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All of us are beautiful and we all can find something that will work for us. It’s just a matter of being able to recognize it. I’m going to explain those essentials and how to make them work for you!

Body types are all different. We all have our areas that we’d like to change. Clothes give you the opportunity to play up what you love and hide what you don’t. They are the gift that keeps on giving all year long. With the change of every season (at least here in Cincinnati) comes new opportunity to give your look a twist.

In my personal opinion, jeans are the absolute wardrobe staple. Dressed up or down, a good pair of jeans is the one thing that you should not be afraid to spend the money on. I know, I know, they’re only jeans, right? But think about how often we wear them. Invest in the best and you won’t be disappointed.

The key to a great pair of jeans is in the fit and length. The placement of a rear pocket is key. The lower the pocket and wider out the pocket goes, your posterior will look petite and perky. If you have ever noticed on what some call “Mom Jeans” the pocket is small and placed near the center stitch. This does the exact opposite to your body.

The longer the length, the longer the leg. So without letting your hem drag on the floor, let the denim graze your shoe. You will add an instant two inches on your height. The wide leg cut is great for those of us (I’m one of them) whose problem area is in our hips. It gives the illusion that they are smaller but still curvy and beautiful. This goes for any pant as well. Trust me, just go to a nice department store or boutique that sells a higher-end jean and at least try them on. Try a pair that has some stretch in them. These are hands-down the most figure flattering. I could go on and on about style and wash. Give them a test fit. You will feel a difference immediately. I promise!

One of the season’s most fabulous trends is the little Trapeze Dress. You see this all over fashion right now. It’s a dress that has an empire bust line and gives the illusion of just skimming the body but not clinging to it. The Trapeze Dress is perfect for any body type. It’s very sweet, yet can be absolutely sexy. That, paired with a flawless flat or pumped up peep toe and you are ready for anything.

In the top cut department, if you have a wider shoulder, stay away from the tube top. The horizontal line only accentuates your broad bod. The halter top is your friend. The vertical lines break your natural shape. Darts in a blouse are the perfect way of feminizing a blouse with out having less material. You want your top to fit, and fit well. You don’t want to swim in your clothes, or God forbid, be showing off the farm. Remember, trust your instincts! If you think it’s not right, it probably isn’t. However, if you are thinking about changing up your style and stepping out of your box, don’t be afraid to try something new. Change is good for the soul. Like the sun rises and falls… a new day is another day to dress your best.

I’m a big believer in less is more. If I’m showing my arms, then I’ll cover my leg and visa versa. Remember that confidence is the key to appeal. Whether it’s a night out, or going for that new job, your appearance is the first thing people see and the last thing they remember. Let it reflect the way you feel inside. No matter your age or body type, every single woman out there is beautiful, smart and sexy. You just have to know what works for you… and then put it on!

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041607FASHION2.jpg The relationship between fashion and rock 'n' roll is one of self expression, rebellion and creativity. Each evolves and intertwines with time, exemplifying freedom of expression. Learning where the rockstar fashion trends emerged, how they evolved through many generations and stood the test of time, will make you appreciate it so much more the next time you walk into your favorite boutique and see a pair of rockin' ripped and studded jeans.

Old Time Rock 'n' Roll


Rock and Roll and its fashion counterpart danced onto the scene in the 50s, when American Bandstand went on the air nationwide. From day one, fashion and music were fused together in a rock 'n' roll whirlwind with a visual presence. Artists were able to express themselves not only through their music, but also with the style and image they wished to portray to their audience. In the 1960s when the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show, fans not only reveled in the rock 'n' roll sound they heard, but also the fashion elements that made them iconic: mop tops, skinny black ties and matching suits. Other popular rock icons were no exception. Bands like The Rolling Stones portrayed a street image with long hair, rocker tees and leather.

People began to recognize rock 'n' roll as a rebellious form of expression, one they could emulate by copying their favorite rockstars. The over-the-top designs and musical lyrics from the seventies were portrayed by rock 'n' roll icons like David Bowie and his interpretation of Glam rock, the punk style of the Sex Pistols and the disco era complete with bell bottoms and psychedelic colors.

