Guaranteed Yes: Choosing the perfect engagement ring

Diamonds used to be a girl’s best friend. Used to. The days of asking a woman to marry you with some huge expensive soulless rock are definitely over dear readers. At this day and age, I think it´s just completely demode to base your engagement ring choice on an old status symbol. Hell, you shouldn’t even wait to be asked. Go ask if he wants to get married, just choose the rings yourself :)

A ring nursing a martini.

A ring nursing a martini.

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Slimming shoes are here to stay

shoesI think we all hold an opinion of them and those are incredibly varied among the people I have talked to. Since entering the market there has been no escape, aggressive advertisements thrust celebrity bums and toning shoe brands right down our throats. Or you know, maybe I‘m being a tad dramatic – its not like other consumer goods are promoted via low key advertising.

I have a confession to make or should I say statement to make: I do not own a pair, I have not tried on a pair and I have no immediate plans of changing / rectifying that situation. But as I keep seeing new brands emerge and more people wearing them in the streets, I can only assume that this all happens for a reason. So the following is just an introduction to brands that I‘ve come across who have products in this newly invented category. Some you’ll know, some maybe not. [Read more...]

Get Skirt Ready for Summer!

Summer is coming and soon it will be time to pull your skirts out from the back of the wardrobe ladies! It’s always an exciting time when the weather gets warm enough to bare those legs that have been covered up all winter and spring. What better way to let them loose that with your favourite kind of summer skirt.
There are three main kinds of skirts that all summer loving women out there should have in their closet and we are going to discuss all three right here.

It is pretty easy to remember the names of these 3 kinds of skirts as they all begin with M and end with I and all three have just four letters. They are the mini skirt, the midi skirt and the maxi skirt. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

The Mini Skirt

The mini skirt is of course the shortest of our three skirts. Mini skirts are any skirt with a hemline which sits above the knee, usually halfway up the thigh. First popular in the 60′s, these daring pieces of clothing are a summer staple in any woman’s wardrobe during the summer months. So popular are these skirts that they remained in style from the 60′s right up to today. To keep up to date with today’s trends, keep your mini skirts fun and flowy with a ra-ra feel.

The Midi Skirt
Midi skirts are any skirt with a hemline that sits below the knee at about mid-calf height. These lady-like skirts became a very popular style item in the 70′s. Most of these skirt cuts are made with a beautiful flowing material, making the skirt look elegant and allows the wearer to remain cool on those hotter summer days. To keep up to date with today’s trends, keep your midi skirts in soft pastel colors which a straight a-line.

The Maxi Skirt
Maxi skirts are another cut of skirt which was very popular in the 70′s. In fact, the maxi skirt is as much of an icon of the 70′s as the mini skirt is an icon of the 60′s. These skirts, with a slimming look, flow all the way to the ankle and below. As a skirt of such length can be very heavy for summer wear, summer maxi skirts are usually made with a very light cotton or chiffon material, which allows the warm summer breeze to pass through. To keep up to date with today’s trends, keep you maxi dress light and flowy and pair them with your favourite gladiator style sandals. Be sure not to wear a maxi which is too long for your height as it may make you look smaller than you are.

Don’t forget to get your legs summer skirt ready with your favourite form of hair removal! My favourite form of hair removal is epilating. If you have not yet tried an epilator, I highly recommend getting one to try for yourself. There’s a large range of epilator brands and models which come at in a large range of prices tags so you are sure to find the best epilator for you somewhere on the market.

Fashion Trends in the United States

The fashion in the United States is diverse and for the most part it is casual and informal. In America, the fashion standards have been changing over time. The eclectic and enriching culture is vividly visible in their clothing. American fashion styles are as vibrant as the cowboy sun-hat, boots and leather jacket of bikers. These outfits have somewhat revolutionized the Western fashion. In the year 1850, a German named Levi Strauss came up with the idea of Blue jeans in America. This became famous as working clothes by many young American guys and girls. These outfits are now very popular in every continent around the world. Blue jeans are supposed to be one of the most important gifts to global fashion by America.

The country witnesses the emergence of many front leader designer clothing brands like Ralph Lauren, Victorias Secret and Calvin Klein. The regular use of T-shirts has been another milestone in the country. Non synthetic or organic cotton T-shirts from BeGood Clothing and American Apparel have been a global trend-setter. Fashion and the entertainment industry have been genuinely interrelated for a long time. The thought of “casual Friday” is that when the workers are encouraged to dress out of their usual uniform. They are given an opportunity to dress in attire of their choice.

