Summer Fashion Must-Haves!

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While it’s a challenge to narrow down the top five fashion must-haves for summer, we have made the ultimate pick of items that add graceful style, class and flexibility. I love to shop and like most of you, I have to keep within my budget while getting the things that I do like to stay savvy. With this, I have provided some of summer’s mandatory items that I live by and that you can do as well.
Here is my list of summer basics:

1. Handbags
I am so excited when I talk about fashion; especially clothing and handbags. In fact, like most women, I am addicted to handbags. Do you remember the episode of the ‘Sex in the City,’ where one of the cast members, Carrie Bradshaw accepts her addiction to shoes and indicates that this addiction will literally make her the old woman that lived in a shoe? Well, you get the impression of what I am saying, right? A handbag is more than just a piece that you wear only in the summer. However, during the summer, it comes with expanded choices, styles and colors. A white purse is always going to be the usual summer model. In fact, you won’t go wrong with a white purse. You still have an overabundance of intriguing shades to select from. Red and yellow are two of my picks! A clutch this season is a must-have!

2. Sundresses
Nothing makes you feel more relaxed, unruffled, and stylish than putting on a sundress for the summer. They are informal, multipurpose, and not as restrictive as most shorts and skirts. You should try to own a wide range of summer outfits that meet the same criteria as the sundress. Maxis and mini-dresses are ideal. They can come in various colors, fabrics, shapes and fit. At all times, select dresses that are suitable, comfy, and fit all the right curves. Mini-dresses should never be too short and maxi dresses should never be dragging on the floor. They should outline your curves and emphasize your favorite areas. Always remember to accessorize every look with chunky items of jewelry in turquoise and coral colors, amazing sunglasses, and of course, remarkable shoes. For the summer, flip flops and wedges are going to be something for all women. Personalize your outfit by adding your own style and wear clothing that fit!

3. Camp shirts
An excellent trend this summer is going to be the long boyish shorts worn with female tops. To the ensemble, you would add flip flops, high heels or medium heels. A great return and throwback from the fifties and sixties is the camp styled short sleeve shirt. You will discover these shirts in great numbers on the racks of your preferred retail store. Look to see these neat little items in basic colors, as well as countless prints, designs, and stripes.
4. Sunglasses
You don’t wear designer frame eyewear just to protect your eyes from the sun, but also to make a fashion statement. A stylish pair of sunglasses can finish your look and add style to any ensemble. Prudently selected seasonal designer frames will help you to accomplish your trendy look, no matter what the natural elements outside are. Most of this summer’s fashion sunglasses come in various shapes, but the geometric shape is the trend for 2013. You will find bold colors to spruce up your personality and add grace to your style.

5. Hats
Capture the happy-go-lucky feeling of summer with a variety of hats. You will find that perfect hat for your summer vacation, unplanned shopping trips and barbecue in your neighbor’s backyard. Just add some sunscreen to prepare to have fun in the sun. Choose styles that consist of light and ventilated materials fit for warm weather. Choose light colors and hats that offers several possibilities for protection from the sun. There are so many opportunities to sport a new summer hat such as the beach, the pool, a baseball game and the office picnic.
Enjoy Shopping!

2013 Fashion Trends for the Office

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Spring 2013 is showing aloofness for the corporate appearance for the office. It is bringing instead belted floral attire for the 9 to 5 statement. You should expect to add feminine, longer hemline and snapped shaped clothing to your wardrobe. These are appropriate for work and so is the belted floral that can be worn for a lot of other occasions.

Forget about the uncomfortable business shirts and choose either the high necked or plummeting and soft collarless tops for a sensory Mediterranean temperament. You can easily drop into a fashion rut at the office, but we have brought some inspiring ideas that will become wardrobe staples for you that you can share with your co-workers. It doesn’t matter if your office accommodates casual, formal or a creative look, you will find some great ideas here.

If the office culture is more relaxed or strict, you have to work with certain pieces and maintain the rules of the office, but there are general fashion rules that you should always adhere to. Here they are:

  1. Dress according to what your office decrees – this will place a good impression on your boss and show respect for your colleagues
  2. You should never reveal your midriff. Wear tops that are appropriate in length and avoid wearing low cut pants.
  3. Leave the cleavage for parties. The office is certainly not the ideal place for this.
  4. Do not show your bra straps. Be sure that your top is properly buttoned.
  5. No see-through clothing
  6. Check your hemline – not too short for the office. Save that look for evening outings and weekends.
  7. No flip flops allowed – keep it for the beach
  8. No sneakers – keep that for the gym unless your office allows it.
  9. Your best judgment should be maintained.
  10. Slinky styles, laced camisoles and strapless dresses are for evening wear
  11. Don’t do tight because work is certainly not the place for hugging your noticeable curves.
  12. Express your individual taste, but in a distinguished way.
  13. Tone down the makeup and the loud patterns and choose colors that are not as bold

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What to wear at the office?

