Tiny dancers: Why small handbags aren’t popular but still great

Think about cell phones and how amazed we all were when the flip phone arrived and allowed those large, outdated cellular phones (yes, you should use the whole name for how big they were) to slowly move out to pasture.

Big was hardly beautiful when it came to phones, but that has changed with the “phablet,” the phrase used to coin a cell phone and tablet melded together to one giant phone.

Now, change gears for a minute and focus on women’s handbags, more specifically that the larger handbags, not that long ago, went away with extreme prejudice and were replaced by the smaller, chic version.

That isn’t the case in 2016 as the larger bags are begging (and getting) a major comeback as the accessory of choice. But downsizing isn’t completely taboo, even if it isn’t the fashionable tour de force it was not that long ago.

Sure, the small handbag isn’t thriving but it’s alive and well enough for a few manufacturers and designers to take note and give the minority of women who still want small wonders of handbags something to choose from that doesn’t forget how much style matters.

Two styles of smaller bags in particular are starting to show signs of life, namely that of a leather or suede ilk and those that sport a thicker, chain like strap (gold and silver both are widely accepted).

The suede bags by Burberry and Chloe send shivers through the spines of women who want small but don’t want to be cast aside for that tiny choice versus their larger counterparts. At first glance, the larger straps on some of these bags is a bit off putting but works with the suede and leather look.

As for the leather, a lot of small bags are the ones that, when pulled shut, have that twist tie look at the top, a really fashionable and trendy style for spring particularly but works year round as well.

The perfect handbag is truly in the eye of the beholder, but big certainly would be considered beautiful as far as fashion goes for now. But if you’re ready to buck the trend and go rogue with your style, you can do so knowing that a smaller bag isn’t going to equal big problems with how you’re perceived from a fashion standpoint.

It just means, in your eyes, good things do still come in small packages.

Eye Balling: How eye color plays into choice of makeup

Have you ever considered the possibility that your eye color and your eye liner play a game of back and forth with one another?

More specifically, does your eye color affect the type of eye liner color you ultimately choose?

The idea that eye liner doesn’t matter is somewhat laughable, almost the same as the comment suggesting that one size fits all when it comes to eye liners.

The truth of the matter is eye liner color does matter as certain shades of a particular hue will ultimately make your eye color pop.

Darker, brown eyes tend to work best with blue liner, while those delectable blue eyes match up perfectly with a gold liner.

While green eyes are always a stunner, a reddish, brown tone doesn’t harken colors of the holiday but instead makes those unique green eyes stand out even more so than they do already.

And as long as we are focusing on the eyes, why not ask the question how you can make them look bigger and bolder? Anyone who pays close attention to their makeup, whether you’re talking about the aforementioned eye color and liner or concealer, foundation or anything that you put on your face.

Your eyes really tie everything together from a makeup standpoint, so it’s hard not to get totally involved in making those peepers pop. How exactly do you make them stand out?

For starters, why not look at not only the eye liner in conjunction with the color of your eyes, but also get rid of the puffiness, the number one concern for eye issues, with cold, not hot in the way compresses. The cold part flushes the skin and takes away the swelling look under your eyes. Concealer, the right one, also will take the attention off the puffy eyes and back on to your eyes and all that you’re done to make them that much more important.

Equally paramount is having eyebrows that are framed for your face but also specifically for your eyes. The right frame can draw all kinds of right attention to your eyes, and unruly brows are best left to those who aren’t interested in making their eyes the focal point of their makeup endeavor.

When you think about the phrase “the eyes have it,” you can’t argue that part of your face is fair game as far as making bold decisions with eye liner and making sure the first impression, the first glance is always the best one you put forward.

Shirt Happens: How to make plain into perfection

Women know that, when it comes to fashion and clothing, that your dollar only stretches so far.

So if you can find places to stash cash in the form of buying a universally lauded product that can pull together several outfits but not cost a fortune, that certainly is ideal.

Anywhere costs can be cut and yet not fall victim to some sort of fashion misstep is a path most women would take in a heartbeat.
One of the best and easiest places to do so and not miss a beat: your favorite T shirt.

Yes, our old friend, the solid colored T shirt, is one that can be used just about anywhere in your wardrobe and paired with any outfit and can be done with a cost that is hardly prohibitive as far as being able to buy one $10 or $20 shirt and use it throughout a variety of different outfits for work, play or any occasion really.

Think about that casual outfit that you won’t to break out this weekend, but still want to maintain some semblance of style and not look as though you’ve relegated yourself to T shirt and jeans and nothing more.

The T shirt, solid color, goes great and wonderfully with denim. No, that doesn’t mean jeans, jean jacket and a T shirt should be the outfit of choice but instead taking that denim jacket, hardly outdated by any means, and putting it together with a set of pumps and a solid colored T shirt. In place of the jeans, think about putting a pair of capri pants with it or even a skirt that has some color and pattern to it.

