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Tammy-Swales-Studio-2011-05 (2)A mother of three beautiful daughters, Joan hails from the Finger Lakes area. A true “Rochesterian” for 28 years, Joan has come from in front of the camera lens to behind the scenes and has been painting Upstate N.Y. woman more beautiful for more than a decade. Working for NYC-industry giant Trish McEvoy Cosmetics, Joan has become a sought-after makeup artist in the region over the past 13 years. Her accomplishments have always focused on female-based retail, marketing and event planning careers; however, Joan’s real passion for empowering women is defined through her makeup brush and her one-face-at-a-time makeup lesson. With her blog “Beauty Buzz,” Joan will provide life-enhancing solutions for readers through her collection of beauty tips and experiences.

Visit her website at www.joanlincoln.com.

 

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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Jumpsuits mean business!

There are different styles for Weekend to Evening to Weekend…and for every body type.

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This is NOT your mechanics jumpsuit.  Just a flirty feminine way to create that long illusion, have a softly cinched waist and wear just one garment (or two) versus multiple pieces to create your look.

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THE “ALL in One” is  a wardrobe staple.  One challenge is that when shopping for this garment there is no hanger appeal.  But this iconic garment has gone from trend to staple item in you wardrobe.

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Shoes will play a huge part in creating a formal or very “NOW” look while wearing your jumpsuit!  Have a little fun add that jumpsuit or even overalls to you fall collection!  Live life with Panache!!!

 

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

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Style favorites or flops???

Lets take a trip down memory lane and recall some of the most bizarre trends that consumed our wardrobes and looks over the past few decades. Other Cultures… Other ideas…  Japan and China offer loads of craziness!!! Japan created a rage for Animal hats… European Fascinator challenge perhaps? Injections for Forehead bumps? Twilight inspired? Japanese think it’s all the rage! Earplugs…   not the kind construction works use to deafen the sound of a jackhammer!

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Skinny jeans vs  jeggins for men?????? …or are Sagging pants your choice…”Pants on the floor, Pants on the Floor…American Idol STAR!!!

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UUGGGG BOOTS!!! just saying there’s nothing fashionable about them!!! Comfortable yes, stylish…no!

 

Dreadlocks vs. Mullett…you choose!

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Is a recent favorite High-Low style of dress better referred to as a mullett dress?

 

So many choices, so little time!!! Find your flamboyant style with Panache!!!

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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men and women shopping

ORGANIZED SHOPPER:
The very clear headed, know-it-all when it comes to what he/she needs. The priority of products they want to buy is held high in their minds and they go about getting things that are probably important first. A systematic approach to the wardrobe and healthy on the pockets too.

CONFUSED SHOPPER:
The people who never seem to make up their mind as to what they want. They have  difficulty in choosing between two of the same products or two different products. They take their own sweet time in judging and choosing.
BUDGET SHOPPER:
Almost everything seems to have a budget for them. I am a fan of Shop Green ~ Shop RESALE ~ Shop Small Business.  This would be  a category shopper I can relate to!

The differences between How Men Shop vs. how Women Shop:

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Could it all be based on scientific fact?  Simply put because the women and children were the gatherers taking time to search for fruit, grains and vegetables vs. Men “the Hunters” who stategized, selected their kill and brought it home to feast.

Is this same approach true in modern times when women are more likingly to take their time to research a sale, texture and quality of a garment vs. men who go directly in for what their needs are. It is general behavior of men to shop alone. They do no care about the sale items. They do not spend a lot of time on price comparison. For men shopping is just achieving a goal or a mission.

Women often shop in groups of three or four to maximize the social aspects of shopping. Men want to zero in on the product, check out quickly and leave the store as soon as possible. Women spend more time lingering, comparative pricing and enjoying the consumer experience. Also, men don’t seek assistance from sales personnel or use shopping lists as often as women.

Find your shopping style, and Shop til you Drop!!!

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Thursday,  September 18th, 2014

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I’ve noticed lately that as I age my brows seem to be fading!!!  I hear that every day it seems.

 

Ways to combat thinning brows:

Sleep on your back!  this is great for facial wrinkles as well.  No more crushed corners of your lashes, crow’s feet wrinkles around the eyes  and wear and tear on those delicate ends of your brow hair.

 

Fight the lightening of the Brow hair:

Color it, tatto it, or pencil it.  Each process has it’s pora and cons.  Make sure the Salon you choose has a trained technician for these treatments.

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Brow Shape:

To wax, sugar or thread is the question.  So many women over tweeze leaving less hair and less definition!

A strong brow allows for definition and a younger look!

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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Curious about the best way to do up your wardrobe for Fall?

Here are a few suggestions to get you through the season.

Ladylike Lace Pieces or accents.  Go for it a little Leather & Lace  it never hurt anyone!!!

