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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A Good Night’s Sleep Essential For Beauty

If you have ever wondered why sleeping beauty was called so, here is the answer. Research has it that it is the quality of sleep that dictates how fresh and pretty you are going to look the next day. So, for some time, stop relying on your cosmetics and pay more attention to your sleep routine.

Are you getting at least 8 hours of sleep every day? That’s good. Are you losing sleep over some kind of stress? In case you are, chances are that you would have developed dark circles under your eyes. Less sleep means less rest, which in turn means that you are not giving requisite time to your skin and other organs to rejuvenate. Proper bedding makes your skin glow and hence those who sleep fine do not complain much about wrinkles or dull skin.

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If you have ever woken up with a skin crease or a skin line on your face, it is time to know that the bedding that you are using is not right. What! Yes, you read that right. The bed and the pillow that you sleep on to a large extent are responsible for how your skin feels in the morning. If you sleep on regular cotton sheets, your skin tends to lose its moisture and hence looks dry and dull.

This kind of bedding also tugs with your hair and takes away its sheen. You don’t have to regret so much just because of sleeping on a regular cotton pillow or bed sheet, do you? That is why, it is highly recommended to switch to organic silk bedding as soon as it is possible. Bedding that is made out of bamboo and silk is just perfect for your health as well as for your skin.

Take the benefits of silk, for example, and you will be more than pleasantly surprised. It has been proven that sleeping on silk reduces as well as slows down wrinkles from ruining your skin. That is probably the reason why Marilyn Monroe slept on silk sheets wearing nothing but Chanel 5. That said, even for your hair, silk bedding does a lot of good.

Since silk does not tug with your hair, your beautiful tresses do not break or grow rough. It therefore makes a lot of sense to sleep on comfortable organic pillows. Those harsh regular cotton sheets and pillows are not at all worth a good night’s sleep. It is ironical how the majority of people sleep on cotton sheets.

One benefit of sleeping on silk is that it is hypoallergenic in nature and hence it prevents you from asthmatic attacks as well as from allergies of skin. If you are irritated because of dust causing you to sneeze, organic silk pillows are what you must look for.

All in all, a restful sleep requires that you not just sleep in a comfortable position but also on comfortable natural bedding.

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Strong Female Role Model Costumes For Halloween

We’re lucky to live in an age where many of the women we see in the media who are meant to serve as role models actually do that. We have women in every type of career and in every kind of office who serve as inspiration for what any one of us can achieve.

If you’re looking to emulate an inspirational woman this Halloween check out the vast selection of women’s Halloween costumes online – these are so many to choose from you won’t be able to decide! Luckily, we’re here to help with some of our favourite empowering women’s halloween costume ideas:

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Audrey Hepburn

When you think of Audrey Hepburn it’s hard to go past the classic little black dress, bangs pushed back, Wayfarer sunglasses and big pearl necklace. Her look in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is now so iconic that you could go to any party looking like this inspirational actress and philanthropist  and be instantly recognised. All you need is a killer black dress and you’re ready to take the world by storm.

Beyonce

Beyonce has long reigned as the Queen of Pop and R&B. She is a mogul; with five albums, 17 Grammys, two fashion lines, numerous charitable ventures and mentions on both the 2013 and 2014 in Time Magazine’s “most influential people in the world” list. A fashion chameleon, one of her most iconic looks was in Austin Powers: think big hair and a little dress.

Lady Gaga

You’d struggle to find a more empowering woman in the media today – more than just a bevy of crazy costumes, Stefani Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga) is an incredible activist and advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness with MAC cosmetics, a staunch supporter of the LGBT community and voice for marriage equality, and she runs her own charitable organisation, the Born This Way Foundation, which fosters youth empowerment. Her branding is iconic in her eclectic dress, but in terms of female empowerment – she’s a pretty good place to start!

