Disneyland: Steps In Time

I love "before and after" photos. They're a fun and effective way to look at changes to a place over time.
I'm also fascinated by old "concept art" and enjoy comparing it to what actually was or wasn't built. (The 1920s concept art for an unrealized addition to the Old Orange County Courthouse is a great example.)
And I also dig Disneyland, which, as architects like Charles Moore and Alan Hess have pointed out, is one of the most important works of architecture of the 20th Century.
Combining those three things, I'm launching a sporadic series of posts that will feature various scenes at Disneyland: First, as the designers conceived it (1953-1955), then as it appeared when first built, and finally as it appears today. Let's start with the park's entrance,...
Technically, the image above is advertising art rather than concept art -- But it still shows what the train station and entrance were supposed to look like before anyone knew quite how it would turn out. The obvious change here is the floral Mickey, which has been through various iterations, but never ended up as a side-on view. What's less obvious is what's behind the viewer: A huge and innovative parking lot that has now been turned into a second theme park.
Like most of the "early" photos in this series, this 1950s view comes from Dave at the wonderful Daveland blog. (I knew I wouldn't get very far with this project without access to his amazing photo collection.)
It appears the entry turnstiles have migrated farther away from the train station over the years, providing for increased traffic flow. Note also how the trees and other landscaping have filled in over the years.
So far, I've only spent one day in Disneyland shooting "after" photos. But already, a number of big differences from the 1950s have become obvious.
1) People and visual clutter: There are a lot more guests milling around than there used to be, which effects everything else. More vending carts have been rolled out to provide food and drink for the thundering herds. More trash bins have been set out. And fences have been placed around landscaping, to keep it from being trampled into oblivion. The end result is a lot of visual clutter that really detracts from the intended "suspension of disbelief" as one strolls into the worlds of the past, the future, and fantasy. As much as I love churros, I don't remember rows of portable outdoor vending carts in any Fairy Tales or stories of the Old West.
2) Landscaping: The trees and other plants have filled in dramatically in the past 56 years. The huge stands of trees in Frontierland, for instance, are beautiful, even when viewed from the parking structure across the street. And certainly the Jungle Cruise and Adventureland are more convincing with lush vegetation everywhere. The landscaping ranges from excellent to occasionally breathtaking (especially in spring). But there are a few locations -- like the main path into Frontierland -- where the landscaping (beautiful as it is), conflicts with the original intention of wide open space.

3) Strollers: Yes, there have always been some baby strollers at Disneyland, but now there are THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of them, and each one is roughly the size of an SUV. Many areas of the park that were once very scenic are now enormous, ugly, stroller parking lots. Why? If your child isn't yet self-propelled, it's unlikely that he or she is getting much out of the experience. Wait to take them until they're old enough to appreciate it -- Or at the very least bring a smaller stroller that won't cause traffic jams.

4) More attractions: There's much, much more to see and do at Disneyland than there was in the 1950s. This is sort of amazing when you consider how little land the park actually sits on.

5) Guests' appearance: People used to dress up more for everything than they do now, but Disneyland guests seem to have slipped more than most. Looking back at photos from the 1950s and 1960s, the guests were a pretty clean cut bunch. Today, many guests dress like they just stepped out of a trailer park in a episode of Cops. There must be a happy medium, folks!
Anyway, look for these changes and others as this series continues -- interspersed among my other posts -- in the coming months.

Bad Behavior - Would You Buy Your Fashion From A Fascist?

No, I just can't let this one go.
John Galliano and his racist rants
Not once, but twice from Le Perle in Paris
It's one thing to be a flamboyant freak with a flair for fashion

It's another thing to be drunk in public in a cafe spouting anti-semitic remarks
and being filmed making such remarks
and as we all know
in vino veritas

Would you buy clothes designed by this man?
No I didn't think so
and neither did Bernard Arnault.
LVMH has suspended Galliano from Dior.

Partly because I loved the historical references and the theatrics,
I always looked forward to seeing what Galliano brought to the runway. 
Sadly no longer. 
Even if he gets reinstated as the creative director at Dior (not likely) or taken on by some other atelier
I won't be able to appreciate his work
Sorry but no fashion from a fascist for me.

And  Kate at Make Do Style has more to say on the matter
go read her post.

Bad Behavior - Would You Buy Your Fashion From A Fascist?

No, I just can't let this one go.
John Galliano and his racist rants
Not once, but twice from Le Perle in Paris
It's one thing to be a flamboyant freak with a flair for fashion

It's another thing to be drunk in public in a cafe spouting anti-semitic remarks
and being filmed making such remarks
and as we all know
in vino veritas

Would you buy clothes designed by this man?
No I didn't think so
and neither did Bernard Arnault.
LVMH has suspended Galliano from Dior.

Partly because I loved the historical references and the theatrics,
I always looked forward to seeing what Galliano brought to the runway. 
Sadly no longer. 
Even if he gets reinstated as the creative director at Dior (not likely) or taken on by some other atelier
I won't be able to appreciate his work
Sorry but no fashion from a fascist for me.

And  Kate at Make Do Style has more to say on the matter
go read her post.

Acne Problems: SOLVED!

