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Choose the Right Performance Clothing

When it comes to selecting running clothing like running tops and shorts, the first and foremost thing you should consider is the ultimate comfort for optimal performance. Long sleeve tops are a perfect attire for runners, as they allow additional protection to the shoulders and upper arms against the sunburn. If you want to wear a running singlet, consider arm cooler sleeves as your shoulders are exposed to the sun. Long sleeve tops provide added warmth during cool season while providing protection against the harmful effects of the sun.

Consider lightweight, quality fabric, made of polyester and cotton blend with moisture wicking ability to keep you dry and make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Short inseam shorts go well for racing while long inseam running shorts is a good choice for gym. You can also select running shorts with pockets to keep your iPod or MP3 player or any other essentials. Select comfortable and firm underwear that is not too tight or choking. Protect your head from extreme UV rays with comfortable hats, visors and sports caps.

Skiing is the most popular and enjoyable activity of the winter season. If you want to look smart and perform well, it’s important to select skiing apparel that is functional and provides comfort as well. The basic ski items include comfy ski jackets, trousers, gloves, goggles and sunglasses. Ski jackets are available in a variety of chic styles and colors but selecting the right jacket makes your skiing experience outstanding.

Consider jackets with quality fabric having wind and water resistant ability to provide protection in snowy conditions. The fabric blend of polyester and nylon provides breathability. Make sure the ski jacket fits well to keep you warm and protected. Go for the one having internal zipper pockets to give you extra protection from wind and water. Waist pockets keep your hands warm, provide extra storage space and a removable hood provides head protection.


Levi’s Denim Jackets

Several manufacturers lay claim to being the original jeans manufacturer, although Levi Strauss and Co., which can trace its origins back to the middle of the nineteenth century, has to have one of the strongest. The facts that we now know the company simply as Levi’s and that the company logo is one of the most recognisable in the world certainly drive home their credentials as the “authentic” jean.

The company has managed to achieve something that’s practically impossible in fashion: staying cool for decades. Being at the higher end of the field in terms of price certainly helps, as flaunted wealth always has fashion cachet, but they’ve managed to steer a steady course even when the Ralph Laurens and Versaces of the world started making jeans and denim jackets that trumped them on the price front. Perhaps therein lies the secret of success – keeping the everyman feel but not taking everyman for granted and producing clothing that might be on the verge of luxury but which is guaranteed to be durable, stylish and well fitting.

Another interesting aspect of the Levi’s denim jacket is how little it has changed over the years. While its lower-half counterparts have wandered through the fashion landscape, being flared, skinny, boot-cut, blue, black, brown and white, the jacket’s resolute and stubborn shape has remained largely unchanged. Any variations from the norm have been mere tweaks. We’ve seen woolly fleece inners (with their distinctive fleecy collars), occasional retreats from blue into black, charcoal, natural cotton, and yes, stone-washed and snow-washed examples which seem eternally on the cusp of coming back into fashion.

But throughout all of these modifications, there they are: the two breast pockets, two side pockets, metal buttons and peculiar girth adjusters at the back that defy purpose but add authenticity.

While never fully disappearing, the Levi’s denim jacket has certainly had its highs. The 1950s, when denim was everywhere, put the DJ on the fashion map, and by the 60s no self-respecting hippy would be seen without one, especially when they had eschewed the leather jacket for veggi wear and the summer sun prevented them from wearing the Afghan coat. They came back with a vengeance in the mid 80s thanks to some super cool TV ads and adoption by the indie music scene, and in the mid to late 90s, the Oasis vs Blur battle was also a denim jacket vs tracky top battle.


Make Handmade Jewelry

The first thing that you need to do is to choose the beads. You can easily find many kinds of beads from a bead store or craft store. The beads are commonly available in precious glass, metals, plastic, gems, and wood. If you want to make your own beads, you can use paper or clay.

The second thing that you have to do is to make your design for the necklace you want to make on the piece of paper. You need to make sure that the design is simple enough to be made.

The third thing is to cut the bead wire. You are going to cut it about 5 inches longer than you require the actual necklace to be. If you want to make short necklace, you will need approximately 20 inches wire.

The fourth thing that you need to do in making handmade jewelry is to attach one end of the clasp to the bead wire. It is required to slide the crimp bead and a clasp piece onto the wire. After that, you have to slide the end of the necklace wire back through the crimp bead. You can use the crimping tool for flattening the crimp bead so that it can stay in the place.

The next thing is to slide the beads onto what it is called soft-flex wire. This wire is solid enough to allow you in beading the necklace without using a needle.

