Power In Personal Style

Who we are as human beings is far more important than what we are wearing.  I don’t know anyone who would argue that.  

However, I wouldn’t call it superficial to put serious thought into your image.  There is power in your signature style… in creating an intentional wardrobe, one that matches who you are on the inside and propels you to where you want to go next.  

You are going places in life. Maybe, similar to me, you have a second career, maybe you’ve set goals for a promotion, you’re working on your personal brand, or perhaps you simply use style to elevate your mood. 

Whatever the reason, personal style starts on the inside; in your soul and your mind. 

The clothing is secondary.

I’ve talked to so many women about the “inside stuff” and I promise you…  there’s magic in the alignment of your internal self to the clothing that sits on the outside. 

This is how I define personal style. Xo, JD

Personal style starts on the inside; in your soul and your mind. 

The clothing is secondary.
— Jaime Diehl, Personal Stylist

Travel Wardrobe: Pack These Pants for a European Vacation

I love helping clients plan a travel wardrobe with style! There’s no need to have your outfit scream “tourist” when there are so many cute ideas.

european-vacation.jpg travel outfit

Planning a European vacation?  Maybe let’s leave the baseball caps, athletic shorts, and running shoes behind in the States.  I have a few clients who adore these Athleta pants. They come in all the neutral colors you need… so I showed you 3 ways my clients style them for travel.

This versatility is key to light packing!  That’s why I chose pants that can be worn on the plane, styled for exploring a new town, and styled for a dressier event like a romantic dinner or cocktails with a friend.   

Would you like more personalized advice for travel? Please reach out. I’d love to hear from you here

Cheers and happy trails! Xo JD

Style Tips for a FREEZING Summer Office

Oh yes, how we love Summer! We’ve missed the sun on our skin, we long for lazy weekend days by the pool, the beach, or the lake. You skip out early on a Friday because hello, Summer hours!

We can’t wait to bust out those sleeveless tops and our cute Summer dresses. But what if you’re dressed for work in your Summer faves and the office temperature is set for a polar bear?!

cold office in summer

Chilly At Work? Office Formula Was Devised For Men.

I read a few sources (see one above) that studied the standard setting for office air conditioning. They discovered the average temps are set for a middle-aged man wearing a 3-piece suit and that the guidelines have been the same for decades. NOT COOL!

One such study found that “raising the office temperature from 68 degrees to 77 degrees increases the productivity by 150%.” Hello! That would be great. But until your office gets on board, let’s talk about getting dressed for your chilly office in the Summer.

I am one of those people who is always freezing when the temperature in ANY space is under 80 degrees so here are my favorite remedies. All of the following are pieces I use myself AND they are pieces my clients love to use. First up…


Make sure your layering game is strong. Depending on the formality of your office (or your outfit on a particular day), be sure you have various options in your closet from casual to formal. Denim jackets are great for more relaxed office environments. They’re great for Summer dresses or a sleeveless blouse and trousers combo. Blazers are essential for adding polish to your looks. The sweater blazer above is stretchy and movable, the black option is dressier.

Make sure your layering game is strong. Depending on the formality of your office (or your outfit on a particular day), be sure you have various options in your closet from casual to formal. Denim jackets are great for more relaxed office environments. They’re great for Summer dresses or a sleeveless blouse and trousers combo. Blazers are essential for adding polish to your looks. The sweater blazer above is stretchy and movable, the black option is dressier.

Next up, think about switching up your bottoms silhouette.  If you’re strictly a skinny pants kinda woman, think about a loose silhouette for the Summer season.  When you run out into the Summer heat for lunch or you travel in between appointments, skinny pants or slim cut pants give your legs less room to breathe.  Consider a wide leg crop or a fluid, straight silhouette which allows the air to circulate while you're out and about but your skin is still covered in the office.

Always balance a non-skinny silhouette with the top tucked in.  So consider the pants below… tuck in a sleeveless blouse and add a denim jacket.  If you need more formality, style pants with a button up blouse, closed toe heels, and a more formal blazer.

cold office tips

And finally… just bring a blanket. Ok seriously, if you can’t do that you might consider a silk scarf. Did you know your neck can be really sensitive to cold? Silk is a nice option because this tightly woven fabric can help keep the body warm. There’s a reason a lot of Winter outerwear is lined with silk!

