2014 TREND ALERT: UGLY SHOES

“Ugly” Shoe Trend

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Ugliness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, even for women’s shoes. So, what is this buzz about? The ugly shoes trend is stirring up a storm and the fashion magazine, Vogue has finally confirmed that ugly shoes are in. You would have never guessed in a thousand years that the word “ugly” existed in the high fashion glossary.  This is such a big step forward in the fashion world towards increasing the comfort of shoes rather than solely focusing on how they look.  The mantra beauty is pain is no longer the phrase designers live by. In 2014, ugly is the new beautiful. Powerhouse designers like Chloe, Marc Jacob, Tommy Hilfiger, and Prada took casual sandals off the street and onto the runway. They added a creative twist by pairing Birkenstock-inspired shoes with feminine frocks, tailored pants, and edgy cropped tops and denim. Ugly shoes are now being brought into the light of day and onto the feet of fashion editors, celebrities, and bloggers alike.  Make Me Chic has always been a great fan of the comfortable “ugly” shoes. After reading this, you might even hop aboard. Avarcas and Birkenstocks

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Avarcas and Birkenstocks

The ugly shoes family headliners are avarcas, sport sandals, Birkenstocks, and chunky gladiator sandals. Known for their simple tri-strap styles, these “ugly” shoes are the ones you probably wore to summer camp back in the day (because honestly, they rocked our childhood). You’re in for a treat because these shoes are now fully revamped! Check out the Make Me Chic version of the Birkenstocks inspired shoes here Laudy sandals. Newer designs still have the classic thick straps but this time they are coming with metallic shine, sturdier sole, large buckles, and extra ankle straps. Moreover, accentuated rubber soles with multiple straps secure the bulky look—the bigger the better—and is fashionably ugly in a very good way. A great thing about ugly shoes is that they are aesthetically subversive in the most comfortable way. Being approachable, practical, and original are qualities that are extremely important for the ugly shoes fans. How to Wear Ugly Shoes ugly-shoes-trend-makemechic

How to Wear Ugly Shoes

So, how do you wear an ugly shoe? There are no set rules, specifically, because if you’re the type to really love a weird shoe, you’re probably not going to listen to others opinions about your fashion choices. Here is another casual you can find in our store: Cooper sandals. Whether you feel excited and ready to welcome this strange trend, or are reluctantly rejecting the ugly shoes storm, check out our own version of the “ugly” shoes collection. While they may not be for everyone, at least they are extremely comfy!

Traveling Guide: Spring Vacation Wardrobe

Traveling Guide: Spring Vacation Wardrobe

Getting away from it all for a bit? Your vacation wardrobe should be just like your plan: laid-back but totally fabulous. Whether you’re taking a simple beach trip or going somewhere extremely exotic, use this guide as your stylist vacation packing list.  MakeMeChic’s spring packing list is your ultimate minimalist guide to packing light in high-style. Whether you are a fashionista or a no-frills traveler, this guide acts as the perfect check list for your traveling essentials.

1- Versatile top

You need a simple top that will match multiple outfits. This can be a solid tank, crop top or t shirt that you feel comfortable in and can style in several different ways.

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2- Sundress

A pretty sundress that can double as a swimsuit cover-up is an essential for any spring trip. Find one that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable. Pastel shades are on-trend for spring, but don’t be shy from colors and bold prints.

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3-Skirts

A good neutral skirt will go with any top that you pack. But if you want to stand out, try a floral midi skirt with a bright pattern. Skirts with daring, front-facing or side splits are the sexiest trend to come around this spring. Keep the rest of your look simple and add neon-red lipstick for a date night on a romantic getaway.

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4-Boyfriend jeans

Slim yet slouchy and cropped, is our new favorite take on stylish denim. Dress up your boyfriend jeans with blazer and some kitten-heel pumps or stay casual with flat sandals and a flowy top.

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5-Chunky sandals

A comfortable and stylish pair of sandals hardly takes up any room in your suitcase and can escalate any simple outfit. Make sure you pick a pair that is both chic and comfortable to walk in. You may want to choose a pair that looks presentable in places other than the beach in case you decide to dine in a fancy restaurant.

