Smart Tax Refund Splurges

April 17th // 1 Comment

It’s tax season already and while we dread this time of year for obvious reasons, like for having to get organized and meet deadlines; it’s a fantastic time to shop! About 80% of us receive a check in the mail so why not make our hard earned money count. Make the most of your tax refund by choosing to spend it on smart splurges.

A  high-quality classic style shoe such as a nude or a black pointy stiletto (or a pair of flats – whichever tickles your fancy), is the kind of investment you want to be spending your money on. It’s a timeless piece that will go with virtually everything! The amount you end up spending on a pair of well-made shoes compared to the amount of times you wear them will certainly justify the splurge.

Another everyday essential to consider splurging your tax return on is a new leather handbag and wallet. Kate Spade offers adorable designs in vibrant hues that will have you smiling all day long just carrying it around! A sturdy handbag is a vital part of any outfit because of the amount of use it gets. So why not liven it up with a pop of color?

Spending money on beauty products is one of the best ways to treat yourself. It doesn’t matter what size you are or what job you have; perfume and lipstick are two items that no woman can ever get enough of. One woman who knew her scents well was Coco Chanel. Her perfumes are legendary and timeless till this day. Whether you prefer a classic musk, deep masculine or refreshing florals, as far as investments go, Chanel has you covered.

A pair of broken in blue jeans is the ultimate go-to splurge. Step up your game by selecting a pair that’s fitted and skinny in either a dark indigo or a crisp white. The two contrasting hues make for the best transition pieces. The can go from casual to dressy in no time Just be wise with your accessories and what tops you pair them with. Well-made jeans can last a long time as long as you care for them properly.

If your tax return is significantly higher than expected, outfit yourself with a few everyday essentials, lasting you for seasons to come. So go ahead, you’ve earned it!

How are you planning to spend your tax refund this year? Comment below!

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The Power Of A Pencil Skirt

April 17th // Comment Here

Women have the power to dominate in the corporate world and dressing the part is one of the perks. There’s no use in getting caught up in the pants game when there are so many beautiful skirt options available. As with most things, you just have to think outside the box. So, this season it is all about the polished and professional pencil skirt! A simple, yet sophisticated piece every woman should own; the power of a pencil skirt lies in the tailored fit that showcases our natural feminine silhouette.

A couple of things to keep in mind when shopping for this wardrobe essential:

  • Make sure it is tailored to your body type. This piece is built around the fact that it highlights your waist – take your pencil skirt to a local tailor to ensure a proper fit in your hips and waist every time.
  • Before purchasing, check to see that the length is appropriate for work by sitting down and checking the rise. Also note that these skirts commonly come with a slit either in the center back or near the side – be sure it’s not too revealing. There’s nothing worse than having to readjust yourself every time you stand up or sit down.

Ideas on how to wear this piece to the office:

  • Go for a timeless leopard print in a structured pencil skirt to add a bit of an edge to your everyday work attire. Balance this sultry piece with a bit of sweetness in a playful black and white Peter Pan collared blouse.
  • Look fabulous in a floral pattern with bright blooms perfect for celebrating the springtime season! Pair with like colors in the form of a sleeveless blouse with beaded details to add a bit of a sparkle.
  • Get a little fancy with a ladylike lace pencil skirt in a bold color for a fresh take on this classic silhouette. Pair it with a contrasting texture in a complimenting color such as chambray to have this look scream “sophistication” without appearing overly pretentious.
  • Teamed with a gem-toned skirt, a sheer flowing top will balance out your ensemble nicely. Keeping in mind that every outfit should have equal parts of fitted and flowing, this pair will work wonders to accentuate your waistline.
  • A bold colored top combined with a fun printed skirt in a neutral tone is an exquisite way to stand apart from the crowd. Paired with a neutral shade, the brighter counterpart of this look will be able to shine without overpowering. Balance is key when wearing colors and prints together.

Dare to wear this slimming garment and see the hidden power of the pencil skirt. In a field often monopolized by men, this corporate workday look brings an edge to your feminine presence and will make you stand out as a key player. Don’t blend into a room full of grey slacks – exercise your womanhood using this elegant garment.

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Brilliantly Blue – Style Inspiration

April 16th // 1 Comment

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!” This season I’m seeing a sea of blue on the runways and the leader of the pack is a beautiful jewel toned brilliant blue. This means a lot of spring and summer options in this classy, easy-to-wear color. Due to its recent popularity all sorts of fashionable items have become available in it and it can be found virtually anywhere! I’ve curated some of my favorite ways to wear the gorgeous tone taking inspiration from runways to street styles.

 Monochromatic

Go for a monochromatic look with multiple shades in this “of the moment” color.  Playing with shades of a single color can have a profound impact on your look. Instead of opting for one shade head to toe, mix it up with varying depths of bright vs. deep within the color family. Also, play with the texture of textiles you pair. Mixing lighter fabrics like silk, tulle, chiffon, and jersey with fabrics of substance like leather, wool, canvas and thinker varieties of cotton will lend a hand in creating continual interest among the sea of blue you choose to create. I love how Kate from Wear In LA mixed cotton, tulle, canvas and leather in her look! An easy way to try the monochromatic trend in the blue range is to start with blue jeans and work your way from there.