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Shearling and curly fur trimmed outerwear!  2nd Generation Upcycled choices are best!  There appears to be an upswing in the desire for 2nd Generation fur lined and trimmed outerwear.

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Have a sixties flashback with cigarette styled pants, untucked menswear shirts and tieup oxfords.  Keep it clean and crisp!

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Don’t be afraid to tie-one-on…a neck scarf that is!  I can remember in the 80’s my neck scarves were my most important accessory!  Wear them short or long, they are a fun substitute to a necklace.  I dare you!!!

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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Can YOUR Mascara survive this back to school week?…and Wedding Season???

 

To Waterproof or not is the question???

The Lure of the Luscious Lash

Mascara history extends back to the ancient Egyptian era. Early mascaras often took the form of pressed cakes, and later became available in lotion forms that came in tubes.  It wasn’t until the 60’s that the mascara applicator brushes we use today were invented. Even with questionable ingredients and early mascara mishaps, the lure of long, sexy lashes has proven to be as irresistible in the past as it is today.

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SO MANY OPTIONS:

MASCARA

Lash Options

Lash Extensions…make sure it’s a trained professional!  This procedure is time consuming and expensive but with the correct application can be a real treat for a long period of time.  If applied correctly can be enjoyed for up to a month. Wedding season is in full swing in Upstate NY, and most of my Brides enjoy the application of false eyelashes.

False Lashes:  Individual or flares or strips…what’s your desire!!!

Waterproof is a great option for those of us who tear up easily.  Perhaps allergy season or physical activity brings on extra moisture.  WP mascara just demands a eye makeup remover with an oil base ingredient.

Whatever product you choose: a little goes a long way so coat, wiggle, and sweep away for a luxurious full lash line.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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Fashionable Social Skills, Communication with Style & Flair

Etiquette is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group.

Manners The way in which something is done; style, method.

For nearly a century, one name has been trusted above all others when it comes to proper decorum: Emily Post. Daughter of a wealthy architect, Emily Price Post wrote her Etiquette to try to bring common sense and flexibility to good manners. She published ten editions of her book and for many years also wrote a syndicated newspaper column and for a time also hosted a radio program. We, yes society in general, should re-read her Manual.

Now available is a completely updated 18th Edition of the classic Emily Post’s Etiquette, the mantle is picked up by the great-great-grandchildren of the First Lady of Etiquette, who tackle the latest issues and demands of the twenty-first century—from texting and tweeting to iPhones, Facebook, and all forms of social media. The perfect guide for Millennials living on their own for the first time who wish to establish themselves properly in the workplace—as well as for Baby Boomers in the midst of planning their children’s weddings, entering retirement, and helping to care for elderly parents—Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition, remains the essential handbook to proper social behavior.

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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Fashionable Social Skills, Communication with Style & Flair

Etiquette is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group.

Manners The way in which something is done; style, method.

For nearly a century, one name has been trusted above all others when it comes to proper decorum: Emily Post. Daughter of a wealthy architect, Emily Price Post wrote her Etiquette to try to bring common sense and flexibility to good manners. She published ten editions of her book and for many years also wrote a syndicated newspaper column and for a time also hosted a radio program. We, yes society in general, should re-read her Manual.

Now available is a completely updated 18th Edition of the classic Emily Post’s Etiquette, the mantle is picked up by the great-great-grandchildren of the First Lady of Etiquette, who tackle the latest issues and demands of the twenty-first century—from texting and tweeting to iPhones, Facebook, and all forms of social media. The perfect guide for Millennials living on their own for the first time who wish to establish themselves properly in the workplace—as well as for Baby Boomers in the midst of planning their children’s weddings, entering retirement, and helping to care for elderly parents—Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition, remains the essential handbook to proper social behavior.dining-etiquette-101_

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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Ahead of the Curve…Wedding Season in FULL BLOOM in Rochester!!!
Wedding Dress Attire for the “Mothers of the Wedding”

What’s appropriate?
Let the Bride be the Bride!
This is the Brides time to shine…not the Mother’s Runway!!!

Over the years I have had the supreme pleasure of assisting hundreds of Mother’s of the Wedding select their attire for such a special celebration. Many Mother’s of the Bride (MOB) and Mother’s of the Groom (MOG) request not to look like “A typical mother of a Bride or Groom” and  this concerns me!  What does that really mean?  No Belero jacket? No sequin?  Too much cleavage, is what it usually ends up meaning.  Body hugging dresses that sometimes are inappropriate and more like a Prom Gown or Gala Formal Gown, than a MOB & MOG garment.

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Many MOG & MOB decide this is when they are going to go on this extreme weight loss program.  My opinion is they shouldn’t have waited so long.  Now the dress hunting depends on the success of the “diet” and the order window  for some formal designer houses sometimes ( most times) don’t coincide with the “weight loss program” window.  Now they are rushing and settling and ordering multiple dresses for “options”, and the just in case scenario.