During the latter part of the 20th century fashion was also influenced by cosmetic, sports and the entertainment industry. Logos of football teams came on T-shirts. American clothing came with the inclusion of designer shoes of athletes, shirts of tennis players and even baseball caps. Fashion whilst exercising and when doing chores around the home is also carefully considered. It’s not un-common to see someone in their driveway with a pressure washer, washing their truck in a set of expensive leather shoes and when it comes to reviews
, it is not about the most popular product, more likely the product quality and the individuals needs.

Native Americans have been always been interested in style and the tradition of jewellery. They have crafted some of the best fashion and splendid jewellery. American turquoise jewellery has a prosperous legacy and history. The website nativeamericanturquoisejewelry.net takes you through exhaustive coverage on the origin and unbelievable features of American turquoise jewellery. It also focuses on the role of turquoise jewellery on contemporaneous fashion. This site includes professional articles on the glamour and blossoming American turquoise jewellery. Even today in parts of South-western United States the esteem and recognition of American Turquoise Jewellery prevails. This adds a specific fashion and elegance to any attire, in the form of accessories, with any top brand designer outfits. This is just an evolution of the status and standard of the American Turquoise Jewellery from the Native America with time. Nowadays, there is high demand for authentic Native American Turquoise Jewellery and exceptional varieties available for sale. Native American people believe turquoise to be holy and the gem is exceedingly valued and treasured.

Native American turquoise jewellery symbolizes a class representation of prosperity in the tribal group of people, but a lot of others put it on to develop their outward show or to exhibit genuine and unique quantity of hand-crafted by several of the globe’s most gifted Native American artists.

In current times, fashion has become very seasonal in terms of attire, shoes, accessories etc. If we take a closer look it includes amazing innovations like crop tops, white stilettos, and fashionable flats, coats worn balanced on shoulders, baby jumpers, rucksacks, pink coats, PVC-latex-vinyl outfits, and Ugg boots.

The Weekend Differences Between Men and Women

There has long been a great debate about whether or not the true and distinct differences between men and women truly were as prominent as some have claimed. Though in some regards men and women are the same, in other ways they truly are vastly different and at times this can cause a bit of a struggle when the woman in the relationship values and longs for one way of life and the man opts for a path in a different direction.
One of the best ways to truly note and see the difference in how men and women approach things differently is by taking one good scenario as a case in point and seeing how the minds of each sex works and processes that event. A good one that tends to be quite common is an approaching weekend. For the lady, it could be along the lines of spending quality time with her love, or looking for ways to beautify her home or self. On the other hand, the man is usually stressing about whether or not he made the correct fantasy football moves for the week. The weekend, for both, is the time of the week when rest,relaxation and fun take precedent. However, this is where things tend to veer off on disparate directions.

The Woman

Women approach weekends in one way as they know it is the time to relax, unwind and do the things they truly enjoy. Most spend the weekend taking time to shop for those new clothes and household items they have been craving and then taking time to get dressed up for dinner or even host a gathering in their home with friends. The weekend is when pampering and being able to take good care of oneself truly comes in to play.

The Man

Men, on the other hand, enter the weekend with not many plans in place as they tend to prefer to be rather sedentary and subdued. In fact, most men are happy to simply sit alone and watch television or monitor stats for their Fantasy football or other sports leagues that they dabble in. This is truly different then the approach women take to the weekend and this is where the conflict can come in to play. Even men and women relaxing in the same house at the same time may find that they never even cross paths. This happens when women take time to decorate or rearrange their home for fun and for the stylish look they can create and men just remain seated and still while they watch sports on television. This different way of living can become rather lonely and sad for women who truly want a partner that is in tune with their own way of living.

Men and women do need to have different hobbies and pastimes, however, there needs to be some sort of middle ground. A woman who has to spend each and every weekend alone or only with her own friends will eventually find less and less in common with the man and that is never a good indicator of a lasting relationship. Men need to try and understand that women want weekends to be fun and filled with at least some of the things they enjoy and admire. Having a mate that simply sits by and watches the weekend, and thus life, pass by is challenging and almost unbearable for some women to watch on a routine basis.

