Ultimate Book of Outfit Formulas
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If you don't have time to worry about what to wear every day but still want to look good, this book will help you create a stylish wardrobe for any season on any budget. Decision fatigue is real. You have many important choices to make during the day and only so much mental bandwidth. Getting dressed can be a dreaded daily task that takes up valuable time best spent on something else. Style expert Alison Lumbatis wants to help you make fashion fun again. Alison shows you how easy it is to build a basic yet beautiful wardrobe starting with the clothes you already own and adding other classic mix-and-match elements that work for any season on any budget. Once your wardrobe is set, you can use the easy outfit formulas in the book to take the guesswork out of getting dressed, freeing you up to focus on bigger priorities. Looking fabulous while saving time is the ultimate win-win.



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Date de parution 14 septembre 2021
Nombre de lectures 4
EAN13 9780736982092
Langue English

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A Stylish Solution to What Should I Wear?
Scripture quotations are taken from The ESV Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version ), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Cover and interior design by Studio Gearbox
Illustrations by Lydia Drye
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Ten Peaks Press is a trademark of the Hawkins Children s LLC. Harvest House Publishers, Inc., is the exclusive licensee of the trademark Ten Peaks Press.
The Ultimate Book of Outfit Formulas
Text 2021 by Alison Lumbatis
Artwork 2021 by Lydia Drye
Published by Ten Peaks Press, an imprint of Harvest House Publishers
Eugene, Oregon 97408
ISBN 978-0-7369-8208-5 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-7369-8209-2 (eBook)
Library of Congress Control Number: 2020055132
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To my mother, who taught me the power of feeling good about my appearance.
And to my daughters, who inspire me to do the same for them.
Every word in this book was inspired by the Get Your Pretty On community. Thank you for your questions over the years. Although many times I didn t have the answers, I appreciate the grace you ve always given and the opportunity to learn. Thank you for allowing me to share my imperfect journey with you. Special thanks also to
Lauren Smith for being so much more than a business manager. You are my biggest cheerleader, my sounding board, and the best integrator on planet Earth. Thank you for always listening to my ideas and making them so much better than I could ever imagine.
Jessica Pigza for doing the research and being so much wordier than I could ever be. (Is wordier even a word? You would know!)
Lydia Drye for lending your talents to GYPO over the years and allowing me to bring them along on this journey. Your illustrations make this book shine!
Hilary Billings for unlocking the key to writing this book-trusting my gut. Thank you for encouraging me to infuse the DNA of GYPO into every page.
Kathryn Buchanan for your loyalty and for being with me since day one. I can always count on you to figure everything out.
Tiffany Howard for being on the front lines every day and giving our community virtual hugs through email.
Coty Adams for the multiple ways your creativity has elevated GYPO and its impact.
Ruth Samsel, Heather Green, and the entire team at Harvest House for believing in this project and lending all the support and love to make it so much more than just a book on fashion.
Crystal Gornto for holding space for me and showing me what it means to do it for others. Your friendship is such a gift.
Mindy Carter, JaNice Kloza, Cherrie Little, and Joseph Stingley for being my prayer warriors and constantly lifting me up on the days I needed it most.
My husband, Craig, and our children, Devon, Aubrey, and Ava-you are my greatest blessings. Thank you for always believing in and supporting all of my hairbrained ideas, dreams, and schemes. I told you one day they would pay off, right?
My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for breaking me, redeeming me, and using me. You have ordained every step of my journey. I m eternally grateful, humbled, and honored to be used in Your kingdom for Your purposes.
1 Back to Basics-Fashion 101
2 Making It Your Own-Define Your Personal Style
3 Dressing Your Body Shape
4 Embrace the Outfit Formula
5 Dressing for Spring
6 Dressing for Summer
7 Dressing for Fall
8 Dressing for Winter
9 Dress It Up
10 Accessories and Footwear
11 Master-Class-Level Style
Life-Changing Confidence From the Gypo Community
About Alison
I have to share a secret with you: I don t feel equipped to share style advice. I m not a stylist by trade and have no formal training. This is an area of insecurity for me, which I think we can all agree is ironic since here I am, writing a book about style.
It s true-you re reading a style book from someone who is no more qualified to offer up fashion guidance than your trash collector. (Well, maybe a little, but there could be some stylish trash collectors out there, right? I m open to the possibility.)
This feeling of unworthiness is a big part of how this book came to be. When I first started blogging, I honestly thought no one would ever want to read what I had to say. Why would anyone want to follow a work-from-home mom / telecom engineer who was putting together the most mundane, ordinary, casual outfits? Nothing haute couture or high fashion, but just some tees, jeans, and a couple of cute accessories. Turns out that s exactly what a lot of women were looking for, and there was definitely a need in the blogging world that I was able to satisfy.
First, let s jump in the way-back machine and set it to 1988, when I was 15 years old. That year, God whispered in the ear of a shy, insecure, bespectacled teenager with puffy sleeves (and even puffier hair) that one day He would use her to impact the lives of other women. Little did I know that He would take His sweet time doing it, and never did I ever imagine the way it would happen.
Twenty-five years later, it all came to fruition with a platform where I have the honor to serve hundreds of thousands of women and help them find confidence through easy style.
But we all know God rarely uses people in big ways without a few trials, and trust me, my friend, I wasn t exempt from the journey into the depths of a valley that led to this place. God has a knack for doing that, doesn t He? It s like He can t just say, Here s your anointing; now go make it happen. No, He had to take me to that dark place-maybe because sometimes I don t listen all that well.

