2015 Color of the Year

February 11th, 2015

 

Pantone the company used in printing and manufacturing is known for its color complimenting technique chooses a top color each year to be used in fashion, beauty or home décor. This year the color is MARSALA   like the Italian red wine.  What color is Marsala you ask?  It’s a deep red-brown hue.  You can add a dash of color wherever you feel appropriate; rather than dressing head-to-toe on your hair, lipstick, blush and eye color.  Then you would STICK OUT in a crowd.  A dash makes more of a statement that can go a long way.

Guys you can add a necktie or pocket scarf with Marsala or if you’re feeling really confident go with a Marsala shirt and/or socks in this color.    “Less is more” which too is my motto.

If you’re not into this color on your body add a pillow or towel with this color in your home. Let the color speak to you rather than let anyone tell you that is what you have to wear.  You don’t have to like it or wear it because people tell you it’s in this season, wear it because you feel good in this color.

 

Sizes 8 to 28 Clothing & Shoes

July 23rd, 2014

 

 

Simply Be is a wonderful website for affordable clothing and footwear (for hard-to-fit feet). Simply Be Clothing & Shoes

 

Trouble Finding Boots for your Figure?

June 25th, 2014

 

We all have different calve lengths and widths so I love the company Duo Boots.  They’re an online footwear retailer in the UK that makes boots of all styles to fit your proportions.  Besides choosing a style you wan you are able to choose your heel height and material.  The styles range from $140 to $400.  The website has a measuring tape for you to download so you can measure your calf and foot width.  Your boots are made to order and are delivered in seven business days!  Duo Boots

 

 

Sans Blisters

May 29th, 2014

 

We want it all fashion and comfort yet our feet don’t always allow this luxury.  Here are some tips to alleviate the pain of shoes causing blisters.

 

1.  Blister Block by Johnson & Johnson is  a Chapstick type application put anywhere on your foot to stop the friction.  I keep it in my purse.

2. Achille’s pad are self-adhesive cushion put in the back of your shoe to make it not slip or rub on the back of your foot.

3.  No show socks made of stretchy cotton with a silicone backing at the heel for a no-slip fit.   You can also wear them if your feet sweat.

 So wear style and have comfort looking your best sans blisters.

 

 

This Summer’s Must Have: UGLY SANDALS

April 30th, 2014

Women are standing up and saying they want comfort over style this summer.  They’re kicking off their stilettos for foot-friendly sandals.  This summer it’s cool to wear ugly sandals.  Who’d have thought this would ever happen? Jane Buckingham, CEO of Trendera, a trend forecasting company, says women have drawn  the line. Making comfort convert in a fashionable way.  One of the biggest things to remember is to have a pristine pedicure to give you the “chic ugly look”.

 

 

What does Your Wardrobe Say about your Psyche?

January 29th, 2014

Yahoo Shine

I wanted to share this fun article by Yahoo Shine…  What Your Wardrobe Says About Your Psyche

Watching makeover shows can be amusing — if occasionally cringe-inducing, particularly when people are forced to throw away that sweater they’ve had forever or favorite old pair of shoes. “That can be traumatizing,” Dawnn Karen, New York-based fashion psychologist, tells Yahoo Shine, “because people are attached to their clothes.” That’s where Karen and others in the relatively new but growing field of fashion-psychology step in — by helping folks who want to reboot their wardrobes figure out a little more about themselves first. a way to get to the heart of the matter for folks wanting to reboot their wardrobes.  

“I use counseling to assess where they’re at and why,” explains Karen, who uses her background in psychology, design, modeling, and performance to counsel clients ranging from CEOs to entertainers. “That way, the changes tend to stick.”

This week, the Australian publication Daily Life wrote about the rise of Karen’s field, noting, “This niche group of professionals applies psychological theories to what we wear, understanding that our clothing choices impact not only our own thoughts and emotions, but also those of the people we come in contact with 

It works the other way too, of course, with emotions, psyches, and underlying issues driving people to wear what they wear. And that aspect — what your clothes really say about you — is pretty fascinating. So Yahoo Shine checked in with Karen for a little insider info about what tight pants, too-high heels, dated clothing, and other looks reveal about the mindsets of those who wear them.

If you wear very high heels often
“You stand on solid ground with your shoes, and they carry you through life, so they do say a lot. Wearing very high heels might mean she feels rather inept and cannot look at people at eye level, and uses the shoes to elevate her, both physically and in her mind.”
 

If your wardrobe is trapped in the ’90s (or ’80s, or any other time)
“No updating means they’re stuck in a time period. The clothing could be from and symbolize a time when they were at their best. So they’re stuck in a mold from when they were most confident, when they were younger and hip and in their heyday, instead of thinking: How am I evolving?”

If you are slavishly, hyper-trendy
“I love these people because they are very expressive, but it’s like, who are you? Yes, you look awesome and I see all your Instagram pictures, but you’re constantly changing. Are you ever slowing down to settle in and to ask, ‘Who am I?’ Are you hiding from something?”


If you refuse to ever dress up — or down
“It’s cliché to say, but this goes back to your comfort level and when you feel your best. I had a client once who purposefully would not dress up for anything — he didn’t know how to dress up, it was a comfort-level thing — but he would literally do it to piss people off. Then there are the others who wear a fur and stilettos and it’s like, ‘We’re just going for brunch!’ They want all eyes on them. Both cases are seeking validation. Perhaps they’re not getting it somewhere else in their lives.”

