How To Wear Red Lipstick and Statement Earrings This Holiday Season

Bold red lips and take notice earrings are two big trends this holiday season that can be worn together when carefully paired.

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So, before you get ready for your big kiss under the Misteltoe here are a few tips to consider so you shine the brightest at your holiday party.

Before falling in love with just any shade of red take into consideration your skin tone.

1. Identify Your Skintype

  • Fair Skin 

If you have  fair skin, coral-y reds look stunning on you by adding a beautiful shot of color that is not overpowering. Shades like Yves Saint Laurent in Rouge Volupte Shine compliment Emerald Green hues,made popular by Angelina Jolie, and as seen in the limited edition 1920’s Egyptian-inspired  Scarab earrings by Chloe and Isabel.

  • Medium Skin 

Girls with Medium Skin must counterbalance their golden undertones.   So anything from a true red to a pinky-cranberry shades will work like Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Rouge paired with Gatsby worthy tiered Crystal fringe earrings.

  • Dark Skin

Dark skin requires deep, rich colors like burgundy or warm brick since superbright shades can look too harsh.  M.A.C. lipstick in Diva is a beautiful color to compliment the Garnet shade in the Deco Luxe Chandelier earrings.

2. Exfoliate Lips – Wearing red lipstick means dry, peeling, and flaky lips are exaggerated. Use a sugar scrub to remove any dead skin from your lips, and follow up with your favorite moisturizer a day or two before wearing red lipstick so your lips will look smoothed and softened.

3. Prevent Color Bleeding- Use a light concealer with a small brush and apply around the border of your mouth to secure lipstick in place.

4. Use a Lipstick Brush- Red Lipstick should never be applied casually and when applied with a lipstick brush gives an even hued appearance.

5. Avoid Lipstick on Your Teeth- Once you have applied lipstick, blot lips onto a napkin to remove any excess color.

Bonus Ideas

Choose Subtle Makeup- Red lipstick and statement earrings make a bold statement, so remember to keep the rest of your makeup toned down with a neutral eye and soft skin.

Stunning Earrings are the Big Trend- Chandelier Earrings, Mineral inspirations, Bold Colors, Vintage Design and anything shiny, and sparkling are big this season and have carried over from the Fall/Winter Fashion Week 2013 shows.  Even if you are meeting friends for coffee and wear jeans and a simple black turtleneck, statement earrings can bring a posh style to a simple look.

Unlock the Keys to Improved Social Media Profiles

Your social media profile picture is key to establishing your perfect reputation.

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Whether you profile picture is serious, studious, fun, or simply lounging at a favorite vacation spot the look is all up to you; but to ensure your photo looks great it’s important to know the guidelines for sizes for each site.


Facebook profile photos automatically are cropped into a square so begin by using a photo that is already in this size.  Your photo is important since it is seen next to your posts and comments; and is displayed at 160 x 160 pixels, but the image you upload must have minimum measurements of 180 x 180 pixels.

Cover photos measure at 851 x 315 pixels and the minimum size is 399 x 150 pixels and Facebook recommends the logo or text-based photos to be a PNG file for quality results. Remember images smaller than the optimum dimensions will get stretched and look very poor.


You need to think circular for Google+ since the network crops profile photos as circles, so when choosing your avatar think what picture looks good in a round format.

Profile photos are displayed 120 X 120 pixels on your profile; but since the photo is circular the images end up very small with 48 X 48 pixels in posts and just 28 X 28 in comments. So when choosing your photo on Google+ think very small.

Your feature cover photo, resizes itself depending on the screen area.  The minimum size is 480 x 270 pixels and the recommended size is 960 x 540 pixels.  And if you want your photo to look good on retina or large displays upload a photo that’s 2120 x 1192 pixels. And if you want to keep your beautiful profile picture out of any future Google ads read my article on how to keep your photo where you want it to be located.


Twitter makes photos very small and square, so begin by choosing a photo that works in both dimensions.

