Summer Cotton Dresses

I am sorry I have been missing in action lately.  Summer has gotten away from me, and I have been super busy.  However, not too busy to go shopping.  I was in Old Navy a couple of weeks ago.  I purchased four cotton dresses for under $40.  I reactivated my Old Navy card to save an additional 15%. Since I reactivated my Old Navy card, I get 10% off every purchase for the next 60 days. I was in Old Navy last weekend, and they still have some available.  They are comfortable and perfect for summer.  Check them out!!

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Summer Heat

It is pretty much a fact that summer style has a tendency to veer on the sloppy side. It is sweltering, the sun is shining, and everyone is in vacation mode, all of which obviously influence our wardrobes. Rarely does the term “polished” come to mind in the middle of this June heat.  It is essential to know the little tricks you can utilize to give your outfits the polish your summer wardrobe craves.  Here are my top five tips.

1.  Pair flat sandals with sleek pieces, like cropped black pants.

2.  A long, flowy dress is beautiful and feminine, keeps you cool, and easily transitions from day to night.

3.  While it may sound obvious, tucking your shirt in makes a huge difference if you want to avoid looking sloppy.

4.  If you are wearing a dress or skirt to stay cool, keep the hemlines modest, as they will always look more polished than short ones.

5.  Balancing proportions is an easy way to avoid looking sloppy. If you are wearing a slouchier piece on the bottom, go more fitted on the top, and vice versa.

Tank Tops for the Well Endowed

There is nothing I like more than a hot summer day, lazing around in a tank top and shorts, preferably with a cold beer in my hand.  I had a friend ask me to post a blog about tank tops for those of us who are a bit more well endowed, so here it is.  First of all, I always make sure the straps are wide enough to cover my bra straps. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE BRA STRAPS, people…especially at my age.  This is why I rarely wear racer-back styles, even though I think they are super cute. Because I refuse to wear them with my bra straps showing. I also try to find tops that are not too low-cut. How bare is too bare is, of course, is up to each individual’s comfort level and conscience, but I do try to find that fine line between styles that I enjoy and those that I feel might be too provocative. Here are some of my rules when purchasing tank tops if you are well endowed.

1. Cover your bra straps, girlfriend! This means selecting tank tops that have wider straps. How wide depends on your bra.

2. Wear the right bra. You want a bra that is supportive but not massive enough to show around the edges of the tank top. It used to be hard to find supportive bras in larger sizes that were not grannie bras, but nowadays there are lots of choices.

3. Pay attention to the neckline. Tank tops with a modest V-neck or scoop neck are flattering, just makes sure that they are not too low-cut. This does take some trial and error, as everyone is built differently.

4. Consider the fit. As always with matters of style, fit is key. Do not buy tank tops that are too tight. I like material that does not have so much spandex, so I can stretch them out a bit. If they are too tight when I put them on, I just give a tug in a few strategic places, and that fixes them right up!  Sometimes a looser style is nice, like the kind with the banded waist, or a flowy tunic-style — it all depends on your personal style aesthetic and what is flattering for your body type.

5. When in doubt, layer. I have tanks that I keep only for layering under a cardigan or jean jacket, and I have others that I will wear alone. You can also layer a tank top over another tank top, so if you have one you like that is too low-cut, or it is more flowy and always shows too much when you bend over, consider wearing a more modest tank underneath.

Summer Espadrilles ~ Under $100

There is no better compliment to an effortless sundress than an espadrille sandal. They are the nonchalant accessory of the season. And the best part is these comfy woven soles will keep you sturdy at beach-side soirees and backyard barbecues. Check out these styles, all under $100.

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Banana Republic ~ $98

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IIse Jacobsen, $99

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TopShop, $85

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Zara, $80

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Soludus x Wren, $65

 

 

 

Getting out the Door in Minutes

We are all busy these days, especially if you are a mom. Do you feel like you have no time for yourself?  Do getting the kids ready for school in the morning consume all your time?  I get it.  It can be hard when you have others that you have to look after as well as yourself, to stay stylish, but it is certainly not impossible with a touch of planning.  Maybe you do not have kids still at home, but you still struggle in looking stylish every day.  DO NOT fear, because you are not alone.  Here are some helpful tips to get you out the door in the morning, every morning, looking stylish!!

1.  Plan your outfit the night before – pull it out of the closet, and check to make sure it is clean and pressed.  Then find the accessories you need to go with it and add them on the hanger.  This way do not have anything to think about when you are getting up and dressed and other people want your attention.

2.  Make sure you accessorize – remember that accessories can make an ordinary outfit stand out.

3.  Update  your wardrobe seasonally – many women who have busy lives end up putting themselves and their wardrobes last.  The kids get new clothes but you hardly ever do because you just do not have time to shop for yourself.  Make sure at least once each new season you take some time out for yourself to update a few items in your wardrobe to keep you looking fresh and stylish. If you have been wearing the same jeans from five years ago, then it is time to invest in some new ones.

4.  Get a hairstyle you can do fast and easily – a stylish hairdo makes a huge difference to your whole look.  Let your hairdresser know your limits – how much time you have each day to spend grooming your hair, that way they can cut it with that knowledge, plus ask them to show you the best way to style your hair yourself.   Then do your hair, every day, spend that three minutes each morning making it look stylish.

5. Wear makeup – you do not have to do a full makeup routine, but even a little mascara or some lipstick can make you look more put together and finished.

6. Buy easy care clothing – if it needs dry cleaning or special attention you are less likely to wear it.  Check care labels before you buy, so you know you can throw it into the machine with all your other clothes.

7. Make sure your shoes are not looking scruffy – polish shoes to keep them looking good.  In general I would advise wearing leather shoes, they can be fixed easily and improved upon.  Many synthetic shoes once they are scuffed cannot be fixed.

8. Cover up – if your kids are still young and often have messy hands, then wear something over your clothes until you are about to leave the house, that way any breakfast foods do not make it onto your clean clothes before you get out of the house!

9. Have a ‘go-to’ uniform – Plan a handful of outfits you know you look good on you, and know the accessories you wear with them. This way when you are rushed you can reach for your stylish ‘go-to’ outfits and feel good. Even adding a jacket over a tee and jeans, throwing on a scarf and some boots or ballet flats will make you look stylish rather than frumpy.  A little structure in your clothes can go a long way!  A dress is a great item to wear as it makes you look stylish and means you only have to decide on one item.

10. Size matters  – yes you may be losing the baby weight and not back into your pre-pregnancy size, but if you are wearing oversized clothes, you will never look stylish.  You may need to invest in some “in-between sizes” clothes. Some new well-fitting jeans and tops can make you feel so much better than slobbing around in old-tracksuit pants.  Do not get stuck in your maternity clothes or in sizes that are no longer relevant to the body you have today. Dress the body you have TODAY.