Fall Fashion: Best Belts

Sash Belts

A hot trend for Fall fashion is the sash belt. It is less structured than the more tailored styles of belts which have been popular recently. Sash belts are made of fabric and casually tied at the side or front. This trend is very easy to achieve. Try using a wide silk scarf or vintage fabric to create your own sash belt.

Opt for a rich sumptuous color of sash belt which compliments your whole outfit. For instance, a chocolate velvet sash belt is a perfect match for a simple cream silk dress.

The great thing about the sash belt trend is that it only requires a simple bow or knot to finish the look. Alternatively, accent the fabric with a large buckle in gold or copper.

Cinch Belts

Still popular this year is the 1940s style cinch belt. It is an easy way to make a dress look instantly more sharp and tailored. It also accentuates the waist. Choose a cinch belt in a simple classic color such as black with a large, bold buckle.

Bohemian Belts

Another big trend this year is a colorful, bohemian look. 'Artsy' bright floral dresses look great with a loose fitting belt in a complimentary color. A colorful bohemian belt may be made of woven leather or beads.

A similar style is the low-slung lace or crocheted belt which is a great accessory for a peasant style blouse or tunic.

Ribbon Belts

Very delicate ribbon belts are another popular trend this year. Ribbon belts are the perfect accessory for the trend of delicately detailed blouses and dresses in sheer fabrics.

Ribbon belts are easy to make from a length of pretty ribbon which you can find at fabric store. Sew a snap fitting into the ribbon to make it easy to wear. Another clever idea is to sew the ribbon into a blouse or dress. Leave the ends of the ribbon free so that you can tie it into a bow.

Finally, here are some tips for finding the best belt for you. Sash belts are very forgiving because you can tie them in tightly or more loosely on the waist. They are a great all round style for many women. Ribbon belts can sometimes look too small when tied around the waist. However, they look great as part of a high waisted dress or blouse, tied just under the bustline.…



Oscar Fashion "Hits"

There were more than a few stars that did Oscar proud on the red carpet in 2010. While I still think the Golden Globes eclipsed all the award shows when it comes to fashion, Oscar didn’t do bad either.

Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner, Mo’Nique, looked elegant in a royal blue satin gown that was cut to accent her considerable curves. While I might have dispensed with the gardenias in her updo, it was easy to see that this star can pull anything off. She is just gracious and beautiful all the way around.

Queen Latifah almost never fails to awe with her red carpet choices and she didn’t this year either. Her pale orchid satin gown set off her lovely skin and the bling added to its one-shoulder and around the front bodice was sheer perfection. She polished off the look with flawless makeup and an elegant updo. All hail the Queen!

Oprah Winfrey completed the African-American trifecta. The talk shown queen never looked more regal in a midnight blue satin gown that was cut to accent her curves. Soft flowing hair and makeup completed her stunning look.

Anna Kendrick’s pale pink goddess inspired off the shoulder gown was a vision to behold. Perfectly draped and swept, it looked like Venus had descended to earth once again. Even her hair and makeup seemed to scream “Greek work of art.

Had anyone by Demi Moore picked that flesh colored ruffled gown for the red carpet, it might not have worked. But on her tiny, well toned figure all that ruching and ruffling didn’t distract. I wasn’t a fan of the hair but thought the makeup did her justice too.

Rachel McAdams went out on a limb with a floral inspired multi-pastel colored strapless chiffon gown. On her; however, it worked in spades. She never looked lovelier. Her perfectly coifed updo and makeup polished it perfectly.

Some people loved and others hated Sandra Bullock’s silver vintage beaded gown. I thought she looked lovely and every bit the movie star she has become. With her dark hair pulled of to one side and this season’s hot red lip, she shined in more ways than one.

Helen Mirren continued her long line of classic Hollywood looks with a delicate pale lavender that was, well fit for a queen. This woman gets more breathtaking with every year and her sweet spirit and kind soul shines right through her eyes. She is so unassuming and humble that one can’t help but think she deserves to rule over Hollywood for many years to come.

TV Guide fashion hostess, Carrie Ann Inaba, managed to look demure in her pale pink ruffled gown, long wavy hair and perfect makeup. I personally think she never looked lovelier.

Her ABC counterpart, Sheri Shepard was also looking good in a one-should black gown that hugged her curves and screamed “I am woman and proud of it!” Her lovely soft hair and makeup polished off the look with perfection.

Cameron Diaz made a comeback in a beautiful gold trapless gown that set off the color of her soft wavy blonde hair. She looked absolutely magnificent.

