Maternity fashion has come a long way from floral dresses and pastel colored, shapeless clothing. Today there are multiple retailers and designers that specialize in maternity wear that keeps you feeling stylish, chic and comfortable. Dressing a pregnant body can be a challenge at times, particularly if you are struggling to feel content with your changing body. Play up the features that you feel most confident about; if you love your legs, pick a shorter dress or a skirt with a hi-lo hem and if you have amazing arms, select a sleeveless dress or tank top. The more confident you feel, the more radiant you look. When dressing for a night out while on maternity fashion “leave”, the options below are guaranteed to help you look and feel like the beautiful momma-to-be that you are.
Little Black Dress
The little black dress is a timeless classic and a piece that you are likely to already have as a staple in your wardrobe. If a little black dress is not already a part of your wardrobe, or if you no longer fit into the one hanging in your closet, select a basic silhouette that will work for nearly any social occasion. Online retailer ASOS offers the perfect solution to pregnant women headed out for a night on the town in the form of the sleeveless wrap dress. This dress can be dressed up for even the most formal black tie affair or made more casual for a romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant. Accessorize with jewelry appropriate for your night out. Pick a statement necklace or pair of earrings for formal affairs or more understated jewelry for a casual evening out.
Some women always prefer heels and are totally comfortable rocking a pair of platforms well into pregnancy, however, most prefer to choose shoes that are fashionable yet comfortable during pregnancy. Pick a pair that offers maximum comfort and style. The Sorah flat from ALDO is guaranteed to match not only your little black dress, but the rest of your wardrobe as well. The patent leather toes feature a dainty bow as added decoration and the flat can be worn for both formal and casual occasions. Try matching them with some chic maternity jeans from the likes of Citizens of Humanity.
Show off your radiant, glowing skin with a foundation designed to even out your skin tone and conceal imperfections while still allowing your natural beauty to shine through. The Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation is smooth, non-drying and builds to your desired level of coverage. The brush feature allows you to apply your mineral makeup without the mess and fits easily into a purse for any touch-ups you might need. Sweep a luminous blush on the apples of your cheeks and use a shimmery bronze or taupe shade on your eyes. Apply a coat of black mascara and add your favorite lip product to finish your radiant makeup look.
A clutch is the perfect evening bag as it allows you to keep all of your essentials handy, while not weighing you down all night long. Fossil has a classic style fold-over clutch in four different styles from cheetah and metallic to basic black. This clutch also features a leather and chain strap that can be used when your hands are full.
Pregnancy style is no longer flowing, floral creations with no shape. Today, moms-to-be have a huge selection of styles from which to choose and can create looks, without any frump, that showcase personal style while remaining comfortable to wear throughout pregnancy.
Breanne is a recent college graduate, blogger, and fashion aficionada. You can find her over at her blog, Proper & Pink!
Halloween is weeks away but you’re probably spooked when it comes to the number of sooner-to-be-expected costume parties and your current level of preparation. Don’t fret. These last-minute adult Halloween costumes and ideas have got you covered.
In one of his younger appearances and leads in a Hollywood production, Tom Cruise played a curious yet obedient teen home alone. Peer pressure and train rides follow an iconic scene, where Tom, dressed in a button-down shirt, socks, Ray-Ban sunglasses and a winning smile, slides across the wooden floor.
Get a dark pair of shades, a light-colored (collared) shirt, and knee-high white socks. Wear a short and tight-fitting bathing suit or pair of shorts underneath. In the film, Tom’swears tighty-whities, so those willing to take the risk can do the same.
Morton Salt Girl
There’s little competition when it comes to large containers of salt available at the grocer. A majority of cupboards host Morton Salt, and whether knowing it or not, most of us have seen that girl holding a big purple-colored umbrella on the logo.
Find a yellow sundress, a yellow pair of shoes, a yellow sweater (optional), and a large-sized purple umbrella. The last-minute costume idea is perfect for a woman but clever enough for a spicy male or man counterpart, such as theCaptain Morgan’s character. If finding clothes items to clinch the costume is not as easy as finding salt in the cupboard, head to Spirithalloween.com for a wide selection.
Fonz is a well-known TV character and symbol of the ‘nifty fifties.’ Little is needed to conjure the popular character other than a calm, cool, and collected attitude along with a few staple items. This costume is fit for a lady, but there’s no way to pull off the Fonz without short, greased-back hair or a really convincing wig.
