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Archive for May, 2009

The Maxi Dress –

Here are the top 5 reasons to own this seasons throwback trend that has been revived.

1) It’s current, happening and stylish.
2) It’s comfortable – and easy to wear.
3) It transitions easily from day into night.
4) It’s easy to pack for vacation.
5) It’s a flattering style on most body types.

My recommendations when searching for your great maxi dress (or multiple) dresses. Look for a more neutral or quiet print. Stay with a dress that hits to the ankle for daytime and dont be afraid to layer it with a colored tank. I HIGHLY recommend a flip flop or simple flat sandal during the day.

In the evening, take that same dress, layer with a cardigan and jewelry and for shoes wear a pretty wedge heel. You can also layer the dress with a nice lightweight scarf and chunky bracelet.

If you are attracted to a bolder printed maxi, be careful that the print isnt too abstract. This could take away from the dress itself.

Where to find the best maxi: many of your local boutiques carry this trend as do stores like Target and Nordstrom. My favorite website is http://www.shopstyle.com. They have an amazing assortment of these dresses.

Watch this trend video that aired on BETTER CT featuring the MAXI !
http://www.wfsb.com/video/19440534/
maxi-big-stylehive

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According to my new ultimate FAVORITE website: http://www.theoutnet.com

It is CHIC-ONOMICS! You too can fulfill your inner SHOPOHOLIC tendencies with this heavily discounted designer site. You call ALL benefit from the amazing discounts this site offers on top designer brands. Pucci scarves, Tom Ford sunglasses and Chloe just to name a few. They also have very easy to follow categories to help you make those social setting decisions. Do you ever wonder what to wear when you “Meet the Parents” or are you heading out for a “Beach Weekend”.  Check under the Dress me link  on the Outnet website to help you pull that “perfect” up to date look together. I know you will find this most helpful. You will always know how to be on time and on fashion when you visit this site.

Happy Shopping and Saving without Sacrificing Style !

Helmut Lang - Trench - STUNNING in AQUA ~

Helmut Lang - Trench - STUNNING in AQUA ~

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I LOVE when I discover tried and true home remedies that cure some of those stubborn cleaning issues we all face. Here is one that I found in this months First Magazine and MSN Money.

Beauty and Skincare Tips:

Insect bite treatment. Make a paste with powdered milk and water (try equal parts powdered milk and water) and a dash of salt. It will take care of the irritants in the bites and bring relief from the itchiness.

Sunburn relief. A little milk applied to sunburn will soothe your skin and make you feel less toasty for a while. For ease of application, you can use the paste recipe above for insect bites.

Skin moisturizer. For a dry skin remedy, rub some cold milk on your skin and allow it to absorb the nutrients. Be sure to rinse off afterward though, or you may smell a little sour by the following morning.

Makeup remover. Shake up some powdered milk and warm water until it has a creamy consistency. Apply with a facecloth or cotton ball, then wipe it off and rinse well with water.

Face mask. For a home spa facial, use water and powdered milk to make a thick paste and spread it on your face. Relax for 20 minutes until it dries, then rinse thoroughly. It will both clean and moisturize your face wonderfully. Not to mention the fact that you just sat and did nothing for 20 minutes. The relaxation aspect of facials is not to be underestimated.

Milk bath. Add some powdered milk to your bath and have a nice soak. An ancient technique that is still used in some parts of the world, it is wonderful for moisturizing the skin, and quite a luxurious treat.

THESE ARE MY FAVORITE FASHION FIXES ~

Polish silver. Sour your milk by adding some lemon or vinegar. Then soak your silver in the mixture for about half an hour, wash the silver with soapy water, buff it up and watch it shine.

Spiff up your patent leather. The last pair of patent leather shoes I owned go a while back now, but if you’ve got ’em, now you can clean ’em. Rub a thin layer of milk on them, let it dry, and then polish until they gleam again.

I ALSO LIKE CLEANING PATENT LEATHER WITH CLEAR WINDEX – this works like a charm…

Enjoy these helpful hints !

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