Casual Date Night – how to look skinny and effortless without trying too hard!

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Just admit it, sometimes we didn’t “wake up like this” even though we want our man to think we did. It isn’t always easy putting that “effortless” look together for a casual date night without your spanx or being too casual and ending up looking frumpy. So we put together some casual date night looks that look casual but effortless and it doesn’t hurt some of them actually make you look skinnier too!

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Check out the latest segment from Good Morning Texas to see some great date night looks!

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To achieve the “effortless” status we need to avoid layering ourselves up in Spanx. Sometimes we need a little built in support and pants like these from Lysse do the job. You can grab these great jeggings from Oh la la Boutique in Grapevine.

I love to throw on a grey leather jacket paired back with a casual tee with a pop of color like on Leanna with these “instant skinny” pants and you are ready to go! Wedges are hot for spring and these nude wedges from Shoedazzle finish this look off perfectly.


This clean white-on-white look paired back with these denim lysee jeggings popped back with the quilted black and white pump from Shoedazzle is a modern casual date night look. The white-on-white is such a HUGE trend and it always looks clean and modern!

Is it movie date night with your main squeeze? You still want to look cute even if he has seen you at your very worst. So a cute and casual looks like this are the perfect way to achieve both.
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AND BY THE WAY how adorable is her “boyfriend” necklace she wears with his initial on it to give this look a more “lived in feel”? This kind of personal touch finishes off her look nicely and no one is second guessing who’s girl she is! You can get one too here!

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Maybe its a first date or something a little dressier? we need a great little dress that’s flirty but sweet. The long blazer adds a casual touch and is great to have in case we feel a draft and do NOT want to move to the other side of the table.

We still want to dress for our man, so this sexy cool look is just the way to make that happen. These shorts show enough skin to keep him happy. The sheer military blouse is cool chic all the way paired back with these nude strappy shoedazzle heels he wont be able to take his eyes off you! (which is what we want even after all this time together)
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shoes, shoes shoes… make the look and shoedazzle has THE BEST shoes! thank you shoedazzle!

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the cool makeup and hair looks were all done by my co-hort in crime Paige Anderson. You should see us before she gets her hands on us! thanks Paige!

TEAM CHIVVISTYLES – Meghan and Ashli – these models didn’t “wake up like this” these two magical stylist help make it happen every segment!
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Thank you to Paige Anderson for wonderful Hair and Makeup, Randy Anderson for awesome images, and Dragonfly Agency for lovely models!

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what do ponytails, statement earrings and necklaces and being part of a couple have in common?????



So we all know the Oscars were last night and we all have our favorite looks. Above are some of my top looks of the night. Overall, everyone was extremely safe and the carpet was pretty tame. What blew me away were the sub trends that were happening and that is what we are going to talk about here. Only because everyone beats the “BEST DRESSED” list to death and we are all real tired of hearing about all that :)>

So my first Sub Trend was PONYTAILS:
Now, this is such a fresh way to polish your look but still look young and sexy. It can be slicked, middle parted, messy front, high pony or low pony…..any old way to do a pony will do…

Second sub trend was STATEMENT EARRINGS:
Any pony will do as long as you have a serious statement earring game, even if they are different earrings on each ear or an ear cuff like Scarlett….we haven’t seen earrings like this since DYNASTY was the hottest show on TV.

Third sub trend was STATEMENT NECKLACES:
From vintage to modern Parisian green crystal choker …statement necklaces were on everyone and sometimes paired back with huge statement earrings …..throw out the layered minimal necklaces and nearly nothing there necks because BIG IS BACK, BABY!

Fourth sub trend was COUPLED:
Now this is harder to achieve unless you have a bevy of beautifully buff men hanging out in your closet just waiting to be your new accessory, so you might have to work a little harder to achieve this sub trend but I have confidence all you fabulous women can land you some man candy to finish up your red carpet look. The looks should compliment each other for sure for this to work.

Now you have it folks, so go out and make it happen and tell them CHIVVISTYLES sent you…..xoxoxo

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#ITSONLYFASHION – The NEW Girl POWER Movement started by BB Dakota


I am so IN LOVE with BB DAKOTA and their new attitude towards their consumer and the market. We are so overwhelmed with marketing and branding, I think the new hashtag #ITSONLYFASHION is brilliant and something real and refreshing. It resonates with so many of us who are just tired from the exclusive and restrictive nature of fashion.
I hope this movement catches on as this is a call to action to get free and weird, to engage with culture, and to live well! It emphasizes that the clothes you wear are only as important as the LIFE YOU LIVE IN THEM!
Petra Collins has created these series of beautifully directed short films that capture her and her friends on a real Americana road trip through the deep south. You can see them HERE She paints an intimate portrait of the vulnerability and discovery so essential to growing up as a girl in America. “My work is about being yourself and being empowered. I think it is really important for girls to realize that they can do whatever that want, in whatever field they want. That is what I do” Collins stated. “This trip has been really special because I’ve always wanted to create something that I would’ve liked to have seen when I was younger. I used to dance so making dance films about girls seems like the perfect combination”

I am so about girl power and just being who God created you to be. This self-acceptance and positive body image is something we ALL need more of in the business of fashion.

Thank you we will be forever better because of YOU!
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The Secret Weapon in Your Closet


It is effective, it gets the job done, it says so much about you, and it can definitely be deadly. No ammunition needed here, we’re taking about the LBD, little black dress.” You hear fashion people frequently put this on the top of their “must haves in every woman’s closet” lists, and their is a reason: well, it IS a must have. With Valentine’s day around the corner, we all need a reminder that we can totally not wear a confections, saccharine, hue and still look fab for whatever we do on that lovely or not so lovely day!

Let’s break it down. The concept of the LBD was influenced by of course the Queen of Chic, Coco Chanel in the 1920’s and that’s what makes this a classic, “must have”.


Lets REALLY break it down:

The little part is not in terms of the size, all sizes need an LBD, but more in terms of length and because when you put little in front of a phrase it’s pretty darling.

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If you do not know this already, we will reiterate it for you: Black is super flattering. It has magical powers that make you look and feel slimmer and when you stare in the mirror you think, “why do I not always wear head to toe black?”

We all have formal and not so formal events that we must, and want to attend and when we have a dress in our closet for such events it makes life easier when, for instance; we are told at the last minute, do not want to go and do not want to buy something new, have no time, or stained the outfit we planned on wearing while eating pizza in preparation for the event. Whatever the reason, having this piece forever in your arsenal makes life so much easier.


Choosing a dress that fits you like a glove and makes you feel confident is the key here. Just any dress that happens to be black and maybe “little” does not qualify. It must be the perfect dress. They exist. Sometimes it means hunting a little bit, but in the end the benefits pay off. Choose something that fits your lifestyle; maybe you want to be able to throw a leather jacket over it and wear it on a more casual night? Maybe you want to be able to transition it to all seasons?

The LBD is your best friend and can be the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. Find a classic and one that you truly love. Find your weapon and wield it wisely!


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