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Category Archives: Fashion

About Stockings

Nylon stockings were scarce during WWII because all available nylon was needed in the war effort. A lot of nylon was used in making parachutes. Production of nylon stockings started up again at the end of WWII.

A new trend in stockings was started in the 1960s with the introduction of pantyhose. Until the introduction of pantyhose, stockings had to be worn with garter belts or girdles. The stockings were held up with clasps attached to the girdle or garter belt. Today, pantyhose are available in a multitude of styles. These stockings come in sheer, ultra sheer, nude, sandal toe, and reinforced toe. Some pantyhose come with built in body shaping and control tops to trim and smooth the tummy, rear, and hips. Women can even buy an anti-cellulite pantyhose. These stockings promise to reduce cellulite appearance by using micro beads imbedded into the fabric. Results are visible after four weeks. The beads remain effective for five washings. The stockings firm and tone legs for a sleeker look.

Nylon stockings come in a wide variety of colors and are also available as anklets, knee highs and thigh highs. Support hose are even available for those women who need some relief from the pain of vericose veins. These stockings are designed to relieve pain caused by varicose veins by relieving the pressure of the stocking against the leg. No part of the leg gets too much or too little pressure.

Many women enjoy sexy thigh high stockings. Some stockings need a garter belt to stay in place, while others use a knit in elastic or grip to help them stay snug against the thigh. Women can choose to wear fishnet thigh high stockings or ones with lace tops, or even ones with back seams running down the back of the leg.

Look Fabulous in White

1. White reflects light so wherever you wear it you will bring attention. Having said that, if you have any body parts you don’t want to appear larger don’t accentuate that area by adorning it in white and wearing a dark color next to it. What you can do is wear white from head- to- toe so no particular area has focus. For example, if you have large hips don’t wear white bottoms with a dark top because the eye will be drawn to the bottom. Instead, wear a white top and white pants and use accessories to take the focus away from the problem area. Or wear white on top and black on the bottom.

2. Wear black and white combinations with accessories to create impact. Wear a white skirt with a black top, black shoes, white handbag, and a black/white necklace. Handbags and scarves that have a black and white pattern will also bring some pizzazz. Experiment.

3. To change your look, wear white with bright colors such as pink and green. Again, choose accessories that will add interest. A pink or green bag, pink jewelry, pink shoes etc. You can also try 3 color combinations such as pink/black/white green/black/white or red/black/white.

4. Wear white only until the end of the summer season and don’t wear white to a wedding unless you are the bride.

5. Wear white T-shirts with jeans and choose a finer fabric to wear with suits for a more professional look. When you wear whites pay attention to your undergarments – avoid lacy bras – choose to wear nudes, they will not show under white.

Buy a High Quality Diamond

Having knowledge means having a confident air about you when you do business with a seller. If you start the conversation by asking about the weight and the 4 C’s, the seller will automatically assume that you know more about diamonds than the average buyer, making them less likely to try and sell you something of a lesser quality at a higher price.

The first thing to consider is the Cut, which has nothing to do with the shape of the diamond. Terms such as pear, round, and princess refer to the shape of the diamond, while the cut is more about how the angles and finish reflect the light and make the gem sparkle.

Listed below are the basic rules of cut selection:

· The finest diamonds have what is referred to as an Ideal Cut, which means they will be particularly brilliant. This cut is only found on round diamonds.

· Premium Cut diamonds are also round, and while they are still a high-quality gem, they usually cost less for a seller to acquire than the Ideal Cut stones.

· Larger diamonds that reflect light well and which offer up a good deal of brilliance are known as Very Good diamonds. They cost less than the cuts discussed above.

· When a diamond cutter creates a larger stone as opposed to creating one in the premium category, you are usually left with a Good Cut. You still get a quality diamond here, albeit at a more affordable price.

· Fair and Poor Cut diamonds do not offer much in the way of brilliance and are usually cut to make a larger stone.

The next C that we need to talk about is Clarity.

