Kick Your Wardrobe Up a Notch by Shopping Online

Thankfully, spring is just around the corner, which means finally shedding those bulky winter clothes. Off with your parkas, scarves, snow boots and mitts. It's time to get ready for the nice weather by toning up your body and going through your closet in search of something to wear.

So throw open your closet and dresser drawers and do inventory. Set aside an afternoon and get down to business. Remember the sage advice you've heard a million times. If you have not worn an item in a year, then get rid of it. Even if it still fits, get rid of it. Fill a bag and donate your excess pieces to the local thrift store.

Most people have lots of casual clothes such as jeans and hoodies. What you need to concentrate on is your working wardrobe. Try to co-cordinate pieces into outfits that you can wear to work. Once you've accomplished that task, you'll probably discover that you only have enough for two, maybe three days.

In order to make it through the whole week, you'll have to go shopping. Maybe the lure of the mall appeals to you, but who has time to spend hours trudging around. First you'll have to research the trends, compare prices at various shops, and then finally make your choice.

With work, and the kids, and social priorities, who has time for this? Why not research, compare, and buy online? There is no end to the sites that can enlighten you as to what's hot and what's not. So get ready to do your fashion homework.

When you've figured out what pieces you need, there are lots of sites that sell wholesale women's tops, wholesale women's bottoms, two piece suits, and urban wear. You'll also find designer clothing at great prices.

Some of the trends this season include the very popular white shirt, teamed with dark trousers, or a pencil slim skirt. This look has been around for a long time, so you can not go wrong. Add some funky shoes, a fashionable bag, and fun earrings, and you're set to go.

Another neat look is the structured dress, in lengths that come just to the knee. Pick a style that makes the most of your best features. Cap sleeves will show off your toned arms, and belted dresses will showcase your tiny waist.

As always, blazers and jackets are great to round out the working girls wardrobe. This season they come in a variety of colors, ranging from neutrals to brights. Choose a structured style, or go with a soft and belted look. Either style will be just right to stop the chill of an air conditioned office, or the cool evening air.

With well known names as Armani, Chanel, Liz Claiborne and Abercrombie & Fitch to choose from, you're sure to find what you are looking for. There are online shops that cater to your desire for bling as well. Earrings, wallets, purses, and shoes are all there for your shopping …

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Tungsten Rings For Holiday Gifts

With the Holiday season quickly approaching, many companies are beginning to restock their popular items to ensure there will be no customers receiving the out of stock notice. Most of these companies consist of electronic, toy and clothing retailers however jewelry retailers are also a popular seasonal item. Along with the approaching holidays also comes the harsh fact that the economy and retail sales are down in comparison to different years making retailers keep low prices to ensure an affordable sale. With Platinum, glad and diamond prices being at an all-time high regardless of the economy many couples, married and not, purchasing alternative metals as their fashion pieces. Out of these alternative metals Tungsten Carbide makes a wide choice for those that want a durable metal while having a wide variety of ring style to choose from. With Christmas being a time to purchase something for someone who would not normally purchase a ring themselves, a unique ring style is usually the way to go. A few fashionable categories below will briefly describe what a customer can find this holiday season.

Tungsten Ring Wood Inlays: Tungsten wedding rings with redwood inlays are a unique fashion piece where a genuine wood inlay circles the ring. The wood is protected with a liquid crystal and is completely flush with the ring. Wood inlays can be found on both a flat a dome shaped ring and as always purchase with a comfort fit.

Tungsten Carbide with Genuine Shell Inlays: Shell Inlay tungsten rings are a beautiful eye-catching ring with a colorful shell circling the ring. The genuine shells can come in a multitude of colors ranging from white to black, most commonly found in shades consisting of blues and greens. The shell inlay is ideal for both men and women and can be commonly found in widths ranging from 5mm to 11mm.

Tungsten Celtic Wedding Bands: Celtic tungsten rings, always a popular choice, for both men and women, come in endless design possibilities. From the classic Claddagh ring to Celtic knot work rings, many styles will exist in affordable prices. Many people choose Celtic for the symbolic reference the rings represent.

Black Tungsten Rings: Black tungsten ring is a unique ring that is commonly worn for fashion purposes. The black coloring is a plating on top of a tungsten ring that if worn daily can slowly wear down or scratch. Many people like black tungsten due to the jet black color with a high gloss appearance. Black tungsten can come in many different design possibilities.

