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YouTube Sensation LaurDIY to Launch Fall 2018 Series of Personally Designed Crafting, Fashion & Lifestyle Collections at Michaels Art & Craft Supply Stores THIS WEEK

Following the popularity of licensed sleepwear and tech accessories and to answer the high consumer demand for more LaurDIY products, YouTube sensation and leading social media influencer LaurDIY (Lauren Riihimaki) will roll out five other fun, exciting collections over the next three months, inspiring her 8+ million YouTube subscribers and 18+ million overall social media fans to embrace their own creativity!

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Fashion Crafting

In late August, LaurDIY’s fashion crafting line will revolutionize fashion crafting and let you transform ordinary apparel into unique fashion pieces.  With four themes – Galaxy Gurl, Sweetie Pie, Unicorn Whimsy, Vintage Rebel – each has its own color scheme, graphics, phrases and holographic effects, and include such supplies as bright fabric paints with glitter and fuzzy pattern finishes, brushes and sponges, peel-and-stick stencils, iron-on holographic sheets, glitter letters, patches and a denim distress kit.

Jewelry Kits

In August, LaurDIY’s free-spirited, colorful aesthetic comes to jewelry kits.  Along with Mini DIY Kits, with materials for one project, there are nine full-size kits – Cording, Galaxy, Gemstone, Natural Festival, Neon Festival, Pet Jewelry, Stretch, Sweetie Pie and Wire – allowing you to create necklaces and bracelets from beads, charms, tassels, pom-poms and other items.  Separately available are various bead mixes, hemp cord mixes, colored stretch cords, charm packs and charm bracelet jewelry bases, as well as jewelry storage packs and tools.  From $4.99 to $24.99, exclusively at Michaels, Joann Fabric and Crafts and Walmart Canada in August and Pat Catan’s, Walmart.com/jet.com, Ardene in September.

About LaurDIY

With over 8 million YouTube subscribers and 18+ million total fans and followers, Lauren Riihimaki (a.k.a., LaurDIY) is a YouTube sensation and popular vlogger focused on DIY crafting across fashion, lifestyle and fitness.  In addition, she hosts a Facebook Watch series, “Served By LaurDIY,” offering short videos on easy-to-make snacks.  She is also known for her original satiric music videos “DIY Queen” (#1 on iTunes) and “My Side” (a parody that amassed more than 24 million views, featuring fellow YouTuber and bf, Alex Wassabi).  In 2017 her DIY chops earned her a Streamy Award in the Lifestyle category. Follow on YouTubeTwitterInstagramFacebookTumblr and snapchat (laurdiy).

5 Back-To-School Fashion Tips for Guys

Going back to school can seem like a huge hassle after enjoying a carefree summer where you have likely lived in swim shorts. However, getting back in the school year groove doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. In fact, it can be quite exciting to redefine your “clout” after a long spell away from school. Here’s how:

Define Your Style

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This first, but important step doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, you can use simple idea board searches like “street style,” “hipster guy,” or “fall men’s fashion.” The combinations are endless! Save ideas that catch your eye and shop your closet for the pieces you already own or visit your local thrift store for more trendy looks.

The Perfect Backpack

If your clothes are mostly bold prints and full of color, you will want to find a more neutral backpack that goes with all of your outfits. On the flip side, if you mainly dress in neutral colors, then you might want to find a more interesting pattern or color to add some extra swag.

Shoes Matter

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You don’t have to own a million shoes to show your style. Try to find shoes that you can dress up or dress down, like Wallys shoes. Often made from comfortable, stretchy material, these shoes are a great neutral basic to go with athletic or casual outfits. The average pair of Wallys shoes sells for as little as $45 on most shopping sites.

