Looking nifty under $50: week 11

Looking nifty under $50: week 11

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:

  • Bodycon dress with ruching hugs the bump
  • Dress’ print disguises lumps
  • Stay within a tone family (here, gold tone…copper and brass) when building a chic look with accessories/shoes
  • Shoes’ stacked heel provides height, comfort, and stability
  • 3rd piece of unexpected color (see jacket)adds originality
  • Great look for a baby shower

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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.

Piece originally featured in Pacific Sun

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Looking nifty under $50: week 10

Looking nifty under $50: week 10

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:

  • Dress’ coral color is an universally flattering shade
  • Belt and waist gathering defines bump
  • Jewelry set takes look in retro direction

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All tied-up: 9 simple ways to tie a scarf

All tied-up: 9 simple ways to tie a scarf

If you ask me, your long, wide scarf is one of the best items hanging in your closet. A long scarf is a wardrobe must-have because it offers both versatility and variety. When it comes to versatility, a scarf can be worn knotted, tied, draped, wrapped or looped, producing a multitude of styling options. As for variety, scarves come in a bounty of fabrications, prints and patterns—making the expression of your personal panache trouble-free. With the right styling and design, long scarves can coordinate disparate clothing separates, build a look and chic-up an otherwise boring outfit. Even so, some women shy away from scarves, intimidated by the tying and coordinating possibilities. To this I say, “Pshaw,” and offer up nine stylishly simple ways to tie the long, wide scarf.
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1.The Faux Infinity How-to: Step 1- Tie the ends of the scarf. Step 2 – Rotate knot of scarf to the back of your neck. Step 3 – Twist the bottom half of the scarf to create a figure eight shape. Step 4- Take the bottom half of the eight and slip over your head. Step 5 – Fluff layers. Step 6 – Finish off the look by tucking the knot into the scarf’s back layers to conceal it. 2. The Parisian How-to: Step 1 – Loop the scarf just above your bust line. Step 2- Take the ends and wrap each end around your neck. Step 3 – Let the ends hang loose. 3. The Skinny Knot How-to: Step 1 – Take each end of the scarf and make a knot. Step 2 – Adjust the knots so each end has equal lengths extending from the knots. Step 3 – Let the ends hang loose. 4. The Sash How-to: Step 1 – Wrap the scarf around the natural waistline. Step 2 – Tie off with a knot. Step 3 – Fashion the knot to the side or the center of your body. 5. The Twisted Knot How-to: Step 1 – Loop the scarf just above your bust line Step 2 – Adjust the scarf so that one end extends further down your body. Step 3 – Twist the longer end and begin wrapping the end around the scarf loop. Step 4 – Twist the shorter end. Step 5 – Secure the scarf by tying a single knot to twisted ends. Step 6 – Position the knot. 6. The Wrap How-to: Step 1 – Lay the scarf over your shoulders. Step 2- Tie ends in a knot under your bust line. 7. The Belted Cocoon How-to: Step 1 – Lay the scarf over your shoulders. Step 2 – Add a wide, stretchy belt at your natural waistline and place over the scarf ends to secure. 8. The Bandana How-to: Step 1 – Place one scarf end (“short end”) above bust line so that the corner of scarf is pointed downward. Step 2 – Hold the short end in place while wrapping the other end loosely around your neck. Step 3 – Tie the wrapped end to the short end underneath the layered drape with a simple knot. Step 4 – Hide the knot under the draping. Step 5 – Adjust the short end so it is featured at the center of the draping. 9. The Bow How-to: Step 1 – Wrap the scarf around your neck and even up its ends. Step 2 – Tie the scarf into a bow. Step 3 – Adjust the ends and bow to your desired length and size.

Piece originally featured in Pacific Sun

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Looking nifty under $50: week 9

Looking nifty under $50: week 9

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:

  • Dress’ rich peacock blue color slims.
  • Dress’ vertical pattern of beadwork elongates body and provides retro vibe.
  • Sleeves hide untoned arms.

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