Fashion & Beauty

Glimpse of Gorgeous:"Oh, But It's SOOO Comfortable!"

“I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” -Coco Chanel

I believe that every girl should be beautiful and feel beautiful, but I absolutely, positively HATE it when girls go to class in their pajamas! I mean, how much effort does it take to put on a pair of jeans? They don't even have to be clean! Just try to be pretty. You never know who you are going to run into. It could be your lucky day!

On makeover shows they'll ask, "Why do you wear grey sweatpants in a XXL when you are a size 6? Where do you even find fuschia stirrup pants?" "When are spandex pants ever appropriate?" And the answers are always the same. "Oh, but it's so comfortable," or "I prefer comfort over fashion". Apparently, the same ideas apply to wearing pajamas in public.

Okay ladies, enough is enough. It sounds to me, like a lazy excuse. The only person allowed to wear pajamas in public is Hugh Hefner. There are plenty of ways to be comfortable and fashionable.

For example, jersey dresses or skirts made of sweatpant material. These pieces are cute and can be dressed up or down-I sometimes wear them to work and they are the epitome of comfort! You don't have to wear heels (even though you would look totally hot if you did), but at least find some cute, comfy flats.

I acknowledge that college is not a fashion show, but try to look like someone in pursuit of a higher education rather than someone who ended up in Biology as a result of sleepwalking.

When you take time to look nice, people will notice you and respect you, not to mention your confidence will be much higher. Plus, you won't have to explain the "funny story" behind your chili-pepper pj pants.

Like Coco Chanel said, you never know when you may have a date with destiny. Now I don't know about you, but when I meet destiny, I do not want to be wearing pajamas. So, wake up at least ten minutes before your class starts, put on actual clothes, and be GORGEOUS!

Glimpse of Gorgeous: Bad Hair Day?

Everyone pointed, whispered (okay, they didn't really bother to whisper) and posted pictures of Britney Spears after she shaved her head. The image of the bald former bubble-gum popstar was just more than most people could take. Me? I completely understood. I've had bad hair days too. She only did what a million girls around the world think about doing each morning.

The paparazzi can really put a damper on one's quality of life, so I have put together some helpful tips (I tried to make them as non-cliche' as possible) for controlling your mane and preventing Britney-esque breakdowns.

1.) Your hair is subject to damage long before you apply a million styling products and bust out the Chi Iron. In fact, it starts with the cut. Try and have your hair cut at least once every few months. Those who say every 6-8 weeks are obviously not in college or going to my stylist.

2.) The way you wash your hair and how often you do it really makes a difference in the amount of cooperation you will receive from it when styling. Try to avoid washing your hair everyday. If your hair is naturally oily, apply conditioner before shampooing and keep it away from the roots. Afterward, shampoo your hair with the conditioner still on the ends. Rinse with cold water to prevent frizzing.

3.) For all of you with luscious curls, avoid crunchy hair. Instead use a product like Garnier Fructis Soft Curls paste or Redken Fresh Curls. Then, use a diffuser to eliminate any chance of flat or flyaways. Your hair will be soft and beautiful all day.

4.) Whether it is with a $250 flatiron or the same iron you use to iron your pants, straightening your hair everyday is unhealthy. Washing your hair with shampoos especially for straight hair and blow-drying your hair straight will really help take the kinks out. Then, just run the straightener over the parts of your hair that still need straightening. If your hair is simply out-of-control, Try usingBed Head Control Freak anti-frizz serum before straightening to hide any indication of damage.

5.) Lastly, be nice to your hair. Don't over-dye it. Don't bleach it with Clorox. Don't wear it in a tight ponytail everyday. Do not remove chunks of tangled hair with scissors or cut your hair with sewing shears.

6.)No matter how much you want to shave your head, I guarantee you will regret it. Persevere through the bad hair days and be GORGEOUS!

