Style Lessons from Sex and the City

I have to apologize because I have barely even blogged the last two weeks. I have been sooo busy at work, I was out of town, and then I was sick. So, here is a little pick me up from one of my favorite shows and one of the best fashion shows ever. I found this on WhoWhatWear.com and had to share because it’s just so true. Happy Saturday everyone, I’ll be back next week! I promise.

1. The right bag can make an outfit: “Balls are to men, what purses are to women. It’s just a little bag, but we’d feel naked in public without it.” – Carrie BradshawSATC1

2. Never compromise your taste: “I’d like a cheeseburger, large fries, and a Cosmopolitan.” – Carrie BradshawSATC2

3. Your wardrobe counts as a liquid asset: “I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” – Carrie BradshawSATC3

4. Shoes can make you just as happy as a man: “It’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes—that’s why you sometimes need really special shoes!” – Carrie BradshawSATC4

5. Running to a sale counts as exercise: “Shopping is my cardio.” – Carrie BradshawSATC5

6. The higher the heel, the closer to heaven: “I’m not afraid of heights…have you seen my shoes?” – Carrie BradshawSATC6

7. Trends are fleeting; friends are forever: “They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.” – Carrie BradshawSATC7

8. Head scarves: okay. Scrunchies: not okay: “I loved it…Except for one huge problem. You have your leading lady running all over town wearing a scrunchie. A scrunchie!” – Carrie BradshawSATC8

9. Never apologize for unconventional outfit choices: “You shouldn’t have to sacrifice who you are just because somebody else has a problem with it.” – Carrie BradshawSATC9

10. The perfect fit is worth waiting for: “A relationship is like couture—if it doesn’t fit perfectly, it’s a disaster.” – Juliette B. from Sex & The CitySATC10

11. Designer labels? Yes. Judgmental labels? No: “Some labels are best left in the closet.” – Carrie BradshawSATC11

12. Never be too busy to dress up: “No matter how fast paced the city is, I always manage to get my clothes on before I leave the apartment.” – Carrie BradshawSATC12

13. A drop necklace is a great way to emphasize your décolletage: “Maybe the best any of us can do is not to quit, play the hand we’ve been given, and accessorize the outfit we’ve got.” – Carrie BradshawSATC13

14. A Tide pen can be a girl’s best friend: “I will never be the woman with the perfect hair who can wear white and not spill on it.” – Carrie BradshawSATC14

15. A classic stripe is always in style: “This isn’t about stripping, it’s about striping.” – Carrie BradshawSATC15

*from WhoWhatWear.com

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Leg Lengthening Tricks

Being 5’4″ I would give anything to have a few extra inches especially added to my legs. Obviously I’m not jut going to stretch or grow 3-4 more inches at my age, so here are a few tricks for those of you that are in the same boat as me. We have to use fashion to help us out a little .

1. Wear a Nude Shoe – The closer it is to your skin tone, the harder it is to tell where your leg ends and the shoe starts.

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2. High-Waisted Anything – High-waisted shorts or pants makes your waistline appear much higher, which in turn makes your legs look much longer.fp_5338012_ang_lively_blake_0706102Kim-Kardashian-Kris-Humphries-Fashion-Trend-High-Waisted-Pants-092111-21-682x1024

3. Wear Pants & Shoes in the same Hue – This creates one long, unbroken line of color, which gives the illusion of long legs.kate moss 261110Add-a-twist-to-your-all-black-lgn

4. Wide Leg Pants and Wedges – Skim the floor with your hemline and add height with some wedges. Looks fab and it’s different than a pair of skinnies everyday.BG-3TEK_mx

5. Vertical Details on Pants – This draws your eye to lengthening lines.main.original.466x530

6. A Pointy Toe – This elongates your feet, with the added benefits of height from the heel.imagesCelebs in Pointy shoes

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Summer Hair Tips

Here are a few tips for how to keep your hair under control this summer. Between chlorine, sun, and constant heat it’s hard to keep it healthy, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite products and ideas for how to keep it shiny and healthy.

– Your hair is just going to be a little bit harder to control. Acceptance is the first step.

– Become friends with shine spray.You can spray straight onto your hair (make sure you hold it far enough away or it will make your hair look greasy!), or I like to spray onto my hands and smooth into my hair.

These are my two favorites right now:

So Sexy ‘Smooth and Glossy Shine Serum’ – victoriassecret.comSo Sexy 'Smooth and Glossy Shine Serum'

It’s a 10 Miracle Shine Spray – target.comIt's a 10 Miracle Shine Spray

You can also just use an argan oil as well…my favorite is Josie Maran’s Hair serum, but she also has a regular argan oil that you can use for your cuticles, skin, lips, hair, etc! So you might want to try her regular one as well!

Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum – sephora.comJosie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum

– If you can’t stand frizz, brush and touch your hair as little as possible. Once you get out of the shower don’t rub your hair with your towel…blot it dry. Brush as little as possible. You can air dry and curl define it with your fingers. If you have to blow dry and round brush will help smooth down the frizz.

– Salt Spray is also a great summer hair “accessory”. Especially if your hair is very straight. Salt creates a good texture. You know how your hair looks after getting out of the ocean! Just make sure to use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner because it does tend to dry your hair out.

You can just get a spray bottom and add salt to water, but I love Bumble and Bumble’s salt spray. It smells better.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray – sephora.comBumble and Bumble Surf Spray

– We love summer beachy waves! Just don’t over think them! During the winter I love to lightly curl my hair for beachy waves, and I will still do this during the summer, but I don’t like to pay attention to them as much. I like them to be more messy. So I either do different sized chunks of curls or some loose and some tighter. But you can also do this without blow-drying. When your hair is damp, put in some texture or shine spray and wrap your hair either in a loose bun on top of your head, or put it in a loose braid. Then sleep on it. Take it out in the morning and you’ll have fun textured mermaid waves! tumblr_m7f490uu1o1r32t61

– Invest in a good leave-in conditioner/detangler. With all of the swimming/hiking/outdoorsyness you will be participating in, you are bound to get tangles.

Again I’m recommending the It’s a 10 brand…It smells great and it’s not too expensive. Plus I feel like this one leaves you with a little bit of shine as well.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Conditioner – target.comIt's a 10 Miracle Leave In Conditioner

Beauty Protector ‘Protect and Detangle’ – birchbox.combeautyprotector_protect_detangle_900x900exclusive

Sign up for Birchbox here and get your sample box every month for only $10, plus discounts on products, etc! It’s my favorite thing!

– Moisture, Moisture, Moisutre! Your hair is going to get dried out. Make sure to either get a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner or do a hair mask every week or two.

Two great masks are:

Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair Mask – folica.comMoroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask

Amika Obliphica Nourishing Mask – birchbox.comAmika Obliphica Nourishing Mask

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How to Wear a Maxi Dress

Summer is coming and that means maxi dress time! For a long time I wanted to wear maxi dresses, but I was afraid to because I’m pretty short and I thought they would look really stupid on me. I didn’t want them to drag on the floor or swallow me up. Not all of us are 5’10’ and have a model figure right? As soon as I figured out how to wear them and what kind looked the best on me, I was in love and never looked back. So here are a few suggestions for those of you that have that same problem. I promise you, you’re going to want to read ahead…

If you are petite…

…empire waists are a do, because they give the illusion of height. Avoid large prints, they tend to engulf you and make you look even smaller. You can always throw on a cute heel or wedge to add height.

Mara Hoffman Corded Tank Maxi DressMara Hoffman Corded Tank Maxi Dress

If have wider hips…

…pick a dress where the bottom is a darker color than the top (colorblock). Try wearing a belt or a dress with a cinched waist to accentuate your small wait.

DKNY Colorblock Maxi Tank DressDKNY Colorblock Maxi Tank Dress

If you have an hourglass figure…

…try a fit and flar version of a maxi, with a cinched waist and a full skirt.

BCBG Constantine Pleated Maxi DressBCBG Constantine Pleated Maxi Dress

If you’re busty…

…look for a V-Neck dress, because they balance out your cleavage with your bottom half. Also, try for a thicker strap so your “friends” don’t look like they are tugging down and trying to get out.

ASOS Maxi Dress with Wrap FrontASOS Maxi Dress with Wrap Front

If you have an athletic build (muscular)…

…go for a fitted column shape, with or without sleeves. It makes you look super long and lean.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Stripe Maxi DressMichael Kors Stripe Maxi Dress

*my own tips with the help of Lucky Magazine

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What to wear to the Kentucky Derby

Horses and High Fashion…what’s not to love about the Kentucky Derby? I would love to go one day. For now I’ll just have to settle with dreaming up lovely outfits for that one day…This year think less costumey and themed, and think pieces that you can wear all summer. Dress them up for the day of the Derby, but dress them down for every day use.

First here is a little bit of advice from Coco Rocha on how to dress for the Derby.photo

A Full Skirt – Wear this with a silk tank or a tie waist blouse. Dress it down later with a cute chambray top.

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A Sun Hat – Be sure to check out my previous post (here) on all the fun hats you can wear, but to be safe, get one that you can wear again!

