The Perfect Petite

No, it’s not Eva Longoria Parker.  It’s the person looking back at you in the mirror.  You are the perfect petite.  We want you as perfect on the outside as you are on the inside.  And how can we do that at Nhulie?

There are so many misconceptions about us “petites” already.  With statics of the average size woman trending towards the petite side of things, why is it so difficult to fit clothing that fits?

Even as a manufacturer and designer, getting the right fit is challenging.  The customer makeup isn’t constant yet as we are still in growth phase.  Knowing we can’t fit everyone, even within a niche like this, we can strive to get it as close to right as possible.  And how can we do that?  Fit models?  Yes, but the fit model has to represent you-or in this case, the average petite “you”.

With planning our next collection, we want to get a better idea of who our Nhulie girls are.  You’re the celebrity.  We want eyes on you, not Eva or Kelly or whoever.  They’ve got enough attention.  It’s our time to shine.

So whip out your measuring tapes and please send us your perfect petite inches.    It will take just a few moments.  We are needing the following information:

age

bust

waist

hips

height

You can send your information over to customersupport@nhulie.com.

Thank you so much for all your support.

Bootilicious Babe!

Apepazza Lecce Tall BootI don’t know of one girl who doesn’t adore a great pair of boots.  For us petite girls though, it can be a little tricky, especially if your not the ultra skinny petite girl who can pull off belting a rice sack and still look fabulous.  So for the rest of us, how do you pull off a boot worn well and not look stocky?  We can’t spare to give up any of our God given height,  so how can you pull on your leather ass kickers with confidence?

One thing to keep in mind, when tucking your pants in your boots, try picking out bottoms that isn’t going to slouch or gather at the top of your boots.  Jeans will tend to do this.  The look will make you look sloppy and short.  So try to avoid them if you can by choosing leggings or tight fitting bottoms.   This will keep things sleek and create clean lines for a taller, slimmer appearance.  BCBGMaxAzria carries some great heavier weight synthetic leggings, like their Mason Leggings, that are more pant like than tights. Investing in a good quality pair of leggings will avoid the question of  whether or not you borrowed them from your teenage daughter.

When in dresses, think short, really short as an inch or two above the knee and even go higher if your comfortable.  On the opposite end of things, you can go long, maxi long, so that the look creates a longer appearance.  Nhulie’s Vintage Joanny Long Dress is meant to be worn long and grazing the floor.  This dress looks great with boots in the spring when the weather is sunny yet still crisp and cool.  Picking a boot with a heel will give you some hidden height under the Vintage Joanny Long Dress.  Most other lengths of dresses or skirts will create one too many horizontal lines across our bodies that tend to make us look shorter than we want to be when it’s paired with a boot, and we don’t need that do we now?

With all of the lengths of boots available this season, the length of boot can be a bit tricky.  I would probably best avoid the ones that hit your mid calf.  Unless you have arms for legs, your mid calves are going to the be the widest part of your leg below the knee.  So keep the eye candy to the short ankle boots or again, go the opposite direction and take it to the knees.  Tip though with the ankle boot, if your going to dress this up with a skirt or short dress, try to keep the leggings or tights the same color.  This is where the one color thing will keep you looking sleek and slim.

With all the other embellishments that can be found on boots, have fun with them.  Just put confidence into your stride and you’ll be admired by many.Vintage Joanny Dress

Nhulie Annual Season Sale

Nhulie and Balzac stuff doesn’t go on sale too often. Usually the sales are private and only those on our mailing list is notified of the sale. This is the first annual sale that we are having and we are making it known to the masses.  Yeah!!
Some of the collection mostly the menswear inspired items are still in production process and not ready for shipping but it’s not on sale anyway.

The stuff that I really love though has just been discounted at almost 50% off!  I am constantly getting raves from the girls about how much they love the vintage collection.  So take advantage of the sale. Most of these items are just about below the cost it takes me to make the clothing so it’s a steal.  The fabric designs are vintage reproductions and it will be a nice addition to your closet for many years.  It’s just one of those vintage pieces that you’ll never get tired of bragging about.

Everything we make is manufactured in Los Angeles. The quality and details for the clothing is excellent and can bump along side some of my other favorite designers out there.

Being a Nhulie girl means being unique and individualistic and not looking like everyone else out there.  Allow your clothing to express the beautiful person that God created you to be.  Be true to who you are and don’t give in to public opinion.  Conformity only justifies another person’s misery so don’t let it be yours too.  It doesn’t do your mind and body any good.

Enough said.  I have two girls to spend some time with before school starts again.  Boo!

Sample Show Today in Los Angeles

Nhulie for Balzac Clothing LLC will be participating in the sample show today at the California Market Center in Los Angeles.  Many of our samples will be nearly perfect and from a consumer point of view-  you won’t be able to tell any differently.  Some of the final samples were used for photography and nearly brand new.  

For those of you who aren’t familiar with our fit and style, it will be  a great opportunity to come down in person and check us out.  Best part about supporting Nhulie for Balzac Clothing LLC is that we will be donating 50% of today’s proceeds to Hand of Hope, a Christian charity non profit organization that supports people in need around the world.   

Thank God it’s Friday!

Gym Attire and Workout Gear for the New Year

I am probably one of millions that most likely added getting fit and healthy to the New Year’s resolution plan for 2009.  In my mid thirties, my doctor says that I have to workout more…  and I thought I was doing good these past years.  

It’s hard enough finding the energy to get out of the house and spend the next hour or so sweating it out at the gym, park, lake, beach, or wherever.   You have the kids, your work, your spouse, housework, or the couch calling for your attention.  So when do you have some good quality time to invest in your health and well being?   So if you are going to hit the gym or beach, be it known that EVERYONE is looking at EVERYBODY.  

The gym is a small environment where you’re sharing sweaty benches and cardio machines and stretching in front of other people- and most likely you’ll run into someone you know.  Hips too wide, rear too round?  Arms a bit flabby, or the mommy pouch that could hold groceries if it could.  Starting to feel self conscious yet?   Where do you find the motivation to keep going?  It’s only February and you can’t quit yet.  How can you make it the best out of the situation?

My partial answer to this is to invest in some good gym clothes and a great pair of shoes.  I am a big believer in wearing clothes that make you feel good and not worrying too much about the rules too much.  But at the gym, your attire matters.  It gives you motivation to get up and go.  It will help keep you stay positively focused when your energy may be diminishing.  Plus the right gym clothes will make it  look like you know what your doing.   You wouldn’t play tennis in your jeans nor would you take self defense classes in your bathing suit.  It’s all in the clothes and your workout is no exception.  

You have to spend a little bit of money on a couple of outfits that you can rotate through and wash each week.  Quality is important in gym wear.  Find the materials with some technology built into the fabric and construction of the garment.  It should  keep you dry by whisking away the perspiration and perhaps keep bacteria at bay.  There’s nothing more uncomfortable than a cold sweaty t-shirt when you are crunching away.  

Showing some skin is in. But for us petite women, put that focus on the upper body- the neckline, arms and shoulders.  I advise against wearing shorts if possible.  I know it gets a bit hot during the summer months and even I break down and pull on my shorts when the temperature gets in the 90’s and up.  But most shorts are designed with a bigger/taller body type in mind so when a petite woman puts on the same shorts that are meant to hit at the high thigh, those shorts are now dropping longer and hitting our mid thighs giving us a stocky and shorter appearance, add to this is the line that your shoes create at the ankles, making your appearance even shorter.  But if you must don a pair of shorts, find them as short as as legally possible.  This way, the cut will hopefully sit more flattering on you and thus helping you focus on your more treasured ASSet.  I did find a pair Nike bike style shorts that were almost perfect for petites.  The inseam was a good length, not too long on a petite body.   But the problem was in the rise of the shorts which would have sit nicely on a taller woman’s hips but the waist band nearly came up to my belly button.  

Pick up a couple of dark colored long workout pants.  This will help slim and lengthen the look of your petite body.  Vertical striping will also add to the lengthening effect if you can find some.  I just picked up a pair of gym pants at Bebe Sport which are black with pink veritical stripes along the side.  They came in petite length too!   

One of my favorite memories at the gym was about a woman that I used to see every Saturday afternoon.   She would sit on the recumbant bike in a big grey sweatshirt and baggie grey sweat pants and peddle slowly enjoying her Baskin Robbins ice-cream.  Yeah no kidding.  They actually let her in the gym.  But I found it unfortunate, not for the fact that ice-cream that negated the workout effort, but that she would come every Saturday like this, with her body hidden away under all that fleece and not seeing her muscles contract and release and to be able to admire the strength and energy in her body at work.  I think it’s a beautiful thing to see the physical strength of an athlete- swimmer, runner, climber.  But our bodies are no different.  It’s a matter of investing in yourself.   If you can look the part during your workout, then you can focus on the more important things like  seeing the cut in your biceps when you do that last painful curl.  And before you know it, your arms aren’t just logs on joints and your thighs don’t slap together like they used to when you walk.  Then you can give yourself a congratulatory pat on the back and go reward yourself with a brand new workout outfit.

Dress for Little Brother’s Wedding

 

Line Dress

Linen Dress

My brother got married a few months ago.   I decided to make a dress this time- an original Nhulie for Balzac dress, instead of trying desperately to find a petite dress. If you are petite, you will know how frustrating it is to go shopping and not able to find anything that is glamorous or sexy or age appropriate for your unique occasion.  It’s hard to find something that isn’t black or white, let alone finding a long floor length dress in petites is very rare.  And if I do find a short dress in the standard sizing, the hem usually goes past my knees and I end up looking frumpy or not as sexy and stylish as I could be.  I can’t say that I have a favorite designer that has dresses in petite sizing but maybe it’ll just be Nhulie that becomes my favorite.  On a side note, I enjoy seeing Diane Von Furstenberg in public because she’s usually in her own designs, an obvious sign that her heart is in her own style.  I have a short navy blue dress of hers that I bought.   Surprisingly it fit except for the length of the  V-neck dipped down too low and the hem was a bit long- a common problem for petite women.  But I loved it enough on me to spend the 395.00.

Anyway, I love working with linen.  I have a roll of pink and orange gingham linen that I picked up from LA that I have been wanting to spend some time working with.  I think it would look fabulous in the more colorful palette.  But for this dress I used a beige linen, medium weight to make my dress for my brother’s wedding- didn’t want to stand out too much.   So I whipped up this dress to glamour myself up a bit.  It’s hard to tell on the dress form how nice and dressy it comes once on your own body.  The mini bustling at the hem provided a nice sway and kick when I walk.  The linen draped beautifully.  The waistline was dropped a bit down to the hips and it zipped up along the side.   I received tons of compliments on it, the day of the wedding but surely didn’t take away from the bride’s special day in her beautiful wedding dress.  

Have a balzie day!

Nhulie for Balzac Clothing

Balzac Clothing, a petite clothing brand for women has just acquired the new label name Nhulie and will be branding it’s petite clothing line under this new label.   “It’s a move in the right direction as the demand for petite woman’s clothing is getting more attention and exposure, as rightly deserved.” said founder of Balzac Clothing LLC, Lynn Colclough.    

Nhulie will continue to fall under the management team of Balzac Clothing and future designs and output will be under the label Nhulie.   Nhulie designs and fashions will continue catering to the petite women, 5’4″ and shorter.   Balzac Clothing’s website http://www.balzacclothing.com will under go minor construction to transition itself under the new brand Nhulie.  
We are going to take advantage of this slow economic period to regroup ourselves while the times aren’t as pressing.   Our style will still stay sexy, girly, and a bit vintage.  We will continue only offering our line on the internet via the company’s website.  Balzacclothing.com will slowly transition over to Nhulie.com.  Anyone typing in the balzacclothing.com will be redirected to nhulie.com.   We are definitely excited for the new branding opportunities that will come of this and look forward to continuing to produce unique and fun styles for the petite woman.