Motives Beauty Weapon in the ‘Mother’s Day Gift Guide’ of NY Magazine

April 24th // Comment Here

As rewarding as gift giving is, it can also a little stressful. What if the person doesn’t like what you’ve so thoughtfully picked out for them? When that person happens to be your mother, that stress goes up twofold and the pressure is really on. But who understands women better than other another woman and with that I say no woman can ever have enough makeup.

With Motives Beauty Weapon being featured in the Mother’s Day Gift Guide of the latest issue of the New York Magazine, buying a present for mom has never been easier. With a palette complete with all of the essentials, creating the perfect look from day into night will be a breeze for mom. I am so thrilled to have the Motives Beauty Weapon featured because I know that it is going to make many women very happy.

An essential weapon in any woman’s beauty arsenal. This palette features nine hot eye shadows and two tempting lip glosses with an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to achieve your favorite looks.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Do you know what you’re getting mom?

 

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Make A Statement With Your Jewelry

April 24th // Comment Here

Feeling the need to dress things up a bit? Any plain tee, simple little black dress or an otherwise uninteresting outfit can be instantly revived with a little help from sparkling baubles. Throw on a pair of dangling earrings, a chunky necklace or a cocktail ring and you’ve gone from boring to beautiful!

While statement jewelry can be an easy way to add a bit of pizzaz to an outfit, some rules do apply. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when frosting yourself with sparkles:

1 Statement Piece per Outfit – Choose one main piece to be the ‘statement’ and if you choose any additional pieces, go for a minimal look. If you wear a large necklace and large earrings, it can be a bit overwhelming – try to stick to one big piece per outfit.

Choose 1 Type of Metal – Sticking to the same colored metal throughout your jewelry creates a cohesive look. Occasionally mixing gold and silver works, but generally staying within the same family of colored metal works best.

Compliment with Colors – Pick a color from your outfit and try to incorporate it in your jewelry. Choosing one or two colors to compliment your clothing and add balance. If all else fails, go for a simple clear-jeweled statement necklace.

Statement jewelry has seen a rise in popularity in recent years, with many retailers selling pieces at $15 and under. There’s no reason not to try this trend with all the super fun options out there!

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Tiny Tweaks That Will Make Your Clothes Look 100% Better

April 23rd // 2 Comments

The most perfect of outfits can look terrible if you don’t properly care for your garments. Stained, fuzzy and misshapen pieces are the worst! Take a couple extra minutes and learn how to make your clothes look 100% better with these tiny tweaks.

Low Back Bra-Extender

 Fashion Forms Low-Back Bra Extender, $8

How many times have you passed up a gorgeous dress because it had a low cut back and you were afraid that your bra would be showing? Lose that mindset and make a small investment in your new best friend: The low back bra-extender. The extender hooks onto your regular bra straps, wraps around your stomach and snaps on the other side sitting low on your back. Spending $8 vs. $40+ for a brand new bra is a great way to go!

Lint Roller

Lint Roller, $9

Most of us have these in our house, but how often do we realistically put them to good use? Lint, pet hair and dandruff can make even the most beautiful garments look cheap. Take a minute and roll your clothes once you’ve put them on right before you walk out the door. If you have pets, this is the quickest and most efficient way to make your clothes look better.

Tide to Go Pen

Tide to Go Pen, $4

While white jeans are very posh, they will almost always collect stains. If spilled coffee, splashed pasta sauce and pen marks got you down, carry a Tide to Go Pen in your purse for easy clean-ups during the day.

Deodorant Remover

 Gal-Pal Deodorant Removers, $5

The armholes of tops and dresses get more wear than we’d like to think. Give them a little love and remove the deodorant and sweat stains with this easy to use sponge. Your little black dress will thank you!

Fashion Tape

 Hollywood Fashion Tape, $9

Double-sided tape can come in handy when you’re wearing a dress with a particularly low neckline. Stick this tape directly on your clothing and skin to avoid embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions.

Dryer Rack

Dryer Rack, $34

Many fabrics can’t stand the heat of a standard dryer. To avoid shrinkage, odd stretching, and thinning of your favorite garments, opt to ‘hang dry’ your clothes. Cashmere, wool, bras, swimwear and underwear will last longer if you take this precaution.

Mesh Washing Bag

Mesh Washing Bag, $10

Lacy underpinnings and delicately beaded tops were not meant for the regular washer cycles. Protect your gentle belongings by washing them in a mesh bag. The holes let in soap and water without tossing around your beloved pieces to get tangled and ripped. Also use when washing and drying socks to avoid lonely soles.