The guys weren’t looking too shabby either. I didn’t note any major fashion faux pas on behalf of Oscar’s men. In fact there were few worth mentioning.

If there was one male I would loved to have changed it would be Quentin Tarantino. I found the super thin tie distracting and too casual for the Academy Awards. I know skinny ties are in but his was practically non-existant. On the other hand, he is Hollywood’s bad boy and he looked the part.

Jake Gyllenhaal easily outshined his sister in a perfectly cut tuxedo. On him, even the scruff looked darn good.

Tim McGraw showed up in support of his “Blind Side” costar, Sandra Bullock. He left his cowboy hat at home and actually looked reasonably comfortable in his well-cut tux and bow tie. Of course he had one of the best accessories of the night – – his beautiful wife Faith Hill.

Matt Damon looked unusually hunkalicious this year. I’m not sure if it was the tux, his clean cut grooming, or just the big smile on his face. Whatever it was, he surely made hearts swoon. I’m not a big fan of his but I have to say that even I did a double take.

Avatar’s star, Sam Worthington, had on a nice fitting tux and he looked okay overall. I’m just not a big fan of the scruffy looking beard or the spiked hair; not for formal occasions anyway.

George Clooney was, as usual, handsome and debonair. Who would have expected less from this Hollywood heartthrob?

Jeff Bridges wasn’t looking too bad either. I have to say that I’m digging the gray in his hair. However, the Buffalo Bill look was a bit odd.

Robert Downey Jr. broke from tradition and wore a blue blow tie with his impeccably cut tuxedo. I thought it worked. I found it refreshing and a bit kookie – – like the actor himself.

Gerard Butler. Need I say more? This is one man who can look scruffy any time he wants. It just suits him. It is who he is and he owns it. It isn’t a tough sell.

Keanu Reeves was a sight for sore eyes in spite of his unusual beard. It was a bit too Wolverine for me bit at least it was polished and groomed.

Young Hollywood was looking good in the well-suited hands of Zac Effron and Taylor Lautner. They did their group proud.

There you have it; my picks for Oscar fashion hits. If you haven’t already done so, you might want to check out my Oscar fashion misses.…


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What Car Should I Buy: A Beginner Guide!

What car should I buy for a beginner?

There are several cars you can start with, starting with an economical small car towing a light trailer behind a truck.

It is best to find at least two cars that are affordable and will get you on the road.

Once you know how safe a car is to drive, you can work your way up to a more powerful sports car.

The type of car you should buy depends on your style of driving, safety concerns, your wallet, and your needs as a driver.

When you consider what cars to buy for a beginner, the first thing you need to consider is the safety rating of the vehicle.

Is it worth buying or should you stay away?

How safe is it?

This question is most important when it comes to four-door sedans.

If the car has a low rating, it may not be worth buying, especially if the car will be used for transporting children.

A safe driver can get good grades in school, but that doesn’t mean you can take your car out on the highway without knowing how to drive it.

In fact, some people who are involved in an accident don’t even know how to fix their cars.

That is why it is so important to purchase a safe car.

There are so many different makes and models available on the market today that finding one that has been well maintained can help you avoid any costly repairs in the future.

Before you even begin thinking about what car to buy for a beginner, you want to think about what level of driving you plan to do.

Are you just learning to drive for pleasure or do you have a goal of becoming a safe, dependable driver?

Even if you want to become a safe driver, you can start by selecting a safe car from the beginning.

This is a great way to begin learning how to drive because you won’t have to worry about losing money if you get into an accident or have an accident that costs you lots of money.

The first and best thing you need to do is find out how safe the car you want to purchase is before you even begin looking.

You should first try to find out how much damage each vehicle has been through.

In most cases, vehicles that are sold for cheap are known to be unsafe because they have been abused.

Ask friends or family members if they can recommend any reliable dealers who sell cars for cheap.

If you don’t have anyone who can give you advice [click here] you can always check online to see what other people have said about various dealers.

Another way to find out about the safety of a particular car is to ask around your community.

People living around you will be able to tell you if a car is safe to drive or not.

Of course, you have to take their word for it, but it’s a good idea to ask around.

What car should I buy for a beginner to help them become a safe driver?

It would also be a great idea to find out from your local police force if they know of any reliable dealers in your area.

Ask them for advice.

What car should I buy for a beginner to help them become a safe driver?

If you are new to driving, you should get a vehicle that has a high safety ranking.

High-ranking cars are known to have a reduced chance of having accidents, which means that they are less likely to cost you a lot of money in repairs.

