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Fashion For Work, Play and Travel

The modern woman wears many hats, and for each hat, there should be a number of corresponding outfits to suit the situation. After all, it would be a fashion fans pas to wear your party dress when donning your work hat or your power suit when we are wearing your party hat: mistakes in line with wearing white after labor day or wearing black panties under white pants. That is why it is so important that we have separate outfits for work, play, and travel. Here are some ideas for outfits to go with each of your many dimensions.

Work

Work outfit

Tailored
For a tailored work look, you want to emphasize a strong silhouette, adding structured accessories. Consider an all white look with a Banana Republic top and matching tailored slacks. Add metal cuffs to the wrists with a matching statement ring. Add a classy neutral clutch with coordinating Manolo Blahnik pumps.

Suits
When it comes to suits, you can mismatch separates or keep your pieces together. Try Diane Furstenberg blazer with matching pants in a beautiful ochre tone. Layer it it with a silky button down blouse and some cat eye sun glasses for a power look. Finish with a geometrical Proenza Schouler Clutch, delicate choker and showstopping Calvin Klein sandals.

Play

Woman in sequin dress

Sequins
For women, the ultimate playtime clothing would have to be the party dress. You can’t go wrong with black sequins, and Ashish is the name in sequined dresses. Match with killer heels.

Classic
If you’re looking for a more demure classic approach, you may want to try a Lanvin. Try a one shoulder design with a structured ruffle and figure hugging pencil skirt in a neutral beige. Add a colorful clutch for a color contrast.

Athleisure
If you want to wear your yoga pants all day long, fashionistas say, “Go ahead!” Invest in pieces which combine fashion with function., like Vie Active’s compression tights with moisture wicking performance. Accessorize with a pair of sleek sunglasses and a structured leather jacket to keep things classy.

Travel

Woman in trench coat

Mixed Prints
Travel clothing can be tricky. You need to be comfortable and practical, yet you need to arrive ready to make a statement, and running through airports in stiletto heels may not be the best idea. One way of maintaining comfort and style while traveling is by sticking to soft fabrics and bold prints. Why not go for an Alberta Ferretti multicolored printed shirt with blue and white multi patterned pants? Add a panama hat for an add of mystery and keep the jewelry to a minimum. Complete your look with Robert Vivier patent flats and brightly colored Globe Trotter suitcases to complement your color scheme.

Classic
Add and air of intrigue with a gray transparent Maison Martin Margiela trench coat. Layer over a white shirt and tailored slacks and pack the rest of your fashions in a Bettega Venteta suitcase.

What are your go to looks for work travel and play? Let us know how you dress for all your adventures!

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Core Strengthening Exercises That Work

Woman exercising
The most commonly accepted definition of core stability is: “Comprised of the lumbopelvic hip complex and is the capacity to maintain equilibrium of the vertebral column with its physiologic limits by reducing displacement from perturbations and maintaining structural integrity.” And you thought it had something to do with the middle of a fruit.

Physiotherapists Henry and Florence Kendall first acknowledged core stability when they introduced the idea of the “neutral pelvis” in the 1940’s and 50’s. The idea was that the muscles surrounding the pelvis were responsible for the alignment of the “neutral spine” and that the pelvic tilt was the movement which deviated from the neutral position. In short, core stability involves using abdominal pressure to stabilize the spine which, in turn, can improve muscle and gross motor action.

It looks like old Henry and Flo might have been on to something, because, here we are about 70 years later and it looks like core stability is working for some pretty impressive ( and impressively built) people.

1. Side Plank Variation
Celebrity Pilates trainer claims you can catch Miley Cyrus side planking during her exercise routines. Here’s how:

  1. Lie on the floor. Lean sideways, putting your weight on your right hip, and use your right arm to support your body. Bend your legs slightly and position your left foot a little in front of your right foot.
  2. Using your core, elevate your body upward into a side plank.
  3. Reach your left arm over your head.
  4. Pull your abs in high, lower your hips without letting them touch the floor, lower your left arm and press back into the side plank.
  5. Repeat 6-8 times and then switch sides.

Woman completing a plank push up
2. Plank Push Ups
Celebrity trainer Teddy Bass used this one to help Christina Applegate get her post baby body back in shape.

  1. Get into plank position. Put your weight on your toes and forearms. Your body should form a straight line.
  2. Push off your forearms, lift your right hand and position it under the right shoulder on the mat.
  3. Pick up your left hand and place it beneath your left shoulder. You should find yourself in push-up position.
  4. Drop to your right forearm, then drop to your left forearm. You should now find yourself back in plank position. Continue in a push-up pattern going up on the right, up on the left, down on the right, down on the left for five repetitions total.
  5. Rest and begin again, starting with the left arm.

