fashion tips

  • Always Dress "As If"

    Don't lie, you've been there before. You're not alone. We've all suffered from that epicly embarrassing fashion fail at one point or another. The type of horrifying moment you couldn't conjure up in your most demonic and disturbing of nightmares. Hopefully, it's well in the past and you've fully recovered. If not, don't crawl in a hole just yet.

    With the new year rapidly approaching and a new resolution that would traditionally go with it, I thought today would be an appropriate time to discuss the importance of always being sure to dress your best! I've gotten a head start on my resolution and, as you'll soon find out, for good reason. Perhaps by the time the New Year rolls around, my thought's will resonate and you'll make a resolution of your own; to always be dressed "as if". Dress as if you were being stalked by the paparazzi, as if you were on a reality show and knew the world were watching you, as if you knew you'd be awkwardly stumbling into your ex... and his lovely new fiance.

    Whether dressing up for a winter formal, homecoming, a night out with the girls, or, as you'll soon see why, even if you're just walking your dog, it's always important to be conscious of your appearance strive to look your best. After all, you never know who you're going to run into! No matter how hard we try, ghosting ourselves is an impossibility. We've yet to discover a method for achieving invincibility, so accept the inevitable, you're going to be seen. Read on for a short story detailing how and why I finally realized that it's time to make sure I'm always dressed "as if".

    alexander wang quote

    Its 7 a.m. and my alarm goes off, echoing the most revolting of noises one could hope to rise and greet a new day with. Not only am I now awake (begrudgingly), but my dog has decided to take a morning stroll upon my face. Time to start my day. First thing's first, time to take the pooch out for his (official) morning walk. As I scramble to find my glasses, and something warm to go for a walk in, the thought never crosses my mind that I will actually be appearing in public. I've just dressed myself in a black and yellow Batman hat, baby blue hoodie, over sized sweatpants, two different color Ugg boots, neon pink gloves, and to top it off, a purple fur coat. (FASHION NO NO!!!) I figured hey, its 7:00 in the morning who am I going to cross paths with at this time. Well, of course, I immediately run into two neighbors (should have seen that one coming), get three honks acknowledging my atrocious ensemble, and here comes the kicker; as I am crossing the street with my dog, I fall flat on my face. Traffic was stopped and a small village gathered to help me get my bearings and make sure I was alright. It was an all around disaster, to say the least!

    And, with that 'experience,' I have FINALLY learned my lesson. No matter where I am  going, it is important to understand the likelihood of encountering other human beings... and to dress accordingly. I have no excuse for the outlandish outfit I had put together, considering that my closet is overflowing with adorable hoodies and matching sweatpants. So ladies, common courtesy to the general public, put a little effort into your look. No matter whether walking your dog or having a fun night out with the gal pals.

    When it comes to a quick walk outside with Scruffy or a jaunt to the nearest convenience store, there are some easy fashion staples you can always keep in mind to look put-together without much effort at all.

    For starters, oversized sunglasses are VERY helpful- not only do they help disguise you, they cover up the bags under your eyes or the smeared makeup you were too tired to wash off from the night before.  Throwing on a pair of leggings or yoga pants is always a cute choice for a fast fashion fix, while still maintaining your level of comfort. As for tops, I love wearing oversized sweatshirts with my leggings... and MATCHING UGG boots, of course! Yeah, pair them up, I assure you the two seconds it could take is much less agonizing than the shame you'll endure while others take notice of the fashion fail.

    After my morning shenanigans, I come to the conclusion that it is time to give my Batman hat to my 8 year old cousin. My baggy sweatpants will be worn only in my house and, as for my purple fur coat, there's just no acceptable reason to validate how it ever entered my closet, nonetheless made its way onto my person. I'll try to donate it and, after Goodwill rejects it, I'll toss it in the dumpster to the side of their building.

    Alexander Wang said it best:

    "Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing."

