Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Are You Wearing That?

Casual dressing is often confused with ‘anything goes”. If you haven’t put much thought into it and follow those rules, you may not be looking your best. Dressing casually can be done and done well by following casual dressing guidelines.
Over the past few years casual dressing has been taken to the workplace which makes it particularly important that casual not be tied to sloppy.
Trade in your old jeans, baggy T-shirts and mismatched pieces for a stylish, casual look.
1. Take pride in how you dress no matter where you go. Buy casual clothing with the same care as you buy business clothes. Wear your scruffy clothing only when you are doing outside chores around the house.

2. Wash new T-shirts before you wear them to protect yourself against skin irritations. Get rid of T-shirts when they lose their shape. Fold delicate knitted garments in a cupboard or wardrobe, hanging them will lose their shape.

3. If you are dressing casually make sure you are wearing all casual pieces. For example, a casual outfit calls for a casual handbag and casual footwear. Don’t make the mistake of mixing elements of two styles.

4. Pay attention to proportion. Your shoes and pants should be in proportion with each other. For example, you will wear a different shoe style with a narrow pant than you will wear with wide leg.

5. Wear jogging suits only when you are jogging or exercising. They are not meant for shopping, travelling or weekend wear.

Sheila's Fashion Sense

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Top 10 Fashion Picks For Fall

Top 10 Fashion Picks For Fall

1. The Vest

The vest is a great to add interest to a pants and skirt

2.The Color Grey

The color grey is very popular this season and can be

spiced up by adding color.

3. The Statement Coat

You will find coats in lots of different prints and

designs this season.

4. Bows

Bows are popular and come in large and small sizes. Don't wear

bows if you have a large bust or double chin.

5. Capes

Capes are very popular and will look best on

those who farirly slender.

6. Full Skirts

Full skirts are worn alone and as part of a suit. Stay away from

them if you have large hips and tummy.


Wearing fur can be fun. Do take into consideration that fur

 will make you appear larger.

look larger.

8. Knits

Knits are big this fall and come in all shapes and sizes. As

with fur, knits tend to add bulk. 

9. Shoes

Shoes are fun and the style changes often. Stacked

heels are still popular for fall.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Beauty Mistakes You Won’t Want to Make

Beautiful faces come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Beauty is magnified when makeup is applied correctly. Makeup has the ability to hide skin imperfections, brighten and make skin appear more youthful. Makeup acts as a beauty enhancement.


When makeup is used incorrectly it has the power to dull complexions, bring out imperfections and create a harsh look. In most instances, people won’t tell you your makeup is gaudy – it is up to you to find out how to apply if properly and ask someone you can trust how your makeup looks.

To get started here are some common mistakes to look for:

1. Eyeliner: Eyeliner is a great makeup tool but when not used properly it can make you look awful. Firstly, it should match your coloring. If you have a light complexion and light hair go easy. Stay away from dark wide eyeliner. Secondly, as you get older eyeliner should be used sparingly. There’s nothing that will age you more that dark eyeliner. Lastly, for best results use a thin line in the lashes to make the lashes look fuller.

2. Lip liner: Lip liner is meant to define the lips – to create an even line and keep lipstick from bleeding. For the best looking lips your lip liner should not be visible. Lips that are outlined with dark liner are aging and look gaudy.

3. Foundation: Foundation is the perfect product to create a flawless complexion. Foundation that is visible or is a different color than your skin is not appealing. The trick is to make sure it matches your skin tone exactly and apply it sparingly. For best results, exfoliate your skin regularly and use a moisturizer before you apply foundation.

4. Eyebrows: Eyebrows are so important to the overall look of the face that it’s worth mentioning twice. They should match your hair color, not be drawn on and not be too small. The best eyebrows begin above the inner corner of the eye and end at the outer corner.

5. Mascara: Clumpy mascara flakes and makes eyes look messy. Mascara is a great lash lengthener and used sparingly can make eyes come alive.

6. Eye shadow: Too much frosty eye shadow makes eyes look pale on younger women. On older women because it attracts light, it brings attention to wrinkles.

7. Check It: Before leaving home check your makeup first in a full length mirror making sure it matches your outfit in occasion and intensity and then in daylight for clarity.

More Fashion

Monday, June 11, 2007

Mens Shoes - How to Recognize Well-Made Shoes

Shoes are a very important part of your wardrobe and say a lot about your sense of style. Well made shoes signal your attention to detail and your appreciation of quality. You can recognize quality shoes by these 4 main elements: Leather, Stitching, Soles and Lining.

Leather: The quality of the shoe’s leather is the most important aspect of a great looking shoe. Good leather is smooth, pliable, and resilient, has a consistent grain and feels nice to touch. Look closely at the feel and the look of the leather before you buy.

