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You need these maintenance tools to keep your wardrobe pieces as good as new

In fashion, style on December 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm


Investing in a quality wardrobe is important because it ensures your look is fashion forward, figure flattering, and ensures that you have a multitude of solid style options.
But after this investment, how do you maintain it? How do you ensure your clothes are as perfect as the day you purchased them? By having the proper tools on hand to mend, maintain and prevent clothing from excessive wear and tear.

The following tools can save you money in the long run, helping you to avoid costly repairs or the need to replace what is damaged.

  • Fabric Shaver/Defuzzer.  This battery operated tool provides a safer, more gentle way to remove fuzziness and pilling from your favorite article of clothing in seconds.
  • Lint Roller.  Perfect for occasional lint removal from any article of clothing.  Or couch.  Or car seat.
  • Snag Nab It.  Never again will you have to cut a string from your favorite knits and wovens.  Instead, use this special needle that has a textured end to help reverse unwanted snags and pulls.
  • Small Sewing Kit.  Should include safety pins, needle, thread, etc.  You just never know when you will need to make a small repair while on the go.
  • Double Sided Tape.  To keep the girls from making an unexpected appearance.  Also perfect for pant hems.
  • Neutral Shoe Polish.  Because it should never look like you have actually been kicking rocks.
  • Boot/Shoe Trees. To maintain the shape/integrity of you footwear.
  • Purse Dust Covers/Garment bags.  These storage bags protect your handbag and wardrobe investments from rips, scrapes, scratches and other types of damage when in storage or traveling.
  • Heel Grips/Liners.  You should always purchase shoes that fit however there are some instances where you may get some slippage.  Ball of foot cushions will help alleviate pain you experience on the ball of your foot as well.
  • Steamer/Iron.  For obvious reasons.
  • A good tailor, shoe cobbler and dry cleaner.  A good tailor will be able to correctly alter your garments.  The right shoe cobbler will be able to restore and repair your shoes and a good dry cleaner will know how to properly clean clothing that come in a multitude of fabrics, colors and embellishments.

What are your favorite tools to maintain your wardrobe?

*All items can (with the exception of a tailor, cobbler and dry cleaner) can be purchased on wardrobesupplies.com and containerstore.com.

 

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Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Needs In Her Closet

In fashion, how to on December 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm


Have you ever looked in your closet and felt like you had a closet full of nothing to wear?  Perhaps you had an event or appointment to attend and an in a panic went shopping for the “right” outfit.  We have all been there.

Having key pieces of clothing in your wardrobe can be the difference between feeling like you have nothing to wear and feeling (and being) ready for anything.  The right pieces increase wardrobe functionality as well as creativity when planning outfits.

Continue reading to find out 10 essentials to add to your wardrobe.

  • Jumpsuit.  This one piece is a staple which can be styled multiple ways, and, depending on the material, can be worn year round.  Pair it with a blazer for work or strappy sandal for a night out on the town.
  • Lightweight Blazer.  Great for layering over a sheath dress or for wearing with a t-shirt and jeans.  A tuxedo styled blazer adds instant elegance if you are heading out after work or if you prefer to wear something that is edgy yet professional.
  • The LBD (Little Black Dress).  It goes without saying that having an LBD (or two) in your closet will keep you ready for a multitude of occasions.  A style such as the wrap dress is simple yet elegant and is flattering on most body types.
  • Dark Wash Jeans.  Creates a look that is polished and can take you from casual to elegant depending on what you pair them with.  Keep it simple by avoiding distressed styles which can distract from a clean, polished look.  Pair with a chic blazer or blouse for work and a sequinned top and stilettos for a night out on the town.  If you want an option that is more dressy, consider a high rise, flare leg silhouette in a more flowy denim material.
  • Basic White T-Shirt/Tank top/blouse.  These are great foundation pieces which can be worn with many things.  Add one in a silky material or with some embellishment for an elevated look.  Other basic colors to include in your wardrobe:  black, grey, and cream.
  • Pencil Skirt.  A simple piece, which is forgiving on most body types, can be paired with a multitude of pieces including tank tops, sweaters, and blazers.
  • Black Trousers.  Great option that can also take you from work to play, paired with a blazer, T-shirt and accessories.  Also great if skirts aren’t your thing.
  • Pump.  A simple pump can take you from work to play and can be paired with almost anything. A platform pump is a great middle ground and creates great structure for multitude of looks, including wide leg pants.
  • Loafer. An excellent alternative if heels are not your thing or for when you cant take another step in those pumps.  Opt for loafers in various skins (alligator), colors such as oxblood or even leopard print which can add a little pizzazz to an otherwise neutral outfit.
  • Tote Bag and Clutch.  A roomy, well constructed tote bag is essential for carrying your belongings while on the go.  A basic clutch is the perfect add on for when you don’t want to carry everything you normally carry in your tote or for when you need to make that quick transition from work to play.

