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!

 

What is your Dominant Color Category?

I want to help you discover your Dominant Color Category so I can then recommend wardrobe items like scarves, blazers and floral prints for your unique coloring AND tell you what HOT seasonal colors will work for you.

This concept comes from Shari Braendel‘s book “Good Girls Don’t Have To Dress Bad” found on Amazon. I highly recommend the book and I ADORE Shari. This is Shari with my mom and me at an event last year at ASU.

fantabulous women tabitha dumas with shari braendel

DOMINANT COLOR CATEGORIES

I have a Pinterest board for each category that I curate on an ongoing basis.

I invite you to ”follow” the board for your category.

There are six categories:

1. Light. Naturally blonde or white hair. Fair skin tone. Light to medium eye color.

fantabulous women dominant color category light

The LIGHT Pinterest board

2. Deep. Medium to dark brown or black hair. Medium to dark skin tone. Hazel, brown or black eyes.

fantabulous women dominant color category deep

The DEEP Pinterest board.

3. Soft. Light to medium brown hair (or ‘mousy’ or ‘dishwater blonde’). Light to medium skin tone. Medium intensity eye color like hazel, brown, blue or green.

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The SOFT Pinterest board.

4. Clear. Dark medium brown to black hair. Very light or medium skin tone. Bright eye colors (green, blue or hazel) or dark brown.

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The CLEAR Pinterest board.

5. Warm. Red hair or golden blonde or brown hair with reddish highlights. Any skin tone, sometimes with freckles. Green, blue, brown or hazel eyes.

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The WARM Pinterest board.

6. Cool. Silver, gray or ash brown hair. Light to medium skin tone (often with a pink undertone). Blue, green, hazel or brown eyes.

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The COOL Pinterest board.

Not sure which category you fall into? Wondering if you got it right?

Use Shari’s Color Enalysis tool.

I hope this helps, and I hope you’ll keep checking back for recommendations related to YOUR Dominant Color Category!

Good Reasons to Arrange Your Closet By Color

Closet organization is a personal and somewhat complicated issue.

One option is arranging your closet contents by color.

The picture below represents my tops arranged by color:

White, red, pink, purple, blue, gray, turquoise, green, brown and peach.

fantabulous women closet organization

You’ll notice the same order in the stack of long-sleeved tops on the top shelf as well as in the hanging organizer.

My shoes are arranged by color, too. Silver in the front and brown in the middle row.

Here are some good reasons to arrange your closet by colors:

1. You enjoy wearing color. And I hope you do!

2. You coordinate your outfits based on color {like this one, source FashionistaTrends.com}

FanTABulouswomen closet organization fashionistatrends.com

3. Seeing a rainbow in your closet makes you happy.

If you are one of my ladies who pins color-coordinated outfits on Pinterest, arranging your closet by color is probably a great idea.

Jot down a few of your favorite looks {like the navy, green and white combo pictured above} and go to your closet to put some outfits together.

In the interest of full disclosure, my closet is currently arranged by the type of garment (short-sleeve, long skirt, etc.)–pictures coming soon.

Would you enjoy having your closet arranged by color? Why or why not? Leave a comment here or hop on over to Facebook to keep the conversation going!

Need help with organizing your closet to YOU can dress to look your best every day? Schedule a time for us to spend an hour together in YOUR closet!

Five Secrets to a More Beautiful Morning

If you’re joining us from the FanTABulous Women email newsletter, welcome!

Do you find yourself wishing for a smoother morning routine that also helps you start your day looking and feeling your best?

Here are my five secrets!

fantabulous women morning routine

LOOKING GOOD

1. Choose your outfit the night before. Try it on and lay out everything you will need, including undergarments, shoes and accessories. There’s nothing more stressful than searching for a lone camisole or errant earring when you’re racing against the clock in the morning!

2. Have a simple everyday makeup look easily accessible. Set aside your wild eye shadows and bold lipsticks for special occasions. Make sure that your basic foundation and mascara, along with two to three eye shadows and a blush in neutral shades, are handy so you have no excuse for leaving the house without makeup on.

