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Sophisticated Spooky Nails

It’s Halloween, which means it’s a great time to do something a little different. I’m sure you have your costume already (You did get a costume… right?!?!) or you’re prepared to throw something together quickly. But why not infuse a little Halloween spirit into your manicure?

That sexy school girl costume or voluptuous cop uniform probably isn’t work appropriate but with a few coats of polish you can bring the fun of the season anywhere including to the office! No ghost or pumpkin nail art here, these are all adult manicures. Best part is you can pick up everything you need for one of these creations at your local pharmacy.

Here are our top combinations:

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Pumpkin Queen = A Halloween take on a classic French manicure.

 

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in OMGhost + Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Little Black Lace = Goul-ish lace nails

 

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Matte in Scaredy Matte + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in OMGhost = Modern matte nails of the night

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Big Glitter in Costume Glitters = Party-ready “Time Warp ” nails.

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Fur-ankenstein = Monster accent nails!

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Infographic: Unusual Uses of Shoes That You Might Not Have Thought Of

Who knew shoes could be so versatile? Well, we did – here’s a quick and fun infographic to get you up to speed. Click for a large version.

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Infographic care of http://www.fswshoes.com.au.

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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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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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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?

Gold Cuffs

Gold cuffs are the perfect accessory for any fashion-forward person, man or woman. 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. Keep it plain and simple for maximum impact – brand Miansai follows this rule swimmingly. Some designers are choosing to etch simplistic Aztec patterns into the cuff. These are positively fierce too. Needless to say, jewelry – and especially men’s fashion jewelry – is back with a bang for 2015. This time it is bigger and bolder than ever before.

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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, cuffs, 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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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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