5 Tees You Must-Have For Spring

Flattering every figure and so versatile with your wardrobe, you can't go wrong with a good, classic tee. Lucky for us these days there are so many styles to choose from. Where do we even begin with our favorite versions? Keep reading to see 5 must-have ladies tee styles for spring.

The Ombre Tee

Trendy and a fun flashback from the '80s, we'd love to pair this tee with a pair of high-waisted jeans and oxford boots. 

The Poncho Tee

A fun new twist on our classic tee. Ponchos are hot right now and this sophisticated version bumps the tee up a notch. 

The Boxy Tee

Comfy, casual, and sophisticated ... this boxy tee is perfect with a pair of skinny jeans and belt. 

The Pocket Tee

A classic pocket tee in a bright color makes up the perfect half of the quintessential tee + jeans combo. 

The Striped Tee

We're still loving stripes, especially a skinny stripe in a bright color and 3/4 length sleeves. 

5 Ways to Make Your Pores Smaller

We all have pores, but how much time you spend "poring" over them probably depends on their size. With constant exposure to pictures of airbrushed celebs, its hard not to get a little obsessive over pore size and there are certainly plenty of products out there promising to minimize or reduce large pores. Let's take a closer look at how these products work and what you can do to help get control of your pores. 

Can you shrink pores? 
No, you can't shrink them, open them or close them. When it comes to pore-control products you'll see that they claim to reduce the appearance of large pores (not actually make pores smaller). That may sound like a subtle distinction but it's really not. There's not much you can do to physically make your pores smaller, but you can avoid making them look larger. 

What makes pores look large? 
  • Dirt - Pores get clogged with skin debris, makeup and dirt from the environment. 
  • Oil - Excessive oil can keep pores filled with a layer of oil that accentuates their appearance. 
  • Bacterial Growth - Contributes to blackhead growth, which makes pores look big. 
  • Sun Exposure - Can thicken the skin cells around the edge of pores, making them appear larger. 
  • Genetics - Determines your skin type and if you`re born with oily, thicker skin your pores will probably be more noticeable. 

What can you do to make pores appear smaller? 

  1. Wash Your Face - Removes pore-clogging dirt. 
  2. Exfoliate - Try pore-minimizing scrubs or cleansers. They usually contain salicylic acid and/or beads to better break up excess oil, dirt and bacteria that can clog pores. 
  3. Use Pore Strips - Pore strips can remove pore clogging dirt Just be careful to use as directed and only once or twice a week. Excessive use of pore strips can be irritating. 
  4. Minimize Sun Exposure - Sun can exaggerate pores, so be sure to wear sunscreen if you are going to be outside. 
  5. Absorb Oil - Try oil-absorbing makeup and/or blotting sheets to keep excess oil under control. 

There is not much you can do about the size of your pores but there are steps you can take to keep pores from looking plump. A good skin care regimen involving cleansing and exfoliating, along with sun protection, can keep skin looking its best. 

Household Stuffs You Can Use As Natural Beauty Fixes

It's no secret that beauty comes from within. But from within the refrigerator? You bet! Wipe out undereye circles, dry patches and other skin ailments with these inexpensive kitchen-staple remedies. 

Baking Soda to Exfoliate Your Face

Fancy facial scrubs are a fun indulgence from time to time, but a much cheaper option that's just as effective: baking soda. The tiny granules of sodium bicarbonate buff away pore-clogging dead skin cells and are gentle enough for all skin types. Plus, like many other natural salts, baking soda also has slightly antiseptic properties that will ward off breakouts.
Make a thin paste with 4 tsp baking soda and 1 Tbsp water, let it sit for 2 minutes, then apply it in small, circular motions to your moistened face (avoiding the eye area) and neck. After 3 minutes, rinse clean with warm water and then follow up with a splash of cold water to close your pores. Finish with a dollop of your regular daily moisturizer. Dry or sensitive skin types should only use this mask every other week. Those with normal to oily skin can repeat the process weekly.

Lemons to Remove Dry Patches

When life gives you lemons, turn them into a remedy for rough, scaly skin. The citric acid removes dead skin cells to expose softer skin below. Slice a lemon in half and rub the cut side over your elbows, heels or knees for a few seconds, then rinse. You'll notice a difference immediately. 

