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Choosing the Right Glasses for Your Face Shape

Whether you are purchasing glasses for the first time or simply wish to purchase a spare or new pair of spectacles, it is important that you carefully consider your options. When it comes to glasses, simply choosing the most or least expensive pair or a pair from your favourite designer isn’t always the best option. Not only should the glasses help you to see better, but they should look good too! Choosing the right glasses for your face shape is important. Everyone’s face is different and the shape of your face will determine the style of glasses that suit you. Whatever your face shape, there is a style of glasses to suit you.

Face-Shapes

Oval

Oval is probably the most common face shape and is characterised by a rounded chin and forehead, with the face appearing longer than it is wide. Those with “oval” shaped faces are fortunate in that most styles of glasses will suit them – only hair colour or complexion will deter you from picking one style of glasses over another. However, frames that are at least as wide if not wider than the broadest part of your face tend to look best.

Rectangle

If you have a “rectangular” face shape, you will have a long face, square chin, strong jaw line and long nose. Large, square frames are best suited to rectangle face shapes. They will help to make the face appear more balanced and in proportion by appearing to shorten the length of the face. If you have a long nose, choose a set of frames with a low nose bridge to make it appear shorter.

Triangle

A triangular face shape is characterized by a broad forehead with the face then narrowing down to a rounded chin. Those with “triangle” face shapes should choose light coloured or rimless frames or frames which are wider at the bottom to minimise the look of the width of the top of the face and bring it more into proportion.

Round

If you have a “round” face shape, you will have full cheeks and a distinctly rounded chin. Narrow rectangular frames will help to lengthen the appearance of your face. Choose frames with a clear bridge to put focus on the eyes and nose and provide a better balance to your face shape.

Square

A square face shape is quite distinctive. You will most likely have a strong jawline and broad forehead with the width and length of your face equal in measure. To soften the strong jaw line and lengthen the look of the face, choose narrow oval or round frames. Do not be tempted to go for square frames as these will cause the face to be unproportioned.

Diamond

Not everyone falls under the “traditional” face shape categories. The “diamond” face shape is quite rare and is characterised by a narrow forehead, chin and wide set cheekbones. Diamond shaped faces tend to be narrow at the eye line so it is important to choose a set of frames which will draw attention to the eyes. Glasses with decorative detail or even dramatic, oversized frames are the best choice for “diamond” shaped faces.

Keeping these tips in mind when you go to purchase your next pair of glasses will give you an idea of what type to buy that will compliment your facial features and shape.

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2015 People’s Choice Awards: Fashion Winners and Losers

At the beginning of January this year, was the People’s Choice Awards that was held in the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, where the best was chosen for categories in movies, television, and music. Just like the title suggests, the people were actually the ones to vote. Celebrities took to the red carpet, some in award-winning fashion, and some not even nominated for that category.

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First up is Shemar Moore. He is one of the lead actors in the drama series “Criminal Minds”. The suit that he selected to wear had to be one of the worst outfits that I have ever seen him in. Shemar is a muscular guy and this baggy, grey suit does nothing for him at all. It hangs weirdly on him, making his shoulders look slouchy and the trousers look high waisted. I am all for the color grey, but Shemar needed to have the jacket taken in around the waist and arms to give his body a little definition and maybe a little brighter color or pattern added into the mix.

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Next, in the fashion fail category is Kaley Cuoco Sweeting. She plays Penny in the hit comedy series “Big Bang Theory”. She has a very fit shape, with broad shoulders, defined arm muscles, and a slim waist, but her gown choice is questionable. The white top of the gown kind of resembles a bathing suit top with the spaghetti straps and the side cut outs that got sewn on to a plain black skirt. Being a young, good-looking woman, I think she could have made a more chic choice.

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In the fashion winner category for the women was Monica Potter, who is one of the actresses in the T.V. drama “Parenthood”. She is wearing one of this year’s hottest retro items: The jumpsuit. It was popular in the 70’s and 80’s, but has recently made a resurgence in women’s fashion. I like the simplicity of the all black fabric, the bloussant waist, and wider leg. The halter top styling is also a great look, however I think that Monica could have used a little bling with some sparkly earrings and a bracelet.

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Also, in the fashion winner category is Ben Affleck. As he collected his People’s Choice Award on stage, he looked quite handsome in his nicely tailored, charcoal grey suit, crisp white shirt, and bright navy tie.

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Gag Gifts Are In Fashion

‘Gag’ gifts, sometimes lost on the receiver, and other times, a big hit at birthday or retirement parties, necessitate premeditation.  Like the art of comedy, some do well in achieving a desired effect while others fail horribly, and ‘tank’ with the audience.

Before you give the gift of gag, consider the following insights related to the when, where, and who.

The Victim

Of course, any person is a potential victim of a gag gift.  Yet, like snowflakes, we’re all unique, some unequipped with a good sense of humor.  Moreover, some people don’t mind a gag but draw the line when the joke is on them.  Before you plan on someone becoming the eventual victim of a gag gift, be sure that person has the sensibility and penchant for humor to appreciate the gag rather than rue being the butt of the joke.

