27 January 2012

7 Tricks to look fabulous in a hurry | post 13

Is anyone else psyched that December's over?

Don't get me wrong — in many ways, it is the most wonderful time of the year. It's just that after a month of shopping, over-indulging, and "family togetherness," I'm pooped. Even worse, I look pooped.

Since a rejuvenating vacation or trip to the spa isn't in the budget, I'm going to share with you a few tips and tricks to look bright eyed and energized. Of course, I now have no excuse for looking like a schlep...and, I'm afraid, neither do you!

Get your glow on

Self-tanner can be a hassle in the winter, but you can still get a flattering, youthful glow with a quick face and body scrub. Exfoliating gets rid of dull, dead skin cells and helps products like moisturizer penetrate more effectively.

Try an exfoliating cleanser, like OLAY Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser, $14, and use upward, circular motions. Then rinse, pat your skin dry with a towel and apply moisturizer immediately.

Chill your eye cream

This tip is particularly great after you wake up, whether it's first thing in the morning or after a nap. Keep your eye cream in the refrigerator, and apply whenever you need a little post sleep pick-me-up.

Lighten the load

Avoid caking on foundation and powder — they can settle into your wrinkles and make your skin look dry, dull, and tired. Instead, bring out more of your natural glow with a sheer, illuminating foundation or tinted moisturizer. (Try COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, $7.)

Open your eyes

Trick everyone into believing you've gotten a good night's sleep with these three easy tips:

1. Groom your brows. Fill them in with light, quick strokes at a 45-degree angle with a sharp brow pencil. Then use a brow brush or clean toothbrush to sweep them up and into place.

2. Line your lower lids. A white or nude liner on the inner rim of your eye always does the trick. But if you're feeling particularly festive, try silver or gold.

3. Curl your lashes. It actually helps make your eyes look bigger. Don't forget to finish with a lengthening mascara.

Knock out dark circles

To detract from any fine lines, wrinkles, or discoloration around your eyes, dot and blend illuminating concealer just under the arch of your eyebrow and on the inner corner of each eye. You can also do this under the eye to help mask any dark circles.

Color yourself happy

If you have a lip-cheek stain in your makeup stash, use it! If not, all it takes is one product to put some joie de vivre back in your face: lipstick. Simply dab a peachy-pink or rose shade onto your lips and the apples of your cheeks (just be sure to blend well with your fingers). Try Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint, $24, or COVERGIRL LipPerfection Lipcolor, $5.99.

Twist away

No time to wash your hair? Take advantage of its lived-in state. First, give your roots a dose of dry shampoo to help soak up grease and boost body. Then, part your hair in the middle (no need to brush it). Starting above your ear, use both hands to gather and twist hair up and back like ropes toward the nape of your neck. Secure the roll with bobby pins placed in the "seam" along the way. Pin the ends in place and repeat on the other side. If your hair is long, gather it into a bun at the nape of your neck and secure with an elastic and bobby pins. Then set with hairspray.

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26 January 2012

Three outfits in one | post 12 , Guest Blogger

We would love to introduce you to The Dating Divas.  They are a group of women who love to share dating ideas and other relationship advice.  Here's a little more about them.

In a nutshell, each Monday the Divas will offer an awesome date already completely planned for your upcoming weekend! {Aw geez… you’re totally welcome!} Throughout the rest of the week we’ll also post quick & easy ideas to serve your spouse, unforgettable family outings and activities with the kids, intimate moment ideas to spice things up in that room, and fun “romance” crafts to boot! There is definitely something for every couple! .

Below is an article from their website {used with permission}, that shows a fun way to wear an outfit, not only on a date, but THREE DIFFERENT WAYS!

