New season, new unsolicited tips :)
DO: craft holiday decorations or ornaments. Pat Catans has a ton of wooden cutout objects you can paint, throw a string on and hang on a tree or anywhere else. You can put pictures on them with mod podge to personalize them. Mason jars can be found at any craft store. With mason jars, you can create home made snow globes or fill with pinecones from outside. Sprinkle glitter on the pine cones to add a “wintery mix” effect. Crafting holiday accessories for yourself/home or gifts for friends is a way to save $ and put your own touch onto things. A fun gift for friends is making personalized coasters. Craft stores sell these also, some for under a buck. Mod podge pictures to create a finished look and to add texture.
DON’T: drink too much christmas crack, i mean ale….it’s all about moderation.
DO: avoid the winter slump by catching up on reading. Don’t feel like getting out of bed because it’s blizzarding? Make up for it by cuddling up with a book you’ve been meaning to get to.
DON’T: be a Scrooge, give back, especially to local charities and foundations
Happy Holidays to all!
Fall has arrived
New season, new rules. Here’s some of my fall fashion and lifestyle tips.
Halloween: Don’t break the bank for a Halloween ensemble, get crafty and creative! Also, class goes a long way. Scantily clad nurse and cop outfits have seen better days. Avoid the brand “leg avenue.”
Go faux: faux fur is much more affordable and does not hurt anyone in the process.
PSL’s: Ladies, I know you all love the extravagant pumpkin spice latte, but please, limit the tweets and instagram pics of your coffee drink for the sake of the public good/my sanity.
Bargain boots: Check out shoedazzle.com for trendy and affordable boots to get you through the fall and winter seasons.
Also, here’s one of my favorite pumpkin smoothie recipes, http://lowfatcooking.about.com/od/breakfastandlunch/r/pumpkinsmoothie.htm
Have a safe and happy fall !
Boston: Never forget
GASP: GATSBY IS BACK
With the premier of Baz Luhrmann’s remake of The Great Gatsby on May 10, one must wonder if any “Gatsby” collections will be coming out. Brooks Brothers already released a collection inspired by the film. (Check it out here) —> http://fashionista.com/2013/04/brooks-brothers-launches-entire-great-gatsby-themed-collection/
But, its hard to say whether other designers are inspired by the recent release of the movie, or if 20s styles have always been influential. Fringe and sequins have been floating around for a few years now, but today’s styles lack the classic glamour so embedded in 20s fashion. Fringe today appears more tribal based or influenced by edgy looks, not by the femininity and glamour of the roaring 20s. Also, it may just be a coincidence that the movie release is in spring, a season where brighter colors are as natural to bust out as flowers are to bloom. Also, the “preppy” look has been around for what seems like forever. My conclusion: the film just reinforced styles that already existed, and just polished them with a little more glam and elegance. A British publication thinks otherwise: