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TIS THE SEASON TO DAWN YOUR BEST DRESS! 

Tis the season of parties! Deciding what to wear during the holiday is no easy task. Whatever your traditions, it’s always nice to look and feel your best for the occasion. We’ve got some great new styles for the holidays and new years eve!

Mademoiselle Lace Dress, Sapphire Blue (Women’s Plus Size) – Flatter your curves in our Mademoiselle Lace Dress. From cocktail parties to formal or evening events, this special occasion lace dress will have all eyes on you.

Bianca Ruched Dress, Plum (Women’s Plus Size) – It is always nice to pick a stand-out outfit to mark the occasion. You’re sure to receive compliments as the Bianca Ruched Dress hugs your every curve. With a subtly sexy peek-a-boo neckline and draped cold shoulder sleeves.

Whimsy Wrap Dress, Pinot Noir (Women’s Plus Size) – For those holiday themed parties try the Whimsy Wrap dress in pinot noir. It’s flirty, flattering, and functional!

Kiss Me At Midnight Skirt, Moonbeam (Women’s Plus Size) – Our metallic Kiss Me At Midnight Skirt will make a fashion statement, wherever you go. This eye-catching midi-length skirt can be worn day or night. Pair it with some booties and a tank for daytime and some heels and a blouse for date night.

Lumiere Lace Dress, Silver Lining (Women’s Plus Size) – Illuminate your wardrobe in our Lumiere Lace Dress. Scalloped metallic lace flatters your curves, while a solid ruched waistband draws the eye inward. You’ll be sure to turn heads at your next special occasion in this stunning sheath style.

Happy Holidays!

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Mirror Mirror On The Wall

                 Photo courtesy of Elle.com

Who’s the prettiest fashionista of them all? Well according to Popsugar.com, it just might be you. If you follow the fashion trends for the Fall/Winter 2016; you’ll have no problem finding the perfect look. Shopping for new clothes doesn’t necessarily mean, tossing out the vintage in exchange for the new. In fact, the complete opposite is true. Sprucing up your last year’s look, with some 2017 trends, is all you need.

This Winter/ Spring 2017 mixed attire must haves include the following, off the shoulder blouse worn with narrow gathered ankle jeans or tights. Its bohemian inspired style and versatility, makes it a definite must have. You can easily mix and match this look with a bikini bottom, long tapered skirt or maternity wear.

The scarf, is making a major comeback. By updating a vintage style with a silk print scarf, you’ve made a statement without saying a word. This look below, is a prime example, of how a scarf should be utilized. It’s eye catching and draws attention to the fashion assemble. A highly sophisticated and elegant style, indeed.

Here’s a vintage classic assemble, that incorporates the structured look, with a hint of Luxe fur. Visit your local second hand boutiques; and the rack for some name brands at major discounts. The pictured look below, perfectly showcases the old with the new. The open toe slingbacks, business suit and strategically placed fur is complimented by a muted print.

CAUTION: This 1980’s Vanity 6 group inspired look, Nasty Girl, is sparking dialogue and sold out racks. With its simple peek a boo lace and alluring laidback style. You can easily transform this look from the office to the nightclub. By adding a gorgeous black long sleeve top. And black leggings with a sexy pump or stilettos. You’ve just turned heads and breaking necks at the same time. Of course, this look should be worn by women who possess, strong confidence and ability.

All these looks are affordable, achievable and most importantly, must haves for late 2016 and early Spring 2017. They are simple, sophisticated, tastefully sexy and yet personalized with you, in mind.

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The Godfather of HipHop

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Hope Elle

When one ask the question, “Where did Hip Hop originate from?” Likely, there may be numerous answers. However, if the question is, “Who founded Hip Hop?” You’re guaranteed to here this named uttered, in the topic of discussion, Gil Scott-Heron. Although, viewed in the music genres of American Jazz, particularly Jazz Poetry, Jazz-Funk,Soul and Proto-Rap.

Scott-Heron has been recognized throughout the industry as a spoken word artist, mainly in the 1970’s and 1980’s. His collaborative efforts with Brian Jackson, set the tone for a brilliant and ingenious musical fusion. Resulted in the engendered and creation of political rap, Hip Hop, Neo Soul and thus being labeled the Godfather of Rap.

