- If you're wearing a sexy top, don't pair it with casual jeans and tennis shoes. Yes, you need comfortable shoes. But this odd combination makes it look like your luggage got lost.
- Speaking of tennis shoes, choose your socks wisely. Tennis shoes + regular athletic socks + shorts = stumpy legs. Instead, pick anklets that aren't visible above the shoeline. It'll make your legs look long.
- Fanny packs = NO (even if yours is from Louis Vuitton). For curvy women, in particular, they add bulk to the waistline. Why would you want to do that? Pack up a purse with a long strap that can drape across your body, if you really need to be hands free.
- Sexy strappy stilettos are only sexy if you can walk in them. You're going to look a whole lot hotter if you aren't taking micro-steps or almost falling down every 4 feet.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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Coco Myles has not yet released designs inspired by this year's Emmy attendees. When they do, I hope to see dresses inspired by my fashion favorites of the night:
Photo credit: People.com
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I love a juicy, berry red lip. Nothing looks fresher or more all-American than a natural face, a touch of mascara, flushed rosy cheeks and a deep berry lip. Achieving said lip is not as easy as swiping on any old lip product (gloss, stick, balm...). The darker your lip color, the more likely it is that the shade will either smudge all over your chin or wear away at the center while staying strong around the edges of your lips. Nice. The only way that I know of to really ensure lasting coverage with zero migration is to use a tinted stain.
- The doe-foot applicator is exactly what I wanted - it's soft and pliant, which allows it to mold to my lips and cheeks (bonus! rosy cheeks!).
- The color is buildable - put on a little, put on a lot, you're in control of this stain.
- Stainiac is formulated to allow for more time before setting; this means you can thoughtfully blend the stain instead of furiously smudge.
- Beauty Queen looks amazing on a variety of skin tones. I get a little overly enthusiastic about new products ( read: nutty); I stopped two other women and forced them to let me put Stainiac on them. Gorgeous on pasty fair skinned girl (me), warm olive undertoned woman, and hilarious African American woman (who ended up buying three bottles of the stuff).
Monday, September 22, 2008
- Black cotton skirt.
- Two tee shirts, super soft and in primary colors (one blue and one green, for me).
- Purple cotton tube dress
- Three tanks in coordinating colors (black, white, red)
- Cargo bermuda shorts (for when I don't want to carry a purse)
- Black cardigan
- Flat black sandals
- small silver clutch purse
- swim suit & coverup
- Small flat iron
- makeup kit which includes a palette of eyeshadows and blush, tinted moisturizer, blush, mascara, eyelash curler and two shades of lipstick (mauve for day, red for night)
- 3 oz. of hair smoothing balm
- Blush in a shade suited to your skintone
- Blush that is slightly darker (something with brown undertones); you can use bronzing powder too as long as it doesn't contain shimmer
- A light shimmer eye shadow (cream or powder, your choice)
- A blush brush that isn't big and fluffy
- Eye shadow brush
Thursday, September 18, 2008
- They fit my thighs but are huge in the waist.
- They feel good in the waist but are about to split across my thighs.
- Where the hell did my butt go? It was here a minute ago...
- Why doesn't this otherwise perfect pair come in a longer length??
- Don't settle for less-than-great fitting jeans. You'll always feel just a little self-concious whenever you put them on.
- Expect to pay upwards of $50. I'm not an elitist, I'm a realist. Sure, you could score a great pair of jeans on clearance for $20. But a pair of jeans is not the place to skimp on your clothing budget- quality counts on this much-worn closet staple.
- Pay attention to cut. Just because the jeans are on and buttoned doesn't mean they fit. Choose the cut that best flatters your body. The most flattering choices are usually either boot (fitted through hips and thighs, slightly wider leg opening) or wide leg/trouser (falls straight from the hip to a wider leg). With boot cut, make sure they aren't too clingy on your hips and thighs. In a wide leg/trouser jean, make sure they hug your butt a little so you don't appear shapeless.
- When you find a flattering pair, buy them!! Don't hesitate, don't second-guess, don't go grab a pretzel and think you might come back for them. Buy them now. In every color available. And get them in long and short lengths so you can wear them with heels and flats.
Photo credits: Macys.com; AppleBottoms.com
B & Lu's Paloma Top, $16 (on sale)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
- Washington State
- Washington D.C.
- Minnesota (yes!!!)
- New Jersey
- New York
- Nina is surprisingly down-to-earth and funny which makes the book a really fun read.
- The book is illustrated by Ruben Toledo. You may not know the name (although you should), but you'll recognize his work. It's absolutely fabulous.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
This fancy purple top makes an entrance, for sure. The sheer fabric is sexy, while the ruffle placket has a tuxedo vibe. It would look great paired with crisp black pants. Get a little crazy by wearing shoes in a bright color: red, blue or hot pink would be great.Stand out in a crowd of little black dresses with a sophisticated print. This floral print number is evening appropriate thanks to it's darker tone and the satin belt. The little black dress reigns supreme for good reason. You'll never go wrong when you show up wearing yours. And with a quick change of accessories, you've got a new outfit with every new invitation. I like one like this floaty tie-neck dress. It's form fitting but flowey, and the tie neck is long enough that it draws the eye down - creating the illusion of height.
Monday, September 8, 2008
I've expressed my annoyance over the fact that buying jeans at Lane Bryant is now harder, but I will cop to a few things: once you figure out what fit you are, it's much easier to shop; I like the fact that the definition of "fit" has changed from "Uhm, it's on. And buttoned." to "Wow! These jeans make my butt look amazing!"; the majority of Bombshells that I've talked to like the change as well.
So you will be excited to learn that the Right Fit efforts are moving beyond jeans and into the realm of work pants, starting with the Houston and Lafayette pants. If you didn't get this weekend's mailer with coupons, click here to sign up for coupons to be sent right to your mobile phone. Be sure to read through their disclaimer information.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Photo credit: Fredflare.com; RedEnvelope.com; Ebay.com; Overstock.com
But then Nars sent me an eye shadow duo called Sea, Sex & Sun. I'm not sure which shade is Sea and which is Sex and Sun, but one is a mustard yellow (above right) and the other is pretty darn close to chartreuse (above left). At least, it's the most wearable chartreuse I've seen. And wearable it is. I've been running around putting it on everyone I know so I can get the full effect on various eye colors. I kid you not - it worked on every single person I slapped it on.
- Green eyes- gives them a soft-focus sparkly effect.
- Blue eyes - made them pop
- Light gray eyes - pulled out flecks of gold
- Brown eyes - made them look darker
Here's how I created the my new favorite "Yep, I'm having fun with makeup" look with Sea, Sex and Sun:
- Prep lids with Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
- Sweep the mustard yellow shadow over entire eyelid.
- Press the chartreuse shadow onto your lid from lashline to just above the crease. Blend until there's no line between the two shades.
- Here's where you can customize your look - go all out by pressing more chartreuse onto the lid. Or tone it down by pressing a chocolate brown shdaow along the crease. Very versatile.
- Line upper lash line with a black, dark brown or navy blue liner - make it a thin line so your lashes look very thick.
- Curl and coat lashes with mascara
With such a high-impact eye, keep the rest of your makeup neutral. Go for a soft peachy shade of blush and a light lip.