Archive | February, 2012

The Seven Shoe Staples Every Girl Should Own

23 Feb

I’ve done previous posts on what to wear if you don’t wear heels and the shoe trends I’m wearing right now, but I figured it was time to get back to basics. It’s not often that being practical can be this fun, so let’s jump right in.

1. A great pair of boots. For the most versatile pair, look for something that hits just under or about 2” below your knee and is fairly snug around your calf. This way you can either pull them OVER a pair of skinny jeans/leggings or put them UNDER a pair of boot cut or wider leg pants. Another way to make them as wearable as possible is to find a pair in black, camel or cognac color. Heel height is up to you. Do keep in mind what you are going to be wearing them with and proportion when picking. I like heels and am on the shorter side, so I tend to go with a mid-height heel in smooth black leather. That way they are comfortable enough to wear to a concert, but polished enough to go with my work attire. Something like what is shown below is ideal.

Cole Haan, Zappos, $209.99

2. A classic black pump. A chic black pump will take you from a day in the office to a night on the town with ease. Even the non-heel wearers should have this one on hand for those special occasions. It will literally go with almost everything. It looks polished enough for a job interview, sleek enough for a wedding reception, and yet still sexy enough for that slinky dress you want to wear out on Friday night. If you live somewhere chilly, go with a closed-toe pair. If you live in a more temperate climate, peep toe is okay too. Check out the one below for an idea of what I’m talking about.

Elie Tahari Garlow Pump, Zappos, $298

3. A chic ballet flat. Even stiletto wearers like myself need to give our feet a break now and then. That’s where a chic ballet flat comes in. It’s a nice way to look polished and pulled together and still be able to walk to do errands during lunch at work or see the sights on vacation. It even works as a post workout shoe with a pair of yoga pants. There are pairs that are preppy-cute or rock and roll fierce. Pick a versatile pair that fits your personality and you can’t go wrong. I have been really digging the pair shown below.

Nine West Orysia, Zappos, $80.99

4. Tennis shoes that are fun & sporty. I’m not talking about the cleats you wear to play softball or the sneakers you throw on for a game of basketball. I’m referring to the pair you put on with a cute pair of capris while on vacation somewhere sunny. I’m talking about the pair you throw on to walk the dog when you know you’re about to run into your cute next door neighbor. I’m talking about the pair you run to Target in when you might meet a potential client. This is your FUN pair of sneakers. See below.

Puma Style Cat Basic Sue, Zappos, $51.99

5. A shoe that matches your skin tone. A skin-toned shoe lengthens the leg and creates an uninterrupted line. What girl doesn’t want legs that go on forever? Lady-like yet seductive, it fills in whenever you can’t find anything else that matches an outfit. This one below is ideal for light skinned beauties. It also comes in a nice chocolate color for dark skinned lovlies.

Jessica Simpson Calie, Zappos, $79

6. A shoe as bright as you are. This feisty number is the shoe you want when an outfit needs a pop of color. It’s also the one you should snag if YOU are needing a little lift in your day. This is your happy heel or fun-time flat. Red is a good color choice that goes with a wide variety of outfits, but cobalt blue works too if that’s more your color scheme. Pick one that makes you smile when you look at…it should uplift your spirits on sight. The pair below makes ME happy; find the one’s that work for you.

Aldo Doyscher, Zappos, $80

7. And last, but certainly not least, is a classic Wellington or Rainboot. Maybe it’s not as exciting as the rest of the list, but it will save all the others from ruin, so don’t underestimate this useful boot. And the great news is these boots have gotten a seriously fun update. You can find pairs in everything from a rubber ducky print to checkers to classic black. My personal pair look like motorcycle boots. A cozy pair of Wellingtons socks will keep you warm and dry. Look below! There’s even a zebra print pair!

LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Rossalyn II, Zappos, $54.99

It was really hard to keep this list to just seven. Since we are still in the winter months, I didn’t add a fun pair of sandals or flip flops to this list, but they deserve an honorable mention.

