Thursday, May 24, 2007

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Everyone has heard the phrase “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Most girls have even seen the song performed by Marilyn Monroe herself. So, if it’s true that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, well then a girl should expect diamonds even after she’s already engaged! Engagement rings, wedding rings, and holidays – all are great opportunities to surprise the woman you love with diamond jewelry.

Besides engagement celebration, diamonds are being more and more frequently used in eternity bands. Usually an eternity band consists of diamond stones set into a gold band. The setting and carat weight can vary, and so can the occasion. Eternity bands are typically given as a wedding ring, or to celebrate the birth of a child. However, considering how expensive those babies can be, it would be understandable for one to wait a year or two after the financial set back of a child to spoil his wife with diamonds.

So when is another good time to give a diamond? Mother’s Day, of course! Consider diamond jewelry to surprise your own mother, or the mother of your child. Mothers are amazing, and they deserve the best you can give them. Diamonds range in price from the very inexpensive to the very expensive, but whatever you give the mother in your life, she’ll be sure to love it.

Other holidays work well as well. Any girl, married or not, and whether or not she has a child to celebrate, would love to get a diamond on Valentine’s Day. Ignore the typical candy and flowers routine and go for something brilliant and beautiful that will last a life time instead of just a week. Diamonds are forever, after all. Stores often had sales around Valentine’s Day that feature heart-shaped stones and/or stones set in heart-shaped settings.

Whatever the occasion – wedding, birth of a child, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas, or just as a surprise, there is no set time when a diamond is specifically appropriate or not. So consider a slightly more expensive option for a gift next time around, and watch her eyes shine just like that diamond.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Fabulous Full Figured Fashion

Dear She She, First, thank you so much for keeping us all so well buffed, polished, coiffed and entertained! I would love to see some information with chic work and weekend wear for the full figured girls...I know that someone with as many gal pals as you have must have one or two in the bunch who are not skinny chic, but who nevertheless have a She She sense of style. Keep up the hard is all appreciated! Robin in Austin

Hi Robin!
Thank you for you ever kind words dearest girl, and yes, I am blessed with many, many girlfriends and they come in all shapes and sizes. It is possible, and affordable, to be stylish no matter the size of your jeans. There are a few things to keep in mind. Wear clothing that is age appropriate and figure friendly. Personally, I find super-low rise jeans and trousers extremely unflattering, uncomfortable (and downright risque!) no matter one's size. Butt-cleavage is never attractive! At the same time, steer clear of the current (and I predict quickly passing) trend for high waisted pants as they are also very unflattering to a girl with curves (they tend to cut you in half) A great mid-rise jean in a style like Joe's Jeans Honey is ideal for the curvy girl. Here are a few other tips for jeans and trouser shopping:
  • Trouser jeans are a good choice, as they can be dressed up or down depending on the event or occasion.
  • Boot-cut is also a universally flattering fit. Be sure to try on several different pair until you find the right boot-cut style for your figure.
  • Wide-legged jeans and trousers are great for women with larger thighs; be sure the fabric drapes smoothly and does not look bulky, and that the pant falls straight down from the widest point, just above the hip.
  • Too big is almost as bad as too small. Embrace your curves and dress to flatter, not to hide.
  • Darker wash jeans are universally more flattering.
  • A little stretch goes a long way. Even 1% lycra in your jeans or trousers will help with the fit and comfort.

Blouses and tops can sometimes be a bit tricky, especially if you are well-endowed. The first order of business is to get thee a proper fitting brassiere! This will make a world of difference in the fit of your blouses, sweaters and dresses. I love Bloomies because they have women in the lingerie department would know everything about bra fitting and will guide you every step of the way!

For button-down blouses, Rebecca & Drew makes a great line of blouses sized by your bra cup size so they don't gap open. Another trick is to buy a blouse that fits properly in the bust, then have it tailored. For sweaters and knits, go with a lighter gauge, nothing bulky. Cashmere and silk are ideal, and worth the expense because they stand the test of time.

Dresses: As everyone knows, I adore the wrap-style dress. These are particularly flattering to curvy girls because they emphasize your narrowest part, the waist, and flatter your bust while skimming over your hips. Keep your dresses at the knee or just below. Any higher looks tarty, and mid-calf looks frumpy.

Skirts: A-line is fabulous and flattering. Stay away from too many ruffles and large pleats. I also adore a long, floaty skirt; very chic, very summery and very flattering.

Some of our favorite online sites: Torrid, Avenue, The Woman Within, Jessica London, J. Jill, Soft Surroundings.

What to Wear to a 20 Year Reunion

Hello She She Me! I need advice for what to wear for my 20 year class reunion. Some of my classmates will dress too young for their age and some will dress like their mothers. I am aiming for in-between! The first night the class will meet at a local "dive" bar, the next afternoon it's golf, the second night we're meeting for cocktails and a "formal" dinner. Thanks!

My suggestion is to go very, very chic. Stay away from anything trendy or flashy (I know you won't wear anything frumpy!) For the casual evening at the dive bar, most of the other women will probably be showing off their recent 25-lb weight loss in too-tight designer jeans and far too skimpy little tops. Wear something that makes you feel confident and self assured. Bump up the sophistication factor in a pair of wide legged linen trousers, a gorgeous top, funky jacket, strappy sandals and an elegant little bag. Your sophisticated style will make you a standout.