What wardrobe pieces do you consider to be essential?

Watch Your Step

In beauty, fashion, how to on April 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm

One of my biggest pet peeves is women who wear shoes that don’t fit, whether they are too big or too small.  As someone who has a thing for shoes, I understand the feeling of euphoria a person experiences when they see a gorgeous shoe from afar.  You know – those sexy red peep toe platform stilettos that you considered spending your rent money on. Or, how about those fly round toe, leopard print sling backs with the red 5 inch heel (you just wont eat for a week)?  I understand just how you feel.  They look so nice and even though they may mutilate your feet and possibly cripple you, those shoes won’t talk back, you will get a lot of “yaaasssss hunty werk” and you will look stunning as you saunter down the street all while silently praying for mercy.  Anyway, having said all of that, shoes (such as a pump) should not slip up and down off of your feet like a flip flop nor should your feet look like bird claws hanging off of a perch.  It’s just not right.  You know those shoes don’t fit.  You just ruined an entire outfit.  If a shoe doesn’t come in your size, don’t buy it.  Also, while on the subject, visit your local nail shop for a pedicure before you wear shoes that will show any part of your foot.  And if you cant get to a nail salon, there is nothing wrong with an at home, DIY pedicure.

Woman On The Go

In beauty, fashion, hair, how to, lifestyle, makeup on April 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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You are a very busy woman – constantly on the go.  Work. Meetings. School. Dates. Family. Plotting world domination – the list goes on.  With all of the things that you have to do , your beauty and well being shouldn’t have to suffer or take a back-burner to the other important things in your life.

The following tips are not exhaustive however they can definitely begin to help you fine tune your lifestyle routine by taking some time out at the beginning of your week to plan accordingly.  You can even do these things at beginning or end of your day.

1. Select your clothes at the start of the week.  Think of coordinates that you can mix and match and do double duty such as a three piece suit that you can break down into separate outfits or tops and bottoms that are interchangeable.  Consider any activities or events taking place that you may attend so that you can plan those outfits accordingly.  Make sure all your underwear, accessories, shoes, etc. are prepped – polished, cleaned, ironed, etc. and ready to go for the upcoming week.

2. Choose a couple of hairstyles that you can do quickly and flawlessly, especially if you don’t have a short hair cut (which actually still takes a lot of maintenance).  Whether you wear your hair in a top knot, chignon, braids, weave or other type of style,  it is  important to figure out what are the best methods, techniques, products and tools for your hair.  It may mean you prep your hair at night before you go to bed.

3. Decide on a few simple make up looks.  Some weeks it gets super intense so all I have to give to the world is a cat eye and a red lip (supported by a good foundation, lashes and blush).  If foundation isn’t your thing, think in terms of  a

Also, I am quick to turn a purple eyeliner into a lipliner and add gloss so also consider makeup and other beauty products that can multitask such as

  • Nars Multiple which can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks
  • Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer which is a sheer illuminator, available in several hues, which gives skin beautiful radiance.  It can be used alone on the high points of the face (think center of forehead and nose, cheekbones, chin as well as cupid’s bow) or mixed in with your foundation or face moisturizer for an all over glow.
  • Smashbox Always Sharp 3d Liner – it is always sharp with the twist of the cap and the creamy formula can be used as an eyeshadow base.
  • Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment and even Rosebud Salve which not only heals and soothe skin but can be used on brows, lids, or mixed with powder shadow to create a creamy shadow.

In addition to using products that multitask, make sure you are working from a well organized space and/or set up your products.  To save myself time in the morning, I line up my jewelry and makeup, including makeup brushes, on my vanity so I don’t have to shuffle, rumble and fuss my way through my morning beautification process.

4. If you take your lunch, consider prepping it at night and put your keys in your lunch bag (just don’t forget where your keys are when it’s time to leave in the morning).  You can also prep your meals for the week on your day off.  This will take some discipline and planning ahead but can save you some time and money at the grocery store as well.  Also think of quick breakfast options which you can find Pinterest and even here.