Whichever style a customer decides to choose, tungsten carbide will prove to be the right choice for both men and women. Remember to ship with confidence online and look for the secure seal of approval on websites. …

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The Four Best Areas For Shopping in Berlin

It goes without saying that most student travelers on a German course in Berlin will be focused, first and foremost, on improving their language skills. But it's equally important that your time in Berlin should not be all study, study, study, and a great way of winding down after a hard day in the classroom is with a bit of retail therapy.

In the last few years, Berlin has become a Mecca for fashionistas, celebrities and cool-hunters in search of the latest trends in music, culture and, especially, clothing. Indeed, not many cities in the world can compare with its trendy credentials or match the diverse range of Berlin shopping options.

So, really, there's nothing for it but to put the books down from time to time, get whatever money you've got saved up, and hit the shops.

Friedrichstrasse

Right at the heart of the city, this is not perhaps the obvious choice for a student taking a German course in Berlin. The action is centered around one but three ultra-swanky boutique malls – Quartier 205, 206 and 207 – in Berlin's upmarket Mitte neighborhood.

But even if the prices are enough to make your eyes water, there's some top window-shopping to have had, and an afternoon spent in Mitte is to see Berlin at its rarefied, elegant best.

Potsdamer Platz

A stone's throw away from the chic boutiques of Mitte, the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden is a bit more accessible to the average purse. Spread out over five floors of stores, it's not the most intimate of Berlin shopping experiences, but for convenience it can not be beaten, providing as it does everything you could possibly want under one roof.

Boghagener Platz

And Potsdamer Platz – all sleek stores and efficiency – could hardly be more different to the scene you encounter over in Boghagener Platz on a Sunday morning. Berlin flea markets are uniformly excellent, and the one to be found in Boghagener Platz is one of the best.

Rather less slick and professional than the other Berlin flea markets you find at Arkonaplatz and Strasse de 17 juni, Boghagener Platz has a pleasantly democratic 'car boot sale' feel. Neverheless, it's renamed for the range of wares on offer, and it's one of the most pleasant days of shopping in Berlin.

Bergmannstrasse

Over in the hip, alternative and engagingly grungy East of the city, Bergmannstrasse is the backbone of Kreuzberg. Here, secondhand stores with hours' worth of good, cheap rummaging, junk shops overflowing with dusty trinkets and a smattering of great record shops are the order of the day.

They sit alongside a cool café and bar scene for when you want to put your feet up, and get some people-watching done in what's still an exciting mixed neighborhood. And for the young – or the young at heart – and anyone on a German course in Berlin , particularly, this is where the city really comes into its own. …

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Cashmere Clothing

What is Cashmere?

Cashmere is the lush, delightful wool shorn from a cashmere goat. This soft, downy material gets its name from Kashmir, the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. Cashmere has a soft and warm nature, but it is extremely light Any breed of goat that produces cashmere wool, is called a cashmere goat. Clothing made from cashmere is soft, luxurious and resilient. Known as the Yarn of the Kings, cashmere is the worlds finest and most luxurious fiber. It is soft, warm, and hard-wearing. Garments woven from this material are very soft and lightweight but extremely warm and strong. China is the largest maker of cashmere, producing a whopping 10,000 tons annually.

Cashmere is fine in texture, very strong, light, and as soft as cotton. It originated in the Western region of India in the 11th century, and was used primarily to make woven shawls. By the late 18th century, enterprising traders were importing goat down from Tibet. By the early 19th century, cashmere was a burgeoning industry

Sweaters made out of cashmere have been a popular piece of clothing for many decades. Cashmere socks have recently become popular. Cashmere scarves, sweaters, gloves are also in great demand.

Today, cashmere is used to produce sweaters, scarves, socks, and many other items of apparel.

When you buy cashmere:

Look at the tension in the knitting: gently stretch a small part of the fabric. If the quality is good it should return quickly to shape and not leave a mark. The best cashmere has a density to it. Hold it up to the light with your hand behind it. If you can see your hand clearly, the material is of poor quality.

Look at the surface of the fabric. The fluffier it seems the more it will unravel, as it is probably made from shorter hairs. Clothing made of cashmere can be purchased at many high-end fashion stores such as Macy’s, Gimbals, and Neiman Marcus. Some retailers offer discounts a few weeks before the end of the season.…

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Wedding Fashion '09

It's that time of year again when the wedding invitations start to drop through the letterbox. The first thought to pop into your mind is 'What on earth am I going to wear?'. Of course, everyone will be looking at the blushing bride and focusing on her apparel, but you also want to look your best at the wedding. Gone are the days when it was a foregone conclusion that the ceremony would take place in a church or other place of worship, and it was simply a matter of wearing a smart outfit and suitable hat. The wedding outfit that you choose also depends on the type of venue for the wedding reception. This may be a semi-formal affair in an elegant hotel or under a marquee in the grounds of a small home, or perhaps a more relaxed affair in a pub or even in the home of the bride's family.

