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Digging in Grandma’s Closet

My mother has always been a huge fan of crochet. Anything from hats to vests and even, sweaters. For years, I have wondered what the big deal was behind crochet sweaters. Although, my mother is a fan – me, not so much, until…. I tried one on today. I then realized, crochet sweaters aren’t meant for nursing homes, they are meant to be in my lineup.

Crochet sweaters look great when paired with the right pieces. If your crochet sweater is large with a scoop neck, try hanging it off one shoulder. If your sweater is long, try belting it and wearing leggins or skinnies- this gives the illusion of a completed look.

To up the ante on the crocheted sweater look, try going bold in color. After shopping today, I have noticed that these scantly knit sweaters come in many shapes and lengths. Perhaps, the art to crochet sweater wearing, is to wear a sweater suitable to your body frame. Long torso – opt for the long sweater and belt it. Short torso – go for the cropped sweater, with a cami under.

I have seen a variety of crochet items; however, the sweater is enough. Many people go overboard by pairing crochet sweaters with other crochet items. This is a fashion hazard. Have you ever heard of overkill?

Crochet can be, tastefully, paired with other materials and even subtle patterns. Never judge an outfit while it’s on a hanger. An outfit isn’t born until it is on a body and worn with confidence.

There are no rules to fashion and their surely isn’t a handbook. Fashion is what you make of it.

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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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Make a Statement

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Spruce up your outfit by making a statement with your neckline.

Necklaces are becoming the rage and fashion statement.  Forget matching your shoes with your bag.  Gather an ensemble based on your accessories – starting with your necklace.

Statement necklaces are bulky and obnoxious; yet, they are fashionable!  This accessory can take any blah – fit (blah + outfit = “blah-fit” AKA boring) and create a trendy look.  When accessorizing with a statement necklace, an outfit becomes versatile.  For instance, if wearing all black is your thing, consider a bright-colored blouse, black knee-boots and a blazer while at work. Meeting the girls for happy hour?  Switch into a peep toe pump – preferably, something more neutral than the necklace.  Despite the setting, statement necklaces are always welcome.

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The Classic Beauty

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For years, we have all fought to achieve the ingenuousness of the classic (and, youthful) beauty.  Feminine features and smooth lines are pure representation of classic looks – exuding elegance.  A handful of women became icons through their sense of fashion and delicate features.  Actresses, such as: Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge, and Elizabeth Taylor still remain true examples of classic beauty.

Now-a-days, women fight hard to obtain the look of a classic beauty; yet, many don’t comprehend the term. To be “classic,” does not mean to be “over-the-top.”  In order to dawn the look of a classic beauty, you must appreciate your God-given beauty.

Starting with your makeup, go more natural. Find looks that cater to your features, by bringing out your eye color or signature facial feature.  A fashion fail is wearing too many colors. Opt for a more neutral foundation, slight bronze on the cheeks and a sultry smokey-eye.

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This look is sure to go with any ensemble and any time of the day.

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Decades later than the world’s infamous classic beauties, we are introduced to the latest gown trend, which has married elegance with sex appeal. As long form-fitting gowns make their way back into the fashion scene, we are catching our second-wind of the classic beauty. To keep the splendor of sex appeal, floor-length ensembles have thigh-revealing slits, gems that sparkle, and even, plunging necklines (and in some cases, backs).

Gowns have evolved since their centuries old introduction to the fashion scene. This time around, fashionistas are wearing gowns in a totally “non-traditional” way.

Today, we spotlight the classic beauty Carrie Underwood, who recently has fancied anything elegant with a sparkle!

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Unleash the Beast!

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And, who said animal print was only for the wilderness? Another fashion trend for Fall 2012 is going wild – with print that is.  Fall is much more than wearing white, it’s about a natural pattern. It’s about dressing with an edge.

Animal print has long been associated with a red lip, pleather pants and faux furs. It’s time to bring its chic-ness back! Several designers are filtering animal print into their collections. Anything from accessories, clothing to handbags are adorned with these unrestrained patterns.


One of the most enjoyable aspects of animal print – no two patterns are the same. Every stripe, swirl or dot is naturally designed uniquely. There is even variation in color, as some prints are slightly darker or lighter than others.

