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Easy, Chic and Comfortable Summer Dressing

Summer dressing can be challenging and reveals a lot about ourselves since we expose more of our bodies to combat the higher temperatures.  However, with so many events to attend in the season, dressing needs to be easy, chic, and comfortable.  For example, some of us (if not most!) don’t like our upper arms, but if you’re outside, you will need to take off a jacket or sweater to stay cool.   This is the time when you want to look comfortable in your own skin and feel good with what you have on, but still be stylish.

I happen to LOVE Summer and have learned how to make it work for me.  You can too, especially when you know your style and complimentary colors.  Here are some of my best tips and tricks for the season.

Dress in Thin Layers

Chiffon is summer chic

Chiffon offers thin layers

Summer means higher temperatures outside, yet freezing cold inside due to constant air conditioning.   Layers will help you move between the temperature ranges by allowing you to add or remove coordinating pieces.

Chiffon is a great fabric to wear during the heat of summer.  It is lightweight, breathable, airy and breezy.  Try a see-through blouse with a tank-top underneath for a cool and chic combination.   I love the look of a white blouse with a yellow or orange tank layered underneath.  It says “summer” all the way.

Chiffon flows as you move, however due to the sheer nature of the fabric, you must wear something underneath it.  Try chiffon tunics, pants (lined), tank tops and blouses.  Chiffon is a favorite for vacation travel as it resists wrinkles and takes little to no space in your suitcase.  Plus, you can dress it up or wear casual.

Wear White

all white summer chic

A modern look of head-to-toe white

There’s nothing like wearing white in summer.  You will look and feel fresh, clean, modern, and up-to-date.

For years I didn’t think white was for me as I thought it made me look heavier.  But I was wrong.  Now I think I look and feel better wearing white.

An entire white outfit is refreshing, though you don’t necessarily need to wear head-to-toe white or even all the same shade, though bright summer white is cooler than off-white shades, such as cream or beige.  Bright white also tends to be easier to match with all skin tones.  Feel free to change it up by wearing a classically chic combination of a white top with a dark or black bottom, or vice versa.  Also try layering three pieces so you can remove a layer if it gets too hot.

Have you heard of a “White Party”?  There are plenty in summer, often combined with fundraisers or charity events.  So who knows, you may be invited to one this year and you’ll have the tips to dress comfortably and look fabulous.

Dusters / Kimonos


Dusters and kimonos are two of my favorite things to wear in summer.  Why?  Because their flowy fabric and design makes me feel feminine and pretty.

A duster is more defined at the waist and is often worn as a jacket, whereas a kimono lacks defined waist features and tends to be square or boxier in cut, so make sure it’s not too big for your frame.  It also depends on how much “flow” you like.  The key is to make certain it goes with your body type and doesn’t appear “baggy”.

Try one of these pieces in colors that compliment your skin tone and work with clothing you already have in your closet, such as light weight dresses or your favorite jeans or pants.  For a classy poolside look, pair a duster or kimono with Bermuda shorts or swimwear.

Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are another of my go-to favorites for summer.

Maxi's flatter all body types

Universally flattering maxi dress

Maxi dresses are so comfy and it’s a one-and-done outfit, meaning you only have one thing to put on and your done!  Maxi’s are very easy and you will look amazing.

The standard design of a maxi dress makes it a style for all body types.   They are usually constructed with a close bodice and empire waist with a twist knot underneath the breast or v-neck, which helps elongate, and emphasis or create a slimming waistline.  Additionally, the bodice drops to a loose and flowing A-line skirt, which allows cooling, airflow to breeze around your lower body.  I find this style (as shown in the picture to the left) looks great on everyone since it doesn’t emphasize any part of the body.  Plus, this simple, yet flattering style, allows for endless customization and versatility.  By adding or subtracting jewelry and changing from flip flops to sandals or heels, you can quickly go from casual to dressy.

Add a new color or look in your closet for florals, solids, prints or graphics; they are all in season.

 

Use accessories, jewelry, shoes, color, pattern and graphics to make things more interesting

This summer’s favorite color

This summer, why don’t you find a color that makes you feel good wearing it?   One of my favorite colors for the season is a deep (beet) purple seen in the picture to the right.

It’s in my palette, but I was never a purple girl, that is until I tried the color on and it immediately made me feel so good!  I now have pants and a floral kimono that both contain this color.  I challenge you to try a different color in your palette this season. You might be surprised at how marvelous it makes you feel.

Jewelry
Lightweight jewelry is all I wear.  Although the necklace in this picture looks heavy,  it is the lightest weight jewelry I’ve ever worn. You forget you have it on!

