6 Fashion Tips For Really Cold Weather

Now that winter is around the corner, it’s time to take out our winters clothes from their hibernation state and start using them again. It’s time to start remembering all the winter clothes that you have and the new ones you bought last season. They are never enough though!

No matter, how many jackets, shawls, hoodies we buy every year, we always seem to lack something when it comes to dressing for an early winter morning! To save yourself from this trouble, here are some of the fashion tips you can follow that can help you dress up quick for really cold weather.

1.  Layering is a key

Wear everything you have, one over another to ward off that cold weather. This may sound silly but it is feasible to save yourself from the bitter cold. Layering is an art that you should become a pro in. A single winter cloth is never warm enough to keep coldness at bay. To keep yourself tucked in safely and away from the biting cold, start layering. 

Start with a turtle neck sweater, above it goes a jacket and a woolen stall and finally, layer with an overcoat. Similarly, you can wear thick woolen tight pants or sheet stockings below your skirt or jeans. Also, you can choose to wear a warm fitting sweater below your T-shirt to balance cold and fashion together.

2. Good boots save your day

Good boots take you to good places! Ankle length boots or over-the-knee boots – both are known for stealing the show anytime, anywhere. Pairing over the knee boots with a short skater skirt will not only make you look chic but comfortable and warm too. Use your ankle boots with cuffed jeans or a dress to be fashionable as well as warm at the same time. Don’t throw off your winter boots just because it’s just too cold and snowing outside.

3. Use belts overcoats 

Using belt over your coats will not only make your loose fitted, lifeless coat get some life but it will also turn your look trendy and afresh. Belts make the coats fit perfectly without letting them dangle lifelessly over your body. Investing in a good broad belt to provide a new look to your old coats is the best choice you can make this winter.

4. Having fur attire is essential

Winter is the only favorable season that lets you be extra cute. Do not miss a chance to wear fur or faux fur coats and feel over the moon. Faux fur coats not only protect you from extreme cold weather, but they are also comfortable to your skin and add to your demeanor well. Be it fur coats, fur mittens or stalls; lose no chance to show off your cuteness this winter season.

5. Scarves are savior

You can never underestimate the number of ways the scarves can be worn in. You can simply be creative by wearing your scarf creatively and flaunt a confident and comfortable look. Scarves around your neck, shoulders or even over your head provide much-needed warmth and provide an extra layer to your winter attire too. 

So, in all coats, scarves, boots, and overcoats – that’s what your winter wardrobe needs to get revamped this winter season!

A Men’s Guide To Wrist Watches: Which Is The Right Pick?

Supposedly, you are in a business meeting or maybe in an interview.
You are confident, well-prepared and wonderfully dressed.
Just before it was going to start, someone asks the time by your watch, and there it is.
A sports watch with a rubber band.

FAIL.

This is how a watch can make or break your look.
Yes, okay, the above scenario might be a bit exaggerated, but we’re sure, you must have understood what we are trying to convey.

When it comes to watches, there is an array of them out there, the only limitation being taste and budget. But, choosing a right watch for your outfit is an art.
A perfect watch should not stand out and catch all the eyes, but rather should just compliment your outfit and be a mere extension of it.

So, how do you select the right watch?

Let’s find out.

  • Just one watch or a range of them?

The first step in order to match your watch with your outfit is to determine your interest level in watches. Do you want just one watch or a range of them?

If you are not too much passionate about watches, and would just like to have one, you should buy a watch which is stylistically neutral – one which will go with almost all your outfits. It can be a simple watch with a plain metal band and a face.

If a leather watch interests you, make sure that you pair it right. A black leather watch will look best with black leather shoes and vice versa.

If you love to have multiple watches, you can explore and experiment a bit around. You can buy a sleek watch for formal meetings, sports watch for a casual look and so on.

 

  • Choose between leather strap and a metal band

Metal bands are more neutral but should go with all the jewelry that you wear. As a matter of fact, men don’t wear a lot of jewelry, so you only need to match it with your belt’s buckle and cufflinks. Thus, pair a silver metal band with silver belt buckle and the likes.

If you are going for a leather watch, it should perfectly match with your shoes and belt.

Thus, choose the one which suits your wardrobe and style.

