Talk of Alabama Fashion Segment: Makeup Techniques, Shapewear, and Much More

On July 2, 2019, I hosted a television segment on Talk of Alabama:  ABC 3340 discussing simple fashion tips to elevate anyone’s everyday style.

I was excited to serve as the Fashion/Style Expert and shared makeup techniques, shapewear basics, color placement, and classic accessories.

Why talk about everyday style tips?  Because it’s easy for women to wear the same hairstyle or favorite jacket for several years. Refreshing your overall look can uplift your mindset and self-esteem.

During the segment, I discussed how to cut down on the early morning routine with the use of face palettes from companies such as Makeup Geek.  Face palettes remove the need for various products and keep the bathroom area organized.  They’re easy to store in your cosmetics bag as well.

The most important makeup tip shared on-air was wearing a bright-colored lipstick to elevate the face during an early morning routine!

Owning shapewear basics such as a bodysuit or camisole will make those fitted shift dresses, align skirts, or slim-fit slacks lay smoothly and camouflage problem areas.

When shopping, purchase items that are in complementary colors according to your skin tone, eyes, and hair color.  The IBKUL Mock Neck Summer dress is the perfect addition to anyone’s seasonal wardrobe.

This dress has rich colors and the sleeveless design can be dressed up with wedge sandals or dressed down with a denim jacket.

Accessories are like icing on a cake!  Wearing the right accessories can elevate any look; it’s suggested to start with classic pieces such as stud earrings, tortoiseshell sunglasses, leather belt or black handbag.

From there, you can incorporate trendier items for a fun look.  The pieces shown on-air included a straw handbag and hat, pearls, hoop earrings, tote bag, and aviator sunglasses.

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How To Mix & Match: Find the Perfect Outfit

Finding the right color for your outfit is no easy task.  You have probably read a thousand articles online telling you what works which makes it even harder for you to get the best results out of your wardrobe.

Use a Color Wheel

A lot of people talk about colors that compliment each other, which may lead you to believe that you should use colors that are similar to one another. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Black and white for example are actually classed as being complementary colors. This is why they look so great together and as they say, opposites do have a tendency to attract. Every color out there has a color that compliments and for this reason, you may want to try to use a color wheel. When using a color wheel you will quickly see the colors that work well and this is a great way for you to spice up your outfit.

Get Inspiration Online

You may find a top and jeans that you like as well. The problem is that when you put these items together, you may find they just don’t work. If you want to avoid all of this then it helps to look at the clothes that models are wearing. This will help you to know what style they are utilizing so that you can then apply it to your own wardrobe. Buying full outfits online is a great way to know if something is going to work and you would be surprised at how easy it is for you to get a deal online. If you don’t want to buy online because you are worried that the clothes won’t fit, simply go to stitch it and they can alter it for you.

Black and White is Your Friend

Neutral colors can really go a long way. If you want to mix colors but you are not sure if it is going to work then black and white is a brilliant way for you to stay safe. If you don’t want to go black and white then consider opting for colors such as white with beige or even grey. It does help to opt for colors such as brown as well, as this will help you to stay neutral while also making a very strong fashion statement. Long coats in beige or grey are also great and this is especially the case when you pair them with jeans and even some black boots as well.

So it isn’t easy to find the perfect wardrobe, but shopping for you and not for trends, you can be sure to find something that makes you feel more confident. Remember that jeans can work with just about anything and that black pants can work with nearly every single top out there. If you want to branch out, use the above tips and even use a color wheel as well.

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Break Fashion Rules: How To Build Your Confidence with Certain Outfits

We all wish we could just slip on an outfit and feel confident but unfortunately, that is something we lack. All too often, we want our clothing choices to make us feel confident.  It is one of the most frustrating concepts known to woman, as we cave into our self-imposed anxieties. Instead of wearing what we want to wear, we go with something that’s deemed flattering because we are worried about our bodies.

That’s where this post comes in because we can’t sit back on this subject anymore. We want to help you build your confidence!

Rules Are There To Be Broken

This whole concept of certain “fashion rules” is insane. If you want to wear horizontal stripes, skinny jeans, an oversized boyfriend t-shirt or a color so loud you make Lady Gaga circa-2010 look tame, then wear it. If you prefer to dress with a bit of flair instead of like a traditional mom, then go for it. Wearing what you want because it makes you feel amazing is what will give you confidence, and that will make you shine. Wearing an outfit that you’re not sure about because that is what the imaginary fashion-police says you have to wear is a thing of the past. Today’s society is all about celebrating you and your personal choices.

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Highlight Your Best Parts

There is not a woman in the world that loves every single part of their body, not even Beyonce. But there are qualities we love about ourselves, that favorite part, so play that up. This is a great way to help you focus on the positives and love what you have while making you less anxious about what you want to cover up. However, don’t be afraid to change the things that are lowering your confidence. What we’re saying is, if you keep looking at because deep down you believe breast augmentation will boost your spirits, then go for it. Everyone deserves to be overflowing with confidence because that leads to a more fulfilled life.

Have A Go To Outfit

We all have those days where we feel like we have absolutely nothing to wear, which affects what we see in the mirror. That is why having a “go to outfit” is very important. That one uniform you can just throw on with zero thought and love what you see. To make this as universal as possible, we recommend that your “go to outfit” is something that can be casual or slightly dressy. If you want some guidance, check out this article on how to make your outfit by Of course, you don’t need just one go to outfit. Being able to feel amazing at a moment’s notice should not be underestimated!