As the word suggests, the clarity is all about how clear the diamond is and whether it has any internal flaws that might affect its brilliance. Flaws are never referred to as blemishes, but rather inclusions. A diamond with great clarity will sell at a high price.

You may hear a seller talk about ratings for inclusion not visible to the naked eye. These flaws are graded from F to SI, with the meaning of each grade listed below:

F – Flawless and extremely rare.

IF – Another rare type of diamond, this one will have surface flaws but no internal issues.

VVS1-VVS2- Very few inclusions will be found on these diamonds, with all flaws detected at 10X magnification by a diamond pro.

VS1-VS2 – Very similar to the previous grade, with minor inclusions found at 10X magnification.

SI1-SI2 – Very slightly included, although the flaws are easier to detect at 10X magnification.

I1-I2-I3 – These diamonds come with inclusions visible to the naked eye, and as such are not considered a good investment.

The next thing to discuss is the diamond Color, which actually has more to do with a lack of it as opposed to a lot of color. Diamonds that are colorless tend to refract more light and deliver a great sparkle. The more color a diamond has, the less light it will absorb. Colorless diamonds are a very rare find indeed.

Don’t be fooled by sellers who refer to a diamond as blue-white. What they are talking about here is fluorescence, which gives a diamond a milky appearance when exposed to sunlight, thus reducing its value. Sellers will try to make a diamond seem more sparkly by using lighting tricks, so always ask to see the stone in natural light.

There are some blues, yellows, and other colors of diamonds available, all of which are very rare and extremely valuable.

Jewelers use what is known as a GIA scale to rate all diamonds. D is the highest on the scale, which runs all the way to Z, which is the poorest quality.

Wear Womens Suede Boots

Now, womens suede boots are making a comeback. Throughout the years, this type of footwear has come into and gone out of style which in fashion terms makes this style a classic. Look around and you will see that boots made from suede are everywhere; at playhouses, at chic nightclubs, in shopping malls, at the beach and all places in between. There are so many trendy styles available and so many ways to wear womens suede boots that there is just not enough room here to list them all.

How you wear a pair of womens suede boots really is just a matter of the look that you are trying to achieve. If you are simply looking for comfort, a pair of neutral colored, ankle length boots will do the trick. The natural color of the boot will match any outfit. Don a few suede accessories such as a purse and/or a lightweight suede jacket and you will achieve a look that is comfortable and very stylish. If you are heading out for a night on the town, you will want a style that looks good. Oftentimes women have to trade off comfort for appearance. Not so when you pair your outfit with suede boots. A tall length boot in black will give you a look that is sleek and sophisticated (and best of all, comfortable!) If instead you will be spending the night watching the latest hit movie that has been released on DVD, then a pair of suede boot style slippers will be the right choice. Any look you are trying to achieve, whether it is the western look, the punk look, the trendy look or the outrageous look, can be accomplished simply by finishing off your outfit with the right pair of womens suede boots.

The nice thing about womens suede boots is that they are made from animal skin, a natural material. If an animal’s skin can protect the animal from the elements, just think how these boots can help protect your feet. A double faced suede material will have the best mix of features. The inside of the boot will be soft and pliable and after just a short amount of time wearing the boots, the insoles will conform to the shape of the arch. The natural wicking properties of the animal skin will keep moisture and perspiration away from the feet helping them stay dry, comfortable and odor free. To reap the most benefits, these boots should be worn on bare feet.

Then consider the outside of the boot. Because it is easy to dye suede, these boots are available in a rainbow of color options. Plus, there are literally hundreds of styles to choose from. With so many color and style options available, it is easy to wear womens suede boots making this the number one reason why these boots have yet to go out of style.

Smart and Glamorous Trouser Suit

So it is cause for celebration when designers embrace a look that is retro in the sense that it is something we all know and love, but has been sufficiently updated for us to feel that we’re getting a new look. This is what has happened to the humble trouser suit, for decades an understated and overlooked wardrobe staple, which has suddenly come into its own. At the forefront of the new wave of suits are Paul Smith, who now applies his genie-like tailoring talents to women’s suits as well as men’s; French designer Agnes b, who has built her core business around impeccably-fitted women’s suits in lightweight wool with trouser shapes ranging from drainpipe to flares; and Calvin Klein, who has been lured away momentarily from all things casual to embrace formal tailoring.

