EDO Edit: Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com

Closet full of clothes but nothing to wear or no time to procure the perfect wardrobe? Erin Busbee to the rescue!

In 2009, Erin founded her own fashion consulting company called BusbeeStyle.com, specializing in fashion styling, personal shopping, and closet editing for “real” women.

Erin has appeared as a style expert on Good Morning America, Tyra Banks,  and Great Day SA, & is a regular fashion contributor for several online and print publications including, The Society Diaries, & San Antonio Magazine.

Prior to Busbee Style, Erin worked as an award-winning producer/reporter for WCBS-TV in New York, where she collaborated closely with top magazine editors from the most elite fashion publications like “Elle,” “Glamour,” and “Lucky” Magazines.

“It is my mission to not only remind you that it is okay to take time for you, but also to help you achieve amazing style that is simple, affordable, and works for your size, shape and lifestyle. Everyday women can have extraordinary style!”

EDO:  Your job is all about making others look & feel their best – what inspired you to set forth on this path?
EB: After living and working in New York City for many years, my husband and I moved to Texas. Shortly after we moved, I told my husband that I no longer wanted to work in TV news. He immediately asked, “What would you do for free?” My answer came quickly, “make other women feel pretty.” I started BusbeeStyle.com a few weeks later…to help other women look and feel their best.

EDO: As a mom of 2 young children, what advice can you give other moms about keeping their style fresh with minimal time?
EB: I always say, I look far from perfect, but I have perfected the art of easy, attainable style for busy, everyday women. For me, the keys are: organization, time management and making sure you have your wardrobe basics covered. I know basics are not fun to shop for, but you need to have these staples to wear with all of the trendy, stylish pieces you love to buy. I have a great checklist on my blog that you can print out and use. Once you have all of your foundation pieces, then you can easily add statement jewelry and accessories to add polish and style to your looks.

EDO: What designer inspires you the most & why?
EB: I am really most fascinated by the designers who are hugely successfully commercially like Michael Kors, & Tory Burch. These designers may not always be revered as the most creative, but they make products women really want to wear. I work with “real” women daily. My clients have curves and fit issues. I think it is so difficult to create art on the runway and translate that vision into clothes and accessories that women will actually wear.

By the way, I am really curious to see if women will start wearing sneakers with dresses or evening gowns ala Chanel. Stay tuned…

EDO: Describe your closet in 3 words.
EB: Full and organized!

Be sure to check out Erin’s style videos on YouTube & find more tips on the BusbeeStyle Blog!

 Chloe Bark Brown Leather Large Marcie Shoulder Bag

Michael Kors Tan Camel Hair Epaulette Jacket

Brian Atwood Black Patent Leather Platform Stiletto Pumps

Lululemon Black Oversized Collar Zip Front Athletic Jacket

Louis Vuitton Black Double-Breasted Belted Trench Coat

Stylist Picks: Summer Suits

Soon enough our weekends will be spent soaking up the hot summer sun beachside. Get first dibs on the season’s cutest beachwear during our Haute Hiatus Sale.  You’ll be making waves in one of these new designer summer suits!

one piece designer swimsuit

Nanette Lepore Navy Blue & Multicolor Floral One Piece Swimsuit
Nanette Lepore Red & Cream Floral Print One Piece Swimsuit
Michael Michael Kors Black & Grey Tiger Print One Piece Swimsuit

designer bikini

Nanette Lepore 2Pc Coral & Purple Bikini 
La Blanca 2Pc Teal, White & Multi Chevron Striped Bandeau Top Bikini
VIX Paulahermanny 2Pc Yellow & Blue Floral Print Bandeau Bikini

Seasonally Inspired

Is it Spring yet?! With temperatures barely over zero degrees here in Chicago, it’s safe to say we are so over this weather. That’s why we’re hoping our furry friend Punxsutawney Phil predicts spring will come early this Sunday. In the mean time, we’ve prepared two looks that reflect either Groundhog Day outcome. We’re hoping they’ll help you get seasonally inspired.

Get the Look: Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is quite possibly the most popular girl in the world. With a stunning royal wedding, headline making style, and now a baby on the way, she has the whole world paying attention. Today we’ll show you how to get her signature style, all with current auction items!

That’s one chic flight suit. Lean denim and a blazer create a perfect look for traveling the world.

Shop the Look:

 J Brand Pure Dark Denim Pencil Leg Jeans
St. John 2 Piece Brown Leather & Leopard Print Pony Hair Belt Set
J.Crew Navy Blue Wool Blazer Jacket
Tory Burch & Theory 2 Piece White Ruffled Button Up Shirt Set
Kors Michael Kors Black Patent Leather Cut Out Wedges

Fitted, timeless dresses with interesting cuts and patterns are the key to getting Kate’s royal style.

Shop the Look:

Milly Navy and Cream Printed Sleeveless Sheath Dress
Bottega Veneta Vintage Black Lizard Frame Clutch Bag
St. John Black Suede Point Toe Pumps
David Yurman Sterling Silver Cable White Pearl Dangle Earrings

Looking Ahead – Spring 2013 Beauty Trends

The beauty forecast for Spring 2013 is bright and colorful with a chance of a nude lip. Shocking hues are working their way into everything from hair to eyeshadow, pushing the artificial color trend even further. Lips are left bare or with a slight flush of pink. Nail art continues to wow, with our favorite trend being a very doable striped mani. Here are some looks from the runway to get you inspired for next season.


Rainbow hair spring 2013

Is it just us being nerdy, or do these wild ‘dos remind you of something you’d see in The Capital? Perhaps the popculture phenomenon of the The Hunger Games has worked its way into the fashion world after all. Put a chunk of color in your hair this spring a la Peter Som, Oscar de la Renta, and Anna Sui.


Bright eyes spring 2013

If eyes are the window to the soul, what does it mean when you line them with the loudest colors you can find? We think it says you’re a risk taker who likes to make a statement. Aqua at Michael Kors, pink at Donna Karan, and tangerine at Ohne Titel stood out with sharp slashes of color on lids and rims.


Bare lips Spring 2013

The age old rule still hold true this season: go big with the eyes, go neutral with the lips. We especially love the looks at Rag & Bone, Victoria Beckham, and Altuzarra,with just a hint of pink, as if the wearer just ate raspberries. Add pink or coral lip stain and a nude gloss to your shopping list.


Striped mani spring 2013

If you’re looking for at-home nail art, this is your season. The striped mani is the most reasonable of the art we’ve seen. See below for a step by step how-to!

  1. Use thin strips of clear tape as a guide for the inner stripe. Place one strip on each side of each nail to create an inner space on which to paint.
  2. Fill in the non-taped space with polish, and let dry completely.
  3. Once the polish is dry, remove the tape and fill in the two outer stripes, which are now bare, with a varying color. If you’re feeling inept with the nail brush, you can tape over the already painted area to prevent botching the center stripe.

Different hues on each finger at Whitney Eve, neutral on neutral at 3.1 Phillip Lim, or ombre stripes of blue at Charlotte Ronson provide great starting points for your color choices.

Photo Credits: Hair (1, 2, 3) Eyes (1, 2, 3) Lips (1, 2, 3) Nails (1, 2, 3)