@spoonfulofflair; 10.1K followers
AKA Pediatric speech-language pathologist
Blogger Jennifer Fantich wants to inspire people to style their basics in elevated ways. “I love showing how a white tee can be worn casually or for a night out; a pair of denim with sneakers or pumps; and the right accessories can amp up your entire look,” she says. “Fashion doesn’t have to be difficult and functional pieces shouldn’t be seen as boring. I want to help people find quality pieces at affordable prices that they can feel good in — while supporting local businesses.”
Her look “Classic but elevated: I love adding in new trends to work with what I already wear — as a mom of three, not every fashion trend makes sense for me, and that’s OK.”
Fave trends “Cargo pants, and styling basic colors with staples like a cropped tee, a ribbed tank or a solid tube top. I'm also loving denim maxi skirts, tailored leather pieces like vests and trousers and rosette details.”
Fave brands Perfect White Tee for tops/tanks/lounge; Agolde for denim; BlankNYC for trendy, affordable jackets/pants/shorts; Daydreamer for graphic tees; Schutz for affordable shoes/boots; Melissa Lovy for quality, affordable jewelry.
Closet essentials “A great pair of denim, a classic pair of black boots or booties, a white or black bodysuit, a classic blazer, a basic white tee, a black belt with either gold or silver hardware, flattering leggings and a pair of hoop earrings."
Wardrobe stylist Kendra Bissig loves to facilitate the connection between getting dressed and its subsequent positive mental shift. “I want to provide a welcoming space for fashion enthusiasts, practical ideas to apply in the closet and plenty of humor.”
Experimenting with fashion, she says, “gave me the creative outlet I’d lost in the transition from career person to stay-at-home mom. It aided in my postpartum depression recovery, and connected me with a community that loves fashion as a vehicle of self-expression.
“Now, I love seeing my clients’ confidence blossom when they wear something that fits and feels great,” she says. “The friendships that have developed are the icing on the cake.”
Her look Polished casual.
Fave brands and pieces “Mother and Just Black denim; Nina Nieves capes; Veronica Beard blazers; Old Navy V-neck ribbed tanks; ASOS for trendy styles and inclusive sizing (tall, curvy, wide feet.); The RealReal for luxury consignment clothing; and FWRD.com for luxury consignment handbags/accessories.”
Fave trends “Vests with wide-leg trousers and slip dresses with oversized leather moto jackets.”
Fun fact “I don't save special outfits for special occasions, because every day on this side of the dirt is a special occasion!”
LARITA (LALA) TRIPLETT
“I’ve loved fashion since I was a kid — art in its many forms has always interested me. I had thoughts of being a designer but my path led me to working in fashion retail, styling and visual merchandising,” says Lala Triplett, an image (for personal style/lifestyle clients) and brand (for business and marketing clients) consultant. “I love being able to utilize my different skills, both on the business side and the creative side. My business allows me to draw from my experiences in retail, sales, operations, visual merchandising, leadership, styling and marketing to best serve clients.”
Her look “Modern chic with an edge. I love both unique statement pieces and clean minimalism with interesting details,” she says.
Fave pieces and brands “My favorite brand is YSL Saint Laurent: It would be my dream wardrobe. Lately, I've been loving the the brand Hanifa — I want everything. Favorite pieces include a classic clean blazer with structured shoulders and a cinched waist — you can do so much with a good staple blazer. I also have been wearing my zebra-print calf-hair loafer slides a lot. They elevate every outfit.”
Fave trends “Remember how we saw the Bottega green everywhere? Red will be the power color of the season and I'm here for it. I also love the power dressing trend. I love a strong, refined, chic look. Be on the lookout, especially in Michigan, for the elevated statement coat trend. It is essential! You are prepared for our wild weather while also uniquely stylish and fashion-forward.”
Shameless plug While Triplett wants to connect, share her creativity, inspire and empower others, she also wants to market her brand and business — using her platform to "look for different projects with individual women, brands, retailers and brand partnerships."
ELIZABETH BELKIN THURSWELL
Style curator Elizabeth Thurswell has created a forum to showcase her love of fashion — and inspire women to tell their own style story. “I love to travel and exploring new and favorite spots around the world,” she says. “I wanted to create a community to ask questions and share ideas about the business of fashion. I think it’s important that women know how to invest their money into good pieces that can work into their existing wardrobe. People act differently when they are well-dressed.”