Amp Up the Face

If facial hair is allowed in your dress code, don’t be afraid to try something new this year! Don’t invest in a more complicated trim if you don’t have the money or time to keep up the look. Poorly maintained facial hair could turn an outfit from making you look like a snack to “meh.” Beyond facial hair, your smile is a great asset that complements any look. If you don’t feel confident in your smile, then there are ways to perfect your pearly whites

Fresh Haircut

One of the easiest ways to make a drastic change in your look is getting a new haircut. Nothing speaks louder than a fresh fade with a hard part and some pomade. If your hair is longer, try out a man bun or even braids. Experimenting with hairstyles can be an easy and impactful way to change up your look, improve your confidence, and help you stand out this upcoming school year.

Regardless of the style choices you make, try to remember what is going to be the easiest to maintain during the school year. With homework, school events, and after-school activities, the last thing you want to do is hassle with your wardrobe.

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Modern Decoration Ideas for the Trendy Teen

Make your friends envious of your great trendy room by considering a few changes. Feel your freedom of expression come alive and get those creative ideas flowing. Whether you see your room as a room for relaxing or entertaining, these decorating ideas will give you the latest in the mood-setting atmosphere. Wall sketches, furniture or memorabilia, are great ways to spice up a room. Check out these trendy ways to bring out your best and feel right at home in your own room.

Wall Doodles

Got an idea that is driving you crazy? Jot it down on a huge chalkboard that takes up an entire wall. Don’t let this opportunity for a future idea to slip away but put all your thoughts, dreams and interests where they will always draw your attention. Stock it with plenty of chalk and erasers, so instant scribbling is convenient. Don’t let those thoughts go to waste, but get that idea out there before it gets lost in the creases of your mind. Also, consider cork boards for pinning up exciting papers and pictures.

Related: Freshome | Teen Bedroom Ideas That Are Fun and Cool

Platform Beds

Modern platform beds are a must in the world of teenagers. Simple, sleek and inviting, they come in different styles and sizes. An oversized base can serve as a nightstand for those little items like remote controls, small lamps or change. If you prefer to keep a bed positioned on the entire base, select a small, low table for items. Some modern platform beds are available with storage drawers to limit large dressers. Teens of today are not into frills, but prefer clean straight lines.

Related: Modern Digs | The 15 Best Modern Platform Beds for 2019

Bed Footboards

A footboard can consist of any piece of furniture you like. A portable bar, chest or dresser will become the centerpiece for friends to gather and talk. Mimicking a kitchen island, you will have a place to sprawl out, set down drinks and phones and have eye-to-eye contact with others. It will also keep clean up to a minimum by designating one area to hang out.

Simple Window Treatments

Roman shades are definitely in with the teens. They are strict, modern, and space-saving. They also provide that needed privacy with remote control or cord and cleat operation. They can also add a needed burst of color or texture where needed. If draperies are desired, keep them neat and straightforward. Stay away from outlandish designs and make sure that they are easy to open and close. Today’s teens aren’t looking for perfect design as much as function when it comes to window treatments.

Related: Architectural Digest | When to Use Roman Shades

Vertical Writing Areas

Having an area for study is functional. However, no teen wants to be reminded of work unless it is necessary. Pick a corner that is as far away from sleep and entertaining as possible. This space only needs to be 3 to 4 feet wide for setting up a counter or chair. Use the wall above for storage with square cubicles or shelves. You can even upgrade your bookshelves with a fresh coat of paint. This is a way to add a pop of color to the wall. The study will be there when needed, but away from the relaxation of a bedroom.

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Fur and Shag Rugs

Okay, don’t admit it, but fur and shag is a favorite to teens. The warm and luxurious feel underfoot brings comforting thoughts. Select a rug that is plain in black or white or a stand out neon color. You will never be sorry as you step out of bed and onto this luscious fuzzy rug. A favorite color or design can also be used if your room needs some dressing up. If you’re really feeling the need for snuggling, pick up a couple of soft, furry pillows as well.

Organizational Options

Closet doors don’t have to be drab and boring. Replacing your closet door with a decorative option is a great way to update any bedroom. For a rustic chic look, add a sliding barn door and paint it with a pop of color. This will add both color and texture to the room–while also hiding away the contents of your closet. Adjustable shelves are also great for adding needed space for books, electronics, and gizmos that are always getting lost. By making shelves different sizes, they can easily fit any need. Containers, baskets and portable carts also come in useful for clearing away items while organizing.

