Sunglasses are often worn as a fashion statement. Kids think they look cool and adults feel undressed without their sunnies. But while they are making us feel cool and fashionable, they are also doing a great job in protecting our eyes from glare – so long as they are the right kind of sunnies. Don’t just buy those that look dark; check the label to be sure that they block 99% of UV rays.
Too much sun glare can cause headaches in the short term and long term problems such as macular degeneration. Having the right kind of sunglasses will prevent these problems and also help to prevent glaucoma. Sunglass lens are treated in various ways. Some look mirrored, but while these may be cool, the experts tell us that they don’t block out the harmful UV rays.
Polarized lenses cut out the glare from water, snow or pavement. They are ideal for fishing, whale-watching and driving. Photochromatic lenses change automatically from dark to light, so if you go from the inside to outside or sun to shade a lot, these are the ones for you.
You can also get tints and a grey tint is the one that does not change colour perception. Gradients have a tint at the top but it fades to no tint at the bottom, great when driving into a setting sun. If you need to wear prescription glasses, you can get clip-on sunnies to go over the top and save having two pairs of specs to look after.
Gone are the days when the choice of men?s underwear were limited to black, white or grey cotton boxers and briefs. Instead men are now able to shop for fresh and exciting exotic male underwear that is designed to set pulses racing and that is available in a multitude of exotic colours, styles and fabrics. Silk and sheer fabrics are no longer the preserve of ladies lingerie and are now filling the shelves in the men?s underwear department.
What is more fascinating is that you don?t have too look far or search hard to find it, as there are countless retailers now stocking increasingly exciting designs to meet the demands of savvy shoppers buying for themselves or others. It is also no longer found in just the seedy adult shops and is now available in well known high street shops. However, online retailers seem to be the best place to shop, with possibly the greatest choice of fabrics and styles.
One of the reasons for this is possibly because we are living in a far less prudish world, where it is cool to be a modish male, magazines are packed full of advice about ?how to spice up your sex life? and the gender gap between underwear styles is narrowing. Just think back to the reports of a certain famous footballer reportedly having a liking for his wife?s g-string.
It isn?t just men who demand a greater choice of underwear styles, as the trend also seems to apply to female customers who are beginning to demanding a greater choice of exciting men?s underwear for their partners, such as the risqu? and daring styles from leading underwear designer Olaf Benz
Also, you don?t have to worry about being called a ?big girl? for wearing men?s underwear made of silk, microfibre, sheer or semi transparent fabrics because there are some really great designs available that will still leave your male ego intact. There are some very chic and stylish designs hitting the catwalk by popular and leading brand names, which are made from silks and sheer transparent fabrics and yet are styled in quite a masculine way that may even appeal to the most conservative male.
According to Chinese astrology February 4th, 2013 marks the Solar New Year and February 10th the Lunar New Year. As we say good bye to the dragon of 2012 we welcome in the energies of the black water serpent. Snakes are closely tied with the Dragon as they are said to have come to earth as a dragon who lost his wings and scales.
It is very auspicious for us to have closed the chapter on December 21, 2012 and the end of the Mayan calendar and an old paradigm of imbalance and oppression. We have claimed a rebirth for the Earth and the sacred feminine is now rising. The feminine black water serpent is yet another auspicious symbol of her reappearance.
In Chinese Astrology the female black water snake is sexy, romantic, wise, intelligent, graceful and loves beauty. She can be secretive and is creative, innovative and diligent. She is here to help us shed skins of outmoded ways of being, thinking, and living and to arouse our sexual energies which we can use in more mature ways for the manifestation of our divine purpose and the new earth.
Welcome to the cozy creative watery womb space of the sensual snake. Of course it requires both the masculine and feminine to cocreate another. The year 2013 is a 6 year (2+0+1+3=6) and in numerology is the symbol of the love and family. In the tarot the 6 represents the Lovers, divine sacred Law of Union and Oneness through the union of opposites! Examples of this energy include Shiva and Shakti, Jesus and Mary Magdalene as well as Isis and Osiris whom this year’s Temple and Fellowship of Isis Convocation is being dedicated to.