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6- Single sole heels

Black doesn’t quite work with spring’s light pastel colors and skin-tone matching heels are slightly overplayed. Try opting for white single sole heels this season as a fun update to your spring wardrobe. White heels will give you a clean, sophisticated look that you can take from the office to your vacation getaway.

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7- Swimsuit

The number one must have item for a warm weather vacation is an over-the-top swimsuit. For this, go big or go home. You have been working out all year just for this right? Rock that cute cutout one piece suit or even metallic or neon two pieces. You deserve to show off a little.

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8-Statement accessories

Bring one or two show-stopping pieces that will add some serious flare to any outfit. Cute accessories can definitely give you that edgy vibe or make you look and feel like a million bucks! Don’t be afraid to try something new; the perfect time to experiment with different looks is when you travel. You will feel renewed and invigorated with some simple additions to your wardrobe such as a colorful necklace or some bold midi rings.

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9-All-around handbag

Having a cross-body bag is perfect for traveling, sightseeing or night out on the town. The small size makes it easy to carry everything you need without weighing you down. However, bringing a double-duty bag that can hold everything as a carry-on and also be used as a regular daily handbag is a great option too.

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10-Cute sunglasses

A good pair of sunnies is a must-have for spring and summer. Cat eye sunglasses or aviators are very popular right now, so try on a pair. Whether you decide to hit the sand and surf or travel somewhere far, having a pair of trendy sunglasses is definitely important for protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays as well as adding to your relaxed vacation look.

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11-Make-up

One of the best ways to brighten your face is to dab a bit of color on your lips, even if you wear the simplest outfit. So go with the universally flattering tones like pink or peach; using a lip stain will give you a more natural look over lipstick. Use BB cream or CC cream for your skin. This acts as a multi-purpose tool, providing moisture, coverage.

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12-Sunblock

Sunblock protects your skin from cancer and aging by absorbing and reflecting UVA and UVB radiation. Protect yourself from the sun with a sunblock that has at least SPF 30 or higher and don’t forget to re-apply accordingly.

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Extra tips:

-Pack light and thin clothes so you can layer your outfits if needed and keep your suitcase light

-Neutral colored bras are the best for travel since they will match all of your tops

-Give yourself plenty of time to pack so you don’t forget anything

Spring Skin Care: Homemade Organic Recipes

FIVE HOMEMADE SKIN CARE RECIPES FOR A FLAWLESS COMPLEXION

Spring is the time for revitalization and change. This is the perfect time to focus on improving oneself, starting with flawless skin. In order to improve your spring complexion, we’ve compiled ingredients for five simple skin care facial masks to help you reach perfection.

1: Egg Mask

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Egg is packed with protein and lecithin, which is a natural lubricant for the skin. Adding a bit of sour cream to the mix will help slough of any dead skin cells too.

Ingredients:

1 raw medium egg

1 tablespoon of honey

1 tablespoon of sour cream

Mix all the ingredients together and apply over your face and neck. Let the mixture sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Close your pores by washing your face with cold water.

2: Rose Toner

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Represented as a symbol of love, roses are favored for their beauty and scent, with their petals used for teas. These babes are also a natural astringent that works wonders at removing oil and dirt from skin.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of dried rose petals

1 cup of white wine vinegar

1/2 cup of rosewater

Add rose petals and vinegar together and let them sit for 10 days or up to 2 weeks. Obtain the liquid by draining out the ingredients. Lastly, pour into a spray bottle with rosewater. Mist your face twice a day to rejuvenate your skin.

3:  Cucumber Mask

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Cucumber is known for its soothing characteristics.  Apply this recipe after a hard working day to help you unwind and feel refreshed.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of cucumber fresh juice (use a juicer)

1 tablespoon of cream

20 drops of rose water

Thoroughly mix till you get foam. Apply the mask on your skin for 20 minutes then rinse off.

4: Citrus Mask

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Fresh citrus juice (lemon, orange, lime) is a great source of AHAs and vitamin C, which are clinically proven to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. This recipe will invigorate your skin for spring.

Ingredients:

1 egg yolk

1 tablespoon honey

1/8 cup fresh citrus juice

1 package plain gelatin

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and apply to skin for at least 15 to 25 minutes then rinse with cool water.