The Importance of a Properly Designed Closet

I’ve been in fashion long enough to appreciate the benefits of a well designed closet for storing all of the clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories I’ve developed. My studio can quickly become overrun with miscellaneous pieces and it takes a good system to keep everything in place. And let’s face it, I love owning clothes (and shoes!). So without a home closet that is organized properly, finding and caring for my personal items would be a nightmare.

Elements of Closet Design

I have organized, filled, gutted, and rebuilt my various closets and storage areas so many times I hate to even think about it. Along the way, though, I have learned some important lessons. The most important thing to do first is to inventory the items you own to plan out the most efficient use of your space.

Not that long ago, it was considered standard to have a closet with a single rod for hangers. Times have changed. Now many closets incorporate multiple rods at various heights to maximize storage. Shorter items like shirts and pants don’t need to hang 6 feet off the ground (and waste all of the precious space below). On the other hand, longer items like dresses and suits do need ample space for hanging.

Drawers are great for smaller items and accessories that you don’t want to display, but need easy access to. On the other hand, shelves are a great way to keep things visible if you have a hard time remembering what you own.

Shoe storage is an essential part of any closet. Plan ahead for an area to store your shoes instead of letting them wind up in a heap on the floor. If space is tight, at least consider an over-the-door shoe organizer.

Don’t forget to include a space for laundry baskets in your closet. And if there is enough room, consider separate baskets for lights and darks so that you don’t have to separate them later on.

Setting aside practical concerns for a moment, remember that your closet should be your own personal boutique! So don’t be afraid to dress it up with fun accessories like a unique stool or some original artwork.

Building Your Dream Closet

There are many companies online that sell closet kits. Some, like EasyClosets, even have an online tool to help you devise the perfect layout yourself. Or you can go to a home improvement store and browse many of the options available there.

In my latest closet design, I went for a more custom approach. I was able to trade some work with a friend who has her own custom carpentry business. It worked out great because I did some design work for her and she made me a nice custom closet. This was a really good deal because I am not very handy when it comes to building things and only own a few simple tools. She, on the other hand, has tons of skill and all of the top-of-the-line tools – the best circular saw, a nice cordless screwdriver, good power nailers, and so on. In fact, she’s kind of a power tool nut. One time when she needed a new table saw, she spent an entire Saturday night researching table saw reviews online while the rest of us went out. Either way, she is a phenomenal woodworker and she did a great job with my custom closet. It looks great and meets all of my requirements for a functional design.

How to Use Shoes as Accessories

We focus a lot on coordinating outfits on here. We figured it was time we put more emphasis on making your shoes work for you. You can do much more with your shoes than just make them match your outfit. Of course we are all familiar with using necklaces, earrings, etc. for accessories, however, using your shoes to take place of overuse of accessories is a different story.

I generally use them to balance out my outfit, or even spice it up a bit. If my outfit is really glamorous, then I will use my shoes to take it down a notch. I have a rhinestone dress, and I usually use a pair of plain black high heels to keep my dress “grounded.”

I do the same thing with my dresses. If I have a plain colored dress, I will generally throw some sparkled or rhinestone shoes on to give my outfit some more life. Additionally, you can also use the shape and style of the shoe as an accessory as well. If your outfit is a bright color, it will generally give the illusion of adding a few pounds. A shoe with thin straps and a light feel will give the balance the outfit and thin it out.

It’s the same thing with darker outfits. They tend to make you look extremely thin. This is normally a good thing, but what if we want to show off those curves? A full shoe will beef up the outfit a little and really accentuate the curves. Additionally, if you have a stiletto with a point on the front, that can make your legs looks and slimmer. Also, flats can make your legs look shorter and stumpier, however, that can add to your curves.

You don’t want to get too “matchy” with your outfit. Don’t feel the need to keep things monochromatic. Less matchy leave the outfit open for more possibilities. You also want to use the accessories that are on the shoes to your advantage as well. Sometimes the shoes can come with a flower or a fancy strap. This can help accentuate your dress.

You want the height of the boot to compliment the length of the skirt. Your boots should never touch your skirt! A lot of people don’t understand this enough. You want to show a little leg. So if you skirt stops at your mid thigh, have your boots come up to your knees. Your seasons should match as well. You don’t want to wear a winter boot with a fall or spring outfit.

