Take one warm, pink turtleneck & combine with different bottoms to get several looks: blue jeans, brown leather skirt, dark purple denim, & a black velvet skirt. Finish off with burgundy accessories & don't forget your sunglasses! ~ Andrea.
Unless you are in the madness that is "Black Friday" you may be lounging chez vous and enjoying the start of a long and relaxing weekend. Basially the only thing on my to-do list is to put up the Christmas tree. This would be my ensemble of choice for such a luxurious day. What are you doing today? ~ Cathy.
We are so thankful for our family, friends and all of you! Maybe your day be filled with many special memories. Happy Thanksgiving from Asbury Lane Style. xxxooo
I am fairly certain that I will not be buying any Versace garments in the near future, so boo hoo... but I can most definitely snap up this lovely fragrance from the fashion house. It is just a very provocative and lovely scent and perfect for the holiday season. Have a great Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping! ~ Cathy.
Remember when your grandmother lived by the mysterious powers of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly? I spotted this mini jar at my local drug store and immediately thought, "How cute!" It's actually lip therapy, and feels quite good in this colder weather. Bonus points for such a cute little container! ~ Pat.
This is what I'm wearing today for running around in to various meetings when it's cold outside. I have a thin long sleeve t-shirt layered under my turtleneck, and that with the tights and thick pencil skirt, will help keep me toasty! I'll be honest, these wouldn't be my first choice of shoes for this outfit, but these are very comfy for all day wear, & sometimes one has to be practical! ~ Andrea.
Ma’am: Sign of Respect or a Turn Off?
Do you remember the first time you were called “Ma’am”? Kind of a downer wasn’t it? Years ago while living in middle Tennessee, I was at a party whopping it up and feeling mighty sassy when another guest who couldn’t have been more than 4 or 5 years younger, addressed me that way. It definitely took the wind out of my sails. There are times when I understand being called this out in public. Like at a restaurant, or shop, or when dealing with much younger people-kids basically, but for whatever reasons, I don’t normally care to be addressed in this way. It seems patronizing to me.
About a dozen years ago when I was an advertising sales rep, I worked with a very good looking young man who insisted on calling female clients, “Ma’am.” As one of his co-workers, I did my best to get him to stop doing this. Not only as I explained, do most women find this demoralizing and a turn off, it made him sound like an inexperienced young boy. Not the sort of impression one would wish to cultivate in a sales role. He kept telling us that he was “raised this way” and couldn’t break the habit.
I recently became a mentor of sorts to a young woman, also in a sales role, who insists on calling on potential clients, and also her co-workers “Ma’am”. I have tried to explain to her that this doesn’t do anything to enhance her credibility. In fact, I am convinced that this makes her sound very tentative, inexperienced and makes the women she encounters feel like their age is being highlighted. She too was “raised this way” and doesn’t seem to want to cease using this form of address. In her position, it is crucial that she gain the confidence of the people she calls on. How much better would it be, in my opinion, if she didn’t put herself in a lesser role. As I see it, people prefer to work with others that are their equals. If you saw the movie “Last Vacation” starring Queen Latifah, you might chuckle to remember how she definitely did not like being addressed in this way.
So how do you feel about the “Ma’am” issue? Yay or Nay? Please post away. ~ Cathy.
If you're ever stuck with the what to wear issue, why not give the classic red & black combination a try. This never goes out of style & can be used for skirts & pants, work, nights out, or in my case here lunch with the ladies. This was a very simple outfit: red t-shirt tucked into a CAbi faux leather skirt, finished off with comfy booties & a simple necklace. ~ Andrea.
Holiday season is upon us. So time to spiff up the party wardrobe! I came across this incredible MICHAEL Michael Kors dress in this fine snakeskin print. This is a dress that I could see wearing to virtually any dressy event. Toss on some elegant cropped boots with a heel or wear with opaque tights and tall boots. And let the fun begin! ~ Cathy.
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It's finally feeling like Fall here in Houston! Time to organize your closet and rediscover some pieces from last year that still look great. I added a new Worth New York jacket to a pullover from last year's line as well as some slacks from Talbot's distant past that never seem to wear out. I love adding items that bring new life to old favorites! Cheers ~ Pat.
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For many people that works well, but I just can not bring myself to do serious Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving nor get fired up about events like the Nutcracker Marketplace, Christmas Village, local craft fairs, the Galleria or any other such shopping extravaganzas.The crowds just make me a little nutty and often cause me to overspend. But I have indulged lately in a bit more online browsing to get in the mood for when it's "Go Time." (This usually happens around one week before Christmas). Here is the funniest item I have come across.... For anyone who has young kids in their lives that are Lego fanatics, you need these slippers! ~ Cathy.
