Saturday, July 1, 2017

Ladylike Looks And Delicate Details

Michael Cinco Fall 2017
Spring's fashion runways showcased clean-cut and demure collections with feminine embellishments and silhouettes.

Designers favor nude and natural tones such as taupe, moss and ivory, while paying tribute to traditional spring pastels such as lilac and mint.

Chadwick's, a popular online fashion resource for career and casual clothing, offers tips on how to update your wardrobe as the air gets balmier:

Ladylike Silhouettes

Jackets elevate an outfit in both career and casual occasions and are cut shorter this season.

Fashion brands like Chadwick's offer a variety of stylish features such as 3/4 sleeves, peplum skirting, wide lapels and standup collars.

Try pairing a shrunken linen blazer in a soothing earth tone with a pair of white jeans for a sophisticated yet casual look that is straight off the runways.

After lingering right above the knee for the past several seasons, hemlines have dipped down to midcalf this spring.

Pack midcalf-length skirts in a wide array of colors, prints and fabrics for business trips and weekend getaways alike. Denim Bermuda shorts cut just above the knee are a stylish way to enjoy sunny days.

Frilly and Feminine Details

Move over, winter wools and tweeds! This spring, lacy shirts will flatter suits, pom-poms and ruffles will adorn dresses and chiffon will softly drape bare arms. This feminine trend translates into delicate lace trims at necklines and hems on camisoles and long-sleeve tees.

If you've always longed to wear crochet-this is the season to do it.

Embellished Footwear

The stiletto, fall's ever-popular staple, steps aside this spring for playful espadrilles, wedges and platforms. Metallic sandals in silver and bronze are cosmopolitan yet surprisingly easy to pull off. Try playful touches of macramé and eyelet this season.

Crochet espadrilles have a vintage appeal when paired with sundresses and make a simple, feminine statement when worn with denim.
                                                               
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Beautiful Eyes

Eyes have been called the windows of the soul because of how much they communicate.  Eyes give your face energy and individuality.  They do not have to be a certain size or shape to be considered pretty - all eyes have their own unique beauty.  When makeup is applied to look natural it will bring out the eye’s true color and enhance the eye’s beauty. When you feel good about your makeup you will be more confident and will have one less thing to worry about.

A subtle application of eyeliner, shadows and mascara work together to create magic and make your eyes look their best.

Eye Shadow

Eye shadow is meant to highlight and define the eyes.  Eye shadow is used to create depth to bring out the beauty of the eyes.  A dark color used on the lid will make the eye appear smaller, while a lighter color will make it appear larger. That is what eye shadow is about creating illusions.  These are the basic techniques for the following eye shapes:

Small eyes: Don’t use too much shadow or liner – it will make you eyes look smaller. Apply a light color on eyelid, use a darker color in the crease and use a highlighter under the brow.

Large eyes:  Wear darker shadow on the lid and extend it to the crease. Use a flat color under the brow to highlight.

Deep-set eyes: Use light colors on the eyelid and under the brow. Use a medium color in the crease.  Emphasize the outer corners with shadow.

Wide-set eyes:  Use darker colors on the inner corners of the eye.

Hooded eyes: Apply light colors on the lid.  Use darker colors from the center of the eyelid to the outer corners and blend.

Round eyes:  Make round eyes longer by using color all around and extending toward the outer corners.

Asian eyes:  Apply highlighter under the brow. Use light shadow on the inner half of the lid and a darker color on the outer half.

1. Light colors cause the eyes to open, dark colors will cause the eyes to recede

2. If you have very light skin avoid dark shades

3. Be careful with shimmer – they will bring attention to imperfections and wrinkles.

4. The eye area is the first to show age don’t tug on the skin.

Eyeliners:

Eyeliners are meant to define the eyes so they should do just that, not be the focal point of your makeup.  Eyeliners come in various colors and forms liquid, pencil etc. Keep the eyeliner natural.  Pencils are available in many colors (for the best look stick to black or brown) and can be sharpened for a fine line.  For a smudged effect use a sponge tip shadow applicator or an eye shadow brush. When your pencils are too soft refrigerate them. When they are too hard soften them by holding them between your fingers.

To line the eye, start on the lower lid, just beneath the lashes.   When you are finished always smudge the line with your sponge. Stay as close to the lash line as possible.   On the upper lid, draw a line form the inner corner to the outer corner, thickening the line toward the outer corner.  After the age of 40 keep the line in between the lashes.

Mascara and the creation of beautiful lashes:

Mascara frames your eyes and can make your face come alive. Mascara softly accentuates the eye while thickening and darkening the lashes; it is the finishing touch for eyes.  There are several different types to choose from, thickening, and waterproof to smudge proof. Waterproof will need a special remover and smudge proof will wash off easily.  It is not a good idea to wear waterproof mascara for extended periods of time since it has a tendency to dry the lashes.

Select a shade of mascara that complements your coloring.  Dark shades on pale eyes with brown lashes will darken them and will look harsh.  Stay away from blues and other colors since they will ruin your look.

Lashes that are hard to curl may need the help of an eyelash curler.  Curl your lashes before you apply mascara – hold for ten to twenty seconds.

To apply mascara look straight into your mirror with your chin slightly lifted so you can see your lashes.  Insert the wand only once and twist, don’t pump.  Pumping can break the brush bristles and distribute the mascara unevenly and will dry out the mascara faster.  Start by rolling the wand from root to tip in an upward motion. Reinsert the brush and apply again. If your eyelashes are thick and long they may clunk together.  If this happens let them dry and then separate them with the corner of an eyebrow brush.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

White Women Think Black Women Are Jealous of Them....

