The T-shirt has always been such a quintessential part of our wardrobe that we can easily forget how essential and necessary it is. Take the white tee, arent we always on the hunt for the perfect version? We all want it to be crisp, clean, soft, and most importantly NOT see-thru. If you are lucky enough to find the perfect one it can be the perfect mate to a blazer and jeans, it can go underneath a little slip dress for daytime casualness or be “french tucked” into a cute pair of cigarette capris for ultimate classic chic. As we are moving into the back end of the summer and heading into the fall of 2020. Here are a few faves that can easily add some freshness to your wardrobe for prices that will still keep cash in your bank account. THE SHOULDER PAD TEE This tee is a modern twist on an 80’s look. To make it current I would keep everything else super simple. Perhaps a pair of super long faded jeans or I also like the idea of topping it with a classic clean pencil skirt and little white pair of fresh Supergas. THE “DETAILED” TEE While I still like the idea of the graphic tee (especially under a very well-tailored blazer) I think that a more grownup version is a tee with special detailing. This can be gorgeous beading, a nice textured material, or some other distinctive aspect. I love this tee from Maje with gorgeous bodice work in the back. It gives me big 1990 Madonna vibes. Obviously good with denim, but I think that an unexpected pairing would be over maxidress. THE OVERSIZED TEE The oversized tee can be magical in many ways. First of all, you can purchase them for a packet of quarters at your local CVS. Yes, grab a 3 -pack of men’s Hanes tee-shirts. From there the styling possibilities are endless. Knot it over shirts or do this season’s hot trend of wearing it over a pair of biker shorts. Obviously, if you are younger and have perfect abs you can tie it crop style. For the rest of us, we will wear it long and strong or at the most do a tiny half-tuck but have the rest cover our thighs and COVID muffin tops. Cute. simple and comfortable and will have you out the door in minutes. CLASSIC IS ALWAYS BEST No matter what, in any decade the classic tee will always walk away with the gold. There are maybe a dozen pieces of great style (including a great neutral suit, a black cardigan, a pencil skirt, a perfect-fitting pair of jeans, a striped button-down, a grey cashmere, a red pump, etc.) It can take ANY bottom you have and elevate it to instant chic. It’s my favorite pairing to a cute denim skirt or jeans and under layer to either a boyfriend or cropped blazer. It does need to be replaced often so I suggest not spending too much. Just make sure that you have one or two in your wardrobe arsenal.
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As I walk around London, I can’t fail to notice magnificent floral arrangements adorning shop windows and entrances. I happened to be organizing a fundraising event and thought it would be wondrous to have some of these beautiful floral decorations at the event. I was thrilled to find out the name of the company that created the arrangements and gave them a call. BloomsFair is a London based floral company that uses the finest quality silk flowers mixed with fresh foliage to create the most natural-looking and long-lasting floral art. One of the owners of BloomsFair is Yana Sheptitskaya-Leach. I met Yana when I called BloomsFair to see if they could design the florals for the event that I was working on. I was very impressed with her professionalism and sense of style and I knew the outcome would be even more spectacular than I had hoped for. Yana started BloomsFair with her partner Olesya when she was going through a very difficult time in her life. She had lost her husband to cancer and it was hard for her to imagine she would ever be happy again. Prior to her husband passing away, Yana worked with him in the automotive industry, but once he passed away, Yana quickly realized it was mentally very difficult for her to work alone in a male-dominated industry. A year passed and Yana and her daughter celebrated their birthdays together as their birthdays fall close to one another. They decided on an Enchanted Forest theme as they wanted their birthday party to look magical. As Yana searched around she realized that there were not many floral design companies that were flexible, creative, and able to provide a service at an affordable price. After some inquiring, she happened to meet Olesya, who was already running a successful silk flower decoration business. Yana and Olesya ended up setting up the events business together and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. For Yana and Olesya, the key to making their floral installations look amazing is to create scale and make it all look organic. They mix dried branches, dried foliage, and