LOOKING UP-TO-DATE WITH? THE LATEST COLOR – CAMEL

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Hello Everyone   

          Is this the year your winter coat needs replacing? If it is, don’t think of buying another black one. The colour of the coming season is CAMEL   

            You can only buy a coat or a whole outfit as seen in the picture here.
           In the next picture the colour is combined with the new military look
Tommy Hilfiger
 

    

          

    

    

    

    

    

–   and Camel is a very easy to combine with –  Grey and brown   

    

    

    

    

    

    

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             -and surprise, surprise with RED   

-and not just in clothing – it can be done with accessories like these   

   

                    And best of all, these colours, Camel, Red, and Grey go separately, or combined with what we all have in our wardrobe BLACK! So while you are out shopping, remember these colours, and maybe a red handbag is just what will bring your look up-to-date.   

Until the next time   

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

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LOOKING UP-TO-DATE WITH? – ANIMAL PRINTS.

   Hello Everyone

         Are you afraid of snakes, reptiles or wild animals? I am! But when they hang on my arm, or their likeness is printed on a dress, or on shoes, I love the look. The only time I could not go there was in the 60’s when there were bags made from small lizards or crocodiles with the head being part of the bag . Looking at me with their glass-button eyes, and showing their teeth reminded me too painfully that this once alive, agile creature had turned into a handbag. Looking as real as it did. it was  even a little scary – was it really dead?  Actually I prefer the imitations, at least I know that the lizard is still basking in the sun.

         The look of skin, leopard and even zebra shows up on everything: coats, dresses, blouses, handbags, belts, scarves, shoes, even watch bands.  So without going all out, you can pick one item in your wardrobe and replace it with the animal of your choice – and if you love the look, go for it and buy several items. A real plus is that it goes so well with black, something we all have in our closet.

          Many of you won’t remember (but some of us will) that in the 60’s leopard coats and jackets were all the rage. Well, they are fashionable again. If you belong to the group who remembers, maybe you have one hanging in the back of your wardrobe? If not, look in a thrift shop? In the past years I have often seen them there, and always passed with a smile, remembering fondly the one I got as a birthday present one year. Do I still have it? No, when it went out of fashion, being practical and not wasting anything, I had it dyed black, and  still wore it for many years.

           No, you don’t have to go overboard, but maybe adding a bag, a pair of shoes, boots, a top, or just a scarf, will make you feel like you are part of the wild- life. Here are a few more examples to choose from.

Have fun with it and until the next time

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

Photos are from Harper’s Bazaar

LOOK UP-TO-DATE WITH? #1—BOOTS, BOOTS, AND MORE BOOTS!

Hello Everyone.

          Now that we know how to shop, let us look at what will bring our look up-to-date this fall and winter.

         I have mentioned the importance of shoes, and in the coming season BOOTS are what we need to be up-to-date. In fashion magazines, and in store windows, 90% of what we are seeing, are boots.

 

        They come in many different forms and shapes – one could have a whole collection of them. The assortment of boots is endless  – for any occasion there is an appropriate style available. Also for every type of leg – should you have  heavier legs, wear shorter boots. If you wear short shirts, there are styles over the knee, covering half the thigh. If you can’t wear high heels, there are flat heels. And if you want to be sexy pick a boot with a  3″ – 5″  heel. By the way, some heels look higher than they really are – if they have a wedge-sole  it  reduces the heel by the thickness of the sole. So maybe you could try a higher heel?

          If you like boots made of fur, they are available; or maybe you like snake-skin?  They come decorated with buckles, snaps,  flowers made of leather, laced up the front, and for evening they   even come in  black lace.

          Years ago there was a rule that the skirt had to cover the top of the boot, that is long gone and now you can wear your boots with any length skirt. When it comes to pants,  short boots are very comfortable, and you can either wear your pants over the boot or in. A very sexy look is tight jeans tucked into a high boots!

 And if you don’t want to go all out and buy boots for every occasion, a short style to wear with pants and a knee-high one to wear with skirts, or to tuck your pants into, might be all you need. Before you go out and buy them:

1) think of what color fits best with the cloth in your wardrobe

2) look at the boots you have – I am sure we all have left overs from last winter – but maybe you don’t remember that you have them? This happens to me when I get out what I have put away a few months ago (more about how to arrange your wardrobe from summer to winter soon).

3) don’t get tempted to buy a cute pair on SALE  which won’t earn its keep because it doesn’t fit with other things in your closet.

Here are a few more styles to think about                                                                                                        

Photos from Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar

It won’t be belong now before we need our boots, so it might be a good idea to buy them now – before your size is sold out!