5: Strawberry Mask

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Strawberries are favored by many and they are especially ripe during spring. These delicious fruits contain natural antioxidants which are known to repair skin and act as anti-aging agents, as well as protect skin from environmental stress. They remove dead skin cells to unveil the smooth, radiant skin beneath.

Ingredients:

1/5 cup fresh strawberries

1 tablespoon fresh milk

1 tablespoon rice flour or corn starch

Mash together all the ingredients to make a smooth paste and spread this over your face and neck. Leave the paste on for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry. Use the paste twice a week for a better result.

Pamper yourself this spring with these fun and easy face masks.

Denim Trends 2014

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Denim Trends 2014

Because denim is always a favorite among women’s fashion, we continue to see it incorporated in runway styles throughout the year. We have seen the impact that this trend has had in fashion, ranging from uses in apparel to shoes and accessories. However, keeping up with the latest denim styles can be difficult as fashion changes in the blink of an eye. No need to worry because Makemechic is here to help! We have compiled a denim shopping guide for spring 2014. Step into our shop and browse through our wide selection of denim pieces that are just waiting to be snatched up. You can check out some of our favorite denim jackets for spring and summer and decide for yourself which styles you want to stock up on.

Skinny Jeans

From the 19th century to now, skinny jeans rose in and out of fame. Famous musicians like the Beatles and Michael Jackson, along with fashion icon Audrey Hepburn brought tight-fitting jeans back to popularity. Even today, the fame of form-fitting jeans has reached the younger generation, with teenagers and children donning this trend. Acid washed jeans and distressed details add some flair to regular denim.

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Boyfriend Jeans and Joggers

It seems skinny jeans may have new adversaries. New styles, such as the effortless boyfriend jeans and denim joggers are gaining recognition quickly in the fashion realm. Both boyfriend jeans and jogger pants are some of our favorite trends for their versatility and relaxed vibe. Another notable trend that is making a comeback is denim overalls. Overalls give that youthful appearance with a hint of edge when worn appropriately. Strappy denim bottoms like coveralls—both long and short—or overall skirts and suspender shorts are super cute styles that are guaranteed to set you apart. Just look at celebrities like Eva Mendes, Miranda Kerr, and Jessica Alba as a basic reference on styling these cool looks.  These denim trends are super easy to style. Just pair them with a cute top and a statement jacket or some trendy necklaces and you’ll look perfect. You can even glam up your look with sky-high embellished heels. For the color of your denim, go light or go with the traditional blue. Nothing says spring and summer like bleached-out, light washed denim. Say goodbye to your colored denim for now.

 

We hope you find the best denim trend for you!

Music Festival Survival Guide

Music festivals 2014

Southern California hosts a wide range of music festivals that are spread throughout the year. One of the biggest music festivals, Coachella, is coming up in just a few short weeks. Excited for the event? So are we. If you are planning to attend Coachella, or any music festival, consider this your cheat sheet detailing what to wear so you can survive the weekend and maximize your fun.

Cute Dresses

With fashion and function in mind, make sure to pack some comfy and cute dresses. Floral print dresses are all the rage this season, with patterns ranging from elegant to wild. Find a dress that is comfortable and grabs attention; you can rock cute floral prints during the day and a more sophisticated style at night. Makemechic holds a collection of dresses, from bold and edgy patterns to sophisticated styles, so take your pick!

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Crop Tops

Crop tops are always on top of the list for outdoor concerts. The trick to staying cool is to wear less fabric, so why not do it in style and wear a cute crop top? You can choose something with a crochet trim for a flirty and feminine vibe or opt for a sultry look with a crop top that is sheer or off the shoulder.

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Bottoms

When the temperature rises, your pants do nothing but generate more heat and sweat. Leave your pants at home! Shorts or skorts are the thing to wear for festivals, especially those with breathable material like a great pair flared hem skorts:

Comfortable shoes

Close-toed shoes are essential if you are trying to get near the front of the stage without getting your toes stepped on. To avoid blisters, don some comfortable shoes like flats or sandals.  Wearing high heels to these events will not only make your feet uncomfortable, you will feel out of place. Do you want to be at ease while still looking stylish? Check out our new gladiator inspired shoes and find the perfect pair for you.

