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Turkey and “Dressing”

23 Nov

Thanksgiving turkey in red shoesYou surely didn’t think I was going to talk about cooking did you?!  If you know me, you know I’m not exactly known for my cooking.  I guess that’s why I get asked to bring the Sister Schuberts rolls every Thanksgiving!

But I do know a thing or two about Dressing!  So whatever your plans are for this Thanksgiving, I hope you plan on looking your very best.  While stretch pants with a good elastic waistband may seem to be the most practical, there are certainly some better options.

I was able to find some cute outfits (thanks to Pinterest) to go along with your Thanksgiving Menu.

What’s Thanksgiving without Cranberry Sauce!  Here are some beautiful outfit variations for whatever your plans are on this special day in a beautiful cranberry color that looks good on just about everyone.

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Even after you have eaten all the turkey and dressing, you still always have room for dessert!  Check out these baked goods! These are some great outfits in a beautiful neutral color paired with jeans that can be dressed up or down.

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You can’t forget the Pumpkin Pie! Check out these beautiful shades of pumpkin.  Pick a shade that goes best with your Dominant Color Characteristic and pair it with a pair of jeans or a cute skirt.

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I hope these “Dressing Recipes” help you choose a perfect outfit for your Thanksgiving Dinner!

I would like to also share that I am very THANKFUL for all of my family and friends that are such a special part of my life!!  You have all BLESSED me beyond measure!

I am humbled, honored and feel so blessed that God has chosen me to do what I do and I get to help you look your very best and see yourself the way God sees you – as a beautiful woman!  I have been very fortunate this year to travel and meet so many of you at various events.  I hope I get to meet each and every one of you some day!  Thank you for following me and my adventures and allowing me to be a part of your lives.

I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Raised Eyebrows!

20 Apr

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Did you know that your eyebrows frame your face and it is most important to keep them in perfect shape for a dramatic difference in how you look? We worry about our clothes, our hair, and our make-up but we shouldn’t forget how important it is that we take proper care of our eyebrows.  I have seen it make such a huge difference in a client after I took her to get hers shaped and waxed!  Filling in your eyebrows with a little color is a must and is one of the best anti-aging tricks you can do!

Here is a link to my pinterest board on the best eyebrow shapes for your face shape.

My eyebrows are very fine and blonde but they get what I call “scraggly” so I get them waxed to shape them up. I use “gimme BROW” by Benefit cosmetics every day as part of my make-up routine. It is a brow-volumizing fiber gel.  Using the brush the fiber gel adheres to the hair for fuller-looking brows.  I just stroke it on to define the shape I want.  It comes in 2 shades – light/medium and medium/deep.

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Recently I went to the grand opening of the newest Ulta store in Knoxville.  Ulta is like a toy store for women!  They carry all types of make-up, hair and nail products and offer various beauty services as well.  The first 100 to enter the store received a gift card so I had to be there!  They even had the Tennessee Volunteers mascot, Smokey, at the door to greet us.

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I decided to try out their Benefit Brow Bar.  They have licensed professionals on staff to help you get the shape that is perfect for your face.  They are highly trained in the art of brow-shaping! Allison took her time with me and shaped my brows to where they needed to be and then waxed them. I didn’t feel a thing and it didn’t take very long either. You can see in my pictures below of the process and how they turned out.

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I encourage you to check with your hair stylist, go to your local spa or step into an Ulta store near you and get your eyebrows taken care of right away to most flatter your eyes and face and complete your fabulous look!  It really does make a BIG difference!

Women’s Most Wanted for Spring 2015 (Part 2)

14 Apr

As promised, here are the remaining Women’s top 5 Most Wanted items for Spring 2015 according to Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc.

The Kimono is very trendy this season and makes for a nice cover-up.  This one is from Jessica Simpson.

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The Jumpsuit is oh so trendy right now!  I am seeing them everywhere. You can certainly do a lot with them by adding belts, scarves or statement jewelry to jazz them up!  You can make them casual or formal. This one is from Karen Kane.

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For a fun and casual look, an Easy-Fit Top makes perfect sense and can be paired with your favorite pair of jeans.  This striped one is from Kensie.

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Flowers are not only popping up in your yard this season, they are popping up in clothes everywhere.  I think this is the hottest pattern of the season!  I am seeing floral prints everywhere and on everything from dresses to jewelry to shoes. This Floral Dress is from Vince Camuto.

