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Fashion Apps You Gotta Have for iPad

Posted by    |    July 9th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

As someone who is a lover of all things tech, I am a huge sucker for cool apps.  My iPad has quickly filled up with some that I have decided I would be totally lost without.  It’s no surprise that a few of these are fashion apps, and perhaps even some you may have already scooped up for yourself. Check out my top fashion apps that I think are worthy of the download.

1. POSE.  Here’s the rundown: it’s free, it’s fun, and it’s chock full of inspiration!  Pose lets you share and discover styles from around the world. You know you already take self-portraits with your iPhone or iPad on those days you look extra cute, so why not share them with the world?  Note-worthy posers are often featured on the Pose blog, which gives your inner-fashionista something to shoot for.

Pose....the app that lets you pose. See?

2. STYLE.COM.  This is one glossy baby, right here.  If high fashion is your thing, you’ll love watching videos of the latest runway shows and fashion parties across the globe.  Where else can you see up-to-date photos of Sofia Coppola’s new outfit at the opening of Louis Vuitton’s Haute Joaillerie store?

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3. SHOPSTYLE.  Read this description: “All the stores you love, all in one place. ShopStyle brings together the most fashionable stores and the best designer brands. Shop the latest styles within our clothing, home decor, and kids & baby categories from over 300 of your favorite retailers including ShopBop, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Sephora, Net-a-Porter, and more.” Um, yes, yes, yes, yes. Be prepared for restraint with the credit cards.
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4. TRENDSTOP.  If you are keeping up with the trends instead of the Kardashians, then you need this app.  You will be up to date on daily fashion trends, styling ideas, and global interests spotted on the runways and in street style. You can also follow up-and-coming designers, art, exhibitions, launches, etc.  Wanna know it before everyone else?  This is how.
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(Photos via Apple App Store)

In Love: Mungo and Maud Pet Outfitters

Posted by    |    July 6th, 2012 at 7:00 am

I tried to keep from becoming that pet owner that is obsessed with their animal companion.  I promised myself I wouldn’t spend tons of money on my two little critters, wouldn’t give in to their big, round eyes when I know they don’t need another treat, and wouldn’t get a bunch of frou frou pet accessories to clutter up my house.  But once I became the owner of these rescue dog faces, I melted.

Mr. Tate Dogovan

Miss FurFur

What is it about their wagging tails and zest for life that automatically melts your heart?  I’m not sure how their sweet voodoo works, but once they take hold of your heart, you want them living the good life.  Which is why Mungo and Maud made me do a double-take….this site is the ultimate in pet luxury.  It’s the Pottery Barn of pet accessories, which means it’s simple, classic, and downright stylish.

  • Pod Bag Mole

    Pod Bag Carrier

Dog carriers can be too functional to be cute, or too blinged out to be taken seriously, but Mungo and Maud have a version that is chic as can be.

Milan Collar Malachite 11"-13"

Milan Collar in Malachite

Preppy dog collars are one way to let the public know that your dog or cat not only went to obedience school, but graduated top of their class.

Dog Bowl Woof

Dog Bowl Woof

Dog bowls no longer have to be colorful plastic.  This adorable Woof bowl would work in any room with any decor for only $29.

 

Rubber Gum Bear Dog Toy

Rubber Gum Bear Dog Toy

You know a classy dog lives in a house that has dog toys that look like this. No torn up squeaky toys or ratty stuffed animals, no sir.

When you feel like splurging on the finer things for Fido, (or Mr. Whiskers,) pamper your pet with Mungo and Maud.

Video of the Day: Easy and Beautiful Chignon

Posted by    |    July 5th, 2012 at 7:00 am

 

Once in a while I come across a video tutorial that has the power to save you the money on a salon up-do, and I feel compelled to share it.  Remember the prom up-do we all used to yearn for?

Well, this is a classier, sexier, and sleeker version that works for just about any occasion: weddings, dinner parties, warm summer nights.  One of the best things about this tutorial in particular is how short it is…no ten minute long explanations. If you try this, I’d love to see your photos and how it worked for you!

How To Get Justin Bieber to Love You…

Posted by    |    July 4th, 2012 at 7:00 am

If you’ve been contemplating this since you first saw the teaser for the Bieb’s “Boyfriend” video, you should turn your attention to the lady who has managed to steal Justin’s heart. Rather than throwing darts at the photo of his lovely lady friend, how about taking some cues from her? Selena Gomez has always been bubble-gum sweet and sassy, but as she leaves her teens and becomes more accessible to her adult fans, she’s found a way to marry style, sex appeal, and girl-next-door freshness. How?  Let’s take a look….

1. Healthy Physique. 

Miss Gomez keeps herself at a normal, healthy weight and embraces her natural curves.  She isn’t a twig, and can often be seen indulging in a sweet treat now and then.  Regular exercise and adequate sleep keep her metabolism in check.

