One size does NOT fit all

MarksSPencer_diversity11“One size fits all.” Who even came up with such an absurd idea for a clothing size? It’s an impossibility. Women come in a variety of sizes, shapes and heights. There’s no way a garment in one size is going to fit everyone. I’ve noticed recently, clothing manufacturers have wised up a bit and are changing to “one size fits most.” Still a bit of a stretch, but not a total impossibility. In the same way, personal style and color is not “one size fits all.”

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Bring out the cozy fall colors

pantone-color-swatches-palette-fashion-color-report-fall-2017-new-yorkFor those of you who have been dreaming of crisp fall days and colorful leaves, Pantone has released their 2017-18 Fall and Winter fashion color palette. Look for these popular colors when shopping for pieces to update your wardrobe. I’ll walk you through them and we’ll see which colors will work for you, depending on your color palette. You DO know which colors are your best colors, right?

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Vlogger spotlight: Dominique Sachse

I know I say this all the time, but there are some amazing beauty and style vloggers out there offering invaluable tips, tricks, how-tos and product reviews. If you’re a visual learner like me, watching a video is SO much better than reading a bunch of steps. To be fair, there are also a lot of amateurs who don’t know their subject matter, who spend too much time with ditzy chat – rather than getting to the point, and some with such poor production quality, it hurts to sit through a 10 or 20 minute video. How do you find the gems hidden in the crowd? I’m starting a series of “vlogger spotlight” posts in which I’ll share some of my favorite vloggers. If you like ’em, too, hit the subscribe button to follow their channels.

dominique_01I think it only appropriate that I kick off the series with one of my very favorites, Dominique Sachse. If you’ve ever longed for a BFF that you could sorta idolize – one that could offer all kinds of makeup, style and hair advice, one that’s a mature, career woman – meet Dominique. She offers makeup and hair tutorials that are clear, easy to follow and don’t waste your time, while somehow still managing to make you feel like you’re just visiting with a cool big sister or a good friend. Her hair tutorials are my personal fav. I always get compliments when I follow her bouncy, short hair tutorial. She also has lifestyle tips and tricks.

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Your most important beauty tool

the-benefits-of-buying-a-10x-lighted-makeup-mirror-750x500What do you think is your most important beauty tool – the one you can’t live without? Did you think “makeup mirror?” I’m betting you didn’t. But think about it: isn’t a good quality mirror with the right magnification and the right lighting critical to makeup application? Think about the last time you traveled and had to use the mirror and lighting supplied in your hotel bathroom. Yikes. It can be a real disaster.

So, how do you choose the perfect mirror?

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Taking care of your skin

5-Natural-Anti-Aging-Skin-Care-Tips-750x500They say getting older is like going through a second puberty. Your skin is changing, your body is changing, your hormones are all outta whack and sometimes you don’t recognize that person staring back at you from the mirror. And just like when you were a preteen, you have to change your skincare routine to meet your skin’s changing needs.

Now, instead of focusing on oil control and keeping breakouts at bay, you’re focusing on moisturizing, anti-aging and postponing the arrival of those fine lines and age spots – or at least lessening their impact. They say it’s never too early to implement an anti-aging skincare regimen to give your skin the best shot at staying youthful and dewy as long as possible, but where to start? There are tons of products on the market and you’ve probably tried some that made big claims but did squat. And paying more doesn’t always mean better results. Spending a boatload of cash on a product that does nothing is really a drag.

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