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Ceiling Art

Whether you choose a fab hanging light or decals that travel up the wall and across the ceiling, this is one area that always gets a lot of attention. While lying in bed, you may find yourself pondering the anticipation of adulthood or anticipating an upcoming event. Having an uplifting, non-demanding focal point will help to stay focused for thinking. Pick out a creative hanging ceiling light or fun decals, like feet or arrows, that walk across the length of the ceiling.

A simple and straightforward room will give you the space for many different purposes. By making just a few updates, you can entertain, study, dream and get a peaceful night’s sleep all in one area.

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Fashion-Forward But Budget Friendly: How to Save on Outfits

When your birthday money from grandma is burning a hole in your pocket, you may get the urge to update your wardrobe with some new threads. You do not have to spend a lot of cash to update your look on a dime. Here are some fashion-forward and budget-friendly places to pick up some new, or new-to-you, trendy pieces.

Consignment/Thrift Stores

Shopping for new-to-you pieces at thrift and consignment stores is an affordable and fun way to update your wardrobe. Bring along some friends and try on one-of-a-kind clothes that have been gently worn. Consignment stores hand pick the brands and items they carry, so you will easily find lots of top brand names and trendy pieces. Consignment stores may be priced a little higher than thrift shops, but all of the merchandise has been thoroughly inspected, and you will not have to spend hours sifting through the racks to find unique pieces and top brands.

Thrift stores are all about the thrill of the hunt. If you have a few hours to kill with friends, pop in to a thrift shop and let your imaginations run wild. Thrift stores have affordable prices, but you have to prepare to so some digging and sifting through the racks to find cool new pieces.

Online Discount Boutiques

Online discount boutiques and fashion apps are a fun way to shop for fashion. You order from a curated collection of hand-selected pieces, and the companies send your new duds right to your home. You can try them on in the comfort and convenience of your home and send back any pieces that you do not like for a refund. It offers a risk-free and affordable way to update your wardrobe.

Fast-Fashion Mall Shops

Fast-fashion stores offer a plethora of options for updating your wardrobe. From basics to lounge apparel, career attire and casual wear, fast-fashion stores in the mall showcase a wide range of styles and sizes in clothing from floor to ceiling. You will be inspired, and probably even a little overwhelmed, by the abundance of options. These stores have a fast turnover rate, marking down clothing often, so apparel is priced to sell fast.

 

Even if you are low on cash, you can still put together some fun new outfits that your friends will want to borrow. From online to thrift to fast-fashion stores, there are a plethora of inspiring places to shop to add new life to your closet.

How Can I Put a Great Wardrobe Together on a Budget?

You want to look good, you want to wear what’s in fashion, but your budget is stretched about as far as it can go. What’s a girl to do? Check out some unexpected sources of high-fashion finds that won’t have you breaking the piggy bank to get new clothes.

Local Treasures

If you’re tired of the prices at your local mall or the online stores, take a look around your own city and your own neighborhood. Chances are there shops near you that offer on-trend, unique items you won’t find anywhere else. You can get personalized service, and you’ll also be the first to get in on sales and clearance events.

If there’s a town near you that caters to tourists, hit those stores up during the off-season when you can often get steep discounts. When you shop boutiques for sales, you’ll get one-of-a-kind items that will give your wardrobe an instant upgrade while saving you money.

Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are where you can find rock-bottom prices, but if you’re looking for really fashionable items, you have to wade through a lot of regular stuff to find that one jewel in the junk pile. Thrift stores are a good place to find shoes, boots, and handbags, often from well-known brands. They’re especially great for Halloween costumes and basics like tee shirts, sweatshirts or jeans.

Consignment Shops

Consignment stores are thrift stores that specialize in high-end fashion items. While the prices are higher than a regular thrift store, the selection tends to be better, and the prices are still less than what the items would cost if they were new. Some consignment shops specialize in particular types of clothing, like baby clothes or plus-size fashions.

