Beauty Review: derma e Firming DMAE Eye Lift Crème

“One day, mainstream skincare formulas will look like the healthy formulas we make today.”
-Linda Miles, derma e co-founder 
August, 1984

  I’ve been a huge fan of derma e beauty products for about 6 or 7 years now, ever since I discovered them at a local natural foods store (shout out to Fresh & Natural Foods!) years ago.  I was drawn to their line by their passion for using nature’s ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals, and botanicals, to improve the condition of our skin and health.  Basically, I was sick of using products with so many chemicals that I was entirely unable to pronounce and wanted to actually know what ingredients I was putting on my skin and being absorbed into my body.  I absolutely loved their products, as they were gentle yet effective.

So, when derma e approached me recently to test out some of their newer products that are now available at Target stores, needless to say, I was thrilled.  I tried out their Firming DMAE Eye Lift Crème, which I’ve been using twice a day for about a month or so now.  I have to say, those pesky little baby 25-year old crow’s feet wrinkles that were creeping up seem to have recessed back, while the skin around my eyes looks firmer and smoother than before.  I’ve received numerous compliments on my skin in the past couple weeks, which I can only think is a good thing.

*Please note, while derma e offered me free samples to try and review their product, they did not offer me any additional compensation, and this is my 100% unbiased, honest-to-goodness review on their product.*

 

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Firming DMAE Eye Lift Creme, via Target, $21.99

Let’s talk a little bit about why I like this eye cream so much.  It contains DMAE, a widely-acclaimed skin-firming nutrient, that is clinically proven to boost collagen for firmer, more resilient skin. It also contains InstaLift® Goji Berry glycopeptides, which work to add further firming, lifting and tightening antioxidant power.  Then, these little bad boys known as advanced peptides, two of which are called Argireline® and Matrixyl® synthe’6® work together to soften facial muscles and synthesize new key components such as collagen, helping smooth wrinkles and discourage new lines from forming.  And of course, powerhouse Hyaluronic Acid infuses a surge of cooling eye moisture helping leave skin soft, smooth, tone and rehydrated.

Check out this video for more info about the eye cream:

An added bonus of all the derma e products:

100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free.

#NOTICETHELOTUS at Target in 2016…derma e has arrived!

Have you ever tried derma e products before?  The next time you find yourself scouring the aisles of Target, be sure to check them out and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

xo

What’s What: The Top Trending 5 This Week

What’s Trending this Week:

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This week marks the second week of December, which means the Christmas Hustle is on.  Check out this ultimate holiday gift guide here for last-minute gifts for everyone on your list.

2.

A random stranger caught the perfect engagement moment on camera…and by the grace of social media, the couple was able to track down the photographer and the darling photo.  Read more about this wonderful coincidence here.  Then, check out Harper’s Bazaar’s top 100 engagement rings inspiration here.

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pantone color of the year 2016

Pantone officially declared two colors of the year for 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity.  Rose Quartz is a dusty rose hue, while Serenity is a soft, purplish blue, which represent the blending and blurring of gender lines.  Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explains, “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design.  This, [with] societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information.

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Scientists have finally discovered the secret to Rapunzel-esque locks: Mushrooms.  Read more about the how and why here.

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Pirelli's 2016 calendar includes (from left) Amy Schumer, Yao Chen, and Serena Williams

Pirelli’s 2016 calendar includes (from left) Amy Schumer, Yao Chen, and Serena Williams

Pirelli is changing things up for their annual calendar.  For their 2016 edition, they traded out their pages of sexy, provocative stars with influential and powerful women that includes businesswomen, athletes, and other world thinkers alike.  The cast includes Fran Lebowitz, Yoko Ono, and Tavi Gevinson, to name a few.  Check out the other photos and inspiration behind it here.

I hope you all have an amazing week!

xo

Trending Now: 15 Classic Trench Coats That Will Never Go Out Of Style

A classic trench is an essential of every wardrobe.  There’s really no quintessential equivalent to the camel trench coat.  It simply exudes class, sophistication, and elegance, whether worn with a dress, a suit, or simply a pair of jeans.

Fall Classic Camel Coats
At this point, you’re probably thinking, Why, yes, I do need a camel trench coat, and I’m really not certain how I’ve lived my life without one….until now.
(Congratulations on your newfound realization!)
Now that you’ve taken a few seconds to let it soak in, your mind is probably overloaded with questions.  What details do I want on my trench?  Should I choose a belted, a button-up, or both?!  Oversized or fitted?  Do I splurge on a luxurious high-quality version so that it can last through many more winters to come?
While all of these questions are perfectly valid and understandable, know that you can simply sit back (let Trends & Tribulations do the heavy lifting here, darling) and relax while you feast your eyes on these shoppable beauties below.  All you gotta do is scroll.
(You’re welcome.  I love you, too.  Don’t get weird.)