Until the next time

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE #18, #19 & # 20

  Hello Everyone

          How was your week? Did you find bargains that fit into your wardrobe? Well here are the last three steps to help you have a better wardrobe.

#18 COMPLETE YOUR LOOK WITH ACCESSORIES

          As you all know accessories include; handbags, shoes, jewelry, scarves,belts, and hats. But no one wears all of them, and we all have some accessories we love and some we never wear. Shoes and bags, of course are also a necessity, but please don’t treat them only as that, because they can make or break your look.

          Carrying an expensive bag will save any outfit, even a less expensive one. In the last few years the variety of bags which are fashionable, certainly show us what statement you can make with the right bag. Some are very big, so when you are not tall, be careful that the bag does not overpower you.

          I recently saw a bag in a store window and went in to look at it. It was more expensive than I has expected, so I told the sales lady that I would think about it. To overcome my hesitation she said, “It is the only one.” I still left without it.  The next morning I went back to store.

          “You are lucky that it is still here,” the sales lady told me. I looked surprised. “There was an Italian lady in earlier this morning, who loved it until her husband pointed out that the bag was nearly bigger than her – she was just 5′ tall.  Lucky for me!? Ten minutes later I walked out with the bag!

         SHOES – I know they have to be comfortable  – but looking at some of the young girls (18…..?) they actually wear the latest styles with 3″+ heels. I envy them. I shouldn’t. because there was a time I did too — long ago – so now I  go for the 2” heels or flats. But whatever type of shoe you buy make sure it is a good-looking, which is the case when they are more expensive. Not only are they prettier, they are also more comfortable, because they are better made and the material is better –leather is the best, upper and lower.

          SCARVES – the women who are experts in making a scarf part of their look are the French women. Maybe that is why the famous  ‘HERMES’  scarf if French too. They know how to tie them, and most importantly they look comfortable wearing them.

          If, you are like me,  tugging and pulling on it every five minutes a scarf is not a plus. I like them on other women, and envy those who wear them, but I have never been successful, so I do without – except in the winter when I can take it off with my coat.  So, when wearing a scarf, make sure it is part of you, and not something you need to adjust and fidget with.

          JEWELRY – there is real jewelry and then there is costume jewelry, which I call the FUN accessory.  You can decorate yourself with it anywhere you want – neck, wrist, finger, even ankles – pin it on, hang it on and have fun with it. It certainly brightens up an outfit,  a big bold chain, so fashionable now, can spruce up your top from last year.

          HATS – I was told once that a hat intimidates men! Maybe that is true because very few women wear them today – unless it is against the sun, or rain. I have only one friend who wears  hats, and she gets lots of compliments and remarks –  yes, even from men. But the hats she wears are the most outlandish, fun creations I have ever seen. So they are more than a hat, they are a reflection of her personality. Maybe you want to try it?

          BELTS – they can be a wonderful finishing touch, but only if your waist allows it – otherwise wearing a belt, only emphasizes that your waist is not small, and who wants to point that out?

#19 MEASURE USE AGAINST PRICE.

          One of the most important advice I can give you it to measure the use of any item against the price. If you buy a top for $10 and you wear it only once a year (or not at all), it is too expensive. If however, a pair of pants cost $30 more than you wanted to spend, but you wear them all the time, it’s certainly worth every penny.  So before you decide to buy, think:

 -Do I need it?

-Is it something I want to add to my wardrobe?

-How much use will I get for the money I’m spending?

#20 TRUST YOUR OWN JUDGEMENT.

         Many women say, “But I don’t know what suits me.”

        Yes, you do! Most women know what they like and that is usually what suits them best. Just ask yourself, “Do I like it? Does it make me look good?”

          I am certain that you know the answer if you take the time to look and think about what you are buying. And be careful when taking a friend’s advice. She (or he) doesn’t see you  the way you see yourself, nor how you feel in something.

          This completes our 20 Steps – I am sure none of us is guilty of making all the mistakes discussed, but while reading these 20 Steps you will know when the shoe fits.

          If you try to avoid the mistakes you presently make, you will soon find yourself  saving money and owning a better wardrobe. And you will never again have to ask, “WHAT WILL I WEAR?’

Until next week

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

 

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE #16 & # 17

Hello Everyone

          Since we are still in the midst of sales, sales, sales —-everywhere! our next step is to avoid the temptations marked  ‘Reduced.’

#16 BEWARE OF SALES

          Of course you can find a bargain in a sale……but only if you are an experienced shopper.