Trust in the L ORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
I now refer to that valley as my yoga-pants-mom rut, which is a cutesy way of categorizing a season of my life marked by depression and an utter lack of self-care. It was one of the darkest places of my adulthood.
My climb out of the rut is what led to starting my blog, Get Your Pretty On (GYPO). Trust me, sweet sister, when I say that I ve been there.
There and back.
Fun fact: I spent 14 years as a telecom engineer prior to accidentally stumbling down the path of style blogger. After I had prayed for many years to be able to work from home, my management changed, and I finally got the opportunity. At first, it was all sunshine and rainbows. Well, as much as being able to throw in loads of laundry in between conference calls can be. I trust you know what I mean. I was home in the morning, packing lunches and seeing the kids off to school, kicking butt at both my job and my household chores during the day, and driving a carpool for the afternoon pickup. Being able to work remotely and be at home with my kids had me fired up. I was living my work-from-home-mom dream.
This went on for a few months before I started to notice small, seemingly harmless changes. (You know, like how we all thought bangs would be a good choice. Wrong! ) My closet, full of corporate clothes, was now obsolete. Instead of my favorite office outfit formula of a pencil skirt, blouse, and pair of heels, I slipped into my comfy black yoga pants and faded sweatshirt, pulled my hair back in a ponytail, and called it good for the day. Which would have been fine if I had been planning to do yoga (or anything else active). Instead, this became my new work-at-home-mom uniform. It s what I was wearing each morning when my husband kissed me goodbye and again when we greeted each other at the end of the day.
Hey, at least I wasn t spending all day in my pj s, so points for that! Honestly, I m not sure that would have made much of a difference because I slid down the slippery slope into my rut anyway. Here s what that looked like:
First, I stopped working out.
Then fixing my hair flew out the window.
Followed by no makeup. (My husband loves me anyway, right?)
Close behind was not making healthy eating decisions, because of course I wasn t meal planning or cooking healthy meals.
Or doing laundry on a regular basis (hey, we were saving water), which led to piles of dirty laundry and a messy, disorganized home.
Which made me cranky with my husband and kids and led to no desire or energy for date nights or (dare I say it?) sex.
Until eventually I did not recognize the woman looking back in the mirror. My self-esteem was melting like a snowman on a hot day, and I was standing directly in the sun.
I woke up one day in the middle of a messy house, more than a few pounds heavier, and feeling disconnected from my husband, inadequate as a mom, and completely hopeless. I found myself wondering how things got to this point.
There s nothing quite like hitting rock bottom to light a fire of determination to make changes and make them fast. I decided to take a look at the things in my life I could control. The next morning, instead of my usual routine of sleeping until the last possible minute before the kids had to get up for school, I got up an hour before everyone else. Now, before you think self-discipline magica

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