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Cross Body Bags

You will be carrying at least a couple of essential items, so save yourself unnecessary pain and find a cute cross-body bag that has enough room to store your important items without being overly bulky. Big handbags will just weigh you down; you want to pack lightly and carry only the items you really need. Give your designer bags a break! You don’t want to worry about your expensive bag getting damaged or stolen so opt for an affordable and stylish cross body that you can keep with you at all times.

Cute Accessories

Don’t forget to bring sunglasses with UV production so your eyes are protected from the sun’s harsh rays! Leave those designer pairs at home; you will not want to risk losing or damaging them. Try to find some women’s sunglasses that will make you stand out. You can also sport a straw fedora to keep your face from getting sunburned. Try some cute headbands at night when the weather is cooler; find a pattern that is colorful!

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The perfect outfit

Our version of the perfect outfit for any music festival is light clothing during the day and long sleeves at night. While most music festivals are typically scorching during the day, the temperature drops like crazy at night, so be prepared by bringing some layers. Avoid wearing black at all costs because it absorbs heat! Crochet, mesh, lace, and cotton are materials that will keep you cool and sweat-free throughout the day. Whatever you wear, make it a variation of colors and textures.

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Extra tips

- Have a physical meeting spot with your party as cell phone reception will be spotty.

-Do not forget hygiene: hand sanitizer, wet wipes, seat covers, and toilet paper go a long way.

-Remember to drink plenty of water and get some rest when you can. Music festivals are fun and exciting but the hot climate can drive you crazy.

-Last of all, have fun and stay safe!

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR JEANS

 Care for Your Denim

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Jeans have become one of the most popular clothing items in the world due to their versatility for all body types. For ages, jeans have been a staple piece in women’s clothes, with styles ranging from flared to skinny. We all know the right pair of jeans can be an investment, yet when it comes to washing and breaking in denim, there seems to be a great deal of mystery. So, with this in mind, we have compiled a few useful tips including how to wash and care for your denim and the right time to wash them. Consider this your ultimate source for keeping those pair of jeans looking killer for years to come!

1- Prolong the life span of denim

In order to make your jeans last longer, don’t wash them often. Wash only when they are stained or if they start to sag or smell. To get rid of smell, simply freeze them in a plastic bag for two days or hang them in the bathroom before you hop in the shower to provide some steam.

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2- Prevent fading jeans

Make sure you wash jeans inside out in cold water on the delicate cycle and never machine dry. If you actually want your pair to fade quickly, wash once in hot water. Add half a cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle to maintain the color of your jeans.

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3- The right fit for denim

Are your jeans a bit too tight? Let them air dry and stretch the waistband by hand while they are still damp. If you need to hem the length of your denim, wash your pair twice first. They will always shrink in length when you wash them!

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Fun Tips

Is the fitting room line too long? You can determine your size by placing the waistline of the jeans around the diameter of your neck. If the waistline of the pants comfortably meets the back of your neck, they will fit.

We hope you keep these tips and tricks in mind when caring for your denim!

Floral Prints: Spring 2014 Fashion

Floral printed trends

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As new leaves sprout and flowers begin to bloom, we heartily welcome the arrival of a new season. Spring is about renewal and change. Floral prints have all the elements to be the embodiment of spring. These fun prints radiate the glory and confidence of the most beautiful time of the year. This is the time where floral prints appear at large in women’s fashion, from fun sundresses down to strappy shoes. We were stunned to see how far power-house designers like Mar Jacobs, Prada, and Dior transformed floral trends and marked a whole new dawn of femininity. Marco Zanini’s spring collection—which showcased joy, femininity and some edge—is one of the best collections we’ve seen on the runway this year.

