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Holiday Hairstyle Ideas for Women

The flat waves hairstyle is very desirable for the holiday season again this year! This trend lives on- among celebrities and everyday stylish people, like your favorite YouTube style celebrities. To achieve this incredible look, you will need a large/small-barreled hair straightener/flat Iron, curling iron, a comb, brush, wavy spray, shimmering serum or mousse. Apply these products after your hair is washed and conditioned.

There are seven ways to wear this creation:

* For medium length hair- All you need is a flat iron, wavy spray, and some hair spray or mousse. Take two long twist and carefully flat iron the strands- as you hold the end of the hair. Complete this step all over your hair. It only takes 5 minutes to complete.

* For Light curls- All you will need is a thin curling iron. Use some hair mousse and then break hair into sections, and twist strands with the curling iron- as you hold the end of the hair. It only takes 5 minutes to complete.

* For shorter hair- All you need is a small flat iron or the best straightening brush, wavy spray, and some hair spray or mousse and then break hair into sections, and twist strands with flat iron- as you hold the end of the hair. It only takes 8 minutes to complete.

* For long and thick hair- All you need is a large barreled hair straightener, wavy spray, shimmering serum or mousse. Take the straightener and twist the hair- as you hold the large barreled hair facing down towards the floor, and break hair into sections and twist strands with hair straightener, as you hold the end of hair. It only takes 10 minutes to complete.

* Embrace natural waves by blow drying your hair with a diffusor, and let the hair strands fall naturally.

* If your hair is already wavy, twist back the two front sections of your hair- and pin them to the back of your head, to create a romantic look.

* Overnight Styling- Before you go to bed, dampen hair and part it down the middle into two pigtails. Spray strands with wavy spray or mousse. Coil the two halves of the ponytail- and pin the ends in sections to your head. Your hair will dry naturally overnight. The next day, unpin the hair and loosen with a comb or your fingertips. The waves should settle naturally. It’s best to keep the hair well- conditioned to get stronger results.

Listed below are some hair tips for dealing with wavy hair:

  • Minimum use of heat
  • Use a sulfate-free shampoo to avoid dryness
  • Use a moisturized conditioner
  • Do not use silicone, because it coats the hair and prevent moister to the scalp
  • Use a wide tooth comb to detangle hair- after it is washed

In all cases, for the fresh wave look- wash your hair, blow dryer, and then apply the wavy spray or mousse, to obtain the luxurious style that you desire. If you want bounce or volume, brush your hair upside down- and spray some lacquer on the edge of the strands to get a festive look!

This is a guest post from the gals over at Straight Hair Day. Check them out at http://www.straighthairday.co.uk/ for more tips on getting that perfect hairstyle for your holiday parties.  

How To Declutter Your Home

clutterThere are several ways that you can start decluttering your home right now. In addition to getting rid of old things that you don’t need, it is important to make sure that your home is well organized all the time. This can help you to determine what you should keep and what should go when it comes time to prune back on your belongings.

Prioritize Organization:

Prior to buying more items to have in your home, it is a good idea to have a plan for how you will organize them. If you don’t have a plan for how to organize your home, it will become messy over the course of time. Once you have this plan, it is essential to always stick to it.

Manage Your Time Well When It Comes To Organization:

If you have a lot of stuff, you will not be able to simply re-organize your house over the course of a day or part of a day. Instead, you’ll likely need at least several uninterrupted days to work on it. If you have other obligations, it is likely to get neglected if you attempt to do it all at once. Rather than doing all of the organizing and decluttering in one day, you should plan to do it over the course of a significant period of time.

Finish What You Start:

When you set out to clean up a part of your home, it is essential to follow through with any aspect of it that you set out to. Many people find themselves not finishing what they started, and this can lead to important organization being ignored.

Invest In Shelving And Cabinetry:

Shelving and cabinetry is essential for keeping your home organized. When you use them, you can ensure that you know where items are at all times. You will be able to put a system in place for what is contained in the drawers of dressers and what is contained on certain shelves.

