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.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Goodbye Pony Tail



Before my wedding I was adamant about making sure my hair was super long. So it began, I was growing it out and getting it trimmed every so often. Well fast forward to now and I hadn't cut my hair since June 2013.  I would get compliments on the length and thickness but, I felt like Cousin It!! My hair wasn't healthy at all and was consistently in a pony tail or bun.  It was just long out of pure laziness.  So, I opted for a dramatic change.  I didn't want to just trim it and letting it keep growing- I was dead set on cutting and not turning back.  This hair cut is rather significant for more reason than the obvious. It's a push to stop being lax with my beauty routines and to push myself to change.

BTW if you live in the New Orleans area, please check out Tiffani's Mirror - She's super sweet and does quality work!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Petite Sunday Tea

I only had two questions in my inbox so this will short and sweet!! If you have any questions you'd like for me to answer- email me at kimberly@fleurluxe.com

1.  Prom is right around the corner and I want to look nice! I know that sounds odd because everyone wants to look nice but I'm a tomboy. I never wear makeup or anything so I'm rather clueless when it comes to this stuff. I don't have any older sisters to ask this to so I'm hoping you can help.  I'm wearing a light blue dress. It doesn't have any sparkles on it. I was told by the lady at the store that I should do silver shoes but I don't like silver. What other color can I wear? Also, is it awful to not wear heels to prom? I'm 5'8" and my date is taller than me so technically I can wear heels but I don't want to be uncomfortable. -Reyna

I think you should do a nude shoe!  Nude is actually very easy to find and it will definitely match. As far as heels go- if you don't want to wear them don't. You mentioned you were a tomboy and if you feel like you would rather spend the night in nice flats- why not? Maybe you can get a pair of nude patent leather flats that you can wear after with jeans! Email me if you are confused about anything else. I'll be your big sister.

2.  What's your laundry routine? Do you take things to dry clean a lot? Do you separate your clothes by color or fabric?  -JRB

I'm actually pretty awful about doing laundry "correctly" but I do have some tips that I learned from a textile class I took and my mother.

  • If it says "dry clean only"- take it to the dry cleaners.
  • Read your tags carefully
  • It is always better to use cold water to wash clothes
  • Try not to use the dryer so much
    • If you can- lay your sweaters flat to dry and shape them well
  • You don't have to wash your clothes after EVERY wear. I'm talking more about jeans, blazers, etc. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Secrets & Coffee

I am currently waiting at a cafe for a friend so I figure why not share some secrets over java goodness.

1. In true creep fashion, I always check people's hands and scent. I myself am guilty of not having a constant manicure but I feel like you can learn so much from one's hands. Smell is also very prevalent to me... guys that wear too much cologne are usually my enemies.  If I smell Chanel no.5 I am drawn to that person. True story.

2.  I have a wicked sense of humor.  I laugh at awful things. I try to fighht it and be "mature" but that proves difficult to me. For instance, when people post over confident selfies i laugh so hard.

3.  I constantly find that I avoid group events.  I am pretty easy going but I suppose that my idea of a fun night involves few people.  I don't love hanging out in groups.  Mainly cause it is more people to entertain. Meh.

4. People with self entitlement issues KILL me. Unfortunately, it seems that this is the new trend. People deserve things for nothing... somehow. I am avid believer in hard work. I do know that breaks in life are great but geez thinking you deserve to get things fast and easy kill me!!!

5. I love Eric Bana. Yeeeep, this is true. I do not blush but for some reason.. i blush everytime I see him on tv or online. IDK, there are more attractive people im sure. He is just amazing.

6.  When I was young, I found my parent's alien cards and I freaked out. I was like "oh my, if they are aliens...that means... I AM AN ALIEN!! It was a very scary 30 minutes. My mother told me that she wasnt from outerspace and cleared it up.

7. My husband is a nerd. I mean this in the nicest way possible. It makes him so attractive to me.  He reads his little sci-fi books and loves his technology. He knows the quirkiest little things and has to research EVERYTHING.  Does he like to take me dancing... heck no but I can live with it.  He's my cool little nerd.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Joie De Vivre


~Remember that if life isn't hectic than you are doing too little.~

This should have posted weeks ago!! :)

Orpheuscapade 

I had the pleasure of going with my friends to Orpheuscapade. It's a formal ball that takes place after the Orpheus parade. It's great- the parade goes right through the Convention Center and ends with cocktails, food, and live music.  This year we took a silly group picture!  Don't mind my sexy and I know it. :)



Lavender Roses

Unfortunately, Shane's car got totaled so we had to get a new vehicle. We went with a Honda Civic. Naturally with a new purchase of a car- the dealership gave us a bouquet of roses. Perhaps it was because it was a bittersweet end to such a headache of an event that I just loved those roses!!


