Category: Fashion

Does It Really Matter What You Wear to Work?

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 by 1 Comment

When I was working in a real job, as opposed to working for myself, we had dress codes. This was back in the 1970s and I am pretty sure there was a dress code for everything back then.

If you were going to the grocery store, movies, or for a hair appointment, there were proper looks to maintain. Last week I was in court and I swear to you, there were at least four people in pajama pants and slippers.

They were obviously there for fashion infraction.

Anyway, I was reading an article on CNN about dressing for work. One of the items I found interesting was the copy of a memo from a law school which informed them what they should not wear on the job. One of the quotes was, ”I really don’t need to mention that cleavage and stiletto heels are not appropriate office wear (outside of ridiculous lawyer TV shows), do I?”

Louboutins. If you can afford them you don’t even have to worry about what you wear to work, you’re doing just fine.

Men are generally not told what they should or should not wear to work and it is often seen as one of those sexist things. I don’t think it is.  I haven’t ever seen a male lawyer in Louboutins. They all pretty much wear conservative attire.

Therein lies the difference. Women have a much larger variety of work clothes and career looks to choose from. A men’s suit is a men’s suit is a men’s suit, but women’s suits can mean a mini-skirt to peplum jacket with a bustier underneath.

I do think it matters what you wear to work. Presenting a professional appearance, looking well dressed for your career, and wearing appropriate clothing is something that tells others who you are before you say a word, whether you are male or female.

Thoughts?

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Link Round-up: Citrus Scrub, Bunny Quesadilla, and Warm Weather

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 by 3 Comments

Today’s link round-up is all about enjoying the spring and warm weather that’s right around the corner.

Mommypotamus taught us how to make a citrus body scrub.

How About Cookie made a fun, fruity little oatmeal breakfast that looks like an owl.

Cincy Shopper taught us how to make your own version of Starbucks’ passion tea lemonade.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons made an adorable Easter Bunny quesadilla dinner.

A Beautiful Mess whipped up the perfect summertime concoction: toasted coconut margaritas.

Crafts Unleashed showed us how to make a spring burlap wreath.

Create Craft Love inspired us with some DIY polka dot shoes.

Photo credit: Mommypotamus and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Corset Diet Is Really Not a Diet

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 by 1 Comment

What is being called the corset diet is all the rage. Women are squeezing into these tight fitting under garments in hopes of getting a smaller waistline.

This extreme slimming trend has nothing to do with diet, other than the fact that you may eat less when your insides are all squished and compressed. It reminds me of scenes from 100 years ago when women held on to the bedpost while someone tightened the corset for an unrealistic hourglass figure.

I’ve never had a small waistline for my size. It’s one of those elusive, “I wish I had…” kind of things. So when I saw there was a diet that can take 3-6 inches off your waist I was interested, until I saw that it really wasn’t a diet after all. It’s really corset training, and it’s even done under the care of a doctor!

Women who are tired of trying and failing to get a smaller waist through dieting and exercise are turning to “corset training.” One woman I saw interviewed actually said her goal is to have a “tiny waistline like a Barbie doll.” She already had a 26″ waist but was going for 23″ and her doctor said that it is a realistic goal. Makes me wonder what she’s paying for his help.

Wearing a corset is a way to “train” your waist to be smaller without exercise or diet. It compresses the bottom ribs up and in which makes the space between your ribs and hips look smaller. It makes me think of when I take off my wedding ring and how my finger is thinner beneath it because I wear it all the time.

I just can’t imagine wearing a corset all the time, though. However, I bet it could make you uncomfortable enough to eat less so maybe in a way it could be diet.

Photo credits: din_bastet

Link Round-up: DIY Beauty Tips, Easter Treats, Energy Bites, and More

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has DIY foundation and gel manicures, an Easter treat, energy bites, and more.

Mommypotamus taught us how to make foundation powder.

How About Cookie talks about the tools you need to create bento boxes.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to do your own gel manicure at home.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make adorable Reese’s peanut butter cup sunflower pops.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor whipped up some peanut butter and oatmeal energy bites.

Melly Sews showed us how to put together a dry erase placemat to keep the kids entertained.

Honestly WTF taught us how to create a jeweled paracord bracelet.

Photo credit: Mommypotamus and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Just Me and 500 of My Closest Friends

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 by 1 Comment

I have noticed over the past couple of years that it is increasingly difficult for me to read offline. I got around it for a long time by getting those magnifying reading glasses that they have at the store, but eventually I had to admit that it was time for an eye appointment. After all, it had been 40 plus years since my last one.

I was surprised when the optometrist said that my eyes were basically in good shape and I just needed a light prescription for reading. Of course, I read and write constantly so this meant that I would be wearing glasses more than I wouldn’t be. I wanted some that looked incredible. Something that would make me look intelligent yet sexy and would highlight what I consider to be my best feature — my eyes.

How hard can that be?

My husband and I ended up in a store surrounded by hundreds of colors and styles of glasses in all sorts of prices from very plain and inexpensive to dear-God-I-could-buy-a-car-with-that. Invariably I picked up the latter.

Honestly I had a really hard time deciding. It’s part of my ADD or OCD or just weird personality that I can’t make a decision. I stress over it. My husband watched as I switched from frame to frame and his answer was always the same, “You look gorgeous. Get those.”

Silly man.

Finally, I did what any one of you would do. I got on Facebook and started taking pictures.

“What about these?” I typed under a picture of me with big Harry Potter frames.

Too big for you face. No! Those are cute. The answers were as varied as the people on my friends list.

It took about an hour, maybe even a little more, but my Facebook friends and I worked through nearly every pair of glasses on the wall. Round ones, square ones, wire frames, tortie frames, retro 1950′s cat’s eye glasses — you name it and I tried them on and snapped a picture. I really felt bad for anyone who wasn’t shopping with me that day because their feed must have been inundated with crazy pictures of me.

