Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Brown Accessories, Ties & Footwear

Brown has also made a firm return in the realm of men's neckwear – both as a base colour and as an accent. Ties that have a brown base colour pair extremely well with white, beige, ivory, blue, sage, green, orange, and rust coloured dress shirts – the latter half of that list being complimentary spring and autumn colours.

Donna Karan (DKNY) has been making excellent brown hued neckwear for men for a few years now, and is well ahead of the trend – as well as being a trusted name when it comes to quality neckwear. Paisley prints are exceedingly popular when it comes to brown shades, so be sure to pink a bold paisley as a centerpiece of your fall wardrobe.

With regards to footwear, brown is a primary recommendation when it comes to a first pair of shoes – while it may not particularly match a black suit depending on the finish, it will pair more attractively with navy, brown, taupe, and tan coloured suits than a black pair would. Brown footwear typically also looks more attractive with denim, and any other colour of khakis except for black. Once again – black matches black, brown matches nearly everything else!

With these things in mind, be sure to keep an eye out for wardrobe items in the key of brown – a natural and classic colour that is sure to bring richness and maturity to your image!

Men's Fashion & Style Trends – All About Brown

As the leaves fall from the trees and the temperature begins to dip, it always seems that it's time for brown's perennial return to the sphere of fashion and wardrobe. Brown is a very understated and classic colour that men often overlook due to a happily fading misconception of it being particularly “old-fashioned.”

Brown as Essential, Versatile

Brown is easily one of the most versatile colours that a gentleman can add to his wardrobe. Not only will it co-ordinate with many of the colours that are offered during the autumn and winter seasons, but it will work very well with almost any shade of blue – from baby blue right down into the depths of navy.

Brown is essential in outerwear and accessories in order to draw a distinction from others – black is the standard choice for an overwhelming majority of men and wearing a great deal of brown will immediately set one apart from the pack.

Brown Suits, A Relatively New Trend

The return of the brown suit to modern style has been pleasantly received by consumers and designers alike, however unexpected it may have been. Brown pinstriped suits have been offered from designers such as Andrew Fezza and Calvin Klein – and have literally been some of the best sellers of the season – for a few great reasons.

Brown offers a very mature and professional look without the severity of black – it also co-ordinates with a variety of softer tones such as ivory or stone. Look for brown suits in two button varieties with a vented back and flat-front pants – a very slim and approachable look for both young and old!

Sweaters Of All Kinds

Sweaters of all types and shapes are big this winter. Cardigans, vests, cable knits, and turtlenecks – they are all in vogue this winter. Very present on catewalks were cardigans, sleeveless sweater vests and chunky oversized sweaters inspired by hunting sports and British country life. Cardigans are slimmer and not ziped, but buttoned. Biggest pattern is classic argyle in new colors and simpler arrangement, mostly cut into vests. Hottest fabrics are cashmere and fine wool.

Casual Blazer

The key element in this fall/winter (and every other) season is blazer. Even young men will fashion blazers with delight this fall. Blazers are very versatile and great piece for mixing and matching with various looks. Success of blazers also lies in fact that “Men are a little less afraid of wearing a blazer because it’s less formal than a suit, and worn essentially as outerwear,” says Erica Archambault, Gap spokesperson. Very hot this season are tweed and velvet blazers. Colors for velvet blazers are dark and subtle, mostly black and brown. Tweed blazers colors like its material are classic, mostly grey and neutral.


Men finally care what they wear and how they look. Men’s fashion goes mainstream – into the closets of regular guys. It doesn’t mean that all guys will be suddenly well dressed, but lot of them will try to be. As a result, glamour will take its place this winter. Lot of guys will want to look glamorous. Decorative and excessive new details in fabric mixture, colorful and unexpected accessories or color variation will be present on this winter’s fashion setting. We’ve seen at catewalks a lot of interesting mixes of chalk stripes and pin stripes, sound colours and matching ties, creative knits in exquisite coloring and patterns. This glamorous look is far from being showy and loud. This fall/winter trend is glamorous in a more sophisticated approach, with classic styles serving as the foundation.

