26 May 2015
20 May 2015
I LIKE MY MONEY RIGHT WHERE I CAN SEE IT...HANGING IN MY CLOSET
Shopping -for some, it's a day well spent, and for others, it's a word of contempt! No matter what your attitude towards shopping may be, there are some ways to streamline the experience without breaking your back, wallet, or patience! Before you venture into a shopping center, make a list with two categories: Things you need and things you want. This will help you sort out your priorities. Vow to yourself that you won't buy something you want at the expense of something you need. Put yourself in a good mood. None of the employees in the stores want to deal with anyone in a bad mood. You'll get much further being pleasant while requesting help or looking for an item. Remember this even when you call stores for an item. No one wants to be yelled at by a perfect stranger while they're doing their best to do a good job! Do some preliminary research. Find the approximate price of the desired items to make sure you are getting a good deal, and also locate the stores where these items are being sold. The Internet is always a good place to start. Write the lowest price you found next to the item on your list. Budget. Decide how much money you'll allow yourself to spend. If possible, leave all your credit cards at home and withdraw enough cash from the bank to support your grueling day of shopping. When you're dealing with cold, hard cash, it's harder to go over your budget. However, it may be a good idea to keep one credit or ATM card with you in case of an emergency (emergency pairs of shoes or boxes of chocolates don't count!) but put a note on it that says "Use ONLY in case of a real emergency!". For example, buying a new outfit whenever you go clubbing (was just a silly joke or maybe not...). Try everything on. It is better to spend more time in a store initially than to be unsatisfied with what you buy and return later to wait on the Customer Service line. Fully inspect all items before you try them on for safety and sanitary reasons. Reward yourself with an ice-cold beverage at the end. You've had a long and busy day, and you deserve it! Even though you rewarded yourself with all those purchases on that day!
15 May 2015
COMPLETE OUTFIT BY EVANMENSWEAR
Personal style is an elusive beast at best. Besides the fact that it’s ever evolving, we’re sure you also appreciate a handful of different styles. But which one truly speaks to you? That’s where we come in. We’ve nailed down the steps to discovering the particular look that speaks to your most fashionable self. Click through now…your personal style is waiting.
Find Your Style Spirit Menagerie. The likelihood of finding a single style icon that defines you? Kinda low. Most people are more of a mix, think: a little Sienna Miller with a dose of Kate Bosworth, plus a dash of Mary-Kate Olsen. To figure out who your main influencers are, start by doing a Pinterest search of “style icons” and save the images you are drawn to. You’ll start to see a collection of repeat people (your style menagerie) who you can look to for inspiration. Put A Label On It. Take a second pass at your inspiration photos, look beyond the names, and focus on the outfits. Pick a few words to describe the vibe of the looks. Are they ladylike, modern, edgy, bohemian, or classic? Settle on a handful of words that feel true to your style, and write them down for future reference, as they will help you clarify and define your look. Snap The Winners. You know those special days when you walk out the door feeling like your most stylish self? Snap a quick picture for future reference. These are the outfits that epitomize your true personal style, and should serve as inspiration for spin-off outfits. Choose a Signature Piece. Audrey Hepburn had her cropped pants and ballet flats, Jackie O. had her oversized sunglasses, and Edie Sedwick had her statement earrings and mod minis. All fashionable women own a signature item or two that becomes part of their style identity. Yours can be as simple as a personalized piece of jewelry or a leopard coat. Take Note Of Repeat Offenders. Have a closet full of striped tees? There’s a reason your closet has an excess of a certain item. You purchase these items again and again because they make you happy and feel comfortable. They are your style sweet spot, if you will. As long as the item is flattering and works for your current style, we say viva la repeat offenders! As we mentioned in step four, it’s not a bad thing to rely on a signature staple. Identify The Odd Piece Out. Take a hard look at your closet and notice the piece or two that doesn’t fit with the overall vibe. Is there a bohemian embroidered blouse among a sea of collared button-up shirts? That’s your outlier. Chances are, your odd piece out symbolizes a style you like, but aren’t fully comfortable trying. If you’re aiming to evolve your look or try something new, consider going after pieces that feel more like that aspirational item. Know Yourself. Trust your instincts, and wear what makes you feel like the best version of yourself. If you have more of a feminine-meets-classic style, like Lauren Conrad, wearing edgy pieces is going to look unnatural. Similarly, if you align with Rihanna’s tough-meets-glamorous looks, a twinset would look downright funny. You’ve likely already got a sense of killer style, so embrace it, and refine it, don’t fight it.
COMPLETE OUTFIT BY EVANMENSWEAR
COMPLETE OUTFIT BY EVANMENSWEAR
10 May 2015
Being minimal makes just as big of a statement as intricate, extravagant outfits. Make yourself the focus of your look instead of your outfit taking away from you. Achieve this easily by wearing basics in your wardrobe that are fit to a T. This trend centers around great tailoring and fabrics. Go for tailored separates that create a cohesive simple chic look, like a pair of fitted black slacks and a white blazer with a black scoop neck blouse. Finish it off with a pair of sleek red heels. Black and white is the easiest way to pull off this trend. For example, today's outfit amplifies the combination of basic statement pieces, such as the black turtle neck along with the simple black coat and in order to add some colour to the outfit I add a pair of silk navy high waisted trousers from Topshop. Furthermore, I highly recommend not to overaccessorize yourself when you try to achieve a minimal look, even for me it was a bit difficult since I like to bedazzle myself with necklaces, rings, and bangles. A similar look might be a grey coat and a pair of black ripped skinny jeans feel perfectly suited for weekend activities of all kinds. Black leather loafers are a smart choice to complete the look.