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Gucci Wool-Blend Trench Coat, $2,919

Gucci Wool-Blend Trench Coat, $2,919

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Proenza Schouler belted trench coat, $1,916.53

Proenza Schouler belted trench coat, $1,916.53

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Saint Laurent belted trench coat, $5,990.00

Saint Laurent belted trench coat, $5,990.00

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Burberry London The Kensington Mid wool and cashmere-blend felt trench coat, $1,595

Burberry London The Kensington Mid wool and cashmere-blend felt trench coat, $1,595

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Jason Wu belted long trench coat, $3,995.00

Jason Wu belted long trench coat, $3,995.00

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Akris oversized lapels belted coat, $1,498.09

Akris oversized lapels belted coat, $1,498.09

 

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Carven Belted Double-Breasted Coat, $1,520

Carven Belted Double-Breasted Coat, $1,520

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Burberry London Checked cashmere-blend cape, $989

Burberry London Checked cashmere-blend cape, $989

(I know, I know, it’s not a trench.  But you have to admit, it’s pretty darn cute.)

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Rag & Bone Faye Coat, $995

Rag & Bone Faye Coat, $995

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Boss Cepina Wool Cashmere Coat, $625.00

Boss Cepina Wool Cashmere Coat, $625.00

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J.Crew Brown Collection Double-faced Italian Wool Sleeveless Coat, $495

J.Crew Brown Collection Double-faced Italian Wool Sleeveless Coat, $495

(Perhaps a sleeveless version would tickle your fancy…)

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Banana Republic Camel Double Breasted Coat, $298

Banana Republic Camel Double Breasted Coat, $298

 

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Frame Denim Le Duster suede coat, $1,400

Frame Denim Le Duster suede coat, $1,400

 

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Burberry London fitted trench coat, $4,939.31

Burberry London fitted trench coat, $4,939.31

 

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Stella McCartney Bryce wool-blend coat, $1,690

Stella McCartney Bryce wool-blend coat, $1,690

Which is your favorite?  Do you have a classic camel-colored trench coat, or do you disagree that it is a wardrobe staple?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Love you guys, xo

7 Super Cool Yoga Brands You’ve Never Heard Of

7 Awesome Yoga Brands That Aren’t LuluLemon

Trends & Tribulations

While we are forever grateful to Lululemon for being the pioneers of fashionable yoga gear (because, obviously, it needed to happen…), there are so many new and exciting yoga apparel brands popping up every day.  Considering the last year’s market where sales of athletic pants equaled the sales of denim, it is really not a surprise that more and more companies are banking on the athleisure trend.  In honor of the recent article I wrote for MNYoga, here’s the skinny on the coolest yoga gear that’s (ahem) not LuluLemon.  Enjoy, loves!

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The Upside

The Upside

The Upside

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Sweaty Betty

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This British retailer was founded in 1998 to “inspire women to find empowerment through fitness“.  They combine innovative, feminine designs with technical fabrics.  Plus, they give super cute reusable bags adorned with their geometric logo and motivational quotes with purchase.

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Lucas Hugh

Lucas Hugh

Lucas Hugh has an emphasis on futuristic prints and high-quality, technical fabrics that feature reinforced stitching and streamlined fused seams for unrestricted movement.  The designer, Anjhe Mules, uses her fashion and swimwear expertise to cut and craft yoga wear that flatters a women’s physique, while feeling comfortable and able to stretch freely.

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Alo Yoga

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This retailer is inspired by life in the fashion and healthy-lifestyle mecca Los Angeles.  They test out all their gear on real yogi’s before putting it to market to ensure a slim and functional fit.  Plus, their color blocking is so perfect to mix and match tops and pants together.  Who knew you could feel so put together in yoga clothing?

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WearGrace

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WearGrace is yoga clothing designed for both on and off the mat.  Its creator is former art director, graphic designer, and then Director of Image for the Gucci group (creative agency for all the brands: Gucci, YSL, Mcqueen, Balenciaga, and Sergio Rossi, among others) who found yoga after a few incidences happened simultaneously, and she found herself unable to walk and lost her father and husband.  The founder, Karen Joyce, explains that her yoga practice became an analogy for her life.

weargrace is a message, a belief and an emotion.

weargrace is a message, a belief and an emotion.

