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Fashion: Summer Whites — Going Back to Basics

May 21, 2015

It’s that time again. Summer is fast approaching.  It’s a time when we start thinking about what we will be wearing this season and what summer trends are going to be topping the charts of the fashion headlines.  For me, this year I have been looking at what new trends designers have brought to the runway, what styles I can incorporate into my wardrobe, and how I can make over my overall look.

Well, this year I decided to go back to the styles and colors I love.  Bringing back my favorite colors and style choices.  And without breaking the bank.  Rainbow Shops has a line of summer whites which made me think about how it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed an all white ensemble aside from those styles I’ve been designing in the past months.

shoes-heels-jpo-enzo-01_white_1_2_1First on my list was looking for new white high heel sandals.  Surprisingly, the particular style I like by Anne Michelle and have been looking for seems to be quite a popular style — because it’s been quite a difficult task finding them in my size.  I have found them online, but who wants to pay the outrageous cost of shipping.  Luckily I found them at a local boutique near where I live, and they only had one pair in my size.  And for $17.99, I think I got away with a good price, the style I wanted, and a perfect fit.

Next up in my search for the perfect all white ensemble, I went to Rainbow Show also near where I live and picked up these really cool and comfortable stretch white pants.  Talk about comfortable!!!  I have these particular pants in dark blue, light blue, tan, salmon, olive green, black, and now white.  Seems a little excessive, but I love the way they feel especially on warm days.

1874061651804010_001These are the best pairs of pants you can enjoy anytime of the year.  Sometimes you can find them in capri style also.  They are stylish, comfortable, can go with almost anything.  Dress them up with your favorite pair of heels, a sexy top, a blazer sweater, or you can dress them down with a pair of flats, tank top, or sneakers.

You can get away with these for $19.99 and you can find them at any Rainbow near you or online if you don’t have one in the area.  But what good are these comfortable white pants if you don’t have the perfect top?

For that I went to AliExpress.com.  Sure ordering from them can come with some headaches, a lot of waiting, and the possibility of something going wrong with the order, but sometimes, it’s worth the effort if it means getting what it is you want, with a good fit, and a remarkable price.

UT8fIBXXsJaXXagOFbXbI was actually looking for a lace cocktail dress to wear to an event in June, but when I saw this pretty little thing, I got totally distracted, never found the dress I was looking for because I was so fixated on this top that I had to look high and low on AliExpress.com web site to see if I could find it in my size.  I got lucky and found one.  Me being me, I am a sucker for pretty soft lace.  And with the style and design of this top, it was a definite must have.  And for $5.98 with free shipping, you know I could not pass it up.  The payment was processed right away and was shipped immediately.  Faster than other sellers I have been dealing with.

Now let me tell you, if you are not familiar with ordering from AliExpress,com, there are a few things you should know.  Be sure you order at least two sizes larger than your regular size if at all possible because many of these items are coming from China and Hong Kong.  Therefore you will want to gauge your sizing just right.  The second thing to pay close attention to is the processing time.  Check the status of your order on a regular basis just to make sure it is being processed for shipping and that you are not running into any customs issues.  Make sure you order from a seller who will keep good communication with you.  I have run into those who never responded to any of my messages.

But anyway, this is just one of the summer white ensembles I will be sporting.  I will post my other favorite summer white ensembles as I acquire them.  Stay tuned.  And if you want to share with me your favorite summer white ensemble, email me at AtStudio5Info@gmail.com.  I’d love to see what you come up with.

What’s New: Blogs To Pay Attention To

April 1, 2015

Hi Everybody,

No doubt many of year are getting ready for the Easter weekend as we celebrate the rising of our Lord.  Festivities starting on Good Friday, April 3 pouring into Sunday, April 5 with good food, good company, and our Sunday’s best dressed.

I just wanted to let everyone know who has been following my blogs since the start that I am doing some great things coming up and I want to make sure my readers out there are aware.

First up…if you haven’t been paying attention to my other blogs, here are the ones to be watching:

  • The Diamond Press:  This blog is the news and insight of what’s going on in entertainment, business and finance, real estate and so much more.  You will want to make sure you stop on by there from time to time to see what’s going on.  I am accepting contributions for this blog.  Email me if you would like to contribute articles, announcements, or photos.
  • Poetic Flow:  If you’re into poetry, this is one my very best blogs that showcases some of my writings.
  • Savvy Hair Studio:  Many of you have been sending me comments about hair, here is another one of my blogs you may find interesting.  Note:  I am also accepting contributions to this blog on suggestions, tips, and best uses for products.
  • A Mirrored Image:  Photography for me is on the horizon.  It spotlights some of my photos that I have taken. I will be photographing a wedding this month, so stay tuned for a sight specifically for wedding photographs.
  • Styled By Rene:  This blog is actually a spin-off to AtStudio5 and is dedicated to the fashion industry.  Coming soon will be a blog based on my brand as I have been asked to showcase some of my created styles in a fashion show in October 2015 for “Spring 2016.”  News about this opportunity is forthcoming.

