Spring into 2020 Fashion

Spring and summer 2020 appears to have the designers taking inspiration from your favorite Easter candies. Think pastel M&Ms;, cotton candy, and ice cream colored creations by Chanel, Valentino, Versace, and Dior. With such a step back from the bold colors of the summers past, a new emphasis is placed on fabric, textures and layers to create visual interest. Chanel showed off it’s ready to wear collection as a romp in the hay: youthful and fun designs incorporating ruffles, chiffon, and lace all done with that impeccable Lagerfeld construction. The baby blues, pale yellows, pastel pinks, lilacs, creamsicles and minty greens along with sheer and flowing silhouettes all bring back a sense of childhood nostalgia and innocence. Not so innocent are the skirts: get your legs ready, as the length for summer is a definite mini.

 

Hot Fashion Accessories for Summer

With summer fashions hitting the stores and an early warm-up after a cold, blustery winter, women around the country will be looking for ways to freshen up their summer wardrobe without spending too much money. If you have the basics – tees, leggings, shorts and skirts – brighten up your wardrobe with some cool accessories – necklaces, bracelets, earrings and coverups that will take you from day to evening without missing a beat.


Necklaces – necklaces for the season are big, long, colorful, and draping. Many styles in stores and online are featuring mixed media – beads and wood, metal and glass, ceramic and stones. Since this is a seasonal trend, go for dramatic fashion jewelry – less expensive and more pieces to play with. Check out the new SPIN by Mitchell Gross collection on qvc.com for some great examples, like this Two-to-Twist Set of 2 Necklaces ($23.00 plus shipping and handling) in hot colors orange and green, mixed with basics black and white; at 32″ long, layer them, knot them, or wear them long. Another great piece is the Santa Fe Strands Wood Pebble Necklace ($25.00 plus shipping and handling), available in coral or turquoise, which has a layered look without the fuss.

Bracelets – also colorful and chunky, wear one or many for a fresh summertime look. Try this chunky Rachel Zoe Scroll Design Bracelet ($59.50 plus shipping and handling), available in goldtone or silvertone; this high-polished cuff is easy to wear and looks more expensive than it is. For something more colorful, this Susan Graver Bold Colored Link Stretch Bracelet ($17.75 plus shipping and handling) is available in orange, dark blue, light blue, and yellow.

Earrings – long shoulder-dusting earrings continue to be hot for summer, but anything with color will be on-trend. These ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! Colorful Tonal Faceted Bead Cluster Earrings ($16.25 plus shipping and handling) are available in tones of blue, green, and purple, while these SPIN by Mitchell Gross Coin Toss Dangle Earrings ($21.75 plus shipping and handling) are nearly five inches in length and feature neutral tones that will compliment any summer wardrobe.

Coverups – whether they’re used as swimsuit coverups, evening wear over slip dresses, or over a tee and leggings, coverups, wraps, and tunics play a big part in easy, breezy summer fashion. This SPIN by Mitchell Gross Taos Crinkle Caftan with Beaded Detail ($46.68 plus shipping and handling) – available in black, brown, or turquoise – is made of sheer crinkle polyester and looks great paired with a slip dress or over a cami with leggings or a slim skirt; wear it loose or belted. The same collection features the Four Courners Tie Tunic ($39.00 plus shipping and handling) in brown, black, and turquoise, which can be wrapped in numerous ways for many different looks.

Fall Fashion: 2020 Prints

This Fall, expect both new and some classics to be trendy, popular prints for 2020! Here are three of those patterns that are going to be exciting to see and wear this Fall.

Plaid: I’m not talking about boring, outdated plaid prints here. This Fall’s plaid patterns are fashionable and colorful! Plaid prints are on pants, shirts, jackets, ties, scarves, purses, and shoes. Both men and women are wearing plaid prints this Fall. Sure you can wear the classic vintage plaid flannel shirts, but take a look at the bold new colors and styles available. Here are some of my favorite looks: Briana Plaid Shirt from Delias, Plaid Casual Pea Coat from Aeropostale, and for men, the Old Navy Poplin Chest Pocket button up shirt.

