Monday, April 30, 2007
Let me tell you something, Bombshell - you're ready! Sure, sure, do a few extra arm curls or knee bends if it will make you feel great about yourself. But that should be the only reason you ramp up your health and fitness! It should not be about fitting into a suit. Cause guess what? There are a ton of great suits ready and waiting, just for you.
Take the Miraclesuit above, for example, from Eddie Bauer. This is the creme' de la creme' of one piece suits, featuring 3 times the average allocation of Lycra. What does that mean? You'll feel supported throughout your tummy and waist, a smooth silhouette guranteed. The sexy plunge neckline and ruched side details are icing on the cake.
For the most prolific selection of suits anywhere, that I have found, check out Lands End. Yes, Lands End. You'll be astounded at the selection, styles and prices this retailer is offering the Bombshell customer! My favorites are the mix and match tankini's, like this one. I would pair the floral top with a simple black bottom. The print will draw the eye upward to your beautiful face, while the solid bottoms will break up a pattern that could become a little loud when worn all matchy-matchy like.
Bottom line for this summer, there's no need to sit on the edge of the pool in street clothes while everyone else whoops it up in the water. A Bombshell loves life and lives it to the fullest. You're beautiful and you're sexy and there's a swimsuit out there with your name on it!
Miraclesuit, $112, available in chocolate and black, www.eddiebauer.com.
Photo from eddiebauer.com.
Tankini top, $62, available at www.landsend.com.
Photo from landsend.com.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Lindsay told me that she buys all her makeup at The Body Shop, in part because that's just the only place she's ever bought makeup (ever? really??) and in part because the company actively advocates for protecting our planet, defending human rights, and never tests on animals. Beauty with a concience - pretty cool. Kassina is also a fan of The Body Shop's makeup, in particular the Shimmer Cubes. They last forever, can be layered on over other makeup and always add that extra pop of wow to her eyes.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Capris - featuring an inseam that ranges between 21-22", the capri pants are a short version of skinny jeans. They cling to every curve and cut off a little below the knee.
Crops - a sister to the bermuda shorts, the crops also feature a straight cut. The difference is in the inseam. Crops are a bit longer than the bermudas, with inseams ranging 23-25".
Monday, April 23, 2007
From the design gurus over at b & lu comes this fabulous t-shirt, called the Bright Eyes T. As the weather warms up, it's essential to find comfortable, breathable clothes - and what fits the bill better than a great cotton t-shirt? I love the versatility of this one - toss on over jeans or a denim skirt and you're ready for the weekend. Pull it on over a pair of cropped pants and a fitted blazer for work - so fabulous.
If you haven't yet checked out b&lu online, get to it! Check out the detail they put into a simple t-shirt - they're cutting no style corners over there. You're going to love the boutique-style designs and amazing prices. Seriously.
Photo - www.bandlu.com; Bright Eyes T, $28
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Don't get me wrong - I love the availability of clothes, the fact that every season brings new styles and colors to choose from. I love to mix and match, find out what really works for me. What I don't love is the perpetuating myth that in order to be stylish, you have to follow the current style.
Today, I'm urging you, as a Bombshell, to become truly fashionable. Find which styles look good on you. On you. Regardless of what is currently "in style," figure out which cut of jeans flatter you, which colors and fabrics enhance your assets, whether you look and feel better in pants or skirts. A-line coats? Might be perfect. Tunics? Could be great. Skinny jeans? I doubt it, but maybe. The point is, you're only fashionable if you honor the shape of your body instead of the cover of Vogue. True style starts within and then works its way out.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
On sale for $24.99, I bought it and have been shocked at how well it goes with so many things in my closet (always a plus!), and at how many compliments I've received while wearing the top. One woman asked if I'd bought the shirt and sweater at Banana Republic! Love that.
Granted, the quality is not as good as if I had bought the top at Banana Republic. It's certainly not an investment piece. But, when I pair it with something that is of higher quality (jeans, trousers) the overall look works. And the shirt will probably spontaneously combust (or pill itself to death) by the time I'm tired of it anyway.