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Khaleesi

She may be fictitious, but Daenerys Targaryen of George R.R Martin’s Game of Thrones has become such a source of inspiration and empowerment that in 2012 146 baby girls were named Khaleesi in the United States. The character Emilia Clarke plays is one of strength, power and care for her people. It’s no wonder she’s becoming such a popular example of female empowerment.

Wonder Woman

The name alone basically exudes inspiration. This heroine fights for justice, love, peace and equality: she’s a crime-fighting feminist icon! Holding her own in a “man’s world”, Wonder Woman is a great example of an empowering woman.

Katy Perry

An unlikely candidate for some of you. Katy Perry stands for female empowerment and inspiration in her perseverance and determination to achieve her goal: becoming a successful musician. She has certainly done that, and in her success has been a voice for gay rights, working with the It Gets Better Project, with feminist campaigning and as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Aside from that, the cool and quirky Katy Perry we all love promotes the importance of loving yourself – and what better example is that?

Marilyn Monroe

What better example of an iconic female is there than Marilyn? Model, actress and sex symbol: Marilyn Monroe is the historic ideal woman, and that in itself is incredibly empowering.

Wnat more inspiration for empowering women’s halloween costumes? You’ll find a vast collection for sale on Spirit Halloween, and if you want some more detail, check out this awesome PopSugar article of 30+ Fierce Feminist Halloween Costumes.

This Halloween draw some inspiration from the vast selection of empowering women out there: historic, present and fictional. We are women – hear us roar!

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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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Spotlight: Handmade Jewelry Creations by Meleona

In the jewelry world, handmade is a quality that makes it a unique piece that cannot be found in multiples out in the marketplace. At Meleona.com/, they have taken a selection of handcrafted jewelry from professional jewelers and put them on their website for the public to browse and purchase.

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One piece that caught my eye was the Rose Lake Statement Necklace. The necklace is created in gold and has a dimensional, cast flower with the texture of grain across the surface. The petals are centered on a handmade mesh chain that is over one inch in diameter. The “statement necklace” is a hot trend for this season and this one certainly fits that category. It will flow over the neck and the collarbone with the individual links, helping it to lie flat and sparkle with movement. I see this piece matching nicely with the Poetic Radiance Unique Ring.

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Another handmade jewelry piece that I thought was interesting was the Secret Side Lapislazzuli Gemstone Bracelet. The round beads of deep blue lapis with the flecks of gold give this bracelet an “earthy” quality. It is accented with crystallized Swarovski elements in Aurora Borealis and molded rose gold and silver plated brass charms that are placed equally between the stones and the flat envelope clasp completes the look. For 81 Euros, it has a nice natural presence; I can see it playfully matching the Graffiti Girl Hoop Earrings.

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Lastly, to not leave the guys out,  Meleona has a pair of Duel Stone Cufflinks in Onyx and Garnet. Created in solid sterling silver, one side has a 16mm pyramid shaped Onyx stone that is modern and geometric, while the other end has a 10mm round cabochon of red Garnet for a classic pop of color. At 141 Euros, it would make a great gift for any man in your life.

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Top 10 Shoes Quotes of all Time

Since the dawn of time, women have had a fascination with shoes of all kinds – high heel, low heel, kitten heel, peep-toe, closed toe, stiletto, sandal – the list goes on and on! Many theories have been put forward as to the reason behind the female fascination with footwear – the confidence that is instilled when a pair of new shoes are slipped on, the boost to the self-esteem when we step out in a pair of pretty pumps, the way they make women feel.  

Shoe Love 

Personally, I love shoes because like most women, my weight fluctuates from time to time and my favourite comfy jeans suddenly aren’t so comfy anymore, but my shoes whether they are flat, wedge or heel…they always fit me no matter what – always with me, like a good and faithful friend. And, it would seem, I’m not alone – many celebrities, fashion designers and fashion icons have espoused their love of the shoe and in doing so, have uttered quotes which have become extremely popular, all over the world.  

