Saturday, December 27, 2008

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays

Monday, December 22, 2008


Dear Shop In Chic,

I would love to change my hair color to something fun
and different, but how can I do it at home? I know that
there are a ton of haircolor kits out there, but which
product would be best? Plus, do you have any tips on
doing it yourself?

Sincerely,
Need-A-Change



Dear Need-A-Change,

Looking for a change for 2009? Changing your color is a great
start, but it can also be intimidating, especially if you have
never colored your hair before. If you did not mention that you
wanted to do it at home, I would highly recommend going to the
salon. Heck, I still would recommend that, or having a trusty
friend color your hair with salon quality products(which is
something I do. Thanks Sarah!)

First off, what color do you want and how many shades compared
to your own natural hair color. If it is drastically lighter
or darker than your own, then visit a salon or have a good pal
color your hair for you. If you want something two/three shades
darker or lighter then buy something permanent. If you just want
a slight adjustment then go with a semi or demi-permanent color
that will wash out in a month or less.

When you shop for a box of hair color, remember to look for the
color chart on the back or side of the box, as it will show you
a realistic view of how the new color will look on your natural
color. Once you made the commitment(or bought the kit!), make
sure you thoroughly read the instructions twice. And don't
forget to do a test strand to make sure it exactly what you
want, and even a skin test if its called for. After all you don't
want to color your hair and discover an allergic reaction!


Here are some choice kits to choose from(see above):
Clairol Herbal Essences Knockout Blonde(Shade 16) available at Drugstore.com and Boots

Clairol Blackberry-Burgandy Black(Shade 38) available at Drugstore.com and Boots

Garnier 100% ColorVibrant Colors by Nutrisse Dark Golden Brown(Shade 433) available at Walgreens and Boots

Saturday, December 20, 2008

I Want To Pout


Full, luscious lips will always be in style. But this won't
always be around, DuWop's The Perfect Pout Gift Set is only
available at Beauty.com. And its limited edtion.

Not only does its come with DuWop's extraordinary lip venom,
it comes with a lipstick and lip pencil liner to complete
your pouty lip look. For those of you who are not familiar
with DuWop lip venom, you should be. Its a colored lip gloss
with essential oils that pump up your lips naturally, plus
deliver an incredible glossy shine.

Did you know the DuWop lip venom was the original lip pumper?

DuWop's The Perfect Pout Gift Set is available at Beauty.com for $36.75.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

There is nothing better than a new dress, jacket, handbag or a pair
of shoes for Christmas. And for those of us who have to cut back on
our own clothes shopping to save money for holiday gifts, we can
still revel in satisfaction by choosing stylish gifts for our close
friends. Here are some great ideas that you will love and so will
they!



She Dresses To The Nines
We all know her(or maybe we are her), the girl that loves to
dress up. She probably has more cocktail dresses and pumps than
jeans and tees. She always looks her best and sometimes makes
us feel just a little slighted. Here are the gifts she will
love.

Black Jacquard Beaded Corset Dress available at Next for £60
Stretch Nylon Boots available at Montage for £34.26
Check Frill Long Coat available at Miss Selfridge for £75.00
Linen Blend Dress available at Marks and Spencer for £29.50




Miss Casual Comforts
This is the gift guide for the girls who love casual comfort.
She lives in jeans, hoodies, probably carries a trendy tote
bag. She's a simple girl who is probably always on the go so
she could use plenty of handbags and accessories. Here are a
few ideas she'll like.

Black Jogging Trousers available at Peacocks for £6.00
Blue Casual Hoodie available at Peacocks for£6.00
Scooped Neck Dress available at Hush for £44
Spotty Floral Purse available at Republic for £9.74



The Sporty Chic Girl
Maybe she was(or is still) in athlete in high school, and she
lives comfortable track shoes and tracksuits. She prefers a
little action in life and she just keeps on going like the
energizer bunny. She will need gifts that move along with
her and here are my top choices.


