twistedchic

March 30, 2011

Shopping for Perfection – Jeans

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I’ve been trying to find a new pair of jeans lately.  Jeans are one of the most difficult things to buy; it’s hard to find a perfect pair.  However, I desperately needed them, so…on to the store.  I ended up buying 2 pairs, one from Target and another from TJ Maxx.  The Target pair were on sale ($15!) and were not in a size that I normally buy;  but I really needed jeans and these don’t press painfully on my navel (without going into a whole lot of detail, this is a major problem for me), so I purchased them.  This pair is a little loose and has some stretch to them, soooo they are sort of like pajama jeans. 

The comfort of pajama jeans without the embarassment of actually wearing them.

The problem is they are kinda loose and I end up pulling them up every 5 minutes.  I should look into belts, maybe(long story short, I don’t have any).

I also bought a pair (on sale $10) at TJ Maxx.  This pair is a dark Bandolino in a boyfriend style.  What I love about these is that they are not the typical dark denim color, they are a little more black.  They are also a nice heavy fabric, and have beautiful pockets.  These are not quite as comfortable as the Target pair, but they look better on me.

Long story short: I’m still looking for the perfect pair of jeans.  But these will do…for now.

Wardrobe Workhorse

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My jacket looks nothing like this. But apparently google thinks it's "the perfect jacket"

What’s the oldest thing in your closet? And I don’t mean that pair of too tight jeans at the back you used to wear 10 lbs ago. I’m talking about a piece you’ve had for years, but still wear all the time. It’s a well-made classic piece, like your go-to black pumps, perfect khaki pants or lbd.

Mine is a navy liz claiborne jacket with a cool mandarin style collar. It’s the perfect jacket: comfortable, soft and with a few unusual details that give it a little bit of twist. I’ve had it for about a decade, so it’s perfectly broken in. I don’t remember how much I paid for it, but it was worth whatever I spent. I’d calculate that I spent less than a penny per wearing at this point. All of which is a long way of saying that it’s worth investing a little bit of money in something you will still be wearing ten years from now.

What will I still have in my closet 10 years from now? I’ll bet that jacket will still be with me.

March 27, 2011

Shopping for Scarves

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I have been on the lookout for a new scarf.  I have an extensive scarf collection already, so I want something really different and versatile.  This leads me to browing Etsy.  By the way, excuse the tangent, but what the heck is up with the term “upcycle”?  This is not a word.  Also?  Kinda poser-ish.  Back to scarves…I really like this hand painted one from LigaKandele

A print with whimsy...

And about $20, so not too pricey.  On the other hand, do I already have 3 green scarves?  Yes.  So maybe I should get this awesome seahorse scarf instead.

Seahorses are underutilized in the design world

I’m pretty sure I don’t have another one like it.  Hmmm, decisions, decisions.

But what I LOVE is this scarf from Hayden-Harnett.  Inspired by the Disney movie Fantasia (which I also love).

Classy Disney prints are hard to find

March 26, 2011

Cute Thing of the Week

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I kind of love this shirt.

Ruffles have ridges!

A new twist on ruffles.  Beautiful color combination too.  I need this shirt!

Love, love, love~!

March 24, 2011

Burt’s Bees Update

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I did finally find some Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm to try.  What a disappointment!  Tasted and smelled like regular chemical lipsticks.  Blech! 

Although, the packaging was very cute.

March 22, 2011

New Product vs. Tried and True

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I’ve been seeing ads for the new Burt’s Bees Lip Balm.  I’ve had mixed experiences with the Burt’s Bees products.  I like their vitamin E chapstick, but their other lip products don’t thrill me. 

However. I love me some lip color.  The problem is, I can’t stand the chemical taste that comes with most lipsticks and lip glosses.  So I’m pretty faithful to the brands I’ve found which taste (and smell) good.  Minty or lemon flavors are my fave! 

Top 3 Yummy Lip Products

1. Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Lip Gloss

2. C.O.Bigelow Ultra Mentha Lip Shine

3. Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Berries & Bootcuts Lip Gloss

Can the Bee’s new line stand up to the competition?  Unfortunately, I don’t know, as I’m having trouble finding it in stores, and I refuse to pay shipping.  Hmmm, I’ll check back when I get my hands on some.

Seriously, where are they hiding this stuff, Fort Knox?

