BEAUTY, STYLE & FASHION

I love all black and feel so sophisticated in this outfit. Not only is black cute it’s also affordable. When I shop at fast-fashion retailers, Forever21 and H&M, I normally go for black garments. Less expensive fabrics normally look better and last longer in black or darker colors. Here are my top 3 reasons to wear all black: ready, set, go!

Chic

Seriously, I can’t get enough of chic looks. I mentioned in my last fashion post that I love chic outfits and gravitate towards more classic styles. Chic looks never get old and remain timeless decades later.

Slimming

Black can instantly slim your frame and camouflages well. Who doesn’t like to look slimmer in pictures?! Conceal with a good black suit or little black dress.

Reassuring

Black just screams boss babe! When I wear an all-black look at work people always think I mean business. I feel like I can conquer the world in a good black pantsuit or midi skirt and blouse combo.

Find the links to Stacey’s look at http://stacythesurvivor.com/the-power-of-all-black/

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Stacy Davis,  Wardrobe Stylist, and Blogger.

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It’s Saturday morning and a beautiful sunny summer day! You rise and look forward to the activities you’ve planned for the day; one of the special tasks on your to-do list is a pedicure – a treat for your toes.  You head over to your favorite nail salon, walk through the door and stop short … who would’ve thought everyone else would have the same idea!  The salon is bursting with customers and the receptionist has asked that you return for your pedicure in 2 hours!  What?!  You know you don’t want to wait two hours, but you also know you don’t want to go through the rest of the weekend with your toes in the disastrous state they are now!  Never fear, my dear, you’re going to treat yourself to an at-home pedicure.  The following are a few simple instructions to help you master pampering your own tootsies!

First, assemble the tools you will need:

  • Cotton balls/strips
  • Nail polish remover
  • Double-sided emery boards
  • A portable tub or foot spa filled with water
  • Towels
  • Nail clippers
  • Your choice of foot salts or soaks
  • Cuticle remover
  • Orangewood stick or cuticle pusher
  • Exfoliating foot scrub or pumice stone or file
  • Cuticle oil and moisturizing lotion or cream
  • Base coat, nail color & top coat

Get comfy in a chair and begin to remove old nail polish completely using cotton balls, strips or rounds soaked with nail polish remover. Holding the soaked cotton on the nail for a few moments to loosen stubborn, hard to remove polish before wiping off is helpful.

Add salts or foot soak to the water in your portable tub or foot spa and soak for several minutes; long enough for the dead skin and nails to loosen a bit.  A helpful tip is to add 1/4 cup of milk to the water; the lactic acid in the milk will help to soften and nourish your skin.   Removing one foot at a time from the water, trim your nails straight across with nail clippers, leaving about 1/8 of an inch in length. Trimming them straight across will set the foundation for filing.  Do not let your nail extend much further than the tip of the toe. Remove the other foot from the water, placing the first one back in.  Trim the nails on the other foot using the same technique.

After soaking both feet a bit more (you’ll want to revel in these precious moments!), towel them dry and use your emery board to file the nail into a square/round soft contour.  Around the corners, file the nail in one direction,  do not “saw” back and forth; this weakens the nail.  Emery boards are preferred over metal files, as they tend to give you a smoother surface.  Use the soft sided surface of the emery board for smoothing the contoured edge of the nail, and the coarse surface on the other side to shape and shorten the nails.

Next, apply cuticle remover cream or gel to the cuticle at the foundation of each nail.  Allow the solution to do its work for a few moments and with an orangewood stick, gently push back the skin of each cuticle.  Using a bit of the water from the foot spa or tub to dampen your feet, apply an exfoliating foot scrub or use a pumice stone or file  to loosen and remove the dead skin on heels and the balls of the feet.  Don’t be too rough!  The idea is to achieve a smooth surface.

Dry your legs and feet thoroughly; being sure to dry between the toes and apply a nourishing foot cream or oil to your lower legs and feet. Massage your legs and feet and rehydrate cuticles by rubbing in a dab of cuticle oil.  Now you’re ready to apply a beautiful shade of color!

If desired, wipe each toe nail with a little nail polish remover to remove the excess oil before applying your polish, this will help the polish adhere to the nail.  Apply a thin layer of base coat and let dry.  The most foolproof way of getting an even coat of polish across your toe nail is by applying with 3 strokes of the brush from nail bed to nail tip – one down the center first, followed by one on each side of the first stroke.  Be careful not to paint the cuticles!  Even if you make a mistake, no worries!  Use a bit of nail polish remover on a Q-tip to dab away the error.  Apply 2 to 3 coats of your nail color; let dry completely and follow up with a thin layer of top coat.

Let it all dry, and sit back and admire your beautiful toes!  You’ve mastered the at-home pedicure!  Congratulations!