Pay Attention To How Visible An Item Is:

If something has an important purpose, it would be especially frustrating to not be able to find it. Important or frequently used items should be placed somewhere that is more visible. After you use it, you should be especially mindful to put it back where it’s easy to find.

Have An Annual Garage Sale Or Other Mass Removal Of Items:

One way to declutter your home and make money doing it is to have a garage sale once a year. A garage sale can actually be fairly profitable, depending on the nature of the items that you want to get rid of. However, if you are uncomfortable with the idea of strangers coming to your home, there are ways you can make money off your stuff without having a garage sale. In fact, you can gather up items that you want to get rid of and sell them online. If you have items that you do not think you will be able to sell, you can give them away at a local charity. If they are completely unusable, you can simply throw them out.

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Finding The Best Fashion Trends

If you are thinking about going with proper fashion trends, you will want to find good spots to begin your research on the topic.

So, where do you go?

You have three places that are going to be prominent when it comes to this search.

Begin here.

Fashion Shows

The best place to start is to look at fashion shows in the area because this is going to matter a lot. You want to make sure the fashion show you are going with will matter. These are the things that are going to matter a lot because the fashion shows remain ahead.

You want to go through this information and meet with people who are like-minded about these trends.

You will have a good time, and it will be an excellent learning experience.

Magazines

The magazines are going to give you nice value as well in the long-term. You are going to get a good look into what people adore and why they do.

Magazines are a must in this day and age because they are updated all the time and you get a fresh look at what the world of fashion has to offer. Why not take advantage of these trends?

Go through some of the leading magazines and see what they have to offer regarding ideas. You will adore what they are bringing to the table for you to go through.

Online

Yes, you can go down the simple route and begin online because that will provide you with nice access into what people wear and why they are wearing those items in the first place. Just having this information can give you a lot of value in this day and age.

You want to make sure things are pushing forward as that is a must.

An online option is something you are going to enjoy. These are the fashion trends you will be able to lay a foundation with as to what you are putting on and buying.

Fashion trends are going to come and go, so you have to be alert and pay attention to what is being put on. You have to look into these things as well as you can because it does matter a lot.

When you are in tune with what people are putting on, you are going to add a new wrinkle to your fashion approach as well, which is what matters most.

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How I Get To Wear Different Designer Clothes Every Work Day

I am a fashion consultant and stylist for a living, and so it is critical that I be seen dressed sharp myself all the time. I have many regular clients, and one thing that a lot of them have told me about why they believe in me and refer me to others for more work is because they have never seen me wear anything but designer clothes, but they also have never seen me wear the same thing twice.

Both facts are true, but what they do not know is that I do not actually own all that many clothes. Granted, I have about a month’s worth of outfits sitting in my apartment, and they are all designer clothes, but I sure did not spend full price on them. Some of them I did not even pay for. I do get them in a variety of ways though.

Some designer clothing makers send me outfits to try out or wear because they want me to like them and recommend them to my clients, but this does not account for as much of my wardrobe as you might think, nor does it really work. I always give my clients my honest opinion.

What I do on top of the freebies is sell my clothes online after I have worn them once. While an outfit does have a slight market markdown after being worn once, it is not that much, given the demand for such clothes, so I do get most of my money back from anything I bought fresh off the rack.

Even then, I do not pay full retail most of the time, as I buy used quite often myself online. Unlike a lot of others, I do not waste time looking for something exactly my size, as I know a good tailor and make very fastidious use of him much of the time.

I also hit vintage boutiques, donation stores, and yard and garage sales every weekend. You would be shocked to discover just what kind of designer clothes you can find in boxes at such a sale, just because people do not know what they have. Sometimes the wrong family member goes through a closet, or they forgot and just want to get rid of a bad memory as soon as possible.

All in all, I have various ways of finding a steady supply of great clothes.

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Why I Fell In Love With Michael Kors

I am one of those women who don’t carry a purse all of the time. This can be very inconvenient when I am headed somewhere and I have a few things I have to take with me. For this reason, I fell in love with the idea of using a wristlet. This would give me the opportunity to have everything I need with me without feeling like I am weighed down by a large sized bag.

