Sweet, Sweet Sunday

National Dress Gaudy Day

Today is National Dress Gaudy Day, a national “holiday” inspired by the TV show “Three’s Company”…a day that gives us an annual excuse to wear the most unstylish things that we can find.

But sadly there are people every single day wearing terrible clothes who have never gotten the message that dressing “gaudy” is only acceptable one day per year, not all 365.

Sadly, you find people…

  • Showing up to PTA meetings in cut-offs…
  • Wearing “hooker” clothes to church…
  • Finding themselves on websites such as “People of WalMart”…
  • Being nominated for TV shows such as “What Not to Wear”…

And as for me personally, I don’t care to be the latest “talk of the town.”

Nowhere has the fact that many of us have very little, if any, knowledge when it comes to fashion..even though most of us have enough sense to actually wear clothes to Walmart?…been more noticeable than when “business casual” and “casual Friday” became part of the work world.

So what exactly does “business casual” mean? And how can you add a “business casual” to your budget?

Obviously, “business casual” will mean different things from job to job, industry to industry, office to office, and state to state.

And even though there is no “official” rulebook for dressing “business casual,” there are basic principles such as…

First of all, when starting to create any type of wardrobe, you should strive to…

  • (1) eliminate the amount of time spent folding, organizing, buying and washing clothes
  • (2) fill your closet only with clothes that actually make you feel fantastic, that you absolutely love, and that make you happy
  • (3) keep you from mindlessly shopping despite the fact that you clearly have tons of clothing already
  • (4) keep you from staring at a closet full of clothing each morning, and yet feeling that you have nothing to wear

(5) weed out those pieces that you actually never wear now, and probably never will wear again

1. Face the Facts…Be completely honest with who you are now…not the person you used to be, the person you hope to one day become, or some other type of person that you honestly are not.

Don’t think about what you wish you could afford, wish you could fit, and wish you had the lifestyle to wear.

Dressing professionally means dressing to do your job in a well-groomed and non-distracting fashion.

Never wear denim, shorts, miniskirts, crazy makeup, or anything vinyl or sequined.

Get tips from your coworkers.

Ignore the “dress for the job you want” thing. Dress for the job you actually have and for what is right for you. You don’t want to look like the geek who is trying way too hard.

2. Fewer But Better…Quality pieces, taken care of properly, will generally last much longer than cheap pieces It makes sense to invest in things you know you’ll actually wear often…such as black trousers, pencil skirts and blazers.

Buying fewer clothes will allow you to purchase higher quality, longer-lasting pieces that would otherwise be too expensive.

Establish a color palette.

Invest in a few keys pieces. Add other items slowly…. It’s much better to have a smaller wardrobe full of great pieces than a closet full of junk. Don’t try to build a wardrobe all at once. First buy the bare minimum pieces, and get a sense of what your office is like and what feels right on you in that environment. Then you will have time and money to make better choices.

Sell old clothes to offset the costs….Selling old clothes on eBay or at consignment stores will help the people currently needing that item and provide you additional cash for the new items you need.

Shop online….Even though shopping online means that you obviously will not be able try the clothes on before buying them, you can often find really great deals.

Stay away from full-priced department store items….Great pieces can be found much cheaper at stores like T.J. Maxx and Ross, and consignment and thrift stores.

3. Figure Out What You Actually Need..Having a list of what you already have and getting rid of those things that are simply occupying space enables you to actually see what you already have, figure what else you need, and create different outfit combinations.The following list of items might give you some idea of what your wardrobe might consist of.

  • Tops…1 trench…2 blazers…3 dresses…1 cardigan…2 lightweight sweaters…5 blouses…a layering tank…4 T-shirts
  • Bottoms..1 skirt…2 pairs of shorts…1 pair of white linen pants, full length…3 pairs of cropped pants (one colored, one khaki, one black)…1 pair of boyfriend jeans
  • Accessories…2 scarves…3 necklaces…1 set of bangles…1 cocktail ring…1 pair of sunglasses…1 neutral handbag…4 pairs of shoes

4. Find Your Favorites…Your capsule wardrobe should consist only of those items Thad you absolutely love…Notice what gets the most wear and why. This can help you figure out what NOT to purchase in the future.

Dress comfortably…Feel free to be yourself…If you feel uncomfortable, you won’t look very professional.

Choose slightly more structured versions of what you already like to wear.

5. Find Your Niche…Your lifestyle, tastes, job, budget, and even the climate will all play a role in defining what works for you. Define your own “personal style” and color palette. This will allow you to be more specific and selective when shopping.

Create a “uniform.” This takes the work and the panic element out of getting dressed every morning. Two examples of “uniforms” would be almost always wearing A-Line skirts, low heels and blouses…or wide-legged pants, Oxfords and a sweater.

Know your brands and what you’re looking for.

6. Fit the Puzzle Together…..Never buy anything if it doesn’t go with at least two to four other pieces. .Look for those retailers who best fit your figure, your budget, and your lifestyle.

Don’t worry too much about what everyone else is wearing. Business casual runs the gamut in any given office.

7.  Forget Following the Trends..Forget following trends that will be gone next year and replaced with new trends. Classics, such as a white buttondown and khaki pants, are the basics

8. Forget the Forty…Forty is not some magical wardrobe number. No dress, skirt, or perfect 40-piece capsule wardrobe will magically transform your life or make you look ten years younger and twenty pounds thinner. What matters is that you have a wardrobe of clothing that you absolutely love and can’t bear to part with.

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Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Cruelty-Free and Minimalistic Makeup for Fall

I admit, I’m definitely not a makeup artist or fashionista, but I am a woman from Mississippi…

And being a woman from Mississippi, there are two things that all of us, or at least all of us that were born in my generation in my neck of the woods were expected to learn…

First of all, how to cook…which I’m having to unlearn all of the bad habits and cooking techniques that I grew up with now that my husband has been diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes…

And secondly, how to always look your best….even when you’re simply going to Walmart…

After all, you never know who you might run into…

 

This year one of my main goals has been to live a simpler and more minimalistic lifestyle…in all aspects of my daily routine, starting with my daily makeup routine.

BUT…

I have found myself with three different trains of thought as to buying makeup…

  1. Brand Loyaty
  2. Cheap as Dirt
  3. Cruelty-Free

Regardless which of these three options I continue to pursue in the months, and even years, ahead…

There is one main thing that I want to be consistent…My one big “key word” for the year…

Minimalism

 

So in this post I am going to talk about what makeup trends I have spotted this fall,, the different stess involved in each category, and which products I am considering adding to my makeup bag sometime soon.

 

1.  Face Primer..Primers seal in your skincare products, help fill in pores and fine lines, create a smooth surface on which to apply your foundation, and help your makeup last all day. Look for an oil-free, water-based primer…Cruelty-Free Pick…Vapour STRATUS SOFT FOCUS SKIN PERFECTING PRIMER

2.  Foundation..Opt for an oil-free foundation. Oil-based products improve the risk of your makeup “sliding” out of place. Use a beauty blender to apply light layers to create a smooth, natural look…Cruelty-Free Pick…Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Mineral Foundation

3.   Concealor…Concealor should be lightweight and actually help get rid of undereye dark circles, allergy-induced redness, and occasional breakouts…not simply hide them…And of course, a natural concealor should contain no skin-irritating synthetics, chemicals, wax, preservatives, parabens, phthalates, or talc…all without looking dry or cakey.

