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.

Oct 9, 2016

4 Things You Should Know About Antiques & Vintage Objects

Many people love the idea of antique and vintage home decor, yet they have no idea what it really means to own an older piece. Whether it’s furniture, art, and accessories, tableware, or lighting, there are a few things everyone needs to know about owning antique and vintage objects.

Antique vs. Vintage

While both vintage and antique denote an object that’s considered old, defining its period of origin hangs on the difference between the two descriptions. 

When you visit an antiques shop, anything described as antique must be over 100 years old. There is some variability within the market and some consider 80 years old to be antique as well. Furthermore, while it’s acceptable to repair or restore an item, U.S. Customs insists that the item must maintain more than 50% of its originality to retain its status as antique.

In the antique's trade, most experts define vintage as an item that is over 50 years old, but less than 100 years old. Trade standards are not as demanding with the use of this term as they are with the descriptor antique, so ask a seller what they mean when they use it.

Listen to the Right Words

When searching for vintage and antique merchandise through stores or sellers you’re unfamiliar with, be wary of the word choice describing an item. When an item is valuable and authentic, usually its history will be well documented and prominently displayed. However, often a merchant may try to impress you with an item that looks great but isn’t as valuable. Listen to words like ‘influenced,' ‘inspired,' or ‘in the style of,' as these are most likely newer pieces that imitate a specific era, not an item created in that period. Don’t be afraid to leave the store to do your own research before coming back to purchase the item. 

Purpose and Placement

Deciding how you want to use an item is an essential part of antique shopping. Consider whether you want art or something for everyday use. If you’re looking for a piece of art, your main concern should be the quality and craft of a piece. Keep an eye out for items you love that fit in with your current display. You may have found your new favorite piece, but does it fit in with the French country home furniture that currently decorates your home?

Looking for items that you want to use on a day to day basis presents a completely different series of problems. The durability of a certain item should be considered, as well as the cost of restoration. Antique and vintage items used on a daily basis will eventually need treatment and care. If the cost of repair is extensive, it’s probably better to forgo the item as useful and present it as decor only.

Care and Maintenance

Knowing how to take care of a vintage piece is essential. If you expose an antique item to certain factors, like sunlight, dust, or cleaning products, you may ruin it forever. Read up on the item you just bought to avoid mistakes.

Love What You Buy

The most important part of shopping for vintage and antique items is ensuring you absolutely love a piece. Sometimes immersion in so many old items makes you consider value before beauty. Sometimes, buying something you adore instead of something that has a large price tag is the bigger investment. Find something to love in the non-traditional, and you’ll ensure a home that speaks to you.
Author Bio:

Carl Turner is an antiques enthusiast and freelance writer from Los Angeles, California. He spent much of his youth working at a local antique store, helping buyers find pieces for their home. When he’s not writing or working, he enjoys his guilty pleasure, Antiques Roadshow.

Oct 7, 2016

My Simply Be Fall Fashion Wishlist - I Want it All!

Now that fall is in full session; I have been having a hard time not buying up everything I love, especially when it comes to my favorite online sites like Simply Be. It's just too tempting not to snatch up a few fall favorites, but I digress.

Fall happens to be my favorite season not just because it gives me an excuse to eat pumpkin pie, sip on hot chocolate and appreciate the cooler temps, but it also happens to be when my birthday takes place. Oh, and did I mention that fall is also when my boyfriend's, Morkie Candy's, my niece's birthdays all take place too -- and well -- you get the picture. It's a fun time of year for me!

But circling back around to one of my favorite topics -- i.e., clothing -- who doesn't love the changing seasons solely because it's a hobby of mine (and probably yours too) to stock up on new fall ensembles?!

What makes this season even more exciting is shopping. I admit I've already bought a few items for fall and I can't wait to get some more, especially to hold me through the winter. I also can't wait to start planning my outfits for Christmas time -- oooh that sounds like so much fun!

Since I couldn't resist scouring Simply Be's site for the latest and greatest trendy silhouettes, I decided to make a fall fashion wishlist. Are you ready to see my favorites? By the time you get done reading this I'm pretty sure you'll want some of these current items as well. Trust me! 

Floral Bomber

Find this pretty little number in the Women's Coats category is gorgeous. The striking floral bomber is not only ideal for fall, but it's perfect for spring and beyond. Plus, can we just talk about these florals? I never get tired of florals -- so cute!

Simply Be Lace Bomber Jacket

Feminine and flattering, this lace bomber jacket is the ideal coat for layering. I happen to love to layer, especially when I visit my family in Arizona because sometimes it's hot and then other times it's cold. Yep, that's AZ for you. ;) This bomber jacket is not only pure perfection because it's made with lace, but because it's great for layering. I want it right now!

Bambi Pyjama Set

Anyone who knows me well knows I adore anything Disney related. So when I saw these super cute PJ's under Simply Be's Women's Pyjamas category, I couldn't help but scream a little inside because I love Bambi and I love being comfy!! Actually, I'm very tempted to get these after I finish this post because they are that cute. Plus, I've been looking for some new warm nightwear since it's starting to cool down in SLO. Now I want this Bambi Pyjama Set stat!

Sequin Shell Top

Since I plan to go out a few times with the girls during the holidays I'll definitely need a few cute tops to wear. The Pink Sequin Shell Top above is super stylish, don't you think? I can definitely picture wearing it with a pair of leggings, cute but fashionable ballerina flats, and of course, my new wristlet. Yes, please!

'Merry Christmas' T-Shirt

Last but not least, I am in love with this 'Merry Christmas' T-Shirt and I'm not just saying that. It's exactly what I have been looking for to wear during the holidays and I think I'm going to have to snatch this one up too. It's cute, casual, and chic!

So as you can see, there are lots of pretty silhouettes to select from on Simply Be, and I can't wait to browse the site even more. I love that they offer a variety of sizes for curvy women like myself. They also have a ton of lace, floral, and other trendy patterns. This site definitely reflects my style in every sense of the word.

What are you looking forward to wearing this fall and which out of the 5 clothing items I posted above do you like the best?

Happy fall time shopping!