Thursday, September 19, 2013

Date Night Outfit of the Day

Earrings: Bauble Bar
Sandals: Dolce Vita

I very rarely recommend pattern mixing.  I know you see it everywhere these days, but so few people, in my opinion, can really pull it off.  Somehow it never looks quite right, and usually that's because the number one rule of pattern mixing is to match your colors.  If you really like the look of mixed patterns, choosing a palette of black and white is one way to not go astray.  Another is to let the clothes do the work for you.  Instead of finding two separates to match yourself, find a dress like this one that has the patterns built in.  That way all you have to do is figure out what you are going to wear with it.  I would wear this one on a night out because the dress is a little short for office wear.  Teamed with strappy sandals and the trend of bright, white nails, it's the perfect outfit for meeting a friend for a drink on the weekend.  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fashion in Real Life

This page from June's Marie Claire is proof that you don't need to wear a lot of color o have a lot going on in your outfit.  Black and white will always be my personal preferred outfit (except when I'm wearing all black).  Nothing is as flattering, classic, or compelling as a black and white patterned coat layered over a turtleneck and pencil skirt, but the options laid out on the page here are not really in the realm of affordable work wear.  

Sweater: J Crew
Skirt: Hugo
Shoes: Kurt Geiger

These alternatives are going to let you still eat and gel back your hair to look as sharp and edgy as the model.  The coat even has a leather collar just like the Reed Krakoff coat she's wearing above.  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Office Outfit of the Day

Pants: MSGM

As we head into fall, I'm feeling more and more monochromatic, but before it gets too cold, we should rely on floaty tops and sandals for a few more days.  These sandals are appropriate for work with a sturdy heel and wide straps.  They'd also transition well into cooler weather paired with colored tights and plaid skirts.  Keeping up with the monochromatic theme, go nude with the makeup as well.  Dior is one of my favorite brands because the shadows don't crease and the lipstick is long-lasting, creamy, and moisturizing.  The 3-Couleurs Glow palettes are complete eyes in one package containing an eyeshadow base, shadow, and liner all in one.  The Rouge Dior Lip Blush is a highly pigmented balm and treatment in one making it ideal for women over 40 who need extra moisture on their lips.  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Product of the Day - Nail Buffer

Having just suffered through the process of removing a gel manicure, I now have one of these goodies permanently housed next to my computer keyboard.  If you've never gone through the gel manicure process, it is as incredibly lasting and glossy as they claim.  However, nothing really prepared me for trying to get it off.  I had heard rumblings from bloggers and people on Twitter and Instragram that it was a damaging process, but I never put a lot of thought into it before going and getting my first manicure.  What should have keyed me in was when all the people who worked at the nail salon kept asking me, "Do you have gel on now?"  At least three people asked.  I kept saying no, wondering what difference it makes.  Now, looking back, it seems completely logical that something that is basically boat lacquer would be difficult to get off once it has bonded with your nail base.  Um...what do they have to do to get lacquer off the deck of a boat?  They have to sand it.  What happens when you sand something?  It gets thinner.  Thankfully I have really thick, hard nails otherwise I don't know what I would have been left with, but for the people who are doing this routinely, I don't want to think about what your nails are going to be like in a few years.

This little tool has helped me get rid of the ridges left from basically sanding down and picking off the gel.  It has a coarser side than any buffer I've used in the past, but it's really effective at getting rid of ridges.  And for $5.00, what a quick fix when you don't have time for a full manicure or letting polish dry.  Just rub on some nail oil after, and you are good to go.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Date Night Outfit of the Day

Sweatshirt: Splendid
Shoes: Henry & Henry

One of the things I love about fashion is how sometimes it's okay to wear things you never dreamed of pairing together.  I know a few very athletic people who always tell me they never know what to wear when they go out.  I thought about starting an outfit with a piece that would make them feel very comfortable, just like they are wearing their everyday clothes.  Realizing that yoga pants would probably not be the thing to build upon, I settled on a sweatshirt and remembered seeing one paired with a pencil skirt that looked amazing.  On the hunt for the perfect pencil skirt, I found this sequined one.  The contrast is just amazing; it's so dressy but so casual at the same time.  The sweatshirt perfectly turns the over-the-top sparkle into this casual, laid-back thing.  I tried to do the same with the jewelry, pairing a feminine drop earring with a chunkier bracelet, and the shoes bring it home with a little bit of edge.  They will be deceptively comfortable for the girl who doesn't like heels because they are built on a wider rubber sole.  

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Back to Beautiful Workshop

Kim Acedo, Jeanette Chasworth, and I will be hosting a free workshop on September 25 at Brookside Golf Club to kick off our new Back to Beautiful Program.  If you join us that evening, you will receive the first module of the program as well as information on the rest of the amazing two week program, which is kicking off on October 6.  Seating is limited to 50 for the workshop on Sept. 25 and only 10 for the program, so if you are interested, please click on the link to register or call as soon as possible.  We had a full house the last time we did this over the summer.  If you'd like further details, please leave a comment below or send me an email.  I'd love to see you there.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Steal vs. Splurge - Studded Flats

If you follow fashion blogs, you've probably seen every successful blogger wearing some variation of the Rockstud, so I knew it was only a matter of time before we would be able to find something similar at a better price point.  Placed side-by-side, there are quite a few differences between these shoes from the color of the nude trim to the color of the studs and the shape of the toe, but if you are going for a sense of the look, these are quite good.  I think the Valentino does hit at a better spot above the ankle, which would keep your leg from looking cut off by the step; however, with this much of a price difference, I think we all might be willing to compromise.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Date Night Outfit of the Day

Dress: Tibi
Coat: Kaos
Necklace: Mint Style
Hair CC Cream: Alterna

I think the look of a slip dress is sexy yet somehow classic, but let's face it, over 40 we need a little more support than what you can slip under a slip dress (ha, a pun), and they can be a little too clingy in the wrong places.  This Tibi dress has thicker straps and pointelle knit material that let's you keep the look but make the right modifications.  Paired with this boucle coat, which is one of my all-time favorite fabrics, you have a perfect vintage look for a night out.  The pumps are multi-textured in nude to elongate the leg, and the necklace hangs in just the right spot at the collarbone to draw attention to the neckline.  If you really want to go vintage on your look and try a victory roll with your hair, use this leave-in conditioner that's not sticky or hard.  

Monday, September 2, 2013

Office Outfit of the Day

Faux Leather Jacket: W118 by Walter Baker
Skirt: Vanessa Bruno
Watch: Kate Spade
Bag: Burberry
Sandals: Francesco Milano

I feel like this is a back-to-school outfit.  I loved planning for that first day when I was a kid.  Since my daughter has always worn uniforms to school, she's never had the experience of putting together her first day outfit.  When she was pulling together her school supplies and picking her new backpack this year, we talked about creating your own new beginnings.  I love the fall, making New Year's resolutions, and the beginning of spring because all of those times of the year seem like an opportunity for fresh starts and auto-correcting the things in your life you might want to make a little different.  You don't have to wait for those times of the year though; you can celebrate new starts any day of the week, so why not do it with an outfit like this?  I really like the monochromatic color blocking of this outfit and how it's carried out in almost every piece.  The jacket, the skirt, and the bag all carry out the colors in a mix of fabrics and textures.  The entire outfit is made up of soft fabrics, but they have a certain edginess.  To add more edge, you could wear some booties instead of the sandals, or if you need a pump for work, go ahead and switch the shoes out.  Speaking of switching, the sleeves zip off of the jacket.  I'm always excited to find pieces that have some built in conversion factor allowing you to modify the piece and get even more ways of wearing it.