Beauty, Everyday Style, Makeup

How to Look Your Best in Video Chats

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

These days, everyday is a rollercoaster ride. The ups and downs of our current situation are taxing on our minds, bodies, and souls. *sigh

Luckily, technology has our back and is allowing us to remain connected while we’re physically apart. For many of us this means many a video chat. Need to “walk” over to a co-worker’s desk…call them on Zoom. Want to say hi to the family…Google Hangouts to the rescue.

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These video chat sessions can come at any moment and without warning. Looking presentable is a must (at least from the top up, pants are totally optional at this point). Let’s explore 5 easy ways to always look your best when your chatting it up via webcam.

Tip 1: Wear Mascara

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It’s important, whether in person or online, to make your eyes the focal point of your face. The first step to achieving this is to apply mascara. Mascara has a great power to really help make your eyes pop. It’s like magic in a tube. So, before any video chat, make sure to layer on some mascara. I’m still loving the Lash Paradise mascara from L’Oreal. See my review here.

Tip 2: Fill in those brows

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Remember that we want to make our eyes the focal point of our face? Another great and easy way to do this is by filling in the brows. This is a quick and easy step that can make all the difference. Check out this post for my favorite brow product.

Tip 3: Add some blush

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Nothing gives the skin a healthier glow like blush. It gives the skin that naturally flushed looked that instantly adds life and depth to the skin. No need to overdo it here. Just add a quick swipe of your favorite blush and you’re good to go. I’ve been loving the Milani baked blushes (see the post here). The color is spot on and a little goes a long way.

Tip 4: Do your hair

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Stay with me here, I’m not talking about going all out with a fancy updo or anything like that. We do need to put a little effort into this area, though. Nothing can make you look more unprofessional, tired, or even age you as much as not running a comb through your locks. As you know, I’ve never been one to do much with my hair. I’m way more into makeup. I think that’s because I can control the makeup better. I feel like my hair just has a life of its own. With video chatting, though, your hair only has to look good from the front! Even I can handle that! Also, I’ve discovered these updo hair pieces on Amazon (check them out here). These babies deserve a post all their own, so stayed tuned for that. They really are a hair game changer!

Tip 5: Wear Lipstick

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If you do nothing else, do this one. Putting on lipstick not only makes you look instantly put together but it’s a big confidence booster too. How can you not feel fabulous when wearing a rocking lip color? Trust me, it’s impossible. Now is the time to experiment. Those neutral colors you’re used to wearing may not transfer well on screen. Try something slightly darker or brighter, just don’t go too crazy if it’s for work.

There you have it! 5 quick and easy ways to look fabulous for your next video chat!

We want to hear from you! What suggestions do you have for looking your best in video chats?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Casual Style, Everyday Style, Fashion, Winter, Winter Style

Another Pop of Pink

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

That’s right, today we have another pop of pink. We’re all needing good vibes right about now, and pink fits the bill for me.

As with yesterday’s look, I followed close to the recipe style. Gray and pink are one of my favorite color combos for winter. Couple that with a chance to wear this fabulous pink statement necklace and you have a winning outfit in my book!

How are you beating the 3rd winter blues (or #stayhome #alonetogether blues for that matter)?

Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Everyday Style, Fashion, Winter, Winter Style

All in with Pink

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

We’re having winter #3 here in the upper Midwest. In fact, as I write this there are little white flakes falling from the sky!!! That’s okay, though, because we can always brighten up the weather with the right colors. The right color for me today is pink. Let’s be honest, though, I’m always in the mood for pink!

My look is essentially identical to that in the recipe style. I love the animal print scarf with the bright pink sweater. It’s such a fun and unexpected pairing. This is an outfit that has been on repeat all winter long!

What color do you wear when the weather needs brightening?

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Budget Shopping, Fashion

Black Friday Follow Up

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

It’s been a hot minute since I posted last, because, ya know, life gets busy. Now, though, we are finding ourselves with a lot more time on our hands. Let’s hunker down together and check out (finally!) what a bought on Black Friday.

I know, Black Friday seems like a distant memory (actually, last week feels like a distant memory). For a quick refresher, check out my post How to Prep for Black Friday.