Stitching: Stitching should be hidden, unless it is there for decoration purposes. The best quality shoes have stitching that is completely concealed. Exposed stitching signifies poor craftsmanship.

Soles: The soles of shoes should be made of leather and should be attached to the shoe with stitching and not glued. Leather sole thicknesses are different depending on the style of the shoe. The thickness and style shoe you choose depends on personal preference. Good soles are not totally black and if you find a pair that is, check for imperfections it could be painted black to hide flaws.

Lining: Good shoes are lined with high quality calfskin that folds smoothly into the shoe.
More Men's Fashion

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Mens Fashion - Classic Collars

When buying a dress skirt two important features you should consider are the shape and size of the collar. The shape and size of the collar you choose is important because it should flatter the shape of your face and the length of your neck to create balance. If you have a long face and neck for example, you will want to balance the length of your face by choosing a wide spread collar with shorter points.

This is the most casual of all collar styles because of its relaxed appearance and collar buttons. Button-down shirts are worn with sporty jackets and can be worn without a tie.

This collar is the most versatile collar because it can be worn with suits, sports jackets and can be worn without a tie.

The collar is considered dressier because the points of the collar are a little wider apart. This collar must be worn with a tie to fill in the gap.

It gets its name from the tab that connects the collar points behind the knot of the tie. Should be worn with a tie.

White Contrast
A white collar is named so because it is in contrast with the patterned or colored fabric of the rest of the shirt.

Although this type of collar (which is really a shirt without a collar) is sometimes worn as casual and formal, it is best reserved for casual wear.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Top 10 Fashion Picks For Spring

1. The Nautical Look

The nautical look - red, white and blue always look great together

and this Spring they are trendy. You can add excitement to your

nautical wardrobe by adding an red, white or blue accessory in

patent leater ( another trend this season). This look is most appropriate

for weekend dressing. The office is not a place to be trendy.

2. Wide Pant

Although the slim pant is fashionable this season, it is not a great look for

everyone. The good news is wide leg pants are equally fashionable
and look great on most body shapes. Pair these pants with a

great worn with a shrunken jacket or short top.

3. Pumps and Flats

Pumps and flats are both hot this season. Wear pumps with longer skirts

and dresses and flats with pants and shorter skirts.

4. Metalics

Metalics are still popular and are great to add interest to your wardrobe

in accessories - shoes, handbags and belts. These looks are also best

for after hours.

5. Belts

Wide belts are very popular this season. Worn over big tops or with dresses

they look great. Only wear this look if you have a slim waistline -the wideness

of the belt will make your waist look larger.

6. Geoprint

A geoprint in contrasting colors looks especially great on those that have a
natural dark/light contrast in skin and hair color ( dark hair/light skin).

7. Babydoll

The babydoll look is great to hide a tummy but will make a large busted person

look larger.

8. Trench

The trench coat is definately a classic and this season it is very popular.

Buy one in a neutral color and longer length.You will wear it for years.

9. Pokadots

Pokadots are so refreshing and are fantastic paired with neutrals.

Empire Waist Dresses

The empire waist is great for comfort and is best suited to leisure occasions.

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Skin Care: Caring For Your Skin During Winter

When temperatures drop it is time to think of how cold weather, chilling winds and dry air will affect your skin. We naturally think of bundling up during those frosty months but there are a few other considerations.

1. Keep your face protected by using heavier moisturizers, especially if you have dry skin. Always wear foundation when weathering the cold – give your face that extra protection. Don’t forget the rest of your skin and use body washes instead of harsh soaps. Use lukewarm water and keep hot water off your face and body – it’s drying in the best of times. Apply moisturizer after showering, while you skin is still damp.

2. During the winter the UV rays reflecting off the snow have an added ability to damage your skin. While skiing, snowboarding or enjoying any outdoor sports remember to wear a SPF of 15 or more. Don’t forget that UV rays can harm your eyes as well, so keep them protected with sunglasses.

3. Keep your hands dry and warm during the winter months by always wearing gloves and keep moisturizer close at all times and reapply often.

4. Winter is the worst time of the year to keep nails in good shape. To avoid brittle nails moisturize your cuticles before going to bed (I use olive oil). Always protect your hands with rubber gloves when you use cleaning products. Some are harsh and will seep into your nails and make them brittle.
5. Keep your lips protected from dry, cold air by wearing lipstick regularly. Make a habit of reapplying lipstick so your lips area always covered (except when you sleep) and you will never have chapped lips.

6. Exfoliate your face and body regularly to smooth away dry patches or prevent them.

7. Visit a spa and get pampered.