These are  key blogs that are important as I move forward in my many ventures that are going some well-deserved attention.  If you haven’t already taken a look at them, stop on by and see what’s going on.

Fashion: Perfect Outfits When Attending a Wedding

March 28, 2015

Fashion has changed to the degree that even what we wear attending weddings has changed.  For some it has become more upscale, and for others it’s more of a laid back; and then there are those straight out the ghetto box, but you can’t judge them or criticize them.  They all are unique in their own way.

As we are continuously seeing fashion trends thinking outside the box with creativity at the help, the what do I wear to the wedding is a question that is being giving more and more consideration for the fashion conscience because the need to be different, unique, and of course not upstaging the bride and her wedding party, is essential.

So, I have a wedding coming up that I will also be photographing.  Now, I attended a wedding three years ago where the photographer was dressed like she was just lounging around the house. But that was her choice and what she was most comfortable in.  In this case, I am also a guest at the wedding so I have dual roles.  What this means is I have to dress as the guest and be prepared as the photographer.

1416786371807-P-2215365 1416786371972-P-2215365I was going to wear this fabulous blue lace dress.  See how the mesh drops it slightly off the shoulders, and how it opens in the back with a mesh covering?  Very glamorous and elegant.  But I thought better of the idea of wearing the dress since I’m going to be photographing the wedding, too.

I decided that this is more of a dress better for another special event like  the Blue & White event coming up in April, or going for cocktails, or for attending another function where dressing elegantly is called for.

Another thing we have to keep in mind is whether or not what you’re wearing is appropriate.  As guests attending the wedding, you really don’t want to be the one being talked about in a negative way because of what you wore.  Why put yourself in that type of situation anyway.

Wedding AttireI decided to switch it up altogether and go with something a little more subtle.

The blazer and pants are from H & M (off white), the blouse is an Eva Mendes collection piece from New York & Company when the line first launched in 2013, the purse is from Forever21 (getting ready to purchase), and the shoes are Qupid Pinch-01 I purchased from DB Shoes last year around September or October (can’t really remember when, but I obsessed over them until I got them).

Did I just pull a complete ensemble right out of my closet?  Well, yes I did!  I really didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money on an outfit when I’m going to be doing quite a bit of moving around.  This way, the money I am saving can go towards things like getting mine and my daughter’s hair done, getting her an outfit to wear, picking up camera equipment, and reserving a hotel room for an overnight stay.

The key to choosing the right ensemble is knowing what your style is, where the event is taking place, and how long you plan on staying.  You want to look good, but you also want to be comfortable. And of course you don’t want to look like you just climbed out of bed either.

So when you’re thinking about what to wear to a wedding, think about how far out you want to go how elegant you want to look, or how simple you want to keep it.  I like to keep it upscale.

Hair: Relaxing Your Hair After You Dye It

March 23, 2015

Hello, ladies — those of you who are pondering whether or not to relax your hair after you dye it.  Some of you have been stopping by a post I had written a long while ago about dying your hair with a relaxer.  I want to answer the question again and hopefully put some of your mind at ease.

Rene Hair 3-22-15I dyed my hair on 3/07/15…of course you can’t tell because it’s not the color I wanted, but I did.  Then I waited two weeks and two shampoos and conditioners before relaxing my hair.  I used a protein complex prior to applying the relaxer creme, I used a protectant around my edges and my ears, and I used the protein complex with my conditioner (you can use it separately) and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then rinsed it out.  This is the result from having relaxed my hair two weeks after I dyed it.

Rene Hair 3-22-15BI have a good pair of trimming shears that I used to trim away the straggly hairs — taking your doing this because you want to keep your hair as even as possible.  If you are not sure about trimming your hair Google the best ways to trim your hair to avoid any unnecessary damage.

I don’t believe I mentioned this in my previous post, but during this time you have to take precautions to protect your hair from any breakage.  Products with oils, botanicals, and extracts that offer key ingredients in acting as anti-breakage tools can serve as safe guards for your hair and provide instant repair for healthier looking hair.

unnamedThis is one I’ve added to my hair regimen.  Although it can be used daily, I use it at least twice a week, or when my hair calls for it.  Since using this I found it works best on my ends with just a little vitamin E oil.  I still use my coconut oil and my olive oil grow therapy, but mostly for my scalp — but lightly to avoid my hair being weighted, and I use Finisheen after I’ve flat ironed and/or curled my hair — my hair just loves that spray.