You’ll need a white t-shirt, black leather (or leather-looking) jacket, a pair of blue jeans, dark boots, and some hair grease or mousse to elicit the ‘wet effect,’ waxed to perfection by men of the fifties and sixties. Remember to give out an “Ehhhh” every now and again, and if there’s a malfunctioning jukebox nearby, don’t punch it.
Beavis and Butthead
Beavis, and his appropriately-named counterpart, Butthead, were popular in the early 90’s, yet movies, guest appearances, and endeavors to reintroduce them to newer generations perpetuates this tenacious force forward, and like Bart Simpson, cartoons impervious to aging.
Beavis and Butthead haven’t changed much, clothes included. Therefore, you’ll need to hunt down Beavis’ Metallica t-shirt and the black, AC/DC concert-style shirt Butthead dons. Butthead wears red shorts, and his partner, a darker blue than his same-colored Metallica shirt. Making faces like the duo is definitely optional, but you have to get the hair color and teeth discoloration just right.
Napoleon and Pedro
Napoleon and Pedro were two guys who would stop at nothing to attain world domination and chaos; no, that’ not true, but it is easy to dress like the popular characters of the film, Napoleon Dynamite. Before your costumes inspire anyone to vote for you and Pedro for best costume, you need the following.
Red flaming hair for Napoleon, along with a ‘Vote for Pedro’ t-shirt, baggy and awkward-fitting pants, with dark-colored snow boots to top it off. Pedro wears a dark-colored wig, with a Western-style button-down shirt and Bolo tie.
Anatolii Oslovskii is a big-time Halloween fan. An avid writer, he likes to share his passion for the holiday with others. Look for his entertaining posts on a variety of websites.
Children are the emerging market for the clothing stores. They have aninsatiable desire for looking great and different from their peers. Stores are on the lookout for the preferences they display towards they display. However, as the generations overlap each other, the tastes are often a mix of what they like and an emulation of what their parents wear. For children to completely subvert their parental choices, it would involve a lot of contrary thought. Most children are on a mad race to grow older, and they like to achieve it with their clothes.
Importance of age
Ages of children matter a lot more than is evident. The choice of clothes worn by children reflects the age group they belong to. Infants need a major haul of clothes because they grow up so fast. Parents have a tendency to buy clothes that are one size bigger to allow them to use for longer. Spring and summers bring out the brighter colored cottons that are just so adorable. With little baggy pants and shirts that match the hats they have on in the sun children are the personal dolls of the parents now. Winters see an influx of warmer apparel like pullovers and jackets to keep them warm. Knitted caps are quite popular too.
Starting school and mingling
As they move into their pre-teen stage, the children begin showing marked obstinacy regarding the clothes they wear. The differences in choice become more evident as they begin dictating terms. As their growth begins to stabilize over time, their clothes begin lasting longer in terms of sizes. However, with the increased outdoor activities, children begin adopting sturdier fashions to keep themselves protected, as well as look good. They start school at this stage and here the choice, and demands begin appearing. They like to look like their peers and yet look different too. As puberty begins approaching, the issues keep growing.
Price woes of parents
Buying clothes for children is not an easy task for parents. As they have a tendency to outgrow them in a matter of weeks, parents feel they expend for a lost cause. If the family has more than one child, the monetary woes will neverend. However, some judicious planning can help a lot in balancing the purchase and maintenance. Buying too large sizes of clothes for the children will make them the butt of jokes and could bring shame and humiliation to them. Instead buying clothes cheaper will be better and more profitable. There are ample techniques available for making it a successful venture.
Techniques thwarting expense
If financials are the biggest problems, then using the help of clearance sales, discounts in stores and the clothing coupons are perfect. The purchase of clothes from clearance sales and discounts are quite commonplace. For more exclusive offers, parents can choose the option of coupons that reduce the prices of the clothes. Offered by either the stores like the childrens place coupon or from independent coupon sources, they are easy and quick ways to get the advantages of lower prices for quality products. Parents can be happy about the savings and children can shine bright with their trendy apparel.
Celebrities have many opportunities to get dressed up and pose for photographers on the red carpet. Some like to blend in and some like to stand out in the crowd.
The first couple for this week’s celebrity fashion review is Jeff Bridges and wife Susan Geston, who are pictured here at the NYC premiere of his new film “The Giver”. Jeff is all decked out in a grey 3-piece suit with darker charcoal tipped pockets and collar. This deviation from black and navy suits is right on trend and grey is a fresh color that you will see heading into Fall and Winter. Jeff’s wife Susan looks fantastic in her white one-button suit jacket, slim white ankle pants, and strappy, kitten-heel sandals. It shows her curves and is a super alternative to a more traditional gown.
