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Shirt Designer Details Make All the Difference

When searching for a great new designer or brand of men’s dress shirts there are certain areas to evaluate. Speaking generally, they design their fasion shirts specifically for men and they fit great. But we can be more specific than that!

First, is selecting a designer/ brand that works in quality materials. Dress shirts come in different types of fabrics and the choice is determined by where you are planning to wear them. Some designers work in silk, some in 100% cotton, and some in a mix of materials.

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The silk dress shirts tend to be dressier and more difficult to care for. The shirts made in 100% cotton are breathable and can go with either dressy or casual, but also require some maintenance with ironing. Collared shirts that are constructed of mixed fabrics like polyester and cotton usually lean more towards a casual type of dress and requires a little less care than the other two.

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The next point of evaluation, when looking for a new dress shirt designer, is their attention to details. A great designer pays attention to the smallest of details in his design. For example, this black and white collared shirt has contrast piping around the inside of the collar, down the front of the placket, and over the two cuffs. To make it even more interesting, it is designed with dual buttons down the front and pleated French cuffs with bi-color fabric. All these details are designer touches that won’t be overlooked!

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Lastly, the fit of a designer dress shirt is a crucial point in the search for a great brand. It is important to know your neck size and arm length for a perfect fit. Also, select a collared shirt that closely fits your body, without being too tight. Big shirts will only make you look bigger. Finally, make sure that the shoulder seams actually line up with your shoulders to give your shape definition.

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What are Hijabs and Burqas?

Among the Islamic populations, it is common to see women wearing hijabs and burqas. These garments often imply religious identity to those not familiar with the Quran or the Muslim faith.

There are many different opinions on hijabs and burqas. Some have seen hijabs as a sign of oppression and a way to “silence” women. Others have banned the garb or at least condemn it as being associated with an extremist Islamic state. However, to many of the women that wear them, hijabs and burqas are a sign of personal, cultural, and religious identity.

However, before we discuss the reasons for why Islamic women don these garbs, we need to identify the difference between the hijab and the burqa.

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Hijab

The hijab is a veil of sorts, usually worn by Muslim women older than the age of puberty. This veil covers the head and chest. The hijab is worn by these women in the presence of males who are not in their immediate family.

In Arabic, hijab literally means “a screen or curtain”.  

Hijabs are legally required in the country of Iran. More modern styles have become popular amongst a younger crowd which involves transparent and loosely worn hijabs. Hijabs were not always required by law and in fact, for a period of time, they were actually banned. However, with the collapse of the Pahlavi Monarchy during the Iranian Revolution in 1979, this was reversed.

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Burqa

A burqa is similar to the hijab, in that it is a type of veil meant to cover a woman. The difference is the degree in which in covers. A burqa is an Islamic garment that traditionally covers the entire body of women when they are in public.

The women who wear burkas have a small, usually rectangular veil in front of their face. This rectangular portion of the garment is semi-transparent and allows the woman to see, while still keeping her entire body covered.

The burqa is different from a niqab, which is another similar garment. The niqab leaves a slit, so that only the eyes can be seen as opposed to the semi-transparent cloth that covers the face of a hijab wearer.

Why Islamic Women Wear a Hijab

One of the primary reasons a woman wears a hijab is to show modesty, privacy, and morality. The Quran firmly states that women should dress modestly and cover their breasts and genitalia.

One particular verse in the Quran clearly states this.

“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their khimar over their breasts and not display their beauty except to their husband, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons…”

In that particular verse, the khimar is used to describe the garments to be worn. In fact, a hijab is not ever directly mentioned in the Quran.

As stated before, the hijab is also a legal requirement of Iran along with many other Islamic legal systems. There has also been non-governmental pressure in some countries to coerce women to wear hijabs.Additionally, some women of Islamic culture have worn the hijab to publicly show their religious beliefs as well as a way to reject western influences in dress and culture.

The reasons for wearing a burqa are very similar to those of hijab. While the Quran doesn’t specifically say that a woman’s entire body needs to be covered, it suggests modesty. However, the Quran also doesn’t reject the notion of wearing clothing that covers your entire body.

In Islam, the clothing is cover the entire body with exception to the face and hands. The clothing itself should not be tight enough to describe the body and should not be transparent enough so that undergarments can be seen.

The tradition of wearing a burqa is more closely associated with the local cultures and traditions. While the overall style and coverings of a burqa are similar across the globe, there are distinct differences from local culture to local culture.

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Review: The Vader Mission Belt

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As far as accessories go, the belt is one that you would probably find in every man’s closet. It may be something that is not worn every day, but at some time you will need that finished look that can only be accomplished with the right belt.

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You may think that all belts are the same, but there is one that has features that set it apart from the rest. The innovative design of the Mission Belt, developed by Nate Holzapfel in Provo, Utah, is set to take the belt world by storm.  The revolutionary quality of these belts is that it has no holes, which avoids the cracked leather and stretched holes from normal wear and tear of other belts.

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Despite not having fastening holes, the Mission Belt is totally adjustable with a customized fit of ¼ inch increments – it will fit you before and after Thanksgiving dinner. The belt’s closure system is based on ratchet action and it has a release for quick removal that gives the piece a cool mechanical feel. The Mission Belt also offers a selection of interchangeable belt buckles, so you can change the look without getting another belt.

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The particular piece I got to try out is the Mission Belt Vader. It is a classic-looking black belt with a sleek metallic buckle rocking a delicious black acrylic finish. The leather is 1.25 inch wide and has a synthetic coating for the buckle to slide over without fail. It is a totally customizable fit and comes in S-XL. The Vader is fantastically priced at $34.95 and you can feel good that the company is dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger around the world.

I highly recommend the Vader for the man pursuing some innovation in his accessorizing efforts!

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2014 Audi Emmy Pre-Party Retrospect

Hollywood had been buzzing with excitement the past few months about the 66th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards. The nominees are revealed before the actual ceremony by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their excellence in the television industry. The week before the actual Emmy ceremony, the nominees are honored by pre-Emmy parties held throughout LA. One host was Audi.

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On arrival to the Audi pre-Emmy celebration at Cecconi’s Restaurant in Los Angeles, there were some great red carpet fashions. First off, is “Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul and his wife Lauren Parsekia. He looks the total opposite of the meth dealer character that he portraits on the show in this grey tonal plaid suit, black button-down, and black leather oxfords. Aaron’s wife Lauren is a vision in this ¾ sleeve, silky gown with the plunging neckline and a high front slit. Her black leather clutch and minimalistic jewelry selection are the perfect accents.

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The next arrival at the Audi party was Sarah Hyland, from the comedy “Modern Family”. She is ready to party in this white button-down with a pair of black wide-leg shorts, which have the look of a short skirt, and the peak of a lacey bra. Sarah’s loosely braided hair and studded black and tan leather sandals just complete her look.

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Lastly, is a photo of actress Zoe Zeldana from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie and her Italian husband/artist Marco Perego. Zoe is looking fabulous in this silky brown animal print dress with the lighter contrast bustline trim and self-belt. She manages to swaddle her baby bump in terrific style. Zoe’s husband Marco looks suave in one of the trendy micro-print shirts in black and grey. He keeps his look casual by keeping the dress shirt un-tucked and rolling up the sleeves. Maybe it was to show off his new “ink”, which is a portrait of his beloved wife Zoe.

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2014’s Most Popular Women’s Fashion Trends

With Fashion Week kicking off in New York City, it is time to consider what the most popular fashion trends for women in 2014 will be. This is an exciting time of year for many women. Whether the trends are experimental, retro, or bold, the possibilities are positively thrilling.

What’s hot and what’s not in 2014

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Every year, the fashion season brings forth a new decade from which it draws inspiration. In 2014, that decade happens to be the 1960s. In fact, the 60s are back in a big way with miniskirts, knee-high boots, and clunky jewelry reminiscent of Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy. However, retro chic isn’t the only theme this season.

Just in time for the fall, knits are paving the way for fashionistas that want to look good and stay warm. Designers such as Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs are going the distance with the sweater – it’s not just for your top half anymore. Look for sweater pants, skirts, and dresses in simple colors as well as intricate Fair Isle prints. Remember that this season, nothing is too big or too detailed. The extreme turtleneck is going to be what’s hot – say goodbye to tight-fitting turtlenecks this year.

Thought your little black dress would never go out of style? It probably won’t, but wearing dresses by themselves is a fading trend. Think dresses over pants for a more rugged look with just the right touch of femininity. If you want to look hot this season, go for your favorite pants and dress!

Saving money on the top trends

If you splurged every season on the latest styles and trends, you might quickly run out of money – especially if you think you’ve got to order straight off the runway. Don’t break the bank, especially on duds that might not be so hot next season. Instead of heading to the big retailers and department stores, why not consider discount chains?

