Archive for the ‘Your Appearance’ Category

Does Your Morning Routine Need a Pick Me Up?

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Are you stuck in a rut?  Do you find yourself wearing the same shirt with the same skirt?  Is everything you wear starting to look the same?  Maybe its time to mix things up.  Getting ready this morning I had a little extra time.  I knew the skirt I wanted to wear but tried on 3 different tops because I wanted a new look.  I tried on 3 different jackets and two pair of shoes before I found the perfect look I wanted to achieve.  Then I experimented with the accessories.  It was trial and error.

When you try putting a new outfit together are you confident in your selections?  I find a lot of women  wear the same things over and over again because its something they are familiar with and they know they look and feel good in it.  But how do you feel when you have a new outfit.  Even a newly pieced together outfit from items you already own are fabulous.  So I would encourage you to give yourself an extra 10 minutes to get ready tomorrow so that you try a completely new outfit from items you already own.  You can do it!  I believe in you.

Valentines Day Boudoir

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Valentines Day is just around the corner.  I think a great gift whether your in a relationship or a single girl is to have a boudoir photo session.  Even if your a single girl it can be a great gift for yourself.

Feel Beautiful

Having some sensual pictures taken of you can be a great boost to your confidence.  What girl doesn’t want to look beautiful and sexy?  A professional photographer can take pictures with right lighting and poses too bring out your best features.  It will show you how others see you, not as you see yourself.

You can even have your hair and make-up done that day to feel extra glamorous.  Of course spending a lot of money isn’t necessary.  You can find discounts for boudoir sessions on sites such as Groupon and Living Social frequently.  You also don’t need to spend a lot of money on new lingerie either.  A satin sheet or men’s button up shirt can do just fine.

Admit it…you’ve always thought about doing this but have been waiting for the right time.  The right person to share it with, to be a little tanner or a little thinner.    There is no time like the present.   What are you waiting for.


A Clothes Encounter In The Business World

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Follow these professional business attire tips for both men and women because we are judged by the way we dress.

Do you ever wonder where all the dress rules have gone? Depending on when and where you are on any given business day, the words “distant past” might come to mind. It’s difficult to decide if people don’t know what to wear to work or if they have lost sight of the relevance of appearance to professional success.

The Queen of England is reported to have told Prince Charles, “Dress gives one the outward sign from which people can judge the inward state of mind. One they can see, the other they cannot.” Clearly, she was saying what many people are reluctant to accept; that people judge us by the way we dress. In all situations, business and social, our outward appearance sends a message.

Try going to a busy restaurant at lunchtime. Look around you at what people are wearing and see if you don’t make judgments about who they are, their line of business, their personalities and their competencies. Think about how you feel when you are dressed in your usual business attire as opposed to casual dress. Your choice of business apparel speaks to your professional behavior and credibility. It is important to understand how to dress for business if you wish to promote yourself and your organization in a positive manner,

How you dress depends on four factors: the industry in which you work, the job you have within that industry, the geographic area in which you live; and most importantly, what your client expects to see.

Professional Dress for Men

In men’s clothing, fashion does not change significantly from season to season but business attire is about being professional and not about being fashionable. It’s about presenting yourself in a way that makes your clients feel comfortable and confident with you. Dressing for success is still the rule. The professional businessman should keep in mind these few points when deciding what to wear to work.

Choose a conservative suit in navy, black or gray either pinstripe or solid. The quality of the material speaks as loudly as the color and can make the difference between sleaze and suave.

A solid white or blue dress shirt with long sleeves offers the most polished look. The more pattern and color you add, the more the focus is on your clothing, rather than your professionalism.

Ties should be made of silk or a silk-like fabric. Avoid the cartoon characters and go for simple and subtle if you want to enhance your credibility.

Socks should be calf-length or above. Make sure they match not only what you are wearing, but also each other. A quick glance in good light before heading out the door can save embarrassment later in the day. Check for holes as well if you’ll be going through airport security and removing your shoes.

Shoes should without question be conservative, clean and well polished. Lace-up shoes are the choice over slip-ons or flip flops. Don’t think for a minute that people don’t notice shoes. Many people will look at your feet before your face.

Belts need to match or closely coordinate with your shoes. Once again, quality counts.

Keep jewelry to a minimum. In a time when men sport gold necklaces, bracelets and earrings, the business professional should limit himself to a conservative watch, a wedding band and maybe his college ring.

Personal hygiene is part of the success equation. Freshly scrubbed wins out over heavily fragranced any day of the week. Save the after-shave for after hours, but never the shave itself.