Now, if you are contemplating relaxing your hair after you dye it, or visa versa, there are the precautions you need to take.  Regardless of which relaxer product you use there is a timeline you MUST follow to avoid burning and leaving it on your hair for too long which can burn your hair off and burn your scalp.  It can happen!!!  Follow the instructions exactly and keep the timing under or within ten minutes for application, working quickly as possible.  Fifteen minutes is pushing the barriers and subjecting you to burn.

My daughter told me about a vitamin A and B shampoo and conditioner that Organix has.  I am inclined to try it out, but before I do, I want to do some research on it, find any valid reviews about the product to see if whether or not it would be good for my hair.  So far this is what I’ve come across in terms of what the ingredients are for the B5 shampoo and conditioner by Organix.  This is the shampoo’s ingredients.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua) , Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Coco , Isostearamide , Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) , Amodimethicone , Polyquaternium-10 , Capric Glycerides , PEG-6 Caprylic , PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate , Trideceth-12 , Cetrimonium Chloride , Sodium Chloride , Tetrasodium EDTA , Citric Acid , Diazolidinyl Urea , Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate , Fragrance

You want to pay attention that the products are not loaded with alcohol, which in my experience, leaves my hair dry and brittle, and has, in one instant, altered the texture of my hair since I wear relaxers, so I tend to stay away from products with an abundance of alcohol.  It makes a huge difference.

When dying and relaxing your hair, keep in mind the process that goes into protecting it long-term.  Look into deep conditioning which I recommend be done at least once a month and should not be left on your hair more than an hour because then your hair will be too fragile.  Sit under a dryer or a heating cap.  And shea butter is a good and popular sealant to use.

Homemade deep conditioners are probably the best because you are using all natural ingredients.  Mayonnaise is said to be a good deep conditioner because it leaves your hair soft afterwards, but this is ideal for those who wear their hair natural.  Use Olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, shea butter, and other ingredients that will give the moisturizing your hair needs

It will protect from breakage, and promote healthy hair.

Google homemade deep conditioners for relaxed hair.  There are some good recipes out there.

Consult with an expert before going the route of dying and relaxing your especially if this is your first rodeo.  It can go terribly wrong if you do not take the necessary precautions and follow the instructions.  In either case make sure your hair clean when starting the processes.  When you are preparing to relax your hair avoid scratching your scalp, and wait 24 to 48 hours to relax your hair after you’ve washed and conditioned it.

If still unsure have it professionally done by someone who is highly skilled.  This way you get the treatment needed for good looking hair.

Spring/Summer Wear: Yellow in Spring Time

February 17, 2015

Spring is  vastly approaching.  Next month time will change and we’ll have to spring forward and soon we’ll be ready to break out our best Spring Time wears.  In this post I’ll be spotlighting on my favorite of all time, best lace outfits ~ in yellow.

Amazon_61DZNwuHlDL._UY679_First up, this sassy number that takes the “F” out of flirtatious and brings sexy to a whole new level.  I have the white version of this dress and let me tell you, it’s very delicate, not to mention has a nice weight to it.

It has a full zipper in the back ~ meaning from top to bottom, and is a full lace dress throughout with a lining to cover all the right places.  It’s one of those dresses that gives you a serious bang for your buck.

Have a Spring event to attend?  This would be one of those dresses you could wear and be the center of attention.  And the best thing about it is, you won’t break the bank buying the dress, however, I recommend researching various resources on where to purchase it because there are different online resources who sell this particular dress, and the prices vary.

Amazon is one good place to look at least you know you’ll get it and if there’s a problem with your order you would be able to contact the seller.  Check it out.

RoseWholeSale_1413423069147-P-2094540Next on my list of Spring Time brights, is this gorgeous number.  Lace never looked so pretty in this delicate piece, pretty enough to wear to any occasion that calls for you to dress up in your very best.

This piece presents a sexy backless view, lined just above the knee with a sheer flowing floor length dress.  Pair this with a pair of strappy high heel sandals and you’re bound to turn head.  I suggest an up do hair style that brings out the allure of this piece.

Yellow is one of those colors that we are starting to see a lot more of as designers gear up for another season of Spring/Summer fashion for the fashionista at heart.

During the Spring time I like to see soft and bright colors welcoming in the new season.  To me they are reminders of the summer that will follow close behind.  It’s  a fun time of the year because you get to see what different trends are introduced, and just where people’s sense of style lays.

