Best Beauty Products to Try in 2019

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A new year calls for new exciting and innovative beauty products! There were a lot of amazing products that came out in 2018, but 2019 may just top them all. We have searched, sampled, and reviewed the items you should incorporate in your beauty routine for 2019!

Fresh Face

It’s important to take care of your skin; make a daily routine in the morning to wash your face, and in the evening to take the grime of built up makeup, pollution, sweat, etc. before bed. Here are some of our faves to try out this year!

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What is better than ice cream and face masks? Putting them together! The I DEW CARE Ice Cream inspired face masks cover all of your needs. Cake My Day is for skin hydration, Berry Groovy brightens skin for an awesome glow, and Matcha Mood has antioxidants to boost your skin from dullness and even skin tone. Can’t choose which one you want to try? Head over to Ulta and get the mini set of all 3 for only $20!

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Kopari Coconut Detox Mask

Mark your calendars for March, because this multitasking mask won’t launch until then! Bentonite and kaolin clays go to town pulling impurities out of your pores, while coconut oil hydrates, and probiotics help keep the top layer of skin feeling balanced and looking fresh. This mask will be $38 and you can find it at Ulta.

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This cleanser will change your nightly routine! I started using it a few months ago and it has helped improve my dry, tired skin, to soft and glowing through the holidays.

It is a powerful deep cleaning balm that dissolves makeup, daily grime and pollutants. This No.1 Bestselling cleansing balm deep cleanses and leaves skin supremely soft. Luxurious Rose and Mimosa waxes are infused with nourishing Elderberry, Starflower and Optimega™ oils and supercharged with anti-aging algae, Padina Pavonica. It also comes in Rose scent.

$64

Kiehl’s

Ultra Facial Cream: Now reformulated to be entirely paraben-free. (Taking it one step further, the brand says all of their products will be paraben-free by the end of 2019!) But you won't be able to tell that your moisturizer has changed; it took Kiehl's scientists five years and more than 114 different versions to come up with this final formula, which feels identical to the original. $30

Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: Gently moisturizes the delicate under-eye area, has a uniquely-concentrated formula does not migrate into eyes, and is infused with efficacious ingredients including Beta-Carotene, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil. Tap gently beneath your eye until you feel a burst of hydration. $48

Make-Up

We are so excited for these new beauty launches! Here is what you need to try in 2019!

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This all-natural multitasker is the true definition of a skin-care-makeup hybrid. The formula combines brightening vitamin C and licorice extract with a trio of acids (glycolic, lactic, and azaleic) to knock out dark spots and dullness, while squalene and hyaluronic acid pack a hit of hydration. So you can use this as your daily skin-care serum, but it also pulls double duty as a primer and/or highlighter, delivering the perfect amount of a natural-looking glow. One makeup artist explained it as "the all-natural version of Becca Cosmetics' Backlight Primer."

$68

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From the brand that brought us our favorite makeup applicator, they have now launched a face mist, which promises to render makeup touch-ups obsolete. The two-phase solution combines hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-enriched water with a milky oil that, when mixed and spritzed on the skin, delivers just the right amount of moisture and radiance to revive any existing makeup.

$30

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A pearl extract in this medium-to-full coverage base helps reflect light to give your skin an instant glow, regardless of whether you're standing in front of a ring light or sitting under yellow-y office bulbs. But it doesn't stop there: The lightweight, moisturizing formula (available in 30 shades) promises to stay put for up to 15 hours, keeping your skin looking flawless and feeling hydrated the entire time.

$48

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For super straight, precise lines, this newbie can't be beat. Available in matte black and matte brown, the extra-fine felt tip of this pen glides on smoothly without dragging, making it easy for even the clumsiest makeup lover to draw on clean wings. And once it sets, it promises to stay put for up to 24 hours — so basically, until you're ready to take it off!

$22

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The same color and shine pay-off as the brand's Rouge Volupté Shine, this formula promises to plump your lips as well. The little black heart in the core isn't just a cute design decision, it contains peppermint oil and caprilyl glycol to make lips look fuller, without any painful stinging or burning. Black pearl powder ups the shine factor even more — also helping to create the illusion of a fuller pout. Choose between 6 shades!

$39

Hair Care

When it comes to your hair there are so many products out there, and it can be hard to know what you should try. We have searched for you, depending if you have thin or thick hair, curly or straight, color treated or frizzy, here is what you need to try!

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TLW Let’s Get Tacos Treatment Oil is a hair oil that repairs hair from the inside out and helps seal split-ends for smooth, healthy-looking results. Formulated with grape seed oil, the treatment moisturizes, strengthens, repairs and adds shine while, Kakadu plum oil provides UV protection and heat resistance.

$20

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Living Proof has done it again, this time, with a leave-in treatment that both hydrates and soothes a dry, itchy scalp. The secret? A probiotic complex that promises to balance the levels of all the microorganisms on your scalp (both good and bad), plus hydrating hyaluronic acid. Also important: It's fast absorbing, and doesn't leave behind any residue.

$32

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I was hooked the first time I tried this dry shampoo. I have tried handfuls of dry shampoo and this one is by far my favorite! it didn’t apply cakey like some do. My hair instantly felt like it was just washed and dried. My hair even felt thicker after applying! The great part is the price, only $8!

Body Care

The Winter can really take a toll on your body. Take care of it by moisturizing, especially after those lava hot showers (yes, we are guilty as well), give yourself a Summer glow with gradual self-tanners, or simply indulge in a soothing bath. Here is what we suggest to try this year.

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Your Summer body is made in the Winter! Along with taking care of your health, take care of your skin! Jergens natural glow keeps you moisturized all day and adds a sunless tan, to keep you glowing in the middle of Winter. It has won Best of Body Products through Allure magazine 3 years in a row!

$10

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The omega-rich algae and soothing minerals lock moisture in place to restore elasticity and give skin the smoothness of sea glass.

$50


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Goop has come up with a sleep potion! A fragrant, restorative bath soak made with premium Epsom and sea salts; an array of botanicals including valerian, passionflower and hops; and essential oils including sandalwood, lavender and spikenard. Perfect for promoting calm, comfort and relaxation, and helping you get a great night's sleep.

$35

Accessorize Your NYE!

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Every year you stay at home, curled up on the couch and watch the ball drop, drinking cheap champagne. This year is totally different and you are going to kill it while out on the town. We are going to help with those last minute accessories with that stunning outfit you picked out!

Party Coats

Stay bundled and warm until you reach the party!

Add a little faux fur for extra glam.

A touch of soft velvet and pop of color really transforms your look!

Step into the club like a chic badass with one of these amazing leather jackets!

Sparkle Down to Your Toes

Keep the sparkle and shine going all the way down to your toes!

Show off your new pedicure in these sparkly peep toes.

If you prefer a comfortable flat, there are so many options!

Statement Jewelry

No look is complete without your statement jewelry!

Show up dripping in silver or white gold stunners.

Maybe you want to step out like a goddess in your gold.

For a statement piece, choose a bold color or layered pearls for a touch of class.


Flashy Baggage
Your bag doesn’t need to be too big, just enough for the necessities, like your phone, lipstick, credit card and ID!

From sparkles, to florals or pearls, choose a statement bag to complete your NYE look!

We hope everyone has a fun, safe New Years and we cannot wait for 2019 with you all!

Tweed Looks for Winter

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It is finally cold enough to pull out your tweed! Tweed is a warm, wool cloth originally produced in Scotland. Tweed is very popular in the UK, but you also see the fabric in many other countries!

Blazers and coats are among the popular styling of tweed. We are going to show you all the fun ways to wear tweed and other fashionable items you can find it in!

