Category: Style Diary

Super Simple Styling Tips to Pull Any Look Together!!

Hi fashion lovers!

As a personal stylist one of the things I hear over and over again from my clients is that they want to look more modern and put together without any stress!  Most mornings can be a hectic, blurry haze and figuring out how to tie your look together gets overwhelming and often forgotten about because you just don’t have the time or energy.

Luckily, taking your look to the next level doesn’t have to be stressful!  I’m going to share with you four of my SIMPLEST styling tips to instantly take any look from drab to fab in a snap!  I’m keeping it short and simple just like getting dressed in the morning should be!



Cuffing your sleeves OR your skinny jeans is a simple way to tailor your look and give it a “cool girl” vibe!  A chic cuff that shows off the lining print of your blazer or the color of your blouse underneath will instantly make you look like you put thought into your look!



Play around with a messy front tuck with your blouses.  This gives your shape definition without having to wear super fitted clothing and gives your look more polish!  Different and unique tucks are everything right now so think outside the box!  Tuck the bottom half of your button downs while leaving the upper half untucked or opt for tucking a chunky knit into a sleek skirt to play with proportions and look edgy/chic!



If your belt loops are going to show, even only when raising your arms put a belt in them! It’s a tiny thing that can make or break a look.  Think of this as another accessory that can tie your entire outfit together!  Sometimes it’s the little things that make the most impact!  I recommend getting one “go-with-everything” thin metallic option if you don’t know where to start or how to begin pairing your belts.



Before leaving the house ask yourself if your look has a pop!  Your pop does not only have to be of color anymore, especially with monochromatic outfits having such a moment.  I like to remind my clients to always have at least a little pop of color, texture or shine to add an element of interest!

I played dress up at Cinnamon with some of my very favorite casual/chic pieces to demonstrate!  In winter I love the idea of taking cozy comfortable pieces to the next level with pops of texture and shine.  Outfits like this are my “go-to” weekend vibe this year!

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Shopping Girl,

Lora LaPratt


Transition in Style!

We know you might not be ready to think about Fall, but stores are already getting their transition and Fall pieces in. Yes, you get some good sales out of the switch, but mixing your old wardrobe with the new pieces can get a little tricky…unless you get a little creative.

So you’re loving a new silk print that just arrived at your favorite store, but the colors are a bit fall-ish for the end of July. If you’re wearing it to brunch, out for drinks or during your next vacay, pair it with white jeans & wedges to lighten the top and make it more summer appropriate. Wearing it to the office? Put it with your favorite pair of cropped dress pants or a light colored skirt and nude heels. Problem solved!

Seeing a gorgeous sweater that you must have, but it feels weird to buy it when it’s 90 degrees outside? Hesitate no longer! Almost all transitional sweaters (cardigans and pullovers) look great tossed over a tank with a pair of boyfriend or frayed ankle jeans, so bring your new favorite sweater along for those plans that take you from summer heat to cool summer evenings. Or when you just can’t take the restaurant’s air conditioning any longer, you’ll have this fabulous sweater to keep you warm. If nothing else, you know your size won’t be available if you wait too long to buy it – that’s motivation enough to get in on the sweater action, even in July!

Here’s where it gets easy! We think transition dresses great for taking from season to season because you can change its look with shoes, jewelry and accessories. Pair a light heel or wedge with it to add more of a summer vibe to the look. Add lighter jewelry, either a rose or yellow gold, or something with a colorful stone. Then, when the weather shifts, darken those accessories to fit the colder season. Voila!

For any other tips, send us a message or pop in to the store. Your summer, transition and fall wardrobes don’t have to be separate, especially since weather these days is so unpredictable!

Happy Shopping!

the girls at Cinnamon

Dressing Down Your Dress Up Pieces

With summer officially here, dresses & skirts seem to be the easiest (and coolest) go-to for many women.  One of my favorite things to do is take pieces that I love and make them more versatile.  Some dresses & skirts do need to remain more “special occasions,” but for those that can act as both…wear it a casual way!

