Spring Clothing Essentials

Spring is (thankfully) finally here. Now that you can tuck away your winter coats, it’s time to pull out your springtime essentials. Not sure what those are? Well here’s the list so you can stock up:

  • Little White Dress: This dress serves the same function as a LBD, but in a decidedly more spring-y style. Don’t wear until Easter, but be sure you have one on hand.
  • Wedges: These are spring’s version of booties. You should at minimum have them in black, brown, and white. But we like mixing some funky colors into the mix as well.
  • Cardigans: from work to around the house, these sweaters are essentials. We suggest investing in nice silk ones so that they’ll last forever. You can find great ones on sale at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and LOFT.
  • A Flowing Maxi Skirt: Because nothing says spring like an ethereal skirt blowing in the breeze.
  • Light Wash Jeans: Evenings and winter call for your best dark wash denim, but now that the weather has lighted up, so can your jeans. Light washed jeans are perfect for casual events, running errand, or just hanging around the house in style.

Is there anything else you think is a spring essential? Comment below.

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Vroom Vroom

Our cars are an essential extension of our lives, and as such there are certain essentials that should live inside your car so that you’re never caught without. Obviously things like a spare tire and your car manual should be somewhere in your vehicle, but there are other things that make a smart modern woman’s car her own. Here’s our list of things every woman should store in her car:

  • Chapstick. Have you ever been on a long drive when suddenly your lips start burning or feeling tight and there’s nothing you can do. It’s the single most annoying thing ever. Keep a tube of chapstick in your console at all times, and never ever take it out of your vehicle.
  • A snack. I personally keep a jar of nuts in my glove compartment, but power bars, crackers, and other non-perishables work just as well. The goal here is to never be caught hungry and cranky on the road.
  • A water bottle. You’ll need something to wash down the snack.
  • An umbrella or raincoat. You never know when it’s going to rain, go ahead and stash one in your back seat for that unexpected storm.
  • A blanket. This one is mainly to keep your passengers comfortable, but it also helps if you have leather seats that heat up in summer.
  • Paper towels. God only knows how many times I’ve spilled something in my car. Paper towels will prevent any lasting damage from occurring.
  • A trash bag. Seriously, you don’t need to be sitting in a pile of receipts, fast food wrappers, and who knows what else. Bag it up!
  • Tissues. You never know when you’ll need to blow your nose.
  • A pen and notebook. I’ve taken calls while sitting in my car and need to write something down – I was parked. Having a pen and paper on hand is crucial. (You don’t want to write your next appointment time in eyeliner.)
  • Cell phone charger. Because if you get a flat tire and your phone is dead you can’t call AAA.
  • Spare change. Keep at least a roll of quarters on hand for paying parking meters and tolls.
  • Sunglasses. Don’t keep your designer pair in the car, but have a pair of plastic ray-bans or something similarly cheap that you can use in a pinch if the sunset or glare blinds you.

Is there anything you think should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments!

Hot & Cold

When you’re stuck in the arctic tundra during winter all you want to do is take a Caribbean vacation. When you live in the deep south you dream of Northern Europe’s cool winds every summer. But what happens when you finally get to make those trips to the other side of the world? You become completely confused about what to wear for your flight.

Dressing for travel, when you’re traveling between two different climates is incredibly tricky. That’s why we’re here to help. Here’s our suggestion of what to wear when you inevitably find yourself in this sticky situation.

LAYERS!!!! They’re you’re very best friend in this situation. Tank tops, leggings, skirts, dresses, shirts, blouses, cardigans, coats, scarves, and rain gear can all play a part in your travel attire. My personal go-to outfit consists of leggings that will be removed/put on in the bathroom, a short sundress (in a season-appropriate color) that is the staple of your outfit, boots or closed toed flats that will be switched with sandals, a cardigan, a scarf, a winter coat for overtop of everything, and a blanket for the flight. Given all this your cold climate outfit will consist of: boots (with boot socks if you’re fabulous) or flats, leggings, dress, sweater, coat, and scarf (gloves too if needed). And your warm weather outfit will be sandals and a dress.