Next, is actor Richard Gere, who was attending the premiere of the animated film “Henry & Me” at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC. Richard is the epitome of casual in his blue jeans, crew-neck blue shirt, and olive green jean jacket. He also is paying homage to the New York Yankees with his team baseball hat.
Lastly, for the celebrity fashion review is the red carpet arrival of Heidi Klum to the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. The word “creative” certainly applies to Heidi’s choice of her shaggy blue, spaghetti -strap gown. Here, she is pictured getting her dress airborne as she strides across the red carpet. Fashion guru and TV personality Tim Gunn looks frightened as Heidi moves towards him. Either he is stunned by her unusual fashion sense or he has an innate fear of car washes and Heidi’s dress is giving him a flashback!
Dry cleaning is one of those necessities that can be extremely expensive, especially if it’s done too often. It can also have a negative effect on apparel since the fabric that is typically dry cleaned is much more delicate. In order to keep your special garments looking brand new as long as possible and to make sure you don’t go broke in the process, here are a few important tips.
1) Take a Photo – One of the biggest challenges can be in simply remembering what was dropped at the dry cleaner. To keep yourself organized, take a photo from your cell phone and file it away. It will make it much easier to manage your budget if you can remember what you dropped off and what you expect to pay based on each piece.
2) Always ask for a discount – It doesn’t hurt to ask and most dry cleaners do offer discounts for multiple drop-offs or large loads. You might also ask about other discounts such as military, school, or corporate to see if they apply.
3) Not all fine clothing needs to be dry cleaned – Some clothes can be wash in cold water, but you do need to be careful. First, rub some cold water on the fabric to see if any of the color comes off before washing cotton or solid sweaters by hand. If it does, then DO DRY CLEAN. If not, you can gently wash in Woolite or or with baby shampoo, then roll them in a towel to dry.
4) Treat stains immediately – Remember that when a stain becomes oxidized, it’s extremely difficult to remove from fabric. Treat it with a portable stain remover, club soda or a small amount of water. Do not use laundry detergent.
5) Clip coupons – Dry cleaners usually participate in local direct mail campaigns or coupon books. Take some time to look through the coupons you get via snail mail. They often offer substantial cost savings.
6) Use a Home Dry Cleaning Kit – Home kits use special products for your home dryer and can be very effective in removing light wrinkles, smells and odors. You will have to remove stains prior to the dryer and press the garment yourself, but it may save some money. Be sure to read the directions thoroughly.
7) Cleaning maintenance – Keeping a garment as clean as possible is an obvious solution, but it requires some vigilance. Wear a washable shirt underneath a suit to minimize the need to clean suits after each wear. Hang up your clothes after each use to minimize wrinkles and use wooden or “flock hangers” so that the clothing keeps its natural shape. Never use wire hangers.
8) Put on your clothing after your beauty routine – Avoid getting makeup, perfume and even food on your clothes, put them on last. Be careful with clothes going over your head to avoid getting makeup on your collar.
As you can see, it is not impossible to save money and still enjoy all the benefits of dry cleaning. It takes a bit of forethought, some effort, and most of all a plan you can stick to. Once you get in the right habits though, your simple savings will allow you to either dry clean more clothes or spend it as you see fit!
This summer wearing a swimsuit means you will be bearing it all! This means no matter what your size or shape there will be parts of your body that you are just not sure flatter you in the best way. Whether you need a good solid push up for the girls or you are looking to create a more slender illusion if you find the right swimsuit anything’s possible. After sifting through hundreds of different swimsuits and brands, you’re ready just to slip on that one perfect fit and work your body along with that glowing tan. The list below has some stunning picks that compliment every feature so that you can feel confident and ready to soak up some of the last rays before fall starts. Not to mention most places will now offer swimsuits on super discount, so stock up while you can!
