Friday, November 6, 2009
I give it five stars.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I love birthday season.
Happy birthday to me!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
We all know Kelly Rutherford (Lily Van Der Woodsen/Bass/Humphrey) is a Birkin lover, as she named her son Hermes. And no, I’m not kidding. But the woman has a new Birkin every episode! How does she do it?
Maybe I should name one of my future offspring Hermes, or better yet Vogue- I would love a piece of that pie.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This past weekend Chicago hosted the Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk, and filled the gray city with bursts of empowering pinks, and now as October arrives many shops are giving you the chance to make a change. Just today I saw Payless.com is selling a $2 pink and silver bracelet where 100% of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the cure, and on top of the they will give you a $5 coupon for your next $25 purchase. Another way to donate is to ShopKomen.com that sells everything from Visors to socks as well as home and office gifts. The "Empowerment" t-shirt is one of my favorites, and at only $15 it’s and easy and affordable way to give to this fantastic cause.
If you’re thinking “you know, that last thing I need is another tchotchke” then go to Komen.org and make a donation from $5 to $100, every little bit makes a difference.
And what’s more stylish than benefiting a deserving cause?
It’s what Audrey Hepburn would do.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
This upcoming weekend is downtown Naperville's Ladies Weekend meaning all the downtown stores will have special events Thursday, Friday and Saturday to celebrate you. Through there Facebook I've heard twist boutique is offering 20% off all regular priced merchandise- a sale on designer jeans? I'm there.
You know I'll be there,
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Crossing my fingers for more work hours!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Shop these items before they're gone!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Still undecided on what to give? I suggest you snag one of their striped billfold wallets and stick one of their gift cards in it, that way they do the deciding for you.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I LOVE facts like these and have many more to give periodically, have a tip you love? Email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
"When you spill wax on your clothes and it wont pull off, lay the garment on the ironing board and put a scrap piece of fabric over the waxy area. Set your iron on the lowest possible setting and slowly rub it over, once its a bit warm remove the scrap fabric and try to pull it off"
"When tights rip or have a run in them and you don't have time to change, put a coat of clear nail polish over it and it won't run further."
"For the unfortunate event when you get gum in your hair, rub a little peanut butter on it before you reach for the scissors and it should come right out."
"If your shoes are leather and a bit snug, dab some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub that on the inside of the shoe. Then, where them around the house with some thick socks and they should fit like a glove."
"If the sales girl tells you the jeans will stretch, or if they have 2% or more elastin they will stretch so buy them a size smaller- you won't regret it."
"To have reach-your-eyebrow eyelashes heat your eyelash curler for a few seconds before you crimp and then hold on your lash for ten seconds. After, twirl on your mascara and do a quick extra squeeze before the mascara dries."
"When you break a heel of a shoe Gorilla Glue works wonders. It's what they use in construction and so it's meant to hold."
"Dipping a liner brush in water and dabbing it in black eyeshadow lasts longer than liner alone."
Friday, April 17, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Known for their fantastic selection of denim and top-notch customer service Twist will be collecting gently used men’s and women’s denim and offering 20% off one item for every pair you bring in. Still holding on to those super faded jeans from years past? Bring them in and use your fashion for a good cause! And the more give the more you get, bring in three pairs of jeans get three items 20% off! Now that’s a great deal.
The discount is only offered when you bring in denim, as Kelly found out that’s what Hesed House needs the most but feel free to bring in any other tops as well. This fantastic denim exchange will be going on through the month of April and depending on how many jeans they receive possibly May as well.
To learn more you can visit Twist on Facebook under the name Twist Naperville or e-mail Kelly at email@example.com. I can’t wait to go clean out my closet and see what I can bring.
Spread the good karma!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Well John Frieda has heard your cries and created a new product whose commercials drew me in like a moth to a flame. So, the other day I tried this new shampoo and conditioner which has a energizing eucalyptus scent that helps you wake up in the morning and I loved it! There are three options Health Infusing for normal hair, Nourishing Moisture for dry hair, and for us stressed girls Strength Restoring which helped heal my broken and split ends.
