Belk Grand Opening at Galleria Dallas Benefits Susan B Komen

BelkGrandOpeningThe Belk Dallas Grand Opening Charity Event will benefit Susan G. Komen and will celebrate Modern. Southern. Style. Meets Texas in a one-of-a-kind experience. Admission to the April 3 charity event is available by making a $50 online donation to Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink® by visiting www.komen.org/belkdallas. The goal of the event is to raise $50,000 to benefit the Dallas County and North Texas Affiliates of Susan G. Komen. The funds raised will help support those in the fight to save lives, as well as, educate local residents about breast cancer risk factors, the importance of early detection and the resources available to them. This is in addition to the $125,000 commitment Belk will present to five community partners, Junior League of Collin County, Junior League of Dallas, Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and YWCA Dallas, at the official ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 9.

What makes this Belk different from the other ones in Texas? The huge fashion selection of designers like Vince Camuto, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein to name a few.

Belk will open its doors at the Galleria Dallas on March 29, 2014. The company will celebrate the opening of its Galleria Dallas store with several events, including a grand opening celebration on April 9. Designer Karen Kane and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are scheduled to make personal appearances that day. Lucy Dang, Southern Designer Showcase winner, will host a dress party with Belk on April 11. On April 13, Belk will host an Engagement Party to showcase the store’s extensive offerings for wedding registries. As part of its community outreach program, Belk will host a ticketed Charity Day Sale on May 3. Local non-profits are invited to visit the store between April 9 and April 19 to sign up their organization. Participating charities will have the opportunity to raise money for their organization while private sales customers save between 20 to 70 percent off purchases store-wide.

· Celebrity appearance by Nashville star and Belk brand ambassador Hayden Panettiere

· Take home a keepsake photo of you with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

· Spot some of our special guests such as the Belk brothers, Tim (CEO) and Johnny (COO), Arlene Goldstein (Belk’s VP of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction), Nancy Brinker (founder of Susan G. Komen), Pat and Emmitt, Jake Pavelka (formerly of The Bachelor) and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman (Southern Living’s editor-in-chief)

· Preview the latest brands now available at Belk Galleria Dallas during a fashion show at 8PM

· Enjoy the sounds of celebrity DJ Lucy Wrubel

· 100% of all donations will benefit Susan G. Komen

· All gala attendees will receive a $25 gift card. Five lucky winners will get $1,000 gift card/shopping spree, and one lucky guest will win an autographed guitar by Blake Shelton!

The Belk Dallas Grand Opening Charity Event, benefiting Susan G. Komen, will take place on April 3 from 7PM to 10PM Tickets are available for a $50 online donation to Susan G. Komen’s Passionately Pink for the Cure.

Tips for Wearing Bomber Jackets #MamanistaFridays

Bomber JacketsHow to wear bomber jacket will get you ahead of the fashionistas this spring. If you haven’t already noticed, bomber jackets are having a bit of a fashion moment. They’re perfect for pulling off the sportswear inspired trends that are dominating the catwalks, shops and streets right now.

Bomber jackets are so great because they give off a relaxed, “I didn’t even have to try” kind of vibe. Add one to your wardrobe in a subtle solid or bold print. Wear it as part of your look this winter or as a transitional jacket this spring. Partner a lightweight bomber with heavier, stiffer fabrics (like denim) for some balance. Style a brown leather bomber jacket with denim jeans and a white t-shirt for an effortlessly cool look. For a more feminine look, wear a bomber jacket over dresses and skirts or choose jackets in light, pastel shades.

 
Be creative when it comes to how to wear bomber jacket styles this season. Many of the styles available at the moment are fun and fresh. What’s your best style tip for how to wear the bomber jacket?

Jumpsuits Take Away the Stress of Dressing #MamanistaFridays

Making a comeback in the chicest way is the jumpsuit. You are seeing on the red carpet and on the runways. They are classy and lightweight. This Vince Camuto jumpsuit available at Belk (a new flagship store opening at Galleria Dallas in April 2014) demonstrates how easy it is to get dress and look glamourous. Add a fun gold necklace to take it up a notch. It offers a stunning silhouette, and it is absolutely comfortable.Vince Camuto Jumpsuit from BelkMost women question their ability to pull-off the jumpsuit trend. “My bottom is too big.” “My legs are too long.” I have heard them all, but I am hear to tell that there is a jumpsuit just for you out there. Designers have modernized it for EVERY woman. Move forward this season and try one on for size. I, for one, have been a bit shy about trying it until I found these basic jumpsuits that really take the place of the LBD for dressy nights or jeans for casual days. My favorite jumpsuit is from Abi Ferrin. It features all the right curves and hides all the wrong ones. 😉

A simple black jumpsuit with a jean jacket and booties is a great daytime look for any busy mom to wear. If you’re looking to dress up for date night, try your jumpsuit with heels and a dressy statement jacket.