Leopard Prints: Leopard prints are a timeless classic that will always remain trendy, in my opinion. Trend Hunter even states that “leopard prints are still strong.” Your leopard prints don’t need to stand out. Subtle is the top fashion for 2020. Lovelyish says leopard print coats are going to be hot this Fall. On the Lovelyish website you can see celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Rihanna, and Blake Lively wearing very stylish leopard patterned outerwear. Jackets aren’t the only pieces of apparel you can wear with this trendy pattern; hats, purses, heels, scarves, skirts are all being worn this Fall. Also, you don’t have to wear the traditional orange leopard patterns. Different colors and styles are just as trendy this Fall. Some of my favorite leopard prints for Fall 2020 are: Rue 21 Sublimation Print Leopard Tank Top you can layer with a hoodie, Forever 21’s Flutter Trim Leopard Top and Forever 21’s Leopard Chic bangles. I also love Ellie’s Leopard Print Satin Lace Pumps.

Watercolor Prints: I love watercolor prints on apparel because they are so feminine, “artsy”, and gorgeous! Omiru says that “watercolor-like prints are a feminine twist on the broader Bold Prints trend. Because they are so dramatic, we recommend making them the focal point of your outfit. They are simply lovely on dresses.” A simple, autumn color in this pattern is popular with women and teens. I especially like Bebe’s Pleated Bodice Fall Watercolor dress. You already see celebrities such as Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, and Olivia Palermo wearing watercolors.

Dress for Success

It has been said many times that first impressions are the keys to open doors and letting the world see what a valuable bright star you can be. First of all you need to know what to wear for every occasion. For instance, if you were invited to a casual event you shouldn’t dress formal or sporty. Be sure to do a little of both with attire that will show you as a professional, but with a relaxed more casual style. When it comes to shade always wear the colors that compliments your skin, hair and eyes so people can remember you by appearance. Accentuate your best features to be more attractive with subtlety. Meaning, dress to flatter in a modest way not tight or too baggy for people of all sizes. Express yourself with a particular style suitable for work, church, casual and sports that shows your individual personality.

When it comes to hair style once can do a variety of things to using pieces, getting perms or relaxers, special styling devices, or wigs and toupees. The best way to style your hair is to bring out the shape of your face, and draw attention on your eyes. Pay close attention to you flaws as well when choosing a hair style. For example, one with a short neck and a large face should have a longer hair style to make the neck look longer. For a large face, the mane should be brought forward surrounding the shape of the face to make it look slimmer. For large and wide foreheads , bangs would be appropriate to wear to balance out the features. For large noses or long noses the best hair style would be to wear the hair back and up in a style to make the eyes look at the whole picture not focus on one element. If hair is thin puff it out with curls. If hair is too thick or curly thin it out straighter. If your hair cannot grow to do these styles use weaves or go as is dressing in colors and clothing that will balance your look.

Your skin and teeth should be the first priority of appearance above all the others due to the fact that it is your basic look. For skin not only are products what you need, but diet plays a large part in how you look. You want a flawless appearance without wrinkle or blemish to show you as a person who takes care of his or her health. Keep a balance diet, lay low on the spicy, greasy fattening and sugary foods. When you keep those basic rules, you may find that you do not need products for your skin. If it is hereditary use only the best products to tighten and brighten your face. I recommend using Glycerin soap or ivory for the cleaner almost radiant look. Use baking soda and salt to whiten your teeth, floss, mouth wash and brush at least twice a day. Remember to keep all these factors in mind when coming out into the world to make the best impression every where you go and still letting the world see who you are in the process.

Dressing Your Best

This article will discuss how to put your best foot forward in the name of fashion. Everybody has their own style and I do not want to discourage you from expressing yourself. Although, you should avoid some things in the realm of fashion.

When you are attired in shirts or dresses that have spaghetti straps or no sleeves, always wear a strapless bra! The garment ‘s impact is diminished by the appearance fof a bra strap.. If you are wearing a solid t-shirt, pair it with a simple rope chain necklace or a pair of dangle earrings.

Now let’s talk about shoes. Clam diggers, pants that end at the ankle and less form fitting than Capri’s, look fashionable with flats. Don’t wear boots with a dress. This will convey a mixed message of whether you are going for a dressy or casual look.

White is in for this season . Consider the following tips; don’t wear a white bra under a sheer white top. Pick an undergarment that is beige in color. Don’t advertise you underwear… In other words, don’t wear dark underwear under tight white pants. Also bulky accessories like lace up espadrilles are a no with the color white, which has a high impact in itself. Less is more, wear a ring on each finger.

