What Does Your Handbag Say About You?

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Here are some fun facts about the handbag along with details about your favorite type of bag.

1. Louis Vuitton burns all unsold bags at the end of the year, to avoid slashing prices in sales that would affect the exclusivity of the brand

2. Miuccia Prada introduced the first totally unisex bag

3. Clutch bags were originally called “pochettes”

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What does your handbag say about you?

Indian Wedding Jewelry Tips for the Budget Bride

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1. It’s important to buy jewelry that is versatile and fits the special occasion. Solitaires are great for reception and cocktail evenings, whereas something more intricate goes well with the actual ceremony.

2. Make sure you feel like a celerbrity! Keep in mind fit is important for your bangles, rings, necklaces etc. This is often overlooked as brides are so focused on their clothes.

3. It’s important to buy pieces that can be worn later. If that’s not an option you can always rent a beautiful piece and not worry about spending a fortune.

4. The trend of mix and match jewelry has just become popular. Buy or rent single jewelry items and make your own unique ensemble.

5. Brides are moving away from real real gold and looking at more economical pieces such as pearls, polki, kundan that can be worn post wedding.

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Indian Wedding Jewelry 101

10 Fashion Trends That Are Bad For Your Health (Infographics)

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Fashion trends come and go but they can also leave behind some painful health problems that most take for granted.

Take the “never going out of fashion” high heel, wear them enough and you can suffer foot pain, arthritis, back pain and more. Can’t go anywhere without the 80 pound bag? Then be prepared for back and neck pain, muscle and joint damage, and spine misalignment.

So says this infographics from healthwalla, which also includes skinny jeans, body piercings, and tight underwear.

Before you jump on the next trend, make sure you consider your health and comfort first- especially if said trend may leave a permanent mark on your body.

Fashion Trends that are bad for your health

Fashion Trends that are bad for your health

 

 

 

Indian Fashion: What is A Sari? The Indian Woman Deconstructed

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For those of you that are not Indian this info graphic helps you identify every little detail from the pallu, blouse, bindhi, tika, petticoat and more to make your life easier for your next big fat Indian wedding. Remember when you buy a sari you need to think about all these nuances or you can just rent a saree in one click and have everything ready for you without thinking about the all the little pieces you have to buy and stitch.

Fashion Trends for Spring and Summer 2014

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Nineties-style slip dresses

Spaghetti- strap dresses have had a grown- up makeover in beautiful and expensive fabric

spring and summer fashion trends

Strappy Dress

The white shirt with a twist 

The white shirt in all its asymmetric and ingeniously paneled glory, takes center stage for the spring

White Shirt

White Shirt

A biker jacket in anything but black

The biker jacket has long proved itself as an agreeable wardrobe companion, it’s time to be brave and add a new hue into the mix.

Colored Biker Jackets

Colored Biker Jackets

Pants go Large

Let legs breathe from figure hugging skinnies and breathe with this elegant alternative.

Baggy Pants Back in Fashion

Baggy Pants Back in Fashion

Jewel it up 

Haphazardly stitched crystals- the more the merrier- is the new passport to bling for spring and summer.

Fashion Trends: Jeweled dresses and shirts

Fashion Trends: Jeweled dresses and shirts

 

Bollywood Flair/ Animal Print

Make sure you clothes are bold and eclectic with a Bollywood flair. 

Bollywood Fashion for Spring and Summer

Bollywood Fashion Inspirtation

 

The Perfect Modern Suit For Men & How to Wear Your Suit to Special Occasions

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Custom Fitted Suits for Men

The Perfect Modern Suit for The Modern Man

The perfect modern suit for the modern men must have great shoulders, stays, lapels, handkerchief, tie, buttons, pants, belt, cuff, flap and ticket pockets, sleeves, and torso. You will know the best fitting fashionable suit if it fits right, it shows some cuff, and it follows the seasons (cotton suits in summer, tweeds and corduroys in winter). For a very sure fit, find a tailor.

