Friday, June 28, 2013

IF YOU COULD ONLY WEAR ONE COLOR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHICH COLOR WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

I know which one I would wear, without a doubt, but I won't tell you, just yet.

Choose the color you would choose to wear, if you had only one option, and let me know through a comment on this  post.

You can also check out the the meaning of colors, maybe it will give you a hint as to what color to choose or why.

I will let everyone know through a post on July 5th, what is my preference. The first person that posts the same color as me, will receive a personalized online Color Analysis worth USD200 and a copy of the 100 page E-book, "THE FIVE KEYS TO DRESSING WELL". If you are one of the first 50 people to guess the right color, you will also receive a copy of the E-Book "THE FIVE KEYS TO DRESSING WELL".


Give it a shot! Tell me which color you would choose to wear every day if you could only wear just one! You can only WIN!

Contest Rules
  • To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post.
  • Comments must be left on this post before July 5th, 2013, 12 p.m. US Eastern Time.
  • One comment per email address please.
  • Contest is open to entrants anywhere in the world.
  • The winner will be notified by e-mail within 48 hs of the closing date.
  • The first 50 participants that answer the same color chosen by me, will receive the E-book "THE 5 KEYS TO DRESSING WELL" by e-mail within 48 hours after the contest closing date.
  • Make sure you leave your e-mail in the comment box in order to receive your free copy of LookBookYou's E-book "THE 5 KEYS TO DRESSING WELL".



Thursday, June 27, 2013

What accessories would you wear for a summer walk in New York City?

Necklaces in New York City

A walk through the streets of New York City, makes me stop everywhere I see a beautiful window. And I want to share with you what I have seen at the windows of some of the most popular branded stores. 

I am a big fan of accessories, you may have figured that out by now! Why wouldn't I? Why wouldn't you?! 

Accessories can update a whole wardrobe in an instant! They are not costly....(depending on where you buy them). And they don't have sizes! (rings excluded). But in general we all can agree that accessories are so much fun! They are:

  • A fast way to update a look 
  • An easy way to look current and be on top of trends
  • A non-expensive way to incorporate a new piece to our inventory of items
  • They do not occupy much space
  • They travel very well, because as I said before they don't occupy much space! (check the weight though)
  • A one size fits all item, ideal for gift giving.
  • A lot of fun, you can combine an wear many items at the same time
 
And so many more positive assets! What do you think? Why do you like accessories so much?

Let's see what is out there on the windows of New York City's popular brands' stores. Tassels, stones, enameled pieces, lady bugs, turquoises, rhinestones, and lots of color.

Windows of New York - Necklaces


























Remember I gave you a few important tips for choosing a necklace? Go back to this post and check it out HOW TO CHOOSE A GREAT LOOKING NECKLACE  

As general advice, you want to either wear a bold chunky piece on its own, or a whole set of different length thinner necklaces. Feel free to try as many different combinations as possible! Accessories are a great way to start experimenting with different looks.
 



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Style Wisdom

Style Wisdom - Quote of the Day

"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman."  
 Coco Chanel

Monday, June 24, 2013

THE MAXI DRESS FOR SUMMER

MAXI DRESSES FOR ALL BODY SHAPES

Maxi Dresses come in all shapes and sizes. They are extremely comfortable to wear. A lot of maxi dresses are made of stretchable fabric, which makes them especially comfortable as they adapt to your body shape. Maxi dresses are just very long dresses. The length helps to elongate your figure, no matter what shape it is, therefore Maxi Dresses are Instant Slimmers! Who wouldn't like that?! Here is what to look for when buying one:
  • Fabric composition - Is it stretchable? Just a nice hugging on the right parts...It doesn't have to be tight!
  • Pattern - Is it a vertical lined pattern? e.g. Are the flowers forming vertical lines?
  • Length - Will I use it with flat sandals? or heels? I recommend Maxi Dresses with flat sandals. It should cover your feet when standing up, people should not be able to see your shoes, unless you are walking!
  • Color - Is this color flattering to me? If you pick a one color only dress, like the black or blue below, the slimming effect will be increased.

Take a look at some examples below:

 


     
  • Apple or Round body shapes would look great this Summer on this Maxi Dress. The black vertical central line helps to elongate the silhouette and the horizontal line in the middle helps to create a waist. This maxi dress is elegant with a black and white pattern of both smooth and straight lines. High contrast personal coloring, such as dark hair and light skin, or dark skin and light eyes, would look amazing with this type of contrast.   
 
  • This plain blue from top to bottom maxi dress has amazing drape, and would be ideal for any body shape, but specially so for rectangular body shapes, as it gathers at the waist and ties itself  with a frontal knot.  
  • I personally love this floral Maxi Dress. It has a beautiful back, and the size of the print is perfect to complement an average height! Remember if you are below 5' 4" or 1.64 meters, try not to wear big sized floral prints, as they will make you appear shorter!
 
  • This Maxi Dress in two shades of orange (orange-pink and orange-yellow) is great on warm skin tones, and ideal for rectangular body shapes as it follows your natural silhouette, and conceals the natural waist with an A line upper half.
 
