Monday, September 26, 2011

fashion : dos and don'ts

Fashionable. Stylish. Trendy. These are all such abstract things. I can come up with an outfit that I think is awesome and you may not like it. I might wear something that I think is comfortable and trendy and you look at me like I'm wearing a swan dress. If you're thinking this post is going to be somewhere along the lines of "don't wear white after Labor Day" or "do wear black for parties", well you're at the wrong blog. But I did learn some lessons this weekend while working towards my new style and I had to share them with you.

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Reese is one of my favorite actresses. I love that she's so genuine and down-to-earth. She's fantastic! Plus, I love her style. Never trashy, always classy. 

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If I had little girls, I would encourage them to listen to Taylor Swift's music. Just like Reese, Taylor is never trashy, always classy. 

{red lipstick}

I love red lipstick. I think it's so classy and sophisticated. I've seen numerous celebrities wearing red lipstick and I've been wanting to try it out for years. Of course, I had no idea, really, where to begin so while grocery shopping at Wal-Mart, I picked up a few red lipsticks over some time and would try them out on days when I was going to be at home all day and not around anyone. 

{Do : Test your lipstick at home when you're not having to go out anywhere. Red lipstick is really hard to remove and if you put it on and hate it, it can take a while to get the stain off. Also, even if you use a great make-up remover, you still will have a little redness from the rubbing around your mouth. So, really, it's best to try it out when you don't have to be anywhere.}

{Do : Try different shades and different brands. I've discovered that red lipsticks look more pink on me. And if they lean more to the orange side of the red spectrum, they look really orange. Not fun.}

{Don't : Give up after a few colors. It's worth it in the end.}

I tried a variety of colors before I figured out what shade I needed. I also tried out various   types of lip color: lipsticks, lip stains, liquid lipsticks, etc. until I found my favorite. 

I finally decided on Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Brilliant Bordeaux. It's a liquid lipstick so you put it on with a wand like lipgloss. But once it's on, it's on. I put it on this Friday night before leaving for the football game. I ate dinner, touched it up after dinner, and it looked the same when I got home. It's that good. 
While it lasts and lasts, it does make my lips feel a little weird. It's not creamy or anything, just a flat color. So I put a little chapstick on top and that makes my lips feel better. But I'm also a chapstick addict so you may not need that feeling at all. ;) 

Obviously bound for stardom.
What do you think? Do I pull it off?

I really love wearing red lipstick. 

---------- That's the first new thing I wanted to try, here's the next: ----------

{skinny jeans}

Oh... skinny jeans. Whenever skinny jeans started running rampant through the fashion world I kept having the same flashback to one of the few Oprah episodes I watched from years ago when Oprah was talking about buying and wearing jeans that fit and flatter your body. I remember one lady wore tapered jeans and Oprah had her turn around with her back to the audience and pointed out that in her old jeans, she was shaped like a light bulb, but in her new jeans, her shape was much more flattering and the audience clapped and cheered and the woman was so happy in her new non-tapered jeans. Then skinny jeans hit and were everywhere and I kept thinking light bulb, light bulb, light bulb, when I saw them. 

But then they started growing on me. I got to wear I like the various styles and wondered if I would like skinny jeans. I really wanted the cozy look like this:

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I just think this look is fabulous. She doesn't look like a light bulb at all. But then again, Lauren probably wouldn't look like a light bulb in a light bulb costume so I still doubted myself in my ability to look non-light bulb in skinny jeans. But after seeing outfit after fabulous outfit, I knew I had to give them a try

So yesterday, the hubby and I were out shopping and I bought myself some new fall outfits. Casual sweaters (in Atlantic Deep and Oatmeal Pencil), plaid flannel shirts (in chocolate combo), leggings (brown), skinny jeans (in grey) and JEGGINGS (in Blue Handsand) ("jeggings" is one of my favorite words to say right now) made their way home to my closet last night. 

After we got home and watched a movie (well, I watched a movie, Joey fell asleep), I decided to try on my new clothes. Here's outfit #1:

Let me take this time to say that I now completely understand why people wear skinny jeans. They are SOOOOO incredibly comfortable. I absolutely love them and am already looking forward to buying more skinny jeans, leggings and jeggings in the future. They just feel amazing. They fit snug, like a second skin, but they aren't constricting at all. 

I love this outfit. However, consequently this is the only outfit you get to see right now. You see, Joey isn't crazy about this new style I'm going for. He's supportive, but he's got some reservations about it. This inevitably led to him popping off something about the first and second outfits, which meant that I tried on the rest of the outfits in our bedroom away from him and did not get any more pictures. 

{Do : Love what you wear. Wear what you love. I love these clothes, they feel amazing, I'm going to keep on wearing them.}

{Do : Give you hubby time to adjust to style changes.}

{Don't : Hold it against him when he's not as open to your amazing fashion sense as you would like. He's just a boy. A boy that loves cargo shorts, Under Armor shirts and Nikes. Cut him some slack. He was just being honest, even if that honesty was rather blunt.}

{Do : Have a girlfriend to play dress up with. Someone who will be encouraging and maybe a bit less blunt while being honest.}

All in all, I'm glad that I'm figuring more out about my own style and also leading Joey down the path of good-husbandry. We've been together just 5 years. He's still learning. We both are. 

What do you think of my new fashion style? Are there any styles out there you want to try but are afraid to yet?


  1. That red lipstick color is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous on you! I think you nailed it. I use to always wear color on my lips in highschool and college and then I got away from it and now when I try to apply it I think I look weird but I think I just need to get use to it again. I love the skinny jean look and I got a pair last fall but honestly I didn't wear them much. I think it's because I didn't have the right shirts to go with them....oh well, guess that means I need to go shopping..LOL

  2. I avoided skinn jeans for a long time because I just didn't have the guts to put them on. When I finally tried a pair on, I fell IN LOVE with them! They are so comfy and cute!


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