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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Growing Social Media

Growing Social MediaA huge portion of one’s presence these days in online through social media sites, like Twitter and Instagram. However, achieving fame through said outlets is a long practice in determination and dedication to growing your community. With time and effort, though, anyone can grow their reach successfully.

Choose Your Platform

Before doing anything, you need to determine what your message is. If it’s short, fun sayings, Twitter is the best platform. If you’re more of a picture person, Instagram and Snapchat are ideal. Basically, you need to know what your brand is so you can make the most of the right platform for your message. Choose the wrong one and you’ll have to work even harder to grow your audience.

Post Regularly

Whether you post once a day or once a week, regularity is a must for all social media sites. Fans are addicted to schedules and if you can’t produce content for the schedule you’ve promised them, you will lose rather than gain. As you begin testing the waters, one post per week is ideal no matter the platform.

Use Hashtags

Hashtags are a great way to spread your message throughout the community as a whole, increasing the number of people that see you and potentially follow you. Social media is a popularity contest and there are many ways to win—one being community involvement. Smart use of hashtags makes it so that your name appears with the others chatting about a topic.

Share Shareables

Make sure that what you post has value. While you can engage others with hashtags, you’ll ultimately want to upload content that spreads itself across the internet with your tag as the origin. The more you can do this, the higher and faster your follower count will grow. If your posts have substance, you’re even more likely to see great growth.

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Men’s Summer Fashion Trends

Men's Summer Fashion TrendsWhile female fashion has long overshadowed male, there are still plenty of ideas and compilations deigned perfect for 2017.

Haute Hiking

During a season that is as much about the outdoors as it is about relaxing inside, hiking boots are this year’s preferred footwear. Comfortable, adaptable and perfect for virtually any ensemble, it’s a look that begs to be taken out through rugged terrain.

Snazzy Sportswear

Fashion has always had a tepid relationship with workout gear. Sometimes it’s the only thing one should wear; other times it’s a huge faux pas. This year, fit is in, but not just any fit. If it’s going to be pulled off correctly, the company’s logo should be emblazoned largely and proudly somewhere on the outfit.

Mellow Yellow

Both men and women should expect a lot more yellow in their lives, be it a bright, eye-catching hue or a mellower, more toned down version. As summer is a season for spectacle, it’s appropriate to break out a color that is otherwise often overlooked.

Nicely Nautical

Be it boat shoes or embroidered anchors, a seafaring look fits right in to the summer months when sailing and surfing are at the top of everyone’s lists. Some of the more fashionable items are even designed to be waterproof so that you can set sail without having to worry about damage.

Short Shorts

What goes around comes around. It seems that the acceptable length of a pair of shorts is forever in flux. This year, don’t be caught in your knee-length workout shorts. Instead, the shorter they are, the better. While runway models revealed very white legs, it is advised you get at least a small tan before releasing your legs upon the world.

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In A Pinch

In A PinchClothing occasionally lets us down from time to time. We’ve all endured ripped pants or torn sleeves. Material breaks down, it’s only natural. Unfortunately, this can strike at that most important of times—right before heading out on stage to audition. Luckily, this doesn’t mean you have to grin and bear it to the end. If you have enough time, you can fix what seems unfixable.

A Broken Bra

Bras break. Though not common, it’s still something that has been known to plague performers. If you find yourself with a broken back clasp, head to the bathroom, take it off and tie a knot. Once the knot is secure, pull the bra back on over your head like you would a shirt. Now, because the circumference is probably a bit smaller than when it was clasped, you’ll no doubt be pinched. Grin and bear it. Same goes for an underwire that has started poking out. You can remove it once the audition ends.

A Busted Buckle

Far more common is the broken shoe buckle on items like dance shoes. Under continual wear and tear, it’s amazing they last as long as they do, and if you’re not diligent in keeping up with the state of your shoes, you could very well end up snapping a clasp right before being asked to dance. Because of this, always make sure you carry around a small sewing kit. With this, you can quickly sew the strap to the shoe so that it will stay on as you dance.

A Snapped Strap

Depending on how active you need to be, you could end up needing to do a lot or a little. If there is little movement required, simply tuck the broken strap in and move as little as possible. If you need the strap to hold, either pull out a safety pin or a sewing kit to secure the loose strap.