For the afternoon of golf, a knee-length cotton skirt (no shorter), sleeveless polo shirt and lightweight cashmere sweater (in case the weather turns) are just the ticket. If skirts are not your style, you could substitute a pair of bermudas or crops. If you don't have golf shoes, a pair of canvas skimmers will work fine. Leave off the jewelry; it just gets in the way. Don't forget a pair of stylish sunglasses, and use plenty of sunscreen!

For the formal dinner, you can never go wrong with the classic LBD. However, most of the other women will probably be thinking the same thing, so you may want to be a little more bold here, with either a great pattern or a vibrant color. If you have great arms, go with something sleeveless. If you choose a halter-neck style, don't go too plunging or too bare (chic and sophisticated, remember!) A great pair of sassy skyscrapers, a unique bracelet for bling and a really, really fabulous handbag (you know all the other women will be checking out handbags and jewelry!)

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

L'Bel Paris Mobile Spa!

Hey all you California She She Girls!

This just in from L'Bel Paris: MOBILE SPA PULLS IN TO PAMPER THE BAY THIS MAY. Luxury Skincare Line Launches in U.S. with 40-Foot Traveling Spa

L'Bel Paris, a prestigious brand of French skincare, cosmetics and fragrances, kicks off its arrival in the U.S. with a 40-foot spa on wheels that will travel throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in May pampering consumers with mini-facials as well as skin care and make-up consultations and advice from beauty experts.

Consumers can also enter to win gift baskets of beauty products worth $150 , sample a variety of products and leave with samples to try at home.


Monday, May 07, 2007

Work Wear for the Sole Female in the Office

Let me start off by saying that I love your blog! I know that you've been receiving a ton of e-mails on how to dress for work, but I have an interesting challenge for you. I am graduating from college this May and will be working at an engineering firm. The firm is all males and I will be the only female in the office. Also, there will be times when I will need to be out in the construction field so I don't think skirts and dresses would be very appropriate. I was told by a friend that the men usually wear ties so I believe office wear is somewhat formal. I was wondering if you had some ideas on some staples I could buy to start off my wardrobe. Thanks in advance! Sincerely, Clueless Graduate

Darling girl you have come to the right place! Believe it or not (and it's true!) I worked in an architectural firm right out of college and I, too, was the sole female in the office. I often spent time on various building sites and you are absolutely correct in assuming it is not a skirt/sandal friendly environment.

Good quality separates are your best bet for building a classic work wardrobe. Stay away from black - it is a magnet for dirt, sawdust, insulation particles, etc. which are more than plentiful on any building site. Go with a tan, brown, khaki, slate blue or gray base color and build from there. I would suggest two solid color trouser suits: one in a lighter shade (perhaps tan) and one in a darker tone, perhaps blue. Add two or three pair of patterned trousers to coordinate with the blazers from each of the trouser suits. Glen plaid, herringbone or pinstripe patterns work well and can often coordinate with both blazers. Add a couple of unstructured jackets, perhaps something with a little more feminine flair.

Blouses and tops can run the gamut from the classic button down to a more trendy surplice style or wrap front. As always in business, keep it stylishly professional; nothing too bare. Wear a cami under anything that has a deep V neck. You can still be feminine, but stay away from anything too frilly or frou-frou.

As far as footwear goes, here again, stay professional. Since you will be on site quite often, stay away from anything too high, strappy or unsupportive. A wedge is a good choice; stylish, comfortable and stable. A mid-heel pump would also work well. For cold or wet weather, boots are absolute perfection. Just make sure your footwear is waterproof and easily able to be cleaned, and never wear anything with an open toe (beware of splinters and nails!).

Try sources like Bluefly, SmartBargains, eLUXURY and Overstock for great deals on any designer labels you might want to invest in. Also, sign up for (it's free!) and they will keep you apprised of any online sales on any brands that you choose.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Hi she she me! Mother's day is coming! Help! Due to our age difference, I have no idea what type of clothing to give my mom as a gift. I was thinking of lingerie - bras and shapers, casual but nice tops, and pants or shoes. She is petite and is in late 40s. Thank you for your insight!

From experience I can tell you that Moms absolutely love anything you give them for Mother's Day - as long as it shows thoughtfulness and care. (None of this stopping by the drug store on the way home and picking up a box of chocolates and a Hallmark card.) When Mom can tell that you put thought and effort into getting her the perfect gift, she will be truly thrilled. Word of caution: this can sometimes be a bit tricky where fashion is concerned. Make sure you know her size (moms really hate getting clothing in the wrong size - especially in a too-small size!) and don't stray too far out of her comfort zone as far as style goes. You mentioned lingerie: if she normally wears panties with a bit more, um, coverage, don't head in the opposite direction with teeny bikini panties or a (gasp!) thong; a beautiful pair of panties in a luxurious fabric like stretch lace or stretch satin would be more mom-appropriate. Same with the bra; choose something elegant and gorgeous.

With warmer weather on the way, she would probably love a great pair of capris or crops in a summer friendly fabric like cotton, seersucker or lightweight denim. Stay away from anything too low rise; a mid-rise style is more flattering.

Tunic style tops are a great choice because they can be so easily dressed up or dressed down, depending on mom's style. I love this beautiful embellished tunic from Zen Trend. (I actually own this one and LOVE it - and so does my mom!)

As far as shoes go, this is another of those style issues. Check out mom's closet to see what her "style" is, then bump it up just a notch. For instance, if mom tends to wear basic tennies most of the time, get her a pair of fun sneaks, or perhaps a pair of pair of chic flats. If she has a tendency to wear casual comfort type shoes, pick something with just a bit more pizzazz! But you may want to draw the line at skyscrapers!