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Las Vegas Fashion Stylist Lauren Schugar
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Are you the type that likes to organize?  Hate the sponsored adds on Yelp? Want to know what people you trust recommend. Love making Pinterest boards? The Vermouth is all those things combined. Full Discloser:  My friend, Jamien created this app and I would love it if you downloaded it. Find me, Friend me, support other creatives trying to make the world a better place.  It's still in the beta phase, please test it. Your feedback is helpful. 

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Career Advice I am still learning

My husband just sent me this article and I though it was worth sharing. I like to think of it as career advice I am still learning. Creating the "dream job" is very challenging in the creative world or in any world I would image. Finding a balance between work and taking care of myself & kid sometimes can be a struggle. In the past work has always won, but lately there has been a shift. These 16 bullet points were written by Shane Rodgers . Hopefully you will learn something new from the list below:

  1. A career is a marathon, not a sprint

    Chill. When we are younger we tend to be impatient. As you get older you realise there is no real rush. Life, and the careers we pursue to fill it and pay the bills, needs to be approached on a long-term basis. If you sprint you will wear out or start to resent work that you previously enjoyed. Allow yourself time to breathe and grow. Things will come if you work hard and allow yourself time to get good at things. Always rushing only leaves you empty, and tired. It is fine to give yourself permission to take some time in the slow lane with the hat people. You will find yourself seeing things on the journey that you didn’t realise were there.

  2. Most success comes from repetition, not new things

    Malcolm Gladwell’s brilliant book Outliers was published, promoting the idea that you needed to spend 10,000 hours on something to become truly expert at it. This applied to the Beatles and their Hamburg gigs and Bill Gates who, through a series of fortuitous accidents, ended up spending more time than almost anyone else on a computer.

    The lesson here is get good at things before you try to move to the next thing. Genuine expertise belongs to an elite few. They seldom have superpowers. They usually have endurance, patience and take a long-term view. They also love what they do. If your find that, don’t let it go.

  3. If work was really so great all the rich people would have the jobs

    It is well established that almost nobody laments on their death bed that they didn’t spend enough time at the office. This seems obvious. Yet still we let contrived circumstances and fairly trivial issues keep us from important events like school sport days and kids getting badges for picking up rubbish. I wish somebody had schooled me about these priorities at 25. I can remember every sport day and certificate presentation I missed. I can’t remember any of the reasons I missed them.

  4. Deprioritise your career when your kids are young

    If you have skills, commitment and passion, careers tend to take care of themselves. Over the long haul, it really doesn’t matter if you have a few years when your career is in canter mode while you prioritise young children. This should apply to men and women. If you miss that time meeting deadlines and finishing reports, you never get it back. Childhood is fleeting. When it is in its formative stages, you get one chance.

    You can also miss the chance to learn. Children teach you a lot more than you teach them. They give you a second chance to see the world for the first time through their eyes. And you will be astounded what you miss in the clutter of life. 

  5. In the workforce, always act like you are 35

    A recruiter gave me this advice some years ago. It is quite inspired. What she meant was, when you are young in the workplace, don’t act as a novice. If you are smart and competent, step up and do whatever you are capable of doing in a mature way. Similarly, when you are an older worker, don’t act like it. Approach your day with youthful energy. To quote a famous Frank Sinatra song: “You’re 35 and it’s a very good year”.

  6. Management is about people, not things

    It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that all people are equal, behave the same every day and have a generic capacity to perform. Humans are simply not made like that. Business guru Jack Welch says the workforce consists of 20 per cent of people who are high performers, 10 per cent that you should get rid of and 70 per cent who do okay. The problem is the 70 per cent. Most managers want everyone in the 20 per cent. We need to be careful not to believe that the 70 per cent are underperformers. Sometimes we need to celebrate the competence of the masses not the superpowers of the elite. As managers, we are not managing things, we are empowering people and making the best use of whatever it is they bring to the table.

  7. Genuinely listen to others 

    It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking we have all the answers as individuals. We don’t. As a group we are far more powerful. We need to learn to genuinely collaborate and really listen to the opinions of others. And we need to ask our own people first. So many managers and firms fall into the trap of asking external consultants for answers and then trying to implement the recommendations over the top of tried-and-true employees. In almost every case, our own people already know the answers. We need to avoid letting familiarity blind us to the talent sitting around us.

