Thursday, June 30, 2011

3 Fashion Faux Pas

1. Trapped in the Past:

If you are holding on to clothes or hairdos from the past that you can’t let go, now is the time to give them up. Worst yet, if you have a closet full of clothes that you haven’t worn in years that you keep telling yourself you will fit into again you are deluding yourself. Your wardrobe will never be functional until you purge yourself of all outdated and ill-fitting items.

2. Devaluing and Judging:

Stylish, well-dressed women come in different heights, shapes and sizes. Unlike her counterpart who frets over not fitting into the ‘perfect’ dress size, a well-dressed, confident woman takes care of the body she was born into and buys clothing styles that complement it. Comparing your body to how it looked twenty years ago or to the latest ‘hot’ model or actor is not only a fashion disaster; it is also a recipe for depression. Beauty is an inside job and women who are not on a quest for perfection automatically become more attractive.

Right now, stop waiting to lose those extra pounds or rid yourself of those new facial lines before you can buy that wow outfit; embrace who you are and the body you have. Treat your body with respect, dress it with appreciation, live in the present and stop worshiping unrealistic expectations.

3. Denial:
There are quite a few women who a have deluded themselves into believing that appearance is not important. For some reason they have equated looking great with selfishness. Dressing your body is an act of self care and it shows that you appreciate yourself and your body enough to make it look as good as it can. Clothes are a necessity– we can’t go out without them. It makes sense then, to take care and put effort into choosing the best styles, colors and fabrics that make us feel wonderful.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fashion Trend Alert : COLoReD PaNTs

Step out in Color with the latest fashion trend, Colored  Pants!

This summer is all about bright, bold, colors. It's no wonder it has made its way to denim. If you do decide to wear a pair of brights make sure they are not highlighting an area you want to hide. Because wearing these pants say, "Hello, here I am!"

Sunday, June 26, 2011

How to Dress to Look Taller

Lauren GlassbergMost women, no matter what their height want to look a little taller. You will be happy to know that with a few simple tricks it is possible to deceive the eye and appear to be at least 2 or 3 inches taller. Here are a few easy steps you can take:

1. Dress in the same color from head to toe. Choose a color that is dark and complements your skin tone. Dressing in black or navy is fine as long as the outfit is not tight. Even though black is slimming, if it worn tight it will show bumps that you would rather leave unnoticed.

2.Wear high heels 2 to 2 1/2 inches to give you extra height. Don't wear heels that are too high or you will look out of balance.


Juicy Couture Lurex® Straw Floppy3. Avoid wearing hats. Hats have a tendency to make you appear shorter.

4. When choosing a sweater avoid those of a bulky nature and opt for those that are thin. As well as bulky sweaters, fur coats or layers of clothes will also create the illusion of pounds and make you appear shorter.

5. Wear clothes that suit your body type and are form fitting. A lot of women believe that loose clothing will make them appear smaller but in reality it does just the opposite. Clothes that are tailored to fit your shape will have a much more slimming effect and will add height.

6. Wear clothes that have vertical lines, such as single-breasted jackets and avoid cropped pants and horizontal lines.


Friday, June 24, 2011

What Message is your Image Sending?

Do you look as good as you could? Do you believe people see you, as the person you really are or are your clothes sending a different message?
Unfortunately you are judged by how you look as soon as you enter a room and long before you get the chance to show the real you. Would you like to be seen as smart, elegant, classy, self-confident, knowledgeable or, common, careless, plain and unnoticeable? The good news is that you have a choice simply by choosing to dress in a way that looks appropriate, suits the situation and the image you want to portray.

Knowing how to be a smart dresser does not mean that you have to look like a super model, be slim, rich or even have great looks. It does mean that you know yourself, your assets and how to accentuate them. Knowing and wearing the latest styles and designer labels will not assure that you will gain an edge in your career nor will it automatically create a favorable image. Constantly dressing in the latest fashions quite possibility could create an image of an empty, attention seeking personality. This is not an image that will propel you forward in your career.

