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Fall Fashion Trends of 2014

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Ahhh, Minnesota. Where this year’s weather rollercoaster took us from winter directly to summer, skipping spring altogether.  In September, we are out on the lake and at the park in the 80-something weather thanking our lucky stars that the warmth will last a little longer! All of this unpredictability keeps life pretty exciting, don’t you think? Or frustrating is maybe a better word? We ARE officially in the fall season and the cool drop in temps reminded us of that on Monday morning as we stepped out the door to a blustery breeze and insisted to our kids that shorts and a t-shirt wouldn’t cut it today like they did yesterday.

With fall, comes new fashion! Now that IS something to keep life exciting. Let’s talk about what you’re seeing out there in the stores and on the streets. Here are the top 5 easy-to-incorporate fashions for Fall 2014:

Seasonal Fashion

  • THE WRAP COAT: Who doesn’t love wrapping up in a warm, fuzzy robe post-shower? This style of coat will give you the same feeling and  you’ll look beautiful, too. The tie at the waist give you a custom fit since it is so adjustable.
  • BLUE and ORANGE: Hues of blue will wash over every store and you’ll also find lots of fun orange tones.  Before you write off the orange as a can’t-do, just remember that there are MANY different shades out there.  You’ll find flattering shades of orange to match any skin tone from vibrant color to muted, pumpkin-esque hues.
  • THE MIDI SKIRT: Fall’s ultimate transition piece is ladylike and can work for anyone because it can be paired with so many different options on top.
  • SHEARLING: Great news for those of us battling with the polar vortex! You’ll see this on collars, vests, and even boots.
  • MATCHING TOPS AND BOTTOMS: A trend started this summer is continuing on this season.  If one uniform pattern is just too much, try adding a sweater or jean jacket over the top to offer a little more variety.

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New Spring Fashion Trends

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Spring is coming (we hope – someday!) and it will once again be time to kiss those sweaters goodbye and bring out your rain coat! If you like to stay on top of the fashion trends, we’ve listed some of the fashions that will be going strong this spring. Enjoy!

  1. The Boxy Jacket – Now this is one that you might want to skip if you’ve been working your tail off to get in great shape in the new year! Your cute little waist will be completely concealed in this style of jacket. They are pairing these with skirts or pants and are dressing them up and down.
  2. Contrast-Collar Button Down Shirts – The crisp, menswear-inspired dress shirt enjoys a makeover with cool, contrasting color and/or textured collars and cuffs.
  3. Billowy Wide-Legged Pants – Just look for a pair that’s leaner on the flare and higher-waisted to elongate your frame
  4. Tea Length Skirts – Yes, this is the one between the mini and the maxi. Girly-girls rejoice as this is a very feminine look.
  5. Tuxedo Striped Athletic Pants – To keep the look modern but refined, opt for a streamlined silhouette in unexpected white (black is so traditional) and pair the pants with a casual non-button-down top.
  6. The Shift Blouse – It IS everywhere and this is another style with a very boxy shape. You’ll be seeing it in exciting prints, luxurious textures, and varying necklines.

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Neutral Nails – Timeless

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

When in doubt, neutral always looks classy.

These colors will look great for work, school or an evening out on the town. They work well with any wardrobe colors and they make your nails look super clean and chic, too. Just like nude colored heels elongate your leg, neutral colors give your hands and fingers a lovely, lean look.

Be sure to get your nails properly prepped before using a lighter, neutral shade, however. These have a tendency to highlight flaws if your nails are damaged or dry. Use a quality base coat beforehand and take care of those cuticles, especially with our frigid MN winter taking its toll on your hands.

Take your time choosing a color because just like foundation for your face, nude polishes have many different undertones and certain choices will work better with your natural skin tones than others. In short, it’s all about complementing your skin, while providing a little colour and contrast, too.

Some good neutrals to check out:

OPI “Berlin There Done That”

OPI “Bubble Bath”

Essie “Don’t Sweater It”

Essie “Mademmoiselle” (great for fair skin)

OPI “Samoan Sand” (great for medium skin)

Essie “Fed Up” (great for darker skin)

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Stylists Say…

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Don’t we all wish our best friend was a stylist for the stars and could give us some help when it comes to choosing clothes/styles. The next best thing is to collect tips that stylists offer up and take their advice! Read on:
Accentuate with Accessories – Always
Stylists say that people underestimate how a bold accessory like a wide red belt or a gigantic emerald necklace can draw your eye somewhere and put the focus on what you love about yourself.
Looking Leggy
The key to wearing heels is wearing them with confidence. A stacked heel is good for everyday wear and stability. Stylists say if you’ve got great legs, wear a black dress and gold shoes, then everyone will look at your legs. But, a nude heel is the best investment. It should be almost skin tone to make your legs look leaner.
Skirt Length How-To
Midcalf is a tough length.  You have to be a giant to pull it off.  A pencil skirt or an A-line at the knee is better.  The middle of the knee is actually what stylists say is the most flattering for everybody.  From where the kneecap cuts, you want to go just about an inch above that.  Mini skirts should be retired when you are in your late 20s, unless you wear them with tights.
Last Minute Help
Stylists recommend using a triangular makeup sponge to easily wipe away the peskiest of deodorant streaks. Water doesn’t work! Don’t forget to keep a mini lint roller handy (especially when you leave the house in black!) and a few safety pins of various sizes in your purse to fix a broken strap or busted button.  Need to secure a plunging V-neck? Use Vapon Topstick toupee tape, which has more staying power than traditional fashion tape.