A few days ago on Twitter, a comment was made by a white girl, in response to something I tweeted regarding Blacks responding to racism by whites. This occurred after the Donald Trump victory in the Presidential Race.

With all due respect, given the constant media and historical images of white women, they are more a construct of what femininity should be through the eyes of white males.

In their desire to exalt white women, they did it at the expense of Black women, and the forcible removal of the Black male as her natural protector.

Why? How can you be jealous of women that use Barbie dolls and Mannequins as their beauty standards? Are these not some of the most ghoulish photos you've ever seen? When I first saw this on Inside Edition, honestly, I was shocked but then again it just exposed how deeply white women are obsessed with youth, beauty, and the superficial.

Black women just know better, and that is really the correct assessment of how Black women see themselves.

The various brown tones of our How can we relate to women who do everything to destroy their natural self? Lip injections, extreme tanning, Botox, butt implants, breast augmentation, etc.

No. Black women aren't jealous of white women!!!

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Look like a celebrity this summer!

Every celebrity out there knows the real value of a pair of designer sunglasses.  Whether it's to hide the effects of a late night out on the town or an effort to blend in on the street, a pair of quality sunglasses is absolutely indispensable.  We've seen a lot of trends come and go, but a great pair of sunglasses will always transcend the passing fads of the day.

Catherine Zeta-Jones in D&G Sunnies
With the summer just around the corner, we have begun our fashion trend spotting efforts for 2006.  Like years passed, celebrities are on the forefront of eyewear fashion.  One of my favorite pastimes is to monitor the fashion trends of my favorite celebrities.  As with last season, big sunglasses are all the rage for the ladies.  God bless you, Jackie O!

Carmen Electra is one of my favorite celebrities, and one of the most stylish women in entertainment.  While I could do without another season of her dreadful "reality" television show, I am dying to get my hands on a pair of the Missoni shades she was recently spotted in.  They are oversized and oh-so-glamorous!

Catherine Zeta-Jones may have a thing for old, outdated actors but her fashion sense is as fresh as a spring breeze.  I recently saw her sporting a pair of Dolce & Gabbana glasses that were out of this world!  I suspect they were the utterly amazing "4005" model.  They were black, with the D&G logo designed into the arms of the glasses.  The shades are big, bold, and beautiful!

Heidi Klum, our favorite supermodel and partygirl, has incredible fashion sense.  I saw a picture of her earlier this week wearing a classic pair of Aviator shades.  While a number of people in the fashion industry have been lamenting the prevalence of Aviator shades, I couldn't imagine a world without them.  Heidi was wearing a pair made by Ray Ban, and they were absolutely fabulous!

Speaking of partygirls, how could I go on without mentioning Paris Hilton?  I adore Paris.  She may not be taken seriously as an actress or singer, but she reigns supreme over the fashion world.  She was recently spotted wearing a pair of the new Oakley glasses for women.  That's right, kids.  Oakley just launched a new line of shades exclusively for women, and they are the must-have item for this fashion year.  Believe the Hype!                                        
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7 Steps to Great Makeup

7 Steps to Great Makeup - - -

1. Avoid wearing too much

Makeup is meant to enhance features not bring negative attention to you. That's what wearing too much makeup will do; it will bring you unwanted attention. Don't wear too much of anything such as:

i) Eyeliner: dark, thick eyeliner will make you look overdone and will ruin the rest of your makeup.

ii) Mascara: too much mascara looks fake and will flake. It looks especially bad if worn with thick eyeliner or dark blue eye eye shadow.

iii) Foundation: Make sure your foundation is the same color as your skin. Foundation is meant to protect and give the face a smooth look. The magic word is blend.

iv) Powder:The same holds true for powder - not too much. Also, be sure to blend your makeup so there are no obvious lineS

2. Lips

Apply lip liner to completely cover the lips, add color and your lipstick will stay on much longer. Make sure your lip liner doesn't show. Also, your lip color should match your skin tone; wear cool colors if you have cool coloring and warm colors if you have warm coloring. If you want to make your lips look smaller, keep your liner on the inside of your lips. However, if you decide to make your lips look larger, going outside the natural outline of you lips is a mistake. This can look quite messy and unnatural.

3. Appropriate makeup
Wear makeup that is appropriate for the occasion. If you are going to the beach you shouldn't wear the same or as much makeup as you would if you were going dancing. Also, when you are in daylight your makeup should be a lighter than when you are out for the evening.


4. Too little or no makeup

Some women don't wear makeup because they are not sure how to use it and are afraid of being overdone. If you are unsure, start will light colours in your shade. Start slowly and add one product at a time. Maybe start with foundation, add mascara, blush or lipstick. If you are not used to wearing makeup, using a lot a first may be a little too much for you, so start slowly. The bottom line is a little is better than none. If you are still unsure seek professional advice.

5. Overall look

When your makeup is completed it should look natural. That means avoiding colours that clash. If you have dark skin and hair you will look better in darker shades; light colours will make you look washed out. If your hair and skin tone are light, light colours will look better on you. Dark makeup will make you look older and harsh. If you have oily skin, first use oil control moisturizer and foundation. Then be sure to wear loose powder, keeping pressed powder with you for touch ups.


6. Hair color

Your hair color should also be in harmony with your skin. If you have dark hair and you want to add color, keep it close to the same shade. If you have light hair, use light colors. As you age your skin will lighten, so should your hair color. One last thing about hair color - if you do color you hair be sure you keep it up, don't let your roots show.

7. One last thing

Keep makeup looking fresh all day by doing regular touch ups. Don't let your makeup fade or crease. Smile!!!
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