Which concealor you use depends on what problem you are trying to cover…

  • To cover bluish undereye circles, use a yellow-tone concealer.
  • To cover brown or yellowish circles, peach-tone concealers are best
  • To cover fine lines around your eyes, pat moisturizer all around the eyes, using your ring finger. Allow it to sink in for a few minutes before applying concealer. Creamy, hydrating concealers work best for the delicate and dry skin around the eyes.
  • To cover redness, choose a concealer that matches your skin exactly.
  • To cover pimples, dot a pigment-rich, opaque concealer directly on the pimple. Sweep the brush around the base of the pimple, using tiny strokes in order to precisely blend the concealor without using your fingers.

Using Concealor..

  1. Place three tiny dots of concealor under the eyes from the inner corners to the centers, using a synthetic concealer brush. A synthetic brush is best for applying concealor. Applying concealer with your fingers results in creasing and caking. Applying concealer with a natural bristles results in applying too much color..
  2. Blend in with your fingertips.
  3. Apply a lightweight, loose translucent powder to set the concealor and prevent any shimmer and shine…Pressed powder can draw attention to fine lines by settling into creases.

4. Powder...A lightweight translucent pressed setting powder sets your makeup for longer wear and can easily be taken with you and used to soak up any excess oil throughout the day….Cruelty-Free Option.. Jane Iredale pure Matte Finish Powder.

5. Setting Spray...Setting sprays seal your makeup for a very natural look that lasts all day and refresh your makeup throughout the day…Cruelty-Free Option …Dr. Axe’s DIY Makeup Setting Spray with Lavender Oil

1.  Mix together…

  • 1Tbsp aloe vera gel 
  • 1Tbsp witch hazel
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2½Tbsp purified water

2.  Funnel into glass spray bottle. Shake well.

3.  To use…Hold the bottle a few inches away from the face and mist the face with one or two pumps of this spray after applying your makeup…Allow it to air dry.

6. Blotting Papers...Blotting papers may soak up oils during the day, but often take off more of your makeup than you would probably like. Try using Beauty Blender’s Bloterazzi Sponge instead.

7.  Blush…As far as blush goes for this fall, the two colors to look for are “earthy” tones”—more specifically peachy-pink and orange….This is great for those of us who want to embrace a “no-makeup” look.

To apply…Concentrate the color on the highest points of the cheekbones to give the face dimension and a more angular shape. Placing blush on the high points of the cheeks instead of the apples.

 

EYES

Eyeshadow

This year there seems to be several trains of thought as to eyeshadow…

  • Glitter
  • Pink
  • Shimmer
  • Statement
  • Tan

1. Glitter…Glitter eyeshadow may be the perfect way to transition from your everyday minimalistic makeup look to a more decadent look that is perfect for the upcoming holiday festivities.

2. Pink…Pink eyeshadow can range from a subtle and practical “neutral” to a wild statement piece. The best way to wear these, or at least for real women walking sidewalks instead of runways would be to think of this as if it were a tan eyeshadow and not a big deal.

3. Shimmer...Shimmer eyeshadow is another festive choice and is way more conservative than glitter eyeshadows.

4. Statement…Focusing on one area, such as your lips or eyes, and keeping the rest of your face with a neutral “no-makeup” look is almost always better than a full armor of makeup. This look offers a tension and contrast that adds interest to your overall look.

Just as higher hair doesn’t make you any closer to God, neither does a full face (“armor”) of makeup indicate that you have put on the “full armor of God.”

5. Tan….Another eyeshadow trend for this fall is tan shadow.  Tan eyeshadow is a practical and classier choice that flatters every woman,

These “tan” shadows offer several great options—such as deep golden tan, deep camel, golden brown, or pale cappuccino.

 

Eyeliner

Black

  • Black eyelinmeri is to eyes what classic red is—well, classic…
  • Black eyeliner has been used ince the days of Cleopatra and is always an excellent choice amd can run the gamut of looks—from dainty and sophisticated, to bold and daring000seductive.
  • Make sure that the black eyeliner that you choose is a deep midnight black.

Colored Eyeliner

  • For minimalists who actually take the time to still ut on makeup, there are two basic choices as far as eyeliner—black, obviously, and colored for those brave minimalists out there…
  • Colored eyeliners brighten your eyes and bring out your natural eye color.
  • Colored eyeliners are also an unexpected way to add some color into a minimalistic everyday makeup look.
  • As far as color, certain colors look better for certain eye colors.
  • Blue eyes look best with blue, pink, purple, and orange
  • Brown eyes look best with light purple, deep green, and navy blue….
  • Green eyes look best with purple, burnt pink, and light blue shades.

Waterlining

  • Waterlining and tighthlining your eyes will help define their natural shape.
  • Waterlining…Waterlining involves using eyeliner to line the tiny, little sliver of skin underneath your eyelashes.
  • Tightlining…Tightlining involves using eyeliner to line the skin above your lower lashes. Tightlining makes your lashes look even thicker.
  • These techniques can be done along with your normal eyeliner, or instead of your normal eyeliner.
  • BUT…
  • Waterlining and tightlining can both make your eyes look smaller….so if you want your eyes to look bigger, forget the idea.

White Eyeliner

  • Using white eyeliner to line your lower lashes, on the other hand, can make small eyes look bigger, and tired eyes look more awake.
  • Regardless if you are waterlining with a colored eyeliner or a white eyeliner, the product and technique will be exactly the same.
  • First of all, what type of eyeliner should you use?
  • Use either a waterproof pencil or waterproof gel/cream, not a liquid> Liquid  liners are too fluid and will not stay on your waterline.
  • If you’re brave, you could dip an angled brush into an eyeshadow that’s the same color as your liner, and press this over the liner that you applied to your waterline. Not sure as a contact wearer, that I’m quite that brave.

 

 

Mascara…As far as mascara for this fall, it run from one extreme to the other…

  • Colored mascara—such as blue or green—may seem a little bit of a very unexpected stretch for minimalists.
  • No Mascara…For minimalists, this is awesome news. ou don’t absolutely have to wear mascara to complete your makeup look. In fact, too much mascara can actually make your makeup look too “made up.”

 

Brows…Thank goodness that pencil-lined arches and bold painted silhouettes are now a trend that has come and gone. Fortunately the latest “trend” calls for undone, au natural, “textured,” bigger-is-better brows….filled in with an eyebrow combs and  brow gel.

 

 

Makeup Tips for Women Who Wear Glasses

Lately I have been walking around barely able to see. I ran out of contacts, so I had to wear my glasses…

But being cheap I had not ordered the bifocals that I should have ordered, and having glasses on, I obviously couldn’t put on reading glasses.

It took about three weeks for me to finally order my contacts and for them to come in.

