How to Wear Outerwear Indoors

How to Wear Outerwear IndoorsWith winter well on its way, it’s time to once again remind ourselves how to be fashionable during such cold months without appearing new to the practice. When it comes to outerwear and the indoors, there are definitely some acceptable and unacceptable practices floating around today that should never be crossed, even by the most fashion-forward.

Coats Off

Coats are never acceptable indoors. Take them off. If there’s a jacket underneath worn to look great, however, that can stay on.

Hats

Men are virtually always required to take their hats off indoors unless it is a public place, such as a post office or airport. Women, however, can get around this rule if the hat is a small fashion accessory. Like the jacket, if you’ve worn it to make the outfit cuter or trendier, you are allowed to keep it on.

Scarves

Like the hats, scarves indoors is more about the function of the article of clothing. If it is designed to be worn as an accent to your look, keep it on. Silk scarves are perfect for this. If, however, it is used to keep you warm from the elements, take it off with your coat. This is a rule that applies to both men and women, though many take offense to men wearing scarves when not outside.

Gloves

Gloves, being more function than form, follow the rule of the coats. They are not to be worn indoors.

Still Not Sure?

If there are other pieces of outerwear you have floating around your wardrobe, the quickest way to determine if it should be worn indoors is to ask what its main function is. If it’s to keep you warm, take it off when you get inside. If it’s to make you look good, keep it.

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Hair Trends 2017

Hair Trends 2017Time to start planning those holiday hair styles. If you’re looking to stay trendy, here are the top ways to tame your tresses before we ring in the New Year.

Loose Braids

Braids seem to always be in. However, it’s the type of braid that changes with the seasons. This winter, look to do soft, slightly undone braids. The minimal mess makes them appear romantic.

Beautiful Buzz

If you’re a fan of extremes, blonde buzz cuts have been sweeping their way across the red carpet. Though not all fashionistas are down for such an extreme change, it’s an easy to do, easy to care for look that is entirely in.

Piled Up Pony

Ever the cute look, pony tails this season are all about being placed high on the head. Since the high up is the most important part, feel free to turn the pony tail into a bun or a knot based on the event you’re headed to.

Short and Sweet

If you’re a fan of the bob, keep it sharp and blunt this year. Even with curly hair, a very angular, clean cut is the top of the list in terms of fashion. Messier is definitely out with this style.

Sexy Shag

Messy is out, unless, of course, you’re sporting a shag haircut. The key features to this look are bangs parted at the middle and hair that reaches the shoulders. A few waves here and there never hurt either.

Super Straight

Flat irons rejoice. Super straight hair is making a small resurgence this winter. Just remember this style is best used by those with healthy hair. If your locks are fried, do not attempt. If you want to keep your locks healthy, add a heat protectant before straightening.

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The Best of Fashion Month

The Best of Fashion MonthMore colloquially referred to as Fashion Week, this month-long event is a global parade where all of the hottest designers debut their collections for the upcoming seasons. Pulling in celebrities, models and photographers all bent on capturing the allure of haute couture, it’s the extremes that really bring out the best.

Haute Horror

For horror fans out there, Calvin Klein premiered a wildly lavish set celebrating the darker aspects of the season. Pom-poms and dangling axes decorated the ceiling while the models paraded around grungy wear complete with printed t-shirts and shoes inspired by Friday the 13th. While there were other designs that graced the runway, it was the macabre feel that really took center stage.

All Style

True to his reputation built on class, style and wealth, Ralph Lauren’s show went loud and proud this year instead of choosing the more usual route of toned down. Next to a fleet of sports cars, including a 1938 Bugatti, models paraded around fashions that remained true to the quintessential American feel Lauren has made his own. The show was made even more impressive by having taken place in the famed designer’s garage in Bedford Mills, New York.

Silence is Golden

Perhaps the most unforgettable show was Marc Jacobs’ bold silence. There were a total of 56 models that strode the runway not to the blaring music from speakers overhead but to their own rhythm. With a ground made of old wood planks, the footsteps echoed. Then, as if a breath of fresh air hit the show, all models came out for a finales set to the 1981 aria from Diva. It was a show of higher fashion with even higher theatrical tastes.

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The Secrets of the Elevator Pitch

The Secrets of the Elevator PitchMission Statement. Vision. Elevator Pitch.

These three terms are all synonymous but change based on the industry you work in. It is a short, succinct description of who you are, what you stand for and what you see as your goals for the future. This little introduction, when done well, is a great way to kick off a conversation or alert professionals that you take your job seriously.