Here are a few suggestions to start you in the right direction:

1. Choose a wardrobe that works for you (your activities) and suits your personality. Don't try to be someone else or keep up with the latest trends. Start by wearing styles that suit you (not fashion models - everything looks great on them, that's why they're models) and accentuate your assets.

2. Get to know the colors that look great on you. Wearing the wrong colors (a mistake most women make) will make your skin look sallow, drab and lines and wrinkles will stand out. Before you purchase an outfit decide if this is a color that will make you look vibrant or sick.

3. Wear appropriate clothing. While at work dress professionally which means not wearing tight pants or skirts, low cut tops, short skirts, stiletto heels, lace or metallic blouses or heaven forbid - fishnet hose.

4. Casual dress does not mean sloppy or that you have a license to wear anything you throw together. Even when you dress casually always look polished and well groomed.

5. The main ingredient in creating a smart image is attitude. A graceful walk, a soothing voice and pleasant personality are essential. Those who treat others with respect and respect themselves are on the way to creating an image that is impeccable.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lip MAGIC: Tips for Luscious Lips

As we get older our lips get smaller and thinner - it's a fact of life, but it need not be the end of the world or our attractiveness. If you don't have the money or the inclination to run off and get collagen injections there are ways you can keep your lips looking great and desirable. By using simple techniques you can create illusions of larger, pouty and more balanced lips.

Lipstick looks best on smooth lips. To keep your lips smooth use a lip exfoliant and always wear some type of lipstick or lip balm, especially wintertime or in the sun.

To start creating wonderful lips use lip liner. Lip liner is a great tool that will keep your lipstick in place, define the shape of your lips and can make your lips look larger or smaller. Use a lip liner color that is lighter than your lipstick and keep the pencil sharp.

Use lip liner to outline the natural lines of your lips and then fill in the lips with a color that blends with your lipstick. This little trick will keep your lipstick in place. Never go outside the natural lines of your lips in an attempt to make your lips look larger. Lip liner will keep your lipstick away from the fine lines around your mouth, which will keep your lipstick from bleeding.

Start by defining the V using feathery, short strokes that are not too sharp. After you have defined and filled in the lips with liner, fill with color using either a lip brush or a tube. Blot with a tissue and reapply lip color. For a fuller look use a lighter color in the middle of the lip.

Tips for Lips:

* Matte is the longest lasting lipstick but can be dry

* Gloss makes lips look fuller

* For extra definition line lips once again after you have applied lip color

* Choose Lip Balms that have SPF's

* Sheer lipstick won't last long

* Neutral shades will match everything
* Lips will look larger in a light
   to medium color.

* Moist lipsticks are more likely to bleed.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

7 Fashion Tips

1. What you wear under your clothes is just as important as the clothes you wear. Bras or panties that are too small or tight will create bulges; as well, underwear that is worn out will not give correct amount of support creating a sagging look. To look fabulous on the outside you have to wear the right undergarments.

2. Don't draw attention to an asset if it exposes a bad one. For example, if you have a small waist and large hips you might like to wear belts to show off your tiny waist. A belt will draw attention to the difference between your waist and hips and make your hips appear larger. A better solution is to wear shaped tops that flow over the waist.

3. When you update your wardrobe at the beginning of a season have needed repairs done on your shoes. Also, remove clothes from your closet need mending or altering and get them ready for the coming season.

4. Thin fabrics like crepe, linen or wool jersey fall better and are more slimming than wool tweed or suede.

5. Don't shop for an outfit the same day to have to wear it to an important event. You could end up with an outfit that just does not work and I don't need to tell you the stress shopping at the last minute or ending up with the wrong outfit will cause.

6. Proceed with caution when you choose a top, skirt or dress that is made from a clingy material. Stretchy, lyrca materials that are too tight will show bulges and bumps that can be easily hidden in a similar top, skirt or dress made from a heavier, different type knit.

