Stylist, personal shopper and friend Denise Shirley (@the_prism_effect on Instagram) recently took me on a styling spree to show me how I can be both comfortable and casual, yet fashionable and appropriate for all day activities.

We visited three favorite Charlotte shopping spots Capitol  , Our Place Boutique  and The Shoe Box , newly opened at SouthPark Mall. 

Here are the results of Denise working her styling magic on me.

This outfit is perfect for transitioning from winter to spring with the warmth of a sweater in happy spring colors. The sweater is by Peter Pilotto, jeans by Derek Lam 10 Crosby, bag by Lanvin, and shoes by Rupert Sanderson.

Denise says this outfit works whether I’m going to brunch or running errands. The jeans are by Avenue Montaigne, top by Tolani, jacket by Vilagallo, sunglasses by Chanel, hat by Lola.

I like how Denise topped these fitted jeans with a nice long, full top. I could stay in this all day. Lavender top by Byron Lars Beauty Mark, Gray jeans by SUB Denim, jewelry by Nocturne Studio, Shoes by Rupert Sanderson.

Denise believes in the power of a vest making it a great layering piece as we transition into spring. Vest by Vilagallo, Top by Elie Tahari, Jeans by Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Earrings by Nocturne Studio, shoes by Rupert Sanderson

In the photo of Denise and me together, I am wearing pants by Cinq A Sept, blouse by Sonia Rykiel, shawl by Janavi, bag by Balenciaga.

If you would like for Denise to take you shopping and styling or even shop your own closet, you can follow her on Instagram @the_prism_effect or by email denise.n.shirley(at)