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I was wondering how amazing the L.A. girls we work with were in real life; turns out they’re beyond wonderful. We all met on the rooftop terrace of the London Hotel in West Hollywood [Selfie central] for a tea party. I nixed my fake British/Madonna accent the instant I realized how real, pretty, and really pretty they are.

Along with other gorgeous girls like Katherine McNamara, Ava Allan, Alexi Blue, Elizabeth Keene, and Thania Peck, Ashley Tisdale was there. I love Ashley for more reasons than just the fact that she supports St. Jude Children’s Researcg Hospital and cancer awareness—a cause that hits very close to home [by hoME, I mean ME].

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Here’s what I saw:

Black and blue: Nothing beats a look that combines coal colors with a punch of cobalt.

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More Black: All black is a thing. Monochromatic is so dramatic.

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Hot in cold: It was a bone-chilling 65 degrees that day and yet many braved our favorite atypical fall/winter pieces including tanks, shorts, sandals, skirts, and peep toes.

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-Richy T.

(P to the S: Blue is clearly the filter of the season)

November 12, 2014

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I’ve never really been one to take things seriously.

“Wow, you’re getting married; will there be an open bar? Aww, you’re having a baby; wanna make it famous on YouTube? Cheers to your new job; now who’m I gonna party with on weeknights?

Sometimes, however, things get seriously serious and really real. What? I can be serious at times… watch me,

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to Bailey, an adorable 8-year-old undergoing treatment for a kidney tumor at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her cancer was diagnosed in 2012, which, coincidently, is the same year doctors found a malignant tumor in my brain. [Oh that’s where he went]

I know every victim’s fight is different, but it’s safe to say that what we endure is scary and painful—to us and our loved ones. It’s so physically and emotionally demanding that, as an adult, I couldn’t begin to imagine how kids could handle it… until I started treatment at a children’s hospital in Chicago.

I expected the kids there to be sad and quiet, but, like Bailey, they were full of life and energy. They ended up inspiring me to laugh and smile through this battle. They taught me to absorb and share positivity from people around me: my mom, hospital staff, taxi drivers, my extended family, my co-workers, my friends, my co-workers’ friends, total strangers…

And that’s where you come in, stranger.

St. Jude is not only committed to continue its research to fight this nasty disease, but to treat the children affected without ever having them see a bill. Because of this, Bailey and the other young patients of St. Jude receive the treatment they need – for free. So we’ve teamed up with the lovely Ashley Tisdale to help spread the word about childhood cancer and the inspiring work St. Jude is doing to help these deserving kids.

What can you do?

Obvi’ ShoeDazzle will make a donation and we want to share our stories so you can help be part of this fight. We all agreed that it is equally important to encourage more people to send positivity to some anonymously awesome kids they don’t even know. Energy, thoughts, vibes, prayers, wishes, whatever…they all trickle down to those who need them. I’m living proof that it helps; I def’ didn’t pull this one off solo.

Seriously,
Richy T.

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I’m not a denim expert; more like a denim hoarder, really. It’s kind of a problem. I just can’t toss away a pair of jeans because they aren’t ‘cool’—they aren’t like middle school friends…kidding! I’m just saying: I know my bleached-out, Marky Mark mega-pipes from 8th grade are going to make a comeback, and when they do, I’ll be ready.

 

Until that happens, let’s focus on current denim, modern washes, and, more importantly, what your choices say about you, now.

 

Deconstructed: Ok, it’s not really a wash, but when the ravaged sections aren’t a hue of blue, it counts. You’re a hot mess…emphasis on ‘hot’. You don’t give a fuss, yet your look is always fashionably put-together. Check out Shay.

 

Ombre: From one color to the next, you love a good transition or–better yet—transformation. That’s ok. Some might say, “all over the place”; others will say, “Life of the party.” Change into Meagan.

 

Color Blast: Usually you have a bright and endearing personality, but you need to go a little dark now and then. This treatment is primed for your shady/chic looks. Try on Carsen for the night.

 

Acid Wash: You know your stuff…is vintage—but that’s why you love it. Combined with pieces you bought at the mall yesterday, your acidic look, like you, is incomparably original.

 

White: Outwardly, you’re all dainty, but the truth is that you’re ready to rumble—not tumble, though, because you don’t want to get THAT dirty.

 

Richy T. – …owns all of these washes.

 

 

 

 

 

August 13, 2014

 

 

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After I agreed to write this blog, I realized I had no dazzlin’ idea why we love Leos. Don’t get me wrong; I do like them, but why? Maybe it’s because Sandra B and Halle B both are both lionesses. Maybe, as a child, I had pretended to like Leo’s just to get invited to their birthday pool parties.

I’m sure both explanations are partially correct, but I still needed some help from a pro. That’s why I met up with my astrologer, Brian, to get the Leo lowdown over margaritas.

According to Brian, Leos are loved for their ability to get things done, whether that be fame or pool parties. That talent stems from unwavering confidence, and THAT is what draws people to Leos.

Where would the world be without Leos who rock our highest, wildest heels without battling eye!

Richy T. –Leo lover.

Feeling inspired by Leo’s? Shop the Okevia or Carlin to borrow a bit of their luster.

January 10, 2014

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Ten days deep into 2014: how’re those fitness resolutions coming along? I know it’s tough, but don’t let it weigh you down. Speaking of being weighed down…

I’ve been reading a lot about the stress gravity puts on our backs 24/7. Sitting for hours in our cars and at work doesn’t help the situation; it just puts pressure directly on the base of our spines. Not cool. Here are a few things people are doing to counteract the negative effects of gravity.

1)      Sleep more (I told you naps were ‘in’ this year). Specifically sleep with just one pillow. The closer to ‘flat and horizontal,’ the better. Here’s why: while you sleep, your back gets to take a break from holding you up all day, and the fluid (I hate that word) between your vertebrae gets replenished.