Also coming up on March 9th/10th is ShivaRatri, the night of the Hindu Lord Shiva the -auspicious one-! Shiva is an omniscient yogi and lives an aesthetic life while at the same time is the lover of of his wife Parvati (Shakti) and father of Ganesha and Kartikeya. Known as the -transformer- or the -destroyer- he is responsible for change both in the form of death and destruction and in the positive sense of destroying the ego helping one to shed old habits and attachments. He is often depicted with snakes immersed in deep meditation or as the Cosmic Dancer or even fierce and slaying demons.
In Yoga we come to understand that the kundalini is described as a serpent that sits coiled three and a half times just under the Muldara (root) chakra. There are both a feminine aspect of this kundalini energy called the Ida and a masculine aspect called the Pingala. When awakened they snake and undulate their way up the Shushumna, the central channel, crossing at each chakra rising until they meet head to head at the third eye or the ajana chakra bringing spiritual, vision and the gifts of awakened sentient beings.
One of the things that has been limiting humanity from living in these states is that we have been living in a consciousness of fear and separation lost in our egos and the desires of the lower energy centers without consideration of the greater good. We’ve been detached from experiencing our interconnectedness and oneness with everything that is. To raise the kundalini requires all chakras to be open and balanced. So as the sexual energy is stirred and rises we are connected with divine wisdom and guidance, Mother Earth, our gifts and purpose, our personal power, an open heart and full self expression. Both Lord Shiva and the black water snake help us to shed all thought patterns, belief systems, attitudes, ways of being that are no longer serving. Injustice is being exposed and the black water serpent is here to sluff those old ways off like dead skin revealing a new soft supple layer beneath. However, do not cross this serpent and mistake her softness for weakness as inside she is ruled by metal and fire in their masculine form. So although snakes tend to be calm, shy and cautious, it is wise to remember that they will attack if disturbed or hungry!
We can utilize the energies of the black water snake this year to spiral up our evolutionary ladder maturing and growing accessing our full potential. The New Moon is in Aquarius energies which are also being infused into the mix are activating our revolutionary and humanitarian spirit. As the mythological water bearer spreads a dose of pure consciousness and we can fill up with clear sight, inventive solutions and the courage to embrace our authenticity and power to revolutionize our lives. Release all self defeating fear and limitations! Slough if off! Keepers of of New Earth! We are Here! The time is Now! We are the Ones we’ve been waiting for!
___________________ RESOURCE BOX: Heather Salmon, author of the forthcoming book the Black Swan Initiation is a priestess, innovative spiritual guide, hypnosound healer and prayerformance artist. Join her for the live webcast of the Global Virtual New Moon Ceremony, Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at 3pm Pacific. For more information and free Mystical Alchemy HypnoSound Healing MP3 visit www.MysticalAlchemy.net
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Praia Urbana, the all-day music festival in Houston that takes place four times a year, was bigger and better than ever this past weekend. I captured a few great examples of what to wear for such an outdoor concert as I danced my way between the two stages.
Outdoor concerts and festivals require attire that is comfortable (i.e. not binding, breathable, quick to dry and low-maintenance). But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The weather will usually call for something that you don’t mind sweating in (although we were lucky this weekend at a high of 80 degrees F). Here’s a checklist of other essentials:
Shades, of course. A fabulous fan (the old-school kind that folds up nicely in your purse – it’s a summer staple wherever I go). Once it really starts to heat up, bring a bandanna or scarf to wick away heat, to dip into water for cooling off, or to tie your hair back from your face. Baby wipes in a plastic baggie to “wash your hands” with, wipe away sweat, or to use in port-a-potties. 🙂 Suntan lotion / sunscreen! Lots of water. Cross-body bag to keep your essentials close to your person and to make it easier to carry all of the above essentials!