2. Natural, easy hair.

On the cover of this month’s Elle magazine, Gomez shows off her beautiful locks.  One thing you’ll consistently notice about her is healthy, shiny, effortless hair.  Once in a while she will go all out for a premiere, but on most days you’ll find her hair down or pulled into a neat pony.  Low maintenance = guy magnet.

3. Not Afraid to Wear Color.

Selena Gomez in Red Dress at Elle July 2012 Cover

Too often, women feel that black is the only color that consistently looks slimming and classy.  Why play it safe when bold colors send a more playful, fun, and empowering message?  Red has been proven time and time again to be a favorite of men the world over, so take a page out of Selena’s playbook and give it a try.

4.  Rock Jeans and T-Shirt.

Not every moment calls for stilettos and Marc Jacobs.  It’s okay to be comfortable!  If you’re going to dress down, throw on a stylish casual handbag and a few simple accessories.  Nothing looks better with a delicate diamond necklace or designer watch than a simple white tee and jeans.

5. Never Underestimate a Smoky Eye and a Little Cleavage.

Again, not an “everyday” look, but when the occasion calls for it, bust out (no pun intended,) the black mini and kohl eyeliner.  A little highlighter on your cheekbones, forehead, and decolletage will give you a fresh, dewy appearance and highlight those sparkling eyes.  Skip the false eyelashes if you’re going to be expecting a goodnight kiss-it can look too spidery up close. Just smudge a black or gray eyeliner above top and below bottom lashes and pile on the mascara!

Who knows if this love affair with Justin Bieber will last, but Miss Gomez has a handle on how to snag a quality guy by balancing glamor with reality. Let’s all do likewise!

Signature Style: Custom Made Rubber Stamps

Posted by    |    July 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 am

Do you find yourself running out of business cards on a regular basis?  Do you seem to never have any return address labels to put on your bills, letters, etc.?

Yep, me too.  That’s why Paper Pastries caught my eye; These custom creations will not only save you time spent looking for stamps and address labels, but will save you some cold, hard cash in the long run as well.  From DIY business cards that can change color with the swap of an ink pad to return address labels in a custom calligraphy font, these stamps are as practical as they are stylish.  There is even a party invitation stamp set, which is ideal for businesses or clubs that have a regular get-together.

You can customize stationary, dress up gift labels, and when you run out of those business cards, you can simply stamp more of them.

Chic, no?

Paper Pasteries also has a very cool blog with the latest eye candy in paper products…stationary, notecards, greeting cards, gift ideas, and glossy photos that will have you drooling.  Their Pinterest page is nothing to sneeze at, either, so friend them for further inspiration!

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise Divorce: How He Changed Kate

Posted by    |    July 2nd, 2012 at 8:00 am

Most of us aren’t surprised….Hollywood marriages aren’t exactly known for their longevity.  Five years of wedded bliss, one daughter, and the couch jump heard ’round the world later, Miss Kate has jumped ship.  Was it the age difference? Their crazy work schedules? The paparazzi?  Who knows, but this makes the third failed marriage for Tom, and numero uno for Katie Holmes.  I’m starting to wonder if she had a better shot at lasting love with fellow midwestener Chris Klein.


Say what you will about the former Joey Potter from “Dawson’s Creek”, but Katie is a very talented actress who has seemingly crept into the shadows since her marriage to Tom Cruise.

She did some beautiful ads for Ann Taylor (as did fellow celeb divorcee Demi Moore,) and fronted her own fashion line, Holmes and Yang, but her TV and film appearances have been limited.  After all, when “Dawson’s Creek” is what people remember most about you, (other than your famous marriage,) you’ve probably taken on too few projects since the show. Especially with the caliber of talent this girl has, right?

What is undeniable, however, is that marriage to Tom is what made Katie a style star.  She was always fresh and cute, but “cute” doesn’t quite fit the bill of a megastar’s wife.  With one fell swoop, she went from young and fun, to classy and cool.  Instead of friends from the midwest, Kate was sharing dinners with the Beckham’s…and you can’t just show up in Urban Outfitters for dinner with Posh Spice.

From tailored looks and kitten heels to a designer baby, Katie Holmes, take heart.  You may be losing a husband, but you’ve gained a fashion following that has put you on the map for the rest of your life.

 

Ann Curry: Newsroom Style Icon Says Goodbye

Posted by    |    June 29th, 2012 at 8:00 am

If you haven’t seen Anny Curry’s tearful goodbye from The Today Show yet, get the hankies ready.  After nearly 20 years with the network, Curry has been forced out as Matt Lauer’s co-anchor and is now taking on a new role at NBC.

According to USAToday.com, “Curry’s new multiyear contract with NBC has her leading a seven-person unit with a ticket to cover the world’s biggest stories, from the civil uprising in Syria to the plight of the poor in America. She’ll produce network specials and pieces for NBC Nightly News, Dateline, Rock Center— and Today— and she’ll occasionally fill in as anchor on Nightly News and elsewhere.”

