THRIFTY THURSDAYS: How to Plan Your Wardrobe

Thursday, July 28, 2011

How many times have you looked into your closet and uttered the words "I have nothing to wear!" But before you go shopping it's always a great idea to plan your wardrobe. Follow these tips and you will be on your way to a stylish wardrobe.

Edit your Wardrobe:
Before you go shopping, weed through your wardrobe to find out what works and what doesn't. Keep the items you want hung up. The remaining items will fall into the "Donate to a clothing charity pile" or the "Might work if I get them altered pile".

Create a few Looks: Do this alone; with an honest, stylish friend; or hire a personal stylist. Try on your best pieces to plan your outfits and to assess what you are missing. Have you noticed any "holes" in your wardrobe? Do you need a some new accessories? Are you missing the always necessary "Little Black Dress"?

Create a Style Inspiration Diary: Get your favorite fashion magazines together. Rip out pages of any looks you may want to try. Place these pages in a three ring binder or secure them to the pages of a notebook.

Make a Wish List: Using your style diary, create a list of items that you need and what you want. Take this with you whenever you are out shopping. This will avoid those impluse splurges and you will shop for the key items.

There is a way out of this "What do I wear dilemma!"  A properly stocked closet with all of the right items. How do you plan your wardrobe?

Nothing But Smooth Sailing

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Nautical | Everybody, Everywear

Shoes- Steve Madden (Goodwill)/ Shorts & Tank Top- Banana Republic (Goodwill)-  Blazer- Gifted from Goodwill Huntingg/ Accessories- Dots/ Belt- (Goodwill)/ Watch- Michael Kors

After weeks of stalking Stacey Kay's blog Goodwill Huntingg, I jumped at the chance to participate in the "Who Wore It Best" challenge. Stop by her blog next week and cast your vote!

Stacey is the ultimate thrifting diva. Her niche is looking at a specific runway look and re-creating it entirely using thrifted pieces. I selected this blazer from her post inspired by the Moschino's Spring 2011 Presentation. 

The nautical theme reminded me of how much I wish that life could be smooth sailing, instead of feeling like I am drifting aimlessly in the sea. I get so frustrated at times, but mama warned me that there would be days like this.  You know that as the captain of our vessel, we have the ability to experience smooth sailing everyday, every month and every year. What you say, think and do manifests into your future. 

So today, I am charting my own course, speaking it into existence and claiming smooth sailing to my final destination!  Will you join me? When do you know that you are smooth sailing?

THRIFTY THURSDAYS: Beauty Specials from J.MONT Makeup and Skincare Studio

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Two Stylish Kays was invited to J. MONT Makeup and Skincare Studio's monthly “Blogging & Beauty” event. This is an exclusive networking opportunity for emerging glamour bloggers, fashion designers, and stylists to learn more about J.MONT Studio. In my case, it was a reunion with one of the first beauty experts I met when I moved to Atlanta five years ago.   

Jennifer and Terry Holmes 
Meet Celebrity Make-up Artist Jennifer and her hubby/partner Terry Holmes, owners of J.MONT Makeup & Skincare Studio. Established in 2003, the studio is an environment where women relax, enjoy beauty services, and have questions answered by trained professionals.

J.MONT Cosmetics
Holmes’ makeup line, J.Mont Cosmetics, includes foundations, lip glosses, blush, eye-shadows and bronzers that can be worn by women of every ethnicity. She describes it as "polyethnic and camera ready".

Company Logo
J.MONT Studio's full range of services include Makeup Application,  Makeup Lessons, Full Body Waxing & Eyelash Extension Services. For the entire month of July, get a Brazilian Wax, Makeup Application or Individual Lashes for only $25.

There was some serious networking going on.
Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle bloggers spent most of the evening networking, collecting business cards and building influential relationships.

ReShanda Seynor

ReShanda Seynour of The Perfect Bartender created signature cocktails featuring event sponsor Rémy Martin V. She served me a well-crafted Rémy V Cran that was so tasty and definitely hit the spot.