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Wear What You Want | Dryel At-Home Cleaner and Product Review

Most women love to shop and buy delicate items.  The problem is that certain clothing pieces are created with intricate fibers.

There’s nothing worse than purchasing a linen blazer and it’s ruined due to inappropriate care.

Let’s not forget the over priced dry-cleaning bill and time constraint when dropping-off your favorite items.

Constant dry-cleaning has several nasty side effects such as damage to the buttons or seams.  Lastly, if you have sensitive skin, remember that chemicals are used at the cleaners.

Fabric Care: Dry-Clean or Hand Wash

Dryel eliminates the time, effort, and freedom for clothing purchases.  Fashionistas can wear skirts or slacks without the terrifying idea of harming the garment.  Visit to learn more and see new product launches!  Don’t forget to travel this summer with your Stain Removal Pen.

If you haven’t heard of Dryel, remember it’s easy to use:

  • Pre-treat stains with Dryel Booster Spray
  • Toss in the dryer for 15 or 30 minutes
  • Place on a hanger to remove wrinkles
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How-To: Advice For Fashion Start-ups

It might seem daunting setting up your own fashion business, but our advice can help!

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Launching your own business can be very rewarding, but also very demanding. You’ll need to juggle many balls in order to get the business launched and trading successfully. Therefore, it’s important to do some thorough research and planning. With a large amount of competition out there, it’s essential to have a business strategy in place that is clear and on point.

Create a business plan


A business plan is like a personal roadmap, that outlines your goals, visions and objectives. It will be central to the business development and will be a helpful tool to measure progress and success.

You also need to work out how much finance you will need to set up and run the business until it starts generating income. Fees can include the cost of sample collection, marketing materials, professional fees, insurance and any deposits required for rent or utilities.

Plan your collection


It is tempting to get carried away when designing a collection of clothes or accessories, but for the first few seasons, it’s better to create a small focused section to target a specific group of people. Once you’ve built up a reputation and have a good sales history, you can expand the collection more.

You could hire an image model to model the clothes in photo shoots, as a way of promoting the range. Image models are beautiful women who have a unique charm, grace and energy and can adapt to any situation they are in. They look after themselves well and of course photograph well, so you would be able to have a collection of professional photographs ready for your clothes line.

 Check out competitors


Don’t be afraid to research and find out about your competitors, it helps to learn what other people in the market are doing and you can learn a lot from analyzing a competitors business model. It will help you to identify your USP and helps to give your business a slightly different edge to others in the industry.

Keep on top of your finances


Make sure to monitor your cash flow on a regular basis. Doing so well help you foresee any potential problems from happening and will give you time to find suitable solutions. Rather than being faced with a bill that you cannot pay.


You’ll need all the help you can get, so it would be an innovative idea to join groups where you could meet people and forge collaborations with other like-minded people, such as designers, entrepreneurs, social media influencers and bloggers. Anyone that can help promote and get the word out for you about your brand is a big help. Always carry business cards with you to help build up a database of useful contacts, because you never know who you might meet!

Starting a fashion business isn’t easy, but if you feel passionate, are driven and have a clear vision, it can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling industries to work in.

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Eye Health with Glasses and Shades | Sarah Bernard

Our eyes are windows to the world, and we’re not doing enough to protect them. Constant exposure to the sun ‘and’ screens is taking a toll on our eyes.

We don’t think twice about grabbing sunscreen to protect our skin from harmful U-V rays that cause sunburn and skin cancer. But, most people don’t realize our eyes can also suffer sunburn; causing both short and long-term damage.

But the great outdoors isn’t our only concern. On any given day for approximately 8.5 hours, our eyes are fixated on TVs, computer screens, iPads, e-books and smart phones. The Vision Council reports that blue light penetrates deep into the eye, which may result in:

  • Long-term vision problems, such as macular degeneration, cataracts and damage to the retina
  • Sleep disruption, due to the suppression of melatonin

It’s time to keep your eyes on the prize! The world’s leading provider of eyewear solutions is focused on helping you see your future with lines specifically designed to protect your eyes from sun and screen exposure!

Lifestyle and Fashion television contributor, Sarah Bernard discussed:

  • Limiting blue light exposure with the 20-20-20 rule
  • Foster Grant’s protective eyewear  — 4 collections specifically designed to protect eyes, including readers!  With consumers age 35 and up now using them, it’s no longer an “age thing”. Think fun, fashion option!
  • The in-style specs for the summer

Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner 101 – Save Time and Money

Silk blouses, knit cardigans, and seersucker pants are great items to purchase when refreshing your wardrobe.  The only problem is that these pieces need to be dry-cleaned.

Aside from the other things on my to-do list, packing up and driving to the dry-cleaners can be a chore.  I’m waiting in line (and hoping) to receive items back in a few days.  Luckily, there’s an option that will save time and money!

Dryel is an at-home dry cleaner and it’s very easy to use.  I was introduced to the product several years ago as a college student.  I wore vintage sweaters that needed to be dry-cleaned.  Dryel was the perfect choice because during that time I was living on a dorm-room budget. Using the product saved up to 90% the cost of dry-cleaning.

Also, there’s no need to have an expensive machine because Dryel works with any home cleaning appliance.  I followed directions printed on the box and my clothes were done in a few minutes.  The items did not shrink or loose its color.

Continue to check back on the site, I will be sharing more Dryel home-cleaning tips and new product launches!