How to Look Like You Just Came from 2016 Oscars by Gabriella Diesendorf

Gabriella gives us tips on how to look like our favourite celebrity from the Oscars 2016 Red Carpet. And the best thing: all these tips are within our budget!1

The biggest awards night in film industry featured all of our favourite celebrities who looked stunning in their fabulous gowns, and sophisticated suits. Polished hair, flawless skin and make-up made the actresses radiant and perfectly complemented the gorgeous dresses. With an entire glam squad on their disposal, it is no wonder they looked so great. Well, fortunately a few inexpensive tricks will help you achieve the red carpet look in no time.

Repurpose

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Jennifer Lawrence’s lavish black couture gown with built in corset looked amazing on the red carpet. Considering we are not that lucky to pay thousands of dollars on couture dresses, repurposing is the best alternative. I am sure your prom dress looked amazing, but you thought that was the only time you are going to wear it. It does not have to be the case. If you have a wedding to attend, or some black tie event, try to redesign it, or take it to the tailor. He or she will make the necessary changes that will turn the dress in an appropriate attire for the event. Every time you go shopping for the new elegant clothes focus on pieces that can be used more than once. A black dress is everlasting piece of clothing and it can be combined with various blazers, heels, and accessories.

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Timeless chic red gown Charlize Theron worn at the Oscars was truly breathtaking. This plunging Christian Dior design can easily be replicated by any tailor. Of course, it will probably not look exactly like the original, but you can bet it will be pretty close.

Shopping in advance may not occur to you, but it will pay off. The wardrobe is most affordable at the end of the season, when the new collection is about to hit the stores. Even if you do not plan on going to a glamorous event, if you find an affordable piece of wardrobe or jewellery buy it and store it in your closet. Once the time comes, you will be prepared, and not have to spend a fortune shopping in the mid of the season.

Hair and Make-up

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From long wavy hair, through short slick to beautiful elegant buns, this year Oscar nominees and presenters worn it all. They have spent hours sitting in the chair having their glam squad doing their hair and make-up simultaneously, making them look flawless.

You can have your own red carpet team, just bring all your friends together. Every one of them is probably skilful in some beauty area. If you know how to contour, but have a trouble matching the eye shadow with the rest of the look, that is where the friend jumps in. The same goes for the hair. All you need is a straight or curling iron, a brush and a hairspray. Browse through You Tube and you will find the tutorial for every single look you liked and want to achieve for your evening.

Flawless Skin

While perfect outfit, hair and make-up might seem as the most important part of the gorgeous look, something else plays the crucial role. Nothing can make you look unattractive the way a problematic skin can. Even the best make-up in the world can fail to hide the acne that appear on your face from time to time. This is why the acne treatment is the best solution for problematic skin. Get rid of the acne completely, before you start putting layers of make-up on the face. If not treated properly, make-up can only make the acne condition worse. You do not want your face to draw the attention away from the fabulous outfit you managed to pull off for that special evening.

 

Believe it or not, it is not always necessary to spend thousands of dollars in order to look amazing. These few tips and tricks will provide you with the gorgeous look, and save you money at the same time.

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Holiday Eating Habits – Filling Your Belly with Joy by Roxana Oliver

Holiday Eating Habits

Holidays are the most joyful days of the year and people of all ages look forward to them equally. There is plenty of treats and relaxation that come with this period. Still, when the bells are done jingling, there is a little something called the post-holiday guilt that takes the scene. Yes, bingeing on all that delicious, yet unhealthy food won’t do you any good. So, the million dollar question is: How do you avoid post-holiday guilt while not depriving your belly of seasonal joy? Do not worry, together we will find awesome ways to enjoy the holidays without gaining a few pounds.

The Festive Breakfast

Even a child knows that skipping breakfast is a bad idea. Truthfully, a holiday breakfast must be special, a regular old omelet is not enough. This does not mean that you have to make a calorie-rich quiche or heavy-on-the-stomach waffles. Do not worry, though, you can eat healthier, but equally delicious waffles for your holiday breakfast.

