5 night pieces you can wear during the day

Fashion is taking the anything-goes approach these days and that means dusting off pieces you normally reserve for evening and gracing people with their presence during daylight hours. Whether it’s a dramatic maxi or a tuxedo jacket, remember that it’s all about balance. Balance any saucy, distinctly-evening look with more casual garb to bring the look down to Earth.

1. The sequin skirt. Add a fitted sweatshirt and trainers to the sequin skirt this season. Another option? A V-neck cotton tee and denim jacket. Top it with a cross-body bag and you’re set for a chic weekend look.

2. The tuxedo jacket. Who says the tux jacket is for after 5 only? We love it over a cotton maxi tank dress and trainers or with a whimsical print tank top, cutoffs and sandals. Drape it over the shoulders for the It girl effect, but remember it takes a little effort to walk around like this so drape it just right.

3. The formal maxi skirt. If you have a maxi skirt with a metallic finish, lace or tulle overlay, sport it during the day with a cotton tank tucked in.

4. The fitted mini dress. Add a denim jacket and high-top sneakers and you’re good to go for a girls’ weekend look. For those of us who bought one too many bandage dresses five years ago, this is a great way to recycle and still look on trend.

5. The statement sandals. Did you invest in a pair of pricey sandals that stop traffic? Stop saving them for date night and start wearing them out for minimal walking events like a lengthy brunch or a movie outing. Add a cotton tank, baggy cardigan and skinny jeans or a V-neck white tee and white pants for a little extra sass appeal.

What’s your favorite way to wear your night pieces during the day?

Stack Em Up: Layering Rings 101

When it comes to layering accessories, we have yet to master the wear-every-ring-you-own-at-the-same-time look. So, we consulted style expert Shahrnaz Shifteh to find out how to pull off wearing numerous rings on multiple fingers. (Hint: Contrary to popular belief, this does not involve actually wearing every ring you own.) Take style notes from Shifteh to pack the most sartorial punch into your accessory layering.

Master Understated Style

When layering rings, it’s a good rule of thumb to pick a metal and stick with it. In this look, Shifteh has layered gold rings — some with stones, some without. Stick with rings that have similarly sized stones and gems to ensure the rings stack up nicely. “You can stock up on relatively inexpensive rings to create this casual effect. One ring might not look nice on it’s own, but you may be surprised by how chic it looks when it’s stacked with several rings,” said Shifteh.

Keep it Effortlessly Cool

“Pinky rings are trendy again and they are so easy to wear that you never have to take them off — you can always have a touch of jewelry on,” advised Shifteh. They are also very versatile so you can pair them with larger, more elaborate rings, just be sure to match your metals. Spiky rings, like the ones Shifteh is wearing here, are timeless and exude an effortlessly cool vibe.

Get Cocktail-Ready

As their name suggests, cocktail rings are great accessories for occasions that call for dressy attire. “If you’re going to wear a big statement ring, you have to have clean, polished nails because it draws so much attention to your hands,” advised Shifteh. “Even something as simple as a coat of clear or iridescent polish will do the trick.”

Summer Dresses for Different Body Types

With the summer season in bloom, women are hoping to slip into those delightful summer dresses they dreamt about all winter. With so many lovely styles to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what to wear this summer. By choosing a style that complements your body type, you can look your best and feel confident knowing how great you look in your summer dress.

V-Neckline Dresses

Dresses that boast V-necklines are ideal for women with large busts because this style elongates the torso. For this reason, even petite women look good in v-neck styles because the style makes them appear taller. Some women will still need a supportive bra to look their best in their v-neck dresses. No matter what your chest size, it’s a good idea to get professionally fit so you can procure the right bra to complement your summer wardrobe.

Long, Flowing Dresses

Women that have straight bodies without noticeable curves will find that long, flowing dresses enhance their shapes beautifully. The airy nature of the fabric provides a soft contrast to the straight shape of the body. The swirls and flow of the fabric will also soften the overall effect and make for an elegant vision. These dresses come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Shift Dresses

Women that tend to be heavy in the middle such as apple shapes look great in shift styles. The shift won’t cling to the middle, but it will still create a lovely silhouette. This style adds some definition and structure for apple shapes and is also a timeless garment that never goes out of style. Shift dresses pair well with flats or heels. Add some unique accessories to spruce up this great style of dress.

