Block It Out - Hot Trend

Color! It's everywhere this fashion season. But it's being used in a more un-common way than before.The new trend is "color-blocking".The concept couldn't be easier to comprehend: wearing articles of clothing in chunks, or "blocks" of color.

The idea is to piece together vibrant colors you normally wouldn't think "match".

This can range from a casual capri, to a tailored skirt, or just a fun and funky bag.

I've also noticed, I've spent less on purchasing clothes because I can mix-and-match pieces more so than before. You can go weeks without having a repeat affair.

And saving money always makes a girl happy

Be bold! Throw caution to the wind and trying pairing a few things together. There's really no way you can go wrong.


1.) I love a polished pencil skirt at the office and yet there's still room for a little jazz.  A V-Neck sweater follows the same tailored effect, but the blocks of color come in way of green and lilac and small hints of red and gold in a belt and necklace.

2.) Neon's like this yellow are a must! The richness of the blue on bottom, heighten the concept while still keeping a classic look. It's been paired with a red purse and longer necklace with hughes of orange. (Hint: Necklaces should hit either above the breast line or below, but never on. This keeps "the girls" from becoming a main focus)

3.) Going for a more casual look? Try your color in a skinny capri. Here, it's paired with a less vibrant blue and then a burst of yellow in the belt and necklace off-set the combo.

Spicy Baked Corn Dogs

When I was a kid, my Mom would occasionally fry up some corn dogs made completely from scratch.  Now that I'm a Mom I thought I'd do the same thing for my little one.  That being said, I'm not fond of frying since I manage to burn myself or ruin an article of clothing every time.  Plus baking is a far more healthy method of cooking.

Preheat oven to  425˚

2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix, 1 cup flour, 2 eggs, 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 stick melted butter, 1 ½ teaspoons cumin, 1 ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper, 1 ½ teaspoons garlic, paprika, 1 package of 8 hot dogs, 16 popsicle sticks

In a shallow mixing bowl mix together Jiffy mix, flour, eggs milk and melted butter.  The batter will be sticky.  At this point I typically set aside about 1/2 cup to make 2 corn dogs for Ava, this recipe is too spicy for her little taste buds.  Add the cumin, cayenne pepper and garlic.  Mix until the spices are thoroughly blended into the batter.

Cut the corn dogs in half and stick the popsicle stick in half way.  They are much easier to work with half sized.

Spread the batter evenly over each dog.  Don't make them too thick, about a 1/2 inch thick will do nicely.  Try not to leave any of the dog exposed and seal the bottom by the stick.  This will keep the dogs from drying out while they bake.  Sprinkle with paprika and bake for 12 - 15 minutes on the middle rack.

Now you are ready to serve.  You can serve alone or with a dipping sauce of your choice (honey mustard?).  My neighbor, a major meat eater, eyed one cautiously before taking a bite.  On his way out the door, he grabbed a second for his 50 yard walk home.  Don't be discouraged if they crumble a little, the batter is very muffin-like.  You can cover the popsicle sticks with foil if you don't want them to brown.  I don't usually have that kind of time, and I have yet to start a fire... expect that one time at Thanksgiving... story for another time!

What to Wear to: Weddings!

Tis the season, no, not Christmas, but wedding season! Every weekend is full of going to showers, engagement parties, and weddings. With all of these parties going on, how are you supposed to remember and coordinate what outfits you want to wear? Not to mention picking out shoes! Not to worry, we’re here to help make these decisions a little easier with these tips!

Wear something that’s colorful. It’s spring and a happy occasion so wearing something bright in the pastel family is sure to please.

J.Crew Lucille Dress in Cotton-Silk Faille

If you’re feeling really fashion forward, try a really nice wide leg jumper. It gives the look of a long maxi dress but you’ll certainly be unique in original look.

 Trina Turk Marianela Jersey Jumpsuit

Stick to the protocol. Check the invitation, if it says formal; opt for a long dress or a conservative cocktail dress. You can’t go wrong putting your hair up and wearing pearls, it will class up whatever you’re wearing.

Be sure to check the weather! Bringing a cardigan can always help in drafty churches and if it’s an outdoor wedding you’ll know to wear something light and breathable.