Acne is a universal problem. Contrary to what most teenagers (and even some adult acne sufferers) might believe, it is not a symptom of poor facial hygiene. While nearly everyone suffers from and are eager to get rid of acne, a surprising number of the sufferers lack the basic information in order to help them deal with the problem in a rational manner. Which is why, the field of acne cure is filled with myths, falsehoods and much more. The trick to finding the ideal acne medications is pretty straightforward. One must consult a qualified and experienced dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and subsequent treatment. This is because no two varieties of acne are caused by the same factors and as such, the acne medications differ greatly. Not
knowing about acne is one thing. But using the wrong acne medications is an altogether different matter. The wrong acne medications will not only be inefficient in getting rid of acne, it could also result in permanent scarring.
Acne medication is primarily of three types. The first kind of acne medications is the wide array of lotions and creams that can be found in just about any pharmacy of drugstore. While these are sometimes sufficient to treat and cure milder forms of acne, those with more acute acne will have to go in for professional counseling and diagnosis. This leads us to second type of acne medication which consists of prescription drugs. Prescriptions drugs are highly individualized in nature and are often prescribed by a qualified dermatologist only after having ascertained the nature and cause of individual acne. These could range from simple azelaic acid creams, through Benzoyl Peroxide to Accutane for severe cases of acne. However, do remember that these acne medications should always be taken only upon the recommendation of a qualified medical professional. They should not be treated like over the counter drugs and treated lightly.
The final kind of acne medication is traditional or home made remedies. While most people believe that this kind of acne medication is of no real use, studies have revealed that homemade acne remedies are sometimes very effective in curing simple cases of acne. Most of these acne medications contain a combination of herbs and plants which are ground up and applied on the affected area. Maybe it is because of the properties of those plants, or even due to sheer belief, but this sort of acne medications has shown surprising results. However, no guarantees can be made. Again, it would be a good idea to consult a qualified medical professional before sampling any of this sort of acne medication.

Blog Hop, Blog Candy, and a Birdcage!

Happy Monday everyone!  If you are following the Bitten by the Bug2 blog hop you arrived here from Lori's blog - Welcome.  If you are one of my regulars popping by please do take a few minutes and visit all of blogs on the BBTB2 blog hop.  The Design Team members have created awesome projects to share. 

The challenge cut this week is the birdcage or bird house from the Straight from the Nest cartridge.  I chose to use this simply lovely birdcage to create a unique wedding card! 

I used three pieces of cardstock to cut the birdcage, a silver metallic for the top layer, a charcoal print for the middle layer, and a high glitter sparkle cardstock for the shadow layer.  Using scissors I removed the single bird from the cage and added my love bird couple.  I also added a little heart, a ribbon bow and a few gems to the cage.

Next I cut a gate fold card in soft pink cardstock.  I scored the folds with my scrorepal and affixed the birdcage to the left side of the card front.  Using the charcoal cardstock and the Picturesque cartridge, I cut for decorative corners for the front of the gate folds.

As you open the left side of the card the tag on the right side is revealed.  Using the same charcoal cardstock and a stamped image, I added a Mr. and Mrs. stamp to the middle of the tag.

The inside of the card was embellished with decorative corners which leaves lost of space to write a personalized message.

Before you head on your way, remember that I have blog candy!!!  Just leave a comment and you will be in the drawing for a $25 gift voucher from CUSTOM CROPS!!!  Who doesn't like to do a little free shopping?  I know I do!  I will draw a random winner on Thursday morning before I leave for the Circle Crop in Atlanta!

I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop. The final stop on the blog hop is at the blog of our beautiful and talented design team sister Krista.

Kate Spade Fall 2011 Collection Hair

It was Swinging London supermodel Jean Shrimpton who inspired the fashion, hair and make-up at the intimate presentation of the Kate Spade New York Fall 2011 Collection. Think Jean Shrimpton meets Grace Kelly for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “We took direction from the iconic photographs taken by David Bailey of his most famous muse, Jean Shrimpton, so the overall look definitely has a mod ‘60s vibe,” said the show’s fashion stylist Brad Goreski.

From a little black dress with a romantically ruffled neckline to swingy silhouettes in an explosion of bright lipstick colors, to ladylike cardigans and nipped-in, beautifully cut trench coats, Creative Director Deborah Lloyd’s collection captured what Kate Spade New York is renowned for: “retro debutante chic.”

The nod to Carnaby Street started at the top, with hair playfully coiffed into Shrimpton-style loose waves and side ponytails by celebrity stylist Matthew Monzon of Exclusive Artists Management. To create his fresh, modern take on mod style, Matthew and his team relied exclusively on styling products by René Furterer. “The interpretation is sexy, but a little looser than Shrimpton’s style. And because the make-up by make-up artist Romy is such a LOOK—black liquid liner and bright coral lips—we kept the hair easy and free.” Here’s how Matthew pushed the cool chic of the ‘60s into the easy elegance of the moment.

Rock the Look:

« First, I lightly misted hair with water, and then sprayed it René Furterer Fioravanti Shine Enhancing No Rinse Detangling Spray, working it through to prep hair for styling.

« Next, I smoothed the ends with a little René Furterer Myrrhea No Rinse Silkening Fluid. I pumped out a generous amount of René Furterer Vegetal Mousse—the size of a snowball—and emulsified it in my hands.

« Then I worked the mousse through hair as I rough-dried it, using my hands and my T-3 blow-dryer. This creates volume with staying power. Mousse got a bad rap in the ‘80s because it left hair crunchy. But the Vegetal Mousse is one of my favorite products because it has shine enhancers and leaves hair silky.

« Once hair was dry, I used my medium-barrel Hot Tools curling iron to make loose waves. I left hair smoother at the crown, taking sections starting from the ear downward. I left the last inch and a half of each section uncurled so that the finished wave wouldn’t be too springy.

