Exploring Styles of Shoes

I think most girls have a shoe addiction problem to some extent… I may be worse than others I’m afraid.  I literally cannot fit all of my shoes in one closet, and I have a walk-in closet.  I have to use the walk-in closet in our spare bedroom to house all my lovelies.  Today we get to explore styles of shoes and accessories.  If you haven’t already, make sure you take our What’s Your Style Quiz so you can get a better idea of what style genre you might fit into.

Our fashion objective for the month of February is: I understand my personal style and can create outfits to showcase it.  Today our objective is: I can identify different styles of shoes and accessories and evaluate which fits my personal style the best.  Each week during the month of February we have been learning about the following components in order to help you understand your personal style so you can learn how to put outfits together that fit your fashion preferences.  If you missed these posts, check them out by clicking the links below:

We will be exploring 6 style genres- classy, casual, edgy, sporty, posh-professional, and glam.  Keep in mind that you may be drawn to more than one genre, and that is just fine!  Many of us like different genres but are most drawn to one, our goal is to figure out which genre best fits you!

Classy Shoes

Classy Shoes

Classy shoes tend to stick with softer or neutral colors and matte finishes.  The shapes are often soft and feminine.

Casual Shoes

Casual Shoes 

Casual shoes are often very comfortable and made out of soft, easy to wear and care for materials.  Casual shoes tend to stick to neutral or muted colors.

Edgy Shoes

Edgy Shoes 

Edgy shoes tend to use shiny, metallic, and suede fabrics with some embellishments.  Usually the shapes are a bit stronger and stand out more.

Sporty Shoes

Sporty Shoes

Sporty shoes don’t veer too far from sneakers.   They are made out of materials that are easy to walk/run in and are usually very comfortable and supportive.

Posh-Professional Shoes
           

Posh-Professional Shoes 

Posh-Professional shoes are usually made with shiny, suede, silk-like materials.  Pointed toes are very popular as they add a more professional/feminine feel to the shoe.

Glam Shoes

Glam Shoes 

Glam shoes, as with other glam pieces, are made to stand out a bit more.  Glam shoes tend to use bold prints, metallic materials, and embellishments.

Which are you??

Now that we have learned a bit more about genres of shoes, which would you classify yourself as liking the most? I don’t get as afraid to express my “Glam” style through my shoes because I feel like it’s okay if shoes are a big statement piece.  I feel more comfortable wearing blinged out shoes than a bedazzled dress… although I am working my way there.  How many of you are feeling a bit more brave now that you are learning more about your personal style?? Comment below and let us know!

Thanks for reading, we sure love you guys and appreciate the support!

Love,

Whit

How To Apply Dry Shampoo

For the longest time I did not get the purpose of dry shampoo.  Each time I tried using it, my hair would end up looking and feeling more dirty than it did before using it.  My haircare routine usually goes as follows: day 1- hair down (curled or straight), day 2- repeat, day 3- some fun style because it’s starting to look dirty, day 4- if I’m really wanting to stretch it I can go 4 days and do something creative to cover up the griminess.  When I heard about dry shampoo I thought it was a miracle product!!  I could use this stuff and it will help my hair look fantastic on days 3 and 4!  I was sooo excited to try this stuff out, so I immediately bought some and went to town spraying it everywhere the morning of day 3.  Wow was I deflated when I found that my hair didn’t look better, it actually looked worse!!  I was devastated and ended up washing my hair and throwing it up into a wet bun last-minute.  I wondered why people rave about this stuff and I never used it again.  I’m assuming that I am not the only person that has made the mistake of applying dry shampoo incorrectly, or using a brand that doesn’t work great.  I was sooo excited when I found this research-based article on which dry shampoos are best along with a tutorial on how to apply dry shampoo correctly!  Check this article out HERE:

I learned that I was spraying the dry shampoo too close to my roots, wasn’t giving it time to dry, and didn’t comb it through and style my hair AFTER I applied the shampoo… I was basically doing it all wrong!

Dry shampoo, when applied correctly, can give the hair a fresh look with lots of body and texture:

Why use dry shampoo rather than just shampooing your hair?  There’s a few reasons why dry shampoo may be a good option: 1- saves time, 2- natural oils are good for your hair, washing it every day can dry your hair out, 3- dry shampoo can help add body and texture to the hair, 4-depending on the style you are going for, dirty hair holds some styles (curls or up-do’s) better than freshly shampooed hair.

 

I hope this resource can help dry shampoo work for you!

Whitney

Is a High Protein Diet Right for You?

