Perfect Polish: Watermelon by Essie
I just bought my fourth bottle of Watermelon by Essie. Never in my life have I finished a bottle of nail polish – now four! Watermelon is the polish I always come back to, year after year. Best for warmer weather, Watermelon is cheerful, youthful and flattering on the skin. It can appear many different colors – bright pink, red and almost neon, depending on the light.
Watermelon applies opaque in one coat. I always use two coats for both manicure and pedicure. I find Essie nail polishes super easy to apply. The thin brush promotes control and ease.
If you are looking for a great spring/summer shade that is refreshing and juicy, try Watermelon by Essie.
Spring Shoe: Single Strap
Showcased in many Spring and Fall runways is the single strap heel. Also known as the ankle strap, these shoes are classic, simple and chic.
The ankle strap heel can be found in a multitude of variations. From chunky heels to ornate details, this strappy heel is super versatile and wearable.
I love the simplicity of the single strap. Even in bold and bright colors, the design is classic. This shoe can be worn with everything. Great when wanting to show-off some leg, the small detail makes any pair of shoes slightly more flattering. The strap draws attention to the ankle, the thinnest part of the leg. Thinner = longer in this equation.
Available in a wide array of colors and styles, here are a few of my favorite single strap heels:
Alexander Wang ~ Antonia Sandal: $495.00
Manolo Blahnik ~ Chaos Cuff Sandal: $695.00
Prabal Gurung for Target ~ Ankle Strap Pump: $39.99
ASOS ~ Hollywood Heeled Sandals: $69.83
Current Obsession: Blank Denim White Vegan Leather Skinny Pants
Current Obsession: White Leather.
I am drawn to the crisp texture and clean lines.
First Purchase: Blank Denim’s White Vegan Leather Skinny Pants.
The quality is amazing and unexpected – “pleather” sure has come a long way. The fit is tight, comfortable and surprisingly flattering.
Big chunky sweaters in the Fall/Winter and simple cotton tanks and tees in the Spring/Summer.
If they survive? (white drinks only)
GLOW-T AWARDS: Xen-Tan Absolute Gold
BEST OF THE BEST: Xen-Tan Absolute Gold
Xen-Tan Absolute Gold is my Summer 2012 winner for best self-tanning product. In just one application this self-tanner produces a rich, deep, olive-based tan that lasts.
The luxurious formula contains a color guard made of 24K gold leaf. Usually, I am not a fan of color guards. I believe them to be unnecessary and the reason behind messy application. However, the gold sheen in this product is very flattering and subtle. It dries nicely and does not rub-off on clothing or bed linens.
Enriched with Shea Butter, Absolute Gold is incredibly moisturizing – which is why, I believe, it lasts so long. The rich lotion feels very pampering on the skin and does not stick to stubborn dry patches. It absorbs into the skin very quickly, which cuts out drying time, but forces application to be speedy. The formula contains Xen-Tan’s innovative “Scent Secure” – a ground-breaking technology that blocks out self-tan (DHA) odor. And has a sweet vanilla scent, that reminds me of yummy marzipan.
For an easy, single-application, luxurious-feeling, natural-looking dark tan – you need to try Xen-Tan Absolute Gold.
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5 under $50: High-Low Skirts
A new style trend for skirts this spring/summer features a unique high-low hemline. The high-low hemline, short in the front/long in the back, is like wearing a mini-skirt and a maxi-skirt all-in-one. This playful look shows the perfect amount of skin without being too daring.
This style is uber flattering on any body shape. The asymmetric hemline creates a lengthening effect that instantly makes legs appear longer. Showing-off a little leg can be an effective way to elongate the entire frame.
Styling these skirts is simple. Depending on the color or print of the skirt, it is always safe to coordinate with pared-down basics. Try a simple tee, tank or my favorite – a slouchy grey sweatshirt top. The high-low hemline provides the perfect showcase for this season’s quintessential shoe. Show off your favorite flats, sandals, wedges or booties.
The high-low skirt is available everywhere in a multitude of colors, prints and textures. Here are 5 under $50:
Zara ~ Skirt with Asymmetric Hem: $39.90
Asos ~ River Island Heart Hi-Lo Midi Skirt: $38.27
Express ~ Hi-Lo Hem Maxi Skirt: $49.90
Forever 21 ~ Sheer Floral High-Low Skirt: $19.80
Nordstrom ~ Rubbish – Asymmetrical Circle Hem Maxi Skirt: $42.00
Spring Trend: The Coral Lip
Store-away winter reds and reach for a bright coral. One of Spring’s hottest trends, a coral lip is fresh, vibrant and instantly brightens your complexion.