Alright Girls, do you ever have those days where you look in your closet and think “Ugh, I have nothing to wear”?  I am here to help you with that, by SURPRISE using things you already own. In times like these we all need to be recessionista’s! What better way to save money and go green then by using what you already have. I am just here to give you a little inspiration!
Start with something really basic. I like a white loose fitting tee, but any white tee will do. Add a dark pair of jeans,  I like skinny jeans but anything you are comfortable with works! In a poll in the February issue of Glamour Magazine (Yes, I am a self- proclaimed magazine junkie) of 1000 men, GUESS what was their top pick of their favorite outfit for women? A white tee and jeans! So simple and basic and that is what most of our husbands want to see!
Now it’s time to add some personal flair! This first look is super simple. Just add flats and a scarf! Yes it is that easy, and you are ready for lunch with the kiddos and your best friend! (Okay, a quick disclaimer before you see pictures of me…I am not one of those girls that loves 1,000 pictures of myself.  In fact, I would prefer not to have any of me. I will take pictures of my kiddos all day long but NOT MYSELF.) My husband snapped these for me just to show you all how easily you can have a cute look on the fly!
Look number two is just as easy but you look a little more polished!  Just take your favorite pair of boots and any simple blazer.  I call this Cameron Diaz Chic (She is always in a blazer).
Look number three is a little more dressy. Add heels and tuck in the shirt. Now throw on some extra jewelry and you will be ready for date night. 

It is so easy to use what you already have to make something simple so much CUTER!  Have fun shopping your closet and send us some pics of what you come up with!  Who knows….you MAY just come up with the PERFECT outfit for your next date night!!

I hope you all enjoyed this fun article and are able to apply the same method with your clothes.  {HERE} is where you can read their mission statement and find out just a bit more of who the Dating Divas are and what they have to share. 

Show some love and stop by their website, TheDatingDivas.com for more dating tips, ideas, and suggestions!

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20 January 2012

We're Mobile | post 10

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19 January 2012

The Finishing Touches | Post 09

Hi everyone it's Joyce!  For me, the finishing touch of any outfit is hair and make up. I'm just going to give a few tips that I've found over the years, will work best for daily maintenance.


For hair:
*This is mainly for those with straight hair

Don't wash your hair everyday. This doesn't mean don't shower everyday, but you don't need to wash you hair on a daily basis. It's actually better for your hair if you don't. Your hair needs the oils it produces to keep it healthy. If you wash your hair daily you're stripping your hair of those oils and they will need to produce more of it faster.


Use Styling Products. Since most of us probably don't like having damaged hair, you can use styling products when using a flat iron or curler so your efforts won't be wasted. Also, if you're using heat on your hair, like a flat iron, curling iron, or blow dryer, spray a heat protector in your hair first. This will help to give your hair more protection against the damaging heat. Find a styling product that's best for you. I personally like mousse since it's lighter weight and not as harsh as gel on my hair.  There are also sprays, oils, and wax that are available too.


Make sure you're using the correct Shampoo and Conditioner. If you color your hair you should be using a shampoo and conditioner that is specially for dyed hair.  Even if just the ends are dyed! The reason being that these conditioners have added vitamins and nutrients made so your colored hair won't become brittle or damaged. Also, you should use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to avoid build-up in your hair. For those with damaged hair or women who are pregnant, use a product that is protein fortified. When your hair is damaged (split, brittle, dry) or when you're pregnant your hair is being stripped of its proteins so products that are protein fortified helps your hair to stay strong and healthy.


Blow Dry Your Hair To Get Volume. If you're like me, you might have a hard time getting volume in your hair. One of the best tips that I got from my hairdresser was when my hair is wet, blow dry it. First, when blow drying your hair keep the nozzle 6 inches away from your hair so it won't be as damaging! Blow dry the top first and finish be flipping your hair over and blow dry the rest of it. Here's how to get volume though.... WAIT to flip your hair back over! If you want volume wait until the heat is gone from your hair to flip it back over! Style and go. Now, if you live somewhere more humid this volume might not last for long. You can check out {THIS VIDEO} on how to do rollers to add volume and style. What I do is after my shower, I blow dry each section and set each section with curlers. I'll let my hair cool while I apply my makeup and then take them down and my hair would be finished at the same time! This might take an extra 5-10 minutes depending on the length of your hair, but you'll have great volume and your hair will be done for the day without any more styling.


