Once I hit 40 I felt the need to ‘think’ about the way I looked at my wardrobe. I want to dress appropriate for my age, but still feel young and can look fashionable, which can be done at any age.
Looking at my clothing I ask:
~ Is the quality of my clothing good? No rips, holes, stains or faded clothing acceptable at this age.
~ Are my pieces of clothing enhancing my body? Not too long or short, tight or big but giving me the right curves and hiding all the right things.
~ Do I have the right undergarments? No panty lines are allowed and bras must be enhancing.
~ Do my shoes look fresh? There is nothing worse than scuffed or dirty shoes on a great outfit. I also make sure I have several different types of shoes with various heel size, color and style.
~ Do I have the right handbags? Don’t skimp on a great bag. You will be surprised at how many times you’ll use it if it’s a high end bag. Less expensive bags are considered trendy and basically disposable.
~ Do I have a variety of accessories? Gold, silver, chains, charms, chain link, watches, earning and trendy jewelry.
Without a doubt, I must have hair, nails and skin that look as good as possible. I wash my face twice a day, hair every other and if I don’t have a fresh manicure then I keep my nails short and clean.
I care about my body so I do work out 3-5 times a week and eat clean as possible and drink plenty of liquids. I started drinking warm water with lemon in the morning to jump start my digestive system, then coffee and light but mostly protein breakfast, tons of fruit and salads.
I do get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night and keep a pretty tight schedule during the day.
What I’ve found is that the key to knowing how to dress is balancing the outfit. If you have on a flare skirt then wear a tank top or if my shirt is short then I wear a blazer to cover up. When I wear leggings I wear a simple shirt then a longer sweater or blazer to cover up a little bit.
Right now I’m into wearing silk, blazers, layering and dressing in monochrome with one pop of color.
If you’re going to get dressed, why not do it better as you get older. Every year work a little harder on something that you could do better. It all becomes a habit and then the next thing you know you’ll look as good as you can!
If you’re getting ready for a major celebration then may I suggest you have the ‘it’ party decor, a Frilloon! It’s everything, glamorous, sweet, perfect, stunning and oh so fancy. The way it floats is so romantic with the long eye catching tassel making it fun to hold or stand on its own.
Frilloons can be used just about anywhere and add so much fun to any event as they are customizable~ any color combo you can think of or all in one color makes a great statement! Imagine an all red Frilloon for a valentine’s celebration.
I used one this New Years Eve and I’d have to say it was so eye catching because you don’t normally see such a big balloon, but add the amazing tassels and it become beautiful and so impressive.
Frilloons are by a Minneapolis company called, ‘White Peacock Styled Events’. The balloons can be shipped and will add wonder and style to your next event.
I joined the “Salonista Style” team a few weeks ago and was able to wear this AMAZINGLY flattering dress for the studio opening. What I love about it that it’s white, classy and sexy. The zippers in gold add interest in all the right places, enhancing the cut of the dress.
The Beauty comes in three colors- black, red and white, S/M/L and is $60. To see more fabulous dresses and more from the Salonista Style shop go to http://instagram.com/salonistastyle.
Boyfriend or rolled up jeans
Old Hollywood reminds me of hair pinned up, bright lips, gold shoes and fur. When I dress for a special occasion, just putting on a pretty dress is not enough. I enjoy having a vision and this time my vision started with wearing a fur. I didn’t own a fur, or any of my look but I get jazzed by the challenge of finding my outfit. The fundraiser was held at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston for Jaden’s Ladder. When I’m at a classy hotel, I like to dress the part.
The skinny on my look~
I found this simple brown DVF dress at a friend’s shop for $50! The next thing I found were these gold and black sequence shoes from J. Crew. Over time I found the fur vest on Ebay but with the shipping time, it would arrive with only 10 days to spare. I really wasn’t sure if it would be perfect, but to my surprise it’s gorgeous.
I picked up the clutch on winter clearance at Lord & Taylor. I chose it to tie the black and gold together with a bit of hard to play off the soft fur. The last item I picked, which didn’t really end up showing is my gold and Swarovski crystal necklace. But, I love it and am glad I bought it. The symbol means, “double luck” in Chinese.’
Dress $50, J.Crew Shoes $32 (clearance), Fur $75, Swarovski necklace $60 (outlet), clutch $28
Total cost $245
When it comes to giving a gift why not give something handmade. When someone is taking their energy to create a handcrafted good, I call it Art. There is nothing I find more beautiful than when I know someone handmade a great gift.
Birch bark Journal by Three Trees Bindry
Layered Wooden Cross Candle Corset by Fine and Funky Designs
Linen Napkins by Pillow Link
Gold, Pearls & Leather Necklace by LiatGiladJewellery
Gold Zag Try by Up in the Air Somewhere
At the end of each school year I like to give the staff at my kid’s school gifts. Maine is all about the beach and simple yet quality living. It doesn’t take much to give a thoughtful gift. I like to put a few small things together with a note and ribbon. For me the overall usefulness is more important than just giving something to give it.
In the past the gifts have been about plants and entertaining so I wanted to do something different this year and I thought about how much everyone is ready to pamper themselves.
Here is what I came up with: washcloth, Trader Joe’s soaps and lip gloss.
I chose colorful washcloths for summer.
I use a lot of different ribbons. Use good ribbons.
If you are going to give more than five gifts, don’t feel like you have to break the bank.
I like using fine papers, stamps, patterned scissors and colorful marks to hand write gift tags. After your “Thank You” statement make sure to include something clever about the gift, in this case….”Time to Pamper”.
The staff was pleased with their smart gifts. For the guys, you could place in a razor instead of a lip gloss. Be creative, have fun with the gifts you give and remember not to deliver gifts on the last day….it’s too crazy, I always deliver a few days ahead of time.
For me Valentine’s Day is really about my girlfriends…married or not, I think this holiday is the perfect time to recognize your friendships.
Giving something handmade is so very special. It shows that you’ll take time out of your busy life to make something special! What better way to show a friend how much you care for them.
My Handmade Valentine Cards
Tips on making your own cards
1. Be creative with your papers-use gift wrap, textured paper, cardstock…go for it
2. Load up the layers…like with all good design, there are several layers to add depth, interest and style
3. Use stamps and different color ink pads
4. Find some fun stickers, but limit yourself, so doesn’t end up looking cheap
5. Add some shine with rhinestones and glitter glue
5. Use finer tip sharpie markers
6. Ribbons & Lace add so much
7. Make sure you have supplies: scissors, decorative scissors, glue & a hole punch
8. Don’t make your cards all the same. Think about who you are giving your card to and let their personality inspire you.
9. If you are going to mail your card then make sure the envelope is cute as well…pink or red and add a nice sticker next to their name. Don’t forget to use a colorful marker.
10. Give your self time. The layers of glue need to dry sometimes over night. Ink needs to dry as well. Give yourself weeks that way you can run to the store to pick up one more thing to add!
Happy Valentine’s Day!