Pregnancy is Golden!

Pregnancy certainly didn’t keep these expectant stars from bringing their “A” game to the Golden Globe Awards last night! Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington, Drew Barrymore and Elsa Pataky were four of the best-dressed attendees on the show’s red carpet.

As Kerry Washington referred to her baby bump, “I feel like I have the best date of the night, my little accessory here,” and I couldn’t agree more! I know that I felt that way with both my “babies.” There is something GOLDEN about being pregnant. Now if I could have only had my own designer to dress me as I grew. 😉 Which of these dresses are your favorites?kerry-washington-780

Kerry Washington in Balenciaga

Elsa-PatakyElsa Pataky, Chris Hemworth’s wife, in Paule Ka

oliva-wilde-780Olivia Wilde in Gucci

Drew-BarrymoreDrew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier

Be Covered This Winter in Style #MamanistaFridays

Photo by Danny Campbell

Turtleneck, Ann Taylor| Jacket, vintage | Leather Leggings, Vince Camuto | Earrings, Trina Turk

Ladies, it’s cold, but it’s just so hard to bundle up and still look GREAT. I know that I am guilty of hiding under the blankets in my house or throwing on an old sweatshirt to run errands. Bulky sweaters, coats and boots can leave you looking like Frosty the Snow Woman if you’re not careful. So this year, instead of forfeiting style for comfort, reach in your closet for looks like these to warm you and your style right up!

Check out what other posh moms, also know as “mamanistas,” are wearing around town.
Because just because we are moms, doesn’t mean that we are not stylish women first. 😉

Shine this New Year with Jeweled Collars #MamanistaFridays

Top, bebe | Earrings, White House Black Market

Top, bebe | Earrings: White House Black Market

Let’s be honest. As moms, we typically trade in glamour for dull and boring because we think it is practical. This New Year, make it a goal to shine daily through your smile or by throwing on a gorgeous jeweled collar top. I am not one to wear much jewelry, which is why I absolutely LOVE these shirts.

Keep your wardrobe full of sparkle and shine this dreary winter season with built-in jewels from this season’s embellished jeweled collar tops and sweaters. During the day, wear underneath blazers and take off the jacket and brighten your night. Pair with jeans or dazzle your evening with some leather.

Sometimes, sparkles are all the jewelry you need. There’s a pretty jeweled top out there to illuminate your wardrobe in 2014. Happy New Year!

J Brand Has My Name Written All Over It

Oscar Denim GuruThe Duchess of Cambridge is wearing them, so are posh moms, Heidi Klum and Hilary Duff. J Brand has been a constant staple in every premium denim lover’s closet for years, and I had the opportunity to see their ready-to-wear collection and be fitted by Oscar, J Brand’s “denim guru.” Oscar has earned that title, as I left TOOTSIES Dallas, where they have the largest selection of J Brand Jeans, feeling confident in my denim and liberated by wearing the right size. (Note: I seem to like my clothes baggy, as I chose sizes that were 1-2 sizes bigger than I should. THANKS, OSCAR!)
J Brand Martini RPM: What is the most common mistake women make when buying denim?
OSCAR: Women always think they are one size bigger than they are. They focus on what they think their faults are rather than accenting the positives. Focus on the style and fit that looks best on you rather than hiding what you think is wrong.
J Brand Velvet RPM: Is there a fit or style of J Brand that is a universally flattering fit for most body types?
OSCAR: J Brand Maria High Rise Skinny is a universal fit for women.

RPM: What “rules” for buying a great pair of jeans?
BE OPEN MINDED. Be open to multiple styles that will accent different areas of your shape in different outfits. You may need a few different pair of jeans to complete different looks – don’t settle on one pair or fit.J Brand Photo Ready

Joseph Nogucci Beautifully Crafts Bracelets

Joseph Nogucci IRISDisclosure: Joseph Nogucci provided me with an IRIS bracelet. All opinions are mine and may not reflect those of the company. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” All photos are mine and subject to copyright.

The holidays are approaching quickly and I’m sure you’re making your list and checking it twice! But don’t forget YOUR wish list! You work hard and deserve something shiny and sparkly for the holidays.Joseph Nogucci

Meet Joseph Nogucci Jewelry: makers of beautiful designer bracelets and IRIS signature glass beads and charms that are unique, high-quality and affordable! This jewelry really allows you to see your individual style shine. Joseph Nogucci beads are hand crafted blown glass for brilliant shine and beauty. These bracelets are strung on either a silver-plated European clasp or genuine leather double-wrap bracelet.

