Fashion Bloggers’ Favorite Pieces This Spring

It seems that, over the past few years, fashion became less a product of what fashion designers and streetwear retailers serve us and more of a product of social media, fashion influencers, such as fashion bloggers and off-duty supermodels. In fact, fashion industry recognized the potential of this change and started giving the influencers a chance to be the first ones to try on their new products. This shift brought a mini revolution in fashion game – it made it more open to experiments, recycling old styles, and creating edgy moments. And since spring is usually the most fashionable season of them all, here’s what bloggers hide in their wardrobes right now.

Slip dress

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Straight back from the ‘90s grunge, slip dresses came back to the fashion scene and became one of the fashion bloggers’ favorite trends. Silk, satin, and plush are the materials to look for but when it comes to combining it with the rest of your wardrobe – possibilities are endless. Since they usually have straps, you’ll probably need something underneath or over it for a chilly spring evening. Plain white tee or denim jacket are nice options but feel free to play with it a bit.

Graphic tees

No matter what they say, you’re never too old to wear a good graphic tee, especially if the message it carries is powerful. The beauty of styling it comes from the fact that it can be such a versatile piece. For example, if you want to break down the seriousness of a simple blazer then wearing a graphic tee underneath is a must. On the other hand, they match marvelously with skirts, jeans, and shorts and can be a good base for every day-to-night outfit.

Power suit

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Completely different from graphic tees but equally necessary in every fashion aficionado’s wardrobe, at least one power suit is something you simply must have. You don’t even have to buy the one that’s already been matched – you can make your own by pairing a nice blazer and a pair of cigarette trousers. The best thing about wearing suits is the elegant yet powerful look you can achieve without putting too much effort. As for the shoes, flat strappy sandals or any platform type of footwear are more than welcome.

Ankle boots

Ankle boots are one of those pieces everyone should have in their closet. Not only are they versatile but also comfy (if you choose the right heel) and bring a dose of nonchalance to every outfit. This spring, in particular, is going to be all about suede boots with clear heels, like those you can find in fabulous Billini shoes collection. They look best when paired with a vintage pair of denim trousers or midi slip dresses we mentioned above.

Denim skirt

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It’s impossible to take a look at the ‘70s fashion and not notice denim skirts as one of the fashion staples of the era. Luckily, this wonderful trend found its way to the present day and now all fashion bloggers have at least one in their closets. Mini, pencil, or midi – the choice for length is all yours. If you’re worried you’re going to look like a high school girl wearing a mini denim skirt the trick is to pair with flats or low-heeled shoes. Ballet flats or sandals might be your best ally if you want to rock a mini denim skirt like an adult.

The best thing about bloggers, not fashion shows dictating trends is that all of these pieces are pretty wearable and adjustable to any style. So, if you want to look trendy this spring, make sure you incorporate some of these into your wardrobe and make a fashion statement.

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Echo Show: The next unveiling of the Amazon Ecosystem

Amazon has officially unveiled its latest Echo product: a touchscreen device with built-in Alexa called the Echo Show.  The device is now available to preorder from Amazon for $229.99.

Some quick blurbs from Amazon’s site:

  • Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free—just ask.
  • Introducing a new way to be together. Make hands-free video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa App, and make voice calls to anyone who has an Echo or Echo Dot.
  • See lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and stream over Wi-Fi. Also, stream music on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.
  • Powerful, room-filling speakers with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and extended bass response
  • Ask Alexa to show you the front door or monitor the baby’s room with compatible cameras from Ring and Arlo. Turn on lights, control thermostats and more with WeMo, Philips Hue, ecobee, and other compatible smart home devices.
  • With eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Show hears you from any direction—even while music is playing
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Allrecipes, CNN, and more

The Echo Show seems to have a lot on its hands. At first glance, it does everything your Alexa does, with a built in screen, that adds various functionalities. As with what you expect in Amazon products, it works best within its own ecosystem. For example, the Echo screen can be used as a digital photo frame by pulling pictures stored on Prime Photos. If you’re listening to music through Amazon Music, it’ll put up the lyrics up on the screen. Amazon says the device can also be connected to Wi-Fi-enabled security cameras, letting users check their video feed with commands like “Alexa, show me the front door.” This not only enables users to feel more safe, but the possibilities of this can save you hundreds of dollars on security cameras.

