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The Fabulous You! 





"The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides"  - Audrey Hepburn



The Road Less Traveled

Engaged or Disconnected?


The secret of being a successful, intelligent and a motivated woman is having the courage to try and embrace every moment in life with grace and kindness. There are so many elements to becoming a graceful and respected leader in society, at work or just in daily life.  Compassion, listening, accepting others opinions, being open, being thoughtful and really trying to understand the world at large are only a few of the ingredients in the mix.  The easier path is to shout others down, mud sling, be angry, be critical, always be right and never truly listen.  With the absence of grace, the art of diplomacy and the art of conversation is additionally is effected and exacerbated by the advent of social media, which is fabulous, though can be a poor substitute for true human connection.  Do you feel the breeze???? There is a change in the air with the rise of actual courses in manners and etiquette.   The Plaza Hotel, Manhatten, New York recently started classes to increase societal graces.  



Plaza Hotel - Modern Etiquette Classes


Be refreshed and excited for new mores to come.  Along this path of growth, beauty and intelligence blossoming before our eyes is the knowledge that makeup does enhance and create self confidence. Lately, there has been a push for no makeup and an appeal for an androgynous appearance.   However, women are blessed with the ability to enhance appearance through the art of makeup.   Five thousand years, ago, Queen Cleopatra adorned eyes with eye shadow to protect her eyelids from the bright sunlight. The Queen darkened her eyebrows, lengthened her eyelashes with black kohl, used nail polish and wore lipstick.  The art of makeup, similar to dressing for success demonstrates respect for self, peers, the event and the venue.   Simplicity is makeup application is important and the skin is definitely the canvas.  Entwine the nuances for engaging human connection and add a bit of makeup to brighten the painting called  "The Fabulous You"! 


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The Structure to the Painting - Brows









I.  The Fabulous Frame:  The brows frame the face.  It is recommended to have brows professionally shaped.  Otherwise select a "how to" video or take a pencil and line up outside of nose to inner corner for the start and finish with the pencil from the outer nose to the outside corner of eye.  Add an arch in the center from the outer edge of nose thru the iris.    After trying several different brow liners, Dior still remains at the top of the list.  The formula and universal brown in three shades works for all eye colors. Additionally, the Diorshow Brow Styler does not flake or crumble.  A must for designing the scaffolding of a beautiful and expressive face.




"A beautiful face doesn't mean anything without a beautiful heart" 


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Highlight the Eye









II.  Shadow Pencils for Day to Night:  When in a hurry to get out the door, Bobbie Brown has the perfect solution with Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick. This long lasting all-in-one eye base and eyeshadow is stop the press fantastic.  The long-wear formula lasts for eight hours. Seriously, order a couple and swipe on for an instant lift, blend and then off for a day of activity.  Favorites are pink sparkle, sunlight gold, golden pink and shadow






Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick


"The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides"  - Audrey Hepburn


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Brighten Instantly




Jennifer Lawrence - Actress




III.  Line the Eye - Cleopatra Style:  A black or brown liner instantly opens the eye and adds sparkle.  Take a eyeliner pencil and add a line at the top of the eye from inner corner to outer corner.   Do the same on the bottom only half way stopping at the iris of the eye.  The best kept secret at making the lashes look full is to tight line the upper eyelid.   This mean swiping the liner against the inside upper eyelid.  Again, the best eyeliner on the market is by Dior Long-Wear Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil




Dior Long-Wear Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil


"The eyes are the window of the soul" 



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The Window Shade



Sophia Loren - Actress


IV.  Mascara - The Master:   Mascara is the final act for the eyes.  Add a touch of black or brown and have the glorious eye color pop off the charts.   There are so many mascaras to choose from that it can be daunting.  Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara comes to mind this holiday season and beyond.  This best selling mascara for years is exceptional, long-lasting, gentle and opens the eyes for a grand finale. 




The One and Only  



Lancome 'Definicils' High Definition Mascara



"Beauty is how you feel on the inside and it reflects in your eyes" - Sophia Loren



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Adopt the Glow








V.  Blushing Beauty:  A dab of rouge illuminates the cheeks and face.   Finding the sound blush adornment can take a bit of dabbling in pots of hue.  My favorite remains with Dior.  For best results, if not sure of the exact color, visit a department store counter.  My Rose is the "go to" tone for most faces. 


Dior Vibrant Color Powder Blush



"The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion.  But cosmetics are easier to buy."  - Yves Saint Laurent



The holidays are upon the land.  Embrace the beauty of women and step forth ready for anything to this festive season.  Spread goodwill, positive energy, manners, love, kindness and abstain from the easy path of negative criticism and the absence of real human connection.  Be observant, notice others, listen, understand and expand the mind to new ideas and thoughts.  Thinking the same, acting the same, looking the same and stating the same often signals disinterest and non-reflection.  Instead rejoice in the holiday spirit, accept differences, learn from others all the while blossoming and expanding the beauty of the mind.  Additionally, a dash of makeup will and can freshen and brighten The Fabulous You!  


"Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world."  - Marilyn Monroe


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Plaids - Timeless Weekend Apparel


The Weekend Life 





Ralph Lauren




Recently the plaid flannel shirt has made a strong comeback.  Last weekend, while venturing around the land, plaid shirts were dominating.  Perhaps there is a desire for comfort, apple pie, cashmere, warm boots, throws and whatever else creates an envelope of happiness.  These cozy shirts are a wardrobe staple that remains classic and always in style.  The soft fabric, beautiful hues and simplicity sings loudly to the wearer.   Plaid shirts originated in Scotland from criss-crossed tartan on kilts in the seventeenth century and have continued to remain prominent throughout the years.  

"Fashion has two purposes:  comfort and love.  Beauty comes when fashion succeeds." - Coco Chanel



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Classic Hues





Gisele Bundchen's Superbowl 


I.  Timeless Plaid Shirt:  The flannel plaid comes in many shades is versatile with jeans and a pair of knee high boots. The ensemble is comforting, flattering and oh so pretty the fashion princess. A more fitted style is preferred rather than a bulky shape which adds nothing to a woman's silhouette. 


Many Colors Combinations - Runs Small - Order One Size Up

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Rails Hunter Button Down Plaid Shirt





Rails Hunter Button Down Plaid Shirt






"I have always believed that fashion was not only  to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence" - Yves Saint Laurent



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Pretty in Plaid Scarves









II.  Sensational Plaid Scarves:  A cashmere or wool scarf is essential for the crisp days of fall.  The extra warmth wrapped around a neck keeps adds color and protects from weather.




BP 'Heritage Plaid' Triangle Scarf


Cashmere! Several Colors! Sale!



Nordstrom Plaid Cashmere Scarf



Cashmere & Wool! 




Barbour Merino Wool & Cashmere Scarf

"Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love.  Beauty comes when fashion succeeds."  - Coco Chanel



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Scottish Red Lips




Gwen Stefani



III.  Lush Lips:  Plaid in jeans, shirts and accessories always need a finishing touch.  Add a wee bit of lipstick and be ready to dazzle admirers.   Several hues available to shine and glow this season. 






Bobbie Brown Shimmer Lip Color


"Life is too short to be wearing boring clothes" 


Don't be late to the party.  Plaids are here to stay.  Step out in Forever Chic Style with a warm, cozy and cheerful plaid to brighten any day.   Remember happiness comes from within and a little plaid cheer in apparel can propel any woman to be successful at any endeavor.


Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style


Fall Outerwear Coats 2016



"Winter is Coming" 







The holidays are fast approaching along with natures elements making a dark and foreboding entrance across the land. Rain, cold, wind begins to march forth with determination for a chiller days to come. The leaves are falling like snow and the rain sputters in the Northwest clearing the air and signaling the time has come to don rain gear and overcoats to protect against the brrrrrr moments.   It is season when turtlenecks, cashmere sweaters, scarves and boots are on glorious display.  Yet when searching for the top of the line warm enhancers and wet protection overcoats - just what remains in style and also is a good investment??? 


"In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Favorite Poems



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The Snow Fur Queen









I.  Mackage Coats:  Mackage outerwear is fashion forward and timeless.  I own a couple and find them both divine.  Last year and this year, I have been eyeing this beauty for snow blowing and brisk air days.   The face enhancing fur combined with a slim fitting hooded puffer with leather trim and an inside shell is a heat keeper.   The coat is fully lined and filled with down.  You can't go wrong snapping up this magnificent piece.  Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan launched Mackage in 1999 and have grown to become one of the most prestigious contemporary outwear brands in North America.

Note: Runs small - size up!


Mackage Down Puffer


"Mackage was created around the belief that outerwear is an integral element of fashion.  When the weather calls for layering, a coat isn't just a part of an outfit - it becomes the outfit itself."  - Mackage




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The Outdoor Life








II. Barbour Beauty and Functional Coats:  Barbour coats are impeccable for blustery, wet and chilly weather sweeping across the land.   Recently purchased this quilted Barbour coat and wear it constantly.  The quality is superb, fit is flattering and overall a timeless piece.  Barbour is an English luxury fashion brand founded by John Barbour in 1894.  



Barbour 'Arrow' Quilted Anorak


"I love Fall Fashion Week because it means lots of layering, long sweaters and vintage coats." - Rachel Zoe



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The Classic Trench




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III. Ageless Burberry:  Burberry trench coats are top notch in the world of the classic trench.  This time-honored coat is one piece that will stand the test of time in a wardrobe. The elegant cut, superior fabric and fit signals an Audrey Hepburn flashback.  Yes, very expensive but worth it.  Burberry was founded in 1856 and by 1870, the business moved into outdoor attire.  Today, Burberry stands alone as the ultimate in outdoor wear. 




Burberry London 'Sandringham' Slim Trench Coat



Burberry Balmoral Packable Trench



"If I could wear any label forever it would be Burberry. It covers a huge span of stuff. You can't go wrong with a classic trench and a pair of jeans"  - Emma Watson




Wind, rain, sleet, hail, snow, crisp sun infused days and so much more to come.  The holidays are the season to reflect, to embrace, to share and to give happiness to family, loved ones and those in need. When the world has gone amok and the elements outside are raging it is wise to bundle up with care. Remember to stop and embrace the beauty lacing every corner of the land.  Do not ignore nature's gifts and be reminded and refreshed by exhibiting grace and kindness to all.   Grab your favorite coat, chin up, smile and walk gracefully out the door with confidence and light. 




Audrey Hepburn


"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."  - Audrey Hepburn



Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style