If you have…a Tiny Set Up Top
There’s nothing more frustrating than wondering how you are going to pull off looking bigger than a B when most of your clothes come off. You may not be able just to fabricate more topness, but you sure can make what you have look lively with these killer push-up tops! Victoria Secret is an excellent place to start as you can modify exactly how much push up you want, and even can buy tops that have removable padding: https://www.victoriassecret.com/swimwear/push-up/fabulous-push-up-triangle-top-beach-sexy?ProductID=194349&CatalogueType=OLS
If you are not about the push up, try to put more emphasis up top by going for a show stopping ruffle or flowy fabric like the ones by Noelle: http://www.shop-noelle.com/online-marketing/bikinis/lindsay-top-detail
If you are…Busty
There’s rarely any time for fun as you’re just looking for a top that will be functional for your girls as most stores do not even make your size! Well, look no further, there are a few stores out there that provide perfect support and comfort so that you do not have to worry about anything escaping out or popping off while you are out having fun in the sun: http://www.lanebryant.com/apparel/plus-size-swim/21288c19245/index.cat
Layne Bryant and Torrid have many options, but so does Forever 21 in their plus size collection where their swimsuits go all the way up to 3x in tops: http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=plus&Category=plus_swimwear&ProductID=2000091115&VariantID
If you are…Curvy all Around
If your hips do not lie like Shakira’s then you need something comfortable that helps you show off all that you have to offer with a twist of class. An hourglass-like shape can be the most flattering to style as long as you have a lift up top and the pick the right size down bottom. If you want to show off a little more try these looks from Tory Burch that accentuate your curves: http://www.toryburch.com/lipsi-color-block-underwire-top/12144084.html?dwvar_12144084_color=489&start=11&cgid=clothing-sale-swim
For a little more coverage if you want to suck in the hips with edgy style these must-haves from Net-a-Porter will blow you away: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/477634/Norma_Kamali/xo-bill-mio-ruched-halterneck-swimsuit
If you have….an Athletic Body
With a broader set of shoulders and possibly a boxier shape it can be difficult to narrow and curve off your figure without looking too manly. There are plenty of suits out there with a feminine touch that don’t overdo it as long as you can stay away from bandeau tops and ruffle bottoms. http://www.bcbgeneration.com/String-Swing-Triangle-Bikini-Top/6BG03054-001,default,pd.html?dwvar_6BG03054-001_color=001&cgid=&navid=search#q=swim&sz=37&start=19
Going for a one-piece with cut outs down the side or along your body will attract the eyes around instead of just across giving you some alternative methods to achieving curves: http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/item10345796.aspx
If you have…a Round Tummy
One-pieces have jumped back into style with all the new cutouts and designs that make you glad you did not trade up for those itsy-bitsy triangle tops. Those comfy 50’s style high waisted bottoms are popping up everywhere and can help you suck in and cover up anything you are not willing to show off. The theoutnet.com makes style easy with tons of different designer picks at a discount including some sexy one pieces that will have everyone wishing they could wear it like you: http://www.theoutnet.com/en-US/product/Clube-Bossa/King-Feline-animal-print-draped-bandeau-swimsuit/340497
Giving your chest a little extra push can draw the eye away from the tummy and up to the girls, just like this swimsuit from Old Navy: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=52005&vid=1&pid=977676002
Rebecca Borchers often blogs about fashion and design: a good way to kill the time when she’s not consulting. For the right jewelry and accessories to go with your swimwear, she highly recommends paying a visit to moranaonline.com.
Every year I look forward to a week’s vacation on Cape Cod. Not only are the beaches beautiful and the fashion style in Cape Cod, it would be a combination of preppy and casual elegance. There are some places on Cape Cod that are a more relaxed, summertime kind of vibe and others that are a little more dressy.
A perfect wardrobe for sightseeing, shopping in the unique stores and boutiques, or grabbing a steaming bowl of clam chowder at an outside café consists of pieces like this blue check button-down shirt, a comfy pair of cargo or chino shorts with a braided leather belt, and the ever-popular leather boat shoes. Some key accessories that help to complete the Cape Cod casual look are the straw fedora, brown leather wrist watch, and cool aviator sunglasses. Also, this green plaid button down shirt, white cotton summer pants, and boat shoes make a comparable alternative.
If you happen to be invited to the Kennedy compound for cocktails or are hanging out at one of the posh restaurants on the shore, then a look that is a little dressier would be appropriate. Here, is a navy sports jacket by Royal Hem, a crisp white button-down, tan slim leg trousers by Hermes of Cape Cod, and a terrific pairs of two-tone blue Alberto Morretti loafers.
Of course, this outfit deserves a fantastic watch like this Hermes Basel Cape Cod Moonphase Watch with a croco-embossed British tan leather band, gleaming hands and numbers, with a unique moon phase dial for added interest.