Has anyone heard about people trying to have more protein in their daily meals?  I have, this seems to be a popular thing people are doing.  I’m excited to tell you a little about this diet because this is the diet that fits my lifestyle best.  This is the diet I find myself following with the most ease.  

Our focus this month is: I can pick a diet that is the “just right” fit for me and my lifestyle! The past two weeks we explored the Mediterranean Diet and the Paleo Diet to see if either of these were a good fit. This week we will learn about the High Protein Diet.

The High Protein Diet may be right for you if you answer yes to one or more of the following statements:

  1. I believe whole grains should be eaten but are limited
  2. I love eating nuts, meats, poultry, leafy greens, cheese, and yogurt
  3. I would like to feel full for longer periods of time
  4. I like healthy oils like avocado, nut, coconut, etc.
  5. I take a vitamin/supplement daily
  6. I want to lose a little weight

Some things to remember about High Protein Diets:

  1. You should get 25 grams of fiber per day
  2. Healthy fats are good to have in moderation (avocado oil, nut oil, coconut oil, butter, etc.)
  3. Taking a vitamin/supplement daily would be a good idea
  4. Limiting carbs, not eliminating carbs (stick with complex carbs and stay away from simple carbs) Complex carbs: whole grains, brown rice, quinoa Simple carbs: white bread, white flour, white rice, pastries, donuts
  5. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
  6. Drink lots of water
  7. Studies have shown high protein/limited carb diets help people lose weight

Variety of Foods with Protein:

  • Peas 1 cup= 8 grams protein
  • Spinach 1 cup= 5 grams protein
  • Grass Fed Beef 4 ounces= 26 grams protein
  • Artichoke 1 medium size= 4.2 grams protein
  • Sun-dried tomatoes 1 cup= 6 grams protein
  • Halibut 3 ounces= 16 grams protein
  • Guava 1 cup= 4.2 grams protein
  • Wild Salmon 3 ounces= 17 grams protein
  • Tuna= 3 ounces= 16 grams protein
  • Turkey ¼ pound= 16 grams protein
  • Chicken 3 ounce breast= 26 grams protein
  • Eggs 1= 7 grams protein
  • Beans ½ cup= 7-10 grams protein
  • Lentils 1 cup= 18 grams protein
  • Chia Seeds 1 oz= 5 grams protein
  • Peanut Butter 2 T= 7 grams protein
  • Teff ¼ cup= 7 grams protein
  • Sprouted whole grain bread 2 slices= 8-12 grams protein
  • Greek yogurt 7 oz= 20 grams
  • Organic grass-fed milk 8 oz= 8 grams protein
  • Pumpkin seed 1 oz= 9 grams protein
  • Almonds 1 oz= 6 grams protein
  • Cashews 1 oz= 5 grams protein
  • String Cheese 1= 7 grams protein
  • Cottage cheese ½ cup= 12.5 grams protein

How does the high protein diet sound to you?  Does it fit your current lifestyle pretty easily with some small tweaks?  Maybe you want to take some components from each diet we have learned about and create your own.  Whatever works best for you daily is what you have to decide.  We are just here to educate you on a few diets that are currently out there.  

Work Cited:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/protein-power-what-it-is

http://www.eatthis.com/best-ever-proteins-for-weight-loss
Disclaimer: We are not licensed dietitians and do not claim to be.  These are diets we have done some research on.

Matte Makeup- Is It Right for Me?

Matte makeup has been trending for the past few years.  Growing up I remember the trend was shimmer, shimmer, and more shimmer.  I was watching Britney Spear’s “Oops I Did It Again” music video the other day and realized how drastically makeup trends have changed over the years.  Her eyes were done with white and light blue/grey, no dark accent colors, and little to no eyeliner.  I was also looking at past pictures of myself the other day and saw a picture from my junior prom… my eyes were purple and white!  I must say that I am very glad makeup trends have adapted.  So, last week we learned more about Natural makeup with a bold lip and liner, today we are getting into the Matte trend.

Which Style of Makeup is Right for Me? 

If you are wondering if Matte Makeup is right for you, let’s find out.  If you answer yes to all or most of these statements, this makeup option might be a great fit for you.

  1. I enjoy applying eye-shadow but don’t like it extremely heavy.
  2. I prefer eye-shadow colors that don’t have much shimmer.
  3. I prefer medium to medium/dark shades of shadow.
  4. I wish people would notice my eyes a little bit more.
  5. I prefer more grey or brown tones of eye-shadow.
  6. I prefer to wear black or brown eyeliner.
  7. I prefer to wear matte lipstick (lipstick with little to no shine).