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I have decided to have a local designer make my MOB dress and I am at the point where my figure has been better and it’s bound to get worse.  So I am going for the “Right Now” size.  My style generally falls into the following two categories:  comfortable and appropriate!

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Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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Overalls — they’re having a moment.

Sarah Jessica Parker donned them on The Ellen DeGeneres show. Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss rocked them on the cover of New York Magazine. Here’s how you can get this wear-everywhere look.
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The look: The always stylish Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific keeps things casual by layering a baseball tee under her overalls. Red suede stilettos lend an added pop of color that makes this look an instant home run.

Hello 1978:  I was selected as “Best Dressed” for my senior class Yearbook superlatives honor.  To mock the style & flair of the late 70’s I wore overalls for my photo!

One imagines that the coolness of bib overalls – also known as dungarees – comes from their work wear origins. There’s a relaxed, down-to-earth mood associated with someone who is as far away from white-collar, tie-wearing worker as you can get. Overalls are grubby, hands-on, no airs and graces sort of fare; a uniform for the mechanic and the street-smart youth alike.

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From denim overalls in the 1970s to the dungaree revival of the 1990s, the garment has also been a cyclical trend. Overalls and overall shorts a fun vintage way to recall a trend not necessarily a fashion statement.  Enjoy the comfort of this hottest fashion returning favorite this season!

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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Feel like you’re sailing away into the summer!

Nautical is one of the easiest trends to pull off.

Navy + White. Keep it crisp, keep it simple.

When it comes to accessories, think stripes and ropes. It’s all about setting sail.

Nautical fashion is a classic theme that pops up every summer. Channel your inner mariner, then freshen up your warm-weather style with  a few splashes of “Anchor Away” style.

Who wears it best: Be careful because the stripe is suitable for slim silhouettes. But you can always add a nautical accessory. For women with big bust, the top should be with a V neck in order to give some space between the neck and the chest.

Accessories can be the “outfit” when taking on the nautical theme.  Accessories making waves this season with tricolor touches, striped sensations, as well as anchor, rope, and seahorse inspired pieces. Stroll on the beach or lounge on the poolside with summer scarves and floppy hats that make a splash.

Nautical: My favorite thing about nautical fashions is that every few years they become a major trend. So whatever you invest in will likely stand the test of time. Plus stripes rarely go out of style. One word of warning nautical accessories are adorable and fun, but don’t go overboard lest you look like an actual captain of a boat.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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Kaftan?  Newest Fashion Trend for the Summer

Not your Mama’s Moo-Moo! A caftan, sometimes spelled “kaftan,” is a long, loose garment with long sleeves, resembling a robe. Fabrics range from lightweight textiles for the summer months to richer velvets and brocades. Traditionally made with silk or cotton, caftans are frequently adorned with colorful patterns, and many individuals wear them with a coordinating belt or sash.

Bright ~Happy ~Silky ~Romantic.

In Moroccan Culture the young women wear a long robe like outfit called Moroccan caftan. This long garment is usually worn for festivals especially weddings.  These incredible garments are frequently luxuriously beautified with weaving, beading or sequins.

While many consider the caftan to be timeless, it experienced a surge of popularity in the West during the 1970s and has made appearances on fashion pages in recent years. The caftan can be a versatile addition to any wardrobe. It can be worn on the beach as an eye-catching cover-up, belted and paired with heels for a dinner out, over leggings and sandals for a day of sightseeing, or worn at home as a dramatic and unusual garment for the hostess of a soiree.
It’s all the rage…Unusual, Happy, not BODY HUGGING, leaves a little to the imagination!!!
Change the look through this tutorial.

 

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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The Art of Flirtation

Is it Fashionable to Flirt?

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Flirting is fun! It boosts your self esteem and makes you feel good. Whether you flirt just for fun or for a relationship.  I think most relationships and even marriages need to keep it fresh with a little reckless flirtation.

Remember :

Winking?

You can wink at someone from across the room, or wink at someone during a conversation. If he or she says something funny, or someone else does something silly, you can give a wink as a way of sharing a little moment for just the two of you, as if the two of you are in on some private joke no one else is aware of.

Holding Eye Contact?

While you are conversing with your new friend, you want to be sure to have eye contact at least some of the time. At least once it’s a good idea to hold the eye contact a little “too long,” just a fraction too long, so there’s a brief, more intimate moment between you.

Getting caught looking?

Most people look away when the object of their desire looks at them. If you want to let that person know you are interested, when they catch you looking, smile, hold eye contact a moment longer, then look away. It’s only natural… so enjoy the Art of Attraction!!

 

In your light I learn how to love.

In your beauty, how to make poems.

You dance inside my chest,

where no one sees you,

but sometimes I do,

and that sight becomes this art.