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Ever so popular this season is the statement jewelry and I LOVE it! Not only is it the statement necklace that we have seen the previous couple of seasons but now it is the Statement Earring more than ever.  These add a great “pop” to any outfit!  These pictured are from Vince Camuto.

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I hope you have been making your list of the most wanted items you must have for your spring and summer wardrobe this year!

Women’s Most Wanted for Spring 2015

13 Apr

I am excited to share with you the “Most Wanted List” for Spring 2015 compiled by Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc. I have listed below 5 of the top 10 items on the Women’s Most Wanted List this spring.

First off are these Glitzy Sandals from Vince Camuto.  I am loving all the colorful and bedazzled looks of bling on the sandals this year.  It adds some “pop” to a very simple shoe statement and they can be worn with just about everything!

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The “Soft Pant” is in trend again this season.  However, the length for spring has gotten shorter.  Culottes are making a comeback in a powerful way.  These are from 1.State Culottes

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I am seeing a lot of “Matched Sets” this season in tops and bottoms in various prints.  This matching top and skirt is from Kiind Of. Buying in separates is always nice because you can purchase a different size in the top and bottom if your body style needs it.

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Not only should your clothes change with the seasons but also your make-up colors can change.  Check out these “Look at me Lips” from Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour.

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I love this Longer Skirt from Fever which is very trendy this season. Just remember to make sure the length is right for you and falls within the diamond openings of your legs to be the most flattering look for you.  It looks great paired with this chambray top for a refreshing springtime look.

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Stay tuned for the other top 5 must-have items for your wardrobe coming soon!

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends – Sport Chic Style Statement

10 Apr

More fun Spring/Summer styles to love this season! The fourth Style Statement I want to share with you is called “Sport Chic” 

This trend is borrowed from the gym. We saw a lot of this style in the fall and it is carrying over into spring. Performance fabrics like jersey, double knits, nylon mesh and scuba are complemented by innovative color blocking and contrast zippers. Athletic-inspired hoodies, bombers, halters and jog pants are paired with more polished items. Stylish sneakers as well as sneaker-influenced sandals and sport-style booties with new-age backpacks and totes go right along with this sporty chic style.

This fun casual dress is a striped midi from Cynthia Rowley.

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This cute crop top and skirt is from the Kiind Of brand.

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This fun casual look goes easily from the gym to running errands with the kids.  It is a Marc New York Performance pullover and leggings.

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These sneaker-influenced style sandals are by Steve Madden.

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This is another casual dress from Marc New York Performance.

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This is a cute, casual and sporty dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

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Check out the colorful tennis shoes from Nike!  The more colorful the better this season.

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This matching set of jacket and pants is from Jones Sport.  Great for the gym or running out to the store.

 

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The skinny jeans are still the rage this season and these are from Calvin Klein as well as the colorful tee and matching denim jacket.

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Spring 2015 Fashion Trends – Islander Style Statement

8 Apr

I hope you are enjoying seeing all the latest spring and summer trends!  I love this season of the year. This is the third Style Statement that I want to share with you.

It is called “Islander”

These are styles full of pattern mixes, wraps, ties, tassels, and fringe which is really on trend this season. I have seen fringe on everything! Exotic details include beading and embroideries with eye-catching bright colors. Add layered necks, arm candy, big gold hoops, statement earrings, head wraps and strappy sandals with bold bottoms.

This is a bandana print dress from DKNY.

 

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This is a drawstring handbag from Jessica Simpson.  It has lots of pockets and comes in 4 colors.  It is a great way to stay organized and accessorized!

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Check out this jewelry collection from Kenneth Cole!

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The blingy, strappy sandals are all the rage this season.  All types of metallic. Check these out from Vince Camuto.

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This is  a print tank and maxi skirt from Karen Kane.  Prints are everywhere!

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For a more casual look, check out this tank from Lucky Brand.  Works great with a pair of shorts or jeans.

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This is the new length in dresses.  This is a midi sheath by Maggie London.  Again, in amazing prints!

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Stay tuned because there is one more Style Statement I will tell you about tomorrow and then I will share the top 10 most wanted items for men and women this season!

Spring 2015 Fashion Trends – Spare Me Style Statement

2 Apr

Here is another Style Statement from the Spring 2015 Fashion Trend forecast from Belk this season.

