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What’s Hot For Jewelry In 2015

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to start putting in your jewelry orders with Saint Nick. After all, what better gift could be received than the gift of jewelry? If you are keen to be seen with some of the hottest jewelry trends going into 2015, you are in the right place. Jewelry in 2015 is going to make a big impact. Flashy, subtle, gold and silver. We’ve got it covered.

So what’s going to be hot coming into 2015? Let’s look.

Pearls are a Girl’s Best Friend

Pearls are hotly tipped for next year. They’re going to be one of the hottest trends. The key to pulling of pearls is to make sure that they are simple and small. Your pearl should encase in a simple silver droplet necklace. This is a beautiful, elegant trend. But, it hones in on the vintage trend that shows no signs of slowing down. Pearls are beautiful and feminine. But, they can also look sophisticated when teamed with a little black dress.

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Slogan Bracelets

Slogan bracelets have been made popular by Chanel. But, according to Whiteflash jewelry store in Houston, Chanel is only the beginning. Many designers are keen to have slogan bracelets within their range. These are funky and on trend. What’s more, they break all of the fashion rules. Tarnished metal tones are the key to pulling off this look. This season, it’s all about wearing your life choices on your wrist. What could be more perfect?

Chunky Gold Cuffs

Chunky gold cuffs are the perfect accessory for any fashionista. What’s more, a drab outfit can look instantly fabulous with a gold cuff. Tarnished brass tones are popular. But, rose gold hues, and bold gold is making a big comeback. This is the perfect way to complete any outfit. It’s a cheap way to remain ahead of the curve and hit all of the right style notes. The chunkier, the better when it comes to gold cuffs. Keep it plain and simple for maximum impact. Some designers are choosing to etch simplistic Aztec patterns into the cuff. These are positively fierce too. Jewelry is back with a bang for 2015. This time it is bigger and bolder than ever before.

Silver, Silver

Silver has always been a hotly tipped precious metal choice. For the ultimate bohemian type, silver is a mainstay. This year, however, silver has had an upgrade. Silver is going to be bold, big and fearless. Whereas gold needs to be underplayed for maximum impact, silver should be worn loud and proud. Stack silver rings and bracelets for the ultimate bohemian look. Add delicate silver necklaces with chunkier, harsher tones. Layering and stacking are going to be a prominent feature within silver jewelry. Remaining on trend doesn’t mean splashing the cash. It means choosing your investment pieces wisely.

Necklace Combination

The choker and the elongated chain are going to be worn together in tandem next year. Gold is the obvious choice for a striking impact. But, do as Versace does and ensure that you are mixing and matching your precious metals.

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Time to Learn about Faux Fur!

Everyone can agree: There is something about fur. And thanks to advances in technology, it’s becoming harder and harder to tell the more-expensive real stuff from the faux fur. But as one can imagine, that has not always been the case. It was not that long ago that fur had its own class or caste system – it was easy to tell who were the fashionable well-to-do types with the real fur blankets on their beds, and who were the middle-class families who wanted to look the part with their faux fur blankets. Now, though, the differences are more subtle and the “classes” of fur buyers have begun to blur.

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Faux fur blankets, coats and scarves have been in the market about 80 years, which is about 80,000 years behind fur in the marketplace. And while the prices are distinctly different, in some ways faux fur has made up a steep curve to catch up in quality to the real thing. But what is the real history behind faux fur and how has it evolved to be a quality alternative to real animal fur? Glad you asked.

Faux Fur: A Brief History

Real fur being used as clothing had been a staple in fashion for thousands of years. But when people evolved and stopped killing animals for their clothing and started mass-producing fur garments, the market for fur was rather elite even as there was a market for the real thing – especially in fashion-forward cities like Paris and New York, and in places where it Just. Got. Cold.

But since many other people got cold, not just the well-heeled, manufacturing had advanced to the point that in 1929, the first faux fur – developed from alpaca fur – was developed. The new fabric didn’t reach a certain level of popularity until the 1950s when polymer manufacturing developed to replace alpaca and it started resembling fur without the animal. Acrylic was among the first materials in faux fur to replace alpaca, and those polymers had continued to develop and evolve to create more fur-like qualities. This came about through experimentation with combining polymers to create what would be called modacrylics, which have resulted in faux fur that has now taken on a texture and feel that is very similar to real fur and sold at a fraction of the price.

