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Beauty Trends For Fall 2017

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What? Could it be? It felt like you were taking your last sip of pumpkin latte just yesterday! Is autumn really upon us again? While there is a bit of summer left, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend the last few vacation days planning your new fall look. After all, you’ve got to start early to stock up on the latest trends before any of your friends pick up on them. Here is a quick look at what you can anticipate this autumn in terms of hair, nails, and makeup from the 2017 runway.

After Kendall Jenner debuted her blunt lob, at the Perla, crops have been all the rage. You may have seen models Irina Kravchenko and Cat McNeil sporting their new cuts at Alexander Wang in New York. With a lot more cool short hairstyles hitting runway after runway, you may want to think of going in this direction this season.

Color Blocked Eye Lids
If you’ve got some bright primary or pastel eye shades lurking in your makeup case, this is the time to use them. Makeup artists were striping and blocking lids with bold colors with wild abandon this year. According to makeup artist Pat McGrath, “Now, more than ever, makeup is about enjoying color and making statements.” Although some of the looks were a little offbeat for the office, there were some options that could be used in the every day, such as the two toned liners at Marco di Vincenzo, or the unpredictable shadow pairing at Oscar de la Renta.

Clean Hair
You could say that shampoo was a big commodity on this year’s fall runways. Says hairstylist Guido, “Designers want that model’s hair to look clean. It’s become a recognizable texture, just like beachy waves or a bouncy blowout.” Stock up the next time you’re at Target!

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Smeared Lipstick
While showing up for a date in this look may not be the best idea, snogged lips have been showing up on the runway. That means, forget the lip liner and long-lasting wear mattes. Makeup artists are smearing the lipstick all around models mouths this year. According to makeup artist Val Garland, “There’s a sexiness to it because it looks like you’ ve been kissing someone. You may have seen Garland’s work on display at Giambattista Valli, where she took three separated brushes to create a cherry red diffused runway look.

Extreme Manis
Looks like you’re all in this year if you like to go all out with your nails. This year showed Swarovski crystals at Philip Plein, oil slicks at Manish Arora, and a very sadistic pierced nail with threaded chain look at Emilio Pucci.

Extreme Dyes
While your getting your extreme mani done, you may be inspired to dye your hair to match. This year’s runways were a veritable display of color, with everything from streaks of red across the part at Jour Ne to neon blue streaks at Versace.

Braids and Dark Lips
Designers are doing a little bit of school girl gone naughty this year. Guido says, “Braids never go away as a trend.” This season, you’ll want to go for skinny plaits with lips in plums and dark berries, like seen at Valentino.

How are you stocking up for the coming season? Let us know what we can expect to see you model this fall. We love to know!


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Celebrating 60!

Who says getting older has to be a bad thing? Every decade is like another chapter in your life, the beginning of a new era of you, a…you get the idea. The point is, aging is natural and it happens to everyone, so why not celebrate it along with everything you’ve survived and accomplished so far? Cherish it, fondly remember all the years past, and toast to the ones to come. Reward yourself for sixty years well-lived, relax, and maybe treat yourself a little… or a lot! You only turn sixty once, after all! So let’s talk about some fun ways you can make your 60th a blast, and a day you’ll remember fondly for years to come.

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Take a Mini-Vacation
One fun way to commemorate the milestone that 60 represents is to travel for a few days or a week. Go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go but never got around to it or head to a favorite spot you’ve visited dozens of times, and bask in the nostalgia.

Some more specific ideas? Consider a romantic few nights in Paris alone or with a loved one. It’s cliché, but for a good reason? If you love wine, consider traveling to Venice and going on an evening tour of little cafes that serve tiny “shots” of wine so you can try a lot of varietals without getting terribly intoxicated. Or, head to Hawaii and find a topless beach to sunbathe on; who says older means less attractive? If you’ve got it, you’re entitled to flaunt it, and trust us, you’ve still got it; try not to second-guess yourself. You could also head to southern Florida, New York City, San Francisco, or another great shopping destination and treat yourself to an indulgent shopping spree. Alternately, maybe you’d like to help out people in need in a developing country for a week or two; that’s the kind of thing that’s both a gift to others and yourself. Consider it self-care of the soul combined with an exercise of compassion, a sadly undervalued trait these days that deserves vastly more consideration than it gets.

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Stay in with Loved Ones
Another fantastic idea is to simply stay in! Sound boring? It’s not. Think of it this way. Think about what’s really important in life, what makes it worth living. Family, friends, lover(s)…the people we’re close to, the people we share our lives with, the people we share time and laughs and tears with, the people we tell our secrets, the people we want to be around in our best moments and darkest hours alike; they are what matters. Gather them close. Cherish them. Quietly celebrate all the time you’ve shared with them, toast to their heath, thank them for being in your life.

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Should You Plan a Staycay or Vaycay?