Classic Blazer

Shop Magee and Ann Taylor for these blazers.

You can also dress them casually with jeans!

Shop Nordstrom for these blazers.

Dresses

A tweed dress is perfect for a business woman like yourself! They are perfect for work and you can layer up with a matching blazer.

Shop these dresses at Ann Taylor and Nordstrom.

Cover Ups

Capes or cover ups are so nice to have to add that added touch to an outfit. It’s like a blanket you can wear in public! We love these from Magee.

Gloves

Add on some layers for those really chilly days with these beautiful gloves from Magee and Nordstrom.

Bags

You can’t go anywhere this Winter without your tweed bag! Shop Nordstrom and Magee for these!

Coats

To keep you nice and warm this Winter, don’t forget a stylish coat! Shop these looks at J.Jill and Nordstrom.

Show us your tweed looks this Winter!

10 Ways to Wear Leggings This Season

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If you’re like us, you have a stack of leggings in your closet that you can finally bring out for these cooler temps! We are all about comfortability and doing it fashionably! Here are some of our favorite ways to wear leggings this season.

Long, button down tops.

Get your perfect pair of leggings from Lululemon starting at $98. What’s so great about this look is you can pair with riding boots or booties and still look fabulous! Add a scarf for extra warmth.

Sequins!

Dress up any look, whether it’s for a holiday party, girls night out or shower, with sequin leggings! These pattern sequin leggings are on sale at Express for only $40! Add a blazer, heels and clutch for your night out look!

Leather

We are so in love with leather leggings! Dress it up with a black sweater and some heels, or more casual with booties. You can purchase them at Francesca’s for $44 and also Nordstrom Rack for $23.

Casual

Leggings are for the perfect casual day! Even super models love leggings, see above! Check out Aerie from American Eagle for some amazing, comfy leggings you’ve been looking for, starting at only $11! Add some sneakers and sweatshirt for your perfect lazy Sunday outfit.

Edgy

Step out in some edgy legging this season, pair with some combat boots and a flared, jersey skirt. For added warmth, layer with a button down and sweater. Get your distressed leggings from Alo for $118.

Cropped

Cropped leggings are so versitile. They can be dressed up with a nice blouse, or casual with a tee and sneakers. Cropped leggings also pair so well with long tunics or short dresses as shown! Shop cropped leggings from Peruvian Connection, the last leggings shown are $40.

Skirts

Don’t keep those cute skirts in your closet all winter long, just put on a pair of leggings underneath for some added warmth! Athleta has your perfect pair starting at $98.

Dressy

The same can be applied to dresses this season like skirts! Bust out some of those Summer dresses too! Who says you can’t wear florals in December? Check out J Jill with leggings starting at $39.

Patterns

There are so many brands coming out with patterned leggings! Make your workout outfit fun with some fun patterns. Pattern leggings can also dress up an outfit, just add some knee high boots and a sweater! There are so many options on Amazon, get shopping! The first ones shown are under $10!

Add the plaid!

Yass!! The time has come to bring out all of our plaid shirts! The best pairing is with a set of comfy leggings, boots and vest. Click Here to find your best plaid shirt on your budget!

We hope you have a comfy season! Show us how you style your leggings!

Work Bags That Work It!

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An important investment for a hard working woman like yourself is your work bag! You are carrying so many important things, such as your laptop, documents, cell phone, change of clothes or shoes, touch up makeup, lunch, and so much more. Your bag needs to be durable, but adorable too! This fashion accessory holds your life, so we want to help you find the best out there! Make a statement and show your professionalism and charisma through your bag.

Totes

A tote is great because it can hold just about everything you need and it great for traveling too! Here are some of our favorites.

Madewell Zip Top Tote

We have found your perfect tote! This Dark Cabernet color is great for Fall. You can find this amazing tote at Nordstrom’s for $188 along with 4 other colors. It can hold up to a 13 inch laptop, water bottle, sneakers for the gym after work, or makeup bag!

Cameron Street Medium Harmony Kate Spade

Kate Spade never has a dull moment. This tote comes in 5 other colors and is $298.

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Look at all the things you can fit in there!

Sonoma Reversible Tote Calvin Klein

Ever have those days where you can’t make up your mind on which bag you want to use? Of course you do, we all go through it. Whatever mood you are in, grab a reversible tote from Calvin Klein, they are at Macy’s for only $148.

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Backpacks

I have been eyeing so many cute backpacks lately! They are easier to carry than your other bags digging into your shoulder. They can hold so many items and designers are creating really beautiful bags that you will want to show off!

Kelsey Large Leopard Nylon Backpack Michael Kors

I am dying right now! I love almost anything print. This gorgeous bag comes in Truffle, as shown, and black for only $178. Show your wild side!

Convertible Laptop Backpack Kate Spade

How awesome! Your boring laptop bag can now be this cute backpack. It is easy to carry, has tons of space and multiple straps for however you like for $228.

Matt & Nat “Brave” Faux Leather Backpack

Fit all your needs, like a 13 inch laptop, water bottle, wallet, phone keys and more! I adore this clay color, it is simple and chic! It comes in 4 other colors for $145.

Laptop Sleeves

If you have a work-owned laptop or your own-earned computer, it is best to keep it safe while on the go. These laptop sleeves provide ultimate protection to go in whichever bag you already own, or one you just found above!

Genuine Leather Hearth & Home with Magnolia Laptop Sleeve

Ballin’ on a budget? Head over to Target for this genuine leather document and laptop sleeve. It helps protect those important items as you travel from point A to B for only $22!

Spokane Sleeves by Hershel

Hershel has all of your laptop sleeve needs and a great price! If you have an iPad mini or 15 inch laptop, they have all the sizes and style, starting at $40.

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We want to see your work bags! Share with us how you work it!

Chic Sneakers From Work to Casual

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Professional Blogger Annabelle Fleur rocking her work attire with chic sneakers!

Professional Blogger Annabelle Fleur rocking her work attire with chic sneakers!

We all want the chic office heels but the comfortability sneakers give us! We have found a happy medium and want to share some chic sneakers and how to wear them for work, out on the town and your lazy days.

Stand out in these adorable sparkly Keds. They come in five other colors! They will look great with slacks, dresses or make it casual with some jeans on the weekend. Win-win!

Loving these rose gold sneakers!

Loving these rose gold sneakers!

Who said Ugg’s only sells boots? These sneakers are so comfortable and they have a variety of colors and styles.

Such a beautiful neutral color you can wear with practically anything!

Dr. Scholl’s is always our favorite when it comes to comfort! There are so many Fall colors in these amazing memory foam cushioned sneakers to keep your feet happy all day, while you stay hard at work! Plus, slip-ons are the best!

Slip-on neutral sneakers go with so many things!

Slip-on neutral sneakers go with so many things!

The easiest transitional sneaker is a classic white, high top sneaker. Pair with your black leather jacket and beanie for a chic look!

Classic white high top sneakers.

Classic white high top sneakers.

White sneakers can still wear well with dresses, joggers, skinny jeans or skirts!

Share with us your chic sneaker style! Happy Fall!

Inspiring Books Every Woman Should Read

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With September being the beginning of school, it inspired us to take a little break from fashion and really dig deep to give you a positive influence for day-to-day life through reading. All of us need a pick me up every so often and books provide a way to escape, expand our imagination and give us some great advice and mood boosting. Start off Fall by grabbing a strong cup of coffee, a comfy chair and a good book. Here is our list of some fabulous reads for hard-working women like you!

