Monday, January 29, 2007

Tasteful Bachelorette Party

Hi! My friend is getting married in July of this year. I am one of the bridesmaids and we are planning on having her bachelorette party in May. The bride lives in Boston, as do most of her bridesmaids and friends. We would like to do something tasteful (NO strippers etc.) and were thinking of doing a weekend away. This may be a random question for shesheme, but we love your emails and thought you or other she she girls may have some suggestions? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks! Bianca

What fabulous bridesmaids you are! The bride will love you forever if you whisk her away for a girl's weekend of fun and friendship. I have two suggestions for destinations and themes:

1. Weekend in the Big City. Yes, girls, head to NYC for a shop-till-you-drop weekend. Hit all the fabulous New York shops and boutiques and help the bride shop for honeymoon finery (and summer necessities for yourselves!). Catch a Broadway show, book a table for dinner in a chic restaurant, see who can get the best deal on the sexiest pair of shoes, etc. You know, all the usual girls on the loose in New York kind of things to do.

2. Spa Weekend. Since I am not familiar with the Boston area spa scene, do a little online research, or ask around, for great spa getaway deals. One great source is, a fabulous resource for connecting people with their desired spa experience. A weekend of pampering is ideal for a bride-to-be, just what she needs to de-stress: sauna, massage, manicure, pedicure, facial, aromatherapy, etc.

Whatever you decide to do, I'm sure the bride will be thrilled to be able to spend time with her dearest friends.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Sun Kissed Skin Care

Hey SheShe! I've been bad and tanned in a tanning bed (sans SPF). I heard that Vitamin C moisturizers help fight against environmental damage so I need as much as I can get of it! I'm trying to find a face moisturizer with Vitamin C in it (or a Vitamin C and E blend). Thanks in advance! Ps: I love your blog! Tina

Naughty, naughty! Promise me this is the end of the tanning bed (there are so many better, and more healthful I might add) options these days for the fair-skinned goddess! But now that the damage is done, let's do our best to undo it. There are several fabulous moisturizers out there, and one of my favorites is Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum. Made from 100% organic ingredients and bursting with antioxidants and vitamins. Pampers the skin while it renews and regenerates. The entire line of Juice Beauty products is fabulous.
Another option is one I have recently discovered. The Garnier Nutritioniste line of moisturizers is loaded with antioxidants, Vitamins C and E and feel so lovely on the skin. Not greasy or sticky at all. They are a much more affordable and readily available alternative to costly skin care.

Empire Styles That Flatter the Figure

Hi She She! Love your blog and am hoping you can help. I adore the baby-doll look and want to look smashing and not like I'm expecting, if you know what I mean. I'm very well-endowed in top , fairly curvy and of above-average height. Is this a look I can pull off? Thanks!

Yes, dearest girl, this is still a look you can pull off. Look for an empire style dress with a minimum of gathering below the bustline. Some empire styles fall directly from the bust, others fall from a band below the bust. Try on both styles to see which flatters your figure more. Keep the gathering minimum (to avoid the prego look). Also, make sure that the fullness of the dress is consistent both front and back (this is another thing prego dresses do is put the fullness all in front).
Stay away from scoop neck styles, as these tend to emphasize a larger bust. Stick with strappy styles, v-neck or even wrap front styles. Empire tops also look fabulous when worn with a fitted blazer. Happy shopping!

Friday, January 19, 2007

White ballet tights - what to do?

Dear Sheshe, Glad 2006 has been a great year for you! I hope 2007 even better! I am hoping you might answer a question I have. I have done the unthinkable and bought myself a pair of ...brace yourself... white ballet tights. I just could not resist anymore, I find them absolutely gorgeous. My problem though is, what do I do with them? I got a pair of tartan red heels that I think will look fabulously eccentric with the white tights, but I am lost as to what clothes to don with them. As well as that, I love the look of knits and brown boots with a pair of white ballet tights. I would love some guidance though! PS, the tartan heels combine brown and khaki and blue in the fabric and have patent red detail on the bows as well patent red mock-lace piping around. Best Regards, Divina

You are a brave girl indeed! If you've got the legs for it, I say go with it! I would pair them with a great textured or knit sweaterdress and the brown boots you mentioned. One good thing about tights or leggings is that you can get away with a skirt that is a little shorter than you might normally wear. Another option would be a tweed skirt, cropped jacket and flats.

