Can You Wear White After Labor Day?

So here we are again… summer is over and Labor Day has come and gone. Have you put away all your white pants, skirts and jackets yet, or can you wear white pants after labor day, for example?

The answer is it depends on where you live. There is a strong rule we have all grown up with,  No white after Labor Day… but rules are made to be broken! Here my take on it:

  • If you live in Florida, Southern California or tropical country or climate, you are good to keep wearing your summer whites!
  • If you live on the Upper East Coast, Mid-West, or any area with a colder climate, you need to put away any summer whites ( whites in light airy materials like thin cottons and linen), but you can still wear white in more year round fabrics. For example, white blouses are great year round.

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  • Just team a white or off white shirt with fall colored pants in oxblood and some cool flat boots and you’re good to go.
  • Soft, stretchy white t-shirts -long or short- can also work all year round. Check out my post how to transition your white clothes into fall to see what I mean.

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  • Creamy whites look more fall/winter like than bright white. Pair a Winter white, or cream dress with black accessories to ground the white.
  • A white wool coat always look stylish in fall/winter as does white corduroy pants.
  • The bottom line is if you have to try to “make a white item work”, it is probably a summer white and it is better to put it away until it gets warmer!

What are your feelings on wearing white in the fall and winter? Please comment below!

What to Wear to Your Next Casual Holiday Party

Contributor: JoJami Tyler

I have a confession to make. I was TOTALLY STUMPED this weekend… I had a daytime, holiday party to go to and boy, did I have to work hard to find just the right thing to wear…

It seems that every time the weather changes or I have an event to go to are the times that I struggle with what to wear.
This party I was invited to  was a  cookie exchange party with a twist. You had to bring your cookie dough and bake cookies at the party, while enjoying martinis! Fun concept, but hard to imagine what to wear…. It seemed on the one hand, I should dress casual for the cooking part, while drinking cocktails with the girls, I wanted to look chic, but not too dressy.

But wait, there was one more thing… My girlfriend who was also going to the party, called me a few days before, to ask me what I was going wear and I told her DEFINITELY NOT JEANS, but probably a skirt of some kind.

Well, one of my rules to myself is, when I tell someone what I’m wearing, I better wear it!!!  So of course it was a 1/2 hour before the party, I was in the closet and the clothes were flying all over the place, and all the skirts just seemed too dressy, it was a really cold day and I wanted to be comfortable! OH, how I wished I could wear my jeans, but my friend was probably already on her way, and I could  call her to tell her that I had changed my mind. (Ends up that NO ONE wore jeans, so it was a good thing I didn’t!)

Anyway…. I floundered  for a while, then did find a casual dress to wear. I ended up feeling comfortable and that I dressed perfectly appropriate for the party!

So here is a Glam Plan for how to look comfortable, but chic for an afternoon holiday party!

1. Plan ahead! Don’t just pick out what you want to wear, try it on and make sure it looks good and you have all the accessories you need.
2. Start your outfit with what  shoes you want to wear. If you know you are going to be doing a lot of standing at the party, think twice about those killer heels. Boots are great for this time of year, low or high, you can still pair them with a skirt, pants or leggings
3.  Fabrics should be cozy and comfortable (colorful cashmere comes to mind!)
4.  Invest in a beautiful top or jacket. If you’re out shopping for an outfit, so as not to go into overload, start with one piece that stands out to you. It could be a pretty jacket, sweater or again, you can start in the shoe department.
5. Beware of going for the same look you always wear. Search catalogs and magazines first, to get a fresh idea of how to pair 2 pretty colors or a  new type of look.  (Did any of you happen to see Nicole Kidman on Oprah the other day…. I LOVED her outfit!) Her purple suede jacket with a tank top – the exact color as her hair, pencil jeans and matching heels!! Perfection and not too hard to duplicate!)

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Just jeans, heels and a jacket – but it’s perfect!

Here is my outfit, that I was so comfortable in. I admit, grey is not my best color, but I tried to liven it up with the scarf, and overall, I think it was a good casual look for this type of party. (In case you are wondering…yes, that is a paper plate I am “modeling”) Also, I have a new hair do AGAIN!!!

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The scarf and belt completed the look

The Makeover Guy-New Book With Boomer Make-overs

I never get tired of seeing new and exciting make overs and a book I want to tell you about has some  of the best I’ve ever seen.

The book is called Staging Your Comeback (love the title!) – a complete Beauty Revival for Women over 45! It’s by Christopher Hopkins who I’ve blogged about before- a beauty and fashion guru and regular guest on Oprah.

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Can you believe this is the same woman? That’s what happens when Christopher works his magic.

Christopher’s book Staging Your Comeback, has been a smash hit. Check it out!

 

How To Get Sharon Stone’s Eyebrows

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Sharon Stone has great brows!
photo: shutterstock

Ever look in the mirror and wonder where your eyebrows are disappearing to? I was talking to a friend about this and we’ve both noticed that our eyebrows seem to be getting patchy, and they are starting to fade out around the middle of our eye.

I just read an article called Beauty over 40: 5 Things they don’t tell you about Aging and apparently this is very common, along with getting hair on your face, having your ears and nose droop, your gums shrink and your hands get veiny and spotty! What’s a gal to do?

Well if you want eyebrows over 40 as beautiful as Sharon Stone’s, I’ve found a good brow pencil that works well, but you must combine it with some powder. (When a make-up artist first told me this, we thought it was a sales job, but since I’ve used pencil plus powder, I see the point.)

The trick is you have to make sure to  have a light hand and use soft, feathery strokes when applying the pencil or else you’ll get that fake, painted on look all your old aunties had when you were a little girl.

I use a color that’s just a tad lighter than my brow. I’m blonde and I like Laura Mercier eyebrow pencil in blonde combined with Laura Mercier brow powder duo in deep blonde. My friend is a brunette and she likes Nars pencil in Jodhpur and a touch of brown eyeshadow.

Once you’ve filled in your brows with pencil use a stiff brow brush that is angled at the tip to gently layer some powder over top. Be careful to use just a touch of powder (it’s easy to overdo it) Why bother with the powder? It adheres to the liner and makes your eyeliner stay on longer, plus it gives your brow more of a 3D look instead of being a flat line.

I guarantee that if you start using a little brow pencil and powder, you’ll be amazed by how much it gives your face a lift. More defined eyebrows will frame your eyes and bring your face back to life!