When I talked to my sister about buying a wristlet, she said that she had one I could have. She said it was a Michael Kors wristlet and it was nice, but she likes larger bags. When I first saw it, I was a little apprehensive because it was white, but it became my favorite thing to carry. I had it for a year or two, then I decided I wanted to buy more. Since this one held up for me without getting wrinkled, torn or anything of the sort, I decided to stick with the Michael Kors brand.

After going to several different websites to find Michael Kors bags, I realized that one thing was universal. The bags were all great looking and they did not cost co much that the average person could not afford them. This is a definite plus, especially considering the fact that I am not made of money. They were so well-priced that I decided to buy a few in different styles and colors.

A year ago I decided to buy a nice wristlet I saw that was made by another designer. While it was okey, I can say that it is not as well made as the ones that I already had. I also felt like the bag was a bit on the flashy side. As most people know, Michale Kors bags are great looking without making you feel like you are being gaudy. That is important to me since all my outfits are quite simple and I would prefer not to stand out from the crowd when I am out and about.

If you would have asked me about Michael Kors about five years ago, I would have no idea who in the world you were talking about. Now that I have had experience with the quality of the products he offers, there is no way that I will ever be as satisfied with anything else.

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Helpful Tips For Attending NYC Fashion Week

NYC Fashion Week is one of the premier fashion events in the world. If you are lucky enough to be able to attend this illustrious event, it is important to be as prepared as possible so that you have a great time and don’t miss out on any of the highlights. Check out some of these tips for attending New York Fashion Week to ensure that everything goes according to plan.

1. Arrive early for shows. A lot of times, fashion shows don’t start on time. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should scoot in at the last minute. Instead, you should arrive early so that you can get seated before the show begins. In some cases, designers will even lock the doors after a certain time. If you arrive too late, you may be prevented from getting into the show at all.

2. Consider staying at a hotel directly across from Lincoln Center. That way, you won’t have to travel all the way across the city to get to and from your hotel. Chances are, you won’t be spending a lot of time at your hotel anyway. All you need is a room for the night. By choosing one that is close to the action, you can stay later and arrive earlier, making sure that you don’t miss anything important throughout the event.

3. Dress for functionality as well as fashion. One common mistake that people make when attending Fashion Week is dressing purely for fashion and forgetting about comfort. Ideally, you should try to find a balance between an outfit that is both fashionable and comfortable. Be sure to carry a bag that is large enough to hold all of your essentials. Additionally, if you are planning on wearing heels, consider packing along a pair of flats in your bag. That way, you can always change into your flats if your feet start to hurt throughout the day.

These tips for attending NYC Fashion Week should help you have a fabulous time at this incredible event. By carefully planning out your trip, choosing your accommodations wisely, arriving on time for any shows that you have been invited to, and dressing in a way that is both comfortable and fashionable, you should be able to thoroughly enjoy yourself at the event. The more prepared you are, the more likely you are to make it through the week without any major mishaps.

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Where To Find A Good Designer Handbag

You can generally get a designer handbag in person or online. Here you can learn about how to find one wherever you want to look. Avoid fakes and get a good price after reading these tips if you want to always get awesome handbags.

A good place to find handbags is through classified online ads. You can look every day or two and see if anyone has one. Or, you can put out an ad saying what you want and then you’ll be able to meet up with people. Make sure you do so in public, and that you know how to spot fake handbags. You want to meet in public to do the sale in case the person wants to do anything shady. Don’t bring a bunch of money with you to a place where there aren’t other people when dealing with anyone.

Bags that you get online are not going to be as easy to screen for fakes. The only real way to make sure it’s not one is to always ask for pictures. Make sure that any seller you work with has some kind of return policy, because if they tell you all sales are final they may be selling fakes or handbags that are not in the best of shape. They can even take photos of a nice one and then send you one that’s no good, so only work with trusted people that allow you to get your money back if something is wrong.

Buying from a store in person that is well known may cost you more, but it will always get you what you’re paying for. People that try to get really good deals on designer merchandise will soon find that there is a big market for fakes. You’ll be able to sometimes get awesome deals on used or new ones, but chances are they won’t all be legit. Before spending a lot of money on anything, know that people are really good at making fakes and that they are not worth much money at all.

Having the ability to get a nice designer handbag for cheap is always a good thing. You can get one for an event or just to make your daily look more awesome. You’re going to enjoy shopping and seeing all of the choices too if you enjoy checking out these kinds of things.

How to Start Doing Stand-up Comedy

Were you the “class clown” throughout most of your school years? Can you make people laugh? Have you ever wondered how those stand-up comics are able to make money doing something they love? While big-name comics are rare, almost anyone can start doing stand-up comedy!

First, watch the masters.

Check out Netflix and YouTube for some great stand-up comedy routines. Don’t neglect the old-timers; some comedy techniques that we use today were pioneered by comedians of yesteryear, and the older videos can show you comedy methods that you may not see in modern comedians.

Some comedians (especially in older times) used a gimmick, like a puppet or props. Some comedians tell jokes. Many comedians (especially these days) use stories to entertain. Comedy is all about communicating with your audience, and the surest sign that a comic will fail is that the comic is not authentic. Watching the masters is a good way to hone your craft, but if your routine is not authentic and funny to you, your audience won’t like it either.

Second, take a break.

Before working on your comedy routine, take a break from stand-up comedy. Joke theft is considered to be one of the most egregious sins a comic can commit, and this can happen inadvertently if you’ve just finished watching a stand-up special when you sit down to write.

Always have a notebook.

The best comedy comes from the authentic lives of the comic, so most comics will carry around a small notepad and pen wherever they go. When a friend says something hilarious, write it down. When a random thought makes you laugh in the line at the coffeeshop, make a note of it. All of this source material is essential for a comic.

Write a routine.

To start out your stand-up comedy career, write your first routine. Take the funny things you listed in your notebook and develop your routine around that. Pick one or two topics, and try to limit your routine to 10 minutes. Make sure that you have transitions between topics if you’re using more than one.

Find an amateur night or open mic.

If you have a comedy club in your area, chances are it has an amateur night. One night every week or every month is usually devoted to amateurs. If you don’t have a comedy club nearby, try an open mic. These settings can be less useful, because they’re often poetry or music and comedy is a harder sell, but if that’s the only option you have for performing in public, give it a try.

One important note about amateur nights and open mics: the venue hosting the event makes the rules. Check the website, call the club, or attend an event as a spectator before taking the stage. Comedy clubs tend to be exceptionally strict on time limits.

As you perform your routine, you’ll continually be honing and improving it based on the feedback you get from your audience. In time, you’ll develop multiple routines that – with practice – can become a regular part of a larger show. With a little practice and an awful lot of luck, you may one day get your very own HBO comedy special!

Tips for Making Your Own Letterpress

Whether it’s a wedding in your future or a cottage business making customized invitations and cards on Etsy, having your own letterpress can allow you to make beautiful custom designs easily and quickly. Perhaps the most difficult part of letterpressing is making your own letterpress! Even this obstacle can be overcome with a few simple tips.

Make one or buy one?

Buying a letterpress can be extremely difficult, as no companies currently manufacture them for home use. For this reason, finding a machine to purchase can be a challenge, and the small supply of presses is generally too expensive for a hobbyist. The good news is that you can make a letterpress at home using materials found from your local hardware store.

Homemade letter presses generally have a bed and a frame to rest atop the bed (usually made of wood). The frame holds the block in place, and the block is what contains the letters or drawing that will be pressed onto the paper. Above the paper is a piece called a platen, and most homemade models make this section of wood as well. Finally, most homemade presses use some way of pressing the platen down onto the block, perhaps with a press screw or a car jack. This is often the most costly part of building your own letterpress.

Choose an existing design

There are several free designs found on the Internet that provide complete instructions for building a letterpress. Additionally, groups and organizations that promote letterpressing may offer free designs for their own members. Once you select a pattern for your letterpress, it’s best to stick to the instructions.

