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There’s a million reasons WHY and a million reasons HOW you can #WearRed during the month filled with love! Did you know that February is recognized by the American Heart Association as “Heart Month”? February 1st, (Heart Day) starts the kick off to bring awareness to Cardiovascular Disease, which is the leading cause among women. Now though February 23rd, you can make a donation at your local CVS Pharmacy to help support research to end Heart Disease.

Not to mention, February is Filled with events! For me, February is quickly filling up with fashion & blogger events, band gigs, agency shoots, and of course…Valentine’s Day.

If you’re not so keen on rocking the red in your typical daily life, now is the time to do it! Here are my favorite ways to pop the red:

Red Purses

I firmly believe that red looks fantastic on every woman.

Red Purses

Let red be your wardrobe pop of color this month! A bright red bag is a quick way to brighten up your wardrobe without even having to think about it.

I can fit 2 pairs of heels in this bag

You won’t believe the price of this bag.
And, it comes in 3 other colors!
Yes…I’m a sucker for Kate Spade
THAT BOW THOUGH

Red Shoes

These have a cheetah print bottom!!
And they’re completely my favorite…
These are practically pairable in every way
What if I told you these are only $15?

Red Blazers & Jackets

Love the gold buttons on this one!
This one is available in regular and petite
This one is so fluffy!

Red Dresses!

This red sweater dress is literally perfection.
This one is so classic! I love the subtle shine.
Make no apologies in this sheer goddess gown

Red Lip

Red Velvet Lime Crime

Lime Crime liquid lip color is my absolute favorite lip collection. I may not have close to every color…

It lasts SO long and it doesn’t move! Not to mention, the colors are extremely vivid, and stay bold for hours! If you’re looking for the perfect red lip, I highly recommend Red Velvet.

Want to jump in on the fun? Click here for upcoming events in Milwaukee, and here for the full show line up of my band, Down 2 Dance.

Shoutout to Omniverse Media for these awesome studio shots!

Want to glow through the winter without all the UV radiation from tanning beds? You don’t have to let go of the glow just because winter says so.

Okay, my lame poetry has officially gone too far.😅

ANYWAY…

Skip the dose of cancer and add  a simple self tanner to your skin care regimen. I’ve put together a step by step guide to make sunless tanning super simple:

Exfoliate

First thing’s first. Let’s get rid of all the dead skin cells. This step is key to helping the tan last as long as possible. I like to use this Shea Moisture sugar scrub for full body exfoliation. It smells wonderful, and is gentle enough to be used multiple times a week. I also love the fact that it contains no parabens, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances. With aloe and imbe oil, these nourishing properties will make you want to exfoliate every day.

Moisturize Joints

I like to use a thick coco butter for those spots that self tanner likes to absorb to the most: kuckles, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles, and the top of your feet/ toes. If you plan on applying it to your face, be sure to get your nose and chin. Make sure to apply an even layer to these spots. For the rest of the body, spray a light cucumber aloe spray instead of doing a full body lotion. (This will prep your skin without placing a thick barrier between the skin and the tanning agent, allowing more tanner to be absorbed into the skin.)

Tip: Shave the night before applying the tanner. If you apply the tanner to freshly shaved skin, you run the risk of the tanner sinking into your pores and unevenly staining your skin for weeks. It probably won’t happen with this particular brand (I actually tested it, and nothing happened) however it has happened to me before with other types of self tanners. (Skin staining is more likely to happen with a lotion based tanner, which is nothing like the one I’m about to show you:)

Use the Best Foaming Self Tanner

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse is hands down the best self tanner I’ve ever used…and trust me, I’ve used a lot of them. The faux tan looks SO FREAKING NATURAL, and it fades evenly just like a natural tan would. So many other tanners have left my skin feeling dry and tired, but not this one. It’s a very light, foam product that evenly coats the skin in a sun kissed glow. St. Tropez is super quick to apply and simple to maintain.

This  streak-free, foam formula blends so effortlessly. What I especially love about this formula is that it doesn’t have a strong or really potent scent, especially in comparison to many of the other brands out there. To be honest I weirdly like the scent of this one, and being that it is self tanner…that certainly says a lot!

Pull your hair back

Do this now so that you won’t have to do it when you’re half way through applying the tanner and you realized you forgot to. A High pony or bun is perfect so that it is up and off of your shoulders/neck. You will definitely want to wear a headband or sweatband if you plan on applying the product to your face. (I always do, it makes the tan look much more natural and consistent.)

Prep the Mit & Apply

St. Tropez comes with this little sponge-mit. USE IT. DO NOT USE YOUR HANDS.

Make sure that your sponge-mit is pre wetted. Then, apply a ping pong ball sized amount directly to the mit. Gently start rubbing the formula in small circular motions to the opposite side of your body that you are wearing the mit on . (With the mit on my right hand, I will focus on the entire left side of my body up to the top of my shoulders.) The circular motions will blend out any streaks or lines. The non streak foam formula is fantastic, so you really won’t have a problem with streaks as long as you blend well.