Have any other honorable mentions you want to add? Questions? Clothing concerns? I’d be happy to find picks in your budget range or style if the above don’t hit the mark. Comment below or send me an email to princessheathab@gmail.com. I’d also love to hear what you’d like me to write about. I’m always looking for inspiration and suggestions. And if you haven’t already, subscribe to my blog to make sure you’re always in the fashion loop.

Future blog topics include:

  • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • How to Get Down in Black and Brown
  • Colored Jeans, A Rainbow of Possibilities
  • Trends To Buy Right Now

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

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Heatha’s Ten Tenets of Fashion Fabulousness

21 Feb

Passion is the new black.

I have a passion for fashion and writing, so I’m combining my two loves. I’m both a graphic designer and a full-time fashionista. After helping friends put together looks, spending countless hours poring over fashion magazines, and shopping enough to be on a first-name basis with many sales clerks around town, I’ve come up with Heatha’s Ten Tenets of Fashion Fabulousness. Hopefully you’ll not only enjoy them, but learn some things both about me and yourself.
  1. If it makes you smile to look at; if your skin tingles at the possibility of trying it on, do it! Rock it loud, rock it proud.  You have one life — live it in the clothes that you love on your own terms. Lord knows I’m not always the queen of appropriateness. I’ve been known to be over-dressed on occasion. But I always like what I have on and I’m always me. I have more fun getting ready every morning than anyone I know. I think you should too.
  2. The most important thing about a clothing item is NOT the label — it’s how it makes you feel. Don’t get hung up on price tags or designers. There are great clothes out there at every price range. So if you see a Prada ensemble you like, but don’t exactly have a Prada budget, put together the same look for less.
  3. Love being a woman. Love every freckle, every curve, every sultry smile and knowing glance. Celebrate it. Whatever your size or shape, there is something beautiful about you. Find it and capitalize on it.
  4. Celebrate other women too, because tearing down others to make yourself feel better is immature, self-centered, and pathetic. In short, it makes YOU look bad. And catty is never a good look.
  5. Don’t change yourself or your style for anyone else. Improvement is good, and change can be healthy, but only if it’s something YOU want. Nothing ruins a look more than someone who is clearly not comfortable wearing it.
  6. Fake it ‘til you make it. Not feeling confident? Pretend you do. Walk into the room/club/restaurant like you own the place. We all know that one girl or guy that everyone flocks to and we don’t quite get it. They get it. Confident and happy is attractive, so pretend if you have to.
  7. Don’t be afraid to take risks. It’s a shirt, not a kidney transplant. If you don’t like it, TAKE IT OFF. Unless it’s clown pants and big red shoes, no one is going to remember. That neon green tulle monstrosity you wore in 1985? Yesterday’s news.  Case in point, I’ve seen some real fashion disasters on the streets of San Francisco, but I can’t actually describe a single one to you right now. But this girl in a burgundy, a-line, chiffon mini skirt, black lace up boots and an amazing coat I saw last year?  Yep, I remember that. People remember your grand slams, not your strikeouts… so go for it. It’s fashion; don’t take it so seriously.
  8. Just because it’s tight doesn’t mean it’s sexy. If it does not fit you, don’t wear it. That goes for anything: shirts, shoes, pants. If I can tell you have a navel ring or ate an extra donut for breakfast, it’s too tight. Neither you nor anyone around you is comfortable. If you’re wobbling down the street in five-inch heels that are too big, you look like you’re about to break an ankle, not like a sex kitten. No matter how fabulous the pump, if it doesn’t fit, it isn’t worth it. And P.S. You have a backside; don’t forget to check out both views before you leave the house. I’ve seen some amazing outfits that work from the front and look like a train wreck from the back. A dress that hits your curves in all the right ways in the front, but makes your derriere look like two puppies fighting in a duffle bag is not the dress for you.
  9. If you like the look someone else is rocking, steal it! There’s no copyright infringement involved. No police action will be taken. It’s a shirt, not grand theft. Go for it. Inspiration is everywhere. I rip pictures out of magazines all the time and check out the way other women put themselves together. Then I make the look my own.
  10. Take the sentence, “I could never wear that” out of your vocabulary. It’s holding you back. Fashion, as “they” say, is an attitude. Rock whatever you’re wearing like you invented it. You are not too short/tall/skinny/fat/old/young to wear a certain look. You may need to modify it to work for YOU, but you CAN wear it. You own your clothes; they don’t own you. And ugh, throw out the whole crappy, “I am a summer, so I can only wear such and such colors” mentality. It’s a bunch of hooey. I have pale, olive-toned skin and dark hair, and I love the color yellow. It shouldn’t work on me, but I pull it off all the time. I just combine it with other colors and make sure it’s not right up against my face.  Red lipstick doesn’t hurt either.
So there you have it! Coming soon to Heatha Be, Colorblocking for Beginners and Shopping Your Closet. Have questions?  Suggestions?  Advice?  Request for a blog topic?  Feel free to contact me at: princessheathab@gmail.com.
Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

