Posts tagged ‘style’

December 6, 2013

MEET OUR DECEMBER COVERGIRL FAN WINNER!!

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Last month we had a social media contest for our Healthy Housewives fans. We asked the fans to write in and tell us why we should choose them to be on our Healthy Housewives magazine cover. They had to have a high res image that we can use to be our cover. We had a ton of entries with women from all over the world that shared their stories and sent pictures, we were so overwhelmed on who to pick.

 

After a week of rereading and looking at which candidate would be the next cover girl, we decide on 2 women. Then we changed our entire 2014 year, to the year of fans. Without the fans, we wouldn’t be here. So, for 2014 we are picking 12 women to grace our cover. If you want to share your story and send in hi-res images that you would like to be featured as our cover, please email covergirl@healthyhousewives.com. We would love to hear from you!

 

Let me introduce our December covergirl Laurie Strough Smith. She is inspiring women out there with her positive attitude. She is over forty, fit, and raising five kids! Go Laurie!

 

Meet Laurie:

http://www.healthyhousewives.com/testimonial21.html

 

Her video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUdcdQTNMxg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUqDn2t3viH7Vn7uzB7jFl3A

 

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Marzia Prince

Creator of Healthy Housewives

July 29, 2013

The right fit for you

There are so many workout clothes out there…its a colorful sea of sports bras and running tights. But beyond the bright colors and fancy designs, do you know how to dress for your body type so that you not only move functionally, but feel beautiful and sexy? That is important you know…the better you feel in your workout attire the more likely you are to have a successful workout. Truly…think about it…would you workout more effectively in an old tattered t-shirt that was wrinkled, or in a slim fitting racer back tank top and tights that not only draw you in , but make your lines look sleek and strong! 

So when choosing workout apparel, what should you consider?

1. Black is always the most flattering color for pants. Not only is it slimming but you will not see sweat lines. 

2. Don’t wear padded sports bra…it looks awkward. 

3. Racer back tanks make your back look stronger than a traditional tank. 

4. Do the underwear test…bend over in the mirror and make sure the lycra doesn’t stretch so thin that when you are in downward dog we can see your undies. 

Ultimately, wear what you can move easy in and you feel strong and beautiful in! Image

January 2, 2013

My Top Five Fashion Apps

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My Top Five Fashion Apps
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and New Year Celebration! I don’t know about y’all but I’m excited to get back to my regular routine!!! Yay!! Big sigh of relief!!

Well, I’ve wanted to write about fashion apps for a while but I was feeling overwhelmed as there are so many! I decided to write about my top 5 so if I missed yours please share with everyone in the comments!

The latest fashion apps are the next best thing to having your own personal stylist. You can catalog your wardrobe, share your looks on social media and peruse the runways of Milan all from your phone. And it doesn’t stop there you can also watch tutorials on the latest hair and beauty styles. I hope you find some fashion inspiration! Kathy, Fit Fashionista

Style.com
Style.com’s app pushes runway coverage from New York, Paris, Milan and London straight to your iPhone. Keep up with ready-to-wear, menswear, womenswear, couture, runway shows, party coverage and more. You can also stream Style.com’s entire video library, which includes not only runway clips but also designer and celebrity profiles. It’s the next best thing to an actual front-row seat at fashion week! Free

Pose
Create a fashion profile, follow friends and watch famous fashion stars of the blogosphere shop in real-time and find out how to get the same looks. Then share your own poses across social networks, get feedback on your looks and get inspiration from other Fashionistas around the world. Free

Stylebook
Stylebook is a great personal wardrobe builder. This app helps you sort and organize your closet. You can snap photos of everything you own. Then upload and group clothing in customizable categories. Import and edit images of your clothes, create magazine-style outfit collages, plan what to wear and track your style inspirations. You can view a calendar of the whole month, complete with thumbnails of every day’s outfit. $4

Beautylish
Beautylish is a makeup, hair and all things beauty app. This app has a magazine-style layout, with video tutorials on hair, nails, makeup and so much more. You can stay up to date on beauty news and even shop the latest and greatest beauty finds on this app. Free

Polyvore
Polyvore just launched their mobile app and I love it as much as I love their website. Users can create sets featuring clothing, shoes, and accessories. The sets can be personalized with people, backgrounds, colors, frames and effects to create amazing style collages. You can explore style collages for inspiration and shop from many of their online retailers. Free

December 30, 2012

New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve

 

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the holiday with your family! Our Christmas here in Dallas was extra special since we had a white Christmas and that rarely happens! I told my 5 year old daughter Bronwyn to sit by the window and take a moment to enjoy the beauty of the snow since it could be a long while before we see more especially on Christmas day so we did together!

