Fashion Must Have: Trench Coat

December 28, 2009 by  
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The Trench Coat – A Trend For All Seasons

The Trench Coat – A Trend For All Seasons
By Paul Mcindoe

As it goes, the trench coat first became popular during World War 1 after originally being developed for the British military. And the classic design is not too dissimilar to what is now recognised by many as the traditional trench coat – double breasted with slotted pockets, an adaptable collar and four buttons.

Elements of the original trench coat design that were created for practicality, are now just included for style. Different designers now re-create the trench coat to provide a range of different features around the same style. Indeed, fashionistas can now choose from double breasted or single breasted, cropped or full length, belted and even wax-coated.

So, why has the trench coat developed such a strong appeal, year after year? One obvious reason is the British weather; trench coats can provide a practical but trendy cover-up. Furthermore, they have an all-weather appeal, with designs including a removable liner, which can last you through all seasons.

Furthermore, the key trends in recent times for men’s coats include the duffle coat, the pea coat, leather coats and blazers. However, for something a bit more adaptable, a short coat such as the cropped or three quarter length trench coat provides that extra flexibility in style.

The professional choice for businessmen, trench coats are no longer just for wearing over suits; now trench coats can compliment a range of styles and outfits from casual jeans to smart trousers. Indeed, the coat lends itself to the sophisticated and ‘structured casual’ look.

And it’s not just a good raincoat; the trench can provide a certain romantic film-like finesse to your wardrobe. As such, famous style icons and trench coat wearers include Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, to name but a few. In fact, they have also been spotted being worn by politicians and artists alike; and the fashion has also been adopted by sports stars such as Serena Williams, who strolled onto court at Wimbledon 2008 with a pristine white cropped version.

Trench coats remain in fashion but the fabrics and styles adopted continue to update. With a range of fabrics from tartan to classic grey wool and a variety of lengths from cropped, full length and three quarter length, the trench coat has been brought back into this century.

Of course, bringing a classic up to date can be difficult, as it involves embracing the original elements of the design with new features that will appeal to the current trend setters. But trench coats continue to retain their popularity year after year, season after season. So if you have never owned one, it may be time for a new addition to your wardrobe.

Paul McIndoe writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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Celebrity Sytle Icon: Olivia Palermo

December 23, 2009 by  
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Socialite and Reality Tv Star, Olivia Palermo, never disappoints fashion critic with her fashion picks! If you need celebrity fashion inspiration, check out some of Olivia Palermo’s recent looks!

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Secrets of Celebrity Stylists – Fashion Design Tips to Make You Look and Feel Like a Star

Secrets of Celebrity Stylists – Fashion Design Tips to Make You Look and Feel Like a Star
By Lily McCallister

Hollywood stars might look beautiful on television or in the pages of magazines, but most would be quite ordinary without their personal stylists. Celebrity stylists create a look and image for their clients, playing the part of fashion design expert, personal shopper, and even confidante. While you may not be facing the paparazzi on a daily basis, you can still look like a million bucks, thanks to these tips from top celebrity stylists.

Go for the “wow” factor. Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe believes in the “wow’ moment, when your outfit causes gasps from the room because you look so fabulous. This can be achieved with a striking fashion piece, like a pair of patent leather thigh high boots. If you don’t think you can pull that look off, try incorporating luxurious materials like faux fur, or adding some glitz and glamour to your wardrobe, like a handbag emblazoned with sequins.

Build around the basics. Stylist Nicole Chavez, who works with Scarlett Johansson and Rachel Bilson, recommends building an outfit around a classic piece, like a great pair of jeans or a blazer, and then go from there. While your key pieces can be simpler, the accessories can be trendier.

Accentuate the positive. Showing off your assets is a good thing, but Jennifer Rade, stylist to Angelina Jolie and Pink, recommends playing up only one of your physical assets at a time. For example, if you plan on highlighting your cleavage, don’t show as much leg.

Find the right undergarments. Make sure your bra fits you properly, because if it doesn’t fit, neither will your dress. Stylist Britt Bardo, who’s worked with Jennifer Lopez and Kate Hudson, says that’s the biggest mistake women make when shopping or getting dressed. She also suggests taking photos of yourself in different outfits, so you can compare and see what looks best on you.

Know the tricks of the trade. Runway models and fashion school grads have an arsenal of secret weapons at their disposal, and the top stylists also use them for their clients. These tricks include fashion tape, which is double-stick tape that keeps plunging necklines from exposing too much; deodorant removers that get rid of unsightly white stains from little black dresses; and even control-top armbands, which prevent arm jiggle when waving to the fans.

If you’re interested in becoming a celebrity stylist, get the education you need in fashion school. Visit FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising for more info.

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Flawless Hands: Manicure and Pedicure Tips to Achieve a Polished Look!

December 23, 2009 by  
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The Perfect Manicure and Pedicure How To

The Perfect Manicure and Pedicure How To
By Jenny Jen

Doing a manicure and pedicure at home can be easy; you don’t have to be a great painter as long as you can stay in the lines. At home, manicures will also save you some cash instead of going out to the salon. If your chipped or ragged nails are driving you nuts, here is a way to clean them up and get yourself looking like you have just left the salon.

Start by removing any old polish with acetone polish remover and a cotton ball. A cotton ball holds up much better and will not fall apart causing you to waste more remover than needed. Next, clip and file your nails to their desired length. Consider a round or square shape and try to keep all nails around the same length.

Next, soak your hands or feet in a bowl of warm water for about five minutes, you can add in some liquid soap to help soften up nails and cuticles. Be sure the water is not too hot because this will actually end up drying out your hands. When you are finished soaking, apply a cuticle cream over the bottom of the nails to soften any rough spots.

Using a cuticle stick or a Popsicle stick, works fine if you don’t have one, push back cuticles off your nail bed so they are out of the way for polishing. If you are used to a self-manicure and want nails to look great you can also cut back your cuticles if you feel comfortable doing so. Afterward clean and exfoliate hands with a scrub or homemade mixture of your choice, then wash it off.

Last thing to do before polishing is moisturize. Dry hands and apply the best lotion you have around the house. Make sure nails are wiped clean from any lotion and you are ready to polish. Apply a base coat first then two thin coats of polish. Let it dry then finish with a topcoat to help protect nails. If you are a little messy with the color, you don’t have to start all over again, just grab a Q-Tip and use nail polish to clean up skin around the nails.

Keep a few things in mind. Even if you don’t have time for polish to dry, clean manicured nails still look better than chipped polish. If you store polish in a cool dry place it will last much longer and prevent gunk build up. Also remember if you have a busy lifestyle, light polish is much easier to maintain than dark, so you will have less work in the future.

One of the best inventions I have found for pedicures is the Ped Egg. Everyone I know absolutely loves the Ped Egg foot file because it’s small and easy to use. The worse your feet, the better Ped Egg works. Don’t believe me? Read other Ped Egg reviews.

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Elegant Outerwear| The Pashmina

December 23, 2009 by  
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Over the last couple of years, the pashmina has become very popular in the fashion world. There is not always a pea coat or tea length coat that perfectly matches your party dress. There are also times where you need a dressier and classier look in a cooler atmosphere. There are the times that we most commonly see the pashmina.

What is a pashmina?

Pashmina is a Persian word that described the outer coat of a goat. Glamorous right? Pashmina shawls date back to the early days. Initially these shawls were worn only by royalty because they were very expensive. In the beginning, pashmina’s were made of wool. To be more specific, the wool was taken from the belly of a goat.

Over time, pashmina wrap has become most recognized for its style, warmth and softness. As it is very affordable, women of many social classes and ages look to pashmina’s to add warmth and flair to their look daily.

How is it different from a scarf?

