Real talk: when it comes to shopping, a single, professional lady’s eyes are usually bigger than her stomach. I am not just referring to coveting $250 sandals that you really don’t need. I’m taking about the way we try to tackle huge style or beauty problems all at once. We watch too many chick flick movies growing up with “ugly-swan-to-princess” makeover scenes and get the idea — the wrong idea, that is — that kickass personal style, gorgeous hair or the perfect beauty routine for you will come at the snap of your fingers.
The reality, which is a lot less sexy, is that these things develop over time. Few of us have a bunch of Benjamins to blow on a whole new wardrobe all at once, or stock a whole makeup bag at the beauty counter. We acquire these things over time and usually there’s lots of trial and error involved.
I’ll leave developing a better style to the folks on “What Not To Wear.” (I love you, Clinton!) But one think I do know about is makeup and how, over time, you can develop your own Big Girl Makeup Bag. I’ve chosen five types of products and two price points — one around $25 or below, and one above $25 — depending on what fits in your budget for each product. Five paychecks from now, you’ll be looking fiiiiine, girl.
OK, I know this sounds less like a grown-up style resolution and more like something a mom would put on her kindergartner’s daily chore chart, so let me explain.
I write for The Frisky from my apartment in Portland, and working from home gives a person certain sartorial freedoms that you don’t get when you work in an office or in public. Yoga pants 24-7? Totally fine. No bra? No problem! Basically, if I wanted to wear my floor-length Celine Dion nightgown all day, I totally could. My boyfriend is away at work all day, and I don’t even have a cat to judge me. Keep reading »
The key to not feeling poor, I’ve discovered, is choosing the right things to spend your money on. I skip cable and splurge on fancy dinners. I deny myself cab rides so I can get weekly pedicures. It’s all about making financial choices that make me feel good. If you are reading this right now, then you’ve probably surmised that I make my living as a writer. We all know what this means: (relative) poorness for life barring some stroke of financial luck. And there are none in my foreseeable future. But I’m not whining. At the start of each year, I decide on a few choice purchases that will make me feel rich. This past year, it was a duvet cover, a Mac laptop, a fancy coffee maker, a maid once a month, a weekend beach share and pair of expensive French boots. Click through to see what I’m spending my hard earned duckets on this year. Don’t worry, it’s not a horse. But a girl can dream.
My name is Julie, and I have a problem: I don’t know how to dress like an adult.
Maybe I should have listened when my mom warned that becoming a vegetarian at age 13 would stunt my growth. Even if she was wrong, I’m only 5 feet tall. And this has presented some “interesting” style challenges. For one, everything has to get hemmed. Another: It feels nearly impossible to look like a real, actual legitimate grownup. Keep reading »
January is New Year, New You month here at The Frisky, and one of our resolutions was to take some teeny tiny steps to be more fabulous. Next up? Let’s give our living spaces the fabulous treatment too. Here are 50 easy, affordable ways to make your living space better reflect your fabulous self…
With all of the new colors, formulas, and innovations that have stepped out onto the makeup scene in the past few months, it can be all too easy to let your basic skincare fall to the wayside. If you’re a beauty fiend, the kind of person who enjoys nothing more than the dewy first swipe of a new coral lipstick or the cool slick of a pitch-black liquid liner, the most important thing you can do for yourself is to lay down a damn good foundation. This doesn’t apply only to those who rise early to “put their face on,” as I always say — this is for everyone who’s ever been known to neglect their skin, to fall asleep with foundation on and wake up with mascara rings around their eyes, to slap body wash on their face during a hurried shower, to forgo moisturizer in a rush: your new skincare regimen starts today.
Earlier this week stylist Stefany Mohebban raided my closet and helped me find some hot, new looks hiding in my existing wardrobe. While she was working magic on my wardrobe, I asked her to take a peek and tell me what I was missing. I always try to shop for stuff I need, but I get confused, lose steam and end up buying more of what I already have. Does that happen to anyone else? Go shopping for a skirt, come home with another pair of skinny jeans. How? Once and for all, I wanted to know what I really need to buy. From a professional. Click through to see Stefany’s picks for me. I see a shopping trip in my future! Or at least an online one.
Tasked with writing about my style resolution for 2012, I puzzled for awhile, trying to come up with some trend I wanted to try or a bad style habit I wanted to break. Everything I thought up I realized I had done already, mostly in the recent past. So instead of writing about the new style resolution I was making for 2012, I decided to pat myself on the back for the ones I’ve already made and stuck to.
See, I’m someone who did not have much self-esteem growing up. Actually, I thought I was ugly. My parents told me I was beautiful, but their kind words were no match for the trifecta of hideousness that hit me at age 14: glasses, braces, and an onslaught of acne bombarded me all at once. While I had always been somewhat shy, I became a complete wallflower, shrinking away from any additional attention my looks were attracting. It was likely all in my head — what 14-year-old doesn’t get a bit of acne or go through an awkward phase? — but I felt like the most hideous girl in the world. Keep reading »
It’s a new year, and I’m a new me, well at least in some ways. I’ve vowed to make the first move on occasion and learn how to be kinder to myself. The final frontier is my personal style. Instead of dealing with the stuff in my closet that I don’t know how to wear, I like to buy new stuff. That needs to stop. So how do I keep my style fresh for our “What Are We Wearing Today?” feature without, you know, actually buying anything new? I challenged NYC textile designer, stylist and fashion blogger Stefany Mohebban to dig through my closet and see if she could help me create some entirely new looks from my already existing wardrobe, focusing on the pieces that stumped me most. Click through to see the style magic she worked on me.
New Year, New You at The Frisky has focused on ways to improve our outward appearance by dressing more adventurously, dragging our doughy carcass to spin class, and upping the fabulosity quotient. It’s also explored how to grow in relationships and at work through standing up for ourselves, being more productive, and making the first move. But what about our inner world? After we’ve found the perfect shade of red lipstick, cleaned out our closets, and told a passive-aggressive friend to chill out, what comes next? Well, I propose in 2012 that we try to expose ourselves to newer genres of literature we’ve never experienced before. It’s fine to read the blockbuster novel du jour that make the bestseller list — i.e. The Da Vinci Code, The Pillars of the Earth, The Hunger Games, etc. — but this year, why not try something new? Keep reading »