« After all sections were curled, I gathered hair into a low side ponytail and secured it with an elastic band. I kept the crown close to the head, but not too flat. The idea was to make hair look as if the girls had raked their fingers through their hair.

« Then I wrapped a small section of hair around the elastic and slipped in a small, one-inch bobby pin to hold the section in place.


« A dab of René Furterer Karité Intense Nourishing Conditioning Cream lightly worked into the ends added definition and shine. Last, I gave hair a misting of René Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray, lightly ruffling hair with my fingers to keep it light and airy.

« For the hair looks that were left long and loose—no ponytail—I simply worked my fingers through each model’s hair as I sprayed it with Vegetal Finishing Spray—again, to achieve a beautiful, weightless look.

Beauty Break: Nicole Richie @ QVC

I love Nicole Richie! She's made such an awesome comeback and I'm really happy to see things on the up for her. She was recently spotted at the QVC Red Carpet Style Awards. Celebrity Makeup Artist Carol Shaw used on LORAC products to make her look extra FAB!

First the skin was primed with aquaPRIME, next Shaw applied, Breakthrough Performance Foundation in SMS 6 and dabbed Double Feature Concealer/Highlighter in DF 2.5 where needed and finally everything was set with Translucent Touchup Powder in TL 2.

Shaw used the LORAC Red Carpet Reveal Palette to create the beautiful purple eye look and lined eyes with Front Of The Line PRO in Black. The eyes were finished off with Visual Effects Mascara in Black.

Shaw brightened up Richie's face with Perfectly Lit Luminizing Powder in Spotlight and TANtalizer Baked Bronzer to give her a sunny glow.

For the lips, Shaw used lined the lips with lip pencil in 06 and filled in with Breakthrough Performance Lipstick in Nude Scene topped with Couture Shine Liquid Lipstick in Vintage.

Richies eyebrows were filled in with Creamy Brow Pencil in Brunette

No short dress is complete without TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer to wake up pasty winter legs.

Visit Beauty Blvd. to see how to recreate the Fashion Look!

EXCLUSIVE: Relaxer Tips from Will Williams

Will Williams is a master level hair stylist and barber as well as the Director of Education at M&M Products Company, the parent company of Sofn'free GroHealthy. Here he shares his tips on prevent relaxer irritation, including one interesting question I've never had asked by any stylist. Williams also explains how you can prevent irritation even if you've been scratching your scalp pre-relaxer.
William asks, "have you had any anesthesia (local or general) since your last visit or in the last 3 weeks?" and "have you used any permanent hair color since I last saw you?"

I never even thought that anesthesia would have an effect on the hair, and this is important for all you ladies out there who wait until after delivering your baby (with an epidural or via c/s) to get a relaxer. Williams explains that anesthesia and permanent hair color can, "mean that your hair is structurally compromised and the relaxer should be delayed until the medications is removed by shampooing. In the case of permanent color we need to wait until new growth appears that hasn't been colored or relaxed before applying relaxer."

Williams also digs deeper, wanting to know from a client if she has been scratching unintentionally (removing dandruff flakes, targeting an itch with a comb, pen, pencil or other pointed item). Even including, wanting to know if she brushes the hairline trying to hold it down so the new growth of the hairline doesn't appear to be out of texture with the more relaxed look of the interior. These are ways to irritate the scalp without even realizing that you've been doing so. If you have been irritating your scalp without knowing it, Williams takes special care to base the entire scalp.

Williams continues the questioning, "If she tells me she doesn't scratch or brush or didn't shampoo vigorously in the last three days, I ask if she inadvertently scratches her scalp in her sleep. That's my "trick question" to make sure I better understand the condition of her scalp."

Then offers up some assistance for the problem: "For women I know who have a chronic itch/scratch cycle, I recommend a pre-shampoo treatment the week prior to relaxer. This helps to guard against the de-fatting of the scalp during the relaxer service. Naturally, I recommend the oil that you like in our lineup, Sofn'free GroHealthy Three-Layer Growth Oil. Just saturate the scalp, massage gently, let it set for at least five minutes (more if you like to penetrate the scalp and reach sub-dermal areas) to keep the scalp calm during the week before relaxer. Also, our Three-Layer Growth Oil or Strengthening Creme can be used on the scalp prior to salon visit the day before or even the day of the relaxer to help guard against possible scalp dryness and de- fatting."

The big message: Always cover the scalp with base protection, because the same process that is reducing curls in the hair is also reducing corresponding elements in the skin.

top 10 tips on how to use your body

Eye contact is one of the most important aspects of dealing with others, especially people we've just met. Maintaining good eye contact shows respect and interest in what they have to say. Here in the UK we tend to keep eye contact around 60-70% of the time. (However, there are wide cultural differences, so be careful in other countries) By doing this you won't make the other people feel self conscious, like they've got a bit of vegetable stuck between their teeth or a dew drop hanging from the nose. . Instead, it will give them a feeling of comfort and genuine warmth in your company, any more eye contact than this and you can be too intense, any less and you give off a signal that you are lacking interest in them or their conversation.

Posture is the next thing to master, get your posture right and you'll automatically start feeling better, as it makes you feel good almost instantly. Next time you notice you're feeling a bit down, take a look at how your standing or sitting. Chances are you'll be slouched over with your shoulders drooping down and inward. This collapses the chest and inhibits good breathing, which in turn can help make you feel nervous or uncomfortable.