The customary two-piece attire is typical of office wear. If you don a well-tailored jacket with corresponding pants or a skirt, you will always be considered cool. Even if you depend on one as your daily solution to dressing for the office or you think of it as an occasional choice, a suit is a definite must. It has never been out of the fashion arena and there is a reason why.

Suit trends have changed from drastic sizes with large shoulders and slouched cuts, to lean and tailored lines. It can give you the self-assurance that you need in the office to do your job well. You will look polished and fearless. Everyone has a suit that flatters their physique, but if you choose the classic look, you won’t go wrong. Although, the pantsuit can be quite characteristic of elegance, you would be so astonished at how many different ways you can wear it. Here are some examples:

  • Wide legs
  • Slouched style
  • Modern look
  • Sleek outline
  • Retro fit
  • Pinstripes like the ones worn by many bankers
  • Checkered
  • Traditional tweed that reminds you of the English countryside

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In the meantime, a simple suit can become that blank canvas to forming your own style. Choosing the look that makes you comfortable and is the most suitable for work is the important thing to consider. No matter which style of pantsuit you choose, you should ensure that this manly cut is balanced with a touch of femininity, which means you can add a ruffled top or a distinct waist. Never leave your sex appeal out of the mix.

A matching jacket with a skirt provides the ideal balance between a serious look and a feminine one. This also gives you many style options such as a boxy shaped tweed suit that carries the retro look. When you begin hunting for the right ensemble, you should first begin with the hemline of the skirt. Start from a pencil to a pleated hemline and then work from there. If you opt for a fuller looking skirt, then you should wear a fitted jacket. If you choose a peplum jacket, be sure you select a body-sensible skirt to complete the outfit. Wear skirts an inch above or over the knee.

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Professional dress is important for the office environment.  It gives you a sophisticated look. You don’t have to dress in a suit all the time; however. You can wear the appropriate dress that will give you just as much power as the suit. Dresses also tend to be more economical because it is just one outfit and you don’t have anything to be paired or matched. Consider wearing simple and comfortable shift dresses, well-designed shirt dresses and belted dresses. Stay away from tight dresses in knit material. Wear neutral and dark colors such as navy blue, beige, brown and black. Pick the dresses that fit your body type. If your personal taste is conservative, choose a cardigan or blazer to wear over a sleeveless dress.

The sky is the limit to what you can wear at the office. Your options should be chic, stylish and appropriate. You should keep the rules of the office by wearing clothes that you like, but refined enough to please your boss.

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2013 Handbags are here!

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With spring, fall and summer almost here, it is time to get serious about fashionable trends that are already underway. Fashion shows throughout the world are giving us more than just a peak into many inspirations that we can use to spruce up our wardrobes. While many are focusing on garments, others are looking for the ultimate accessories that can go with them including bracelets, earrings, shoes and necklaces, but most importantly handbags.

The question is which style is the most popular for 2013 when it comes to handbags? Well, the first handbag trend that is noticeable in 2013 is the return of the messenger bag. However, for 2013, these are returning much smaller and daintier. This particular bag is fun and resourceful enough to take with you to a dance, to the bar and to any other occasion where you just want to carry a few things such as your money, lipstick, driver’s license and credit card. This trend is new, but it definitely will catch up very quickly with the younger crowd and a few mothers who have to be on the go and need an everyday little bag to effortlessly take with her.

An excellent way to combine color with your outfit is to carry a color distinctive bag and in 2013, having a hint of color in your handbag is certainly mandatory. Additionally, for 2013, matching outfit, shoes and purse is a must. Add the Yves Saint Laurent clutch purse to your spring collection. It will help you to change over from a day look to a night look or from a summer look to a winter or fall look.

Document Clutch and more

The document clutch purse is an excellent handbag for 2013. It is oversized and is a great accessory to a simple outfit, but at the same time, it is suitable to hold all the treats that you want to take with you. This could include your cell phone, credit cards, make up and even personal documents. Make sure you get one of these to add to your handbag and purse collection. However, choose one that can transition from a clutch to a handbag with shoulder straps, which would be ideal for day time use.

A clutch purse with a boom box and Bluetooth! Whoever, heard of such a thing? Well, the designer Rebecca Minkoff has created this limited version for those who love fashion forwardness. This handbag has been carried by models on the runway and will be an endless classic for years to come.

While the normal fashionista might not have the ability to spend her hard earned cash to purchase one of these eccentric pieces, it is certainly an indication of the future with other peculiar and everyday clutches getting ready to become common all through 2013.

