Wouldn't it be amazing if you could have a professional team of stylists just like your favorite celebrities do? Well, you're in luck! Lisa has assembled a team of some of the biggest names in beauty and fashion to answer your questions for free! The team will choose and answer a few questions each week. So, submit your question below:
Dr. Tedaldi, founder of Dermatology Partners, Inc., created this practice with a vision of providing personalized medical and cosmetic dermatology care. A sought-after expert on cosmetic procedures, Dr.Tedaldi helps women and men in the Boston area improve their self-image with minimally invasive techniques.
Mario's skill as a stylist is nationally known and his salon has frequent celebrity visits. When in town, renowned clients such as Terri Hatcher, Steven Baldwin, Jimmy Buffett, Sarah Furguson, Rhea Perlman, Carolyn Kennedy, Chris Cooper and Natalie Portman are sure to visit. He is also the preferred stylist for some major league baseball players and their wives.
For over 18 years, stylist Lydia Santangelo has been shaping how the nation sees fashion. Santangelo founded her company, TESstylist, after years of event production and trend forecasting for a major retailer.Santangelo appears regularly as a fashion commentator for both television and radio in addition to directing the events produced by TESStylist.
Nationally recognized makeup artist Dani Wagener has over ten years of experience. She has received multiple awards from the editors of Allure, Boston Magazine, and InStyle, all naming her the best makeup artist in Boston. She is a licensed esthetician that is well-known for her attention to detail and realistic approach to makeup.
Question from Dina:
I'm not the slimmest girl out there, I'm about 30lbs overweight (5'8" and a size 14) and working to get it off, but I have no idea how to dress. I always buy clothes that make me look so frumpy. I tried the overweight woman's stores and those clothes are too big, but everywhere else they are still too small. Do you have any suggestions?
Beauty Squad Answer:
Step One – do not be discouraged or down on yourself in anyway. There are loads of solutions available for you to feel good about what you wear.
Step Two - simplify your quest by one-stop shopping with built in services.
I would recommend shopping at one of the major department stores to start for several advantages - It often allows for one–stop-shopping, offers a range of sizes from missy to plus, accessories, shoes and undergarments all under one roof and most provide a free personal shopping services. Try Macy's, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus. They all offer the amenities that make shopping easier. I always suggest dressing from the inside out, seek out a specialist in the lingerie department for a good uplifting bra that offers seamless support and invest in a tummy/bottom controlling spanx (or similar brand) for your undergarments. Next head over to the Collection floor in the missy area for some great basics. Depending on your lifestyle or needs, you should focus on key items like pencil skirts, cropped blazers, v-neck cross body tops that are figure flattering silhouettes for all body types as work staples. Hit the trend/contemporary floor for some straight leg dark denim jeans (try Not Your Daughters Jeans – specializing in higher waistlines, and slightly fuller legs, or Style & Co. Brand at Macy's). Mix the core jean with empire wast tops, crisp bottom downs and light weight sweaters that take your from season-to-season. You may want to consider scanning the Plus department for some 0x options or 14W for a fuller fit. You are way too small for a 1x or regular Plus department items, but cross shopping on occasion may provide you with a few more options.
Step Three - Experiment with accessories.
Try a statement necklace that offers a color pop, and keeps focus to your face. Play with a mix of heel heights and styles in shoes. Shop some for day (kitten heels, embellished ballet flats, classic peep toe pumps) and for night opt for a t-strap sandal, wedges or metallic tones to kick things up. Try an oversized clutch big enough for all the essentials for day and still works well as you transition to night/social events.
Step Four – why not take some help?
If all of this seems overwhelming to do on your own, take advantage of the FREE personal shopper service that these stores offer. Simply call a location near you and ask to speak with a consultant. The will provide you with a one-one consultation, pre pull looks for you, and even help you cash in on insider coupons and sales. I recommend working with a few, allowing you to get comfortable and have more choices from store to store.
Step Five – feel good about yourself
After spending your valuable time, money and efforts the goal is to feel confident and comfortable in the pieces you select. Rely on the experts to help you achieve some great go-to looks that you feel great in!
Lydia Santangelo, Founder/Stylist for TESstylist