Dressing up in fall/ winter

Men this fall/winter are (finally) dressing up. Elegance and sophistication in combination with nonchalance are key words this fall/winter in men’s fashion world. For years, men, particularily youngsters, have been striked with loud streetwear. Ultra low-cuts, screaming jeans and tracksuits are changed this season with blazers, neck-ties and tailoring. Even the younger men that aspire to be fashionable, as well as regular guys will adopt smart blazers, shirts and start favouring formalwear and tailoring instead of street-influenced casualwear. The polished look will mix more and more into everyday clothes this winter and following seasons as well.

Pakistan Fashion Industry

A country is represented by the outcomes its industries produces. A fashion industry also plays significant role in country's success because there lies the brillaint work of fashion designers, artists and also the revenue generated by exports of fashion accessories, products. Pakistani fashion industry is not in its initial stages now. The fashion industry of Pakistan has advanced to higher levels in terms of achievements and contributions for Fashion in Pakistan. Pakistani fashion industry is now making its expansion beyond borders. Fashion Industry of Pakistan is now rich in ideas, innovation and production. For the success of Pakistani fashion industry one cannot ignore the work of talented Pakistani fashion designers, artists and fashion labels especially those who are working under the banner of Fashion Pakistan.
With the progress of pakistani fashion industry, people like overseas investors who want to invest their money by opening fashion based boutiques, outlets or by setting industry for fashion based clothes manufacturing, are taking interest to know more about fashion industry of Pakistan. Fashion Pakistan is striving to let people know some perspective of Pakistani fashion industry, the people who are part of fashion industry of pakistan like fashion designers, artists, models, stylist, fashion based business investment opportunities like boutiques, outlets, fashion labels and other occupations that are playing major role for the success of Pakistani fashion industry

Friday, May 22, 2009

Beauty Tips for Hair -4

Round face:
Pulling your hair back will only emphasize roundness. If your hair is short, wear styles that are fuller at the crown. If your hair is long, wear it fuller at the neck to detract from roundness.

Square face:
A wispy sweep of bangs across the brow will soften your face. Always think softness. Curls or waves will detract away from the angles of your face.

Taking medication
Be sure to use a clarifying shampoo as medications are excreted through the hair, leaving a fine, thin film.

Massage your scalp
Use a rubber glove to massage your head while shampooing in the shower. It will stimulate your scalp and promote healthy hair growth.

Using mousses or gels
Use them sparingly. They cause buildup that will dull your hair and weigh it down.

No time to shampoo

Dab facial toner all over your scalp with a cotton ball and blow dry. This will get you through until the next washing.

Hair frizzies
Rub a dab of canola oil between the palms of your hands and apply sparingly over hair where you have frizzies.

Combat static
Spray a little anti-static spray on your hair brush. It works on hair the same way it works on clothes.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Beauty Tips for Hair -3

To make hair shineEat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eaten raw they are especially beneficial. Include these in your diet and see your hair shine and your skin glow! Try The Living Well Plan, click here.

Terrible tangles
Detangle your hair before you wash it. Wet hair is very fragile so brush your hair thoroughly before getting into the shower.

Give your hair a break
Let it dry naturally once or twice a week. Turn your head upside down and use your hands to shape and lift the roots for volume.

Flyaway hair:
Mix 1/2 mashed avocado with 1 tablespoon mayonnaise and apply to just washed hair. Leave on 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly. You can use this once a week.

Greasy hair:
Add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 1/3 cup of your regular shampoo. Wash as usual. This will also add highlights!

Limp hair:
On freshly washed hair, massage in beer concentrating on the scalp only. Do not rinse out and your hair will have volume!

When going to the salon, have a specific cut in mind. Bring a picture and make sure the stylist understands what cut you are looking for.

Styling product buildup
Use an inexpensive shampoo once a week to strip off extra mouse, gels, or hairspray buildup.

