3 Trendy Tricks For A More Sophisticated Style

We all want to have the most elegant and chic personal style possible, with smart shoes, tailored trousers and perfect purses. It is often a challenge to change up our fashion sense as we grow as individuals but we can hone in on the finer details and make sure we are always dressing in a way that is true to ourselves. It is a balancing act to stay comfortable and keep on top of the latest trend, but it can be achieved. Instead of waking up each morning in despair with nothing to wear you will soon be able to saunter smoothly to work or a social event with a new found air of elegance and effortlessness.

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  1. The Devil Is In The Detail

How often to you clock that loose thread on your friend’s jacket? It is an irritating little piece of cotton which could easily be sorted out, but for some reason you can’t take your eyes of this flaw. You need to make sure that your wardrobe is preened to perfection and you are looking dapper at every time of the day. Forget the hanging buttons and falling hems it is time to get on top of the details. Head to your local dry cleaners where they will be able to hem trousers and tailor your jackets to fit you perfectly. Paying attention to the minor details is the best way to bring sophistication into your style.

  1. Individuality

When we were younger we all went through that awkward stage when we wore clothes that didn’t quite fit us or suit our personal style. Not being afraid to be an individual is one of the most effective ways to achieving the style of your dreams. You don’t need to follow the latest trends in order to be considered stylish; some of the most fashionable icons march to the beat of their own drum and they own it. Wear the clothes that make you feel happy, comfortable and empowered and you won’t step a foot wrong in any outfit you wear.

  1. Beautiful Basics

The basics of your wardrobe are the skeleton for each outfit you put together. Investing in good quality, flattering basics with help you to mould your outfits around these chic designs, meaning your outfit will be perfectly put together. Every fashionista needs three essential basics which she can turn to in times of need. Firstly, you need to find your favourite pair of jeans, which flatter your figure and will last a long time. Next you need a wonderful winter coat which will set you apart from the crowds, you should feel like a rock star every time you throw it on over your outfit. Finally, a little black dress is an essential for every woman; whenever you can’t decide what to wear this will be your go to jaw-dropper.

Avoid those early morning fashion disasters by planning your outfits in advance. Get the minor details all sorted and you won’t have to panic about any potential pitfalls in your style. Let your individuality shine and find the style which makes you smile.

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Five Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Hiking Vacation

If you are planning a hiking vacation this year, you might want to take the adventure to the next level. From hidden beauty to trails that introduce you to ancient culture, and treetop accommodation, there are several ways of spicing up your hiking vacation and making the most out of your time spent close to nature. Below you will find a few unusual ways to do so.

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  1. Get a Local Guide

The best way to explore areas that are not well known is getting a local guide. Don’t settle for the usual tours that most tourists go on; get in touch with a local tour operator who will be happy to share the hidden secrets of the area, and the myths surrounding geological features. You will be able to find your local guide in national directories, or by visiting a tourist office. Remember that the most knowledgeable person might not be on the high street. You might also want to check out G Adventures Machu Picchu Hike to experience local living and ancient cultures.   

  1. Stay In the Canopy Layer

Some tours and hiking vacation packages allow you to book a hotel in the canopy layer of the rainforest, and sleep listening to the sound of nature. You will love the tranquility and the different perspective this type of hiking vacation offers, and you can really experience what it is like to live alongside different species.

  1. Try EcoTourism

To make your hiking tour even more memorable, you could book an Eco lodge that has an outdoor fresh water shower, and is powered by wind and solar energy. You can try organic local food, and detox at the same time. Eco tours are generally operated by local organizations, and the majority of the income is reinvested in preserving the ecosystem and protecting vulnerable species in the region. You can meet famous and passionate conservationists who will tell you everything they know about the ecosystem and its vulnerabilities.

  1. Combine Yoga and Hiking

You could also go on a yoga vacation that combines outdoor living, healthy eating, and hiking with yoga. Your retreat will deliver several spiritual and physical benefits. Whenever you feel like you would like a break from the civilization, you can visit one of the yoga retreats in the forest, exploring the surroundings on foot in the day, and starting and ending the day with yoga and meditation.

  1. Stay With Tribes

The best way of finding out more about the life of people in remote areas is by living with them. You can book your accommodation in a mountain town or village, and eat, sleep, and party with the locals. Find out more about the customs, traditions, and beliefs of people living by the mountains.