I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White

In this New York Times bestseller, Kate White offers practical advice to accomplish and manage professional success. The former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief shares tips on everything from getting a job and managing projects to networking and handling office gossip. Each chapter is short, catchy and with a hint of humor and personal stories. It's a great read for all working women, regardless of where they are in their career.

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

This is the first of her seven-part series of autobiographical novels. The distressing memoir explores her hardship to break away from the shackles of racial oppression and sexism. While offering constructive critique, the acclaimed poet also delivers a message of strength and hope. Every woman should read this book and may relate to times you wanted your voice heard and when people and difficult circumstances tried to silence you.

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The Confidence Code by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

It is safe to say, almost all women, at some point have had confidence issues. Whether it was when you were a teenager in high school and were scared to walk across a room, or 10 years later, you are a hard working woman and have to give a presentation in front of a room full of people staring at you. In this New York Times bestseller, it gives an authentic look at the real and common confidence struggles we face as women, and gives relatable ways to overcome those obstacles.

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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Founder of TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis explores the 20 lies she has experienced in her life that either made her feel unworthy, ready to give up or overwhelmed. Hollis encourages other women to live life with passion and hustle and to achieve their goals!

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Please share with us any uplifting, hardworking women generated books you have found that give you that extra boost when you need it most. Happy reading!

Last Summer Hoorahs!

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While this last bit of summer is still setting in, there are still so many things to do before the Fall, crisp air comes through! There is still time to pack up and make a weekend beach trip, go to a state fair or make a road trip across the state! 

We have compiled some fun, final summer hoorahs for you to enjoy!

Festivals/Concerts

If you have been to one this summer or not, we still have so many upcoming festivals all over the US! 

Illinois

Chicago's 40th Annual Jazz Festival will be going on August 30-September 2! That's right, during Labor Day weekend! This festival will showcase the greatest jazz artist from Chicago and around the world. The Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. So grab your lawn chair or blanket and get ready for your ears to be amazed. 

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Chicago will also be having a Throwback Festival September 7th to 9th in Gladstone Park. Music from the 50's to 90's, to bring you back in time! Check out the lineup here for some of your favorite tunes. 

Washington

If you are up by Seattle, Washington, the Bumbershoot Festival will be going on August 31 to September 2. To name some of the amazing lineup: The Chainsmokers, Portugal. The Man, Ludacris, and so much more! Tickets start at $130. 

Texas

Take a trip down South to Texas hill country. The Becker Vineyards near the German town Fredericksburg has their annual Grape Stomp on September 1 and 2! It's a complimentary event, so stick around for delicious wine tastings! There are so many other vineyards and wineries to check out while you're there. 

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Weekend Trips

New York

There is nothing like an extended weekend recharge. If you are in need of recharging from your busy lifestyle, Restival will be having a Woodland Wonderland in upstate New York, September 7th to 9th. Turn your phone off, listen to nature and let your mind recharge from the busy day-to-day hustle on this weekend trip. To learn more and other upcoming weekends, click here

Illinois

Located less than 100 miles from Chicago is the Starved Rock State Park, on the south end of the Illinois River. From beautiful canyons to waterfalls, this place has it all! They also have lodging, activities and host weddings! This park has been voted the #1 attraction in the state of Illinois. Look how amazing this waterfall is!

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Indiana

The Indiana Dunes are located about 55 miles from Chicago, making it a great weekend stay, or even just for the day! These sandy dunes are right off Lake Michigan. Challenge yourself to a hike or sandboarding, you can rent a sandboard at local shops! The town of Chesterton is located near the dunes and have excellent spots to grab dinner after a long day on the dunes. 

Beach/Lake Vacay

Texas

If you are down in Texas and want a lake day, the Waco cable park has it all! There's the famous epic slide, The Royal Flush, which has a 100 foot drop and shoots you high in the air. There is also a lazy river, a surf resort, cable park and of course cabins if you want to stay the night, or for a couple of days.

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Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin is set on the coast of lake Michigan and on the confluence of three rivers, Milwaukee is truly the water city you have been looking for! Make your way to Bradford Beach where there is freshwater surfing, sail on Lake Michigan or take a kayak on the Three Rivers. They also do boat cruises if you wish to stay on the water after dark. 

Florida

Florida has miles and miles of coastline. Depending on what you want to do at the beach, Florida has some of the top ranking beaches behind Hawaii!

Miami Beach caters to both party hungry and relaxation-seeking beach goers. Some beaches are clothing optional! Relax and soak up the hot days and glam up for the night life. You have to try the Cuban coffee and plantain ice cream! Yum! 

Key West's locals are known for their live-in-the-moment philosophy. So throw any agenda out the window for this trip! They have delicious seafood quinine, influenced by Cuban and Caribbean flair that put a little kick to your everyday fish dish.

Check out our blogs from the past to help you dress perfectly for wherever your trip takes you!   

The Fashionista's Packing List & Boozy Beachin' (Fashion Edition)

Summer Work Wardrobe

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It is no lie that these temps are record breaking high this Summer! Keep your cool with your work day attire. Here are your Summer must have work wear essentials. 

Shirt Dresses

The most comfortable thing invented, then made in to a dress! Yass! The t-shirt dress is making its way into work day attire and we are loving it! Check out some of these adorable pieces. 

Now on sale for $33 at  Need Supply Co.

Now on sale for $33 at Need Supply Co.

Classic blue and white stripe and notable for Summer. Click here for 17 ways to wear your shirt dress for work! 

Brooks Brothers  Dobby-Dot Cotton Shirt Dress $49. 

Brooks Brothers Dobby-Dot Cotton Shirt Dress $49. 

Dress it up with nude heels or more comfortable with sneakers as shown. 

Sandals

Finally, sandal weather! There are so many cute styles out there, here is how we like to dress it  up. 

Kelia leather and suede sandals are perfect during and after work!  Matchesfashion.com  $455

Kelia leather and suede sandals are perfect during and after work! Matchesfashion.com $455

Close up! So adorable! 

Close up! So adorable! 

Click here for 20 chic sandals to wear to work! 

Midi Skirts

Midi length skirts are great for work. They are perfect for more modest work environments but are still so much fun to dress up! You can still show off your curves without showing the skin of a mini skirt.

ASOS  Lilac skirt $45

ASOS Lilac skirt $45

Pair with a sleeveless button down and heels as shown. 

And of course we have our very own BhavyJ Designs midi skirts that are perfect for work as well!

"Aaliya" Skirt

"Aaliya" Skirt

"Kareena" Skirt

"Kareena" Skirt

Don't forget you can still save 15% on your order at BHAVYJ DESIGNS

Bright Colors

Summer is full of beautiful, bright colors! Brighten up your work day with these amazing hues.

Hot Pink

French Connection  $80 Blazer

Ultra Violet - Pantone's 2018 color of the year!

Green

Zara  $30

White Pants

The best time to wear white pants are in the Spring and Summer. They look great next to those bright colors we just mentioned! 

These are such cute white flare pants! Great with sandals in the Summer and transition them in the Fall with boots! 

We hope you found some amazing pieces to wear to work this Summer!

Show us how you work it!

THE BEST Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

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Summer has officially begun! June is one of the biggest wedding months, so we are kicking off Summer with the best wedding guest dresses. 

Sophisticated

You may find yourself invited to a sophisticated wedding, and wonder "what do I wear?" Classy and elegant is the way to go, without being too formal with a gown. Find a dress about midi length, solid neutral colors, and with a good tailored fit. Pair with heels and go for the updo! 

You can let it down at the reception!

Outdoors

While the weather is still nice, there will still be some outdoor ceremonies and possibly the receptions! Make sure your dress material is breathable and add some pop of color or floral prints!

