‘Paris, Capital of Fashion’ Review: The City of Sartorial Love

Have you ever wondered how Paris became the undisputed epicenter of the fashion world? The short answer is, there’s no one specific reason, but in the Wall Street Journal’s review of the Museum at FIT’s Fall exhibit, you’ll find a few causes rooted in the city’s history and penchant for being “over-the-top” that explain how the story unfolds.

15 Slow Cooker Recipes Perfect for Cold Weather

Baby, it’s cold outside! With temperatures rapidly falling and the events of the holiday season upon us, the thought of eating in is just so cozy this time of year. Whether you’re craving chicken pot pie or pumpkin oatmeal you’re going to want to check out these 15 fabulous recipes—courtesy of theeverygirl.com—that can all be made in a slow cooker. With minimal prep and a little bit of patience, you’ll soon be enjoying a piping hot meal that will warm you from the inside out!

How to Prevent Bloating When Traveling

Vacations are meant for setting out on new adventures—relaxation, exploration, and generally experiencing what the world has to offer—all of which are that much more enjoyable without the annoyance of stomach bloat. Don’t let digestive issues and a bloated stomach dampen the spirit of your time away. The following article from theeverygirl.com features five ways to combat the dreaded travel bloat, and each one has been tested and approved by the article’s writer herself. Read on for fool-proof methods that will allow you to enjoy your vacation without fear of a stomach revolt!

Maternity

Who says you can’t look chic and sophisticated while pregnant? Certainly not us! Look chic in whatever stage of pregnancy you’re in. Be sure to take a look at what we’ve found for you this month! Click, shop, and relax… you’ve got pregnancy covered!

Bangs… To Cut or Not to Cut?

Who hasn’t looked at themselves in the mirror before and thought about changing their hair? We have all been on the fence asking  “should I do bangs?” We ask our girlfriends what their opinions are, then we wonder why we listen to them in the first place because let’s be real, when was the last time they changed their look? SO let me be the first to say this, bangs are a hot accessory this season! Dress them up, play them down, part them off to the side, or keep them straight down the middle! Take a look at what style will look best on you!

Weddings

Looking for a wedding dress that will set you apart from the rest? We’ve found some stunning dresses for you that take wedding chic to a whole new level. Shopping for that perfect dress just got a whole lot easier!

Essential Denim

Denim as a wardrobe essential is pretty obvious. What might not be obvious is the style of denim that will be the most flattering to your body and the most chic on you. Read up on the styles that are most flattering all around and be sure to add some denim chic to your ultimate wardrobe!

Essential Sneakers

Sneakers are fabulous with all of your knock-around looks to your everyday sport clothes. I firmly believe sneakers are one the biggest must-haves of the season and predict they will become a long time staple in our wardrobes.

The Essential White T Shirt

The white T shirt is an iconic essential in your wardrobe. Every fashion icon from Audrey Hepburn forward will tell you the white T shirt is a staple. What does it do? It pops everything and it goes with almost every category imaginable. Take a look at the sensational white Ts we think you should have in your essential wardrobe! Happy Shopping!

The Look – November

This month we took ourselves to Planet Blue for a fabulous shoot with so many adorable treasures. Everything was stunning, as were the prices for what you are getting! We had such a good time and had such a challenge deciding on what to shoot as there was so much that was so fabulous! These looks will serve you well and are versatile… Yay! Happy treasure shopping!

The Case for Taking a Walk After You Eat

What happened to the good old days of eating dinner then taking an evening stroll afterward? It comes as no great surprise that with the rise of technology and portable screens has come a decline of physical activity…but there are so many reasons why this age-old tradition needs to be resuscitated. Studies show that a simple 15 minute walk can be crucial to controlling blood sugar levels and aiding digestion… and that’s not all! Read on to find out why walking after a meal is so vital to your wellbeing, in this fascinating article from Health.com.

Sort Yourself

We’ve all heard how important is to be organized, but what does that really mean, and how do you get there? Some people may say that being organized is a goal within itself, but I believe that being organized is a vehicle to achieving something better…

Transform Your Life through Style Shopping

The pieces you’ll find within this post are all you’ll need to start planning for and building your (tiny) success wardrobe! Never fear, we’ll be discussing this in class and Bobbi will answer and and all questions you may have!

Dress for Success Tailored to Fit Your Budget – Final Sale

When it comes to gauging one’s success, the handbag that you carry is second only to the shoes that you wear in terms of letting others know where you fall in the spectrum. That being said, I will always urge you to invest in your bags. You will love shopping for the investment bags that you covet at a fraction of the price you would pay if you walked into any of the retailers who carry them… See what we’ve found at The RealReal that you’re going to love!

Tailored to Fit Your Budget

Whether you’re a seasoned BIS member or brand new to the site, one concept bears repeating every single month; if you are serious about climbing the ladder of success in your workplace, you must dress the part! Our partnership with The RealReal makes building your essential wardrobe that much easier. Click. Shop. Enjoy!

Dress for Success

Professional business attire is a staple in any woman’s closet, and we’ve found some fabulous choices for you this month. Click, shop, and build your business essentials wardrobe!