Analyze your needs

A larger letterpress allows you to design larger documents and stationery, but it also takes up more storage space and can make it difficult to correctly place smaller documents like business cards or RSVP cards. For most home hobbyists, having multiple letterpresses isn’t feasible, so it’s wise to choose the largest size you plan to make. The larger the letterpress, the more inconsistent the ink coverage will be, especially for beginners.

Get started!

Once you’ve chosen the design and planned your construction, visit your local hardware store with your list and get started on building your own letterpress! You may find it helpful to print the list from your instructions and seek assistance at the hardware store, especially if you’re not familiar with some of the tools or supplies listed.

Time to print!

When it’s time to use your new letterpress, it’s a good idea to keep baby wipes and old T-shirts on hand for the inevitable cleanup. It’s also a good idea to cover your work area with a tarp or old sheet, and to wear a smock or old clothing. Even veteran printers often get extremely messy, and printing ink is sticky.

For a first printing project, make sure to have plenty of extra paper or cardstock. Letterpressing is an art form that requires a high level of craftsmanship in order to get it just right, so make sure to have plenty of extra materials on hand for your first few projects.

Letterpressing can be messy, challenging, and incredibly rewarding! When your perfect event is designed to your exacting specifications, it only makes sense to design the invitations and stationery to fit the wedding or party.

Best Video Games for Couples to Play Together

Sometimes the best way to beat boredom is with some video games. But being married to a “gamer” can be a challenge! Video games are so much fun and so addictive that sometimes a non-gamer spouse can feel left out when a gamer plays. But instead of feeling left out and alone, why not join your spouse or partner? Some video games are perfect for couples to play together!

Pick a Platform

The hardware can sometimes be the biggest obstacle to gaming with a group. Computer gaming can be amazingly fun, but playing multi-player with a partner can require some technical skill and hardware that not everyone has. If you’re in a long-distance relationship or are separated by business travel, multi-player gaming can be a great way to spend time together despite the distance. If you’re in the same home, you may want to set up a game that can be played privately with only two of you; this used to require setting up a private LAN, but if the home has a good wireless connection, it can be done pretty easily with modern games over Wi-Fi.
Console games are usually the best games to play multi-player, as you can sit on the couch next to one another while playing. Nintendo Wii has many games specifically designed for multi-player, and as their games are easy for non-gamers to play, it tends to level the playing field when playing with a hardcore gamer! PlayStation usually has a pretty good selection of multi-player games, and Xbox doesn’t always have a great selection of multi-player games, especially for a casual gamer.
Pick a Game Type

Ideally, you can both agree on a game style. Non-gamers will usually want to stay away from a first-person shooter (FPS), as those games can be more difficult to master. Role-playing games (RPGs) are a good option for most new gamers, and platformers can be a fun choice for the casual gamer but may bore some more advanced gamers.
Best Games

Fable 3 (Lionhead Games) is a great RPG for gamers who enjoy lots of options, a light-hearted feel, and a good storyline. Multiplayer games require the same set of characters for the entire game.
Diablo 3 (Blizzard Entertainment) is an RPG with a dark storyline, lots of loot, and a robust multiplayer experience. It’s available on computer, PS3, and Xbox, and the multiplayer experience is beautiful, allowing you to move characters in and out of the multiplayer mode while retaining their experience and skills.
For a fun distraction rather than a regular campaign, try Mario (Nintendo)! MarioKart is a great casual racing game, and Super Mario World and Super Mario Galaxy are both great games to play as a couple or as a family.
If you’re looking for a first-person shooter with lots of multiplayer options, try Gears of War 3 (Epic Games). This game is a hit with men and women, and there are many different multiplayer options, from co-op play to versus games or horde mode, to accommodate a quick game as well as a long chapter. Borderlands 2 (Gearbox) is another great multiplayer experience with a quirky, light-hearted storyline and a good mixture of RPG and FPS elements. Be forewarned that in Borderlands 2, the difficulty level will adjust to the level of the highest-ranked player, so it’s best not to play an advanced character with a new one.