SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE!!!

After a long, brutal winter, one of my favorite fashion seasons has arrived. YEAH!!  Here in my hometown of Tampa, Florida, the summer brings sweltering heat, 20 minute thunderstorms and bold, bright summer trends.  Today was a gorgeous day filled with marshmallow shaped clouds floating across our cerulean blue skies, yet the heat index reached 101 F! Wow! Most would definitely say, “There is NO WAY one could be fashionable without being frustrated in such heat”. Well I am here to tell and show you that it is possible.

Check out the new summer arrivals now available at my retail location.  Our model is wearing a light weight canary yellow sleeveless hi lo shirt with a crotchet inset, styled with our canary yellow tote bag and houndstooth printed heels.  If you’re not in the Tampa Bay Area you can still be elegantly stylish with more of our exclusive items by purchasing from my online store at www.skyunikues.com.   Be sure to follow me for more summer styles to come!!

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SUMMER STYLE

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Spring Trends 101 – Color Blocking

With only 18 days until Spring, warmer weather is very near. One trend that tends to resurface year after year is color blocking.

Color Blocking is taking bold opposites and pairing them together to make the wildest contrast possible. It’s unique and can be very versatile. We’ve seen stripes and polka dots, gingham and solids and even a dark solid with a bright solid. Color blocking is not only trendy, but one is able to create their own style identity that can set the tone for any outfit. Check out my uniquely designed color block dresses below. Available via my online store http://www.skyunikues.com

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The Evolution of the Duster

When I think of a duster, the first thing that comes to mind is the loose fitted, light weight, long sleeve garment that women wear over their clothes. For those who are not too keen on fashion, they think of the household cleaning tool. That’s not what I’m talking about!

Did you know the origin of the duster dates back to the 1800’s? At that time, it was a full length coat (which we now know as the trench) worn by horsemen. The purpose of the earlier duster was to prevent trail dust from ruining the garments or the horsemen, hence the name (see below).

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My, have things changed. Today, you can find the newly designed duster in nearly any womens’ apparel shop. They are light weight, comfortable and perfect for the cool fall mornings. They can be worn business casual or with a weekend casual look in jeans. Isn’t it wonderful when we fashionista’s make something old new again?!  Oh! Don’t forget to ALWAYS accent your duster with a solid piece of statement jewelry. Check out our accessorized piece below.

You can purchase these beautiful deep blue and crystal earrings here and the matching necklace here

This black duster can be purchased online at: http://www.skyunikues.com or click here

Black Duster Available at: www.skyunikues.com Jewelry Available at: http://choleandisabel.com/boutique/andrariche

No White After Labor Day?…A Thing Of The Past

“NEVER, where white after Labor Day”. That was the rule that our ancestors passionately followed. We all ask, “How on Earth did this atrocious fashion rule get started?” Well, after doing a little research, it appears this rule was started in the early 1900s by Northeners who found it insane to wear this bright color during the rainy and muddy months of Fall and Winter. However, late fashion legend Coco Chanel consistently fed this rule to the birds by sporting her crisp white business suits YEAR ROUND!!

coco chanel

So, by my myself and other fashionistas around the world, you have been granted permission to not only wear white but winter white, Sangria, Aurora Red and every other bright color on the Fall 2014 color palate. Visit my site at http://www.skyunikues.com to view other rule breaking apparel.

kerry washington in white

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Soft, Summer Lips

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The Fashion Foot

Summer allows for lipstick experimentation, with colors from orange to bright pink. The only problem is the heat can leave your lips dry, cracked, and even sore. But thankfully, there are ways to prevent this. Here are some tips to give you a soft, smooth smile.

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  1. Exfoliate – When I first heard this I thought it sounded bizarre, especially on an area of your face that is so sensitive. But in reality, it makes perfect sense.  The skin on your lips is thinner; it also lacks the natural oils that the skin on your cheek or chin have. So to keep them healthy, you need to softly exfoliate that dead skin away to leave you with the fresh layer below.  This also stimulates collagen and elastin production, so you are left with soft, plump lips.
  2. Moisturize – Just like the rest of your skin, your lips need to be taken…

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BIOTIN OVERDOSE?

As the world consumes itself with beauty, women are raiding the beauty aisles for that hidden “miracle pill” in a bottle. We all want to maintain our youthful looks (tight skin, full cheeks and a head full of hair) for as long as possible. But, what do we really know about these numerous beauty products that barrage our magazines and television commercials.  The new hot fad on the market is Biotin.  Most of us already know that Biotin is advertised as a pill that will obtain AND maintain healthy skin, hair and nails.  But what is it REALLY for?

As a nurse, yes I am a licensed nurse as well; Biotin is a REALLY a vitamin that helps with the body’s metabolism and processes energy. It can be found in almost all foods that we each which means that we are probably already getting the General Recommended Daily Value of 2.5 mg (milligrams) which is equal to 2500 mcg (micrograms). So, to hear that there is Biotin supplemental vitamin is concerning. With that being said, my curiosity began to take over and I decided to go to my local grocery store just to see how much Biotin are in these pills. Shockingly, I saw nearly 5000mcg per serving which is TWICE the recommended amount. This doesn’t even include the fact that you may also be taking an additional multivitamin tablet that also has Biotin.  In other words, if you are suffering from a headache and a bottle of pain reliever instructs one to take 2 pills every 6 hours, you are taking 4 pills every 6 hours!!  So, the question is: Can you overdose on Biotin? My reply as a medical professional is, YES! You can overdose on ANY vitamin and too much of anything is a bad thing.

Huffington Post has reported that although chances of a Biotin overdose is low, it more likely possible due to the increase of women taking a biotin supplement and serious side effects have been reported as a result.  Symptoms include slower release of insulin, skin rashes, lower vitamin c and b6,  a higher blood sugar and one reported case of Eosinophilic Pleural Effusion which is a life threatening condition that occurs when blood and air enter the cavity around the lungs.Biotin

In conclusion, ladies, please do your own research on what works for your personal health versus what others are taking and what you see on television.

Stay Confident!!

 

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Plus Size Women In High Fashion

DO PLUS SIZE WOMEN HAVE A PLACE IN THE HIGH FASHION INDUSTRY?

The average runway model is 5″9 – 5″11, 108-130lbs with a waist no larger than 25″ and 35 1/2 hips. Plus Size Model magazine revealed that some of today’s plus size models are the same size as former Super Models Christie Brinkley and Cindy Crawford. In today’s fashion industry, a plus size model is a size 6 or larger BUT the average American woman is a size 14. So, why are there so many size zero’s on the the runway?

Does this mean that there will be more of a demand for models who look like the “average” woman OR will there be more of a demand for the average woman to look like a model?! Although each modeling agency has different size and height requirements, will there ever come a time where we will see a size 10 grace the runway of a couture fashion show?

We all know that women want to be sexy and chic no matter what size they are. As a self-made fashionista, I believe that  sexy comes in ALL sizes!! Post your comments on this hot topic and tell me what your thoughts are?

View these gorgeous plus size apparel pieces available online at Sky Unikue’s Elegant Clothing Boutique (www.skyunikues.com)