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These 10 Wardrobe Essentials Never Go Out Of Style

In fashion, style on February 12, 2021 at 8:30 am

Fashion makes the world go around and every season we are bombarded (delightfully so) with the hottest trends for the upcoming season. It’s only natural to want to go shopping to fill your closet with more clothes for maximum style options. There is nothing inherently wrong with this approach because it’s always nice to have something new to wear. However, it’s important to be mindful of and continuously edit what’s already in your closet. This will help you to determine what you already have, what fits and what is appropriate for various occasions. Continuously editing your wardrobe prevents you from endlessly shopping for items you may not need. Needless items can lead to having a closet full of nothing.

Trends are not a bad thing. As a matter of fact, adding a few trendy pieces can add the pop your wardrobe needs. They are fun, but like a vapor, they exist for but a moment. And while certain trends can re-emerge, it’s important to build a wardrobe out of essential foundation pieces that never go out of style. If you find yourself cleaning out your closet, these are items that you will want to keep. Conversely, if you don’t have these items, consider investing in these before you purchase more trendy items. The following 10 items are the essential wardrobe pieces for every closet.

Blazers. Once reserved for corporate settings, blazers have become a key style piece that performs many wardrobe functions. They can be worn with a multitude of items like denim, skirts, dresses, and shorts. If a blazer is an “appropriate” length, it can also be worn as a dress. Blazers can also serve as outer wear and depending on the season, they can be worn throughout the year and for various occasions. Get creative with your blazers by adding belts, lapel pins and even switching out the buttons. Roll or push up the sleeves and add arm cuffs for a modern, edgy vibe.

Slip Dresses And A-line Skirts. The versatility of two these pieces is endless. No longer reserved for work or dressing up, slip dresses and a-line skirts work with multiple wardrobe pieces and most body types. Go from work to play by pairing with blazers, t-shirts and cute sweatshirts. Wear any type of footwear from pumps to boots to sneakers. Depending on the fabric, you may even be able to finesse these two pieces at a semi-formal event. Hem sizes may vary per season so the best way to approach the “appropriate” length is to wear works best for your figure and your lifestyle.

White Button Down And White T-shirt. You can never go wrong with a white shirt of any type. Button downs may not be your style but use your imagination and let your sense of style lead you to the type of white blouse and white t-shirt staple to add to your wardrobe. Wear it with anything any time of year. These types of shirts also make excellent layering pieces.

Denim. Denim has become the main go to piece in everyone’s wardrobe. Once reserved for activities such as working and playing in the yard, denim is acceptable for many events and occasions. Skinny jeans are losing a bit of steam but with the high rise and straight leg options, you will always look polished. Pair with a sequin shirt and strappy sandals or a button down and statement jewelry with loafers for maximum style impact.

Tote Bag. Large enough to carry everything and stylish enough to elevate any outfit, totes are a staple that everyone on the go needs. Opt for something that is practical but still stylish.

Clutch. Once considered a go to bag for evening and special occasions, clutches are now worn any time of day. For those who are looking to streamline or downsize their carry-all, the clutch is a perfect solution. With varying fabrics and designs, clutches can go with anything

Sneakers And Loafers. More than an option for comfort, these two styles of footwear expand the versatility of your wardrobe. They also can be stylish alternatives for when your feet have grown tired of your boots and stilettos.

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5 Shoe Trends To Add To Your Collection Now

In fashion, style on January 22, 2021 at 8:30 am
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Comfort has been the name of the game since lockdown. While spending more time at home, loungewear and slippers have been the clothing of choice. Other variations of slip on and go footwear are also the go to when stepping out to run errands. While a good stiletto will never go out of style and has it’s place in creating fabulous looks, many of this season’s shoe styles capitalizes on maximum comfort with style. Continue reading to find out what shoes to add to your collection.

Fur Slides. There was a time when one would not be caught outside of the house with slippers on. Times are different now. Today’s slippers are carefully and purposefully constructed in various materials, heels and embellishments. Worn with jeans or dresses, these slippers are updated with soles that allow for wear outside of the house.