As music evolved with the times, its fashion counterpart was front seat on the wild ride. The 80s introduced heavy metal bands and pop-style music and fashion. Metal bands rocked their way on to the scene, proving that men could wear as much hairspray and makeup as women, and still look cool. Van Halen and Mötley Crüe, to name a few, sang about life as a party with their tattoos and defiance of the norm. 041607FASHION4.jpg

Pop-rock icons of the decade like Prince and Madonna donned ripped jeans, funky hair and shoulder pads that the public could not get enough of and could view on MTV. As times in the world were changing and music began to evolve, a new sense of rebellion against glam – and life in general – erupted.

Enter, 90s grunge; one of the most memorable rock fashion movements to date. Groups like Nirvana made it cool to just "be," starting a trend of unkempt hair, baggy jeans and flannel shirts. Their message was expressed in their relaxed style, attitude, image and tone of music.

Throughout the years, Fashion houses have been forced – by popular demand of young America – to follow the these trends in order to sell rock styles. Whether it’s the music itself or the visual intent of the artist, designers are privy to the power of "rock on" fashion and often use it as a source of creativity.

For Those About to Rock


So how does rock 'n' roll influence fashion trends today? It’s clear in today’s world of fashion and music that there are no rules or guidelines. The wide variety of musical preferences allows people have more freedom than ever to rock any style that suits them from one day to the next.

041607FASHION3.jpg Whether it’s hard rock, classic rock, pop rock or punk rock, there is an appreciation for individualism and keen understanding of music’s influence on fashion by rockstars and their adoring public. The relationship between rock 'n' roll and fashion has evolved into a freedom to wear style from the past with a new twist often created by rock icons themselves.

With an understanding of their influence on street wear, many design for fashion labels or have their own clothing lines. Destiny’s Child channeled artists from the Motown days with their lavish gowns and "uptown" glamour, reminiscent of the Supremes in the early 60s. Tina Knowles, their stylist and Beyonce’s mother, had so many fans asking about her designs that she started her own clothing line, House of Dereon. Gwen Stefani has helped to bring the pop style of the 80s back, while adding her own Rasta spin to it. To capitalize on her unique style, Gwen started the clothing line LAMB (love angel music baby). In 2005, Justin Timberlake joined forces with his childhood best friend to form William Rast Clothing. It’s clear rockstars are aware of their influence on street wear, and they’re cashing in. Even popular music brands like Fender and Gibson have recognized the correlation. Fender, the number one maker of stringed instruments, created www.fenderclothing.com. There, you can find accessories and clothing inspired by rock 'n' roll music.

Designers continue to capitalize on rock’s fashion influence, and through today’s wide array of technology, it's all readily available. Many create a style reminiscent of decades before, bringing it right to your fingertips via the Internet. 041607FASHION1.jpg

Tattoo fashion, inspired fashion from bands like Mötley Crüe, are created by fashion empires like Christian Audigier’s Ed Hardy line or 2bfree Clothing. Found in department stores and their own websites, fans are easily able to live on the edge wearing tattoos without actually breaking the skin! If you’re pregnant, you can still wear your favorite rock 'n' roll style and log onto www.rockstarmoms.com . They offer maternity wear like Sex Pistol tube tops, Jimi Hendrix tunics and ACDC tees. You can even outfit your baby with a rocker style and find a punk rock onesies, a Romones creaper and a Bob Baby Bib. The availability of rock inspired fashion online and in stores all over the nation, make it quick and easy for all music fashionista’s to get a rockin’ wardrobe.

Let’s Get Rocked

The evolution of music and fashion may change through time, but the underlying core of individualism and creativity are always present. rockstars and designers are in tune with their influence and collaborate to bring rockin’ style to your fingertips. Feel free to live vicariously through your favorite rockers from any era and continue to express yourself and your individuality. Today it’s about wearing what makes you feel your best. Evolution, individualism, freedom and style. There's no doubt about it, fashion rocks!

 

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It's time to take stock of how you've neglected your feet during the cold months. After a winter spent in boots, skin on the feet tends to be dry and scaly or have thickened areas, and the appearance of your toenail might make your stomach turn a little bit. Since sandal season is just around the corner, women are scrambling to whip those feet into shape.

