Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Getting Back to Your Sassy, Stylish Self!

Hi She She Me! I'm Madie from the Philippines. I used to be very fashionable, could always turn heads whenever I walked by. Even though I was busy as a student, dj and a dancer, I was still fashionable and took care of myself. That was 2 years ago. Now I am finished with my studies but I don't get to dance any more. I am focused now on my job 8 hours a day, and unfortunately I am not as fashionable as I once was! I don't know what went wrong, but I want to be fabulously stylish and fashionable once again. Could you give me some pointers and motivation on how to achieve this - within a budget of course! Thank you soooo much! Madie

Darling Girl,

This is indeed a dilemma, but one that can be easily solved! You have overcome the biggest hurdle of all - by recognizing that you have slipped into a style slump and being willing to climb out of it.

First of all, style is more than just a wardrobe. Style is a talent (and, luckily, one that can be acquired)! A plain little black dress can be transformed into a chic fashion statement by the perfect shoes, wrap, handbag and jewelry. And it doesn't need to put you in the poorhouse either!

I would suggest starting with a few great quality basics, then build from there. The framework of your wardrobe should always be the best quality that you can afford. Top quality basics will last for years, will never go out of style and will be a great investment.

Start with a fitted blazer. A classic neutral like brown, navy or charcoal can coordinate with just about anything. A blazer always adds an element of style and can be worn with jeans, trousers, skirts and even dresses. Choose a fit that flatters your personal body type and make sure it is very good quality fabric, cut and style. Don't scrimp here!

White button-down blouse. Another classic. Can be worn with the blazer and jeans for a great casual weekend look or paired with a skirt and heels for an easy business lunch.

Cashmere sweater. Nothing feels as exquisite as cashmere! I would opt for a great fitted cardigan because of its versatility as well as style. It can be worn over blouses, under jackets, with jeans, trousers, skirts and dresses! As I said, very versatile!

Fabulous denim jeans. Another no-scrimp item. Take an afternoon (and a very good friend who will be totally honest with you) and try on every pair of designer jeans in Saks, Bloomies or Nordstrom till you find the pair that is most flattering to you. Hint: Straight leg styles are universally the most flattering, but a slight boot-cut will usually work too. Now that you know which jeans looks best on you, scour the sales and keep an eye on great online sources for good deals and you'll never be without a great pair of jeans!

Wool trousers. One great pair of fantastic trousers in a not-too-wide-leg style, (but not skinny or flared either.) Think timeless style. Black, navy or khaki.

A-line skirt. The classic style. Always looks good, always flattering. Keep it about knee length or just above (too long and it looks frumpy, too short and it looks trashy). I love skirts because they can be dressed up or down, depending on the look you are going for. I love to wear a classic a-line with a great tee shirt, a denim jacket and a pair of wedges. Or, you can go glam with a shimmery top, elegant coat and classic pumps.

LBD. Every girl must have a great little black dress! Here, again, go with what flatters your figure the most. If you have a great waist, emphasize it in a chic wrap dress. If you have sexy arms, go with a halter-style or a sleeveless dress.

Now that you have the basics, you can bump up the volume with tops, tees and other separates, and you can add individual style with accessories. A great tote bag for work. A chic little shoulder bag for evenings. A classic pair of knee boots. A pair of basic black pumps. A pair of chic neutral flats. A pair of mid-heel t-straps or Mary Janes. A pair of sexy, sassy skyscrapers to wear with the LBD!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Fun Formal Fashions

She She! First, hope you had a wonderful holiday! You of all people deserve it! You have helped me countless times and thank you so much for that! I was wondering, I have been asked to go to a formal dance for the first time and I have no idea what sort of dress would be good within a somewhat tight budget. Thank you so much! Esther

Your first formal dance! How exciting! Every time I walk into a florist shop I am immediately transported back to my prom (corsages!) You are going to be the most stylish girl on the dance floor my dear!

