Ten Things you need at IKEA: Summer 2017

It has been quite some time since my last IKEA visit.  Past visits included  purchases for Office Projects, Kitchen Projects, Guest Room Projects, Custom Closets, and of course the general need for Storage Space!! I am no stranger to the arrow pointing on the floor to move in the right direction or head to the Marketplace.

This particular visit was to “just look” and get ideas for client’s as well as my own  future projects.  I had so much fun checking everything out and getting ideas for all of us!

Below are ten things I think are awesome at IKEA right now !

1.Mirrors– They have a wide assortment and of course great price points.  These two were my favorite.

(Ikornnes Collection)

(Stockholm Collection)

2.Light Fixtures- I have always wanted the Huge Flower Snow Ball forever and it was still here to tease me.

There were new ones to adorn too!

3.Office Chairs-These were very comfortable  and with color options!

4.Bedding Inspiration- IKEA always have fun fabrics and textiles- New Bed Linens and Duvets add a lot of bang for a little buck when you need a change.

5.Storage Carts that look cool!

6.Timeout Circus Tent!  I am not going to explain

7.Book Shelves – IKEA has got this one down, no need to shop around

(Billy Collection)

8.Case Goods– Functional, Sleek, and  beautiful.  I love the new Stockholm collection

9.Plants and Flowers.  Both real and fake they are beautiful! $2.00-$10.00

10.Barware– I got very excited when I saw these glasses!  I just came back from NY and at the Bergdorf Goodman’s restaurant they had very similar water glasses!!!  Thank you IKEA for bringing Bergdorfs to me at a price I can afford! $2.99 each

  BONUSES:

A fiery red orange velvet couch!  Jonathan Adler would agree!!! Take me Home!!!

A Tea Infuser pot! $9.99

And that concludes the Summer List Wants and Needs at IKEA!

An Afternoon at Bergdorf Goodmans

The way Audrey Hepburn  adores a visit to Tiffany’s is how I  feel about a visit to Bergdorf Goodman’s.

Gazing at the spectacular window displays gives me an immediate  adrenaline rush!

I get so inspired  by what I see, my love for fashion takes hold of me all over again.

Upon the revolving doors I  know sensory overload is upon me . What I  see, touch, hear, smell, and taste will all be wonderful.

I will see beautiful, extravagant, luxurious clothes, purses, and shoes displayed gorgeously.

I will touch exquisite fabrics of silk, cashmere, feathers, and satins.

I will hear music setting the mood. and I will smell bouquets of flowers with the latest perfumes.

I will taste a chilled bubbly champagne as it washes down my  delicious meal!!

My appreciation in experiencing such luxury is so I can understand it and then adopt the look, and style into  what I  can afford.  A luxurious lifestyle can be obtained on a variety of budgets.  This formula has worked for me forever. Knowledge is power!

On this particular visit I  was excited to experience a new pop up shop located on the 4th floor.  Linda’s.

She describes it as a fantasy closet.

As I entered it was a cornucopia oozing with well just about everything of this and that!   It was a little boutique exploding with colorful extravagant merchandise.

If the merchandise was not displayed with perfection it could have misrepresented all the beautiful items that we were to appreciate so much!

Also on the 4 th floor are many couture designers. Chanel, Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Celine and many more.  I enjoyed gently touching  the garments, seeing the cuts, and designs , embellishments, craftsmanship- in other words,  seeing and touching the BEST!

The 7th floor houses home decor and the restaurant Bg.  On previous visits,  I  enjoyed the Collection of Vintage china.  It was mismatched and eclectic very similar to my own collection which I enjoy daily.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated by Kelly Wearstler with simple elegance.  Chinoise birds and fleur wallpaper, white tablecloths, chic water glasses and place settings.

The gentleman waitstaff wore white jackets.   Surrounded by all this beauty it was only proper to order a glass of  crémant d’alsace, les natures  champagne!  I am always in celebration mode at Bergdorfs!  As I looked around I felt as if everyone was happy to be there also!

My lunch consisted of  two first courses:  BG devilled eggs, baby arugula, crispy pancetta, followed by Seared diver scallops, artichoke ricotta ravioli, truffle beurre blanc, shaved truffles,  warm bread and butter and one wrapped chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth!  It was an expensive lunch but I think it is necessary to treat yourself once in awhile and indulge!

The Shoe Salon was my last eye candy of the day.

Shoe porn is definitely happening at Bergdorfs!

And at the highest  level you can imagine. $$$$$

I lusted as I always do at the beautiful shoes and enjoyed watching the participants in the act of browsing, trying on, and purchasing.  Most amusing on all counts.

On a final note I had the pleasure of sharing this experience  with my wonderful friend Melissa.  It was her first time at Bergdorf’s and I look forward to my, our next visit!!

Ten Tips on Cool Summer Outfits wearing Comfortable Shoes

As  promised, I am following up with a pictorial of outfits with comfortable shoes.  For those just tuning in,  I have been healing and nursing a neuroma on my left foot which has challenged me to up my style game with different outfits based on the shoes.  I love and am use to wearing heels.

Tip 1:  When wearing tennies I think it is advantageous  to wear a little bit shorter ankle jean, I think it looks better and sporty!  I paired my Lucky  jeans  with a  J Crew white tee and  Guess Navy vest.

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Tip 2:  Add structure to your outfit to give it a more polished look.  I added a Ann Taylor white jacket.  White Jackets are great to throw on a variety of outfits to give it an instant pick me up!