That same T shirt can be placed under a blazer and paired with those jeans we wanted to hold off on using and either flat shoes or pumps for another look that makes casual Friday at the office hardly something that won’t turn some heads.

Another look that screams simply sexy is a T shirt paired with every girl’s favorite bottoms: leggings. You can pair the T shirt with leggings of the leather variety or even plain, Jane cotton and still have a look when you add heels and some sort of jacket that goes against the grain (maybe leather or some sort of cargo coat), and that look is both cost effective and gives your T shirt versatility.

Then again, what else would you expect from the wonder and awe that is the T shirt. It keeps things easy and laid back but certainly can be leveled way up to appease any look a women wants.

Summertime Blues: Why summertime fashion and work don’t mix

Summertime fashion is fun, exciting and allows you to get creative as the clothes lessen, the functionality and flavor that is warmer temperatures breeds a sense of style that is welcoming to the masses, not just the fashion experts who comb the runways looking for what’s in and what’s out.

The latter sentiment is a unique one as it relates to summer, and less clothing. More specifically, how do you handle the office, work and summertime, when you don’t have the option of layering up or wearing something that is a little more conducive to professional in the colder months.

It’s not secret that winter lends itself more to a business professional look, mostly because of long pants, blazers and long sleeved attire that is more make than break when it comes to fashion at the office and not sticking out like a sore thumb.

That sticking out means quite simply that you’re not wearing fashionable clothing to work during the summer.

What exactly is stylish for summer this year that allows you to fit in?

To answer that question, you might want to think about what isn’t appropriate.

For instance, the summer is all about short shorts, particularly this year but those aren’t going to get the job done at work.

Also not working at work is anything strapless or too revealing (such as a tank top) or showing off too much skin as a whole. That includes mini skirts and dresses that are far too short. As silly as it sounds, the two inch finger tip rule is fashion personified and if your skirt isn’t at that length before you leave for the day, a change is in order.

And even if that skirt or shorts are long enough, make sure your shirt isn’t longer than your pants. Giving yourself the feel and look of not wearing pants (even though you are) makes for a situation that is going to get you all the wrong looks at work.

This year, summertime style sets itself apart from the pack and it has more to do than just the nicer weather and warmer temperatures, but rather a flare for the flirty and free, centering on comfort and not constrictive.

But as much as summer sends all the right messages by the pool and on the beach, for the weekend getaways, you have to remember that the office and summer sometimes butt heads.

Bagged Brilliance: Fanny packs and belt bags beg for attention

When was the last time you saw a fanny pack or anything wrapped around your waist that screamed storage?
Those days are long gone, some would say nearly 30 years old.

But in the last three decades and with fashion being as cyclical as it is, you’d be hard pressed to potentially believe that the fanny pack and keeping things organized near your belt buckle would be making a comeback the likes of which the 1990s boy band craze wishes would resurface.

Say hello to the belt bag and be prepared to be amazed at just how fashionable this old school approach to style is.

Sure, at first glance, the more standard and modern day belt bag looks like a clutch purse or wallet on a string, hardly mirroring its predecessor from the days of old. The belt bag of 2016 is a fun, flirty take on spring fashion that fits well with any and all styles and wardrobes, from more modern dresses to the belt bag that flips over your shoulder.

Yes, the over the should model looks a lot like a book bag and that you’ll be heading toward your school locker, but when these versions are smaller and look like vertical fanny packs, the sky and the looks paired subsequently are the limit.

If you’re still not buying that the belt bag (or call it a fanny pack if that helps) is coming back stronger than ever, you shouldn’t look any further than the companies and designers that are backing this packing trend full force on its return to form in the modern day of fashion.

The likes of Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Tory Birch are begging for your attention to their versions of this apparently timeless style for women. Those aforementioned names are heavy hitters and highly credible when you think about handbags, purses and other accessories, so they’re the trendsetters typically when it comes to not only offering the product for starters, but also how they’re designed and positioned in the marketplace.

They’re front and center and being pushed as the next big thing that has already existed and is making a move to the front of the accessories line again. As much as you want to scoff or roll your eyes at this trend, the fact remains is the belt bag is big (well not literally of course) and shows signs that it might be here to stay on its second go around on the women’s fashion front line.

Fashion Trends That Can Sizzle the Chizzle

The weather in the December and January months is just plain cold in many areas of the world. Canada is one place the weather is atrociously cold. Even states in the United States like Florida are staring to experience cold winters. Fortunately, some apparel and footwear exists that can melt away the icicles with their stunning appeal and warm materials. The following are three fashionable pieces that can burn up a woman’s outfit so much that she will think she’s warm in 30-below weather:

Winter Cowgirl Boots

Winter cowgirl boots are a popular trend in the UK. They are boots that look like cowgirl boots on the outside, but they are packed with layers and soft, warm cotton on the inside. Some of the boots have buckets in the front and strings on the side, as well. The boots come in leather and suede options. A number of manufacturers create these awesome boots. Traders is one manufacturer that may carry such boots.

