There are so many wardrobe styling and fashion experts on TV telling you, complete strangers, what to wear that you don’t really need my advice anymore. Or, do you?
Do you know that when the wardrobe styling personalities on TV make their recommendations as to what the must haves are for the season, they typically are representing the stores that carry the merchandise they are plugging? Their job is to stimulate sales and not to make sure that you are wearing clothes which show off your best features, and hide the ones you like the least.
Just think back to whenever you might have seen the Ambush Makeover segment on the fourth hour of The Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Women anxiously wait outside for hours, hoping to be chosen for a clothes, hair and makeup makeover. They show up in sweat pants or mom jeans, and walk out with a great hair style and makeup, wobbling in high heels often wearing a cocktail dress.
Many times they cannot see how they look in the mirror until they put their eye-glasses back on, while struggling to walk in shoes that throw them off balance or possibly cause them nose bleeds due to their footwear imposed high altitudes.
Now I love the new makeup and hairstyles the Ambush Makeover candidates receive, but I am not impressed with their wardrobe makeovers. Why not style these makeover winners in clothes that they can use for their real world lives? Perhaps pants that can be dressed up or down along with shoes that are comfortable yet good looking? By the way, those type of shoes do exist and I always get a thrill out of the reaction of women when they try them on for the first time.
Recently I was watching a fashion segment on the CBS show, The Talk. I was so aghast at how most of the hosts were styled, that my daughter sneakily took a photo of me. The look of horror on my face was hysterical and gave us a great laugh, but ake a look at the video and see if you agree with me.
These before and afters makeovers are of a few of my clients, and notice how not only do they look younger, thinner and taller but also confident, successful and professional.
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You’re invited to a formal affair, and you ask yourself, pantyhose or bare legs? Some have told you that wearing pantyhose is old fashioned and not in style. But, what if you don’t feel comfortable being bare legged? Perhaps you have spots, veins, or just hate the idea of not having pantyhose on your legs.
I get that, because I often feel the same way, and have found the solution; Donna Karan In The Nudes stockings, look and feel like you are not wearing pantyhose, yet give you all the benefits while making your legs look flawless.
I don't actually know why women like shoes so much. But, we do. I know that we like multiples of many things - different colors of the same blouse or pair of jeans and tons, yes tons, of different colored lipsticks (no, they are not all the same color and if you can't see the differences, well... you're not a girl).
We like to change up our bedclothes on a regular basis. I'm looking for a new bedspread for spring/summer right now. Something bright and colorful, to dress up the bedroom.
The history of women's shopping habits is an interesting web topic, but to say you understand why women buy, or how they shop, is a risky comment. You may 'think' you understand why the women in your life shop - your wife, or sister, or mother, or daughter; but do you really? Even if you followed them to their favorite store and watched them shop, you'd come away as clueless as ever - because each shopping trip is different than the one before.
A woman's purse is her most treasured belonging, she never goes anywhere without it, and to lose it basically means losing her life. Right ladies?! Everything is in your purse! Your wallet, credit card, driver's license, keys, cellphone, makeup, to-do lists, perfume, the list goes on. It's pretty much like Mary Poppin's magic bag where you can fit a whole lamp in there and passers-by would never know.
I can fit a surprising amount of stuff in my purse, as much as I can get into it. Men may think we're crazy, but the more we have in our purse, the more comfortable we are that we are prepared for anything. Bandaids, gum, hair ties, safety pins, chapstick, pens, tampons...a woman's purse is pretty much a walking convenience store. And even though there's (usually) never anything scandalous in our purses, it's pretty much a crime if anyone tries to go through it.
While I was doing research for my Huffington Post article I was writing on the fur industry and why you should buy faux fur, I came across a site called Fabulous-Furs. But the furs on this site were faux, and looked just as real as their counterparts.
I was amazed…I looked through the collections of full-length white mink coats, coyote vests, and fox shawls, which all looked so real, except that they were only a few hundred dollars each instead of tens of thousands of dollars each! All beautifully made with high quality fabrics, and the best part, never harmed an animal in the process.
In fact, animals were helped in the process. Fabulous-Furs donates to hundreds of non-profits for animal rights every year. It is also the finest faux fur clothing company in the World, with celebrity customers, TV appearances and products sold at Saks Fifth Avenue. You're probably thinking, wow that is fabulous! All thanks to a woman named Donna Salyers, who put the fabulous into furs.
It's been awhile since I cared much about fashion. Don't get me wrong, I love clothes. I love shopping. I love watching shows that have a fashion focus. But, I don't obsess about them - or me. I dress comfortably these days. And, I wear a lot of black. [this pic is from eons ago when I was...I think, 13! OMG!]
Imagine, however, being a designer - having fashion be your career - and having your work shown at the Oscars - on the body of 'someone' who can connect you to all the important someones you need to know to rise to that next level. Say what you will about the Oscars (they're overdone, their tawdry, they don't focus on reality), this is one major event on one night of the year. To be able to be part of it by having someone attending wear your designs - is lifechanging.
Valentine's Day is coming up, in just a week. Many of you I'm sure are done with your V-Day shopping, but some of you, I'm also sure, are still pondering over what to get your special someone.
It's easier if he's your fiance or husband, but what if he's your boyfriend and you haven't been with him long enough to know what kind of gifts he'd like?
Well, I have a solution, because I, too, have suffered from the I-have-no-idea-what-to-get-him anxiety before a holiday or birthday. I wrote an article, Gifts For Men, on a website I built on men's fashion. The website isn't quite finished yet, but the article is, and I'm very willing to share it with you in this time of need! Gifts for men are easy to come by, but hard to pick out! You can read my detailed list of the best gifts for men, confirmed by a man of taste and style, including suggestions such as the best brands and styles, and their price ranges, if you click the link in this paragraph. Find out how to buy cologne that your man will personally love, learn what type and brand of wallet to buy him, how to shop for clothes for him, and more.
From Advanced Style, a blog about women, style, age, and confidence - that's MY description anyway, there's Ilona Royce Smithkin who is 90 years young (yes, young, just watch this video and see if you don't agree) sharing some thoughts on life and growing ... up. Up is better than 'old'... isn't it?
Would that WE who are not 90 yet, but aspire to reaching that milestone, could embrace her advice and learn that it's not about others, it's about us... just as she has learned it's best to always be yourself.
This is too fantastic not to share. OMG! Look at those eyelashes! Mom, this is for you!