Now that you have found out what car should I buy for a beginner, you should make sure that you are ready to go out and drive it.

You never know when you might have an accident, and it would be horrible if you had an accident while on your first trip with your new car.

You never know when something may happen that could have unforeseen consequences.

That is why it is important to make sure that you are insured because if you get into an accident without insurance, you could owe a lot of money and be unable to get any money to fix the car.…



Zipper Fashion Rosettes

Metal zipper
Fabric scrap
Hot glue
White glue

You might have been saving zippers to sew into other garments, if those zippers go bad, but sewing zippers into clothing isn’t the only way to reuse them. Cut zippers up and use them in an unusual way to make embellishments for fashions and home decorating projects, rosettes for crafting, and other fanciful items. If you already have zippers, you won’t pay a penny for the rosettes, which can be used in many different ways.

Unzip a zipper and cut it, straight across, to remove the zipper pull, and to separate the two sides of the zipper. Since each piece has fabric stitched to it, it’s necessary to remove the cloth. Cut the stitches to remove the biggest part of it; use a lighter to burn off the rest. Remember to hold the zipper with a potholder because the zipper will get hot as you burn the fabric off.

When all of the cloth is off of the zipper it’s the easiest thing to turn it into a rosette. Simply lay it flat on a table and begin winding it around itself. Hold one end down, and wrap the other end around and around the stationary end. You’ll make a flat circle of zipper teeth, which is metallic and lovely. If you want the rosette to be larger than it is when you finish wrapping, use a dot of hot glue to hold the end in place, and start wrapping another zipper-half around it.

The rosette you make is a flat one but you can give it dimension by making another one on top of it. The top rosette should be a bit smaller than the bottom one. Add another rosette, and another, to create the depth that you want; make each rosette smaller than the previous one.

The zipper rosette will be easiest to attach if you glue a piece of cloth or felt to the bottom of it. Glue the finished flower to a purse, a garment, a lampshade, a mirror or picture frame corner, or even a hat. Attach it to a piece of fabric to make a curtain tie-back, or make a large zipper rosette, and turn it into a coaster.

Don’t like the metallic color of the rosette? Paint it! You can easily spray paint the zipper before you start, or paint the rosette when you’re finished. That gives you many options for coordinating colors on your fashions, or for your home decorating.


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How to Build an Instagram Following From Scratch

With close to 500 million users, and counting, Instagram is slowly becoming a leading social media site, and we will try to help you get your first followers.

Simplicity is a major part of success when it comes to Instagram, and as we live in the society where information overload is a normal thing scrolling through the pictures with short captions seems like a perfect combination.

Both major and minor brands are trying to capitalize on this fast rise, so you should consider start to buy followers for instagram and avoid missing out on this opportunity.

In the next few paragraphs, we will lay down a roadmap and try to explain how to get free instagram likes daily, whether you manage your personal or professional Instagram profile.

1. Figure out your strategy

Before going any further, you should answer these few questions.

What is your end goal on Instagram?

Creating a community of regular paying customers on you web page from followers while providing good service. This is a top priority!

How will your Instagram page affect your business?


Your best bet is to have few established Instagram users in your niche promoting your product in exchange for money or free stuff. This way, you can bring traffic to you web page fast and have a better conversion.

What are you going to offer to your followers?

Ask questions, research, ask your peers what kind of content would they like to see from you. Check what hashtags are your followers using and use them in your posts only if they are relevant, you don’t want to annoy them.

After you got this down, you are ready to move on.

2. Setting up your Instagram profile.

This one is pretty straight forward. You just need to fill some basic info and add your profile picture.

Profile image

You should consider an image that is representing your product or your brand. Logo of your company is always a good solution.

Your bio

If you are not an established brand already, then you need to utilize this feature as much as possible. Make it sound natural and positive; you can also use symbols.

Link to your web page.

If you use Instagram for business, then this one is really important. Add your web page address at the end of your bio. This will give your followers a chance to buy your product and turn them into your customers. Make sure that your web page is mobile friendly; most of the Instagram users are on their mobile phones.

3. Setting up your content plan.

Goals and KPIs (key performance indicators like shares, comments, likes) are essential. Set them and use them to track your progress.
Your next step should be schedule for content uploading. There are various apps that can help you with this like ScheduGram or Simply Measured.


Choose pictures that you are about to post very carefully. Use only pictures that are related to your brand and your brand’s story. Make sure that quality of a picture, description and hashtags are all on point.
When it comes to effectiveness, you should consider this:

Brand-inspired images

Posting beautiful images with a powerful message can bring you a lot of exposure as people tend to react to the images that trigger emotions.
Some of the biggest brands in the world are using this technique and investing money in the production of their photos so they can use the power of visual storytelling to their advantage.

