Archive for October, 2011

How To Dress “Casual”

Posted by    |    October 18th, 2011 at 10:43 am

One thing every woman needs to know is how to dress casually.  Often times we are invited to parties, on trips, or work functions that require casual dress, but that can be a little confusing.  You don’t want to go “too” casual and look like you rolled out of bed, but you certainly don’t want to be overddressed, either.  Your best bet is to stick to a classic casual look that is relaxed and fun, but still has a pulled -together chic to it.

One safe bet when choosing classic casual is to invest in a nautical striped shirt, either with a short sleeve or quarter length sleeve.  Nautical stripe shirts come in a variety of colors, like navy, red, pink, black….you can count on retailers like J. Crew and Banana Republic for a great selection. (The one pictured below is less than $40!)  These shirts have a polished, preppy feel, and they look great with jeans.  That brings us to our next item: jeans.  Opt for jeans that aren’t full of holes or embellishment and stick with traditional styles and washes.  The darker the jean, the more dressed up it appears.  If you’re going to be active in your casual dress, cropped jeans or skinny jeans like the AG pair below are an ideal choice.

Cropped jeans look cute paired with a nautical top, and give you room to show off embellished, comfy flats.  If you’re on the shorter side like me and flats aren’t quite as flattering, try a pair of wedges in red, white, or nude.  Pair the look with a bright casual handbag (the Fossil version below is $53,)  and simple jewelry, like a pair of stud earrings and a beautiful watch.  This look is easy to wear, looks great on anyone from Audrey Hepburn to Gwen Stefani, and will take the guesswork out of casual dress.

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eos (Evolution of Smooth)

Posted by    |    October 17th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

photo courtesy of evolutionofsmooth.com

If you’re one of those people who seems to be in a constant battle with their chapped lips, I can commiserate. Every time I would walk into a CVS I would try something new. From Blistex to Aquaphor, Burt’s Bees to Supergoop, my lips were soothed but nothing was truly solving the problem. My lips’ savior came in the form of a perfectly chic little sphere: eos smooth spheres.

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These Boots

Posted by    |    October 17th, 2011 at 9:52 am

 

 


Being in Texas I feel like everyone has at least one pair of boots in their closet.  These are my one pair from Cavender’s and I’ve had them for years now.  I wear them with everything and for every occasion.  They’re actually extremely comfortable now that they’re shaped to my foot.

I bought two different ponchos on my last trip down to Austin.  I picked them up at my favorite vintage store, Feathers on South Congress.  This hat was from a recent purchase at H&M.

S’mores Pie-Easy and Delicious!

Posted by    |    October 14th, 2011 at 10:30 am

It may not be fashion related, but every once in a while what this blog needs is a little sweetening.  While perusing the blogosphere, I came across a simple recipe for S’mores Pie that made me want to don an apron and bust out my one and only cake bowl.  Pie parties are all the rage (see Exhibit A,) so if you’d like to add a new twist on an old favorite, this recipe from the incredible How Sweet It Is blog has you covered.  (Jessica, who creates these fabulous posts has many more recipes you must try. Must.)

The taste of a roasted marshmellow on graham crackers, sweetened ever so richly by chocolate is a childhood memory that sticks with you.  Yes, s’mores are messy. Yes, they are not the easiest to eat.  But oh, how good it tastes when it hits your lips!  To cut down slightly on the messiness of the traditional s’more, try this pie recipe.  Your taste buds (and warm, fuzzy memories,) will thank you.

 

Trends 2011: Unique or Ugly?

Posted by    |    October 13th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Celebrities don’t always get it right when it comes to sporting the trends. Not everyone should be sporting lace tights or thigh-high boots, regardless of your star power or bank account.  So which of these looks gets the thumbs up or thumbs down?

Gwen Stefani’s long coat-this could be much classier if fitted properly.  The coat is a lovely color and style, but it comes across as harsh and military in its current state.

Kourtney Kardashian’s romper and tights look: No. No, no, no, no.  I totally get that animal print is in, but how about get rid of the tights and just sport leopard print heels with the romper instead?

