Author: Christine Fochurr

Styling ‘Tall’ Body Types

Over sized is Disastrous!

First, avoid everything that will hang off your body, i.e. over sized clothing. If you wear baggy or poorly fitted clothes, you will give the appearance of being too thin and sloppy. Well, at times you need to buy bigger sizes to cover your long body, but that extra fabric is not something you need.

Go for the Right Fit!

Second, you need to stay away from everything that is extremely fitted. This is especially important if you are a big and tall guy. Extremely tight clothing will make your longer torso appear disproportionate, and this is definitely not desirable.

Select Taller Versions of Clothing

Third, when selecting dress shirts and even polos, go for ‘taller’ versions that will tuck inside your trousers. It’s really easy to find longer shirts these days. All you need to do is visit a big and tall apparel store that offers taller versions of clothing and doing this will save you from looking strange.

One thing taller guys can do and bigger peeps can’t is wear horizontal stripes. Wearing shirts with horizontal stripes gives the illusion that your body has more mass than what you actually do. Vertical stripes, on the other hand, make you taller, which at times can look awkward.

No Monochromatic Dressing

Fourth thing you need to keep in mind is to avoid dressing up in one color. Well, this advice also applies to big guys especially if they don’t want to look like a huge block of color. Tall peeps, when dressed in one color, can look intimidating so go for trousers and jackets in different colors. Remember, you don’t need to create the illusion of extra inches so one color, head to toe is a big no-no.

Straight Leg Bottoms are Ideal

Last go for straight leg bottoms, including trousers and jeans. Turtle neck tees, shirts and sweatshirts, can make you appear attractive. As for clothing accessories, go for thicker belts and ties.

Tutu Du Monde

Tutu Du Monde is inspired by a daydream – a simpler time in a far away land, where girls can play and dance, dress-up and make-believe. Every tutu, dress and accessory is designed to be elegant and timeless, delicate and couture. On top of that, every Tutu Du Monde piece is made to last and is extremely comfortable to wear. Each piece is dreamed up and designed in Australia by Andrea Rembeck, then handmade in India. It is then sold internationally through boutiques in Australia, United Kingdom, United States, Middle East and Asia. With a huge following of loyal customers, Tutu Du Monde is one of the top boutique brands for vintage flower girl dresses and special occasion dresses for girls.

In 2005, Andrea Rembeck put her fashion career on hold to stay at home and raise her daughter. During that time she made a discovery that would change the course of her life. Andrea’s daughter, Alyna, is a girly girl who was growing up fast and hated even the idea of pants. She insisted, “I only want to wear dresses, Mom! Can you please find me a tutu?” Andrea looked all over for something special for her little princess, but came up empty-handed. She was not at all impressed with the same old mass-produced, hot pink, scratchy tutus available in stores. Not willing to settle for anything less, Andrea endeavored to create a beautiful, practical tutu dress for her daughter. Although she had never made boutique girls clothing before, Andrea used her fashion design experience to create exactly what her daughter wanted. And the end result was spectacular. Soon, Andrea’s friends and family were begging for similar tutu dresses. It was clear that she had stumbled across a great market opportunity. In June 2009, Andrea decided to go for it and started her own boutique girls clothing label, Tutu Du Monde.

Tutu Du Monde creates heirlooms and keepsakes – tutus to last a lifetime. The secret to their success is “Quality, not Quantity.” All of the clothing from Tutu Du Monde is designed to last for years and carefully handcrafted using only natural fabrics – silk, tulle and cotton. These girl tutu dresses are very comfortable and safe to wear all day. Ranging in sizes 1 to 11, most of these girl tutu dresses feature adjustable straps to get the most wear as your girl grows. Over time, Tutu Du Monde tutu dresses become even more beautiful – soft, worn and charming. That’s why when you pick these beautiful tutu dresses as your flower girl dresses, you know you have chosen something very special.

