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Get Ready For Autumn

Looking at the weather it’s hard to deny that autumn is here. The window for an ‘Indian Summer’ has closed, and we’ve definitely not had one.

It’s not too late to get your wardrobe ready for Autumn. Whether you want to go to town and pick up whole new outfits at a time for the season, or simply collect a couple of well chosen pieces that will give your existing autumnal staples a bit of up to the minute buzz, we’ve got a few suggestions for you today.

Coats

The most important thing you can do is find the right coat to carry you through autumn and into winter. Fortunately, a lot of the fashions that have come off the catwalk in preparation for the new season are focussed on comfort and warmth: fashion in service of function rather than at odds with it. One small label is producing ‘heated coats’ that come with a small chargeable battery back that powers wearable heating technology that not only keeps you warm, but also purports to hold health benefits similar to the heated pads you might use to ease muscle pain.

If you’re not interested in being an early Smart Coat adopter, there are still plenty of options for you this season. Vogue draws attention to a string of different coats apparently inspired by the Queen herself, which as well as offering comfort and style signal the return of the headscarf as an accessory to play with.

Jumpers

If you’re not looking at a cashmere jumper for autumn, you are missing an opportunity. Cashmere is the perfect fabric for a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and, more prosaically, falling temperatures. It shares insulating properties with more mundane wool, but is also a byword for the softness and comfort you’re looking for this season. It’s been a fashion mainstay for many years, and is unlikely to go anywhere. You know that a well chosen cashmere piece is one to enjoy for many years.

Chinti and Parker are offering a great range of luxury sweaters and leisure wear in cashmere, with bold, inventive designs that ensure you’re keeping up to the mark fashion-wise as well wrapping up against the October chills. If you’re looking for something a little more playful, they also have a whole range of designs based on the iconic Moomin characters of Tove Jansson!

Great community

As the saying goes, “All news is local,” which is why today people are realizing more than ever that a great local news source is a very valuable asset. While many people take in the news of what is going on nationally, (paying special attention to the goings-on in Washington, DC and the White House, as well as in major cities like New York), ultimately, what’s happening in your own neighborhood is crucial. Local news keeps an area connected and vibrant, as people stay up to date on what is happening in their communities and learn how they can be involved with local events.

Today there is certainly no shortage of news outlets for the major stories nationally and internationally. The web offers amazing writing in sites like The Daily Beast, The New York Times and The Washington Post, to name just a few. Yet even with this great wealth of information, local events continue to be of major interest to people. That’s why local newspapers and websites that offer in-depth information and reporting on local events will always be valuable.

Keeping it Local

Even as the Internet has become a force to be reckoned with at every level of our society, it’s still the day-to-day events near home that really impact a person.

The happenings at local schools impact people with young children in their families. Charitable events in LA can have an impact on local news west los angeles, as does crime in an area. Without information on what’s going on, it’s almost impossible to stay involved and to help keep a community vital. Big media outlets don’t cover local events, unless something highly unusual is going on. The good news is that today there are many local media outlets that continue to thrive, even without the major financial backing big media enjoys.

So, next time you read about a great community event or learn about a hazardous situation going on near you, take a moment to thank the reporters and writers who run the local media. Their services benefit you at every level, so give them your support and a tip of the hat for a job well done.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Bodycon Dress

 

Bodycon dresses have been consistently popular in recent years and this could be because they’re such a versatile dress style.

These figure-hugging dresses are tightly fitted and, regardless of whether or not you want to look glam or keep it low key, you’ll be able to find a bodycon dress to match your needs.

Investing in a good bodycon dress is the ideal way to show off your figure and you’ll be able to find one more or less anywhere on the highstreet this year, and online retailers such as Missy Empire even stock vast ranges of bodycon dresses so it couldn’t be easier to get your hands on one.

However, many people will avoid buying a bodycon dress because they don’t think it will suit them and, in reality, this type of dress won’t suit everyone but there are plenty of different cuts and styles out there which you can play around with.

Who can wear a bodycon dress?

There isn’t really a limit on who can or cannot wear one of these dresses but they suit some body shapes more than they do others. ‘Bodycon’ comes from ‘body conscious’ and they’re designed to fit curves perfectly.

Similarly, if you’re pregnant, a bodycon dress will hug and accentuate your baby bump so that you can show it off in style, making it the perfect piece to show off your style in you maternity collection.

However, if you feel like you need to smooth out your curves a bit before you step into a bodycon dress, try getting yourself some good shapewear such as these shorts from SPANX.