Hilary Duff-not even your gorgeous Mother-to-be glow can overshadow this mess.  Striped shoes and a patterned dress…sounds like fodder for Joan Rivers on Fashion Police.  Yikes.

Vanessa Hudgens-this is a look I can live with.  The cords are cute, the multi-layered necklaces look fresh, and it says “fall” without screaming “fail.”

Easy Fall Tablescape Idea

Posted by    |    October 12th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Fall is a great time of year to add a little extra warmth and charm to your house.  Though many people skip decorating for Halloween or Thanksgiving, it can actually be done very inexpensively.  A few cost-effective lanterns from Hobby Lobby, candles from the dollar store, and a handful of beautiful orange pumpkins from the grocery store later and your front porch looks like the cover of Martha Stewart Living for less than $20.

If you’d like to get a little more hands-on “crafty”, I found a tutorial for a fall tablescape that is so easy, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it first.

Check out the simplistic beauty of this:

Fabulous Home Stories: A to Z blogger Beth gives you the skinny on how to make your dining table look like that photo.  Can you believe that all it takes is a few candles, cinnamon sticks, rubber bands, and twine?  Call me crazy, but this whole set-up says “Pottery Barn“, baby!  Not only will your home look fall-tastic, but it will smell like warm cinnamon. Yummmmmm…

Check out the blog post for the full details and more shots of this fun tutorial.

Makeup Tutorial: Shady Eyes

Posted by    |    October 11th, 2011 at 7:00 am

How often do you see a makeup look on someone and wish you had a step-by-step instruction manual to show you how to achieve that particular look?  That wish alone is what made Kevyn Aucoin’sMaking Faces” book such a cult hit and must-have in any beauty maven’s reading collection.  Well, from time to time a blog will jump out at me with a tutorial or two that I just have to share.  Keiko Lynn’s pretty blog is more than just pretty; it’s the epitome of style.  While you might not ever be a steady hand the way she is, your makeup is one step closer to perfect thanks to her easy-to-follow instructions.

Hit up this link to score the gorgeous look below!

How To Wear Rain Boots

Posted by    |    October 10th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

A few years ago I was in New York City and saw women everywhere with them on.  I’d never really seen them worn fashionably before, and it caught me off guard how many passersby I saw rocking the rain boot or “wellies”. (Or galoshes, for those a tad more old school.)  Most rainboot brands and styles now come in a traditional version or a glossy version, which made them more appealing. How exactly do you wear these practical shoe staples and still look cute?  I have a few simple suggestions.

1. Show off your legs.

These boots are meant to be fun, bold, and not taken too seriously.  They look mad cute with shorts, especially the denim cut-off kind or more casual preppy pair.  Avoid large/baggy shorts or skirts that come too close to over the knee.  Remember how all the celebs starting wearing their UGG boots with flirty skirts and shorts a few years ago?  Same concept here, but you can get these as soaking wet as you want.

2. Leggings (or “jeggings“) are your friend.

It’s a no-brainer to wear these functional boots with functional leggings.  It’s comfy, it’s warm, and it’s easy to dress up or down.  If your rain boots are solid-colored, you can go nuts with the different kinds of leggings you pair with them…patterned, lace, striped, ribbed.  If your wellies are patterned (like this hot Gucci pair,), stick to denim jeggings or solid leggings so you aren’t hurting the eyes of everyone around you.

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Autumn Leaves

Posted by    |    October 10th, 2011 at 10:42 am

You can’t help but to feel like a woman in this below the knee dress.  It reminds me of autumn leaves and I am definitely craving that feeling as the temperatures drop here in Dallas.

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Be a Man

Posted by    |    October 6th, 2011 at 11:19 am

You will always catch me rummaging through my husbands closet when I’m getting ready.  This outfit is all thanks to him.  I stole his Democracy of Nevermind jeans, Penguin tuxedo shirt and tie and paired it with my chain necklace, innocent vintage shoes I found at an estate sale, and briefcase found at a garage sale.

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