Guest Post by Karen Jones
The spring horse-racing season always brings about some of the most interesting displays of style in a given year. And unlike fashion in general with its ever-changing trends, the style at horse-racing events remains relatively similar year to year. For this reason, the autumn and winter seasons are actually good times to look ahead to events like these and plan some outfits, as warm-weather clothing and accessories can sometimes be found at more reasonable prices this time of year! So for those interested, here's our look ahead at some ideas for race day fashion in 2015.
A guest post by Pugs Gear, bringing you this article on budget friendly sunglasses. Pugs Gear specializes in a number of things. However, they are known for their cheap sunglasses, and their polarized sunglasses.
Just like your skin, hair, and nails, your eyes need to be taken well care of. As summer approaches and you are eager to spend more time outdoors, you’ll be applying the sunblock and covering your skin to protect it. Your eyes need protection from the harsh sun as well. The same ultraviolet rays that cause skin cancer can also damage your eyes severely. Wearing sunglasses with full UV protection will reduce the risk of damaging your eyes while they eliminate glare.
A guest post by Stephanie Belner, a part-time fashion student and full-time mother of three who lives in Truro with her husband. When not penning blogs sharing her daily style teachings with the world, Stephanie enjoys nothing more than trying her hand at creating unique evening dresses and other garments for friends and family.
It goes without saying that women going through pregnancy for the first time will have a thousand and one worries and concerns on their minds already, making the question of what to wear something of an afterthought. Sadly however, said afterthought usually lands with quite the wallop the very moment nothing seems to fit anymore and most things than do look and feel awful – not the most comforting of scenarios in a time of fragility.
The good news however is that we are of course no longer living in the dark ages of fashion and style, which means that allowances have been made and lessons learned from past experiences to bring some genuinely useful advice for those who are struggling to cope. So, with the health, wellbeing and sanity of thousands of new mums in mind, experts offer the following essential tips for looking and feeling great during the first crucial months of pregnancy:
Guest Post by Samantha Abrams
Prom season is almost over, but there’s still time to find a great dress if you know what you’re looking for. Follow these rules before you buy to make sure you get the perfect dress. We’ll start with general tips first, and move on to specific body types.
1. Think about what you’ll do with the dress after prom
While dresses for prom should be formal and elegant, a bad prom dress will look noticeably “prommy”. If you can imagine wearing the dress at an adult, black-tie event, it’s worth considering. This doesn’t mean that your prom dress has to be understated or dull—but it should match your overall style. If you can’t see yourself wearing it on any other formal occasion, make sure you’ll want to wear it on prom night. Even if you decide on a prom dress that you can only rock on prom night, think about how you might modify it to suit other occasions—many prom dresses only need a few embellishments trimmed away and a higher hem to become beautiful cocktail dresses.
2. Make sure it suits the way you plan to use it
Try on the dress wearing the underwear you plan to wear to the prom, so you don’t end up with unexpected lines or exposed straps on the big night. Also, consider freedom of movement: if you love to dance, you might not want a full-length dress with stilettos, and consider lighter fabrics that will keep you cool. If you plan to spend extended time outdoors, be ready for heat, cold, and rain. No matter how elegant and lovely your dress may be in the dressing room, it won’t be so nice if you’re sweating through it or tripping over it on the big night.
3. Match the dress to your skin tone
Cool: If you have light-colored eyes and your skin has blue or pink undertones, look for icy,vibrant colors; something in red, navy, blue-green, black, magenta, or dark purple. Choose silver accessories rather than gold.
Warm: If you have green or dark eyes, and your skin has olive or yellow undertones, consider a prom dress in subdued, autumn colors—orange, brown, peachy-pink, olive, and earth tones. Gold jewelry is a better choice than silver.
4. Make sure it flatters your body shape
Pear-shaped: For you especially, a great prom dress is about flaunting what you like about your body, not hiding what you don’t. Go for a dress with a fitted top and an A-line or full-length skirt. If you’re comfortable with your caboose, a form-fitting skirt is a great option; but even if you’re not in love with it, don’t try to cover it up. Find a dress that lets it work for you.
Apple-shaped: Your dress should show off your lovely arms, legs, and bust, and an empire waist (or any dress with a waist closer to the bust line) will deemphasize any problem areas. If you like your legs, show them off with a shorter dress.
Petite: A Floor-length dress will swallow you up, so pick a shorter dress with an asymmetrical hem line to make you look taller. Go for a more delicate, feminine look to compliment your smaller frame.
