The Universal French Braid

The French Braid is one of the hottest styles for summer.  I love this style because it’s universal for all hair types. Whether your hair is straight or textured, the French Braid is the perfect protective style for a busy girl that’s on the go!  And if you’re on pinterest, there’s so many creative styles when braiding your hair which makes it fun, trendy, and effortless.

To help us create the French Braid (at home) I have embedded a video from youtube that gives us one by one steps.  You will also find inspiration from SLF Pinterest Board titled Beauty and Hair.

 

Pinterest Board: Beauty and Hair Inspiration 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Naomi Campbell and Schon Magazine Cover

As fashionistas, we know that Naomi Campbell looks GREAT wearing everything and GREAT on everything!  This month, Naomi was featured on the cover of Schon Magazine.  Schon Magazine is a bi – monthly publication that features creative works in the area of fashion, photography, illustration, and writings.

Naomi looks stunning (as always) on the cover wearing an all white jumpsuit, with a pink glitter background.  As a fashion icon, she doesn’t hold back on this cover.  Glitz and glam are all things we love at Style Life Fashion!

 
 

Weddings: What Should I Wear?

With so many weddings approaching, women everywhere are asking themselves, “what should I wear to this wedding?”  And this is a common question because you want to look elegant without appearing as if you’re apart of the bridal party.  Clearly, there is a fine line between wearing a cocktail dress and a sequin gown.

But most importantly, you also want to follow those “timeless” guidelines such as not wearing white (obviously the conservative bride will wear white) and don’t wear black (if it’s not a request from the bride and groom.)

Lastly, one must also take into consideration the time of the day when searching for attire.  Short dresses can be worn for informal/semi formal daytime weddings.  But if the wedding is in the evening, generally it’s considered formal, as well as black tie or even white tie, long dress can be worn with extra glamorous accessories.

Either way, finding something to wear to a wedding can be lots of fun and a great excuse to dress up!

  

PERFECT WEDDING ATTIRE 

 

Wedding Bliss Part 1

Warehouse summer mini dress
$81 – johnlewis.com

Lipsy metallic sandals
$51 – lipsy.co.uk

 

Wedding Bliss Part 2

 

Wedding Bliss Part 3

AX Paris party dress
$47 – axparis.co.uk

Yves saint laurent lipstick
bloomingdales.com

 

Happily Ever After Shoes

Platform shoes
celebboutique.com

Wide shoes
$34 – clothingattesco.com

L.K.Bennett strappy sandals
$195 – lkbennett.com

 

 

 

Style Life Fashion: Lilliana Vazquez Quick Beauty Tips

Style Life Fashion had the opportunity to speak with stylist, Lilliana Vazquez.  She gave us quick beauty tips that will keep our face looking fresh, achieve a beautiful smile, protect our hair and skin, and discussed a few summer trends.

Lilliana Vazquez

 Sponsors:  Arm & Hammer, GG Gatbsy, Jonathan Products, and Nair 

 Quick Tips with Lilliana Vazquez: 

 

Best summer style for EVERYONE: Nude Wedge Shoe

 

Freshen up your summer look with a great smile!  Arm & Hammer White Toothpaste  helps to prevent stains

To look our best and have smooth skin, ladies can wax at home with Nair Products  especially their Roll On Wax

Ladies can avoid damaged hair by using Jonathan Products in the shower to restore those lost minerals

Volumizing products can eliminate humidity problems with hair in the summer. Great products, to eliminate humidity, can be purchased from G G Gatsby.com

 

Wardrobe updates include brights, neons, and prints. One can pull off this look my keeping the rest of your look simple and classic

About Lilliana Vazquez:

Lilliana Vazquez is a sought-after resource providing fun, trendy and budget-conscious style advice to readers, viewers and listeners around the world. Lilliana is a regular television contributor and is also the founder of the wildly popular fashion blog, The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style.

A well-known stylist, Lilliana is committed to empowering women through fashion by teaching them how to dress for their figure, lifestyle and budget. Lilliana has been in the industry for almost 10 years where she was worked at top fashion magazines, as an accessories designer and as a fashion consultant.