UGG Fuzzette

Steve Madden Retreat

Sneakers. Always a staple in countless shoe wardrobes, this season’s sneakers have a few different silhouettes including color block, retro (think new balance) and canvas. In addition, because sneakers have become acceptable footwear for places other than the gym, these styles can be dressed up or down for most ocassions.

Merrell Women’s Alpine Sneaker

New Balance 574 Core

Cariuma Red Canvas

Platforms. Sky high platforms are all the rage and also leave you wondering how to walk safely. Pair these platforms with flowy silhouettes for boho chic appeal or with cleaner lines for a more tailored look.

Vince Camuto Celosia Platform Sandal

Jeffrey Campbell Moody

Loafers/Oxfords. Whether flat or with a stacked heel, loafers are reminiscent of both elementary school days and your grandpa’s footwear. Today’s iterations are created with materials and embellishments such as animal print, fur and gems.

Wanted Babe Metallic Wingtip Oxford

Tory Burch Ruby Mid Heel Loafer

Chains. These days, chains are not only for the jewelry we wear around our necks and wrist but also for our shoes. This style of shoe is great to partner with a minimalist/monochromatic outfit to add a shiny pop to your look.

Jimmy Choo Sae Ankle Chain Leather Sandles

Zara Mesh Heels With Chain Strap

Clear/Perspex Heels. Clear heels show no signs of slowing down. These can be considered the perfect nude making them easy to wear with anything. Pair these shoes with leggings, skinny jeans or a mini skirt for a look that is sexy and on trend. Make sure you get a pedicure as your entire foot is on display.

Miss Lola Essex Nude

Steve Madden Vava-S Clear

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7 Bag Trends To Consider This Season

In fashion, style on January 18, 2021 at 8:30 am
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Many of our bags and accessories have sat in our closets for the last year or so but that hasn’t stopped all of the wonderful new trends from piquing our interest. From interesting fabrics, structures and other embellishments, the it handbags of this season will leave you wanting to create and flaunt your best looks. Keep in mind that some of these are repeat or updated trends and might already be in your closet. If not, try your favorite thrift or vintage store for styles to add to your collection.

Chains/Hardware. Chains that resemble jewelry will take a bag from basic to beautiful. chains of varying lengths, widths, colors and designs can be seen on many types of bags from the runway to the realway.

Kurt Geiger London Leather Kensington in Multi/Other

Nu Women Zoe Braided Chain Strap Clear Purse

Large Totebags. One bag is all you need especially if you carry a lot of items with you. This season’s bags come in sizes large enough to put your entire life in – laptop, shoes, water bottle and a novel. Keep in mind the proportions of the bag and your stature. If you are on the shorter side, this type off bag can be overwhelming to your smaller frame.

Tory Burch Gemini Link Canvas Tote

Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote

Longchamp Extra Large Pliage Club Travel Tote

Padded/Quilted Bags. This pattern, particularly the chevron pattern, has continued into this winter/spring season. Paired with beautiful hardware, this style of bag is an instant upgrade to any outfit.

Michael Kors Suri Small Quilted Crossbody Bag

Bottega Veneta Padded Cassette Bag

Charles & Keith Rose Quilted Push Lock Shoulder Bag

Clutches. Since you can’t do much with your hands these days, you might as well hold a nice clutch. They are always chic and can go with anything.

Kurt Geiger Eye Party Envelope

Off-White Diagonal Set of 2 Leather Pouches

Chicastic Suede Envelope Clutch

Structured and Bucket Bags. In different sizes with varying handle lengths will always elevate a casual look.

Max Mara Logo Small Bucket Bag

Topshop Small Leather Bucket Bag

Belt Bags/Fanny Packs/Crossbody Bags. These bags have become more mainstream, have become even more stylish and serve looks as the focal point of an outfit as well as convenience.

Fossil Women’s Serna Belt Bag

Mz Wallace Metro Belt Bag

Rubber/Jelly Bags. This is an unconventional yet durable material for a bag that comes in a variety of styles and colors.

Shopakira The Little Things Mini Rubber Purse

Rainbow Jelly Bag Mini Satchel Crossbody

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On My Radar: My Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Roundup

In beauty, clean beauty, fashion, hair, skincare, style on January 1, 2021 at 8:30 am

On My Radar is a roundup of the things that I love, use, discovered or have piqued my interest that I think you should know about.