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Got the time off work but not the funds to travel? In this harsh economic environment, not everyone can afford a vacation, which is why the concept of a staycation has become so popular. But both come with their own set of pros and cons. Find out which option might work best for you.

First lets’ look at some benefits of the staycation.
Obviously the biggest factor in opting for a staycation is the cost. Flights, hotel rooms and eating out are all costly and can be avoided on a staycation. Staycations also tend to offer more relaxation. Although vacations can be relaxing, travel always brings some amount of stress, including packing and getting to and from your destination. As long as you avoid stresses that may come from daily life, relaxation is a much more viable option during a staycation.

There is also much less chance of getting lost during a staycation. You know the area so there is much less risk of ending up somewhere you’re not familiar with or following a GPS into the middle of nowhere. A staycation also opens your eyes to many local places you may not have visited otherwise. This is a point made by Katie Lara, blog writer at Traveling Panties. Lara also points out that “At the end of your trip, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of getting home. You’ll be back in a snap, restored and renewed.”

Of course, there are a lot of great things about traveling that must be considered as well:
Traveling gives you the opportunity to meet new people. Staycations will revolve around the same group of people you see on a daily basis, while traveling will give you the opportunity to meet different people and learn things about their culture. Traveling is also a great inspiration. Traveling can bring new discoveries and revelations whether they are about new environments or about yourself. Also, the feeling of getting out of your day to day routine can alleviate depression.

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Another nice thing about a vacation is that it offers you so many places to go including cruises, beach houses, exotic destinations, or other states you’ve never seen before. A staycation is more limiting in that respect.

With the rising popularity of staycations, some hotels are focusing on advertising programs which attract more local area residents. Kim Britton, director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa reports that about 30 percent of all bookings are coming from locals and believes the number will continue to rise this summer. “People are getting away, even if they’re staying in state or closer to home. They still wish to have that opportunity to make memories together in places that are beyond their usual day to day.”

Of course for those who are in the travel camp, there are plenty of ways to cut back on expenses if you educate yourself on how to protect you and your things and do a lot of budgeting. It’s good to do plan carefully to avoid financial snags.

So which camp are you in? Vacation or staycation? Leave your opinion in the comments section.

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What to Pack for a Fall Vacation

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Thought summer was the best and only time to go on vacation? Think again. Summer might be the most popular season for travel, but that doesn’t make it the be-all end-all.

Autumn offers a host of advantages as a vacation season. For one, most people are vacationing in the summer, which means that by being smart and saving you vacation days for the next season after, you can avoid crowds, lines, and traffic jams when heading to especially popular vacation getaway spots. On top of that, you skip the overbearing heat of summer and the biting chill of winter by choosing a milder season to travel in.

The chief downside? The weather. While overall mild, yes, the problem with fall weather is its unpredictability. The temperature can change at the drop of a hat, and a clear sky can cloud over and start storming before you even realize it’s happening. So if you’re being smart and beating the crowds and the heat by traveling in autumn, Vine Vera has some tips for helping you pack for the unpredictable weather you’ll undoubtedly face on your trip.

Dual-Layer Jacket
Considering that fall weather can change from chilly to cool within the day, you want a jacket that can multitask. Look for a jacket comprised of two layers: a soft fabric liner and a sheer, waterproof, hooded outer shell. These layers will generally zip or button together, and you can wear the full 2-layer jacket for chilling cold, the liner alone for a relatively cool afternoon, or the shell alone to fend off a light drizzle.

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A Thin Sweater
You’ll want at least one thin, simple sweater for your trip. Layering is the key to success in fall weather, because you can add or subtract layers as necessary to deal with changes in weather. The secret strength to the simple, thin sweater is that it’s discreet enough to be worn as an under-layer for just about anything, but cute enough to be worn on top of a shirt or sweatshirt.

Lightweight, Waterproof Shoes
Heavy boots take up too much space and make your suitcase weigh a ton, but simple tennis shoes easily get soaked in autumnal puddles and rainstorms. The solution is to find a lightweight pair of waterproof shoes; wear them with thick socks for warmth and you’ll never miss the heavy-duty rainboots while you’re away.

Woman wearing a scarf

Packing two or three pretty scarves is a great way to kill two birds with one stone by giving you an optional add-on to any outfit you can add or remove as the weather dictates, and a couple cute accessories to add some charm to any outfit, all while taking up a relatively small amount of suitcase space!

Hardly taking up any space at all, and not weighing much to boot, leggings are a great way to functionally accessorize your fall skirt and sweater combo with something that can be added for warmth or removed for cooling off, as needed. For bonus points, try seasonally appropriate red or orange leggings with an otherwise neutral outfit for fun fall coloration, and consider a matching scarf if you’re really in the mood for autumnal accessories.

