13 Little Wardrobe Killers

It’s the little things that make all the difference. No matter your body type or taste, it is possible to look and feel good without having to change your entire style.

Simply begin by avoiding these little wardrobe assassins. 

1. Leaving Bits of Lint and Animal Fur on Your Clothes
People notice details, and a single piece of lint can stand out, especially if it doesn’t match your clothing.

Lint rollers are amazing, but if you don’t have one handy, some tape will do just fine.

If you’ve got animals, you should have several lint rollers and put them where you can find them easily. Keep one in your car, one in your handbag, and one in the bathroom.

2. See-through Fabrics
To be clear: thin, gauzy skirts can be a great addition to your wardrobe. Do yourself a favor, though, and make sure that they don’t go totally transparent when you end up backlit.

Some fabrics will do their best to trick you. They look totally opaque in the dim light of morning. By the time you’re headed out for lunch, the light shines right through them, treating all to a glimpse of what’s underneath.

3. Not Breaking out the Iron
We get it. You’re busy. But your wardrobe, and possibly even your image, won’t be taken seriously if you look like you just grabbed your shirt from the bottom of the hamper.

The water and dryer temperature you use could have a huge effect on the condition of your clothing. Also, hang your clothes up immediately after they are dry.

If you’re against ironing, you can use the dryer to your advantage in the fight against wrinkles. Wrap the garment around an ice cube, then throw them in the dryer. The ice dissolves and turns into steam, thereby creating the perfect anti-wrinkle environment.

4. Too Many Accessories
Accessories are essential to your look. A single necklace can make a great statement piece, for instance, or a scarf can pull your entire outfit together. The ideal accessory will be eye catching and (this is important) appropriate for the occasion.

Don’t worry about being too plain; that’s a much better option than going overboard and risking looking tacky.


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5. Worn-out Clothing
Looking to make a bad impression? An easy way to do this is by wearing a shirt that was white in a former life. It’s inevitable that the whitest of whites start to discolor, and once they do, it’s time to either put them in the discard pile.
Prevent your whites and colors from becoming former versions of themselves by making  separate loads for whites, colors, and dark fabrics. Mixing them  can cause them to become dingy and gray.

6. Wearing Athletic Shoes in Non-athletic Situations

Sure, your tennis shoes are comfortable, but unless you’re on a tennis court, they look out of place.

Athletic shoes stick out like a sore thumb and can make you look like a teenager (and not in a good way). *Unless you are wearing fashion sneakers for an intentional urban casual look.


7. Wearing Clothes That Don’t Fit Correctly. 

Nothing can kill your style quite as quickly as an oversized shirt or a too-tight dress. Even if the clothes feel comfortable, if they don’t fit, don’t wear them.

Do remember that different clothing manufacturers size their garments quite differently. If you’re a size 2 at one store, you might be a size 6 somewhere else, so trust the fit, not the tag. Always take the time to try on clothes before committing to wearing it out.

8. Not Taking Care of Your Nails
A manicure can turn from cute to cringe-worthy in a matter of minutes and all it takes is a single chip in the polish.
Although keeping a perfect manicure for more than a week or two is just about impossible, you can increase its lifespan by opting for a gel polish.

9. Carrying a Massive Bag
Sure, it’s great to have a bag that can carry your laptop, makeup kit, car keys, and body cream while still leaving enough room for a full-grown chihuahua, but a big bag can easily throw off the rest of your outfit. After all, a bag is an accessory.
Opt for a smaller bag for  important events. And make sure that your bag’s in good condition. As with other elements of your look, you’ll need to call in a ringer when your bag falls into disrepair.

