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Jewelry Trends for Spring 2016

As we look forward to warmer weather, there are lots of new jewelry trends for Spring 2016 and here are a few we thought you might like.

Pastel Colors – As you know, Rose Quartz (a blush pink color) and Serenity (a light blue) are two colors that are leading the pastel color scheme this spring. Some other popular colors, according to Instyle Magazine, also include Lilac Grey, Buttercup, Fiesta, Green Flash, and Iced Coffee, among others. And our Cosette Necklace comes in three of these popular colors.

Cosette Necklace
Cosette Necklace

Statement Necklaces – This trend continues into Spring 2016. And with the popularity of denim shirts right now, a statement necklace is the perfect piece to wear around the collar. Try it! Our Fleur Collar is the perfect piece for this task.

Fleur Collar
Fleur Collar

Chokers – This hot trend is #1 on Fashionisers list of accessory trends for Spring/Summer 2016. And they are coming out in several different material variations, such as the traditional velvet chokers with embellishments or with metal, pearls, chains, and leather. Our Lauren Link Chain Choker is a perfect embodiment of the new materials….it has two variations of chain in the same necklace and is interlaced with leather and topped off with a suede tassel. It’s a stylish piece that gets lots of compliments.

Lauren Choker
Lauren Link Chain Choker

Nautical – As Fashionista points out in its article, its all about nautical details, from the stripes to the rope embellishments. You will want to check out our Multi Chain Nautical Charm Necklace to help you get this fun spring look!

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Multi Chain Nautical Charm Necklace

Ring Stacking or One Large Statement Ring – While stacking rings is still popular, if you don’t want to pile on several rings, you might consider one large statement ring.  It sometimes looks a bit more elegant and is easier to wear than several smaller rings.  Our Ogden Crystal Ring is a perfect for making a statement and is a stretch ring so it’s practically guaranteed to fit.  Its an easy on and off ring and is just so gorgeous, you can’t pass it up.

Ogden Ring
Ogden Crystal Ring

Follow all the jewelry trends for Spring 2016 here at www.AssuredAllure.com today!

Online Fashion Consignment – Clothes for cash!

Remember the days of the garage sale?  Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem like you see garage sales like you used to. When I was young, it seemed someone in the neighborhood was having one every weekend. And my mother dragged me to every one of those! Which means that I have an aversion to them, although I do think they are very good way to re-purpose household items that would otherwise get thrown away. Now, there’s a better and more convenient way.

If you’ve collected an overabundance of nice clothes, purses, and shoes, there are some great online fashion consignment sites you might want to check out. Going this route will not only help you clean out your closet but you can also earn some money too!  Here are some of the sites that you might like.

ThredUp – They send you a bag, for free, you fill it up, send it back and ThredUp sells the items and takes a commission. Super convenient. They are looking for items that are like new or without a lot of wear and tear, or may even still have tags. You can leave your earnings with them and use it to shop with on their site or you can cash out with PayPal.  Every year ThredUp donates 10% of their Clean Out proceeds to Teach for America and you can also donate your earnings to their non-profit partners if you like.  And they also accept children’s clothes.

Poshmark – You take a picture of what you want to sell with your phone and post it using their free app.  And then hope it sells!  Poshmark promotes a community of buying and selling with other Poshmark “closets” and you actually follow other peoples postings based on your likes.  So you are selling to your contemporaries. This service is more of an eBay process approach, which means you do more of the work to sell the product, and they tend to focus on name-label products, such as Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch and Michael Kors.

Tradesy – You sell anything in your closet that’s in great condition. Again, you take the picture of the item, but they will help with enhancement of that image. If you aren’t sure of a price, they will suggest a price. And if an item sells, Tradesy sends you a free pre-addressed box, a prepaid shipping label, packing material, and you ship your product out. They earn a commission on your sale price and if a customer wants to return the product they will process the return for you. This is more of a hybrid of the first two online services listed here.

