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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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FLY GIRL- STYLE ON THE FRIENDLY SKIES

You have a decision to make for your inflight wardrobe.

 Dress Dresss to; impress, stay warm or be comfortable?

I like to satisfy all three factors. My #1 priority is to arrive at my final destination without having turned into a chocolate pop at 40,000 feet. My last flight took me from Dayton to a layover in Atlanta with my final arrival being Montego Bay, Jamaica followed by a short taxi ride to Negril. That’s two frigid flights through Midwest morning chill, steamy southern spring, tropical temps and mid-day showers all in the span of 6 hours! Layers are the name of the game.

Here’s my head to toe fly girl look!

I layered a cream light weight sweater over a denim button down shirt. I chose dark denim jeans to channel my style icon Solange.Image

Headwrap- gifted/ Earrings- Kilimanjaro African Heritage/ Sunglasses- Forever XXI/ Cream Sweater & Denim Shirt- Target/ Jeans- J. Crew/ Bag- Dooney & Bourke/ Booties- Bakers/

I started with a chic head wrap for style and warmth. Didn’t your mama tell you heat escapes from your head? Plus I wanted to cover my chunky two strand twist that I styled for perfect beach curls upon arrival.

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It’s a good idea to accessorize with non-metal jewelry pieces for quick navigation of security. These wooden cross earrings are one of my favorite pairs for travel because they don’t set off the metal detectors!

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My booties are easy to slip in and out of during security check points. The Dooney & Bourke duffle is my go to travel bag as it can hold all my carry-on items and laptop with room to spare. My roomy bag also accommodates a pair of flat gold sandals to change into upon landing in Jamaica.

Here are some quick tips for your next flight.

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#1 While you may plan to spend a few hours getting your beauty rest on the flight do not wear your pajamas!

#2 Wear appropriate clothing for every leg of your trip. While your sassy strapless maxi might be a great choice once you land you will surely freeze before the inflight service begins!

#3 You do not want to be the person holding up the security line because you just had to wear every accessory you saw on the last season of Basketball Wives! Use this opportunity to try out friendship bracelets or get a jump on your world walker style with stone or wooden pieces.

Summer travel season is underway. What are you wearing for your next flight?

Ready? Set! Dresss!

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 Hello Ladies and Gents,

Allow me a moment to introduce my very first guest blogger! Please welcome Cristen to READY, SET DRESSS! Cristen is a dear friend who is also my cousin. She is an artist in the purest sense of the word. Her ability to work wonders in make-up, nail art and hair is an innate and remarkable gift. We’ll be seeing more of Cristen around READY, SET DRESSS! so welcome her with open arms!

– Ryan Kelley

Let the party begin right at the tips of your fingers.

•Keep it classic and professional with a sleek french mani.

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•Step out of the box! Add just a little spice to your traditional mani.

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•Achieve pretty picture perfect nails with nude colors and neutrals.

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•Color your party spot to pop or sizzle! Vibrant spring colors make an awesome office friendly statement.

•Get wild! Animal prints are fun for nail art fanatics of any age and great for the weekend!

•You can also add a touch of flair with modest designs.

•Or simple switching just one nail color.

•May your nail party be endless and know that your options are unlimited. Nail polish and nail art don’t have the reputation they used to (i.e. when black was strictly goth, now it’s red carpet chic.) Be chic & sleek, pop or sizzle, get wild or keep it simple. Just don’t be a chip off the old block a chipped nail can sabotage an entire look.

With Love,

Cristen Sudberry

(@crrristen on pinterest & instagram)

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Affordable Accessible Easter Ensemble

I firmly believe that style does not have to break the bank. Affordable fashion is available in droves. Saving money does not have to mean sacrificing style!

 As we all know Target (say it with a French accent Tar-jey) continues to turn out lovely offerings, partnering with some of fashion’s biggest and most recognizable names. I’m still salivating over that blue floral print Jason Wu for Target pleated skirt! We can always count on Target for on trend and on budget selections! For example, my Easter dress this year! I love this frock because of its tiny tribal print and sweet ruffles. Interested to test the water of the mixed prints trend, I wore my favorite printed trench. I chose black suede platform sandals for their texture and comfort and an icy mint green bag for a bit of color.

Trench- H&M

 Dress-Target

 Belt-Vintage

 Shoes-Nine West

 Bag-Forever XXI

 Necklace -Aldo

 Sunglasses- Forever XXI

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A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

@Crrristen captured a few of my favorite things on film.

 

Sunglasses & earrings – Forever XXI

Cream button down top- H&M

Cream belt- Besty Johnson

Gray Purse Alice + Joy (thrifted!)

Jeggings- Target

Orange Peep Toe Pumps- BCBG Girls

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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?

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High heeled shoes are an attitude, a state of mind, a physical manifestation of all things womanly. Every time a lady puts on her heels she is asserting her femininity, proclaiming her womanhood and exhibiting the glory of her form. Heels are a girl’s best friend! Ok maybe she has two bffs, diamonds and heels but heels have been there with her from the dawn of her womanhood, walking the path of maturation with her.

All things considered, thou shall not half step when pursuing the shoe! Three fashionistas show us their shoe game! READY? SET! DRESSS!

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Pam’s top priorities in her personal aesthetic are comfort and style. This makes these two pairs of heels her  favorites choices for casual Saturdays and dancing the night away.

Gray Booties- Target $40

Black Leather Sandals  by Nine West- DSW $50

Pamela , 23 years old

Cincinnati, Ohio

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LaShaunda’s style is sultry with an edge. Her tan thigh high boots put a little extra pop star oomph in her strut. While her shimmering four inch pumps accentuate her height taking her to nearly six feet (which she adds, the men love).

Tan boots –Charlotte Russe $45.50

Navy Glitter Pumps- Bakers $90

LaShaunda, 29 years old

Atlanta, Georgia

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Kerrie exudes chic sophistication in everything she wears. In her shoe closet each pair goes by name. The ladylike leopard pumps, nicknamed “the Eartha Kitts”, are a neo-classic and a must for every woman.  The black leather cuff and pointed heel boast both sexy and sassy on the sandals also known as the Matrix.

Leopard Pumps – Mossimo $29.99

Black Leather Sandals  – Gianni Bini  $89.00

Kerrie 37 years old

Cincinnati, Ohio

SHOE MAVENS!

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Street Chic: JULIA

ImageJulia is a high school senior and a young fashion stunner! Julia’s top is on trend as sheer is the “it” fabric for spring. She keeps it mom approved by layering a dark cami underneath.  The girly sweetness of the top is off set with straight leg jeans and chocolate suede boots for a great Sunday afternoon casual look. My favorite of her accessories are her oversized tortoise shell glasses, they are a part of her every day chic.

Keep up the good werk Julia!

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Tangerine Lipstick!

Images from mydamnblog.com

Solange in her photo shoot for Time Out New York Magazine wears a beautiful shade of tangerine on her lips!

Will you try this bold statement lip color?

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Lip Service

A great lip color is arguably one of the best accessories one can rock. Cristen is sporting a powerful pink pout in Bare Escentuals Pretty Amazing and Birthday Cake!

Keep up with @crrristen on twitter, instagram and pinterest.

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