Ashaine Briscoe

It was a pleasure to finally meet Ashaine Briscoe aka The Glam GoddessHer accessories and fashion line will be available soon. These sparkly earrings are a sneak peek of what to expect. 

Breck and Eboni
I was so happy to see two of my favorite bloggers: Breck of  Fashion Without Guilt & Eboni of The Fashionista Next Door. Need some fashion inspiration? Their blogs are a part of my daily reads. I can't wait to catch up with them again at the Fashionable Atlanta Blogger Meetup this weekend.

Me and Joy Pittman

Meet Joy Pittman, the voice behind Will Work 4 Brunch. A blog about the hottest brunch spots in Atlanta. If you like brunch as much as I do you have to check out her blog. I know my brunch crew will definitely use her reviews when we plan our monthly outings.

This was such a great event, mixing and mingling with some of Atlanta's most sought after blogging community. 

Live in Atlanta or visiting Atlanta soon? Make an appointment now to take advantage of their $25 July specials. J.MONT Makeup & Skincare Studio is located in Studioplex, 659 Auburn Ave. NE, Unit 268, Atlanta, GA. For more information check J.MONT Studio's website, LIKE their facebook page and FOLLOW them on twitter.

Fall 2011 Trends Already in Your Closet

Monday, July 18, 2011

Fall is right around the corner, so I am sure many of you are ready to begin updating your wardrobe with a few trendy pieces. So after spending some time reviewing Glamour’s Fall 2011 List of Wearable Trends,  I selected my top 5 favorites (polka dots, maxi skirts, the high-slit dress, working-girl dress and bright pants) to share with you and provide some inspiration as you begin shopping for your fall wardrobe.

Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg, Fall-Winter 2011

(1) Polka dots can be an easy trend to add for the fall. I always see this print when I am out thrifting. Vintage blouses, silk scarves, pencil skirts, dresses and I can go on and on. If you are a little shy about this trend, start by choosing an accessory such as a belt, handbag or shoes. Or to make a fashion statement try pairing polka dots with stripes or a floral print. 


Max Azria and Tracy Reese, Fall-Winter 2011
(2) Maxi-Skirts & Cozy Sweaters will be the easiest transition from Summer to Fall, especially for those of you who rocked the maxi trend this season. All you have to do now is add a chunky, cozy sweater, boots and a scarf to create a chic look for a great weekend look.

                          Christian Siriano, Jenni Kayne and Diane von Furstenberg, Fall-Winter 2011
(3) The Slit-Up to There Skirt is the perfect look for those upcoming holiday parties. Although the temperatures will be dropping, the slits will be rising. But I think it's just the right amount of skin exposed for the "grown and sexy" woman.

Luca Luca, Adam and Jill Stuart, Fall-Winter 2011

(4) The Working Girl Dress is one of my most favorite trends. You really can't go wrong with this look. By the way, if you haven't noticed, I am obsessed with dresses, especially vintage ones. I love wearing textured tights with them too. My motto is: when in doubt, wear a dress.

Yigal Azrouel and DKNY, Fall-Winter 2011

(5) The Bright Pants will bring a smile during those cold wintry mornings when you have run those errands or head to the 9-5 job. This should also be an easy trend to transition from summer to Fall. Just add a blazer, chunky sweater or cardigan.

Just remember that with any trend, to make it work, you have to make it your own. Make sure it suits your style and lifestyle.  Also trends come and go, while some stay around for a couple of seasons. So choose wisely which ones you want to invest in or be frugal. 

Shop your closet first, some of these trends you probably already have. Then if needed, search your local thrift store. It’s an inexpensive investment to determine if you would like a certain look.  Plus there is no guilt from paying full price for items that may end up in your closet unloved.

So, are you feeling a little bit inspired? Which trend would you incorporate into your wardrobe?

BDIB: My First Maxi Skirt

Friday, July 15, 2011

Skirt- Thrifted (Goodwill)/ Top- Club Monaco (Value Village)/ Shoes- BCBG (Plato's Closet)/ Accesories- Funky Flair Boutique/ Watch- Michael Kors (Macy's)/ Hair- Baizara Campbell

When I saw that this month's assignment for Bloggers Do It Better Challenge, I was in shock because it made me realize that I as much as I love fashion, I did not own a maxi skirt.  But that shock quickly turned into relief, because I knew that I would make it my duty to find one during our "I Love Thrifting" party here in Atlanta.

