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Some more fashion rules that should NEVER be broken:

Do NOT wear:

1. Clear bra straps

2. Shoes or sandals with velcro. Sick. (Unless you’re hiking through the Amazon jungle)

3. Platform flip flops or flip flops with heels.

4. Bad breath and chewing gum are not accessories, so down a few tic tacs and be done with it. Don’t chew gum on stage, the red carpet, T.V., at a professional meeting, etc.

5. Blue tooth accessories. I mean at least take it out if you’re not on it, there is no reason to keep it on all day when no one is calling you… you’re not that important.

6. Multiple visible tattoos. We know love your momma, but you don’t have to flaunt it.

7. Clip on sunglasses to your actual glasses. Please don’t, I don’t know who told you that was cool because it never was.

8. Visible panty lines. Ladies, let me introduce you a wonderful invention called the thong. Thong, meet the ladies.

9. Just be careful with undergarments in general. If you’re cups runneth small, get a new bra–double boobs are by no means attractive. If you can see the color of your undies or bras through your clothing, invest in nude colored garments.

10. Clothing that is too tight. When you look like you’re shopping at Baby Gap, it’s not OK.

11. Clothes for the wrong season, if it’s winter wear a coat. If it’s summer don’t.

12. Too many colors, fabrics, or patterns. No one wants to stare at a bad case of wardrobe vomit.

13. Mullets. Come on people it’s over, just get a new cut–you’ll feel much better when you step into this century, I promise.

14. Too much make up. And don’t be one of those ladies who has to run to the powder room every hour to re-apply.

15. Jelly sandals. Ew.

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So we’ve all heard of consignment shops, but ever tried to take a gander and step inside? You’d be surprised at what you’ll find. For me, I found a mess and a half. And this was no normal small little closet of a place. I’m talking about Filene’s Basement in downtown Chicago, IL. It was huge. Jeans, blouses, dresses, shoes, and accessories galore. Even such things as umbrellas, bath and body products, make up, and home furnishings. But I walked around that whole store twice and found nothing worth swiping my debit for. I didn’t want to force myself to make a purchase, and I didn’t have to.

So what’s the best way to shop designer cheap? Online I say! There are consignment type stores popping up all over the web, and they are becoming hot hot hot! How hot? Many times when I get on these sites, much of the cute stuff is sold the hell out — that’s how hot they are (so get on it ladies and gents). But no worries, plenty of delicious choices are always available. The trick with these websites is how to catch the best sales at the right time, because most of them are timed to only let you shop from a specific designer for a set amount of hours on a chosen day. Best part is, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your desk, or couch … or bed (for the uber lazy–i.e. myself).

Haute Look

Want accessories, watches, perfumes, clothes, etc, etc, etc? This site will have you stylin’ in some hot designer gear asap.

Positives to Hautelook.com:

  • Great variety in different types of fashion products
  • Huge sales on designer products. Up to 70% off on some items
  • Products for women, men, and children

Negatives to Hautelook.com

  • Limited time sales. Fix: make sure you have alerts of designers emailed to you so you are catching your faves!
  • Only three sales going on at a time
  • Cannot peek at upcoming sales

Rue La La

Ool la la right? Right. Talk about some tippity top designers in everything from clothes to shoes to china to cutlery. Not to mention 500 other things. This super exclusive site caters to women, children, and men, dressing them in some pretty studly items. This online boutique host also has limited time sales until each designer store shuts down (usually a two day sale). However, since Rue La La is invite only, you can’t just sign up whenever. But let me know if you want an invite and I shall send you one!

Positives of RueLaLa

  • Amazing selection
  • Longer lasting sales
  • Great home products
  • More exclusive
  • Up to 70% and more off
  • More sales going on at a time (Right now seven sales are on!)
  • Can preview upcoming sales

Negatives to RueLaLa

  • Invite only

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This week’s fashion faux pa will be dedicated to ladies looking all wrong in their work places. Now, understandably everyone’s jobs are different and demand different tasks, but unless you’re freelancing from home, pay attention to this list of what you should not be wearing. Actually you shouldn’t even be leaving the house dressed in one of these about-to-be-mentioned garments, but let’s take it step by step, shall we?

