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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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The Freedom That Comes With Pockets

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The fanny pack, the book bag, the velcro arm band. Women stuff money in their bras, credit cards in their socks, cell phones in the waistband on their sweats. What’s a woman need to do to get a decent pocket around here? For years, ladies and clothing manufacturers have struggled to come up with a comfortable way for women to transport their belongings, while men jackets come with about five different compartments for concealing anything from money to a flask to a weapon. What gives? If you’ve ever wondered why women can achieve the right to vote, but can’t find a pocket on their jeans, here are some of the weird histories behind pockets.

Seventeenth Century
The seventeenth century’s equivalent of the woman’s purse was far from ideal. While men had the luxury of pockets sewn into their garments, women were left to wrap a sack with a string around their wastes and tuck it under her gown, and petticoat, making it extremely hard to access, and not very flattering.

Eighteenth Century
Enter the hip pouch. This device consisted of two sack-like patches attached by strings which could be wrapped around a woman’s waist over her clothes, apron like, acting as two makeshift hanging pockets. These were often elaborately embroidered and could hold anything from cakes to jewelry.

Nineteenth Century
Styles changed in the nineteenth century when the voluminous dress silhouettes were slimmed down into a more Grecian inspired look, leaving no room for pockets. Says Elizabeth Morano, a professor at Parsons School of Design, “Think of the neoclassical dress. It’s straight up and down. The line of the clothes changes completely.”

Enter the purse. The reticule, as it was called was a tiny bag that women carried in their hands. As time went on, these accessories began to become more elegant, and eventually became status symbols, but served no purpose, since they were too small to carry money and most of the money handling was left to the men. Large reticules were frowned upon, as they were considered symbols of working women. Fashion historian Barbara Burman says, “The frustrations and limitations of women’s access to money and ownership of property were neatly mirrored in the restricted scope of their pocket.”

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20th Century
The early 20th century brought the woman’s trouser and with it more complications. While women now had a pocket-friendly clothing item, apparently pockets weren’t friendly to the female silhouette.

So even if the trousers did have pockets, chances were they were so small as to be barely functional. According to a 1954 quote from Christian Dior, “Men have pockets to keep things in, women for decoration.”

The 70’s brought a small wave of relief when menswear inspired pieces came into vogue, with baggy clothes, such as modeled by Diane Keaton as Annie Hall, coming into vogue. However, when the 90’s borough a rise of designer hand bags, we were back to square one, plus low rise pants didn’t help matters much.

21st Century
And now we arrive at the present. Big pockets have been popping up on big dresses on red carpets, but we have yet to see skinny jeans capable of handling an iPhone. What can we do and how much longer must we sacrifice for fashion?

If you have any ideas about a solution to the pocket problem, you may want to get a patent. Let us know your thoughts.

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Fashion Choices That Hide Problem Areas

So you’ve got your dad’s eyes, grandma’s freckles, Aunt Suzie’s infectious laugh, and your mom’s thighs. And though you may never want to trade in your mom, you may sometimes want to trade in your thighs. But so what? Perfection is overrated and that’s what baggy clothes were made for. So things being as they are, let’s talk about the best fashion choices for hiding those problem areas.

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Create Curves On Top
You can draw attention away from your curves by wearing something that adds visual dimension to your shoulder and bust area. It will play up the top of your body while drawing attention away from your hips and thighs. Look for:

  • Horizontal necklines, like boat necks or straight necks. Wrap necklines may slim your torso, but focus attention on your bust.
  • Light colors, like light pink or white.
  • Bright colors, like electric blues, reds, and oranges.Eye-catching details like polka dots, stripes, sequins, or large collars.
  • Kimono or bell sleeves.
  • A good push up bra or bust enhancing neckline, like a bustier.
  • Scarves. Need we say more?