The suit has come a long way since Coco was first photographed lounging around in a man’s tweed ensemble, way back in 1929. In fact, she caused something of a storm. Although the silent movie era had featured starlets swathed in silky pyjama suits, the sight of a woman wearing a sharply tailored jacket and trousers, with the attendant undertones of androgyny and male power, was not only new but decidedly shocking.

It wasn’t until the second world war, with the sudden influx of women into traditionally male jobs, that women’s trouser suits really came into their own. Women started wearing them to work and after the war, when designers developed their first ready-to-wear collections, trouser suits gradually became an alternative to the formal skirt suits introduced by Dior with his New Look.

Flip Flops

The simplest layout is that of a fleet-footed wood-based block. But throughout history there have been many changes on that design. The choice of toes to which the footwear was attached has differed from culture to culture.

The Japanese, to help young kids to learn to walk, came out with the woven sandal called “Zori”, which made its entrance to the beaches of New Zealand as early as 1900s. From this stage, Zoris created the trend for the mass popularity of flip-flops.

Flip flops came to the shores of the USA with the homecoming of the troops from the War in the mid 40s. After the Korean War, the proliferation of the rubber flip flops started the craze. From here, this amazing footwear gradually became part of the lifestyle. It was at this time when the build and quality of the footwear improved tremendously.

Nowadays, they are so popular that they no represent social class. In the beginning, the presence of flip flops on the sunny beaches of California triggered a craze. This spreads over the whole of US making them the casual footwear choice. People just like the simple design and the affordable prices.

It is precisely for this reason that this footwear is also the basic footwear for third-world countries. The prices there can be beyond the concept of cheap, like under a dollar. Recently, the strong green movement across many sectors of business mean there is now an added awareness on “green” footwear. For this, recycled tires and other disposables become the building materials.

Like the blue jeans, they have even turned into design or fashion attire. They often show up at awards shows, and even at engagement parties on the feet of brides-to-be!

Flip flops have been around for centuries, and they are not going anywhere. They are footwear for both formal and informal occasions, and worn by people from all walks of life. They can be snazzy fashion choices. They can be the shoes you choose for that lazy day moping around the house. Thus flip flops are cheaper, trendy, comfortable and durable. More people are stocking several pairs at home nowadays!

Learning From Fashion Trends

Trend-watching–and, more precisely, observing our trend-watching–gives us tremendous opportunities to create awareness of the traits we hope we have but are not sure we do. In fact, being frustrated, embarrassed, or depressed that we have succumbed to a trend is a perfect chance to discover what we value most.

It usually comes down to this: creativity and confidence. If we find ourselves buying that trendy little bag or those must-have shoes, that little voice inside us shouts “Sell-out!” and we start to feel that perhaps we’re not all we’d hoped to be. After all, a truly creative person would buy–or even make–something unique, and a confident person wouldn’t hesitate to go against the current trend and head in a completely different direction, or choose to buy nothing at all.

And thus begins a soak in the self-loathing tub, followed inevitably by an abandoned item at the bottom of the closet.

To avoid this, you must pay attention to it.

What trendy items are buried in your closet at this moment? Why did you buy them? Who were you with when you made the purchase? How were you feeling about the world in general and yourself in particular?

A little mindful shopping will help alleviate the Trendoid syndrome. And while you’re at it, check in with yourself on that monologue going through your head when you see others sporting the latest fashion fetish. You’ll learn a whole lot about YOURSELF if you listen carefully and–this is the hard part–non-judgmentally.

Styles of Engagement Rings

Three-Stone Engagement Ring

The three-stone rings feature a center diamond with two similar diamonds on either side. They are said to have great sentimental value as the three stones represent the past, present and future of the relationship. Princess and round cut diamonds are the most popular choices for the center stone in a three-stone ring. The two side diamonds are approximately half the carat weight as the center diamond. is usually The diamonds can be prong-set, basket-set or bezel-set.

