Aug 28, 2016

My Tahari ASL Daytime Dresses Wishlist

I'm always looking for new clothing to wear because I happen to love keeping up with the latest trends and fashion statements. Even though I work at home doesn't mean I can't appreciate the styles and even wear a few when I go out and visit with friends and family!

Recently I came across Tahari ASL, and if you haven't heard of this brand, they offer effortlessly chic and work appropriate clothing that's stunning. In particular, I love their daytime dresses, which are perfect for me to wear for a summer or fall time outing, paired with a jacket when the weather cools down.

Why don't you check out some of my favorite daytime dresses and let me know what you think!

Textured Scuba Side-Laced Sheath

I love this Textured Scuba Side-Laced Sheath dress because it's simple, classic, and works to wear during a variety of occasions. In particular, I adore the ruched side that’s laced up with brushed golden grommets. I'm a sucker for anything ruched or laced up on the side or top of a blouse, for example. There's something incredibly sexy and romantic about this look. 

Watercolor Print Sheath


Another design element and pattern I absolutely love is anything watercolor and this dress not only has a watercolor print, but it comes in my favorite color shades: turquoise and blues! This streamlined watercolor print sheath is definitely something I would wear all season long and living in California; this dress would look perfect anywhere I go! 

Drawstring-Waist Crepe Shirtdress


I happen to love shirtdresses because they are casual yet very dressy, like this dress. I love the color and style of this Drawstring-Waist Crepe Shirtdress and the drawstring waist and rolled sleeves are two details I really like. 

With fall approaching, I can totally see myself wearing this dress with a jean jacket and flip flops. It's a great piece to wear when transitioning into the fall time but still works to wear throughout the autumn months. 

Metallic Column Gown


The dress above isn't one of Tahari's daytime dresses, but it's absolutely stunning, so I had to include it. If I was single and was going on The Bachelor, the Metallic Column Gown is a dress that would be included in my wardrobe. It's absolutely gorgeous, romantic, and 100% my style. I could go on and on about this romantic dress. 

So that's my Tahari ASL wishlist. I love how they offer a variety of fashionable clothing, from suits to dresses, giving you a wide range to select from for work and more. They also have a women's plus separates category, which I love.

If budget wasn't a concern, which dresses would you purchase for the fall time? 

Aug 15, 2016

How a Watch Can Increase Your Productivity

Every day fills up with small appointments and deadlines that you must meet to stay on top of things. Time can easily slip away, making you late to important social or business meetings—this can spell trouble for both your professional and personal life! There’s one simple solution to staying in control of your day: wearing a watch. Read on to discover how a watch can increase your level of productivity.

Cut Down On the Time It Takes to Get Dressed

Women are notorious for spending a lot of time getting ready to go out. Between applying makeup, choosing an outfit, and making sure you have everything you need ready to go, the minutes fly by, and before you know it, you’re late to your engagement. With a wristwatch, you can glance down and instantly know how much time you have left before you need to be out the door.

Make It to Your Dates On Time

Some people can get annoyed when a date shows up late. Don’t make this mistake! First impressions are very important, and your perfect outfit, conversation, and charm may not be enough to compensate for being late. By wearing a watch, you can constantly monitor your schedule and make the adjustments to right on time—or ideally early—so that your date can start off on the right foot.

Avoid Looking at Your Smart Phone

Most people check the time with their phone. However, constant notifications and messages can distract you from the task on hand. The next thing you know, you’ve been flipping through pictures on Instagram for twenty minutes and wasted a bunch of time. Avoid distracting yourself by wearing a watch. When you want to know the time, you can find out in one look and go right back to getting things done. Your productivity and efficiency will increase as you look at your phone less.

Keep Track of Time Underwater

There’s nothing more relaxing than going to the beach or the pool for a dip and some afternoon tanning. However, when you’re lying there basking in the sun half-asleep, you can easily lose track of time. You can easily ruin the whole afternoon by losing track of time and packing up in a hurry to run to your next social obligation. A watch is the perfect thing to help you keep track of how long you’ve been at the beach and when you need to start heading back. If you spend a lot of time underwater, get your hands on quality diving watches so that you can check the time while you’re still in the water!

Stay on Schedule

It can be easy to lose track of time, get side swept by daydreams, and be late to your next social or business occasion. Instead of constantly disappointing others and running behind on your schedule, let a watch keep you up to task and on time. You’ll be surprised by how efficient and productive you can become simply by staying aware of time. With proper time management, you can also notice extraneous stress melt away. Open your life to new opportunities and newer vistas by wearing a fashionable watch and staying on time.


Author Bio:

Chetan is a professional life coach, mentor, and freelance lifestyle writer from Colorado Springs, CO. By emphasizing the little distractions that hinder productivity, she is able to maximize on productivity by pointing out creative ways to become more efficient. With this approach, she has helped many clients reach their personal goals and embrace a refined version of their ideals. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking, and bicycling.

Top Trends to Expect During Fall and Winter 2016

New York Fashion Week is one of the biggest fashion events of the year. Hundreds of designers and their protégés reveal their newest ideas and biggest surprises in preparation for fall and winter styles.

