Getting sick of the covered up sweaters and other boring winter drab? I know I am. When will summer be here already? Seriously. I’ve had enough of the cold and even worse, the boring covered up clothing.
I recently got a new lovely piece of shapewear sent to me from Vedette, the Francesca. This gorgeous bustier is absolutely perfect for your Valentines Day evening, but if like me, you’re ready for something a little more sexy this winter, you can wear it as outerwear, like I have here.
The Francesca not only works as absolutely gorgeous lingerie or a beautiful bustier for a night out, it will also suck you in. That’s right if you haven’t worn shapewear, ladies, you are missing out! This gorgeous bustier will suck you in around the tummy and hips, not only that but it will also give the girls a lift. I love that it is a thong too so you can wear it with some form-fitting trousers or a skirt and you won’t have to worry about a nasty panty line, because who wants that?!
You can wear this lovely shapewear for Valentine’s day as a sexy piece that will look great for a night out and then when you head home for the night, your husband or boyfriend will love watching you undress in this! I know, that is quite saucy for what I usually right about here, but with the most romantic holiday of the year coming up, I’m sure a lot of you beautiful fashionistas are wondering about not only what to wear for the big night for your romantic dinner, but for afterward as well. 😉 Yeah, I’m sure most of us are thinking that. I love that the gorgeous shapewear from Vedette will not only kill two birds with one stone by wearing it for your night out a
AND your evening home, but it will also give you a really lovely shape, especially if wearing something tight around your tummy makes you a little nervous. It sure does for me anyway!
While I didn’t dress up my look for Valentines Day here, well actually for work that day maybe, you can get an idea how this versatile bustier can be worn for day too! I’m loving the loose boyfriend jeans these days, and for something so sexy and tight up top, I decided to balance it with something loose and super casual on bottom, because it’s still about 40 degrees here on a warm day, I layered my shapewear with a white and black blazer to stay warm. Also, just a tip, loafers are HUGE this season. They’re not just for men and when you wear them, you will never want to take them off! I got these cute hot pink designer flats in Vegas on my last trip. I absolutely love the look of them with boyfriend jeans and a blazer. It’s the perfect way to add a fun pop of color to a more serious look too.
Leggings are still going strong after several years now, maybe that’s because they are so incredibly comfortable and warm in the winter, and not only that, but in the last year or so, all sorts of fun styles of leggings have been popping up! No more plain ol’ black boring leggings!
Thanks to the new fun prints, styles, and textures, leggings can really spice up your look, and who couldn’t use a little of that, especially this time of year?!
I know I keep updating more and more leggings to my closet each year, because it seems like each season there is some new unique legging I haven’t seen on anyone else! I love to wear things people aren’t already wearing a lot of, I guess you could say, I like to be a trend starter. So when I find a new trend, I usually jump right on it, hoping to be the first in my area to wear it!
Even if you’re not into starting trends, leggings are so versatile and really everywhere now, that you can wear them and totally fit right in. However, if you are looking for something a little bit bolder, I have the perfect shopping site for you AND a fabulous GIVEAWAY!
Fatal Woman is a great place to shop for something extra spicy. They have such a fun take on traditional clothes, It’s constantly got me checking the site to see what new fun items they have up for grabs this week!
At FatalWoman.com you can find chic, saucy, lacey tops, fun printed swimwear, super tall, glamorous heels, sexy dresses, and a whole bunch of unique, fun leggings that are sure to stand out! (With Valentines Day coming up soon, don’t forget you can shop Fatal Woman for super sexy lingerie too!)
When given the option to try out some of Fatal Woman’s gorgeous leggings, I decided to go with something I have never seen before, and something that could add something super sexy to my everyday casual, covered up, winter look!
I found these fabulous wet look, cut out leggings (Only $29!). First off, leather is huge this season, but because I love animals, I try to find vegan or faux leather. The look of these “wet-style” leggings give the appearance of leather but are much more comfortable and of course, animal-friendly!
Secondly, I have never seen ripped up leggings before, but right now, ripped up 80’s inspired jeans are having a huge moment, so why not cross that over to your leggings! I would have no idea how to go about ripping and shredding up leggings without completely ruining them, so I love that I can buy these leggings already pre-torn!
When these chic leggings arrived, I absolutely loved them! You can wear these a number of different ways, they are so completely versatile. Since the wet-look style, and the ripped up holes both are over the top sexy, I decided to pair down my look with a casual tunic sweater. This makes the look totally appropriate for day or for a night out if you just switch up the flat riding boots to some chic heels!