  8. Never work for horrible bastards

    Life is way too short to tolerate really bad bosses. If you find yourself working for one, unless you are desperate or starving, start looking for a new job. Immediately. Then sack the bad boss. By leaving. 

  9. Recognise that staff are people with finite emotional capacity

    This is one I really wish I had known earlier. It is clear to me now that humans have a finite emotional capacity. If there is something challenging happening in their personal lives, they have limited capacity left to deal with issues at work. In nearly 100 per cent of cases I have dealt with of people suddenly under-performing at work, it has nothing to do with work. When good people have problems, managers and companies need to carry them. This should be a personal mission. If we learn to carry people when they most need it, we become a stronger community and we empower people in ways that we probably can’t imagine when we are young. A re-invigorated broken employee is a corporation’s most powerful force. They become a slightly better version of themselves without the need for a V energy drink. {I like to think of this as being a team player, when a member is down the rest of the team pulls together so the injured player can get better faster}

  10.  Don’t just network with people your own age

    Beware the whiz kid syndrome. Smart, young people have a habit of forming communities of other smart young people and feeding off each other’s energy. In the older world they are seen as “bright young things” that give confidence that the future is in good hands. Argghhhh. How many times have you heard that? Youth enclaves can actually be restrictive. Smart 20-somethings should make sure they network with older people too. In fact their networking should be about meeting useful mentors and career champions who can open doors and fast track careers. Similarly, older, successful people shouldn’t just sit in musty clubs talking about the 1970s. They should be proactively seeking out smart, young people who can shake them out of their comfort zone and open their eyes to new ideas.

  11. Celebrate cultural differences in the workplace

    One of the big mistakes we make in Australia is failing to adequately recognise the value of overseas experience and people from a variety of cultures. Diversity brings a richness to our workplaces that benefits all of us. Overseas experience is real experience. We should take every opportunity to inject new thinking into our workplaces. It is where the magic begins. {making everyone feel valued in the team, makes people want to be part of the team}

  12. Take the time to understand what your business does

    I love the story of President J F Kennedy’s visit to NASA during which he asked a cleaner what his job was. The cleaner replied that he sent rockets to the moon. All of us should feel part of what our organisations actually do. We should take the time to be part of the big picture and always feel connected with the true objectives of our workplace. Don’t wait for someone to tell you or lament that internal communication is crap. Find out for yourself.

  13. Don’t put off working overseas

    Geography is becoming less relevant. We are all citizens of the world. President Obama made the point during his University of Queensland speech that the world was becoming smaller and even the Pacific Ocean was now just a lake. If you get the chance to work overseas, and you aspire to do that, take it. There is never a right time. And we always regret the things we don’t do far more than the things we do.

  14. Work in an office where you have friends

    You will spend a lot of time at work. You should work with people you like. I used to be a bit sceptical about a question in employment engagement surveys asking people if they had a “best friend” at work. I realise now that work is much better if you are among friends. The happiest people are those who do things they are passionate about with people they really like. Further to that, if you find you have taken on a job you hate, ditch it quickly. Your career can survive a few well-intentioned detours and mistaken pathways.

  15. Never sacrifice personal ethics for a work reason

    Crucial to workplace happiness is value alignment. If you work somewhere that compromises your personal ethics and values, get out of there as quickly as you can. Good people will be unnerved by things that don’t feel right. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Bad things only manifest when good people don’t take a stand.

  16. Failing is not failure. Researchers recognise that failure is just part of a process to eliminate unsuccessful options. Thomas Edison articulated this best: “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” If we fear failure we tend to take a minimalist approach to our jobs and the opportunities around us. Takes some risks. Sometimes failing spectacularly is the best evidence that we are alive, human and serious about aspiring to the extraordinary. There is no value in being ordinary when you have the capacity to be remarkable.
Bra 101

I wrote this article years ago for a publication and just found in my Microsoft Word Doc and thought it was worth sharing. If you want basic bra 101 continue reading. As a stylist and image coach my job is to make you, my clients feel and look your very best. Now there are many points and tips I share with clients everyday, but if there was one thing I would stress to you if you are getting back in the saddle again, or someday want to, is simply that. You need to know how important it is that you not only feel your very best, but that you know you look it too.

Bra 101

Now there are several ways to go about to do this, but my quickest, yet quintessential solution for achieving this is by taking the time and go get fitted for a new bra. Easy I know, but seriously when was the last time you did this? When you are wearing the correct size undergarments, your clothes fit better, you look 5 pounds thinner and you’ll feel more confident.