Apple Bottoms Purple Tee available at JD Sports for £24.99
Pierre Cardin Pink/White Trainers available at Shoe Shop for £29.99
McKenzie Denim Perth Jean Flare available at JD Sports for £39.99

Monday, December 15, 2008

How Smashing


Here is a hot new product from Smashbox:HALO Hydrating
Perfecting Powder and Brush Set. This is a wonderful new
anti-aging concept that features Gogi berries, which are
naturally antioxidants. It also contains encapsulated
water that will hydrate your skin so it always feels fresh.

Its a pressed powder that becomes a loose powder for a more
translucent glow.


Smashbox:HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder and Brush Set available at Sephora for $59.


We know of your dislike of layers, so what would you do to
keep yourself warm?

-Miss Grunge


Dear Miss Grunge,


I don't mind layers so much only if the look is styled right.
Like for instance, you don't want to wear too many layers if
they make you look bulky. Its okay to wear thin layers, and
if you want, a jacket over a long sleeve top. Wear what you
are comfortable with and let your sense of style dictate.
Never wear anything that you have to think twice about.

Truly,
Shop In Chic


Zebra Print Tank is available at PACSUN
for $19.50
Black Moto Cross Jacket is available at Hot Topic for $58.00
Dead 52's Tank available at Urban Outfitters UK for £30.00
Velvet Blazer available at Urban Outfitters UK for £50.00


Have any beauty or style questions? The please
email them at shopinchic83 at yahoo.com

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Its less than two weeks before Christmas and I am pretty sure
you're not done shopping! That leaves a little time to scout
out some terrific deals and bargains, and I'll share them
with you!

Aldo Shoes USA-Extra $20 Off Already Reduced Price Boots
Aldo Shoes UK-Extra 30% Off Already Reduced Price Boots
Bluefly-Holiday Dresses up to 40% Off
Miss Selfridge-Free Delivery On All UK Orders Over £80.00,Plus Free Returns
Target-Free Standard Shipping Unitl December 18th
Revolve Clothing-Take An Additional 33% Off Any Purchase
Old NavyGet Free Shipping On Every Order, Plus Save 10% On Orders Over $75
Peacock'sUp to 50% Select Party Apparel and Dresses

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Every woman should have at least one. They are one of the
most important style staples out there, plus they make
essential party dresses. After all, you can style it
with different shoes, jewelry and other accessories
to give each time you wear a special feel, like the
same feeling you get the first time you wear a new
dress.

Here are some of my favorite dresses.

Strapless Charmuese Dress available at Dillards
for $41.40

Black Lace Off Shoulder Dress available at Peacocks for £9.78

US Contests and Sweepstakes
VogueTV's Holiday Sweeps
Win designer fragrances and beauty produts from Dior, Stila and more!

Prescriptives Holiday Sweepstakes
Win a complete collection of holiday makeup


My One and Only Prize Pack
From the upcoming movie include Nars cosmetics, yoga apparel
and more!



Sweet Deliverance Sweeps
Win tickets to Daily Candy's Sweetest Things Event plus an Outfit

UK Contests and Sweepstakes

Win A Designer Dress
From Mina


Win A Hush Gift Box
And its worth £400 of sleepwear and loungwear


Win A Hotter Shoe Wardrobe
Win A Year's Supply of shoes.

Right now this is what you should be reading(other than my
blog of course!)

Why You Shouldn't Use Makeup Testers:This is just so nasty.
2009 Golden Globe Nominees:How will they measure up stylewise?
Rockabilly Hair:Its one of the newest hair trends
Skin Saving Products:How to save your skin after the holidays.
Great Clothes For Your PartiesEverything from cheap to expensive and in between.
The Most Offensive Fashion Advertisement:Does it promote violence?
Love What You Got:Recycle your closet
Free Makeovers For Everyone:From Bobbi Brown

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


A hairdryer can only go so far, right? Well not with this hair
dryer from Conair, the Infiniti Hair Designer Pro by Conair.
What makes this different from most? Its the only one with
a Triple Action Straightening Attatchment that lets you not
only dry your hair, but straighten it too! It works great
with both very curly and even wavy hair, you control the
tension.