Tutu Du Monde employs a talented group of women in India who make these dream dresses come true. All fabrics are hand-dyed and every tiny detail like crystal beads, shiny sequins, silky ribbons and soft wispy feathers are masterfully applied by hand. These women pour their love and time into every embellishment, using talents passed down through the generations. It can take an entire day to complete one task. The result is a one-off item, as far from mass-production as you could get and as unique as your child.

Although Tutu Du Monde takes inspiration from vintage looks from the 20s and 30s, the finished product is anything but old-school. These beautiful girl tutu dresses are modern and vogue, with exciting color combinations and bold looks. Take a look at the Tutu Du Monde collection and see why the world is falling in love with these gorgeous boutique girl dresses, one tutu at a time.

Sterling Silver Earrings

Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings. OK ladies, we all know what hoop earrings are. For many of us, they are our signature look. They’re a staple in our jewelry wardrobe, easy to wear and, most importantly, they are classic. If you were to look up the term ‘classic’ in a dictionary, you would probably see that it is used to identify a work of art, something that has been determined to be of the highest quality over a period of time. When it comes to earrings, hoops have certainly maintained their status through the years. Whether you prefer large hoops, which are ideal for women with long hair, or smaller styles that give your ear just a touch of pizzaz, nothing keeps you in the ‘circle’ of fashion better than a hoop earring.

Sterling Silver Stud-Style Earrings. These earrings are designed to be small and dainty, but still give the ear plenty to sparkle about. From cubic zirconia styles that are designed to imitate diamonds to ball studs and other designs, stud earrings are lightweight and comfortable. Because they are designed to sit on the earlobe, they do not dangle and you never have to worry about your hair getting entangled in their design or your lobes being pulled down as some heavier styles can often provoke. Most sterling silver stud earrings feature a post with butterfly back for easy removal.

Sterling Silver Chandelier Earrings. When you think of a chandelier, what’s the first thought that comes to your mind? A beautifully crafted light fixture with extending branches of bulbs? Chandelier earrings are much the same in that their design features dangling portions that capture and reflect light in a way that few other earrings can do. This, alone, makes the chandelier earring a very contemporary style. These earrings vary in length and in form, but they all have one thing in common; chandeliers are designed to be noticed. Whether you are going out dancing in your favorite black dress or find yourself at the grocery store while running a few afternoon errands, you can easily incorporate the style of the chandelier earring into your wardrobe. From denim to dancing, your ears will be the focal point.

Each of these styles are popular for a reason and, in their own way, they are very different from one another. Hoop earrings are the classic style that you will turn to time and time again, while studs offer a comfortable way to add some sparkle to your face and chandelier earrings will be the contemporary design that you will look to whenever you need a more noticeable presence.

Because these styles are so very popular, they are easily found in the world of jewelry. If you want to find each of these designs in one convenient location, you will find them at Almost Diamonds, a popular online jewelry retailer offering sterling silver rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. From cubic zirconia (both clear & colored stones) to genuine gems, the designs are fresh and the quality is nothing short of spectacular. In fact, Almost Diamonds is one company that is what they sell: classic, comfortable on your wallet and very contemporary.