To me, owning new properly fitting under garments is like having a secret arsenal of self -assurance. You will look sleeker and sexier than ever before, making you more confident to face the world of dating. Here are some ways to figure out if your wearing the right bra.

1.) If your bra strap consistently slides off and the back rides up – you are wearing the wrong size 2.) In a right fitting bra your nipple should line up halfway between your elbow and your shoulder. If yours doesn’t do this you are probably wearing the wrong bra

Now when you go to look at bras, ask the fitter questions. Show her the bras you like and don’t like, a great way to do this is to wear your favorite bra to the store and tell the fitter why its your favorite, so she can show similar ones. And always, always wear or at least bring a t-shirt when you are bra shopping. A good bra has to pass the t-shirt test by looking smooth and invisible underneath it. If it doesn’t than you need to move on and find a different bra.

Also when you are trying them on, make sure you are doing a proper try on. I know I didn’t even know what this was or that for more years than I would like to mention, was not putting my bras on right. But there is a proper way to ensure a perfect fit and you do it by putting on your bra while bending forward so your breasts fall into the cups. Then you fasten the back and adjust the shoulders. Do this and you will see a major difference in the way your bras fit.

As with jeans and shoes, your undergarment collection also needs diversity. You would never own just one pair of shoes would you? Having five styles of bras in your wardrobe is ideal. You should have a … 1. Smooth one, for under t-shirts and tighter fitting tops 2. Strapless, key for strapless dresses or wider neck lined tops 3. Sporty, for working out your sexy bod 4. Sexy one, you know for fun things that tend to happen after a few cocktails 5. T-back, these will help immensely for under razorback tanks. A leisure bra, should be super comfy and the one you would wear everyday if you could. (I don't own a leisure bra, but some of my girlfriend only wear them, hence it made my list)

 I hope this helps guide you in creating a fabulous foundation, both for your clothes and your energy level to try on new bras. Remember a few small, but significant adjustments is all you need to feel confident, sexy and ready for the new year.

Reflections of 2016

My favorite time of year just might be New Years! Wiping the slate clean, starting fresh, taking inventory, organizing data, are all things as a stylist I do for my job. Part of my process in looking forward is understanding where I am at, and what I might have learned from my mistakes. With all that said, Here is what I am most grateful for happening in 2016.

Reflections of 2016

  • The Four Agreements- this book was a real game changer for me. I learned not to make assumptions or to take things personally. This self-management has allowed me to be more present, and to let go of the everyday insecurities. Oprah talks about finding the flow. The four agreements have helped me enter the flow - it’s a great place to be!
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seattlehouse
  • New house- we took the plunge and invested in staying in Seattle longer than originally planned. After years of renting, having our own space to invest in has Seattle feeling like home.
What kind of wife would I be if I didn't attempt to do a funny out take
What kind of wife would I be if I didn't attempt to do a funny out take
  • Hubs got a promotion- Yes! It is fun witness the patience, hard work and faith turn into fruition. His new job has created some adjustments in the family dynamic, mostly because my daughter and I have more alone time together than ever before. Very grateful for the time I get to influence her while she still seems to listen.
Reflections of 2016
Reflections of 2016
  • Baby Lucia- Grateful to watch my family grow and have another girl gang member. Nothing like cute little girls to brighten up my day.

I usually like to focus reflections on the positives that I experienced, but 2016 was also filled with work challenges, lost opportunities and kid drama. All of which were experiences filled with disappointments to grow from.

Looking ahead for Chapter 2017

  • Turn my cell phone off – being less tethered to smartphone applications (games and social). I totally have an addiction to my cell-phone and games that I spend hours a month playing. I plan to use this time investing in paying more attention to people I care about me.
  • Less is more. Loving "The Minimalists" movement “love people and use things” instead of “using people and loving things”. I will continue let go of clothing and things I no longer need. Being a stylist, it is very hard to let go of clothing especially when it can go into my kit.

When I make a goal I try to The focus is on doing the action, not on achieving X goal by a certain date. Best of Luck for you and your adventures in 2017

Holiday Gift ideas
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holiday-gift-ideas

Being a "stylist, personal shopper, blogger" you would think I would be all about telling you what to buy. Around the holidays it is hard not to get carried away with all the sales and cute holiday items - all of which have you going over your holiday budget. This holiday season don't over extend yourself. The holidays should be about getting to see and spend time with your friends and family. Versus running around stressed and broke trying to ensure everyone has a gift they don't need. Less is more. Below are my holiday gift ideas that I believe get used and enjoyed, not donated. Kitchen Aid Artisan Mini- This model is 20% smaller and 25% lighter. Great for the city dweller. It made the list because it's on my list! A wonderful gift for someone who likes to cook & bake in smaller batches. So many attachments, so many possibilities for future add-on gifts.