Foundations

Wearing the proper foundations (if you will pardon the expression) under you clothing is essential… it can alter the way your clothes hang on your body and slim where needed. Investing in your foundation wear is worth every penny… See what we’ve found for you this month!

Essential Shoes

In our world, essential shoes consist of all the categories that we live in endlessly, including sneakers, booties, and pumps. Keep in mind that not all silhouettes or leathers are equal however! Keep reading for Bobbi’s insight as to what shoes should comprise your ultimate, essential shoe wardrobe.

The Essential Third Piece

A very important finishing touch to every look you wear is the “third piece.” Therefore, it stands to reason, that this component is an essential part of your ultimate wardrobe. In any creative measure, things are always done in odd numbers. So, when you dress you have your top, your bottom and your third piece—which can be a cardigan, a sweater or a jacket. Simple and easy. See what fabulous third pieces we’ve found for your ultimate, essential wardrobe!

Essential Accessories

Your essential accessories should include chic, simple pieces intended for daily wearing. These are the finishing touches that really pull your look together, up your chic, and continue to build on your ultimate wardrobe.

Pre-owned

As a concept, the idea of pre-owned is genius! If you are like me, you love luxury… and yet sometimes it isn’t in the budget. As a stylist I often work with the resellers to pass on my client’s fabulous goodies that they are letting go of, so I know how carefully items are checked over before they accept or reject a piece. This makes for a delicious possibility in terms of your acquiring something you desire for a much more palatable price. Check out what we’ve found and love… and happy shopping!

Modernizing Your Health

If you think about, we’re constantly updating various areas of our lives, from the surroundings in our homes, to the people we hang out with and the clothing we wear… But what about the things you do for your health? Have you made any updates in that department? This fall, BIS Contributor Dr. Mary Warren invites us to take a look at the status of the choices we make around our health and wellbeing and modernize them as necessary so that we can look and feel better for the holidays. Happy Fall!

The 25 Best Lipstick Tips and Tricks We’ve Ever Heard from Professional Makeup Artists

As simple as it may appear, a lot of work goes into a good looking lip! For those of us who cannot count ourselves among the experts in this regard, we’re in for a treat! Our friends at Allure have already done all the heavy lifting for us and have devoted a good deal of time and energy answering the question—”how do you achieve a great lip?” To that end they have put together 25 of the best tips and tricks from the experts themselves, professional makeup artists, and they’ve got us all covered!

15 Healthy Meal Prep Recipes for People Who Hate Salad

For those of us who aren’t crazy about salads, reading that they are the easiest way to a healthy lifestyle is like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard. But the fact is, you can compose a perfectly healthy meal without its being comprised of a boring bowl of lettuce—and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time out of your busy day. The following article from theeverygirl.com features 15 creative meal prep ideas for all who might be looking for a salad alternative and for whom time is limited. Follow this plan, and when the work week rolls around, every meal will taste like it took hours to prepare as opposed to minutes to heat up! You’re sure to find something you love!

Patricia Arquette and Patti Hansen Talk Love, Friendship, and Work After 50

For best friends Patricia Arquette and Patti Hansen, aging in no way makes them any less cool or diminishes their finesse. The actress and supermodel are still madly in love with their spouses, making a difference in the world, and rocking Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen flawlessly. The dialogue between the dynamic duo in this interview with InStyle makes a serious case for cool moms.

Mason Pearson: The True Story Behind the Secretive Maker of the World’s Best Hairbrush

The iconic Mason Pearson hairbrush is one that has been coveted by hair stylists for decades… So what’s the story behind this iconic company? Well, for starters, they don’t need to push their product—they just work. You’re going to want to read in this article from Allure about how Mason Pearson got its start in 1885 with their boar bristle brush, and how since then they have continued to dominate in the beauty industry.

How to Avoid the Craftiest Counterfeit Watches

Counterfeits in the luxury watch industry are becoming more commonplace than you think…Even the savviest of shoppers have been known to be duped into buying counterfeit versions of their favorite luxury brand watches. Fortunately for us, The Wall Street Journal is on top of the situation. If you’re in the market, you’re going to want to read on to avoid possibly making a very expensive mistake in the purchase of your our own timeless timepiece!

How to Naturally Boost Your Energy Throughout the Day

Many of us are hard-pressed to get in that eight hours of precious slumber every night… And as a result we often wake up feeling like we’ve hardly gotten any sleep at all…which can wreak havoc on your energy levels throughout the day. And let’s face it, most of us aren’t able to take that midday nap whenever we please! Fortunately, the following article from the everygirl.com helps us out. Read on and find out some of the best ways that you can naturally boost your energy when you need it most!

Celebrity Street Style – October

Most celebrities are lucky enough to be styled in the seasons’ hottest trends by their Hollywood stylists. While we can’t all live the glamorous lives of our favorite celebrities, we can certainly take inspiration from them! “Celebrity Street Style” is where we share some of our favorite looks so that you can craft your own using pieces from your own wardrobe. Coupled with Bobbi’s commentary, Hollywood style can be yours!