What NOT to wear to work:

1. Clothing that is inappropriate for your age. That means if you are 40+ learn to love it, but don’t worry, you can be styling at any age. There is no reason to fear getting older, everyone woman can rock a look that is unique to her. Same goes for the 20 somethings: don’t drab yourself in dull clothing and oversized gear. If you are young flaunt it — but in a classy way.

2. Sweats, pajamas, or workout clothing. This is the ultimate no no. Women who wear sweats to work are giving off the impression that either,
• They don’t care
• Or they don’t know how to dress.
• They are lacking confidence
These things are major negatives. Sweats make your peers and superiors look at you as an unprofessional and perhaps even a lazy being. And ladies, we know you are none of the above. So put on something smarter please! Let’s face it, everyone out there is judging you. So why let them believe that you are self-conscious or lacking in confidence? Show them your stylish colors.

3. Clothing that is too revealing. When it comes down to it, no one wants to see that (OK maybe your perverted boss does, but why should he get that pleasure?). Cover up, stay classy, and put the girls back where they belong. Cleavage (both from the bosom and behind) should remain private.
Some tips:
• Make sure your shirt/blouse is long enough
• Make sure you dress/skirt is long enough
• Don’t wear low-cut items
• Spaghetti strapped or strapless clothing is probably inappropriate as well. Although, you might get away with it depending on your work place and if fall into the younger category.

4. Torn, stained, or dirty clothing.

5.  Fishnets. Unless you work in some ultra-trendy zone that promotes the uber stylish — then by all means. Otherwise let’s save those for a night out on the town.

6. Ugly clothes. Just because you’re going to work and you’re following these rules, doesn’t mean you bust out the back of the closet gear. I know you walk around the mall and see mannequins dolled up in stylish little work outfits. Try White House | Black Market, The Limited, J.Crew, Banana Republic, GAP, select clothing at Express, Ann Taylor, or New York & Company to name a few. You really can’t go too wrong with those stores, and it might be easier to find outfits in these stores rather than rifling through racks and racks in a department store. Still having trouble? Ask an associate of the store to help you piece an outfit together.

7. Very old and faded clothing.

8. Tennis shoes — especially with cute professional outfits.

9. Flip flops.

10. Hair-a-mess.

more to come…

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Since I mentioned in an earlier post that hair can be the number one accessory to an outfit, why not talk about an accessory to an accessory? Bangs baby bangs.


Bangs are a great way to add some spice to your do, but discretion is advised: they are not meant for everyone. And ladies, do not try this at home–always ask your stylist before you make the cut!


Four finger test: So here’s a little test that I like to recommend to friends considering embarking upon the bang boat. It’s called the 3-4 finger test. Take your four fingers and place them between your eyebrows and hair line. If they fit comfortably (or if there is room left over), then bangs it is. If not, try three fingers and depending on your face shape, you can bang it up too.


Here are some examples of celebs who did bangs all right–or all wrong. Let’s make sure you show up on the good list and not the bad!

Not to bang! Some may think Rachel is rocks her new bangs… but I disagree.


Bang baby bang. Jessica Alba look great with the sexy side bang.


Not bang-able                                    Bang-able


Totally bang-able. Reese Witherspoon = epitome of perfect bangs


Audrina Patridge looks much better without the bangs! She should not have even gone down that path… Although her middle part is a bit awkward. Maybe we’re just too used to seeing her with the messy hair look.


Love her. Fringe-a-licious.
(note, when I say “not to bang”, “bang”, or “bang-able”–I am speaking only of hairstyles)
*image from google images

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So I’ve never really been a fan of lipstick–for myself. But the shades this season are begging me to change my mind.

It’s not really the colors that pushed me away, but it was more that waxy coated feel that I disliked. However, now cosmetic brands have so many different ways to stain your lips, I can avoid the wax attack all together.