Time Saver- Invest in a pair of nude heels that look great with everything. Not only will this save you time but money, no more having to invest in new shoes with each dress! The below shoes I swear by!

Marc Fisher Joey Peep Toe Pumps


What you can win- A $25 gift card to Plain Ivey Jane's online site (valid only for clothing)

All entries must be received by Fri. May 18th, at 11:59PM PST. 2 winners will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, May 21st. Here's how to enter...

How To Enter (required):

  • Like Plain Ivey Jane on Facebook
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  • Leave a comment below and tell us which item off the Plain Ivey Jane site you’d purchase if you won.
For bonus entries please leave separate comments for each:

Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents 

Sarah Reeves- Originally from the suburbs of Atlanta, Sarah studied Apparel Merchandising and Entrepreneurship at Auburn University. After school she moved to New York and worked for J. Crew Corp for a few years before opening her own boutique in Austin, TX called Plain Ivey Jane (if you’re ever in Austin go say hello!). It's an overstock boutique that receives shipments of over 120 different brands and lines at a discounted price! Be sure to check them out online!

Leaving a Fingerprint-Cindy Barry

In 2006, Cindy Barry was hired as a Parent Support Specialist in Round Rock ISD. She was hired to build a bridge between home and school; locate invisible parents and educate them, empower them to get involved in their children's education.Through her work she discovered  a homeless population people weren't aware of. A boy sleeping on a bench by a local hamburger stand while another missed school for a week because he didn't have a pair of tennis shoes to wear to PE. Then there are the "couch hoppers." Kids who crash  in the living rooms of  friends because they don't have anywhere else to go.

Cindy  uncovered the reasons students missed school. Hungry and homeless students hide their secrets,ashamed for people to know their circumstances. This petite woman with a giant heart began to feed them before they headed for class and that small act of kindness proved she was trustworthy. Once the trust was established,the students began pouring out their stories and Cindy began to catch their tears; the tears that fueled an engine that has run nonstop for six years.

She started out by asking her neighbors to help her out with a little pocket change so she could keep a stash of  granola bars in her office but the more stories she heard, the more resources she needed.

Cindy has facilitated  job interviews, medical appointments, and clothing donations for hundreds of students. She and her crew of volunteers have helped students move into their own place and taught them the discipline of budgeting.

On June 1, 2011 budget cuts  ended her position with the school district.

I had built relationships with kids and their families. I couldn't let the absence of a paycheck keep me from helping them. I wasn't willing to disappear.I couldn't let them down.

For almost a year, Cindy has continued to run her program without funding. Instead of an office at the high school, her garage is now a warehouse for gently used clothing, backpacks and toiletries. This single mother of four remains prepared to meet the need when her cell phone rings and she says she receives phone calls daily about students in crisis. In turn, she calls on people  in the community  that are willing to help when they know the need.

While at the gas pump, a young man recently approached her. "You probably don't remember me but a  few years ago, you gave me a pair of shoes.You paid attention to me that day. No one thought I'd finish high school but I did  and now I'm getting my Associates degree."

Cindy is leaving her Fingerprint in the Round Rock, Texas community.  To donate money, gently used clothes, blankets,backpacks,  toiletries or to invite Cindy to speak  to your club or organization, email her @

The Plus Side of Fashion

Are you one of those who has a penchant for fashion and just can't wait for the reveal of each seasons new craze?  With a simple click of the mouse and a little patience one can scout the latest trends in color, as well as the perfect style to suit their frame. Are you looking to build a seasonal wardrobe with sensational style only to find clothing store and boutique sizes range from 2-8 or 10?  There are some of us who, very simply, are not a size 'small'. All is not lost, because most of our favorite designers have finally come to terms with this notion and now make clothes for those of us with a little extra curve appeal.

Take a look at these beautiful summer-time pieces:

This Rachel Pally tribal print updates an effortlessly chic maxi dress.  It is strategically shaped with an elasticized Empire waist in a soft stretch knit with an unfinished hem.










A solid black border outlines this Kenneth Cole sleeveless dress, which is brilliantly cut with a swingy shape and slightly curved handkerchief hem.










Shimmering sequins illuminate the front of this Michael Kors stretchy, cap-sleeved top with a pretty scooped neckline.










