Archive for March, 2012

March 31, 2012

Dots on Dots

Earlier this week I wrote a post on pattern mixing. One thing I never considered was polka dots on polka dots. I don’t know how I managed to forget that option, but I did. And, well, the J.Crew April catalog demonstrated this fashion option and frankly, I love the look. This outfit comprised of their No. 2 Pencil Skirt ($118) and Silk Chiffon top ($98) makes such an amazing outfit. It’s half fashionable half classic. It’d be perfect for work or a nice dinner. What do you think of J. Crew’s dots on dots?

March 30, 2012

The Adventures in Self-Tanning

So, while I’ve always loved lying out by the pool to get a little bit of color, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that it’s not necessarily the best way to take care of my skin. (yes, that was sarcastic) Too many people I know are having medical issues and myself included had a bit of a scare this year. So…. I’ll still maybe lay out a few times, but not nearly as much as I used to. I have some Spanish/French in my background meaning I look better with some color to my skin. Which also means, I have to find a damn good self-tanner because I look sickly when I’m pale.

As far as self-tanners go, I’ve tried a plethora already, including: Jergen’s Natural Glow Express for Medium to Tan Skin Tones, Too Faced Tanning Bed in a Tube, TanTowel’s Tanning Mist and Tanning Towelettes to no avail and now have moved on to Per-fekt Matte Body Perfection Gel and St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse. I thought I would share with you guys my adventures and reviews of all these products.

First, let me explain my qualms with the other products. Jergen’s Natural Glow Express does work, and you do get a good color out of it, but it smells horrible. Whenever people talk about the “self-tan” smell, this one is a great example of it. I smelled myself all day long when I had it on. It’s so embarrassing. I want color but not for everyone to smell that I choose to not lay out in the sun for the color. In addition it does stain your hands a bit, if you don’t wash them well enough. I will admit a positive about this product was that it was Jergen’s, so it was a moisturizer built-in unlike others that require you to moisturize first. However, the smell was something I couldn’t get past, it was simply way too bad. At least it’s not ridiculously priced at $8.

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March 28, 2012

Polyvore: Snakeskin Accessorized

Snakeskin Accessorized
March 27, 2012

Slithery Snakesss

While snakeskin has never quite gone out of style, I think it’s safe to say that it does come and go in fashion. For the current season, it has definitely come back with a vengeance. It’s not just on handbags or shoes this time, it’s in every piece of the outfit now. You could essentially deck yourself out in head-to-toe snakeskin if you really chose to, which I hope you don’t.. frankly that’ll make people stop and stare… and not in a good way.

The best way to wear plain natural-colored snakeskin is with neutrals. Go for whites, blacks, grays, browns, cream, olive etc. Use only accessories to really vamp up an outfit, or wear a snakeskin dress with a plain blazer – the look will be classy and chic. Add a leather jacket to snakeskin pants or dress and give it an edge. Or it can be really subdued if you dress it appropriately and it won’t give you the cheetah or leopard print in-your-face vibe. It can even be appropriate for work in small doses.

On the other hand – you will find some colorful snakeskin prints here and there, those are ones you can definitely have fun with. I’ve included a pair of Alice + Olivia platforms that bring color to the skin. These can go with some bold colors and are meant to played with, no toned down looks allowed.

Here are some snakeskin prints that should get you wanting to take on this fashion trend:

Lanvin – Happy Leather Shoulder Bag – $2585

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March 25, 2012

Fashionable Business

Dressing cute, is one thing, and dressing for business is another thing.

Most contemporary designers make it a little difficult to wear their clothes for work. The clothes are either flashy, low cut, casual or a plethora of other embellishments that just simply do not fly when you are trying to be taken seriously in an office environment. There are a few like Theory, James Perse, BCBG, and Vince, just to name a few, that do have work appropriate clothes in their lines, but I mean, most people do spend a good majority of their life at work, you need clothes that can be stylish while work appropriate.

J Brand is now adding their name to this list of fashionable business attire brands. Weird, right? A denim label making clothes for work? It’s true, they’re making a section of clothes that just so happens to be work appropriate attire as well as chic.

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March 24, 2012

Polyvore: Simple Peplum

When it comes to peplums, keep it simple!

Simple Peplum
March 24, 2012

P..P..P..Peplum!

Peplum is the retro-chic all-the-craze-now silhouette.

It’s distinguishable, memorable, and definitely a break from flowy bias cut shapes. It’s ruffles on structure so it adds a sophistication to the ruffled look.

It’s being implemented on not just dresses, but also cardigans, blouses, jackets, and skirts. It’s a cute shape and I think if worn a certain way can hide a few extra pounds. A definite bonus!

A history lesson for you, if you don’t mind. The peplum was a shape around in the 30s and 40s on women’s dresses. It was the sophisticated and structured look that women had and you’ll see plenty of these if you watch old black and white movies around the 1940s that featured fashionable women. The word “peplum” is actually of Greek origin simply meaning “tunic.” Makes sense, since the start of peplums were long tops or jackets with ruffles at the bottom. However, all this being said, the peplum actually dates back to around the 19th century riding coat.

And that’s how it has evolved to now fit with today’s runway fashions….

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