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The Biggest Fashion Trends for Fall 2018

The Biggest Fashion Trends for Fall 2018 0

When you can feel the aroma of pumpkin spice lattes, caramelized apples and creamy rich cocoa in the air, you know it’s time to update your wardrobe with some fall-themed fashion outfits and accessories. 

Tips and Remedies for Frizzy Hair 0

 

Frizzy hair can certainly be a pain to work with. For some, frizz is the result of high humidity; for others, it comes with dry air. And for curly-headed individuals, it can be a constant nuisance!

Frizz has multiple causes. Humid air, as pointed out above, can cause curly hair to kink up, making it resistant to lying down smoothly. Dry conditions can contribute to frizz, too, by bringing on split ends and other damage. Split hairs fly about and have much less "heft" and weight than intact hairs.

There are various products on the market and homemade ones that you can use to help tame the frizz. Here are some tips and remedies for frizzy hair.

Commercial Products

Take a look at some of the products that are made to "repair" split ends. There are shampoos and conditioners with this claim, as well as serums and other products that you leave in. Usually, you use a very small amount of the leave-in product and work it through your hair.

Trim Regularly

Whether your hair is long or short, getting it trimmed on a regular basis helps combat frizz. Trimming removes split ends and "shapes" your hair so that it lies in a more uniform, straight direction.

Deep Conditioning Treatments

Store-bought or homemade, a weekly or bi-weekly deep conditioning treatment can help your frizzy hair. Store-bought treatments include warm oil packs, thick creams, and even mud-like, henna-based conditioner.

At home, you can mash an avocado and mix it with an egg and half a cup of mayonnaise to make a healthy conditioner. With deep conditioning, you leave the conditioner on your hair for at least 15 minutes, so have a shower cap handy for the wait time. Shampoo after the time is up, using a gentle, moisture-rich shampoo (preferably one designed for frizzy or damaged hair).

Be Gentle

Frizzy hair needs just a little rough treatment to become unmanageable. Let your hair air-dry as often as possible, letting the curls and kinks just kind of lie on each other rather than getting blown around.

 



Towel-drying comes with a similar precaution - rough rubbing with a towel only increases the chance for frizz and damage. Instead, "plop" your hair forward onto a towel and gently pat it dry, or wrap it carefully in a towel and let it dry for 10 minutes or so. You can also put a towel around your shoulders and let your hair dry naturally while the towel catches drips.

Quick Fixes

If you're having a frizzy hair day and just don't have time for elaborate measures, work a pea-sized dab of regular conditioner through your hair. Or, dissolve a bit of conditioner in water in a spray bottle and spritz your hair.

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Natural Treatments for Dry Skin 0

 

During certain times of the year, dry skin can become a real problem. For others, dry skin is a year-round affliction. If you've looked into commercial products, you might be shocked at the price of some of these products.

The good news is, there are some natural remedies that not only are inexpensive; you might already have them in your home. Here are some natural remedies for dry skin.


1. Natural Soap Alternatives

Sometimes, it's what you don't do that helps your skin. Soap can be very drying and many sources point out that we tend to use more than we need. Instead, consider some of these natural, moisturizing cleansers for your dry skin.

# Yogurt-Based Cleanser

Yogurt is reputed to be very good for your skin. You might want to use Greek yogurt or strained plain yogurt for this cleanser, so it won't be too runny. Also, yogurt with more fat in it will be more moisturizing than a fat-free one. Here's how you make it.

 



In a bowl, mix together:
* Half a cup of plain yogurt
* 1 teaspoon raw honey
* 1 teaspoon olive oil or sweet almond oil

Apply this to your face instead of soap, and rub in gently with your fingertips. Rinse well using lukewarm or cool water. Hot water strips your skin of oils that you need if it's dry.


2. Exfoliate

Dry skin may benefit from an exfoliating scrub once a week or so. Exfoliants help rid the skin of dead, dry skin cells and and flakes, and a moisturizing one is best for those with dry skin. Here's how to make it at home.

# Sugar Exfoliant

Mix the following ingredients together in a bowl:
* 1 tablespoon sugar (white sugar will have a finer texture than, say, raw sugar - use raw sugar if you want a deeper exfoliating action and white sugar for a more gentle effect)
* 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
* 1/4 teaspoon sweet almond oil

Splash your face well with warm water, then apply the exfoliant, rubbing it in gently with your fingers. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.


3. Oils in Your Kitchen

Sweet almond oil and olive oil are both said to be excellent for dry skin. Olive oil also has anti-bacterial qualities, sources say, making it a helpful choice for those with acne or other inflammation on their dry skin. So you may want to try dabbing on a drop or two of oil before putting on moisturizer or make-up.