Read more on Ann Curry: Newsroom Style Icon Says Goodbye, as well as other fashion and beauty tips, at YouPlus Style!

 

A Little Obsessed With Shoes?

Posted by    |    June 28th, 2012 at 7:00 am

If you happen to have a shoe fetish, then this contest is definitely for you.  Shoe designer Stuart Weitzman has a to-die-for boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York, and he wants you to come there. Not just to shop, mind you, but to indulge in a $1,000 shopping spree with their V.P. of Styling….yep, the same person who helps style celebs like Beyonce, Sofia Vergara, and Angelina.

If your heart is still beating after the royal shoe treatment, you will be whisked away to Stuart Weitzman’s Global Headquarters to see what’s debuting next season before all the other shoe fanatics have a peek!  You’ll be so ahead of the trends that Lady Gaga will be calling you for style tips, dahhhhhling.

While basking in the glow of the ultimate shoe closet ( 1,500 square feet of pure heaven,) you’ll also be introduced to the man behind the magic-Stuart himself. It will be like meeting Santa on Christmas morning, no?

What are you waiting for?  Enter the contest today and be on your way to hitting the shoe lottery!

Stuart Weitzman Espadrille Stuart Weitzman Stuart Weitzman <3

MidWeek Must-Have: Dry Shampoo and How to Use It

Posted by    |    June 27th, 2012 at 8:17 am

If there’s one thing I walked away with after interviewing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at their auditions last week, it’s the importance of dry shampoo.

Oh, I’ve used it from time to time when I was in-between washes on a hectic week, but they stressed the importance of dry shampoo in this Texas heat.  Not only does it help absorb the oil and sweat that builds up on your scalp, but it adds volume and texture to squeaky clean hair.  Yep, that’s one way those sexy cheerleaders get that voluminous hair!

Another tip is to combine a small teasing comb and the dry shampoo to create height that will last all day long.  Summers in Dallas aren’t only hot, they are often windy.  To keep your strands in place, don’t weigh it down with a gallon of hairspray.  Tease lightly at the crown, spray a healthy dose of dry shampoo, and lightly mist with a nice, scented hairspray.  Your look will have more swing and bounce, and can withstand windy days. Also, the less you wash your hair, the less damaged and dry it will be.  With dry shampoo, you can skip the daily wash and save your locks some wear and tear.

Some great dray shampoos to try:

Tresemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo: Approx. $2-$4 (Inexpensive and does the job.)

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo: Approx. $23  (NO white residue! Check out Oscar Blandi’s how-to video here.)

Klorane Dry Shampoo: Approx. $18 (More natural and Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner.)

Now you know a DCC secret to beautiful hair that stays put….whether you’re cheering on the sidelines or cheering yourself up with a margarita.

Color, Plump, and Treat: The Per-fekt Lip

Posted by    |    June 22nd, 2012 at 8:55 am

It takes more than just A-list celebs using a product to get me interested.  I want to spend my hard-earned dollars on products that actually give beautiful results and hold up under the summer heat.  It also makes me feel good about investing in products that are cruelty and paraben-free….I just can’t carry around a beauty product that isn’t good for me or for friendly little critters everywhere.  It’s these things that drew me to the Per-fekt line of beauty products.  I’d seen them in stores like Sephora and Henri Bendel and heard countless celebs touting the miracles of the skin perfection gel, but it wasn’t until recently that I found out about the lip perfection gel.

Finally! Non-waxy, non-sticky lips....

I am a total lip gloss, lip plumper, lipstick, and lip treatment junkie.  Anything to do with lips, and I want in.  I feel like I have tried just about everything out there, so I know a good lip product when I try one.  When I say the Per-fekt lip perfection gels are the real deal, they are the real deal. No brush, no sponge, no make-up artist required to get hydrated, firm lips, beautiful color, and long-lasting plump.  Don’t you just hate that tacky feel you get with heavy glosses and the waxy build-up of lipstick?  I did, which was one of my motivating factors in checking this new product out.  I love the look of lip plumpers, but the tingling, burning feeling isn’t my favorite thing.  With the gel, you can forgo that and just have full, pretty lips-no burning required.

Henri Bendel Lip Perfection Gel Set

I’m pretty picky about color, so luckily there are several to choose from.  Fountain is clear, Vine (the color I personally can’t get enough of,) is a burgundy wine, Hollywood is a lovely red, Melrose is plum, Paramount is a cool pink, and Sunset is a sheer apricot.  If you can’t part with your favorite lipstick, try clear Fountain on top of it for a stain gloss. The best part- you can try three gorgeous shades in a new set from Henri Bendel here in Dallas.  For $60, you can have three universally flattering shades that look good on you when you’re pale, tan, naturally mocha….you get the idea.  (I also hit up the Per-fekt YouTube channel for some tips and hints with their other products, which is helpful when you don’t have a “red carpet-ready” team.)

Love to color your lips again!  Lip Perfection gel is what lip lovers have been waiting for.