Life (and Style) Is in the Details

It’s those little touches that make everything feel special. Whether it be your favorite pair of earrings, or a little something extra on your favorite top, an outfit can be made (or ruined) in the details.

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Try finding a top or dress worth looking over your shoulder for. Pim + Larkin Annie Bow Back Tank has a small keyhole with a large white bow. For another unexpected twist, Zara’s Dress with Chains on the Back just appears to be a classic high neck LBD from the front. However, when you turn around, the trendy chains are a sexy little surprise.

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Add something extra to your feet with Steve Madden’s Daisey Sandals. The gold bow on the t-strap of these thong sandals are sure to make you smile. Sigerson Morrison Kadle Sandal is a basic leather sandal with an ankle strap but what really makes it stand apart from the pack is the wood-paneled buckle closure.

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We just adore Kate Spade’s New York Shinny Mini Bow Bangle. This sweet bracelet is delicate yet certainly attention grabbing. Gorjana Lula Pyramid Stud has a polished eggshell enamel which provides it with the perfect balance. Neither piece makes a big in-your-face statement, but that’s what we love about them. They speak volumes in their simplicity.

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More Ways to Customize Your Creations

When it comes to making your own clothing items, you need to have a way for people to get to know the creator. A terrific way to express your brand is through a custom made label. At http://www.clothinglabels4u.com, they have a line of custom labels to fit every budget. Unlike some of the other clothing label companies, Clothing Labels 4U also offers their custom label services with no set-up fees, low prices, fast service, and low minimum amounts for purchasing.

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The Cadillac of the label selection is the custom woven label. You may choose from a selection of fabric like damask, taffeta, satin, and semi-damask. Unlike many competitors, at http://clothinglabels4u.com these deluxe fabric woven labels also come in an iron-on version for those who prefer the fabric labels, but want them to lie flat against the clothing item, instead of sewing them at the seams.

As well as the woven labels, Clothing Labels 4U offers a version in leather or pleather, just like those from your favorite pair of jeans, but you can have it personalized with your own logo or design.

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For those customers who are looking for a more economical way to label their clothing creations, they may choose a printed label, which may be purchased on 100% cotton fabric, cotton twill, or 100% canvas. With the printed labels, it gives http://wwwclothing4u.com the ability to use images with intricate designs or high definition. They even use thermoplastic polyurethane, which are not only transparent, but also resistant to high temperatures.

At Clothing Labels 4U, you can even order rubber, silicone, or PVC tagless labels or Made in the USA, which are not offered by all label manufacturers, but expect to pay a little bit more for the Made in America process.

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Who Wears Short Shorts?

Summer is no time to hide behind long pants. Show off those legs in our the season’s cutest shorts. Plus shorts are so versatile, each pair can be worn with flat sandals for a day running around or dressed up with heels and jewelry for a night out! So throw on a pair of short shorts and you’re good to go.

Try a loose cotton short for a sophisticated French girl feel. Rhyme Los Angeles Floral Shortie has a drawstring waistline and front pockets. The loose feel lends itself to a relaxed silhouette, perfect for any occasion.

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Play with graphic prints for summer perfection. Ella Moss Paz Chambray Short is playful without looking as if you shopped in your tween cousin’s closet. Made of 100% cotton with metal accents on the drawstring, you’ll feel cool and confident all day (and night) long.

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Crochet isn’t just for your grandmother anymore. Black Swan Emma Crochet Shortie features a flattering scalloped hem and crochet detailing. There’s just something about them that makes you feel fancy the moment you put them on, but the comfortable cotton fabric makes them just as appropriate for lunch.

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And for you daring gents, try the outlandish M.Nii Quasimodo shorts. Not only is this bottom piece short, it’s quite loud too. Proceed with caution!

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Viva La France

We admit it, at heart we’re a bit of a Francophile. There’s just something so undeniably chic and effortless about French style. While we can’t get you on a plane to Paris, we can help you copy that iconic look and send you out for crêpes!

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For an easy French fix, throw on a striped top and some red lipstick. Glamorous Shadow Stripe Top paired with fitted jeans just feels so right. Or opt for a short sleeve tee, such as Pim + Larkin Metallic Stripe Shirt and tuck it into a flouncy skirt for a great outfit with a little je ne sais quoi.

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Sundry Clothing, Inc. J’aime La Vie Tee has 3/4 sleeves, a center back seam and a relaxed fit. However, it’s the fun scribbled-on French saying, which translates to “I love life” making this tee a home run.

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Add a whimsical touch to your French outfit obsession with a BCBG Pardon My French tote. With it’s dual meaning, this tote is cheeky and fun but with it’s great shape, it is sure to complement your outfit.

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Finish your look off with a great shoe. French Connection Effie is a pointed toe pump with a low heel (only 2 1/4 inches!) which makes it a great choice for all occasions.

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Budding Fashion Designer? Get Your Name Out There Creatively!

