#Makeover Motivation

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“I say luck is when an opportunity comes along, and you’re prepared for it.”
– Denzel Washington

♥ AJ

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How to Look Skinny on Stage and Have Them Focus On Your Words Instead of Your Belly. See it on AishaJones.com

All the world’s a stage and all the men and women are merely players. Shakespeare had it almost right. In actuality, on stage, the world can see all and men and women merely play skinny. On stage people can see every divot, roll, jiggle, and enough belly fat to have the Pillsbury Dough Boy’s agent calling to ask you to replace him once his contract with Pillsbury expires. To make matters worse, a stage involves a spotlight and usually photographs and video footage where if they have the camera angle just right, it can look like an audition tape for The Biggest Loser.

The good news is that there are things you can do to make yourself look skinny on stage and it doesn’t involve converting to the Islamic faith and adopting the burka… a plus-sized burka. There are several things you can do to look skinny and polished on stage:

  • Disguise the arm flab. Unless you are Michelle Obama with killer arms, you might need to cover those triceps. You might find yourself thoroughly inspired and gesturing wildly on stage. Then looking back at the video footage of the event you see that your extra arm skin is flapping so wildly that the audience was waiting for you to take off at any moment. Unfortunately, Spanx does not make an arm bra, so you will have to disguise those arms by wearing a 3/4 length or full length sleeve or you can wear a jacket over your outfit. Sometimes a jacket is the preferable option because with thin fabric you can still see the movement of your under-toned arms.
  • Disguise the belly. To disguise your belly fat, do the 8-minute ab workout… everyday… starting a year ago. Don’t have a time machine, then I have one word for you, Spanx. All the super skinny celebrities you see on TV are wearing then, it is like steroids for women. It is not an unfair advantage if we are all doing it. If the Spanx are still not enough, then you can disguise the belly be wearing something that tricks the eye, like a wrap top or a wrap dress, or a top or dress that has some ruching in the midsection. Also take photos from the front, no side photos.
  • Disguise the booty. If you are so bootylicious that Beyonce would need to add another 5 minutes of lyrics of the song to include you, then you definitely need a way to disguise the derriere. Keep your bottom half in dark colors and draw attention up to the upper half of your body. Accessories, metallics, and bright colors are great to accent your upper half.

Gluing a full length photo of Gisele Bündchen to the front of your body is one way to appear skinny on stage. However with this strategy, there will be several guys with large butterfly nets standing stage left ready to cart you off to a ‘facility’. How to be skinny on stage is achievable with some simple tricks of the trade to minimize your problem areas. With any luck, your on stage performance will leave you energized and confident and you won’t end up a Shakespearean tragedy.

♥ AJ

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What to Wear on a First Date to Guarantee a Second Date

We’ve all watched enough Rom Coms and CW TV shows to realize that the first date is very, very important. We all know that if this dating equivalent of a first impression goes awry then the rest of the plot/relationship quickly unravels. Given the fact that there is so much riding on this single event, it is important to address the chief concern of single women everywhere…what to wear on a first date…so you can get to the second date.

The way to guarantee a second date is to add a touch of glamour. We have all heard the urban legend that men want a tomboy. They want this mythical woman that is one of the guys that can talk sports and drink beer with the best of them. Is that why the Victoria Secret models are in baseball caps and reciting quarterback completion stats as they strut down the runway? Of course not, there are very feminine with hair flowing, full makeup, and only have their nether regions covered in sexy black lace.

You do not need strut into seven o’clock showing of the most recent superhero blockbuster with gigantic angel wings and 6-inch heels (at the very least, the patrons behind you will complain about not being able to see the screen), There are more subtle ways to add a touch of glamour to your outfit. All you need is one extremely glamorous piece:

  • Shoes – Even if you are wearing a t-shirt and jeans, you can add glamour by wearing high heels, or wearing shoes in an unusual print or fabric. You may even want to wear your outfit with a pair of sexy boots.
  • Necklace – You can where an extremely diva-fied statement necklace or subtler long necklace that has an unusual pendant that would spark a conversation.
  • Handbag – Glamorize your outfit with a handbag that will have all the women within a 20-foot radius drooling. This can be accomplished by having a handbag that adds a pop of color or is made of some exotic fabric.
  • Pants – Instead of wearing everyday jeans or standard issue black leggings, what about colored denim or leather leggings.
  • Earrings – Instead of naked ears, what about something that moves and sparkles as you tilt head or flip your hair over shoulder.
  • Tops – Instead of a regular shirt, think luxury. Do you have silk, satin, sequins, or lace? Remember think feminine.

Assuming you are headed out for the traditional first date which encompasses dinner and a movie, there are many alternatives in deciding what to wear on a first date. A tried and true formula is jeans, a cool t-shirt, and a really hot pair of shoes. For simplicity sake, just choose one item to glamorize your outfit (like shoes), otherwise your Rom Com worthy first date will overwhelm him and quickly turn into how to lose a guy in 10 days.

♥ AJ

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Wardrobe Classics – Little Black Dress

Wardrobe Classics – Little Black Dress

This week’s item is the little black dress or sometimes just referred to by its initials LBD.
It is a classic because it you can always pull this out when you are in a pinch. you have an event to go to and don’t have time to think about what to wear, you just pull out this dress. There are so many modifications to the classic LBD depending on your body type. Connect on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AishaJonesSD. Search #WardrobeClassics on Twitter

♥ AJ

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#StyleProfile: Maria Bartiromo

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Name: 
Maria Bartiromo

Occupation: Journalist and Author

This outfit is chic because… 

Ivory outfit with gold accessory accents

You can be chic too by…

Wearing an all ivory outfit and wear it with gold accessories

 

♥ AJ

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Winter Closet Checklist

 

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This post is from Emily Schuman’s book Cupcakes and Cashmere. She provides a list of wardrobe items for every season. On her winter closet checklist is a beaded/sparkly clutch. It is versatile item perfect for when you are all dressed up, but it also lends some class to your more casual outfits. Read my entire book review here.

♥ AJ
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#Makeover Motivation

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“When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.”
– Leo Burnett

♥ AJ

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Wardrobe Classics – A Trench Coat

Wardrobe Classics – Trench Coat

Today’s classic is the timeless trench coat. I love this because you can throw it over almost anything and still looked very pulled together. No one will even know that you have your pajama top underneath your trench coat. I may have been guilty of that a time or two, but only when I needed to go to a walgreens to get cold medicine at 2 in the morning. Connect on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AishaJonesSD. Search #WardrobeClassics on Twitter

♥ AJ

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