DIY, Personal Style, Self care

Transform Your Style Series: Change Your Hair – I Gave Myself A Buzz Cut 💇

My Most Recent DIY Buzz Cut

Hey Guys,

Hopefully, this post finds you doing well. I’m ok over here in GA . I’m still slowly chipping away at my master bedroom redo. Hopefully it will be done by week’s end.

As mentioned in my last post, I am in the process of refreshing my style following my 6 Easy Steps To Transform Your Style post.

If you’ve been keeping up with me here on the blog or over on Instagram this post is not a big surprise because you’ve already seen my cut and color.

Today I want to talk a little more about the reasons why I chose to cut it all off.

My Hair & My Lifestyle

Right After One of My Last Visits To the Barber

At the beginning on 2020, I decided to cut off all of my chemically straightened hair because it wasn’t working for me anymore.

Like most people who work full-time, most of my time is spent working. Even though I work from home, I still dress and groom myself for work. I still need to be professional and presentable for frequent on-camera work meetings.

Since I am not a morning person and I work an early schedule, I often find myself waking up last minute without a lot of time to spare. I need a low maintenance hairstyle that would look neat and polished with very little effort in the mornings.

Additionally, I realized that I was spending a ton of money and time getting a hair style that often wouldn’t last on my fine soft hair beyond a day or two after my visit to the salon.

To get the ease that I was looking for I figured I could either grow my hair out so I could pull it back or cut it super short . Having already tried growing it out several times before and never being happy with that situation, I decided that going shorter was the right option for me.

After making the decision to cut it off, I quickly went out and bought myself a new pair of clippers and cut it all off. After that initial haircut, I found a local barber to clean up the cut and to maintain it going forward.

My Hair – Now

My 1st DIY color & cut attempt

So far, I’ve been extremely happy with my decision and it’s been working out well for me. My initial plan was to visit the barber twice a month for maintenance but Covid-19 has changed all that.

Since the local shelter in place, I’ve had to pick up my clippers again. It was scary at first but it’s getting better. I’ve even been experimenting with color and I REALLY like it.

With GA reopening salons and barbershops last Friday, I thought I might be able to go and get my hair professionally cut 😐. Sadly, that did not work out because my barber’s shop will not reopen until May due to the current restrictions.

As I have had more time to think about it, I’m not sure that going back into the shop this early would even be a safe option. There are just too many unanswered questions about the virus. I’m not 100% clear on how it’s transferred or how it could affect me if I got it.

It has become clearer and clearer to me that I am going to have to get comfortable with doing my own hair at home at least for now.

What about you? Has Covid-19 impacted your hair maintenance routine? If so, how are you managing the situation?

Personal Style

6 Easy Ways To Transform Your Style – (2020 Repost)

Hey Guys☺,I can’t believe this blog was launched a little more than 4 years ago back on January 4th of 2016.Very soon it will be time for me to renew both the site and domain name.Nowadays it seems like a lot of the bloggers that I have followed faithfully over the years no longer post regularly to their blogs.Most seem to have more of a regular presence over on Instagram.Seeing this trend has made me wonder if they know something that I don’t know. Is blogging slowly becoming a thing of the past? I’ve even questioned if it even makes sense for me to keep pouring time, money, and effort into having a blog in 2020 if the masses are all over on Instagram.Up until now, I haven’t been faithfully tracking the number of people who have visited the blog since it launched 4 years ago. Frankly, I’ve just been afraid to look because I didn’t want to get discouraged if I looked and saw that not too many people were checking it out.Today I decided to face my fears and take a look at my yearly stats since 2016 and I was ASTOUNDED. Check this out:

  • 2016 – the site had only 649 views from January 2 – December 31, 2016.
  • 2017 – the site had 1040 views for the whole year.
  • 2018 – the site had 1424 views for the whole year.
  • 2019 – the site had 9,173 views for the whole year.😲😲😲

Based on the steady increase in numbers, I’m completely blown away and encouraged to keep the blog going for now.