 

Prints   Prints come in different hues, sizes and shapes and, as you can see in the picture below, the Kimono has an array of colors.  The colors include coral, light fuchsia, blue, green and beige, all of which are in my color palette and I can coordinate many outfits.      Kimonos off cool summer chic options

Once you decide what kind of prints you are attracted to, it’s easier to find the colors that work for you and that are in your color palette.

Shoes – Red shoes in the summer are a go-to as well. 

For example, I have the floral maxi dress in the photo above.  The dress has red mixed in the pattern.  I plan to change the look by wearing red shoes, instead of nude.  This will add interest and color blocking to the outfit and will not be too much.  So try playing around with color to find out what you really like and what looks good on you.  When you receive compliments, you will know that you coordinated a stylish, chic, and comfortable outfit.

Pictured Items & Where to Buy:
Necklace by Marla Wynne Jewelry, HSN (Home Shopping Network) Check your local TV listings for correct channel
Maxi Dress by Iman, HSN, all sizes from Small to 3X, (Short, Average and Tall Heights)
Chiffon Blouse, by Marla Wynne, HSN, Tanks, 2 pack
White Jacket and Palazzo pants outfit by Marla Wynne, HSN
Kimono, print, by Chico’s
Red shoes, by Louise et Cie, Nordstrom

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The Perfect View in Yosemite!

I had the perfect view in Yosemite this past week.

I sat in a chair facing the waterfall almost all day along with hearing the falls and at times actually feeling the water sprinkle on me. What an amazing site. Just beautiful! I find it soothing to go to nature when you need to clear your head and the scenery did just that. Feeling So Blessed!

Do you have anything to Wear for Summer?

When you know your colors and what type of clothing that should be in your closet, you should always have what you need when you shop i your closet.

This weekend I attended a Mardi Gras party and it was such a fun event with over 150 people attending. You will notice the the picture of my mask and colors that I wore. All I had to do was shop in my closet to find the right clothing.

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy great weather and have a fashionable and fun experience.

Watch for my upcoming newsletter on easy, breezy, chic and fashionable clothing to wear for summer.

BET Awards Best Dressed – Does Your Image Reflect your Style & Brand?

The 2018 BET Awards presented interesting outfits regarding how your personal style reflects your brand. I usually post my favorite dresses from the red carpet and show. This year I have posted a few outfit recommendations.

If you watched the award show feel free to share which outfits you liked. Here are mine:

 

Yolanda Adams, singer –     White   power pant suit

Janelle Monae, singer and actress This dress reflects Janae’s style and looks great on her. Great fit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 5 Best Stylish Spring Trends for Women over 50!

Spring has finally sprung!!!

If you’ve had a chance to look in fashion magazines, online, or actually go into a department store recently, you would have noticed the spring colors taking over. They are so vibrant and beautiful. Color always makes you feel so much better, especially when you add it back to your outfits after a more neutral color palette over winter. 

Here are 5 of the best comfortable and stylish spring trends for the season. But what I’m going to suggest are also items you will be able to use next year and for years to come. I will to build a build a wardrobe so you don’t just buy clothes and wear them when they are in style. These are items you will wear for a long time.

Layering

If you are not familiar with layering, it is dressing using several garments that are worn on top of each other. Some of the layers have different lengths as well as fabrics.

I have to admit at first I didn’t get it or understand the necessity of layering. I’m sure you noticed younger people dressing in layers all the time, including a short jacket and longer T-shirt or blouse.

I tried it and now get it and love it.  It also creates a youthful look for our age group.

 

The basics of layering include the following:

  • Base layer – due to the warmer weather this is usually a tank top which is considered the core of layering. This should be a cotton or breathable fabric so you don’t get hot.
  • Middle layer –this piece will go on top of the tank and can be sheer like chiffon for warmer weather. This can be the top layer if you want and base layer is providing the protection of see through.
  • Outer layer –this piece is the top piece of the layer and should be chiffon during spring and summer. It is a great fabric to wear and it’s sheer, it flows and so feminine.

Layering is also great for mixing and matching colors. For example, a white sheer blouse with a yellow chiffon tank top is beautiful. You can even check out crop lightweight sweaters and wear white longer blouses underneath, pop the collar and fold back the cuffs and your own your way, looking elegant, stylish and yes, comfortable.

Kimonos

Kimonos are the go-to staple for spring and summer which can be worn in different ways. 

You can drastically change the way you look simply by adding a floral or print kimono. Wear a simple t-shirt and jeans or tank top and ankle pant and add the kimono and you will totally put together without trying too hard.

A floral print kimono made of lightweight material can be worn over fitted clothing. I recommend balancing your outfit with a pair of skinny jeans or slim fitting ankle or crop pants. This simple combo will make you look stylish, chic and so comfortable.

Prints or florals

Tropical prints are the new florals for spring and summer, which can include palm trees, flowers, birds and more.