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Recycling the Old Into New

Recycling the Old Into NewWhen it comes to fashion, it’s safe to say that it’s an expensive business, unless you know how to make it work for you. Even without a bottomless wallet, you can craft yourself a couture that is as timeless and fashionable as a good pair of shoes.

Extremes

As you go through your closet to find those items you don’t wear anymore, look for more of the extreme items that can only be worn at very specific events or situations. Chances are you have at least a few bottoms, tops and dresses that saw use once before being relegated to the closet. These are your targets for recycling because, though fashion does repeat, the most extreme parts of it don’t, meaning you run less of a risk of destroying something you could have used again.

Timelessness

Throughout all of fashion history, there is one rule to follow—make sure whatever you’re wearing fits your body. Fashion isn’t fashionable unless it hugs your frame. With this in mind, your more extreme outfits can be cut and tailored into anything you could imagine so long as the final product hangs off of your frame in a pleasing manner. Tight, loose, long or short, never settle for less than perfection.

Subtlety

Whether you yourself resew the old fashion or have a seamstress do so, don’t try to butcher the garments. Instead, look to tone down the most extreme parts. Maybe there’s a bit too much frill or maybe it hangs too much like a drape. By muting sections that belong to a very specific fashion period, you can alter anything into a special look that hearkens back to the good old days while giving you a unique style no one else can recreate.

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SAG and Joining a Guild

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Screen Actors Guild Awards statue
22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations, Los Angeles, America – 09 Dec 2015

SAG and Joining a Guild

Labor unions emerged as a way for employees to leverage their power over a company to demand fair and equal work agreements. From pay to allowable hours of work, groups like this can be found in virtually every industry. That being said, nowhere are they more prevalent than within the arts.

Screen Actors Guild (SAG)

Most commonly referred to as SAG, the Screen Actors Guild is a labor union founded in 1933 as a way to protect actors from the exploitation they faced regularly at the hands of the major movie studios of the time period. Including no limits on work hours and contracts that gave these studios full control of the performers’ public and personal lives, the union was a huge success, being supported by virtually all major actors of the time, including Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney.

Joining

Almost every aspect of the performing arts has guilds. Because it is a collection of professionals that protect one another, there are rules in place to verify that those applying are, indeed, what they say to be. To join SAG specifically, one of two conditions must be met. The first is that you have received work as a background actor for three days under a position covered by a SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreement. The second option is you having been a paid-up member of an affiliated performers’ union for a period of one year and have been paid at least once as a principal performer. From there, it’s a matter of providing the proper documentation and paying your dues once accepted.

While this is a fantastic opportunity, it does come with the downside that you can only work on SAG-approved projects after you join, something that could potentially limit your career options. In the end, it’s a decision that isn’t right for everyone but may be perfect for you.

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Summer Haircare

Summer HaircareCurly or straight, thick or thin, blonde or brunette, caring for your hair this summer is the same regardless of the genes you’re rocking.

Time to Trim

At the outset of summer, go in for a trim. No doubt the last time you had your hair cut was a while ago, meaning split ends and a flat style are sure to plague you unless you opt for a change. This is especially important since the bright days will only highlight any weaknesses. A new cut will take those away and give you a fresh palette to work with.

Careful with Chlorine

To keep our pools from filling up with dangerous bacteria, chlorine is used. Unfortunately for your hair, this abrasive chemical not only strips the pool of dangerous microbes but strips your hair of the oils that give it a healthy shine. Some blondes may even find themselves going green. The ocean isn’t any more forgiving either. The excess salt draws moisture out of your strands, leaving them limp and unappealing.

The simple way to protect your tresses before swimming in a pool or in the ocean, apply a leave-in conditioner or drench it before going for the dip. This will saturate the hair cells, reducing how many chemicals or saltwater they absorb. After swimming, be sure to wash your hair and a nearby shower or with a spray bottle filled with fresh water.

Not So Hot

While heating tools, like curling irons and flat irons, help you achieve that certain look morning-of, it’s important to give your hair a break. Already scorched under the summer sun, the extra heat damages your hair, leading to unwanted split ends and frizz. Instead, wash your hair at night and put it up in a bun or braid. In the morning, you’ll have the curls and waves that you can then set with a touch of hairspray.

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