But in the meanwhile I felt very self-conscious in my glasses, especially at first.

Eyewear makes your eyes the immediate focal point of your face, so it’s imperative to apply your makeup in a way that’s flattering to both your frames and your face.

Less is definitely more. Applying makeup to wear with glasses is not a matter of piling on more and more makeup. Instead it’s about using the right makeup and techniques…things like keeping your eye makeup simple, using a light hand, blending everything carefully, and keeping your makeup tidy, well-defined and as close to “perfect” as possible.

Yet putting on eye makeup can not be thought of as merely a waste of time because any makeup that you apply will simply be hidden behind your glasses.

 

 

LIPS

So in this second segment of trasitioning to  fall, I thought it would be fun to share a few tips on lips…

Even though choosing lip colors is a very personal thing…

When choosing your lip-whatevers, it’s important to consider at least five things…

  • Eye Color
  • Hair Color
  • Lip Color
  • Personality
  • Skin Tone

And being a minimalist, it would be so incredibly easy to stay stuck in a rut and simply wear the same neutral color of Burt’s Bees for the entire rest of my life…

So even though I am becoming more and more minimalistic with each and every trip that I make to Mission Arlington, I still feel a need to have more than one magic wand in my arsenal—including lipsticks, glosses and hybrid lip stains—to help create different looks for both everyday life and special occasions.

Typically lip “stuff” falls into the following four color groups…

  • Clsassic Red
  • Colorful
  • Neutrals
  • Pinks

 1.Classic Red…Bold red lips are the classic icon of everything from being the perfect go-to accent for the LBD to being the most-important accessory of Hollywood legends.

Red lips are magical and mysterious, are great for waking up a tired look, brightens up your smile, and giveyou the appearance of whiter teeth.

All that being said, my three choices for “classic red” lips this fall are…

2. Colorful…Bold and colorful lipsticks—such as fuchsia pink, bold orange, or coral—are always fun, sassy, and playful.  Look for a richly pigmented creamy coral lipstick that has the following characteristics…

  • applies opaque in just one coat
  • basically an orange lipstick, yet very close to a neutral
  • bright, bold, and brilliant
  • gives good staying power
  • super hydrating

One of the best ways to wear the look this fall would be with the rest of your makeup having that “no–makeup look” that all minimalists love. The bold lips serve as a stark contrast with your bare skin.

  1. Brand Loyalty…Best 7 Clinique Options
  2. Cruelty-Free…Pacifica Lipsticks
  3. Discount Bin…Best Drugstore Red Lipsticks

3. Neutrals

One of the biggest trends this fall as far as makeup is concerned is the neutral lip. This means that even Mississippi women can dare to go to Walmart without wearing any liner, gloss, lipstick, or anything like that at all.-

So how’s that for true minimalism?

Neutral lipstick—such as matte shades of browns, light pinks, mauve, tan, and caramel—are the go-to lip choice for everyday life.

And needless to say you always take your own lips with you everywhere you go—with or without makeup.

Make sure that the neutral lipstick that you choose is not too matte or too beige…and one that you can apply even without a mirror.

  1. Brand Loyalty….Clinique
  2. Cruelty Free…Best Cruelty-Free Lipsticks
  3. Discount Bin…Best Drugstore Neutral Lipsticks

4. Pinks…Pink lips supposedly make you look younger….So from now on, I think that I will simply always wear pink lipstick.

And if pink lipstick makes you look younger, why not go for pink hair also?

Pink lipsticks truly run the gamut—from blush to magenta to burgundy to purple and beyond. This fall the “pink” lipstick of choice is wine. Wine lipstick is compelling, mysterious, and intriguing. Wine lips work great with dark eyes and messy curls or bare skin and nude eyes…

So go ahead and invest in a quality wine lipstick….Brand Loyalty…7 Best Clinique Lipsticks

 

 

Getting Dressed

Saving Money on Body Care, Skincare, and Cosmetics–Things to Know

    
Makeup, skincare products, haircare products, and everything else it takes to make you look good at the next Ole Miss game can add up to a pretty hefty sum…

But are there actual tried-and-true ways to save money on those products you actually do use and love…and not waste money on products you will never use and might even hate…without losing that all-important Southern belle image?!

1.  Know how much you are actually spending as compared to other similar products or sizes available in that particular product. Calculate how much a product costs per ounce/gram by dividing the product retail price by the number of ounces in the product.


2.  Know what products have won awards, such as…


  

 3.  Know your skin…The most important step in caring for your skin is understanding your specific skin type. To figure your skin type, gently pat a blotting paper on the different areas of your face and hold the sheet up to the light. The five different skin types are…

  • a.  Combination SkinCombination skin is the most common skin type since there are so many more sebaceous, or oil-producing, glands around our noses than other areas of our faces, but people with this skin type have a consistently oily T-zone with consistent dryness in other areas of the face, such as the cheeks.
  • b.  Dry Skin...Dry skin is characterized by small pores, an overall feeling of tightness, more visible lines, less elasticity and a duller complexion.  Dry skin requires moisturizer throughout the day, especially when you first wake up or after you cleanse your face. Cleansing dry skin leaves it feeling taut and dehydrated.
  • c.  Normal Skin...Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. Your skin usually has an even tone,  a soft texture, and little flakiness. You may get an oily T-zone in hot weather, but generally this area is oil-free. People with normal skin will feel clean and clear after cleansing…and might still be in need of a little moisturizer, but will not need to apply moisturizer very often throughout the day as the skin stays fairly moisturized on its own.
  • d.  Oily Skin...Oily skin types tend to have larger pores, a shiny and  thicker feeling complexion, frequent blackheads and pimples. Cleansing the face often and avoiding heavy creams and emollients help minimize the appearance of oil. Oily skin feels clean and oil-free after cleansing, but oil returns shortly after cleansing.
  • e.  Sensitive Skin...People with sensitive skin experience a low-level of discomfort-breakouts, rashes, red spots, stinging, swelling, flakiness, itching-at all times. People with sensitive skin have trouble finding products that do not irritate the skin and cause a reaction. Look for mild products without fragrance, harsh ingredients like alcohol and menthol, and harsh scrubbing agents such as crushed walnuts, pumice, and aluminum oxide crystals.

 

4.  Know yourself...What kind of makeup wearer are you? 

We apply makeup to help us project the image we want the world to see…as contrary as this may sound, to help us  be “our true selves.”

Each of us has some sort of “beauty routine ritual” that really works for us as individuals….a routine or regimen that makes us feel fresh, grounded, whole and ready for the day…and propels us forward with confidence, grace and self-empowerment.

 This image or “true self” will be individualistic, specific, and perhaps difficult to put into exact words…but each of us has an idea of the type of person she wants looking back at her whenever she takes the time to look in a mirror.

Knowing yourself and the image that you wish to project will help you define your personal needs and aproach both the world of beauty and the world of fashion from the proper perspective.

Starting to know yourself in this arena may be easier if you first understand the following five types of makeup wearers.