Gil Scott-Heron’s career had expanded nearly 42 years, before his untimely death in 2011. And is most noted for his spoken word album Pieces of A Man. Which featured the hit urban political rap “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” According to Wikipedia.com, “the lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues”.

The critically acclaimed album spawned a once, recited poem into a mega hit. Originally, the song was recorded with bongos and congas drum. The recorded track included a studio session band. And was the B-side to another successful single on the album, “Home Is Where The Hatred Is”.  The potency and deep meaning of the song’s title, the original and necessary slogan for the 60’s Civil Rights Movement; in particular the Black Power Movement. It’s relevancy in the 1960’s United States, mentioned what the revolution will do, will not do or will not be.

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Beauty Tips From Burlington❤

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5 Morning Beauty Hacks for Dry Skin

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Winter’s going strong. And we all know the cold weather can really do a number on skin, drying out your face and robbing you of your natural glow. Never fear – we can help you beat dull winter skin with a quick morning routine that’ll leave you fresh faced for whatever comes your way that day!

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1. GET YOUR STRETCH ON

Your morning beauty routine begins even before you hit the bathroom. Start the day with a few good stretches. This helps combat dark circles by increasing your blood flow (plus you’ll feel totally calm and refreshed).

Woman washing her face at her bathroom sink

2. A CLEAN START

Next, wash your face. Morning cleansing washes away the night and any leftover makeup you may have missed, leaving you feeling ready to face the day…literally. Use warm to slightly cool water. The hotter the water, the more drying it is to your skin.

Woman exfoliating her face

3. SCRUB-A-DUB-DUB

It’s important to exfoliate in the winter so you can get rid of all that dead, flaky skin. Exfoliating leaves your skin feeling soft and brightens the overall look of your face. Sensitive skin? Find an exfoliating scrub created specifically for your skin type, or only exfoliate once a week. Time-Saving Tip: Exfoliating pads are gentle, fast and easy to use!

Woman spraying her face with a hydrating mist

4. GIVE YOUR SKIN A DRINK

Now give your skin an added boost by using a hydrating mist on your face. Think of it as a drink of water for your skin. Give an extra spritz at the end of your morning skin routine, too, to ensure your makeup stays put all day long.

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5. MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE

Never, ever skip moisturizing your skin – no matter what your skin type. Believe it or not, even oily skin needs moisture. Apply your face cream while your skin is still damp to help seal in the moisture and further combat dryness. Also, look for products that are oil based (rather than water based) to help attract moisture to your skin. Make sure you use a facial cream with SPF because you still need protection in the winter. Time-Saving Tip: Use a tinted moisturizer and you can skip foundation!


You’re now washed, exfoliated and moisturized! Your skin should be glowing and ready for whatever the winter day has in store for you. Proceed with your makeup (Burlington has a ton at great deals!) and you’ll be totally radiant and ready to go. For more head-to-toe pampering ideas, check out Burlington’s bath and body sets – all priced to please. Find a huge selection of face washes, exfoliating cleansers, beauty essentials and more at a Burlington store near you.

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Natural Skincare Regimen 

I found this article browsing the internet and I must say, there are some really good regimens here for natural skincare beauty. http://www.myfashiontips.com has other wonderful articles, you might be interested in reading, like this one below. ~Hope Elle~

FIND THE NATURAL SKIN CARE ROUTINE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE – OILY, DRY, MIXED, AGING


Hi my beauties!
Skin care products can be a major source of toxins for many people. Most are packed with chemicals and artificial ingredients that might have a temporary positive effect on the skin, but will have negative long term effects. These artificial ingredients can also be absorbed into the skin and build up in the body. The good news is that there are natural, simple and inexpensive options that actually work better than most commercial products, and without all the harmful ingredients. I first came out with my 10 rules to get a clear skin – Get rid of acne (from which I am glad I got good feedback), and today I want to help you with the different tips I have found effective and useful for a clean Skin care Routine, 100% natural and it really works! (well, at least for me). The best combination of natural skin care options varies based on skin types:

Oily Skin

Switching to gentle and natural skin care options often goes a long way toward removing excess oil production, but in the meantime, there are some natural ingredients that can help prevent breakouts and remove excess oil.

To Exfoliate: A mix of equal parts sea salt and oil (like olive or almond) creates a natural scrub that will help remove impurities without stripping excess oils.

