Pedicures …French or solid? – Tip #25

March 30, 2009

French or SolidPedicures …French or solid?

Here are my thoughts.

If you’ve got great looking feet, and specifically toes, you can wear a French pedicure, on occasion.  As a rule, however, I would suggest going with solid for the majority of the time. There are two reasons why.

First, no one thinks that overgrown toenails are appealing.  In fact, when you see toes that need clipping, the thought is an instant “gross!”  French pedicures, although they’re pretty, do give the illusion that the toenails have grown out, since the white edges are now pronounced, even though falsely so.

The second reason is that if you’ve found a killer pair of open toed-shoes, you want them to be the star without having to compete with the whites of your toenails.

If you want to have fun and go to the beach, lounge around, enjoy a night on the town, go for it.

This all comes down to what is the package you’re trying to create, when you’re using it, and what for…

If it were up to me….SOLID.

Top Five Necessities Needed When Shopping – Tip #7

May 22, 2008

Number 5Can you guess the five necessities you need to bring with you when you shop? I’ve asked countless woman what they believe these are and I’ve gotten some typical and also wierd suggestions. Here are a few most common:

  • Credit card and Money – Yes, a biggie, but you’d not shop without this, so it’s not on the list.
  • Water – Good idea, but you can pick this up along the way. (Plus, how many bathroom stops do you want to make?)
  • Attitude – Yes, the type of attitude is important.
  • Friend – This might actually be bad if they’ve not good taste or know what’s right for you.
  • Sneakers – or comfortable shoes would be useful.
  • Snacks (Nutritional bar) – I’d prefer to eat on the road, but make sure you have something healthful in you before you start so that you can think clearly and prevent delays.

All good but not the top 5.

Here they are:

  1. A color chart of your best colors. This way you can insure that the colors you’re selecting fit your personal requirements. You would be surprised how helpful this is when looking at colors that are close in value. It also helps the sales staff to keep on target when advising you.
  2. A backback or bag with an assortment of shoes and accessories. Women’s stores are set up with most shoes and accessories in different departments and often on different floors. If you have your particular size shoe and one in your style, you’re ahead of the game. The accessories are there to do the same.
  3. Your made up face. – If you don’t wear your makeup as you wear it every day, you lose that little eye that tells you what your wearing really works for you.
  4. A white/off while form fitting, collared, fitted shirt. This way you can try on anything your heart desires. If you’d like a scoop neck in your bag, that’s OK, too, but I’d shop with the shirt.
  5. The right bra and undergarments. – The bra: to make sure the garments you try on fit you the way they should fit. The undergarments: so that your shape is the way you’d expect to wear the garment and so the color does not show through and become a distraction. (If you don’t often wear a bra, you can take it off to try on specific items.)

If this appears to be a lot of work, consider the time and energy invested in selecting an item; do you really want to have to return something because you get it home and it doesn’t work. The better prepared you are, the more complete becomes your wardrobe and the better you look.

With these five necessities taken care of, your entire shopping experience will be more enjoyable and productive.

I will cover more details about each of the 5 in the months to come.