Friday, September 13, 2019

Covered: This Winter’s Best Coats You’ll See Everywhere That Won’t Break The Bank

It might seem a little bit early, but it is time to start thinking about winter coats and jackets.  When the wind starts howling and the snow flying it is so tempting to just wear the warmest thing you can find, fashion be damned.  That sometimes means stealing one of my husband’s coats that is so huge I can pile loads of sweaters underneath, or trying to get away with wearing my alpine parka over a dress because it is the warmest thing I have and I hate being cold.  This year I have decided to start early and find some coats that aren’t budget busters, inspired by the runways and fashion editorials, looking for styles that are classic enough to last several years.

Sleek and sumptuous velvet:  This black velvet quilted coat is as luxurious as it looks, and will be perfect with leather pants or skirts, lace, or metallic looks for going out. 

Plush faux shearling: this long faux shearling coat is equal parts classic and fresh.  It's like taking your favorite throw out for a walk. Cuddle up! 

Cocooning duvet to go: what could be more indulgent than taking your warm duvet with you? It's the perfect excuse to stay in bed on the coldest of days.  I'm going for a bright color for a fashion edge that will be just as chic as it is cozy. 

Luxe faux fur:  fur has a new image and it is so fake!  There are a myriad of styles and textures of faux fur coats and jackets now, and the options are limitless.  I am in love with this emerald green jewel-toned beauty that is rich and luscious. The hood is the icing on the cake.  

Forever classic: you can never be wrong with a classic belted wool coat in camel.  Stars and celebrities of the past and present know the power of the winter version of a style-staple trench coat.  Pure chic. Period. 

Puffed up:  an oversized puffer coat with a high neck says bring it on. This style's metallic grey color takes it up a notch making it versatile and sporty.  No need to borrow from the boy's.  

I’ve always wanted to winter coat wardrobe and this year with a little planning, it is totally feasible.  This way I’ll always have the right option for whatever I am wearing, and I will be warm - actually warm.  No more freezing myself wearing an inappropriate coat just because it looks good with my outfit.  Seriously though, suffering for the sake of fashion is so yesterday.  

                                                              XOXO Shelley

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Beauty for All: Five Rule-Breaker Indie Brands Helping To Redefine the Beauty Industry

I love discovering new indie beauty brands and this year has seen so many hit the market with everything from comprehensive skincare collections to new makeup formulations.  The new launches on my radar take a stand, whether it is their inclusivity of all skin types and colors, to those that are eco-conscious, to brands that don’t break the budget while delivering amazing results. These brands stand up against traditional beauty companies by creating judgement-free zones that have no hard fast rules about what constitutes “beauty”.  They are ageless, inclusive of all skin tones, and have a great range of colors, formulas and treatments like their traditional counterparts.  Spend what you want to spend, look like you want to look.  You define you, and on your own terms. Exactly how it should be:

FLORENCE BY MILLS:  Hollywood darling Millie Bobby Brown created her own beauty line after spending countless hours in makeup chairs working with the top artists in the business.  Her number one focus was to create a brand that promoted a positive image of beauty that was for everyone, defying typical standards and was simple and fun to use.  Gen-Z-focused, the clean beauty line is free of parabens, sulfates and dyes, and is not tested on animals or containing any animal by-products.  The good stuff: vitamins, antioxidants, and botanicals means it has a lot of what your skin needs and none of what it doesn’t, wrapped up in feel-good/look good products. 

BELEI:  With a name that combines “beauty” and “believe”, Amazon’s first exclusive skincare line comprises 12 products that are formulated for all skin types to address fine lines, acne, dark spots, dullness, and dehydration, with retinal, vitamin C serum, hyaluronic acid, charcoal masks, micellar water cleansers, and an effective acne treatment. Without the overhead of large-scale marketing and advertising, Belei relies on product reviews and the reviews are positive.  The good stuff:  no parabens, suflates, phthalates, or fragrance, and not tested on animals.  Bonus: every product is under $40.00 US.    

HAUS LABORATORIES:  It is official:  the queen of transformation Lady Gaga has created a makeup collection that is truly universal.  No matter how you identify, Gaga knows firsthand the power of transformation, which compelled her to develop a brand that was inclusive, theatrical, defiant, and exciting, to help people to become their own creation, their own superhero, to design their look for the world to see them as they want to be seen.  The good stuff: pigment rich, precise formulations are a makeup-lover’s playground.