It’s a pretty simple process if you plan accordingly. The dress can be changes out for a skirt and top. Or you can change from pants to shorts while you remove or add the leggings. The most important thing to remember is to bring a large purse or carry-on bag to fit everything. You don’t want to be schlepping everything at once. I personally will pack EVERYTHING in my bag and then remove what I plan on wearing, just so that I am 100% sure it will all fit.

Do you have any other travel tips? Let us know in the comments!

Get Supported

Your clothing only looks as good as the intimates worn underneath. Lingerie has the ability to not only improve the aesthetics of your body, but also to lift your mood, and in certain cases keep you healthy.

We all know how distracting and disheartening it can be when your chest bulges over your bra cups, when an underwire pokes uncomfortably, when straps slide off your shoulders, or when a strapless bra slips a bit too low. These moments are annoying, awkward, and frustrating.

But the good news is that we’re here to help prevent these instances from ever happening again.

We’ve complied information from all the experts on how to find the best fitting bras possible, regardless of brand.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR BRA DOESN’T FIT

Most women don’t even know that they’re wearing the wrong bra size. Here are some quick things to look for in the bras you currently own:

  • Does the band stay in place in the center of your back (right below the shoulder-blades)? If your bra rides up your back your band size is either too large or needs to be tightened. Bands stretch over time so be sure that the band fits properly on the loosest hook when you first purchase your bra.
  • Do the cups cover your entire breast? If your breasts spill over or under the cups then you need to increase your cups size. The underwire should lay flat underneath your breast tissue, circling the entire width of the breast. The top part of the cup should lay flat against the tissue.
  • Do you have extra space in the cups? If the cups pucker or gap, or if there’s a gap between your breast and where the cup meets the strap your cup is too big. Try going down a size until the fabric of the bra sits properly.
  • Do your straps stay in place? If your straps keep falling off it’s likely time for you to buy a new bra. If you’re shoulders are sloped so that even new bras slip, then try a racerback or convertible straps.
  • Is the wire uncomfortable? If you feel the wire poking into your breast tissue then the cup size is too small.
Finding the right fit

You’ll know the bra you have on fits just right if it meets the following criteria:

  • Cups lay smoothly
  • Center section between the cups lies flat against your ribcage
  • The band sits low and even without sliding up as you move
  • The straps don’t fall off as you move (try reaching for things and walking)
how to measure your band size

The final piece in the puzzle is to be sure you’re wearing the proper band size. Realize that every brand is different, so check their guidelines before ordering. Here’s a basic guide so that you get it right:

  1. Put on an unpadded bra that fits well. This will lift your breasts enough so that you can get the proper measurment.
  2. Wrap a measuring tape snugly around your ribcage, just under your bust. Check to be sure it’s wrapped evenly around – no drooping or riding up in back – and parallel to the floor.
  3. Exhale to get the smallest measurement possible. You want to be sure your bra will fit regardless of your breathing.
  4. Round your measurement to the nearest whole number.

Based on your measurement, select your band size from the following sizes:

  • 30: below 27″
  • 32: 27-29″
  • 34: 29-32″
  • 36: 33-34″
  • 38: 35-38″
  • 40: 39-41″
  • 42: 42″
  • 44: 43-45″
  • 46: 46-47″
  • 48: 48-49″
  • 50: 50-51″
  • 52: 52″
choosing the right shape

Now that you know your size, it is equally important that you choose the right shape for your figure. Here’s a quick overview of what each has to offer:

  • Pushup: These are great for creating cleavage, but be careful not to go too extreme.
  • Strapless
  • Convertible: Also known as multi-way bras these bras allow you to adjust the shape of their straps to match your outfit.
  • Adhesive: These bras are great for wearing with open backed outfits or plunging necklines. They consist of cups that stick directly to the breast – some brands even offer ones with sticky tabs that wrap partially around your back, these are great for those of us with larger cup sizes.
  • Backless: Some bras have specially designed low back bands so that you don’t have to resort to adhesive bras when wearing a backless dress. These are particularly great if you’re more comfortable with having straps on your bra.
  • Bralettes: Bralettes, or bandeaus, have no underwire, padding, or molding. They provide minimal support but maximum comfort. If you have a small cup size and want something comfortable, these are for you. Always check the sizing guide though, as often these don’t run in traditional band/cup sizes.
  • Demi: Also known as a balcony bra or balconette, these bras typically have wide set straps and cups that are relatively straight across the top. They cover only about half of your breast, and aren’t ideal for larger cup sizes. They almost form a shelf for your breasts and display a natural cleavage without compromising support.
  • Front Closure: Closes between your breast instead of behind your back.
  • Raceback: Often seen in sports bras, this line is great for those with sloped shoulders.
  • Full Coverage: A bra with a higher neckline that covers all of your breast tissue. These are great options for eliminating bulging or spillage.
  • Longline: These bras extend below the bust to the waist or hips. Their primary purpose is to create a smooth line underneath a gown. These are also great for strapless outfits because of the added support.
  • Minimzer: If you’re self conscious about a large bust, these are for you. The cups of these bras are designed to redistribute breast tissue in order to reduce the projection of your breasts. They’re not comfortable, but help large chested women look great in more streamlined looks.
  • Molded: These bras feature seamless cups and a light lining that keeps its shape when you take it off. They hide nipples (great in the winter) and create a smooth look under clothing.
  • Plunge: These bras are cut very low in the center in order to be worn with a deep V neckline.
  • Soft Cup: These bras don’t have underwires and are extra comfortable.
  • T-Shirt: created specifically to be worn under a cotton shirt, these most often feature a solid fabric that won’t catch or show under tight tees. *We suggest you purchase these in nude colors so they can be worn under white tees!*
  • Sports: Absolutely necessary for exercise. They prevent the droop that would result by exercising without a bra.
  • Sleep: These bras are recommended for larger busted women (D-cup or above) to wear to bed. Sleeping without a bra can result in unattractive sagging due to the weight of larger breasts. Most sleep bras don’t have an underwire and are quite comfortable.

Do you have any more questions about bras? Post them in the comments and we’ll be sure to answer them ASAP!

Baubles

Jewelry is an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe. Everyone has their own taste and style when it comes to jewels, but there are certain essentials that no woman should be without.

We’ll get right to it, here’s the list:

  • a complete pearl set – ring, bracelet, necklace, drop necklace and studs
  • a CZ/Diamond set – tennis bracelet, drop necklace, and stud earrings
  • a gold watch
  • a silver watch
  • a leather-banded watch
  • silver and gold ball studs
  • small gold hoops
  • a favorite cocktail ring – every woman needs something fancy
  • silver and gold lockets or drop necklaces
  • simple gold and silver rings
  • silver cuff
  • gold stackable bangles

That should about do it. With all of these be sure you get the right size (rings), length (necklaces), and quality material (sterling, real gold, and real pearls).

Above all, remember: you want your jewelry to accent you, not distract from you.

Ace The Interview

Job interviews are stressful enough without worrying about what to wear. Appearances are first impressions, they’re worth gold. So today here’s your guide to the most common interview attire – business professional. (Well get to other attire eventually, I promise.)

My rule of thumb is that for every interview you want to look intelligent, organized, and confident. Now how do you do that? Let’s start with the basics.

What to wear

– A suit in a neutral color: black, grey, navy, or taupe. Make sure that you buy the skirt/pants and jacket TOGETHER to ensure they match perfectly.

– A blouse or button-up in a quality fabric. Stick with a solid color (bold colors are appropriate for creatives, otherwise stick with a neutral that compliments your suit). Subtle patterns are acceptable, but don’t choose anything too bold or feminine. Anything floral or lace may come off as unprofessional – it’s unfortunate but true. You want to be respected, not diminished.