Try to do something new. I like change and I find that the easiest thing for me to change is my hair. It could be something as simple as curling it one day or putting in a braid or a cute up do. But if you feel like you're in a rut, change it up!  If you are going to color you hair I recommend natural colors.  Also, when dressing up, have some fun and dress up your hair and make up too. You want your overall look to be cohesive and put together. There are great video tutorials out there that can help you with whatever look you want.  Just have fun with it!

For makeup:
Moisturize! First and foremost you need to moisturize! This is something that I learned from my grandma who is in her late 80's but looks closer to late 50's, early 60's. If you take care of your skin then you don't have to wear as much make up.  I personally like a tinted moisturizer, especially during the summer time. Also, make sure to get a lotion with SPF in it. Nowadays, almost every brand has an SPF in it, so make sure to use it.  You're skin is important so take good care of it!  You should be able to find the perfect moisturizer for you skin type.  Also be sure to cleanse your face and wash off makeup completely after you're finished.  It's also important to keep your makeup utensils clean- change them out every 4-6 months.  You don't want any bacteria to start growing.


You're a Natural Beauty. The point of make up is not to cover up but to enhance your own beautiful features!  Love what you were blessed with but if you're going to wear makeup don't spend a ton of time doing it.  I seriously take 5 minutes to do my own make up, if I'm trying to really dress it up then maybe ten.  Also, you have to find out what cosmetics works best for you. The main things most women need are concealer/foundation, eye liner, mascara, blush and a lip color. That's about it. Some people with really good skin might not even need the concealer/foundation or blush. It's up to you.  Taking 5 minutes to put on make up helps to enhance the features you have, not hide them!  It could be your eyes, cheek bones, lips.   Some easy tips to remember are to focus on one feature that you want to highlight.  If you do a dark color on your lips, go easy on the eyes.  When making your eyes the focus then go for a natural, lighter colored lip.


Know your color. So this might just be my own pet peeve but I hate it when I see someone with an orange face but a white neck and body.  Really, the reason it bugs me so much is because it's such an easy fix!  Be sure to take a moment and step back to see if this is happening to you!  Many times this occurs in between seasons when you are getting darker in the summer or fairer in the winter.  Find a foundation and concealer that is as close to your skin color as possible.  There are so many different varieties to choose from too- minerals, creams, liquid, powders, even airbrushed foundation! Also, choose the rest of your color palette to blend in with your own natural tones. You don't want a blush that is too pink or red that will make you look like you have clown cheeks.  Remember that when dealing with make up... Less is More!

Want to play with makeup and hair but don't want to shell out the cash?  Check out this {LINK}.  For more specific tips on how to do certain make up applications, leave a comment and I'll get back to you in another post!

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Modest Makeup | post 08

Modesty, Noun
1.  freedom from conceit or vanity
2.  propriety in dress, speech, or conduct

Modesty.  Do you know what that is?  Well according to Merriam-Webster.com it is defined as freedom from conceit or vanity, propriety in dress, speech, or conduct.
Now what does propriety mean?  You can either click on this {link} for the literal definition, or summed up it can mean proper, decent, appropriate, polite or TRUE NATURE....

"God has given you one face and you make yourself another" - Hamlet

In a recent article on Yahoo.com, they shared a photo of a reality television star, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi without ANY make up on.  Now Snooki is notoriously known for fake bake'n it up, layers of bronzer, fake eyelashes, radical hair colors, and tons of cosmetics applied to her face.  What do you think?  Better with or without make up?  In my opinion, she looks TONS better without-  she went from Oompa Loompa to Snow White! ;)  .....

Ever wonder why women start wearing make up in the first place?  It usually starts in your teens and doesn't end until you're very mature.  Teenage young ladies wanting to look more grown up, trying to fit in with peers, wanting to fix their 'flaws', or maybe trying to mimic a famous celeb's image, will start wearing cosmetics to 'make up' for lack of self confidence and individuality.  They can then form a life long habit and mind set believing that they ONLY look good with make up on.

