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Living It Up…Vegas Style

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Accessories, Fashion, Travels | 0 comments

Hi Elegant Readers,

Can you believe that it is August already? My friends’ and colleagues’ kids are starting school soon while others will be going back in a week. Well, there is still time to get that vacation getaway before summer gets away from you.  I feel the humidity outside and the heat.

If you had a fantasy getaway, where would you go?

How about Las Vegas — the city that never sleeps.  I envision styles for you if you ever plan to go.

Fantasy vacation where you and the hubby are flying into Las Vegas for a quick, three-day weekend. You can stay at the Aria at Citycenter. Aria is a destination in itself, featuring over 4,000 rooms, a multitude of restaurants for every taste bud, a spa and salon, and awesome entertainment options including Cirque du Soleil.

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aria at citycenter

When you get up in the morning, you want to look cute, but effortless. I went for the layering effect with the jacket, jeans and blouse. Even though Las Vegas is warm, it may be cool in the cafes when you are getting some breakfast before you start your day. The jacket can always be taken off as the temperature rises. I went for the gold with the accessories and added a pop of color with turquoise necklace.

Viva las Vegas  Breakfast glam

Viva Las Vegas
Breakfast glam

After breakfast at the Cafe, it’s time to check out the boutiques and shops.

Aria Cafe

Aria Cafe

Crystals mall is right next to the hotel. You would have to take a day just to browse all the shops that include Tiffany’s,Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Tom Ford, and Jimmy Choo to name a few. The water features along with the trees and plants are a must see.

I included a second style sheet of a great day look that will keep you looking fabulous. These Guiseppe Zanotto wedge sneakers will be stylish and comfortable walking  all day long.
Pile on the bracelets, hoop earrings and add a pop of color in the necklace and handbag.

 Daydreamer in Las Vegas

Style Sheet Two: Daydreamer

Night out with the hubby in Las Vegas

After coming back to the hotel from a day of walking the Vegas strip and shopping; it is time to relax a little and get ready for dinner and a show.

I would recommend dinner at Lemongrass for some stir fry garlic vegetable with Thai iced tea. Sounds delicious!

Lemongrass Restaurant at Aria

Lemongrass Restaurant at Aria

The outfit below is perfect for seeing the Jersey Boys show. I saw the group with the hubby on a Caribbean cruise and the show is fabulous.

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“The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is ubiquitous. Whether or not you realize it, you’ve heard their songs on the radio, in TV commercials, movies or covered by a contemporary artist. Their repertoire of hits like, “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” is ingrained in American pop culture. The story behind those songs and the group is just as endearing.” (Vegas.com)

The look: A 50s style with this sleeveless a-line cherry print dress because we are going to see the Jersey boys.

Las Vegas Dinner Nights

Las Vegas Dinner Nights

The hair would be in an up-do chignon and add a couple of sprays of the fruity, floral fragrance called Fabulous perfume by Isaac Mizrahi.

The three day weekend is styled right and oh so gorgeous.

JTwisdom

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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

2-ply-Cotton-Fine-Line-Stripe-Straight-Collar-Dress-Shirt
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
Case

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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JTwisdom

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