London – Shaving Your Legs For The First Time

HELP ME LORD! WE’RE HER NOW! 

London: Mommy, may I start shaving my legs?

Me: 😨 Why baby? Your legs look beautiful.

London: But it has a lot of hair now.

Me: 😨 I barely see a thing baby.

London: Mommy, stop! I know you see it.

Me: 😨 How old are you again, baaaby?

London: Mommy, I’m 13 now! Is it OK for me to shave my legs at this age?

Me: 😨  In my head… (should I lie and say NO??, what is happening?, she was just in diapers, this is the beginning of the end, don’t you dare start crying in front of her!) Well baby, I’ll have to show you how, so you won’t hurt yourself.

AND SO IT BEGAN!

I immediately started thinking about which razor would be the safest and best for her to use on her skin. I wondered, are there razors for teens or first timers? NO, not that I have found. A few days went by, maybe even a couple of weeks honestly, as I tried to delay the 1st time. lol… I never anticipated that I would feel this way about this, so I wasn’t prepared at all.

That’s mommy life for ya, everyday is for the new and unexpected.

I received a package in the mail and it had quite a number of things in it, which included BIC Soliel Shine razors for both male and female. I swore it was a sign for me to get it together and stop delaying London’s experience of shaving her legs for the FIRST TIME! Age 13 seamed so young at first but I quickly realized as I was talking with my cousin, that it was because I had personally waited until I was a lot older. Being from the islands, shaving our legs wasn’t a priority as a teenager. In actuality hair on your legs was considered attractive, BACK THEN. I’m TOTALLY beyond that now though! LMBO…

Any who… I got my act together, researched different razors and we picked a day.  London’s first time shaving her legs was such a fun and exciting time! We had a blast and seeing her face light up the way it did is something I pray that I never forget!

Here are a few tips to help you have a safe and positive experience with shaving.

1. If using a disposable razor, choose one that has multiple blades – Give a closer and smoother shave.

2. Definitely use a shaving cream or gel – It’s a buffer and reduces the risk of nicks and cuts.

3. Wet your legs with warm water, long enough to allow your skin to moisten – Opens your pores and softens your skin.

4. For the first shave, if you have a lot of hair, go with the grain (shave in a downward direction the way your hair grows). Otherwise shave upward (from ankles to knees).

5. When shaving the knees and ankles, be very careful. It’s a bonier area with grooves. Make sure your standing and tense your knees to make it a more even area to shave.

6. Moisturize after you have finished shaving and have rinsed the entire area.

 


Alicia Keys Graces The Cover Of Allure Magazine

Alicia Keys And Her Unapologetic Embrace With Her Natural Beauty!

During an interview with David Denicolo for Allure magazine, Alicia Keys spoke carefully and candidly about her music, motherhood, her political activism and her stand on not wearing makeup. Though for this shoot Alicia chose to wear eye makeup, you can clearly see that with or without makeup she is undeniably beautiful.

It’s a beautiful thing when a woman finds her power and that power is in her space of truth and freedom.

During her interview it was clear that she knows exactly who she is and embraces every moment of it. She confidently stated to David, “I’m not a slave to make up. I’m not a slave to not wearing makeup either. I get to choose at any given moment. That’s my right.” She later went on to say, “as an activist, I will continue to fight for what is right.” During this very transparent and empowering interview, Alicia Keys spoke more in debt on this past year in her life and what this time has truly meant to her. “This time has been more of an evolution, a process of self-realization.” Her decision to not wear makeup was not an anti-makeup move at all and it definitely wasn’t intended to be a “Radical Act.” Alicia Keys shared an important view with David, “I think makeup can be self-expression, I have no intentions to shame anyone at all who chooses to wear it. No one should be ashamed by the way you choose to express yourself. And that’s exactly the point. However, if you want to do that for yourself you should do that.”

JENNIFER LOPEZ STUNS ON THE RED CARPET AND WINS HER FIRST PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

 

Jennifer Lopez Does It Again!

From Head To Toe Perfection!

What it looks like when the hair, makeup and styling angels unite and descend.

Breathtaking to say the least!

Jennifer Lopez never disappoints and this moment on the red carpet of People’s Choice Awards, most certainly was no differnt and definitely not a disappointment at all! This is yet another moment by my fashion icon that will always be remembered. 😉  Jlo is a lady that makes CHIC and FLAWLESS look EFFORTLESS.

Her stunning black Reem Acra dress fit her like a glove. It accentuated her curves like nobodies business! Accompanied by her sleek ponytail, (which was the perfect hairstyle to allow complete focus on the beaded neckline and bodice of her gown) was her jaw dropping makeup and sultry eyes. Her makeup artist, Mary Phillips knocks it out of the park yet again. This was most certainly the #1 look of the night.

Congratulation Jlo on winning the People’s Choice Award for your role in Shades Of Blue as Detective Harlee! Well deserved!!

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS IS THE GOLDEN GLOBES BEST ACTRESS WINNER!

TRACIE ELLIS ROSS IS WINNING!

Tracee Ellis Ross! You can’t help but smile when you hear her name! Her forever bright smile, beaming personality and that sparkly fierce Zuhair Murad Couture cage dress was the perfect pairing for her big night. Not to mention her grand spread of jewels that adorned all ten fingers, her striking red lip and sleek ponytail.

This is what we mean when we say Accessorize to Glamorize!

Undeniable and Deserving!

Tracee Ellis Ross is a lady, an actress, an effortless comedian, and a real fun girl friend (even if that’s just a friend in your head) lol.😄 Her ability to laugh at herself, motivate others and to make anyone laugh is matchless. Just follow her on social media, if your aren’t already and you’ll be in for quite a treat. Her role on BLACK-ISH as Dr. Rainbow, is becoming just as impacting for this current time as Clair Huxtable was on The Cosby Show some years ago. 😊

Behind The Scenes – The Making Of The New Shayzon.com Pt.1

Well here we go again!

It’s definitely important to keep things fresh and up to speed in your business as you grow. Hence the need for a new look over on shayzon.com!

I’m so blessed to have an amazing creative team that I have worked with for years. They GET ME and my crazy ideas and they always execute my vision with such excellence. I call them My Michaels. 🙂 Meet Michael-Rene (my hubby and creative partner) and Michael Reese (my photographer).

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As I planned the shoot looks and the rundown for the day, my little girl London came to me and asked if I could choose her to be my assistant for this shoot. I thought it was the sweetest thing as I listened to her and as I looked over at her, I realized that she was really serious and also ready to present me with her proposal, which included her fee. lol. 🙂

When I saw how well thought out this was and how much time and thought she put into it, of course I had to say YES!  So, this was my baby girls first job, as my assistant! I have to tell you, she blew me away with how thorough and attentive she naturally was at this job! She paid attention to my hair, my clothes, my makeup and made sure that I was hydrated for the entire shoot AND she made sure everything for the shoot was neat and organized. Her work ethics are quite impressive, especially for a 12yr old.

