Season 8, Episode 25: Carly

posted: 10/04/11
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Clinton thinks she looks a bit like a space hooker.
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Brace yourself, this Jersey girls style has a split-personality. Carly is a 32-year-old single mom of two who's style swings from schlump-tastic sweats to scandalous spandex. Her messy lounge-wear and R-rated attire are sending some seriously mixed messages, keeping this administrative assistant at the bottom of the corporate ladder.

Now, Carly is suffering from a serious case of self-neglect. Can we get this voluptuous vixen to find a look that's sexy and sophisticated (and contains the cleavage)? Or will a week in fashion 101 focusing on herself send her right back to spandex?

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Carly's over-sexy style is holding her back at work and keeping her down.

Carly doesn't like the patterns on this dress. When Stacy asks why Carly says, "I don't know, but I don't like it." With some prodding, Carly admits that she had never given her wardrobe a second thought. She keeps all of her focus on her kids and off herself.

Get This Look!

  • Purple dress with orange and yellow pattern by Nine West from Macy's
  • Brown leather pump with open toe by Michael Kors from Zappos
  • Large gold chain bracelet by RJ Graziano
  • Green clutch by Big Buddah from Zappos
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Carly's hair was feeling neglected, but then Ted takes over.

Ted's Transformation

Ted wants to unify Carly's hair so it's all one tone. He also wants to add layers and bangs so will be easy for Carly to manage, but will still look sexy.

  • Colored hair with one color from scalp to line of demarcation and another color from line of demarcation to ends of hair, Loreal Professional Haircolor
  • Shampoo and condition with Ted Gibson daily cleanse and daily nourish
  • Build it spray fix it gel for sleekness and shine, blow dried with a round brush
  • Beautiful hold hairspray by Ted Gibson to give shine control and the ultimate style
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After the makeover Carly is beaming.

Carmindy's Makeover

Asking about her morning makeup routine, Carmindy wants to simply pump up the style of Carly's look. It won't require more time to manage, but instead will require a little practice.

  • Apply Luminizing Face Primer
  • Smooth on Your Skin Makeup in Creamy Beige
  • Add Fast Fix Concealer in Light under the eyes
  • Apply Truly Translucent Powder in Light/medium
  • Line upper lashes with Forever Stay Eyeliner in Black
  • Apply the highlight shade from the Instant Definition Eyeshadow Palette to "Carminidize" the face under the brows, on the inside corners of the eyes and on top of the cheekbones
  • Apply the lid shade from the same palette across the lid and smudged under the lower lash line
  • Apply the contour shade from the same palette in the crease
  • Use the Lift and Define Mascara in Black on top and bottom lashes
  • Sweep on Natural Powder Blush in Ethereal
  • Apply Forever Stay Moisture Gloss in Sugar Cookie
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Carly looks ready for work.

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Carly's everyday-wear is a mix of rock and mom.

Get This Look!

  • Black buckle booties by Easy Spirit from Macy's, $69.99
  • Black metallic top by Karen Kane from Lord & Taylor, $66.30
  • Black leather jacket by INC from Macy's, $149.00
  • Dark grey jeans by Not Your Daughters Jeans from Macy's, $108
  • Brass Silver Ball earrings by Carol for Eva Graham from Filene's Basement, $3.94
  • Multi-chain & Pearl necklace by Stephen & Co. from Filene's Basement, $12.99

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Carly's evening-wear is bangin'.

Get This Look!

  • Metallic Shirred dress by Jones New York from Macy's, $66.24
  • Black patent pumps by Naturalizer from Macy's, $59.99
  • Cranberry patent clutch by Cole Hann from Filene's Basement, $50.00
  • Cluster earrings by Carol Dauplaise from Filene's Basement, $5.90
  • Multi-Chain Necklace by Catherine Stein from Filene's Basement, $16.99

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Carly looks and feels amazing.

Carly's Thoughts

"I learned this week the change in my wardrobe the change impacts more than just the way I look. I have to take care of myself. I have to prioritize and put myself on the top of the list for the benefit of myself, my future, my kids and my job."

"I now think sexy is what a person puts on that complements their body without revealing too much. Now, I'll get positive attention and not negative attention. I feel better about showing others who I am."

"No more rut. The rut is over."

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