Kristen Stewart: Rebel Style the New Sexy?

Posted by    |    July 27th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Hot on the heels of the release of those unflattering photos of actress Kristen Stewart canoodling with her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders, Twi-hards are either wiping away tears or heading for the mall.  How does a 21-year old Stewart, who isn’t known for her warm, fuzzy demeanor or flirtatious attitude hook a 41-year old married father of two and earn the moniker “trampire?”  With rebel style, of course.

Sporting this style is in NO way recommended to begin a tryst with a married person.  But, there may be something ladies can learn from Stewart-men of all ages like a low-maintenance lady.  I think we can all agree that low-maintenance includes the following:

I Just Woke Up” Hair:

Read more Kristen Stewart Rebel Style, and other fashion and beauty tips at YouPlus Style!

Pretty Little Liars’ Fashion Don’ts and Dos

Posted by    |    July 17th, 2012 at 8:30 am

Besides watching old reruns of The Hills, one of my favorite guilty pleasures is Pretty Little Liars. Perhaps it stems from my early adoration of Nancy Drew, but I am obsessed with these four teen sleuths who stiletto around school and say things like “he’s your boyfriend, not a baby squirrel.” I am fascinated by the mysterious city of Rosewood, where your mom can be your teacher and the only after-school activity is looking for clues.


I used to admire the individual styles of each girl: Aria with her pink hair and Free People wardrobe, Hanna’s impressive heel collection, Emily’s enviable tan and Spencer’s tendency to dress like my mom would have wanted me to dress in high school… I guess I really didn’t ever like Spencer’s style repertoire.

Case in point: my mom would love this


Katy Perry’s Future Fashion Aspirations Keeping Her From American Idol?

Posted by    |    July 17th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Katy Perry is white-hot at the moment.  Her new documentary, “Part of Me” is in theaters, her new single “Wide Awake” is topping the charts, and her divorce from Russel Brand is now becoming a distant memory.  So it seems only fitting that as Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez exit American Idol, Perry would be a natural fit.

Katie acted as a guest judge on the show during Season 9, when Simon Cowell was still insulting teen dreams all over the nation.  She knows the drill, she’s delivered the harsh news to hopeful contenders.  So why not return and raise her star quotient as Jennifer Lopez did, right?

Katy Perry: American Idol future?

Wrong. Er, sort-of.  Perry doesn’t dismiss the possibility of her return to American Idol, but doesn’t feel the timing is right.  Mentioning, “I have ideas for two or three big, creative things, and I want to be able to fulfill those ideas, ” rumors have been swirling that her own clothing label or beauty line may be in the works.  It isn’t a far-fetched idea, since her perfume Purr by Katy Perry hit shelves and has done relatively well with young consumers, and her perfume web address is (With a web address like that, there is plenty of room to add additional products.)

One can only imagine the colorful, bubble-gummy style that Perry’s fashion might reflect, but the singer seems perfectly happy to continue on with her technicolor persona.  If beauty and fashion are now a fixture on the pop star’s radar, then it looks like Idol won’t be.

Perry may add fashion designer to her list of accomplishments

Read more about Idol’s search for the new celebrity judge on

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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!

Video: How To Pack For Summer Vacation

Posted by    |    June 12th, 2012 at 7:00 am

If you read my blog about the Packing App a while back, you’ll appreciate this packing tutorial done by one of my favorite Irish stylistas.  Anna Soccone has an international following because of her quirky, fun, and refreshingly honest video and blog posts.  Watch one video, and you’ll fall in love with her style tips and fun expressions like I did.  Enjoy her fun packing tutorial and thumb through her cool cosmetic how-tos on blog as well. Ciao!

Cool Spotting: Fashion Ponytail DIY Video

Posted by    |    May 15th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Ever wonder how some women have mastered the high-ponytail look?

'60s style ponytail.

It’s chic and polished and pretty, but not always easy to achieve.  Today, I present to you a quick YouTube video starring the ridiculously beautiful Katie from the popular blog, “Running on Happiness“.  She’s easy to follow and makes you believe that if you follow these easy steps, you’ll look as regal as she does in the end.