Seven Ways to Save While Shopping

16 Feb

Retail therapy. Necessity. Special Event. Whatever the reason, sometimes a girl’s just gotta shop. However, that doesn’t mean one needs to go into debt or spend down to her last dime to look gorgeous. A few tips and tricks can help keep even the most obsessed fashionista in the black.

  1. Sign up for mailing lists and emails at places you frequent. Retailers love to get you on their mailing lists and send you coupons to entice you to shop. You do NOT, I repeat do NOT have to use every coupon you receive. But it is a good way to have some on hand when you go in to look for that perfect sweater or all the rage handbag. That way when you DO decide to buy, you can buy for less. If you are worried about getting spammed do what I did, which is set up a separate email for anything I have to sign up for. Just beware of coupons that require you to spend to save. A coupon that is a straight 25% off is usually a better deal than a coupon that requires you to spend $150 to get $50 off. Unless you are already going to be spending the $150, that coupon isn’t saving you anything…it’s costing you. Mailing lists can also keep you in the loop for any major sales that are coming up. Sometimes all you have to do to save is wait a couple days to buy.
  2. Shop between seasons. If you can wait, buying things like winter coats on clearance during the spring can save you an amazing amount of money. Just make sure you buy classic styles like a trench coat for instance so that when winter rolls around again, your new coat isn’t out of style. Many cute spring skirts can be taken into fall with a chic pair of tights for example. Look for items that stores are trying to get rid of as “last season” but that can be transitioned into the next season.
  3. Make a list. If you have something (or some things) specific in mind, make a list. Much like a list at the grocery store helps keep you from throwing random things in your cart, it can help keep you focused on just what you came in for and not all the cute impulse buys stores like to stock next to the register. I often make a list and then sit with it a day or two. It helps me weed out the things I really love from the items that were really just a passing fancy.
  4. Try everything on. You are much more likely to keep something once you have it home…even if it doesn’t fit. So try everything on, make sure you like it, look at if from all angles. And then, don’t purchase it unless it’s perfect. If it isn’t making your heart flutter, it isn’t worth it. As an aside, this is also why you are more likely to keep things you buy online. Returning things is a hassle. The easiest way to make sure you like your purchases BEFORE you own them is try them on.
  5. Shop with a friend. Just not the one that knows how to justify anything or the one with a shopping problem. No one wants to look like Miss Spends Too Much in front of their peers. Also, friends give each other perspective. Great friends know when to tell you to spend and when to tell you to save. Best friends can help you prioritize when you’re torn between several purchases.
  6. Do price comparisons online. Websites like Shopstyle, Price Grabber, Biz Rate and the like will give you side-by-side comparisons of almost anything. That way when you do decide to buy, you know you’ve paid the best possible price for your new frock.
  7. Sign up for sites that gather coupons. www.retailmenot.com and and www.bargainist.com are just two of the many sites out there that collect and share coupons and coupon codes for various sites. Sometimes savings is just a click away.

