Fashion Blogger Crush: Wendy Nguyen, Wendy’s Lookbook

Fashion Blogger Crush: Wendy Nguyen, Wendy’s Lookbook

Voucher codes UK blogger swap shop party“My professional inspiration has no separation from my personal inspiration: it is people who will stop at nothing to make a positive difference to other people’s lives. I am fortunate to come across quite a few of these game-changing people, and the desire to help (and keep up with them!) is what drives me.'” ~Richard Branson

Ok, people. Here it is. As a blogger, I’m a freaking pro. I’ve been professionally blogging (and personally blogging) since 2005–heck, I own a company that can thank blogging for a good majority of business–whether directly or indirectly.

So what I’m saying is, I know blogging (I’ve even been known to blog about blogging, no kidding). But when it comes to fashion blogging, specifically, I’m kind of a newbie. Not going to lie. While I’ve always loved fashion and style, I only recently began to dabble in the fashion blogging world–so be gentle with me, huh?

Anyhoo, in case you wondered, I am the kind of person who, when she’s interested in something, does her research, and who sort of teaches herself the ropes from the inside out. Part of my little self-led fashion-bl0gging study includes following amazing style bloggers with huge followings. Why? Because they’re doing something right–but not because I want to imitate them–I know who I am and I’m totally ok with it. It’s because I am inspired by them.

That’s why I’m starting this new feature–and, bonus for you, it’ll introduce you to some of the most amazing fashion bloggers on the ‘net. I’m calling the series “Fashion Blogger Crush,” but for the record, there are no sexual undertones intended–I just get bloggy crushes on really great bloggers sometimes. Kind of like how a musician might get a musical crush on another artist if they dig their style, for example.

But I digress. Please allow me to introduce my very first FBC.

Fashion Blogger Crush: Wendy Nguyen, Wendy’s Lookbook

“I find inspiration in art, nature, culture, architecture, food, people, and music. And for me, fashion is a compilation of all that. Fashion is a vehicle for me to play with shapes and colors in order to uncover my personal style.” ~Wendy Nguyen

screenshot of wendyI’m starting this series with a blogger who was introduced to me by Jane Cuddehe, the owner and creative mind behind Scialle Fine Shawls. This blogger happens to be Jane’s very favorite–her own fashion crush, as it were.

Naturally, I was curious, and once I caught a glimpse of Wendy’s gorgeous looks (both personal and styled) and her simple but fabulous blog (not to mention her crazy-huge following), I was in love. And her friendly, down-to-earth writing style is just the bow on the already perfect package Wendy’s Lookbook offers.

I wrote about her today over at Examiner.com because I discovered a really useful YouTube video she created called 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf. Here’s an excerpt.

If you love fashion, you’ve probably heard of Wendy Nguyen, the well-known blogger behind Wendy’s Lookbook.

After a lot of brainstorming and story-boarding, Wendy and her beau “Mystery Man” released a new video that could change your whole fashion life–it’s called 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf.

It’s such a classic look that it is nearly timeless.

“The Infinity vs. DIY Infinity
The difference is very subtle – the first fold. The Infinity is folded along the diagonal while the DIY Infinity is folded in half, horizontally. The Infinity starts off as a triangle, whereas the DIY Infinity begins as a rectangle. It seems like a trivial difference, but due to the shape, the Infinity fold works best with square scarves whereas the DIY version can be pulled off on thicker longer scarves. Also, because of the different starting shapes, the way the scarves drape are also slightly different. I wanted to include both in case people had trouble with the Infinity fold on their scarves, but due to the speed of the video, the first step was a bit harder to convey

There are actually a lot of ways in which you can wear scarves and shawls. You need not stick to the usual neckpiece or bandana anymore as with these tricks, your scarf can become your favorite accessory in no time at all.” ~Wendy Nguyen

And check this out–here are a few more fun ways to wear a scarf, courtesy of fashionista and Scialle Fine Shawls owner Jane Cuddehe.

So am I alone in my love for Wendy? Absolutely not. In addition to Jane, Wendy’s got LITERALLY hundreds of thousands of fans.

Hats off to you, Wendy! Keep up the amazing work. We love your style!

Who else loves Wendy? Let me hear it!  And what other fashion bloggers do you love? Maybe I’ll feature one in an upcoming post! Share your thoughts, feelings and experiences in the comments section, below! And don’t forget those blog links.