Slim: If you’re slender, choose dresses that draw attention to your waist line and bust line to
make the most of your curves. A belted or wrap dress will also accentuate your slender waist, and consider choices that draw attention to your legs.
Busty: If you want to flaunt your bust, a deep neck line is good, but keep it understated—you don’t need to go crazy to be noticed. Make sure you have good coverage and support everywhere else. Check out dresses that draw the eye to the hem to balance out your look.
Samantha Abrams is a freelance writer and fashion and celebrity blogger over at the Style Cynics fashion blog.
A Guest Post by Maya of Dress Diva
A quinceanera is often one of the highlights in a Hispanic girl's life as it signifies her transition from childhood to being a grown up woman. It's a deeply cultural practice that brings together the girls' friends and relatives on her 15th birthday to celebrate her transition to adult hood. A major part of this celebration and culture is the dress that the girl wears. It makes her look elegant and grown up. A good dress maintains the balance between elegance and maintaining decency since a quinceanera is mostly a family event.
A big challenge that Dress Diva choosing quinceanera dresses presents therefore is picking a dress that looks good, is decent and appeals to the personality of the girl. This is in addition to considerations that need to be made in regard to the girl's body shape, type size and also her budget. The perfect dress will make the girl look like a princess at a fair cost while still retaining comfort. Apart from the dress, choosing the right accessories is critical as they can decide the success or failure of the outfit.
Over the years, the dress has evolved into many variations but one that has stood the test of time is the classic big ball gown design as it's suited for a wide range of body types perfectly. Other types include the princess cut that starts out narrow at the shoulders and flares out as it goes down. Below are some considerations and guidelines you can follow to enable you choose the perfect quinceanera dress for you.
Body type- While the ball gown design may work with different body types other variations will call for specific body types in order to pull off successfully. A safe choice here therefore is the ball gown in a vivid color, silhouette and embellished with jewels to create a breath taking look. A- Line silhouette dresses are best for complementing all kinds of figures especially when it has a sweetheart neckline. A corset will tend to create an emphasis on the female form when chosen correctly and also bring out the best. Empire gowns with sweetheart or halter necklines can suit different figures.
Color - Although green, ivory, pastels and pink have considerable appeal, black has stood out over time due to its elegance and stylish look. Sapphire, turquoise and blue gowns can also have this effect
Accessories - A major part of the outfit, the accessories should coordinate with everything else for a perfect look. Jewelry like earrings, necklaces and tiaras can be used to complement the dress and complete it. Opt for the subdued shades if the dress is dazzling color wise. Color contrasting the clutch and shoes can create nice touch if don well
Hair - A good hairdo ensures the elegance of the dress flows from the bottom to the top completing the dress elegantly. Choose a hairstyle that frames the face well.
Finally getting an expensive dress isn't necessarily the best and you should always look around for what appeals and suits your preferences best. The idea is to make sure the dress you have chosen makes you stand out in the crowd.
Guest Post By: Gary Guarasci
Hello to all you fellow fashion fans. I’ll be guest blogging this week and
I’m here to tell you about all the latest and greatest fashion finds.
Okay, I’m lying. It’s not a good way to start off with you, but I can’t
help it. I’m a compulsive liar. That’s what I do. I don’t know the first
thing about fashion, and I was trying to dupe you all into thinking that
I did. For that I’m sorry.
To be honest, I don’t even know what any of the fashion terms
mean. The closest I ever came to learning the terms is when my
place of employment came out with a dress code, which included the
termination of flip-flops. They threw out terms like Peep Toe Wedge
Heel and something strappy, I think. I don’t know I wasn’t really
paying attention. All I know is that my job would only allow two toes
shown at. Sweat pants were banned along with short-shorts. Tank
tops were no longer welcome, unless worn underneath a button down
blouse. I still don’t know the difference between a blouse and a top,
but that’s a story for a different time.
My ignorance from fashion doesn’t just stop with that. To me an
accessory was a ball cap, but apparently it’s everything from earrings
to bracelets to necklaces etc. etc. etc. Who woulda thunk?
So instead of trying to pull a ruse on you all, with my claims of fashion
knowledge, I will extend a request for any and all to teach me about
what’s what in the fashion world. Feel free to reach me at:
Guarasci Land Dirty Mind -Pure Heart
Happy Fashion Finds e’erybuddy!!!
Alicia, a wife and mom with a blog. Read more about me here.