Overall, make your shoe work for you. The shoe can be the best asset of your outfit if you let it. The shoe is a very versatile accessory. My best general advice would be to focus about 60% of your focus on your shoes and 40% on your dress. This is for a few reasons: 1) people notice and judge you by your shoes first, and 2) shoes can have a ton of energy, they can add a bunch of life to your outfit or even it out.

Surviving April Showers

Having spent much of my early childhood years in the countryside, one of my earliest memories is of my mother helping me pull on my waterproof boots to venture out in the rain. I remember the heavy smell of the thick rubber and how awkward they made me feel as I toddled through the gooey mud. I hated the rain, mostly because, even at a tender age I was a fussy little fashionista. I was happy to stay indoors out of the elements and much preferred the wearing of pretty little shoes to the ugly, clunky out door boots my mum had bought me. They kept my feet lovely and dry for sure but even then I was conscious of how hideous and unladylike like they were.

Decades on, I still hate the rain and the snow. Battling countless blizzards and the rain storms has caused me endless fashion dilemmas over the years. Like most women I have had to choose between abandoning style completely and just stepping out in the most weather resistant garb I can throw together regardless of how unattractive it looks or literally throwing caution to the wind and braving the elements in a stylish outfit, only to arrive at my date looking like I had wondered through a car wash on the way.

Over the years however I have learned to plan better for the bad weather and build up a wardrobe to cope with any weather forecast. I have a collection of countless coats , scarfs, hats, jeans, skirts and dresses in all thicknesses and fabrics to cater for any season. In addition to all the usual seasonal fashion staples I have also amassed some wonderfully cute rain boots. Unlike my first pair of waterproofs, the rain boots of today are available in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs. To cover every rainy day occasion I have gradually put together a collection of lovely rain-friendly boots.

For me the first must have rain boot is the classic British Hunter wellington boot. Hunter Boots Ltd have been making rubber boots for over 150 years. In that time they have kitted out the British army for two world wars and have become the wellington boot of choice for the Queen of England. In recent years Hunter rain boots have become popular among celebrities who favor their classy elegant sleek look. Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie and Julianne Moore are just a few of the high profile women who have become fans of the Hunter. Personally I added two pairs to my collection, a glossy black pair and a beautiful lipstick red pair. Both pairs are perfect for pairing with black skinny jeans or leggings for a classic stylish look.

In addition to the Hunters I have a pretty pair of dav plaid boots that I accessorized with a matching plaid scarf. These dave wellies can be paired with a cute pair of shorts or a pretty skirt to create an adorable spring outfit.

For a fun casual look I bought myself a couple of pairs of clear jelly rain boots. These are ankle boots styled like the Dr Martin combats except they are made from see-through PVC. Just add some funky socks to create some super cute looks.

Finally, I have a couple of impulse buys. A pair of rubber sneakers, from a distance they look like regular pretty sneakers but at close inspection they are rain resistance rubber and secondly a beautiful pair of designer rain boots from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

With an arsenal of lovely waterproofs in my wardrobe, rain days have finally become fun.

The Guide to Fit and Stylish Fashion

Fashion and style are dependent on how you carry yourself and how your clothes match your body. It’s an incredibly exhilarating and heavenly experience to shop for clothes and find that almost everything that you find interesting fits on you perfectly. But almost all women have that moment when they have their most coveted clothes or dress unable to fit them.

While it’s a dreadful experience that can make a huge impact on your self-esteem, there are still things that you can do to make sure that everything works out for the better and help you shed off those extra pounds. With a little patience, pure dedication and hard work, you can rest assure that you’ll get that precious dress of yours that you’ve always wanted to wear to fit perfectly on you.

A Healthy Diet

If you’re going to ask anyone what’s the key to losing some extra pounds, almost everyone will answer diet. It’s true that diet is one of the most important things in losing or gaining weight. Make sure that you have a balanced diet by eating healthy foods. Include a hefty serving of fruits and vegetables in your daily meals.

It’s also best to avoid fatty and oily foods as they carry a lot of cholesterol. While it is tempting to follow the trend of going on fad diets, they are actually not advised by healthcare professionals. What fad diets do to the body is deprive us of essential nutrients in exchange of weight loss. It’s important to remember that the top weight loss program for women doesn’t include unhealthy weight loss.

