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Three Essential Fashion Accessories

Three Essential Fashion Accessories

Bras transforming the humblest breasts into Pamela Anderson 18th century bar wench beasts what, am I trying out for a gig at Hooters? And finally, wearing and paying a lot of cash for eyewear that makes me look like Buddy Holly. These are things that I really, really don’t need.

What I need are some basic accessories that matter substantive items that can help me cut a figure (as my fashion forward grandmother Bea would say). So I’m laying out some must have but sometimes costly fundamentals that can make or break an outfit, and I’m doing it with the change I found between my couch cushions and the back of my car. Zenni Optical offers a ton of eyewear (some of it inadvertently retro and some of it chic), which start at $8 a pair and that includes prescription lens. If you wear glasses and/or you have a fetish for eyewear (looking at you, Elton J), than you know that $8 is an unheard of price for glasses. In fact, $250 is pretty average for a pair of prescription glasses. I’ve ordered my prescription glasses and sunglasses from Zenni for five years now, and I have many, many pairs light green, red, black, brown, grey, tortoise shell. The catch is that you have to be familiar with eyeglass shapes that look good on you, and you have to be willing to wait two weeks for your shipment, because these glasses are literally arriving on a slow boat from China.

Your Breast Friend

If we learned anything from Oprah, we learned that living our best selves requires living our best breast selves. So off we go to find a good bra with silhouette enhancing superpowers. This is especially important for breast tissue that’s morphed its way through pregnancy and childbirth. Things are not the same anymore, especially if you are a C plus cup. Enter the workhorse of bras, Playtex style 4138. Wide straps, “side smoothing” technology and a cup that does not encourage spill over is what this bra has going for it. But I have a problem paying $40 plus for a bra. Also, I like to wear a hoochie shirt every once in a while, and I can attest that this bra is great for clingy shirts and has plenty of gravity defying architecture built in.

The Not Mom Mom Shoe

Clarks Harwich Sailor Wedges were the shoe of choice for me last summer when I was in Paris negotiating the cobblestone streets while attempting to project some semblance of sartorial prowess amongst the world’s most glamorous ladies and gentlemen. What I like about them is that they’re secretly a mom shoe, though in comfort only. The wedge is high enough to give your calf shape a boost, and the style can go from day to evening. They’re sort of like if your Dansko clogs had the ability to cloak themselves in a hologram of pretty, high heeled sandals.

What is Fashion Week

What is Fashion Week

From runway to high street, Fashion Week is instrumental in setting trends and influencing our wardrobes. Fashion Week is celebrated in over 40 cities worldwide, but it all began in New York in 1943. Fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert established New York’s first fashion week during World War II, giving American designers an opportunity to showcase their work without having to compete with French designers. With fashion journalists unable to travel to Paris during the war, Eleanor Lambert’s “Press Week” put American designers in the spotlight and, as a result, fashion magazines started to feature American designs and fashions, having previously been dominated by French designers.

Nowadays, Fashion Week is celebrated all over the world but it is still dominated by “the big four.” London is known for its edgy, contemporary designs, Paris is renowned for couture, Milan takes a tailored and stylish approach to fashion, while New York is the pinnacle of Fashion Week where, according to Fern Mallis, vice president of IMG Fashion, “it all comes together.” Currently, New York’s Fashion Week is referred to as Mercedes Benz Fashion Week but there have been various sponsors over the years, giving rise to different names. Regardless of sponsorship deals, New York Fashion Week is internationally renowned and is perhaps the most famous Fashion Week of all worldwide.

The location for Fashion Week in New York has varied over the years, with runways being created in lofts and hotels. It wasn’t until 1994 that all designers came together to showcase their work in a central location. Following a structural accident inside the loft where Michael Kors was holding his fashion show, the event moved to Bryant Park, near New York Public Library where it has continued to be held every year since. Behind the tarpaulins of the large, white marquees, the most influential people within the world of fashion gather to establish the future trends and fashions of the coming seasons.

Fashion Week has evolved since its inception in 1943 and many cities now host two Fashion Weeks each year. Each February, New York kick starts Fashion Week across the globe as it launches designers’ autumn and winter collections. In September, fashion designers showcase their spring and summer collections. For most of us, Fashion Week is a chance to admire the glamour of fashion, the hair, the make up, the dresses and the celebrities. But for the fashion industry, Fashion Week plays a vital role in establishing what will be “in” or “out” in the coming seasons and also enables designers, fashion houses and buyers to do business.

Unfortunately for most of us, the closest we can ever hope to get to Fashion Week is through the photographic spreads in glossy magazines. Fashion Week is an invitation only event that is restricted to fashion buyers, magazine editors, fashion journalists, models and celebrities. But if you visit a high street store, you’ll be sure to see the influence that Fashion Week has on what makes it to the shop floor, and what gets relegated to the bargain basement.

Cameo Tattoos

Cameo Tattoos

Cameos can depict many meanings. in Egypt from carvings much like ancient petroglyphs. Once the popularity of seashell carving grew, cameos have come to showcase the beauty and profiles of women in a much more elegant manner.

Enchanting gods and goddesses and biblical representations have been showcased in cameo carvings. Eros, the Greek god of love created the universe with Chaos. While women once wore cameos to invite the flirtations of suitors, many infamous men have been captivated by their beauty as well.

Pope Paul II’s own death was attributed to the excessive wearing of cameo jewelry. Legend believes his hands were so cold from the many stones he wore that he eventually caught the chills and suffered an untimely passing.

Napoleon was also lured by the beauty of cameos and wore a piece to his own wedding. Eventually he opened a school in Paris to teach the art of cameo carving.

Depicting Loved Ones in Cameos

Mothers, daughters and wives make obvious choices for cameo tattoo depictions. Work with an artist and scavenge up the best portrait photograph that you can find for the best result. Consider adding special details to your cameo tattoo to make it even more meaningful.

Birthstones and favorite colors can be incorporated into a cameo design for more sentimental value.

Rosary beads or a strand of pearls can showcase the cameo design for a jewelry inspired tattoo. Consider ankle and wrist placement for something unique.

While many cameo pieces represent female form don’t limit your ideas to just that. Mythical beasts and creatures can be drawn into cameo shapes and so can imagery such as flora and vines. Butterflies, battle scenes and enchanting forests can house finer tattoo designs such as mushrooms, helmets and military commemorative sentiments.

Placement of Cameo Tattoos

Men and women can both wear cameo tattoo designs. Bear in mind the ideal placement of your piece will depend on many different things.

Try to visualize your body canvas years down the road and perhaps any additional body art that may eventually be added. Your tattoos should work together to create an even and flowing canvas.

For this reason, cameos can be placed in areas that have natural curve for a flattering and attractive tattoo. Lower back regions and hips make sensual placement for cameo tattoos.

For a more fashionable tattoo statement, place your cameo right where you can enjoy the beauty of its detail. Collarbone and inner wrists are edgy places that suit the design of a cameo and the steampunk lifestyle well.

For men, bicep cameos can be a new spin on the traditional Old School pin up girl designs. Or consider a back tattoo and incorporate a much larger piece. Chest pieces can also be a hot way for men to showcase the fine details of a cameo.

Add Small Details

Rather than ink your love with a name tattoo, consider a cameo for a less obvious form of devotion. Weddings dates can be inscribed upon cameos for personal meaning and lovers can choose matching cameo designs for a unique take on a couples tattoo. Timepieces can also be scribed into your design, so consider a special moment and mark it eternal in a depiction of stone, shell or marble.