    -Alexander Wang

    So, with those ever so slight yet vitally important alterations made, my newfound resolution to "Dress Your Best" is well under way. And, what better way to kick off that resolution than by picking out some cute new digs here at Rissy Roo's

    Have you ever been caught wearing some major fashion no-no's? Leave us a comment below and share your most embarrassing experience.

  • Food Bow Ties Make For A Delicious Prom Date Look

    While it's all about finding that perfect prom dress for gals, sometimes the guys like to add a little bit of fun to their suits. One place that's a go-to look for anything unique is Etsy, and that's certainly the case for prom, too. Etsy crafter Rommy Debommy from the Netherlands is a little food obsessed. How obsessed? She has designed a whole line of accessories based around food - from pasta to tacos to ice cream. YUM! And, one of the accessories that she makes is super delicious bow ties for men. The bow tie includes an alligator clip on the back, so it's super easy to add to any outfit, and is made of foam, so it's light and comfortable to wear. Check out some of the bow ties below!

    Farfalle Pasta Bow Tie

    Pasta Bow Tie

    Bowtie pasta, known to foodies as Farfalle pasta, is quite literally turned into a bowtie with Rommy Debommy's design. Continue reading

  • Fashion Friday: Jumpsuits for Women

    There were a multitude of trends to hit us the Summer 2014 season, from bold Brazilian hues to feminine shapes and geometric prints. However, there was one trend that seemed manifest in every category from casual wear to more formal and daytime to night...the jumpsuit. The jumpsuit or romper (short version) has transitioned into fashion's biggest staple right before our eyes as it is so versatile, easy to wear, and the most trendy item in your closet right now. For this Fashion Friday: The Jumpsuit, we recognize this one piece wonder as fashion's biggest asset this Summer and into the Fall 2014 season.

    We love jumpers and rompers because they can be worn anywhere and you can do just about anything in one depending on the style. If you get a comfortable style for lounging, you can wear it around the house, to the beach or shopping. Put a jacket on, add some accessories, and you have a casual nighttime outfit.  If you have a special occasion or a more formal event to go to, opt for an embellished design like Shail K style 3494. Black, with sequin detail, a v-neckline, and a stunning silver beaded waist, this outfit is glamorous but not over the top. Perfect with a classic black heel, this jumpsuit is the modern spin on the perfect black dress.

    Shail K 3494 Black Sequin Jumpsuit

    Maybe you have a weekend brunch,  birthday dinner, or a date with a special someone and you want to look fabulous, but you are sick of wearing dresses. Put on a jumper that sparkles like Shail K style 3495 in blush. The bold sequins balance the neutral color and allow the piece to be easily accessorized with some silver or platinum colored heels and jewelry! This jumper displays modern fun and classic elegance in one great outfit that can be worn time and time again. Each compliment you receive will be another reason to wear this dynamic ensemble!

     Jumpsuit Shail K. 3495 Blush Jumpsuit

    We love jumpsuits for women, and the trend has steadily grown over the last few years, even mading its way to the top of most celebrities and stylists "must have" lists. We are totally loving this craze and embrace it for Summer, Homecoming, and Fall 2014. How do you feel about this fashion forward trend? Share how you wear yours with us!

  • Teen Sisters Invent Lux Makeup Brand Nudestix!

    With natural looking and time-saving makeup trends on the rise, there is no surprise a new ultra luxurious makeup brand that combines both would have hit shelves in sleek, black tins of heaven soon enough. However, it is a little surprising this insanely awesome concept was designed and launched by two teenage sisters! Yes, that's correct, 15 and 17 year-old Ally and Taylor Frankel are the young, fresh faces and minds behind Nudestix. Nudestix is a new collection of creamy crayons that are easy to apply, blend and are almost like a lipstick, eyeliner, blush and shadow all in one. Perfectly portable in a tin with a mirror and a sharpener, for about $24, you are "selfie" sufficient with this brilliant brand!

