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Quick Fixes For Fashion Slip Ups

Quick Fixes For Fashion Slip UpsQuick Fixes For Fashion Slip Ups

Let’s be honest. You’re a bit of a clothing snob. When you see your friends and coworkers with a dab of foundation on their clothing, or a streak of deodorant, you feel a bit superior. You yourself would never let such a fashion flub go undetected – and then you do. Oh, the horror! Looking in the mirror at lunchtime only to realize you’ve spent the earlier part of the day with a stuck zipper, and you have the rest of the day to walk around helplessly displaying it. What will everyone think? Worry not! Help is here. Although the realization that you have already exposed yourself to some public humiliation may be upsetting, there are ways to do damage control. Here are some of the best tricks for fixing small wardrobe malfunctions that can put a big damper on your day.

Sweat Stains
Ah, the unsightly pit stains. Not only can sweat ruin your daily look, it turns yellow when it dries, and that can mean some long term damage- or so you thought. Soak the item in a solution of warm water and vinegar. Treat stains with a paste made of salt, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. Let dry, and your white shirt will be reborn and ready to be sweated in again!

Stuck Zippers
No one wants to hear ‘XYZ’ in the middle of the day and not be able to correct the problem. If you find yourself with a zipper that refuses to budge, try using a soap or window cleaner to ease it along. If the teeth of the zipper have become misaligned, try straightening them out with a pair of pliers.

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Foundation Stains
The transfer of makeup to clothes is easily done, and now it can be easily fixed. The first rule: don’t wet the stain, or you will have crushed any hope of rescue. Blot, do not rub, the stain with a dry paper. If that fails, try adding baby powder or talcum powder. White-Out can work on small stains. SImply cover the stain with the fluid and scrape it off. The foundation should be gone with the White-Out.

Deodorant Streaks
If its white, its sweat, if its dark, its deodorant. A damp washcloth or rag can remove deodorant stains, as can a wipe with nylons or a beauty sponge.

Painful Sandals
They felt so comfortable in the store! You can stretch out leather sandals by putting on a pair of thick socks and walking around the house with them to keep blisters to a minimum.

A Faulty Hem
Got a droopy hemline? Double stick tape to the rescue. Just tear off a piece and use it to secure the problem until you can get to a needle and thread.

Skip The Dressing Room
If the person in the dressing room before you seems like they’ve laid down tracks for the night, it doesn’t mean you have to forgo testing out the jeans you want to buy. Wrap the waistline around your neck. If it meets comfortably in the back, the jeans will fit your waist.

Do you have any tricks for fixing midday malfunctions? Let us know how your meet your unexpected fashion challenges to get through the day looking cool and collected.

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A Course Of Action For Flawless Skin

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Admit it. Anytime you hear the words Korean and beauty product in the same sentence, you start to drool a little bit. What is it about the Korean beauty routine that makes us all feel like we westerners just somewhat inferior? Are we just lacking that bit of Asian discipline that drives the Korean women beauty perfectionism? Is it the concept of superior Eastern wisdom which makes us believe the Korean women hold the secrets to great beauty? Or is it simply that the Korean women just look so darn good? Whatever it is that makes us westerners go so crazy for any information beauty related Korean women have to offer, get ready for some more of it. Here are some secrets to flawless skin from the women who wrote the book on it.

Steam Your Face In the Shower
Korean facial massage parlors are as commonplace in South Korea as Starbucks Cafes are in America. Use circular motions with your fingers and also light tapping in rotating patterns starting on the forehead, then continuing to the cheekbones and cheeks, eventually ending at the jawline. Use an oil cleanser for an added benefit.

Use A Charcoal Sheet Mask
The charcoal sheet mask is all the rage in Korea. Simply apply it to your face for 15 to 20 minutes and let it work its detoxifying and exfoliating powers.

Exfoliate with A Warm Damp Wash Cloth
Soak a washcloth in hot water, and massage your face using circular strokes. It’s a known Korean youth booster.

