12 Items to Always Keep in Your Purse

Never feel like you’re forgetting something when you go out ever again. Here is a list of some basic essentials everyone should keep in their purse.

Purses are not simply accessories, they serve a much more practical purpose as well. Though their usage as a viable fashion accessory is definitely a major plus, their ability to hold any number of daily essentials is what is most important. Though handbags differ greatly in size, shape, and capacity, there are 12 things everyone should keep in their purse in order to make sure they are always prepared for anything.

1. First is the most important: your wallet. Make sure your wallet has ID and any important credit cards and some cash with you at all times. Though you should always be sure these things are kept well guarded, you never know when or why you may need them on the road.

2. Tissues. Again, another practical item. These handy bits are usually needed when you can never find one, so make sure you always have an emergency travel size pack with you. They can be used for your nose, of course, but can also help fix makeup smudges or clean up stains quick from your clothing, your handbag or your face and skin.

3. Chapstick. Having chapped lips and no relief can be really uncomfortable. Making sure you have a small stick on you can help prevent dry or red lips.

4. Breath mints. You never know when you’ll need fresh breath! Great for dates or even just grabbing dinner with friends, you never know when you’ll eat something that just doesn’t want to leave your breath. While gum is also an option, breath mints actually do a better job of freshening your breath. Though gum is also minty, it absorbs a lot of the flavors already in your mouth and doesn’t completely get rid of them. Breath mints, however, can get rid of lingering tastes much better and they also freshen your breath, not just your mouth.

5. Makeup essentials. No matter what your makeup routine is for the day, be sure to have some foundation, powder, mascara or eyeliner. If you’re going out for the whole day or going out on a date, you may need to make some minor adjustments. Be sure to have your bare essentials to make those minor, but crucial fixes.

6. A nail file. There’s nothing worse than a broken nail on the run. They can be sharp and even get caught on and tear at your clothing to little or no fault of your own. Having a nail file on hand can really come in handy.

7. A pen. You can’t seem to find a writing utensil when you need to remember something, right? Always having one on hand is always a good idea. And even if you don’t end up using it, you’re sure to run into someone else who will.

8. A sewing kit. You don’t need an entire machine and a clunky box, but there are miniature sewing kits no bigger than a pack of matches. Wardrobe malfunctions usually occur when you least expect it, so be prepared to face the unexpected and meet it with preparedness.

9. Back up jewelry. A ring and a necklace or two can come in handy, especially if the day takes you somewhere unexpected.

10. Hair accessories. You don’t need anything fancy, but a hair elastic and a bobby pin or two can be really useful if your hair is ruined by the weather or if you simply wish to change up your look on the go.

11. A phone charger. In this day and age, we rely on our phones more than ever before. Because we’re so used to having everything stored, we rarely remember important phone numbers in case of an emergency. Be sure to have a phone charger, a charger case, or simply a fully charged phone in case of emergency, or simply boredom.

12. Tampon or pad. This one is rather self explanatory. Be prepared!

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Purse Essentials

Peacock Purses

Peacocks are beautiful birds and they inspire fabulous clutch purses!

A design influenced by peacocks usually means it’s colored in vibrant blues, golds, and greens.  A perfect example is this sequined peacock knuckle duster clutch in green.  These classic peacock colors aren’t your only option.  As long as the eye of the feather is maintained, the overall color of the bag can be changed and still clearly show the inspiration.  Try it in fuchsia, gold, purple or silver to mix it up a little.

Coloring isn’t the only way to get a peacock look though.  The shape of this bird is very elegant (especially when it’s studded with rhinestones).  If you want just a little bling, try the suede rhinestone stud peacock cocktail clutch.  It comes in red, fuchsia, purple, blue, and black.

Need a little more sparkle?  Try the mesh rhinestone peacock hard box clutch.  It comes in royal blue, but also sophisticated neutrals of gold, silver, black, and white.

And if you have the attitude that there can never be too many rhinestones, then the crystal stud peacock motif hard box clutch is the right choice for you.  It comes in black, gold, and silver.