Nordstrom  $200

Beach Destination

It is so much fun to shop for a Summer destination wedding guest dress, especially somewhere near water! Make it fun with tropical prints and vibrant colors! Leave the heels and go with sandals, or barefoot on the beach!

Tobi  $49

Tobi $49

Formal

Going to a black tie affair? Go for a sexy little black dress! Wear with a diamond necklace or bold gold earrings. Curl your hair, and get an elegant hair pin. 

Revolve  $300

Revolve $300

Casual

Casual doesn't mean you still can't dress up! Buy something you would easily wear again to work or weekend brunch. Casual is fun and easily wearable again. 

LuLu's  $116

LuLu's $116

Uptown

Find yourself at a classic, uptown wedding? Shop Bhavy J Design's Natasha Dress! Perfect for the urban event. 

Show us how you dressed for Summer weddings! Have a wonderful Summer and stay cool. 

BhavyJ Designs Collection Revealed

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This Spring was a huge stepping stone for Bhavy J Designs. The clothing line that has been in progress for years has finally launched! Bhavana is going to share the inspiration behind each piece and Shelbi is going to show you how to dress these beautiful pieces. 

The Neena Shift Dress

"When we think of denim, it gives us the sense of ruggedness, and casual feel.  I wanted to use a darker denim wash so it could still be worn to work professionally.  I then paired it with this beautiful floral fabric to give it that feminine feeling." -BhavyJ

"When we think of denim, it gives us the sense of ruggedness, and casual feel.  I wanted to use a darker denim wash so it could still be worn to work professionally.  I then paired it with this beautiful floral fabric to give it that feminine feeling." -BhavyJ

The "Neena" is the go-to denim dress for work! Bhavana incorporated some beautiful Spring designs at the neckline and hem of the dress giving it a pop of color. Pair with a spring colored blazer, nude pumps and tote. (SIGN UP for our free guide on how to dress your denim for work on more ways to wear the "Neena.")

The Jasmine Crop Top

"This is probably one of our most popular items.  The double floral pattern (white embroidered flowers and floral screen print) makes this a statement piece in itself.  Even though it's a crop top by name, it still can be worn with a pair of slacks or a high waisted skirt.  It falls right at the waist line and still can be comfortably worn to a formal event." -BhavyJ

"This is probably one of our most popular items.  The double floral pattern (white embroidered flowers and floral screen print) makes this a statement piece in itself.  Even though it's a crop top by name, it still can be worn with a pair of slacks or a high waisted skirt.  It falls right at the waist line and still can be comfortably worn to a formal event." -BhavyJ

This statement crop top is a must-have this season. The embroidered fabric and stretch knit make it chic and comfortable! Wear with the "Aaliya" skirt for an upscale look or high waisted shorts and dangly earrings when you're at a summer festival. 

The Aaliya Skirt

"This is my version of the professional denim skirt.  I incorporated the floral print as a border for the skirt to give it some color.  The box pleats both front and back gives the skirt structure and adds the the professional look.  By using a dark washed denim this skirt can worn to work or any other social event.  Overall, I wanted to create a cohesive collection and have pieces that you can pair with each other." - BhavyJ

"This is my version of the professional denim skirt.  I incorporated the floral print as a border for the skirt to give it some color.  The box pleats both front and back gives the skirt structure and adds the the professional look.  By using a dark washed denim this skirt can worn to work or any other social event.  Overall, I wanted to create a cohesive collection and have pieces that you can pair with each other." - BhavyJ

Bring on the denim! This skirt is perfect as a Spring wedding guest or for getting brunch with the girls downtown. Pair with the "Jasmine" shown above, or make it more formal look with a fitted shirt tucked in and chunky necklace. 

The Natasha Shift Dress

" This is my version of the "little black dress."  It's a staple in every woman's wardrobe.  I have many of my own would always wear them to work and dress them up with a pair of colored heels.  Now with my own designed little black dress it can serve two purposes... for work and a to a cocktail event.  The tulle and satin border offer a unique design detail that adds a little sexy but femininity at the same time." -BhavyJ

" This is my version of the "little black dress."  It's a staple in every woman's wardrobe.  I have many of my own would always wear them to work and dress them up with a pair of colored heels.  Now with my own designed little black dress it can serve two purposes... for work and a to a cocktail event.  The tulle and satin border offer a unique design detail that adds a little sexy but femininity at the same time." -BhavyJ

Yass girl! This dress is killer. It is so soft and comfortable, all while looking amazing! Made with satin and tulle, what else could a girl ask for? Pair like the model shown with black pumps or bring out some color with red heels, a blingy necklace and earrings to really dress it up even more!

The Tara Crop Top

"This is another take of a crop top.  i carried the same theme for this crop top. Within the black formal collection, this can be paired with the "Kareena" skirt." -BhavyJ

"This is another take of a crop top.  i carried the same theme for this crop top. Within the black formal collection, this can be paired with the "Kareena" skirt." -BhavyJ

If you've been looking for THE crop top, it is here! Simple yet irresistible. The satin and tulle designs separate this top from any other. Dress it up with the "Kareena" skirt, or high waisted pants and pumps. Layer with a blazer for a professional look. 

The Kareena Skirt

"This is one of my favorite pieces in this formal collection.  There is such a variety of colored tops that can be worn with this skirt.  The pleats give it a structural form and fullness to the skirt.  The patterned tulle border shows just a little bit of leg but still can be worn professionally with leggings or tights." -BhavyJ

"This is one of my favorite pieces in this formal collection.  There is such a variety of colored tops that can be worn with this skirt.  The pleats give it a structural form and fullness to the skirt.  The patterned tulle border shows just a little bit of leg but still can be worn professionally with leggings or tights." -BhavyJ

Another great statement skirt that can be dressed up or down. Pair with the "Tara" crop top for a sleek look. For a pop, dress it with a bright colored fitted top, like canary yellow or a coral red. 

Sequin Headbands

Originally I wanted to incorporate these Indian trims into some designs but then thought these would make great accessories.  It took some time to create them into headbands, but after some experimentation I was able to make it into a clean finished accessory.  I love how there are a variety of colors and designs to go with practically any outfit." -BhavyJ

Originally I wanted to incorporate these Indian trims into some designs but then thought these would make great accessories.  It took some time to create them into headbands, but after some experimentation I was able to make it into a clean finished accessory.  I love how there are a variety of colors and designs to go with practically any outfit." -BhavyJ

There are so many colors to choose from, it is hard to just pick one! There are 7 different headbands to choose from this collection, colors are teal (shown above), pink, black and gold, beige and white. They can either be worn with Bhavy J Designs clothing or worn for more casual every day wear. They are one size fits all and the trim was imported from India. 

All the designs included in the debut collection of BhavyJ Designs can be mix and matched with each other or styled with a variety of other types of clothing.  It just depends on how YOU want to wear it.  We hope that you will add one of the designs to your collection and share it with us!  Enjoy 15% off your order with code: LADYBOSS.  Hurry before the summer season ends!

Lastly, I wanted to share with all of you a video from a recent show I was a part of at Midwest Fashion Week- Chicago.  It was so wonderful to be part of a group of talented designers and showcase my work thus far.  Enjoy!

Refreshing Spring Makeup Looks

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This rain is definitely telling us Spring is here! As the seasons change, so does your wardrobe. But your makeup needs to follow with it! Lighten up your look and do something bold! Here are our Top 5 refreshing Spring makeup looks. 

Eyeshadow

The latest and hottest rose gold palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills debuted on Valentine's Day. It is the perfect mix of subtle glam, the Soft Glam palette. It is a mix of beautiful neutrals, that still have a pop! It is 14 shades of ultra-mattes, duo chrome and metallic finishes. You can find this lovely palette at Ulta, Sephora or Anastasia Beverly Hills! 