10. Clothes that are pilling.
It happens to the best of ‘em. A few times into wearing, you notice that certain spots on your garment are a little rougher than others.
The next thing you know, a bunch of tiny little balls join the party and take up space on those rough patches, which are most likely in the armpit or thigh areas. These clothing-crashers are called pills and are formed when fabric rubs together.
Blended fabrics are usually the most susceptible to becoming pilling victims, says Good Housekeeping magazine. Fiber blends that contain three or more fabrics have a higher incidence of pilling, especially those that contain both natural and synthetic fibers.
To prevent damage, turn your garment inside out before washing. Doing so prevents the fabric from rubbing against other clothes in the wash, stopping the pills before they wreak havoc.
The gold standard for pill-prone garments is hand-washing. Placing your washer on the gentle or delicate setting is second best.
Air-drying your clothing can also help to keep it safe. Once everything is washed and dried, store or hang your garments inside out.

11. Not getting your Favorite Pair of Shoes Repaired.
We get it; you love your shoes, even if the soles are fading away and the leather is scuffed. The good news is that a talented cobbler can perform those much-needed repairs, restoring your favorite kicks to their former glory.
The bad news is that the longer you wait, the more you’ll pay—and the worse you’ll look. If you’re going to keep that old pair of shoes, take care of them.

12. Going really retro (without any sort of modern update).
Modern accessories can provide a great, easy update. Your shoes and bottoms can also be modernized to complement a vintage top. Just take it easy on the nostalgic items, and you’ll be fine; otherwise, you’ll look like you didn’t spend enough time thinking this through.

13. Leggings as Pants.
This fashion faux pas has taken the nation by storm. We blame the rise of the yoga pant.
Leggings can be a key ingredient in a super-cute outfit, but don’t mistake them for fully-formed bottoms in themselves. Throw on a short skirt or wear a dress if your shirt is belly-grazing; the key is to keep your backside from hitting people in the face. That’s just sloppy.

👉 Make sure people remember you, not how poorly dressed you looked. 

XO, 

Dawn B. 

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 

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:

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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.

3 Ways To Make Your Everyday Life More Fabulous

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Life can be stressful. We all know this. Often times we assume only the rich and famous can have a fabulous day-to-day life, but that isn’t true. Anyone can live life a bit more fab. Here’s how:

3. Focus On What You Love. Life is full of distractions. Often the expectations of others or even the expectations that we place upon ourselves force us to put what we love on the back burner. We are so busy working or doing for others that we have so little time to do what we love. Yet, focusing on what we love is crucial to truly having a fulfilling life.

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Hobbies You Love Such As Bike Riding Are A Must

2. Loose Yourself InThe Moment. If you think about it, the only time we truly have is right now. The past is done and we can’t be sure what tomorrow brings  So why not really make the most out of your time?  This may sound “extra” to some people, but I really believe in celebrating life in small glamorous ways. I randomly buy champagne just to have a glass, I put  fresh flower petals in my bubble baths, and sometimes on weeknights I book a really nice hotel room, order room service, and just relax with my phone on silent. I do these things because I don’t want to be a person who needs a reason to do something nice. Life should be celebrated every day in some kind of way, big or small.

1. Tune Out Bad Vibes. Have you ever noticed how draining some people can be? Always complaining or gossiping or whatever vibe-killing trait they tend to have. Well, if you don’t take anything else from this blog post I hope it is this: Separate Yourself From Draining People.

There is nothing fabulous about spending time with anyone who makes you feel low or judged. Associate with loving, positive people and keep everyone else at a distance. *That may include staying away from them on social media as well.

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I promise you, if you apply the three things listed above your days will become much brighter.

– Dawn B.

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Dressing Like A Millionaire

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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: 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.

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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 one.)

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

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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.

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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. (I personally love a nail design or accent nail but don’t overdo it.)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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Tips received from Harper’s Bazaar with a few added tips from me.

*** Remember the above tips are only for those interested in a polished, classic look. It’s okay if this style isn’t your thing. Personally, my look depends on what theme I’m going for at that moment.

XOXO,

Dawn B

The Right Necklace

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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:

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Here is another diagram with similar information:

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– Dawn B.