The Hip Hugger, saving you from the unfortunate "peek a booty"

Every lady has her secrets when it comes to beauty, but I feel it is our duty as women to help one another out. I practically hold weekly seminars at work shouting the best beauty products and secrets to getting a believable (faux) tan at a budget price (Jergen’s Natural Glow Express, always). But I’ve been keeping one secret to myself. It’s time to share.

Meet the Hip Hugger. Have you met this ingenious contraption before? It should come as no surprise that the brains behind the Hip Hugger are none other than Hollywood Fashion Secrets, makers of fashion tape and my personal favorite, the Velcro staps that make your pants look good in boots.

There is nothing worse than ill-fitting pants. I have a few pairs of jeans that infamously ride down or stretch and two clips of the Hip Hugger and BOOM! – fitting like a glove and not messing with the rest of my outfit situation. Flowy tops make this contraption that much more convenient, although, you can get away with wearing a more fitted top, too. The Hip Hugger at $8.99 sure beats an expensive tailoring bill.

And now you know my secret…. (so does TSA…I got wanded a few times because I forgot to take it off)

Snowstorm Survival: Balms, Boots and Acessories

Today is like a weatherman’s Christmas. Winter’s been in a holding pattern, and while I’ve been enjoying “fake Spring,” I knew it was only a matter of time. Today is is that day. People are absolutely giddy in Chicago (seriously, especially the weathermen). The snow is a hot topic of discussion, and it’s actually nice to see people excited. Usually at this time, everyone’s SAD is coming on strong (mine included). In honor of the first real snowstorm of the season, we’re presenting our tips for survival. Top-line, stuff.

Snowstorm Survival Tip #1: Stuff the coats of your pockets with balm. Specifically, Fix My Skin balms, which contain 1% hydrocortisone, meaning they heal in addition to moisturize. Wind, snow and cold absolutely ruin your skin, and there’s pretty much nothing Fix My Skin can’t treat. I’ve been using the Healing Balm (stick version) on my lips and the pot on my knuckles and cuticles to combat dry skin, but these are also useful to have handy in the event your skin has an allergic reaction to a product.

Snowstorm Survival Tip #2: Wear cute  winter accessories. Listen, we’re buried under layers of parka, fur-lined hoods and other lothing. The least we can do is have some fun. These Kate Spade “Hi-5”  and air quote mittens fit the bill perfectly. And, they are now on sale at Nordstrom.

Snowstorm Survival Tip #3: Opt for warm and water-resistant footwear. Do not mess around with Uggs or Hunters in a snowstorm. The former will not keep your feet dry and your feet will freeze in the latter (yes, even with the fleece liners). I recommend investing in a serious winter boot. Sorels are the way to go. If you also like to snowboard or ride a snowmobile why not get something from Up North Sports. They have a wide range of pro footwear that will serve you well for years to come.

Snowstorm Survival Tip #4: Keep your pants fitting like they’re meant to.  Hollywood Fashion Secrets Boot Straps might be the most functionable tool I’ve encountered. They’re actually a winter staple. Really, anytime you wear boots. Just adjust the velcro around the hem of your pants (I do a roll-up since most pants are longer on me) and slide your boots on without any unflattering bunching.

How’s the weather by you? Let us know your snow survival tips!