Head position is a great one to play around with, with yourself and others. When you want to feel confident and self assured keep your head level both horizontally and vertically. You can also use this straight head position when you want to be authoritative and what you're saying to be taken seriously. Conversely, when you want to be friendly and in the listening, receptive mode, tilt your head just a little to one side or other. You can shift the tilt from left to right at different points in the conversation.

Arms give away the clues as to how open and receptive we are to everyone we meet and interact with, so keep your arms out to the side of your body or behind your back. This shows you are not scared to take on whatever comes your way and you meet things "full frontal". In general terms the more outgoing you are as a person, the more you tend to use your arms with big movements. The quieter you are the less you move your arms away from your body. So, try to strike a natural balance and keep your arm movements midway. When you want to come across in the best possible light, crossing the arms is a no, no in front of others. Obviously if someone says something that gets your goat, then by all means show your disapproval by crossing them !

Legs are the furthest point away from the brain, consequently they're the hardest bits of our bodies to consciously control. They tend move around a lot more than normal when we are nervous, stressed or being deceptive. So best to keep them as still as possible in most situations, especially at interviews or work meetings. Be careful too in the way you cross your legs. Do you cross at the knees, ankles or bring your leg up to rest on the knee of the other? This is more a question of comfort than anything else. Just be aware that the last position mentioned is known as the "Figure Four" and is generally perceived as the most defensive leg cross, especially if it happens as someone tells a you something that might be of a slightly dubious nature, or moments after. (As always, look for a sequence)

Angle of the body in relation to others gives an indication of our attitudes and feelings towards them. We angle toward people we find attractive, friendly and interesting and angle ourselves away from those we don't, it's that simple! Angles includes leaning in or away from people, as we often just tilt from the pelvis and lean sideways to someone to share a bit of conversation. For example, we are not in complete control of our angle at the cinema because of the seating nor at a concert when we stand shoulder to shoulder and are packed in like sardines. In these situations we tend to lean over towards the other person.

Hand gestures are so numerous it's hard to give a brief guide but here goes. Palms slightly up and outward is seen as open and friendly. Palm down gestures are generally seen as dominant, emphasizing and possibly aggressive, especially when there is no movement or bending between the wrist and the forearm. This palm up, palm down is very important when it comes to handshaking and where appropriate we suggest you always offer a handshake upright and vertical, which should convey equality.

Distance from others is crucial if you want to give off the right signals. Stand too close and you'll be marked as "Pushy" or "In your face". Stand or sit too far away and you'll be "Keeping your distance" or "Stand offish". Neither are what we want, so observe if in a group situation how close are all the other people to each other. Also notice if you move closer to someone and they back away, you're probably just a tiny bit too much in their personal space, their comfort zone. "You've overstepped the mark" and should pull back a little.

Ears, yes your ears play a vital role in communication with others, even though general terms most people can't move them much, if at all. However, you've got two ears and only one mouth, so try to use them in that order. If you listen twice as much as you talk you come across as a good communicator who knows how to strike up a balanced a conversation without being me, me, me or the wallflower.

Mouth movements can give away all sorts of clues. We purse our lips and sometimes twist them to the side when we're thinking. Another occasion we might use this movement is to hold back an angry comment we don't wish to reveal. Nevertheless, it will probably be spotted by other people and although they may not know the comment, they will get a feeling you were not to pleased. There are also different types of smiles and each gives off a corresponding feeling to its recipient which we'll cover next time. 

NOTHING CROSSED.  Keep arms, legs, and feet relaxed and uncrossed.  Also, if you are wearing a jacket, open it up.  It relays the message...  I am open and honest with you.

LEAN FORWARD.  Move within 6 to 8 feet of your client.  Lean slightly forward. Interested people always pay attention and lean forward.  Leaning backwards demonstrates aloofness or rejection.

MIRRORING.  Pay attention to your clients breathing and the pace that they are talking at.  Is it fast or slow, then mirror them.  If they cross their legs...slowly do the same.

DIRECT EYE CONTACT.  Direct eye contact is a compliment to most people and builds trust in you.  But be aware of the customs of people from other countries.  It may be a sign of disrespect.

HANDSHAKE.  Not too hard and not too soft.  Pay attention to how you are shaking someone's han

January Jones @ Unknown Premiere

Over the weekend I visited my local Cinema Suites and reclined in lazy boy recliners, snacked on mozzarella sticks and enjoyed a drink all while watching the movie Unknown, which I thoroughly enjoyed by the way.
At the premiere of Unknown January Jones broke out of her typical 'old hollywood' style and rocked a Alexander McQueen dress with an bold red lip and asymmetrical hairstyle. Jenny Cho, Suave Professionals Celebrity Stylist, created the hairstyle.

“We’ve all seen January Jones look stunning with beautiful retro hair styles so for this event, my vision was to do something as interesting and edgy as her Alexander McQueen dress. To compliment the strong military vibe, I wanted her to have a modern toughness to her hair but still have a sexy edge” says Jenny Cho, Suave Professionals Celebrity Stylist.

1. With a tail comb, section off the top of hair. Using the arch of the eyebrow as a guide, make a “V” shape to the other side for a deep side part. Leave this section for later.

2. Layer Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream and Volumizing Root Boost Spray on hair for texture and grip. Use a flat brush like the Mason Pearson and blow dry hair, directing it back and down for a chignon. Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo is essential for this particular step!