So, shop smartly out there. Don’t over do it and use every means at your fingertips to make sure the deal your getting is the best deal out there. Because there is nothing fashionable about money problems.

Have any savings tips you use? Have a question you need answered? Comment below or send me an email at princesssheathab@gmail.com.

Future blog topics include:

  • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • The Five Shoe Staples Every Girl Should Own
  • How to Get Down in Black and Brown
  • Colored Jeans, A Rainbow of Possibilities
  • Trends To Buy Right Now

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

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The Grammy for Fashion Goes To…

13 Feb

I promised myself I wouldn’t do this, but I just can’t help it. I wasn’t going to rate other people’s wardrobe choices, but there were some pretty amazing dresses on the red carpet this year, and I just HAVE to talk about some of them. I’m going to keep it positive and only talk about the ones I love.

First, the only thing better than Adele’s outfit was her voice. So glad her surgery was a success. She nailed her performance and her outfit. The floor-grazing black dress by Giorgio Armani had just the right amount of sparkle and she accented with nothing more than the best red lips and old Hollywood hair I’ve ever seen. She was sophisticated, glamorous and pitch-perfect.

On the other end of the spectrum was the daring, plunging, cleavage and back-baring dress Rihanna walked out in. A collaboration between her and Giorgio Armani (how many can say that?), it struck the perfect balance between fierce and sexy. She’s said she wanted to be sexy and gangsta at the same time. Looks like she pulled that off flawlessly!

Most dapper couple award goes to Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. Her simply stunning Alexandre Vauthier dress, Christian Louboutin heels and gold collar were classic, edgy and ladylike all at the same time. Not an easy feat. Swizz Beatz somehow managed to pull off what appeared to be a plum velvet suit jacket and a bow tie; he made it look smooth and fresh. Together they set each other’s outfits off fabulously.

While I wish Taylor Swift would give the gold dresses a rest, there is no denying the girl knows how to work it. By Zuhair Murad, the nude column dress with sweep train is undeniably elegant. There is something to be said for finding something that works and sticking with it.

Slightly more controversial is Fergie’s Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture orange lace dress. The delicate lace contrasted beautifully with the orange color, a shade that looks simply smashing on Fergie. I would have preferred it with a nude or black slip rather than the granny panties and black bra, but she still looked amazing. Kudos for the gutsy choice.

At first I thought Carrie Underwood’s Gomez-Gracia gown was a little safe, but then she turned around and I realized it wasn’t quite as tame as it appeared. With glittery sequins and a plunging back, it was glamour at its best and brightest.

And finally, there was Corrine Baily Rae in a lovely black ruffled Christian Siriano dress. Its short knee-length silhouette was a nice change from the floor-grazing frocks of most everyone else. She looked young, fresh and radiant.

See below for a slideshow of my selections and a few other honorable mentions.

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While there were some other great looks on the red carpets, these get my vote for best of the night. Disagree? Think I left anyone out? Want to dish on some of the performances? Please comment below or email me at princessheathab@gmail.com

Future blog topics include:

  • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • The Five Shoe Staples Every Girl Should Own
  • How to Get Down in Black and Brown
  • Colored Jeans, A Rainbow of Possibilities
  • Trends To Buy Right Now
  • Seven Ways to Save While Shopping

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

How To Put The Va-Va-Voom Into Your Valentine’s Day

9 Feb

“To be well dressed is a little like being in love.”

Oleg Cassini

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to kick your normal attire up a notch. Whether you are planning a casual event or a more fancy affair, your outfit should be of the heart-stopping variety. It’s also secretly this fashionista’s favorite part of the holiday.  Therefore, I was super excited to style three outfits for you: Casual Cutie, Sizzling Sweetheart, and Va-va-voom Vixen. Below my outfit ideas you’ll find a slideshow of some other great Valentine’s clothing options. No matter if you plan to go out with the girls and celebrate the awesomeness of being single, or toasting to the warmth of your bond with your honey, there’s sure to be something for everyone to fall in love with.

