Style Files

Four Fs of Fashion

Fall is almost here (Yay!). And like many of you,I like to purchase a few pieces to help usher the new season. However, before updating my wardrobe with my new fab finds, I try to make a point to clear my closet of the items that I no longer need. It helps to ensure I am not hoarding clothes and makes me feel better about purchasing new items.

Whether I am purging old clothes or adding new ones, I try to be selective about the items that live in my closet. Each piece has to pass a screening process in order to stay. I know that seems a little dramatic but it is really simple. I just evaluate the following:

Fit – Fit is probably the most thing that I consider when I evaluate a piece of clothing. I truly believe that the key to always looking put together is wearing clothes that fit you well. It does not matter how trendy the garment is; if it does not fit well then I don’t keep it.

Function- Evaluating how the garment functions in your wardrobe is key in keeping out the clutter. Ask yourself how the item functions in your closet. Do you really need multiple ball gowns? Will you ever wear those shoes? How does that shirt fit into your current personal style?

Flexibility- If I can’t think of three ways of styling an article of clothing then I don’t keep it. That is the general rule of thumb that I go by. There are some exceptions to the rule however I find that this helps me to get the most out of my wardrobe. It also helps to cut down on the clutter.

Fabulous- Lastly, I try to only buy/keep items that I love. I can’t tell you how much money I have wasted on items that ended up collecting dust in my closet. And when I did wear some of them, I did not have the excitement everyone should have about their clothing. Lesson learned- never buy an item just because it was on sale or trending.

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Beauty

New In: Spring Beauty Goodies

Spring Beauty Goodies

 

Hi Everyone-

I have been doing a little shopping. There are so many skin/makeup products that I would would like to try. However as a recovering beauty product junkie I must learn to resist the temptation. Listed below (clockwise) are the products that I’ve recently added to my arsenal. Have you added any new beauty products to your regime?

  1. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (in Amande)
  2. Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder (in Deep)
  3. CVS Oil Absorbing Sheets
  4. Maybelline FitMe Matte & Poreless (in Coconut)
  5. NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil (in Espresso- love this!)
  6. L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte Foundation (in Cocoa)
  7. L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Spray
  8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
  9. Michael Todd Beauty Charcoal Detoxifying Mask (found mine at Ross at a great price)
  10. L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder (in N8)
  11. Caudalie Makeup Remover Cleansing Water (They’ve changed the package. I got mine from Nordstrom Rack)
  12. MAC Cosmetics Lipstick (in Fresh Brew)
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Beauty, Inspiration

Spring Ready

Photo courtesy of: www.miometeo.com/206/03/20/

Each year winter seems to stick around a little longer. And everyone knows that a long winter means more time inside (and more time in dark/heavy clothing). Although I love the holidays I am always happy when this time of  year comes around. The weather warms up and we get to shed some layers. It’s springtime and below are my tips for getting spring ready.

  1. Update  your wardrobe. Freshening up your wardrobe does not have to cost a lot of money. Purging your closet of items that no longer fit is a no cost way to get ready for spring. It also gives you an excuse to go shopping for a few new items. 🙂
  2. Switch out your skincare. Our skincare needs change as the weather gets warmer. Now is a good time to change out your heavy moisturizer for a lighter one. If you have not done so already, purchase SPF (a separate one for your face and body). Lastly, toss  any expired beauty products.
  3. Purchase a nude or pink lipstick. Dark lips are very chic during the winter. However spring is a great time to rock pretty pinks and nudes.
  4. Add new home decor. I am a huge believer that your home is your sanctuary. You would be amazed at how changing out linens, throw pillows or adding fresh flowers can change your overall mood.
  5. Change up your hairstyle. Now is a great time to try out that new hairstyle, color, cut, etc. you’ve been coveting. I am currently obsessed with the ever so popular bob/lob. It is so chic!
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Style Files

Urban Jungle

Ruffles are back! This season some designers took a feminine approach to ruffles while others took a bold/architectural one. As lovely as they are, ruffles aren’t always the most flattering. They can add bulk to places we do not need it.

 The outfit below is ideal for ladies with a large chest. The ruffled shorts help to balance the body resulting in the appearance of a hourglass figure. Pear shaped divas should try wearing ruffles towards the top of their bodies for a similar effect.

Springtime in the City
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Style Files

Stripes, Florals and Lots of Color

Stripes and florals is such a classic pairing. There is something very vintage yet modern about it. I think the same could be said about the girl that would wear the below outfit. I imagine that she wears her hair in a high bun, frequents her local coffee shop, and goes antique shopping on the weekends.What’s your favorite way to pair stripes?

Stripes, Florals and Lots of Color

 

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Flat Out Fabulous

Spring is here (YAY)!  And it is only right for my first post of the season to be…….. Spring Fashion Inspiration. This season off-the-shoulder/cold shoulder is in. And I am really excited about it. I love this neckline because it is feminine, sexy and flattering. The outfit below is very versatile. It’s perfect for brunches, day time events, baby showers, etc. It’s chic. It’s sexy. It’s Flat Out Fabulous!
Flat Out Fabulous

 

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