Generally, the taller you are the better you’ll look in a bodycon dress, but that’s not to say that shorter people can’t still rock the look. If you’re particularly short, aim to find a short dress so that your fabric to skin ratio is as balanced as possible.

How to wear a bodycon dress

The beauty of bodycon dresses is that not only do they look great as a stand alone piece, you can also dress them up or dress them down as much as you desire.

Because they’re so figure-hugging, you may choose to style them with a loose-fitting jacket or cardigan to balance out the look. Denim or leather jackets are always a winner with bodycon dresses.

On the flip side, you can dress them up with accessories of your choosing, such as a statement necklace to add a focal point to the outfit and a clutch bag.

If you’re particularly tall, you can get away with wearing flats such as trainers with a longer bodycon dress for a more casual look. If you’re shorter, a long bodycon dress can seem to drown you so wearing heels is always a good option – you can even opt for heeled sandals if you want to go casual.

For more pointers on how to style your bodycon dress, check out this detailed post which covers everything you need to know.

Buying the Best Leather Products

Do you have a love for finely crafted leather products? If this is the case, you need to be very picky about where you buy them. You have certainly noticed the large amount of leather retailers that are online. However, the quality of the leather products sold by these retailers will be quite different. This is why you should never be in a hurry to buy a leather item. You owe it to yourself to look around and check out all of the other leather retailers that are out there. Here are a few helpful hints that will enable you to buy outstanding leather products that you will enjoy for many years to come.

1. What brands are carried by the leather retailer?

Not all leather products are made with the same level of quality and attention to detail. This is why some brands have a much better reputation than others. Unfortunately, the selection that is available at many leather retailers leaves a lot to be desired. You should never buy a leather item that you are not crazy about just because you could not find anything better. You need to be patient and take your time as you are doing your shopping. Keep looking until you find a leather retailer that carries a large inventory of the biggest and best brands.

2. Can the leather retailer place special orders for you?

There is a chance that you might be looking for a specific leather item that a retailer does not have in stock. In a case like this, it would be nice if the retailer is able to place a special order for the specific product you want. This would allow you to get the item quickly without having to wait for the store’s next shipment of belt buckles for men to come in.

3. Can the store customize certain leather items for you?

You might want to make some custom modifications to a specific leather item. Can the leather store customize it for you? This would save you the trouble of going to a tailor or some other store to get the modifications completed. There are many leather retailers who have the equipment to customize their leather products for their customers. The fee that they charge for this service will vary depending on how extensive the alterations will be. You should shop around to compare prices.

Unique sense of style

Every woman owes it to herself to develop her own unique sense of style. However, this involves exploring who you are and determining things that you like and dislike. Often, style can come from a variety of different sources. Ir can be based on function, form, or pure aesthetics, in addition to many other sources. Whatever you discover your style source is, embrace it. It will help you to create a truly authentic and signature look.

Your Lifestyle
You could be married to the Son of a Preacher Man, however, you can still create an attractive signature style for yourself that embraces modesty. Don’t let your lifestyle limit you, use it as a source of inspiration that helps you to bring your style into sharper focus. If you cultivate a religious lifestyle, you can adorn yourself with Christian jewelry as an accent that accents your beauty and reflects your beliefs.

Taking Inventory
Consider your best features. Do you have lovely eyes or long beautiful legs? Is your hair to die for? Look for ways to play up your attractive features. This requires taking a good hard look at yourself and seeing the beauty that is uniquely yours. Beautiful features go beyond physical attributes. You may have a fun sense of humor or a bubbly personality. Whatever you have that makes you sparkle and shine should be enhanced and played up as much as possible.

Putting it All Together
Once you’ve discovered your beautiful features, get to work designing your style sense. This includes personality traits as well. Use your bubbly personality to meet new people. Try a new shade of eyeshadow to play up your beautiful golden brown eyes. Just about anything can be accentuated if you have an open mind and a desire to be creative. This is area leaves a lot of room for fun. Look in your closet and find different ways to mix and match what you already have. Don’t let budget constraints keep you from being as creative as possible.

There are no two people alike. Put your most authentic self forward. You will feel more beautiful, original, and comfortable by approaching your sense of style with this attitude. Don’t forget that beautiful features are more than skin deep. They also include things like a beautiful calm spirit and a great sense of humor. The sky is the limit. Be as creative as you want to be.

Getting a New Handbag

I remember reading somewhere that buying a new handbag from brands such as one of my favorite brand Chloé is arguably the most satisfying purchase a woman can make and possibly one of the most important ones in the life of every woman. At the same time, buying the wrong bag can mean that you will need to return it, which in some cases might prove to be rather difficult. This is why I would like to offer you some advice on how to choose your perfect new handbag so that you can rise and shine every day knowing that you are holding something that makes you happy.