          During sales more mistakes are made than any other time. Remember, it doesn’t matter how pretty a dress is, if you have no use for it………. IT’S NO BARGAIN. Say you find a lovely dress reduced to $80 from $400 (Who can resist a bargain like that? Not many of us) but if you have no occasion in the near future to wear it, it will just hang in your closet — and when months later you are invited and wonder what to wear, you remember the dress you bought a while ago. Getting it out of your wardrobe, probably still with the tag on it, you might ask yourself the following questions:

-Do I still like the dress?

-Is it still in style?

– Do I still feel that it is a new dress? (having seen it in my closet for months).

          Whatever the answer, you will probably wear the dress because you have it. Wouldn’t it be better to buy a nice dress NOW? – A dress that will fit your mood and the occasion? Nothing lifts your spirits more than wearing a brand new dress — don’t let a bargain spoil your fun.

          Sales are great when you can find an item that you need and can wear —-NOW!

#17 SPEND MORE MONEY ON

Coats

-Suits

-Accessories

These items should cost more than other things in your wardrobe. You will wear a coat or a suit longer than other thing. Spending more means better quality. Better quality means that you will look better and project a positive image.

          Accessories should not be cheap – a good scarf can always make a simple, inexpensive dress look good, but never the other way around.

More on accessories next week  — until then

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

20 STEPS TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE #14 & #15

Hello Everyone

          Today it is back to basics, namely to the next steps helping you to have the right clothes in your wardrobe.

           #14 NEVER BUY A GARMENT A LITTLE TIGHT

            You might think that you will lose weight in the near future, but remember how many times you didn’t or it took longer than you thought it would. Seeing this purchase in your wardrobe will frustrate you every time you see it hanging in your closet. First, and most importantly, because it reminds you of not having lost the weight, and second because you bought a garment you can’t wear, or if you do you might look like this.

          Even a size 7 woman looks fat in a tight garment. Better to buy things a bit larger. I can assure you that you won’t look bigger but slimmer in a slightly looser garment.

         #15 BUY THE RIGHT SIZE

         The right size is what fits you.  If you are a size 10 don’t hesitate to try on a size 12. Today sizes are not true to what we once knew. In order for manufacturers to save money they often cut their garments on the small side, or they patterns are designed differently. In one brand you might wear a size 10 and in another a size 12. Better merchandise is often cut  more generously than cheap clothes.

         So don’t insists that your are a size 8. Instead try a larger or sometimes smaller size – IF IT FITS – IT’S YOUR SIZE.

         Hoping that you will find well-fitting bargains this week when you go shopping 

         Until next time

          STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

A GOOD REASON TO SHOP YOUR OWN CLOSET

   Hello Everyone

          I am interrupting my 20 Steps to tell you about a new arrival in  department and chain stores – BEDBUGS. They are no longer only in beds, they have come a long way, they are now living in stores. We have to fear meeting them in sweaters or, yes, underwear. Victoria Secret encountered a problem. Of course, they took immediate action to solve it. And Abercrombie & Fitch closed one of their stores for two days, and many other retailers are trying to nip the problem in the bud by taking preventive measures.

       I must admit my heart goes out to these retailers. They have not asked or done anything to deserve the visit of bedbugs. I remember a time when they were in beds. I even remember that when I was a child, to the horror of my mother, we found some in our beds. And I don’t remember an exterminate coming, but I can still see my mother turning our beds over and under every morning and evening to find them – and then they were gone!

          Well, that was then, and this  is now. Now bedbugs have found new ways to attack us. I am not squeamish, but I would not like to worry about having a visitor in the seams of my new bra. So what is there to do? To tell you the truth, I don’t know!  Maybe I will wait to go shopping again until this problem has been solved and the stores give us the green light!

          In the meantime, let’s look at our wardrobes and maybe by putting things together differently we can live with what we have until the coast is clear.

         Of course, if you don’t live in New York City, and the bedbugs have not come to your town, this will not throw a curve ball into your shopping spree.  But for the unfortunate women of Manhattan, we have to be patient. Instead of inviting bedbugs into our home by going shopping – let’s wait.

         I will continue with the 20 Steps next week

         Until then

          STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE #8 & 9.

Hi Everybody

Here are two more tips on how to buy what suits YOU BEST:

#8 LOOK AT YOUR WHOLE SILHOUETTE.

          When trying on a dress, or any other garment, — look at yourself. Does it do something for you? Does the color suit your complexion. Or is that beautiful print overpowering?

           I once watched a lady try on a dress that was very colorful. She loved it, but she looked only at the dress, never at her face. I asked her if she felt that the dress did something for her. Before answering she looked more carefully at herself, and saw that the bright colors washed out her pale complexion.

