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Must haves for… ANYONE?!?

28 Jul

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imageIt’s true that for each skin tone and hair color, there are a few “must haves” that don’t apply to others. Redheads NEED to have a brown eyeliner and a peach lipstick. Olive skin tones NEED to have metallic eye colors and blackest black mascara. Blondes NEED to have a bold red lip and earth toned tops. But some things that I have found stylish or necessary can work for anyone. In fact, some are flat out “must haves”. So what are Sassy’s can’t live withouts? Let’s take a look:

imageTape – Don’t laugh. “What do I need that for?”, you ask. You’d be surprised! Other than defurring whatever you pet owners are wearing, it can also make your purse look newer if it doesn’t have a dust bag. My biggest use for tape?–glitter fall out. Even with the best primers, glitter shadows and blushes can scatter their glitter everywhere. I always do my eyes FIRST after cleansing and treating my face. I apply primer, foundation, concealer and blush last, after the eye. And lips? Not a bad idea to tape them before applying lip products. This will help remove any tiny pieces of dry skin that can make lip colors look blotchy and flaky.
HINT: leave a roll of blue painter tape in the bathroom for just these situations. It is less sticky and there is less tugging in delicate areas.

imageA Newspaper Print Tee – You’re like… huh? Let’s go back to Sex and the City, circa 2000. Carrie wore a dress by John Galliano for Christian Dior from their Spring line in the series and it took off. You cannot find that dress anywhere now. It’s vintage and if it was for sale, it would probably be insanely expensive. So since you can’t have the original, go for a substitute. I’m not huge on dresses, but I have THREE newspaper print tee shirts and they are treated like gold in my closet. I didn’t buy any of them new–I got each from a consignment shop or thrift store at ridiculously cheap prices. I love the fact it can be part of a no-think outfit. A newspaper top can be worn with ANY jeans, ANY black skirt, ANY shoes, ANY hairstyle and ANY makeup look. Even though I have three already, I always keep my eyes open for other styles. They are funky and edgy with a whole lot of chic!! Always check out second hand stores before going new–way more vintage, way more classic.
Sassy Found: Bonmode’s Vintage Inspired Newspaper High Low Tunic Top, amazon.com, $39.95

imageWhite Eyeshadow – Some people think that a white shadow can make them look washed out, but it’s better to think that white shadow gives an artist a blank canvas. Matte or shimmer, powder or cream–white shadow gives you so many options for so many looks. Sometimes I’ll use my white cream shadow as a primer to hold powder shadows on and give them a brighter look. Other times I’ll just wear a white shimmer shadow with heavy black liner and mascara for a simple, sexy look. Work it how you want…just make sure you have at least one, and wear it often!
Sassy Found: Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in “Too Cool”, most drug stores, $6.99

imageLots of Bracelets – Just like shoes, purses & jeans…you can never have too many bracelets. I never was a big bracelet wearer mainly because I have wrists the size of a newborn baby’s. Bangles would always fall off. Now I don’t know if jewelry makers just got smart or women’s wrists just got smaller, but the options out there now are endless. Mainly because the majority of fashion bracelets are elastic. (Yeay!!) Mix and match gold tones and silver tones. Leather bracelets are always classy. If you are like me and love that rocker look, stack and layer them. I like putting “biker bracelets” with pearl or rhinestone ones. And chains? Chains are SOOO in! The chunkier… the better. In warm weather when sleeves are short, don’t leave your bare arms hanging. Dress them in some slammin’ baubles for an attention getter!
Sassy Found: Simply Vera Vera Wang Two Tone Bead Multistrand Stretch Bracelet, $21.00; Two Tone Curb Chain Multistrand Bracelet, $7.20; Silver Plated Crystal Bead & Heart Charm Woven Leather Stretch Bracelet, $80.00, kohls.com

