Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fiesta Fun outfits for the entire family!! Viva Fiesta!!

Happy Fiesta everyone!  Here are a couple of outfits featured on my segment on Friday at Great Day SA!  I will post another outfit tomorrow!  The outfits pictured in this post all came from Nordstrom at La Cantera Mall.  

 This outfit can be worn from day to evening by switching out the hat & shoes.  Wear flats with the hat during the day and the switch the sandals for a pair of wedge sandals as shown.  Hat (Eric Javits Hampton Straw- Nordstrom) Wedge shoes (Nordstrom Charles David Oliver Cork Platform Wedge Sandal), Topshop Crochet top, Floral print top & skort (Nordstrom - upstairs in Topshop area), Gold Cuff Bracelet.  All items can be mixed and match with so many other clothing that you may have in your closet!
Bella, my 10 year beautiful daughter, is wearing a light weight spaghetti strap dress in Tangerine paired with a flower headband and a Tucker & Tate printer pom pom scarf all found at Nordstrom.  My sweet model, Emily, is wearing a Zunie Tie dyed Maxi print dress (Nordstrom) and a gorgeous necklace from Adelante Boutique at The Pearl.

Alexa, my beautiful 8 year old, is wearing a fun dress with fiesta colors (Nordstrom - Peek "Halle" dress).  It is accessorized with a Tucker & Tate pom pom scared and a little sparkle on her sandals.  Our other gorgeous model is wearing a hot pink top from Nordstrom with an open back.  It is paired with a mint green crochet lace short and Sam Edelman's denim sandals.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dry Shampoo! Love it or hate it?

I personally love love love dry shampoo but there are certain tips that you should now about using these products!  Dry shampoos usually come in one of three forms — an actual powder, a liquid that comes from a pump dispenser, or an aerosol spray. Dry shampoo can be used in between washes if you’re trying to lengthen the life of your blow-out, trying to add volume to your hair, got up late and you dont feel like washing your hair or even in situations when water isn’t readily available (like when you’re camping, for instance which I would not know about because camping to me is staying a motel instead of a hotel).

Whatever you choose, remember that dry shampoo will only help to absorb excess oil and it won’t necessarily clean out the dirt and grime from a long day’s work, though it might mask it with a pretty scent. Good enough for your lunch break after a quick trip to the gym? Sure. Good enough before a big first date? Probably not so much.

Here are some tips when using Dry Shampoo:


1. Get to the root of the matter: When using a dry shampoo, it is important to spray it right on the roots to remove access oil. Suave Professional Dry Shampoo does have a great scent! 

2. Divide and conquer: In order to get best results, you’ll want to divide your hair into small sections and spray each section underneath at the roots.

3. Flip it for fabulousness: Once you spray each section thoroughly, don’t stop there! Flip your head upside down and gently massage the dry shampoo into the hair. This will really help revive the hair and add volume and texture, making it easier to style.

4. Back (comb) it up:  If you have limp hair, take a brush and gently back comb the hair after you spray the dry shampoo.  This will add volume at the crown of your hair and help evenly distribute the product through your stands.

5. Back away from the regular shampoo  – If you wash your hair too much, it can actually produce more oil, so try washing less frequently—say, every other day or every two days – and use a dry shampoo in between for maintenance. Dry shampoo will quickly become your second day hair best friend.
******For me the only tip you really need!!!  Apply it at night before you go to bed.  It will absorb and you will wake up with refresh hair!!!*****

My favorite pics:
  • Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-powder - LOVE!  Did I mention I LOVE this stuff!!
  • Oribe Dry Texturing spray (can be used for texturing or as a dry shampoo)
  • psssst! - so inexpensive yet works so well!
  • Lush - No Drought 
  • Bumble & Bumble Hair Powder (in variety of color to match your shade)
  • Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo
There really are so many choices out there.  These are the ones I have personally tried!  Be sure to sign up to follow my blog for more fashion & beauty tips!  Happy Dry Shampooing! :) 




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How to Winterize Your Nails!!



If there is one thing I love love love it is fun nails & Julep nail polish! Nothing looks more "polished on a lady" then well manicured nails.  It helps complete a total look whether you are going for a fun festive look or a demure natural nail.  We are in the midst of Winter and no matter where you live or what type of climate you live in, all of the below tips will be helpful to have great looking winter nails so that you can transition into Spring with ease!  Here are some great tips from Julep!  Julep Nail Polish can be purchased  in a variety of places such as online at Julep.com where you will find the largest selection or at your local Sephora and Nordstrom Stores!  You can even order them at Amazon.com! I personally LOVE the Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum!  Julep makes it so easy to do your own nails, that I asked a few of my clients & models to do their own nails with some fun nail products!  For the next few days, I will be posting pictures from my models!  I will also let you know what Julep Nail Polish was used for each one!  As a teaser I posted a couple below!  Check back to see more!!   