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What to Wear on a First Date

First dates are all about making lasting and meaningful impressions. Impress your date and look your best while still staying true to yourself.

First dates are fun but can also be nerve wracking. One of the most stressful parts is figuring out what in the world you might want to wear. First dates are a launching pad for first impressions. Even if you have known the person for a while, the setting and atmosphere of calling it a “date” make room for getting to know one another in a totally different light than before. And while you want to make a good lasting impression, it is also important to remember to stay comfortable!

Your initial date with a person should be stress-free. It should be about comfortably getting to know one another, opening up, and learning about one another. While what you wear on your first date will depend on where your first date happens to be, make sure to be yourself! You don’t want to give off the wrong impression. But at the same time, a first date allows you to reinvent yourself a bit so don’t be afraid to have fun!

If you’re going out for a casual coffee or lunch date, then a glammed up casual outfit will work best. Since the locale is more laid back, you can wear your favorite day-to-day outfit and add some bold accessories to dress it up a little for the occasion. Feel free to dress up a casual v-neck tee with a flowy skirt and a chiffon scarf. You can also wear it with a printed or colored skinny jean, an eye-catching statement necklace and flats. This way, you’ll look great wearing something comfortable that shows off your personal style, and you’ll still look glamorous.

But what if you’re going out to a fancy dinner, or perhaps to a club or some other event? A little black dress goes a long way for just these sorts of occasions. They can be paired with a unique studded clutch or beaded coinpurse along with a full set of cocktail jewelry. You can dress up this look with your accessories and shoes, though try to pick things a little more on the comfier side because you won’t want to divert your attention from your date to your aching feet!

While you may want to pull out all the stops for a first date and use every trick in the book, the most important thing you should remember is to make sure you’re comfortable. Sure, you want to look great, and you totally can! But first dates are about getting to know one another in a more personal setting and you want to be able to devote your attention to your date, not worried that your dress will ride up or that your heels are killing you.

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Spring Essentials

Revamp your winter wardrobe with some spring essentials. With these pieces, you’ll be ready to handle whatever weather the spring brings.

Spring is finally here! While it may not yet feel like it has fully arrived, much of the spring season will be defined by temperamental weather that can’t seem to make up its mind. Some days will feel like hints of summer and others may feel like a backtrack through winter, so be sure to stock up on some spring essentials to make sure you are ready for absolutely anything!

Scarves are absolutely essential to spring. They come in handy in a pinch, are lightweight, add texture to outfits, and they can be worn in more ways than you can wear every day in a week (or even a month if you’re feeling ambitious). These handy accessories come in so many colors, prints, fabrics and styles that it is always worth it to have at least a few in varying looks. That way, you’ll always have a scarf for any occasion. Need a scarf for work? A silk scarf looks chic and still does the job. Need one for a casual day out? A pastel chiffon scarf can be worn with practically any outfit. What about one that adds that oomph to a basic outfit? How about one with a floral, paisley or animal print? These accessories are so versatile and practical, it’s hard to go through any season without one.

Pastels. What sorts of pastels? Any kind! Spring is also associated with spring cleaning, so if you have any old accessories or pieces of clothing you no longer wear or have fallen out of style that need replacing, then replace them with a new pastel piece. Pinks, yellows, soft greens and blues, purples are all the rage this season. The pantone color of the year is radiant orchid, so perhaps replace your old purse with a new patent leather one sporting this shade. Bold statement necklaces with opaque, pastel colored insets are also popular. If you’re not into jewelry, then clutch purses and scarves (of course) are another suitable option.

Cardigans are also an invaluable essential for the season. Since the weather is rather unpredictable, a cardigan is perfect for layering so that you’re reading for anything. Layering is great for days that may start off and end up chilly but are warm during the day. These handy pieces can be taken on or off easily or worn with heavier or lighter clothing to suit the temperature. With all of these in mind, you’ll be ready to shed your winter wardrobe and step into spring.

Find the perfect spring accessory for you at Chicastic.Spring Essentials

Prom Ideas for the Tomboy

Prom is associated with formal dresses and perfectly coiffed hair, but this traditional look isn’t for everyone. Find your own personal tomboy look for prom so you can feel fabulous while remaining true to yourself and your style preferences.

