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Winter Warming

When I was a little girl, I always thought a coat ruined my outfit.  I thought, this has got to be the worst thing ever!  I saw the coat as an obtrusive object, which never went with my outfit.

 

As time went on and I matured;  I have realized it is warmth over beauty.

 

Coming from the northeast, I am in total disbelief that Texas has reached ultra-low temperatures.  I am even more stunned by the number of individuals not quite familiar with the detrimental affects of temperatures as low as 28 degrees.

 

I am overtly proud of my northern roots, which have helped me to develop a fictitious layer of blubber; however, my intellect secedes that of those who bear the bitter winds with bare backs.

 

My concerns peaked when walking through the mall on Christmas Eve.  After noticing a few outfits, I realized a trend…no one is wearing or carrying a coat.  Then, I began to wonder…is it just me or are these people ludicrous?  Right as I began to diagnose these people, I began to think of my childhood hatred towards bulky coats.

 

Coats truly aren’t the enemy.  They can easily accent an outfit or could be just one layer to an ensemble.  No matter the size of a coat, there are ways to accessorize:

 

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Raising Mini-Me

Every 10 minutes, there is a fashion show at my house.

This is the perk to raising a little girl whose  imagination is larger than her pint-sized body.  She expresses herself and imagination through clothing.  There is no playing dressup, her wardrobe is a dressup. Everything she wears is like watching a storybook unfold. But, that’s okay. I allow it.

Her idea of dressing up typically includes one or two pieces of mismatched pieces.  A pink long sleeve shirt, with a swirling princess on it; along with a leopard tulle skirt, green cable tights and pink UGG boots.  To her, she transforms into a princess. To me, she transforms into a little daring fashionista.

When we are out, I allow my daughter to flaunt her outfit proudly; never giving on-lookers the disclaimer that “she dressed herself.”

Who cares!

I am allowing my little girl to keep her innocence, while developing her fashion sense.  The more I allow her to express her individuality, the more space I am giving her imagination to grow (and the less she screams!).

In avoiding those screaming fits thrown by the pint-sized fashionista, I opt for stores with collections.  The Gap is a friend to any mother with an imaginative daughter.  Their collections are based on themes and colors. This allows room for any mix and matching of different pieces. It, also, allows me ample space to give my daughter the reigns to her sense of style.

As a mom-a-nista, I am all about dressing my daughter.  At times, she just doesn’t win the battle, because my fashionable eye wins 🙂

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OBAMA – Presidential Style

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Spotted under the radar sporting a variety of looks, Barack Obama influences many of his supporters. Beyond making history, Obama makes a fashion statement. Custom made suits, tailored jackets, crisp ties and collared shirts; our President knows just how to serve a platter of tasteful trend. He is the epitome’ of class because he always displays exceptional characteristics through a polished attire. Turning heads is something Obama is prone to do, but when it comes to fashion he pulls rank.

Obama challenges the status quo with his unconventional personal style. He is a man of prestige; yet presents himself as a self-disciplined individual. Barack exhibits remarkable dexterity and pivotal arguments; there is no wonder that his style (as well as intellect) will be all the change Americans need. When running as a candidate for presidency, Obama was marked as “too soft” for the running; yet, his laid back demeanor allowed him to take blows, recuperate and then, throw one back. His style follows along the same lines because he fights to portray a change, not only among the 50 states but, also, in Presidential style.

Glorifying the nation with his fortitude was just the beginning; Obama’s style transcended into the fashion scene and swept across Italian runways. Fashion designer, Donatella Versace refers to our President as “the man of the moment” and dedicated her Spring/Summer 2009 collection (named “First”) to Obama. Though his style is sophisticated, it creates a more defined man. “I would get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt”, Donatella admits. The choice of style is targeted towards creating a more comfortable polished look, signifying that a man doesn’t have to “flex muscles to show he has power”.

