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DIVA D'S MONTH TO MONTH GUIDE FOR SHOPPING

Online shopping can be a crap shoot. There few websites that tells you that the blouse you are buying will be n sell (cheaper) in a couple days. If you are like me, you always see that very item for less after your 30 day price guarantee. Shopping can be scary, especially for The "Curvier" shopper because some of the size sell quickly. But, not if you know how to do it right. Here's how a fashion girl can catch a break:

January: Go ahead, buy it. The merchandise left over from the fall/winter sales and pre-fall hangers-on get marked down by 70%. Sounds amazing, right? Well, here comes the downside: the sizes (18 - 22) are almost always sold out. Waiting to get something on clearance is only really helpful if you wear a size 12 pant or a 6 shoe. However, it can be a great source for getting a great deal on things you never knew you wanted.


February/March: Visualize it. Even though there's a strong chance that it is colder, this is when spring deliveries start rolling into stores. All of this merchandise is still full priced, however, and will remain so until after Memorial Day. Since the fall/winter runway collections are just being sent down the catwalk, this is a good time to start imagining your wardrobe for next September (maybe even start a Pinterest board?). If you are good at managing your money (I, for one, am not, but that doesn't stop me) you can simultaneously shop for your spring wardrobe and pre-order your fall clothes. Thinking ahead and careful planning are the best ways to ensure you always get what you want.

April: Get a tax break—seriously. By this time of year, all of the seasonal merchandise is in stores, so it's time to start building your spring wardrobe. If you are overwhelmed with the prospect of paying full retail, consider this: April is also sample sale season. There is no promise of what season plus size designers will be unloading in terms of samples, but stock is typically from the previous season and discounts can go up to 90%. It's best to stay on top of when and where your favorite designers are practically giving you clothing. Plus, if you do your taxes right, you get a big refund which you can use to wisely invest in your closet.

May: BUY. Right after Memorial Day, spring merchandise gets marked down by 40%. This is your first opportunity to score anything and everything spring before it starts selling out. And things do sell out very fast.


June/July: Stock up on essentials. Pre-fall is the short commercial season between spring and fall. And pre-fall merchandise is usually the most wearable: black coats, leather pants, and sensible sweaters. It's basically all of the things you need to make sure that you seamlessly get through the fall season. It's also an aperitif for the fall runway collections, which hit stores next month.


August: Buy swim. Spring merchandise is now on clearance at 70% off. Warm-weather fabrics are generally lighter and, therefore, less expensive than their cold-weather cousins. But beware of buying in bulk; you might overspend on swimsuits, t-shirts, and denim that you don't love.


September/October: This is gonna hurt. Right now, all of the runway looks from the February shows are slowly making their way into stores. This is a hard time to shop because fall merchandise tends to be more expensive than spring. (It's also the time of year when you want to reinvent for the next season. It's the New Year of clothing!) There are skins, furs, coats, boots, etc. Not only is this hard on your wallet, but it's also hard for designers to produce these things in bulk so quantities will be low. My advice for peace of mind during this season? Pre-order.


November/December: Make sure you need it. The holiday season yields the first markdowns for fall. The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is your first chance to buy fall at 40% off. If you can hold out until December, and want to be a daredevil in the waiting game, almost all of the major retailers mark down merchandise by 50%-70%.

Also, resort hits stores early November, but unless you vacation in St. Barts, I'd suggest waiting for these flimsier (and often more ornate) styles to go on sale—which they will next August. Resort tends to be the most commercially viable merchandise and therefore represents the longest retail season of all. You will be exposed to resort for longer than any other merchandise from any other season so it typically sells out. The more you see it, the more you want it. So with resort, keep your wish list concise and to the point.

NOW LET'S GO SHOPPING!

2017 Summer Shoe Trends

Every Summer, I find myself looking for a new pair of shoes that feel both fresh and trendy. I've learned that flip-flops although have come a long way in styles, they are not always the look you want; and as much as I'd like to be one of those girls who can wear heels every day, every where and anywhere I find them impractical at times and almost always leave my feet, knees and back hurting after wearing them for long periods of time.


Here are "The Best" shoes of the Summer 2017.

Espadrilles


Espadrilles are one of the most classic Summer styles. Not only are they super comfortable (say goodbye to blisters!), but these breezy canvas shoes feature plaited fiber soles too. Throw on a Summer dress with these shoes and you're good to go.




Tie-Up Ballet Flats


Chances are you've seen tie-up ballet flats all through Spring, and now, they're making even more headway this Summer. Swap out your classic ballerina flats for something with a little more edge like this tie-up version. From those famous Miu Mius to a quintessential ballerina flat, here are the styles you need to know.