Angel Hair Necklace- Jewelry that can be worn everyday is my type of jewelry. I am a  big fan of Catbird, and own several pieces that I never take off. If you are looking for jewelry to make someone feel special - a bracelet, ring, earrings, or necklace - anything from Catbird will make your fashion forward friend smile.

YSL Volupte' tint-in-oil -Pricey to say the least and worth every penny. This is a lip tint that both smells and feels delicious on your lips, leaving only a hint of color. I love it and can be purchased at Sephora {I like buying cosmetics at Sephora because they take returns with out hassling}

Amazon Echo- My husband is fixated with it. If your tech-ie doesn't owe it, they want to.

Skin Care- This is something that everyone should do for themselves but most don't. Taking care of your skin can be expensive. I have had companies send me free stuff and my skin really does show and feel the difference. My sister sell's Rodan + Fields and I actually use it.  The gift of skincare is for the person who takes care of everybody else instead of themselves. [show_shopthepost_widget id="2215487"]

Polaroid + extra film- For the tween that loves snapchap. This is a Polaroid for the savvy, and its compatible with your smartphone. You can do many tricks like adding graphics to the photo.

Stendig Calendar- This giant calendar lives in my office. Makes a great white elephant gift and is so big it is impossible not to use. It is the type of gift that people will buy it for themselves year after year.

Away Travel- I am obsessed with my new carry-on! If you know someone that is particularly organized (like myself) or travels often, this luggage is going to make that person enjoy packing (because really who likes packing?). I am ga-ga over all the compartments. I have the bigger of the two carry-on options. Away travel comes in a different sizes and colors.

BTS Bellevue Collection

The Bellevue Collection is made up of three parts: Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square, and Bellevue Place. Bellevue Square has a bunch of great stores including  Nordstrom, Free People, Intermix, Zara, Anthropologie , Uniqlo,.... see a full list here.   Bellevue Collection creates both a  fashion forecasting lookbook and magazine which I got to style for Fall 2016. We shot this is the middle of July when fall fashion hasn't official arrived and everything was on summer markdown. I spent five full days in the mall pulling for this shoot.

BTS Bellevue Collection Photo Shoot

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BTS of shooting
BTS of shooting
There was lots of fun movement in this shoot
There was lots of fun movement in this shoot
As a outfit was shot, and a picture was selected it would get printed out and added to the wall
As a outfit was shot, and a picture was selected it would get printed out and added to the wall

After the merch was shot I got to head back to the mall and return everything I had borrowed which took about 8 hours. I didn't take a picture but next time I will. What a sight to see. The Bellevue Collection hired a moving company to move all the merch. A highlight in my line of work. I am usually the one hauling clothes around. I even had an empty store in the mall as a resting stop to hold my gear. Thank You, Bellevue Collection!

photograper: Jeff Engelstad MUA: Lindsay Watkins  Set Design: Gavin Derek Stylist:Lauren Schugar (if your have any interest in looking at my portfolio)

BTS Aspen Sojourner Magazine

Ever heard of Aspen Sojourner magazine? Unless you have been to Aspen the answer will likely be no. Well neither did I until I was asked to style a shoot . Since I had never been to Aspen and it's always fun to check out a new city I was pumped to see what the Aspen fashion scene had to offer. Aspen was pretty fun, the weather was great and the entire city was walkable! Lots of cute restaurants and friendly sales people for such high end shopping.

BTS Aspen Sojourner Magazine

Look from Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
Look from Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2016 Ready to Wear
Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2016 styled with Gucci blouse and heels
Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2016 styled with Gucci blouse and heels
styled by Lauren Schugar
styled by Lauren Schugar

Unfortunately there were a couple of looks that were scrapped from this fashion story. This was for a mid-summer issue and I was struggling to make the most out of what I had. Fashion Photographer:Bernhard Donaubauer AD: Adriana Garcia MUA: Christine Morris Model: Maddie Cook I loved the patterned on patterned floral vibe of the layout.