The Occasion

There is no gospel regarding when to give and when to abstain from providing gag gifts, but one must consider the occasion.  As mentioned in the intro, a retirement party is a good occasion for a light-hearted gift.  However, giving a gag gift in exchange for attending a grand, ornate wedding is a faux pas.  Moreover, in addition to the recipient, one must consider onlookers.  Grandma may be appalled when your girlfriend unwraps a present that is better given in private for example.  Maybe you need two (an appropriate and less appropriate for the masses) gag gifts.  Shop your online gifts store for ideas.

The Exception

Some are destined for greatness, and such heights necessitate confidence and a bit of risk.  For example, the employee who does not blindly agree with but challenges an overbearing boss is presented with a raise and promotion for candor.  Exceptions exist in life, and the gag gift is certainly that – an opportunity to get noticed.  Playing the devil’s advocate, don’t dismiss a well-placed gag’s influence on others and how they perceive you, and separate you from the herd.

The Backup

A successful comedian always has a ‘backdoor plan.’  So, in case an edgy or risky joke goes over poorly, they can still get the audience back in the palm of their hands with an added turn of the screw or subsequent gag.  Have some kind of backup plan (like a serious present) reserved.  There’s no harm in trying, yet a poor performance is more likely forgiven if you have a reserved present in place.

The Legacy

Don’t miss your chance to catch the gag on film.  Aside from your smart phone or mobile device, manufacturers offer covert cameras that capture moments you don’t want to forget. Check out this high definition pen cam for instance.  Preserve the legacy of your gag and the levity of the occasion by capturing it on film.

The Consensus

Sometimes, it’s best to get the perspective of others before going forth with a gag gift.  Ask a few friends or family members, who know the intended recipient, if they believe the ‘gag’ is appropriate.  You’ll sacrifice the element of surprise yet grow better assured of the subsequent feelings and actions of the recipient.

Karina Davis loves to buy gifts for her huge family. A passionate writer, when she finds a new idea, she loves to sit down and share it with others online. Look for her entertaining posts on a number of websites and blogs today.

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Places Where You Can Still Wear a Bikini During the Winter

When the winter months get to their most brutal, Americans tend to get irritable, and they also tend to forget to care for their bodies. The cold makes us eat more, feel lazier, and ultimately, gain weight. Nobody wants to be stuck inside all winter long.

If you need some inspiration to keep taking good care of yourself and your bikini body, or if you’re just tired of drinking hot chocolate and sitting by the fire to keep warm, you need a winter vacation.

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When it seems like it’ll always be cold and there’s no hope for ever wearing light jackets or strictly fashion scarves again, there are tropical vacations that are still warm and bikini-approved in the dead of winter.

1. The Florida Keys

For many people, a trip out of the country might not be in the cards. International travel is stressful, expensive, and the price and hassle might require more than just a few days in paradise to justify.

Instead of traveling out of the country to find the warmth, just head to the Florida Keys! Although many Florida beaches can get a little too chilly for bikinis during the winter months, the Keys are known for holding an average 80 degrees year round!

The Keys are full of beach activities that are all bikini appropriate such as beach volleyball, jet skiing, and just lounging on the beach. With 1,700 islands in total, you’ll never run out of things to do on the beach.

2. St. Martin and St. Maarten

If you are looking for a more cultural escape in your bikini, try this island. It is half French and half Dutch, and boasts thirty-seven beaches to relax on in your bikini in the beautiful tropical weather.

The different beaches offer many different activities, such as surfing, windsurfing, watching the colorful sunsets, and sand sports of all kinds such as soccer and volleyball.

Regardless of whether you are looking for high-end French restaurants or down home traditional Creole cuisine, every kind of vacationer can find the perfect place on this diverse and exciting island.

3. Maui

Although it is the dream of thousands of women from the coldest states to lie on a beach for a week in tropical weather, there are also some women who want to do more in their bikinis.

Maui is the perfect place for those women. Along with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Maui also has beautiful rainforests full of waterfalls and hiking trails that nature lovers will go crazy over.

For the adventure lovers, there are plenty of black sand beaches and beaches with fresh water caves and cliffs overlooking water deep enough to make cliff diving safe and enjoyable.

4. St. Lucia

For the bikini lovers who would rather be getting a tan while sailing around on a boat than lying in the sand on the beach, St. Lucia is the perfect place for you.

The skyline of this beautiful island is defined by the massive rock formations that are gorgeous and make for a beautiful day of sailing’s backdrop. St. Lucia is one of the most popular boat-friendly locations because of how clean and clear the water is leading up to the beach. Getting in and out of the water is a breeze.

In addition, St. Lucia’s clear water makes it one of the most popular beaches for snorkeling. All varieties of fish and other sea creatures can be seen and interacted with through the crystal clear waters of St. Lucia’s many beaches.

5. Los Cabos, Mexico

For the bikini lovers who also want nightlife to enjoy at night, beachfront paradises like Los Cabos are perfect. Los Cabos is a center for drinking, dancing, and dining, as well as one of Mexico’s most popular entertainment destinations.

As an added bonus, December and January are right in the middle of gray whale season, so make sure to bring binoculars!

Moreover, if you are looking for a new bikini to go with your fabulous beach vacation, check out the great selection at Brazilian-Bikinis.org. For details on these and more locations, go to http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/top-15-beach-destinations-for-winter-escapes#!1-intro

Kate Stefanski is an avid beach-goer and fashion blogger, the sort of person who laments the cold and always strives to find the best places to go to retreat from the encroacing winter. If you wish to learn more you can visit on Google+.

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How To Get The Best Outerwear Online

If you wish to stay warm during those colder months then you are going to need to purchase some outwear (a trench coat or something similar to that). With a huge array of companies out there providing outerwear however it can be incredibly difficult to choose the right one. On this page I want to briefly look at how you can go about selecting the right outerwear supplier.

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Firstly; you are going to need to think about for what purpose you need the men’s outerwear. For example; if you are after a fashion garment then it is likely that you will need to shop somewhere different to somebody who is looking for a trench coat to stay warm whilst they are out camping or hiking. This is very important to think about as a fashion trench coat would never keep you warm enough during those longer, winter months.

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You also want to choose an outerwear company that has a huge selection of products for you to choose from. Every piece of outwear is different. I am not just talking about style here either. I am talking about the type of materials they have been constructed from, their overall rating, and basically how warm and protective they are going to be – a Cheap Monday jacket is going to be in a different ballpark than a Rag & Bone overcoat. The more of a selection you have at your disposal when it comes to outerwear the more likely you are to get something that you will absolutely love.

Finally; always carry out as much research as possible when it comes to selecting a company to provide your outerwear. This means reading through a ton of reviews. That is the only way in which you will be able to determine whether a company is reputable or not. It should go without saying that you will only wish to purchase from the most reputable of companies!

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Belts: Necessity or Luxury Accessory?

When it comes to men’s accessories, the belt is one that is both functional and fashionable. On one hand it does the job of keeping your trousers in the right place, but on the other hand, it acts as a fashionable accessory to complete the look of an outfit. Even though a man may not use a belt every day, there is always an occasion when it is an integral part of his look. Belts come in all kinds of materials like, woven rope, nylon, and even elastic, but the most versatile belts are leather because they can be dressed up or down. Leather men’s belts can be worn with blue jeans, khakis, or even a dress pant.

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As far as pricing goes, men’s leather belts can be very reasonably priced to something more extravagant. The best buy for your money is a reversible leather belt because you get two looks in one. An example of a bargain-priced belt is the Croft & Barrow Feather-Edge Stitched Reversible Belt, that can be found at Kohls. This particular belt reverses has the ability to switch between brown and black, making it easy to coordinate either one with what you are wearing. The double-stitching gives it some interest and the clean lines of the silver-tone belt buckle give it a fresh, modern look. At $19.50, it is one of the less expensive men’s leather accessories.

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Now, if you are a luxury loving guy, then the bi-color belt by Feit may be more up your alley. It is constructed of three separate pieces of sliced Italian leather and has eight hand applied stitches to connect the leather sections together. The anodized black hardware and the hand-crafted construction, give it more of a rustic look. This belt comes in a black/marine blue combination and also a black/white one. However, be prepared to make an investment with purchasing this bi-colored belt by Feit because it will set you back $200.

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Your Shirt Can Make You the King of the Party, or the Court Jester

The purpose of fashion is to make you feel and look good. When you are dressing in a shirt that is your style, you seem to stand taller and be more confident about yourself. If you are wearing something that is not comfortable or you don’t like, then you tend to be a little self-conscious. When you are attending that special event, you want to be able to concentrate on having fun, instead of what people might be thinking about you.

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In order to make the perfect dress shirt choice, you need to start with the fit. A shirt that is a little more tailored to fit your body is what is hot right now, but you want it to have a little wiggle room and not look like you are wearing a size too small. The next quality of a great shirt is the interest that it generates. Some men’s dress shirts are just boring, so why not choose something that has some unusual details to make it something special. For example, this black button-down has a nice slim fit with a white contrasting trim around the inside of the pointed collar and also down the covered button placket. It gives this shirt a sleek and modern look.

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If you like the lighter colors, then go for the white dress shirt with the grey accents.If you like a more asymmetrical look, then this black button-down with the geometric-looking right shoulder appliqué and arm bands of a contrasting grey fabric may be the style that you are looking for.

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Shirts can also be fun at the right events and plenty of stores have amazing mens fashion shirts to wear to holiday party. Take this black camp shirt with tropical drinks scattered across the fabric. It probably would get some strange looks as wedding wear, but at a friend’s summer soiree might be a conversation piece and attract some new friends.

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However, there are some shirts that should never be worn out of the house like this exploded self portrait t-shirt. If this guy’s overall look is not unusual enough, then he will be grabbing attention as the court jester, instead of king of the party for sure.

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