It’s time to Get Back to Basics and Believe in Style Once More!

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You can never have too many inspirations when it comes to fashion—at least that’s what I think, and I’m a certified fashionista, which means that whenever I find a legit fashion gem on the internet, fashion blogs made by real women like me, I can’t help but be delighted. It only means that I’ll have plenty more ideas on how to ”wear” my closet.

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So imagine how happy I was when I chanced upon www.believe-instyle.com. All her fashion choices seem so fresh, so simple, and so uncomplicated. Take a look at her latest blog entry which was posted only a few days ago.

Her sandals are to die for. Just look at how casual yet elegant it made her entire outfit come out. The colors just seemed to all come together—her blouse, which she bought from Forever 21 (I looooove Forever 21… Who doesn’t?!) and her cropped trousers are just the perfect combination for a simple get together–nothing fancy–just like a graduation party. And what’s more, it’s the perfect everyday look we can all wear everywhere! Fantastic!

It seems like the blogger is a fan of Forever 21—and the color blue. Check out her post from May 5th. Her sky blue vest certainly added a bit of fun to her black duo, and the strappy sandals are soooo cute I want one RIGHT NOW! She did mention they were no longer on sale though. So maybe I can just look for something that looks like it.

And the blue nail polish is just—Ahhh! I love love love it! From the simple hairstyle, to the fresh make up, oversized hoop earrings, blue vest, cropped top and pants, and the sandals. Oh my. I have a feeling I’ll be visiting this site more than once everyday.

So what about you? What are your own online fashion finds? Care to share? We hope to hear from you too!

How to Create Your Own Dress

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You do know that you can sew your own dress, don’t you? It’s not such a complicated thing to do, especially if you come prepared even before you start with a project. There are hundreds of tutorials to be found online, but before you begin, it’s best to know the basics.

Choose A Style as a Basis for your Pattern

This is actually the most thrilling part of making a dress—choosing the style. If this is your first time, make sure you choose something simple, so as not to overwhelm you. Take your measurements, and have a friend help you with it. Make some allowances. Remember, comfort is everything.

Go Shopping for a Fabric!

First of all, the pattern should go with the fabric. Make sure that you don’t match voile with a dress that’s structured. And don’t make the mistake of choosing a stiff fabric that’s supposed to flow.

Also, make a checklist. Should the fabric be made of natural fibers? Does it need to be thin in order for your skin to breathe?

Know about the types of folds on a dress

Gathers, darts, and pleats. What are these? These are folds that are made to adjust or accommodate your body curves. Without it, your body’s going to be extremely uncomfortable at the flatness of the fabric, so it’s important that you familiarize yourself with them.

Marking the Fabric

Cut your pattern using either pins or pattern weights. Be sure to use your pins only inside the seam allowances, and when marking your fabric, make sure you use pens that wash away with water. You don’t want to make that mistake. Trust me.

Once you know all these, creating your own dress is going to be easier to do. Pretty soon you’re going to be an expert and save tons of money on shopping! Now wouldn’t that be great?

Spring Jackets You Absolutely Need to add to Your Collection

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Spring is here! It’s really, really here! It’s not around the corner, certainly not on the fence, it’s everywhere you look. But the problem is it’s still a little bit cold—but nevertheless, it’s still a fabulous season…

Which is why you need to look all fabulous yourself, and the best way to do it is by adding a bit of fun and funk in your spring jacket collection. Find out what are this season’s must-haves.

High Shine Jackets

Don’t worry. Nobody’s going to think you’re a part of the NASA team (Sorry! That was a poor aim at joking) but they’re going to think you’re absolutely hot and sexy while you’re wearing this.

Parka Jacket

Go for colorful to match the vivid colors of this season. Parkas and anoraks can be practically called classicwear—they’re not going anywhere.

Bomber Jackets

Whether you get a blue one, a red one, or a blight floral one, when you pair this with a short skirt, or your favorite skinny jeans, your casual look would instantly become a sexy look.

Leather Jackets

This will always be a winner—not just because you consider yourself a biker chick, but because you can never go wrong with a leather jacket. But this season, instead of sticking to black, get something a little more on the color—like a red or a tan one. Instant hot!

Finally, you can knock some [fashion] sense into your wardrobe again, and this time, you can throw your heavy and thick coats at the back of the closet because spring’s here! Embrace the new season!