If you answered YES to most or all of these questions, Matte Makeup might be a perfect option for you!

Time for the picture test!  Which picture of makeup do you prefer?

   

OR

If you selected the first picture, you probably prefer a matte style look.  If you picked the second picture, a natural look with bold lips and liner may be a better fit for you.  Don’t forget, depending on your destination, whether you are going to work, school, brunch, dinner date, dancing, a party, etc. you may prefer different looks.

How to accomplish a matte makeup look:

  1. Apply foundation and powder that matches your skin tone
  2. Apply a small amount of light bronzer or blush with no shimmer to the cheeks
  3. Apply a small amount of matte eye-shadow that is the same tone, or just slightly darker than your skin
  4. Apply a small amount of matte brown eyeshadow along the outer corner of your eyelid, working it up toward your crease and blending it toward the eyebrow.
  5. Apply a generous amount of dark brown/grey eyeshadow along crease, smudging it into the outer corner of your eyelid.
  6. Apply small of brown or black eyeliner along the upper lash line
  7. Apply brown or black eyeliner to the waterline 
  8. Apply mascara to the upper lashes
  9. Apply mascara to the lower lashes
  10. Apply a matte color for your lipstick

XOXO,

Whit

Product Favs to Create this Look:

Exploring Styles of Jackets, Cardigans and Vests

One thing I love about the cooler months is layering my outfits.  It makes an outfit so much more fun to layer different pieces together in multiple ways to create a variety of looks.  How many of you stick to blazers vs. cardigans?  Vests vs. jackets?  We are here to help you figure out which style of “finished pieces” such as jackets, cardigans, blazers, or vests are right for you and your personal style.  If you haven’t already, make sure you take our What’s Your Style Quiz so you can get a better idea of what style genre you might fit into.

Our fashion objective for the month of February is: I understand my personal style and can create outfits to showcase it.  Today our objective is: I can identify different styles of “finisher pieces” and evaluate which fits my personal style the best.  Each week during the month of February we will be learning about the following components in order to help you understand your personal style so you can learn how to put outfits together that fit your fashion preferences:

  • Week 1: Tops
  • Week 2: Bottoms
  • Week 3: Finisher Pieces (jackets, cardigans, vests)
  • Week 4: Accessories/Shoes (jewelry, scarves, bags, shoes)

We will be exploring 6 style genres- classy, casual, edgy, sporty, posh-professional, and glam.  Keep in mind that you may be drawn to more than one genre, and that is just fine!  Many of us like different genres but are most drawn to one, our goal is to figure out which genre best fits you!

Classy Finisher Pieces
Bright and Floral Outfit

 

Classy Finishers

 

Classy finisher pieces include cardigans that are usually a bit more fitted or heavily knitted and loose.  Fitted jackets, blazers, wool trench coats and pea coats also look more classy.  If you are looking for a classy look then a puff or quilted vest could be a good fit as well.

Casual Finisher Pieces

 

Casual Finishers

 

Casual finisher pieces are usually made with soft, wearable fabrics.  These pieces could include quilted or puff jackets or vests, bomber jackets, denims jackets and vests, over-sized cardigans, and fur on the hoods of vests and coats.

 

Edgy Finisher Pieces

 

Edgy Finishers

 

Edgy finisher pieces are usually made with distressed, acid washed, or leather fabrics.  These pieces include denim vests and jackets that are distressed or acid washed, leather jackets and vests, and over-sized cardigans that are usually a bit distressed.  Embellishments include metal studding, embroidery, zipper details, and buckles.

 

Sporty Finisher Pieces

 

Sporty Finishers

 

Sport finisher pieces are usually very comfortable and breathable.  These could include zip-up hoodies, 1/4 zip-up jackets, mesh jackets, and quilted vests and jackets.

 

Posh-Professional Finishers

 

Posh-Professional Finishers

 

Posh-Professional finisher pieces are usually made with heavier fabrics that lay flat and stiff in order to give a polished look.  These could include blazers (with or without trim detail), vests with lapels, and pea coats.  Design details can include symmetrical balanced designs, hounds tooth print or other softer prints, and fur collars on coats.

 

Glam Finisher Pieces

 

Glam Finishers

 

Glam finisher pieces are made to stand out a bit more.  These design details could include leopard and other bold and busy prints, fur collars and fabrics, embellished denim, and metallic fabrics.

Which are you??

