It’s that time of year when the trees are bare, there is a chill in the air, and staying warm is an essential part of your wardrobe.
However, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style this winter. It’s easy to stay fashionable during the winter months if you follow these tips to help you look fabulous and feel great this winter:
Invest in a fabulous coat – A great coat that provides warmth and style the moment you put it on is a must. This is the item that will get the most visibility in the colder months so choose a quality piece that will last for several seasons and works with your signature style and daily routines. Try a pea coat in a neutral color such as beige, black, or navy.
Layer It – Layering lets you keep warm without adding too much bulk and prevents you from getting too hot when you go inside. Bring back some of your favorite summer shirts and tanks layered under cozy cashmere, angora, and mohair sweaters.
Cover your legs – It might be cold out, but that does not mean you have to wear pants every day until spring. If you love wearing skirts and dresses but want to protect your legs from freezing temperatures, consider investing in a few pairs of leggings and tights. In our recent #SonicChat, Michelle Phan recommended doubling up on tights. “It keeps the heat in but still looks cute. No frumps!” There are so many choices to try: thermal, patterned, or sheer, in any color. Classic black or nude is always chic, but colors can be fun to play with, too!
Wrap it up – Scarves keep your neck warm and make a great addition to any outfit. Michelle Phan shared: “my favorite thing to wear that always looks fashionable but keeps me warm is a giant black circle scarf!” Choose cashmere, wool or even silk scarves that work well with your wardrobe to ensure you stay warm and look fabulous.
Say yes to hats – Keeping warm and cozy during cold weather is easy if you’re sporting the right winter hat. And why not – there are lots of amazing, trendy hats to opt for this winter! If you’re not a hat person, consider trying out headbands and ear warmers.
Boot up – No one likes cold or wet feet, so high-quality boots paired with warm socks are a must. To keep your toes toasty this season, consider investing in knee high boots – they keep your legs warm, your feet dry, and are stylish to boot. If you’re facing a wet winter this year, a pair of rain boots may serve you better than leather.
Gloves – Pick a pair of gloves that suit your personality and lifestyle. Knit gloves are a fun and inexpensive option to keep your hands warm for walking or driving, or you may want to splurge on a pair of leather gloves if you are outside regularly and wearing your favorite winter coat. Either way, opt for a colorful pair to add a pop of color to your outfit.
We hope these tips inspire you to refresh your cold weather wardrobe and stay stylish through the winter. If you’re in the midst of fighting the winter blues, be sure to check out our Staying Sunny with Shorter Days post to learn how to improve your mood during winter’s shorter days.
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We love chatting skincare and beauty in our bi-weekly #SonicChat, a one-hour tweet chat that includes tips, special guests, and prizes!
- How do you stay healthy during the holidays?
- What are some of your favorite skin and body products to give and receive during the holidays?
- Do you have any special holiday looks planned? Fancy new dress, metallic eye shadow, pink Christmas tree?
- What are your favorite holiday traditions/plans?
- How are you giving back this holiday season?
- What does an ideal holiday party look like to you?
We pulled out some of our favorite tweets to share with you. They got us in the holiday spirit, and we hope they do the same for you:
With 154 participants, a twitter reach of over 11 million people, and trending nationwide, we were certainly busy!
We will be at it again on Tuesday, December 11th at 11am PDT. Join us!
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The holidays are fast approaching which means it’s time to glimmer, shine, and shimmer. With the holiday party invitations already beginning to roll in, we’re sharing our picks for this holiday season’s hottest trends to ensure you look elegant and festive, party after party:
Tis’ the season to break out some sassy and playful holiday makeup – glittery lips, metallic eyes, and luminescent skin all send us into fits of twinkling delight this time of year. We love the smoky eye look for a party, and lining your eyes with a thin sweep of glitter shadow on the upper and lower rims of eye is sure to make your eyes twinkle.
Sweep hair up for a dose of instant drama and feminine flair for all your holiday festivities. An updo is a great way to accentuate your neckline and show off your favorite pair of sparkly earrings.
The perfect party dress
Glam it up for the holidays in a glittering sequin dress. This season is all about all things that sparkle, and this pick is sure to dazzle, thanks to its chic, swingy silhouette and the sequins adorning the bodice.
Make the most of your holidays with the season’s most festive accents. Accessories can help you complete the look at create the perfect ensemble for any event. So be sure to incorporate a lot of metallic tones and sparkle into your shoes, jewelry and other accessories.
What will you wear?
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It’s starting to heat up outside and the layers are coming off. But how do you stay stylish when all you want to wear each day are shorts and tank tops? Accessories. Hats, shoes, jewelry, and sunglasses are fun and easy ways to make otherwise simple outfits stand out. Here are our picks for summer’s hottest accessories.
Wide-brimmed, floppy hats are total statement pieces, and they have the added benefit of shielding your face from harmful UV rays. We like this simple, black hat from Zara, but a classic straw shade is great, too. Pair your hat with a maxi dress or some short shorts and strappy sandals, or bring it with you to the beach.
Sunglasses are the most obvious summer accessory, but styles come and go with the years. Stick to a classic shape that fits your face shape and you’ll be able to wear them dressed up or down. We love the TOMS eyewear line because it’s simple and classic with a unique touch of color, but also gives you the opportunity to help someone in need. With every pair you purchase, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need.
