Wednesday, March 19, 2008

We've Moved

Please join us at our new URL:

We will not be posting or answering comments at this location and will eventually redirect this site. All of our sidebar widgets and links are being updated on the new site and we are still working on a few things, but come on over and let us know what you think!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Monday's Muse...The Queen Diva

Inspiration has many forms. I often find it by reading, listening to music and playing with my children. But lately, my biggest inspiration has come from my favorite blogs and blogger friends. So, every Monday, I am going to take a moment to share the blogs and sites I enjoy visiting.

I will begin by thanking Elaine of HipNChic Designs who literally helped plant this seed. I have been trying to figure out how to incorporate some "link love" into my blog without sounding like an advertising board. I realized that all I need to do is focus on the blogs and people who make a difference in my life or the business.

Elaine has impacted my business greatly after meeting her only a month ago. She runs an organization for women entrepreneurs on the internet where we gather for business advice, promotion and general support. It is a wonderful community where I have met many women with similar goals. Elaine is a talented artist who owns HipNChic Designs, and she is a very sweet, compassionate woman with a great sense of humor (no wonder I like her). When I saw that she has five children (plus her 31-year old baby), I realized that she is truly phenomenal, if not a bit insane. I have two children and that's my limit while owning a business. If I had five, the only thing I would accomplish daily is feeding them, cleaning up after them and trying desperately to get some peace and quiet. So cheers to Elaine and thank you for being a great inspiration. Oh yeah, she finds time to blog too. I think she is a robot.

All right my friends, our new blog design is almost ready so we may be away or down and redirected (I am not sure about all of the moving technicalities), but we'll be back better looking and blogtastically functional shortly.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday Q&A - Advice For Rounder Shapes

Q: I am having a hard time finding clothes that fit well and look nice on me. I am short and more “round” with not much of a waist and about a size 10. I couldn’t find my “type” on your site and was hoping you could recommend some styles. I've been told to wear babydoll or empire waist styles but I look pregnant in them.

Currently, our site focuses on three major body types, Pear, Hourglass and V-shape. We also provide an area with fit solutions. We realize that there are a lot of body type variations we don't fully cover and are more than happy to help. I would describe your body type as an apple (or as you said, round) and depending on the babydoll or empire style, you add bulk to your thick waist. Try these recommendations and see if you find a better alternative:

Tops: V-neck and deep scoop neck styles will create the illusion of a waist. Higher collars will bring attention to your neck and face and away from the middle. Tunics work nicely if your torso is shorter and you have longer legs. Interest in the sleeves such as dolman, raglan or bell shaped can be flattering. Tight tops and sleeves do not work well. Try this Dolman Sleeve top $58 from Anthropologie:
Jackets: Styles with structure and matte fabrics and nipped waists. Try a simple fitted blazer like this Stretch Broadcloth Jacket on sale for $58 from Max Studio:
Dresses: Shift dresses with princess seams or those that have a defined waist are polished and sleek. Try v-neck wrap dresses or scoop neck shirt dresses and anything cut on the diagonal. Strapless dresses can look amazing on your body type if you have nice shoulders and arms (or add a short cardigan). Keep the patterns medium sized in soft colors like this floral strapless dress $29 from ladylanguage:
Bottoms: A-line and straight skirts with a flat front (no pockets or sashes) and straight bootcut pants work well on your body type. Keep the skirts at knee length. Wool Bootcut Trousers on sale for $39 from ladylanguage:

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Perfect Handbag...Part Three

We have learned how to spot affordable quality and timeless silhouettes. We have covered the most common types of handbags and how to choose the perfect one based on your lifestyle and body type. We should also point out that above all your personal style rules. And a final tip, a big bag will make anyone look smaller and they are a hot style in 2008. So get ready for one of our longest shopping posts EVER...

Favorite Online Handbag Stores
Online boutiques carrying affordable handbags and designer deals:
6PM, Ebags, ChineseLaundry, Endless, DivaBoutiques, ElliotLucca, SmartBargains, MyPurseWorld, DesignerExposure, ShopSuey, BagBorrowOrSteal, BagHaus, InTheBag,

Favorite Handbag Blogs
We don't provide daily or weekly coverage on handbags, but we follow these sites and highly recommend them:
The The Purse Blog, The Bag Snob, and two new promising break-outs Never Enough Bags, and A Little Bag Obsessed.

