Colors of Fall 2017

Hey lovely!

I hope you are enjoying the cooler temperatures we have been experiencing in the northern states. It’s been such a pleasure to breathe the fresh, sweet air and feel the caress of a warm breeze across my cheeks. Fall weather is here!

That leads me to my next topic which is transitioning some fall colors into your wardrobe. So what are the colors for fall you may be asking. One of my favorite colors chosen by Pantone Color Institute is Autumn Maple. It is a refreshing rust tone that immediately brings to mind  beautiful fall foliage.

 

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To keep color from overwhelming you, introduce it in small ways such as accessories. Transition this rich color with cream, ivory, taupe, or brown.

Another color I find myself drawn to is called Grenadine. Have you ever flavored a drink or perhaps added a wee bit to ribs? Delicious! And I think you will find that this color is as well.

This bright color will add interest to an otherwise casual outfit. A snuggly cardigan, always a hit on its own, becomes the star of your ensemble. Try adding grenadine with jewelry if you aren’t ready to embrace its richness.

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Another favorite of mine for fall is Navy Peony.  Just the name alone entices me. A full bodied blue that adds warmth to any outfit. Try it in a dress, on your nails, or let it wrap you in a shawl. Wear it with your favorite faded denim jeans and a peach top. Accessories love this blue too!

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Which of these colors will you be wearing this fall?

Meet Flappery Company

Hello dolls!!

I am so excited to introduce you to a new series on small businesses featuring women entrepeneurs. I happened upon this delightful woman on Instagram as @thevintagestylist where she sells an amazing array of vintage clothing. Naturally I was hooked. A friendship soon developed and now I want to share her story with you as she opens her new shop Flappery Company. Here is Janice to tell you more about this exciting new endeavour!

How to Dress Gatsby Glam from Head to Toe

Hey friends! My friend over at Flappery Co. shared this post on how you can create a perfect flapper look. Oh, and while you are at it, see more of her fabulous posts on style, decor and more!!

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There are always scads of ladies after the Gatsby-inspired look for a holiday party, vintage wedding, or special event – which just goes to show that vintage is still coming out on top in fashion style. Gatsby was glamorous and luxurious, and many of the looks leave us catching ourselves wiping drool from the corner of our mouths. Part of the reason this era seems so awe-inspiring is because of one thing – the fabrics.

Fabrics during this era were gorgeous. Silk and satin, velvet and fur. Everything about them is lush and wonderful and they are most certainly head-turners.

One of the most prominent accessories during the Gatsby era were headbands.  Many ladies, as pictured below, decided to throw off their hats and dress their famous bobs up with a beaded velvet ribbon, lace scarf, or an extra accessory such as a brooch, bow, flowers, and in particular…

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Green Beauty

Hello dolls!

For a while now I have been using natural beauty products, either organic, natural, and/or a mix of the two.  I want to share some of my favorites with you in this post. But first let me just give you a bit of my background. I am a cancer survivor who was pumped full of chemicals. NOT complaining! I feel very blessed to be with you.  I have mature, combination skin.  If you are of certain age, you know what a pain this is.

Here are some of my top favorite green beauty products:

Yes To Cucumbers Calming Micellar Water which you can find here http://www.target.com/p/yes-to-174-cucumbers-calming-micellar-water-3-3-oz.

I decided to try this after seeing it at Walgreens . I knew the Yes To line was well liked so I decided to give it was worth looking into.

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Pros: It very gently removes makeup and leaves my skin feeling cool and refreshed. Besides that I love it because it is moisturizing. Bye bye breakouts!!

Gabriel Cosmetics/Zuzu. I can not say enough about this company and their cosmetic line. I have tried mascara, eye shadows, blush and lipsticks. All of their makeups are mineral based. I have a bad reaction to MOST  eye shadows. My eye lids actually bubble up and itch like the dickens. But I have not had any trouble with this brand. Hallelujah! The mascara wears nicely. It’s not clumpy like some cheap drug store brands and is easy to remove with soap and water. Their lipsticks wear like a dream. I DO like to wear a lip gloss underneath as my lips are naturally dry.  Their blush is whisper soft. And it does not break me out. I’ve been using a tester (of the original size) and it lasts a good long time. I just bought my first blusher to replace it. I also received some ZuZu shadows. The pigments are beautiful! They are very smooth and apply easily and  come in a wonderful assortment of colors.AmmunitionPalette ZuZu

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I buy my makeup directly from their website…http://www.gabrielcosmetics.com. It does take a wee bit of time to receive but it’s definately worth the wait.

