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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 sa…

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 hav…

Housewife Sizzlin', Not Fizzlin'...

Uh-oh, did your man just come home to you still in your robe, hair uncombed and possibly unbathed? Do you feel like it was ok, because you were taking care of the children all day and didn't leave the house? Are you a woman who feels like "he should love me as I am, no matter what"? If so, then let's just put all of the nonsense aside, and change the mentality right now!
I am not writing this blog as a marriage and family counselor, but for some, it will be an eye-opener into yet another area that fashion touches. Can you not see why I'm so passionate about fashion?! Housewives too can be fashionable!
Yes, I understand that you may have been with your partner for years, and he's seen you at your best and worst. However, if he's been seeing you at your worst most often, don't be surprised if the romance is fizzling and the sparks are hard to catch. If he loves seeing you in a t-shirt and panties for bed, then by all means, keep making it happen. Howeve…

Color blocking for Him...

Color blocking is an awesome hot trend that, yes, ChristalNicole has written about already. However, I feel compelled to elaborate on how great this trend can look on our guys also.For you guys who love color, this is a great excuse for you to rock it!
As seen in the photo above, pairing solids can create a unique and creative look. I've expressed to my females the fact that you can take any two or three solid primary colors and create a "put together" look. It can be as simple as green tee and red pants.
For my guys who are a little more "color shy", color blocking can also be achieved with earth tones and neutrals, as seen in Perry Ellis' collection below. For Perry Ellis shopping, check out www.perryellis.com.

There's so many tips and so much advice for the ladies. Today, I had guys on the mind. Color blocking - Add it to your style meter guys! As always, I remain your passionately driven ChristalNicole...

How I Made Vintage Work for Me in New York...

Those who know me, know that I love vintage. I love everything about the "hunt" for that fashionable vintage piece, the re-make of a piece to update a look and the "one-of-a-kind" vintage jewelry piece!
Recently, I visited the New York City for Full Figure Fashion Week (FFFWeek). It was my first time in New York, so I was both excited about the events of FFFWeek and the initial experience of being in the big city! My first night there, I pulled out vintage by throwing on a green, knitted, patterned summer sweater with leggings and flats. Uber-comfortable and apparently, leggings are a big trend in New York.
I've picked out two of my favorite outfits of the trip to show how one can look like a "million", while only spending "pennies"...
To attend the Networking Event, I pulled on a white boyfriend blazer with a super cute strapless dress and BCBG wedges. The white boyfriend blazer was a thrift find for $2, the necklace a thrift find for $0.50.…

Bubble Dreams...

I sat outside and watched as my boys blew their bubbles and allowed the wind to create huge spheres of bubble rainbows. Mesmerized and entranced by the beauty and mystery of the bubble, I found myself asking "Why?". Why are we so fascinated by bubbles and no matter what our age, why do they make us smile? Could it be how lightly they float- drifting slowly farther and farther away but never saddening us with their departure? Maybe it's the beautiful mixture of color we see swirling incessantly, even dreamily, along their surfaces...
Whatever the fascination, on this day I equated the beauty and fragility of the bubble to dreams. Yes, I'm a total dreamer. I believe in chasing after one's dreams and never losing hope. As I watched the bubbles flying out of the bubble wand, I noticed how sometimes huge bubbles were formed and how, from the same wand, lots of small ones. Metaphorically speaking, I am the bubble wand, producing the greatest of dreams both big and smal…

Spotted Vision...

I'm seeing spots everywhere, and I LIKE it! Anything different, spunky, and full of personality is totally in my sights, and right now, I'm loving polka dots. This look hit the runways this year with total fierceness, showing us new and innovative ways to wear this all but new pattern.

Polka dots were seen in collections, including Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and Dolce & Gabbana. Though I love these designers and their fashions, I'm here to talk about ways to incorporate this trend within your wardrobe without "breaking the bank". Of course, I will mention a couple of my fave discount stores, such as Dot's Fashions, Ross Stores and Marshalls (I saw the cutest polka-dot bubble shorts and skirt in Dot's today, fyi). Also, shop http://www.kmart.com/, or visit a local store, for affordable fashions, including an awesome polka-dot bikini! If you're still in need of a polka-dot fix, then check out http://www.target.com/ and http://www.…

Color My Emotion...

I've always loved the effect that clothing has on my mood and presentation, especially when I wear something bright and colorful on a rainy day! So many of us don't realize how our outfit has and can effect our mood, and in some cases, our performance in daily and work-related activities. Have you ever noticed a plethora of dull-blah garments on a rainy or cloudy day? What about the increase in motivation to do your hair and make-up, when you put on a cute/nice outfit and the decreased motivation, when you're dressed like a "bum"? Yes people, our clothes make a difference in so many ways, and believe it or not, so do the colors!
Wonder why you feel so sexy in that red dress (maybe even a little naughty, at times)? The color red is actually a strong emotional color. Different shades of red, including pink, evoke and emanate emotions ranging from joy, sexuality, passion, love, rage and anger. Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure and a thirst f…

Look Expensive without the Expense...

"I'll bet you spend lots of money on your clothes, don't you?"
How many times have you been asked this question, and you were able to just smirk with satisfaction over how untrue a statement like that is? Some of us can truly say that was the case for us, but there of those of you out there who feel that you actually DO have to spend lots of money, in order to look great. Don't look down your nose at me for shopping "low budget smart". Episodes 1204 and 1121 of Style TV's "How Do I Look?" had me jumping up and down at their mentioning and giving examples of low cost shopping! You can check out their before and after makeovers at http://www.mystyle.com/.
The slip dress pictured above is a fun and sassy example of cuteness for very little "mula"! I found this beauty on http://www.target.com/ for only $23 bucks! Have you been caught up in the convertible dress love fest? Check out this beauty also found on Target.com for about $35!

A little sandal etiquette...

Open-toe sandals, strappy heels, wedges, flip-flops and more...
It is again that season to let those toes free! Show off your pedicures and sexy toe-cleavage! However, there are a few things that must be said and a few rules that MUST be adhered to. One of the number one rules that absolutely must not be broken is as follows: When wearing open-toe shoes, NEVER allow your toes to hang over the front of your shoes or touch the ground as you walk. A tip for avoiding this is to go a half-size up in your shoe, if necessary. The foot tends to slide forward as we walk, and if the shoe is fitting perfectly, with no space in front of the toes before you walk, then your toes are most likely going to slide over the front of the shoe, as the day progresses. As indicated in the picture above, this sight is very unattractive and takes away from both the beauty of the shoe and the neatness of your well-deserved/mandatory pedicure. Remember, these are peep-toe shoes and not "peep-front of the f…