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Why Do Ladies Love Mehndi Designs So Much?

Mehndi designs are taking the world by storm, yet many people in the West (specifically the male part of the population) have no idea what is meant when they see the term in print or hear it from the lips of their excited female friends. Yet it seems that this classic traditional fashion from the Far East is catching on in every corner of the globe, even the social media obsessed West. It’s a hot new design, yet it’s centuries old in origin. So what is Mehndi design, and what is it all about?

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Why Are Women Going Crazy For Traditional Mehndi Designs?

Mehndi design (Sometimes spelled Mehendi design) fashions are cropping up on online stores and fashion outlets thousands of miles removed from their origins in the Far East. This may surprise you at first, until you take a look outside your window. You may just notice quite a few women wearing bright, colorful symmetrical designs on their skirts, tops, and dresses.

Mehndi fashions have managed to penetrate the mainstream culture in ways that are sure to captivate and delight your eyes. For example, you might see women using cell phones that feature Mehndi designs on their covers, or wearing brooches, bracelets, and earrings that incorporate these classic designs. One thing is for sure: If you look for them, you will certainly find them!

What Is The Secret Of Mehndi Fashion Appeal?

Many people are asking themselves just what the secret of the appeal of Mehndi fashion is. As it turns out, there are a number of answers that could be given in response to this question. Perhaps the biggest part of the appeal of Mehndi fashion is its versatility, its long history of tradition, and its ability to look good on nearly anything and anyone.

Mehndi Designs Are Sweeping All Across The Western World

Mehndi designs are sweeping all across the Western world at an astonishing rate of speed. This is one so called “fashion buzz” that is beginning to look like anything but a fashion trend that will be here today and gone tomorrow. Companies all across the world, such as Craftsvilla and many others, are doing their best to crank out Mehndi design themed items for women to snap up. This is a trend that shows every sign of remaining in fashion even after the initial hype and buzz has long worn off.

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Lug Provides Official Swag Bag of Golden Globes 2016

At all the Golden Globe awards ceremonies, celebrities look forward to hitting the red carpet in designer- wear, but there is also the perk of the celebrity swag bag. Each year, they select a myriad of A-List products and fill featured bags for the female and male attendees to take home, whether they have been only nominated or walked away with the Golden Globe.

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This year, for the guys, it was the Lug Shuttlebus Weekender Wheelie Bag. Lug is a brand that was developed by a husband and wife team to bring organization to the family “on the go”. It is also a brand that has had a great amount of celebrity endorsement, prior to being selected for the men’s swag bag of 2016.
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The Lug Shuttle Bus Weekender Bag is constructed of a hardy polyester fabric and has a multitude of compartments for organization, including a ventilated zip compartment on the back and a soft-lined interior accessory compartment for more fragile items. It also has double handles, a padded shoulder strap, or a retractable handle and wheels to get you where you need to go.

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At The Golden Globes this year, they used every organizational pocket to hold some of the most popular grooming and accessory products for men. The products included: Caolin Hot and Cool Pore Cleaner Duo; L’Oreal Men’s Expert Moisturizer; Lug Bento 3-Piece Toiletry Set; Rituals Skincare Samurai Magic Shave and Fig Fragrance Sticks; Rusk Hair Products; a Corkcicle Brushed Copper Tumbler; a Dunheger Travel Scale; Incipio F80 Earbuds; a Misfit Wearable Flash Link; and a Wolf Manufacturing Travel Neck Pillow, among others. The celebrity men not only get to try some of the hottest products out there, but also end up with one of the most sought-after, every day luggage pieces.

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Review of Egyptian Angles Rings from 7 Charming Sisters

Recently, we had the pleasure of receiving some fine items from a very cute and growing jewelry shop called 7 Charming Sisters.

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Apparently formed by seven enterprising ladies, the company aspires to sell amazing (yet afforadable) jewelry designed for women from all classes, creeds, and affects who “aren’t afraid to showcase their style”. Today, we focus on the Egyptian Angles Rings, which consists of a set of 3 stackable golden rings and a wonderful buy for the price.

egyptian-ring-2 Here are the basic facts: Each ring of the Egyptian Angles Rings is made of 10k gold plated metal alloy and hit at ¾” diameter for a size 7. No closure on these and the retail price for the set is $16.99. Now, on to the fashion and fit: I really liked these three-in-one rings! They’re definitely trendy what with accessorization still being hot to trot, and these are especially fun to mix and match. Each ring is the same size, so they are best worn on the ring and middle fingers. The fit runs on the slightly larger side of nearly true to size, which is makes it easy to mix and match.