 

The last brand I want to share with you is the Shea Moisture line. Another super moisturizer!! I use their soaps. Coconut & Hibiscus is a lovely fragrance. It lathers very well and caresses your skin. This gentle line leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft. A gentle scent is left behind which adds to a luxe experience.  The line itself comes in a large variety of fragrances and products. I’ve also tried their makeup line. I purchased a Shea Moisture face powder to try (I needed to replace a line I had previously used). I am pretty happy with the results even if it doesn’t contain any SPF. Also, you may want to buy it in a shade slighter darker than your complextion.

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These are just a couple of my favorite lines. I am not being paid to give this review by any of these companies. I just wanted to share what works for me. Do you have a favorite natural beauty product you’d like to share? Please do in the comments section below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Style Pretty!!

Debra

 

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Summer Style Tips

Hey loves!!!

I hope you’ve been enjoying some gorgeous weather. When the temps rise, the first thing I think is what  can I wear that will keep me cool? So today I want to share some summer style tips with you to keep you looking cool as a cucumber.

Style Tip 1:  Wear loose clothing. Think flowing dresses, maxi skirts, A line tops. Cool colors verses darks. I say reach for cool colors during the day & save your darks for the evenings. Cool colors do not absorb heat and thus will keep you feeling refreshed.

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Style Tip 2: Wear natural fibers. Invest in cottons, silks, or linens for summer months. They let your skin breath.

Style Tip 3: Break out those open toed shoes and sandals. I can’t wait for summer to arrive so I can wear my favorite shoes!!

Style Tip 4: Stay hydrated. I know this seems like a no brainer, but sometimes we get busy and forget to drink enough water. It is especially important to get enough water during warmer weather to keep our skin and complexions healthy.

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Style Tip 5: Sunscreen. Wear it! I am the first to admit, I do not slather the stuff on like I should and some day it WILL catch up to me. Skin cancer is NOT pretty and I know all my girls want to stay pretty.

Style Tip 6: Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses. Believe it or not, squinting due to bright sunlight, increases your chance of fine lines around the eye area.

Style Tip 7: Go easy of the fragrances.  Just a spritz during warm months is enough because as your body temperature rises your fragrance will grow stronger.

Hope these little tips help to keep you nice and cool this summer. Have your own summer style tip to share? Leave it in the comment section below to share.

Love,

Debra

Bohemian Rhapsody

Hello lovelies!!

I have this fascination with all things bohemian. I really thought I would outgrow this “phase”,  but it has definitely stuck with me.  To me the bohemian lifestyle represents a carefree world, one full of adventures and the unpredictable. A life of letting go of all our burdens and embracing what we already have.

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The above photo was found on pinterest and shows a full on bohemian setting. Rich fabrics, printed textiles and fringe are key elements of this room.

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Another way to add a hint of bohemian chic is to hang interesting lanterns in different shapes, styles and colors. These can live anywhere in your home. From your living room or bedroom to an outdoor balcony or porch.

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Pillows and cushions featuring festive embroideries add a nice element to a living room sofa and chairs. If you have a small home, large floor cushions add extra seating for guests as well as look pretty.

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If you are a do-it-yourself type of girl, there are a lot of really amazing crochet patterns online via ravelry as well as personal web sites. The Sophie’s Universe rug has been all the rage among crocheters since Dedri shared her pattern in 2015. Here’s a link to her site to learn more…

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Here is just a sampling of ways to bring this look into your own home. Do you have a favorite bohemian item or decorating tip? I would love to hear from you.

Debra

*photos found on pinterest and Look At What I Made and are not my own.