If possible, find out what other women are planning to wear on the day, and dress accordingly. Satins and silks with plenty of ruffles and frills are very much in fashion for 2009, and so there are many options for suitable wedding clothes for women in the High Street shops. Keep your choice of clothing simple but feminine, and select something that you can wear for other occasions like parties or meals out, so that you are not stuck with a fashion item that is unwearable again. A simple knee length silk or silk look dress in black with ruffles across the bodice edged in white makes a good choice and can be coordinated with matching black and white clutch bag and black and white stilettos.

For those cooler days or evening receptions, wear a black or white pashmina around the shoulders. A pashmina is an excellent and versatile addition to any wardrobe and can be worn through the summer with any outfit, casual or smart. Another option is a floral print rushed neck dress with white background, worn with strappy sandals. Pick out one of the colors from the print and use this as your accessory color, for clutch bags, shoes, jewelery and sometimes a fascinator rather than a hat. Accompany the dress with a cropped crisp linen tailored jacket.

For a formal wedding, a black jacket over a white knee length tailored sleeveless dress can be worn with black patent heels and matching handbag, with a wide brimmed and lace trimmed black and white shot silk hat. The Teatro Organza Dress from Littlewoods Direct fits the bill perfectly and will not cost an arm and a leg at under £ 70. For a summer wedding, the perfect dress shape is one with fitted bodice and waisted with a contrast belt or sash, with a large floral print. This can be worn with a shrag or black jacket for the ceremony. At the reception, remove the jacket to reveal a sleeveless party dress that has been dressed up with plenty of jangly bangles.

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What Does Telogen Effluvium (TE) Hair Loss Look Like? I’ll Tell You

Over the weekend, I received an email from a woman who asked me “what, exactly, does TE or telogen effluvium look like?”  I wrote back and asked her for a bit of clarification, but she meant what I thought and assumed that she had meant.  Basically, she wanted to know what the hair of a person with TE will look like and if there is any pattern or appearance to the hair or scalp that would indicate that the shedding or hair loss is due to TE rather than something else.  I will discuss these things in the following article.

How Does Hair That Is Shedding Due To Telogen Effluvium Look?: Sometimes, there are changes in hair texture before the shedding actually starts.  That’s because the effected hair moves into the resting stage and these strands are no longer deeply embedded in the scalp or being properly nourished.  So, the result is flyaway or unruly hair that doesn’t quite lay down flat.

Once the shedding actually starts, you may not notice any changes of volume or any thinning spots at first.  Most people begin with much more hair than they think, so it takes a certain period of shedding before the changes are noticeable to others.  You may see spent or falling hair sort of hanging down at the ends and friends, coworkers, or complete strangers will pluck hair from your clothing (which can be quite embarrassing.) You may also see that your scalp is pink or red because so many follicles are being affected at once. 

After a while, you might start to see some thinning in areas that aren’t quite as thick to begin with like the bangs, temples, or crown.  Now, some people will panic and think that they have AGA or androgenic alopecia, but this isn’t always the case.  Often those areas have less hair to begin with so they are going to thin out more quickly than other areas.  However, generally speaking (although there are very commonly exceptions,) people will TE will generally have overall or diffuse shedding and loss, while people with genetic loss will have patterned loss that is mostly limited to the top, temples, and crown.

Over time, it can be harder and harder to tell the difference between TE and AGA just by looking at the hair and scalp.  Because prolonged shedding is going to thin out your hair even if you’re regrowing quite steadily.  Now, with telogen effluvium, the quality and quantity of your regrowth should not be adversely affected, unless you have some inflammation issues.  So, the regrowth that you do have should be relatively healthy and thick.  However, because something is making your hair continue to cycle through the resting phase, your regrowth may not have the impact that you might have hoped because the growth just can not keep up with the loss.

What’s The Deal With The White Bulb? Does The White Bulb Mean That I Definitely Have Telogen Effluvium?: I’m asked the question so often. People really want the reassurance …

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Ten Questions And Answers About Fetishism

What is fetishism?