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How many times have you stood before your closet at the eleventh hour trying to figure out what to wear to work, on a date, or for that girl’s night out? Just think, on average women spend 16 minutes each morning deciding what to wear. This can be time-consuming and stressful, especially when you are pressed for time and need to decide on an outfit, coordinate with accessories and get dressed. During these times, I’m taken back to my childhood and hear my Mom’s voice in her Caribbean accent saying, “Put your clothes out on Sunday for the week ahead…” Darn it, Mom is still right! Here are a few tips to help you develop this time-saving routine:

  1. Check the weather to gauge the temperature, rain, snow, etc.

  2. Review your calendar for meetings, happy hour, etc.

  3. Hang each outfit on a hanger or hangers with your accessories

  4. As a bonus, add an outfit for an event (date night, night out with friends, etc.)

How will you benefit?

  • Reduces your stress level as you have planned outfits in advance

  • Your outfits will be more intentional as you’ve had time to coordinate your clothes, accessories, and you can make adjustments, if necessary

  • You’ll have at least an extra 16 mins in the morning or night before to do other things (i.e. workout, eat breakfast, meditate, pray).

  • You’ll be ready for those last minute events…you’ll have outfits on standby

  • Your clothing and accessories purchases will be more focused as you can visualize your looks

I don’t know about you, but having some extra time works for me!! One of the reasons I started Frugal Chics Roc, was to help the busy, fashionista who’s time is limited, but wants fashionable quality pieces for work and play. Visit our website www.frugalchicsroc.com and follow us on social media to view our pieces, client selfies, and more.

Nyota Byfield is the owner of Frugal Chics Roc, a women’s online boutique. Nyota has 20+ years experience in corporate America and holds a B.A. in Political Science from New York University and an M.B.A in Organization Management from Georgia State University. She enjoys reading, working out, volunteering, traveling, all things fashion, and spending time with her loved ones both furry and human!

Connect with Nyota on social media:

IG: Instagram/frugalchicsrocc

FB: Facebook/frugalchicsroc

Tw: Twitter/frugalchicsroc

Pin: Pinterest/frugalchicsroc

www.frugalchicsroc.com

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Tracy Nicole is more than just a fashion designer – she’s an author, a mother, an entrepreneur, an activist and a breast cancer survivor. With more than a decade of experience in the fashion industry, Tracy has realized national recognition while successfully maintaining a uniquely expressive brand.  I caught up with Tracy to talk with her about her brand, to learn about her business concept and to gather tips to share on being a successful businesswoman.

About Tracy Nicole

Tracy has always had a great love for style and while working as an occupational therapist, she decided to take evening classes to study fashion design at night.  After completing her studies, she decided it was time to make a career change; to do the very thing she loved. She walked away from her busy occupational therapy position and opened her own retail store.  After several years, she decided to develop her own line of clothing and Tracy Nicole Clothing was born. Life was grand, until she received the bad news that she had developed breast cancer.

Determined not to let her breast cancer diagnosis stop her upward mobility in business, Tracy decided that her status as a survivor held a glimmer of hope for the women who loved her clothing designs.  Living through her survival journey became an inspiration for a new collection of Tracy Nicole Clothing that was created exclusively for breast cancer patients. This unique collection was featured at the 50 Shades of Pink Gala in Atlanta, which was hosted by Dr. Jackie Walters from the hit reality TV show “Married to Medicine Atlanta.”

Tracy has celebrated many other accolades as a businesswoman in fashion.  She and Madison James from radio station 98.5 The Beat have partnered with Porsche Motors for the past three years, showcasing her fabulous designs.  Through this partnership, Tracy and Madison James work together to bring awareness to breast cancer and help to provide education and treatment to African-American women affected by breast cancer through Komen Atlanta’s Sisters of Promise Program. 

As an entrepreneur, Tracy has been highlighted in various local and national publications including Essence, Best Self, Atlanta Voice, Lucky Magazine, Jezebel and Atlanta Style. She takes the time to serve various philanthropic causes including Perfect Peach Inc., a nonprofit she started to teach young girls about self-esteem through her Perfect Peach Workshops. As a writer, Tracy’s first novel, Who Said Peaches Were Perfect?, was the editor’s pick for Jet Magazine and Tracy was tagged as a hot new voice on the writing scene in July of 2010. 

Tracy’s other honors include serving as a panelist on the first Young Women’s Leadership Conference for Essence Magazine in Atlanta on ‘‘How to Brand Yourself for Success” and keynote speaker at the 11th Annual Call To Womanhood Conference held in Atlanta. Tracy was listed in the Honor’s Edition of Cambridge Who’s Who for Empowering Executives, Professionals & Entrepreneurs Around the Globe. She served as a Model of Courage for Ford Motor Company and in 2015, was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant by the City of Atlanta. She also received the Creative Style award by the Atlanta Business League. 

Her unique and timeless pieces have caught the eye of numerous celebrities, and counts as part of her clientele, the likes of Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Terri J. Vaughn, Jasmine Guy and Mary Mary.

Tracy Nicole Clothing launched a collection in Belk Stores in the spring of 2017 and that collection has expanded to include men’s and children’s apparel. Recently, Tracy launched a new collection called SIMPLE by Tracy.  This new line clearly demonstrates how Tracy has evolved as a designer. SIMPLE lives up to its name; the wearer of these garments can keep it simple, while still making a huge fashion statement. 