 I’M SUCH A PROUD MAMMA!!

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My mind doesn’t stop! I always want to know that what ever I put forth is my best. Whatever my best is at that point and time. 🙂 I had a really great time pulling my looks together to be a true reflection of myself and what CHICified represents. I checked out thrift stores and resale stores during the shopping days and I found this hot pink vintage piece in a small vintage shop in Atlanta and as soon as I saw it I knew it was the winner! I paired it with navy blue suede pumps and Viola, the cover look was born!

In my planning, I wanted to use this perfect opportunity to be the example of RESALE CHIC for the face of the website. A seamless, doable and stunning mix of vintage and labels. I didn’t have to break the bank on clothes for this shoot at all.

This dress was less than $60! YAY!

Now that’s what I’m talking about! 😉

** Tip: Always check the details, construction and hardware on everything when you’re buying any type of resale garments.**

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Shoes are Christian Louboutin.

Funny story about these sexy pumps coming up soon on the blog!

Note From The Editor:

It’s important to plan the details for a shoot, down to the time on each look and/or location ahead of time. This is definitely a situation where the saying “Time is Money” truly applies. As the shoot goes along, of course it’s important to go with the flow and energy that’s happening. Some of the unexpected shots can turn out to be the winning shot, trust me!

Reminder: Plan your budget, make a run of day schedule, don’t loose track of time, everyone is on the clock including you. 🙂  Otherwise you’ll blow your budget with overtime costs and who wants that at the end of an amazing shoot. 🙂

THE SHOE THAT GOT AWAY!

A Reality To RESALE SHOPPING!

Keeping it real on being RESALE CHIC:

The joy I felt as I darted towards these GORGEOUS RED SHOES!  I spotted them in the back of the resale store, in the shoe section and it was immediately ELECTRIFYING!! With every step towards them, I hoped that it would be my size. As I got a few steps away, I LITERALLY started praying for them to be my size! How crazy! 🙂

These brand new, red, unique, vibrant, platform sandals from Alice and Olivia sat pretty on the shelf, waiting to be bought by a shoe lover. I so hoped that shoe lover was me, but unfortunately as I tried to FORCE my foot into these size EIGHT beauties, knowing darn well that my feet are a size NINE! The horrible reality set in, I WASN’T the soon to be owner of these red hot beauties! 🙁

As wonderful as resale, vintage and thrift shopping is, this is a reality that goes along with the process and boy does it sting like a bee sometimes! There are those times when you can easily walk away from a Diamond Find and never think of it again, then there are other times when the piece that got away, literally plays over and over in your mind for days. Well, what should I do, you ask?? Just ride it out! lol…  Eventually the feeling of regret or missing out will pass, trust me! I went home and looked them up online and they popped up for about $150. In the resale store, it was an amazing deal for less than $50. It was just one of those days in RESALE CHIC Land BUT I’m NO QUITER!! lol…

Well Honey Bunnies, ONWARD AND UPWARD WE GO! The hunt continues!

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DIY CORNMEAL & EGG WHITE MASK

A CHICified Home Spa Treat!

EXFOLIATING & TIGHTENING

You’re too busy, you’re on a budget and pampering yourself is no where on the radar! Sounds familiar? Well, you’re definitely not alone! I’ve been there too, right along with thousands of others! 😉  I know that it’s always easiest to put yourself on the back burner while attending to everyone else needs; the kids, your parents, your hubby, your family, your job, your friends and on and on and on!  I also have come to realize over the years that we have to find a way and time to take care of ourselves. It’s simple, if we don’t, we won’t be at our best to be our best for everyone else.

Here is a quick and easy spa treat just for you. An EXFOLIATING & TIGHTENING FACE MASK AND SCRUB. This is a way to keep your skin looking healthy and glowing, all while in the comfort of your home. The ingredients are right there in your kitchen!  SO… your saving your gas, your money, your time AND your skin all at the same time!

Who can turn that down?!? Not you OH CHICified one! lol… 😉

Enjoy!

ps. I’ve finally started my youtube channel to upload Insider Tips & Tricks!

HURRY, Go SUBSCRIBE!! 😉

It’s all about Fashion, Beauty, Style, Being Resale CHIC and You!

SEE YA THERE! muah 😉

the link> : https://www.youtube.com/user/shayzon

LAUNCH OF THE CHICified girl INITIATIVE IN JAMAICA

CHICified GIRL

The CHICified girl Initiative Is A Sisterhood & A Movement!

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The CHICified girl Initiative was birthed from my heart. The motivation and empowerment of girls, young and old is imperative.

Who are you CHICified girl?  I am confident and driven by my dreams. I succeed because I am strong, determined, and full of heart.

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I migrated to the states from Jamaica when I was nine years old. (Not that long ago! lol…) 🙂 I had no idea that the CHICified girl Initiative was a part of my destiny. I remember very vividly, the feeling of amazement and the long drive from the airport. I looked out the window at the many lanes and roads going over our heads and wondered how in the world would I ever learn my way around in this HUGE place. I felt like a little ant! 🙂

 

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As time went on, I became so excited with all that I was seeing. I couldn’t wait to go back to Jamaica to share with all my friends about my experience and to tell them about this place that was made for giants. Well, my family and I made a life here in the states and I never lost my desire of wanting to go back and share all the exciting stories. My stories evolved over the years, into major experiences and life lessons. I developed a sense of urgency and obligation to share those lessons and to give back. Empowering girls and ladies with positive tools along with how I maneuvered the challenging paths I faced from youth to adulthood.

 

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I am so excited to say that a couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of accomplishing my dream!! Right back at home in Jamaica, where it all started for me. Launching The CHICified girl Initiative at Liberty Academy At The Priory with the same age group of girls that reflected the time in my life when I migrated, meant the world to me. CHICified girl is a sisterhood and a movement that will positively infect the world.

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Though we are in the early phase, I believe that the sky is the limit. Teaching little girls, teens, young adults and young ladies to value themselves highly, believe in their dreams, to set high goals, to be kind and honorable beings, to be positive and determined, to own their bodies and beauty and to care and uplift each other, not just in words but through actions, are lessons that can never be over taught and characteristics that will never fail them.

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I learned so much from the girls. The experience had made me even more determined to go forward. The heart of a little girl is so precious and impressionable and should be treated that way. Dreams do come true and I want them to know that and believe that.

 

FASHION WEEK 2016 – CHICified WRAP UP!

Fashion Week – The CHICified Wrap UP!

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Fashion Week 2016 around the globe was a supercharged and excitingly stressful time. Designers known and unknown eagerly anticipate the reveal of their collections. It’s somewhat comparable to the end of year show and tell that we’ve all experienced at some point or another in our lives. lol… 🙂

Designers work tirelessly for this moment that comes around twice a year. The challenge and task of translating designs from their thoughts and dreams to sketches, patterns, textiles, mannequins, models and finally to the runway is remarkable. The runway, a place where collections are birthed and unveiled for everyone to see. It’s quite an elaborate process and outlet for not only RTW (ready-to-wear) garments to be seen, but also for extremely creative, exaggerated and artistic pieces to be unleashed as well.

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Many people after seeing a runway show, will ask “who would ever wear that?” or “no one can wear that in everyday life!” Well, many garments on the runway are simply designs without boundaries or inhibitions. In addition to the practicalities, which are geared mainly to the very important, front row industry buyers, it’s also very much about fun, creative freedom and limitless expression.

That being said, as Fashion Week 2016 A/W wraps, it has truly been an EXCITING, COLORFUL and COMPELLING Fashion Week season for sure.

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For a number of years I’ve been saying to my hubby that fashion had become somewhat “blah” and uninspiring. Everything looked the same and everyone has been dressing and looking the same as well. Regardless of height, size or personalities, everyone wears the same thing!! Something is just wrong about that!  Years ago, there was more individualism, uniqueness and true personal style. It was easily identifiable from one person to the other.

Well, after obsessively watching the live feeds, videos and excitedly combing through images from Fashion Week in NY and internationally,  I must say it looks like we may be heading back to the vibrant and exciting days of old in fashion! YAY!!

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The colors, textures, prints, patterns and designs that were utilized and intertwined are simply fantastic and invigorating. Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Stella Jean, Balenciaga and on & on have thoroughly blown my mind!

Note From The Editor:

As I always say, “fashion can be bought anywhere but your true style comes from within.”

Your eye and interpretation of garments, the organic assembling of those pieces and your seamless, somewhat effortless way of having your outer wear in true reflection of your inner personality is, your CHICified Signature Style.

Fashion Week 2016 – CHICified Wrap Up!

**gorgeous images are from the web**

THE GOLDEN MOMENT AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES!

JLO Knocks It Out Of The Park!

 

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What a way to kick off Award Season!

It couldn’t be better than this Golden Moment with JLO’s Golden Globes dress!

The anticipation is always intense, the moment that the red carpet opens and the second the pre-show interviews begin. Though “The Best Dressed” of the evening can almost be pin pointed prior to their arrival on the red carpet, the thrill of those moments never fade.

Most times it can be quite challenging to narrow down the top choices of the evening BUT not this time! Both on the red carpet and at the after party, Jennifer Lopez made it quite easy to select our H2T Best Look of the night in her marigold Giambattista Vali Haute Couture gown. Her sparkly Jimmy Choo heels, along with 200 carats of Harry Winston, were most certainly the perfect accessories for her golden moment.

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For the after party, JLo still had our H2T Best Look in her white Roland Mouret gown. Her dark rouge nails and lip color, paired with her perfectly coiffed LOB (Long Bob) were the perfect choices to making this ensemble a CHICified Knock Out!

 

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION w/ A NEW FLAIR!

HOW TO MAKE AN ACHIEVABLE & CHICified KIND OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION!

Well it’s that time of year again!!

It’s the time when many ponder, evaluate and make “that list” of all the things to be done differently for the year ahead. Here are some quick tips on how to make an achievable and CHICified kind of New Year’s Resolution.

The good ole… NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION! ‘)

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~ KEEP YOUR LIST REALISTIC, SHORT & SWEET

~ MAKE YOUR GOALS SHORT TERM GOALS! Ex. 3mth INCREMENTS.

~ REWARD YOURSELF ALONG THE WAY

~ TREAT YOUR MIND INSTEAD OF PUNISH YOUR MIND

~ DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP!

~ CALL IT A TREAT DAY, NOT A CHEAT DAY 

~ WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS & KEEP IT ACCESSIBLE

CHOOSE A POSITIVE MINDED CONFIDANT TO SHARE THEM WITH

~ EVERYDAY IS A CLEAN SLATE.

~ IF YOU SLIPPED TODAY, JUST START FRESH TOMORROW

~ REMEMBER, YOU’RE AN AMAZING AND CHICified PERSON WITH OR WITHOUT A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION LIST! 😉

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Note from the Editor:

Typically the things added to a list are things that everyone is hoping will become a habit. Be mindful and remember, new goals should be realistic and practical to your schedules, physical & financial capabilities and most importantly, your lifestyle.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE CHICified FAMILY!!

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CHRISTMAS DINNER ~ DECOR IDEAS

2 DAY COUNTDOWN!!

It’s that special time of year again, to entertain and dine with family and friends!

While you finish up your shopping and finalize your menu, here are a few CHICified decor ideas that may come in handy while you fine tune your dinner party decor. 😉

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Shayzon $$ Tip: Decorating doesn’t always have to include the traditional or expected elements. Repurpose and utilize things from around your home, yard or your refrigerator!

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Reminders: (1) Leave yourself enough time to get dolled before your guests begin to arrive. 😉

(2) Be sure to do the Mind Shift from being the Amazing CHEF to being the CHICified HOST!

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Note from the Editor:

Does this sounds familiar?  Many times there’s hustle and bustle until the minute the door bell begins to ring. Exhaustion is the feeling by the time your guests arrive and you’re purely functioning on autopilot. You’re honestly not even hungry anymore when dinner begins. At the last minute, you have to excuse yourself because you realize you haven’t yet changed out of your “cooking clothes”. Well, this has happened to most, if not all and is certainly not the way to enjoy this greatly anticipated evening with family and friends.

Shayzon Hosting Tips: First, create a Day Of Schedule allowing at least an hour prior to guests arriving to unwind and get dressed. Secondly, be mindful of the snacking and tasting as you’re preparing dinner, so you can enjoy the meal with everyone. Last but not least, enjoy the moments, don’t be a busy body throughout the entire evening and miss out on the most important point to the evening, time together.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE CHICified FAMILY!

*photo inspirations from the web*

THE WEEKEND EDITION!!

THE CHICified 5!

LOVES FROM THE WEEKEND!

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What is inspiration?

AThe action or power of moving the intellect or emotions. Something that gives someone an idea about what to do or create. A force or influence that inspires someone.

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Be Inspired!

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With the spirit of the holidays permeating through the air, you can’t help but want to dress things up a bit (both yourself and your surroundings).  Accommodating the exhilarating feeling of celebration, romance and precious moments with love ones, are all just a part of the festivities. 😉

 

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 Create Your Happy Space!

Simple changes to your wardrobe choices and the accessories in your home, can spice things up a great deal!

Shayzon $$ Tip: Switching accessories, including accent pillows and pictures from one room to the other and rearranging the placement, is a CHICified and savvy way to recreate your space without spending a dime! 

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Note from the Editor:

Our Fashion, Beauty, Food or Decor are all different things that we personally have control of.  During this time of year, color, scents, sequin, glitter, sparkles, lights, candles, fur, frills and flowers (whew that’s a lot! lol..) are all amazing details and accessories. We can subtly or boldly incorporate these things into our ensembles and decor to create a holiday lifestyle that is CHICified.

Leave a little glitter as you go! 😉

SHAYZON

*photo inspirations from the web*

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE VERSATILE T-SHIRT!!

