Baseball season is here whether you like it or not. Whether you are a baseball fan yourself, or attending games to please your boyfriend, there isn’t a reason why you can’t look cute. Just because you’re a sports fan doesn’t mean you can’t look feminine. Gone are the days where over-sized jerseys are your only option. Victoria Secret offers an MLB line with plenty of flirty fun pieces to choose from. As a Dodgers fan, I am partial to the white and blue. Below you will find some cute options for female baseball fans. Click on the image to be redirected to the Victoria Secret page where you can get additional information, or purchase these items. GO DODGERS!!
Dressing for the workplace can be stifling, especially when you work in a corporate environment. Just because you have a serious job, doesn’t mean you can’t look seriously stylish. There are so many options for today’s working woman, that there’s no reason why you can’t brighten up the drab notion of work-ware. I attend quite a few tradeshows a year, and it’s always shocking to me how many women show up in black and white. Don’t be afraid to stand out ladies! Wearing color doesn’t mean you won’t be taken seriously, but wearing black can prevent you from standing out against your competition.
That being said here is my favorite professional look of the month. The pencil skirt is from Victoriasecret.com and the peplum top is from the current Spring line in Express stores now.
I hope that everyone enjoyed their Easter holiday this weekend. Easter means different things to different people. To many it is a very religious holiday, and Sunday morning is spent at Mass. For others it’s about decorating Easter eggs, and time spent with family. For many children, it’s about finding the most eggs or getting the biggest basket.
For my family Sunday was a celebration of two holidays. For Persians, Sunday was the celebration of the coming of Spring. The Persian New Year is actually 13 days long, and ends with a celebration in the park called Sizdah Bedar. Sizdah is the Persian word for 13. Friends and family gather together at the park with tons of food and music. One major destination for Sizdah Bedar is in Orange County. Learn more about the festivities here.
My family and I abstained from visiting one of the overcrowded parks, and instead opted to stay local. Of course my aunts still made kabob in the park, but we hunted for Easter eggs as well. I think one of the most amazing things about my family is how they were able to keep their cultural traditions while embracing American culture. It has given me an extra identity, instead of a lost one. I am very appreciative to be able to take part in wonderful traditions from both cultures.
No matter how you celebrated, I hope that you celebrated with loved ones! Happy Easter and Happy Spring!
March may be coming to an end, but there are still a few more weeks of Spring time to enjoy before you have to get into a bikini. Spring time is always a beautiful time for nature. Everywhere I go I see trees blossoming, with beautiful flowers of pink and purple. It’s also causing my allergies to go haywire. Always remember to take some type of allergy medication (Claritin, Zertec, etc) before heading out to enjoy the natural beauty of Spring.
Spring time is also a lovely time for fashion. Pretty floral prints are abundant, and pastel colors are in. Walk into any store during Spring, and you will find items in mint, soft pink, and pastel purple all around. The weather begins to warm up, so you can ditch your heavy coats, and show some leg. Trouble with that is, your legs might not be in the best shape after a winter of comfort foods.
That is why some of my hot buys for this Spring included items that will help me get in shape for the summer months. Here are my hot buys for Spring 2013:
You have to stand out on your birthday, it is a must! Last year I wore a full length silver and gold sequin dress. Crazy right? Not for me. I don’t believe that just because I’m not a movie star I don’t deserve to look glamorous. The dress was amazing, and I felt great in it, even though everyone else was in normal club attire. Many of my friends abide by fashion rules, and worry about what everyone else is wearing. Not me. I would always rather be over dressed than under dressed for an occasion. So when I saw that sparkling dress I knew it had to be my bday dress.
This year I was celebrating my birthday at Carthay Circle, a restaurant modeled after the 1920’s theater where Walt Disney premiered Snow White. I was looking for a dress that had old Hollywood glamour, that I could wear at a restaurant without feeling too over the top. My search seemed endless, and I was out of luck. I decided to visit my mother’s closet, which I have done throughout the years much to her dismay. I found a dress she wore back in the 80s, that I had always liked. The gold and white sequins and beading reminded me of the theme of the restaurant. I removed the 1980s shoulder pads, and I had my birthday dress.