The next time you're looking for a bargain, don't be afraid to do a little discount shopping at Kohl's. Head straight for the Apartment 9 and Daisy Fuentes labels, though - that's where you'll find the good stuff.
So, I asked my girlfriends to help me out, tell me which products they rely on each day to look as fabulous as they do. They gave me so many terrific recommendations, that I'll be spreading them out over a series of posts called "Beauty Blitz."
If you use a product that should be added to the Beauty Blitz, write about it in the comments!
Stephanie swears that she's come up with the definitive step-by-step process to handle her fabulously curly hair - none of the steps include a ponytail holder or a hat.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I commend Lane Bryant for identifying the need to design a variety of trouser cuts to fit a variety of shapes. Just because we're curvy doesn't mean we're curvy in the same spots. LB has created 5 different cuts of trousers, all of which come in petite, average and tall as well as a variety of colors including black, gray and brown.
Of the five trouser cuts offered by Lane Bryant, the Lexington pant is the most universally flattering. Every woman looks fantastic in a long, lean line from waist to toe, and these pants help create that illusion of height and length. Sitting at the waist, the pant flows straight down from hip to ankle, skimming easily over the thighs and flaring out slightly at the ankle. The flare is what keeps the silhouette modern and fresh, and balances out a fuller hip or broad shoulders.
For the Bombshell who is on the taller side or who carries what height she does have on the leg (instead of the torso), the Chelsea cut is a great alternative to the Lexington. Chelsea offers a much wider leg, which does a beautiful job of creating the illusion of a smaller waist. It's also very dramatic and classically modern, with a nod to old Hollywood (Katherine would most assuredly have approved).
Trousers are a wardrobe staple, items that will be worn frequently. With that in mind, look for a pair made from a durable fabric that will hold up to laundering. In addition, you will be amazed at what a difference a tailor can make in giving the absolute best fit possible. Very few Bombshells will be able to walk into a store, pull a pair of trousers off the rack and find a perfect fit. Factor the cost of simple tailoring into your budget as you shop..
I've shown you a few of my favorite dress pants - now it's your turn. Where have you found great-fitting trousers?
Lexington pant - $44.50; Chelsea pant - $49.50. Both available in stores and online, www.lanebryant.com.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Going to work is so much more fun when you walk in the door knowing you look great. I'm fortunate enough to work for a company that takes a fairly liberal view on business casual, and am able to dress more creatively than some. With that in mind, though, I like to inject each of my outfits with a little bit of professional polish and structure. And with the weather heating up, I'm also in need of a few pieces that are lighter, brighter and, well...new! With those criterion in mind, I've gone on a virtual shopping spree at Torrid.
I always feel bombshell in a dress and fell head over heels with the Khaki Shirt Dress (above, $68). It's crisp and pulled together without being fussy. For work, I would slip a tank underneath and then coordinate accessories around the color of the tank. My personal style usually incorporates a pop of color that is thread through my shoes, jewelry and such.
And finally, what to wear in place of the wintery wool dress pants? Capri pants are fantastic, especially when paired with a kicky sandal. The Brown Zip Pocket Convertible Capri Pants (on sale, $24.99) fit the bill perfectly.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
To snap out of it, I look to other bombshells, past and present, to see what about their look I could incorporate into my own. It's not exactly playing dress-up; it's more about finding inspiration from other women who wear their curves (and their clothes) well. Looking to icons of beauty, whether they are Hollywood stars, fashion models, or the fashionable girl who turns up at the grocery store every once in a while, is a great way to define your own personal sense of style. What colors appeal to you? What genre of clothing catches your eye - bohemian, classic, glamourous, casual? What about your icon's style is especially appealing to you?
Understand, though, that just because you admire a particular style on someone else does not necessarily mean that style is for you. And that's ok! If your closet is full of classic clothes-tailored blazers and trousers, button down blouses and pearls-you would probably feel a little out of sorts if you adopted a whimsical, bohemian style overnight. Instead, see if there are a couple of whimsical touches you could add to your classic look: flowing scarves, dangling earrings, a slouchy bag.