Downplay Curves
If you want to minimize hips, butt, and thighs, try the following:

  • Dark colors, especially dark wash jeans or dress pants.
  • Vertical details like stitches, pleats, and decorative zippers.
  • Tops that end just below the hip bone. (Avoid lengths across the across your thighs and hip length tops.)
  • Thigh and hip hugging shapewear.
  • Heels.

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Minimize Middle
If weight gain around the midsection is problematic, you probably want to choose something that fits loosely around the middle and more tightly elsewhere. Your best choices include:

  • Slim cut pants, to show off slim legs.
  • Shift dresses: These will look very flattering, especially with high heels.
  • Tunics, which glide over the middle, emphasizing other body parts.
  • Empire waist tops.

You want to avoid wearing anything that draws too much attention to the middle, such as belts, waist cinching tops, and high-rise pants.

Pencil skirt

If you’ve got that hourglass body, proportions are no problem, but some clothes may make your curves look more like angles. You need to find clothes that move with your body naturally. Stay away from shapeless styles, like cardigans, tunics, and baby doll dresses. To make the most of your curves, look for:

  • Pencil skirts, great for cinching the waist and skimming the hips.
  • V-Neck shirts: A tight fitting top will flatter without exaggerating.
  • High waisted pants draw attention to a slim waist.
  • Wrap dress: The diagonal cut will hit all the right places.

Bottom Slimming Pants
To create a lean line on your lower body, the best pants are flare legs, straight and skinny, boot cuts, and pants with simple waistbands.

Skirts and Dresses with Width and Volume
It may seem counterintuitive, but skirts that are wider at the bottom usually balance out wider hips. Steer away from too-full skirts in favor of something with an a-line shape. Flared skirts and full circle skirts will also flatter, as will maxi and gypsy skirts.

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Statement Jewelry
Eye-catching earrings and necklaces draw attention upward. Examples include gemstones, metal discs, and chandelier and feather earrings.

Short Jackets
Jackets that hit a few inches above the hipline will help to make your legs look thinner and longer. Hip length jackets can also work, as long as you wear a suitable bottom, such as a dark colored A-line skirt or pair of dress pants. Short leather jackets are a good choice, as are cropped denims.

Never underestimate the power of good underwear! It can hide a multitude of sins!

Let us know what you wear to make your problem areas less problematic. We want to know!

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What To Wear For A Video Conference


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Video conferencing humor: The caption says, “My friend had a video interview for college, she dressed appropriately.” The accompanying picture shows an attractive young girl dressed in a work shirt and blazer with nothing covering her from the waist down. In recent years, video conferencing has grown in popularity and little wonder. A video conference saves time and travel expenses. In fact, in the last two years the number of people who use video conferencing has grown by 87%. And, although it may be tempting to skip the pants, what you wear to a video conference should take careful consideration. Here are some tips.

What to Avoid

If you wear colors that are too close to your skin tone or blend into the background, you may end up looking like a detached head. Unless this is the effect you are going for, avoid these colors. Also, Very dark or very bright colors may look blurry on the screen and cause poor image quality. Blues, pastels, and neutrals are good bets and it is always a good idea to wear colors that flatter you.

Have you ever seen chunky black and white checks on camera? Not the best idea. Busy patterns, like plaids and prints are distracting and dizzying and don’t work well on camera.

Part of the attraction of jewelry is its ability to sparkle and catch the light. However, this may not work that well in a video conference. Overly shiny accessories can split the light, creating an effect much like that of a disco ball. Leave the sparklers on the night table. Also, be aware of jewelry with sound effects such as stacked bracelets and dangling earrings. They can be very distracting.

What to Aim For

Proper Fit and Comfort
You don’t want to spend the interview adjusting your clothing and you should make sure everything you wear has been tested for the possibility of a wardrobe malfunction. You wouldn’t want a button popping off while you were explaining what an asset you would be to the company. Also, avoid anything that might make you sweat. You don’t want them to see you literally lose your cool!

Unless you are doing an interview for an escort service, you may be best advised to avoid crop tops, low cut tops or anything vaguely sees through.

