date night outfits

Date Night Outfits That are Stylish and Sexy

I love going on dates with my husband and I enjoy planning out my date night outfits.  I've been married to my husband for almost 14 years now, even though my husband still likes me to refer to him as "my boyfriend".  ?  Wow, sometimes it's hard to believe it's been almost 14 years.  Time certainly flies when you're having fun. As I'm sure you can agree, we need to make time for the important things in our lives, like taking care of our selves and spending time with our significant other, family and friends.   Life can get really hectic and feel like it's moving forward on it's own, with work, kids (I have a step daughter) and a social life.  Therefore, you need to make time for things like dating your significant other.  My husband and I have a least one "date" a week and we like to make it special by dressing up and going somewhere nice.  By dressing up, I don't mean wearing a formal gown, but I do like to put some effort into my date night outfits and to feel sexy. I like to surprise my husband with my outfits.  Even if I didn't buy...Read More
Tips on Creating a Professional Wardrobe

Tips on Creating a Professional Wardrobe from a Capsule Wardrobe Expert

My cousin will soon be graduating from college and is planning to work in a professional, corporate casual setting in New York City.  She asked my advice on creating a professional wardrobe, so asked for help from my blogger friend and capsule wardrobe expert, Shelbi Samuelson.   For those that aren't familiar with a capsule wardrobe, according to Wikipedia: "A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces."  Shelbi came up with a go-to list of starter pieces for a professional wardrobe. Tips on Creating a Professional Wardrobe: When making any professional transition in your life whether it’s graduating from college, going back to work after having a baby or getting a promotion, you should consider having these core pieces in your professional wardrobe. To get started, I have set up a list of high quality items that you should consider buying to last you a few years in your professional career. Classic Black Pump [caption id="attachment_2319" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Classic Black Pumps for the Win.[/caption] This shoe should be the best quality that you can afford with...Read More
black pumps

Secrets to a Classic Wardrobe: Black Pumps

I'm starting a new segment on my blog called "Secrets to a Classic Wardrobe", where I will discuss staple, classic wardrobe pieces that you will have for years.  One major wardrobe classic are black pumps.  I got my first high-end pair of simple black pumps in 2007 and I still have them.  I'm wearing them here:   [caption id="attachment_2320" align="aligncenter" width="533"] I'm wearing my classic Manolo Blahnik pumps that I've had since 2007.[/caption]   How do you keep your high-end items looking great for years?  Check out my How to Recondition a Leather Handbag for tips, these tips can be used for anything leather from shoes, belts and handbags.  Here are my tips for finding the right black pumps: Know your budget and stick to it.  If your budget is $150, find the best shoe you can for that price.  I would suggest going to online stores like The Outnet and Saks Off 5th.  There you can find higher end pieces at a reduced price.  Here are some options at $150 and under: JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. Only get a classic style.  If you don't have an unlimited budget, only buy classics.  Don't...Read More

How to Choose a Classic Wedge Shoe

I love a good wedge.....shoe that is, but the salad isn't bad either. I always have several wedges in my shoe wardrobe because they are beautiful AND practical. What else would you wear to an outdoor event, especially if it's on grass such as a wedding or graduation?   I think that wedges are classics, they don't go out of style.  Even if you don't see them in every fashion magazine one season, they will come roaring back the next.  According to Wikipedia: "Wedge boots, wedgies, or lifties are shoes and boots with a sole in the form of a wedge, such that one piece of material, normally rubber, serves as both the sole and the heel. This design dates back to ancient Greece.....Wedgies for women were popularized by Salvatore Ferragamo, who introduced the design to the Italian market in the late 1930s." There are also health benefits to wearing a wedge shoe....who knew!?!? According to Leaf.tv: "Women wear heels to make the legs look longer, to make the body look thinner and to improve posture. Wedge heels offer more support than stilettos or high heels. Balance is easier on a wedge, reducing the number of falls that accompany high heels. Wedges...Read More
Recondition a Leather Handbag

How to Recondition a Leather Handbag

This week in my first installment of Buy Less, Buy Better segment of my blog, I am going to show you how to Recondition a Leather Handbag, I'm going to be using a Chanel handbag that I've had for over 10 years. I decided to use my favorite bag so that you don't have to worry whether my technique will hurt your favorite handbag.   When you purchase an expensive handbag, you want to have it looking fabulous for years to come.  If you take care of your handbags and re-condition them, they will look great for years.   Here is my steps step-by-step guide on how to recondition a leather handbag or you can check out the video below (all links to my favorite products are listed below the video): Clean any dirt or dust of the bag, I like this Leather Shampoo from Leather Spa. Apply leather conditioner (I like the one from Leather Spa) to the bag with a soft cloth or a paper towel, as I used in the video. Be sure to get every nook and cranny including the inside (if it's leather that is).  Let it dry for a few minutes then use a soft horse hair brush...Read More