imageFavorable Notoriety – Ummmm…. what? There is nothing that locally owned, non-chain stores LOVE more than: a) favorable word of mouth; and b) repeat customers. I have a few small stores in my area that I frequent at LEAST once a week. Sometimes I leave with something, other times I just browse. But I always make sure I say hello to the owner, manager, or sales people when I go in and chat them up. I also make DAMN sure that they know what I do, I know my designers, and I know the current (or upcoming) styles. Why? Because that gives you the “in” on anything new and hot, sometimes even before the general public if you’re cozy enough. I know a girl who works at my fave “gently used” clothing store. If something from a high-end designer comes in that I might like?… I get a little text telling me to stop in. OR if they really know you shop their store a lot?…They may even offer you a loyal customer discount. When you get a compliment on that jazzy Guess? tee you picked up for $6 from your “Mentor Mecca”, tell them WHERE you got it and how much you paid. Don’t think of it as a used $6 tee…. you think of it as the high-fashion expensive designer tee shirt that you landed for an INSANELY OBSCENE price! It won’t take long before your face and name (and with me…hair!) are known and you can reap the benefits!
Sassy’s Favorite Find: Authentic Sheer Roberto Cavalli T-Shirt in Black WITH TAGS (est. retail $55.00), my cost $8.00, Plato’s Closet.

Sometimes, the most cherished items in your glamour ensemble are things that someone else wouldn’t think twice about buying or owning. They are unsung heroes in a glamourista’s closet, vanity and personality. They might not be something you think you would like, but I challenge you to try. Time after time I find more things that I may not have thought about ever wearing before and now see them as sassy chic. It might be a photo in a magazine, it might be a certain look on a model or actress. Maybe it is a “revolutionary new product” or maybe it is something classic from days gone by. Whatever you see that makes you go “hmmm” for more than a couple of seconds, make a mental glamour note that THAT thing might be your new signature feature….then give it a chance!

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Be Still My Fashion Heart…..

21 Aug

Once in a while, in the quest for the ultimate fashion item and deal…. you find it. The find of all finds. A piece that speaks to you. Was made for you. It calls to you. And as you pick it up to admire it, your heart skips a beat. It’s like the sun is shining only on you and your discovery. Angels sing, flowers bloom. And you tackle the girl who is reaching for the last one in your size…. with tact and grace of course.

That happened to me today. It was a moment of moments. And it was my daughter who I tackled.

Anyone who knows the show Sex and the City and the spin-off movies from the series knows the epic outfit from the second movie where Carrie is wearing a full, color-block skirt and a Christian Dior “J’Adore Dior 8” black tee shirt. She made this outfit famous and the shirt a necessity now in all high-fashion closets. The photo of her in this epic piece became legendary. In fact, that segment where she wore the shirt and skirt was actually the most-watched trailer for the movie. It became as acclaimed to SATC fashionistas like Godiva is to chocolate lovers. Yeah… that big.

So when my daughter and I hit our favorite local thrift store to see if any new goodies had come in, we both started our hunt in the t-shirt section. I found this really cute shirt with a kitty cat on it wearing neon glasses. I knew she’d love it. As I held it up to show her, she pulled out a white tee from Old Navy that was adorned with sequins, jewels and tulle, showing two black and blue pop-art painted heels and “J’Adore” signed at the bottom in matching paint. I felt as if time stopped in my fashion world as I gasped for air and lunged for the shirt in her hand. It was GORG! I didn’t even know if it would fit. It didn’t matter…. I HAD to have it. It was unique, it was Carrie-ish, it was classic chic… and it had to be mine. In fact, I had a Carrie moment, like when she saw the new line of Manolo’s in the window??:



I guess my daughter knew not to fight with me for it because as soon as she saw my face, she handed it over quicker than a bank teller hands over the cash in an armed robbery. I carried it around, nestled in my arms till I was able to take it to the register and pay for it. When I finally did, I looked at the check out girl and said, “Do you know how great this piece is??? DO YOU???” She obviously didn’t because she just scanned the price tag and jammed it into a plastic bag, sending me on my way. She was young. She didn’t know. She probably didn’t even know who Dior was, who Carrie Bradshaw was, and how epic-ly stylish the shirt was.

I got the shirt home and put it on like it was made of gold. Yeah, it didn’t fit me perfectly, but it fit good enough. And it even had potential for me to jazz it up a bit at the bottom to make it fit a little better. Honestly? It didn’t matter. It was gorgeous, and I was going to wear it like it was the last shirt on Earth. I just love it when I find a secret treat that I know is a big-time fashion piece. It makes what I do so fun and rewarding. And it makes me feel like I’m slammin’ and stylin’! I just smile from ear to ear.

Now I know you are thinking about that one find you can remember where you felt like you hit the lottery when you got your hands on it. SHARE!… I want to hear all about it. Tell me the story of your quests and treasures. I’d love to hear how you came across your diva discoveries!!

Here. Take a looksie at my fashion find: Oh…. and by the way….. did I happen to mention it was only $3?? Yeah, SCORE!