Pure or Naughty Downwear

A down-filled coat is one of the warmest items that any man or woman can wear in the winter time. However, a down-filled coat can still be attractive even if it is thick and bulky. An example of an attractive down-filled coat is the Mountain Hardwear Downtown model. The coat costs about $300, and it has nylon, down and various faux materials on it. The coat is long and goes past the woman’s buttocks. She can choose colors such as Pure White, Stone Green or Dark Raspberry.

Cutesy Winter Hats

Winter hats are another element that can accept a women’s already existing good looks. The Aliexpress website has a wide variety of hats that can bring out the beautiful colors in a woman’s eyes and the sparkle in her smile. Some of the hats have extremely low prices, as well. For example, a woman can purchase some fashionable knitted hats with adorable fluffy balls on top of them for less than $3 a hat. Colors that are available are colors such as red, white, yellow, purple, pink, brown and blue.

Thermal Underwear

Thermal underwear is an example of a winter garment that is personal but still attractive. The female may spend some time looking at herself in the mirror while she is wearing a red fur-lined thermal set from GlobalSaler site, for example.

Women can be cold and still be hot by adding some of the previously mentioned items to their wardrobes.

Women’s fashion can be Fit and Fabulous

When was the last time you went to the gym, wore your so-called workout clothes and had to be somewhere afterward that required you to change clothes?

Seems pretty annoying, right? You have to pack those gym clothes for after work and then go ahead and pack another set of clothes as well. Before you know it, you’re not carrying around a gym bag but rather a suitcase to get from point A to point B.

Furthermore, who doesn’t want to get to wear comfortable, gym like clothing all day every day without actually looking like you threw on your sweats or just wore your pajamas to the gym? Whatever happened to being able to dress down and yet still have your fashion acumen looking up for you at any given moment when you step in front of a mirror?

That doesn’t have to be the case with a new fashion look that is becoming equal parts trendy and stylish without compromising what you wear to the gym as far as not having to change afterward if you don’t need to or the ability to wear something comfortable yet still looking the part of someone who can meet a friend at a restaurant or out for a drink without standing out for all the wrong reasons.

The latest trend is the open back, soft top that is loose in the front and looks comfortable yet not messy and mostly is paired with workout slash Yoga pants and a sports bra.

Now, you’re probably thinking that you have a closet full of Under Armor, NIKE or Reebok gear and that is perfectly fine. While that’s true to some extend, they still look mostly like workout clothes. What this look allows is you to have a fun, fashionable look that doesn’t immediately remain you that the treadmill awaits.

And if you’re not swimming in expensive workout clothes, this look isn’t going to destroy your checkbook while you’re trying to expand your wardrobe with attire that is versatile. You also want to gravitate toward a colorful pairing, mainly with the sports bra being a vibrant choice, such as hot pink or a teal would go great with a light colored blue or grays, some color that doesn’t necessary stand out on its own. Black and gray work well as the colors of choice for the pants, too.

Being able to dress up your workout attire to suffice as every day wearables is the duel threat your wardrobe has been missing. You can’t undersell the convenience element too that you’ll be adding to your closet.

Top Fashion Designers for Church Clothing

Church clothing is one of the least mentioned types of dress because many churches are adopting “anything goes” policies to their dress codes. However, a large enough percentage of conservative persons are in the world that stores are still dedicated to pushing worship-day wardrobes. The following are some of the top stores for “church clothes”:

Divine Fashion

Divine Fashion is a website that primarily sells church clothing. One can find also a vast assortment of hats, bridal wear, fur coats and the like. The dresses that are available for church range in prices from about $100 to $110. The dresses come in all colors so that women can express their individuality in the church.

Sunday’s Very Best

Sunday’s Very Best is another website where one may find something to wear to the church. The site is a huge warehouse of the very best church clothes that a woman can buy. Visitors can sift through the clergyman collection to find elaborate Giovanna dresses, vibrant ensembles by MIA, elegant skirts and dresses and more. There is no woman that cannot find something beneficial on the site. Furthermore, new visitors have access to a discount of 20 percent.


ExpressURWay is another site that one may want to visit to look for elaborate church outfits. A churchgoing woman can enjoy several breaks and discounts if she would like to purchase her clothing from the site. First, she can search in the “reduced price” section to find discounts on various articles of clothing. Next, she can search the daily deals to look for new deals on a daily basis. Thirdly, she may benefit from using the price matching feature if she sees something on sale that appears to be cheaper than what she sees at ExpressURWay. A shopper may be able to find additional coupons and promotional codes online by conducting a search for such items. The savings could be tremendous.