The fashion scene includes everything from more tailored suits to classic blazers and silk t-shirts. Ridding old ideas, the Italian runway also featured Giorgio Armani, who presented the stylish Emporio collection (intended for the young consumer). Armani presented conventional fashion with a twist. Like Obama’s charismatic campaign, Armani followed by introducing a compelling impression. The show included traditional jackets and suits; then, shifted gears to introduce presidential fabrics, such as: silk, and (what seemed to be) patent leather Bermudas. Both Armani and Versace’ are of a few inspired by President Obama. The list includes: designers, Andy Warhol and Sonia Rykiel (from Paris runway) and even, Hugo Boss (named an entire suit collection after Obama).

“We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent”–Barack Obama.

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-StylishBee

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Fashion – Accessorize

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For many, clothing selection is considered more important than its counterpart—accessories. Being an intricate part to finishing off a look, accessories are essential for any woman. Accessorizing is a great concept to add excitement and variety to your outfit – changing dull to flawless. All it takes is creativity and confidence to pull off any mixture of accessories. Broadening your fashion sense can be so exciting, when adding compliments to your style.

The whole point is to try something new! Be creative; add something thrilling to your ensemble combination. Accessories come in many different styles, sizes, colors and even fabrics. The can be used in mixture. Jewelry and accessories differ greatly. Jewelry is for the glitz and glam, while accessories serve more of the “tying-the-garbs-together” purpose (i.e.: gloves protect and belts for contour). Accessorizing is an exceptional way to illustrate your creativity.

It’s pointless to accessorize with accessories that do nothing to grab someone’s attention. They are meant to be compelling, but not overbearing. Try to keep it simple by keeping an eye on your accessory meter. One fashionable accessory commonly used is the belt. If deciding to wear a tunic, try adding a wide belt – it adds curves and creates a shape, which is pleasing to the eye. Keep in mind, every accessory serves a purpose and that purpose will vary according to the outfit.

If new to this concept, take it slow. Take a look around you and observe the latest fashions or accessories. Fashion is subjective; so try to add a twist versus copying someone else’s style. When choosing colors, you should choose a color that brings your outfit to life; yet, compliments you (both, physically and personality wise). Remain confident in any choice you make. The more confident, the more appealing you look. Accessories can take your look from zero to one hundred in minutes. You just have to be willing to test drive.

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Stylish World

Okay, so every little girl seems to grow up and want to be the most fabulous. However, what is there to keep her motivated through the many years that lie between childhood and adulthood?

As a child I admired the classic look and straight lines of pencil skirts, seamed thigh highs, classic suede pumps; yet, somewhere in between my aspirations and the truth of reality laid a blurred line. As a college student, I couldn’t afford to buy top notch designer wear.  Despite my champagne taste and penny pinching pockets, I found a median.

I’m a people watcher and I have long wondered what separates the eclectic name-brand world from the world I am most familiar with: budget-keeping “tarjay?” I mean, there is something more to fashion besides shopping the look for less or raiding magazines for the next hottest trend. So, like I said, I look to the world that surrounds me. Of course, it’s great to admire the trend setters, but who is to say you can’t become one yourself?

Style is all about working with the canvas you are given: your body. Clothing is all designed differently and naturally, so are our bodies (and personalities). Undeniably, no two people should share the same wardrobe.

Clothing should compliment you, whether it be your body type or personality. For instance, if you are curvaceous, where something flattering to your curves (no horizontal stripes!). If you are working with a smaller frame, wear clothing appropriate to your size.  And, I’m not saying it has to be clingy, just let it be fitting and more importantly, flattering.

With the turn of the season, weather grows colder and nights longer. Layering is a style that will never fade because it’s a way to add color, different textures and of course, stay warm. For any woman’s layering needs, I look to J. Crew and Banana Republic, these stores seemed to invent layering! Besides… the clothing is versatile for no matter the occasion – work, weddings, parties or dates.

I am an ex-shopaholic, I now look to my closet to see how I can make last year’s look this year’s hook-up.  Instead of throwing away those old rags, try playing with the look. Incorporate a belt, different jewelry or layer the look with different colors/textures or even, try a different hairstyle.

With clothing, we forget there are infinite things to do with any one piece. Be different; step outside of the box to define a new you!!

PS: Stop wearing the same outfits. Mix and matching is like having an “infinity” wardrobe…it keeps going and going and going.

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