An avatar shows only as 73 x 73 pixels on a profile page and a miniature 48 x 48 pixels in tweets.  It is key to know if people click through to your profile and click on your avatar it will show up larger, so consider an image that will display bigger than the small default sizes.

Header images can be as large as 5MB and the recommended dimensions are 1252 x 626 pixels; remember vital contact information such as account name, handle, bio, location and URL will be placed over you header.


The maximum file for a photo is 4MB, you can upload a square JPG, GIF or PNG file and the default size is for an avatar on a profile page is 200 x 200 pixels and users can click to enlarge an image up to 450 X 450 pixels.

Speaking of profile pictures, the Oxford word of the year is “Selfie” which means “a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone taken on a slight tilt.

Win a Chloe and Isabel Necklace

I have set up a Chloe and Isabel online boutique and to celebrate my new boutique I am hosting a contest where one lucky reader can win a special prize.

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Chloe and Isabel is a new line of jewelry hand-designed in New York City, often inspired by vintage designs, and is hypoallergenic, nickel-free, and lead safe.  I love the line for the endless choices that are right on trend and the fact each piece is guaranteed for life.

Now about that contest; the prize is a top selling Three Row Paillette Graduated Pendant Necklace in silver that can be worn individually as three separate necklaces or can be worn all together; and is the perfect layering piece for all of your holiday parties.

To enter follow these contest directions

1. Visit my online boutique (

2. Take a look at my different speciality shops: Sparkly and Shiny, Vintage, Flowers Galore and Gold and Silver Rush.

3. Find your favorite jewelry piece.

4. Comment at the end of this post about your favorite jewelry (a necklace, ring, earrings or bracelet) and show your style.

5. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

One lucky winner will be picked at random to win and will be announced online. The contest is valid until December 1, 2013.

Good luck to all of my readers.

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Charge your phone with a designer bracelet from eBay

Wearable fashion is one of the hottest trend movements uniting the worlds of fashion and technology (think Google Glass, expensive and hard to get) but now the trend is becoming more mainstream with the arrival of customized tech bracelets to charge your phone courtesy of eBay and the CFDA.

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These limited edition bracelets, designed by CFDA Members: Mara Hoffman, Michael Bastian, MILLY by Michelle Smith, Rachel Zoe, and Shipley & Halmos, decorate your wrist and are USB cords and can charge any phone. The bracelets are easily used by removing it from your wrist, plugging it into a computer, and charging your phone.

The bracelets are available on November 11 on eBay and retail for $25.00 with all proceeds benefitting the CFDA Foundation.

I think these make a great gift for the fashionable tech guy or girl in your life and are a creative and affordable idea for this gift giving season.

Five Tips for Healthy Winter Hair

This winter season keep your tresses looking their best with my five tips for healthy winter hair.

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Winter means snow, holidays and indoor fun but this intense season can bring about changes to your hair.

To help keep your tresses looking their best, here is an easy list of factors to consider this season and how you ‘prepare your hair’ to be swoon ready.

1. Cold Weather – Cool weather can leave your hair vulnerable to breakage, so try a deep conditioning treatment once a week to infuse your hair with necessary oils like Philip B. White Truffle Nourishing and Conditioning Cream.

2. Indoor Heat – Being indoors exposes your hair to additional heat, which can leave it dull and dry and strip out the color.  Keep your hair shiny and healthy by using a color specific shampoo to match your shade and to keep your color longer.

3. Wind- Winter wind can make a perfectly styled hairdo and make it unrecognized the minute you arrive to the office. Protect your hair with a stylish hat like a hand knit beanie complete with a pom-pom from Grevi and use a shine boosting serum like Citre Shine Anti-Frizz Serum when you take off your hat to smooth hair easily into place.

4. Hair Static – Limit hair static by brushing hair with a brush made from natural, not plastic, materials.

5. Too Frequent Washing – When hair looks blah, too often we wash it and frequent washings and blow-outs can damage hair.  When you blow dry your hair make sure to towel dry hair first then use a hair dryer on a lower heat setting.