Run out of conditioner
Use facial moisturizer just on the areas that need it if you are in a pinch.

Dull hair:
mix 1/3 cup vodka with 1/3 cup of your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and get ready for the shiniest hair ever!

Overnight split-end mender:
Before bed, gather hair into a high ponytail at the crown. Using a small dry paintbrush, coat the ends of the tail with olive oil (about 1/3 the way up). Slip tail under a shower cap and shampoo out in the morning. Do 1 to 2 times a week.

Combat static:
Massage a teaspoon of mayo on clean damp hair. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse out.

Perfect ponytail
Comb a lightweight gel through your hair from roots to ends. Secure with a cloth covered elastic band. Wrap a small section of hair around the band to cover and secure with bobby pins.

Get permed curls back
Scrunch those curls with a palm full of mousse, wrinkling your hair as you go and your curls will be back!

Make your hair shine
Use a brush made with boar bristles; they help pick up scalps natural oils and distribute them through your hair.

Brush it the right way
Tilt head downward to bring nourishing blood to the scalp. Begin at the roots and work in sections, dividing the brushed from the unbrushed. Twenty-five strokes will do it.

Churiddar Salwar Kameez

Churiddar Salwar Kameez fashion is also a part of Pakistani fashion. Desire gives birth to new things. Similarly churidar is a result of a desire. Desire changed or modified the traditional salwar into churidar Salwar to look sexy and slim trim. Churidar Salwar Kameez is not exactly like a traditional salwar kameez. It is not wide as the salwar in traditional salwar kameez. There is a lot of difference in between the curve and cuts of churidar and traditional salwar.

In churidar salwar kameez, the salwar or shalwar has more length if we compare with traditional salwar length, because wrinkles come on the ankle in churidar salwar. The top part has the belt like traditional salwar kameez and pleates also. In churidar Salwar , the upper portion of the salwar is not wide spread like traditional salwar, it is 4-5 inches loose than the hips measurements. There is a tunnel on the top portion for drawstring like the traditional salwar. In totality Churidar Salwar or Shalwar has a leg like shape with few inches margin for leg movements.

The upper portion “Kameez" is same as traditional kameez. Normally it is long upto knee with long or short sleeves as desired. There are long side slits and bottom curve may be round and straight as per desire. Churidar Salwar Kameez comes under the basic design category of Salwar Kameez.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Beauty Tips for Hair -2

Go ahead and highlight
If you have been contemplating adding a little 'gold' to your locks go ahead. Summer is the perfect time to do it. Keep the bleach and chemicals off of your scalp and have a professional do it. It is worth the money. Don't do the do-it yourself highlighter kits unless you really know what you are doing.

Enrich your dark hair color naturally
Brew one strong cup of espresso and let cool completely. Pour on dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse.

Enhance your blond hair naturally
Brew some chamomile tea and let cool completely. Pour on dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse. For red hair use lemon-balm tea.

Your brush giving you static
Keep your brush squeaky clean. Wash it with a drop of shampoo and warm water and no more fly-aways!

Getting yellow out of gray
Use a highlighting shampoo with a cool base color like blue or violet. These colors minimize that brassy, yellow look. Look for shampoos that contain vegetable dyes.

Hair and Salt water
Wash and rinse your hair as soon as possible after swimming. If salt water dries on your hair, it can cause mineral deposits to build up so wash your hair thoroughly.

Dry or oily hair
if you have dry hair and scalp, rinse in very warm water. Hot water stimulates oil production, so if your hair is oily, cool water is recommended.

Get waves without hot rollers
Get some velcro rollers (beauty supply houses sell them) and put them in your hair just after blowing dry. Leave them in until you are finished getting ready. A few minutes before you're about to leave, take out the rollers, brush through once and you will have hair that has volume and bounce.

Make your hair shine

Always rinse your hair with cool water to seal the cuticle and make your hair shine!

Oily scalp
Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and dab all over your entire scalp.