Now On To the Subject of This post…….I thought it would be good to refresh and repost this blog post from June 2, 2016 because I feel like my own personal style could use a refresher. A lot has changed with me since then and I anticipate even more changes to come.In addition to my ongoing Wardrobe series, I thought it might also be fun for me to move through the 6 steps myself and post my progress here on the blog.To kick things off I am republishing the full post with a few side notes and link updates.Starting next Wednesday, I’ll start breaking down each of the 6 steps and detailing my current experience and feelings about that step……………Post Start…………I’ve always loved watching Style Makeover shows like “What Not to Wear”, “Ambush Makeover”, and “Love Lust or Run”. I’ve always secretly wished that I could get a makeover one day. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and make myself over.Below I have listed 6 easy ways that I have been transforming my style while working with a limited budget. Many of the tips listed below do require a small investment of time and/or money but will yield a high return when it comes to transforming your style.

1. Change Your Hair

“If Your Hair is Done Properly and You Are Wearing Good Shoes, You Can Get Away With Anything” Iris Apfel

A great hairstyle can make you look and feel good in any and everything that you wear. More importantly, your hairstyle says something about who you are as a person, just like the clothes you wear.Changing up your hair color, hair texture, and hair length can easily be done by the hands of a capable professional hairstylist OR by throwing on a hair piece.While You Tube Videos, Blog tutorials, and Pinterest are also options for any who would prefer to take the DIY route …. I personally prefer to leave my hair cuts and major hair color changes to the professionals.

2. Have A Professional Beauty Consultation

Makeup and hair go hand in hand. With the proper hairstyle, all eyes will be on your face so use a little color to highlight your best features.I’ve had to opportunity to be made over by a professional MUA (Make Up Artist). Having a face to face session was invaluable because she was able to give me advice tailored to my specific needs.I highly recommend setting up at least one face to face session with a make up professional, so that you can get color recommendations;thereafter, you can get a lot of great tips and tutorials on You Tube and from books, blogs, and magazines. Even a friend or family member who is good with makeup might be a great resource.

*Below is a picture to show the difference that a good haircut and a little makeup can make.

3. Invest In Accessories

I LOVE accessories! They are an easy way to turn a basic outfit into something really special. Head wraps, Big hoops, Statement necklaces, Statement shoes, and Sunglasses are definitely a few of my favorite accessories of the moment.Because I am still building my wardrobe and I don’t have that many pieces, I rely very heavily on my accessories to keep my basics fresh and interesting.When it comes to accessorizing, I am definitely not an expert. But I have learned some very good guidelines from a book that I purchased from Amazon a few years back: The Finishing Touch – Perfecting the Art of Accessorizing, by Imogen Lamport.For the most part, I let my gut have the final say when it comes down to which accessories I choose to wear with my outfit. If I love it and it feels right, I go with it.

4. Learn and Dress For Your Body Shape

Knowing your body shape is so important because it will help you to recognize what styles will and won’t work for your body. Thankfully there is no shortage of advice on the subject. A host of information can be readily found in Books, on Blogs, Forums, and Pinterest.What worked for me. For me figuring out my body shape was a real challenge until I discovered YouLookFab.com. On that website, I found a forum where I was able to upload a picture of myself and receive objective feedback about my body shape. With the help of the awesome ladies on this site, I discovered that I am a short waisted Racy Rectangle. Since posting this 4 years ago, I’ve also discovered that I am not a textbook rectangle. I have a mixed shape. I’ll be explaining this more in an upcoming post.Once you have your body shape sorted out, you can find lots of information in books or online to help you to dress it.

