Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fashion on a Budget

Seems like more and more people are asking how to stay fashionable on a budget. Lets face it these days everyone is also trying to save as much money as possible. However, there are many ways to stay stylish on a budget!
* Don't Impulse buy! This can leave you feeling guilty and asking yourself why you spent that amount on the item. Instead wait it out. You'll get a bigger bang for your buck. Many stores put merchandise on sale in order to prepare for the next season.
* Sign up for email lists! Many stores offer promotional and weekly emails updating you on sales
* When shopping always buy your basics. Everyone needs a good pair of black pumps, black pants, a good stylish pair of jeans, and a fun and warm winter coat. In the spring/summer buy your basic white, black, or denim shorts/skirts. That way any color tops can go with them and you can make more outfits! Accessories can also spice up an outfit. When on a budget check out H&M for fun and cheap accessories!
*Allow yourself to splurge on a few fun items you know you will wear with your basics. It's alright to treat yourself every once in a while ( if you can) just remember to treat yourself to items you know you will wear!
* Love an item but just can't afford it? RESEARCH! Go online and check out other stores/boutiques that may carry the designer and search for the best deal. Compare prices.. if that doesn't work be patient and hope/pray it goes on clearance!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Health & Fitness

After the new year, about 90% of the population heads to the gym to shape up. We've scoured the web to find the best tips to get you into shape.

1). Cut your fat intake- Meats, dairy, sugars, oils etc are all food sources that are fattening. Yes, your body needs them, but just not so much. Think of ways to cut these down and up your fruits and veggies.

2) EAT CARBS- Carbs are in fact GOOD for you. They fuel the muscles to enable better movement. Muscles work better during a workout and in fact help burn more calories.

3) Exercise 30-45 minutes 4 times per week. What this really means is get your heart rate up (varies with age and weight) and keep it steady for around 30-45 minutes.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Struck by the 80's for Spring 2009

For those ready for the warm weather here are some trends for Spring 2009!

Be prepared to have a flash back to the 80's-Yes, that's correct! There will be many inspirations coming from my personal favorite era. Expect to see neon colors, pastels, pretty in pink, and tropical shades! Grey will be the new neutral...

Prints will be huge;Think feminine floral's and bohemian vibes. Don't forget ruffles are still a hot item along with bows! The jumpsuit will also be returning. Anyone up for showing some skin because sheer materials will creep back upon us also.

Denim- ripped jeans and boyfriend style.

One fad that will return are tops with shoulder pads? Lets all HOPE that's just a joke!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

All Eyes on First Lady

All eyes were on Michelle Obama as she finally unveiled her gown designed by young designer, Jason Wu. He wanted the dress to stand for newness, hope, and be dreamlike. This ivory silk chiffon and Swarvoski crystal dress is just that- DREAMY! As president Obama joked with the crowd saying, "How good-looking is my wife?" I have to agree she looked stunning in this beautiful gown!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Our New First Lady

The inauguration of 2009 for many is a sign of hope and reunification.
Our new first lady couldn't have been more proper in a yellow sparkly ensemble from Isabel Toledo. The color yellow inspires optimism and carries the promise of a positive future.

Welcome to the White House, First Family!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Inauguration Fashion

Politics and fashion have always seemed to go hand-in-hand. I think we can all agree that no one did it better than Jacqueline Kennedy. She looked fabulous seen here at the 1961 Inauguration.
It is rumored that Michelle Obama will be in a DVF piece made especially for this huge event, and we at Queen Bee could not be more excited.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Gossip Girl in DVF

Diane Von Furstenberg is known for her vibrant prints and wrap dresses but we can’t forget that there is so much more to the collection than just dresses. On Gossip Girl last week, Blair was seen in a beautiful DVF suit. This proves that DVF is not only timeless, but ageless. A teenage Manhattan fashionista can look great in a DVF fitted blazer as well as a sophisticated business woman. It’s all about wearing staple designer pieces with individual style to make it your own.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Underwater Resort

Winter in Boston is never easy; today we're lucky to be in the teens, wind chills below zero. My face hurts and I'm wearing long johns under my It makes my mind wander off and dream of sandy beaches and fruity alcoholic beverages. Or possibly 40 feet under the sea...sure! In 2010 the world's first underwater resort will be open to the public on a far off island. My first thought is, when can I sign up...annnndddd can I live there?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Gone with the Will

Did anyone happen to catch gossip girl last night?
Ohh poor Chuck, falling into his old habits, blowing off Blair and losing the company.
And not to mention Serena and Dan share a brother? A little too weird if you ask me.

The fashion did not disappoint as usual. We especially like the Milly top on Blair- She has Queen Bee taste:

Monday, January 12, 2009

Golden Globes Fashion 2009

Am I alone when I say "I'm not a fan"? I'll be the first to admit that Jennifer Lopez is hot. I just feel like I've seen this type of dress on her before; I am no longer shocked.
She has amazing curves and a world famous booty, but this dress just does not flatter her. To me it's just a shiny, draping flop.

Sorry JLo...maybe next time.

Golden Globes Fashion 2009

This is possibly my favorite look for the 2009 Golden Globes. Eva Longoria Parker stole the show in this amazing red Reem Acra fishtail gown.
Her effortless look was finished off with the perfect amount of jewelry and a simple hairstyle.

Well done, Eva!

Golden Globes Fashion 2009

I just have to say I LOVED Kate Winslet's look. It was executed perfectly. The dress, hair and make-up were stunning.
The dress itself is nothing over the top- just simple with a breath of elegance.

Most of the looks overall at the 2009 golden globe awards had a classic elegance to them. It seems that in our time of economic turmoil- less is more. The same thing happened in the 40's. Bad for investor's, great for fashion.

Must have Swimwear for a Tropical Vacation

Are you escaping the winter storms and going on a tropical vacation?
Check out the beautiful vibrant floral patterns in aqua, hot pink and white from the Manuel Canovas collection. At Queen Bee we understand how difficult it is to find the perfect bathing suit that is both flattering and comfortable. The Manuel Canovas Collection includes full piece suits that are sexy, with and without cups. The two piece suits includes ruffle triangle, triangle with cup, bandeau, string and full converage bottoms. We have something for everyone and you will be sure to be the most fashionable on the beach!

The Battle of Dry Winter Skin

Thanks to my dearest mother, I unfortunately have dry, sensitive skin. This makes winters in even more difficult than they already are. Harsh winds and bitter cold temperatures turn my face into a flaky red mess, my hands into dry and cracked battle grounds, and my lips…well let’s just say an atrocious mess. Luckily after trying many products, I have seemed to find my niche to beat these cold weather blues.
Dove has always been a favorite of mine. We’ve all heard the commercials, “with ¼ moisturizer,” this stuff kicks major winter butt. With their creamy indulgent textured body washes, lotion is rarely required. My pick is the Supreme Cream Oil Ultra Rich Velvet body wash. You almost get a work out squeezing the bottle to get it out. I even use it for shaving cream; better than any skintimate product I have ever used! When it comes to my face, I need to handle my skin like wires on a bomb; anything that comes near it could mean major damage. Aveeno seems to be the only facial lotion I can use. It’s free from oils, which means no clogging, and rich in moisture, which means no more flaking. There is nothing more unattractive than dry, cracked, UNkissable, alligator lips. With the enormous amount of Lip Care out there, it’s hard to find one brand as your go-to. Mine has been Nivea SOS Lip care- a kiss of relief. Some medicated brands are simply overpowering; makes me feel like I’m smudging straight hospital on my lips. It contains calendula oil, and shea butter which make my lips super soft with no stickiness.