Aha Fashion Moments: The Final Word
BY SHARON MOSLEY
Since I have been in the fashion business for over 40 years, I have finally decided to close the closet door with my last column of “In Fashion.” However, before I go, I thought I would share a few of my “aha moments” gleaned from decades of writing about fashion.
— My basic mantra is: If you look good, you’ll feel good. Unless you live in a nudist colony, you get dressed every day. And although I learned long ago not to judge a person by the clothes he or she wears, if you love what you’re wearing, then you’ll have more self-confidence and radiate positive “vibrations,” as we used to say in the ’70s. And don’t we all need more good vibrations in the world we are living in today?
— You can’t go wrong with black — my no. 1 go-to that has always worked for me ever since I started working in retail years ago and couldn’t afford high-priced designer clothes. Less costly brands always seem to look more expensive in black. I collected black velvet coats, black faux fur coats, black capes, etc. that I have worn for decades. Black suits always get you through an interview and, of course, you can never have enough little black dresses.
— Color can brighten your mood. I rely on my black basics, but that doesn’t mean a little splash of bold color doesn’t go a long way in lifting my spirits. I don’t always follow the dictates of the color authority, Pantone, which now issues the “color of the year” edicts. The “it” color of 2020, “Classic Blue,” is definitely a little on the boring side, and it certainly doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy my burgundies and teal blues all year long. We all tend to gravitate toward certain colors in our wardrobes and our home interiors. Yes, look around. The paint colors you use in your home probably show up in your wardrobe.
— Shoes can change your life. This is another one of my aha moments. I’m not quite in the Imelda Marcos category, but I do tend to stalk the shoe sales online and at my favorite stores. There’s nothing like changing up a whole outfit with a pair of new shoes. I’ve had several pairs of black cowboy boots over the years, and my pointy-toe Donald Pliner embroidered mules have long been jewelry for my feet. With so many heel heights to choose from, and comfort technology in chic styles, there’s an unending array of footwear to invest in … and you can never go wrong with animal prints — the new classic.
— Accessories are worth the splurge. Shoes are just one way to go the extra style mile, but think about collecting handbags, jewelry and scarves. They can transform those basic outfits and quadruple the looks in your wardrobe. That black turtleneck and black trousers can go from boring to fabulous just with the addition of a vintage handbag, dangling earrings and an oversized faux fur shawl. The accessories I’m into this year are fuzzy fur cuffs that instantly change the look of sweaters and jackets.
— Think about the “wow” factor. If you’ve got a “uniform” that you wear day in and day out, adding a statement top or jacket will act just like the accessories mentioned above. I jazz up my basic black core pieces with embroidered jackets, faux fur vests or textured sweater coats. This is also the perfect place to add that extra splash of color. The same basics can transcend all seasons with this formula. I try to scout out at least one “wow” piece every year. This year it was a shaggy fur cape, and I have worn it with everything from jeans to velvet skirts.
— Focus on your best assets. The biggest aha moment I ever have had was this one: Instead of always thinking about the pounds I haven’t lost, I focus on making the best of a body that isn’t perfect. Fashion designers have made it possible to play up our best features and downplay the ones that don’t work for us. Between advances in shapewear and extended sizes, we can create our best personal style and have fun updating it every year.
— It’s not about your budget. You may have all the money in the world to spend on clothes, but it really boils down to how you put your outfits together that matters. That’s what style is all about. You can find treasures at flea markets, vintage stores, discount malls and sales at designer boutiques. And if you really want to splurge on something special, go for it. Then wear the heck out of it.
— Be you. Your wardrobe should reflect you and your own personality. I’ve always dressed to make myself happy, not other people. My husband, who has been a fan of mine for 42 years, has always said that most men do not pay as much attention to what women wear as women think they do! And he’s also still trying to figure out what the word “silhouette” means!
— One more aha moment: Especially in this time of global uncertainty, there are always the “helpers.” The fashion industry has stepped up to get creative with issues such as climate change, sustainability, and, yes, even the coronavirus. Huge shoutout to designer, “Project Runway” star and fashion friend Christian Siriano, whose team is now sewing hundreds of masks for medical professionals.
— Change has always been the name of the fashion game. And as the world continues to change, we all can adopt an attitude of gratitude and resolve to have a great life full of love and good vibrations. Now, get out there and find a great pair of shoes!
PHOTO CAPTION: Fashion designer Christian Siriano and his team are making hundreds of masks for medical professionals in this time of crisis. Original painting by Siriano.
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High-Five to Hygge
By Sharon Mosley
With the arrival of a global pandemic, our homes have become our safe havens. And after stocking up with Lysol and toilet paper, we can also think about making the best of this time of isolation. Think “hygge.” It’s the trendy Scandinavian word that’s perfect for describing the way we want to live when times are uncertain and everyone is hibernating while coping with coronavirus fears.
