Let’s Colour! These Bright, Bold Styles Will Look Gorgeous On Any Child

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As the days gradually lengthen, sunny spells grow longer and there’s a little less bite in the morning air.  Our thoughts then turn towards spring. What’s amazing is that kid’s fashion can be classic yet innovative at the same time. Lightweight jumpers, trousers, and t-shirts remain structurally similar, but the fabrics, materials, and colors are completely different to winter. No matter where you live, when spring arrives it brings sunshine, laughter, and lots of outdoor playtime.

Bold Prints

We’re seeing a definite re-emergence of Native American, and Navajo-style prints, geometrics and even bead and feather trims. Kids love the laid back, happy hippie throwback look and will be clamouring to wear cotton tees, bright shorts and bohemian colors like canary yellow, jungle green and sky blue. Tassels, fringing, and embroidery, will also be big on shoes, sandals and even jackets. Think festival fun for little ones but don’t overdo it, a little coat embellishment or a pair of cute feather print shorts is fine but nothing too in your face or messy.

Distressed Denim

The ripped, faded and acid washed look has even filtered down into children’s clothing so your kids will be begging you for cutoff shorts come summer. Double denim also looks awesome on children, think jeans with patches on, checked shirts and sun hats plus child size leather jackets, made from softer tans and with minimal buttons and zips. Look out for a rise in kids boots too in materials like velvet, suede, leather and lace as well as smaller kids versions of the infamous Doc Marten shoe.

Ladylike Lace

Prepare for girly glam to truly take off this year with layers of lace, ribbons and even tulle on girls dresses. Think ballet dancer, movie star and even fairy princess and you’ll be along the right lines. Florals, including leaf, petal and 3D flower patterns are going to be massive all year long, so these beautiful giggle moon dresses are all bang on trend. Cream, white and even blue lace is going to be everywhere, with delicate trousers, dresses and even tops featuring lace, pearl and flower motifs. By summer, color popping maxi dresses, multi layered skirts, and even rainbow sandals are going be on every little girl’s wish list.

Prep School

Most schools in America don’t require students to wear a uniform but thanks to the rising popularity of England’s young royals, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte, the demand for posh, private school style play clothes has become huge. Look out for tailored boys blazers, smart shirts, and Oxford loafers as well as adorable pinafores, cashmere cardigans, and fancy top/skirt combos. While your kids may happily carry satchels, or want to wear tights we think they’ll probably draw the line at ties!

Casual Athletic

Again, thanks to the growing demand for tailored adult sportswear that can be worn to work, dinner and even the gym athletic kids wear is very in vogue right now. While t-shirts, shorts, and tennis dresses are all classic styles, designers are now mixing up modern twists using color blocking, stripes and squares, sequins and bold shades to add flair. Expect to see the shops packed with kids hoodies, basketball shoes and soccer jackets come April.

 

 

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Beauty Essentials: Can’t Live Without Them

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Here is a list of all the beauty essentials that every girl needs.

 

Cleanser

Getting the right cleanser can change your life drastically! They don’t just clean your face and remove dirt from your pores; they also prevent you from having spots in the future!

Exfoliator

Exfoliators are great for really getting into those stubborn areas. They remove dead skin which is very good for keeping your skin looking fresh and soft.

Moisturiser

A good moisture should be applied every day, morning and night. It softens the skin, and there are many out there for all different skin types so there is no excuse not to use it!

Eye Cream

Eye cream is another form of moisturiser, but it focuses solely on the eye area. They can reduce redness, dark under eyes and replenish any damaged skin you may have.

Makeup Bag

Every girl should have a beauty supply case, (if they don’t already!) You are going to need somewhere to keep all your supplies safely together. Not only does this keep everything neatly together in one place, but it also protects your products from the outside world (like dust!)

Foundation

There are all sorts of foundations out there made for different skin colours and skin types. To find the right colour, you have to test them out on your face and neck. Don’t be embarrassed to do this in the middle of a shop – that’s what testers are there for.

Concealer

Concealer is used to cover up any dark, under eye circles. They usually come in a light, medium or dark shade.

Powder

Powders are used to set the face, so any foundation and concealer that you have put on – the (translucent) powder will go over that to hold it in place and keep it there all day.

Blush

Blush is applied to the apples of the cheeks to add that warmth to your face. They mostly come in powder form, but now there are also some cream blushes on the market.

Eyeshadow

Eyeshadows come in all sorts of colours nowadays; there isn’t a colour that doesn’t exist! They can either be in matte (which has no shine to it at all) or shimmer (that has glitter in), and there are also different textures too.