Ombre Obsession

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Everywhere you look, you’ll find ombre! From hair to nails to clothing, this look is hot.

Color fading can give your eyes instant edge too. All you need: two hues and these tips.

Darker outer corners make eyes appear bigger and sexier. For daytime, try violet with pale lavender; for night, pair deep forest green with emerald, or rich navy with a cobalt or denim blue.

Dust the lighter color from the inner corner to the middle of the lid, and the darker one from there to the outer corner (wing it out a quarter inch past the edge for drama); drag it along your lower lash line too. Use a stiff eye-shadow brush and short strokes to blend where the shades meet.



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Jean Jacket Simplicity

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Whether worn with a skirt or a pair of skinny pants, the time-tested trend creates the perfect laid-back look. You can pare down a cocktail dress or add edge to floral print with this single piece. There are always fresh new ways to work the look. These are some you might want to try this summer:

You could wear it with a floral dress or a cute skirt:

Or with a pencil skirt:


Or pair it with your favorite print pants:

You can even wear it with denim pants:

No matter what you chose to pair a jean jacket with, it is a great staple in your wardrobe! Versatile and classy!

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New, Sexy Spring Fragrances

Friday, May 10th, 2013

This time of year is the perfect time to snatch up a new fragrance.  There are usually great promotions available at department stores with Mother’s Day. Here are some that you must check out!

Escada, Cherry in the Air

The sweet cherry scent will carry you long into summer as it promises to evoke the pleasurable, breathtaking, and out-of-this-world feeling of falling in love, and that special summer when it came about. Notes of Black Cherry, Raspberry, Mandarin, Marshmallow, Gardenia, Coconut, Sandalwood, Oakwood.



Heidi Klum, Surprise

Experience the explosive, elegant and sensual notes creating this sexy floral fragrance from power mom Heidi Klum.



Clinique, Happy in Bloom (Limited Edition)

Just when you need a lift, Clinique’s upbeat floral arrives to make your world sweeter, softer, brighter. Captures the feeling of a world suddenly in bloom. Here for a limited time in a pretty new design.

Just Cavalli, For Her

The Just Cavalli fragrance opens with a top note of Neroli, an essential oil produced from blossoms of the bitter orange tree. The fragrance is followed by a magnetic heart note of the precious Tahitian Tiare flower. This floral mix is grounded by a creamy palissander wood accord that adds power and nobility. Fresh, intense and alluring.


Dolce &  Gabbana, Desire

Desire by Dolce&Gabbana is an Oriental Floral that completes The One collection with a bouquet of intense and intoxicating notes to create an opulent and deeply feminine fragrance.


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Oh Yes, Fall Fashion Time!

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

As always, we love looking at ways to keep your whole look fresh and fun! Here are some trends you might consider embracing for fall!

  1. Statement Collars: This look makes any outfit look polished! You can even find embellished collars on Etsy or how-to instructions online to make a DIY one for yourself! We are talking ultimate creativity here!
  2. The Navy Blue Peacoat: A good trend to invest in — your peacoat will never look out of style.
  3. Wine colors: Dark red and purple shades are a big statement this season — especially the shiny burgandy coat. Brick reds look great on warm skin tones, for example, while bluish plums look great on cool ones.
  4. Wear textures: Don’t go head to toe in texture, but add some fun interest to your outfit with texture. Think cashmere, angora or maybe mohair.
  5.  Pointy pumps: These look fab with a dress or cropped pants but don’t pair them with wide-legged pants or you are just asking for trouble!
  6. Unlikely pairings: Purses are making statements this season with unlikely mixes of hardware and fabrics.

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

Monday, August 20th, 2012

How far would you go to protect your face from the sun? Would you surrender your fashion sense and raise some eyebrows of bystanders to guarantee sun protection? Have you heard of the face-kini?

All the rage on the beaches of China, the face-kini is a protective head mask that guards the skin from the sun. (They also protect against insects and jellyfish.) Face-kinis come in a variety of styles, cost less than $5, and are also often paired with full bodysuits. These are becoming increasingly popular, especially this year.  If the trend takes off in the US, would you wear one? Chime in and let us know your thoughts? Smart sun protection or creepy?

If you are looking for a more “normal” looking way to protect your delicate facial skin from the sun, stop in to see our selection of sunscreens and fashionable hats that are anything but creepy and definitely won’t make you look like a bank robber. 🙂 Belladerm carries SkinMedica, Obagi, and Revision sunscreen.


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Beach-Proof Nails

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

If you’re short on prep time before you hit the beach this summer, you might want to try stick-on polish strips (also no drying time required). They adhere in minutes and can be removed like regular nail polish. They might last longer than your regular polish, too, which would be a bonus during the summer months! Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects come in sizes (and styles) designed especially for both fingers and toes. There are upwards of 40 styles to choose from and they say it can last up to 10 days. Customers on Sally Hansen’s website are rating these 4.5 out of 5 stars–that’s not too shabby! If you try them, we’d love to hear what you think.

Check out the wide variety of playful designs you could put on your nails: Sally Hansen or view a short clip about the product here.
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