By February 3, 2011 Read More →

Straight from the Stylist: Personalizing your Fashion Identity

Now is the time to confidently add some sparkle and color to your new year. Create your own individual shine by igniting your imagination along with your personality and choosing an ensemble that you feel amazing and comfortable in. The most important rule to fashion is that anything goes right now and remember that combinations are limitless. Choosing colors that inspire and enlighten your inner energies and mixing them with classic pieces is essential to having a wardrobe fit for any occasion. Favor items that are versatile, but make sure you leave some room for creativity in each piece you wear. Popular colors for this season are orange, emerald green, white, and more versatile colors like black and beige that can be mixed and matched very easily. Embrace variety in your closet by experimenting with different styles. Uniquely stunning jewelry and accessories are also an absolute necessity to make an outfit look and feel totally complete. To create a stunning ensemble is easier than you may think. Some of you may not know that hidden among our own neighborhoods, right here in Stanislaus county, there is a thriving, trendy, and affordable shopping scene. Staying fashionable in this era usually means shopping at large chain stores. However, you can create your own unique personal style, support our local economy, and help our own fashion community thrive.

Consignment stores are very appealing right now since it is possible to combine affordable and great quality apparel with designer labels. Obtaining designer labels is easier than ever, if you know where to look. Ritzy Rags and Things has a great selection of unique and trendy pieces that can be mixed together for an overall unparalleled style. The owners have created a boutique that has a more modern twist on a vintage style consignment store with a broad variety of popular designer labels. They have a nice variety of sought after items such as suede heels, boots, bold bracelets, animal print apparel, trendy belts, sparkly dresses, furs, purses, jewelry and more. Moderate searching should be anticipated but they do a reasonable job of organizing by specific attire. The red velvet high heel seat in the back is the cutest thing ever to sit on while trying on shoes. Customer Service is excellent, they are knowledgeable about the hottest fashion trends and are very helpful when combining a variety of pieces. This is a great place to find unique gifts for that special lady and receive up to 30% off all women’s clothing at their Valentine’s Sweetheart sale January 15th to 31st. Also if you write a review on you will receive a $5 OFF coupon on any one (1) item. Contact store for customer buying day and buying regulations.

Modesto, Turlock and Carmel locations, Turlock carries children’s and teen clothing as well

For the cowboys and girls out there meeting your fashion needs here in the country western capital of California is simple with local stores like Bucksworth. They have been meeting the country western fashion needs here in the Central Valley since 1980. This local retailer specializes in high quality, casual, and dressy western wear and accessories for the whole family. They have a variety of boots, hats, jeans, belts, buckles, blazers, and much more that promote the western lifestyle. Some of the most popular items are the handcrafted and traditional Dan Post Cowboy boots and the comfortable and light weight Twisted X boots. They have more than clothing necessities they supply beautiful pieces of jewelry, native american items, books, artwork, children’s rocking horses, perfume, cologne, pendant ties, and everything country. Express your love for your Valentine with a gift of true country western wear from Bucksworth.

Oakdale location

Popping up all over the place are pampering spa salons. The big question is, which one is the best for you? There are so many to chose from. Stepping into Bella Vagos was very impressive. Complimentary coffee upon entering is a huge plus. Hair, nails, waxing, makeup, massage, air brush tanning, and more. The most preferred service right now is the shellac manicure/pedicure service that is applied right upon your own nails and prevents nails from cracking or chipping. They also offer the new Brazilian Blowout hair straightening service. Need some fresh air? Just step out into the inspiration patio. Hungry? There is even a cafe past the patio area making white mochas, gourmet salads, sandwiches, and stocking wine and beer. They certainly cater to your every relaxing desire. We all deserve to take time out of our busy schedule for some pampering once in a while and this salon is worth experiencing. Contact salon for exact details of services. Gift cards also available for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion.


Cruise to your next event or special Valentine’s Day party in style with City Heat Limousine, they provide a premium chauffeured service with the rental of a stretch Hummer H2, stretch Dodge Charger, or stretch Cadillac Escalade. They now offer an in limo karaoke system to make the lovely night even more exciting and memorable.


Creative Tip: Custom Make your own Lipgloss or Nail Polish … Mix powder pigment or crushed eyeshadow into light pink lipgloss or light pink nail polish and mix until smooth. Apply.



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About the Author:

Shasta Boss, Stylist and Certified Makeup Artist