    • a.  The makeup hoarder ..The makeup hoarder is an informed customer who feels confident shopping for beauty products and probably has a huge stash, but is uncomfortable actually wearing it.
    • b.   The makeup junkie…The makeup junkie is an informed customer who feels very comfortable shopping for and wearing makeup…who reads the top makeup blogs regularly,  watch Youtube videos, frequent makeup counters. She appreciates and owns good quality makeup products and brushes.
    • c.  The makeup know-it-all...The makeup know-it-all can be shown or told nothing that she haven’t seen or heard before. 
    • d.  The makeup novice…The makeup novice is interested in, but also intimidated by makeup. She knows very little about applying makeup and has worn little to no makeup in her lifetime.
    • e.  The makeup wearer…The makeup wearer is an informed consumer who feels comfortable with her makeup and skincare routine. Although she has a general knowledge of makeup and skincare and wears makeup daily, she does not consider herself an expert. 
      Getting Dressed

      Cruelty-Free Body and Skin Care Brands…#4

         
        
      1. Queen Helene

      • Availability…Albertson’s
      • Focus…famous for their Mint Julep Masque 
      • Founded…in 1930
      • Ingredients… ingredients like cocoa butter which is rich with vitamins and natural emollient properties, pomegranate oil for its antioxidant protection against the skin-aging effects of environment, and essential oils to help relax tired muscles and ease tension
      • Mission…to provide a full line of affordable and effective body care products that are passed on from generation to generation
      • Philosophy…
      • Price Range…$7 for body lotion

        

      2. Renee Rouleau

      • Availability…spas in Dallas and Plano, Texas
      • Focus…effectively correcting every skin type’s concerns
      • Founded…established in 1996 by celebrity esthetician, Renée Rouleau 
      • Mission…to help people maximize their skin’s potential with a propietary line of natural, high-performance products based on nine unique skin types
      • Philosophy…that the skin care industry’s one-size-fits-all approach was not in-sync with what the modern client wants, or needs, in their pursuit of balanced, healthy skin
      • Price Range…$46.50 for body serum

        

      3.  Rodial

      • Availability…Nordstrom
      • Focus…famous for products like “Bee Venom” and “Dragon’s Blood” 
      • Price Range…$78 for body serum

        

       4. Radical Skincare

      • Availability…Sephora
      • Founded…by Liz and Rachel, the daughters of Dr. Richard F. Edlich MD.PHD, world renowned Professor of Plastic Surgery
      • Ingredients…extract of paracress, seaweed extracts, macadamia and desert date palm oils, glycerine
      • Mission…to provide solutions that are as effective as possible for all skin types.
      • Price Range…$78 for body serum

        

      5. S.W. Basics

      • Availability…Target
      • Focus…using as few ingredients as possible, usually 5 or less per products
      • Price Range…$20 for body oil

          

        6. Suntegrity

        • Focus…offers sun care and nothing but sun care
        • Founded…in memory of all of those who lost their lives to skin cancer
        • Ingredients…only the best known physical block ingredient (non-nano size zinc oxide)
        • Mission… to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and super anti-oxidants and amino acids to enhance that protection and help with skin repair
        • Philosophy… It doesn’t make sense to use these types of sunscreens to prevent skin cancer only to get another kind of cancer.
        • Price Range…$24 for sunscreen 

            

        7.  Sukin 

        • Focus…Australia’s Number One Natural Skincare Brand
        • Founded…in Melbourne, Australia in 2007
        • Ingredients…the highest grade essential oils, antioxidants, and botanicals
        •  and 100% natural botanical extracts…naturally derived, cruelty free and vegan
        • Mission…to provide high efficacy, environmentally sustainable and affordable natural skincare products that restore the natural vitality and radiance of your skin and hair
        • Philosophy…producing the highest standards of natural skin, hair and body care products begins with sourcing quality ingredients
        • Price Range…$14 for body lotion

           
        8.  The Wonder Seed

        • Focus…hempseed oil
        • Founded…by Theresa Ruiz-Hellings and her daughters Elena and Juliet and formerly known as The Healing Seed
        • Ingredients…100% natural, vegan, with no parabens, and no artificial colors or perfumes
        • Mission…to nurture, heal and protect skin and hair with a complete line of products rich in virgin organic hempseed oil, the most nutritious oil on Earth
        • Philosophy…From our families to yours, we wish you vibrant health for your most wonderful life!
        • Price Range…$17 for body lotion

          

        9. Tatcha

        • Availability…Sephora
        • Focus…based on the rituals of the Japanese geisha
        • Founded…in Japan by Victoria Tsai
        • Ingredients…complete list here
        • Philosophy…less is more
        • Price Range…$48 for body butter

          
        10. Yes To

        • Availability…Ulta, drugstores all over the world
        • Focus…products in their carrot, blueberry, tomato, cucumber, and grapefruit ranges
        • Ingredients..95% NATURAL INGREDIENTS…no parabens…packaged in recyclable packaging whenever possible.
        • Mission…to make skin feel good while bringing a smile to your face
        • Price Range..$13 for body lotion. 
          Getting Dressed

          Cruelty-Free Body and Skin Care Brands…#3

            
           

          1.  Nourish Organics

          • Founded…as the very first line of chemical-free, environmentally friendly skincare products…the first beauty company to ever work with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to create a collection of products that were certified organic under the same strict standards used by the USDA uses to certify food
          • Mission…to create products that you put on your body that are every bit as effective as what you put in it
          • Ingredients…completely natural and organic…cruelty-free, gluten-free, and mostly vegan. 
          • Philosophy…Good for You. Good for the Earth

            

           2.  OFRA

          • Focus…exclusive face, body, and hair treatments using only OFRA Cosmetics Skin Care and Makeup lines
          • Founded…by Ofra Gaito, a therapist and makeup artist, in 1994
          • Philosophy…FORMULATING THE FUTURE™
          • Price Range…$ 20 for body lotion

           
          3.  OSEA

          • Availability… The Detox Market
          • Focus…to create powerful natural anti-aging solutions and reduce the appearance of blemishes
          • Founded…twenty years ago with the intention of creating a natural skincare line free of toxic, synthetic ingredients
          • Ingredients…all natural, non-toxic, organic, vegan skincare…certified organic, bioavailable seaweed infused with pure steam…distilled and cold-pressed essential oils …free of synthetic chemicals-such as parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates-and animal-derived ingredients-such as lanolin, beeswax, and carmine 
          • Mission…Safe cosmetics are a consumer’s right and our earth’s rightful due.
          • Philosophy…OSEA embodies the core elements of wellness: Ocean. Sun. Earth. Atmosphere. 
          • Price Range…$36

            

          4. One Love Organics

          • Availability…Nieman Marcus
          • Ingredients…pumpkin seed oil, sunflower seed oil, green tea seed oil, kelp extract, sea buckthorn oil, chia seed extract, rosemary leaf extract, rooibos tea extract
          • Price Range…$28 for lotion

              
            5.  Prtty Peaushun

            • Focus…adding a “mineral glow” to skin, body, and hair
            • Ingredients…avocado, pomelo,  and jojoba
            • Mission…to moisturize, condition, and nourish the skin
            • Philosophy…LOVE YOUR SKIN and FEEL GREAT IN YOUR BIRTHDAY SUIT
            • Price Range…$29

              

            6. Paula’s Choice

            • Focus…customer advocacy and education
            • Founded…by Paula Begoun, author who has sold over 2.7 million copies of her best-selling books and made countless TV appearances, including Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz and the View
            • Ingredients…no added fragrance, dyes or ingredients that can harm the health and function of your skin
            • Mission…to develop products that you can feel confident about buying and using
            • Philosophy…THE BEST SKIN OF YOUR LIFE STARTS HERE
            • Price Range…$28 for body lotion.

