Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Return of the Bangle Bracelet

She walks down the hallway, the soft jingle jangle of her silver bangle bracelet against its nestled sisters calling out her presence. Who can resist the romantic feel of an arm of silver bangles? While the gypsy look that tends to accompany these iconic accessories waxes and wanes in fashion, there are some who have never given up their bid to be part of an exotic time and place. Through fashion shifts to bold black and white and subtle but boring beige, we have persevered with our love of bright colors, sensual textures and always the charm of an arm of silver bangles. How wonderful to find out that with the nostalgic return of sixties era clothes, we get to once more indulge in our favorite bracelets.

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The Homecoming of the Gypsy

The last few years have seen a return to the soft textures of the flower power days, with jerseys, velvets and silks returning to the runway. Along the way the bold patterns of this past fashion; paisley returning in bright new shades and stripes making a big comeback, have also been seen. It is only fitting that the big bold hoop earrings and jangle of long shoulder-brushing chandelier earrings should also be brought back. If you have ever envisioned yourself as a gypsy of the fashion world, now is the time to indulge.

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Romance and Silver

Of course, whenever fashion deems it right to bring back a look, it is never quite the same as it was before. The sixties was a time of fashion exploration. It saw a fascination with mysticism and all things from India as the Beatles introduced us to meditation and exotic clothes and jewelry. Men wore eyeliner; well some did at any rate. A rejection of tweed, black wool and anything that wasn’t bright and colorful marked the fashion era. Today’s interpretation is more an evolution than a revolution, but is welcomed none the less. The jangle of silver bracelets once again is heard on the runway and in our lives.

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How to dress your baby like a fashionista

Baby fashion is the latest trend. You see it in magazines, watch it the TV and hear about it from all your other mom friends, so it is hard to avoid. Having a fashionable baby is just as important as being a fashion icon yourself.

If you look at any of the latest baby blogs or watch any reality show, it can get you in the mood to give your baby a makeover. Although this is one of the latest trends, it can get very expensive. It’s hard to imagine that all that little clothes can cost more than your own. I mean, isn’t it half the fabric and one-third of the effort to make it?

If you are looking to make your baby the trendiest, most stylish baby this season, check out these great ideas. Your baby can look fabulous and you can keep your wallet full.

  • Buy them second-hand. Baby clothes are very easy to find used, and actually most that are marked as used have never been worn. If you visit any of those secondhand baby stores, you can find great baby items for half the price. Many of these items will be name-brand items that cost triple the amount if it had been purchased in a store. Baby Prada, anyone?
  • Check out discount coupon sites. Did you know that Groupon now has something called Groupon Coupon’s? Did you also know that they have partnered with some of the biggest names in the industry to bring you the latest discounts and deals on your fashion favorites? Well, you can! How does this work? Allow me to explain. You know how Groupon offers deals on specific items or restaurants? Well, now they do it with specific stores. So, if you are looking for deals to fill your baby’s closet, you can check out the coupon for Babies R’ Us or Kohl’s to find the latest in fashion for your little one.

How To Create Your Own Makeup Kit

When was the last time you sorted through your makeup? The chances are that it was so long ago you can hardly remember it which means you’ll have a selection of old and broken cosmetics, not to mention those which are way past their use by date. Why not put aside an hour or so and create your own perfect makeup kit now? Give yourself plenty of time, it’s a little bit like sorting through your old photographs and you’ll be bound to get distracted every once in awhile.

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Clear the kitchen table, bedroom floor or some other large area where you can really spread things out without getting disturbed.

Now go through your makeup, cosmetics and skin care products individually. Go on, obtain it all out . . . we’re talking bronzers, concealers, blushes and foundations, eye shadows, eye liners, translucent powders, lipsticks, pencils and glossesmascara, more and pencils.

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You then should put everything into separate piles – the “used daily” pile should contain your favorites and also the “used on special occasions” pile, the “seasonal” pile, the “skin care” pile and any other pile you can think of . . . you might end up getting six or perhaps seven different piles of make up at this stage.

Now it’s time to get ruthless and throw away anything which is broken, old or causes any kind of irritation. Old cosmetics are havens for bacteria, it can also become dried out which means it may flake off instead of create the perfect finish it did when you first bought it many months and even years ago. Whereas many liquid moisturizers and foundations may be good for a year or maybe more you shouldn’t keep eye shadows or some other eye based products in excess of six months (including gels and moisturizers). . . mascara and liquid eyeliners must be changed every three months.

Should you be the sort of person that regularly touches up their nail polish while they are about and out then you may need to incorporate your favorite shades . . . if not they may be safely stored in a separate container or organizer.

You can then turn your attentions to your tools of the trade – makeup applicators and brushes. Throw away any which have been languishing in the bottom of your makeup bag for years as they will be dirty and full of bacteria, also you can discard some of the sponge applicators which are supplied with make-up and invest in good quality brushes which can be washed. Get rid of any powder and sponges puffs which are dirty and clean the remainder of your good quality brushes and applicators. Invest in a brush bag or container to keep your makeup brushes clean and organized in the future. You don’t need a huge amount of different brushes but you should have a basis brush or sponge wedges, blush brush, powder brush, lip brush, small, and large eye shadow brushes and a concealer brush at a minimum.

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The next step is to examine each of these piles to determine the measurements of cosmetics bag or organizer you’re going to need. Check out somewhere like The Salon Outlet and choose something which has a choice of pockets or alternatively a variety of different bags.

You really don’t need to carry about your entire makeup collection every time you leave the house. Most people find that a tiny makeup bag or pouch is sufficient to hold their everyday essentials and a make-up tray or organizer at home will keep everything else in good order for when that they need it.