5. Create a to do list.  Get a notebook, planner or use your phone to write down the important tasks that need to get done the upcoming week and break that down into daily goals. Have a perpetual grocery list and a personal items list so that you don’t forget anything.

6.  Don’t wait until the last minute to get up in the morning.  It is extremely tempting to hit that snooze button and roll over however train yourself to get up when the alarm goes off.  In addition, give yourself extra time to read, pray, meditate, workout, etc.  It makes for a smoother transition in the morning.

Break Your Shoes In Properly

In beauty, fashion, how to, lifestyle, style on April 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Nothing is more heartbreaking than to see a woman hobble around town with ill fitting shoes.

Shoes.  A many splendid thing.  They have the ability to make or break an outfit and elicit squeals of sheer delight from die-hard shoe fanatics (myself included).  But what do you do with that one pair of new shoes that are a bit too tight or slip up and down off of your feet because you are “in between sizes”.  Or what about the pair of shoes you own where the soles are too slippery and you have to tip toe around with the stiff walk, hoping you don’t fall?  Do you take the shoes back? Throw them away?  Give them away? Just deal with it? Not necessarily.  There are a few solutions to these commonplace shoe issues.

If your shoes are too tight:

Use shoe stretch spray or liquid which can be purchased from a drug store or shoe repair shop or even Amazon.  While wearing the shoes, spray or squeeze the solution on the shoe where you need the stretch and walk around for a few minutes.  Repeat if necessary.

Use a hair dryer with thick socks.  It may be a bit uncomfortable at first to stuff your feet in your shoes with your socks on but you can deal with it.  Start with your hair dryer on a medium setting and put the nozzle where you need the stretch for a few minutes until you feel your shoes become less tight.

Take your shoes to a good shoe cobbler.  Cobblers, for a small fee, can perform various miracles on shoes with their equipment.

Freeze them with 1/4 filled sandwich bags.  Yes –  fill two sandwich bags with water a quarter of the way and stuff them in your shoes (be careful to zip the bag all the way).  Put your shoes in the freezer (if  you are concerned  about putting your shoes in the freezer, wrap your shoes up in a plastic bag)  After the bags freeze, let them thaw then take the bags out.  Repeat if necessary.

If your shoes slip up and down off of your foot:

Use Insoles.  These can be purchased from places such as CVS and DSW.  You can choose from gel inserts or foam-like inserts.  If your heel is slipping, use heel inserts which have an adhesive backing that will adhere to the inside heel portion of your shoe. Or you can use sole inserts which can also provide some cushion for the balls of your feet.  Try either or both because your shoes, especially a pump, should not wear like a flip flop (INSERT POST LINK)

If the sole is too slippery

Use super grit sand paper to rub along the sole of the shoe so that the sole is not so smooth anymore, thus creating traction.

Purchase non slip grip pads (from your local drug store or shoe repair shop) that adhere to the bottom of the shoe.  Beware that eventually the grip pad may come off.

Take them outside and scuff them on the pavement.

Take them to the cobbler to get ribbed nylon bottoms put on the soles.

Use a strip of masking tape on the soles.

And just in case, don’t be this person.  Or this one.  :0)

NYFW Spring 2014 Trend Beauty Looks

In beauty, fashion, hair, makeup, Nails, skincare, style on September 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

With Fashion Week, the first think we may think of are the fashion collections.  However, we must not forget the beauty (hair, makeup, nails, accessories) as all these elements are inter-related.

A common theme for makeup from the shows have been flawless skin, something that will never go out of style.  There was minimal blush and contouring however the brows appeared to be a bit fuller.  The biggest focal point was on the lips in shades of pepto pink in more of a matte finish as well as orange, which definitely had a high impact backstage.  Both of these lips were paired with an opalescent eye.   There were many references to the feline flick which looks and feels like a more toned down version of the cat eye and although a smoky won’t ever go away, the spring time will also lend itself to a softer more transparent eye.

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The nail category, which shows no signs of slowing down,  is an area where many designers also took many creative liberties.   With all of the options in textures, dimensions, finishes, designs and of course color, the creativity definitely definitely made an impact.  In addition, variations on the traditional such as reverse french manicures, varying french tips in different colors to half moon designs at the base/tip of the nail, choices have come a long way from basic french manicure, airbrushing and decals.   Not every nail look was  intricate as there were several designers who kept the look simple in shades of neutrals and pastes which was equally beautiful.