              
            7.  Pai

            • Focus…sensitive skin
            • Founded… in London…the word “pai” is a Maori word meaning “goodness”
            • Ingredients…the highest quality organic ingredients…free from Parabens, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Petrochemicals, Detergents (SLS/SLES) and artificial fragrance
            • Mission…to create the best performing products
            • Philosophy…What we put into our products is just as important as what we leave out.
            • Price Range…$30 for body cream

             

              Getting Dressed

              Cruelty-Free Body and Skin Care Brands…#1

                

                Not only are there more and more cruelty-free natural and organic cosmetic companies being started these days…but also a slew of cruelty-free natural and organic body and skin care companies popping up.

                These products-which are good replacements for brands that test on animals…including Aveeno, Garnier, Olay, Neutrogena, and St. Ives…can more easily be found and are being formulated to address various skin type needs and concerns.

                The next few posts will be a guide to cruelty-free skincare brands and the locations where they can be found. 

                    

                  1.   Alba Botanical

                  • Availability…available in many drugstores, Amazon, iHerb.
                  • Focus…acne-prone skin
                  • Ingredients…high quality, 100% vegetarian products that overflow with botanical ingredients such as aloe vera, green tea and chamomile extracts
                  • Mission…to Do Beautiful…to help fellow women look beautiful on the outside while feeling beautiful on the inside
                  • Price Range… $10 for body lotion

                    

                  2.  Athar’a Pure

                  • Focus…ancient Ayurvedic skin care treatments and dosha types 
                  • Ingredients…the best natural and organic pure, plant-based ingredients found on earth…without the use of toxins, chemicals, parabens, dyes, phthalates, sulfates, artificial fragrances.synthetics, alcohol or any other harmful ingredient or preservatives
                  • Mission…providing you with high quality, luxurious, vegan beauty products that are cruelty free and never tested on animals
                  • Price Range…$22 for body lotion

                    

                  3.  Avalon Organics

                  • Availability…Walmart, Kroger, Sprouts, Amazon, iHerb
                  • Focus…anti-aging 
                  • Ingredients…plant-based organic ingredients from only trusted sources
                  • Mission…founded on the deep-rooted belief that all beauty comes from the Earth…deep reverence for the Earth and a respect for all living creatures. 
                  • Price Range… $9

                    
                  4.  Andalou Naturals

                  • Availability…Amazon, iHerb
                  • Founded…by Stacey Kelly and Mark Egide in 1999 as the very first certified organic personal care line 
                  • Ingredients…fruit and plant stem cells 
                  • Philosophy…Beauty is YOU – a simple and bold empowerment message to consumers and the industry at large. Beauty happens in the moments of the everyday (for individuals and organizations) – the little choices that we make along the way that all add up to monumental change: Commit to defining beauty one action at a time and be Empowered, Radiant and True. Beauty is YOU.
                  • Price Range…$15 for body lotion

                    

                    
                  5.  Blissoma

                  • Focus…demanding skin types, such as extremely sensitive skin and allergies
                  • Ingredients…100% natural, Certified Vegan…a much stricter ingredient palette than even most “natural” brands…packed with certified organic botanicals, bioavailable vitamins, essential fatty acids, and skin-soothing seed oils
                  • Mission…to provide true solutions to uncomfortable skin conditions…to help people develop a healthy, happy relationship with their skin… to bring forth a positive, loving vision of what beauty can be, embody inclusion, and enhance the dignity of all people
                  • Price Range…$36 for body lotion

                      

                  6.  COOLA

                  • Availability…Sephora, Ulta
                  • Focus…sunscreen
                  • Ingredients…natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced…vitamins and age-defying antioxidants…without parabens, paba and phthalates
                  • Mission…Better for your skin, better for the environment. 
                  • Price Range…$32

                    

                  7.  Derma E

                  • Availability…Whole Foods, Sprouts, Ulta, CVS, Walgreen’s
                  • Focus…the belief that skin health can be visibly improved through the right combination of potent vitamins, wholesome nutrients and exceptional ingredients.
                  • Ingredients
                  • Mission…to honor our customers with products that promote healthier-looking skin and business ethics that promote a healthier world.
                  • Price Range…$13

                    

                  8.  Dermadoctor

                  • Availability…Sephora
                  • Focus…problem-solving solutions for skin concerns ranging from anti-aging challenges to blemishes, chicken skin bumps and perspiration dilemmas
                  • Founded…by Dr. Audrey Kunin
                  • Ingredients…include Artichoke Bud Extract and Bayberry Fruit Extract
                  • Mission… to provide effective solutions to skincare problems without the need of a prescription
                  • Philosophy…DERMAdoctor is truly just what the skin doctor ordered.®
                  • Price Range…$58 for body lotion
                              Getting Dressed

                              Pants


                              Finding the perfect pair of pants can also be challenging. So here are a few questions to ask yourself when shopping for the perfect pair..

                              1. Are the pants lined? Lined pants can help conceal any lumps or bumps.

                              2. Are the pants too high?

                              3. Are the pants too low?

                              4. Are the pants too tight?

                              5. Are there creases or “smiling” across the crotch?

                              6. Can you can grab at least an inch of extra fabric on your thighs?

                              7. Do the pants sit too far below the belly button?

                              8. Do you have a visible pantyline?

                              9. Do you have the dreaded “camel toe,” outline of your lady parts, through the pants?

                              10. What material are the pants made from? A heavier fabric, like wool gabardine or cotton twill,are more flattering.

                               

                               

                              Pants worth having…

                              • Jeans
                              • Khakis
                              • Leather Trousers
                              • Suit
                              • Wide-Leg Pants

                              More About Buying Jeans
                              All women face challenges when shopping for  that “perfect” pair of jeans.

                              Jeans are a year-long wardrobe staple, so finding ones that don’t look like “mom” jeans, give us the comfortability that we crave, and actually flatter our changing bodies often takes effort, diligence, and endurance.

                              Questions to ask yourself when shopping for the “perfect” pair of jeans include…

                              • Are they long enough to roll down and wear with boots?
                              • Are they long enough to roll up and wear with sandals?
                              • Are they “suffocating” you?
                              • Are they too high or two low?
                              • Do they allow just the right amount of stretch to hug your curves?
                              • How do they fit around the waist?
                              • How good or bad does your butt look in these jeans?
                              • Would you haveto wear a belt with them?
                              • There are several different cuts of jeans available. these include…

                              1.  Boot-cut…Boot-cut jeans-those that are fitted around the thighs and butt, but a little more relaxed around the calves and ankles-help “balance” out your figure.

