5 Ways To Dress Up Your Plain T-Shirt

We all have at least two or three plain t-shirts in our wardrobe. Many of us use them as a go to casual look. But have you considered taking your plain tee and making it a part of your next chic look?

Here are 5 Ways you can go from ordinary to fab in no time flat:

1. Try A Statement Necklace. I have always been a fan of a great necklace. But your T-shirts are probably even bigger fans. 

2. Put on a Blazer. A great fitted blazer is always a perfect option to dress up your casual tee. 

3. When in Doubt, Wear Heels.. No matter if you’re wearing jeans, pants, or a skirts, adding a pair of heels will definitely make the look more glam. 

4. Scarf It Up. Like necklaces, scarves add a wonderful pop of style to your look. 

5. Tuck and Roll. Simply tucking your shirt, partially or tying it loosely will take your plain tee from simple to trendsetter.

The best thing about your plain t-shirts is that the style possibilities are endless. So go have fun!

– Dawn B 

Advertisements

11 Problems for People with Good Taste

image

1. You walk into any store—low- or high-end—and your favorite item is always the most expensive one. Who knew that little brass tray would ring up as more than certain pieces of furniture?

image

2. You’ve had to stop watching makeover shows on TV because your stress level gets too high. All that loud sighing muttering “Oh I could do so much better” can take a toll.

3. You create secret boards on Pinterest—otherwise all your friends wind up with the exact. same. accessories. Sure it’s flattering, but you’d rather not have identical bookshelves.

4. You’ve never gotten your security deposit back. And you KNOW your past landlords have hiked up the rent based on your improvements.

5. You’ve wondered if some of your  friends like you, or just the amazing things you’ve helped pick out for them. So often, those coffee dates turn into “want to pop over and check out that shop? I’m in the market for xyz…

6. You have so many coffee table books and fab decorative items, there’s no longer room for actual coffee on your table. Time to edit it down? Or time to get a bigger coffee table?

image

7. When you dress down people still accuse you of looking fancy or “overdressed” compared to them.

8. You have more pics of home or fashion looks than selfies on your Instagram. And yes, each one of them took a solid amount of time to style to get just right.

image

YSL

9. You have trouble visiting certain family members or friends at home because of an overwhelming desire to move their sofa to the opposite wall or organize something in a more appealing way. And you don’t want to start that fight…again.10. When you say “Thank you, you shouldn’t have!” you mean it. Really. They should not have. This gift is going straight to the Goodwill. When will people learn to stop trying to shop for you?

11. Your calendar is filled with dinner parties…and you suspect you’re only on the invite list because of your reputation for hostess gifts. Did your cousin’s ex-girlfriend really want you at her birthday party or does she just remember the vase you gave them at their housewarming?

image

Resource: Elle Decor website  with my added words. – Dawn B.

Mirrored Nails Please?

Manicure/Pedicure obsessed? Join the club.

Since my last nail tech moved away, I have been on a desperate quest to get a great mani/pedi. If I knew it wouldn’t bore you I would share my recent tales of nail shop fails and horrors which ended in poorly applied lumpy polish, deeply cut (damaged) cuticles, and uneven oddly shaped nails. But I won’t do that. 😊

Instead, this post is all about a new love for mirrored nail color and how you should try this look asap.

Check out these cute nails:

image

image

image

image

Feel free to let me know if any of you out there have tried this look and what brand polish you used.

Ciao,

Dawn B.

Trendy Ear Piercing Ideas

image

When it comes to earrings, I am all in. I am always trying different styles. But more recently I considered getting a second  piercing added to each ear just to be able to wear a stud or pearl earring with whatever other pair of earrings I choose to wear.

I was pleasently surprised by the different ear piercing ideas I came across. What do you guys think? The first image below is my favorite. But they are all pretty cute.
image

image

image

image

image

image
image

My advice: Don’t take ear piercing too seriously. If you want to try something different, go for it. You can always take it out when you’re tired of the look.

– 💋 Dawn B.

How To Start The New Year Like A Boss

Every year people make tons of new year resolutions. Although many of us try to see those resolutions through, the truth is that most of us never get past the end of February before we are back to old habits. Why is that?

I think we get caught up on the idea of starting something new or starting over but we don’t really figure out what we need to do to succeed…Like A Boss!

If you want to start 2016 like you own it, here are some ideas that will help:
image

1. Know Yourself.

image

There is nothing wrong with dreaming big. Actually, I recommend it. But being a boss means owning your life. And that means knowing yourself well enough to make changes you  know you can actually handle. For example: Planning to lose 65 pounds in two month on an all liquid diet may be a bit much. 

Access your lifestyle, find out your limits (time, finances, etc), and make reasonable changes that you can stick with long term. For larger changes, seek outside assistance to make sure you can handle everything that needs to be done. Whatever your plans are, do them well.