 

  • Watch dial

The dial of your watch also dictates the style of your watch to an extent. Does it have Roman numeral indices or  numbers?
Roman numerals or stick are found in most of the watches and look formal. On the other hand, the presence of numbers makes it look a bit casual.

Further, more the functionalities and complexities in a watch, the more casual it is.

 

So, Which Watch Is The Right Pick?

The answer to this question is dependent on your taste and budget to an extent. However, to play safe, here are a few pointers which should cover you up:

  • It is easier to match watches with a metal band than with a leather strap. But, then watches with leather strap look more formal and dressier.
  • The colors of your strap and metal band should match with your outfit. As a rule of thumb, colors of all metals in your outfit should match, (and correspondingly, colors of all leather items in your outfit should match as well).
  • The busier and colorful the dial is, the more casual it is.
  • If you are wearing formal shoes, go with a formal looking watch and if you are flaunting sneakers and casual shoes, go for a casual watch.
  • A simple dial with roman or stick indices and a simple leather or metal band stripe would make your watch formal.
  • A watch with a rubber strap and digital interface is a sports watch and should be paired accordingly.

Oatmeal – The Powerhouse of Goodness

Oatmeal, as the name suggests, is made from hulled oat grains which have been grounded or milled.

How often have we come to enjoy a bowl of hot oats and milk in the morning? This is because they are healthy and nutritious.

Furthermore, oats are even useful for the skin.
This makes them a perfect ingredient of face scrubs and the likes.  In general, oatmeal is also known to lower the chances of heart attacks and keeps your blood cholesterol in control.

Ways Oatmeal Benefits You

Oatmeal presents a number of different health benefits when either consumed directly or applied as a skin product. Here are some ways in which oatmeal can be advantageous for you.

  • Oatmeal can hugely reduce the cholesterol level in the body. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one should consume 3 grams of oatmeal on a regular basis. For better results, you should combine it with fruits containing vitamin C.
  • Oatmeal also works well against skin acne. When it is used as a facial mask, the oatmeal works treats and cleanses your skin well.
  • According to studies, oatmeal also helps you in losing. Since it is high in protein content, consuming a bowl of oatmeal in the morning keeps you satiated for a long time. This, in turn, reduces the fat intake of the body and keeps the metabolism rate high.
  • It has also been found that oatmeal can actually decrease the chances of childhood asthma. According to researchers from across the globe, when a child consumes oats on a regular basis, he or she has lower chances of suffering from asthma or any allergic diseases.
  • Oatmeal can also act as a great moisturizer for the skin. This can be attributed to the high protein and lipid content in these grains. In effect, it helps soften the skin and keeps it hydrated. Add to that, the soothing properties of oatmeal can actually help the skin recover from sunburn.
  • When you are out in those bright sunny days, an oatmeal sunscreen can help you protect the skin from the harmful UV rays and prospective sunburn. 
  • Oatmeal is also known to benefit your hair greatly. It can be used to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss. When mixed with fresh milk and almond milk, and applied on to the hair as a mask, oatmeal can help strengthen the hair roots.

Home Recipes for Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be used to prepare a lot of recipes at home. Read on.

  1. Exfoliating skin mask

Oatmeal can clean your skin and treat your acne. All you need to do is mix some rose water, honey, applesauce and oatmeal. Use this mask on your face for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

  1. Oatmeal mask for oily skin

If you are one of those suffering from an extremely oily skin, an oatmeal mask can help you in the process. Add some cooked oatmeal, honey, and plain yogurt and mix it well. Apply the mixture thoroughly on your face. After 10-15 minutes, wash it off with cold water.

  1. Oatmeal scrub

Oatmeal can also work well as a face scrub. Add one tablespoon of oatmeal, some warm water, and wait till it gets soft. In a circular motion, apply it on your skin in circular motion for best results.

  1. Oatmeal breakfast

If you want to consume oatmeal for breakfast, all you have to do is add it to a bowl of milk, and top it with fruits like apples, almonds, and the likes. This will give you a healthy and filling breakfast option.

Spring Fashion Trends You Need To Stick To This Year

Spring calls out for a lot of fun. Ideally, it is the best season of the year wherein you can explore the real fashionista in you, and try out a range of hues, experiment with a range of styles and look your best.

In this article, let’s talk about five spring fashion trends that would refresh your style game!