Threadflip – They either send you a shipping kit or you can print a prepaid shipping label at home to send your products to them.   Your products are then inspected and if they don’t make the cut are either returned to you or donated to Goodwill.   For items they accept to sell, they will photograph, price, sell and ship. You can leave your earnings with Threadflip and use it to shop with on their site or you can cash out with PayPal. This and ThredUp are very similar models.

I’ve given you tidbits on sites that you can buy and sell primarily clothing and purses, but there are sites that you can use to sell other products too, such as swap.com or eBay Valet.

While most of us know about eBay, eBay Valet lets you simply package up an item you want to sell, ship it to eBay using a free prepaid label and then eBay Valet will handle the rest. They will photograph your item, create a professional looking post and deal with customer inquiries. Once your item sells, they’ll ship the product to the buyer and send you up to 80 percent of the sale price via PayPal. There are some limitations on what you can and can’t sell.   This is a site you cannot use to sell clothing or anything worth less than $40, but if you have electronics, sporting goods, or instruments, then this is the site for you.

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I love the fact that the online world has given us these alternatives. No more garage sales! Not to offend the garage sale lovers out there. After all, my mom still loves them. And, yes, sometimes I still go with her.  But if I do go, I’m wearing our Crystal Tube Bracelet.  A piece that can be worn anywhere!

Happy Selling!

Patti

Dry Shampoo – Some helpful hints

Up until about a year ago I was a “wash-my-hair-everyday” kind of girl. I couldn’t stand the idea of not washing my hair, even if that meant blow-drying long hair, in the middle of summer, in a southern state. We’re talking 100 degree, 100% humidity averages, where you instantly start sweating the minute you get out of the shower. No matter what the thermostat is set on. Well, needless to say, I finally got tired of that. So instead of packing up and moving somewhere cooler, I figured out that dry shampoo could actually take on the task of cleaning and refreshing hair. But even now I only go a day between washing, or in other words, I traditionally wash my hair every other day.

One thing I have learned after going through a maze of what dry hair shampoo to use or not is that what you use really depends on your type of hair. One of my sisters has fairly thin hair and stopped washing her hair everyday years ago. But what she uses may not necessarily work for me, since I have thick hair. And my hairdresser claims she only washes her hair once a week! Sorry, but I can’t imagine that. I guess I should fess up to the fact that I have oily skin and hair, so after a week that would get scary. I know the oil secretion would adjust over time, but sorry, I just can’t go a week.

Another determinant of which dry shampoo you like will be the scent that comes with it. Some are strong, some not so strong, but almost all of them do have a scent. So if you are scent sensitive, you will probably have to try a few before you find one that is right for you.

And keep in mind some dry shampoo’s are better than others for color treated hair. This was big for me as I am now on the “trying different colors and highlights” bandwagon.

I have discovered that the key to a dry shampoo working well is to spray or apply accordingly and then leave it for two minutes before you brush or style your hair. This will give the product enough time to absorb any excess oil or odor.

I put together a condensed list of what made several “best and worse” dry shampoo lists floating around the web. And I include comments from what I’ve tried and haven’t tried.

Best Dry Shampoo’s

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Not only have I seen this on almost every best list for dry shampoo’s (totalbeauty.com, thefashionspot.com, allure.com), it really does not leave the dreaded white residue and smells great. It is a bit on the pricey side at $20, but worth it to me and most reviewers.  Or you can try the travel size for pricing as low as $9. I typically try new products this way, so if you want to try, purchasing the travel size may be the way to go.

Batiste Clean & Classic Original – Like the above, this is on most best’s lists and the scent is good. It sprays on white, so you will just need to brush through after letting set a bit. Batiste also makes several other versions of a dry shampoo, but the “original” version is what makes it on all the best lists consistently.  You can find the “original” version at most drug stores.

