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One Simple Thing You Can Do To Freshen Up Your Look

Lipstick is an easy choice, but I see so many women neglect it every day. Even I'm guilty of skipping out on the lip color and opting for chapstick, especially during the winter. But honestly, lip color is the easiest and most inexpensive way to freshen your look, which is why during a down economy women tend to buy more lipstick than clothing. 

How can you use lipstick to freshen your look? Try different hues of fall's "it" color, oxblood. It's very vamp, along the lines of the dark and bitten look, but it's also glamorous. 

Case in point: you're tired and you've just rolled into work wearing jeans and an oversized black tee. Becuase you overslept you have to throw your hair up into a topknot. If you add Milani Lipstick in Red Velvet ($4.49 at drugstore.com) to that equation and you just made yourself glam in an instant! Plus, you'll even appear to be more awake. Wearing lipstick will give the illusion that you spent time getting ready that morning, even if you only spent ten minutes. 

Below are some amazing oxblood hues for the season. Click on items for more information.

Do you have a favorite lip color? Let me know in the comments below!

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Posted on November 08, 2012 at 8:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments
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You're Four Items Away from the Perfect Fall Wardrobe

... And you don't want an incomplete collection, now do you?

Let's face it, by now you've probably already invested in the essential pieces for your fall wardrobe--you've got your blazers, your scarves, and your sweaters... but what are you missing? Complete your wardrobe with these four pieces, all priced under $100. 


Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Boots ($42.80 at Forever 21)

Yes, you need this. It's the perfect combination of cognac brown and black, but the quilted detailing is what really makes the boot pop. Plus the high boot is taking precedence over the bootie this season. We just got these in the store Tuesday, and I couldn't have been more excited at how pretty they looked on, too! They are, in essence, completely fabulous. I am unsure of their comfort level, but would definitely be willing to pop in those Dr. Scholl's foot inserts. 


Grey Boucle PU Trim Jacket ($61.00 at MissSelfridge.com)

Leather trim is huge this season, and I have to say it's one of my favorite little details. It adds an edge to the most simplest of items. You can dress this up by wearing it over your favorite holiday dress, or dress it down in a tee and your favorite skinnies. It's worth the investment and it definitely has that "Omg, where did you get that?" vibe going on. I love it--It's different, it's versatile, and it's on trend. 


Fereira ($50.00 at Aldo)

How fantastic is this double-handled tote? And the tassel detail? Yes, please! I'm seeing tassel accents just about every bag this season, and it's such a great little detail that can really change the look of a bag. This bag is a perfect weekender bag! Wear it with a red and black flannel shirt, skinnies, over the knee equestrian boots, and a beanie--you're all set! 


Petite Jersey Peplum Top ($36.00 at Topshop)

Give me oxblood or give me... well, okay it isn't that serious, but I am obsessing over oxblood this season. (Not sure what oxblood is?) Not only is this top the color of the season, but peplum is such a great way to show off your shape in a season where baggy layers tend to hide your curves. Break out the cropped jacket and wear it over this pretty peplum top to change up the pace a little bit!

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

If It's Not Baroque...

One of fall's most prevalent trends is baroque inspired fashion--it's dark and modern but still lady-like. Remniscent of the Victorian Goth era, baroque pieces can be a pattern, a detail, or anything that is dark yet elegant. 

It's a refreshing trend with a rather unexpected inspiration, but I love the updated approach designers and boutiques are taking for this trend. Plus, it's right on target with this season's color--oxblood. It's a bit vamp, no? 

Channel your inner Victorian goddess with the baroque inspired pieces below. Click on items to see more. 

(Baroque Peplum Top: $42 at MissSelfridge.com)

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Consumer Confidence: 5 Pieces Worth the Investment

The economy might be a bust, but your wardrobe doesn't have to be. When money is tight, it's time to start thinking harder about your purchasing decisions. Sometimes, those uber-cheap pieces just don't fulfill all of your expectations, and when that happens it's time to really cut back and distinguish between what your needs and wants. Rebuild your consumer confidence by investing in these fabulous five pieces that are well worth the price tag, and highly recommended by yours truly.


$149.99 at Dillards.com

This item may be one of the most expensive items I've featured on this blog in a really long time, but I cannot recommend a more comfortable brand of shoes. I'm on my feet all day long as a Visual Merchandiser for Forever 21, so comfortable footwear is an absolute must. Gianni Bini shoes have an amazingly thick cushion--it feels like you're walking on a bed of marshmellows--seriously! You'll love them. Plus they have a wide variety of styles of shoes. However, when it comes to the perfect fall boot--this is my favorite and most likely my next big purchase.


$34.95 at H&M

I adore this dress, and I'm proud to say I own it! I try not to post too many things from H&M on this site because H&M isn't available in most places in the U.S. nor online. (I want my readers to have access to all of these fab deals!) However, I did feel like this deserved a spot on the list, and I'll tell you why: It has a thick fabrication, fits a curvy silhouette like a glove (seriously, you'll feel like Mad Men's Joan Holloway), and it's absolutely timeless. It's career appropriate with a blazer and will look fantastic during colder months with black stockings and suede pumps. 