See how I styled my cut out leggings from Fatal Woman here:
I’ve tried many hair straighteners over the years and while a lot will do a good job, there are only a few that stand out as truly exceptional. You know, the irons that not only give you the ultimate straight hair, but also leave your hair looking healthier and shinier than before you started!
I know, it’s rare to find these irons out there, but I recently got my hands on one of those amazing little flat irons and I’m so excited to share my experience with you as well as my how-to’s for getting super straight hair every time!
I had heard lots of good things about Karmin flat irons for quite some time now, so you can bet I was dying to get my hands on one and try it out for myself! I was thrilled when I got asked to review the super cute pink Karmin Salon Pro G3 professional styling iron.
This amazing iron has a temperature control for all types of hair, so you can find the temp that works best for you! I have pretty dry, course, super thick, long hair, so I went with a hotter setting (you can go all the way up to a super hot 460 degrees!), but you may choose to go with something a bit cooler if you have fine hair. The iron also heats up and is ready to use with seconds, and I love the super long tangle-free cord that comes on this iron, so I can move around my bathroom freely while styling my hair!
You may be surprised that flat irons can do a lot more than just straighten hair! You can also use them to add curls, waves, and/or volume! When you use an extremely innovative iron like the Karmin, you not only get the perfect style, but you will get some serious added shine to your hair too! I was beyond impressed with what this iron did to my hair as you will see below!
The Karmin uses ion field technology to seal in natural oils found in the hair. This is what makes your hair actually look healthier and shinier after use! The negative ions and infrared heat work together in this iron to remove static (you won’t get frizz with this handy tool, even in the dry cold winter!) and will also give you that silky shiny texture. The Karmin has advanced tourmaline ceramic plates and uses professional grade heating which is why it heats up within seconds! It also has automatic sleep mode and will shut off after 1 hour! This baby also comes with an impressed 3 year warranty!
As you can see, this iron couldn’t be more amazing! When I put it to the test, I found that my hair stayed frizz-free even when going out in the super freezing cold, and my hair looked and felt incredibly soft and healthy after using my Karmin flat iron! I always add shine spray to every look and found that this is the first styling tool I’ve EVER used used where I didn’t even need the shine spray! My hair looked just as shiny after using the Karmin, BEFORE I applied the shine spray! I can usually notice a big difference after adding shine spray to my hair, but not after using my Karmin! This flat iron left my hair amazingly shiny all on its own! Even my dry split ends look healthier! The shine spray added absolutely no more shine to my already super shiny hair!
Well, now that we’ve discussed the best tool to use for your hair EVER, let’s talk about how to get a super straight style!
I have naturally wavy hair (especially in the back) and if I don’t use a strong enough flat iron you can tell. My hair will go a little wavy in some spots, especially in the back, underneath part of my hair.
Here are the steps to get amazing super straight hair!
1. Make sure you add a heat safe product to your hair before blow-drying and styling with your Karmin flat iron. (Here I used straightening cream in each section, to get even straighter hair.) Then blow-dry your hair in sections with a brush. Some ladies prefer a round brush. My thick hair tends to get tangled so I stick with a regular flat boar bristle brush. Tip: Don’t use your fingers as this will add oil to your hair and will only shorten the life of your hairstyle.
Divide your hair into sections and blow dry each section. I start at the bottom and work my way up. Clip your hair up and out of the way and remove a little at a time and keep blow drying until dry, until you get all of your hair dried. Use your brush to pull down on your hair, straightening it as you blow dry. Pay close attention to areas where you naturally get super tight curl or wave.
2. Grab your Karmin and start straightening! Straighten in small sections again to make sure that you get every piece of hair straight. I start at the bottom the same way I do blowdrying. I straighten those bottom pieces and clip the rest of my hair up. Then slowly let down more pieces to straighten. I go in a straight line from left to write and work my way up from my neck until I get to the top of my head. *The trick to super straight hair is taking your time and working only a few pieces at a time until you’ve covered all of your hair with the flat iron!
3. Once straightened, add shine spray You may find like me you don’t even need it after using the Karmin Salon Pro G3 Flat Iron) and voila! That’s it! You’ve got a super straight look that will last until your next wash
As you can tell from these pictures, my hair looks as shiny with the Karmin as it does after applying shine spray!
I’m super impressed and in love with my Karmin flat iron, and you can bet I won’t be putting this iron away anytime soon! My Karmin flat iron really left my hair soft, shiny, and looking incredibly healthy! My hair looks so much better after using my Karmin flat iron than it does all on its own without any use of heating tools!
