10 Ways to Update your Wardrobe

New year, new you! Right? Dress up isn’t just for little girls, update your work wardrobe with 10 easy tips, even the most busiest woman can handle. No need to invest in entirely new wardrobe for the new year (unless that’s how you roll), but rather invest in some key pieces that are perfect for everyday. No fuss=a must for your daily routine.

1. Purge

Okay so this is a no brainer. Get rid of items you haven’t worn in years or are too big or too small. Narrow your wardrobe down to basics, key work pieces, night out items, and pretty much anything else you NEED. Don’t turn your wardrobe into an episode of Hoarders. Donate items that are still in wearable condition. Do this for the rest of the family and you’ll be amazed at what you find!

2. Necklace

 

Costume jewelry is a cute and inexpensive way to dress up your outfit. Or opt for a delicate, simple necklace with a small diamond on pendant that drops right at the collar bone for a classic look. Or pull a Carrie Bradshaw and don your nameplate necklace with pride.  Dig around your jewelry chest, you never know what you may find!

3. Capped Toe Pointy Shoes

The tapered toe may have fallen off fashions radar, but it is definitely making a comeback. They have the unique ability to visually elongate the leg, especially when paired with wide-leg trousers or a sleek pencil skirt. This season metal capped toes are totally in and add an extra oomph to any outfit. Black suede heel with a metal tapered toe is the way to go.

4. Pop Lip Color

 

Stop hiding behind chapsticks and lip balms. Bold reds are great for any complexion, with millions of shades to match. Red is one of the most universally wearable lipstick shades, and it’s a classic way to add both impact and femininity to your look. “In general, reds that are more blue-based are flattering on all skin tones, and they make your teeth look whiter to boot,” says James Boehmer, international lead makeup stylist for NARS Cosmetics. NARS’ Red Jungle  is a great way to go!

5. Oversized style watch

Who doesn’t love an oversized watch? Even the most delicate of wrists can dawn these masculine pieces. Choose the face size based on the size of your wrist. Make sure the face isn’t taking up your entire wrist and you want it to fit nice and snug so it isn’t banging against anything.

6. Fitted Blazer

 

Spend a few extra dollars on a blazer that contours and fits your body perfectly. Black and navy blue are two must haves for every wardrobe. Whether you dress it up with a pencil skirt or silk slack or wear it with jeans, a fitted blazer is one of those essential wardrobe items. Bold and daring? Try a leather blazer.

7. The “It” Bag

Face it women practically live in their bags. From makeup to medicine to random items, our bags hold it all! But lets not treat them as garbage bags! A sturdy doesn’t have to be an expensive one.  Look for one that can be used as a brief case as well, like a shopper, with multiple pockets to keep you organize. Black of course is the way to go, but if you dare try a cobalt blue or a vibrant orange to add some life to any outfit.

8. Silk Pants

 

Nothing screams classy than a beautiful pair of silk slacks. Whether harem or skinny is your style, these are sure to be a fit in your office. Pair with pumps, flats or wedged sneakers for an edgy look. Retire your jeans and try something new! You’ll definitely be more comfortable at work.

9. Delicate studs

Delicate studs + a pulled back up do= classy chic for work or a night out. Need I say more?

10. Retro T-shirt

 

Remember that fitted blazer I mentioned? Well grab an old school tee with your favorite team, band or character and throw it on underneath! With a pair of skinnies and those capped toe heels, you’ll look laid back yet well put together. Oh don’t forget your oversized watch and new work bag! Accessorize according to your preference.

How To: No Sew Pillow Cases

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New year, new beginnings, right? Correct! It may be a little too early for Spring cleaning, but who’s to say your home doesn’t need some freshening up? Not all of us have the budget to completely redecorate our homes for the new year, but there are are few tricks to add a breath of fresh air to your living space. One of our favorites is the No Sew Pillow Case. Yes, you read correctly, “no sew.” What could be better than that? If you’re sewing machine challenged just as we are, this DIY is right up your alley!

What you will need:

  • Standard throw pillow (preferably without any embellishments) 
  • A piece of fabric 3 times as wide plus a few more inches and twice as tall plus a few more inches as the pillow
  • Pinking shears

Steps

Use pinking shears to cut the fabric to avoid fraying.