Finally, you have to attach the final clasp to your necklace. You are going to have one left clasp to add your necklace. You need to slide the crimp wire once again onto your necklace, and then onto the clasp piece. Moreover, you need to pull back the end of the wire through the crimp bead, and then pull the wire until your necklace is snug. You have to make sure that there is no space between the beads. For the final step, you need to crimp the bead by using the pliers, and the excess wire should be trimmed.


Dress to Make Legs Look Longer

High waist pants and skirts

High pants and skirts raise the natural waist line and makes it look like you have longer legs. Cinch the waist with a belt or scarf to accent the waist and make it look smaller. High pants and skirts have been trending in the last few years and come in many styles, fabrics and colors. Pair raised waisted pants and skirts with a short cropped top or by tucking in a longer top into the high waist. A high waist is meant to be shown off. High pants with flared, straight or tapered hems, look well with high heels. The only down side to high waisted pants is that they are not forgiving on women with heavy hips and pear shapes. High waisted skirts however do well on most shapes.

Wear shorter skirts

This is another trend that shows more leg, or should we say nearly all your leg. For those comfortable showing leg, try shorter skirts and shorts that cuts above the knee. Showing more leg does make your legs seem longer. For skirts, do a bend test to check if the skirt is revealing to much. This is done by bending over, and looking back at a mirror. If skirt hikes back in the back so much that it shows your underwear, the skirt is too short. Wear short skirts with boy shorts or boxers to avoid accidents. A full short skirt works well with straight shapes with slender boy hips. Most body shapes will do best with a slender skirt or an elastic hip hugging mini.

Wear short shorts

Same concept as short skirts, short shorts makes the leg look longer by simply showing more leg. Shorts have had a bad rep lately for looking informal and inappropriate for the work place. Sometimes shorts are best left to house clothes, gym outfits and weekend clothes. But some trends have tried to extend shorts to the office by creating office shorts. These are shorts that use patterns and fabric typically reserved for office clothes. So you get shorts in plaids, stripes, and neutral colors in fabrics like polished cotton, linen and wool. Wear office shorts with a nice silk blouse and a blazer. Go bare legged or with stockings. Do not wear long socks.


About Baby Boomer Boots

The idea of a mainstream fashion boot was revolutionary at the time. Before the go-go boot came along, women wore boots to go horseback riding or to deal with wet or snowy weather conditions. The idea of drawing attention to women’s legs as a fashion statement was really quite daring. Go-go boots were all the rage. There were dancers on popular TV shows like Hullabaloo and Shindig that would appear in the fancy footwear. They would also show up in the teen magazines that had the latest teen heartthrobs, like David Cassidy, Herman’s Hermits or the Monkees on the cover.

Coming from a family of five children with a father who made a meager salary as a college professor I thought it unlikely that I would get those boots without some heavy campaigning on my part. Neither of my parents was inclined to put out money for anything that wasn’t a complete necessity and I was pretty sure that go-go boots would not qualify as such. To my great surprise my begging and pleading was rewarded with a knock off pair of go-go boots with the zipper on the inside of the leg. Granted, they were only ankle high and the bottoms were extremely stiff and uncomfortable, but I wore them with great delight and pride and the phrase “strutting her stuff” would provide an accurate portrayal of my mood.

I know that those boots made me feel light and buoyant and I have since discovered that the term go-go is derived from the ancient French word “la gogue” which means joy or happiness. They are a perfect physical representation of the happy abandon that was present in the booming American economy of the post war era of the 1960’s.

My mother thought those boots were completely frivolous which of course made them all the more appealing to my young rebellious pre-teen self. To me, my mother’s generation did not have the same experiences in life as my generation. Her age group somehow lacked the sophistication and sex appeal given out to the younger and hipper women of my generation. It was a new day and it seemed like girls could do anything and certainly lots of things they couldn’t or wouldn’t do before this modern age.

There is a certain essential joy and happiness that I believe is at the core of a female baby boomer’s spirit and one that has been lost for many of us. Somewhere along the way, between “The Wonder Years” and the “Trailblazing Years” as we made our way through the corridors and mazes of male dominated professions, careers and institutions, we tried to keep our own internal compass, integrity and joy alight. Perhaps I need to look for a pair of old fashioned go-go boots to get my head in the right place. And then again, maybe it is just about getting my head in the right place regardless of how my body is clothed.


