Style Watch – Be a Fashion Diva This Fall

For Fall 2007, bright colors and big skirts dominate the fashion runways. For fashionistas, this means we need to mix and match our basics with bright tops, voluminous bottoms and our most fashionable accessories. Whether you throw them on for a casual day of shopping, dress them up for a wedding or add a pair of your sexiest shoes for a night on the town, a few pieces sure keep you in step with the hottest looks include:

The Bubble Hem Dress

The fashion industry is buzzing about the new, voluminous look – and the bubble hem dress is leading the trend. With its fun, flirty look, you can dress this look down for day, up for evening and wear it practically everywhere.

Every Day: Slip a pair of leggings under your bubble hem dress with ballerina shoes and you'll look fabulous and feel comfortable all day long. Add some fun accessories like a stone pendant and matching designer handbag to sport an outfit fit for Hollywood.

Of course, the bag you pair your bubble hem dress with has to be as stylish as the dress you're sporting, so make sure it's a cutting-edge piece or a classic that simply can not go out of style. For my money, I'd go with the Fendi Zucca handbag. It's a beautiful bag that gives just a little something extra to everything it touches. And regardless of your style, there's a Fendi Zucca handbag shape and size you'll love.

Going Out: Add some glittering accessories and ankle-strap sandals and you're sure to turn heads.

Special Occasion: Stars like Sandra Bullock and Beyoncé have been spotted on the red carpet in extravagant bubble hem dresses, but even if your bubble dress is a bit more on the plain side – do not worry – you can still look celebrity-fabulous by pairing your bubble hem dress with a beautiful jacket, some chic jewelry and stunning pair of heels.

The Corset Blazer

The corset blazer is a notched-collar jacket with beautiful lacced-up detail at the center of the back. It's a gorgeous, feminine variation of the classic women's blazer and is perfect for this season's modern silhouettes.

Every Day: As fall approaches, the corset blazer can add that bit of flare you want while still feeling comfortable as the cool weather approaches. Wear it with your favorite jeans, a simple white T-shirt and some fun jewelry to make it a style all your own.

Going Out: Pair this flirty, feminine jacket with a pair of low-rise jeans or an A-line skirt and a sexy corset top for the perfect evening ensemble.

Special Occasion: For a slightly more luxurious look, pair your favorite corset blazer with a flowing pair of wool trousers or a pretty satin skirt. Add a great pair of shoes and your outfit will be complete.

The Pleated Skirt

Because of their "bell" shape, pleated skirts are a perfect way to add some volume to your look and show off your figure. (even if …

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Be A Halloween Superstar – Make Your Own Halloween Costume

At last it's that time of year when for one night, at least, we can all pretent to be something or somebody else. We can simply put on a halloween costume, add a few accessories and get into the part. But for even more fun why no take complete control over who you want to be and make your own halloween costume. With a little bit of extra effort you can easily be the star of any halloween party or trick-or-treating expedition.

If you're going to make your own halloween costume you'd better get started. The sooner you get going the better. Leaving yourself plenty of time means you can relax and have fun collecting the bits and pieces you need to make your own halloween costume.

So, where do you start?

Well, before you can make your own halloween costume you need to decide who or what you want to be. You could have a famous hero or an icon – think about your favorite TV programs and movies. Who do you admire from history? Which musicians appeal to you?

Or you could go for the more traditional halloween costumes – ghosts, witches, pumpkins, ghouls and monsters.

Once you've decided on who or what you want to have it's time to search for items that can be used to create your own halloween costume.

The easiest place to start is at home. Look around from room to room and see what things you can find that might fit in with the halloween character you've chosen. There are the same items like wedding and bridesmaids dresses, prom gowns or formal suits that make outfits such as halloween fairies or angels. But do not be too fussy at first, just grab anything that catches your eye – unwanted clothing, shoes, gloves, pieces of fabric, garbage bags, boxes, ties, socks, old towels, sheets etc. etc. The possibilities are endless.

By spending a little extra time you should be able to come up with something a little more exciting than the hobgoblin outfits that all your neighbors will be wearing.

Maybe you could dig through the closets of your older relatives looking for clothing that has gone out of style. An old double-breasted pin stripe wold be a great base from which to make your own 30s gangster halloween costume.

Vintage clothing can be used for 60s hippies, 50s beatniks or 40s film stars. And if you do not have and relatives with cluttered closets who can help you make your own halloween costume you can always try your local thrift shop or second-hand store.

There's probably a goodwill outlet near you where you can pick your way through the rails and check out all the clothing for more halloween costume ideas. Maybe some old shoes or a purse will inspire. Sometimes an odd piece of fabric or a belt will get your creative juices flowing.

Do not worry if you can not find exactly what you're looking for. If you're feeling a …

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