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The Fall Boot Trends

I don’t know about you but after the heat of this summer, I long for some cooler Fall days. I can’t wait to wear my cozy sweaters, my shawls and leather boots! If we can have a beautiful autumn, I wouldn’t mind a change of wardrobe. Leather boots immediately elevate your outfit whether you are wearing them with slim jeans or a dress. You will find hereunder the Fall Boot trends.

The best time to purchase your boots is November.  There are plenty of promotions from Black Friday to Christmas Specials. When buying your boots, think long term classic instead of the Trend of the Moment. I know it’s tempting but if you decide to purchase the Fall trend, don’t invest too much money into it. It may pass as quickly as it has come.

Why do women love accessories so much? One reason may be that they have nothing to do with size. An amazing boot, shoe or bag looks Fabulous on anyone. The right accessory will transform your outfit.

The switch of a heel to a flat, a slouchy bag to a clutch can change the entire mood of the outfit. Accessories are an easy way to add personality to your outfit and extend your wardrobe.

Why do we love our boots? Whether classic or trendy, this full coverage footwear is comfy and chic.
Once I start wearing them, I cannot take them off. They can have a country look, an equestrian vibe or a sleek urban chic flair. They give us the comfort to wear dresses and skirts on chillier days. They will dress up our jeans or dress down our most delicate pieces.

Boots give more versatility to our wardrobe and more options. Every woman should have a few pairs in different styles.

The right pair will completely transform your style. They will be an important part of your outfit so choose what you wear wisely. Boots are available today at many prices from 50 to 500$ in our average stores. They are definitely more expensive than shoes but well worth the investment.

The Knee High Boot

They will allow you to wear your lighter fabric dresses and skirts in the fall and winter when it is cold. It will give a modern twist to a flouncy skirt and shawl sweater.
At the change of season, stuff them and store them in an appropriate box with a photo of the boots taped to the box. The High heel boot is just as lady like as a pump. When wearing a boot with a dress or skirt, make sure there is not more than 1/2 an inch space between the leg and the boot. It should not be too tight either. With a full skirt, the hem should fall just over the top of the boot.

best boots for the season- knee high boots

Heavier Heeled styles (Western)

These are best with longer skirts. Don’t pair your lacy, tiered skirts with rugged boots. Keep this style for your jeans or more casual skirts.The Fall boot trends -the western boot

Flat or Equestrian Boot

These are fun to dress down an outfit. Opt for interesting textures and colors for a youthful lookThe Fall Boot Trends- Flat or Equestrian Boot

The Ankle Boot

The ankle boots are very elegant and ultramodern. You can find them in all styles, textures and colors. They are easy to wear under your pants. I am not a fan of wearing ankle boots with dresses unless they are very slim and you wear tights the same color as the boot to elongate your leg and avoid cutting it off.

“An Accessory Is Just As Important As The Outfit. It Completes The Look, Highlighting The Personality Of The Wearer” Giorgio ArmaniThe Fall Boot Trends- The ankle boot

HOW TO PAIR YOUR SHOES AND BAGS

You may remember the days when “Matchy-Matchy” was the norm. This is no longer the case. We have become much more creative with our choices.

Mix Textures

A patent boot with a patent bag is way too much shine. Pair a high gloss boot or shoe with a velvet or brocade bag for more interest.

Mix Prints & Solids

Balance the busy and basic. It doesn’t mean you have to stay away from color. A leopard print and a bright red is very chic.

Mix Metallics and Matte

Pair a sleek silver with black and a gold will be a great complement to brown.
Always stay in the same mood or style of the outfit.

An equestrian boot calls for a hobo bag
A sleek clutch , a sexy stiletto
A dainty purse, a lady like pump
And pair your sporty nylon messenger bag with your favorite sneakers.

What boot will you be wearing this winter?

Anna

Exercise Is Beneficial To Your Skin

Exercise is beneficial to your skin

You already know that exercise is good for your body but did you know exercise is beneficial to your skin? That’s right: Provided that you stay hydrated and, always wear sunscreen, a regular workout can do wonders on your complexion. “We tend to focus on the cardiovascular benefits of physical activity, and those are important. But anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin healthy and vibrant,” says dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, author of Simple Skin . Here are three ways exercise makes skin more radiant and healthy-looking:

1. Exercise cleanses your skin from the inside out

A good, sweaty workout gets your heart pumping, which boosts circulation and blood flow. That, in turn, nourishes skin cells. Plus, the increased blood flow delivers reparative nutrients to your skin and increases collagen production. Improved circulation aids in the removal of cellular debris, free radicals and toxins.

2. Exercise helps clear clogged pores 

Sweat and heat open your pores, making it easier to expel debris like dirt and oil, kind of like getting your face steamed during a facial. Just be sure to remove your makeup  before working out and wash your face immediately afterward to keep that pore-clogging gunk from sinking right back in.