The Oxford Dictionary defines hygge (pronounced HUE-gah) as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).” And what better way to give ourselves and our families comfort in a time of uncertainty than to embrace the spirit of hygge?
Take a cue from online retailers who celebrate the hygge movement and feature easy-to-wear clothes in the softest of fabrics. We may all be tempted to stay in our pajamas all day as we’re supervising kids doing schoolwork from home and telecommuting to work. But here’s how you can get comfy and feel good while looking good at the same time.
— Start at the top. The plush life begins with soft sweaters. The hottest fashion statements are the chunky turtlenecks, but cowl-neck pullovers, tunics and long cable-knit cardigans are all vying for attention. These knit tops can be the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe, easily mixing with casual jeans, leggings and even tailored trousers. Swap out a traditional blazer for a boucle drape-front “waterfall” cardigan to bring a little hygge to wear at home and at work.
— Invest in a fleece vest. The down puffer vest is still a fashion favorite that warms up the coldest of days without the bulk of a coat. But this spring, the softer side to take is the soft, quilted fleece vest. It’s a little lighter but much more comfortable, especially on those days when chilly mornings turn into warmer afternoons. A fleece pullover is another cozy option that can be layered under down vests when extra warmth is needed — perfect for a walk around the park with your kids or dogs.
— Add a lightweight jacket. French terry hoodies and bomber jackets are cozy favorites for men, and for women, the latest pea coats feature brushed wool fabrics that have a velvety feel to them. In mint green, strawberry pink or tangerine orange, they’re a delicious treat for the lighter side of this transition season.
— Robelike sweater “coats” are another third-layer alternative to a heavy jacket — the longer, the better this spring. In luxurious cashmere, these kimono-inspired knits will provide plenty of those special hygge moments from the minute you put it on.
— Pull on your pajama pants — but not just any pajama pants. This year, the comfort factor extends to all kinds of easy-to-wear pants that are anything but sloppy. Meant-to-be-seen joggers, sweatpants, jeggings and, of course, leggings are all basic must-haves in the cozy hygge wardrobe.
— Dress to impress. You can rock the plush life, even at home. Slip into a merino wool cable-knit sweater dress for a candlelight date-night dinner. Then wrap up in an oversized plaid blanket scarf, and binge-watch your favorite Netflix shows.
Meanwhile, light a scented candle, sip a glass of wine with friends via Facetime and breathe in all the hygee comfort you can. Be safe, and be well. Check in on relatives and neighbors. As my mother always said, “This, too, shall pass.”
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Working It Out: Professional Wardrobe Trends
With a new season ahead, it’s time to work on those style skills and update that professional wardrobe. As the new spring trends arrive online and in stores, start browsing now — before you make the first purchase. Here are some ways to put some spring into your office clothes, even if you work from home.
Start with a bold suit. Color is the thing this spring. Two-piece tailored suits are popping into view in bold, saturated hues. Yes, pastels are a seasonal favorite, but the stand-out colors — tangy orange, hot pink and lemon yellow — make a huge statement, especially when worn head-to-toe.
Take a shortcut. Wide-leg trousers are sweeping the office suite, but tailored short suits are another way to put some edginess into your professional wardrobe. Keep the shorts on the longer “Bermuda” hem length, and save the shorter shorts for after hours. Cropped pants and culottes are other stylish ways to go shorter.
Mix it all up. Spring is the perfect time to add some fashion flair to your work wardrobe. Mix prints, pairing patterns with checks and plaids. Inject some whimsy into your everyday basics that can often get a little boring. Color is the key to this new way of “clashing” your prints and patterns. Just stick to the same tones when layering your pieces.
Don’t forget animal prints. Leopard prints have been a hit for a while, but this spring, zebra prints are roaming into office corridors everywhere. The black and white pattern is a great companion to solid separates you probably already have in your closet. Wear an animal print top with high-waisted black trousers for a jacketless change of pace.
Get vested. Get more mileage out of suit skirts and trousers by investing in a vest this season. A vest paired with a ruffled blouse or a turtleneck sweater is a great transitional piece and will expand the possibilities of your suit separates.
Dress up the dress. Dresses can be one-piece wonders for working women, but the newest warm-weather dresses can easily be transformed with layering. Layer a T-shirt under a silky slip dress, or toss on a cardigan sweater for a more polished look. The knit mididress is a game changer, too. Match ankle boots to these dresses for a change of pace.
Jump to it. Jumpsuits can be a whole new option for the working wardrobe. Don’t overlook them. The black jumpsuit that you wore to the office holiday party can easily be dressed up with one of this spring’s new boxy jackets. Just belt the jacket and then add some chunky jewelry and platform heels for a whole new vibe.
