Sunday, September 28, 2014

Trying Trends!

Trend means style or vogue and it really should not have a negative connotation for women "of a certain age."

Of course, there are some trends that we cannot or should not attempt.
Such as knee socks and high heels, ruffled skirts or belly shirts, to list a few.

 And it bears repeating that if you wore a trend when you were young, you absolutely cannot wear it again. Think tie dye, one piece shorty denims, or wide leg bell bottom pants (I LOVED mine so much...when I was 25!).

But there are new trends that we CAN wear.
One piece jumpsuits, collared jackets, statement necklaces, funky double name a few.
My advice, though, is don't spend a lot of money on trendy pieces because they are temporary and ephemeral. I have found online shopping sites are perfect for buying trendy items inexpensively and there are so many to scroll through, depending on what you're looking for.

You can be current, stylish and still retain that classic look we have all developed over time. That's what makes us fashionable examples for the younger set.

What new trends intrigue you? Will you buy them and try them? Please let me know.

Until next week, I remain,

Stylistically yours,


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shapes and Shadows!

If you go anywhere on Pinterest (I love that site!), you see lots of tutorials on contouring and shadowing your face.

Apparently a celebrity started it all online, because she uses concealers, bronzers and blushes to shape her face into a more attractive one.

That looks like a lot of spackle and effort to wear even more make up and change the look of your face.

You can change the shape of your eyes, make your cheek bones stand out, narrow your jawline, lift your chin, camouflage wrinkles...all with the magic of make up.


Fortunately, we have make up counters and specialty stores like Sephora and Ulta where the trained staff can help you make this attempt and show you what works and how.

It probably isn't a make up technique that you'll use daily but for a special occasion, it might be fun. But don't wait until that special occasion to do it, unless you're paying a professional to do it for you. Still, a test run would be beneficial to see if you look better, different or odd.

The best professional contouring pros are female impersonators. They just "get it" and make their faces look so amazing.

So play a little. Don't invest a ton of money because you might never wear all that make up again. Let a make up pro do it for you and ask a lot of questions, maybe even take notes.

Put your best face forward and smile. Everyone looks so much better with a smile!

Until next week, I remain,

Stylistically yours,


Sunday, September 21, 2014


Let me make this point up front....I love animal print, especially leopard...and I am not one of those women who try to dress sexy, ever.

I just love how pretty a good animal print can look and how easy it is to wear.

First are the shoes.  I have a Ralph Lauren point toe, mini heel pony skin (actually goat) leopard pair that are like bedroom slippers.

Then I have a pair of round toe heels.

As well as walking shoes...

Sling back heels....

And I even have a pair of fold up shoes for my work tote and they travel in a leopard zip bag!

The great rule is that leopard print is considered a neutral, so you now can wear it with stripes, polka dots, colors and plaids.

I do not have an animal print handbag because I haven't found "the right one" yet.

But I have a pullover top that I can wear often.

Several cardigans in leopard print...
   and a dress from Loft..

A pair of capri pants...
  and I just bought a car coat...

Oh, yeah,I almost forgot that I have two pencil skirts...

But here's the only not wear them together! You'll look like a crazy person or an escapee from the zoo. That look is acceptable on the fashion runway to present the print but not in real life.

Use your print as a base and build off that with creativity and style.

So let out your inner animal and roar away!

Until next week, I remain,

Stylistically yours,