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How to Build the Perfect Wardrobe
PLUS Valentine's Day Gift Guide
You head into the dressing room with such optimism. You’ve found a really cute dress (or top or amazing pair of jeans) on sale and you can’t wait to try it on. Then comes the moment of truth. It almost fits. If I just lose 5 pounds, you think, or stand up straighter, or remember to never sit down too fast in this dress. We’ve all been there, talking ourselves into buying things that don’t quite fit. Big mistake! Just take a gander at the back of your closet and estimate how much all those wardrobe bloopers have cost you over the years. The problem is that getting a perfect fit isn’t easy. For starters, you’re probably one size in pants, another in dresses, and yet another in jeans. And don’t get us started on the size and fit differences among brands. So what’s a girl to do? We talked to fashion experts and got their best advice on how to buy clothes that really fit and flatter your body. If you’re talking yourself into buying something that doesn’t quite fit, stop right there! Given how hard it is to find a perfect fit, our friends at ShopSmart have compiled the best tips to ensure your purchases won’t sit at the back of the closet unused for years.
Shoulder Seam. The seam where a fitted sleeve attaches to a shirt or blouse should make a vertical line from the top of your shoulder to your armpit. This keeps the look feminine and youthful, not sloppy or slouchy!
Bust. The fullest part of your bust should be midway between your shoulders and elbows; get fit for a new bra if yours is anywhere below that. (Never underestimate the importance of a well-fitting bra!)
Sleeves. Long-sleeved blouses should stop at the bend of your wrist. Three-quarter-length sleeves are universally flattering in knit tops; they cover larger upper arms and accentuate slim wrists. Sleeveless tops are a great way to show off toned upper-arms, but stay away from cap-sleeve tops if you have broad shoulders (they tend to make you look like a football player).
Length. If you plan to wear a shirt untucked, look for a hem that hits above the widest part of your hips or goes a bit longer to lengthen your silhouette. A hem that ends at the hips tends to make you look a bit boxy.
Dresses and Skirts
Hems. These should stop where the leg naturally narrows, such as just above the knee, where the calf narrows to the ankle, or at the ankle. If they stop at wider points, you’ll look wider.
Bias cut. Dresses cut on the bias skim your body without clinging, and have a fluidity that garment cut with the grain of the fabric don’t have. To find on-the-bias cuts, look for woven dresses that stretch when pulled vertically or horizontally. Also look for fully lined items, which smooth bumps and hide imperfections.
Waistband. Bend from side to side; where you “fold” is your natural waist. Waistbands shouldn’t go above this spot (or you’re into dreaded “Mom jeans” territory). Midrise pants are flattering on most women.
Rise. Crotch placement should match your own (that’s the rise); it shouldn’t sag or ride up. When purchasing cotton, linen or wool trousers, look for pants and that fit just a tad tighter in the store than you want them to. They’ll usually stretch with wear.
Length. Slim, narrow-legged pants should end at the top of your shoes. Wide-legged pants should end about half an inch above your shoe heel in back.
Width. The shorter you are, the thinner your belt should be; wider styles might cut you in half visually. A good guide: unless you’re 5 feet 9 inches or taller, stick to belts no wider than 2½ inches.
Over or under? Skip wearing a belt over your clothes if you have a tummy; you’ll just draw attention to the area. Accentuate your assets: if you’re belting a slim-fitting top or dress, put the belt at your natural waist, which is your smallest point.
Size. You should have room to wiggle your toes, and shoes shouldn’t slip off your heel when you walk. Your heel shouldn’t hang off the back of sandals or slingbacks. If you’re between sizes, go up a size and buy heel liners to get a perfect fit. TIP: Always try on both shoes and walk around in them for a few minutes. If they aren’t comfortable in the store, they’ll never be comfortable!
Well darlings, these tips are a good start to helping you get your wardrobe in gear, and also keeping your wallet happy by not wasting that hard earned cash on clothes that just don't fit right or make you look spectacular! Also, now is the time to snap up a few of spring's absolute essentials, like wedge heel sandals, a floaty skirt and a feminine top, along with this season's hotter than haute denim jacket! After all, looking good is for amateurs, having style is a talent! Let's develop that talent girls!
