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Look Better With Age, Not Older

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“Is this too young for me?” It’s the age (old) question. You’re standing alone in the dressing room. You love what you have on. It fits you perfectly, you love the style, color, and print, you would have grabbed it fifteen years ago. Nobody wants to leave a great piece on the showroom floor, but nobody over 40 wants to look like a twenty-five-year-old who can’t come to grips with reality. So back to the question, ” Is it too young for me?” Well, we can’t really be there in the dressing room with you, but we can give you a few helpful guidelines for determining the answer.

General Guidelines

Shoes
Just because you are a bit more mature doesn’t mean you have to consign yourself to a life of navy mid heel pumps and comfy trainers. As long as you’re not back to your days of combat boots or Mary Janes there are plenty of fun, colorful and sophisticated shoe options. Try something with a little pop of color to brighten up an outfit, like a funky espadrille.

Hair
You may not be too old for blond, but you are definitely too old for damage. Make sure to keep hair well conditioned, but stay away from the bob, which may be a little too matronly at this stage. You may also want to ditch the highlights. Neutral blond and monotone are probably a little more suitable.

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Sunglasses
Sunglasses always rock, but stay away from the new wave styles. It’s all about glamor and less about edge. Go for a sophisticated look, and stay away from anything too masculine and boxy.

No Foundation
Nothing gives age away quicker that an overly textured complexion. Keep the makeup, but be sure to go light on the foundation.

Black
While there is a certain truth to the adage about black being draining on older skin, there are exceptions. While matte black can cause the skin to look rather dull, a lush black can be quite complimentary, so long as you accessorize properly. Think red lipstick and lots of bling.

Youngish Styles You Can Still Rock

Denim
You’re never too old for denim, but keep it classy and classic. Ripped and worn pairs will wear quickly, and you’ll probably want to avoid the ‘whisker lines’ across the thighs meant to contour. Stick to dark wash for your skinny jeans and aim for a mid or high rise, rather than low.

Clogs
Clogs are ageless. Wear these with jeans, skirts and even pantsuits.

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Short Puffed Sleeves
Short puffed sleeves may seem too girlish an option, but they can be quite flattering for the older arm and give a stylish flair to the right outfit.

Wearing Bikini Tops Under Clothes
Nothing indecent about this. Bikinis under tops will give off a vibe of freedom and carelessness if paired with classic pieces.

Espadrilles and Flip-Flops
See above, but may want to keep your pedicure appointment.

Are you over 40? What styles are you still rocking? What styles have you passed off to the millennials? Let us know!

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History’s Iconic Trend Setters

Have our iconic historical trendsetters gone from royalty to reality? The original trendsetters were members of the ruling class. Queen Elizabeth I adorned herself in a regal image earning her unmistakable recognition as Britain’s Monarch. Film stars followed, with the likes of Clara Bow, Greta Garbo and Marlene Deitrich topping the list of silver screen fashionistas, and eventually pop stars joined the list, with Lady Gaga and Madonna arguably among the most trendsetting women of the millennium.

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A trendsetter is a woman to put on a pedestal, an icon that women want to follow. Will our next fashion icon be found trying to find love in all the wrong places, pulling tablecloths from under opulent dish settings, or snapping selfies? Here is a look at some of the historic iconic trendsetters of the past. Where do you think the next generation will come from?

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel
Coco Chanel not only revolutionized fashion, she liberated women. Not only do we have her to thank for such fashion staples as costume jewelry, the little black dress, and espadrilles, but for the freedom of women’s bodies. The corset free bust, the streamlined silhouette sans the hyper waistline, and women’s trousers were all Coco’s inventions, aimed at simplifying and accommodating the lifestyle of modern women.

Clara Bow
Clara Bow was the original IT girl and perhaps the ultimate flapper. Her look incorporates the slimming chevrons with the drop waist and additions of sequins for a more glam version.

Colleen Moore
If you’re wearing a bob today, you have silent film actress Colleen Moore to thank. The actress basically invented the block cut, and wore it until the day she died in 1988.

Josephine Baker
Without Josephine Baker, Beyonce may not have been shaking her booty today. This original showgirl turned spy was best known for her “banana dance’ and pet cheetah which she could frequently be seen taking walks with on the streets of Paris. She was also known for her flare for accessories, and could sometimes be found on stage wearing little else.

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Greta Garbo
One would be remiss in leaving Greta Garbo off a list of trendsetters. This alluring film star fascinated women and men alike. Heavily depending on designer Valentina Schlee for her clothing collection, Garbo is often considered the epitome of Hollywood glamor.

Pola Negri
As the first European actress to be invited to Hollywood, you can bet Pola Negri was quite the trendsetter in her day. she could often be seen wearing turbans and fur boots, and even popularized the wearing of red painted toenails in the Western World.