The Casual Cutie

 

For an attitude that’s laid back yet flirty, go with bright colors anchored with black. Polka dots are all over for Spring. Paired with the super trendy colored skinny jeans or a swirly skirt, they are quite come hither. He won’t be able to take his eyes off you. And if you are swingin’ it single this year, polka dots and pink will leave you feeling sassy and ready to take on the world. Pink symbolizes the first blush of new love, femininity and confidence. Who can resist that combination?

Sizzling Sweetheart

The Sizzling Sweetheart knows she has it all going on, but wants to maintain a level of mystery. Demure on the outside, hot on the inside, coral and blush pink bring out the perfect flush. For legs that seem to go on forever, wear heels in a shade close to your skin color, or keep it ladylike with pale pink patent leather. If you aren’t into heels, sparkly flats will do the job as well. Pink pearls give any outfit just the right touch of womanly class. A clutch with as much sparkle as you have personality keeps things from getting too conservative.

The Va-Va-Voom Vixen

Not afraid of her considerable assets, the Va-Va-Voom Vixen always keeps things explosive. Look for bold shades of red and seductive silhouettes. Body conscious clothing that skims every curve and hugs every swerve is definitely going to turn heads. Go as blingy and sparkling as you want with the jewelry. The name of the game is glamour. If you feel like toning it down a touch, swap out the glittery wedges for black, nude or red heels or flats.

Whatever you wear, have fun this Valentine’s Day. I’ve used items from all ends of the price spectrum, but you can swap out similar things that meet your budget criteria, so don’t get hung up too much on the details. I want you to feel inspired and beautiful. After all, your honey and friends already like you, so you clearly are doing something right. For more fun ideas and where to get them, check out the slideshow below.

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Let me know what you are wearing this Valentine’s Day and how you are celebrating. Need help designing a Valentine’s outfit around something you own? Comment below or drop me an email at princessheathab@hotmail.com.

Future blog topics include:

  • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • The Five Shoe Staples Every Girl Should Own
  • How to Get Down in Black and Brown
  • Colored Jeans, A Rainbow of Possibilities
  • Trends To Buy Right Now
  • Seven Ways to Save While Shopping

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

Valentine’s Gifts That Prove You Have Major Game

6 Feb

Now that the Super Bowl has passed, it’s time to think of your sweetie. In the hustle and bustle of every day life, we sometimes forget to tell our loved ones what they mean to us. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if nothing else it is a wonderful excuse to show your honey how much they mean to you. So to make your gift a cut above the rest, I present to you my Valentine’s Day picks to make you feel like you scored the game winning touchdown.

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There are great ideas from $19 – $2,600, so whatever your budget I hope I have you covered.

And if you are single this Valentine’s Day, do what I did in years past: celebrate your love of YOU! You ARE worthy. So whether it’s for you or for her, hopefully you’ll find something on my list to inspire you. And remember, in the end, it’s the bond you share, the love you show, and always the thought that counts.

I’m going to try to have fun things for Valentine’s Day all week, so stay tuned and check back often. If you have any fun ideas or want to ask me a question, comment below or drop me a line at princessheathab@gmail.com.

Future blog topics include:

  • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • The Five Shoe Staples Every Girl Should Own
  • How to Get Down in Black and Brown
  • Colored Jeans, A Rainbow of Possibilities
  • Trends To Buy Right Now
  • Seven Ways to Save While Shopping
  • How To Put The Va-Va-Voom In Your Valentine’s Day

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H

Fun, Fabulous Finds Under $30

3 Feb

The only thing better than finding great new fashion and beauty items is finding them for a steal. And I’ve been finding a lot of them lately. In fact, the deals have been so good, I just can’t keep them to myself, so I’m going to share them with you. Hopefully they will make you feel as excited and inspired as they do me.