Look Professional
If the meeting is business formal, wear dress, a skirt, dress clothes, button down shirt or blazer and even a tie. For a more casual meeting, cardigans and pullover are both good options and you can swap the dress pants for some nice jeans or khakis. Also, Remember to check for stains and wrinkles. You don’t want to make the conference with last night’s dinner on your shirt.

And last but not least:
Keep covered from the waist down. You never know what might happen.

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Make Them Say,”She’s The Boss”

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The early to mid 1980’s were a time of role reversal, celebrating the influx of women in the workplace. Pop Princess Donna Summer released the album, ” She Works Hard for the Money,” featuring Summer on the album cover and in the video as a hassled waitress and working class heroine. Mick Jagger released, “She’s the Boss,” in 1985, which showed Mick relaxes on a bed, presumably, the “morning after,” while his significant other straps on her heels in the corner to face the workday. ABC aired the popular sitcom, “Who’s the Boss?” in which the female lead is shown as having an active sexual and social life while her hubby stayed home and took care of the kids. Indeed, some 30 odd years later, women have definitely claimed their right as valuable members in the workplace with many females climbing roles as CEOs and office managers. Jagger may have pictured the lady boss in her undies and sporting high heels, but this may not be everyone’s ideal version of what the leading lady looks like at work. Perhaps we should look at some more advanced concepts.

Grooming is something that takes time. In fact, a study, determined that women spend about one week per year preparing to go out. Of course, if you are a busy CEO, you may not even have the luxury of that much time. So, logically it would follow that you have a license to look like a complete slob. That way everyone will think you are so concerned with work that you have no time to worry about lesser matters like the way you look. Unfortunately, this is not the way the world works, In order to command respect and attention, you must create the right image, and slob is not it. When it comes to grooming for the busy woman, try to choose a hairstyle that falls into place easily and keep your nails clean and simple. Aim for looking clean and neat to signal that you’ve got it together.
 Businesswoman standing in office showing professionalism look

Create A Signature Look
Although one should adhere to certain codes of propriety, breaking rules also show power. Princess Diana was a great example of someone who developed her own fashion identity. Try using a particular color with one signature item, or dresses with belts.

Make Up
When it comes to makeup, less is more. Stick with a natural look, using some neutral tone shadow and light mascara. Avoid false eyelashes and overly Bronzing Bronzers. Light lipstick or gloss is the way to go with your lips and keep it on hand for reapplication. Remember to do last minute makeup retouches before meetings.

Buy One Good Thing
Well, maybe more than one, but perhaps you’ve heard that, when it comes to fashion, quality is more important that quantity. When you buy, pay attention to getting quality material and construction. Well -tailored leather and cashmere are both good bets for the long haul. You will also find that having less clothes means that it is easier to keep them in good condition. Instead of cramming your clothes half- folded in a drawer, you can hang each piece on a single hanger and make sure they stay neatly pressed. Also, try to keep an inventory of your clothing, making sure to inspect them for moths and mildew and make sure to follow any special care instructor.
As a last piece of advice, keep in mind that the most important accessory is confidence. Know how to look your best and keep yourself in optimum health. You’ve got a lot riding on those shoulders!

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The History of Sexy – Vine Vera Reviews

Cosmetics and invasive treatments might have taken over the world in the recent past, but there was a time when women were celebrated for their natural bodies. Being thin wasn’t always in fashion, nor was the desire to be skinny. In fact, the definition of “sexy” has undergone major transformations over the years. This article from Vine Vera Skincare traces the history of sexy from the Renaissance era to the modern age to show how the definitions of beauty have changed over the years.

Image of voluptuous woman in medieval era clothing.

The Renaissance Era (1400’s to early 1600’s)
The women of the Renaissance era were famous for being voluptuous. These full-figured ladies were the epitome of sexy at the time. The concept of blondes having all the fun seems to have arisen in the Renaissance era as well. Light hair was in fashion, and women really tried all sorts of things to lighten their hair color. When it came to cosmetics, pale ivory skin with hints of vermilion to tint the lips was considered to be the most fashionable.