4. Masks

A deep moisturizing face mask may help penetrate dry skin for lasting moisture. Try mashing up an avocado until it's creamy, and simply apply it to your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes or so, then rinse with warm water. Finish with cold water, experts say, to "seal up" pores.

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Make-Up Tips for Dry Skin 0

 

Have you tried to apply make-up to dry skin, and were less than satisfied with the results? It can be very frustrating to get a smooth look when your skin is dry. Here are some make-up tips for dry skin that may help.

1. Prepare Your Skin

First of all, get your dry skin ready for make-up. This involves several steps.

* Wash your face with a moisturizing cleanser. Soap and other cleansers can increase dryness, so use a moisture-rich cleanser.

* Periodically, you'll want to exfoliate your skin. Dry skin can cause flaking and scaling. Exfoliation helps remove these dead cells. You can use whatever exfoliant works for you, whether store-bought or homemade. Beauty experts caution against exfoliating every day, though - a couple of times a week may be plenty.

* Layers are key. After you have washed and exfoliated, apply a moisturizer before applying your foundation. Make sure it's absorbed thoroughly into your skin, as lotion or moisturizer left on the skin can create a mottled, uneven look to your make-up. To make sure it's absorbed, work on something else - like your hair, maybe - for about 5 minutes to allow it to soak in.

In lieu of a moisturizer, you can apply a primer to your face after washing. Primers moisturize and also create a smooth base for your foundation.

Finally, use a facial formula for your moisturizer - don't use body lotion. Body lotions don't necessarily have face-friendly ingredients.

2. What Kind of Foundation

Apply a liquid foundation, not a powder one, say experts. Powder has a drying effect, and it can accentuate lines and wrinkles (typical symptoms of dry skin). Creams can also cling heavily to dry skin. Look for moisturizing foundation made specifically for dry skin. If you like, blend foundation with a make-up sponge.

 



Consider using a foundation that includes a sunscreen. Sun exposure can definitely dry out skin even more, and shielding your skin from its dehydrating effects is a good step toward reversing the dry skin trend.

3. Eye Make-Up

Dry skin around the eyes can "pop out" when the wrong kind of make-up highlights fine lines. Powder-based eye make-up can exacerbate this. So cream-based eye shadows may be a better choice for those with dry skin. Apply gently, avoiding irritation, and remove eye make-up with a moisturizing remover.

4. Blush

Another time when cream works is for the blush of your cheeks. Unlike powder blushes, cream blushes add a healthy sheen and glow that could be dulled by powder.

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Hot Hair Trends for Fall 2017 0

 

What's happening with hairstyles this fall? Stylists are looking at what the models are wearing on the catwalk to predict the hairstyles for 2017. Here are some of the hot hair trends for fall 2017.

"Boyish" Cuts

In 2017, the pixie cut is a little more flexible. You'll see it worn with a longer top, and that longer hair can be worn up, down, spiked, slicked or loose. Another interesting pairing that you'll see in 2017 is a boyish haircut with a very feminine outfit.

Once considered a "boyish" cut, the bob that came in this summer is still in for fall. Finger waves and pin curls are as trendy as ever, but these days it's a lot easier to achieve with all the tools and products available. It's a more feminine hairstyle than it was in the 20s and 30s, when women were moving from ultra-long hair to daring short styles. Still, it has a tomboyish quality that makes for a modern look that's undeniably cute.

Unisex Hairstyles

In fall 2017, there are hairstyles that would work on both men and women. "Bed head," for instance, is no longer the exclusive realm of teen boys. Girls can go for the tousled look, too, giving it a chic and ruffled look. And of course, boys can still go for the tousled head that makes them look fun and chic at the same time.

Long-haired individuals need not be left out of the unisex hair style trend. Tousled, messy ponytails work for long-haired men and women, and ladies can work a nested bun with loose hair around the face.

Going Bold

Maybe it's all the superhero movies out this summer, but the bold look is in for hair this fall. It's called the "Glamazon" look, and it involves slick, severe styles that are swept back from the face and pulled into a high, tight bun or ponytail. It's pretty much the opposite of the tousled, relaxed look that's also trendy.

Glamazon hairstyles may sport accessories like jewel-studded bands, beads, and feathers and look good with the fancy, Baroque look that's trending this fall as well. The look is one of power and confidence.

Big Hair - Again!

Okay, maybe not as big as the 1980s - but think 1970s and the fluffed out hairstyles that featured smooth tops and curled bottoms. Achieving sleek curls is tricky for some, and it helps if your hair is healthy to begin with. Armed with a hair dryer, curlers, and smoothing product, women are going for the Charlie's Angels look in fall 2017.

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Fall Footwear Trends 2017 0

 

What's hot in shoes this year? Summer saw cute, strappy sandals and wedge heels; some of the same looks are being translated into fall fashions.

1. Heels, Heels, Heels

Wedge heels, platform heels, wooden heels...it's all about the heels this fall. So what kind of heels are the hottest trends? Here is what some of the top designers are saying.

* Wedge heels are not just for strappy summer sandals. Wedge heels are showing up on ankle boots and even high boots this fall. The wedge is nice for women who feel awkward in pointy heels.

* Platform heels are still in, with thick, rounded toes. Cork and wooden heels that contrast with the rest of the shoe are trendy.

* Pumps are trending toward thick, platform toes even if the heels are thin. Open fronts including open toes are coming out in suede and leather pumps, and sweeping curves dominate the leather pump styles. Expect to see some laces and straps, too.

Regardless of the style of heel, patterns and color are the rule. Brocade, colored suede, and pastel leather distinguish 2017's heels.

2. Flats

Yes, flats are still trendy! In 2017, look for these trends.

* Loafer-type flats in stylish colors and interesting materials, like hairy calfskin and suede, are the fashion this fall. For a modern take on the classic loafer, designers have played with the traditional top fringe and created some interesting textures, three-dimensional additions, and embroidery.

 



* Animal prints seem to lend themselves to flats, and 2017 is sporting leopard and zebra prints for fall flats.

3. Practical Boots and Sneakers

Here are some interesting takes on classic designs you'll see this fall.

* Glittery sneakers give you the best of both worlds - glittery toes and material combine with ankle-high or low sneakers for a feminine, sporty look.

* Chunky soles are making a subtle appearance again, like they did back in the 90s. Lace-up, oxford-style shoes with "lug" soles are popping up here and there.

4. Lace-Ups

As you look at the hot trends for 2017, you'll find lace-ups among the offerings for this fall. Usually with heels on the bottom, lace-ups combine the look of boots with the look of sexy fishnet hose. Some of them go way up to the middle of the thighs; others stay around the ankles (and there are lace-ups in between these lengths, too). They may not keep you warm, but the lace-up look - largely open except for the very bottom - will keep you up-to-date on fall shoe fashions.

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Fall Fashion Trends for Women 2018 0

 

It may still be hot out, but it's time to take a look at what's coming up for women's fashion in fall 2018. What can you look forward to this year for fall? Here are some of the trends to look for when the weather starts to cool off.

Colors

The neons and ascorbic colors of summer are giving way to an interesting array of grays and blues. In fact, combining navy and black - a no-no in the old school of fashion - is trending this fall. You'll see various ways of combining blue and black, but you'll likely see stripes and lines (more on patterns below).

For whatever reason, colors seem to be calming down in 2018. Reflecting this, classic black is giving way to classic gray. Once a somewhat "stodgy" color, gray is coming back this year. Look for it in straight-lined, corporate-style clothes that present an air of sophistication.

Peplums

The peplum is not going to be left behind with the close of summer. Designers are adding this ruffly item on to fall dresses, jackets, and skirts. In summer 2018, peplums got almost getting sporty, being paired even with shorts. In fall, peplums take advantage of the layering that usually goes with the season: peplums attached to jackets will bring this trend forward to chilly weather.

Thicker Textures

If you like snuggling deep down into a thick, corded sweater and wrapping up in big, cozy cardigans, then fall 2018 is for you. The trend is for thick textures that are almost bulky, adding heft to coats, sweaters, and even skirts. This is a good year for the cold-natured among us!

Lines

As noted above, patterns are stripy - but not just stripes. Lines in all sorts of forms are slicing their way down, up, and across women's clothes this fall. One of the good things about linear patterns is the way they work for various body styles, slimming or accentuating curves as needed. And for those who long for a lengthy torso, stripes and lines can give that illusion.

One way you'll see lines being used is in plaids. You might associate this pattern with men's fashion, but the ladies are getting in on it this year. Plaid has a tendency to play peek-a-boo with layers of more organic patterns, and plaid pants are coming up this year as well.

Ornate Patterns and Textures

In contrast with the calm, straight look that you'll see a lot of, there's a counter-trend in the form of swirly, Baroque, ornamental fashions. This might be just the thing if you are not into the corporate look. Brocades and filigrees are gracing dresses, skirts, and even shoes.

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Dry Hair: Possible Causes and Treatments 0

 

Dry hair is frustrating to work with. It lacks moisture and elasticity, making it brittle and dull. For some, it's a constant problem; for others, it comes and goes. What causes dry hair?

There is no one cause for dry hair, of course; the individual variables are too great. But let's take a look at some of the possible causes and treatments for dry hair.

Dry Air, Dry Hair

Have you noticed that your hair is drier at certain times of the year? For many, the climate has a profound effect on the health and appearance of their hair. Cold, dry, winter air that is made even drier with electric heating units can make hair limp and dry. In the summer, there's more moisture in the air in the form of humidity, but there's also more exposure to sun, salt water, and swimming pool chemicals - all of which can dry hair.

Too Much Washing

Unfortunately, daily shampooing, product application, and blow drying can wreck your hair's moisture. Remember that every time you wash your hair, you're stripping away natural oils as well as sweat and dirt. Adding products to your hair such as mousse, gel, or spray makes the cycle even harder to break, because you want to wash out the product every day. Some shampoos are more drying than others, too - harsh detergents found in some shampoos for oily hair can dehydrate your locks quickly!

Nutrition

Because the hair we see on our heads is, essentially, dead, we often don't think about nourishing it with nutrition. But the hair that's now dead came out of a live follicle at some point, which is why forensic scientists and other professionals can look at a strand of hair and determine much about what the person ate, drugs he/she took, and so forth.

Your hair is like a record of what you've put into your body. So while you can't really nourish your existing strands with nutrition, remember that your hair is replacing itself all the time, so eventually your good diet will show.

Certain vitamins, minerals, and healthful fats are necessary for healthy hair. Some of the top ones include vitamins C and E, and the minerals biotin and zinc. Also, deficiencies in healthful fats like avocado, salmon, and olive oil may make hair dry, too.

Medical Conditions and Medications

More serious causes of dry hair may be an underlying medical condition and/or medication. A malfunctioning thyroid or parathyroid, for instance, may result in dry, brittle hair. Usually, dry hair may result when either of these glands is under-producing its respective hormone.

 

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Hot Styles in Boots for Fall 2017 0

 

Boots. What comes to mind when you hear that word? Boots mean different things to different people. For some, boots mean work boots, heavy treads, and metal toes. For others, boots mean something sexy and feminine. Still others might remember their first pair, whether it was snow boots or trendy ankle boots.

The point is, boots are a type of footwear that deserve their own discussion for fall 2017.

So what are the hot styles for boots this fall? Let's look at what's going on with this time-honored footwear.

Keeping It Seasonal

Because boots are so universally loved, you'll see boot styles that span the seasons. But let's be honest - it looks a bit silly to be wearing spring boots in November, or wooly knee-tops with a summer skirt. So bear the season in mind as you look at 2017's trends.

Ankle Boots

If you are more than a decade old, you can probably remember a time when ankle boots were in...and a time when they were out. Well, in 2017 they're back! The wedge heel you saw on summer sandals is carried into fall with wedge-heeled ankle boots. The heels are hidden under material - usually suede - for a boxy look. The platform heels of summer are also making their way into fall - platform ankle boots are available in studded suede and fashionable patterns and colors.

Fringes are back on ankle boots, too, and even the low booties that don't make it up to the ankle are trendy.

Cowboy and cowgirl ankle boots will probably never go out of style; they're back in 2017, with some interesting buckles and patterns. They're sporting heels, too.

 



Snow and Rain

Boots have a practical side, even if you're into the fashionable look. There are lots of trendy options for rain boots, with patterns and colors being all the rage. Some are ankle-length, others mid-calf, and still others knee-length. There is a lot of choice out there in 2017 - even quilted, textured exteriors are available.

Over the Knee Boots

Tall, slimming, over the knee boots are the perfect accompaniment to the thick, chunky fall clothes. These high boots lend a sleek air to long coats or short jackets, pants or skirts. They may or may not sport heels; the trend seems to be more for flat soles or low, chunky heels so far.

Men's Boots

Boots aren't just for ladies. In 2017, men's boots are sporting color like blue suede. Ankle-length boots are in for guys, with leather being the material of choice. Guys can wear 2017's boots with slim-legged jeans and pants, or even with dress pants or suits.

 

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Back to School Fashion Trends and Tips for 2017 0

 

Part of your back to school shopping involves new clothes. For young kids, this is not just a matter of fashion - it's a matter of clothes getting outgrown!

Regardless of age, here are some fashion trends and tips for back to school in 2017.

Grade School

Elementary school age can look forward to some fun trends this year. Color is in, and kids love color! Girls' fashions are especially colorful this year. For the bottom half, "skinny jeans" are back (remember the tight ankles of the 80s?) in bright solids, and leggings are close behind. Kids' skinny jeans need not be too tight; the look to aim for in 2017 is for a straight silhouette. To add some flounce and ruffles, shorts and skirts can be worn over the pants or leggings. Pair up the bottoms with cute tees with tucks and ruffles.

For boys, hoodies are in, especially paired with corduroy pants. Cords come in colors for boys, too - 2017 cords will tend to be colors like rusty orange, gray, and burgundy. Boys can pair cords with classic oxford long-sleeve shirts that button down the front. The good thing about the button-down shirt is, boys can wear them with jeans as well.

Teens, Middle School, and High School

Skinny jeans for everyone! Colored jeans are back, too, making many a parent who grew up in the 80s smile with nostalgia. Also called "pencil legs," the trend in 2017 is away from the wide-bottom, boot-cut style of the 90s.

Another cute trend for tween and teen girls is a new take on the jeans jacket (it really is the 80s over again!). Now, the jeans jacket spots puffed shoulders and a sculpted waist, giving the classic jeans jacket a feminine look. Boys are wearing denim jackets, too, in more of a rugged, classic style.

Leggings are not just for kids anymore. Leggings are back for tweens and teens, too - they'll likely be everywhere in fall 2017. Leggings make for a great layered look when then weather gets cool and you still want to wear your skirts. Leggings help keep your legs from freezing! Leggings are available in solids, patterns, and short (capri) style.

Now for a combination of leggings and jeans - jeggings! These are denim leggings that are stretchy-soft like regular leggings, but with the denim look. Pair them with big sweaters and long-sleeved shirts this fall.

 



For guys, striped shirts are the way to go back to school this year. Layer a button-down striped shirt with a plain tee, or go for a casual look by wearing it alone with the sleeves rolled up.

Guys can keep warm with tweed jackets in 2017, as this classic fabric is in style once again.

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Back to School Accessories for 2017 - Customize Uniforms, Lunchtime, and More 0

 

When it comes to back to school fashion, it's not just about clothing. Accessories are all over the place, from lunchtime water bottles to backpacks, stationery to smartphone cases. Here are some of the back to school accessories to look for in 2017.

Techie Stuff

Tablet computers and snazzy totes to carry them in are trends this year. Cute covers for smartphones are going to be all over the schools, with patterns ranging from polka dots to flowers. Jungle and animal prints are trendy for laptops and other electronic accessories.

Carrying Stuff

Pencil cases and make-up cases are also trending toward funky patterns and fun designs. Characters like Hello Kitty and Disney Princesses are still around and as trendy as ever.

Backpacks are getting a makeover in 2017, too - tribal designs are popular, as are patchwork and Bohemian styles. If you like to sew and do craft stuff, 2017 is the year for you to shine - homemade, hand-sewn backpacks are picking up popularity in 2017.

Pens and Pencils

Of course everyone is checking out everyone else's pens and pencils in school. Colorful, mechanical pencils and pens with bright barrels are in this year. Scented pens and pencils are also in fashion.

Uniform Customization

Once you know what the school's uniform code is (because most schools have specifications regarding how the uniform is to be worn), you might try some of these tips for personalizing your uniform.

 



* Hair accessories like colorful clips and bows can add color and individuality. And while we're talking about hair, you can vary your hairstyle to reflect your personality.

* Jewelry may be restricted, but classy earrings, necklaces, and bracelets are usually not the kind of jewelry that garners negative attention. Colorful, classy pieces are more likely to add to your uniform rather than big, flashy, heavy jewelry that might get you in trouble.

* Belts and sashes may be allowed, and you can tie them in any number of shapes and styles around your waist.

* Shoes are a great way to express individuality. If your school has rules about heel length, personalize with colors, patterns, and overall shape of the shoe instead.

Lunchtime Trends

It seems that stainless steel, once in the background on health store shelves, is now out front. Stainless steel lunch containers with lids and stainless steel drink bottles are quite the trend for fall 2017. The reusable theme is fashionable in 2017, with disposable plastics and paper falling out of favor.

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You Can Find Stunning Art Deco Jewelry 0

You can find a long history for Art Deco Jewelry. This style of jewelry can be dated back to the mid 1920s. This type of art was inspired by the “Exposition Internationales des Arts Decoratifs and Industriels Modernes”. This movement took place in Paris, France in the mid 1920s, with the term “Art Deco” not becoming the popular term until many years later in the 1960s.

Jewelry in the Art Deco style has very few curves, but has abundant angular forms and straight lines. Sta...