 

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There were a many ponytail, braid, and up-dos on the runway which showed off the creativity and imagination of the artists (hair) which is sure to inspire many looks on the real-way.

 

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New York Fashion Week Favorite Looks

In beauty, fashion, style on September 12, 2013 at 10:10 am
 New York Fashion Week Spring  has been well under way (September 5-12) and here are some of my favorite looks from this season’s Fashion Week.
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Throwback to decades past – 50’s 60,’s and 70’s,  there are many elements that we can take from the runway to the real way to upgrade, or redefine our existing wardrobe especially where color and texture is concerned.  There are also lots of pastels as well as beige, black, white and pops of color like yellow.  Many textiles range from linen to lace.  Flower motifs and details such as cowl necks and jewels are the details that define the looks.  There is also a lot of flirtiness in the air.

Michael Kors – Fun Feminine and Flirty.  I love the added details such as thin belts to give soft definition to the waist.  I also appreciate the minimal, but complimentary color palette.  Sheer and tasteful fabrics and blazer jackets that are soft and flowy.

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Oscar de la Renta –  I absolutely love the more significant texture to the clothing.  There is an undeniable femininity and flintiness to the clothing.  The lace and embroidery most definitely lends itself to a very ladylike image.

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3.1 Phillip Lim –  His collection is characterized by clean, almost stiff lines yet very feminine .  The details – oversized staples, belt which are used sparingly.

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Carolina Herrera –  I appreciate length of the full skirts which lends itself to a certain air of glamour, femininity and elegance.   Not much skin is showing but the looks are very sexy.

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Diane Von Furstenburg –  Exotic motifs.  Metallics.  Boldness.  Flirty full skirts.  Need I say more?

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Derek Lam – Elegance and ease for day or evening.  Strong attention to necklines, texture and fullness to the collection without it becoming dowdy.

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Victoria Beckham – Boyish yet feminine.  Lots of layers.  Forever always inspired by menswear grounded by feminine lines, I would rock this any day of the week.

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Prabal Garung – I love the use of bold, abstract patterns juxtaposed against pastels.

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Jason Wu – I love how Jason Wu marries the sexiness of the sheer panels with the discretion of the solid front panels and the fullness of the bottom portion of this dress.

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Sexy Maxi Dress

In beauty, fashion, style on June 17, 2013 at 12:27 am
Sexy Maxi Dress For a Night Out on The Town
Depending on the material and pattern of  a maxi dress, most  look best with a flat sandal or a casual wedge/espidrille.  However for maxis such as this Rare London dress that are constructed with a dressier material and silhouette, more formal accessories complete this amazing look.

Sexy Maxi Dress

Rare london
$100 – rarelondon.com

Giuseppe Zanotti suede shoes
bergdorfgoodman.com

Yves saint laurent handbag
$765 – ekseption.es

Pieces plastic jewelry
$13 – pieces.com

Alexis Bittar gold jewelry
alexisbittar.com

Casual MaxiDress Chic

In beauty, fashion, jewelry on June 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm
How to Rock a Casual Maxi Dress look for those hot summer days and cool evenings.
Summertime is upon us and although the temperature continues to rise, our style needs to stay on point.  This look, which is perfect for running errands or having lunch with friends, is kept simple yet sexy with a few key pieces such as this statement necklace and cuff, an oversized bag and casual flat sandals.
Casual MaxiDress Chic

Therapy scoop neck dress
$55 – houseoffraser.co.uk

ASOS flat soled shoes
$34 – asos.com

Laura8 chunky jewelry
farfetch.com

My Aikan Bijoux Bracelet

In fashion, jewelry on January 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

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I am super excited because i just got home and discovered that i received my Aikan Bijoux Bracelet from the Aikan Bijoux/A Diva State of Mind giveaway that I entered around the holidays.

 

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This gorgeous bracelet is from The Night Collection and features 100% genuine agate gemstones which create a beautiful shine as well as rhinestones and charms that make the bracelet even more sassy. I love the weightiness of the bracelet and it is so versatile that it can be worn casually or dressed up. The bracelet is also made with a durable stretch material so I don’t have to worry about the bracelet breaking.

 

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Aikan Bijoux is an online couture jewelry boutique and the destination for custom made jewelry for today’s modern sophisticated woman.  aikanbijoux.com