The Victorian Era (1837 – 1901)
Women of the Victorian era were famous for being body conscious. For them, being sexy was to have the least possible waistline, and they made use of corsets to achieve this look. Some corsets were worn so tight that it became difficult for the women to breathe, quite literally. Other things like bustles, hoops and petticoats also came into fashion at the time. Modest makeup was the best look to go for during the Victorian era. Bold colors were reserved for prostitutes, and many religions termed the use of cosmetics as devilish.

The 1910’s
The early 19th century wasn’t exactly relaxed for the ladies. They had to take part in rigorous chores (without the help of modern-day  machines) and also had to walk for miles to get from one place to the other. As a result, the women were broad and strong, and they really didn’t pay too much attention on their figure. The early 19th century was more about survival of the fittest.

The 1920’s
One of the most drastic changes in world fashion came in the early 1920’s. At the time, women didn’t wish to sport a feminine look and therefore, aimed for a “boyish” figure. As unbelievable as it might sound to be, women actually used to tape their chests in order to give their breasts a flattened look. As a result, beauty was defined by baggy clothes and short hair at the time.

The 1930’s
The early 1930’s gave birth to what we call modern-day  fashion. It was an era when women realized that they could be strong and independent without having to compromise on their looks and their sex appeal. Natural waists were once again in fashion and padded bras also came about. The 1930’s were defined by women starting to think about what they ate and the food choices they made. Exercising wasn’t the norm, but some women did use weights to maintain their figure.

The 1940’s
The forties fashion was tremendously impacted by the World War II. Women gained more strength in the workplace (since most men were away fighting the war), and they used this new-found freedom to their advantage. The bodies became curvier, and the hemlines began to creep up. Women actually started flaunting their bodies and felt confident about it.

The 1950’s
The 1950’s were perhaps the best era for sexy. Marilyn Monroe took the world of fashion by the storm, and almost every woman in the world wanted to look like her. The fifties woman embraced her body and looked at her hips and breasts as a sign of good health and fertility.

The 1960’s
Numerous changes came about in the 1960’s that impacted world fashion and sex appeal for many years to come. The sixties were defined by women longing to look skinny. Body fat and muscle were considered to be out of seriously out of fashion. The boyish look once again began to dominate the definitions of sexy.

The 1970’s
The seventies simply continued from where the sixties left off. Being super thin was the craze and women actually began to feel the social pressure to look thinner than everyone around them. Most eating disorders also began to crop up in the 1970’s as women tried everything in their grasp to “look sexy.”

The 1980’s
Sexy simply completed an entire cycle in the 1980’s. World fashion was defined by the fitness craze. Things like strength training, dancing and aerobics became extremely popular thanks to people like Jake Steinfield, Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda respectively.  Toned muscles were considered to be sexy and women focused on aerobic exercise as a means to look feminine. On the other hand, eating disorders continued to rise.

The 1990s
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Women were back to looking skinny in the 1990s and models like Kate Moss certainly didn’t help things with their super slim figure. The nineties were constantly defined by a woman’s struggle to look thin and her desperate bid to try everything to achieve her goal.

The 2000’s
The media impact had some drastic side effects on beauty. This era was perhaps known to be the worst era for women because of the concepts of airbrushing that transformed “sexy” into what the media wanted it to be. This made the woman of the 2000’s strived for the unimaginable – the Barbie look.

The 2010’s
By 2010, Woman began to give exercise and aerobics their due importance. A muscular and well-built look came back in fashion as it showed a position of strength. Sexy was no longer about being skinny. Sexy was all about being fit. Women across the world strived for a solid figure, without hurting their overall feminine looks.

Of course, the current definition of sexy is bound to change in a few years. However, Vine Vera believes that sexy is in a much better place than it was about 20 – 30 years ago. And with the ever increasing focus on good health and fit bodies, things certainly augur well for “sexy”.

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