After just one use I was in love with this product, and the next day everyone commented on how healthy my hair looked. My hair was shiny, bouncy, and my color, which I haven’t had touched up since December, looked fresh from the salon. I'm sold.
But don't take my word for it, try it for yourself!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Perhaps it's because my mom went to beauty school, is a maestro with a make up brush, and is a beauty product junky but I looove to play with make up. I suggest you head to Ulta, Sephora, or perhaps Target to find a cheap make up set with all the colors you can imagine. Like a kid in a candy store I am drawn to them. Unleash your inner artist and play around! Brands like Urban Decay and (my favorite) Wet 'n' Wild offer bold colored eye shadows, mascaras, and eyeliners. If you want to play up a more neutral look try animal friendly Two-Faced or the new, all natural, Almay pure blends for subtle colors.
To really make your features pop, play up your natural coloring by picking colors that flatter you. Your eyes are what people notice first so try using colors tailored to their color; usually that means the opposite of your natural color. Blue is across from orange on the color wheel, while I wouldn't suggest wearing straight orange, try a peach, coral, or rust color. Brown is a warm neutral and looks best with cool colors such as navy, turquoise, and ocean blue. Green eyes generally have a little bit of brown in them, and glow when next to a purple, maroon, or burgundy liner or shadow. Hazel, being a combination works with browns, blue and purples, as well as grey liners.
On a side note- an awards show make up tip is to wear grey liner because it makes your eyes look brighter as opposed to such a heavy black. And ladies- the raccoon look is not flattering.
If you need a little extra advice video blogger Lauren offers tips on youtube.com as well as on her website bylaurenluke.com. I say grab your girls together watch the tips and practice them on each other, trying make up tricks for the first time are usually easier done on someone else then trying them on yourself at first. Get some cheap products at your local grocery store or CVS like liners, shadows, and nail polish, as well as disposable brushes for hygiene reasons (sharing make up is a great way to share germs).
If you find you really enjoy playing with make up look up make up artists like Bobbi Brown or the late, great, most amazing make up artist ever Kevyn Aucoin. Who knows, it could be your dream career!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
But wait! What does this mean for our wardrobes? In this state of the economy what is a recessionista suppose to do? I bring good news- during a time of economic downturn the first thing to come to a halt is fashion. We have less money, we can't afford a plethora of new spring ensembles, therefore there aren't many new trends.
So as you are cleaning out your closets keep your gladiator sandals, white dresses, scarves and headbands! These trends are here to stay (at least for a while). Then what is new for spring? Color! and lots of it! Gorgeous apple greens, royal purples, bold turquoise, and bright pinks are being mixed with neutrals like white, black, navy, and brown. My colorful coworker and I are pictured above in some spring trends, turquoise shirt, nautical stripes, and bold combinations will be all the rage.
--Side note: Neutrals can and should be worn together, black, brown, navy, white and grey are neutrals and harmonize perfectly together. Don't listen to "fashion gurus" who claim otherwise--
Don't feel like spending cash like it's going out of style? You're not alone and businesses are aware of that. Big corporations and small are knocking off prices and holding sales to get rid of their left over merchandise. Some companies, such as J.Crew (popular for the Gossip Girl style) even offers 15% off your total purchase for students with their school ID. Next time you are out with your shopping buddies look around for the best deals. A great way to save money is buying trendy colors in classic styles and vice verse. Example- Button up shirts are a classic for every wardrobe, make it stylish but purchasing it in a bold orange or violet. Want the gladiator sandals that are so popular? Buy them in a classic brown and you can wear them even when the trend is out of style.
And as always, shopping in trend forward affordable stores such as H+M, Target, and Forever 21 are a great way to save on trend items.
Keeping you stylish!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Answer: What they do in their free time.
So how does one become the most interesting life of the party? Get a hobby!! I love to knit, dance, and exercise and through these activities I not only meet people but it allows me to relate with people I've just met. My mom has a green thumb and loves to be out in her garden, while her BFF dyes gorgeous silk scarves in her free time. Everyone has something they love to do, and that's what makes you interesting! But how do you know what you're good at? Try lots of different activites! Not sure where to start? Here is an abbreviated list to start with:
-Arts and crafts: Painting, drawing, jewelery making, knitting (as my talented friend and fellow knitter is in the picture above), or scrap booking.