My new baby.

While everyone around me is getting baby fever- I got puppy fever. Shane surprised me with this bad little puppy two weeks ago. Her name is Ember. She is the most adorable thing ever. We aren't sure which breeds she is mixed with. The shelter paperwork states that she is an Australian Cattle dog Mix but she is very tiny. She is now 12 weeks and only 4.4 lbs.

Spring Wreath

I'm seriously the worst wreath maker ever- but it doesn't stop me. One day, I will be the best around town. This very obnoxious and unimpressive wreath hangs on my front door inviting the spring weather.  When I get home from work- it is a constant reminder that I have to make time for hobbies.

Muses Parade

Mardi Gras was great this year and I'm actually sad that it was so early in the year. Now, I have to wait that much longer for the next season to roll around. I made it a point to go to Muses this year! I didn't catch a shoe but I had a great evening with friends. For those who aren't familiar with this parade- YES, that is a giant pump! It's their first float and the whole parade is all about shoes!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring 2014 Trend Alert: Nude & White

Nude & White

Nude & White by fleurluxe featuring leather strap sandals

Nothing looks more pristine than crisp white and nude.  I know when you think of spring you think pastels immediately.  This spring, opt out of the usual pinks and mints and get chic!  I particularly love nude and white mainly because you can mix and match pieces from these looks and pair it with literally any other color in your closet.  When it comes to footwear, I'm not the biggest fan of white shoes and now that blush and nude have become such popular shoe colors; it's going to be EXTREMELY easy to get yourself a staple shoe for spring!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

SUPER SUNDAY TEA!!

Oh the tea is steaming today and it needed to!!  Apologies for not getting to this sooner!!  Here we go 13 questions!!!

Remember- submit any questions to kimberly@fleurluxe.com

1.  Do you think it is okay for celebrities to be so open about their drug use?  It seems like everyone is talking about smoking weed or popping pills like it's whatever.  I'm 17 and haven't had the slightest urge to pursue any of those things. -Rhitah

I feel that through out history artist have been open about drug use. I commend you for not giving in to drugs. GUYS, IT'S NOT CUTE!!  To answer your question- I'm indifferent.

2.  Boyfriend is clearly cheating on me but I can't seem to catch him in the act! Any advice? -Laura

Ha!! How sure are you that he is cheating?  Have you asked him straight up?  Okay, if you want to bust someone cheating just simply look through their phone. If that isn't enough- stalk.  Or you can just take the easy way out and break up with him because you clearly do not trust him!

3.    My future mother in law is pressuring me in to having one of my fiance's cousins as a bridesmaid. I already have a big wedding party and don't feel like adding another. Is it so wrong? My own cousins aren't even in the party!  I feel like she is getting really upset about me not doing it yet! Heeeelp! -J. M.

Just say no. If she gets really upset, let it be.  There will always be someone upset about something at a wedding. No one is ever happy. Trust me by the time the wedding day rolls around she will forget everything!  If you are too afraid have your fiance talk to her.

4. I have trouble with filling in my eyebrows. Can you do an eyebrow tutorial? -Sasha

I'm not a professional but I will certainly try.  I didn't realize how important brows were until I started paying more attention to mine.

5. I know you love shoes- do you like tall gladiator sandals?- Ashley
Hmmm. It depends on what day you catch me. Today, I hate them but on some people they look super cute. I feel like only tall but healthy looking girls can pull them off.  Not for anyone under 5'5", in my opinion. Also, you need to have nice legs. Scrawny legs will look more scrawny and fat legs will look like sausages.

6. To put it bluntly, I hate my best friend.  Synopsis: She broke my brother's heart, started to hang out with a different crowd, and left me stranded at our school dance.  The problem is I have 3 classes with her and usually sit with her at lunch.  I don't really hate her but I'm really angry at her.  What to do? -Megan

Sorry to hear about your friend.  Well, just let her know that you have a problem with how she's been handling things lately. Don't be catty about it.  If you see things are just getting worse. Start networking! Make new friends and just end things with your friend on a peaceful note so that it isn't awkward when you see her.

7. I found out that all my boyfriend's friends hate me. They talk bad about me and came up with an awful nick name for me. :( I really like this guy but I can't stick around with his friend's calling me "hump dump".  I used to be promiscuous in high school but I've changed tremendously in the last 3 years. I don't like when people bring up my past because I'm ashamed. Can I save this relationship? -anon

Wow. First, I'm happy that you are no longer promiscuous.  To any reader who is being sexually liberal- read this as a warning. Unfortunately, you have to live with your past. Talk to your boyfriend and let him know that it makes you uncomfortable to be called names. Frankly, it is immature.  He needs to defend you. If he doesn't stand up to them they won't back down.  Also, ignore those guys. Once they see how you have changed they need to drop it!!

