Saturday, September 12, 2009

3 Simple and Elegant Day-to-Night Hairstyles

Good hairstyles and easy up-dos start with a great cut. Starting with a fresh and flattering haircut is like an artist starting with a blank canvas – you can do anything with it. Once you get that covered, you can go from the office to a night on the town lickety-split and still look fabulous.

1--Tousled Tresses
Wavy hair looks great for the daytime, especially in the warmer months. A windswept voluminous look is easily achieved if you use a light spritz of wave or beach-hair hairspray and then scrunch your hair in your fist. This non-fussy daytime look can be turned quickly into a nighttime look with the use of a clip or hair-tie. Pull your hair back loosely with the clip, or create a chic loose bun at the nape of your neck with the tie.

2--Stick Straight and So Sleek
If you typically wear your hair very straight, keeping it down during the day results in a great look. You can easily take your hair into evening mode by creating a deep side part, and pulling it back into a low ponytail. Add something extra to your look by wrapping a piece of hair from the bottom of your ponytail around the hair tie, therefore concealing it. Tuck the end of the piece back into the tie or pin it underneath the ponytail.

3--Brilliant Braids
Whether large or small, braids are a great day-to-night look. Wearing a French braid during the daytime not only keeps your hair back during the day, but it means you are priming your hair for some awesome waves when you undo that braid come night. A small, singular French braid starting at your part and continuing down your hairline above your forehead can be worn day and night, when paired with the right outfit or accessories. A few small braids from your part can give you a relaxed Boho chic look for daytime, but also creates a great textured look when you pull them back into a ponytail at night.

Fashion Trends This Autumn--- Black and Short For Your Legs

You would think, would you not, that now, more than ever, fashion would be straining its every muscle, sinew and tendon to produce wearable, irresistible clothes. But what do we find? Black, black and short. At least no one can say the message isn’t clear.

But honestly, black and short? Brevity, as Dorothy Parker famously wrote, is the soul of lingerie. We’re not talking about lingerie, however, we’re talking about skirts and dresses and an entire industry that appears, commercially, to have signed a collective suicide pact. Christian Dior said that a woman’s knees were the least appealing part of her anatomy. And he knew more about fashion than Parker. Or was it Coco Chanel who said it? Sources conflict, which just shows how true the sentiment is. She knew more about fashion than either of them.

Do not misread me. I like black. I like short. But this is blackness and shortness reductio ad absurdum. Retail therapy in autumn 2009 is not really therapy at all, but an exercise in ingenuity.

I get it, though. I think we all do. Black is back in fashion (it never really goes away, but lurks in the shadows, waiting to engulf your wardrobe), short is youthful. But there are other kinds of fashion, as there are other kinds of youthfulness. So go easy on the black and seek out some of the other shades that are mounting a counter-assault (or, to be more accurate, a gentle remonstration) on the Master Colour. Teal, purple, berry shades and camels are out there if you look. Mixing them with chocolate, tan and grey looks especially strong and modern.

Short is trickier, especially since a lot of it is also shapeless. This is contrariness taken to a new level. If you’re small, curvy and your legs aren’t your best feature (roughly 70 per cent of us), it’s insanity.

So here’s what you do. First, keep reminding yourself that short is not an obligatory route to looking younger. Short only makes you look younger if your legs are up to the job. Second, don’t buy short because you’ve had it with traipsing around the stores for something that covers your knees, and you can always wear your shortie as a top. You can wear it as a top, but you weren’t looking for a top, you were looking for a dress or a skirt, which you may find in Marks & Spencer (one of the few places that offers an option on lengths), or by spending north of £900 on an RM by Roland Mouret.

With that thought dangling tantalisingly, let’s proceed to minidresses worn as tops. There’s nothing wrong with the idea in principle (provided they’re skinny trousers), but it’s an effect you may not want to replicate every day, particularly on those occasions when you want to look pin-sharp.

You could buy a skirt in a large size (for the extra length) and get it taken in, but that doesn’t work with all cuts. Alternatively, you can fall back in love with trousers.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

5 Tips To Choose Perfect Suit for Men In 2009

There is a basic rule out there that says every man need to own at least one suit. It is definitely the most important piece of clothing a man can have in their wardrobe. They are worn with the intention of making a statement. A good looking suit gives off a certain image of respect. You cannot succeed in the corporate business world without one and you will look silly in certain social situations too.