Our Favorite Selections
Handbags we like categorized by bag type and lowest to highest price:


$108 - Jessica Simpson Delfina Flap


$52 - Ava Tote
$65 - Small Patch Tote

$114.50 - Gianni Bini Jackson Shopper$220 - Chanel Bowling Bag

$298 - Elliott Lucca Aruba Woven Tote$440 - Bottega Veneta Nappa Tote$500- Patent Leather Hayden Tote


$27.77 - Nine West Braided Satchel

$48 - Butterfly Satchel
$69 - Nine West Patent Croc Satchel

$69 - Tianni Leather Domed Satchel

$199 - Cole Haan Leather Satchel

$199 - The Sac Peace Satchel

$358 - Coach Hampton Satchel

$899 - Fendi Brown Logo Design Canvas SatchelHobo

$59.99 - Sigrid Olsen Mahe Leather Hobo
$75.90 - BCBGirls Midtown Hobo

$78 - Chinese Laundry Large Double Strap Hobo
$99 - Nine West Suede Hobo

$149 - Cole Haan Kaylie Small Hobo

$179 - Gianni Bini Madison Hobo

$25 - Big Buddha Quilted Satin Clutch
$35 - Satin Clutch with Rhinestone Clasp$48 - Lambskin Quilted Framed Clutch

$99 - Calvin Klein Snakeskin Clutch

$100 - Yoelle Wristlet

Whew! Aren't you glad we don't do this everyday? Me too. So, I am in need of a new Spring/Summer bag that will last me while. I have one of these in mind, can you guess which one? I'll give you a hint - the bags I choose fit my body type of tall and thin. The first person to comment and guess my choice correctly will win a surprise! ***UPDATE - Linda over at Delicous Scent has guessed correctly - the Cole Haan Satchel. Also, our next contest will include purses, so don't miss it!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Many thanks to Grandpa who was camera ready at the hospital. We couldn't wait to post these beautiful pictures of our new family member:

The one and only Holland Paige (to which my 11 year old Nephew says "why'd they name her that?"):

And the lovely family Michael, Jessica, Gwyneth and Holland the day after baby's birth.

Now how does a woman look that good the day after giving birth to a child? I must dig up a picture of myself the day after I gave birth because I swear I still had my gown on and looked like I had been run over by a bus!

If you can't tell, I am overcome with joy for them and look forward to cuddling a newborn baby in my arms again (a baby that I can give back when it starts to cry, that I do not have to nurse, and that I do not have to wake up with at 3am). Yes, my baby days are certainly over but I am delighted to live through Jessica. Thank you all for your kind comments and best wishes!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Beautiful Changes

While Michelle owns Lady Language and manages most of the daily operations, sisters Jessica and Stephanie have played a major role in keeping customers happy, managing shipments and selecting products for the store. As mentioned in another post, Jessica and Stephanie have actual lives that take them away from the business while Michelle is totally consumed and loving it.

This weekend, Jessica gave birth to her beautiful baby girl, Holland Paige, and our new family member at a healthy 7 lbs 14 ounces and 20 inches. We'll post some pics later this week. Jessica will be settling in to her role as a Stay at Home Mother and caring for the new baby and her sweet 3 1/2 year old Gwyneth (or as we like to call her, Foo Foo).

Stephanie is consumed with college life again, studying and writing endless reports. Between caring for her 3 children, school, and her current job at the hospital, she hardly has any time for fun.

Lady Language continues to grow and we are so grateful for all of our wonderful customers and fellow bloggers. We hope we can continue to live up to your expectations and have some great new things planned over the next few months. Michelle only hopes she has enough time and sanity to implement them!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock...THE WINNER IS

Did you all set your clocks ahead? I am having a hard time adjusting as I can't stand losing time. Thanks all for your excellent comments over the past few weeks! Our Daylight Savings Give Away winners are:

1. Sandy
2. Iron Chic
3. Linda

and...I narrowly escaped having to find a perfect article of clothing for Lou who came in 4th! Congratulations ladies!

So I will be hopping over to find my winners shortly and making arrangements to send your lovely items. And hang in there over the next week or so. The awesome Katy over at I'm Blogging That is working on moving me from blogger over to my main URL with some design changes that I am VERY excited about. I hope all of my readers will continue to follow me and wish me luck during the transition. We'll have another good contest once the site redesign is finished.

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Perfect Handbag...Part Two

In Part One of our quest for the perfect handbag, we introduced you to timeless handbag styles and taught you how to spot affordable quality.

We each have our own personal taste to consider and many available choices. The next step is to identify a handbag style that works well with your lifestyle and body type.

The Most Common Handbag Styles

Totes - Rectangular with an open top and two strap handles in a range of sizes. Possibly the most versatile style and often referred to as bucket bags or shoppers.
Satchels - Inspired by a piece of luggage, it is a bag with a wide, flat bottom, zippered or clasped top and two handles/straps. Doctor and bowling style bags fit this category. They are often carried on the arm rather than the shoulder.
Hobo Bag - A casual style with a long strap, slouchy posture and is characterized by a crescent shape.
Shoulder Bag - A large bag with a strap that can be carried over the shoulder. Think messenger style.
Clutch - A bag with no handles that is carried under the arm. A classic evening bag style.

Identify a Need or Purpose

Every girl should have at least three types of bags at her disposal; a large tote, medium size carryall, and an evening clutch. The styles you choose should be based on your personal style and individual proportions. Once you have a few utilitarian bags at your disposal, you can add trendy and colorful choices to your collection.

