This Fall, fashion is taking everyone back to the basics! Designers and their favorite fashionistas are favoring bold, yet straightforward, looks in gray, denim, and plaid. Check out the online finds below for Autumn fashion choices that'll keep you from dipping into your rainy day savings account (which is also known as the, "I-Just-Really-Need-A-Pumpkin-Spice-Latte-Today" fund).
Here's to hoping you find the perfect fall fashions for your wardrobe!
Every workplace has different standards when it comes to attire. For example, the director of a busy movie set would most likely expect her production assistants to wear jeans and sneakers instead of pencil skirts and heels (unless of course she's a complete sadist). On the other hand, the executives of a swanky law firm would be appalled to find their office interns walking around in Hot Topic t-shirts and ripped jeans instead of suits and dress shoes.
As we get older, we make career leaps. And at some point we'll probably find ourselves in an upper management job setting where we're not quite sure how to dress appropriately. Thankfully, offices like this typically provide a dress code from their Human Resource department, and it's always best to follow these guidelines. But the dress code can't address every aspect of fashion, so you may be left with some questions.
That's why I'm going to share four fashion work blunders I've made. Hopefully, this will save you from making the same mistakes. Without further ado, these are Paula's four fashion DON'T's for the office:
the super mini skirt
It's tempting because it's so super cute. But DON'T do it! Don't you wear that super mini to the office. Think about the moment when you'll need to bend down to load paper into the office copy machine, or when you'll have to pick up a pencil you dropped. These are things I didn't consider until it was too late and I ended up sharing a tad too much of myself with anyone in the vicinity. And let's just say that even if one is very toned and lovely, there is only one pair of cheeks on the human body meant to be seen in an office setting.
The Solution: If you have a dress or skirt that's on the shorter side, pair it with some matching leggings and you're good to go!
Much like time and the perceived depth of Lady Gaga's music, this particular advice is relative. If you work in a trendy Los Angeles office, showing up in a tasteful crop top is perfectly acceptable. Wear that same blouse to a conservative office in one of the country's Southern or Midwestern states and you'll get a lot of frowns.
I'll be honest about what happened when I wore a very slightly midriff revealing top last week. I wore a blazer over it, so I figured that would make it OK. And for some reason, then I drank a bunch of soda. By 10 AM I was so bloated I looked pregnant. I spent the rest of the day tugging at the hem of that wretched top, trying to make it longer. And even the jacket didn't help. Because I can't seem to control the amount of ginger ale I drink, that cute little top is now banned from my work wardrobe.
The Solution: If your abs are so toned that you just must show them off, first of all please share your workout regimen because some of us (points to self) desperately need it. And secondly, try covering your crop top with a tasteful sheer top.
six inch skinny heeled sandals
Glamour magazine says six inch skinny heeled sandals are perfect for the office. And Glamour magazine's fashion tips are perfect ...for women who are taken to work by limo-driving chauffeurs. But those of us who don't live in trust fund paid for Manhattan condominiums often work in places where we sometimes have to traverse stairs and gravel parking lots. This means sky high, skinny heels are a HUGE mistake.
When I wore my super high skinny heels to work it had a terrible affect on my bladder. You see, I knew that if I left my desk to go use the bathroom, I would fall down. So, I stayed at my desk the whole day. Very awful for the bladder, let me tell you. Besides this, at the close of the workday when I had to get up to leave, I eventually found myself in the parking lot being laughed at by a nearby group of men who watched me struggle to limp from the exit door to my car. Yes, those men were goons, but even more goonish was the experience of tripping and nearly falling with every step I took. This taught me that work attire should always allow one to accomplish tasks necessary to work- especially simple tasks, like walking without falling down.
The Solution: If you prefer high heels, no worries. Choose a pair with thick heels. They're much more comfortable than skinny heels!
Huge chunky earrings are fun, except for when you have to answer an office phone. Unless, of course, you prefer to have a huge object sitting between your ear and the telephone during each of your conversations. I kept having to take my earring off every time I answered the phone, and that's fairly annoying.
The Solution: This is a simple one; wear smaller earrings.
Those are my four fashion "Don't's" for work in an office setting. Have you personally experienced or seen any other workplace style blunders? We'd all love to hear them, please do share in the comments section!