The Look – October

This month we shot The Look at Free People…one of my favorites! We had a marvelous time with all the adorable treasures we found and they are all so wonderfully priced… From the flares to the utility pants, easy, timeless, simple tops and some very fun bags—each was casual adorable and so budget friendly!
This is a place to load up—and be sure to do so before these gems are gone! Happy viewing and shopping!

Yes, You Can Kondo Your Refrigerator

It turns out that color coordinating isn’t just for your closet. Aesthetically arranging your fridge is officially trending, and Marie Kondo would be proud. Using clear containers to simplify lines and intentionally buying produce to fit in a specific color scheme are just a couple of ways that Instagram’s most followed fridges are making it happen.

Raisin-Challah Apple Betty

With the temperature falling and the familiar scents of autumn drifting in, we can’t help but crave delicious desserts using seasonal ingredients that put us in the mood for this coziest of seasons. In this wonderful recipe by Martha Stewart, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon paired with plump raisins and in-season apples come together for a wonderful autumnal treat that is sure to warm you up! Bon appétit!

30 Ordering Hacks to Cut Calories When Dining Out

You’ve probably heard it a thousand times but when it comes to losing weight, the calories you burn have to be greater than the calories you consume. This sounds simple; you ate chicken and vegetables for dinner and worked out for an hour already, but the majority of “hidden” calories we consume don’t originate from our own kitchens. Eating out can mean hundreds of hidden calories in a single sitting, but this article from Eat This, Not That will help you out with 30 hacks that will allow you to enjoy a night out with your people and not wake up with regrets the next morning!

Beauty Brands Focus on Women of Color

Ten years ago, it would not be uncommon to walk the beauty aisle in a pharmacy and find 15 or fewer shades of foundation in any given brand’s selection—most of those shades catering to lighter complexions…But those monochromatic days are fading into the past. With the rise of new generation labels like Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, which offers foundation in 40 shades, mainstream competitors are beginning to adhere to the new norm.

It’s OK. Don’t Cook. This Approach Is Surprisingly Healthy.

Not that you need permission, but we’ll go ahead and say it: don’t cook dinner tonight. If eating healthy at home conjures up in your mind scenes of you slaving over the stovetop, think again. From assembling ginger-citrus soba noodle bowls to chowing down on crab cakes with lemon slaw, The Wall Street Journal has curated low-maintenance recipes that will nourish your body without depleting your energy in the preparation process.

Celebrity Street Style – September

Most celebrities are lucky enough to be styled in the seasons’ hottest trends by their Hollywood stylists. While we can’t all live the glamorous lives of our favorite celebrities, we can certainly take inspiration from them! “Celebrity Street Style” is where we share some of our favorite looks so that you can craft your own using pieces from your own wardrobe. Coupled with Bobbi’s commentary, Hollywood style can be yours!

Secrets of Superior Salad Architecture

It’s time to say a friendly farewell to your mother’s salad recipes. Long gone are the days of boring, unrecognizable ingredients tossed together in a serving bowl. Today’s salads are visually appealing works of art, served on platters with distinctive ingredients like pickled onions, olives and intentionally placed dollops of creamy dressing. Read on for the guidance you need to unleash your inner salad architect.

The Test – Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream

Every month the team at Be Iconic Style chooses an inexpensive beauty product to test and share the results of with you. This month, we’ve chosen Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin. Is it worth the price? See what our in-house expert has to say and you can decide for yourself!

The Look – September

This month we shot The Look at Neiman Marcus Northpark—the gem of the Neiman Marcus chain. I always refer to that store as Disneyland for clothes… and it absolutely lived up to that name. This is a departure from our usual version of The Look, in that we normally are aiming for style that is budget friendly for you to put looks together. And we usually stay super casual. This time we did some casual but there are a few things dressier. The price points are higher, just to give you a heads up but I do think you will love what you see.

4 Makeup Tricks for When You Literally Have No Time

In a perfect world, you wake up before your alarm clock goes off, sip a just-brewed cup of coffee, and have a carefree 30 minutes to calmly, expertly apply your makeup while thinking about the day ahead and plotting out world domination. But we live in the real world and rarely have the luxury of time… So what is the key to getting flawless skin on the go? One hero multi-purpose product, plus a few other items worth a spot in your makeup bag!

8 Incredible Spas for a Total Body Reboot

Ahhhh, the spa. This simple, three letter word instantly calms. And while sometimes the local masseuse is all you need, there are other times when you need to pack a bag and hop the first jet out to Sri Lanka. If you’re looking for a total mental and physical refresh, the online magazine Porter has compiled eight of the best spas from around the world… And whether you’re looking for an Aryuvedic detox or yoga in the jungle, this list has you covered!

The Test: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser

Every month the team at Be Iconic Style chooses an inexpensive beauty product to test and share the results of with you. This month, we’ve chosen La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser for acne prone skin. This face wash, developed with dermatologists, helps fight acne breakouts by targeting excess oil, pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads for clear skin. It’s also clinically tested to reduce excess surface oil by up to 47%. It is oil-, fragrance-, and paraben-free… but is it worth the price? See what our in-house expert has to say about it and you can decide for yourself!