Monday, September 22, 2014

Favorite Looks: Ready to Wear Spring 2015

Source: Style.com

The various collections shown at Spring RTW 2015 Fashion week could all be summed up by two words: retro inspired. I feel like there were touches of the past- mostly 60's & 70's that were coming back to remind us why those times were great! I especially loved how much layering I've seen and the marriages with busy textures and soft pieces.I also noticed a good bit of circular edges, fringe, and thick belts.  Below are pictures of my favorite looks that walked the runway!

Source: style.com

Source: style.com


 Disclaimer: I do not own any of the images shown. All images are property of www.style.com.



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Tea

1. How do you get free stuff to review and what is Influenster? -B.A. Trevors

ANYONE, that includes you, can review products via Influenster. In fact, if anyone wants to take part please send me an email (kimberly@fleurluxe.com) and I will gladly send you an invitation.  Influenster is a company that helps other companies get customer reviews on products. You get a trial period to try out items and then you get an email with a survey link. You must complete these surveys in order to participate in future programs. Its a win, win!  Outside of Influenster, I have been able to try out products for review simply by contacting the company directly.

2.  I'm a fan of recycling some may say that I'm a hoarder. What kind of items should I always keep in my closet and what kind of things should I purge? -Anon

If you have holes in your clothes- toss it! I would also purge those items that you have had for several years and have never touched. If you don't dye your clothes I would purge as soon as the color/material is degenerated.  If you dye your clothes hold on to those classic pieces that never go out of style  Again, if you don't want to throw those items away and want to use them- cut up your clothes for cleaning rags, pet clothing, throw pillows, quilts, etc.

3.  Any tips for Latina hair. I hate straightening it everyday and my natural texture is between wavy and straight and SUPER FRIZZY! Help! -Jessie

Ha, I understand this struggle way too much.  The key is smoothing out your hair. As Latinas, we tend to over due the gel because we want our hair to stay flat. Go for leave in conditioners that make your hair a little heavier but add the needed moisture. Also, use a boar bristle brush! This will be your best friend.  I like to use Aussie's Sprunch Mousse when I wear my hair naturally- its a leave in conditioner + mousse so you get the best of both worlds.  Another tips is taking your time with your hair, section out your hair when you apply product so you are thorough/efficient.

4. I've tried everything on your "how to wear heels comfortably" post. I still can't do heels. Is there no hope for me? -Eli 

Medically speaking, no one should easily wear heels.  It really takes practice and sadly those beautiful shoes can ruin you. Eli, start with a kitten heel. Master it and then move on to a 4 inch heel. Take baby steps! You can do it.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Flash Back Friday: Jewel

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Jeeeewweeeeel!  Who will saaaaaAAAaaave your soul?  I secretly loved her and don't know why I didn't want anyone to know! I still love her even when she when she confused everyone with her pop parody "Intuition"!  What attracts me to her the most is that she is so naturally beautiful in voice.  She can also yodel so that is a complete plus! Anyhow, enjoy 90's Jewel below.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wear Heels Comfortably


I would absolutely be lying if I said "HEELS AREN'T SO BAD- ANYONE CAN WEAR THEM ALL DAY". Although, you will run in to freaks of nature who insist that their feet can't handle flat shoes and that they MUST wear 6 inch heels.  Now, I know we are all suckers for beautiful shoes and sometimes we think that there is no hope with our torture devices/heels and we must be in pain but I'm here to tell you that you can EASE the pain.

  1. Buy the right size.  I'm not even joking. This seems like common sense but if your heels are too big = blisters. If they are too small = corns/bunions.  See the trend. You can't afford to go wrong here.  Also, pace back and forth at the shoe store- this will be a great indicator on whether the shoe fit is correct. If you feel yourself slipping forward- go down in size. If the size down doesn't work- try a ball of foot pad! If nothing works- LEAVE THE SHOE BEHIND.
  2. Work on that strut. Walk HEEL then TOE, shoulders back, abs tighten, chest forward and head held up high.  If you have a wobbly walk or a strong step down your feet will be killed.  Practice makes perfect.  Walk around your house find what works for you. You want to master a light step that looks like an elegant glide.  
  3. Wear insoles!  Listen, they were made for a reason!  These will help with the balls of your feet and offer more support!
  4. Take care of your feet. Yes, moisturize and scrape off the dead skin. Also, don't forget to stretch your toes and ankles daily.  Also, if you find that you are having issues- go see a doctor.
  5. Take breaks. I know, we all want to be glamorous 24/7 but it is never okay to wear heels for 9 hours straight. Take a seat, wear flats, and let your feet breathe.
  6. Be Smart. Walking all day long...don't wear stilettos!! Opt for a wedge or chunky heel. Platformed shoes are your friend- sure they look menacing but actually they are much more comfortable then they look.  Next, look at the sole. A heel with a rubber sole is also great because it will make your step more cushiony.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chicken & Mozzarella Frittata

I actually whipped this recipe together Sunday night. Shane and I were so tired and had no desire to leave the house and this made a quick and savory meal.

