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Hair & Beauty

Hair Trend Alert: The Pixie Cut

Posted on 26 Aug 2013 at 9:42pm

When Beyonce chopped off her hair last week, it was one of the most shocking celebrity haircuts in quite a while. In all honesty, the cut was likely a combination of removing extensions and cutting some hair, but the results were surprisingly (Sasha) Fierce, and I’m excited to see Queen Bey rock her shorter ‘do–especially since many people associate her entire persona with her gorgeous long hair.

And right on Mrs. Carter’s heels was another dramatic hair change: Model Coca Rocha cut her mid-length tresses into a edgy cut–super short around the sides with a bit more length on the top. Keeping the extra length on the top will allow for lots of variety at photoshoots (as Coco has already revealed via Instagram), and the shorter length shows off the model’s striking bone structure far more than her previous look.

By cutting off their locks, these two ladies have joined the ranks of stars who have dared to go super short.

Robin Wright has been rocking a pixie for about a year now, and she showed off her low maintenance crop once again this week on the red carpet.

And Ginnifer Goodwin, who has one of the most famous (and long-lasting) pixie cuts in Hollywood loves her short cut so much that she actually writes it into her filming contracts–she gets to keep the hair short and wear wigs for roles!

To keep your own pixie looking chic day after day, use Short Sexy Hair Quick Change Shaping Balm to create a style that is easily reactivated the next day, and to shape your hair and hold it in place, Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Sculpting Pomade is a great option. If it’s moisture and shine you want, try Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey.

So what do you think? Are all these ladies rocking the short hair, or do you prefer them with longer locks?

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Hilary Duff’s Hair Transformation

Posted on 21 Mar 2011 at 8:19pm

Never one to shy away from trying out a new look, Hilary Duff kept fans in the know as she changed up her coif, once more.

The “Cheaper By the Dozen” darling altered her recently darkened locks by snipping off the bangs, as she tweeted over the weekend, “Leah the hair dresser! BANG BANG 😉 new moon…new me! Time for din folks! ”

Quite happy with the results, Miss Duff wrote a short while later, “Wow! Yes! A success! Thank god you guys love it makes me feel so good! Here’s one more pic just cause I liked it”

Meanwhile, Hil has since jetted off for charitable endeavors, as she informer her many followers on Sunday (March 20), “Heading to airport to visit blessing in a backpack school in Atlanta!the rain storm in la is nuts! My dogs were howling so much this morning.”

What to Wear to a Wedding

Posted on 23 Nov 2009 at 2:59am

ktmfashion/Wedding Guest Style for Her

Informal Daytime: Short dress or suit (business attire OK for morning weddings)

Informal Evening: Cocktail dress Semi-Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit Semi-formal Evening: Cocktail dress Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit. Hats and gloves optional. Formal Evening or Black-Tie: Long or dressy short cocktail (beading, glam accessories, wrap) Ultra-formal or White Tie: Long gown, extra glitz (furs, diamonds, etc.)

Do’s and Don’ts for Her

  • Don’t wear white because it competes with the bride. There are plenty of other colors available.
  • Don’t wear black or sequins during the daytime.
  • Don’t worry about wearing the same colors as the bridesmaids or mothers. You can’t possibly coordinate with everyone in the wedding party.
  • Do wear something feminine and appropriate, out of respect for your hosts. Clubwear, overtly sexy clothing (strapless, see-through, etc) doesn’t belong at a wedding. If you have to ask if it’s appropriate, it probably isn’t.
  • Don’t wear opera-length gloves (to top of arm) with anything but sleeveless or strapless gowns.
  • Do take off gloves to eat or drink.
  • Do use good judgment if the invitation doesn’t specify the formality of the event. A pastel suit or soft floral dress for daytime or a little black dress for evening (after 6 p.m.) will take you almost anywhere.

Wedding Style for Him

  • Informal Daytime: Dress shirt and pants, preferably a sports jacket.
  • Informal Evening: Suit
  • Semi-Formal Daytime: Suit
  • Semi-Formal Evening: Dark suit
  • Formal Daytime: Dark suit and tie
  • Formal Evening: Tuxedo (if invitation states “black tie”) or dark suits if women wear short dresses.
  • Ultra-formal Evening or White Tie: White tie, vest and shirt.

 

Do’s and Don’ts for Him

  • Don’t try to get cute with a tuxedo. A black tux with white shirt and black bow tie is the best way to go. If “Creative Black Tie” or “Texas Formal” or some sort of other vague formal description is used, then going with a tux and black shirt, no tie, might be acceptable. Also, trendier cities like Los Angeles and New York might be more accepting of breaking with tradition.
  • Do wear a dark suit, with a tie if the wedding is after 6 PM, and doesn’t say “Black Tie.”
  • Don’t wear a tuxedo during the day time, regardless of the formality of the event.
  • Do use good judgment if the invitation doesn’t specify the formality of the event. A dark suit and conservative tie will take you just about

Hairstyles For Asian Men

Posted on 22 Oct 2009 at 12:13pm

Hairstyle ideas for Asian men
Gone are the days of the bowl cut and assimilating to other ethnic hairstyles. When it comes to great hair, Asian men have some of the most versatile sets of locks around. Thanks in large part to its characteristically thick, ultra-straight texture, Asian hair lends itself to today’s most stylish haircuts, even setting the trend in some cases.

