Shopping Style

“Saturday is for Shopping.”

Even when you are just out and about, feeling good about how you look is important.

I put together this outfit for my Christmas Shopping Saturday and wanted to share.  I am loving the Tartan/Plaid right now, so the jacket is perfect.

Whenever I am thinking I am going to be doing a lot of walking (and Christmas Shopping definitely qualifies as a lot of walking), I like to wear shoes or boots that are not too high.  There is nothing worse than limping around when you still have places to go and people to buy for!

I am not a huge wearer of jeans, however, when I do wear them I am kind of picky.  I like the ones that have a little elastic in them so they are more comfortable and don’t cut off your circulation.  These Hudson jeans are one of the pairs that I just love.

Jacket:  Nordstrom Rack     Sweater:  Nordstrom Rack    Jeans:  Hudson from Nordstrom     Boots:  Free People    

Sparkles and Sequins

“I’m just trying to save the world one sequin at a time.”

Party season is upon us and now is the time to wear your most fun outfits.

I picked this outfit using sequins, gold, leopard print and patent leather.  Each piece is a contrast but yet complimentary to the others. Gold and black accentuate each other, and then by adding the leopard print buckle shoes along with the wine colored patent leather purse, it is the perfect combination.

A little black dress for parties is something that a lot of people feel comfortable wearing, my challenge is for you to pick out something that is a little more “fancy” than that.  Wear gold, silver, sequins or something that you know you will comfortable wearing.

Although I am wearing a pencil skirt with a boxed sequin detailed shirt, you can switch that out to something that is more A-line or gathered with a more fitted top if that style compliments your body type more.

This outfit didn’t cost that much to put together, however, with the gold and sequins it definitely feels and looks classy!

Skirt:  Charlotte Russe     Top:  Forever 21     Shoes:  Charlotte Russe    Purse:  Kate Spade

The Tartan Trend

“I think that people have forgotten that feeling good is as important as looking good, although a pretty dress never hurt anyone”  – Stacy London

I have always loved tartan (or plaid as it is known in the US) because it can be worn in many ways.  It can be dressed up or completely dressed down.

I wanted to show you a couple of examples of how the same piece can be worn in different ways.  I wore cute winter white booties along with a winter white jacket for a more dressy look.  Then, just for a contrast I switched the booties for a pair of tan knee high suede boots which dresses it down.

There are so many pieces out there that are tartan right now – purses, like the one I featured in an earlier post, scarves, jackets, coats and even shoes.

There is sometimes a perception that a plaid or tartan shirt is something that you wear with jeans, while most definitely this can be the case, it doesn’t always have to be so.  A plaid shirt can be worn with a nice pencil skirt and stilettos, or even with a pair of slim fitting dress pants.  You can even wear leopard print shoes with a plaid shirt and pencil skirt if you are feeling really daring…

Add a little tartan to your winter wardrobe and have fun with it!

Dress:  Charlotte Russe      Booties:  Nine West     Jacket:  Bebe     Suede Boots:  Steve Madden   

The Perfect Red for You

“Life’s too short – Make every day a Red Lipstick Day!”

The Holidays are a perfect time to wear red lipstick.  I have found that I tend to wear more cool toned or reds that are more maroon than a typical bright red.  I found the colors that I like strictly by trial and error.  I read that a great way to test the color so that it compliments your skin tone is not by testing it on the back of your hand, but rather by putting a small amount on the tip of your finger and holding it up to your lips, or applying some to your lips and taking a selfie.

Reds are something that can look fabulous when you have the right one, or they can make the mouth look like it is screaming for attention because the red is too intense for the rest of the makeup or face.

If you are just experimenting with reds, be careful with the Matte colors – they tend to be a little more bold and stand out more.  Initially I would recommend trying a gloss finish or applying a little lip gloss over the top to tone down the whole look just a little.

If you already have a red that you like, great.  If not, here are some great ideas of cool toned reds that you can choose from.  Stay tuned later this week for ideas for warm toned reds!

NYX:  Matte – Siren

Nars:  Hardwired Lipstick – Deadly Catch

NYX:  Matte – Eden

Nars:  Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Cruella

Rimmel London:  Bordeaux

Fashion Fair:  Be Nude Collection – Red

 

 

 

Holiday Makeover

“Makeup is self confidence applied directly to the face.”

I have always thought it is fun to sit and relax while someone else makes me look far better than I could ever make myself look.

The Holidays are a great excuse to go to a local Department store and experiment with different makeups.  People working there are always eager to want to show you how great you can look in THEIR makeup.

After I posted the finished product pictures yesterday, I wanted to show you a little slideshow of how the whole experience went for me.  It was great to feel pampered and then walk out of there feeling great about myself.

Another great reason to have someone else experiment on you with makeup is that they give you tips and ideas you may not have thought of before.  For example, I have seen lots of articles and tutorial videos (believe me, I have watched them) on how to apply highlights to your face so you can accent certain areas.  The problem for me has been that I still couldn’t figure out how to do it.  I wanted to try it, so I had Jason actually demonstrate on me how it would work for ME and then he told me how I could do it for myself.