3. To put hair up in a chignon, make another “V” section in the back center of the head, keeping the sides clipped away. Tease hair in a horizontal section starting from the top of the “V”. Concentrate on the roots and mist Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray to keep teased sections in place. Brush this teased section down and make it flat to the head. Twist section and pin away.

4. Tease the sides, taking vertical sections and following the step above. Gently brush one side to the center back. Twist from the nape and secure with bobby pins linking them upwards together. Do the same on the other side but for this side, use “U” shaped pins for light grip so you don't disturb the shape.

5. Once the chignon is in place, take the top section down and blow dry layering a little more anti-frizz cream and volumizing root boost spray to the direction where you want the hair to stay.

6. Mist hairspray on this section and flat iron. Finish look with dry shampoo for extra texture.

Kim Kardashian | Marchesa gown

Kim Kardashian looked fabulous in a red Marchesa gown at the Heart Truth 2010 Fashion Show at New York Fashion Week. The fashion show showed of the Red Dress Collection 2010, which helps raise awareness about women's heart disease. Kim Kardashian was also in New York to promote her new fragrance and show her Bebe fashion line. Reggie Bush was also with her in New York City and Bryant Park.

5 minutes casual make up tips

Makeup plays a very important role when it comes to physical appearance so take a peek at the following 5 minute casual makeup tips inspired by celebrities so you can look fabulous in the shortest amount of time! 
5 Minute Casual Makeup Tips Inspired by Celebrities
Makeup can truly be considered a girls best friend especially if applied properly so why not turn to makeup to underline your natural beauty?!

There are a variety of makeup styles and cosmetic products available to choose from and this means you can choose the perfect makeup for you as well as the occasion. If you are looking for a quick and easy makeup you can turn towards the following 5 minute casual makeup tips inspired by celebrities as these tips can help you spare some of the time spent in front of the mirror while still allowing you to look fabulous.
Kendall Jenner Makeup Celebrity Style

If you are looking for a cute girls next door kind of makeup you can inspire yourself from Kendall Jenner's cute girl makeup. This type of makeup is perfect for girls with a medium fair complexion so apply a tinted moisturizer on your skin and then sweep a lovely shimmery beige eyeshadow your eyelids. Apply a black colored pencil eyeliner on your waterline and coat your eyelashes with mascara. Dust a little bit of rosy or peach colored blush on your cheekbones to bring them out and apply a clear lip gloss on your lips to make them appear luscious but still natural.

Demi Lovato Makeup Celebrity Inspired Make Up

Demi Lovato is known for her lovely choices when it comes to makeup as well as her hairstyles so she is definitely a great source of inspiration in this domain. Choosing to attract attention towards the eyes can only be beneficial as the eyes are believed to be the gateway to the soul. Apply a tinted moisturizer on your complexion to give the skin a lovely look without any effort and apply a darker colored eyeshadow on the eyelids, especially close to your eyelashes while blending the edges out it receives a fading effect. Coat your eyelashes, especially upper ones with a volumizing mascara to make the lashes appear thick and fabulous.

To define your cheeks use a small amount of blush and apply a lip colored lip gloss on the lips to make them stand out subtly.
Kim Kardashian Makeup Celebrity Inspired

Kim Kardashian is known for her fabulous makeup looks so why not turn towards her for inspiration? Kim Kardashian's natural looking makeup is perfect for any casual occasion so apply a tinted moisturizer on your complexion and define your eyes using a liquid eyeliner, which you will apply close to the lash line. Finish the look by coating your eyelashes fabulous with a lengthening effect mascara, defining your cheeks using blush and applying a soft peach colored lip gloss.

Keira Knightley Celebrity Makeup Styles

Keira Knightly has always chosen a natural approach as far as her makeup goes and this is perfect as natural looking makeup is highly appreciated at the moment. To copy her gorgeous look use a tinted moisturizer to create a lovely base and apply a brown colored eyeshadow on your eyelids. Line the inside corner of your waterline using a brown eyeliner pencil and continue the rest using a black eyeliner. Coat your eyelashes subtly using mascara, dust a touch of blush of your cheeks and apply a lip colored lipstick on your lips.

Try to adapt the colors of the makeup used to suit your complexion so you will look absolutely amazing every time you step out the door!

Celebrity makeup can always pose as a great source of inspiration when it comes to makeup as well as fashion and style so find your favorite celebrities and try to inspire yourself from their best looks!

Piercing - Body Jewelry

Once a symbol of power and wealth, now a fashion trend.

Piercing is the practice of puncturing or cutting any part of the body, to make a hole through which jewelry can be put. The most common and most widespread form of piercings is pierced ears, which has a majority of women and earrings are a common accessory.

Body piercing is present for thousands of years. The Mummy 5000 years old, found 1991 on the Austrian glacier had pierced ears. Pierced nose is mentioned in the Bible as well as its symbolic meaning in terms of wealth, status and power. Piercing is widespread throughout the world and among different cultures - it was done by the Aztecs, Mayans, Indians, various African tribes ...

We talked with experts for tattoo and piercing, and this is what we found out. Ears, nose, eyebrows and lips piercing are the most popular today, and genital piercing is increasing its popularity.

What body part is the hardest and easiest to pierce?
The most complicated to do is female genital piercing, while the simplest are eyebrows, nose or lips. Ears can be complicated if it comes to piercing of cartilage. A person who is engaged in piercing should be familiar with anatomy, where to pierce and which needles to use. Conditions in which piercing is done must be sterile, and needles have to be used only once. We had the opportunity to observe live tongue piercing. Contrary to expectations, there was no blood, and the entire process was completed in less than 10 minutes.