If you would like to learn more about Karmin and their amazing line of hair styling tools, be sure to check them out today at KarminHairTools.com today!
* I was given this product for the purpose of review, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are solely my own. I only share reviews with my readers, I feel will be beneficial or informative in some way.
Handbags are probably the number one coveted item for most fashionistas! There is something that makes us feel truly special when it comes to what we are toting around, wether it be that newest designer bag, a vintage classic, or just a beautiful faux leather bag we just love to death!
Not that long ago, I was actually a one-purse kind of girl. (I actually have no idea how this ever happened!) I’m completely obsessed with organization and when it came to what I carried around in my bag with me, it all had to be right where I knew it would be, when I needed it. I would use one bag until I ruined it or it was hanging on by a thread. Then I would get a new one and do the same thing.
Since that time, I’ve certainly changed my ways. It bugs me to not be perfectly organized, especially when it comes to what’s in my handbag, but I’ve come to a point in my life where I would rather sacrifice the organization for that beautiful one-of-a-kind handbag.
I recently picked up this lovely vintage quilted fabric Dior, Lady Dior handbag. It’s so much smaller than my other handbags, I really had to get picky about what I keep inside. Believe it or not, it’s completely stuffed with the few contents below. I normally carry a lot more essentials around with me, but I do love that this bag forces me to carry less. I hate a tired shoulder from lugging around so much crap all day, and this has happened all too often to me! I’m sure most of you can relate!
Some of you may be like I was, and are currently learning the ways of the handbag. That is why I love the Guide to Handbags from Rue La La (one of my favorite designer deal shopping sites!) Here you can get a guide to all different kinds of bags. Unlike my tiny little Dior here, you may be more of a big tote girl, especially if you like to lug around a lot of daily essentials!
I love the fact that this guide helps you choose the best type of bag for the occasion. I think a lot of us women make the mistake of lugging around a satchel or regular handbag to an elegant dinner when you should really be wearing a clutch or a pochette when you’re donning the sexy LBD.
If you’re new to shopping for designer handbags, you can also find some great tips for picking out a truly luxurious bag through Rue La La’s Guide to Handbags. Especially if you happen to buy vintage like I did here. This guide will help you know what to look for to make sure you’re not getting tricked into buying a fake. I was surprised to learn some great tips I didn’t even know about, such as checking the zipper to make sure RIRI or MJ is written out on it and checking Dior’s inner sewn-in label for the written serial number on the flip side (Yeah I just went and checked my Dior for this, and whew, big sigh of relief, thank god, there it was!)
You can also find some great care tips for keeping the best possible care of your handbag. I admit, I’m often lazy here, so I was glad to find some great, and easy tips, for making my handbags look their best for as long as possible!
Check out the guide today for lots of great tips, including a cool history timeline on the handbag! While you’re at it, comment below with the essentials you keep in your handbag and check out my handbag essentials below!
My nautical wallet, my Ray Ban Round Sunnies are the two things I absolutely can’t leave home without. Obviously. I keep a stack of business cards in a pretty business card holder in my bag because you never know who you will run into.
Here are my other essentials:
- Nail File– because isn’t it the worst when you need one and don’t have it!
- Luna Protein Bar – I hate getting hungry when I’m out and about. I need a snack. I need snacks often. I eat a lot. (I keep the rest of these in a plastic baggy in case I have a leak, my vintage handbag isn’t ruined).
- Lisa Water lip gloss – What fashionista doesn’t have a fabulous lip gloss on her at all times? I especially love this one because it has a built in light and mirror so you can even apply this in the dark!
- Sunscreen Chapstick – I live in a dry climate and constantly get chapped lips.
- Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer – I sometimes leave this out, but with the recent Ebola scare, I am using this constantly now!
- Tide Pen– I can’t even tell you how many times this thing has come in handy. I’ve been using it for years and always keep one on me. I constantly spill when out to dinner or out having a few drinks wit the girls. (This pen once saved a bright yellow pencil skirt from a HUGE blue slushy spill all down the front of me, AND a red wine accident all over my new velour Juicy Couture handbag).
- Sunscreen Stick – I often get caught out in the sun sometimes longer than I’m planning on, so I keep this handy to apply a quick swipe to my face.
- Peter Thomas Roth Hand Lotion – I have dry skin and live in an even drier climate. This is a must for me at all times!
- Starbucks Gum – I’m actually not a big gum chewer but I drink a lot of coffee this time of year and can’t stand the coffee breath, so I keep this gum on hand to use after my morning latte.
Happy Shopping for that Perfect Handbag! xo xo