Friday, June 29, 2012

The Ultimate Compact Holiday Wardrobe

In an age of having to pay excruciating amounts of money for even a kilogram of excess luggage, the knowledge of how to pack the right clothing has become an art. Many claim to have the "best tip" but there's no one list which you can turn to for reference. This guide aims to pool together all these tips to help you pack the ultimate holiday wardrobe without having to worry about your suitcase weighing too much.
The Luggage
Funnily enough, where many people go wrong when packing is in their choice of bag or suitcase. Many weigh a lot due to their heavy frames and excessive buckles.
A lighter piece of luggage is well worth the investment if it means you can squeeze in another pair of shoes or trousers. Look for suitcases with lighter aluminium frames, and bags made out of light synthetics.
General Rules
There are some rules that apply to all holiday clothing. First of all, you shouldn't have to iron any items you bring along so fabric is important. Make sure it doesn't crease easily when packed. Second of all, you should be able to wash your clothes so bring along a small sachet of mini travel bottle of washing powder.
It's vital not to pack too many things, so a great idea is to prepare a list with outfits you'll wear every day, taking into consideration what you're likely to be doing every day.
As a general rule, avoid packing heavy trousers like jeans. If you can get away with bringing light chinos, or substituting trousers for skirts and leggings, you'll be able to fit in a few more outfits.
Stretchy jersey skirts are a versatile holiday garment. They can so easily be dressed up or down just by changing your top. Their stretchiness also means they are comfortable to be worn on longer walks and while out sightseeing.
Leggings or tights are so compact and easy to slip on under your skirt if it gets chilly.
When it comes to tops, the key principle is layering. Choose pieces that are easy to pile on or peel off as and when the weather changes. Build your way up from strapless camisoles to simple cotton T-shirts to long sleeved jerseys. For warmth, bring along a few womens cardigans in block colours that you can match with any outfit. Cardis are casual yet smart enough to be worn to restaurants or evening events like concerts and plays.
Do try your best not to pack more than two pairs of shoes. If you must, throw in a pair of flip flops as the third.
A good, sturdy pair of trainers should see you through the day and all the sightseeing it entails. Wear these while travelling as they're heavier than sandals, which should be the other pair. Sandals are versatile, and can be worn in the evening when going out for meals and the like.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Exclusive Girls Fashion

Think twice when shopping exclusive girls fashion. How exclusive is this item you find in the mall or the one you order on the Internet of an online kids store? Isn't exclusive often attached to some big name brand?
Finding real exclusive girls dresses when surfing the Internet is quite a task, as when searching and entering the term exclusive, we get served millions of pages. They all offer the same well known brands and we realize, logically thinking, this dress we look at cannot be that exclusive at all, when it is sold per hundreds of thousands or even millions around the globe. Lots of girls wear these dresses coming from a family that has reached a higher social status and simply because these brands are associated with a high class life-style and prestige, the label exclusive is accepted. Professionally and successfully handled by some agency and marketing and sales, this world of exclusivity is carefully created. They did a good job so to see, convincing all these people that they actually own and could buy some exclusivity, however this only goes for the price they paid, in my humble opinion.
Smaller brands and fashion designers have entered this market with success that offer truly limited editions and therefore true exclusivity. Gorgeous girls fashion, cut from limited edition fabrics, are sown diligently by a great deal by hand to sublime girls dresses of the highest quality yet they are not so easy to find with the keyword exclusive. Their collections come much closer to what exclusive means, when compared to the industrial mass production of big brands kids wear.
Enhanced with beautiful details it's charming to see when little girls show these clothing off and they do it with a good portion of pride. Motivated by a fair trade girls clothing store, the opportunity opens up to dress a girl in an adorable, tasteful style that is comfortable to wear and simultaneously be able to support a good cause.
Tailors and workers are paid and treated fair, this is why we call it fair trade fashion clothing. There are no scandals of wrenching work conditions, nor are the workers exploited that dress our girls so pretty. These workers that have the luck to work for a fair trade fashion organization are entitled to health care and can be sure that labor laws are respected. They can follow work shops and lessons to progress in their job and eventually have a career. This reflects in the high quality of the fair trade fashion dresses girls wear, unusually pretty, they truly vibrate exclusivity that makes even little girls feel good. They obviously feel that this clothing was created with care.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fair Trade High Fashion

