Entries Tagged as 'style secrets'

March 8, 2013

beauty & style secrets | how to survive south by southwest

Greetings from Austin, Texas!

I’m currently nerding out with my coworkers at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival.

This is my first time to attend the massive meetup (total n00b over here), and while I *think* I have planned accordingly, you never really know until it’s over.

Here’s what I’ll be toting around during my time in Austin — what other recommendations do you have?

kimberlyloc how to survive south by southwest sxsw

{One thing I may be missing: bandages for sore feet … but I think I packed sensible shoes!}

1. Sunglasses

Even though rain is in the forecast, you gotta have some shades to be able to 1) creep on people; 2) not look too awkward when you’re lost and 3) protect your eyes and delicate skin from the UV rays!

2. Kashi Honey Almond Flax Granola Bars

It’s not fun to be around me when I’m hungry. To keep myself in check, I grabbed a box of Kashi granola bars to stash in my tote for those times when I just can’t get to a food truck.

3. W3ll People Nudist Lipshine Stick in 1

My Goodebox must have known I was making a trip to the home of W3ll People this month, as I received this yummy tinted lip balm in my subscription box! Look at me, doing as the local natural beauties do.

4. Klean Kanteen

I’m a BYOB type of gal — especially when I have a feeling that the price of bottled water is going to be jacked up high. My 40-ounce Klean Kanteen should be just enough to get me through a day of nerding out.

5. Soleil Organique Environmental Defense Daily Moisturizer for Face SPF 20

Hours of walking around outside in Texas sunshine = so many more chances for sun damage. I’ll be testing out this new sunscreen from Soleil Organique to see how well it holds up in high-stress moments in the Texas heat.

6. Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Citrus Hand Sanitizer

Just because it’s nice and warm down here doesn’t mean everybody is healthy and happy. I’ll be disinfecting after every session with this natural hand sanitizer (don’t take it personally!).

7. Mophie iPhone Charger

Huge tech meetups call for lots of tweeting, Instagramming and texting. I hear that outlets are in hot demand here, so instead of fearing the dreaded “10% battery” warning, I’ll be bringing my backup charger via Mophie for a extra boost of juice.

8. Business Cards

Here’s some dead trees that are still pretty cool and useful: business cards! I’ve got a stash of my work and blog cards to share with the interesting entrepreneurs, tech startup peeps and natural beauty enthusiasts I come across while I’m here.

9. Ibuprofen

I’m going to assume that a few headaches or bodyaches are going to be coming my way from the information overload and constant running around to different session locations in downtown Austin — ibuprofen to the rescue!

March 6, 2013

style secrets | how to liven up your look with stylish reading glasses

Whether you wear full prescription lenses or everyday cheaters, glasses are an everyday accessory that can easily approach the “blah zone” if you’re not privy to the sweet new styles of reading glasses available.

While my eyes are not yet ready for cheaters (though yes, I do have a very strong glasses/contacts prescription), I’m ready to have a little fun with eyewear on days when I want to play up my look and add bold color to my face without risking 1) lipstick on my teeth or 2) regrettable eye shadow choices.

Foster Grant, which has been around since the late ’20s, is one of the fashion-forward brands leading the way in trendy reading glasses at an affordable cost — hello, reading glasses wardrobe expansion!

foster grant fashion reading glasses

I’m thinking that a few fun pairs in a very weak prescription may be safe to keep around the office for those late nights staring at the computer screen or reading things printed on dead trees in low light.

At $30 or less, you really can snag a few pairs to build out an eclectic collection. The styles above are just a few of my favorites! What colors/patterns do you like?

Of course, I was immediately drawn to the neutral, easy-to-wear colors (aka black and white), but after paging through the lookbooks a little more, found that I loved the reds, fuschias and even the blues that would bring out my big brown eyes.

A few jewels and embossing didn’t hurt, either.

What’s fabulous about Foster Grant, too, is that it’s readily available — you can swing into your local drugstore or discount retailer (Walgreens or Wal-Mart if you’re in Kansas City like me!) to pick up a few pairs.

While you’re there, you may even see some cute pics of the legendary Brooke Shields (I swoon over her brows!) rocking her Foster Grants, too — she’s the gorgeous new face behind the brand!