Glove Heels

Probably the coolest trend of the season, glove heels add a modern twist to any ensemble. Stick to basic colors like white or black,and treat them like you would your favorite pair of ballet flats.







Slides


When you are in a rush and need a stylish pair of sandals to slip on, try a pair of slides. From a pair of embellished Birkenstock-esque slides to a knotted sandal that's perfect for the beach, you'll want to wear this style all Summer long.






Mules


Sure, Gucci put the open-back mules on the map, but there are more styles that are quickly becoming front-runners. From a buckled white pair to a striped heel version, there's something for everyone.









Sneakers


Everyone's favorite kicks are getting a warm-weather revamp. Think embroidered details and fun new shades like the color of the moment: millennial pink.








Platforms/Flatforms


Rather than slipping into a pair of stilettos or high heels, let platforms win you over this season. You can opt for a chunky patent-leather style or a black pair reminiscent of the '90s.














80's Kitten  Heels


When you just have to have a heel but, you want to be stylish and comfortable. You can always step back into the 80s and be in style in 2017









Ankle-Wrap Heels

For a more dresser heel and if you are so inclined to wear them, these are a staple in your summer shoe collections the ankle-wrap heel.  The wrap minimize the ankle while elongating the legs.  These are a must have.






Don't commit shoe-a-cide getting all the 2017 shoe trends because you may already have a pair in your closet.

Give us your thoughts!

How To Choose The Right Perfume For Your Body Chemistry

How to choose the right perfume for your body chemistry depends on many factors, stress, diet, age, pregnancy, and even Menopause can effect the way you wear a perfume.




You will not know how to choose the right perfume for your body chemistry until you experiment with a variety of fragrances. It is the long-term impression that a fragrance gives you that really counts, not what you think of it at first.

Your Unique Body Chemistry

Everyone’s skin is different and that is why some fragrances last longer on some than others. Every woman has her own unique skin chemistry.
In fact, your skin chemistry can even change now and again and the changes are not always apparent. When these changes occur, your fragrance may go from smelling wonderful on you, to not being a very pleasant smell at all. There are a variety of reasons that can contribute to and or cause your skin chemistry to change.


Stress
The number one reason tends to be stress. If you are feeling a large amount of anxiety it will often effect your heart rate, and cause your hands to become clammy and you might start to sweat. All of this will factor into a change in your body chemistry and result in your fragrance smelling different. 


Diet
What you eat is very closely related to how a fragrance may smell on you. Your diet can radically change the smell of fragrances on your skin. For example, too much garlic consumption can cause a slight aroma of garlic to permeate from your skin when you sweat.
This aroma may not mix well with your fragrance. Onions as well as other foods that can bring about gas can also alter the aroma of your fragrance.

Age
How to choose the right perfume for your body chemistry will change as you age. Age is something else that can factor into your skin’s chemistry. This is because there are a number of significant hormonal changes for men and women. The first change is the shift from child to teen. Puberty can be a hard time on a teenager’s body and skin.


Pregnancy
Pregnancy is another event that can cause a major hormonal upheaval. Pregnancy hormones can cause fragrances to smell different to you; a scent you liked before may be something you do not like when expecting. 


Perfume And Menopause
Lastly, menopause can bring on changes to your hormones and effect your body chemistry. During this time, your skin can become thinner and drier. Also, testosterone and estrogen levels fluctuate and night sweats often occur. There are also certain medications and even medical conditions that can play a role in how a fragrance will be altered by your body chemistry. 
For example, individuals with diabetes will have a harder time finding a fragrance that works well for them. This is due to the fluctuation in their blood sugar levels. As their sugar levels change, so does the scent of the fragrance they are wearing.
Some people have skin that attracts essential oils, this means that their skin may absorb certain oil from a fragrance while other oils dissolve quickly. 

There is often a lot of testing involved to decide which essential oils work best with your skin chemistry. To help you in deciding which fragrances will work the best with your skin chemistry; scents should always be applied to your pulse points.
Pulse points are where the blood vessels are closest to the skin's surface and therefore give off more warmth. You should never test more than two or three scents at once. 



How To Choose The Right Perfume For Your Body Chemistry
Off and on throughout the day, smell the fragrances you are trying and even apply more on the same pulse point but on a different day for comparison.


If the fragrance has a scent that you enjoy each time you test it, you may have just found a new perfume for your collection. It may take some time to work out how your skin chemistry works with fragrances, but it is definitely worth the effort.

Different Mascaras -- Which is For You?

 

When you stand at the makeup counter or aisle, it can be confusing. Should you get lengthening, curling, thickening or non-smudging? And what, just what, is the difference between each of these anyway? (Is there a difference, or are these mascara types all hype, designed to get you to buy more than one type?)
There are different types & compositions of mascaras available in the market which change your entire eye look in a second.