1. Try your new handbag, or even try as many of them as possible before deciding on that perfect one. When it comes to shopping for a new handbag, it is a lot like shopping for a pair of jeans or a blouse. You just need to try at least a few of them before you find something that fits you perfectly. If you shop online, you might want to order a few bags at once just so that you can compare how all of them fit you. Many online stores these days offer free returns, so make sure that you spot those that do and enjoy yourself.

2. Do not be shy when it comes to the colour you choose. If you are used to buying black leather bags only, consider going for something different this time. You might be surprised what sort of benefits await you once you choose a metallic bag, or a grey one, or a navy one. After all, not everything in your wardrobe has to be black, right? Don’t be afraid to experiment with your choices and you are guaranteed to be more noticeable.

3. Make sure that you buy the size that fits your needs. If you often find yourself carrying a lot with you such as that extra banana you like to have on your way to work, you will definitely need a handbag that will be able to accommodate your choices easily. There is nothing worse than finding out that what you bought is useless due to its small size.

4. Don’t be afraid to shop in new places. There are some new online outlets that are able to accommodate even the most demanding of ladies for the fraction of the price. As a matter of fact, the choice is so wide that one can find herself fully immersed in the magical world of handbags.

Cool homeware collections by fashion designers

When you first look at it, Japanese Fashion house Issey Miyake and talented Finnish glass artisans Iittala are very unlikely product collaborators. But they both share the same core values of functional and amazing design combined with faultless craftsmanship.

They also share the same passion for sculpted and delicate lines which makes their collaboration all the more brilliant. Issey Miyake’s usual tagline tight pleats instead appear on some very elegant fluted vases made out of glass, placemats and napkins and cushions  alongside some plain cups and plates combining a complex mix of soft pastels, consisting of grey and emerald tones.

Henry Holland of House of Holland fame has recently entered into the designer homeware arena. He has joined up with the well known high street retailer Habitat and between them they have launched a psychedelic collection which is derived from the wild interiors from the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Habitat’s trusty Abel sofa has been garnished in an exotic Paradise Leaf print by Mr Holland, and various animal prints, bugs and funky stripes comb across cushions, amazing throws and a real piece de resistance rug. Truly marvellous stuff!

As creative director and son of the founder of The Conran Shop (Terence Conran).Jasper Conran certainly knows his designer homeware. Terence was one of the earliest fashion gurus to work closely with homeware brands to produce partnership products, which they did, very well.

Wedgewood and the Conran brand have collaborated closely for decades, and their most recent works include the Tisbury collection shown here. Timeless, elegant and understated this china wont date as with all Conran designs, it is programmed into his DNA.

Angelpoise and Sir Paul Smith are big hitters when it comes to British exports. They have combined once again after their successful desk lamp project , the type 75.

This time, Sir Paul has modified the lamp and given it a paint job in a bold palette of blue, grey, racing green and orange! It works well and enhances the designs lines and poise very nicely.

Matthew Williamson is renown for boho glamour and has partnered with the eminent wall cover and textile outfit Osborne and Little to produce some decadent patterned prints! Opulent and bright they are positively bursting with life incorporating wild jungle foliage, wild flora birds and feathers. You really can enter paradise with this beautiful wallpaper and fabric mixup.

Made even more famous by being the label of choice in Ab Fab, Christian Lacroix has teamed up  with the renown interiors brand Designer’s Guild to suage his talents into their creations with his maximalist designs!

Focusing on the fashion house’s 1980’s stylistic creations the designs are wild! Clashing prints, bouncing colours and lots of contrast. 100% not a range for the subtle or simpering. The range covers various wall coverings, cushions, rugs and fabrics and more.

Ghost made their name with slip dresses and cut down bias gowns in the 1990’s. Their new collaboration with Sera Hersham-Loftus (or Sera of London) is inspired by Ghosts ever airy lingerie like designs. The collection comprises pretty much anything you may need to make a luxurious vintage boudoir, complete with silken cushions, lots of lace and frills and of course the ubiquitous red roses.

Kenzoe Maison has diversified into a funky bedding range that stays true to their catwalk roots. Bold colours and complex prints combine to make for some truly stunning bedlinen. Their usual tiger logo isn’t present on the linen which is a bonus as otherwise it would divert the eye from the iconic designs, but if you can’t resist, the do Leopard style towels and bath robes to keep everyone happy!