Coffee to Make Cellulite Fade Fast

Don't throw out those coffee grounds you used to brew your morning cup-apply them directly to your thighs! An exfoliating scrub made from the grounds will make your skin smoother and target cellulite. Just as coffee acts as a mild diuretic when we drink it, the caffeine-rich grounds will draw water out of your fat cells, shrinking them so they're less noticeable. Once or twice a week, when you're in the shower, try this scrub: 

Dimple-Fighting Scrub
  • 2 Tbsp used coffee grounds (not decaffeinated) 
  • 4 tsp olive oil

Combine to make a paste, then spread generously, in upward strokes, over any cellulite-prone areas. Massage in for 2 minutes, then rinse. Note: Your skin will have a slight brownish tint while using this scrub but it will wash away. Also, you (and the shower floor) will be slightly slippery.

Mint to Shrink a Pimple

This herb can tackle blemishes without drying skin like harsh acne meds. Peppermint contains menthol and menthone, compounds that reduce redness and inflammation. Mint also acts as an astringent, clearing away pimple-causing oil. 
Pulsing a small handful of leaves in a food processor with 1 tsp lemon juice. (The acidic juice temporarily changes the pH of your skin, preventing bacteria growth.) Cover the blemish for 15 minutes, then rinse. Repeat twice a day until the spot is gone. 

Ginger Ale to Cure Yellowed Nails

Drinking soda may not be good for you, but  soaking your nails in it is. Most mass-produced ginger ales contain soluble salts-like monopotassium phosphate, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate-that act as preservatives or emulsifiers. These will also naturally bleach your nails. Fill a small bowl with ginger ale and submerge your nails for 10 minutes twice a week.

Parsley to Brighten Dark Circles

Want to banish undereye circles in the blink of an eye? Pass the parsley. It's rich in vitamin K, a nutrient that, when applied topically, reduces blood flow to the eye area-a key factor in the formation of circles. Over time, the fatty layer of skin under your eyes thins out, which, in turn, makes underlying blood vessels more visible. Their slightly bluish color is what creates the illusion of circles underneath the eyes." To fight back, try this recipe once a week: 

Brightening Eye Mask
  • 1 small handful of fresh parsley 
  • 2 Tbsp plain yogurt 

Place parsley and yogurt (which has a cooling and hydrating effect on skin) into a food processor. Pulse until a smooth paste is formed. Apply the mixture generously to your undereye area. Let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

10 Must-Have Pants for Women

Even if you're not a self-proclaimed "pants" girl, having these 10 essential styles in your wardrobe will ensure that when you do skip the skirt, you'll be comfortable and look fabulous.

Dark Jeans

Dark jeans with a uniform wash are a no-brainer because you can wear them for day or evening and they go with everything in your closet. Instead of buying 50 random pairs, search for one that fits you in all the right places and buy a couple of those guys. Not the most exciting shopping trip, but trust us, you'll be glad you did.

Nice Leggings

There are the leggings you wear when you get home from work, and then there are the leggings you can actually wear in public. If you're averse to being seen in such a body-conscious look, opt for legging jeans, which have a bit more structure. Pair them with tall boots and a knee-grazing coat and you'll be comfy without showing off every inch of your shape.

Cocktail-Party Pants

Silk or crepe de chine pants that are cocktail-party-appropriate will also serve you well on evenings when it's too cold to wear a skirt, when you're in conservative company or when you just feel like mixing it up a bit. Feel free to play around with a silhouette to suit your dressy-top lineup and high-heel options.

Office-Appropriate Trousers

Never underestimate the power of slim ankle-length pants and a pair of classic pumps. If you work in a traditional office, this is an especially important combo to have on hand. A neutral color and a not-too-tight fit are what keep this must-have looking professional and sophisticated.

Pants in a Bold or Bright Color

Choose the silhouette and material that suit your personal style and a color that complements your skin tone, and break these babies out when you really want to make a fashion statement. Wear them boldly with a loud top but remember: a white button-down and a pair of black pumps are just fine too.