 
  • This black Grecian Style Maxi Dress is perfect for pear or triangular body shapes. The boat neck neckline helps to balance the upper with the lower body creating width at shoulder level.
Got any Maxi Dresses you especially like and want to share? Any more tips? Please share!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Style Wisdom

Style Wisdom - Quote of the Day


"Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest."
 -Christian Dior

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Style Wisdom


Quote of the Day - Style Wisdom



“A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” 
—Sophia Loren 



Sunday, June 16, 2013

BRACELETS - The Easy to Wear Accessory

Bracelets

Bracelets are the easiest accessory to wear. 

Chunky, big and bold bracelets are everywhere. There are two basic things to consider when choosing a bracelet:

  • size of your wrist. 
    Follow the instructions below to measure it:
    • Measure it by wrapping it with you middle finger and your thumb, use the opposite hand of course! If you can barely touch the tip of your fingers, it means your wrist is large. If you can just touch, it is medium, and if you thumb overlaps your middle finger, you wrist size is small.
    •  A big wrist will look even bigger if you wear a thin bracelet. So use bracelets that are similar in scale to your own wrist. A thin wrist can look too fragile and thinner with a chunky big bracelet...so choose accordingly. 
      
  • The other factor to consider when choosing a bracelet is the overall color. Is it gold, or silver based? take a look at this post Is my skin warm or cool? for finding out what suits you better.


That's it! Just have fun! Bracelets are a great way to add a fun touch to any look. You can play with them and combine them in as many ways as you can think! They don't actually have to "match" anything else! And they are a great way to create a signature look. Imagine you have a beautiful piece that you love and wear all the time, no matter what...That is a signature you bring with you everywhere. People start to recognize your look and expect you to wear it every time. I particularly love to use either a ring or a bracelet as signature pieces

Take a look at some bracelet ideas from the windows of 5th Avenue stores in New York City 

 Bracelets! From the stores of New York City.

Rhinestones creating beautiful flower shapes, in neutral colors of silver and gold...
 Lots of colorful stones...turquoise is a classic...
 Geometrical shapes...
 Colorful enameled chunky bracelets...
 Gold chains in bold white...
 Rhinestones in bright colors...
 Bright pink and fuchsia...
 Flowers and rhinestones...
 Mix silver and gold bracelets and use them together...

 Black and Earth tones combined in this mix of four bracelets...
Lots of variety in the BRACELETS you see out there in the shops of New York City. You get to choose...Which one do you like most?

Style Wisdom

Quote of the Day - Style Wisdom


"Style is primarily a matter of instinct. "
-Bill Blass

Well, wouldn't I be contradicting Bill Blass with all the advice given on this blog? You can read these posts Find or Define your Personal Style or Defining your Personal Style  and you will see that indeed as Bill Blass stated, "Style is primarily a matter of instinct". Many of us need to analyze, re-think and plan our style...We follow our instinct to answer the necessary questions to define and refine our own personal style. You have a choice, you can either enliven your own style and be the signature artist in the canvas of your life, or you can follow others. Trust your instinct, and use the tools at your disposal to define your OWN STYLE, it is worth it....You will not regret it! Happy Sunday!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Summer Beauty SKIN and HAIR Essentials


SUMMER BEAUTY CARE ESSENTIALS

What are your beauty needs for this coming Summer? 


Here is a simplified updated BASICS list for SUMMER BEAUTY CARE ESSENTIALS.

summer beauty essentials
     
Don't be tempted....there are too many products out there right now, making all sorts of incredible promises, but you don't actually need them. Here is what you DO NEED:

     

  • A LIP-BALM with SPF
 
Lips are extremely sensitive, the skin of your lips is thin and exposure to the sun rays is constant. The only way to protect them is to use a lip-balm with SPF. Don't just wear any lip-gloss, as the mirror effect can cause more harm than good. Check and make sure that the lip-balm or gloss you use has at least SPF 15 sunscreen. 
  • WATERPROOF MASCARA -
  
 Ideal for Summer. You can come and go all day, from the beach to the mall,  without worrying that it will come off. Added bonus, your eye lashes get sun protection, as a coat of mascara covers them with a thin film. Don't forget those sunglasses!
  • BRONZER
   
This is my favorite. Because I wear a high SPF sunscreen, I don't get ultra-tanned. Because I love the way my eyes pop when I have a tan, I fake it nicely with Bronzing Powder. Healthy Summer Glow in an instant. Day and night, all year round, this basic item is the absolute MUST-HAVE for beauty!
  • HAIR AND BODY SPF -
  
I love this SPF that doubles as a Hair + Body sunscreen. Don't forget if you do color your hair, you need to specially protect it from the summer rays. 
  •  A FACIAL SUNSCREEN -
  
Note that I am not recommending you any specific brand, or SPF number, therefore please consult your  dermatologist, as you should have your skin's sensitivity tested. What I personally wear is fragrance free, non-comedogenic SPF 70+.
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