Lingering Looks – 5 Tips For Avoiding Outdated Style Choices

 

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Keeping current when it comes to fashions latest trends and must have items isn’t always easy. What is considered ‘fashionable’ is constantly changing, making it hard to stay with the times. Designers, popular brands and fashion icons are always reinventing what it means to be stylish and all we can do is try to duplicate their vision.

Whilst some may be fortunate enough to have hours reading up on the next big thing in the fashion world, or enlist the help of a personal shopper to make fashion choices simple, many of us require a more cost and time effective way of staying chic and stylish. Below are 5 apps that help you avoid outdated style choices by either allowing you to duplicate your favourite fashion icons style, purchasing items from an array of stores with one click or by having a plethora of inspiration images at your fingertips.

  1. Pose

Pose is almost like Instagram’s fashionable sister.

It allows its users to quickly and easily share their most fashionable ensembles with others and receive likes or comments on their favourite outfits. Much like Instagram, Pose lets you like or comment on other users posts and gain much-needed style inspiration. The great thing about this application is that it is so easy to use and allows even novice fashionistas to share their most loved outfit choices and connect with others about their individual style.

  1. Keep Shopping

This easy to use application allows you to have all of your wish list items from across the net in one place. Keep shopping lets you browse items from various stores, add them to one basket and buy multiple items all at once. Either search for specific items or get inspiration on your next purchase from items that are trending on the app.

  1. The Hunt

Have you ever noticed someone’s clothing and want to know where you can go and buy it?

If so, ‘The Hunt’ may be the perfect app to add to your collection. This app allows users to post a photo of an item they want, either from a photo in a magazine or perhaps on someone you walk past on the high-street. Other users will then hunt the item down and tell you where to find it.

This app is also great for those who always require a second opinion on what to wear. Simply post a photo of what you may have in mind for your next big event or job interview and ask the masses what they think of it. You can also help other users who are having the same dilemma. What’s more, if you help another user find the perfect outfit for their chosen occasion you could gain expertise points.

  1. Mallzee

This fashion app has been described by some of its users as Tinder for clothing.

Mallzee enables users to search general types of clothing or brands they like and will then show you dozens of images. Simply swipe left if you don’t like what you see and swipe right if you do. Each image shown has information about the item such as the store it came from and the price.

You can tap on an item that you may be interested in to gain more information, see additional images and even buy it directly through the app if you so wish. Everything you swipe right gets saved into a folder allowing you to look through your options before committing to buy. Shopping has never been so simple!

  1. Stylect

This nifty application is for the shoe lovers out there.

Stylect has a catalogue of over 300,00 styles and suggests items to you based on your favourite brands. The application also has a swipe feature similar to tinder which helps you to create a wishlist of every shoe could ever want or need. Much like Mallzee users are able to get information on styles they like as well as buy shoes directly through the app.

Hopefully, the above apps should make keeping your fashion choices current easier than ever.

Planning to Look Your Best at Your Wedding

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If a wedding day is in your near future, will you be ready for it?

Although that sounds like a simple question to answer, women who’ve walked down the aisle over the years know how much goes into planning for that big day.

That being the case, it is important to not stress yourself out over the planning, not to mention the big day itself when it finally arrives.

So, how will you go about making sure you plan to look your best at your wedding?

Avoid Stress by Getting a Jump on Things

In order to have the best possible wedding experience when that time arrives, keep a few pointers in mind:

  1. How you got here in the first place

Without that special man in your life, you would not be walking down the aisle in the first place.

That said let your significant other remind you (if you need some reminding with all that is going on that you are first and foremost a team). As such, don’t take on too much of the planning on your own.

Remember, it was your guy who got the ball rolling when he proposed to you in the first place.

Whether that meant offering you a moissanite ring or another such choice, you’ve found the love of your life.

That said lean on him to help with some of the heavy lifting involved in wedding preparations. By doing so, you can focus on some of the more beauty aspects of your prized day (see more below), notably the dress, hair, makeup, nail polish and more.

Lastly, don’t feel like you have to get everything done in one day.

Take a few days off from wedding planning, giving yourself some room to breathe and focus on other important matters going on in your life.

  1. Spending time with the girls

For just about every bride-to-be, time spent preparing the wedding with her mom, sisters and aunts, girlfriends etc. is nothing short of priceless.

To take advantage of such times together, have the occasional girls’ day out. Doing so allows you to get opinions on the various wedding dress, wedding hairstyles, wedding makeup etc. that will all encompass your special day.

You would also be wise to attend bridal bazaars and other such events, giving you plenty of ideas with which to think over leading up to when you must decide on particular aspects of your wedding.

Although the time until your wedding day may seem far down the road, you will be quite surprised (and maybe a little frazzled) to see how quickly the time will go by.

  1. Being relaxed when the big day arrives

Once you’ve made it through the various bridal bazaars, dates with female family and friends, trying on or out countless wedding day items, the time will arrive for the big day.

That said be as relaxed as humanly possible before you walked down that aisle.

Sure, anyone would be a tad nervous on such a memorable day, but also keep in mind how you got here, along with where you are headed.

For most women, the thought of walking down the aisle in a beautiful dress is something dreams are made of. Now that the time has arrived, you will actually live that dream.

If everything doesn’t quite go according to plan, don’t sweat it.

Like most things in life, there will be a glitch here or a glitch there on your wedding day.

Most importantly, step back for a moment and take it all in.

Besides, you’ve now got a honeymoon to get ready for in less than 24 hours.

Becoming a Fashion Stylist – The Step-By-Step Career Guide Toward Styling Success

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All of your favourite celebrities and fashion icons will probably have one thing in common with each other; They will use the services of a personal stylist. Stylists help a variety of people, including the rich and famous, to look their best for parties or social events, plan their day to day outfits and even creative fashion forward looks for photo shoots.

If you think you may have what it takes to do the same we can guarantee that, although this glamorous career choice could enable you to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in the fashion world, it also requires a huge amount of work to get there. So, if you’re ready to start your journey to becoming a successful stylist continue reading. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to make it in the world of styling.

Educate yourself about garment fabric, construction and fit

Gaining knowledge about the different qualities of fabrics, as well as how clothing is made and how it fits, it’s essential if you’re looking for a job in fashion styling. Luckily, this is something that can be self-taught. If you haven’t had the opportunity to study a fashion related course, there are a number of ways to familiarise yourself with fabric qualities and how clothing fits.

Start by studying the clothing you own; what is it made from? How was is constructed?

Then compare your pieces with similar pieces in stores. Speak to people who know about garments and what makes them ‘good quality’. The more you do this, the more you will understand about why certain garments are made the way they are and why people enjoy wearing them.

Attend industry events

Fashion is as much about who you know as what you know.

That’s why it’s imperative that you put yourself out there and attend fashion shows and other industry events. Not only is this a great way to speak to like-minded people and gain an insight on how to enter your chosen career, it also allows you to see what’s currently fashionable.

Having the opportunity to see clothing walk the runway allows you to see what fabrics are being used, which cuts are being used, and how clothing looks on certain body types.

Stay on top of trends

You need to stay up to date on what trends are currently popular in store and on the runway.

This knowledge is essential within the styling industry.

You’ll need to know what the next big thing is going to be, as well as the types of clothing that are no longer fashionable, in order to help your clients. You may also use this information in order help you clients steer clear of what others are wearing in order to make them stand out from the crowd.

Predicting which trends are going to take off is a key part of being a fashion stylist, so ensure you stay current with anything that may influence the fashion world; such as pop culture, celebrities, world events and previous trends in the market.

Make the most of social media

Social media can be a very powerful tool for keeping up to date with what’s happening in the world, and this is no different when it comes to the fashion industry. Use your social media accounts to follow anyone of interest such as other stylists or companies and brands that interest you.

Not only do companies and creatives use their social media accounts to advertise what they are working on, but they also use social media accounts as a platform to show others what they are currently loving. Gaining this information can be invaluable, it allows you to see what may be going on behind the scenes and see major trends before they emerge.

Following the points mentioned above should help you in your mission to becoming a successful fashion stylist in the near future. It’s important to remember that the fashion industry is notoriously difficult to get into, so be prepared to put the hours in. If you believe that you have what it takes to make it as a fashion stylist then be persistent, put yourself out there and grab every opportunity with both hands. Hopefully, all of your hard work will pay off one day and you will be able to reap the rewards.

 

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How to Make a Perfect Portrait for Facebook

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One of the most noticeable parts of your Facebook page is your profile picture – which is normally a portrait of yourself. At times you may also have a portrait in the header image too. If you’ve been trying to snap the perfect portrait to include on your Facebook page, you may have started to realize that it is easier said than done and each photo may have some issue with it – such as blemishes, less than perfect makeup, or red eye.

If you want to make sure your portrait photos are as perfect as possible for Facebook, the best way to go about it is by editing them and touching them up. To do so you should use Movavi Photo Editor as it will act as a photo retouching software that has all the tools you need to make sure your portraits look stunning.

