Choosing an Engagement Ring: Jewelry that Suits Your Style

Have you been tasked with choosing your own engagement ring? This can be disappointing, as it takes the surprise out of the whole engagement process. However, for some women it’s a dream come true! You know that you’re going to love this special ring, and you’ll have something that suits your style forever and ever. Here’s how you can choose an engagement ring that suits your style:

 

Kim Kardashian Engagement Ring
Kim Kardashian Engagement Ring

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Look at Skin Colour, Hair Colour, and Eye Color

Jewelry is beautiful, but it sometimes doesn’t look as good on us if we don’t take our coloring into account. Some jewelry will pop against certain skin types, but others will look dull. Look at your skin color, hair color, and eye color to work out what suits you most. You can find this out by doing a simple search online. There’s loads of information out there to help you! Some jewelers may be able to give you similar advice too. Try Whiteflash for engagement rings in Houston where you’re likely to get professional advice.

That being said, if you find out gold suits you best but you don’t like gold, you don’t have to go with it. Go with the metal you’ll be happy wearing forever. It all boils down to what you like!

The kind of clothes you wear the most could dictate the engagement ring you choose. Let’s say you love shopping for vintage clothing. A vintage ring would look amazing when paired with all of those vintage finds! If you like dressing classy and sophisticated, then a classic style engagement ring would suit you. If you like fashion that is quite ‘out there’, you may prefer an abstract design with colourful stones. Don’t go for a classic style just because you think you should. Go with something that will suit you and the things you wear most.

What Type of Thing Would You Like to Wear Forever?

Remember, you’re going to be wearing this ring forever. If you’re going through a phase with the colour black at the moment, you may not want to choose an engagement ring with a black stone. It’ll be different, but you might like pink next year and blue the year after. Don’t choose something where you think the novelty might wear off in the next few years. Make sure it goes with the rest of the jewelry you enjoy wearing most of the time.

Ask a Friend

Why not take a friend engagement ring hunting with you? They can tell you what they think suits you best. It can really help to have the outside opinion of somebody else!

You could even take your husband to be with you to give you his opinion. As this commitment is about the special bond between the two of you, it makes sense for him to have a say in the ring he buys for you. Even if you simply make a shortlist and he chooses from it, it’s better than him having no involvement.

Good luck!

Shiny Health Hair from Dr. Rebecca Kazin: Perfect for All Hair Textures

Harsh winter weather can be hair’s worst enemy. From hat hair to static to dry ends and frizz, dropping temperatures signal seemingly endless hair woes. Ski slope sun exposure, drying indoor heat and high winds all present challenges, often resulting in brittle, tangled strands.

“Just as your skin can look dull and dry during the low humidity months, so can your scalp and hair,” says Rebecca Kazin, MD, FAAD. “Then add in our typical daily heating and styling tools which further stress and dehydrate the hair.”

Rebecca Kazin

As a top dermatologist at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology, Dr. Kazin has seen her share of hair/scalp complaints. Here she shares her tried and tested favorites to help your readers survive winter with shiny, healthy hair.

HAIR CARE TIPS

Protect – If you must use heated styling tools, it’s essential to use a good heat protectant spray. I like Aquage Beyond Body Thermal Spray because it has ceramic-infused polymers and fortifying proteins to seal hair’s outer layer.

Nourish – To maintain healthy hair, you must add more moisture during the winter months. Apply Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Crème post-shower to calm frizz and satisfy and restore even the thirstiest hair to softness.

Shine – Our hair color fades faster in the winter as we wash our hair more often due to weather conditions. Restore radiance and shine with It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product. It works on all hair types to bring out natural luster and manageability while also maintaining your color.

Frizz– Women with thin, fine hair are hit particularly hard with static. Tame flyaways with Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Crème. It transforms hair’s texture to leave it smooth and glowing with vibrant shine.

Suave Professionals Body Care – Hosting an At – Home Spa Staycation

Suave Professionals Body Care launched their new product line of silkening body washes, lotions and dry oil body spray in Morrocan Argan Infusion and Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger. All of the products are non greasy and smell delicious which made me eager to try them out.

 

 

I was also challenged to host an at-home spa staycation for girlfriends; sharing the products with everyday women and encouraging the ladies to pamper themselves.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to enjoy a luxurious spa experience at home? The first step (for me) was to research the necessities of having a fun and successful spa party.  I decided to start with my first reliable resource…Pinterest.com

From there, I found tons of inspiration and started planning my at home spa event. I discovered this is a great party idea for anyone’s birthday, brunch, or girls – night in. All you need to host an at home spa staycation are candles, nail polish, lotions, towels, manicure kits, and cotton balls. And we can’t forget the delicious vegetable or fruit platters, cupcakes, and wine. Suave also shared some really cool DIY Body Scrubs for guests to create and take home.

 

 

Because I am a lifestyle blogger, I reached out to a few of my favorite brands to share products as gifts for my guests. The at-home spa staycation was a success and guests enjoyed making their very own DIY scrub and shared conversation (over wine) discussing individual at home spa secrets and beauty tips.

