Crafty Spring Origami Owl Day

Spring is coming, spring is coming!! 

I want to make bright ribbon streamers and dance barefoot through the streets shouting “Spring is coming!!”

I love spring.

So I’m hosting a shin-dig!

It’s my “Crafty Spring Origami Owl Day.”

It’s basically all of my favorite things rolled into one afternoon: friends, refreshments, crafting, origami, spring and Origami Owl jewelry. Yippee!!

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It’s Friday, March 14th at 3:00pm at my house.

We will be

  • having “girl time” in my home studio/craft room
  • making origami goodies like dresses and envelopes–yes, you will leave with finished creations! (doing origami is so relaxing!)
  • enjoying yummy food and drink
  • looking at the HOT spring colors for 2014
  • checking out my friend Shannan’s Origami Owl jewelry (side note: Shannan is such an amazing designer and team leader for Origami Owl–come learn some of her secrets!)
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We will be making dresses like these!

You can check it out on Shannan’s Origami Owl website here.

You can also follow Origami Owl on Instagram and on Pinterest.

I have a few things on my Origami Owl Love Pinterest board, too.

Let me know if you want a catalog, too.

If you’ve never been to an Origami Owl jewelry bar, they’re so much fun! These “living lockets” make a wonderful gift for you to give yourself or give to a loved one. What a wonderful way to tell your story! They’re also perfect for Mother’s Day, which is coming up soon!

Of course there will be prizes, too!!

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Cute journals I’m giving away!

This event falls during our Spring Break so, yes, kids ARE welcome to come along and play in our playroom or back yard. My house is not baby-proofed, but it IS kid-friendly!

Moms, daughters and friends are welcome, too!

So meet some new ladies and “get your craft on!”

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Papers we’ll be using.

Event details are on the Facebook event page. Seating is limited to 12 so your RSVP is appreciated.

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.

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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

See my NEW Jewelry Basics

I have, ahem, a LOT of jewelry.

A lot.

I have an entire jewelry chest dedicated to my fine jewelry, which overflows into a drawer organizer, a bowl and a crystal dish on top of my dresser.

I also have enough costume jewelry that I could probably wear a different ensemble every day for three months with no repeats. No kidding.

Yet I needed more.

Just like your clothes, you probably have pieces that you don’t wear because you don’t have a complimentary piece.

Well, I needed some basics to be able to wear some of my favorite pieces, including the fine jewelry that my friends and family have so lovingly gifted to me over the years.

Here are my new basics:

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Long necklace with matching hoop earrings in gold and silver.

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Cuff bracelets, one in silver and one in gold. The gold even has some bling!

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Long pearls to double or triple and to wear with other pieces + a silver ring.

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All this for about $100 AND a portion of my purchase benefitted the local Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler.

Now I have lots of mix-and-match options and can wear some of my other pieces that have been hidden in a drawer for far too long.

What do YOU need to add to your jewelry wardrobe?

Why You Should Keep Wearing Your Matchy-Matchy Jewelry

Depending on how trendy you are, the days of matchy-matchy jewelry sets may seem outdated to you by anywhere from one to ten years.

I remember the days when you’d wear a PINK top with PINK jewelry like this:

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Or you’d wear a white blouse or a denim top with a cute matching shell set like this:

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In 2013, the trend (much like in home decor) is leaning more toward a mix-and-match or “eclectic” approach.

GOOD NEWS! You can keep your matching sets!

Just break them up with other pieces to stay chic and on-trend!

Here’s what I did today (as an example):

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Instead of wearing the matching bracelet, earrings and necklace, I swapped the earrings for plain pearl earrings and layered on a pearl bracelet, too.

I could have also worn the earrings from the set with a plain silver chain necklace, or swapped the bracelet for plain silver bangles.

The point is, wear the pieces you have, but combine them with other pieces to create a more sophisticated look.

Maybe you just need a pair of hoops and a bangle bracelet so your sets don’t look so matchy-matchy anymore. Have fun and…

Happy accessorizing!

Do you own matchy-matchy sets? What pieces can you use to break them up a bit?

Five Must-Have Jewelry Pieces

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My FanTABulous Women class this week is all about dressing for AND accessorizing your specific body type.

TWO special guest presenters will be sharing all about using accessories to compliment your shape and help you look and feel your best. We will also be discussing how many accessories are appropriate to wear, how to choose a purse and much more!

It’s a can’t-miss event and only $10 to attend! PRIZES will be given, too, and every attendee receives a FREE GIFT!

The Facebook event link so you can RSVP is HERE.

Now. What do I say are your must-have jewelry pieces??

1. Statement earrings

Whether your style is simple hoops or blinged-out chandelier earrings, you need a go-to pair of earrings that are totally “you.”

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2. Cuff bracelet

It adds interest to an outfit and is a stylish piece that will help you stand out. A stack of bangles works, too.

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3. A long multi-functional necklace

Links or beads, it can dress up an outfit and be worn long or short (and sometimes even as a belt). This is the “Francesca” by Premier and it can be worn long, doubled or as a belt!

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4. A right-hand ring

Whether petite or gigantic…fine or costume…a ring on your right hand is a nice touch.

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5. Pearls

Pearl earrings and a simple pearl necklace will never go out of style and will always help you feel lady-like and polished.

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What must-have jewelry piece do you LOVE to wear? What do you need to ADD to your jewelry collection? Share in the comments or hop onto the Facebook page!

Stay tuned for Spring 2013′s list of five must-have jewelry pieces!

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