All posts by Lillian Rice

Girls and High Heels: The Right Time to Wear (Part I)

Girls and high heels are a given but there are some things you can do to protect their feet.

If young girls persist in wearing heels, there are things they can do to safeguard their feet. Here are a few tips for diminishing the damage:

  1. Pick the lowest heel height possible and search for styles with a square, box, or round toe.

This allows more space for toes, aids in crowding, and stops blister formation from shoe friction.

  1. Decide on short block heels instead of really high stilettos.

A block heel allocates the ground reaction forces more evenly all through the whole foot while a short heel lessens the pressure on the forefoot, reducing the hazard of getting hurt.

  1. Reduce the time spent wearing heels to no more two hours. It is not recommended that kids wear heels every day.
  2. Shop for new shoes at the end of the day.

Feet have a penchant to swell during the day. So, buying later will aid in the shoes fitting correctly if there is swelling that happens during wear.

What’s the Right Age to Wear Heels?

For health and growth reasons, Points said girls should not wear heels until 13.

Not surprisingly, girls wearing heels have become a hot-button subject that is severely dividing parents, with some saying wearing high heels is only harmless fun and others putting their foot down on a look they believe is way too mature.

The physical concerns of wearing heels at a young age are a huge concern. A child’s bones are still developing until her early teens. Therefore, wearing heels can create bone deformities. Also, heels are bad for the knees, feet, ankles, and back. 

Problems in these areas of the body can start sooner for those who begin wearing heels at too young of an age. There are other shoe styles that can make youngsters look fashionable but are good for their feet.

Shoes That Make Big Feet Appear Smaller

Look for these things to find shoes for big feet to make them appear smaller.

When talking about shoe size, bigger is not always better. Yes, it’s all relative to one’s weight, height, and proportions. Though, those who have it in their head that their feet are big usually have trouble finding shoes that flatter.

If you want to avoid buying a pair that makes your feet appear bulky and big, there are a couple of key features to look for. First, look at the material. You want to go for a flexible canvas rather than a hard leather.

Pitch Perfect

Zero in on a high arch. The steeper and more curved, the less horizontally long a foot look. Azzedine Alaïa is a leader at this. The high-vamp cutout and touch toe in their booties have shortening superpowers and are some of the best shoes for big feet. 

Tea Time

The classic T-strap style is not only filled with roaring ’20s nostalgia but the appealing look also nicely foreshortens the foot. The LK Bennett style has a good size range and even does the job in bright cherry red. Also, Mary Janes fulfill the task.

Break It Down

Pointed flats are usually hard to pull off if large shoe size is a concern. By gracefully binding the foot with lacing, the Sarah Flint flat visually breaks up one’s measurements. The angular V-shape moves the eye up.

The Lady Is A Vamp

Speaking of vampy, the cut of the throat of a shoe’s upper can significantly fool the eye into viewing the foot as littler. The Gianvito Rossi bootie masters the reveal-and-conceal task with its sloping narrow vamp lines.

Cap It Off

If doubting, listen to Coco Chanel, who was one of the first to wear the cap toe, or spectator. By putting a line across the upper, it makes the foot look dainty and whittled. As well as just plain chic, regardless of the size. What more could you ask for? Schutz gets it with its mule version.

 

Timeless Hair Styles for Women (Part III)

Fringe bangs are one of the timeless hair styles.

Straight with a center part

Center-parted, straight strands are nothing short of an ageless classic. It’s the sleek edge that gives such sharp modernity to any affair. And it’s really convenient for those of us who just cannot be bothered with any sort of complex hair styles. A glossy finishing spray and a flat iron are all you need to achieve the look. 

Blunt bangs

The thing about cutting bangs is you want to be sure they’re for any occasion. They’re not really the easiest look to change in a flash But, have no fear, a fringe over the forehead is a great way to boost the cool appeal of your ’do while keeping a sense of classic allure. From a thick rim of blunt bangs to side-swept endeavors, the face-framing look is staying around. Just remember, those teased, fluffy bangs of the past have no place here.

Tousled waves

It’s beachy, boho, or bedhead, according to who you ask. But regardless of how you classify the style, tousled waves have a distinct place among hair styles in that they aren’t really a style. They’re a glorified version of a messy mane. Though, that’s why the look is so timeless. It necessitates little to no fuss. After all, it gets inspiration from slumber-influenced strands or a girl who constantly hangs around the beach.