With a new semester only days away it's time to hit the books and trade in last semester's wardrobe for an upgrade! But a new look doesn't need to be expensive... in fact, it shouldn't be. So, here are a few looks that will keep you trendy and within budget as you make your way into the new semester.
Define yourself with a dress
Simple, mid-length dresses are a great look for that hot, but not too hot, summer/fall back to school season. This season's dresses often feature flared skits -which make them easy to move around in- and either clean prints, multi-colored stripes, or an off-the-shoulder style to keep them interesting without being too over-the-top for class.
Do a little denim...
Denim has a wide range of options, from a modernized take on "Mom jeans" to the super casual "I don't actually need a boyfriend" jeans like the pair below from Go Jane. You can even go super classy with a pair of belted flared jeans. Whatever you choose, the word of the season comfort. This season is not about the antiquated painted on and uncomfortable look, it's about being able to move around like an actual human person.
T-Shirts & Blouses
And you can never go wrong with a simple top! Express yourself in a conversation-starting tee or in a blouse that's a perfect match for the day's activities.
While you're revamping your look for the new semester, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, and H&M are great stores to keep in mind. They offer fantastic looks at decent prices. And if buying new outfits simply isn't in your budget, Target accessories make for an excellent plan B. Target always seems to have a discounted wall in their accessories department. And every one of last semester's outfits can look brand new with the right accessories! The most important thing to remember is that your look is all about making you feel comfortable enough to do whatever it takes to excel. So, have fun shopping and hope you enjoy the new semester!
It's summer! That means it's time to revive the ol' wardrobe with pieces that are perfect for outdoor fun and traveling! So, what's in this summer? Heard turned to Louisiana-based fashion guru/designer KiYada Upshaw for advice and according to KiYada, florals, stripes, and bright colors are a definite must for your summer wardrobe!
In addition to florals, stripes, and bright colors, New York City's Fashion week had a few incredible summer pieces to share with crowds. Just below are three highlights from Fashion Week. Check them out to stay updated on what's in style this summer!
The Minimalist Look
This minimalist outfit idea takes a simple look to chic. A white cotton blouse is paired with capri jeans, understated flats, and a hat. The clean simplicity and summer accessories make it a perfect look for a June/July vacation.
The Flirty Yellow Sundress
The flowing yellow sundress was a big hit on the runway at New York City's fashion week. Multiple shades of yellow were featured, each of them working perfectly for a variety of skin tones. The yellow sundress will be a great addition to your summer wardrobe!
The Off The SHoulder Look
The off the shoulder look left for a hot minute, made a very Britney Spears-like semi-return and now it's back in full force- no holds barred! So, be sure and spice up your summer wardrobe with one or two off-the-shoulder pieces!
ATTRACTIVE & Affordable Looks For Summer!
What if you don't have a Gwyneth Paltrow budget to buy one of those outfits you saw on the runway? No worries- there are a host of affordable summer looks perfectly suited for all kinds of budgets!
Check out a few of the suggestions below.
The Minimalist Look on a Budget...
The cute & affordable yellow Sundress ...
Off-The-Shoulder Sleek At a Great Price...
Stay tuned for more fashion advice! And be sure to check in with Louisiana-based fashion guru, KiYada Upshaw, in her weekly blog at www.kupshawweekly.com.
What's in style this winter? To find out, check out the 4 winter's must-have's below!
The Camel Coat
The camel coat was a big deal in the 1980's and it sort of came back a few years ago. But as of now, it's definitely in and is a must-have for your winter wardrobe.
While a typical camel coat includes a belt (click here for a pic), a less expensive version is pictured to the left. It's belt-less and feels more like a sweater than a heavy coat, but it's got the same laid-back quality as a camel coat and it keeps you warm!
Vegan Moto/Leather Jacket
These short animal-friendly jackets are so full of swagger that they might scare away any lesser jackets in your closet. But that's okay. That's just what vegan leather jackets do. They rule. And they're surprisingly inexpensive. So, that's a plus ; )
Big Comfy Flannel Shirts
Early 90's fashion has definitely made a comeback. That means the winter wardrobe should now include comfy flannel shirts (and if I'm being honest, they never actually left my wardrobe)! This is, thankfully, yet another inexpensive item for your winter closet!