LET’S TALK TEE!!

For most, when we hear about a “TEE” we immediately think casual. Right?

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Well, I’ve developed an entirely different outlook along with a great appreciation for the good-ole “TEE.”

I now call it MY versatili-TEE! 😉

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A “t-shirt,” as the majority calls it, is a fashion piece that I consider a must-have for everyones closet. The versatility and effortless qualities, makes it an intelligent wardrobe purchase.

Let’s look at the pro’s:

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~ They can be worn with a suit, skirt, jeans, slacks, shorts, under a blazer, a tunic, a dress, etc…

~ The colors are limitless.

~ They look great with every type of accessory. It all depends on the look your going for.

~ The quality options are huge.

~ The price point can be from as low as a few bucks into the hundreds.

~ It’s a fashion option that anyone can have, regardless of your budget! (Now that makes it CHICified!).

SHAYZON TIP:

When selecting a “TEE” always, always check for the quality of the fabric. The quality can make or brake the final look.

Here are a few things I call the “quick check”:

~ When you pull on both sides of the shirt, does it leave an indentation where your finger are?

If so… it’s a No No.

~ Does the fabric look like it will become dull and fuzzy after a few washes?

If so… it’s a No No.

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~ If the fabric is finely ribbed but doesn’t have strong elasticity to the shirt itself.

It’s a No No.

Pairing a “TEE” with something dressy, is a CHICified fashion move. It adds personality and creates a balance to your ensemble.

A “TEE” makes an outfit not too dressy, not too casual, but simply effortless.

Images: From Wendy’s Look Book, Blaire Eadie, Kylie Jenner, the web, and our editor-in-chief, Shayzon.

MEET SHAYZON, THE FASHION MIXOLOGIST and STYLE EXPERT Mixing Up Stylish Looks for Moms and Women on CBS46!

WHAT IS A FASHION MIXOLOGIST?

An expert at finding, mixing and matching labels, no name, resale, high end, thrift and unexpected pieces together seamlessly.

WHO IS THE FASHION MIXOLOGIST?

SHAYZON, she has all the ingredients to mix you one of her FIERCE FASHION COCKTAILS!

See SHAYZON in action below:

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Source: Shayzon, Style & Beauty Expert is here Mixing Up Stylish Looks for Moms!

PRETTY IN PARIS * DAY 2

The Travelers Diary

INSIDE PARIS WITH SHAYZON

DAY 2:

As morning breaks and the sunlight begins to creep in through the drapes, I feel as soft tap on my shoulder, my eyes pop open and it hits me… IT’S MY FIRST MORNING WAKING UP IN PARIS! Wow, I have dreamt of this very moment for so long. I immediately spring from the bed and run over to the french doors to say a prayer of thanks and to take in the sweet morning air.

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Today will be a day of exploration. Getting out to as many other areas as possible in Paris is the goal. 😉  It was very tempting to prebook tours and excursions, but after alot of thought and knowing our personalities, the freedom of going where ever we choose at our own pace, seems alot more enticing.  First things first, at this moment there’s a rumbling within me that more than likely can only be satisfied with some hot tea, baked goods and an egg white omelet. Lol… I’m a happy foodie! 😉

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SHAYZON’s TRAVEL TIP: The hotel site is a great source for places to eat & visit and for exciting things happening around the city. Not to mention the two great magazines (WHERE & PARIS) in the room. Personally mapping out each day based on research and input from the incredibly helpful and funny concierge is working out really well.

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This morning we’re venturing a bit outside of Paris to one of their largest markets called Marche’ de Saint-Denis. The market is filled with a plethora of vendors. There are rows of fruits, herbs, vegetables and seafood, topped off with laughter and a myriad of beautiful languages.   20150712_132605

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One of the key recommendations from our concierge Antoine, “Always be mindful of crowded spaces, my pockets and my purse.” NOTE TAKEN! 😉

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In the midst of walking through the crowd, the laughter of two little girls is piercing through and as we continue to shuffle through, the crowd breaks and there they were, just as happy as ever. One thing I love about laughter, it has no language barrier.

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This is such a colorful and rich experience. So much to see but not enough time to see it all. We will definitely have to come again. This marche’ has everything you can think of and so much more.

20150712_134002  Well the adventure continues with a trip on the subway and lets not forget a quick photo of hubby and yours truly. lol.. 😉

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SHAYZON’s TRAVEL TIP: It’s really convenient to get cash/euro from the ATM machines, but I recommend speaking with your bank prior to traveling to let them know where you’ll be and the dates that you’ll be there. Most importantly, ask your rep if there will be any bank fees for card usage or service fees from the places charging your card while you’re away. This helps to prevent your charges being denied in a country where you may not be able to quickly contact your bank and also preventing a huge shock of bank charges for every transaction when you return home.

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Traveling back into the city from Saint-Denis is another excellent opportunity to capture more of the architectural beauty that laces Paris. (psst…did you notice the lady on the balcony?) 😉

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Back in Paris and it’s time for lunch and the second half of the day.

I think I belong here. 😉

STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 OF INSIDE PARIS WITH SHAYZON DAY 2.

***All images were taken by and belong to SHAYZON, our very own Editor-in-Chief.***

PRETTY IN PARIS * DAY 1

The Travelers Diary

PARIS

DAY 1:

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Ahhh Paris, the flight is long but the great anticipation blurs it all.  As the plane descends and the morning light creeps through the windows, the excitement escalates and an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness sets in.

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Well, here we go…yet again, I’m reassured that dreams DO come true!! ☺️

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The 9yr old little girl in me that created this dream is elated, knowing that I’ve held on to her dream and have never let it go.

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The streets, the architecture, the buildings and the people are all so captivating. Everything that I’ve imagined and so much more, right here before my very eyes. This feeling is electric!!

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Flying through the night was a brilliant move. Being able to arrive in the morning and have the entire day ahead, turns out to be a wonderful start to this trip.

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I must take a moment to acknowledge my first CHICified encounter in Paris. I present to you… The Airport Ladies Room! I must confess, I’m so taken by the sleek decor and the fabulous color combination, that I completely forget why I’m even in here. At this very moment, I know that this is going to be one heck of a city to explore.

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While walking through these streets and flower shops and passing by all the eclectic boutiques and cafes, I’m realizing more and more that I feel right at home.

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This day has been filled with colorful moments and memories.  Well, when in Paris, do as the Parisians do! 😉 Off to the cafe for supper, socializing and a recap of this amazing day.

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_DSC0437The “highlight” of the evening, discovering that this is what 10pm looks like in Paris!

Perfection! 😉
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***All images were taken by and belong to SHAYZON, our very own Editor-in-Chief.***

SOURCES OF GORGEOUS INSPIRATION!

OUR CHICified 5!

LOVES FROM THE WEEK.

 

Regardless of our walk in life, regardless of our current circumstance, regardless of the negative things we may have been told, all that matters are our desires, dreams, goals and determination.