Now that we have learned a bit more about genres of finishers, which would you classify yourself as liking the most?  I am still trying to be more brave and express my Glam style, I am doing better and am loving my outfits more and more.  Don’t be afraid to dress true to yourself and your style, even if it’s not the norm!  Comment below and let us know what you are finding your style to be.

Love,

Whit

What is the Paleo Diet?

Pasta, pastries, sweets, and cereal will be crossed off the grocery list for good if you are going the Paleo Diet way.  Think like a Caveman and you are off to a good start on your food options.  Luckily, this day and age we don’t have to do all the hunting, gathering, and cooking by fire to eat.  Food is so easy to get, it is literally at our fingertips.  This poses a new problem for us present day folk…Overeating whatever is in front of us when we are “hungry”.  I loved learning about the Paleo Diet because it makes sense to me.  The more we can eat food that God has provided for us without humanly processing it, the better. 

Last week we explored the Mediterranean Diet to see if this was a good fit for your lifestyle.

  • Week 1: Mediterranean Diet
  • Week 2: Paleo Diet
  • Week 3: High Protein Diet
  • Week 4: Ketogenic Diet

The Paleo Diet may be right for you if you answer yes to one or more of the following questions:

  1. I don’t believe that all calories are created equal
  2. I hate counting my calories
  3. I don’t need grains to feel satisfied
  4. I wouldn’t consider myself a sweet-tooth
  5. My body is sensitive to gluten
  6. I like vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes

Paleo Friendly Foods:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Oils (Olive oil, Avocado oil, Coconut oil, any other natural oil)
  • Nuts
  • Fruit
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Yams
  • Dairy (some people say yes to dairy, others say no–limiting dairy intake may be an option)
  • Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements (if you are going the no dairy route)

As you are learning about all these diets, be thinking about which one would be the easiest for you to follow with my current eating habits. Remember, small changes bring big results. We want to find the best fit for you and your lifestyle!

 

Work Cited:

https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/the-beginners-guide-to-the-paleo-diet/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleolithic_diet

Disclaimer: We are not licensed dietitians and do not claim to be.  These are diets we have done some research on. 

Natural Makeup with Bold Eyes and Lips

Every time I see girls with bold lips I think to myself, “Wow, I wish I could get away looking that good with bold lipstick!”  Last week we learned if you were a natural makeup wearer or not.  I love the natural look but some like to highlight their features a bit more.  If this sounds like you, maybe going natural with bold lips and liner is right for you.  If you are all natural make up girl, this would be a great option for a special event or occasion.  

  • Week 1: Natural
  • Week 2: Natural with Bold Lip and Liner
  • Week 3: Matte
  • Week 4: Shimmer and Smokey Glam

If you are wondering if Natural Makeup with Bold Lips and Liner is right for you,  let’s find out.  If you answer yes to all or most of these statements, this makeup option might be a great fit for you.

  1. I don’t like spending a ton of time on my makeup.
  2. I prefer to highlight my positive features.
  3. I get compliments on my lips and eyes.
  4. I wish people would notice my lips and eyes a little bit more.
  5. I prefer more nude or light brown tones with eye-shadow.
  6. I prefer to wear black eyeliner in different ways.
  7. I prefer to wear colored lipstick.

If you answered YES to most or all of these questions, natural makeup with bold lips and liner might be a perfect option for you!

Time for the picture test!  Which picture of makeup do you prefer?

   

OR

If you selected the first picture, you probably prefer a more natural look.  If you picked the second picture, a natural look with bold lips and liner may be a better fit for you.  Don’t forget, depending on your destination, whether you are going to work, school, brunch, dinner date, dancing, a party, etc. you may prefer different looks.

How to accomplish a natural, bold lips and liner makeup look:

  1. Apply foundation and powder that matches your skin tone
  2. Apply a small amount of light bronzer or blush to the cheeks
  3. Apply a small amount of eye-shadow that is the same tone, or just slightly darker than your skin
  4. Apply a very small amount of brown eyeshadow in the outer corner of your eyelid, working it up toward your crease and blending it toward the eyebrow.
  5. Apply generous amount of black eyeliner along the upper lash line fanning out at the ends, creating a wing
  6. Apply black eyeliner to the waterline 
  7. Apply mascara to the upper lashes
  8. Apply mascara to the lower lashes
  9. Apply a bold color for your lipstick

XOXO,

Shalese

Product Favs to Create this Look:

Exploring Styles of Bottoms

If you are anything like me then you love shopping for tops but hate shopping for bottoms!  I dread the hassle of trying them on and them not fitting right, I tend to leave each store feeling more and more let-down.  I have found that when I try on certain types of bottoms, I feel more comfortable than when I try on other styles; this is why I thought it would be fun to explore styles of bottoms to find which fits your personal style the best.  If you haven’t already, make sure you take our What’s Your Style Quiz so you can get a better idea of what style genre you might fit into.