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Onzie

Onzie

Onzie

Onzie was created by a 20-year Bikram yoga practician to create affordably-priced clothing that is functional, flexible, and flattering.  Their lightweight, fast-drying fabric allows you to move freely whether you are doing yoga, pilates, spinning, swimming, surfing, or running.

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Teeki

Teeki

Teeki

Clothing made from recycled plastic bottles?  This LA-based retailer creates yoga pants and tops using fabric that is spun from fibers made out of recycled plastic water bottles, then cut, printed, and hand sewn using environmentally friendly practices.  Plus, everything is manufactured in the U.S., which provides jobs to Americans and reduces their carbon footprint.  Considering it takes over 400 years for plastic bottles to biodegrade, this is such an amazing way to help out the environment and offsets the need to produce new raw materials.  All that aside, I can personally attest to how unbelievably soft and lightweight their material is, as I own at least a few pairs of their pants (just doing my part for the environment….), and oh, my, are they just daaaarling.

Teeki

Teeki

What are your favorite athletic brands?  Do you shop at any of labels featured above?

xo

Trending Now: The Boho Look

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Boho chic is once again one of the leading fashion styles of the season. Drawing influences from unconventional bohemian lifestyle on the one hand, and hippie subculture on the other, this fabulous trend has to be your choice for this autumn. However, if you are not quite sure how to achieve this kind of look, we are here to help you. Here is an essential style guide with some useful tips concerning this fashion style.

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Style Roots

Boho chic is once again one of the leading fashion styles of the season. Drawing influences from unconventional bohemian lifestyle on the one hand, and hippie subculture on the other, this fabulous trend has to be your choice for this autumn. However, if you are not quite sure how to achieve this kind of look, we are here to help you. Here is an essential style guide with some useful tips concerning this fashion style.

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Fashion Inspirations

This amazing style is a throwback to the 1970’s, being an inspiring combination of characteristic shapes and fabrics embodied in flared jeans, bell sleeves, culottes, fringes, suede dresses and many others. Even though it was fairly popular back in the 70’s, it actually reached its peak in 2005. Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, and Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen largely contributed to the popularization of this specific style.  They introduced oversized tunics and dresses, peasant blouses, maxi skirts, and fringed jackets, and we have those lovely ladies to thank for bringing this trend into the mainstream.  This season, many designers recognized the beauty in this style, and chose to incorporate it into their collections.  Stella McCartney’s larger than life flared pants, Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary boho floral dresses, Asian-influences at Marchesa, and Marc Jacobs’ woven hobo bags with fringes are true representatives of this free-spirited style.

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Ethnic Influences

Wearing bohemian clothes means connecting with nature as well as with other cultures which influenced this style.  It is present everywhere, from runway to high street fashion, which is why it became so trendy and available to everyone. The most prominent elements of this style are related to ethnicity, because designers are drawing their inspiration from the distant cultures of Africa and Asia. In this way, they are creating unique pieces of clothing that are indeed a form of art, but which can be combined with basics such as jeans or classic trousers. If ethnic wear is your cup of tea, the possibilities are infinite. There is a wonderful variety of Salwar suits for true fans of Indian ethnic wear. You can choose them in accordance with your favorite colors, and be sure that gorgeous embroidery will blow you away. Of course, jewelry is unavoidable when it comes to this style, and the rule is – go big or go home!

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Layering jewelry is key to achieving a boho look. Image via Pinterest

How To Achieve the Boho Look?

Vintage accessories and flowy clothes are a basis for this look.  

Beauty:

To achieve the look with your make-up, choose natural make-up and relaxed, beach waves for hair.

Clothing:

When it comes to fabrics, with the bohemian style, anything goes – there is everything from cotton, leather, suede, linen, and (faux) fur pieces.  Make sure that you have chosen items in natural colors, such as beige or white, so you could pair them up with other patterned items.

Patterns & Prints:

A wide range of patterns is allowed, from floral to more abstract and ethnic-inspired ones.  Lace dresses, as well as crocheted blouses and tops are an absolute must-have when it comes to boho look.  Accessorize yourself with fringes and beads and you are halfway there.

Bohemian Color Palette:
via TheChicFashionista

via TheChicFashionista

Boho style is all about comfort, which is why it is characterized by oversized clothes, often worn in layers. A great option would be to try combining skinny jeans with a flowy, floral blouse and a fringed vest for a gorgeous & easy look.