Eyeliner

This is used to line the top and bottom of the lash line. You can change the angle which will give the illusion that your eyes are a different shape. (Like cats eyes.)

Mascara

Mascara is put onto the lashes to make them darker, bolder, thicker and longer. (Depending on what kind of mascara you chose to buy.)

Brow Pencil

These are to fill and shape your brows however you want them. They come in a few different shades so choose one that best matches your natural eyebrow colour.

Lipstick

Lipstick comes in every colour you can think of – even blue! If you want a subtle look, go for a nice nude colour, and if you’re feeling daring, choose a bright red.

 

Coupons for Good: 3 Places to Shop That Give Back

Corporations have considerable weight and pull when it comes to their influence in their communities. They draw people into their stores, online or off, and generate large profits for their shareholders. What is sometimes less known is the fact that corporations also donate to charities. Donating is more than just a vehicle to reduce tax liability; it’s a way to create public good will and give a face to an otherwise faceless entity. Following are large corporations that give to charities while also offering coupons to help customers save money on the products they sell. They are not mutually exclusive, as corporations still give even when customers use coupons.

Saks Fifth Avenue

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Saks Fifth Avenue donates to hundreds of charities on an annual basis and through various means. Its primary way of donating to charities is through its store credit card. Cardholders are given the option to pick a charity from a list provided in their charge statement. From there, Saks gives 5 percent of the purchases from a given month to the selected charity.

Another way Saks helps charities is by selling items that directly benefit charities through their sale. The corporation stocks merchandise that’s associated with a charity. When the item sells, the vendor donates a set amount from the sale to the stated charity.

Saks itself works with one charity a year in order to focus its efforts. Currently the corporation is working with the Water charity. Water provides clean drinking water to communities without access to safe and clean drinking water. One-hundred percent of all donations from Saks go directly to the charity.

Ann Taylor

This famous women’s clothing line donates money to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). In 2015, Ann Taylor raised $4.65 million for BCRF, and has donated over $26 million since 2005. The donated money goes directly to scientists who are actively engaged in research to fight breast cancer.

Ann Taylor raises money for the charity during annual donation drives through its Ann Taylor and LOVELOFT cards. The card costs $25 and gives the user 25 percent off their purchases for two months at Ann Taylor and LOFT stores. In turn, the corporation donates 90 percent of the purchase price to BCRF.

Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma is much more than a high-end cookware store. It gives back to the community through various charities that include St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, AIDS Walks in San Francisco, helping communities rebuild after a natural disaster, and through partnerships with its employees. Employees of Williams-Sonoma are encouraged to work with local charities. In turn, the corporation donates money to the local charities, directly affecting the community in a way that an overarching donation can’t. Williams-Sonoma feels strongly about corporate responsibility, and charity is just one of the ways it seeks to reach out to people from all walks of life.

These corporations focus on improving quality of life for individuals and communities around the world. They prove that they are more than just a profit center for shareholders by working on ways to help those who may have never heard of their brand.

How to Dress Appropriately

It is becoming more confusing than ever to dress for special occasions. With the popularity of destination weddings, there are many more invitations going out with specific dress requirements. Although this was customary long ago, most of us today don’t know exactly what each type of dress requires.

Casual

Casual attire is the simplest and most affordable to pull off. Most people have everything they need in their closet already. Casual is often requested for picnic style lunches and dinners as well as more solemn occasions such as weddings on the beach. Jeans, t-shirts, and shorts are acceptable for both men and women in these situations. Look for fashions like Old Navy or Elan clothing from local retailers or online sites such as Sedona East. Children can wear there play clothes, and teens can come in their everyday styles.

Dressy Casual

Dressy Casual is one step above casual, but it doesn’t need to be overly formal. Men will want to wear dress pants or khakis with a collared dress shirt. Neck ties are optional. Women could choose a nice blouse and skirt, a simple dress, or an elegant pants suit. Children and teens should dress similarly with dresses for the girls and a nice pair of pants and a collared shirt for the boys.

Semi-Formal

Semi-formal events will require the men to wear a three piece suit. Women will want to choose a cocktail dress or long gown for the evening. High heeled shoes and appropriate jewelry is expected. Both men and women will want to pick darker colors such as black and gray. Children are not often invited to formal affairs, but if they do attend, you will want the girls in fancier dresses and the boys in suit sets.

Formal Attire

Evening events that request formal attire require a tuxedo for the men and evening gowns for the women. Children are rarely invited to these upscale gatherings. This is the time to choose the nicest pieces of jewelry such as pearls and diamonds. All accessories should coordinate, and they need to give the impression of high fashion. Hair is often worn up.