3. Exercise helps you de-stress and sleep better 

When you are tired and stressed, your face reflects it. That might mean waking up with dark undereye circles or puffiness, dull skin or acne breakouts. Regular exercise can lower your levels of the “stress hormone” Cortisol. Studies show that regular exercise can also ease insomnia.  So you may finally start waking up with the great skin you’ve always dreamed about.
With a consistent workout regimen and a consistent skincare Regimen your skin will look better than ever. Best of all, with both skincare and exercise, it’s never too late to start!
What’s your favorite workout?
How has it helped your skin?
Get The Skin and Health You Deserve

Anna

Enduring Chic

What Is Enduring Chic? It is the elegance of Iconic pieces that stand the test of time. Items of clothing that are timeless and never fail to look Fabulous, no matter what year it is. You are sure to feel confidently well dressed, wearing one of these pieces.
A SHIFT DRESS
The shift dress is a short, usually sleeveless dress that hangs from the shoulders. It is looser and suitable for all body types and sizes, anyone can wear the solid design. It has been popular since the 1960’s.

Enduring Chic - The Shift Dress

THE FITTED JACKET
Th fitted jacket is a very flattering look. It cinches at the waist to create the hourglass figure that we long for.
Enduring Chic - The Fitted Jacket
THE WIDE LEG TROUSER
The wide leg trousers usually have a high waist. They were popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s and favored by actresses such as Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Hepburn and Greta Garbo. It had a very “marine” style. This style comes back periodically as they can be dressed up or down and always chic.
Enduring Chic- The Wide Leg TrouserEnduring Chic - The Wide Trouser
THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS
The Little Black dress was designed in the 1920’s and were seen in the Collections of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou. it was intended to be versatile, affordable and accessible to the widest market possible.
Enduring Chic-The Little Black Dress
THE TUXEDO
The tuxedo was created by Yves Saint Laurent in 1966 and received very negative responses at first.  Yves Saint Laurent made a habit of controversial collections, but always beautiful.
The Tuxedo became a celebrity favorite. Worn with a plunging neckline with nothing underneath, pants skimming the floor or very slim, hugging the leg. It has had many interpretations in terms of coloring, texture and style. The YSL team has reworked the tuxedo concept several times along the years, transforming and elevating it.
Enduring Chic - The Tuxedo
Do you have any of these pieces in your closet? How do you wear them? These garments are timeless and we can always find new ways of pairing them. Don’t keep your pieces for “Special Occasions” wear them in new ways, dressed up or down on a daily basis. What do you consider “Enduring Chic”?Enjoy!
Your Partner In Style
Anna Mc Connell

Head To Toe Hydration

We often think of our skin as dry. However, more often than not it is dehydrated due to environmental factors, sun exposure, change of climate etc…This is good news as there are quick fixes for head to toe hydration.
Rodan + Fields has developed the products, to not only hydrate your skin but to lock the moisture in.

DEHYDRATED VS HYDRATED SKIN
Lack of hydration can cause the skin to

  • Look dull or lack luster
  • Feel dry, fragile, taut, itchy, irritated or chapped
  • Can cause congestion with an increased risk of breakouts due to increased oil production in the skin
  • Can appear flaky, often blotchy

On the Contrary, Hydration provides

  • Clear skin – flushing out the toxins and keeping the skin clear and evenly toned
  • Plumpness – With reduced sensitivity, your skin will have a soft supple feel
  • Smoothness – The skin will retain moisture, improving elasticity
  • Less wrinkles and a dewy complexion

THREE PRODUCTS TO DRENCH EVERY INCH

ACTIVE HYDRATION SERUM FOR ADDED RADIANCE

Head to toe hydration- Active Hydration Serum
This oil free serum for the face and neck delivers an all day hydration and boosts performance of products layered on top.
The serum raises the skin’s hydration level by 200% after just one use. It forms a water reservoir on the skin’s surface that provides continuous hydration of 8 hours. It not only balances the moisture levels but preps your skin.

Clinical Study – Continued Improvement of Skin’s Moisture After 2 weeks = 94%
TO USE: Layer the Active Hydration Serum after your toner before your cream, day or night.

THE ACTIVE HYDRATION BRIGHT EYE COMPLEX

head to toe hydration - Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex

The illuminating, hydrating gel cream diminishes the look of dark circles, puffiness and tired eyes. It targets the thin. fragile skin around the eye where the signs of stress and fatigue appear most often.
The Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex over time improves the appearance of stubborn dark circles, dry skin and under eye puffiness. It also has a cooling effect to the eye area.
Clinical Study

  • Overall younger looking eyes 82%
  • Increased smoothness around the eye 86%
  • Improvement in dark under eye circle 87%
  • Under Eye Puffiness Improvement, 91%

Consistency is key for best results.

ACTIVE HYDRATION BODY REPLENISH

Head to toe hydration- Active Hydration Body Replenish

This New, enriched body cream draws moisture from the air and locks it onto your body to promote  softer, smoother skin and body hydration.
This breakthrough body moisturizing cream delivers immediate and continuous hydration and helps prevent future moisture loss.

It transforms your skin to rid it of the creepiness!
Clinical Study

  • Overall Softness 90%
  • Increased Smoothness overall 90%
  • Overall nourished 89%
  • Continuous all day hydration 84%
Rodan + Fields has the best products for head to toe hydration. Moisture is one of the factors which determines your wrinkles. 