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Tip 3:   For those wanting to keep their outfit evolving, just omit the vest,  and add different jewelry and shoes.  Donald Pliner Kitten heel sandals and very comfortable!

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Tip 4:   Watch your hemlines of skirts and dresses.  A little above the knee is  more sporty and flattering for casual cotton dresses.  If you have great legs go SHORTER!!!! J Crew Cotton Dress

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SeaVees Canvas Sneakers

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On the other hand if you are wearing the ultimate comfortable shoes and don’t necessarily want them the focal point at all, go for a maxi dress- down to the floor hemline!

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Tip 5: Accessorize with Statement Jewelry

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J Crew Earrings,  Dress purchased at Ross

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Tip 6:  Vertical Dressing.  By dressing monochromatic it gives the illusion of a taller you!

Dresses are great for Vertical dressing and so perfect for summer.  This dress is cotton and comfortable. I added a black pair of Donald Pliner Kitten Heel Sandals.

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All White!! Tank purchased at the Parker Palm in Palm Springs, White Linen Blend pants at Marshalls

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Another example of Vertical Dressing.  Head to Toe all one color.  I added the cardigan and belt for pulling the outfit together.  Black Leggings  J Jill, Zara black shell and cardigan.

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Tip 7:  A little peekaboo blouse showing off a pretty bra is a nice distraction!  Also Fancy Shorts can add a Polished look rather than the basic Chino short.  Ann Taylor Loft Shorts, Zara White Blouse, Journelle Black Lace Bra, Clarks Black Slides

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A plunge deep V vest  bringing  the eye up with the addition of a pretty hat.  Black Vest- Forever 21, Paige Denim Shorts,  Hat by  Gottex

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Anne Klein Cream boat shoes

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Tip 8:   Know your colors!  The more you know which colors look best on you the better you will always look!  I paired a  Zara Bright orange sweater with  J Crew White shorts and Leopard Birkenstocks

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Sam Edelman Slides

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Tip 9:   When wearing ankle straps look for small straps especially if wearing a Midi Dress (below the knee) . The reason is if your straps are bulky and wide they will steal your leg length and look chunky, which means you will look frumpy!! Red Ankle Strap Sandals- DSW, Cutout Dress -Zara

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Tip 10:  When wearing white shoes make sure they are clean!!! Scuffed, dirty,  ripped shoes are going to bring your outfit way done in the polished dept!

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The “comfortable shoe”  ensembles keep evolving as I do with my comfort level in them.  I will continue to share outfits and tips as the outfits come together!!!  I know to look great ultimately you need to feel great which means taking good care of yourself and accepting what you have and work with it!!!

Personal Branding: Invest in Yourself thru Pictures

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This is the age of photos and pictures.   We see them all day and night on Facebook, Instagram, Emails, Blogs, Twitter, etc…  We are hooked to our phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.  It’s hard to escape the incoming all day long.  ( I am glad I grew up in the 80’s!)

Our photos are our calling card, and a visual image of who we want to be.  We can use pictures to our advantage if taken well.  If we have a bad shot it can actually hurt our image or slow down the path in which we want to succeed.

Whether it is for a Dating Site, Linked In, FB profile, or business profiles photos of yourself need to look great not just good. We have larger audiences with social media .  There is no excuse and if you want to get noticed and stand out,  having a great picture of yourself is a smart tool in your success toolbox.

It is statistically proven we are sized up in 30 seconds based on how we look so let’s learn how to present our best image forward!

I am a stylist, makeup artist and photographer living in Tucson.  The following pictures I took, and styled the “afters”

 

9 Tips on representing yourself through pictures

 

Have 3-5 pictures of yourself.   A good picture will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd! This includes a full body shot, face shot, action shot, and professional shot

1A: Full Body Shot                                                                           No bother hiding, you need to be truthful and show yourself from head to toe.

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1B: Face Shot – Up close and Personal

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1C: Action Shot – No friends, no pets, no children, no exceptions!

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2.   Add a Professional Shot to your portfolio.   Friendly and completely pulled together!

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3.    Use a photographer who knows how to take a good “casual” picture

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4.  Solo Shot:  No one else in the picture

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5.  Your Photo must be current, it needs to look like you right now!

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6. The right clothes, hair and makeup are essential for a photo to represent you.   This picture does not represent her at all!  The picture also adds 10 years to her.

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After makeup application –  WOW Factor!!!

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Before Makeup Application

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7.  You need to be the center of attention with your picture and pay attention to what is also in the picture.

I would edit the brick wall out, so we see more of her. Too much distraction in this picture.

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Nice background  backdrop!  Not to distracting.  We see her first!

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Notice the surroundings?? Not good for a photo to represent yourself and your house.

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8.  Be Camera Ready wearing a nice outfit, makeup, and a good night’s sleep for bright eyes!

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9. Have a Stylist help select your outfits for your photoshoot.  It is worth it!

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10. When Smiling don’t overdue it.  Your eyes will appear squinty and closed

Too Squinty!.  Soften your Smile

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No Squinting here, Lovely shot of her!

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Another lovely shot

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Too Squinty again, and bad lighting

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I hope this was of value to you and if your living in the Tucson area and need some assistance, I am happy to help!

http://www.tenoutfits.com

Thru the Summer months  I am offering special promotions for the Personal Branding Service. Contact me for further information.

Also stay tuned for Wardrobing with Comfortable Shoes.  I will share great outfits with the emphasis of pulling it together with flat, low, comfortable shoes!