Step-by-step to create a beautiful Soft Glam look. $43

Step-by-step to create a beautiful Soft Glam look. $43

Eyeliner

The cat-eye flick is the new eyeliner trend. Forget the wing and round the edges. (Application tip: trace the outline of the wing first and use the sponge applicator that comes in most eyeshadow pans to create the stamp.)

Bella Hadid from the Jason Wu show. 

Bella Hadid from the Jason Wu show. 

Lips

Matte is what every beauty supplier and designer are using for their go-to in lips this season. Liquid lipsticks are now things of the past, and matte lipsticks are making their way through. Kylie Jenner's line sold out in minutes! Anastasia Beverly Hills also recently came out with a line of matte lipsticks in 30 beautiful shades. 

Kylie Cosmetics - Matte Lipstick in Nova, warm rose hue. $18

Kylie Cosmetics - Matte Lipstick in Nova, warm rose hue. $18

Cheeks

Highlighters have become such a huge makeup statement. Rihanna, is one of the most influential trendsetters and has come out with one of her own! Fenty Beauty is her new makeup line and she has listed some of her favs. One being the Killawatt highlighter in Trophy Wife. It is a yellow-gold metallic and has become super popular. You can apply as subtle or bold as you like, it looks amazing on deeper skin tones! Apply as a shadow, your inner eye, above your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, cupids bow, or collar bones for extra glow! 

Trophy Wife $34

Trophy Wife $34

All Over

Just like getting new clothes from Winter to Spring, you should change up your foundation as well! Go with something for a lighter, dewier coverage for that fresh Spring look. You can mix it up by adding a tinted moisturizer or illuminator to a serum or light moisturizer to add a nice glow! Try Smashbox's new liquid petal drops; they come in 2 shades - Rose Glitz and Gold Glitz.  You can get either at Ulta

Smashbox Vlada Petal Metal Shimmer Drops $32

Smashbox Vlada Petal Metal Shimmer Drops $32

Show us how you have freshened up your Spring Makeup! 

The Fashionista's Packing List

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The weather is getting warmer and vacation plans are in the works! Now all you need to do is pack! We have compiled a warm weather packing list for all the fashionistas out there. 

Sunny Shades

You can't go anywhere sunny without protecting your eyes! After all, you only have one pair. We want you to look fabulous while being responsible. Quay Australia sunglasses are so cute and reasonably priced! Click here to see all of their products. 

Quay Australia in  French Kiss , colors in black or rose $60

Quay Australia in French Kiss, colors in black or rose $60

Itty Bitty Bikini (Or not!)

Swimwear can be tough to find your perfect, comfortable fit, whether you like an itty bitty bikinis, a one piece, or tankini, here are some great places to find them!

Swimspot has a suit for everybody, literally every body! From petites, busty, full hips, athletic figure, you name it and they help you find the suit that makes you comfortable. They only sell swimwear, so they are serious about their products! They have cute bikinis, tankinis, one pieces and so much more!

Splendid watercolor floral  bikini top  $78,  bikini bottom  $54

Splendid watercolor floral bikini top $78, bikini bottom $54

Check out these other amazing swimwear retailers:

Boden - British meets American swimwear.

Modcloth has some amazing vintage style suits. High waisted bottoms, tops to accentuate your curves and adorable prints!

Need  I Say Shore?  Bikini Bottom s $39,  Bikini Top  $49

Need  I Say Shore? Bikini Bottoms $39, Bikini Top $49

Cover-Ups

Now that you've packed the swimwear, we need to find a coverup for when you're out shopping, grabbing lunch, or transporting back to the hotel. 

Check out this adorable coverup from Nordstrom! They have an assortment from dresses, beach pants, maxis and more.  Ruffle Square Coverup Dress  $139

Check out this adorable coverup from Nordstrom! They have an assortment from dresses, beach pants, maxis and more. Ruffle Square Coverup Dress $139

Florals

Nothing says warm weather than floral prints! Make sure to grab Bhavy J Design's "Jasmine" Floral Crop Top & the "Neena" Shift Dress! The crop top can be paired with a skirt, shorts or pants! Both these pieces are the perfect items for Spring and Summer. 

Check out Express's hot and new floral print dresses!

Hats

The iconic floppy hat! Shade your face while laying out on the beach or poolside. 

Target has some really adorable hats and they are so inexpensive. This hat below has sequins!! Cute and sparkly.

Beachin' Bags

A beach bag is a must! You've got to have something cute, but durable with the sand and water to hold your sunscreen, glasses, towels, etc while hanging by the pool or ocean! This beach bag from Banana Republic is to die for!

Ibiza Tote  $139

Francesca's beach accessories are so cute and affordable. We are in love with their floral cooler bag! Bring some of your favorite drinks or snacks and keep them cool. 

Shoes Shoes Shoes!

Show off your fresh pedicure in stylish sandals. 

Rose gold is the hot color of the year! Check out these beauties from  DSW  $70

Rose gold is the hot color of the year! Check out these beauties from DSW $70

You'll also want something that's easy to slip on and off when going back and forth from bar to pool or beach :) 

Cute floral slip on sandals,  Filly Flair Boutique  $41

Cute floral slip on sandals, Filly Flair Boutique $41

Necessities

Don't forget the bare necessities!

Toothbrush - check; deodorant - check; undergarments - check; sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen - check; make-up for when you go out for a nice dinner after a long day at the beach - check; hair styling tools - check; passport - check; airline tickets, if you're flying - check; phone charger - check!

Don't forget to grab one of the many beautiful headbands from BhavyJ Designs!

Now you're ready for your warm weather get-away! 

From Pill Dispenser to Fashion Designer... (Yes! You read it correctly.) - Part 3: India and Beyond

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I could feel the excitement stirring up inside of me!  Would she be able to make my designs?  Was I ready to work with a manufacturer in India now?  Was she going to be the one to fulfill my dream of being a fashion designer?  Was it going to be this easy?

All these questions raced through my head.  I tried not go get ahead of myself but it was difficult not to.  Over the course of a week I finalized my design sketches and had a phone conversation with the sample maker in India to learn more about her business and what she was capable of with respect to creating samples of my designs. At the time, I only had design sketches and had not selected fabric.  I knew the color and types of fabrics I wanted to work with but was going to give full reign to the sample maker to choose them based on our conversations and the fabric swatches I would be sending to her.  

It goes without saying that this experience was nerve-wracking - I had just mailed my design sketches to a stranger across the world and I was limited to voice and Skype calls to communicate with the sample maker.  I worried about differences in business practices between India and the U.S. and how that might impact the timeliness with which the sample maker would meet deadlines.  What I did know was that this was a necessary step towards finding the right person to create my designs.  There was no turning back.

Now came the waiting game.  A few weeks went by, and I thought, “Why don’t I just give her some time to purchase the fabric and start sewing, and then I’ll check in.”  So I waited a while longer. Another few weeks went by.  I finally called to check in.  I was told it was being worked on.  Another few weeks went by.  I called again for a status update and was told that it was wedding season so they were busy finishing other outfits.  After that it was Diwali (Indian New Year) so most of the employees were on vacation.  “Is there a timeline when I can have these done by?” I asked?  I was becoming impatient.

While all this was happening, I was still taking fashion classes.  I came across an incubator program offered in Chicago to foster new designers and help them with their new collections.  I read over the application and felt like I had a chance of being accepted.  I spoke with my program director to get her thoughts and she also felt very confident and told me to give it a shot.  I proceeded to fill out the application.   One of the requirements was to have six samples of your garments to discuss at the interview.  What perfect timing!  My designs were currently being made and I could show all my potential designs to the interview committee.  The only thing was that now I really needed my designs as soon as possible.