Off-the-Shoulder Dresses

Off-the-shoulder dresses are romantic and fun-loving for the summer. Pear-shaped women definitely look great in this style as it removes the emphasis from their hips and draws the attention up to their shoulders. Petite women also find this style flattering and feminine. These dresses come in both long and short styles. Pair them with a great necklace for a captivating look.

Maxi-Dress

Tall women look particularly striking in maxi-dresses. This timeless style is both romantic and sexy. Bold colors like red and blue are going to be popular this summer. Add some eye-catching metallic jewels to ramp up your wow factor. Petite women might want to steer clear of this style as it can make them look smaller due to the large expanse of fabric.

Ruffle-Top Dresses

Ruffles are frilly, fun, and feminine. They are perfect for women with small chests as they add volume and create dimension. Again, the right bra can also help create a smart look. You can choose a lightweight style in a summery color that will complement your summer wardrobe.

Use this guide to help you as you shop for summer dresses. Once you understand which styles look best on you, you’ll be able to narrow down your selection and add some gorgeous dresses to your wardrobe.

Fashion Designer L’Wren Scott found dead in her Manhattan Apartment

Fashion designer L’Wren Scott and girlfriend of Rolling Stones’ front man Mick Jagger was found dead Monday, March 17 in her New York City Manhattan Apartment.

The 49 year old who was with Jagger for more than a decade and allegedly committed suicide today before police were called to her Chelsea apartment at 10:05am.

The 6’4” beauty was a former model and a stylist for many A-list celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman. Scott launched her first clothing line in 2006 and has designed for brands like Banana Republic.

Although the medical examiner has not confirmed the cause of death, police are saying that it appeared to be suicide. Wren was found “unconscious and unresponsive” by her assistant at 10:00am.

The BBC reports that Mick Jagger is “completely shocked and devastated.” The rocker is currently on tour and tweeted just hours ago, “Looking forward to the first show in Perth.”

The Best Dresses for Pear-Shaped Women

A woman with a pear-shaped figure has narrow shoulders, a relatively small bust, tapered waist and comparatively large hips and thighs. If you have a pear-shaped figure, shop for a dress that accents your upper body and draws the eyes away from the hips and thighs to create an illusion of balance.

Neckline Highlights

A dress that highlights the neckline, such as a halter dress, will draw the eye to your slender neck and shoulders. The bottom part of the dress should skim over your hips and thighs, not cling to them.

Empire Waist

A dress with an empire waist and a fitted bodice draws the eye to the petite upper body of a pear-shaped woman. The skirt should flare only slightly or hang straight with little volume.

Strapless or Spaghetti Straps

Strapless dresses or spaghetti-strap dresses give the illusion of broader shoulders and thus balance out the body so your figure looks less bottom-heavy.

Embellished Tops

A dress with an embellished bodice and a plain skirt puts the emphasis above the waist and minimizes your fuller hips and thighs.

Snug Waistline

A dress that caresses your waist and flares out slightly at the hips creates the flattering look of an hourglass figure. Take care that the waist is not too tight.

Dadeland style event hits the runway at Dadeland Mall on March 22‏

Fashionistas are invited to the Dadeland Style event, a free, dynamic celebration of style, which will hit the runway at Dadeland Mall on Saturday, March 22 from 3 – 6 p.m. throughout the mall.

Spotlighting must-have spring trends for men and women from fashionable mall retailers, Dadeland Mall is bringing the excitement of fashion to stylish shoppers in Miami. During the spring fashion show, parents will also have the chance to scope out the hottest trends for all the little ones.

Get in on the fun with beauty demonstrations from your favorite brands like Georgio Armani beauty, Bobbi Brown, Aruj Salon & Spa, and OROGOLD to name a few, shopping specials and style stops that will allow savvy shoppers to revel in the fabulous stores offered at Dadeland Mall.

Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in trend talks and a fashion Q&A with Dadeland Mall’s personal stylist, Kim Rodriguez. Stop by and see the hottest fashion and accessories available at Dadeland Mall!

COST: Free and open to the community.

WHEN: Saturday, March 22

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Dadeland Mall – mall-wide

7535 Dadeland Mall. Miami, FL 33156.

Positivity Bracelets by Alex’s Angels

There is a new trend that has begun. Bracelets with “Positivity” by Alex’s Angels are a thing that will have everyone talking. They are new and very unique but great to have around at the same time. These will help for those that wear them to think positive at all times.

Alex’s Angels has different varieties to choose from. Some are made with crystals, some with sets. You can get them in black, different colors or even just a tee shirt printed with “Positivity” on them.

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, they also have Irish “Positivity” bracelets for you to choose and wear. As the old ways are, if you’re not wearing green, someone will pinch you. They can’t if you’re wearing these.

The “Black Positivity Bracelets” will match any occasion, style or just for every day. Check out the photo for a unique view of these and how they are shipped, wrapped and carefully packaged.

This is brought to you by Alex’s Angels and written by Lia Burres. The item was given to me in exchange for my honest thoughts and review. There has been no other compensation, nor is there any intended.

How to Get Grease Out of Clothing

Grease is stubborn stain to get out of clothing. In a regular wash, the dirty, black part of the stain may be removed easily, but the darker-looking spot may remain. Pre-treating can help to prevent the permanent staining of the garment.

Instructions

Fresh Stains

  1. Place a few drops of hand dish-washing soap on the stain. Dish-washing soap that is advertised as a formula for cutting through grease works best. Rub the fabric together lightly to distribute evenly.
  2. Dampen a sponge in warm water. Rub the soap into the stain gently, in a circular motion, saturating the stain to the edges and through to the back of the fabric.
  3. Allow the clothing to sit and pre-treat for as long as possible. Leaving the garment overnight is best, but the dish soap should cut through the stain in less than a few hours.
  4. Start the washer on the warm temperature and small-sized load settings. Allow the washer to fill completely and add 1/4 cup of all-purpose cleaner. Add the clothing. Wash the garment separately to prevent any damage or leaching of stains to other clothing in the wash. Do not dry.
  5. Wash again using typical laundry detergent. This will remove any residue of the soap or stain. Older, Set-in Stains
  6. Treat the area with a small amount of oven cleaner. Saturate through the clothing, soaking through to the back of the fabric.
  7. Dampen the sponge and work the cleaner into the stain well. Scrub lightly from edge to edge.
  8. Allow the cleaner to sit on the stain for around 15 minutes. Oven cleaner is strong and could damage clothes if left on fabric too long before washing. Set a timer to prevent over-saturation and damage to the fabric.
  9. Start the washer on the warm temperature and small-sized load settings. Allow the washer to fill completely and add 1/4 cup of all purpose cleaner. Add the soiled clothing.
  10. Wash the garment separately to prevent any damage or leaching in the process of washing. Wash it again with standard laundry detergent to remove any cleaning product residue.

Buying Guide for Women’s Boots

Boots for women come in thousands of different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. They seem to never go out of style! However, they are often pricey and buying a pair is often considered as an investment. So it really comes as no surprise that having to choose a pair to buy could be such a daunting task. However, with a little bit of guidance, choosing which pair to invest in could be a little easier for you to do.

When looking for a pair of boots for women, the first thing that you should do is to determine what you are going to use the boots for. There are different styles of boots for women that serve many different purposes. Ask yourself, do you want a pair of boots for women to wear for a girls’ night out, or are you looking for a pair of boots that you can wear when the weather gets a bit nippy? These are two completely different scenarios, in which you just cannot wear the same pair of boots. If you want a pair for a night out in the town, you’re probably going to want a pair of high-heeled boots. On the other hand, if you want a pair of boots for winter, then it’s best that you go for a nice pair of flat, fur-lined boots for women instead. When you know just what you want to use your boots for, choosing a particular style of boots for women isn’t going to be any trouble at all. Once you have that in mind, you can go out and start shopping for your new pair of boots!