$129.99 at Zara.com

I'm a smitten kitten when it comes to Zara. I bought a lot of great pieces from the store when I went to Italy, and every time I wear them I get tons of compliments--especially on my cord chain necklace, $29.90, at Zara.com. But, let's get back to this pretty coat--the length is perfection, the detailing is flawless, and yet it feels so cozy. Plus, you need to get your winter white coat! I'm also very into collarless coats and button up tops, which I feel provide a bit more of an understated elegance. 


$31.66 at Asos

I consider leopard print a neutral, so to me this belt can go with just about anything. Say what you want about "zebra" print being in right now--I'm on team leopard. (Faux, of course.) That being said, this skinny belt with the ponyskin-effect and metallic pin-buckle closure can be worn in so many ways. This belt can add that extra bit of texture or print that your favorite winter ensemble just might need right now.


$7.00 (on sale from $12) at Sephora.com

This is a fantastic matte lipstick that really lasts all day! I had my makeup done last weekend for engagement photos, and my makeup artist used the Mat 02 color. Unfortunately, I can't find that color online anywhere! It's a very nice, natural pink shade and it is a great staple beauty item for anyone--even if you don't wear makeup a lot. The Mat 09 Merlot (above) is a little more for the girl who does wear makeup often and would like a classic fall shade. No matter which shade you choose, it's definitely worth every penny, and if you want a little shine, just add a touch of gloss.


Posted on October 15, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Hey Curvy Girls... ASOS Curve Fall 2012 Lookbook Released!

ASOS released the plus size line for the autumn-winter season featuring fashions for the modern girl. From sequin embellished dresses to boyfriend inspired knits, ASOS is on trend with an array of styles. Heavy fabrics of velvet, tweed and wool are transformed into long-line maxis, pep-hem tops and tailored suits. The line also includes decorative jewelry and caps for the new season.

For all of you curvy ladies who think you just can't pull off something fashionable, think again! ASOS's fall lookbook shows exactly how it can be done, without looking frumpy. 

And P.S. I so need that leather baseball cap. It's uber trendy, but highly covetable! 

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

ASOS Reveals Fall 2012 Colleciton

One of my favorite online retailers, ASOS, has revealed their fall 2012 lineup. Full of chunky knits, classic textures, and pops of pattern play it's all about having a unique set of items for your fall wardrobe. Trends include Girls’ World which is retro inspired, Nowhere Girl which features androgynous and military inspired pieces, Baroque which focuses on ornate detailing, and Woodlands which features natural prints and coats perfect for exploring. These four styles all tie together for a thoroughly cool and modern autumn wardrobe. 

Although some of the pieces are a little out there for me, overall it's an artistically accurate depiction of what's to come for fall 2012!

See the full lookbook after the jump...

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Three Reasons Why H&M is Better Than Every Other Fast Fashion Retailer

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H&M is an oasis of pleasure for the bargain shopper who loves fashion, and not only are their goods affordable, but they're also immensely better than every other fast fashion brand. My (not so humble) opinion comes shortly after the release of their Fall 2012 lookbook video, which is utter perfection. Watch the video above to see every jaw-dropping piece and every savory accessory.

For my daily readers, you know I'm pretty much obsessed with Forever 21. I worked there as a visual stylist for a while, and I really loved (almost) every minute of it. So you might be a little surprised to see that H&M is my favorite fast fashion chain. Allow me to elaborate...

  1. H&M has fantastic, sophisticated marketing. Their lookbook video isn't cheesy or over the top. It's a minimalist approach to a runway show, which heightens a casual observer's awareness of the pieces being showcased. A majority of their ad and marketing campaigns are overall pretty amazing, with the exception of a few. Plus, they've featured professional models like Gisele and Chanel Iman in past campaigns.
  2. Speaking of household names, H&M has had unparalleled designer collaborations. Donatella Versace, Lanvin and Marni, just to name a few. I know some people out there are a bit undecided about designer collabs (does it cheapen the product? is it still high quality? etc.), but the fact that they've been able to snag some of the top designers in the industry says a lot about what they're doing behind the scenes to build relations with other brands.
  3. They are making a conscious effort to help society and the environment. H&M raises awareness with their Fashion Against Aids collection and they also have an eco-friendly line, the Conscious Collection. Of course H&M has had its downfalls in the past, like burning unsold merchandise instead of donating it, but at least they are making solid efforts to improve their practices and use fashion for a good cause.


I could go on and on about my endearing love for this company, but I don't want to drag this out! The only thing I don't like about H&M is accessibility, which really makes me covet their pieces even more. (Side note: When will they open online shopping to the U.S.?!)

Do you love H&M as much as I do? Let me know in the comments below!

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments