Summer Fashion Must-Haves!

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While it’s a challenge to narrow down the top five fashion must-haves for summer, we have made the ultimate pick of items that add graceful style, class and flexibility. I love to shop and like most of you, I have to keep within my budget while getting the things that I do like to stay savvy. With this, I have provided some of summer’s mandatory items that I live by and that you can do as well.
Here is my list of summer basics:

1. Handbags
I am so excited when I talk about fashion; especially clothing and handbags. In fact, like most women, I am addicted to handbags. Do you remember the episode of the ‘Sex in the City,’ where one of the cast members, Carrie Bradshaw accepts her addiction to shoes and indicates that this addiction will literally make her the old woman that lived in a shoe? Well, you get the impression of what I am saying, right? A handbag is more than just a piece that you wear only in the summer. However, during the summer, it comes with expanded choices, styles and colors. A white purse is always going to be the usual summer model. In fact, you won’t go wrong with a white purse. You still have an overabundance of intriguing shades to select from. Red and yellow are two of my picks! A clutch this season is a must-have!

2. Sundresses
Nothing makes you feel more relaxed, unruffled, and stylish than putting on a sundress for the summer. They are informal, multipurpose, and not as restrictive as most shorts and skirts. You should try to own a wide range of summer outfits that meet the same criteria as the sundress. Maxis and mini-dresses are ideal. They can come in various colors, fabrics, shapes and fit. At all times, select dresses that are suitable, comfy, and fit all the right curves. Mini-dresses should never be too short and maxi dresses should never be dragging on the floor. They should outline your curves and emphasize your favorite areas. Always remember to accessorize every look with chunky items of jewelry in turquoise and coral colors, amazing sunglasses, and of course, remarkable shoes. For the summer, flip flops and wedges are going to be something for all women. Personalize your outfit by adding your own style and wear clothing that fit!

3. Camp shirts
An excellent trend this summer is going to be the long boyish shorts worn with female tops. To the ensemble, you would add flip flops, high heels or medium heels. A great return and throwback from the fifties and sixties is the camp styled short sleeve shirt. You will discover these shirts in great numbers on the racks of your preferred retail store. Look to see these neat little items in basic colors, as well as countless prints, designs, and stripes.
4. Sunglasses
You don’t wear designer frame eyewear just to protect your eyes from the sun, but also to make a fashion statement. A stylish pair of sunglasses can finish your look and add style to any ensemble. Prudently selected seasonal designer frames will help you to accomplish your trendy look, no matter what the natural elements outside are. Most of this summer’s fashion sunglasses come in various shapes, but the geometric shape is the trend for 2013. You will find bold colors to spruce up your personality and add grace to your style.

5. Hats
Capture the happy-go-lucky feeling of summer with a variety of hats. You will find that perfect hat for your summer vacation, unplanned shopping trips and barbecue in your neighbor’s backyard. Just add some sunscreen to prepare to have fun in the sun. Choose styles that consist of light and ventilated materials fit for warm weather. Choose light colors and hats that offers several possibilities for protection from the sun. There are so many opportunities to sport a new summer hat such as the beach, the pool, a baseball game and the office picnic.
Enjoy Shopping!

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How to Choose Perfect (and Appropriate) Cruise Wear

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It is apparent that when you are approaching the age before and after retirement, one of your aspirations is to go on various cruises. However, what do you wear for your cruise wear is the question that needs to be answered for many? Of course, for every woman who wants to enjoy her later years, a cruise is essential to relieving the stress, having fun and meeting new people.

Preparing for the cruise means that you have to do your research. Included in your research should be different ports where you will stop; the weather that you will encounter and how long you will be allowed on land. You also want to know what kind of entertainment the ship provides for its guests.

cruisewearQuite likely, most ships will have a band with live entertainment on specific nights. Most ships have an indoor and outdoor pool where you can lounge at the poolside all day if you want to. There are casinos on many ships if you love to play the slot machines. Of course, you cannot avoid eating various meals in the restaurants. Most ships will also have guests congregate to play games and offer prizes.

With all of this being said, you will need semi-formal attire for the casinos or you can choose comfort in flats, capri pants and trendy top. A nice top and pair of pants or skirt will also do for such occasion. For the pool side, you will need a nice, sexy bikini, if you choose to be bold or a one piece bathing suit, if you want to be less conspicuous. A tankini and bottom is also another option, if you don’t want to wear the bikini or one piece bathing suit. This is more conservative than the bikini. For the live entertainment night, you can dress up more formally with a stunning dress or pant suit.

When going off the ship, think about comfort. You want to have one or two shorts set; baggy shorts and loose top because you will be doing a lot of walking and may get hot. You can also wear a long maxi dress; loosely fitted as well and a pair of slipper. For bedtime, you can wear nice lingerie or pajamas will do.

There is not much to shopping for cruise wear since the most obvious have already been mentioned. You don’t have to pack a punch when traveling on a cruise ship, but be sure to have no less than two bathing suits and two sets of clothing for the different events; especially if you are the kind of person who is indecisive about what to wear.

How to Choose Designer Eyeglasses

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It is apparent that buying eyeglasses and special sunglasses can be quite tedious because there are so many aspects to it. You have to buy ones that match your personal taste, your look and ones that give you confidence. You also need eyewear that offers the exact purpose for which it will serve. It is OK to be fashionable, but you still want something that works for you.

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Eyeglasses can be trendy for both men and woman. You also have fashionable prescription eyeglasses for reading and for sporting outdoors.  For example, if you are an avid golfer, you want something that will protect you from the sun and yet offer better viewing in the sunlight. When shopping for trendy eyewear, you need to look at ones that will fit the shape of your face and match your extensive wardrobe; meaning that you should be able to find more than one outfit to wear with your eyeglasses. Don’t choose yellow or orange frames when you only have one or two yellow or orange outfit to complete the ensemble.

When buying eyeglasses, make sure you have a wide selection of:

  • Polarized
  • Non-polarized
  • Prescription
  • Non-prescription

7226-whiteBe sure that you look at the material used and the type of eyeglasses before you make any purchase.

Purpose of Buying

People purchase eyewear for different purposes including reading, fashion, correcting vision, driving at night, safety, UV protection and sportswear. You may find yourself with more than one eyeglass since a prescription eyeglasses may not work at a sporting event and a night driving eyeglasses may not work during the day. Another example is eyeglasses that have anti-reflective coating, which are worn for night driving might not necessarily work to correct your vision. So buying a pair of eyeglasses is much more than the selection process. Therefore, you have to know what you specifically need. Ask questions and make sure that you are getting the right pair for the right situation.

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All women and men have different shaped faces. So you have to find the right kind of eyewear to fit your particular facial features. Also, if you have an ill fitted pair of eyeglass, it may cause dents on your nose or discomfort behind your ears. You must have this corrected to improve any vision problems that it may cause. A large or small designer sunglass might be disproportionate to your face and make you look unattractive. Every eyeglass must have the correct fit to give you the look you want and to enhance your personality.

How to dress a Pear-shaped figure

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Women who have pear shaped figures usually have a triangular shaped body, which means that her torso is narrow, she usually has smaller bust and large hips. She may have a small waist, but not one that will give her an hourglass shape. For transformation into the illusion of an hourglass shape, the woman has to be successful in creating a stark variance between her bust, waist and hip.

A pear shaped woman can accomplish balance in quite a few ways:

2327Tops: She should consider wearing tops that are embellished around the bust and shoulder areas. Tops that fit the waist will also add length and proportion to the lower part of her body.  To achieve wider shoulders, she can wear off the shoulder tops with a tight fitting skirt to accentuate her waist.

Bottoms: Wearing A-line skirts will smoothen out the hips and emphasize the waist. The A-line highlights the middle section of the body. Instead of lighter color slacks and jeans, go darker; choose bottoms that flow straight down from the hip. Opt for straight legged pants as well.

Dresses: Similar to bottoms, an A-line dress will become your best friend! Wear the ones that have capped or flutter sleeves. To get the attention away from your hips, A-Line dresses that fit around or below the knee will work best. The wrap dress is also a good option.

Accessories: Every pear shaped woman should have certain undergarments like girdles, padded under wears and body shapers that do justice to the hips, butt and thighs. Accessorize the top portion of the body rather than wearing heavy belts on the lower portion.

What you should avoid

  • Don’t wear pants that have high waist
  • Avoid bottoms that make your hips look wider
  • Avoid clothing with heavy patterns, flashy prints or large pockets in the hip area
  • Stay away from tapered or flared pants.
  • Avoid extremely tight or loose-fitting shirts and tops. As an alternative, choose fitted or button down tops. Select bold and bright colors on the top and simplify the lower half
  • Stay away from very long jackets because they will make your bottom portion look bigger

3045Good examples of pear shaped women are Rihanna and Beyonce. You may disagree because they look more like hourglass shaped women rather than pear shaped. However, one thing you probably didn’t notice is that their busts are not big enough to place them into the hourglass group. Now those two examples indicate that pear shaped women can be curvy. Rihanna is a size 4 and she is curvy, but still a pear shaped female. The same is true for women of any size. A woman’s body shape is commonly based on measurements and not necessarily on dress size or even her weight.

Ok – so you may not have that curvaceous body that you really want. So what? You can certainly fix that with how you wear your clothing, exercise and body enhancement tricks that form the right illusion of an hourglass figure.

Using the Right Hair Care Products

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Are you tired of stocking so many styling gels, curling irons, mousse and supplementary hair care products? Are you spending too much money on finding the right products that work for you? Well, if you are like most other frustrated women who are going through this too, we have some basic tools and products that all women should always have.

Brush: every woman should have the right brush; one that is of the highest quality. A good brush equates healthier hair. Look for one that has a rubber base and boar head bristles. Why? It does less damage to the hair. Look to spend about $11.

Shampoo: the correct shampoo is essential since women have a variety of hair type. Read the ingredients on the bottle. If you have long hair, you may have to shampoo your hair twice. All you are doing is trying to remove the dirt and oil from your hair, but also adding moisture. So choose a shampoo that does both; even if you are going to use a moisturizer separately.

Conditioner: conditioning your hair is very important to having healthy hair. You can opt for a leave-in conditioner or one that you have to rinse out.  Conditioners help to repair the hair from damaging chemicals and heat. Choose one that has moisturizing ingredients that leave the hair free of tangles. Work from the end of the hair to the roots. Comb through to make sure that there are no tangles.

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Wide-toothed comb: Always avoid using a brush to comb through your wet shampooed hair. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb. You can buy one that ranges from a dollar to ten bucks.

Serum to improve sheen: Don’t count out shine serums because they do work. If your hair texture is fine, you should use only a small portion and a little spritz. However, if you have thick hair, use the serum to smooth out your hair and add sheen to it. You can end up spending as low as five bucks and as high as thirty dollars for a good shine serum.

Dry Shampoo: When you are in between shampoos, a dry shampoo can help to absorb the oil in your hair. If you are low on cash, talcum powder is a good alternative, but don’t use too much because you don’t want to have powder in your hair while going to work.

Blow dryer: this is a must-have product. Get one that is strong and powerful; to get the job done quickly; especially if you have thick or long hair. Get one that you can also put in your travel bag. For thicker hair, go for one that has approximately 1,875 watts. For finer hair, buy one that has 1,500 watts.

Curling iron: for women with straight hair, a curling iron is a best friend to keep handy. I wouldn’t recommend over using it since too much heat can damage the hair. Use only when it is really necessary.

Mousse: this is excellent for people who have fine hair. It adds volume to the hair. If your hair is coarse, however, you should opt for a straightening balm to eliminate frizzing.

Conclusion

Using the right hair care products is essential to maintaining beautiful hair that will turn heads. You also want to have healthy hair that will make you more confident so be wise in the products that you choose to put in your hair.

How to Shop for Denim in 2013

Every season brings new fashion trends. Women look forward to this all the time. If you don’t, then you better get on board or you will be left behind. Fashion helps to breathe life into your wardrobe. Looking at fashion shows around the globe, you see infamous designer brands for the fast approaching spring and summer seasonal trends. It has proven to be a fierce variety of spectacular pieces and fascinating ideas meant for any chic fashionista’s closet.

