Friday, April 24, 2009

Secret Fashion Tips of the Shop Girls

We all have those "Oh No!!" fashion moments, and here are a few tips to calm the crisis.

I LOVE facts like these and have many more to give periodically, have a tip you love? Email it to me at

"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

Prom Perfect

As spring approached so does the anxiety for "the most exciting night of your life" prom! Now, I put that in quotations because it is more exciting getting ready for prom that actually being at the dance. The DJ plays cheesy music, the food is a step above airplane edibles, and you end up sitting at a table with some you A. don't get along with or B. have never seen before in your life.

But that's ok! Because getting ready is the exciting part, dress shopping with your mom, finding the perfect shoes and jewelry, what girl doesn't love getting all dressed up? But the dress. Oh the difficulty of finding the dress. Having experienced prom not all that long ago (that is the photo of my prom group above) I have a few tips for being prom perfect.
My number one rule is buy a dress YOU love. Not that your moms loves or your best friend, but a dress you absolutely can't live without. Price tag doesn't matter, I bought my dress on sale at Betsy Johnson and one of the girls at my table look absolutely vintage Chanel yet had bought her dress and accessories for under $40. Your goal is not to have the most expensive dress, you could pay $1,000 for a potato sack, but to have the best fitting dress that you adore.
I know, easier said than done. The trick is to shop around. A lot. I can't even tell you how many shops my mom and I visited before I found this one. Visit smaller shops such as or . Or, my adorably petite besty recently found an adorable retro number while vintage shopping, so if your lucky enough to be able to shop vintage (unfortunately not possible for us tall girls, sad face) then search vintage shops in your area! Try to avoid major department stores as well such as Macy's and Nordstrom because you run a much higher risk of having the same dress as someone else. My only exemption from that is if you buy a dress in a totally off the wall color or style. Want a shocking Schiaparelli pink dress? Great. Or maybe even one of Schiaparelli's lobster dresses? If that's your personality, run with it.
Now on your way to prom bring any items you may think you need. You or a friend probably will need it. A safety pin is a must, some bobby pins, lip gloss, false eyelash glue if you are wearing false lashes, and some feminine necessities. Trust me on that. Oh! and in regards to pictures, put one foot in front of the other, shoulders back, head tilted slightly down.
And last but not least, have fun, relax, while some may disagree this is not the most exciting night of your life(that comes later when you land your dream job, graduate college, ect.). It's fun, you get to bond with your friends while dressed glamorously, but it is not a life changing night. So just enjoy it, have a blast and some laughs and leave your baggage at the door. In all honesty I enjoyed graduation more than I did prom, but that's just me. Just enjoy yourself, forget any drama for the night and just have fun dancing the night away, you look fantastic.
I would love to see your fab dresses!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Fashionably Philanthropic

What is classier than donate to those less fortunate, that is why this week I have to send kudos to Naperville boutique, Twist. Owner Kelly Kirch is supporting Hesed House, a shelter, food pantry, and soup kitchen in Aurora, IL by asking for donations from her shoppers. The best part? You get a discount for you donate, and this recessionista thinks that’s a fantastic idea.
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 I can’t wait to go clean out my closet and see what I can bring.

Spread the good karma!

Friday, April 3, 2009

DIY: Blair Waldorf Style

Who was spotted glued to televisions Gossip Girl Monday night? No other than fashion blogger, Juliana. It looks to me as if someone was coveting Lily's Birkin bag.

I would love to say I only watch Gossip Girl for the fashion, but I admit I totally get sucked into the drama of it as well. As one of the most popular t.v. shows of the moment though, trends originate on this set and main character Blair Waldorf (played by Leighton Meester) is showcasing them all. We have Gossip Girl to thank for plaid coming back, pleated skirts, sweater vests and the height of school girl chic- the headband.

Blair Waldorf is know for her bold bands that have extra touches of bows, rhinestones, and my favorite, feathers. Coveting this major trend I googled high and low and finally found Jennifer Ouellette who is Blair's headband designer, yes she has a headband designer. To my shock, her hair accessories sell any where from $50-75 and this reccessionista just wont shell out that kind of cash for a simple accessory.

So what did I do? Headed to my nearest CVS and bought a set of three Conair brown and black head bands for $4 dollars, then I went to my local craft store and in their floral department found a bunch of feathers totalling $5. Once I was home I pulled out my hot glue gun (super glue would work as well) and went to work!

In the picture above I'm showing off the end result, adorable isn't it? And I now have three fantastic headbands for $9, which works out to $3 each! Now that is worth gossiping about. And if the fantastic price isn't enough, an added benefit is that you won't have to deal with the horror of someone wearing the same headband as you.

Now you don't have to do just feathers either, play around with some ribbon, bows, and jewels. The more the merrier, and from what I can tell this trend isn't going anywhere.

You know you love me,