The Slouch Handbag

The slouch handbag is another trendy piece that you should take a closer look at. It is the ideal handbag to take with you on a causal outing. It is large and has a teardrop contour and is easy to naturally mix in with your outfit. On the runway, the slouch handbag was seen in various types of patterns and fabrics that matched sophisticated and classy ensembles. This is the perfection choice for a contemporary woman how has many items to put in her purse each day. It can also be worn as a shoulder bag or carried in your hand. It all depends on what you prefer.

The Bowling Handbag

The Bowling handbag has replaced the regular handbag and will prove to be just as popular in the years to come. During Fashion Week, many of these bowling bags were seen on the catwalk. Some were square in shape and some were stocky, but with a fashionable edge to make a distinct statement.

For women who want to buy one of these bags and add to her closet, a professional outfit is the best accessory. Combine this bag with a shrewdly tailored suit and tiny heels for the perfect office wear. On the other hand, you can give it a somewhat more casual look by dressing in skinny jeans with a spontaneous blazer or a basic skirt and sheer leggings.

The Baroque-motivated handbag is another 2013 trend to look out for. It exudes femininity and gives your outfit a vintage appearance. One example is the Dolce and Gabana Needlepoint handbag. It comes in black and white colors and can be purchased at Nordstrom.

Conclusion

For 2013, there is also a color trend for handbags. Black is a great option because it is sure to always be in style and so is navy blue and nudes, but bolder prints could be seen on the catwalk during Fashion Week. To jazz up your outfit, you can choose black with extra embellishments and decorations. Do what makes you comfortable, but bold makes your outfit pop.

Whatever handbag style you select for 2013, be reminded that it needs to match what you have in your wardrobe. So before you go out and buy that amazing handbag, search your wardrobe to see what shoes or clothes will complement your handbag.

How to Wear Costume Earrings Over 40

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As we get more mature, women especially who have been wearing earrings over the years will find that their earlobes will have lost their collagen and as a result may be a little flappy. After years, earrings do take a toll on your ears. For some women, the holes pierced in our ears are so stretched out that it may make your appearance like a cocker spaniel! Don’t get me wrong, it is the truth and I am not making fun of anyone!

I have had the opportunity to meet women who have had a plastic surgeon sewn up their earlobes because of it. However, for most of them, it just didn’t do any good. The most recent trend seems to be inserting collagen in their earlobes.

One of the huge mistakes that all women make is that they do not want to talk about things pertaining to this type of fashion.  This brings me to talking about the other option for damaged earlobes when a woman wants to wear costume earrings – clip on earrings!!

Clip earrings

Most women think that clip on earrings are something that their grandmothers would wear. You may think about pearls, a mink coat, and red lipstick and clip on earrings – all in the same sentence. However, believe it or not – if you found yourself in a boutique in Paris, it would be difficult to find anything else but an elegant and stylish clip on earring as your only choice. Why is that so? Well, the French people have made the investment of looking great at any age. The think that chic and fashionable should not only enjoyed by young people. French females do not give up on themselves just because they have gotten mature. Instead, they find any way to look and stay magnificent and amazing by choosing fashion that works for them.

Why clip earrings?

  • They fit the ear better
  • They look flattering
  • They will hide torn earlobes

What you should do?

Select the correct clip: either the small or wide metal bar or flap will work. The smaller ones, however, are harder to adjust and don’t have cushioned pads to protect your ears, so it would be wisest to choose the wide metal flaps instead because you can always add a pad to them and they also provide full earlobe coverage.

Consider what size and shape your earlobe is when purchasing clip on earrings. If your earlobes are small, then you may have to opt for the smaller clip; even if it is a drop earring. If you have an average sized earlobe, then you can work with any size clip on earring.

You should always try on your clip on earrings the same way you try on a pair of shoes. If you don’t find it comfortable, don’t buy it. However, you will have the option to adjust the ones that don’t fit comfortably.

Before going to bed, remove the earrings. Don’t yank them off. Remove them slowly. Open the back of your clip on earring before removing.

Conclusion

Shopping for earrings is one of the most fun things to do; especially with your girlfriend. You can ask each other how it looks on you and laugh about all the silly ones you may see in the store. So do shop in confidence!

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It looks fantastic with gray, camel, and black—and fresh with brights!

The Top Ten Fall Must-Haves!

Fall is Here!  The leaves are starting to fall, temperatures are dropping, and I am SHOPPING! hahahaha!

This is my favorite season of the year.  The clothes are classier, they are structured better, and we look SO expensive.  The colors for the season are autumn colors combined with pops of bright colors. Bordeaux, jade green, mustard, cobalt blues, OMG!  We are going to look fabulous ladies!

Every season my ladies always get confused on how to look trendy without overdoing it – so I thought I’d help you out today with a list of my Top Ten Must-Haves for Fall 2012. Enjoy!