5. Identify Your Style

Identifying your style can also be a real challenge. There are also many online and written quizzes that are designed to help you to figure this out, but these never really helped me.What worked for me. I read a couple blog entries on the subject over on a blog called Girl About Downtown. (Unfortunately this blog is no longer online 😣). After reading these posts, I discovered that finding my personal style was really a very simple process. All I had to do was to write down 3 words to describe how I wanted others to see me when they looked at me and choose my pieces accordingly. OMG so simple! Those 3 words along with my body shape and lifestyle are the primary filters that I use when deciding on what pieces I will keep, buy, or sew.

6.Take Inventory Of Your Current and Future Wardrobe Pieces

After you have Identified your body shape and personal style you will know what pieces will fit best into your wardrobe. Ultimately the only items that you want to have in your closet or plan to purchase should:

  • flatter your body shape
  • fit you properly
  • feel good on
  • pass through your 3 word filter
  • fit your lifestyle

Now I’m not suggesting that you get rid of everything in your closet. For most people, this will be a process. Some of your current pieces can be re-worked to fit until you can find a suitable replacement. We will explore some strategies for re-working these pieces in future posts.

DIY, How I Wore It, Wardrobe

The Amazing A-Line Shape

Hey There☺,

This week’s wardrobe wonder is the A-line sillouhette. It’s the one shape of dress, skirt, or coat that can work for all 6 body shapes.

If helps to give the illusion of curves for the straighter body shapes and nicely accommodates the hips of the curvier body shapes.

Style Details & History

Per Wikipedia, an A- line shape is one that is fitted to the upper hip by means of seams and darts.

Although the term was first coined by Christian Dior in 1955 as the label for his spring collection that year, the shape was not the shape that we understand the term to mean today.

Dior’s A-shape was a fingertip-length flared jacket worn over a dress with a full pleated skirt.

1950’s Dior silhouettes inspired by the shapes of letters. Includes the A-Shape. The Fashion Encyclopedia

In spring of 1958 Dior’s successor Yves Saint Laurent introduced the A-shape that we recognize to be an A-line today with his “Trapeze Line” which featured dresses flaring out dramatically from a fitted shoulder line.

Yves St Laurant – 1958 trapeze dress

A-line clothes remained popular in the 60’s and 70’s but disappeared in the 80’s.

By the late 90’s and early 2000’s they saw a revival.

Body Shapes Styling Ideas

As previously mentioned, this shape works well for all 6 body shapes. Length is best worn at or above the knee, below the calves, and maxi.

For oval body shapes dresses are best fitted to right below the bust. Skirts are best with a lower rise. Rise is the distance between your waist and crotch.

For a body shapes refresher click here.

My A-line Looks

I think this shape definitely flatters my “curvy” rectangle shape and it makes fitting my curvier bottom a lot easier.

My favorite length to wear is definitely midi or maxi. Check out a few of my A-line shaped pieces below.

DIY, sewing

Pattern Review – New Look 6216

Look at me being all consistent with my posting!🤔🤣 I guess that’s what happens when you’ve got a little extra time on your hands or when you’ve been placed on what my job is calling “Pandemic Leave”.

I’m definitely not complaining because I do have some projects around the house that I need to catch up on. I will admit that I’ve spent half of my 4 week leave sulking about being put on leave and also a good bit of the time sewing up face masks for my family and friends

Starting next week I think I’m going to break away from my sewing machine and focus on my bedroom because it needs a little TLC and I need a distraction.

But before I go diving into those two gallons of paint that have been sitting over in the corner for the last two years, I stopped by to show you guys this quick and easy top and pants outfit that I recently whipped up.

New Look 6216

About a couple of weeks ago, I realized that none of my bottoms fit me well and that I was gonna have to make myself some more.

While I haven’t made any new shoes or clothing purchases I had to rethink my goal of not purchasing patterns or fabric because I realized after going through my huge pattern and fabric collection that I do not have the right styles of patterns or types of fabric for my life style or body shape.

After spending way too much of my time lowering and altering pant rises last year, I decided to give me and my waistline a break .

Enter New Look 6216. These are elastic waisted pants with a draw string that sit about an inch below the natural waistline. I’ve been lusting after a pair of low rise tapered pants for a while now and these are perfect.