– Black or nude closed toe pumps with a slight heel but no taller than 2 inches. If it’s cold out add tights. You want to look polished, not like you’re going clubbing.

– Optional, a formal coat. I personally recommend a tailored trench or overcoat in a neutral color.

– Keep accessories minimal. Pearls are always great for a necklace. Stick with stud earrings, and simple bracelets. If you’re a creative feel free to wear a statement piece, just make sure it isn’t overpowering.

It’s all in the details

Here are some basic rules of thumb to follow when selecting what to wear.

– Fit Is Everything! Even the most expensive suit will make you look cheap if it’s too tight or too baggy, be sure the suit fits properly and visit a tailor if you can’t find something off the rack.
– Quality is an investment, and it makes a difference.
You only need one suit that you can wear to all your interviews. Save up and invest in a quality fabric, you can find inexpensive but quality options in many stores. Our recommendations include Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and Gap. You can occasionally find things at Target too if you’re really in a bind.
– Look for pieces you can use in other outfits.
Blouses can be worn with slacks, and even jeans, blazers dress up any casual outfit, and pencil skirts are always in style.

Got any questions or suggestions? What’s your favorite interview outfit? Let us know in the comments!

Always Have Your Bag On Hand

A purse is more than just a fashion accessory. It is an essential arsenal of supplies to get every woman through her day. Fill it with the right equipment, and you’ll be able to handle every situation life throws your way.

Today I’ve dumped out the contents of my purse to show you what all I keep on hand:

  • Wallet with a pocket for coins – you don’t want to have to go diving into the depths of your bag every time you need to pay for parking.
  • Cash – as much as we all love using plastic, you should always have $20 in your purse, preferably in 1’s and 5’s, and some quarters because some places haven’t realized we’re in the 21st century yet. This is especially important on road trips and in small towns.
  • Moisturizing Lipstick – because chapped, ghostly pale lips make you look ill. Not cute.
  • Lipgloss – for those moments when you see your crush across the street and you want to up your beauty game.
  • Compact Mirror – so that you can apply said lip products without looking like a two year old attempting to bite an ice cream cone.
  • Hand Cream – this one is especially necessary in winter. A smart modern woman has soft, ladylike hands, not chapped knuckles.
  • Paper Napkins – these help with spills, messes in general, and function as great oil blotting papers for those of us who start to look a bit greasy by midday.
  • Snacks – a cranky woman is enjoyed by no one. Keep the headaches and moodiness away by always having a small, preferable protein-packed, snack in your bag. Just make sure it’s not something that will melt.
  • Bandaids – because you never know when you’ll get a blister or papercut. I prefer Disney Princess bandaids myself.
  • Safety Pins – for any rips, split seams, or even to prevent static.
  • Hand Sanitizer – keep the germs away, and sanitize and of the cuts you need the bandaids for.
  • Hair Ties – because sometimes you ‘do turns into a don’t.
  • Bobby Pins – great for your hair, and also function as paperclips in a pinch.
  • Advil – it’s just a good idea, you never know when you’ll need it.
  • Mints – because that onion breath from your lunch is offputting.
  • Pen & Pencil – so you can sign things, write things, and keep track of your life.
  • Planner – so you know where to be.
  • Notebook – so you’re ready when inspiration strikes, or when a cute man asks for your number.
  • Feminine Products – just in case.
  • Empty Ziplock – they’re handy, trust me.
  • Umbrella – because sudden rain can dampen spirits.
  • Water Bottle – dehydration sucks. I once had to leave a date early because I almost passed out, it was a first date too. Don’t be like me.
  • Spare Phone Charger – don’t EVER let your battery die.
  • Perfume Rollerball – because your scent is a memory, and it should last.
  • Travel Size Deodorant – because your scent should be a good one.
  • Headphones – music is essential.

Is there anything else you like to keep in your bag? Leave a comment and let us know!