Rugged Pants (Fit for a Lady)

Having a pair of cords, khakis or cargos in your wardrobe will prove useful when you want to go for more of a rustic vibe with your look. But that doesn't mean you can wear them only in the wilderness. Sometimes they're great for making sleek city blazers, boots and shades look a little more down-to-earth.

Boyfriend Jeans

Do we have to convince you that having a pair of loose, comfortable jeans in your wardrobe is a good idea? Two words for those gals still looking for this must-have: vintage Levi's.

Printed or Patterned Pants

Why should your blouses and dresses have all the fun? Keep a pair of printed or patterned pants on hand to experiment with pattern mixing and give your solid-color tops a bit of instant jazzing up. We love luxe menswear-inspired pairs but more feminine options, like florals and jacquards, also work.

Wide-Leg Pants

We don’t all have long stems, but those perfectly fitted wide-leg jeans certainly don't hurt if you're looking for a leg-lengthening style. Whether you opt for jeans or trousers is up to you; just make sure they fit like a glove up top and pool over your shoes down below. Break 'em out when you need to feel just a little bit more like a supermodel. Trust us, it works.

Persona-Altering Pants

Every gal needs to make room in her wardrobe for fun, I-don't-know-why-I-love-them-I-just-do pieces. Leather skinnies, sequined leggings and lace pants fall squarely into this category. It's OK to experiment with silhouette and fabric—just make sure your persona-altering pants get at least one thumbs-up from a nearby girlfriend or guy. You know, just to be sure.

Upcoming Spring Collection To Wait For This 2012

As you sit there in your layered sweaters and snow boots, are you dreaming of the days of spring when your bare legs can finally come out of hiding and your pale skin will finally catch a sun-kissed glow? So are we ... even more so after we saw the fabulous spring fashion collections that will be hitting stores over the next couple of months! From stripes and bold patterns to preppy tops and flirty, feminine dresses - Spring 2012 is sure to bring a plethora of amazing fashion picks! See below for 6 spring collections we can't wait for:

Heidi Merrick Spring 2012

One of our favorite designers, Heidi Merrick features cuts that are equally feminine and wearable. We're excited to tap into her colorful designs this spring! 

Kate Spade Spring 2012

The preppy, playful Kate Spade collection for Spring 2012 featuring funky fedoras and bold patterns, is getting us pumped for warm weather! 

Madewell Spring 2012 

From tons of stripes and color-blocking to bright, bold colors in colorful prints, Madewell makes us excited for spring! 

J.Crew Spring 2012 

We always look forward to seeing what J.Crew comes up with for their Spring Collection. We're digging their mixture of bright colors and prints! 

Jason Wu for Target 

Target's collaborations just get better and better! With Jason Wu headed to Target's racks early next month, we can't wait to pick up one of his sophisticated dresses featuring clean cuts and smart lines! 

H&M Versace Cruise Line

This spring, Versace brings bright patterns and colors to H&M with a casual, fun cruise line! 

What Your Physical Apperance Tells About Your Health

Good health often is reflected in an attractive, youthful appearance. So you might be tempted to blame aging and stress for facial lines, unsightly fingernails, or hair loss when, in fact, these flaws can signal underlying health issues. 

Here are 13 physical signs that trouble may be lurking beneath the skin's surface.

Although wrinkles are inevitable, they also may be a sign of osteoporosis. Is your furrowed brow and grooved mouth ratting out your bones? Surprising new research reveals an association between wrinkles and bone health in early-menopausal women. 

The worse the wrinkling, the greater the risk of lower bone density. Most wrinkles are the result of aging, but excessive exposure to cigarette smoke or the sun can speed the process.

Pitted Nails
Nails that are pitted, deformed, or discolored (yellow-brown), or nails that thicken or separate from the nail bed, can point to many health problems.

Nail changes are common in people with psoriasis, a chronic skin condition; psoriatic arthritis, a related joint condition; and alopecia areata, a type of patchy hair loss.

Pitting has been reported in patients with Reiter’s syndrome, a type of arthritis, and incontinentia pigmenti, a genetic skin condition.

Hair Loss
Pregnancy, stress, disease, medications, and changes in hormones all can contribute to hair loss. 