Plus it also reduces frizz and emits natural ions for your
hair to look and feel its best. Its even got a cool shot
setting, diffuser and concentrator attachments. This is
simply the coolest hair dryer out there!


Infiniti Hair Designer Pro by Conair is available at Conair for $74.99.

Monday, December 8, 2008




Dear Shop In Chic:
I know the holidays are coming and I really want to look
glamourous for the parties I will attend, yet I hate high
heels. So what other options do I have?

Clueless About Footwear


Dear Clueless:
One thing that people always equate with all time beauty
and glamour is high heels. Heck people even wear them to
glam up the casualness of jeans! But just because most
women wear high heels doesn't mean all women do. And
you know what? There is nothing wrong with that! Rest
assure that there are plenty of other options to choose
from, including flats! There are plenty of styles that
are just, if not more, purely elegant. And if you're
planning on dancing the night away, flats are choice.
Besides who really dances in heels anyway? You'll be
the envy of the holiday party.

So what are some good brands to look for? I like the
styles of Stuart Weitzman, like his "Buckballet" gold
flats? I also like Steve Madden's "Kobraa" pink skimmers.
I also find Office to have some pretty darn cute and
stylish flats for holiday parties. Like their "Call
Me Back Bow" black leather flats and "Concave Back
Strap" sandal style blue flats.

Just remember that when you're shopping for dressy
flats, look for special details such as sequins or
embossed leather. You want to shoes to look rather
special not so casual.




Both Stuart Weitzman and Steve Madden shoes are available at
Nordstrom

Both Office shoes are available at Office




If you have any questions remember to drop me off an e-mail at
shopinchic83 at yahoo.com. Please mention ASKSHOPINCHIC in the
SUBJECT line. Thank you ahead of time!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

US Edition:Holiday Shopping Guide:Hot Fashion Part 1

This is part 2 of US Edition:Holiday Shopping Guide:Hot Fashion
Part 2. And this concludes th US Edtion of the Holiday Shopping
Guide. The UK Edition will be concluding soon.

Stay tuned to more information and ideas for holiday
shopping.


Outerwear
A new coat can be expensive, so imagine the look on their
face when you give your sister, best friend, or mother a
brand new coat for the holidays. Jackets are also nice to
give, even if its just a simple hoodie.

Black Skull Toggle Hoodie available at Hot Topic for $38.00
Plaid Trenchcoat available at Banana Republic for $275
Women's Denim Jacket available at Old Navy
for $29.50
Women's Quilted Metallic Vest available at Old Navy for $39.50




Shoes,Accessories, and Bags
Who wouldn't love another handbag or pair of shoes? And it
doesn't always have to be designer, Steve Madden does some
pretty darn good knock-offs! Other accessories like hats and
even stylish jewelry work too!

Mohair Fedora available at The Gap for $24.50
Convertable Mittens available at Old Navy for $9.50
Fossil Heart Charm Watch available at Dillard's for $
Dooney & Bourke Zebra Tote available at Dillards's for $295.00
Steve Madden Sedona Pumps available at Steve Madden for $129.95



Sweet Dreams
There is nothing better than going to bed in brand new pajamas!
And if you can, why not add in a cute fuzzy robe or a pair of
slippers?

Stretch Jersey Short Robe available at The Gap for $39.50
Baby Phat Pajama Set in Plaid available at Macy's for $39.99
Juicy Couture Slippers available at Nordstrom for $64.95
PJ Salvage Pajamas available at Nordstrom
Top $14.99 Bermuda Bottoms $19.99

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Do you need a new Christmas gift idea?

With the holidays coming closer each and every single day,
it can be a bit of a burden to choose what gifts to buy.
You want to find gifts for everybody and some people are
just so hard to shop for. You don't want to spend your
entire weekend at the mall looking for stuff to only
know that its either going to be returned or even *gulp*
regifted later on! So before you decide to say give up
on your holiday shopping, I got a few ideas that will
please everyone, so all you have to do is tally
up everyone on your list to mulitply the gifts! It won't
get any easier than these ideas.

PS, stay tuned for more of my upcoming Gift Guides for
more Christmas Gift Ideas and browse through my blog for
previous installments and much more!