Herbivore Lapis Depuffing Facial Roller. Adding certain tools to your skin care routine can be the boost your skin needs. I have heard of the multiple benefits of facial rolling which is a technique/beauty ritual that dates back to ancient China and decided that I needed to add a facial roller to my skin care routine. I have the Herbivore Lapis Depuffing Facial Roller and let me say this is literally one of the most beautiful tools I have seen. It is double ended and has a deep blue, marble – like stone with gold accents on the handle. It has a great weight, feels nice in my hand and is easy to use. I use the larger side on my forehead, cheeks, chin and neck and the smaller side around my eyes, nose and lips.

There are many benefits to using a facial roller. First, it helps to push your products deeper into your skin. I like to take my oils, warm them up in my hands and press into my skin and neck. Then I use my roller to push the oils deeper into my skin. Facial rolling helps to massage the skin which can be very helpful and relaxing, especially after a long day. Facial rolling also helps stimulate the lymphatic system which can be good for releasing toxins and stagnant fluid in various areas of the face. I noticed that when I used the roller, my nose started running. I also feel that my skin looks even more radiant after I have used it because of the increased blood flow to my face. I occasionally roll in the morning but definitely in the evening. It’s very relaxing and meditative.

Although I’m not into stones per se, I respect and understand that they have certain metaphysical properties. The lapis stone is said to have many benefits and properties which includes enhancing intellectual ability, encouraging honesty, and has various healing properties.

Intimissimi Mina Bra. New, well-fitting underwear is the pick-me-up you never knew you needed. When you have on new underwear, you walk differently. You talk differently. Your clothes seem to look and feel better too. Or maybe that’s just me. But good underwear is the stuff dreams are made of and I’ve made it a habit to edit and buy new underwear every few months. It’s really easy to buy panties and I rarely pass up a good 5 for $30 deal (hello Target and Vicki’s Secret). Trying to find good, supportive bras without breaking the bank is another story. A chore if you will. Not to talk too much about my lady parts, but lets just say I carry around a sizable, weighty inheritance from my mom and aunties. Any bra just wont do. I can never seem to be able to go into a store, grab a few bras and go on about my business. I have to plan ahead. Do research. Perform deep cleansing breaths. Do warm up and mobility exercises to prepare for all of the putting on and taking off.

I find that many bras just don’t do it for me. And those cute little lacy numbers laugh in my face. Bralettes are a no go unless I’m laying down – sleep. If I blink, there might be some type of slippage. And full coverage is never really full coverage. I always have over boob, under boob, and just a little bit of boob in the actual cup. I’ve even had to reconstruct some bras for better fit. I’m the personification of cups running over. That’s not a bad thing. I just want to keep the goods in the cups. At least in public.

For some reason it is harder to find 34/36 DDD (my usual size) in stores that don’t specialize in undergarments. And I need a bra that is going to pull me in on the sides as well as scoop, lift and sit these girls nicely in my bra. Without bulging, tugging, pulling, or digging. And with quality fabric I might add. This set of criteria costs money. Wacoal bras are my go to which I’ve usually purchased from Nordstrom. The last set of bras I purchased that fit precisely the way I like cost $85. EACH. That is fine but sometimes I’m not in the mood to pay that price for a bra.

In my recent quest for bras with hopefully a slightly lower price point, I stopped into Intimissimi at one of my local malls. It’s a store I usually roll my eyes at and walk past, convinced that nothing will fit. And before you wonder to yourself if I’ve tried Victoria’s Secret bras, they don’t work for me either. Anywhoo, over the course of about an hour, I tried on several beautiful bras that just didn’t meet my standards – spillage, not enough lift, no support at all, no pull. Then I tried on the style Mina. Perfection! No gapping, pulling, digging, sagging. Just that pull, scoop, lift and sit that I love. It fits like a second skin. And this bra retails for $49 which is nice. The day I went in they were having a 50% off sale so I purchased a few bras.

