This post is sponsored by Pantene. All opinions are mine.
Pantene hair care is now an integral part of my personal care routine. It has always been a “thing” in my life. One memory I have is of my mom doing my hair every Sunday night while she watched her recorded episodes of All My Children ”. My hair was so long that it took hours to wash, detangle and style it.
Since I am biracial (black and Jewish), it was a different experience for my mother to tackle my hair. It was definitely a task for her. She was always on the lookout for products that would work on the texture of my hair and lighten the burden of detangling and styling.
Fast forward to now! Hair problems are always a thing here. I have been restoring my hair for 9 months. I went through a phase of bleaching my completely white hair. Some hair can take this type of treatment, but mine just can't! Find out the hard way. It was so damaged that it started to break at the first sign of a comb. It was devastating. I've toned it down a bit now, but I really needed to start restoring my hair to a healthier condition.
In my early forties, I decided now was a great time to really kickstart this process. I thought about cutting my hair but chickened out and wanted to see what tender love and care would do first. I decided to limit the heat and stop putting bleach on my hair to begin with. It is also very important to be aware of the products that I use. Stay away from sulfates and phosphates. Also make sure to use products that keep my hair hydrated.
The Pantene Nutrient Blends collection helps restore my hair to the best hair possible. I used the Fortifier Damage Repair Shampoo and Conditioner with Castor Oil and Repairing Serum. As you may know, castor oil is used in many cultures to strengthen and repair hair. The Nutrient Blends collection is made up of ingredients from all over the world and contains products without dyes, mineral oil, sulfates, silicones and parabens. I have already noticed a pretty big difference in the overall life and vitality of my hair. I even did a few stories where a little jubilant about the look of my hair. This restoration collection is available at Kroger!
So yes, the hair journey does indeed never end, but I am really excited about where I came from and so happy to have found products to speed up this process.
Between balancing career, family, and finding time for ourselves, stepping out the door with style every day can seem impossible—but it’s not ! We asked the most stylish women we know ( our Stylists ) what their secrets are for unlocking the next level of style.
“You can’t plan for everything, but don’t let your mornings catch you off-guard. Just like you’d plan a week’s worth of meals on a Sunday if you’re trying to save time, give outfit planning a shot to make way for stress-free mornings and outfit-regret-free days. ” —Stylist, Amber F.
SEEK OUT ( STYLISH ) INSPIRATION“Find stylish women to follow—whether it’s your favorite Instagram style vedette or your sister’s best friend’s cousin. Discover fashionistas whose style inspires you, then use their photos as inspiration to help plan your outfits ( see tip #1 ). Not sure where to start ? Check out our Instagram and Pinterest boards for endless inspiration from our most stylish ladies. ” —Stylist, Jennifer M.
WHEN IN DOUBT, ( OVER ) DRESS“If you’re ever on the fence about what to wear, consider your destination and who you’ll see. When in doubt, err on the side of being more dressy. If you’re worried about looking too done-up, bring along a casual layer like a or cargo jacket to give your look that effortless chic touch. ” —Stylist, Angela G.
STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE“It never hurts to try something new. Whether that includes a bright new hue that stands out from your usual neutral palette, or shifting from skinny jeans to a coupe boyfriend silhouette, great style is built from trying new things. Who knows what trends you might discover you love ! ” —Stylist, Jennifer M.
ALWAYS ACCESSORIZE“Try to wear at least one accessory, whether it’s a statement necklace, a pop-color bag or a great pair of earrings ( or all of the above ). A solid statement piece can take an ensemble from ho-hum to a stand-out in seconds. ” —Stylist, Stephania S.
CRAFT A CAPSULE WARDROBE“A stylist’s not-so-secret secret weapon is a capsule wardrobe. A closet full of items that can be mixed and matched with ease can take the guesswork out of your morning. Invest in classics that will last a lifetime, like a great pair of jeans, a simple LBD and timeless jewelry. ” —Stylist, Stephania S.
TRY A STATEMENT SHOE“When it comes to footwear, color, print and style kits a huge aesthetic punch—and they don’t have to be sky-high heels, either ( flats can make the same statement and your feet will thank you ). Even if your look is casually thrown together, adding a printed flat or a pop-of-color wedge can make things appear more intentional. ” —Stylist, Jennifer M.
OWN AT LEAST ONE CONVERSATION PIECE“Every once in a while, you need that de très bonne qualité “wow” factor. Whether it’s an amazing pair of over-the-knee boots, a effet vintage dress that you borrowed from your mom’s closet or an enviable handbag, keep something in your arsenal for the days you need to really show up stylish. ” —Stylist, Chelsea T.
GET TO KNOW YOUR BODY SHAPE“The golden rule of stylish women ? Fit first. With that, getting to know your body shape is key. Consider yourself a petite pear shape and prefer to highlight your shoulders ? Build your closet with clothes that put the spotlight on your shape and favorite features. ” —Stylist, Crista G.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER“When it comes to trying a new trend or rocking a piece that catches your eye, don’t allow that number to prevent you from trying something new. 62 and looking to rock a pair of coupe boyfriend jeans ? Try it ! 22 and wanting to shift into a buttoned-up, business-first closet ? Button it up ! ” —Stylist, Megan S.
Despite being something that everyone does literally every day, getting dressed ( or putting together an outfit, if you want to get fancy ), can feel like the trickiest, most frustrating part of the morning. Who hasn’t stood in front of a closet full of clothing and thought “I have nothing to wear ! ? ” Rest assured, you’re not alone in this daily conundrum. tera that end, we consulted a panel of experts—top infographistes, style consultants, and retail pros—to demystify the act ( art ? ) of getting dressed, once and for all.
