Monday, April 8, 2013

Three Fast Fixes

Bad News: "My wedding ring has lost its sparkle, as it is full of sunscreen, lotion & other miscellaneous gunk".
Fast Fix: Apply a small bit of toothpaste on a toothbrush and give your ring a good scrub. Rinse with warm water. (Avoid the bathroom sink and use a small bowl for this maneuver--you don't want to drop any jewels down the drain). 

Real Bummer: "My favorite dress is full of static and keeps sticking to my legs, hips, stomach, et al.".
Fast Fix: The best defense against static cling is to rub a generous amount of body lotion to any and all areas that will be covered by your skirt or dress. Go ahead, lather it on--no gal feels attractive if her dress looks shrink-wrapped to her backside.

Hot Mess Alert: "I applied my mascara, and somehow a glob has made it's way to my eyelid, cheek, nose, etc".
Fast Fix: Wait at least 30 "Mississippi's" before reaching for the tissue to wipe away the errant chunk of makeup. Resist the urge to wet your thumb and smear the dab of dark--this will only create a bruise-like splotch that will be impossible to fix. Instead, remain patient and wait for the mark to dry completely and dab at the unwanted spot with a dry tissue. The mark will disappear just like that. (Insert snap?) 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Good Jeans in Short Order

Confession: back in "the day" I  purchased, and wore to death a certain pair of bootleg jeans from a certain store called GapKids. No, not because I was 'too thin to find adult jeans' but rather, manufacturers didn't make jeans with shorter inseams until recently. In order to save you from an embarrassing trip to the kiddie shop or the tailor,  I have found 3 pairs of great jeans that are crisp, classic and perfect for us not-so-tall ladies.

This pair from J. Crew is marketed as a "cropped jean" but will fit the shorter gal exactly the way a nice slim denim should. These are tailored and skinny at the ankle,  which will complement a pointy heel or a flat sandal equally. Invest here.

The Stevie Ankle jeans by AG are not a steal, but what they lack in cost efficiency they make up for in softness. The ankle-length is ideal, and think of the money you'll save on alterations. Am I right? Find yours here.

Lastly, this pair from H&M is remarkably flattering and fits like a dream. Look for the Skinny Low Waist Ankle design. Preview these here. Did I mention these are $29.95? Buy two.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

O.M.G. (Oh My Geode)

Shhh---I've got a secret underground (literally) bit of information for you: your geode count is low and you are in serious need of new druzy. I know, shocking right? You thought all this time your mineral levels (jewelry-wise) were just fine, and now it seems you are deficient. Worry not, I have come across some gorgeous druzy/geode pieces that will stabilize your condition.

Ok, so druzy is a type of crystal coating that can be found within rocks or geodes--in other words, it provides a beautiful color/shimmer to an existing stone. Well made druzy jewels are not easy to find but when done properly are just stunning! May I draw your attention to the following pieces:

Earrings by Doolittle Jewelry. Snag yours here.

This necklace by Julianne Blumlo is mighty pretty. Find here.

These delicate beauties by Rifle + Radford can be found here.

Jeweltone Jewelry offers these two-tone drops. Buy here. 

The dramatic pair above by Doolittle Jewelry can be found here.

Aren't these lovely? Earrings by Marcia Moran. Find yours here.

Large druzy necklace by Doolittle Jewelry. Find here.

p.s. The uber talented Sandra, owner of Doolittle Jewelry, has been kind enough to offer Stylishmint readers 15% off of purchases over $100 using code: STONES15. Rock on!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Black & Cream Dream

Do you have a Save-the-Date tacked up on the fridge? Are you celebrating a birthday this year? Is it Wednesday? If you answered "yes" to any of the former questions, you should likely order this dress by Kate Spade.

The cut of this dress is a flattering example of modern meets retro. The structured black/cream stripe is timeless and would be such a standout at any party! Find yours here

p.s. In an effort to be thorough, I would also scoop up this chic pair of heels to launch the entire ensemble to the next level. The open format of this shoe is gorgeous and these would be equally beautiful with slim jeans and a blouse. Snag a pair here.

I am willing to bet a fair amount of funds that no gal could make it ten yards wearing this dress/shoe combination, without receiving an impassioned compliMINT.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fudge You!

Chocolate brown looks good on you. In fact, it looks great on you. A rich brown can look more polished and expensive than black or grey. Wear head-to-toe browns for a classic look or mix up your chocolate hues with denim, white or black.

The sweater below is a beautiful brown with a nice weight. It's versatile and dare I say it, comfortable. Find one for less than $30.00 at your local H&M.

Brown eyeshadow is a shade that is ultra-flattering on everyone. Try Portabello by Nars for day or Twice Baked by Urban Decay for evening.

Pop some brown into your wardrobe pronto, brown is the new black!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Well Red

Everyone needs a go-to red nail polish, it's a necessity like bottled water or TiVo. This gorgeous polish is an ultra flattering shade and will guarantee a compliMINT upon first wearing. Find your own bottle of Fifth Avenue by Essie here.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Half Calf

Picture this: you are happily seated in the Salon Shoe section of your favorite department store...the sales clerk has brought you a gorgeous pair of zip-up leather boots and quelle surprise--they do not zip up! At this point you have two choices, you can: a) leave the country and change your name to Holly Mortified or, b) purchase the alternate pair of pull on/no-zip lovelies below.

This pair of over-the-knee boots are suede-esque and easy to pull on and off. You can find a pair here for less than $40.00, leaving you with funds for several lattes and/or margaritas--your choice. If you are looking for a more traditional boot, allow me to introduce you to this pair:

These tall boots are a perfect and sexy example of a shoe that can be worn to breakfast, lunch, dinner and beyond. The soles of these boots are made of a tread-like surface, making walking in these sky-high shoes a dream! Find yourself a pair from Marciano here. At last, no need to struggle with a boot zipper that is clearly "malfunctioning", "made wrong" or "broken".