Why Did Faux Fur Have to Evolve, Anyway?

While faux fur wasn’t technically fake at first since it was directly made from alpaca fur, the goal ultimately wasn’t to make it surly fake; the goal was to make the alpaca work better as an alternative to mink, fox and the rest of the fine furs. And like most real furs, alpaca was pretty inflexible; it was hard to make into something that it wasn’t. Alpaca fur was not of a fine texture, there were limitations on colors and it was not as easy to work with as a fabric. While it was cheap, it showed itself to be cheap.

And if there was a choice between a real fur at the premium price and a cheaper and cheaper-looking alpaca fur garment, people would generally save their money and pay more for the “real” thing. The acrylics and polymers were becoming more vital in manufacturing around this time, so some experimentation came about to try to find a way to make faux fur cheap but not feel cheap- in other words, how to make a mink or fox shawl that wasn’t actually  from a mink or fox? As texture was very important with customers of fur, it was necessary for the faux-fur market – if there was ever going to be one – to at least come closer to the feel and texture of real fur without the real-fur price. That is where acrylics and now modern modacrylics and other polymers came in.

Faux Fur: Pros and Cons

The beauty of the polymers in faux fur is that they can be made to simulate real fur, and you can make faux fur blankets and garments in a variety of colors – especially those that don’t occur naturally among minks or foxes. This can mean vibrant colors and color combinations that are truly unique. Like how about leopard or tiger prints, or something purple or brick red?

Some other key positives are – of course – animals are not harmed in the making of modern faux fur (yay for the alpaca!); it is a fabric so it is easy to sew with; and with proper care it can last a long time. On the down side, because faux fur is not natural fabric, it does not biodegrade well, and it can be difficult to clean in order to maintain its feel and texture.  You can’t dry clean it, but you certainly can’t put it through a washing machine cycle unless you don’t mind it looking matted and losing is sheen.

However, as long as you are careful about getting faux fur dirty in the first place and you take care to clean it (usually a spot clean works best, or very light wet cleaning with a low-heat blow dryer and a brush), there is no question that faux fur has become a relatively inexpensive fashion alternative to real fur – and you won’t annoy the animal-rights activists in your neighborhood.

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Favorite Fall Items For Men

Once the summer has ended and the weather turns cooler, it is all about the “Fall”. Fabrics become denser to ward off the chill in the air and clothing colors become richer to welcome the new season.

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While I was browsing through some men’s fashion items for the Fall, I came across a few favorites. First, is a chunky cable knit sweater that is done in a great oatmeal color with a turtle neck and ribbed cuffs and waist. It is a fantastic way to add texture and interest to your wardrobe. Here, they paired the sweater with white jeans and brown leather loafers. This is exactly how to transition your look from Summer to Fall.

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Next, when you need a little something for the cooler weather, why not add a pop of color with this ocean blue quilted jacket. It has a stand collar, slim fit, and flap pockets, which make it almost resemble a blazer. The saturated blue color and the large diamond quilted pattern set it apart from most lightweight men’s jackets. It is a great addition to his blue check dress shirt, burgundy colored tie, and fitted khaki pants.

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Last, but not least, is another favorite of mine. It is a British tan leather jacket by Tom Ford. The golden brown color looks like it was taken directly from the changing leaves at their peak and you can almost feel the suppleness of the leather through the photo. Tom Ford uses a luxury grade leather for this coat and uses the traditional “jean jacket” styling, which is a timeless silhouette. Since the coat is a medium weight material, you can get a few layers underneath to keep you warm.

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Win a free tanktop!

Time for this week’s CEFashion contest! Courtesy of Kent Denim, we’re giving away a fun, zany top in your size.

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You might recognize the item from the Lonely Island music video – Adam Levine was rocking it:

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Entering to win the Tribal Pop Tank is easy. Just use the widget below to like Kent Denim’s Facebook page and you’re set!

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Contest ends October 23rd at midnight. Good luck everyone!

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Review: Marc Anthony Dress Shoes

Marc Anthony, who is known as the top selling Tropical Salsa Artist of all time, is also an accomplished actor, TV producer, record producer, and fashion designer.

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In November 2010, Marc Anthony and his then-wife Jennifer Lopez, partnered with Kohl’s and they both introduced their men’s and women’s fashion lines. He has designed everything to dress a man from head to toe, in both casual and formal attire.