If you are interested in trying something new and are uncertain about how to do that, just go to a department store’s local cosmetics department or a store like Sephora or Ulta and have someone show you how they would do it.  Bear in mind that at a lot of these stores they are going to want to sell you the line you are trying out, so just be prepared!

Makeup Artist:  Jason Joy (Joy Salon)     Makeup Line used:  NYX

 

Classy Style

“Elegance is not about being noticed, it is about being remembered”

I am in love with the full skirts that are popular right now.  I especially love this one because of the bright colors and flowers.

Because the skirt is a statement in itself, pairing it with a simple black top and black leather detail jacket is easy – the pearls are just icing on the cake.

If you are a Woman that is drawn towards a more conservative style, then you may tend to dress a bit safe and perhaps look a little plain. That style can become rather predictable and boring or just basic.  An outfit like this one is not too extreme but will also give you an opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone.

Try selecting pieces in a different color than a neutral – for example, if you like ballet flats see if you can try a new pair with in a bold color; or look for flats with gold metal hardware.  You can use this concept when selecting any item.  Assess your coloring and experiment with YOUR best colors – choose those colors that best compliment your hair and skin tones.

Classy style is something every woman can have, but remember to keep it individual to you.  Don’t follow the trends, but rather find the colors, styles, patterns and accessories that best compliment you and your unique style.

Skirt:  Bought in LA      Shirt:  H&M     Jacket:  H&M     Shoes:  Jessica Simpson      Pearls:  Majorca Pearls

Party Style

“You can never be too Glamorous!”

I have always been a believer that you can dress up no matter what it is you are doing…

This outfit is something that I would wear for going to a party or just out to dinner.  For me, dressing up is something that I have always loved to do and will take the opportunity wherever possible.  The great thing about being a Woman is that you can decide how much you dress up, you just have to “own” your look!

I wouldn’t wear the dress by itself because it is not as classy as when you add the floor length cardigan with the fur collar. Leopard and black are so much fun together!  When you add the great booties the whole outfit definitely creates a wow factor.  Leopard and animal print is something that can be overdone.  Make sure that you only have one or two pieces in your outfit that are animal print.  For example, don’t wear an animal print shirt with matching shoes or a purse.  The shirt by itself is enough and you can add a contrasting color as your shoes and accessories.

Because other colors than black look great with animal print, try leopard or another animal print with red, wine or even blue just to see how that looks on YOU.

 

Dress:  Forever 21    Cardigan:  My own (but I have seen a similar one on WANELO.COM)

Booties:  Vince Camuto (currently my favorite because they go with so many things!)

Fun Casual

“Its a Man’s job to respect Women, but it’s a Woman’s job to give him something to respect.” 

One really easy way to dress up an outfit is by adding an awesome long cardigan or shawl.  This outfit is perfect for every-day wear because it is fun yet simple.

I found this cardigan a couple of years ago on a shopping trip to LA – I bring it out when I want to be cozy but also to be noticed. Any piece that has great patterns, plaid or just bright colors is always a great way to dress up a plain black or dark colored outfit.

When you add great boots and leather look jeans it is fun and almost a little (as we say in England) Cheeky!

There are so many great long cardigans and plaid shawls out there, making it easy for you to recreate such a look.  The key here is to find the one that is perfect for YOU!

 

Boots: BCBG      Jeans:  Nordstrom Rack  

Mix and Match

“You can tell so much about who someone is, just by their style.”

I wanted to touch on the idea that it is ok to mix and match colors.  In this post, I chose to wear a wine colored top, mustard faux suede culottes and black booties.  The combination is something that is definitely noticeable but also classy.

I love to wear this kind of outfit when I need to dress up but not too much – so on those days when I am working but I don’t have formal business meetings.  It is a fun look and the culottes with the booties is a great combination.

Trying new color combinations is something that is individual – some colors may suit you more than others, so try different options out in front of the mirror before going out.  If you still feel unsure, ask your spouse or a friend to let you know what they think!  Don’t forget that skin tone, eye color, and hair color are all factors to consider when trying color combinations.

Culottes:  Old Navy       Shirt:  H&M        Booties:  Vince Camuto

Holiday Inspiration

“Not all girls dress up nicely to impress others, sometimes they do it for themselves.  For Confidence.”

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching, and whether that means for you lots of shopping, family time, or fun parties or social gatherings, there is always time to make the most of yourself.

One of my sons likes to say that I have taught him an important lesson in life and that is “No matter what it is you are doing, make sure you look good doing it”…

There are definitely times that I dress down and wear sweats just to be comfortable, but most of the time, whenever I am going out (even to the store), I care what I look like.  I don’t do this because I am worried what other people think, for me it has always been about making myself happy and I feel happy when I know I look good.

I am going to give some suggestions for a more casual look later this week, but for today’s post, I wanted to show you an idea for how you can dress up for a party or event and stand out from the crowd.  The look is simple yet classy – adding the faux fur jacket and pearls really finishes off the look.  It is really easy to recreate!

Dress:  Nordstrom    Tights:  Nordstrom     Jacket:  Vintage     Shoes:  Vince Camuto     Necklace:  Majorca Pearls