A suit sends out messages to people about your place in the company and the world. It shows power, position and mastery in your profession. Not only that but it also is used to show respect in special circumstances whether at a wedding, funeral, graduation or other important event.

A suit forces people to take you seriously and for obvious reasons too. Unfortunately, there are many men out there who don't know where to start when it comes to finding the best suit for them. The look at the price tag and make their decision there. Here are a few of the basics about purchasing a brand new men's suit.

1--The first thing you want to do is find out what your measurements are. Make sure you know your inseam, which is the inside leg length, shoulders, arms, neck, chest, and waist. Just because you need to know your measurements, doesn't mean you should be doing it yourself. You won't get an accurate measurement and that will affect the fit of your suit. Most places that sell suits have someone on hand to take your measurement for you.

2--Now that you know what your measurements are, decide what style or type of suit you want. The most common style is the single-breasted suit. The jacket has a single row of buttons that button up like a shirt but also are made with two, three or four buttons. You also have the option of going with a double-breasted suit if you're not a fan of the way single ones look on you. A double-breasted suit is made with two rows of buttons with one side overlapping the other when buttoned up.

3--At this point you should be thinking about what type of fabric you want to use. Suits are made in wool, linen, and believe it or not, still polyester. Wool suits are great because they are cool in the warm summer months and warmer in the winter than the other fabrics. Suits made with wool are available different weights too like light, medium and heavy. So no matter what the weather is, you're covered.

4--There are a few people who because of allergies, cannot wear the fabric wool and choose to buy a suit made from linen or polyester. Neither are a good of quality as wool since they don't hold up as well or breathe well but they are cheap enough to make people buy them. One plus about a linen or polyester suit is that they don't wrinkle easily which is why you see so many traveling salesmen wearing a polyester suit.

5--The last step in this process is to make sure everything fits properly. You don't want a suit which looks bad across your back and shoulders or is too tight around your arms. To ensure a proper fit, try the suit on and then have a tailor do some minor alterations to it. Most suit stores can do that in house so it shouldn't be an issue to find a tailor.

Top 10 Fashion Colors for Fall 2009

A summary of the top Fall 2009 colors that make up the diverse color palette are:

1--American Beauty — this flattering true red is neither harsh nor over-the-top. Designed to suit all skintones, this warm but robust hue can be blended with almost any shade.

2--Rapture Rose — represents all that is new and fresh about this fall’s designs. With nurturing and feminine tones, this color plays upon the vibrancy of last season’s fuschia but is toned down a little with soft pink. This key shade transcends clothing into cosmetics and accessories.

3--Burnt Sienna — more a pinkish, earthy orange, reminiscent of Mediterranean terracotta roof tiles. Warm and comforting, probably the most-fall like of all the Panetone shades.

4--Majolica Blue — adding an exotic feel to the color group this cross between teal blue and navy complements oranges and purple hues perfectly.

5--Purple Heart — sitting somewhere between true purple and lilac, this refined tone is soft and sensual.

6--Warm Olive — a rich yellowy green, reminiscent of an olive in a martini, which, according to Pantone's Fall 2009 report “makes all other colors come alive.”

7--Honey Yellow — a warm and welcoming yellow with a hint of honeyed beige. A perfect partner to Burnt Sienna for a wintry feel.

8--Crème Brûlée — needs no explanation for those who love its namesake, the delicious French desert. Providing one of fall’s classic neutrals, this paired down mix of gray and ivory beige looks good enough to eat!

9--Nomad — another timeless neutral which falls between light gray and beige serves as an anchor for more robust colors

10--Iron — represents the “new black” of the season. Neither a true gray nor brown it falls more in the category of a cross between slate and gunmetal. This serves as a grounding color for all other tones.

How to Wear Colors for Fall Winter 2009/2010
With less emphasis on one-season wonders, you’ll find the color palettes for fall winter surprisingly versatile and able to transcend seasons. The secret for a stylish, sophisticated, timeless look is to choose colors in the same tonal palette, which also has a slimming effect.