Naturia Dry Shampoo by Rene Furterer –  This is another great dry shampoo with a subtle scent. According to TheFrisky.com it adds volume and shine. You can buy at Drugstore.com  It comes in full and travel size, so choose carefully since this is a bit pricey.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – This is not technically a dry shampoo, but has been used as one and praised consistently. The only issue here is the price….$42 a bottle on Amazon. But they do have a smaller travel size that sells for much less.  And this was on The Fashion Spots best list for dark hair.

Worst Dry Shampoo’s

Tresemme Freshstart Dry Shampoo – On several worst lists and for good reason. It is tough to spray on and not overspray. It does not blend well into the scalp, or rather it still shows after extensive brushing in darker colored hair. I have used this and, personally, do not like or recommend.

The following were on both the best and worse list of several reviewers’ depending on the reviewer.

Psssssssst – According to Elle.com this dry shampoo can keep your hair refreshed for days.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo – This was one of the first ones I tried and I loved the scent. And it works well on most hair color’s.

Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo – Again, some loved and some did not love….but you have to love the price. At only $4, it may be worth a try.

According to The Fashion Spot there’s a way to make a do-it-yourself dry shampoo that will make it easier on the budget and the environment.

But I have to say, according to some older and wiser ladies who did not have dry shampoo until a few years ago….plain baby powder does the trick and does it well.

And what do I put on after I have gorgeous tresses? I absolutely love our new Regis Necklace!

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It’s a trendy, yet subtle way to add some style if you are not a huge statement maker. And it comes with matching earrings! No looking for a pair to match up with it.  And remember we have free shipping until after the holidays!

Happy Shampooing!

Fabulous Ways to Reuse Old Scarves

If you have silk scarves balled up in your underwear drawer, winter scarves spilling out of your closet and summer scarves hanging on just about every hook, doorknob and doohickey in your bedroom, congratulations: You’re a class five scarf hoarder. According to TheFashoinSpot.com there are at least 15 fabulous uses for your old scarf stash. To make space for your new stash without getting rid of your old ones, there’s only one remedy — to DIY morning, noon and night. So round up your scarves, roll up your sleeves and get cracking. You’ve got work to do. Here are just some of the awesome ideas that The Fashion Spot came up with to get the ball rolling or the ‘scarf tying’ as it were.

framed-scarvesDecorate an empty wall by framing your old scarves and bandannas. Choose one large statement scarf as the focal point or select a group of color-coordinated scarves to make a wall collage.

 

 

 

 

 

scarf-vestVest -Blanket scarves and thicker, winter scarves make the best layering pieces. Jessamity will give you the complete tutorial on how to turn your scarf into a vest in no time.

Create a body pillow with your favorite scarf patterns. Grab a handful of scarves and patch them together with the help of Country Living U.K.

Another fun way to reuse a scarf in a pattern you still love is to turn it into a Hobo Bag. One of the reasons Hermes scarves are so popular is their versatility. One minute you can wear it as a turban, the next minute you’re toting it around like a handbag.

If you’re really crafty you can easily take a great scarf and turn it into a cute new pair of sandals! One pair of flip flops, one pair of scissors and two scarves are all you need to give your summer sandals a major facelift.

Headscarves are still super popular and an easy way to reuse a scarf you haven’t worn much. One of the easiest ways to upcycle your scarves are by wearing them as turbans. To learn how to tie a scarf 15 ways, click here.

henley cuff ring rasha split ring crossing leaves split ringNow that you’re armed with all these fabulous and simple ways to reuse your old scarves it’s time to add some NEW accessories to the mix as well! Brand new rings are in and priced to sell – all are under $15 each!

 

Avoid Hair Dye Disasters- Part 1

hair dye disasterIf you’re brave, you’ve probably tried dying your hair at home to save a few bucks. And chances are high that one of those times you messed up. Well fear not DIY hair-dyers! There are some amazing tips here to help you look as golden good as Jen Aniston. Follow these celebrity stylist tips to gorgeous locks every time – even at home!