These silk scarves come in a bunch of colors and they’re the only ones I recommend to clients.

These silk scarves come in a bunch of colors and they’re the only ones I recommend to clients.

And there you have it. What are your go-to pieces to keep warm in the freezing office? As always, I am available for personalized styling and I’m booking Summer mini sessions now! Here.

Xo, Jaime

Closet Cleanout

Detox Cleanse Renew Organize Motivate

We love these words in Spring, don’t we? The words of “newness” and cleaning. The sunshine returns, birds are chirping, the flowers bloom. It’s like this photo on the left encompasses it all, right?

Image: Girl Meets Glam Dress


How to clean out my closet? How to do a closet cleanse?

No matter your current weather- snow, rain, clouds, sunshine, Spring is a great time to complete a Closet Cleanse. Promise! You’ll be so happy you let go of pieces that no longer serve you… whether the item doesn’t fit, you don’t really enjoy it, or it no longer matches your personal style….

It’s always a good time to lose a few pounds in the closet!

But where to begin?  Here I will outline the same steps I use for myself and the process I go through with clients.     Clean out the old to make room for the new!

And what if you’re not looking to buy any new clothes right now?  You will still benefit from a closet cleanse. When you weed out the pieces you don’t use it clears the way to see the stuff you WILL use.  More room, more vision right?

“Clear the way to actually see the things you love.”

Step one:  Bring It All Out!  I will empty my closet on the bed and start from scratch.  With all of your contents out of the closet, you have a chance to give it a little wipe down.   We’re cleansing literally AND metaphorically here.

Step two: Create 3 piles from all of your contents.  The keepers, the goners, and the maybes.

The Keepers: these are your trusted go-to pieces that you reach for everyday.  These keeps should Fit and Flatter and still make you feel Good! They should be in good shape as well.

The Goners: these guys are definitely going.  These are pieces that hang in your closet and you NEVER take them out to put them on.   These should be the reasons you don’t wear them:

they no longer fit and can’t be altered, they are out of style (your current personal style), or they are damaged beyond repair.  I bet if you try really hard, there are pieces in the “keep” pile that really belong here, as goners. Done. If you’re not pulling it out to wear frequently (unless it’s seasonal or special) then it should go.  Your mind and your closet do NOT need clutter. And just to clarify, there can be two types of goners: those that are in poor shape and those that are not. If it’s ill-fitting or not your style BUT it’s in good shape, release it for someone else to love.  If it doesn’t fit AND it’s in bad shape, it’s no longer serving anyone and should be tossed.

The maybes:  Try these guys on again.    If it’s a maybe, try to take yourself from being unsure…   to making a decision. Does this item need alterations? Are you actually going to get it altered?  If yes, keep! Does it still fit and you like it but you haven’t worn it in ages? It should go. Your closet should be filled with pieces you love, not pieces that raise uncertainty.    Go ahead, insert Marie Kondo discussion and all the “spark joy” stuff.

Marie Kondo Spark Joy

The pieces you get rid of:  if they’re not in great condition, simply throw them away.  Thrift stores are bursting at the seams with clothing all over the country.  You’re not doing a person in need any good by giving an item that looks crappy.  You also can’t save the whole darn planet by choosing not to throw away a few bags of clothes…  release them... besides, positive energy and good vibes are helpful to the earth too!   If these pieces are in good condition, give them away to someone you know that would use them, have a clothing swap with friends, or try to sell it in a FB group or on Poshmark.

You have now cleared the way to see what you have, what you love, and what might be missing.

Step 3: it can all go back in to the clean and lean closet. You can now see what you love and see what might be missing.  I often recommend slim, felt hangers because they make so much more room when you put everything back in. They are often super cheap and fully stocked at TJ Max or Home Goods. I buy these here: favorite hangers. See, so many colors too!

Always reach me here for personalized advice: say hello.

Xo, JD

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Ah… the sweet, special Sunday we celebrate Mothers. I gathered some lovely pieces that are on my own running wish list and I thought I’d share them with you.