Applying to the Face

Apply a quarter sized amount to the top of the mit and blend in mini circles while avoiding the lips and eyes. Since your hair is pulled back in the headband, it will be easy to blend the product onto your forehead. Be sure to blend slightly up into your hairline. If you don’t…when the product dries you will look like you’re wearing a face mask.

Unfortunately I know this from personal experience. 😑

Drying

I usually do my weekly self tanner on a Saturday or Sunday in the morning. I don’t like to do it before bed because it can rub off on bed sheets. Pick a morning when you know you won’t have to be anywhere for at least 2 hours following the application. That way, you can chill in full nude around your house in peace.

Mid-Week Facial Application

We cleanse our faces multiple times a day, so the color fades from the face the fastest. (Read Picture Perfect Facial Skin Care to up your skincare game!) You will want to do a quick facial application mid week. Since you only need to apply the product to your face, you do not have to wait too long for it to dry. (It dries pretty quickly anyway, especially when only applied to the face.)

Tip: Take care of the mit!! After you are finished applying St. Tropez, rinse out the mit with hot soapy water in the sink. I always let the mit dry off the side of the bathtub.

While you will see an immediate difference, the color will take another 10 hours to fully develop.

Be Wise: Moisturize.

Ba dum, TSS. Okay really though: make sure you are using a fantastic moisturizer to keep that color lasting as long as possible. If you let your skin dry out, the color will fade faster. I recommend using a shea or coco butter both morning and night. (I use the same one that I apply to my knees/elbows etc. before applying the tanner.) This Hawaiian shea butter is perfect because it compliments the scent of the tanner really nicely, and is super hydrating.

 

Find this article helpful? Have a question, or just want to share a funny story? Leave it below in the comments section–I’d love to hear it!

⭐️Cynthia

WORD IS OUT. We are gearing up for Milwaukee’s  GATSBY PARTY OF THE YEAR presented by The Iron Horse Hotel. And yes, we certainly #giveaglam when it comes to embracing the risque fashions of the most flapper and dapper era of the past century.

The 10th annual event will feature some of the finest era inspired cocktails, vintage remixed beats by DJ Paul H, with a costume contest and plenty or risky business. Click here to get the full skinny on the what’s its and the who’s its.

My all time favorite place to shop  my go to stage looks is Akira. Whether I’m singing with Down 2 Dance or looking for corporate classics with a twist, Akira has the most unique, boutique-style collection of the fringiest, flashiest styles. I didn’t think twice about where I was going to find the perfect Gatsby glam. And–with their amazing staff of stylists–all of my impulsive decisions were validated by experts who are way too good at their jobs. When you walk into Akira, your fashion mission becomes their fashion mission. Special shoutout to Cassie, the Brookfield Akira Store Manager, who helped me find the perfect look!!

Misbehave in the perfect dress

Let’s go over the four main fashion components of the roaring twenties:

  • Sequins & Sparkle
  • Fringe
  • Lace
  • Feathers

Whether you choose to rock just one element or all of them at once, this is the twenties. They were #extra before it was even a hashtag, so you have full permission to be full out “togged to the bricks”. Click here for the go-to page of Akira Gatsby Glam dresses!!

Nifty Kicks

A timeless mary jane heel, classic oxfords, or a sassy pump would do the trick. OR…you can leave it to Akira to modernize these signature styles with a twist. The best part? They’re all currently HALF OFF:

$15

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$15!!

Okay, and then there is this one pair in particular that left us totally speechless.

Yo wassup I’m only $50

Look at me and all my fringworthiness

Bee’s knees accessories

A cascading choker necklace and dramatic water-fall earring combo adds the perfect touch of drama to a sultry silk mini dress.

Under $15



What’s your favorite era of fashion? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!!

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get spotlight-ready styles. Here are my top tips for how you can score some stage worthy looks at prices that rock🤘

Shop Specifics out of Season

Keep an eye out for those end of season sales, and use them to stock up on the right things. Do not use it as an opportunity to buy the past summer’s trendy patterned dresses…they may not be the “thing” next summer!

Pieces that are timeless and will not go out of style:

  • Leather jackets (Brown, black, gray, tan)
  • Solid color belts
  • Button up blouses
  • Black high heels
  • Little black cocktail dresses
  • Solid color purses & leather purses
  • Classic Pencil skirts (solid, neutral colors)
  • Simple, subtle jewelry in traditional gold and silver

Trend the RIGHT way

Embrace Trends, but don’t invest in them. For example, animal prints are all the rage and will still be the rage come spring time. Stock up on modestly priced blouses, tops, scarves, and maybe a couple pairs of select season shoes. DO NOT go out and buy a $200 faux snakeskin Michael Kors Purse. Chances are you are going to be carrying that purse longer than you will be wearing that cheetah print body suit… Invest in staple pieces that will stay with you for a while. Pass on expensive items that will not last longer than a season. #swerve

Online shop like a boss:

Headed out to the #walkfashionshow in my favorite sheer sleeve dress. Want the latest details on special events, & modeling auditions? Sign up for the newsletter 💌

Shoptagr

Imagine scrolling through your favorite items online wishing they were cheaper. HAZAHH: ⚡️

Wish granted.