Glimpse of Gorgeous: No Karate Necessary

With Menswear making a comeback this season, everything from shapeless tunics to boxy jackets and boyfriend sweaters are in full fledge. If you are to even attempt these trends, you must first learn how to do so without looking like you got dressed out of your dad's closet. The answer to this is simple, my dear fashionistas: Belts! Hardware-rocking, leather shining, so chic, waist cinching belts!

Your belt should flow with your outfit. Although you may want to make a statement with a little bit of metal, don't overdo it. Tacky is not hot! Patent leather is huge this season, but you should also try an 80's hook belt or perhaps one made from fabric or chain. Thickness is also a really playful element ranging from about a half inch to corset-like belts with triple buckles.

In order to accomplish a feminine look in a masculine sweater or jacket, a belt should be secured at the most narrow part of the waist. This brings a slimming effect and draws attention away from any problem areas that may exist.

When shopping for a belt, keep in mind that plastic and pleather look exactly how they are: Cheap. Leather contours and accentuates the waist better. It also lasts longer. Also, your belt should be able to be worn on the second or third notch if it has holes. I don't care how thin you are, if your belt protrudes three inches from your side, you look like you are suffocating and if it is too tight, you simply look uncomfortable.

Look to these hot accessories to take you from frumpy to fab instantly. Experiment with layering several thin belts at a time or use a colorful belt to add a punch of color to a neutral colored sweater, and don't let flashy studs or metallic hardware intimidate you.

This season's menswear aside, just look at this as another opportunity to be feminine and to be GORGEOUS!

Glimpse of Gorgeous: il colore rosso di Valentino

One of my life goals is to wear Valentino red, not only because I happen to look amazing in red, but because there’s something about wearing his dresses that declares to everyone that they are in the presence of greatness.

After discovering his signature color red at the circus in Barcelona he later proclaimed, “Red is the only color after black and white,” and he has been continually reinventing the glamorous little red dress ever since. I think it’s safe to say that after 45 years, no one, and I mean no one, does red like Valentino Garavani. From Anne Hathaway to Elizabeth Taylor, he has dressed some of the most beautiful women in history in gowns that are free from fussy extras and cut to perfection. Valentino age 74, has defined elegance for generations through his extraordinary designs and signature red dresses, but announced Tuesday that he will retire after the release of his upcoming ready to wear and haute couture seasons. Former Gucci designer Alessandra Facchinetti is said to take his place.

In order to pay tribute to 45 years of fabulous, and to begin the search for my new favorite red, I have made a list of potential candidates:

1.) Red patent leather heels:for when I’m feeling sexy

2.) The Target logo: cute clothes for cheap…what’s not to love?

3.) The red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes:they say yes, I am wonderful.

4.) Red Lipstick: Glamorous a la Marilyn

5.) Candy apple red Corvettes: do I really need to explain?

Valentino’s legacy will live through his fashion empire long after his life is over. No matter what color you choose to wear be GORGEOUS or as they say in Italy- sia BELLO!

Glimpse of Gorgeous: Fall Favorites (part III)

We’ve learned about upcoming trends for fall, painted our nails tulipe noire and accessorized with Dominique Cohen. But what outfit would be complete without the most fabulous pair (or pairs) of shoes?

Everywhere I look, I am seeing cap toed shoes, and I want them all. From Target to Charlotte Russe, to Chanel, their elegance seems to be contagious as boxes filled with shoes embodying all the feeling of 1950’s glamour fly off their shelves.

In 1957, Coco Chanel released her first line of shoes with a pair of black and white cap toed heels. 50 years later, cap toes are as fabulous and as glamorous as ever not only in Chanel’s signature black and white but every color and pattern imaginable. This trend is not limited to just classic pumps either. I have seen this trend done with flats, sling-backs, and ankle boots too.

For a timeless look, try doing a black on black or black and white cap toe (pictured on the left) in a pump or even a sling-back for a more modern approach. Can’t afford Chanel? Yeah, me neither! Guess makes a similarly amazing shoe for 1/10th of the price and Target also has a variety of really adorable flats great for walking to class in.