Well today is New Year’s Eve (Eve) and if you are still putting together a last minute outfit and still trying to figure out if you are doing anything, I have a few easy last minute dressing ideas for you. These suggestions can take you out on the town, house party, dinner out and dinner in!

  1. Jewelry for your feet.  Pull out the stilettos with studs, rhinestones, sequins and all over dazzle.
  2. Glittery tops. Pair a glittery top embellished with jewels, sequins, or crystals with black pants or skirt. Your bottom can be in any fabric as long as it’s black.  Think leather skinnys, brocade black, short flare skirt, pencil skirt.
  3. Glitzy jackets. A blazer, tuxedo jacket, motorcycle jacket or vest will work over a simple black top and elegant pant.
  4. Long glamorous earrings will add a lot of extra to your ensemble.  Find earrings dripping with color and lots of stones.
  5. Red Lips. Not a whole lot to say here but wow! Red lips are so in now. If you go with this look, keep makeup at a minimum as to not compete with your lips.  Application notes, be sure to line lips in red and note that richer colors looks best on darker complexions while fair skinned individuals should opt for a brighter red.  You may need to buy a couple of colors at the drugstore (that’s what I did) and try a couple of shades until you find the tone you are happy with.
  6. False Lashes. I love false lashes period.  I wear them all the time but hey it’s New Year’s Eve so have some fun! I love the lashes with embellishments especially with a soft or nude lip!

 Just follow at least two of the tips above and no need to stress or run out and buy something new. Remember to celebrate in moderation and don’t forget about setting your goals for the New Year! Here’s to Healthy and Happy 2013!!!!  Kathy, Fit Fashionista

December 21, 2012

Green, Good and Fashionable!

Looking for last minute gift ideas? Well I have a some suggestions for you. Green and Good Gift Guide

Treehugger.com (http://www.treehugger.com/giftguide/) is dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.  Their website features a green gift guide. All of these gifts — over 100 in 10 categories — are carefully curated for thoughtfulness, usefulness, durability, and longevity.  And all have minimum impact on our earth. Now that’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Half United (http://halfunited.com/shop/) is a clothing and accessories company. Half of the profits from each product they sell go directly towards feeding hungry children in need.  The company is based out of North Carolina and they give proceeds back to organizations in their state and globally.

FEED (http://feedproject.com/) began in 2006 when model and activist Lauren Bush designed a bag to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) School Feeding program. She first created the FEED 1 bag, a reversible burlap and organic cotton bag reminiscent of the bags of food distributed by WFP, to help raise funds and awareness around these school feeding operations. It was stamped with “FEED the children of the world” and the number ‘1’ to signify that each bag feeds one child in school for one year.

To date, FEED has provided over 60 million school meals to children around the world through WFP.  Bags may be purchased now that provides meals in the USA and even specific cities in the USA. The FEED website has many great FEED bag options and jewelry to select from that feed a hungry child.

My last pick for good deed and style is Toms, One for One movement (http://toms.com), In 2006, Blake Mycoskie traveled to Argentina and found that many children had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. Today, Toms shoes gives to children in need all over the world. The company has also started Toms glasses which donate a pair of reading for every pair sold.

So for that last minute gift…make it green, good and fashionable! Kathy, Fit Fashionista

Green, Good and Fashionable!

Green, Good and Fashionable! by kathy-hamilton featuring clarins


TOMS corduroy shoes
$65 – blueberries-online.com

TOMS canvas shoes
$65 – vanmildert.com

Post earrings
nordstrom.com

Ball chain necklace
nordstrom.com

Clarin
sephora.com

FEED USA 50 Bag
feedprojects.com

Pouch FEED
$59 – stun-l.com

December 13, 2012

Nail Art Designs

Nail Art 101

A fresh coat of nail polish has always improved my outlook, no matter what’s going on in my life. An hour to sit back and relax, then step out of the nail salon feeling like a new woman. 

 Manicured nails are a statement, they say a lot about us from the colors we choose to the shape; playful, sexy, sophisticated, demure our manis are the polish on the cake. A mani is your most important accessory and one of the first things people notice. And judging by the fact that there is a nail salon or two on almost every street in Dallas, I’m not the only woman who feels this way.

