Out with the old, In with the new

     It's the start of a New Year, and as they say, "All things must come to an end."  Some trends just weren't meant to see the light of 2016.  Although we still like some of these trends and find them flattering, change is always good.  We're here to help you decide what to retire, what to upgrade and what to keep.

Contour No More

     2015 was the year of contouring.  Many makeup brands debuted their own matte contour kits.  However, along with a fresh year comes a fresh face and lighter foundations with some shimmer are encouraged.  This year makeup isn't about shaping your face,  it is about getting a natural, dewy look.  Still looking to make a statement?  No worries,  bold lips are sticking around for the new year and have maintained their popularity so get rid of those contour sticks and stock up on the lipsticks.

Peace Out, Pastels!

     Last year it was the norm to see a variety of hair colors ranging from gray to copper to bubble gum pink.  This year the natural shades are back and better than ever.  In 2015 "bronde," a combination of blonde and brown, made its debut and became a hit.  This year we are getting introduced to "ronze," a mixture of bronze brown and copper.  Try searching "ronze hair," "baby lights," or "balayage" in Pinterest for some hair inspiration.


     One trend that surprised many of us in 2015 with a comeback was overalls.  Short overalls, unbuckled overalls...whatever went!  Overalls should have been left in the 90s, the least that we can do at this point is bury them with the new year.  Replace them with their more chic cousin, the jumpsuit, or even its little sister, the romper for those warmer days.  They've both been growing in popularity the last couple of years and continue to shine bright in 2016.  Feeling nostalgic?  Embrace a jean jacket, crop top, or a choker for a 90's vibe.

Clean out those closets, let go of the past and keep moving forward!


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.

A healthier, happier you

     Summer may be on its way out, but it's never too late to get started on your beach bod.  Maybe you're even getting a head start on your figure for your winter vacation.  Although all of our fitness goals vary, one common factor that we should all strive for is to be healthy.  Sometimes the best way to go about this is baby steps.  When making small changes it'll take some time to take effect, but in the meantime there are other tricks that can help you fake your slim down.

Watch your intake.

     Your beverages should not be hindering your diet.  I'd much rather eat my calories, carbs and sugars than drink them.  Replace sugary drinks and limit yourself to water, green tea and unsweetened black coffee and tea.  Green tea is beneficial in many ways because it's rich in antioxidants.  It can lower cholesterol, increase your metabolism and decrease signs of aging.  Nuts are also a great food to add to your diet.  For snacking purposes grab a handful of nuts or put some peanut butter on an apple.  They are full of protein and fiber so it'll leave you feeling full longer and prevent you from eating unhealthier alternatives.

Move your body!

     Try to stay active even if it just means going for a walk or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.  Maybe even add a set of 25 squats during your lunchbreak at work, whatever you can do to get your heart pumping.  If you have a gym membership but find it difficult to get motivated to actually go, consider buying some new active wear.  Some sassy gym wear might be just the push you need!  Check out Kate Hudson's athletic line here for some trendy clothing sets at an affordable price.  Once you get moving it's easier to keep your body in motion!

Dress the part.

     To have your body looking its best while you shape up, find clothes that flatter your figure.  The first step is determining what body type you have.  From there you can figure out what pieces highlight your assets and downplay any not so flattering areas.  Dressing for your body will have you looking great and feeling confident in no time.  For some tips from the professionals for every body type take a peep at this slideshow.

Camouflage your cellulite.

    A tan not only makes you feel better, but can actually make you look better.  Since we are nearing the end of the summer chances are you've got a little bit of natural sun already.  A sunless tanner can enhance any complexion and give you a nice, dark glow.  Try Glymed Plus Tan In for a natural look.  Darker skin not only hides some of your imperfections such as cellulite but it also shows off your muscle definition.

Avert their eyes.

     If you aren't feeling confident enough to play up your body just yet try pulling the focus to your face.  Use your hair to flatter your face and bring the eyes in.  You can pull your hair up into a top knot or whisk it to the side in a braid to leave the attention on your face.  If you love your eyes play them up with a smoky eye or some cat eye liner.  In any situation a bold lip is sure to bring the attention to your face.  Try classic red lipstick for a night out or maybe a fuschia when you're feeling funky.

Use the buddy system!

     Find a friend with common goals as yourself.  You're more likely to hold yourself to your workouts if there is someone else who is depending on you for gym time, as well.  Meal preparation becomes a lot more fun and less work when there's someone cooking with you.  A healthy buddy gives you a support system as well as someone to keep you in line when you need it.



Midsummer Manicure

     Hair and makeup trends this season look very natural, it only makes sense that the nails follow suit.  Super lengthy, acrylic tips are a thing of the past.  Embrace your natural nail and follow these tips to stay stylish this summer.

Shape it up!

    Trim those nails down and get your files ready!  Shorter nails with softened edges are all the rage this summer.  Rounded edges are flattering on most hands and can actually make the hands appear thinner.  A cross between a square and an oval, the "squoval" is the newest trending shape this season.  Round nails have also increased in popularity and maintain a conservative, natural look.  Although almond nails have declined more recently, they still have a strong presence in this season's trends.  To learn more about these shapes and how to achieve them, check out this link.

Shades of summer.

     As always, neons are appropriate and complimentary for the warm weather.  But even more popular this season are muted pastels, desert tones and mermaid blues.  Some hues may even fit all three descriptions such as Can't Find my Czechbook by OPI.  Desert tones include colors ranging from nudes to tangerines to yellow greens.

White out.

     All white nails is such a universal trend right now that it needed its own category.  White pops against tan skin almost as any bright color would, but still offers the wearer a neutral nail.  White fingers, toes and clothes will have you looking stylish and ready for any occasion this summer.  Try OPI's Alpine Snow for a full coverage white polish.

Negative space.

     Negative space nails are the latest trend in nail art..  This design leaves some portion of the nail uncovered with nail lacquer, or "naked".  This can be achieved in a variety of ways and the possibilities are endless ranging from bare half moon nails to a chevron manicure.  This look is striking when combined with the all white trend.  Search "negative space nails" on Pinterest for some inspiration.