7. A cardigan can be worn in place of a jacket if it looks great. A great cardigan fits well and keeps its shape. Don't wear cardigans to work that are stretched, or just plain worn out.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

7 Wardrobe Mistakes Career Women Make

1. Lots of Clothes Nothing to Wear:

Most women only wear 20 percent of their clothes, leaving the other eighty percent hanging in their closets because it's uncomfortable, it doesn't look right, nothing matches it, it's itchy, it rides up, it's too small etc. Does this sound familiar?

Are you one of the women who, when she shops just fattens her closet? If you have garments that have been hanging in your closet for several months you could be fattening your closet. Learn how to build a wardrobe that works for you so that you can look great everyday.

2. Not Knowing How They Really Look:

If you don't have or use a full-length mirror, then you may not know how you really look when you leave home. A full-length mirror is a must have for a woman who wants to look her best and know how she looks from head-to-toe. If you rely on a mirror that only shows you from the waist up you are missing out on the full picture. It is the full view that will let you see if something is not right, out of proportion or will let you know you look great.

3. Looking Dowdy:

You don't have to be a fashion plate but to be seen as competent you must look like you know which decade you are in. If you wear clothes that were fashionable or trendy ten years ago you could be damaging your credibility.

4. Making Bad Clothing Choices:

When you are at work dress appropriately. The latest trends are not always appropriate for work. Keep see-through fabrics, glitter, short skirts, sleeveless tops, bare legs and revealing clothing for other occasions.

5. Wearing Unflattering Clothing:
You can look great no matter what size or shape you are. The trick is to wear clothing that suits your body type and is the right fit and balance for your size and shape. Wearing clothes that don't fit properly or brings attention to areas you'd rather hide is not helping you look your best.

6. Wearing the Wrong Shoes:
Wearing the wrong shoes for your outfit - too casual, to heavy, to light, wrong style - will spoil your overall look instantly. Make sure your shoes suit the theme of your outfit.

7. Wearing the Wrong Color Stockings:

Choosing the right stockings for your outfit is very important. The wrong stockings will ruin an otherwise great look. Take into consideration the length of your skirt, the time of the year, the color, the weight of the fabric and the type of clothing you're wearing.

Monday, June 20, 2011

5 Sales Shopping Rules

Everyone loves getting in on a good SALE.  The question is, are you really getting a bargain when you buy clothing that doesn't fit well - a pair of boots at seventy percent off but a size too big - or a sweater that you will never wear because it doesn't match a thing you own.

Before you hit the stores looking for bargains, decide how much money you want to spend. A great sale has the potential to be a spending trap that will leave your pocketbook empty and your closet overstuffed with items that you will wish you had never bought - like the boots that are too big and keep slipping off. Take a look at the 5 rules to successful sales shopping so that you come home with a great deal that will make you feel and look good.

Sales Shopping Rules:

Rule # 1  Know exactly what you need. Take inventory of your clothing and write a list of items that will expand your wardrobe - a red top that you can wear with five other items in your closet.

Rule # 2  Buy only what you need. If you have five white t-shirts that are in good condition and exactly the same cut you probably don't really need another one.

Rule # 3  If you are working with a budget stay away from that great plaid, flowery or embellished bag if most of your wardrobe is patterned and none of the colors in the bag match the clothing you already have.

Rule #4   Don't be seduced by a low price. No matter how expensive it was if it doesn't fit don't buy it. You might find the best looking designer jacket at a low, low price but if it's the wrong color or it doesn't suit your body type you will not likely wear it.

Rule #5    Shop prepared. If you are shopping to find a blouse to match a certain pair of pants, wear the pants shopping. Or if you are buying a skirt wear heels or take an appropriate pair of shoes with you to get a better idea of how the skirt will look.

Sunday, June 19, 2011