(Excerpts from The Essential Rumi)

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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What To Wear To A WEDDING

IT IS THE SEASON! Read your invitations carefully.  Research the wedding venue. Wedding attire usually breaks down into 3 categories:

formalblacktiewedding590Black Tie / Formal:

Red carpet worthy formal cocktail or “Live it Up” long voluptuous Gown.  Few times in our lives do we have the opportunity to Glam it Up, never out do the Bride but I think it’s a compliment when guests put the extra effort into regal, elegant wedding attire. Glitz & Glam opportunity!

Semi-Formal:

Majority of weddings fall into this style of Wedding attire. Here is where the LBD (little black dress) comes in handy!  Trending is  floral, styles and fabrics with movement that offer a more romantic flirty feel to womens dresses.  Your final look when attending this style of wedding never look under dressed!

Casual:

Backyard, Barn and Park. Think  breathable fabrics and  sensible footwear.  Not the time to wear the body hugging dress or the “sit and be served” 4 inch heels.  Cotton, floral and sundress is a perfect approach to this style wedding.

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Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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BYE BYE Sunspots!

vega medspaMY most recent visit with VEGA MEDSPA was to address a few “SUNSPOTS” that made an appearance on my face. I noticed that one was darker than the other and I knew it was time to get them addressed.

The procedure was quick and painless.  The staff always comforting and enthusiastic.  My “downtime” for my procedure was non-existent.  I went about my day and life with only the need of a dab of hydro-balm to the treated areas. I also enjoyed the same

treatment on a mole on the back of my neck that was bothered every time I wore a  necklace.

Here’s to a more beautiful you!

 

 

 

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

A PURSE for CHANGE or Change a PURSE?

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VOA BagWhy doesn’t one handbag work for a woman?  Like a  mans wallet?

Average woman has 5 handbags in her immediate collection.

I have carried the same black handbag for almost 2 years.  OK, its a CHANEL, but it’s as plain as the day is long and it works for me.  I can carry every essential item I feel necessary to get  through my day and a few items “just in case”  It’s not SO big that I feel like it’s a suitcase and it’s not so small that if I grab a magazine or carry my IPAD it’s spilling out all over.

I have found that many  woman change their handbag 3 to 4 times a year.

Coordinating their handbag with their outfits, in my opinion, is a dying fashion statement and is owned by a certain generation of a certain age.

Many women are investing more in handbags and using them for a longer period of time.

I recently invested in the Abigail Riggs VOA Handbag “Mrs. Ballington Booth”  which gave me great pride knowing that part of my investment was going to a great cause.

Abigail Riggs is an altruistic handbag company whose signature Purse With A Purpose collection features handbags designed to honor significant women in history.

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Polka Dot’s

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marilyn monroe polka dotsAmerica’s love affair with the polka dot began, perhaps, in 1926, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit. Shortly after, in 1928, Disney introduced its cartoon darling Minnie Mouse wearing a red polka dot dress and matching bow. Throughout the 1930s, polka dot dresses appeared in stores, the fabric suddenly subversive, nipped in by ribbons and accentuated with bows. In 1940, the woozy melody of Frank Sinatra’s ballad “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” captured the height of America’s polka dot mania—that spring, the Los Angeles Times assured its readers, “You can sign your fashion life away on the polka-dotted line, and you’ll never regret it.”

Later in the decade, the polka dot accrued a highbrow style currency when Christian Dior released his “New Look” collection of hourglass dresses, many styles bedecked with dots. After a wartime period of shifting gender roles, Dior told Vogue that his collection sought “to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female” again. (Dior: not a fan of the polka dots on Rosie the Riveter’s headband.) Hollywood followed feminine suit, and the newly-ladylike print fast became popular with actresses: Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball, and Marilyn Monroe were some of the polka dot’s chief exponents.

yellow polka dotsIn 1951, Monroe was famously photographed wearing a polka dot bikini. Nine years later, the release of Brian Hyland’s hit song, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” brought polka dots back into vogue. Throughout the ‘60s, the artist–and walking medley of polka dots–Yayoi Kusama became known for the busy dotted swarms that covered her paintings. “Our earth is only one polka dot among millions of others,” she once said. Kusama also believed–before she checked herself into a mental hospital in 2006–that when painted with polka dots, the body became “part of the unity of the universe.” Now released, the artist still sports the print.”

Get your “HAPPY” on with the injection of this playful print!!!  Dare to be different!!!

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

VEGA MEDSPA TREATMENT

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vega medspaI decided to treat myself to a Laser Treatment at the Vega MEDSPA

A bit anxious, but quickly put to ease with a consultation with Dr. Stephen Vega and  Nurse Christina and esthetician Viviann.

Wow what a place!  The comfort ~ the happy ~ the education about the process and machine the used for my treatment.  I couldn’t wait to begin!

The preparation for my laser Level 4 Treatment took longer than the actual treatment BUT that was OK because the calming music, comfortable reclining chair and the fact that I choose to disconnect myself from social media and use that time to relax and meditate was a gift.