When shopping for boots for women, you must mentally prepare yourself to try on pairs upon pairs of boots. It will take a lot of your time, but the utmost patience is required. Remember that you must not settle for any pair that isn’t comfortable to walk in at all, no matter how stylish or sexy they look on you. When it comes to comfort, one of the factors to consider would be the fit. When trying on a pair of boots for women, it is advisable that you put on a pair of socks or stockings that you would normally wear. It may not seem like such a big deal, but wearing socks or hosiery really can make a difference when it comes to getting the right fit for any kind of shoes. Once you have the boots on, try wiggling your toes and see how they feel. If your toes feel too cramped and just plain uncomfortable, then they are definitely going to get hurt if you walk around in them for an entire day. You should probably get the boots in a larger size or find another pair altogether, preferably something that has a wider toe. If you are trying on a higher-cut pair of boots – like knee-high boots or mid-calf boots for women – you mustn’t neglect the way the boots fit around your ankles and calves. An ill-fitting pair of knee-high boots could leave you looking like your legs are threatening to spill out of your boots! While it is true that boots for women, especially those made of leather, tend to expand over time, it is not wise for you to buy an ill-fitting pair and expect them to expand to fit your size in a few months’ time. You must find a pair of boots that you immediately feel comfortable in.

In general, if your feet feel relaxed in the boots, then that’s a good sign. Don’t forget to walk around in them, too. At this point, you may have a certain pair of boots that feel right and that you have your sights set on, and that’s great, but remember that you must never be in too much of a rush to buy a pair. Do not go and immediately buy boots for women just because they fit. Remember that a pair of boots for women is an investment. You have to make sure that the boots that you are going to purchase is worth every penny you spend on them.

When you have the boots in your hands, look at them very closely. Keep an eye out for any defects that this particular pair of boots may have. Check the lining on the inside of the boots to see if they are firmly in place and will not easily tear or come off. The soles and the heels must also be solid and completely secured. If there are any, closely examine the embellishments on the boots. If there are any buttons on the boots, look for any that may be broken or missing. If the boots have steel buckles on them, look for any that may have cracked or may have been rusted. If the boots are lined with fur or have fur trimmings on them, check to see if the fur on the lining or trimmings is easily pulled out. If you are going to purchase a pair of authentic leather boots for women, you must be absolutely sure that they are in good condition. The leather boots must be free from dust, molds, cracks, and other forms of damage. Should you discover any defects on the boots that you want, you must not hesitate to request for a different pair. You must never hesitate to refuse to buy a pair of damaged boots for women.

Choosing a pair of boots for women requires a lot of your time and your patience. Having to try on numerous pairs of boots for women and examining them one by one is indeed very tedious. However, you must always remember that you deserve nothing less than the best pair of boots. You must never compromise the quality of the boots you are going to buy. By following these simple guidelines, you will surely get your money’s worth and find the pair that is most worthy of your investment.

Phytoceane Brightening Radiance Serum

I’m excited to tell you how much I love this new antiaging product called Phytoceane Brightening Radiance Serum. This product was created to lighten dark spots and brighten your overall complexion. It’s made from plants that grow in the ocean, along with vitamins C & E.

And here is why they are so special…

DICTYOPTERIS: overall brightening effect, limits the skin’s natural
pigmentation and reveal the transparency of the complexion
SEA LILY: prevents the appearance of dark spots and reduces their appearance
VITAMIN E: antioxidant, helps to prevent skin aging
VITAMIN C DERIVATIVE: helps boost skin radiance, limits the formation of dark spots

It’s so easy to apply, very light going on and I love the fact that it’s fragrance free. I have sensitive skin and I am always looking for products that won’t irritate my skin. In the short time I’ve been using this antiaging serum, I’ve been impressed with the results. My skin looks and feels great. I can only imagine the longer I keep using this product, the better my skin will look.

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