About Denise Shively

Denise Shively is the Beauty Editor for The Fashionable Housewife, and maintains her own beauty blog A Lovely You in addition to her work as Contributing Fashion Editor for A Few Goody Gumdrops.

Spring Color Trend: Mint Green

While summer will be here before we know it, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy everything that spring has to offer – including the gorgeous colors! This season, mint green has made a huge comeback and you can find this hue on everything from jewelry to handbags. If you want to try this shade on for size, give one of these fab pieces a try.

Spearmint Bauble Bib, $36, baublebar.comBib necklaces make a huge statement, and this mint green stunner from Bauble Bar will jazz up any dress or casual ensemble.

VIBRANT Mint Ballet Pumps, $32, TopshopSweet bow detailing adds a flirty and feminine touch to these comfortable ballet flats. They’ll look great with a white cotton skirt and flow-y blouse!

ASOS Weave Hobo Bag, $63.63, ASOSGold-tone detailing, a leather-like look and a pretty woven design makes this mint green shoulder bag from ASOS a clear must-have. Plus, it’s got plenty of room to stash all of your essentials.

Errand On The Side Of Style Top, $34.99, ModClothThis adorable top features a cute button-up front and collar while the sheer fabric allows skin to breathe. Pair with a camisole to avoid showing off too many of your “assets.”

Are you coveting the mint green trend? Which pieces would you want to include in your wardrobe?

What to Wear to: Coachella Music Festival

Whether your plans include partying until dawn or relaxing in style, the Coachella Music Festival offers a little something for everyone. Even though, arguably, the most important part of the festival is the music, there’s no shame in looking good while you’re dancing all day and night.

Check out some of our favorite Coahella-worthy favorites on our Pinterest board…

And here are several outfit ideas for you to consider…

Look #1:

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This look combines boho-chic with a beachy, casual feel – perfect for a day spent at one of the hottest musical festivals of the year! Chances are you, won’t need a jacket – but if you do get chilly, just make sure to bring a lightweight cardigan along.
Look #2:
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This cozy look works for day and night; pull on the sweater if temperatures dip and be prepared to rock the day – and night – away! Add a pair of cool kicks and you’re good to go.

Look #3:

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Take it up a notch with this quirky and colorful outfit idea! The brightly colored maxi dress pairs well with the leather sandals, while the right accessories really help the colors pop. This look is definitely not for everyone, but it’s a surefire way to stand out from the crowd!

To enhance any outfit you plan on wearing to Coachella, accessories can have a major impact on your overall look. We like this boho scarf from MargaretVera on Etsy.

boho scarf

She also has a ton of other accessories, including these amazing leather cuff bracelets and fashionable necklaces that will complete your Coachella look.

Don’t forget your nails! ORLY nail lacquers ($8.50 each) in Boho Bonnet, Elation Generation, Melodious Utopia, Peaceful Opposition, High on Hope and Coachella Dweller are all great colors for Coahella!

coachella orly nail polish

See the entire ORLY Hope & Freedom Fest collection here.

Finally, finish your look with these affordable beauty products from Target!

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Prevent a desert-style burn with up & up Sport Spray SPF 30 ($5.24) in a convenient spray for quick and effective application

Use the 100% vegan Pacifica Alight Mineral BB Cream ($15.99) for melt-free coverage

Pucker up with a pop of color with the Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balms ($16 each)

Refresh strands with Umberto Beverly Hills Dry Clean Dry Shampoo ($12.99) for a tousled look that’ll last for days

Line lids with the liquid NP Set Day-to-Night Liner Duo ($15 each) for a glittery glam style


What do you think of our outfit ideas? Leave a comment if you are going to Coachella!


3 Spring Trends to Wear Now

With all of the latest spring fashion trends hitting runways and the real world, it can be hard to decide which trends will really work for you. Luckily, we have you covered with three of the hottest spring trends you definitely need to wear now.

1. Stripes

Whether vertical or horizontal, stripes were a huge hit on runways and will work just as well in the real world. While it takes a truly brave woman to wear stripes head to toe, there’s no reason to get crazy with this trend – one key piece with the print is all you need. If you’re ready to start integrating this flattering trend into your wardrobe, here are a few great pieces to try:

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Three-Quarter Sleeve Striped Blouse, $65, Macy’s

The classic black & white color combination flatters every woman!

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Corded Dobby Striped Blazer, $98, LOFT

Update your work ensemble with this stylishly chic and colorful blazer.

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Planet Gold Sleeveless Striped Tank Dress, $14.99, Macy’s

For the truly adventurous, this colorful striped dress is the perfect way to stand out.