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Flawless Beauty with Pür Minerals
Be flawless this Valentine's Day with Pür Minerals’ 5 Piece Start Now Kit. Diminish the appearance of fine lines and achieve a naturally flawless complexion. This makeup kit includes:
- Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup SPF 15: This all-in-one foundation, concealer, powder and SPF 15 combines pure mineral pigment with the finest skincare ingredients.
- Pür Minerals Neutral Primer: This skin correcting formula contains key ingredients which minimize the appearance of pores and dark spots for a flawless makeup canvas.
- Pür Minerals Mineral Glow: Give your skin a natural looking sun kissed glow with this premium quality formula.
- Pür Minerals Impact+ Mascara: Lengthen, volumize and curl your lashes while leaving them hydrated and healthy.
- Pür Minerals Chisel Brush: This cruelty-free total coverage brush delivers an effortlessly even application.
Fall in Love with Ann Taylor
this Valentine's Day
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner it’s time to start thinking about what to get – and what to wear!
Whether it’s for a glamorous night out or romantic date night – Ann Taylor is the go-to destination for Valentine’s Day gifts and outfits. From skirts and dresses, to must have heels and sparkly accessories, you can find everything you need for the perfect night & beyond.
Great Gifts for Valentine's Day
Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Aimable- Botanical Cologne of Love
This Valentine’s Day, treat those dear to your heart to an exquisite fragrance experience with Eau Aimable, the Botanical Cologne of Love, from Le Couvent des Minimes. Sparkling and delicious, this floral-fruity blend combines sweet orange blossom, citrus fruits and five beneficial plants to evoke sweet memories. The scent transports you to a springtime stroll through Mediterranean orange trees and conjures the fresh, juicy scent of summer fruits.
ERH1012 deadofnight Perfume Oil Necklace
How about something for yourself? This stunning perfume oil is packaged in a luxe 18kt gold plated necklace. Warm and sensual, deadofnight opens with green top notes. The complexity of the Oudh heart is balanced with light, floral hints of Jasmine and Rose, and finishes with nuanced Sandalwood, Amber, and White Musk. The sophisticated, unique fragrance finishes with a lingering hint of mystical allure. Handcrafted in small batches, the exceptional oil is slowly absorbed into the skin, combining with the wearer to create a deeply personal, unique scent.Featuring a chain allowing it to be worn as a necklace, the 18kt gold plated flower flacon is presented encased in white velvet in a white pearlised box. 1.25 mL
*One 1.25 mL refill included
Hästens Down Slipper Boots
Treat your feet for Valentine’s Day! Cushion your feet with tender, loving care with these warm, indulgent slipper boots, filled with a superior blend of 75% white down and 25% sea bird feathers. Made with 100% cotton, the boots feature a ribbon detail with the Hästens blue check.
Hästens Bathrobe: Give your Valentine a bathrobe fit for a king. Made from premium cotton in a rich, double-cut terry cloth, it features Hästens signature blue check design.
The Children’s Place
From sweetheart graphic tees, love-ly pajamas, and heart-shaped accessories, The Children’s Place has everything you need for your little Valentine.
FOR TWO FITNESS
FOR TWO FITNESS (www.ForTwoFitness.com) Figure-flattering, fashionable and fun exercise apparel brand for mommies-to-be, whether they’re three months along or eight. Their prized tanks feature clever sayings that celebrate this phase of impending motherhood like “Six Pack Abs” (with picture of six baby bottles) and “Cycling For Two” (with picture of a tricycle).
BELLA IL FIORE
Celebrate Valentine's Day with posh accessories from Bella Il Fiore, created to streamline your daily beauty regimen while getting you gorgeous.
Gorgeous glamorous products are wrapped in whimsical packaging that's gift-giving friendly.
Save 25% on these select (mostly) pink gifts for your sweetheart.
Use Code: VALENTINE25 at checkout.
