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7 Anime Themed Halloween Costumes

If you’ve been living under a rock lately you may have missed the biggest trend you’ve never heard of. Anime, short for the Japanese ‘animation’, is defined as a style of animation characterized by vibrant colours, fantastical themes and exaggerated features. The anime style has an affinity with all things overly cute and cuddly – the perfect combination for Halloween costume ideas. Here are a few of the anime inspired Halloween costumes ideas you could consider:

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School Girl

The Japanese school-girl craze is huge – and school girls are the heroines in many anime films and series.. Grab a white shirt and add a tie, a short pleated skirt and adorable thigh-high black socks. Couple with a pair of black Mary-Jane’s and a black beret for a totally cute anime inspired Halloween costume idea.

Sailor Moon
Named after the massively popular Japanese manga series of the same name, Sailor Moon is one of the most successful anime series in history. She is a middle school student, who with the help of Luna, her talking cat, and the magical brooch which gives her her power, saves the day and stops bad guys. You’ll find a gorgeous Sailor Moon costume, along with many other halloween costume ideas, on Spirit Halloween. This one comes with her signature white, blue and red sailor dress, gloves and jewelry.

Bunny
What could be cuter than a fuzzy pink bunny suit? Very cute, and bunnies appear in many anime films. This Halloween costume idea will have you hopping along the street trick-or-treating.

Wonder Woman

In this anime inspired costume you’ll make peace and love your first priority this Halloween – oh, and candy of course! You’ll kick some ass in this warrior princess costume; with signature character bodice and loincloth, gold helmet headpiece, shoulder guards, arm straps, wristbands and pouch with lasso. Get out there this Halloween!

Bat Baby

You shouldn’t get to have all the fun this Halloween! Spread the cuteness through the family with this adorable toddler’s anime themed costume. Bats are very popular in Japanese fashion and appear in many anime films. Your little one will look so cute in this outfit it’ll drive you batty! Wrap them up in this cozy black and purple bat suit before you fly around the neighborhood trick-or-treating.

Seras Victoria
My favorite anime heroine from the popular Hellsing anime, Seras wears a police outfit complete with thigh high socks and a VERY short skirt. She also packs a punch with her signature weapon – the harkonnen cannon.

Elephant
Won’t work for peanuts – only candy! This Halloween, draw inspiration from one of the cutest animals there is, and a popular subject in anime. This costume looks both cute and cuddly, made of a button-front jumpsuit in polar fleece! You’ll be snug and warm out trick-or-treating!

Check out some other awesome animal Halloween costume ideas on: 100 Nerdy Costumes.

If you’re stuck for Halloween costume ideas this year check out some anime, and channel the inner cuteness and colour within you! Animals, characters, dolls – all are great anime inspired options! Happy Halloween, tanoshimu!

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Special: Festive Outfit Ideas For the Whole Family!

The holidays provide tons of opportunities for you and your family to dress up and celebrate the season. One of the most fun preparations is the family portrait photography session. This year, gather your family, and a few fun holiday props, and take a photo for a holiday greeting card that your friends and family will be sure to remember for years to come. While formal holiday portraits will always be a fun tradition, consider loosening up a bit this year and creating a less formal, more fun photograph. Select wardrobe elements for each member of your family to create holiday pictures that are sure to delight your relatives while earning a spot on your mantel as well.

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Dress Dad up in a fun, and festive, holiday necktie. One that plays music, like this one, is guaranteed to elicit genuine smiles and laughs from the rest of the family as the photographer snaps away at the camera. A classic white button down shirt is the perfect backdrop for a novelty tie. Stay super casual with your favorite pair of jeans, or dress up just a bit with a pair of khaki pants. For an added bit of extra holiday flair, give Dad a fuzzy Santa Claus hat to top off his outfit.

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Make Mom the merriest elf of the season with this super stylish sweater dress. Add a pair of black (or red!) tights or leggings to add a bit of warmth to the dress. Of course all elves have to wear appropriate footwear, so be sure to choose carefully. A pair of fashionable ankle boots in black are the perfect pair of shoes for an attractive elf. While elves that call the North Pole home tend to wear bells for a bit of bling, try bangle bracelets or a pair of earrings that sparkle and shine.

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Let your little one’s natural cuteness and personality shine through by picking an outfit that fits with Mom and Dad. Choose a keepsake dress that your daughter will be able to remember fondly for years to come. This dress and legging combination captures the spirit of the season and fits perfectly with Mom and Dad’s ensembles. Accessorize your daughter’s outfit with a headband or small stud earrings if your little girl has her ears pierced.

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A family portrait is not complete without your favorite furry friend, after all pets are members of the family as well. Find a fun costume for your puppy at retailers such as Party City. A reindeer costume is the perfect addition to your holiday photograph since somebody has to pull the sleigh!

There is no such thing as a “perfect” holiday portrait for holiday cards and greetings. However, it is entirely possible to have tons of fun while capturing pictures that are sure to become treasured family memories. A few well-chosen wardrobe pieces help you and your family create festively themed portraits that are sure to help spread joy to your relatives and loved ones this holiday season.

 

Breanne is a recent college graduate, blogger, and fashion aficionada.  You can find her over at her blog, Proper & Pink!

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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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