3 Ways to Create Your Own Fashion Trends

July 16th, 2018

Fashion is important. It’s more important than you think. If adopted as a lifestyle, it has the power to transform your life.

Yes, fashion can change your life in a positive way.

But …

What if you’re not up-to-date on the latest trends?

What if you can’t afford to always buy the latest clothes?

What if you don’t have the time to subscribe to fashion blogs and read fashion magazines?

None of this matters. We’re not talking about following trends. We’re talking about setting them.

How to Make a Fashion Statement On A Shoestring Budget

There are three ways to become your own designer on a shoestring budget:

First, make your own custom jewelry.

Second, learn how to sew your own clothes.

Third, master the art of repurposing your old clothes.

Let’s take a look at these three secrets to spiff up your wardrobe:

  1. How to make your own custom jewelry.

You can design your own custom jewelry by buying wholesale chains, beads, and pearls. GemPacked, an online store, can help you source all the right materials you need to come up with your own designs.

If you don’t even know how to start, then look up videos online, or even consider taking a class to learn the basics. But you don’t have to stop there. Besides making your own accessories, you can start making accessories for other people. Think of the money you could earn by starting a side-hustle for some quick cash with your new skills!

  1. Why you should learn how to sew.

When you know how to sew, you have a powerful skill to express your creativity. You’ll begin to see clothes in a different way — as fabric that you can fashion in any shape or design you fancy.

You are now no longer at the mercy of retailers who tell you what you should wear. And you no longer have to figure out what size you should try to squeeze into. Once you know how to sew, you can customize everything you wear.

The best way to learn how to sew is to take a class where you can practice everything you’re learning. If you can’t find any classes in your city, then take online courses, shop at craft stores, and study pattern making. Either way, you will get good at sewing through experimentation.  In short, you will learn through trial and error.

  1. What to do with your old clothes.

When it comes to clothes, you may have more options than you realize.  Rather than buying what’s in season or what’s trending in fashion, you can repurpose and redesign clothing that you already own.

You can, for instance, turn winter wear into summer wear and summer wear into winter wear. Based on what you learned from your sewing class, you can redesign your existing wardrobe. Everyone will think you’re wearing something new.

This little-known fashion genre has no definitive name. You may hear it referred to as “refashioned fashion” or as “fashion purpose.”  You may also hear it referred to as “redesign fashion” or as “restructured design.” This is actually not a new idea. Before the era of mass clothing production, tailors repurposing old clothes as a matter of course. The reason it appears new is that it’s rediscovered.

There are three big reasons why you may want to fall in love with fashion, elegance, and style.

First, fashion is about making a statement. When you dress well, you’re speaking a universal language. It’s one that’s understood by successful and sophisticated people all over the world.

Second, fashion is not about clothes–that’s the medium–fashion is about creating a living art form. Art is about making something beautiful. Wearing elegant, well-designed clothes add grace and charm to the world.

Finally, fashion is a powerful way to impress yourself and others. When you dress up well, your self-confidence will soar. This, of course, will also have a huge impact on everyone around you.

 

 

4 Slow Methods to De-Cluttering Your Home

December 13th, 2017

 

 

You never know how much clutter your home  accumulates until you either deep clean or move. However, you can cut down on the build-up of clutter in your home, slowly, without making cleaning a hassle. Here are four slow methods to de-cluttering your home on a daily basis, ensuring a tidy, clutter-free space for whatever life throws your way.

Organize in an Easy-Clean Way from the Get-Go

When you first move into a place, you should set up your home in an organized and tidy way. Wipe down surfaces, put books and movies where they need to go, and strive to keep your clothes folded and neat. Everything in its place, as the saying goes.

Box Up Old Toys and Books as Kids Get New Ones

Kids have a habit of accumulating loads of old toys—some of which are never played with. So, make it your mission to box up old toys and books as your kiddos outgrow them. They will inevitably get new stuff every Christmas and Birthday. The aim is to make space before the clutter starts. You’re being proactive in keeping your home tidy and free of unnecessary stuff.

Use Double-Purpose Furniture for Hidden Storage

For a spacious home with a clutter-free appearance, double-purpose furniture is the way to go. Ottomans, couches, loveseats, barstools, and other comfy, cozy home furnishings are more than they seem these days. Most cushions are laid across storage spaces, making it easier for you to hideaway your books, movies, magazines, and other stuff until you need it. Double-purpose furniture, while great for any type of home, is especially awesome for small apartments. Have something quirky to stow away, like kids clip on ties? Invest in an accessories box for your closet.

Clean Throughout the Day and Expect the Same from Your Live-Ins

You might live with a significant other. You might live with your family, kids included. And you might live with friends and roommates. In every scenario, the extra people are live-ins, and they should be as responsible for the cleanliness of your home as you are. Clean throughout the day as you go, whether it be rinsing off dishes or doing a small load of laundry, and expect your live-ins to do the same. Everyone in the house should be capable of pulling their own weight in responsibilities to keep the home safe, clean, and clutter-free.

When it comes to de-cluttering your home, it’s easier than you think. Once you get your home just the way you like it, you will go through great lengths to keep it that way. Guaranteed.

How to Care for your Hair Extensions

October 9th, 2017

Be it straight or curly hair extensions, you need to provide proper care and maintenance of your hair accessories to ensure they look their best for as long as possible. Unfortunately, too many people install hair extensions and then forget about them, treating them as if they were their real hair. This is a big no-no and will only reduce the life of the extensions. Thankfully, the following dos and don’ts will help you preserve the look and life of your hair additions.

Synthetic Hair Extensions
Unlike human hair extensions, synthetic will become dull extremely fast and will require special care. While some synthetic hair can handle heat, you must be careful not to apply too much since it could melt the extension. Rollers are a great way to get curls without damaging synthetic hair extensions. To wash, choose a shampoo designed specifically for synthetic hair. Once the hair is clean, brush with a wide tooth comb to remove tangles as painlessly as possible.

Real Human Hair Extensions
Extensions made from real human hair requires a different set of care than synthetic extensions. When washing your hair with the real human hair extensions, make sure to use shampoo that is paraben and sulfate-free. Choose a shampoo that not only softens the hair but also detangles it. You should also try to avoid saturating your hair in chlorinated or salt water. Since this is easier said than done, especially in the summer when you want to swim, always use a dechlorinating shampoo to cleanse and eliminate the chlorine from your extensions after swimming in the ocean or pool. Another care tip for real human hair extensions is to avoid going to bed with wet hair, as well as refraining from tugging or pulling the extensions.

Permanent vs Clip-Ins
Clip-in hair extensions are only meant to be temporary. Because of this frequent shampooing and styling isn’t needed or recommended. Real hair extensions, however, do require regular washings and styling.

Considerations
No matter what type of hair extensions you have, you must know their expiration date. Avoid keeping the extensions in for longer than what’s recommend. It’s always best to consult with you hair stylist who is installing the extensions on when they should be removed and replace. You can also take this time to get the stylist’s recommendation for hair care products for that specific type of extension.

Tips for Finding a Top Tailor Near You

July 23rd, 2017

Many men go through their lives pulling clothes right off the rack and wearing them as is. Maybe the fit isn’t perfect, but for a lot of guys, it’s good enough. The phrase “it is what it is” often comes to mind.

The truth is that you don’t have to wear clothes that are anything less than perfect. With a custom tailor DC residents trust on your side, you can get the best fit and look like a million bucks. Best of all, a quality tailor will make you look like a million without charging you an arm and a leg for their services.

Ask Stylish Men You Know

Walking down the street and asking all the guys you pass who tailors their clothes probably isn’t the smartest move. However, if you know some buddies or people that you work with who always seem to be well-dressed, they very well might have the name of an excellent tailor to share with you.

It’s also important to remember that if you like the way another man’s clothes look that their tailor will likely be able to craft a similar style to you. All tailors are different and many specialize in a certain style. A lot of tailors will tell you they can do anything, but the fact is that most work with a specific type of clientele and cater to their needs.

Find a tailor that does work that you automatically appreciate to put your clothes and style in the best hands.

Check Their Work

Finding a custom tailor to work with is all about locating somebody who understands your needs. Being able to communicate your desires is important, but when you ask to see finished work they’ve done they should have a few examples for you.

Custom clothing can be a long process and if you’re getting some made, it should be right for you. Check the quality and style of any tailor’s work before you take existing garments to them for anything other than minor alterations or to have custom clothing made.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Revisions

Working with a new tailor is a process and you both need to get to know each other. One the first few garments, don’t be afraid to ask for a revision or two if you’re not satisfied.

Over time, the tailor will get to know your needs and desires. In the end, you’ll both be happy with the work and overall service.

Bangkok – The favorite shopping cities in the world! 

July 5th, 2017

Bangkok is one of my favorite shopping cities in the world! I just love shopping in Bangkok, with it`s combination of  posh shopping centers  and night markets. I am not an extravagant shopper so I just  pop out on the street  and I can find all kinds of cool and cheap stuff!

I haven’t found any other city in the world with this kind of combination, where you can both shop cheap local designs at weeke , and luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel in a close by shopping mall. The contrasts in this city is what I like the most! You can  click here for a great deal.   By the way, I’ll be in Bangkok tomorrow! Can’t wait to shop!