Style It Up: Go From Drab To Fab With This Season’s Must-Haves

Style It Up: Go From Drab To Fab With This Season’s Must-Haves

puffy scarfAs chillier temps approach, it’s time to update your wardrobe with this season’s most fabulous attire.

Being fashionable doesn’t have to be painstaking or have to cost a fortune.

With a few essential “must-haves” in your closet, you can easily pull off the hottest runway looks in just minutes. Here are a few trends to watch out for this season:

Campus Chic

Collegiate sportswear was all the rage on New York Fashion Week runways.

To look like you’ve just stepped off a college campus, add a colorful rugby or striped cardigan to complement a pair of pleated wool pants with a natural waistline.

Save money by digging into your old coed gear at the back of your closet or in the attic–they’re begging to be revamped and worn! Pull out your favorite long, chunky scarf that you loved to sport during freshman year and match it with a pair of skinny denims, add an oversized knit cocoon coat and embrace the warmth and style of the season.

Back to Basics

Covering up your legs this season is a must. Hosiery is a great way to spice up any outfit. Select from a wide range of patterns and textures to accent your look and choose a neutral color palette such as heather gray, oatmeal or brown.

These colors are perfect to mix and match with other pieces in your closet. Eye-catching leggings or especially opaque tights and hosiery can be worn under a knee-length pencil skirt or a tailored pair of Bermuda shorts. Don’t forget to finish the look with an important “must-have” accessory–a wide, woven belt, cinched at the waist–to give you the chic, trendy look seen in all the fashion magazines.

Designers to Watch

If you are wondering which are the best designers to snag these accessories from, fashion magazines have been touting the work of six, hot, talented designers.

Trendsetters Rodarte, Rag & Bone, Vena Cava, VPL, Hanuk, and Brian Reyes have each won the prestigious Ecco Domani® Fashion Foundation Award, a grant given by Ecco Domani Italian wines to the most promising new designers.

These six fashion designers have made quite a splash at Fashion Week in New York, and by simply incorporating just one or two of their designs into your wardrobe, you can look like a fashionista overnight.

And Jane Cuddehe, the designer behind Scialle Shawls, has really been making a stir in many circles with her hand-made Italian scarves and shawls–they are so luxurious that I couldn’t believe she was selling them for a fraction of the cost celebs pay for similar styles.

Style It Up: Go From Drab To Fab With This Season’s Must-Haves

Bliss Mission: Use Your Rose-Colored Glasses

instaThe phrase “seeing the world through rose-colored glasses” is pretty common, but in case you haven’t heard it before, it means having a positive outlook on life.

Do you know how to use your proverbial rose-colored glasses?

How do you see the world around you? Do you see beauty, love, and happiness all around you, or do you find that the world is less than appealing to you? Do the negatives outweigh the positives for you?

Fact: finding beauty around you, in your every day life, makes for a happier and more self-confident you.

It’s true–and I can personally vouch for it.

For example, I posted this photo on Instagram during a recent snowstorm. Such a simple and every day sight to behold–but breathtaking at the same time. You just have to slow down and LOOK.

Bliss  Mission: Find Beauty All Around You

Today, I challenge you to find beauty all around you in the world.

Find it in the faces of your children or friends, find it in your own back yard or at a local park. Look for beauty in even the most trying times. If you find yourself in traffic, notice the camaraderie you feel with your fellow travelers. Notice the scenery around you, the color of the sky. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, find beauty and be grateful.

I promise you that adopting this habit can only help to increase the joy in your life, and is one more step on your journey to personal bliss. What do you think?

 

Style It Up: Go From Drab To Fab With This Season’s Must-Haves

Does Beauty Need to Hurt?

By Laura Fenamore, Owning Pink

I have a secret.

While it’s true that I care more about women making peace with their bodies than most people, and although I live my life committed to supporting women in liking who and what they see when they look in the mirror, I was one of the first in line to see Sex & The City II when it came out a few years ago.

Seems so shallow to admit that. Let’s face it ladies, as much as many of us love these four characters, they are not exactly representational of most women today – many of whom are struggling to take care of their children while working full time. But while Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda do not represent most women, they do represent something that makes my heart just sing. I fell in love with the characters from the get-go. I literally cried my way through the last episode of the series, and have watched every episode a few times each. The pretend world they occupy feels and looks so glamorous, and I love how they strut around exuding power in a way that feels sincere and effortless.

While I do like to look nice, I am not a shopper and I am not someone who goes crazy about fashion. But whenever I am trying on clothes, I make believe I am Carrie – my favorite character on the show. I am nothing like her, and yet she is my alter ego. I just love how she walks around NYC in her high heels and cool clothes.

My own “Carrie” moment

So yesterday, I am in Banana Republic and I put myself into Carrie mode. I see this pair of heels that are so fun, so cool, and so not me, and yet I had this feeling come over me, and suddenly I HAD TO HAVE THEM! I did not care what they cost, how high they were, how much they hurt – I just had to have them.

I wear a size 10 wide, and it is difficult to find shoes in my size. However, the store had a 10, and on my feet they went. They were too tight and so not right. I said to Michael, the gay guy helping me, “These shoes are so tight, but I want to be like Carrie.”

Michael cracked up. Then he looked at me very seriously and said, “Honey, beauty is painful.”

I said, “You are so right, and it is so unfair.”

Of course I got them. After all, they were on sale.

Does it have to hurt?

I care more about our insides than about how we look. I care about how we talk to ourselves every day, and I want to live in a world where we are less critical and more self-loving. I care more than anything about the obesity epidemic that plagues us, and I care about the fact that we are seduced by the beauty industry. I care that models starve themselves and that “beauty is painful.” Women – myself included – do all kinds of whacky things to make themselves look good at the expense of their health and their soul.

I am passionately committed to these causes. I so want to live in a world where beauty is no longer cruel. But I also have an inner Carrie who, in a perfect world, can still have sexy black high heels. It’s one of those great paradoxes that makes me who I am. I own both parts, and know they’re right. (I just wish the Carrie side didn’t have to hurt!)

What about you? Are you willing to suffer for beauty? Have you suffered long enough? Where along the continuum from inner beauty to outer glamor do you spend most of your time?

Teetering in tight heels,
Laura

Laura Fenamore, CPCCLaura Fenamore's picture
Body Image Mastery Mentor
www.onepinky.com

 

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