Tips on how to dress for less

Most women enjoy shopping for clothes, but you don’t have to break the bank every time you shop. Follow these tips on making the most out of the clothes you buy while seeing your savings go up.

1. Sell what you don’t wear

If you don’t wear it, drop it off at a consignment shop. When the shop sells your clothing, they will write you a check for a portion of the profits, but not the full amount. Go through your closet and if you haven’t worn a particular piece of clothing in a year, get rid of it.

2. Find coupons online

When you’re on the go, use your smartphone to find clothing coupons before you check out. There are several great coupon locating apps for Androids and the iPhone.

3. Check the tag before you buy

If you’re trying to save money, stick to machine-washable clothing. If you buy a dry-clean-only outfit, you’ll keep paying for it every time you wear it.

4. Make your clothes last

Wash your clothes on the gentle cycle in cool water and lay flat to dry. They will last much longer this way. For delicate items or clothes that might shrink, hand wash them yourself unless your washing machine has a hand wash cycle. If you take care of your clothes then you will get years of use out of them.

5. Buy when clothing is on clearance

You can save money when buying clothing out-of-season. Retailers will put out-of-season clothing on clearance to clear the stock from their stores. This is the time to buy!

6. Don’t buy unless you need it

Don’t buy clothes just because they are on sale. Only buy if you really want it or need it. Twenty percent off is not a good deal if you only wear it 5% of the time.

7. Buy your uniforms at discount stores

Work and school uniforms get expensive, but you can buy them at discount stores for a much lower cost. Buying these items through your work or school can get pricy.

Follow these simple tips and save next time you go to the store!

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Six Places You Need to Know About in SLC

Utah has a pretty eclectic vibe when it comes to shopping, good food and exploring. With it’s ever growing community, SLC is thriving with shops aplenty that are fun and affordable. We came up with a list of shops you shouldn’t miss out on! They range from juicerys to thrift stores. All local business owners, with one thing in common; Building a community.

  1. Vive Juicery – Brittany Shimmin started Vive in August 2013 with one thing in mind — she wanted Salt Lake City to experience fresh pressed, organic juices from local farmers. Four years later, she has 3 thriving stores that range from Downtown Salt Lake City, to Draper and over 30 employees. Vive has a great vibe entering the store with their motto as “Oh Kale Yes” You can be sure to walk out with a smile and some of the best juice you will ever taste. Not only do they have juice and juice cleanses, but they have expanded their menu to some organic soups as well in the fall months. Check out their website for locations, orders and cleanses.
  2. IconoCLAD – The home of all thrift and consignment shops in Salt Lake Valley — this store holds funky leggings, faux fur, and two furry shop kitties that goes by the name of Lola and Bugsy to keep you company while you explore their store of hidden treasures. Tom Sobieski, owner and founder of Iconoclad has brought not only some color and character to Downtown but any clothing that is not bought or not taken in to purchase, is donated to those in need. Iconoclad and it’s team has been an incredible staple in the community over the last couple years and we are excited to see what’s in store for them in the future. Check their Facebook to see new styles that you can put on hold for 24 hours!
  3. Even Stevens Sandwich Shop – Imagine a place that you can eat delicious food all while being a huge help to those in need? Look no further! Even Stevens Sandwich Shop does just that. Providing the freshest of ingredients, for every sandwich purchased, one is donated to a non-profit. With 14 – almost 15 locations opening up across three states, that is a lot of love from several communities across the West! Expanding vastly, we hope Even Stevens sees more stores across the nation feeding more than we can imagine. Head to their website to see the nearest location near you!
  4. Dancing Crane Imports – Tapestries, crystals, books and a cute cafe, Dancing Crane Imports is perfect for those who crave some zen in their life. This store has the best gifts for any occasion. Spotlighting local businesses, and business owners this is a great place to get acquainted with those in your community!
  5. Tea Zaanti – Nothing beats local, organic loose leaf tea and a passion for helping the communities. Tea Zaanti, meaning peace, is exactly their mission in the Salt Lake Valley. Providing classes on blending, this in return allows them to contribute to selected charities. Head to their website for upcoming classes and a menu of all their delicious blends!
  6. Sugarhouse Coffee – For 15 years, Sugarhouse Coffee has been a collective space for creatives to gather & enjoy each others company. Sugarhouse Coffee Provides Vegan and Gluten Free treats along with local blends of coffee that will have you coming back for more. This is a fabulous space for local artists to showcase their art.

Safe to say, Salt Lake City is flourishing with business and community! There were so many to choose from so get out and explore your city! You will be surprised at what you find in this beautiful state of ours. What are some of your favorite local businesses?

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Salt Lake City Make-up Artist takes New York

When it comes to being a woman, Make up is something that the majority love. We spend insane amounts of money on things that make us look tan and glowing. If you’re anything like me, I need some tutorials or friends who specialize in this kind of beauty ritual. With trends changing constantly it’s always nice to know people who thrive in this industry.

Lauren Searle, Salt Lake City Native has worked extremely hard with the latest make-up trends and now works extremely close to some of the biggest names in the industry such a Calvin Klein, H&M, Vogue and many more. I was able to catch up with her to talk about some current trends and what inspired her to be a MUA

 

WWW: What inspired you to be a MUA?
LPS: I was always inspired by art and color, but I never really found my niche until I started going to makeup counters. Having the opportunity to play with products, as well as have my own face done by the masters. Watching them work was always a huge inspiration, and I love what I left with especially when it was colorful, and artistic! This turned into an obsession, and I never looked back, from my teenage years forward I always knew I was going to be a makeup artist.
WWW:  How do you stay inspired in this type of industry?
LPS: Sometimes its difficult to stay inspired with Instagram makeup on the rise. It seems like these days everybody wants to look & be the same, but that’s not to say there aren’t some amazing artists in the mix of everything. I stay inspired by exploring new artists – artists I haven’t yet heard of. As well as going back in time, and looking up old references from the OG’s in makeup, music, and fashion. I also get inspired by where I live – graffiti, photography, the rave/club-kid scene, strange movies etc. I have quite a bit of a rebellious attitude. I like to do what everyone is not, so while heavy makeup is in trend, I’m constantly looking for fresh looks, and new ways to use color which was my first and foremost go-to inspiration.
 