Layer a Facial Essence between Two Moisturizers
If you’re not Korean, you may not even use two moisturizers, much less a facial essence between them. Essences are mild solutions with nutrients to hydrate your skin after cleansing. Follow with a serum, and then add a moisturizer for elasticity and hydration.

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Blurring
Apparently, it’s not all perfect when it comes to Korean skin. The Korean blurring trick involves using one or more coverage products with a makeup brush to camouflage unwanted perfections. An air cushion foundation is the signature Korean cosmetic for blurring like a pro because it allows you to go from very sheer to very opaque coverage without looking heavy.

Use an Ampoule
Koreans describe the ampoule as a “serum on steroids.” It has the highest amount of active ingredients needed to do their work in the shortest amount of time. Apply a few drops before the essence to treat dullness, acne, and hyper pigmentation.

Use an Overnight Sleeping Mask
You know that your skin is working its hardest at cell recovery while you sleep, which makes it the best time to moisturize. Just apply an intensive sleeping mask before bed, and wake up to skin rejuvenation.

Mouth Stretches
Perhaps you can multitask in the car, by saying A-E-I-O-U in an exaggerated way three times on your way to work. It may improve circulation and brighten skin tone.

What tricks of the trade are you borrowing from the Koreans for flawless skin? Let us know what you think of the sage Korean beauty advice, and how much of it you’re willing to incorporate into your daily routine.

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Fall In Love With the Slip Dress All Over Again

Fall In Love With the Slip Dress All Over Again

“In olden days, a glimpse of a stocking was something shocking, now heaven knows, anything goes!” And so it does. In an age in which actresses, where less on the red carpet than most did on the beach in the 1950’s, the idea that the slip dress may cause eyebrows to raise, seems almost quaint. Yet, it remains provocative. Just the mere fabric, the lace, the skimpy layer of silk and little else covering the skin, the straps, the cups, all enough to recall the bedroom; some might consider it sexier than wearing nothing at all.

The Underpinnings
It all started back in 1969 when Nova Magazine printed an editorial bearing the headline, “What are you trying to hide?” The gist of it is that the best response to keeping your underwear from showing itself from beneath your clothes was no response at all. “Show that you mean it,” the article declared. “Don’t count on your underclothes not showing, choose them so if they do, it doesn’t matter.” The article ran accompanied by a model wearing what would later become known as the “slip dress,” crediting Wool worths with its design.

The Big Debate
The debate arose in the years that followed over what constituted dress meant for the house and meant for the public. Was Riccardo Tisci’s 2016 slip themed dress too racy for a visiting dignitary at New York Fashion week? Ankle length slip dress was worn at Calvin Klein, and Burberry began contrasting the flowing silky dresses with chunky sandals and rucksacks.

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The Approval Slip
As might be expected, Paris embraced the look. Alexander Wang’s last season of dresses for Balenciaga was filled with silk nighties and slippers, while Pheobe Phil’s lace trimmed numbers pushed the envelope on her normally subtle sexuality, bringing the slip dress, literally, out of the closet.

Rocker Courtney Love took the slip dress and tiara look to the next level, incorporating the rebellion of rock and roll with the sexiness of the boudoir. Celebrities such as Drew Barrymore, Michelle Pfieffer, Rihanna, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor and even the sartorially irreverent Princess Diana were all among those to embrace the underwear as outerwear look. Edwina Ehrman, curator of the exhibition, “Undressed: A Brief HIstory of Underwear, sums up the slip dress as “a way of challenging contemporary morality. It represents the difference between what should be public, and what should be hidden, and the breaking down of those barriers.”

The Present Day Slip Dress
While in these days, in which naked body parts go swinging down runways, the slip is less than shocking, yet it is still known among high-end fashion buyers as “retail gold.” Says Bay Barnett, contributing fashion editor at Vogue, “You can have such different perceptions of the slip dress – in a tacky situation it looks terrible, but it can look incredible, too. Either East Hampton or totally grunge. to me, the appeal is to deconstruct the sexiness, to subvert it. The genius of Courtney Love in a slip dress was that she turned and essentially conservative and conventional item on its head. It’s the ultimate punk thing to lampoon something so commercial.”