Making the most out of your hiking vacation and taking your experience to the next level is a great way of getting closer to nature. Whether you are looking to explore ancient cultures  or local biodiversity, there is a perfect tour waiting for you.

Five Tips to Stay Comfortable While Looking Fab

For most of us, going to the races or a party causes a lot of headache. We might need to take hours to get our hair done and choose the right dress, just to be hiding all the time in the corner because of an uncomfortable shoe or a broken zip. If you would like to look stunning and feel comfortable at the same time next time you go out with the girls, or when you go to see the races, check out our five tips below.

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  1. Choose the Right Fit

The main reason why people’s clothes get ruined during parties and races is because they don’t choose the right fit dress. If you decide to spend hundreds of pounds on a dress, get it from a place that offers free alterations. You need to stay glam, and this means that you must have the right fit you can move around in. There is nothing worse than having to adjust your dress or your bra sticking out at the front every couple of minutes. It will take all the fun out of going out.

  1. Inspect Stitching and Buttons

Before you head out for the night or the day, you will need to eliminate the risks of getting exposed or embarrassed by inspecting the buttons and stitching. They have a bad habit of breaking at the worst possible time. You might also want to take a scarf or a bolero with you, in case something breaks, or someone decides to spill red wine on your outfit. It is necessary to be prepared for the worst, so you can enjoy your night out.

  1. Have a Spare Pair of Shoes

If you have to take a taxi or drive to the event, maybe take public transport, you might want to wear another pair of shoes on the way, so you are not killing your heels and soles before you arrive. You might also want to check whether you would benefit from insoles available at biopods.com, so you can stay on your feet, enjoy the company and the entertainment, and have a pain-free experience.

  1. Get Spare Tights

Ladders on tights happen at the worst possible times. If you can, you should take some spare ones in your handbag, so you can go to the toilet and change. However, a clear nail varnish can also be a lifesaver, too. It can stop the tights from running further, and you can still look good on that group photo with the girls. Tights are the easiest to break, and you don’t want to be hiding in the corner or behind other people because of them.

  1. Fix Your Looks

Having your hair done and spending hours at the beauty salon, just to have it ruined by rain and wind is one of the most annoying parts of being a glam woman. Ask your beautician to fix your makeup and your hair, so it will resist rain or shine. Take some spray with you, and check your makeup regularly in a small pocket mirror, so no photo opportunity will catch you unaware and unprepared.

Looking good and feeling comfortable should not be a compromise. Make sure you are making precautions to enjoy your special events.

Those Important Aspects Of Your Look – And How To Get Them Right

If you want to look your best, you will probably agree that it is necessary to focus on a number of different elements of your overall look. It can be hard to know exactly what areas to focus on primarily, but as long as you are doing so you should find that you can look your best as often as you like. In this article, we are going to look at some of the most important aspects of your overall look, and discuss what you might be able to do to ensure that those elements are properly looked after. Let’s take a look now and see what can be done.

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The Hair

If you don’t pay any attention to the hair, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to be truly happy with your overall appearance, sao it’s worth focusing on the hair first and foremost. It is entirely up to you what you actually do with your hair, of course, but it’s worth remembering that certain styles are likely to suit your particular head size and shape. If you want to play it safe, but still go for something that looks good, you might want to try something like a choppy lob. This happens to be ideal for both social and professional settings, and as such is a particularly useful one to have in your arsenal. However, it is of course entirely up to you, and only yourself can know what is best for your own look. But one thing is a certain: get the hair right, and you will be well on your way to looking your absolute best.

The Skin

The more you look after your skin, the more likely it is that you will be looking your best as regularly as you like. If you find your skincare regime has gone downhill somewhat – as can happen to the best of us from time to time – you might want to step back and re approach it again from a new angle. For instance, you might choose to treat yourself to a spa day and give your skin the opportunity to refresh and revive. Or you might just resolve to take better care of it through better cleansing and moisturising on a daily basis. It’s worth it; it makes a huge difference to your look on the whole, and you will find that it is a necessary early step to take.