Zelda Fitzgerald
One would expect the wife of the author of the Great Gatsby to be something of a muse. Husband F. Scott Fitzgerald declared his wife to be “the first American Flapper,” alluding to her creativity, attitude and independence as the encapsulation of the movement.

Jean Arthur
The literal first lady of screwball comedy, publicity shy Jean Arthur of the “I’d rather slit my throat than do and interview’ fame was known to rock and androgynous look, with man- style work shirts and relaxed fit trousers.

What do you think? Have our trendsetters gone from royalty to reality? Let us know!

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Frills and Flash For Denim

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Ah, the 1980’s. Trashy was the look. Over the top lace and crinolines, ladylike beads, slinky jewelry; big hair and bigger hair bows paired with motorcycle belts, dangerous boots, and the proper amount of exposed flesh, and over it all, a denim jacket. Denim; the material of the worker, the perfect foil for the extremely feminine. It has been bedazzled, acid washed, ripped, and patched, beaded, and trimmed in lace, but it always carries that boyish message that contrasts with the super girly, and we never seem to run out of ways to wear it. If you’re looking for some new ways to be creative with denim, here are some ways of bringing your jeans into the millennium.

Reinvent Old Jeans As A Miniskirt

  1. Mark the length you want your skirt to be and cut off the excess.
  2. Cut the inseam along the legs and crotch so that the legs are open.
  3. Cut a patch out of the excess fabric.
  4. Sew the patch to the skirt to cover the gap left by the inseam.

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Alternative Method

  1. Mark the length you want your length to be on the inseam. Using a ruler and chalk, create a line you’ll cut across.
  2. Cut the excess length off the pants and cut along inseam to open each leg.
  3. Cut two squares of fabric from excess leg pieces. These will serve to fill in the triangular gaps between the legs.
  4. Sew or glue squares onto the underside go the skirt, to fill the gaps.

Uneven Hem (Tiered Hem)
This is that really cool look in which the hem on the front panel of your jeans is slightly higher than the back. Great for showing off a really cool pair of sandals.

  1. Cut off original hem of pants.
  2. Mark off two inches.
  3. Cut across the front panel of jeans, leaving back panel 2 inches longer.
  4. Fray newly cut hems, pulling strings out for style.

Fringed hem

Fringed Hem
For that hippy beachy look. Think Tom Hanks in “Castaway.”

  1. Cut off original hem of pants.
  2. Make a straight line 3 inches from the bottom.
  3. Marked finger width spaces, as if you were in elementary school, trying to space your letters, using vertical lines.
  4. Cut along vertical lines and shake to a make fringe.

Racer Stripes
This will give you a sporty racing stripe down each leg

  1. Mark one inch to the left to the outer seam and one inch to the right.
  2. Apply painters tape from the top to the bottom of the pants along the marks you have just made, leaving the seam exposed.
  3. Pour bleach into a bowl.
  4. Apply bleach between pieces of tape, wait for color to remove.

denim skirt and yellow purse

Let us know how your dressing up your denim this year and let us know if you tried any of our suggestions!

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Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They’re Gone

It’s summer and it’s that ‘fry an egg on the sidewalk” type of weather. Your friends are sending you selfies and texts from their exotic vacation spots while you lie on the couch in front of the air conditioner trying to keep your hair from frizzing. What’s a girl to do? Her nails!

It may be the dog days of summer, but that’s no excuse for letting your nails go! Put on the air conditioner and get out that polish! And do it soon, because the colors of summer may not be around for too long. Here are some of the best summer colors you simply have to have!

Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They're Gone

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Candy Crush
With all the fireworks of summer, its always a great idea to glitter bomb your nails. Get those nails looking just as hot as the weather with some multi-color glitter nail polish. Finish the look with some eye catching rings on every finger top and bottom.

Cake Pop
Nails that look like ten cake pops! What could be better? This pink pastel color will look great against your skin and while making a super feminine statement that can complement your inner lady or provide a contrast to your tomboy side.

Floss Gloss
Summer nail polish doesn’t have to be bright. Try a neutral palm tree color. It will work like color correcting concealer to tone down summer weathered hands, and look great while doing it.

Electric Orange
Anything starting with the word electric has to be great for summer. Besides, since your not doing tans anymore, you need something to give you color. Orange is a great cheery summer color and will provide a great contrast to your more expected pinks and reds.

Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They're Gone

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Coral
Coral is always a great classy choice for all of your cosmetics and summer fashion. Its really on trend this 2017 and is guaranteed to fully complement your entire summer wardrobe. The pinky peach color is a great way to keep things lively, and you can always add a glitter topcoat for a little extra kick.

Red
There will always be a place for classic red in every nail polish collection. No matter the season, red will always make a strong, sexy feminine statement. You can never go wrong with red.