As you recall, I made a list of the items that I wanted to find on Black Friday. Below is the list:

  1. Work tank top
    1. Black
  2. Sweater x2 (I donated about 5 but I don’t need to replace all of them)
    1. Long length
    2. Loose fitting
  3. Light-weight cardigan
    1. Black
    2. Navy
    3. Dark Pink
  4. Leggings
    1. Brown
  5. Tank tops: Red, teal, purple, navy, dark grey, tan, brown and black
    1. Long length

Did I stick to the list? Did I find everything I wanted? Let’s see how I did, shall we?

Purchased from thredUP/ Similar

Black tank for work? Check! This black tank came straight from thredUP and I couldn’t be happier with it. The fabric flows so beautifully and does not cling to the body, yet you can still layer it up with a cardigan or blazer. The longer length also makes it easy to pair with leggings as well. This was a stellar Black Friday find!

Two long, loose-fitting sweaters…check! Oh and 1 more. Originally, I had purchased the purple and pink sweaters from JCP. When I saw the green sweater on thredUP, though, I just couldn’t resist. It’s so cute and sporty. There’s even a cute ruffle in the back! I’m loving all three of these sweaters and have worn them many times since purchasing them back in November. Another stellar Black Friday find!

Light weight cardigans in black, pink, and navy…check, check, and check! The black cardigan from JCP is so soft, it’s the perfect length, and just the right fit for layering. When this comes back in more colors I might just buy them all! Yes, it’s that good! The navy one is also super comfy and the perfect length and fit. Another win! Then there’s the pink cardigan. Oh, this pink cardigan reminded me of an important lesson. This was another thredUP find. Usually I mark the ‘Condition’ filter as “New with Tags” or “Like New”. Apparently, I failed to mark those when searching for this sweater. The sweater is in fine condition, except the big ink stain on the elbow. Ugh! Look for another post about how to get ink stains out of clothes! Hahaha! Lesson learned, be careful when purchasing used clothing!

Brown leggings from thredUP (similar)

Brown leggings…check! These are the softest, stretchiest leggings I have ever owned. They’re basically like butter. No joke! Another stellar Black Friday find!

Long-length tank tops in red, teal, purple, navy, dark grey, tan, brown and black…these were a no go. I didn’t find anything in this category that tickled my fancy. The search continues.

To make up for not finding any tank tops, I made a few purchases that were not on my list.

Black dress from thredUP (similar)

When I saw this black dress on thredUP, I knew it had to get into my cart immediately! I love tank dresses that can easily be worn by themselves in the summer or with leggings and a cardigan in the cooler months. The fit of this is superb, as it hides all my trouble areas. I’ve already worn this a few times and I’m sure this will get lots of wear time in the coming months!

Floral kimono from thredUP (similar)

Kimonos are on point right now. Add some floral to them and you have a real winner. I LOVE this one. I get so many compliments when I wear it. It’s so flowy and beautiful that I kind of feel like a princess when I throw it on. This is effortless style at its finest.

Floral dress from thredUP (similar)

This floral dress was purchase from thredUP with a little coaxing from my mom. She said it would be perfect for our cruise in February. She was right! This was the perfect cruise dress, but it was also be the perfect summer dress as well. The back is so cute with the racerback cutout and ruffles. Cuteness! Is it summer yet???

Purple tank from thredUP (similar)

This purple tank with it’s long length and flow caught my eye. It’s another great layering piece for home or for the office. This is an item that’s sure to get a lot of wear!

Brown leather boots from Macy’s (exact)

After the breakdown of my fake leather boots (see the post here), I was on the hunt for a pair of authentic leather boots. Unfortunately, these came with a lesson. When buying boots online, one should always measure the circumference of the calf. These ended up being too tight around my leg. I was a sad panda, but my mom got a new pair of real leather boots! Next time, I’ll be more careful!

That’s my Black Friday haul, folks! Overall, I was very happy with all my purchases. There’s a lot of quality pieces here that fit nicely into my existing wardrobe. I’ll be wearing these items for years to come!

That’s all for today! Thanks for stopping by!

Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion

Bargain Boot Letdown

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Today, let’s talk bargains. By now, we all know that I love a bargain. Finding treasures at a fabulously low price is my jam. Who’s with me?!?! We need to be careful, though. Sometimes, those bargains are not bargains at all. The phrase ‘You get what you pay for’ can ring all too true.