*Whole-Wheat Waffles

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cups skim milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup melted low-fat butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups organic whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 100% pure maple syrup and fresh fruit for serving

 

Preparation:

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, honey, cinnamon and soda until combined. Add the other ingredients and mix together before pouring into a preheated and slightly oiled waffle iron.

The Joyful Lunch

You know that feeling when it is time for holiday lunch and you have dozens of delicious dishes on the table to choose from. You do not have to cut down on the number of dishes, though. Just reduce the portions and avoid consuming too many carbs, saturated fats and instead, pick meals that are high in protein and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. So, replace the Christmas ham with a tasty salmon, packed with healthy nutrients such as omega-3s. Here is our suggestion.

*Peppered Salmon with Vegetables

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Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces fresh skinless salmon fillets
  • 2 peeled and chopped small beets
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • ¼ cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • Chopped green onions (optional)
  • 1 tsp pepper and salt

Preparation:

Put the vegetables in a baking pan, drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt and put in a preheated oven (425 degrees F). Bake for 20 minutes. Season the salmon and fry it in a skillet, medium heat and olive oil. Fry for about 6 minutes (each side) and transfer to a plate with the vegetables. Mix orange juice and 2 tbsp water to skillet to make the dressing.

 

  1. S. Treat yourself with a fine glass of wine mulled wine to enhance the holiday atmosphere and complement the salmon’s flavor. Be picky when choosing your liquor and browse quality wine online, to get the best out of your festive lunch.

 

The Take-It-Easy Dinner

Dinner should be something easy on the stomach that will allow you to rest after a fun and exhausting day. So instead of pork rolled in bacon, opt for a healthier meal.

 

*Chicken Roll-Ups

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Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless chicken breast halves (1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 cup basil pesto
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • Cooking spray

 

Preparation:

Preheat the oven (375 degrees F). Spray the baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 2 – 3 tbsp of pesto onto each breast and a slice of cheese on top. Roll tightly and place in the baking dish. Bake for 40 -50 minutes.

In the end, have some dessert. You’ve earned it. Just make sure you choose something healthy, light, and avoid artificial sweeteners. Happy holidays!

 

 

Awaken the James Bond in You By Roxana Oliver

 

STYLE SECRETS

James Bond is definitely one of the most influential male characters in the film industry. His self-confidence and boldness are just some of the reasons for that. He is also very fashion-conscious, which influences a large number of men all over the globe. If you love his exquisite style, but you have no idea how to keep up with it – stay with us. Here are five tips on how to awake the James Bond in you.

 

  1. Tuxedo On Fleek

When we think about James Bond, we think of the perfect tuxedo. From the slim cut tux with a skinny tie and satin cuffs that Sean Connery wore in Dr. No, over Roger Moore’s white double breasted one made of dupioni silk in The Man with the Golden Gun, to Timothy Dalton’s black shawl-collar tuxedo with one-button front and black satin silk bow tie – we can see that Bond has got an impeccable sense for fashion. This is exactly why awakening your inner James Bond has to start with this step.

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  1. An Appropriate Daytime Suit…

Besides tuxedo, an appropriate suit is anothercharacteristic of James Bond’s style. We can all agree that Sean Connery is definitely a perfect example of timeless elegance, since he proved that a suit can be worn even at daytime. He defined this role with slightly textured three-piece suits worn in combination with a white shirt and a dark knit tie (and not to forget the matching pocket square). This Conduit cut was an amazing choice back in 1964, and you can be sure that you won’t make a mistake if you choose it today.

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  1. … As Well As Dinnertime Suit…

Bond’s style significantly evolved in the last decade – especially when observing Daniel Craig’s outstanding Tom Ford suits. His slightly textured and tightly fitted suit with three-button cuffs and flat front trousers from Skyfall is indeed every man’s (and woman’s) dream. It is an ultimate IT piece for dinnertime, and the good news is that you can feel like James Bond yourself with the help of iTailor. This world’s leading online tailor offers the high-quality fabrics in your favorite colors at the most affordable prices.

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  1. …Or No Suit at All?