“Born” to be in the fashion industry, her late mother was a successful retailer of European designers. “I worked in shipping and receiving, the selling floor and I accompanied her on many buying trips and fashion shows. I fell in love with fashion through my mother’s eyes — women literally bought clothing off my mother’s back because she was wearing it!”
Her look "Feminine cool girl. My favorite outfit is a fun graphic tee, great-fitting blazer, wide-leg denim, heels and a statement handbag. And I always accessorize with yellow-gold jewelry.”
Fave designers “Right now, they are Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent and Prada. My more contemporary brands are Frame, Nili Lotan, Matteau, Dsquared and Isabel Marant,” Thurswell says.
Fave trends “Tailored clothing, sheer fabrics in dresses, red everything (which makes me very happy) and lots and lots of leather.”
AKA owner of Petite Cabane, a European children's concept store in Birmingham
“I've always loved sharing photos and moments with people,” Carrie Martin says. “Before social media, I used to carry around packets of photos from my travels. Now, I love that I can share with friends around the world, and make new friends who share a common interest. I hope that followers find something that resonates with them, whether an interest in travel, motherhood or just finding the beauty in their days.
“We spend a lot of our year in France,” Martin says. “Paris for work trips and the South of France for our family trips. I am also in the process of writing a city guide of Paris for kids! Nous pouvons rêver.”
Martin became a fashion model and moved to New York City at 16 before living in Paris, Milan, Madrid then London to start a family. “Fashion has been a constant for me, which shifted to children's fashion after my four children were born,” she says. “I love the discovery of new brands and products for my shop. I am most passionate about curating our collections each season.”
Her look “A mix of classic European and Californian bohemia. I gravitate toward simple, clean, pretty things. I cannot handle clutter or too many things fighting for attention.”
Fave pieces and brands “Dresses always, by Natalie Martin, La Double J and Doen with classic Hermes Oran sandals. Otherwise, it’s Levis, a J Crew V-neck T-shirt or simple La Ligne sweater with a black blazer, Veja sneakers and my black Celine bag. Like a uniform!”
DIANNE HARPER BOYER & JENNIFER HARPER FLECK
Dianne (the aunt), Oakland
Jennifer (the niece), Rochester Hills
AKA Jen works as a marketing project manager
The multi-generational Harper Girls blog came about after “our fashionista mom/grandma, who greatly influenced us, passed away. We loved taking shopping trips to New York together,” Dianne says. Adds Jen, “Grandma let me try makeup when I was little, which grew into a love of beauty. Aunt Dianne took me back-to-school shopping every year — it’s perfect that we are doing this together.”
“We wanted to find a way to take my mom’s classic lessons (she still believed in no white after Labor Day) and modernize them,” Dianne says. “Most of all, she taught us that you can live your best life at any age — with style and have fun while doing it.”
Case in point: The pair’s popular series, How to Wear it at Any Age, shows how two generations, 25 years apart, can wear the same thing and look equally good. Says Jen, “As a mom of two, I enjoyed sharing my pregnancy fashion journey. Keeping up your style with a busy family can be tough, but it can be done, even enjoyable!”
Their look “Chic, classic with a touch of glam,” Dianne says; Jen is more chic, classic and casual.
Fave brands Dianne: “I like small local boutiques. Online, I like Dallas & Dottie plus Evereve and WHBM.” Jen: “Quince offers the same quality as more expensive brands. I love their leggings, washable silk and cashmere.”
AKA Licensed realtor
The self-described lover of all things pink and pretty (“dresses, pearls, colors and florals”), content creator, entrepreneur and mom Lauren Wilson grew up knowing that she had her own unique style “and never felt the need to follow the trends,” she says.
In that vein, she wants to “spread love while helping to empower women,” she says. “I strive to encourage each person to believe they can live the life of their dreams with God by their side, dedication and discipline.
“I really enjoy being able to create and promote products, services and businesses. I’ve helped small businesses sell out products and the joy it brings them makes my heart smile!”
Her look Classic and girly.
Fave brands Kate Spade, Chanel and Lilly Pulitzer. “They all embody my style.”