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Blissful Style Guide: The Right LBD for Your Budget

Blissful Style Guide: The Right LBD for Your Budget

lbdfromkmart“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” ~Karl Lagerfeld

Listen up, ladies. You need a little black dress in your wardrobe. I don’t care if you’re a factory worker who rarely has occasion to dress up–you never know when you’ll need to attend a special event, go on a date or even just dress up for the holidays or a fancy family get-together.

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Blissful Style Guide: How to Find the Perfect Little Black Dress Within Your Budget

Here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way for finding the right little black dress to fit your budget.

Shop the sales: Since a little black dress is a timeless piece that can be easily dressed up or down for nearly any occasion, there’s nothing wrong with hitting clearance sales, especially through the online venues.

For example, I purchased the dress I’m wearing in the photo to the right at KMART.com from the Sofia Vergara collection and absolutely love it!

And it was on clearance. (Worth mentioning: since I got such a deal, i also picked up the same dress in an alternate, trendier orange color.) For the record, I also love NoMoreRack.com for stuff like this.

Need labels carefully: Listen, as the proud  owner of several “real” designer handbags, most of which were second-hand (and a few hand-me-downs), I totally feel you on the need to have “real” labels.

Sometimes, you need a label–but MOST times, a label is a luxury that may not be necessary.

For example, if you wanted to dress down your look with a shawl or scarf, you could consider one of these options based on your budget.

High-End* Option: Hermes Paris Broderie Hermes Stole

Hermès

Retail Price: $1,025.00

*Awesomely luxurious, but I can’t say I’d ever spend this much on a scarf, even if I was loaded–but I include it for people who can and will choose the higher-end options when they’re available.

 

 

Upper Echelon Option: Jill SanderStole in Cobalt

 

Retail Price: $448

(Current Sale Price: $315)

 

Mid-Range* Option: Faliero Sarti Oblong Scarf

Faliero Sarti Oblong Scarf - Scarves - Barneys.com

Retail Price: $235
*Slightly lower quality but worth the price for a one-season wear.

 

Best Bang for Your Buck*: Scialle Large Unito Royal Blue Scarf

Large UNITO Royal Blue ScarfRetail Price: $185
*NOTE: I consider this one the “best bang for your buck” because the quality matches even the Hermes scarf listed above, but the fact that the company’s not well-known yet means the label can’t drive up the price.
Woman Fashion Lady Cobalt Blue Long Crinkle Soft Chiffon Wrap Scarf Stole Shawl
Retail Price: $4.99
*I found this pretty chiffon wrap on eBay for less than $5 with free shipping. Only concern: quality is lacking.

 

How do you choose the right little black dress for your budget? Share your thoughts and experiences (and your relevant links!) in the comments section, below. 

 

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Handbags: High-End, Mid-Range and Low-End

A wardrobe isn’t complete without stylish handbags to fit every mood and season. One way to add a touch of elegance to your wardrobe is with designer luxury handbags. designer handbag styles are exquisite and the fabrics are sumptuous. The various types of design work allow you to express your personality and taste in fashion through your purse.

Whether you shop online or at a local retailer, you’ll notice there are many shapes and styles of designer luxury handbags. The handbags may look similar to other types of handbags in shape and size, but often reflect amazing quality with the use of real leather materials or even exotic animal leathers that aren’t found just anywhere. You might see designer purses made with real crocodile skin, python snake skin, or even ostrich skin! These exotic purses often have exclusive designs that will turn many heads as you voyage on an evening out or if you carry the purse as you do everyday tasks.

Styles to choose from include classical, evening, office or workplace, fashion, and elegant. There are shoulder bags, wide handbags, tote bags, clutches, and professional bags for men or women. No matter what type or size you’re looking for, the quality and look and feel of designer luxury handbags will cause you to crave more and more styles and colors to blend with every outfit and occasion.

Prices for designer luxury handbags made with real skin leather often range from $600 to $1200. To save money on crocodile skin handbags, look for “realized” leather that has been created using the ligator process, which blends natural fibers of crocodile to create a skin similar to real crocodile skin while saving you dollars on the final price tag.

Look for Handmade Quality

Even with the various types of skin leathers used with designer handbags, they can be hand-painted with bright colors in gorgeous shades of blue, brown, light green, orange, and red. If you want a really unique design, shop online for designer luxury handbags that are 100 percent handmade in Italy. You’ll find high-quality purses with creative designs that will amaze all your friends at social gatherings.

But wait! Before clicking that online payment button, read the designer purse descriptions very carefully. Handmade purses should be made with care and with a very unique process to ensure fine quality. Examine the quality of the straps, zippers, and stitching. Also, look for interior materials such as real leather or real calf skin for the handbag’s lining. Be sure the website offers photos of the purses or bags from various perspectives so you’ll have a good idea of what you’re getting.