As far as the tartan heels, that definitely bumps up the eccentricity level a bit. A pair of tailored bermudas in a pinstripe or crops in a herringbone or Glen plaid, paired with a crisp white blouse and a red jacket and you're good to go!

Ooh La La Mardi Gras!

Hi SheShe! Our office is putting on a "Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball" in February, and as one of the organizers, I'm super excited. However, we're all wondering what to wear! It's at a country club, but we'll still be sharing the night with co-workers. I guess that means nothing too outrageous, but I'm at a loss. LBD? Dressy suit? The only thing I'm sure of is that my date and I are wearing masks that I picked up in Venice, Italy a few years ago. Help! -- Elizabeth

What fun! And what a fabulous idea. In my expert opinion, any party is an excuse for a great party dress! Since this is a business related event you are absolutely correct in keeping things toned down. Nothing too bare, too revealing, too tight or too sexy. Traditionally, the Mardi Gras Ball is a formal event, which calls for floor length gowns and actual ball gowns; depending on whether your particular ball is going to be formal or semi-formal will determine your attire.

Keep in mind the traditional colors of Mardi Gras, which are purple, green and gold; it might be fun to work with those colors in your dress or accessories.

Most formal gowns are sleeveless, spaghetti strap or strapless, so in keeping with a business event you should wear a sheer cover, bolero or a gorgeous wrap. Stay away from gowns with plunging necklines or excessively bare backs.

If the event is more semi-formal, you have more options. A great party dress in a vibrant color, or a LBD accessorized in the bold hues of Mardi Gras would be fabulous. Another option is a party skirt and festive blouse. Choose footwear that you can dance the night away in. A great midheel strappy sandal or sassy slide is perfect. Have a little fun with the footwear - this would be a great way to sass up the LBD!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Wrap Dresses for Work

I love the look of Wrap Dresses but I work in a pretty conservative environment and have a hard time wearing any wrap top without revealing too much of myself. Any suggestions for dresses that have a little more coverage and are affordable?

As you well know, I am a wrap dress afficianado. Nothing is more flattering to almost any figure type than a wrap dress. However, they do have a tendency to be revealing. My solution is a lovely camisole or scoop neck shell worn underneath. This way you don't ruin the line of the dress by pinning the neckline together, and you get plenty of coverage so the dress looks crisp and professional. Also, look for a dress or top with the tie higher up - not exactly at the waist. Many of the faux wrap dresses and tops have a higher neckline, because they are sewn together at the neck or shoulder.

As far as the skirt of the dress, this is where the mock-wrap dress or a dress with a surplice neckline is best. The skirt gives the illusion of being a wrap skirt, but without that pesky peek-a-boo skirt (especially in the wind!) because it is actually sewn together at the side seam, and the wrap is a faux wrap panel. I have taken a couple of my wrap dresses to a trusted tailor, who has sewn an extension panel to the inside portion of the wrap skirt, then has secured this extension panel to the side seam of the dress. I still have the movement and flow of a wrap dress, and the continuous clean skirt line, but not the underwear-revealing open flap! It also solves the problem of whether to wear a slip or not!

Manly Moisturizers

Dear She She Me goddess, My boyfriend likes to go a little scruffy and not shave every day during the winter. I read somewhere that if he added a moisturizer to his routine, it would make his face/scruffiness a bit softer. We talked about it and he told me he doesn’t use a moisturizer at all; I know he should use one with an SPF to protect his face during the day. I have no clue as to where to start looking for moisturizer for men. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!! Nothing says Happy Valentines Days like moisturizer!! Amanda

Scruffy may be sexy, some of the time, but when it comes to kissability a soft, smooth face is the hands down winner. First things firts: You Can Shave Too! by The Body Perfect 4 Men is a blessing in a bottle (or tube). Designed for sensitive skin, it gives a close, smooth shave without the razor burn AND it actually slows down the growth of the beard so he won't have to shave so often! Anthony Logistics For Men has a really great daily moisturizer with SPF 15. Or try Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer with SPF20. The whole Jack Black line is ideal for your guy.

