The New Neutral

I’m not talking about your typical beige or brown.  I’m talking about animal prints.  Do not be fooled into thinking you can only wear animal prints with colors that are within those prints.  Animal prints are the new neutral!  Embrace your zebra, cheetah, snake, and giraffe prints.  The best thing about this is it’s in all season trend.  You can pull this off all year round.

New to animal prints? No problem.  As with any introduction to something new to you in fashion, I suggest starting small.  It will make the transition easier.  It also makes it easier to warm up to.   You know how it is when you get a new hair style and you hate it on the first day…you typically end up loving it by day three.  (This generally happens to those that fear change but that’s another blog post.)

Start with accessories.  You know your favorite blue dress? Instead of wearing it with your black peep toes,  try a leopard pump or a zebra pump.  Both will work.  Start out wearing your favorite solids with one animal print accessory; a shoe, a handbag, a scarf, or jewelry.  As you see how well these pieces go together,  you will get comfortable with bolder looks.

 

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Designer Sale

20150401_071840Today is the day. Hopefully this is worth my time and not some cruel April Fools joke. I’m getting out my sick bed for this. Those who know me personally know that I am not a slave to fashion. Fashion, in fact, is my slave. I use it to my full advantage and I never pay those ridiculous prices.

7:25am ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!

Doors open at 9am.  I imagine there will be hardcore shoppers in the parking lot early or lining up at the door right now.  I’m still in my sick bed.  I’ll get there by 9:00.

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8:35am ARRIVAL

Arrived in parking lot with breakfast.  So far so good.  I only see two others waiting in their cars.  This may not be so bad.  The mall is so peaceful when it’s empty.  There are massage chairs conveniently located just outside of Last Call.  I can sit in peace and observe the mall walkers until the doors open in four minutes.

9:49am THE FIND

Nothing.  There’s nothing in this store that hasn’t been online all week.  Save your gas and shop online.  They just April Fooled me 😔

Elongate Your Legs

Photo1355-1~2This is for my my petite readers as well as my readers with petite friends.  I am five feet four inches aspiring to be five feet six inches.  So you know I am all about tips and tricks to help me pull off a longer look.  I have a few simple tips that help me pull of that endless leg look.

Over the years I’ve been told that long skirts elongate the legs.  I find the opposite to be true.  I love a long skirt.  I often wear maxis and midis.  Though, I don’t see them doing anything that resembles elongating my legs.  When I’m trying to achieve that long leggy look, I go for a skirt that hits above the knee.

Here’s where people typically miss the mark, shoes.  Didn’t know shoes have a bearing on the portrayal of the length of your legs? They do.  I love the ankle strap trend that will be everywhere this Spring.  Trust me.  I love to look at it, not wear it.  I bought the most beautiful black suede laser cut ankle strap sandals by Calvin Klein.  I bought them because they were beautiful and the price was right.  However they cut into my long leg dreams.  I listed and sold them on my ebay page ( http://www.ebay.com/usr/1srboutique ) hopefully to a woman taller than 5’4″.

So now you know one item on my “do” list, above the knee skirt and two items on my “don’t” list, ankle strap shoes and long skirts.  Keep in mind my “don’t” list is not a don’t ever.  You just don’t want to wear these items when the goal is a long leg.  I also avoid t-strap shoes.  Basically any shoe that cuts across the ankle is going to cut off the leg.  This includes booties.  One last tip for a long leg look, point your toes.  It sounds silly but it really does work.  I pointed toe will give you a much longer look than a flexed foot.

Of course these tips won’t actually make you taller but they’ll help you achieve a long lean look.  Try it out and tell me what you think.