The When

Like every form of communication, the elevator pitch only makes an impact when used in the right situation at the right time. While there is really no one right answer, there are a few rules you can follow to understand if the situation is right for your pitch. Do you have less than a minute? Were you asked to describe yourself? Are you trying to incite small talk? If the answer is “yes”, chances are you won’t go wrong throwing out your introduction.

The How

How you deliver your pitch is often more important than when you deliver it. To start, keep it short. If it doesn’t fit in one or two sentences, it’s too long. Second, have a few ready to go based on who you’re talking to. Audience has a profound effect on what language and phrasing is most successful. Thirdly, practice it regularly so it becomes a natural thing to say. Nothing is more terrifying than coming to an audition unrehearsed and ill prepared. The same goes for delivering a successful elevator pitch. Sure, the first few times will seem a bit wooden, but the more you do it and the more it becomes second nature, the more relaxed and natural it will feel to you and appear to everyone else.

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Songwriting 101: Protecting Your Songs

Songwriting 101: Protecting Your SongsEver since the explosion of the internet, personal ownership of created content has been heavily disputed. In an arena where anyone can steal anything at any time, how does a songwriter protect their original content?

Library of Congress

Before diving into copyright protection, remember that you can’t prevent all forms of piracy. It exists and it will happen in some form or another, be it a blatant copy or simply a reimagining of your idea. You can’t fight every battle. You can only be informed and choose the battles worth fighting. In the end, the cases you choose to pursue should be based on your best judgement. A younger kid just getting into online performance probably made a simple mistake. A full company taking your song, however, is far less innocent.

To protect your songs, the best way is through registration with the Library of Congress. While your work is automatically protected in the United States once it exists in a tangible format, the Library produces a public record of it that provides legal advantages should you choose to pursue copyright infringement.

In order to do this, all you need to do is fill out a registration form, submit the correct fee and submit your work. This can all be done either online or through the mail. Once this is received, there is a procedure the Library will go through before accepting your work. First, they process the payment. After that clears, they examine your application to make sure everything is filled out properly. Following this verification, your song is assigned a number and a certificate of registration is mailed to you. Your work is them added to an online, searchable public record.

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Post Audition Checklist

Post Audition ChecklistJust like any job, the follow-up to an audition or agency interview is as important as the interview itself. Knowing what to do won’t guarantee a role or position but it will guarantee that your name will become a respected one for future endeavors, increasing the likelihood of success down the road.

  1. Review Your Performance – How do you feel it went? What could you improve? What did you nail? Give yourself introspection time to better understand how to perform even stronger next time. Write down what you discover in a journal. Every audition is a learning experience if you make it one.
  2. Send a Thank You Note – It’s important to let the agency or casting company know that you appreciate the time they took to judge your audition. A simple form of recognition is enough to communicate that you understand it’s an intense process on both sides and their input is greatly appreciated.
  3. Alert your Peers – If you have an agent or directors that you worked with to prepare for the audition, let them know how it went. They are eager to hear all about it. You can also use this time to thank them and elaborate on how what they did served you well.
  4. Toss Unimportant Audition Papers – If you were asked to read for a side or received any sort of paper used solely for that audition and nothing more, throw it away. You did the best you could and holding on to superfluous material makes moving forward harder.
  5. Move On – After spending time analyzing, making notes and celebrating your audition, move on. You will audition many times and need to learn how to let go. Getting bogged down on one thing only hampers your ability to see the next success on the horizon.
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Fall 2017 Accessories

Fall 2017 Accessories What is a true ensemble without a few loud accessories to really bring everything together? Instead of trying to guess what’s going to be a big hit, here’s the highlights from the fashion runways themselves.

Hot Hats

Every type of hat imaginable made its way down the runway across the globe. From giant, furry statements to more subdued berets, this season is all about what you choose to put on your head.

Eyeful Earrings

For women, it’s safe to say that earrings are always in fashion. This fall, however, earrings are taking on a lot more weight—literally. Giant hoops and decadently layered earrings are all the rage. According to the biggest names in fashion, a lady’s most eye-catching jewelry this fall dangles from the lobes.

Studded Steps

There was an undeniable presence of footwear decoration in the shape of gemstones. Many a boot was covered in them while other pumps opted for more delicate placement. Regardless, if you’re into sparkles, your feet are the best place to show them off.

Practical Purses

Gone are the days of the unstructured sack purses. This season, it’s a return to shape with angular handbags designed to remain firm. Though a full box with a handle is on the extreme end, you can’t deny the draw of a sturdy bag.