Happy Blue

Choosing clothing in a brighter blue (think much closer to aqua and turquoise than a deep navy) can have such a positive effect on your mood! Seriously, when you dress in happy colors, they inspire your attitude to change with their undertones. Pair this attractive hue with a bright pink for a splash of color and balance with a neutral white skirt.

Fabulously Floral

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As seen in the Spring 2014 runway collection of London based designer Matthew Williamson, this bright hue came in a form of shiny shorts paired with a lightweight floral printed top. Spring has always been synonymous with florals but this year there’s a fresh take on this run-of-the-mill print. Colored in nothing but brilliance, this top livens up any boring day! Combine it with light shades to achieve an airy springtime ensemble or go for monochrome like Williamson’s ensemble.

Blue Soles

Statement heels have always been a key part of my wardrobe, I have an entire section on my blog just for shoes, you know! I love the idea of wearing brightly colored blue shoes to create a pop of color in an outfit. Blue pairs perfectly with black, white, red, silver, mustard yellow and all variations of nude browns. Try mixing it with a classic brown and black leopard print for a bold look.

What’s your favorite way to rock the brilliant blue color trend for spring 2014? Share your styling ideas in a comment below!

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Fun Braid Ideas

April 16th // Comment Here

While finding new and fun ideas for hairstyles is one of my favorite pastimes, who can really resist a fabulous braid? In fact, I could spend hours checking out all the great braid ideas out there! Adding some unexpected glam and a touch of whimsy, a great braid can be dressed up or remain totally casual, while also working well with many different hair lengths. Here are a few of my favorite braid ideas that I am digging right now:

Perfect for a shorter do, the addition of this simple braid give a look some interest and creativity while it is super either to do.

For a way to get the hair out of your face try braiding your bangs as seen on Heidi Klum in French Elle.

Geat for both shoulder-length and long hair, the braided dutch crown is a classic.

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A little more complex, but so cool! Check out the heart braid, great for a night out or a picnic in the park.

Loving this messy, side sweep braid and bun.

This braid-to-high-pony definitely gives an everyday look new life.

So, has this inspired you to try out a new braid?

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5 Natural Celebrity Beauty Secrets

April 15th // 2 Comments

There is no shortage of beautiful women in this world. But at a certain age our skin begins to lose elasticity and bags start to form under our eyes. Besides resorting to surgery and Botox, is there something that we can do? Celebrities have always seemed to defy the odds of aging so let’s observe their secrets and channel the ageless beauty we feel inside.

1) Replenish: Extra virgin, please – you can end up spending a fortune on moisturizers that promise to make you look younger. Little did you know, the miracle potion was right there in you kitchen pantry. Loaded with antioxidants, extra virgin olive oil is great for the skin.

2) Exfoliate: Make your own natural scrub. If you have dry skin, mix extra virgin olive oil with sea salt. The combination will leave your skin soft, supple and let’s not forget younger looking.

2) Cleanse: When life gives you lemons make your very own cleanser and toner all in one. This trick used by the Hollywood elite, keeps your skin fresh, clear and blemish-free. Just like any expensive toner, it helps shrink pores and maintains an even complexion. If you’re looking for an added bonus, citric acid also acts as an exfoliator, eliminating sunspots in the process. Just apply natural lemon juice it to a cotton ball and sweep across your entire face as part of your daily beauty regiment.
3) Highlight: It’s a scientific fact that lemon juice can your lighten hair. The acid in the lemon slowly strips the hair of its color, producing a beautiful golden tone. Now that the days are warmer brush in some streaks into your hair, sit in the sun and watch the natural lightening process work its magic.

3) Moisturize: Here’s a trick that has kept a certain 1980’s supermodel looking lovelier with every passing year…it’s milk. The same nutrients that are so good for you when you drink it, can be applied externally to your skin. Cleopatra was known to soak in milk baths and I recommend spraying your face with a mixture that is part milk, part water to lock in skin’s moisture and keep your complexion glowing.

4) Whiten:  Sure, there are white strips and bleaching trays out there but for a natural remedy for stained teeth, A-list celebs have been known to use a strawberry with baking soda puree to brush into their teeth a few times a week. Try it, you won’t recognize your pearly whites! To keep the whitening effect longer, take a tip from one famous TV host and drink everything with a straw.

5) Plump: Seriously considering lip injections? Put that idea on the back burner. It’s been reported that a few popular singers actually prefer a peppermint extract over the painful prodding of the needle. Peppermint extract is a natural plumper as it dilates the blood vessels leaving you looking natural, youthful and fabulous. Simply dab a bit on with your finger, apply and enjoy your sexy plump lips.

Now that you know some of the more natural options out there, which will you be trying first?

 

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