If you cling to too-tight clothing
“It could simply be ignorance of not knowing how to dress for one’s body type.  Or, culturally, and in an urban world, it’s very cool and va-va-voom for clothes to be tight — it gets a lot of attention.  So it could be a way for women to feel sexy, and that they just don’t know how to portray sexy without clothes that are tight.”

If your outfits are too baggy
“Perhaps they don’t like their body, and don’t want the world to see it. They could have low self-esteem, and don’t know how to feel comfortable in their own skin. Or maybe something traumatic happened; a woman who has been sexually abused may want to shield her body from the world.” 

Of course there is always a person’s mood of the day to take into account, Karen notes. “Mood enhancement is a term I’ve coined about dressing your mood,” she says, explaining that dressing up when you’re feeling down — or down when you’re feeling down, whatever helps — can go a long way. “It can be very therapeutic,” she says.

 

Kudos to Shoe Repair

August 28th, 2013

 

When I discover a business associated to my clients image needs that offers wonderful customer service I want to share the information.

Austin Shoe Repair earns KUDOS for best turn-around service (1 day if needed) and price.  They are located at 308 East Oltorf Street, Austin, TX  78704.     Phone number: 512-442-5769.   Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

Little Changes Men Can Do

June 26th, 2013

Guys I did not forget about you!  Last week I blogged mistakes women make which cause them to appear older than they really are or want to appear.  Below are some examples that scream “old man” and simple answers to create a more updated look.

Pleated front and/or wrong waste-line pant.  Wear a flat-front pant even if you have larger thighs as pleated can make you look shorter, wider, and dated.  Wearing pants over the belly button or under the “belly” is just plain wrong.  Always wear pants at your natural waist, no matter how wide the waist.  

Comb-Over Hairstyles or Toupee may make you think you’re hiding your bald spot but others definitely know, I can assure you.  Shave your head and it will definitely update your look.  If you can grow a well, filled-in beard, grow that instead.

Over-grown hair in the ears, nose or on the eyebrows are not only unkempt but also scream old.  People want to feel you care about how you look rather than concentrate on overgrown hairs.  Either invest in a hair trimmer for $20.00 or have your hairstylist take care of the extra long hairs.

Eye Glasses definitely say more about your style than you realize.  When you shop for new frames ask the question “what image do the glasses give me…. young, old, etc” rather than “do these glasses look good”?  More than likely if you ask “what image do the glasses give me” people will be more open to say old, distinguished, sporty whereas asking “do these glasses look good” most people will generally say yes.  (Hint:  If you shop for glasses with me I’ll give my honest opinion.)

Rubber Soled or Square-Toed Shoes just look dated and is especially noticeable when you wear it with an updated outfit.  I understand bad feet as my husband and I both have them and the need to wear comfortable shoes.  Don’t spoil your look.  The right shoes may be more expensive but it is possible to find a comfortable, great looking pair of shoes.  

 

 

 

Guys……Style Tips that are always Fashionable

June 12th, 2013

 

 

So men, how can you look your best?   Let’s face it, if you walk into a room you are being judged on your look.  Women are fortunate to have a huge variety in their wardrobe while men are usually offered a minimal amount of options from season to season.  Below are some simple style principles that will keep you looking great and never go out of style.

1. Cut

Make sure the clothes you wear are not wearing you.  The right fit for you may be different than the right fit for another.  More importantly, wear your style rather than someone else’s.  Find a tailor that makes the clothes fit to your body shape, which will make you look as if the clothes were made for you.  Just because one brand fits one guy doesn’t mean it will fit you the same.

2.  Color

Many men feel that a tan colored pant and shirt can be a safe choice.  However, tan can work for some while it can wash other men out due to their skin tone or hair color.  Taupe may be a better choice.

3. Fashion

Don’t build your wardrobe based on the latest trend being pushed by a store or fashion magazines.  Fashion is not about the latest fad but rather finding a way to emphasize your body shape and have more than one look from work to social to special occasions to match your style.  The look also needs to be age appropriate.  Also adding clothes to your wardrobe so they can be interchangeable.  Simply adding a pocket scarf with your favorite suit or sports jacket can give your look much more flair. 

4. Quality over Quantity

Target store prices may look best for your checkbook so you can save for the great pair of expensive golf clubs you want to purchase.  However, if you calculate how many times you wash and wear a shirt and then have to buy 2 or 3 in the same year to continue to look good, it actually can be more expensive.   Quality clothing will look great through all the wear and washings for a longer period.

5. Shoes

The first thing others notice are the shoes you wear.  They are the best indication of your style and the strongest signal on how conscious you are about your presentation.  A cheap pair of shoes paired with an expensive outfit is the clearest giveaway that you look cheap and less impressive.  If you can’t afford a decent pair, wait for a sale rather than opting for a cheaper pair.  For example, if you spend the regular price of $60.00 on a pair of shoes that you wear day in and day out, you a may have to purchase them again during the year.  You could be spending much less by buying a comfortable, well-made shoe that can have resoled for a few years.

Looking your best signals to others that you care about yourself and that you have a high regard for yourself.

 

 

Giving the Shirt off your Rack

March 20th, 2013

Many of us have difficulty getting rid of our clothes we no longer wear. Clothes become ignored while new clothes are  being added. Many people have the mind set that it may come back in style, or they ‘ll wear it when they lose weight or they  never know when they will need it.

Consider it differently when going through the clothes in your closet.  Think of it as GIVING to those less fortunate and how lucky you are to have so many clothes.  Many  people around the world have suffered misfortune and most likely wearing the only clothes they have. Readjusting your mind will help you not take your material items so seriously.  Spread your wealth. You’ll be happier…..I promise.

 

 
 

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