Bold Baubles

With the choker trend dominating most fashion circles, it was only a matter of time before that got pushed to even further extremes. This fall, expect to see tighter necklaces with large widths, acting as both choker and detached high collar.

Petit Purses

If you’re headed out for a more formal event that requires you to leave your purse behind, micro purses are coming into couture to save your stuff. Diminutive in size, these highly versatile bags allow you to carry the bare minimum while still making a statement.

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Removing the Polish

Removing the PolishWith as many colors as there are hues in the rainbow, nail polish is too addicting not to use. Perfect for adding a simple accent to make any outfit pop, even guys are drawn to the allure. However, when it’s time to give your nails a breather, removing the polish can be tricky. Here are some tried and true ways to tackle polish removal with or without remover.

Nail Polish Remover

Complete with non-acetone and acetone versions, nothing works faster or better than nail polish remover. Non-acetone options do take longer to get the job done but end up being much easier on the nails themselves. The smell is also pretty strong, making it an instant “no” for many. If you have stubborn glitter, apply and let sit for a bit longer.

A Fresh Coat

Though it sounds counterintuitive, simply paint a coat of slow-drying nail polish over the old nail polish you want to remove and wait about a half a minute. Next, wipe away the lair and watch as it pulls the old polish with it. Simply rinse and repeat for those stubborn areas. This is also a great way to test out new colors to see how they look.

Anything with Rubbing Alcohol

Check ingredients around your beauty station and you’ll no doubt find at least a few things that contain rubbing alcohol. You may even have a bottle of it lying around. From hairspray to perfumes, these concoctions work just as well as remover. Simply apply or spray on a small amount and let everything sit for one minute as the old nail polish is broken down chemically. Next, use tissue paper or a cotton swab to clean the area. Though it won’t work as fast as remover, the polish will come off.

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Men’s Fall 2017 Fashion

Men's Fall 2017 FashionAs the ladies receive some Fall fashion tips, so, too, do the men have their own line up of chic looks designed to keep away the chill while still keeping it hot.

Big Business

To pair nicely with the large shoulders of female coats, men are also taking it back to the boom of 80s and Wall Street glory. Whether you work in corporate or not, looking stylish in office wear is a major player this fall. Big shoulders, sharp angles and a fancy tie are all in vogue.

Rad Red

Fashion superstars are also in agreement that red is this fall’s color star. Including bright red and the more reserved darker hues, anything worn on the outside regardless of being a top or bottom is welcome to boast a loud and proud warm look.

Boss Beret

Unlike women, men often accent their limited range of hairstyles with a wide range of hats. This year, the beret is in. French in origin, it is an unassuming addition to virtually any wardrobe that keeps the head warm while tying together the ensemble.

Snazzy Sportswear

Warm and comfy, sportswear is often coming in and out of fashion circles. This year, virtually every form of fitness gear is in. From padded outer jackets to full track suits, men are welcome to embrace the casual side of haute couture.

Sizzlin’ Seventies

This year, the 70s are making a comeback on the runway. From rugged, long hair and wild beards to odd shapes on sweaters and form fitting pants, the classic looks of rebellion and disco are returning for an updated go.

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Fall 2017 Fashion Trends

Fall 2017 Fashion TrendsLeaves are turning, temperatures are dropping and all around the world closets are shifting toward warmer ensembles to welcome incoming fall. Stay ahead of the curve with the latest and hottest trends this season.

Roarin’ Red

Just because the heat of the summer is fading doesn’t mean your wardrobe’s appearance has to go drab. This year, fashion designers were unanimous in their color callout. Red is in vogue and keeping things steamy well into winter.

Western Ways

Styles are heading south for the season with a number of cowboy-inspired looks from head to toe. Including cow print tops and plenty of denim, it’s time to get in touch with your more rustic side.

Perfect Plaid

Fitting in perfectly with the cowboy theme, plaid is also on its way in. From head to toe, both bottoms and tops can sport this retro vibe that looks as cozy as one should feel in the fall.

Sassy Shoulders

Continuing a trend that’s been constant throughout 2017, broad shoulders endure through this fall. Keep in mind, however, that these shoulders are meant to be found on outer coats and not on the shirts and blouses underneath.

Midi Madness

It seems fashion designers this season aren’t quite ready to say farewell to skirts. To make up for their unfriendliness to cooler temperatures, many have adjusted the length. Skirts ending right around the calves with lots of flouncy material are being welcomed with open arms.

Beautiful Belts

With so many fashion options this season revolving around loose material, designers have turned the belt once more to give shape to the shapeless. Instead of small, this season is all about just how big the belt can be.

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