Aliexpress_New-Sexy-Yellow-Lace-Mini-Dress-2014-Women-Elegant-Prom-Vestidos-See-Through-Slim-Bodycon-Amarelo.jpg_220x220Want something simple, short, but cute all at the same time?  This little dainty number is very cute and can be one of those you wear out for cocktails. Not into going for cocktails?  If you’re going to a wedding, this would be perfect.  You’ll be the best dressed among friends and family, and you’re bound to be complimented on how beautiful you look.

What I like about this dress is the mesh atop of this dress, and I especially love the shoes that was paired with this dress.  Exactly the way I would have paired.  White high heel peep toe, sling back shoes seems to bring out the elegance of this dress.  This is one of those you want to keep simple and not over do it with gaudy accessories and handbags.  A simple clutch purse would suffice, and simple earrings would be perfect.

LongSleeveLaceDressI have one more to show you, which I’ve saved the best  for last.  BOOM!  Feast your eyes on this beauty.  This is my favorite one of them all!!!  It is beyond glamorous and one I’d like to see Beyonce in because it would look fabulous on her.  And we all know how she loves those one of a kind designer dresses.  I’d love for her to showcase something similar to this at her one of her events.  Imagine how stunning she would look.

The backless view, diamond cutout front, long sleeves, and floor length gown oozes everything that beauty is all about.  Clearly the designers of this dress knew exactly what they were doing when they created this dress.

Wearing yellow can be tricky if you’re not properly coordinating the color right down to the shoes.  White is always a good choice as well as silver.  I would not choose a a dark color or anything that would take away from the ensemble.

QupidNeonYellow1And if you want to get technical about it, throw in a pair of yellow high heels like my favorite pair shown here at left.  I picked these up from DB Shoes last year.  They became an obsession I couldn’t live without.  I dreamed about them every night and they just weighed heavy on my brain.

If you grew up around high heel shoes like I did back in the 60’s and 70’s, and watched a lot of black and white films, you’d know that these shoes have the old-fashioned style of the Baby Doll high heel shoes except spruced up with a modern day feel set atop a stiletto heel, double ankle strap and platform.

We are going all things yellow this season because it’s the color we need to see more of.  And as fashion designers continue to get more creative, so should the colors of the Spring/Summer season.

Strappy high heel sandals, peep toe sling backs, and even single sole high heel pumps offer the right touch; but if you’re going to go with any other color than white or silver, choose a soft pastel color, and choose carefully because you want the ensemble to POP in all the right directions.

You don’t have to break the bank to look your absolute best with any of these beautiful pieces.  If you’re all about style, glamour, and have a little diva in you, I’m sure you will want to get something like these and go beyond dressing to impress.  They can also be perfect date night dresses in comparison to the little black dress, except it’s in yellow ~ you’ll be the ray of sunshine to that special someone.

Updated February 24, 2015

Style by DailyLook: A Perfect Valentine’s Day Evening

February 8, 2015

Valentine’s Day is one of the most favorite times of year.  Love is in the air and romance speaks volumes.  With it being just around the corner, I put together my version of the perfect look for a romantic evening out!

I chose my favorite little black dress from DailyLook.com as my inspiration for my look.  I love lace because it just works well with being sexy and feeling beautiful.  What will you be wearing for the special occasion?

The little black dress dress never goes out of fashion.  It presents a romantic presence. 
Beautysets - Perfect Valentine's Day Evening

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Favorite Wedges: Springing Forward with Must Have Wedges

February 3, 2015

In preparation for the Spring/Summer season, I’m taking a look at some of my favorite shoes to get my hands on, like the wedge heels.  There is nothing like having a good pair of wedges to dress up any outfit with the right touch.

Last week I visited what is not my favorite neighborhood boutique, Fashion Island, out here in Long Beach.  They’ve recently amped up their shoe selection and are kicking off the Spring/Summer season with some hot wedges that are just a scream.

51ZIDeDYg3L._UY395_BAMBOO is letting us know they are still in the game of creating hot styles, especially wedges.  And for $22.00, I was not about to let them get away.

They are set atop an approximate 5 inch wedge heel with a 1 1/2 platform.  The footbed is cushioned for comfortable wear, and the material is like a nude buck, soft in touch.

If you look online, you’ll find they come in an array of colors.  I’m going to go back to my boutique and get the black ones and go online and get the rose colored ones, too.  They also have blue, red, and I think I saw salmon and lavender.  Perfect for the Spring/Summer season.

bamboo_eliza25_nudnub_4There is something to be said about wedge heels.  I like to wear them with a legging outfit, my capri jeans, my skinny jeans, and my white denim shorts and pair the ensemble up with a cute flowy top that just makes the whole ensemble pop.

