BAM! Just Like That!

BAM

 

How many of you have ever bought into the crazy marketing promises we are bombarded with on a daily basis? Marketing gurus play on our weaknesses and the things we are self conscious about. They know just how to get us to pull out our wallet and hand over our money even if we are doubtful that said product would actually give us the results we see on the ads. For some reason, we just keep on hoping and believing.

 

I’m pretty immune to those ploys at this point in my life because in the past, I’ve given in to the lure of better skin, hair, eyelashes, silhouette, etc. many times before and have been repeatedly disappointed. In the past, I’ve spent lots of money on stuff that just didn’t do what it claimed it would do.

 

Occasionally, and this is VERY rare, you find there is a product that you’re actually happy with the results. This is how Top Ten got started. Whenever I find something worthy of sharing, I want to tell everybody I know. I want to shout, “HEY, THIS STUFF WORKS!”

 

Wanna Betta Butt?Recently, I was shopping and found some jeans that had an interesting marketing slogan. It grabbed that part of me that has struggled with having no butt all of my life. My step dad used to call me snake hips. You know snakes have no hips, right?

 

I’ve done billions of lunges, squats and all other means of exercise that promises to grow muscle in the gluteus maximus. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration because if I’d actually done that many I’d have a bigger butt. These jeans said right there on the label, “Wanna Betta Butt”. Ummmm, yes I do. Thank you very much.  So I whipped out my money and paid for them. BAM! Just like that, instant gluteus maximus.

 

Ok, I know my butt doesn’t actually look like the one in the ad but it IS an improvement, I think… I did a video that has the before and after and I’m pretty sure there was a difference. It’s really amazing what lycra in the right places can do! Ronny says I should get my money back though. Anyway I’m happy with the results and think I spent my money wisely. In these jeans, I DO have a betta butt.

 

When they come off, it’s a different story. So I guess I’ll keep on working out in hopes of growing the ole glutes into a bubble butt. In the mean time, I’ll be sporting my new jeans.

 

 

 

 

 

Is an Intervention needed?

Big Hair from the 80's

Don’t get stuck in a fashion rut, especially if that fashion is listed in the Top Ten worst fashions of any decade. I have to laugh when I look back at old pictures of myself and see the ridiculous things that I proudly wore. Yes, I wore my hair just like the ladies in this photo!

 

I remember a certain ivory colored, belted shirt-dress that had HUGE shoulder pads. I think that I may have been almost as wide as I am tall in that dress. The shoulder pads had to be a good 8 inches wide on each side of my tiny little body. It was all the rage then but now it looks completely ridiculous in the photos. But lemme tell ya, I wore it with a great amount of confidence because it was the coveted fashion of the time. Thank goodness I abandoned that look when it went by the wayside!

 

Proof right here that Cindy and I should NOT still be rocking these looks from the past! I can’t decide if my hair or my shoulder pads win for the most ridiculous, lol! Cindy is obviously loving the “bubble bangs” look!

 

Kathryn

Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Into the 90’s, big hair became popular. I was born for that particular style! I was so glad that stick straight hair was no longer considered trendy since I had not learned how to control my curls yet. I welcomed big hair and wore it well. I’m not talking about just big hair, I’m talking about big TEXAS hair and even bigger bangs. I used a hair dryer, round brush and a can of hairspray to create this bubble on my forehead that was so big you could hide a small dog under it. No kidding! Why in the world did we do this? I look at pictures of me and am amazed at how I accomplished this feat.

 

shoulder-pads-strip

Some styles do make their way back around eventually. I’ve always heard stylists say that if you have worn it before then you are too old to wear it again when it gets recycled. I tend to disagree with this a little bit. I think there are age appropriate ways to wear most fashions no matter your age. I don’t think I need to name obvious exceptions to this but I will name a few just in case there is any doubt. Bare midriffs or mini skirts on 50 year olds. Just because you still look good doesn’t mean you need to show it to everyone. You had your season. Let the 20 year olds have theirs! Doesn’t mean you have to shrivel up and die, just show some class.

 

80's fashionsThe real question that you have to ask yourself is…… did you ever STOP wearing “it” in the first place? If you are still dressing and styling your hair the same way you did 30 years ago, maybe you need a friend to step up and intervene. If money isn’t an issue, hire a stylist to help you with a makeover. Get out of that rut! Take a chance on a new look! Just because you got all kinds of compliments wearing big bangs, parachute pants, neons, and leg warmers a few years ago doesn’t mean you should still be rocking that look today.