Even without the beach or deep sleep, it’s pretty easy to get this look. Mist texturizing or sea salt spray all over damp hair, allowing your hair air dry. Also, a diffuser will do the trick.

Blow-out

This is a style that’s made all the blow-out bars so famous. While it really is just a body-boosted, sleek style that can be wavy or straight, it’s really hard to get such sheer genius on your own. But in the hands of a hair professional, a volume-boosted blowout can make you feel like a new woman who’s tossing her hair at every turn. Its classic versatility has made practically everyone who’s experienced the perfect, salon-primped blow-out wish to wear it every day.

Timeless Hair Styles for Women (Part II)

These are some timeless hair styles that you will love for ages to come.

Bombshell waves

They might be called bombshell waves, as this is a popular style among Victoria’s Secret models and screen stars. Though, really, the look is just a celebration of loose, voluminous curls that are sexy and sophisticated at the same time. Regardless if you’re off-duty casual or dressed to impress, these waves will turn up the sexy sultry volume on any look. They’re also one of the many timeless hair styles that seem to always be popular. 

Chignon

This go-to up-do has stood the test of time. It’s just as great today as it was when first worn by the glamorous elite of old Hollywood. Everyone loves the look because it’s a little more romantic and freer than that low bun while still having an aura of prestigious formality. 

You’ll be most apt to wear a chignon for a black-tie occasion. Though, its reach extends to brunch dates, cocktail parties, and more. For the real effortlessly modern look that’s not too formal, allow a few curled tendrils of hair to come out from the tousled twist to frame your face.

Retro curls

If you’ve watched films from the ’40s, you’ve probably seen the unequivocal elegance of retro curls. Also called pin curls, or the Marcel wave, the look is old Hollywood glamour and keeps a modern edge, regardless of the era. While the classic look does have a more formal feel, those set, glossy curls can also be relaxed. Big roller-set waves, brushed out a bit, will get more movement and casual flair.

Lob

Despite its shorter length, the lob (long bob) is very versatile and it’s one of the most famous ’dos on the block. Everyone loves it since it’s not as short as the bob. This means it doesn’t limit your styling too much. The look can be worn layered, wavy, straight to shape the face. Regardless of which way you wear it, it brings a fresh, modern spin to any occasion and it’s one of the timeless hair styles that you can keep as long as you’d like. 

Pixie

A closely cropped pixie style may not seem so versatile, but the short ’do have pervaded many eras with its adorable, chic relevance. When masterfully chopped to highlight your unique facial features, the cool cut can suit nearly anyone. Plus, it’s basically no muss, no fuss, making it easy, breezy hairstyle.

Timeless Hairstyles for Women (Part I)

Ponytails, buns, and side braids are hairstyles for women that seem to never outgrow the generations.

When it comes to hairstyles for women, it’s easy to spot the dated, not-so-classic ’dos that really don’t make the cut for any affair. The mullet is a good example.

But, what of the classic hairstyles that do make the cut? Below are some styles that aren’t only timeless, they’ll also fit in regardless of where you’re going, the boardroom or the beach.

Low bun

While the time-honored ballerina bun is one thing, far more classic for any affair is a lower-slung up-do that’s ideal in its simplicity. Regardless if it’s braided or neatly wrapped, the look is effortlessly chic. Plus, it’s perfect for those days that take you from the gym to the office to the cocktail party with no time for a hair appointment in between.

Sleek ponytail

If you only wear a ponytail for the gym, then it’s time to rethink this classic hairstyle. Sure, it’s perfect for logging the miles or putting in work at that Yoga class. But the ponytail goes beyond that. The timeless classic is far more than a dull, standard-issue style. It suits any occasion and every outfit, from jeans and a tee to an evening gown. The key thing to remember is that with more formal settings, the sleeker the ponytail, the better.

Side braid

If your hair is on the longer side, you’re in luck. You can take complete advantage of the side braid as a new, fresh way to style those strands. Braids have a youthful appeal, which adds a feminine, flirty note to any occasion. Regardless if you wear a purposefully messy braid for your off-duty weekend fun or sizzle with a sassier, fishtail style for a fancy fête, the side braid is a go-to style when you want your hair pulled back but still framing your face. This is one of the hairstyles for women that pairs well with those asymmetric, one-shoulder dresses.