Accessories are the way to transform a dress/skirt from day to night or vice versa.  By taking a fancier wedge down to a fun sneaker, you’ve just given your look a day-time feel.

Shoes I suggest to make your dressy pieces a bit more casual:
* Seavees – sold in plain or a subtle camo at Cinnamon
* Simple two-strap mini wedge or flat
* Slip-on sneaker
* Toe-less bootie

Accessories to throw on with your look:
* Toss on a great wicker hat or visor
* Get a cool denim jacket (white, gray, blue)
* A chunky, fun necklace that can tie into your shoe color is always a “go”
* Find a great lip color that feels summery & adds flare to your dress/skirt
* Try a loose fitting dress with a belt to give it a different shape

Change up your skirt:
* T-shirt!  A gray v-neck is my absolute favorite
* Give it a twist on one side of your hip and tuck in for a slimming, yet cool way to keep your shirt in.  (The angle of the tee gives any shape a nice look)
* Graphic tee’s are all the rage, so join the fun with them
* Try out a cool cut out back or detailed tee

Next time you think your dress or skirt should be saved for something special, just give it a whirl and try it a new way!  Cinnamon has such feminine, yet funky pieces that make my “making the most of your wardrobe” so effortless.  It’s certainly my one stop shop for very casual, wedding-wear, and anything in-between.  Any fashion questions you may have – feel free to reach out to me at

Ways to Dress Your Dresses!

We all fall in love with that perfect dress to wear to an upcoming occasion, but once it’s over, have trouble finding ways to wear it again. If you’ve ever struggled with this, read on for some tips on how to wear that fabulous dress during the day or on vacation, as well as at night out on the town!

Let’s take a look at dress #1. Just thrown on a great pair of heels and some sparkling gold jewelry with this colorful number and head out to that event you’re running late for! Or to dress this one down, either for a casual day out or for vacation, pair it with a light-wash denim jacket, chunkier sandals, a sparkly clutch and a tassel necklace.

Take it into the night with a dark tweed jacket, a sleek high heel, gorgeous cross-body bag and a long stone pendant necklace!

Dress #2 is a little sweeter and softer, so you can change its look easily with some dark colors as contrast. With a dark denim jacket, white sandals, a casual yellow clutch and a gold leaf necklace, this dress is taken from dressy occasion to daytime fun.

Make this dress your night-time ensemble with a black leather jacket, black sandals, fringe cross-body bag and mixed metal mesh necklace!

Make the most of the dresses you love by layering and accessorizing to fit the occasion. Often you’ll wind up loving pairings that you wouldn’t normally consider, which will keep your favorite dresses at the front of your closet and ready to party!

Flaca Trunk Show with Alaina Bos Photography Session! Thursday, May 11th!

Cinnamon Presents: Flaca Jewelry Trunk Show with a gift from Alaina Bos Photography, Thursday, May 11th, from 3pm – 7pm!

Who doesn’t love to support independent artists?!? Given our love of both fabulous jewelry and looking fabulous, we have paired our Flaca Jewelry Trunk Show with an incredible gift from Alaina Bos Photography! Join us for the Flaca Trunk Show, spend $300 or more on your total Cinnamon purchase and receive a complimentary photo session with Alaina Bos, which includes hair and make-up styling for the session! If you’re not yet familiar with these two incredible artists, get to know them by reading more below!

Flaca Jewelry was created in 2014 by Amy Shepsman with the dream of making luxurious jewelry that was both affordable and fashionable. Since then, Amy has done just that by designing countless unique yet versatile pieces that are right on-trend.

“Flaca Jewelry is a cool, sophisticated, wearable jewelry line that exudes feminine beauty and independence. Featured in national and international publications such as Vogue, InStyle, Glamour, Real Simple and many more, Flaca Jewelry was named one of the best new designers to know in 2015.”