Pashmina shawls are often confused with an everyday scarf. This is understandable as they are both pretty much used in the same manner. The difference is the type of materials used in creating each. If I were to be “politically correct” a pashmina is actually material. The actual article that is worn is either a pashmina scarf or a pashmina wrap. However, as with most other things, the name has been shortened to pashmina. The difference in a pashmina scarf and regular fashion scarf is the material used. Pashmina shawls and wraps are made from only special cashmere wools. Scarves, as you know can be made from a variety of materials.

Overall a pashmina is a very elegant and stylish fashion accessory. Upgrade your personal outwear wardrobe with a pashmina shawl or wrap today!

Fashion Tip to Upgrade you Style: Using a Scarf as an Accessory

December 23, 2009 by  
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One of the hottest trends in fashion for 2009 has been scarves. Many of entertainment’s top celebrities have been pictured wearing colorful and printed scarves. Up until recently, scarves were classified at a fall or winter accessory. Well, no more! Today a scarf is the perfect accessory for any season of the year.
Ever gotten dressed only to find your set is missing something? Perhaps a scarf is what you need to achieve the desired results. Many people like the look of scarves but are not clear on how to wear them. Fashion scarves are available in an assortment of colors, patterns, lengths and styles. These scarves can also be worn in several ways depending on the desired look. Below are some ways a simple scarf can be worn as a fashion accessory:
Knotted
Looped
Bandana
Neckerchief
Shoulder Shrug
Shawl
Draped
Headband
Purse Tie
Of the above styles, two of the most popular styles are the neckerchief, knotted and looped. However, as you can see, you can make several looks with your current wardrobe just by wearing a scarf in a few different ways.
The only word of advice we can offer, is to keep it simple. If you are wearing a patterned top or blouse, you may not want to use a scarf. Especially if the scarf if patterned. Always remember less is more. Perhaps you can opt for a solid colored top and add style to your look with a patterned scarf. It is also when wearing scarves around your neck, it is usually best to skip the necklaces and chokers.
Are you ready to spice up your current wardrobe for little of nothing? Go out and get a fashion scarf to achieve your new look today!

Jessica Simpson Satin Party Dress

December 22, 2009 by  
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Jessica Simpson Satin Party Dress

This curve-hugging dress in shimmering satin dress gurantees a night to remember! This polyester blend dress features built in bra cups to flatter any figure! Other features of this dress are:
97% Polyester 3% Span
Red hot lipstick red color
Dry clean
Imported

Best Dressed Celebrities of 2009: Part 1| Michelle Obama

December 21, 2009 by  
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Best Dressed Celebrities in 2009: Michelle Obama

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While her husband leads the nation, First Lady Michelle Obama is leading celebrity fashion trends with her simple yet classy look. Whether she is dressed is jeans and an argyle sweater, a sheath dress, or a ball gown, Mrs.O always puts her best foot forward.

Michelle Obama is not at all secretive about her favorite stores. Some of her favorite places to shop are:
J Crew
Ikram Boutique

Her favorite accessory is her “Toy Watch”, an accessory favorite that she shares with Oprah.

Check out a few of Michelle’s 2009 fashion hits below:

Michelle Obama 2009 Fashion Pics

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Michelle Obama 2009 Fashion Hits

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Brown Eyed Girl: Make Up Tips for Brown Eyes

December 21, 2009 by  
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Makeup Tips For Brown Eyes

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Makeup Tips For Brown Eyes
By Lynn Starner

While I don’t believe that there are set-in-stone makeup tips for brown eyes, I do know some people like to have a set of “rules” to help them out. This article is going to cover some very basic steps that women with brown eyes can follow. Keep in mind that variety is the spice of life, and if you really like a color there is no reason why you shouldn’t try it out. You may be surprised at how good it looks on you. In my experience, experimenting is all the fun. So, remember these are merely guidelines to help you choose colors when you’re standing there in front of 300 colors and have no idea where to start. Just because I don’t mention anything about a certain color does not automatically exclude it from the list.