Taking care of your piercing
Care is the same with most piercing, except for oral piercing. You should buy a piercing disinfection product. Before touching your piercing, you should wash your hands. The first few days the lymph will go from the wound which has to be cleaned daily. Put some disinfection product on the wound and spin your piercing 4-5 times so this product gets in the wound. Healed piercing must be cleaned (rinse and spin) in the shower so the dirt and sweat are removed from the hole.

There can be some complications with a piercing, but everything can be repaired. With tongue and genitals piercing usually there are no complications. Most problematic is the navel, which can often become infected (bacterial inflammation). In this case, you should not take out the jewelry because the infection could only get worse. You have to contact your doctor so that he can take care of this.

When your piercing is new you should always wear it because a hole can close if you don't wear it for couple of hours. Longer you have the piercing, it will take more time to remove the hole. For example, if someone is wearing a nose piercing for a long time, and he doesn't want to wear it anymore, even after three years a hole will still be there.

When will my piercing heal?
It depends on which part of the body the piercing is done, because everything heals differently. For example, tongue, eyebrows or nose will heal in four weeks, while the belly button will heal in three months, and internal or external cochlea in 3-6 months.

Allergies to metals
All the jewelry that we use in made of medical titanium, which do not cause any inflammation or reaction. There is also plastic jewelry that was tested and does not cause allergies.

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On The Red Carpet - Vanity Fair's Krista Smith's Style

I don't know what you will be doing tonight, but I will be watching Vanity Fair's Krista Smith and Tim Gunn in their Oscar's Pre Show on ABC
(since I don't have TV at home this is going to take some maneuvering, but I will see this show)

From the Vanity Fair website
Oscars Fashion: Krista Smith Opts for Armani

Vanity Fair’s West Coast editor Krista Smith, who’ll co-host ABC’s Oscars pre-show on Sunday alongside Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, and Maria Menounos, will wear Armani, complemented with Beladora jewels. The long navy gown and Art Deco–style jewelry were picked for their Old Hollywood feel, Smith says: “I will be doing my best to channel Rita Hayworth—although, considering she was one of the great beauties, it might be a stretch,” she laughs. “At least it will be my mindset!”

Channeling Rita Hayworth - not a bad idea except for the smoking
she was Hollywood glamour personified

so Krista will be wearing Armani and Art Deco Estate Jewelry (from you know where)
that's a whole lot of awesomeness.

unlike Wendy B and her fancy backless Zang Toi dress, the closest I'm ever going to get to Graydon and his Vanity Fair Oscar bash is loaning out a little Beladora bling.

On The Red Carpet - Vanity Fair's Krista Smith's Style

I don't know what you will be doing tonight, but I will be watching Vanity Fair's Krista Smith and Tim Gunn in their Oscar's Pre Show on ABC
(since I don't have TV at home this is going to take some maneuvering, but I will see this show)

From the Vanity Fair website
Oscars Fashion: Krista Smith Opts for Armani

Vanity Fair’s West Coast editor Krista Smith, who’ll co-host ABC’s Oscars pre-show on Sunday alongside Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, and Maria Menounos, will wear Armani, complemented with Beladora jewels. The long navy gown and Art Deco–style jewelry were picked for their Old Hollywood feel, Smith says: “I will be doing my best to channel Rita Hayworth—although, considering she was one of the great beauties, it might be a stretch,” she laughs. “At least it will be my mindset!”

Channeling Rita Hayworth - not a bad idea except for the smoking
she was Hollywood glamour personified

so Krista will be wearing Armani and Art Deco Estate Jewelry (from you know where)
that's a whole lot of awesomeness.

unlike Wendy B and her fancy backless Zang Toi dress, the closest I'm ever going to get to Graydon and his Vanity Fair Oscar bash is loaning out a little Beladora bling.

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Protective Style: Runway to Real Life

After a busy New York Fashion Week, Redken Creative Consultant Guido is across the pond in Milan getting ready for a week of innovative styles, before heading to Paris to finish Fashion Month. Guido kicked off his week in Milan with the Alberta Ferretti show, and created a very 60s chignon with a boyish swoop over the eye and small pieces left out just in front of the ears.

"Alberta has a very strong opinion about the woman she wants to send down the runway each season. This season we decided on a look that was simple 60s feel, yet stylized. Almost twiggy- like but with a boyish feel."
Create the look:
- Create a low side part on the left. Wet hair and apply velvet gelatine 07 cushioning blow-dry gel and blow dry in

- Spray quick dry 18 instant finishing spray in sections and back comb to create the "Bardot-like" height at the crown

- Pull all hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Coil ponytail around itself into a chic chignon and pin with hairpins

- Pull pieces out at either side in front of the ear with a tail comb as not to disturb the rest of the hair

- Finish entire look with shine flash 02 glistening mist for extra sheen on the runway (and for your personal runway)!

Dress to impress

To be effective in your communication and to gain a better understanding of both yourself and the people around you, take a look at some of the following areas of body language.

Here's a style chart and reference guide so your body language, at least from a clothing perspective, really does project the right image for you.


A person's style includes many distinct elements. Decisions concerning style should be determined by environment, the need to meet certain expectations to gain your desired
result. It is a commonly held belief that people will get ahead if they standout in terms of
style, but research does not support this. In fact, we sometimes become suspicious of those who are too unusual or different from our expectations. Bearing this in mind, the following should be taken into account when trying to create the right impression.