Subtle Grey
Every once in a while, it is a good idea to take it down a notch. With all the summer colors heating things up, you may want to cool off with a nice subtle grey. Look for the color in matte finish to keep it fun and bright.

Sweet Almond
They say variety is the spice of life, and if you’re always looking to change things up, this may be the color for you. Sweet almond is somewhere between gray and lilac, but there is nothing boring or sleepy about this light purple. Definitely a color for the ages.

Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They're Gone

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Nude
Nothing like going nude in the summer. If its the barer the better, try this neutral on for size. It’s summer in a bottle.

What are you putting on your nails this summer? Drop us a line and let us know how your nailing your nails in the midst of all the heat.

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Summer Fashion That Keeps You Looking Sophisticated and Put Together

According to the Urban Dictionary, a “hot mess” is “when one’s thoughts and appearance are in a state of disarray, but they maintain an undeniable attractiveness and beauty.” Summertime conditions the likes of heat and humidity may make “hot mess” the best look you can hope for. However, there are some situations in which hot mess is simply not cutting it.

So what can you do when you absolutely need to look sophisticated, even though the weather conditions seem determined to defeat you? Here are a few ideas for looking put together even in the deadliest of the summer heat.

The Shirtdress
The shirtdress is a lightweight choice that epitomizes summer office fashion. Go for a neutral color and play around with accessories. A colorful scarf or brightly colored purse will help you to own the look.

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The White Blazer
A summer office atmosphere demands the accessibility to a light blazer for quick removal or cover. White is the perfect choice for summer weather with a touch of class. Pair it with skirts, dresses, trousers, or layer it over the hottest colors of the season.

Tribal Prints
Not just for rock festivals, tribal prints can be perfect for the workplace, as long as they are done right. Style your prints with neutral colors in coordinated tones to keep it office appropriate.

Light Colored Accessories
Even if your committed to wearing black, you can lighten the look with the right choice of accessories. Try some gold tone jewelry or a beige leather handbag to subtract from the heaviness of dark colors.

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Tropical Colors
Why not add a splash of the tropics to your office? Your enthusiasm will be contagious. Be bold in bright greens and turquoise blues, just keep a navy blazer handy in case you’re feeling too conspicuous.

The Linen Dress
Linen is a great breathable fabric that works well for professionals. A classic linen summer dress can be an easy office choice. Accessorize with sunglasses, belts, and even funky sandals.

Colorful Accessories
If you want to keep things lively, think about accessorizing with some bold colors and styles. Consider bright green pumps with tailored trousers and an electric blue purse. Add a bright yellow lightweight scarf and you’re set!

floral prints

Floral Prints
What office couldn’t use a few flowers? Keep your florals from looking too girly by pairing with solid colors in a refined palette. Stick with simple structures over frills.

Pastel Dress
What about a solid pastel colored dress? If you go for a structured design, you can keep it professional, especially if you incorporate some darker or neutral colored accessories, like a nude belt or pumps.

Straight Leg Trousers
Straight leg trousers look professional in every weather, and the light weight and loose fit is an added bonus in the sticky summer heat. Top with a tapered blouse and keep the sunhat handy if you’re planning to venture outdoors.

What are you wearing to the office this summer? Let us know how you keep it sophisticated when the thermometer says “hot mess.”

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Accessories That Will Have You Looking Forward To April Showers

It’s raining. So your new sandals will have to wait for another day to make their planned debut, and you’ll have to consign your spring faux fur to another day in the closet. But, you are the prepared fashionista, and that means that there is no stylistic challenge too great for you to overcome. The rain has nothing on you because you have a wild arsenal of accessories to make the rain slicked streets into your high fashion runway. So spray on the frizz-ease, brush on the water proof mascara, and bring on the rain.

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Rain Boots
If your idea of rain boots is a footwear version of a plastic bag, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

Heels
If you can’t bear to part with your heels, you don’t have to! You can get the elevation and the dainty look without sacrificing the comfort and protection of galoshes. Look for Kate Spade’s rain boots complete with two inch heals and ladylike ribbon. Available in black and hot pink for a literal splash of color.

Classic Galoshes
if you’re looking for fun and functionality, classic rain galoshes are available in all colors and prints. Hunter boots offer traditional durability with a stylish buckle at the side and cushioned footbed for extra support. See by Chloe offers a little extra with a rubber exterior and lace up embellishments, or look for rain boots in the trademark Burberry plaid of some rainy weather class.

Outerwear
Just because you need to cover up, doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style.

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Metallics
You may not be able to go furry in the rain, but you sure can go shiny! Try a paper reflective metallic Mac or the ultra cool multi color transparent hologram jacket with a detailed metallic finish from Boohoo. If classic is more your style, you can’t go wrong with a traditional bright yellow.