A fetish is an attribute, fabric, bodypart or situation that turns you on sexually. This can be anything and fetishes are different for different people. It can be a scent (such as perfume), hair, an attribute, clothing (high heels for example) or the sight of a man or woman on his or her knees.

Although it has somewhat of a negative connotation, fetishism is very normal and it is around all through everyday life. People who favor a specific brand (such as Nike) for clothing actually have a fetish. The entire fashion and cosmetics industry are largely based on the phenomenum.

Where does the word fetishism come from?

Fetish (sometimes also spelled as fetisj or fetich) originates from the Portuguese word “fettiço”, which literally translates as “something made”. The word was used in the Middle Ages throughout Europe for “magic charm”, amulets brought by explorers from West-Africa, where they were known as “fettiche”. In antropolical terms a fetish is a religious symbol. As such the Christian cross can also be seen as a fetish.

Is fetishism a bad thing?

Thanks to Sigmund Freud (again) – who made the connection between sexual fetishes and “savages” – fetishism has been given a bad name for a long time, while in fact its origin is religious/spiritual symbolism. It is – however – quite normal and chances are literally everybody on the planet has at least one.

Why is fetishism so important in alternative lifestyles?

Some people have a different outlook on sexuality. Part of that is that they often have a sharp eye for detail and they will value such details highly. In that sense, for example, the scent of leather is a detail of leather clothing and gear. Attributes themselves are a detail of entire scenes. In this sense it is a symbol for something much bigger – an entire spectre of feelings, emotions, memories and fantasies.

What are the most common fetishes?

Blond hair, lingerie, leather, lace, latex and high heels are probably the most common fetishes. Another common ones are shaved bodyparts, such as the genital area. There is a wide variety of other “attractions”, such as ponytails, piercings, tattoos, school uniforms and white socks and gartherbelts.

Are there any hard to spot fetishes?

The most difficult thing to explain is the fact that there are people, with what is called an “attraction fetish”. This means they are attracted to but not really into and activity. For example, there are actually quite a few people who are not really into BDSM, but fascinated and turned on by the atmosphere.

Can fetishism be dangerous?

Anything that becomes an obsession can be dangerous. Fetishism by nature at least has an inherent risk of becoming an obsession. The most common risk is that people with a fetish become fanatics about it. This may easily lead to disputes and a lot of flaming, because people can become very touchy about the subject. This frequently happens in Internet chatrooms and on discussion …

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Mature Dating Tip – How to Flirt

Flirting is ageless; you have the license to do it whether you’re 20 or 60. You need to know how to flirt in order to navigate the mature dating scene. Done right, it is a harmless and easy way to spark that special someone’s interest and make him or her want to know you a bit more. Here are some flirting tips to use on other mature daters you have just met. Do these and you’re guaranteed to get a second date:

1. Use your hands. The key to successful flirting is breaking the “touch barrier.” By initiating physical contact, you let the other person know that you are interested.

Be subtle but playful. Touch your date’s knee or arm while you make a point, for example. You can also let your knees touch subtly under the table. Don’t make the mistake of grabbing or lingering too long. Think short and subtle moves.

2. Laugh together. Reacting positively to your date’s jokes and funny stories is a big part of flirting. Aside from laughing, you can also show your interest by asking, “Really?” or saying “Wow.” Don’t fake it, though. If you’re truly not interested, there’s no need to try and appear like you are. Your boredom will show through.

3. Pay him/her compliments. Both men and women love to receive genuine compliments. If you think your date looks good, say it. Give your date a sincere compliment about his or her physical appearance. This implies an immediate attraction, and gets the date going to the direction you want it to go.

4. Say your date’s name. Consciously repeat his or her name to subtlety reveal your willingness to create a more intimate connection.

5. Body language. Your non verbal movements say more about how you feel than your words do. How genuine interest by “opening up” your body towards your date. Don’t cross your arms across your chest, for example. When talking, face your date directly.

Another way to show your interest is “mirroring.” If your partner leans in to talk or rests his or her elbows on the table, for example, you should do the same. Duplicating your date’s actions is a good way to show that you are in-synch.

