Looking nifty under $50: week 13

Looking nifty under $50: week 13

Each week get a nifty head-to-toe maternity look for under $50. FD&D finds you cheap chic and sales items to help you pull off a pregtastic look, inexpensively.

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FD&D Style Notes:

  • Classic pattern, trendy silhouette
  • Looks like a mini dress, wears like a jumper
  • Dark navy slims
  • Anchor pattern distracts
  • Nautical-inspired accessories add kitsch

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Hey, Shady Lady

Hey, Shady Lady

A few years ago I did a style segment on a local news program showcasing sunglasses and how to select the right frame for your face shape. After the shoot, the program’s producer posted it on YouTube and within the first few months the video had thousands of views. The video’s popularity wasn’t all that surprising, especially when compared to other sunglass advice pieces trending online. These days, almost everyone wants to know the secrets behind finding the perfect frames—and there’s good reason for this. Quality sunglasses are expensive (a financial investment) and frames are showcased prominently on one’s face (a personal investment). Thus, getting a sunglasses purchase right is paramount. With summer just around the corner, I thought this might be a good time to recap the style tips from my aforementioned video.

If you are in the market for new sunspecs, there are six frame factors to consider:

Frame Factor #1: Shape

Frame shape is the most important factor when choosing sunglasses. As a general rule, the frames that are most flattering “counter-balance” your face shape. For example, a square face shape should seek out round-shaped frames. This method uses visually trickery to make your face appear more balanced or oval-like (considered the most attractive face shape). So to properly counter-balance, you must first determine the shape of your face; then you can shop for a contrasting frame shape.


The six most common face shapes are:

  • Triangle
  • Oblong
  • Heart
  • Round
  • Square
  • Oval

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Triangle: Frames that are top-heavy or have a bold upper rim like Christian Dior’s Promesse cat eye visually expand the upper half of the face. Best frame shapes: cat eye, aviator and shield.

Oblong: A wide, square frame like Dior’s My Dior 3N shades stretch out beyond the face visually widening and, at the same time, cutting down on its length. Best frame shapes: pillow, rectangle, cat and wrap.

Heart: Choose deep frames such as Toxic’s Japanese tortoise sunglasses to add volume to the lower half of the face. Best frame shapes: round, pillow, oval and butterfly.

Round: Angular frames that accentuate the cheekbones and chin, like Dior’s Soie 2, make for a nice contrast to a circular face. Best frame shapes: square, rectangle, shield and pillow.

Square: Frames with soft curves like Vera Bradley’s Barbara aviator lessen the structural dimensions of a square face. Best frame shapes: aviator, round, pillow and oval.

Oval: Since most frames suit an oval face, why not choose something au courant like Dior’s Eyes 1.

Frame Factor #2: Protection

There’s little point in buying or wearing sunglasses if they don’t have decent eye protection, as prolonged UV radiation can damage the eye’s cornea and lenses. The best lens protection blocks close to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays.

Frame Factor #3: Styling

Invest in sunglasses that are a continuation of your personal style rather than a departure from it. If you are a vintage clothing lover, then select sunglasses that skew retro: perhaps the very trendy cat eye (if shape is appropriate).

Frame Factor #4: Fit

If you are going to spend a lot of money on a pair of sunglasses, they better fit. To get the best fit, shop those stores that specialize in spectacles.

Frame Factor #5: Size

The wrong frame size can mess up an otherwise perfect frame choice. If you have a smaller mug, oversized sunglasses will overpower your face and produce a “bug-eye” effect. Likewise, when someone with a large face wears a smallish frame they appear to be wearing kid-sized shades.

Frame Factor #6: Color

From clear to black to neon to tortoise to gold-toned, these days frames come in a myriad of colors and treatments. With all this choice it is easy to select a frame that compliments your hair and skin coloring. Those who are fairer look better in pale, clear and gold-toned, while those with darker coloring look great in rich, bright and silver-toned frames.

Once you have satisfied all the sunglass factors and found your perfect pair, you can sit back and let your sunnies do the work they are intended for: dressing up an otherwise boring outfit, amping up your cool factor and showing up incognito.

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Looking nifty under $50: week 8

Looking nifty under $50: week 8

Each week get a nifty head-to-toe maternity look for under $50. FD&D finds you cheap chic and sales items to help you pull off a pregtastic look, inexpensively.

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FD&D Style Notes:

  • Patch pockets break up the horizontal styleline of stripes around hips.
  • Floral pattern of arm candy adds dimension and color variety to look.
  • Flats are comfy and feminine. Rubber sole is non-slip.

* = each piece is $6

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Got a passion for purple?

Got a passion for purple?

There hasn’t been this much passion for purple since Donny Osmond’s borderline obsession with purple socks in the 1970’s. Purple is back in a big way and in 2014 it won’t settle for just making a statement with socks. Nope, purple aspires to be your everything hue, coloring your face and nails, your wardrobe, and your home.

Purple is a unique color. On the color wheel it sits between the chilly tranquility of blue and the blazing vitality of red. It exhibits both cool and warm attributes. This means purple has the ability to compliment the full range of skin tones and home décor color pallets. However not every shade of purple is for everyone or everyplace.

Finding the right purple for your face, nails, and wardrobe – Before you apply or slip-on purple it is important to get a read on your skin’s undertone. Knowing whether your undertone is cool or warm makes all the difference in finding the most flattering colors. According to Simply Karen Mineral Cosmetics, undertones can be found by looking at the underside of your wrist; “If your veins appear bluish you are cool toned, if they appear greenish you are warm toned.” Those shades of purple that match your “temperature” will be the most complimentary. Therefore cool undertones look best in purples that contain more blue properties like mauve, periwinkle, and royal (see: Pantone). While warm undertones look best in purples that are mixed with more red properties like magenta, radiant orchid, and burgundy (see: Pantone)

 Finding the right purple for your home – Just like the concept of matching temperature tones for a harmonious look, the same reasoning applies to a harmonious home. As a general rule mixing warm and cool palettes in the same room creates an unconventional vibe and knocks the room out of balance. To avoid this always consider the temperature tone of the room’s existing upholstered furniture or accents before adding new purple elements. This is prudent whether you are painting the room purple or just added inexpensive yet impactful updates such as purple pillows, throws, vases, and even candles.

The next time you are tempted to buy a purple something or other consider if your temperatures are a good match even when it’s simply a pair of purple socks.

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Looking nifty under $50: week 1

Looking nifty under $50: week 1

Each week get a nifty head-to-toe maternity look for under $50. FD&D finds you cheap chic and sale items to help you pull off a pregtastic look, inexpensively.
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