I strongly encourage anyone to host their own staycation with friends and try the new Suave Professionals Body Care!

Suave Professionals Body Scrub recipes are below:

More about the products:

  • NEW Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Wash – infused with Moroccan argan oil

  • NEW Suave® Professionals Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger Body Wash – infused with Awapuhi Ginger and Honeysuckle

  • Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion

  • Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray has a non-greasy formula that absorbs instantly

 

 

 

Quick Fall Decorating Tips and Photos via Pinterest.com

Fall has finally arrived which means that it’s time to put out our new decor. And this is actually my favorite time of the year, with warm memories of drinking pumpkin spice coffee, picking out Halloween costumes, visiting the local pumpkin patch, and enjoying my mother’s delicious Thanksgiving feast.

 

When deciding to decorate, a few quick tips can get our creative juices flowing and bring joy to our homes. For starters, one must decide on the look they’re trying to achieve and the area in their home they would like to showcase. Personally, I always like to accent my front door, dining table, and entertainment unit.

 

Beautiful Fall Decor
Beautiful Fall Decor
Beautiful Fall Decor
Beautiful Fall Decor

 

Below are Quick Tips for decorating your home with Fall decor in just 30 minutes or less:

 

1. Visit your local craft store, discount store or dollar store for items. Normally around this time of the year companies will share coupons or run sales on Fall products.
2. Decide on the theme for your home – whether you love pumpkins or leaves, using a theme can serve as a great guide.
3. Always start with a budget! And this can vary depending on your lifestyle but operating without a budget can yield poor results and over spending.
4. Use unconventional ideas to gather supplies. Items can be found in your backyard such as leaves, acorns, sticks, wood chips, and tree bark.
5. Spruce up an old wreath with a simple bow or (again) leaves from the landscaping. Don’t forget to use garland on the fireplace mantal. You can create look this with leaves or purchase from a craft store.
6. Additional Fall decorating tips are: purchase a new place setting and add to the look with a table runner and candles; find creative ways to decorate a pumpkin with sharpie pens or decoupage.

 

And if all else fails, look at the nature around you for inspiration…it’s our best teacher!

 

Additional Inspiration

Photos are from (click here) Pinterest.com

 

 

Fox 45 Morning News Segment: Homegating Tips and Products

It’s football season and we’re celebrating this timeless tradition with our family and friends.  I was asked to host a fun lifestyle segment on Fox45 Baltimore News discussing Homegating Tips which is a fancy word for tailgating at your home.

Homegating Products and Appliances on Fox 45 News
Homegating Products and Appliances on Fox 45 News
Photo from Previous Segment
Photo from Previous Segment

I love to host media segments because it’s a great way to share information with a local audience and inspire someone to try new products or ideas.  Let me provide a few quick tips for Homegating:

1.  Select a Delicious Menu – guests should be excited to taste new (or favorite) recipes but most importantly your dish selection should match the theme of your party.

2.  Purchase Game Themed Decorations – for me, decorations set the tone of any event.  You wouldn’t want a pink table cloth for a Baltimore Ravens themed football party.  Also, get creative and visit your local craft store and make decorations prior to the event.  Don’t forget the dollar store when searching for inexpensive party fillers.

3.  Prep Meals with Easy To Use Appliances – using appliances such as the T – Fall Opti Grill or Krups Beer Tender enables you (as the host) time to prepare for other aspects of the event while enjoying your guest.  And here’s the secret, they’re time savers so I suggest trying out a new appliance when considering hosting a Homegating party.

4.  Ask Guest to Wear Game Attire – what’s a party without dressing the part!  Ask your guest to wear team colors or jerseys to match the party.

For the Lifestyle Segement, I shared with viewers Cluck n Moo Burgers, Coleman’s Mustard, IMUSA Corn Skewers, and Cookina Grilling Sheets. Cluck n Moo Burgers are delicious because they’re half chicken and half beef (very healthy) but they cook really fast and very tender.  My husband and I enjoyed a few Cluck n Moo burgers a few weeks ago and they lived up to their reputation.  The additional products (shared) are also helpful when considering condiments, easy prep, and fast clean up.

Overall, I am looking forward to hosting my annual Homegating party and hope the photos and tips inspire you to treat your family and friends as well!  You’re welcome to share Homegating photos with us – email me at kim@stylelifefashion.com

Look Good Feel Better Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary: Beauty Techniques Helping Women in Cancer Treatment

If you or someone close to you has been impacted by cancer, you know that the appearance changes women undergo while coping with cancer treatment – like beauty itself – are far more than skin deep. These changes can impact a woman’s self-esteem and sense of self at a time when she needs it the most. Twenty-five years ago, one doctor decided to make a difference. When a patient wouldn’t leave her hospital bed because of her appearance following cancer treatment, he made a phone call to a friend in the beauty industry. Look Good Feel Better was born.