Discount Stores

If you hit them at the right time, discount and dollar stores can be a surprising source of cheap fashion finds. Most of them sell socks, handbags, tote bags, flip-flops, sandals, hats of all kinds, gloves, and scarves. You can also find slippers, headbands and clutch purses. The downside is that their selection changes every week, and the good stuff sells out fast. If you can spot them when they get in, be sure to stock up.

The best way to discover low-priced, high-fashion finds is to get out of the mall. You can find some good things there, and it can be fun to go, but you are probably going to spend more money than you want, and there is a high chance that someone else will have the same outfit. Instead, venture out to new places and look for great deals.

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Top Essentials for Easy, Chic Travel Dressing

Packing for a long trip or a weekend getaway isn’t easy for everyone. On top of making sure you have the right clothes for different types of weather, you also have to think about outfits for a variety of occasions, like a day of sightseeing or a night out on the town. But have no fear — this blog is here to be your travel style guru and help you look chic and effortless while on the go! If you want to look fashionable while traveling, these are the top essentials that every gal should definitely pack.

Packing the Basics

For a three-day or week-long vacation, start by packing a pair of denim jeans or leggings in a neutral color, like black, blue, or white. There are so many ways to mix-and-match different tops, shirts, and blouses with the same pants, which gives you countless options from just a few basic pieces. While a pair of jeans takes up a considerable amount of room in your suitcase, t-shirts and tank-tops can be rolled up and fit easily into side pockets, or even slipped into a pair of shoes to save even more space.

Monochrome Fashion

You may think that Monochrome sounds boring, but it’s actually a great strategy for putting together your outfits when traveling. The monochrome trend is all about picking one color that looks best on you and then combining it with different shades and tones of the same hue. If you always look fabulous in blue, then pick out pants, tops, dresses, and shoes that are either dark blue, navy, light blue, periwinkle, cerulean, or aquamarine. Also, consider colors that pair well with blue, like black and white, or are close to the hue on the color wheel, like purple and green.

Day to Night Transitions

Dresses and skirts are lightweight, can be worn with leggings underneath, and are one of the best ways to switch a casual, daytime look to a more elegant, evening ensemble. Simply pair a dress with sneakers or sandals when out exploring during the day, and then change it up at night by wearing a pair of heels and adding some jewelry. When you shop dresses online, you can stock up on travel wear easily, and turn a single outfit into two with a few small adjustments!

Accessories are Essentials

Accessories can make or break an outfit, and it can be hard to know what to take with you while on vacation. The best things to bring are eye-popping, stylish accessories that serve multiple purposes. Every girl needs one or two colorful or patterned head scarves, which ensure you look great whether you’re on a guided boat tour, relaxing at the pool or taking a selfie in front of a historic monument. Wear these scarves as a headband or a hair wrap when out to dinner and pair them some flashy, gold or silver hoop earrings for a cute yet classy look.

Other dual-purpose accessories include slip-on sneakers or sandals, hats, inexpensive and designer sunglasses, and a small purse or shoulder bag in an eye-catching color. Even if you’re rockin’ a blue-inspired monochrome look, you’ll stand out if you add a pair of bright red sneakers, a crimson patterned head scarf, and a pair of red hot shades.

Look Chic Every Day!

With these few simple tips, you can see why Hollywood starlets and other fashionistas always look great while traveling. Packing the basics with a few different types of accessories ensures you always look fresh while on the road. Try these tips today and discover how easy it is to look amazing all the time! For more such packing and travelling tips head over to Savvy Expeditioner. The site has the latest content on new destinations, travelers tips and multitude of things relating to travel and living.

5 Boho Fashion Trends Making the Rounds in 2017

If Bohemian looks are your style, keep reading to find out which “Boho Trends” are becoming the most popular in 2017.