If you really like the elegant look and feel of designer luxury handbags, you might even want to start your own business selling these amazing bags. Some retailers will offer wholesale handbags as well so you can easily get started with your own business. It’s a great way to earn a part-time or full-time income.

Look for websites that offer fashion accessories and handbags that are made of extremely high quality. These handbags also make excellent gifts for Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day, or anniversaries. By shopping wisely, you’ll soon be able to adorn every outfit with your own collection of designer luxury handbags!

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Fashion Blogger Crush: Wendy Nguyen, Wendy’s Lookbook

Are Designer Throws Worth the Money?

Note from the editor: I’m the first to admit that sometimes, a bargain buy is a better bet than a designer buy. Trendy items that will fade out within a month or two, for example, aren’t a worthy buy for me. But some items are less seasonal and more versatile, especially things like designer throws. Find out why Scialle Shawls owner Jane Cuddehe says designer throws are the way to go, right here.

Reasons Owning Designer Throws are Worth the Investment

Cushy Lounge Super Sectional Set + Base

But really, is it worth your money to own one or more designer throws? The answer is a big YES, and below are the reasons why:

1. You get to enjoy a throw with timeless style.

If there’s one major difference between mass produced and designer throws, that would be the lasting effect. A typical throw may look old and withered over time, while a designer counterpart may last for years and changing fashion trends without looking off.

This is because designer patterns and styles are made with a touch of strategy. The people behind these covers make it a point to come up with patterns, color layers and other details to make them last for years in the fashion world. With this kind of design, you are able to hold on to one throw and establish a signature style without pulling too much effort.

2. Designer throws last longer-literally.

Another important reason to own such a throw is that you are able to enjoy its durability for many years. Most designer scarves, stoles, and throws are made with high quality materials, so that even if they look and feel delicate, they do not easily tear apart.

Most branded throws are low maintenance; this means you can wash and keep them without using special products and procedures, and still their beauty and durability will linger throughout time.

3. Designer throws help you save money.

If there’s one mistake most fashionistas commit, that would be buying more scarves, throws, and shawls every time the fashion trends change. This only makes them spend more, albeit unnecessarily. You don’t want to commit the same blooper, right?

It would then be a better move to purchase one or a few branded throws in one blow, and from there you get to use them according to your own preferences. Sure, spending for these throws can be expensive, but you are saved from buying more and more throws in the future, as you are already settled with what you already have.

4. You have an ultimate status symbol.

Designer throws are a favorite status symbol of many homeowners, particularly those who are aiming to add a touch of class in their living room. Since throws can be used as covers for sofas and center tables, you can place one as an adornment to your favorite couch.

Having such a throw on your sofa gives the impression that while you may not be after the latest fashion trends, your home (particularly your living room) is able to channel a classy, timeless, and ever stylish look.

When shopping for designer throws, you may want to go with a name that matches your character and style. This way you are able to live up to its designs and not simply follow the brand.

*This post was syndicated from ScialleShawls.com with permission. Visit Scialle Shawls on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

Switch Up Style: One dress + two scarves

Switch Up Style: One dress + two scarves

Ever wonder how to.get the most bang for your buck when it comes to little black dresses…or any other classic piece?

Challenge Accepted: 5 Looks, One Dress

Thanks to a challenge from a certain fashion skeptic I know, I came up with five different looks for one dress, thanks to simple accessory changes.

So, I have this really simple black dress.
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(My 6-year-old is my photographer, as you may have guessed based on her prop choices.)

If I throw my hair up and add my lovely new Scialle scarf (the large Unito in red), it’s a whole new look.
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Switch up the scarf by wrapping it around your bodyand you’ve got a whole other look. Maybe a little more formal.
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And check out what happens when I add another Scialle scarf in black and white. So many possibilities.

In this case, I wrapped the Wool Challis Chevron- Paisley Panel Black & White Scarf around my waist twice and tied it into a knot to create a sort of wrap around skirt. By placing it under the dress and adding flats and leggings, as well as changing up the jewelry it gives the dress a more boho look.
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And here, I just tied the scarf the same way but on top of the dress. I think this changes the look so significantly in a single switch that it’s worth noting.
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And for my final trick today, the same scarf and dress with different hair, jewelry and drape adds yet a other almost completely different look.

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Now…honestly, I.could probably come up with 150 more looks with accessories alone.

So, next time you think you’ve nothing to wear, think again. Tradition is great.but it rarely invites innovation.

What are your favorite ways to switch up your looks? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section, below.

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