Jeggings

There is a high percentage of lycra or spandex in jeggings reason why they stretch better than normal jeans. They are softer and hence more comfortable than traditional jeans on the bad side, this also make it less breathable and can feel real warm on hot days. Sometimes embellishments are imbedded in the jeggings adding to the beauty. Jeggings are quite comfortable and there is no fear of an open zipper as they seldom come with one. Jeggings can be made to legging material made to look like jeans or a true mix of jeans and legging material

This piece of clothing is fun to wear. Irrespective of age or size, there is one for all. It is quite flattering thanks to its closer look to leggings. Even little girls will have fun running around in comfortable leggings jeans combination. Plus size women may even achieve a slimmer look by wearing this piece of clothing. It is however common among the younger population

Women like to follow trends and any business in women’s clothing is bound to hit high. That is why most fashion shops are making sure to have the latest trend in fashion which is jeggings for girls. Buying one of this pretty easy and can be done in store or online. More people shop online these days due to the added advantage of a wide range to choose from and competitive prices. Make use of online shopping and you’ll be sure to get the best bargain.

Jeggings for girls can be worn with tank tops to give a chilling look or with leather jackets if you intend to impress. They are very versatile piece of clothing and will go with a variety of mix and match. They are especially good for a day out with the family, for going shopping or for sitting at the cinema. You can create the best look that suits your size and shape with a little creativity.

It is not obvious whether jeggings for girls are here to stay but when investing in clothing, it is better to buy something that will not come and go in a short while. It is better to buy jeggings in neutral colours that may be used for different occasions. Neutral colours will make the jeggings seem more like a legging and still be wearable when the rush for jeggings has died down. Hopefully this is not anytime soon.


Smartwool Base Layers

Overview

Smartwool’s base layer long sleeved tops are made of 100% merino wool. They are non-itchy, form fitting, and have natural anti-odor properties. They also provide superior moisture management and temperature regulation. Interestingly, wool can absorb 30% of its weight in sweat and still feel dry to your skin. Additionally, all the tops provide UPF protection from the sun.

Weight

Smartwool offers three weights in their base layer tops, microweight, lightweight, and midweight. The microweight tops can be worn year round, in summer they will provide good sun protection while maintaining breathability and moisture management. The midweight layer is the heaviest Smartwool offers and it is perfect for a cold weather base layer. I have all three weights that I use when backpacking. I get the most use out of my midweight layer as I sleep in it when camping and use it on cold day hikes as well.

Styles & Fit

The shirts usually come in either v-neck, crew neck, or half zip fronts in both men’s and women’s fits. As a top layer Smartwool tops are form fitted so if you have a slim physique you can comfortably wear the base layer as your only layer. However, if you are carrying any extra pounds they will be highlighted by the snug fit of these tops. Don’t rule them out though, as an against the skin layer they are awesome and you can just throw a mid-layer on top of them if they are too curve-hugging! Women can also purchase the men’s tops if they prefer a roomier fit.

Microweight

Smartwool Microweight shirts offer a UPF of 30, they are the lightest weight of the base layers and may have you wondering if it’s going to be thick enough when you open the package. Don’t worry; it’s a great choice as a standalone garment in warm weather when your activities warrant some sun protection, moisture wicking and odor control. The fit seems true to size. Be aware some think the microweight is a bit sheer. The Microweight Zip Top offers a 10 inch neck zipper for men and an 8 inch zipper in the women’s style that allows you to vent before you become overheated. The crew neck top is available for men and women while the V neck style is available in Women’s sizing only.

Lightweight

Smartwool Lightweight tops come in several styles. For men there is a crew neck, sportknit crew, mock turtle neck, zip neck and zip neck hoody both with 12 inch zipper. Women’s styles are crew, zip neck with 12 inch zipper, asymmetrical zip neck with thumb holes, and asymmetrical zip hoody. The lightweight style offers a 35 UPF sun protection along with 100% merino wool for superior moisture control, odor control, body heat regulation, and non-itch comfort.

Midweight

Smartwool midweight tops are the heaviest style Smartwool offers in a base layer. They offer 50+ UPF sun protections, along with 100% merino wool for superior moisture control, odor control, body heat regulation, and non-itch comfort. Women’s styles come in crew neck, pattern crew, mock turtle neck, zip neck (8″ zip), pattern zip neck (8″), funnel zip (15″ zip), and hoody zip neck (13″ zip). Men’s styles are crew neck, pattern crew, zip neck, funnel zip neck (14.5″ zip), mock turtle neck, and zip neck hoody (14.5″ zip).


Ways To Uncover Hidden Style

Pick out a week of outfits in advance. And group them together in your closet

When you wait ’til the morning to pick out your clothes, the tendency is to grab the same old thing.