3. Start your day in a happy place. Take time to sip a cup of coffee, read a page from an inspiring book, repeat your personal mantra, stretch your body or write in your journal before the craziness of the day sets in. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman with a smile on her face and a spring in her step!

FEELING GOOD

4. Keep healthy breakfast foods on hand. Whether it’s a boiled egg, protein bar, V8 juice or cheese stick, eating a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to mean sitting down to a hot meal. You’ll feel better all day if you start it with good fuel and having something you can grab on your way out the door will help guard against desperate donut purchases.

5. Get a grip on your to-do list. Whether twenty items or three, spend some time with your to-do list in the morning and map out your day. Consider tackling your hardest task first, followed by a fun task, to start your day well. Try to schedule in some “me time,” too, even if it’s just flipping through a new magazine in the school car line or enjoying a special treat with your lunch.

Here’s to a happier and more FanTABulous morning!

Could your morning routine use some help? What ideas would you consider implementing this week?

Color Makeover!

My lovely friend Michelle was my first color and beauty makeover victim volunteer.

We categorized her Dominant Color Category as a Soft. These are women with light to medium brown hair (sometimes mousy or dishwater blonde), light to medium skin tone and medium intensity eye color (hazel, brown, blue or green).

See how miserable you can be without color?? :)

fantabulous women before makeover

Softs are neutral, neither warm nor cool. Softs should wear soft ivory (rather than ivory or white) and NO black near the face. Michelle was not thrilled with that news as most of her wardrobe staples are black. I recommended adding a pretty necklace or scarf when she wears a black top to bring color to her face.

This was the favorite color that I draped her in: turquoise. Not only does it look lovely ON her, but she is drawn to the color–that’s the winning combination!

The other thing we did was a neutral everyday makeup look: primer, foundation (Beige 3), a little blush (Shy) and lipstick (Shell), all Mary Kay.

Here she is!

fantabulous women color makeover before and after

Thank you, Michelle, for coming over to play! You are beautiful!

Do you want your OWN color analysis and Eight Minute Face tutorial? Contact me!

LOCALS! I am also hosting an open house on Friday March 8th for Mary Kay’s Global Makeover Day. FREE appointments for color analysis and beauty makeovers are available from 2:00 to 8:00pm! Contact me for your appointment!

Oh, yes, she did ask The Question!

I was feeling pretty sassy on Saturday wearing a new top in my “pop color,” a colorful scarf as a belt, my key necklace and cute shoes.

See??

fantabulous women dressing for your body type

I don’t THINK I look pregnant…??

Until the bagger at my local grocery store (a teenage girl, maybe 16) asked The Question:

“Are you having a baby?”

I felt like I melted into a puddle right there in the check-out lane. I felt my face flush and my blood pressure rise.

Partly because we’d recently tried to have a baby with no luck. Partly because I realized that I LOOKED pregnant (no one wants that unless they are) and partly because I knew she’d be embarrassed to find out that I’m not.

“Nope. I am sure not.”

The cashier asked, “WHAT did she say??”

I replied, “She said I was fat.”

I admit, that comment was meant to teach the bagger a lesson. Did I interpret her question that way? No. But many women would. Unless a woman is VERY CLEARLY pregnant, it’s better to not comment.

The bagger was aghast.

I smiled and told her, “I’m giving you a hard time. It’s an honest question. We were trying but, no, I’m not pregnant.”

I could tell she felt terrible.

“Why did you think so?” I asked.

I often wonder if I sometimes still let my hand linger over my belly like I did for those 18+ months I’ve been pregnant. Or if it was just the lower belly pooch left over from carrying two eight-plus pound babies to 40 weeks gestation combined with poor posture resulting from too much time hunched over a laptop.

“Do I LOOK pregnant?” I asked.

She shrugged sheepishly. “Only from the side.”

Ah, yes.

According to Shari Braendel’s book “Good Girls Don’t Have To Dress Bad,” I have an ‘x’ body type–proportionate over all (as far as hips to shoulders).

