Bra Size Suits!

I had not planned on posting this week since I’m off in the Caribbean celebrating my first wedding anniversary (yay!), but it is a horribly stormy night so we’re tucked in snugly in our little suite. While browsing some fashion and business blogs I came across this awesome new company that I couldn’t wait until next week to share: Quincy!

The brilliant ladies over at Quincy have developed a new way to size clothes based on bra size! I have to say, this is really welcome news to someone who is quite curvy (super busty, small waist…my body interpreted “hourglass” on a whole new level). I typically buy blazers 1-2 sizes up to accomodate my bust and then have to deal with making the waist fit (tailoring, belting, etc.). PLUS, these fantastic, fashionable tops (right now, bottoms coming soon it seems) are slightly flared at the hip since, as their research indicates, most women are one size larger on the bottom than on top. I am exactly that. And I suspect many of you fit this profile as well!

They currently offer jackets, blouses and dresses and it looks like they plan to offer skirts, pants and suiting soon. Their pieces are very on trend, including a peplum blouse and a FANTASTIC burnt orange blazer (if you read my last post then you know I probably won’t be able to resist giving that one a try), but aren’t so trendy that these won’t be investment pieces you can wear for several seasons. Since their return window is small (14 days from date you receive your merchandise), I plan to wait until I get home to shop with them, but you can bet I will be placing an order to check this out soon!

Hope this is a helpful little tip to some of you! Do you have any favorite suiting shops for ladies professional attire? Has anyone already checked out the Quincy goods?

~The Biz Beauty


Lavender Look

After the warm weather earlier in the week, I just couldn’t let the spring look go. Thursday was much cooler, so I needed a couple layers to stay warm without a coat. I decided to go with a lavender spago blouse from Brooks Brothers and build my outfit around that. I threw on some black pants (tried to take the easy way out) and something just wasn’t right, so I switched to some light gray. Bingo. Threw on a great navy blazer (an incredible Tahari piece I managed to snag at the Bay Ridge TJMaxx for $49 – originally $228!) and some patent nude Cole Haan pumps and I was set. Finished off the outfit with simple accessories and makeup.

OOTD 4-19-2012
Find the items I wore online!

Longchamp tote bag
$190 –

Brown eyeliner
$8.76 –

Laura mercier makeup
$42 –

$12 –

Maybelline makeup
$6.99 –

Essie sparkly nail polish
$8 –

Ties! For girls!

So here is a little trick I picked up from a mannequin at Brooks Brothers. It took a little practice to perfect, but now it is one of my absolute favorite looks and is a huge head-turner and conversation starter: the lady’s tie!

The Lady's Tie!

I happen to like wearing a pink tie for this look because I think it provides a really nice juxtaposition. Of course you can use any knot you like; I prefer a Pratt knot.

The Pratt knot is a medium-sized knot. I like a medium knot for this look to balance out the flare at the bottom of the tie. The Pratt is also a symmetrical knot that has two side-dimples, not a center-dimple. I am a stickler for tie-knot-symmetry! The key to this look is switching the tail lengths (if, at the beginning, the wide end of the tie should be 12 inches longer than the skinny end, switch this so the skinny end is 12 inches longer than the wide end). After tying, you will have an extremely long, skinny tail to deal with. I simply tuck the tail into my shirt between the top two buttons and it’s out of sight all day!

I wore a great fuchsia and white checkered tie with a classic black suit and white blouse this week. I went to a happy hour with my husband and his friends couldn’t get enough of the tiny tie! Try this for a truly unique look that will get you noticed!

OOTD 4-18-2012
Find items I wore online!

Brooks tailored dress
$159 –

Floral shoes
$60 –

Maybelline cosmetic
$6.99 –

Chanel waterproof eye liner
$30 –

NYX lip makeup
$5.50 –

Fresh lip treatment
$25 –

Chasing Away Monday Blues…With Pink!

In a usually failed attempt at psyching myself up for MONDAYs, I sometimes try to put on a comfy, cheery outfit. Enter the short sleeve imperial rose Loft cardigan.

Happy Monday (kinda)!

Cardigans are a nice way to look pulled together but are much less formal and structured than a jacket or blazer. This is about as casual as I am comfortable to wear at my current client. The white t-shirt underneath is one of my favorite wardrobe staples of all time – the Merona gathered neck top from Target. I added this polka dot flower brooch from Kohl’s, Merona black pants from Target, some amazing flats from the Missoni for Target collection, and one of my necklace designs (which is sadly mangled-looking in the picture above).

OOTD 4-6-2012
Find items I wore online!
Loft V-Neck Short Sleeve Cardigan
$39.50 –

$10 –

Hair clip accessory
$9.60 –

merona black pant
$25 –