Do you like to indulge on Mothers Day and grab your own little treat? Or perhaps you’d like a nice idea for your Mother? If you’d rather get the gift from your hubby and kids (totally my preference even if I know it’s coming) then just forward this post with a hint about what you like best!

Here are my recommendations starting from the top left:

Tassel earrings:  Baublebar tassel earrings are a sweet little treat that Mom can wear all year long.  The on-trend style is great for dressing up a casual outfit or they make the perfect accent to a Mother’s Day brunch dress.  There are lots of colors to choose from.

Hammitt wallet: oh boy.   I can’t wait to own something from this brand!  The feel and the quality is amazing, so worth a little investment…. Hammitt stands behind their pieces with a lifetime guarantee!  

An initial pendant necklace is nice but won’t break the bank and Mom can wear this on the daily!  

Hammitt bag: ok, this one’s a little indulgent but oh so good. I felt this bag in person and like I said on the wallet, the quality is amazing and I also loved the peach shade on the top part of the bag. Move over Kate Spade and Tory Burch bags!  

Phone case:  Oh how I LOVE Ted Baker London dresses but have never owned one.  This phone case is a cute alternative with a much smaller investment than the clothing.  

Cashmere & Silk Wrap: a soft and luxurious treat that any woman can put to good use.  This delicate piece is a nice accent for a plain white tank and jeans, it can be tied to a purse for a pop of color, and it’s nice to have around for draping over the shoulders with a dressy outfit.  

Travel Size perfume:  I’ve asked a few women lately, who smelled fantastic, what they were wearing.  All of them said Angel!

Wooden Ring Dish: a nice accent for the countertop or sink where you frequently take off your rings for the day.

Palm Key Chain:  A cute little accessory for Mom’s ring of keys, she’ll always think of the gift giver on this one.  

Pool floats: can you tell by now I’m a bit palm leaf obsessed?   

Happy Mother’s Day! Xo, Jaime

Poshmark: A Quick Guide to Earning Cash From Your Closet

Hey there! If you’ve landed on this page, you came here to learn more about Poshmark! In short, it’s an online marketplace for new and used clothing and accessories…. similar to Ebay. It’s a crazy easy way to earn a little cash in exchange for the pieces in your closet you no longer use. Simple as that! Use my invite when you sign up and you get $5 right away! My code is JAIME_DIEHL for your free 5 bucks. Read on for more…..


Why do I use Poshmark? Honestly, I use Poshmark because it makes me feel a little less guilty when I go clothes shopping, (insert a little giggle). So, picture the last time you went to purchase a new sweater or a fab pair of jeans that you didn’t reeeally need. Or you saw a fashion blogger announce a great sale on shoes and despite the great deal, you felt a little guilty clicking “add to cart” on yet another, albeit adorable, pair of black pumps. I can hear you now-because it’s me too- “Ugh, I don’t really NEED another striped shirt but this one is so cute and it’s such a good deal. I’ll use it all the time!” OK. No big deal friends. I totally get it! But to fight those guilty shopping vibes, I am always poking around my closet to see what I can get rid of on Poshmark first.


The benefit of Poshmark is twofold. For one, I can earn some cash to put toward whatever new piece I’m looking to buy. And two, it helps me combat closet clutter! Selling an item to someone else who will love it frees up space for the new item so I can keep my wardrobe carefully edited.

I use the Poshmark app so with a few clicks on my phone, I take some well-lit pictures of my little treasure that’s just waiting for a new owner. Next I come up with a price that I see fit. I write up a solid description of the item and I post away! I’ve sold shoes, jewelry, jackets, and more. When my item sells, the money shows up in my Poshmark account and I can either save my earnings there in the app or transfer the money to my bank account.

I use my earnings in two ways. I can leave it in my Poshmark account and use it towards the purchase of another item on Poshmark or I will transfer the earnings over to my bank account. That way I can turn that money into my own little sale elsewhere! Let me give you a great example, I’ve been dying for a new color of my all-time favorite coat. Well, actually I have always loved the regular Crew version but I never wanted to make the plunge in that price range, opting instead to spend the dough on weather-proof coats like my fave Michael Kors coat.

