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5 Shopping Tips For Black Friday

5 shopping tips for wardrobe for Black Friday sales:

Black Friday Sales!!

1. Double check all items for perfection. Look for missing buttons or belts and if you really love it, ask the cashier to give you an additional percentage off. Once you get it home, you can reinvent it with your own style!

2. Shop out of season for items that will not go out of style, like your CORE wardrobe pieces(jeans, slacks, blazer/cropped leather jacket, button-up shirt, pencil skirt(for women;)).

3. Check for the quality of sewing. Is the threading about to unravel?

4. The size you buy can fluctuate within at least 4 sizes. For example, if you usually wear a size 8, you may find that you can also wear a 6 or 10 depending on the brand. If it looks great and you can breathe in it, go with it.

5. Make a list and stick to it. Without a list you will get distracted and purchase things you don’t need.

PS. Most likely the racks will be a complete disaster and you may find yourself overwhelmed, but don’t give up. The short term hard work will contribute to a long term payoff: the perfect wardrobe at a better price!

Once you learn what to look for and what looks great on you, it will become much easier. When shopping for my clients, I can walk into any store, glance over the racks, pull items, and have at least 15 items in the dressing room in less than 10 minutes. Stores such as Loehmann’s, Nordstrom Rack, T.J. Maxx, and Marshalls are my favorite discount stores. However, on Black Friday Weekend EVERYWHERE has great sales. I’m going to Bloomingsdales first!

For more shopping tips you can purchase my book Ultimate Guide to Style!

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Male Body Hair and What We Really Think About It

I dated a guy once who was great looking and sweet. The one thing I just could not get over was his hairy back. I was early 20’s at the time so I didn’t have the “outspoken” mouth I have now. Every time he would ask me for a back rub I would cringe. Our relationship ended and thankfully the guys after him had a smooth back whether natural, waxed, or shaven…which is what I would like to bring your attention to.

Shave it, wax, it, or laser it. 99.9 % of women will thank you.

In this picture my friend, is in his 30’s, had no idea that he is supposed to shave his back! No wonder he is single and can’t get any action;). He asked me to help him with hist style. However, the best outfit in the world can’t make this attractive.

In the book Mantalk by Dr. Elliot Jacobs he says:

“Almost all women dislike hair on the back, but are too embarrassed to tell their mate. According to a Harris Interactive survey of 1,000, more than 90 percent of women between the ages of eighteen and forty-four find back hair to be unattractive. Yet, despite their aversion to back hair, only four in ten women would ever feel comfortable asking their significant other to handle their hairy hang-up.”

I asked a friend that I knew used to be “furry” and he swore by the Clio. He says that the extended arm allows him to reach everywhere.

Clio, the perfect tool for a clean smooth back that women will want to rub.

Razorba Back Hair Shaver is also highly recommended.

In addition to your back, you can also trim your chest hair and “you know where” …down there. 😉 Technically, this can be done with a pair of scissors. For more INSIDE style tips for men “HAIR TO TOE” you can buy my book Ultimate Guide to Style, From Drab to Fab. I have a full chapter dedicated just to you!

Men, if you have a hairy back do something about it…pretty please with sugar on top.

PS.For Christmas, I am buying him the Clio and will video the “after” outcome…so stay tuned!

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Hoarders Aren’t All Crazy

Out with the old; in with the new!

I had the pleasure of experiencing my first hoarder. My client, who I will call Ana, was so sweet. She had weight fluctuation throughout her life and had kept clothes in almost every size for the past 15 years. The last 6 months she had maintained her desired weight and was finally ready to part with “years of baggage”. With a positive outlook on her fashionable future, we got rid of over 20 bags of clothes. She felt so good and I was so honored to be part of this process!

Unlike the TV show, she was willing to discard anything that was unflattering and in my opinion…pointless to hang on to. I told her to celebrate her current weight and start fresh! I showed her what colors, cuts, and styles worked, what didn’t, and why. We had so much fun. She took the picture of me sitting on 8 feet of clothes and was laughing the whole time!

3 mild signs of hoarding are:

1.You have a lot of clutter with no organization.

2.You may hold on to items for a long time that have no value or current use.

3.You may have multiple duplicate items stored.

More severe symptoms are lots of pets, dirty, overstocked and unkempt house, refusal to discard anything, and mental illness.

When cleaning out your closet, keep in mind that it’s time to donate an item if:

1.You have not worn it in a year.

2.The garment has any pilling, stains, and/or degraded fabric.

3.It doesn’t fit. Whether it’s too tight or small your body will look and feel it’s best when dressed in a “perfectly fit for you” wardrobe. Don’t dress for the size you will or used to be. Dress for the way you are now…beautiful!

Who knew I would enjoy closet cleaning so much?

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