Believe it or not, studies have found that most hiring decisions are largely based upon a job applicant's appearance, despite interviewers denying that someone's appearance is important. Entry-level salaries are higher for those who make a better physical impression, and those who dress better at work are more likely to get promoted. The importance of being appropriately dressed is obvious. Both men and women when going for interviews should dress in clothes slightly smarter than what they would normally wear to work.


Women who wear ladylike feminine-cut suits, or skirts, and matching jackets with simple
white, off-white or pale-coloured blouses are not only seen as strong and confident, but also
as trustworthy, likable, and humble, but keep in mind that this might not work for all

In more high-fashion professions, the suit should be more stylish, with more
expressive accessories with your goal being a "ladylike" but professional look. Suits should be soft and feminine and strike a balance between understated and conservative, feminine and
fashionable. Colours can range from navy, grey, and blue to cream and mahogany. The look
should be rich but businesslike.

A masculine-cut suit reflects more power and authority, but will be interpreted as more aggressive and domineering and less creative. A feminine-cut suit will show more expressiveness, and a heightened level of approachability, professionalism and confidence. Slacks and a jacket, or a dress, and a jacket is even more approachable, but less professional. A pant-suit is less professional and will not enhance your image of approachability. A dress without a jacket is the least professional alternative.


Silk blouses in white, off-white, light blue, beige, or other pale colours are more professional. Blouses with lapels project more authority and competence, while those without are more feminine and project a friendlier image. Blouses should not be sleeveless if they are intended to be a part of a professional outfit. You should also take into account a slip or camisole if a bra or strap is showing. For professional occasions, the neckline should never be low enough
to be the slightest bit revealing.


Trendy styles have the same negative associations and stereotypes as other parts of your
wardrobe. More functional shoes enhance image as long as they are not too flashy. Less
functional but more stylish shoes send a message that you are more concerned with appearance than performance. If women wear heels taller than two inches they accentuate their sexuality. Boots should not be worn with dress attire unless they are very frequently worn by others in your professional environment. Shoes that are simple and elegant are best. Closed toe pumps with one and a half inch heels top the list. Shorter women can wear two inch heels but they should not be spiked heels. Stay with basic colours and don't try to match your shoes to bright coloured clothing. Always keep your shoes clean and polished for a professional look. If the soles or heels are worn or damaged, then replace or repair them.


For women, belts come in many colours and styles. They should not be gaudy, dangle or make
noise. If a woman is wearing dress trousers then she should wear a simple, thin belt with an
unobtrusive buckle. Accessories, like belts and shoes, should be plain, no frill leather.

For purses, leather is perceived as more professional than fabric, especially in black or brown. A colourful purse that matches the colour of an outfit is more for casual occasions. A woman's tights should be flesh tone, black or navy. White or other colours distract from professional image.
For eyewear, a woman should not get too trendy, unless an image of expressiveness is more important than an image of intelligence and professionalism. Women are rated more professional when they wear less jewellery. Keep it simple and stay away from the large or gaudy.


Women's dress trousers should cover their ankles completely, and for the most professional and
conservative look should touch the top of their shoes. Unlike men's trousers, women's should have little or no "break," and the hem should be horizontal to the floor.

Skirt length is always an issue for women. For a professional look, stay mainstream. Whether
you wear your dress skirts a few inches above or a few inches below your knee is largely a
matter of personal preference, and a decision that should be based on what looks best on
you, and what you feel most comfortable with.


In most business settings, the classic professional look for a man is a navy blue or
medium-grey wool or wool blend suit, a white stiff-collared dress shirt, and a simple
patterned or striped tie. This would serve a man well at any formal setting.

A more high-styled version of this would be a blue shirt, a brighter, more distinctive tie or
matching pocket handkerchief. The conservative business suit has become the foundation for an
expressive, creative and imaginative outfit that looks "professional." When a man wants to
project a greater sense of approachability than that conveyed by a formal business suit,
a blue blazer and either grey, camel or tan trousers is a good alternative.

It is less formal than the suit but is just as good in showing credibility. Choose one or the other depending on those qualities that are most important for you to convey in a particular situation. White or off-white suits are for social or leisure situations and not appropriate for the workplace.


Men should avoid "trendy" unless creativity and individuality is valued by your peer group
over other qualities. Dress shirts should be cotton or cotton blend. These materials look
more professional than silk or synthetic fabrics, and they breathe better. Collars should be
plain, and either button-down, or thick and stiff. The most professional look consistently
has been a mid-length pointed collar.

A man's shirt should not be shiny or patterned, particularly if the fabric is thin. Wear an undershirt to cover perspiration and transparency. Men's dress shirts should be long-sleeved. French cuffs are considered trendy and formal — if you do wear this type of shirt wear them with simple gold, silver or stone cufflinks. For a traditional look, a man's shirt should be lighter than his jacket. Darker colours, patterns, and stripes are more casual and trendy.


Trendy styles have the same negative associations and stereotypes as other parts of your
wardrobe. More functional shoes enhance image as long as they are not too unstylish. On the
other hand, less functional but over-stylish shoes can send a message that you are more
concerned with appearance than performance. Always keep your shoes clean and polished for a professional look. If the soles or heels are worn or damaged, then replace or repair them.


Neckties are men's most prominent accessory. In professional settings, silk ties are
preferable. The width tends to change with the times but generally should be in the medium range, neither too narrow or wide. The tie should accent, but not repeat the pattern or colour of your suit. Power colours in neck ties include; dark blue and maroon, whereas red can be very dominant and bold whereas green or yellow projects friendliness and adaptability.