                              2.  High-Waisted…High-waisted jeans accentuate and flatter your waist, and will elongate your legs. Petites look best in high-rise jeans for this reason.

                              3.  Low-Rise Jeans...Tall women, on the other hand, look best in low-rise jeans, but be careful not to pick a pair that is so low rise that they expose a little too much of your curves, such as your butt crack,  every time you sit down…

                              4.  Skinny Jeans…A pair of streamlined skinnies creates a sleek look, but also accentuates your shape and highlights your curves….(which could be either a good or bad thing). They can also make your legs appear a few extra inches longer. Choose a pair of skinny leg jeans that has a contoured waist and is made from a stretchy material that will “give a little” in the hips and rear. Steer clear of a super skinny, too-tight-of-a-fit jeans.

                              Other things to pay attention to…

                              • Dark wash denim creates a slimming effect.
                              • Higher prices don’t always mean better fit or quality.
                              • Lighter color washes draw the eye dow
                                Leggings—worn for warmth, comfort, style, and athletic wear— are perfect for creating a smooth base layer for long tunics and short dresses.
                                But leggings come in a wide variety of colors, fabrics, and lengths.So how do you choose the perfect ones to buy?1.  Color…yes, leggings do Come in a wide variety of solid colors and prints, but lighter-colored, brighter, and patterned leggings draw attention to your legs and emphasize the lower body…and unless you’re very tall and bone thin? So typically steer away from these.

                                Black and darker-colored leggings have a moreslimming effect on the legs, flatter all body shapes, coordinate well with a wide array of outfit choices, and just plain out far less tacky.

                                Fabric…are usually made from a Lycra or a spandex blend, but can also be made from cotton, silk, lace, and wool.

                                They can also be sheer or opaque, smooth like tights, or textured like cable-knit.

                                Jeggings are a hybrid between jeans and leggings. They are made of a stretchy denim material that has had elasticated fibres added during production to give the denim plenty of stretch and to create a softer, less rigid fabric. Jeggings are more versatile and durable than standard leggings.

                                Length…Length of leggings usually depend on where you are going to wear them and what length you yourself actually like best.

                                1. Ankle-Length Leggings...Ankle – length leggings They provide full coverage and warmth and can be worn beneath  dresses, skirts, pants, and longer tops. Ankle-length leggings cover a wearer’s entire legs, reaching all the way down to the ankles. They are commonly worn with boots or high heels. Full length leggings help make your legs look longer, especially dark leggings worn with heels, and best flatter slender women.  .
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                                2. Capri-Leggings…Capri – length leggings have a more casual feel than full-length leggings. They work well with mini-skirts,  oversized sweaters, and long shirts.

                                Be sure that the Capri leggings that you choose end at the mid calf. If not, they will simply look like full-length leggings that are just a little bit too short.

                                3.  Footed Leggings..Footed leggings are similar to tights, but they are made from a thicker material.. These leggings are great for wearing with dresses, skirts, long buttondown shirts, and coat-style cardigan sweaters during the winter.

                                Always make sure that your top covers the top of your thighs and your butt. Leggings are basically meant to be a type of an undergarment, not actual pants.

                                4.  Knee-Length Leggings…Knee – length leggings fall to just below the knee and are typically worn for various forms of exercise, such as dance, gymnastics, and yoga…but they could also be worn under skirts and dresses. Knee-length leggings can flatter legs with a heavier calf.

                                5.  Stirrup Leggings…Stirrup leggings are similar to ankle-length leggings, but they also have a connected elastic-type strap, called a stirrup, that wraps under the arch of the foot.  The stirrup prevents the leggings from riding up and gathering at the ankles.These leggings are typically worn as pants instead of a layering garment.

                                nward.

                              • Struggling to get into the legs is a key to finding good jeans. If the jeans you try go on easily, go down a size. Jeans always stretch.
                              • The waistband should be snug enough to fit two fingers down the back. If you can fit your whole hand, they are too loose, if only one or no fingers, they are too tight.

                              Citizens of Humanity Avedon Slick Skinny jeans…$188

                              Levi’s Curve ID Low Rise Bold Curve Skinny Jeans…$80

                              Lucky Brand Charlie Low-Rise Skinny Jeans…$60

                               

                              Lauren Conrad Slim Bootcut Jeans…$20

                               

                              More About Shorts…

                              Shorts are a staple wardrobe item in summer weather, and having a variety of different shorts in your closet can obviously expand your outfit options..

                              But finding shorts that are appropriate, comfortable, and wearable can sometimes e a challenge.

                              1. Appropriate…The main question as to whether shorts are appropriate or not is length. Shorts come in many different lengths, and choosing the perfect lengths primarily depends on what you personally prefer and why/where they will be worn…
                              Three standard lengths of shorts are short shorts-those with a 3″ inseam..lmid-range-those with 4″ inseam…and Bermudas—those with a 12 inseam.

                              Typically a pair of midrange shorts that are neither too tight nor too baggy are the most flattering on everyone. Stay away from short-shorts unless you are in amazing shape.

                              2. Comfortable…Finding the right fit should involve first measuring your waist, hips, and inseam. inseam lengths are determined by the height and length of your leg. To measure the inseam, run a tape measure from the bottom center of your crotch straight down…

                              Comfort also depends on the material that the shorts are made from. Fabrics that have more structure, such as linen and silk-cotton blends are most appropriate for dressy shorts. Stretch denim is more comfortable than regular denim.

                              3. Wearability…Neutrals and bright, solid colors are going to mix and match with other items in your wardrobe. Also try to steer clear of large patterns.

                              Pair your shorts with shirts that offer contrast in color and texture—such as a loose shirt worn with tailored, fitted shorts.

                              Types of Shorts

                              Having a selection of several different types of shorts—casual, dressy, and athletic —available will give you more flexibility

                              1.  Casual Shorts

                               

                              • 2.  Dressy Shorts
                                •  Bermuda…Bermuda shorts are typically knee-length shorts that look like cut-off and hemmed trousers…such as these PURE JILL COTTON-STRETCH BERMUDA SHORTS from J Jill.
                                • Culottes…Culottes have a flap in front that covers the shorts, making them appear like a skirt; designed to appear more feminine but still have functionality
                                • Walking…Walking shorts are everyday shorts that are designed for comfort; most of the time they reach mid-thigh and are fairly looseWalking Shorts & Bermuda Shorts – Varies but should hit 1″ above the knee
                              Getting Dressed

                              Sweaters


                              Cardigans are perfect for layering your clothes, adding texture and interest to outfits, and keeping you warm. Cardigans are also easy to throw over on a basic dress or top.

                              Cardigan sweaters are fabulous for layering with your tops, multiplying your outfits, and dressing down a flashy outfit.

                              to add contrasting color, to mute a loud pattern in a dress or blouse, or add a color to a drab ensemble

                              In fact cardigans are some of the most flexible sweaters available.