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Made from incredibly comfy and light fabrics, this is a fashion that was originally worn in Japan, but is very quickly making quite a comeback in 2017. The wide variety of patterns and colorful designs make it easy to show off your unique individuality, and as a plus, they tend to be fairly inexpensive. They are available in most hippie stores, but can also be found on Amazon and eBay. If they have intricate prints on them, they tend to go best with solid colored shirts and skirts. They are very popular in beach settings, too.

High Waisted Palazzo Pants

These are cheap, adorable, and unbelievably comfortable. They come in thousands of different styles and designs. The prints are excellent for expressing one’s own personal lifestyle. It adds color and texture to your life and your wardrobe. They are usually made from Jersey knit fabric and/or polyester, and are found in just about any store in your local mall. They also go great with crop tops!

Elephant Printed Maxi Skirts

Also made from stretchy fabric, these fashionable skirts are also culturally expressive. They tend to go well with darker solid colors and crop tops. These aren’t generally found in stores, but they carry a large following in thousands of online stores and are wallet friendly.

Sheepskin Slippers

These are best for worn in colder weather and cost a little more in comparison with other boho trends, but the comfort is definitely worth every penny. They last for years, if taken care of properly. Because it is made of sheepskin, most hippie stores do not consider this particular trend to be “boho.” However, they are easy to find and make excellent Christmas presents for around the holidays. Most footwear made of sheepskin usually have rubber soles to maximum comfort for your feet.

Bohemian Extended Scarf

Trends aren’t just about clothes. Accessorizing with scarves can make all the difference to whatever Bohemian outfit you’re wearing. Boho scarves are longer than your average scarf, so it can be used for other types of clothes, such as dresses and hair wraps. You can find these scarves anywhere for literally pennies. To top it off, don’t assume they’re best for cold weather just because of the “scarf” idea. These are made from several different types of material that range from heavy to almost see-through. They come in all different lengths, patterns, and colors. You can mix and match them with any style or outfit of your choosing.

Whether you want to stand out, express who you are with your wardrobe, or just look cute, these trends are some of the most popular in 2017 and you will be sure to turn heads with any Bohemian outfit you pick. They work for many different types of people, even fashion gurus. You do not need any particular lifestyle or ask anyone for permission to feel like a free spirit this year.

The Top 5 Most Iconic Sneakers You Can Still Buy Today

Sneakers, or trainers, are shoes designed primarily for training and exercising purposes, but evolved to be worn as casual footwear over time. These shoes have a flexible sole and an upper part, both of which are made of either rubber or leather and are comfortable for physical activities such as running or jumping because they absorb shocks and provide good grip and support. They come in various designs and colours which also allows them to be a style statement while helping to improve your basketball game if you play.

Early models came to be known as Plimsolls in the 1870s, according to the book ‘The Plimsoll Sensation’ by Nicholette Jones. The shoes had a coloured band which connected the sole to the upper, and this resembled Plimsoll lines on a boat. Today, these shoes are known for comfort, design, flexibility and most of all, the fame garnered within the fraternities of celebrities, sportsmen and artists. While sneakers are generally affordable, there are many expensive models designed or promoted by well-known sports and entertainment figures.

Let’s have a look at the most iconic sneaker brands, all of which are still available to buy:

#5 Vans

Since the 1960s, Vans have been synonymous with skate culture, starting first in California and extending throughout the rest of the world as years passed. These shoes were specifically designed for skaters, not traditional athletes. Today, they are associated with extreme sports cultures, such as BMX, Motocross, surfing, and snowboadring. The company also sponsors the Warped Tour, an annual travelling rock festival.

Now, Vans is a major apparel brand, and you can even order custom vans online, with your choice of colors for just about every element of the shoe. Vans made a splash with their recent release of the Toy Story line of Vans, featuring designs inspired by the Pixar films.

#4 Air Yeezys

Air Yeezy was a sneaker collaboration project between Nike and Kanye West from 2007 to 2014. It is iconic because probably no other non-athletic shoe has ever received as much hype, with collectors showing near fanatic devotion to the brand. Air Yeezy and Air Yeezy II featured various official releases, as well as test samples which only served to increase the hysteria around the shoes, which normally sell out in seconds.