To get started and begin touching up your portrait photo, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Movavi Photo Editor.
  2. Click on the ‘Browse for Images’ button and select the photo that you want to edit.
  3. Open up the ‘Retouching’ tab near the top.
  4. Use the tools in the panel on the right to touch up your photo, such as ‘Blemish removal’ to fix any skin imperfections, ‘Red eye removal’ to correct red eye, ‘Teeth whitening’ to give yourself a gleaming smile, or any of the digital makeup tools that are included.
  5. Open up the ‘Object Removal’ tab if you want to remove any objects or people from your photo and use the ‘Brush’ tool to paint over them then click ‘Start Erasing’ to remove them.
  6. Click on the ‘Save As’ button when you are satisfied and want to save your photo.

By following those steps you should end up with a portrait that looks great. However Movavi Photo Editor can do a lot more and you could even stylize your photo with filters and effects, insert customizable text, replace the background completely, improve the photo quality, and much more.

Take your time and experiment with as many of these features as you think you’ll need. Each feature in Movavi Photo Editor is designed to be intuitive and easy to use, so it won’t take you long to figure out how they work and apply them so that you can create a unique and special portrait for your Facebook profile page.

Spring Into a New You Online

Unless you live in a nice little warm corner of the U.S., you’re probably done with wintertime after about the second week of January.

Yes, while some people can’t get enough of the cold, skiing, ice skating, snow and more, many others are happy when they are finally rid of it for the year.

In the event you are part of that latter group, the thought of warm and longer days, eventually hitting the beach or mountains for some R&R, even putting forth a new appearance, it all sounds fantastic.

If you are a woman looking to put some spring in your step with the cold and snow in the rearview mirror, where do you start?

Whether it is new clothing, makeup, hairstyle, pedicure, manicure, the list can go on and on in terms of ways to change your appearance.

Just remember to find what makes you happy as the year moves along, allowing you to feel good on the outside and inside.

Options Abound for Your Feel Good Appearance

As you look at the different options available to you for spring and summer months, keep these ideas in mind:

  1. Fashion

What woman doesn’t like adding to her fashion collection each and every year?

If you’re searching for women’s clothing, you usually don’t have to look any further than online.

More and more companies in the clothing business are beefing up their online efforts, allowing women to pick and choose all kinds of outfits and outerwear from the convenience of their homes and offices with the click of a computer.

Puma, Nike, Adidas, Levi’s, The North Face, the list literally goes on and on when you start looking at the various clothing brands available.

While going to a store to try on clothes is still popular, many women are opting to shop online, fashioning the newer way of dressing up their lives.

Lastly, don’t stop there with the tops, pants, dresses and more.

By adding some fashion accessories to your wardrobe, you will stand out in the crowd, letting you shine as bright as the spring and summer sunshine.

  1. Hairstyle

Is it time to say goodbye to that drab hairstyle you’ve been carrying around on your head for months and months?

If so; the Internet can once again get you where you want to go.

Along with many salons having their own websites and social media followings, various blogs also keep women up to speed on the latest styles available to them.

In the event you want to shock both family and friends, how about cutting off much of that hair or coloring it totally different than what it is now? You could also opt for hair extensions and more, so don’t let your creative mind fall short.

The best thing about a new hairstyle is that if you end up not liking it, you can always try something else, perhaps even going back to what you had before.

  1. Nails

What woman doesn’t like to show off her nails, especially to the man in her life?

Now that you don’t have to worry about breaking a nail shoveling snow or scraping the ice off of your car, gets those nails shined up and on display for all to see.

The Internet is filled with great ideas for both salon technicians and the women who stop by for pedicures and manicures.

By browsing the Internet, you can get a general idea of what you’d like to see on your hands or feet before you even set foot in a shop.

With all the Internet has to offer you in terms of fashion and more, put some spring in your step and get shopping today.

Five questions to ask your bridal make-up artist

From the venue to the invitations, making sure every element of your wedding day is exactly how your dreamt it can be a tough and stressful task. When it comes to your make-up artist, this is one of the most important jobs of the day, as he/she will decide how you look and feel on your big day. If you’re having some trouble deciding how to pick that perfect person for the job, here are some of the top questions to quiz the candidates with …

  1. Will you be happy to try different looks at the trial if I’m not satisfied?

It’s essential that you’re happy with your overall look, and the best makeup artists factor in time to discuss different looks and hairstyles with you. For example, Sarah Meredith does bridal makeup in Manchester, and allows two hours for the bride’s consultation, with another hour for each additional person in the party. Whether your makeup artist allows fair timing is vital, so you need to understand how in-depth your trial will be.

