Effortless Formal Style

We all have social or religious obligations that require a formal dress code, and when we can’t figure out what to wear, we can attend without going out of our style comfort zone, by being as simple as possible. That was the case for me this past Palm Sunday, where most ladies will be wearing dresses and skirts, I personally am not a big fan of this and for practical reasons I avoid it. What I chose to put together for that event is something easy to recreate with items in your closet, and can be worn to any casual or formal daytime event. I decided to pair beige pants with a loose shirt and classic loafers and a leather bag, together they are polished and feminine. Remember that it is always better to wear what suits you and isn’t a hassle to maintain throughout the day, if you are bothered by your outfit, it will be reflected in your behavior, so it is always better to be understated than over the top! read more

Androgyny

This is a story about a shirt I almost didn’t buy.

I was recently shopping at one of my favorite casual stores in the States when I saw this pinstripe blouse. It struck me as a bit masculine, and the fact that I have numerous blouses already that I don’t wear, made me put it aside. The thing with button shirts is that most of the times they are formal, tight fitting, and not at all comfy. A little encouragement from my hubby made me try it on and still didn’t like it, but I thought I might as well buy it because of the smooth fabric. read more

This Holiday Season, Why Not Under-Dress?

A lot of magazine and social media focus for women around the holidays is what to wear, and most of the time it is an over the top outfit.

So they tell you to wear a fancy dress or sequined skirt? Well I’m here to say, go against that trend.

There is really no sense in buying holiday outfits unless you are under 10 years old. In doing so, you would only be buying an item that will go on sale in about a week, and that you will probably never wear again. Instead of that, why not mix and match from your own closet? Is there an item you have purchased and never worn? Do you have a go to pair of pants that are really flattering? Combine those items and add your own holiday twist to them. Consider a broche or a vintage necklace, play things up with your makeup, wear some heels to a simple outfit or in my case (I loathe heels) ballet flats. read more

The Shoes I Wore For 1 Week Straight

I had recently purchased a pair of Skechers ‘On-The-Go’ from the States, and although I was about to walk out the store without them, I had hunch telling me to buy them and I’m glad I did. 

I boast quite a large collection of shoes, especially sneakers, so I usually wear a different pair each day. But as soon as I put the Skechers on, I couldn’t take them off. Why? Because their soles are soft which make walking and standing super easy. At the end of my work week it struck me that I hadn’t taken these shoes off, and I thought I must share them with you! I spotted ones similar to them in Skechers City Center but they aren’t the same design, I hope they will be available in Lebanon soon, and I highly recommend you get a pair! read more

The Overlooked Staple

One of my favorite items in my closet is the polo shirt. I can never have enough, and I am constantly buying new colors and fits. This shirt is a classic, never goes out of style, and adds a country club chic to a pair of jeans or slacks. The breathable cotton makes it a year round item, well except for winter.

I advise you to invest in at least one, it will last you years. Start with the ‘classic fit’ and work your way to the ‘slim fit’. As for colors, make your first purchase a white one, then move on to black and all the colors in between. read more

Must Have Items By The Time You Are 30

The world of fashion is ever changing, we buy clothes just to find out that the next season they are old news. We throw them out and buy some more. This might be the story in our teen years and even our 20s, but by the time a woman is 30, there are a few staple items that must be in her closet. These items are classic and survive the changes in trends, and hence are worth the splurge.

1. The Everyday Handbag:

This bag is durable and meant to be carried everyday. Buy this in a neutral, dark, or tan color, one that goes with almost all your clothes. Make sure that the material can be wiped down and that the stitching is well done. I recommend brands such as Longchamp, La Bagagerie, Tommy Hilfiger, and Michael Kors. These bags range from $100 to $300. read more

How to Combine Colors in Your Outfit

Do you ever wonder why some street style or runway outfits look great even though the colors are seemingly bold and not too obviously matched? If you want to pull that look off without it looking disastrous, simply follow the color wheel. Once you get the hang of it, mixing colors will come naturally.

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The color wheel isn’t just for designers and artists, it can help us understand color combinations and how to use them to dress well. The wheel consists of primary, secondary and tertiary (or intermediate) colors. read more

How to Style a Sports Shirt

Today I want to share with you some tips on how to style a sports shirt.

I recently had a dinner to attend at a new restaurant, and not knowing the ambiance of the place, I didn’t want to go too overboard with my style. I opted for a loose sports shirt and played it up.

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I decided to go natural for my makeup without foundation, and use earth tones that blend well with my hair and skin color. I let my hair down in waves, the looseness gives off a carefree vibe.

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I wore diamond studs for simplicity, and mixed a Swarovski pendant with a bronze necklace. Try to stick with necklaces of short length, as they add polish to this style. read more

Red Rules

You think you can’t pull off wearing red? Well think again. Its only a matter of choosing the right shade of red for your skin tone.

To illustrate this, I put some red paint on my palette, along with blue and yellow paint on each side.

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If you have pale, light skin, then you have blue undertones. If you have medium to dark skin, then you have yellow undertones.  I mixed red with each of these colors, and the result is the shade of red that suits your skin.

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Keep in mind that this is only ONE shade of many, depending on the percentage of yellow or blue versus red which results in various hues when mixed. Use it as a guideline for your future red purchases. read more

Shady Business

When buying new sunglasses, choosing the right frame is not always an easy task. Not every trend suits everyone, so check out my sketch of four face shapes with their preferable shades as a guideline. If you notice, each frame complements the corresponding face instead of creating edges outside its outline. Keep that in mind and you will be rocking the right shades for you this season!

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For the Square face, try these Roberto Cavalli at $425

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For the Oval face, try these Dsquared2 at $995

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