-Cook: Try new recipes, bake, or cake decorating
-Writing: Journal, write a book, or start a blog!
-Exercise: Hit the gym, run, play a team sport, walk your dog, dance, or try yoga.
-Outdoors fun: Garden, camp, hike, or get a group to play frisbee.
-Philanthropy: Clean up local parks, help at soup kitchens, or donate your time at a YMCA.
These are my favorite, but everyone is different! The website notsoboringlife.com has a great list to get started from. Are you a very social person? Get some friends together and do these together, or take a class at a dance studio and meet some new friends. More of a homebody? Me too. Try an individualized hobby such as photography, better yet take a class to force yourself to get out and meet new people! Community colleges offer beginning foreign language classes, that way you can meet new people who are in the same boat as you and you can hang out and study together!
Yes, I love to knit, I knit on the subway on my way to class, in between classes, at lunch and yes my friends due tease me about it. But, it's a great conversation starter! I just laugh with everyone else, yes ok I know it's a grandmotherly hobby but my scarves look cooler than everyone else's. The key to confidence is to not care what other people think of you, so what some not-so-cool kids may tease you for your hobby? They are just jealous they aren't as talented, therefore their opinion doesn't matter. Your true friends will love that you have an interesting talent and appreciate you for it, they may even share your passion! So get out there and learn something new!
Until next week!
Friday, February 20, 2009
I know, I know, I probably sounds like your mother, "Go clean your room!", but it doesn't have to be boring! Put on a fun play list and make a fashion show out of it. Try on items you haven't worn in a while and if you don't love it donate it! Go through every shelf, hanger, and drawer and get rid of anything you won't wear or is ripped, worn out, ill-fitting. Don't limit it to just clothing either, go through old jewelery too! Clear the clutter of old clothes to make room for your new items, spring is almost here!
Isn't it fun to be fashionably philanthropic?
Friday, February 13, 2009
It sounds cheesy but you have to make an investment in yourself, going to a job interview in a hot pink leopard print t-shirt and jeans will not get you the job. Although the other side is false as well, going in wearing an ill-fitting suit will make you look boring and conservative. It's important to wear items that are styled perfectly for you and where your going in life.
You hear it over an over again: "Dress for Success" but it's true! You have to dress for the job you want, so how do you look smart, confident, and motivated? Investment pieces. Now every style guru has their list of wardrobe staples, and while I think there are items everyone needs each list should be tailored to yourself. Working in an office requires more work apparel such as blouses, suit pants, and business appropriate dress. While shop girls need perfect fitting jeans, versatile tops, and interesting jewelery.
Still a bit lost? Here is my list on what every girl needs:
1. The perfect pair of jeans
-If they fit like a glove buy two and have one hemmed for flats, the other for heels.
2. The little black dress
-Yes I know, as Audrey Hepburn's BIGGEST fan I am a bit biased, but trust me you get great mileage out of it.
3. The little white dress
-The spring/summer version of the little black dress. Wear it with a colorful cardigan for chilly nights.
4. The Classic Black Cardigan
-Perfect for spring/summer nights or with a pashmina in the winter.
5. The Pashmina Scarf
-Buy it in your favorite color to wear with your cardi, white dress, and black dress.
6. The Smashing Coat
-Its a coat, you have to wear it my not make fantastic? Spring/fall coats tend to be the most fun, such as the modeled by my fashion forward friend in the photo above. This fantastic coat can be found at Twist Boutique in Naperville, IL.
7. The Black Pants
-Perfect for job/college interviews when paired with a fun blouse.
8. The Statement Jewelery
-Whether your a necklace, ring, bracelet, earring or watch girl have a fantastic piece of jewelery to dress up an outfit.
9. The Classic Black Skirt
-Pencil skirts are my favorite, but wear what flatters your body. A-line skirts get the most mileage because it goes with everything.