Combining the neon AND lace trends, I found this super cute yellow lace t-shirt at Forever 21. I can’t wait to wear it dressed down with my skinny jeans and then try it dressed up with one of my pencil skirts. I’ve been really loving yellow and gray together lately. It’s a fun and fresh way to make the yellow pop. Only $11.50!

Yellow Lace Shirt, Forever 21, $11.50

I made my way to another section of Forever 21 and found these amazing red lace shorts and this matching pink, salmon and red striped cropped sweater. The red shorts remind me of a pair I saw Blake Lively wearing not long ago, only I bet hers didn’t come in at such a reasonable $19.80. The sweater was only $15.80. I barely broke the $30 mark with BOTH pieces, let alone one. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the shorts in particular strike just the right vibe. I plan to put a white button up under the sweater to complete the look. I might even add a pair of red heels for date night.

Red Lace Shorts, Cropped Striped Sweater, Forever 21

And then because the shorts made me think of Audrey Hepburn and 1950’s women in sun bonnets, I found myself drawn again and again to this amazing chapeau at Claire’s. It has just the right amount of floppiness to be dashing without obstructing my sight by falling into my eyes. Eatcha’ heart out, Joe Bradley. At only $18, I couldn’t pass it up.

Polka dot hat, Claire's, $18

A little later in the week, I found these great and somehow practical silver sequin flats. They fold flat and slip into the matching drawstring bag. They are perfect for throwing into your briefcase or handbag for those moments when your heels have outworn their welcome. Comfy, soft, and nearly slipper-like, they made walking the couple blocks to the car a breeze. They’ve been in my work bag ever since and have already earned their $25 price several times over. These pretty little slippers are available in silver, gold or black from Aldo. They do run small, though. I normally wear a size 5 at Aldo and had to move up to a size 6 for these to fit. The woman that rang me up mentioned she went up a size in them as well.

Silver Sequin Flats & Drawstring Bag, Aldo, $25

Not technically a fashion item, but too pretty to pass up, the new eyeshadows and lipgloss from Physician’s Formula are sure to please. The Shimmer Strips eyeshadows ($10.95) glide on smooth and creaseless. I got the Nudes which come in a beautiful lacy case with three sets of three shadows increasing your eye look in intensity as you move down the rows.  It also comes in Fashionista (brights), Denim (blues), and Smokey. There are several palettes to enhance your eye color, whether it be brown, green or blue. I have pretty sensitive skin and wear contacts, and Physician’s Formula never bothers, either. The pH Matchmaker lipgloss ($9.95) goes on a pale, translucent pink, and then within 15 seconds or so, transforms to match your skin tone. Mine went to a beautiful bright pink. The tube has a built-in mirror and the cap has a light for easy and effortless application, even in a dark car. Though the gloss faded, the color lasted all day without reapplication. If I didn’t already have a full case of blush, I would have also purchased the adorable and ready for Valentine’s Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Blush.

Eyeshadow Palette and Lipgloss, Physician's Formula

And last, but certainly not least, are these snuggly pajamas my mom sent me from Macy’s. They were having a sale and she told me one of the sets rang up for only $4.95 and the other was around $13! I’ve been cold lately and these fuzzy flannel and fleece sets have really helped. I found the leopard slippers at the same sale as well. By Betsey Johnson, they were on sale for only $15. Both sets are cute, comfy and perfect for catching some zzzz’s without catching a cold.

Pajamas, Macy's

Fashion need not break the bank to be beautiful. There are tons of amazing finds out there. Feel free to share yours below in the comments. If you have a question or something you’d think would make a good “Inspiration of the Week,” you can also comment below or drop me an email at princessheathab@gmail.com

Future blog topics include:

  • • How to Dress Appropriately for Any Occasion
  • • The Five Shoe Staples Every Girl Should Own
  • • How to Get Down in Black and Brown
  • • Colored Jeans, A Rainbow of Possibilities
  • Trends To Buy Right Now
  • • Seven Ways to Save While Shopping
  • • How To Put The Va-Va-Voom In Your Valentine’s Day

Be Fierce. Be Fashionable. Be Yourself.

XOXO

H