A neutral, utilitarian-inspired Kenneth Cole shirtdress is styled with button tabs to roll up the sleeves and finished with a curved shirttail hem.










The Created Woman knows that top designers understand the Plus Side of Fashion.  She knows where to shop for the best prices and understands how to maximize her assets.

Keep it Light!

Whether it's a weekend getaway  for two or a family vacation, people like me generally generally over-pack, under-think or get ready to wear a sundress only to find out I have no shoes that match. So, to help people like myself, I've researched and am giving YOU some great packing tips as you prepare for your summer travels.

Have you arrived at your destination and everything in your suitcase is wrinkled?

Bundle Wrapping is a concept that involves placing a pouch in the  center of the clothes you intend to  pack. The pouch is filled with socks and lingerie and serves as a core object to carefully wrap clothes around. Smaller items are wrapped around the pouch and larger garments  end up on the outside. There's an order of which items to begin with.Here's a look at the recommendations. is the website that hosts the concept of bundle wrapping.




Perhaps how to pack isn't your challenge but WHAT to pack is. Does this looks familiar?

If this is you, you'll love a website I found that has an application where you plug in you travel details, like:

  • destination
  • mode of transportation
  • length of vacation
  • accommodations
  • travel style ( Will you dine out? visit museums? parks?)
  • climate

And voila!!! It provides you with a list to follow. Instead of heaping your clothes in a suitcase go to

The Universal Packing List and get ready to assemble your valise.


Make Sure You Choose the Right Travel Bag


Duffel Bag-This is a great bag for a long weekend or short trip. Because it has no real frame, it's shape can adapt to a compartment, bin or trunk. It's not the ideal companion for an extended trip because it has to be carried either over the shoulder or use handles. If you're a fan of the duffel, you might consider investing in a padded shoulder strap to save your shoulders for your favorite halter top.


Rolling Suitcase-The rolling suitcase is ideal for the woman traveling on her own or carting small  children. They're considered effortless and efficient. If you're planning a great deal of moving around,  invest a little more to make sure you have a sturdy set of wheels.

photo compliments of


Capacity- I know I'm always looking for a bag with compartments galore, thinking  they instantly provide more packing space.  What I learned is that curves cause a travel bag to lose capacity. A rectilinear (shaped like a box) suitcase actually has more space as shown in the diagram.

A traveler am I and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul. -- Kahlil Gibran

Green Beauty & Fashion

Going Green, recycling, eco-friendly, organic; we've all heard the terms and usually the first thoughts that come to mind is recycling our glass bottles, coke cans and other kitchen items.  I have to be honest, it took me a while to be 'eco-friendly' because it just seemed so overwhelming to me!  Years of habits throwing everything into one trash was so easy! Well, now that I've got a some better habits than I did just a few years ago, I've noticed how many things around us have become 'environmentally safe.'  Options are right at our finger tips making it so easy for us!  So for this month's  CW theme, 'Going Green,' I thought I would share 4 simple ways you can begin or your extend your journey on becoming more eco-friendly.

#1 Organic Makeup -RMS makeup creator is non other than Gisele Bundchen's  makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift.  She has everything from foundation, cleansers, to this cheek2lip cream.  My thought is, if Gisele likes it, then so do I!

RMS Makeup

#2 Energy Saving Hair Dryer - Yes, it's true!  Sure, it may take a little bit longer to dry your hair, but the payoff is your hair is more beautiful and you've helped save a little energy for the environment.

Paul Mitchell Nature Inspired Express Ion Dryer

#3 Enzyme Exfoliate - This actually is one of my favorites and one I use weekly!  I purchae my MyChelle Enzyme Exfoliate at my local Wholefoods market and it's just that easy!  No hassle, no chemical and my face feels and looks great!  Check out all of her products online.


#4 Fashion - While researching some great eco-friendly clothing, I cam across this great website that listed so many products as well as stores that sold them.  So for us beginners or just time-crunched ladies, save this on your computer menu bar  and take a giant leap into becoming Green!  SA VA Clothing is just one way to start!

eco fashion world

SA VA Clothing

Have fun learning, shopping and becoming the Created Woman you were Created to Be!