Festive, feminine, and put-together. Great mix of color, light cotton tube dress, slightly embellished (but not too much!) flat sandals, big shades and artful but not over-the-top wooden jewelry (in complementary colors, no less). It’s sweet and gets anyone who sees her in the mood to enjoy a beautiful day!
Fun with color. The chick on the left had a blast – right down to her yellow shoes! Her funky-printed, airy dress; teal frames; and casual crossbody bag added to the fun atmosphere. And you couldn’t beat her awesome attitude, which is, most of the time, half your look!
Simple chic. For a more subdued look, the chick on the right had it down to a T. If you never thought to wear a hat, this is a great time to do it! Her cotton tank dress layered over a simple black tank created some dimension while her comfortable natural wedges added height. And the green crossbody bag was the perfect punch of color to this simple look.
Sporty feminine. When I came up with this look, I simply wanted a touch of spring and natural elements while still maintaining my personal style in comfort. I thought I captured it well in a racer back tank, gray gladiator sandals, worn-leather satchel and necklace made from seeds (that I had strung myself!). Unfortunately, I didn’t capture the best part…the ruffled number on the back of this simple, lined cotton-blend skirt for an extra touch of fun!
Renae Virata is a “travelista” at heart who founded and operates the fashion/weather/travel website WeareverTheWeather.com. The site shows women what to wear based on the current temperature and precipitation of any city around the world. A user simply inputs a desired location or destination, a date, and a type of occasion into the My Stylist feature. It then pulls together the perfect pieces for that location’s weather forecast. Users can create hundreds of different outfits, save their creations, and print and share them through email, Facebook, and Twitter. They can even buy pieces they love by clicking on any of the items that My Stylist recommends. WeareverTheWeather.com also includes a fashion and travel blog with in-depth tips on how to pack effectively and stylishly for any trip.
Welcome back to another instalment of What Was She Wearing: Answers! As always, this story is brought to you by WWWD’s fantastic interns—the very super Allison and Jessica. Read on for tidbits galore on Mischa, Cameron, MK, and Nicole.
En-route to a lunch at West Hollywood’s Le Conversation, Mischa wore this embroidered 1920’s cloche. She purchased her hat at LA’s high-end vintage store, The Way We Wore (the boutique is a WWWD favorite, check it out: The Way We Wore). Doris Raymond, the lovely owner of TWWW, assured us that she has similar vintage cloches available for $150-395. We found some options on eBay, but if you’d rather DIY, brush up on your crocheting skills and order patterns online (HeartStrings FiberArts).
On a side note, we know that this isn’t What Was She Reading, however, in case you were wondering, Mischa’s book-in-hand is “Dry” by Augusten Burroughs. It’s a fabulous, follow-up memoir to his widely-read, “Running with Scissors,” and deals with his struggle to get sober.
It used to be that when we heard ‘Cameron Diaz’ and ‘stud’ in the same sentence, a certain fellow who recently brought sexy back came to mind. Those days are no more. Now, the only stud our readers are inquiring about is the Marc Jacobs Sweet Punk tote. Though this particular style is not currently available online, similar styles are available at Saks Fifth Avenue ($1800, saksfifthavenue.com). You also may be able to find the exact bag at your nearest Marc Jacobs store. Visit Marc Jacobs for a vendor nearest you. Cameron: we’ll continue to drool over your arm candy.
Mary Kate Olsen
Seen here just after a hair appointment at the Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, Mary-Kate Olsen is fashionably instep (as expected) in a pair of Yves Saint Laurent Savage Crisscross Wedge ($715, bergdorfgoodman.com) and the ever present Ray Ban sunglasses. MK is often spotted with fantastic and wild shoes, but for some reason this pair particularly piqued your curiosity. To answer your questions: the YSL shoes are made of cuio leather, have a single-buckle sling back, and a platform sole. We think they would look exceptionally awesome with a pair of wide-leg jeans.
