Retro Summer Fashion Ideas

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1.       Zinke www.shopzinke.com; $68

2.       Zinke www.shopzinke.com; $88

3.       Zinke www.shopzinke.com; $88

4.       TOKYObay www.tokyobayinc.com; $110

5.       Julie Brown www.juliebrowndesigns.com; $162

6.       Ziera www.zierashoes.com; Price available Upon Request

7.       Ban.do www.shopbando.com; $20

8.       Ban.do www.shopbando.com; $20

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Giveaway: AMI Clubwear $50 Gift Card

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Attention party people! AMIClubwear has one of the best selections of trendy clubwear, including dresses, shoes, rompers, swimsuits and even intimates. There’s also an absolutely fabulous array of sexy plus size bodycon dresses that will blow your mind.

I love browsing through the site, putting together trendy and affordable outfits for Spring and Summer. My favorite dress right now is this Coral Black Two Tone Maxi, which I plan to review very soon.

AMI Clubwear Coral Black Two Tone Sexy Maxi Dress

AMI Clubwear Coral Black Two Tone Sexy Maxi Dress

I would love for you guys to explore their website and share some of your favorite items so I partnered with AMI Clubwear to giveaway a $50 gift card! Simply follow the directions below for a chance to win.

And don’t forget to visit the AMI Clubwear YouTube page for fun and useful fashion videos, like the one below.

The Underwear Guide: What Undies to Wear with Different Clothes

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1 lucky winner will receive a $50 AMI Clubwear gift card.

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HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post with a link to your favorite item from http://www.amiclubwear.com/. Please include your email address.

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CONTEST ENDS May 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

A winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

9 Rules for a Clothing Budget

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With tax season soon ending, many of us want to treat ourselves after a hardworking year and go shopping.  Well, don’t blow your tax refund on clothes without reading these money saving tips from Miami fashion stylist Gen Bell. To view her portfolio, visit http://www.genbell.com/

1. Have a set budget!

Having a set budget on how much you’d like to spend is key. Everyone has different methods that work best for him or her. Some people prefer to use cash so that they can see exactly how much they’re spending and on what. My personal method is to create a budget first, let’s say $100. Then I figure out how many outfits I’d like to have from the $100, let’s say 4 outfits. Then I start window-shopping and comparing prices from different stores. I always check both online and in actual stores. Often times you’ll find the best mark down prices online!

2. Hit the Discount Stores

You can find stylish bargains at stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and DSW.  Designer duds for a fraction of the price!  But be careful, just because a store is inexpensive doesn’t mean you’ll save any money if you over spend.  Learn control.

3. Learn to Do-it-Yourself

Learning how to make a few, simple alterations can save you lots of money down the line.  Master the basics of sewing, replacing buttons, and hemming pants. If you’re a busy professional like most of us, then find a local seamstress in your neighborhood that can make the simple alterations for you. The point is to have you clothes last you for a long time. So if you loose a couple of pounds and can’t fit those jeans anymore, make the necessary alterations so that you can reincorporate those jeans back into your wardrobe.

4. Shop Out of Season

Seasoned shoppers shop for spring and summer items in the fall, and buy your fall and winter looks when spring rolls around. Clothing is always cheaper when they are out of season.

5. Avoid Impulse Shopping or Emotional Shopping

Many of us can’t fight the urge to impulse buy.  Remind yourself when the urge arises, are these shoes worth it right at this moment?  Do not buy the shoes, wait a couple of days and if you still want them and rationalize your need then buy them.

6. Think About What’s Already in Your Closet

When shopping, build a wardrobe around one or two color families that you already have.  Keep your current wardrobe in mind when you shop, and don’t buy anything that won’t go with at least two or three other items that you own.

7. Take Care of Your Clothing

Caring for your clothes will help them last longer.  Use the right amount of detergent, avoid the dryer when possible and hang and fold clothes properly. Pack your seasonal wardrobe! You don’t need your winter clothes hanging in your closet all summer long. Pack them in air tight containers that are designed to keep the moisture out and your clothes fresh!

8. Shop Vintage and Consignment

Fashion is cyclical!  Trends from the past always make a comeback so don’t shy away from vintage and consignment shops.   It may take longer to find exactly what you are looking for at a used clothing store so you must have patience and bring a friend for a fun movie montage.

9.  Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize.  No outfit is complete without the right accessories.  Take a simple dress and accessorize it in different ways to create completely different looks each time!  This will expand your wardrobe without having to buy a new outfit for every occasion.

About Gen Bell:

Wardrobe stylist and creative director, Gen Bell is the true embodiment of a career girl in every aspect. Bell was born in Chicago and is currently styling key individuals in the South Florida community in film, fashion and music.  Bell has worked one on one with designers, boutiques, production companies, models and more.

As a previous writer for Haute Living, Gen Bell has an impressive resume for a newbie.  With a portfolio centered on beauty, video, celebrity/music, and street-chic styling, Bell has a vast knowledge of creating an aesthetically pleasing composition. Working with color palettes, silhouettes, and design, Gen Bell pulls together elements and principles to create a final “product” which sets apart from the rest.