Trust me, you are really aging yourself by not paying attention to new looks. It’s not necessary to do it all overnight. Start with the hair since that is something that will be noticed immediately. Then little by little you can upgrade your wardrobe with new looks that are right for you. I’m willing to bet your confidence will soar and it won’t be on those “wings” you and Farrah used to wear!

Swim Style | Fringe with Benefits and Retro One Pieces

 White Fringe Swimsuit

Swimsuit season is here! A big trend has made its way onto tops and one pieces everywhere – Fringe!

 

Fringe has been spotted on apparel this season and has transitioned into swim style.

 

L Space Swimwear has mastered this look with another huge trend, pops of color! L Space has an amazing assortment of one pieces, triangle tops, and bandeau tops.

 

The fringe adds movement to your swimwear giving form to any body shape and size. It’s flattering for women’s swimwear and this trend has been selling out everywhere. If you can snag a piece of this collection online keep in mind what looks best on your body – a triangle top, a one piece, or bandeau.

 

The colors on the L Space collection are amazing and are available in purple, lime green, white, violet, and turquoise. There are also solids that have amazing structure fit for any chic pool party.

 

Another top trend this season one pieces. One pieces are retro chic and are flattering on any body according to the structure of the suit. If you have short legs aim for something with a higher hip cut, if no curves one pieces create this for you.

 

There are various one pieces out there so try them on and take note of what’s working best on your body. Bring a friend because if getting a sales Black One Piece Swimsuitwoman’s opion – they’ll tell you that everything looks good on you. A friend is honest. If you need a stylists opinion take pictures in each piece that you’re trying on to send in.

Vera Wang Bridal

Vera Wang Bridal Fashions

Vera Wang releases her 2012 bridal collection in which the largest collection in Texas is housed in Houston at the prestigious boutique Casa De Novia. Brides will not be disappointed with this collection. The designer has the gowns available in various colors that are irrevocably chic and made for a luxe bride vying for something unique and different.  Gowns featured on the floor come in bold reds, soft pinks, dark violet and black. The gowns are featured this way to show the structure, texture, and possibilities of each gown as they can also be worn for various formals.

 Vera Wang dress

The fall collection features the bridal gowns in black, which was the perfect color to showcase the texture of the gowns on the runway, but with brides in mind Vera can ultimately have every dress in the collection ordered in ivory for any posh bride to be. All of the dresses include beautiful work that makes each gown truly unique and are absolutely breathtaking in person one gown in specific was hand painted from the waist down. A dress that would make Audrey Hepburn swoon and meet Grace Kelly’s taste.

Vera Wang dress

The Vera Wang collection is now available at the posh Casa De Novia boutique in Houston and can be viewed by appointment only. Book your weekend bridal rendezvous to find the dress that classifies your style for your big day.

Casa de Novia

Woooooo Hoooooo! Can’t wait to go look for a new swimsuit.

Trying on Bathing Suit

Ok ladies, swimsuit season is in full swing. I don’t personally know any women that look like the supermodels featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. All of us have been through the agonizing moments in the dressing room trying on the dreaded swimsuit. I’m just wondering at what age do you stop caring? I mean really…..do we ever get over our “problem areas”? I know we all have studied the magazine articles that tell us exactly what style we should wear according to our body type. What if you have multiple “problem areas”? They never tell you what to do about that.

Supermodels in Swimsuits
One of my friends claims that it all depends on where you are planning to wear a swimsuit. If you are planning a trip to a resort where you know there will be other women in ALL shapes and sizes making you look good then you can get away with baring a lot. You just have to know your destination. On the other hand, if you know that your destination will be filled with nubile, young things…..you might want to check out the cover-ups. For instance, if you are planning on taking your child to the YMCA pool this summer, then you probably will wear that modest one piece, if you even wear a swimsuit. I mean how intimidating is it to be in a bathing suit at a fitness club? I can’t think of a worse scenario.

The thing is, no matter our age, shape, fitness level… women always agonize over going in public in a bathing suit. It’s just not fair that men can just put on a pair of trunks that their wife bought them and never look back! They don’t have a care in the world. What’s up with that? I think men have an amazing ability to see the best when looking in the mirror while women see every “problem area” that she needs to work on. Perhaps we need to take a page out of the men’s book and learn to focus on what’s good. Just be carefree and put on that swimsuit and go enjoy a great day in the sun. You know that when you are with your friends, you should be comfortable enough to just have fun and not worry about how you look. Sometimes it’s good to just let go! Let them see the pooch, the saggy butt, the cottage cheese thighs…. or whatever it is that haunts you. Hopefully, they will still love you.Large Woman in Small Bikini

Failing that, you can put a pool in your own backyard, wear whatever you want, and invite your real friends. You can always count on them to tell you that you look fabulous. Right?