Homemade intensive conditioner
Mix 1/4 cup of olive oil with 1 egg and apply to hair. Use more olive oil if your hair is very long. Cover your head with aluminum foil, then with a towel that has been warmed in the dryer. Leave on for 30 minutes to an hour, then shampoo as usual.

Texturize limp locks
Braid slightly damp hair at the crown, make only a few braids depending upon the thickness of your hair. Let dry completely, take braids out, spritz on a lightweight hair spray and run fingers through.

Shine boosting hair mask: Mash an over-ripe banana; combine with 3 drops of almond oil. Massage into dry hair, leave on for 15 minutes, then shampoo out.

For bouncy hair
Saturate freshly washed hair with half & half, concentrating on the scalp. Leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse.

Use mouthwash that's labeled antiseptic. It kills the strain of yeast that's responsible for dandruff. Mix one part mouthwash with 9 parts water and pour over scalp; massage in and let set 5-10 minutes then rinse well.

Baby fine hair
Create a hair plumping rinse by separating three large eggs; discard the yolks then mix whites with enough water to make it pourable. Pour over hair.

Casual Look for Spring and Summer

There are so many reasons to love the transition from fall/winter to spring/summer. One thing I look forward to is swapping heavy jackets and wool sweaters for lighter clothing. There is nothing like feeling free from so many layers. I particularly enjoy wearing what I consider my uniform of the season--a polo, flip flops and jeans with a great belt topped off with cool sunglasses. Check out my five spring/summer must haves for the perfect casual look.

Polo Shirts
It was the French tennis player Rene Lacoste who made the polo shirt one of the most popular wardrobe basics out there. Until 1950 the Lacoste polo was available in only one color - white. Today, every designer has their inerpretation and it comes in many colors from solids to heathered to striped. They are available in a wide variety of fabrics as well. It's a must have for a casual spring or summer look.

Casual Belts

The perfect choice when trying to avoid the formal look of a dressy belt. Casual belts such as this GUESS Etched Brass Plaque Antique Belt look great when paired with sandals or fun sneakers.

Premium Denim jeans for men
We already know that denim is a staple in the American wardrobe, but currently it has become more so than ever. And I realize that with all of the styles and fits out there it can be a little confusing. Here I have highlighted eight of my favorite premium jeans for men. And if your a little more thrifty, check out my list of less expensive jeans for men. So now there's no excuse.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Important rules for mens fashion

very man has asked themselves about matching their socks with their trousers and other assorted questions at some point in their lives. Here I have listed six important men's fashion rules to live by which should at least clear up some confusion about a few things.

Always match your belt with your shoes. This is a good rule to follow and it keeps things simple. It's best to stay with traditional colors such a black, dark brown or a rich tan. Other colors will be difficult to match, and generally speaking, should be avoided. If you wear sneakers every day that probably means you are wearing jeans in which case I suggest trying a belt made of fabric or something equally as casual, but please avoid dress belts with jeans and sneakers. If you wear suspenders, I am compelled to ask you why, but I digress. Just don't wear a belt and suspenders together, it's one or the other.

Matching Ties and Shirts. For while the solid-colored shirt with a tie of the same (or slightly-off) color was seen everywhere. This is now a somewhat dated look. Try mixing things up a little and experiment with colors. Ties are great way to express yourself, but keeping it tasteful is your best bet. You can't go wrong with diagonal stripes, modern polka-dots, plaids and subtle patterns. Just make sure your tie compliments your shirt, suit, sweater or what ever you will be wearing it with. Novelty ties are best avoided since the novelty is short lived.

Note: Ties should be tied in whatever style most strikes your fancy. You should know that there are many different ways to knot your tie, and different knots say different things. I prefer the Windsor or the four-in-hand, but I do suggest that you explore a little just for kicks. As for clip on ties--just say no.