As you can see, this fashion style is beyond inspirational and it allows for playful exploration with clothes and patterns. This is exactly why many people would agree that boho is a state of mind, and not just a trend in fashion that will pass sooner or later. No matter how you perceive it, boho chic is a style that is worthwhile, simply because it survived and remained popular throughout many decades of confronting with different trends in fashion.

About the Guest Blogger:

Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer for HighStyleLife magazine located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute Of Creative Design, he worked as a style assistant for many local fashion events. Combining all his skills and experience along with his complete love for fashion, he is planning to launch independent styling company.

xo, darlings

40 Fashion Mistakes You May Be Making

40 Fashion Faux Pas You Need to Stop Making Now

via DFWStyleDaily

via DFWStyleDaily

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You believe white shouldn’t be worn after labor day.

Ladies, listen up: This is an antiquated rule that shouldn’t be followed. As countless designers and fashion stars have proved during the past few seasons, white isn’t only appropriate when the weather turns chilly, but also amazingly fresh and modern. One thing to keep in mind when tackling the white-in-winter trend: It’s all about the fabric. Lighter textiles such as white cotton, linen, canvas, and seersucker will look out of place during fall and winter, so be sure you’re reaching for white wool, cashmere, fur, mohair, flannel, silk, and leather.

via Twice-Fashion

via Twice-Fashion

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You always buy the same size in clothes.

As any woman who’s shopped high-fashion and fast-fashion knows, sizing can vary tremendously according to store, brand, and item. Cheaper clothing typically runs way bigger, making it common for a woman to wear, say, a size Large at Forever 21, but still be a size 2 in Stella McCartney. Don’t sweat the number—pay attention to how things look on your body instead.

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You wear retro pieces without a modern spin.

The perfect modern spin on a retro look.

The perfect modern spin on a retro look.

We all know that fashion is cyclical and that everything comes back around, but that doesn’t mean you should dress in full of-another-decade outfits, which could run the risk of making you look like you’re both in costume and 10 years older.

Love the look of a wild ’80s neon sweater you found at the Salvation Army? Leave the leggings and sneakers at home and opt for a pair of super-sleek skinny jeans, natural hair and makeup, and a great pair of ankle boots. Found a vintage swingy midi-skirt? Style it with modern staples like a cropped leather jacket and a sleek pair of pointy heels as opposed to wearing a pussy-bow blouse and pearls.

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You think ‘dry clean only’ tags are always correct.

via Jeremy Brooks

via Jeremy Brooks

If a garment says it needs to be dry-cleaned, it won’t hurt to follow suit, but that can get pricey—especially since some items technically don’t need to be professionally cleaned. Many high-end brands that manufacture items in washable fabrics will often say “dry clean only”  to keep up the higher-end vibe. Furthermore, certain fabrics such as cashmere actually hold up better when they’re washed by hand as opposed to getting dry-cleaned. Here’s a good guide to help you figure out what doesn’t really have to be cleaned by a pro.

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You believe tall women shouldn’t wear heels.

Karlie Kloss is not only a tall woman who wears heels, she also bikes in them.  Badass, kids.  via DailyMail

Karlie Kloss is not only a tall woman who wears heels, she also bikes in them. Badass, kids. via DailyMail

This mandate isn’t only silly, but a little sexist, too. Stemming from a whole bunch of antiquated notions including abundant height isn’t feminine, and a woman shouldn’t draw extra attention to herself, this rule is one no woman should ever follow if they don’t want to. We know plenty of women who are six feet tall and still rock killer heels with grace (ahem, Jenna Lyons, Charlize Theron, Michelle Obama, Karlie Kloss….)

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You shop for Instagram

We hate to assume you’d buy anything simply so people know you own it, but such is the world in which we live. Are you buying that Balenciaga bag because you really, really love it, or because you want others to know you bought it? If you buy those Jimmy Choo pumps, will you be able to truly enjoy them without posting them to social media? If the answer is no, you might have some thinking to do about your shopping habits.

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You avoid horizontal stripes like the plague.

via WorldFashionChannel

via WorldFashionChannel

Buying into the notion that all horizontal lines make you look wide is a cliché mistake. Yes, we’ll admit that a skin-tight bodycon dress emblazoned with horizontal lines might only look good on a model, but pieces that are made well and fit well—think a classic cotton Breton striped shirt tucked into dark jeans, a ladylike full skirt with horizontal stripes, or a great striped overcoat—flatters every woman.