Due to royalty disputes, Kanye moved his Yeezy brand over to Adidas in 2015…and these are proving to be even more popular than the original Nike Yeezys. Collectors are willing to pay up to $10,000 or more for cerain mint condition, genuine models. Unfortunately, many of the models available in the market are knock-offs made by Chinese laborers of inferior quality material and craftmanship, so be careful when shopping for you next pair of Yeezys!

#3 Adidas Originals

In 1920, Adolf “Adi” Dassler and his older brother Rudolf created their first sneaker, and Dassler Brother shoes became quite popular athletic footwear. Due to differences between them (Rudolf was rumored to be a devoted Nazi), Rudolf later went on to create his own brand called Puma, while Adi renamed the company Adidas (“Adi” + “Das,” from his nickname and last names).

An Adidas Original is a sub-brand of Adidas and is also its heritage line. An Adidas Original gives a retro feel and is popular amongst celebrities. Adidas has multiple iconic designs which have their own editions like the Stan Smith, Gazelle trainers and Adidas Superstar. Adidas Stan Smith was originally designed as a tennis shoe but is now used more as a fashion item, as are the Adidas Superstar which were shoes designed for basketball players.

#2 Chuck Taylor All Stars

Chuck Taylor All Stars is a casual shoe brand manufactured by Converse, which is a subsidiary of Nike. The design of Chuck Taylor consists of a stitched upper portion, a white rubber toe cap and a brown rubber sole. It was first manufactured in 1917 as a high performance athletic shoe for basketball players by Converse Rubber Shoe Company. Charles Chuck Taylor joined a basketball team which was sponsored by Converse Shoe Company, and he marketed the shoes while he held basketball clinics in high schools where he taught the basics of the game. Chuck Taylor made improvements to the shoe after which the shoe had enhanced flexibility, support and also a patch for ankle support. Initially, Taylors name was engraved on the shoe but later, they included his autograph in the shoe. Initially a sports shoe brand, it later evolved as a casual shoe brand where it gained popularity with teenagers and rock stars everywhere.

Two models of Chuck Taylor All Star shoe have been launched till date, with the new model sporting more modern elements for greater comfort.

#1 Air Jordans

When  Air Jordan’s first came out, they caused nearly the same hysteria as Yeezys do today. They were produced by Nike and specifically introduced for Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan in 1984. The shoe which was designed for Jordan was then released publicly in 1985.  Unlike what you may believe, Jordan did not design the sneaker himself like Kanye did. The shoe for Nike was designed by Peter Moore, Tinker Hatfield and Bruce Kilgore. Air Jordan launches a model every year and 31 models of Air Jordan’s have been released till date. Air Jordans currently sponsor 21 active NBA players–they are not just reserved purely for Jordan any more.

The nomenclature of the shoes for every year has been AJ followed by model number in Roman Numerals except for some years wherein the launch year was mentioned. The naming examples are as follows: AJ I, AJ II, AJ 2009. There are other shoes also from the Air Jordan line which include Spizek, Defining Moments, Retro 6 Infrared Pack to mention a few. There is also a special edition collection known as Jordan 6 Rings which is a mash-up of elements from Air Jordan shoes that Michael Jordan wore during his 6 championship seasons.

Sneakers are one of the most preferred footwear of our times. They are trendy and comfortable, both of which are the most desired attributes while purchasing footwear. Being closed shoes, they are also protective for your feet. Trainers are a must have and these five iconic shoe brands offer trainers that will fit your budget. You can now choose the one that suits you the most by simply comparing each one on online retailer sites like mandmdirect.com which offer all the brands so you don’t have to go and check each and every brand’s store.

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What Types of Shoes are Trending in 2017?

Looking stylish and fashionable can help you feel great the second you step out the door. A look should work from head to toe. The latest in shoes for 2017 are all about both fun and fashion. Put on a pair of these shoes and you’ll be touch with what’s going on right now.


