Fall Fashions

     Summer is once again coming to an end and back to school ads are everywhere.  Summer clothes are on their way out, and the stores are stocking up on knits and boots.  Looking for a heads up on fall trends?  Read ahead to discover this season's styles and get some pointers as to how you can blend some of your summer pieces into your autumn wardrobe.

That 70s Style

    This season we saw hints of the 1970s reincarnated in today's clothing through fringe and flares, and fall will be no different.  Boho silhouettes and loose knits will have you feeling comfy while looking stylish.  These boots are at the top of my must have list this season and they are available in this trend's hottest color, brown.


     Typically neon colors are associated with summer months.  However, clothing this fall incorporates bright neons with neutral colors for just a pop of brightness.  Layer a neon tank underneath a gray blazer for a professional pop or carry a neon handbag to spice up your outfit.  My personal favorite neutrals to pair neons with this season are gray and tan.

Try a new trend.

     If you're looking to explore new fashion options, dabble in  the car wash skirt.  The car wash skirt is the more edgy sister of a fringe skirt.  It can give off a sleek, stylish look in solid black or look super fun in a colorful pattern.  Its texture makes it flattering on any body type.  To get a better understanding of this trend and how to style it, check out this article.  Coats with built in stoles are super trendy this fall and will keep you warm.  The fur around the neck offers the wearer a wealthy, cozy look.  The built in stole has the potential to take your fall coat into the colder winter months as well, allowing you to get more use out of it.

Hosiery is back

     Hopefully you didn't get rid of your patterned stockings from 2010.  They are back and aren't just limited to your basic black pattern.  You'll be seeing a range of colors and designs this season.  This accessory alone can transform an outfit and make it so much more interesting.  Check out this gallery from Fall Fashion Week to see how they've updated this trend.

Star Spangled Style

     Whether you're hosting a Fourth of July cookout or just attending one, here are a few tips to display your patriotism and keep your look sparking from the day well into the night.  The Fourth of July is a holiday where you can do as little or as much as you'd like as far as makeup, accessories and clothing go.  Chances are you're enjoying Independence Day with your friends and family by having a cookout or pool party, going to a parade and watching a fireworks show.  Everything is about fun and relaxing so get your sparklers ready!

Get your freedom face on.

     There are plenty of ideas online for bold, festive makeup looks.  You can find something appropriate for almost any kind of celebration you attend that day whether it includes glitter and stars or something a little more simplified.  Click on this link for some inspiration  For a more discrete look, apply nude toned shadows to your lids and sweep some blue liquid eye liner along your upper lash line.

American accessories.

     Wearing clothing with the American flag on it is a must.  If you don't have anything adorned with the star spangled banner at least opt for red, white and blue.  For just a festive pop, couple a pair of red shoes with an otherwise blue and white outfit.  All American is the way to go so don't be afraid to throw on a flag bandana and some distressed jean shorts.  For some great tips when putting together your Independence Day outfit check out this article.

Patriotic pedi.

     Showing your patriotism goes literally from head to toe.  If you want to add stars and stripes to your nails, the feet are a good place for a busier design.  Keep your fingernails simple with just a pop of glitter or a design on one or two of your fingers.  As long as you stick to the color theme, your nails will be on point.  Search "Fourth of July nails" on Pinterest for some ideas.

Festivity essentials.

     While many of these Fourth of July demands are just for show, there are a few must haves to get you through the day and night.  Daytime essentials include sunglasses and sunblock.  Nobody wants a headache from squinting all afternoon just in time for the bangs and booms of firecrackers.  Sunscreen is always important during the day in the summer, especially on a day like the Fourth where most people are spending the majority of it outside.  To help transition your day celebration into the night you need a hoodie and bug spray.  Temperatures will be dropping and chances are you'll be finding a spot in the grass to sit and watch fireworks illuminate the night sky.  A hoodie or sweater of some sort and bug spray will both help keep you comfortable.

God Bless America!


Radiant Summer Skin

     Summer is finally upon us and chances are you're showing off more skin than you have in the last 6 months.  Here are some tips that'll have your skin looking flawless and radiant for any occasion.

Slather on SPF.

     It's inevitable that you'll be getting some sunshine this summer,  Because your bathing suit isn't protecting your skin from the sun's rays, you should apply your sunscreen in the buff to make sure everything is covered.  And if you're going to be outside for some time, ALWAYS reapply throughout the course of the day!  Don't forget about your scalp or the delicate skin on your lips either.  A spray sunscreen makes it easy to protect your part in your hair and a lip balm with SPF can keep your lips from getting sore and flaky.

Drink up!

     Reservatrol is a powerful antioxidant that has many anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits.  Lucky for us, reservatrol can be found in red wine.  By drinking red wine your body produces a natural sunscreen, but don't let that deter you from applying sunblock.  Reservatrol also has the ability to decrease redness from acute sunburns.

Cool off with a shower.

     After a hot, sweaty day there's nothing like a refreshing shower.  Taking a cold shower, as opposed to a warm shower, decreases acne breakouts.  The cold water also dilates capillaries near the surface of your skin, which invigorates your body. This rush of blood to your skin gives you a rosy and healthy glow.  You can learn more about other benefits of a cold shower here.

Eat some melon.

     In addition to red wine, watermelon is also a natural way to boost your body's SPF.  Watermelon is rich in antioxidants such as lycopene, vitamin A and vitamin C, making it beneficial to anti-aging, as well.  It can even be applied to the skin to help soothe a sunburn.  As they are related, cantaloupe is also antioxidant rich and hydrating to the skin.  It is especially high in vitamin A, which promotes a  healthy glow in your complexion.

Shine bright!

     Shimmer lotion can help highlight certain parts of your body such as your decolletage or your legs.  It also bronzes your skin and camouflages small imperfections.  Although it isn't appropriate for day to day use, it can leave you luminous for a night out with the girls or date night.