Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bringing a Little Comfort to the Holidays

I've always said that a timeless dress, classic accessories and a killer pair of shoes is all it takes to give a girl confidence. And I stand by that. However, I've recently realized that when it comes to boosting one's confidence it's best to start with the underlying basics, and I do mean underlying. As in undies. A girl cannot expect to feel confident and self assured when she knows that underneath that spectacular little black dress, she's wearing grannie panties with a serious loss of elasticity and a brassiere that has the straps stapled on. (Don't ask.)

Case in point: this past weekend I attended a little industry "do" with my uber-chic mentor/boss, and knowing that she would look chic and stylish (because she always does) it was very important that I project a chic and stylish image as well. Anyhoo, due to an extra-long work day and an unanticipated laundry crisis I found that the only clean lingerie I had were the aforementioned ratty grannie panties and support-challenged bra. Sigh.

Oh well, no one will ever know right? And besides, I had that spectacular new lbd and those killer slingbacks to wear so it was all good. Or so I thought. Unfortunately, I had not anticipated the ineffectiveness of said grannie panties, which rode further and further up with each step I took, resulting in one wicked wedgie. And let me tell you, darlings, there is nothing that will derail a girl's confidence faster than spending an evening trying to keep her rear-view out of view in case said wedgie is actually visible through the somewhat clingy fabric of her dress. Not to mention the temptation to de-wedgie the wedgie! And I won't even go into what happened when the staples in my bra strap started poking me in the back...

Anyhoo, lesson learned! I am now fully stocked up on comfortable and invisible-beneath-the-clingy-dress panties that won't ride up, as well as several of these amazing bras with built-in concealer petals - no more headlights! Bring on the holiday parties darlings!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Open Hearts

Despite the ups and downs of today’s economy, nearly nine out of 10 Americans say they are living with an Open Heart – the philosophy of keeping your heart open, despite adversity, thereby resulting in something positive. According to a nationwide survey commissioned by Kay Jewelers, the issues most frequently mentioned as requiring an Open Heart for guidance and solutions are unemployment (52 percent), followed by religious differences (48 percent), financial difficulties (48 percent) and the economy (45 percent).

“Americans are resilient,” actress Jane Seymour said. “Even in times of difficulty, people find a way to overcome adversity by keeping an Open Heart.”

The survey was conducted to explore attitudes around Seymour’s Open Hearts philosophy that keeping an Open Heart despite adversity can bring a wealth of love, hope and inspiration into life. The survey is part of a campaign to launch keepanopenheart.com, an online community where visitors can share stories and engage in a dialogue about living life with an Open Heart.

“Sharing inspirational stories about overcoming difficulties in one’s life and then moving forward to do something positive can have a great impact on others,” said Seymour. “And that’s the premise behind keepanopenheart.com.”

After a difficult period in her life, Seymour began painting and noticed that the hearts she painted were always open. This led Seymour to create an Open Heart symbol that mirrors her mother’s advice that only when you can love yourself and keep your heart open can you best give and receive love.

To help promote the Open Hearts philosophy, Keep An Open Heart LLC is sponsoring a sweepstakes where consumers can enter by articulating how living with an Open Heart allowed them to overcome adversity and create something positive, such as helping others or giving hope and love. The first 100 entrants to submit an eligible entry will receive a sterling silver Open Hearts necklace from Kay Jewelers. One grand prize winner from all eligible entries received through Dec. 31, 2009 will receive a 14 karat white gold Open Hearts by Jane Seymour™ diamond necklace valued at nearly $1,300. There is no purchase necessary for the sweepstakes and full sweepstakes rules are available at keepanopenheart.com.

At keepanopenheart.com, you can:

  • Browse stories of inspiration in video or written form
  • Submit their own story (and be entered in the Open Hearts sweepstakes)
  • Sign up for text messages & e-mail newsletter from Jane
  • Send an Open Hearts e-card to family & friends
  • Be linked to Open Hearts by Jane Seymour on Facebook & YouTube

Monday, November 09, 2009

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Monday, November 02, 2009

When all else fails...improvise!

Don't you just love it when you have a chance to get all girlied up and strut your stuff in style? There is nothing quite like a gorgeous lbd, a pair of sexy skyscrapers and a little bling to put a big smile on my face and a little sass in my step! Which is why I was more than a little miffed to find myself in a bit of a sticky situation on my recent cruise to Cabo.

There I was, on a luxurious cruise ship with first-class accommodations (a double bed, sitting area and private balcony) all to myself. When I arrived in my room I found that the porter had already delivered my new luggage so I set about unpacking all my lovely new cruise wear, swimsuits, sundresses, cocktail dresses, sandals, stilettos, etc. I was just so excited to actually be on a real vacation for the first time in so long that I didn't realize until I was dressing for dinner that several key wardrobe items were missing from my luggage. In fact, an entire piece of luggage was missing! I couldn't believe it! I swore I would never again travel with more luggage than I could carry onto an airplane, having been the victim of the old airlines-have-lost-my-luggage scene once too often. Yet here I was, on a cruise, with a fabulous new wardrobe, and nary an "unmentionable" to be found in my possession (other than the tighty-whities I had on!)

But, as I have mentioned on more than one occasion, I am a glass-is-half-full-let's-make-lemonade kind of girl, so I did what any fashionista with a lick of sense and a black bikini would do. (Although I have to admit that a lycra bandeau bikini top does not really offer the full support one would require for an 80's disco dance contest, even if I did win the trophy!)

Anyhoo, I learned a valuable lesson - always carry spare skivvies, and if the need arises, swimwear can do double duty. Oh, and it turns out that the airline didn't lose my luggage after all...the bag was still in the trunk of my car! Oh well, all's well that ends well. And now I have a whole new selection of lovely little lacies to enjoy now that the vacay is over. Bonus!