The finishing touch for the business man is his choice of accessories: briefcase, portfolio and pen. When it comes to sealing the deal, a top of the line suit, a silk tie and a good pair of leather shoes can lose their affect when you pull out the ball point pen you picked up in the hotel meeting room the day before.

Professional Dress for Women

When women entered the workplace in the 1970′s and 1980′s in greater numbers than ever before and began to move into positions which had traditionally been held by men, many of them believed that they needed to imitate male business attire. The result was women showing up at the office in skirted suits or coordinated skirts and jackets with tailored blouses finished off with an accessory item that looked very much like a man’s tie. Happily those days are gone. While the business woman may now wear trousers to work, she does it out of a desire to appear professional and at the same time enjoy the flexibility and comfort that pants offer over skirts. Her goal is no longer to mirror her male colleagues.

The same overall rules apply to women’s work attire as apply to men’s. Business clothing is not a reflection of the latest fashion trend. A woman should be noticed for who she is and her professional skills rather than for what she wears. Her business wear should be appropriate for her industry and her position or title within the industry.

Start with a skirted suit or pants suit for the most conservative look. A skirted suit is the most professional. With a few exceptions, dresses do not offer the same credibility unless they are accompanied by matching jackets.

Skirts should be knee-length or slightly above or below. Avoid extremes. A skirt more than two inches above the knee raises eyebrows and questions.

Pants should break at the top of the foot or shoe. While Capri pants and their fashion cousins that come in assorted lengths from mid-calf to ankle are the latest trend, they are out of place in the conservative business environment.

Blouses and sweaters provide color and variety to woman’s clothing, but they should be appealing rather than revealing. Inappropriate necklines and waistlines can give the wrong impression.

Women need to wear hose in the business world. Neutral or flesh-tone stockings are the best choices. Never wear dark hose with light-colored clothing or shoes. Keep an extra pair of stockings in your desk drawer unless the hosiery store is next door or just down the street from the office.

Faces, not feet, should be the focal point in business so chose conservative shoes. A low heel is more professional than flats or high heels. In spite of current fashion and the sandal rage, open-toed or backless shoes are not office attire. Not only are sandals a safety hazard, they suggest a certain official agenda.

When it comes to accessories and jewelry, less is once again more. Keep it simple: one ring per hand, one earring per ear. Accessories should reflect your personality, not diminish your credibility.

Business attire is different from weekend and evening wear. Investing in a good business wardrobe is an investment in your professional future. For those who think it’s not what you wear but who you are that creates success, give that some more thought. Business skills and experience count, but so does personal appearance and that all-important first impression.


Article from Official Blog of Carmen Castro

New Year Younger You!

Monday, January 16th, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions… At one point every one of us has made one, or two, or 200. Some of us have actually stuck with it and completed our resolutions, the rest of us have laughed or shrugged when someone asked us if we’re still trying to: lose weight, look younger, eat healthier, get a new hobby, etc. Well if you are secretly hoping (praying, dreaming) that you could look younger without a Hollywood budget (don’t worry, I won’t tell), here’s your chance. The awesome and amazing Body Beautiful Spa in Phoenix/Scottsdale is giving away the prize of a lifetime! Are you ready for this? The grand prize is a Brand New, Younger Looking You! And yes, it could be you. All you have to do is enter the contest on their website. Here’s the link:  The deadline is January 28th, 2012, so hurry up and enter. Good luck


Lies we tell ourselves: I can’t afford to look good

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

There are a few lies that we tell ourselves often. One is that desserts=the devil or an instant hundred pounds, and another is that in order to look good we need to sell our house and live out of our car. Sounds silly, right? That’s because it is. Dessert once in a while doesn’t mean that you’ve broken some unspoken rule, and you don’t need to shop on Rodeo Drive to look great. Here’s the one rule you should adhere to though, NEVER go in debt for fashion. If you do, you’ll end up resenting your clothes and your credit card bill. So what’s a girl to do? The answer? CONSIGN! You read that right, CONSIGN! Use the clothes that you don’t like, you don’t wear or that don’t fit and consign them. The profit from consigning your unwanted clothes can then be used to fund your fabulous new wardrobe. That ladies, is shopping smart and shopping smart will never be out of style. For more on this check out my book, Does This Ponytail Make My Butt Look Big, Style and Beauty for Every Woman; available  at or or your local book store.