In the article on Yahoo of Snooki wearing no makeup, nearly all the comments agreed that she looked much better without it, yet our society is constantly flashing advertisements giving ideations that we NEED make up to fit in and look good.  In this day it truly takes self mastery to NOT wear make up.

When I was a teenager, I used to perform in Hawai'i in front of tourists dancing hula and tahitian and we were told to wear heavy make up and false lashes because the bright lights would wash out our features.  I'm pretty sure this is the same thing many celebs and models need to do since they are constantly in front of cameras and bright lights.  Now that I'm older I don't wear heavy makeup and occasionally wear light make up for special outings, occasions and usually for church.  I don't always feel confident with out any make up on {I'm no Angelina Jolie} but do think that when you are wearing make up casually, then it should be JUST to enhance the features that you have and not let them get hidden by wearing too much.  You should not look completely different when you do or don't wear make up.  Embrace who you are and the beauty that you have.

To the brave and confident women who don't ever wear any makeup I applaud you.  To those who do, I suggest to keeping it natural and modest.  You don't want to look like someone else when all that makeup comes off.  You are probably very gorgeous if not MORE without any on!  Don't be fooled by celebrities or cosmetics ads.  No one is flawless!  If you do end up going heavy on the makeup then I wold recommend only for VERY special occasions.  Buy cosmetics in natural shades and tones.  Try to stay away from all those very tempting colors- greens, reds, purple, orange, blue {unless you know how to use them}.  Hope this article helps you to reflect on how you do your makeup, how much makeup you put on, if it's modest, and why you do.  Remember that you were created in the image of God and as my husband likes to say, "if it isn't broken don't fix it!" 
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18 January 2012

What's Your Season | post 07

I think this is something that every person should know. What season are you? Are you a Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter? When I say season I'm talking about your color palette, the colors that most compliment your skin tone and features....


You might wonder why this is important? Knowing your season helps to brighten you up!  It'll also help to most flatter you features, making your brown eyes browner and your blue eyes sparkle!  You season will make you look your best, especially when trying out new fashion trends. Have you ever bought something in the wrong color and people commented, asking you if you're feeling well or not?  Well, once I dressed my kids in cute outfits, but the wrong season, and everyone asked me if they were okay! If you are wearing the wrong color for your skin type it can really wash you out.

Your season is not limited to just your wardrobe but also include your hair and eye color too.  Ever notice how a natural red head just stuns in green?  Check out the photo below of Emma Stone and how that green dress compliments her skin tone and hair and truly makes those gorgeous green eyes stand out!  In some cases, your eye color can 'change' depending on the color and shade you wear.  The season that flatters you can highlight the different tones in your eyes.

It's amazing to see the difference complimentary colors make!  Finding out your color palette will help you to feel confident in your clothes and will make shopping loads easier.  Although an expert is the best person to ask when you want to know what your season is, you can also take {THIS QUIZ}!
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16 January 2012

Trends 2012 | post 06

This new year has some interesting new trends.  Continue reading and let us know what YOU think? ....


Tangerine Tango


That's right, the colour of the year is Tangerine Tango.  Now I personally have never been a fan of anything within the orange color palette but if you are a fan then your in luck!  One thing about the color tangerine that you need to take into consideration is that you buy the right shade for your skin tone.  If you don't, results could clash and you may end up looking a little like an oompa loompa.

Hair Styles
This year some trends for hair are a waved bob, fringe bangs, pixie crop, center part, and long & bouncy curls.  Trendy hair colors include red and whitish-blonde.  Textures include natural curls and a 'wet' look.