  • You cannot go wrong with dark denim

A pair of dark denim is what you need to stand out this spring. Spring has so far become synonymous to lighter shades of denim and this is the right time to break this stereotype and look different this spring.

Grab a pair of dark denim and couple it with striped and floral tops, and you are all set to make the heads turn!

  • Embrace the beauty of patterns

Its spring and it makes sense to display floral patterns, plaids, polka dot, stripes, checks and a lot more. Probably, spring cannot be complete without showcasing these classy looks, and this is perhaps why this style remains one of the hottest, year after year!

  • Fringe

We are completely in love with the fringes, and this is not going to end anytime soon. From flaunting fringed hem on jeans to a fringes accent on a handbag, fringes are our all-time favorite.

How about flaunting fringes this spring season too? Sounds like a plan, no?

  • Say hello to the trench coat

No matter its color, whether it be khaki, tan, camel, black or pastel, the trench coat is one amazing accessory which we cannot go over with. This is perhaps why the trench coat still; remains a popular accessory among fashion bloggers and is a key component to many designers’ collections.

Simply throw it up over your floral dress, or flaunt it on a pair of jeans and t-shirt, a trench coat will always provide you with a well-polished look.

  • Lavender is the new love

Shades of pink and red are already mainstream, and lavender is what is capturing everyone’s attention. Scroll through your Instagram feed and you will get what we mean.

Lavender is the unofficial color of the season. Whether it be a blouse, handbag or a dress, you perhaps cannot go wrong with lavender.

However, if you are not a big fan of pastel colors, how about going bright with red? The choice is yours.

Your Turn

The best part of spring is that you can experiment and play with it, and flaunt a range of colors and fabrics without any second thoughts.

So how are you going to style yourself this spring? Sound off in the comments below!

Beauty tips from around the world that Americans have not heard of yet!

Lets take a peek around the globe!

Somalia: Embrace multitasking beauty

There are only so many hours in a day, so women in Somalia have found a way to squeeze in their beauty rituals.

They wear face masks and hair treatments around the house as they cook, tend the kids and do other chores. The typical face mask is a homemade concoction that blends the spices turmeric and basil with water.
In their hair, they apply henna for natural color.

Japan: Slap yourself silly

You don’t need to handle your skin with kid gloves.
In Japan, women apply moisturizers, serums, and more with vigor.

They slap on facial products to stimulate circulation and to avoid tugging on skin with rubbing motions. In fact, American beauty mogul Elizabeth Arden followed this technique, using spoon-like utensils to slap product onto the skin.

Scandinavia: Saunas are your friend

Heating things up in a sauna is the secret beauty weapon of women in Scandinavian countries.

They believe the treatment helps detoxify the body of impurities and view it as part of an overall healthy lifestyle that promotes natural beauty.
Plus, it’s a nice warm escape from the chilly climate.

Australia: Want beach wave hair? 

They don’t bother with processed sea salt.

Aussie women typically don’t waste money on store-bought products for tousled, beachy waves.

Instead, they commonly collect sea water when they’re at the beach and pour it into a spray bottle to style their hair at home. Judging by the effortless, natural look that sheilas are known for, we’d say this tactic is working.

Argentina: Take waxing into your own hands

If you find yourself going too long between waxes because of the hassle (and cost) of professional waxing, do as the Argentines do.

Wax it yourself. Because maintaining a mostly hairless body is a major beauty goal in this South American country, women often use at-home waxing for weekly hair removal.

Iceland: Invest in the best anti-aging products

Picking up whatever eye cream is on sale at the drug store doesn’t cut it for the women in Iceland.

They carefully choose their anti-aging products and aren’t afraid to spend a pretty penny on highly concentrated plant extracts created through advanced technology.

France: A regular trim is better than any styling product

Although many American women seek long, flowing locks, women in France typically prefer a short- or medium-length cut that grazes the shoulders.

They like to wear it styled in a perfectly messy way, and this requires hair to be healthy and shiny so it doesn’t look too disheveled.
So they schedule regular haircuts to keep their tresses in good shape, which helps them achieve their desired look without the necessity of excess styling products.

Korea: Facials are a necessity — not a luxury

You might treat yourself to a facial for a bit of pampering now and then, but women in Korea — where pristine skin is the ultimate beauty goal — view the treatment as a vital part of their skin care regimen.

Reportedly, female residents spend a large portion of their disposable income on getting facials, typically every other week.