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FASHION!!

INSPIRATION: The sartorial elegance and ingenuity that grace editorial pages, models and mannequins are great sources to inspire, dare and ignite our imaginations.

 

 

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MAKEUP!!

INSPIRATION: The beauty and creativity that opens our eyes to possibilities, while demonstrating a template for execution.

 

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FLOWERS!!

INSPIRATION: The magical layering of countless colors and petals. Delicately created with the power to exude happiness, love and appreciation. Equipped with the captivating ability to boldly make statements  while quietly transforming any mood.

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JEWELRY!!

INSPIRATION: A sparkle of life that gives clarity and motivation, while creating a visual to aspire to.

 

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ART!!

INSPIRATION: Intellectual exposure to mediums and textures beyond our comfort zone. Unique expressions which have the power to ignite our desire to create.

 

 

 NOTE FROM THE EDITOR:

 “Continuous exposure to inspiration, along with insight to things that ignite dreams within us, is exactly what CHICified is about.” 

 SHAYZON

*images from around the web*

AMAZING DIY/DIM DINNER PARTY CENTER PIECES

ARE CENTER PIECES AT A DINNER PARTY A MUST HAVE??

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Party planning can be quite a task sometimes. Ok, let’s keep it honest, it’s quite a task every time! lol… 😉

What we’ve discovered at CHICified through trial and error, is the importance of simplifying the planning process into specific steps.

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1. Order Of Operation List

2. To Do List

TIP: TO DO LIST apps are awesome! You don’t have to worry about losing a piece of paper. Just don’t lose your phone! lol… 😉

DIMDo It Myself (Found in the CHICified Dictionary)

 

 

 

Today we’re focusing on an area of the To Do List that has people a bit uncertain.  THE CENTER PIECE.

The importance of a center piece on a dinner party table (buffet or sit down) is a very important decision to your event and most certainly a personal choice.

It all comes down to the ambiance you are creating and your personal taste and style.

TIP: Shayzon loves having a center piece on her table when entertaining,  but she doesn’t believe that it always has to be with flowers.

There is no right or wrong decision about having a center piece. If you choose to have one, it can definitely be visually appealing and also a great conversation piece.

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Going to a florist or ordering custom made arrangements is an awesome option if time allows and you’re financially able to.  A DIY/DIM approach is also fantastic and a very CHICified way to go. Not only does it become your signature creation like the ones created by Shayzon in these pictures, but it’s fun, personalized and very cost effective.

Shayzon (CHICified‘s Editor-in-Chief) shared these pictures of the center pieces from her Premier Party for her new show Mother Funder on Bravo.  She worked with flowers from the local supermarket and a vase shaped like a purse made from moss that she found at a flower wholesale warehouse.

These beautiful center pieces most certainly became a conversation piece at this dinner party. 😉

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For directions on how to create your own CHICified DIY/DIM flower arrangement, check out: http://www.chicified.com/a-gorgeous-floral-arrangement-for-less-than-7/

CAPTURED INSPIRATION

OUR CHICified 5!

LOVES FROM THE WEEKEND!

CHICified believes in taking time for visual inspiration.

Here are a few gorgeous pics that we fell inlove with over the weekend.

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Note from the Editor:

In this world that we occupy, there is beauty to be admired and inspiration to gain. Be present in your moments and have your eyes be your camera.

SHAYZON

*photos from around the web.*

WHAT IS A SHAYZON FAB FIND?

A SHAYZON FAB FIND…

SOMETHING FABULOUS & WORTH FINDING!

 

FAB FIND is most certainly found in the CHICified Dictionary. ‘)

Here’s the short & sweet definition, along with important points for

SHAYZON to give the FAB FIND stamp of approval.

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Fashion, shoes, accessories, bags and decor that are graciously accompanied with great quality, a fit that’s remarkable and appeal to the eyes that’s purely irresistible. Top that all with a pretty little price tag adorned with a mind-blowing price, and you’ve got yourself the definition of a FAB FIND!!

 “Feeling GRAND and wearing a FABULOUS ensemble that looks like a million bucks, all while smiling inside knowing that it didn’t cost more than a minuscule dent in my purse, is just FABtastic!”

With a few pointers and tips, anyone can master the hunt.

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SHAYZON’s Truth Serum:
It takes a minute to save a buck!

* Don’t only settle with the first thing you see that stands out on the rack. Look around.

** Don’t grab just anything with an inexpensive price tag. Check the quality, style & fit.

***TRY IT ON, TRY IT ON and did I remember to say TRY IT ON!?!? Getting things altered is smart.

Not so fast!

Remember the factors in the definition above when identifying and selecting your FAB FIND and you’ll be well on your way!! 😉

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Tip: As you browse through magazines, stores or online, keep those things that excite you in mind when out on the hunt for a FAB FIND.

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These ‘Hangisi’ Manolo Blahnik pumps were my inspiration ($650). For a dramatic fraction of the cost, I knew when I came across these consignment pumps, they were FAB and definitely going home with me. 😉

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*my pumps were found brand new in a consignment store on clearance for less than $20!

FAB FIND STAMP OF APPROVAL! 😉

 

 

A GORGEOUS FLORAL ARRANGEMENT FOR LESS THAN $7???

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Have you ever admired floral arrangements and found yourself feeling a bit intimidated or wishing you were able to recreate them for your own home? 

WE DEFINITELY HAVE! ‘)

Flowers have the power to brighten any space, improve any mood and transform any environment.

Flowers also have a reputation for being expensive.

We see them in magazines, as a major focal point on the sets of many TV programs, hotel lobbies, weddings, spas, restaurants, cafes and so many more captivating spaces. Clear indication that flowers are a great and important part of creating an influential and positive space.

ps. There’s actual research that shows how flowers affect the way we feel.

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SO how can you enjoy the benefits of beautiful flowers on a regular basis without breaking the bank?

No worries, CHICified will most certainly show you how!

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Her are the steps on how to create a beautiful and expensive “looking” flower arrangement for less than $7.

Lets get started!! 🙂

Today we went with miniature pink roses.

1st. What you’ll need are gardening shears, a vase, a funnel and water.

( You can find unique containers and/or great inexpensive vase at a dollar store, the supermarket or even better, in your own home.)

2nd. Lay out all of your flowers so you can see exactly what your working with.

3rd. Remove all the leaves and put them aside.

4th. Create a cutting guide by measuring one stem with the exterior of your vase leaving a 1/2 inch of the stem above the rim of the vase and then cut the stem at an angle.

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5th. Cut all stems using your guide.

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6th. Begin adding and arranging your stems one by one.

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7th. When you have created the final look you like or love…. add your water through the funnel to avoid disturbing your arrangement.

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** We prefer adding water at the very end of the process, so we can freely rearrange the flowers to our desired placement.**

 TAH DAH!!

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* Never underestimate the potential of a supermarket bouquet. ‘)

(BOGO sales get us excited!)

* When selecting your bouquet, be sure the petals and leaves have no brown spots and aren’t wilting.