Here are a few tips, provided by Xenna Corporation, to help you dewinterize your feet:

  1. Trim toenails carefully. Toenails should always be trimmed straight across. This is easier to do when they're damp from the shower. Toenails also deserve the attention of a scrub brush to clean underneath. Invest in high quality instruments and never share pedicure or manicure implements with anyone else.
  2. Tend to cuticles. If cuticles are a problem, use a cuticle remover and then push back the cuticle or trim any remaining skin with cuticle nippers.
  3. Exfoliate and moisturize. Use a dry heel ointment to thin and soften hardened skin and exfoliate dry, cracked heels.
  4. Use nail polish sparingly. While nail polish provides a temporary fix for unattractive toenails, continuous use is not advised. Toenails need to breathe and have occasional breaks from polish.
  5. Use sunscreen liberally. Fresh air and sunshine are great for feet and toenails, but sunscreen is advised to protect sensitive skin from harmful rays.


040907FASHION.jpg As for popular pedicure fashion trends, it's time to get pretty in pink, according to Wendy Wesley, nail department manager at Mitchell's Salon and Day Spa. In her 16 years at the salon, she's seen a lot of possible trends pop up here and there. But, "the color is definitely pink this summer," she says. "After the vamp, dark shades from last year, we're moving into a sweeter, flirtier, pink summer."

From sheer medium pink to a bright hot pink, there's no doubt that pink is paramount this season. Wesley says experts note another foot fashion that's right around the corner: all white nails with all white outfits. "They're saying that's going to be really trendy," Wesley says.

And a little further south in Florence at Hairspray etc., stylist Deanna Snowball says she's seeing a lot more traditional reds this year. "No pastels or tips," she says. "Just red toes."

But no matter how you paint them, you have to take care of them because the current fashions are giving your toes more limelight than usual this year. "People are wearing open-toe and peep-toe shoes a lot earlier than usual," says Wesley. "So, getting a pedicure, and taking care of them at home, is very important this summer."

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8115 Connector Dr.
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PURPLE FANTASY BRACELET

 

1 2 Strand Sterling Silver Tube Clasp
4 Sterling Silver Crimp tubes (size #2)
40 6mm Bicone Crystals in your choice of colors *
20 Color A (Tanzanite)
20 Color B (Purple Velvet)
44 3mm Crystal (clear) Bicones
Beading wire (recommend Soft Flex or Beadalon)
4 Horseshoe shaped wire guardian (optional)
4 Crimp Covers (optional)

 

TOOLS NEEDED

1 Crimping pliers
1 Bead cutters
Tape or Bead Stoppers
Bead mat or design board is nice as it keeps the beads from rolling around

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*I used Purple Velvet and Tanzanite Swarovski crystals. You may need more or less beads depending on your wrist size. This is 7 1/2 inches long, with an inside diameter of 61/2 inches. Given the design of this bracelet it’s easy to make it bigger or smaller.

Measure your wrist and add three inches to that. Cut two of those lengths from the beading wire. (I cut mine to 10 1/2 inches).

Open the two-strand tube clasp and put one end aside.

Take one of the lengths that you cut, thread on a crimp bead, the wire guardian (if you’re using one) and thread it thru one of the loops on the clasp, bring the end back down the wire guardian (if you’re using one)) and back thru the crimp bead. Pull it snug but leave a little “wiggle” room.

Starting with a 3mm bicone repeat the following pattern tillpic3.jpg the bracelet is a comfortable length:
3mm, color A, 3mm, color B, 3mm, color A, 3mm, color B, 3mm, color A, 3mm
(I have a total of 20 6mm bicones on mine)

Attach a piece of tape (or use a bead stopper) on the end to keep the beads from falling off. Then pick up the second length of the beading wire and attach as above.

This time the pattern is:
3mm, color B, 3mm, and color A, 3mm, color B, 3mm, Color A, 3mm, color B, 3mm. Again, attach either tape or the bead stopper to the end

Make sure both lengths have the same about of beads and that you started and ended each strand with a 3mm bicone.

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Place comfortably around your wrist and make any adjustments that you deem necessary.

 


Attach the other end of the clasp as you did before, but make sure that the strands don’t cross. Pull snugly but still allow a little ‘wiggle” room.

