10 Style Commandments for Making 2014 Your Most Fab Year Yet

BY: - 17 Jan '14 | Lifestyle

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2014 is here! Even though we’re a couple weeks in, it’s not too late to make this the year that you step out of your comfort zone and try something new. In the spirit of new beginnings, check out my 10 Style Commandments to Make 2014 Your Most Fab Year Yet!

  1. Thou Shall Embrace Color…even if it’s just on your nails. Make 2014 the year that you get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Experiment with brights or add little pops of color in the form of jewelry and other accessories.
  2. Thou Shall Mix it Up…and make a statement. Mixing prints is anything but boring. Try pairing stripes and florals or leopard print with damn near anything 🙂
  3. Thou Shall Not Let the  Boys Have All the Fun! Try out a menswear look. Add some masculinity with a necktie, brougues or chic fedora. Balance the look with feminine details like stilettos or a pencil skirt.
  4. Thou Shall Find Your Style Star. By now, you know that Solange is not only my BFF ( in my head) but also my fave fashion icon. Peruse fashion magazines or hit the interwebs in search of a celeb whose style you admire. You can use a site like Pinterest, or even a fashion inspiration board to keep your 2014 wardrobe well…inspired.
  5. Thou Shall Cut it out! You’d be surprised how much a haircut can do, not just for your look but for your confidence as well. I chopped my hair off in January 2013 and never looked back. So what are you waiting for? 2014 is here, chop, chop!
  6. Thou Shall Do a Cleanse. No, not that kind. Take everything out of your closet, determine what you need to keep and what needs to go, then organize and put back all the keepers. If it hasn’t been worn in a year or you wouldn’t buy it again, toss it. If it fits you (the body you have right now, not after you lose 10 lbs) and your current lifestyle, keep it. You may have some gems in there just waiting to be re-discovered. If there is shopping to be done, you’ll have a better idea of what you actually need (or want) once you’ve completed this step.
  7. Thou Shall Set a Budget for the Good Stuff. You probably already know that I’m all about being Fab & Frugal.  But in fashion, much like other areas of life, you get what you pay for. A cheap suit or shoes will look just that, cheap. Go ahead and save on the trendy hot-right-now items, but set some cash aside for those timeless, high quality pieces that’ll last you more than one or two seasons.
  8. Thou Shall Organize Your Accessories. A well chosen accessory can make or break a look. Why not find some chic and creative ways to organize your baubles and bling? after all, if you can’t see it, you won’t wear it.
  9. Thou Shall Get Your Cluster On. Wardrobe clusters are your key to getting dressed with confidence. Try using the Style Medic Cluster Formula: 4 tops + 4 bottoms+ 1 sweater + 1 jacket. This combo will give you at least 23 different outfit combos! Add a dress for 6 more options.
  10. Thou Shall Create a Signature Look. Everyone has a look. Whether you always wear a flower in your hair, a funky pair of glasses or incorporate your favorite color into every outfit, your signature look tells the world a little about you before you even speak.

**Bonus – Buy at least one item of clothing simply because it makes you happy. Because you’re never fully dressed without a smile!**

Cheers to a Fabulous New Year!

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T. Espinoza wrote 55 articles on this blog.

T. Espinoza is CEO at The Style Medic. She's the Diva next door, the girlfriend who always looks Fab but doesn’t spend a bundle. She works with the active, focused Diva who wants to look fly, save time and most of all, save money. T. can help you streamline your wardrobe, maximize your budget and take your style from flat-lined to FABULOUS!

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6 Ways to Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today

BY: - 20 Jan '14 | Headline

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Were it not for the countless contributions and sacrifices of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Black and Married With Kids would not exist. It is because of the sacrifices made by Dr. King and countless other civil rights leaders that we are able to use this platform to strengthen families within our community.

In honor of Dr. King, and all he did to fight for our civil rights, we want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to his legacy.  A husband and father of four, Dr. King dedicated his life to fighting for what he believed was right and to service.  That’s why we believe the best way to honor his legacy is by serving others.

Today is the national holiday that marks the observance of Dr. King’s birthday, and it is also the MLK Day of Service.  Not only should we take this day as an opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s powerful legacy, but we should also view it as chance to reflect on how far we, as a people and a nation, have come and how much farther we need to go.

Here are a number of sites that can help you discover great opportunities for you and your family to serve. Dr. King once said,

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

We couldn’t agree more.  Let’s all remember what Dr. King stood for and take a moment to do what is right. 

United We Serve – A great site that makes it very easy to locate service opportunities simply by inputting your location and your interests. The site also offers toolkits to help you create your own service projects.

We Give Books – This program partners with a number of organizations and provides children across the world with an opportunity to read countless books – an opportunity they otherwise would not have.  Considering how much Dr. King valued an education, we think helping kids fall in love with reading is something that would make him proud.

NAACP – Becoming a member of the NAACP is a great way to remain connected to social justice issues, in your community and nationwide, which may need your support.  Joining allows you to serve your community on an ongoing basis.

Common Cents – Common Cents is a great organization because they focus on developing and implementing service projects for young people, and the organization was actually co-founded by a 4-year-old.

Global Giving  – If you don’t have a ton of time to dedicate to a service project at this point in your life consider Global Giving, a charity fundraising site that give you a chance to support non-profits and social entrepreneurs from across the world.

Volunteer Match – Another great site to help you match your interests and passions with causes that need your help in your area.

BMWK – how do you plan to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today?  What do you do to get your kids involved and to teach them about MLK Jr.’s legacy?

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Martine Foreman wrote 421 articles on this blog.

Martine Foreman is a lifestyle consultant who specializes in helping moms who want more out of life but feel overwhelmed and confused. Through her content and services, Martine is committed to helping women embrace their personal truth, gain clarity, and take action to create lives they love. For more on Martine's candid views on life and love, visit her at candidbelle.com. Martine resides in Maryland with her husband, two kids and sassy cat Pepper.

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