Among women in particular, dry, thinning hair may be a sign of an underactive or overactive thyroid. A simple blood test can check whether the body is making normal amounts of thyroid hormone.

Yellow Eyes
Eyes are the windows intoi your health; so when your eyes —specifically the whites of your eyes—turn yellow, there's reason to suspect trouble.

In adults, it can be a sign of liver disease, such as hepatitis or cirrhosis. It can also mean that the ducts that ferry bile away from the liver are blocked. Anyone with yellowing of the eyes should see their physician for further evaluation.

Body Hair
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common cause of increased hair growth in women of childbearing age, can cause infertility and infrequent, irregular, or absent periods. More than 70% of women with PCOS have hirsutism, or excess hair growth, typically appearing on the face, chest, stomach, back, hands, or feet.

Swollen Feet
Many conditions, including sprains, strains, injuries, and infections, can cause feet and ankles to balloon. Pregnancy, obesity, and certain medications may cause fluid retention in the lower extremities.

If you're one of the 5 million Americans with heart failure, you may be retaining fluid because of your heart’s poor pumping action. Swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet is a classic symptom of this condition.

Large Hands and Feet
All are classic signs of acromegaly, a hormonal disorder that occurs in adults when the pituitary gland makes too much growth hormone. 

 It is such a rare disorder—and because changes in bone and soft tissue occur slowly over time—it doesn't dawn on people and often goes undetected.

A Foul Mouth
Bad teeth and gums aren't just signs of poor oral hygiene. Your mouth could be saying nasty things about your heart and bones.

In 2010, Scottish researchers reporting in the British Medical Journal found that tooth brushing lowers the risk of heart disease. Compared with twice-a-day brushers, people who brushed less frequently had a 70% greater risk of heart disease or death from heart disease. Tooth loss also can signal osteoporosis. Missing teeth may mean jawbone density can no longer support a mouthful of pearly whites.

Facial Flush
You might look red in the face, but it's nothing to be embarrassed about. Facial redness with acne-like skin sores are common symptoms of rosacea, a chronic skin condition. 

Although the exact cause is not known, people with rosacea appear red and flushed in the face due to blood-vessel enlargement. Over time, bumps and pimples may form and the nose may grow bulbous.

Cracked Lips
Your lips can say a lot about your health. Severely cracked, dry lips may be a reaction to medication, an occupational hazard (if you're a brass musician), or a symptom of allergy, infection, or other conditions. Cracking at the corners of the mouth may be a symptom of Sjögren’s (pronounced SHOW-grens) syndrome, an immune system disorder. Sjögren’s causes dry eyes and dry mouth, as well as joint pain and dry skin.

Dark skin patches
A ring of dark skin at the back of the neck may look like it's crying out for a good scrubbing. But in reality, it may be acanthosis nigricans, a condition in which the skin appears darker and thicker—even velvety—along body creases.

People with insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity or, in rare cases, cancer, can develop these dark patches. Although not a definitive sign of diabetes, it makes you think twice and do more workup.

Butterfly Rash
A rash is like a red flag. It's your body's way of saying that something is not right. 
There are all kinds of rashes, of course, but one in particular stands out. It stretches across both cheeks in the shape of a butterfly and has a sunburn-like appearance. This rash is a classic symptom of lupus, an immune-system disorder that affects the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys. 

Sometimes a mole is just a harmless growth. Other moles signal the presence of skin cancer. Which ones mean trouble?

Look for growths that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, vary in color, have a diameter larger than 6 millimeters (one-quarter inch), or are changing or evolving. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, may exhibit one or more of these features. People should tell their doctor if they notice any changes on their skin.