My LEVEL 4 laser treatment is something that I will definitely work into my regular maintenance program.  Although I wore my new best friend “HYDRA BALM” for 24 hours after the treatment, I was able to go to Wegmans immediately afterward.

Yes…VEGA MEDSPA has Gift Cards and Specials for Mother’s Day!!!

Yes…VEGA MEDSPA can book appointments on Saturdays!

Yes…VEGA MEDSPA experience is extraordinary!!!

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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NAIR And Self-Tanner

BRING ON SUMMER… Our SHORTEST season! Mini skirts are back so that means it’s time to address our legs!

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GUIDE TO GREAT LEGS!

For women who don’t like hoisery, have trouble tanning, or just want to hide their imperfections.  Quick little guide to help you choose from among the most preferred brands:

  • SELF TANNER: Victoria’s Secret
    • Wash, exfoliate, moisturize, self-tan, apply illuminating moisturizer …GO!!!
  • LEG MAKEUP: Sally  Hansen Airbrush Leg makeup/waterproof
    • Wash, exfoliate, moisturize, spray, apply illuminating moisturizer …GO!!!
  • NATURAL SUN:  SPF 30 reapplied every 3 hours
    • Wash, exfoliate, moisturize, apply illuminating moisturizer …GO!!!
  • TANNING BEDS: DON’T  GO THERE!!!

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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miniskirt signMiniskirts ~ A Fashion Statement Comeback

Hemlines are rising  and that makes certain admirers very happy!!!  They are mod, flirty, kicky, sporty and even formal.

Minis have come and gone and come and gone again since their introduction in the 1960’s.

Designers love to switch directions in their pursuit for something new.

So here we go again, the great thing about Fashion is that season after season we can expect one thing and the next season it can be a contradiction!!!

miniskirtMiniskirts are NOT for Everybody or every environment:::

Most buyers are a bit cautious and are watching the buyers trend before jumping on board.  MOST skirts are being offered in just below or just above the knee.

Office Warning…if you can sit in your office chair and get up out of it without adjusting your skirt, then you are good to go.  but if your skirt hikes up and rides up the body its time to consider a different size.

Introduce yourself to a leg makeup or self tanner.  Because there will be an abundance of additional skin revealed if you choose this miniskirt Fashion trend.

Footwear can make or break the Miniskirt look…too high heeled can send the “lady-of-the-evening” message, chunky heel, ankle boot or kitten-heels are suggested complimentary footwear options.

These days fashion is all about choice.  There are so many choices: mini, midi, and maxi!!! No hemline is obligatory!!!

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Your Makeup is only as good as your skin:::

Beauty Buzz…

Skipping a few hours of sleep, forgetting to wash your face before bed, not apply sunscreen everyday all seem so innocent right? But odds are, at least one of these habits in your daily routine are the cause of those dreadful breakouts, crow’s feet and flakey or discolored skin. Fortunately, the fixes are simple! By nixing these everyday habits you can take years off your complexion, and leave skin protected, balanced and refreshed:

#1  Forgetting Sunscreen…I know, I know…you have heard it all before, but if you Play & Work outside, then be smart and add 30 SPF to your daily program!!!

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#2   Applying Makeup with Dirty Brushes. This may seem innocent, but applying makeup with the same brush month after month causes dirt and bacteria to buildup which can lead to breakouts. It’s important you wash brushes every two to three weeks. An easy DIY quick fix is to mix a couple of drops of gentle facial cleanser or shampoo with lukewarm water in a cup. Then swish your brushes around, rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry, and lay flat on a clean towel to air dry.

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#3   Not Cleansing Daily. Going to bed without washing your face is one of the biggest skin care no-no’s. Leaving makeup and dirt on skin doesn’t just clog pores and cause breakouts, it can also lead to excessive dryness and even skin dandruff. To clear out the gunk without drying out skin, opt for a soap-free cleanser!

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… and get a facial at least 4 times a year!!!  YOU WILL THANK ME!!!

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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BYE BYE WINTER DRY SKIN… HELLO VIBRANT REJUVENATED SKIN!
SPRING CLEANING APPOINTMENTS TO DO LIST:

So I called my Landscape & Yard Cleanup Co. for my Spring cleaning  THEN I called and booked my appointment for my SPRING CLEANING on my FACE!!!
It’s my new approach to personal maintenance.  I realized I sometimes take better care of the appearance my house and lawn than my FACE!!!

My approach for this “SPRING CLEANUP” was for a more medicinal maintenance, so I did a little research and it was recommended that VEGA MEDSPA was a good place for me to consider for this treatment.

I booked a consultation, met with the Nurses and Skincare professionals and explained what I wanted and where my limitations are regarding invasive treatments, then they made their recommendations.  The SPA environment was pleasant and unassuming.  A bit more private and personal then other locations I have experienced.

