Nov 20, 2016

5 Top Fall Fashion Trends

Seasons come ago and along with them, so do fashion trends. As the weather begins to get colder, it’s time to reorganize our closets and bid adieu to the trends of summer and spring. Read on to discover the top five fashion trends of 2016.

Velvet


Once considered the fabric faux-pauxs are made of, velvet is making a big comeback this fall season. As a dense and heavy fabric, velvet is ideal for cooler weather with multiple style delivery systems.

If you feel like going all-out on this velvet trend, the bomber jacket is a perfect canvas. Mostly worn in a masculine type outfit with pants, the velvet bomber will instantly feminize any outfit with a retro vibe. Accessorize it as you would any bomber jacket, with patches and pins that show off your personality. You can also take a note from glam rockers like Patti Smith and David Bowie, who took velvet platform boots to center stage. For a reminiscent 90’s velvet look √° la J-Lo, the jumpsuit is a tried and true party favorite.

Capelets


A coat and accessory rolled into one, capelets are the best of both worlds. A truly versatile piece, capelets can be worn over a blouse, t-shirt, or dress. They’re ideal for fall weather when it’s too cool for no sleeves and too warm for a full-blown coat. Best of all, there’s no universal style for capelets, as they come in any fabric and color.

For a girl-next-door look, opt for a knitted capelet with a homemade bow fastener. For a country look, choose a lace or plaid capelet with rustic buttons. You can also dress capelets up, by wearing them in chic black with highly polished fasteners. Just add a pair of boots and voil√†—you’re the trendiest girl in sight!

Puffer Jackets


Typically worn on snow-capped mountaintops, puffer jackets were nowhere to be seen in weather conditions above 60 degrees. Now, colder weather lends itself to trendy fashion with an apres-ski inspired chic look, puffer jackets are hot once again.

A puffy jacket and symbol of wealth rolled into one, it’s no surprise that puffers are pairing with more elegant clothing. One major trend in Fall 2016 fashion is topping the puffer over evening dresses and more polished looks. This creates a pleasing juxtaposition that merges the high and low fashion realms. If you’d like to copy this look, choose a puffer that is in a solid dark tone. Pair it with an outfit or dress in a dark hue, as well.

Pinstripes


Reminiscent of men’s business suits and smoking lounges, pinstripes emulate an aura of power and class. Once an exclusive style for conservative business dress, pinstripes are dominating the runways and streets in 2016.

Although there are multiple ways to wear the pinstripe pattern, a foolproof classic outfit is a jumpsuit or pants. For events where you need to look professional yet want to show off a little bit of style, pinstripes are a great way to leave a lasting impression. Pair them with darker colors like navy and black, and add a pair of black pumps. Top off your look with a matte red lipstick and minimal makeup to perfect the look.

Gloves


Although not much of a surprise, gloves are going to be a hit this fall season. Except these aren’t your grandmother’s gloves. Designers are combining multiple fabric trends to create the ultimate outfit finisher. The most prominent glove trend is an embellished or floral glove. Topped off with multiple 3D designs, these gloves are formal and cute. Worn with either a sleeveless or short sleeve top, these gloves will be the center of attention at any party.

Whether you want to go for the classic driving gloves, or wish to successfully pull off an Amal Clooney moment, gloves are a cute way to stay warm this fall season.

For more Fall 2016 style inspiration, check out fall fashion trends and online fashion boutique collections. Now you can stay on top of the fall trends from the comfort of your own home.


Oct 18, 2016

How to Have a Powerful Presence in the Fashion World

The fashion industry is flooded with talented, young hopefuls, all vying to be at the top of the fashion game. Everyone wants to be recognized and considered the next big influence on trends and styles. Check out the tips below to stand out from the sea of other budding fashionistas and establish a powerful presence in the world of fashion.

Figure Out Your Style

Knowing who you are and what you’re all about is key in the fashion world. Your perspective influences every single design you create and each decision you make. You need to be able to communicate your personality with your style alone.

Layering basics are essential pieces in this endeavor, as you can create a variety of unique outfits with just a few simple pieces. Ensure that your wardrobe has enough neutral tops and bottoms—as well as several statement pieces to mix and match—for show-stopping ensembles that reflect the essence of who you are.