I sewed these up in a size 18 based on the pattern sizing recommendations. I made no intentional design changes but I did leave off the drawstring because I accidentally sewed the waistband with the holes facing inward.😬 No more sipping and socializing while sewing for me.🤣🤣🤣

This is a great pattern that went together without a hitch.

I love these pants and I definitely plan to make them again but the next time I will definitely have to do a full butt adjustment and go with a different fabric. I’m not sure what kind of fabric this is but it feels like it might be a cotton and synthetic blend. It’s really shiny and noisy. It looks cool but it drove me crazy every time I moved.

As far as the top goes, I made view A in a size 14 . I used a black thin sweater knit from my stash. I am really happy with the style but I would definitely go with a different fabric the next time.

Final Thoughts

I guess I’ve said just about all that I have to say about this ensemble so I’m going to sign off now and go prep some walls.

While I can’t promise to put out 3 blog posts every week, I can promise to do my best to be more consistent.

Until next time, take care.❤

Angie H.

Local Business Feature, Wardrobe

Local Business Spotlight – Fashions By RoPuddles

Hey Guys,

Surprise!!!! I’m popping in again this week to feature a dress I purchased back in 2019 from one of my favorite local based online shops.

I am not being paid or compensated by RoPuddles in any way for this post so I feel like I can be 100% honest and upfront here. In fact, Roshanna had no prior knowledge that her online store is being featured on my blog today.😬☺

I really love supporting small businesses and local vendors when I can because I don’t ever want to live in a world where my main options for buying clothes are Amazon.com or some other faceless online giant.

A Little More About Fashions By RoPuddles

I discovered Fashions By RoPuddles over on Instagram a little more than a year ago. I really liked the look of the items that Roshanna was offering but I really wanted to see them in person so that I could do a quality check. When I found out that she was doing a pop-up shop over near where I lived, I jumped at the chance to meet up with her.

I was blown away by both the quality and the prices.

Since then I’ve purchased several pieces from Roshanna and each time it’s always been a great experience. Her customer service has always been top notch and the pieces that I’ve purchased have always been good quality and well made.

Roshanna offers unique pieces that you don’t see everywhere. Many of the pieces offered are classic styles with a modern twist.

Her shop has Ready To Wear (RTW), Signature Couture skirts and African print fabrics. I’ve purchased fabrics and RTW. To my surprise I found that many of the RTW pieces are made right here in the USA and are very reasonably priced.

The Dress

When I saw this dress, it was love at first sight. I loved EVERYTHING about it. It’s a classic midi length wrap dress made up in a bold and graphic Ankara print with all the colors that I am loving right now.

This dress is one size fits most. I’ve never purchased a dress with this type of sizing but surprisingly it worked out pretty good for me. I’d say that it could fit a small (with alterations) up to a large.

Thanks to the sleeveless bodice, full skirt, and ties at the waist it can easily be altered or adjusted for different body sizes. Having put on a few pounds since I bought this dress a few months ago, I can definitely appreciate this feature.

I also like that this dress can be worn 3 seasons and that this style would also be flattering on most body shapes.

Final Thoughts

Unfortunately, I think that this particular dress is no longer available but she’s got new pieces coming in all the time and a lot of other pieces in stock that are definitely worth checking out.

So make sure you go and check her out at RoPuddles.com. She can also be found over on IG as RoPuddles.

Because I’ve decided to take this year off from making new purchases, I personally won’t be making any new purchases for myself but I’ve got two other dresses that I purchased last year that I hope to feature on the Blog at some point this year.

DIY

The Graphic Tee – How To Wear It.

DIY skirt Mccalls 7931

Hey Guys,

I hope this post finds you doing well and in good spirits during these challenging times. I’m so excited to finally be kicking of my wardrobe series 😁.

Deciding which wardrobe piece to start with has been quite the challenge for me. With so many options to choose from, I was having trouble picking.