2. Leather

Leather has made a resurgence on runways, and you can easily tackle the trend in the real world, too! Whether you opt for a form-flattering leather mini or a pair of chic thigh-high boots, incorporate this spring trend into your wardrobe in the following ways:

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Zip Waist  Leather Skirt, $134, Warehouse

Add a feminine edge to this tough-girl skirt with a flirty blouse and classic pumps.

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Leather Biker Jacket, $166.25, ASOS

Cultivate your edgy side with this amazing leather jacket, complete with stud detailing!

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Sting Ray Tall Leather Boots, $169.99, Lord & Taylor

Whether worn with jeans or your favorite spring dress, these chic leather boots are the perfect footwear choice for spring.

3. Ruffles

What’s more girly – or perfect for spring – than ruffles? The key to this trend is to pick piece that are not overly ruffly, such as these:

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“Sunset in Rio” Ruffled Blouse, $38.99, ShopRuche.com

This flirty blouse will pair well with skirts or pants, and the vibrant peach color is oh-so-spring!

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Sleeveless Foil Print Dress, $10.48, Target

This dress works equally well for a casual night out with the girls or while running errands around town.

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Eyeshadow Sleeveless Ruffle Tank, $9.99, Macy’s

Pretty and purple, this ruffle tank is a great basic to have on hand this season.

Which of these spring 2013 fashion trends are you going to incorporate into your wardrobe this season?

Top Spring Nail Polish Colors for 2013

As a self-professed nail polish addict, I rarely keep the same color on my tips for more than a few days. This season is proving to be no different, as the latest spring polish trends are so fun, I want to try them all! If you’re ready to give your mani/pedi an update, here are the top spring nail polish colors for 2013.


Pale Blue

Whether you call it robin’s egg blue, sky blue or something entirely different, pale blue polish is the color for spring. With our recommendations below, you’ll also get stunningly opaque coverage in just one or two coats! Our picks:

  • POP Beauty Nail Glam Nail Polish in “Baby Blue,” $10, beauty.com
  • Essie Nail Polish in “Borrowed and Blue,” $8, nordstrom.com (Pictured)
  • Zoya Nail Polish in “Blu,” $8, zoya.com and Amazon.com



Continuing the spring pastel trend, lavender nail polish is a super hot color for the season. It flatters nearly any skin tone, and there are a variety of choices available such as these picks:

  • Love & Beauty Nail Polish in “Lavender,” $2.80, Forever21
  • Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in “Light a Candle,” $7.04, Target (Pictured)
  • Layla Ceramic Effect Nail Polish in “Lavender,” $9.95, Zappos

white nail polish


I love this season’s white nail polish trend: it’s simple, clean but can easily make or break your outfit! This particular color will look better on short, rounded nails. Feel free to play around with these shades:

  • Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in “Amazing Grace,” $17, Beauty.com
  • Essie Nail Polish in “Marshmallow,” $8, CUSP (Pictured)
  • China Glaze Nail Polish in “White Cap,” $3.29, Sally Beauty Supply

These are just a handful of some of the hottest nail polish colors for spring 2013; which one do you think you’ll be rockin’ on your tips and toes this season?

Spring Fashion Trend Alert: Pinafore Dresses

The retro-chic pinafore dress is making a huge comeback for spring, and it’s easy to see why. From truly retro-inspired reworkings to tough accents, girly patterns and fun colors, the pinafore dress is a must-have this season. We’ve combed through a variety of this year’s hottest styles to find the following five pinafore dresses you’re sure to love.

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1. Club L Pinafore Dress, $29.93, ASOS

Flattering black and white stripes, a square-cut neckline and full skirt makes this figure-flattering dress a must-have for spring.

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2. “Sophie” Strappy Pinafore Dress, $30.77, boohoo.com

This super-cute pinafore dress is the perfect day dress for running around town.

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3. Fred Perry Pinafore Gingham Dress, $44.99,  6pm.com

The classic gingham pattern, square neckline and full button front makes this dress easy to wear and super-stylish, to boot!

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4. “Wonder” Pinafore Dress, $84, Nordstrom

Who says the little black dress should have all the fun? This gorgeous jewel-toned dress offers the perfect combination of vintage chic and modernity.

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5. Steven Alan “Dominga” Dress, $118, La Garconne

This classic striped dress is the perfect way to tackle the pinafore trend in a ladylike, elegant way.

Are you going to give the pinafore dress a try this season?

