Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Make a statement with a graphic tee; but please, avoid anything written in glitter and that includes the words Princess or Hot. Graphic tees aren't only for teens - you've just got to be a little more discerning about what you choose and how you wear it than your 16-year old niece. I would wear this Goonies tee from Alloy to work, under a jacket with nice jeans and heels.Henley tees are great for layering; by nature they're tissue thin and beg for a long-sleeved partner underneath. The Avenue has revved up the appeal of the Henley by adding a little beading around the button closures. For the ultimate relaxed look, leave the buttons undone.
Let's compact some of the best of the week in one fabulous post:
The Budget Fashionista found a great selection of fall/winter's must have- the knee high boot- with extra room in the calves. Which is great because a lot of Bombshell's curves extend to their calves!
The newest place to buy cashmere? Old Navy. With its puffed sleeves and soft draping, I love the Rib Knit Sweater. Just $69.50- which is a great price!
No one does daytime glam like Babyphat. Combining two fall trends, metallics and prep-school, this Sweater Vest with Poplin Shirt is a lot of fun. Wear it with jeans on the weekend, or spice up the workday by pairing it with trousers.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Equally cute dress, a little more demure with the keyhole cutout on the back. Whichever way you look at it, this dress is great.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
For those of you not familiar with mark., it's one of the brands owned by Avon. I've always been impressed by Avon's mission - to provide women with the opportunity to own their own business - but have never really used Avon products. They've always seemed so...grandma-ey. Plus, I admit to occasionally getting caught up in the idea that a product has to cost more than $20 to work well. Stupid, I know.
mark. Metalluscious Lip Cream Hook Up in Royalty. Hookups are the most innovative thing to come out of the beauty industry since...well, in a long time. Two products can be connected so you can carry them in one compact tube. I would connect this lip cream with:Scanda-Lash Mascara. Each Hook Up is only $5, and with the purchase of two Hook Ups you get the connector for free. Genius. Choose from eye shadows, blush, a variety of lip glosses, eye liner and mascara.
mark. Flip for It Color Kit has two eye shadows and a blush on one side. Flip over the palette to find four lip glosses. Available in three shades - Milan, Paris, and New York. I'm a fan of Milan for a great night-time look. $18.
In addition to makeup, mark. also makes really cute accessories. I love this cocktail ring:
If you'd like to see more from mark., I've set up a mark. store from which you can shop directly. No need to have someone come to your home! Click here, or on Shop mark. makeup under Bombshell Shopping.
This is one of my favorites - the tough/sexy Pirate.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
This gold foil tee from Babyphat is terrific because it's easy and versatile. Throw it on with jeans and flats to run errands on Saturday - you'll look casually fabulous. Pair it up with a brown A-line skirt and knee high boots - you'll look luxuriously fabulous. Slip it on under a black business suit - you'll look work-appropriately fabulous.
Ulta shower gel and body lotion in Cinnamon Pumpkin. It smells so amazing, you'll practically want to lick yourself.
- Fit. Have you lost a few pounds over the summer? Added a couple? Whatever the case, make sure your sweaters fit the body you have now. That means no over-stretched arms (the sleeves should stop at your wrists), no sagging armholes (they should fit right up under your arm, like any other shirt would), no stretching across the chest (especially if you are well-endowed; cable knit should not zig-zag).
- Flatter. Sweaters should accentuate your body, just like any other piece of clothing. Make sure your waist is defined (either by the sweater's cut, or the addition of a belt) and that the length is flattering to your height. Unless you are extremely, Amazonian tall avoid sweaters that drop past the hips.
- Are luxurious. The best sweaters look rich - either because of their color or the gauge (thickness). They're also a fantastic backdrop for luxurious accessories. Jewel-tones, black, cream or camel colors are always appropriate, always amazing. Cashmere is ideal, but if you're on a budget buy the thinnest gauge sweater possible. Heavy cableknit looks great on boyfriends and fishermen. If you aren't one or the other, avoid it. Add a long gold pendant or a chunky beaded necklace to finish off your look.
For a little inspiration, check out a few of my faves this season:Despite the skinny model, this sweater vest does come in Bombshell sizes. Notice how the wide collar brings the eye up to her face, the belt defines her waist, and the side pockets don't add bulk or girth to the hips. Keep it unbuttoned to avoid looking, well - buttoned up. Well done, Spiegel.
Paired with a basic tee shirt and jeans (or a jean skirt) this glamourous cardigan avoids heading into frumpy territory. Instead, it's an unexpected shot of fabulous. I love how the beading tapers down the front, defining the waist.