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Now, about the looks: The gold color is as displayed and works beautifully with a casual weekend outfit or dressed up. The bar ring is the outlier- the two triangles nest perfectly together in true stackable fashion, and work equally as well individually. The bar is fine worn individually but all three rings together MIGHT be a bit much. Your mileage may vary though!

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Spotlight on Vivien of Holloway: What’s Old is New Again

For menswear.

When it comes to vintage clothing and accessories, it seems that they never really go out of style. In every new designer collection you will see pieces that are inspired from decades of past designer creations. Some people cruise the second-hand clothing stores to find that perfect item to add to their wardrobe, but now on websites like www.vivienofholloway.com you can find men’s and women’s clothing and accessories to satisfy the lover of everything vintage.

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For the men – who we are focusing on for the purposes of this review – a button-down shirt is an essential part of any wardrobe. Aside from the dress shirt, you also need a few that are more casual that you can wear with a pair of jeans or even cargo shorts and sneakers. At Vivien of Holloway, you will see a collection of patterns that have their roots in the past: buffalo plaids, checks, and stripes.

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One of my favorites is the Men’s Long Sleeve Nougat Shirt. It is fashioned in what is called the “rockabilly cut”, which has a rolled collar with a loop detail at the neckline, a larger breast pocket, and buttoned cuffs. The wash and wear fabric is done in smaller check plaid that has a nice neutral beige and ivory design, which will go back to many colors of trousers and jackets in your wardrobe like olive and brown. I also like the detail of the larger mother of pearl-like buttons. Whether you are headed to work or out to play, for 55 Euros, this style will work for you.

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As the weather warms ups, every man also needs a short sleeve button-down to round out his closet. Another one of the vintage patterns that you will find in the short sleeve men’s collection at Vivien is the Gingham Check. It is a pattern that reminds you of summer because of the crisp contrast between the dark navy and white tones. This particular shirt has the same great construction details of the long sleeve and with the pleated sleeves and yolk, thus adding more comfort to movement during your leisure activities.

All of the men’s and women’s clothing at Vivien of Holloway are made in London England and they offer free shipping for all orders over 150 Euros, so if reproduction vintage is your thing, you should check them out!

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Red Carpet Premieres for The Revenant & The Finest Hours

For January, there has been a lot of buzz for the new movies of the season. Two of those films have been in the action/adventure category and both have been inspired by true stories. First is “The Revenant”, which is a story that was adapted from a fur trapper named Hugh Glass’, who endured harsh conditions and events in the wilderness of Montana and South Dakota in 1823.

Revenant-LA-Premiere-Pictures leonardo dicaprio annd tom hardy Since its initial release on December 25th 2015, the film and its actors have been collecting all kinds of awards and is one of the favorites, as we approach The Oscars. “The Revenant” leading men, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, have been seen at many red carpet events and are looking very GQ-esque while hanging out together in LA. Leonardo is dressed in a more traditional style with his deep navy two-button suit jacket, but spices it up with accents of a textured grey tie and a crisp white button-down. Tom Hardy chose to be a little more flashy and less conventional in his three-piece navy suit with a modern sheen, two-tone skinny tie that was complete with a chain link tie tack, and a lapel pin. Some three-piece suits look too prom-like, but Tom does it right with this one.

Chris-Pine-The-Finest-Hours-Movie-Premiere-Red-CarpetThe other film that is soon to be released and also stems from true events is “The Finest Hours”. A daring officer in the Chatham Massachusetts Coast Guard, Daniel Cluff, and his crew set out to rescue thirty sailors who are trapped inside the SS Pendleton, which was split in two by a huge storm in February 1952. Chris Pine is one of the lead characters and is shown here with mixed sartorial results on the red carpet at the world premier. He is dressed in a great taupe-grey colored suit, but there is just something wrong about the button placement in the jacket. They are set two high, making the lapels look short, which also makes his torso appear not long and lean. Chris leaves his look a little more on the casual side with his open collar, but it would have looked a little more put together with a tie that had some purple to coordinate with his pocket square.

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In contrast, his female co-star Holliday Grianger is an absolute stunner in her exquisite black Elie Saab gown that had an equally plunging neckline, as compared to the deep slit in the front. Holliday accessorized with a chic belt, platform sandals, ruby red lips, and I imagine lots of Hollywood Tape to keep things together!

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Infographic: The Kurti Trend

Our friends over at Jabongworld, who specialize in Southeastern Asian garb, assembled an infographic for us about the Kurti, a women’s clothing option that is popular in the East but less-than-well-known in the West. Click on the thumbnail image below to open a bigger version and learn something new about modern Eastern fashion for women!

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