Another great way to save big bucks on fashion is to check online. Sign up for newsletters and notifications from your favorite retailers, designers, and brands and you’ll find out about their secret sales, get coupons, and save on your next purchase. You can also look for online discount codes before checking out – you might be surprised at what you find and how much you can save.

Shopping out of season is also a good way to get great fashion accessories and clothing at a discount. Shop for spring and summer in the fall months, then look for your summer garb during the winter. Pay attention to Fashion Week previews and trends to get the most of your bargains on styles that will likely last more than one season.

Other trends

Clothing, shoes and accessories aren’t the only trends to keep an eye out for this year. If you want to look good in your dazzling duds, you will need to watch your weight and stay as healthy as possible. Every year it seems that there are several fad diets that come out – so be careful! Often, these fads are just that – fads – and won’t do much for your weight loss efforts or stylish figure.

Stick to the tried-and-true diet tips such as eating a well-balanced diet, getting plenty of exercise and sleep – and drinking lots of water. You can also add herbal teas – Jasmine Tea in particular – to your daily routine. Herbal teas are rich in antioxidants, those nifty little compounds that fight the free radicals in your body to prevent certain types of cancer, heart disease, weight gain, and aging.

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Review: Live Ultimate Camucomplex Radiant Skin Fruitscription Crème

For any woman who is beyond her 20’s, the subject of aging skin becomes a reality. Some women are looking to avoid the signs of aging, while others are looking to minimize and possibly reverse any damage that has been done to their skin over the years with sun exposure, free-radicals from environmental pollution, or just not having taken a preventative approach to skin care.

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For finding the fountain of youth in a jar, there are certain ingredients that you should be looking for. The Live Ultimate Camucomplex has an impressive list like powerful anti-oxidants of the super fruit Camu Camu, Acai, Pomegranate, Mangosteen, and Noni. It is a fact that Vitamin C is a very important ingredient when it comes to promoting cell renewal and maintaining healthy, resilient skin. Even Dr. Oz sings the praises of “C” as an essential vitamin in skincare that increases collagen production, which in time can counteract the formation of wrinkles. Also, this particular vitamin has the ability to fade age spots and repair sun damage that has occurred over the years. Studies have found that topical application of Vitamin C is more effective on skin than taking it orally.

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The next quality that you would want in an anti-aging skincare cream is hydration. Hydrated skin is younger looking and healthier skin. For example, the difference between a plump grape and its counterpart, the raisin, is hydration. The Live Ultimate Camucomplex Fruitscription Crème has many ingredients that contribute to hydrating the skin. Aloe has the ability to hydrate the skin, but also to absorb quickly without leaving any greasiness. The Shea butter that is in this product contains the essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, and C that nourishes the skin. Vitamin E also has the characteristics of protecting the skin from environmental pollution and an anti-inflammatory action that prevents premature aging, just as the green tea extract does.

Brighter, hydrated, and protected skin equals younger looking skin. Some products can be outrageously expensive, but The Live Ultimate Camucomplex provides an all natural solution for only $39.95.

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The I.N.O.X Watch by Victorinox: The “Superman” of the Watch World

When it comes to the company Victorinox, you may not realize that they are not only one of the well known luxury watch manufacturers in the industry, but also the original developer of the Swiss Army Knife. That multi-tool, compact knife was a solution to a soldier’s need about one-hundred and thirty years ago. With that legacy, it is not surprising that Victorinox has developed a watch that is the “Superman” of the watch world.

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The I.N.O.X starts out with an impressive list of features like: Being Swiss made; with a 43mm stainless steel case; a quartz movement; a scratch resistant, triple coated, anti-reflective sapphire crystal; luminescent hands and indexes; a date and end of life calendar; water resistance to 200m; and a genuine rubber strap.

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However, Victorinox went well beyond the average watch in that it has been fortified to withstand conditions that would crush the competition. The I.N.O.X. is capable of withstanding a fall from 3 stories, being run over several times by a 64-ton tank, and spending two hours in a washing machine with the temperature of 194 degrees. These were the actual tests that Victorinox put the I.N.O.X. through before its launch on August 27th in NYC.

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The “Superman” features of the I.N.O.X. are what sets it apart, but Victorinox has not forgotten that luxury sports watches also need style. The I.N.O.X.’s band is a textured true rubber and comes in black, olive green, and navy. It has a stainless steel casing that is sleek, with a face that matches the band and number markers are clean and easy to read. Even though the I.N.O.X is categorized as a sporty watch it has a luxury look that will cross over from casual wear to a dressier style with ease.

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