Posted in Fashion on May 13, 2012

Got some great new clothes?  Ready to go out and show it? Wait! We got news for you. An outfit isn’t an outfit without the right shoes. Having the wrong pair can turn an otherwise show-stopping, jaw dropping ensemble into something regular.  There are no rules to choosing the right shoe or not.. however, there are a few basic varieties of shoes that every woman should have in her closet for different reasons. For each one I would recommend sticking with the classic stiletto shape , closed toe, and standard 3.5″ heel. These will be classic anchor pieces for your shoe collection and will be appropriate no matter the current trends.

 

Black

 

Black shoes, specifically black heels, are a wardrobe necessity worth investing in. They go with everything, from your little black dress to your favorite dark-wash jeans, and instantly add sexiness and glamour to every outfit.

 

More expensive shoes are higher quality and therefore more comfortable and long lasting than cheap shoes. So even if you’re going to buy trendy shoes from a cheaper retailer, I suggest investing in at least one or two pairs of more expensive, classic, “wear with anything” shoes that will last you forever.

 

Brown

Most people associate brown with sensibility (and as an extension, boring), conveniently forgetting that there is so much more about this shade than this. Brown is actually an elegant color, radiating a sense of class and formality. Furthermore, since it is a neutral shade, you can mix and match it with a variety of outfits and look great in each one of them.

 

The past few years saw the emergence of dark brown heels,brown sexy pumps, brown wedge shoes, and other kinds of footwear of the same hue on fashion catwalks all over the world.

 

Nude/Beige

 

Nude or Beige shoes transition well from season to season, they’re phenomenally flattering, and, most importantly, they’re different. If you don’t have a pair of nude heels of your own, they are a style you must invest in. You’ll be able to integrate your new pumps into your wardrobe seamlessly, and may even find yourself picking them instead of your basic black when you’re getting ready to go out!

 

Statement Color

 

You should have at least one pair of shoes that will add a great pop of color to any outfit. Your options are really endless depending on your personal taste and style. If you have more classic taste then go with a lipstick red (not a stripper red, which would be super bright, almost neon).  Other good colors include magenta, cobalt, and mustard. My personal “pop” shoes are teal satin Nine West platforms.

 

Animal Print

 

People either love them or hate them. I personally love them and wear them frequently. Animal print shoes are all the rage – everybody should at least one pair!  They look great on your feet.  Even the most simple outfit becomes fabulous with a great pair of animal print shoes.

Posted in Beauty on January 13, 2012

Why do people use a skin lotion? What are they trying to fix?

 

For some it’s just for the comfort level. They have dry skin or mild sunburn. The problem may be as simple as revitalizing the skin after washing the dishes. Others may have a more serious condition such as cracks in the skin of the feet or hands, acne, psoriasis or eczema.

 

The causes of the various skin problems can obviously be different in each case. Causes range from skin being dried out by sun, wind or water to poor diet or allergies. In more serious cases the best a skin lotion can do is help alleviate the symptoms. There are an endless number of skin creams and lotions available to you depending on what the problem is that you are trying to solve.

 

We all know the benefits of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E but how often do you hear of honey being used to rejuvenate or repair skin.

 

Honey by itself is an amazing gift of nature. It is wonderfully therapeutic when taken internally. A large portion of honey is made up of protein, with other nutrients, including carbohydrates, minerals, B complex vitamins (including bioflavonoids), and vitamins C, D and E. It has been used for centuries to promote internal and external healing. Used as a food it can give you energy.

 

Externally, it can be particularly useful. For starters it is a natural antiseptic. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Another characteristic of honey is that it will attract and (retain) moisture. It also acts as an anti-oxidant.

 

Now odds are that most people are not going to walk around with raw honey coated on their face or hands. – But would be happy with a non-greasy lotion or skin cream.

 

For dry skin or sunburn a lotion with honey would act as a natural “moisturizer”. For mild blemishes such as acne or small sores the anti-bacterial characteristics would again promote healing. With something like cracked skin in the hands or feet – these areas can have very minor bacterial infections keeping them from healing – a honey lotion can help kill off infection and again promote healing.

 

As a little aside – it wouldn’t be harmful at all to put raw honey on an open wound – probably better that hydrogen peroxide. Honey has hydrogen peroxide in it along with the other goodies. It will not only kill germs but promote healing.

 

So, including honey in a skin lotion will help moisturize, inhibit bacterial growth, help fight viral infection and can be helpful as an anti-inflammatory. With its many nutrients the addition of honey will help clear up minor blemishes such as acne or cracked dry skin like some people get on the heels of their feet or their hands and fingers.

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