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Start by folding the bottom half of the fabric to the center of the pillow.

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Then fold the top down to the center.

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Fold the edges of each end as if you’re wrapping a present.

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Bring one side over the top of the pillow. Repeat for the opposite side.

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Tie the ends in a square knot. To tie a square knot you take the fabric over-under then under-over.

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Voila!!

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Images courtesy of organizeyourstuffnow.com.

The Three C’s: Cute, Cozy, and Comfy!

Thanksgiving means rounding up the entire family, gathering with friends, being thankful for all the little (and big) things in life, and eating  to our hearts content! I mean who could pass up all the savory dishes, delicious deserts and TURKEY! But does anyone ever dress “properly” for this feast? I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of wearing the tightest, dressiest, most uncomfortable ensembles on this glorious day. Let’s not have a repeat this Thanksgiving and abide by the three c’s: cute, cozy, and comfy! The gals at Totsy have compiled 5 easy outfits that are guaranteed suitable for any Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too.

1. The Poncho

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This can be easily be paired with tights or skinny jeans (whichever you feel more comfortable in). Boots, pumps, or even ballet flats would be super cute with this look. Make sure to incorporate a dressy, but simple blouse underneath for when it gets to warm. If your poncho has a high neck, focus on accessorizing your arms with a chunky bracelet, or stack a few simpler ones. For a lower neck poncho, a statement necklace will complete the look!

2. The Chunky Sweater

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We all have one those over sized, chunky sweaters in our closets. Now is the perfect time to break it out! Again, using tights or skinny jeans, or even a high waisted skirt, this is sure to be super comfortable. Paired with a sheer blouse and statement necklace, you’re guaranteed a winner. Pumps had even more dress appeal to the sweater. Riding boots would make this perfect for an afternoon Thanksgiving luncheon. For a more defined look, belt it!

3. The Baby Doll Dress

They flow, are loose fitting, and are a perfect go to dress for any gathering. Whether a short sleeved baby doll paired with a blazer for the evening or long sleeved for the afternoon, you’re sure to be comfortable. For the day, boots are the perfect compliment, where as in the evening booties or pumps are perfect. These dresses are so versatile that you can dress them up any which way!

4. The High Waisted Skirt

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As short or as long as you want it, high waisted skirts are a classic way to go for any holiday dinner. Perfect with either a button down or cardigan, dress it up with a statement necklace and stilettos to complete the look.

5. Clean and Simple

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When all else fails, you can never go wrong with tights (or skinnies), an oversized blouse or tunic, and stilettos. Easy, chic, and so versatile. Belt the tunic; throw on a colorful blazer; accessorize to the max; the possibilities are endless! Anyone can easily put this together in a matter of minutes.

Some advice:

  • Try not to wear such form fitting clothes as you will begin to feel uncomfortable during extended periods of sitting.
  • Opt for wider banded tights.
  • Empire waists are great as they give you form, but are loose fitting around the stomach.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Beauty Advice: Getting Rid of Hang Nails

If you’re anything like me, manicures aren’t something that happen everyday. I have tried (once) to take 2 of the boys with me while I get my nails done. Let’s just put it this way, I will never do that again. Even though it actually only took about 30 minutes to get my nails done… it felt like 4 hours for the boys.

Since I need to make solo trips, I usually try to go at least once a month to get my nails done. It doesn’t always happen… but when it does – ahh… perfection! For one week, perfect nails. The other 3 weeks, it’s all me.

The one thing that drives me crazy about nail/hand maintenance are hang nails. Oh, man… I hate them. About 6 weeks ago a friend of mine (thank you, Jill!) recommended I try Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator.

I had been complaining of hang nails long enough, so I figured – what do I have to lose? The only drawback was that the bottle was $20… so, I was hoping (really hoping) it would work.

Well, let me just say. The stuff is incredible! All you have to do is apply a coat to dry nails and you’re done! Melt Away breaks down and softens all of the dead skin cells for gentle cuticle removal… which means there’s no need at all to rip (cringe!). A huge bonus for me – no formaldehyde, no toluene, no DBP and not animal tested.

We don’t have time to get manicured all the time… so if you’re looking for a quick, pick-me-up – definitely worth investing in Melt Away. Your nails will look fresh and clean. And for moms… that’s about all we want.