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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Rain on Me

Those that know me know that I complain about what others wear when it rains (in addition to what others wear every day).  But rain seems especially bad - as if people can't quite figure out what to wear.  Or can't be bothered to.  So, a few friends have asked for this post.  What to wear when it rains: because your Denali zip-up over your suit looks idiotic.

You will need:

- Trench
- Shorter, light rain coat for warmer months
- Rain boots (aka "Wellies")
- Rain skimmers for warmer months
- Umbrella (ella, ella, eh....sorry, I couldn't help myself.  I always sing that when I hear that word).

Personally, I like a printed trench or umbrella vs. printed boots/skimmers.  I think it looks more chic.  However, the sister of The Glossy Goddess wears the below boots, with a short white rain coat (similar to mine), and a simple floral print black & white umbrella, and it works.  But be careful mixing prints - two at most, preferably one.

Trenches aren't super warm, even when lined, so layering and adding a scarf in colder months is a good idea.  Also, when it's truly too hot for a jacket, I'll just grab an umbrella or maybe even a colorful scarf to wrap around my hair, depending on the intensity of the rain.  I'll wear the scarf loosely, but will add some big earrings for a bit of glamour.  Additionally, I have this rain jacket to wear with sporty (gym) clothes.  Different rain wear is needed in order to be appropriate for the occasion.

Now, one more thing must be addressed:  what to wear under your outerwear.  I prefer skirts, dresses, leggings, or skinny pants/jeans.  Why?  Because no one wants to show up to work with either wet pants or creases in nice pants (from tucking into boots).  It's unprofessional and unbecoming.  Unless you're a man, which in that case, please wear pants, and I feel bad that you don't have other options.

Oh, and: I hate black.  Rain is so dreary anyway; why wear black when you can wear color?

My typical rain look:

For warmer months

Close up, sans boots

I like Target and Nordstrom Rack for trenches and umbrellas.


LL Bean 

Tory Burch (also, at the time of this post, you can find the colored jelly Reva's on various discount sites)

Let me know if you have comments/questions!  I'd love to hear them and discuss rain wear with you.  I actually really look forward to the rain, so that I can wear my rain outfits (though I don't look forward to the Jewfro)!

Friday, April 5, 2013

On Waiting...

As I sit inside on the first beautiful Friday night of 2013, drinking wine, watching General Hospital (hey, it's the 50th anniversary.  And the Nurses' Ball is back....OK, I'm still addicted as I was 20 years ago), reading blogs about being divorced and not wanting children (and occasionally scrolling through OKCupid), I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself.  I'm also broke and can't even afford a happy hour drink, but that's my fault.  Moving on from that, I want to talk about waiting, which is a topic that has been talked about a lot recently between my friends.

Not waiting to have sex (necessarily), but waiting for the right person.  Sure, it's fine to date and sleep with whomever.  So many of my girls want to be in a relationship (and so do I), but I worry that them, and other women, are so tired of waiting, so tired of dating, that they are going to jump into their next relationship with the next relationship-ready man that they meet.

But I say don't.  I say don't fall into a relationship just because the man wants one.  Instead, actively and consciously choose to be in a relationship with a man because you think he is your soul mate.  I truly believe in soul mates (though I believe we have many).  Instead of being with the first man that wants to be in a relationship with you, wait for the first man that you want to be in a relationship with.  Because more than likely, that man will want to be in a relationship with you.  That's the key piece - you don't want someone who wants to be in any relationship.  He needs to want to be with you.  When you find him, you'll know.  Men are obvious.  Yes, this means you'll have to wait longer.  But you'll be much happier.  Your relationship will be better and you'll be better for it.  

Chante's Got A Man - and some advice for you, too

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ravens Madness!

I did this look a few months ago for the Superbowl, and kept meaning to post it.

Brows:  MAC Eye Shadow in Charcoal Brown
Highlight: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin
Main Colors: Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eyeshadow, colors from left to right: Techno Gold (GD803), Purple Dawn (VI305), Caviar (BK905)
Eyeliner: Shiseido Automatic Fine Eyeliner in Black (BK901)
Mascara: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme in Extreme Black, with Lancome Cils Booster XL as primer

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Nailin' It!

Last week's nail look!

Orange: OPI Hot & Spicy
Accent Nail: OPI for Sephora All that Glitters, clear rhinestone

Monday, April 1, 2013

Sangria, Mimosas, and Dating

This post might be a little (OK, a lot) rant-y (is that even a word?) and may not be applicable to everyone, but I need to get this out.  I need men to be men.  I recently read a profile on OKCupid, and the man wants to meet for sangria or mimosas.

Gentlemen, I get it.  Sangria and mimosas are awesome.  And as women, we get to drink those all the time without being judged.  And, I want you to like both of those drinks.  I just don't need you to advertise it.  Sangria is fabulous - at tapas restaurants, at Moroccan restaurants, in Barcelona, in Sevilla, at a cookout...but I don't need you inviting me on a date for it.

Mimosas are also fabulous.  At brunch.  Whether I make it for you or our friends, whether we spend a Sunday drinking bottomless ones on a patio somewhere, you should definitely drink mimosas.  But again, I don't need you to invite me on a date for mimosas.

And it goes beyond drink choices.  It extends to chivalry and decisiveness, as well.  While I definitely appreciate that men adopt some traditionally feminine behaviors (skin care, spa visits and I love men with long hair), I also need them to maintain some traditionally masculine behaviors too.  Maybe because I'm a Pisces and super feminine, but it doesn't really matter why - it's just a preferred trait of mine.

Sangria & mimosas?  My kind of morning!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Nailin' It!

A little late, but this was last week's nail look.

Pink:  OPI, Got A Date To-Knight?
Accent Nail:  OPI, It's Totally Fort Worth It with Sation Diamond Diggin' Diva over it
Ring: BCBG, from Lord & Taylor