Side-Stone Engagement Ring

Sidestone rings feature a center diamond flanked by two or more comparatively smaller diamonds on either side of it. Sidestone rings look more radiant and bright because of the additional diamonds and how they make the center stone look more distinct, bigger and shinier!

Split Shank Engagement Ring

A split shank ring features a band that splits as it reaches the center stone. These are one of the modern styles of engagement rings. This style of engagement ting is a nice choice for elongated center diamonds such as pear, oval and marquise as it helps to visually balance the diamond. These split shank rings can also have micro pave diamonds on the band to make it look extraordinary and grand! A halo can also be incorporated into a split shank ring.

Casual Dress Mistakes to Avoid

1. When wearing casual clothes keep your jewelry, makeup and hairstyle in a casual theme. Makeup should not be noticeable – no loud colors; hair should be toned down – no updo’s or glamorous styles and jewelry should match the occasion and dress.

2. Having designer names written on your clothes does not make you fashionable – don’t become a walking advertisement. Also shirts with cute pictures of animals or teddy bears are better left worn when you are home alone.

3. Unless you are riding a motorcycle head- to- toe leather outfits such as leather pants and jacket or skirt and jacket can be too much.

4. Wearing the same color from head to toe is slimming but make sure that you wear some accessories to break it up so the color doesn’t overpower you or become boring.

5. You should feel comfortable in your clothes so, choose clothes you like, that fit well and that are most flattering for your body shape.

6. Take time to decide in advance what you want to wear so you will not end up wearing something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Most people don’t remember what you were wearing the previous day, what they do remember the overall impression you created.

Use of Yellow Sapphire

It is an ornament that brings prosperity and opens walls of possibilities.

1. It reduces mental stress and the wearer can experience peace in his life. Also, it has a positive impact on the human mind and increases the power to make better decisions in life.
2. If kept in the home or in a cash box, you will be blessed with more wealth.
3. It brings peace and prosperity to married life. Also, it makes sure that there is no communication gap between the life partners.
4. Dedication of the wearer increases and it helps in achieving goals.
5. You will enjoy more wealth if you wear it because it is an ally of Lord Ganesha.
6. If you want to be blessed with a baby boy then you must wear it.

It blesses an individual with good luck and fortune but it can have negative implications as well.

1. It is very important to wear this gemstone in a correct way otherwise it may give negative results.
2. Cracked or damaged pukhraj brings unpleasant results in life.
3. If a pukhraj gets faded, it causes health problems. A milky stone is not good for health.
4. If the color of the gemstone changes then it will create problems in the life of the wearer.
5. The time span of the wearer’s life decreases if white spots found on it.
6. Avoid wearing feeble Yellow Sapphire. It may cause injury.

It is one of the most demanding gemstones because it gives fruitful results. It is available in shades ranging from light yellow to a deep-orangey yellow. Connected with the largest planet Jupiter, It is known as Pukhraj in Hindi. As per Vedic astrology, it means important.

If your Jupiter is strong then it will surely bless you with good fortune, health wealth and happiness in life. On the other hand, if it is present in a malefic situation, it will bring sorrow and also have the negative impact on your life. People with weak Jupiter are recommended to wear Yellow Sapphire to receive maximum benefits and to overcome the problems of life.

Avoid wearing this gemstone without consulting an expert astrologer. If Jupiter is in the wrong house then this gemstone is not suitable for you.

It is very important to purchase a legitimate Yellow Sapphire from a reputed jewelry store because artificial stones will bring inappropriate consequences.Gold and silver are considered to be the best metal to fix this gemstone.

Before wearing this auspicious stone, keep the ring in a holy water or milk to remove all the negative energies and impurities. After rinsing the stone, keep it over a yellow cloth on which Jupiter or Guru yantra is drawn with rolli. It should be worn in the index finger of the right hand on Thursday morning.