Sporting sweet new bangs, Nicole Richie was photographed above after having dinner at Mr. Chow’s in Beverly Hills. In addition to her new hairdo, she simultaneously captivated the interest of many of our readers who wondered about her stunning outfit. The dress is vintage Diane Von Furstenberg, so sadly it’s no longer available. But on a happier note, Nicole’s must-have Wolford Mat Opaque 80 tights are an easy, and fantastic opaque, find ($37.50,wolfordboutiquelondon.com).
There are no ugly women, only lazy women. These words are widely told; why not act from now on you to become a truly beautiful feminine woman? Of course, feminine, and not just rely on dress, no one does not want his only appearance of the vase into a decorative, self-cultivation is always the cornerstone of external beauty. Sisters, beautiful without limit, beautiful on their own, let us live a more exciting!
Do you want to show more -feminine- taste? Very simple! The following four styles of dress (made of the same material) can help you easily do it.
Woman with flowers always complement each other, hand-embroidery on the dress was the best tender on behalf of women. Clothing or jewelry, sweaters and collars, Dress at the waist, pant pants can be a hand-embroidered edges show the charm of the place for you. For the embroidery, the key is “few and small”, that the number and size of flowers, not too much, of course, is more suitable for the female body a more slender.
2, Small sequins
Variety of small sequins like a wizard, it can stay in luxurious clothing, such as evening dress, can add elegance for women, sequins can appear in the girl’s shirt or on the pants, which also bring them a lively and playful sense. Choose clothing with small sequins, small sequins must pay attention to whether the color and clothing color coordination, and is suitable for their color, it is very important.
In spite of plaid seems behaved, but it is not difficult to help you. Check the bag and shoes with the best, basically, any clothing with can become a “finishing touch”, of course, the acclaimed plaid skirt is not bad. Check with the way clothing is – Check only one of the best upper and lower body clothing, and make it plain, or collide with monochrome clothing, your grace, and elegance will be felt in the unaware people.
4, clothing of animal fur texture
However it does less use than the above three, but it can show the women wild and sexy side. Leopard shawl, snakeskin-patterned pants are all part of cultivating a good choice of a mature woman.
Beautiful sincere: clothing is a “language”, which can reflect a person’s social status, cultural enrichment and aesthetic sense, a person can demonstrate to himself, to others the attitude toward life. Therefore, a good first step to beautiful is wearing. Perhaps you are not a lot of money to buy international brand-name clothes and bags, but you can still choose to show the feminine more than a small decoration to make you a fine taste of a woman while
You can choose christian louboutin boots,christian louboutin pumps,Christian Louboutin Sandals, to complete your feminine clothing.
When choosing swimwear, it’s very important that you pick out colors that compliment your skin tone. No two people on this earth have the exact same skin color so remember when picking out your particular bikini, choose what is proper for you. Just because your best friend can wear a bright red polka dotted swimsuit and look great doesn’t mean you can too. It might make you look like a clown. You might look great in a pastel pink with blue trim bathing suit that’s tailored just for you. Here are some general tips to consider with regard to your specific skin tone. We are going to separate them in terms of pale, olive, caramel, and dark brown. You might not be exactly any of those skin tones but you are in between them.
If you have very pale skin and it’s impossible to tan, then you would look good in soft pastel colored swimwear. The lighter colors will blend in well with your sensitive skin tone. Of course you could wear a bright red bikini if you choose but it will be strikingly noticeable. Plus if you are pale and should happen to get sunburned, the red bathing suit and your red skin will make you look like a lobster. Stick to the light colors like beige, peach and baby blue to show off your genuine and unique skin tone.
For olive skin tones, you can wear blues and greens without any problem. Those colors bring out the naturalness of your skin color. Mixing the colors up would work well for you like wearing a swimsuit with a green top and blue bottom with green trimming or dots. Purple and burgundy would also be very vibrant colors that you could wear.
Caramel skin should capture colors of the earth. Orange, peach and green are great colors that show off the depth of caramel skin. Mixing and matching the bikini colors is also a great idea for you. Having caramel skin also allows you to flaunt deep rich red colors if mixed in nicely with a few accessories like hats or scarves.
Dark brown to black skin looks great in brown, black and even white. The white would be very noticeable but it also brings out and compliments the rich skin tone. Bright red would be very vibrant but it’s also another color that brings out the dark texture. Stick to colors that look good on you overall so you can walk around in that sexy swimsuit with pride.
No matter what skin tone or color you have, just remember that you are beautiful and unique in your own special way. Choose colors that fit you the best and don’t worry about any one else unless you’re buying them a gift.
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As far as cosmetics go, name brand perfume is one of the more expensive types of cosmetic products out there on the market today. There are plenty of knock offs when it comes to designer perfume brands, but only those who really believe in quality can attest to the fact that name brand perfume is where it’s at.
Starting in the neighborhood of $50 a bottle if you are lucky, it is easy to wonder what it is about name brand perfume that incurs such a high price tag. Is it the designer name associated with name brand perfume that makes it so pricey, or is it something else, something more that justifies it being such an expensive commodity?
Designer Perfume Labels Have a Longer Lasting Scent
If you have ever been one of those people that reveled in cheap perfumes, you know that as far as smell goes, good taste can make sure that people never know the difference. At the same time, real name brand perfume is designed for longevity; knock off perfumes and lower end fragrances are usually not made to last so long and be so effervescent after such a long period a time. The difference in lasting power between high end and low end fragrances is significant; this isn’t too much from the way things are with other cosmetic products on the market as well.
You Get What You Pay For
When it comes to name brand perfumes, it is easily said that more time and money goes into the creation of such a high end fragrance, far more so than would be a cheap knock off version of the fragrance. While these businesses do get their profit, it costs more to produce the product, which certainly entails a substantially higher price tag.
Anybody who has a pretty well versed nose for fragrances knows that when it comes to name brand perfumes and those that lack such esteem in the cosmetic world, the difference really matters between the two and you get what you pay for.
Better Ingredients Go Into Better Perfume
Another thing you pay for when shelling out the big bucks for name brand perfume is what is included in it. Designer fragrances contain designer ingredients, from fine oils to natural extracts and scents. This is what makes the effect so resilient and long lasting and is also to pleasing to the nose. After they are selected, there are scientists that know just how to mix a fragrance to make it work for the nose.
Name brand perfume is not for everyone. Some people are okay with basic fragrances, body sprays, and even fairly decent copies of popular favorites. As a rule, most people cannot tell the difference. At the same time, there is something about designer perfume that complements that amazing outfit, or that new suit, or gives you the boost at the interview you have. Name brand perfume is just a finer product altogether, and men and women all over swear by it.
There are many different watches manufactured every year. This is because so many people are in the market for watches. Again this is because it is one of those items that people need, especially living in busy towns and cities where knowing the time is so important. People everywhere need to make sure they are on time for work ? to do this they need to know what time they must leave their home in order to make their train, they then need to know what time the train comes in in order to know whether they have enough time to get a morning coffee and croissant and furthermore they need to be at their desk before questions are asked of them. In order to do this, people need to know the time and although there are many devices that allow people to do this, there is nothing better than a watch. For this reason, people are always looking for watch.
As a watch is only bought every now and then mostly due to the fact that they last for a very long time, people in the main do not buy watches regularly. A good quality watch can last for over a decade and provide their owner great value for money. However, some people do not buy watches simply because they want to know the time. Instead, they buy watches because they look good and as such people can walk around looking fashionable.