 

 

 

 

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Celebrity Chic Style

Aside from my love of fashion shows, trend watching, and product testing, I also enjoy staying abreast of current celebrity styles.

As someone in the fashion industry, it is important to know what celebrities are wearing because designers and boutiques will send current trends to those in the industry.  In addition, fashion stylist will also try a new concept or look to help establish an entertainer.

Either way, many of us understand that fashion “trickles down” to the mainstream audience. From that point it is up to us to select something we like and make it apart of our “personal style.”  Thank goodness for fashion boutiques that help us look sophisticated, chic, and trendy!

Celebrity Chic Style 

Zoe Saldana ~ Very cute top with ruffle waist and belt

Olivia Palermo ~ The color contrast is lovely

Emma Stone ~ Sequin top and tailored black slacks

Michelle Williams ~ Lace up bodice

Style Life Fashion: Dean Banowetz Interview

Style Life Fashion had the opportunity to speak with Celebrity Hairstylist, Dean Banowetz. This was a great opportunity because Dean shared tips on revamping your hairstyle; how to use quick and easy tools while demonstrating three looks that we can use at home. Click on the link below to join Dean as he educates us on summer style tips.

dean banowetz About Dean Banowetz:

From a farm in Iowa to the bright lights of Hollywood, Dean Banowetz, also known as “The Hollywood Hair Guy”, has made his name as a key player in the world of celebrity hairstyling. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, a detailed eye and an individual approach to styling, Dean has carved a niche for himself as one of Hollywood’s go-to hair stylists.

After attending Cosmetology School in Iowa and later spending time training under Susan Lipson at the “On Set Motion Picture Hair Academy,” this Hollywood hair mogul landed the prestigious role as EXTRA host, Leeza Gibbons’, personal hair stylist. Following his debut on the scene, Dean’s outstanding work took him to the set of American Idol, to style host Ryan Seacrest’s hair, as well as the show’s talent. Today, Dean devotes his time to his career as a full time Hollywood Hair Stylist getting his A-list clients including Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Ellen DeGeneres, Leeza Gibbons and Ryan Seacrest red-carpet ready. Dean’s devoted clientele count on him to get their tresses in tip-top style for high-profile events such as The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Grammys and much more.

In addition to developing a loyal celebrity following, Dean has also spent time sharing his expertise on top-rated television shows including the Oprah Show, Tyra, Soap Talk, The Wayne Brady Show, Fox News, NBC’s Today Show, Dateline, EXTRA, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood and most recently Shear Genius. His beautiful work has been featured in fashion and beauty publications worldwide including Vanity Fair, Details, People Magazine, Us Weekly, Newsweek, TV Guide, Shape, Italian Vogue, Glamour and Redbook.

Trend watch: Chunky Bold Necklaces

We are falling in love with chunky, bold necklaces this season! Learn more about the latest trend below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love with this necklace and pumps! Seafoam Green, new summer shade.

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Additional Necklaces

Compliment Your Figure: Enhance Your Style

Over the past year I have taken a break from fashion blogging because I gave birth to my second son.  Since that time, I have managed to return back to my pre – preggers clothing with some hard work and dedication.

But aside from living a healthy lifestyle, one of the key elements for looking fantastic after any MAJOR life change is by complimenting your figure.  In simple terms, I have mastered how to create body illusions with lines, color, and texture.  

Prior to my blogging life, I was also a fashion merchandising teacher.  I have decided to share some information (used from a lesson plan) that can benefit any fashionista.

Enhance Your Style

{Alicia Keys wearing Vertical Lines}


1.  Vertical Lines make you look taller and thinner.

2.  Horizontal Lines make you look shorter and rounder.

3. Shiny Textures add weight; while smoother textures help you to look smaller {don’t forget to consider where this texture will be worn.}

4.  Clothing Accessories should be in proportion to the body.  Example, a petite woman should never carry a handbag that’s half her size! Never!

5.  Create rhythm with colors, trims, and designs that will help pull the eye to areas that are most attractive.

6.  Place emphasis on your BEST features!

Jennifer Lopez placing emphasis on her legs 

With those tips, you are guarenteed to be gorgeous for any occasion.