Sheknows Expert Among Us

I’m excited to be part of SheKnows.com’s new program, EXPERT AMONG US. My first story I dish on the ultimate spring accessory–scarves!

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Wake up your face

HOW TO ENERGIZE A MIDDAY COMPLEXION

THE ISSUE
In the middle of the day, exhaustion sets in. And, it physically manifests in the form of cakey makeup and/or a dehydrated, I’ve-had-it looking complexion.

THE FIX
Resetting your radiance quotient is all about the skillful application of beauty products. This on-the-go regime is quick and simple. All necessary ingredients can be easily tucked away in your purse. The result? Insta-luminosity.

Step One: Apply some moisture–it will soften lines and wrinkles and gives a subtle glow. Step Two: Refresh your under eye concealer. Pat on a bit more concealer and watch the exhaustion fade away into oblivion. Step Three: Bronzer splashed on the cheeks, nose, forehead and décolleté supplies that just-been-to the beach glow that perks up the face as jumping the waves perks up the spirit. Bonus: If you need an extra moisture boost, finish off with a hydrating toner that can be schprized on like Caudalie or Tata Harper.

wake up your face products

(from left to right) Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer $32, Michael Kors Bronze Powder $50, Kat Burki Beauty Elixir $42

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Game Changer: Accessible Accessories

THE ISSUE
Who has time to remember a necklace?

Accessories matter. They are outfit makers, the Bernaise sauce on a succulent filet. Jeans and a black tee shirt by itself? Eh. Jeans tricked out with a fab necklace, a scarf and some attention grabbing earrings-wow! But, in order to get the accessories on your body, you must be able to see them. Why? Out of sight, out of mind. When a busy woman has about five minutes to pull a flattering look together, all of the elements need to be at her fingertips. If not, she races out the door sans any statement making element to her look. The result? Sub-par style.

THE FIX

This is an easy fix: I am a big believer in channeling the airy vibe of Saks Fifth Avenue in your very own home. How? Display your accessories like a merchandised department store. When you pack away jewelry, scarves and belts in drawers or cabinets, they are forgotten. But, if they are thoughtfully organized to be effortlessly plucked up and tried on, wearing accessories becomes part of your getting dressed routine.

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Outfit Makers

HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR LBD INTO A HEAD-TURNER 

THE ISSUE
How to elevate a basic black dress into a look?

A black dress is a black dress is a blah black dress. But, when you layer it with statement making elements, a forgettable garment is swiftly transformed into a head turner of an outfit. So, how can you transform a basic black dress into a LOOK? The addition of color, contrast and an arsenal of dramatic baubles are the outfit makers that elevate a simple black sheath dress into an Ashley Olsen type ensemble.

THE FIX

Layering is what makes an outfit pop. The three minutes that it takes to add on the necklace, scarf and earrings is difference between ho-hum and high wattage. In fashion, Small tweaks are what make a mountain of difference.

NOTE:  Statement pieces can be had quite cheaply. In fact, costume jewelry usually gives you the biggest bang for your buck. Some of my greatest pieces some from Marshalls, TJ Maxx, H&M, Topshop, Forever 21,  flea markets and tag sales. Oh, and  grandma’s closet!

 

 

 

 

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Hydrate on the cheap

ISSUE
Super dry, winterized hair and skin

THE FIX
Olive oil is a staple in many high end beauty products. Channel your inner Mediterranean and apply this hydrating oil to your body, face and hair.

amy tara koch five minute fixes olive oil

Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil $6.38

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