Colorful Skirt

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This post is from Emily Schuman’s book Cupcakes and Cashmere. An item from a her spring closet checklist is a colorful skirt. Get one in your closet like NOW!! Read my entire book review here.

♥ AJ

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Figure Flattering Dresses for Pear Shaped Bodies

Shakira was right, “Your hips don’t lie”. If you are a woman that is pear shaped, your hips are the widest part of your body. You have probably engaged in a decades long war with your buttocks and thighs and you would rather choose a stay in Guantanamo Bay over jean shopping any day (at least in there you get loose-fitting jumpsuits). Based on your “problem areas”, you may think dress shopping is difficult. Not true, there are many dresses for pear shaped bodies. In fact, shopping for dresses will help you to love your shape. Since you are wider on the bottom than you are on top, the goal is to make your body look proportional. You need to make your upper half look wider. Here are some basic guidelines for shopping for dresses for pear shaped bodies:

  1. Unlike your thin-thighed counterparts, you can wear strapless dresses. A strapless dress will always make your shoulders look broader and thus balance out your childbearing hips. A strapless dress has the additional benefit of drawing the attention upward and people will not even notice your derriere.
  2. An A-line dress with a defined waist will help accentuate your waist while the flared skirt will skim over your hips. There is a sweet spot in choosing a flared skirt. Too little flare and the dress will ride up on your hips drawing attention to your problem areas. Too much of a flare and the dress will add volume to the lower half of your body making you look even wider. Become the Goldilocks of dress shopping and choose a dress with just enough of a flare that it grazes your hips. Try on the dress in front of a full length mirror to determine if the dress is adding balance and proportion to your pear shaped frame.
  3. Buy a dress that fits your hips, regardless of the fit on top. Because the lower half of your body is more difficult to fit, buy a dress that fits your hips and butt and then take it to a tailor to have the upper half fitted to you. Not only does this make an amazing fit, but it will make the garment look more expensive. The are two primary reasons that clothing looks expensive, the fabric and the fit. If you get the fit tailored to your frame, it will make it look like you paid a small fortune for the dress. Yes, taking it to a tailor costs a little bit more and takes up a little bit of your time, but the confidence you will feel in your dress will more than make up for it.

♥ AJ

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Color Clash: Navy vs. Brown

Why This Outdated Color “Rule” is Wrong for You

This episode of Color Clash looks at Navy. Can it also go with brown? Connect with me on Facebook to see my Color Clash Photo Album for navy and brown outfit ideas.

♥ AJ

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#Compliment Of The Day

Compliments are a great way to boost your confidence and so are affirmations. Compliment of the Day combines the best of both worlds. Subscribe to the Blog, Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter to get a regular dose of compliments.

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“You are a wonderful person”

Use the pre-recorded affirmations so you can brainwash yourself to confidence and healthy self-esteem. Click on the audio bar below to hear the loop of Compliment of the Day or click (or right click) this download link to save to your computer and/or mp3 player.

 

Don’t know how to use affirmations? Click here to go to this informative blog post to learn more.

♥ AJ

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#Makeover Minute

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Do you have a minute? Of course, you do. Do something rewarding with that minute. Reinvent and reinvigorate yourself and your sense of style. I promise…it’ll only take a minute.

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Your Instant Style Makeover:
Exfoliate your lips

clock tickingTime: 0:20: Mix in a little sugar and a dab of olive oil into a bowl

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Time: 0:40: Rub on your lips to exfoliate

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Time: 0:55: Rinse

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Time: 1:00: Now you are oh-so-kissable

♥ AJ

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What to Wear Out Tonight No Matter What Mood You Are In

To (poorly) paraphrase the fashion designer, Marc Jacobs, “If you dress your mood, you don’t need a signature style”. Similarly, if you dress your mood, it will help you determine what to wear out tonight. Identify your mood and here is your outfit to wear out tonight.

  • Are you feeling fear? You may be scared yellow, so let’s wear some yellow out tonight. Whether you are scared about meeting someone new or scared of having a serious, but much needed conversation, with one of your good friends over sushi, yellow is a good option. The yellow may help you gain some confidence and assist in tackling what is frightening you. In the summer you can wear a yellow summer dress or yellow tank top with your jeans and a pair of wedges. For the winter, wear a bright yellow pea coat or yellow cardigan over your denim blouse.

  • Are you feeling pissed off and angry? Then you need to look extra fierce, which means you should wear red hot red. Do you have a figure hugging red dress or a pair of red denim jeans you could slip into? Remember to wear your outfit with the highest heels you can comfortably wear to create an extra fierce outfit to wear out tonight.

  • Are you feeling like a Sad Sally? Then wear black. Put on a pair of black leggings or black jeans. Keep the shoes simple with a pair of ballet flats or low or no-heeled boots. In keeping with the monochromatic theme, wear your outfit with an oversized black sweater or oversized black top. If you prefer to be Sexy Sad Sally, then wear n oversized top that slightly falls off of one shoulder. Remember to wear a bra with a pretty bra strap for when your shoulder is “accidentally” exposed.

  • Are you jumping out of your seat with joy? If you are in this category, then you should wear pink. Is it possible to be sad in pink? Pink is both feminine and perky. Wear a pink pencil skirt with a form fitting black top and a pair of black heels. If you are feeling a little bit of a tomboy look, wear a pink t-shirt with a black boyfriend blazer with jeans and a pair of black boots. For an extra stylish look, roll up the sleeves on your blazer and wear a statement necklace with your t-shirt.

  • And last but not least, are you filled with anticipation? Are you dying to get to the new restaurant or enter the concert hall to hear your favorite band? Anticipation is hopeful, so you should wear white. An all white dress or a pair of white jeans says, “I’m excited to be here.” You can dress up your all white look with glittery accessories or you can dress down your white pants or jeans with a denim jacket. Regardless, it’s all white, it’s all right, and you are going to have fun tonight.

♥ AJ

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Color Clash: Red vs. Pink, Part 2

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Check out the video to learn advice for this outdated color “rule”.

Get the accessories shopping list here.

♥ AJ

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Style Profile: SELITA EBANKS

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Name: Selita EBanks

Occupation: Model, Actress, Designer, Philanthropist

This outfit is chic because… 

These dangling round earrings that perfectly frame her face

You can be chic too by…

Wearing concentric circle earrings to help frame your face and bring movement every time you turn your head

 

 

♥ AJ

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#ConfidenceChallenge

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Practice saying “No” today. It takes real confidence to say “No”

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Color Clash: Red vs. Pink

Why This Outdated Color “Rule” is Wrong for You

Red goes with black, but can it also go with pink? This episode provides some much updated advice for this outdated color “rule”. Flip through my Color Clash Facebook Photo Album for red and pink outfit ideas.

♥ AJ

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