Hanging Sweater Organizer

Closet Organizer, $30

Most wool, cashmere or cotton blend sweaters have some stretch to them. Don’t misshapen them by using regular hangers. After hanging for months at a time in your closet they will form odd shoulder pulls if you do. Instead, fold neatly and pile on shelves.

It doesn’t take much to make your clothes look great, just a little time and TLC. What are your tips for making your garments look their best?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rethink Your Wardrobe + Make New Outfits

April 23rd // Comment Here

When you find yourself standing in front of your closet thinking you have nothing to wear, think again! It may be time to reassess your closet and start playing matchmaker with your existing separates to create fun new combinations. There are hidden gems in your closet just waiting to meet their perfect match. Here’s some inspiration for common pieces in your closet and how to re-work them into new outfits.

Re-mix your plain or graphic tee.

  • The easiest way to change up your everyday jeans and tee look is to ditch the old blue jeans. Instead, slip into a pair of fitted white denim and accessorize with colorful statement jewelry. (Try coordinating your jewelry with the colors found in the tee.) Add a playful printed flat for a cool but casual feel.
  • Second best way to dress up your graphic tee is with a skater skirt. Arguably the most versatile piece, after the little black dress and timeless black heels of course; a colorful skater skirt can bring life to any outfit! Glam it up with some sparkling baubles but balance the look with a pair of classic sneakers for yet another pulled together casual look.

  • Use your comfortable jersey tee in a workday outfit by pairing it with a printed pencil skirt. When working with prints, you always want to balance with simple items; the plain tee works perfectly without making the outfit look too casual. Add a thin metallic belt at the waist and a pair of classy heels to add a bit of sophistication. The versatility of the plain tee is incredible – just think of all the possibilities!

Dress up your plain sweater.

  • Layers can work to your advantage, no matter the garment. Try mixing a sweater with a sleeveless little black dress for a fanciful take on this casual staple. Top it off with some sparkles, classic heels and a colorful wide belt to hold things together.
  • If you’re looking to still have the comfort of jeans, skip the normal blues and go for crisp white jeans. (When in doubt about wearing jeans but still wanting to look dressy, reach for a white pair – the contrast will be stunning with all colors!) The clean canvas of white will also allow you to highlight a couple pieces of colorful accessories or some printed flats.

MONEY TIP: You can still profit from your old clothes after you’ve grown tired of them. Try selling your gently used pieces on Poshmark or to a consignment shop to earn some cash towards your next wardrobe purchase. You can also earn a tax credit by donating your unwanted clothes to the Goodwill or another local thrift store.  

So, get out of the jeans and tee rut you’ve been in and mix things up with the pieces you already own. Chances are, you have plenty to wear, you just haven’t thought of it yet!

What’s your favorite way to remix an old favorite? Comment below!

 

 

 

 

 

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Shop the Trend: Pastels

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Celebrate springtime in sorbet! I’ve picked some adorable pastel items for you to oh and ah over as you shop your favorite looks this season. Wearing these whisper-light hues has been a seasonal tradition for years, so don’t miss out on finding your perfect pastel garments!

Ready to dive into the colorful world of pastels? Mixing and matching can create some of the most gorgeous springtime looks, so go ahead and create your own custom palette! Pair some lavender jeggings with a baby blue top for a pretty pastel look. Boring beige’s got you down? Accessorize a neutral look with a pop of pink and creamy orange!

The easiest way to play with a color trend is to wear it on your nails. If you don’t think it’s completely your style, you can always wash it off and try another. It’s also the cheapest way to try a trend on for size, because a bottle of nail polish can cost as little as $1 these days. And nail color trends are so versatile! While a trendy top may not go with all of your bottoms, painting your nails once will last you all week and look great with every outfit.

Adding a handbag to the mix is a practical touch for any look. Why not dress up your everyday outfit with one of these soft colored leather selections? Pair with your favorite little black dress for a pop of color or go for a monochromatic look in one color all over. If you’re creating a monochromatic look be sure to play with the texture as well as fabric, i.e. metallic snakeskin for added visual interest.

Liven up your spring wardrobe – go for soft pastels. Whether you style them in a lady-like fashion or pair with bold pieces for a rocker chic look, show off your springtime spirit with these gorgeous hues.

 

 

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