Tricks Dress to Look Slimmer and Taller

  • Rule 1: Wear tighter fitting clothing. I don’t mean clothing that is too small; I mean clothing that is not baggy. Baggy clothes add to the illusion of stubbiness, whereas clothing that is more fitted will emphasise lines and give you a slimmer appearance. Despite how much you may despise them, skinny jeans can also draw your body shape in and have you looking taller. These work best for those with slender legs, whereas boot leg jeans are great for those with more muscular legs. Give the skinny jeans a go, though and feel the difference.
  • Rule 2: Create a vertical line. This can be done by wearing v-necks tops, vertical stripes and dressing your top and bottom in similar colours. If you prefer a different coloured top, match your shoes to your pants, creating an elongated vertical line and the illusion of height.
  • Rule 3: Dress in darker colours, such as navy blue, black, bistre, chocolate browns and bottle green. Not only do they create a slimming effect, as we all know, but also offer a heightening effect. This works well for point 3, too. If you’re layering, which also helps create a taller appearance, top it off with a dark-coloured, v-necked top, dark pants or skirt and black or navy blue shoes.
  • Rule 4: Choose the length of your pants/skirts wisely. Crop pants and cargo shorts make shorter people look shorter and chunkier, as they draw the eye to the wider parts of the leg and ‘cut off’ your height. Shorts and skirts ending just above or just below the knee add length, as do longer skirts.
  • Rule 5: Wear heels. You don’t need to go too high; mid-height heels add height, whereas flats, like the currently fashionable ballet flats, not only have you looking shorter, but also chunkier.

That’s it. You can look taller applying these five easy rules to your day when you get dressed each morning.

Hearing Protection

For many applications I use ear plugs because they don’t get in the way of wearing a hat and they can’t get knocked out of place like ear muff style hearing protection. For really noisy work, I wear ear plugs and ear muffs. An overlooked advantage of ear muffs is they keep your ears clean while doing dirty work. It’s been a long time since my mother checked behind my ears or said something like, “There’s so much dirt in those ears, you could grow potatoes.” So, I’m on my own with respect to keeping my ears clean. Ear muff style protection for my hearing helps me do just that. I use them during especially dusty conditions such as:

  • roto-tilling the garden
  • grinding metal
  • cutting material with power saws
  • working outside in the wind

The difference in cleanliness is remarkable. If you think about it, dust and dirt are just two forms of foreign objects that shouldn’t be in your ears. Using ear muff style hearing protection for your ears could help prevent other larger objects from getting in your ears as well. The first thing that comes to mind are hot sparks from welding and grinding.

Even if you’re not doing especially dangerous work that might put your hearing and ears at risk of injury, being able to preserve your sense of hearing and keeping excess dirt out of your ears can make ear muff style hearing protection a worthwhile investment.

Dressing Tips for Important Occasions

Dressing for an Event

When you are dressing up for a business casual party make sure that you look classy and polished. Men may wear a collared shirt with twill cotton or khaki trousers while women can wear a nice blouse with a tailored jacket along with a formal skirt or trousers. The most formal evening will sometimes call for a ‘Cravate Blanche’ dress code if you have a high profile job which requires you to attend royal ceremonies and balls. Women are expected to wear ornate ball gowns and the long gloves that usually go with it are optional these days. If it is an opening night, gala dinner or a charity event, the ladies have an opportunity to flaunt their figure in a beautiful floor length evening dress.

A Job Interview

Dressing appropriately for an interview is very important and it is one of the occasions where you will receive points based on how you present yourself to the interviewer. Both men and women can wear a nice suit along with appropriate shoes. Women also have the option of wearing a pencil skirt with a nice formal shirt or a blouse. While a white or black colored blouse is standard, you can also play with some subtle colors to make an impression.

Points to Note

Properly accessorizing yourself for any occasion enhances your style quotient and overall appearance. When attending evening parties and formal events, women can wear an elegant necklace and matching earrings which is not too flashy. Men can pair up their tuxedo or dinner jacket with cuff links and a smart wrist watch. It is also important to wear the right kind of shoes for special occasions. When it comes to going for an event, every person has one particular style that suits them perfectly. Invest some time to try out different dresses and find the best attire for you to make a style statement.

Jewelry Beads for Summer

Acrylic Beads: acrylic beads are one of the most popular and least expensive of the jewelry beads. They not only come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but also come in a wide range of colors, to include red, yellow, black, purple, pink, blue, green, orange, clear, assorted. Sparkling acrylic beads have the lustrous sheen of crystal. With many colors and shapes available in these fabulous beads, you have a large range to choose from, including colorful acrylic, transparent acrylic, antique acrylic, CCB acrylic, crackle acrylic, drawbench acrylic, imitation acrylic, printed acrylic, spray painted acrylic, plating acrylic, etc.