Pleats vs. Flat-Front. Why so many men have avoided flat-front trousers has always been a mystery to me. Flat-front trousers look better than pleated pants most of the time. Pleats make you look less slim. I have heard guys wear pleats because it’s more comfortable or because flat-fronts are more for athletic bodies. Truth is most men can wear a flat-front trouser. If you want more room then buy them a little big and have them brought in at the waist. This can be done at the store where you buy your clothes or by an independent tailor. And lastly, flat-font trousers are much more fashionable.

Socks. The more official rule on socks is that they should match the color of your pants, though preferably not the exact same shade unless, of course, you are wearing black in which case it's okay. However, I personally like to wear socks with patterns, such as stripes in various colors. But I do try to match my socks with my pants and shoes. To quote Glenn O'Brien from GQ magazine, ". . .you will ultimately realize that beyond the valley of rules rises the mountain of aesthetics, the peak of which (if there is one) is always shrouded in beautiful clouds of various hues, many of them resembling certain of my more unusually hued socks."

Note: Although it should be obvious, white socks should be reserved for the gym.

Watches are the single most important accessory a man can own. I really suggest investing in one good watch that suits your lifestyle and taste. However, if you are someone who likes to own more than one watch, wear the appropriate timepiece for your outfit: black band with black shoes and belt; brown band with brown shoes and belt; and silver band for either.

Eyeglasses are one of the few ways you can really express yourself. I have worn glasses for many years and I love having a few pair in different styles. They don't have to just serve a function, but can enhance your overall look. Do your best to find a pair of glasses that not only compliments the shape of your face, but also expresses your personality. Ask people who wear glasses for a place where you can get good advice about what shape and style looks best for your face shape and features.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Beauty Tips for Hair -1

Fading hair color
To lock in color, try using a shampoo that has a slightly acidic Ph. All shampoos designed to clarify, volumize or control dandruff contain harsh, color-dimming ingredients.
Shape up your hair
Summertime is here, so get a quick trim or whole new cut. Summer weather can dry out your hair so make sure to condition the ends well after every shampoo. Use olive oil on the ends with a plastic bag covering the ends; tie with a rubber band. Leave on overnight, then shampoo in the morning.
Wear your hair up
Invest in a couple of hair clips or other holders that will keep your hair off of your face during the hot weather months. Keep one in your purse in case you need an instant hair-makeover.
Lifeless hair
If using a body building gel , don't use it on wet hair as it will make your hair go limp. Water will dilute the active ingredients in most of the gels. Instead, towel dry hair, removing the excess moisture, then massage gel into hair and style as usual.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Lemon and beauty

Lemon for health and beauty

Lemon packs quite a punch in its small form. Be it a health problem or be it a beauty ailment, a lemon acts as a boon for all these.

Most of us have used a lemon at one time or the other, and know that it is a rich source of Vitamin C. Added to a glass of cold water; it can be most refreshing during summer months. Taken regularly, it is a preventive against cold and helps to strengthen the immune system. We also add it to salads, snacks and food, because its tanginess adds to their flavor.

But, there are a number of ways a common lemon can be used for both health and beauty.

For health purposes

Lemon increases the body’s resistance to disease. Its glucose and mineral contents help replace body loss of fluids through sweat, especially during the summer months. Taking lemon regularly helps relieve headaches, soothe digestive problems and even brings relief to people suffering from anxiety. It stimulates blood circulation, reduces arterial pressure, activates bile and intestinal secretions. In other words, it can promote a general feeling of well being.

It is important to remember that lemon is best taken when diluted with water. You can start your day with the juice of a lemon in a glass of warm water. This combination helps keep the system flushed and removes toxins and wastes. This will also reflect on the skin, keeping it clear and glowing. Weight watchers will also find this beneficial.
From cosmetic viewpoint

As a cosmetic ingredient, lemon can be used in various ways. The only thing to remember is not to use it undiluted, as it can be harsh on the skin. On areas where the skin is thicker, lemon can be used by itself. For example, for dark elbows, rub lemon halves and then wash off with water. Over a period of time, it will cleanse the skin and lighten its color.

