Archive for August 2010

Summer Separation Anxiety Solutions

August 26, 2010

It’s August 26th and there’s been Halloween candy in my drugstore for two weeks.  Fall. Is coming. 

Am I happy about this? No. Sadly, The only thing that saves me from sobbing into my morning latte as I watch the pool guys close the pool mid-September (I’m kidding, I can’t ever watch, do I look like a MAN?) is that I know I’ll get to wear cowboy boots again. True, jumping in fall leaves is fun but not quite as much since the neighbors called the cops. 

I love Paris necklace

 

I don’t want my pool time, beach time, family time, and social life to screech to an end as I get lost in the quagmire of school schedules, more appointments lest it appear I don’t actually work for a living, less sun, and lots of things that bear little or no resemblance to lounging by my pool sipping something with a lime, texting, tweeting, and yapping on my iPhone all the livelong day in between jewelry orders and being an unpaid Taxi driver.  

F-F-F-all. It’s coming. My favorite time of the year is coming to an end.

For a lot of people this also means they have to start making better decisions about what to wear. Flip flops and shorts just are not going to cut it and you need to stop looking like a bum. The phonebook sized fashion magazines arrive at the door, displaying non-stop fabulous item after item. This season also marks the reemergence of Pajama People from their caves or wherever they’ve been hiding out all Summer. 

Here are a few things that may help you get over your fear of  Fall.

Donate the stuff you didn’t wear to charity or sell it on E-bay

 This is really the best time to do it, as it’s still on hangers taunting you. What? You can’t hear what that dress is saying to you? Mine is saying “Hey Sueanne. Yeah, You. You haven’t worn me in 2 years. Please let me go, or I will open an account on Twitter and openly mock you.”

Do a little inventory

Take a quick look at all of your fall and winter clothes. You forgot how many fabulous thing you already own, didn’t you? Do any pants or jackets need tailoring? Does anything need to be dry cleaned. Any new holes in those sweaters? Get them done now so you’ll be ready when that air turns cool. This also prevents you from buying a duplicate item when you’re out shopping. You can’t remember what you have, if you have not seen it for 4 months. 

Get more mileage out of your fall and summer wardrobe by pairing things together from both seasons.

Be creative. Your look needn’t seem like it came straight off a mannequin. Why is that mannequin in your closet by the way? Get rid of her.

Take advantage of pre-season sales.

Yes, it can be weird trying on sweaters in August, but some stores have up to 40% off just to get the new Fall merchandise moving. My favorite jean company, Lucky Jeans, has $30 off most of their jeans for a couple more days, by the way. I’ve cut myself off. 10 pairs is enough. One mustn’t be a denim glutton.

Wear White past Labor Day.

Romancing the Sunstone earrings

 

I don’t care what they say. If you still look good in white, then wear it. Just for a couple of more weeks. The world will not judge you for pretending it’s still summer, and neither will I. 

Invest in Accessories

Pick up a few belts, shoes, and, oh,  I don’t know.. let me think… JEWELRY to update your existing wardrobe. No need to buy yet another clothing item you already have. Accessories change the look quickly and easily. 

How do you ease into Fall? Talk to me. Leave a comment. : )

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Look at your jewelry. Now, look at mine.

August 21, 2010

It’s that time again! Time to give away a beautiful pair of earrings from Sueanne Shirzay Jewelry. This time I am letting the winner choose between the 4 pairs that are featured in the video. Wanna be a winner next time? Subscribe to my blog on the upper right of the page. Congratulations to The WINNER! : )  (by the way the necklace I am wearing is the Zumba necklace) 

Popped Tops and Other Men’s Flops

August 10, 2010

ATTENTION DUDES! Once again, here is Style Dude at large, Bryan Viper, with a perfectly pithy guest post… 

Bryan Viper, Style dude at large.

 

In today’s climate of blurred lines of almost any given topic, it’s hard to pin down what is acceptable in terms of fashion pour homme (that means you, men). If you analyze the trends in NYC and most large cities, you see it all as a big marketing idea. Even when something becomes successful (for whatever horrific reason, i.e. the ‘80’s) that doesn’t mean it looks good. As I like to say, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

Three things I’ve seen a lot lately in casual wear are polo shirts with popped collars, brightly colored pants/jeans and the infamous deck shoes.

Popped collars – many of the people in my circle were dumbfounded that standing your polo shirt collars upright would become trendy two years ago. We always thought it made someone look like a dirtbag. What’s worse is that the trend caught on in the suburbs and beyond, and that’s where it lasts the longest. Now, companies are putting their logos on that part of the collar so you become a billboard too. You will thank me in a couple of years if you put this one out of its misery.

   

Is that your butt? Or is it a salmon swimming upstream?

 

Colorful pants/jeans – this is a slippery slope. I consider my ideology fashion forward, however I personally like dark and basic when it comes to clothing the lower half: dark navy or gray, yes; black, ok. Blue jeans? Depends on how dark. Any other flavor and that’s almost always a no, with little debate. However, some colors should be banned from the color palette entirely. Salmon colored jeans on a man. No bueno, but hey—your call. Don’t mind us laughing from the corner.
  

Deck Shoes – Suddenly, it’s a late 80’s revival with the resurgence of the deck shoe when wearing shorts. Not only are these overly preppy staples boring, but also they are decidedly very “New England nautical” and unless you’re on a boat in that part of the country, leave them at home. Guys have been wearing them without socks, so don’t think you’ve been impressing anyone with the odor when you remove them. Granted, they would look even worse with socks, but that’s why you steer clear of them in the first place.

Now, imagine all three together. I think I just felt scientists on Antarctica shudder. Can we let the 80’s die already? Oh wait—some marketing campaign says it’s all “in” so scurry along and be their little statistic. OR… Do yourself a favor and avoid these trends. For some of you, there’s a resounding “duh” echoing into the distance, but for others, I know you need a little direction. Who wants to look like a dirtbag anyway? Don’t follow all the trendy things if you don’t shop very often and aren’t confident wielding some fashion sense (like most guys). If you’re unsure, stick to the basics and ask for help. Besides, asking for help from a pretty little shopkeeper is the perfect opportunity to flirt and get some fashion tips for free. Sounds like shopping just got a little better.

Bryan Viper’s  fabulous blog can be read and enjoyed by clicking on the highlighted “fabulous blog” link above. He is a multi-faceted creative force to be reckoned with and please do your best to make him feel at home by following him on Twitter here. Thank you, Bryan!

Top 10 Ways to Grow Out Your Foof (Bangs)

August 5, 2010

Recently I made a public service announcement video promoting Trollop Prevention Month, which kicks off in August, which is NOW, people. Missed it? Click here or look at the post directly before this one. I’m getting many comments but privately everyone is screaming at me because of my hair “situation”. I had the genius idea to have bangs cut in a couple of months ago, liked it for about a week, and then got bored with it. So, if you, like me need to grow out your bangs (we call this FOOF in my house) without looking like I did in that video, here are a few helpful ways to look SMOKIN’ hot while growing out your bangs.

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