Dress up jeans. Dark-wash jeans are considered appropriate dress for many offices now. Leave the ripped ones for the weekend or when you’re working from home. But check out a new pair of high-waisted flares for a trendy update. Top them off with a colorful floral kimono or a jacket for two different takes on casual jean day.
Don’t forget the black suit. You probably have one (or two or three) hanging in your closet. Take apart the pieces to give them each a new life. Add a colorful jacket, a pair of checked trousers, a pleated midiskirt or a leather motorcycle jacket. Trench coats are always classics to top off any outfit.
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. This is the best way to update any office outfit. A new pair of snappy Oxfords, a colorful satchel, a wide belt or a printed scarf are all quick ways to add a new twist to everyday clothes. Spring ahead, rework your wardrobe, and give yourself a style promotion.
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Get Away Without Going Away
5 family staycation ideas that won’t break your budget
(eLivingtoday.com) Family vacations are a great way to bond and take a step back from the hectic schedules that accompany everyday life, but sometimes time or money (or both) make planning an elaborate trip a non-starter.
However, a staycation – a vacation you take right in your hometown (or nearby) – can be much less expensive and fit into nearly any amount of available time with the added bonus of skipping out on potentially stressful travel.
Consider these staycation ideas to take advantage of your local area’s attractions and prove you don’t have to go far to spend quality time together.
Visit local landmarks. Just because it’s not a traditional vacation doesn’t mean you can’t pretend to be tourists. Start by visiting the places you recommend to friends and family from out of town or pick up a city guidebook to uncover hidden spots you may not even know exist. Make a plan to seek out historic sites, visit local landmarks like museums or try an out-of-the-way restaurant (or two) you’ve never eaten at before.
Camp out in the backyard. Camping doesn’t have to be done far from home. In fact, it can be done right in your own backyard. Pitch a tent to sleep under the stars and plan a night full of traditional camping activities like roasting s’mores, telling spooky stories by flashlight and trying to identify stars and constellations.
Set up a picnic in the park. Pack a basket with sandwiches, fruit and other treats and head to the park. You can enjoy a casual meal then take advantage of the open space for a family walk or game of tag before retreating to the playground to let the little ones expel any leftover energy.
Have a home spa day. If you’re looking for some relaxation but don’t want to splurge on the full spa treatment, plan an at-home oasis instead. Light some candles, run a bubble bath and break out the facial masks and fingernail polish.
Visit an amusement park. No matter where you live, there’s probably an amusement or water park within driving distance. A quick online search before you arrive can help prepare a strategy for hitting the most popular thrill rides and waterslides while skipping those that may not provide quite the same entertainment value.
Find more tips and tricks for enjoying family time together at eLivingtoday.com.
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5 Tips to Fight Sleep Deprivation
Despite a desire for perfect sleep, Americans are not even close to getting the recommended eight hours a night, and 1 in 4 Americans believes the sleep they are getting isn’t the quality rest they want and need.
“To put sleep deprivation into perspective, 37% of Americans report they have fallen asleep behind the wheel,” said Dr. Sujay Kansagra, a sleep health expert for Mattress Firm. “About 5% report falling asleep while driving on a monthly basis. Clearly, sleep deprivation is wide-spread and a risk factor for overall well-being.”
With chronic sleep deprivation, the brain’s ability to maintain attention and focus continues to decline over time. In addition to impairing mental function, lack of sleep has been associated with a host of risks to overall health.
Prevent sleep deprivation and take charge of your mental and physical health with these tips from Kansagra:
Nap responsibly. When you’re feeling tired, it’s no surprise the best solution may be sleep. Some research suggests a quick power nap can actually give you a stronger boost than caffeine. However, too much rest during the day can throw off your nighttime sleep pattern. Aim for no more than 20 minutes so you don’t wake up groggy, and time your nap for the mid-point of your wake cycle (halfway between when you wake up and go to sleep).
Limit screen time. If you turn to your phone to help wind down while you’re in bed, you’re not alone, but you may be doing more harm than good. According to a survey conducted by Mattress Firm on sleep habits, the average person scrolls on his or her phone while lying in bed for more than 12 minutes before shutting down for the night. What’s more, the light from the screen serves as a stimulant, as does the digital content you’re viewing. That means you’re making it physically harder to fall asleep than if you put down your devices at least 30 minutes before bed.
Stick to a sleep schedule. The average person gets less than six hours of sleep per night, according to the survey – a far cry from the eight hours most experts recommend. One way to buck this trend is to make it a point to turn in and wake up at the same time every day so you synchronize your sleep time with your internal clock. While eight hours is the standard, you may need to adjust up or down to find the amount sleep that lets you wake feeling rested.