Enter super manis…..nail art! What started as a look that most of us could not pull off (think Lady Gaga & Katy Perry) has gone main stream thanks in part to several fashion houses that brought nail art to the Runway.  Just Google, Pinterest or Instagram “nail art” and you will find hundreds of pictures and tutorials of the most creative designs and bold colors.  I could seriously scroll for hours!

And while I love looking at the creative techniques and the how-did-they-do-that designs, many of them just won’t work for us on a daily basis or in a business environment. Skulls, neon and glow in the dark polish may be better suited for someone else.

So how can we rock this trend well? Think sophisticated color palettes, simple geometric designs, and minimal glitter, did I say that? Glitter at your own comfort! Also, since not all the nail salons are in the know, go online or to Pinterest and save some of your favorite designs, then show them to your nail technician and see if they can duplicate. 

I’ve chosen several images to explain nail technique rather than by colors.  Enjoy!

Kathy, Fit Fashionista!

Nail styles above from left to right

Top Row: (1) Glitter Jelly with Ombre across the hand (2) Black & Gold ombre with key stamp. Stamp kits can be ordered online (3) Metallic shine

Middle Row: (1) French manicure in black and nude, can sub any colors (2) Lace, can be drawn on or buy polish strips (3) Whimsy design Movember, can get very creative here (4) Geometric print (5) Reverse French manicure or half moon silver and opaque black

Bottom Row: (1) Flakies in dark polish (2) Black and gold glitter one finger ombre (3) Black with gold horizontal strip (4) Bright polish with black & white chevron design and one contrasting glitter finger (5) Pink bows & crystals Japanese nail art, just for fun!

 

Nail Art 101 by kathy-hamilton featuring black beauty products


Nail treatment
etsy.com

Nail treatment
etsy.com

Nail treatment
glamour.com

Nail treatment
girlpower.it

Nail treatment
pinterest.com

Nail treatment
pinterest.com

Nail lacquer
highsnobette.com

Glitter nail polish
pinterest.com

Nail treatment
style.mtv.com

Summer nail polish
squidoo.com

Nail treatment
coolnailsart.com

Swatched!
modelsownit.com

December 10, 2012

Beauty Supplements that Really Work!

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Could your beauty routine use a booster shot?  As a girly girl and beauty guru, I’m always looking for the latest greatest items to add to my regime.  Here are a few noteworthy supplements worth a try.

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Murad Clarifying Supplement $43
I have prescribed this one to many of my teen acne clients. When taken regularly it makes a definite difference. Murad claims it provides a powerful internal defense against breakouts. Reduces blemishes by 55% in only 6 weeks.

 

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Phytophanere Dietary Supplement for skin and nails $50

Phyto has been around for awhile. And with celebs like Jennifer Anniston giving credit for her famous locks its no wonder!

Here’s what one woman said about it.

I’m 41 and I decided to buy this over a year ago. I used it for about 6 months
and noticed that my hair stopped falling out. I’d notice the hair loss only when
I’d blow dry my hair. There would be hairs all over the bathroom floor. After
about a month of using these vitamins, it dramatically improved! However, due to
the cost, I stopped ordering it. I went without it for about 3 months and I
started noticing all the darn hairs around the floor again! UGH!!
I ordered 2
bottles and plan to keep this in my daily routine from now on! I’ve learned my
lesson. It’s worth it BIG TIME!

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ZenMed Derma Cleanse Capsules $30

If you’re looking to go the more natural route this one’s for you.  It promotes a healthier complexion from within. This herbal formulation based on Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, aids with the body’s natural elimination processes.

 

Give ’em a try! You won’t be dissapointed

Cheers!