Classic neutrals such as Iron and Nomad are fail-safe as they are classy and have an expensive feel. Go for quality over quantity if you want pieces to last. Express a little individuality by adding an injection of at least one of the season’s more robust, stronger colors, like Rapture Rose or American Beauty.

The season’s red and blue hues are surprisingly flattering to most skintones. Darker skins look fantastic in warm olive or honey yellow, but for lighter tones, this can make skin look sallow. Metallics can also be slimming, especially when it comes to shoes.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Latest Prom Dress Trends in 2009

You will never forget your first prom dress, and the longer you spend choosing something, the better you will look on the night! Its important to get together with your friends and go shopping, have a trying on day where you go to every single dress shop in the area! Make sure to wait at least 24 hours before buying something, to make sure you really love it, and are confident its the most flattering look for you.

Prom dress trends for 2009 are:

One-Shoulder - This is a very designer look, and looks best on those with a slender frame, with slim shoulders. A bit of ruffling looks couture, and full length versions of the one-shoulder look are already being seen on the runways for Autumn Winter 2009/10! This is a classic trend, that will make you feel comfortable, feminine and elegant. It looks awesome with a pretty updo hairstyle, high heels and a cute clutch bag.

Short Skirt Lines - Its totally appropriate to experiment with the length of the skirt you wear to prom, assuming your school allows it! Short styles are fun and flirty, and you are a lot more likely to wear the dress a second time around if its short, as this is suitable for lots of other occasions as well. Make sure you buy this sort of dress in a fun colour of fabric (watch High School Musical 3 or Wild Child for fab inspiration).

Embellished Halters - This is very trendy and looks great on girls with a small bust. These can look slightly informal or a bit over-the-top sometimes, so be careful. Choose a dress that looks as though a large necklace has been sewn into the neckline, a lot of beads and glittery sequins can make a dress look instantly designer. These dresses look fab in a maxi or mini length, but be sure the color suits you, as it will be close to your face!

This year, style is all about creating your own unique, individual look. Start by finding something that inspires you, a celebrity whose look you love, or a designer who really captures your imagination. Then start to play around with clothes you already have, alter hemlines, necklines, or add sequins.

Accessorizing and embellishments are fun and on-trend, and are a great way to make any outfit look different and super stylish. Add some extra glitz to an outfit by popping to your local fabric shop or haberdashery.

6 Guides For You To Buy Diamond Jewellery

Diamond jewellery is gaining popularity around the world due to its durability and beauty. Women wear different kinds of jewellery at different occasions such as birthdays, weddings and engagement ceremonies. Moreover jewellery items are used as gifts for sisters, mothers, wives and girl friends. It is the requirement of every women and she selects it according to her budget and demand. These days you can find a large number of jewellery products from different online and offline stores. However, you should know some important tips to guide you while buying jewellery items.

1. First of all you need to buy diamond jewellery items from reliable and safe online or offline jewellery shops. It is an expensive kind of shopping so you should be careful; a little carelessness can lead to disappointing results. You should trust the reputation of the shop or company from where you are going to buy.

2. It is an important point to remember that you should know about the purity of gold which you are buying. In other words you should know information about karats since that would provide information about the purity of the gold used in the item and hence its value. Gold is a soft metal so it is impossible to make jewellery items from pure gold therefore other metals are added to give rigidity and durability. 24 karat gold is pure gold but very soft so this form can be bent easily and it can change its shapes when one tries to wear it.

3. 18k gold is 75% pure, 14k gold, 12k and 10k gold also vary in purity. The ratio of mixing a metal in gold varies from each type of gold therefore you should understand its karat composition and ensure that proper guarantees are provided. When the other metal is added in excess then it gives more hardness to gold and vice versa.

4. How will you receive your purchased diamond jewellery items? Will the company ship them to your home or you yourself will carry them? What would be its shipping charges if bought from online stores? Everything should be clear before buying a jewellery item.

5. The most important point for guidance is to buy jewellery items from the jewelers who are members of reputable jewelers' association or have multiple physical locations.

