July 29, 2015

Must Have Maine Tourmaline

Maine tourmaline is unlike any other tourmaline found in the rest of the world......

Maine tourmaline comes in beautiful shades of green and pink.
We call it watermelon.
Makes perfect sense.

SHOP Maine Tourmaline!

This is how I wore my Maine tourmaline earrings, necklace and bracelet that I received as a gift for my birthday.

My whole outfit is from TALBOTS.

{My vintage sterling silver green glass ring is from my online vintage boutique,  The Canny Canary}

July 27, 2015

How To Keep Your Whites White

  • ALWAYS wash whites separately. You might think it couldn't do any harm to wash a pastel color garment with your white garments, but it does. That is how whites begin to look dingy. And just say you have a white tee shirt with a picture or lettering on it. Put that in with your light colors, not your whites.
  • Wash your all natural fibers that are white in cold water to avoid shrinkage such as 100% cottons, linens and wools. A shirt or blouse in a natural fiber blended with polyester or other synthetic fibers, will be fine to wash in warm water which takes stains out better. Those fabrics won't tend to shrink as much because they are more tightly woven.
  • Add bleach to your white wash to get rid of yellowing under the armpits due to antiperspirant. I recently have begun wearing Tom's of Maine natural deodorant (not an antiperspirant). It is better for you because it lets you perspire a bit and doesn't clog up your pores with aluminum like antiperspirants do, PLUS it doesn't make a yellow stain under the armpits of my clothing which is a huge plus. It was a little difficult to get used to at first, but once you try Tom's of Maine all natural deodorant for about a week, you won't want to go back to your old stuff! And contrary to popular belief, bleach does not wear down your clothes if you don't apply it directly to the fabric. I've been using a little bleach in my white washes for years now, and no holes yet! However, bleach may actually turn your synthetic white fibers a little yellowish, so watch your fabric content.
  • If you don't use bleach because you don't like chemicals, you can make your own eco friendly Oxi-clean recipe for taking stains out of whites using 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 1 cup water and mixing all four ingredients in a bowl. Pour this mixture on the stained areas of your white garment and let sit in a sink over night. Wash them the next day and the stains should be lighter or completely gone! Even though this method is all natural, you should still test a small spot on your clothes to avoid any accidents.
  • Another more natural approach to keeping your clothes white, is to add 1 cup white vinegar to 2 1/2 pints of tap water in a large pot. Bring the solution to a boil, then pour it into a bucket and drop in your dingy socks, [uniforms, etc.]. Let them soak overnight, then the next day wash them as you normally would.
  • If you have a clothes line, hang your white clothing out to dry in the nice bright sunlight. The sun will help fade any stains.
  • Wash your whites right after you wear them. The longer the stain gets to set in the fabric, the tougher it is to get out.
  • Avoid dry cleaning your clothes whenever possible, however if the label says dry clean only, pay attention to it and make sure you dry clean it. I struggle with this myself. I have taken white linen to the dry cleaners before because the label told me to and they turned it a pale shade of yellow due to the fact that they were using an old and dirty dry cleaning solution. So now, if I am buying white linen, I make sure that the label says that I can wash it, otherwise I don't buy it. On another note, if a garment just says dry clean on it, take it as a suggestion, but I have been known to take a chance and actually wash those items. They came out fine. But if you decide to wash something that says dry clean on it, make sure you realize that you are taking a risk and whatever happens is your fault.

July 24, 2015

The Secret To Wearing Complimentary Colors

I am asked this question all the time. Ladies, holding things up to the natural light and practically looking under a microscope to make sure something matches exactly is not necessary. While I do realize that some of us truly are color blind and need help with finding things that color coordinate, most of us tend to fret over the minor details of exactly matching waaaaaaay too much. There is no need to get a headache over finding the perfect match. 

For instance, if you are looking for a top to match a certain shade in a colorful floral skirt, don't fret over finding the exact shade. Chances are the skirt has so many colors in it that if you are a hint off, no one will even notice. Actually, being a hint off can be even more interesting than matching exactly.

