How to Dress like Lady Gaga

March 31, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Style & Trends

Fun, funky, sparkly, 80s and always over the top! She pushes the envelope in her fashion choices, always taking risks and it works.  I can't get enough of her and her popularity is just growing with every passing day. I'm talking about Lady Gaga. She is a performance artist and we haven't really seen a good one since Britney. Some people think they can just get up on stage, not rehearse and start their songs over and over. So no matter what you think of Lady Gaga's fashion choices or her as an artist, at least we know she gives us a show.  And I appreciate it.

I realize that in the "real" world, you can't go around wearing hot pants. And it's a shame, they should really start making this acceptable...nevermind, I got a visual of my former boss in hot pants and it wasn't good. So, I am going to take some elements of her outfits and incorporate it into everyday clothes and going out clothes. Here are 3 different looks we've seen Lady Gaga sporting...

lady gaga black dress and liquid leggings
Look #1: Rocker in shiny black
This look is very easy to recreate. All you need are some liquid leggings, a liquid top, a black jumpsuit, and some other patent leather accessories. The leather gloves, the big patent leather bow in her hair are all key to her style. This look is most acceptable for going out or you can wear the jumpsuit as everyday wear. It's fun, it's rocker chic and sexy. If you need a splash of color, wear a bright red bangle, or colored pumps. If you don't want to wear black liquid leggings with a black liquid top, go for a bright color tank top or tube top.  It will be sure to add some flavor to your Lady Gaga inspired outfit.

Create your own Lady Gaga rocker look:

Create your own Lady Gaga liquid look:

 

lady gaga bright colorsLook#2: Give me some color
A true fashionista is always on top of the trends. I have been talking about color, color, color, over and over for this year and I am not the only one well aware of this. Mixing and matching bold colors is not only fashion forward, but a lot of fun! In these examples, Lady Gaga is wearing a red silky hoodie/scarf with a blue blazer and a yellow body suit. To incorporate this to everyday wear, you can use a red scarf, blue cardigan and a yellow tank top with jeans or a skirt and that is how you could replicate the look. You could wear it to work (depending on your line of work), jeans would make it casual for everyday wear and throw on the red gloves and a black miniskirt for going out at night. The key to this is to not be afraid of color and lots of it. If you don't know what colors go well together, look at a color wheel and find the complementary colors. These colors are on the opposite end of the spectrum, giving you an intense, vibrant and bold look.

Create your own Lady Gaga body suit:

 

lady gaga origami dress
Look #3: Origami Dress
This dress is probably the hardest to exactly replicate for everyday wear. It is hard to find and probably hard to pull off at any "normal" function. So instead, I let this dress inspire me to incorporate pleating or geometric detailing in my usual outfits or a dress. I love the cut and length of these dresses. It's great for short or tall people, it's flirty and girly. You could get a short party dress and funk it up with one big chunky geometric belt or multiple small ones to get the same feel. To replace the origami craziness on her shoulder, go with a chunky geometric necklace.

Create your own Lady Gaga origami dress:

When dressing like Lady Gaga, you must always remember to make a statement, take risks, and have a lot of fun with fashion!



Where To Buy Cheap MAC Makeup

March 27, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Hair & Makeup

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Can I just say that I freakin love eye makeup! That's what makes a person go from 'eh' to 'ohh'!! Well, at least it does for me. I would have to say that I feel more awake, alive and refreshed when I have eye makeup on. It can make your eyes big, small, sexy, mysterious, friendly, or sweet and the list goes on. I never bought MAC makeup before because I figured it was too overpriced. But I don't know how I went without it. It doesn't make me break out, it lasts all day and it really can be worth it for the price at the counter. However, anyone who knows me knows that I always try to find a way to get a deal. MAC....I'm onto you.

 

After doing a lot of research, I stumbled upon ioffer.com and ebay for large wholesale lots of MAC makeup. At the counter, you can spend about $14-$16 per eyeshadow right? If you and a friend or family member go in on it together, you can get a wholesale lot of MAC eyeshadows for about $2.60 each! Initially, you may be investing $50-$70, but you will never have to buy eyeshadow again. I trust ebay more personally because I've heard shady things about ioffer. But if you're familiar with ioffer.com and you wanna try buying it there, they have even better deals. Ebay is more reputable and you can always count on the seller's ratings to be true and accurate. A lot of products from ioffer are sold by people in China who aren't the best when it comes to communication.

Also, if you don't already have the MAC brushes, this is what takes your makeup artist skills to the next level. You need a good set of brushes. At the MAC store you'd be paying about $25 per brush. You can get a set of 25 brushes on ebay or amazon for like $30-$40.

Be careful with websites who claim to have cheap MAC makeup, but don't have a contact or location where they do business. You don't want to wire or paypal your money through and be left with no product in hand. That would not be fabulous...