6. Look nice. A date is not the time and place to wear your jogging pants. Be sure to dress a little bit more nicely than you usually do, even if you’re just going out for a walk or for coffee. Don’t make the mistake of trying to “dress young,” though, or you will just look older. Accept that you are already in the mature dating scene and that you need to wear age appropriate clothing. Torn jeans and a rock t-shirt will probably just turn off your date. Wear something nice even for a casual lunch date. For men, a good fitting collared shirt and flattering jeans (with no holes in them) should do the trick. Older women look good in A-line skirts and flattering tops. Make …

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Wedding Gowns Style For The Spring Time

Winter and spring, the two perfect seasons to tie knots. While there are many couples getting married at this time of the year when it's nearly freezing, there are others who wait for spring time to arrive. Even though getting married during winter brings a different excitement, spring brings with it pleasantness that lacks in winter. In fact for a bride it's much more comfortable to dress up for that special day in her life. With no extra woolen clothing to worry about she can flaunt the wedding gown exactly to her lying. Here are some spring time trends in bridal wear which the bride sure can not miss –

Black is the color – Yes! You are reading it right! Black is the color. It has become a hot favorite for the brides and the color is perfect to add a different glamor to the entire wedding ceremony. A black wedding gown is really a growing trend especially amongst the brides who want it the unconventional, modern way. It's even more attractive when you can accessorize it with black gloves, veil and shiny black stilettos.

Wedding gowns with unique back designs – This can be really interesting. Nowadays, with the changing trends spring time weddings have brides wearing gowns with extremely unique back designs. It all looks too impressive and would have all guests gaping at the back design.

Be a princess – Princess Style wedding gowns are absolutely in vogue. Brides who are curvy and have an envious figure can opt for such a type. In fact this particular wedding dress is in the limelight for this year. So, flaunt one such dress and be a princess.

Off-shoulders – off-shoulder design in wedding gowns are elegant and makes a bride looks so graceful. This is mainly suited for those who have a beautiful neckline and love to show them off. One-shoulders and V-neck are also popular choices amongst the brides.

Flowers can be the ultimate choice – Spring time is the season of flowers. Springtime inspires the floral and garden theme for many weddings. So it would be appropriate to include floral designs and motifs on wedding attire. This helps bring a complete feminine touch to the bride.

This spring celebrates a unique wedding along with a perfect bride. The above were the spring time wedding gown trends which not a single bride can afford to miss! …

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Sewing Doll Clothing Patterns

Sewing doll clothing is a hobby enjoyed by many. One might even be able to start up ones own home sewing enterprise very easily by offering unique clothes for dolls. There is a big need for darling doll clothes, especially for the ever popular 18 inch dolls. Here is a short instruction guide on sewing doll clothes for beginners.

Begin With a Pattern – You could create your own, but it is a lot simpler to purchase doll clothes designs. Attempting to trim down full-size patterns to the doll-size one wants is nearly impossible. There are many low-priced doll-specific patterns obtainable for stitching, knitting, crocheting, and other handcrafts. We offer a nice mixture of basic as well as greater challenging patterns to simplify the search for you!

Get the Tools – Although it is not an applicable implementation, owning and using a sewing machine, does make a number of tasks simpler. As an example, sewing a hem is a lot easier with a machine. Other jobs can be done just as simply by hand. The little proportions of the clothing for smaller dolls gives itself to hand sewing. Other implements you'll need are the same as those you'd be using for any sewing undertaking. You'll also need needles, scissors, thread, a pencil, measuring tape, a pin cushion, and stick pins. If you store all of your tools in a box of some type, it helps make stitching doll clothes easier. Some organizing boxes are specifically created for storing thread spools and other implements.

Choosing Fabrics – You could use just about any type of fabric to make clothing for dolls. Remnants of fabric remaining after larger undertakings are perfect. Of course, it depends on the proportions of the doll. More fabrics one could pick include old clothes, linens, and curtains. Material remnants can also be purchased for a minimal price. Some materials are easier to work with than other fabrics. For example, denim is stiff and can be challenging to work with. However, they have created some wonderful light weight denims now which are more appropriate for sewing doll clothing. Most all cottons work really nicely, and utilizing fabrics with blends assists keep them wrinkle free. If you are considering starting a home sewing business stitching and marketing doll clothing, consider what materials are easiest to work with and make one of a kind garments that will be called for.

Closures – Crafters that have an existing home sewing business often choose Velcro or snaps instead of buttons when a young child will be playing with the outfit. If the item is going to be used for show, for example to dress an antique Barbie, buttons can be put to use. But normal sized buttons are going to be much too big, and look out of proportion on most dolls. Cloth dolls are an exemption. If you do choose to utilize buttons or snaps and your little one will be playing with the clothing, be sure they are firmly attached …

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