Touchdown! Miss Me Jeans Scores in Dallas

Miss Me DallasThere are three things that Texas ladies are known for: their big hair, their love for The Cowboys and their denim! Nowadays, there are plenty of women’s jeans that offer comfort or practicality, whether it’s running around town or helping raise the kids at home, but Texas ladies love to stand out in the crowd. Meet Miss Me Jeans, stupendously eye-catching denim. These jeans are made for fashion. These jeans exist simply to make women look great, and you feel fabulous in them.

Here’s a closer look at certain characteristics of Miss Me Jeans that mark the brand:Miss Me Jeans

— Each Miss Me style contains a very distinctive back pocket, almost all of them with fancy stitching, rhinestones or nail-heads. They don’t just do the same back pockets. You can have a different look every day.

— Each Miss Me jean contains a distinctive black leather logo patch on the back waistband, affixed with large silver-like rivets.

— Each Miss Me jean contains unique and large metal buttons and rivets.

— Each Miss Me jean contains a small black “Miss Me” riser tag:

— Each Miss Me jean contains faded areas and/or creases. This gives the jeans a broken-in and worn look that’s desirable in the fashion market

— Each Miss Me jean is made with a stretch fabric of 98% cotton and 2% Spandex. This allows the jeans to hug a woman’s curves and provide more comfort at the same time.

— All Miss Me’s are low-rise, with a straight or skinny leg to give you a more flattering profile.

These jeans also contain different-looking rivets and buttons. Finally, these jeans feature gold and purple glitter sewn into the back flap pockets, with heavy white stitching. You can shop online for Miss Me Jeans, or get them at Dillard’s stores.

7 Tips You Need To Know Before Getting Lash Extensions

LashesMost women don’t have the time or patience to apply fake eyelashes every day. (We barely have enough time to use an eyelash curler!) So it’s no surprise that lash extensions have become increasingly popular in recent years. But to what lengths are you willing to go for a sexy flutter? Feeling a bit apprehensive about trying this beauty treatment? Yesterday, Amazing Lash Studio in Dallas invited me into their new location to have lash extensions done, and I learned a lot about eyelash extensions.

1.  There are three types of lash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. Size availability ranges from 6mm to 17mm. They applied 14-15mm to me, as my natural lashes are about 13mm. The lashes are applied one at a time using a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate the eye nor damage the natural lash. However, since allergic reactions are possible, there are different types of glue based on one’s sensitivity.
Before-After 2. Applying a full set of lashes takes about two hours and can be maintained year-round with touch-ups recommended every three to four weeks. Because of this, I HIGHLY recommend bring headphones and music to enjoy as you lay. This will help the time to go by quickly.
Lash Application 3.  Everyone has different lashes, and depending on the condition of your own natural lashes, lash experts can only go a certain length or thickness. (This is to ensure that your own lashes remain healthy.)

4.  If you wear contact lenses, make sure to take them off before your appointment. This is to protect your lens just in case glue gets in the eye. I have to admit that I could not put my contacts back into my eyes until 48 hours after lash application. My eyes are a little more sensitive than others, so I just wanted to be on the safe side.

5.  If you experience any burning or discomfort during the procedure, causing your eyes to tear or making you cry, this is a huge red flag, and you should certainly speak up. You may need to have your technician change the glue. Getting lash extensions should be a completely pain-free experience.

6.  People want all different kinds of looks — some people go for drama, and some opt for something more natural. The benefits of mink lash extensions are that they are more feathery looking and lighter in general, so they put less pressure on your lashes. Mink lashes also come at a higher cost.

7.  Keep water away from your lashes for the first 48 hours after application or touch-ups. Water can weaken the adhesive before it is set and cause lashes to fall off. The aftercare varies depending on the glue used. For instance, with glue for sensitive eyes, oil-based products or makeup removers around the eye area are not recommended. Just like your hair, make sure to “brush” your eye lashes daily. This will help them from clumping together. Using mascara on the extensions is not recommended, but if you feel you need to use it, only apply on the tips of the extensions and with a very light hand.

Because of the sensitive nature of the lashes and the surrounding area, Amazing Lash Studio has licensed and lash-certified technicians, which is definitely a must! Professionals use professional products and have been properly trained to apply the lashes without damaging your natural lashes or more importantly, your eyes.Amazing Lash Studio