10. The Black High Heels
-Round toe, pointed toe, square toe, 1" to 5" (the 6" inch heel is a myth), everyone needs black shoes.
Of course, everyone has different needs buy more black pants if you work in an office or jeans if you have a casual job, but these are staples.
My last bit of advice: Don't be afraid to spend money on investment pieces.
You will save more money if you buy high quality items that last forever as opposed to cheap items that fall apart within days. This are things you will have and wear forever so make sure they will last forever.
You are what you wear!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Yet at simple as that sounds, that ten letter word is terrifying is it not? Tim Gunn, Stacy London, and Clinton Kelly will all tell you that proper undergarments are the ultimate foundations to great style- but as much as I worship these style gurus I beg to differ. You simply cannot have fun with fashion and find your personal style without confidence! Take my fantastic model pictured above, you can’t pair azure blue, with lime green, and hot pink unless you are confident and happy with who you are.
It's not easy to find confidence in yourself either, I'm well aware of that- I was just like you remember? It starts from the inside, cheesy I know, but only you can change yourself. At the boutique I work at I have heard hundreds of girls doubting themselves in certain outfits because, well they could never wear that to school. My reaction is always, why can't you wear that to school? You look adorable! It just takes confidence to be able to ignore what other people think of you.
I mean honestly, think of when the mean girls talk about you. They only are whispering about you because they are jealous. I know you hear that all the time but take it from me, I have been through all that before, they are simply jealous that they lack the confidence you glow with. So just ignore them, they are just jealous, and enjoy the clothing that makes you happy!
So that leads me to my challenge for you: Start doing things that make you feel confident!
Like I said, it won't be easy! so here are a few tips,
-Take a deep breath when you wake up and think of just one little thing you are excited for that day, it could be as simple as wanting to pet your dog, just something you look forward to.
-As you get ready in the morning flash yourself a big cheesy smile in the morning to make yourself laugh
-Listen to happy music whenever you can, in the car, walking to school, on the computer
-Wear something that makes you happy, like your favorite color or a special piece of jewelry.
-Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, laughter brings happiness and happiness brings confidence.
And don't be afraid to break the norm! The greater the risks you take, the bigger the rewards you'll get, so live a little! You can't get away with certain styles when you are older so take advantage of your age!
You never know, you may even start the next trend!
Friday, January 16, 2009
I've started this Blog for all the elementary, junior high, and high school girls out there to give them a start building their fashion confidence because I've been there, and it stinks. I know you can't do this alone though, so this is for the moms too, I'll have articles with advice for women of all ages.
In 2003 I started at a public middle school, and after wearing a uniform for many years I was quite at a loss at how to dress and turned to the comfort of jeans, t-shirt, and sweat shirts throughout seventh grade. At the start of eighth grade though, I started to have some fun with fashion, and I must admit I did wear some crazy ensembles. One of my best I must say was sporting mid-wash flare jeans, with an orange diagonal striped spaghetti strap A-line dress, and my dads white button up blouse tied at the waist. Oh yes, I wore those together. And to think, I was the columnist for my junior highs fashion column. Ha!
So that leads me to my next subject: my credentials. What right do I have to give you, the young women of America, fashion advice? Well, fashion is my life. Summer before my sophomore year the most wonderful woman, Wendy Maves, allowed this 16 year old girl to be a sales girl at her boutique. I loved it. Because of Wendy I am now going to the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago for fashion marketing and management and work at yet another fashion boutique. I have dabbled in sewing, styling, and sewing but my number one credential is that I've been where you are. I dressed like everyone else, i made my way though middle school hoping to blend into everyone else. And i know it's not fun. Creative girls often try to break the mold, and they get made fun of. Girls are so cruel sometimes. And that's where i come in, I want to help you become who you are meant to be.
So, that's that. I'm Juliana and I'll be writing this fashion advice blog. I can't claim all the credit, my wonderful mom was the one to come up with the idea of writing a blog. You may not believe it, but your mom knows a lot more than you give her credit for.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy my blog, I enjoy writing. Feel free to email me any questions as well, I would love to answer them, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't worry, junior high doesn't last forever.