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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gotta Have It – May 27th (My Carolina Today)

Wardrobe Consulting's Suzanne Libfraind shows us this week’s “Gotta Have It” finds from local retailers and entrepreneurs in the Triangle area.

Scroll down for information on where to find these great 'Gotta Haves'.

  1. Let It Ring – $20 each or $10 as a going back to school fundraiser item. Available at www.soletitring.com

  2. Oh Wow Lip Balm – $4.24 per lip balm or as a 4 pack for $16. Available at www.ohwowforlips.com

  3. A Cupcake Diva – $2.00 per cup cake pop. Available at www.cupcakediva.com

  4. “The Bobble” – $10 for a filtered water bottle from Monograms. Available at www.monogramsinc.net

  5. Pop top and ribbon designed belts $75, bracelets $15 and key chains $10-$15 – by Elizabeth Toker. Sold exclusively at The Eclectic Garden www.eclecticfurnituregarden.com
Do you know something local that we "Gotta Have"? Please send us your suggestions!


Thursday, May 26, 2011

An Icon in Her Own Sense

I think I would be remiss in my job as a stylist if I did not comment on the finality of Oprah and her final good-bye to her 25 year old talk show. I’ve been thinking back to where I was in my life some 25 years ago and what I was doing as she began her journey. I had just given birth to my second child and my first child wasn’t that much older. I had gone back to work part time as a visual designer and worked for several local boutiques and SteinMart.

Oprah seemed strong and self assured and although I did not watch her on any sort of regular basis, I knew that for many she was a lifeline of support. Over the years I marveled at her sense of inner peace and beauty that was beyond her large brown eyes and flawless skin. I, along with millions of other men and women who understand the effort she went through to take control of her weight, railed in praise when she conquered her weight battle and sashayed around the stage in her tight jeans.

As the weight gradually reappeared and softened her hips and thighs, I again railed in praise that she had found an inner peace that included not wanting to fight her weight again as so many of us do. She found a healthy balance that worked for her and decided to live her life with little regret and regardless of her present size.

I often tell clients that we must work with what we are given and if we are not satisfied, then only then can we attempt a change. For me maintaining a healthy lifestyle does include eating well but also indulging in the many foods and beverages that make me happy. I know exactly where those extra pounds are going to land and stay and quite frankly I’m ok with that. I guess that is why I always liked Oprah’s tune, because I often thought her ideals were similar to mine. Here’s to living life, whether you are a stylist or fashion television icon.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bathing Suits for Every Body

Ready Set, Get Suited for Summer!

I'm taking Page to Nicole’s Swimwear and Accessories to show Page how bathing suits can work for every body type. Read below for fashion & shopping tips.

1. If you want to look slimmer opt for a lighter color on top than on bottom.
2. Woman with a small bust should look for tops with ruffles, beading or pleating.
3. If you need to support a large bust choose an underwire or a hidden bra top. Stay clear of high necklines.
4. If you carry your weight through the middle, skip tankini's and opt for a wrap style or suit that gathers on the side to draw the eye away from the middle.

Shopping Tips -
  • Shop on a day that you are feeling good and preferably not on a weekend.
  • Prioritize your assets and embrace your body !
  • Remember that there are many different styles to choose from
  • The best fabric choice is a cotton and Lycra blend to hold it's shape.
  • Wear a thong or a snug panty when trying on swimsuits
  • Choose your size and add one larger when selecting what you want to try. Swim suits vary in size just like clothes do!
  • Be sure and check the comfort and fit of the suit in a three way mirror.
  • Bring a sandal to try with your suit, sneakers make a suit so much less appealing!
If you prefer trying swim suits in the privacy of your home, order from mail order catalogs and follow the sizing guide

Lastly, don't dispair, just like trying on jeans, it may take several tries before finding something that you love.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Gotta Have It (May 14, 2011) - My Carolina Today

In this week's 'Gotta Have It' Savvy Stylist Suzanne Libfraind shows us items you’ve got to have ranging from decorative duct tape to a teething ring necklace. See below for info on where you can find each of these items...

1. Chewbeads Necklaces - 100% Silicone available at Smart Momma in Raleigh - www.smartmomma.com

2. Skin Ceuticals Blemish and Age Defense - $78 retail - available at www.themuseumspa.com

3. Platypus Designer Duck Tape $7.50 a roll. Free shipping when purchasing 5 rolls or more. Available at www.fortisdesign.com. Enter the code "Carolina Today" on their website when checking out to get FREE SHIPPING when you order 5 or more rolls.

4. Cupcakes by Cupcake Brewery: Shotgun Betty and Sweet Josie with Lone Rider Brewery Beer. $2.75 per cupcake or $29.00 a dozen. Available at www.cupcakebrewery.net.

5. Perfume Brooch with your favorite scent. $12...available at Nicole’s Swimwear and Accessories - www.nicolesswimwear.com.

6. Mogo Click Flops...$20 for children/$22 for adults. Each flip flop set comes with 2 sparkly magnets...additional magnets available for $4. Available at Swagger Gift in Cary: (919)858-5884 or www.swaggergifts.com.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Carolina Today - Summer Shorts & Capris (from Friday 5/6)

Savvy Stylist Suzanne Libfraind gives advice on choosing the right shorts and capris for your body type.

Tips for shopping for capri’s and shorts

1. Most any length works well for boyish figures with a relaxed look and tighter fit around the hips

2 Tall women should avoid baggy shorts, but try fitted styles with pleats that lay flat

3. Capri’s should have a flat front, tailored or short right above the knee unless gather by a drawstring

4. Petite women should should choose designs that are fitted in the waist and shorter in length, unless legs are heavy

5. Choose colors and fabrics that compliment your activity
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