Tracy currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her daughters, Kennedy and Kristian. 

Tracy Nicole’s Business Concepts

Tracy Nicole Clothing:

Tracy Nicole Clothing is inspired by the woman juggling it all, work, life and play! It is meant to be classic and versatile while allowing the woman wearing it to be herself– to let her true nature shine. The philosophy behind the company is to encourage women to embrace themselves by promoting positive self-awareness for all body types. Tracy wants women to see that sexy doesn’t have to mean revealing; sexy is embodied in self-worth and confidence. Tracy Nicole Clothing can be worn by women of various body types and meet various needs. Soft, flowing fabrics are chosen for the collection that compliment as well as appeal to the wearer’s senses. The line gives the consumer buildable ensemble pieces, that marry from season to season, one line to the next.

SIMPLEbyTracy:

SIMPLE by Tracy is an extension of Tracy Nicole Clothing and was created to provide women with more than just something to wear.  It’s to provide them with an experience! Tracy wanted to create a collection where everything is SIMPLE and comfortable yet sexy and interchangeable — the very thing every woman wants. Keeping it SIMPLE and easy. Every style comes in three SIMPLE colors: Black (elegance, power and strength), Grey (timeless, cool and balanced) and Taupe (neutral, warm and relaxing). I believe if you feel good and look good it makes you happy and healthier! We focus so much on outer beauty that we sometimes forget about the inner beauty.

Advice for Women in Business

Focus on what you want to do.  Create a plan and follow it, tweaking when necessary as you go.  Never lose your vision and remember that you can’t share it with everyone.  You are the only one who was blessed with the vision; never let anyone cause you to question your vision.  Each time you fall get up faster. There is no such thing as failure. Your progress is a reflection of what you believe is possible.  If no one is telling you your idea is crazy … it’s not big enough.  God’s plan is far greater than you can ever imagine.

Connect with Tracy Nicole:

Address: 75 Bennett St NW Suite N-1 Atlanta GA 30309

Website: Tracynicoleclothing.com

Phone: 678.660.8797

Email: tracy@tracy-nicole.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracynicoleclothing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tracynicoleclothing

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tracynicoleatl

Other: Beneaththepetals.blogspot.com

Sheila Emerson is the mother of two wonderful children.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grade Education, has completed her Master’s Degree in Education, with honors and is presently on her journey to earning her Doctorate Degree in Education and will become Dr. Sheila Emerson!  She is entering her 19th year in the teaching profession and enjoys teaching and motivating students in math.

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Have you heard the phrase, “Your accessories can make or break your outfit”? Better yet, while getting dressed for work, have you looked in the mirror and thought, “My look needs a little something to make it pop?” Well, the good news is adding ethnic accessories to your professional wardrobe not only enhances your look, it’s also a great conversation starter that allows you to bring another piece of your authentic self to work.

Ethnic accessories refers to jewelry, bags, and footwear that are connected to a specific location, language, and or heritage. These articles are also seen as walking artwork as they tell a story, have a rich heritage, and carry a sense of pride. When you add these pieces to your professional look, they add character to your outfit.  You can build your wardrobe with classic pieces that are brought to life by vibrant hues and three-dimensional art. In a recent poll, 72% of respondents stated they wear ethnic accessories to work. Yes, wearing ethnic accessories to work is good for you!

Let’s take a look at an example: you decide to wear a tunic with pants and you add a Native American Squash Blossom necklace that is popping with color…you discover it suddenly brings your look to LIFE! Then, look at what happens next – you are at work and head into the break room to grab your lunch when someone who normally doesn’t speak to you, says, “I love that necklace” and this begins an organic conversation! In responding to the compliment, you give the history of the necklace and before you know it, you’re networking with the person and you find out about job openings in their group!

How did this happen? The answer is simple; accessories open opportunities for others to compliment you and vice versa.  Your accessories lead to “water cooler” conversations, the building of trust and before you know it you’re connecting with someone you’ve never spoken to before. Going a step further, ethnic pieces paired with business dress allows us to shed the monolithic look that many companies are slowing moving away from and promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace. If you haven’t done so before, try it…add an ethnic piece to your outfit and notice an extra feeling of pride when you step off the elevator or enter a room.  Experience the magic that happens next! On the flip side, take those gracious compliments and pay them forward – when you see someone wearing their ethnic accessories…whether it be a tie or necklace, start a conversation…After all, it’s good for you!

 

Nyota Byfield is the owner of Frugal Chics Roc, a women’s online boutique. Nyota has 20+ years experience in corporate America and holds a B.A. in Political Science from New York University and an M.B.A in Organization Management from Georgia State University. She enjoys reading, working out, volunteering, traveling, all things fashion, and spending time with her loved ones both furry and human!

Connect with Nyota on social media:

IG: Instagram/frugalchicsrocc

FB: Facebook/frugalchicsroc

Tw: Twitter/frugalchicsroc

Pin: Pinterest/frugalchicsroc

www.frugalchicsroc.com

 

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