We know fair trade when we shop for food from chocolate to coffee fair trade is now more often to see in the shelves. Sharing profit and NOT to squeeze each cent out of farmers is the thought behind it. So is there a fair trade movement in the fashion industry, where high fashion requires a large part of manual work?
My research shows that there is quiet a movement that has people involved that find a solution to apply skills of local women and men, to wrap fashion conscious women, men, boys and girls in beautiful clothing.
It is an ethical dilemma for many fashion designers: how do they know that their designs are being made under fair labor conditions, when they outsource the production and not subcontracted to other factories that may not meet these standards? To find a solution demands personal engagement and an idealistic stand point.
Organizations are active that are dedicated to improve the lives of these local people, providing jobs, training, health care and accommodation and here with the base of existence.
They take on biggest challenges to train people to understand and deal with the concept of delivery deadlines and international quality standards.
Designing gorgeous designer kids clothes, and complete children seasonal collections, found a market from Australia to the Europe and U.S. The classical look, wonderful colors and immaculate tailoring of exclusive women clothes and stylish men shirts is available for those that do not want to participate in exploiting the tailors in 3rd World Countries but consciously decide that their work entitles them to earn a family's living and make sure that those people can live from their hands work.
The original reasons for the fair trade fashion is to provide more jobs and ensuring that skills and artisanry does not get lost, which is often locally practiced as a specific style of stitch-work and embroideries. In most cases these will be replaced with solely machine fabricated clothing if fair trade fashion would not exist and finally get lost.
Selling online and present in stores in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia, the fair trade high fashion is for everybody with a conscious and open mind. Wearing exclusive clothing, based on limited edition fabric and knowing that you have contributed to sustain those that made it, will contribute to your feel good factor and you and your kids will look stunning!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Mens Autumn Fashion Must-Haves

The summer sales are on. In fact, they're almost over. So shop rails are gradually being replenished with autumn stock. Jumpers, jackets, trousers... Suddenly, the focus has shifted from light fabrics and short sleeves to chunky knits, warm jumpers, thick vests and long trousers.
But how does one choose what to buy from such a vast selection of stylish autumn menswear? Read on to find out about the fashion must-haves any chap should have in his wardrobe to see him through that in-between season.
A proper autumn jacket should be wind and waterproof to survive the season's surprise showers, gusts and storms. It should be constructed in a fabric that allows movement and lets your skin breathe.
The ultimate autumn jacket needs to look good because it's the part of an outfit that's always on show.
Snap up one of the season's must-have styles: a wick jacket in olive green, a long, camel coloured parka, or a belted trench coat.
For men the summer to autumn transition isn't major in the trouser department. But one thing's certain - you'll have to put those shorts away until next spring.
Many guys just assume jeans are the way to go but actually during wet weather, they're not the best idea. Denim is a heavy fabric and so takes a long time to get dry after being caught in the rain.
Your best bet is a pair of chinos or tailored trousers in a loose fit. The loose fit means the fabric won't cling to your body if wet, and will dry faster.
Both styles can be worn to offices. Tailored trousers can see you through any occasion.
In autumn, T-shirts are often seen as just a base layer to wear under a jumper. Change this perception by investing in a few quality polo shirts. These look great paired with chinos or tailored trousers for a smart casual look. Their thick material also gives warmth.
Long sleeved shirts are obviously also the perfect choice. To brighten up your wardrobe, why not choose ones in unusual colours and patterns? A trendy style is the classic button front shirt in a block colour with a different coloured collar, cuffs and button panel.
A jumper is key to keeping warm in the autumn months. They are the ultimate protective layer that you can slip on or off according to the weather.
ithout getting smelly.
Cashmere is also a good, smart choice.

Friday, June 1, 2012

What You Should Know About Gold Jewellery

A lot of us own or at least have come across some form of gold jewellery, so we know a little bit about them. It's an interesting subject and probably one of the most popular types of jewellery. There are many different types of gold jewellery and if you are a newbie, then I suggest you keep reading this so that you are well informed before you make your first or your next purchase.
First there are different types of gold, a lot of people are familiar with the usual yellow colour, but there is also the less popular white gold and the even less common rose gold. The colour of gold goes beyond the three I have just described but are much less common and many people don't even know about them. First thing to note about the different colours is that you should not judge the carats or the value of the gold by the colour. The colour does not in any way indicate the amount of gold in it. The carat indicates the amount of gold present in any piece of jewellery but the colours are a result of the alloys that make up the remainder of the jewel. White and red gold colours are also achieved based on the same principle; the alloys involved influence the look. Gold on its own is just not strong enough to be used by itself, and that is why 24 carat gold, which is made up of about 99.9% gold is not the strongest you will find. It is much more expensive than say the 18 carat gold but a lot less durable, and that is the reason why other metals are added to give the gold strength and durability. Another reason why other metals are added to gold is to influence the colours.
Gold plated jewellery is another common but cheap alternative to solid gold, in this case metals are electrolytically refined and plated onto a base metal, giving it the plating and the appearance of 24k gold, but it is not. Gold plated jewels are cheap and easily available, but they wear off with time and are not nearly as durable as their solid gold alternatives.
Another important feature of gold is its hardness, although you are not going to notice the difference, gold varies in hardness depending on the amount of gold present and also the alloys that are present, this is not very important but this just something to know, it will not affect the characteristics of your gold.