May 26, 2015

Make 10 pieces of clothing for a 6-day vacation


Let’s pretend you have only a few hours to pack for a 6 day vacation. Could you do it? 


Most of us fall into one of 2 categories when it comes to packing for a trip: we are either a skimpy packer or an over packer. The skimpy packer is someone who is determined to only take a carry on, and finds themselves needing a few more pieces of clothing to get through the trip. Conversely, the over packer will take 10 pairs of shoes for an overnight stay, ya know, just in case.


Smart packing is something that requires practice, a little planning, and letting go of the “what if’s”. First, for a beachy vaca start with the basics:

  • Walking shorts
  • Leggings 
  • Maxi skirt (one that can be worn as a skirt or a dress)
  • Long sleeve top (or layering piece) 
  • Tank
  • Tunic
  • Sun dress
  • Sweater 
  • Shirt skirt 
  • Bathing suit 
 
Then add in some shoes: 
  • A flat that is comfortable for long days of walking 
  • A wedge
  • A dressy heel 
 
Finally, a few accessories:
  • A tote (shopper) style bag
  • A clutch 
  • Some sunglasses 
  • A belt 
  • Cool necklaces and other jewelry pieces


Yes, those 10 pieces of clothing will in fact get you through a travel day to your vacation destination, 6 days of sun and fun, and a travel day home. Here is how it breaks down:


Dear Diary – Travel Day,


I need to wear something in layers for the flight. I am going from subzero temps to sunny 80 degrees.


Comfy USA Black tunic tank top $65

Comfy USA Sheer dot tee $75

Ming Wang sweater jacket $309

Comfy USA leggings $98

Oka B ballet flat $45

Brighton tote bag $315

Brighton hoop earrings $25

Brighton Sunglasses $90

Brighton Statement necklace $128



Dear Diary,


My husband told me on our first day of vacation that we will be doing some sight-seeing and going to a nice dinner. Ugh, what to wear!


Day:

Tricotto lace trip slip dress $79

Artex tunic $66

Brighton Wedge $190

Brighton hoop earrings $25

Brighton Sunglasses $90

Brighton cross body bag $195

Brighton long pendant necklace $68

Saffron and Nutmeg short necklace $40


 Night:

Tricotto lace trip slip dress $79

Brighton hoop earrings $25

Brighton Sunglasses $90

Brighton cross body bag $195

Dyables sandal $68

Red Belt

Brighton Statement Necklace $128


Dear Diary,


Well, it’s a new day of our vacation. I feel like I need a little exercise, and my husband loves ancient ruins.  So as a matter of compromise today we are going hiking. But of course, I plan on looking fashionable! Tonight I think we are going to have a casual dinner. Maybe pizza. 





Day:

Lisette Walking shorts $100

Artex tunic $66

Brighton long pendant necklace $68 

Brighton chain belt $95

Brighton hoop earrings $25

Brighton cross body bag $195

Brighton Wedge $190
Night:

Lisette Walking shorts $100

Karen Kane tunic $108

Oka B ballet flat $45

Long turquoise necklace with earrings $89

Brighton cross body bag $195




Dear Diary,


Vacation is going great.  I am so ready for a day on the beach, and that is what is on the agenda today. We are also going to check out this restaurant that the concierge suggested for dinner. But again, what to wear?





Day:

Bathing Suit

Karen Kane animal dot skirt $88

Brighton hoop earrings $25

Brighton Sunglasses $90

Brighton Wedge $190

Brighton tote bag $315

Brighton long pendant necklace $68

Night:

Karen Kane animal dot skirt $88

Brighton hoop earrings $25

Red Belt

Brighton cross body bag $195

Oka B ballet flat $45

Brighton long pendant necklace $68 

Saffron and Nutmeg short necklace $40





Dear Diary,


Our vacation plans today include a little time at the spa and shopping. Tonight we are going to dinner and dancing with some fun people we met yesterday at the beach. I think I know what I am going to wear!



Day:

Comfy USA leggings $65

Karen Kane tunic $108

Oka B ballet flat $45

Long turquoise necklace with earrings $89

Brighton Sunglasses $90

Brighton tote bag $315


Night:

Comfy USA tunic tank $65

Comfy USA sheet polka dot tee $75

Joseph Ribkoff skirt $116

Dyables sandal $68

Brighton cross body bag $195 
 
Dear Diary,


I don’t think I want to come home.  I have enough clothes for another week! Today I think we are going to charter a boat. Can you imagine?  A full day on a chartered boat!  That will surely relieve all my stress and make me forget about the horrible weather back home. Tonight I think we are going to just stay on the boat for dinner. Someone said something about eating what we catch? 


Day:

Bathing Suit

Joseph Ribkoff skirt $116

Brighton hoop earrings $25

Brighton Sunglasses $90

Brighton Wedge $190

Brighton tote bag $315

Saffron and Nutmeg short necklace $40 
 
Dear Diary,


We have a few hours to kill before we need to catch a cab for the flight home.  I plan on sipping on some fruity drinks with umbrellas in them by the pool.