How are you wearing your slip dress this year? Let us know what direction you’re taking the underwear as outerwear look this year. We love to hear it!

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Hoodies In The Hood

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Some fashion ideas vanish rather quickly. Legwarmers, for instance, are not likely to be seen on any runways anytime soon, and it would seem unlikely that any there’ll be too many requests for mullets at upscale salons in the near future. Other fashion trends never seem to die. There may be variations on the themes, but there always seems to be some incarnation of certain clothing items in any given year. Leggings, for instance, are not likely to be going anywhere anytime soon, every wardrobe will always have a little black dress, and no one will ever get beef for wearing a hoodie.

The hoodie’s distinctive blend of attitude and comfort have made it a staple of the western wardrobe, appropriate for everyone from children to soccer moms, to sullen teens, to rappers, to celebrities. Make no mistake, however, the hoodie has a lot more to it than just a warm sweatshirt with a hood. Here’s a look at the rebellious roots of what came to be a rather conservative clothing piece.

Birth of the Hoodie
The hood was first added to sweatshirts, by Champion Products in the 1930’s as a practical means of protecting laborers and athletes from the elements. The early incarnations of the item were designed to protect employees in cold storage wear houses and tree surgeons working through the winter to reinforce the warmth of their long underwear. At the same time, Champion was working with high schools to determine their clothing needs and began manufacturing double thick hooded sweatshirts to protect track and football athletes from the cold weather. The garment made the transition into a fashion statement when athletes began to give their gear to their girlfriends.

The Seventies
When the mid-seventies saw the emergence of hip hop culture, the hoodie began to make its subcultural connections. Early graffiti writer, Eric “Deal” Felisbert, remembers the hoodie popping up on the streets of New York around 1975. “The people that wore them were all people who were sort of looked up to, in the context of the street,” he says, recalling that graffiti artists wore hoodies to keep a low profile, while break dancers wore them to keep warm.

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The Stick up Kids
The deal also remembers the stick-up kids, a group of what were essentially muggers who hung around the nightclub. Says Deal, “They might be sort of scheming on somebody within the crowd that had some sort of clothing or a gold chain…that they’re interested in. They’re probably just gonna wear the hood just slightly over their head and so that way, early on, people can’t remember their faces.”

The Eighties
The eighties brought a new breed of hoodie wearer to national attention. Skateboarders became the new rebellious wearers of the hooded sweatshirt, often trespassing into empty swimming pools in search of riding terrain. Skaters began to reject the mainstream culture, gravitating to hardcore and punk. Says Rolling Stone contributor David Browne, “Suddenly you have this darker, more violent sub culture merging with the remains of the skateboard crowd. The whole outsider thing really kicked in at that moment.”

The Nineties
One could say the hoodie ‘arrived’ in the nineties, with the classic cover of the 1993 album “Enter the Wu Tang” featuring the grim depiction of the hooded sweatshirt. It was then that designers such as Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger began to take note, finding their fashion inspiration from the streets. The hoodie had officially come full circle, uniting urban style with youth culture, consolidating itself as the fabric of western culture, and symbol of rebellion.

What do you think of hoodies? Rebellious trend? Wardrobe staple? Or both? Let us know what your hoodie means to you!

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Beauty Products That Can Be Used All Year Around

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The changing of the seasons can be nice. With each season comes new opportunities, and a time for new beginnings; however changing seasons can also be a time of great upheaval. A new season means a new wardrobe, new cosmetics, and a whole new lineup of cable television shows that we need to adjust our schedules, too. It’s nice to know there are a few things we can count on all year around. Here are a few staples of the beauty routine which don’t require seasonal adjustment, or resetting our Tivos.