The most intriguing new feature, though, is access to video and voice calls. Anyone can make or receive a call through the Show if they have the Alexa app. Sadly, it doesn’t seem that there will be support for Skype as of now, but there is a new Amazon feature called “Drop In,” which lets friends and family make a call at any time.

As someone who is constantly on the go, its always a great reminder to be able to see my grandmother and check up on her. While I haven’t received one yet personally, I am defiently interested to see how this would work in the world of communication. Would we no longer have a need to use landlines? Who knows?

The Amazon Echo is something to look forward to, once released on June 28, 2017. *Right now, Amazon is currently offering 2 for $330*

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Luxurious Mother’s Day Gift Ideas?

Luxurious Gifts for Your Fancy Mama

 

Cate & Chloe

You can never go wrong with jewelry! From the all new Luxe Swarovski Collection to the Down to Earth Statement Collection, Cate & Chloe offers a versatile selection of jewelry hand selected to ensure it meets the standards of the C&C vision for stylish design.  Surprise your mom with the highest quality of genuine Swarovski jewels in classic diamond shaped bracelets, uniquely tiered pendants, eye catching earrings and rings set in 925 sterling silver, 18k Gold, and 18k Rose Gold.

 

Frownies

Give your mom the ultimate Mother’s Day treat with Frownies Eye Gels. These luxurious eye gels reduce unwanted expression lines from years of continual facial motions, such as smiling and squinting. Built with organic, skin-friendly ingredients such as aloe, natural vitamins, and niacin, Frownies offers the most organic routine to achieving a refreshed look. Comfortable and easy to apply, simply place the adhesive strips over unwanted wrinkled areas for 15 to 30 minutes and watch the pesky expression lines disappear. To ensure you get your money’s worth, every eye gel patch is reusable. Simply remove the patch, place back in the supplied tray to moisture and refrigerate until the next usage.

 

Dreampad

Momma needs her beauty sleep! If your mom has a hard time falling asleep or just needs some extra comfort the Dreampad is the perfect gift to surprise her with this year.  Give her the relaxation she needs with Dreampad, a technology-based solution for reducing stress and providing sleep. A comfy pillow which uses patented technology to ease her into a peaceful sleep through relaxing sounds and gentle vibrations that only you can hear, Dreampad will help her get nightly shut-eye.

 

Off The Beaten Track 

Does your globetrotting mom love traveling to the world’s most beautiful sights? Designed for the jet-setting mom who is always on the go, Off The Beaten Track has the perfect sandals for any escapade. She will enjoy comfortable fits with elastic and gore tech attributes that conform the sandal to her foot. OTBT’s travel-inspired active footwear will moves with her. Now she can soak up the sun while feeling the comfort sole in sandals, wedges and chunk heels that offers not only casual styling, but stability for ease of wear all day. What are you waiting for? Get outside and explore the unknown this season with casual and comfortable sandals by OTBT!

Jessture

A brand for women who want to wear who they are, Jessture mixes high quality, luxury fashion with edgy, affordable pieces. With a muted palette dominated by grays, whites, and blacks, show off your unique style with sophisticated statement pieces from Jessture’s Spring/Summer collection.  Wrap yourself in the white hot looks from Jessture – a New York-based brand that celebrates true beauty and provides clothing for the independent, modern woman. 

UncommonGreen

Cheers to the world’s greatest mom! Encourage your mom to relax and unwind with a striking glass of wine courtesy of UncommonGreen. Not only is their glassware top-quality but their Home Town collection can turn a regular wine glass into a meaningful work of art. Give your mom an unforgettable custom made glass that will warm her heart every time she takes a sip. The Home Town Collection will never make her feel far from her favorite place with its beautifully engraved and detailed maps available in a wide selection of cities, towns, and locale in the U.S.! 

 

Happy Yellow Dress

Make a classic statement with Happy Yellow Dress – a company on a mission to bring the femininity back to fashion with classic styles inspired by the ‘40’s and ‘50’s. This lovely line of clothing gives any modern woman a quintessential look that will make the boys whistle. A labor of love, all the pretty pieces are carefully crafted from high quality cotton, rather than blends or polyester. As an added bonus, all of the delightful dresses and skirts have hidden side seam pockets, making it easy to throw on a number and get out the door!

