Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Take advantage of this golden opportunity to stock up on bras and panties at LB. If there's one thing Lane Bryant does well, it's a sale. Make sure you have two summer essentials on hand: nude colored underwear (for wearing under white shorts or pants) and a convertible bra to wear underneath tanks and halter tops. Anyone who tells you that visible bra straps are OK is not looking out for your best interests.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
For spring and summer, pair it with a simple white t-shirt or tank and nude heels or sandals. This fall and winter, slip it on with a thin black cashmere sweater and knee-high boots. A Bombshell wardrobe isn't about having the most clothes; it's about having the right clothes. A statement-making piece like this belongs in your closet.
B & Lu's Francine skirt in orange retro, $44, available at www.bandlu.com.
They're lush and lightweight, flowy and flirty. Wear one over a pair of pants, slip one on over your swimming suit at the pool, go ultra casual with a pair of cropped jeans. Take inspiration from the kimonos pictured, and keep in mind these fit tips:
- Balance out the flowy proportion of the kimono with wide-legged pants. You'll look top-heavy if your pants are too skinny.
- Anchor a printed kimono with dark pants - this will help the eye understand where to look, and will place emphasis on the top half of your body. For a lithe, streamlined look choose pants of the same color for a monochromatic kimono.
- Make sure your kimono has enough structure to avoid overwhelming your body; cinch it in at the waist or under the bust.
Product Details:Both kimonos available at www.neimanmarcus.com. See site for prices.
Photos from www.neimanmarcus.com
There is something infinitely appealing about putting on a bright color. And pairing it up with a dark color for some contrast is a very chic way to maintain the pop without wandering over into neon eyesore. The sweater shown above is fantastically light weight, giving just enough coverage this spring to stave off the chill of overly-air conditioned buildings without making you melt out in the sun. And the pants? Classic perfection from Eddie Bauer.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
If you have nothing else to celebrate this week, celebrate the end of the week by getting dressed up and going out on a date night. Date nights with friends are just as much fun as date nights with your significant other; whatever you do, wherever you go, take a little extra time tonight to get ready. Pour a glass of wine, take a long bath or shower, put perfume on every pulse point and slip into a fabulous outfit. Take this one from Lane Bryant, for example:
I would recommend ditching the necklace and only wearing the earrings. With the smocked-shoulder blouse, you've already got enough detail going on throughout the neckline. Plus, I like to break up jewelry sets to mix and match my own. These earrings are fantastic with the rest of the outfit, though. They are sleek and interesting, but understated. Speaking of sleek:
Few shoes combine sexy and sleek like the slingback. And with a low kitten heel, you'll actually be able to walk around and enjoy yourself while out on the town. What a concept!
All items shown are available online at www.Lanebryant.com.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Admittedly, I was not initally impressed. It felt as though one had to do a lot of digging to find anything worth trying on. The shirts were too long, the pants were slightly voluminous and the dresses reminded me of 1994. Then, I bumped into a rack of jeans and fell in love. It was my appreciation for Avenue's fun, trendy cuts of jeans that kept me coming back. Based on the innovation in their denim selection, I knew that Avenue had it in her to really come out swinging. She just needed some time. It's been 4 years since that fateful meeting. I knew this store had potential as yet untapped. Until now.
It seems that this Bombshell retailer has finally figured out who she is and what she's all about, and I love her for it. Dresses with modern, yet flirty, appeal. Cropped pants in every color and fabric imaginable. Yoga and workout pants galore! And don't forget the shoes...the most comfortable, stylish shoes in sizes up to 13. Well done, Avenue.
Photos courtesy of Avenue.com.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
A white button-down shirt exudes crisp, clean confidence, especially when paired with the casual khaki color palette. Choose cotton and look for darts or very subtle seaming along the bust line - you're going for tailored, not blousy. The intention is not to add bulk or detract from your fabulous curves.
One safari detail that adds undue bulk to a Bombshell figure is the cargo short. Now, I understand the need to have extra pockets all over a woman’s shorts if she is, in fact, on a safari. Handbags and underbrush don’t exactly compliment one another. Unless you're on a safari, dump the cargo shorts and replace them with sleek Bermuda shorts. Paired with heels (also not technically safari friendly), longer shorts look incredibly sleek and modern this summer.
One of the most fun ways to incorporate the essence of safari into your look is with jewelry made from very rustic, nature-inspired materials. Think wood, rope, and imperfect metals. Another safari inspired accessory to consider is the scarf – look for one of a subtle print of in a bold, primary color and tie it in your hair, around your neck or onto the handle of your purse. Instant chic!
The safari look is a classic that makes the trend lists every few years. Invest in a few utilitarian pieces in beige or green khaki and rest assured you’ll be able to wear them for years to come.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Every Saturday morning, I would play in her closet, pulling an elegant red jersey dress over my head, stepping into black patent leather heels and clutching a matching bag in my small hands. I twirled around in the clothes that Mom wore for nights out with my dad. For those few moments, I felt elegant and glamourous, just like her.
As I hit my teenage years (which seemed to start upon turning 11), establishing my own sense of style became a top priority. Mismatched outfits, crazy makeup and long hours in front of the mirror - my mom never let me know how embarrassed she must have constantly felt to be seen out in public with me. And in exchange, every so often, I would put on something tailored and pull my hair back in the way I knew she liked.
