Thursday, December 3, 2015

Beautifully Be-You-ti-Full...



How many times have you applied makeup or put on a cute outfit, with the expectations of receiving a compliment? Were you disappointed at all? What about the selfie that you posted on social media, believing that it was the cutest/prettiest/best one you'd ever taken? Did it get as many "likes/shares/reposts" as you'd anticipated? If not, did this effect you personally or decrease your confidence? Well, it's time to change that!

So many times, we depend too much on what other people say about us and whether we are meeting others expectations. It is important to remember to be You, and be ok with who you are. Allow others to see the fullness of who you are naturally, and you will be surprised by the energy you receive from others. 


Today, while not expecting anything from anyone, I received a compliment from one of my co-workers, which domino effected into compliments from others, and it surprised me! Where did this come from? And why was I feeling so weird about it?...

Then, it hit me! I felt weird, because I had not been encouraging myself, the way that I strive to encourage others. 

Be You to the Fullest... Be-You-Ti-Full! 

That's who/what I am, and that comes across so much more beautifully than being anything/anyone else. No makeup, clothing or person could ever enhance what naturally makes me who I am, and you know what??? I thought that was worth sharing :)

Until next time my beauties, I am your passionately driven ChristalNicole...





Monday, June 22, 2015

Is "Beauty Sleep" a Myth?


Ever had anyone to suggest that you need more beauty rest? Maybe you suggested to someone else that they needed it, or you commented that you hadn't gotten enough beauty sleep...
Being a woman who has had plenty of sleep problems myself, I thought it would be a great idea to research just how important sleep is. Yes, common knowledge tells us that sleep decreases dark eye circles and some might have even noticed that increased rest decreases irritability.
 
 
Although these reasons are good ones to get your rest, there are others to keep in consideration, when you decide to choose work, play or whatever else, over sleep. Studies show that sleep is also good for concentration, increased learning abilities, decreased depression, increased lifespan, a better sex life and diet assistance. YES! I said Diet assistance!
Check out this website for increased knowledge on how sleep aides with our workout process and goals for sexiness!
Oh yeah, and I did also say Sex Life, lol:

There were so many great resources available online to increase knowledge on the importance of sleep. Other than the fact that all of them stated that Everyone needs to get an adequate amount of sleep (no less than 6-7 hours), there were some other similarities:

Tips for getting better Sleep:
  • Go to bed the same time each night and get up the same time each morning.
  • Sleep in a dark, quiet, comfortable environment.
  • Exercise daily (but not right before bedtime).
  • Limit the use of electronics before bed.
  • Relax before bedtime. A warm bath or reading might help.
  • Avoid alcohol and stimulants such as caffeine late in the day.
  • Avoid nicotine.
  • Consult a health care professional if you have ongoing sleep problems.
  • Decrease stressful situations/thoughts before bedtime.
  • Try not to take work to bed with you.
Here are a few more sites, to give you a little more insight on the importance of sleep:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20459221,00.html
 
So, is "beauty sleep" a myth? I'd say, NO Way! Sleep is so important to our lives in so many ways, physically, mentally and emotionally. I hope that this post has been as helpful to you as it was for me. Until next time, I am your passionately driven... ChristalNicole...

 



Sunday, May 31, 2015

Yes, People of color DO need sunscreen...

First, I want it known that I believe that Everyone/Anyone can benefit from this blog (red, black, white, yellow, brown, whatev's, lol)...

It really annoys me each time a person makes the statement "I don't need sunscreen, I'm black" or "Black people need sunscreen?" I don't know whether to be totally annoyed or to be slightly amused. Yes, fellow person of color, and Yes, unknowing person of paleness, Everyone should use sunscreen, if expecting to have prolonged exposure to the sun...

 

Although I applied sunscreen, before getting into the water, I neglected to re-apply at some point, while enjoying the ocean for approximately 6 hours. As you can see, I have a little peeling on the nose and forehead, and now I sit writing this blog with sensitive shoulders and recently applied aloe vera ;)

So for all of my lovelies, I want to give you a few sites to look at, so that you can share with others the importance of protecting your skin and some tips on what to do, should you have a slightly losing battle with UVB/UVA rays. You will notice, there are some pretty awesome home remedies...

http://www.medicaldaily.com/do-darker-skinned-people-need-wear-sunscreen-250841
http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sun/sunscreen-myths
http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/sunscreens-explained
http://www.prevention.com/beauty/natural-beauty/natural-sunburn-cures
http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sunburn/five-ways-to-treat-a-sunburn

I hope and pray that these sites are helpful to you, and can help to save you some skin toastiness! As always, I am your passionately driven ChristalNicole...