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Kate Middleton: A Duchess, Mother and A Fashion Icon

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She may not be a Hollywood celebrity but she is far more than that being of royalty. While she is naturally beautiful in every possible angle, the world cannot help but be amazed of her unmistakably amazing fashion sense as she sports different looks from the same pieces of wardrobe each and every time she steps out of the royal castle.

There is no other royalty to be photographed as much as Kate Middleton aside from the late Princess Diana. In fact, their styles have been compared right from the very start. From mainstream British designers to A-list designers, all of them dreams of dressing up the Duchess of Cambridge. Even the famous Hobbit director seems to be enthralled by Kate Middleton’s beauty as he took a picture of her using his phone when he toured them at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center.

The royal couple is currently in New Zealand for the 2014 Royal Tour. The absolutely gorgeous baby prince George is with them. From day 1, Kate Middleton showed an impeccable taste of fashion. She wore a MaxMara blue-grey cross hatch wraparound print dress matched with nude shoes. The royal family is said to have been on the first class cabin of Qantas flight to Sydney where they transferred to a private flight to New Zealand.

The Duchess of Cambridge was also seen carrying a Longchamp Le Pliage Tote in short handle. When the royal family landed in Wellington, New Zealand, she was wearing the gorgeous bright pillar-box red coat by Catherine Walker. She is a designer that was also once a favorite of the late Princess Diana. To complete the whole outfit, she matched the dress with brown pumps and clutch from Emmy Shoes.

How to choose the right type of pressed powder for your face

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Just like the rest of your make up, you should also consider your face powder to be an investment before buying the cheaper brand. This is your face we’re talking about, and the quality is very important to make sure that it will be compatible with your skin. So here are a few tips for you to remember.

Prepare to try different brands at varying prices

Because not all women are lucky enough to find the right powder for them on their first try, it’s better if you try different brands until you find out which one is for you.

Face powder and Foundation powder are two different things

Foundation powders are usually thicker, and if you use it as a face powder and apply it too thick on your face, it’s going to look caked-on and that’s not attractive at all.

Choose a face powder that’s right for your skin

Not too light, not too dark, just right.

The color of the skin on your face is different from your hand’s (or wrist’s)

So when you’re trying on face powders, make sure you try them on the jawbone or the neck instead.

Use a Magnifying Mirror

Now you know what the purpose of a magnifying mirror is, to make sure that when you blend your face powder with your other make up products, that it’s going to look natural and flawless. It’s the only way to go.

These are just some of the things you need to remember when shopping for a face powder. Don’t worry, it’s all going to be uphill from now on. Good luck!

How you should be taking care of your feet

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If only our feet can talk, boy, would we be receiving an earful from them for sure! I can’t even remember how many times I have subjected my feet in such rude, abusive circumstances—and I’m sure you’re feeling the same way. So here are a few ways for you to make sure you treat them kindly.

Because you know, at the end of the day, there’s still nothing else that can compare to going home with happy feet smiling up at you.

Exercise your Feet

Your feet have muscles—just like the rest of your body. How can you expect them to stay strong if you don’t give it exercise? If running is not your thing, that’s alright. Just walk for thirty minutes to an hour every day.

Choose Comfortable Shoes… Always

You’ve probably heard it before—but we’re going to say it again anyway. No matter how gorgeous it looks when you try them on, if it’s NOT comfortable, you’re going to end up regretting you bought them in the first place.

Observe Proper Hygiene

Wash your feet. Everyday. Give it a foot spa, at least once a month. Use foot powder when you’re wearing closed shoes, and always wear fresh socks. Bacteria multiplies fast, and your feet are no stranger to bacteria especially when they’re moist.

It doesn’t take much to make your feet happy, just remember to stick to these rules, and your toes will be wiggling with glee more frequently than ever!

5 Ways to take care of your Nails

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In my opinion, our nails are underrated and underappreciated, and it is often the least bit taken care of.

But our nails are tough, which means it can stand a bit of ignoring. You just need to make sure that no grime gets to live in your nail beds and you’re all set.

Or are you?

Just because your nails are tough doesn’t mean you can keep on ignoring it. Here are a few ways to take care of your nails aside from giving it the occasional manicure (and pedicure).

Use Nail Creams

Nail creams are great for your nails, and they’re not that hard to come by either. If you think your hand creams are enough, better think again. Nail cream has all the essentials for your nails which your regular lotion or hand cream might not even have.

Push your Cuticles, don’t cut them

Use a cuticle remover and push your nails gently, but don’t cut them.