Exercise

In tandem with a healthy diet, exercising regularly can help you shed some weight. While you may look at it in a pessimistic way, you can start exercising easily and even in the comfort of your own home. You can do some aerobics at home. If you’re up for purchasing equipment, you can buy a treadmill or light weights so that you can still exercise at home – rain or shine.

Jogging is the easiest and most common form of exercise that people engage in right now and it exhibits its benefits, not only for weight loss, but also for strengthening your heart, improving your stamina and cutting down the risk of developing a number of health conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

Don’t Overwork Yourself

Being obsessed on getting a waistline of 24 or 25 isn’t always the best thing for everyone. Always remember that not everyone is the same in their body build. While some may have a slim waistline in terms of numbers like having a measurement of 24, some may get somewhere like 29 or 30.

However, it shouldn’t be a cause of concern. While you may overlook it, being big-boned is actually true in determining your waistline and hip size. Some races are taller or bigger than others and that might be a reason why you have a slightly bigger waistline that your friend. Monitor your weight on a regular basis and keep your weight loss regimen in a healthy range.

How small improvements can make a big difference – or could shoe insoles solve your fashion problems?

This is a fashion blog, but I want to start today’s post by talking briefly about cycling. I recently came back from a trip to the UK, and over there everybody is raving about their cycling team. I won’t go into too many specifics about why their raving, but some cyclists over there have become fashion icons doing big photo shoots for hot magazines, and I always think that when something hits the fashion pages it shows that it’s a hot topic!

Anyway, the man thats being taking credit for Britains cycling success is called Dave Brailsford, I’m not going to spend too long writing about him (this is a fashion blog after all!), but one of his ideas caught my eye. The idea is that of making small improvements, specifically, Brailsford attributes a lot of his cycling teams success to making tiny improvements to how people prepare. As an example, his teams might take their mattresses with them from hotel to hotel meaning that the cyclists are able to get a slightly better nights rest. You might not think that this would make a huge improvement on its own, but the point is as these small improvements begin to stack up then a major improvement is made.

The reason why I’m writing about all this today is due to a conversation I was having with a friend just last night. My friend had been struggling with an outfit she was putting together for some time, but just could not get the look she was after right. My friend had been considering some pretty major changes, new hair, further new clothes, apparently she’d even considered wearing a corset! But in the end my friend made one small minor change and everything fell into place.

What was the change?

The change my friend made was shoe insoles (specifically she used a pair of walkfit platinum orthotics that she bought after reading a review on the healthier and happier website). A pair of shoe insoles might seem unlikely candidates for fashion saviours but according to my friend wearing the insoles meant she was able to keep a pair of shoes that she absolutely loved in her outfit and also improved her stance and posture giving clothes that hadn’t looked quite right before a startlingly brilliant look. So what minor fashion changes could you make that might all the difference? Here are a few suggestions -

  • New accesories – People sometimes overlook accessories but it’s surprising the difference that the perfect watch or necklace can make to an outfit. My top tip for finding accessories is to ask around, a friend may have something that will make your new outfit complete.
  • Getting enough sleep – This one might seem a bit left field, but it’s genuinely surprising what a good nights sleep can do for you fashion wise. So If you just can’t seem to get your new look right, leave it until the morning. The extra rest will make you less self critical and also recharge your thinking batteries so you’re able to come up with all manner of creative new answers to your fashion dilemmas.

Gift ideas for Your Motorcycle Loving Husband

Being the wife of a biker is very interesting to say the least. Having your husband out on his motorcycle all of the time can make me very anxious and worried about his safety. However at the end of the day, it’s what he loves to do, so as his wife it’s important to come to terms with it. I have no control over how safe he is when he’s out riding, however I can make sure he has the proper equipment to keep him as safe as possible when out on the road. This is why I have come up with some great gift ideas for your motorcycle loving husband that he will help keep him safe.

Equipment is obviously a top priority when biking. Having a good quality leather jacket is not only for looks but also for safety. Although you do need to know his size and taste in order to get one he’d like. Harley Davidson is one of the most popular brands; however they can be pretty expensive. Other ideas that fall under the jacket category are rain suits and thermo suits. These are much less expensive than a leather jacket but just as useful. Riding a motorcycle in the rain is tough enough, so having a rain suit makes it that much better. The same goes for riding in cold weather, having a thermo suit definitely comes in handy for this.