I can’t think of a better way for Fall 2007 to bring classy back than by wearing a gorgeous pair of cap toed shoes and by (of course) being GORGEOUS!

Glimpse of Gorgeous: Fall Favorites (Part II)

One time, on eBay, I bid $380 for a Chanel necklace and spent the rest of the day praying that someone would outbid me so I wouldn't have to take out a student loan to pay for it. Luckily, the bidding ended somewhere around $1,000, I learned my lesson, and then (just out of curiosity) I looked to see if the seller had posted another one. I just can't help it! I am such a sucker for fabulous jewelry!

I am also a sucker for a fabulous deal on jewelry and this month, Target made my dream come true: The Dominique Cohen for Target jewelry collection has arrived!

Dominique Cohen is a luxury jewelry designer from L.A. Her pieces are exquisite and do a really great job of portraying that L.A. look with class and femininity. She doesn't do things half-way either because her Target collection is nothing short of amazing. The theme of the jewelry is slightly different, catering to a larger target audience, but it maintains the same sophistication found in her luxury line.

The line of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pins, brooches, and rings, ranges in price from $14.99 to $59.99 and carries a classic French (almost Chanel-esque) theme throughout. She does a lot of pearls, ribbons, and cameos which really compliment this fall's trends.

However, much to my disdain, Dominique Cohen is only at Target until March 2008. My only hope is that its end will provoke a sale, and maybe even some clearance prices. Enjoy it while it lasts and while you're stocking up on your accessories--be GORGEOUS!

Glimpse of Gorgeous: Fall Favorites (part I)

It was about January of last year when my roommates and I discovered black nail polish. I had always secretly wanted to try it because Lauren Conrad wore it on an episode of The Hills, but I’ve never been a big fan of bold colors on my fingers. Finally my roommate, Sherri took the first step, bought a bottle at the drugstore in Blacksburg, and we made our black nail debut at a Justin Timberlake concert a few days later. At first we looked a little emo, but we tried to glam it up as much as possible, and before I knew it, I was on eBay everyday bidding on bottles and bottles of Chanel Black Satin Le Vernis Nail Colour (and losing every single time).

This season, Chanel has released another “it” color that is much more my style: Tulipe Noire a.k.a Black Tulip. Because the colors this fall are much more neutral and classic, the warm color brings balance and feminity with a slight shimmer to boot!

Black Tulip is already a big hit and has sent my fellow eBay’ers into a buying frenzy. I recommend grabbing a bottle at the Chanel counter or ordering one offline (about $19.00) before it joins Black Satin in the MIA Nail Color category.

No matter how you like your nail polish, be creative with it (I dare you to do a Louboutin nail!), be glamorous, and be GORGEOUS!

Glimpse of Gorgeous: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic book series tells the story of Rebecca Bloomwood, a British financial journalist turned financial advisor, turned Barney's personal shopper who cannot seem to get a hold on her own personal finances. So much so, that she throws her bills in the dumpster in hopes that someone will find them and pay them off. In addition, she writes letters to her bank managers and creditors making excuses for late payments and absurdly large overdraft amounts. In fact, her rationale for spending and the lies she comes up to avoid confronting her financial dilemmas are absurd (yet, hilarious) in themselves. Not only did I find myself continually laughing out loud, but I related to Miss Bloomwood all to well because, while I have not yet used glandular fever as an excuse for a late credit card payment, both of us do appreciate designer clothes (and shoes, and bags! don't forget bags...), and neither of us is able to live within our budgets.

As I flip through the August 2007 issue of Vogue, I notice that in addition to ads for Gucci, Versace, and Miu-Miu, there are also advertisements for luxury cars including BMW and Jaguar-all before I even reach the Table of Contents. And I want it all (sometimes I even make lists). I sit there picturing myself leaving my Manhattan apartment in a brand new, beige BMW convertible, decked in head- to-toe Chanel, on my way to my $25,000 a year magazine job. Then, it dawns on me that the standard of luxury is a lot higher than it used to be, and my imagination has just maxed out three credit cards trying to envision my own version of the American dream.