Taking cues from spring’s February fashion week, there are several trends you can expect to continue throughout the rest of the year. Check out the list of popular trends that you can expect to see during the 2016 fall and winter seasons.

Statement Fur

Fur will be everywhere on the runway—from cross shoulder styles to embellished shirts. However, the real star will be the statement fur. Bold colors, daring prints, and unique designs are extremely popular, and every piece makes for a dazzling ensemble.

Earlier this year, statement fur made a splash on the runway as well. While most coats were favored with the street-style crowd—like Michael Kors’ pink cotton candy coat—there were also a few that aimed for polished refinement. Oscar De La Renta’s sleek burgundy, white, and black creation was a prime example!

Gold and Tinsel

In the past, gold, silver, and other metallic styles belonged strictly to glitzy senior citizens and Las Vegas party girls. However, thanks to the 2016 spring runway, fashion has reclaimed these fabulous metallic colors and tinsel.

This fall, expect to see metallic tinsel embellishments on Alexander McQueen’s breathtaking gowns and Erdem’s feathered and fringed dresses, as well as a colorful metallic shine in every single one of Wolk Moais unisex pieces. These are incredible color statements to include into your fashion-forward outfits!

Renaissance Women

Renaissance designs will flood the runway with corsets and embroidery to Victorian-inspired sleeves and empire waists. Balmain’s new line specifically looks to include corsetry and embroidery in many of the designs. Other designers bring rich brocade and deep colors to the runway, modernizing classic designs with contemporary accessories and shoes.

Turtlenecks and Dresses

Trends that serve as seasonal transitions are always popular on the runway. This year, expect to see summer dresses over autumn shirts and tights. Textured and embroidered tights will be worn under simple, solid color pieces, while busy, patterned dresses will benefit from the soothing effect of a single-color turtleneck.

This style is particularly easy to mimic off the runway; all you need to do is pair your favorite summer dress with a turtleneck or some leggings. Online boutique stores, like The Pink Lily Boutique, provide a variety of seasonal clothes that can be stylized for a number of seasons, depending on the outfit and the accessories. Ultimately, your fashion sense should circle around the idea that seasons could be blended for a stylistic effect.


The runway is where the most over-the-top pieces belong. Since everyone is accustomed to seeing extravagance, adding ruffles to an ensemble can create that extra dramatic effect. This fall and winter season, you can expect to see a profusion of layers and tiers in shirts, dresses, and even jackets. As a close relative of the ruffle, the capelet will also make a surprise appearance.

Ruffles of exaggerated proportions were utilized on the spring runway with a powerful effect. Expect to see Jill Stuart transition her structured, high fashion ruffles from spring to fall by creating asymmetrical lines and utilizing fall floral patterns. This is one style you won’t want to miss!

From the runway to the closet

So many of these runway trends utilize spectacular statement pieces as the main event. To make these items wearable for day-to-day activities, tone down the drama and introduce your fashion sense with flair. Bring your favorite pieces from the New York runway to your closet by combining them with quality basics, like District Clothing tees, tanks, and raglans. By supplementing casual attire with high-fashion, you can ensure that your wardrobe will be on-point and ready to impress, no matter the occasion.

Author Bio:

Melanie is a fashion designer and freelance fashion writer from Los Angeles, California. As a regular attendee to many international fashion shows, she gathers inspiration from a number of designers and strives to combine a variety of styles into her collection. When she is not busy styling her clients and setting new fashion trends, she enjoys sewing and reading.

Aug 14, 2016

Top 8 Conventional Beauty Routines That Are Slowly Damaging Your Skin

Almost everyone wants to have a clear and healthy-looking skin. Some people buy tons of products to fix their skin issues. There are also people who are willing to undergo drastic and expensive skin treatments just to get back their skin’s natural glow. While most of these beauty routines give out good results, they are actually damaging your skin in the long run.

If you are unsure about how safe your routine is, take a look at the list below and see for yourself which skin care mistake you’re guilty of doing.

1. Slapping on your face cream

Most people, particularly those who are on the rush, tend to apply their face creams and moisturizers by slapping them on the skin or rubbing them vigorously. If this sound exactly like you, then it’s probably high time you reconsider changing your beauty routine. Slapping creams on your face won’t get the product into your skin’s deeper layers. It will just make them sit on the surface and unable to do their work.

So, instead of slapping, apply your face cream from your neck up using gentle upward strokes. Try to use minimal pressure as you spread the product evenly.

2. Using face wipes

Face wipes may give you a refreshing feel, but they aren’t the best for your skin. Aside from that most of them contain harsh chemicals and even alcohol, the dragging and pulling motion you do to clean your face create minute tears on your skin. They can also cause irritation, redness, and excessive dryness.

3. Using anti-aging products too early

Most women want to limit or prevent the signs of skin aging as much and as early as possible. This is one of the reasons why they choose to start early with anti-aging products. Although understandable, the problem with using these products, particularly the really potent ones, too early is that they cause thinning of the skin. This makes your skin even more prone to sun damage.

