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The Perfect Shades

We are on all the quest to find the perfect pair of sunglasses…. Or maybe the perfect ten pairs:) For every item I love to have my “no fail” brand. For sunglasses, it is Ray Ban. The quality, price-points and styles make it easy to choose one that works for you.

The aviator style may be made for the Top Gun part of the world, but apparently many of us fly planes, myself included. I have owned my aviators for years and when a friend, male or female, has forgotten their shades, it is my Ray Ban aviators to the rescue. This style literally works on everyone if you pick the right color and size. Smaller frames for smaller faces and bigger frames for bigger faces. We can all be Maverick.

Ray Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses
$120- $130

High-waisted belts


Love them or hate them, people just can’t seem to figure out when or how to wear them! Ah, the dreaded high-waisted belt. So here are a few tips: Thin to medium width belts work on most body types. If you are short waisted this is not necessarily the best look for you, but if you must, the thinner the belt the better. If you have a large chest, also stick to a thinner belt. Wearing a large belt with only exemplify your ample bust and not in a good way ladies! Color and texture can be your best friend with a belt. Purple, red, crocodile, patent leather, gold… The list goes on and on! I always suggest owning at least one metallic belt to give your outfit a pop without overwhelming the rest of the look.

Trick: Wear a blouse that is slightly longer than your hips and is a bit loose. By cinching it with a belt, you will truly be accentuating the smallest part of your body, your waist. Blouse the shirt slightly so the belt is the most fitted piece in your look. Inevitably your waist is now specifically the smallest part showing off that curvy body of yours!

Jack Rabbit Collection (courtesy of Bluefly.com)
Gold metallic leather Aspen hip belt
$95.00

The little BLUE dress


Of course we all know the the LBD is a wardrobe must, but what about another color ladies? Put some punch in your look by adding a staple piece that can be styled many different ways based on the simplicity of its silhouette, not just the color.This Black Halo dress has been seen repeatedly on the red carpet for a reason, it is a great, basic dress. The price may be a bit higher then some are used to, but the thickness of the material and great pencil shape will look great on different body types. With the interesting neckline it adds individuality. Pair it with purples, blues, greens, black and white. Think different shoes, belts, waist-length cardigans and blazers.

Black Halo Classic
Jackie O Dress in Royal Blue
$345.00

Sassiest Style

Brooke, 28
Fashion illustrator/desiger
www.brookeahrendsen.com

Why it works: This is a $30 dress from Old Navy!!! Brooke takes this dress to new levels by mixing together inexpensive with expensive. Her necklace is a vintage piece from her mother and her bag is vintage leather. Nicer accessories are the key making your whole look feel more luxurious!
Right for you? When is looking like a million bucks without spending it not right for you? Never! Shop high for items that you will love, cherish and use regularly. Find trendy items for less so you never break the bank.

Stores to match your budget:
It is easy to find trendy pieces for less these days with chain stores like H & M, Zara and Forever 21. Finding vintage jewelry without breaking the bank is also easy with tag sales, estate sales, ebay and your grandmother’s jewelry box!