Yes, we can consider a suit as a casual wear for the British Secret Service agent – but we can see him in a slightly different outfit, too. He can definitely pull off a real casual look, starting with short-sleeve polo shirts which can be seen as off-duty wardrobe classic. Also, Bond wears a black tightly fitted turtleneck that shows his perfectly toned body, in combination with regular trousers. He is a perfect example that wearing sportswear can still look bold.

 

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5.Astonishing Gadgets and Accessories

Besides flawless fashion choices, James Bond is well-known for the latest gadgets that make him look super powerful. The last movie, Spectre, introduces mind-blowing watches such as Omega Seamaster 300 SPECTRE, which was actually released as a limited edition model for the first time in Bond history. Also, Tom Ford Henry Vintage Wayfarers are inevitable, as well as redesigned octopus ring that was first seen in From Russia with Love.

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James Bond indeed provides one-of-a-kind guidelines when it comes to men’s fashion and styles. The timeless pieces he wears are the best possible choice for you, if you want to achieve an elegant and confident look with a touch of arrogance. Of course – don’t forget the gadgets for an ultimate Bond look.

How To Match Your Accessories With Your Clothing by Pallavi Soni

Looking to make a heady impression tonight? Adorning the best dress from your wardrobe might not be enough when you’re surrounded by fashion conscious people all around. Complementing your clothes with the perfect accessories might just do the trick since accessories possess the capability to make or break a look and bring out the best in your wardrobe.

Therefore, while selecting accessories, you must ensure that it enhances your attire and personality and is worn keeping the occasion in mind. You can match your outfit and the accessory by keeping into consideration, the style and colour of your chosen outfit. If you choose to adorn patterns, then try to keep the jewelry simple in order to give it a neat finish, ensuring that your fashion accessory does not clash with your outfit. On the other hand, if you choose to adorn a monotone ensemble, then opt for big, bold, and bright accessories in order to provide a glamorous and edgy appearance to your overall personality.

Colour Scheme: The most important element

Experiment extensively, in order to find colours that work best for you and your skin tone. It is advisable to avoid mixing colours such as red and green. Also, it is always a good idea to adorn shades of primary colours with accessories of secondary colours since they work well together when matched on the same level of darkness or lightness.  Accessories of any colour can match your outfit if you choose to adorn the colour black or white.

Always Keep Your Neckline Into Consideration When Selecting Accessories

If you choose to wear collared clothing and halters, then look out for short chains for pendants while turtle necks go well with a longer chain length. Short pendants would also ideally match your V-neck while you should avoid wearing bulky and heavy necklaces that appear out of place.

What is the Occasion?

Opt for delicate jewellery and accessories for office-wear while you can add more bling and colour if your day’s itinerary includes fun elements such as shopping, picnics or other leisure activities.

When shopping for accessories, keep in mind the versatility that they offer. It is not a good idea to buy a pair of stilettos because they are in sync with a particular dress, but do not match the rest of your wardrobe. You can only have limited accessories but try purchasing ones that work with most of your outfits. Koovs.com has a good collection of versatile accessories that could save you from the much dreaded fashion faux pas.

So prepare to make an impeccable choice in terms of accessories and prepare to stand apart from the rest of the crowd.

ed accessories but try purchasing ones that work with most of your outfits. Koovs.com has a good collection of versatile accessories that could save you from the much dreaded fashion faux pas.

So prepare to make an impeccable choice in terms of accessories and prepare to stand apart from the rest of the crowd.

Fall Just Might Be the Perfect Time to Buy a Swimsuit by Roxana Oliver

Wait, what? Yes, you’ve read it right – there is probably no better time in the year than fall to go out and splurge on summer-y pieces. To anyone who understands the way discounts work, it is absolutely expected for the fall to be the season to wait for in order to get some fine rags on your back.

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Even though the summer is gone (we are just as sad as you are), it’s never too early to start buying things for the next one. After all, with the summer over, you are avoiding the craze brought about with the season and you are finally in the place where you can stop and think before you reach for that swimsuit even though it doesn’t flatter your figure! Additionally, with the swimwear sales going wild during fall, you’ll probably manage to find yourself great deals!