My 90 Minute luxurious and educational skincare session is booked:
1.  Facial for simple renewal and rejuvenation
2.  Removal of sun damaged spots and skin tags
3.  Age appropriate and age defense procedures to help redefine radiance…multilevel skin resurfacing systems and treatments.
Keep you posted on how both cleanups go!!!

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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The past few years sky high heels have dominated the runways and street style, but when I look around the streets, the only people wearing sky high heels are, well… young girls who haven’t been educated on the damaging effects of this fashion trend. Wobbling on the cobblestones and uneven pavement just isn’t a look or risk I am willing to take anymore.. I mean, I know that wearing a three inch maybe a four inch heel around, has it’s fashion-look benefits, but everyday? Just not feeling them anymore.

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It used to be that flats were just ugly frumpy shoes, but these days I’m seeing a lot more that are both comfortable and sensible , and they aren’t just ballet flats either. Nice ankle boots, cut out brogues, and fashion forward clogs. The possibilities seem endless, and to be honest, it makes for a good excuse to take a nice walk anywhere.

If the Shoe Fits…

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Some shoes are what I call “Sit and be Served” like the ever popular Red Sole Christian Louboutin.  However, most of us living a real life have to consider wearing footwear that is a bit less fashionable and a bit more sensible.  123 Shoes offers the most comfortable foot friendly selection in Rochester.
But, there is a new kid on the block called:

Shulogique – style that fits

Shoe-ologists are trained to assist their clients to achieve the best fit in a beautiful high heel.

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Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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Attention all BEAUTY JUNKIES:::
More Women Mix Cosmetics, forcing Brands to devise flexible
products and rethink formulas.  Many women have to have the newest trends, even if it doesn’t work on them!!!  Owning so many items is expensive and takes LOTS AND LOTS of time to apply in the right order.

I have given hundreds of women  makeup lesson and always recommend that their makeup take no longer than 7 minutes per application. More is less and fewer products with the right tools will expedite the application process.

MIRROR TIME:::It’s expensive to be a woman

How many minutes does the average woman spend applying her makeup?
3hours,19 minutes a week…17 minutes per application


How many products does the average woman use everyday for a day “LOOK”?

Women use 4 – 5 on average, FYI men use 1. These means BIG money for women since the Makeup and skincare Industry typically charges more for women’s products than similar products for men.

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Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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How To Dress to Appear Taller…

Those wishing to adopt the fashionable illusion of a thinner frame and increased height can use clothing to pull off the trick.

When you are short, figuring out what to wear can be pretty difficult – especially if you want to make yourself look a bit taller than you really are. The most important thing for you to keep in mind is that it is possible for you to make yourself look taller than you really are, according to the way that you dress.how-to-look-taller-using-a-column-of-colour-how-to-look-taller-monochromatic-dressing-L-qVeSyu
For vertically-challenged men and women, the desire to look tall may seem like an unreachable dream. While you may not be able to change the stature that nature gave you, the right clothes and accessories can actually help you appear taller than you are. Also knowing what NOT-TO-WEAR is as important!

What to wear  & What NOT to wear:

Avoid thick, bulky fabrics or baggy clothing that hangs off the body, which can cause a person to look heavier and shorter.

Vertical patterns, solid colors, and snug fits are among the many garment details that can create the illusion of height. However, the slimming and height-increasing fashion techniques that work for one person may not work for all.  Monochrome dressing, choosing outfits in the same color, will make you appear taller and elongate your look.

Elevator Shoes are not going to make you grow taller, they are similar to high heels, but the heels are hidden and much comfortable.  Many men have chosen this footwear option to appear 2 – 5.5 inches taller.

Posture, hairstyle and body-weight are additional factors to acknowledge when dressing to appear taller than your gifted stature.

How to appear taller in photographs:

The first point to keep in mind is to stay away from the center where you will look the shortest. The simple rule to follow is that those objects and people that are nearer to the camera seem to appear larger though it may not be real. So always try to be in the front row while getting clicked. If you want to be taller than people in the same row, be two to four inches closer to camera than them.

You can change the way you look, actually appear taller and thinner, if you alter how you present yourself and what you wear. Make the right fashion choices and you’ll be amazed at how people perceive you

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Thursday, February, 27th, 2014

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Spring 2014 PixJust where do designers get their inspiration Season after Season?
Fashion Week for Fall 2014 is HOT off the NY Runway
Many designers approach the creation of a new collection by doing it the “Old School” way, sketching out their ideas on paper.

More art than design, many designers add fabrics and trimmings after the design is chroncicled designs on paper.
Designer Inspirations has been garnished from :
~Many go back to their roots and showcase looks that are reminiscent of some of our favorite looks, others visit places like MOA and are inspired by the weavings, embellishments and enbroideries of craftsmen.  They even  study what other cultures and history of those cultures have endured, such as native crafts, colorful and sometimes rugged terrains.

Embrace each season with a splash on the unusual and watch your wardrobe come to life!!!