6. You should know about the manufacturer of jewellery to make the right decision. Diamond jewellery from a known manufacturer is considered genuine product so try to buy reliable and renowned products having trademark.

How do I walk in high heels like a pro?

Walking in high heels is so much easier than you think.
The secret is practice...lots of it! But before you start practicing, getting the foundation right is so important.

1ST step is to get the right size shoe for your foot. Sometimes we fall in love with a pair of shoes and squeeze our feet in even though they are obviously too small or they flap about because they are too big...either way you will never be able to walk in them properly, so don't waste your money.

You see, walking like a pro in high heels is all about balance...and practice! The shoe must fit perfectly. The arch of your foot must sit comfortably in the shank of the shoe, which is the part that curves between the toe and the heel. If the shoe doesn't fit, your arch will not sit in the shank properly and your balance will be off and this could lead to disaster and a lot of pain in your feet.

Here is the big secret to walking like a pro in high heels...are you ready? Wear them everyday for about 15-30 minutes. That's it. I said it was easier than you thought. Our muscles have something called muscle memory and we can change the memory of our muscles if we do something differently for about 30 days or more so if you practice walking in high heels everyday or as much as you can, the heels will begin to feel like they are just an extension of your foot. When you put them on, your muscles will begin to adapt to the shape of the shoe and 'know' what to do.

Do you remember when you were first learning to ride a bike? You probably fell off the bike several times and felt a bit clumsy and uncoordinated but you kept going until you got it right. No one was born knowing how to ride a bike or wear high heels so keep practicing and it will become second nature.

Please do not copy the way some models walk on the catwalk, overlapping their feet so that they look like they are about to trip...this is not good! Place one foot next to the other and walk. No overlapping or other fancy footwork or you will lose your balance and fall. Besides, you can get that sexy hip sway by just pivoting on the balls of your feet and still maintain your balance.

Put your heel down first right before your toes (don't put them down at the same time, and don't put your toes down first). Once your weight is on the balls of your feet, shift your weight forward, as if you're walking on your tip toes.

High heels are great and can make your legs look longer and make you look taller but only if they fit properly and you walk tall with good posture.

The last but most important tip is to NEVER wear a new pair of heels for the first time when you are going out or you will live to regret it!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Top 10 Skin Care Tips

care tips pouring in from all quarters all the time? All of us want to have a glowing skin but in order to possess such a skin we need to give a little effort towards its care.

Following these simple Top 10 Skin Care Tips is not difficult.

In fact you don't have to run to the beauty stores and make a dent in your wallet to follow these simple skin care tips. So follow these top 10 skin care tips to pamper your skin.

1. Do not get carried away with flashy cosmetic labels. It is better to understand your skin type before trying products and recipes.

Select a skin care product that is suitable for you. If you find it confusing, then you can also refer to our pages homemade beauty tips for skin care recipes you can prepare at home.

2. Follow the goodness of "water therapy". Drink a lot of water as it helps to get rid your body of toxins.

3. Cleansing is very important and should be done on a regular basis. Often dirt and grime tends to accumulate due to the harsh environmental factors on the skin making it dull and lifeless in the course of time. Dirt and sweat also cause acnes and blackheads which make our skin look ugly.

4. Do not scrub or exfoliate too hard. Be gentle on your skin and it will smile with health.

5. Whether you stay outdoors in the sun or indoors in air-conditioned rooms, your skin is prone to getting dry, so hydrate your skin from time to time by applying moisture. For oily skin individuals, using a mild moisture is a good idea.

6. Use sunscreen protection to guard yourself from the damaging UV radiations when you venture out in the sun. If you are allergic to cosmetic products try a natural sunscreen product instead. And wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.

7. Excessive smoking and drinking can be very harmful for the skin. So quit smoking and cut down on drinking. Avoid coffee and try herbal tea instead.

8. Physical exercise is vital for having a great skin. So, make sure you include exercises in your daily routine and make it one among the Top 10 Skin Care Tips.

9. Too much stress is bad for your skin. So make sure you get adequate rest. Yoga is a great way to relax and delays the aging process. Remember to eat healthy too.

10. Treat your skin to a facial to rejuvenate it. The facial must include a massage to improve blood circulation and promote the growth of new cells.