Prom is often considered a cornerstone of high school and adolescence. While this occasion is often associated with dressing to the nines in flowing gowns and tumbling tresses, not every girls’ style is quite suited to fit the idea. But prom is for everyone and no one should shy away from it because they think their style does not suit the event. Prom is about having fun so make your outfit reflect who you are and what makes you comfortable. Just because big dresses are not quite your thing, does not mean you can’t look fabulous.

One easy option for tomboys when it comes to dressing for prom is the power suit. These bad boys can look super glam without the dress or even a hint of skirt. Suits can come in a variety of colors, but a traditional suit usually comes in a neutral color. This can allow you to play around with what you wear beneath the suit or blazer, accessories, shoes and hair. If you’re wearing a neutral suit, opt for a bold color to accessorize it, or go completely monochromatic for a very dramatic yet subtle effect. You can play up this look with unique statement necklaces and other simple pieces. If you’re not one to wear jewelry, one bold piece can go a long way without feeling like it’s weighing you down.

If you’re not into suits, you can always go for a punked out look. Maybe you’re more into a rocker chick vibe than the glitz and glamour, so try shaking up your prom look. You could wear an iconic pair of canvas Chuck Taylors with a dress with studded jewelry, black nail polish, and a knuckleduster clutch. This look is still a bit girly but with a unique twist. You can even mix and match eclectic accessories, prints, dresses and shoes for an eye catching yet comfortable look. Rock motorcycle boots with a cocktail dress, maybe throw a pair of lace-hemmed biker shorts underneath your skirt for added comfort and flare. Rock a studded watch, wear simple, natural looking makeup and a messy bun or bed-headed curls. Even messy hair is totally in. You can still look fashionable and fabulous without looking perfectly manicured. Evaluate what styles make you feel most comfortable and experiment with them. Take your everyday look to the next level so it still feels like you’re dressing up for the event, but in a way that totally suits you.

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Look Fashionable for Dinner with the Girls

Make looking fashionable with your friends even more fun. Get your girls together and help each other out when getting ready for a night out together.

Going out with the girls is some of the best fun a lady can have. Being surrounded by friends is wonderful and for so many reasons. Looking forward to a night out on the town with the gals can even be fun before you leave the house! Since you’ll all be hanging out together, you’re more than likely to be dishing out info on what you’re planning on wearing or complaining that you just don’t know what to wear! While you as friends are in one boat or the other, being together makes getting ready all the easier.

When girls go out together, they tend to encourage their friends to really dress up, take chances and try experimenting with mixing and matching you may have never thought up alone otherwise. Invite the girls over and have a pre-dinner party where you can exchange your favorite accessories. Borrow a leopard clutch for the night while another friend borrows your pastel patent leather pumps. Having new accessories can make you feel like a whole new woman and the encouragement of others always gives a girl a confidence boost.

The overall style of what you wear depends on where you’re going out to eat, but if you’re with a like minded group of girls, then why not dress your best? We all have outfits or pieces we wish we could wear more often but rarely find the occasion to wear them to. Convince your girls to gather these pieces and you can all wear them together! If you’re in a group of fashionable gals, you won’t feel overdressed in that cute lace cocktail dress you just had to have but had no where to wear it to. Take it up a notch and add a dazzling coin purse clutch and sport a silk scarf. If you’re all dressing up together, you won’t feel alone wearing your Sunday best. Plus you’ll all look and feel great!

And of course, there’s nothing wrong with being casual. If you all decide to go somewhere low-key, the mixing and matching and accessory exchanging is still a viable pre-dinner get together option, but feel free to exchange more casual pieces like chiffon scarves, flats, or cardigans. Try prints you may not own or wouldn’t normally wear and let your gals do the same.

No matter what you do, you are guaranteed to have an absolute blast when you are with your closest comrades. Exchange fashion ideas, tips and even some of your favorite pieces.

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Girls Night Out Accessories

Emerald Green Clutch

Add a touch of class and old school glamour with this emerald green clutch. Let it inspire your entire ensemble or use it as an accent piece.