Want to Feel Like a Princess?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

For the past 10 years I’ve gotten pedicures and manicures once a month.  I used to get my fingernails buffed but was finally persuaded to try the new gel nail polish.  I had been avoiding it for the simple fact that I was afraid I would become addicted and have to get my nails done every two weeks.  I was correct in my assumption.  I do usually get 3 weeks out of but there is sometimes the issue of finding the time and justifying the cost that I struggle with.  Last night I had an event and couldn’t go with chipped nails so I soaked off the gel polish and thought I would just go back to natural to save some time and money.  That lasted an entire 12 hours.  I couldn’t stand them.  I missed my shiny gel nails to much.  I realized today getting my manicure and pedicure how uplifting the process is to my spirits.  It feels so good to be pampered and massaged.  When you leave your feet and hands look so beautiful.  I feel amazing and more confident I noticed.  Worth the small price to pay, I just need to remind myself that I’m worth it!

Put Your Oxygen Mask On First ~ You Can’t Help Anyone If Your Dead

Monday, October 17th, 2011


I often find that women have a hard time spending time and money on themselves.  Which are two things you need when shopping for clothes.  I like to remind women that it’s not what’s taught it’s what’s caught.  You’re teaching your kids through example good or bad.  So when I ask a woman if she wants her daughter to do as she does when she grows up.   Is it ok for her daughter to not take time for herself?  Is it ok for her daughter to not have nice clothes?  Is it ok for her daughter to go without new clothes for the sake of her children?  She will say absolutely not.  When you take time every morning to do your hair and put your make-up on your teaching your children to do the same.  When take the time to get rid of clothes that don’t look fabulous and shop for items that enhance your image your also teaching your children.  It’s like they say on commercial airlines…in the event there is a drop in cabin pressure oxygen masks will drop.  Put the mask on yourself first if you’re traveling with small children.

Fashion of Yesteryear

Friday, September 16th, 2011

I’ve been noticing a theme lately in the world of TV.   Mad Men, Pan Am and the Playboy Club.  They are all set in the 60’s.  Banana Republic now offers the Mad Men Collection.  Thankfully maybe America will see the glamour of the 60’s and want to return to that time period and dress with a little class again.


Watch Pan Am and you won’t find any passengers with a tank top, flip flops or shorts with their cheeks exposed.  Everyone will be dressed very well.  All of the passengers will be much put together, hair and make-up perfect.


It seems as the years have passed we’ve begun to dress like slobs but of course we call it casual.  Webster’s definition of casual means relaxed not sloppy. I truly hope with these new stylish shows that portray 60’s fashion in a positive light will inspire us all to dress amazing everyday.  Not just when a special occasion arises.


Stylishly Yours,


Create Your Own Style

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

With this Thursday being Fashions Night Out and the kick off to fall fashion I thought I would address trends. With each new season we see trends come and go. In 10 years from now some of the trends may make us wonder what society and fashion designers were thinking.

In my “5 Weeks to Fabulous” class I teach how to determine your style today. We all go through phases and its important to be authentic to who you are. Maybe you are the “Trendy” girl and I say go for it, get the latest and greatest and be admired by women everywhere for being the fashionista that you are.

However, if you’re like most women that I know you’re so busy with life that keeping up with fashion is the last thing on your mind. However, I know you care about your appearance and want to look your best spending the least amount of money and time. Right?

So it’s ok if you’re not always wearing the latest trend but it’s not ok to be stuck in a time warp. Be sure when your putting clothes together that they are still current and in style. Being in style doesn’t mean trendy. Trends and fads come and go. The most important thing is how your clothes make you feel. If they don’t make you feel great, get rid of them. Your style is your expression to the world, so express yourself fashionably every day! No exceptions.

Be Confident in Your Fashion Choices ~ Mix it Up

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

I recently met with a client who really did know her style. She knew she had a bohemian flair and that’s what she felt comfortable in. She had great pieces in her closet but didn’t know how to wear them.

Like many of my clients she would get stuck in the rut of wearing the same top and bottoms together and that gets old. This pattern can easily make you feel as if you have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. No one wants that.

The most important thing is how you feel in the ensemble. Not what do you think other people will think. If you feel fabulous, you will be confident and confidence exudes success. Everyone else will think you look great too.

If you’re not used to mixing and matching your clothes then this may seem awkward at first but practice makes perfect. Be patient. Grab a top and try pairing it with several different pieces in your closet. Don’t beat yourself up if you try something and it doesn’t look good try something else until you find at least one to two different styles. You can take pictures of yourself in the outfits if you’re afraid you won’t remember or think you may go back to wicked ways of wearing the same shirt with the same skirt.

Congratulations you have now expanded your wardrobe. Isn’t that fun?