The ExpressURWay site carries clothing from a vast assortment of designers such as GMI, Donna Vinci, Nubiano, Ben Marc, Aussie Austine, Jerry T, Fifth Sunday, GMI, Odeliah, Outerwear, Susanna, Terramina, Vinci and more. The site is amazing because it provides the consumer with a multitude of choices. The churchgoer can choose from a large list of colors, designs and accessories. Stylish choices can enhance the joy of dressing up and going to worship the creator.

Women’s Holiday Shoe Fashions for 2015

The holiday season is just around the corner, and shoppers are starting to buy presents for their friends and loved ones. Women’s shoes is a hot category because women always want new shoes. No female will be dissatisfied with a new pair of footwear as a holiday gift. The following are a few hot shoe items that holiday shoppers can grab this season:

Huge Sale on Nike Running Shoes

Nike is a having a huge sale on women’s running shoes at this time. Women wear running shoes for jogging, visiting fitness centers, and even taking a break in the office. The Nike Virtuous line is a gorgeous and comfortable line of women’s running shoes that have vibrant colors and extra padding for people who have problems with their feet. The wine colored pair is currently on sale with a 31 percent discount. Early shoppers can pay $89.99 for the shoes instead of $129.99 by visiting the 2015 Shop Online website.

Long-Legged Boots

Quite a few new long-legged and knee-high boot styles have come about this season. Knee-high boots are excellent for keeping a woman’s legs warms in the winter time. They are attractive and can complement a dress or skirt, as well. The Belle Vita Esa Italy Tall Riding Boot is available for $249.95 at the Shoe Buy website. The boot comes in colors such as Dark Brown, Cognac and Black. The website offers free shipping and 20 percent off on a wide variety of shoes. Holiday shoppers can find a multitude of interesting footwear, such as the Fergie line of suede boots.

Dressy Dress Shoes

Famous Footwear has an array of classy and elegant dress shoes. Women need dress shoes so that they can go to job interviews, business meetings and the like. The Women’s Reanneal Dress Wedge shoes are $44.99 with a 25 percent discount. They only come with one color, which is black, and the black pair is the epitome of elegance.


Nordstrom has quite a few pairs of slippers that can provide the ladies with nighttime comfort. The Ugg Ansley slippers are a fluffy and comfortable pair that come in many vibrant colors. Some of the top color selections are Aster, Black, Cactus, Chestnut, Light Grey, Mahogany and Pine Suede. The Acorn Embroidered Slipper is a pair for women who appreciate an elegant night shoe.

The previously mentioned shoe choices signify only a small portion of the wide selection of shoes that is available for women.

Lingerie Alternatives to Keep things Interesting

Lingerie is a huge part of many women’s lives. It is something that makes them feel attractive and desirable. Victoria’s Secret, Catherine’s, Spicy Lingerie and All Laced Up are just a few examples of some places that sell some of the hottest lingerie designs. Women can find anything from red teddies, to “edible” undergarments, to floral bras. However, alternative nightwear is available for females who do not want to assume the risqué look. Male counterparts are sometimes drawn to such non-risqué outfits. The following are some ideas for such women:

Cute Pajamas
Cute pajamas are for the girly women who like to relax in pigtails, ponytails and girlish nightwear. The PajamaGram website has a wide assortment of fun and cutesy outfits. Shoppers can choose between different looks such as The Chocolate Lover, Night Owl, SuperMom and Romperalls outfit. The Romperall is a one-piece overall type of garment that comes in exciting colors such as purple and pink. The site even has some innovative nightwear that merges hoodies and footies into interesting big-girl arrangements. Some of the outfits on the site are on the expensive side. The average price of an outfit is approximately $59.99.

Contemporary Pajamas
The Natori website is a site that offers a collection of contemporary night clothing that women can use to achieve a variety of attractive looks. The Pink Muse Cap Gown is just an example of something that a female can mix and match with sandals. The Natori Mirage Gown is something that a woman can wear if she wants to add color to her slumber. Nightwear on the site costs $100 to $200.

Elegant Nightwear
Some women may want to assume an elegant profile when they wear night clothing. An example of such nightwear can be found on the Julianne Rae website. Julianne Rae is a luxury nightwear shop that has high-class chemises and nightgowns that are fit for a queen. The Adriene Print long gown is a long extravagant gown for women who want to feel every bit of luxurious. The Silk Tresor Chemise is a choice for women who appreciate a shorter length. All of the visitors to the Julianne Rae website will have to pay high prices for their clothing. The average cost of elegant nightwear on the site is $200.

The nightwear field consists of more than just teddies and edibles. Many hot styles are available for women so that they can trump up their appeal.