Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer Travel, Ready for Any Occasion

Summer Travel, Ready for Any Occasion

What would fill your suitcase to travel the world? Dreaming doesn't cost a thing!  If you haven't checked out yet you really should! 

Get the Look: Vogue Cover - Sarah Jessica Parker

It seems that Sarah Jessica Parker has always been the star of Vogue’s Age Issue. Same is true this time around as the 47-year-old mother of three talks about balancing film, fashion and family. Parker is just one of those actresses I really fell in love with during college because of her character in Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw. The show for me fed something that I didn’t know existed in me, the fashion monster! I would watch the show while I riffled through my closet to attempt to emulate an outfit I had seen. Confession complete, I want to share a, black and white, Get the Look with you today with pieces under $50, here we go!

Check out the full article at Citizens of Beauty

Friday, July 22, 2011

StylePoint Portland - Lumafina Jewelry

I got the opportunity to guest blog for StylePoint Portland! Head on over and read the whole post about Portland-based jewelers Lumafina who specializes in melding opposing styles to create unique pieces.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

7 Pieces Not to Skimp On

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One day a friend asked me where my dress was from, I smiled proudly and said, "Anthropologie of course!" She sort of scoffed at me and then proceeded to make a comment that went something like, "Well I just don't have the kind of money that you do to spend on clothes." Man, how horrible did I feel after that comment! I was embarrassed about my dress coming from a nice store, even though I bought it on sale and have worn it a ton since purchasing the piece. I started to worry that my clothing selection would alienate me, which is ridiculous because I like clothes and who cares! Then, I stopped worrying and began to think logically about how and when I had acquired all the nicer pieces in my wardrobe; all of these pieces met two criteria: I could wear them almost year-round and I have bought them slowly over the past 6 years. From that, I decided to give you the 7 pieces I would spend money on to enhance your wardrobe for many years.

1. Jeans: Although jean shopping can be almost more exhausting than swimsuit shopping, with persistence you can find a pair of jeans that does everything right for you no matter what size or shape. You don't have to spend a lot of money, just that you shouldn't be afraid to spend the money. Currently, I am in love with a pair I got from H&M in February because the fit is killer and they only cost me $49.99, but I would've paid twice that for how good they make me feel. Look for a darker wash, the color is dressier and can be worn in more settings than a lighter wash. Go for a name brand like Levis, 7 for All Man Kind, BigStar, or Hudson; they specialize in denim and will have a lot of styles to choose from and the nicer brands last longer--I promise! Try to find a good bargain for nice brands; some of my favorite jeans have come from The Nordstroms Rack or T.J. Maxx. My last piece of advise here: if you find a pair you really like, buy two!

2. Bra: We all have them and we all need to keep them inline. Don't skimp on your everyday bra. Be sure to get fit for a bra when you go to buy a new one because a woman's body can change quickly. Your whole look can be shifted by the quality of your bra. I found my favorite at Victoria's Secret two years ago, its from the Body by Victoria line. Another great place that I have loved in the past is GapBody. 

3. Warm Jacket: You shouldn't need to wear you snowboarding jacket to the company Christmas dinner just to keep warm. Invest in a warm winter jacket, like an wool peacoat or a lined leather one, that hits mid-thigh to your knees and you'll be sure to be warm for many seasons. I have had my peacoat since my sophomore year of high school and it is still a go to for me every winter. Thank you mom for shelling out that cash! Check out spring-time sales to snag a good jacket for the next year around, or place like The Rack who tend to have winter merchandise year-round. 

4. Running Shoes: Please, please, please don't just go to the sport's store down the street from your house and grab a pair of Nike's in your size to go run a marathon. You will hurt your body and you will have wasted money. I recommend going to a running store that watches your gait and foot balance to help you find a pair to meet your needs. They do walking shoes as well. A good pair of shoes will last from 300 to 500 miles. Once you are fit, you can buy the shoes off a site like Amazon for a little less than retail. 

5. Dress: Your every occasion dress doesn't have to be black anymore, you just need to have a dress that can work anywhere. The key is to find a style that fits your body type well in a color that will cross between seasons. For color, I would look for navy, charcoal grey or a deep purple. Both can be worn year round and if  you mix and match jewelry and shoes you are guaranteed to have a piece with staying power! For material, I would go with silk-spandex blend that can flowy in the summer and sleek in the winter. For cut, a-lines and empire waists will always be in style and v-necklines are good to open up your chest to make your silhouette look longer. You need something you can feel fantastic in, right off the hanger. 

6. Swimsuit: I loathe swimsuit shopping, even though I was on swim team through high school and continue to swim for exercise. There are plenty of tricks that people tell you about how to find a suit to match your body type, which are important, but I think your best friend is persistence and confidence. If you find a suit, after hours and hours, that you love buy it! Then, when you get to the pool, be sure to have that confidence you think everyone else around you has about the way you look. Ruffles or ruching over the tummy are add camouflage-power to any suit. Spend money for Spandex because it will hold in what you don't want out; droopy girls don't help anyone. 

7. Shoes: You don't have to wear black, super supportive Keds in order to have comfy feet all day long. I love a good pair of heels, and, if you are willing to invest, you can find some really comfy heels that have support and squish on the ball of your foot. When in doubt, buy a platform heel. The extra lift gives you height and takes away (some) of the pain. If you work on your feet choose a brand name shoe, like Dansco or Croc. Sometimes you can find gently-used pairs at Goodwill for really inexpensive. Brands like Born and Sofft have great lines of heels with cush and stability.