Tips & Tricks to Grow Out Your Hair Like Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams, star of Disney’s upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful, is currently growing out her adorable pixie cut for the first time in years. If you’ve been eager to try growing out your own short ‘do, here are several tips and tricks that can help with the process.

SHE by SO.CAP.USA, one of the world’s leading hair extension brands, shared this info with us to help you – our loyal readers – grow out your own hair:

  • Clip-In Extensions: The clip-in extensions from SHE by SO.CAP.USA are designed to be worn on hair as short as three inches, making them the perfect accessory for anyone trying to grow out their locks. With over 90 different colors available and several different lengths, the extensions will blend in with your current ‘do and make tolerating this in-between stage a lot easier!
  • Ponytail Extensions - Sometimes, it’s easier to just throw your hair in a ponytail and wait until it’s grown out a bit to begin styling it. With SHE by SO.CAP.USA’s new ponytail extension, you can clip-in and go or style it to suit your preference: curled, braided or wrapped around existing hair to create a stylish bun.
  • Conditioning Masks - To ensure your hair remains healthy during the growing out process, reach for SHE by SO.CAP.USA’s Argan for You conditioning mask. This nourishing mask contains Beta Carotene to help encourage hair growth and can be used daily.

SHE by SO.CAP.USA’s products are available in thousands of salons nationwide. To find a salon near you, call (877) 855-4247.

Our tips for growing out a short ‘do:

  • Minimize Heat Styling - During the growing out process, keep your hair as conditioned and nourished as possible to make this process less painful. Minimize the use of heat styling tools, and make sure to use a conditioning mask at least once a week. There’s no reason to risk damage during this delicate stage of hair growth!
  • Get Regular Trims - While this might seem counterproductive to your goal – after all, you want LONG hair, not shorter – regular trims will help ensure your hair stays healthy. Plus, you won’t need to worry about frayed or split ends. Getting a trim every six weeks is a good bet.
  • Accessorize - One of the best ways to manage your in-between ‘do is to accessorize with headbands, barrettes or other hair accessories. Be careful not to over-do it, though – too many accessories can look messy.

With these tips and tricks from SHE by SO.CAP.USA and us, you’ll be able to rock a longer style in no time – and look good while it’s growing out.

Top 3 Beauty Trends At the Oscars

Bruce GraysonAt the 85th Academy Awards, there were plenty of leading ladies rocking some of the hottest beauty trends this season. Celebrity makeup artist Bruce Grayson has shared his top three trends with us, as well as tricks to pull off these looks yourself.

1. Bold Smoky Eyes

As seen on: Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Seyfried

A bold smoky eye is a classic evening look, and any woman can rock this trend with the right know-how. Grayson says:

Classic Hollywood eyes are created by incorporating just the right amount of drama and finishing off with a strong lash. I like to prep lashes with the new Olay Regnerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Serum and Lash Duo, because the serum works to instantly thicken and nourish, while separating the lashes for easy mascara application, laying the base for ultra-sexy eyes.

To re-create the look at home, swipe on a deep blue or gray shadow across lids to create depth. Don’t forget to coat lashes with at least two coats of black mascara! Finally, make sure your brows can stand up to the look: fill them in with pencil, if necessary, to create a bold complement to your smoky eyes.

2. Glowing Skin

As seen on: Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon

Every woman wants to achieve glowing, flawless and luminous skin. The good news? You totally can, with these pro tips from Grayson:

Glowing, flawless skin was seen on virtually every woman at last night’s Oscars.  Skin prep is essential to create this look (deep cleansing, exfoliation and moisturization is the key to ensure a fabulous complexion).  I always recommend Olay’s Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution as a tool for creating smooth skin.

After prepping your skin, mix a dab of highlighter with your regular foundation to create a lit-from-within glow. Alternatively, you can use a highlighter on brow bones, cheeks and your chin to create a more pronounced luminous effect.

3. Bold Lips

As seen on: Oliva Munn, Jessica Chastain

Even if you’re a little timid when it comes to bold lips, nothing pulls a look together more than a fierce lip color. If you do it right, you can definitely rock this trend! Says Grayson:

Hollywood glamour is defined by a bold lip.  And last night we saw this look defined with a classic red lip.  The great thing about a bold lip is that it really works to compliment your skin and overall look.

Whether you choose pink , red or daring orange, a bold lip can instantly transform your look. If you opt for classic red, fill in lips with a complementary lip pencil; this will act as a base and ensure your lipstick stays put. After applying your lip hue, top it off with a coat of gloss for lips that shine all night long.

What do you think of these beauty trends? Will you be rockin’ any this season?