Jewel tones evoke a feeling of elegance other colors cannot convey quite so easily. This deep, arresting shade of emerald green is sure to turn heads while still remaining a classic color for such a timeless accessory. And clutch purses tend to give off the same sophisticated air as jewel tones. When this color and accessory are paired together, you are left with a handbag that just screams Old Hollywood glamour, oozing with sophistication and pomp.

This bag can work as a statement piece, standing out from an outfit, or can inspire one entirely. In either case, it would be best to play up its glamorous appearance by choosing it to accent a similarly elegant ensemble. This clutch is perfect for grand dinners, weddings, and other fancy and formal events. The shine of green is sleek and shimmering yet is a bit modern and unique with its use of emerald rhinestone studs. They add texture and attitude to this piece that is perfect for inspiring a theme, whether it be for the entire outfit or for your accessories alone. If you choose to create a look inspired by the bag itself, then wearing a matching dress does the job. Choose a material that differs from the bag so it can still stand out, but the symmetry and color are still sure to make a statement. Perhaps choose a dress in a matte material so that the bag still has room to shine in the light and stand out a bit on its own like a cherry on top of the sundae.

If you want to use this clutch to inspire your choice of accessories instead, there are a few routes you could take. You can use the rhinestone accent to sway your choice of jewelry by choosing rhinestone studded earrings or other accessories or cocktail jewelry that will match the glittering nature of those sparkling studs. Going with green will also work nicely. You can accent your look with emerald green pieces, as well. You can wear jewelry that features an actual emerald gemstone, either real or imitation, to bring out the depth of the color and use it to its full advantage. You can also match the silky nature of the green material used in the bag by choosing a shoe -whether pumps, booties or flats- that match it well.

A simple accessory can go a long way. It can make a bold statement, stand out, or it can completely dictate your entire look. You can even achieve all of these looks on different occasions depending on how you feel, but no matter what you will always look timeless and elegant with a piece such as this.

You can find the emerald green clutch at Chicastic.

Emerald Green Clutch

Brown Leopard Clutch

Looking for some easy accessory fix? Try adding some old school chic to your look with a brown leopard print clutch.

Animal print is an entirely unique pattern. While the use of animal furs and patterns have held some stake throughout history, it has been a particular sort of commercial fashion staple since the 1950′s. While some particular styles seem to come and go with the decades, such as the zebra print which saw to a golden age in the 80′s and came back in the 2000′s, leopard print has some real staying power. Use this design to look classy, edgy, or even both.

While every different kind of animal print has the ability to be bold and eye catching, leopard is unique in that it can make a statement while still retaining the ability to be subtle. Such is the case with a brown leopard print clutch. A small piece such as this has the ability to stand out while still being minimal and tasteful. As is the rule with most animal patterns: the less there is, the more it says. A little really goes a long way. If you want to make a statement or test out a bolder or new look for yourself, then a clutch purse is a great way to test the waters. These sleek and classy accessories are small but still pack a punch. Despite their size, they still have a lot of fashion power, and can easily be removed from your ensemble if you’re simply not “feeling” the look. These accessories are versatile and useful, and always give off an air of elegance and poise.

This clutch can do a lot for you despite it’s size. It can add oomph to any outfit, whether it’s plain, neutral, or full of color. Avoid using it with too many other patterns though, however, because if used in this way the bag will get lost in a sea of other colors, shapes and designs. But when paired with solid colors, this accessory can do a lot to break up and add texture to an ensemble effortlessly. The bag is then allowed to stand out wonderfully, and can do so against a little black dress or with a power suit, for example. It can also work just as well with a basic tee shirt and jeans! Patterns are not entirely out of the question, though they should always be used sparingly when mixing and matching more than one. Patterns and prints work best when paired against solid colors, and an outfit can otherwise be broken up with other textures and fabrics to add more depth to your look.

You can find the brown leopard print clutch and other leopard print accessories at Chicastic.

Brown Leopard Print Clutch

Pantone Color of the Year

New years bring new trends. Incorporate this new color into your wardrobe repertoire and see how it inspires new looks.

