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Fashion | Essential Items For Spring

Fashion // March 10, 2014

Spring will be here before we know it and I can’t think of a better reason to update my wardrobe with a few key pieces. This season is all about metallic, full shirts, leather, wide leg pants, suit shorts and so much more. As with all trends, you want to make sure you are styling yourself according to your body type. Here are a few ideas on how to rock the latest spring trends and pull off a flawless look.


Florals

Florals are no longer exclusively for your grandmother’s frumpy antique prints. From romantic lace, feminine flowers and bold prints, florals are making a statement this season. If you’re not keen on a head to toe floral look, try mixing a flirty full skirt with a solid top or a midi floral top with a solid high waist skirt.




Block heels

Make room stilettos, the block heel has made an appearance. Adding inches without sacrificing comfort, the block heel will be the obsession this spring. The block heel, which was once known as the “old lady” heel, has now evolved into something sleek and stylish. Try this style in sandals, pumps or even flats.




Cat eye makeup

This vintage makeup has reappeared on runways this season. The cat eye is a very versatile makeup look and can be worn with a more casual ponytail or more glammed up look with a high-textured curled look or bone straight hair. This look also affords you the opportunity to go crazy with an over-the-top lid and lip without looking clown-like.





Crop Top

Crop tops will be all the rage this season. Not only does it provide the perfect excuse to hit the gym, but it also allows you to show a bit of skin in an edgy, fashionable way. You can mix and match a crop top with a high waist skirt or jeans or let it all hang out with a maxi or full skirt, shorts or jeans for a great weekend look.




Graphic Prints

Stripes, swirls and dots, oh my! Daring prints are all over the runway this season. Fashion should be fun, so be courageous and mix and match patterns for an outrageously fabulous look. Mixing polka dots and stripes, colossal and mini print or geometric and retro shapes will be one sure way to achieve an eye-popping visual.




Sheer

Donning light, floaty, transparent sheer fabric provides a bit of added sex appeal. The sheer look can be extra sexy, played up for a more casual look or be ultra punk. Be careful to not go too sheer as too much of a good thing can be awful; it’s quite easy to go from classy to trashy with this trend.

What are some of the trends you like for spring? Let us know in the comments!


Published in Fashion
Sunday, 10 February 2013 23:40

Healthy Recipe | Lunchtime Veggie Chilli

Health Recipe // February 10, 2013

A couple of weeks ago during California’s cold snap, I was looking for a lunch recipe for the week. The winter temperatures had me craving something warm and filling. I like to make a large batch of something healthy yet tasty and bring it to work with me – it makes it easier to have a week’s worth of lunch ready instead of throwing it together every morning when I am inevitably running 15 minutes late. I love chili, but I didn’t think meat would store well for more than a couple of days, so I decided to make a vegetarian version of my own chili recipe. Enjoy!


Ingredients

1 to 2 tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 yellow squash, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney or pinto beans (your choice), drained and rinsed
1 14.5 oz. can tomato sauce
1 14.5 oz. can crushed tomatoes
¾ cup vegetable broth (you can use chicken broth if you don’t have the veggie on hand)
1 tsp. cider vinegar
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce


Directions

In a heavy soup pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onions and sauté for about 5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Be sure to lower the heat if the onions are browning – they should just soften. Add garlic, stir for one minute. Add bell pepper and squash to the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes or until the veggies begin to soften.

Once veggies are cooked, add chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic salt and pinch of cayenne pepper. Mix thoroughly,then add both cans of beans, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, cider vinegar and Worcestershire. Stir well. Turn heat to medium high and bring to a low boil. Lower heat and simmer for at least 20 minutes (I let mine simmer for about 40 to bring out the flavor). Adjust seasonings to taste.

This is a pretty quick way to make a healthy chili, and it will last in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. Feel free to play with the recipe – add mushrooms or carrots or another favorite veggie, add or substitute the spices according to what you like, and swap your favorite can of beans.