The vibrant colors include coral, yellow, pink, purple, blush, red, blue and more. The fabrics are sheer this year as well and the material is a flowy look.

Personally, I like artistic prints, which are in style forever. My style is more subtle and prints make the subtle statement without going over the top. A print shows off my style and is why it’s so important to know your style. Just because florals are in season doesn’t mean it’s for everyone if you don’t feel comfortable and confident with what you have on your body. Find out what works for you.

Trench coat

The trench coat has been revamped for spring summer to lightweight fabric.

My seasonal favorite is the chiffon trench coat which is stylish and comfortable. You can wear it over dresses or pants and is versatile to wear casual or dressy. It will just make you look stylish without an over the top look.

It’s important to make sure you find the right style for you and you feel confident and comfortable. The fabric is the key as well. I like flowy so chiffon works for me but I don’t want it to be to see through so I need a little bulk, which is heavier chiffon. You can also find the piece in longer or shorter lengths, whatever works for you.

Crops, or ankle length pants

Crops are pants that stop above the ankle but usually well below the knee. Personally they don’t work for me since I like a long and lean look and they make me look shorter since the pants are cut off before the ankle. 

This trend is hard to wear and you have to be very careful. Depending on your height, the length can be different for everyone. Once you find the length that works for you, you will be all set.

Here are some suggestions for successfully wearing capris and looking great at the same time:

  • Choose crops with a higher waist if you have short legs. The high waist will draw the eye up and make your legs appear longer.
  • Wear capris with a tapered or straight leg to create the longest and sleekest look.

The crop pant is a comfortable summer option. Just make sure to create your look to maintain a long leg and sleek silhouette.

The ankle pant works much better for me since the pant stops at the ankle and projects a long leg look.

Whether you choose crop or ankle lengths they both create a modern, slim, chic and spring, summery fresh up-to-date look.

Look in your closet to find any of the above items and feel good and confident for spring.

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Where to purchase items:

White sheer blouse – Marla Wynn on Home shopping Network (HSN)

Yellow chiffon blouse with matching tank top – Marla Wynn (HSN)

Trench coat – Marla Wynn (HSN)

White kimono jacket with print – Marla Wynn (HSN)

Fushia kimono jacket – Chicos

Crepe print jacket and pant – Marla Wynne

Special Note: Marla Wynn is one of my favorite designers and believes in comfortable, easy, elegance. Her clothing is pricey due to the quality of the fabric but HSN has Flex pay which can be paid off in 2-3 months depending on how you want to pay for an item. Her clothing feels good on your body; most of it is non-wrinkle, non-cleaners and stays in style for years. The colors are items you can match with her older clothing, so you don’t have to match new seasonal colors. It’s worth the money. You build a wardrobe with her clothing, not just buy clothes.

 

 

The Beauty of Your Hair, Celebrating Madam C.J Walker for Black History month

From activists, authors and business leaders, there are a large number of African American women whose contributions and lives have been overlooked in the past. It’s time to give recognition to their efforts and celebrate their lives in honor of Black History Month. There is so much to learn about the struggles and strives of these inspiring ladies.

There’s one name in particular that resonates with me and deserves much recognition for her contribution to the beauty industry and for that, I dedicate this blog post to her. Madam C.J Walker as my tribute for Black History Month.

 “I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations…. I have built my own factory on my own ground.

 -Madam Walker, National Negro Business League Convention, July 1912

Sarah Breedlove, who would later be famously known as Madam C.J. Walker, was born in 1867, the first child in her family born into freedom after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Before the end of the Civil War, her parents and five older siblings had been slaves on a plantation in Louisiana. This daughter of sharecroppers, transformed her life from an uneducated farm laborer and laundress to one of the most successful self-made women entrepreneurs of her time, in the 20th century.

By the end of her life, Madam CJ Walker had gone out to become not only the wealthiest black woman in America but also the first ever self-made American female millionaire!

 

Madam C.J Walker (1903)

Childhood

Sarah’s parents died when she was only 7 years old, and she moved in with her sister and brother-in-law and soon began working to help support their family. To escape her brother-in-law’s brutal abuse, she got married at the young age of 14. Her husband died when Sarah was 20, leaving her to raise their 2-year-old daughter A’Lelia by herself.

Sarah suffered from scalp ailment and began experiencing hair loss at a young age. Hair loss was a very common problem at the time: people found it difficult to bathe and wash their hair as often as we do today because most lacked access to things like indoor plumbing, central heating, and electricity. This phase was the beginning of many changes in her life.

 

Company

 

Sarah began experimenting with different products and home remedies, eventually creating her own line of African American shampoos and hair treatments in 1905.

She named her company after her husband at the time, Charles Joseph Walker, and began 

selling products such as “Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower” and “Madam Walker’s Vegetable Shampoo”.