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Wild Colors

Color is in today. Have your shoes dyed to match your dress. Combine varied shades in a single pair or look for shoes that use multiple colors at the same time. Pick a pair of neon green boots, a lovely pair of sky blue mules or a pair of spiked heels in shocking pink and you’ll be right on trend.

Minimalism

Minimalism is also in fashion right now. Let go of the frills for shoes that have elegant lines. A single strap and understated back is all you need to show off those perfectly manicured toes and toned calves. A pair of sandals without the ruffles is ideal for the beach.

Sixties Revivals

The sixties are back and in style once again. Shoes in wild colors with swirls of color are just right for the fashionista. Paisley colors and psychedelic hints are today. If you have a pair of shoes from that time go back and put them on. If not, raid the vintage shops and your mother’s closet and you’ll look perfectly in touch with what’s hot. Have fun with the look.

Bring on the Bling

Bling is another trend today. The sparklier the better is the new mantra. Take an old pair of plain shoes and make them modern again. Get out your glue gun and add some bangles to the front and the back for the ideal evening look. Choose a mixture of clear and colored stones for your own original look that is sure to attract attention and admiration.

Calf-High Boots

High boots that cover the calve have been seen on the runways from major designers. You can show off your ability to remain fashion forward and help you enjoy additional height at the same time. A pair of calf-high boots will also help you get added height in the winter and keep your legs warm.

New Materials

Designers are experimenting with new materials for shoes. Look past standard leather and you’ll find shoes made from materials such as spandex. Spandex helps you cut an even thinner silhouette.

The biggest key with all of these trends is finding the shoe that best fits. Sometimes that means sacrificing the brand but it is worth it so that you don’t have to see a podiatrist later on.

 

Top Summer Beauty Trends of 2017

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Summer has always been the most exciting time of year when it comes to trying on the new beauty trends for the season. Warm, breezy days and turquoise waters, colorful gardens and lush lawns mean thinner, wispy fabrics to wrap our bodies in. Our makeup and hair can go wild and free for evening parties and get-togethers. Shades you didn’t think you could ever imagine start popping up in cosmetics, hair and fashion.

Here are our “Top Summer Beauty Trends of 2017”:

The Smudgy Eye – Sexy but Not Trying Hard

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Makeup artists are calling this one the smudgy eye, inspired by the look of cigarette ash. There’s nothing perfect about this sexy eye makeup either. In fact, messy is better, giving the illusion of a “late night into early morning” kind of vibe.

As Balmain’s makeup adviser recommended, forget the liquid liner, and pick up an eye pencil. Use your fingers to blend, smudge and “muck it up.”

Curly or Slick and Side-Parted–All Pretty

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You’ve got tons of options this summer. If you miss those 80s days of major volume and curls, then invest in a good curling wand and root-lifting hairspray.

Fashion Week also showed models wearing the slick and side-parted style, achieved by spraying on a dry oil mist.

For more hair-confidence, Allure Hair Building Fibers are an excellent, modern solution.


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Bold, Naughty Brows That Rock the Rainbow

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If you’re bored with your eyebrow shape, summer 2017 is bringing on the brow candy. Choose your shade from the rainbow, and live fearlessly.

This beauty trend might be best left for nights out, when self-expression doesn’t have to worry about the corporate world. Runway trends spotted dyed yellow brows and purple brows at Gucci and pink ones from China’s top designer, Lan Yu.

Bright Blush Sweeps More Than Cheekbones

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Accenting your cheekbones is one of the best things you can do, and following a tip from vintage 1980s high glam, don’t spare the blush. It’s a girly appeal with blush warming the cheeks and extending up into the temples and over the eyelids in a feminine wash of color. The blush bomb has arrived for summer.

Whether it’s your hair or makeup, it’s fun to experience the new beauty trends of summer 2017 and how they play against your favorite fashion pieces.

It’s time to get your colorful glam on, ladies!