Category Archives: How To Wear

Lippie Love: I’m Ryan Kelley and I’m a lipstick lover.

As you may well know I’m kind of obsessed with lipstick. If I haven’t said it enough lip color is the perfect accessory. Your lippie makes your entire look live and breathe!

A basic nautical striped dress goes from sweet to sassy with a swipe of Kaior Harlem Knight.

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Style Secret: For a statement lip color, a matte texture

trumps a glossy sheen. Less is more.

Glam up your girls night look with an electric pink shade. Milani offers their Violet Volt and NYC serves up a similar shade in #405 Blue Rose.

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Style Secret: If the voltage on the electric pink is a bit too high, temper it with a dark pink or nude lip liner.

Experiment to find the perfect nude for your complexion. Ladies with deep skin tones like mine, give Milani’s Teddy Bare a shot. Nude looks boast major beauty in both matte and gloss.

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Style secret: Going for a bold eye? Nude lips give balance.

Wanna be on trend for fall? Try dark, vampy lips. I’m going insane for Black Radiance’s #5023A and #5023B. A is reminiscent  of chocolate covered cherries while B is more like a dark chocolate.

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My lippie love story is an ongoing affair. What are your favorite lipsticks? Are you trying new shades?

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GO ‘HEAD… SWITCH THE STYLE UP

Planning to let loose after work? Why not gather up the girls for a few happy hours? No need to go all the way back home to change out of your business suit (or wrap dress, oxford and pencil skirt) to alter your look. Start off with shedding your blazer and loosening just a couple of buttons on your oxford! Accessories are agents of change. Take full advantage of the opportunities they afford to transform from posh professional to party perfection. Switch your style up by swapping your bag, shoes and jewelry.

The first order of business is to drop that huge briefcase/laptop bag/tote/catch-all and opt for a sleek clutch. As gorgeous as your lap top bag might be, there is no room for it at happy hour! You and your bag could become public enemy #1 & #2 if it happens to whack someone’s Mai Tai.

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Clutch- BCBC Max Azria

(Tip: For a very on trend look carry a clutch in neon or animal print.)

Your work pumps are already unquestionably fly so leave them on!  The basic pump is a gorgeous back drop for a pair of heel condoms. That’s right, heel-condoms. Opt for dainty detail in lace, a bold bloom or flirty feathers. Clearly heel condoms have chameleon appeal that pleases personal style and fiscal fitness.

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Your work jewelry will not shine at cocktail hour! Cocktail rings are increasingly popular and available in a variety of price points. YSL Arty Ring Collection is lust worthy while Forever XXI and H & M have affordable offerings. Exchange your standard studded earrings for a dangling, sparkling pair.

With these quick change tips you can arrive to happy hour fashionably early! Ready, Set, Re-Dresss!

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 Edited by Cheryl Y. Hunt

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From Cool Blue Jean Jacket to Haute Denim Vest

My denim jacket is a national treasure! Like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, its appeal never gets old. It also gets a lot of frequent flier miles because it’s spells cool in any country.  It’s a piece I love to wear over spring dresses or along with my neon jeans. I was elated when I ran across one on a vintage shopping adventure for less than $3!  This specific denim jacket was a stand out because of its collarless detail. Of course in my enthusiasm, I snatched it from the rack without following one of my own Seven Steps to Successful Vintage Shopping. (Cue the melancholy tune from violin quartet.)

 I didn’t try it on.

When I got home and tried the jacket on, I discovered the sleeves stopped two inches from my wrists.

I’ll just roll the sleeves.

Rolled sleeves worked for a few looks and gave my favorite colorful printed beaded bracelets the chance to take center stage.

Then EUREKA! After seeing my fellow blogger, Anuschka Rees in her denim vest I knew my jacket’s fate! My denim jacket was about to graduate to a new level of chic. Gone were those pesky sleeves, holding my jacket back from its full potential, to live it’s moment in the sun as- a denim vest!

You Can Wear a Denim Vest!

– Over a mini body con dress with flat t-strap sandals for a casual cute day look.

-With a midi or maxi skirt and a silk blouson tank for brunch with the girls.

-With a sporty tee and denim skinnies for an easy weekend look.

(Tip: When wearing denim twice, pick two very different shades in the fabric. Try a light shade on your vest and skinnies in a deep indigo shade)

-Over a chiffon asymmetrical dress to mix tough and tender for a flirty date night look.

Here’s how I wore my denim vest for a day of errands.

How will you wear your denim vest?

READY SET DRESSS!!

Edited by Cheryl Y. Hunt

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WHAT TO WEAR TO WORSHIP SERVICES

On the cusp of so many religious holidays you must carefully consider what you should wear to your house of worship. It’s a safe bet to leave your form-fitting pencil skirt and six inch stilettos in your closet. But don’t shy away from your personal style. Be true to your style sensibilities and tap into the modest maven inside you!