If you’re of Asian descent, you should know that your hair is very porous, so it can absorb more moisture and hold different styles. If you’re not happy with your hair, then you’re not tapping into its full potential. So, to put you on the fast track to a new modern look that suits who you are, here’s a list of six super-sharp haircuts that will really play to your advantage.

The total shave

Asian guys (or any guys, really) with a bald head make a bold statement. Whether you need to do it or not, taking it all off the top shows you’re a man of true grit and determination; you exude confidence and class. Being bald looks so tough, Mark Dacascos dons it for his role as the Chairman on Iron Chef America; it allows him to be both smooth as steel and tough as nails. If you want to set that tone, then make the decision to go bald; it’s the perfect look for the take-charge guy who wants to come across as sharp, confident and sophisticated. Bald-headed men command respect and a style all their own. What makes this look even better is the fact that a lot of chicks dig it.

What it says about you: You’re on top of your game, you know who you are and you’re not afraid to show it.

Textured short

Traditionally, short hair can be a bore, but adding texture makes it classically cool. Due to their simplicity, textured short haircuts are spot-on for guys who like to walk one step beyond conservative. Sporting this ‘do makes it abundantly clear that you have a crisp, professional image to maintain. You know what it means to be in style without going overboard. Textured short hair looks timeless and sophisticated. No one proves this point more than Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim; his well-maintained coif affirms his cosmopolitan, erudite disposition toward style. Kim’s not trying to push the envelope anymore than he has to because he doesn’t need to; his stylish, grown-up haircut says it all for him. And for the consummate professional, you should let this haircut do the same for you.

What it says about you: Steeped in traditional, classic style, you have a mature approach to fashion that translates into an air of confidence, class and simplicity.

Razored shag

We do learn from the past, and the razored shag proves it. Though no one’s had one in years, consider this hairstyle a modern twist on the outdated bowl cut. But just because it’s based on an old-school style, doesn’t mean it’s lame. Actually, this haircut speaks irreverence. Just look at Jason Tobin. He carries the uneven edges and tapered-down crop like a true badass. Inherent in the razored shag is cool demeanor and edgy sophistication; it’s urban, daring and borderline defiant. While the cut’s definitely a suave look for younger guys, it also works for more audacious professionals who maintain a dapper wardrobe.

What it says about you: Self-assured and somewhat defiant, you know what it means to push the envelope, yet you stay slightly grounded in tradition.

Rockin’ the faux hawk and shoulder-length hair.

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Lakme Makeover

Posted on 22 Oct 2009 at 12:11pm

Groovy Green

Groovy green is ‘in’ this season. It is the perfect colour to add to your make-up and welcome spring; when trees are putting on fresh green leaves and nature is resplendent in green. With the beginning of spring, natural hues are making a splash on the fashion front, so go for green.vie

Get Started:

1. Clean your face with a cleanser and apply moisturiser.
2. Dab some foundation and spread it evenly on your face with your fingertips.
3. Apply loose translucent powder using a large soft brush.

Grab those vibrant colours:

4. Apply some gold eye shadow on the upper eyelids. Then apply a light shade of green eye shadow starting from the outer edge of the eyelid covering the brow bone so that it highlights your eyes.

5. Wipe off excess dust under the eye with a brush.

6. Apply black eyeliner over the upper eyelids. As the eye shadow is dark and vibrant in colour it is better to apply a thin coat of liner to avoid a bulky look.

7. To compliment the heavy upper eyelid make-up apply black eye pencil on the inner part of the lower eyelids.

8. Brush eyebrows lightly using brown mascara.

9. Apply bronze shimmer sun gel on cheekbones and peach coloured blusher to accentuate your look.

10. Touch up by brushing bronze highlights on the nose, forehead and chin with a light touch.

11. Line your lip with a lip liner and fill in the lipstick with a lip brush blending in the lines well. Light shades go well with heavy eye make up.