I paired the dress with a pair of hot pink Steve Maddens, which have the most delicious jeweled heel. The shoes gave the outfit the pop of color it was missing. I decided not to wear jewelry, since the dress was so amazingly embellished. I had an amazing birthday, and felt like a Hollywood star for the evening. Remember it’s your birthday, dress to feel good about yourself. If you want to look glamorous do it! If you rather be in a T-shirt and jeans, it’s your special day.
Here’s a side by side of my mother and I in the dress:
When I tell people I travel for work they always say, “You’re so lucky!” Having a job that required travel was always a dream of mine, so when I heard that my current position would mean traveling several times a year I was ecstatic. Since working at this company I have traveled to Vegas, New York, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, and next month New Orleans. While I have loved getting to experience new cities and states, I have to say there are certain elements of traveling for work that can ware on you.
Airport security is one element of travel that deflates my excitement bubble. The long lines, the need to remove practically everything you’re wearing, the pat downs in private places. Then there is the boarding process. I always have to remember to check in as soon as possible to ensure that my bag gets on the plane. One lost bag is all it takes to make you never want to check your luggage again.
Since travel is such a big part of my life, taking trips on the weekends in addition to my continuous work trips, I have learned to pack lightly. I titled this blog “Bare Necessities”, because I have learned to only pack only the things I absolutely need, things that have multiple uses, and items that meet airport regulations. It’s much easier to lift that big, and fit it in the overhead compartment of the plane if it’s light. Traveling light can be hard for women, what with all of our shoe options, but it’s a necessity when you travel frequently.
I have mastered the art of packing light, and made traveling much more convenient. When I pack for a trip I consider how many days I will be there, how much time I will be spending on my feet, and weather conditions. It’s a lot easier to pack light during the warmer months. Here is a list of my travel bare necessities:
While I can make use of hotel shampoo, my hair is too dry for hotel conditioner. My strands need moisture and protection, so I always pack a travel size conditioner. You can find travel sized conditioner at your local pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens. Many super markets also sell travel sized options. My favorite travel conditioner right now is Nexxus Humectress. This conditioner makes even my dry and brittle hair soft. You can purchase it here for $4.99.
I have made the mistake of packing heels to conferences. I will take what is normally an incredibly comfortable pair of heels, knowing that I can last hours in them. Hours yes, days no. By the middle of the second day of a conference I am always wishing I had packed flats. Note that not all flats are more comfortable than heels. The wrong flat can be just as painful as your highest heel. It’s important to look for support in a flat, and to make sure it’s not fitting you tightly or rubbing against the skin of your feet. The last thing you need is a blister during a conference. My favorite pair of flats where actually purchased during a conference when I could stand my high heels no longer. I bought them for $99, but they are now on sale at Guess for $69. View them here.
I like a pencil skirt just as much as the next girl, but packing all of those layers can take up space. Every conference going woman should have at least one conference dress. Sticking to basic colors will help you vary the look, and it won’t stand out enough to be remembered. If you like to stand out like me, pick a dress that can go from the office to dinner. Adding a blazer to a dress during the day can provide the professional look you’re looking for, while adding accessories and cute heels at night will dress up the look. Comfort is important as well. You should be able to travel in this dress, eat in the dress, and wear it for hours. There are plenty of places to purchase this type of dress, so it will depend on your personal style. Stores where you can find professional work attire include Ann Taylor where I found the dress pictured. You can get it here for $88.
We often pay more attention to what we wear on the outside than on what’s underneath, but this could be a big mistake. Wearing the wrong bra can either create too much cleavage or create a painful situation. A bra that’s too tight can create creases and indentations. The same is true for the wrong pair of stockings. Have an outfit that shows off every little imperfection? Don’t forget to pack shape wear. Dress liners, tummy hiders, and other shape wear can help you feel confident in any outfit. You never know when you’ll experience bloating or the after effects of a heavy meal. I always pack my Hanes Shapewear just in case. You can find them at Target between $15 and $30.
Before you pack for your next trip think about what items you really need. Pick items you can mix and match, items that you can wear day and night, and don’t pack too many pairs of high heels ladies!