Sexy, Irresistible Valentine's Day Pout
While your red lipstick can make your love find you irresistible, it’s not the most inviting “let’s kiss” shade. To ensure you get that Valentine’s Day smooch, channel the SS2015 runways for a rosey-nude look that no date will deny. Not sure the best shade for you? Elizabeth Arden Global Makeup Artist Rebecca Restrepo shares her date night lip tips.
“The best way to create a sexy pout using a nude lipstick shade is by first using a lip liner that is natural in color. It must match and blend in with the nude shade lipstick. When using the lip liner, make sure to line along the edge of the lips and accentuate the cupids bow. Then, finish off the nude lip with a clear, shimmer or nude colored lip gloss like Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Cameo or Diamond in the center of the lips to give a full sexy pout.”
Make sure to pick the best Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick nude for your skin tone, and choose the best matching Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner here to match.
“For pale skin I love to use Pale Petal. For medium skin I love to use Desert Rose or Breathless. For olive and dark skin I love to use Fig.”
Valentines's Day Styles from Simply Vera Wang
Valentine’s Day lips and hair as smooth as butter!
The most romantic day of the year is quickly approaching and the frigid temperatures can take a toll on smooth skin and silky hair for your beau.
Prepare your lips for the perfect kiss this Valentine’s Day. Cue the new Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick. With one swipe, dry, cracked ridges melt into buttery, soft lips with a beautiful wash of color. In fact, 98% of women felt lips were instantly hydrated upon application. The perfect Valentine’s kiss is yours with irresistibly smooth lips, brought to you by Almay.
This highly emollient, creamy lipstick contains a complex of hydrating ingredients including jojoba and coconut oils as well as vitamin E. Available in 12 shades, Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick offers the ideal pink, berry, red and nude for light, light/medium and medium complexions. As with all Almay products, this formula is pure and hypoallergenic.
The winter winds not only affect your lips but also your hair leaving strands dry and brittle. Get the perfect date night hair color with any of the four NEW shades of Revlon Luxurious ColorSilk Buttercream: Ultra Light Natural Blonde, Light Copper,Deep Burgundy, and Light Iridescent Brown.
This ammonia-free, permanent cream hair color has been reformulated to incorporate argan oil into its award-winning formula. Argan oil is known to help enhance the hair’s shine and radiance and works with the hair color’s Triple Butter Complex of mango, shea and coconut butters, providing exceptional moisturization, manageability and smoothness to hair. Additionally, users will now also benefit from double the amount of conditioner for a two week post-coloring conditioning booster.
Deborah Lippmann Introduces
NEW Spring 2015 Collection
During NYFW S/S 2015, Deborah Lippmann previewed shades from her new WHISPER collection and helped set the top trends for spring. Find serenity with these sheer, light colors that are clean and understated, yet modern and refined. As easy to apply as they are to wear, all four shades float over the nails with effortless elegance. Explore your softer side and see how Deborah nailed down these shades this season...
A New Kind of Nude: “Nude has always been young, fresh, and sophisticated. We are enhancing this classic and pushing the boundaries of our creativity by playing with contour, shape, texture, and finish.” - Deborah Lippmann
Standout shades as seen at Badgley Mischka: Chantilly Lace, Misty Morning, Like Dreamers Do
Mannequin Matte: “To create something unexpected, matte top coats were seen across the runways as a way of adding texture to the nail looks. In combination with paler flesh-tone colors, it can create the illusion of a mannequin like hand.” - Deborah Lippmann
As seen hot off the runway at Theory and Donna Karan: Like Dreamers Do
Love for a Cause: Fashion Accessories by Must Jewelry & Headbands of Hope
Make an impact this Valentine's Day by featuring a fashionable brand that gives back.
Must Jewelry commits to continues to strive towards ending ALS through a brand-new Ice Bucket themed line using their finest silver, gold and diamonds. Twenty percent of all sales go directly to the ALS Association, which is more than 65% of profits. The Ice Bucket line retails for $125 and has men's and women's products.
