Everything You Need to Know About Bridal Shoes for Your Wedding

Everything You Need to Know about Bridal Shoes

Here is everything you need to know about Bridal Shoes for your big day!



Which came first, the wedding dress or bridal shoes? For long dresses, you should have your shoes before your final dress fitting to get the hem the right length.  Most Brides select their wedding shoes after finding the perfect dress.  I bought my shoes before my dress, they were just perfect!  There really is no exact time to get your shoes.   Continue reading

What to Wear to a Graduation Party

Graduation is right around the corner!  Many years has passed since I graduated, so this edition of What to Wear is written by guest writer, Lisa Griffin.

Soon you will be spending your last days at your university or college. Besides final tests and thoughts about your future perspectives, it means a memorable party! Are you excited about the day when everyone can forget about assignments and devote attention to choosing dresses for the graduation ceremony? All the seniors impatiently wait for this major event. Staying in trend might be difficult in everyday life, but when it comes to graduation, it’s even harder. So, what shall you wear to look fabulous? Continue reading

How to Pack the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe for Travel

Many times while traveling, things do not go as planned and my trip is extended (cancelled flights, opportunity to stay longer, whatever).  My first reaction was to add a couple new items to my wardrobe (yay, excuse to go shopping), then I learned the secret to extend my original wardrobe for another week (or more). I discovered how to pack the ultimate capsule wardrobe for the most mix and match options with a limited amount of luggage.  A little preparation while packing can give you loads of outfit combinations during your travels!

I spent many years traveling for work, and many more years traveling for fun.  Here are a few of my top packing tips to build the ultimate travel capsule wardrobe.
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What to Wear for a High School Reunion

Homecoming is right around the corner and I just received notice for upcoming reunions at my High School Alma mater.   I survived both my 10 and 20 year High School reunions.  I stressed about my outfit, hair, which events to attend, and taking a date or going alone.

Here are my tips of what to wear and how to reduce stress to be comfortable and CONFIDENT!Reunion

10 Year High School Reunions are usually the first time seeing people since graduation.  Sure, you may keep in touch via Facebook, but this is the reunion to show off your grown-up, successful self!  The 10 year event can be very catty and judgmental.  The old high school cliques start forming as soon as people arrived.  I am glad that I attended, but it was a slow, painful beginning. Continue reading

How to Dress to Avoid Muffin Top

Women come in all shapes and sizes, pear, apple, curvy, tall, but most of us do not resemble a muffin.  So how did we get the muffin top?

High waist skirt - NO muffin top

High waist skirt – NO muffin top

Muffin Tops are created by a garment too tight around the waist pushing the skin (and maybe a bit of pudge) up and over the waist band. On Men this is comically described as a middle tire, or dunlap disease, where the gut dun lapped over the waist.  Haha, yes very amusing.  The “cure” is the same for middle tires and muffin tops.

Muffin Top example, just too small

Muffin Top example, just too small

Here are the 3 most common problems, and solutions to avoid the muffin top!

  1. Problem:  The garment is too small.  The garment waist is smaller than your waist, everything is just too tight!  Solution: Wear a larger size.
  2. Problem:  While technically the correct size, the garment squishes at a weird spot below the smallest part of your waist, resulting in that horrible muffin top.  Going up to the next larger size results in the garment looking baggy or falling off, but not eliminating the muffin top.  Low rise jeans and pants are notorious for bad fit on tall or long torso women.  Solution:  Skip the low rise and select a higher waist.

    Low rise jeans 3 inches from the natural waist, resulting in muffin top

    Low rise jeans 3 inches from the natural waist, resulting in muffin top

  3. Problem:  Muffin top below the waist band.  Solution:  While this rarely happens, it is caused by the outside garment (pants, skirt) waist is too high and is squishing above the waist, usually for petite or short-waist women.  Try a lower rise closer to your natural waist.
Midrise jeans, the right size, sitting close to the natural waist

Midrise jeans, the right size, sitting close to the natural waist

Here are some simple steps to look leaner and slimmer through good wardrobe choices, and eliminate that Muffin Top once and for all!

  • Every layer of clothing should fit properly.  Control top panty hose, shapewear, and underwear all need to be the correct size!  If any of the undergarments are too small or poor placement at the waist, then you are setting yourself up for possible muffin top.
  • Curvy women look best in garments that fit close at the narrowest part of the waist.  This accentuates the hour glass shape, and nothing resembling a pastry.
  • Straight or slim figures are less likely for muffin top due to high or low waist, and can benefit for a bit of stretch at the waist.

how-to-dress-to-avoid-muffin-topBonus tip:  Avoid pleats around the fitted hip, especially with high waist pants, since the result is the “Mom Jeans” look.

Not sure what the correct size is for your waist?  Here is a quick chart of waist measurements and corresponding sizes.

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