Akira. As if I need another pair of shoes. A week or so ago, when I should have been asleep, I found myself scrolling around on Akira just to “look around”. You know how you go to your favorite site just to “see” what they have going on and you lie tell yourself “i’m not buying anything” ? Well this was one of those moments, while half asleep, that I was going to just “look around”. But then, per usual, I saw a few pairs of shoes and put them in my shopping cart. But I wasn’t going to buy them. You’ve heard of sleep walking, right? Well this was sleep shopping because when I woke up the next morning, my first thought was “I think I bought something”. While going through my emails the next morning, there was an order confirmation so it was true. Oh darn (shrugs shoulders while smirking and imagining outfits to wear).

I bought these. This shoe is perfect because who couldn’t use a pair of spiked flats. Flats are a staple. Spikes put a little stank on everything. But this shoe is what got me. At first glance my thought was NOPE. NEVER. I thought the shoe was hideous. But I kept going back to look at it. I was intrigued. I still think they are hideous. Strange looking. I also think they are beautiful. The construction and quality is A1. I have a lot of great shoes but nothing like these.

Amika Supernova Blonde Moisture And Shine Cream. I like to keep my blonde super blonde. I mean who wouldn’t – especially when you go through the whole bleaching process. When it comes to maintenance, keeping blond hair true blond and not brassy is very important. I have used a lot of toning products that range from shampoos, conditioners and the purple drops that you can add into your styling products. These various products work fine but I’m always open to new products. I tried the Amika Supernova Blonde Moisture and Shine Cream on a whim and was very pleased. It is a purple leave in conditioner that keeps my hair shiny and brightens/tones my blonde immediately – no dullness or brassiness.

Speaking of colored hair, I also decided to try several Olaplex products (0, 3, 4, 5) to use after I do a color process. I don’t concern myself much about hair damage because I cut my hair frequently and keep it ultra short. It’s still good to have specific maintenance products (and routines) when you color whatever hair you have on top of your head.

Jouer Essential Hydrating Lip Oil. The only time I like to wear glossy lips is when I wear nude lip colors or just need a little hydration. Other than that I don’t care to have glossy lips. I haven’t been wearing my usual matte red lip and my mask makes my lips very dry so of course I need some type of hydration and smoothing. I’ve been using the Jouer Essential Hydrating Lip Oil. What is a lip oil you ask? Think of a lip oil as a hybrid of a lip gloss and nourishing oil. Anyway, the packaging is beautiful. When I pull it out to apply, there are lots of “oohs”, “aahs” and “what’s that?”. It has an ample oversized wand to apply the luscious formula which hydrates, repairs and gives a nice shine without stickiness.

Necessaire The Body Lotion. I tried this body lotion on my hands on yet another whim and fell in love immediately. It is unscented and vitamin (B3, C, E) and omega (6, 9) enriched. I want to transition some of my beauty and skin care products to cleaner alternatives. I enjoy this brand because it is a clean (and vegan) brand committed to delivering effective luxurious skincare at a reasonable price. The packaging simple and sophisticated and looks great sitting on my bathroom counter. The body lotion I use primarily on my hands and of course I love it on my body too. It’s rich, creamy, and leaves my skin looking radiant and feeling soft.

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Must Have Shoe Essentials For Your Wardrobe.

In fashion, lifestyle, style on October 27, 2020 at 9:05 am
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Lets face it – nice shoes will make you extremely happy and very attractive. Shoes are a form of wearable art that turns heads and makes people stop, stare, ooohhh and aaahhh. Wearing nice shoes also makes you instantly cooler – better than everyone around you. Aside from the perfect wardrobe pieces such as perfectly fitting jeans and other accessories like bags and jewelry, the right shoes are just as important and will make or break an entire look.

Many people are shoe (and sneaker) collectors and a closet full of shoes is the stuff dreams are made of. It creates style superiority and style options. A trip to the mall or hours spent scrolling through your favorite websites can leave your heart racing at the sight of all the shoes that can be made available to you. And, even if you don’t currently have an outfit or an event to wear these shoes to, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing to purchase the shoes anyway because again – options.