@SallyHansen Nails the Nude Trends at #ParisFashionWeek

As the exclusive nail sponsor of Stella McCartney Collections in 2014, Sally Hansen strutted down the runway at the spectacular Stella McCartney Winter 2014 Collection fashion show at the Palais Garnier during Paris Fashion Week. To complement the bold textures and sophisticated color palette of the designer’s Winter 2014 Collection, the Sally Hansen nail looks worn on the runway featured clean, modern, understated shades of nude to flatter the models’ skin tones.

THE NAIL LOOK

Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador, Madeline Poole, custom blended colors of barely blush, nudes and sheers from the Complete Salon Manicure palette.

“We did a natural slightly sheer nail using various combinations of four shades,” said Madeline Poole. “Colors were layered differently for each model to best complement their skin tone. As different nudes look better on different hands, we wanted to customize each girl’s look rather than using the same nude on everyone.

Thanks to the all-in-one product Complete Salon Manicure, we were able to skip base coat application and with the larger, rounded brush, swiftly paint the nails so we could also address nail health and cuticle treatment. As most of the models have had a multitude of nail changes over this past month of fashion shows, we wanted to bring emphasis to conditioning and nourishing the cuticles with Sally Hansen’s Cuticle Rehab. A little bit of backstage TLC goes a long way.”

THE SHADES

SH1Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy

SH2Complete Salon Manicure in Shell We Dance

SH3Complete Salon Manicure in Almost Almond

SH4Complete Salon Manicure in Pink Pong

These gorgeously modern colors can be found in Sally Hansen’s award-winning Complete Salon Manicure collection, the only polish that infuses trend-setting shades with a nourishing, expert quality formula to deliver salon-caliber results. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure delivers seven salon manicure steps in one bottle. Chip resistant strength joins gel-quality shine. Must-have color meets nourishing benefits. Plus, a built-in base and top coat, it’s everything you need to achieve a professional manicure at home.

6 Valentine’s Day Dress Tips

Personal style comes easy to some women but not everyone is born a natural fashionista. Luckily, Miami based celebrity stylist Gen Bell offered us her best dressed tips for Valentine’s Day!

Bell’s best advice is to be confident in whatever you wear. Confidence is your sexiest asset. Pair confidence with these tips and you will sure to have your best Valentine’s Day yet.

Valentine’s Day Stylist Tips:

  • Make sure all your pieces fit your body type well. Muffin tops or saggy butts are not attractive.
  • Everyone wears red on Valentine’s Day. Avoid this cliché color. Instead a little black dress paired with red accents will go a long way.
  • If you must wear red…save it for lingerie.
  • Dress appropriately for the date activity. If going on a casual date such as bowling, put on your best fitting jeans with a sexy top. If you are going on a romantic date, heels are a must. Whether high heeled boots or stilettos. Heels elongate your legs and makes your silhouette sexy!
  • Pair your outfit with a fun trend such as an iridescent clutch, belt, or shoes! Or rock a full floral skirt with a form fitting top.
  • Lastly, don’t reveal too much because the best way to lure interest is to leave a little to the imagination.

About Gen Bell:

Gen BellWith a portfolio centered on beauty, video, celebrity/music, and street-chic styling, Bell has a vast knowledge of creating an aesthetically pleasing composition. Working with color palettes, silhouettes, and design, Gen Bell pulls together elements and principles to create a final “product” which sets apart from the rest.

Dr. Scholl’s For Her Cozy Cushions Insoles Review

Dr. Scholl’s For Her Cozy Cushions Insoles

Dr. Scholl’s For Her Cozy Cushions Insoles

About Dr. Scholl’s For Her Cozy Cushions Insoles ($9.99 – $14.99):

  • Helps keep feet warm and dry
  • Multi-layer design insulates against cold and dampness while absorbing perspiration
  • Provides all-day comfort and support good for any season
  • Adds renewed comfort to your footwear
  • Works great in any boot or casual shoe
  • Available in: Women’s (sizes 6-10)
  • Designed to fit: Rain boots, winter boots, casual boots & shoes, dress boots

Cozy CushionsMy Review:

I was very excited to hear from Dr. Scholl’s about their new Cozy Cushions For Her. My husband swears by Dr. Scholl’s inserts and I couldn’t wait to try them out. I’m happy to report that the Cozy Cushions did not disappoint.

The inserts are soft, warm and comfy. They fit sizes 6-10 and you can cut them down to fit your shoe size perfectly. I love using the inserts for my boots and slippers. However, they were too thick to fit into my casual work shoes.

The insert’s design features a bonus quality – there’s a soft, cushion ball right on the heel that provides stability and support.

Overall, I loved Dr. Scholl’s Cozy Cushions For Her. They’ve kept my feet warm and snug during the recent polar vortex. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for the perfect inserts.

For more information, please visit: drscholls.com and follow them on Facebook

A sample was received in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.