What does your handbag tell the outside world about you? Well, believe it or not, it speaks volumes about you and your lifestyle. Here are a few fun things to take into consideration when evaluating yours or another’s handbag of choice.
First take a look at the material of the bag. Is it cloth or leather? Perhaps the person carrying the material bag doesn’t believe in using animal hides for fashion. Or they might need a lighter material bag because of back concerns.
Now look at the style. Hands free over the shoulder might mean they are very busy and can’t be bothered by carrying handles of a handbag (or they might have a young child that needs to be carried instead of the bag). A small close to the body bag like a messenger style is minimalistic and non-fussy. A satchel style or doctors bag screams classic, conservative. The opposite would be a never-full style, almost tote like bag which says …here I am, you can’t miss me or my bag.
Consider color. Do you always pick conservative neutrals, or take a chance with bold hues? This one is a no-brainer to figure out. The person with the bold or metallic bag just might be more of a risk taker than the neutral colored bag owner who switches bags like clockwork each season…never wanting to be seen with a lighter colored bag in what they view as the “wrong” time of year.
Speaking of switching purses, do you change your styles regularly? Or maybe you can’t be bothered with such fussiness and wear the same one until it is no longer useable.
Does your bag of choice have to sport a name brand or be recognizable as “the” bag celebrities are carrying currently? Maybe a “knock-off” or “styled-like” bag is more your style and budget. If either of these works for you and is within your handbag allowance we say go for it if it is of importance to you.
Now look inside. Is your bag over the top bulging full? Can’t get it closed? If you sport this look continuously it could lead to others thinking you are unorganized and not in control. It is important to go through your purse on a regular basis and purge what isn’t needed, or most importantly doesn’t belong in there. If your bag always seems to be full, maybe you should consider a larger style if it’s suited for your frame. It is always amazing, all the different junk that ends up in our purse. An organized handbag is just like having a clean house, it’s a great feeling!
(c) 2012, Dulcet Style LLC
I love nail polish! And what’s not to love about something we can experiment with that is so easy to apply…and remove. Plus, what a great feeling to look down upon 10 fabulous looking toes (in some fabulous fashionable wedges of course). Here is the low down on some stylish polish options:
What an easy way to add some bling to your life. Buy a golden or silverish-based sparkle color based on your skin tone (warm or cool). Another bonus to a metallic based shade is that they tend to bind with the nail and last longer than other finishes. If you want to experiment try layering a metallic polish over top of a matte for a different look.
Matte polish is a bit harder to apply than metallic so take your time to let each coat dry before applying the next. This is also a very classic, sophisticated look, which is great for the office. Keep the look light and go for a cheery spring color-think pretty Easter dress shades.
This is a great color on toes and compliments any skin tone (especial a set of self-tanned toes). You can wear this shade from spring through summer. Believe me you will get tons of compliments.
Now that we’ve shed our winter coats we can also shed the black and dark grays of later. Replace those with a more season appropriate shade of khaki, taupe or chocolate brown. Although it might sound kind of strange to wear those shades on your nails the look is right on trend for this season.
Didn’t get to go on spring break? Never fear a soft pale blue shade will help you forget about the vacation you didn’t take. Stick with a softer shade, which looks more seasonal, or try a great green-blue shade-think beach!
What’s always in style and goes with everything year round. Yes, it’s the famous pink ‘n white French manicure. But there is a new twist….faking it. No time to go to the salon or brave it on your own? Never fear there are some great alternatives available at your local drugstore. New and improved nail tips for your fingers AND toes are now available and they are easy to apply and more durable than ever. Defiantly worth giving it a try!
Create great gel-like eyeliner by mixing a very tiny amount of Vaseline or Aquaphor with a powder eye shadow. This intensifies the color and makes a paste that glides on easy with great staying power. Use this same trick with any cheek color that you think would look great on your lips; then top with lip gloss. Viola!
Looking for a certain shade of lipstick that is not in your makeup drawer? Instead of going out and buying a new tube, make your own tint by mixing two lipsticks together that you already have. You can use the back of your hand as an “artist’s palette”. It works quite well and the warmth of your body makes combining colors easier. Use this tip not only for lipstick; have fun combining blush and eye shadows as well.
Have fun mixing items you already have and saving money at the same time!
(c) 2012 Dulcet Style, LLC
With the spring weather in bloom now is the time to trade in your heavy pants and sweaters for some light fun dresses. While dresses may seem fancier than the uniform slacks and shirt combo, the dress provides a less fussy means to dressing, and will evoke your feminine side. This spring season it is all about the prints to up the funky factor in your wardrobe, and there are a plethora of prints to choose from. Polka dots and floral are this season’s hot commodity when it comes to the dress, and can be styled for a day at the office, running errands, or date night. This pop of color floral dress from Banana Republic is perfect for grabbing a cocktail, and can be worn with a casual cardigan if weather calls for it. Another popular style that is being seen again this season is the maxi dress, and this polka dot maxi can be worn casually with flats during the day, or dressed up with wedges for night. The polka dot is a print that can be worn at all ages, and the maxi style adds to the sophistication of the look. When shopping for your spring dresses this season be sure to choose bold prints, and make the most out of your purchase with your styling efforts of transforming a day to night look.
The LBDFebruary 20th, 2012
Everyone should own at least one LBD (Little Black Dress) in her closet. This specific kind of dress will get you through year after year of varying occasions and will be your go to dress when in a crunch. When shopping for your perfect LBD it is important to focus on the quality to make this piece become a lifetime member of your wardrobe. If you are going to splurge on one piece this season, a black dress is the perfect excuse to do so. The LBD can be worn for work events, cocktail party, birthday parties, or even date nights, and the key to making the dress look different each wear is to accessorize. Switch up your jewelry and shoes to give your LBD a whole different look.
Here are some of my favorite LBD’s: