May I see your pajamas?

You work hard, I know you do.

At the end of the day, you deserve to relax and unwind.

I am the type who has an entire ritual that involves taking off my jewelry and clothes, performing my daily skin care routine and in the winter, the addition of extra lotion, fuzzy socks and lip balm.

fantabulous women night time routine cute pajamas

Cleanser, moisturizer, hand salve, foot cream and lip balm. Aaahhh.

Oh, and I put my pajamas on. If I’m lucky and I have the next day off, I can leave them on all night and until at least lunchtime the next day.

Every woman needs a cute pair of pajamas. You should feel good in them and they should make you smile. You should be able to heave a contended sigh when you put them on every night. Plus, you never know when you’ll be invited to a pajama party!

These are mine. Pink, turquoise, flannel and owly. Soooo soft.

fantabulous women cute pajamas

Yes, cute pajamas fall under the “self care” category. Any time you do something that is just for you, it’s self care. Although, admittedly, the people around you will probably appreciate your cute pajamas, too.

Dare I say…show me your pajamas and I can see how well you take care of yourself?

OK, ‘fess up–are you wearing cute pajamas tonight?

Us on Christmas

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season and had a Merry Christmas!

Here are a few pictures until I have time for proper posts of our festivities. Look out for a post about old and new traditions as well as one about having a personal purpose statement, too.

So this was me on Christmas.

I got this enormous gift bag from my folks. I’ll show you what was inside soon–you’ll love it!

fantabulous women christmas ensemble

Here’s the family at my folks’ house (below).

My sweet sister-in-law gave me those Stella & Dot earrings, aren’t they gorgeous?!? And that’s a Vintage Rose Wraps Headband, too.

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My husband got me these adorable and comfy owl pajamas. Every woman needs a pair of cute pajamas. I’ll blog more about that soon.

fantabulous women cute pajamas

It was a great day and…honestly…I’m glad it’s behind us.

There is so much in store for the end of the year, and for 2014!

Stay tuned, FanTABulous Women!

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.

fantabulous women holiday wow scarf plaid denim boots

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!

 

Announcing some new partnerships

I am celebrating my two-year anniversary with Mary Kay AND my one-year anniversary with “Let Me Rephrase That” this month and VERY excited about what’s to come in 2014!

Changes are in store!

I am now thrilled to be working with three amazing and inspiring female business owners:

:: editor and ghost writer for Linda Stanfield of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing (based in the Phoenix east valley)

:: Content Strategist for Jasmine Holmes of 910 West (a marketing firm based in Gilbert, AZ)

:: Project Manager for Shari Braendel of Fashion Meets Faith (based in Charlotte, NC and pictured with me and my mom, below).

tabitha dumas shari b and mom

Supporting these women behind the scenes (and occasionally in front of, too!) is truly a dream come true and fulfills the mission I had when I began this journey two years ago!

You’ll be hearing more about it in the months to come and you’ll see me streamlining my offerings and services so that I can focus more on them and their needs. It’s going to be exciting!, and YOU will benefit, too! 

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!

fantabulous women tabitha dumas with shari braendel fashion meets faith sun devils wear prada

 

Ten Image Tips for Professionals

Most of us aren’t required to look 100% professional 24/7.

It is inevitable that you will run into a colleague at the grocery store when you are still in your workout clothes or at the home improvement store when you are in your yard work clothes. I don’t know anyone who lives their entire life in a suit.

However, for those times when you want to look like the most professional version of yourself, here are some image tips. The main goals are to represent yourself well, to look like you’ve got it together and to not distract anyone with how you look.

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Ladies & Gentlemen

1. Have a mint and save the gum for weekends. Chewing gum just looks silly in a professional environment, plus you may be like me and be tempted to blow bubbles, making you look like an eight-year-old.

2. Put your sunglasses away. You can’t imagine how many times I see people sitting in a meeting with their sunglasses perched on their head. Ladies, sunglasses are NOT a headband.

3. Clean up your shoes. Nothing looks more careless than dirty shoes. If you live somewhere dusty, keep wet wipes handy to clean up before entering a meeting.

4. Keep your nails trimmed and clean. Ladies, nude and light colors look best for your fingers (and use your discretion when it comes to your toes–you can probably get away with bold colors if you prefer).

5. Mind your body language. Maintain proper posture and when someone is speaking, make eye contact, nod and smile as appropriate.

Ladies

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6. Don’t overdo the cleavage or the exposed leg. Don’t let your skin be a distraction or affect your credibility. In fact, I recommend against spaghetti straps in the office and even sleeveless tops unless it is very modestly cut. Knee-length skirts or longer are also recommended. Oh, and when you wear a skirt, make sure it is lined or PLEASE wear a slip.

7. Beware of “dress shorts” and even “dress capris,”  meaning fancier shorts and capris that are supposed to be office-worthy (like with pin stripes). Just make sure your overall look says “Professional” and not “about to board a cruise.”

8. Wear some makeup. It is a proven fact that women are considered more confident and competent when they wear simple, flattering makeup. Even out your skin tone with tinted moisturizer or foundation and accentuate your best features with a little mascara, plus a neutral blush and light lip gloss.

Gentlemen

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8. Keep your hair groomed. That means your facial hair, ears and nose, too! Consider waxing that uni-brow and PLEASE trim your long eyebrows.

9. Be bold with color! Don’t shy away from colors other than black, navy or gray. Whether a collared shirt or a dress shirt, most men (especially those of you with salt-and-pepper hair) look great in purple, red, a shade of turquoise and even orange. If your job requires you to be more conservative, consider a purple or pink-hued tie instead.

When you look your best, you will be AT your best!

What do YOU think should be added to this list?

Need help with your professional image? Contact me to schedule a “Next Step Assessment” to determine how we can work together to elevate your look to the next level! 

Trick for Dressing Slimmer

Want to camouflage your hips or belly area? 

There’s a solution often referred to as “column dressing” and it involves creating a long vertical line with your clothing.

This one uses all dark colors for your inner garments and a POP of color on the outside. The eye forgets about bulges or bumps and focuses instead of your pretty arms and that lovely color!

Plus a cute jacket like this also “nips in” the waist, too, creating an hourglass effect. 

fantabulous women column dressing

Try it sometime!

Colorful Friday: The perfect turquoise top for your coloring

I tell people all the time that turquoise is a universally flattering color on just about anyone.

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Check out how beautiful EVERY color category looks in turquoise!

LIGHT (go with pale and icy)

fantabulous women turquoise top light

DEEP (deeper and more saturated tones work best)

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CLEAR (the brighter, the better)

fantabulous women clear turquoise top

WARM (a warmer shade is lovely)

antabulous women warm turquoise top

SOFT (a medium tone works beautifully)

fantabulous women soft turquoise top

COOL (pretty when trimmed in black)

fantabulous women cool turquoise top

Not sure of your Dominant Color Category? Check out this post to find yours or take the Color Enalysis on Shari Braendel’s website.

Are you already wearing turquoise or do you need to go shopping??

 

Bras For Warm Weather

The warmer weather is upon is and now it is becoming time again for sundresses, tanks and strapless tops.

Ladies, listen up: no one wants to see your bra straps.

Doing a “layered look” with tanks and camis is OK, but exposed bra straps are not. Just this woman’s opinion.

So…what to do??

For most tanks and sleeveless tops, a T strap bra works well. It keeps your straps from showing and from falling down over your shoulders.

fantabulous women racer back bra

They’re also called racer back bras and can look like this, too:

racer back fantabulous women warm bras

Check this out! You can use these cool clips on a regular bra to MAKE it into a racer back! There’s a clear version available, too. They’re available in the lingerie department of most retail stores, including Target and Walmart.

fantabulous women hide bra straps

Of course, when in doubt, go strapless.

stapless bra fantabulous women warm weather

A convertible bra is also an excellent choice and gives you many options.

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Finally, if you’re investing in a good “speciality bra,” buy it to match your skin tone so you can wear it under white, black and everything in between.

Your bra shouldn’t match your clothes–it should match YOU!

Do you need a new bra to add to your wardrobe for this spring and summer?

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