Yes, you need a Holiday MakeUpdate

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Good news!

I am still in the process of putting all of my products and services under one umbrella but in the meantime, I am NOT taking on any new writing or consulting clients, which leaves me more time for YOU, my FanTABulous Women community!

I would LOVE to spend time with you talking about color, image and style! We can even go shopping together! OR, I can come help you in your closet!

YES, I can provide most of my services virtually, too! Contact me for more information.

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Get a MakeUpDate!

My rates start at just $50 for an hour together when you come to my home office or we meet up in the east Phoenix valley. I can even do an “‘All About Me Day’ Head to Toe Makeover” package deal starting at just $499! Treat yourself or someone you love.

I look forward to meeting with you! And remember, I offer group events and workshops, too, starting at just $10 per person. Contact me for more info!

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At-home pedicure tutorial

{First posted on my former blog here}

I love getting a professional pedicure just as much as the next gal but I’d rather spend my money on shoes or accessories and just do it myself. 

About 15 years ago, I was planning to give my mom a gift certificate for a pedicure for Mother’s Day but then I thought, “Wait, if I just buy all the supplies and try to duplicate what they do at the salon, I could spend the same amount of money and give her TWENTY pedicures!”

Thus, the at-home pedicure was born. Over time, I’ve discovered my favorite tools and tricks and now we do our own pedicures except for very special occasions.

So! To commemorate the start of our Spring Break, here is my tried and true “15 Steps to the Perfect Pedicure.”

This is not a “change your polish and go” pedicure, ladies. Your feet will look and feel like you just left the salon.

Here’s what you need to assemble before you start, or maybe a trip to the local drug store is in order. Just remember the money you’re saving by doing it yourself. 

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TOOLS:

1. polish remover. If your polish is extra-stubborn (which some of the more expensive brands are), get the pure acetone one.

2. cuticle sticks (a.k.a. orange sticks)

3. scissors or clippers

4. good nail file

5. nail file with a fine surface (or a buffing block)

6. pumice stone or other callous remover

7. foot bath or plastic tub (or a bath tub!)–I buy dish pans for $1 at the Dollar Tree

8. exfoliating foot scrub  (it can be made by simply adding olive oil to salt or sugar)

9. foot lotion

10. nail polish (I prefer Revlon, L’oreal and OPI because they don’t have the harmful ingredients)

11. toe separators, if desired

12. base coat

13. clear top coat

And here are the 15 steps. Yes, there are a lot but it makes all the difference!! Start checking out the nail section of your favorite stores–there are a lot of fun tools out there AND cute nail decals that really give you that professional touch!

15 STEPS:

1. remove old nail polish
2. push cuticles back with orange stick and gently scrape away dead skin
3. trim toenails to desired length
4. file toenails into desired shape
5. use fine file or buffer to smooth nail surface (removing small remnants of polish, dead skin and ridges)
6. use pumice or foot file around toenails to remove dead skin
7. soak feet in warm water (add salts or oils if desired)
8. when skin is soft, use pumice or foot file on calluses, paying special attention to heels, ball of feet and beneath big toe
9. apply foot scrub
10. remove and dry feet; apply lotion (you may want to leave it on overnight before continuing)
11. remove lotion from toenails with nail polish remover so the polish adheres better
12. apply toe separators
13. apply base coat and polish, allowing to dry between coats. After second coat, apply nail decals, if desired.
14. once dry, apply top coat
15. remove errant polish with a cotton swab

Enjoy your beautiful feet!! And maybe you can use the money you saved for a new pair of sandals.

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Happy pedicuring, ladies! Let me know if you try it!

Do you need a Spring refresh?

Spring is springing! 

Are you sooooo over winter and ready for a refresh??

I’m offering a Total Spring Refresh for just $25 when you come to my home office/studio/craft room in south Chandler in the month of March! 

Come with your skin care, makeup and color questions!

What does the Total Spring Refresh include?

  • color analysis (including determination of your Dominant Color Category, best neutrals and best ‘pop’ colors plus much more)
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What are YOUR best colors?

 

  • complete pampering facial including microdermabrasion treatment
  • Satin Hands treatment
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Satin Hands treatment

 

  • MakeUpdate (we clean out your makeup bag, you get to try out a new look and I recommend makeup colors for you–Mary Kay or your favorite brand, it’s your choice)
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MakeUpdate

 

  • determination of your best SPRING colors
A pretty tangerine color is nice on almost everyone (but especially Softs).

A pretty tangerine color is nice on almost everyone (but especially Softs).

 

  • light refreshments
  • a FREE gift!

Plus receive an additional $10 gift certificate if you choose to purchase any Mary Kay products used during your appointment.

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Try out a whole new look!

 

Plan to spend about an hour with me and YES, children are welcome! We have a playroom and a grassy back yard–no pool and no pets! Paypal, cash and checks are accepted.

You’ll feel like a new woman! Contact me to schedule your appointment today! 

And…if you can’t make it to my house, I can come to you and two or more of your friends for just $10 per person! Contact me for details!

Why you need to add a feminine touch to your outfits

Girly or not–and whether your everyday wardrobe consists of jeans and tee shirts or office attire–here are some excellent reasons to add a few feminine touches to your wardrobe.

For more ideas, visit my Feminine Details Pinterest board.

  • They play down your problem areas.

Pink fingernails or a pin-tucked blouse puts the attention where you want it. When you’re wearing sparkly earrings, no one is looking at your hips.

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  • They accentuate your best features.

Pretty feet? Shapely legs? Wear fantastic shoes. Nice teeth? Play up your smile with pink or red lipstick.

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  • They jazz up a plain outfit.

Are you comfortable spending your day in jeans and a tee-shirt? Just add a funky headband to add some interest. Are you required to wear business suits to your job at the bank? Add a vintage scarf in a fun print or a unique pin to your lapel. Even if you have to wear a red shirt and khaki pants to work, you’ll feel more “you” if you wear a crystal hair clip or colorful shoes with your uniform.

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  • They’re a conversation starter.

It never fails–when I wear bright colors, bold jewelry or an interesting combination of patterns, people notice me and talk to me more. Unless you prefer to always blend into the crowd, adding some feminine touches will cause you to be perceived as a fun, approachable, interesting person.

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  • They remind you that you’re a girl.

Men haven’t adopted high heels or skirts yet so enjoy how good it feels to wear girly clothes! There’s something about bright lip gloss, jangly bangles or an up-do that just makes you sashay a little more when you walk. Why not celebrate your womanhood??

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  • They’re fun!

And who doesn’t need a little more fun in her life?

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Do you need to add more feminine touches to your outfits? What might you try? Keep the conversation going on the FanTABulous Women Facebook page.

Remember to visit my Feminine Details Pinterest board! And let me know if you’d like to be added as my Pin Pal!

Need help with your wardrobe? Let me help you “get noticed and become unforgettable”–contact me about a wardrobe assessment or personal shopping trip!

Next post: fun feminine touches for every wardrobe.

Five ways to add some holiday WOW to your outfits

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are both quickly approaching.

If you’re like me, you can’t go out and buy new outfits for all of the upcoming occasions and photo ops BUT you want to look and feel amazing.

So, here are five ways to add some holiday WOW to our outfits. Shop your closet first, or treat yourself to something new–a lot of these items are deeply discounted this time of year!

1. Embellish your neck.

Any outfit or coat looks letter with a little pizzazz close to your face. You can wear your most basic pants and top but when you add a festive, sparkly or colorful scarf, it’s a WOW.

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A festive red and green plaid, polka dots or a scarf in your pop color are good places to start. Not sure what your pop colors are? Discover your Dominant Color Category to find out!

2. Add some bling.

Pile on the bracelets, wear your chandelier earrings and add an extra ring or two–the bigger the better. Drag out your costume or vintage jewelry and even add a pin to your coat lapel while you’re at it.

Carry a sequined or glittery clutch or purse, too. 

And wear your sequined or glittery shoes! It’s hard to overdo it when it’s the holidays.

3. Wear bright lipstick.

Whether red, plum or bright pink, wear a color that will make you feel fabulous. Almost everyone looks good in true red (with no orange undertones). A blue-based red even makes your teeth look whiter!

Tips:

Exfoliate your lips with a warm washcloth or a gentle sugar scrub so dead skin doesn’t sabotage your look.

Remember: when you go with strong lips, keep your eyes and cheeks toned down.

4. Accessorize your ‘do. 

Headbands, flower clips and feathers are “in” right now, so sweep your hair up or to the side and add a little flourish. You can even apply colored gel (pink! purple!) or tinsel! Fun!

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5. Show off your legs.

Wear patterned tights, your highest heels or apply body lotion with glitter in it. You’ll feel flirty and feminine and might even walk a little taller.

Bonus! 6. Wear anything with feminine details, like ruffles or lace. It’s so pretty–and festive. It’s especially fun to mix in fancy with plain, like jeans with a lace top or black velvet pants with a simple tunic.

A few other tips: 

  • Plan your outfits ahead of time and hang them in your closet to avoid digging for stockings or an errant earring at the last minute.
  • Take care of your skin, particularly when the weather is cold or windy. Drink plenty of water and hydrate, especially over night. Remember to take care of your feet, knees and elbows, too.

Need help taming winter skin? Contact me for a facial with a microdermabrasion treatment included! Your skin will thank you!

What can you add to your outfits for some holiday WOW?

Do people compliment you on your hair?

In Shari Braendel’s book, she asks, “When was the last time someone complimented you on your hair?”

You SHOULD be getting compliments, either because your cut is sassy, stylish, flattering or just so very “you.” If you’re not getting compliments, it’s time for a fresh cut.

My last cut left my hair too long and with some funky, heavy sections. This was me, the night before my recent hair cut, headed out to my husband’s company party. Not bad, but not compliment-worthy, either.

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I’m not afraid to try a new hairstylist so I checked out the list of gals at Simply Ravishing The Salon and made an appointment with Elizabeth. I am so glad I did!

This is the “after.” It suits my head, is off my shoulders, is “stacked” in the back and is fun and youthful without being outrageous. She flipped out the ends a bit so I can choose whether to wear it smooth or more toussled. I am thrilled with it, and love how it looks in my recent photos (below)!

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Have fun with your hair! Get a sassy new hair cut!

Find a stylist who can address your wants and needs, go for a new look and wait for the compliments to begin pouring in!

 

What do you want?!?

No, really.

I’m looking for feedback.

What DO you want here?

If you are reading this, you are probably already taking steps toward a more confident, vibrant, successful life…so how can I help you?

You know I love color. I also love helping busy woman dress well and project a confident, happy image.

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So! Are you looking for fashion tips? Makeup help? Color suggestions? Local events, shops and networking opportunities?

And while we’re at it…how do you like to be communicated with? Via the blog? On Facebook? Or do you prefer checking out the Pinterest boards?

I am in the process of tweaking and focusing my blogging, marketing and business efforts…so feel free to weigh in. I am here to serve YOU, my online and real life friends and cohorts! So tell me what you want!

P.S. I am also going to be in cahoots now with the amazing Shari Braendel of Fashion Meets Faith (pictured with me and my mom, October 2012 at ASU’s “Sun Devils Wears Prada” event). Joining her team is just another reason that I have to get more focused on my time and offerings. More details coming soon!

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Back-To-School Supplies for Mom

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Back-to-school supplies for Mom.

This may seem a bit premature for some of you (back to school?!? In July?!?) but my oldest son is on a modified year-round school schedule (two weeks off after each grading period and seven weeks off in summer) and starts 2nd grade on July 22nd.

My baby is starting second grade!! Eeeeeek!!

Back-to-school time is HERE for us and I realized that I—work-at-home mom and home manager—need to get myself ready!

For me, summer has been a mixed bag. Yes, we got to take a road trip to my home state of Florida at the start of summer and, yes, my older son has kept the younger one occupied during the day so I could log some billable hours, but…we’ve been doing the “stay up late and wake up late” routine but when the boys are up late, I can’t get “real work” done (I need total peace and quiet to write) and my mornings when they’re sleeping in are not very productive. I’ve been lax on housework and meal planning (don’t ask me how many pizza boxes were in the recycle bin this week) and I’m low on energy because of the wacky sleep schedule. Plus, I’ve had to postpone my usual meetings because it’s hard to get child care for both boys.

I’m ready to get back into the school routine.

This year will be unique because on August 5, my younger son will begin preschool so I will have nine hours a week to be foot loose and kid-free. I’ll keep the fancy.

So I need to be ready.

Here are a few tools I assembled to help ME prepare! The idea is to keep things running smoothly and to set yourself up for a wonderful school year. For yourself AND the kids!

Cookbooks and meal planning tools.

Pull out your favorite cookbooks, grab a shopping list and map out your meals for the week (I do pizza, taco soup and pasta almost every week). Mine have to be quick, easy, and kid-friendly (and when I say kid, I mean picky-eater-kid).

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New office supplies.

Why should the kids be the only ones who get fresh folders, markers and composition books?? Get some cute folders for filing all of the papers that will soon be coming in from school and treat yourself to some pretty pens and highlighters. Have a day planner handy, too, for writing down PTA meeting times and coffee dates. Remember to schedule in “me time,” too!

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Beauty time-savers.

I advise my Mary Kay customers to have an everyday makeup look accessible to grab even if they only have five minutes to spend on their face in the morning. All you need is one or two neutral eye colors, a soft blush, mascara and gloss. I highly recommend the Mary Kay 3-in-1 cleanser, too, because it cleanses, exfoliates and freshens in one step. My other favorite multi-tasking product is the Mary Kay Moisture Renewing Gel Mask. It feels almost like aloe and you can use it as a quick mask or wear it overnight if your skin is dry, inflamed or stressed.

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Designate a “mom zone” or “home management zone.”

This is the place to keep paperwork, calendars, to-do lists and things like greeting cards, wrapping supplies and bills all in one spot that is yours alone.

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As you can see above, I am spoiled—I have a studio/office/craft room (nearly) all to myself but you can use a small desk, a corner of your laundry room or even a closet. For example…

Below is is my “drop and grab zone” between the front door and the garage where I can drop my keys or grab library books on the way in or out, plus a spot for reminders and papers.

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Take a moment to tweak your inspiration board, too, so that the things that inspire you or make you smile are where you can see them regularly.

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If you work from home, you may want to reorganize your desk or set up new filing systems–whatever it takes to be efficient and productive.

If you’re a home school mom, now is the time to get your desk and teaching area(s) ready.

There are some fun ideas for work-at-home and home school moms on my Back To School Pinterest board.

And you can’t go back to school without books!

I have found a good many of these at Goodwill.

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Two of my favorites: “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach and “Organized Simplicity” by Tsh Oxenreider.

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For those with a business: “Love is the Killer Ap” by Tim Sanders, “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and “The Power of Uniqueness” by Arthur F. Miller, Jr.

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And for personal development: “By Happy Without Being Perfect” by Alice D. Domar, Ph.D, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families” by Stephen R. Covey and “Take Time For Your Life” by Cheryl Richardson.

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You may also need a new tote bag to carry your books in or maybe a pretty new purse for fall. You get a backpack for the kids, why not treat yourself?? 

Have some fun before the race to Winter Break begins and set yourself up for a wonderful new school year.

Remember to visit my Back To School Pinterest board board for more ideas, inspiring images and links!

I Need Hair Advice!

I’ve worn my hair from 2″ short to all the way down to my waist in the past 15 years and every style has had its positives and negatives.

I’ve been wearing a chin-length bob for a while now and I’m ready for a change.

A few things to know:

I have been told that I do not have thick hair–I have a LOT of thin hair. My hair dressers have often had to “thin” my hair–a LOT.

I have something of a cowlick in front so “straight bangs” are a challenge.

I don’t like having hair in my eyes or in front of my face, meaning that it needs to be short or able to be tucked behind my ear.

I like shorter styles in summer.

I am not a big fan of my current hair cut. When I saw these pictures, all I could think was Bozo The Clown. I had a bad perm once that has a decidedly triangular shape that I never want to go back to. It just sticks out too much on the ends.

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Now I want something a little more sleek, chic and funky.

Shorter is OK, too, because starting in a few weeks, we’ll be in my folks’ pool several times a week and I would like something cooler AND short enough to avoid having wet hair on my neck all the time.

So! Any feedback on some of these options??

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Chin-length bob, cut close to the head.

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Maybe a messier bob?

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A pretty and soft version.

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Bangs and choppy?

And just for fun, check this out. This is what started this conversation: my lovely and creative friend Jen sent me a message that said she could see me with THIS cut! What do you think?? But picture it in brown, of course! She says it would show off my long neck…and my earrings!

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Dramatic!

Hairstyles are tricky! Feedback is appreciated!

What about you? Do you love your hair today? Is there a hairstyle you’ve always wanted to try?

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