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A Ladylike Bag – For Derby day wear them with girly prints and pastels, and afterwards wear them as we pop of color with your outfit.

Red Valentino Bow Structured ToteRed Valentino Bow Structured Tote

A Proper Sundress – Keep it lovely and simple with minimal jewelry.

Kate Spade Celina DressKate Spade Celina Dress

Retro Sunglasses – Southern lady look.

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A Prim Blouse – Wear with a full skirt or with a jacket for the Derby, but dress down later with some distressed denim.

Frill BlouseFrill Blouse

A Ballet Flat – A little preppy and much more comfortable than a pump.

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Classic Jewelry – Keep it simple. If it looks like an heirloom, even better.

Mark and Graham Sophia MedallionMark and Graham Sophia Medallion

Gingham – Polish it up for Derby day, but gingham is perfect for outfits all summer.

Taylor Dresses Gingham Fit and Flare DressTaylor Dresses Gingham Fit and Flare Dress

*tips from Lucky Magazine

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Favorites Lately – Tibi Silk Colorblock Long Dress

Tibi Silk Colorblock Long Dress – tibi.comTibi Silk Colorblock Long Dress

Tory Burch Emmy Flat Thong Sandal – shopbop.comTory Burch Emmy Flat Thong Sandal

Windsor ‘Young, Wild, and Free’ Tee – windsorstore.comWindsor Young Wild and Free Tee

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Ralph Lauren ‘Canyon Rock’ Denim Short – denimandsupply.comralph-lauren-canyon-rock-cream-vintage-denim-short-product-1-6537882-416266579_large_flex

Toledino Peep-Toe Booties – anthropologie.comToledino Peep-Toe Booties

Woven Web Print Linen Pants – loft.comWoven Web Print Linen Pants

‘Anu’ Tulip Shaped Clutch – Nanushka.huAnu Tulip Shaped Clutch

J.Crew Silk-Wool Punk Floral Skirt – jcrew.comSilk-Wool Punk Floral Skirt

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Loving this song a lot right now.

‘Sweater Weather’ – The Neighborhood

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Ankle Strap Sandals

I am a big fan of the ankle strap sandal trend right now. I have been searching for a great pair or two…maybe a neutral and a fun, bright color? I just can’t decide with so many fabulous styles out there. Maybe you guys can help me out? Here are a few of my favorites out there, for every price range!  What do you think of the trend and my picks?

P.S. Here are a few tips to remember when wearing ankle straps

1. General rule: The thicker the strap, the slimmer your ankles look.

2. Avoid long skirts, because the strap and length of skirt tend to shorten your legs. DO pair with shorts and mini skirts. Also, a tight pencil skirt will work if it’s not too long.

3. Pairing with wide leg cropped pants and skinny ankle pants is a Do.

4. Too many embellishments on the sandal are distracting. Go for something simple. If you want to stand out, just try a bring color. 

5. If you have large calves or ankles, nude is the most flattering color. If you have slim legs, add a thick strap to give your leg shape, but stay away from thick, chunky heels because it will just make your leg look skinnier and take away from the shape. 

6. If you want to avoid making your legs look shorter, choose a strap that falls below the ankle as opposed to above it. (Along the same lines, go for a looser strap, or do not tighten it as much.)

First here are a few of our fav celebs wearing the trend of course…Celebrities-Ankle-Strap-SandalsStuart Weitzman Honored For 2012 Footwear News Achievement AwardsL-A-CONFIDENTIAL-MAGAZINE-10TH-ANNIVERSARY-KERRY-WASHINGTON-GUCCI-PYTHON-PRINT-DRESS-SPRING-2013-GUCCI-PATENT-LEATHER-BUCKLE-ANKLE-STRAP-SANDALS-4jpg-e1354730945652

Kerry Washington is wearing these beauties just above…

Gucci ‘Victorie’ SandalGucci Victorie Sandal

Pierre Hardy Leather Ankle Strap SandalPierre Hardy Leather Ankle Strap Sandal

Prabal Gurung for Target Ankle Strap PumpPrabal-Gurung-for-Target-Ankle-Strap-Pump