Bring along a whole wheat roll or some corn tortilla chips to help fill you up. If you like chili you are sure to enjoy this recipe – coworkers were telling me all week how good it looked and smelled!

Published in Health

Wardrobe Refresh // January 14, 2013

Over time, our lives and our closets can get bogged down with things from the past. As a professional stylist, I know how important it is to shed the trends of seasons past and focus on what’s hanging right in front of you. It’s a daunting task indeed, but the benefits of cleaning out your closet should inspire you to TRY IT! Imagine waking up each morning and knowing instantly what you want to wear for that very important presentation. You can go into your closet and see all that you have and you can even mix and match to create a number of fun, new and stylish outfits.  If one of your New Years resolutions was to clean out your closet and step up your style in 2013, then this year will be the year that you should actually do it!

Since this is a big project, it’s important to enlist help – whether a good friend with an unbiased opinion and (of course) great fashion sense or an expert who can really see all the potential for your closet as well as suggest ideas for maximizing it.

It’s also important to make it a FUN experience – turn on some tunes, maybe pour yourself a glass of wine, and grab some snacks...this could take awhile.

Cleansing, Editing & Styling Your Closet

When I work with clients, I like to start with the items that they’re already questioning (be it the fit, cut, style, color, etc.) so we can get through those quickly. Often times, we’ll find gems in this pile around which we can create a number of new outfits. Most will likely be quickly donated.

Go through your wardrobe by category (sweaters, blouses, pants, skirts, etc.) and pull out all your items. Try them on. Inspect them. When was the last time you wore it? Why haven’t you worn it? Would you wear it now?

If it’s something you haven’t worn in a while but you feel like you would still wear it, try to create 2-3 outfits around the item right then and there. Take pictures to document the outfits. If you love your new looks, it’s a keeper. If you’re indifferent, it’s time to move on.

Make note of what you have multiples of – white tees, black cardigans, black pants, etc. Find the pieces that are the best quality, shape and condition and keep those. Donate the rest. And make a note that you want to find replacements for some of these items, but in COLOR.

Throughout the process it’s important to be ruthless. Take no prisoners! If you want to streamline your style and your morning routine, it makes no sense to keep pieces that will only confuse you as you’re getting ready. You should only own pieces you LOVE and that make you feel fabulous … even your boring black pants!

Finally, it’s time to find your old pieces a new home. If it’s a piece that you’ve had a hard time parting with because it’s good quality, designer and still in good shape but it just isn’t your style anymore, I bet there is a good friend who pops into your head who would LOVE it. Some items might also be a good fit for Ebay or a consignment store (if it’s current season, on trend and in saleable condition). Finally, I guide my clients to donate the rest to their local battered women’s shelter or Dress for Success (as opposed to Goodwill) to be sure that the clothes go to those who really need them. BONUS: you get to keep on giving well after the Holiday season is over!

Published in Fashion
Sunday, 20 May 2012 22:33

Health | Best Workout Clothes

May 20, 2012 

Comfort, dryness, durability and style are important characteristics for women’s workout clothes. The best workout clothes are designed to work with the natural curves of a woman’s body for ease of movement during all styles of exercise. Bright colors and different fabrics can make workout clothes more appealing than the traditional T-shirt and shorts. Ladies, it’s OK to be cute while working out. In fact, I suggest it. Here are 10 of the best workout clothing items.

  • Brooks Viva Jacket- One of the latest fitness trends is the short-sleeved performance jacket. They're perfect for covering up when going to and from the gym and they're also great for layering when it's chilly outside, but you don't want to get too hot from your workout. This cute, sporty version is made of soft moisture-wicking nylon and it has a ribbed waist and cuffs.  It's comfortable and --get this--even has an interior MP3 chest pocket.


  • Nike Seamless Half-Zip Top for Women- This long-sleeved pullover is a must if you're exercising in cold weather. Made of Dri-FIT fabric, it keeps sweat away from your skin, which makes cold weather exercise more comfortable. Are you ready for an “I love it moment”? Besides the fact that it's comfortable and flattering, it even includes thumb holes to keep your hands warm. It's almost like having built-in mittens, but you can easily fold them over if you don't want to use them. This could easily become a favorite for chilly workouts.