    Teen Sisters Invent Lux Makeup Brand Nudestix!How did teen sisters invent lux makeup brand Nudestix? Ally and Taylor have the genetic makeup for makeup, if you will. Their mother is Jenny Frankel, a successful beauty executive for over 20 years who took some time off from work to spend more time with her girls. Mom started noticing the nontraditional approach her girls used when applying makeup and started asking some questions. Her curiosity and past experience, along with the girls' passion to create something in their words where "crayola meets Chanel," inspired something huge! Together they came up with the user-friendly collection that is  also easy on the wallet. Although each crayon is around $24, each one can be used for multiple things. The girls especially love the highlighters because they can also be used as liners or for contouring. They have the perfect amount of gold according to which color you choose!

    Teen Sisters Invent Lux Makeup Brand Nudestix!These girls are definitely revolutionizing the way we think about and use makeup. From using multiple brushes and wearing layers of concealers and powders to swiping a crayon, smudging some lines, and maybe adding some mascara, they are encouraging natural, fresh faces everywhere. Young models now are baring their natural skin and using makeup to enhance their features, not cover them up. Ally and Taylor set out to do the same and we think they have the right idea! You can purchase Nudestix at Space NK.

    What do you think of these savvy teen entrepreneurs? Have you tried the product? We would love your feedback!

    Source: TeenVogue.com

  • Makeup Monday: Cat Eye Makeup Puurrfection!

    The "cat-eye" or winged eyeliner trend is one that seems to come and go, but for Spring/Summer 2014, it is a trend that is staying with us on the long beach days way into the warm summer evenings. From the runways to the streets, girls everywhere are busting out the bold black eyeliner and lining their lids with wide winged cat-eyes for a feminine, yet seductive makeup look.

    Cat Eyes on Runway Model Cat Eyes on Runway Model

    This is a look that many girls struggle to create, but it's easier than you think! You can create this look using a liquid or pencil liner, but for a beginner we find that pencils are easier to work with. However, a liquid will give you better results as long as it is done correctly. And, a little hint from the experts: most makeup artists say to use a cotton swab dipped in some makeup remover to perfect the winged tip on the edge of the eyelid. For a no fail solution, we love Tarte's brand new easy to use "Light, Camera, Lashes" Precision Longwear Liner. It is so easy to use and will have you looking like a star in seconds for about $20!

    Lights, Camera, Lashes, by TarteIf you are still having doubts about how to perfect this makeup trend, try going to a makeup counter or a savvy friend and have them teach you their tricks of the trade. Or, check out the awesome DIY video below if you're at home and want to try on your own! Don't be shy, give the glamorous cat-eye trend a try for prom, or any other day, and we know you will be the center of attention!

    Questions or comments on getting that perfect cat eye makeup look? Share your thoughts with us and have a Happy Makeup Monday!

  • Fashion Friday: Printed Ankle Pants And Crop Tops

    Spring is in full swing and we are having so much fun with the Spring/Summer 2014 trends! What are we loving for this week's "Fashion Friday?" Flowy printed pants and an elegant crop top! The crop top is a difficult shirt to wear without looking overly provocative or sloppy, but the right top for your body plus the perfect pair of printed pants can make this an outfit to wear all weekend from afternoon shopping to an evening out to dinner with friends. A sleek jacket and an awesome pair of heels pull the outfit together for a surely show stopping look.

    Printed Ankle Pants

    Splendid "American Wildflowers Pant" Splendid "American Wildflowers" Pant

    Start with the perfect pair of printed pants! Even though the loose casual styles are trending, these pants can be more fitting as long as you feel confident and comfortable. With so many prints and lengths, the options are endless. We love this spring trend!