Lemon can also be used as a hand lotion. Mix it with rose water and rub it on your hands. For rough hands, rub granulated sugar together with the juice of a lemon over your hands, till the sugar dissolves. Then rinse off with water. It will help improve the skin texture when applied regularly.

Oily skin can really benefit from a lemon treatment.
Dilute the juice of half a lemon in a glass of water and use this to wash your face. If it seems harsh for your skin, add more water. Gently blot the face with tissue or a clean towel, instead of wiping it. Lemon not only helps restore the normal acid-alkaline balance, but also reduces surface oil. This treatment can be beneficial during summer, when the skin tends to be more oily.

In fact, during summer, you can freeze lemon water in an ice cube tray. Wrap the ice in a clean tissue or cloth and rub it gently on oily skin. It not only reduces oil, but it is extremely refreshing too. Some people have sensitive skins and if your skin burns or itches with the application of lemon-water, you should not use it.

Lemon can also be used as a hair rinse. You can add lemon juice to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse, after your shampoo. You can even add it to “tea water”. Boil used tea leaves in enough water and cool the liquid. Add the juice of one lemon and use it as a last rinse. This helps to add shine to the hair.

Lemon as a natural cleanser

Due to its many beneficial properties, lemon has been used as an ingredient to formulate creams and lotions for skin care. It has been used, along with aloe vera to formulate cleansing gels, which helps getting rid of dirt and pollutants, without disturbing the normal acid-alkaline balance. A lemon-turmeric cream has been used as a pre-bath cream and also a soap substitute, for people with dry, dehydrated and sensitive skins. Lemon is a powerful natural cleanser.

When nature has provided us with ideal cosmetic ingredients, why should we use chemicals and synthetic substances? In fact, the human body responds well to natural substances, while it has an in-built resistance to synthetic ones.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Oily skin

The best skincare routine for oily skin
Follow a simple and gentle routine:
Maintain the skin's natural balance with a gel cleanser that uses synthetic detergents to create a lather that breaks down surface oils, or a foaming cleanser that combines lathering detergents and conditioners.
If you like the temporary tightening of a toner, use a low-alcohol formula.
Although a teenager with oily skin may be better off without a moisturiser, most people need one by their mid-20s, whatever their skin type. Look for water-soluble, lightweight lotions - many have a mattifying effect as an added bonus.
Exfoliate once a week with a grainy scrub, or every day with gentle alpha or beta hydroxy acid (AHA or BHA) products (unless you've had breakouts - then avoid exfoliants until the skin has healed).
For larger pores, spend 10 minutes steaming your face and then follow with toner.
Use a pore-minimising mud or clay mask once a week to remove surface sebum.
Pore strips help remove superficial clogging and are especially good if you have large pores on your nose. Use products only as often as the manufacturer suggests as more frequent application may irritate your skin.
A simple test will show you if your skin type is oily: wash your face, wait an hour, then press a tissue to your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks. If an oily residue appears in all these areas, you have oily skin. Another giveaway: if you see large, visible pores on any area of your face, it's oily. Oily skin will also seem to soak up make-up. However, oily skin is not necessarily prone to spots or acne.

What causes oily skin?Your oily complexion may not be permanent. The hormonal changes that occur during puberty or pregnancy can result in temporarily oilier skin. As you get older, sebum production often decreases and you may find your skin starts to become dry. Climate can also be a factor - humidity makes the skin oilier, so the summer months or a holiday in the sun can exacerbate the problem. Prolonged stress and anger can also trigger oily skin. Both emotions cause an adrenaline rush that leads to a surge in androgen, the group of hormones that sends the oil glands into overdrive.

Balance skin from within
Eating a balanced diet and, if necessary, taking appropriate supplements, is a vital part of creating a healthy complexion. Bear in mind that it takes a good three weeks for newly formed cells to reach the skin's surface, so it takes time for lasting results to show. Vitamins A, C and E, selenium and zinc are essential antioxidants that help to enhance collagen repair and generally promote skin healing. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) can also have a positive effect on skin as they form a barrier that prevents moisture loss that helps combat dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.

