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Barbara Aleks Hecht

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Barbara Aleks is a Personal Stylist, Image Consultant and Interior Designer at BarbaraAleks.com. She helps women discover and live their own unique style; empowering them to transform themselves from the inside out, to become the confident, sexy women they were born to be and to live the amazing lives they were meant to live.
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How to Throw Together a Last Minute Holiday Party Outfit

This year, why not choose an LBD with a little somethin' somethin'. Perhaps it has a plunging neckline, or a cut-out or two. Maybe it's strapless, has a high slit or has only one shoulder. Or maybe, like mine, it exposes a bit of your back. Whichever you decide to wear, make sure the occasion calls for it and that you're not exposing more of yourself than you should.
12/22/2014 11:58 EST
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5 Hot First Date Tips and Looks

A number of my clients are single women that are either active in the dating scene or just getting started. They typically come to me to help them come up with the perfect first (or second, or third) date look. Wanting to steer them in the right direction, I contacted a dating expert to make sure I was giving them the best advice along with their hot new looks.
11/25/2014 08:07 EST
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5 Ways to Style a Plain White T-Shirt to Match Your Mood

Much like many of my clients, I am a woman of many moods. Instead of letting it confuse or overwhelm, why not embrace it and go with it. Below are my picks for how to style just some of the many moods you might be feeling. For each look, I've chosen to go with a simple white T-shirt and jeans to show how easy it is to switch up some basics.
10/16/2014 12:35 EDT
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Knowing Your Body Shape is the Key to Looking Great

Knowing how to dress for your particular body shape is key to looking great. Without this knowledge, you might not know which clothing cuts, styles and lengths look best on you, how to wear certain items to suit your body best or how to choose and place accessories to monopolize on the body you've got.
05/22/2014 12:32 EDT
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How to Figure Out Your Personal Style

When it comes to looking great and having killer style, most women don't know where to begin. If you struggle with knowing what to wear, what to buy and how to pull it all together, the very first thing you need to do, before you do anything else, is figure out what you like. What's your style?
04/13/2014 10:45 EDT
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Making an Investment in Yourself

Some people have no problem investing in themselves -- taking much needed time to recharge, spending a little extra on the things they love. Others find it extremely difficult, making everything else a priority and finding out that at the end, there's nothing left. Take it from someone who, for years, didn't even make it onto her own priority list -- it ain't easy.
02/18/2014 06:04 EST

Do You Dress to Impress Other Women, Men or Yourself?

Getting dressed and choosing my outfit has always been a combination of purpose, function, mood and self-expression. But somewhere in that decision-making process is there a subconscious need to dress for or impress someone other than myself?
12/05/2013 08:02 EST
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Five Steps to the Perfect Outfit Every Time

One of the most common concerns I hear from my clients is that they don't know how to create an outfit. What they don't realize is that putting an outfit together is as simple as 1-2-3, or in this case, 1-2-3-4-5. Here are five easy steps that will help anyone create the perfect outfit for any occasion.
10/25/2013 08:18 EDT
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Three Steps to a Fabulous Closet

I finally decided that enough was enough and it was time to give my closet a good ol' fashioned cleaning. And the result? A fabulous closet that I love walking into. Here are the steps I took to achieve it. Give them a try and you too can end up with a super organized, easy to navigate, clutter-free closet that will make getting dressed a breeze.
09/30/2013 05:41 EDT
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What to Wear This Fall

Now that the weather has cooled off, it's time to start talking Fall trends. Here's a list of some of what's trending this Fall. Don't be surprised if you find yourself recognizing some of them from last year or that you've already got a few pieces tucked away in your closet.
09/17/2013 05:38 EDT
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5 Easy Summer Style Staples to Keep You Cool and Hot

In summer, I tend to gravitate towards clothes that are easy to wear, comfortable and practical. At the same time, I don't want to sacrifice style. Here are my picks for five easy summer style staples that will leave you cool, comfortable and looking super fab.
07/23/2013 12:30 EDT
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Five Ways to Make Shopping More Enjoyable

I'm always amazed when people tell me that they don't like to shop. To me, that's almost equivalent to not liking to eat. And who doesn't like to eat? If you happen to be one of these rare birds, here are five tips to hopefully make your (oh dread) shopping experience a teeny bit more enjoyable.
06/26/2013 12:20 EDT

Friends Don't Let Friends Look Bad

Many of us aren't really sure how to let someone else know that their choices (fashion or otherwise) aren't necessarily the most flattering or becoming, without hurting their feelings. Or maybe we feel like we should mind our own business. But in all honesty, don't you think that a good friend, a true friend, wouldn't let their friend out of the house looking anything less than stellar?
06/10/2013 05:28 EDT
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Take a Load Off: 5 Ways to Pack Light

Packing for a trip can be challenging at the best of times, but packing light can be downright difficult. Here are five tips that I found to be quite useful and are sure to help you Pack Like a Pro -- lite-style.
05/13/2013 12:14 EDT
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Style Tips From an Unexpected Source

My 11-year-old daughter Annabelle's had an opinion on every single one of her (and my) outfit's since I can remember. And as a result, the most amazing thing happened. I have learned so many lessons from this little girl -- especially when it comes to style and being true to yourself.
05/01/2013 12:20 EDT