Develop a pre-bedtime routine. You can train your body to prepare for sleep by creating a pattern or a routine that eases you toward sleep.
“Even something as simple as putting on a sleep mask each night, reading in bed for 20 minutes or practicing the same shower routine at the same time every night signals to your brain it’s time to hit the hay,” Kansagra said. “Creating a bedtime routine that lasts 20-30 minutes and sticking to that routine can make all the difference in your energy, productivity and mood.”
Find the right sleep position. If you’re looking for the secret to a good night’s sleep, comfort may be the key. According to the survey, those who sleep on their backs at night are most likely to report they slept “perfectly well.” The most common sleeping position, on your side, correlates with the worst sleep reports. It may take some trial and error to find the right position that keeps your spine aligned, allows you to breathe freely and evenly distributes your weight.
Find more tips for getting better sleep at dailydoze.com.
Top 5 Bedtime Rituals
A consistent bedtime routine, including these common rituals disclosed by respondents in a Mattress Firm survey, can help ease your way toward better rest.
1. Reading (42%)
2. Watching TV (42%)
3. Taking vitamins (36%)
4. Taking a shower or bath (36%)
5. Drinking warm milk (36%)
Springing Into Spring Style
By Sharon Mosley
You’ve checked out the straw handbags, the floral midiskirts, the cropped culottes and the flatform shoes — just a few of the latest fashion trends this spring that you can’t wait to wear to chase away the winter chills. But where do you start? And how do you pull it all together? It’s never too early to dream of sunny days ahead. Here are some tips for styling your wardrobe this spring.
Start with a trendy pattern. Polka dots are running circles around the fashion crowd. Buy a polka-dot bow blouse, a polka-dot dress or a polka-dot blazer. Dress them up or down with what you already have in your closet. Instant update!
Address the dress, and add to it. Wear your dress like a tunic top over skinny pants. The best dresses this season are soft slip lingerielike dresses that easily slide over T-shirts and leggings or jeans. The satin dress layered over pants or worn solo is one of the season’s biggest trends. Add some sleek sandals and you’ve got spring at its best. Throw on a denim jacket for chilly days.
And if skinny pants aren’t your thing, you can always get comfortable in a pair of flowing wide-leg pants or athletic-inspired track pants. Pants that are a little on the slouchy side can even be worn to the office. Just dress them up with a classic trench and white shirt. Slip into a pair of platform sneakers to give them a hip street-chic look or a pair of heels for work.
The high-low mix can also be a fun way to put some unique personality into your wardrobe. Team lightweight cardigans with playful pleated midiskirts, or toss on a leather motorcycle jacket instead of a blazer over a tube top (yes, tube tops are making a comeback!) paired with your favorite jeans.
Mix your prints and patterns. This may be one of the hardest styling tricks to master. The eclectic look is, however, one of the best ways to freshen up. There are a few things to keep in mind, however, when you are experimenting with this trend.
Keep in mind that bigger prints do make you look bigger. It’s just a fashion fact of life. Smaller patterns are much more flattering, especially if you are combining several of them in one outfit. Stick to colors that are low contrast.
The soft floral pastels and wallpaper prints of this season are perfect for mixing and matching spring’s more relaxed separates. Animal prints always look great and make solid pieces pop. This spring, animal prints in vivid colors are prowling the streets.
Another way to add some newness to your spring wardrobe is to wear leather and suede. As technology in fabric production advances, so does innovative clothing in featherweight designs. A lightweight material in a sherbet pastel color is perfect for warmer days. A tangerine leather jacket or a cool suede raspberry tank will give your wardrobe a breath of fresh air.
The all-white pantsuit is another way to put some serious style into your spring and summer wardrobe. The white jean has become a staple in warm weather, so why not the pantsuit? And if you’re really daring, check out the new “shorts suits” heading into the season ahead. Team them with white boots for even more white-hot style.
And don’t forget about accessories. They can transform an outfit you’ve worn for years. This is where you can instantly update your closet for a new season. It can be a trendy new lace-up gladiator sandal, a tie-dyed tote, a chunky chain necklace or a pair of dangling geometric earrings.
Belts are probably the biggest trending accessory, however, cinching in waists on everything from dresses to jackets to jeans. Scarves are also good bets. Whether you wear a colorful printed scarf wrapped around a ponytail, tied around your forehead or just hanging around your neck, a new scarf or belt will wrap up any outfit this spring with a pop of polished style. Time to start planning your spring break!