I know, I know - you've seen this one before. I can't help myself - it's just that amazing. It comes in black and gray, too. Have you bought one yet? (And no, Michael Kors is not paying me)
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I bought the Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, the Defrizz Serum, and the Holding Spray. His range of products is minimal- nothing fancy, you won’t have to comb through product description after description trying to figure out the difference between each formula. I also received, free with my $50 purchase, an Arrojo nylon and boar bristle hair brush.
The shampoo and conditioner smell great – vaguely of berry pie – and the formula is very concentrated. This is good news because it means my bottles will go a long way! In order to build up a lather, make sure you have just a little shampoo and a good amount of water in your hair. For the conditioner, resist the temptation to squirt out a huge blob and trust that a small amount will coat your hair.
Post cleanse and condition, I applied a small amount of the Defrizz Serum to the ends of my hair and began working it up toward my roots. The serum is very liquidy, so be careful not to end up with a handful. It left a slick film on my hands, but nothing a quick rub with a towel wouldn’t cure. Once in my hair, it felt weightless and smooth. I blew my hair dry and was SO in love with the bounce, the shine, the overall healthy look and feel of my hair. It usually takes a professional with an uber-watt dryer and a firm grip on a round brush to achieve those results. I spritzed lightly with the Holding Spray and was good to go. My hair even looked good on day 2 and (gasp!) day 3. Oh, and the complimentary brush? Feels like heaven on my scalp. Love it. Refuse to put it down, except to come to work and be a normal citizen of the world. Once I’m home, though, you couldn’t pry it away from me.
Get yours online at http://www.arrojoproduct.com/. The free brush offer is good through October 1st.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
- Cashmere (or any very light, soft fabric) sweater + denim trousers + wool covered heel
- Crisp button down shirt + tailored blazer + jean skirt + dark tights and heels
- Slouchy trouser pants + silk shirt + long scarf (to evoke that modern, necktie feel)
Monday, September 10, 2007
There is a way to layer that will ensure maximum silhouette with the comfort and coziness of wearing more than one piece of clothing. The most important thing to remember when layering is proportion. Pair blousey shirts with fitted cardigans and pants. Slip on billowy pants with a fitted tee and cropped jacket. Avoid putting on lots of clothes that are all of the same shape. If you're wearing a button down shirt, choose one that's hip-length and pair it with a sweater that is waist-length.
Another thing to keep in mind while layering is where you want to draw attention - if you have a gorgeous bosom, wear a v-neck tunic with a cardigan that cuts off right under your chest. If you have a curvy waist, wear a voluminous skirt with a slim-fitting t-shirt and a long scarf. Draw the eye down, be mindful of your proportions and you can layer without worries of looking like one of those other women.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
A lot of women don't give a whole lot of fashion thought to the jacket that gets tossed on every single day. Many women only have one jacket that they wear, day after day, no matter what's going on underneath it. A great jacket can last several years (thus justifying a little upfront investment) and is the easiest article of clothing to instantly announce who you are and what you're all about. Check out these three different looks (all available at Avenue) and get inspired. Snap up one or two new jackets this season and turn them into a part of your signature look.
A classic leather jacket turns up the glam wattage on almost any outfit, while lending a little bit of tough girl to any look. Incredibly versatile- pair it with jeans to go classic; balance the girliness of a floaty, chic dress for a night out; pull it on over dress pants for a little attitude at work. Make sure your leather jacket is fitted so as to avoid the puffy, bomber-look of the 90's.
Another classic with a twist, this plaid trench coat is simultaneously pulled-together class and cheeky fun. As with the leather jacket, this one will go anywhere, do anything for you. Make sure the belt hits the top of your waist (creating an almost-empire look) for maximum flattery.
Whether you're boho-chic/earth mother, channeling 1960's fab, or just looking for something different, try on a cape. I swear you'll be won over, if not by the flowing ease then by the ability to essentially wrap yourself up in a blanket. With that said - avoid actually looking as though you've wrapped yourself up in a blanket. This cape has just enough structure- at the collar, the top enclosure, developed shoulders and sleeves - to avoid the Litte Red Riding Hood look.
All photos courtesy of Avenue.com.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Well, aside from their cute, well cut clothes it's the way they merchandise their selection. How annoying is it to fall in love with the perfect top, only to find it doesn't come in your size? Mimi's cuts down on angst by merchandising by size. Simply click your size and their stock pops up. And with sizes from 14-36, there's something for everyone. Love that!
I'd show you pictures, but Mimi's has made them unavailable. So you'll just have to trust me that it's worth checking out.