I submitted my application and was selected for an in-person interview.  Here was my chance!  This could open so many opportunities for me and with the help of the program mentors I felt like I would be in good hands.  I wasn’t going to let this opportunity go.

I frantically called the sample maker in India and said, “I have an important interview to showcase my designs and I need everything done in two weeks!”  I left about a week for wiggle room just in case of any delays but even with that, I was nervous.  Anything could happen still like the package getting lost in the mail.  I received confirmation and tracking information that my package was sent out and I was to receive it with a few days to spare.  I thought I was in the clear.  I can still remember the day when I looked up the tracking number and noticed it was sitting in New York.  The plane would go from India to NY and then come to Chicago.  I was working with a boutique in NY that would act as the middle-man and handle the package and send it to Chicago.  When I realized that package was sitting in a warehouse in NY, I called the boutique owner and pleaded with her to make sure the package would be forwarded to me as soon as possible.  I literally received the package days before the interview.  I ripped it open and was in awe as I looked at the samples of my very first designs!  I hung them up on the hanger and admired them.  What a feeling.  I took pictures and sent it out to my family.  They needed a few tweaks but it was a start and I was ok with that.

Original BhavyJ Designs sample

Original BhavyJ Designs sample

Original BhavyJ Designs sample

Original BhavyJ Designs sample

Original BhavyJ Designs sample

Original BhavyJ Designs sample

Original BhavyJ Designs sample

Original BhavyJ Designs sample

With designs and portfolio in hand, I arrived at the interview excited to share my vision of BhavyJ Designs.  There was a panel of about six people all with a background in fashion or business.  They asked me questions like did I know who would buy my product, what was my design aesthetic, what was I designing and why, what avenues would I use for selling, and most importantly, what was my business plan?  These were all questions I thought I knew and and had prepared for, but in reality, I was still so new to the process. I left the interview not really knowing what was going to happen, but with the hope that the panel realized my dream and knew that I was going to work hard to get there and that I knew there was much work to be done.  Two weeks later, I was told I had not been selected into the program.  I found out while at work and excused myself to a separate area.   I read the email again and the tears rolled down my cheeks.  I tried to tell myself that it wasn’t going to stop me but rejection is a feeling that is difficult to deal with in the moment.

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Now I was left with my designs and no plan as to how to move forward from here.  After waiting months to receive my original samples, I was too tired to deal with the challenges I had faced in working with a company overseas.  Overall, it logistically did not make sense for me to start off like this.  I laid in bed, scrolling through my phone, feeling sorry for myself, when I came across one of the fashion newsletters that I had subscribed to.  It highlighted two companies in the US that would develop your designs.  These were fashion production companies that would take you through the whole process from development to manufacturing.  This is what I was looking for!  This was it!  I jumped out of bed and immediately found their website to learn more.  I then emailed them and set up an appointment with both companies to learn about the process.

Things were starting to look up now.  I felt like I wasn’t in the dark anymore blindly trying to figure out what steps I had to take to develop my line.  I could finally have some direction and do this the right way, step by step.  I was determined to get make this line a reality and I was going to do whatever it took.  With that, I leave you with a song from Imagine Dragons which gives me motivation to continue forward in all that I do.

Want to know what happened next? Stay tuned for next week’s installment of Pill Dispenser Turned Fashion Designer where I continue my story about my personal journey to becoming a fashion designer.

Dress to Impress, Like the Celebs

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Oh, baby is it cold outside this Winter!  In this chilly month we are showing you some of the hottest, or should I say, coziest and chic celebrity must-have looks. We have all the right places to find designer items and where to get these looks on a budget. 

Faux Fur & Shearling Coats

Faux fur and shearling are must-haves this winter. See how Gigi Hadid wears this beautiful white coat! It can be dressed casual, like Gigi has it, or dress it up with a little black dress!

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Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs has beautiful coats! Click here to see more of her items!

Venus is the perfect place to get great quality fashion, especially if you're on a budget! This faux fur and shearling coat is to die for!

Oversized Sweaters

As soon as Winter begins, an oversized sweater is a must-have! See how Lily Collins dresses her!

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Oh so comfy! We love oversized sweaters!

Barney's  $1,150

Barney's $1,150

Now here's a cute, chic sweater and you'll still have change left in your pocket!

Animal Print

Animal print has made a huge comeback! These celebs know how to work the print!

From left: Emma Roberts, Liv Tyler, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 

From left: Emma Roberts, Liv Tyler, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 

What we love about animal print is it can look dressed up effortlessly! Just pair some plain jeans or white T-shirt and boom! The print adds sophistication. 

For prints that are budget friendly! Check out H&M for some hot styles. 

This one is reversible!   Nordstrom $120

This one is reversible!  Nordstrom $120

H&M  $40

H&M $40

Relaxed Denim

We just got over the holidays and are working our way back into Summer beach-body shape. Throw on some relaxed denim like Katie Holmes and Kierra Knightly pull off!

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Dress it up like Katie with a leather jacket and heels, or go casual like Kierra in boots and cuffed jeans. 

Rag & Bone  at Neiman Marcus $250

Rag & Bone at Neiman Marcus $250

Relaxed denim is perfect for a coffee date or going to a matinee movie! 

Check out J.Crew denim line   J.Crew boyfriend jeans $125

Check out J.Crew denim line  J.Crew boyfriend jeans $125

Lucky Jeans  $120 

Show us how you dress like the celebs!

Stay tuned as we are getting super close to our launch!! 

From Pill Dispenser to Fashion Designer... (Yes! You read it correctly.) - Part 2: Fashion School - 101

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That “fashion thing” started off on my first day at Clothing Construction-101. I was taking evening classes while still working full time at the hospital. Even though there would be long days, it didn’t matter. I was here to learn. I walked in with my professional clothes, matching heels and all my binders and folders, ready to receive the syllabus.  But what came next had me second guessing this whole fashion thing… what did I just get myself into?!

I scanned the classroom.  Sewing machines, ironing boards, large cutting tables, dress forms with clothes pinned onto them, and sewing tools strewn all over.  This was a scene that I was not familiar with.  I was used to science labs, handouts, boring lectures, and taking notes.  After seeing the scene of this classroom I thought to myself… “Was I going to fit in?”

The class I was taking was an introduction to sewing.  Here we would learn how to read a ready-made pattern and sew the garment.  Believe me, I knew how to sew.  That was due to my home economics class back in middle school.  I could thread a sewing machine with my eyes closed, but there were students in the class who couldn’t.  I had to be patient.

What was interesting about taking fashion classes was not so much the classroom part, but the classroom dynamics. There were men and women of all ages.  There were young students who were pursuing a fashion degree.  Then there were other women, like myself, who either wanted to explore sewing as a hobby or just get out of the house and away from their families as an escape.  Some women clicked instantly and would always sit together as if they have found their new best friend while others would make small talk over the sewing tables as they seam ripped an incorrect stitch and had to sew it again.  If we had questions we would ask each other first rather than waiting for the instructor to make her way to every individual student.  By the end of the 10 weeks I had completed a few sewing projects from various patterns.  I was happy to finish my projects but I wanted to create something unique of my own.