You will always be dressed appropriately if you follow these basic guide lines. Today’s latest styles and trends can be incorporated into any look for a modern feel, but most importantly, pick clothing that you feel comfortable in.

How to Make the Most of a Minimalist Wardrobe

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We live in a disposable culture of planned obsolescence. Many buy clothes and other items of dubious quality just to keep up with the trends and without thinking about their long-term wear life. But did you know that you are actually just throwing away money when you dress to honor flash-in-the-pan fads?

In order to get more wear for your dollar you need to consider the longevity of your clothing and style choices – this means making simple switches towards classic, simple, designs over time. Here are five tips for maximizing your wardrobe to save money long-term.

Invest in Classics

 

You can’t go wrong in solid color shirts, shirts and pants. Invest in a few simple blazers as well to layer in the colder months. The simpler your wardrobe, and the milder the colors, the easier it will be to coordinate outfits each evening when prepping for the day ahead. Remember, you can always purchase bold and beautiful accessories to punch up the look with of an outfit without going overboard with those trendy all-over prints.

Mix and match

 

Make sure that when you are shopping for new pieces they fit with the colors and styles of the other separates you already have in your wardrobe. If you don’t know what you’ll wear it with then you probably shouldn’t purchase it.

As your style evolves and you become more conscious of your clothing choices, you’ll be well on your way to saving money as well. This is accomplished by only buying quality clothes that you actually need, not just strange or silly items that you only want.

Accessorize

 

Once you have the basic classic clothes in hand, then you can work with accessories that honor the fads and trends to change up the look. There is a reason that all women are advised to have a little black dress and all men should own a black suit, these pieces are timeless and can be dressed up and down in a hundred different ways.

Aim to collect a variety of inexpensive bright, bold and colorful accessories like belts, purses, bangles, scarves, and necklaces. These additions can take your basic outfits to the next level, and help you stay in vogue without going over the top. Your classic tops and bottoms will weather the tests of time, your accessories won’t. But you can easily ditch the accessories before you ever need to replace your clothes, which is a less expensive win in the long run.

Try tailoring

 

When something fits well you are much more likely to wear it, this means that you get more bang for your buck over time. When shopping for new clothes, make sure that the item either fits like a dream or has the potential to be altered by a professional tailor to get the look you need for your unique shape. Not only will tailored clothes look great on, but they will give you an extra confidence boost as well.

Aim for quality, not quantity

 

There are always going to be clothes available that are made in dank and dreary human-rights abusing sweatshops. Their prices seem like a steal when you see them at the store. But when you purchase these low-quality items they may only last a season, or even less, before they fall apart at the seams and unravel before your eyes. Purchasing these items also supports often deplorable living and working conditions in third-world countries, and should come with an extra dose of guilt.

Instead, aim for quality, well-stitched clothes with impeccable details and high-quality fabrics. They make cost more, but you’ll sleep easier knowing that you are being the change you want to see in the world by supporting the most ethical businesses around. You’ll also save money in the long term when the clothing items are still as good as new 5, 10, or even 20 years from now.

If you don’t’ know what to look for, spend time in a upscale boutique or department store, even if you can’t afford it, to check out the design and construction of quality clothing. Examine the thread count of the fabric, the number of stitches per inch in the seams, the quality of any appliques, and even how well the buttons are sewn on. You’ll soon learn how to recognize quality construction at a glance. Armed with this new knowledge you can then keep an trained eye out for amazing deals in stores that offer more affordable choices.

Creating a wardrobe of sensible classic clothing is not as hard as you may think. It comes down to making small changes every time we shop. It involves sticking to a list of wardrobe staples that we actually need, and not a bunch of low-quality wants. With some simple substitutions that emphasize sustainability, and support ethical business practices, we’ll be boosting our wardrobes knowing that we are contributing to a thriving and beautiful planet for all.

Tips on Choosing the Perfect Communion Dress

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One of the more important milestones in any Catholic girl’s life is her first holy communion. This event signifies her readiness to receive the body and blood of Christ. As with any significant occasion, this calls for a lot of preparation- both emotionally and physically.  To take the guesswork out of the physical part, here are some tips to help you when looking for communion dresses:

Simplicity is key.  Modesty is quite relative, so this is a tricky one.  What may be simple to one, may be extravagant to another.  To play it safe, do check with the church prior to looking for first communion dresses.  Ask them particularly about acceptable requirements for the length of the dress, sleeves, etc.

White is it.  Don’t even think of scouring through anything other than white communion dresses.  This is the color associated with purity and being immaculate, so it goes without saying that going with any other color is simply out of the question.

Length.  Anything below the knee is appropriate. Wearing a short dress seems as if you’re going to a party.