Spring Shopping After Sunset

Che Bella  is Round Rock's newest upscale boutique and they're planning their first Girls Night Out!! On March 31, Che Bella will host a two hour shopping event complete with adult beverages, appetizers & door prizes.  Owner, Cyndy Flores says she wants to give customers,

Upscale Treasures without Upscale Prices

Cyndy's vision is to showcase local artisans and help them build their fan base. Her vendor's  wares include one of a kind handcrafted jewelery, beaded serving pieces, hair and clothing accessories, bags and children's clothing.

Cyndy's exquisite taste is visible in her refined home decor.

She's also got the perfect gift for any holiday. Her desire is to provide her clients with  a place they can find a one-of- kind, unique gift for their boss, neighbor or best friend.

For those whose taste is more on the whimsical side, there are accessories like hand-made scarves, woven bags, tutus in every color and a great line of Fair Trade women's tops. You can even contract a local artist to to create a wooden image of your favorite pup (like the one peeking through the window.)

The after hours shopping event is two hours only, 6:30p.m.-8:30 p.m., March 31st.

However, if you visit Che Bella before the 31st, you'll qualify for the VIP drawings on the big night. In any case, there will be plenty of laughter and food  in addition to the Surprise Sales, games and door prizes.

Grab your best girlfriend and get ready to give yourself a little time off.

(Click on Cyndy's photo to learn more about Che Bella)

Che Bella is located at16238 N RM 620, Suite E Austin, Texas  78717 (512) 671-4438

For practical purposes it is  the corner of Great Oaks and RM620 in the Boardwalk Shopping Center, Suite E.

Simplify my closet!

I used to be one who loved 101 choices when it came to fashion. You know, purses that matched every outfit, shoes in every color, jeans in all the different washes, and colored tops galore! Well, that is how it was until…… I had a family to tend to in the mornings, a serious job that I had to be on time for each day….oh and not to mention school work that I was exhausted from the night before. I just didn’t have that extra 30 minutes to sit on my closet floor and decide from all the choices I had, what I was going to wear that day. So to simplify my life, I simplified my closet. Besides, my husband stuck me with the smaller closet in our room. Not sure HOW that happened or HOW I let it happen, but I guess I was ready to downsize because I didn’t even fight him for it. Needless to say I got rid of a lot of old stuff and decided to start fresh. You know that segment in the US weekly or PEOPLE magazines, “I really love my……” and you see pictures of celebrities wearing a clothing item or accessory that they wear over and over again in like 5 different pictures but in each picture they wear it differently making it into cute outfit each time? Well, that’s what I wanted to do. I just wanted to buy just some core pieces and accessories that I could make different outfits out of, but I needed to find a core color that I would stick to and that is how I found…...the color GRAY (or is it Grey?)! This color has done wonders for me these last couple of seasons. Do you know how many different other colors go with gray? Red, maroon, white, ivory, taupe, purple, navy blue, pink, black, turquoise, and so on. And you can wear this color all year long! It’s like the new black for me. I don’t even remember the last time I wore black…wait I take that back, I actually wore a black skirt a couple of days ago, but before that it’s being a non-black season. So I created a color scheme around gray which included navy blue, pink, purple and taupe only bought a hand full of core pieces and accessories in that color family and low and behold I had a new wardrobe! Even shoes too! I bought some super cute gray, lace up booties at Nine West a couple of months ago and I have worn the crap out of them already! They go with everything and even better I have been able to wear them everywhere. Work, date night, and I even wore them to a wedding once! I was pretty much able to mix match everything I bought and made quite a few different outfits out of everything. Keeping items with patterns to a minimum also helped. Most pattern items tend to be trendy and not likely to past to season after season. Good tip if you’re trying not to spend a fortune each season. I am telling you this simplifying thing has been fabulous! No more 101 choices for me!