A man's belt should be either black or brown and be without adornment. The belt should be three quarters of an inch wide, with a gold, silver, or brass buckle of equal width. With a suit, a man should wear thin dress socks. For more casual occasions, plain cotton socks that match shoes. Too much jewellery on a man is viewed as slick. Jewellery should be kept to a minimum, such as a simple keeper ring, a wedding band, and a wristwatch.


Poorly fitting clothes detract from the impression you make, clothing that is too short in the sleeve, leg, jacket or tie makes a particularly poor impression.

1. Ties should come down to your belt buckle, but not below it and certainly not two inches above!

2. Jacket sleeves should be approximately four inches above the end of your extended thumb when your arms are at your side.

3. Your shirtsleeve should extend slightly below the jacket sleeve.

4. Your shirt should be long enough that at least one, and preferably two, buttons fall
below the belt line. This will keep the shirt from coming untucked.

5. The front of a man's trousers should always touch the top of his shoes when he stands up.
The trouser leg should extend over the back of the shoe to within one inch from the ground. Never wear clothing that is too tight. This is seen as either an awkward effort to be sexy
or a sign that the person doesn't know better or can't afford to buy properly fitted clothes.
Collars should be loose enough to put two fingers comfortably between the collar and your
neck, but not so loose that they show any significant space between the collar and your neck
when you stand.


Colours have a very powerful way of affecting our impressions both of people. Colours can affect
our impression of such traits as status, effectiveness, attitude, credibility, friendliness
and intelligence. Most colours can be grouped into one of six general categories, each of
which conveys a distinct set of messages.

1. Black, dark blue and dark charcoal grey are strong authoritarian colours. Those in
positions of leadership, or authority will project an image of no-nonsense confidence, strength and power.

Black is also seen as serious, secretive, mysterious and depressing. For that reason, those
who dress in black are not rated as warm and friendly. People at the top of an organization
wear black effectively, but also service oriented occupations such as drivers and waiters
are often seen in black. It is often said that black is stylish and sophisticated and makes
you look thinner. That's true, but it's popularity doesn't overcome the stereotypes and
emotional responses it evokes.

2. Lighter shades of grey and navy blue are also associated with power, authority,
leadership and even loyalty. Unlike dark grey and black, studies show that they are warmer and more approachable. For men, navy blue is definitely preferred; but for women, a medium shade of blue is ideal. Grey pinstripe has been associated with projecting wisdom. Green, particularly olive and can project flexibility and friendliness.

3. Bright colours like red, turquoise, purple, bright blues, and greens and fuchsia are sexy, energetic, hard-charging, and aggressive. They are generally  not considered as professional as darker colours, or lighter shades of colours.

4. Lighter shades of blue, green, and yellow, as well as tan and beige, convey a sense
of warmth, friendliness, approachability and trustworthiness. They do not communicate the same sense of authority, power, or leadership that dark blues or greys project. Subtle tones, however, can be very effective to combine friendliness and professionalism. Certain shades of tan can remind people of government employees and come across as dated or institutional.

5. Autumn colours-like rust, brown, muted shades of yellow or gold, olive and
burgundy-are perceived as trustworthy, caring and humble, but lacks in the strength, competency and leadership categories. These are good choices for caring professionals such as
psychologists or counsellors, or anyone whose first priority is to be approachable.

6. Pastels are the most feminine of all colours. Not surprisingly, stereotypical feminine traits are associated with them, such as caring and nurturing on the positive side, and weakness and vulnerability on the negative. Not a good choice if you want to be viewed as serious, intelligent, competent, and professional.

Expensive clothing tends to be richer, deeper and more vibrant than less expensive clothes.
They use higher quality dye and expensive fabrics tend to absorb the dye better. This has a
significant impact to the impressions people get. Rich deep colours project class, quality,
competence, success and professionalism. Less vibrant clothing is perceived as lower class, less competent and less professional.

There are many ways that colours can be used as an integral part of you making the right impression. For example, if you have a number of traits that can be interpreted as overpowering or threatening, such as large size or height, lighter colours will soften your impression; but won't cause you to lose your image of confidence and control because your other traits will continue to send that message.


1. Wear dark colours to command authority or stress intelligence.
2. If you want others to relax, feel comfortable, and think of you as likable and
approachable, wear lighter colours or autumn hues.

3. To create excitement or draw attention, wear bright colours.
4. Wear rich, dark colours associated with quality clothing. You're better off wearing
less pieces of higher quality clothes.

5. Evaluate how your image will be enhanced or diminished by the colour of clothing that
you wear. Unless your collective traits are overpowering, darker colours are better for a professional environment.

6. Different circumstances will call for different emphasis. Many people view synthetic fabrics and those who wear them in a negative light. Natural fabrics like wool, cotton, silk and linen convey a more honest, warm and professional image.
1. Be as attractive as you can, unless you're absolutely gorgeous, if so, don't flaunt it.
2. Don't set yourself apart, especially above your peers.
3. Always dress appropriately for the occasion and environment.
4. Opt for traditional styles, fabrics and colours unless creative flair is clearly essential.
5. Buy the most expensive clothes you can afford, even if it means less of them.
6. Don't overemphasize sex appeal.
7. Give as much thought to casual wear as to professional wear.
8. Don't try to be a trendsetter.
9. Always be clean and neat.
10. Dress as trendily and formally as the top 70 to 90% of those in your environment.

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