The most important piece of equipment that you could get him is a helmet. This can be a tricky one though because you must know his head shape and size in order to buy him one. There are also many different types and styles of motorcycle helmets out there, meaning a large price range. So if you have a good feel for what he would like, his head shape and size, then this would be a great gift idea. Make sure you do your research in order to find the best motorcycle helmet for him. There are many helmet reviews you can use to help you out.

After equipment, there are many little things you could buy that come in handy when out on the road. A portable battery charger can be very helpful in case the bike battery ever dies and it is also fairly inexpensive. Other cheaper gifts you could buy are first aid kits, tool kits, and a portable air pump. These things may be small and not overly exciting; however they can be life savers in emergencies.

Now if you he already has these things or you are looking for something that’s a little more exciting, then you could consider some fun little accessories for his bike. These can range from cheap to expensive. A cheaper accessory could be a tinted tail light or a chrome license plate holder. Men love these types of small add ons for their bikes.
A more expensive item that you could get is a GPS. These are very useful especially on bikes where you can’t use your hands for things like a phone or a map. Mounting a hands free GPS on the bike is very handy (pardon the pun).
Another more interesting gadget is a go pro camera. This is a small, virtually indestructible camera that you can stick on your helmet or anywhere you want and film awesome footage. This however is a little pricier, but is something your husband is sure to love.

So I hope this has helped you a bit in your search for a gift idea for your motorcycle loving husband. We may not be huge supporters of them riding around everyone on their bike, but at least we can help them be a little safer.

Tips for Finding Fashionable and Comfortable Shoes for Registered Nurses

If you are an RN who is looking for tips about finding fashionable and comfortable shoes, you are in the right place. A lot of shoes for registered nurses are not stylish, but if you check online, you will be able to find some great pairs that are not only comfortable but stylish as well.

I am a nurse and I love my job, but I also love fashion, so I know it is not always easy to combine these two, but I have managed to look good while taking care of my patients. I must say that there are days where I am so tired because all of the work that I have to do. Between lifting patients and bending and being there for the family members, it does take a toll on me. I think if I weren’t passionate about what I do, I think that there is no way I would have lasted as long as I have, which is 10 years now

Back to the topic, I have noticed that when I feel a little down because of all the pressure at my job. I usually go and freshen up myself and that makes a big difference and the fact that I wear comfortable shoes help me a great deal as well.

There are different types of shoes that are great for standing all day, but knowing which one to wear and not not to wear is the question that you should ask yourself. Fortunately for you, I am going to do my best to answer the question

As a stylish RN, I love wearing lace-up shoes. I like these shoes because they are nice looking for the most part and they prevent my feet from sliding. Because your feet don’t move unnecessarily, these shoes help to prevent injuries.

As a nurse, you should not wear low heeled shoes. I used to think that wearing these shoes would be fine for standing all day since they are flat and a lot of times, you can find stylish ones, but I was wrong. I think that I only tried that once, but my feet and my back hurt so bad that I made the decision to never wear these types of shoes at work again.

A good arch support shoes will do wonders for you, as a nurse. I know that some of these shoes aren’t stylish, but you can find some that come in different colors and styles. I think that it is not too hard to find something that will suit your sense of style. I like style, but I will forgo style for comfort if I have to, but fortunately, I am able to find cute pairs of comfortable shoes for nurses that do the trick for me.

There are certain sneakers that can be worn as well, which are elegant and comfortable. I like the Reebok sneakers. I think the thing with the sneakers is that you have to make sure that they support well your feet. Other tips that I want to share is that you can wear cushioned insoles and support hose and/or socks. They seem to help as well.

Never Give up on Looking Good – no matter what your size


Never Say Never

I’ve just been talking to a girlfriend of mine who’s beautiful, lovely, amazing and looks great – and she was in tears. Despite everything that makes her wonderful, she’s too ashamed to put on a club dress which she’s just bought. Trouble is, she was sold something that was never going to be appropriate, and then she turns to magazines where it’s all about slim.

My friend isn’t alone – I’m also in that camp.

All to often, we are pressed against the standards of beauty that continuously reshape what people consider attractive in our society. Eighty years ago this was a voluptuous woman with curves. For the past few decades, it has been thin and petite to the point of concern. While the pressing need for women to become smaller and smaller to have self worth through their looks is worrying, it does not mean for a moment that we have to adhere to those standards.