There are a few questions, however, to ask yourself when purchasing these cool, sexy, dope shoes:

  1. Are you really going to wear this pair of shoes? Do they fit your style?
  2. Are you buying these shoes because they are on sale or are you in a woeful state of mind? (no judgement here)
  3. How often will you wear these shoes?
  4. Do you even have the basic shoe essentials for your shoe collection?

What are shoe essentials? They are the types of shoes that are considered to be the foundation of your shoe wardrobe. No matter what you are wearing, what the occasion is or what time of the year it is, these shoes will enable you to create the right look for most occasions (interviews, dates, brunch, overall stuntin’). Essential shoes are purchased in basic colors (black, brown, gray), pop or alternative colors (oxblood) and in animal prints (an essential neutral). Shoe essentials take the stress and confusion out of getting dressed and looking nice.

Continue reading to discover the essential shoes you need to keep your look attractive and functional.  Get the basics then add on the fun shoes.

Pump – black and leopard print.

Schutz Caiolea Pump
Steve Madden Daisie – L Leopard

Ankle Bootie – peep/closed toe.

DSW Samara Bootie
Nordstrom KiKi Pointed Toe Bootie

Tall Boot – low to mid heel and/or stiletto.

ASOS DESIGN Collins Block Heel Knee Boots
Kenneth Cole Woman’s Riley High Heel Boots

Weather Boots – for rain and snow.

HUNTER Women’s Original Play Short Rain Boots

Casual Sneaker – Vans, Chucks, sock sneaker, etc.

Puma Cali Sport Wildcats Women’s Sneakers

Athletic/Running Sneaker – Nike, Allbirds, Adidas, etc.

Nike Free RN 5.0 By You

Casual Flat/Ballet slipper – for comfort and/or casual looks.

Coach Helena Loafer

Flat/low heeled sandal/mule/slide – perfect for warmer months.

Sam Edelman Yaro Block Heel Sandal
Charles David Sashay

Strappy/Heeled Sandal (mid/high heel/stiletto) – great for dressing up/formal ocassions.

Jewel Badgley Mischka Conroe Embellished T-Strap Pump

Platform Shoe/Sandal – Gives structure and balance to the figure when wearing wider/fuller silhouettes.

Jessica Simpson Palya Dress Sandal

Keep in mind that what is basic or essential for one person may be unnecessary for someone else.  You must evaluate your personal style needs and lifestyle to determine what fits in your wardrobe.

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Try These 10 Ways To Breathe New Life Into Your Wardrobe

In fashion on September 29, 2020 at 7:53 am

Falling into a style rut is almost always inevitable – even if you are quite stylish. It’s easy to get bored with your clothes and to become uninspired. Your first thought might be to go shopping and while that is usually fun, sometimes that is not the answer. You might not have the time or budget to do an overhaul. You might not even like what’s online and in the stores. And chances are you might have a closet full of clothes that you haven’t worn in a while.

Many times when you get into a style rut, it’s not that you don’t have anything to wear. It might be that you need to re-imagine what you already have in your closet. Whether it is seeing your clothes styled in ways you haven’t thought of, examining your mindset around what is appropriate, or that you are missing wardrobe staples to complete your look, there are ways to make getting dressed exciting again. Continue reading to discover 10 ways to breathe new life into your wardrobe.

Change your mindset around what is considered casual and dressy. The rules around getting dressed as well as ideas around personal style have evolved. For instance, where sequins may have been reserved for special occasions like parties or galas, people now wear sequin shirts with jeans and sneakers and sequin bottoms with t shirts and denim jackets – during the day at that. Lace camis and bodysuits are no longer reserved for silk suits or undergarments. They are now worn with leggings, jeans, motorcycle jackets, oversized blazers and combat boots. The options are without limit.

Do you have a busy day of running errands? You don’t have to wear sweats and raggedy t-shirts to do so. Consider wearing a cute flowy dress and a pair of slides. If sweats are your preference, pair them with a tube top and sweater with a pair of sneakers or even combat boots. Everyday is an opportunity to get dressed and look cute.

When you go clothes shopping, think about how to maximize the wardrobe pieces that you purchase. Ask yourself questions such as how can you wear one piece of clothing 5 different ways (like a t-shirt) or how many different places/occasions you can wear a particular item.

