Monday, September 29, 2014


I don't have time to look cute today... this week... this year... EVER!  Sound familiar?  We all have busy lives taking care of children, stressing over our jobs, training for marathons or dealing with life in general.  That doesn't mean we have to take the back seat for looking our best.  

A friend of mine, Erin, was feeling down one day.  For no particular reason, she was in the dumps.  She happened to be in sweatpants the whole day and her shower consisted of being splashed while bathing one of her seven children.  (Yes, seven children.)  Anyways, I told her to go shave her legs.  She laughed and questioned, huh?  She did it anyway.  Next day, Erin was happy to report that by taking a nice, long shower and shaving her legs, it made her feel better.  How did this happen?  First off, she took some time for herself and second, she made her legs not look like she was a cave-woman.

It happens to the best of us... whether we decide to get all hairy for weeks at a time or think that our husband's 1995 Pearl Jam t-shirt with baby puke stains is the outfit of choice.  The excuses for why we do this is well, inexcusable.   


1.  I have babies/kids.

So you decided that the "I've just rolled out of bed look" is the best you can do?? NO!  Keep reading! 

2.  I'm going to workout.

Right now?  Are you on your way right now to workout?  If not, no excuse!  If it's 1:30 and you are still in workout clothes, go slap your forehead... and keep reading!
3.  I feel like blah today.

If you are physically sick, ok you are excused but why are you not home in bed?  Or is it "blah" as in having a mental day?  Then you BETTER keep reading!

4.  Who am I going to impress?

Please don't let this be you.  You deserve to look and feel your best because YOU are impressing yourself and WILL feel good with a tiny bit of effort.  I'm not saying you have to be dressed to the nines with a perfect body, perky boobs, glamorous hair and flawless skin.  I'm saying to embrace what you have and put a little flare (as in spice, heat, chacha) into your look.  Let yourself shine!  Going out with a dumpy t-shirt, mop head hair and shapeless pants will make you feel like shit.  If you don't look good, you don't feel good.  And it doesn't take much to achieve that. 


1.  Try to shower (at least a quick, body shower) and seriously, SHAVE YOUR LEGS!  

You will have smooth, sexy legs and be a woman again.  If there is no time, I hear ya.  But if you wake up and feel like a beast, then go shave your legs.  Your partner will like that too ;)

2.  Put on make-up!  

Just a little.  Without it, you WILL look like death.  I don't how many times my mother-in-law has greeted me with, "You look tired!"  Nope, just lazy.  I now try to avoid that with 3 items...Powder, mascara and lipgloss- that's it!  Powder will even out your skin and give your face a fresh look.  Black mascara will make tired eyes pop.  And lipgloss or lipstick will pull it all together giving the illusion that you spent time on your pretty face when it only took you less than a minute!

3.  Dry shampoo spray

Skipping a day on washing your hair?  No problem.  Use a dry shampoo spray (available at any drugstore) and apply on your roots (it will remove that nasty oil).  Brush it out and finish with hairspray.  

4.  Top or bottom rule

Pick either a really cute top or a really cute bottom.  The idea is to stay comfortable while still obtaining some style.  For example, if you want to wear a sweatshirt/athletic shirt, first make sure it's a top that fits you properly and not a hundred years old.  Pair it up with some blingy jeans and some UGG boots and voila! 

Rock and Roll Cowgirl Rival Low Rise in Dark Vintage Dark Vintage - Free Shipping BOTH WaysBlissful HoodieUGG Classic Cardy 

Want to wear comfy bottoms instead?  Get a cute top (fun pattern or bright) and wear with fashionable joggers.  Aeropostal, Athleta or Kohl's Juicy Couture line is a great place to start. Finish it off with some stylish wedge sneakers.  Welcome to comfy AND cute town!

 Juicy Couture Velour Jogger Pants - Women'sTops and Jackets: Tunics | AthletaBucco Kelda Wedge Sneaker - Assorted Colors |

5.  Accessories

Earrings, necklace, scarf, sunglasses.... pick one!  This will make any casual look come together.

Extraterrestrial Gem CollarVersace Sunglasses - Free Shipping & Returns | Sunglass HutNordstrom 'Brushstrokes' Cashmere & Silk Blend ScarfLINKED STONE DANGLING EARRINGS | Express

Still have no idea what to do?  Go to my ===> Personal Shopping page.
Just complete the consultation form.  You may need a wardrobe overhaul and/or help to put together some looks (shopping may not even be needed)! 

Good luck, my gatinhas!  Think comfy casual AND stylish. 



Friday, September 26, 2014


Time to put a look together for a wedding in Chicago!  Lots of great questions from a client...
Help!  Here's the dress I’m wearing to a wedding… 
I need shoes and heels? silver necklace or none?  I need something to throw over it too since we might be outside for a bit.

-Karin W.

Love the dress!  Since it's an orangey/red dress you don't want to wear pure black.  Pewter wedges would be perfect (no heels since you may potentially be on grass).  A wrap will work well since it's only fall weather.  You could either do a bold necklace with simple earrings or dangle, formal earrings with a delicate necklace.  And don't forget a clutch.  You'll look fabulous!


How Do I Wear It?

How Do I Wear It? by chachaflare
Athleta Dress / Bandolino Wedges / Jessica McClintock Clutch / Swarovski Jewelry / MANGO Chain Necklace / Echo 'Ruana' Wrap

Thursday, September 25, 2014


I love the color orange but hate it when it's paired with black.  Unless it's Halloween, do NOT do orange and black.  Orange and grey on the other hand is magic!  You get the contrast like black but on a much softer scale. Check out the look...

 Orange You Glad It's Grey?
Doublju red long sleeve shirt / Proenza Schouler grey jeans / Nine West genuine leather boots / MICHAEL Michael Kors orange tote bag, $500 / Wet Seal black braided bracelet / Charlotte Russe fish hook jewelry / Essie nail polish

Monday, September 22, 2014


Hi, my name is Deb and I'm so excited to start my new venture!  As my gatinhas, you will find fashion tips, inspiration and my adventures as a personal shopper

What does gatinha mean??
It's a Brazilian slang term for hottie, but it literally means female kitty. Meow!

Anyhoo...Everybody needs fashion advice!  Have you ever found yourself just standing in a department store?  Literally just standing.   A clueless, frozen posture and sometimes you're holding a piece of clothing.  Other times you may just look like a lost child.

I just saw a woman do this the other day.  So I chimed in.  
Me:  "That color is no good on you.  Washes you out.  Try the bright pink."
Cute Lady in her 60's:  "Oh no.  I'm too old for that color."
Me:  "That's crazy talk.  Try it on." 
She hesitates, but tries the jacket on anyway.
Me:  "Perfect.  Shows off your pretty brown skin and hair.  Stay away from that green."
This woman was adorable.  Thanking me and telling me she had been standing over those jackets for about 15 minutes.  I thought she was going to hug me.

So maybe this isn't quite you, but I've seen it so many times that you may be lying to yourself.  We all do this.  And when I say "this", I mean we are looking for our sister, mom or girlfriend to really tell us what they think.  Shopping doesn't have to be a chore so before the agony of going alone and getting biased opinions from a salesperson, think to contact me.
Go to my Personal Shopping page to get started.  Read more about me here --->  About Me.  Thanks for reading!  More posts to come...