It is called “Spare Me”

You will see a modern aesthetic highlighting architectural forms like A-line, columns and trumpet skirts, along with tunics, over-sized shirtings and trapeze dresses. Some of the modern fabric options you will see are advanced shine, sheers, unexpected fabric mixes and coated surfaces, along with bold stripes, artistic scribble, grids and photo realism. Bold cuffs, chokers, over-sized clutches, mini bags, and shoes with bottom interest will have you putting your best foot forward.

This strapless romper features the still popular chevron print and split front panel.  You can add sophistication to your look with this single-button blazer. It features peplum detail at the waist and easily layers over any outfit.  Both are from 1.State

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Check out this highlighting on this Paint Stroke dress from CeCe by Cynthia Steffe

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This is a sleeveless top worn with the longer skirt by Eileen Fisher

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With a color-blocked design and a chic silhouette, this gorgeous sandal is perfect for adding city-inspired style to any look. This style is “Melody” by French Connection.

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This is a striped open back dress by Laundry by Shelli Segal

 

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This is a beautiful Swing Coat worn over a scoop neck dress by Pink Tartan

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Beautiful gold jewelry, which is hot this season, by Vince Camuto

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This is a printed Scuba Dress by Vince Camuto

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This is a beautiful statement necklace by Michael Kors that could easily be worn to dress up or down any outfit.

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Spring 2015 Trends – Garden Party Style Statement

1 Apr

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I am excited to start sharing some of the Spring 2015 Fashion Trends with you!  For the next four blog posts I will be sharing a Style Statement from Belk’s Spring Forecast.  Belk’s Spring 2015 Style Statements are as versatile as they are striking.

Spring 2015 is all about the mix. It’s time to give classic items an eclectic twist. Stand-out style is made simple this season, Whether it’s sleek and edgy, hi-tech casual, exotic details or beautiful botanicals, Belk’s 2015 Spring Style features a touch of the unexpected.

“Spring 2015 fashion is all about casting new light on familiar objects,” said Arlene Goldstein, vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction for Belk, Inc. “While the classic combinations are back, unexpected pairings are the latest buzz. Whether it’s a mix of fabrics, themes or techniques, the freedom to experiment is refreshing and bold.”

Let’s start with Garden Party!

Imagine dreamy pales and mid-tones, a wardrobe of whites, florals and beautiful botanicals. Think, lace-like textiles, sheers, intricate appliques, embroideries, and crystal pleats. Flower-motifs are everywhere! Expect amazing accessories like colorful stone treatments, pearl variations and statement earrings, polished off with lady-like handbags and single sole pumps—often with ankle interest.

This floral print top is from Jessica Simpson and looks great with this pleated skirt

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The maxi dress is still in style for another season.  This beautiful floral print is from Jessica Simpson.Garden Party -Jessica Simpson

I LOVE a statement necklace and am so glad they are back better than ever!  This one is from Kate Spade.Garden Party -Kate Spade

This floral sheath dress is from Magaschoni as well as the zip up cardigan.  You will be able to find a wide variety of floral sheath dresses this season!

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This cute white lace romper is from Muse.  Lace made a big hit last spring and is back again this season.Garden Party -Muse

Here is another floral dress from Tahari

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This classic pointed-toe pump is from Guess.  The style is Babbitta.  With a vibrant floral print and high-shine heel cap, they will certainly make a statement.

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Most Wanted List for Women for Fall 2014

2 Sep

Where did the summer go?!  I can’t believe it has come and gone already. I spent most of the summer traveling and speaking and met some wonderful and beautiful ladies along the way!

Of course, we will still have some more warm weather but it is definitely time to start thinking Fall Fashions!  Once again, I had the opportunity to attend the Fall 2014 Fashion preview at Belk with Arlene Goldstein, Belk’s VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction and I am excited to share what’s new for the season in my next few blog posts.

Let’s start with the Most Wanted List for Women and the ten must-have items for the season.

Soft Pant

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These pants were very popular in the spring and are carrying over to the fall. They are softly structured and often athletic inspired. Start with solids and work your way up to bold patterns. It is femininity with a sporty attitude. These mix well with  this white blouse.We are seeing the return of pearls – but not your mamma’s pearls (these are big and bold). Notice they are worn on the outside of the collar which is very trendy.