We’ve put together a pretty helpful tutorial on how to pick a swimsuit that flatters your build so read carefully and memorize!

Pear shape

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For girls who are fuller in their bottom part, with their hips, thighs and bum accentuated and their top pretty smaller in comparison, the key to the perfect swimsuit is balancing your proportions. Depending on what you like, you can either get the top part of the swimsuit bigger so it proportions with the bottom or get the coverage you need for your bottom half. We’d recommend a clean-skirted bottom that falls just below the largest part of the upper leg if you are looking to get a traditional fix. Also, to balance bottom and top out, opt for a pushup plunging neckline –that way the eye will be drawn upward, minimizing the bottom. You should further avoid a boy short or thick-banded bottom. Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez are girls we look up to for this body part, so – be free to copy these celebrity beauties!

Curvy

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Ah, curvy. The popular shape of today, owing it all to Armenian beauty Kim Kardashian. Merilyn Monroe was the one to make us fall in love with the shape but after a few decades of slim built, we are back to where we started – love for hips, full bust, thighs, and plump behind!

If you were blessed with this frame, choose a swimsuit that will providing enough support and coverage. Why coverage? Well, one thing is emphasizing your curves while getting vulgar with what you wear is completely the other, with the line between them being pretty thin. If, however, you don’t want your curves that “out there”, steer clear of monokinis or string bikinis with thicker ties, and go for a high waist bottom.

Athletic

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For girls like Jen Aniston, Jessica Biel or Cameron Diaz, curves aren’t that much in the picture. You are probably sporting of a model-like frame, the straight up-and-down figure. The key to looking stunning with your frame is to flaunt it!  The illusion of a shapelier figure is achieved with suits with less coverage. To add that feminine flair and intrigue to your frame, opt for tops or bottoms with ruffles, bold prints and embellishments. That way you will create the appearance of more curve at top and bottom. Colorblocking can add to the curvaceous drama, too as can monokinis.  Tie-side bikini bottoms enhance curves and adjust perfectly to your size.

So, when for are you planning your next shopping spree? With all these cool advice, we bet it’s for today!

Cosplay Ideas For 2015 by Kate Flannery

October has started and very soon it’s going to be Halloween! Kate has some great suggestions on cosplay ideas for this year and I hope they are going to help you decide your costume. Happy Halloween!

What an exciting year 2015 was for cosplayers. When big summer hits raid the box office, the level of hype is going through the roof. Comic Con 2015 has also left us enthralled, and supplied us with many brilliant costume ideas.  From superheroes and royalty to villains and wrongdoers, there is no shortage of engaging material for a cosplayer to get inspired.

Before getting into your favorite character’s costume, however, note that it can cost an arm and a leg. Cosplay is known to be a very expensive hobby. That’s why professional cosplayers and seasonal Halloween costume crafters alike make the most out of dollar stores and coupons and promotional codes.

Animated Fun

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Japanese anime is receiving a great deal of love from cosplayers around the world. Everyone seems to like cute magic girls from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. This trend, featuring awesome costumes and weapon props shows no sign of fading away. Also keep in mind that Sailor Moon outfits are not only the ultimate female evergreen cosplay, but they can also easily be used in fun mashups.  Older series such as Cardcaptor Sakura never seize to amaze, and Inuyasha and Princess Mononoke are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.

The Good, the Bad and the Worst

One of the most entertaining and popular TV shows in the last few years, Breaking Bad, blew away TV fans in India and the rest of the world alike. The bad guy we love to love, Walter White, the most recognizable chemistry teacher in the world, kept thousands of fans in denial of his criminal activities, and made chemistry class a whole lot more fun (until chem students came to terms that nobody will be cooking meth on school grounds). You can go for a yellow jumpsuit, a gas mask, and thick plastic-framed glasses, and for the fun effect, mix up some blue rock candy to fool trick-or-treaters and win the hearts of fellow fans.

Game of Costumes

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Game of Thrones was the first in the new wave of quality television – it paved the way for other highly praised dramas such as Breaking Bad, True Detective and House of Cards. GoT didn’t just win us over with its clever plot and dialogue, but also – and mainly – with its stunning scenery and insane costumes. It changed the face of fantasy and medieval costumes for good, and with so many striking characters, the only question is who to choose. Each house and region has distinct clothing, but it is clear that the Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow have the largest fanbase – and the simplest but most effective costumes to copy.