But I tend to also be a ‘b’, meaning I gain weight in my belly and hips. Shari cautions ‘b’ types from tucking their shirts in or wearing belts around the waist. Why? Because you get this:

dress your body type fantabulous women

Ugh-oh. A belt just accentuates my post-baby belly.

Notice what happens when I untuck my shirt and put the belt OVER the top.

hide trouble spots dress for your body

Hide your trouble spots!

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The one to blame for the belly pooch. But who cares?? It’s disguised now!

Note to self: Don’t accentuate the belly area–camouflage it!

Do you dress for your body type? What can you not wear?

For more about dressing for your body type, stay tuned to the blog or find FanTABulous Women on Pinterest!

Little Black Dress for Your Body Type

Every women needs a Little Black Dress, right? But there are hundreds of options available, so what do you choose that will truly flatter you?

This post is only about the SHAPE of the dress, but concerning the COLOR

If you fall into the Light, Soft or Warm Dominant Color Category, BEWARE of black! For Lights, it overpowers you. For Softs, it ages you and drains the color from your face. For Warms, chocolate brown is so much better!

Not sure about what Dominant Color Category you fall into? Take Shari Braendel’s online Color E-nalysis or contact me about having ME do your color analysis in my home studio or via Skype!

Now here is the graphic from Pinterest. Use it to buy whatever color dress you need!

Do YOU own a little black dress, or a staple dress in a different color? Does it work for your body type or do you need to go shopping?

Bridesmaid Beauty Secrets

Over eleven years ago, Sarah (the best friend of my college roommate), told me that she thought I should meet her brother because we’d really hit it off. Drew and I were introduced at Thanksgiving, were engaged three months to the day later and were married the following August. She was right.

This past weekend, Sarah married HER true love and I was thrilled to be a bridesmaid in her wedding.

Here are some Bridesmaid Beauty Secrets I wanted to share with you.

1. Hair and makeup:

PRACTICE! I did several trial runs and made a few changes each time. Take pictures, too, 1. so you remember what you did and 2. to make sure it translates well to photographs.

Bonus Tip!

fantabulous women bridemaid beauty secrets

Try the dress on to make sure the colors are right. My lips were too light!

DARKEN IT! Even if you usually wear some makeup day to day, you’ll need to darken it. Eyeliner, blush and lipstick are musts or your features will disappear and you will look washed out.

2. Get a tan.

I cannot recommend visiting a tanning bed in good conscience. I can tell you that there are a lot of effective and affordable self-tanning options available, including spray tanning. Besides adding color, it can also eliminate tan lines if your bridesmaids dress is cut differently than what you wear when sun bathing.

3. Consider your undergarments.

Stick-on bras, strapless bras or convertible bras–choose the one that offers the best lift and coverage and that is completely hidden beneath your dress.

4. Get a manicure and pedicure.

Besides feeling better when your toes and nails are done, it will look better in pictures. You don’t want dry, cracked heels to detract from your dress.

Here is how my look came together (with my mom outside of the church):

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bridesmaid!

I hope these insider tips help you when you prepare for your next special occasion!

Do you have other tips to share, or questions to ask? Leave a comment or visit my Facebook page!

Exfoliate Dry Lips NOW

Are your lips dry? Do you need to exfoliate them…now??

You already have two of the BEST tools for sloughing dead skin from your lips:

This…

FanTABulousWomen.com lip exfoliator washcloth

A damp washcloth!

And this.

fantabulouswomen.com toothbrush exfoliate lips

A toothbrush!

At night before bed, simply rub your lips with a damp washcloth or toothbrush to gently remove the dead skin, rinse and apply a lip balm to leave on over night. Viola! Soft, kissable lips.

If you have a little more time and really want to pamper your lips, give this a shot. Mix equal parts brown sugar, honey and olive oil, rub gently onto lips and rinse.

lip exfoliating treatment

via Pinterest

Could your lips use a little TLC? Let me know if you try any of these ideas!

xxx, Tabitha

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