Bathing Suit

Lisette Walking Shorts $100

Oka B ballet flat $45

Brighton cross body bag $195

Brighton hoop earrings $25

Brighton Sunglasses $90
 



Dear Diary,


It’s time to head back to reality, and catch the plane ride home. It’s been a great vacation and I am so pleased I planned wisely. I have plenty of room in my suitcase for all the treasures I purchased while on vacation.  No “extra baggage” charges for me!


Tricotto slip dress $79

Ming Wang sweater jacket $309

Oka B ballet flat $45

Brighton tote bag $315

Brighton long pendant necklace $68







clothing credit: Judee’s Boutique




March 16, 2015

Goodwill Tips: Models Wanted for the Little Black Dress Fashion S...





Goodwill Tips: Models Wanted for the Little Black Dress Fashion S...: Yes, it's that time of year again when we search Michiana for an amazing group of ladies willing to be our models for the Little Black...

March 14, 2015

For TRENDY sake! What to wear, and would you dare?




Trends this spring have a personality all of their own.  It seems the past few years trends have lacked punch, wow, zing…or personality. This season the designers and trend setters have more than made up for a lackluster past few years.  

Trend:  Bohemian Glam.  Think 60's and 70’s flower child, soft silhouettes, baby doll dresses. Within this trend we are seeing a lot of wild floral prints.  The key note to remember here is “go big and bold”, or “go home”!  The new silhouette falls into this category too – long over long! 

To Wear:  The easy breezy feel of this style certainly isn’t for everyone and doesn’t fit into everyone’s lifestyle. Having said that, I think we can all agree that a good maxi skirt or dress will work effortlessly into anyone’s wardrobe. Do it! 

Would you Dare: The new silhouette is HOT!  Long sweater with a wide-leg trouser or a long (ankle skimming) skirt with a long (past the knee) jacket. Would you? This look can be a bit overwhelming, so be sure to balance it with sky high shoes and a body-con top.

Trend: America The Beautiful.  – Think tablecloth floral reinvented into your favorite summer sheath.  Key pieces are shirt dresses, polo-style shirts, and lots of denim! Within this trend we are seeing overalls.  Yes ladies, you read that right – overalls!

The stand out detail in this trend is in print – gingham. Gingham…it isn’t for just picnics anymore! This check print you are going to see remixed against itself and translated into everything from shoes to handbags, tops, pants and more! 

To Wear:  Trade in your white blouse for a white polo shirt this spring. Pair it with your suiting pieces to give a slight casual edge to your look. 

Would you Dare:  Mixing gingham against another gingham piece or with another strong patterned piece is a style element seen on the runways.  Would you do a gingham pant or skirt with a star motif sweater or t-shirt?  This bold statement isn’t for the faint of heart, or for someone who doesn’t want to attract attention. However for those that love a little spotlight, give it a go!

Trend: Speaking of Denim.  Denim is everywhere, and I do mean everywhere! Denim is in dresses, skirts, shoes, handbags, vests, and even bathing suits.  This season, I take back everything I’ve ever said about not matching denim.  According to fashion trend setters, NOW is the time to be matchy matchy with your denim pieces. 

To Wear: My gut tells me this trend is one that won’t be sustainable, so consider adding in a pop of denim with accessories to capture the trend;  a shoulder bag with denim accents, or maybe a sandal that sports some denim fabric. 

Would You Dare:  A denim skirt with matching denim button-up? Or maybe a denim suit? If you are considering going all out monochromatic with denim this season, be sure to balance all that blue with bold accessory pieces.

Trend: Disco Fever: In looking through some of the runway looks for spring, it feels like the fashion houses were preparing for Woodstock or Studio 54.  Peasant tops, prairie skirts, bell bottoms, wide collars, fringe and tassels.  More conservative pieces harken back to the Brady Bunch and Partridge Family looks, while others seem to capture an edgy pre-hairband vibe. Mega Platform shoes and lace up to the knee gladiator style sandals are being seen with cut offs and midriff baring tops. Alongside these pieces look for tons of embellishment.

Last year we saw leather in spring trends, so it's no surprise we're seeing suede this year. The pieces I am seeing have a distinct 70's mod feel to them in the patchwork feel of skirts, jackets and handbags.

To Wear:  Take the 70’s vibe chic in your work wardrobe this spring.  Pair a wide leg pant with a form fitting blouse with an over-exaggerated collar. Maybe you have one of those great blouses tucked away in your closet that is a true vintage piece.  Dust it off and bring it forward in your wardrobe!  You will be the fashion-envy of all your friends. 

Would You Dare: Patchwork.  I have passed on these vintage gems at thrift stores so many times, and now I am kicking myself! Embrace a suede patchwork skirt in early spring, and a bold patchwork shift dress or baby doll style in later spring. Of course, these pieces must be paired with a wooden sole platform shoe! 

Whatever your fashion-plan is this season, remember my number one rule of thumb: 
if you put it on and question it, the answer is “no, don’t try it”. 