Thanks to StyleCaster for these fabulous tips for staying chic all winter long.  Go check out the rest of their article for more fashion advice here.

Have a favorite fashion tip?  Share in the comments below!

xo, loves

The Long Awaited Bucket Hat Comeback

BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer 2016 Runway, via the ManRepeller

BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer 2016 Runway, via the ManRepeller

There’s really no easy way to say this, so I guess I’ll just get on with it… As many of you witnessed at NYFW, the bucket hat is back.  And BCBG really wants to make sure you are aware, as every model at the Spring/Summer 2016 show in New York adorned one of the 90’s inspired floppy, patchwork hats.

Anyway, I think it’s safe to say, the real question on everyone’s minds is: Where can I score one a pair of mohawk headphones from the Desigual show? Sigh.

Mohawk Headphones from Desigual's SS16 NYFW show

Mohawk Headphones from Desigual’s SS16 NYFW show

Really though, the bucket hats can’t come as too much of a surprise, considering the 90’s are (and have been back) in full force over the last few years.  Since you might as well give into the throwback Sugar Ray-inspired fashion trend, here’s some picks to shop below.

Ashley Williams shearling bucket hat, $545.37

Ashley Williams shearling bucket hat, $545.37, via FarFetch

Hat Attack Washed Cotton Bucket Hat $42.00

Hat Attack Washed Cotton Bucket Hat
$42.00, via ShopBop

Keds® Patterned Reversible Bucket Ha

Keds® Patterned Reversible Bucket Hat, $33, via JCPenney

Bleu De Paname Denim Hat, $63.26, via FarFetch

Bleu De Paname Denim Hat, $63.26, via FarFetch

Quick side note: BCBG had an amazing playlist.  Like “almost forgivable for bringing back the bucket hat trend” -kinda good.  I digress…

Bucket Hat, $35, via DollsKill

Bucket Hat, $35, via DollsKill

What do you think of the comeback of bucket hats?  Will you wear the trend?

xo

5 High Heel Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

5 High Heel Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

via WhoWhatWear

via WhoWhatWear

Every woman I know has a love-hate relationship with high heels.  They love the way they look, but hate the way they feel (especially after walking about 100 meters…).  Here are 5 hacks that every woman should know to make walking in high heels a little bit easier.  As you read, feel free to browse Trends & Tribulations top high heel picks that you can finally be excited to wear!

Lucy Choi, $350, via ShoeScribe

Lucy Choi, $350, via ShoeScribe

Fendi, $1,050, via Nordstrom

Fendi, $1,050, via Nordstrom

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Tape your 3rd & 4th toes together using clear sticky or nude medical tape (count starting with the big toe out).

This trick helps to take pressure off the ball of the foot.  There is a nerve between these toes, and the tape helps to balance the weight by minimizing strain from shifting the weight forward.

Sophia Webster, $1,095, via Neiman Marcus

Sophia Webster, $1,095, via Neiman Marcus

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Apply fabric plasters on your feet.

Wear your new shoes around the house to find out where they rub uncomfortably around your feet.  Then, apply fabric plasters to those parts of your feet.  Soak your feet in water for a minute or two (with fabric plasters on your feet), then walk around the house in the shoes some more.  The wet plaster will expand and help to soften and stretch the shoe in those places.

Moschino, $650, via Shoescribe

Moschino, $650, via Shoescribe

3.

Use shoe cushions (or petals).

Shop foot petals here in all shapes and sizes to help provide a cushioning wherever your need it.

Charlotte Olympia, $850, via Shoescribe

Charlotte Olympia, $850, via Shoescribe

4.

Spray your feet with an aerosol deodorant.

Feet can often slip around in your high heels after wearing them for a bit, so spritzing them with aerosol deodorant before wearing can provide traction and ensure your feet stay in place.

Jeffrey Campbell, $130, via Urban Outfitters

Jeffrey Campbell, $130, via Urban Outfitters

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Choose a heel that crosses around the front of your foot.

 This will provide more support over your foot and around the heel and ankle.  Think of it as a “seatbelt” for your feet (awe!), if you will- it takes pressure off your feet, as they do not have to work so hard to hold the heel in place.  The Jeffrey Campbell ones (above) and Steve Madden pair (below) are chic options.