Anyway, with the J Crew Factory coat being on sale this season plus the earnings from a recent Poshmark sale, I felt waaay better about the purchase of the coat in a second color that I didn’t really neeeed but totally wanted!

I find the whole reselling process to be super easy. If you are one of those who resold items on Ebay a while back (which is still a totally viable option) I find Poshmark to be much easier… thanks, in part, to the free shipping labels they include. Plus I hang on to Amazon boxes or bags sent to me with Poshmark items I bought. So here’s what happens. When my item sells, a label is emailed to me immediately. I package the item, tape on the label I printed, and hand it to the mailman! Take for example a pair of shoes I sold. I tend to save a lot of shoe boxes upon purchase so I slipped a pair of sold Poshmark shoes into an old box, placed the box inside a FREE Priority Mail bag, and taped the label to the bag. As soon as the buyer receives my item, the earnings are released to me.

It’s that simple! Earned 25 bucks on Poshmark? Boom, you just took $25 off those new boots you’re eyeing at Nordstrom. Better yet if you find a coveted bag or cute sweater on Poshmark, roll over your earnings into that instead! I sold a pair of shoes once on Poshmark and turned my earnings into an excellent used condition Yumi Kim romper which basically felt free since I was no longer using the shoes I sold. So gratifying!

Now, there’s lots more to say….. there are clearly guidelines you should abide by, always be honest and upfront about the items you list, obviously there’s a commission to Poshmark, and there’s more to learn about shipping (buyer pays) so I suggest heading over there to read “how it works”. You will find all of the details you need to get started.

Some people are pretty hard core on Poshmark and have made serious money. Whether you’re looking to create a “channel” and all-out store, or just unload some items for cash like me, you’ll find this article useful. And I always find great info on The Penny Hoarder so read this as well. I agree with two major tips from that article, tip 2 says to Capitalize on Titles and Descriptions and I agree. I think of myself as a shopper. I, being a Stylist, often know both the brand name and item name of an item I love. Think car make and model… like a Toyota Camry, lol, and not just “car.” List the “Sam Edelman Penny Riding Boots” as opposed to just listing your item as “boots”. Savvy shoppers know what they’re doing and are more likely to find your item if it’s titled properly.

And the other tip I agree with from the Penny Hoarder article is Don’t Be Afraid To Say No. Buyers can negotiate with you so you should know the price you’re willing to accept for your item. I used Poshmark just once when it first started years ago and I don’t remember neing able to make “offers” back then, so when I recently came back I was somewhat stunned to receive lower offers. I think it’s a new trend on the site to go around low-balling sellers. It was very off-putting so I ignored some offers for my clothes and on others I was totally willing to negotiate.

So there you have it! I just gave you a way to clean out your closet and earn cash in the process. Save up the cash and roll it over into holiday shopping for loved ones, donate the money, re-buy something on Poshmark, or create your own little discount elsewhere with your earnings. Good luck! Tell me what you think. XO JD

Get started here and be sure to use my username as your referral for $5, it’s … JAIME_DIEHL

Finding Your Personal Style

Why not find it together? For the month of April (2019) I’m offering group virtual styling here : https://www.jaimediehlstyle.com/style-tribe-with-jaime

Sooo Is my Personal Style boho or is it casual? Perhaps I’m chic and polished or maybe edgy and modern?? The truth is

most women are a combination of styles.

But when you determine at least one style type or two that works for you, your wardrobe will thank you for it! So first let me tell you WHY identifying your Personal Style helps.

  • It makes shopping easier.

  • It makes getting dressed easier.

  • You’ll send the proper messaging.

First, finding your Personal Style makes shopping easier. How? When you have a clear understanding of your own Personal Style you can create a shopping roadmap. Why wander the malls and scour the web to purchase something “just to be done with it”? Or worse yet, you settle for a so-so top because you’re exhausted and want to go home. When you have identified and labeled your own Personal Style, you will understand what your wardrobe needs and what you can happily pass by in the mall. You’ll make more intentional choices while shopping.

Second, knowing your Personal Style will make it easier to get dressed. First you label your style, second you make purchases that suit that style, and what happens next is that your entire wardrobe works together. You have a coordinating closet because you’ve chosen pieces that work for you, they fit your style game plan.

