Mardi Gras Outfit Inspo

Dear Diary,

I’m down in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, a huge Carnival celebration that starts on, or after Three Kings day, and culminates the day before Ash Wednesday.

The big celebration on Fat Tuesday involves epic parades with lavish floats, festive band music, street vendors, dancing, eating, and celebrating with friends. The purpose of this festival, is to enjoy one last day of indulging in your favorite foods before giving them up during a season of lent.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering, how would you dress for a Mardi Gras celebration? I like to follow the rule of 3 C’s when picking out my outfit for Mardi Gras.

CLIMATE. COMFORT. COLORS.

CLIMATE. Mardi Gras is celebrated in many different countries and cities around the world, therefore, the climate will be different depending on your city! Typically in St Louis, the temperature during Mardi Gras is at, or sometimes below freezing and you will be looking for your warmest parka, and winter accessories.

However, in New Orleans, average temperatures are usually in the 70’s and a tee shirt with jean’s or shorts would be more appropriate!

COMFORT. If you plan on spending the day on a parade route you will probably be on your feet a good portion of the day. Choose your most comfortable walking shoes!

COLORS. The 3 colors that define Mardi Gras are purple, green, and yellow. If you want to dress for the event, choose at least 1, if not 2, of these 3 colors to incorporate into your outfit of the day.

Looking forward to the celebration!!

~Truly Yours~
Savoring πŸ’‹

March Fashion Challenge

Dear Diary,

It’s March, a new month and time for my next fashion challenge.

Ready to elevate your street style this month?!?! The March Challenge is to try the popular side-stripe trend!

I know, I know, trying a new trend can be a bit scary, especially if you live in a part of the country that is 2 years behind the major fashion capitals of the world. That’s why it’s called, a Challenge. Good news is, the trend has been around a while and you are probably starting to see it more frequntly out on the street. Here are a few tips to overcome any excuses so you can succeed at the March Challenge.

First, the side-stripe trend can be worn a few different ways, so you can find a style that you are most comfortable wearing. You can wear pants, a dress, or shirt with a basic side-stripe depending on your own personal style.

Second, before you put down some serious cash on a trend that might be out in a few months, hit up your local resale shop, or retail store like Forever 21 which stocks the latest trends at prices that cannot be beat.

I found this amazing slim fit mid length dress with a side-stripe down the arm at my local resale shop, Plato’s Closet for just $2. It’s a total win which allows me to try the popular runway trend without breaking the bank.

Third, ask a friend to join you in the challenge. You won’t feel like a stand alone. Maybe your friends secretly wants to try something new as well. There is power in numbers.

There you have it, your March Fashion Challenge! Side-stripes are in try the trend!

~Yours Truly~
Savoring πŸ’‹

February Facial

Dear Diary,

Today I had the most amazing spa day at Formula Salon! I went in for a Cherry Cheesecake facial, the February special. Did you know that next to a massage, facials are the 2nd most requested spa treatment?

It’s no surprise here, as it was a relaxing, rejuvenating, and restorative experience.

Similar to a massage, there is a private facial room which provides a relaxing environment, through the use of low lighting, soothing music, and aromas that are appealing to all the senses.

The most relaxing part is the massage which is not limited to face alone, but usually includes, neck, arms and hands.

Through a series of peels and masks, skin that is suffering from fine lines, blotches, and sun damage can be rejuvenated and restored to a more youthful, vibrant appearance.

At Formula, my esthetician accurately described my skin type and walked me through the process of each phase in the facial. At the end of our appointment she offered some samples and tips specifically for my skin type to keep the glow.

The restoration of a glowing complexion makes the experience worth the time and money spent.

Tinkerbell is not the only girl on the block who can rock glowing skin and pom pom shoes! You can too!!!!

If you live in or around the St Louis area I recommend a visit to Formula Salon for the amazing monthly facial specials. Your skin will Thank you!

~Yours Truly~
Savoring πŸ’‹

Formula Salon is located at 8126 Gravois Road. St. Louis, MO 63123

Connect with Liz on Instagram @dark_esthetics_st_louis

Buckle Alert

Dear Diary,

What are some of the top shoe trends of 2019? Buckles, buckles, and … more buckles!

Buckles are about to hit the shoe scene in full force! I’m not just talking one or two buckles on a shoe, think excessive!

Check out some of the runway action above from Sies Marjan which feature a buckled shoe in a trendy eye popping orange!

For a rock-chic look to pull off a more edgy vibe, try a leather buckled shoe from left to right: Louis Vuitton, Celine, and Alexander McQueen.

Next time you are out shopping keep this shoe trend in mind. The more buckles the merrier!

~Yours Truly~
Savoring πŸ’‹

Cozy & Chic Bedroom Tips

Dear Diary,

Looking for a great Valentine’s gift for yourself or a significant other? How about a cozy and luxurious bed Make-Over?!

The average adult gets approximately 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you are spending 1/3 of your day in bed, shouldn’t it be the most relaxing place in your whole house?

Who can resist spending a comfy evening inside, or sleeping in on a lazy, rainy Saturday morning in a super luxurious bed? Here are 3 simple tips to makeover your sleeping space.

1. Update your comforter! Your comforter alone can set the tone of your entire room. Choose something simple that makes a statement.

2. Overfill your throw pillows. A new comforter set usually comes with 2 matching shams. I suggest adding some drama and excitement by picking out at least 3 throw pillows.

Mix and match different colors and textures to add depth and a touch of luxury.

If all else fails you will have the perfect supply for a spontaneous pillow fight!

3. Reposition your bed. Instead of placing your bed against a bare wall, try new angles to make it the center of attention.

With just a few small updates the entire look and feel of your room can change and increase the cozy vibes of your #1 spot to rest and recharge. So treat yourself or someone you love to a bed makeover today!

~Yours Truly~

Savoring πŸ’‹

February Fashion Challenge

Dear Diary,

It’s the start of a new month and February 1st, was National Wear Red Day!

On “National Wear Red Day” the American Heart Association (AHA) aims to raise awareness about heart disease in women. I was surprised to learn that currently, heart disease is the #1 killer in women, and disease rates in younger women are increasing each year!

I love the idea of setting aside 1 day each year to wear red and raise awareness, but if disease rates are increasing, is 1 day really enough?

I think it’s time to place an even greater emphasis on raising awareness, especially among younger women so I decided to create a February Fashion Challenge.

The Goal of the challenge is to wear something with either red or pink each day in the month of February. The colors will act as a daily reminder to take extra special care of your heart, and may encourage others to do the same.

Feel free to join me and comment below with fun ways to add some red or pink into your outfit of the day.

~Yours Truly~

Savoring πŸ’‹

Color Trends: Red Pear

Dear Diary,

Did you know that each season has a new color palette, and distinctive themes that define the fashion trends we see emerging all around us?

Once I learned this secret of fashion week, I found new ways to stay on trend without the pressure to run out and buy all new clothes.

I love to start each season by checking out the Pantone Color palette, wardrobe themes, and trending fabrics. Then I dig through my enormous closet to see what items I can piece together for a runway look without breaking the bank account.

One color that really stands out to me this winter is Red Pear. The color is a deep, rich shade of red that looks luxurious in many different textures.

I’m feeling the dark and moody vibe of the Victorian era in this color.

Still not convinced you can pull it off? Here is a snap of 5 items in the lucious Red Pear for those dark and moody winter days you want to make a statement.

Being trendy this winter can be as easy as wearing a pair of warm, fuzzy, fur-lined gloves, or velvet pants.

Now go check out your closet for all the “Red Pear” apparel and let me know what you found!

Yours Truly

~Savoring πŸ’‹