Product Review: Does PediPaws Really Work?

March 25, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Product Challenge

pedipaws

Ok, let's talk about pet fashions. It's just as important to keep your pets looking absolutely fabulous, stylish and well manicured at all times!

I once took my cat to the groomers and spent $60 on a bath, haircut, and nail clipping. When he got home, his nails were split all the way to the root! I was devastated because I don't even want to know why a professional groomer wouldn't know, or worse, wouldn't even care about properly trimming a pets nails. Like humans, pets have veins that, when cut too deep, will cause the vein to bleed. This is painful for the pet and the memory of the pain lasts longer than you think.  If you don't trim the nails altogether, that's going to cause problems as well. The nails will grow out too long and end up curving in and possibly puncturing the pads of their paws. This can also cause arthritis because they won't be able to stand on their feet properly.  What I'm saying is, give your precious babies a mani/pedi!!

I saw PediPaws on the infomercial and wondered if it actually worked. I buckled down and got it and I love it! Of course, the ease of use depends on your pet and how well they react to having their paw held. You have to ease them in with the lowest setting to not startle them with the noise and vibration. Filing each nail only takes a few seconds, so be careful not to overdo it. This is a great alternative to trimming if you're not confident you're doing it right. It's also a cost effective way keep your pets nails under control in between vet trips.

Ordering this product through the TV infomercial is always tricky.  They always have a lot of hidden fees and outrageous shipping prices that you have to be careful of. Pedi Paw is sold at Walgreens, CVS, Bed Bath and Beyond and I've also seen it at Fry's. Fry's is like Best Buy for us here in California, so it might be at Best Buy too. It's sold at these places for about $19.99. Which is affordable, but it is on Ebay for much cheaper. Cheap enough for you to try it out and see if it's suitable for your furry little family members! They need the mani/pedi's more than we do!

Farmer Chic: Fashion in the Country

March 24, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Style & Trends

There's no reason why my fellow Kentuckians should have any problems wearing something more fashion forward. Yes guys, there is such a thing as a "farmers daughter" or "farmer chic" trend going on here. The style is feminine, flirty and 'oh so' much fun! For the Californians, we've taken this look and twisted it just a little bit to give it more of an edge. Maybe it's something like taking a plaid or gingham shirt with jean shorts but then wearing a pair of bright colored booties to give it a little bit more of a mod/rocker flair. It's all about taking a look or a trend and pushing it forward a little bit and taking a risk. As I say all the time, it's all about the confidence and the attitude. With that, you can make any look flatter your own individuality.

So....if you want to dabble into the farmer look, I'm gonna break it down for you.  Here are the basics:

Definition
According to yahoo, a farmer is: 1. One who works on or operates a farm. 2. A simple, unsophisticated person; a bumpkin....ouch, that's a little harsh. Well at least we know the definition of the look. From this, we can assume many details about this look that gives us the farmer flair. It's very casual, uses many cottons, flannels, denim and comfortable materials, and it's simple. For a girl, the farmer look is very flirty, fun and feminine. Little details like tying your shirt and showing your midriff, or tattered short shorts still gives us sexy but still very casual look. Jessica Simpson is a good example of someone who sports this look successfully.

jessica simpson country chic

The Clothes
Jewel toned colors (navy, red, purple, dark green) is a great place to start. However, if you want to do more pastels, that will work too. For some pattern, small floral prints, plaids, gingham, and checkered are key to the farmer look. With floral prints, if you go with a bigger floral print in pastel colors, then you're getting into "Tea Party" type of southern. And while that's fine, that's not the down home farmer honky tonk look that I'm telling you about.  So stay away from too much pastel for now until you have mastered the art of what IS "farmer". Yea you heard me...art.  Also, you want to incorporate some sheers and use layers. Layer a simple white girly corset underneath your cotton plaids or floral shirts, or layer a tank top underneath your plaid or floral sheers to complete the look.

jessica simpson accessories
The Accessories
As far as jewelry is concerned, less is more. If I'm out milking the cows, I wouldn't want my jewelry to be caught on anything that can be found in a barn. That doesn't mean that you can't incorporate bulky jewelry to give the farmer look your own flair, but again, I'm just breaking down the basics for you. Accessory details are found more in belts and handbags. The belt buckle is usually pretty big and bulky, with jewels or studded details. For handbags, think suede or denim.  I very much dislike that denim purse that looks like a pair of blue jeans, but it is very appropriate for this. If you can rock it, more power to ya.

So there are some basic things you need to know to be a farmer.  Now take everything I said and modify it into your own. Don't be afraid to mix and match the farmer look with a rocker edge or try glamming it up a little bit. Have fun with it!