Put the bracelet on and brag to everyone that you made it yourself!

 

 

 

 

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All photos by Dave Abdon, DCA Photography. More of his photos can be seen at
www.daveabdon.com .

 

 

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Spring has sprung, so it's time to rip off those thick wools and drab wintery colors. It's all about being bright and shiny in the sunny months, with metallic finishes, acid colors032607FASHION.JPG and classic 1950s glamor.

Metallics
Don't be seen in public this spring without a couple of outings encased in metallic! Shimmering silver seems to be leading the way whether all-over shine or trim detail in piping or buckle. As for shoes, gold still glitters whether in moc-croc leather platform or sashaying wedge or a hint of bling in solid-screwed high heels. Jewelled metallic flats offer this season's bright alternatives in pink and green.

Acid Colors
Good bye grey and black. Say hello to this season's essential acid colors. More specifically, hot pink. But also an array of brights from electric blue, jade green and shiny pillar box red. For the feet, find it in strappy sandals or patent pumps or punched out 80s peep toes.

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This season has been influenced heavily by the 1950s. For the threads, that means more structured fabrics and classy, feminine lines. In shoe terms, that means you get to travel back i
n time and look for the peep-toes, mary-janes, round toes and patent pumps that just shout "Riviera chic." Whether cruising by the waterfront or dressing up for dinner, this season puts the "G" in Glamour.

Embellishment
Decoration still abounds, so have fun with it! We're not talking about the big lapel flowers and bows circa three years ago. And don't go bedazzel all your clothing, shoes and accessories. The beauty is in the simple flares this season, whether it's in contrast stitching, buckle detail, chains or jewels. Bows sit on peep-toe wedges, embroidered birds fly over raffia wedge heels and glinting jewels sit tantalisingly on demure satin sandals or sweet-wrapper colored flats.

– Shellys online

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"People come to our store from all over," says Vicki who co-owns the Envy boutique with her friend Barb. "We'll have people come in from Lexington, Louisville, Dayton and even people from Cincinnati who don't come over to Hyde Park a lot, and they all ask the same question, ‘How long have you been here?’"

"Women love our store because we're honest," Vicki says. If you are trying something on and it really doesn't work for you, Vicki says they'll tell you why and then help you to find things that do work for your body and budget.

031207_big_FASHION.jpgWhile flipping through the pages of Vogue, Vicki found an outfit, in a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement. Vicki was confident she could recreate the ensemble for much less than D&G. Within minutes she had recreated the outift, after pulling skinny jeans from her "denim wall" and sifting through numerous racks of tops and jackets to find a white jacket that closely resembled the one in D&G's ad.

Envy’s "denim wall" consists of jeans from almost every cut and every wash you could ever imagine. The jeans Vicki plucked from this denim wall were Joe's Jeans with the same cigarette fit, low rise and dark wash as those shown in the D&G ad. These Joe's Jeans will run you $158.

The top wasn't an exact match, but it gave off a similar vibe, while showcasing the classy basic whites that Envy distinctively carries. It was a Jenne Maag belted tunic with a classy flare. It had a collar and two breast pockets with large white buttons, which were repeated several times throughout the pattern. The belt is made of the same soft cotton-elastin blend, so you can cinch it at the waist or leave it loose and use it just as an accessory. This Jenne Maag tunic will run you $214.

If you’d rather pay more for your clothing, you can pick up a pair of D&G's skinny jeans at Saks Fifth Avenue for $295. For another $295 you can have the jacket, too. But for those thrifty fashionistas out there, Vicki put the same look together using Envy's merchandise with a savings of about 65 percent.

"We just have a blast making women feel good about themselves," says Vicki.
And who wouldn't feel good about themselves after finding a classy boutique where they feel comfortable shopping, while getting the look for less, locally.

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It’s a new year and you’re ready to spice up your life, why not start with your wardrobe? Accessories are a great way to change your look, without breaking the bank for a new wardrobe.

Fun and inexpensive accessories are a great way to transform your once tired wardrobe into several new looks that pop. Follow these easy tips to create a stylish, more fashionable you!