French Studio Imports- Raine and Humble

Does your mom have impeccable taste? Gift her with classic European styles and timeless home decor from Raine and Humble, distributed by French Studio Imports. She’ll absolutely love their whimsical lively patterns, chic triangle decor pillows and luxurious cloth napkins. Launched by a group of savvy designers, Raine and Humble is a home furnishings brand based in Melbourne, Australia with the sole objective to beautify homes with a blend of classical antiquity and innovative modernity.  

Baby Zala

LA designer Laura ODonnell knows that being a new mom is a tough act to balance. That’s why every piece from her hip new line Baby Zala, is designed to help make moms’ lives easier and more fabulous! The Baby Zala brand has a variety of multi-functional mom essentials with a luxurious look and feel, to help moms look and feel their best! Men- if your wife has a newborn, take note: these make great gifts for Mother’s Day! If she’s a traveling mama, she will swoon over these gorgeous Italian Leather travel bags complete with all the pockets she could need for a laptop, ipad, phone, baby goods, and more! Or, if you want to gift her with something more fit for a date night, you can’t go wrong with a sophisticated leather clutch like this one.  

 

 

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Don’t sweat it! Breathable Fitness Rings!

Get Your Groove on with 

The First Breathable Silicone Active Ring 

Accessorize your adventure with Groove Rings  

Whether you’re an athlete, adventurer, “hands on” professional, or love to venture the great outdoors, GrooveRings are the active, silicone ring designed just for you. The world’s first breathable active ring that is not only comfortable, but functional, Groove raises the bar on traditional silicone rings with its flexible material, patent pending inner breathable design, and bold colors. For those who work hard with their hands, traditional precious metal bands just aren’t practical. They can snag on tools or clothing when working, damage sensitive materials, or even get lost when removed for safekeeping. Say goodbye to bothersome blisters from wedding rings with the innovative design of Groove Rings!

Launched on Kickstarter in December of 2015, Groove Original is what started it all. This durable product blew past its funding goal and created a company dedicated to combining function and high quality for anyone with anactive lifestyle. While guiding people in the bush of Alaska, founder Peter Goodwin created Groove Rings to provide people with tough, practical active wear that can be used anywhere from the trail, gym or even on a date. With a snug fit in and out of water, intricate detail and design, this band packs a punch!

Discover the different ways Groove Rings’ revolutionary design keeps your fingers safe and stylish: 

  • Breathability: With patent pending breathable features, Groove is the first activesilicone ring that keeps air moving in and allows moisture out. The infinity loops, airports, and inner arch lessen the contact of your finger with the ring, giving it some breathing room.
  • Lifetime Warranty: Did your ring rip off while rock climbing, or tear on the grocery cart while picking up dinner? Either way, you’re covered! If your ring ever rips, stretches, tears or you lose it, you can exchange or replace it.
  • Low Profile: With a super low profile, these soft, silicone rings are designed to be worn close to the skin. Having your active ring snug on your finger is essential to prevent from snagging on objects your hand comes into contact with on a daily basis.
  • Liquid Poured: The first type of ring to be liquid injected, this process gives Groove its perfected look with limited mold lines, checks or flaws!

Get your Groove on and bust out the bold, breathable design of this durable silicone ring. More than just a wedding band, Groove Rings beg to be worn, shown and tested every day – no matter what life may bring your way.

 

Make a statement with your activewear, visit www.grooverings.com to purchase the different Groove Ring designs. 

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Smart Guide for Getting a Tattoo

So, after a lot of thinking, you have finally made your decision: you are going to get a tattoo. For some people, getting a tattoo is a part of an irresponsible adventure, while for some others, it marks a really important moment in their life. A tattoo could be a memory of your loved one, an important life quote, or just a beautiful piece of art. And of course, since getting inked is not the same as cutting hair – there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. In this article we’re going to try to answer most of them and help you make your decision.

Is it safe?

If you choose the right tattoo studio, it is perfectly safe. Despite what many people think, tattooing is no riskier than any other cosmetic treatment. And just as there are bad plastic surgeons, there are also bad tattoo artists, so be careful while picking.

Does it hurt?

The most common question of all, and the answer is – yes. However, the pain is relative. There are actually four pain factors.

The first factor is your mind – people tend to expect a lot of pain, so they unconsciously create a tension in their entire body which can increase the pain.

The second factor is the motivational one – if you are nervous, no matter the reason, your pain will increase; if you are completely confident and excited– there is a chance it won’t hurt at all.

The third factor is your artist himself – his roughness, overall experience and skill. Since the ink goes into the second layer of your skin, which is far from blood vessels, you shouldn’t bleed at all.   