Some shades that I adore and I think are really in this season are baby pinks and corals. It’s those soft bright colors that are summer savvy, and they are just to die for on. So get ready for the perfect pout, because the ultimate rule of being a diva is to never leave the house without your lipcolor.

The winning lip gloss is: NARS Lip Gloss


Not only are these shades full of popping pigments and fun sparkles, but they will add some serious drama with their sheer, semi-sheer, and creamy formulas. Pucker up baby, because if their names don’t catch your eye–the versatile colored glosses definitely will.


My summer NARS color picks:
Frisky Summer
Pillow talk


The winning lipstick is: MAC Lipstick

This is the stick that put MAC on the map. Since MAC’s cosmetics are designed for the runway, studio, or stage make up, you know you’re getting some high quality long-lasting stuff. I vote for MAC, not only because of the quality, but because of the variety of shades. Oh you know just a whopping 142 shades… and that’s not even counting the special editions, the slimshine lipstick, or the longwear lipcolour.

My MAC summer color picks:

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Vegas Volt Lickable (third and fourth from the right, the pink and coral shade).

The winning lipstick/lipgloss combo: Bobbi Brown Cream Lipcolor


My gold star goes to this two-in-one trick because I actually don’t get that waxy feel when I wear it, and it technically is a type of lipstick. Not to mention it looks beautiful on. This BB creation is a lip gloss, lipstick, and lip plumper all in one. Finally ladies, we can be lazy and fabulous at the same time.

Pink Ballet in the top left.

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Something that I absolutely love in the fashion world are headbands. They can get so trendy or stay simple and still look good. Unfortunately I happen to have the most sensitive head and can’t seem to take the pressure that comes with wearing a headband for too long. So when I find that perfect fitted band, I’ll wear it to death. Not to say I don’t wear those beautiful ornamented headbands just because they give me terrible headaches, beauty is pain ladies–we all know that by now.

So let’s look at some gorgeous head gear that will make any outfit stylin. And don’t be afraid to add some of these crazy accessories to your head–you’ll get so many compliments from other ladies who wish they would have tried it first.


I love how this double headband has that summery pretty feel. It’s almost got that crocheted home-made touch.
(Tasha Circle Headband, Nordstrom)


This super cool faux zipper headband will make any simple outfit not so simple anymore.
(Marc by Marc Jacobs, $98)


I love this one. It will look good on any hair color, and it just screams greek goddess!
(Tasha Serpentine Metal Headband, $42)


This tortoise shell style headband will look good with any outfit–it is versatile enough to accent and compliment prints, solids, or stripes.
(France Luxe Skinny Headband, $20)


This stunning Victorian antique crystal headband is perfect for a night out or a special occasion. It’s pricey, but it will make a statement.
(Jennifer Behr, $188)


Drool…
Vintage ribbon and crystal chain headband can be worn as a circlet or a regular headband.
(Jennifer Beher, $425)


This headwrap has a delicate Victorian style broach that just makes it superbly elegant.
(Jennifer Behr, &182)

I want them all…

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Another obsession of mine, pearls. Pearl me up or pearl me down… I’ll be happy as can be.

There is something to be said about the elegance and timeless beauty of pearls. A woman could throw on with a plain V-neck t-shirt and she would be glammed up in seconds. Rock some pearl studs to the gym, and lady you’ll be stylin in your sweats. Point being, that only pearls have the class to beautify almost any outfit–of course some moderation in size is advised. Those fist sized pearls are just a mockery…


Timeless beauty Audrey Hepburn in a stunning pearl necklace.
*image from beyondthewall.com

If you try adding ‘bling’ to any outfit, too much of that could get tacky… but pearls–never tacky.


*image from stylefrizz.com

There are so many ways to wear pearls and not over do it. If you have on a simple black dress, you can add multiple strands of pearls to add some fun class to your outfit. If you do many strands though, refrain from adding a bracelet as well. But if you want to do one pearl necklace, you can still accessorize by adding a pearl bracelet and ring. Pearl studs are welcome in any case.

