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Go Undercover

It seems like every year when spring gives way to summer many women forget to make adjustments to their undergarments to echo the new lightweight, light colored and breezy garments they are donning to beat the heat. I am always shocked when I see my first black thong showing through white pants. I mean how hard is it to look in the mirror before you leave!

In order to avoid these major faux pas keep these tips in mind when getting dressed:

Always, always wear nude colored underwear under white or other light colored pants. Leave the bright colors, whites and prints in the underwear drawer when wearing anything white.

A thong does not always look invisible, especially under lightweight, clingy jersey fabric and tight cotton pants. Thong lines, in my humble opinion, are way worse than panty lines! If you see thong lines switch to a no show, invisible edge pair of panties or boy shorts.

T-shirts and tank tops reign supreme in the summer and they demand a few bra changes. First invest in a great t-shirt bra that will look smooth under all tees and tanks, leave your lace bras in the drawer when wearing a lightweight tee. Only wear nude colored bras under white tops.

I am also totally against allowing your bra straps to show with tank tops and halter tops, this is not a fashion statement, you look like you belong on Jerry Springer. If your bra straps are showing switch to a strapless bra, end of story. I am not a fan of clear bra straps either, we can still see them and you still look trashy. Go strapless!

Also, on the subject of lightweight, clingy jersey fabric that dominates summer dresses, make sure you look at yourself from all angles before walking out of the house. Yes, these dresses are cool and comfy but they can show every lump and bump in a not so flattering light and often need support garments underneath that zero out their cool and comfy quotient. Unless you have zero percent body fat and no cellulite you might consider breezy chiffon or linen when looking for casual dresses or invest in great support garments.

My favorite summer supporting cast:

Soma Vanishing Edge Hipster literally looks invisible under anything and everything you wear. Buy them in nude to wear with all your whites. Truly Amazing!

Soma Travelers Allura Underwire T-Shirt Bra is the best I have found, it provides seamless, full coverage all day shape-enhancing support while being extremely comfortable.

Invest in Spanx’s Bra-Cha-Cha Strapless Bra and Bra-llelujah Racerback Bra to keep bra straps from ruining your sleeveless and strapless tops and dresses.

Spanx Hide and Sleek Full Slip is 5% slip and 95% personal trainer! It keeps you looking slim and toned under lightweight, clingy fabrics.

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Waiting For Sweater Weather

The leaves on the trees are changing to brilliant shades of yellow, red and orange, pumpkins and mums have appeared on porches, stores are stocking their racks full of chic coats and cozy sweaters and temperatures outside are in the balmy 70’s and 80’s. It seems fall is moving forward without it’s signature cold, crisp air and I am stuck looking forlornly at my new tweed blazer and favorite cashmere cardigans as once again I pull on a short sleeve blouse. So while I am waiting on sweater weather I figured I would share some tips on keeping your sweaters looking new longer, courtesy of Shine from Yahoo.
1. Fold never hang your sweaters.

Gravity is not a friend to sweaters as it can pull apart the fibers and alter the shape of your knits over time. Hangers and hooks can especially misshape the sleeves, shoulders, and necklines. Fold your sweaters and store them in wood, canvas, or cardboard containers so they have access to air but not moths. This way you’ll be able to preserve their shape and fresh smell with fewer washes.

2. Take a de-piller to the fabric regularly.

Nothing takes a sweater from chic to shabby like the appearance of “pills,” or tiny fabric balls, that collect on the garment due to friction. Fortunately they can easily be removed by hand or by using an electric shaver or sweater stone, which basically exfoliates the fabric, making it appear smooth and new again. Don’t have any of those? Try a hairbrush (carefully) or a comb!

3. Protect your sweaters from moths.

Moths love to eat wool, the primary material in most sweaters. Luckily, the aroma of cedar is a natural, sweet-smelling deterrent. To prevent these pests from making meals out of your clothes, line your storage areas with cedar wood or throw cedar balls in your drawers.

4. Never wait to do repairs.

Once a button comes loose or a small tear appears in your woven fabric, the garment is at risk of unraveling, or at least for the hole becoming unmanageably large.  Most sweaters come with extra thread for minor repairs, so be sure to patch any holes as soon as possible.

5. Clean infrequently and with care.

Much like denim, sweaters should not be washed after every wear if you want to keep them looking straight-from-the-store new for longer. To keep your sweater from requiring frequent cleanings, wear a cotton shirt underneath it so your body oils don’t come in direct contact with the garment.  Also, some newer washing machine models have settings for wool and delicates, which are gentle enough for the woven fibers of your sweater. But in order to be absolutely sure you won’t shrink or damage your favorite piece, it’s always better to hand wash it or take it to a dry cleaner. To wash by hand, fill the sink with cold water (hot or warm water increases the potential for shrinkage), add a small amount of detergent formulated for delicates, and let the sweater soak. If you need to remove stains, gently rub the sweater against itself until the stain dissolves. When drying, never hang the sweater. Instead lay it on a towel and change its position frequently to ensure it dries evenly.

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Shoe Week

Fall is here and I am in the mood to buy some new shoes! The shoes and boots for fall look amazing, better than they have in a long time. I think I am so excited about the shoes this season because there is something for everyone, cute flats, flirty kitten heels, sexy platforms and boots, boots and more boots! In honor of all the ways you can decorate your feet this season, I have decided to devote my blog posts this week to some of my favorite shoes. Check back each day to see some of my faves and how you can wear them.

Let’s kick things off with a pair of shoes that my husband actually saw as I was dragging him through the shoe department at Dillards. He sweetly held them up and said, how about this pair? I immediately fell in love with these Vince Camuto suede platform t-straps embellished with roses and rhinestones. They are sweet and sexy and look great worn now with skirts and skinny cropped capris and will look amazing with patterned tights as it cools off. Available in gray (which looks so fresh and modern) and black (you can never go wrong with black suede) online at www.dillards.com.