  On the other hand if you try one of these new-to-you trends and think
“I can totally pull this off”, then YES!

Be confident showing your personal style!
As for me, I plan on embracing my inner rocker-chick and getting outfit inspiration from 70’s rock band CD covers.

March 13, 2015




Yes, it's that time of year again when we search Michiana for an amazing group of ladies willing to be our models for the Little Black Dress fashion show and luncheon.

I know you have questions!  Here are some FAQs:



WHAT KIND OF MODELS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for ladies between the ages of 18-100.  We ask that those who wish to be a model NOT be a high school student, be able to provide their own transportation and have an email address and a telephone number that they check daily.

I AM NOT A MODEL SIZE, IS THAT OK?
That's great!  We don't want real models for this show.  That is what makes this fashion show so great and fun for everyone!  We search for a variety of ladies from size 0-24+! 


WHAT IS MY COMMITMENT IF I AM CHOSEN TO BE A MODEL?
You will be asked to attend one of the open model calls in person (sorry, no exceptions to this!).  This interview will take about 10- minutes.

After the open calls, you will be notified if you have been chosen to be a model in this year's show.  If you are chosen you will be scheduled for a fitting.  The fittings will take place at the Goodwill store on Western Ave. in South Bend.  The times for the fittings are typically on Tuesday / Wednesday between 10am and 3pm.  The fittings are a week before the event. The fitting will take about 30 minutes. We do our best to accommodate everyone's schedule, however we ask that all models do their best to make the prearranged time for their fitting work into their calendar.



HOW ARE THE MODELS FOR THE FASHION SHOW CHOSEN?
After the open calls, a committee from the Style and Image Institute will consider each lady interested in being a model.  Models are chosen based on availability for the fitting and event and overall personality.  Our goal is to have models that represent the largest variety possible of sizes and ages on the runway.





WHO CHOOSES THE OUTFITS FOR THE MODELS?
All of the looks on the runway are completely managed and styled by the Style and Image Institute stylists, under the direction of Kathy Friend, the producer of the show and stylist. On the day of the show, the Style and Image Institute's hair and makeup team will be on hand to glam up the models and make them superstars!

February 12, 2015

Last minute Valentine ideas

Every now and again I feel the need to talk about something other than beauty and fashion. I feel like I should offer advice on something other than what color to wear and how to look thinner. Well...today is your lucky day!  

This morning I appeared on the WNDU Morning Show and offered some last minute Valentine gift ideas.  Get your shopping list ready - there's something for everyone!



 SHOPPING INFO:

There is a new trend out therhttps://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=9117951317629263763#editor/target=post;postID=3329607560768169457e, and it’s called GALentine. Why wait for some guy to ask you out, or sit home alone?  Go out with your girlfriends, and show them how much they mean to you.

I love this idea.  There may be someone in your circle of friends who is going through a hard time. Show them that you support them with a stackable ring. Image your friend who is fighting breast cancer, opening a gift of a beautiful pink ring at dinner...and then all of your friends gathered at the table hold up their hand wearing the same ring. AWESOMENESS!



Stackable rings – JR Fox $30 - $80


FOR THE LOVE OF FASHION
with the purchase of a gift certificate of at least $300, you will get an amazing lunch, info at lunch about defining your signature style, AND a certified style expert to help you shop. Great idea for your wife OR go in on a gift certificate with a few friends, and make it a girls day!

·         Private fashion luncheon $300 and up – Judee’s Boutique

·        Or a Love Mom bracelet from a new boutique. Charm bracelets are always a great idea because going forward, you don't have to think of a gift...just add a charm!

 ·         New’ charm bracelet - $50 - $100 JR Fox
 ·        Or a Love Mom bracelet from a new boutique.


 
MADE WITH LOVE CALENDAR
 Nothing says I love you more than something DIY. This is a 6x6 scrapbook page holder, that I made into a calendar.  The plastic sleeves and the holder were about $12 from the craft store. Great for a husband or Dad!
 
Custom hand made calendar - $12 ish from craft stores

GOODIE BAGS
For teachers? These little bags are about $5 for 4 of them from Michael's craft store.  Fill them with goodies from the Dollar Store, and include a note why you think that person is special.  I found this note pad that has you fill out why you love someone - something like this would be a perfect compliment to the Goody Bags.  The note pad was $5 from Barnes and Noble.
LOVE TO READ
When I have no idea what to get someone, I always think BOOKS!  Consider a limited special edition of a classic romance novel. 
 
Love Books - $10 - $35 Barnes and Noble

TRADITIONS
Crate traditions with your family so next year you don't have to think about what to get!  In out family, we always get a pair of PJs and one box of candy. This time of year cozy PJs are on clearance.  Found these at Target for $12.
PJs - $10-$12 Target

Is your tradition flowers?  Add a gold dipped rose  - that is something she will have forever. 
Gold dipped roses - $90 JR Fox

If you are the guy who like to get something blingy for your gal, go the extra mile this year, and present it to her on top (or with) a gourmet cupcake.
Cupcake $3 – Gigi’s