4. Wrong hair removal technique

Shaving can surely help you get flawless skin but its effect isn’t that long lasting. Technically, you’ll have to shave once or every other day just to remain hair-free. Aside from this inconvenience, shaving can also result to ingrown hair, nicks, and cuts which can negatively impact the integrity of your skin.

Instead of investing your money on razors and shaving creams, it’s a much better idea if you can get yourself the best epilator. Epilation is more efficient and safe than shaving and waxing. It can also give you a longer lasting result without the mess and irritation. Before heading out to purchase one, make sure to read epilator reviews first so you can have an idea of how much they cost and what features you should look out for.

5. Exfoliating daily

Exfoliation is an essential part of any skin care routine. It helps get rid of the dead skin cells that are making you look dull and unhealthy. However, exfoliation on a daily basis isn’t really recommended as it can take away your skin’s natural oil and moisture.

For its best effect, try to limit your exfoliation to once or twice a week. Choose chemical exfoliation instead of using scrubbing pads and loofahs as they can be abrasive for your skin. There are chemical gel peels available today that work by dissolving your skin’s outermost layer. Because these gel peels don’t penetrate deep into your skin, there’s a lesser chance for irritation to occur.

6. Not waiting for your serums to dry completely

Proper layering of products is critical if you want to make sure they work properly. Applying products after products without waiting for them to dry can cause dilution and unnecessary mixing. In some cases, it can even cause a negative interaction between the products and you become at risk of several adverse reactions.

Instead of hurrying up the process, take the time to completely allow each product to dry before proceeding with the next one. Cleanse your face and pat it dry before using your toner. Once it has dried up, you can apply your serum and then your moisturizer. If you are using any sunblock, which you should be, use it after your moisturizer gets completely absorbed by your skin.  

7. Using too much moisturizer

You don’t really need to use a lot of moisturizers to increase its effectiveness. The truth is your skin doesn’t need tons of products to stay supple and hydrated. You only need a small amount of the right type of moisturizer to do the trick. Find one that suits your skin type best and carefully assess its ingredients to see if it has the components that can address your skin issues. Aside from the ingredients and your skin type, you should also consider the moisturizer’s formulation as it can make or break your skin.

Too much moisturizer can lead to a lot of skin issues. It can cause clogged pores, blackheads and accumulated layers of dead skin cells. Over time, this habit can make your skin stop producing its natural oils and become dependent on the products you apply.

8. Switching products frequently

There are no skin care products that can miraculously get rid of your acne or scars overnight. You have to give them enough time to do their job. Typically, it can take a few months before you can see any drastic changes in your skin. If you fail to see any improvements after three months, then you can safely switch to another skin care item.

One key thing to remember about trying out new products is that you shouldn’t use more than one item at the same time. Trying out multiple items at once will make it hard for you to determine which products are actually working and which ones aren’t. Use the same rule as mentioned above and give each product enough time before switching to the next one.

Aug 9, 2016

Choose the Perfect Ankle Boots Every Time

When it comes to creating the perfect outfit, footwear is important. Your choice of shoes or boots makes a huge difference to whether your overall look works or not. If you think about it, you will know what I mean. How many times have you seen an elegantly dressed woman spoil everything by wearing footwear that is too heavy for her outfit? I know I have seen it, or something similar, quite a few times, and suspect you have too.

One of the most common mistakes I see is people wearing the wrong type of ankle boot. As a result, I thought a post to guide you through choosing the right style for your outfit might be a good idea.

Ankle boots and dresses

OK, first let’s deal with the elephant in the room. Can you wear ankle boots with a dress? Well, my answer is yes, but you do need to be careful.

In this situation, it is especially important to choose the right style of the dress or skirt. You also need to make sure that your boots will be seen as appropriate for the occasion.

For example, if you are wearing a sophisticated, tailored dress or skirt suit, a pair of close fitting, fine leather ankle boots with a low stiletto could actually work. But, this style of boots would not look good paired with a floaty, light summer dress.

This picture of K.T Tunstall is a great example of how to wow with ankle boots and a skirt. When you are trying to pair this type of footwear with a dress, you just need to be careful.

By far the best way to find out what works for you is to go shopping in your lunch hour to try on a few and see what looks good with your work outfits. Some boots finish at the ankle, others an inch or so above. You will be surprised what a difference an inch or two makes to the overall look, so try all options.

Ankle boots and trousers 

Where ankle boots come into their own is when you want to wear jeans or trousers. In that situation, they pretty much always look great. However, you still need to be a bit careful about which style you buy. If you are wearing jeans you can generally get away with the more masculine styles. For example, heavy sole boots. But, be careful because these would not look right with a pair of trousers made from a lighter fabric.

Must have ankle boots for your wardrobe

As you can see for the most parts ankle boots are a versatile style of footwear. They are comfortable, generally well made and nowhere near as expensive as full-length boots, so they have a lot going for them. I would even go as far to say that they are a wardrobe must haves.

When it comes to styling black ankle boots are the best, they are extremely versatile, and will go with many different outfits. Therefore, if you are on a tight budget, and can only afford one pair my advice would be to buy a black pair.