About a week ago, I finally decided. My husband and I were getting ready for a client photo shoot and I was trying to decide what I was going to wear. The shoot was about a 2 hour drive away from where we lived and once we arrived I would be running around styling and photographing the client. In this situation I knew that comfortable and stylish pieces would be key.

While rambling through my dresser drawers, I came across this cute graphic T-Shirt that I had purchased a year ago but never worn. It was the perfect solution. After adding a black blazer,a pair of black skinnies, and my favorite pair of black and white canvas sneakers I was ready to go.

Graphic tees are definitely among my favorite pieces to wear because they are really comfy to wear AND they make me feel cool and current. I own them in several different colors and styles and my absolute favorite way to wear them is under a blazer.

The History

Marlon Brando – A Street Car Named Desire

I love learning about the history of fashion. I am always amazed at how a piece of clothing often starts out as a functional utilitarian piece but later becomes fashion. The T-shirt is no exception.

This post isn’t meant to cover all the history or all the different styles of T-shirts. Today’s focus is just the graphic tee. I’ll delve into other styles of T-shirts in future posts.

According to Wikipedia, the T-shirt started out as undergarments in the 19th centry but evolved into general-use casual clothing by the mid-20th century.

The T-shirt became more popular and fashionable after Marlon Brando wore one in A Streetcar Named Desire.

A graphic tee is a T-shirt that has printed pictures and/or words on it. Since the 1960’s this style of T-Shirt has flourished as a form of self expression. Since then they have been used to market products, to celebrate pop culture, to commemorate events and to make a personal or political statements.

Graphic Tee Styling Ideas

There are not many options when it comes to the style of sleeves or necklines for the Graphic Tee, so the styling suggestions presented below will focus on how you can style and wear what’s available on the market. Need a body shape refresher? Click Here

Hourglass. V-necks and fitted silhouettes are best when available. When the t-shirt is not fitted you should tuck in the t-shirt or knot a the waist. Pair with a pencil skirt and a pair of heels.

Rectangle – You are free to wear a crew or v-neckline. Choose a longer t-shirt length and a lower waistline when possible to allow for partial or faux tucking. Remember to also roll up your sleeves for a more polished look.

Apple – V-neck styles are best when available. Pair with an open front cardigan worn with a matching bottom. Three quarter sleeves are great but if not available a pushed up or rolled up sleeve will look just as good.

Oval – Pair with an open blazer worn with a matching bottom. Three quarter sleeves are great but if not available a pushed up or rolled up sleeve will look just as good.

Triangle – You are free to wear crew or v-neck styles. Feel free to add a statement necklace if that is your thing. Bright colors are also good for you. Pair with a pretty midi skirt for a cool look.

Inverted Triangle – V-neck styles are best for you. Three quarter length raglan style sleeves are also good if you find them. You can pair your Graphic Tee with boyfriend jeans, flares, or wide leg pants to achieve a no fail look.

Final Thoughts

So maybe you are thinking to yourself that Graphic Tees are not your thing, but try to keep an open mind. A Graphic Tees can be styled in so many different ways and can easily be customized with words and/or graphics to suit your personal tastes.

As always your feedback is welcome. I always love hearing from you guys so please feel free to drop a comment below or reach out to me via my contact form. I usually respond within 24 hours.

Angie H.

DIY

The Body Shapes Round Up

Hey Guys,
Hopefully you are all doing okay during these challenging times. I don’t want to dwell on what’s going on in the world right now because I want this post to be a respite for me and for anyone who is taking the time to read it.

I am very excited to finally bring you this post. It has been a long time coming. The reason it’s taken me some time to get it posted is because I was looking for someone to create custom illustrations to go along with this post. Both my husband and daughter agreed to create them for me, but that just never happened. And really, I am not mad at either of them because fashion illustration really isn’t their thing and besides my husband is the BIGGEST supporter of my Blog in so many other ways.
Eventually I found a fashion illustrator on the web and he did a fantastic job of bringing my visions to life.