 

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You look Heavenly

The calf grazing midi length is very appropriate and fashion forward as well as the floor sweeping maxi. Skirts in these lengths look great with a well-tailored oxford shirt or a luxe t-shirt. Tuck the shirt into your skirt and add a wide or medium width belt. For more personalization try mixing prints. (Tip: Keep both the print of your skirt and shirt in the same color family and about the same size.) Take a page from the FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States, come on, keep up!) and try a cap sleeve sheath dress or a classic shirt dress. Color choice is paramount on dresses of these shapes; opt for a hue that best complements the beautiful skin tone God gave you.

 

 

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Be pleasing in God’s eyes

Employ your accessories to further personalize your look. A striking hat is perfect with a simple chic dress (think Kate Middleton). I beg you, puh-leeze keep your look modern! Do not match your hat, shoes and/or belt; let them complement one another in shade and texture!  If hats don’t tickle your fancy try a pair of statement earrings or necklace. Keep your piercings down to one understated pair of earrings, and pick a great watch or a few bracelets.  And how about we cover that dragon tattooed shoulder and save it for the beach. If the locale calls for covered arms go for a ¾ length sleeve on your shirt or dress, drape a printed pashmina over your shoulder or sport a Chanel inspired jacket.

 

Cleavage Control

The main focus for worship service should not be your plunging neckline or your fishnet hose. If a certain piece gives your doubt, or stands too far out, you probably shouldn’t wear it. They have their place, and that place is Friday night. However for worship services, you want your look to whisper polished and refined while it still signs your signature.

You see, worship wear can be respectful, colorful and fun.

Praise the Lord!!!

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Edited by Cheryl Y. Hunt

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SPRING SUEDE Q & A

Q:Should I purchase these suede pumps now that it’s spring?

-Cris

Cincinnati, Ohio

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A: Purchase? Yes. Wear? Wait.

Don’t hesitate to buy the suede pumps! I’m sure they are on sale at this point so snatch them up and store them until fall. I would not suggest banishing suede from you spring wardrobe! Your looks can still benefit from the rich texture of suede through spring.  Consider purchasing suede sandals in pops of brilliant color or neutrals like tan, ivory or navy.

Here are some great shoes in suede that you can wear right now!

Target’s Mossimo Petene Heeled Sandal $29.99

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Steve Madden Warden $99.95

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Ash Colorblock Cork Wedge $235

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Giuseppe Zanotti Two Tone Color Block Swirl Sandal $1150

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Jump Start Your Style With Accessories!

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You can elevate and personalize any look with the proper placement of a few complimentary accessories! Let’s start with a simple white t shirt and straight leg blue jeans, essentially a blank canvas ready to be transformed into a Jacob Lawrence master-piece!

Now, take a chic scarf tied in a loose knot below the collar bone for a sophisticated and polished look. Add a nicely tailored boxy blazer for a nod to the classic 50s silhouette.

That white t shirt has nine lives, so top it with a huge, colorful statement necklace that whispers globe trotter chic; think a midriff sweeping layer of necklaces in gold or an exaggerated collar boasting beads feathers or carved or wood! Temper this look with an athletic anorak in navy or army green and studded gym shoes (i.e. Giuseppe Zanotti – to die for!).

There are two important factors to shop by when searching for accessories. Always pick items that speak to your own personal style. If you don’t love it don’t buy it! You won’t wear it! Also remember not to go too “Ga-Ga”  and over accessorize, you want to make a statement, not be pronounced insane. You must maintain balance! Sure, go ahead, pile on the bangles in various shades and textures but let them be Diana Ross and all the other accessories act as The Supremes.

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HAVE A FLING THIS SPRING…with COLOR!

Spring trends call up beautiful pastels; cool blues, oceanic greens and rosy pinks. How do you wear and pair these beauties for everyday fashion fabulousness? Take inspiration from the color wheel, nature and from the color in question itself!

The Color Wheel

The color wheel can be your best friend for finding interesting color combinations without reinventing the wheel, pun intended. Colors directly opposite each other play well together as well as colors directly next to each other. The possibilities are endless with the vast pairs and quads of colors mixed and matched on the wheel. Consider using two sets of colors opposite each other on the wheel for expert-like blend.  The result, an unlimited wheel of fashion fortune!

Mother Nature

Ahhh, Mother Nature! The end all and be all when it comes to color. Envision the landscapes of fall, pale yellows dance next to deep orange and gold tones. The Wild West desert where icy blue burst from taupe under and hints of yellow shimmer down onto the scope of things. Need I mention the boundless muse of the Caribbean islands with it’s under water world posing in steely purples and minty greens? So come on! Don’t be afraid wear some of Mother Nature’s colorful palate, it’s only natural.

Keep It in the Family

The color family that is… I love spring’s fresh periwinkle blue complemented with navy and silver. Take any color and make a head to toe ombre effect going from a light shade to a rich shade of the same color. Or make it a family affair with a look full of neutrals. And if all the spring color has you overwhelmed tans and nudes are uber chic when combined.

All in all the newness and excitement of spring fashion and the emerging of color should spur your fashion creativity and sensibilities. You should be running from the cave of your comfort zone to the warmth of the season’s bright and ladylike colors and shapes!

READY…SET…DRESSS!

Edited by Cheryl Y. Hunt

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