Yes...I found this maxi skirt at  my local Goodwill and even through it is velvet, I thought it would a great transition piece for my Fall wardrobe. It would also be great to wear to a holiday party.

I will confess...I am wearing my top backwards. I liked the drama of the plunging neckline, but it looked better on my back instead of exposing my chest. Plus I did not have any double-sided tape. LOL..Check out Bloggers Do It Better to see how other ladies rocked their maxi skirts.

EBEW: The Yellow Brick Road

Monday, July 11, 2011

by Keren Charles

Dress- 2b bebe (bebe Outlets)/ Shoes- Jessica Simpson (Dillards)/ Earrings- Funky Flair Boutique/ Watch- Michael Kors (Macy's)/ Lipstick- MAC Viva Glam/ Hair- Baizara Campbell

I was so excited that this month's theme for the Everybody Everywear fashion challenge was yellow.  Yellow is one of my favorite colors. I have worn it in two previous posts: Sweeter Than Honey and Look On The Bright Side.


So glad that I had this dress in my closet. I bought it over a year ago at the Prime Outlets in Williamsburg, VA. I fell in love with the ruffled neckline and the sassy short length. I thought these red pumps would be a nice pop of color for the dress. 

Yellow is such a vibrant color that instantly brightens my mood. Like the yellow brick road, it offers a sense of hope and optimism. So if you need a little cheer and happiness in your day, be sure to check out how the other ladies on Everybody Everywear rocked their yellow.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

by Keren Charles

Most of you know how much I love thrift shopping. Well I totally missed the boat on this one!!! Did you know that Saturday, July 9th is  "I Love Thrifting Day?"  

Rashon Carraway (pictured below) the voice behind the blog Mr. Goodwill Hunting created this nationwide campaign to call attention to the world of thrifting. You can even order these publicity t-shirts to show your support and be featured on the recap of the event.

So all across the US in cities like Atlanta, Houston, New York and LA, fashonistas, bloggers and thrifty divas are hosting shopping tours of their favorite thrift stores.  Here in Atlanta, two bloggers Erika of Blu Label Bungalow and Dayka of Meditations of Life and Style will host a shopping tour on Saturday. Check out their blogs for all the details. 

Don't feel left out :-( Click HERE to see if this event is being hosted in your town. Stay tuned for pictures of my thrifty finds this weekend!!

Celebrate Friendships

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

by Keren Charles

Jumpsuit- Free Generation (Off-Saks 5th Avenue)/ Shoes- Steve Madden (Marshalls)/ Earrings & Bracelet- borrowed from my mom/ Watch- Michael Kors (Macy's)

Last weekend I spent the evening in New Orleans with my sorority sister to celebrate the 6th anniversary of her 30th brirthday.  Several of her friends traveled from Houston, Mobile, Atlanta and Maryland to celebrate with her. I tell her all the time she has some great friends and that's because she is a true friend too.

I wore my favorite black jumpsuit. It is so chic and sexy, especially the plunging neckline. 


I borrowed my mom's earrings again...I think she may end up giving them to me because I have worn them more than her. Since the earrings are so dramatic, I decided against wearing a necklace.  For a pop of color, I wore a red lip color and my green suede shoes.

A toast to good times and true friends.

We had dinner at Palace Cafe and ended the evening listening to a live jazz band at the Ritz Carlton. Many of us had not seen each other since we evacuated New Orleans in 2005 due to hurricane Katrina. So her birthday celebration was a mini-reunion too!

Me and the birthday girl, Shayne 

This evening made me realize the importance of celebrating friendship. No matter how busy we are or the miles apart, it is important to take a break to acknowledge and cherish special moments with our friends.  It is easy to take your friends for granted. Be sure to cherish the time you have together. How do you celebrate your friendships?

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