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One of the dress shoes that he has designed for his Kohl’s collection is the Marc Anthony Dress Shoes. This particular leather shoe is in the classic oxford styling with a lace-up closure, stacked heel, and a square toe-box. The detail that Marc Anthony put into this shoe is dual stitching on either side of the shoe and around the heel. It has a padded insole and heel for comfort and also goring on either side of the laces, which provides a more comfortable stride. I think that the goring adds to the overall look, making a formal shoe look a little more casual-chic.

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As for how the shoes fit, they do so like a charm. And boy are they comfy! The only slight issue I’ve had is a minor scuff dealt to the tip of the shoe while I was running down a hallway – my bad. Fortunately, just a little bit of shoe polish corrected the eyesore. At www.kohls.com, these Marc Anthony black leather dress shoes are on sale for $47.98, which is a huge discount from their original price of $90 and on average, a great price for men’s leather dress shoes.

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How to Tie Your Shoes In Fashionable Ways!

How do you tie your shoes laces?  When asked this question, you might just assume that there is one way.  However, there are many different ways to tie your shoelaces.  Each way has its own advantages, disadvantages, and unique look that stands out.  Lets take a look at a few of them now.

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Criss Cross Lacing

Criss cross lacing is what most people are familiar with.  It is a traditional look that combines comfort with ease of lacing.  The trouble is however that it is known to corrugate the shoes.  While this isn’t a problem for some, it is a big problem for others, who spend a great deal of money on their footwear.  The comfort comes from the fact that the criss cross lacing crosses in the gap between the sides of the shoe, instead of pressing against the tops of the foot.

The Criss cross lacing begins with a strait line that goes underneath both of the bottom eyelets.  From here, they go across and then under and over.  Repeat until you get to the top of the shoes.

Over Under Lacing

Over under lacing is different then criss cross lacing in an important way.  Over under lacing is considered the fastest and easies way to tie laces.  It creates less wear & tear and is a decorative look.

The over under lacing begins with a straight line that goes over and under both eyelets on either side.  Now, the lace stays under until it goes through the next eyelet up on the other side.  Now that both laces are up, you lace both over before putting them both under again.  Repeat until you reach the top.  It should be noted, that if you have an odd number of eyelet pairs, you should start with your straight line going under over, instead of over under.

Display Shoe Lacing

The display shoe lacing is how shoes are laced when they are on display.  It makes the laces look nicer.  However, it is more challenging for the laces to be tightened.  In addition, it is normally easier to loosen.  In addition, this kind of lacing is often called “Canadian Lacing” as some Ice Hockey players in Canada use it to make a tighter lacing for their skates.

This begins with a straight line going into and behind through the eyelets.  After that, every cross lace goes under and out through the top.

Finally, check out this nifty infographic of our own to help you learn visually these styles of footwear knotting! (Click to enlarge.)

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Early October Celebrity Fashion Review

Fall not only brings a change in season, but it is also a time of new television season premieres and new movie releases.

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One popular, on-going comedy series is “The Big Bang Theory”. One of the leading “nerds” is Johnny Galecki, who is looking anything but nerd-ish, strolling down the street in his nicely tailored black suit with a mini-polka dot patterned button-down shirt, and a pair of cool Aviator sunglasses.

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Next, is child actress Ashley Tisdale at the Season 5 premiere of “Walking Dead”, who is all grown up and the definition of rocker chic in her low-cut, black leather crop top with the peplum style bottom, severely distressed low-rise grey jeans, and her peep-toe black leather boots.

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Another celebrity red carpet arrival is actor Luke Evans and actress Sarah Gadon, who are out on the town for the London premiere of the movie “Dracula Untold”. Luke looks fantastic in his fashionable, double-breasted grey suit with purplish patterned tie. Sarah is trendy in her white lace overlay top and A-line taffeta black skirt, however, I think that it could have been a little more fitted, to show some of her curves.

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Lastly, is another arrival at the “Dracula Untold” UK premiere. Sienna Guillary has taken “mismatched” to the next level with her olive colored pageboy cap, yellow printed blouse, and Justin Bieber-like navy shorts. Sadly, the only things that I like about Sienna’s outfit are her black leather clutch and black platform sandals. It kind of looks like she got dressed without a mirror and in the dark!

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