CARMINDY BEAUTY:  Celeb makeup artist Carmindy created her line after ten years starring on TLC’s “What Not To Wear”, and working for such magazines as Elle, Marie Claire, Essence, and Glamour.  Her goal was to instill confidence with an anxiety-free, simplified beauty system that would create a glowing complexion enhanced by ultra-flattering makeup shades for women of all ages, colors, and skin types.  The good stuff:  her Carmindizing Skin System and 5 Minute Face System are easy to use and guarantee a gorgeous look in no time flat, at a reasonable price. Sold exclusively on QVC.

CUPID & PSYCHE BEAUTY:  Animal lover and environmentalist Tracy Toler-Phillips is a fashion photographer on a mission.  Her goal was to create a beauty line that was eco-conscious while packing a pigment punch of red-carpet-ready colors.  Her lipstick line is bee-friendly, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, and formulated with organic oils, shea butter, coconut, grape seed, avocado and jojoba oils.  The good stuff:  a percentage of all sales is donated to non-profits saving bees and wildlife.  

Indie brands that represent the true faces of the world, who consider the consequences of what we put on our skin, who care about the impact of beauty products and packaging on the environment, who simplify beauty while enhancing it, are brands I can get behind.  

                                                             XOXO Shelley

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Friday, August 30, 2019

This Season's Best Polished Hair Looks: #shinyhair

It's already the holiday weekend, and just like that summer is over and fall is just around the corner.  The major fashion weeks are about to take place and that means back to business.  I am actually looking forward to this season’s more polished, pulled together beauty looks inspired by the 90's fashion spotted on the runways, in fashion editorials, and on celebrities. One of the first things I want to do is trim my hair and work on its overall condition, as this season’s best looks are sleek and smooth no matter the length or amount of curl or wave.  I’ve consulted with some of the top hair stylists on sets who are creating new styles for editorials and celebs, and asked them for the key products and tools they use to achieve these looks. Whatever your length or type of hair, the top trend is hair that moves but is controlled, shine and gloss are key, and condition is paramount.  

90’s Blunt Bob:  sleek precision cut bobs of any length are classic and dramatic at the same time.  Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, and Kim Kardashian have all been spotted with this edgy cut.  The key to this look is controlling frizz for a sleek, smooth finish.  Try K√©rastase Discipline Anti-Frizz Smoothing Spray for its weightless formula and shine.  

Gamine Crop:  short hair is having a major moment, flirting with androgyny in the most feminine of looks.  Nothing shows off the neck and cheekbones quite like an eyelash grazing cut.  Try Shu Uemura Blow Dry Beautifier Thermo BB Serum that smoothes and softens hair for controlled movement and defined texture, while protecting it from heated styling tools.

Great Lengths:  this season’s long hair looks have soft waves with a center part.  Think of your beach waves toned down a bit, with more definition.  Try Rossano Ferretti Parma Favoloso 18 Natural Defining Mousse, a light-hold styling and volumizing mousse that adds shine and is airy enough to allow hair to move.

Volume:  need a little glam?  Time to practice back-combing and using hot rollers to achieve sculpted, glossy,  glamorous waves. Movement is key and the goal is to avoid stiff or un-touchable hair.  Try Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Body Builder, a volumizing formula that creates a shiny, airy hold.  

Center-Part Straight:  Channel this 90’s favorite style for a versatile look that draws all the attention to your face, in a look that works 24-7: ponytail grip for the gym, ultra-chic for going out, sets off dramatic, smokey eyes just as well as a clean, natural look.  Try the Dryer Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush which smoothes hair with a paddle-shaped brush that has the heat of a flat iron while being as easy to use as a regular hairbrush, leaving hair shiny and frizz-free.  

Glossy Straight:  thin straight hair needs a great cut that has face-framing soft layers.  Try Ouai Hair Oil for a high gloss, smooth finish.  The lightweight formula won’t weigh fine hair down.

It’s time for a fresh new look to go along with the fresh air creeping in.  I’m off to make an appointment with my stylist asap.  

                                                         XOXO Shelley

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