    Classic Solid Crop Top

    Dolce Vita "Romilda" Crop Top Dolce Vita "Romilda" Crop Top

    Crop tops are all the rage for Spring/Summer 2014! We love how versatile they are, whether paired with pants for a casual look, a nice skirt for something more formal, or even to the beach over your bathing suit, crop tops are here to stay! For a simple look that can be paired with any outfit, try something like the Dolce Vita "Romilda" crop top above. To rock the look at prom or homecoming, Dave & Johnny style 10003 is one of our favorite 2-piece dress looks to rock the crop top style.

    Dave & Johnny 10003 Dave & Johnny style 10003

    Light Casual Jacket And Funky High Heels

    Rihanna by Night Moves Sexy Platform Shoe Rihanna by Night Moves Sexy Platform Shoe

    Don't forget: summer isn't here yet, so the weather is still fluctuating from warm to cool. So, to make sure you're not showing off too much skin when the cold air comes through, we suggest bringing a light casual jacket or blazer to tie the look together, especially after the sun goes down. Also, add a pair of fun high heels like the Night Moves by Allure Rihanna to lengthen your body and give this outfit an edge. What fashion piece are you obsessing over for the weekend? Comment below, and have a great weekend from all of us at Rissy Roo's!

  • Makeup Monday: the Must Have Orange Trend for Spring 2014

    From the runways of Paris to the streets of New York City, there is a fabulously bold makeup trend that is written (painted) on every girls face! Although soft pinks and ethereal silvers are also big for Spring/Summer 2014, it seems like shades of orange and coral are all the rage. This orange craze isn't just the new classic red lip either, as it has become a beauty staple on eyes and cheeks, too!

    Orange Makeup Runway ModelThis popping hue is so versatile and fun, it can be worn from morning to-night! Many girls have the misconception that these orange and coral shades can only be worn with certain skin tones, but the truth of the matter is they can be put on every face as long as the proper color is chosen and applied correctly. We recommend girls with warmer skin tones try something bright, perhaps with more tangerine notes. If you have cooler skin, try for something more bold and on the stronger coral/red side. Also, if choosing a matte orange lipstick, avoid adding anything extra like gloss and liner. Let the lips do all the talking!

    When adding this shade to cheeks and eyes, it will give a bright hint of sunshine. If you are tan it will give you the right amount of glow, while if you are more fair-skinned, it will give cheeks and eyes a beautiful, unique pop.

    Orange Eye MakeupJust remember when using these shades to try not to over-do it. Allow your face's natural beauty to add to the color, not the other way around. Try this trend for prom or any special occasion (Graduation, perhaps?) and I am sure everyone will be amazed how awesome you look!

  • Fashion Friday: Blazers for Spring 2014

    Since the seasons are changing, it has been quite the challenge to find the "perfect" look these days. Earlier this week, we talked about spring casual outfits, but there's one great spring look that we didn't mention: blazers! Until the weather is adequate for the more revealing summer wear, which we have been craving all winter, we find blazers are the perfect fashion piece to make any outfit look super trendy and complete! Plus, the look as been all over the runways.

    Spring BlazersAlthough prints are very "in" for the Spring/Summer 2014  season, a very minimalistic approach was taken by designers when it comes to blazers. As you can see above, a pastel blazer can be worn with shorts, a skirt, pants, or even a romper, and still look fabulous for day-to-day wear. A huge bonus by adding a blazer is you can still look great without a tremendous amount of trying or over doing-it by getting too dressed up. It will always have you looking both classic AND classy. The blazer is also the perfect piece of clothing to throw on after work for an event or special dinner!

    Spring 2014 BlazersAs you can see, this light jacket can be paired with any type of outfit and it doesn't have to be plain. From striped to polka dots, everything works for Spring 2014! If you want to wear pants, shorts or a skirt, a blazer if the perfect complement, and is the easiest way to dress an outfit up or down. If it's colder out on the night of your prom, you could even throw a blazer on over your prom dress for a cute extra layer! It's always fun to dress a blazer up with a less "business-y" look like a prom dress, as it makes for stand-out contrasts. How are you wearing your blazer this spring? Let us know, we would love to find out!

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