Shelly

 

 

 

 

December 5, 2012

9 Stylish Ways to Wear Statement Leggings

Leggings are one of the easiest ways to update your wardrobe and you don’t have to spend a ton of money to achieve a stylish fresh look.  You can add leggings to tops, sweaters, dresses or a simple white tee and leather jacket for an edgy look.
You can find statement leggings in all kinds of designs, from classic black to leather to printed lace.  Leggings are everywhere in every style. You can choose different textures, sheens, prints and colors.
A couple of style notes to keep in mind when picking out your leggings:
1. If the leggings are really bright or super busy, make sure your top is a neutral and let the leggings be the focal point.
2.  If you have a little bit of thickness through the thighs and hips go for a vertical print or darker color legging that can have an embellishment to draw the eyes up and down.
3. To elongate shorter legs wear a shoe that matches your legging color.
4.  Have fun and buy whatever makes you happy or puts a smile on your face!
See the Romwe Starry Night leggings, I ordered them and can’t wait to wear with my Vera Wang motorcycle boots, picked up at the Maxx for about $69.00
Hope you all have a wonderful week! Yours truly, Kathy Fit Fashionista 🙂
November 23, 2012

Slenderizing Dresses

Hi! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I don’t know about the rest of you but I had a turkey hangover this morning! I was careful to watch my portion control so I could enjoy a few bites of dessert 😉 but i still felt a little blah…today probably all the test bites that go with cooking!  So of course this morning I put on my comfy jeans which have a little give (we all have those right?) for days like today.  Well I have an event to go to tonight and I can’t wear jeans so I started thinking about my dresses and what would be some great options for days like this and this is what I would like to share with you.
1. The contrast panel dress or illusion dress:  dark shades minimize the size of body parts.  Dark shades on the outside narrow the hips and waist.  Dark shades down the middle slim the tummy. A vertical line down the front in any shade is also slenderizing.
2.  Print dress:  An all over print dress will distract the eye and camouflage problem areas.  Think the busier the better!
3.  Color block dress:  A light shade on top will draw attention to the bust area and darker shade on the bottom of the dress will minimize the hips. I really love color block dresses, you can play with different tone on tones as well and still achieve a flattering look.
Since jeans are not always an option, next time you are out shopping (hopefully not today…crazy out) buy a comfortable slimming dress to wear when you need a little extra wiggle room! Until next week! Kathy

Floral tea dress
topshop.com

A L C zipper dress
matchesfashion.com

Givenchy print dress
matchesfashion.com

Print dress
cyfashionc.com

Print dress
sheinside.com

Lipsy print dress
$64 – lipsy.co.uk

Stella McCartney zipper dress
$1,340 – net-a-porter.com

Givenchy red party dress
$710 – stylebop.com

Warehouse black body con dress
$96 – johnlewis.com

Pencil dress
$105 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Narciso rodriguez
$815 – farfetch.com
November 8, 2012

Fashionable Feel Good Workout Wear

Hello! I just bought a few new fall pieces for my work out wardrobe so his week I’m writing about workout wear.  It’s never been easier to look good working out than it is now.  Many retailers from affordable Target, to Victoria’s Secret Pink line, to high-end designer Stella McCartney’s line for Adidas and my personal favorite.. workout wear mecca… Lululemon all carry super stylish pieces that are sure to boost your work out.

My feeling is that cute and comfortable workout wear is just as important as having proper food fuel for your workout and/or listening to music while doing cardio.  The simple fact is, if you look good, you feel good and that goes for your workout in the gym, Pilates, barre, yoga, boot camp or any other activity. In the past I may have worn a shirt that was too tight, too big or just plain ol ugly and I felt uncomfortable so instead of focusing on my work out I was busy fidgeting with my clothing.

I’m very lucky now that my workout clothes double as my work clothes so let me share a few tips that I have discovered.

  • Most importantly choose quality clothing that wicks sweat effectively
  • Clothing must stay in place–no tanks or tops that roll up, save gym shorts for running or group exercise – be aware of any leg/crotch gaps and dress accordingly for your activity
  • Don’t wear any freebie, old, ill fitting t-shirts, invest in a couple of great fitted tanks and buy your favorite colors or any color that makes you feel good
  • Layer colorful tanks with cute t-shirts, scarves and hoodies to wear to and from
  • Black bottoms are essential so no sweat marks show
  • Gym clothes take a lot of wear, so go through often and discard anything this is sheer from wear or has lost its shape
  • Don’t dry your sports bras in the dryer and invest in a good bra for your body (another blog)
  • Now for the Icing – Complete your put together workout look with accessories
  • A great gym bag to hold your cute sneakers, a fun workout watch, hair ties like Emi Jay, ear buds, iPod, and through in some cute flip flops.

Now have a great work out….looking fabulous!

Kathy, Fit Fashionista

Work Out Wear

Sweatshirts and hoody
lululemon.com

Yoga top
lululemon.com

Havaianas flip flop shoes
$24 – asos.com

Nike
coveroo.com

Loop scarve
lululemon.com