silk flowers of excellent quality. The materials used are recycled and they make sure the flowers are UV resistant so that they do not fade in the sun. Yana and Olesya went through a huge number of suppliers to find the ones that provide the most realistic flowers and use the finest materials. Yana has been a creative director for eight years and has worked with many different spaces, so when she meets up with a client at their venue, she can almost immediately come up with an image in her head of how to create magic in that particular space. For Yana, it’s extremely satisfying when the installation is finished and she sees the look on her clients’ faces that tells her she did a great job. I asked Yana if there is a lesson that she has learned from being in business for herself. In her opinion, she said, “never be afraid of starting a business, especially if it is something that you love! One learns as they go along. You don’t have to start big. Focusing on what you really know and helping your clients to achieve even more than what they are looking for is enough. The rest you can learn, but you need to learn constantly to become the best in your field.” For BloomsFair it is a very difficult time right now as so many companies are suffering. But they are launching new services to keep up with the evolving times and with their creativity, artistic ability, affordable prices, and professionalism I know they will be great in all that they do. For more information or to get in touch please visit them at http://bloomsfair.co.uk/ @bloomsfair
Goodbye, sweet, sweet lipsticks. My red lippies are in the trash. Just kidding. These beloved staples of my makeup wardrobe will be in the drawer as my pout will be covered in public for the foreseeable future. (See Mia’s article to get great masks!) It is time that we make-up wearers up our eye game. I have never been good at putting on falsies myself – they shifted, didn’t stay stuck, made my eyes water and I worried I was pulling too hard on my delicate eyelid to get them off. So on a whim this week, I dipped my toe in the magnetic eyeliner and falsies pool – and it was more successful than I expected. I tried the KISS Magnetic Eyeliner and Eyelashes and the Eylure London ProMagnetic Lashes. ($14.99 at Target) First Thoughts The eyeliners are a little thicker and goopier, so be careful lining or it will go thick. Magnetic Lashes make it easier to reposition the lashes if they are not lined up correctly. I researched a little online, and optometrists have said magnetic lashes are safe to use around the eyes. Of course, always do your own research if you are hesitant. It is safer than getting eyelash glue in your eyes! It is safest if you remove them and clean your eyes before bed. The video I made was my first try, but with a little practice, I was able to get the liner to line a little thinner. How to Actually Put on the Lashes Always trim the lashes to fit your lashline length. They will be uncomfortable if they go to close to your inner eye. Many users seem to prefer the accents (fake lashes that span just the mid to outer eye) for comfort and a more subtle look. This might be a good first step to ease in. Different brands vary on the number of eyeliner coats to apply (seems to primarily be two or three), but typically, you are to apply the eyeliner and let it dry a little before the next coat, then repeat. Allow drying before applying the lashes. Make sure to line as close to your lash line as possible – the lashes will be placed where the liner is and you want them to blend. The Verdict It took me two tries but I got it. Then – because quarantine – instead of going out to show off my fine ass self, I sat down next to my husband on the couch. But! Chris turns to me and says, “you look pretty, you did something to your eyes.” As good as going to the bar – these lashes got me laid! The Eyelure was better – although the eyeliner was even thicker than the KISS eyeliner, the lashes stayed secure. Very secure. They made it through the day, and bless the people at Eyelure, they stayed on through a particularly frisky evening. This leads me to the last part of the magnetic lashes review – they’re sex-proof! Additional Recommendations KVD VEGAN BEAUTY Tattoo Eyeliner has stayed put when I was in a Hawaiian waterfall… because I really had to pee and going in a port-a-potty that sat in the sun all day was a nonstarter. ($21 at Sephora.) Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Volume Mascara has the most amazing wand that you can wiggle around to get close to your eyelid and the tips of your lashes. Tip: If you wait for beauty events at a department store, you can typically get free lipstick, eyeliner, and eye makeup remover in a bonus package with the mascara! ($27.50 at Bloomingdales)
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