          You don’t buy a dress because it is beautiful, but because it becomes you –  because it makes you look better.

# 9. BUY THE SAME ITEM IN DIFFERENT COLORS.

          When you find a blouse, top or anything else that suits and fits you well, or a pair of pants that fit like a dream, think about buying more than one, in different colors. Nobody will notice that your white shirt and your forest green shirt are the same. This applies also to shoes and underwear – but make sure they really suit you and make you feel good.

Until next week

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

 

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE – #5, 6 and 7.

Hello Everyone

Have you had time to make your list since last week? Do you know what you need to add to your wardrobe?  —- Well, then let’s go shopping!

Here are the next three steps how not to have a another mistake join those hanging in your wardrobe.

#5. BUY BETTER QUALITY CLOTHES.

         You can’t afford them? YES, you can! How? By buying LESS. The advantages of buying better merchandise are:

          – It is cheaper because it lasts longer

          You feel better in a well-made garment

          It does not lose its shape, regardless of how long you have it

          It fits better

          Most important,  you will present a better image and feel better.

#6 NEVER BUY ANYTHING WITHOUT TRYING IT ON

            I know it is a nuisance to try things on – in the winter we don’t feel like getting undressed, and in the summer we feel hot and sometimes sticky — but even if you are a medium and the T-shirt you are looking at is marked medium, try it on. It could be cut small, and you really need a large. Or the style may not look as good on you as you had expected. If you have no time to try on, DON’T BUY IT.

            Of course, I know that you can ‘always bring it back’, but remember, it is time consuming to go back to the store – and should you not have the time to bring it back, you have spent your money on a garment you don’t wear – so please try on what you consider buying. You will be happy you did! It will save you time and money.

# 7. DON’T JUDGE A GARMENT ON THE HANGER

                                                            

          The look of a dress on a hanger should not influence you. It might look drab hanging there but stunning on you. Or it might be beautiful on the hanger, but not on you. Remember, try it on.

 Until the next time

 STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

 

20 STEPS HOW TO AVOID MISTAKES IN YOUR WARDROBE – #1 & 2

“Hello Everyone!” today we are going to look at the first two,  of the 20 most common mistakes women make when it comes to their wardrobes – and let me start with a story about my friend Wendy.

She couldn’t wait to show her friend Linda the beautiful top she had bought on sale that morning. She rushed home to change before Linda arrived. Once at home, Wendy quickly unwrapped her purchase, cut the labels, and changed into her new blouse. Admiringly she looked at herself – but what about those pants? They really didn’t go with this blouse. Frantically she went through her wardrobe looking for a skirt or a pair of pants that would match. After several tries Wendy had to admit that she had nothing to match her new top. Disappointed, she took it off. She felt depressed. This wasn’t the first time she had bought something that she couldn’t wear with anything in her wardrobe. And worse yet: for many items she had never found the right match. These garments, filling up her wardrobe, made her feel helpless. With all the clothes she had, she always felt that she had nothing to wear.

Wendy was not alone. Most of us have a lot in our closets. Yet how many times do we stand there helplessly wondering what to wear. And many women believe that if they had more money their problems would be solved. NOT SO! Money alone is not the answer to your wardrobe problems.

But don’t despair. These costly and depressing mistakes can be avoided. How???

By planning your wardrobe and by developing good shopping habits.

Let us start with planning your wardrobe, and the first step is:

1. TAKE INVENTORY OF YOUR CLOSETS.

This means taking everything out of your closets, out of your drawers, and off the shelves – including shoes, handbags, underwear, and all other accessories. There will be quite a few items you’re in doubt about. So ask yourself:

–         Does this still suit me?

–         Do I still like it?

–         Do I still need it?

To answer these questions – of course, it helps to have a friend, or wardrobe consultant to do it with you, but alone or with somebody, the next step is:

2. TRY ON ANY GARMENT YOU ARE IN DOUBT ABOUT.

Do you still feel good in the plaid skirt you bought two years ago? If the answer is yes – keep it. If the answer is no, there must be someone who could use it

Once you have decided what to keep, look at what is left in your wardrobe and think what you would like to add to it, or what you need, and of course you must keep in mind your lifestyle and professional needs.

I know this is a tall order and I will give you some time to do it, before going on to the next step – and don’t feel discouraged if you can’t do it all at once. Depending on the size of your wardrobe, you might have to do it in stages.

Please let me know how you are doing – bbnnic@gmail.com

Until next Monday

STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

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