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Our Top Vacation Must Haves

Vacation can be an exciting time for anyone who loves fun, excitement, new experiences, and relaxation. Many people look forward to the summer months for just this reason, because it means sorely needed break from the grind and monotony of daily life. To make sure you get the absolute most out of your summer vacation, Vine Vera put together a list of a few items we think you simply must bring with you.

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Basic Clothes
This should go without saying, of course (unless, perhaps, your vacation is to a nudist resort), but there are a few things to note here. For one, look up the weather at the place you’re going; you can’t assume that it will be the same as what you’re used to, and you can’t guarantee that just because it’s summer, you’ll never need a jacket or sweater. It all depends on your destination and the climate there, so use that to inform your clothing decisions, and no matter what you end up doing, pack at least one jacket and one short-sleeved outfit, just in case.

In terms of how much to bring, a potentially helpful metric is to think about how many days you’ll be away. If you’ll be gone less than a week, pack enough to make one outfit for every day you’ll be gone. If you’ll be gone more than a week, but less than a month, just pack seven days’ worth of outfits. It won’t be the end of the world if you have to wear some outfits more than once, and if you coordinate all the clothing items you bring well, you’ll be able to mix and match so that you never really wear quite the same thing twice. If you’re going to be gone for more than a month, go all out and bring as much of your wardrobe as you can manage. For a trip that long, you’re probably bringing pretty big suitcases anyway.

Woman working on her laptop.

Something to Pass the Time
You’d be surprised how many people forget this one. Yes, you’re going on vacation to do fun things and have neat experiences, but there will be downtime in between all that (and not to mention in transit) when you’ll want a good book, favorite magazine, music, laptop or tablet, or whatever other enjoyable thing you like to use to pass the time.

Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat on a bed. Packing for the beach.

As with any other day, every day of vacation, you should apply broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and reapply several times a day. Bring some travel sized stuff with you, and don’t forget to put it on for the travel days themselves! Especially if you’re driving (but even if you’re not), you’ll need sun protection simply from all the sunlight streaming in through the glass.

Woman holding a credit card

In addition to whatever credit or debit cards you may like to use, you should bring a bit of cash in your wallet. It’s always a shame to see something you have to have at a market or festival booth, and realize that you only have your card, and they’re cash-only.

Woman packing skin care products.

Basic Skin Care Regimen
We’ll keep this one brief, as we’ve talked at length about skin care basics for vacation already, but in essence, when packing for a vacation, think very carefully about what you will actually need in the time you’re gone. For example, if you normally exfoliate every week, and you’ll be gone a week and a half, you probably don’t need your exfoliant on hand; your skin will survive the few extra days.


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Vacation Skin Care: What to Pack

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Summer is well known as a season for travel and vacations, which can make it a very exciting and fun season indeed. Traveling can allow you to experience new and exciting things, have lots of fun, and act as a probably much needed getaway to relax and enjoy yourself. That said, when caring for your skin is a big priority (as it well should be!), and when bag space is limited (as it always is when traveling) you may be hard-pressed when it comes time to pack. What skin care products should you take? What should you leave behind? Making these decisions can be an arduous affair. Just remember: for every item you bring, there’s less space for other things, like makeup, clothes, and fun things to pass the time. As such, Vine Vera decided it was high time to provide a helpful list of tips for packing skin care when it comes time for your next exciting vacation.

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Seal it Up Tight!
This goes not only for skin care, but for makeup, mouthwash, and anything else that’s a liquid or cream in a bottle. It’s important to make sure that your favorite outfit, laptop, book, or something else doesn’t get covered in damaging liquids or creams. Not only will you ruin other things in your suitcase and get your hands sticky sorting through that mess, you’ll waste valuable skin care product too!

To prevent this, seal up the top of every bottle with scotch tape, and toss the tape in your suitcase too so that you can reseal everything before heading home. Then, get a few ziploc bags and put a few products in each bag. This way, it’s unlikely any of them will spill, and even if they do, they’ll only spill on other product bottles, not on your whole suitcase.

Skin care products in a ziploc bag

Bring Small Quantities
Think realistically about how much of each product you actually need. If you only use a small dab of cleanser every day, then on a two-week trip, do you really need to pack an entire jumbo size bottle that typically lasts you months? A lot of products are available in convenient travel sizes, and even if they’re not (or if you just don’t want to buy more of a product you already have) you can use tiny Tupperware containers or little bottles from the dollar store.

Woman packing toiletries

Just the Essentials
You’ll want to pack a daily moisturizer, a facial wash and something to clean off makeup at the end of the day, and a body lotion. And that’s it! That may not seem like a lot, but believe us, when you need to travel light, you can survive without all the other products and tools for a short while. If it’s a very long vacation (like at least a month) you can add an exfoliant and masks to that list, but otherwise, don’t bother. Your skin will be okay if you go without some things for a bit, and you’ll be back home soon enough!

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