Simply select your favorite items that you wish were cheaper with Shoptagr. Shoptagr will shoot you an email the second one of your favorite items goes on sale. #YAAS. Shoptagr is totally free and simple to use. Get it for yourself by clicking here.

Sign up for all of the promo BS from your favorite stores

BUT…

Channel it all to your yahoo email address, or whatever you use for your junk email. Admit it, we all have one 😂

NOW: Only check it the weeks leading up to your birthday for all of your birthday promotional offers. This way, you won’t be tempted to buy from all of your favorite stores all year round.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Become more nifty than thrifty:

Nick rockin the signature faux fur coat during Macklemore. Learn about our band, Down 2 Dance by clicking the photo!

Picture this: Someone just donated their Michael Kors snakeskin purse to a local second hand boutique because they thought snakeskin was never coming back…

But then, NYFW 2018 happened, and now you know it’s back. You go in and find this purse that was originally $300 and pick it up for $50. #swerveback

Moral of the story? Thrift shops are a great way to find random trendy pieces that may be so out of style that they came back around, full orbit. Never be too cool for Goodwill or second hand boutiques. They are definitely one of my favorite places to find inspiration for fashion and all kinds of projects! Plus, this is a great way to re sell or donate your old fashions that you’re not rocking anymore.

Still really want that faux snakeskin purse? GIRL I FEEL YOU. Get the perfect one here with free shipping:

Let me know if you enjoyed this article by commenting below! If you have some style tips of your own that you’d like to share, let me know 🔥 Be sure to stay on the look out for my Ultimate Holiday Gift List, coming soon!

Keep shining,

⭐️Cynthia

I’ve always said NYC is the fashion show that never ends. Radiant street style is abundant everywhere you look, outlined by the most beautiful city skyline. With so much to see and do, I wanted to be sure my energy was spent exploring, and not having to think so hard about what to wear. I made sure to bring some #nycvibes back home to Milwaukee. Here are my top 4 NYC Staple Pieces. Interested in an item? Just click the photo to be directed to the style!!

1.) Classy Turtleneck

69th floor of  Rockefeller Center. Definitely go here the next time you’re in NYC instead of the Empire State Building, to get a great view of the Empire State Building.🙃

I have to be honest. I loved this top so much that I went back and bought it in green. Hear that everyone?? The turtleneck is BACK and here to stay! Easily style this top with a pair of jeans, paper bag pants, ankle pants, high waisted shorts…Yes, practically any bottom will compliment this top. Versatile in all seasons, this top easily constitutes itself as a #staple. I will admit, I was also tempted to buy it in burgundy, because that would have looked bomb with burgundy lipstick. Darn it. Actually, I still might do it.

2.) Vintage Silk Blouse

I have been on the market for a silky maroon blouse for a LONG time, and I finally found the PERFECT ONE. The color of this top is so rich looking. The fabric is super light, and has this subtly sophisticated shine to it. It is soooo comfortable and the fabric magically seems to fall perfectly no matter what. For me, when it comes to staple pieces that are going to be in my wardrobe for a while, they must be versatile. Dress this top up with a black pencil skirt and heels, or tuck it into some distressed denim and ankle boots for a classy n’ chill vibe.

3.) Classic Pencil Dress

Click photo for details on the Kate Spade purse 💄

The classic black cocktail dress is the epitome of “Staple Piece”.  Black cocktail dresses will never go out of style, and can be worn with pretty much any type of coat or jacket. This makes them perfect for Runway Auditions, or Comp Card Photo Shoots! Plus, they are great to be worn all year round. Because I wear them so often, I am sure to replace them every couple years or so as color tends to fade. Make sure your black dresses are still black. If your black cocktail dresses aren’t looking so crisp, it may be time for an upgrade! I found this dress in NYC at a boutique called Strawberry. Their prices are amazing, but they don’t have an online store!! I’ve linked a similar option in the first two photos of this dress to a comparable dress from Nordstrom. I’m thinking of posting a blog about a variety ways to style a simple black dress…let me know what you think!!

4.) Vanilla Wafer Coat

CONFESSION TIME: I am having a hard time NOT wearing this coat every day!! It’s surprisingly warm for being a wool blend/cotton coat. The color is perfect for fall and compliments a diminishing tan quite nicely. 😅 My favorite cashmere scarf adds to the perfect winning combo. (And it’s only $39!!) ALSO…THE LEGNTH IS PERFECT. I’m just barely 5″6, and the hemline falls right at the low hip in the most flattering way possible. The best part? This isn’t one of those jackets where you can’t move your arms in it. You get full access to your arms, and get to stay cute and warm at the same time. 💄

Heading to NYC soon? Be sure to check out Top Travel Essentials: NYC Edition for more tips on what to pack in the big apple🍎

Have any questions or want to leave a style tip? Leave a comment below! I always respond 🙂

⭐️Cynthia