3.V-Sit Twist
Pro Derek Degrazio had Britney (Spears) working out with this one. BTW, you’ll need a 6-10 pound medicine ball for this one, if you don’t have one, a dumbbell or gallon of water will do.

  1. Sit bending your knees. Your feet should be flat and your arms should be by your sides.
  2. Keeping knees bent, lift your feet until your shins are almost parallel to the floor. Lean back at a 45 degree angle so your thighs and torso form a V shape.
  3. Bring the 6-10 lb medicine ball, or object of choice, to your chest, keeping your elbows out.
  4. Move your upper body to the right. Your left elbow will be above your right hip. Then move to the left in the same manner.
  5. Do three sets of thirty.

4.Three Legged Dog
Fitness and yoga instructor Mandy Ingber has client Jennifer Anniston swearing by this one.

  1. Begin as if you were going to do push ups. Raise your right heel to the height of your shoulder and no higher.
  2. Bring your right knee to your head, Round your spine, inhale, and bring your leg back to starting position.
  3. Exhale, bringing your right knee alongside your right tricep. Extend leg and inhale.
  4. Exhale, cross in your right knee to for left elbow. Inhale as you stretch out your leg. Do this three times and then repeat switching legs.

If you are still upright, we would love to hear about your core experiences. How did you measure up to the celebs? Please comment and let us know all about it!

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Work Ready Hairstyles

Business woman with a beautiful ponytail working on her tab

You know the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,”  and today is a day for first impressions.  Maybe it’s a job interview or meeting a new client.  But, you’re a pro, you can do this.  You  did research on social media, you’ve  prepared what you’re going to say and anticipated key questions.  You’ve invested in a smart charcoal gray pantsuit with navy pumps and have applied some subtle makeup  with a hint of color on the cheeks and lips.  There’s only one problem.  Your hair looks like Don King’s.  Yes, you may be a pro at the office, queen of the photocopy machine, excellent on the Xcel, and the countess of accounting, but when it comes to hair, you’re admittedly hopeless.  But, have no fear,  here are some really easy hairstyle so you will be officially ready, no matter what your hair type!

Twist And Pin Bun For Long Hair.
You can do this with your hair wet after the gym, too!

  • Divide your hair equally into three sections.
  • Take the middle section, in the back of your head and twist it.  Keeping it twisted, roll it into a bun and pin it on  your neck.
  • Take the right section and repeat the twist and pin, securing the bun  to the right of the first one.
  • Do the same with the left section.  You should now have three mini buns at the nape of your neck.

Woman with a fishtail ponytail

The Fishtail Ponytail for Medium to Long Hair
Like A Braid But Easier!

  • Gather all your hair high on your head. Comb it smooth and secure with strong elastic.
  • Split ponytail in half.
  • Take a section of hair from the left side and cross it over to the right.
  •  Take a section from the right side and cross it over the left.
  • Continue until you are at the end of your hair.
  • Secure the end and then use your hands to fluff the braid out to make it look fuller.

The French Roll For Short Hair
This is a super easy and super glamorous look for short hair

  • Comb all your hair over to the left side.
  • Insert Bobby pins in an overlapping vertical line at the back of your head to keep it in place,  Your hair should now be pinned so that it falls over your left shoulder.
  • Pull the hair falling over your shoulder behind your head to the right so that it is on the right side of the pins.
  • Roll your hair so you now have a roll at the back of your neck.
  • Holding the roll in place with your hands,  push pins into the right side of the roll.
  • Tuck in ends and secure with pins.

Woman with a short updo

Short Updo
This is so cool with just a hint of retro

  • Spray on some dry shampoo to give hair texture.
  • Tease the hair on the top of your head. (Think Amy Winehouse)
  • When you have it at the desired height pin it so it stays slightly elevated.
  • Pin the sides of your hair back.
  • Gather the remaining hair off your neck, add pins and voila!  You’re the it girl!

You walk into the office with your smart hair swept up, you’re making perfect time.  Everyone looks at your do and thinks that if you can do that to your hair, you’re capable of anything.  You got this!

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Look Out For These Fall Nail Trends

You look in the mirror. The main parts of your outfit are perfectly coordinated. The hair is neat and complementary. The accessories….the jewelry, hand bag and shoes all carefully considered, the subtle, or not so subtle make up tones. But what about the nails? Fashion writer Tamar Najarian says, “We do not normally consider the nails to be majorly affected by trends, but lately that has been changing drastically.” And this fall, it seems like everything goes.

Of course, before we go into polish trends, it’s important to talk about our palette. So what it the right nail shape to feature these compelling vogue varnishes this season? It seems there is a variety in these looks as well. Popsugar’s Joanna Douglas recommends choices including a longer almond shaped look which she affectionately names The Sharp Stiletto. Also recommended is the Bare Ballerina or squoval shaped (oval nails with a slightly flattened tip). The classic short, straight, closely cropped nails are also still the trend. And now for the fun part…the polish!!

Black is back! Or has it ever really gone away? First seen in the 70’s glam and punk movements, and then popularized in 80’s goth and 90’s grunge, black and darker tones appear to be here to stay. They can be used as a smoky bases for gradient tones. Rodarte experiments with a black lacquer and a dark raisin outline for some extra pop. Also popular are dark plums and grays.

Woman with silver nail polish

Silver is another trend making a resurgence from the 70’s. It can be a gleaming and shiny futuristic look as featured at the Opening Ceremony and Creatures of the Wind fall collections. Designers like Jill Stuart and Roland opt for darker silvers which portray wealth and dignity.

Nail art seems to know no boundaries for the fall. CND’s Design Lab Team probably top the charts as most outrageous with faux fur nails and sculptural eyes made for Libertine’s Niki de Saint Phalle-inspired collection. Other elaborate designs include Swarovski and rhinestone embellishments that give simple manicures gorgeous additions. Graphics like cartoons, flags and drawings are making a really fun comeback from the 90’s. And glitter! It’s everywhere this fall, so why not your nails? Get inspired by Jenny Packham’s golden stars with negative spaces for a fun youthful look.

Other nail art looks can have a simpler, more modern appearance. “Sometimes the simplest detail is the most effective” says nail artist Keri Blair who went minimal in her design for Delpozo, featuring a thin white line extending past the cuticle. Gina Edwards expands on this with her “bold lines for negative spaces” for Maxus Nails.

French manicure

The French manicure has also gotten more edgy over the years and is a fashion trend that is still going strong this season. Black and dark brock have replaced more neutral tones. We are also seeing some glitter edgework. Taking the French manicure one step further is the dual toned look which can feature metallic shades and gradient tones.

So it seems like this fall the sky is the limit as far as nail trends go. With looks ranging from grunge to glamour, it appears as if the problem this season is not trying to stay up on the latest nail fashions but which one to choose! Good luck and happy polishing!

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Instagram #Shelfies Are All The Craze

Skin care products

With the plethora of social media, we now have instant access to what everyone’s up to and what they possess. This means that instead of turning to an expert in a shop, we’d rather reach out to beauty bloggers who are triumphing the internet by the minute. As an image-obsessed society, we put our trust into reviews and what we see other people using on Instagram. So, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite #Shelfies for you to get inspired, because it turns out, it’s not just how the product appears on your body that’s important, but how it translates in images too. If it makes the top shelf in your house, it must be worthwhile.

What Are Shelfies?
As the name insinuates, there’s a focus on selfie to this new craze. But it’s not your typical selfie where one poses in the mirror in their best attire, sporting a pout. Shelfies are taking pictures of your best beauty products, and no offence, but keep your face out of the shot.

How To Become A Shelfie Pro
To pass the first test, your bathroom cupboards need to be crammed with the latest miracle serums and lip glosses, face powder and everything else to cover reverse blemishes. You need to live and breathe cosmetics. Next, you need to have skills and a care for how things are displayed. Much like how you determine your purchase on the labeling and presentation of a product on a shelf, you need to do the same when photographing your goodies. Take pride in your makeup and lotion stashes, so they’re shelfie ready at all times. If you’re messy and simply don’t care about how they sit around the house, you don’t qualify.

Hints For The Best Shelfie

  • It’s all about the background. Use a white backdrop or at least make it clutter-free. Empty bottles and piles of detritus on the other side of the room don’t look picture worthy.
  • Use products you’ve used and can vouch for. Compliment your image with a personal description of what it is and include a short review.
  • Feel free to add accent pieces to create a feel to your picture. A decorative flower, ornament or cute accessories go a long way.

#Shelfie Examples

  • @vcashe has teamed her shampoo and conditioners with chic makeup brushes. Marble tiles in the background give a professional effect to the photo, and with water droplets still on the products, it’s clear she’s using and loving it.
  • It was nearly impossible to not include @babyslicenyc, as not every #Shelfie comes with a cheeky cat. There’s a surplus of products in this one, but by Instagramming her pet too, we love the extra personality this picture has. (Don’t miss that alligator product holder too!).

So there you have our favorite Instagram shots – using the perfect angle and the latest beauty invention to lure you in. Looking for a new accompaniment in your makeup bag or bathroom shelf? Use #itgtopshelfie to narrow your search and bring up a surfeit of all things beauty.

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New in Ladies Golf Style

The first women’s golf tournament was held in Scotland in the early 19th century. As women have grown into the game and showcased their talent, the kind of clothing they wear has become increasingly important, not just from a comfortability point of view but also a stylistic one. From golf-skirts to skorts and shorts, the women’s golf apparel industry is continually evolving and becoming increasingly more customizable for women themselves. Female golf professionals such as Natalie Gulbis and Michelle Wie have shown that looking good on the golf course is not reserved just for the pros but is for every woman on the course and in the clubhouse.

Woman wearing a golf top

The Golf Top
It used to be so that women generally only wore polo tops on the golf course. Today, a trip to your local golf shop will reveal a vast variety of different styles and colors. There are short sleeves, no sleeves, cap sleeves, or long sleeves. We’re even seeing deep and wide v-necks available from some designers. Women can now also coordinate their coloring and choose from patterned and plain to solid bold colors.

The Skort
The skort is essentially a cross between a skirt and a pair of shorts – it works as a short skirt with a pair of shorts concealed beneath. It’s seen as one of the most functional and comfortable pieces of clothing ever made. Although it made its first appearance in the 1960s – at that time it was more of a practical choice rather than a stylistic one, but today it has been remolded into one of the most attractive and fashionable items of women’s golf apparel. Choose from a variety of colors, lengths and patterns, this one is certainly going to stay in style for a long while to come.

Woman wearing golf cap

The Golf Cap
This is a must-have accessory of today as the golf hat or cap serves more than one function. True, it keeps the sun out of your face, but it also works neatly to help keep hair tied back in place. Some women even use their visors as a way of storing spare tees.

Shoes
Many designers today have successfully combined performance with fashion to create entire ranges of women’s golf shoes that can accommodate all tastes. Some shoes are even designed to be worn both on and off the course. When selecting shoes that are right for you, you should first think about comfort, durability and traction, and only then should you see what style and coloring tickle your fancy best.

Woman wearing sunglasses

Sunglasses
The classic look of sunglasses clipped above a woman’s cap or visor is still in and is an excellent way of ensuring you have your sunglasses when you need them. Today women in golf are sporting all kinds of glasses from different brands in a variety of different styles. There is a vast range of female sunglasses of numerous different colors and lens types that can be coordinated with the rest of your clothing to give you that cool and tidy look.

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Showing Off Your Legs: 4 Spring Pieces to Try Now

It’s officially spring which means that it’s time to transition your wardrobe from warm winter clothing into flirty spring items. Once warm weather hits, most women can’t wait to get rid of heavy winter trousers in favor of lighter fabrics and shorter hemlines. If you’re looking to show off your legs this spring, consider wearing one of the items mentioned below. All of these items are highly versatile, work on a variety of body types and can be tailored to suit your personal style.

Woman wearing a dress

Classic Shift Dress
This work wardrobe staple is always a great fashion choice when you want to show a little leg. The shift dress allows you to display your gams while also remaining conservative and classic. Runways were full of bold colors this spring, so you can make your look more interesting by incorporating some vibrant colors into your closet. This season, orange and cobalt blue are two of the hottest hues, and you can still tone them down to be office appropriate. Switch your pumps for some strappy sandals to make your look go from day to night instantly.

Skorts
Skorts have a pretty bad reputation and have been considered “uncool” for a long time, but they’re beginning to make a comeback this spring. Perhaps it’s the popularity of the athleisure trend or that the 90s are enjoying a massive revival that is the driving force behind the skort trend this spring. Skorts are a great way to show off your legs, and they are available in styles that can take you from your morning run to a fun girl’s night out. To show off your legs in this trend, look for skorts that are bold and structured.

Model wearing a wrap dress.

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Wrap Dress
Another dress that blends seamlessly from the office to happy hour is the wrap dress. The queen of the wrap dress, Diane von Furstenberg, showcased her signature piece in bright colors like pink and interesting patterns. Fashion week was full of wrap dresses, both on the runways and off. Stars like Gabrielle Union and Victoria Beckham wore classic wrap dresses with modern twists and in unique textiles. Look for a denim or leather wrap dress to showcase your legs in an unexpected way.

Sheer Pieces
Tons of designers featured pieces in their collections that included sheer, breezy fabrics. One of the most popular pieces on runways was the mini skirt turned maxi skirt with the use of sheer chiffon. In addition to skirts, designers created pants that begin as shorts, but transition into sheer panels of fabric that fall to the ankles. Sheer pieces are a really fun, playful way to show off your legs this spring. These skirts and pants are absolutely perfect if you haven’t had time to shave your legs, or if you’re concerned that your legs are looking a bit pasty from being covered up all winter.

You can highlight your legs with a large variety of pieces this spring from the demure sheer pants, the ultra-feminine wrap dress or with an unexpected skort. To really show off your legs and make them the focal point, wear nude pumps with either a pointy, almond or round toe because these shoes make your legs look much longer. Play with different shoes and accessories to create endless spring looks that show off your legs.

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