PHOTO CAPTION:Want an instant update to your spring wardrobe? Add a belt! Orange knit sweater, pants and belt from Zara
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Doing Denim: Denim Trends for Spring/Summer 2020
By Sharon Mosley
If there’s one fashion favorite that most of us buy new every year, it’s denim. This year, designers go way beyond the basics, reinventing denim in not-so-basic ways to give this tried-and-true wardrobe staple a new lease on the stylish life. Take a look at the new blues on the denim horizon for the season:
— The straight and narrow: Skinny jean lovers are in luck. This year, the body-hugging jeans are back in force. For some of us, they never went out of style, but with knee-high boots stepping out in a major way this year, the skinny jean tucked in and worn with a longer coat is the silhouette of the season. The major update? A higher waist. Yes, it’s the key fashion trend no matter what style jean you’re wearing. See below!
— The big flares: Wide legs are getting bigger and better. Think vintage Farrah Fawcett and the ’70s when bell-bottoms were the iconic silhouette of the decade. If the wide flares are a little too much for you, try a more moderate boot cut — a flattering option. The higher waists give these wider cuts a trendy touch. Pair flares with sporty sneakers or chunky platforms to amp up the style factor. High-heeled sandals are a dressier option for spring and summer.
— The culottes: Another wide-leg option, culotte jeans (inspired by what were often referred to as “gauchos”) seen in this photo are a great way to refresh your denim basics with a shape that is a little bit skirt, a little bit pant. High-waisted and cropped mid-calf or at the ankle, these jeans can easily be styled for a day off or a night on the town. Pair them with flat sandals or wedge shooties.
— Distressed and frayed: Knees are the new erogenous zone in jeans. They’re slit, frayed, ripped and undone. Ditto for hemlines. Visual seams are also a new detail on denim. Pick your favorite pair of distressed jeans, and just go natural. Let those threads hang out and unravel. Wear these with laid-back flats and pool slides. Or dress them up with blazers and heels for a fun, carefree approach to denim dressing.
— Colorful choices. Denim comes in all shapes, sizes … and shades. From acid-bleached to faded to saturated, there’s a wash and color to fit every mood. The newest washes for spring and summer are light neutrals. Lighten up with denim in shades of white, ivory or earthy tans. If you don’t have a pair of white denim jeans, pick up a pair or two or three.
White denim is a spring and summer winner. Pastel candy colors are other favorite hues. And, of course, the dark-blues and blacks never go out of style. Can’t decide? Do a two-tone color-blocked jean.
— Short Cuts. Of course, spring and summer are the perfect times to wear shorts, and if you only buy one pair, make it denim. They go with everything in your wardrobe, and there’s a length for everyone. From barely there Daisy Duke cutoffs to slouchy tomboy styles to mid-thigh midis to longer Bermudas, denim shorts are one of the most versatile ways to add a cool touch of style when the weather starts warming up. Ditto for short denim skirts — another go-with-everything winner that comes in all lengths. Wear them with peep-toe ankle boots for even more of a fashion update.
— More denim to do: Denim gets a makeover in even more ways this spring and summer. Check out jumpsuits and dresses as well as that all-time classic the denim jacket, revived in cropped versions embellished with patches galore. And if you just want a touch of denim, do accessories: backpacks, handbags and shoes.
PHOTO CAPTION: Try out the latest denim trends include wide-legged flared jeans with a high waist. Shown: the Ali Tie Wide Leg Triple Waist Tie from FRAME.
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Red Carpet Styles
By Sharon Mosley
This season, be your own leading lady in red carpet runway looks that will land you in a starring role. And no, you don’t have to splurge on custom Dior or Chanel haute couture to get the glamorous look. Just take a peek at what the celebrities are wearing at the awards shows this season to rock your own party style, no matter what your budget. Here are some of the biggest trends for spring:
Think pink. Pink is the runaway runway color of the year. Soft, pastel blush shades dominated the star-studded events, but pink in all shades took the winning color award. Worn head to toe, pink swirls onto the dance floor in beaded ballgowns like the one by Versace that Regina King wore at the 2020 Oscars. Laura Dern and Gal Gadot each took a turn in pink dresses accented with black; layers of bubblegum pink tulle and ruffles made a statement in a Christian Siriano princess gown worn by actress Julia Butters.
Dress for nights in white satin. White is also shining bright at proms and parties this spring. Cynthia Erivo sparkled in a white one-shoulder gown with glittering silver. Ditto for Renee Zellweger, who wore a sleek Armani one-sleeved gown. The one-shoulder look outshone the strapless trend of past seasons. Take your pick from short or long dresses. And watch for white pantsuits and jumpsuits to hit the scene, too.
Black out. Black has always been a favorite of the celebrity crowd, and this year is no different. The all-over black gowns this year are often accessorized with white — white embroidered bodices, white pearl belts, white floral skirts and white over-the-elbow gloves. Long, sweeping capes, feathered hemlines and crystal jewelry are also perfect foils for black. And, of course, there’s nothing better than a classic black tuxedo … anywhere or anytime.