It wasn’t until I took flat pattern drafting that I designed my first original pieces!  I was so proud of them that I made tags that said “BhavyJ Designs” and sewed it into the inside of the garment to act as my logo label.  I submitted the designs to the annual student fashion show.  This was the first time that I would be exhibiting my work to an audience.  What excited me the most was to see my designs on a an actual human being rather than just a dress form..  I could see how the garment would fit on a woman’s body but also see how the garment moved.  I wasn’t able to attend the show that day, but when I received the pictures there was an overwhelmingly sense of joy that came over me.  A year later, I submitted another garment for the yearly student fashion show, and this time I was able to witness the model walking down the runway in my design.  My friend and I cheered as the student modeled, but then I noticed something…  She was wearing the skirt in the wrong direction!  How could this be?  My friend assured me that it was fine, and it looked great, but that didn’t matter.  No one else knew, but I knew, and that was a feeling I didn’t like.  For the first time, I understood how an artist or designer felt if their personal work was not showcased in the way they had envisioned it.  That to me was failing as a designer. I had vowed to myself that I would never allow that to happen again.

Tunic top and matching pants showcased at school fashion show

Tunic top and matching pants showcased at school fashion show

Denim dress showcased at school fashion show

Denim dress showcased at school fashion show

Months later, through the school newsletter, I learned of a local fabric store looking for a student intern.  I thought this would be a great opportunity to gain more exposure to the fashion industry.  For a few hours a week I would “observe” and try to organize the endless appliques that were strewn everywhere.  There were shelves and shelves of beautiful fabrics but no organization to them.  If your eye caught a fabric, you had better get it right away otherwise you may never find it again.  My mentor informed me that the store would be hosting a student design competition and that I should take part.  I seized the opportunity to dive into the creative process and agreed to participate.  I designed a skirt with fabric chosen from the store. Flat pattern drafting and sewing techniques were now all going to be put to the test.  The skirt was completed a few days before the competition.  My mentor said, “This is great… but what is the model going to wear on top?”  “Oh my god,” I hadn’t thought about that!  I was so engrossed in perfecting the skirt that now I had to try and find a matching top? There was nothing I could find in such short notice so I decided to make a matching top.  I quickly sewed it together and now had a complete outfit!  I was proud of the final product and happily submitted it to the show.  I attended the show with my friend and brother.  As the model walked down the makeshift catwalk, I excitedly took my phone out and recorded my first show!  This definitely was going on social media because I was going to broadcast it to everyone.  I started to feel like a fashion designer.  Even though I was so far from it, I was so excited to share this moment with everyone.  A few months after the first competition, the fabric store announced their second student competition.  This time there was a theme of ethnic roots. I wanted to use a traditional Indian garment and give it a contemporary twist.  I asked my mother for an old sari (a six yard piece of cloth traditionally draped around the body) that was fully embroidered and transformed it into an elegant gown. I wanted to push my creativity on this piece and showcase something unique.  It consisted of a corset top accompanied by a tulle and silk skirt.  My father was adamant on coming to the show to show his support.  I wanted to make him proud and show him that all this time that I had spent taking fashion classes was not a waste.  That was more important to me than winning the competition.  The show started and soon the model appeared.  It was over so fast, but the minute that she was up there was the best ever.  After it was over, I asked my dad how my design looked on the runway and what did he think of the others designs.  He said, “I thought yours was the best and stood out from everyone!”  It was the best compliment I could have gotten all day.  In that moment, I knew I would always have my parents support.  That’s all dad’s little girl could ask for.

Skirt and matching crop top showcased at design competition

Skirt and matching crop top showcased at design competition

Skirt and matching corset top showcased at design competition

Skirt and matching corset top showcased at design competition

As I was getting close to finishing my design certificate, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in fashion design.  In particular, I wanted to create my own fashion line to sell.  I started to sketch my own designs and created a portfolio in hopes of finding someone to produce them.  At the time I had no idea as to how I would get there.  I would Google, “How to have your designs made,  How to become a fashion designer?”  There was always general information but nothing useful that I could find.  I signed up for any fashion forums I could find in hopes of some lead.  I would have conversations with family and friends and brainstorm ideas of how to find a manufacture, what connections, if any, they might have had but nothing seemed realistic.  My cousin one day mentioned a seamstress located in India and knew that her work was very good. With no leads here in the U.S., I thought let’s start with her and give it a try.

Original BhavyJ Design sketches

Original BhavyJ Design sketches

Original BhavyJ Design sketches

Original BhavyJ Design sketches

I could feel the excitement stirring up inside of me!  Would she be able to make my designs?  Was I ready to work with a manufacturer in India now?  Was she going to be the one to fulfill my dream of being a fashion designer?  Was it going to be this easy?

Want to know what happened next? Stay tuned for next week’s installment of Pill Dispenser Turned Fashion Designer where I continue my story about my personal journey to becoming a fashion designer.

From Pill Dispenser to Fashion Designer... (Yes! You read it correctly.) - Part 1: The Revelation

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So from the title of this article, you are probably wondering how did an established Pharmacist, who spent 4 years earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin, and then worked tirelessly for another 4 years in Pharmacy school, decide to make a 180 degree turn in life and pursue a career in fashion? Well, the decision did not happen overnight. It was a passion that was always present from childhood, and recognized by my family at an early age, but didn’t come to life until much later.

As a kid, growing up, I always wanted to be a physician. Being a daughter of a medical doctor, I felt strongly that this was the future career for me. I would always see my father off as he went to the hospital and then go back to playing, drawing, or studying. I would say I was an “average” student when it came to math and science. But average wasn’t good enough, especially growing up in an Indian household. In order to get anywhere in life, you had to excel in math and science. That’s what was ingrained in my head. Don’t get me wrong, I could “explore” other interests, such as dance, choir, instruments, but these were just hobbies. These were not things that you could pursue a career in. But what was I was really good at? ART! Color, design, dressing my dolls up, pairing clothes, drawing, crafts…These are the things I EXCELLED in. I would make crafts or draw pictures and do it over and over until it was perfect. It was an obsession. I would practice on scrap pieces of paper until I knew every stroke of the pencil, and then I would redraw it on the final piece of paper. If I made a mistake I would always figure out a way to correct it – anything to make sure my drawing was perfect. This obsession stayed with me throughout grade school. Whenever I had a chance to show my creativity, I embraced the challenge, even while other students would shudder at the thought of even drawing a straight line. The idea of using my colored pens, pencils, and markers brought a sense of therapeutic joy to me. It was my secret escape to showcase my true talent.

A young BhavyJ

A young BhavyJ

Artwork from grade school

Artwork from grade school

Artwork from highschool

Artwork from highschool

Artwork from highschool

Artwork from highschool

Another element that contributed to my interest in art comes from my exposure to Indian culture. India is known for its music, poetry, art, and most importantly, beautiful clothing! My sister and I would always find an excuse to wear a new Indian outfit to a party. The glitter, embroidery, stitch-work, and color coordination all mesmerized me. I remember watching my mother as she would get ready for an Indian party or wedding. She would drape a six yard piece of cloth, known as a sari, so elegantly over her body and carry it with grace. I was in awe with the colors and textiles and would imagine the clothes I would design. I had ideas in my head as to how to mix and match the clothing so it would be something new, something no one had seen before.

Lehnga- traditional Indian wear

Lehnga- traditional Indian wear

Sari- traditional Indian wear

Sari- traditional Indian wear

I think my parents secretly knew that I was very good at art, but always emphasized the importance of math and science. They would ask questions like, “How are you going to support yourself as an artist?” or “You need to be independent so that you don’t have to depend upon anyone else in life.” So did that mean pursuing a career in the arts meant that I wouldn’t make it in life?