What to avoid if you have oily skin?
Contrary to what you might think, oily skin benefits from a light touch rather than aggressive treatment. Avoid:
Harsh scrubs These will stimulate the skin to produce even more oil.
Overwashing Twice a day is plenty. More frequent washing can leave you with dry skin.
Creamy cleansers Lightweight, wash-off formulations are more appropriate.
Astringent toners Any skincare product with alcohol can dry the surface of the skin, trapping impurities beneath the surface.
Heavy make-up Cream-based foundations and blushers are unsuitable for oily skin. Look for oil-free formulas instead.

The best skincare routine for oily skin
Follow a simple and gentle routine:
Maintain the skin's natural balance with a gel cleanser that uses synthetic detergents to create a lather that breaks down surface oils, or a foaming cleanser that combines lathering detergents and conditioners.
If you like the temporary tightening of a toner, use a low-alcohol formula.
Although a teenager with oily skin may be better off without a moisturiser, most people need one by their mid-20s, whatever their skin type. Look for water-soluble, lightweight lotions - many have a mattifying effect as an added bonus.
Exfoliate once a week with a grainy scrub, or every day with gentle alpha or beta hydroxy acid (AHA or BHA) products (unless you've had breakouts - then avoid exfoliants until the skin has healed).
For larger pores, spend 10 minutes steaming your face and then follow with toner.
Use a pore-minimising mud or clay mask once a week to remove surface sebum.
Pore strips help remove superficial clogging and are especially good if you have large pores on your nose. Use products only as often as the manufacturer suggests as more frequent application may irritate your skin.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Do's Of Wearing Shorts

Do wear a nice flat front khaki short. Don't like khaki? Then opt for a nice olive, stone or navy color. You will look put together and stay cool and comfy. Any length from mid-thigh down to mid-knee is acceptable. A flat-front short looks great with a short sleeve button-down as well as a tee.

Do wear a cool pair of board shorts if you are in a hot climate or are in a beach community. But remember, if it is appropriate to the area you're in you'll look great, but if you are nowhere near water you are going to look like a poser, no matter how handsome you are.

Do wear a linen short if you are going to an upscale party and it’s just too hot for pants. Pair them with a nice leather sandal and a short sleeved linen shirt and you will make heads turn.

Do invest in a trendy short. If you are a fashion forward guy, then you might like G-star from Holland that makes a line of great fitted shorts or Nice Collective from San Francisco that makes some really fun cargo shorts and capris. They might be too trendy and/or expensive for some, but it’s worth it if you want something very current. Banana Republic also makes some trendy shorts which are less expensive.

Do use a self tanner if you have scary white legs (this is especially applicable to me, unfortunately). A self-tanner can really help show off your legs. If you aren’t thrilled about this idea, at least use a self-tanner until you have a little natural color from being outside.

Dont's Of Wearing Shorts

Don't wear pleated shorts unless you are golfing. If you do decide to wear shorts with pleats you might as well put on some black socks and white shoes as well. Just add a walker and you've got the old man vibe down with this fashion choice.

Don't wear gym/athletic shorts during a dinner out, a day out around town, and especially don’t wear them on a date. No matter how great your jump shot is or how fantastic your toned legs look, it's just best to save gym shorts for the gym, otherwise you're screaming "I've given up." Note: wearing them around the house and to and from the gym is okay.

Don't wear cut-offs or jean shorts. Jean shorts or "jorts" as they are warmly referred to and cut-offs, their ugly step-sister, just don’t make fashion sense. And putting on a belt, tucking in your shirt and/or clipping your cell phone to your waist won't help the situation. Stick with a nice pair of light weight denim jeans, a nice summer shirt and leather flip flops if you have the urge to wear denim in warm weather. You'll end up looking handsome and put together, not a fashion victim.