Reactive storytelling

Reactive storytelling is a great way of sparking conversation because when businesses use this technique, they can leverage a human truth or insight to generate instant feedback. This includes a cultural action, a brand relevant action or a niche action.

Inspirational quotes

One of the best ways to create a viral buzz is to trigger a strong emotional response. If you can achieve this, there is a big chance that you are going to see more shares, likes, and comments on your posts.
You should start by preparing ten images; this will be enough for the next three to four days, depends on how you spread them.

A Track Maven released a report suggesting that major brands are getting thirty-seven likes and comments per thousand followers. That’s 3.7 reactions for every hundred followers you make.

4. Build relationships with influencing people

There are places where you can get exposure and more followers like, but there are people that have a big influence, and they are available only through direct contact. You can offer them free promotional stuff for shares, or pay them for the shoutout.


Instagram Direct is probably the best way for you to get in touch with the person who can help you promoting your product. It is private so you can send your offer that only influencer and you can see.

5. Manage your profile

With you profile, your connections and followers in place, it is time to manage your account. You can find a lot of very useful applications that can give you a better overview of your activities and activities on your account and also give you statistic and charts. Always have content ready for deployment and use the schedule as much as possible, it will make your life a lot easier.

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Final thoughts

By now we hope that you realize how easy it is to have a successful Instagram page. Visual content is in high demand, and millions of users are already making a good use of it. Just remember to be clear with your ideas and always be in contact with your followers and respect them so you can see your brand grow and flourish.

Make sure to connect your Instagram page to your other social media accounts. This way you will be able to spread your brand and reach more people.
Leave your comments below and let us know if you had any success with the roadmap that we laid out for you, and how you managed to push your Instagram campaign to the next level.…



Having and Planning Family Night

Family night is growing more popular as children are finding more things outside of the home to do. Here are some tips and ideas to help you plan and have a wonderful family night.

Set a night of the week that everyone will be home and available. Plan your family night for this night.

Tell each family member and post it on the refrigerator, calendar and anywhere else that you can think of that will help remind everyone.

Decide your plans for family night. Do you want to play games, go somewhere else, see a movie or something else creative. There are some tips and ideas at the end of this article.

Do any shopping that is needed for that night prior to the scheduled night. This will reduce the stress on you.

On the planned day be sure to remind everyone that that night is family night and what time it is planned for.

Enjoy the night with your family and have lots of fun.


For each family night, choose a different family member and make on of their favorite meals.

Choose games that everyone enjoys. Some popular games are Monopoly, Uno, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. If you don’t have any games you can do several things to get some. Go to and sign up. Once signed up post a wanted ad for games and activities. Search at garage sales and thrift stores. You would be surprised what you can find in these places. If all else fails, and you can afford it, go to the store and purchase new ones.

Family night doesn’t have to be indoors or about games. You can take it outside or anywhere. Go to the park, play volleyball, go swimming, go to a museum, go to a movie, etc.

Make sure that everyone feels included. This will make family night much easier on you and more exciting for everyone else.

Try to do something different each night. Don’t tell everyone what activities you have planned. This will heighten the enjoyment and anticipation. Repeating the same activity will bore them and discourage everyone from wanting to do it again.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to plan the perfect night. This will discourage you from wanting to plan and do this again. Remember this is supposed to be fun. Things happen and it is OK. Just pick it up and try again.

If you have little children, plan many different things. Remember that young children have a smaller attention span and will lose interest quickly.

Ideas for young children could be anything such as reading books, playing with blocks or legos, coloring, doing crafts (also good for older children as well), watching a movie, playing outside, going to the park, etc.

Remember that family night is not about what you do. It is about being together as a family and enjoying each others company and time.

If it doesn’t go great the first time, don’t give up. Use this time as an example and change the way you do things and what you plan for the next time.

Once you start having weekly family nights, sit down at the end of each one and ask for suggestions for other family nights. This helps everyone feel involved and helps you come up with new ideas.

Try having a themed night. This could include Hawaiian night, pajama party, camping or whatever else you can think of. This makes things fun and exciting and you can come up with some pretty creative stuff to do.

Have a night where you all make the meal together or instead of making a meal, everyone makes their favorite snack. (It’s OK to do this every once in a while.)

I hope these ideas have helped you come up with some activities and a great way to plan your family night. Enjoy your family and the time you have together.…