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Pretty Please

Stores are starting to push their summer sale merchandise aside to allow room for a smattering of new fall-ish merchandise. I couldn’t be more excited after a ho-hum spring/summer fashion season for new exciting fall clothing. One of my favorite stores, White House Black Market, has just introduced their first hit of fall and I am seriously in love with this very pretty, very elegant dress.

I am staunchly in the camp that believes fashion should, first and foremost, be pretty and flattering to the wearer. This dress is the epitome of pretty and it’s cinched in waist, swingy skirt and ruffled collar will render every wearer seriously elegant. I am hoping that this dress is the start of many beautiful things to wear now and later as fall approaches. I am over the mannish, overly big and edgy looks that dominated summer wear, bring on the pretty! Ruffle Chemise available at www.whitehouseblackmarket.com.

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Two For Two

J Crew hasn’t really delivered for me this season but their newest catalog contained two awesome dresses that are perfect for summer. They take casual chic to a whole new level. Their loose, airy fit will keep you cool when the summer sun beats down while their simple silhouettes will allow you to pair them with your statement jewelry and shoes. Available online at www.jcrew.com.

The Effie Scarf Dress is based on a vintage flapper dress J Crew designers found in a vintage store. Wear it during the day with a 3/4 sleeve cardigan and sandals and then pair it with super high, chunky heels and layered necklaces for evening. Available in three colors.

I think this may be the perfect throw it on and go dress, it is made from a heavyweight cotton slub fabric and the drawstring waist provide shape without sacrificing comfort. Wear it with white jack purcells and no socks to up the cute comfort quotient.

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Gimme Some Sugar

With Memorial Day, the official start to summer, fast approaching it is time to start buffing and polishing my legs and feet to perfection so they will look great in short skirts and flip flops. I am a devoted self-tanner user and if you, like me, prefer tan in a bottle over tan from the sun you know how very important it is to use an exfoliating body scrub prior to slathering on your self-tanner of choice.

This season I have decided to try an old favorite of beauty addicts in the know, Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish. It is the original, all natural sugar exfoliant that leaves your skin supremely soft after just one use. It blends brown sugar crystals with four precious oils of evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and jojoba that nourish the skin and deeply moisturize dry areas. It also contains ginseng root extract and peppermint to invigorate the senses and revitalize skin cells as well as calendula to calm and soothe the skin. Citrus oils are also included to brighten and tone the skin while leaving behind an unforgettable natural scent.

This scrub leaves your skin so very soft and smooth, the perfect primer for your favorite self-tanner. You will instantly become addicted to this body polish (as will your significant other when he feels your skin) and reach for it everyday! Available online at www.sephora.com and www.fresh.com.

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Denim Digs

If denim is the mainstay of your wardrobe then you will be thrilled to see Net-A-Porter’s new online denim boutique. It is well stocked with great denim and well organized by size, fit, body type and style. They also have great editorial about denim that includes a fit guide by body style (boyish, long legs, petite, hourglass and curvy) that suggests styles to try as well as a section on how to care for your denim once you have found the perfect pair.

But what makes this denim boutique stand out from other online shops, is it’s measuring guide that tells you exactly how to measure yourself to find the right size and when you click on each pair of jeans you can click on it’s very thorough measurements and compare them to yours to see which size will fit you the best. You can also compare the measurements to those from your favorite pair of jeans. Jean shopping made simple! Available at www.net-a-porter.com.

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Ring Around

Cocktail rings have held on to their must-have status and are an easy way to spice up a simple outfit. This season bigger is better in all aspects of fashion and it holds true for cocktail rings. You can find cocktail rings in a wide range of styles, materials and price ranges allowing you to choose what you really love.

There are a few rules to keep in mind when wearing a cocktail ring. Avoid wearing other rings on the same hand as the cocktail ring and if you wear a wedding ring, wear your cocktail ring on the opposite hand. Keep the rest of your jewelry relatively simple to allow the cocktail ring to take center stage.

Free People has an amazing selection of cocktail rings (photographed with models wearing them so you get an accurate idea of their size) available on their website www.freepeople.com.

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Bright Future

Brightly colored watches are popping up on the wrists of fashionable women everywhere. They are a fun and sporty way to add a bit of color to your wardrobe and seem to look perfect with all the neutrals dominating the spring color palette. The only problem is which color do you choose!

Here are a few of my faves:

The Fossil Berkley Watch comes in a wide range of colors (I am leaning towards the yellow) and is priced at $95. Available at www.fossil.com.

Michael Kors also has a selection of gorgeous, juicy colored watches, they are a bit of a splurge at $195, but hey your worth it! Available at www.michaelkors.com.

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Long Story

If there is one thing you can’t have enough of, it’s long cardigans in varying sleeve lengths and weights. They do everything from add polish to an outfit to keeping you warm in the winter and warm in over air-conditioning in the spring and summer. My favorite look this spring is to wear a long, loose cardigan belted over a silk tank paired with skinny, rolled up denim capris. They also look great worn over tunics and leggings or fun summer dresses.

My newest favorite cardigan is this extra long, silk linen version from Boden. It’s fabric is lightweight and silky with 3/4 length sleeves and hits a few inches above the knee. The longer length will pair well with tunics, dresses and skinny jeans while also lengthening your torso creating a long, lean silhouette. The lightweight fabric and 3/4 length sleeves make it the perfect piece to cover your arms by wearing over sleeveless tops and dresses. Available in blue, light brown, silver and coral online at www.bodenusa.com.

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