  1. Can you help me with my accessories?

It’s important to understand the skill level of your makeup artist; do they have experience using different hair pieces? Do they have any additional training for themed make-up? Always make sure they’re capable of what you need, and send them pictures of any accessories or items that need to be tied in to your look. It’s essential you bring these to the trial, to avoid any mishaps on the day.

  1. Where and when will the trial run take place?

Most makeup artists will travel to your home, but it might be useful to visit them at their studio for your trial, if you’re unsure of what you want and would like to see more photographs for inspiration. The trial run shouldn’t be too far away from the day itself, in case you’re unhappy and need to find a new makeup artist, so around 2 months is usually a good time period.

  1. Is travel time included in the price?

Most makeup artists and hair stylists are mobile, and so will factor in travelling time to their prices. However, on occasions where they need to travel a little further than usual, they may charge a premium for this. You need to understand whether your situation requires this, and how much it would be, so don’t be afraid to talk numbers from the beginning.

  1. Are false lashes or lash extensions included in your bridal package?

All makeup artists will differ in their approach when it comes to extras, whether that’s lashes right through to using jewels on your eye makeup. Make sure if you want any extras like this included in your bridal look, that you tell them right from the beginning. The same goes for any bespoke looks, such as those that are more theatrical or movie-inspired creations, which will require more time.

You can find more questions to ask bridal makeup artists here. How did you decide on your wedding beauty expert?

Brilliant Buffet Ideas

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Secure the date and send invitations either printed or electronically to the guest list. Include contact and a respond by date on the invitation. Once the headcount is secured, you can begin the menu planning. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and plan a fabulous meal around the terrific selection of meats available from Omaha Steaks. This will certainly be a crowd pleaser. If you’re not a grill master, feel free to recruit one of the guests in advance. Everyone likes to help!

For the remaining items on the menu, plan to prepare recipes that you’ve mastered in the past. Select dishes that can be prepared well in advance. You certainly don’t want to be in the kitchen slicing vegetables as guests are arriving. Plan to prepare the buffet table the day before the event. Fresh clippings from the garden can always make an attractive centerpiece. Stack half the plates on either end of the buffet to allow guests to serve themselves from both sides. Wrap the flatware in napkins to make it more manageable for guests. Set up a separate drink buffet in an area away from the main food buffet. This will help avoid bottlenecks around the buffet table. Ensure plenty of glasses, ice, mixers as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic options are available. Ask the guests to help themselves, otherwise you risk spending the evening tending bar.

Finally, be ready and dressed at least an hour prior to the anticipated arrival of our guests. There’s always one couple that insists on arriving early. Designate an area for coats and purses should the weather be cooler. Finally, take a deep breath and prepare to enjoy your own party. Charge up your camera and take plenty of pictures of memories in the making!

 

 

 

Get Smooth, Hair-Free Skin In Time For Summer

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Waxing is a preferred method of hair removal for many people, offering quick yet lasting results and silky smooth skin. 

With the nights getting lighter and weather getting (slightly) warmer, it’s time to start preparing our skin for summer by exfoliating, moisturising and removing excess hair. There are a number of different ways to get rid of facial or body hair, but, for many of us, waxing remains the preferred method of hair removal.

Why waxing?

When it comes to hair removal, there is a huge number of options out there, from shaving to epilation, and hair removal creams to laser treatment. So, why do so many people choose waxing? Waxing is a great solution for getting rid of a large amount of dense hairs, such as those found on your legs and your bikini area. It’s quick and effective and, although not permanent, the results do last several weeks – perfect if you’re going on holiday. It’s also relatively cheap, particularly in relation to more permanent solutions such as laser removal. The more often you wax, the thinner and softer your hairs become, making the treatment less painful and needed less frequently.

DIY vs Salon

It is possible to use wax on yourself at home, but it is not always straightforward, particularly for novices. A lot of home waxing kits use ready-made cold wax strips which are not as effective as hot wax, and if you do use hot wax it can be a very messy affair. Home waxing can also be very painful if you don’t know what you’re doing, leaving you with bruised, sore skin. When in doubt, it’s always best to leave it to the professionals.

Finding a salon

When it comes to getting waxed, finding the right salon or beautician is vitally important, so it pays to do some homework before making an appointment. The most important thing is to make sure that the salon you use follows recommended hygiene practices, such as wearing disposable gloves and using a disposable paper sheet on the bed – otherwise you could risk an infection. If you have sensitive skin it’s also a good idea to ask about the products they use so that you can avoid any harsh chemicals.