If you prefer to wear them with a maxi skirt or dress, that would work just as well.  But you have to do it just right because the wrong outfit can make them wedge heels look off.  And who wants that.

bamboo_eliza25_nudnub_1I would consult with a professional shoe repair on how to clean them because you don’t want to take the chance at ruining them.

When you drive, and if you’re like me, take an extra pair of shoes to drive in so you don’t ruin the back of the wedge heels.  A good friend of mine suggested keeping a towel in the car to put down while driving.  That’s really a good idea because I have a lot of light colored heels that I don’t want carpet dirt ruining the heel of my shoes.

Next up, I visited Call It Spring’s web site to see what they are working with this Spring/Summer season in wedge heels and I was tickled to see that they have some white wedge high heels, which means I will be replacing my old ones very soon.

31_fralirien_32_6Call It Spring is one of my favorite stores, thanks to my daughter who turned me on to them.  Their handbags and shoes, and their boots are at the top of my list for season must haves.  Although I do not own anything by them at the moment, I am definitely going to make my first purchase these wedge heels in bone color and a matching handbag.  That’s just how I roll…have to keep it coordinated.  I have been told that I tend to over do it in being color coordinated.  I get that from my mother who said if you’re going to do it, then do it right.  I grew up in a family consisting mostly of females, and my aunts knew how to dress to turn heads.  Looking glamorous.  :)

I want these particular ones because of an outfit I picked up from one of the Rainbow stores last week.  It’s mostly a white ensemble, with a pastel printed top.  These would bring it altogether.

About these wedge heels:  The heel height measures at 5 1/2 with a platform at 1 1/2.  They are made with a synthetic material and have a cushioned footbed for comfort while stepping out looking stylish.

31_fralirien_66_6You can have your choice of four other colors, nubuck black, navy, khaki, and peach (shown at right).  I like colors, mostly bright.  I’d get the navy ones, too, to wear with my jeans when I’m hanging out with my friends, or when my guy and I are out on the town taking in a movie.  They start at $17.99 and go up to $39.99.

I’m all about the best deals in town whether in store or online without sacrificing keeping up with today’s trends and what current trends are showing us today is wedges are continuing to climb the ladder in fashionable styles because there is something for everybody.

I’ve been wearing wedge heels since I was a teenager, so I’ve seen them evolve into this mass hysteria of epic proportion in what we all need and must have in our wardrobes.  And if you’re a shoe love like I am, you will have at least three pairs, different styles, and different colors.  You can’t just have one.

Why do I love wedges?  If worn with the right ensemble, they are sexy.  I don’t wear just any wedge heel, I take time looking for the right style that I know will go well with my wardrobe.  And as I am preparing to pull out my Spring/Summer fashion wears and make plans to add to it, having the right wedge heels, to me, is important.  I don’t want to look crazy. ;)

With the rise of jumpsuits being highly favored, wedges would be a great addition to creating the right ensemble.

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Here is another one of my favorite wedge heels from Call It Spring.  These are light pink with an approximate heel height of about 5 inches and the platform about 1 inch or so.  They are not lined with a cushioned footbed like many of the ones I like, but they are cute indeed.  They will set you back $39.99.

I haven’t checked out AMIClubwear.com lately because it’s hard to pinpoint when they will have wedge heel styles I like and fit my specific taste.  My last white wedge heels came from their site, but haven’t been able to find a good pair on their site since.  Don’t get me wrong, I keep looking because they are still one of my favorite sites, specifically because they have daily deals as high as 55% off on their site, and huge clearance deals you can’t get enough of.

OK, so the thing about wearing wedge high heels is being absolutely certain that not only do you find the best fit, but that you can also walk in them.  Doesn’t do any good if you’ve got the perfect wedge heel sandals and can’t walk in them without looking awkwardly uncomfortable.

I’ve been wearing high heels since I was 15 years old, and I’m 47 now, so I’ve had a lot of practice and have worn many styles including the classic baby doll high heels and the cork heel wedge heels.

Choosing the right wedge heels means determining what fits your individual style.  If you can’t handle the famous 5+ inch heel wedges like I love, you should go with something that’s more comfortable to you.  Remember, there are many styles that shoes designers have graced us with, so there is definitely something for you.

Keep checking back as I spotlight more of my favorite wedge heels, and be sure to check out the 2015 Shoe Gallery as I start updating it with my latest buys.

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