The Sweater Dress
A cute yet warm sweater dress is perfect for the cold weather. Pair it with boots and you're good to go!
By: P.L. Jones
Winter is here! That means it's time to indulge in hot cocoa and s'mores, go ice-skating with friends... and unfortunately that also means it's the season of extremely dry skin.
Yep, that's right. During winter, you'll notice that your lips become chapped more easily and that your skin, also, becomes just as dry. But, not to worry: dry skin is preventable! The two tips below are quick and easy suggestions related to combating dry skin this winter!
Reach for the Coconut Oil!
When you notice that your skin has lost a bit of it's luster, you may be tempted to reach for your favorite go-to lotion. I know that's what I've typically done in the past- I used to love those travel-sized lotions that cost as little as $1! And those kinds of moisturizers are totally fine for summer and spring, but during winter your skin may need more .
The thing is, most lotions are water-based, which isn't a bad thing- water's great! However, when our skin is abnormally dry, we'd be better off replacing water-based lotions with oil-based products, because water-based lotions can't lock in moisture the way oil-based products can. Oil-based moisturizers are simply much more effective! For example, a lot of people have found a great moisturizer in coconut oil. (Coconut oil can be found in pretty much any grocery store, it's usually on the same aisle as olive oil) Not only is coconut oil naturally antibacterial and antifungal, but it makes an excellent moisturizer for skin, hair, and lips and it smells fantastic!
A trick that's worked for many is to combine coconut oil with another oil such as jojoba, sweet almond, or olive oil as this makes it an even more effective moisturizer.
So, this winter do your skin a favor and reach for the coconut oil!
Some experts claim that drinking plenty of water has little effect on the appearance of one's skin. Even if that were true, staying hydrated is still of immense importance during winter. While drinking bottled water throughout the day is a great way to do this, a helpful tip is to start your day off with a nice big mug of hot water that's got a hint of lemon (no sugar added).
Sure, during cold weather it's tempting to want to start your morning with a steaming mug of hot coffee or cocoa. But too much caffeine can lead to anxiety, irritablility, and even stomach pain. It's much better to opt on hot water with lemon. This warm drink works miracles- not only does it help to detox your body by "reminding" your liver to flush out toxins, but it also wakes up your digestive track.
So, stay healthy and hydrated by starting your every morning with a mug of hot water with lemon and then drinking plenty of water throughout the remainder of the day- your skin and your overall health will thank you for your efforts!
So, those were my two winter tips on how to maintain a healthy glow during winter! Do you have additional suggestions? If so, please leave them in a comment below!
I think prom is just about enjoying yourself.
TIP #1- Be Open minded!
Tip #2- Shop Around!
Does your prom dress have to come from your favorite store? Nope. With this in mind, give yourself at least three weeks to browse stores and corner boutiques that you've never visited. This works in harmony with Tip #1 about embracing an open-minded outlook. So, instead of waiting until the last minute, start shopping well in advance and be willing to check out stores that you typically overlook. Who knows, your ideal dress might be waiting for you in one of those stores!
Tip #3 -Know Your Colors
While its smart to try outfits in all kinds of colors, it's also a great idea to keep in mind what colors make your skin tone pop. Typically, olive skin tones (think Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Halle Berry) look amazing with all kinds of colors, but especially in green or pink.
Fair skin (like Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet, and Elle Fanning) looks exceptionally pretty with light blue and pastel fabrics.
Warm caramel skin tones (think Zoe Saldana, Beyonce, and Kerry Washington) are absolutely stunning when paired with colors like red and burnt orange.
Beautiful dark skin (like Damaris Lewis, Lupita Nyong'o, and Oluchi Onweagbais), much like olive skin, looks incredible with nearly any color, but is especially pretty when paired with a bold red or light yellow/gold.
Being open-minded when it comes to shopping, giving every store and boutique an equal opportunity, and keeping in mind which colors work best with your skin tone can lead you to the perfect dress! But what's even more important than the dress is that you have an amazing time at your prom! So, have fun shopping and an even better time making memories with your friends at the prom!
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