  • Brooks Pacer Support Tank-This lightweight, flattering tank is perfect for warm-weather workouts or a low-impact class at the gym. The T-shaped back offers great support, along with the built-in support bra, and the light, breathable fabric keeps the sweat away from your body. There's an invisible pocket in back for your ID or keys. This bra is perfect for smaller-chested ladies involved in moderate-impact workouts.


  • Yoga Capri Pants - These comfy, drapey capri pants are perfect for yoga class or for almost any light exercise.  They're flattering and they stay in place during almost any yoga pose.
  • Adidas Supernova Running Skort- Running skorts are one of the best inventions for women's exercise in my opinion.  They're comfortable, flattering and you get to exercise while feeling stylish. They're light and the inner shorts don't ride up, which can be a problem with some skorts.  The moisture-wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry and there's no uncomfortable chafing.


  • Smarty Pants- We've all had moments in the gym or during outdoor workouts when we wished we had a little more coverage. Enter Smarty Pants, underwear made specifically for exercisers to provide comfort and coverage.  Their lightweight, and can fit under just about anything and help keep sweat away from your body.

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  • Merrell Savannah Sandals- These lightweight, sporty sandals will make you fall in love. They're comfortable and can handle just about any activity you can think of - walking, post-workout dinner or even light hiking. In fact, any Merrell shoe is a good choice because they last a long time. And they are super cute!
  • Avia Women’s Running Shoes- Avia running shoes are consistently rated number one when it comes to supportive running shoes for women. Avia makes these shoes specifically for a woman's foot, so you won't have as many problems with slipping heels or gigantic toe boxes. If you've had trouble finding comfortable running shoes, try a pair of Avias - it will change your workouts. I promise!


  • Thorlo Socks- Aside from your shoes, socks are the second most important thing you'll wear during your workout. Thorlo makes some of the best, high-quality socks out there for any activity. These socks are pricey, but that last for years and through thousands of washings.
  • Brooks Viva Capris- If you like form-fitting workout pants, these capris are both flattering and comfortable. Made of moisture-wicking nylon, these capris are light enough to wear during almost any outdoor workout. The fabric holds its shape, so these pants won't sag no matter how active you get. I love the comfortable, flat waistband and find they're great for running or walking on cooler days.

The saying is true: no pain, no gain. But nobody ever said you have to look dumpy while working out. Try some of these stylish yet functional workout looks and you’ll turn heads while you tone up!


Published in Health
Monday, 15 August 2011 09:04

Keep the Look! Clothing Care Tips

August 15, 2011

So you have built up one hell of a wardrobe. You’ve spent a considerable amount of money to stay up on trends. Unfortunately, over time things deteriorate or get lost in the shuffle and what was once a hot look is now just...messy. Say it with me: "Messy is not an option."  To keep you looking collected and classy we’ve picked some products that help with organization and maintenance.


1. Sock Cop Clips

$8.99
Okay, you can file this under random but useful. Sock Cop Clips lock your socks together before you wash so you won’t have to go hunting around for a match later. A cute idea and a definite time saver, you can find these handy clips at the Container Store. Your mismatched sock collection will thank you!


2. Forever New Fabric Wash
$15-25
Hot new man but same old panties…#notthebusiness. Of course we recommend buying new “unmentionables” regularly, and when you do it's important to care for and maintain them properly. Forever New has the perfect kit for washing delicates which includes a lace wash bag and gentle, organic fabric wash. Keep your Vicky Secrets--and your man--around even longer.


3. Purse Organizers

$15
If you could add up all the time you spend digging around in your purse and use it on other things, you’d probably have time to learn another language or take up belly dancing. Save yourself some time and aggravation and buy a purse organizer. I purchased one recently from the container store and I love it. It not only gives you a pocket for everything, but helps keep the shape of larger purses and makes switching between purses easier.



Published in Style