We're both older now, and my mom is still incredibly beautiful. She's embraced her naturally gray hair and wears it with incredible style; she has flawless skin and the softest gray/blue eyes. Her style is classic, comfortable, she looks put together without trying too hard. My style is a little different; more finely tuned since the mid nineties, but definitely my own. Though I still carry a torch for anything black patent leather!
I attribute my style to Mom because she gave me the confidence to find it. And in finding the beauty in myself, she's taught me to see the beauty in others. So, to all the beautiful Bombshell mothers...Happy Mother's Day!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Navy blue and black scream Bombshell (French Bombshell at that!). Add black heels and a short sleeved cardigan for an effortlessly glamorous look. Pull the cardigan closed with a sparkly broach and you've bumped your style quotient (and formal-factor) up a notch. Head in a different direction with black flats and a wide belt cinched in at the waist. See? So many options.
This chocolate brown dress is equally versatile - add a pop of white with wedges, a clutch and white beads. Or glam it up with metallic strappy sandals, clutch and jewelry. Get creative, be a little daring, channel your inner Bombshell - trust me, this is just her kind of thing. Trust your instincts and have fun!
Juicy Tubes Tropiques in Bronzed Mocha -slick, not sticky, shimmery bronze color with a slight mocha taste.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Danskin has a line of active wear that will inspire you to partake in an afternoon game or two. Whichever sports you like – yoga, rollerblading, basketball – you'll find something comfortable, flexible and stylish from Danskin.
Check out a few of my favorite pieces from the collection, and keep these thoughts in mind as you build your workout wardrobe:
* Bigger isn’t better in active wear. Forget the oversized t-shirts and sweatpants. The same style principles that apply to regular clothes apply to what you wear in the game – tops with shape and bottoms with flare (or bootcut, your choice).
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
This dress is Bombshell bargain shopping at it's best - cheap, stylish, and easy to wear. The magenta trim around the waist and neckline provides definition to your shape, while the subtle brown and magenta pattern across the rest of the dress is modern and flattering. There's nothing like a little pattern to smooth out any bumps on your fabulous figure.
Is this dress timeless and made to last? No. But at $24.99, I'll be able to replace it next month without feeling guilty. Some might call it decadent; I've never thought decadence to be a bad thing.
Brown and Magenta surplice dress, $24.99 in stores and online at www.Target.com.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Those smarties over at Max Factor, industry veteran and drugstore favorite, have decided to reinvent the brush. They’ve created a wand that is scientifically constructed to coat evenly and then grab the root of the lash to coat evenly. This new wunderkind is called Volume Couture Lash mascara. Whatever the science is, however they do it, I don’t care. I just want it. I want it in Rich Black. You might want it in Soft Black. Or Black Brown. Or maybe Auburn. And you can have it, for $6.99 in stores and online, www.drugstore.com.
Another drugstore favorite, Olay, has really put their thinking caps on to come up with the Olay Regenerist Eye Derma-pods. Plunk down $26.99 and bring home a box of 24 pods (8 weeks’ worth, use once every 3 days). Gently squeeze the pod to release the moisturizer and then dab around the eye area for about a minute. The pods resurface, reduce puffiness by releasing lipids that build up around the eyes, and fill in lines and wrinkles. You’ll be amazed; I know I was!
One last drugstore tip – pick up a tub of Vaseline to replace your usual lip plumping lipstick, gloss or whatever. Yep, Vaseline. See, lips are not actually skin – they’re membrane. So they need to be treated differently than the rest of your face. Lips will plump through increased circulation and moisturization. Make this a new nightly ritual – using a warm wet washcloth, gently apply Vaseline to your lips in a circular motion. Then, slather a thick coating of the Vaseline on them before hopping into bed. For less than $5, you’ve got to try this.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
So the question became, "How to translate the 70's trend into my wardrobe?" I settled into my couch to contemplate this question, cracked open a Diet Coke and began flipping through the channels on TV. Something sparkly on QVC caught my eye. I've never actually purchased anything on QVC, but I will admit to being sucked into their makeup and beauty programs once in a while.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Typically, I would tell any Bombshell to avoid anything that could be classified as an appliqué, but this Floral Applique shirt is actually a really fun twist on an everyday white t-shirt. The appliqué is very subtle and fresh, especially when paired with the Signature Washed Linen Bias-cut skirt. What’s special about the linen skirt is the little trumpet flare at the bottom. That detail instantly ramps up the style quotient on what is otherwise a pretty basic khaki skirt.
Now for the fun part – color! This outfit definitely needs a few pops of color in order to keep it from wandering away from chic and into bland. Because white and khaki are so muted, go for something bright like this necklace and these bracelets.
So cute and versatile – wear your variation on this outfit to work, to a graduation party or a backyard BBQ.
All clothes available online at www.spiegel.com, all photos from spiegel.com.
Floral Applique shirt, available in white or carnation. $39
Signature Washed Linen Bias-cut skirt, $44.
Chunky Necklace, $25.Exotic Bangles, sale price $12 for set of six.