This weekend I was lucky enough to get to see a screening of Oz: The Great and Powerful at the Walt Disney Studio lot in Burbank, California. This wasn’t my first time seeing a screening at this beautiful theater, but it was my boyfriend’s first time. He was impressed by the light show introduction, and the plush red reclining seats. I was more excited about the film I was about to see.
I have been anxiously awaiting the opening of this film for months now. What’s there not to love? Amazing fashion worn by the three lovely witches, the always hilarious James Franco, and the magic and mystery that comes with every Disney film. If I was going to attend the screening, I had to look the part. To prepare for the release of Oz, I bought a few “OZ inspired” items. Emerald is the color of the year, and you can find it in plenty of stores. Sephora recently released a new emerald make up line. Find out more about it here. With my emerald dress, gold belt, green eye shadow and nail polish I was ready and off to see the wizard! See how I connected with my witchy side below:
To purchase this Oz inspired emerald dress, visit Venus here. Sizes run big, so order a size smaller than usual. To learn more about the film visit here. And go see Oz: The Great and Powerful out in theaters now!
My new obsession this month is with the color mint. Whether it’s dark or light in hue, mint is a fabulous color. It can highlight a great tan, or even compensate for a lack of one. Three purchases this month have me really excited. Check out my new buys:
It all started with a trip to Las Vegas. My boyfriend’s little sister flew from New Jersey to celebrate her 21st birthday. She was having an amazing time, but learned a very important lesson the hard way, when visiting Vegas pack your hottest pair of comfortable shoes. Sure Vegas is the city of excess, and we all want to look hot, but when in Vegas you want to party all night long, and that requires a comfortable pair of shoes. I would never suggest wearing an frumpy pair of flats, but there are plenty of sexy styles that won’t kill your feet. We took a trip to the Fashion Show Mall to find her a pair of shoes that she could dance in the rest of her trip. Of course we had to stop by Aldo, and of course I had to find a pair of shoes I just had to have.
These mint leather sandals were too good to pass up. The heel is low enough for me to be able to wear them whether I’m going out on date night or attending a conference. The silver heel adds a bit of sex appeal, to an otherwise average shoe style. The shoe is light, easy to walk in, and comfortable to wear. The mint hue brought out the tan in my legs, which need a lot more sun light if you ask me. You can find these shoes at your local Aldo store or online here for $80.
Once I had these shoes I needed something to wear with them. I came across this skirt on Lulus.com. The style is a little 1950’s which I think matches the style of the shoe perfectly. The only issue I encountered when the skirt arrived was the tulle underlay. It added a lot more volume to the skirt, which can be unflattering. I simply cut the tulle from under the skirt (it came off very easily) and the skirt fell closer to my hips. The color was described as mint, and it’s a very rich mint tone. The skirt is high waisted, so a cropped t-shirt or tank works well with it. I bought two different shirts from Express to go with this outfit. You can find them here. I purchased this skirt here at $45 with free shipping.
The bracelet is also from Lulus.com. The light blue tone matched the soft mint tone of my Aldo heels, and the fake jewels add a little sparkle. This bracelet can be found online here for just $16. For my neck piece I found a pretty mint toned necklace at Express. The necklace can be found here or in stores for $40, but buy one necklace at Express right now, and get the second for $9.50.
I hope you fall in love with mint this month like I did!
I love the sea. The blue hues of the water, the pink and peach tones of the coral, the color combos have always been a favorite of mine. This next outfit was inspired by the sea. The necklace can be found at Express in stores and online. The shirt can also be found at Express in stores currently. The skirt is from H&M, but no longer in stores, but check out these peach colored options at Polyvore.
I have often felt like I was born in the wrong era. I love everything about the fashion of the 1950s. Women in beautiful dresses, hair and make-up so perfect. Whether it was to have lunch with your friends, or enjoy a romantic night out, women like my grandmother looked so eligant. What I love most about the dresses of the 1950s is the way they cinched at the waist, and then flowed outward. The design is perfect for someone with a pear shape.
This H & M dress at just $40 is very similar in cut and design to dresses from that era. It accentuates your tiny waste, and is forgiving in the hip area. The bright pink color gives the dress a modern touch, and will make you stand out in any crowd. It worked out great for my trip to Disneyland with my best friend.