What you need:
6 eggs
Fresh Mozzarella
1 tomatoe
1 tsp of EVOO
1/2 cup of milk
Choice of cooked meat
Choice spices

Prep time: 20 min
1.  Cook your preferred meat. In my case, I used shredded meat from a rotisserie chicken.  This will save tons of time.
2. Start up your broiler and place your frying pan over medium heat. Pour in the olive oil.
3. In a bowl, mix your eggs, milk and spices. After, slice your tomatoes and mozzarella.
4. Pour mixture into pan. As the bottom begins to solidify,  begin to add toppings.  Continue to add toppings until satisfied and bottom of frittata is browning.
5. Put pan into broiler for 7 minutes.  You want to make sure that the top is cooked thoroughly.
6. Once cooked, remove from broiler and cut with a pizza slicer.

I used a 10 inch frying pan. Note: the smaller the pan... the thicker the fritatta.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Time is of the Essence



Time is of the Essence


There is nothing more important than time.  That is a lesson that I have learned in the past year.  I don't think I've ever worked so much before and quite frankly at the time, it didn't bother me.  That is, until I started realizing what was happening.  Family time... I'll see them another time? Friend time...they'll understand, we can reschedule?  Husband time...he understands,right? Me time...huuuh?  At the end of your life what do you want to remember? Do you want to think about how many hours you put in at work and the success it got you or didn't get you or do you want to remember your quality time?  I say the perfect answer is you want both- but balanced.  There is a bible passage that comes to mind- Ecclesiastes 3

Ecclesiastes 3 (NIV)
There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.
What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
15 Whatever is has already been,
    and what will be has been before;
    and God will call the past to account.[b]
16 And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
    in the place of justice—wickedness was there.
17 I said to myself,
“God will bring into judgment
    both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
    a time to judge every deed.”
18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath[c]; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”
22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?
So the lesson I want to share with you is clear- enjoy your work, take time to enjoy yourself and always be thankful. Don't burn yourself out on one thing but enjoy your life and job as much as you can. :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Flash Back Friday- Backstreet Boys


Backstreet Boys in the 90's

Backstreet Boys in 204

Some of you loved N'Sync more but, I was digging the pop ballads from Brian, Nick, AJ, Kevin and Howie.  Would you say I was a die hard fan... no!!  I, however, did sing along to all of their songs and I thoroughly enjoyed their "Everybody" music video.  These guys are still touring around the globe and are doing their thing. However, they no longer wear ridiculous matching outfits :(  BTW- I was a Kevin/Howie kinda girl! Who did you have a crush on?

Below you will find their latest music video and 3 of my favorites!!






Thursday, May 29, 2014

How To Wear a Kimono

Kimonos




Kimonos are the latest summer must have. They have been circling around for a while but, it looks like they are finally exploding. Which is no surprise considering how versatile and practical a kimono can be.

These kimonos can be looked at as very boho but paired with the right accessories you can find yourself looking super chic! Also, if you play your cards right you can dress them up or even use them as a swim suit cover up!


How To Wear a Kimono

How To Wear a Kimono by fleurluxe featuring Topshop



A. Dress it up!!  Get a plain kimono with soft details and pair it up with a fitted cocktail dress and you have yourself a romantic, chic after five look.  Don't forget to have fun with your color palette and make it fancy with some sparkling baubles!
B. Boho Babe.  I love this look! Mix and match patterns and keep the rest simple. This is an easy way to turn a not so amazing outfit into something selfie worthy!  Details are everything so be sure to add little touches like antiqued jewelry & smokey eye shadow.
C. Keep it Cool.  This is the most favorable way to wear a kimono. This is the ultimate festival uniform.  It also doesn't hurt that its cute as a button. Pair your floral kimono with some ripped jorts and gladiator sandals to call it day!  Circular sunglasses, wavy hair, and knuckle rings are a must with this.