According to Aura Friedman, a premier colorist at the Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon, the main thing to consider when coloring your hair is the darkness of your mane, how light you want to go, the current condition of your hair and its texture, porosity and density. Porosity is the hair’s ability to retain moisture. Cuticle layers have to lift to let color and moisture in and they have to close back down to keep them in.

Dark Curly or Coarse Hair

Curly hair naturally has a rougher cuticle and is more porous than other textures, making it easier for the strands to absorb color quickly. Curly hair is more fragile and dryer than other hair textures, though. All-over coloring, bleaching and lightening affect the hair cuticle and can cause damage, dryness and dullness.

Dark Fine or Thick Straight Hair

Women with dark fine, straight hair have to be cautious as well. Fine hair processes a lot quicker since it’s thinner and less dense than other textures. If you’re not careful, the hair will damage just as easily.

Light Fine or Thick Hair

If you’re blond and want to go dark, it shouldn’t be a problem since you are just depositing color onto your hair. “Adding color to hair is not damaging, it’s when you are lifting color that there is a problem because you are literally whittling down your hair shaft. That’s how abrasive lightening hair can be,” explains Aura.

Types of Hair Color

Permanent

Permanent color is necessary when you want to drastically alter the color of your hair. This color process uses a hydrogen peroxide and ammonia-based product that lifts the cuticle layer to allow for color deposits deep within the hair shaft. The color can’t be washed out, but it can gradually lose its intensity over time.

Semi/Demi-Permanent

Semi-permanent color does not last as long as permanent color. Color is coated on the outermost layers of your strands as well as absorbed lightly within the hair shaft depending on the porosity of the hair. (Note: Porous hair absorbs more color than nonporous hair.) It can’t lighten hair. Color lasts up to three months, gradually fading away with each shampoo.

Temporary

Temporary color or rinses coat the outermost layer of your hair strand. It can’t lighten hair, so instead it’s often used as an enhancer to your natural color, making it darker or richer. When applied to pre-lightened or very porous hair, temporary color may stain the hair shaft. It’s safe to use after a chemical relaxer process and will fade away after a couple washes.

Henna

Henna deposits color onto the hair, but can’t lighten strands. It’s a natural, plant-based alternative to chemical dyes. It doesn’t contain harsh ammonias and peroxides, and often imparts thickness and shine.

Check back next week for the second part about picking the right hue!

All the Flap About Flats

Cannes-_Flatgate-Controversy_thumbIf you haven’t heard of “flatgate” by now – you soon will. At the Cannes film festival recently celebrities were being told to head back to the hotel for high heel shoes if they showed up in flats. Now you might be thinking, ‘how can this seriously be true?’ But unfortunately – it was! Evidently the dress code of this strict and posh event outlines that celebrities must wear high heels to be ‘dressy’ enough to attend the event. Imagine? The height of your shoes, not the look or style of them, now dictates whether they are appropriate attire or not.

The Hollywood Reporter quickly dubbed it “Flatgate.” And actress Emily Blunt said, “We shouldn’t be wearing high heels anyways…I just prefer wearing Converse.” I’m sure many of you would agree!

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14:  Karlie Kloss attends the Opening ceremony and the "Grace of Monaco" Premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2014 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 14: Karlie Kloss attends the Opening ceremony and the “Grace of Monaco” Premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The reality is we are in the midst of a comfort movement nationwide – 85 percent of women surveyed in NPD’s 2014 Footwear Brand Focus Study stated that comfort is extremely or very important when shopping for footwear, more than any other attribute. So while it used to be – ‘beauty at any cost’ now it’s just ‘fashion that really fits’. It’s a welcome change for many women who do want to be perceived as fashionable but don’t want never-healing blisters and painfully sore feet to prove it.

NPD’s Retail Tracking Service data shows that unit sales of women’s flat/low-heeled footwear grew 1 percent during the 12 months ending April 2015, while sales of high-heeled footwear declined 2 percent*. In addition, as active apparel continues to gain in popularity, dollar sales of women’s sneakers (both performance and fashion) increased 11 percent in the last year**.