Wedges are the perfect summer shoe. Comfortable, easy to wear day or night, and fun—we can’t get enough of them. We love these Kelly green Santa Monica Pier Wedges from ModCloth because the color is on-trend and attention-grabbing. Ankle-strap platforms are another fun trend this summer – check out this list from Lucky to find a pair that you like.
Nothing will dress up a plain t-shirt faster than a bold, brightly-colored necklace like this J.Crew Bubble Necklace. This season is all about neon, so be bold and embrace lively colors. You’ll shine even brighter in the sun!
Balance out a flowing white blouse or a little white dress with a few stacked wooden bracelets on your wrists. Wooden jewelry gives your style a natural, organic feel but still stands out. It’s also more comfortable in the hot sun than metal! Check out Good Housekeeping’s picks for some great, affordable options.
Add a burst of color to your outfit—and emphasize your womanly figure—with a summery leather belt. We love J. Crew’s neon skinny belts!
Which summer accessories are you dying to get your hands on? Did we forget any major looks?
Vacation season is on the horizon and it’s time to think about getting swimsuit-ready.
Donning a bikini in front of others takes courage and confidence, but if you take good care of your body beforehand you’ll be beach-ready and worry free by the time you hit the sand. Just be sure to eat your full 5 servings of fruits and veggies every day, drink lots of water, and choose your beauty regimen with care.
Waxing: If you’re thinking of getting a bikini wax, do your research before deciding on a spa. Traditional waxing can be harmful to your skin and unsanitary if done incorrectly, so we tend to prefer sugaring (a natural, toxin-free process that only adheres to hair, so it won’t damage your skin).
Tanning: If you want to come to the beach with a glow, skip the tanning beds and try a self-tanner. You can check out our tips for getting the perfect sunless tan if you’re looking for options. And don’t forget to use and reapply sunscreen regularly once you’re out in the sun.
Cleansing: If you think you’re the only person out there with body acne, rest assured that you’re not. Everyone deals with it at some point, and getting rid of it is just a matter living a healthy lifestyle and cleansing regularly. The Clarisonic Body Brush Extension Handle makes it easy to deep-clean hard-to-reach spots like the middle of your back, your knees, and your feet.
Exercise: Try exercises that tone your body, like yoga or jogging. Just don’t stress out about it too much. Extreme dieting and last-minute sets of 100 sit-up repetitions won’t do anything for you but make you tired (and they might even cause more acne!).
Now, get out there and enjoy yourself. You deserve it!
*Photo by Kidoki licensed through Creative Commons
For nearly 20 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week to bring you the season’s most important color trends. We’ve pulled the colors, some cute clothes and accessories, and our Mia and Mia 2 to help you get the most out of the season’s hottest colors.
Pantone named tangerine the it color of 2012. Tangerine is a very flattering color for most skin tones due to its high saturation and reddish undertones. When the warm weather hits, try wearing a bold dress, top or sandals in this shade. However, if you’re feeling a little color shy, start small by rocking a tangerine manicure or accessory. The newest edition to the Mia 2 family is named mango and matches Pantone’s color of the year to a tee. For those going on name recognition we also have a Limited Edition Mia named Tangerine. Both would be the perfect accessory to add some spring to your bathroom.
Each year the spring color list is not complete without a shade of pink. This season’s chosen hue is a pink with a hint of orange. The color blends femininity and touch of edginess that will be able to work with most wardrobes. Our new Mia 2 in Coral would be a perfect way to bring this spring color into your life.
Anyone who loves color probably has a pop of Kelly Green in their wardrobe. This fresh hue started gaining popularity after Emily Blunt wore it at the SAG Awards earlier this year. It is the perfect pop of color to transition to warmer weather and blooming color palettes. Bring it into your space with our Limited Edition Kelly Green Mia.
The spring 2012 color trends are said to be influenced by “renewed energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day”. These colors as well as the feeling of Sonic Cleansing embody a mixture of sunny bright, lighthearted hues.
Beauty and fashion have changed over the time. Each decade has its distinct beauty trends, but most striking in our memories are the style icons who personify them. We’re taking a stroll down memory lane and showcasing some of our favorite beauty icons of previous decades.
Audrey Hepburn was one of the world’s most stylish women. Her French twist, little black dress and classic white blouse are all signature to the demure but classic look that is Audrey Hepburn.
Jackie O being the most stylish 1st Lady to ever grace the planet made fashion look effortless. The timelessly elegant Chanel suit became her signature, choosing to often pair it with white gloves and a string of pearls.
Farrah Fawcett graced many teenagers’ walls with her perfectly curled and feathered hair, stunning smile and striking red bathing suit. She symbolized the free spirit of women in the 1970’s.
Madonna has been called the ultimate fashion icon. Her arrival brought us lots of lace, leggings, denim, pointed bras, shaggy hair and everything else you can imagine to completely ruffle the feathers of eighties fashion.
Kate Moss was the anti-supermodel, choosing a less glossy look for the waifish edgy trend that ruled the 1990’s. Leopard print, rubber boots and skinny pants brought Kate’s look to the modern woman.
Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t just woo us with her character’s closets, we coveted her style too. We followed her from Carrie Bradshaw’s tube tops and nameplate necklaces in the streets of NYC, to Parker’s designer gowns for red carpet events.
Who should be style icon this decade?
Looks like the fanny pack has had a glamorous makeover for Spring 2011! Belted purses are speculated to be a big hit this Spring with launches by high end brands such as Hermes, Pucci and Diane Von Furstenberg. Although this may free up our hands and arms while shopping or on the dance floor, what do you think of this new Spring trend- a hit or a miss?