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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!

Men’s Most Wanted Spring 2015 (Part 2)

17 Apr

Here are the other top 5 Most Wanted items for the man in your life for Spring and Summer 2015 according to Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc.  Who doesn’t like a well-dressed man?!

This season the Shorter Shorts are in trend.  Check these out from Ralph Lauren paired with a button down shirt and a bow-tie!  (I love a bow-tie!)

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We women aren’t the only ones who think a good-looking comfortable shoe is important.  These Sneaker Style Slip-Ons are from Sperry and are perfect for that tropical vacation he is going to take you on this year!

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Perfect for going to your friend’s wedding this year is the Spring Suit!  This Seersucker coat and pants are from Nautica.

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Color is everywhere and why not on your man?  Check out this Updated Colorblocked Polo from Calvin Klein.

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White Pants are a great staple for men this season and can be dressed up or down.  These are from MADE by Camp Newton.

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I hope this has helped you make your list for when you go shopping for the man in your life this season to keep him right on trend!

Men’s Most Wanted Spring 2015

16 Apr

Since I am sharing the Most Wanted items for Spring and Summer 2015 for the Women, I thought it is only fair I share the top 10 Most Wanted items for the Men too!  Whether you dress your man in the clothes you find for him or you know of a man who has a style all his own, these items are sure to make an impression on the most fashionable man you know! According to Arlene Goldstein, Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc. these are the top must-have items for the men this season.

Women aren’t the only ones who can accessorize with style.  These Fashion Add-Ons are a great way for a man to express his personal style.  The colorful socks are from Hot Sox, the belt is from Bosca and the bag is from Fossil.

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The gym-inspired trend is really hot for men this season too.  This Athletic Inspired Knit is from Buffalo David Bitton and looks great with jeans.

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As much as I am seeing Bold Prints for women this season I am also seeing them for men.  Check out this great shirt from Tommy Bahama to pair with shorts for that spring-time BBQ!

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Another inspiration from the gym this season are the Jog Shorts.  These are from CK Jeans.  These are great with his favorite pair of tennis shoes.

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Gingham and plaids are everywhere right now!  And in all kinds of colors!  This bold Plaid Sport Coat is a style statement all it’s own.

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Keep watching for the other top 5 Most Wanted items for you man for this season 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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Spring Closet Cleaning!

19 Mar

Spring Closet Cleaning

Along with the new spring season comes one of my favorite chores – going through my closet and moving the sweaters to the back and bringing the spring and summer things to the front!  Even though I put on a few extra pounds this winter I am hoping this will motivate me to keep trying to get those 10,000 steps on my new Garmin Vivofit device so I can fit into my spring and summer things!  It is such a good feeling to go through and clean out and organize your closet (or is that just me?).

This is a good time to get rid of the things you didn’t wear all fall and winter.  If you didn’t wear them this year, you probably won’t wear them next year.  It is also a good time to reevaluate the things you have for spring and summer.  If they don’t fit anymore or they just don’t fit your taste anymore (remember if you wouldn’t buy it in the store today, you don’t need to keep it) then it is time to donate or take to consignment store.  Most consignment stores are taking spring and summer things now.

I have posted these steps for cleaning out your closet before but I thought this was a good time to remind you and help you start thinking Spring!

Your closet is one of the fastest places to get cluttered but it should be one of the most valued spaces in your home because it contains all the clothes that make you look and feel fabulous!

Here are some steps to help you get started on getting your closet ready for the new season:

Step One:

  • Set aside plenty of time to organize your closet.  If you don’t have time to do it all at once, take a section at a time.

Step Two:

  • Remove everything from your closet so that you are starting with a clean slate

Step Three:

  • Try on everything and make sure it still fits, it is still in style, it is still in good shape, it is your best color and fits your body type, you have things to go with it and it is something you would buy today. Make piles for “Keep”, “Mend”, “Donate” and “Toss”. Don’t forget to do the same thing with your underwear, bras, shoes, purses, belts, scarves and other accessories.

Step Four:

  • Clean and Laundry everything that needs it before putting back in the closet. If things need to be mended, make sure you do this as quickly as possible. Take the things to be donated to your car so you can drop them off the next time you are out. Get rid of the items in the “Toss” pile immediately.

Step Five:

  • Put all “Keep” items back in your closet. You can decide how to place the items back in the closet based on what will suit your needs best.  Separate by season and then you can separate by purpose, type, length, style or color or a combination of these.  Hang as much of your clothing as possible where you can see each garment easily.  If it is in a drawer out of sight, it is out of mind and will seldom get worn.

Step Six:

  • Be proud of your accomplishment!
  • Remember if you bring in something new, something old needs to go out.

Other Helpful Tips:

  • Use the same type of hangers and make sure all items are hanging in the same direction.
  • Stuff boots with rolled up magazines or boot trees so they retain their shape.
  • Stuff handbags with tissue paper and store on a shelf.
  • Leave breathing room in between items so they aren’t jammed in to prevent wrinkles.
  • Store small, loose items like socks, lingerie, bathing suits, pantyhose, etc. in drawer systems, baskets or clear plastic containers.
  • Hang accessories on hooks in your closet.
  • Take shoes out of their original boxes and store on some type of shoe rack.
  • Keep a basket in the closet to place items to take to dry cleaners.
  • Keep a small wastebasket in the closet.
  • Fill a small basket with last minute fix-up items: lint brush or roller, pin-cushion, small scissors, etc.

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Brunch with Betsey!

19 Nov

Me and BetseyI was so excited when I received my invitation from Belk to attend a brunch they were hosting with Betsey Johnson at their South Park Mall location in Charlotte, NC.  She is definitely the fashion industry’s most whimsical and modern designer and a chance to chat one-on-one with her was such an awesome opportunity I didn’t want to miss! I had also recently seen her on one of my favorite shows on TV, Dancing With the Stars, and was so impressed at all her fabulous moves including her famously known split!

So off to Charlotte I went and my experience was much more than I had expected!  Besides being such a talented designer (and dancer), Betsey was one of the most kind, friendly and generous ladies I have ever met. She took time to pose for pictures with each of us that had been invited and answered all the questions that were asked.  Personally, I think she would have stayed and talked all day had she not had to get ready for her public appearance downstairs in the Belk store where some very excited people were waiting in a line that wrapped around the entire floor.

I was fortunate to be able to take my beautiful, fashionista mom with me on this little road trip and we were able to enjoy some great Mother-Daughter time and awesome shopping at the mall while we were there. Of course we shopped til we dropped!  She enjoyed meeting Betsey and was so excited to get to talk to someone who was just as short as she is!

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Next year will mark Betsey’s 50th year of designing! She stated she was initially inspired by Broadway chorus girl dancers and singers.  She loved the make-up, hair and costumes they wore.  At 72, she is still going strong and she looks fabulous!! She told the small group of us that fashion is up and down but if you love it, keep rowing the boat and never give up your dreams.  She has worked with big and small companies but says she loves working with her own company the best.   She only wants to dress people in things they love and feel good in. She said “beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you are the biggest beholder of what you wear”.

IMG_3745Betsey answered questions with our host for this event, Arlene Goldstein, who is Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc.  I always enjoy seeing Arlene and spending time with her and it was great to see her again!

IMG_3777Later in the afternoon, Betsey greeted the crowd that had been waiting to meet her in the store by tossing rose petals out of her designer bag. The excited group had been entertained by Micah Jesse, national television personality and entertainment journalist.  She then took time to talk with everyone and posed for more pictures.  A few lucky attendees even received some great prizes from her collection.

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Thanks Belk for the great opportunity to meet such a sweet, talented and FUN fashion icon!

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