Change your underwear. Of course change your underwear daily but in addition to that, purchase underwear that fits and that looks good under your clothes. In many instances, poorly fitting undergarments don’t help with posture and shaping/smoothing of the figure, thus making your clothes not look as good as they could.

Experiment with mixing patterns and textures. Many times it gets boring pairing solid colors with each other. Instead, try mixing patterns and textures. For instance, mix stripes and polka dots with the same color scheme or are complementary colors. Pair stripes with leopard print (which is neutral). Consider mixing various size prints and patterns like flowers in similar colors. Mix opposite (inverted) color schemes or mix your prints with neutral colored patterns.

Look at athletic wear differently. Those track pants and joggers can be worn with a nice blouse or cami and coordinating blazer/jacket. Add strappy sandals, a great purse and accessories.

Always wear accessories. Sometimes all an outfit needs is a few accessories to go from boring to exciting. Add bow ties, belts, hats, hoisery and scarves to your collection. When you get dressed, build your outfit around your shoes, a purse or even a belt.

Shop somewhere you usually don’t shop – even online. Different stores style various articles of clothing in different ways and can provide you with style inspiration in ways that you haven’t thought of. You don’t have to purchase anything to see how the items are being styled and to see what the suggested pieces are. Chances are you own similar pieces that can be use to create new looks. Create mood boards to get inspired. Pinterest, magazines, and other social media platforms have plenty of styles to inspire you.

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Organize your closet. When things are hung and shoved haphazardly in your closet, it doesn’t allow you to see what you actually have to wear. Seeing (or remembering) what you have can inspire you and help you to see your clothes differently. Hang like items together in similar colors, fabrics and lengths from left to right. Fold/roll items neatly in drawers/ storage bins. Find creative ways to display jewelry, purses, scarves and shoes.

Plan ahead. Sometimes when you have to rush to get dressed, it doesn’t give you enough time to put any thought into how you really want to look. Planning ahead will give you time to coordinate and level up your look.

Have you been in a style rut? What are some of the ways you have revived your wardrobe?

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Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Needs In Her Closet

In fashion, style on July 18, 2019 at 7:40 am


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

Every season we are inundated with the hottest and newest trends off the runway that we are convinced we must have.  While there is absolutely nothing wrong with indulging in said hot trends, it is important to have key or staple items in your closet.  Doing so will be be the difference between feeling like you have nothing to wear and feeling (and being) ready for almost anything.  This concept is also helpful when building or updating your wardrobe and although staples items (and colors) will vary from person to person, the right pieces increase wardrobe functionality as well as creativity when planning outfits.  

Below are 19 essential pieces to add to your wardrobe if you don’t already own them:

  • Jumpsuit.  This one piece can be styled multiple ways, and, depending on the material, can be worn year round.  Pair it with a blazer and pumps/loafer for work or strappy sandals and a clutch for a night out on the town.
  • Lightweight Neutral Blazer.  A blazer can be worn with anything at anytime.  Great for layering over a sheath dress or for wearing with a t-shirt and jeans/skirt.  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.  If suits are not your thing, it can still be a good idea to invest in one because you don’t have to wear it together but you can instead take the pieces and incorporate them into other parts of your wardrobe to create other looks.
  • Denim Jacket.  Denim jackets are great for in between temperatures or for when you want an outfit to take on a more casual vibe.
  • Leather Jacket. There is nothing like a leather jacket to add a nice edge to your wardrobe. Leather jackets are great for fall weather and look great with a scarf and of course a great pair of sunglasses.
  • 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.  Know your shape for the perfect silhouette.  Keep in mind that styles 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 especially if you are in a casual “professional” setting.  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/button down.  These are great foundation pieces that create endless options for anytime and anywhere.  In addition to your basic round or v-neck t shirts, add one in a silky material or with embellishment for a dressy look.  Other basic colors to include in your wardrobe:  black, grey, and cream.
  • Black trousers and black pencil skirt.  Both are great pieces to take you from work to play and can be paired with various tops and accessories.  Again it is important to know your shape to find your perfect silhouette.
  • Hats and Head Wraps.  These items aren’t only for not so perfect hair days but can be that one piece that takes your outfit to the next level.  Include styles such as a classic straw hat and fedora as well as head wraps in black, leopard and pops of color.
  • Kimonos.  Nothing takes a simple outfit like jeans/shorts and tank top to the next level like a kimono.  Explore a variety of textures, colors, and prints to include in your wardrobe.  Want to level up your look, add a belt, head wrap and a nice pair of shoes/sandals to make your look top notch.
  • 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 many looks, including wide leg pants.  Pointy toe pumps make the legs look longer and leaner.
  • 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.
  • Sneaker/Slip on.  This footwear choice can be a more casual or sporty/athletic alternative to the above mentioned loafer or an addition to your shoe wardrobe.
  • 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 are some of your favorite wardrobe staples?  Do you have go to pieces to keep you looking stylish or do you find that you have some opportunities in your wardrobe?  Please share your thoughts below.