Of course, everyone had a different idea about what was good and I eventually narrowed it down to three pair with the help of my trusty iPhone and 500 of my closest friends. From there it was relatively easy to choose the frames I (and 500 of my closest friends) liked best. They were on the pricey side, slightly rectangular, wine colored frames from Dolce & Gabbana.

I love them.

I have thought a lot about how iPhones have changed our lives. I mean, my husband can go to the store to pick something up and if he isn’t sure it’s right he can send me a picture of it and get immediate feedback. I can take 500 people with great fashion sense shopping with me whenever I need to and get up to the minute advice from fashion experts. Have to choose a new hair color? No problem, just hop online and pose your question.

I think being able to ask advice from so many friends has made shopping much easier and a lot more fun. What do you think?

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Link Round-up: Samoas, a Workout, Fashion Inspiration, and More

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s round-up has a healthy version of Samoas, a workout, fashion inspiration, and more.

A Beautiful Mess gave us an idea for celebrating spring—a sign with flowers.

Blogilates gave us the craziest ab-flattening waist-whittling workout ever.

Alisa Burke gave us fashion inspiration by styling one dress three ways.

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Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make healthy Samoa Girl Scout cookies.

Drawings Under the Table taught us how to make whipped body butter.

Infarrantly Creative showed us a genius measurement conversion chart.

Almost Makes Perfect showed us how to make a DIY copper wood paper towel holder.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Chocolate Covered Katie

Shopping in the Men’s Department Is Fashion Forward

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 by 2 Comments

If you are old enough to remember the original Flashdance you might remember the date scene where Alex Owens (Jennifer Beals) is wearing a tuxedo. Not only did she pull off the look, but it was super sexy, too.

Shopping in the men’s department isn’t anything new. Menswear and menswear inspired looks have been making women look enticing for decades. From strippers to actresses to well heeled business women — there seems to be something magical that happens when we put on a white dress shirt, a tie, or a suit. Instantly irresistible yet very much in charge. Maybe that’s the attraction.

Katherine Hepburn rocked the menswear look, Coco Chanel used it as the foundation for many of her designs, and exclusive East Coast girl’s schools have made menswear jackets part of their uniform for over a century. Maybe it’s time that you got in on this secret weapon of the femme fatale.

There are a few tricks to it. You can’t just waltz into the men’s department at Walmart and pick up a shirt. It won’t work.

Here are the basics —

  • Don’t over do it. One or two pieces will make the look. Too many will make you look like a bad vaudeville act.
  • The first rule of the look is that you have to choose quality. Whether it’s an Oxford shirt or a camel hair blazer, choose something that is classic.
  • Wingtip shoes look great with menswear pants if you have the long legs to pull it off.
  • Almost anyone can wear a suit coat successfully.
  • Crocodile belts with those menswear pants look amazing.
  • Even if you are much too curvy for clothing, you can recreate the feel with a leather tote.
  • Accessories like hats, watches, and ties work with more conservative women’s clothing.
  • Patterns like houndstooth and argyle are always classic.

Have you ever tried the look? How did it work for you.

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When You’re Not Swimsuit Ready Live Life Anyway

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 by 3 Comments

On a recent trip to Florida, I found myself searching the racks for a swimsuit. The trip had been unexpected, so I had no time for the usual I-better-get-into-shape efforts. There I stood shuffling through swimsuits I didn’t really like, and in a body I wasn’t really thrilled with either. In this case, two negatives do not equal a positive.

I’ve read all about being bikini ready and articles that ask who’s judging. The fact is, I was judging myself. I was not bikini ready, and the dressing room mirror stood as my judge. I didn’t want some matronly suit because it fit. I at least wanted a swimsuit that complemented my body. I chose not to buy a suit. I’d just wade along the beach wearing my shorts and if I really wanted to go in, I would.

What has brought me to such a place? Yes, the extra 15 pounds has something to do with it, but could it be the social stigma that has made it difficult to feel comfortable in a normal body?

For instance, I came across a press release from back in April. A plastic surgeon and his dermatologist wife hosted a bikini season prep-event. The press release said, “summer is about revealing yourself and can be dreaded if your body is not ready.” It went on to talk about zapping embarrassing veins and lipo for stubborn areas.

I couldn’t help but feel I’ve been drawn into the ever-allusive perfect body quest, even though I don’t want to be there. Then I thought about my daughter. If I live like that, what am I teaching her by example? It bothered me.

In this day and age when I’m supposed to be comfortable in my own skin, I wasn’t; at least not comfortable enough to wear a swimsuit in public. I decided to break free of the shackles of peer pressure. I went to the store and found a suit. It’s a two-piece tankini style. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it, but that’s okay.

I may never be “swimsuit ready” again in my life, and I’ve decided not to let that stop me from having some fun in the sun. I’ve learned when you’re not swimsuit ready, it’s important to live life anyway.

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Link Round-up: St. Patrick’s Day Snack Inspiration, Candied Ginger, a Watercolor Tote, and More

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has St. Patrick’s Day snack inspiration, a few extra recipes, and more.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for delicious candied ginger.

The Idea Room taught us how to make mint chocolate chip pancakes.

Semi-Sweet Designs shared a cute cookie idea: rainbow pot of gold cookie party favors.

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It’s Always Autumn offered printables featuring C.S. Lewis quotes.

Reasons to Skip the Housework showed us how to make adorable “lucky” treat pouches.

Eating Whole taught us how to make sriracha honey salmon.

Crafts Unleashed showed us how to make a watercolor canvas tote.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and It’s Always Autumn