The New Color for Fall: Pink!

How to wear pink in the fall
Below, some Dos and Don’ts to looking pretty in pink this fall:

DO consider fabric.
Fabrics are key. You can absolutely wear your floaty, petal pink silk skirt (or dress, or blouse, etc.) once the temperature drops—if you pair it with heavier layers. Ribbed tights, a chunky sweater, and a wool jacket not only provide extra warmth, they also provide gorgeous textural contrast.

DO remain neutral.

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Budgeting Beauty: How to Save on Essentials

When it comes to shaving our budgets, most ladies put beauty products in the “need” category. A study commissioned by Mintel validates this assumption, reporting consumers spent $2.32 billion on shampoo and $1.71 billion on conditioner in 2010 alone.

So what’s the best way to save on essentials without resorting to dollar-store cosmetics? Here are nine tips to keep both your beauty and your budget intact.

1. Hair Products
Consider extending the life of your shampoo (and hair color) by using dry shampoo or baby powder in between washes. When using shampoo and conditioner, check out these great tips and best bargain buys from DailyFinance.com.

2. Hand Soap
Foam hand soap is all the rage these days, and one of the easier beauty products to DIY. Refer to EHow.com’s recipe for specific instructions, but ultimately all you need is a lot of water, a bit of soap and a few drops of essential oil.

3. Makeup Brushes
In addition to extending the life on pricey makeup applicators, regularly cleaning your brushes is just the sanitary thing to do. And if you really need replacements, consider a tip given to me by a MAC Cosmetics artist; buy art brushes at craft stores for a fraction of the price!

4. Foundation
Whether you’re a liquid, powder or mineral foundation girl, you can use less of this beauty staple by applying a base before application. The Magic Perfecting Base by L’Oreal is a favorite among top fashion magazines, and is available for less than $12 from Walmart and Target.

5. Fragrance
Let’s be honest — designer fragrances are among the most expensive beauty purchases, with $80 buying less than 6 ounces of product. If you can’t part with your signature Chanel scent, buy gift cards at a discounted rate for retailers selling your fragrance and enjoy immediate savings.

6. Body Lotion
Moisturizing is a must for anyone who wants to avoid the shar pei-look at 50, but lotion gets pricey when you see the words “illuminating,” “firming” or “age-defying” on the label. Unless you have a serious skin issue, consistent use of most drugstore moisturizers is sufficient.

7. Hair Color
Prolong your color-treated hair between salon visits using household ingredients. Brunettes can use a strong pot of cooled coffee and blonds can use a lemon juice-water mixture. Apply the treatment after shampooing, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse, condition and style as usual.

8. Hair Accessories
Today’s trendy hair accessories can be homemade for a fraction of salon and department store prices. Channel your inner domestic goddess and create one-of-a-kind hair candy with beads, feathers and artificial flowers found in craft stores.

9. Less is More
There’s no need to wear your entire cosmetics collection every day of the week. Consider giving your wallet a break by opting for the basics during mellow workdays or lazy weekends. For tips on how to pull off the “au natural” look, refer to Real Simple’s step-by-step instructions.

Guest post written by: Andrea Woroch is a nationally recognized consumers-savings expert

Saturday Style – The Little White Dress

It’s Saturday Style! Are you tired of the basic LBD (Little Black Dress) and are ready for The Little White Dress? If you are on the hunt for a white summer dress, I have some fabulous picks for you today, including a Polyvore set I put together titled, what else, WHITE.

Style Session: Superb Boho Fashion Finds

I cannot tell a lie.  I love Boho fashion.  I love vintage.  I love feathers.  I love a bit of quirk so all of these pieces are right up my street.  The floral dress would be great with a pair of old cowboy boots and a fringe suede purse.  The floppy hat and the feather necklace below would go great here.  My favorite piece in this collection is easily the XCVI crochet tunic.  So cute!  It’s a wardrobe MUST HAVE!  Scroll down and buy immediately!

Belted Boho Dress

Belted Boho Dress

Flaunt your hippie style in this belted boho dress, available at Modcloth, $65.

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Let’s talk dirty, hair — Don’t wash your hair every day

Do you wash your hair every day? We’re here to tell you why you shouldn’t. That’s right — it’s time to get dirty! Daily shampoo sessions aren’t always necessary and we have the scoop on why.

Don’t wash your hair every day — here’s why:

Don’t wash your hair every day — here’s why:

It’ll be easier to style

If you’ve ever washed your hair prior to going to the salon to get an updo or another more formal look, you likely got a talking-to from the stylist. Freshly washed and dried hair isn’t nearly as easy to work with as hair that was washed a day or two ago. Squeaky clean hair can slip out of pins and is notorious for not cooperating. Even creating a braided or more intricate look at home will be a lot easier to manage if you do it on a day you haven’t washed your hair.

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