2. Share With Discretion. We have all seen the countless resolutions online. It’s actually become a series of joke memes and tweets. That’s not how a boss starts ma new year. The best idea is to show your results not share your plans.

If you need an accountability partner or two, confide in those closest to you who support your decisions. The last thing you need is someone in your ear mocking your goals or sabotaging your hard work.

👉A boss doesn’t talk about it, she is about it. Besides, when you finally reach your goals, then you can share them with the world. Then you’ll really have a story to tell.

3. Release Your Inhibitions. An inhibition is a force that prevents something from happening—and often comes from you yourself.

Don’t start your new year standing in your own way. If you want to cut your hair, do it. If you want to change careers, go for it. Whatever it is that you’ve wanted to do, see, or try, you owe it to yourself to do so.

The major regrets that most people have later in life are the things they didn’t do. DON’T let this be you.

4. Let The Haters Hate. Know this one thing to be absolutely true, Haters Gonna Hate!

image

Seriously. No matter how great you are, how kind you are, or how giving you are, someone is bound to hate what you’re up to and there is nothing you can do about it. Now that that’s clear, it should be understood that their opinion is irrelevant because it really doesn’t have anything to do with your life.

Think of it like this, Haters are  just reminders that you’re living life on your own terms. And that my dear is awesome!

image

I don’t know about you, but I plan to be wildly content with the life I live. That means going out there and creating the life I deserve. I hope you will do the same. 🙆

– Dawn B.

Dressing Like A Millionaire

image

You don’t have to be rich to look the part. All you have to do is remember some of these tips when putting together your look:

1) Uniform dressing: You can buy nondescript LBDs, cream-colored knits and dark wash jeans from anywhere. Having a handful of classic pieces in your closet allows for an array of looks that scream money.

2) Polished looks pricey: Messy will never equal “wealthy” at first glance, so keep things sophisticated with clean lines, polished accessories and neat hair and makeup.

3) The basics: If nothing else, invest in your shoes and bag. If you can’t afford to, carry a minimalist leather tote and wear simple ballet flats or loafers.

image

4) Keep it real: Do not wear fake leather. Ever. You’re fooling no one.

5) Logo is a no-go: Avoid putting brands on display. A purse covered in logos is nothing you want to be seen carrying. 👏👏👏 ( I really agree with this!)

6) Sweater weather: Drape your cardigan over your shoulders like our favorite ’80s prepsters.

image

7) Tip-top shape: If you’re going to wear something, make sure it’s still in good condition. Nicks and scratches on shoes, bags, or anything else you’re wearing are a no-no.

8) When it comes to sunglasses, listen to Jackie O: Wear tortoiseshell eyewear à la Jackie Kennedy.

image

9) Simply cinched: Cinching an oversized coat or classic button-down adds instant polish to any outfit.

10) Nail it: Keep eccentric nails to a minimum.
image

11) Dark denim: The darker the wash, the more sleek your denim looks.

12) Like a lady: Ladylike dresses that make you look like you just stepped out of a Kennedy family portrait give off an old money, new clothes feel.

image

13) Your scent can be just as wealthy as your look.

14) Draped in jewels: Don’t be afraid to put your jewelry front and center. From simple diamond studs to that borderline-gaudy statement necklace, this kind of jewelry ups the ante.

image

15) The “I have money” combo: Own a navy blazer. Own a turtleneck. Wear them together.  👉 If you’re  very top heavy and/or short you may want to skip a turtleneck.

16) Status staples: Embrace conservative status symbols like Gucci loafers.

image

17) If you don’t know, now you know:Two words: Camel. Coat.

18) Make sure it fits: Clothing is instantly downgraded when it doesn’t fit correctly. Stay away from items that swallow you whole or cut off circulation/create imprints in your skin.

19) Wear your pearls, girls: When in doubt, a classic strand of pearls adds elegance (and dollar signs) to your style.

image

20) Head to toe: Monochrome is the perfect way to give off that “everything I’m wearing is chic and cost a fortune” vibe.

image

21) Timing is everything: A nice watch is the ultimate power-play accessory, even if it can’t be a Rolex or Cartier Tank. 👉If you’re on a budget opt for a brand like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.

image

22) Into the wild: Tread carefully when it comes to animal print. There’s a fine line between a leopard-print heel and a zebra-print jumpsuit. 👍👍

23) Make sure your hair is clean and healthy looking. 👉 Invest in great hair products including a silicone based hair serum for shine.

image

Tips received from Harper’s Bazaar

The Right Necklace

image
Have you ever wondered what necklace to wear with your outfit? Don’t worry, many women have. You’d be surprised by how many times I see a great look ruined by the wrong necklace and/or earring combo. The trick is matching your necklime with a necklace that compliments its style. I came across the following diagram on Paper Blog and decided to share:

image

Here is another diagram with similar information:

image

– Dawn B.