To Cleanse: Oil Cleansing is my go-to cleansing method for any skin type. Generally, those with oily skin will need a higher amount of castor oil in relation to the other oils to keep skin from becoming too oily during transition. In general, a half and half mix of castor oil and olive oil or even a 2/3 castor oil 1/3 olive oil mix seems to work best.

Moisturizing/Toning: Those with oily skin will need less moisturizing as skin adjusts, and often, the natural oils from oil cleansing are enough. If not, a very light layer of coconut oil works, or for those who find that too oily, a diluted apple cider vinegar toner helps keep oil at bay. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water stored in the fridge works great…

Normal/Combination Skin:

I’ve always loved that term, because really.. what is “normal” skin anyway…

Those with skin that is not typically oily or dry and that responds well to different types of products and makeup usually adjust very quickly to natural skin care options. Those with this type of skin also usually can use a variety of different options and still have good results.

To Exfoliate: A homemade sugar scrub is a wonderful natural exfoliator. The receipt is simple: Mix in a bowl sugar, lemon Juice and olive oil. Then apply on your face softly with your fingers. Massage with circular movements for 2 to 3 minutes with emphasis around the T- Region. Rinse with warm water.

To Cleanse: Oil Cleansing is a wonderful option for every skin type, but is very balancing for normal/combination skin. Usually a mix of about 1/4 castor oil and 3/4 of another oil (olive, almond, etc) works great, but this can be adjusted to suit individual skin.

To Moisturize: Those with normal skin tend to do well with most moisturizing options and often don’t need anything additional as a moisturizer.  A dab of coconut oil or shea butter alone often works great for this skin type. Natural Make-up options usually work wonderfully on this type of skin as well.

Dry Skin

Those with dry or aging skin often benefit immediately from natural skin care options. Often, using natural oils on the skin helps the skin to balance oil production and stop being dry to begin with.

To Exfoliate: Often, exfoliating is not needed for this skin type, but a gentle homemade sugar scrub can be a way to add natural oils  and gently remove dead skin.

To Cleanse: castor oil is the more drying oil in oil cleansing, usually only a tiny amount is needed (about a teaspoon of castor oil in 1/4 cup of another oil like olive or almond).

To Moisturize:  Super-moisturizing homemade lotion, and whipped body butter are all excellent moisturizing options for dry skin types. Plain organic shea butter can also be a simple and effective option.

So how to make a super-moisturizing homemade Lotion?

Requirements

  • ½ cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup beeswax
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
  • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference.

 

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
  3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (8 ounce) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
  5. Use as you would regular lotion. This has a longer shelf life than some homemade lotion recipes since all ingredients are already shelf stable and not water is added. Use within 6 months for best moisturizing benefits.

Natural Anti-Aging

There are a ton of anti-aging products available but the best options are the ones you take internally. All of the collagen products that are supposed to firm up skin don’t take into account that collagen must be produced internally and is too large to absorb through the skin.To promote natural collagen production, I’d suggest using coconut oil as a moisturizer and taking Gelatin, Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Blend and Vitamin C to support natural Collagen production internally.

Supplements for Skin Care

I’m firmly convinced that what you put into your body is just as important, if not more so, than what you put on it when it comes to skin health. The supplements that seemed to have made the biggest difference in skin health for me are:

  • Fermented Cod Liver Oil– for the Vitamins A, D and K, Omega-3s and Antioxidants, all which are great for the skin.
  • Gelatin – Which is a pre-cursor for collagen and has made my hair, skin and nails noticeably stronger and smoother (great for cellulite too).
  • Magnesium– An anti-inflammatory and lacking in many people’s diets. Tropical Magnesium Oil seems to be the most effective for skin health.

How do you take care of your skin? What natural solutions have worked best for you? Share below!

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Please stop bragging about your husband on Facebook

BY  · JUNE 25, 2014

When women brag on Facebook about having the “best hubby in the world,” I want to buy advance tickets and popcorn to their inevitable divorce. If you really and truly love your husband and you’re actually that happy, why do you need to show off? Is Facebook your own personal delusion billboard?

Like when did husbanding (as opposed to husbandry, something else entirely) become a competition in which your husband is suddenly The Greatest Of All Husbands simply because he exchanged paper money for shiny baubles or, I don’t know, fixed the shower head? And why do you need to send out a massive brag to your “friends”? If it’s such a big deal, can’t you just tell them over the phone or in person?

