Archive | May 2016

“Calling all Fashionistas”- Celebrating You pt.2

Summer fashions

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same- Coco Chanel”.  Each year there is a new “fashion trend” that tells us what we should or shouldn’t wear, what colors are in “season” and what we have to have in our closets.   Only for us to look up 6 months later and we have all this “fashionable” stuff in our closets that we scratch our head and ask, ”why did I buy that” or you realize you paid a lot of money for this piece that was so “IN” at the time and now is so “out” and you only wore it 2 times and you didn’t nearly get your money’s worth. UGHHHHH!!!!

To help us get a handle on the ever changing world of fashion and move towards being a “classy trendsetting fashionista, I reached out to fashion blogger and You Tube host of “A Better Day with Julie, Julie Hightower, and fashion stylist, Stacey Whitehead of “Steppin in 2 Style”, to ask for their expert advice on how to make our closets stylish and classic, instead of flashy and fashionable.

LaTanya: What are this spring season’s must haves in fashion?

Julie: The Spring 2016 must haves in fashion are, Florals, Fringes, and Wraparound Tie Laces.

LaTanya:  What trends are you seeing in the world of fashion?

Julie:  The 70s are back!!!! It’s time to Get your Fringe and Wedges!!!

LaTanya:  What colors will be hot this season?

Julie:  What you will see this spring and summer season are bright colors and florals.

LaTanya:  What is one fashion guilty pleasure every woman should have in her closet?

Julie: One fashion guilty pleasure everyone should have in her closet is a great pair of designer High End Shoe (My favorite Christian Louboutin (Red Bottoms) or Gucci). The shoe changes the entire statement of the look!!!

LaTanya:  What are a few staple items that every woman should have in her closet?

Stacey:  Every woman should have a red blazer, trouser jeans and nice pair of black pumps

LaTanya:  What are some simple tips a women can do to update her wardrobe?

Stacey: Tip #1  Instead of buying new black pumps every year, just take them to a shoe repair and have them replace the taps and polish them up to extend the life of the shoes and your pocket.  Tip #2 I believe in buying one trendy piece for the season but, I make sure that it’s timeless and that I can mix & match it with what I have already in my closet.

LaTanya:  What are 2 things that are essential in a closet make over?

Stacey: First, make sure you crave enough time out to finish the makeover all the way through. Second, I would have to say you have to be mentally prepared to let go and move on from some items that maybe out dated and hold some type of memory.

These 2 fabulous contributors have given us some great tips to get our wardrobe spring and summer ready.  Julie and Stacey will be our special guest at the “Celebrating YOU- Girls Night Out Experience” on this Friday, May 20, 2016 at Northern Illinois University Conference Center at 7:00pm.  Join us to get more of their awesome fashion tips.  To register go to http://www.eventsbyepic.com.

 

Celebrating You2.FINAL

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“Celebrating You”

 

Tanya's Hair.Milli Hair Salon

Spring will officially be here in a few short weeks with summer soon to follow.  What better way to get prepared for both than learning what’s hot and trending in fashion, hair and skin care. The next few blogs are designed to celebrate all things that make you a Phenomenal Woman. We have gathered experts in each area to share what’s trending and to get you ready to “Celebrate You” this spring and summer.

Today’s topic… “It’s a hair thing.”   Women and hair can be a never ending topic.  We are inundated daily with new potions, lotions, and shampoos to help us maintain that “straight from the salon look”.  As I sit in the hair salon, I watch as women transform into a new women as they being to see their hair shape into something beautiful.  Hair stylists take that “bad hair day” and make it fabulous.  I believe sometimes when women walk out the salon, there “inner Beyoncé” comes out and the fans begin to blow and we strike a posse as if the whole world is cheering our name. When our hair is right it affects our attitude, it motivates our clothes choices and could really become what sets the stage for a great day.

To help us understand “this hair thing”, we reached out to our contributing writer for this blog Kelly Montgomery, Hair Stylist, from Milili Hair Salon in Romeoville, IL. We asked Kelly to share what’s hot in hair for the spring and summer months and to provide us with some tips on how to maintain our “manes” when we are not able to make it to the salon.

LaTanya:  “Kelly, spring and summer is coming and some of our readers may be looking for a new look.  What do you recommend to wake up their hair life?

Kelly:  “Color is a great way to add some spice to your spring and summer hair styles.  But if you are considering getting color, I recommend you seek a professional consultation.  Your hair care professional can help you evaluate what type of products would be best for your type of hair and your life style.  Your stylist can also make sure you get the best results out of your color without damaging your hair.  Leave the DIY hair coloring to the professionals.  If you want to look professional with your hair color, seek a professional.”

LaTanya: ” What’s trending in hair styles this year?”

Kelly:  “What’s trending in hair styles this year are Pixi Cuts, Natural Hair, Crochet braids and Bob haircuts (with hair extensions).  For ladies who want the short haircut, the Pixi Cut is very versatile and easy to maintain.  For those ladies who rock their natural hair, styles which include twist and color are truly hot this season.  For ladies who enjoy new looks on a regular basis the Crochet Braid hair method is a hot option. Lastly, for the ladies who enjoy hair extensions, the Bob Hair Cut is taking hair extension stylist by storm.  One of the keys to having that “rocking bob” is finding the right stylist who specializes in hair cutting.  You want to maintain the style even after you leave the salon.  The second key would be to make sure your hair stylist applies your hair extensions properly.  This cuts down on hair loss.  Bad application equals, major hair and edge loss.  Let a professionally trained and licensed hair stylist help make your hair extension experience a great one.”

LaTanya:  “What suggestions would you give to maintain healthy hair at home?”

Kelly:  “I would suggest you reevaluate your pillowcase.  Cotton pillowcases pull at your hair. A satin pillowcase is your hair’s best friend. Also, adding other hair protective measures such as a silk scarf or wrap to you bedtime routine can help to maintain healthy hair.  Lastly, the number one thing you should do for healthy hair is to stay away from the heat.  Daily curling or blow drying is the worst thing you can do to your hair.  Overall important thing to remember is to know your hair.  What works for one person may not work for you.”

For more tips from Kelly, join us at the” Celebrating You:  The Girls Night Out Experience” sponsored by Events By Epic on Friday, May 20, 2016 7:00pm at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville.  For more information go to www.eventsbyepic.com.