP 20% off discount.

In addition to highlighting spring’s best home décor and style finds, I was inspired to show how the details in your home can offer insight into your personal style.  I’m always taking cues from the design of a client’s home when I come over for a Sort, Shop, & Style service. Most of us fill our homes with the things that bring us joy.  That is why I pay attention to those details and incorporate what you love into the way you dress.

 I brought in pieces from local shops and styled looks based on classic décor themes.

Personal Stylist Latoya Brown showing a client an outfit with a black and white striped shirt and a Trench coat by Topshop on a dress form during a personal style party.

Personal Stylist Latoya Brown showing a client an outfit with a black and white striped shirt and a Trench coat by Topshop on a dress form during a personal style party.

Petal Push

I styled this classic look from pieces most of us already own - a striped shirt, jeans, and a trench coat.  Under the striped top, I layered a blouse with floral details in the collar to pick up on the botanical and gardening themes of the surrounding décor.

This is a tassel belt from Anthropologie layered over a off the shoulder dress from Banana Republic with blue polka dots during a fashion event hosted by Latoya Brown the owner of Fashionfluential Personal Styling.

This is a tassel belt from Anthropologie layered over a off the shoulder dress from Banana Republic with blue polka dots during a fashion event hosted by Latoya Brown the owner of Fashionfluential Personal Styling.

Blue Prints

If you love combining multiple patterns in your home, you can do the same with your outfit.  There are a number of principles to keep in mind when mixing prints. One of the most important is to vary the size of your patterns to create balance. Pair smaller scale prints, like the one in this dress, with a belt that features a larger print or texture.

Dress form wearing an outfit for the beach from Anthropologie at a style party hosted by Stylist Latoya Brown owner of Fashionfluential Personal Styling in a home decor store.

Dress form wearing an outfit for the beach from Anthropologie at a style party hosted by Stylist Latoya Brown owner of Fashionfluential Personal Styling in a home decor store.

Super Natural

Taking what you love about your home and translating it into your personal style doesn’t have to be literal. Instead, think about the experience you have in your home.  For this look, I wanted to capture the lifestyle of beachfront living. For example, the airiness of the sleeveless duster reminded me of the beach breeze. The texture, color, and rope details also capture elements of living near the water.

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