Beauty on a budget: Mascara

A great lash is key to a carefree, everyday look. Simple and tastefully defined lashes can transform.

Enhance your look this month for $10 USD or less with just one or a combination of these best-budget mascaras

Physicians Formula’s Organic Wear

Maybelline Great Lash

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies

Neutrogena Healthy Volume

Neutrogena Healthy Lengths

Covergirl Clump Crusher by Lashblast

K.

Now trending… House of DVF on E!

Last Sunday House of DVF premiered on E! The new reality series features fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg and her search for a brand ambassador to represent her famous fashion house around the world.

In a word, DVF is fierce. She is sixty-something years young, and her confidence and strength in style shine. DVF is all about living life to the fullest, and she is an inspiration and role model to many women in the fashion industry.

No one is quite like the one-and-only DVF. She remains humble through her success and epitomizes a true power-woman. In her memoir, The Woman I Wanted To Be, Diane Von Furstenberg exposes herself discussing health, aging and love.

I am eagerly looking forward to the next episode of House of DVF. The series gives viewers an opportunity to live vicariously and get to know DVF along with her young ambassador applicants. DVF is a wealth of knowledge, and I believe she will offer her applicants and viewers rare bits of advice.

This fall DVF is poised to teach young women, share her personal story, and give some tough love… because there ain’t no cryin’ in the House of DVF.

Stay tuned, fashionistas.

K. 

Remembering de la Renta

Iconic designer Oscar de la Renta passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. He was and is an inspiring designer.

De la Renta was an artist who dressed and designed for women of all ages and shapes including Hillary Clinton and Rihanna. A simple Google-search yields oodles of articles, videos and photo collages paying tribute to the beloved designer. Below are a few selections I’d like to share…

1. Remembering Oscar de la Renta by André Leon Talley, Vogue

2. Oscar de la Renta Was About Making Women Look And Feel Their Best via NPR

3. Oscar de la Renta: American Icon via Oscar de la Renta TV

I hope you will join me in remembering fashion designer Oscar de la Renta who will continue to live on through the legacy of his art.

K. 

Think Pink!

October is not only a time for enjoying PSLs, finding that perfect Halloween costume and carving pumpkins; It is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. During the month of October show your support for breast health in style with these three items…

1. Essie’s Breast Cancer Awareness Collection – Polishes that support a great cause and look great on your nails.

2. Sonia Kashuk “Proudly Pink” brush set – These five brushes come with a travel case and can be purchased at your local Target. A portion of your purchase will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

3. Rag & Bone “Key to the Cure” T-shirt – This simply chic shirt is sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue for a cool $35 USD. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund.

Check out other ways you can show your support here, and think pink this month.

K.

The Top Seven Scents of the Season

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Apple-cinnamon scent fills the air in my bedroom.

Indulge your nose this season in any or all of these wonderful fall scents and smells!

  1. Pumpkin Spice Latte via your local Starbucks. (I mean, did you really think I’d leave this wonderful fall smell off the list?!) I’ll say no more.
  1. Leaveseverywhere. Not necessarily a “yummy” smell, but there’s something about fall leaves and the scent they fill the air with. Mmm… fall. And don’t forget about their beautiful colors!
  1. Apple-cinnamon Wax Melts by Glade. Hands-down one of the best purchases I have ever made and will continue to make. These delightful wax melts are perfect for your Sentsy warmer or pot and will make your apartment or home smell ahhmazing. Guaranteed.
  1. Tease by Victoria’s Secret. In a recent online order I received a free sample size of this alluring scent—the perfect combination of a crisp and fruity fall eau de perfume.

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My current obsession…. Stitch Fix

This one’s for the ladies…

If you haven’t already, say hello to Stitch Fix this fall. The personal styling site was founded in 2011 by CEO Katrina Lake.

Stitch Fix takes all the guess-work out of searching for that perfect date-night, casual or office-chic look. Simply complete a questionnaire on the site detailing your personal tastes, and Stitch Fix ships an ensemble to you.

The small styling fee of $20 USD can be applied to your purchase, and you can return any items that don’t suit your taste or fit quite right. Want to learn more? Read all about the service’s details here.

If you’ve ever wanted a personal stylist, Stitch Fix is the site for you. Savvy shoppers and fashionistas have been flocking to the site that seems to have only gained popularity since its inception.

Happy styling!

K.

Warby Parker brings out beauty

This September up-and-coming eyewear brand Warby Parker introduced nine new styles for its fall 2014 collection. The Fall Collection features classic and creative shapes to suit any personal taste.

Eyes are a beautifully unique quality. Through our eyes we speak. Through our eyes we express emotion. Through our eyes we view the world, and the world views us.

For me eyewear has always been a unique opportunity to make a fashion statementWhy blend in?

Stand out this fall with Warby Parker…

Image courtesy of Warby Parker.

Image courtesy of Warby Parker.

Image courtesy of Warby Parker.

Image courtesy of Warby Parker.

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Now trending… Athleisure

Recently it seems almost everyone is flaunting that I-just-came-from-the-gym look. I think it’s safe to say that athleisure is the current trend in casual style for men and women alike.

A few of my athleisure favorites.

A few of my athleisure favorites.

Wearing hot brands like Nike, Under Armour and Victoria’s Secret PINK – masses are strutting the streets styled as though they just came from yoga or spin class.

This article from The Business of Fashion discusses how the apparel industry has been affected by the trend. The New York Post explains how the athleisure trend has sent denim sales plummeting here.

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Four fall fashion must-haves

1. A killer jacket-jeans combo – A flexible look anyone can rock from day to night. So cool.

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Power to the Pant

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 12.32.11 PMWhile hot summer days often have me reaching for dress after dress each morning; recently I’ve fallen back in love with… the pant. Although difficult for most petite women to wear well, the power of a good pant in the workplace is undeniable. When you find a fit and style that really works for your body, you feel empowered by the pant.

That feeling of empowerment allows you to not only do your job better, but to positively influence others in your environment. Fashion influences our attitude – not only at work, but in other environments we find ourselves in each day. The workplace is a key environment in which our attitude and aura really matter and affect our surroundings. 

There have been multiple articles written on the history of women’s dress in the workplace. What fashion item in particular gives us a sense of power? I argue that the pant is the key piece in a wardrobe that speaks power in the workplace.

One of my favorite aspects of the pant is that it speaks power in different volumes. You can choose a classic black, navy or grey – or be bolder and louder with various prints, a solid purple or bright red. The decision is yours, and you can choose how powerful the pant makes you feel.

This fall I urge you to stow away easy flirty dresses for a week or two, and place yourself in a power piece. Take charge subtly or in a not-so-subtle way. You have access to the power if you wear the right pant. 

Possess that power stance.

 K.