Why give a gift card when you could give a Gifts gift
card? A traditional gift card is usually from one store
but a Gifts card can be used at a choice of merchants
and services including restaurants and hotels. Choose
one store or choose several and you can even email it
for faster delivery. And best of all they never expire.

Check out Gifts.com for more information and a list of redeemable stores and services.


And for my readers in the UK, there is the Voucher Express
VEX Gift Certificate. Give them the certificate and you can
relax and let them choose exactly the gift voucher they want.
You can redeem for your choice of gift vouchers from over
25,000 retail stores and services all over the UK and Ireland.


Check out Voucher Express for more information
and a list of redeemable stores.


Now how's that for an easy Christmas gift idea!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Style Meme


I am new to this whole Meme concept so please forgive
me if I am not doing this right.

First off, what is a fashion blog doing with a Meme? Well a
meme can be about almost anything, so why not style?

P.S. please feel free to copy and post on your own blog, just
leave me a link so I can read it!

The Style Meme


Describe your personal style?

Actually I don't have a personal style, I just wear what I
like. I don't follow trends and celebrities, because not I know
that not everyone can dress like the same stars. I like to wear
what I think is comfortable and stylish. I look at some celebs
and I think "What the...?"


What does Fashion mean exactly?

I gradutated from a Fashion Design/Merchandising program
last summer so I know the answer! Fashion is basicially more
than what we wear, its more than style, its more than a time
capsule.

Fashion really is everything that includes not only clothes,
but personal taste and cultures as well. Fashion is supposed
to be fun, its an art form. Express yourself!


Why are we slaves to fashion?

Why do you wear killer high heels? Because they look great
and give you confidence! Sometimes we do weird things for the
sake of looking good(like spending a lot on one article of
clothing) and maybe thats a good thing, maybe its a bad thing!
You tell me!

I love style but I do think we need to be a little more practical
sometimes!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Upcoming Advice Column

There is nothing better than a new dress, jacket, handbag or a pair
of shoes for Christmas. And for those of us who have to cut back on
our own clothes shopping to save money for holiday gifts, we can
still revel in satisfaction by choosing stylish gifts for our close
friends. Here are some great ideas that you will love and so will
they! This is PART 1 of the US Holiday Shopping Guide Hot Fashion
Gifts. PART 2 is coming and so is the UK Holiday Shopping Guide Hot
Fashion Gifts. Stay tuned!



She Dresses To The Nines
We all know her(or maybe we are her), the girl that loves to
dress up. She probably has more cocktail dresses and pumps than
jeans and tees. She always looks her best and sometimes makes
us feel just a little slighted. Here are the gifts she will
love.

Tuxedo Strapless Dress available at The Limited for $98
Large Metallic Leather Thompson Tote available at J. Crew for $125
Betsey Johnson Belted Crinoline Coat available at Betsey Johnson for $320
Lynx Faux Fur Vest available at Bebe for $179
Twelth Street Loreli Peeptoe Pumps available at Revolve Clothing for $224


Miss Casual Comforts
This is the gift guide for the girls who love casual comfort.
She lives in jeans, hoodies, probably carries a trendy tote
bag. She's a simple girl who is probably always on the go so
she could use plenty of handbags and accessories. Here are a
few ideas she'll like.


Silver Tuesday Stretch Jeans available at The Buckle for $82
Hurley Mascara Hoodies available at PacSun for $54.50
Xhilaration Blue Striped Winter Accessorie Set available at Target for $9.99
Limited Edition Perforated Blue Tote Bag available at Target for $39.99



The Sporty Chic Girl
Maybe she was(or is still) in athlete in high school, and she
lives comfortable track shoes and tracksuits. She prefers a
little action in life and she just keeps on going like the
energizer bunny. She will need gifts that move along with
her and here are my top choices.

Juicy Couture Velour Tracksuit in Green available at Juicy Couture. Each piece sold separately.
Baby Phat Puffer Metallic Cat Jacket
available at Baby Phat for $159
Women's Premium Premix Sneakers available at Skechers for $62
Baby G Resin Watch available at Macy's