Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top 10 Closet Essentials

Wondering why your closet feels so empty even when it's stocked full of clothes? Why does it feel like something is missing?

Well, the answer is simple that it may just be missing something! There are a few items that every fashion-forward woman needs in her closet. Here are our top 10!

1) A Form-Fitting Blazer.  A classic, good-fitting blazer is necessary in your closet and can be more versatile than you think. Aside for pairing it with the usual career attire, you'll be able to have some fun and give a casual outfit some class. You would be surprised what throwing a blazer over a pair of shorts and t-shirt can do to an outfit!
Form-Fitting Blazer
H&M Cotton Blazer

2) The Perfect Little Black Dress. LBD, of course, is something that has been heard for ages, but what needs to be known about this dress is that it doesn't actually need to be black! That's right, ladies! Go ahead and feel free to choose another color, keeping in mind what works best with your skin tone.  This dress has to give your confidence a boost once you throw it on! I promise I am not talking about some mystical, magical dress that does not exist because there is one out there waiting for you!

3) A Good Pair of Jeans. While something as simple as jeans might already be hanging in your closet, they still might not be the right pair. Jeans are no good if they are too big or too small, even if it is just by one size. Ladies, it's time to take note that if jeans are big, then your butt will look awful, and if they are too tight, then those unwanted muffin-tops will say "hey!!". So take a look at your jeans, and if they are not right, then there is no shame in running for a better pair because you will not regret it later.
Express Mid Rise Performance Stretch Legging
4) Versatile Pumps. A pair of black or nude heels are an absolute MUST for your closet. These two colors are neutral colors that will go with any outfit. The best thing about heels is that they help dress up an outfit without having to put any extra effort, and they make your legs look like they'll go on for days!
Vince Camuto Peep Toe Platform

5) A Fitting Pair of Trousers. One might not be able to find a magical pair of trousers that fits perfectly so, so don't be scared to take it to take it to a tailor and have it adjusted. Once they are tailored, then it would be like magic because they will fit just for you!
Express Studio Stretch Barely Boot Editor Pant

6) A Supportive Bra. A good bra does not mean it has to be pretty and lacey, but rather, give you the support you need! It's surprising how many women wear the wrong size bra, and we recommend everyone stop by their local bra shop or Victoria's Secret to find out their own size. The girls there are professional trained to take care of you and trust, there will be a difference in not only the way your outfits look, but a boost in confidence as well!
Victoria's Secret Perfect Shape Bra

7) A Comfortable Shoe. Depending on your style, this could either be a ballet flat or a pair of Converse, or anything in between! Do not feel the need to always carry around 3-inch heels - all the more power to you if you can handle wearing heels all the time. Since most of us are working ladies, you'll need a reliable way to get from Point A to Point B. Don't underestimate the power of a comfortable shoe!
Timeless Chuck Taylor Converse

8) A Flattering Skirt. Not going to lie - the type of skirt depends on your body type. Most of the time, many can wear an A-Line skirt for a more flattering look. However, some do prefer the curve-defining pencil skirt, or a mini-skirt to show off them legs! Trying on a variety of different styles of skirts is encouraged to find the one that works the best for your shape.  Note the length in the skirts because this will make a difference. To stay classy and conservative, we recommend a hemline around the knee, give or take an inch or two.
Express A-Line patterned skirt

9) A Statement Purse. The type of bag being used will make a difference. Make sure your bag is giving the same statement as your outfit. A good choice that can be versatile is a cross-body bag. The strap makes it easy to hang over the shoulder or put-across, so one can be hands-free! Find a cross-body bag that also has an option to take off the strap, so you could wear it as a regular handbag or a clutch.
Winky Designs Envelope Clutch with removable strap.

10) The most important items - accessories. Accessories can define a whole outfit and pull it all together. Whether you choose to wear any or not, they do affect your look-of-the-day. Sometimes, even the cutest outfit may be incomplete without a pair of earrings, bracelet or even a good shade of lipstick.  We love dainty jewelry that can go with all different looks any day of the week.
Winky Designs stackable, dainty rings, in 18K gold, silver and rose gold.

So take a look and reassess your closet! Do you have all the essentials? Once you shop for what is missing, maybe you won't always think "I don't have anything to wear!".  A special tip from a friend is to donate anything that doesn't fit properly because it just isn't doing anyone any good.  Take note of the body you have and embrace it, and you'll never have a bad outfit day again!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

5 Hidden Gems in Las Vegas for All Travelers

What kind of traveler are you?  We’re always looking for new things to do and explore in our own 
neighborhoods!  Whether you are an adventure-lover or a history-buff, here are our recommendations to
explore the lesser-known wonders of Las Vegas area in a variety of ways! 

Are you an adventurist?  If the continuous search for the newest outdoor craze is what’s on the forefront of 
your mind, this might be you!  Whether it is camping, hiking, watersports, or looking for exciting festivals, 
you’re always looking for the next adventure! 
Travel tip: Red Rock Canyon (http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/) is only a 30-minute drive from the 
Las Vegas Strip and encompasses a breathtaking amount of the Mojave Desert. Offering a variety of 
hikes from beginner to expert, you’ll be able to see the unique landscape with your own eyes! 

Are you an pro-relaxer? Your day-to-day life is always go, go, go, so when you get some time off, you just want 
to relax! Grabbing a book and hitting the nearest beach, poolside villa, or all-inclusive resorts where you don’t 
have to bring your brain is your best bet!
Travel tip: Green Valley Ranch (https://greenvalleyranch.sclv.com/) is a Mediterranean-inspired hotel 
and resort that's perfect for all your relaxing needs! With a number of pools, an imitation beach, and 
several cabanas to choose from, you'll be able to get your well-deserved R&R here! The view overlooking 
the Las Vegas strip is not too shabby either!

Green Valley Ranch Pool Area that overlooks the Las Vegas Strip

Are you a shopaholic? Fashionistas are constantly looking for good finds whether it is high fashion, vintage 
stores, or small local boutiques, to stand out and find their own style!
Travel tip: Downtown Container Park (http://downtowncontainerpark.com/) on Fremont St is such a 
hidden gem within Las Vegas, offering owner-operated boutiques that are inspired by their own styles! 
Not only do you find the owners working in shops, living out their passions every day, you’ll be supporting
small businesses!
Downtown Container Park, Fremont St and 7th Ave.

Are you a history-buff? Loving to find out why and how things are the way they are, you keep an special eye 
out for famous landmarks and finding the importance of the places you visit!
Travel tip: Neon Museum (http://www.neonmuseum.org/) will introduce you to the whole history of 
Las Vegas! Did you know that the first luxury casino concept – where you can play, eat, and shop 
comfortably - was developed here in Las Vegas?  

Are you a family-lover? With a couple of kids in tow, you need to find something that offers everything for the 
whole family!
Travel tip: Springs Preserve (http://www.springspreserve.org/index.html) offers 180 acres of wildlife, 
educational exhibits, and interactive attractions and scenery to have some enlightening fun! Learn about 
desert habitats while exploring their exquisite botanical gardens!

With such a wide variety of activities, it's always a good time to venture outside of the Las Vegas Strip to 
explore the road less-traveled!