All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire [as seen on Stylin' Gypsies and So Chic] hair & make up artist/freelance beauty writer dips her fingers into the latest trends and brings you the coveted best and how-tos.
Recently I had the honour of being shot for Simply Her for their Luxe For Less page. (Thanks to Faz, my partner in crime for suggesting me.) It will be out in November! I was thrilled to be asked!! And, apparently, I'm told a little ground-breaking for the Singapore magazine to feature a Western (ang moh) woman! (above photo and guest appearance on the video below courtesy of Alisa.)
Where do I shop to find my Luxe For Less?
Well, I do travel so that is an added perk to great finds but here's a list of my go-to stores, including online:
JCrew Quite frankly, I only hit the sale link. I love their dresses! (I fit the JCrew U.S size 8 perfectly, makes online shopping a little too easy)
Target is my U.S must. When I was living in Texas I went to Target more often than I changed underwear. However, my thoughts on their designer collaborations, although cool in photos, the fabrics and wearability tend to be a little disappointing with the odd exception.
AllSaints I discovered ALLSaints while working with Lady Antebellum. Hint: check out Hillary's dress! I double-checked my measurements with their size chart; according to that I would be a UK 12 - I could actually have a UK 10 in everything I bought. I believe they would exchange it but what I bought does not require a tailored fit.
BCBG is another line that takes up a huge collection in my wardrobe. I think I own 10+ of their pieces! My plea to BCBG "Dear BCBG, please sponsor me a dress a day for a year - I will wear it wherever I go. Even to get groceries." Click their sale link too!
Winners, a brands for less store. Seriously. For. Way. Less. I got a Kate Spade bag for $98! Everytime I travel back to Canada, I shop, [to my husband's dismay] and one main stop on the shopping trail is Winners. You should go!
It's the thrill of the find! At Saks Off Fifth I found, sitting lonely on a shoe rack, calling my name.... python leather knee high boots. They were my size. It was a sign. Regular price $1500. What I paid.... $100.
To sum up:
Yes, I realize that I may have a problem and retail therapy may not be the answer.
If I am an example of LUXE For Less then one of many reasons to subscribe to Simply Her to get the inside scoop on where to shop and get stretch your dollar!
It's funny how in life you meet people and just click. Faz, my dear friend/fashion stylist/writer is, as she says, like a 'sista from another mista' - [and mother too]. We are like sisters for sure - me, being the older (way older) but not necessarily wiser sister - still, we have fun none-the-less and we are both cheeky!
Faz's Blurb: Here’s the thing – you waltz into a salon, get a spiffy cut and look fabulous but you can never get that exact same blow-out. Hair and makeup genius Andrea Claire teaches the Beauty Idiot [i.e.: Me] how to blow dry my own hair! And trust me – it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Back to me: Here's the vid. Hope you like. And yes, I repeat a few words - you would think it was my first 'tv' shoot - it's not; see here. It will get better and like Faz says, we have a lot more instore!