Want to try the Paleo Diet?

The paleo diet has been steadily gaining ground among health conscious individuals, with some believing that it’s one of the best weight loss program around.
Contrary to what people think, this diet plan is actually quite easy to understand.

In the paleo diet, the focus is essentially on eating food that our Paleolithic ancestors did – vegetables, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, meats and animal products like eggs and honey.

Dairy, grains and processed food are eschewed as these are relatively recent inventions. While some might find it hard to imagine what dishes can be made when following the paleo diet, there’s actually a dizzyingly wide array of paleo recipes that you can do.

 

In truth, some might find the idea of following a weight loss program daunting, especially if it involves a total lifestyle change.

You can look for simple and easy ways to incorporate the idea of the paleo diet in your life instead.

Here are some paleo food hacks for a healthy diet that you can try:

  • Say sayonara to sugar

Refined sugar is undeniably bad for you, but it doesn’t mean we have to trudge into this life without sweets.

Use raw honey or pure maple syrup instead. These unrefined sugars are a healthier choice and something that would make you question why you ever needed those white, granulated, over-processed ones.

  • Switch flours

You can still have your cake and eat it too with the paleo diet, as long as you switch flours.

Switch your all-purpose flour with nut flour and start baking. There’s really no need to worry about not having your favourite pancake for breakfast with this diet.

  • Take advantage of the seasons

With the paleo diet’s focus on earth-based products, it’s safe to assume that anything you find in the produce section of your supermarket is OK.

While that’s essentially true, the nearest farmer’s market might provide a lot more options.
After all, the produce there are not only fresh and in season, it’s also more affordable.

You can even buy in bulk and freeze it for later. This is especially true for berries as you can simply wash them, pat dry, place on a cookie sheet and freeze. Transfer the berries into a freezer bag and it will keep for several days to weeks.

  • Keep healthy snacks on hand

Most of the time, our unhealthy food choices stem from the lack of time and limited options. If your pantry is full of processed food and salty chips, odds are that’s what you would be picking for a snack.

So keep several paleo-friendly snacks in your pantry and fridge instead. The aforementioned frozen berries are a good option.

You can also make several paleo burritos and freeze them for such moments. There are also some good, easy to make, low-carb roll-up recipes out there.
Or simply have some fresh fruits and easy to snack on veggies like carrots on hand.

  • Make your own chips

It’s easy to see why people love their potato chips. Its’ salty, delicious crunch is undeniably addicting.
But it also gives you zero nutrients.

So instead of constantly resisting the lure of the potato chip, why not make your own kale chip? Like the beloved potato chip, kale chips can also be little pieces of salty, crunchy heaven. Plus it’s nutritious.
Making your own kale chips is also easy to do.

  • Switch up your salads

Salads don’t have to be the same boring romaine, tomatoes and olive oil vinaigrette combination.

Think out of the box and make salads more interesting and fun to eat again by subbing the usual ingredients with something new.
For instance, go beyond lettuce and try a combination of baby kale, arugula and spinach leaves. Basil, endive and radicchio are also interesting options.

Give the tomatoes a rest and use avocados, roasted peppers, grated carrots, citrus fruits or artichoke hearts for garnish instead. Amp up the flavour of your salads by using a fresh lemon dressing or a tahini dressing.

Make it even healthier by opting for avocado or walnut oil.

Have fun trying!

 

Inspiring Beauty Trends Of Winter

While the holiday season is nearly over, there’s still a whole lot of winter left to go. (The first day of spring isn’t until March 20, y’all.) If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to revamp your closet and makeup routine, allow the beauty trends of winter to inspire your next shopping trip.

Even if you do not spend a lot of time on Pinterest, you have to admit that it is a great destination for discovering new ideas and getting some answers, whether it’s a unique way to hang your frames on a wall or an easy tutorial for how to contour your face correctly. If you have a question you’ve been thinking about or are in need of a bright idea, there’s likely at least one pinned photo or chart out there for you and your needs.

While there are millions of different pins on Pinterest, there are some trends that have been popping up more than others this winter season. According to the Pinterest team, staying warm and cozy (and stylish) is a top priority for its users, with items like shearling jackets, turtleneck sweaters, and velvet dresses being pinned to more and more boards. On the beauty side, battling dry winter skin and keeping hydrated appears to be a top priority — face oils and cream beauty products (versus powders) are finding popularity on the app.

