Category: Affordable fashion


We’ve been so busy prepping for upcoming events and exciting partnerships that we’ve slacked a little on our posting. We promise to keep you updated on all our fun.  However, we can’t fail to mention our favorite Midwest designer Gaby Couture, who just launched her pre-fall & fall 2010 collection. We’re in love with this line because it’s so feminine, classy and we can afford it! This collection features fine fabrics, (chiffon, silk, chiffon, metallic organza, linen & tons of details).  You can see a lot of grays, lace, black & white as well as some beautiful prints in purple.

Here is a link to the Gaby Couture Look Book!

The line features plenty of hot cocktail dresses, boho dresses that can be dressed up with sexy boots and a gorgeous corset-tie in the back gown.  Here are some pictures below of the line.

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Buenos Aires. The city of sensual Tango, and sexy women who are daring and care about fashion. This summer several designers have taken a little bit of that sensuality and translated into great collections that give a flare of that South American dance that embodies passion and sophistication. 

Tango used to be one of several dances and a far cry from the international phenomenon that it has now become . However, it grew quickly in popularity and status, acquiring the name Tango during the 1890s.It then started to spread rapidly through the working-class slums in and around Buenos Aires, before, in the early years of the twentieth century, dancers and orchestras from Buenos Aires decided to take Tango to Europe.

The Tango shows took Europe’s major capitals by storm, capturing the hearts and minds of fashionable Parisians, Londoners and Berliners alike. The Tango ‘craze’ soon spread throughout Europe before making its way back across the Atlantic to New York and the rest of the USA by 1913.

From  red pouts to delicate form fitting black dresses that  suggested the denizens of a tango bar could be seen at D&G’s Milan’s Fashion week. Some women may shy away from bold colors in the heat of the summer, but these styles are hot in a “cool” way.  Remember Madonna as Evita?

Yves Saint Laurent  wilted rose-and-thorn shoes have me shifting into full-on shoe-dream mode. And, at a price tag of $895…they will continue to be just a dream in shoe heaven. These architectural, open shoes  have a sweet and flirty summer appeal, that screams Tango.

Andrew Sotomayor from Lancome makeup, says that the perfect red can heat things up this summer. “Nothing says strong, sexy, confident woman like a bright red lipstick,” (Sotomayor, 2010, Marie Claire-June issue).  Try wearing it straight from the tube and don’t use liner in the summer.

Yes, red lipstick can be scary — but not if you know which shades will look best for your complexion! Pale ladies or those who have pink tones to their skin would look smashing with reds that are more plum colored, while women who have yellow tones to their skin will look great with a red shade that has a brown base.

Women with darker tones will look gorgeous with a pinkish red or a shade with orange tones. For Asian women, try a lipstick that has shades of plum, cherry, or raspberry.

Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.  Try a little of Buenos Aires in your closet this summer!

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According to different surveys, 80% of women may not be wearing the right bra! Are you one of those ladies?

Every girl can’t deny that bra shopping can be quite difficult at times. Not only is it hard to find one which you actually like in appearance, but it is also hard finding one which is actually going to fit you the right way. Then, how do you decide which kind of bra you need?  And, how do you know if you’re wearing the wrong bra?  So many questions…and so many bras…

We did some research online and found this little list provided by Ms. Amber Wolf on EzineArticles, that perfectly describes when you’re “girls just don’t fit right.”

Classic signs of an ill-fitting bra

  • ‘Double-bubble’ effect-when you are pouring out of the top of the bra (not sexy ladies)
  • ‘Side spillage’-where you are pouring out of the sides (muffin top on the sides, definitely not sexy).
  • For optimal comfort and support, the back wings (back wings are the strips of fabric, which extend from the outer base of the cups and secure in the back) of your bra should be comfortably anchored at or below your shoulder blades.
  • If you are bulging out of the top of your bra, first make sure you are wearing the correct size then check to see if the cup type you have chosen is too shallow for you.
  • The shallowest cups are demi (as they are not intended to cover the entire breast). These bras are for low cut shirts.   (the padding takes up some of the space in the cup if you need a little help in that area).
  • If you are consistently noticing the bulge, you should opt for non-padded, full cup bras.
  • If you are experiencing pain in the neck and shoulders, you need a supportive bra, which evenly distributes the weight of your breasts.
  • If you would like to minimize your assets, choose a minimizer bra, which can reduce the appearance of the bust by up to one-cup size.
  • I also wanted to point out that if you’re wearing a strapless shirt, please wear a strapless bra! It doesn’t look right with straps hanging out. It’s a pet peeve!!  And, it looks ugly. Strapless bras can be your friends.
  • Wearing a racer-back shirt with a regular bra, is also a big no! It looks bad even if you buy those cheap “invisible” bands.