Tibetan Style Beads: Tibetan style beads are deeply loved by many people. They contain Tibetan silver beads, bead caps, toggles, hangers and pendants. From small to large, cube to round and lots more, these charms will add color and mystery to your designs. There are eight kinds of Tibetan style beads according to their colors: silver ones, antique silver ones, black ones, golden ones, antique golden ones, antique bronze ones, red copper ones, and platinum plated ones. One of the most mysterious Tibetan style beads is Tibetan style dzi beads. Because they are magic, many people believe that the dzi beads have mysterious power, and wear them to ward off attacks by evil spirits which might cause sudden sickness and death.

Gemstone Beads: a gemstone or gem, also called a precious stone or semi-precious stone, is a piece of attractive mineral, which is used to make jewelry or other adornments. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry making because of their luster or other physical properties that have aesthetic value. Rarity is another characteristic that lends value to a gemstone. In addition, some natural gemstones are good for health.

Glass Beads: glass beads are one of the most commonly used jewelry beads. They come in various styles, including normal glass, cat eye beads, crackle glass, Czech glass beads, drawbench glass beads, electroplated glass, frosted glass beads, glass pearl, glass rhinestone beads, imitation jade glass, painted glass beads, piezo glass beads, and some other specialty glass. All of them have multifarious colors, sizes and shapes. Crystal beads and lampwork beads, two kinds of glass beads, are very popular with people of all ages. They are very charming and beautiful, which add sparkle to jewelry pieces. String an entire strand of fabulous glass beads together or use just a few to get your own style. It will be assured to offer a great way to express yourself.

About Tissot T Touch Watches

Technologically they are peerless. Stylistically they are an impeccable combination of fine taste, and an athletic and active lifestyle. These watches are unquestionably for go getters. Worn by numerous icons over the years, from movie stars like Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly, to sports legends like Michael Owen, to music giants such as Elvis Presley, Tissot watches leave no doubt about the wearer’s outlook. You don’t have to be a celebrity to wear these watches, but it wouldn’t hurt to have the attitude of one.

A fine example is the men’s Tissot T Touch Expert. Just wearing this watch means that, in one way or another, you’re going places. This watch is for the man who, in either work or play, doesn’t settle for the ordinary and the average. The face is textured black with white numerals. It’s made from pure titanium and is packed with advanced features: Digital alarm display, chronograph, barometer, LCD backlight, altimeter, compass – this watch has it all, and has it in true style. Whether you’re a mountaineer or a business man, this watch will stand you in good stead and provide all the functionality you could ask for, as well demonstrate that you’re shooting straight for the summit, figuratively or literally.

The men’s Tissot T-Touch Sea-Touch is designed for scuba divers. That’s a hobby that really says “go getter.” You have to be fairly enterprising to don a wet suit and make your way down 100 meters into the depths. The Sea Touch sports a stainless steel case and an orange rubber band. Again it’s the ultimate in sophisticated features, in this case targeted specifically for underwater use. It has a digital/analog display dive assistant that show depth and dive speed, dive log book, thermometer that reads in either F or C, compass, choice of 12 or 24 hour time readout, and chronograph. Whether underwater or above this is unparalleled dedicated sports watch technology at its finest, and again, shows goes along with an active and adventuring lifestyle, whether or not that involves actual deep sea diving.

For the ladies there is, for instance, the timeless beauty of the Tissot T- Trend T-Moments Quartz watch. This watch is the embodiment of the simplicity and elegance of a woman who knows what she’s after and how to get there. It has a stainless steel case, band, and bezel, and scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The rounded rectangular face is dark brown with steel hands and numerals. This and other T- moments watches are classic ladies watches that will generate admiration, fun, and talk wherever the woman wearing it goes.