Sarah Jessica Parker accelerated the trend of pearls when her character, Carrie, on Sex and the City adorned a Mikimoto pearl strand throughout much of the show. But Parker seemed to keep up with this trend even when she wasn’t filming. Although in reality, Parker says it’s Carolee’s 72″ endless faux pearl rope that she sports. For the most part, SJP is a pretty great fashion icon, so on this one, let’s follow her.


*image from celebritybeautybuzz.com

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Do not wear: 

1. Fanny packs

2. Red eyeshadow (unless you’re on the runway–stage make up doesn’t count)… do you really want to look like you have bloody eyes?

3. Too many colors or layers at once, there is a way to work these things to make it stylish–but too much is… too much. Don’t try it if you’re doubtful of how you may look. 

4. Fishnet stockings on daily basis. 

5. Tennis shoes with dressy shirts/outfits (ladies and gents)

6. MC hammer pants. I don’t know about those…just because they are on the clothing racks doesn’t mean they work for everyone. I would actually say they only look good on the runway, and let’s face it–most people don’t wear what’s on the runway. I don’t think they’ll be in for long, remember gauchos? It’s like those all over again (bad deja vu).

7. Leg warmers in the summer… or at all. 

(to be continued, again…)

 

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Hair is one of the biggest, best, most stylish accessories to add to your outfit. You could be in an extremely simple outfit and have you hair look fabulous and that’s all you need.


*image from imageandstylenews.com

A great look, classic for the summer, is the messy wavy look. If your hair doesn’t have natural waves that you can play up (or down), try adding some volumizing mousse and blow dry with diffuser accessory. Just don’t add too much mousse, or you’ll get those crispy waves. If your hair is already curly–but too curly–just add some straightening cream and blow dry your curls out.


*image from glamourandlove.com

 

Another style you can add is a dainty braid weaved into your hair (if you can’t do that try some twists instead). Just take a small piece of hair from one side of your part and either braid, or french braid to make a faux headband.


*image from teamsugar.com

If you want to go drastic and get a cute hair cut, try a cute bob with straight across bangs (but first ask your hairdresser is the right look for you!). Or if you want to be ultra trendy, try the asymmetrical bob–you’ll look extra chic!

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photo credit: bestwomanstyle.com

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So I was surfing the net yesterday and I was really intrigued by canvas magazine‘s posts, issues, and well … pretty much everything else on the site. There were so many fun and unique designs and products to look at. Among the most interesting were these pieces of jewelry… 

When I saw this necklace first I wasn’t sure if I should be creeped out or if I should admire it. In the end I decided, I think it’s interesting–but in a good way. I think it’s sassy and kind of sexy. Like you’re winking at some cute guy with a coy look on your face… If this necklace was worn with a pretty white collared blouse, a black pencil skirt, and a fun pop of shoes (bright purple, red, pink, blue, or a crazy print–go wild ladies!)–I think you would have a rather fashionable and winning outfit.

*This one gets my gold star of the week, maybe I’ll even make the purchase. 



 

These earrings I’m not so sure about. They kind of look like they have mini rabbit tails hanging off them. Curious, but maybe not so much in a good way. 

 

Now, with this necklace, I think it would have to be worn well to avoid that getting the “wow that lady is really weird” look. Just like the eyelash necklace, wearing business casual clothing to contrast the playfulness of the necklace  would probably be the best bet. I could see a cream silk or cotton blouse, a chic navy pleated or A-line skirt, with some crocodile or snake skin pumps.  Add some gold bangles and pearl studs and ladies, you’ll be tres chic! 

*above three images from canvasmagazine.com, jewelry by Stephanie Simek

 

This ring and bracelet design is a something different, fun, and feminine to add to any outfit. It’s subtle, but still has a punch. I like. 

 
This one almost beat the eyelash necklace for my favorite pick of the week. It’s kind of like the opposite of an engagement ring. The diamond is there, but it’s more personal and private. So ladies if you still want to keep your rock post divorce, maybe use the diamond and have it made into this little contraption of a ring. If you want to nix the text on the top of the ring, that could work too. 
*above two images from open concepts

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