                              It is important that you first fill your wardrobe with timeless,  can’t-live-without essential in solid neutrals such as black, navy, and cream. Then you can start adding more trendy items.

                              Basic sweate colors include purple, blue, green, mustard yellow, and  fiery red.

                              You will most likely wear whatever sweaters you purchase for years, if not decades. So this is one item that you should be willing to invest more money in.

                              I highly recommend you to invest in at least four high-quality cardigan sweaters that will work with the rest of your wardrobe.

                              1.  Possible fabric options include…

                              Cashmere
                              . A cashmere sweater is the ultimate in softness and  luxury. They are available in a wide array of price points, qualities and styles.

                              Cashmere/wool blend..
                              . These sweaters are more reasonably priced than cashmere sweaters. They still have the soft and luxurious feel of cashmere and are less itchy than wool.

                              Cotton…
                              Cotton sweaters are soft and comfortable, but will not keep you as warm as a wool sweater. Most cotton sweaters can be worn all year round.

                              Wool…
                              Wool is perfect for cold winter days because it is not only soft and comfortable, but also works as an excellent insulator to keep you warm. There are several  different types of wool, including…

                              • Alpaca…stronger than other wool types, but still soft
                              • Lambswool…fine and soft, cost-effective, durable, stretchy and breathable, itchy
                              • Merino…a finer fiber if you don’t like itchy wool, offers near the softness of cashmere but with substantially more durability, cost-effective, durable, stretchy and breathable…thinner and not as warm as lambswool
                              • Mohair…lustrous and long-wearing
                              • Shetland…made from coarser fiber

                               

                               

                              Style


                              A few types of cardigans to consider are…

                              1.  Boyfriend cardigan…casual and long, great for keeping warm, might look or feel a bit like a doctor’s coat…great paired with straight pants, pencil skirts, and simple sheaths…and long necklaces

                              2.  Coat cardigan…makes almost any jeans and tee outfit look polished

                              3.  Cozy knit cardigan...for that effortless, vintage look

                              4.  Draped cardigan.... looser than typical cardigans…have more volume than a boyfriendcardi, but are just as long.

                              5.  Oversized cardigans…needs to be the right cardigan in the right shape…not big slouchy sweaters that have no shape and just plain out look sloppy…never wear them with oversized pants because this makes them look way too frumpypair it with a more form-fitting outfit. That means skinny or narrow pants, leggings, skirts, or dresses with a tapered waist or belt.

                              Oversized cardigans are not simply cardigans that are a size or two bigger than you are…or cardigans actually borrowed from your boyfriend… Shop with your correct size in mind, and make sure that the shape of the sweater itself doesn’t swallow you up. Sleeves should hit at the wrist or just slightly cover the hand.
                              6.  Simple cotton cardigan...light and thin, excellent for layering over a t-shirt or dress

                               

                               

                              Length


                              Typically cardigans hit just below the hip and can be as long as mid-calf. If you are short, keep the length right around the knee or above.

                              Any length cardigan looks good with pants…

                              A cardigan that hits slightly above or below the hem works best with skirts.

                              A cardigan that is a few inches above the hem, at the hem, or mid-calf if you are wearing boots works best with dresses.
                              Note for Petites…

                              If you are petite or plus size, stick with cardigans made of thinner material. The drop shoulders, length and slight oversized middle of cardigans in these fabrics will not overwhelm a small frame or add bulk to a larger one.

                              Also, thinner oversized cardigans look more polished than cable knits or other heavier sweaters.


                              As we approach the beginning of fall and winter… (even though it’s still 95 degrees here in Texas most days)…it’s time to drag out or start thinking about dragging out the sweaters…and probably even buy more.

                              But there are so many sweaters available that you may find the choices a little overwhelming. How do you know which sweaters look best with your body type, face shape, and neckline?

                              Let’s take a look at several different styles of sweaters and necklines and consider which ones will be the most flattering based on both the shape of your face, body, and neck.


                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                              1.  Boat Neck


                              Design……sits near the collarbone and extends horizontally outward onto the shoulders and parallel to the bustline

                              Best for…

                              Bustline…makes it seem more pronounced.
                              Face Type…can enhance the beauty of a heart-shaped face
                              Head…provides a balancing effect for women with a smaller head
                              Neck…flattering for women with long necks, can make an overly long neck appear slightly shorter


                              2.  Cowl Neck 

                              Design…the collar of a cowl neck sweater  folds over and lies on the shoulders and chest to create a drape around the neck

                              Best for…

                              Body Type…excellent for apple-shaped women because they open up the neck area and are not as form-fitting…also great for pear-shaped women because they draw the eye up and away from the lower body
                              Bust line…excellent for busty women because they open up the neck area and are not as form-fitting

                              3.  Funnel Neck

                              Design…similar to a mock turtleneck except that the neck extends upwards from the bodice of the shirt in one piece instead of being a tube sewn onto the neckline…excess fabric could either stand straight up or roll over

                              Best for…

                              Neck Type…short neck, as the collar does not normally cover most or much of the neck length


                              4.  Jewel Neck

                              Design…a plain rounded neckline that rests near the base of the throat

                              Best for…

                              Bustline…makes the bustline more noticeable
                              Face Type…heart-shaped
                              Necks… long, because the jewel neck minimizes attention to the neck and


                              5.  Mock Turtleneck… 

                              Design…similar to a turtleneck, but about half as long…stands up on its own… gives the appearance of a turtleneck without the extra folded-over fabric

                              Best for…

                              Body Type…woman with a slimmer build.
                              Bustline…makes busty women look confined and somewhat matronly
                              Neck Type…short


                              6.  Turtlenecks

                              Design…have a long tube of fabric that is longer than the neck serving as the collar and draping around the neck…can also be folded over once for a neat appearance at the base of the neck…often form fitting with long sleeves and a hem that ends at the waist or top of the hip.

                              Best for…

                              Bustline…large-busted women tend to look even larger in turtlenecks, so care should be taken to choose a finely knit material and add a layer that creates a longer line
                              Face Type…heart shape…can provide flattering concealment for a double chin
                              Neck Type…can have a slimming effect on a wider neck and not best on short necks, although older women may like the neck camouflage offered by a turtleneck sweater


                              7.  V – Neck 

                              Design…V-shaped neckline with long sleeves and ribbed cuffs and hem…wide at the top and slants inward, coming to a point at the bottom.

                              Best for…

                              Neck Type…Since they show a narrowing section of skin, they can have a lengthening effect on the neck. This illusion makes them popular among women with shorter or wider necks visually elongate the neck. They typically give women with short necks a more elegant appearance.Thicker Neck or Double-Chin

                              Things to keep in mind when shopping for sweaters…

                              1.  Close-fitting sweaters work well with wide-leg pants and flowing skirts. Bulky sweaters look best with snug bottoms, such as a tight pencil skirt, skinny jeans, or leggings…

                              2.  Keep in mind the events, occasions, and activities that you might want to wear the sweater…the climate you live in…and any accessories that you might need to go with your new sweater.

                              3.  Smaller, thinner jewelry works better with light sweaters or those in a fine-gauge knits. Thinner necklaces look even smaller when worn with heavy sweaters.