Reasons Why Tactical Gun Owners Need a Holster

When a shielded holster is used during shooting situations, a typical gun owner shoots faster in a very safe manner. Once hunting trips or tactical adventures are over, a holster can also provide benefits throughout training routines. The process of taking advantage of the great benefits that shielded holsters offer is easy, as many reputable gun accessory stores stock a variety of options for modern and vintage pistols.

Shoot Faster

While hunting in the wild, speed is very important, as proper timing can impact performance and accuracy. When guns are kept in a holster that has a proper grip, timing doesn’t suffer because traction never affects the shooting process. Efficiency and speed typically decrease when hunters try to take shots after pulling a pistol out their pockets. Depending of the pocket’s material, tugging may be required in order to pull the gun out, and the time that it takes to release a gun can lead to inefficient results throughout a hunting trip.

Boost Safety

Most guns are bulky and can cause discomfort and injuries if proper usage procedures aren’t implemented. When a gun isn’t kept in a holster, the weapon will wiggle throughout various activities, such as running or sprinting. If a gun owner trips while a weapon is secured in a pocket while running, an injury could occur. A risky situation could also happen if a holster isn’t used while commuting to different destinations in a vehicle with gun. In these situations, the discomfort that occurs while the gun isn’t holstered can cause distractions on the road, and the lack of focus could lead to an accident. A holster with adjustable features solves all of these problems because it increases comfort and safety throughout running and driving situations.

Strategic Training Benefits

Proper gun training is a challenging process because the results are influenced by the equipment that’s used during various performance and accuracy routines. In order to successfully train while using a gun, a shooter must understand how to handle different situations that require precise timing. If hunters, cops, and other gun owners use holsters, they can effectively train their muscles that are used during the shooting process. Over time, speed, precise, and performance will improve because the holsters will reduce the time that it takes to grab and shoot a gun.

Gun holsters can provide many other benefits in wilderness and general environments. If other strategies are needed for a gun holster, the staff at a local gun store can provide beneficial advice.

A Simple Guide To Buy Trendy Women Clothes Online

Fashion and clothing are intertwined. Every person wants to wear the best clothes that enhance their personality. Especially, women are little extra conscious about their appearance and attire. Their clothes are fashionable and trendy and are usually expensive as compared to men’s and children’s apparels.

However, we think that looking smart requires spending a fortune on clothes. No matter if you want to buy denim, blouses, shorts or stylish dresses, there is a wide range of clothing available online at the best prices that wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket. With the plenty of options of online shopping websites, it has become easier and convenient to buy clothes from the comfort of your home. While purchasing, you can check out the size, style, and color with pictures and full description of the material used. Latest designs are available in women clothing and you can also get special occasion short dresses.

If you want to shop for a particular event or an occasion, then online stores are the best option to buy trendy clothes. Whether you want it for your friend’s birthday party, prom night, or for your cousin’s wedding, you can get premium quality dresses in different designs and colors. Besides these, you will also find a comprehensive collection of evening wear, sports wear, lingerie, casual wear or even formal wear.

Who doesn’t like great deals on clothing? Nowadays, we still love to shop for the best deals available. But sometimes, we miss out common tactics to make our shopping more affordable and enjoyable. To be a smart shopper, you have to keep these things in mind:

  • Don’t buy everything you like especially when you have it in abundance – this is not a smart buyer’s characteristic.
  • Always compare the costs from the sites selling the same items. This is helpful because you might land to the cheapest deal, saving enough money for another item, may be!
  • Always re-check the size of the clothes before buying online. Make sure to check the measurements and understand whether this will go with your body type or not.
  • Always look out for the best deals, discounts, and offers, so that you won’t be having the low balance in your account and it will be too late to realize. Take your time – understand the cost, the discount and then make the purchase. Why spend more when you can get trendy women clothes at cheaper rates?
  • Do not ignore the shipping charges; know what you’re actually paying for and also make sure you’re making the right choice. Some online stores charge delivery cost when you choose COD option, so it’s better to check before.

With these tips mentioned above, you can buy trendy women clothes online and that too without straining too much of your budget. In fact, when you find interesting online shopping sites that offer good discounts and deals, be sure and book mark your favorites for future shopping sprees. Now isn’t that easy and more convenient than battling your way through different stores in the malls? Get ready to have the most stylish attires in your group and slay all the way!

Ibrahim Al-Haidos Has Style, Functionality and Uniqueness In The Bag


Handbag styles have, since their inception, been fluid and ever evolving, becoming more fashion statement and attention stopping status symbol than merely a means of carrying essentials and, nobody is more aware of this than Fursan Designer, Ibrahim Al-Haidos.