Some fashion designers have such a distinctive style that it is easy to pick their clothing items out in a crowd, but with some, it is all in the label.  Personally, I am not a fan of the “tagless” label because sometimes it can look very cheap and it starts to peel off over time.  There are even a few clothing designers like Louis Dell’Olio, formerly with Anne Klein, and George Simonton, who has been an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC for over 25 years, that have resisted the idea of tagless items and have proudly displayed their names on custom woven labels.
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If you have ventured out and created some of your own designs, whether it is a sewn, crafted, or knitted item, the label with your own name or logo on it is the icing on the cake.  It is one of the things that distinguishes your personalized clothing tags from everyone else’s. THere are many services online for producing woven clothing labels. With many of them, you can choose your wording and design from 300 symbols, 19 color, and 19 different font types.  The tags are then woven in a damask weave for durability with washing and style.  They are constructed of 100% polyester and can be applied by hand or with any regular sewing machine.  At the average price of $50 per 21 labels, it is an economical way to add that perfect touch to your own designs.  For those who would rather have the label lying flat on the fabric, there is also an iron-on version.

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As far as clothing labels go, there are less expensive ones out there, but they are usually printed on a pressed-type polyester fabric and not only don’t have the “presence” of the woven fabric labels, but also can tear and deteriorate more quickly.

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So, if you are going to put your heart and soul into an item that you created, then, choose a quality label to proudly display your name creatively. Also, if you are looking for the perfect packaging, many of these sites also have printed ribbon and hang tags to give your creation that personal touch.

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Rings For Special Occasions

Society, by default, assumes that rings are automatically purchased in lieu of weddings or engagements. Even if just to say how much you care, there are literally thousands of reasons why you should give the gift of diamond rings. To help inspire you, here are several common occasions where rings are an appropriate purchase.

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Renewing vows

Once couples have hit milestone anniversaries, they’ll entertain renewing their vows which basically reaffirms the same love they promised each other ‘x’ amount of years ago. This would also be an opportune time to give each other new wedding bands to symbolize the reaffirmation of these vows (not to mention your rings are probably pretty worn after 25 years). Platinum would be perfect around the 25 year mark, while gold would probably suffice at your 10 or 15 year affirmation. Anniversaries coincide with renewing vows as you’ll more than likely have your nuptials read at your anniversary party.

Birthdays, of course!

Instead of throwing outlandish parties for someone’s 30th, 40th, or 50th birthday party, why not take them out to eat and offer them a beautifully created diamond ring? Gifts of this magnitude should gradually get better in terms of quality as one ages; a beautifully hand crafted platinum setting for an S1 clarity of diamond would be perfect at the half-century mark of one’s life. Chocolate or strawberry gold would be perfect for a young girl’s 18th birthday party as it symbolizes both a daring and conservative appearance often showcased in our current era.

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Child birthing (the ‘Push’ present)

After going through long, excruciating hours of labor pains then finally delivering a beautiful miracle, what better way to congratulate the newly proud mother than by giving her an exquisite piece of diamond jewelry! Provided she picked the name out prior to giving birth, you could actually purchase the ring with both the mother and child’s name inscribed on the inside of the ring. There is honestly no other more immaculate occasion to give someone a beautiful gift than after the woman brings new life into existence. You can learn more about sizing rings appropriate to her finger size by downloading various ring sizing guides found online today.

‘Just because’

Yet another popular category for purchasing rings casts a wider net even still. Honestly, you really don’t need an excuse to hop down to the jewelry store to purchase a beautiful diamond ring. Giving random gifts to the person who loves you proves how much the love is reciprocated. You could take your loved one to a picnic and surprise them with a diamond ring, leaving rings inside wineglasses then pour your dinner wine, or come up with another creative way to present a diamond ring to this truly remarkable person.

Whether for anniversaries, graduations, birthdays or giving credit where credits due to a new mother, every special occasion is the perfect time to give the gift of precious jewelry. Bonus points to the person that creates their own special occasion and makes the moment the most memorable one yet.

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Celebrity Street Fashion for July 2014

Summer is here and people are out and about for special events, traveling, or just to enjoy the great weather. It’s also the perfect time for celebrity spotting.

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One guy who was spotted out for some exercise in Paris, during a film shoot was actor Simon Baker of the television show The Mentalist. Being the stylish Australian man that he is, you would expect nothing less than having him ride through the streets in a timeless, white button-down shirt, a pair of black casual trousers, and summery black leather slip-on sneaker/shoes. Simon’s style of shoes can be purchased at www.net-a-port.com as the Common Projects Leather Slip-on Sneakers for $455 or for a lower price tag, as the Vans Classic Slip-ons in perforated leather for $60 at Zappos.

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The next celebrity spotting was Will Ferrell and his family, as he traveled through an airport. Will really managed to disguise himself as the Average Joe in his printed grey t-shirt, baby blue pedal pusher length shorts, and canvas slip-on shoes. My eyes are drawn immediately to the black socks and I wonder how his wife let him get away with that one. No style award for you today Will!

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One young singer that always tries to maintain her cute-level is Taylor Swift. She is photographed here in a vintage-looking, cropped-length peach and white gingham check top with a high-waisted light green shirt. Taylor’s outfit is totally tied together with her peach and tan leather sandals and of course, her matching beige leather purse. Taylor perfectly captures the young lady-like look.

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The last celebrity sighting of the week to discuss is super model Heidi Klum strolling the shops with one of her little ones. Heidi has a 70’s vibe going with her floppy beige sun hat, white embroidered tank top, patch pocket boot-cut jeans, and square heel tan leather sandals. Heidi’s brown leather, saddle-style bag and gold-rimmed Aviator sunglasses are the perfect accessories. A similar vintage- style bag can be found by the designer Patricia Nash at www.countryoutfitter.com, currently for $127.95. It has the rich brown leather and is called the Women’s Barcellona Saddle Bag in tan.

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