I love receiving flowers from my hubby but it drives me crazy how inflated the prices are at Valentine’s Day. I decided this year to put together some fun other options that will last longer than a week. You may be thinking, “Great but how does my significant other learn about these ideas”. I find that there is nothing wrong with dropping heavy hints. I have actually been known to print out pictures of items I love and have written on them the location that they can be purchased. I love the line, “If you don’t ask, you won’t get”. After 15 years of marriage, it turns out, Matt prefers when I leave these hints. It makes his life easier.
When it comes to buying cosmetics, there are certain products I like to splurge on and others that I am comfortable buying at my local drugstore. Mascara is one of the products that for years I have bought when shopping at CVS or Target. My favorite is The Colossal Volum’ Express by Maybelline in classic black which runs about $7.00. Since my lashes are lighter in color and not very thick, I prefer a mascara that adds volume over length. Throughout the time that I have been wearing this mascara, I have received several compliments on my lashes so I like to assume it is doing the job. Read more »
I feel like I am always looking for that perfect tank top or camisole that works under everything. One that is long enough so when I bend down nothing peeks out and one that doesn’t squeeze you in certain places that excess skin spills out the sides or top. Recently I connected with Kristen at SNUG Camisoles. She suggested that I try their product and sent me the Bra Friendly Tank to try out.
I was thrilled to find that the bra friendly tank was long enough even for me who has an usually long torso. The fabric is a nylon spandex blend which has good body to it. It smoothes without squeezing which gives a great exterior polished look. At $36 and in a rainbow of colors, this is definitely a must have to add to your wardrobe.Photos courtesy of Reggo Wilson from Reggo of New York Photography
After the beautiful weather last weekend, I have definitely caught spring fever! Being that it is Friday I thought it would be a great day to share some hot heels that won’t break the bank. Whether you are in the mood for a sexy date night sandal or a great wedge for those maxi dresses, there are some great options in the market this spring. As always, there is a link attached to each photo for your time saving shopping.
Have you ever noticed another woman’s outfit and thought how perfect they looked if only … Last Saturday morning I was at my usual 7:30am cycling class. As I adjusted all of my settings on the bike and began to warm up, an ‘almost’ impeccably dressed woman chose a bike just in front of me. She had obviously spent a good deal on her stylish work out attire, dressed head to toe in shades of charcoal grey. Read more »
With Easter landing in March this year, it makes getting dressed a little more difficult. In the northeast they are predicting 50 degree weather. That doesn’t scream “Bring out the spring dresses” to me. Stripes and pastels are both big trends for this season. Think about pairing them with a cotton blazer and a hot spectator sandal. Read more »
Everyday it seems that there is a new product on the market that is going to make us look younger, brighter, more radiant, while we are constantly told as you get older, wear less makeup. One product that I have recently fallen in love with is Spackle, an under make up primer, by Laura Geller ($27). A few months ago I received a sample and have since become addicted. I layer the primer on after my moisturizer has set in and before my foundation. As you apply it, you can easily see how it retexturizes your skin giving a smoother more polished finish. I also love that when I use Spackle, my face feels a little extra moisutrized throughout the day. Since this is an extra step in your make up routine, I like to keep this product for those occasions when you want to add a little extra hotness to your look. As always, if you click on the highlighted text, it will direct you to a website where you can purchase it.
Last week I had lunch with my friend Kevin who just so happens to be the Executive VP of Stores for Barneys New York. While enjoying a great salad at Fred’s on the top level of Barneys NY on Madison Avenue, I asked Kevin if he would mind sharing with me the 3 things that every woman should have in their closet for this spring. He thought for a second and then said, “Hold on, I have someone for you to talk to”. After lunch we strolled down to the Studio Services department. If you aren’t familiar with this area, it is where the ‘seen and be scene’ go to shop. Kevin introduced me to Laura Mannix, Director of Studio Services. Laura was kind enough to take time out of her crazy day to share the following tips with me so that I can pass them on to you.
Laura Mannix’s Top 3 Must Haves for Spring 2013
This gorgeous bag is called The Edge by Celine. It is one of the best sellers at Barneys NY.
“Bipunta” colorblocked suede single sole pumps by Manolo Blahnik ($645) are a beautiful way to add a “pop” of color to your spring wardrobe.
Tinted moisturizer by La Mer ($70) is a simple step to add to your daily spring routine. It combines your 2 step process of moisturizer and foundation.
photo courtesy of Fitness 19
Going to the gym has been part of my regular routine since I graduated college. Over the years I have tried every type of workout wear that you can imagine. From the $9.99 no name variety to the gear that professional athletes would be found wearing. For the past year and a half, I have become obsessed with wearing Lululemon. I was hesitant over the hoopla when they first came into the area, skeptical that their workout pants would be any different than the hundreds of others I have worn in the past. After continuously spotting the Lululemon logo on every other woman at the gym, I decided it was time to at least visit their store and try them on. I was overwhelmingly surprised with the first pair I put on. Let’s just say, they suck you in, in all of the right places so that nothing jiggles. Although a little pricey, I can say that I am still wearing the first pair I bought about 18 months ago and they are in the wash twice a week. Since discovering and falling in love with the Wunder Under Crop, I have now ventured in to wearing their tops & jackets. Here are a few of my favorite pieces:
I love how the fabric on these cropped leggings hold you in and are completely opaque. No cellulite showing through these babies!
These tanks are a time saver. The sports bra is sewn to the exterior tank so you don’t have to hunt your drawers for 2 different tops.
I love this jacket because it has a polished look to it. It finishes off your outfit so that you look great stopping to do errands on your way home from the gym.
Do you ever wonder how celebrities make mass market fashions look like designer duds? For example, do you remember the 1996 Academy Awards when Sharon Stone was sporting a black turtleneck by the Gap? In 2010, Natalie Portman arrived to the New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend wearing a $39.99 dress from Target. How many times has First Lady Michelle Obama attended an event wearing an outfit from J. Crew?
Here are 5 simple tips on how to make your mass market finds look like you spent a whole lot more on them:
- Ironing – I know it is everyone’s least favorite household chore to do and many people don’t even own an iron anymore. However, ironing can take your look up to a whole new level. Taking care that your garments are smoothly pressed and crease free will make the fabrications look a lot more expensive.
- Add a Dash of Designer – Be cautious how you assemble your outfit. Mix up your labels and if you are wearing a tee from the bargain bin, pair it with a hot pair of shoes or a pretty piece of jewelry. Mixing higher end pieces in with your discounted items makes it difficult for anyone to notice which ones are less than superior.
- Alterations – Fit is everything. Even the most expensive labels won’t look great if they don’t fit right. Take a few extra dollars and have your garments personally fitted by a professional seamstress. Fit is one of the reasons women and men spend so much on designer pieces.
- Hand wash & Dry Cleaning – Many mass market styles are not constructed of the best fabrications. Taking care of them while laundering will help to give them a longer life. I seldom use the dryer for knits. Knits have a tendency to shrink or loose their shape when thrown in the dryer. I am also a huge fan of bulk dry cleaning for my lower priced pieces. There are many dry cleaners now that will only charge $2 or $3 an item. This is a great way to help your pieces look best all season.
- Hair & Make up – Remember to take care of yourself. The better you look, the better your outfit will appear. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on an outfit, if your hair and face aren’t cared for, your clothes won’t look good.