Will female celebrities start wearing sneakers under their dresses at major award shows and industry events? Unlikely, but perhaps the Cannes backlash will help to drive greater acceptance of more practical footwear choices for women. After all, unless you’re a super model or celebrity accustomed to wearing heels almost every day – your feet will hurt if you wear them for a long period of time so let’s all get real and start being accepting of a fashionably adorned flat-foot style.

*Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, 12 Months Ending March 2015
**Source: The NPD Group/Consumer Tracking Service, 12 Months Ending April 2015

Rompers are Back: How to Wear and Accessorize Them Properly

Rompers or jumpsuits are a thing of the past… and yet somehow the past always seems to come back with a vengeance. Well rompers are back in and they are the perfect casual summer frock to head uptown or down to a BBQ (depending on how you accessorize) so we’ve put together some of our favorite budget-friendly looks to get your summer romper wardrobe started.

  1. blackromperThe Classic Black Romper – This looks can be dressed up with heels and a chunky sparkly necklace or dressed down with silver dangly earrings and flip flops. Either way you cut it you’ll be comfortable and really enjoy this versatile summer wardrobe staple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. redromperReady to Rock – This edgier romper look is a great night addition to your summer wardrobe. Pair it with this great cuff bracelet and hot stud earrings to complete the look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. classy and chic romperClassy and Chic- This ready-to-wear romper looks great with a jacket and short boots or a cute sandal and this Leather and Metal Strands bracelet. It’s easy to wear and travels great so grab one for your next summer trip!

The Master Class to Achieve Perfect Brows

eyebrowsEyebrow shaping can be confusing, bewildering, frustrating and downright painful if it is not done right. So we look to the expert Sania Vucetaj of Sania’s Brow Bar for the low-down on achieving the perfect eye brows.

If you haven’t heard about Sania Vucetaj or her Brow Bar and amazing line of products, then you’re in for an exciting day! Sania has years and years of experience shaping thousands of brows, including those of her celebrity clientele.

Here are some of her top tips:

  1. Use a great double sided eye brow pencil to fill in the lighter spots and make them even.
  2. Unlike the rest of your face and body, the brow area should not be moisturized because it makes the hair follicle flat and won’t allow the hair to grow back in.
  3. Say NO to waxing or threading. Waxing is quick, but stretches out the skin and is extremely irritating — threading is no better. She also says they are both imprecise and pull too many hairs at once. Instead, try tweezing the individual hairs to get the perfect shape.
  4. Be mindful of where hair starts, ends and arches. Her rule of thumb is to line up a pencil or brush so that it touches the outer edge of your nose and the inside of your eye to determine where brows will begin. The arch should be at its peak when the straight edge is angled at the outer edge of your nose and right outside of your pupil. Finally, the tail should end wherever the straight edge lines up with the outer edge of your nose and the outermost edge of your eye.
  5. The best way to restart your brow shape is to let it completely grow back and then carefully sculpt from there. If your face needs a thicker brow than you have to let it grow in to achieve that look. And keep in mind, patience is key when growing them out. This means no plucking what you think are strays or attempting to shape your brows after a few days. It can take a few months or up to a year for regrowth to happen. And remember- no moisturizer!
  6. Magnifying mirrors are a definite no because you simply see too much and end up removing too much. It’s recommended to only clean up your brows every few weeks, and lay off the tweezers in the meantime.
  7. Make sure the place you go to get your brows done is very clean – hygiene is everything. Make sure that your esthetician holds a valid license in your state. If you are for waxing, then it’s crucial that your location does not double dip because bacteria and infections can spread this way. There have also been reports of women who get warts on their brows because of threading since the thread used for this method goes in the esthetician’s mouth.