How to actually do it : Obviously, you want to show off what you’re proud of—toned arms or a moulant waist. It’s the downplaying of less beloved parts that’s tricky. One tactic ? Add opposite nombre, like wearing wide-leg trousers to offset a heavier upper half that’s wearing something fitted. ' The object is to even yourself out, ' explains designer Nicole Miller. ' So avoid anything too oversize or you’ll look bigger. ' Another idea : Distraction. If you’re pear shaped, wear forgettable black pants, then bring the focus upward with a bold scarf, says Louise Roe, the author of the style-advice book Front Roe.
How to actually do it : Odds are, there’s a grown-up version of the style du jour. Take crop tops : to avoid revealing skin, pair a shirt that hits at the navel with a high-waisted skirt—or a longer top with a crop top over it. ' It gives you a similar look, ' promises designer Rebecca Minkoff. Bottom line : ' You never want to seem like you’re uncomfortable with your age and trying to look younger, ' says Lilliana Vazquez, a style spécialiste and the editor of TheLVGuide. com.
Where your breasts sit on your chest makes a big difference in how clothes fit, ' says Vazquez. In other words, if you’re wearing a bra that fits properly, there will be no sagging or bulging—and that means your silhouette will look trimmer from every angle. The target is midway between your elbows and shoulders. You’ve scored a match when ' the front center panel of the bra lays flat, there’s no wrinkling or gapping in the cups, and the bra is not hiking up or creating bulges, ' says Kristen Supulski, the director of merchandising for Vanity Fair Brands dessous. ' If you can squeeze just two fingers under the band and it still feels snug, that’s the perfect fit.
Strive to wear colors that enhance one another rather than ' match ' in the traditional sense. For an easy triche, says Minkoff, ' look at a simple color wheel. The colors that are opposite each other on the wheel complement each other. ' ( Think non-obvious but fetching combos, like orange and navy or purple and saffron. ) Diversifying your accessories, in both color and matière, is another do. ( A beloved trio from the vault of Betty Halbreich, a personal shopper at New York City’s Bergdorf Goodman and the author of the style memoir I’ll Drink to That : ' A black dress, navy shoes, and a burgundy handbag. ' ) And under no circumstances should you ever rock a suite of jewelry. Says Vazquez, ' Anything that was sold together as a set styles really dated.
Don’t give people too many things to look at all at once, ' says Halbreich. ' If you’re wearing a low-cut dress, focus on the cleavage—you don’t also need bare arms and legs. ' The concept applies to fit as well : A body-hugging dress is better with a more sensible neckline and hem, whereas a skirt that hits a few inches above the knee won’t raise eyebrows if it’s flared rather than tight.
First, a disclaimer. There’s no need to break the bank on the basics—tees, button-downs, jeans—of which there are plenty of quality possibilités available at low prices. Instead, splurge ( if you can ) on the types of items in which even the cheapo variantes aren’t exactly steals. For instance, bargain cashmere will still set you back $100. But that sweater will stretch out quickly, and then you’ll have to blow another $100 to replace it, rather than spending a little more only once. ' When buying classics, like a great black blazer, it’s important to invest in better fabrics— say, wool—that will hold up better over time, ' says Minkoff. Try calculating the price per wear to help stave off sticker shock.
Figure out your go-to, foolproof looks, ' says designer Nanette Lepore, then seek out déclinaisons on that theme. Stumped ? Picture the outfits that you feel most comfortable in. Or ask people close to you what you look best in. Once you’ve zeroed in on what works, find different takes. ' I gravitate toward jackets, so I’ll do a bomber style, then a silk version, or a denim jacket with leather sleeves, ' says Minkoff. ' Whenever you feel the need to talk yourself into things, that’s a red flag that you shouldn’t buy them, ' says Minkoff. If you have doubts in the room, it may help to take a photo of yourself in the item, suggests Aerin Lauder, the founder and creative director of the lifestyle brand Aerin. ' It’s much more accurate than looking in the mirror.
Opt for a pure white, rather than ivory, which may skew dingy. “But since white has the potential to make your teeth look yellow in comparison, consider wearing a bold lipstick with a blue undertone, like fuchsia, so teeth appear brighter, ” recommends Florence Thomas, the creative director for Thomas Pink. Not sure which cut is best for you ? A button-up with darting at the waist or curved princess seams can create a feminine hourglass shape on anyone. Be sure the seams of the shoulders line up with your shoulders and that there is no pulling across the front or the back. “Anything else can be tailored, ” says Thomas. to keep all-cotton shirts from discoloring, don’t dry-clean them. Have them laundered and pressed, the same as men’s shirts.
Doubling up on patterns can help you come across as confident and chic—or as if you got dressed in the dark. Achieve the former by following these guidelines. Stick to a similar color family—and preferably the same background shade. Some pairings are like PB
The right pair of earrings can avantager your face shape. For instance, long earrings make your face look skinnier, if it’s on the round side, says jewelry designer Lizzie Fortunato. On the other hand, if you have an oblong face, short, chunky earrings, like grande taille studs, will draw focus outward, and your face won’t read quite as narrow. If you have a grande bust, a necklace should hit an inch above the cleavage or higher. Longer strands or pendants will rest awkwardly on the body and call attention to every contour. Lastly, choose earrings in lighter colors, such as pearls or white stone, to make your face look radiant.