On My Radar: Weekly Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Roundup

In beauty, fashion, lifestyle on August 24, 2018 at 11:00 am

On My Radar is a roundup of all the things I love, discovered, and that have piqued my interest this week that you should know about.

This week it’s all about products that keep your skin glowing, invisible bust coverage that can possibly solve your low cut/strapless clothing dilemma, a stylish way to drink on the go, and a more efficient way to get your workout on.

Nars Illuminating Loose Powder $28.  An ethereal glow is at your fingertips with Nars Illuminating Loose Powder.  Created in the cult classic, universally flattering shade Orgasm, this powder is soft, silky and blendable.  Apply directly to wherever you want to glow or mix into your favorite lotion, body butter or foundation.

Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Toner $28.  This purifying toner is great for those with normal, sensitive, combination and oily skin.  Natural salicylic acid helps to control oil, reduce breakouts and minimize the appearance of pores.  Grape seed polyphenols provide antioxidant protection while grape water and rose water calm and soothe the skin, leaving it radiant, smooth and refreshed.

Brassybra $35.  Goodbye duct tape and hello to breast tape that actually works – even if you have a larger bust line.  Brassybra, a disposable adhesive breast tape, provides invisible support where and when it matters the most.  Made with Second Skin Technology which is a 97% cotton based material with elastane, Brassybra is like a second skin that promises to be invisible, breathable and waterproof – yes you can even go swimming!  Even more exciting is that unlike other products which stop at a D cup, Brassybra goes up to G(DDDD).

Soma Brew Bottle $40.  Coffee and Tea lovers rejoice!  Take your pour over coffee, cold brew or loose leaf tea on the go in this sleek, beautifully designed bottle.  The Soma Brew Bottle is as durable as it is beautiful with a leak proof flip lid, stainless steel filter and double walled borosilicate glass, all to keep your beverage contained, hot and delicious.

Trtl Travel Pillow $29.99.  Sleep comfortably while traveling and say goodbye to the nodding head that often comes with sleeping in an upright position.  This ergonomically correct travel pillow has internal ribs that provide head and neck support, is smaller than traditional u-shaped travel pillows and is machine washable.

Powerblock Sport 24 Dumbbells $159.  Be done with multiple pairs of dumbbells in your home gym with the Powerblock Sport.  The best in downsizing and multi-tasking, these dumbbells come in multiple weight ranges that are adjustable anywhere between 3-90 pounds per hand.

Why Backpacks Are The Ultimate Style Accessory

In fashion, style on August 20, 2018 at 11:00 am

Remember back in the day around this time of year the excitement you felt when it was time to go back to school shopping?  It was the time you got to refresh your wardrobe with new clothes and cool footwear.  You also got to purchase new school supplies such as pens, pencils, markers and notebooks to give you a fresh start with your scholastic endeavors.  And what better way to hold all your school supplies than to get a cool new backpack – the ultimate back to school accessory.

