March 29, 2015

Power Shopper

Cheryl Lampard, founder of Style Matters International, finds great buys, discusses the latest styles and answers your questions


Some Uplifting Thoughts About Bras

When it comes to vital statistics, here’s one that’s truly astounding: 95 percent of women are wearing the wrong size bras! There are a number of reasons for this: weight loss or gain; hormonal changes, for example; but the main one is that we tend to forget how long we’ve had them! Guidelines on how often to replace a bra vary from every three to six months, but it’s more relevant to think in terms of the number of times a bra is worn and washed: 100 wearings/100 washings, and it’s time to replace it. I recommend having a bra fitting at least once, preferably twice, a year. This is important not just for comfort, but from a style perspective: If a bra doesn’t fit correctly, then nothing that goes on top of it is going to look right, either. A well-fitting bra is...

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A Soap Opera

Showing our style doesn’t just stop at our clothing and personal appearance. It naturally extends to just about every other area of our lives, including the items and products we use every day. For example, I have a penchant for gorgeous soap. Opening the wrapper on a brand new bar is like opening a gift—there is the sensory experience as the fragrance is released and the tactile experience of the soap in my hand. And I’m not alone in enjoying this little luxury (a rudimentary search online brings up more surveys on soap preferences than I ever imagined), but it’s really not surprising—this everyday item is the most personal of products, so it makes sense that something that touches every inch of our skin needs to be chosen with care. I recently visited the Naples...

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Hot Spring Bags

Pink top handle and beige quilted bags from J.McLaughlin (Venetian Village, Naples) In spring and summer, bags as well as clothing take on a lighter, fresher look, and this season there are some key trends to keep an eye on. Pushing the Envelope: Downsize your purse and upgrade your style with an envelope bag. With either a fold-over top or front flap, these flatter styles are a great choice if you like the security of a bag that fastens. If you can’t give up your over-packed purse, try a slightly bigger, structured top-handle satchel style. On-trend neutral colors such as tan, gray and beige are easy to incorporate with between season clothing (especially if you’re preparing to head north soon). Tan satchel from Michael Kors (Waterside Shops, and Dillards), Rebecca...

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More Dash Than Cash

Some of Cheryl Lampard's recent consignment finds. One of the first things I do before taking a trip to another city is to check out the shopping opportunities. More specifically, I find out where the best consignment stores are located. Some of my favorite pieces have been purchased from resale stores, and I’ve picked-up some real beauties, including a cashmere coat by Chanel, an Oscar de la Renta suit and blouse, and a Carolina Herrera silk pantsuit.   Unlike a regular retail outlet, the inventory in a consignment store is heavily reliant on what clients bring in. The owner won’t necessarily know when new stock is arriving until it literally comes through the front door, so searching for that fabulous find can be somewhat hit and miss. In some (rare) instances, you...

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Do You Care About Your Clothes?

Although we take time and spend money finding clothes we love, we don’t always care for them the way we should. If we look after our clothes they’ll love us back by looking good and lasting. The first thing to consider is your lifestyle: If you only want low-maintenance clothes, it’s vital to look at the labels before you buy so you can select easy care garments that you can launder at home.   Even if your garments can be laundered, you may neither have the time nor inclination to do it yourself. Dry cleaners do also offer services such as laundering (looking after everything from sheets to shirts), alterations and specialist cleaning for wedding dresses and special occasion wear.     To help your dry cleaner bring out the best in your clothes, here are some...

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