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Monday, October 25, 2010

Sporty Fashionista Gear from Victoria's Secret


Every weekend you can expect to find my husband and me at home watching football.  Well, my husband mostly...I'm usually cooking, cleaning or doing something else.  It's a routine I've come acustom to ever since we tied the knot.  I'm not a huge fan of football but I do enjoy the festivities, and watching a game from time to time.  Dressing up is always important to me, especially for a fun event, so I got to wondering what's a Fashionista to wear?


Victoria's Secret's Pink clothing line offers a fabulous selection of major NFL team jerseys, t-shirts, yoga pants, puffy vests, lounge wear, and pajama sets! They're fitted, feminine and totally affordable. No reason to compromise your style when football is on...it's only one more reason to step it up! Shop sporty Fashionista gear from Victoria's Secret's Pink clothing line: http://www.victoriassecret.com/pink/shop-by-team So, where do you stand on the football scale? Do you have a favorite team? Or do you prefer the fun festive aspect of it? I'd love to know! Wishing you a fabulous day, Fashionista!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Monday, October 18, 2010

6 Real Simple Laundry Tips

Hey Fashionista!

The past couple of weeks I've been shopping for new items to add to my Fall/Winter wardrobe.  Lots of knit sweaters, new boots, and comfy gloves and scarves.  I've also pulled out my cold weather clothing from the hidden place in the back of my closet. Of course, when I unwrapped my beloved items out of storage they smelt musty. It got me wondering what guidelines I could follow to make sure I wash these items properly before wearing them.  So here are a couple of tips I've gathered from Real Simple magazine for you to implement too! "6 Real Simple Laundry Tips-When to Wash It: The Winter Edition."

1. Sweaters

Washing Guidelines
*Wash after 2-5 wears*
You should wash cotton, silk, and cashmere after 2-3 wears, since these pieces are more delicate.  Wool and durable man-made blends, such as acrylic and polyester can withstand five wears. 

2. Leggings & Lounge Pants

Washing Guidelines
Wash after 1-3 wears....
You can sneak by with 2-3 wears if you're wearing these pants for comfort.  However, be sure to wash them after an exercise class at the gym.  Turn pants inside out and wash in cold water to prevent pilling and fading.  Skip the dryer if you invested in a designer pair.

3. Fleece Jackets & Sweatshirts

Washing Guidelines
Wash after 6-7 wears...
Fleece sweatshirts require more care than a normal, low maitenance cotton sweatshirt.  When washing a fleece sweatshirt, make sure you turn it inside out and wash it with like colors-- and without linty items, like towels.  Rinse twice so there's no detergent residue.  Air dry.

4. Hats, Gloves & Scarves


Washing Guidelines
Wash 3-5 times a season...
These items can be neglected because they cover small areas of our body.  Think about it, these items come in contact with facial oil, makeup, and perfume buildup, plus germs you pick up with your gloves.  Yuck! Be sure to handwash knits.  Dry clean leather gloves and structured hats. 

5. Hosiery

Washing Guidelines
Wash after every wear...
Since we wear these like socks it's best to handwash after every wear.  Make sure you hang dry afterwards. Bonus Tip: If you're haven't a clean pair of tights available, stick them in the dry for 10 minutes with a Refresh n' Dryer towel ($9, refreshn.net) a reusable cloth that deodorizes.

6. Leather & Suede Jackets

Washing Guidelines
Wash once a season...
Thanks to the durable nature of leather and suede, you'll only need to wash once a season.  Make sure you leave the cleaning to an expert.  Treat accidental food droppings, like a mustard spot with "Leather CPR" ($12 for 8 oz. at bedbathandbeyond.com) and brush suede often to keep in top condition.  Make sure you wear a scarf with this type of jacket to prevent makeup and perfume from staining the collar.

Well, Fashionista, there you have 6 Real Simple Laundry Tips to keep your winter goods clean, fresh and sustainable!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

Monday, October 11, 2010

Feminine Fall Essentials

Hey Fashionista!

The past couple of weeks I've been scoping out the retail scene to create the perfect Fall outfit with feminine essentials. I've been bombarded with endless magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Vogue, Allure, etc. that suggest a million-and-one trendy Fall ideas.


Some suggestions were a little out-there like: wear animal-print pants with animal print tops. For an added bonus: throw on a leopard hat. Really? Or- Wear bright colored cotton socks with open-toe high heels... Hmmmm.


The only time I recall using these trends was when my age was a single digit. My partner in crime..(I mean, my cousin ;) and I (overloaded with sugar) raided my mother's closet. We threw on every item we could get our hands on and pretend we were in a fashion show. Completely silly, I know. But, the point is that these trends aren't particularly feminine or essential to looking fabulous for Fall.
If you are the type of woman who appreciates simple, feminine trends that will last longer than a season, check out my favorite feminine Fall essentials that won't show up in October's Cosmo, Glamour, Vogue, or Allure magazine...

Fall Essential Ensemble #1: Casual Feminine Look
My favorite Fall outfit thus far.  I personally shopped for this look and find it comfy, feminine, and stylish.  Added bonus: it pairs with just about anything in your closet.  :)

 Abercrombie & Fitch Megan Dress $68

Abercrombie & Fitch Embellished Belt $38


Victoria's Secret Side-Tie Boat $89


Fall Essential #2: Wrap Sweater
Cozy, cozy, cozy, and ultra fem! Don't you love effortless pieces? I consider the wrap sweater as my top go-to wrap for fall.  It keeps me warm and stylish without any effort at all.  I highly recommend this for your feminine wardrobe. Coordinate with your favorite pair of boots, jeans and white t-shirt/ top. 

Victoria's Secret Cotton Cashmere Wrap Sweater On Sale $39



Fall Essential #3:Flirty Cardigans 
This trend is super exciting! Finally, we can kiss boring cardigans goodbye! And say Hello to fun, feminine sweaters! 

Old Navy Ruffle-Trim Cardigan $24.99



Fall Essential #4: Embellished Tops
Fantastic to pair with anything and everything: work trousers, capri pants, denim jeans, skirts, and shorts.

Old Navy Embellished Tank $16.50



Loft Chiffon Detail V-Neck Tee $29.99
Do you have a feminine, fall essential? I'd love to know! Wishing you a fabulous day, Fashionista!
Love,
Your Fashion Coach
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