While many people don’t consider makeup to be a fundamental part of fashion, applying the right amount appropriately is crucial to conveying a personal sense of style. Choosing the makeup and highlighting your most attractive facial features is an important part of your stylistic development.

Break the Rules

Once you’ve decided on your style, it’s time to break the rules. There are so many unspoken regulations about fashion—including a ban on crop tops at work, disdain for crayon-colored hair, and condescending judgment for fringe on the dance floor—but breaking the rules is a part of developing your sense of self and making an in the fashion industry.

Added benefits to flaunting the rules of fashion include exhibiting your self-confidence and cheeky sense of humor. Don’t let the fashion world put you in a box. Instead, break free with personal modifications to established trends.

Pay Attention to Grooming

While 90's grunge is still a source of inspiration for many, choosing an unkempt style doesn’t mean you should relinquish your grooming standards. No matter your stylistic choices, you should always ensure that your hair and nails are healthy and clean.

Proper grooming includes preparing for fashion emergencies like broken heels, spilled coffee, and ripped pants. While carrying around a small sewing kit and a bleach pen is always advisable, having an extra pair of shoes or an alternate outfit in your car or office can save your day and make you look effortless stylish to coworkers and bosses.

Quality vs Quantity

Successful women are wise when it comes to spending money on clothes and accessories. Sometimes, one piece of high-quality jewelry or a small set of boutique tank tops is better than spending the same amount of money on accessories and clothing that looks cheap and wears out easily.

Make a Powerful Impression

Adding all of these standards into your daily routine will ensure that you look amazing. Express yourself and make the right impression on those you hope to inspire and collaborate with. Discover the changes these simple tips will make in your fashion life and embrace your powerful presence!

Author Bio:
Carl Turner is a professional freelance writer based in Los Angeles, California. In his free time, he loves to write about the fashion industry and how to improve skin quality. His expertise has been sought by highly influential members of the fashion & beauty industry.


The Irony of Wildlife and Nature with Kids an Captivity

Living in the Sierras has so many beautiful and wonderful rewards, but it does come with some risks associated with possible encounters with some of its dangerous wildlife. While coming across a mountain lion can be terrifying in this mountainous terrain, even the presence of birds can be traumatic, depending on the circumstance.

Here’s an obvious nod to Tippi Hedren, the star of one of the most classic horror movies of all times during the days of the Silver Screen. While filming the Alfred Hitchcock classic “The Birds,” she was still an avid animal rights activist. Ironic, isn’t it?

But this begs an important question, when we’re living and traversing in these beautiful settings, is wildlife really problematic, who is the real intruder, the predator or the prey? Some of us recall some recent headlines when mixing nature and nurture, this is not only dangerous, but it can be deadly, especially for youngsters.

Dangerous Confines

In the recent past, there have been headlines of humans who have encountered wildlife that were killed or injured by mountain lions while they were jogging through the woods or bear attacks to unsuspecting campers, but what about animals attacking children? Even at the happiest place on earth, kids are vulnerable to wildlife threats when we remember a recent event at Disney World.

The tragic death of a child, who was dragged underwater by an alligator being kept in captivity at this amusement park reminds us that these animals are still a threat and shouldn’t necessarily be confined. The animal in this instance probably shouldn’t be held accountable, nor should their parents, but rather those who caged a wild animal and expected it to be tame in a public setting.

Outrage Or Innocence 

On the other side of the world, headlines of another, somewhat similar event with a toddler in crocodile infested waters, also went viral and caused outrage and worldwide concern. A couple years previous to the Disney event, images of a baby in Australia, splashing and playing in waters known to be the playground of crocodiles, sent parents into a tizzy on a global level.

In the land down under, the parents of this little one immediately went on the defensive claiming some of the pictures were misleading. In one shot, it appears as if the toddler was left alone in the water, but it’s clear that the guardian taking the picture was only a few feet away at the time.

Background & Opinions

In the backdrop of this picture of the baby bathing alone, the depth of the water is recorded at just under a meter, which is said to be prime crocodile hunting grounds according to the locals. In another shot, a father figure is seen happily playing with the baby inside these shallow waters.

Luckily, nothing happened to the infant or anyone else in the area, but it does make one wonder how safe it is to have children in the great outdoors. If you compare these two instances, it would seem that the child in a public place was at a much bigger risk when compared to the infant in the water where there could have been wild animals present.