Ways to Treat Dry, Cracked Heels

Cracked heels can be a problem, especially in the colder months when the air lends itself to dry skin. On top of that, these fissures can worsen as a result of the pressure put on your heels throughout the day - especially if you're a fan of foot-imbalancing stilettos. Along with being less-than-aethestically-pleasing, untreated cracked heels can split even further, causing pain (and in some cases, infection). Prevention is key: moisturize daily, get pedicures as needed, and drink plenty of water to save your feet. But what do you do when your cracks are already out of whack? Find out how to do your own at-home treatment when you read more. 
  • Soak: Before heading to bed, soak feet in warm (not hot) water for about 10 to 15 minutes to cleanse and help promote circulation in the feet. Add Epsom salts, honey, oil, or milk to soothe and soften.
  • Exfoliate: Now massage on an exfoliating foot scrub to stimulate skin and slough off dead skin. Rinse off and pat dry. Whatever you do, do not pick at, peel, or try to cut off dead pieces of skin. That can lead to unnecessary irritation and even infection.
  • Hydrate: To finish, apply a thick lotion, salve, or cream liberally to the feet. Cover with socks and let the moisturizer work its magic while you sleep. 
Repeat the process every day for about a week to reveal beautifully soft heels. And if the fissures still remain, head to the podiatrist for a professional's opinion.

2012 Trendy Hairstyles for Women

The Tucked Ponytail
Breezy and effortless, the tucked-under ponytail works with any hair texture (and takes no more than a minute). Just gather hair into a pony a few inches above the nape of your neck, wrap an elastic around twice to secure the base, leaving the ends out on the final turn to form a bump. Slide in a colorful comb for extra embellishment.

The Looped Knot 
The bun has come undone — and been transformed into an elegant circular knot. Try it on hair that's been blown straight and misted with shine serum to add a sophisticated polish. Then create a ponytail but only pull the tail halfway through. To finish, wrap a few loose pieces around the base. 

The Soft Roll
More proof that the roaring 20s are in fact roaring again: the classic Flapper roll has been reinvented for 2012. This time, it's rolled over — not under — and worn with a dramatic side-part to form an elegant sweep across the face. 

The Wraparound Braid
Instead of French braiding hair down your back, go around your head. Keep the plait loose and soft — a few wisps around the face gives some youthful appeal.

The Jeweled Headband
The slim, sparkly headband — spotted here on the always-cool Kate Moss — is the perfect counterpart to buns, twists and just about any updo. Pretty without being overpowering, it adds understated twinkle when you need it. 

The Slicker Chignon
What breaks the chignon free from its retro past? Wearing it with the season's new hair texture — wet and glistening. Comb through liberal amounts of gel then position the chignon low on your head. (Weaving in some priceless sea pearls works too).

Health Benefits of Probiotics

You've probably heard that probiotics, the "good" bacteria found in yogurt, aged cheeses, and supplements, may help soothe digestive ills, including diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. Some researchers now think the good bugs could improve your health in other ways too. These benefits could include: 

A healthier heart. 
Canadian researchers recently discovered that the LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, levels of people with high cholesterol who ate yogurt containing a strain of the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri dropped by nearly 9 percent in six weeks.

Less anxiety. 
People who took supplements containing specific strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium longum supplements for 30 days were less stressed than those who didn't take the probiotics, according to a British Journal of Nutrition study.

Cleaner teeth and gums. 
A 2011 review found that the probiotics Lactobacillus reuteri and Bifidobacterium can reduce some strains of harmful bacteria that cause gum disease and cavities.

Fewer colds and coughs. 
Taking probiotic supplements cut the number of upper respiratory tract infections by 12 percent and reduced the number of people who had at least one bad cold, according to a 2011 analysis of ten studies.

Vera Wang and her Alice in Wonderland Inspired Collection

A native New Yorker, Vera Wang grew up surrounded by fashion, often accompanying her mother to the world's most stylish boutiques. After a career in competitive skating and studies at Chapin and Sarah Lawrence, Vera discovered her own love for design while at the Sorbonne in Paris. She joined Vogue and at age 23, became the youngest fashion editor ever. After 16 years, Vera moved on to Design Director of women's accessories for Ralph Lauren. 

In 1990, she ventured out on her own, opening a luxury salon at the esteemed Carlyle Hotel in New York City to showcase her bridal collection. The Vera Wang label quickly took off, earning praise from the fashion elite for its luxurious fabrics, exquisite detailing and modern interpretation of classic lines.

Inspired this season by Alice in Wonderland, iconic New York designer Vera Wang held true to her psychedelic fairytale muse with a collection of youthful, cutting-edge designs for spring, that betrayed not a hint of the show-stopping gowns and bridal wear she’s become synonymous with.

