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  • 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".

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    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

  • There Are Two 2016 Pantone Color of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

    Every year, Pantone chooses and announces the special Pantone Color of the Year, a moment that the design and fashion world anxiously anticipates and waits for towards the beginning of the new year. The color Pantone chooses becomes a staple choice in fashion in the year to come, so it's an important moment for many in the art and design world, from fashion designers, to makeup and beauty artists, to interior designers, to of course the every day fashionista. Only one color, out of an endless amount of beautiful colors, is chosen to represent the coming year, so the meaning it holds is an important one.

    This year, for the first year ever, Pantone announced two colors for the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year! With such a huge break from the norm, Pantone of course did so with good reason. In a world that feels more and more difficult to comprehend sometimes, Pantone chose two colors that represent a sense of balance and peace to help "consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to the stress of modern day lives." The colors they chose are Rose Quartz (PANTONE 13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919), "a harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mindset of tranquility and inner peace."

    Pantone further explained that the light pink Rose Quartz, "is a persuasive yet gentile tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure," and the cool blue Serenity, "comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times."

    You can watch the two colors in action in their video to announce the Pantone Color of the Year 2016:

    One of the reasons that they chose these two colors if for their duality and a statement for the need of gender norms to change when it comes to color and design. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, explained in the official press release, "In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements towards gender equality and fluidity."

    We can certainly get behind these 2016 Colors of the Year, not only because of their special meaning, but because they are two colors that are seen prominently in prom dresses! Whether on their own or paired together through patterns like floral prints and color blocks, these are two staple hues of prom. And now when you wear them, they'll have a special meaning, too! Search through our pink prom dresses and blue prom dresses to get your very own ideas on how to rock the colors - you'll find many in both sections that incorporate the two colors together.Sherri Hill 50466 with Pantone Color of the Year colorsIf you love this look and want to get it for prom, definitely check out the new Sherri Hill Prom 2016 dresses. The dress designer is using these two colors both as separates and together in many unique ways. One of our favorites is Sherri Hill 50466, a color blocked two piece gown that features a light pink top and light blue skirt. This dress certainly couldn't invoke the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year in a better way!

    If you love this dress and the idea of rocking pink and blue, but like darker colors more, this dress also comes in a Royal/Fuchsia color combo - the top is blue and the bottom is pink in this case. It's a great way to represent Pantone's 2016 color choices and meaning at prom or your next formal event, but through your very own interpretation.

    The color combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity has a great meaning behind it, so wear the colors proudly through the new year, and many years to come!

     

     

  • 10 Instant Oomphs for Everyday Outfits

    What exactly do we look for in a stylish getup? Every day millions and millions of women around the world rack their brains for ideas, novel and revived, and garner piles and piles of compilations of what we like to call "outfit inspirations," may it be in the form of Pinterest boards, screen-captures, and whatnot. Today, we do not question the need to dress up but instead the need to dress up fashionably. The drive and the thirst for the pleasure and sometimes the prestige that comes from looking and being stylish cannot be denied. Not only do we question, but more importantly, today we also seek to uncover simple yet effective ways we can apply in everyday sartorial selections to meet the said need, drive, and thirst to be perceived as fashionable and stylish.

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  • Ultime Guide To Summer Wedding Dresses

    Summer season brings not only wonderful weather soaked up with the sun, higher temperatures, daydreaming about golden sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. This is the time for much deserved relaxation and vacations, longer journeys, parties and free time spent with family and friends. This time of year can be very special for many reasons.

    One of the most important of these summer occasions are weddings.  The festive aspect of new beginnings when happy couples decide to initialize their new life together can be a joyous and fun-filled occasion. Weddings can be casual, opulent, or even themed, such as the Little Mermaid Wedding we reported on just recently. With summer and therefore the wedding season, upon us, it's time to wardrobe up for these beautiful celebrations.

    Please enjoy our Ultimate Guide To Summer Wedding Dresses!

    LACE WEDDING DRESSES

    Tarik Ediz 92388 Lidia Lace DressThe ethereality of the wedding day can be accentuated with the romantic style of a lace. The style is not only romantic but also very sensual in its core. Every woman wants to feel that way during her wedding day. Today's top fashion designers have unveiled many captivating styles of romantic lace, such as Tarik Ediz 92388 Lidia Lace Dress. The all-lace dress is presented with floral pattern available in ivory and light red tones that emphasize the refinement of idyllic style. The drop-off shoulders uncover the arms as well as the backless style underline the style in an alluring way. Continue reading

  • Date Night: What to Wear?

    DATE NIGHT: WHAT TO WEAR?

    by Maria Vasiliadis

    Dating is hard. Putting aside nerves, wondering what he thinks, and figuring out what you should/should not say all cause enough stress. But deciding what to wear on a date can be Date Night Outfitsjust as difficult, if not more difficult, than having a great date altogether. An outfit can make or break the entire direction of the rendezvous. And while it’s true that what you wear is your first chance to make a great impression, that's not the main reason the outfit can make or break the date. What you wear and how you feel about your appearance are what can greatly affect the encounter. After all, when you’re comfortable and confident, your personality will have it’s time to shine. The rest is up to him. Continue reading

  • Happy Birthday Gwen Stefani!

    gwenHappy Birthday Gwen Stefani!!! Style Icon & Music extraordinaire!!

    the voice castHappy Birthday Diva! No Doubt rocker Gwen Stefani became famous for her amazing singles such as "Just a Girl," "Don't Speak," and "Hey Baby," in the early 90’s. As the years progressed we all watched her music career grow as well as her fashion career.

    Through the years Gwen has rocked the music industry with her catchy lyrics and crazy fashion sense. For as long as I can remember Gwen has always been a fashion icon. She has donned the red carpet and the stage with so many memorable styles.

    gewn multiGwen is also quite the philanthropist. In 2011 she donated $1 million to the Save the Children’s - Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children Emergency Fund. Did you know that she also created an online auction on E-bay? Participants were allowed to bid on vintage clothing from her very own personal wardrobe and custom T-shirts designed and signed by her. Proceeds went to the Save the Children’s Relief Effort. How cool is that!!

    In 2011 Gwen and husband Gavin Rossdale attended amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala in this stunning sequin self designed mermaid gown! If you are looking to wear something similar than I would suggest checking out our Tony Bowls style TBE21401!!!gwen blcak mermaid

    Tony Bowls TBE21401Gwen did a photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar and let me just say that no one other the her can pull off a sexy Vera Wang bridal gown and a pair of Barbie Pink sunglasses!!! If you want a similar look you can check out our Mac Duggal style 48184, but your gonna have to grab your own pink shades!

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    Mac Duggal 48184

    Now we get to sit back and watch The Voice and see her true personality. Gwen has such charisma and you can really see that she loves what she does and how she wants to help others reach their dreams.

    gwen-stefani-on-the-voice-season-7I absolutely love Gwen! She is sweet, fun charismatic and family orientated. She is someone that I grew up listening to and will continue to watch her grow. I cannot wait to see what she does and wears next!

  • 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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