With so many beauty salons in Chelmsford, it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff, but word of mouth recommendations are usually a good indicator of quality. Either ask your friends and acquaintances who they use or look online. A quick google search of ‘waxing Chelmsford’ will give you a number of recommendations and reviews.

Mimosa Beauty

One reputable salon offering waxing services in Chelmsford is Mimosa Beauty. Run by founder Jenny Lawson, Mimosa offers a wide range of beauty treatments, but sees waxing as its speciality. The salon offers a full set of waxing services, including the leg, arm, underarm, lip, chin, eyebrows and the bikini area, with prices ranging from £12 to £14.

For leg, arm, chest and back waxes, Mimosa uses Australian Bodycare wax containing tea tree oil which is known for its antiseptic properties, and 90% of the salon’s waxing treatments are carried out with hot wax. Mimosa’s fully trained therapists are committed to good hygiene, wearing disposable gloves and never ‘double dipping’.

Of course, waxing isn’t just for women. More and more men are waking up to the benefits of waxing, and Mimosa also caters for these with waxing treatments for the back, chest and intimate areas.

Be prepared

To get the results you’re looking for it’s important to follow some advice from the professionals. Make sure that the hair you want waxed has been allowed to grow to at least 1/4 cm in length, otherwise it will be difficult for the therapist to remove all the hair, and it is likely to be more painful. You should also exfoliate the area every two to three days in the weeks leading up to your appointment. This will help to minimise the risk of ingrowing hairs, leaving you with silky, smooth skin that you can’t wait to show off.

Skin-care On The Go

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If you spend your days traveling and catching red eye flights, it is obvious that skincare may not be your top concern at the moment. But just because you are busy does not mean you cannot have beautiful skin. There are ways to alter your skincare routine specifically to fit your travels. So when you are on the go try this in-flight skincare routine to look and feel your best:

  1. Remove any makeup: If you are wearing makeup in the flight, wipe it off gently with make removal wipes. This not only lets your skin breathe but also unclogs any pores that may have led to unhealthy skin.
  2. Cleanse: Use a cleanser suitable for your skin type to further clean. It will lead to a fresher looking skin with no clogged pores.
  3. Use a face mist: A face mist will restore the moisture of your skin as it will completely hydrate it and leave you feeling very fresh.
  4. Moisturize: Don’t let your skin get flaky and dry. Use a good amount of your favorite moisturizer and gently rub it onto your face. It is a good idea to use a hand and foot cream to keep your hands and feet moisturized, which may be exposed to the airplane air that can lead to dryness.

It is important to buy all these products in travel sized packs to be able to carry them through airport security. With all else taken care of, now you can just sit and relax knowing your skin is going to be just healthy and perfect. And if you ever start getting stressed while waiting for these flights of yours to arrive, you can play some games at www.gamevillage.com to distract yourself.

Inspiration: Wavy Hairstyles

When it comes to fashion, everything tends to be extreme – all patterns or completely monochrome. A dramatic night look versus natural and clean. This has sometimes been the case with hair, where trends have come and gone for very short or very long styles. These days however it’s all about moderation. Not too straight, not too curly. Wavy hairstyles are very much of the moment and luckily they can work whatever your hair type, length and colour. Here we list our favourite wavy hairstyles:

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  1. Wavy hairstyles: beach waves

You don’t need to be in summer to pull off beach waves. It’s a relaxed and casual look, but still elegant enough to take to work or for dinner! This style looks better with long hair, especially if your fringe is parted in the middle and smaller in length. But a straight fringe can also pull off these waves on both sides. The waves are big and loose from the ears down and they can be achieved in just a few minutes with a hair straightener or wide curler plus some salt spray.

  1. Wavy hairstyles: tight waves

If you have long, middle parted locks, these waves will give you that mermaid look you always dreamed of. And if you have short hair, then tight waves are just perfect! Small sleep-in rollers will do the trick, but it’s much easier to use a tight curling wand plus a bit of dry shampoo on the roots for volume. Don’t forget to include your fringe in the process and to side part it for a ‘killer’ effect.

  1. Wavy hairstyles: messy waves

On the other end of the scale are the effortless wavy hairstyles. If your hair already has a soft movement to it and gets wavy naturally, then you just need to keep that straight-out-of-bed look with some dry shampoo in the morning and you’re good to go! But if you want to go from straight locks to messy waves, the trick is to literally not put much effort into it! Use a hair straightener or curling wand to make the waves – make them uneven and don’t cover your whole head – and apply a bit of hairspray afterwards to keep them in place.

There are so many different options when it comes to wavy hairstyles. Make sure to get professional advice too if you’re going to make any big changes, so you can pamper your hair with the best products and quality!