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Boots are a must in the upper Midwest in the winter. They are normal daily apparel. I have a casual pair and a fancier pair in both brown and black, neither are real leather. The casual pair gets a lot of wear. They are from JCP and last about 2 seasons (see them here). The fancier pair, though, doesn’t get much feet time. Feeling sad for my fancy boots, I pulled out the brown pair to give them some love. They had only been worn 2 or 3 times. Luckily, I was wearing a long dress, because look what happened after only an hour of wear…

They just disintegrated. It was so disappointing! Case in point, sometimes bargains aren’t best. That was all the encouragement I needed to order a pair of real leather boots. When Black Friday came around, I ordered a pair from Macy’s (see them here).

If you’re like me and are feeling a little leery about spending so much up-front on a single item, try this trick. Calculate the price per wear. Those boots that fell apart after 3 wears were probably around $50, making them $17 per wear. Yikes! The real leather boots I just bought on sale for about $120 would only have to be worn 7 times to make them $17 per wear. I have a feeling they’re going to get a lot more wear than that! I’m hoping to get those leather boots well into the single cents per wear. The bottom line is that it makes sense to spend more on items you wear often. If you wear jeans everyday, spend a little more to get good quality ones that will last you a long time. The investment will be well worth it!

What items do you invest in?

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion

The Long Black Vest

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, we’re talking style inspiration again. Remember last week when we were cleaning out our closets (see the post here)? There were a few pieces that I kept out as I wasn’t sure how to style them. What do you do when you don’t know how to style something? You turn to Pinterest of course!

I was at a loss at how to style this. Pinterest to the rescue!

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I found a few ideas that caught my eye. I love the striped shirt with the black vest, but I don’t have a striped long-sleeved shirt. This is definitely an outfit I want to try when the weather gets warmer.

It’s hard to tell, but the inspiration pic is actually a blue sweater vest. Other than switching that out for the black sweater vest, I stuck pretty close to the inspo photo. I also added a scarf rather than the necklace for a greater impact. I’m loving this look and have gotten so many compliments on this outfit! The long black vest can stay in my closet for now!

This has been a really fun experiment! We’ve learned that sometimes all we need is a little inspiration. The pieces in our closets can easily be refreshed by scrolling through Pinterest. That’s awesome!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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The Yellow Shirt

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, we’re talking style inspiration again. Remember last week when we were cleaning out our closets (see the post here)? There were a few pieces that I kept out as I wasn’t sure how to style them. What do you do when you don’t know how to style something? You turn to Pinterest of course!

I was at a loss about how to style this yellow shirt. Pinterest to the rescue!

J’s Everyday Fashion // AJ Wears Clothes // amy-phelps on Polyvore

All these are must-tries, but I decided to start with the purple and yellow outfit. Purple and yellow is a color combo I’ve been noticing more and more of lately. Intrigued, I decided to give it a try for myself.

The pictures didn’t quite turn out as well as I would have liked. It’s hard to tell but this is indeed a purple sweater. I paired the sweater with the yellow shirt and tied them all together with the scarf. Turns out, purple and yellow is an unexpectedly fabulous combination. This is an outfit I’ll be sure to have on repeat all winter long! The yellow shirt can stay!

Would you wear purple and yellow together?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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The Pink Shirt

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, we’re talking style inspiration again. Remember last week when we were cleaning out our closets (see the post here)? There were a few pieces that I kept out as I wasn’t sure how to style them. What do you do when you don’t know how to style something? You turn to Pinterest of course!

I was at a loss about how to style this shirt. Pinterest to the rescue!

I switched the white top in the inspo pic for the pink shirt and topped off the look with a gray animal print scarf. I also opted for black boots instead of the brown ones. I’m loving this look! The pink shirt can stay!

Do you like the light pink and gray color combo?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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The White Vest

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, we’re talking style inspiration. Remember last week when we were cleaning out our closets (see the post here)? There were a few pieces that I kept out as I wasn’t sure how to style them. What do you do when you don’t know how to style something? You turn to Pinterest of course!

I was completely at a loss about how to style this white vest. So I opened Pinterest and searched for ‘white vest outfit ideas for winter’.

puttingmetogether.com // fivediscover.com // pennypincherfashion.com

I found a few ideas that caught my eye. Trying all 3 is definitely in the plans, but I decided to start with the red shirt and animal print scarf.

I stayed pretty close to the inspiration pic. I opted for a buffalo plaid scarf as it matched the red in my shirt nicely while tying in the white from the vest. I’m not mad at this outfit. Thanks to some Pinterest inspiration, the white vest can go back into my closet for good now.