Backpacks have long been associated with the necessity of carrying school supplies and  outdoor activities such as camping and hiking but have now evolved into stylish must have accessories.  And while you may or may not be in school as an adult, backpacks are highly functional and a great alternative to regular purses, tote bags and briefcases.  Backpacks give you hands free navigation while on your way to wherever, taking you from work to play.  And, unless it’s mini sized, backpacks fit everything you need to get you through the day – laptop/tablet, keys, comfy shoe alternative, a book, and lunch.  Also, because they are a functional style accessory, like shoes and watches, you can have more than one.

No longer only available in the standard colors of black, green or navy canvas, there are many styles, colors, fabrics and details to accommodate your lifestyle and personality.  Check out these smart sophisticated styles which are sure to take you places.

Forever 21 Houndstooth Satin Backpack $24.90.  Once reserved for suits and shoes, this houndstooth pattern is a great look for the fall.  The front flap and top zip closure are accented by gold tone hardware.

Aldo Acareria $60.  The chevron pattern, grey animal print motif and gold chain zipper are the details that make this backpack a standout and will complement any outfit you wear.

H&M Bag/Backpack $79.99.  Perfect for those who want options because this backpack also converts to a bag with the handles that can be concealed.

Eloquii Modern Backpack $99.90.  This stylish backpack features cruelty free PU material which looks like just like leather.  The front zip pocket gives easy access to items like your keys and phone while the double zipper round top closure opens wide for easy storage and access of your other belongings.

Matt & Nat Kiara $160.  This beautiful full sized, round structured backpack has feet to prevent rolling, and a nice sized handle for carrying.  A great vegan option with adjustable straps, this backpack has a smartphone pocket for storage so you wont have rummage through your bag looking for your phone.

Furla Woman’s Candy Backpack $172.  Add a little fun to your day with this cute candy colored mini backpack.  Glossy PVC and gold tone hardware are the accents that make this backpack a must have.

Calvin Klein Sage Backpack $258.  Sturdy pebble leather exterior with silver toned hardware, this backpack has two interior slip pockets and 1 interior zip pocket to make storage easy.

Michael Kors Rhea Medium Studded Leather Backpack $358.  Everyone needs some stud action whether its on a shoe, jacket, bracelet and yes a backpack.  High shine gold tone studs/hardware and two top zippers will give you the storage edge you deserve this season.

Hayworth Distressed Backpack $898.  Made of the finest Italian leather, this distressed oversized backpack features a stud trim, braided straps and interior zip and slip pockets.

On My Radar: Weekly Beauty, Fashion, And Lifestyle Roundup

In beauty, fashion, lifestyle on August 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

On My Radar is a roundup of all the things I love, discovered, and that have piqued my interest this week that you should know about.

Peter Thomas Roth 24 K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra Gel Eye Patches $75.  Firm, lift, calm and brighten in one step with these gold, anti-aging eye patches.  Perfect for when preparing for an event or even before work, these luxurious patches deliver 24k gold, collodial gold, hyaluronic acid, hydrolized collagen, and caffeine which helps with hydration and reduces puffiness.  Great for all skin types.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm $34.  Cleanse and nourish your skin at the same time with this amazing cleansing balm.  Perfect for all skin types, this cleanser removes all forms of makeup, including waterproof.  Because no greasy residue left behind, there is no need for a double cleanse.

Rag & Bone Army Cheetah Low Top Sneakers $275.  No footwear collection is complete without animal print.  Update your sneaker game and any outfit you wear with these super cute cheetah print sneakers.

Mango Leather Envelope $59.99.  Show up in style with this envelope clutch.  Made of bovine leather, this clutch is large enough to hold all of the items you need for a night out but small enough to not feel like you are carrying luggage wherever you go.

Aveleda Vinho Verde $6.99.  This medium dry white wine is crisp, light and delicious.  Perfect for a mid day snacking on the balcony and is also a great base for adding your favorite juice for a refreshing spritzer.

Hadley Cheese Knives, Set of 4 $48.  Elevate your flatware collection and serve delicious cheeses (and wine) to your friends or yourself with these beautiful imported handcrafted cheese knives.

Jonathan Adler Canaan Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Set $298.  “Is it modern art or a luxe pastime.  Let your guests decide.”  Decorate your space and change the face of a classic game with the impeccable craftsmanship of this Canaan Marble Tic Tac Toe set.