Here is the full list of what’s trending for winter 2017/2018. If you haven’t already pinned these, prepare to make room on those inspiration boards.

The Top Trending Fashion Pins

  • 1. Trench Coat
    Atlas Cocoon Coat, $298, Madewell

Some items never go out of style, standing the test of time. Case in point: the trench coat. It’s a staple every fall and winter for a reason — it’s classic, keeps you warm, and goes with whatever you’re wearing. The top trending coat on Pinterest is the Burberry ‘Kensington’ trench coat with over 207,000 saves, but if you don’t want to spend $1,795 on a jacket, consider this more affordable option from Madewell.

  • 2. Ankle Boots
    ASOS Absolute Suede Chelsea Ankle Boots, $60, ASOS

Another tried and true winter staple? Ankle boots. Pinterest’s top trending boot is the ASOS Absolute Suede Chelsea Ankle Boots, which was saved over 194,000 times by its users.

  • 3. Corduroy Pants
    Black Corduroy Culotte, $125, loup

Bet you didn’t see this one coming. Your favorite childhood corduroy pants are back, but with a modern twist. Rock these black cropped wide leg corduroy pants from NY-based loup with boots or heels. The style is up 889 percent this season on Pinterest.

  • 4. Mock Turtlenecks
    Mollie Mock Neck Cozy Tee, $55, B Collection by Bobeau

If you love the look of a turtleneck, but hate how suffocating it can feel, consider adding a mock alternative to your closet this season. The mock turtleneck’s saves are up 193 percent this year, so you definitely won’t be alone in your look.

  • 5. Mustard Velvet Dresses
    Club L Plus Tie Front Wrap Detail Maxi Dress, $28, ASOS

The velvet dress trend is still super hot for winter, but interestingly enough, mustard yellow velvet dresses were trending, with 526 percent saves up from last season.

  • 6. Maxi Cardigans
    Charcoal Organic Cotton Sweater Robe, $85, BackBeatRags

If you loved the robe and kimono trend of the summer, get yourself its warmer winter sister: the maxi cardigan, like this super soft option from LA’s BackBeatRags, which is fleece-backed and made from organic cotton. Pinterest users are pinning maxi cardigans like crazy, with saves up 406 percent this season.

  • 7. Shearling Collars
    Shearling Jacket, $178, Reformation

Who doesn’t love a good shearling collar to keep you warm from the freezing temperatures? Saves for shearling collar jackets are up 181 percent from last year. Grab this adorable shearling-lined denim jacket from Reformation and wear it well into spring.

  • 8. Knotted Headbands
    ASOS Geo Print Knot Headband, $9, ASOS

Add some pizzazz to your ‘do with knotted headbands, a festive, warm, and fun way to spruce up your look (while also hiding dirty hair). This trend is up 207 percent this season on Pinterest.
The Top Trending Beauty Pins

  • 1. Cream Blush
    Cloud Paint, $18, Glossier

It’s hard to say for certain, but Glossier’s Cloud Paint definitely had something to do with the fact that cream blush saves are up 196 percent this season. And why not? It’s a great hydrating alternative if your skin is feeling dry.

  • 2. Red and Pink Lip Shades
    L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lip Paints in Spicy Blush, $10, ULTA

Pinterest found that L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lip Paints in Spicy Blush was saved 157,000 times leading up to the holiday season, confirming that pink lips are a huge hit for winter. But don’t forget about reds — those continue to be trending on Pinterest, too!

  • 3. Hat Hair
    INC International Concepts Mixed Metallic Beret, $32, Macy’s

From berets to beanies, the winter hat trend is going strong, with saves for “hat hair” up 208 percent.

  • 4. Face Oil
    Thriving Facial Oil Set, $165, Naked + Thriving

Pinners are looking for more ways to hydrate their skin and save it from winter dryness, with pins for face oil up 191 percent. If you’re new to the facial oil world, get started with this complete set from Naked + Thriving to help prevent, rejuvenate, and detox your skin.

  • 5. Hot Rollers
    Conair Instant Heat Compact Hot Rollers, $15, Amazon

If they worked for grandma and mom, why shouldn’t they work for you? Hot roller style pins are up 161 percent this winter, so arm yourself with this cute set from Conair and get those voluminous curls going.