Keep an eye out for:
Silhouette: Drop Waist

Fabric: Matte Satin

Color Palette: Pastels

Bag: Doctor's Bag

Era: Sophisticated 70's revival

Regardless if you follow these trends or not, just remember to have fun!  I am especially digging the boho 70's revival {minus the extra short skirts & dresses}.  I can certainly use a few pointers from my in laws who were all about the 70's :)
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10 January 2012

Define your Style | post 05

What's YOUR style?

There are many different styles and trends to follow and sometimes it's hard to know exactly what YOUR style is.  Well, we're here to help!  We've come up with a few categories that will help you determine your style while staying classy and chic.  The categories are DownTown, Feminine, Rustic, Vintage, UpTown, Prep, and Breezy...

Someone who dresses 'DownTown', loves to make a statement.  Your style often turns a few heads.  You love to accessorize with BOLD prints or colors.  You enjoy mimicking popular celebrities for style updates.  When applying makeup you go for eye catching colors.  Your hair color and hairstyle is always evolving with the seasons {about every 3 months}.  Your jewelry, glasses and handbags are not what you'll see your mother in law wearing. ;) You love to follow trends and when you see a new piece on the shelves you are quick to buy it.  You enjoy wearing leather or exotic patterns.  Your style is not for wall flowers, drawing attention where ever you go.   

Celebrities who dress in a DownTown manner include: Keri Hilson, Jennifer Lopez, the Kardashians, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, Gwen Stefani, Tyra Banks and Britney Spears.

Keep it Classy:
DON'T OVER DO IT when dressing this way.  With your makeup, we understand that you want to use fun colors but be careful not to be doing too much- you don't want to end up dressing in drag.  When using animal or graphic prints be careful not to look like cat woman- try one area such as your sandals, belt, purse, top/bottom.  To play prints down even more, you can add just a hint of style with a hair feather accessory or statement earrings.  If you have to be conservative {such as in a work place or at church} you can incorporate your style into your outfit with printed nails, a sassy watch or a trendy umbrella.  Try an edgy leather jacket or printed scarf over a more casual dress.   


Someone who is Feminine loves to wear soft colors.  You dress in a timeless, classic manner that always looks great no matter what the occasion.  Floral prints are a favorite.  You opt for subtle, natural makeup and hairstyles.  All though you dress fashionable it's always understated.  You enjoy buying delicate fabrics such as lace, crochet, cashmere, and chenille.  Your 'go to' jewelry include pearls, diamonds, and fabrics {ribbons and flowers} which are in pastel or neutral colors.  Your hair has soft layers and is most often mid length or long, embracing your womanhood.  You purchase many loose and flowing materials.  You know how to show your femininity without wearing skin tight clothing.  Your smile and personality are your favorite accessories.  

Celebrities who dress Feminine are the Duchess of Cambridge (Catherine Middleton), Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde, Katie Holmes, Keira Knightly, Jennifer Aniston, Rachel Mcadams and Kerry Washington.

Keep it Classy:
Slips please!  When buying clothing they may sometimes be shear so wear an under garment or a slip if necessary.


A Rustic styled woman is someone who loves nature and the outdoors.  You often live in the country, mountains or near the beach.  Your jewelry consists of shells, pearls, feathers, metals and stones.  For those who live in the country or mountains you aren't afraid to pair a dress with some cowboy or military boots.  Your hair is natural or if colored it's understated.  Braids are a common way to style your hair and you dress it up with a flower.  Many times your favorite accessories are belts or hats.  When wearing makeup {if any} you choose neutral tones or even only a hint of mascara.  You may own a vest or two, faux fur, and a jean-material jacket.  You like to buy floral or plaid patterns and cotton is your 'go-to' fabric.  You have a great pair of jeans and even some that were bought with styled 'holes'.  If you live in the country you enjoy buying clothing in yellows and muted colors, and by the beach you love blues, green and reds. 

Celebrities who dress Rustic are Kerry Underwood, Taylor Swift, Karina Petroni, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Alana Blanchard, Hanah Teter, Miranda Lambert, Gretchen Bleiler, LeAnn Rimes and Martina Mcbride.