                              4.  Thick sweaters look best with longer, thicker necklaces or long, thin chains with bold pendants.

                              5.  Tying or draping a scarf around your neck and shoulders gives a sweater extra flair.

                              Getting Dressed

                              Dressing Without Stressing…The 100

                                

                              Although you should not necessarily avoid new trends that you actually fall in love with, it is important to fill your clothes closet primarily with wardrobe staples that can play the supporting role to those trendier pieces.

                              Having a closet filled with staple pieces that “every stylish woman must own” will make it easier to decide which options should be added to your collection each season.

                               The book, The One Hundred: A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia, contains a the following list of 100 things that every “stylish woman” should own…

                                Nina Garcia’s The 100:

                                  1. (Tops)…A-line Dress
                                  2. Blazer
                                  3. Boyfriend Cardigan
                                  4. Cable-Knit Sweater
                                  5. Caftan
                                  6. Cashmere Sweater
                                  7. Denim Jacket
                                  8. Evening Gown
                                  9. Little Black Dress.
                                  10. Little White Dress
                                  11. Men’s White Shirt
                                  12. Multiples
                                  13. Missoni Knit. 
                                  14. Old Concert T-Shirt
                                  15. Plain White Tee
                                  16. Polo Shirt
                                  17. Safari Jacket
                                  18. Striped Sailor Shirt
                                  19. Suit
                                  20. Tuxedo Jacket
                                  21. Wrap Dress.
                                  22. Zippered Hoodie
                                  23. (Bottoms)…Jeans
                                  24. Khakis
                                  25. Leather Pants
                                  26. Pencil Skirt
                                  27. Sarong
                                  28. Wide-leg Trousers
                                  29. (Shoes)…Ankle Bootie
                                  30. Ballet Flats
                                  31. Converse
                                  32. Cowboy Boots
                                  33. Driving Shoe
                                  34. Espadrilles
                                  35. Frye Harness Boot
                                  36. Havaianas
                                  37. Knee Boots
                                  38. Mary Janes
                                  39. Minnetonka Moccasin
                                  40. Sandals
                                  41. Slippers
                                  42. Stilettos
                                  43. Vans
                                  44. Wellington Boot
                                  45. (Handbags)…Clutch
                                  46. Cosmetics Bag
                                  47. Exotic Skin Bag
                                  48. Hobo Bag
                                  49. Investment Bag
                                  50. Jewelry Pouches
                                  51. L.L. Bean Tote
                                  52. Luggage
                                  53. Belts
                                  54. Silk Scarf
                                  55. (Jewelry)…Turquoise and Coral Jewelry
                                  56. Brooch
                                  57. Pearl Necklace
                                  58. Statement Necklace
                                  59. Watch
                                  60. Bangles
                                  61. Charm Bracelet
                                  62. Cuff
                                  63. Cocktail Ring
                                  64. Signet Ring
                                  65. Diamond Studs
                                  66. Hoop Earrings
                                  67. (Outerwear)…Camel Coat
                                  68. Cape
                                  69. Fur
                                  70. Motorcycle Jacket
                                  71. Peacoat
                                  72. Trench
                                  73. Aviators
                                  74. Gentleman’s Hat
                                  75. Gloves
                                  76. Sunhat
                                  77. Umbrella
                                  78. Wayfarers
                                  79. (Underwear)…
                                  80. Bikini
                                  81. Black Opaque Tights
                                  82. Fishnets
                                  83. Lingerie
                                  84. One-Piece Swimsuit
                                  85. Pajamas
                                  86. Pushup Bra
                                  87. Robe
                                  88. Spanx
                                  89. Yoga Gear
                                  90. (Miscellaneous)…Animal Print
                                  91. Blackberry
                                  92. Mad Money
                                  93. Monogrammed Stationery
                                  94. Nail Polish
                                  95. Perfume
                                  96. Pucci
                                  97. Quality Champagne
                                  98. Red Lipstick
                                  99. Valid Passport
                                  100. Vintage
                                  Getting Dressed

                                  Dressing Without Stressing…The “F Word”


                                  This year I set out on a quest to simplify each area of my life,starting with an attempt to create the perfect 40-piece capsule wardrobe…a wardrobe that supposedly would…

                                  (1) eliminate the amount of time spent folding, organizing, buying and washing clothes

                                  (2) fill my closet with clothes that make me feel fantastic, that I absolutely love, and that make me happy.

                                  (3) keep me from mindlessly shopping despite the fact that I clearly have tons of clothing already

                                  (4) keep me from staring at a closet full of clothing each morning, and yet feeling that I have nothing to wear

                                  (5) weed out those pieces that I actually never wear
                                  Many people seem to think that forty is the perfect number of items in the capsule wardrobe, but trying to consolidate my wardrobe into the perfect number has actually taught me many things are way more important than the number of items you have hanging in your closet.

                                  1. Face the Facts…

                                  Be completely honest with who you are now…not the person you used to be, the person you hope to one day become, or some other type of person that you honestly are not. Don’t think about what you wish you could afford, wish you could fit, and wish you had the lifestyle to wear.

                                  2. Fewer But Better…

                                  Buying fewer clothes will allow you to purchase higher quality, longer-lasting pieces that would otherwise be too expensive.

                                  3. Figure Out What You Actually Need..

                                  .Having a list of what you already have and getting rid of those things that are simply occupying space enables you to actually see what you already have, figure what else you need, and create different outfit combinations.The following list of items might give you some idea of what your wardrobe might consist of.

                                  Tops…1 trench…2 blazers…3 dresses…1 cardigan…2 lightweight sweaters…5 blouses…a layering tank…4 T-shirts

                                  Bottoms..1 skirt…2 pairs of shorts…1 pair of white linen pants, full length…3 pairs of cropped pants (one colored, one khaki, one black)…1 pair of boyfriend jeans

                                  Accessories…2 scarves…3 necklaces…1 set of bangles…1 cocktail ring…1 pair of sunglasses…1 neutral handbag…4 pairs of shoes

                                  4. Find Your Favorites…

                                  Your capsule wardrobe should consist only of those items Thad you absolutely love…Notice what gets the most wear and why. This can help you figure out what NOT to purchase in the future.

                                  5. Find Your Niche..

                                  Your lifestyle, tastes, job, budget, and even the climate will all play a role in defining what works for you. Define your own “personal style” and color palette. This will allow you to be more specific and selective when shopping.

                                  6. Fit the Puzzle Together…..

                                  Never buy anything if it doesn’t go with at least two to four other pieces. .Look for those retailers who best fit your figure, your budget, and your lifestyle.

                                  7. Forget Following the Trends..

                                  Forget following trends that will be gone next year and replaced with new trends. Classics, such as a white buttondown and khaki pants, are the basics

                                  8. Forget the Forty…

                                  Forty is not some magical wardrobe number. No dress, skirt, or perfect 40-piece capsule wardrobe will magically transform your life or make you look ten years younger and twenty pounds thinner. What matters is that you have a wardrobe of clothing that you absolutely love and can’t bear to part with.