Boutique Clothing for Girls

At the same time Craig and Corrine had always dreamed of helping less fortunate children and their families around the world. During his trip to Nicaragua, Craig met wonderful people and was moved to start Persnickety Clothing’s buying is giving program. Today, the company supports a sewing factory in Nicaragua where hire local sewers to produce high quality practical clothing for kids in need. For every item of clothing Persnickety sells from their regular US-based line, they donate an item made at the Nicaragua factory to children in need.

Fall was Persnickety Clothing’s first wholesale season. Working closely with reps around the United Sates, this girls clothing line launched its products at about fifty small girls clothing boutique. Boutique owners as well as the end customers were swept away by intricate vintage-inspired designs that were so different from any other girls clothing brand and reflected the very essence of childhood. Today, the brand is sold in hundreds of stores and boutique around the United States and has a world-wide customer following.

Outfits by Persnickety Clothing are often purchased for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings (think, flower girl dresses), family pictures, daddy-and-daughter dances, first days of school, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year parties and many more. These beautiful boutique girl dresses and playful sets have a distinct look and feel that is easy to recognize. This established brand prides itself for its high quality, unique designs and great attention to detail. In an outfit from Persnickety Clothing company any little girl will feel like a princess. Dresses designed by this girls clothing line are made to make little girls feel special and unique.

Murano Glass Earrings

Over the years Murano glassmaking evolved into an art where Venetian artisans had no equals due to their talent not only as glassblowers but also as tireless researchers and inventors of new glassmaking techniques. Working with basic glass furnaces and primitive instruments, Murano artisans discovered methods of creating a wide range of glass types from clear glass (Cristallo) to Calcedonio (imitation of Chalcedony mineral) to Lattimo (milky-white glass) with decorations such as enamel, filigree, engraving, crackled appearance (Vetro Ghiacco) and many more ingenious ways of making glass worthy of royal palaces and the most refined clientele. Most importantly, Venetian glass creations were never colored or decorated after they were made. All of the coloring, decorating and other work on the glass always occurred during the glass-making process while the glass was hot or when it was cooling down before going back to the furnace for further work. This made Murano glass extremely durable and long-lasting with colors that would never fade and patterns that would not change over time, and thus it was one of the most sought-after components of interior décor and jewelry for the wealthy and the influential elite of all times.

It is precisely this quality of Venetian glass that makes it a perfect material for earrings. Today Murano glass earrings are a fashionable and sought-after accessory featured in many magazines, websites and fashion shows. The wide variety of styles, colors, and shapes makes Murano glass earrings a desired part of the overall look for any woman, as they help bring out the woman’s eye color, skin tone, and bolster her sense of uniqueness. One of the most popular and unique Murano earring designs is Millefiori (a thousand flowers in Italian), which has become a trademark of Murano glassmaking. Millefiori earrings with their symmetrical patterns of bright flowers are symbolic of the one-of-a-kind nature of Murano glass products and the hard manual work that goes into creating each one. Millefiori earrings work well with a wide variety of outfits and styles, from casual to business to eveningwear, and add romantic Venetian flare to the woman’s appearance.

Other signature Murano earring styles include the use of Avventurina, a sparkling quality that is given to the glass by adding tiny particles of 24K gold to the hot glass mix before it solidifies; gold and silver foil, creating a magical shimmer by using the thinnest sheets of 925 silver or 24K gold underneath the glass; Calcedonio – a complex method of creating opaque glass with uneven patterns of various colors that looks like Chalcedony- a semi-precious stone; and many more unique to Venetian glass-making.

Owning a pair of Murano earrings means owning a piece of art with centuries of history, a piece of the enchanted City on the Water, and a beautiful hand-made creation that no-one else has. With their durable colors and patterns, and the precious metals used in creating them, Venetian glass earrings also make a perfect gift to the important women in your life that is guaranteed to bring them many compliments and lift their mood for years to come.

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