Monday, May 13, 2013

Just Be You...



"It's called 'I felt like wearing socks with my sandals, so I did'" is what I said to her, when she gave me a weird look and asked why I was wearing socks with my wedges. Then, because I wouldn't back down to her questions, more questions followed, in reference to the rest of my ensemble for the day. Not to be wavered, I simply replied "It's my style. If you don't like it, then so what. You do you, and I'll do me."
It amazes me how people have so many comments to make about others style, when they don't have a signature or personal style of their own, especially when the "style" that they have is not really "style" but matchymatchy cookie-cutter ensembles. I stick to my belief that "fashion is art", and an expression/extension of oneself.
My own personal style is quite eccentric, involving bohemian-fused inspirations and quirky vintage or thrift pieces. I was nervous to try the sock and sandal style that I loved, until I had problems with my toe and couldn't wear closed-toe shoes over it's ugliness. After I tried the trend, I felt the freedom that I love, and ran with it and my headwraps!
I am from a small town and have never totally felt that I "fit in" but have matured to a "non-caring" state of mind and have a hope to inspire others to do the same.
Be who you are not just in personality but in style and fashion. Don't let others determine how you express yourself. That being said, you may wonder how a stylist like myself can find fault in or improvement in an outfit?
There are simple and sometimes small tweaks that have to be made to outfits, because of the possibilities of frumpiness, competing patterns, ill-fitting garments, etc. If you are confused, then that is where you need the assistance of SUPERAWESOMEWONDERWOMAN ChristalNicole. If you are feeling "flowery" on this day, choose a dominant flower pattern and accessorize or accommodate that pattern with smaller, quieter pieces. If you are in the mood to mix patterns, choose patterns that are similar in color scheme, pattern or size. No matter what "mood" you are in, always make sure that your items are fitting properly (not too tight and not too big in the wrong places).
Today's food for thought: Just Be You... and if you need help figuring out that personal/signature style, then call me: ChristalNicole with ChristalNicole's Fashion Styling and Consulting...

 
 
Yes, these looks are quirky and different, but that's partially why I love them! What are some of your quirky and uniquely you looks? Send me pics at christalnicoles@yahoo.com and I may add them to my next entry... Be blessed...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Fashionably Expecting

Have you ever noticed that when you get something new, you start seeing everyone else with the same thing or something similar? Well, it's really no different with pregnancy! Once you're expecting, you notice that "Wow! Everyone's expecting!" At least, that's what happened in my case. All of a sudden, I started noticing all of these expecting mothers, and my fashion eye couldn't help but be stunned! Of course, I'd noticed the bellies peeking out of the bottoms of shirts before, but it seemed to be a more regular occurrence, now that I seemed to have a new pregnancy radar-type sixth sense going on. Why, oh why is the beauty and glow of pregnancy being dimmed by these cruel fashion faux-pas's?
Soooo, of course SUPERWONDERAWESOMEWOMAN fashion stylist ChristalNicole has come to the rescue!

We all know how strongly I feel about being fashionable on a budget. Because of my own personal bohemian-inspired style, I've hardly had to purchase anything during my pregnancy. I've absolutely LIVED in my maxi dresses! A great tip for cutting down your maternity wear cost is to look through your closet and pull out dresses and tops with empire waists (seaming that is right under the bust) and flowy/A-line shapes.
I understand that there are some women who actually look forward to going out and buying actual maternity clothes (for some, it's part of the experience). For those women, I am totally supportive! This blog is both for you and the woman who either doesn't have the money to do that or wants to buy garments that can also be worn well after pregnancy.