Florals
April Showers do bring spring flowers. Look for undisputed Queen of Florals Betsey Johnson’s flowery slicker complete with heart shaped buttons. Or, check out the water proof peony adorned mac from Joules with matching wellies.

Windbreaker
For warm rainy days, a hooded windproof rainproof topper may be just the thing, Northface offers a variety of sporty windbreakers or try a fashionably monogrammed appliqu├ęd version in purple petunia.

Umbrellas
Make a weatherproofing into a fashion statement with these umbrella choices.

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Classic Umbrellas
If you’re a traditionalist, the classic foldable umbrella is available in a variety of colors and prints. Made with a wooden, metal, or polyester shaft, and microfiber fabric canopy, these umbrellas can be both fashionable and practical.

Bubble Umbrellas
Ah, life in a bubble. These are those spherical shaped umbrellas recognizable by their transparent plastic canopy. While their purpose is increased visibility, these umbrellas have the added bonus of fashionability, available in polkadot printed or color trimmed options.

Gadget Umbrellas
If you love novelty, you may be interested in investing in one of these. These fun umbrellas may house cup holders or feature a handle resembling the head of a bird or samurai sword, Always guaranteed to lend a bit of fun to the dreariest of days.

How do you gear up for the rain? We want to know how you’re staying waterproof during this year’s April showers.

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Fashion Choices That Hide Problem Areas

So you’ve got your dad’s eyes, grandma’s freckles, Aunt Suzie’s infectious laugh, and your mom’s thighs. And though you may never want to trade in your mom, you may sometimes want to trade in your thighs. But so what? Perfection is overrated and that’s what baggy clothes were made for. So things being as they are, let’s talk about the best fashion choices for hiding those problem areas.

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Create Curves On Top
You can draw attention away from your curves by wearing something that adds visual dimension to your shoulder and bust area. It will play up the top of your body while drawing attention away from your hips and thighs. Look for:

  • Horizontal necklines, like boat necks or straight necks. Wrap necklines may slim your torso, but focus attention on your bust.
  • Light colors, like light pink or white.
  • Bright colors, like electric blues, reds, and oranges.Eye-catching details like polka dots, stripes, sequins, or large collars.
  • Kimono or bell sleeves.
  • A good push up bra or bust enhancing neckline, like a bustier.
  • Scarves. Need we say more?

Downplay Curves
If you want to minimize hips, butt, and thighs, try the following:

  • Dark colors, especially dark wash jeans or dress pants.
  • Vertical details like stitches, pleats, and decorative zippers.
  • Tops that end just below the hip bone. (Avoid lengths across the across your thighs and hip length tops.)
  • Thigh and hip hugging shapewear.
  • Heels.

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Minimize Middle
If weight gain around the midsection is problematic, you probably want to choose something that fits loosely around the middle and more tightly elsewhere. Your best choices include:

  • Slim cut pants, to show off slim legs.
  • Shift dresses: These will look very flattering, especially with high heels.
  • Tunics, which glide over the middle, emphasizing other body parts.
  • Empire waist tops.

You want to avoid wearing anything that draws too much attention to the middle, such as belts, waist cinching tops, and high-rise pants.

Pencil skirt

Hourglass
If you’ve got that hourglass body, proportions are no problem, but some clothes may make your curves look more like angles. You need to find clothes that move with your body naturally. Stay away from shapeless styles, like cardigans, tunics, and baby doll dresses. To make the most of your curves, look for:

  • Pencil skirts, great for cinching the waist and skimming the hips.
  • V-Neck shirts: A tight fitting top will flatter without exaggerating.
  • High waisted pants draw attention to a slim waist.
  • Wrap dress: The diagonal cut will hit all the right places.

Bottom Slimming Pants
To create a lean line on your lower body, the best pants are flare legs, straight and skinny, boot cuts, and pants with simple waistbands.

Skirts and Dresses with Width and Volume
It may seem counterintuitive, but skirts that are wider at the bottom usually balance out wider hips. Steer away from too-full skirts in favor of something with an a-line shape. Flared skirts and full circle skirts will also flatter, as will maxi and gypsy skirts.

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Statement Jewelry
Eye-catching earrings and necklaces draw attention upward. Examples include gemstones, metal discs, and chandelier and feather earrings.

Short Jackets
Jackets that hit a few inches above the hipline will help to make your legs look thinner and longer. Hip length jackets can also work, as long as you wear a suitable bottom, such as a dark colored A-line skirt or pair of dress pants. Short leather jackets are a good choice, as are cropped denims.

Never underestimate the power of good underwear! It can hide a multitude of sins!

Let us know what you wear to make your problem areas less problematic. We want to know!

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