In January, Amy was named as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Art & Style. Most recently, she was interviewed by WGN News for the One of a Kind Show here in Chicago. You can see her in action here.

(Amy pictured far right.)

Since Flaca embodies both style and grace, we knew the trunk show would be the perfect setting to introduce you to our favorite photographer, Alaina Bos, a Chicago-based wedding and portrait photographer. Cinnamon’s gift to you during our special event entitles you to a Make-over and Photoshoot plus $100 to use toward portraits, totaling a value of $700. As someone who celebrates relationships, Alaina encourages you to enjoy your session with your mom, sister, best friend or partner, and be sure to have plans that evening – you’re going to look gorgeous!

“Relationships are very important to me and that’s why I love being a photographer. Being able to capture people and life’s biggest milestones is truly gratifying because I help preserve memories and moments that would otherwise be forgotten.” –Alaina (pictured)

We are so excited to present these two fabulous artists to you on Thursday, May 11th. Please stop by Cinnamon Boutique from 3pm-7pm for shopping, fashion and gifts to complete your Mother’s Day shopping, either for someone you love or for yourself!

Don’t Be Afraid To Break Traditional Fashion Rules!

We’ve all been told not to wear horizontal stripes, pair black with navy, wear white after Labor Day, mix multiple prints in one outfit, and so on. But this article by HuffPost Partner Studio showcases 9 fabulous women who don’t let traditional fashion faux pas restrain them from showing off their unique style! Be sure to check out #8, our very own fashionista, Kerry!

Read the entire article here!


4 Tips on Wearing Floral this Spring!

Floral prints have never looked as good as they do this Spring! Make sure you’re getting the most out of your florals with these tips from Personal Stylist, Hanna of Hanna Lee Style.

1. Don’t know what to do with all those crop tops that are everywhere in the fashion world? Capitalize on the high-waist, cropped flare denim trend by pairing them with that fabulous floral crop top you’ve been eyeing! For those chillier days, throw a linen or denim jacket over it. Not sure what shoes to wear? Hanna warns against over-thinking what shoe goes with a cropped flare (because so many styles work!) and recommends wearing your favorite wedge, ankle strap heel or fun sneaker.

2. Make sure you get a great, floral maxi dress to wear now through Fall. Layer with a tailored leather jacket if the weather hasn’t warmed up enough for you. Then shed that jacket for summer and wear bright, tassel earrings and a fabulous gold necklace to make the ensemble pop. All your favorite summer shoes will pair nicely with this pale pink floral pattern, but once chilly weather comes back at us, grab a nice open-toe bootie and put that leather jacket back on to pull this look into fall.

3. Want an outfit that works for the office, an afternoon out on the town and at happy hour? Go for a sleeveless floral print top in a darker color to tone down the playfulness of the floral. Easily covered with a tailored blazer and paired with any type of denim or dress pant, this top can take you anywhere. Hanna adds her unique touch with bright stone earrings, a metallic clutch and raw hem jeans.

4. If you don’t own a dress that announces your arrival, you are missing out! A bright, floral midi length dress is not only a statement in and of itself, but it’s so easy to wear! For this dress, Hanna follows the old adage “less is more” by only wearing bangles, a mother of pearl ring and skin-toned, ankle strap sandals. “Let the dress speak for itself. You will look and feel amazing in this dress and you don’t want to mask that with too many distractions.”

This Spring, take advantage of all the fabulous floral prints out there and use them to spice up your wardrobe. With so many ways to wear them, each piece is sure to be a flavorful staple in your closet season after season! And you can always count on a great pair of sunglasses to go with all of your new favorite floral ensembles! Grab your perfect pair at Custom Eyes, right next to Cinnamon!

Cinnamon’s Online Shop is Now Open!

Now you can shop with us online no matter where you are or what time it is! Check out our online shop here! New items are added regularly! And if you see an item on social media that isn’t listed in our online shop, contact us now using the form below to find out details!