But what about that colorful blouse hiding in the back of your closet, or gorgeous belt in the bottom of your drawer that you just had to have? Well, ladies. Now is your chance to actually wear them!

And don’t forget to pull out your accessories, too! Scarves loosely tied around your neck, or as a hair tie, some bangles stacked for a little sparkle, or those pumps or sandals with a pop of color to accent a neutral outfit.

Try to add one forgotten accessory or piece of clothing per day. You’ll be amazed how many great items you already have.

Get fitted for new bras

When was the last time you were fitted for a bra? Most of you never have, and the rest of you aren’t the same size you used to be.

I was 30 before I new my proper bra size. I thought I was 36b, but, it turned out I was 34C! Just recently I discovered I’m now 34D. That’s what happens when you gain a few pounds – your size changes – and not just your dress size!

So, do your girls a favor and show “lift and separate” some respect. Skip Victoria’s Secret, and go old school. There are specialty bra shops in just about every mall these days, and Nordstrom lingerie department is perhaps THE best at sizing us gals.

Making the most of your shape sets the stage for wearing your clothes, instead of your clothes wearing you.

And while you’re at it, stand up straight and put your shoulder’s back. You’ll feel like a new woman!


Look Stylish in Glasses

Here are some tips to take this seemingly “nerdy” accessory and make it yet another way to tell your signature style story:

  • Color. There are so many varieties of colors and styles today that you would be crazy not to venture away from basic black. You can go metallic with a silver or gold frame. You can go classic chic with a gray or brown. However, the way to really make the best of you eyeglasses is to get them in a color that will really make your eyes pop. For example, if you have hazel eyes, some purple frames will really make the green in your eyes stand out. If you are unsure of which colors will make your eyes stand out, take a hint from eye shadow palettes. They design eye shadow palettes around eye color and if you follow that guidance your eyes will surely sparkle through your lenses.
  • Pattern. Yes, they make leopard print eyeglass frames and almost anything you can image. Go browse some eyeglass stores online and offline to get a sense of the variety out there. A classic pattern for glasses is tortoise shell. There is nothing wring with that option, but you should attempt to up the style quotient by at least getting the tortoise shell frames in an unusual shape.
  • Shape. The shape of eyeglasses is a whole study all by itself. Depending on your face shape, there are eyeglass shapes that will look better on your face. You don’t want to purchase a pair of glasses that makes your face look fatter. Five minutes of internet research can help you determine your face shape. Are you an oval, heart, diamond, square, round, or triangle? An additional 5 minutes of online research will help you determine which pair of frames best match your face shape.
  • Eyeglass accessories. The eyeglass accessory is the eyeglass case. This often overlooked item is important because you also want to look chic when you are pulling your glasses out of your purse. You can have it in a bright neon color or emblazoned with a designer’s logo or go diva with one covered in Swarovski crystals. You might be thinking, “Who cares about my eyeglass case? I’m a busy mom and my child’s sandwich keeper works just fine as an eyeglass case.” That is a big no-no. It is ingenious in that it will keep your eyeglasses from getting smashed and soggy, but it is not chic. Splurge a little and get an eyeglass case that will make you smile every time you pull it out and watch all the compliments you start collecting as a result of your unique eyeglass case.

 


Ways to Update an Outfit

Accessorize your look

Accessories are always here to help you. They can easily change, for example, the T-shirt you have to another look. Accessories also may change your style. So, with one and the same jacket you may look both very flattering and girly and when changing the accessories you may get very classic outfit.

Renovate your jeans

Surly, if you look into your wardrobe right now you will find at least a pair of jeans that you don’t wear any longer. So, be creative, make them worn-out, cut the way you want and make them stylish and renewed. Combine them with loose T-shirts and a pair of nice ballerinas and get a very sunny look!

Add studs, glitters and sparkles

This year, you don’t have to be careful with your ideas, as the new season trends make you daring and confident. If you like sparkles, then add them to some of your shirts or bags. You can make your outfits trendy as well. For example, add studs to your blouse’s shoulders and create an army look, which is super trendy this year!

Nail design changes

During the fashion shows, we see that nail art is increasingly becoming more and more attractive. Nails may show your taste, character and degree of confidence. So, instead of changing your entire wardrobe, you may choose one of the trendy nail art designs and create them. A small accent will also make you chic and modish!

Saving your money

If you want to save some money, you can pick the most beloved things from your wardrobe and whatever you buy combine them with it. This will save up your money and you will have clothes that will be easily paired together. A pair of shoes, one accessory, a belt or a scarf may make your look more complete and stylish.