Sing the blues. With “Classic Blue” pronounced as Pantone’s Color of the Year, you can expect to see all shades of blue popping up at special occasions this spring. From icy pastels to deep sky blue to inky midnight, the blue hues are a refreshing way to change up formalwear. Designer Stella McCartney paired classic blue with black and white in a long gown for actress Olivia Colman at the Oscars.
Watch for more colors, like green and yellow, as well as the metallic golds, silvers and bronzes to take center stage in festive evening attire.
Do your own thing. Want to stand out at your event? Take a fashion risk and put your own spin on star style. Take your cues from Janelle Monae, who made an entrance at the Oscars in Ralph Lauren’s stunning silver, hooded dress that could easily have been beamed down from the Starship Enterprise. Then there’s always Billy Porter and Spike Lee, who push the fashion envelope whenever they can with creative ensembles. The same goes for the unisex vibes worn by pop star Billie Eilish, whose superlong fingernails usually steal the show.
PHOTO CAPTION: Pink in all shades was a red carpet favorite at the 2020 Oscars … a barometer of fashion trends to come. Blush-pink dress from Lulu’s.
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Romancing the Stones: Spring 2020 Jewelry Trends
By Sharon Mosley
Have a fling with a little bling this spring! Kick off the season by giving the love of your life (or yourself) the gift of jewelry for Valentine’s Day. Here are a few romantic updates that will add a touch of sparkle to anything you wear.
— Be the girl with the pearls. Pearls have long been a jewelry favorite, but this year, baroque styles get a modern update with mixed metals and lots of stones, giving them a whole new look. Get the look by layering semiprecious gemstone necklaces with your grandmother’s pearl strands or a pair of pearl-sprinkled gold or silver hoops.
— Play with colors. Multicolored jewelry makes a big statement this spring with a rainbow of vibrant shades like bright green, sky blue, hot pink and orange corals. Combine them in stacked bangles, drop earrings or beaded necklaces; the more colors, the better.
— Get chunky with chains. Oversized is the way to go with chains that link up to form giant necklaces, chokers, earrings and bracelets. Big jewelry is a major fashion trend after years of smaller-scaled styles. Think of fashion icon Iris Apfel’s signature style; you can always mix smaller jewelry pieces together to create a more substantial layered look.
— Jump through hoops. Again, the bigger, the better. And the more, the better, like earrings that are hoops within hoops or hoops dangling from hoops. The molded, sculpted hoop earrings are often all you need to give an outfit an instant blast of updated style.
— Do the artsy thing. One of the best places to look for your new spring jewelry may be your local art museum. Look for sculptural designs, geometric shapes and tribal interpretations that will appeal to the inner artist inside you. These one-of-a-kind accessories will be treasures you’ll love for years.
— Go long. You don’t have to get all choked up over jewelry this spring; there are plenty of longer necklace styles to get wrapped up in. Pendants, lariats, y-necklaces and even bolo designs are draping around stylish necklines. Initial necklaces, vintage charms and textured coins are also making a comeback.
— Look to the sea. Watch for shell jewelry to be a big part of the spring and summer accessory scene. Whether it’s a pair of gold earrings in the shape of shells or a shell-studded cuff bracelet, the ocean and its tropical shores inspire all of us to give our jewelry wardrobe a little vacation and think of sunny days ahead.
— The one and only. If you really want to have an ear party this Valentine’s Day, create a one-of-a-kind jewelry look by wearing just one special earring — a gold chain dripping with emeralds, a stud of a giant star or diamonds dangling with feathers. Celebrate your own individual style, one earlobe at a time.
PHOTO CAPRTION:Pearls get a modern touch this spring in updated oversized hoops and bracelets at Kenneth Jay Lane.
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The Winter Reboot
By Sharon Mosley
Look down at your feet. It’s winter, and chances are you’re wearing a pair of boots. Whether it’s a pair of thigh-highs or wedges, boots are one of the fastest ways to step up the style in your wardrobe this winter. Do some fancy footwork and slip into one or more of these trends right now. You might even find some of them on sale! Time to reboot.
— The thigh-high boot. Yes, it may be going to extremes, but the taller boots have sky-high style. These over-the-knee boots (they’re best with a little stretch built in) can be worn over slim pants or skinny jeans, or paired with shorter dresses and skirts. Wear them like tights.
— The lace-up boot. This is not your traditional granny boot. Think a little more equestrian-inspired with a boho folkloric twist. Find lace-ups in all kinds of boots, from funky flats to dramatic thigh-highs.
The extra touch this winter? Lots of fuzzy faux fur trim. How’s that for cozy?