I found it somewhat difficult to find the cutest affordable looks in the store that were actual maternity garments, but online shopping seems to be very maternity friendly. MotherHood http://www.motherhood.com/ is a great shopping source and has multiple designers, including Heidi Klum's "Loved" line (which is very affordable) and Nicole Richie's "A Pea in the Pod" (a little pricier, but very good quality and great styles). To shop some of the other styles featured in this blog, check out these links also: http://rstyle.me/g6cehs2fd, http://rstyle.me/hc2v392fd and of course, http://www.target.com/.
Now remember, just because you are carrying a miracle, it doesn't take a miracle to still look like you care about your appearance. Make your partner proud to say "This is the mother of my baby", and don't go out in public with too little garments and an unkempt look. I won't go "deeply" into hair and makeup in this blog, but let's not forget that part of fashion is how you look from the neck up also. A simple ponytail or bun makes such a difference in showing your beautiful face, rather than forgetting that you have a comb (believe me, I've had those days where I did NOT feel like doing the hair myself). If you're not an "everyday makeup" girl, like me, then remember to keep your skin cleansed and moisturized, so that your natural beauty can shine forth. You will look great and most importantly feel great also :-)
I hope that this has helped someone or helped you to help someone. If you still have questions or need a personal stylist for that extra help, don't hesitate to contact me http://www.christalnicole.com/.
Always with love and a passion for fashion, ChristalNicole is signing out, until next time...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Current Designer Obsession: AntoniMichelle

Recently, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Dallas Fashion Week Twitter Party premiere fashion show. The designer showcased on this night was AntoniMichelle, and I have to say that from the first time I saw her designs, I was in love! One of her statements about her designs is that she wants to "bring out the goddess in every woman". Truth be told, her designs do just that! From tall, short, thin and curvy, her designs bring out the beauty in any lady wearing them. I have a little secret to tell about her also... Men's designs are among her bag of tricks!

It's not everyday that one can say that she was a part of the making of fashion future, but I believe that I can say just that. It can honestly be said that every piece that AntoniMichelle showcased was divine. She will be showcased in the upcoming Dallas Fashion Week October 20-22, 2011, and I can't wait! When you visit her site, you will also find that she designs awesome belts and handbags. Can you say one-stop diva shop? Check out this designer's chic-ness at http://www.antonimichelle.com/.

Until next time, I am your passionately driven.... ChristalNicole

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

No Cost Wardrobe Expansion...

The economy has been hard on lots of people, and I hear people talk about how they do not have the money for shopping... Do you hear the horns? What about the fireworks announcing that SUPERWONDERAWESOME WOMAN (ChristalNicole) has come to the rescue?! With a few simple tricks and a little imagination, you can double or even triple your wardrobe, without spending a penny (unless you just can't help yourself).
Above, you will see that I have shown one dress in three different ways. I apologize that you can't see the shoes in two of the pictures, but I paired mid-calf black stiletto boots with the scarf and purple/black stilettos with the big hair... For a totally different feel and fun day out, I wore a colorful belt, earrings and ballet flats.
Now, let's look inside your closet and see what we find. Pull out one pair of jeans (or slacks), one solid color skirt, a button-down, a tank top, and any other top that you particularly like. Guess what you've just done. You have just pulled your ensembles for the week! I know that seemed too simple to make sense, but look at all of the items that you have pulled out. Any of the tops should be able to pair with the slacks or the skirt. The tank top could easily be placed under the button-down as a layering piece, and with sleeves rolled up on the button-down, cute flats and minimal jewelry, you have a casual outfit for shopping, hanging out or a casual playdate. Change the garments and the mood of the ensemble with jewelry, belts, shoes, hats, scarves, etc. Accessorize to mesmerize! Show your personality, and don't be afraid to use color in all of it's glory!
Tracee Ellis Ross is a total style diva, right? Featured in many blogs and fashion articles, I totally couldn't help but to make my love for her style known also. Check out the way that she has accessorized and played with color in the above outfits. You may not have these exact pieces in your closet, but if you have a pair of slacks, a blazer, and a dress, then you are good to go...
Hopefully, this has been another successful day for SUPERWONDERAWESOME WOMAN and your closet has been expanded! If you are still having trouble with outfit ideas, you know how to reach me http://www.christalnicole.com/
To add a few signature pieces to your wardrobe, check out some of my faves:
http://rstyle.me/mfvh32fd Canvas vest
http://rstyle.me/a2fd Slim waistband crop pants
http://rstyle.me/6nmh2fd Tank dress
http://rstyle.me/mui2fd Steve Madden black pump
http://rstyle.me/kifjj2fd Pussybow shirt dress
http://rstyle.me/a2fd White skinny jeans
As always, I am your passionately driven... ChristalNicole