Our fashion objective for the month of February is: I understand my personal style and can create outfits to showcase it.  Today our objective is: I can identify different styles of bottoms and evaluate which fits my personal style the best.  Each week during the month of February we will be learning about the following components in order to help you understand your personal style so you can learn how to put outfits together that fit your fashion preferences:

  • Week 1: Tops (click HERE if you missed this post)
  • Week 2: Bottoms (pants & skirts)
  • Week 3: Finisher Pieces (jackets, cardigans, vests)
  • Week 4: Accessories/Shoes (jewelry, scarves, bags, shoes)

We will be exploring 6 style genres- classy, casual, edgy, sporty, posh-professional, and glam.  Keep in mind that you may be drawn to more than one genre, and that is just fine!  Many of us like different genres but are most drawn to one, our goal is to figure out which genre best fits you!

Classy Bottoms

Classy Bottoms

Fit: Classy bottoms are fitted without being overly tight.

Fabric: Fabric choices for classy bottoms include, but are not limited to: lace, lightweight fabrics, and nice denim.

Pattern:  Classy bottoms tend to stick to subtle feminine patterns such as: floral, small geometric patterns, etc.

Color: Classy bottoms have soft, light, muted colors such a white, khaki/tan, or darker denim.

 

Casual Bottoms

Casual Bottoms

Fit: Casual bottoms are loose and comfortable.

Fabric: Fabric choices for casual bottoms include, but are not limited to: denim, soft knits, distressed fabrics, corduroy, and suede.

Pattern:  Casual bottoms tend to stick to softer muted patterns such as: pleating, distressing, or subtle small prints.

Color: Casual bottoms have dark and light muted colors such as light denim, grey, army green, or brown.

 

Edgy Bottoms

Edgy Bottoms

Fit: The fit of edgy bottoms is fitted- often even tightly fitted.

Fabric: Fabric choices for edgy bottoms include, but are not limited to: leather, distressed fabrics-especially denim, metallic fabrics, and suede.

Pattern:  Edgy bottoms tend to stick to hard, darker, subtle patterns such as: acid washing, distressing, buckle or tied detail, or not pattern at all.

Color: Edgy bottoms have dark neutral colors using a lot of black and grey.

 

Sporty Bottoms

Sporty Bottoms

Fit: Sporty tops are fitted, flattering the body to show off the curves.

Fabric: Fabric choices for sporty bottoms include, but are not limited to: jersey knit, cotton, polyester, and spandex.

Pattern:  Sporty bottoms tend to stick to patterns such as: logos, workout sayings, or fun and colorful geometric or abstract patterns.

Color: Sporty bottoms tend to stay neutral, usually black or grey, sometimes with a pop of color.  They can also be very colorful.

 

Posh-Professional Bottoms

Posh-Professional Bottoms

Fit: Posh-professional bottoms are fitted and on the sexier side.

Fabric: Fabric choices for posh-professional bottoms include, but are not limited to: silk, lace overlays, leather, and heavy woven fabrics.

Pattern:  Posh-professional bottoms tend to stick to muted patterns such as: textured weaves, small patterns on neutral fabrics, and pin stripes.

Color: Posh-professional bottoms tend to stick with blacks and whites with a pop of color added for variety.

 

Glam Bottoms

Glam Bottoms

Fit: Glam bottoms are more fitted, feminine, ruffled, creative, and a bit sexy.

Fabric: Fabric choices for glam bottoms include, but are not limited to: metallic fabrics, lace, embellished fabrics, beaded fabrics, and silk.

Pattern:  Glam bottoms tend to stick to bolder patterns such as: beaded designs, bright floral, bright geometric prints, embellishments, and sparkle, sparkle, sparkle.

Color: Glam tops tend to add a lot of variety with color; using rich, bright, light, and neutral colors to add a lot of variety to an outfit.

Which are you??

Now that we have learned a bit more about genres of bottoms, which would you classify yourself as liking the most?  As I explore my own style more and more, I am Glam through and through.  I sometimes hesitate dressing as “glam” as I would like to, for fear of looking crazy, so I am trying to be more brave.  Comment below and let us know what you are finding your style to be.

Love,

Whit