— The Chelsea boot, also known as the Beatle boot. Vogue calls this the only boot you’ll need this year. A rock ‘n’ roll favorite, this flat ankle boot may be one of the most comfortable ways to put some cool back into your wardrobe. Go for the pointed toe and a few buckles for even more of a rocker look. Wear them with cropped pants or shorter skirts and bare legs (if you dare) for an updated vibe.
— The biker boot. The punk-inspired boot that rides into winter comes in all shapes and sizes. From chunky-soled work boots with lots of metal hardware to combat styles with lace-ups, these boots have lots of rough-and-tough style that give your outfits attitude. Wear them with miniskirts and dresses, and team them with lace socks for even more punky pop.
— The wedge: another favorite boot this winter. Wedge heels are making big strides into the colder months with platforms reminiscent of the ’70s. When you need comfort, this is the boot that you will come to rely on day in and night out. Wear them to give you a little lift with flared pants, long skirts and tailored suits.
— Slithering snakes. Snakeskin may also qualify as the boot of the winter season. Snakeskin, the fashion favorite, shows off in slinky knee-highs or fun ankle booties. Dress up your casual outfits, and give them an edgy vibe. These boots are definitely eye-catching accessories and will up the style factor on any outfit.
— Snow boots. And of course, what would winter be without cold-weather boots? For rain or snow, a pair of waterproof boots is one of the season’s necessities, especially if you live in a region that gets a lot of icy precipitation. While function is very important, snow or rain boots can also be fashion forward with decorative linings, fur trim, fun soles and lace-up details. Ditto for hiking boots. When you try them on, always remember to leave room for socks!
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PHOTO CAPTION:Hike down the city streets in style with plaid boots by Jessica Simpson.
5 Easy Ways to Say “I Love You”
If gift-giving isn’t your strong suit, occasions like Valentine’s Day are likely to bring on stress and worry, but procrastinating will only serve to elevate your unease.
Follow these steps to simplify your shopping, and while you may not come to love the task of finding the perfect gift, your loved one will undoubtedly appreciate your effort.
1. Browse for ideas online. Many retailers offer special promotions and gift idea sections on their websites, so finding inspiration can be as easy as visiting the sites of your loved one’s favorite stores. There are also dozens of articles online to help get the ideas flowing. Searches such as “gifts for horse lovers” or “Valentine’s gifts for a new boyfriend” will reveal a long list of ideas to peruse.
2. Keep it simple. Although the advertising industry works hard to convince consumers otherwise, Valentine’s Day isn’t really all about the bling. Sure, a pretty bauble is a welcome gift, but there are plenty of ways to show your affection that don’t require spending a month’s salary. A heartfelt card paired with a memento of a meaningful event or place in your relationship sends the same loving sentiment.
3. Make it a (different) date. For many couples, navigating the demands of work, kids and life make spending time together a luxury. Instead of fighting crowds at busy restaurants on the official date, celebrate your love on a day of your own choosing, when you can relax and enjoy the time together without the pressure to rush through dessert so your table can be flipped for the next waiting couple.
4. Give blooms a boost. A dozen long-stem red roses is a beautiful gesture, but unless your intended rose receiver is a strictly traditional type, try adding a little spice to your floral arrangement.
Go for a bouquet in her favorite color, or have the flowers arranged in a practical vessel she can reuse to remember the occasion, such as a cocktail shaker or a watering can.
Best Valentine’s Day Gifts Featuring fruit such as pineapple, cantaloupe, grapes, honeydew, and strawberries, Edible Arrangements® gifts offer something for everyone to enjoy. For an added kick of sweetness, choose an arrangement with fruits dipped in semisweet chocolate.
5. Go ahead, gift yourself. It may seem counter-intuitive, but finding a gift you’ll enjoy may inspire an idea for your loved one. The trick is finding something you can share together, whether it’s tickets to a show or his and hers mugs for enjoying your favorite brew. Just be sure the item is something your intended will share your enthusiasm for, or you may as well go buy a blender.
Find more ideas to simplify every occasion at eLivingToday.com.
Fashion Do’s and Don’ts for a New Decade
By Sharon Mosley
A new year calls for a new look. And a new decade is the perfect transition time to look back and see what has worked for you in the past and what changes can be made in the next few years. Then make your own list of do’s and don’ts. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
— Do take the best of the fashion trends and give them your own special spin. Don’t worry about copying celebrities; all the big bows and puffy sleeves may make wow statements for a few moments on the red carpet, but they will make most people look ridiculous in real life. Instead, take a cue from actress Zoe Kravitz who recently wore a Saint Laurent black and white polka-dot gown to the Golden Globes. Now, that’s something you can easily put on your spring wardrobe shopping list.
— Don’t worry about dressing too matchy-matchy. Fashion is on the brink of an exciting time when prints and patterns are wildly mixed in a fun explosion of unique designs. Stripes are paired with plaids, and animal prints are paired with everything. If you haven’t experimented with this new mix mash, it’s time to take the plunge.