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The fashion trends for this new season will include varying pieces such as:

• Former and future romantic pieces
• Sports
• Safari
• Feminine
• Sexy
• Elegant
• Bright and colorful
• Sharp and business like

There will be something for everyone to fit their personal taste and style. So let’s take peek at the most modern trends for the future! Denim is one of the favored pieces for spring and summer 2013. The most trendy denim piece is the somewhat baggy jeans. Denim has made its way into many designers’ collection for this season; namely Rebecca Taylor and Dsquared2. The denim jacket is in a looser and trench coat version this season.
Fitted jeans are one piece of clothing that is worn by most people. In fact, you should find it in every woman’s wardrobe. For one, it is a comfortable fit and easy to put on. There is barely any woman that doesn’t love a nice pair of fitted jeans. Furthermore, denim is always trendy; no matter what season is in. Denim always returns each season with minor changes and some modernizing.

Choosing the right fitted jeans
It is sometimes difficult to find the exact fitted jeans. You have to know how to choose the right color, cut and style. The fashion rule is to choose darker colors if you want the slimming effect. If you choose brighter colored denim, it adds more volume to your figure. Every woman should have a pair of classic blue and black jeans in her collection. You can combine any of these with a variety of colored tops. With one or two pairs of these jeans, you have more options of creating a new, modern and fresh look when you add brightly colored tops.
Become street smart when it comes to your weekend attire with its suggestive and stimulating rehashing of blazers and denim skirts.

Chambray
Chambray is a spin-off when it comes to denim. This fabric has seen a real rebirth from its glory days when it used to be rocked as work attire in the early 1900s. Many designers such as Chris Peters have provided an updated style in the form of wide legged pants. Because of this, denim jeans won’t be the same ever again! The same designer has created a patchwork of different denim shades including chambray, which symbolizes a grungy and cool look to those who wear them.
Chambray dresses are also trendy and come in a combination of pockets, textures and straps. Chambray vests can be worn over a white top with black miniskirt. This will make a fashion statement this spring.

The Color of 2013: EMERALD!

Colors and shades are hot this spring, summer and fall. If you want to know what colors to choose for which outfit, look to Pantone, which is the official ‘go to’ experts in colors. Emerald is hot! Yes, this somewhat green color is being endorsed by Pantone and it is ‘right on time’ for the upcoming seasons; reminding you of grassy lush meadows and warm afternoons.

Most designers get their inspiration on colors from a variety of different places such as green landscapes, forests, paintings, pistachio and the spring freshness outdoors.

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Emerald is a prominent color that cannot be missed this spring. Green, on a whole, has a wide range of shades such as sour green, blue-green, dark green, light green, emerald and bright green.

Emerald is also a signature color. When it is combined with a great top or bottom, it can make you pop, look extraordinary and be the life of the party. An emerald top with distinct features can pull off a basic straight skirt, jeans, white shorts and a pair of black pants.

You must add emerald to your wardrobe this season. It is easy to match with a solid color or even a brighter color if you want to be bold. However, emerald does go well with white and black.

The color, emerald, can set the mood of how your day will go. It sets the tempo for the spring feeling. Go for simple pieces of apparel, though, that fall way from your body to give you that relaxed feeling that spring and summer embodies.

Emerald and your skin tone

You must be thinking, well, will it complement my skin tone? Yes, it will; no matter what your skin tone is. It is easy to wear, very flattering, in fact and adds a fashion statement to your wardrobe. I am such a big fan of seeing color on the runway and especially when it is added to different fashion collection for each season. Color can change your entire mood. It makes you feel good; look bright and can add a spark of happiness and confidence.

Like the women’s color palette, men are wearing color this spring to balance their own wardrobe and to complement their skin tones as well. Most are sticking to soothing colors like emerald and other neutral colors.

Summer and Emerald

Emerald symbolizes the introduction of green. It is the solution to putting together an outfit with khaki and white shorts in the spring and also in the summer time. It continues to be a powerful force in rings, bracelet and earrings as well as other accessories for the summer and spring. It is ideal for sportswear ensemble.

For the spring and summer, designers are addressing the self-expressive desire of their prospective consumers by inducting green into the fashion queue. Women are looking for ways to balance their wardrobe and re-energize their self-esteem. What better way to do it than to include emerald in the color palette?

It is undeniable that emerald will be here to stay for this season and for seasons to come. It will continue to be the unspoiled foreground and backdrop to so many pieces. It adds sophistication and intrigue with its hushed undertone, lively inspiration and radiant intent. Don’t be left out!