BTS-Aspen-Sojourner-Magazine
BTS-Aspen-Sojourner-Magazine
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stylinginAspen
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fashionfeature
Perch Magnetic Wall Storage
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Perch-Magnetic-Wall-Storage

In a quest to become hyper organized I have become obsessed with the Perch magnetic storage pieces. Especially loving my Perch Magnetic Wall Storage in my bathroom. I superglued tiny magnets to my makeup and put them on my Perch wall! My hubs picked up the magnets at home dept, but you can also find them on Amazon.

perch-magnets
perch-magnets

Perch Magnetic's also helped me clean my desk off! My office workspace is always... messy. Being able to move my mess to the magnetic wall has helped clear off my actual desk. I have a compartment for everything. Looking for the perfect mid-centry file cabinet... Poppin is the answer. I bought the orange one.

Perch Magnetic Wall Storage

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas commercial

New work for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority! This national commercial was filmed over the span of two days. 9 talent, 36 wardrobe changes in one day, plus forty extra's. Getting to style a What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas commercial was so fun for me. Mostly because it is the ultimate Iconic Vegas experience, and I got to be a part of help create it. Directed by Arturo Pereyra Key MUA: Song Lopez & Krystal Randall

 

Now the crew helped me get threw this one. The boys on set became my life-line and I will forever be grateful for Dane, Buck, and Matt who had me laughing, and smiling for the 30 hours we spent together. I think they felt sorry for me. I had two assistants one that lost my Amex, and the other that was breaking up with her boyfriend. We never had a home base and moved locations multiple times a day. In my stylist world, this was not an easy job for me. Below are some BTS photo's of a what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas commercial!

This was a proposal I had to create for each scene in the shoot. We didn't end up shooting in this location but wanted to give you an idea on how much pre-work styling involves
This was a proposal I had to create for each scene in the shoot. We didn't end up shooting in this location but wanted to give you an idea on how much pre-work styling involves
fittings
fittings
on-location
on-location
The talent that provided me lots of laughs
The talent that provided me lots of laughs
on-set
on-set
strolling in the streets of downtown Vegas
strolling in the streets of downtown Vegas
Me and my daughter trying on bubble shirts my girl Lindsay bought us! Just wanted you to get to see the merchandise I have to provide the wardrobe. It was a lot!
Me and my daughter trying on bubble shirts my girl Lindsay bought us! Just wanted you to get to see the merchandise I have to provide the wardrobe. It was a lot!
Biobu Dishes
Biobu-Dishes
Biobu-Dishes

Living in Seattle has made me become very eco-friendly. I live in a green house, compost and recycle. Which leads me to my latest green purchase Biobu dishes. These green dishes that work great as both indoors/outdoors. Made out of bamboo, this dinnerware works for both hot and cold food. Biobu Dishes are top-rack dishwasher safe, BPA, PVC, and Phthalates free. For the larger plates that don't fit on my top rack, I put them on the bottom rack and haven't noticed any wear and tear thus far. These dishes have a mid centry flare to them with a simple design and color palette of mustard yellow, teal, and orange combo's. The colors are so fun when I open my kitchen cabinet.

I have three different sized plates : 7' side plate, 9' medium, 11' dinner plate and three different sized bowls: pasta bowl (my favorite size), side bowl, and the small (mini) bowl.  I actually love the small bowls. I want to order a couple of trays to complete my set!

I like that the color pops threw the frosted glass
I like that the color pops threw the frosted glass

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Decorate Your Denim

This is one trend that I am seeing in almost every store I go into in one form or another.  Patch's, enamel pin's, stickers... it's all about decorating your denim! Brands are decorating everything from denim to tennis shoes. But you can also buy a pack of pins from Forever21 for less than $7. Below you can see the brands that are already doing it and where to buy.

Decorate Your Denim

 

This season’s new way of livening of denim is so fun to me. What I love most about this trend is the price point. Buying a couple of patches and/or pins to revamp your denim pieces with your personal touch. In full discloser my daughter spends hours on instagram and finds the coolest pins. The cutest pins come from Little Arrow Shop.

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styling-brooklyn

My daughter is obsessed!