Aside from variation, animal print is timeless. It has been a trend that has survived the test of time. Perhaps, because it is a pattern that can be matched with many variations of clothing. Many fashion mishaps occur when there is too much print.  Animal print is meant to enhance or to add distinction to an outfit.

Too much animal print can be a distraction and give off a bewildered appeal. Don’t fall victim! Instead, stand out in a distinguished way and make your fashion sense known! Grrrrr

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Give Em’ The Boot!

As the summer days transform into lower temperatures, fashion trends begin to pop!

In particular, boot trends are in full effect. From studs, textiles, straps, buckles and even sparkle, this season’s trend is all about taking it to another level!

Give em’ high fashion with a boot!

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Denim Squared

Denim seems to be making its way back into the hearts of fashion lovers. I’m not just talking about on the lower half of the body, but on the upper. Fashion-forwards, feast your hearts on doubling the denim. That’s right – denim tops and denim bottoms.

It can be challenging to decide just how to wear your denim. I know we all have our favorite denims, but imagine them paired with a posh denim top. With a clear palette, get even trendier by adding a brimmed hat and knee-high boots over your jeans.

Sewn to perfection seams, flawless button detail, fitted or flared, Denim is the American trademark (well, especially in Texas). Despite the slight color variation between denim, dare to wear! Focus on bringing the two pieces together with accessories, such as: a long three-strand necklace, a thin belt, dark cat-eyed makeup and a red lip! As a clean palette, denim directs attention to your accent pieces (Note: speaking of an accent piece, mix up the look by adding different materials –such as suede or patent leather).

After seeing Givenchy’s 2013 resort collection, I went crazy over the denim dressed model – which wore a wide-armed denim button down, tucked in wide-legged denim shorts, topped off with rustic camel-colored boots, which tied from the ankle up, covering all possibility of leg (pure fabulousness!). This designer breathes life to the idea that accessories are an importance! They can truly emphasis or enhance an ensemble.

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Denim is a material of pure versatility – it can be worn in any season and with any color. The most fun element of Denim is it allows for Fashion lovers to take the reins. It opens the door, allowing for imagination to make its way into your sense of fashion.

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Dare to Wear – The Art of White

Form-fitting and sleek is what this fall season is about. Color has always been a fame to claim – thought to elicit individuality and uniqueness. However, what about the clean palette of the color white and its infinite styling potential?

Fall has transpired as the season for bright solids paired with distinctive patterns. Yet, white has always been identified as a pure, and in some instances, a self-conscious color. Aside from the inconspicuous feelings of the color white, there is simplicity to its nature.

White is a color that is very forgiving, no matter the body type. It gives affirmation to the rule that “less is better.” It is a color that gives way to true fashion, allowing room for bold accessory pairing or accent colors. I have always been a fan of the sleek look married with bold accessories and eye-catching shoes. However, I have always been mindful of the time and place, in which white is worn.

The function or environment, in which you chose to wear white, is important to consider. This allows you to better understand how to wear white. Perhaps, this is why white has gained its reputation of being unsuitable. Do you pair your white skinny jeans with a white tunic and an accent waist belt, or with a grey blazer and a white blouse? Maybe, you ditch the skinnies, altogether and wear a white sweater dress and sheer tights with knee boots.

If incorporating white into your wardrobe is too distressing, try adding lighter shades of color. Lighter shades of color can substitute for white anytime you are considering physique-slimming ensembles. Pale colors, shades of nude and tans can do wonders at smoothing edges.

White is not only chic, but when paired with the right elements it can be seen as very polished or fashion-forward. Many worry about the stark shade “drowning them out.” If this is so, consider altering your hairstyle. Not necessarily the color, but the contour. Opt for a smoother, more chic hairstyle -one with a straight-edge cut, a bone-straight flat ironed look or more defined waves or curls. Whatever the selection, ensure it fits your face and personality.

Fashion is a little strenuous for some, because they try too hard to fit in with the latest trends. Take your time to enjoy. Fashion is in a revolving door – trends will circle back around. When trends resurface, be two steps ahead by adding your own flare. Fashion is truly yours – own it!

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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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