Friday, January 12, 2007

What to Wear with a Cute Cardi

Dear SheShe, Since you came to my rescue so well for the family portrait question, I have another one for you. My sister gave me a super warm, very comfy, very cute in a ski-resort sort of way sweater for Christmas. It's off-white wool, cable knit with big leather buttons. So what should I wear it with? Especially a shirt. It's hard to figure out what should go under this, since it has a deep V and doesn't necessarily look best buttoned. I can always throw on jeans and boots, but I'll take any suggestions you can throw my way!

With temperatures as nippy as they are right now, this cardi is absolute perfection! Because it is so warm and bulky, I would opt for a close fitting cashmere or silk turtleneck, mock turtleneck or crew neck sweater. Another option would be a blouse with a mandarin collar or a tuxedo style shirt.

Go with jeans or cords since the look with this cardi is definitely casual. Or a classic khaki, denim or corduroy skirt would do the trick. Finish the ensemble with leggings and boots.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Spring Break Style

Hi, I am a 20 year old girl who is going to Italy this spring break with my friends. I want to look very stylish and hot, especially for all of those tall, dark, handsome Italian boys! What are some wardrobe staples that you think are a must? I am slender and have great legs, but a pretty flat chest, so I want to highlight my in-shape body and not draw attention to my chest. And I'm also looking for a handbag that will be easy to match with my clothes and big enough to hold everything I need. What do you think? Thanks! Amber

What a fabulous way to spend spring break; so much more chic than a beachfront motel full of crazy students! First and foremost, travel light. This leaves room to bring back fabu souvenirs (read: Italian shoes) and trinkets (read: Italian handbags). Go with a basic mix and match type travel wardrobe. Since spring in Italy can be as temperamental as springtime anywhere, I would choose a great wool blazer that can double as an overcoat. Pair this with denim jeans or khaki trousers and a tee for casual wear, or wide legged trousers and a lightweight sweater for a more chic look.

A couple of skirts (lightweight silk or jersey makes for easy and wrinkle free travel), and tops that are not too clingy but give a little more boost to the bust. Also, empire, wrap and surplice styles are the most flattering for a girl with a modest cleavage. Bear in mind that many of the religious sites (cathedrals, museums, etc) have a dress code and do not allow trousers, shorts or very short skirts. To highlight your gorgeous gams, choose a flirty skirt that is knee length or just above the knee. One classic LBD for dinner in a fabulous restaurant with a gorgeous Italian guy!

Don't forget footwear! Ballet flats are very comfortable for the miles and miles of foot travel involved and so much more chic than trainers. For dressier occasions, a pair of classic mid heel pumps will work with both trousers and skirts.

Handbag choices: make sure it has a zip compartment for your important documents, wallet and travel papers. Shoulder straps are best because you will need to free up your hands for carrying shopping bags! Deeper is better than wider because it doesn't get in the way as much. One trick I have learned in my travels: keep your bits and pieces in a couple of separate little zipper bags (like makeup pouches) inside your handbag. It makes it so much easier to transfer everything to a new bag when you need to, and it makes it much easier to find what you need when you need it!

Final suggestion: I love to pick colorful scarves as souvenirs along the way. They can really sass up an outfit: looped through jeans instead of a belt, wrapped around the handle of your (gorgeous new Italian) handbag, or tied one around a ponytail for instant chic.

Monday, January 08, 2007

How the Chic Wear Leggings

Hi She She Me! I received a pair of long black leggings for Christmas and I was wondering if you could tell me what will look good with them. Thanks!!

As you well know, leggings are this seasons hottest trend. Practical as well as stylish in this nippy weather! One of my favorite looks is a great sweaterdress or belted tunic, leggings and ankle boots. Another option is a short denim or corduroy skirt with an oversize sweater and T-straps or Mary Janes to complete the ensemble.

If skirts aren't your cup of tea, this season's fabulous cropped trousers look fantastic when worn with leggings and platform pumps. Comfortable and versatile leggings!