Take a look at Sara Ramirez (above). This TV star embodies old Hollywood glamour, especially in her choice of red carpet gowns. Her dresses are always form-fitting and shapely, showing off her height, her bust and that beautiful face. And color? You bet! Sara leaves black to everyone else, preferring to standout in red. Her hair is soft and touchable, the jewels are flashy without overwhelming. And she always caps her look off with a big smile - perfection!
If the icon you're drawn to is a true Bombshell, I'm sure her confidence and carriage are part of her allure. Before hitting the stores, boost your own confidence in whatever way works for you (red lipstick, a good book and a glass of wine, a relaxing bath). You might be surprised what an impact a jolt of Bombshell attitude can do for the clothes already in your closet!
Let's chat - whose style do you think icon-worthy?
Thursday, April 12, 2007
a bargain...especially on clothing as fabulous as this!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Finally, the the denim trouser pant from Avenue. This is a terrific option for those of you who work in an office that calls for a more professional cut of denim. Notice the slightly higher waist and the crisp pleat down the legs. This pant is also a great option for a girl with larger thighs or who is on the short side - the straight draping from top to bottom will really elongate.
The Bathina line of products is, by far, my favorite of the line. The signature scent of Bathina is absolutely intoxicating - fresh and seductive, sweet but not saccharine, with a hint of musk and white blossoms that lingers ever so slightly. I feel positively delicious every time I spray Maybe, Baby behind my knees. Yes, it's one of those scents that you want to spray behind your knees.
I'm a devoted fan of the Bathina Body So Fine balm. It comes in a long tin that contains the balm and a velvety application puff. One swipe of the puff and my skin is hydrated, smelling fantastic (see rapturous description of scent above) and glowing (thanks to the most subtle sparkle you've ever seen in a product). I wear Body So Fine on a daily basis to jump start my Bombshell attitude before heading out the door.
For those occasions that call for a slightly more evident application of sparkle, I follow up Body So Fine with a couple poufs of Kitten Classic, a pink champagne powder. Trust me when I say you won't be suffering prom-flashbacks with this powder. What you will experience is an overall feeling of increased sensuality.
In addition to these classic favorites, Benefit is constantly coming up with the new must-haves you never knew you needed. My most recent acquisition is the Brow Zing eyebrow palette. One side features a waxy balm that goes over the eyebrow first and secures the matching powder, housed on the second side of the palette. It comes with two brushes and a mini pair of tweezers - brilliant! My brows have never been so Bombshell!
All products available at your local Benefit counter or online at www.benefitcosmetics.com .
Kitten Classic, $26; Brow Zings (in 3 available shades), $28.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
From left to right, A. Marinelli Cloud slide in Natural, $79.95; Pelle Moda Holler sandal in Brown, $119.95; Taryn by Taryn Rose Brilliant sandal in Red, $245. All available at www.nordstrom.com.
Friday, April 6, 2007
We're heading into a really fantastic time of year for building up your dress wardrobe. Choose fabrics that fit your lifestyle - cottons and linen blends for wash and wear comfort, a light wool or crepe blend if you stop at the dry cleaners regularly. Take a look at two of the many options out there right now.
The dress to your right is from Lane Bryant, one of the first bombshell retailers to jump on the resurgent trend in dresses this spring. Don't be mistaken, though, dresses are far from trendy - it doesn't get more classic than a great fitting dress. This one is called the Swiss Dot Flutter Sleeve dress, featuring a faux-wrap with removable belt and delicate flutter sleeves. I would recommend adding brightly colored jewelry and shoes (yellow, pink. red) to punch up the dress for work. Dress it up further with gold-accented jewelry and metallic heeled sandals. Or, take it down a notch by strapping on flat, Grecian-inspired brown sandals and wooden jewelry (necklace, bracelet).
The dress to your left is new, from Old Navy. The delicious tangerine color makes me want to whip up potato salad and race over to a BBQ to show it off (the dress, not the potato salad). The silhouette is superbly flattering thanks to the tie-back halter, structured seaming across the bust and flirty skirt. You could winterize this dress by throwing on a pair of knee boots and structured blazer.
