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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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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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style + functional = the best of both worlds!

So, I’m watching TV and hear the line: There is stylish. There is functional. And then, there are both.

Naturally, I start thinking about fashion.  What exactly does it mean to wear the outfit, and not let it wear you?

When questioning myself, the person/character that came to mind was none other than the infamous Carrie Bradshaw Preston.  I heart everything about her – her whimsical nature, delicious taste for style and of course her delectable shoe game. Undoubtedly, we owe all thanks and gratitude to the wonderful Patricia Field. However, anyone can by styled, but only a handful can own it!

SJP killed every outfit that graced her small frame. The Paris ensemble and the dapper day-to-day ensembles have stolen not only my heart, but also the hearts of fashion-forwards.

There are many people who are stylish. Yet, they are classified stylish because of their ability to put together pieces of clothing.

Take it from Carrie – Whether in a snug mini, 5” stacked platforms or wearing an outfit only you understand, don’t give in to the temptation of feeling less than yourself.  Carrie has worn some of the oddest pieces. Nonetheless, she was always comfortable and transformed from odd to chic, gracefully, while in front of the cameras.

Not only are we buying into her fashionable taste, but we are captivated by her infectious laugh, biting of her lower-lip and her girlish skip as she crosses streets. Carrie is ultimately being Carrie – no bars holding back.

Always remember: Style transcends to functional when you don’t lose touch of your personality and who you truly are.

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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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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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White Jean Craze

So, what is it behind chalky white jeans?

Despite the extent of her wardrobe, every woman has that one pair of white jeans in her closet. Waiting for the moment, a woman knows that when she wears those jeans, she is making a riveting fashion statement.

White jeans symbolize a fashion freedom. They are a clean palate to mixing and matching colors. With the right flowing blouse or nude pumps, white jeans can turn any outfit into a fashion-forward ensemble.

Now-a-days, it’s not so much about matching as it is fitting. Pieces of an outfit must be suitable for one another. It’s almost like a puzzle. As long as you are along the same lines of look and feel, your ensemble could do wonders for you.

But, again, how do white jeans fit into this equation? I have long wondered how women muster up the confidence to wear white jeans.

For so long, I have feared white jeans. The mere idea of walking into a crowded club, walls adorned with people balancing cocktails, doesn’t seem safe. I can’t even imagine wanting to sit down, as I know my luck – I would sit on a speck of dirt and my outfit – ruined.

But the enthralling idea of wearing white jeans (I guess) outweighs any possibility of mishap.

How to wear white jeans

White jeans look best in all forms – boyfriend cut, distressed, ankle length, skinny or even, rolled up to the ankle. The most important factor is – Confidence! While wearing white jeans, poise is everything. It is so much harder to make an ensemble work, while wearing white jeans. It takes a creative mind to pull off a stark white jean.

What is loved most about a pair of white jeans is its versatility. You can pull off a summer/spring look: light sheer blouse, dark shades, and a nude pump or you can shift gears with a warm look for the fall season: wrap sweater, v-neck shirt, bangles and a pair of ankle boots.

Despite their presumed delicate nature, white jeans are suitable for any occasion and style.

A rule of thumb – to pull off white jeans wear seamless underwear. While full panties can be comfortable, keep in mind, it’s uncomfortable when people notice your panty lines. White jeans grab attention; however, it’s up to you if you want the right attention.

Defy the rules

The more I wear my white jeans, the more I am finding they are complementary. Have you ever noticed how great white jeans look on a person. Despite size, white jeans can defy the rules of weight and even, gravity (considering you have the right fit). Different cuts are for different women. Just because one pair doesn’t fit, don’t give up on them.

White jeans can soften the lines of the hips and almost deceive the eye. The chalky white will force people to look at other components of your ensemble – your shoes, handbag, your hair or even your eyes.

I can now understand the white jean craze. They are truly a blessing in disguise.

Have fun with them!

-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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