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What A Man Wants … In A Dress Shirt

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Fashion, Menswear | 1 comment


Hi Elegant Readers,

What a beautiful day and great weather; this past weekend was quite warm. With the constant temper changes, I am hearing in the fashion grapevine that fall fashion is coming around the corner.  I love it when I see my hubby putting on a great shirt for work, church or a special occasion.  It’s something very chic to see my hubby in a great dress shirt.

The number one factor with selecting the ultimate dress shirt depends on  fit.

Why fit?
1. If the shirt is too tight in the waist, it will make the midsection (the tummy area) appear larger than it really is.
2. If the shirt is too loose in the waist, it can be overwhelming and possibly start coming out of the pants giving off a sloppy look.

If a shirt does not fit right on my hubby, all the other options are purely aesthetic.

Paul Fredrick has done a fabulous job of illustrating the “Anatomy of a Dress Shirt“. When you take a look at this illustration, I know that you will realize the cuffs are different, the collars are different, the pockets are different, and the length is different. There are many different dress shirt options available for any occasion, making one of them right for the man in your life.

PSA_01 Anatomy of a Dress Shirt

PSA_01 Anatomy of a Dress Shirt

I am sharing some of my hot fall 2014 favorites from Paul Fredrick.

The Dress Shirt
Dress shirts are not only in white, the men in my life have tons of choices to choose from and enjoy wearing color.

 The Paul Fredrick 2 -ply Cotton Satin Burgundy with Gold stripe dress shirt details below are:

Windsor Spread Collar: Shorter collar points than the straighter collar with a wider gap.
This collar is a classic and can be worn with a bulkier tie.

Mitered French Cuff: This cuff is found in more European shirtings; the cuff is cut at a 45 degree angle.
Pattern of fabric: Burgundy with Gold Stripe pattern that will add style to any pair of dress pants or jeans.

2-ply Cotton Satin Stripe Spread collar French cuff Dress Shirt Paul Frederick

2-ply Cotton Satin Stripe Spread collar French cuff Dress Shirt
Paul Fredrick

Bright Bold Colors
Stepping out of the box with this fun and colorful 2-ply-Cotton-Fine-Line Stripe Straight Collar dress shirt adds style.
When my hubby wears a shirt like this, it says that he has his own style and character. This dress shirt looks great with a pair of dress pants, jeans or paired with a blazer.

2-ply-Cotton-Fine-Line-Stripe-Straight-Collar-Dress-Shirt Paul Frederick

Paul Fredrick

The Paul Fredrick Fine Line Stripe Straight Collar Dress Shirt below details are:

 Straight Collar: A point collar, a classic collar that flatters face shapes.

Mitered cuff:This cuff is found in more European shirtings; the cuff is cut at a 45 degree angle.

Suit Trends for Fall 2014

1. Variations in Texture draws the eye towards this velvet jacket, paisley tie, stripe patterned socks and brown pants. Patterns due not have to completely match to coordinate together.
The different patterns are very flattering and makes a man look like he took time to put this outfit together.

Variations of Colors and patterns

Variations of Colors and Patterns
Paul Fredrick

The Burgundy Gold Stripe Dress Shirt featured above and in the picture below would give even more contrast to this blazer and dress pants.
The burgundy and gold works well with the blue tones in the blazer.

Coordinating different Dress Shirts Pau Frederick

Burgundy with Gold Stripe Dress Shirt paired with outfit
Paul Fredrick

Another example of texture and color is the suit below.
This 100% Donegal weave suit with the bright colored dress shirt can be worn all year long and could be broken up into separate pieces for variety of looks.
1.The blazer paired with the dress shirt without the tie and jeans.
2. The dress pants  paired with the vest and the dress shirt without the blazer.
3. The dress shirt  paired with the dress pants or a pair of jeans  alone.

Textures and Patterns Paul Frederick

Textures and Patterns
Paul Fredrick

The Red Stripe Dress Shirt featured above and in the picture below with the paisley tie would make this suit pop.
My hubby and the other men in my life would get compliments all day long with this gem.

Coordinating Dress Shirt with Donegal Weave Suit Paul Frederick

Coordinating Fine Line Stripe Dress Shirt with Donegal Weave Suit
Paul Fredrick

If you want the man in your life to look sharp with fine quality dress shirts, take a look at what Paul Fredrick has to offer.
The multitude of styles, colors and designs are top-notch and second-to-none. You, and your man, will not be disappointed.