Designed specifically for black women, her hair products were completely unique at the time. She began selling her products door-to-door, and teaching the women she met all about hair and scalp treatments.

Business Success

Madam C.J Walker and friends in her automobile

 

 Her business took off and was so successful that she was soon selling her products across the United States. Sarah’s daughter A’Lelia ran a mail-order business from Denver while Madam Walker travelled around the country giving lecture demonstrations of “the Walker method”, involving her own formula for pomade, brushing and the use of heated combs.

She finally settled in Indianapolis where she opened her own factory where she manufactured more cosmetics and trained beauticians. After establishing her headquarters there, she expanded her company internationally to Jamaica, Cuba, Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti. Her company employed thousands of people, including many African-American women, and was the largest African-American owned business in the nation.

Not only was Madam Walker creating an incredibly successful business against all odds, she also used her wealth to oppose racism and support institutions to assist African-Americans. She said that she wanted to be a millionaire not for herself, but for the good she could do with it

 

Achievements

Apart from giving talks at various conventions about racial oppression, she also had the following achievements:

  • Made the largest contribution to save the house of Frederick Douglass
  • Donated moneyto the NAACP, the YMCA, and to black schools, organizations, individuals, orphanages, and retirement homes
  • Spent $10,000 every year for the education of young black men and women
  • Encouraged political activismin her employees
  • Joined the leaders of NAACP in their efforts to support legislation to make lynching a federal crime, even going herself to the White House to petition in favor of anti-lynching legislation

Today there are two National Historic Landmarks associated with Madam Walker: her New York estate called Villa Lewaro, and the Madam Walker Theatre Center, built in Indianapolis in 1928, which is now a cultural arts center. She also appears on a commemorative United States Postal Service stamp, to honor her legacy as part of its Black Heritage Series.

7 Insider Interview Tips to Stand Out And Get Hired after 50!

According to AARP, Americans are not only working past traditional retirement age but well into their 70’s, 80’s and beyond. Start noticing when you go places and you’ll realize how true this is. Due to the long term damaging impact that the stock market meltdown of 2008 had and a shrinking nest egg, more and more people are working longer. This also means a lot of people past the age of 50, are still actively hunting for jobs on the market and hope to ace their interview. 

I’ve sat on the side of the table as the interviewee and successfully beat out over 500 people to land the job I wanted at a popular entertainment company. It’s a nerve-wrecking and intimidating experience and it’s not always clear what employers are looking for. However, interviews play a key role in determining if you are a good match for the company.

Here are 7 insider interview tips that will help you stand out, make a lasting and memorable first impression and successfully, GET HIRED!

What Makes an Interview Successful?

The first step in winning the interview is to understand what a successful interview looks like. Here are 3 key aspects to keep in mind:

  1. It is conversational

Think of the interview more as a conversation and less as an interview. Get to know the interviewer and ask what exactly is needed for the role and what kind of person they are looking for. Once you know what they are looking for, you can answer the questions explaining how your experience meets their needs. This is a key interviewing tip and you should get the job everytime with this tip. It takes the ability to focus and listen carefully to the interviewer and frame your responses based on his feedback.

  1. It is Professional

Walk into the interview confidently, shake the interview’s hand with a firm handshake, smile and be pleasant, make eye contact and introduce yourself right away.

  1. It’s Authentic- Be yourself

Show your personality and be yourself. Employers are looking for staff that show a sense of self and self-confidence. You are showing the employer you’re not afraid to present your opinion in a professional manner. It’s not always what you say, but how you say it that can make all the difference.

What Employers Look for at an Interview 

  1. Your appearance

Dress the part and project a professional presence. Employers are seeking people who exude a sense of poise, confidence, and competence. Be sure to add a touch of color to your outfit. For example, a black matching outfit with a red blouse (if red is in your color pallette). Red symbolizes confidence and power.

  1. Are you the right fit for the position?

You’ve probably heard employers mention they are looking for the right “fit”. But what does that really mean?

It means that people want to work with who they like and can get along with. You are being evaluated on the following: Are you likable? Are you positive, fun and/or interesting? Will you be a team player and adapt easily to the company culture?

  1. Are you connecting with the interviewer and/or team?

Did you work with someone the person knows? Discuss how you met them and an interesting fact about the person. This will automatically help you make a connection. Another way to connect, is once you are in the interviewer’s office, look around the room. Do they have pictures of their kids, family, or sports events?

I have commented to the interviewer how cute their kids were and wow, this really opened the person up! It turned out it was their grand daughter and we openly connected when I talked about my daughter. Try to find someone to connect and have something in common.

  1. Are you motivated to do the job?

Show your passion for the job. I had a hiring manager tell me he was always looking for person who has the “twinkle” in their eye. This shows your excitement and confidence that you can do the job.

The more carefully you prepare, the better you will do.

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