Third, by identifying your Personal Style you will send the proper messaging. Who are you? A polished professional? A SAHM extraordinaire? An enrtenpenuer? Whoever you are, does your Personal Style reflect that? What if you came to a workshop of mine and I made my presentation in baggy sweats? What if I came to do a Closet Edit in slippers? Would you trust me to teach you about Personal Style? Are you a 20-something professional who can’t land a job but you have the skills? Does your wardrobe send the message that potential employers should take you seriously?

Ready for the “how” of identifying your Personal Style?

I like to move clients through the following 5 steps in identifying a Personal Style:

  • describe your personality

  • lifestyle evaluation

  • find your style icons

  • visualize and create mood board

  • evaluate the closet

Describe Your Personality come up with a few descriptive words about your personality. What are you like? Serious, playful, friendly? Need a little help? Ask a friend or loved one which words come to mind when they think of you.

Is your personality warm, funny, and approachable?

How about bold, powerful and strong?

Or whimsical, shy, and dreamy?

Lifestyle Evaluation What are your daily activities? What do you do for a living? It may seem obvious that you should dress for your lifestlye but it helps to identify it and write it down. It helps to be more intentional about the process. Do you have some upcoming life changes (going from SAHM back to work OR going for a promotion at work)? Working on some personal goals? Dating again? Jot these things down.

Find Your Style Icons She can be famous, noteworthy, or some one you know… bring those people to mind whose style you love. Jennnifer Aniston is known for the California casual look, Kate Middleton embodies classic style, Katy Perry is bold and eclectic. See what I mean? Whose Personal Style speaks to you? Here are some images of my style icons and my style inspiration.

Images Amy Jackson, Olivia Palermo, Jennifer Aniston

Visualize/Create A Mood Board You can do this via Pinterest (see my boards here) or you can go old school and snip some images out of magazines or print them out. Tape this to your closet for inspiration. But I highly recommend Pinterest to collect these images. You want to save images you are drawn to. Spend some time on this, you don’t have to get a whole board done in one sitting. Visit your style board frequently and make edits when necessary.

And the point here is to help create that road map I mentioned above.

Don’t hyper focus on one piece in an entire outfit. Take the helicopter appoach and look for overall themes. After a while (hopefully lots of pinning) you will begin to notice the same vibes, a theme. What styles are you pinning the most of? Are you pinning mostly casual looks? Do you see a lot of classic and polished pieces? Do you see solid colors or do you pin a lot of colorful prints? Do these themes happen to match any of the descriptor words from your personality words?

If yes, cool! If not, no big deal. We’re just building some inspiration here and looking for an overall theme or two. In my case, my Pinterest boards always help me realize I am first and foremost casual in my style but I am also heavily drawn to chic and glam elements with lots of boho mixed in. See? You don’t have to nail yourself down to just one Personal Style! But if you can, that’s great too.

And for the last step evaluate the closet. This is for two reasons. 1- I want you to find the themes or repeat items in your wardrobe and 2- I want you to identify the holes.

Find the themes: Take a long look inside your closet and find those items you love. Identify the pieces you wear over and over again. How do they make you feel? Do your go-to pieces make you feel happy? Comfortable? Powerful? What is it that people compliment you on? Do you have a strong jewelry game? Is there a color people say looks great on you?

Are some of these pieces repeat items? For example, is there an item you see over and over again? Discover the reason your closet has this repeat item (lots of striped shirts for example). Maybe stripes make you feel happy or a striped tee makes you feel more stylish than a solid tee.

Identify the holes: What is missing? Have you pinned a leather moto jacket over and over but you don’t have one? Perhaps you’ve pinned lots of elevated casual outfits with skinny jeans, heels, and blazers but you only own jeans, tees, and yoga clothes. A few months back, I found myself pinning lots of 70s-inspired fashion like high-rise wide legs pants. I added a pair to my wardrobe! Do you see how we now have a roadmap? With these steps you can create an action plan.

To recap, once you describe your personality, evaluate your lifestyle, find your style icons, create a mood board, and evaluate the closet… you now have a roadmap, you have a

style game plan.

