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February 24, 2010

Heart disease isn’t something that only affects the elderly. I know I’ve certainly been guilty of that mindset. So, it was refreshing to read about one young ShoeDazzle member who, at about my age, has made heart disease prevention an integral part of her plans for a healthy, successful, and fashionable future. I hope her story will remind all of us that it’s never too early to get smart about our hearts.

My name is Aaronni, and I am a 19 year old fashionista/student/author. I have always been a huge fan of Kim Kardashian, so when I heard about “ShoeDazzle”, naturally I signed up! I mean, having shoes handpicked for you by one of the biggest socialites in the U.S. & free shipping is too good to pass up! I have not been disappointed! I just received my first pair of shoes today (which I absolutely loved! I got the Jewel in gray) and along with my shoes came an insert that was dedicated to American Heart Month. This immediately caught my attention because heart disease is rampant throughout my family. I have lost numerous Aunts, Uncles and even Cousins to this disease, so I know how ugly it can be. Because of this disease I have to take good care of myself and try to maintain my stress levels so that my blood pressure doesn’t go up. As you can imagine being a college student, working as an intern and volunteering can cause a lot of stress, but I have managed it all! I am a junior in College, after being in school for only a year and a half, my Internship has been extended twice and I have amazing shoes to flaunt when walking around the mall, campus or even around the house! I aspire everyday to reach and exceed my potential and with that I commit to being Heart Healthy and being Style Ready!

-Aaroni, Houston, Texas

February 24, 2010

Question: I’m 27 and a college educated professional, but I look like I am 18. When I dress close to how I think those my age should dress, I look like I am trying too hard. I have trouble finding going out clothes, recently realized my wardrobe is 95% work clothes, and although I am 5’3, I shy away from heels. Help! I love fashion and am really good at helping others, but always feel a mess when I try to create my own personal style. I’m tired of jeans, flats, and t shirts :(

Lakeya C., Rancho Cucamonga, CA

February 23, 2010

Romance is all well and good, but when the Valentine’s date dinner candles have long since fizzled out, you better be ready to keep the fire burning with a smoldering hot wardrobe! This season, dark, sheer fabrics abound, and the simultaneously skimpy and full-coverage looks they can create remind all of us that we don’t have to wait for summer– or even spring–to embrace the joys of the flesh. Unless you’re the most daring of divas, layers are key to keeping these looks wearable. Follow Leila’s example; this demure but sultry pump combines sheer lace over ivory satin for a naughty-and-nice look that appears lingerie-inspired without actually revealing anything! Try to look for pieces with texture, movement, and strategically placed opaque elements to further obscure the view. That should keep your admirer’s heart racing and mind wondering how much is really left to the imagination. Seductive and deceptive, this trend is sheer perfection!

 

 

February 19, 2010

Thanks to a little tutoring from the “old” pro’s, the giggling batch of little girls who modeled on last night’s Project Runway did a fantastic job! But, as one of our lovely members reminds us, there’s plenty more we can inspire in young girls than an appreciation for fashion and the confidence to strut down a catwalk! Take a moment to read her plans to set a heart-healthy example for her daughter:

“As a new mom, changing my thoughts on weight and health has become a priority. In 2010, I am going to finally get to a healthier weight, not because I want to look better in a pair of jeans, but because I want to be a healthy role model for my daughter, showing her the right eating habits and relationships with food and exercise. It’s also a priority that I don’t do anything to shorten my life. I want to be around as long as she needs me.”

-Ann, Edmonds, WA

It’s our favorite 80’s actress’s birthday today! In honor of Miss Ringwald, we are showing you how to recreate some of her most famous looks with some of our favorite styles from Fashion Week. Whether you prefer to be pretty in pink, or rock more of a tomboy look, just like those 80’s classics, there’s something for everyone this Spring! Don’t be afraid to make men’s looks a little sweeter or a little skimpier like these Marc Jacobs or Chloe looks. With Jason Wu’s feminine frocks, frilly never looked so fabulous. And while Derek Lam is combining looks from the 50’s to the 80’s to make his rompers truly modern, Alexander Wang shows us how black and white is totally now. So enjoy ladies – it’s never too late to pull out those cult classics and get inspired all over again!

One of my favorite looks from the new Kardashians by Bebe line, this asymmetric jersey dress has Kim’s jet-set style written all over it. It’s not easy to pull off major glam in cotton, but the dramatic leatherette section takes heather gray from ‘t-shirt fabric’ to ‘tre chic fashion’ without looking forced. This is exactly the type of dress I envisioned pairing with Giselle, which is still one of my top shoe recommendations this month. The simple gray scale color palette will work for any occasion and the gathering of the dress means it travels well, even if it makes the trip folded up in your handbag. To get this look off the ground, all you need is a quick change at the office or the airport, some geometric silver jewelry, your Giselles, and plans worthy of such mile-high style!