Many watches that are made today are made to look fashionable. Watches that are made to look very fashionable are more likely to sell, mainly because people nowadays like all the things they buy to look nice. After all, its human nature to want to have nice things! Some watches are however, more fashionable than others. This is because a lot of time and effort has been put into designing the watches in order that they do sell. Retailers are well aware that in order to capture as many customers as possible, only the most fashionable watches can be put in stores as these are more likely to sell than any others.
There are many very fashionable watches made every year as a result. Customers that look to buy watches because of their fashionable qualities rather than want of needing the watch are always in search for the most fashionable watch of the month, or to the really dedicated consumers, the week. There are many very fashionable watches on the market and there are so many different brands to choose from. One brand that has always been popular is Emporio Armani as this really is a fashion brand. Customers are well aware of Armani?s stronghold in the fashion market and as a result, Emporio Armani watches are a likely choice for many people.
There are many other choices of watch brands for consumers too. Whichever watch is chosen, chances are that the watch is likely to be very fashionable and is likely to keep whoever bought it very happy for a very long time.
There is not an official definition of the phrase, although I did find one on . I am not sure how official it would be, but it made ?sense? to me. It described fashion sense as an expression meaning: dressing in style; understanding what looks good. The example sentence they gave ?Cezanne says Jennifer Lopez has good fashion sense, but I think her outfits are ridiculous? Another website called defines fashion as ?Any mode of dressing or adornment that is popular during a particular time or in a particular place (i.e., the current style). It can change from one period to the next, from generation to generation. It serves as a reflection of social and economic status, a function that explains the popularity of many styles throughout costume history; in the West, courts have been a major source of fashion.
If you go back into history, when man & woman roamed the earth, the only fashion sense was their original birthday suit complete with fur (or hair if you prefer). As we evolved, only Royalty or wealthy folks were about the only ones who could afford to have a ?wardrobe? of varying styles, colours and materials. The have nots had to do with whatever material was on hand and their primary use was for warmth and protection.
It wasn?t until the early 1900?s that fashion dwindled down to the lower classes. As the buying power of the average man improved so did fashion with the average woman. What became fashionable in all of great Design Houses eventually became fashionable with everyday woman with manufacturers copying or replicating the designs into affordable clothing. But that didn?t mean that every outfit complimented every woman. Let?s face it, women come in all shapes and sizes, and clothing comes in all sizes, colours and materials. Not every single outfit or combination of clothing will suit every woman. However, human nature being what it is, we have a natural instinct to conform and be part of the herd. When a new ?fad? such as mini skirts, flapper dresses, go go boots, etc came into fashion, everyone had to have them regardless of whether it complimented your body.
A woman who has fashion sense dresses knowing that she has chosen an outfit that will compliment her body shape, regardless of the latest ?fad?. She may not be wealthy, hold a college degree, have a high IQ or even be a CEO of a major corporation. What she is, is someone who avoids buying something that is ?cool? or is pretty or just because. She takes the time to know what will suit her and the mirror will tell her she has made the right decision. With luck, it could be the latest fashion!
For most women, I would suspect that we make that decision and for the most part, women do have fashion sense, but it is their own. Even ladies who have been in the Blackwell?s Best Dressed Hall of fame do make the occasional fashion faux pas. It takes more courage for a woman to dress in what looks best for her and not what is the current ?look? if it does not suit her. The best example of a ?look? that I think is a disaster for many women is the ?bare midriff? look, with the cropped tops and low waist jeans. For that look, you need to have not one ounce of fat in that area. It is not a complimentary look for any woman with a spare tire around the middle, or as someone referred it to the ?Michelin Tire look?. And yes, I am one of those women that cannot wear that ?look?.
They say ?beauty is in the eye of the beholder? and everyone has their own idea of what is beautiful. Kudos for the woman who dares to wear what looks good on her and not fall to the whims to the latest fashion fad. I encourage all women to honestly look at themselves and dress for what suits you and not other people.