Keep it Classy:
You may have faux fur but pleaaseee don't wear it on EVERYTHING and please, please, don't wear a faux fur 'tail'.  Also, try to keep your style simple so you don't look like you tried too hard and came straight from the Boonies. Floral is wonderful but be careful not to look like a walking curtain.  Try adding natural elements like a metallic and gem necklace.


A Vintage styled woman loves to do it old school, usually choosing a particular decade or mixing in between a few.  You are seen wearing your signature red lips, with black eye liner, and rose cheeks.  You have mastered a few vintage hairstyles from your favorite icons, including the 'beehive'.  Consignment and thrift stores are where you find your best pieces or you may even make them yourself.  Your favorite statement piece is owning an apron with frills!

Celebrities who dress Vintage are Kelly Osbourne, {the late} Amy Winehouse, Emily Deschanel, Emma Stone, Adele, Debi Mazar, Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel. 

Keep it Classy:
Although you dress Vintage your wardrobe doesn't have to be old!  Look for a few vintage inspired pieces and update them into your own.  Also be aware of how high your beehive is, it's not supposed to attract real bees.  A conservative way to incorporate vintage style with accessories are with brooches and antique jewelry.  If you wear red lips make sure that the color goes well with your skin tone and don't go too heavy on your eyeliner.  Lastly, shoulder pads are a trend that all women should never bring back!


The UpTown gal is a woman who may be working 40 hours a week.  You own a few feminine suits, blazers and vests.  You wear classic colors such as navy, beige, black and white.  One of your favorite hairstyles are either a top knot or a short bob.  You are independent and want everyone to know.  You stay away from frills, dress a bit more conservative and mean 'all business'.  Your makeup is conservative and the boldest you'll venture with color are with red lips.  Your accesories include jewelry that show power such as diamonds, gold, silver, and platinum. 

Celebrities who dress in an UpTown style include Michelle Obama, Kate beckinsale, Jada Pinkett Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Michele Bachman, Sarah Palin, Ivanka Trump, and Melania Trump.

Keep it Classy
Sometimes your look can seem a bit harsh or too powerful and it can make you seem unapproachable. Incorporate a softer touch with your style.  Try experimenting with metallics or even sequins.  Wear a lace top under a blazer, add a pop of color with accessories like scarves, or bright bags.  On days when you can dress a bit more casual where nice dress pants with a silk blouse or buy your suits in more feminine colors (like Michelle Obama, above).


Prep, or Preppy fashion is a mixture of UpTown, suburbia and nautical.  Your look screams clean, modest and conservative and may even boast a little wealth.  You love to shop at high end, name brand shops.  You prefer a skirt or dress to pants or shorts.  Pearls and diamonds have taken over your jewelry box.  You obey a few fashion laws that apply to this style, such as never pairing black and brown, gold and silver, never wearing white shoes after Labor Day, always matching your shoes and belt, always matching your shoes and purse, and of course- tucking in any shirt with a shirttail. You own tweed.  You always wear hose with a dress or skirt {unless wearing open toe shoes}.  You aren't afraid to wear a suit top with a skirt.  You live in fine silk blouses and you own a few sweater vests.  Let's not forget those polos!  When dressing casual you wear prints that remind you of the ocean- anchors, sailboats, and seagulls.  Your hair is always sharp, styled and never left loose.  Your calling card are matching accessories or a cardigan over your shoulders.  

Celebrities include Emma Watson, Mischa Barton, Pippa Middleton, Michele Williams, Blake Lively, Elizabeth Mckay, Kourtney Kardashian {and beau Scott}, Reese Witherspoon and the preppy guru Ralph Lauren.

Keep it Classy
Although you prepsters follow strict rules it's okay to relax every once in a while.  Style and fashion should be fun.  Even though you tend to shop in expensive stores, don't be afraid to search a thrift store for name brand items to finish your outfit. 