Longer Skirts

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Skirt lengths are all over the place. This new trend is over the knee, mid-calf or all the way. Just remember that your best hem length is going to be in the “diamond” openings of your legs.  That is going to be most flattering on you and will work better for you than the latest trends.  Notice the cropped boxy sweater top she is wearing with this longer skirt and the ever-popular bootie shoe which is in trend again this season.

Creative Cardigan

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This sweater is the season’s must have completer piece with new shapes,  trims and  textures. Let the layering begin! It’s like adding the 3rd piece to polish off an outfit and the versatility = value.

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Furry, fluffy, quilted or tailored—the vest will make everything look great. It’s great to accessorize any look and is very versatile.  You can wear a vest with most anything.

Fashion Sweatshirt

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We saw a lot of embellished sweatshirts last fall and  this item has continued its staying power. Fabric blocking and luxe embellishments have elevated this top from “so so” to seriously chic. It’s just not weekend wear with the embellishments or quilted or adding leather to the mix. It’s all in the details.

Tunic Top

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This is one of my favorite types of tops to wear and is so good for most body types. This is a flattering length for most anyone and looks very polished. The high-low hems continue to be popular, as well as novelty fabrics. Notice the plaid which is big for fall also.

Midi Length Sheath

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This dress is a  tried and true silhouette but with a little bit longer length. This is the dress that is always a classic and a must-have for most any wardrobe.

Statement Neck

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This jewelry item can update and refresh anything! Notice the bold stones, chain details and burnished metals. A statement necklace will bring attention to the face where it needs to be.  Also notice that mixing metals is very in right now.

Over the Knee Boots

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This is the #1 shoe of the season.  They feel modern and look very stylish. You can wear them with slim pants or skirts. You will find them  in vintage leathers and shiny leathers and in black, brown and the new color for fall -British Camel

Satchel

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Of course, my favorite wardrobe piece is always the handbag! This Michael Kors has a simple shape and subtle details.  It is a very classic hand held bag and is perfect to add a pop of color to your look.

Remember, you don’t have to wear every trend but just pick one or two that shows YOUR fashion personality!  Add a piece or two to your current wardrobe to give it the updated look for the season. If you would like help finding your own personal style and  personal shopping, contact me and I would love to help!  Be watching for my next Blog post where I will share the top 10 must have items for the man in  your life!

Help Me Jesus! I have nothing to wear!

19 Jul

Help Me Jesus Book CoverI am so excited to announce that my friend Shari Braendel, who just happens to be an amazing Speaker & Author,  is re-launching her book as “‘Help Me, Jesus! I Have Nothing To Wear!” on July 22nd. This is THE Go-To Guide For All Shapes and Sizes  The new version is even better than the first (previously published as “Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad”) and sure to be a big hit! Zondervan is doing an amazing job promoting it.

As most of you know, Shari is the person who trained me to do what I do and not only have we become amazing, crazy friends (think Lucy & Ethel, Kathie Lee and Hoda, Thelma & Louise…), we are partners on the Beauty Boot Camp Makeover Retreat Weekends and I  co-teach with her during the Christian Image Consulting Training classes.  I am now serving as the Director of  the 60  current Christian Image Consultants we have all over the Country.  These are exciting times in this Ministry!

I am continuing to book Speaking Engagements and also work with clients one-on-one for Personal Styling Sessions and Personal Shopping.  If you are interested in any of these services or would like more information on attending Beauty Boot Camp,  please contact me at donnajeanroland@chartertn.net .

I want to invite you to join me for this exciting book launch!

I will be at the LifeWay Christian Store at 10990 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN  37934 which is located in The Pavilion at Turkey Creek Shopping Center on Tuesday, July 22nd from Noon – 2:00 p.m. promoting the new book and it will be offered at a special promotional price!  I will be sharing fashion tips and styling advice to all those who come see me!  If you live in the Knoxville area, you will not won’t to miss this!  I will also be at the LifeWay Christian Store in East Knoxville at a future date to be announced very soon.

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Oh, and did I mention that you might just find a picture of me on page 57! And….if you love the new title of the book, check out the dedication page where Shari thanks me for coming up with it!  Isn’t that what friends are for?!  Purchase your copy and help it rise to the Best Seller list where it belongs!  Seriously…It’s a great book!

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