Denim Trends You Haven’t Tried: 7 for All Mankind

Posted by    |    May 9th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Denim-it’s in all of our closets, and if someone was peeking into yours, I bet they’d see a short row of different shades of blue, black, or white jeans of varying cuts and styles.  Let’s be real-jeans have become an acceptable uniform for many workplaces, schools, and even church.  So why aren’t there more options to dress up the classics?

7 for All Mankind has always been a brand that exudes relaxed, Southern California style, so it isn’t much of a surprise that they have been taking the lead when it comes to denim trends and making them accessible for everyone from James Franco to your mother.  (Speaking of James Franco, have you seen 7′s spring campaign, “Episodes of an Untitled Film” with James Franco directing a series of short films? Very sexy.) 

According to Liat Mazor, the Marketing Manager for 7, ” The new spring line is inspired by a California vibe, a forever cool idea inspired by the glistening sun and the ocean. You’ll see a lot of shimmer, pastels, and brights. ”  Glittery, shimmery jeans aren’t a new thing, but the way 7 for All Mankind does them is. (more…)

This One is For the Guys: Beard Chat

Posted by    |    May 8th, 2012 at 10:52 am

Guys, it’s pretty tough to write a “beauty” article for you, because it comes off sounding too “frou frou”.  I’ll try to be as masculine as I can, since there are probably four of you reading this and I don’t want to lose what little male readership I have. So, today’s beauty lesson, if you will, is going to be about the importance of a good razor.  Even if you’re sporting the dirty hippie beard or devil-may-care mutton chops, you still have to keep that thing in order at some point.  A good razor is never a bad idea.  I think many of you continue to use the same razor for too long, leaving it dull and preventing you from a smooth shave.

So, today’s take home advice is this: invest in a good razor that allows you to switch the blades out as often as you need to.  Don’t walk around with a permanent five o’clock shadow.  Give your face (and the people who have to make out with it,) a break.  Trim it up and moisturize your face with pleasant smelling products, like Jack Black or Billy Jealousy.  Yes, it’s an investment, but you’ll smell divine, have baby soft skin, and look younger longer.

In case you need ideas about how to groom said beard or facial hair into a sexy style, here are some reference photos:

And if you keep forgetting to buy a new razor, I think this video can give you some hilarious help.

(Disclaimer: Contains one brief “bleeped” out word. Send the kiddos into the other room to watch Yo Gabba Gabba while you watch this one.)

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Dance With Me is Comin’ to the Big D

Posted by    |    April 27th, 2012 at 10:48 am

If you haven’t heard of Tae Bo, you’ve been living under a rock for the past several decades.  Though the Tae Bo craze has waxed and waned, there is a new game in town brought to you by the same family that lured us in with those high-energy infomercials and Billy Blanks rockin’ abs.

Billy Blanks Jr., the once-homeless son of Tae Bo legend Billy Blanks, is bringing his latest creation, Dance With Me™, to the Dallas area on May 19th and 20th in a search to find new Instructors and Master Trainers to certify during their nationwide DWM Tour and their new Lionsgate DVD release. Expect to see more Blanks family fun on your tube; Dance With Me™ and creators Billy Blanks Jr. and Sharon Catherine Blanks will also be featured on the ABC hit reality television series, SHARK TANK, on Friday, May 11, 2012.

Dance With Me™ is Billy Blanks Jr.’s newest fitness sensation that is a total body, high energy, cardio dance workout that is infused with all styles of dance including Hip Hop, Bollywood, Line Dancing, Ballroom, Disco, Broadway, African, Russian, Irish, and Hula. (Hula? Mahalo!)
“We are very excited about bringing DWM to Texas.” said Dance With Me™ creator Billy Blanks Jr.. “Dallas is just the right location for us to find our future Master Trainers to help us on our national tour and international expansion.”

Billy Blanks Jr. and wife Sharon Catherine Blanks (co-creator) are both Broadway, film and television veterans, and they have released several work out DVD’s: Billy Blanks Jr.’s Dance With Me – Cardio Fit, Groove & Burn, Hip Hop Mix and the soon to be released Boot Camp Dance Party which will launch their DWM Tour, nationwide.

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