Breezy, or Care Free are women who don't have any particular favorites when it comes to fashion. You enjoy wearing your boyfriend's {or husband} sweater or even baggier jeans.  Your favorite go to shirt is a cotton tee.  Your look is simple and you never have a single moment where 'I took 30 minutes to put this look together'.  You often throw your hair up in a pony tail or unkempt bun, or if it's down you simply brushed it.  A favorite jeans and shirt is what you wear and if you do try to spice it up you just add heels.  You may own a couple pieces of jewelry but if you aren't wearing your 'signature' piece you don't wear them too often.  Your make up {IF ANY} is very natural and subtle.  The most accessorizing you do is to throw on your favorite hat and maybe a pair of glasses.  Your hair is never edgy and at most will have a few highlights or coloring that is easy to maintain.  When going for a walk or to the store you don't mind wearing sweats or khakis. When going out the most fashionable you get is by throwing on a graphic tee. 

Celebrities who are sometimes Breezy {let's face it most celebrities are too absorbed with their reputation to dress this way} include Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz, Vanessa Hudgens and Jennifer Aniston.

Keep it Classy
Dressing Care Free is supposed to be simple, easy and look effortless- but don't look Care LESS.  Please attempt to put some thought into your outfit.  There's a time and a place for everything so don't go frolicking around the mall ANYWHERE in pajamas {or Pajama Jeans}.  Your style is low maintenance so spice it up with polished nails, a splurge on your 'favorite jean' or tee.  If your clothes weren't tailored to have holes in it then it's time to toss it.  If you are going to be going to a place that requires you to be a tad more sharp try wearing a blazer over a tee with jeans and cute wedges.  If you are going somewhere such as Church or a special event then invest in a comfortable spring dress or nice dress pants if dresses just aren't your thing.   

Hope you were able to determine your style.  Keep it Classy.  Don't be afraid to mix one style with another.  Be unique and original but most of all have fun.  By understanding what your style is you should be able to shop easier and look towards role models who display similar fashion tastes.
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05 January 2012

Winter Wardrobe | post 04

Winter Essentials
Happy New Year! I can't believe another year has come and gone, and that it's already 2012. I don't know about you, but I feel like I need a new wardrobe for a new year!

Having just recently moved from warm weather, to cold weather, I have learned a thing or two about dressing for cold winter days. I am going to share with you a few essential pieces you may want to add to your winter wardrobe...


1. A big, slouchy sweater: I love to have an oversized sweater as part of my winter wardrobe, it's pretty essential. I have a few oversized cardigans that I wear to death in the winter. You can wear it in so many ways. You can pair it with a belt, or wear it loose. You can wear it with jeans or leggings.

2. Skinny jeans: Okay, I know skinny jeans aren't for everyone, but I think most of us can get away with wearing them, seriously. You have to wear them correctly. I like to pair my skinny jeans with boots, or even ballet flats (for the warm-weathered friends). If you're wearing skinnies, don't pair them with a tight, short top. You have to have balance. This would be a good time to pull out the slouchy sweater and maybe cinch it with a belt.

3. Leggings: Again, leggings might not be for everyone, and maybe they're so 2010, but I think they're cute {and comfortable}. I like to pair my leggings with boots, or even little booties. #1 cardinal rule: if your leggings or skinnies have a pocket, you can get away with wearing a top that doesn't cover your bottom. If there's no pocket, cover the tush, ladies! And, if you're bottom heavy, cover that tushy.

4. Boots: I have like 5 pairs of boots in my winter wardrobe. I know, I know, maybe a little too much, but I love them. I have a pair in every color. They are so fun. You can wear them with skinnies, leggings, dresses, skirts, anything! I'm digging the low heal, or no heal. I'm also tall, so heals make me look like a giant. Every girl should have a pair, or two, of tall boots.

5. Scarves: Scarves are so versatile. I seriously love them. They are definitely a staple in any winter wardrobe. They are a key accessory, and sometimes they just complete the outfit.

Don't forget to accessorize, ladies! Sometimes it's the little accessories we add that just complete the look. But, don't go overboard. Less is more!

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