Keep within your budget.  Before making any purchases, do set a limit to how much you plan to spend.  The last thing you’d want is to be stressing about how much you’ve overspent on first holy communion dresses.

Once you’ve found the perfect communion dress, you can then concentrate on the other aspects of this momentous occasion.  Be dressed, and be blessed!

Facts about Antique Pocket Watches You Must Know

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If you own or want to start collecting antique pocket watches, this article will discuss some fundamental facts that will give you the bigger picture. It’s a real interesting area and one can go as deep into the subject as they like.

 

You may be a seasoned watch collector who knows a thing or two or you could be a totally newbie to the world of pocket watches. Either way, it’s still good to get the facts from the experts and collectors so you can understand things from a fundamental level.

 

If you are a newbie, it’s great to start with a reliable seller who has been operating in the industry for decades. Kalmar Antiques is a prime example and have a stunning collection of antique pocket watches rich in history. If you take a look at their website, you can find some priceless antique pocket watches at Kalmar Antiques.

 

So, here’s what you need to know:

 

  1. An antique pocket watch is classified as a watch 100 years or older. Anything from 25 to 100 years is considered to be vintage. It’s useful to know however when navigating the antique scene, that industry professionals and experts will use both terms interchangeably. This is because watches considered to be classic can be both. However, one thing you can be sure of is that when an expert or seller refers to something antique, they are usually referring to pocket watches that have centuries of history behind them.

 

  1. Check the case, face and cover for initial telltale signs of the condition of a pocket watch. This is really essential to getting a quality piece at the right price. You will be checking for scratches or any areas which shows some wear and tear. Even checking the dial for any discoloration is highly recommended.

 

  1. Water and heat can be the biggest issue for antique pocket-watches. A humid environment and even the slightest bit of water not immediately cleaned can wreak havoc on the watches design. Such things can really affect the working of the clockwork inside. This seems to be important as scratches can be polished and a missing screw can be easily replaced. However, if the clockwork is damaged from the inside, it can be pricier to repair and decrease the value of the watch. It is also good to note that any dent or missing elements in the pocket watch will decrease the worth of the item.

 

  1. Brand is important. The brand of the pocket-watch you choose to buy will have a massive influence on value and how well it sells. Big brand names to look out for such as Rolex or Movado will fetch higher prices. You can focus on one brand solely or look into broadening your horizons.

 

  1. Antique pocket watches normally have markings. These special signature or mark that helps identify the designer or manufacturer will again increase the value of the watch. Look for a symbol that helps ID the item so further research into tracing its history can be done. It may be in a letter, symbol or numbers. A specialist will help you to make sense of the markings.

 

So if you are after high-quality antique watches, Kalmar Antiques may be the way to go whether you are an experienced collector or just starting fresh. Keeping these facts in mind when dealing with antique pocket watches will help you navigate the scene successfully and make some wise purchase decisions.

 

Do you have other things in mind you want to add? We would gladly appreciate it if you would share it to us in the comment section!

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing Jewelry for Your Daughter’s Birthday

If you have a daughter, buying birthday presents can be hard. She may want the latest gadgets or some cool new clothes, but perhaps you’d rather give her something more lasting she can keep and appreciate when she’s older. Jewelry can be a good compromise, because it gives her something fun to wear and show off to her friends, but it also won’t go out of date or stop fitting her in a year’s time. If it is a special birthday, like her 16th or 18th, then it can be an even better idea to opt for a special piece of jewelry that really marks the occasion and which she can keep as a reminder of the day forever. Here are some tips for picking the perfect thing:

Choose Something Wearable

It may sound obvious but it is important to choose something she can actually wear a lot. If you want to go high end, then simple diamond studs or a pretty pendant can be a better choice than expensive dangly earrings that will only really work with black tie clothing – aside from prom, she probably won’t have that many black tie events in her near future! Check out this website for more information about classic, stylish high end diamond jewelry suitable for gifts.

Choose A White Metal

Whether you are looking to spend a lot of money or have something less high end in mind, it is generally better to pick a white metal, whether it is platinum, white gold or silver, than yellow gold. This is because it will go together better with other, cheaper silver jewelry or metal pieces like watches than yellow gold, and is also generally more fashionable. Because white metals range from silver through to platinum there is something to suit every budget and you can find pieces with stones, colored enamel details and all kinds of other embellishments, or chunky pieces that can look really great on teens.