Which inspiration outfit is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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Budget Shopping, Fashion

How to Prep for Black Friday

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous! We’re coming at you with a Monday edition of the blog, because we have a very important topic to discuss…Black Friday.

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Oh, Black Friday, you’re the sale of the year and your special day is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to refresh our wardrobes. It’s easy to become enthralled by all the fabulous deals, though. If we’re not careful, things can get out of hand quickly. Before we know it, we have a porch full of boxes and a closet that’s anything but rejuvenated. To avoid this undesirable outcome, let’s take some time to prepare. Don’t worry, it’s a painless process based on the one-in one-out rule (for a refresh on this rule, see the post here). Without further ado, let’s get into it!

First of all, let’s acknowledge that letting go of things is hard. To make the process easier, it’s important to “dignify the ending” (credit to Tero International, Inc.). What do we mean by this? It may be by thanking the item for its service as Marie Kondo suggests in her videos. It may be reminiscing about a particular memory or sharing a vision for the future of that item once it’s found a new home. It’s whatever you need to do to get closure and move on. I realize this may seem silly, but I promise it’s helpful.

Now that we know how to say goodbye to our beloved pieces, let’s get to cleaning out our closet.

Step 1: What brings you joy?

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Look through all your clothes and set aside anything that doesn’t bring you joy. This may be because it’s not your style anymore or because it doesn’t fit or because it’s damaged, etc. I’m talking serious joy here. You want to look into your closet and LOVE everything in it.

Step 2: Sort, sort, sort

Next up, let’s sort those items that don’t bring us joy. I sort my pieces into 3 bins:

  1. Purgatory: Things that I’m not quite ready to donate yet. These are items I want to see if I miss once they’re out of my closet.
  2. Donation: Things that will be donated.
  3. Trash: Items that are beyond repair and need to be tossed.

Step 3: Analysis

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Analysis, you ask? Yes, analysis. Don’t worry, we don’t have to make any graphs (unless you want to!) All we mean by analysis here is that we want to understand why certain items didn’t work well for us. That way we can avoid making the same mistakes in the future.

Step 4: Make a list

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Now take stock of everything that has gone into one of the bins. Make a list of those items that you need to replace. Voila! You now have your Black Friday shopping list!

The Steps in Action

To prepare for Black Friday, I too, cleaned out my closet. I’d love to share my experience with you now.

First of all, I cleaned out my Purgatory closet. I dignified the ending of each item as I placed it into the donation bin. That really helped me let of go of those pieces.

Next, I went into my closet and pulled out items that don’t bring me joy. Some went to the Purgatory closet and others went straight into the donation bin.

Next up, I did some analysis.

I bought this blouse to wear under cardigans for work. It’s a nice material, but it just doesn’t work for me. Why? It seems to be the detail around the neckline. Apparently, I don’t need more volume in that area. Lesson learned. I need to look for blouses that don’t have any additional volume around the neckline and bust area.

Not pictured: purple, black, and brown tanks

Something else I noticed, was the number of Target brand tank tops that had holes in them. Don’t get me wrong, I love Target as much as the next gal. Sometimes, though, the quality isn’t the best. I wear tank tops nearly every day. It makes sense for me to invest in better quality tank tops since I wear them so often. Even though the item may initially be more expensive, the cost per wear will be low. Black Friday is the perfect time to find those quality pieces at an affordable price.

Something new I tried out this round was to pull out pieces I wasn’t sure how to style. I figured I would look for outfit inspiration before these items go into Purgatory or the Donation bin.

Finally, I made my list. Here it is:

  1. Work tank top
    1. Black
  2. Sweater x2 (I donated about 5 but I don’t need to replace all of them)
    1. Long length
    2. Loose fitting
  3. Light-weight cardigan
    1. Black
    2. Navy
    3. Dark Pink
  4. Leggings
    1. Brown
  5. Tank tops: Red, teal, purple, navy, dark grey, tan, brown and black
    1. Long length

That’s it! My experience cleaning out my closet was satisfying and painless. I know yours will be too!

Are you ready to clean out your closet? In about one hour, you can thin out your closet, focus your Black Friday shopping, and make room for fresh, new, undamaged pieces that you LOVE!

Let’s hear from you! Will you be cleaning out your closet in preparation for Black Friday?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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