Skin care tips you didn't know

My girlfriend Tina crakes me up, she is a total skin care maniac. Literally she must spend an hour a day on cleansing her face. At lunch one day, I had mentioned she should write me a blog post, and she loved the idea .… here are Tina’s top 5 skin care tips. In Tina’s dramatic words, “ Ever since the age of 25, I’ve feared aging. Instead of celebrating my birthday, I dreaded it because it meant I was getting old. I probably fear wrinkles and skin sagging more than I even fear death. I know it sounds dramatic, but it’s true. Up until then, I spent a good portion of my paychecks buying expensive make-up. I grew up with a mother who always emphasized the more you paid for cosmetics, the better the quality of it is. To this day, I still don’t know if the cosmetics sold at the fancy counters are better than what you find at a drugstore but the idea was already ingrained in me. One thing I learned through time though, is that it doesn’t matter how expensive your make up is or how much of it you wear if you don’t have great skin.”

I must confess that I used to be a basic three step skin care system sort of girl. Meaning I would use a cleanser, a toner, and then a moisturizer and then call it good. Not only that, for years I used the same products. Then the last 5 years, I learned to expand my horizons more; I read up on products and beauty regimens, and talked to more specialists that could educate me. Here are a few things I learned through time that I found helpful for taking care of my skin.

1. Your Clarisonic IS NOT an exfoliator. I used to think I didn't need to exfoliate when I used my Clarisonic. After all, the Clarisonic feels like its an electric toothbrush for your face already and why would you want to put anything else abrasive on your face and overdo it? First of all, if the brush feels rough on your face, it’s probably not the right one for you. I recently discovered that the Radiance brush was the right fit for me because even the Sensitive brush was too abrasive feeling on the lowest vibration setting for me. Second of all, the Clarisonic brush is meant to remove dirt, make up, and oil off of your face. It doesn’t remove dead skin cells. That is what exfoliators are for and you should still exfoliate 2-3 times a week. 2. Pat your moisturizer on. When you rub your moisturizer on your face, it is causing friction. When you pat your moisturizer on, you are allowing the skin to absorb the moisturizer instead of just having it rubbed all over the surface.

washing face
washing face

3. Take care of your neck like it is your face. Your neck shows the signs of aging just like your face does, so don’t neglect it. Either use the same moisturizing routine or buy a specific moisturizer for your neck. Several skin care lines make specialized anti-wrinkle firming creams for your neck. Every brand these days makes a neck cream, choose you favorite. Estee LauderClarins, Dr. Dennis Gross, Strivectic, 3 Lab, Philosophy, etc.

4. Hydrate before Retinol. If you are using a retinol product that is not in your moisturizer already, you should hydrate your face beforehand. If your face is dry and you put your retinol product on, it won’t absorb into your skin as well. Something I use that I know won’t interact with my retinol product is Josie Maran argan oil. You can use coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, or a moisturizer that doesn’t have some sort of acid already in it. You can also use a serum that doesn't have any products that might react with your retinol. If you are curious about interactions between your products, you could always ask your dermatologist or aesthetician. (Retinol is The term describes vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin—sometimes in as little as four weeks. The first retinoid—tretinoin—was FDA approved (under the brand name Retin-A) almost 40 years ago as a prescription acne treatment. Dermatologists soon noticed that patients on Retin-A experienced not just clearer but softer, brighter, less-lined skin)

refigeate
refigeate

5. Refrigerate Your Products. You know how people have special refrigerators for their wine bottles? I have always thought that when I design my bathroom for my house one day, I would make sure there was a space for a very sleek small refrigerator I could put some of my products in. A lot of your skin care products, especially if they are more on the “all natural” side, should be kept in a dark cool place anyway. However, there are products I use that I like chilled because they feel better and work better when I apply them cold. For example, I use Clarins Eye Contour Gel in the morning to reduce eye puffiness. I have found using it cold helps to reduce the puffiness more because the cold gel helps to constrict your blood vessels. I also put my face sheet masks in the refrigerator and it becomes an awesome method to cool your self down on a hot summer day. Just make sure you’re not putting any products that might separate in the fridge though.

This leads me to my last tip …

6. Ice your face. I got married a couple of years ago and 2 weeks before my wedding I got a facial. Before I left, my esthetician told me to put ice in a bag or a towel and then apply it to different parts of my face for 5 minutes at a time. The cold constricts your blood vessels to reduce puffiness and redness. So the night before my wedding and the day of, I would rotate the ice on a different part of my face for 30 seconds-1 minute for about 5 minutes. For example, I would put it on one cheek for 30 seconds, then up to my forehead for a minute, etc and continue this for 5 minutes total. Then I would give my face a break for 5 minutes and then repeated the process a couple more times. It really did make my face less puffy and no redness at all. In addition, it helped me to stay pretty “cool” and collected before a stressful situation.