Fit with Her Taste

Whether you like her current style of dress or not, there’s no point getting something she won’t like, so you need to go with something that complements her style. That being said, if you want to get her something she’ll always love, it can be better to go with something plain that goes with anything rather than getting her a silver pentagram or skull to compliment her current gothy phase! Chains, simple rings with a nice stone, stud or cuff earrings and classic bangles are all pieces that can fit in with any look and can be a safe choice whether she is alternative or trendy in her current style. They are also good, classic pieces that work for girls who don’t usually wear jewelry.

Choosing jewelry for someone else is always hard, and when you add to that the changing tastes of a teen and the fact you want her to really appreciate the love that went in to the piece it can be doubly difficult. However, by bearing these things in mind, you can find the perfect gift.

The Best Prom Dress Styles that Mothers & Daughters Approve Of

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Your daughter’s prom will ultimately be one of her most memorable nights of her life. Prom dress shopping can be a fun mother and daughter bonding experience or it can become a stressful nightmare, depending on what you make it. Try some of these suggestions to keep it a fun experience for both of you, complete with bringing home the perfect dress.

 

  • Look at some prom dress styles ahead of time to get a feel of her favorites. Discuss the budget with your daughter as well so she knows exactly how much you can afford to chip in, and if she’ll have pay for some. Once you’ve narrowed it down to some affordable favorites, bring those with you to the dress boutique.

 

  • Choose a time to shop when you have plenty of time to browse and for your daughter to try on several types of prom dresses and compare. This is not the kind of shopping excursion that can be done quickly after school. It’s better to devote an entire Saturday and begin your day by eating a well-nourished breakfast so you’ll have energy for the day.

 

  • Stay somewhat flexible. While it’s important to pay attention to current trends like high-low hemlines or different colors, if your daughter doesn’t like those, then see which styles make her shine.

 

  • Select a prom dress that flatters her body physique. This extensive prom dress shopping guide suggests which styles look best on which body types. If your daughter was blessed with an hourglass figure, she’ll have lots of choices to show off her curves, included bandage or fitted dresses. If your daughter has more of an apple figure, it’s better to try a dress with an empire waist band, which makes your waist appear smaller or a short dress which skirts her hips nicely and lengthens toned legs.

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  • Compromise on a style that you both like that’s sexy enough and that won’t be too revealing for the prom dress code at school. Check out a reputable dress boutique that sells a wide selection of Sherri Hill prom dresses. In particular, the Sherri Hill prom dress 50086 would look flattering on most body types with its ruched bodice, beaded waistband and cap sleeves, and flowing chiffon skirt. If your daughter wants to show off her curves but still look appropriate, consider the Sherri Hill Bandage Fitted Dress 32293. It is super trendy cause its features a longer illusion skirt and a high illusion neckline and comes in fun colors like fuchsia and red.

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  • Find a dress in color that compliments her complexion. Besides skin undertones, keep in mind your daughter’s hair color and eye color. If your daughter has a warmer complexion, steer her to dresses in orange-reds, yellows, gold, or cream. However, if your daughter possesses a cool complexion, suggest dresses in hues of bright blues, hot pinks, bluish reds, or glittery silvers.

 

As you begin prom dress shopping with your daughter, remember to be prepared for a myriad of emotions from smiles to tears and take pictures to capture it all, as it’s only the first part in the experience of prom.

 

Make Your Dream Come True

I am pretty sure that there has been a time in every girl’s life that she has dreamt of her own wedding. It can be at any age for a girl to dream of the right man to come along and ask for her hand in marriage. It is just like in the old romance books that tell of a tall, dark and handsome prince that comes along on a horse, and how the fair lady falls madly in love with him, and they end up married happily ever after. Or in our modern age, a young, rich and romantic man comes with a bunch of roses to propose to the beautiful girl and they also end up happily married.
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Talking about romance and marriage, it is also every girl’s dream to be able to have a grand wedding and be the most beautiful bride in the eyes of her groom and her guests. For those whose marriage date has been confirmed, they will be busy looking into the preparation of their wedding. Besides all the many important things to prepare for a wedding, the most important thing for a bride-to-be is her wedding dress. Usually it will be a specially designed and custom made wedding dress.
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Not all wedding ceremonies are held indoors, though. Many choose outdoor wedding ceremonies, e.g. in beautiful parks, in garden resorts, beside a swimming pool in hotels or even a beach wedding.

For those who intend to hold an outdoor wedding ceremony, it is wise to choose a wedding dress suited for the weather. There are many websites where you can shop for the latest designed dresses, or have your wedding dress custom made according to your specific requirements.

One of these websites to check out is lunss.com. Lunss is a one-stop online shop that caters to everyone’s needs, ranging from wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, cute flower girl dresses, evening dresses, etc. Lunss offers Custom Made Dresses Service at affordable prices that will give you a better fit and sewed exactly the design you want.