Now for some do’s when wearing white. Add a color scarf to a all white outfit. Also a simple white top goes great with a pair of jeans. If you are fighting the battle of the bulge, don’t buy horizontal striped shirt. I made the mistake myself and one look in the mirror cured me of putting this garment on in public.

Makeup should put on in small amounts. Too much makeup distracts from the real beauty of aperson. You should notice a lady’s features not the makeup. I would recommend don’t overdo on the eyeliner. It can distract attention from your eyes. Frosty blue eye shadow belongs in the 70’s not in the year 2006. as well as the frosty lip color. This type of makeup does not look natural. Opt for a neutral color eyeshadow like beige that has a works on everybody and brings out your own beauty.

Now I understand that everybody wants to look young, I am in my forties myself. I recommend clam diggers for spring. They are less form fitting and look very stylish and young without giving away your age. So remember girls this is only a guide… These tips are offered in order to help you in your quest to be fashionable. Take these tips with the well meaning intentions behind them and happy fashion hunting.

Dress-Up

You wore those play clothes as a child–

Those hidden in a chest.


And dreamed of the day you would be wed–

In satin would be dressed.

Did you imagine such a day–

With family and with guests–

Just like today–who wish you joy

And wish you all the best?

She

She nonchalantly walks through the door.
To her it was just another store.
She looks the part-together, well dressed.


Not at all like a disheveled mess.
She’s no different than the other shoppers that day.
But the sales clerks treat her in a different way.
As She shops She sees one standing close by.
Always watching her with a keen eye.
“May I help you?” the clerk asks without a smile.
“I’ve noticed that you’ve been here awhile.”
She looks up and politely said “No thank you,”
Then finds a blouse in the perfect shade of blue.
While She thinks about how nice it would look on her,
She sees a clerk spying around the corner.
She wonders why the clerks were following her about.
She had been targeted; there was no doubt.
All of the other shoppers were being treated right.
All of the other shoppers there were white.
She notices with them there was no big deal.
No one assumes they were going to steal.
Once again, She feels bad because of her skin.
But being born black should not be a sin.
Their transparent suspicions have gotten out of hand.
So today She decides she will take a stand.
She puts down the blouse and walks toward the door.
Her money would not be spent in this store.
She looks back at the clerks and said with a snipe.
“I AM NOT A STEREOTYPE!”

More Tae Kwon Do Dress Code

In the dojang, wear nothing overt
as in coming to class in a skirt.
The Master dislikes it,
and he near had a fit
from my beautiful Hawaiian shirt.

At this dojang, we go by the clocks. 
And we learn from the school of hard knocks. 
The clocks say “tick, tick” 
while we punch and kick. 
And we love our Instructor – Ms. Fox.

Dawn

Dawn comes early, 
Like those dark hours 
That disappear when you 
Least expect them to. 
When your life has gone 
All wrong, and something 
Good happens for no reason.


Dawn comes quickly, 
Yes, like the grains of sand 
Through an hour glass, 
When you had what you needed 
Before you knew what it was, 
Or knew that you needed it.

Dawn comes regardless, 
Not heeding your denial 
To be awakened from the nightmare, 
Not stopping cause the world has ended, 
Nor being as small as a universe 
Wrapped in a small realm.

Dawn comes when I need her. 
And yes, she knows that too. 
Fully aware of my heart and 
How fragile it has become, how much 
Of me can be consumed by her eternal 
Flame, so . . . . .

I need her now. 
Like I need the air I breathe, 
Like I need the blood in my veins, 
Like I need my heart, not just to push 
The flame of her through me, 
But to save my soul.

To You

Soul mates

Are stolen crates of wishes

Forget love letters

Forget drug & sex woos

All we want is a friend

Funny how friend is now taboo

Pick a pocket full of daisies for no one

No one wants a pocket of something that dies

Yet we all die

We all perish

So why does it matter what we give

As long as we give freely

Instead we take cheaply lavish

And shove it in our pockets

Of bed-posts, of lamp-shades

Of never-seen river-glades

Where we bury the bodies

Of souls we never knew

Never took the time to

Never had the mind to sense

All these warning bells and chimes

Could never recompense

For time spent

For words lent

So cheaply

We’ve grown so cheaply

Accept a videotape

Watch the actions

Ignore the lips not moving

Watch the actions

Ignore the edits

Watch the actions

Miss the key plot

Sleep through it

Too busy dozing off

You’ve missed it

We could’ve had it all

If only we had time

But we missed it

Me one moment off

You a lifetime