Short lashes?     Try a lengthening mascara.
Thin lashes?       Try a thickening mascara.
Straight lashes?  Try a curling mascara.
All three?           Try a volumizing mascara.
All you need to know is how to apply mascara in the right way.

  • Water soluble Mascaras get easily smudged/ flaked & are not long wearing. They can be easily removed with any basic makeup remover.
  • Water proof Mascaras don’t get smudged & are long staying. They are the best bet for summers & Monsoons. They are hard to remove with ordinary removers and needs special oil-based makeup removers. These are highly processed formulas which stay intact on eyes for long hours.
Apart from this broad classification Mascaras are sub categorized again Into powder, cream and liquid mascaras.


1. Powder Mascara
Powder Mascara is very different from wet and dry mascara. You add a few drops of water into it and use it with a wand. The mascara sets to give a false eyelash kind of a finish.






2. Cream Mascara
Creamy Mascara provides volume to thin and sparse eyelashes and adds depth to the eyes. But this can smudge easily so you will need a special kind of applicator for it.




3. Liquid Mascara


These mascaras are easily found and the most common of all and are mostly used by women who have slightly curled lashes. It enhances and sharpens the lashes. These are available in both water resistant and water-soluble variants.





Different Formula Mascaras




You can tell a lot by a mascara by the shape of the wand. Fat brushes (like Lancome's Hypnose mascara, my favorite),create voluptuous lashes, while skinny brushes (such as Lancome's Definicils)will coat each lash perfectly without clumping or adding much oomph. Curved wands will help curl lashes.
 

Now onto the different formulas.
 
Lengthening mascara
 
My favorite mascara is Lancome Definicils. It's touted as a lengthening mascara and beauty editors swear by it. Lengthening mascaras have dense bristles that allow you to get more mascara on your lashes and especially on the tips of your lashes.
 
Thickening mascara
 
When you want bulk, you do want to buy the mascaras touted as"thickening." These products contain a thicker formula of waxes and silicone polymers that coat lashes and make them appear bulkier. The most popular thickening mascara on the market is Christian Dior's Diorshow (about $24).
 
Waterproof mascara

 
Obviously these "non-smudging" mascaras contain special synthetic formulas meant to repel moisture. But these can be harsh on your lashes (to prevent breaking lashes, you can put Vaseline on them before you go to sleep). A great waterproof mascara is Maybelline Lash Discovery. (cost about $5.49)


 
Non-clumping mascara
 
These contain ingredients like silk extract and glycerin. The applicators also have longer wands which allow for a more even application. COVERGIRL LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara  promises no clumps - up to 30 strokes. (costs about $6.99)


 













What is your favorite mascara?

Fashion Colors For Spring/Summer 2017

A Mixture of Vitality, Relaxation and the Great Outdoors. From colors that are bright and vivid to those that convey a sense of earthiness, our top 10 colors for spring 2017 are reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature. In conjunction with New York Fashion Week, the PANTONE Fashion Color Report provides a comprehensive overview of fashion designers’ use of color in their spring 2017 collections. Featuring the top 10 shades seen on the runway, the PANTONE Fashion Color Report is your essential color guide to the season.


The top colors for Spring 2017 fashion are: 

PANTONE 17-4123 Niagara 

Comfortable and dependable, Niagara leads the PANTONE Fashion Color Report as the most prevalent color for spring 2017. Niagara is a classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.




PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow






By contrast, Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days



PANTONE 19-4045 Lapis Blue


Conveying even more energy is Lapis Blue. Strong and confident, this intense blue shade is imbued with an inner radiance.








PANTONE 17-1462 Flame


A red-based orange, Flame, is gregarious and fun loving. Flamboyant and vivacious, this wonderfully theatrical shade adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.





PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise 



Island Paradise is a refreshing aqua that calls to mind a change of scenery. A cool blue green shade that speaks to our dream of the great escape, Island Paradise is emblematic of tropical settings and our desire to unwind.










PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood


Continuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.


PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery


Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.







PANTONE 17-2034 Pink Yarrow

Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, unignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes. Bold, attention getting and tempestuous, the lively Pink Yarrow is a captivating and stimulating color that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going.

PANTONE 18-0107 Kale


Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. And, just as we see in nature, this lush and fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.





PANTONE 14-1315 Hazelnut

Rounding out the spring 2017 colors is Hazelnut, a key neutral for spring. This shade brings to mind a natural earthiness. Unpretentious and with an inherent warmth, Hazelnut is a transitional color that effortlessly connects the seasons.