 *Choose your flowers by the color scheme you love, your favorite type of flower or go with the bouquet/s that makes you feel happy and excited when you see it.

Treat yourself!

Create an environment on a Savvy Budget at home and/or at work that makes you feel special, happy, worthy and CHICified.

You deserve it! ‘)

BODY BASHING??

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BODY BASHING!

We do it to ourselves time and time again.

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The realization of Body Bashing hit me a bit ago after speaking with a few ladies who shared that they were really unhappy with their bodies.

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These beautiful ladies were having great difficulties with finding clothes that they thought looked good on them.  What I thought was most unfortunate, was that they all ended our conversations with a good dose of BODY BASHING. 🙁

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Ok, so first things first, what is BODY BASHING?

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It’s being unhappy and critical with the body you’re in; your shape, your height, your proportions and your size.

Well the goal of CHICified is always to put as positive, informative and uplifting perspective on things we care about (which is you, our readers).

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I’ve narrowed it down and there are two times when this horrible bashing takes place the most.

While shopping and while getting dressed.

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What many of us don’t realize while shopping is the fact that the clothes we are trying on or wanting to wear, wasn’t uniquely made for our specific bodies.  What we do is look at a piece we like, try to fit it and become extremely hard on ourselves if it’s not a perfect fit.

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All of our lives we have been doing, what I call, Russian Roulette Shopping.

Russian Roulette Shopping is hit or miss shopping. Honestly, we are the ones that get the hit when we miss! It should actually be the opposite! If a designer or store doesn’t have the clothes that’s flattering to your body, then they missed (having you as a buyer) and you need to hit the road (happily to the many other available options out there). 🙂

If we begin to approach shopping in a new and CHICified frame of mind, we will focus on finding designers and stores that carry pieces that are cut to fit our individual body types.

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It may take a bit of effort to lock down all of the ones you love, BUT imagine the fun and fulfillment that you’ll have. Confidently walking into a store, knowing that this is your spot, and it’s all just a matter of picking what you want and not what you have to settle for.

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ps. Remember the HUGE options that we will always have when in a pinch… a seamstress and the local dry cleaners for tailoring and alterations.

LOVE THE BODY YOU’RE IN, WE’RE ALL BEAUTIFUL!

ENJOY THE PROCESS!

HUGE HUGS MY INTELLIGENT & CHICified SHOPPERS!! muah 🙂

I'm HERE and I'm BACK!!

MY BLOG LOVE!!!

I’ve been on hiatus for a couple of months ONLY because I needed to focus on the final planning of our 14th Anniversary RE-DO-WAL (our dream wedding/renewal). I got to marry my Prince all over again!! ‘)

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I most definitely will share more photos and details once we receive them from the photographers. I’m hanging on by a string and trying to be patient as I nibble at my nails in great anticipation. lol…

Right now we’re living through the eyes and photos of our dearest friends and family that shared the day with us.

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 I’ve missed sharing my thoughts, tips and pics with you, BUT that’s being fixed right now! ‘) Another exciting thing that happened, was the launch of our

CHICified Facebook Page. (link)

It has been doing really well so far. Please check it out and press LIKE to enjoy our page and the great things happening! ‘)

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 Well, it’s CHICified Time…oops, I mean Summer Time!! ‘))

The perfect time and platform for Amazing Style, Incredible Deals and tons of

SHAYZON FAB FINDS!

YAY!!!

GLAMOROUS Style, FABULOUS Fashion & FLAWLESS Beauty

MOST BEAUTIFUL INDEED!!

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I remember the evening clearly, I was super excited and preparing “my cozy space” for my Annual Award Season Routine, the highly anticipated… Red Carpet PRE SHOWS!!!

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It was the Golden Globes and there was a brief moment that I stepped away from the TV (more than likely for some ice cream 😉 ) and upon returning, I was literally stopped in my tracks and my breath was taken by this incredibly stunning women on the screen. I had no idea who she was ( I don’t get out to the movies as regularly as I would like, so at this point I had not yet seen12 Years A Slave).

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I called out to my hubby, “WHO IS THAT??? NOW SHE’S A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF CHICified!” She was radiating through my screen, I felt my eyes immediately zoom in to her piercing eyes, her gorgeous smile and lips, her incredible bone structure and her flawless skin.

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Jan. 13, 2014 – Los Angeles, USA, USA – Lupita Nyong’o attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards aka Golden Globes at Hotel Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, USA, on 12 January 2014. Photo: Hubert Boesl (Credit Image: � Hubert Boesl/DPA/ZUMAPRESS.com)

There are many attractive people in the world, but ever so often there is one that is extraordinarily striking and captivating.

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Lupita’s effortless presence and ability to make every garment that she wears look like perfection, is and has been quite the treat for a fashion and beauty obsessed girl like me. ‘)

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Immaculately paired with her beauty are the vibrant and most sartorial garments brilliantly selected by her stylist Micaela Erlanger.  Topping it all off, is Lupita’s humility, humor, grace and willingness to become transparent for the world to see.

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Lupita’s sincere reveal of the moments in her life when she felt “unbeautiful”, when she was faced with uncertainties and insecurities, dreams and wonders, along with her smarts, tenacity, talent and grace, has formulated an inspirational and powerful gift that she now charmingly passes on to millions.

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I always take such pleasure in the stories of journeys, dreams achieved, awards received and hopes believed.

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It’s more than just the clothes, makeup, and material things, it’s the dreams as reality, goals rightly achieved, confidence to try, determination to be and moment of arrival that makes life rich and beautiful.

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CONGRATULATIONS BEAUTIFUL!!

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You are MOST BEAUTIFUL INDEED!

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 LUPITA NYONG’O

 

 

 

WELL HELLOOOOO SPRING!!!! ')

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IT’S OFFICIALLY SPRING WHEN…..??? ‘)

What are some of the little things you do to celebrate the official arrival of SPRING??

Well, let me go first!

~ First, I chant:  “mmmmm….SPRIIIING… I welcome you with smooooth shaved legs, painted toes, exposed arms and a smile fit for bright pink gloss and sunniiiies!!! mmmmm….” LOL…😉

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~ Second: I just love cracking my window super early in the morning before I get up and listening to the birds while that energizing, crisp, fresh air creeps in.

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~ Third: When I can pack away sweaters and most of my vast array of jeans that have faithfully assisted my ensembles for the past 6 months; AND actually break out a RAZOR for a proper and thorough LEG SHAVING…….???

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OH YES DARLING, RING THE ALARM……IT’S SPRING!!!! 🙂

~ Fourth: It’s truly official when I can relieve these poor little toes from the torture and confinement of panty hose, lined tights, sock upon sock and boots.

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 Note: Those were all being worn at the same time most days!  

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 ~ Finally: One of the most exciting for me, is taking my princess for our FIRST SPRING PEDI!!!!

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I would love to hear some of your Spring Rituals! 