— Do create your own uniform. With all the choices in clothing styles available in stores and online, it can be overwhelming to “do you.” Look in your closet, and do a review. You know the clothes you rarely wear. Focus on the clothes you grab day in and day out. Buy only clothes that you really love. You may have heard this a million times, but it works. It’s better to have fewer outfits you enjoy wearing than tons of clothes clogging up your closet.
— Don’t ignore color. If you’ve spent the last decade in black, then it’s time to turn the lights back on and brighten up your fashion life with color. It’s the cheapest way to change up your wardrobe. Most of us know what shades look best on us, but we get stuck in a color rut and don’t take the time to discover new ways of putting colors together. Think about new combinations: hot pink and red, emerald green with sky blue. Give your fashion spirits a lift.
— Do rely on accessories. Can’t afford to buy new clothes right now? Then concentrate on adding a few personal touches to your wardrobe with well-chosen accessories. Even if you have a closet full of little black dresses and suits, you can change them up immediately with new jewelry, scarves, hats, belts or handbags.
— Don’t forget your feet. If there’s one accessory that will usher us into the next decade in style, it’s footwear. As Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” If you’ve worn the same style shoes for years, start shopping now for a new pair, whether it’s colorful pair of Mary Janes, a chic pair of modern loafers or a pair of strappy sandals for spring and summer. Try them on, and only buy shoes that are comfortable. Squeezing your toes into tight shoes is so last decade.
— Do find a new ‘do. A new decade is the perfect time to think about updating the way you wear your hair. You may be happy with your hair, but you can always talk to your stylist about tweaking the cut or color. Ditto with makeup and skincare. It’s easy to stick to the same makeup or skincare routine you’ve had for years. Check in with professionals. Put on a new face for a new decade. It’s time to look and feel better.
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Resolve to Be a Healthier You
While traveling more, losing weight and quitting bad habits are annually among some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, the turn of the calendar does represent a perfect opportunity to better yourself in multiple ways.
The impact of taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle – from committing to eating well, sleeping better, drinking cleaner water or boosting your nutrient intake – can be far-reaching, but also overwhelming. Gradually incorporating the health-focused habits you hope to make permanent fixtures in your life can help ensure the process isn’t overly taxing, and some products can help ease the transition as well.
Find more tips to help keep you on the right path toward reaching your wellness goals at eLivingtoday.com.
New Year, Cleaner Water
When adopting health-focused resolutions like staying hydrated, it’s also an opportunity to commit to drinking cleaner water. The easy-to-install PUR Advanced Faucet Filtration System makes it simple to wash fruits and vegetables, fill reusable water bottles before work or a fitness class and meal-prep with healthier and great-tasting water. The filtration system is certified to reduce more than 70 contaminants, including 99% of lead – more than any other brand, according to NSF. Learn more at PUR.com.
A Healthy Snacking Resolution
Strive to snack better in the new year with an option like Stryve Sliced Beef Biltong, which is a tasty meat snack with zero sugar and no artificial ingredients. Packed with protein, it is made with only air-dried beef and spices, meaning you don’t have to give up goodness to stick to your clean eating resolutions. Paleo and keto-friendly, the beef biltong is available in seven flavors and comes in resealable packs so you can satisfy cravings wherever they strike. Learn more at Styrve.com.
Download Wellness this Year
To help achieve your health goals in the new year, consider downloading the free Nature’s Pharmacy app. It cross-tabulates 57 health priorities, such as increasing good cholesterol, preventing cardiovascular disease and easing insomnia, along with desired outcomes like improving energy levels or reducing wrinkles with 74 fruits and vegetables. By selecting a concern or desired outcome, the app, which is available on iOS and Android devices, generates a selection of produce that can aid in reaching those goals. For more information, visit limoneira.com.
A Simple Vitamin Solution
If you’re tired of swallowing multivitamins, consider an option like Vitamin Booster+ to help make your morning ritual more enjoyable. Simply dissolve one drink stick in water to get 100% of your daily essential vitamins along with 610 mg of electrolytes. Containing real fruit juice and only 15 calories per serving, this vitamin-dense drink is ideal for the whole family and is available in single-serve lemon-lime flavor sticks for an on-the-go boost. Find more information at drinknutrient.com.
A Sleep Apnea Solution
For those who suffer from sleep apnea, one of the best ways to get the sleep you need is the DreamPort Sleep Solution, which is small, lightweight, headgear-free and easy-to-use. You can say goodbye to bulky headgear and uncomfortable straps as nothing constricts your movement or gets in the way. Plus, it fits the shape of your nose for zero leaks to provide a better night’s sleep and more energetic days. Visit bleepsleep.com for more details.
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