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A Look Ahead To Summer 2018

vine vera banner presents A Look Ahead To Summer 2018It is often said that women have to work twice as hard to earn the respect that men get. Women are constantly having to prove themselves in male dominated industries in order to achieve a modicum of what comes instantly to a man. However, there may be one industry in which women have the home field advantage, and that is the fashion industry. If there’s anything fashion is geared toward, it’s the feminine form, and if boys want to play, they need to know who’s boss. Paris Fashion Week gave the boys a chance to strut their stuff. Let’s see how they stacked up. Here is a look at what was on offer at Paris Fashion Week 2018.

What do you think of shorts for men? Tom Ford said no man should ever wear shorts in the city, but it seems there are some designers who disagree. This year tartan print tailored shorts were all the rage, with Dior Homme showing a version off, and Dries Van Noten, offering a two piece shorts and blazer set in a similar print, while Louis Vuitton stuck too long bike shorts with a preppy sweater.

Long Hems
Another big look for Paris Fashion Week was the long hem look. Trousers are getting looser and hems are less structured. Dior Homme showed off jeans that came well past the ankle and Ann Demeulemeester showed off fitted velvet trousers hanging quite a bit over stylish patent leather dress shoes.

Black is never out of fashion in Paris, and, apparently, well suited for any style. Balmain offered a preppy take with a collegiate shirt topped by a nautically themed cardigan, while Ann Demeulemeester went for a gothic drama, with her shirtless model sporting a super side belt, weathered trousers and matching knee length coat. Alexander McQueen took his black in an entirely different direction with a hip length blazer and tailored pants.

vine vera banner presents A Look Ahead To Summer 2018

Mixed Patterns
From black to mixed patterns, the designers had some pretty bold ideas about improbable pairings. Kenzo paired a super modern technicolored racing top with red, white, gray​ and blue striped trousers. Haider Ackerman topped plastic black and white polka dot pants with a casual athletic gold striped tank, and perhaps most daring of all was Commes des Garcons who matched his gold iridescent shorts with a bright floral print top and white blazer trimmed in red fur.

Oversized Blazers
Here’s an eighties throwback. Thom Browne did his own take on leaving the house without putting pants on by coordinating his ELE-gray work oversized blazer with striped athletic socks, dress shoes, and not much else. Kenzo also chose to go maximum on top and minimum on the bottom, with a two piece purple oversized blazer and short set. Balenciaga kept it a little more practical by teaming his drapey blazer with classic blue jeans.

Dresses and Tunics
Cutting edge or cutting room floor? Alexander McQueen topped his wool gray​ suit with a doily skirt and finished the look with open sandals, while Thom Brown put a blue pleated skirt under a short silk jacket and tie combination. Balmain made paired his skin tight punk rock striped jeans and with a long blue tunic to make his ambiguous fashion statement.

So how do you think the boys weighed in this year? Did they get it right? Let us know what you think!

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Makeup Tips To Keep You Selfie Ready

It used to be that you had to look your best because you never knew when a photo op would come up. You might be out at a nightclub, or a party, when suddenly someone with a camera would pop up looking to take your picture, so you had to ensure you were always photo-ready. Now, with the advent of the selfie, things have changed. These days, you never know when you might pop up wanting to take a picture of yourself. Just when you least expect it, there you’ll be with the selfie stick, ready to click away. That’s why you always need to be prepared for the occasion with the proper makeup. Here are some great expert selfie makeup tips.

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Selfie Analysis
According to Courtney Rubin, author of “Makeup for the Selfie Generation,” “Most makeup companies have products that play with light, offering photo finishes or airbrush effects that claim to make wearers camera ready. But a handful of brands are beginning to design and tweak their wares to stand up to the specific challenges of phone photography–among them, that a flash can make foundation look white, or that in daylight selfies, cool colors can look warmer.

In preparation for his book, “#beautiful” makeup artist and lead makeup artist for “Project Runway,” Luis Casco analyzed about 8,000 selfies of 26 women of various ages and ethnicities to find the best makeup application for a good selfie.

Here are some tips from Mr. Casco

  1. Since dry flaky lips commonly plague selfies, Mr. casco suggests using a lip exfoliator before applying lip product.
  2. Mr. Casco also recommends mixing shades of eyeliner to create effects. He notes that a touch of purple can make brown eyes appear clearer and that a hint of gold “makes the eyes twinkle.”
  3. To get the most flattering shot, lift the camera to a 45-degree angle to sharpen the jaw line and make eyes look wider. Casco notes this is particularly helpful in avoiding a raccoon eye effect while wearing dark eye makeup. The trick is to bring the chin down and the camera up.
  4. To avoid pale skin in the daylight, Mr. Casco recommends products that contour the face without looking caked on. He suggests CC creams that blend easily and are not obviously pigmented for a natural healthy radiance.
  5. When taking a selfie at night with a flash, a real life shimmer can translate to oily skin on camera. Casco suggests a translucent powder to make skin feel soft and extra blotting sheets to absorb oil, particularly in the T-zone.

Woman taking selfie

Selfie Ready Foundations
Another way of avoiding the oily sheen associated with selfies is by choosing a mattifying foundation with oil absorbing features.