But how can you measure yourself for the right bra size?

Take a flexible tape measure and measure around your chest, just beneath your breasts. If you measure an even number of inches, add two to the number; if the number is odd, add three. This is the band size for your bra. Next, measure around the fullest part of your bust. Take the number of inches and subtract the number of your first measure. If the difference is one inch, you need an A cup, two inches is a B cup, three inches a C cup, four inches a D cup, five inches a DD cup, six inches an E cup, etc.   It’s easy, but if it sounds too complicated for you, just walk into any Victoria’s Secret store at the mall and they will measure you for free!  And, that’s just another excuse to go to Victoria’s and get something a little sexy.

Bras in specialty stores like VS  generally cost more than those you will find at Target or Wal-mart, but they will last for years if you take care of them. Plus, the fit and comfort make them well worth the extra money.  Invest in yourself, and never struggle to find the right bra again!

As we expect the recession to end soon, fashion is about to take a different turn. Expect a lot of designers to aim for safety; with all the cuts you’d expect of a Spring/Summer season heavily mixed with 2010 fashion trends.
And speaking of cuts, the cutaway clothing trend is cutting back into style this spring/summer. The trend that started in 2009, is still going strong in 2010.   The Sexy Cut Away Swimsuit  or Monokini is a major trend of 2010 it’s a style being applied to  swimwear. It’s super sexy and it can be as subtle or as daring as you’re willing to go. If you’re going subtle with the cut away, you can definitely look into a bold color to sport along with this trend.  This is the one bikini trend that isn’t for the wall flower but can be styled to ooze both sex and sophistication without ever saying ‘easy. Take a look at some of this cutaway swimwear at affordable pricing!   Browse for more Monokinis and shop here at Zesty Pink!

Florals are in.  Take a look here at Gaby Couture’s Spring 2010 Boho Floral Dresses that were  recently featured at Midwest Fashion Week- Visit her website at www.gabycouture.com or email the Gaby Team to purchase. Mention you saw them on Passion4Beauty and get them for $119!

Fun cocktail dresses in pastels, mini drapped dresses  as well as maxi- and mini-prints all managed to offer a blooming and spectacular allure to the collections on the catwalk.  Here’s a few that caught our eye and our wallet can afford from Forever 21 &  Asos. Click to purchase!

Pastel colors should be second choice when you are shopping for the spring. The top 10 colors for women’s fashion were announced by PANTONE at the Fashion Color Report Spring 2010. Turquoise, tomato purée, fusion coral, violet, tuscany, aurora, amparo blue, pink champagne, dried herb and eucalyptus will be favorite colors.

The top 10 Spring 2010 colors for women

When it comes to dresses, handbags, and shirts  lots of ruffles should be in your shopping list. Especially, ruffles will be big in spring 2010. However, we will find that ruffles are no longer considered stuffy or “overly girlie.” Look for blouses with subtle references that help suits to “pop.” (Choose the tiny accents that add a touch of exotic flair instead of ruffled hems. ) Also, the best way to make it work is to mix and match with more classic pieces.

Spring 2010 RTW – Dolce & Gabbana, Isabel Marant, Valentino

$49.99
Chiffon halter maxi dress with purple tropical print. Front keyhole detail and pleating on chest with side zip closure. Fully lined with soft purple satin. 100% Polyester. ~48″ long.

Love this dress! Sexy, feminine, affordable and great colors for spring/summer.

Order at : http://www.shopruche.com/san-miguel-bohemian-maxi-dress-p-1998.html