Marvels of the Universe

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With movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers and Ant-Man, and so many devoted comic fans, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has outdone it’s printed sibling. At this point, there are so many amazing characters in the franchise that it is nigh impossible to choose – but apparently, most of the love is kept for a DC character – Batman. Marvel itself is more common with younger children, the legendary Spider-Man has been a favorite costume that well precedes the success of the MCU, and is closely followed by Iron Man, who has been a popular, if harder to make, costume choice since the release of the first Iron Man movie.

Disneyworld

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The majestic fairy tale conglomerate is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for cosplayers. We all have our favorite childhood Disney movie, but we can build on more than just nostalgia. Recent years have brought us few new recognizable characters (Frozen, obviously), but. The past two years saw so many females dressed as Elsa and Anna, and even more creative Frozen crossover outfits, but be careful- Maleficent might be around too.

The Show Must Go On

Following trends in cosplay is every bit as important as in fashion, and we have presented some that have stolen the show at recent ComicCons. This year has truly been the year of Mad Max and video games such as Assassins’ Creed. And with Halloween less than a month away, let’s see if you can pull out a fresh idea!

Indian Fashion Trends in Australia and Western Europe by Roxana Oliver

I did a similar post some time ago about Indian fashion around the world but this post is from an Australian author’s perspective which throws a new light on this. I hope you enjoy the post by Roxana. 

Fashion trends around the world tend to be quite diverse but at the same time pretty much amazing. There is a big difference between Eastern and Western trends. But not only that, even countries that are from the same hemisphere but from a different region can differ with styles. And every style and fashion trend has something amazing and unique to it. That is why fashion designers all around the world are trying to incorporate foreign trends into their native ones to try and create a mix of cultures. These are some of the Indian trends that have grown in popularity in the latest period.

High Fashion

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When it comes to high fashion, there are a lot of designers that are pushing this style to high masses. One of the most popular fashion garments, the wonderfully colorful Indian Sarees have been recognized by Australian and European designers. The sari represents a south-Asian female garment and is mostly associated with upper class and traditions. They can be worn in more than 80 ways and now they have found its use in high fashion all over Western Europe. Many women from Western parts of the world started wearing dresses similar to sarees and you can see them on fashion shows, fancy dinners and other formal gatherings.

Street Style

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This style is very popular among people in Australia and Western Europe, especially with young people. This style is transferred through India to Europe and Australia using specific materials from which these clothes are made but also from colorful patterns. You can see tons of people walking down the street with skirts of various colors, light shirts and some vibrant color scarves as an accessory.

Party Style

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Combining Indian attire with some European trends came a long way. That way you can see plenty of young people partyingand rocking their new stylesall over Europe and Australia. Some of these things include wearing typical Indian fabrics such as lungi and ikat with some traditional Western trends like a pantsuit.

Formal And Wedding Wear

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Luxury and formal wear has also found its way to Western culture. Also wedding attire made in Indian manner is growing in popularity. Many soon-to-be brides are choosing gowns that resemble those worn by women in India. They are incorporating the tradition Indian wear such as saree with some neutral and soft colors in order to create perfect dressed for the new brides. Formal wear for both men and women are getting quite the attention.

In order to create something new, trendy and hip, many designers resort to mixing different styles from different areas of the world. This can sometimes turn out great, like in this case where they combined traditional Indian attire with typical European and Australian trends. And people won’t stop here. They are striving to create a multicultural fashion trend and they are doing it great. There are of course people who don’t approve of these things as they believe that tradition is something that shouldn’t be altered. It remains just to see what else they have prepared for us.

AUTHOR BIO: Roxana is an adventurer and frequent traveler as well as blogger at highstylife.com. Besides traveling she loves to take hikes with her two pooches and play around the house with her mischievous cat Archibald. Roxana is a green building designer by profession, and has a passion for exotic cooking and fashion.