While the ever spending, shopaholic Becky Bloomwood is a fictional character, her problem is real and common, especially amongst today's college students. My dad even commented recently that all of his children seem to live a little more glamorously than either of our parents raised us, with spending habits over exceeding our meager budgets and humble upbringings. I think that this behavior has something to do with being out on our own and our generation's "no settling; I deserve it" mindset.

Don’t get me wrong, you do deserve it, but learn to gain control on your shopping addiction before you end up tossing your bills in dumpsters hoping they will just disappear. Managing money is hard when you are young and ambitious, but if you can just hold off on those Christian Louboutins until graduation, you might actually be able to afford them without starving for six months.

No matter what kind of turmoil your finances may be in, just remember: The finer things in life may put you in debt but it doesn’t cost a penny to be GORGEOUS!

Glimpse of Gorgeous: “Jean-ius” Trends for Fall

I've anticipated this my whole life and I've finally reached the age where I am able to see trends come full circle. I remember my wide-leg jean days as if they were only yesterday. I remember when "Flares" were the pant. I remember when extra-wanna-see-my-underwear-low was the only acceptable rise, and of course, I remember skinny jeans because hey! they were here only yesterday.

I love trends. I love watching them, predicting them, practicing them, and then seeing them come full-circle. Fall's fashion has some of the most fabulous denim yet, with a few repeats from seasons' past including, but never limited to high-waists, wide-legs, and colors! Rich, vivacious colors!

High waisted pants are not the same as mom-jeans, so stop yelling at the computer screen. Look for a tailored, figure- flattering fit that minimizes your waist.. When shopping for wide-leg denim, try a midrise and a straight, wide leg that gives consistency from your hips to your ankles. Dark washes give an even more slimming effect. And yes, I know colored denim is scary, but think of it as an adventure. Skinny jeans in muted colors work best. I recommend grey (it's big this season!), navy, black or another neutral tone, but all you really need is confidence and a great pair of heels to pull them off!

Just like any other trend, especially those of the denim nature, approach with caution. Do what's best for your body type and know that being fashionable and looking good are not always synonymous. However, don't let let fear of failure get in the way of trying new things (like a purple, or a high-waisted jean).

Jeans are what we live our lives in, and finding the most flattering, fabulous pair is essential to any fashionista. So, now that you know, I can only think of two things left to do. Go shopping! and be GORGEOUS!

Glimpse of Gorgeous: "Jean-ius" Trends for Fall

I've anticipated this my whole life and I've finally reached the age where I am able to see trends come full circle. I remember my wide-leg jean days as if they were only yesterday. I remember when "Flares" were the pant. I remember when extra-wanna-see-my-underwear-low was the only acceptable rise, and of course, I remember skinny jeans because hey! they were here only yesterday.

I love trends. I love watching them, predicting them, practicing them, and then seeing them come full-circle. Fall's fashion has some of the most fabulous denim yet, with a few repeats from seasons' past including, but never limited to high-waists, wide-legs, and colors! Rich, vivacious colors!

High waisted pants are not the same as mom-jeans, so stop yelling at the computer screen. Look for a tailored, figure- flattering fit that minimizes your waist.. When shopping for wide-leg denim, try a midrise and a straight, wide leg that gives consistency from your hips to your ankles. Dark washes give an even more slimming effect. And yes, I know colored denim is scary, but think of it as an adventure. Skinny jeans in muted colors work best. I recommend grey (it's big this season!), navy, black or another neutral tone, but all you really need is confidence and a great pair of heels to pull them off!

Just like any other trend, especially those of the denim nature, approach with caution. Do what's best for your body type and know that being fashionable and looking good are not always synonymous. However, don't let let fear of failure get in the way of trying new things (like a purple, or a high-waisted jean).

Jeans are what we live our lives in, and finding the most flattering, fabulous pair is essential to any fashionista. So, now that you know, I can only think of two things left to do. Go shopping! and be GORGEOUS!

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