Sunscreen
Even though sunscreen is often thought of as a product intended for use in the summer, you probably know that it is crucial to use sunscreen in all season. Although UV rays are less intense in the cooler weather, the general rule is: if there’s sun, there should be sunscreen. Look for broadband sunscreen, which provides protection against both UVA and UVB light, with an SPF of at least fifteen to avoid skin damage, sunburns, aging, and skin cancer.

Moisturizer
Although the reasons for moisturizer may differ from season to season, it is always a crucial component of the beauty routine. Summer heat and sunlight can dry skin, and winter’s low humidity levels and and dry air can rob skin of moisture, making moisturizer a must 360 days of the year. Omitting moisturizer can lead to deeper wrinkles later on, leading to low levels of chronic inflammation that eventually result in a breakdown of collagen and accelerated aging.

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Lip Balm
You may think of chapped lips as a winter only condition, but the truth is, lips can get dry and scaly at any time of year. Use a good lip balm, high in emollients. Look for petrolatum on the label, to lock in moisture, and dimethicone to seal off splits and cracks. Apply early in the day and often throughout, and keep a tube with you for frequent reapplication.

Primer
Primer is a beauty must-have that makes foundation and face makeup go on smoother or stay on longer, and can be a life saver in all types of weather. Extreme temperatures, wind, tearing eyes, perspiration, and traveling can all take a toll on makeup application. According to celebrity makeup artist, Joanna Schlipp, “No matter what the weather is like outside, this step (primer application) will save you a lot of time and effort.” Schlipp also recommends primers to help smooth fine lines, and conceal wrinkles and large pores. She recommends a green primer to help color correct redness from rosacea and acne.

Bronzer
Just because you put away your swim suit, it doesn’t mean you have to turn off your glow. Keep your summer edge with a light bronzer for fall to keep a natural sun kissed glow. Use with a highlighter to keep your face radiant all year long.

What skin products are you using 360 days this year? Let us know which products you just can’t live without, no matter what season we’re in.

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Cool Themes For Baby Showers

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In the Victorian Era, a woman would keep her pregnancy a secret as long as possible. There could only be the merest hint that a woman might be expecting, and the “tea parties” were held only after the baby was born. In the 21st century, baby shower participants can attempt to identify baby parts on an ultrasound as a game. Times may have changed, but the baby shower is still a celebration of the imminent arrival of a baby and a time of joy and festivity that should be spent with the nearest and dearest. If you are fortunate enough to have a little one on the way this fall, here are some ways that some celebrities spent their baby showers, some over the top, others more down to earth. Perhaps you will find inspiration in some of the following.

The Tupperware Party (Tori Spelling)
Although not many of us will have the opportunity to have our baby showers filmed as part of a reality show, there may be other elements of Tori’s party that you may want to borrow.The party colors were turquoise and brown, as was Tori’s outfit. There were grilled cheeses sandwiches, tuna melts, mini corn dogs, and pigs in a blanket, on the baby themed menu. Blue cotton candy and blueberry popsicles were among the all blue desserts served to match the color scheme. The “fake cake” was a centerpiece made by stacking layers of Tupperware to resemble a wedding cake. Talk about having your cake, and having your cake.

The Eco-Friendly Party (Sheryl Crow)
Leave it to the ever environmentally aware Sheryl Crow to throw an eco themed baby shower. A clothesline of baby clothes strung at the front door signaled the party’s location, with an organic onesie doubling for a sign-in book. The table was laid with environmentally friendly real silverware, as opposed to disposables, and decorated with napkins folded into ships embroidered with baby Wyatt’s name. Settings were adorned with a display of organic wheatgrass, and planter paper decorations were party favors for the guests to take home, to plant, in a fittingly symbolic gesture of birth. All food, flowers, and wine were organic, and the gifts were wrapped in blankets rather than paper, in keeping with the environmental theme.