I mentioned in previous posts that I was working on some personal projects and taking a few classes. WELLLLLLL, I’ve been studying to become a Personal Stylist. A large part of my training was learning body shapes and how to dress them. For me personally, this has always been a confusing concept because there is a whole lot of conflicting information out there and there doesn’t really seem to be a universal standard to go by. I’ve seen the number of different body shapes range anywhere from 4 up to 12. And even when the sources agree on number, the categories of shapes aren’t always the same.

The shapes that I will be referencing today will be the shapes that I learned and that I will talk about here on the blog. When I recommend a certain style for a particular body shape, I want to make sure that you guys know what I mean. You may find that you don’t perfectly fit into just one category, but that’s okay because I don’t. Mixed body shapes and variations do exist and I will do my best to show you guys how to work around that.

Without further ado, let’s start talking body shapes.
The Body Shapes

First things first. Let’s start out by defining exactly what your body shape is. It’s the front facing silhouette of your body that is formed when you trace an outline around your body that includes both of your shoulders, your waist, and your hips. The width of these three body parts in relation to one another will mainly be used to determine your body shape.

Tip: It is best not to try and determine your body shape based on the circumference of your bust, waist and hips because you can have a straight shape with a protruding bust or bum that causes you to measure like an hourglass. You should measure from left to right at the shoulder line, waistline, and hip line.

Apple

Description – When measuring from left to right, your shoulders and upper arms will be broader your waistline and hip line. Your shoulders are broad and rounded. You have a large bust and volume in the stomach. Your waist can be defined or undefined.

Celebrity Example: Jill Scott

Inverted Triangle

Description – When measuring from left to right your shoulders are more prominent/wider than your waistline and hip line. There is often little to no waist definition. Also referred to as strawberry, Y shape, or V Shape.

Variations

  • Cornet – Broad shoulders, small bust, undefined waist, slim hips
  • Goblet – Broad shoulders, large bust undefined waist, slim hips

Celebrity Example: Naomi Campbell

Rectangle

Description – When measuring from left to right your shoulders, hips, and waistline are roughly the same width but you have little to no waist definition. Also referred to as brick, H shape, or straight shape.

Variations

  • Column – you are the lean version with narrow hips and shoulders. You have longer legs and a slight waist.
  • Lollipop – you have large volume in the bust, longer legs, and a slight waist.

Celebrity Example: Gwyneth Paltrow

Hourglass

Description – When measuring from left to right, your shoulders and hips are roughly the same width but your waistline will be smaller. For the most part, there should be a noticeable curve from bust line to the waistline and from the waistline to hip line.

Variations:

  • 8 shape – Your hips have a shelf like appearance. The widest point of your hips is at your upper hip line. You have a high waist (short waist).
  • cello – plus size hourglass
  • vase – narrower bust line than standard hourglass shape. Not as much definition between the bust and waist.
  • top heavy – bust is slightly larger than hips
  • bottom heavy – hip are slightly wider than bust line.

Celebrity Example: Christina Hendricks

Triangle

Description – When measuring left to right your shoulders and waistline are balanced (roughly the same width) but your hip line is wider. You will usually have a small bust, longer waistline and shorter heavier legs. You also have a flat stomach. Also referred to as pear body shape.

Variations

  • Skittle – average size bust, big thighs
  • Bell – small shoulders, small bust, small waist, short waist, big thighs, big bottom

Celebrity Example: Jennifer Love Hewitt

Oval

Description – When measuring left to right your shoulders and hip line are balanced (roughly the same width) but your waistline is wider. Plus size ovals can have imbalanced hips.

Variations

  • Imbalanced Hips – Hips can be slightly wider than shoulders. When plus sized ovals have imbalanced hips, Trinny & Susannah refer to them as apples in their book The Body Shape Bible.

Celebrity Example: Kathy Bates