The Wardrobe

It goes without saying that the way you dress is going to have a huge impact here, so make sure that you are genuinely going to be happy with your own wardrobe first of all. If you are, you can be sure of your appearance being improved, as it is very often the feeling that it gives you more than anything which makes it work in this way. Spend some time perfecting your wardrobe, and you will find that this really helps with your look on the whole.

Business Wear News You Can Use

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The transition to business wear can be pretty tricky sometimes. You want to “WOW” your co-workers without going overboard.

It is important to remember that not all casual clothing is appropriate for business wear.

In order to do this effectively, the sophisticated woman needs a few basic business wear essentials.

· First, you’ll need simple flat-front pair of black pants. Black dress pants are versatile and can be dressed up or down as needed. An additional pair of khaki pants is also advisable.

· How about a straight skirt hanging just below the knees? These skirts are flattering and can be worn with a multitude of tops. Casual skirts that are split at or below the knee are acceptable in most businesses. Never wear a mini-skirt to the office.

· You’ll need a sleeveless, fitted solid colored dress that can be worn with a cardigan.

· Brightly colored fine knit sweaters can be worn with either pants or a skirt.

· A black cardigan is chic and easy to wear.

· A sexy shell in a neutral color looks fabulous under a jacket.

· A crisp white shirt always looks smart.

· A classic gray or black coat is also needed.

· Black pumps with an elegant heel can compliment just about any outfit. Flip-flops, slippers and flashy athletic shoes are not acceptable in the office.

· A simple black bag (to match the black pumps) also compliments most outfits.

Remember that clothing that reveals too much cleavage, back, chest, feet, any of your stomach or underwear is not appropriate for the work place.

All clothing should be pressed and clean. No torn, dirty or frayed clothing is acceptable. The only picture or words that are acceptable on attire is the company logo.

On “dress down” days, it is a good idea to keep it conservative. Wear nice jeans with a solid top and heels. Never wear anything which can be potentially offensive to others.

There are many fabulous combinations you can create with the few basic pieces. Use your imagination and your co-workers will be so impressed they’ll start asking you for style advice!

Answers to Common Questions About Prom Dresses

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There are few occasions that are as nerve-wracking as prom night. This is because, aside from the anxiety provoking “what ifs” the night of the prom, you have to avoid all of the potential pitfalls leading up to the prom. Whether you’re going with the date of your dreams or you’re planning to attend the prom with a group of girlfriends, there’s no getting around the issue of prom dresses. Finding the right eveningwear such a formal occasion can seem like an impossible challenge. Here, then, are answers to common questions that relate to prom dresses, homecoming dresses, and quinceanera dresses.

1. I’m short and want to look taller for my prom. What should I do?

There are three elements that can help you appear taller on your special night: the right heels, the right prom dress, and the right hairstyle. First, plan on wearing high heels. Whether you add one inch or three with high heels, it’s important that you look for prom dresses that will accommodate the heels. You might want to go with a cocktail length dress, but a floor length dress will add length to your body – and an illusion of height. Look for floor length prom dresses that have side slits for better maneuverability. Finally, take care in selecting your hairstyle. Go with an updo to add height – even if you need to add extensions or a hairpiece.

2. I’m a senior in high school, but I look like an eighth grader. How do I look older for prom?

When it comes to maturity, keep two things in mind: bearing and appearance. Body language is important, in that how you move your body, how you tilt your head, the timber of your voice, and the way you walk all speak volumes about your perceived age. While you definitely don’t want to pretend you’re someone you’re not, this might be a good opportunity to practice skills that will help you evolve into the person you want to be. Practice walking in your prom shoes, watch your facial expressions in the mirror, record your voice to hear how it sounds, and so forth. Make any adjustments (and practice) so that your mannerisms reflect what you feel inside.

When you look for prom dresses, look for those that are more formal. Formal clothing makes women appear older, as do colors that are dark and rich. Depending on your coloring, you might want to go with jewel tones, black, or chocolate brown.

3. How do I know how to have my hair styled for prom?

How you fashion your hair greatly depends upon the style of your prom dress. If your dress has a high collar or a busy neckline, an updo is the only way to go. On the other hand, if your prom dress is sleeveless, strapless, or has spaghetti straps, you can wear your hair long or short, full or sleek. The one caveat is to make sure your hair doesn’t cover up an important feature of your prom dress. That gorgeous keyhole back, for example, will be invisible if you have hair down to your waist!