Archive | April, 2013

Fast Tip Wednesday: How to Wear Pearls

10 Apr

Happy fast tip Wednesday dolls! We hope all of you are making it through the week OK, and we are here to bring you your mid-week break up with our fast tip!

This week we are telling you to dress up your outfits with pearls! Pearls are oftentimes thought of as matron like, or costume jewelry, we totally disagree. We love pearls as an everyday accessory. Our favorite type of pearls are layered pearl necklaces.

The above photo of the wonderful Coco Chanel, shows her rocking a little black dress with multiple strands of pearls. We love how you can take a classic one colored dress and break it up with the necklaces. Not only does it help in terms of accessorizing, but when you add the different strands of different length, you are adding dimension to your look. You can also play with larger sized pearls and smaller sizes for your layered affect.

Our second favorite way to wear pearls are with blouses or tees. A lot of times we are scared to pair more casual looks with someone as sophisticated as pearls, but it helps give your outfit a more polished look. I personally enjoying wearing a pearly necklace with my Hell Bunny Retro Top, a pair of shorts, and chucks. It is a fun way for me to take my laid back look to a more feminine level.

Another way you can wear your pearls are with jeans. I am sure many of you rock jean items, whether it be jean pants, jackets, or tops, most people own some sort of denim. By adding either a pearl bracelet or necklace you are able to turn your outfit into something that can be worn for an evening dinner date. The whole purpose behind using pearls is to make your outfit seem more put together and classy. It is an easy way to make a look that can be seen as too laid back to casual chic.

Our final way to wear pearls are as everyday stud earrings. Our buyer Rachel wears a pair of stud pearl earrings everyday to the office. She makes the look effortless. Every outfit that she wears they match with- which can we say, wearing gym clothes and wearing pearl earrings may not seem like it goes, but she makes it work somehow. If you are not sure if you want to start pairing pearl necklaces with everything, you can always start small with pearl earrings.

Take a chance this week, bust out those faux pearls you have and try and wear them in a new way. Be sure to send us some pictures on Instagram or Twitter if you do! We love to see you using our tips!

With Love,

Your Team at JBR Clothing

Fast Tip Wednesday: Getting a Tattoo

3 Apr

Happy Wednesday Dolls!!!!

We are FINALLY back with more fast tips for you! I just want to apologize for the delay in posts. Between planning a wedding and working, it has been hard to find the inspiration for our posts. But I promise you, I will be more on top of it from here on out!

This week’s post is for all of you rockabilly/retro lovers who DO NOT currently have any ink on you! Many men and women who find themselves entering this scene, will undoubtedly start seeing many individuals around them with multiple tattoos. Tattoos and rockabilly have a long standing history, which you can read about in our previous post.

Trust me, once you are around people with ink, you begin to want a tattoo yourself. So here are some tips to help you make this choice a little bit easier!

1.Think About It!

OK, this seems simple enough, but there are a few things you need to ask yourself: what do I want this to represent? This is permanent. You are getting this because you want to show the world something about who you are. So how are you choosing to symbolize that? A friend of mine once told me, “Draw your concept or phrase and tape it to a place you look everyday. If you can stand seeing it for 2 months straight, you know that you will not get tired of looking at it on your body.” This goes for placement of the tattoo. Many business are not open to visible tattoos, so is your ink going to be in a place that may lead to you not getting a job? You want to place it so that you can cover it if necessary.

Another thing is this, although some people may say they have a few tattoos they just got because they felt the need to get inked, these rarely end up being tattoos you LOVE. You don’t want to settle for some design out of a book. Make this a mark that means something to you.

2. Know Your Artist

Your best friend is in training to become a tattoo artist? Great, let them practice on someone else! When you finally have decided what you want to enshrine on your body do your research on local tattoo artists. Ask your friends about their tattoos. Look at the work that has been done. Are the lines clean and straight? Does the memorial picture really look like their dead grandma? Don’t be scared to pass on using an artist who’s work you aren’t impressed with seeing on a friend. The other thing is meet with this person once before sitting in their chair. You don’t want to go into this cold. I am not saying ask the person out for a beer, but go in and ask for a consultation. Tell them what you are thinking about. Show them the picture and really get a feel for them. Just because your friends or yelp like this person, they may not be a good fit for you. The artist will also tell you whether or not they can do the design you are asking for. You want someone who is going to be confident they can give you what you want. This also gives you a chance to see the place you will be getting your tattoo in. You want to be in a clean and sterile environment. The artists working should all have clean stations and be sanitizing their equipment.

3. Prepare for the Pain and Aftercare

No matter where you are getting your tattoo, it is going to hurt. Some people may have a higher pain tolerance than you, so just because your friend said when they tattooed their upper back it hurt the least out of all their other tattoos doesn’t mean it will be the same for you. Again, a friend of mine told me this, “If you have survived childbirth pains, this is┬ábearable, but still no walk in the park.” I think of that every time I am thinking about getting ink. Can I handle that level of pain? Am I ready for it?

The other think you have to think about is the aftercare of your tattoo. This is now an open wound on your body. You are going to need to make sure to keep it clean and dry so that you are not getting it infected. There would be nothing worse than spending all that money and time to then get your tattoo infect. Listen to everything your artist tells you to do. Some of the most basic things are using UNSCENTED soap and lotion to treat your tattoo, as well as making sure that you are not picking at the scabbing, or putting sunscreen on your tattoo after when you know you will be outdoors for long periods of time.

These are just 3 basic steps we suggest to all of you who are thinking about taking the leap and getting your first tattoo. If you have a tattoo(s), please leave us a comment with any additional tips you can think of sharing with our fans.

Love,

Your Team at JBR Clothing