I was able to keep myself content through high-school using art as a hobby. I had finally decided that I would major in Biology in college, and then apply to medical school. It looked like I had a solid plan and I was on my way to becoming a doctor, just as I always had dreamed of. Off to college I went, and my interest in art took a back seat. However, I still took art classes on the side as a break from all the science classes I was taking. I enjoyed learning about Indian ancient art and for a brief moment convinced myself that I wanted to be an art historian. I eventually talked myself out of that. I also thought about minoring in interior design. I talked myself out of that as well. So as you can see, I was fighting an inner desire of pursuing something in art and always convinced myself to stay on track of going to medical school.

Finally, it was time to take exams for medical school. I studied, and studied, and then…I received my results. No one was going to accept me to medical school with these test results. Do I take it again? Do I put myself through all that agony of studying for this exam? What do I do now? What’s the plan? Time was running out for me and I had to make a quick decision. I had to choose a career that was in the medical field and still somewhat lucrative. I had heard that Pharmacy was up and coming. I quickly decided that this was the best alternative for me, and that’s how I ended up in Pharmacy school.

Four years later I graduated with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and was about to start my career. I was proud of my achievements. I was looking forward to new opportunities and meeting new people in pharmacy. It wasn’t until a few years later that I felt secure both in my career and financially that the thought crossed my mind… “Hmmm, maybe I can explore that fashion thing now…”

Graduating from Pharmacy school

Graduating from Pharmacy school

That “fashion thing” started off on my first day at clothing construction-101. I was excited to start my journey in fashion design now. I was taking evening classes while still working full time at the hospital. Even though there would be long days, it didn’t matter. I was here to learn. I walked in with my professional clothes, matching heels and, all my binders and folders, ready to receive the syllabus. I walked into class. But what came next had me second guessing this whole fashion thing… what did I just get myself into?!

Want to know what happened next? Stay tuned for next week’s installment of Pill Dispenser Turned Fashion Designer where I continue my story about my personal journey to becoming a fashion designer.

Tips to Have A Warm & Fashionable Winter

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The temps are dropping and the layers are adding! We hope you all have had a happy start to your new year! This month's tips will help you stay warm and fashionable this winter. 

Base Layers

It all starts with the basics. Get yourself a good basic tank to go under your sweater. Save money on tanks, since nobody sees them anyways; spend it on durable outerwear and shoes. Old Navy has comfy, basic colored tanks for $7! 

Old Navy  - tank colors in white, navy, grey and black - $7. 

Old Navy - tank colors in white, navy, grey and black - $7. 

Next, let's cover those toes, you don't want them to freeze! Scrunch them over your ankles if you have short booties, or bring them over your knees with high boots.  Check out Boot Cuffs & Socks for a great selection of socks and other warmers!

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Grab some thick, cozy socks if you're just around the house!

How adorable are these? And they are only $9.95 from  Sweet & Rosy . 

How adorable are these? And they are only $9.95 from Sweet & Rosy

Chic Accessories

Now the fun accessories! Add embellishments to your beanie, gloves or scarf. 

Betsey Johnson  cold weather accessories. 

Betsey Johnson cold weather accessories. 

Proper & Stylish Footwear

If you live in an area that snows a lot, you need good boots to walk in that are waterproof! Look how cute these booties are! 

Superfeet Juniper Bootie from  DSW  $160. Durable, affordable and adorable! 

Superfeet Juniper Bootie from DSW $160. Durable, affordable and adorable! 

Warm Fabrics

The warmest fabrics to buy are tweed, velvet, fur and leather, to name a few. 

These tweed jackets are perfect for the office to stay warm all day!  Anthropologie  $178. 

These tweed jackets are perfect for the office to stay warm all day! Anthropologie $178. 

Stay warm after hours when you get drinks with the girls! Velvet dress -  Express  $50. 

Stay warm after hours when you get drinks with the girls! Velvet dress - Express $50. 

Outerwear

Nothing is worse than not having a good winter coat. Invest in good quality outerwear, especially if you live in colder areas. Add some color, like bright pink, blue, purple or orange! 

Urban Outfitters  Long Faux Fur Coat $169 in light brown. 

Urban Outfitters Long Faux Fur Coat $169 in light brown. 

Stay warm and cozy this Winter season! Be on the lookout for our launch date to purchase your very own BhavyJ Design's clothes! 

BhavyJ's 5 Favorite Stocking Stuffers!

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Christmas is just around the corner, and we have five of our favorite stocking stuffers. Some of the best gifts come in small packages! 

Jewelry

Smart watches are the new fad, but what if you love the classic watch look, but the fun things a smart watch can do? Fossil has the hybrid smart watches. It has the face of a normal watch, but acts like a smart watch and doesn't need charging! I would be so excited if I go this in my stocking!

You would never guess this is a smart watch! There are tons of cute styles to choose from and a really affordable price.  Fossil  - $155. 

You would never guess this is a smart watch! There are tons of cute styles to choose from and a really affordable price. Fossil - $155. 

Tickets

Is there a game your significant other is dying to go to, or a concert your friends or family want to see? For some early gifts, there are football games on Christmas eve, Christmas day and New Year's Eve! The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Lana Del Ray, St. Vincent, Pink and Taylor Swift are just a few of the big concerts coming to Chicago this month and through the summer! Do you love live shows or comedy? The classic, Wicked is showing now through January 21st at the Oriental Theater. Chicago's own John Mulaney will have shows January 30 to February 3! 

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Perfume/Cologne

When you are getting ready for a nice night out, adding a spritz of perfume is always a nice touch to feeling fabulous. Smelling good gives you that boost of confidence. Read here for 2017's top rated perfumes. 

Chance by Chanel has taken the #1 spot this year in sales for perfumes.  Macy's  - 5oz. $130.   Vibrant floral notes, long lasting scent with blood orange, grapefruit, jasmine, cedar and iris notes. 

Chance by Chanel has taken the #1 spot this year in sales for perfumes. Macy's - 5oz. $130. 

Vibrant floral notes, long lasting scent with blood orange, grapefruit, jasmine, cedar and iris notes. 

It is always nice to have a man smell good too! For your spouse, brother, dad or special guy in your life, cologne is always a nice gift. Read here for 2017's top rated colognes. 

Creed Green Irish Tweed is a classic cologne has been around since 1985. Male celebrities like Clint Eastwood and George Clooney love this! It has sultry hints of iris, lemon verbena, violet and sandalwood.  Amazon  - 4 oz. $400.  

Creed Green Irish Tweed is a classic cologne has been around since 1985. Male celebrities like Clint Eastwood and George Clooney love this! It has sultry hints of iris, lemon verbena, violet and sandalwood. Amazon - 4 oz. $400.  

Chocolates

Even though this doesn't last long, chocolates are a nice treat in your stocking! Vosges Haut makes some incredible, deliciously different chocolate bars. Flavors like Coconut Ash & Banana, Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt & Carmel, and Guajilo & Chipotle Chili Super Dark are just some of their exotic bars. What is great about this brand is you can get it at a local grocery store such as Kroger, Whole Foods, or World Market. 

It is so delicious, you have to be careful not to eat the whole thing at once! 

It is so delicious, you have to be careful not to eat the whole thing at once! 

Cold Weather Necessities

Baby, it's cold outside and you need something to bundle up with! You can never have enough hats, scarves, gloves, and beanies.  They make our list as must-have stocking stuffers. 

Pearls and studs are so in right now. Bling out your beanie! Check out  Azeeza , they have awesome sales going on. Pearl Scattered Black Beanie - $60. 

Pearls and studs are so in right now. Bling out your beanie! Check out Azeeza, they have awesome sales going on. Pearl Scattered Black Beanie - $60. 

 

We wish you all a safe and prosperous holiday season!