Before I go, I leave you with some SUPER important SHAYZON PEDI POINTS and REMINDERS.

* Have fun with your polish colors, there are NO RULES!!

* If you bump into a color you love while out shopping, take it with you to your next appointment.  Spas/salons don’t usually mind using your personal polishes.

I’m sure we’re all selective on wear we choose to lay our heads, well so should we be selective on wear we place our feet. 

* Remember to always wait at least 2 days after shaving your legs before going for a pedicure. Don’t stress about the stubbles or hairs you haven’t gotten around to YET! 😉

WHY? (Shaving creates micro openings/tears in the skin, making you susceptible to bacteria making its way into the legs. That can become a nightmare experience.)

* I know it feels good, BUT it’s best to keep your toes away from the jets, especially if they are on while soaking your feet.

WHY?  (Jets can harbor bacteria and fungus from prior clients and improper cleaning.)

* Be sure, especially on a busy day in the salon/spa, that they are properly sanitizing the foot baths between clients and/or before it’s your turn for relaxation. 😉

WHY? (Evenings, weekends, and days with mani/pedi specials, can become very hectic, leaving it challenging for the technicians to thoroughly sanitize the basins between clients. Let them know you don’t mind waiting a few extra mins for them to have a chance to properly prepare the basin for you.)

* Secret recommendations from the spas: “If possible, clients should go for morning appointments or Monday-Wednesday evening appointments.”

WHY? (Slower days and times allow you to receive the best pampering, thoroughly sanitized stations, a quieter environment and undivided attention on you.)

 HAPPY SPRING AND PRETTY FEET TO YOU HONEY BUNNY’S!  MUAH 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PERFECT LBD

WHAT IS THE PERFECT LBD????

SINCE IT’S SUPPOSE TO BE “PERFECT“, DOES THAT MEAN WE ONLY NEED TO HAVE ONE???

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LBD is short for Little Black Dress.

 The LBD is one of my recommended “must haves” for every fashionista/womans closet.  You may be wondering, what makes a little black dress the “perfect oneAND how much should this “perfectLBD cost you?

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In other words, NOOO you don’t have to have just one and YES there is definitely more than one “perfect” LBD for each of us!

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** A few CHICified things to keep in mind when LBD shopping or hunting:

1)  ALWAYS try it before you buy it. Many times it can look drab, boring, ill-shaped or down right ugly on the hanger, but sometimes those odd little gems are the “perfect” ones. Believe me…that’s what happened to me with my “hanger ugly” little gem. ‘)

LBDedit-488x1024I passed it and passed it and passed it, but something about the fabric and the neck line was very appealing.  I decided to take my own advice to just try the darn thing on! To my pleasant surprise, I was blown away by the cute style, incredible fabric, flattering fit and then….THE PRICE!!!!  Holy Canoly!!

Let’s just say I most certainly did the FAB FIND HAPPY DANCE in my dressing room!! 🙂

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I accessorized my LBD this time with a vintage leather purse, a gold bangle and necklace. I added some spice to my ensemble with burnt orange tights and black suede pumps. I did a topknot to accentuate the neckline and topped it off with a bold red-orange lipstick.

OK, I know you’re thinking…there’s no way SHAYZON is going to leave us hanging on the price! LOL… Of course not!!! It was……… $8.00!! I kid you not!!

Totally DEAL GURU Worthy!

2)  When selecting an LBD, keep the type/s of occasions in mind that you are purchasing it for.

3)  An LBD is an asset because that one dress can become a multi-event garment.  By adding different jewelry, shoes, bags, tights, hairstyles, scarves etc. your one LBD can look like 10 different dresses.  ( Don’t shy away from adding color to your ensemble.)

4) Select styles that are timeless vs trendy , well tailored and most importantly, styles that accentuate your most flattering features and assets. Stay away from styles and cuts that make feel self conscious and/or insecure. ( There isn’t one particular style that’s recommended for an LBD, go with what looks amazing and makes you feel confident. )

5) SHAYZON’s RACK ATTACK recommendation is to shop and scout department store sale racks, resale stores, boutiques, consignment shops and definitely thrift stores. ( Usually we find the most fabulous things when we don’t need them, so always keep an eye out for that gem before you actually have an event that may require it. )

You most certainly don’t have to break the bank to have “THE PERFECT LBD“.

 

 

 

 

MY VINTAGE RECREATION

THE STORY OF MY LITTLE GREEN VINTAGE DRESS!!

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There she was, sitting pretty in the window on a beautiful sunny day, waiting for someone to see her and to fall in love with her enough to take her home. ‘)

Well here came SHAYZON driving by and completely taken by the Fabulous Vintage Green Dress in the window.

NUTSHELL?

I immediately pulled over like a crazy lady, parked illegally and ASSUMED it would fit!! 😉

Bought her, took her home and low and behold…. it was WAAAY TOO SMALL!! 

The top of the dress wouldn’t zip close if I paid it!  I tried every possible contortionist move. LOL…

I just had to find a way to make this fun, flowing, a-line vintage piece work!!!

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As I stared in the mirror, laughing at how hilarious I looked trying to zip it up, I got this brilliant idea to cut off the top of the dress and make it into a skirt!!  I immediately got a hold of my amazing seamstress, who has been with me through my many thrift and vintage reinventions. ‘)

I asked her to remove the top section completely, take a bit of fabric from the hem of the dress to create a waistband and to replace the zipper. She took on the challenge and a few days later,

VOILA!! ‘)

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It’s so awesome to reinvent Vintage and Thrift finds into unique pieces of your own!

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With my little skirt all ready to go, I was in the mood for pop, contrast and texture!  I paired a bold black and white stripe fitted top, leopard print pumps and a leopard print belt with my bold green skirt. Finally, I topped it all off with gold accessories and a chocolate brown clutch. Oh yes, how could I forget, my cappuccino shades!  😉

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Note: I totally went against one of my rules for buying VINTAGE and THRIFT!

ALWAYS, ALWAYS try things on, NEVER ASSUME it will fit!!!

****The cut of styles, the designs, and the size charts were very different in the past, so naturally the fit of clothes from the past will also be very different.****

TOTAL OUTFIT?? LESS THAN $100

Outfit Info:  Skirt: Vintage Store (50% off), Pumps: Aldos (on sale), Top: H&M (on sale), Tights: Anne Klien (Marshalls), Belt: R.J. Graziano (NYC Flea Market), Clutch: BCBG (Thrift Store Find), Jewelry: NYC Flea Market

SHOE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS!!

ARE YOU AN ADDICT???

Hello my name is SHAYZON and I AM A SHOE ADDICT! ‘)

Wondering if you may be too??

a27ce01fb691b4f0a61c902b68304a5f-1Well…let’s see:

1. Do you literally get goose bumps or chills when you see that certain pair of shoe goodness?

shoeblog3edit-200x300tumblr_lxnxdyyOOj1r8qecvo1_500-231x3002. Do you have visions and dreams about those killer pairs of shoes that you may have decided not to purchase?