While Wang’s latest wares may have been more aspirational than usual (in particular the tulle and organza super-pique meringue-like mini-skirts that might easily have originated from a psychedelic dream), the majority of the collection was original and keenly wearable. 

Simple Guidelines for a Great Skin

To start the new year off right, vow to stick to these simple rules to a great skin. 

Eating right. 
Most experts say eating a balanced diet is the best way to get your share of good food for healthy skin. Still, a number of specific skin treats are more likely than others to give a boost of glowing good health to your complexion.  As the largest organ in the body, our skin can benefit from the same nutrition we get from foods that have a positive effect on our heart and other major organs. In fact, new research suggests that eating foods rich in protein and certain vitamins and minerals might provide valuable anti-aging effects.

Wear SPF daily (and not just in the summer).
People tend to apply sunscreen on days when they're in the sun most, but that strategy won't cut it, says Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist in Boston. "You're not getting the bulk of your sun from that one day; you're actually getting about 85 percent of your sun just driving your car, walking to the subway, and sitting at your desk [if you're near a window]," she says. "Find a way to make applying sunscreen easy on yourself." Instead of adding a new step to their routine, Hirsch advises her patients to trade in basic moisturizer for one with SPF, such as Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50, and to apply once in the morning and then again if they've been sweating. Look for moisturizers with SPF 30 or higher. 

Don't neglect your hands.
Nothing gives away your age quite like they can-but you don't need to work too hard to help prevent the signs of aging. Simply rub the same moisturizer and anti-aging formulas that you use on your face on your hands. "Patients are used to being you told you need 14 products for morning, and 14 for night," says Hirsch. "But make it simple. If you're doing it on your face, just do it on your hands." 

Take off your makeup before bed.
After a long day, that's easier said then done-and it's okay to give yourself a little bit of leeway, says Heidi Waldorf, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. "If you went to the gym or a party and have been sweating while wearing makeup, that's when it's most important [to remove it at night]," she says. If you're feeling lazy, use a makeup remover wipe-it's almost as good as washing your face with water, and a vast improvement over hitting the hay with a dirty face. Try Pond's Evening Soothe Wet Cleansing Towelettes with Chamomile & White Tea. 

5 Unhealthy Eating Habits to Avoid

Unhealthy eating is largely caused by bad eating habits. Eating a bag of potato chips while watching TV once in awhile or binging on food during a party will probably not cause you any harm. However, when these actions become repetitive, they develop into habits. If you wish to break your unhealthy eating habits, you need to determine what they are first. Here are some common bad eating habits that you should learn to avoid. 

Skipping Breakfast
Breakfast is believed to be the most important meal of the day, but many people still seem to make a habit out of skipping it. When you have to rush for work in the mornings or get your kids ready for school, it's easy to neglect breakfast. Doing so not only drains you of energy, but also makes it more likely that you will snack throughout the day. Skipping breakfast also disrupts your metabolism, causing you to burn fewer calories. So, if you are trying to lose weight, skipping breakfast is not a good idea. A bowl of oatmeal, fruit or a healthy cereal can get your day off to a good start.

Emotional Eating 
Emotional eating, or stress eating, is another common unhealthy habit that you should avoid. This occurs when you are driven by certain emotions to eat even though you're not hungry. Perhaps you munch on candy bars when you're stressed about a deadline at work, or perhaps you indulge in a tub of ice cream when you are feeling depressed. If you're like most people who are emotional eaters, then you probably reach for unhealthy junk food in order to cope with your emotions. To solve this, try to find another channel for your stress and negative emotions. Take up a hobby or spend quality time with a friend.

Eating during Other Activities
If you eat while watching TV, while working, while reading or even while cooking then you are also developing an unhealthy eating behavior. When you eat while doing other activities, you become unable to measure how much you eat. As a result, you tend to overeat without knowing it. Try to have a specific schedule for eating. In the house, have a designated place exclusively for eating. For instance, you can make sure that you only eat in the kitchen and not in the other parts of the house.