Steve Madden ‘Marlenee’ Ankle Strap SandalSteve-Madden-Marlenee-Mint-Green

Windsor Nude Strap HeelWindsor Nude Strap Heel

Zara Sandal with BuckleZara Sandal with Buckle

Tibi ‘Amber’ HeelTibi-Amber-Heel

Zara Leather SandalZara Leather Sandal

Chinese Laundry ‘Luck Charm’ SandalChinese Laundry Luck Charm

ASOS Hotspot Studded Heeled SandalsASOS Hotspot Studded Heeled Sandals

London Trash ‘Phoenix’ Sandalphoenix london trash

Sam Edelman ‘Allie’ SandalSam Edelman Allie Sandal

Paul Andrews ‘Alexandria’ SandalsPaul Andrew Alexandria Sandals

Jessica Simpson ‘Jessies’ SandalJessica Simpson Jessies

Alexander Wang ‘Aminata’ SandalAlexander Wang Aminata Sandal

DMSX Donald J PlinerDMSX Donald J Pliner

Windsor Beige Orange High HeelWindsor Beige Orange High Heel

Manolo Blahnik ‘Chaos’ Patent Leather Ankle Strap Sandalsmanolo blahnik chaos patent leather ankle strap sandals

Express ‘Zip Back’ Heeled Sandal

Express Zip Back Heeled Sandal

Also I love this, but I cannot find any other picture except for these when Gwyneth Paltrow wore them, but they should be available for Fall 2013

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Things you should have and know by 30…

This year I turned 27 and while I still like to think that’s pretty young and not that close to 30 apparently a lot of people like to give me crap about it…(thanks guys!). So I’ve been doing some thinking about what I want to do with my life etc…a love my job right now, but I did always want to go back to school; I want to get a new car and I’ve been thinking about buying a townhouse or even just a small house; what do I really want?…etc…you know those kinds of things. I mean I’ve been out of school for a while, and I’m not that young anymore…I’m single…so I would like to have some things settled…know who I am…all that great stuff. But I like to think I’m not “old”. 

I feel like everyone’s so scared of turning 30, but maybe it’s not so bad. I mean, yeah I have to work out a lot more than I did when I was 18, but sometimes that’s ok because it’s like stress relief and I like to. Some days I would rather die than go run and yeah I’d really like to eat that donut or burrito without feeling like I gained ten pounds, but that’s how my brain works ok! I’m gonna feel kinda bad about it! I’ve already come to grips with the fact that I’m not 18 anymore, so I know I’m going to have to work out. I know my skin isn’t going to be the same! But 3 more years can’t be that bad. Getting older has to have just as many perks and pitfalls…so bring it on. Plus, at the risk of sounding conceited, people mistake me for being 5 or more years younger than I am and I’ll take it, with the age on my ID. 

Anyway, I heard about this book a while ago and I really want to read it. 20130219-223621It’s by Glamour Magazine, so it has to be great right? They featured it not too long ago in their magazine and here are some great tips from it. I just thought I’d pass them along since it’s kind of along the lines of what I’ve been thinking a lot about lately and I loved the article! 

By 30, you shave…

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.

2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.

3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.

4. A purse, a suitcase, an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.

5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.

6.A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.

7. The realization that your actually going to have an old age – and some money set aside to help fund it.

8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account – all of which no one has access to but you.

9. A resume that is not even the slightest bit padded.

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.

11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.

12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.

13. The belief that you deserve it.

14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few facets of life that don’t get better after 30.

15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better after 30.

“…a sense of humor, especially when it comes to yourself.” – Lea Michele

“…a sharp tongue and the restraint to use it wisely.” – Lisa Leslie

By 30, you should know:

1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.

2. How you feel about having kids.

3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the relationship.

4. When to try harder and when to walk away.

5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.

6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.

7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.

8. Where to go – be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat – when your soul needs soothing.

9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.

10. The your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.

11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.

12. The nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.

13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.

14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.

15. Why they say life begins at 30!

“…how to leave people happier than you found them.” – Rachel Roy

“…that even though not everything gets better after 30, you’ll be happier and more confident – so you won’t really care!” – Georgina Chapman

“…how to treat yourself so that your employers and romantic partners and friends and even your children know how and you want to be treated.” – Kimora Lee Simmons

So needless to say…I do think that a lot of these things are things that I have learned, am beginning to learn, and still need to work on. Some have been the hard way…some are pretty easy to understand, but I think most of them are definitely good ideas to remember. 

A few things that I know at 27…

…I want to be a mom, for sure. hands down, however this works out in my life.

…not to try soooo hard.

…I can be risky with my clothes because they’re just clothes and if people don’t like them then o well!

…the difference between your “friends” and your friends.

…don’t let idiots ruin your day.

…moderation in all things.

…you have to stop comparing yourself to other people (yeah still working on this one!)

…don’t chase someone who doesn’t chase you back.

…don’t take your family for granted.

I’ve got a lot more to learn, but I can’t wait to read the book! and I hope when 30 comes it won’t be too scary 🙂 I think this year is gonna be a good year.

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