 

Reasons Men Wear Fanny Packs (Part II)

Some fanny packs are big enough to hold a water bottle, cell phone, cash, and other items.

All In

We know, the fanny packs are not really big in size. Though, they are large enough to fill with everything. Today, due to the need, the men’s fanny packs are now available with the slots. There is a separate compartment for a water bottle, mobile phone, cash, and other important items. With the help of a zipper fanny pack, everything can be organized excellently. 

Easy to Carry

Shoulder bags can give you shoulder pain. Handbags cannot be carried all the time and it makes you limit to using just one hand. The fanny packs are functional and can be carried with ease in any situation. Just wear it like a belt around your waist and forgo the shoulder pain and use both hands for other things.

Affordable

As compare to other choices like a wallet, handbag, and shoulder bag, the fanny bags are affordable, made from a really good quality of material and waterproof. So, don’t waste your money on bags with matching wallets since fanny packs are here to use for multiple purposes on various occasions.

Fashion Statement

If you are a person like me who is keen on the latest fashion, then you have to know that the men’s fanny packs are in style. The celebrities are wearing them and showing it to everyone via their Instagram.

Air Travel Made Easy 

Your standard fanny pack is the ideal size to hold a passport, boarding pass, and a pen for filling out customs forms or jotting down the phone number of the attractive person in seat 15C with lots of room left over.

Comfortable 

Unless you have on UFO pants, filling your pockets with a wallet, phone, keys, gum, and lucky rabbit’s foot can make it hard to both walk and sit. The fanny pack gets rid of this issue entirely.

 

Reasons Men Wear Fanny Packs (Part I)

Fanny packs give men the option to carry what they need with them around their waist.

A fanny pack is a bag that has been crafted to be worn around the waist. It works as a sort of storage device on various occasions which could be when you are camping, traveling, enjoying water sports, doing work which involves using some tools. A fanny pack is even great for the beach. Men wear fanny packs due to their versatility and storage capabilities. 

The men’s fanny packs are typically made from the waterproof material due to its nature of use. The most common material which is used to make fanny packs is nylon, PVC, and neoprene. These are the effective material which keeps the crucial items safe from the water.

In today’s culture, men’s fanny packs are getting really popular in terms of needs and fashion. That’s why they are also being referred to with various names like hip-hugging bags and even sometimes mixed with the belt pouch. 

They come in numerous colors, designs, and sizes and even with the number of compartments. It does not matter what is your style. The fanny pack can go well in any situation and any occasion such as casual and formal.

Compared to women fanny packs, the men fanny packs were well-liked before the ’80s. Today, they are making a comeback due to several reasons. If you have never had a fanny pack, you have to check out the reasons below why the fanny packs are making a serious come back in the fashion industry.

Many Designs

A high number of designs of men fanny packs let men wear them for any occasion. You have probably seen a guy wearing one on his wedding party to carry critical items. So, you do not need to be anxious about anything. There are lots of online sites from where you can buy the perfect fanny pack which suits your needs and style.

 

The Miraculous Return of the Fanny Pack

If you spent any time in the eighties and nineties, then you’ll remember the fanny pack. Some kids may remember their parents wearing fanny packs during tourist activities. Others may have had their own, likely neon colors to match their zip-up windbreaker. You may look back on fanny packs as an embarrassment, but they’re actually quite useful. 

The History of the Fanny Pack

Although fanny packs became trendy in the 1980s, many different versions have appeared throughout history. One of those is the pouch worn over Scottish kilts, called a sporran. It held small items like a pocket would, because the kilts didn’t have any. Sporrans could be different depending on the occasion. 

The 1980s Fanny Pack

The fanny packs made in the eighties were durable and practical, not even considered fashionable. Usually paired with high socks, guide books, and cameras, they became the symbol of tourists. Unlike the sporran, it was not something you’d ever take with you into battle. One didn’t strap on their sword, shield, and fanny pack. 

The 1990s Fanny Pack

It was labeled uncool, and even now, fanny packs are often given as gag gifts. In 1994, Chanel released a much more chic version of the fanny pack. They called it a belt bag, trying to stay away from the unpopular fanny pack. 

How Fanny Packs are Useful

The fanny pack has been a symbol for tourists, skaters, and hipsters alike. Despite the unfortunate label as extremely nerdy and uncool, the fanny pack has its uses. If you do find yourself in need of one, then just own it. People can say what they like; fanny packs are extremely useful. 

