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Archive for August, 2011

I hope this week’s Cup of Fashion finds you all safe and doing well after Hurricane Irene.  Time to look ahead at a great week to come, with sunshine and support for those neighbors who may need our help.   For many of us,  the kids return to school and the feeling of a starting fresh, fills us all. I don’t think we ever quite lose that feeling that we had as children heading back to school in the Fall, it is a magical time of year.  You may be wondering what these fall fashion tips have to do with home decor, well, the two topics are interrelated on so many levels. To start, when our homes are clean, organized and look presentable, we feel happier, our mood is improved  and we feel in control! The same emotions are felt when our wardrobes are organized, updated and we have a style for the season that flatters us and makes us feel confident.  All is good in our world if the two are connected and in sync.

I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting and knowing an INCREDIBLE woman, whose gift in decorating and pulling looks together for your home is special.  She creates stories with home decor pieces that reflect the feeling in your home and your family. The positive energy that is created with her touch, makes you smile and instantly feel good.  Her name is Laura Smigel, Owner of The Bleu Willow. You can hire Laura to come into your home for a few fall fashion updates like decorating your mantle, tabletop, entryway etc, to give your home a fall look that feels and looks great. It is what I call, an affordable luxury.

Laura and I have a few tips for you to infuse some fall fashion updates into your home and your closet.

1) INFUSE THE OLD WITH THE NEW.

Find new  items or colors that complement your home and your closet.  By adding a few signature things that YOU LOVE , you will be able to re-invent a look for your room or several looks for your wardrobe. Mix n Match instead of overspending. Shopping for vintage pieces will  add personality and uniqueness to your home and wardrobe. Infuse the unexpected into both areas of you life.

2) KEEP IT SIMPLE.

Love this one. Find looks that you like in magazines and duplicate them. If you find a look you love, use it as a roadmap to create  the same look for you. Be sure that when admiring movie star fashions that you focus on a person of similar age and body type.  Look at home decor magazine and pictures that speak to you and would fit into your home.

3) LOVE IT OR LOSE IT.

Stop wasting time and money. Only purchase pieces you LOVE.  If you pause before you purchase, and ask yourself:  DO I LOVE IT? WHERE WILL I PUT IT?  HOW WILL I WEAR IT?  If  the answers are perfectly clear, than move forward.  ( I may actually save you some money with this one, I HOPE I DO.)

4) REFER TO YOUR RESOURCES. It does take a village and with today’s social tools and access,  we can reach experts in all areas.  Email us and we can help you with our affordable services to get the looks you LOVE!

Here are a few recent photo’s of clients I took shopping and we found some great vintage finds to add into their wardrobe, cost under $20.00! STOP IT. Fashion is FUN AND EXCITING!

Take a Look at some of Laura’s treasures – make sure to call if you are interested in any items you see.Find her on Facebook or on http://www.thebleuwillow.com, or 860.264.1556

Yours in Style,

Debbie

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Top Transitional Trend 2011- The Biker Jacket

Rag Bone biker jacket
$1,295 – net-a-porter.com

Biker jacket
£335 – crumpetengland.com

Striped skirt
$40 – bardot.com.au

High waisted skirt
£38 – warehouse.co.uk

Miu Miu platform high heels
$409 – mytheresa.com

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Top Transitional Trend 2011- The Biker Jacket

Rag Bone biker jacket
$1,295 – net-a-porter.com

Biker jacket
£335 – crumpetengland.com

Striped skirt
$40 – bardot.com.au

High waisted skirt
£38 – warehouse.co.uk

Miu Miu platform high heels
$409 – mytheresa.com

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and so it begins, FALL SHOPPING!

Draped top
$40 – topshop.com

Monsoon jacket
£55 – monsoon.co.uk

Miu Miu gabardine pants
£270 – net-a-porter.com

ALDO platform boots
$110 – aldoshoes.com

3 1 Phillip Lim expandable tote
$950 – net-a-porter.com

Dorothy Perkins beading bracelet
£15 – dorothyperkins.com

Vintage chanel jewelry
€415 – lindestore.com

Dangling jewelry
nationaljeancompany.com

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Eyelash Extensions – the hottest trend happening now  in the beauty business!    You too can have full, lush lashes and you don’t have to have a celebrity budget.  This trend began in Asia and soon worked  its way west . You are probably starting to see eyelash extension services popping up at your local spa’s and salons.  I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Jessica Gonzalez owner of Fabulash, the only EYELASH SALON currently  in the state of Connecticut. She has years of experience with Novalash and is their certified trainer for the Northeast. In the past, your only option for fake lashes came out of a box, were applied with an adhesive and only lasted a day. These new synthetic lashes are applied one lash at a time and can last up to two months.  Monthly fills can keep you looking naturally lush every day of the year.

My top 6 reasons why women  should embrace this trend:

1) Wake up glamorous every day.

2) Your eyes will look brighter and healthier.

3) You eyes natural beauty will be magnified and you will look more youthful.

4) You lashes will look natural, full and luxurious.

5) It is an instant face lift, bringing the attention upward.

6) Save time every morning, its one less step you need  in your morning glam routine!
You also don’t need a celebrity budget to enjoy the beauty benefits that come from you eyelash extensions. Your application at Fabulash, West Hartford, CT is under $200.00.  I am happy to share my recent eyelash extension experience by Jessica of Fabulash. I am hooked, I LOVE THEM !!

http://www.fabulashextensions.com

I hope you enjoy this weeks Cup of Fashion! I hope you have a bright week filled with new knowledge and excitement in your life.

Your in Style,

Debbie

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