Don't talk yourself into an outfit that isn't flattering to your frame. There are only two kinds of clothes in this world. Clothes that flatter you and clothes that don't and avoid the latter regardless of how popular and trendy they are.
It is one thing to go shopping with your girlfriends because that can be very social and enjoyable but keep in mind don't shop with a competitive friend because she will cajole you into buying more and possibly unflattering items weather or not you need it.
If you are shopping for a cocktail (event) dress remember to bring your shoes. That way if you need to have in-store alterations you will be all set.
If you need to power shop remember to bring a list. This can help focus your attention and keep you on task.
Nothing good will come from buying uncomfortable shoes regardless of how fabulous they are.
Don't buy something you don't need because it is a fantastic sale price. I know we have all done this but it is a waste of money and closet space.
Don't buy on impulse. Ask yourself the following questions when deciding if to buy. Do I need this? Does it fit with my lifestyle or wardrobe? Where am I going to wear this? If you are still undecided then put it on hold and if you are still thinking about it at the end of the day -buy it.
Fashion Shopping tips for you
Spend money on great shoes because they can make or break an outfit. You can even wear them with jeans and look fabulous!
Buy items that fit your lifestyle. If you know you are going to live in your jeans then it is ok to spend $150 a pair especially if you had to try on dozens to find the right fit. Buy clothes to suit your lifestyle.
Spend money on staples on shoes, bags, a cashmere sweater, a black pair of pants and skimp on belts, socks, trendy tops, scarves, hats and sunglasses. .
Before you shop know what you own. Make a point to go through your closet at the beginning of every season.
Invest in undergarments because the right foundation garments can make everything you own look better
The potential for losing computer-based data is increasing rapidly, so take extra steps to protect your files from loss or corruption.
If you do much work on a computer, you know that along with convenience comes the risk of losing data due to a variety of problems. Power outages, equipment failures, down time, and hackers, along with viruses, can send all your hard work spiraling down the cyberspace drain.
Don't wait for the next accident of fate to catch you unprepared. Take the necessary steps to protect your work and keep it safe from disaster.
1. Back up your word processing documents frequently. Some experts recommend doing this every thirty minutes or so, while others say every hour or two is adequate. Depending on how much you use the Internet, you may want to back up your work by clicking "save" rather frequently; better safe than sorry. This is especially true if the document is lengthy or important. Don't take a chance on losing hours of your valuable time. 2. Store your files on reliable disks. Some disks that you purchase from the store may be unformatted, or they may not work for one reason or another. When you get them home, try several to see if they will hold the data that you try to save to them. If they don't, return them to the purchase site for an exchange or a refund. Don't wait to try your disks when you need them, as they may not work for you. 3. Use both the hard drive and a disk. Don't depend on a single storage site for saving your work. Either might fail at some point, and you would have nothing to show for it. Save both on the hard drive and on a disk. Label the disk clearly and right away to avoid later confusion. Store your disks in a dust-free environment, preferably with a cover, to keep them intact and easy to use when the time comes. 4. Print a hard copy. In addition to the hard drive and a disk copy, print out a tangible copy of the document or file contents. Keep it in a safe place that you have designated for that purpose. It doesn't help to save something in print form when you don't know where to find it when needed. Label files clearly and create an organized filing system to help you find needed copies later. 5. Maintain your computer equipment and programs. Find out how to clean your machine about once a year. Better yet, hire an expert to do it for you. This might include the keyboard and monitor as well as the interior mother board and computer chip. Cords and auxiliary linkages, like a computer, should also be kept in quality operating condition to reduce the risk of malfunction or breakage. 6. Install reliable anti-virus programs. McAfee and other programs can detect and remove dangerous viruses from your computer. Scan all programs and emails that you are uncertain of to remove any possible threat of contamination and data loss. Have this function checked when you take in your computer for annual maintenance. Protect your data in these and other ways so you don't end up losing hours of hard work.
A Style Guide to Wearing a Belt Accessory Belts are the perfect way to introduce a chic pop of color, texture or bling to any outfit; this waist-wringing item is one of few accessories that can take any outfit up a notch, from fine to fantastic.
Where to Wear the Belt Traditionally worn for their aptitude for pulling in waists to create the most feminine of figures, belts are now migrating all over the torso, from just below the bust line, to the natural waist, and even slung low around the hips.
Cinching a wide belt around the smallest part of your torso - your natural waist - emphasizes and slims this very feminine zone while accentuating sexy curves.
Thick belts create the most dramatic, waist-narrowing looks since they brace your body in a corset-like fashion. Look for sturdy or stretchy materials such as solid and woven leathers, reinforced layers of satin, and thick, wide elastic bands that can comfortably resist all the bending and sitting you're likely to do over the course of a day.
If you want to stand out, get creative and fashion yourself a belt out of unconventional materials. Belts can be made out of a variety of innovative fabrics and closures. Mix it up by swapping buckles for bows, hooks and snaps, and trade the usual leather wrap-around for stretchy elastics, menswear-inspired cummerbunds, kimono-inspired silky obi sashes, and bands of fabric.
Skinny belts are a lovely complement to dainty dresses and separates; extra long slender belts look super stylish when wound many times around the waist or hips.
Skinny belts are often fabricated out of barely-there strips of leather, chain links and rope. And because skinny belts are so slim, you can go for a bright splash of color or a shimmering metallic finish without dominating the outfit.
Remember to keep in mind your body's proportions when choosing a belt; an ultra slinky skinny belt might visually add weight to a plus sized woman, whereas a slightly thicker medium width belt will produce a more balanced skinny-belt look.
Belt at the Waist Tightly fastened, bellybutton grazing belts are the by far the most popular way to rock the belt this season:
Wear a thick or thin waist-level belt with a pair of high-waisted trousers, belted over a naughty secretary pencil skirt, or cinched over a simple shift dress.
Tie together separates - tops, sweaters, skirts, trousers or jeans - by wearing a waist-hugging thick or thin belt over light layers for a more refined look.
Give definition to day dresses by nipping them in with textured, woven, cut-out or plaited medium and thick belts.
Amp up the allure of a curve-flattering sheath dress with a patent leather belt or a decorative belt studded with crystals, rhinestones, gemstones, sequins, and metallic finishes.
Accentuate your curves and add sharp focus to tailored jackets and structured shirts by looping your waist with a belt.
Empire Waist Belt (Below the Bust) Belts worn just below the bust line enhance the bosom and should be slight, skinny and simple. Look for thin belts in contrasting colors made from patent leather, alligator, suede, or a daintily bow-tied ribbon. Unless your garment already has empire height belt loops - and since gravity will want to bring your belt down past your thinner natural waist - you'll need discretely stitch loose loops into its outer seams.
Belt at the Hips Low-slung belts draw the eye to more womanly curves: the hips. The most relaxed and casual mode of wearing a belt, hip-hugging belts do wonders for tunics, casual shift dresses, trendy low-rise jeans and boho skirts, adding a ring of color and a finishing touch of flair and personality to the outfit.
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