How to Wear Your Black Suit To Formal Occasions?

The black suit has proved to be more versatile than the tuxedo- and when worn correctly you can dress up any black suit for a wedding, cocktail party or any formal occasion.

A crisp white shirt is the first thing you should reach for to wear with your black suit. A textured shirt can add more elegance, and spread collar shirts are considered to be classier than straight collars. A pocket square can add a touch of color to your outfit as well.

 

 

Oscars 2014 Fashion: Best and Worst Dressed from Jennifer Lawrence to Angelina Jolie

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards will have fans from around the world watching the red carpet to check out the latest in fashion and design.

Here’s our best and worst dressed picks from the night

Best Dresses 

Lupita Nyong’o 

Lupita wore a beautiful plunging Nairobi inspired powder blue Prada gown complete with a crystal hairband

Lupia at the 86th Annual Academy Awards  in LA on March 2

Lupia at the 86th Annual Academy Awards

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer in a fitted strapless Dior gown with peplum detail and a backwards necklace. Lawrence also took a tumble on her way to the red carpet.

Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars in her Dior dress

Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars in her Dior dress

Naomi Watts

Naomi kept it simple in a white Calvin Klein collection ice beaded cap sleeve dress with a spider’s web Bulgari necklace. Her look was refreshing when most went for the Disney princess look.

Naomi Watt's in a Calvin Klein sequined dress at the 2014 Oscars

Naomi Watt’s in a Calvin Klein sequined dress at the 2014 Oscars

Cate Blanchett

Cate wore a nude cap sleeved Armani Prive gown with flared tulle skirt. She topped it off with wavy hair and stunning drop earrings.

Cate Blanchett at the 2014 Oscars in Hollywood

Cate Blanchett at the 2014 Oscars in Hollywood

Kate Hudson

Kate wore a beaded Versace dress with a deep V neckline and cape detail. Oscar glamour at its finest.

Kate Hudon in her Versace gown

Kate Hudon in her Versace gown

Worst Dressed

Kristen Bell

Kristen’s Roberto Cavalli dress looked like something you would wear to a prom or your wedding.

Kristen Bell at Oscars.

Kristen Bell at Oscars.

Charlie Theron

Charlie definitely lost to Jennifer Lawrence in the Dior Wars. The shape of this gown is gorgeous but those thick “invisible” straps holding it up ruins the whole look.

Charlie Theron in Dior at the 2014 Oscars

Charlie Theron in Dior at the 2014 Oscars

Angelina Jolie

This gold Ellie Saab dress is not the most flattering dress for Jolie. It feels a little too staid.

Angelina Jolie's hideous dress at the Oscars 2014

Angelina Jolie’s hideous dress at the Oscars 2014

 

 

 

 

 

4 Spring and Summer Beauty Tricks to Stay Fashionably on Trend

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Katy Perry beauty secrets and tips

Katy Perry with Perfect Eyelash Extensions

Do you want long lasting beauty? These tricks will keep you gorgeous from now until Labor Day.

Eyelash Extensions

Get eyelash extensions that last up to a month even in the summer humidity.

Salon: Ask for feather light synthetic mink or silk extensions. Prices range from $200 to $350 fir a full set. It’s worth the splurge for a wedding or special occasion.

At Home: DIY lashes don’t have the longevity of the salon versions. The small clusters will last only 48 hours but you can boost conditioners like Talika Lipocis Expert.

Frizz Control 

Get formaldehyde-free treatments that tame frizz- yet maintain body- all summer.

Salon: Treatments like Keragreen ($300 to $450) take two to three hours and smooth hair for up to 3 months. If you have tight curls, expect soft waves. Wavy hair? less frizz.

Home: Try DIY kits like those from KeratinPerfect (duo pack $65, sephora.com). They work better on fine hair that gets frizzy or curly than on coarse curly hair. Results last about 30 days.

Gel Manicure 

Get a gel manicure that drys instantly and stays shiny and doesn’t chip for two weeks.

Salon: New LED light machines from OPI harden polish in 30 second rounds and are in over 7000 salons nationwide. Average price is $40 to $50 for a 45 minute manicure.

Home: The Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit ($70. ulta.com) mimics pro technology. The brand’s less expensive kit the Sally Hansen InstaGel Strips Starter Kit ($30, ulta.com), comes with foolproof polish strips, but each finger is dried individually, so the process takes longer.

Laser Hair Treatment

Get hair removal lasers that work on all skin types.

Salon: It feels like a rubber band’s being snapped on your skin, but sessions last only five to forty minutes, based on area ($200- $1500) per session. Two to three weeks later , regrowth falls out. Permanent results take upwards of 4-12 visits. It’s an investment but a lifetime savings in razors and wax.

Home: The Tria Laser ($449 at Sephora) is gentle and can get rid of 70% of hair. It’s most effective on light to medium skin with dark hair.

New York Fashion Week: Slushy Boots on the Runway

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New York Fashion Week explodes onto a snowy Manhattan Thursday, kicking off the fall/winter 2014 season with a new look and 300 catwalk presentations before the industry shows head to Europe.

Dominated by big US designers led by Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang, emerging talent from Europe, Asia and for the first time, Australia, will snip at the sidelines hoping for their big break.

The opening shows today were Nicholas K, followed by BCBG Max Azria and Tadashi Shoji on the first day, before a long weekend unfolds with stars like Wang, Jason Wu and Diane von Furstenberg.

Other designers to look out for are Lacoste, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Prabal Gurung, Anna Sui, Zac Posen, Victoria Beckham, Carolina Herrera, Altuzarra and Helmut Lang.

Marc Jacob's Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2014 Fashion- Victorian gowns

Marc Jacob’s Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2014 Fashion- Victorian gowns

BCBG 2014 Spring Collection from New York Fashion Week

BCBG 2014 Spring Collection from New York Fashion Week

NYFW: Tadashi Shogi

NYFW: Tadashi Shogi

Men’s Fashion: What are Meggings?

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What are meggings?

Meggings are the newest trend in Men’s fashion!

We have already seen leggings appear on menswear runways and worn by confident rock stars. A new fashion label takes the unlikely trend for men leggings, also known as “meggings,” into mainstream.

Chicago-based Adam Freck and Andrew Volk launched a brand-new online company called Meggings Man Clothing in December. The founders explained that meggings are meant to enhance men’s best features.

“The truth of the matter is, spandex is flattering. It compliments people well,” they said. “With meggings, people ask about their crotch all the time. The response that we get a lot, once people try on our meggings, is, ‘That’s not as in-my-face as I thought it would be.’ Once guys actually try meggings on, the fear goes away.”

“Meggings are much more comfortable than super tight jeans, and more stylish and appropriate to wear out in public than fitted athletic pants,” they added.

Meggings Man advertises its products as being “functionally and aesthetically tailored to the male physique.” Unlike traditional leggings, which are typically worn by women, meggings are designed with the male body in mind. For instance, they have inverted triangle panels on the hips to allow more room in the thigh, as well as flat wide waist bands and a faux zip detailing on the front.

The company suggests pairing meggings with T-shirts, tank tops, jackets, and hoodies — “We also see a lot of our customers layering with their meggings: under shorts, or even wearing two pairs of different colors and pulling up the leg on one side to expose a different color underneath.”

MeggingsMan.com holds a range of bold designs, which have been a hit with customers. There are currently 14 different styles in the collection — including metallic finishes and camouflage print — in sizes M to XL, priced from $29.95.

Men want to wear them, and that’s a fact! There are always naysayers with any new piece of fashion,” the founders said. “Living in Chicago, we know that meggings are a possibility. It would be dumb of us not to take them seriously. Look at the way skinny jeans started out. A band probably started wearing them and everyone questioned it, and now 50 percent of people in their twenties are wearing skinny jeans. We see the potential in meggings, and we hope that people use them as a serious fashion piece.”