The last factor is the place of your tattoo. For women, the most painful areas are ankles, spine and ribcage, while the least painful are abdomen, buttocks, thighs and shoulders. For men, the most painful areas are abdomen, spine and chest while the least painful are buttocks, arms and back.

How much does it cost?

This depends on the size, place, colors, complexity, the popularity of the artist etc. However, trust me – this is neither the time nor the occasion to be cheap. And yes, there is never a definite 100% correlation between the price and quality, but when it comes to artwork, these usually match up. If the price is too good to be true, then the quality is probably below any standard – and you don’t want that.

What are the different tattoo styles?

Here are 10 of the most popular tattoo styles.

  1. Traditional – the oldest form of tattooing (after tribal) with solid black outlines and limited color palette done with impeccable precision. They usually include roses, hearts, skulls etc.
  2. Realism – as the word says, a tattoo that looks very realistic, like a photograph on your skin.
  3. Watercolor – they mimic an experimental artistic process of using splashes of color to make it appear as if painted on canvas.
  4. Tribal – the oldest style which is almost always in black, and often uses symmetry and geometrical designs.
  5. New school – cartoon-like designs with bright colors and exaggerated features.
  6. Neo traditional – just like the traditional ones but more detailed, more dimensional and more colorful.
  7. Japanese – these detailed designs are meant for larger body areas such as back or arms.
  8. Dotwork – instead of shadowing or using block color, these designs use lots of tiny dots.
  9. Geometric – these designs use symmetry and repetition to create 3D effects and larger designs.
  10. Script – if you want a unique tattoo, opt for a swirly and gothic-like font.

What things should I pay attention to when picking a tattoo artist and a tattoo studio?

Make sure you do a thorough investigation. Check your artist’s previous work, ask around if his clients are pleased, and check his hygienic practice (does he wear gloves, are his inks in disposable caps, is he using sterile needles etc.). Also, check if he’s been trained in other areas besides tattooing (cleanliness, hygiene, sterilization, first aid etc.).

What if I ever regret it?

We can “thank” Yakuzas for causing a tattoo taboo, so now almost everyone with a tattoo is associated with criminal activities, gangs, prison life etc. But, the good news is that this negative connotation is slowly fading thanks to the celebrities and athletes who have embraced tattoos. Nevertheless, you should still never rush into getting one, as you might regret it one day.

Luckily for us, tattoo removal techniques have really improved over the last few years, so you can now remove your tattoo with minimal consequences. If you are from Australia and considering this option, there is a great tattoo removal studio in Parramatta you should definitely check out.

Tattoos and tanning?

During the first 28 days, limit the sun exposure to a minimum. Sun can heat up the ink which will then move. This will make your body treat it as a foreign object and attempt to get rid of it. In the end, your tattoo is going to look faded because it will be half-absorbed.

That would be it. Have you made your decision?

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide with Models Own

You want all eyes on you when you enter a room? You want people dying to know where you got the lipstick? You want effortless flawless? The Models Own is the collection you’ll want in your makeup bag. Your search for a brilliant range of color cosmetics is over –  and it’s all thanks to the masterful product development team from the UK!

Since 2008, Models Own is known globally for their bold, fun, color take on a wildly successful makeup and accessories line. True to the brand’s brave and bold attitude, this collection features an explosion of color and innovation including the minty flavored, color drenched Lix Matte Liquid Lipsticks that will leave you looking kissably chic, the extensive range of Highlighters that will have you social media ready at any moment, and the palettes, which allow you to be fickle, and brave and push your boundaries as you experiment with makeup and fall in love with different looks over and over.

Makeup trends come and go, but a bold lip and illuminated face never goes out of style. Switch up the usual flowers and card routine this Mother’s Day with a bright and eye-catching alternative: Models Own’s LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick and Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder. With lipstick shades ranging from a classic red to a summer coral, and highlighters that give you the perfect glow, it will be impossible for your mom to resist these timeless shades.

LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick $7.99

  • Matte finish with a fresh mint scent
  • Comes in six shades: Coral Fresh, Raspberry Mojito, Berry Cool, Strawberry Mojito, Eucalyptus Pink, and Candy Cane

Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder $11.99

  • Soft finishing powder smooths onto skin
  • Comes in two shades: Golden Sand and Peach Pearl

Models own is available exclusively at Ulta and Ulta.com.

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