Everyday is a Runway…live your life with Panache!!!

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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HOW TO SQUEEZE FASHION INTO YOUR LUGGAGE

It’s Winter and Spring Break Vacation Holiday time.  If you’re lucky enough to be getting out of this wicked winter we are experiencing,educate yourself and your family on:
How to pack a suitcase for your Holiday destination.

The goal when packing a suitcase is to fit as much as possible into a small space. Being able to pack efficiently is an especially important skill in this day and age.

So you drive, fly, maybe even cruise…but are you prepared to pack your luggage for that holiday destination?  First: check the weather of your final destination.

Last week I packed a small carry on luggage, so when I returned to Rochester after driving my daughter down to Columbus,Georgia to begin a new chapter and new career, I could just “CARRY-ON” with no hassle my small piece of luggage for my flight back to Rochester.   What I didn’t pack or plan for was to be stranded in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 additional days 2 of which had a NO TRAVEL ADVISORY!!!
You know what that means, especially in an EPIC ICE STORM IN ATLANTA GEORGIA? = NO SHOPPING!!!

You know the rule, no more than 50 lbs and NO Liquids over 3 oz.  I followed all the rules.
Four days stranded in Atlanta and 5 canceled flights, puts frustration on any traveler and her wardrobe.  Fortunately, most of what I packed was lightweight, could be layered and for the most part could be coordinated to mix and match.
I packed with great determination and started the bottom layer of my suitcase with footwear and outerwear, then rolling my denim and heavier items, followed by many cami and tops, I squeezed the air out of my suitcase..BELIEVE ME!!!

Ladies, our most precious makeup and toiletries are always a concern when flying so make sure you follow the rules.  I continue to promote the Trish McEvoy Makeup Cosmetic bag system and placed my precious makeup in the middle of the luggage padded with clothing so I didn’t have to worry having it damaged.

Knowing how to pack a suitcase is essential to being a good traveler, it truly is like a puzzle.  Also, get the process started early so that substitutions can be made and coordinate with layers so that when cooler and warmer weather occurs you are prepared for what may come your ways.

Happy Travels!

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

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It’s the New Year and loads of Happy feminine, girly trends will hit the SPRING Fashion Magazines like wild!!!

  • Florals are Huge this season
  • Tribal designs
  • and of course the 2014 Pantone color of the Year “Radiant Orchid”

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Rochester Woman Magazine is now available.  Get your FREE Copy at Panache Vintage & Finer Consignment

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Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Nips & Tucks changes transform a look

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Suit pictureThe Fit Difference ~ Off the Rack rarely fits! If your career makes you swirl in the professional corporate world, then wearing a suit is part of your 9 to 5 wardrobe.

A Tailor’s toolbox of nips and tucks is going to be your best friend.  Because ready-to-wear is rarely ready-to-wear.  Your chosen tailor or seamstress will be your best friend in transforming your “off-the-rack” investment with hidden changes will make subtle changes to make you feel like you have your won personal stylist.

Historically, tailoring was common for men, since women did most of their sewing at home.  As most of us know, women designing and sewing at home, let’s just say some rolls have changed.

Fashion and styles always come back in style but never exactly the same.  Having a tailor or seamstress to adjust the shoulder pads, waistlines, and sleeve widths will make some of your older styles feel like a new wardrobe.

Do your research and make a connection, the talent in the tailoring and seamstress industry is aplenty.  The transformations can be addicting, but well worth the expense, you soon will want to reshape your entire wardrobe to perfection.

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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Radiant Orchid 2014Panotone Color of the Year 2014 = “Radiant Orchid”  18-3224 TCX

Love it, Hate it, A New Pink is on board for 2014

  • Pantone originally made color cards for cosmetic companies. Lawrence Herbert, an employee since 1956, purchased the company in 1962 and began working on a color matching system.
  • The Pantone Color Matching System created a standard method for users to match colors exactly during the graphic design process.

Radiant Orchid  allows for creativity and ingenuity, which may appeal to the fashion-minded and tech savvy.  The hue also offers a sharp contract to the Emerald, Pantone 2013 Color of the Year.

Women who follow Fashion want to wearing the color of the moment.  You will even see the stores FULL of Radiant Orchid options from footwear to, home decor and appliances.

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Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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It’s Sweater Season!!! Snuggletime!!! Sweater Sticker Shock~ Why LUXURY clothing costs more… The Story behind the $$$$$ Price Tag

sweaterDesigners’ Collections are full of lush, chuncky sweaters this season.  While they look basic, designers say these sweaters reflect high levels of workmanship.

Price is determined on the designers retail status.

Stella McCartney, yes Paul’s Daughter, prides herself and her sweater collection made from South African Wool in the Venetto region of Italy.  Ms. McCartney vets wool suppliers for humane animal-husbandry practices and sustainable farming methods.