Why are you trying so desperately to convince the world that you are happy? It’s always the women whose relationships seem a little strained (or super fucked-up) who are the ones posting about having the BEST HUSBAND IN THE WORLD DAMMIT DON’T LOOK TOO CLOSE OR ASK ANY QUESTIONS JUST ACCEPT THAT OUR CREATED REALITY IS PERFECT BECAUSE I AM SHOVING IT IN YOUR FACE LIKE A JEWS FOR JESUS PAMPHLET!

Hey, I’m not immune to the charms of celebrating one’s love. If it’s your anniversary, by all means, declare your excitement. Here are some examples of fun ways in which to do so: “I’m so delighted to celebrate my anniversary with Jimbo. He is one cool dude.” “Me and Arnold are so happy to go to Cheesecake Factory tonight for our 10th! Woo hoo!” “The kids got up and made us pancakes for our 25th. They’re all surly, terrible teens so you know that means a lot to us.”

And let’s say you just got married. Aww, congratulations! In between posting 18,000 wedding photos of your family’s strained expressions (don’t forget the “wacky” one where everybody makes a silly face! This will show that your family is different from all other, lesser families who have taken this exact same photo!) you may wish to post a status that says something like, “What a wonderful wedding. Looking forward to marriage with my favorite person.” or just “I love Manolo and I’m so glad he is my husband now.” That’s nice. That’s sweet. That’s entirely understandable.

But this thing about the BEST husband — or “hubby,” ewww — has GOT to stop. What’s even worse is something like this: “Sorry ladies, the best man in the world is OFF the market. He’s mine!” Okay, psycho hose beast. Please don’t show up to your next Jazzercise class wearing his skin as a workout suit (if only because it really won’t absorb sweat well at all). Also, you are clearly the kind of woman who is going to stab me for being friends with your husband, so I will show myself the door. Bye-bye.

Look, I like my boyfriend very much. He is a very good person with many good qualities that I do not need to enumerate in detail on Facebook, because if you are my real-life friend, you know why I’m with this fellow, and if you’re not my real-life friend, why would you even care? You wouldn’t, which is why I’m not going to bore you with the details of my fondness for my chosen partner. See how that works? Everyone is happy! And if you’re like, “She just mad cause she ain’t married” — this may blow your mind, but I DO NOT WANT TO BE MARRIED RIGHT NOW. Some day, sure! But not right now. And that’s okay! I am not the best or the worst girlfriend/human/woman and that is okay too!

But enough about me.

I feel like some sort of lady Andy Rooney here, so I’ll stop soon. Ultimately, hypercompetitive wives freak me out because they are boring and empty, and boring and empty people are dangerous. They are dangerous because when they open their mouths at parties I die a little inside and fear I may pop a blood vessel from the strain of not rolling my eyes. If the most fascinating thing you’ve done in your life is get married, I am sorry for you and sad that you do not have a better and more exciting life. I recognize that it’s very nice indeed to meet the love of your life and get hitched (this is great!) but when it is the only interesting thing about you, you are not very interesting at all.

And your husband? Honestly, he’s probably just okay.

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The Chicest French Beauty Secrets To Obsess Over

DO: You Obsess over skincare?  “I love shopping in French pharmacies,” Lancôme creative director Lisa Eldridge tells Hello! “They have an Old World charm about them and are full of amazing skincare products.” Stacked with fragrance-free formulas that focus on skin health, these pharmacy  brands are a must-have for celebrity makeup artists. Micellar water, which works to cleanse skin and remove makeup, dirt and impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture barrier, is the hottest item from France since Ladurée macarons. “These waters are great for sensitive skin, especially for models or celebrities who tend to wear a lot of makeup,” she says.
Cleansers to give your skin the Parisian glowBioderma Sensibio H2O, $25, bioderma.ca; La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, $20, laroche-posay.comDON’T: Share your secrets“For a French woman, beauty products are like a private secret, it’s very intimate,” street-style star and author of bestselling book Love, Style, Life Garance Doré tells Hello! “[The shade of lipstick] you wear is the kind of personal detail you maybe tell your best friend, but no one else.” In addition to guarding the identity of your beauty products like they’re rare gems, French women tend to use the same products year after year. “I’ve used the same products for years,” Garance says. “It’s very French, I suppose, to develop a signature look and have a sort of consistency.”To read more articles by Hello Magazine, please visit us.hellomagazine.com

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