Choosing An Eyeshadow

The most popular question I get is “what eyeshadow can I wear with my eye color?” Listen up, and I’ll tell you.

General makeup tips for brown eyes always include browns, beige and neutral tans. Grays and charcoals look good with this eye color, as do violet and lavender. You can mix it up with a lavendar and a violet.

Khaki and olive green are a great color combination. Browns with green highlights or copper highlights are always a fun option. Try copper and even gold. If your eyes have a tinge of green, or like mine are half green, choose green eyeshadows as well.

You’ll find that even though you’ve heard that you should never wear an eyeshadow the same color as your eyes, that brown shadow can look very good with brown eyes and green shadow can look very good with green eyes. Sometimes it’s a matter of finding the “right” shade. Brown eyeshadows are all pretty safe, so you don’t have to worry too much about those. Colors like purple, green and blue require a bit more testing.

Black is out, so don’t use it as an eyeshadow.

Keep trying until you find a color you like. You’ll know when it’s right- trust your instincts.

Colors To Avoid

Like I said, I hate to rule anything out, but makeup tips for brown eyes should include that certain pink and mauve eyeshadows can cause you to look swollen or puffy around your eyes. It isn’t true for all women or for all pinks, either. But if you’re certain you don’t want to risk it, avoid pinks. Mauves also fall into this category. It may be because women with brown eyes tend to have more yellow skintones making them warm complexioned and pinks and mauves are definitely cool colors. The blue in the pinks can react with the yellow of the skin producing an unattractive feature.

And while it isn’t specifically makeup tips for brown eyes, you may want to avoid blue eyeshadow too. There’s the misconception that blue eyeshadow is “out”, but like I said, it really depends on who’s wearing it. Playing it safe would include skipping this color.

Silvers are not a good color for brown eyes. They tend to cause a “washed out” look. Leave silver for blue eyes.

Eyeliner Colors

And now for the eyeliner colors. Brown eyes always should include dark brown and black eyeliner. These are very good choices for this eye color. Don’t line your black liner too thick, though. That’s passé. Racoon eyes are a big no-no.

If you’re trying to open small eyes, line with silver or white, especially the first third from the inside corner of your eyelid. Then finish with a dark brown.

Navy, forest green, violet and copper are also great eyeliner choices. Play around with the different colors and pick the ones you like best.

Lynn Starner is the proprietor of Beauty Bliss Mineral Cosmetics at http://www.beautyblisscosmetics.com

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Apply Eyeliner Like a Professional| Liquid Eyeliner

December 21, 2009 by  
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Applying Liquid Eyeliner

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Applying Liquid Eyeliner
By Jonas H David

Applying liquid eyeliner to get a good result is a wish that people want. It will help you enhance your looks. So, if you would like to be more beautiful with doing the right application of liquid eyeliner, you need to read this article.

There are some steps that you need to check out if you would like to have the best application of liquid eyeliner. Try it and you will be a queen in the party you attend.

First, you need to choose the right applicator. You could choose the felt tip which is easy to wield than a brush version. Also, it could deliver a darker, richer pigment than a marker pen.

Then, you need to stretch your eyelid at the outer corner. It is done so that it is taut. You could star your line at your inner corner and stay as close to your lashes as possible. You can also create a few dashes.

After applying those steps, you have to try to connect them. With doing many practices, you will be able to apply liquid eyeliner very well in one quick swipe.

For another choice, you could create a winged-out effect; flick the line up at the end which is also the right choice for you. The right trick that you can try is to use a light hand so you do not end up looking Amy Wine house.

If you mess it up, you just wipe off with a Q-tip and some makeup remover and try again. You no need to be tired in learning about liquid eyeliner application because the practice could make you better.

Jonas David is a great writer who writes about applying liquid eyeliner and diamond bezel necklace. Also, you could read his newest article about pave diamond necklaces.

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