WWW: Who are some MUA that you look up to? Why are they your go to?
LPS: I really look up to Alex Box, Lottie, Val Garland, and Pat McGrath all of these artists are Lady Bosses who have worked so hard to achieve their status in the industry.
I Love Alex Box because more than makeup she is also an artist. Using the human body as her canvas, and makeup as her medium. She is constantly pushing boundaries and creating such esthetically pleasing abstract looks on faces & bodies. She also practices being conscious, and self aware in & outside of her artistry which I admire greatly.
Lottie is amazing in the music & celebrity market. She is also Key Makeup artist for Urban Decay which is brand I’ve loved and been loyal to for years. I love her use of color when she does glitter & glam, and I feel like she really represents the term “bad ass” everything she puts out inspires me.
Val has created the opportunity to work with so many incredible fashion/editorial photographers, as well as brands. I admire her hard work, and the way she has created such an unforgettable name for herself. She will always be a staple, and go-to in this industry. I love love her ability to step out of the box and really turn it up on the editorial looks.
Pat because she continues so soar, and conquer. She’s created her own line of makeup which is incredible product. She too has built up such a high demand for herself, it’s inspiring watching her take on so much and do so well with it. She is graceful, and diligent both qualities I admire so much. And all of her work on the runway is sensational!!
WWW: You just moved to NYC, How has your career been with that transition?
LPS: I’ve been much busier in NYC so far. I love that knowing achieving my dreams here is absolutely possible. It’s amazing to get to work first hand in the fashion market with such amazing brands, photographers, and artists. That’s not to say it’s not a rollercoaster, but I truly do feel like everything I want for myself will begin here, and I’m happy to have taken the leap of faith!
WWW: What are some beauty trends you love? & what are some that has got to go?
LPS: Love color, always love color. I can always go for colored mascara, or a colorful liner. A colorful Lip is a staple of course. As far as skin goes I’ve been a fan of keeping it FRESH for a while now, so I really don’t like to do much heavy foundation or face makeup which is why I have issues with all this cream contour, baking and cutting up of the face. I’m also not into this concealing of the brows and ‘instabrow’. I just like fresh faces, and full brows brushed up a bit with a little powder or maybe even a brow gel. Maybe it’s because I’ve always been more drawn to the fashion, and editorial side of makeup.
WWW: What are some Summer tips for make-up lovers?
LPS: Clean your skin!! Wear sunscreen. Don’t over-do heavy creams or foundations, instead try a tinted moisturizer, or a sheer foundation with a bit of setting powder. Pops of color on the cheeks is always fun – people don’t wear enough blush these days! Throw it on and pair it with a lip you’ll be good to go! If you prefer to leave the blush alone & play with your eyes, then go get some fun colorful mascaras or a couple eyeliners that aren’t black but still wearable for everyday. Try teals, greens, purple, & blue’s.
WWW:  What are your favorite brands right now?
LPS: Love NARS, Urban Decay, Bite Beauty, Makeup forever, Shiseido,  All for different reasons but there’s something good to be found in all of them!
WWW: Where are you favorite places to shop for make-up?
LPS: I like to actually shop online for makeup usually just because I’m buying for my kit rather than myself. But I do like to go to Sephora to try stuff out and ask questions, or to the department stores like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales & Saks to get my hands on those high quality products that aren’t always at Sephora, or Ulta.

 

Lauren has been an inspiring person who goes after her dreams and she has taken the opportunity to learn as much as she can within the industry. You can check her work out at www.lpsmua.com.

5 Things You Need In Your Closet This Spring

With the warmer weather coming and New York Fashion week just happening, Spring Fashion is underway! We looked in to the top major fashion trends happening for Spring 2017 and here are a few things you shouldn’t go without this season.

1.Floral Garden Party – Florals have been a hot commodity for a few seasons now. But this season, they have been draped over gorgeous blouses and jumpsuits that will surely be a great piece for work or events. You can find this one at H&M.

2.Stripes – Yes, stripes are making a comeback. But just like florals, they are adding large silhouettes, fashion experts encourage rocking them in every color of the rainbow! Paying homage to the traditional print, these allow you to be that professional with a little added flare. These are also available at H&M.

3.Statement Tees – For all the girls who enjoy Sunday brunch after a morning yoga session, statement tees are your go to. While some of them are insanely tacky, they can be fun and laid back for your get up and go look. Sunday Funday chic, if you will. There are a wide array of shirts and you can find them just about anywhere. Some of our favorites are from Target.

4.Sultry Sheers – Sheer is here with popular demand, these are great for layering as well as keeping cool as the weather heats up. Sheer looks are great for in the office as well dates with your friends or significant other. They are sexy and shows just the right amount of skin. We found some great sheers at BeBe.

5. Metallics – They always said “disco never died” and it most certainly is making a comeback with this season’s fashion trends. No, we aren’t talking about head to toe silver metallic to blind your friends and family. Hints of metallics with darker colors can be that perfect Easter look that nobody expects! We went back to H&M for these neat finds!

These are just a few of the Spring 2017 trends that we love – we can’t wait to see how people style these to their own personalities!