Stand Out Eyes
When it comes to eyes, the best thing to do is to keep it basic. While bold and theatrical looks can be great, they often don’t photograph well without proper lighting. For photo ready eyes, prime with black mascara, nude shadow, and a bit of a cat eye.

Whiter Teeth
For a quick tooth whitener, munching on some raw veggies can actually help remove stains from teeth. If your looking for a cosmetic solution, stained teeth can be concealed by wearing a bright lip color with blue undertones.

Bold Lips
If your selfies are looking washed out, it may be time to turn up your lipstick a few shades. Look for high-pigment formulas which tend to last longer than other shades and be sure to take your skin tone into account when choosing a color.

How do you keep selfie-ready? Let us know your favorite ways of alway ensuring an image you will be proud to display!

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Shopping for a Special Occasion – Vine Vera Reviews

Shopping for a special occassionWhen shopping for a special occasion, you need to pay more attention than usual. If you’re shopping for a dress for your friend’s wedding, you would want to look your beautiful best. And if you’re shopping for a gift for your sister’s birthday, you would want to ensure that you give a meaningful gift. If shopping for special occasions isn’t your specialty, these Vine Vera tips can work wonders in helping you enjoy a stress-free and fulfilling experience while shopping.

Start as soon as possible

Irrespective of your style, you need to start off with shopping as soon as possible. Give yourself enough time to find the right item and make sure that you choose right. This also gives you adequate time to look around for the perfect item before you make a purchase.

Be wary of the size

Different manufacturers have different criteria when it comes to size. Make sure that you choose a size that fits you perfectly. You need to be aware of the required size and read through the manufacturer’s instructions on its size policy. Always ask for a trial before purchasing. 

Don’t skip out on the perfect item

Most of us make the mistake of ignoring the perfect item when we see it. If you’re aware that you need a gift for your sister for her upcoming birthday or need a dress for a party that’s just round the corner, it makes sense to pick it up if you see the perfect option lying right in front of you. There’s no guarantee that you’ll find it when you actually need it.

Ask for a second opinion

It always helps to ask for an opinion from a trusted friend when shopping for special occasions. Your friend shall help you choose something that looks good and would be open about telling you when something looks bad on you.

Never shop when you’re in a hurry

Never speed-shop when shopping for special occasions. You need to give yourself enough time to browse through the various options, try different items on and enjoy a stress-free shopping experience.

Don’t expect to complete all your shopping in a single trip

Don’t expect to find the perfect item at the first go. You might just find something that fits the occasion on the first try, but don’t get disheartened if you don’t. This is why starting off early is so important. 

Shop in a location that has many options

Try to go to a popular shopping area in your city. Vine Vera recommends you to go to a mall or an avenue that offers multiple options in the same area. This means that you can look around for the perfect item without stressing yourself or wasting precious time traveling from one place to the other. 

Ultimately, shopping is what you make of it. Whether you love it or hate it, you can always ensure that it is an enriching and stress-free experience. Just follow these simple tips from Vine Vera and make sure that you always make the right decision when it comes to shopping for a special occasion.

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Vine Vera’s Best Shopping Advice – Vine Vera Reviews

ShoppingSome people simply love to shop and some just can’t stand the thought of shopping. Irrespective of which category you belong to, Vine Vera offers you our best shopping advice to help you through your oh-god-i-can’t-bear-it moments as well as your Just-can’t-stop moments. And who doesn’t want to get the best products, enjoy the hottest deals and look updated in today’s fashion-driven world!

Never shop without a list of things you need

Vine Vera recommends you to ensure that you don’t step foot out of your house without having a list of things you need. In most cases, people simply forget all about some of the stuff or end up buying things that they don’t even need. A few precious minutes of preparation can work wonders in helping you buy the right things and ensuring that you don’t end up purchasing something useless.

Have a game plan

When you’re going for some serious shopping, you need a proper game plan. Don’t mix window shopping and actual shopping. Try and separate them. You must know what you need before heading out of the house and stay focused on buying those items. Once you’re done with the essentials, you can spend all your free time window shopping. And if you’re planning to become a part of things like Black Friday deals, you need to ensure that you beat the crowd to high-demand purchases.

Choose a suitable time

Shopping can be tiring, time consuming and stressful. Choose a time that suits you and try to avoid the crowds. A jostling and overcrowded environment can ruin the entire experience and make you irritable. So pick a time that suits your schedule and saves you from huge crowds as well.

Don’t skip out on buying the perfect item

One of the biggest mistakes that consumers make is that they don’t buy the perfect item when they see it in order to avoid wasteful shopping. But, if you come across something that really is perfect, you should go ahead and buy it, provided you actually have some use for it.

Make the most of technology

The modern day world is driven by Smartphones. There really is an app for everything that you can possibly think of. So why not make the most of an app when it comes to shopping? Downloading the right shopping app can help you compare prices, keep in touch with the latest trends and spot special items when they appear. Vine Vera recommends you to try out apps like ShopSavvy, Nifti and Black Friday app.

Be wary of the salesperson

Remember, the salesperson is there to make a sale. Irrespective of how friendly or caring a sales person is, don’t buy a product unless you are sure that you will use it. Salespeople are there to sell you something. It’s their job.

Bring a friend

Shopping along with a friend is always a pleasure. It allows you to cover more ground, enjoy a second opinion and prevent wasteful shopping. Moreover, shopping with a friend is bound to be a lot of fun as well.

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