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Fashion Forward 580 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.

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Thursday, March 26th

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Spring/Summer Jewelry :::

Subtle vs. Statement

Silver vs. Gold

Sometimes our jewelry IS our outfit!  Worn with simply pieces, the accessories that you choose become the outfit.
j.crew introduced these lavish over sized faux jeweled necklaces, bracelets and earrings a few years ago.  The wedding market went gaga over them.  I know this because my niece worked for corporate j. crew and adorned her wedding party with these yummy items.
j. crew necklace
Local jewelry designer Reckless Necklace put a little more emotion behind her one-of-a-kind designs, creating her collection of larger statement necklaces from her grandmothers jewelry box.
 j. crew 1
Always a question do you choose silver or gold?
The ‘hue’ of your outfit should guide you.  Our local Color analysts would tell you we each have a given metal that looks best next to our skin tone.  Gold, however, is making a comeback after bowing to sterling silver for years.
 reckless necklace gold
It is suggested that if you wear one of these larger Statement Necklaces that your earring be a bit less of a statement and don’t need to be “matchy matchy”.  It becomes too costume if your earring is as large as the proportions of the necklace.
Whatever your style say  “HELLO TO SPRING” with flair…live life with Panache!!!


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Thursday, March 19th

A Purse for Change of Season

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Holy Cow… or moose… or deer…or elk!!!
Have you ever really thought about the leather that you carry? A more interesting question is what is some of the strange stuff you carry in  your handbag?
Apparently this is the time of year in a woman’s life that we think of flipping our hand bag for the upcoming season.  I can tell you that because I am selling handbags like crazy!!!  I had a woman at Panache Vintage & Finer Consignment purchase a new bag from us and turn her current handbag in for consignment at the same time!!!
Another “old” Fashion belief: your handbag and footwear needs to match ~ wrong!
Every woman wants to look elegant and stylish . In order to obtain a harmonious and finished look, you should consider carefully all the details and select the appropriate accessories.
Choosing the right bag should be consistent with the shoes that complete the outfit . Soft leather bag is a great everyday choice and can be combined with virtually any shoes.
Hard leather handbag should be in harmony with the feminine and business shoes.
Bags decorated with many accessories such as zippers, metal rings different by color patches or sewn pockets must be combined with a laconic and simple shoes.Handbag types
I know women who own hundreds of handbags, I’m more of a 7 handbag lover..too many choices confuse me! A study of 2000 women recently concluded that I’m fairly normal in my collection.  The poll also found that the average women owns seven handbags. Including cheapie clutches, another interesting finding is that we all have been known to tote around everything from a bag of almonds to tabloid magazines to six different shades of lip gloss. Where do you dolls measure up in terms of this poll?
How many handbags do you have, and what kind of strange stuff do you carry around in yours?


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