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Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes: Gotta Have It!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Beauty | 0 comments

Hi Bubbling Readers,

Happy Summer to you, the weather in Missouri this week has been wonderful!

Speaking of wonderful when I was to write a review on a product that claims to lengthen your lashes by 300%.

 Colleen of Younique recently contacted me and asked if I would like to try Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes; I was interested and wanted to see how the system works.

I received the product in days so I didn’t have to wait long. Colleen  is so sweet that she even included a thank you card for me wanting to review the product.

JT looking over Younique products

JT looking over Younique products

The products include:
Transplanting Gel
Natural Fibers

I couldn’t wait to start using, however I used it everyday for a period of two weeks for an adequate review.

1. First step is to a coat of my favorite mascara to my lashes.

I used Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes and after applying allow it dry.

2. After the mascara dries, I applied one coat of the transplanting gel to my lashes.

3. Immediately I followed by applying the Natural fibers because according to the directions you do not want the gel to dry.

JT looking over the directions

JT looking over the directions

4. Last step add another coat of the transplanting fibers to my lashes.

JT applying the Natural Fibers

JT applying the Natural Fibers

I advise a first time user of the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes to apply gel and natural fibers on one eye at a time. Good practice.

The fibers look like hair on a brush.  Amazing!

Natural Fibers

Natural Fibers

It may seem like a lot of steps, but the process goes really fast after the mascara dries.

Before my lashes dried they look full, long and had good definition. No clumps!


3D Fiber Lashes Results

3D Fiber Lashes Results

My lashes are long however the 3D lash system made them look even longer.

Information about the product on Younique’s site.

“Our simple three-step process combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. Watch as your lashes transform into something you have only dreamed of! The 3D Fiber Lashes are water resistant but easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser at the end of the day. Try it! It will quickly become your favorite makeup must-have.”

Take a look at the ingredients here. It’s great that the Younique products are derived from natural ingredients.

This product was given to me to give my honest review.  I would buy this product because the ingredients are natural and the transplanting gel and eyelash fibers are very user friendly to use. You can have long lashes without extensions and no one will know the difference.

I also demonstrated how to use the Moodstruck 3D Fiber lashes below.

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7 Little Known Fitness Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Fitness | 0 comments

There is so much to learn about workout properly, it can be as confusing as you want to make it. However, there are some simple tips, tricks and hacks that anyone can do to make working out easier and more effective. Below are some simple fitness hacks that you can incorporate today to take your fitness to a higher level.

Eat more meals –  Note I am not saying eat more food.  Break your meals into smaller portions and eat more frequently. Ideally you should eat a meal every 3 hours. Doing this will keep your blood sugar levels in check, keep your appetite under control so your less likely to binge on an unhealthy snack and increase your metabolism.

Tell the world – Tell the world, or at least your world, that you have a goal to lose weight, gain muscle, or even finish a 5k. Most people are willing to let themselves down before their friends and family. Whatever your goal is, telling your friends and family will keep you accountable to them and not yourself. Social networking websites are a great medium for announcing your goals.

The “new exercise” rule- Too often I see people in the gym doing the exact same exercises day after day. Your body has an amazing ability to adapt, and exercising is no exception. Over time, doing the same exercises over and over will decrease the effectiveness of your workouts. Make it a goal that every Sunday night you will search the internet for one new exercise you want to do at least 3 times during the upcoming week. Not only will this new exercise be a learning experience, it will take your fitness to a higher level.

Workout with a friend – Fact: working out with someone will make you less likely to skip a workout and more likely to complete a workout. So grab a buddy at a similar fitness level to you and be amazed at how far you push yourself.

Reward yourself – This hack is especially useful for someone who can never seem to workout consistently. One of the biggest problems newbies have is they quit because they don’t have an end goal, or their goal is too long term. Make a short term goal, just a month or two, and if you complete your goal, say lose 7 pounds, reward yourself with new workout clothes. Having a short-term goal and a reward will make you more likely to finish what you started.

Exercise to Fast Music – A recent study concluded exercising to fast paced songs made people exercise harder and longer. So load your phone up with fast paced heart thumping music before you exercise to increase the effectiveness of your workout.

Active Work Meetings – Why does a day at work have to involve sitting at a desk 8 hours a day? A recent study concluded sitting is deadly, literally. Schedule an active work meeting. Instead of sitting at a conference table with others, burn some calories and take a walk around the building.

This article was authored by Sergeant Michael Volkin, inventor of Weight Loss Stack 52 and Strength Stack 52 weight loss and fitness cards

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