Food Binging 
Binging or eating large amounts of food in one sitting is another unhealthy eating habit that you should avoid. Do you tend to skip meals then eat a lot in the next meal to compensate? Do you gorge yourself with junk food during the weekend after a week of eating restrictively? Do you often eat beyond the point that you've reached fullness? These are signs that you are a habitual binger. You might want to train yourself to eat several small meals in a day so you can avoid binging.

Eating Late at Night
Having an occasional late night snack is fine, but if you can't go to bed without having a plate of cookies or a slice of pie first, then you could be setting yourself up for weight gain. Eating too close to bedtime will also give you sleeping difficulty since your body will be busy digesting food.

2012 Fashion Trends - Renaissance of the Retro Styles

A leading retail trend consultant has predicted a renaissance for 1920s and 1950s fashions this year, while a WWD report suggests a surge of candy colors.

A recent report by The Associated Press via The Daily Mail looks at how runway looks will be translated for high street consumers in 2012.
According to Catherine Moellering, executive vice president of fashion and retail trend consultants Tobe Report, consumers can expect to see "exotic safari looks, candy colors, flattering 50s-style dresses and touches from the 20s" next year, with this being particularly prominent thanks to the release of Baz Luhrmann's movie adaptation of 1925 novel The Great Gatsby.
1920s-themed pieces such as drop waists, beaded chiffon dresses, cloche hats and waistcoats were prominent features in Spring/Summer 12 collections from labels such as Etro, Gucci and Ralph Lauren.
Meanwhile, fashion houses such as Prada evoked 1950s Hollywood glamour via Marilyn Monroe-inspired pleats and pin-up style polka-dot bikinis.
In terms of color, a recent article in WWD where retailers selected their favorite designer collections for Summer 2012 emphasizes the significance of pastel shades for 2012. Averyl Oates, buying director at British department store Harvey Nichols told the publication it expected the Alexander McQueen line to sell well, praising in particular the "color palette in shades of gold, coral, lilac, silver and cream."
Nicole Fischelis, vice president and fashion director of Macy’s group, also praised the "sensuous feminine color" and "importance of shimmer and iridescence" in the Giambattista Valli Spring 12 line, predicting the designer’s accessories such as multiple bangles and chain shoes will be "must-haves" for the season.
That isn’t to say vibrant tones will be absent in fashion. Color forecasting firm Pantone declared Tangerine Tango as the defining shade for 2012 earlier this month, and designers including Tommy Hilfiger, Cynthia Steffe, Elie Tahari, Adrienne Vittadini and Nanette Lepore used bright oranges a great deal in their Spring 12 lines.

Menswear Fashion Prediction 2012

US menswear manufacturers have noted an increase in male tailored clothing, with slimline suits set to dominate 2012.

A report published December 8 on WWD saw major American menswear retailers highlight an increasing trend towards flattering attire for gentlemen.
American market research company The NPD Group says tailored clothing sales rose more than 11 percent and sales of men’s tailored shirts rose more than 3 percent in the first half of 2011.
Although the trend for slim silhouettes has been attributed to the younger generations, older men are also looking to appear more toned in their attire.
The popularity of slim-style suits and sportswear for all generations has been noted by retailers including Men’s Wearhouse, America’s largest suit seller. The brand’s CEO Doug Ewert explained the increasing popularity of fitted sports coats and dress shirts.
"These looks mostly target a younger customer; however, we’re starting to see growing acceptance among middle-aged customers. A modern fit is cut closer to the body," he explained.
"Other characteristics include narrower lapels on suits and sport coats and narrower ties."
Meanwhile, Brooks Brothers' Lou Amendola explained that customers are "definitely looking for suits in a slimmer silhouette" and in classic colors such as navy, gray and simple pinstripes.
For this reason, the brand will introduce a "youthful sack suit" called the Cambridge in Spring 2012.
Ronny Wurtzburger, president of Peerless Clothing, which produces clothing for labels including Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and DKNY, has also predicted a rise in vested clothing, while explaining that shorter length jackets have been driving sales.
"A shorter jacket and tapered pants gives the slim customer a look that is different than his father’s. It’s a very hip look," he explained.
Other menswear brands including Hugo Boss, Burberry London and Ralph Lauren Black Label are all known for their slimline tailored suits.

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