Designer items are not mass-produced and should be of extraordinary quality.  Labor standards play a big role in price.  Most designer sweaters are made in Italy or Scotland, where workers are protected by labor laws.  Designers produce smaller quantities and can’t qualify for discounts available to mass producers.

The prices of designers basics such as sweaters and coats are rising at an alarming rate, some say by 50% since the 2007-08 financial crisis- and are likely to keep rising.

Department stores offer Luxury, Contemporary, and then lower priced tiers so that every client, no matter their pocketbook, can afford to keep warm on some level this season.

Now you can really have the best…

SHOP with PANACHE Rochester’s Premier LUXURY Womens RESALE Boutique!

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Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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The Changing Face of 50

New surveys show that 50 is the new 30

  • With the growing number of minimally invasive and non-surgical options, we are able to maintain our youthful appearance for longer
  • Women are more open than ever to both surgical and non-surgical treatments to slow down the visible signs of aging
  • Facial Peels is a common favorite.

FWR 2012 Blynn Me and MegWhen it comes to reversing the hands of time most women  demand a natural result – not the wind tunnel, pulled look of previous generations. We simply want to be the best, most youthful and attractive version of ourselves that we can be, without looking too different.

In our youth-obsessed culture, a woman’s next birthday is not always a cause for celebration.

Ladies don’t need to be anxious about hitting that half-century mark anymore.

The general consensus is that 50 is more like the new 30!  Sounds cliche, I know, however:

on average, 69% of women age 45-60, reported feeling at least six years younger that their chronological age.

Women in their fifties still feel sexy, vibrant, beautiful and desirable.

Fifty is a special number, lucky for we women in this age bracket,  we can now be empowered by a society that is aging backwards!

Today, women in their 40’s and 50’s are more confident and beautiful than ever before.

These ladies have the life experience and knowledge to look as great as they feel…live life with style & flair…Panache!!!

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Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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Winter Crush!!!

Is that luxurious fiber ~ VELVET~ only for the Holiday Season?velvet- red fashion-trend

There are many theories on where Velvet originated from. But most people agree that it originated somewhere in the far east. Was carried along the legendary Silk route by Arabs to Europe. Velvet reached Italy and made fortunes for the cities of Lucca, Sicily, Florence as they had the largest production of velvet from the 12th – 18th century. They supplied  to the rest of Europe. Velvet was used in everything rich, from horse carriages to furniture, clothes, and upholstery

One of the richest fabrics known to man, velvet is today more in fashion than ever. Couturiers and street designers favor its softness and luster, but it has been famed throughout the ages for sumptuous elegance.

Velvet has always reminded me of children’s clothes, those cute, tiny, shiny frocks. But this season , velvet is making an appearance on the red carpet, on fashion ramps, at parties and just about everywhere.

Velvet’s opulence is only matched by its versatility.  An ostentatious fabric, is often confused by some with terry cloth and its sister looping fabric corduroy.

The difference between velvet and these other fabrics is that for velvet, the loops are cut, forming a soft textured surface over the entire surface of the fabric. Terry cloth has loops that aren’t cut, and corduroy has cut loops that appear in rows rather than across the entire surface.
Many Designers have treated us to the plush revival of velvet – and after waiting all summer, it’s finally cold enough to break out the luxed-up fabric. The only problem? Velvet can be a tricky material to wear. Incredibly chic when done right, velvet also has the potential to look dated and costume-y when done wrong. So, before you take the rich trend out for a spin, check out a few dos and don’ts: ~ Keep accessories simple

~ Hair and Makeup should be more understated

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, it’s time to start planning what to wear for your upcoming festivities. Take this opportunity to incorporate a splash of velvet into your wardrobe.  Forget your assumption that it’s tacky and out of style. But don’t go overboard; wear a pair of black velvet jeans with a t-shirt and blazer, or sport a velvet cocktail dress alone with opaque tights and killer heels. Not only is velvet warm, weather friendly, and comfortable, it’s also perfect for any holiday party dressing. A simple velvet dress creates the perfect look for those fancy holiday soirees. Not the type to go to a fancy holiday party? Throw on leggings and a velvet tank and you will still look perfectly festive.

Many feel that velvet is too formal for an office environment.  If you find yourself in a traditional corporate culture, then implement velvet in a very subtle simple way.  Use this luxurious fabric as an accessories rather than the main component of your outfit.  The traditional velvet jacket has always been an acceptable staple in many closets.  Just remember to keep it simple and don’t over accessorize the look.

Years ago the introduction of burnout velvet was introduced to the fashion industry.  The trendy took over and now most of can say we have at least one burnout garment item in our closet.  This fabric is a subtle way to wear our velvet any time of the year!

There’s something about velvet fashion trends in 2013 that just screams winter time elegance, and now when velvet makes for one of the most sophisticated 2013 fashion trends, it’s high time to seize the moment and make the absolute best of it!  It’s not just for the Holiday Season  anymore!!!

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