Don't forget "the ratio” of the cargo short pocket. There is a specific size of cargo pocket to age of wearer ratio to be aware of--the older the wearer, the smaller the pocket needs to be. The larger size pockets should peak in the teenage/college age set, then grow smaller until they disappear all together by the age of 50, generally speaking. It’s sad but true.

Tips for men about wearing colos

A man who knows how to wear color well can really turn some heads. According to Kim Johnson Gross, co-founder of Chic Simple Ltd, men shouldn't be afraid of color but should embrace it. They should experiment even if it's just with shirt colors. Kim and I discussed this topic and we came up with several tips men need to know about wearing color.
Especially wear color in summer
Summer is such a festive time of year. Light and bright colors are de rigeur. So I advise you to choose a color that is your signature color for the season and one that enhances your natural skin and hair tone.
Stay away from beige colored shirts
Beige is a bad color for shirts or any article that is around the face. It is rarely a good color for someone. I don't know why designers continue to push this color on us. Just don't secumb to the pressure.
French blue is always a good choice
French blue, which is a rich medium blue, is a flattering color for most skin tones. It makes a great dress shirt, which is mainly where you will find this sumptuous hue.
Stay away from bright, solid-colored socks
Colorful socks are okay if they have a design like stripes or argyle. But bright, solid-colored socks are simply not a good idea. Donny Osmond is suddenly coming to mind.
Keep color around the face
Again, it is important to keep flattering colors that enhance skin and eye color around the face. You don't want to look like you just got out of the hospital, do you?
Stay away from loud patterns
They are distracting and ultimately not a good thing. If it was ever in, it was the eighties, but we've thankfully moved on.
Take a look around you
If you are baffled about how to incorporate more color into your wardrobe, take a look around you. Look at ads and store displays. For example, Ralph Lauren really uses a lot of color in his collections. He styles his clothes well—gives classics a twist by using color. Also, Brooks Brothers has more recently had great options with color. If you are traveling abroad, see how the locals use color. Italians are probably the best at wearing color--you would be hard pressed to see people there wearing dark, drab colors.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Summer Fashion Collection

Summer Fashion Collection hand knitted and crocheted women's tops, blouses, jackets, outfits

The women's spring-summer collection consists of pieces designed exclusively by Designer Galina Dacheva. Each design has been developed over a long period of time and is the result of her hard work and dedication, her feel for beauty and harmony.

The spring-summer collection shows an unexpected style - bold and sexy designs, created from traditional hand-knitting and crochet techniques. The entire collection presents a message to young women to express themselves and not to be afraid to show their individuality. The patterns and materials have been chosen among hundreds of alternatives, to give each design its unique outlook.

Hand knit spring - summer fashion has never looked so good. The colors you will see go beyond the frontiers - beginning with elegant black and white, passing through silver and gold and finishing with all the colors of the rainbow, turning individualism into a cult. And, of course, comfort and ease haven't been overlooked, they are present in every Babini kuki garment. It could be an elegant outfit; a stunning, sexy top; a classic, stylish jacket; a beautiful blouse; a fashionable skirt; with accessories or without - it's a matter of personal preference.

Pakistan Traditional Kameez salwar

One of the Pakistan shalwar kameez trend is traditional Shalwar kameez.Traditional Kameez is normally long up to knee with wide circumference (Gher) and with full sleeves. It is almost fully covered from the back as back neck line depth like 2-3" and medium low at the front like 6-7" inches as front neck line depth. It is wide or broad at neck like 6-7" inches to put the head into the Kameez.

Dupatta (or Store or Scarf or Shawl) is third piece of this Salwar Kameez set. Hey usually wear around head or neck... For Muslim women, the dupatta is a less stringent alternative to Chador or Burqa

For Hindu women (especially those from northern India , where the salwar kameez is most popular), the dupatta is useful when the head must be covered, as in a temple or the presence of elders. For other women, the dupatta is simply a stylish accessory that can be worn over one shoulder or draped around the chest and over both shoulders.