8. In April I'll be going on a few interviews for jobs in California. I'm trying to get into real estate.  I'm from Southeast Mississippi and have little to no fashion sense.  I'm sure once I'm out there I will get a better sense of who the people are and how I should present myself better but how do I look the part for the interview? I need this job -Cadence

That's so awesome! Congrats on your endeavors and I hope you make it there. The first rule of thumb is make sure that whatever you are wearing FITS. So if you are wearing a pant suit- take it to a tailor and make sure it fits perfect. You also want to keep make up simple. Don't do anything like winged liner. Just wear enough make up to wear they know you are wearing make up but it really just accentuates you. If you are thinking of lipstick do something semi-bold like a medium plum or deep rose.  Remember, you are selling yourself.  So you want to look as good as possible but just make choices that scream good taste and not over the top.  If you are still stuck email me pictures of what you are thinking and I can respond back.

9. As a girl, it is super hard to be the first one to say "I LOVE YOU!" but I am so ready to tell him that I'm in love. He hasn't said it yet either. I'm scared. He seems very into me and perhaps he's in love but I just want to tell everyone I know that I love him.  Should I say it first? How? -Ezmer

Love is in the air!!  Being in love is such a great feeling!! Being scared is very natural especially if he is your first love.  I think you guys should talk about your relationship and just tell him that you love him. Worst case scenario is that he doesn't love you.  It seems awful but sometimes people take longer to form proper attachments so it's okay. :) As long as you guys are happy who cares?

10. Um, hi, what if I told you that I caught my mom cheating on my dad and don't know what to do? -Anon because I really don't want anyone to know

Eeeeks.  If you are 100% sure that your mom is cheating you should bring it to your mom's attention if she doesn't already know that you know.  Your dad has a right to know as well but encourage your mom to come clean. That's a very nasty situation.  Good luck to you.

11. I don't have lots of money but I love buying cosmetics. This leaves my only options to be drug stores or discount online stores. What is your best trick for finding the right shades in foundation? -Kerry

Very good question. If I were you I would first figure out what your undertones are. Are you more yellow or pink?  Once you figure that out you can choose colors a bit better. Trust me, it takes a bit of trail and error. Also, once you get to know the brands better you will start to pick up on who has more yellow or pink their formulas and can go from there. I would also read reviews on it.  If you know your perfect shade in a different brand you can always google and see if anyone has a chart.  www.temptalia.com has a really good conversion chart that helps you find your color across brands

12. I've seen people ask you questions like this before but what's your philosophy on buying luxury brand items? I see people who have very humble jobs and aren't rich but they are lugging Louis Vuitton's, Hermes, Prada, and Gucci.  Some of these people are even buying matching shoes or are wearing Christain Louboutin- it irks me. What is your opinion on all of this?

I say don't buy something you can't afford.  Some people really work hard and save up so that they can buy themselves a really nice purse or pair of shoes and there is NOTHING wrong with that.  I don't think someone should go in debt for it.

13. I'm trying to change my look but not really know what to do. My friends and I are really "boho" and hipsterish. I'm about to be 25 and realize that that isn't the look I should keep.  Got any tips?

Changing your style is very fun. I love doing it. I think you should start by buying very basic pieces and growing from there. Everyone's personal style changes through out the years. You just have to go with things that you are naturally attracted to.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Beauty Review: Sally Hansen Complete Spa Manicure Nail Polish


If there is one thing to know about me- I LOVE AT HOME MANICURES. Call me crazy but something about the nail salon drives me crazy!! Courtesy of Influenster, I was able to test out Sally Hansen's Comple Salon Manicure nail polishes and I've got all the details for you!
Pros:
Seriously, the best brush ever!!!
  • Amazing Colors
  • Long Lasting
  • Don't need a top coat
  • Great Value
  • The brush is SPECTACULAR- made application extremely easy!!
Cons:
  • Not all colors provide the same shine or wear time
  • Needs about 3-4 coats

My favorite color was Jaded. It's absolutely gorgeous and a very trendy color for spring! I was able to wear these polishes for 4-6 days with out a top coat! When I tell you the shine on these polishes is great- it's great. I was really impressed and I'm definitely going to get more colors form this line.  Did I mention it's only $6.50?  I spend $9 on my favorite brand so again another great thing to think about.  Swatches below!!

Red my Lips
Jaded
Pat on the Black