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Try adding a waist cinch belt to a plain blouse or sweater dress, like this red one from Express. Choosing a bold color is an instant way to get an eye-catching look, while the belt pulls in your waistline to accentuate your curves. Select a color like cherry red, which is an easy match. This allows you to pair your belt with various outfits, adding a fun twist to everyday pieces.

Strap on Your Sassy Shoes
Put some pep in your step by adding shoes that make a statement. Whether it’s funky flats or sophisticated heels, bold shoes add spice to any plain outfit. Try passing up the basic black
heel and go for gold, like this pair from Baker Shoes. Like jewelry, gold shoes go with any color and make your look stand out from the rest.

Bold flats are a comfy and practical way to give a casual
outfit s021207FASHION_goldshoes.jpgome spunk. Flats are here to stay from now through spring, making them a great buy for your wardrobe. Pair them with the trend of the moment – leggings – for a fashionable, yet comfortable, look.

And All That Jewelry Jazz
Make your winter wardrobe stand out in a crowd by wearing one bold item of jewelry. Dress up your outfit by adding large dangly earrings to a turtleneck or plain top. Avoid a look that is too busy by making one bold piece your only accessory. Leave your other jewelry at home to let that one selection take center stage.

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Accessories like these are versatile, helping you achieve a different look for a smaller price tag. Be creative and try multiple looks with each piece. No one will see your final outfit until you walk out the door. To avoid getting lost in a sea of accessories, remember too many bold pieces overshadow your look. One standout piece is enough to add some pep to an
outfit, while still showing off that classy, wonderful you!

 

 

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You’re out shopping. You spot it. You’ve got to have it. It’s new. It’s so you!

 

Wait a minute. Are you sure about that? Before you venture out to spend all your holiday gift cards on clothing, grab a big cup of coffee and open the doors to your closet.

 

Get Organized

Is your closet full, but you still have a hard time putting together an outfit? Start off the New Year with an organized closet that will make getting dressed simple and fun.

 

The clothes in your closet should reflect your style and be organized in a way that works for you. Your style would be the type of clothing that you enjoy wearing and that compliments the way you live.

 

Start by taking all the clothing items out of your closet that you haven’t worn in the last month. Try on each piece of clothing and ask yourself a few questions:

  • Does it fit?
  • Is it flattering?
  • Does it fit your life style?
  • Does it need repaired or tailored?

 

Items that don’t fit, aren’t flattering or don’t fit your lifestyle should not – I repeat, not – go back in your closet. Consider donating them to charity, giving them to a friend or pitching them. Decide if the items that need repair are worth the cost of the repair. Then fix it, or pitch it.

 

Clear Up the Gray Area

Have some items that you weren’t 100 percent sure you should pitch? If in doubt, invite one of your closest (and outspoken) friends over for a mini fashion show. They'll be able to tell you what looks ill-fitting (a.k.a. you're not a size 4 anymore), what is out of style or just plain ugly.

 

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

Before you start to pack up your closet again, invest in some high-quality wooden hangers. Steel hangers can damage your clothes, so go for ones that are walnut or cedar. Your garments will thank you!

 

Also, these five steps, developed by realsimple.com, will help you keep that closet simplified and organized to make the perfect outfit jump out at you every morning.

 

Step 1: Instant Shelving
If you use your light wool and cotton sweaters year-round, keep them neatly folded on hanging canvas shelves – a much cheaper solution than hiring a carpenter to build custom shelves.

 

Step 2: Shoe In
Trade in your overburdened shoe rack for plastic boxes. They’re shorter and trimmer than standard shoeboxes, so they stack compactly on the shelf. And because they’re clear, you can find what you need with ease.

 

Step 3: Fold Everything
Limited drawer space can force you to hang clothes you otherwise wouldn’t have – including heavy winter sweaters, which can get stretched beyond recognition. Instead, organize and protect them in large canvas boxes.

 

Step 4: Proper Padding
Use padded hangers for delicate sleeveless tops and plastic ones (with attachable clips for pants and skirts) for everything else.

 

Step 5: Clear and Present
Instead of riffling though an old oak bureau to find socks, underwear and belts, use clear plastic drawers. A stack of five is low enough to hang tops above, but 15 3/4-by-19 3/4-by-8 1/8-inch drawers hold even more folded clothes than your bureau will.