Founder and Designer of Fursan’s innovative and ever-stylish range of handbags, Ibrahim Al-Haidos specializes in creating elegant and stylish bags for busy women who value beauty alongside practicality. We caught up with Ibrahim recently when he shared his thoughts with us on the ever-changing world of fashion.

How does your education in engineering and business administration impact your fashion business sense?

Well, a handbag is a work of engineering in itself – today’s busy woman with great style needs to carry all of her essentials to maintain her look and also to function throughout the day. My bags are designed to not only look fabulous but also to be sturdy enough to withstand proper daily use. With respect to business sense, my education in business administration has been invaluable as, once the fun part of designing is done, there is a huge amount of “real work” to be done to ensure that the business runs smoothly and the brand in managed properly and as per the drawn strategy

You were recently featured on Citizen K, how was that experience?

This was a fantastic experience for me as I believe that Citizen K caters to my audience base who are very much consumers of fashion and lifestyle magazines as fashion tends to be an integral part of their daily lives. It was a great way and vehicle to highlight my talents and skills. Also, it was very nice to be referred to as a “New man on the block!” The magazine is the ultimate guide to haute couture in the GCC so it was incredible to be acknowledged and celebrated by such a prestigious publication.

As a male designer of handbags created for women, how does your own taste influence your designs?

I don’t think it is possible to be a designer without infusing your creations with your own tastes – certainly, the material I choose is the most precious skin from well-known tanneries who only produce for high-end and luxurious brands. The colours used for Fursan handbags are chosen with the season in mind but, I like to think that a little of my own personality and the brand identity are also injected into each piece.

Pharrell Williams was recently the first male to model a Chanel bag, would you ever consider creating luxury bags for men?

It’s not impossible – I was very “happy” to see PharrelI doing that as, I think in recent years, people have moved on from the taboo of the “man bag” and more men now see a bag as a stylish accessory as well as a practicality so, never say never! At the moment, I have my hands full with my current projects but I think this would be a really interesting addition to my range sometime in the future.

As a designer, how does social media give you the global reach that you need to put Qatar on the fashion map?

I’m not sure that it’s possible to run a business these days without social media and I do find it invaluable in my business. Social media have brought the world closer. It has even become the “new search engine” and “Newsroom” when it comes to fashion and personalities. Women in Qatar are naturally elegant and stylish and have the instinct to be unique and to be “The one & Only” … I guess everybody would love to be called that, given the chance. Social media is a great way – particularly Instagram – in communicating this to the wider world.

Your bags are carefully crafted and constructed, can you tell me, in short, the process for finding unique leather goods and what other materials are used?

I’ve been using the same leather supplier for some time as I’m extremely fussy when it comes to the quality of leather used for Fursan handbags. Currently, all leather and exotic skins are handpicked by myself. There are a number of other materials involved in the crafting of a bag including metals for details such as clasps and embellishments and thread for stitching, as well as softer materials for lining and materials for the structure of the bags.

Right now, the flagship store in Qatar seems to be the only place someone can purchase a Fursan bag, will there be an online store coming soon?

Yes, this is in the pipeline at the moment – creating an online store has been a priority for me as I am hoping to bring Fursan bags to women around the world – why should the ladies of Qatar have all the fun! Yet, the flagship store will be an exclusive source for some collections and some types of exotic skins. If you could choose any city in the United States to carry your Fursan bag, which city would that be and, why? I would love my bags to be available in New York and Chicago as I feel that these are two of the most fashionable cities in the world which is reflected in hugely popular TV programmes and films such as Sex And The City and Mean Girls. New York, in particular, is such a vibrant and buzzing city that I feel that it would make an ideal home for a Fursan store and, I do look forward to taking a bite of that particular apple in the future.

How important is it for you to influence the fashion world with your culture and, can you explain the tradition of Dazzah?

As a designer, being influential is always of paramount importance – you need to be a fashion leader rather than a fashion follower and it is equally important to me to infuse my fashions with my culture which holds an extremely important place in my heart. In my culture, when a man marries, he brings gifts to the bride as a symbol of prosperity and, these gifts are presented in an “embayyat” which is a kind of wooden trunk embellished with precious metals. I wanted to use the idea of the embayyat as a template for creating the distinctive and stunning Dazzah range of handbags.

What can we look forward to from Ibrahim Al-Haidos?

I don’t want to say too much at this point but, I do have some really exciting projects in the pipeline for the near future, as well as some longer term goals. As a designer, you’re always looking toward the next season – and the one after that and so, there are always plans being made; some of which make their way into my flagship store and, some which never get past the drawing board.- You can, of course, follow me on social media to keep updated on all of these exciting new projects!

For more information on the Dazzah and other ranges, visit: www.fursan.qa

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