Monday, December 8, 2014

Going to a Holiday Party & You Have Nothing To Wear?!?



Here is your guide on how to dress for Holiday Party’s


One of the things I hear many times, as a stylist, during this time of year is “I have nothing to wear to a holiday party that I am attending tomorrow evening! Please HELP!!  The first question I ask is what is the dress attire on the invitation?  Most often the answer is  “there is not anything printed on the invitation about dress attire” or “it is an office party and it is casual but not too casual.”  None of which are helpful to you or me in this situation.  You are in a state of panic, dreading for that evening to come, it is the day before and you still haven’t found that perfect outfit!  So, what do you do?  Keep reading and I will help you.

Here are some Do’s & Don’ts with helpful hints:

Dos:
  • Know who is attending the party.  If you be mingling with clients, CEO’s, as well as co-workers or employees, at an office party, then  you would want to keep your outfit on the conservative side.  A bit dressier then you would wear to the office but still conservative.  
  • Know the venue.  Is it being held at an office location, a lounge, a restaurant, or a bar.  For example, you might be more comfortable in a cocktail dress at a lounge but if it’s at the bar around the corner from the office, you may feel overdressed.  
  • Ask whoever is planning the event what the dress code is.  If he/she responds with “holiday dress,” you may want to ask for clarification. If you are still not sure, then wear a simple black dress with simple but elegant jewelry.  
  • Opt for overdressed rather than underdressed.  There is nothing worse than showing up to a party in jeans when everyone else is in a suit or a cocktail dress.
  • Wear something that makes you feel fabulous!  Remember to stay within the appropriate dress attire but you need to feel good in what you choose to wear.  
  • go thru your closet first.  Take out all your possibilities and style them with accessories and shoes.  If you find something that works, perfect, set the outfit aside with everything together.  You may only find one half of your outfit that works, a fabulous skirt or a dress.  Know what you need to purchase before you go shopping.  You will save money that way!
  • wear a fabulous coat or wrap that accentuates your outfit not hides it.
  • hire a stylist if you are still in need of help!! 


Don’t:  **Remember these are "DON'Ts" :)
  • wear something too tight or too short.  Absolutely do not wear something that will show an abundance of cleavage.  Less is more and makes a more pleasant statement.  Holiday parties present an opportunity to mingle with your peers and your superiors in a way you may not normally get to do.  Don’t be the talk of the party because you wore the tightest dress.  Be the talk of the party because wore a fantastic outfit and know you are the office’s style Icon!
  • Show up in a party dress or jeans when everyone else will be wearing a suit.
  • Over think it; if you feel good in something and it’s within the dress code of the event, go with it!
  • wear the Holiday sweater 
  • over accessorize.  Keep jewelry simple.  Long earrings with a nice bracelet or a long necklace with stud earrings.  Do not let the sales person sell  you the whole set...”you need to get the matching earrings with the matching bracelet and the matching necklace and Oh, don’t forget the big gaudy ring that matches as well!”  No, No, No!
  • wear your dress from 20 years ago just because it was still in the closet.
  • wear too much make-up.  Again, less is more.  You can go for a dramatic eye but then keep the lipstick natural.
  • wear flats.  Its time to get out your big girl shoes or at least your heels!  Flats are a definite DON’T at any holiday party.
  • bring your giant tote bag 
  • wear your denim jacket or your frumpy coat when you are dressed up.  Find a nice coat that is suitable for the occasion.  If you don’t have one, then enjoy the cooler weather!

Here are some ideas to help you obtain the look for the evening: 
For Casual dressy to dressy attire:
  • A simple black dress with rouching with knee high boots are one of my favorite ensembles and any age group can wear the look.  
  • Sequin tank paired with the little black sweater will most always go well.   Match these tops up with dark wash denims, trouser jeans or a black or winter white dress slack.  Remember always wear heels!  
  • Off the Shoulder sweater in winter white or red with or without a small amount of shimmer.  Pair it with a great black skirt and some stilettos or knee high boots and you are looking and feeling great!! For a more casual party, you can wear the sweater with your favorite pair of jeans that have a little bling on the back pockets and a pair of stilettos.  
  • A sweater with a touch of holiday bling over a simple top is a super and versatile option. You can wear this with a great pair of dress slacks or a skirt.  Add a simple clutch and you have a perfect match for holiday elegance.  
  • A sequin skirt paired with a very simple top.  Sequins on the bottom should not equal sequins on top.

If you are attending a black-tie event some of the same rules apply.  Keep accessories simple, always carry a clutch and don’t let your coat get in the way of your fabulous dress!

Stay Tuned!!  I will be posting picture ideas this week!!  



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