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The Top 10 Secrets of Stylish Women

Between career, family, finding time for ourselves and all of the things, stepping out the door with style every day can seem impossible. But, trust us, there are a few attainable things that fashionable women do to look painlessly put-together.

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1. BE A PLANNER

You can’t plan for everything, but don’t let your Monday mornings catch you off-guard. Just like you’d plan a week’s worth of meals on a Sunday if you’re trying to stay trim, plan your outfits in advance for stress-free mornings and outfit-regret-free days.

2. FOLLOW STYLISH WOMEN

Browse internet trendsetters in your free time. Find a few fashionistas whose style you admire, then use their photos as inspiration to create daily looks. A good place to start? Check out our Instagram and Pinterest boards for endless style inspo.

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3. (OVER)DRESS FOR THE OCCASION

If you’re ever on the fence about what to wear, consider where you’re going and who you’ll see. When in doubt, always err on the side of being too dressy—it’s a big no-no to be the only person in jeans.

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4. ROCK RED LIPSTICK

A well-known fashion “it-girl” hack: swipe on a touch of bright, cherry-red lipstick in a tone that best suits your skin. It’s an instant face brightener that screams “I took time for myself”—even if you didn’t.

5. ALWAYS ACCESSORIZE

Try to have at least one accessory on, whether it’s a statement necklace, a pop-color scarf or an great pair of earrings. And remember: sometimes less is more. You don’t need to get crazy at an arm party—minimal can also be memorable.

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6. INVEST IN BASICS THAT FIT

Basics really aren’t basic—they can be the foundation of extremely fashionable (and simple!) choices. Ever wonder why a woman looks great in a white button-up, skinny jeans and heels? It took a minute to think of the look, but it took planning to ensure her pieces fit perfectly.

7. WEAR COLORFUL SHOES

When it comes to footwear, color packs a huge style punch—and they don’t have to be sky-high heels, either (flats can make the same statement and your feet will thank you). Next time you’re in jeans and a tee, throw on cobalt or fuschia flats to make your outfit go from 0 to 100 instantly.

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8. OWN ONE CONVERSATION PIECE

Every once in a while, you need that pure “wow” factor. Whether it’s an amazing pair of over-the-knee boots, a vintage dress that you borrowed from you mom’s closet or an enviable handbag, keep something in your arsenal for the days you need to really show up stylish.

9. CARRY A FASHION EMERGENCY KIT

The most stylish women are always prepared. Whether it’s a snag, stain or sandal-induced blister, be on your toes with a 911 carryall chock-full of band-aids, sewing kit and other essentials to (stylishly) save the day.

10. SELECT THE RIGHT UNDERGARMENTS

Stylish women know the foundation (hehe, literally) of a great look is appropriate underwear. Besides, nothing instantly throws off a look like VPL (visible panty lines). Be strategic about what you slip on and why—then do a quick mirror scan in natural light before you leave the house.

There's our Top 10 secrets!  How'd you do?

Clear Teen Skin

Clear skin is not only important for senior photos...it's important for everyday!  We asked Heather Olson, Product Specialist and Trisha Leir, Lead Patient Coordinator from  Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in Edina, MN to let us in on some of their trade secrets!

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Skin Rejuvenation Clinic is Minnesota's premier cosmetic skin and body contouring clinic and has been featured on the 'Today' show.  They have received numerous awards and pride themselves on providing a standard of excellence in improving and maintaining the beauty of your skin.  With four licensed physicians on staff, you won't just see their name in a brochure.  You will see their faces each and every time you visit their clinic.  For twelve reasons why you should choose Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, click here.

Summer Trends for Senior Pictures - Class of 2015

{PART ONE OF TWO} 

Hello everyone! My name is Kayla Parker, and I am a Senior Model at NPDP this year for the Class of 2015!