Steve Madden Raela, $109, via Steve Madden

Steve Madden Raela, $109, via Steve Madden

What do you think of these tips?  Will you try any of them?  Do you have any tips that you swear by?  Share in the comments section below!

xo

Tom Ford Shares Beauty, Fashion, & Sex Tips

Tom Ford’s Tom Style Commandments

Tom Ford shares his top 10 style commandments

Tom Ford shares his top 10 style commandments

Dress with mystery and don’t rule out black for a wedding: the designer known as the King of Sex, TOM FORD, shares 10 of his ultimate style rules via Net-a-Porter
Tom Ford Eyewear Spring/Summer 2011

Tom Ford Eyewear Spring/Summer 2011

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DON’T LET FASHION DICTATE TO YOU

I always feel a little sad when I see a woman head-to-toe in a runway look. Women also change their hair a lot, but if it’s done in an insecure way, that makes me feel sad, too. You need to make what you are wearing your own.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2013

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2013

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NEVER TRY TO BE OVERTLY SEXY

I’m more interested in a little bit of mystery. Maybe it’s my age… Or maybe it’s because the women in my life are starting to wear stockings now because they think the skin on their legs isn’t as good as it used to be!

Tom Ford Advertisement, Fall 2013

Tom Ford Fall 2013

3
FIND YOUR UNIFORM

If you have five outfits that you love wearing and always make you feel your best, which are comfortable and confident and just work, why do you need all the others? Yes, you need some variations on the theme – you don’t want to wear the exact same clothes every day – but I think it’s very important for everyone to figure out what their look is.

Tom Ford Spring 2010

Tom Ford Spring 2010

4
REMEMBER: SEXINESS IS ABOUT CONFIDENCE

Sexiness comes from the way you move and the way you handle yourself. It doesn’t come from short skirts and low-cut tops.

Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2014

Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2014

5
REASSESS YOUR STYLE EVERY FIVE YEARS

Bodies change, looks change, everything changes, so every five years you need to take off all your clothes and reassess yourself. Try your clothes on and see what still works and what should be rethought – not in an emotional way but in a detached way. Also, do it on your own, because it’s not about what your friends or partner think, it’s about how you feel.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2014

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2014

6
MAKE AN EFFORT

No matter what your personal style, people have to look at you in the same way they have to look at a building, or a piece of art, or a table, or a new car. You become a part of the photograph, the landscape, someone’s vision.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015

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DON’T BELIEVE YOU NEED WARDROBE ESSENTIALS…

It isn’t about owning a classic white shirt or a black blazer – I know women who wear that and look like they’re doing a chic androgynous thing, and other women who look immediately like they work on Wall Street. It’s about your own taste; camouflaging the things you don’t like and accentuating the things you do.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015

8
…BUT EVERYONE NEEDS AT LEAST ONE LBD

Because you never know when you’re going to have to go to a funeral, or a job interview, or a last-minute wedding (maybe you’re not supposed to wear black to weddings, but I would). It’s perfect for everything: you can wear it with sandals and it’s a summer look; with a heel, it’s an evening look. Long, short, fitted, loose, it’s such a key piece. It is always chic.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2012

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2012

9
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF MAKEUP

By changing your makeup you can channel the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s… You can do everything with beauty because it’s the character; it’s who you are. I find that fascinating. There was a trend a couple of years ago that saw women dressed casually in jeans, T-shirts and sneakers with mega makeup – I loved it. It’s a great way to express yourself that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have a lot of money.

Tom Ford Advertisement, Spring 2012

Tom Ford Advertisement, Spring 2012

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FOCUS ON ONE FEATURE

I don’t like to see a major lip and a major eye statement [at the same time]. I think if you’re going to accentuate your eyes, great, but then you need a neutral lip. If you’re going to do a bold red lip, it looks the best with almost nothing on your eyes, except maybe a little bit of mascara. I really like to see one makeup statement and just beautiful, glowing skin.

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“Sexiness comes from the way you move and the way you handle yourself. It doesn’t come from short skirts and low-cut tops.” -Tom Ford

What do you think of Tom Ford’s fashion & beauty advice?  Do you agree or disagree?  Share in the comments section below!

xo

Try These Easy 4-Steps to Organize Your Wardrobe

The Simplest 4-Step Strategy for Organizing Your Closet

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via Shutterstock

We’ve all heard countless ways to simplify and organize our closets.  And many of those ways are extremely smart, albeit always easier said than done.  This new 4 step strategy for simplifying and organizing your closet, courtesy of WhoWhatWear, is one of my new favorites.  It’s super easy, and, simply put, it works.

What do you think of this 4-step closet organization method?  Will you try it?  Share in the comments section below.

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