I would love to see your gorgeous face in your funky reading glasses — want to show me? Instagram your best “girl in glasses” pic for me to see (just tag me @kimberlyloc on Instagram). I’ll share mine, too!

Do you wear reading glasses just yet? Do you love playing with different colors, styles and shapes of budget-friendly glasses? Tell me what you know in the comments section!

This post is kindly brought to you by Foster Grant.

January 28, 2013

beauty & style secrets | how to incorporate emerald green into your look

Unless you’ve been avoiding the Internet lately, you probably know by now that emerald green is the “color of the year” for 2013, according to Pantone, the leading authority on color trends.

What you may not know, though, is exactly how to incorporate bold emerald green into your look when it comes to hair, makeup and accessories.

That’s where I come in.

On Monday morning, my “Better Kansas City” segment with co-host Kelly Jones aired (we actually taped last week, but due to the presidential inauguration, couldn’t share these secrets with you until today).

Kelly and I chatted through everything from nail polish and eye makeup to pashminas, rings and flip flops.

Watch “Better Kansas City” co-host Kelly Jones and I talk emerald on Monday’s show.

Below is a closer look at the products discussed during the show.

Thanks to Beauty Brands and Halls Kansas City for letting me loose in their respective stores so I could choose a few more items to share in addition to my own personal collection of emerald items!

emerald eye makeup from marie natie, smashbox and tarte

{Make emerald work for you from day to night. I love wearing sheer mineral makeup for daytime looks and bold cream shadows, built to an intense glow, for evening.}

emerald nail polish from deborah lippman zoya china glaze OPI

{Have a little fun on your toes and tips with striking shades of green that flatter any skin tone.}

emerald tory burch flip flops hard shell clutch pashmina cocktail ring hair tye

{If you’re not quite ready to buy an emerald coat, dress or pants, work the color of the year into your accessories collection instead.}

  • Tory Burch Khaki and Green Flip Ray Wedge Flip Flops (sold in-stores at Halls KC for $60; similar here)
  • Hair Tie (sold in-stores at Halls KC for $14; similar here)
  • Cocktail Ring (sold in-stores at Halls KC for $105; similar here)
  • Pashmina (sold in-stores at Halls KC for $78; similar here)
  • Hard-case Clutch (sold in-stores at Halls KC for $350; similar here)

Have you updated your beauty and accessories wardrobe with a little bit of emerald yet? What sort of pieces have you chosen — or what pieces are you after? Tell me in the comments section!

January 10, 2011

style secrets | wine bottles as boot shapers

I’m not the type of person who keeps shoeboxes to store her precious shoes and boots in after every wear. It’s just too much of a hassle, and plus, I like to see all of my boot options as I’m getting dressed in the morning. Instead of storing boots in their boxes, I keep them in perfect shape by reusing empty wine bottles as boot shapers.

wine bottles in black boots

{Keep your boots in tip-top shape (and protect their zippers!) by reusing empty wine bottles as boot shapers.}

For a while, I was researching the best cedar boot shapers and even got a pair of inexpensive plastic boot shapers from my dear Kansas City cobbler. While making the sell (they were only $8 for the pair), my cobbler, “Dad,” as his oiled-up work shirt read, also told me that using rolled-up newspapers worked well, too — though the papers could become less stiff over time. Then it dawned on me that I had pairs upon pairs of boot shapers just outside on my patio — in my glass recycling can.

If you drink as much wine as I do (hey, it’s good for your heart!) and have as many pairs of boots as I do, then save a little extra cash ($8 bucks a pop, as cheap as that is, adds up if you own more than 10 pairs of boots) and reuse your wine bottles as boot shapers. Bonus: If you forget what type of divine wine you had, you can always check your boots for a little memory jogger.

If you don’t drink as much wine or have as many boots, remember this tip, straight from the cobbler’s mouth, for choosing which boots in which to place boot shapers: Choose the boots that have plastic, not metal, zippers to shape. Why? Plastic zippers are less sturdy and more prone to breakage when they slouch over, so it’s important to prioritize shaping those first.

Do you use boot shapers? What other ideas for creative reuse do you have? Share them in the comments section.



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