bridetina
bridetina

Hopefully some of these tips are helpful and new. If they are not new to you, congratulations, you know more about skin care than a great amount of people out there. More tips to come in the future. Remember, your skin is the biggest organ on your body. Make sure you take care of it. (Tina your awesome! Thanks for all your skin guru knowledge)

Clarins Multi-Active day and night cream
Clarins-Multi-Active-day-and-night-creams
Clarins-Multi-Active-day-and-night-creams

Thanks Clarins for sending me some of the latest and greatest products to try!  I am going to be giving you the gossip on Clarins Multi-Active day and night cream that I used then photographed in my home.  I would say this new line of products was created for a younger demographic. If you're the type that goes out on school nights, is willing to have that 2nd cocktail, regularly works on 6 hours of sleep, and is under the age of 35, then Clarins Muti-active day cream ($53) & Clarins multi-active night cream ($56) is totally up your ally. My face the next morning after trying the  Clarins multi-active night cream was noticeably soft. Truth be told, I was surprised I could tell a difference after just the first day.

I only wish Clarins would have introduced a product like this 10 years ago - it's impressive how it targets early wrinkles. This cream has Myrothamnus extract, which visibly smoothes, tones and de-stresses. Having lotion that helps your face look less stressed is a great thing. Overall, I am enjoying Clarins Multi-Active day and night cream and would recommend trying it - great for you or as gift.  Below is how the lotions are stored in my bathroom drawer  (I am loving my new metal drawer organizers).

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Clarins-Multi-Active-day-and-night-cream
Kentucky Derby Style Guide

One of my tasks this week is styling a client for the Kentucky Derby.  Dressing someone for the Kentucky Derby is a first for me. After doing some research here is my Kentucky Derby Style Guide: Women: * When selecting your dress for the Kentucky Derby the recommended practice is to keep it simple, so it doesn't take away from your hat. Dress isn't a must you can also wear a skirt or pants.

*For the most part a heel or wedge is worn, but even if the Kentucky Derby website it suggests bringing a pair of backup flats

* the hat/ headpiece is the focus for Derby fashion

*The Kentucky Derby recommends a large bag (but be sure to stay within the size limit) to carry a pair of shoes, a bottle of water, your program, sunglasses, sunscreen, a poncho, and anything else you might need during the day. In that bag, pack a smaller clutch or over-the-shoulder bag for your cash, wagers, phone, and essentials that you can grab to go make a wager or snap a quick picture of the celebrities on the Red Carpet.

*Wearing a hat to the Kentucky Derby is believed to bear good luck!

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kentucky-derby-style-guide

Men *The modern Derby man possesses an unparalleled color palette. Sun-drenched, bright or pastel colors in bold stripes or busy plaids fit that bill. Although, if you want a more polished look, a classic navy or seersucker blazer is still a great option. *Bow tie is the official style for the Kentucky Derby male *Loafers should be own sock-less *Top off the "Derby look" with a fedora or bowler hat. Men's Derby hats are generally solid in color and inspired by the style from the 1920s.

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Sneakerheads

Sneakerheads, sneaker addicts, sneaker. Who knew sneakers could be a good investment. Josh Luber creator of Campless has me stunned. Need you to watch the Ted Talk below to fully understand how easily Josh has broken this down.

 

So what exactly is a sneakerhead? By formal definition a sneakerhead is a person who collects, trades, or admires sneakers as a hobby. Along with being able to distinguish between real and fake replica sneakers.

The first example that comes to mind of a sneakerhead is the character Turtle of the HBO show Entourage. Last year in 2015 a sneaker convention: Sneaker Con was created where sneaker heads could buy and sell the most sought after footwear on the market. I love that this subculture exists and potentially profiting off there collectors item. What I have learned in my years of fashion is a wearable item is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. I guess we should be thanking ebay for helping create this platform.

 

Sneakerheads

worth following on instagram:

 

Robert Stewart- @glasgowrob lover of New Balance's and owns Sneaker ER

Runnerwally.com- blogger and photographer

The Shoe Surgeon is a modern day shoe god @selmaksebbagh for a girl's guide to sweet sneakers

Dylan Rather- his Instagram feed @dylan_ratner is filled with vintage kicks, which he also restores

@sneakerb0bGermany's best known sneaker head

Here are some really cool sneaker stores worth checking out: SneakerSpy, Likelihood,and Extra Butter.