March 20, 2011

Fun Accent Pieces: The Brooch

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I love brooches, and predict that they will be very in for spring.  So let’s have a look at this fun, retro trend! 

I myself have a lovely collection of quirky antique brooches, starting with my fave brooch, an antique green ladybug.  So cute! It looks kind of like this:

Like mine, except mine is cuter and greener

 You can buy this one.

If you want to incorporate brooches into your look, here are a few tips.  Start with just one; throw on too many and it comes off as old-ladyish.  Brooches can be placed on your lapel, worn on a necklace, or in your hair; don’t be afraid to get creative.  And here’s a tip for the DIY crowd, try making a lace brooch.  I have a beautiful lace owl brooch, it goes with everything and the lace incorporates another hot trend right now.  (here’s a tutorial)

Not sure where to go for brooches?  Here are some sites to try:

This unique swordfish brooch was handmade, and is on sale for $35

Swordfish: bad password, cute jewelry

Or if that is a little out of your price range here’s an enameled turtle from the amazon marketplace for about $15:

They say a turtle carries the whole world on its back...

Or if you want one-of-a-kind, here is a slightly gothic zombie brooch from lithiascreations on Etsy

Zombies are also a hot look for spring

March 19, 2011

Cute thing of the week – Etsy

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I have mad love for wonderful website that is Etsy.  Etsy, for those not in the know, is an online market place for indie  artists and crafters.  In fact, Etsy was where Leanne Marshall (of Project Runway fame) first showcased her clothing talents.  And the best part of Etsy is: it’s all for sale, you can buy the coolest one-of-a-kind clothing, art and jewelry.  Which leads me to my

Cute Thing of the Week! A-line cotton jersey skirt from ThongbaiTatong

http://www.etsy.com/listing/62750341/a-line-cotton-jersey-skirt-in-grey-red?ref=cat1_gallery_12

Are those flowers? Or Balloons? I don't know, but I like it!

The model clearly loves it

 So pretty!  I want it!

March 18, 2011

A Little Helping Hand

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Not so long ago, a friend asked me for help with a tricky fashion topic. She had a friend who needed a dress for a September wedding. Weddings are tricky, you want to look good, but not upstage the bride(nothing that says “competative young hottie)! So she asked me to find her friend the perfect little modest dress for the mother of the groom.  Here are my picks.

Option 1:

I started with a Nicole Miller. It has an interesting handkerchief hem, and would look very mother of the groom with an added cardigan or beaded jacket. In addition the print is fun and in a very hot turquoise color, very now! 

Nicole Miller: very hot!

Bluefly.com is your friend: this dress checks in at about $220, making it not out of reach for most.

Option 2

A Mark Bouwer with great details and a flowy silhouette which looks great on everyone, not just mature figures.  The beaded detail at the neckline means that you wouldn’t need much jewelry to accessorize.

Mark Bouwer: very elegant!

This option is a little more pricey at about $430. 

Option 3

If our mother of the groom wants to show off a little leg, here is a great Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress.  I cannot praise the great DVF enough: the wrap dress is a fashion icon and that elusive, looks great on everyone perfect dress!

Show off those kickin' legs, groom's mama!

This one checks in at about $120, which is a steal for a DVF!

Option 4

Another print from out friends at net-a-porter: a printed silk chiffon maxi dress.  Not too fussy, just the right amount of feminine.

Sweet but not too...

This lovely dress is also on sale for $190. 

Option 5

An empire waisted dress with a retro tie-dye print from Overstock.com.  How great would this look with a pair of chunky turquoise earrings!

Sassy! In pink or turquoise

This one is incredibly inexpensive, at about $37.

Option 6

Last but not least, this budget-friendly classic looking AA Studio floral print dress.  This is something you could really wear again and again.

Classic, but still fun!

And this one is a real steal, again from Overstock.com: just $14.

I don’t know what our mother of the groom picked for her wedding, but I know she looked great!

The world needs another fashion blog…

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…so here mine is.

Here’s a thought: fashion is hard work.  Looking good and put-together takes effort and time.  And for those who think “I don’t have time” or “Who cares? How I look doesn’t matter” : how you look communicates a message to those around you.  It’s worth the time to make sure you are sending out the message you want.  Please don’t be “that girl” (or “that guy”).  You know what I mean.   People who don’t care, look like it.  We can tell.  Now pull up those pants and invest in a shirt that fits.  You don’t want to end up on peopleofwalmart.

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