Every year and every season sees to new trends and new styles. The runway introduces us to new ensembles, looks, and introduces us to new ways to wear things. Usually, a color palette emerges with each season, a new set of colors that will define the future fashion trends to come in the following months. The pantone color of 2014 has already been decided: Radiant Orchid. This shade is perfect for spring, which is now officially here, and can easily transition into summer and fall as well.

This color is bold yet soft and pastel at the same time. Purple has always demanded attention and has a certain lingering air of regalia from the times of Romans when they were worn by people of importance and later worn primarily by European monarchs. This color still demands the same admiration today, and this particular shade is both bold as well as demure. The softness of it is perfect for spring. Pastels are great once the weather gets warmer, imitating the emerging flowers in bloom as the earth slowly grows greener. Pastels work great as undertones as well as bold accent colors depending on what other colors they are worn with. They can be used to undertone patterns and compliment like colors, but they can also stand out when worn with paler colors or with neutrals. They add a splash of oomph while remaining soft and supple, and this shade of radiant orchid does just that. It is light while still bringing with it the power of purple. It can stand out more or less depending on what it is paired with, but will always make a statement.

You can try to gather outfit inspiration from this radiant orchid to make your 2014 outfits look equally radiant. One great way to incorporate a trend into your wardrobe is to gather a few pieces that can be mixed and matched. One safe way is to get t-shirts or camisoles in the color to use when layering, that way it can be used as either an accent or a main staple depending on how you wear it. Accessories also work well. Try to snag a light chiffon scarf or a new handbag in this shade to sport now that spring is here. You can also go for the statement route, which may mean finding a statement necklace or perhaps even a versatile blazer in radiant orchid in order to bring it into your other, already existing outfits while still allowing it to stand out and be noticed.

The best thing to do with anything new fashion-wise is to experiment and to mix and match. See what pieces work for you by trying them on in the store and seeing how they mesh with pieces you already own. If you ever feel unsure but are still eager to try something new, always start small and see how you feel. Who knows, you may be influenced to run back out to the store and grab more items in that color!

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Radiant Orchid Clutch

Runway Inspired Clutches

Magazines and ads are great places to gather outfit inspiration, but the runway will always be the best primary source. Here are some of this season’s hottest trends, choose to emulate them or mix and match to see which suits your style best.

The runway is the go-to source for the latest fashion trends. They invoke and inspire the looks we see on the streets as well as the looks we hope to emulate ourselves and are a great starting point to look to before a big day of shopping. Clutches are the perfect sleek statement bag and, of course, looking to the runway is the perfect place to see which styles are in and which kinds we can try to find for ourselves.

Clutches are a bit like statement necklaces right now. They essentially keep to one framework style but can come in such a wide variety of shapes, colors, designs and fabrics that no two are really the same and they have the ultimate ability to adapt to your own personal style. Geometric patterns, both modern and naturally found such as in stones and gems are huge when it comes to clutch purses this season, and use this trend to your absolute advantage.

Luckily for anyone, these patterned bags can add a wealth of color while still being interesting when they are done up in neutral colors. A black and white striped basket weave card case clutch is one such example. It uses the natural pattern created by the basket weave to form a daring yet versatile black and white pattern. The zigzag of the weaving adds a bit of a chic chevron look to its stripes, making them appropriate for more casual as well as formal or professional environments.

Another such purse is a metallic shell crystal clutch. This bag adds the dynamism of color found in nature through its use of shells in the design. The blues and purples shimmer in a mother of pearl way that is both bohemian inspired as well as modern and chic in the use of the square shape and pattern. This can be used as a standalone piece or can be used to inspire an outfit, whether you use the color to influence your choice of clothing or as a beacon of inspiration for complementary accessories. Clutches and handbags are just as powerful of an accessory as jewelry and can be used to offset them or in conjunction with them.

The runway is always a great source of inspiration. Whether you get designer brand items or you simply use your fashion findings to help you seek out bargain look-a-likes, the runway is always ahead of the curve and can help you look like you are too.

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