The Best wrinkle is the one we never get!

Don’t forget to moisturize.

Anna Mc Connell

Clothing Affects Your Confidence

 Clothing Affects Your Confidence

It easy to see how Clothing affects your confidence: I have always been fascinated by the Psychology of clothing. When people say that fashion and clothing are superficial, they are really saying that they have never experienced the benefits of being well dressed; A Better job, a promotion, higher salary…

I love people watching, after all being French, it’s in my DNA. You sit at a cafe and watch people stroll by. You can tell a lot about people, by the way they dress and present themselves. Today, we often mistake comfort for sloppiness. The German philosopher Hermann Lotze was the first to link behavior to dress in his book “Microcosmus” an essay concerning man and his relation to the world in 1856. In this book, Hermann Lotze stipulates that a person’s attitude is a direct reflection of the sensation he gets from his clothing. Men feel more powerful wearing suits and women feel more feminine wearing chiffon dresses for example. Read the rest of this entry

Find the Perfect Moto Jacket

model jacket

This season, Motorcycle Jackets have become very cool, with fresh colors, zippers, studs and contrasting sleeves.

The Moto Jacket will add interest to any outfit. It is often worn open and fitted. However, as with any jacket, make sure when purchasing it that you are able to close it, without it looking too tight.

You can find them in rich leather but also faux leathers equally chic and less costly. Be careful with “plastic” looking fabrics. They are not attractive, look cheap and do not wear well.

Marlon Brando made the black leather and jeans iconic in 1953. The Moto Jacket has a masculine look so it could be paired with more feminine and luxurious fabrics such as chiffon, velvet, brocade and silk.

There are many varieties, colors and textures. Choose a jacket to suit your personality and existing wardrobe.

moto jackets 2

moto jackets 1

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Ease into Fall

ease into fall

Every season, new items and trends come out. Shopping in your closet first will maximize your budget and expand your wardrobe options. We usually have a beautiful autumn season so you can ease into fall  with these 5 basic items that you have worn this spring and summer.

The White Tee

I am sure you have a good quality white tee in your wardrobe, 100% cotton with a scoop neck that you have worn with shorts this summer. You will be able to pair it with your favorite skinny jeans and an asymmetric sweater. Accessorize it and add a pair of high tops and you will be comfortable to trot all over town.

white tee

 

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Swimsuit for your Body Type

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Shopping for the best swimsuit for your body type can be a nightmare. Of course we want it all, to look great, feel confident and sexy. You can accomplish this with a little patience and a few tips. The indications below are for women of all sizes whether you are small, average or plus size.

The goal is to balance your figure to be in proportion.

IF YOU ARE A TRIANGLE SHAPE, your hips are larger than your top.

Avoid a one piece, monochromatic bathing suit that will accentuate this shape. Instead you will want to enhance the top and play down the bottom to balance out your shape.

Opt for a halter top,  bandeau or V neck with embellishment, ruffles, ruching, pattern or underwire to create the appearance of a fuller bust.

The bottom should be simple and a dark color. A high cut will elongate your leg and a low cut will camouflage your hips. This really depends on your size and height. Read the rest of this entry

SUMMER SALES

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Most of us love to shop but there is an art and strategy to it. It is so disappointing to make shopping mistakes and it can be pretty costly in the long run. There are numerous promotions and sales right now to take advantage of. (10% off is not a sale) I hope these few tips will help you out.

KNOW WHAT YOU NEED AND SHOP WITH A LIST

Households usually spend between 3 to 10% of the income on clothes, the average being 6% for your entire family. If you have children, they have huge needs and wants, so it is important to use your budget wisely.

Know what you have in your closet and make a wardrobe plan. A shopping list is a great tool and stick to your list. This will avoid impulse buying, purchasing doubles and items that do not fit you nor your activities.

EACH ITEM SHOULD FIT YOUR STYLE, BODY AND LIFESTYLE

Dressing well is not about wearing the latest trend or wearing designer labels. Read the rest of this entry

YOUR SPRING ESSENTIALS

 

 

2014 Spring Essentials

Spring Essentials

 

I am a glam girl at heart, I love trendy items, colors, textures and bling. However, if you want a timeless wardrobe, you need classic and quality pieces that will last.  I have put together a list of  Your Spring Essentials herewith:

 

  1. A GREAT PAIR OF JEANS that you can dress up or down, according to your style. You will find that a dark wash denim is more versatile.
  2. A CLASSIC PAIR OF ANKLE PANTS – You can wear these with flats as well as pumps. Keep in mind that 75% of your wardrobe should be tops and 25% bottoms to properly mix and match your wardrobe.
  3. A PAIR OF NUDE PUMPS that will elongate your body to look long and lean.
  4. A PAIR OF FLATS – Your flats can be worn for a casual as well as a more sophisticated look. A metal color will take you a long way.
  5. A FITTED BLAZER that you will wear in all situations It will give you an instant chic look.
  6. A CLASSIC TRENCH – A good quality trench will last for years. It is timeless and will never go out of style.
  7. A TOTE BAG  will be the most practical from the office to shopping and weekend outings. Read the rest of this entry
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