Surprisingly, coral is a neutral tone, therefore, it looks good on everyone (warm or cool-toned). When selecting a shade that is right for you, the trick is to pick a shade that matches your undertones. If your skin has gold or yellow undertones, a peachier/orange coral will be most flattering. If you have pink undertones, choose a pink or red-based coral. Lastly, to keep the look modern and fresh, try to stay away from shimmers and frosts.
Embrace a coral lip with these six options:
NARS ~ Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Happy Days: $24.00
YSL ~ Rouge Volupté in Extreme Coral: $34.00
Make Up For Ever ~ Aqua Cream in Coral: $23.00
BECCA ~ Beach Tint in Guava: $23.00
Tom Ford ~ Lip Color in True Coral: $48.00
MAC ~ Tinted Lipglass in Sonoran Rain: $14.50
How To: Distressed Jeans
Create a distressed pair of jeans in minutes with the proper materials. This can be done to any old or new pair of jeans, shorts, cargo pants, trousers or jackets. The key is to be strategic with the rips and distressed areas so the item remains flattering and not overly done.
◊ Fabric Chalk
◊ Exacto Knife
◊ Sanding Block
◊ Small Wood Block
◊ Wear jeans – with the fabric chalk draw a line above the knee cap of one leg and on the upper thigh of the other.
◊ Starting with the chalk mark on the upper thigh, with scissors cut two small parallel lines about 2 inches apart (see image 1).
◊ Insert wood block into the jeans and under the cut marks. With the sanding block, gently fray the edges of the outer cut marks leaving a bar of material in the center (see image 2).
◊ With tweezers, loosen and gently pluck-out threads (see image 3).
◊ Move wood block to the chalk mark on the knee. Take exacto knife and cut bluntly. This will create a more naturally distressed look.
◊ With the sanding block, fray the edges (see image 4).
◊ Continue to sand the area to enlarge the opening.
◊ With the sanding block, feverishly rub both the thigh area and below the knee. This will make jeans look “lived-in.”
TIP: Holes, worn-spots and rips can be added anywhere you like. For a more subdued look, keep it simple with strategic placement.
Wish List: Rag & Bone Capri Skinnies Coated Black
Rag & Bone Capri Skinnies are at the top of my Christmas Wish List this year.
Unlike the faux-leather legging of the past, these beauties are simply coated denim. They fit like denim, can be washed like denim, but look like leather.
Comfortable and perfectly constructed, the Rag & Bone Skinnies are incredibly flattering (unlike most faux-leather leggings that make legs look like stuffed-sausages). They can be worn all year, paired with chunky cable-knit sweaters or free-flowing tanks, ankle boots or Converse sneakers. Invest in a pair of Rag & Bone’s this season, you will not regret it.
Mix & Match: Splendid “Marcel” Reversible Bikini
Splendid “Marcel” Reversible Bikini is a great versatile suit for the summer. The pink and navy nautical stripes reverse to solid navy for easy transition.
The plunging neckline and triangle top is comfortable and flattering. String ties create alluring cutouts on the sides of this bikini bottom, insuring a perfect fit.
This changeable swimsuit is fun and flirty. Mix and match, top and bottom for even more options and this will be the only suit needed for a weekend get-away.
Shoe Symmetry: DVF Olivia
There must be some sort of inertia that pulls me towards Diane Von Furstenberg’s new shoe creation each season. The Olivia wedge sandal is my latest obsession.
The architecture of this shoe is crisp and perfectly symmetrical. The wedge design adds comfort and stability. The two-tone feature is subtle and polished and the suede trim provides texture and refinement.
The Olivia is extremely flattering on. The porportions hit just right to lengthen the leg and slim the ankles.
This is a great addition to anyone’s collection, as it can be worn in any season. Paired with a sundress or wide-leg pants, the Olivia will ornament any ensemble.
Sole-Mate: Diane von Furstenberg “Zia”
The “Zia” shoe by Diane von Furstenberg is simplicity at it’s best. This platform heel is modern, sexy and comes in an assortment of different colors.
The criss-cross pattern is extremely flattering and elongates the leg. The 4 1/2 inch heel is surprisingly comfortable as is the soft suede texture and elastic heel strap.
This citron yellow hue will brighten everything it is paired with, from an evening dress to casual romper. I favor any combination intermingling royal blue denim and these lemon-soaked sandals.
Diane von Furstenberg’s “Zia” platform sandal is available in black, camel, fawn, fuchsia, ink, taupe and turquoise. With so many colors to choose from, there is a sole-mate out there for everyone.