12. Finish off by attaching green eyelashes with lash adhesive waterproof surgical glue to give yourself a funky look.

The Lazy Girl’s Beauty Guide

Posted on 22 Oct 2009 at 12:09pm

Clothes and accessories have been an integral part of human beings since the beginning of civilization. People have been fascinated with changing designs and styles of clothes and have shown interest in following the latest fashion and trends that prevail. A career in fashion design can be rewarding and stimulating, to those with a creative streak and love for fashion.
Tracing fashion design career

Fashion designers are people who design clothes and accessories which are later put on sale for the public. Charles Frederick Worth was the first ever known fashion designer; he set up a fashion designing house ‘House of worth’ in the mid 1800’s. Prior to this people has exclusive seamstresses to make their clothes and many of these seamstresses were not necessarily well-known in the market.
With the establishment of exclusive fashion designing houses, people could identify their clothes with designers and their exclusive style. Talented fashion designers were hired by highly-placed people in society and these designers worked exclusively for these people. There were fashion designers who were hired by fashion houses and these people designed clothes for these houses for bulk manufacture.
Role of a fashion designer

Fashion designers are exclusively trained to design clothes either on a custom basis or for the mass market. They have to keep updating themselves with market requirements and prevailing trends in the market. This involves:

  • Read fashion magazines and understand the prevailing taste and attend fashion shows organized by fashion designers.
  • Fashion designers interact with the clients and customers, understand their requirement and design clothes according to the taste of the client. They also advice clients on how to improve their sense of style and choose clothes that flatter them.
  • Fashion designers make rough sketches and copies of the garment design called patterns and they shape these pattern pieces to give the garment the final look.
  • These pattern pieces are then made to the actual measurement on paper.
  • The measurements and style of patterns are then used on a sample fabric and then they are sewn together and fitted on models. Any further alterations or design changes are made by studying the garment on the model.
  • The sample garment is approved by either the head designer or the customer and details such as type of fabric, color schemes, sewing pattern are finalized. The final garment is sewed after prior approval from the client.
  • CAD (Computer Aided Designing) techniques are used to make drawings and sketches and this data can be stored for future reference. With CAD it easy to alter the colors and the styles as per requirement.

Fashion designer career

To be a fashion designer, one must possess special skills in choosing colors and arranging combinations of colors. The candidate must be highly creative and possess an eye for detail and should be open to new, innovative and fresh ideas in their field of work.

  • There are formal training programs that offer special training in this field. On completion of the course, a degree for fashion designing is awarded to the successful candidate.
  • Training in the field of basic art and design might be mandatory as this will test the person’s skill for drawing and designing.
  • There are fashion design schools that offer formal degrees for either a two or three year period. People who have completed the two year course generally are absorbed as assistants to designers.
  • Formal training in CAD is necessary as it helps in designing better.
  • There are numerous areas of study that you can choose to specialize in before you choose fashion designing as your career.

Options in fashion design career

Fashion designing is not merely designing clothes; there are related sub-specialties in this field. Listed below are few popular choices in fashion design career:
Fashion designing: Students can choose to be specialists in either in knitwear or textiles or leather wear.
Accessory designing: Footwear, jewelry, costume jewelry etc are the wide options available in accessory designing. Clothes by themselves can never look complete without accessories, thus the market is equally demanding for these accessories.
Fashion photography: Fashion photographers are equally important in the fashion business, they bring out the best in a garment by the way it is pictured and presented. Thus fashion photographers are equally in demand.
Job prospects for fashion designers

Fashion design careers mainly relate to the following job prospects in the fashion design industry

  • Retail or wholesale garment business for men, women, children, or in specialty clothing like sportswear, casual wear etc.
  • Haute couture
  • Export houses that deal with garment manufacturing or handloom manufacturing or textiles manufacturing.
  • Fashion show related careers, like fashion photography, costume designers etc.
  • Custom-made garments or accessories like exclusive designer wear for the rich and the famous.

Job specialization for fashion design careers

The fashion industry as a whole deals with a few departments in main focus:
Design division: This is the prime division of any fashion design house as the people here are the makers of new and innovative designs. They shape, draw, sew and try out fresh garment ideas on models and later apply it to original customer requirements.
Manufacturing division: This division mainly handles the manufacturing of the garment either in bulk or as per the individual’s requirements for custom-designed wear.
Fashion coordinators: This division handles the customers/buyers and speaks to them on their requirements and relates these ideas to the design division and makes suggestions to the customers on improvement of the design they have already chosen. They act as a bridge between the client and the manufacturer.
Merchandising division: They are the people who give updates on the current trend and the changing market requirements. They relate to the fashion department/coordinators and also help in fixing prices of particular merchandise.
Special skills

To make a successful fashion design career, an eye for detail in the following areas will help
Designing: Should possess a keen interest in developing new and innovative ideas and should have a fair idea on the type of tools used.
Uniqueness: Ideas generated have to be unique and not borrowed.
Suggestion making: Should have special skills to manage problems and give better suggestions to both clients and manufacturer.
Good learner: Should be open to fresh and new thoughts and should possess flair to learn new concepts.
Management: Should possess the skill of coordinating and relating ideas of both the client and the manufacturer to each other in an effective manner.

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