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Moroccan Theme (Britney Spears)
Britney went for a Moroccan theme at her Malibu home when she welcomed her first baby in August 2005. The guests were told to arrive at the extravagantly decorated bamboo tent where the festivities were held, “barefoot and beautiful.” Once there, they walked over the thousands of rose petals to a candle lit tent in which the Moroccan feast of brisket and salad Tangiers took place. Britney looked stunning in her black dress and cowboy boots, which she took off to have henna tattoos imprinted on her toes, and the main centerpiece was a cake in the shape of a large Moroccan pot with a baby on top. Guests got to play “Baby Item Name Game,” “Word Unscramble,” and “Guess How Big Britney’s Belly Is,” and all went home with a $545 gift bag filled with jewelry, clothes, and Britney’s “Curious” perfume.

Wizard of Oz Theme (Nicole Richie)
Beautiful as the decorations were, perhaps the most beautiful part of Nicole Richie’s baby shower was the fact that the couple asked that all gifts be donated to a children’s foundation for underprivileged mothers. Guests arrived with strollers, teddy bears, and car seats to help the cause.

A yellow brick road led to the party room where blue gingham topped tables held picnic baskets filled with stuffed Toto tools surrounded by roses, Miniature hot air balloons were placed throughout. The main centerpiece was a huge cake with ruby slippers bearing the words, “There’s no place like having a baby at home,” and a “Munchkinland” candy buffet rounded out the scene. Gifts were donated to the foundation, and Joel and Nicole threw an additional shower for 100 ladies at the Los Angeles Free Clinic shortly afterward.

Let us know if any of these inspired you, or let us know your own ideas. We love to hear it!

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Step Up Your Glam With Press On Nails

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If you’ve seen the bejeweled, pierced, diamond studded, stiletto, glittered, floral patterned, plaid, William and Kate-themed, striped, French, ombre, reverse French, reverse ombre, rhinestoned, tribal, and Lady Gaga gone gaga manicures out there, you may be suffering from manicure envy. Do you ever want to return to a simpler time? A time when fancy nails were no further than your closest pharmacy? Press-On Nails may not be the latest in high-end fashion, but why go high, when you can go low? Just tell your friends it’s the “White Trash Manicure.” Besides, think of how much fun you’ll have gluing them on your little sister! If you want to amp up your mani on the cheap, here’s all you need to know about how to get the instant urban glamour of the Press On Nail.

Supplies

  • Full cover glue- on acrylic nails. The one hundred nail pack will give you enough for several applications with back up. Square nails are slightly more versatile because they can be shaped into rounded or pointed edges, whereas you can’t file the rounded ones into squares.
  •  Nail glue
  •  Metal Nail File
  •  Nail clippers
  •  Nail polish color du jour
  •  Top coat
  • Polish remover
  • Cotton Swabs

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Procedure

  • Experiment with the different sizes to see which fits each finger best, and line them up to correspond with your fingers. If you look at the back of the nail, you will see a tiny number which indicates the size of the nail. You may want to record the sizes in order so you will know which ones to use next time.
  •  Make sure your nails are clean and free of polish. Squeeze a tiny amount of glue on the center of you real nail and spread it using the tip of the bottle.
  •  Squeeze a bit of glue on the bottom of the fake nail, spreading it so that the glue covers approximately the same area as the size of your natural nail.
  • Press the fake nail to your real nail and hold for about five seconds. Nail glue is super strong, so err on the side of caution, using less rather than more. It’s simpler to reglue nails than get it off your fingers.
  •  Glue until all your fingers are covered. Expect the nails to look rather unnatural at this point.
  •  Cut file nails to the desired shape. For an oval shape, use clippers to trim away corners. For square nails, use clippers to cut nails straight across to your desired length.
  •  Use the metallic file to file nails into smooth shapes, running a file over nails in one direction. Avoid using a back and forth motion.
  • Paint nails in color of choice as you would with naturals nails. You will find polish dries much more quickly than it does on real nails and has a more opaque finish. Top with a Topcoat, and clean up any extra polish using a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. Give polish ample time to dry before using your hands.

What do you think of Press On nails? Are you willing to give them a go? Have you? Let us know how it went.

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