Leather jackets are a great investment piece. I have had this one for probably ten years. Take good care of them and they will give you many seasons of enjoyment. Put a sweater underneath and you have a winter coat. Throw on with jeans, a skirt or dress. This is one of my favorite go-to pieces! ~ Pat.
This picture was snapped while out & about with friends yesterday. Chocolate brown dress, mid brown booties, tan leather jacket, & just peeping out from the bottom of the jacket is my light beige/ivory purse. Often, wearing 4 different colors would look choppy, but this works because all the colors are from the same family: The Browns. More precisely, they are all warm browns (as opposed to cool browns with gray undertones such as taupe). This rule works for all color families; you can wear many different shades - they don't have to match, they just have to go together. ~ Andrea.
Stuck for something to wear, other than jeans, in this cooler weather? Throw on a sweater dress! They keep you warm, look nice, and often don't need ironing! ~ Andrea.
If not may I suggest that you invest in one, especially if your hair has tendencies to tangle after washing! I have naturally curly hair so it's the team leader when it comes to tangles! For years I was using a wide tooth comb to detangle my hair after washing & it did the job OK. Recently however, my friend Monica Montalbano (fabulous hair stylist in Houston!) said I should try the Wet Brush. I did & WOW. This thing cuts through my tangles in a few strokes! At a price tag of around $10 the Wet Brush is worth the investment. ~ Andrea.
Anyone ever take one of these fun retro photos on vacation? They give you costumes to wear and charge you way too much money, but hey, you're on vacation. I'm guessing we succumbed to silliness around 1976, somewhere in California. Imagine dressing like this everyday? I prefer today's less restrictive fashions, but treasure the memory of this happy time. Wishing you many fun days with your family. ~ Pat.
The older I get the more it seems like a bad idea to manually scrub at the skin on my face to get rid of those dead cells. Maybe it's just me but it's starting to feel a bit too rough when I use a physical scrub. However, I still want to make my skin look fresh so I've been using face peels which dissolve the skin cells rather than scrub them off - yes, it sounds gross, but they do the job! My favorite one, that I've been using for about 18 months now, is this Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel. It tingles while it's on, and my face is PINK afterwards, but it is also very smooth and feels so much better. I also use it my décolletage and the backs of my hands! What's your favorite peel? ~ Andrea.
A classic turtleneck sweater. It's the perfect go to as the weather cools. Pair it with jeans, pants, or a pencil skirt & you are good to go! To find these items click on the images.
I had been hearing about this brand of mascara called Younique but I just thought, how different can it be, mascara is mascara right? Well, I decided to invest in some to see what the hype is all about. Here I am pre & post mascara (excuse the serious face!). Verdict? I can see what the hype is about! You basically apply a tinted gel, & while that is wet, you apply a layer of these small fibers that really lengthen & fatten up your lashes; you then finish with another layer of the tinted gel & done! I just did 'one round' here but you can build up more layers for more impact. Will I be using it again? Yes, but it's probably something I'll save for the weekends as it takes a bit more time, plus it's not the cheapest mascara out there, but definitely worth it for evenings out. ~ Andrea.
Here I am at the WORTH New York showroom in Houston, wearing one of my favorite, easy to wear looks: a shirt dress. I think I must have about 10 of these now, some tunic style like this one & some belted, but all super comfortable! I finished it off with booties & the good thing about shirt dresses is that when the weather cools you can simply add a fine knit turtleneck & tights & you have a new outfit! ~ Andrea.
This is the wedding portrait of my grandparents on my father's side. They both came from Italy as teenagers and met in New York. I'm not sure of the exact date, but I know they married over 90 years ago. Wedding fashions have definitely changed. This dress has a flapper look about it, love the hat, and the shoes are calling my name. I always find it interesting that no one ever seemed to smile in these old photos! Definitely a family heirloom. ~ Pat.
I love versatile pieces I can wear everywhere. I recently attended a concert by the Houston Symphony, and pulled out my trusty Worth New York velvet vest and added black pants and a pullover. Today I wore that same vest with a short sleeved top and some jeans. Find great clothes that take you everywhere you need to be, with little hassle or stress. Remember, it's not the price you paid, it's the cost per wearing! Spend a bit more on the clothes you will get lots of wear out of and you will actually stretch your wardrobe dollars. Happy Shopping! ~ Pat.