You can now give your Personal Style a name or two. Some of my client’s examples are “Polished Professional” and “Edgy Fun Mom” or “Easy, Chic, and Strong”… see where I’m going? Hold up that next fashion purchase (or glare at it online) and ask yourself, “does this jacket have a place in my “Polished Professional” wardrobe? Does this trendy-of-the-moment purchase fit into my please for “Edgy Fun Mom” goal?

And then identify your style goals and solidify where you want your Personal Style to take you in life. Have you just had a baby and decided to ditch the chic office attire for a Mommin’ around wardrobe? Or perhaps you have the need to dress for re-entering the workforce? Do you find that you’re ready to kick ass at work and go for the next promotion? Does your wardrobe have what you need to take you there? After spending the time to work through my steps, you should be able to create an action plan and be more intentional with your Personal Style. As always, you can comment below or reach out here for personalized styling.

Come back soon for a follow-up post about the features of different style types. Xo, Jaime

The "Third Piece" Rule For Getting Dressed

Ever hear of the 3rd-piece secret in Personal Style? Ok maybe it’s not a secret. Let me start by telling you that the 3rd piece rule/tip/secret/trick is THE answer to the most frequently asked questions that

I hear everyday:

How To Put Outfits Together

So it goes a little something like this, start with your basics. You know, pants and a top. Easy, right? Put your jeans on, put your top on, and you’re totally dressed right? Nope! Take your outfit to the next level by adding that third piece ……..

most easily that 3rd piece is a jacket, cardigan, or blazer.

When styling my clients, the most frequently used items for a 3rd piece are as follows:

  • A layer: this can be a vest, cardigan, denim, jacket, blazer… see where I’m going?

  • Some jewelry: the #1 thing I do when a woman tells me she LOVES turtlenecks but they feel too plain, I say add a statement necklace! Using jewelry as the 3rd piece can also mean statement earrings or a long, layered necklace over a blouse or tee

  • Accessories: adding a scarf might be the most frequently used 3rd piece and in most climates it’s a no-brainer for Fall and Winter but you can also add a hat or belt as your third piece.

1st piece (top) + 2nd piece (bottom) and your 3rd piece to pull it all together !

Just be sure to pull pieces that suit your taste, your Personal Style.

Not sure you have what you need?? Start with a very basic cardigan to go over your favorite striped knit top like this or this.

Or get a little dressier with a blazer here or here.

Even better, go for a moto jacket! Here and here

In the examples below, of course a striped tee and jeans is fine and so is my chambray top with the white jeans. You aren’t doing anything “wrong” with just a top and bottom. Those outfits are good enough but the 3rd piece tip is the way to feel more pulled-together, feel more dressed.

And THAT’S a question I am asked quite a lot!

3rd piece rule for getting dresses

Outfit ideas that show you the “third piece rule” in action are here on my Pinterest board!

I will continually add lots of ideas so you can be inspired. But just remember…

How to look more stylish? Add a 3rd piece!

How can I feel more pulled-together? Add a 3rd piece!

How do I create outfits? Add a 3rd piece!

You can do it! XO, Jaime

Statement Earrings.... are they missing from your accessories? Look no further.

Statement Earrings

They're a fun way to complete your outfit when you need a little style pick-me-up.  With my styling tips below you can find lots of uses for a new pair... from a simple jeans and t-shirt outfit to an evening gown.  


Ladies, statement earrings can make your whole face come to life!  Use them as the perfect accessory to a white v-neck t-shirt and your favorite pair of jeans.  If you are petite or your body type is bigger on the bottom, let's draw the eye up with a topknot and statement earrings.

 Statement earrings are most often missing from my clients’ accessories stash.

When I'm going over my clients' wardrobes, they typically have all their fun necklaces covered but great earrings are often missing.

Take a look at this catalog for some great options....  

How To Wear Statement Earrings


For the trendiest styles this season, you'll see baubles, beads, fringe, and pops of color.  I most often get asked about the earrings on the cute ladies from Southern Charm, Naomie and Cameron.  


The catalog has some of the earrings they've been spotted wearing on the show.  Take a look for a variety of options in a few different price points.  As always, contact me for more personalized assistance. 


Xo, Jaime