In fact, I suggest wearing colors together that are opposite on the color wheel. It makes for a more interesting overall look! Keep reading to see some examples....

{color wheel courtesy of Cosmopolitan}

Below you will find some lovely looks that combine colors that are opposite on the color wheel

weekend getaway
Red and blue are opposite on the color wheel!
SHOP this look!

lunch date
Yellow and purple are opposite on the color wheel!
SHOP this look!

evening out
Orange and violet are opposite on the color wheel!
SHOP this look!

So as you can see. Although, there is nothing wrong with wearing tonal colors, thinking outside of the box when it comes to color can be way more interesting and exciting. If you struggle with this, simply print out a color wheel and take it with you when you go shopping.
Click HERE to print out one of the many color wheels that you will find on Pinterest.

July 23, 2015

What To Wear On A Summer Evening Out In Maine?

Sometimes, it can be challenging to look nice, be modern and stylish, yet subtle, on a summer evening out with the girls in Maine. But, I think I figured it out.....

It was a warm and humid day, but I could tell that it was going to be a bit cool on this evening out with two of my favorite girlfriends. We were headed down to McLaughlin's At The Marina and I thought there might be some great conversation and a fire pit involved. Guess what? I was right. If you have not been down to McLaughlin's At The Marina yet, I suggest you take some time to do so this summer. The food is fabulous and the music is great. Located in Hampden, it doesn't seem that far away for those who live in the Bangor area, yet you feel like you went on a mini vaca just for a few hours.

 While eating lunch there one afternoon with my sister, I recognized that there was a fire pit outside and chairs gathered around. I asked Kim, the owner, "What goes on out there?" She replied to me, "Magic." 
And she is right.
That is just what happened between me and my girlfriends there that night.

I decided that a black tank top from Talbots covered with this little shawl from Mexicali Blues would do the trick. It would look modern and chic, yet keep me warm enough on this semi cool Maine summer night.

And of course I chose to wear vintage jewelry from The Canny Canary.

Talk about magic!

Vintage cocktail ring, vintage butterfly necklace, vintage Monet bracelet and vintage Etienne Aigner leather cross body bag can all be found at
The Canny Canary Online Vintage Jewelry Boutique by clicking right HERE

SHOP my similar look!

July 22, 2015

Lose Weight Instantly!

Yes ladies, it is totally possible to lose weight in the blink of an eye and it involves doing one thing. 

Choosing the right bra.

{Photo via Brayola, where you will find the best bras on the planet}

Where your breasts sit on your chest makes all the difference in how your clothes fit. This is of course a more challenging situation for larger breasted ladies for sure. But ladies with small to medium busts can also benefit from the information I am going to give you in this blog post.

You want your breasts to sit midway between your elbows and your shoulders for the most slimming appearance. The last thing you want is for your breasts to appear as if they are part of your stomach! The center of the bra should sit FLAT against your chest and there should be no wrinkling or gaping in the cups. Larger breasted ladies may have to opt for a more substantial bra. That means no little tiny delicate straps like the ones you find at Victoria's Secret. And nothing that covers half of your boob. You want the entire breast encased and held firmly between the shoulders and the elbows as I stated before. If you can, consider spending good money on a bra that fits well. You will be glad you made the investment, because you will look better in everything you wear. 

I also suggest getting fitted at least once a year. As women we must come to the realization that our bodies change and evolve as we grow older. Accept the fact that you are not getting any younger and embrace the fact that as you are getting older, you are also getting much smarter.

And as much as you may be thinking that this whole bra thing is a bother, just remember that over 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size and therefore looking larger than they need to look in their clothing every day. Finding and wearing the right bra will make you appear more slim instantly and it will also make you happier because you will feel more comfortable as you move throughout your day.

Some of my favorite and affordable bra brands are: Lilyette & Vanity Fair.
Some of my favorite luxury bra brands are Brayola, Wacoal, and Chantelle.