3. Do you store your shoes in boxes or bags in your closet?

4. Do you place your newly bought shoes on the passenger seat so you can take yet another look at them before you get home?

5. Do you have multiple pairs of shoes that have not yet been worn?

shoeblog6-195x300a338a58abdd3b289de9f1012e6498189-1-300x2256. Have you EVER taken your shoes off during bad weather so your “shoe babies” don’t get soiled?

7. Do you have driving slippers in your car so the heels and back of your shoes won’t be scuffed?

8. Do you know where every single pair of shoes reside in your closet?

9. Do you plan your outfits starting with your shoe?

10. Do you have names for your shoes or shoe collection?

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Drum roll please?? Eeeeeeeeeee ‘)

If you have answered yes to 5 or more of these questions, then my darling………. You are officially a SHOE ADDICT!!

Not to worry, SHAYZON has your FIX!! ‘)

TIP 1. If you love stylish shoes and budget is a priority, please don’t deny yourself of blissfully scouting designer stores or browsing online. Keep yourself abreast of the styles you love, because many times off price stores, inconspicuous boutiques and even thrift stores will surprise you with that style you love for a whole lot less. That’s what I call a SHAYZON FAB FIND!

7e7422241e1e0b7f7437626ddb101e7a-200x300TIP 2. Keep a mental or written list on hand of the shoe(s) you feel are necessary but missing from your shoe collection, so when you’re out and about you can be an intelligent shopper by adding not only the shoes you want, but the shoes you need.

TIP 3. If budget is no issue, then shop away! Try not to continuously buy the same pair (same style & color) multiple times! (You’re wasting a new style opportunity.) 

We SHOE ADDICTS cringe when that favorite shoe has given it’s all and you realize you can’t find a replica!!

* If…. there is that special pair that you wear frequently or have as a staple shoe (very comfy, goes with everything) in your collection, if possible, I do recommend getting that second pair. Reserve it for when the other one must be placed into retirement. ‘)

SHAYZON’s Tips on how to resuscitate and prolong the life of your favorite shoes, coming soon!!

 

PEARL PASSION IGNITES FASHION

 H2T (head to toe) PEARLS!!

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Gone are the days of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 

when elegant strings of pearls like those donned by the great Audrey Hepburn, deemed adequate to making a girl feel feminine and noteworthy.

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NOW, it’s ALL about PEARLS FROM H2T (head 2 toe)!!

Who can forget Lady Gaga who took it most literal a few years ago! Well since then, designers have continued to creatively incorporate this delicate gem into every aspect of fashion.

From the edgiest to the chicest, priciest to the cheapest, pearls are now attainable by all and has been embraced by many.

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Are you a Pearly Princess??

I sure hope so!  BUT….

If not, you most certainly should give it a try!! ,)

How??

Well you know SHAYZON has got you covered with tips!

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A simple way to try a trend or experiment with fashion, is to start with accessories.

For the daring, try pearl shades! (Total DIY project that can cost you under $10) .

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For the fashionista, strings of pearls (genuine or faux) will always be a hit!

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For the confident, a wedding gown adorned with pearls from H2T is a sure way to make a statement of your PEARL PASSION!!  ‘)

Don’t ever be afraid to experiment with something new!

 

 

 

 

GIVE 'EM LIP! ')

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR FOR SERIOUS

LIP SERVICE!!

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Pucker up ladies!

Burgandy, Wine, Deep Plum and Oxblood lips

are smeared all over this Fall/Winter season.

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Holiday reds are timeless and quite captivating, BUT…

it’s time for a walk on the darker side. ‘) You don’t even have to say a word, these lips speak for themselves.

tumblr_mu85iqc2Q91rdlmloo1_1280-300x260What’s the secret approach to achieving this look successfully?

First, you must, must, must exfoliate and moisturize your pout.

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Second , line your lips and fill them in entirely with a comparable lip liner.

Last, but definitely not least, using a stain or lipstick , coat or apply that gorgeous lip color, being ever so careful to stay inside the lines.

OOPS!! Redo please! ‘)

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Here are a couple useful SHAYZON QUICK TIPS to keep in mind:

~ The final look should be a soft satin finish or matte (the glossy touch isn’t necessary this time around).

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images-61~ For even coverage, after applying your moisturizer, apply a light layer of concealer to the lips then follow the steps above.

~ After you’ve applied your lipstick or stain, apply a bit of translucent powder around the outer edges of the lip with a sponge or flat makeup brush, gently wipe away the excess powder and this prevents the lipstick from bleeding outside of the lines.

Voila

A Picture Perfect Pout!! ‘)

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TO THRIFT or NOT TO THRIFT?? Is that your question???

Shayzon says… ABSOLUTELY!!! ‘)

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Mixing thrift, vintage and designer pieces is a sure way to a unique personal style.

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Not to mention the amazing deals, amazing savings and amazing FAB FINDS!

There is a high in the hunt and a thrill in the find!

Do I sound a tad bit excited??

OOOH YES!! ‘)

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Here are just a few FAB pieces (tags and all) that I’ve found. Talk about perfect for the season!

There’s a strategy to selecting not only a good piece, but a great piece!! It’s the secret to a FAB FIND!! ‘)

IMG_20140113_004059Thrifty Tips by Shayzon the DEAL GURU, coming soon!

 

Will You "P" This Fall?

PSST!! ‘)

Plaids, Prints, Polka Dots & Patterns…

IS THIS FOR YOU??

If so……

Which one will it be?

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From the Runway to your everyday, it’s undeniable, this fall will be filled with Plenty of Pizzazz!  

You may be wondering, can I wear this?

OH YES you can! ‘)

How can I wear this?

Well… as a part of your ensemble (shirt, pants, skirt or dress), an outer wear (coat), an accessory (shoes, scarf, etc.) and/or a staple piece for the season (handbag, wallet, electronics case, etc.). 

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There are many ways you can tap into the trends of the season.  Be it boldly or discretely, you can most definitely “P this Fall!!

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NAILing the Holidays!

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The BIGGEST accessory that has taken over in droves??

A tiny little canvas fit for eclectic artistry and totally worthy of its very own runway….. it’s NAIL GLAM, all the way!!

Pretty-Nails-228x300Well the holidays and parties are fast approaching and the planning has begun. Clear indication that it’s also that time of year to envisage your H2T (head to toe), picture perfect ensemble that will be laudable of it’s very own grand entrance.

Our NAIL GLAM must be on point and the right color is everything!

Not to worry…Shayzon to the rescue!! ‘)

I’ve gathered a few top colors to keep in mind the next time you’re at the nail salon or picking up your perfect holiday polish/es.

Ever heard of Shade Shifters?

They are HOTT!

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OPI-Mariah-Carey-Holiday-2013-glitter-nail-polish-collection-1024x417All that glitters, definitely doesn’t have to be gold!!

A few color names to look for:

Cobalt Blue, Oxblood, Tangy Orange, Chartreuse and Glitter (in any color). ‘)


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