Headbands of Hope is an American-made, socially-responsible headwear line that comes in a variety of styles and almost all colors. For every headband purchased, one is donated to a child with cancer and $1 is donated to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. Headbands retail from $9.75 to $250.
Get Gorgeous This Valentine's Day
A lot goes into looking gorgeous for Valentines Day. Look and feel your best with these beauty essentials from Krigler, Pür Minerals, Tammy Fender Holistic Skincare and Soap & Paper Factory.
||Krigler Manhattan Rose 44: Smell irresistible with this clean, warm and sheer fragrance. Roses from Beacon and Grasse and fragrance notes of violet and musk make this fragrance romantic and invigorating.
||Pür Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks and Big Look Mascara: Make a statement this season with a bold lip and eyes that pop. Achieve maximum color and shine with deep, bold shades like Berry Pretty, Rum Raisin and Game Day. ($16, PurMinerals.com) Get maximum volume with this game-changing formula with Argan Oil that nourishes, smoothes and colors the lashes. ($20, PurMinerals.com)
||Tammy Fender Epi-Peel: Rejuvenate and revitalize your skin instantly with this five-minute exfoliator, mask and peel in one. Enriched with Hibiscus and Grape Seed Oils, this peel relieves irritation, promotes circulation and removes toxins from the skin. ($80, TammyFender.com)
||Soap & Paper Factory Tin Candles: Fill your home with sweet scents this Valentines Day with Soap and Paper Factory Tin Candles. Our sweet candle tins are made wtih 100% pure soy wax and are offered in a wide variety of beautiful fragrances!! The chic tins are able to reseal, so they are great for travel!
Pamper Yourself This Valentine's Day
Whether you have a significant other in your life or not, share this day with someone special, even if that special someone is yourself. Light a romantic candle, put on some red lipstick, bat your eyelashes or style your hair a new way. There’s no need to feel down on this day of love!
C.O. Bigelow Home Fragrance Collection
C. O. Bigelow’s finest fragrances, now available in specialty crafted candles. A curated collection of scented candles from America’s oldest apothecary, C.O. Bigelow. For generations, C. O. Bigelow has been providing premium customized healing formulas and personal care remedies. Now, the famed apothecary’s dedicated chemists have created nine scented candles inspired by many of the brand’s most popular personal care items. With a proprietary blend of waxes and lead-free wicks, the candles are specially designed to ensure even melting. Made with the highest quality oils, these high quality candles bring a sense of refinement to any home.
Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Color
High-impact color with a glossy finish. Get ready to cause some trouble with Rimmel London’s new Provocalips, an exclusive two-step lip color for a kiss-proof, smear-proof pout. Step one: Apply bright, bold color and allow to dry. Step two: Lock it in with the glossy topcoat for incredible shine and moisture. Be as fun, flirty, and fearless as you dare—your lips won’t leave a trace.
Rimmel London Wonder’lash Mascara with Argan Oil
Amp up the volume with your smoothest, boldest eyelashes yet The latest lash breakthrough is here. From Rimmel, you can get the Moroccan Argan oil your hair loves in a Rimmel mascara with new Wonder’lash Mascara with Argan Oil. Condition lashes and break through clumps for full, smooth volume.
KMS California FREESHAPE hot flex spray
Unlimited heat styling without the damage. This spray provides maximum shaping and elastic hold. Styles last until the next wash.
World's Most Fantastic Craft Blog:
The Sassy Pepper
You have got to check out The Sassy Pepper Blog! Created by the amazing team of Pepper and Sassy, two very stylish young mommies with amazing abilities in regard to all things DIY, the Sassy Pepper Blog is filled with wonderful ideas for creating, decorating and repurposing to make your life easier, your little darlings more adorable and your home more stylish.
From making sweet skirts out of daddy's shirts to creating an orchid terrarium or making basil mint lemonade, your sure to be as amazed and thrilled by the ideas in this blog as me! Check it out today — you'll thank me tomorrow!
Check out one of their latest projects — mini wall art tutorial: turning a blank canvas into a great backdrop for your displays. Step-by-step instructions along with photos will take you through the process, proving just how easy it is to be a DIY expert!