Manicures

Manicures aren’t to be done too frequently, only once a month. If you do, you’re going to wear them out for sure. And don’t use acetone when removing nail polish, instead, use an oil-based nail polish remover. It’s kinder.

Use gloves when doing chores

Not only are you taking care of your hands this way, you’re being good to your nails too.

Use Nail Hardeners

If you have weak nails, this could really help out a lot. So don’t just invest in them, make sure that you use them regularly. You can’t expect it to work overnight.

With these tips, you’re bound to have tougher, stronger nails in no time.

Fashion Rules for Men This Spring 2014

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March marks the switch from winter to spring and it is also perfect timing to talk about spring fashion trends for men. Not only is everybody happy that the long cold months are over. This winter is probably the coldest winter and everybody just wants a bit more sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Lighter Fabrics

Aside from the season’s switch, it’s also time to rethink your outfits. It’s time to put the heavy wool and cashmere back into your closet and pull out your linens and cottons. Just because its warmer does not mean you can use some layering. Lighter fabrics can still be layered to protect you from chilly air.

Color Blocking

There will be more color blocked shirts on the street this winter. This is the new black this spring and you can easily pair them up with your pants or shorts. Patterns of color-blocked shirts can be horizontal, diagonal or vertical.

Outer Clothing

In the New York Fashion Week, bomber jackets are a big hit. When you are shopping for one, you will find a wide variety of patterns – printed, athletic, wool or leather. Try to look for a bomber acket that is not too bulky for your body.

Pants

This spring you’ll be seeing a lot of printed pants in the male clothing department. If you are choosing printed pants, find one that is well-tailored so that you won’t be mistaken for wearing your PJs out on a spring morning. A plain shirt would complement the print just right so keep it as minimal as you can.

Things to consider when shopping for high-heeled shoes

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Just because they look good on celebrities and supermodels don’t mean those heels are going to look good on you too. There are a few things you need to know before you buy heels—so you can guarantee that you won’t only be wearing them on those rare formal occasions when there is almost no chance you’ll be walking more than 5 feet, you’ll be able to wear them comfortably as well. Keep reading to find out what these tips are.

The Proper Fit

We know this is probably a ‘DUH’ moment, but a lot of women buy shoes that are at least half a size too small for their feet but don’t mind because “it’s too pretty!”

Well. Let me tell you that your shoe size changes each and every time you gain weight—so make sure you measure your feet before you go shoe shopping so you won’t be indulging them in a lifetime of blisters.

Consider Shoe Inserts

Your feet need all the support it can get, so if you can give it to them, why won’t you right? It’s not as if you won’t feel anything if it’s already starting to throb.

Choose Wider Heels

For the love of balance, please choose square toe box heels. Unless you consider yourself the queen of it all, then you can have pin heels, if that would make you happy. (Just always be careful though)

These are just a few things you should consider when shopping for high heels. Remember, not everything is about looking good. It’s also about making sure you’ll still be able to walk properly when you’re seventy years old.

The Big Dilemma of Losing Weight: When is it the right time to buy new clothes?!

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Nothing beats that feeling when you try to lose weight and you just keep going and going until you slowly start to see the results: Your waist is getting smaller, that double chin is starting to disappear, and your facial contours are becoming more pronounced.

But the best part of all? You’re finally beginning to shrink away from your clothes! Especially those dreadful jeans that can fit at least 4 children in there. UGH!

It pays to see the results of all the hard work you’ve been doing, and you start getting that itch once again. That itch of rewarding yourself with, what else?! SHOPPING!

But is it the right time to buy new clothes? Keep reading to find out.

Is it time?

Most of those who try to lose the excess fats have a specific weight in mind. So for example, if you’re halfway down your goal, it may mean that your old clothes could be flapping around you already. Buy clothes that fit, but make sure you set a limit to it, as they’re only temporary.

Buy from Surplus Shops

And why not? There are plenty of clothes out there that are pretty decent. And besides, if you’re really serious about going all the way with your weight loss, you’re only going to be wearing it for a little while longer.

Splurge when it’s time

The right time is when you have finally reached your target weight. THIS is when you know you truly deserve a reward for ALL THOSE MONTHS of working out!

Make it your goal. See it as your finish line. Nothing’s sweeter than knowing that at the end of the road, you have a whole range of fashion choices you can make for your lithe, gorgeous body.

See you there!

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