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Floral prints are an essential part of any spring runway and this season, floral seems to fall into two camps: historical, feminine and romantic versus modern, bold and abstract. For the past few years, floral had a more formal, romantic feel.  Designs were simple with elegant flowers that evoked a sense of sophistication and grace. This year, however, floral took a turn and became edgier than ever. Bold, expressive floral patterns are showing up in the fashion world, often mixed with checkered or striped patterns and bright colors. Even new trendy accessories display a shift from simple pendants to statement pieces with floral themes. You can definitely dress up a simple outfit with any of our bold accessories!   floral cropped tops

Flower Shop

Here at MakeMeChic, You will find yourself amazed with extraordinary pieces that are dense with a mash-up of floral and urban chic style. Fill your closet with unique floral pieces that is sure to capture attention and energize your entire look. This spring, take a tour of our Flower Shop, where modern elegance meets edgy urban style. From sexy midi dresses to cropped tops and pleated skirts, our spring collection embraces the best of both worlds: feminine blooming prints as well as urbanized rebellious trends. Feel the invincible flower power this season with stunning floral prints and attractive styles you can never get enough of! Make your floral fantasy come true today.

 

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Spring Shoes

With spring just around the corner, we finally get to kick off our winter boots and slip into some cute new trendy shoes like flats and sandals. Give your feet a break and stay comfortable with every step. Sandals are perfect for lounging around the house, running errands or hitting that pool party. Are you looking for some strappy sandals? What about some flats with edgy details like studs? We love how versatile flats can be; great for dressing up a simple pair of jeans, they are comfortable yet classy. Here at Makemechic.com you will find endless fashion possibilities with our spring shoes collection. Stock up on these cuties now because it looks like they are going fast! We carry hundreds of different women’s shoes from strappy to gladiator inspired styles. For the ladies who are looking to bare your toes, this is your time to shine.

Redbook Featured Flats

We are excited to announce that one of our pointy toe, strappy flats got featured in REDBOOK! Available in four irresistible colors, these flats are a great way to dress up a great spring outfit. These versatile beauties are great day-to-night shoes since they are both work appropriate and look amazing with a dress! They beautifully feature a leatherette upper, strappy design with a cute ankle strap and a subtle 1/4 inch heel for an extra kick!

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Be the first to get the hottest trends for spring at Makemechic! From neutral tones to soft spring pastels or vibrant colors, we have what you want. Start the new season right and make sure you pair your cute tank tops with some great sandals or flats when you head out the door. Stay chic ladies!

Spring Trend Report: Pleated Skirts

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Along with wearable pastels and updated floral pieces, classy pleated skirts are all over the spring map right now—and why not get ahead of the game and start a pleated skirt collection of your own? Pleated skirts are a true classic that helped create memorable moments in some of our favorite films of the past. Iconic stars like Elizabeth Taylor owned this trend in the 50′s by pairing these elegant skirts with delicate single sole trendy heels and a tucked-in knit top. One of the most well-known scenes in film history is the legendary Marilyn Monroe’s subway-grate moment in which she dons a white dress with a pleated design and her dress is blown up by the breeze. Many designers continue to draw inspiration from these fashion icons as they form their own version of this classic piece. In the Christian Dior Spring 2014 collection, the folds of the pleated skirt exhibit a more architectural build. Pleated skirts have come a long way—from the classic librarian look to a versatile piece that every woman can make her own.

Marilyn Monroe with Billy Wilder, as she stands on a subway grate in the iconic white halter pleated dress. About 1955. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

How to style

A simple pleated skirt is a great way to dress up a more classic work or day look. Top it off with a structured blazer and pumps for a sophisticated outfit during the day and switch to a cardigan and strappy heels for night. You can elongate the hemline for a more boho-chic look. To create modern appeal, pair these skirts with brightly colored crop tops, an airy white blouse, wrap-around sandals or your favorite spring heels for a fun weekend outing. These skirts come in a range of prints and colors that are sure to brighten up your world. The best thing about them is that you can take them from day-to-night with a few simple additions. These skirts can come in all lengths, whether maxi, mini or midi, it’s up to you!

Get the look

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So are you convinced that this skirt is one you need to have but aren’t sure where to find it? Well, look no further! MakeMeChic’s long pleated skirt is a great addition to your spring wardrobe. This skirt has sheer detailing that adds great dimension and mystery to your whole outfit.  These pleated babies are created in chiffon which is flowy and sensual. Add a few statement earrings or a colorful necklace to finish off your look. Hurry and get yours today before this beauty sells out!