Archive | February, 2011

New Video Post!

22 Feb

http://www.youtube.com/user/StyleBecomesYou?feature=mhum

Starting a mini series and there have been a few other videos uploaded since the last time I put up a link. I hope you enjoy!

W/ Love and VIDEOS!!! 🙂

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Top 10 Beauty and Fashion Tips

13 Feb

So there are a few really easy things you can do to keep yourself looking great! Some of them I have a hard time sticking to but I know that they are necessary! Most of this tips are universal, however, as with any beauty and fashion information make sure to apply them to your experiences with your own particular body chemistry and style.

Fashion Top 5

1. Know your colors – You may have a super cute shirt on that fits your perfectly, but if it washes out your skin, makes you look like you have bags under your eyes, and turns your skin a putrid green color, the cut of that shirt wont matter one bit, I’m serious.

2. Know your body shape – If you are like a lot of us, and have a little bit of tummy, crop tops, super tights elastic tops (no one should be wearing these in the first place, but just in case) and really tight tucked in tops are some of the things we just shouldnt wear. Opt for a wrap dress, sheer blouse with a camisole underneath, or something that keeps the extra love from poking out.

3. Know your sizes – A lot of women have a difficult time buying pants when they have gone up a size. I can’t stress this enough, no one knows what size your pants are, but they can see they are too small when you have sausag-ed your size 10 love handles into a size 7 jean. I know this because I have done it and realized, as long as I look put together and stylish no one cares what size pants I’m wearing. WEAR WHAT FITS!

4. Dress appropriately for your occasion – Being slightly overdressed is fine, but don’t wear a ball gown to a business event, or jeans and a t-shirt to a semi formal party. It just makes one look ill prepared and un-informed.

5. Don’t worry about labels – A lot of times people are so caught up in labels they spend all this money on something that doesn’t last or that isn’t practical to their lifestyle. Yes big name brands are said to have better quality, however, I can tell you I have had a cardigan from Target in my closet that I wear all the time that has lasted for 2 years, and is still in style. I bought a cardigan from J. Crew and it pilled the 3rd time I washed it. I shelled out triple for that cardigan what I payed for the Target one. HELLO. So shop within your budget, buy higher priced items only if they are in fact higher quality, and make sure you are going to use them! You don’t have to go broke for fashion!

Top 5 Beauty Tips

1. WATER WATER WATER – This one I have a hard time with because I am ridiculously picky about how my water tastes, weird I know. But this is crucial all year around. It helps your body function at its full potential, it aides your skin in staying hydrated, keeps up your energy levels, keep you from confusing hunger with thirst, and the list goes on. JUST DRINK IT, if you do like water add lemon, orange or lime slices. Sometimes I take my favorite flavored tea and let it steep in a water bottle (NO SUGAR) and I have flavored water with a little extra caffeine.

2. Speaking of caffeine – This one is tough as well, but keep the caffeine levels to a minimum. I love my coffee in the morning, however, if you are downing 2 monsters on top of your coffee, that’s a little much. On top of completely messing with your skin it also has some pretty nasty side effects on your body as in kidney stones….yuck. So for beauty and health concerns drink your coffee but keep the crazy caffeine pumps to days that you HAVE to have them.

3. Exfoliate twice a week – This is just a guideline, some people need to do it more or less. My skin is regular with an excessively dry T-Zone and this works for me. I also choose to do a cucumber mask once a week just to help get all the trapped stuff I wasn’t able to reach with my usual skin care routine.

4.Try to eat a well-balanced diet – I know most of us fall prey to the random movie theatre popcorn binge, or the quick meal from burger king on a busy night. However, making sure you have the right vitamins and minerals in your body for it to work with is vital. How do you expect your body to keep you beautiful if you fill it with nasty junk? I am not saying never eat fast food again, or don’t enjoy your Friday pizza night. However, I am saying that throughout the week make a conscious effort to switch your bag of chips for snap peas or grapes. Drink water instead of soda. According to Livestrong.com for every 25 days you drink water in place of soda or other sugary drinks you can drop one pound. That doesn’t sound like a lot but how many days are in a year? Think about it. Just small changes like these can help your body inside and out look and feel a little better.

 5. Take care of your skin – you only get one epidermis, take care of it. Yes it dies and regenerates, but what I say still stands, you don’t get to take it off put it in the washer and it comes out brand new and all spiffed up. What you do to it now, effects you years from now as well as immediately. Not enough water, smoking, excessive drinking, large amounts of sun exposure with no sunscreen, pulling at your skin, not moisturizing it, these all contribute to your skin looking dry, flaky, wrinkly and unpleasant. Take care of it, it will show its gratitude by looking beautiful and healthy.

I hope these help you, and offer some good advice on molding yourself into a well dressed healthier you!! If you have any questions shoot me a message or a comment.

Take care of yourself because there will only be one of you….ever!

W/ Love and Advice

New 2011 Fashion Trends that are “Springing” Up Everywhere!

3 Feb

 As we all know trends usually are a mix of the old and the new, and this year is no exception. Keep in mind with these upcoming styles that they are not all for you. Looking at the trends and molding them to keep in sync with your personal style is what fashion is all about. So take these following “key looks” with a grain of salt and think about what compliments you and your lifestyle/body.

Firstly, the color for this season is honeysuckle. It is a beautiful shade, almost a dusty rose with a hint of baby pink or a less purple fuchsia. It’s a beautiful color it compliments most skin tones, it is seen in decorating as well as in clothing choices.

Honeysuckle. Google Images

The first style is 70’s glamour. The 70’s seem to stay on trend in one way or another. This season the elements are 70’s glamour and bohemian. This means super blousy sheer tops, floor length high waisted denim trousers (elongates the legs beyond belief!), headbands, floppy hats, thin belts, long cascading maxis and large glamorous jewels!

Highwasted trousers with a billowy blouse

 

Nautral tones with a skinny belt and a great bag

 Biker/hardcore is the next look that is coming out, we saw this a couple seasons ago with the leather biker jackets but has always played awkward stepsister to the military trend. However this year the biker jacket is back and bigger than ever, some are seen belted, quilted, or side zipped. They are ultra flattering for most body types. Other elements of this trend are the boots, pants, themed skirts, and zippered sleeves. Punk is also influencing our trends, not so much as last season, but it is adding a little more rock to our pieces. Studs, zippers, clunky boots, and safety pins are something to look for if you are interested in carrying out this trend.

Burberry Biker looks...stunning

 

A take on the Punk trend

Lady in the 60’s is one of my favorite trends that have been revamped for this season. This trend looks amazing on most of us with a body! This look encompasses sheath dresses cut at the knee, circle skirts, fresh fun colors and prints, full skirts, school teacher calf length skirts, headbands, and a good structured bag. The whole idea is to enhance your silhouette making you look super feminine while at the same time maintaining a classy appearance.

Wonderful Sheath in a Fun Color

Circle Skirts

 Some other little tidbits to look for are sheer maxis, lace, tassels, crochet, bell bottoms, wide leg pants, tail hems (cut longer in the back then the front) stripes, jumpsuits, and crop tops.

For my personal style some of these things will not be seen on my body ever, however; some people look good in crop tops or crochet blouses. In any case, take these styles and do with them what you will, most of them will flatter a wide range of figures. If you would like any help, advice or questions on how to style these, let me know and I will be more than happy to do that for you.

W/ Love and Trends