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2)      Hang out. Have you seen those late-night infomercials where they show elderly people hanging upside-down to relieve back pain? Well that’s basically a more extreme/fun way to amp up the fluid (gross) fix I talked about above. My trainer told me that I can get similar results hanging from my arms, right-side-up, on a chin-up bar. Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you do a chin-up, ‘cause I know I can’t do one.

3)      Back abs. I know there aren’t abs in your back, but there’s an exercise that’s a lot like crunches—except you’re face down. I call them “cobras” because you lay on your stomach and lift your top half repeatedly. Working your lower back will help you combat gravity. Google it or ask one of the trainers you see around the gym. You pay for that membership; they can at least give you advice on how to work out safely.

Hang in there,

Richy T.—Time to try defying gravity.

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I know that 2/3rds of the country is hashtag: Frozen right now; so I understand why people are more worried about keeping warm than looking cute—you know, in the YouTube videos where they toss boiling water into the air and it freezes instantly. No for real, it’s a thing, see here Polar Vortex Problems.

However there are some other “cool” things happening this season, and pastels would definitely be one of them.

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In past years, softer versions of bright colors were relegated to spring looks and Easter eggs; but that’s not the case, this time. Paired with white sunglasses, pastels are so current that they’re practically futuristic.

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 Shop: Hayley:  and Shahla

Richy T.– Frozen Style

In short, shorts are winter-time rebels.

Have you ever headed out, scantily clad, knowing that you’d have to endure freezing temp’s as you walked to the club? It’s that stylish determination that makes me love girls who wear shorts off-season—not in the creepy way.

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If your face  twisted in an ‘Are you kidding me?’ way when you read that, then maybe this particular post isn’t for you. However, I am sure that somewhere, out there, there are fashionably defiant women who don shorts when the weather says not to.

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People are all like, “Why is she wearing shorts? It’s freezing.” The girl I’m talking to shrugs off this question by slinging her coat over her shoulders (rather than putting her arms through the sleeves) and walking away.

Here are a few tips to make a shorts-for-winter ensemble impress and confuse onlookers without going into hypothermia:

- Leggings add a little extra warmth while still keeping your legs looking somewhat bare.

- Fabrics like synthetic leather and Chanel-like tweed will keep you from freezing.

- Tall boots add leggy coverage.

- Oversized coats exaggerate the minimalism of a barely-there winter look.

- Get soxy with it; a thicker sock within a boot won’t even be visible.

- And since warm rises, hats can help you retain body heat and – let’s be honest—your body is pretty hot.

 

Richy T. – Short-sighted in the good way.

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The Holiday season is a serious threat to your waistline. We admit it; we’re guilty of encouraging you to indulge in desserts, chocolates, cupcakes, whole cakes, and all sorts of splendid carbs. We’ve also encouraged you to get puppies, but FYI: they’re calorie-free unless you eat them.

That’s why they let me recycle vintage Fitness Friday posts. This one’s from 2010, and it still works and twerks:

March 26, 2010

FITNESS FRIDAY: CLUB CARDIO

Maybe you didn’t make it to the gym this Fitness Friday, but you can still get your cardio on when you hit the club tonight. Health club? Night club? Take your pick! Did you know that dancing burns up to 300 calories per hour? True story! Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your crunk choreography!

- Suck it in; keeping your stomach pulled inward while you dance will actually tone and tighten your core.

- Do some leg work! Don’t just lean back all night, get your feet moving! Even a basic step-touch will help define your calves and thighs.

- If you decide to have a drink, stick to cocktails that have only one mixer, preferably club soda which, unlike tonic water, has no calories.

- A mad dash to the dollar menu might be your typical 2am ritual, but if you plan ahead, you can enjoy a healthier snack on the ride home

Now you can really work it out on the dance floor! Be safe and have a great weekend!

Contributor Dazzle Gal

 

–End of Flashback—

 

Richy T.—Who the dazzle is Dazzle Gal? I wrote that.

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Image via Burberry

Every year around this time, we’re faced with a few seasonal conundrums: Should I have seconds? Where is my present? Does this brandy need more eggnog? Can I wear socks with my heels?

I’m not claiming to have the definitive answers to any of these questions, but I’d like to address the socks and heels issue.

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Images via Elle, OpenWardrobe, TopsyTurvy, HRH, MaxiTube, and Clueless.

As you can see, socks&heels is and has been a legit’ thing for more than a hot minute. Some of these images are old, and some are new. I’m not going to tell you which are which because it doesn’t matter. When it comes to socks and heels, we’ve been questioning the issue for seasons, years, and maybe even decades.

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Images via Elle, HRH, and the TomiTons

The moral of the story is that, if you think socks and heels look good, shoe it up. If not, then don’t. Whether others love it or hate it, no one will remember after a second serving of ham, 4 cups of eggnog-flavored brandy, and an unruly white elephant exchange. Talk about ideal circumstances to experiment.

Richy T.—Rock your socks off and on

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Images via Urban Outfitters, Forever21, and Zara.

I know the 90’s are back, but I honestly couldn’t have predicted it would run this deep; baggy sweatshirts are ‘in’ again. The key word here being, “baggy.”

Fitted sweatshirts reek of last decade and A&F’d up style.

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Images via Top Shop, Urban Outfitters, and H&M

If you’re worried about width, make sure your sweatshirt is wider than it is tall.

If you’re worried about height, crop it or look for something that hangs below the equator (your waist) . One or the other.

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Images via Urban Outfitters and Forever21

As the temperatures drop, rely on vintage, new vintage prints, and heather sweatshirts to keep you warm and stylish.

Richy T. – What time is it? Sweat:shirty.