That's really the secret to making the most out of a dress - dressing it up and down, adding layers to make it seasonally appropriate.
I would mention, too, that a dress can go from so-so to perfect with a little nip/tuck from a tailor. Many women think of their clothes simply as 'It fits' or 'It doesn't fit.' With a bombshell figure, many clothes may not look perfect right off the rack. So if you try on a dress (or any other article of clothing) and it pulls in one spot or the hemline is off, buy it, take it to a tailor and see what she could do for you. Worst case scenario, you return the dress and keep looking. Best case scenario, you've got a custom tailored dress! Nothing feels more fabulous than that.
Swiss dot flutter sleeve dress, $59.50, available at www.lanebryant.com
Linen-blend halter dress, $39.50, available at www.oldnavy.com
Thursday, April 5, 2007
A truly bombshell wardrobe is full of clothes that can mix and match, flow into and out of a day, feel great and drape beautifully, and make the wearer feel like she can conquer the world. Sounds like a tall order, I suppose, but certainly not undoable.
The first order of business in building said wardrobe is figuring out what your lifestyle calls for in clothing choices. The woman who works 60 hours a week in corporate America requires different clothes than the woman who works a million hours a week as a stay-at-home mom. Yes, clothes can help transform a woman in a better version of herself - the point being "a better version of herself", the person she already is.
When dressing a curvaceous body, it's important to highlight the most flattering features: most often face, bust and waist. This beautiful, and versatile, blush-colored wrap sweater from Spiegel does a bang-up job of focusing on the best a curvy body has to offer. The open neckline brings attention to the face and the bust - depending on what is put underneath, you can get a little or a lot of cleavage. The shape of the sweater follows the natural curves of the body, cinching in at the waist with the matching belt.
What will make this sweater your own is how you incorporate it into your lifestyle- slip it on over a simple t-shirt, jeans and flats for hanging out with friends or taking your kids to the park. Pull it on over chocolate-brown trousers and a cream camisole for work, or use it to add a punch of color to a black cocktail dress.
No need to get hung up on buying this particular sweater (although it is pretty fantastic) - just use the basic shape and details as a guide to finding one that is perfect for you! A Bomshell is nothing if not unique.
Pink/blush sweater, cotton & jersey knit; on sale now $44 (regularly $54). Available at www.Spiegel.com
Photo - Spiegel.com
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
The big bang starts with the mascara brush – it’s soft and pliant, molds to and draws out each eyelash, even those tiny ones at the corner of the eye. The formula feels weightless, slick, and dries quickly (eliminating smudges and smears). And the hold is fantastic – all day long, well into the night and then some. I couldn’t possibly gush any more about this mascara…except to say that it comes in a variety of colors, including black, midnight blue, brown and prune.
Bourjois Maxi-fringe Mascara, $19, available at Sephora, in stores or online, www.sephora.com
Photo – Sephora.com
Monday, April 2, 2007
Take down your measurements (bust, chest, hips, waist), then compare the measurements to each site’s sizing chart. Sizes vary by almost every site, so don’t bother trying to rely on what you “usually” wear. Get it right the first time in order to cut down on returns.
Speaking of returns…know the site’s return policy. One of my favorite return policies is upheld by Old Navy. They provide a bag and prepaid shipping label in the box with your order. If you’re exchanging an item, the shipping is free. If you’re making a return, they deduct $5 from your refund.
Use a credit card for purchases, instead of your bank’s check card. Governing laws around credit card disputes are in your favor when dealing with purchases made with a traditional credit card. The same may not be true for your check card. Who wants their bank account to take a hit, even momentarily, when dealing with a dispute?
Shop in advance. Looking for a great dress to debut at your cousin’s wedding? Don’t try to buy online a week before the event. Unless you’ve seen the dress in person and have already tried it on, you can’t count on the fact that it will fit right or look exactly like the picture. Don’t chance feeling less than great by last-minute shopping. Expect that you’ll have to return or exchange your purchase in order get it right.