When I was asked if I would want to write for this blog, my immediate response was YES YES and YES.  Fashion is for SURE my biggest weakness, I could spend HOURS in one store mixing and matching different outfits! In college, I plan on studying to be a writer and editor for (hopefully) a fashion magazine, so what better opportunity to get a taste of the business than to write for this blog?!  I am ecstatic that I get the chance to try out my talent, and share some of my knowledge of fashion with YOU!

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For any of you teens/young adults out there who are unsure of what’s “in” or where to get the latest looks, this is for you!  I am going to go over some of the latest fashion trends of this season, and where you can find them!

Ladies; summer is HERE, which means skirts and dresses are at the top of the shopping list! Both skirts and dresses are huge this year! Maxi skirts and dresses, in particular, are some of the latest trends! Maxi skirts and dresses are awesome for a couple different reasons; first off, in a season of showing skin, they can give you a more modest look while continuing to be in style. Secondly, they are SUPER comfortable (on a comfort scale from 1-10, I’d definitely give them a 10)!

Short skirts and dresses are in style this season as well! There are so many different varieties of short skirts and dresses, so you can have a LOT of fun with them.  Stores this time of the year are full of these types of skirts and dresses, so try on some different styles to figure out what suits your body and makes you feel the most confident! My favorite short skirts are the ones that are tight around your waist and flowy everywhere else. I LOVE them because they accentuate the waistline and give you an hourglass shape! They also go great with all the adorable crop tops that are out, which is just another reason to love them! 

If you are NOT a skirt/dress kind of person, have no fear!  Shorts are just as in style! High wasted denim shorts are back, and are EXTREMELY popular right now. They don’t only come in the typical light blue and dark blue denim colors; I have seen them in white, navy, black, maroon, pink, red, etc!  I have a maroon pair and I think they are wonderful because they add a little color to an outfit that would otherwise be lacking. High rise flowy fabric shorts are also a new popular trend. These shorts from a distance can almost look like a skirt, and can dress up any outfit!

With the hype for high rise, crop tops are a staple in this season’s fashion. Crop tops add an element of fun to any outfit, and are perfect for summer! They are very versatile; they can be worn with both shorts and skirts, and they can be dressy or casual depending on what you pair them with. Aside from crop tops, I could write pages upon pages about tops alone. However, I’m guessing you don’t want to read a novel about shirts, so I will keep it short. Like skirts and dresses, tops come in a large variety of styles, and the best way to find what suits your body is to try on as many different styles as you can. It’s trial and error with this one… but have FUN with it, and choose whatever makes YOU feel beautiful!

Just some rules of thumb:

1. Try not to pair prints with prints.  Most of the time it doesn’t work, so to avoid clashing, try pairing a patterned top with solid bottoms (or vice versa).

2. This doesn’t always apply, but I have found that balancing tight and flowy often works well in putting together an outfit.  If I have a flowy skirt, I’ll pair it with a tight top.  If I have a flowy top, I’ll pair it with tight bottoms.  This little rule has saved me a couple times from looking like I was either wearing a jumbo garbage bag, or about to hit the club.

3. Neutrals (such as black, white, brown, dark green, beige, navy, etc.) go with almost everything.  If you are looking for something that will be versatile, go with a neutral!

Now for the really important part; where can you find these trends?!  You can basically find them at any clothing store, but here are some of the stores that are popular right now for teens/young adults.  For both the men and the ladies; American Eagle, Pac Sun, Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, Express (for a dressier look), Urban Outfitters, and various department stores (my favorite is Macys).  For the ladies; Forever 21, Charlotte Rouse, Charming Charlie (a jack pot for jewelry as well), and Delia’s.  Lucky for us, the Mall of America is right next door, so if you can’t find one of these stores near you, chances are you’ll find it there!

Guys are up next! Tune in tomorrow for everything the boys need to know about styling their Senior Portraits!

-Kayla, Guest Fashion Contributor
Class of 2015 Senior Model NPDP

NPDP Creative Shoot December 2013