My closet has a few trustworthy and timeless bags that will last a lifetime. I have young kids so I need a catch all type bag that can take a beating (okay, so it’s a diaper bag) - my canvas Skip Hop messenger style bag works perfectly and I can sling it over my shoulders comfortably. For everyday trips (i.e., the grocery store) I carry a medium size hobo. I also have a small silver evening clutch and black kiss lock wristlet for special occasions and a larger flat bottom suede tote for day trips without the kids. A large tote or satchel is also great for carrying work related items

Find The Right Fit

If a handbag doesn’t look right, it may be drawing attention to an unflattering part of your body. The key is to carry the purse near your best feature and choose the right proportion based on your frame. The most universally flattering handbag fits comfortably under your arm and sits at the bend of your waist. Here are some additional tips for common figure issues.

Triangle Shape or Bottom Heavy - Choose a bag with a short strap that hangs high near your torso rather than low slung near the hips. Satchels and short handle totes work well. Textured bags with vertical lines will elongate your figure. They key is to draw attention to your smaller upper body.

V-Shaped or Top Heavy - Avoid carrying purses with short straps that hug your upper body. A bag with a long strap creates balance when it falls below the waist.

Plus Size or Curvy - A medium size bag in a structured style works best. Avoid large, baggy and rounded styles or too small styles. Satchels and clutches that are long and rectangular have a slimming effect. If you have a slim waist, choose a strap length that allows the purse to fall at your waist.

Petite - A purse that is too large will make you look even smaller. Your best choice is a small purse with a short strap. Keep the style minimal and clean so as not to overpower your frame.

Tall and Thin - Avoid small or flat bags that mimic your frame. Choose medium to large styles with volume or bold colors and fabric. Baggy, rounded styles add curves and contrast to a slim frame.

Hourglass - Any style works but keep in mind areas you want to draw attention away from.

These tips are not a prescription that must be followed exactly. They are guidelines to help assess your needs and teach you about handbag proportion in relation to your frame. When you consider this balance, it is easier to choose a handbag that makes you look good. You won't need to obsess over new handbags each season because you will have perfect choices in your closet.

Keep reading next week and I'll show you where to find the best handbags online at affordable prices.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Friday Q&A - Vegan Shoes

**Q&A Friday on a Wednesday? What! Have we lost our minds? Don't worry, we will be back to our regular posting schedule next week. Truth is, I am still working on my handbag post for this week and the Q&A was more fun. So here goes:

Q: If you ever come across some sexy, fashionable vegan shoes, let me know, as it's pretty hard to find a pair that don't make me look like a hippy earth mama.

A: It's no picnic trying to find fashionable shoes if you are Vegan. Choosing an ethical and eco-friendly lifestyle, Vegans do not consume or use animal products of any kind. Not only do you need to find shoes made without ANY animal products, you also have to consider the environmental impact right down to the manufacturing of those shoes. When I think Vegan shoes, I think Earth brand as pictured above. I think hemp, flip flops, and gargantuan sandal foot. I don't think style, sex appeal or fashionable, but I have found hope.

If you want stylish, sexy vegan shoes without compromise, look no further than the collection at te casan, designed by Natalie Portman. They are not cheap, but are attainable at $200-$300 a pair. Plus, they are limited edition pieces and the proceeds go to animal rights non-profit groups. How about the strappy red heels to the right? Timeless Style + Sinister Red + Hand Crafted Satin = Sexy Vegan indeed.

If you are not keen on spending that kind of cash, other affordable options include:

Faux Seude Platform at Vegetarian Shoes and Bags on sale for $30.96. If they had my size available, I would buy these in a second.
Sexy Stacked Heel Sandal available at MooShoes, a vegan-owned boutique that sells an assortment of cruelty-free footwear, for $95. Four inch platforms mean serious business.
D'orsay Pump at Vegetarian Shoes and Bags on sale for $32.90. A cutesy retro look.

So there you go. Sexy. Vegan. Shoes. and some new shopping alternatives. And if any of my readers have some advice on Vegan shopping, please drop me a comment!

Monday, March 3, 2008

It's Tee Time

I was a tomboy growing up so jeans and t-shirts have always taken first place in my closet. And although my style has evolved to include more feminine silhouettes, I constantly scour the online stores for tees. Wearing a ridiculously printed tee is my way of having fun and being my whimsical self. I recently bought the pictured tee for $9 (it features little butterflies and leaves with snails and snail tracks plus the words SO SLOW). I decided to pair it with a fun little skirt instead of jeans.

Some of my other favorite tee finds lately include:

Hinix Tees - eco-friendly designs.
Heavy Rotation - because they hail from my home state Wisconsin and have unique styles at good prices.
Lochers - The right mix of naughty and nice.
Atomica at ShanaLogic - Speaks to the side of me who wants electric blue hair and to be a space-age bombshell.

And of course, the lovely Susan over at Chic Chemise always has great picks to check out. And if anyone else has a favorite place to shop for cool tees, let me know!

Ah, yes, me and my tee are going to have lots of fun come Spring (and I may have finally found something to wear with my electric blue tights):