One fabulous source for prom dresses is eDressMe.com. They have a fabulous selection and very, very good prices. Prom dresses can range anywhere from around $100 to well over $1,000 (yikes!), so finding a gorgeous dress at a great price is truly rewarding. (That way you still have enough cash left for shoes, handbag and a mani/pedi, right?) Also, be sure to check the bridesmaid sections at the major department stores - they often have great gowns at very affrodable prices.
A formal dance no longer means just floor-length dresses. Today there are so many stylish tea-length (mid-calf) dresses and shorter dresses which work just as well - especially in the often inclement weather (no dragging satin hems!). Although it is fun to go all-out in a formal gown!

Don't forget the accessories! A fun little bag, sparkly earrings and bracelet, strappy sandals, and a wrap and you are good to go!

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Skinny on Cowboy Boots

Dear She She, Are cowboy boots still acceptable? Kesha

Hi Kesha!

Trends come and go, they always have, they always will. However, there are some trends that seem to stand the test of time. Two of those trends are equestrian style boots and cowboy boots! A word of caution, however. Don't overdo a trend! When wearing equestrian style boots, don't pair them with jodhpurs and a hacking jacket unless you are prepared to ride to hounds. Same goes for cowboy boots. Stay away from the Annie Oakley look. A pair of hot designer jeans and a crisp white blouse. A really amazing jacket. Then kick it into high gear with a pair of gorgeous cowboy boots.

One of my favorite go-to outfits is a swingy chocolate knit dress that I wear with black opaque tights and a gorgeous pair of cowboy boots that I have had for at least seven years. These boots are very high quality, they are awesome, they are gorgeous and they make me feel like a total rock star.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Fastest Way to Silky Smooth Legs

With holiday parties looming, and all of those gorgeous cocktail dresses just waiting to be worn, I know one thing on every girl's mind is keeping her legs silky smooth. I, for one, just hate shaving! I have the nicks and scars to prove it too! And I really hate waiting for the hair to get long enough to wax - it just defeats the purpose, no? So what's a girl to do?

Well, this twirty girl has discovered the VEET® Rasera® Bladeless™ Kit, which I use with the moisturizing hair removal gel-cream. The "razor" is bladeless, so no chance of nicks and cuts, and it is also flexible so it follows my curves for a smooth, close shave—without cuts, dryness or stubble. And it lasts twice as long as regular shaving!
I used to shave every single morning, and sometimes again before I went out in the evening. Needless to say, that much shaving really dried out my skin, not to mention the nicks I would get from shaving in a hurry! I can honestly say that the Veet system has saved my skin. No more nicks and cuts, my legs feels silky smooth for longer and it is so simple, easy and quick to use. 3 minutes is all it takes! Check out Veet today and have silky smooth legs all holiday long!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Holiday Cocktail Party Attire

Hi SheShe! You're just the gal to help me with my party dilemma. I've ordered this Bloomie's sweater in black for a cocktail party during the holidays, but what to wear with it? Black pants, winter white? Also, since the sweater is yummy cashmere, but with lots of embellishment, what kind of jewelry can go with it - elegant but understated?

I hope you can help - I really love this top and want to look cute. Here's to being the "happiest and prettiest girl" at the party...and cheers to you for a wonderful holiday season!


Dearest Girl you will definitely be the belle of the ball! I adore this sweater too (think I might just snap one up for myself!). Since I had a real nasty incident with a winter white skirt at a party last year (involving chocolate fondue and a misplaced skewer) I have steered away from lighter colors at festive holiday gatherings.

Think about the overall focus of the party - is it friends or is it work related? If the cocktail party is work related, I would keep the ensemble sleek, sophisticated and simple. Choose a pair of wide leg trousers in a rich fabric like wool or wool gabardine. These will definitely complement the fitted sweater. Finish the ensemble with a pair of sleek skyscrapers with a nice stacked heel, a great little leather clutch and a pair of simple small silver hoop earrings.

If it is a gathering of friends, you can bump it up a notch. I would go with pair of pants in either a metallic woven denim, or perhaps a rich satin. Either would work well with the luxurious cashmere, especially with the gorgeous embellishments on this particular sweater. You can be a little more edgy with the footwear here too. Something with a little bling would be good. Same goes for the handbag. As far as jewelry, however, once again I would just stick with simple earrings (the sweater has enough bling on its own.)

Or you could go with a sleek leather skirt, opaque rights, and fun heels. Animal print, crocodile or snakeskin handbag and fun dangle earrings and you are good to go!