Now brow down to the queen of the perfect eyebrow and get going on yours… in a year or so they’ll be grown out enough to get them exactly where you want. In the meantime, enjoy the time off and let them go – we mean grow!

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5 Jewelry and Accessory Trends You Can Master in a Snap

Let’s be honest- there are way too many ‘trends’ to keep up. All of us ‘regular folks’ just need some simple ways to use the duds we have and make them stand out. Sounds simple right? It is! Here are 5 easy things you can do with the jewelry and accessories you already own and some suggestions for inexpensive new items you can buy to take your daily looks up a notch or two. And it costs little to nothing extra to do it. It takes just a few seconds to make the tweaks. Smile… you’re a fashionista in the making.

  1. layered necklacesLayer your delicate necklaces. The minimalist jewelry trend is here now, and who knows maybe gone tomorrow, but one thing that’s been popular for a long time now is mixing and matching and layering necklaces. Heck Madonna’s been doing it since the 80s and she’s still popular so we think you can safely do it too.

 

 

 

 

stack rings2.  Stack your rings. Similar concept to #1 but something we usually forget – you can wear rings of different sizes on the same fingers to sort of ‘stack’ them. It’s a cool look – play with it and see.

silk belt3. Repurpose your silk scarves to accessorize your purse, backpack or other bags. You can also make them into belts and head bands. If you went crazy for silk scarves a few years ago when they were the ‘It’ accessory and still have a pile of them throw one on your favorite black purse to add a pop of color and style. You can change them out as your outfit and mood changes as well.

 

 

headband4. Headbands are okay for grownups too! Yes, little girls are always adorable in headbands and floral hair clips but FYI- you can pull those off now too! They make a variety of hair accessories that add a funky twist to even the most conservative of office attire. Go ahead- try it!

 

 

 

 

 

cool socks5. Finally, get some cool new socks. Yes, socks are in style now and we’re not talking about the Target brand white ankle sock with the yellow toes. There are tons of cool colors, patterns and unique twists on socks that will make you smile every time they peep out of the bottom of your pants.

Share how you add a little something extra to your style with us on Twitter @AssuredAllure. And don’t forget to stay on budget and in style with our fashionable new jewelry selections at www.assuredallure.com!

5 Celebrity Travel Style Tips You Can Mimic

celebritytravelstylesTraveling, particularly on longer flights, is the one time you may be inclined to let your fashion guard down and just go with whatever is the most comfy. But there are celebrities that know how to accomplish both style and comfort in one fail swoop. Here are some easy tips to do the same on your next business or leisure trip. And don’t forget to accessorize!

Tip 1. Go stretchy with style. Sometimes stretch pants and a tunic with the right scarf and bangle bracelets are just the ticket to flying with comfortable style.

Tip 2. Embrace flats for long flights. Most people experience some swelling in the feet and ankles from being stuck in a tiny seat at altitude for an extended period of time. So avoid toe pinching heels and go with a comfy but cute flat or sandal. Or if your outfit requires a heel, bring slippers to switch to during the flight- after all, no one is looking at your feet on the plane.

Tip 3. Get a great, but big bag to use as your carry on instead of a small purse and another carry-on bag. Consolidating makes your life easier and a big tote is totally in style.

Tip 4. Pull your hair back and out of your face. Instead of spending hours prepping your hair with curls that will just get squashed go with a simple off the face up do for travel days. It’ll save you time, energy and be much more comfortable as you nap on the plane.

Tip 5. Wear layers so you can be comfortable at whatever temperature the plane or airport ends up being. Knowing the temperature to dress for at point A may not accommodate you at point B so wearing layers is a great way to be comfortable and cute no matter what happens with the AC or the weather on the ground at your destination.

Remember, fashion and travel are not always the best of friends but you can do simple things to ensure you’re both cute and comfy on your next big trip. Stay tuned to our fashion and lifestyle blog for other travel tips in the weeks ahead. Share your travel style favorites with us on Twitter @assuredallure using hashtag #travelchic.