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“What Not to Wear” Fashion Saving Acronym

what-not-to-wearWhile watching a “What Not to Wear” re-run the other day, I heard them say such a perfectly useful acronym and decided it was too good not to share.

The acronym is fairly simple and obvious but it’s such a good thing to keep in mind while shopping for clothing, especially while shopping by yourself when you don’t have access to a second opinion or the second opinion you do have around is not exactly trustworthy!

B: Body appropriate Does this item really flatter your body type? Think back to similar items you’ve purchased in the past, did it photograph well? Also, use the mirrors that allow you to see the back of you as well as the front and make sure you can sit and breathe comfortably in.

A: Age appropriate There’s no need to obsess over this one even though most of us do. It’s really a matter of comfort. Do you feel comfortable sporting this potential trend? If you do, it’s most likely age appropriate and when in doubt, do without!

S: Situation appropriate Pretty self-explanatory, right? 🙂

E: Expense appropriate  CPW (cost per wear) When making a decision, take into consideration the wear you will receive from the item AND what you currently have in your closet that you can coordinate with the new piece. For example, don’t be afraid to bite the bullet with your basic black skirt that you know you’ll wear until the threads fall apart, but think twice before buying anything that’s too expensive and flashy that will be very noticeable if worn frequently.

There you have it folks, B.A.S.E- a truly useful shopping tool! Put it into practice during your next shopping expedition and comment your experience below…

Happy shopping friends!

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Give Green a Chance

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While I was out shopping this past weekend I fell in love with a hunter green Marc Jacobs leather purse. Hunter green? Yes, it’s a little unexpected but it was absolutely perfect!

Unfortunately, the beautiful purse was not on the shopping list but as I continued shopping, I noticed this hue was all over the place. It’s like when you buy a certain car and all of a sudden you start seeing just how many cars like that are on the road. I realized this was one hott trend for any wardrobe.

Hunter green is bold enough to be the predominant color in fun evening wear but also subdued enough to just add a sophisticated splash of color to any run of the mill outfit.  So I am professing here and now my love for hunter green and hope this collage I put together helps others give green a chance.

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Party Rocking at Your Best

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It’s happened to us all before. You have an important party or event to attend and you simply don’t feel like going because you don’t feel you look your best. This usually is an issue when you’re meeting with people that haven’t seen you in some time or meeting someone where landing a good first impression is crucial. The experience itself can make any one selfconcious but add a bad haircut, an extra five pounds, or a lack of a stylish ensemble, and you have a recipe for a party pooper.

But there’s no need to avoid the party all together. We’ve come up with some great tips to turn around any to-be sour party moments.

1. Draw attention to your best features.

While you may be completely focused on your “bad” haircut, make others notice your beautiful statement earrings or smoky eye make up. Pin up shorter layers to help those features steal the show.

2. Wear comfortable clothes that fit your shape.

Yes, ideally we would  have lost those extra five pounds by the party date, but unfortunately it’s not always possible. Instead of squeezing into a tight dress that might make others realize you’ve put on a little weight and make you feel self conscious all night, wear something that fits to the point where you feel comfortable and able to breathe. Usually comfort can turn in to confidence and confidence translates to beauty in others’ eyes.

3. Accesorize, accesorize, accesorize!

Didn’t have time to run to the store for this season’s latest trend? Don’t stress. Run to your closet and find a classic look for the event your attending (something that you can’t pinpoint to a certain year). Now think of accesories that will help make the ensemble look more modern. If you don’t currently own any, run to favorite jewelry store already dressed and ask for a store associate to help you find something that will “pop”. As we all know, it’s much easier and quicker to shop for accesories than it is for a new outfit and being already dressed will help you see the “whole” picture.

We hope this blog has you soon feeling like a million bucks. Put these suggestions in to play and you’ll be ready to party in no time!