Instead, it requires that we be bold, forthright and clear that our inherent worth has nothing to do with how we look. Instead, we must work to feel confident despite what other people may say, only because their opinions are ignorant. To that end, lets take a step in the right direction, and look at buying plus size clubs dresses and evening wear.

Lets look at ways to look slimmer (if we want to) as well as the confidence behind rocking any look.

The Secrets of the Trade

It is no secret that particular cuts and colors can attract or take away from plus size club dresses. Knowing a few of these tricks will help you find the perfect plus size party dresses. The most basic rule of thumb is that dark colors will hide, while light colors attract the eye. Now, you may want to dress in all black, but that is neither fashionable (usually) or attractive (usually.) Also, try adding color to parts of your body that you want to highlight. A red belt over the waist of a black dress is just one example of creating a slimmer form. Check out this guide – they know what they’re talking about when it comes to plus size club dresses.

Focus on having a dress with small patterns. Small patterns have the ability to make things look smaller, while big patterns have the opposite effects. Also, try accessorizing. The beauty of a good accessory is blind to how much you weigh. As a final note, never try horizontal striped dresses. Where as vertical and diagonal can be slimming, horizontal usually does not work out.

Striving For Confidence

Even the best plus size party dresses can be ruined by a lack of confidence, or be made by your glowing presence. Remember when you go out that you are the reason why you are leaving the house, and no one’s opinion matters, save your own. Ignore other people if they are insulting. More to the point, ignore that insulting voice inside your own head that tries to bring you down. You are worth going clubbing, and plus size club dresses are nothing to be ashamed of.

Never Give up Looking Good

So my simple message today is – never give up, and never let anyone push you into a look that just doesn’t work for you. And try not to read too many fashionista magazines. They’re not helping. Instead, there are plenty of sites that give good advice for plus size girls. There’s this new team of two that I mentioned above, and this more established site by my hero Gok Wan from the UK.

 

Longboarding Fashion Statement

I have recently spotted a prominent fashion statement that is quite interesting and has mostly gone unnoticed in the past: skateboarding and longboarding apparel. Riders of these communities have a unique sense of style, their own “swag” – as the younger generation would say.

As my experience as a fashion designer develops, I have come to realize that people will dress the way they do as a way to represent their personality and what they want people to think about them. Now, the skateboarding and longboarding community is unique because although the rider and the board predominantly coincide with the skill and style of the rider, having a strong fashion sense is what really catches nearby eyes. But, catching eyes isn’t always a good thing.

When most people see a person walking around with low-riding jeans, a baggy shirt, and a hat we tend to stereotype them into a no-good group of people. But that’s not always the case and it got me thinking; just because a person follows the same fashion sense as a certain group, it doesn’t necessarily mean they follow every aspect of that lifestyle. A man can dress up with tuxedos but still be counting his pennies at home. A woman can dress scrubby with sweat pants and a hair bun while being extremely successful and wealthy. A person can have a casual skater look but not actually be a rider.

I am a strong believer in the saying of “look good, feel good, play good.” It seems to prove true as I have noticed the longboard riders that dress to impress are also the ones that, in fact, impress. Now, I’m not implying that if riders dress with the best longboard brands of clothing that they will instantly get noticed by everyone, including Sector 9. No. I’m suggesting that when a person feels beautiful, handsome, or cool, they are instantly filled with a spectacular level of confidence. And we all know how powerful and motivating confidence can really be. Having this boost in confidence is going to result in you performing better in everything you do, but not just longboarding or skateboarding. I’m talking about job interviews, a date, even public speaking.

An act as simple as “dressing the part” is also a major help in accomplishing your goals. If a woman was to walk into a job interview dressed with sweat pants and a baggy shirt, do you think she would have an advantage in employer’s eyes? If a skateboarder was dressed in a tuxedo, do you think they would fit in? No. Being able to match your fashion sense with what you’re trying to show off is what truly has an impact on spectators. Longboard riders and skateboarders all have a similar fashion style because that’s just how they dress. It’s always worked for them and that’s why they have stuck with it and that is how people can point them out. No questions asked.

Nevertheless, I believe that the fashion style of longboarding and skateboard riders are unique to the modern world and is now part of their identity just like how what we wear is part of ours.