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The Look Good Feel Better program offers free workshops that teach beauty techniques to help women cope with the appearance side effects of cancer treatment; thereby giving them self-confidence and helping them regain some normalcy in a life that is by no means normal.

  • Look Good Feel Better has helped nearly 900,000 people with cancer the U.S. and nearly 1,500,000 people around the world.
  • In the United States alone, the program now offers 15,800 group workshops nationwide in 2,400 locations.
  • It is supported by 262 companies, most of whom are affiliated with the cosmetics industry, who provide financial, product and in-kind donations.  Author and breast cancer survivor Geralyn Lucas and beauty expert and 25-year Look Good Feel Better volunteer Linda Whitehurst talked to us about the program and 25th-year celebration.

Look Good Feel Better is a collaboration of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the Professional Beauty Association.

 

Packing Tips for Fashion Girls: Look Fabulous on Vacation

Going on vacation is an exciting time for any fashion girl.  But there’s always the dilemma of packing for an extended amount of time.  Honestly, it can become overwhelming and the thought of going through airport security’s mentally exhausting.

Ready for anything with my Vera Bradley Duffle Bag
Ready for anything with my Vera Bradley Duffle Bag

We shouldn’t let that distract us from looking fabulous and having a good time.  To help us get motivated I want to share a few quick packing tips:

1.  Always pack a variety of summer dresses – whether it’s a maxi or shift dress.  Packing a dress makes room in your duffle bag and you don’t have to iron!

2.  Use accessories to dress up your vacation style or tone it down.  Pack a fedora hat (so we don’t have to worry about our hair) add a belt to cinch the waist for a sexy look and a few statement necklaces to dress up a basic t shirt.

Simple Travel Accessories
Simple Travel Accessories

3.  Your shoe collection should also be effortless style.  Include flip flops (easy to put on) flats for a cool night and two pairs of pumps.  In terms of pumps, I like to go with a basic color that coordinates with any garment such as nude or black.

4.  Undergarments need to reflect your coordinated pieces.  For example, a new mom should include a slimming camisole to keep the abdominal muscles (firm) underneath a blouse.  We can also add a bodysuit for that gorgeous dress that shows your curves.

5.  In terms of pants, consider a pair of shorts, jeans, or even leggings.  All three are great options when packing your vacation attire because they’re transitional pieces that can mix and match.

Kimmie Ready for Travel
Kimmie Ready for Travel

6.  Don’t forget your swimsuit – I like to keep two options in mind; one swimsuit for a sexy date and another suit for having a good time (you’re not concerned with your appearance in this suit because it’s comfortable.)

Packing for any trip can be demanding but with the right tips and perspective, we can have an amazing time and still look great!

Fox 45 Morning News Segment – Summer Grilling Tips

Summer’s finally in full swing and that means we’re attending several outdoor parties.  With that being said, we are also enjoying barbecue chicken, pasta salad, and other food items that can give us summer calories.

Luckily, I was able to share a few healthy eating tips on Fox 45 News, compliments of bistroMD.com

Kimberly West
Hosting Lifestyle Segment on Fox 45 News

Black Pantsuit: New York & Company | Pink Pumps: Ninewest | Lipstick: Buxom

Smart tips for summer grilling, courtesy of bistroMD

“Use spices and herbs for seasonings instead of pre-made marinades/sauces which enables the cook to control sugar and sodium.

Season freshly chopped veggies with seasonings of your choice and toss in a bit of olive oil. Then wrap the veggies into a foil pouch. Place pouch on top grill rack while meat is grilling and flip occasionally. This times your meat and your veggies to complete at the same time.

Grill sliced pineapple and serve warm over Greek yogurt for dessert.

Use leftover grilled veggies the next day on a salad or as a homemade pizza topper, or use them with your leftover grilled chicken or steak for fajitas.”

At home, I had the opportunity to grill a few sliced pineapple and served over greek yogurt and it tastes delicious.  I am actually planning to incorporate grilled fruits and veggies in my personal summer menu because it’s a time saver and super healthy (win-win situation.)

The recipe used was from  Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl combine all ingredients except pineapple, yogurt, and Flax/Chia blend
  2. Marinate pineapple slices in mixture for 15 minutes
  3. Grill pineapple on each side for 2 minutes
  4. Remove from heat
  5. Serve warm over Greek yogurt, sprinkled with Flax/Chia seeds

 

Overall, I had a wonderful time hosting the morning news segment and even learned a new recipe that I can use at home.  As a prior nutrition teacher, this was right on target and also fun to discuss.

Don’t forget to try these tips and eat healthy this summer!

 

Layering Necklaces from Art of Henri

Is there such a thing as much too much? Not when it comes to layering necklaces. However, this may need to come with a little more thought as it could easily turn into a disaster.

But, accessorizing is all about enhancing your personal style. Specifically, the jewelry you choose and how you wear it helps define your look. These necklace from Art of Henri are great layering pieces. If it’s just enhancing a basic tee, these necklaces, which are all different lengths, add character and true personalized style to your outfit.

Layering Necklace

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