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Shoe Quotes 

Having come across hundreds of quotations, in my opinion, these are the top 10 shoe quotes of all time –  

  1. “You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” — Christian Dior 
  1. “A woman can carry a bag, but it is the shoe that carries the woman.” –  Christian Louboutin 
  1. “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe 
  1. “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin 

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  1. “I wouldn’t take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, ‘Oh, that looks like a comfortable shoe.’ There is a heel that is too high to walk in, certainly. But who cares? You don’t have to walk in high heels.” — Christian Louboutin 
  1. “I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes” – Oprah Winfrey 
  1. “A woman with good shoes is never ugly.” – Coco Chanel 
  1. “How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?” – Sonia Rykiel 
  1. “I did not have 3,000 pairs of shoes; I had one thousand and sixty.” - Imelda Marcos 
  1. “Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal!” – Vivienne Westwood 

Words of wisdom 

Some of these quotes are witty, some insightful, others are thought-provoking but the one common thread between them is that they all display their deep affection and love for the humble shoe. These shoe quotes have been used time and time again by people the world over as little gems of wisdom to be dropped into a conversation or used in an article or essay. 

Why not write down your favorite and tape it somewhere you will see it every day? Whatever you do, hopefully you have enjoyed reading them as much as we had compiling them. 

Niamh O’Hara is a part time blogger and full time shoe fanatic from Dublin, Ireland. She wrote this article on behalf of Fitzpatricks Shoes who are one of Ireland’s leading shoe stores.

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Are There Comfortable YET Fashionable Shoes? Yes!

The female relationship with shoes is the stuff of legends. And there is an increasing amount of men who care almost as much about their shoes too. It’s women’s shoes, however, that tend to be hyper-focused on fashion over practicality. While there are plenty of designer shoe brands for men and some men’s shoes even have small heels, it’s rare that a man buys a pair of shoes he can barely walk in. But women’s shoes often place good looks over comfort, resulting in sore feet and even high-heel related accidents. Is it possible to have both fashionable and comfortable shoes? Surely comfortable shoes don’t have to be ugly, and fashionable shoes don’t have to hurt your feet. It’s not easy finding stylish and comfortable shoes, but you can do it.

Look for Certain Features

There are some features you can look for in a shoe that you know will be kinder to your feet. You don’t have to give up heels completely if you look for shoes with the right type of heel. Choose a shoe with a wedge, platform or lower, chunkier heel and your weight will  spread more evenly in your shoes. These types of heel will help to cushion your feet more and take the pressure off your heels and toes. Some high-end shoe brands have begun making more comfortable shoes with comfortable features. But they prefer not to make it the main feature of their shoes. It’s still all about fashion, even if the shoes are also comfortable.

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Ditch the Heels – Sometimes

Nothing says that you have to wear heels constantly, and flats have become just as fashionable in many situations. You should vary the height of your shoes, so you’re neither wearing very flat flats all the time or very high heels. But if you want to stop wearing heels altogether, there are either very flat shoes or shoes with just enough heel to support your feet that look fantastic. Taller women often prefer to wear flatter shoes, as they don’t need or want the extra height. Flat shoes can be super cute and just as beautiful as a pair of towering heels. Check out this range of Birkenstock shoes for fashionable sandals. The brand has become iconic for their comfortable but fashionable shoes.

Look for Certain Brands

As well as Birkenstocks, there are other brands renowned for creating comfortable, fashionable shoes. These brands recognize the desire to cater to older women, who are often looking for practical, comfortable shoes that aren’t frumpy. And because they design their shoes with style in mind, they’re perfectly suitable for any women, whatever their age. Try looking at Clarks, Ecco and Mephisto for comfy, good-looking shoes.

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You don’t have to wear shoes that look like your podiatrist prescribed them to have comfortable feet. However, if you’re very focused on certain designers or the latest trend, you may have to learn to compromise when it comes to shoes. Otherwise, you will have to put up with sore feet and forget the dream of shoes that are both comfortable and stylish.

 

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