Jul 20

Power Look vs. Gangster Look

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The shirt and tie combo on the left is often worn by men  It’s a fashion look, not a power look. Furthermore, when you wear a black shirt with either a light tie or a dark tie, it imparts a gangster look.

Fashion looks are not board room or power looks. You may get compliments wearing a black shirt with a tie, but ask yourself who it was that complimented you.

If you work in an arena that is highly competitive, such as financial services, you will have higher credibility and trust with your clients wearing the shirt and tie combo on the right, This tie could also be worn with a French blue shirt for a less formal look.


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Jul 18

Angelina Jolie: When Black Wears You

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The Elie Saab gown is exquisite, the emerald earrings are divine, and you never looked lovelier – except for one thing. When you wear black, it wears you unless you “defeat” it with lipstick.

Black is the darkest color there is, so it can look forbidding. However, light one candle in a dark room, and it is no longer dark. A fuchsia or red lipstick does the same thing when you wear a black dress or suit. Lipstick also makes the eyes pop and sparkle. Try it, you’ll see.

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Jul 17

Ban Satin Forever

Screen Shot 2013-07-02 at 11.11.24 AMThis should be proof positive that designers should ban satin forever, except in limited amounts.

Even beautiful models who are slim and fit, look two sizes larger in a satin gown. These two photos were taken only months apart.


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Jul 16

Anne Hathaway – Night & Day

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The teenager next door is transformed into a Big City sophisticate.

Anne looks good in any color hair, as long as the style is sophisticated. She would look even better as a blonde with soft pink-toned makeup, instead of the warm peachy tones that her makeup artist chose. Yes, it “harmonizes” with her hair, but it’s never wise to match hair and skin. It’s better to “match” makeup with a person’s undertones.  Anne would look even more beautiful as a blonde if she wore the makeup in the photo of her to the left!



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Jul 12

Prince Charles – Word to the Wise

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Your Royal Highness, like most gentlemen with light to medium skin, camel is not a flattering colour. First, it is so pale that you literally fade into your coat. Navy blue is a much better colour for you.

Look closely, and you’ll see that camel also makes the face splotchy. Better to give up this colour entirely.


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Jul 10

Meryl Streep – Divine in “Prada”

Screen Shot 2013-07-02 at 11.00.40 AMMeryl, you look so beautiful with your “high fashion” look in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Especially your hair. Please bring it back!


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Jul 09

Red & Yellow – Ketchup & Mustard

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Some colors go together and some colors simply don’t. For example, tomato red and bright yellow. First of all, these are the two most visible colors in the spectrum, and when you put them together, it’s overkill.

Secondly, these colors, when seen together, inevitably make you think of ketchup and mustard, or fast-food restaurants. In the world of high fashion, these two colors should never meet. Even men’s ties in red and yellow patterns look less classy than red with nearly any other color.

Red is such a powerful color that it can stand alone. However, it pairs well with black, with peacock blue and also white – to name a few popular color schemes.

Of course, when it comes to the color red, it is the color wheel red that is the most popular and the most desired. After all, its name is usually True Red. This is a bright cool red, not a tomato red, which has yellow undertones. Remember, yellow and red are not so classy, so true red is much better.

Below is another instance where yellow should be removed. Fuchsia is too close to red, so there is some lack of harmony with the yellow background color and the exquisite fuchsia dress from Oscar de la Renta. Purple and yellow are opposite each other on the color wheel, so these two colors are lovely together.


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Jul 08

Taylor Swift: Your Brand is Bold

Screen Shot 2013-07-04 at 1.45.45 PMTaylor, your brand is bold, not bland. Beige is boring and bland; it says Oatmeal Cookie, not innovative, dynamic, entrepreneurial star. All in all, the photo on the left hurts your brand. The hair isn’t you, the shoes are clunky and the dress makes your waistline non-existent and your hair drab.

Contrast that with the eye-catching and “knock ’em dead”  photo on the right, Great colors, sexy style, perfect makeup and beautiful and lustrous hair.


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Jul 07

Queen Maxima, Regal in Red

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is definitely looking regal in red. Her red dress looks better with red shoes, though. Beige is fine if you don’t happen to have red shoes. But every woman should own a pair  of red shoes! They’re the icing on the cake.

Speaking of icing, the blush peach dress is definitely sweet, but it washes Queen Maxima out. Understated isn’t necessary when you’re the Queen!



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Jul 06

Jennifer Lawrence: Good, Better, Best and NO


Jennifer Lawrence has a chameleon-like appearance. As she changes hair color, she changes her appearance and persona dramatically. She looks good in the coral and white floral print dress, but they’re not her colors. Her hair is pretty and youthful looking, but it’s the wrong shade of blonde; it’s a harsh yellow. This dress is the perfect length; shows off your shapely legs.

Jennifer looks better in the lovely deep purple gown. Her hair is a better color, and her makeup is much more flattering than in the first photo. Soft pink tones suit her.

Who can forget Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards. She stole the show from everyone! The simple red gown is perfect for her; and her hair is magnificent in terms of color and style. Just right for the Red Carpet. She has an air of confidence and relaxation. Looking good, Jennifer!

Well, you were absolutely fabulous in Silver Linings. Hardly recognized you with that black hair. This photo (far right) doesn’t show you in the best light. The makeup and hairstyle are all wrong for dark hair. Dark hair demands drama on the Red Carpet: red lipstick, smoky eyes (no black liner, please!) and Big City accessories. You could choose to remain a brunette, though, if you made all those changes. In fact, you’d be a knockout. Just promise me you’ll give up the black eye liner –  forever.


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