For anyone who doesn’t want to lug a purse around, these packs are perfect. They come in different sizes and materials, so you can purchase more stylish options. The colorful nylon options with the plastic buckles are still useful, just not as trendy. They also still work as wonderful gag gifts. 

Fanny packs are also wonderful for family activities, as they leave your hands free. If you’re riding your bike, you don’t have to wear a cumbersome backpack. If walking with your kids to the store, you can hold their hands worry-free. You also don’t have to adjust the slipping strap of your purse. 

Fanny packs can be worn in any position around your waist and over your shoulder. Apparently, you can also wear them around your chest, though why would you want to?

A Rose by Any Other Name

If the word fanny pack is just too much for you, try some other terms. Rick Steves designed a packable hip pack that is perfect for day trips when traveling. Other options are belt bags, moon bags, and belly bags. In England, “fanny” is a different body part altogether, so they call them bum bags. 

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70’s Women Fashion (Part II)

Fashion in the 70’s on warm summer days consisted of high wasted shorts, rompers, and maxi dresses.

Casual Summer Days

When days are warm, and the jeans are too hot, a pair of high waisted shorts are your best choice. High waisted denim shorts and the timeless knit shorts (with or without pockets) were a part of fashion in the 70’s.  Pair them with a ringer tee, striped tank top, polo shirt or crop top for a summertime retro style. Another choice is the zip-up, one-piece romper for all in one ease.

Wrap Dresses

Diane Von Furstenberg is the mastermind behind one of the most iconic dresses of the 70s, the wrap dress. Worn by socialites and stars, it never caught on with the mainstream public. Though, it has since been revived over and over. It is back in style, making it an excellent 70s retro-modern outfit to wear now.

70s wrap dresses were made of a light jersey that hugs the body with a thin tie belt that hardly held the dress in place. They were particularly popular as a disco dress. Some mainstream styles were button-down shirt dresses with collars. They could be long, pretty maxi dresses. However, most were casual, knee-length, simple, feminine and quite pretty.

The more popular dress was a tie waist dress. Slipover dresses were cinched at the waist with a tie belt or had a drawstring waist that tied in the front.  Easy, simple, flowy and casual to wear it could be dressy enough for a party or as everyday attire.

Maxi Dress

Another iconic 70s dress was the long maxi dress which gave a nod back to the turn of the century Edwardian style. It had puffy sleeves, lace trim ruffled hems and an empire waistband. They might be simple or fussy, pastels or prints.  The current boho trend favors maxi dresses in white embroidered summer dresses or ethnic prints.

 

70’s Women Fashion (Part I)

Jeans played a major role in the 70’s women fashion.

There is more to 70’s women fashion clothing than disco shirts and bell-bottom pants. Take a look at these real 70s outfits for women and craft your own 70s wardrobe. From casual tops and hippie shirts or shorts and jeans or dresses for the office and jumpsuits for the disco dancefloor.  Study the 70s fashion trends that are making a comeback today. You might decide to get yourself a few items.

CASUAL FLARES & JEANS

The prime for blue jeans was the 70s. Everyone was wearing them practically all the time. At work, with friends, at home, blue jeans were comfy. No one desired to take them off. What makes 70s blue jeans distinct was the high and tight waist with a wide leg that flared a lot or a little. Bell bottoms are the most well-known but straight leg or flared leg pants were more common.

Jeans were paired with easy tops. Snug knit tops or polo shirts with big collars in stripes or solid bright colors. The loose peasant top or smock top with crochet trim, embroidery, inset lace, and neckties were trendy in the late 1970s. Long tunic tops in bright patterns such as paisley, chevron stripes, and ethnic designs began the trend in the early 70s. Also, these are also known as hippie tops.

COLORED BELLS

Denim blue jeans were not the only casual outfit. Loons, flares, and bell-bottom pants came in all sorts of vivid colors and subtle patterns and were a staple of 70’s women fashion. They could be united with loose tunic tops and peasant blouses or mixed with sportier knit shirts. Soft ringer t-shirts with cool slogans and retro destinations are well-known 70s shirts today. So are rainbow-striped short and long sleeve shirts, crop tops and large collar polo shirts. Knitwear was in style in the 70s and combined excellently with the colorful pants.