Beaded Accessories and Tops: Stylish or Childish?

June 1, 2009

I’ve been seeing beaded accessories and tops everywhere I turn these days. They bring me back…reminding me of all the colorful beads I used to collect and the necklaces, ankle bracelets and rings I made when I was younger. Maybe that’s why I’m confused by the fact that they are resurfacing now when older. I’m liking it, but it also makes me feel a little immature to put some of them on. On the flip side, what’s so bad about bringing back some good ole’ memories?

Do you like this trend or is it too reminiscent of your childhood to wear it all over again years and years later?

P.S. If you want to try to create some of your own jewelry pieces, there are places all over NYC (and I’m sure in your area too) that have classes that teach you how to be a bead whiz all on your own!

Check out Femme Gems in NYC. It’s fun to get a few friends together and throw a party with wine, hors d’oeuvres and jewelry making!

P.P.S. I’m loving Fiona Paxton…she definitely puts a more mature (and gorgeous) twist to this trend. I also found some knock-offs of her stuff for super cheap in Nordstrom’s B.P. department.

AMAZING new shirts and dresses that I’m DYING for (and you will be too)!

May 29, 2009

When I saw the new pieces that Banana Republic just came out with, my jaw literally hit the floor. The printed dresses, handkerchief-like blouses and embroidered shirts– all sooo up my ally! My first reaction was…”OMG, I have to have it all, what if it sells out before I get to it? I will be devastated!” On the flip side I know to never buy anything at Banana Republic at full price because it is guaranteed that it will eventually go on sale. Do you splurge on maybe just one piece because you obviously NEED it right now (NOT!)? Or do you wait for it all to go on sale? Quite the predicament…what would you do?

Do you pay full price to get your feet lookin’ pretty?

May 27, 2009

Sandals and dirty streets do not do our feet good! I love to go get a pedicure at a salon…it’s sooo relaxing, my feet feel sooo soft and fresh after, but very soon after I feel like I’ve wasted my money (especially when I ruin them 5 minutes later). I’ve been doing the at home pedicure lately and it’s still really satisfying (and a lot cheaper).

Here’s how to do it:

1) Soak your feet in water and lather with soap for 5 minutes

2) Use a foot scrubber and then pumice stone to make heels and feet smooth (you can usually buy this in 1 package)

3) Put lotion that has urea on your feet and then put socks on for 10 minutes (it’s like a facial for your feet). The urea rehydrates and heels dead skin, it seriously is a miracle worker.

4) Get to painting. I LOVE Essie nail polish, especially the colors “need a vacation” and “watermelon” – they are the perfect summer colors.

Another money saving tip: If you’ve already done the prep work, but don’t think you do a very good job of painting your own nails, you can always get a “color change” at a nail salon and it will cost you somewhere around half the price of a full pedicure.

Do you pay the big bucks for a pedicure or do you do-it-yourself? Have any other money saving tips?

Post-Memorial Day Skin: Do you feel the burn?

May 26, 2009

Ohhh what a glorious Memorial Day weekend! Despite the predictions for rain, it ended up being a gorgeous long weekend. Went to the beach, a Yankees Game, brunched…spent so much time outside. Years ago I wouldn’t have thought twice about putting on suntan lotion on summer days. I burn really easily, but I always thought…”I’ll burn and then it will turn to tan, no big deal,” but as I get older (and obviously wiser) I find myself being a lot more conscious about how I treat my skin. I used 30 spf lotion all weekend and not only did I not burn, but I have an awesome tan! Sometimes patience pays off…not only am I not in pain from a burn, but a healthy tan always looks great. Do you protect your skin? If so, what do you use?

The Cinch Belt: Trend or Torture?

May 21, 2009

Wearing a cinch belt always looks so good on everyone, but every time I try to wear one I feel like I am suffocating…I can hardly breathe. Are the people wearing these belts way up high just sucking in all day and severely uncomfortable or is there something wrong with me? Do you wear this trend, if so, how do you make it work?

Summer Attire: What’s okay for the office?

May 20, 2009

The gorgeous summer weather is FINALLY here and I can’t wait to throw on my dresses that I just dug out of my parents’ basement (yes, I still have to use my parents’ place for storage)! But I was struggling this morning with what was appropriate for the office. I tried a few things on: one was a little too Saturday afternoon-ish, another was too Saturday night-ish. Then there’s the indecisiveness over which shoes to wear…are stilettos appropriate or should I just stick with a basic flat sandal? I ended up throwing on the usual black pants and a shirt, maybe I’ll have better luck tomorrow!? What do you use as a guide to determine what is work appropriate and what is not?

Summer Dress and Gym Shoes? I committed the ULTIMATE fashion crime!

May 15, 2009

I did something this morning that I always said I’d never do and looked at others who did like they were insane…I wore a cute summer dress with my GYM shoes!!! My legs and feet do not appreciate me walking around the city in flats and sandals all the time…shin splints, tendonitis of my achilles heel…not cool! Doctors always said not to wear flats as walking shoes and I never listened…until today…

The pros:
1) My feet didn’t hurt
2) My feet were clean (no nasty black stuff on them)
3) I’m not ruining my good shoes by using them as walking shoes
4) People looked at me weird, but they were just jealous (right?)

The cons:
1) I looked like a fool

I said I’d never do it…but I’ll totally do it again tomorrow! Would you commit this crime?