Fall Fashion Report, 2010

You can feel it in the air, see it in the trees and as you walk down the aisle in every home, clothing and trinket store. Fall is here and so are the glorious fall fashions!  I have to admit that even though I love the summer and all the fun activities we get to do like swimming, walk in the park with our kids or take a much needed summer vacation, fall is definitely my favorite time of the year.  I love the smell of pumpkin and spice filling the air of my living room when the candles are lit.  The sweet aroma of a cake baking, while snuggling up to the fireplace.  And I love putting on my favorite fall coat, tall boots and scarf as I step out into the brisk air.  The feel of a fall day blowing against my face as I pull my coat tighter sipping my favorite Starbucks is always considered a perfect day in my book! Every September seems to brings changes.  School is in full swing, new agendas usually roll out at work and of course, our favorite fashion magazines publish their own version of “The Book” that holds every secret, trend, accessory, boot, shoe, bag and new coat we need for the season.  But really, who has time to read 400 pages of fall fashions?  I wish I could study every page memorizing each picture so when it was actually my time to shop, I knew exactly what I needed!   Well, no need to worry ladies.  Created Woman is here to rescue you.  We’ll show you all the hot new trends, what’s in or out, which pieces are timeless all that you need to fill all your fall fantasies in less than 400 pages!

This year’s styles are ones that have impacted the world of fashion before.  Almost every trend this year our mothers or grandmothers have worn before.  It's a season of timeless elegance!

Timeless pieces like the ones above once again walked the runway for fall 2010.

Katherine Hepburn wearing black leggings and round toe flats. circa 1950's

Catherine Denevue looking lucious in a leopard print jacket 1965

Marilyn Monroe is a soft, full skirt circa 1950's

Lets FALL into together!


* Mixing Prints - Be careful that you look like you are deliberately clashing and pulled together so that you don't conjure up images of a "bag lady."

Leggings and Thigh High Socks

MC Hammer Pants

Yes, they are back!

The Minimalist

Wear in neutral colors

Leopard Print
The fun print is a staple that has once again re-surfaced.  From Raquel Welch to Catherine Denevue (see above), a hit of leopard brings out the wild girl in all of us!


-Clogs -Ankle Boots -Round Toe Ballet Flats

We first saw clogs in the 70's.  Now, they have a little different twist.  See Yvonne's article on Clogs, Fashion and Function

Ankle Boots - They come in all different looks.  Some are peep toe, others have fur so find what's best for you.

Ballet Flats - This year, try a round toe with leggings or a long, full skirt.

You can't go wrong with boots this year! So many different styles to choose from.


Top Handle  - Louis Vuitton

Hobo - Ralph Lauren

Yummy Colors!

The Neutrals

The neutral trend started last spring and continues for the fall.  It's your base for every great outfit this year.

Jewel tones

Jewel tones are hot in everything from shoes to accessories!  It's the pop of color that gets you noticed!

Jewel tones for fun; grey's , whites and black for the office


This fall, we travel back to the basic to a time of classic sophistication.  Shop the classics and you'll never go out of style!

There's nothing that screams timeless like Vogues very own Anna Wintour!  Her classic black glasses, fashion and hair cut as seen every season on the front row of every runway show will never go out of style.

Trench & Pencil Skirt

Two of my favorites!  Burberry made the trench coat a classic in the 1850's and if you don't have some version of this classic, make sure you pick one up this year. For a classic, sexy look, the pencil skirt can carry your from work to play.

The Men's Wear Look
Diane Keaton caused an uproar in the 1977 movie "Annie Hall" with her quirky men's apparel style  making women run to the department stores in droves to duplicate the look.    This time around, the look has incorporated some softer textures while keeping it's masculine-femininity.

1960's Full Skirt and Bustier

Thanks to the 3rd time Emmy Winning show "Man Men," Designers can't get enough of the look.  It hit every runway from Louis Vuitoon to Marc Jacobs.  Gwyneth Paltrow best sported the timeless 1960's lady like style on the red carpet this year in Prada.  Even hair trends from the 60's have re-surfaced by adding fullness to the crown.

For more classic tips, see blog on Clothes the fit the Economy and Trend

The Perfect Fall Outfits

So as the crisp breeze begins to blow through the air, make sure you are ready with great an american classic like the trench coat,a  great pair of boots and a leopard accessory .  But beware!  The collections for fall 2010 are ones you want to keep around for the next generation of fashionistas!  They are here to stay once again!

Remember, Friday, September 10th is Fashion Night Out so hit the stores with your best ankle boots and enough cash in your top handle bag to give a boost to the economy and your closet.

Also, don't forget to come back to Created Woman for more great fall fashion tips on make up, material trends and more throughout the month of September.

Happy Fall!