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September 5, 2011

Fall 2011 Fashion Trends

As we near the eve of this year’s New York Fashion Week, excitement spurs.  What will be in?  What is coming back into style?  Well, you’ll be surprised to hear that animal prints are STILL in!  Yes, I know, it’s been at least two years since this animal phenomenon arose from the dead.  But designers and stylists are finding new and improved ways of incorporating these patterns into complete looks, including its use as a pop of pizzazz in a jacket lining.  So what “animal” seems to be bigger than the others?  It’s still the leopard print followed closely by the zebra and cheetah print but not so much the alligator or snake skin patterns unless you're looking at handbags.  Croco embossed leather in handbags still reigns.  For clothing, if I were to choose one, I’d go with the leopard print!  Don't forget, mixing two different animals prints in one outfit is a no-no.  Stick with one as a subtle enhancement to your overall look.

Other patterns to seek out:  Plaid and Argyle!!

And outerwear or not, leather is definitely in for the long haul.  After years of being out-of-style, leather is back for its second season.  It’s expensive, you say?  Problem solved.  So many of the hottest designers have come up with spectacular faux versions that would give any real leather a run for its money!  And leather’s counterpart, suede, is now steering its head into the limelight for the first time this season too.  Raid your closet girls!  You’re bound to find an old leather motorcycle jacket from yesteryears that can put you back in trend immediately.
Now on to fur... In this second season of the fur craze, faux is the way to go. Faux fur is cute if married to the right outfit in the right way.  Cheap, knotted fake stuff is no longer the norm.  Just like leather, fake fur has reached luxe levels, making imitated versions hard to distinguish from the real thing.

Elements that are hot include ruffles, bell-shaped sleeves, cuffed pants, and shorter hemlines.  As far as colors, not much has changed.  Teal, purple, and grey are still in demand.  If I had to pick out newer trendy colors, I would say burgundy and cognac brown are gaining more appeal.

What about trends for the feet?  Well, boots are here to stay, especially those with heels that reach the calf region or higher.  And my ultimate favorite, platform heels!  Gotta love ‘em for every season!  Strappy, slingback or closed heel, I’ll wear platforms any day, any time.  Thank goodness the ballerina flats are retreating to be resurrected at a later time.  (Hopefully I’ll be dead by then.  Just kidding!)   

Is it Fall yet??  The countdown begins.  No one likes the severe lack of daylight that this time of year brings, but at least we have the chance to be creative by adding more layers to our look rather than stripping down to just the bare necessary layers in the 90-degree summer heat.  Fur, leather and suede, here we come!

GlamDoc’s Must-Have Picks for Fall 2011:
  • Leather jacket – above the knee or shorter
  • Fur collar or scarf
  • Above the knee skirts – leather or fabric
  • Suede indoor jacket
  • Suede handbag
  • Suede platform shoes
  • Wedge heels
  • Turtleneck dress
  • Leggings (not jeggings!) and opaque tights
  • Anything plaid (such as a ruana or cape)
  • Argyle patterns (darker tones - not pastel type)
  • Cape - preferably belted

July 25, 2011

Hair Trends for Summer/Fall

After a LONG hiatus, short (well semi-short) hair is back again! The style that celebs and the regular folk alike have been rockin these days is the bob... Actually a version of such with a more modern twist - the layered bob with longer sides - rather than the uniform bob that was so trendy back in the mid-90s. This new layered style can be worn both short and long, and you can strike a pose with either a sleek, straight or curly version.

Although it's a cute cut, I wouldn't be caught dead with it! Why? Well, because no matter what style is in at the moment, you have to take into consideration the shape of your face. Some people look much better with longer hair, as I do! If your face is oval or round, the best way to elongate the face is with longer hair... Think vertical volume rather than horizontal. This holds true with earrings too. Oval hoops look much better than circular hoops when framing an oval or
round face.

If you have a more angular, thinner face, by all means, go for this new trend while it's hot. Your hair WILL grow back and the trend will cycle back into another long-locks era again soon... In the meantime, I'll still be wearing mine long.

July 22, 2011

L'Oreal Infallible Lipstick - 5 Colors: Rich Topaz (822), Intensely Mauve (512), Charismatic Coral (421), Brazen Bronze (834), Tenderberry (519)

Like most of you, I was awed by the Gwen Stefani commercial showing bright red lips that transferred no color with a swipe of her finger. Well, the commercial is fake, but overall, the lipstick is decent. Decent? Yes, and here's what I mean... They have no odor or chemical taste, last a little longer than regular lipsticks and they go on smoothly without drying out one's lips. I don't have to tell you all that dry, flaky lips is a common problem with most extended-wear lipsticks that claim to stay on forever. With the L'Oreal Infallible Lipsticks, you will not need a moisturizing topcoat!

Ok, I know the big question most of you want to know is "how long will it last?!" In short, it totally depends on what you're doing while wearing the lipstick.  Eating? Kissing? It will come right off if you eat anything, easily transferring onto a napkin or glass! Darn! I was so hoping they would last through a night on the town, including dinner... Wishful thinking! So here's the deal... If you don't eat, drink, or kiss and only talk these lipsticks will last about 3 hours at most. If you plan on doing anything other than just talking, treat them like any other regular lipstick!

Now on to details about the five colors I purchased - Rich Topaz (822), Intensely Mauve (512), Charismatic Coral (421), Brazen Bronze (834), and Tenderberry (519):

RICH TOPAZ Description: Warm; highly pigmented; matte; the perfect brownish neutral but darker than nude

INTENSELY MAUVE Description: Cool; highly pigmented; matte; a true dark rosey-mauve color (not too light, not too dark); can complement most skin tones

CHARISMATIC CORAL Description: Cool; highly pigmented; matte; dark coral; perfectly between red and orange; not gaudy; not fluorescent-looking

BRAZEN BRONZE Description: Warm; lightly pigmented; shimmery; sheer; light-brown; neutral

TENDERBERRY Description: Cool; highly pigmented; light to medium mauve (lighter than "Intensely Mauve")

Hope you all find this info helpful. I will be posting more pictures soon... Stay tuned!